This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 24th May 2013

MSP concerns as SolarWinds buyout N-able
This week SolarWinds acquired N-able Technologies. What does it mean for MSP’s relying on N-Able products? Will they be forcibly swapped for SolarWinds own cloud services?
N-Able’s CEO assured the press they would continue to offer their existing on-premises and cloud solution. But with Garbutt’s retirement scheduled once the acquisition is complete, the future is uncertain and N-able’s customers will be looking for a transparent roadmap to decrease disturbance on their own business.

Is the bird out of the cage?
When US President Barack Obama’s Twitter account was hi-jacked, the world raised its eyebrows in surprise. Twitter was ordered to come up with a 20 year information security policy in response. Some of the results of that policy in the form of automated security tools are being rolled out now. Twitter is now enabling 2-factor authentication which will prevent this scenario happening if used, but just how secure are companies’ policies? With the array of mobile devices in business, there is increased urgency for companies to review governance procedures.

World wireless speed record
A world record was set this week in wireless data transmission. Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology were able to achieve 40Gbit/sec at 240GHz over 1 kilometer (essentially matching the capacity of optical fibre). In economic terms, it is a positive signal that rural communities across the globe currently without broadband, will in future enjoy the same benefits as we do, of this remarkable technology.

Welcome to the post-PC world
The day, predicted by Steve Jobs, has finally come: more tablets are now sold in the UK than laptops and desktops combined. Q1 of 2013 saw 2.8 million tablets sold, overtaking 2.3 from PCs in the same period. Looking forward we are only likely to see the market share of tablets grow further as traditional laptops powered by Windows 8 turn into tablet hybrid devices. As technology advances, so do users computing habits. Now the business world needs to start treating tablets as equals to PCs, instead of pushing them to the sidelines in strategy and security.