Despite the substantial growth of mobile handheld and tablet devices, traditional PC desktop and laptop systems aren't going away anytime soon. Just the opposite, according to a report released this week: Annual PC shipments could grow by nearly 50 percent worldwide between now and 2016.
A new report from Gartner suggests that by 2014 users will store more of their data in the cloud than on their personal computers.
Worldwide PC shipments will increase by only 4.4 percent to a total of 368 million units in 2012, according to a new forecast released by market research firm Gartner. But greater growth should be seen in the PC market in 2013 with shipments exceeding 400 million units in that year.
Adoption of enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence is accelerating. The market grew by 20.5 percent to reach $2.7 billion in 2011, compared to 16.6 percent growth in 2010. The largest increase occurred in the single-codec telepresence segment, which now accounts for 55 percent of the total enterprise videoconferencing and telepresence market.
Though hampered by hard disk drive (HDD) supply problems and increasing use of server virtualization, sales of servers saw high single-digit growth last year, driven in part by the expansion of data centers to support Web access from smart phones and tablets.
Game-based learning, learning analytics, and the "Internet of Things" are three of six technologies that will have a profound impact on higher education in the next one to five years, according to the latest NMC Horizon Report released by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative.
The idea of attracting a vibrant community of developers is prompting some companies to pursue open source research.
While IT expenditures is expected to increase worldwide this year, forecasts are being revised downward. The Eurozone crisis and flooding in Thailand, a major hard-drive manufacturing hub, have put a damper on original projections for global information technology spending in 2012.
The University of Guadalajara in Mexico has created a Smarter Cities Exploration Center in collaboration with IBM.
Storage company EMC is adding cloud computing and "big data" analytics as topics to its training and certification program, which will also be made available to the 700 institutions that are part of its Academic Alliance program.