Article: 3 Key Advantages of Open-Source Intelligence

Open Source, Software

3 Key Advantages of Open-Source Intelligence

Those paid sources of business intelligence have their place, but paying for knowledge is not always in the budget. The good news is there are sources of knowledge that are totally free for the taking.

Those totally free sources of information are known collectively as open-source intelligence or OSINT, and they can be a gold mine for business owners, marketers, and branding experts. Here are three big advantages of incorporating open-source intelligence gathering into your own marketing, branding, and customer service efforts.

  1. There Are No Legal Implications
  2. The Data You Need is Available Anywhere and at Any Time
  3. Access is Cheap, or Even Free

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Article: The centralised nature of our internet makes outages like Fastly’s inevitable

Cloud, Data, Decentralized Internet

The centralised nature of our internet makes outages like Fastly’s inevitable

While Fastly’s outage is a wake up call for its customers, who will be doing back-of-the-envelope calculations to work out their losses during the downtime, there’s no obvious solution, warns Kevin Curran, Professor of Cyber Security at Ulster University and senior member of technical professional organisation IEEE.

While Sir Tim is busy dedicating his time to building a newly-decentralised version of the internet via his web platform Solid, until the public grasps how important that data is and mounts a full backlash against the ways in which tech giants abuse it, the ways in which the internet operates is unlikely to change, Prof Curran adds. Hospitals and banks and airlines and power grids and other major infrastructure systems need to ensure they have sufficient extra security layers and protocols in place for when people make configuration changes and to crucially, to learn from their mistakes, he says. “At the end of the day, the five giants rule the internet. But the internet really can be brought down by one person making a mistake.”

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Article: Busting Five Common Myths about Decentralized Storage

Cloud, Data, Decentralized Internet

Busting Five Common Myths about Decentralized Storage

Centralized cloud storage is data held in massive data centers run by a single organization that consumes large amounts of energy. Decentralized cloud storage encrypts data, breaks it up and distributes it for storage on drives that are run by different organizations in lots of different places,  each with a different power supply and network connection, creating something much less wasteful. There are no data centers, no storage oligopolies and no vendor lock-in.

At first blush, it sounds a bit crazy. How can that work? How can it be feasible? How can it even be real?

The good news is it is very real and very feasible today. Here is our take on the common misconceptions we hear every day about decentralized cloud storage and the facts to bust them.

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Article: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Web 3.0

Data, Decentralized Internet, Web 3.0

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Web 3.0

Decentralized networks are trustless – the participants involved do not need to know or trust each other or a 3rd party for the system to function. Due to the client-server relationship, Web 2.0 applications are reliant on centralized servers/services, which means users must inherently trust this central authority (person or entity that owns/operates the servers).

In a decentralized p2p network, there is no central authority. Users are the owners and operators of their data, and trust resides with the software itself (rather than the operators).

Decentralized networks are more secure. It’s in the name: peer-to-peer. Data is directly uploaded from one peer and downloaded by the other without using a middle man (central server).

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Article: Edge Infrastructure: A Modern, Flexible Framework

Cloud, Data

Edge Infrastructure: A Modern, Flexible Framework

IT leaders have no shortage of priorities to balance as they position their organizations for resiliency and growth. And one of the hotspots for growth and transformation is the Edge.

For IT, the term “infrastructure” evokes images of rows of server racks, cables, blinking lights, and cold rooms. Today, Edge Computing is changing the way we think about infrastructure. Edge computing takes workloads out of the data center and moves them into the field —  to the edge — along with all the compute, storage, networking, devices, and other typical infrastructure components.

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Article: Data Mesh: Moving Away From Monolithic & Centralised Data Lakes

Cloud, Data, Decentralized Internet

Data Mesh: Moving Away From Monolithic & Centralised Data Lakes

Data mesh is a highly decentralised data architecture to solve challenges such as lack of ownership of data, lack of quality data and removing bottlenecks to encourage organisational scaling.

The goal of data mesh is to treat data as a product, with each source having a data product owner, who could ideally be part of the cross-functional team of data engineers. Despite having a separate owner, the data should be domain-focused and should have an autonomous offering that leads to a domain-driven distributed architecture.

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Article: Measuring strain using low-cost Bluetooth technology

Autonomous Internet, Cloud, Data, Operating Systems

Measuring strain using low-cost Bluetooth technology

One key feature of the B24 is the ability for multiple transmission. By tapping into the advertising data channels of Bluetooth Low Energy, it allows multiple transmitters to transmit to one device, and one transmitter to be viewed by multiple devices. This one-to-one, one-to-many, many-to-one and many-to-many capability really opens up the access to data.

However, the hardware technology is only one half of the story. Being able to use your phone to take a reading is only valuable if the app offers the same kind of flexibility and customisation as a dedicated HMI or control system. To achieve this, we’ve developed an app for both iOS and Android that features dashboards that can be customised to your own preferences.

So, what implications does this have for industry? These breakthroughs in Bluetooth technology and app customisation mean that engineers have more flexible options available to them, with Bluetooth offering a cost-effective option in between — proving that strain measurement doesn’t have to be an expensive undertaking.

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Article: The business benefits of using an open-source cloud

Cloud, Data, Open Source, Software

The business benefits of using an open-source cloud

Even before the pandemic led to increased remote work migration, many organisations were becoming increasingly reliant on cloud solutions to streamline systems and workflow. But as with any enterprise technology, implementing cloud solutions comes with questions about the best way for individual businesses to harness their benefits.

By now, we’re realising that using a single cloud vendor can lead to limitation and that a flexible, multi-vendor strategy is better for innovation. Although using a variety of cloud environments gives businesses the ability to adapt to changing business requirements, it also requires integration. Open source gives organisations an answer to this: It offers unmatched flexibility while also cutting the costs of software acquisition.

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Article: Decentralized cloud storage: What you need to know

Cloud, Data, Decentralized Internet

Decentralized cloud storage: What you need to know

One benefit of decentralized cloud storage is reliability. Traditional cloud storage stores data within a single provider’s data center. If a natural disaster or cyberattack causes problems in that data center, users could lose their data. Even in a less catastrophic situation, a data center outage would prevent customers from accessing their data. While the big cloud storage providers offer their customers the option to replicate data to centers in other regions, this practice can get expensive, so not everyone takes advantage of it.

Decentralized cloud storage scatters data across multiple cloud storage devices in a variety of places. This process helps to insulate the data against center-level failures.

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Article: Decentralized future for technology and business models

Cloud, Data, Decentralized Internet

Decentralized future for technology and business models

We will likely see two different development tracks for decentralized solutions. The first one being distributed and decentralized applications. This starts with the existing infrastructure and builds distributed solutions, such as a user’s own data cloud and application service. This track already has applications. Then we have the second track to develop a more decentralized data and processing infrastructure. This will take a longer time, but it can fundamentally change the structure of the Internet.

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