End of year report 2013

Power in the Clouds
Cisco has joined forces with VMware and Citrix to create a new cloud-based desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) aimed principally at service providers. Amazon’s recent entry into the DaaS market recently could signal more interesting market offerings to enterprise in 2014. With Cisco’s enhanced USC hardware with capacity for 252 cloud-based desktops on one UCS blade, users can choose virtual desktop software from Citrix or VMware (Deskton). Virtual desktop adoption has been slower with enterprises to date, however these developments bring higher performance and greater sophistication. Allied to the flexibility of cloud hosting use across devices, this could mark a sea change in enterprise policy and increase the emphasis on governance policies for MSPs.

An alternative way to climb smartphone supremacy?
Jolla – the Finnish company made up of ex-Nokia employees – has shipped its first smart phone, using its own Operating System (OS), “Sailfish”. Available to buy direct, Jolla is targeting a niche audience willing to gamble on a new player. CEO Tomi Pienimäki plans to enable users to download the Sailfish OS onto Android devices for free. The free download and support of a smartphone OS would be a first. This could be key for the small Finnish company to have a decent stab at climbing the smart phone OS market share ladder, currently dominated by tech giants Google and Apple. In addition Sailfish can download and run Android apps, avoiding the missing App situation Microsoft has been fighting with Windows Phone the last few years. Ultimately, even with a purely digital distribution method, Jolla is facing a David vs Goliath battle, but it is a good thing for the market.

Google sees a bright future in robotics
Google has been snapping up robotics companies with gusto recently, the latest being Boston Dynamics, creators of US funded military robots, which walk like animals and can cross harsh terrain including forests, snow, frozen ice and even water. So where is Google going with such advance robotics? Google’s own self-driving car programme may hold some answers. Artificial Intelligence (AI) could be the driver. Having access to the minds who created these robotic balancing feats could benefit driverless cars and much beyond. Googles own services such as its mapping data could also benefit Boston Dynamic’s own creations. With Google’s history in both big data and programming, ‘Google AI’ doesn’t seem such a huge leap, creating a system that can power the robots of the future.

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This closes the Amicus ITS blog for 2013. We hope to bring you many more interesting stories and technological developments in 2014. Let us know what you want to hear about and we will research it. Send any comments or ideas to Lindsay.burden@amicusits.co.uk