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Monthly Archives: March 2015

25
Mar
2015

Death of the Desktop: New Report Shows Acceleration of Mobile Market Share

by Bill

death of the PCIDC is one of the leading market research firms in the tech sector, and a new report they have published suggests that not only are desktop computers dying off… their inevitable demise may actually come sooner than previously expected. They are predicting a drop of nearly 5% in desktop users this year, which is a downward revision from their earlier projection of a 3.3 percent decline. That equates to roughly 293.1 million PC units being shipped this year.

Apple has already sold more than 74 million iPhones in the last quarter alone. That means the iPhone may outsell desktop computers all by itself next year. Now add in the number of Android and other devices flooding the mobile market and it becomes clear that user habits are rapidly evolving.

Adding insult to injury, the PC market is also losing money. IDC reports the PC market contracted by 0.8% last year to $201 billion in revenue, with an expectation of another 6.9% drop this year and by 2019, an overall market size of no more than $175 billion, (while Apple amassed more than 183 Billion alone in 2014 and appears to be on a growth trajectory thanks to the rapidly growing popularity of mobile computing over desktop alternatives.

Intel has long been a bellwether of the entire PC industry as the primary supplier of microprocessors and they are curtailing their own revenue outlook by almost a billion dollars in the first quarter of 2015m, based on soft demand from businesses for desktop computers and less inventory throughout their supply chain. Meanwhile, Google exceeded Intel’s capital expenditures by nearly 10% in 2014 after an extended era where Intel was the biggest spender. Intel R&D went into property, manufacturing, and chip-building infrastructure. Google spends its cash on the data centers, servers, and networking gear. The companies making desktops are now losing their dominance to the companies make mobile users and device agnostic consumers happy the most.

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17
Mar
2015

$10,000 Apple Watch Worth Much Less Than The New Tiered Battery They Revealed

by Bill

Apple ClockApple’s newest marketing blitz included several new products, but the media latched onto one of the least important aspects of the products the company revealed. Yes, the Apple Watch is likely to bring more people into the wearable computing era, and some of the features are interesting – but way too much has been made of the gold Apple Watch and its $10,000 price tag. This is especially true when compared to the ingenuous new battery architecture the company quietly included in the new MacBook.

The new MacBook is the first to use ‘terraced battery placement’ which is a new way of stacking Lithium Ion cells that experts claim can improve battery life any pretty much any Lithium Ion device by 35% without requiring more weight or space devoted to the battery itself. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that terraced placement seemingly obviates the long held standard of having a rectangular shape within any device for the purpose of housing a standard battery.

Devices of the past (and most at present) are designed by first deciding the size of the battery and then shaping the rest of the device around it, these new batteries are allowing Apple to work with previously impossible shapes and thicknesses for the amount of power their devices can deliver.

The new 12-inch MacBook’s main featured from a customer point of view is a stunning 2304×1440 retina display in a 13.1mm thin device that weighs only two pounds and has a battery capable of pumping out that many fully illuminated pixels for more than 9 hours on a single charge.

Long after the Apple Watch comes and goes, even after the $10,000 price tag is considered paltry by future generations, there is a very good chance some form of the micro thick terraced layers of Lithium Ion living on in devices that will power the way mobile computing continues to evolve.

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10
Mar
2015

IBM Spectrum Pours 1 Billion Dollars Into Dynamic Data Management Software

by Bill

Big DataAccording to a recent report from the International Data Group, unstructured data is growing at a break-neck pace of more than 62% per year. That massive amount of new data is also being filtered, sorted and sifted by waves of analytics experts with increasingly dynamic tools designed to author nearly-real-time reports to apply business intelligence and provide real world solutions. Of course all of this happening continuously is creating bottlenecks that affect new employee hiring, customer community engagement, UI / UX and product development. That’s why there is now a race to find even faster ways to manage data with a focus on storing data in smarter ways than were previously thought to be necessary.

Businesses are now shifting strategies toward a far more software based approach, because all the hard drives in the world won’t be useful without the proper platform in place to handle so many data requests. Cheaper, faster and better ways to store and retrieve data effectively will now be filling an important need in the modern data market rather than simply attempting to stay ahead of the curve. The new challenge for IT professionals is delivering data quicker in a live environment where it must be accessible when real-time tools and continuous up time are required. Storage hardware remains important and storage software is becoming even more important.  Hardware is merely a repository of data, but the software is what affects how data is stored, where it’s stored, and in which ways it can be immediately accessed.

IBM has now announced “software-defined storage” with the release of IBM Spectrum, a software-only suite of storage solutions, with a $1 billion commitment to move to a high-value storage software business model. “This change will not only accelerate the way that IBM provides the right solutions, but will move the storage industry forward into the next era” according to IBM.

The key element of this story is that the infrastructure underpinning the way data flow works is now evolving to become much more dynamic and adaptive because of the way people are using data. The metaphor of hard drives being like old file cabinets is now entirely broken, as most clients seek to see every part of every file in the entire cabinet simultaneously in real time, rather than working through one drawer or one folder and the on to the next.

NationalNet is always watching these data developments closely and will continue to provide our clients with the leading edge of hardware and software hosting solutions to give your company the competitive edge it needs to succeed online.

 

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