Monday, August 15, 2011

Technical Posts for 1H August

Technical Posts for 1H August

Some technical news of interest to Network Management professionals.

  • People don't want tablets, they want iPads

  • iPads are the only tablet devices that several large brokers expressed an interest in, as vendors seek alternatives routes to peddle their wares. "There is a mountain of surplus tablets in the channel," said one, "and they are just not shifting"... resellers continue to try and clear massive stocks of notebooks caused by the biting slowdown in consumer demand.

  • Apple reportedly ups iPhone production orders by 12%

  • Apple is expecting to shift 56 million iPhones of one type or another during the last six months of 2011. Taiwan-based supply chain moles say Apple has upped its production requirement from the 50m units it ordered at the end of Q2, DigiTimes reports.

  • Google SHOCK! Snaps up Motorola phone biz for $12.5bn

  • Google has made its largest-ever acquisition, and biggest corporate gamble, by splashing out $12.5bn for Motorola's phone division, Motorola Mobility. The deal puts Google into the hardware business in a serious way – and into direct competition with licensees of its Android operating system, who woke up this morning thinking they were Google's business partners.

  • Firefox 6 silently released ahead of official unwrap date

  • Mozilla isn't officially breaking the seal on Firefox 6 until tomorrow, but the code for the latest iteration of its popular open source browser is already available online. It is currently tucked away on the organisation's FTP server. A blogger over at TechnoBolt spotted that the code has been downloadable since at least Saturday 13 August.

Network Management Implications

With the strong sales of newer portable form factors such as the new Apple iPad and iPhone, the trend to move away from traditional desktop computing, and even luggable laptops continues to accelerate. This trend continues to place pressure on wireless infrastructure, which needs to be properly managed.

With Google Android and Microsoft Windows based devices in decline, in the tablet market - GPL'ed Linux and proprietary Windows are both taking a beating by mixed Open Sourced BSD UNIX based iOS (MacOSX) [with proprietary hooks] based devices. Both of these operating systems are pushing hard [and more successfully] in the mobile arena, in the handset arena.

The movement by Google to buy Motorola may be a move to help stem the tide, by injecting more money into the vertical phone & tablet chain, which seems to be faultering under the weight of warehouse backlogs. The JAVA suit by Oracle is probably not helping, since Motorola has to pay license fees for all non-Google based handsets, while Google handsets have been able to undercut non-Google handset costs by refusing to pay Oracle license fees.

As mobile computing becomes more pervasive, network management will continue to be challenging.

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