Talking about technology trends

Earlier this summer our Chief Business Development Officer and VP in Sweden, Stefan Månsby, were representing Basefarm in an expert panel, talking about trends in the technology magazine IDG. We thought that you who like technology trends would be interested in reading about what we think about the trends. Below you can see Stefan Månsby’s answers from the magazine.


Is it reasonable to invest in creating a hosting solution with configuration tools, monitoring, security and other things that comprises the employees own client devices that they bring to work? How flexible should you be when it comes to choice of client devices? Is it best to create a list over a few approved devices or try to handle all of them?

SM: It’s always more effective to let employees work with the tools that they already use or are familiar with. Treat all clients as they were in an open network with as many foreign computers as familiar computers. Then let the systems they work with, qualify if the client should have access or not.

Question 2:
Many vendors, such as HP, is trying to create a toolkit to handle all IT for companies. This solution often means that you are forced to have two solutions because it’s hard to remove older tools. Will it be possible to run entirely with modern solutions in three years, or will we be forced to continue using older tools in parallel?

SM: The important thing is to remember that you first of all create a decommissioning plan for the old tools, and then create a plan for the new tools that are in line with the decommissioning plan. In this way, you avoid to duplicate tools. It’s important that you work with follow-up of the outcome.

Question 3:
How far have Swedish companies come in integrate local recourses with cloud resources in their hosting solutions? Is it a realistic goal to try and do it?

SM: The Swedish companies haven’t gone far in this area. The small percentage that using cloud, use it for e-mail or CRM, which usually isn’t integrated with any internal system. Today, there is too little expertise within cloud integration among Swedish consultants and integrators.

Question 4:
The SOA (Service-oriented architecture) thinking is not that hot anymore, but many companies have actually implemented this type of strategies. Are there any general hosting solutions to manage the services that are created or are proprietary solutions required?

SM: I can’t agree that SOA isn’t still a hot subject. It’s only smaller projects and companies that have started to realize that it’s not profitable to add extra work for SOA. The hosting solution for a SOA or non-SOA architecture have in principle the same set of requirements and needs.

iLO3 and iLO4 affected by unauthorized access vulnerability

A potential security vulnerability has been identified with HP Integrated Lights-Out iLO3 and iLO4 using Single-Sign-On (SSO). The vulnerability could be remotely exploited resulting in unauthorized access.

References: CVE-2013-2338 (SSRT101180)
SUPPORTED SOFTWARE VERSIONS*: ONLY impacted versions are listed.
HP Integrated Lights-Out 3 (iLO3) firmware versions prior to v1.57.
HP Integrated Lights-Out 4 (iLO4) firmware versions prior to v1.22.

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HP lägger ned sin pc-tillverkning

Läste artikeln “HP: Vi lämnar pc-branschen”  & I senaste laget för HP på IDG.

Det är nya tider, likheten med IBM’s drag för några år sedan är uppenbar. Få trodde på deras teori att fokusera på tjänster istället för hårdvara. Och nu med facit i hand så förefalller deras spåkula visat vägen framåt. PC-tillverkning är ett extremt konkurrensutsatt segment, med låga marginaler (om man inte heter Apple) och komplex logistik.  Jag vill påstå att hårdvarutillverkningen varit den “rosa elefanten” i rummet hos HP de senaste åren, alla vet om att det är ett stort problem för företaget, men ingen vågade ställa sig upp och ta smällen för nedläggning en så pass vital del av företaget.

HP har alltid varit en god partner till oss var det gäller hårdvaran, men jag ser fram emot att möta dom i konkurrerande situationer inom vårt tjänstesegment. Det är värdefullt att ha någon att jämföra sig med.

/Stefan Månsby