Posts tagged: network

The Distributed Cloud, Black Boxes, and Airline Disasters

Jim Hamilton
 Mar 13, 2014

The tragedy surrounding Malaysian Air flight 370 brings renewed urgency to a concept described at HP’s recent Industry Analyst Summit in Boston. Martin Fink, an HP Executive Vice President and the company’s Chief Technology Officer, presented on the topic of “How the Cloud Will Evolve.” Fink sees what he calls a “distributed mesh cloud” developing, and he expects that the cloud of the future will have multiple functions: translator, coordinator, orchestrator, arbitrator, aggregator, replicator, anonymizer, border guard, and learning engine (his favorite — more on this below). Yet challenges that the cloud faces include the sheer magnitude of data, legacy databases, hardware constraints, and time-consuming data integration. In addition, the need for real-time insight is hampered by insufficient resources as well as limited bandwidth, networking, and computing power. The lack of boundaries is another cloud challenge. Departments, companies, geographic areas, sovereign states, and others are concerned about privacy as well as defending themselves from attacks that might come from parts of the cloud.

Fink used an airline example to highlight this. What if the cloud acted as a learning engine, centralizing data from a mesh of network-connected aircraft? Read more »

Harnessing the power of the network!

Anne Valaitis
 Jul 24, 2013

Panasonic announced on July 8th, the release of its KV-SS1100 network scanning solution. The KV-SS1100 is a standalone device that integrates with Panasonic’s portfolio of standalone document scanner devices to then convert into a network-enabled capture device, no matter what the speed of scanner chosen.


The SV1100 features a 7” LCD touchscreen with a 1024×600 resolution and a scratch-protection sheet, and a hardware button for quick scanning.

Panasonic claims that the SS1100 will eliminate the need for laborious tasks like manual scanning and data entry by providing the wired or wireless network connection businesses need to keep their documents flowing. With the KV-SS1100, files are sorted, edited, auto scanned and filed to various folders based on customizable presets.

Hardware devices with the ability to “upgrade” without the need to replace the entire device are very attractive for company’s not interested in making new investments. There is tremendous benefit and value to fitting a large LCD touch panel into an existing hardware footprint, it can allow for shortcut buttons for common tasks and predefined workflows suited for a variety of vertical markets and processes that are heavily paper intensive.

Vertical markets such as Healthcare have many key process and paper ingestion areas that are vital to handling hardcopy items such as patient records. Speed and accuracy of entering patient data, along with regulation and compliance in healthcare are high priority according to the InfoTrends Business Process Automation Study, specifically HIPAA requires that patient data remain private and confidential. The practice of scanning and capturing documents and content, at point of origination, is looking to meet these requirements. And the added bonus of having an adjunct device that can aid in the capture of data by creating a workflow friendly integration is vital in any business process.

Pricing and Availability
The KV-SS1100 network scanning solution is available immediately at $1,549 MSRP through authorized Panasonic resellers starting and comes with a One-Year Warranty.

A Secure Relationship on Valentine’s Day: Xerox and McAfee

Jon Reardon
 Feb 14, 2012

This blog originally posted on the Real Business At Xerox blog. 

We all know people who send personal information from their workplace computers. Maybe you’ve done it. It’s not always easy to separate work from personal life.

Take Valentine’s Day as the example. Today is a day when you realize how widespread the use of personal devices in the workplace has become. As employees are busy sending sweet messages to their loved ones via handheld devices, tablets, webcams, even printers, copiers or multifunction devices, the truth is that company data may be at risk. Read more »

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