Daily Archives: October 31, 2011

Euro deal leaves much to do on rescue fund, Greek debt


By Luke Baker and Julien Toyer – Reached after more than eight hours of hard-nosed negotiations between bankers, heads of state and the IMF, the deal also foresees a recapitalization of hard-hit European banks and a leveraging of the bloc’s rescue fund, the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), to give it firepower of 1.0 trillion euros ($1.4 trillion).

But key aspects of the deal, including the mechanics of boosting the EFSF and providing Greek debt relief, could take weeks to pin down, meaning the plan to rebuild confidence after two years of crisis could unravel over the details. more> http://is.gd/7mAJxj

Are you ready for networking in the cloud?


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By Jim Metzler – Recently, cloud service providers have begun offering a new class of solutions, which have historically been provided by the IT infrastructure group. In addition to the communications and collaboration, this includes network and application optimization, security, management and virtualized desktops.

We’re calling this new class of solutions Cloud Networking Services (CNS). The introduction of CNS presents the IT infrastructure group with a new challenge. more> http://is.gd/6YR1lM

Top 5 Roadblocks to Digital Factory of the Future


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By Alexander Wolfe – PLCs and PACs with higher capabilities for programmability and intercommunications are the cornerstones of factory automation. The other linchpin is easier and more global programming capabilities.

I’ve been trying to codify the top challenges facing engineers in the factory automation sector. The roadblocks on the path to a seamlessly integrated engineering tool chain are many, and they’re often hard to articulate. The roadblocks on the path to a seamlessly integrated engineering tool chain are many, and they’re often hard to articulate. I’d list the following as the five most serious impediments to the digital factory of the future:

  • Cost, cost, cost
  • Understandability
  • Open standards and bus compatibility
  • Safety
  • Enterprisation of the factory

more> http://is.gd/cg00MW