Server processors, AI and self-driving cars. That’s just some of what Intel’s up to this week.
Here’s your solution provider’s roundup:
The numbers are staggering. WannaCry represents the largest ransomware attack in history. Not this week. Not this month. Not even this year. But ever.
How big is it? Since May 12, more than 150 countries have been hit, infecting more than 230,000 computer systems. The hardest-hit countries were the U.K., China, Russia, Germany and Spain. WannaCry has taken down hospitals, universities, factories and government offices. Its targets include FedEx, Nissan, Hitachi, Telefonica and the U.K.’s National Health Service.
Who are your customers?
The answer used to be simple: the IT group. Or, in a very small business, whoever was in charge of the computers.
Now it’s a lot more complicated. As IT becomes more tightly aligned with the business, IT also gets planned and bought by the business. Today your customers might also include managers in marketing, finance, HR and logistics.
There’s also “shadow IT.” Thanks to public cloud services, non-IT staff can easily buy apps, storage and who knows what else — all without IT’s permission or even knowledge.
Looking to grow your business and have a little fun, too? Look into gaming.
Sure, systems for accounting, sales and the like are important. But let’s face it: They can also be a bit dull. Gaming, on the other hand, is fun and exciting. And the business is growing, driven in part by advances in augmented and virtual reality (AR and VR).
The world of wearable technology is growing rapidly. Designers and OEMs are turning the common into the exceptional, with help from small and smart microcomputers such as Intel’s Curie module. Watches, monitors, clothes and glasses can now keep track of our stats and habits, pushing untold exabytes through the Internet of Things (IoT).
Ambient computing refers to a new class of devices that are located in a shared setting, such as a kitchen or living room, and controlled by voice.
So far, these devices are being promoted mainly for use at home, as a way to play music, get recipes and other how-to information, and chat with distant friends and family.
But is it a far stretch to imagine these devices being used in an office or other work setting? How about on a factory floor or hospital ward, or in a delivery truck?
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Sure, Dell is among the biggest PC suppliers in the world. But as the company’s top officers are showing at their big conference this week, Dell wants to be a whole lot more. In fact, nothing less than the soup-to-nuts supplier for organizations undertaking digital transformation.
If that sounds ambitious, it is. But at the big Dell EMC World conference, being held May 8-11 in Las Vegas, Dell is certainly introducing the products and services that ambition will require.
The decline in slate-tablet sales continues, and the emergence of low-cost devices doesn’t seem to be helping.
Sales of slate (that is, keyboardless) tablets have been falling for some time. Many solution providers hoped the emergence of cheap devices would help turn things around. Even Apple, which essentially invented the tablet market with its iPad, has dropped the entry price of its basic 9.7-inch tablet to $330. Other suppliers, including several based in China, offer tablets that retail for as little as $100 — or even less.
Any company with an estimated 99 percent share of a key market might be tempted to rest on its laurels. Not Intel.
Intel completely dominates the market for servers built on PC chips, a big business. Yet 2 big announcements from the supplier just this week show that when it comes to the data center, Intel is feeling anything but complacent.
Q: When is a Chromebook not really a Chromebook?
A: When it’s a new system from Microsoft.
Microsoft yesterday introduced its response to the Chromebook juggernaut: a new, cloud-friendly laptop and a stripped-down version of its Windows 10 operating system.