“IoT is now relevant to all organisations. Whether IoT applications are deployed to help IT function, driven by lines of business or through devices introduced by end users, various practices will need adapting to accommodate the millions of things involved which will, over time, dwarf the number of traditional IT endpoints,” said Bob Tarzey, analyst and director at Quocirca.But how really will IoT be used? It may be relevant, but many people are still scratching their heads about just how to use it. People have heard the hype of IoT but they can’t fully visualize the applications or realization of IoT. A recent whitepaper by IDG and Intel tries to make that a little easier by collecting some interesting examples of early IoT implementations.The examples include these five:Energy-efficient Smart Buildings – a master control system that connects to and controls devices in a building. The project targets 30 percent improvement in building energy efficiency.Factory Automation – factory floor data is collected and processed with analytics software. The project improves equipment uptime, increases yield and productivity, optimizes inventory and use of tooling and human resources.Remote-Control Agriculture – in Malaysian paddy fields real-time sensors are used to report water levels and water flow into and out of the fields. The system allows the users to monitor the status of the fields from a mobile application and to control the irrigation system. The system has made farmers more efficient.Transportation Efficiencies – sensors embedded in vehicles collect data like fuel usage, location, time and distance. The system helps make vehicles more efficient, and lowers fuel and CO2 consumption.Retail Sales Kiosk – Coffee kiosks are equipped with high-definition touch-screens, cashless payment, telemetry, near-field communication and digital signage. Data collected is anonymized and analyzed with analytics. The vendor was able to optimize pricing, product mix by location, and both up and cross sell new product.
(Missourinet) Some Missouri cities have buses with plenty of open seats. Some school districts need a cheap way to get older students to class.State Rep. Chuck Basye is pushing a bill allowing school districts to contract with cities to transport high schoolers. The Columbia City Council and Columbia Public Schools Board of Education have endorsed the idea.“For students who don’t have cars to be able to access those services, this is going to be a really good benefit to them,” Councilman Michael Trapp said while testifying at the Capitol in Jefferson City on Tuesday.“We already can share funds, but for some reason we can’t share funds when it comes to busing,” CPS board member Jonathan Sessions said during his testimony.Opponents say they worry city buses don’t have the same safety measures as school buses.
Software-first networking can be an interesting theory or a transformative technology for enterprise computing. Which one it is depends on your perspective…and maybe your age.Many of today’s enterprise IT leaders will remember the glory days of infrastructure expansion. If you needed more CPU or storage, it was easy and relatively inexpensive to throw new hardware at the problem of scale and capacity.While that approach was not sustainable, it helped to establish a habitual response to IT challenges: more hardware. For a while it seemed that any computing, storage, or networking problem could be solved by more or better boxes.But the modern IT landscape has blown that assumption out of the water. Data volumes and encryption demands are orders of magnitude larger than they were a mere two decades ago. Computing power has increased exponentially and predictably such that dual-socket servers with 44 cores (88 threads) are now readily available. Eye-popping volumes of corporate data and off-the-charts processing power can be a powerful combination…if your network can move data efficiently enough.Enter the software-first approach. It is a strategy that removes barriers that arise when IT services are bound to physical devices. While you can’t entirely ignore hardware, the right components can prepare you for the future of software-defined everything. Intel and Citrix are working together to help you make a successful transition from a hardware-centric network into a software-defined network (SDN).Hardware Versus SoftwareA hardware-defined network has inherent limitations associated with physical devices. These limitations constrict data flow and make it harder to scale, upgrade, or otherwise transform your data center.A software-first strategy shifts your company’s infrastructure from being overly reliant on hardware. The strategy looks to software solutions, rather than more hardware, to give your data center the agility and throughput that it needs to process today’s gigantic volumes of structured and unstructured data—even when that data is encrypted.One way to begin the software-first journey is to incorporate automation into the network by way of application delivery controllers (ADCs).You might be thinking, “But, Tim, you just told me that moving toward a software-first strategy is the way to go. An ADC is a piece of hardware.” You’re right—at least partially. You can’t replace your hardware-centric data center with a software-centric one over night, but you can take small steps toward your software-defined infrastructure (SDI) goal.Your First StepsIf you want to move toward an SDN, you’re going to want Citrix NetScaler. NetScaler is an ADC that can be deployed as a physical, virtual, physical-virtual hybrid, or containerized appliance. Because each iteration of NetScaler shares a single API and set of code, it’s much easier to transition from a physical NetScaler ADC to a virtual ADC than it would be to install or upgrade hardware. The shared code base and API also mean that NetScaler integrates with your heterogeneous environment regardless of hypervisor, cloud, orchestration platform, or fabric architecture.For example, you could deploy Citrix NetScaler MPX today—that’s the bare-metal version—to optimize network traffic. Then when you’re ready to start walking the software-defined road, you can switch to Citrix NetScaler SDX, which is a physical appliance that supports multiple virtual instances of NetScaler software. Then, once you’re ready to move your network control into the virtual space, you can upgrade to Citrix NetScaler VPX, a virtual appliance.If you’re a cloud-based provider or app developer, the micro-version of NetScaler VPX, known as NetScaler CPXOpens in a new window, might be your best bet.Software-first SupportRunning NetScaler on the Intel Xeon processor E5 family can propel you into the software-first arena. NetScaler was designed to capitalize on technology built into the Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 family allowing NetScaler to bypass main memory and route data through to the L3 cache, which can reach sizes up to 55 MB. That puts data even closer to the processor.The Intel Xeon processor E5 family is available in a variety of configurations, so you can choose the processor that best fits your data center’s needs. The Intel Xeon processor E5 v4 family supports up to 1.5 TB of fast memory (DDR3/DDR4). Other Intel technologies baked into the processor enhance security and accelerate encryption.Read MoreThere’s a lot more to the symbiosis between the Intel Xeon processor E5 family and Citrix NetScaler than this blog can cover. Read our latest paper, Citrix and Intel Help Advance Next-Generation Data Centers with NetScaler,Opens in a new window to get the full picture.To stay up to date on the latest big data news and developments, check out the #TechTim community on Twitter, and follow me @TimIntel.
OTTAWA — A new first-come-first-served online application for immigrants seeking to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada is being condemned as “profoundly discriminatory” after the program opened and closed in less than 10 minutes on Monday.All 27,000 openings for the family-reunification program in 2019 were spoken for within minutes of the application form’s going live online Monday, sparking outcry from disappointed would-be applicants.Matthew Genest, a spokesman for Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, says an initial analysis shows no technical problems with the system.He says anti-bot features were also used to ensure all applications were legitimate and not from automated computer programs grabbing spots faster than humans could.Genest says with over 100,000 people competing for 27,000 spots, there was simply more demand than there were spaces.But immigration lawyer Clifford McCarten is among many now raising concern about the fairness of access to the program, as only those with reliable Internet access, quick typing skills and good understanding of English or French would have had any hope of success. The Canadian Press