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The Top IT News of 2014, According to eSP

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As this year in eSP comes to a close, we consider which industry stories were the most important. Was it the infamous Heartbleed attack, or the HP break-up? Take a moment to gather your own Top 10 before comparing it with ours below!

2014HP breaks up: In a bid to turn its fortunes around HP got to split itself in two, with one half taking PCs and printers while the other handles corporate hardware and services operations. This means HP is effectively two companies, HP Inc and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise.

Server market improvement proves short-lived: the EMEA server market saw some shipment improvement in Q2 2014… improvement Gartner says was short-lived, with shipments dropping and revenues showing marginal growth as demand remains fragile. However the analyst also says hope is on the way, if on the long term.

Windows Goes to 10: Microsoft brought its counting skills into question with the next version of Windows. Dubbed 10 (as opposed to 9), the new Windows promises nothing less than "the first step of a whole new generation of Windows." And just as well, seeing how Microsoft also got a new CEO in the shape of Satya Nadella this year.

Gartner: IoT to Drive IAM Implementation

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According to Gartner the Internet of Things (IoT) will drive the device and user relationship requirements of 20% of identity and access management (IAM) implementation by 2016, bringing new concepts in identity management.

IAM Chat"IAM, as defined today, will bifurcate, with identity management assuming a broader entity relationship management role and access management assuming a broader relationship execution role that replaces or supplements authentication policy and authorization enforcement," the analyst says. "Traditional authentication and authorization for user identities will continue to include devices and services, but will also incorporate expanded machine-to-machine (M2M) communications requirements into expanding digital business moments. Embedded software and systems will make extensive use of the new and expanded IAM architecture to handle the scale and ubiquity requirements the IoT will demand."

In other related predictions, Gartner says enterprise mobility management integration will be a "critical" IAM requirement for 40% of customers-- up from 5% today-- as organisations demand consistent, convenient and secure access to enterprise and 3rd party applications across a wide array of devices. As such, IAM and EMM will both become security requirements, protecting from threats that have overcome traditional IAM and EMM controls when used in isolation.

The "Skyscraper" Chip

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Stanford University researchers present the "skyscraper" chip-- essentially a multilayered take on processor building, with layers of logic atop layers of memory, with thousands of nanoscale "elevators" linking layers.

Skyscraper chipAccording to the researchers, such chips are faster and use less electricity than their traditional equivalents, as the architecture avoids the bottleneck-prone wires connecting single-story logic and memory chips. So far a 4-layer chip has been built, but the researchers say the technology can be scalable to higher numbers.

The chips leverage on 3 breakthroughs-- carbon nanotube transistors (CNTs), resistive random access memory (RRAM) and the actual technique behind building layers of logic and memory. The CNTs provide the logic and link the layers of the high-rise chips, while RRAM, being non-silicon based, reduces power requirements.

IBM Joins Equinix Cloud Exchange

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IBM's Softlayer joins the Equinix Cloud Exchange, providing customers in 9 markets across Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific with access to the IBM portfolio of cloud-based enterprise service via the platform.

IBM SoftLayer in the Cloud Exchange allows customers to build hybrid clouds with IBM infrastructure as a public component.

Meanwhile the Equinix Cloud Exchange also gets further enhancements, including API functionality allowing for scalable, private and secure connections to cloud services with "near real-time" provisioning.

Ingram Micro Hires HP Veteran

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In a bid to bolster its position as cloud service provider Ingram Micro names HP veteran Stan Clark as Cloud Solutions VP. He reports to the distie's Global Cloud Computing executive VP, Nimesh Dave.

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As Ingram Micro puts it, Clark will be identifying and recruiting strategic cloud partners, developing new industry vertical services and solutions and managing partner experiences within the product market and management, vendor management and cloud solutions teams.

"Channel resellers and vendors who are serious about establishing and growing a credible cloud services and solutions portfolio need to take a serious look at the investments Ingram Micro is making to make cloud accessible and profitable," Clark says. "I am thrilled to join such a dynamic team of business-minded technology professionals and help channel partners 'Realise the Promise of Technology' by using Ingram Micro's cloud services and solutions. Together, we can build a strategic advantage that will not only benefit their business, but also bring tremendous gains to their customers."

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