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The two main European offshore wind farm players – Ørsted and RWE – literally and figuratively felt the lower wind speeds at sea during the first semester of 2021. Ørsted states that wind speeds during the second quarter were among the worst three quarters in more than twenty years. “We are building wind farms with...
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During the first six months of 2021, a striking number of large-scale cyberattacks took place, says Fortinet, an American provider of cybersecurity solutions. “The year 2020 already seemed exceptional, with a particularly dramatic wave of attacks in the second half of that year. In the past 12 months, there have been 10,7 times as many...
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Engineering trust, accelerating growth and sculpting change are the three overarching trends in Gartner’s ‘Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies 2021’. Those trends will encourage organizations to explore new technologies such as non-fungible tokens (NFT), sovereign cloud, data fabric, generative AI and composable networks. “Technological innovation is a key enabler of competitive differentiation,” said Brian Burke,...
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The energy concern Vattenfall has opened a large wind farm in the Baltic Sea. The Kriegers Flak park supplies 600.000 Danish households with electricity and is the first offshore wind farm with grid connections between two countries: Germany and Denmark. Kriegers Flak’s offshore field has 72 turbines and covers an area of 132 square km....
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More than 90% of all cyber attacks start with phishing e-mails. By means of these three guidelines, your company can set up a thorough and proactive policy against phishing:   Policies, procedures and documentation: define clear guidelines for your employees. What is (not) allowed when it comes to equipment, services and personal responsibilities? This will...
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No less than 92% of the IT managers in companies want to work with SD-WAN by 2026, according to a poll performed by the American software company Masergy. In this context, more than 50% of them mention that they will opt for a hybrid public/private model, enabling the hybrid workplace. SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide-Area Networking) allows...
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The Belgian Offshore Platform (BOP) wants to triple the capacity of the wind farms in the Belgian territorial waters by 2030, according to the Flemish newspaper ‘De Standaard’. According to the BOP, this would create no less than 10.000 extra jobs in the coming decade. The BOP calls for increasing the capacity of offshore wind...
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ransomware
“Paying a ransom to cyber criminals and take it for granted won’t help in the fight against ransomware.” This warning comes from a recent report of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), a British defense and security think tank. Ransomware is more successful than ever. Its success results from several factors allowing cyber criminals to...
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hyperconverged infrastructure
The hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) market isn’t suffering from the corona crisis according to figures from IDC. During the 4th quarter of 2020, large global providers sold HCI systems for no less than 2,04 billion euros. An HCI includes a virtual storage network (VSAN), in addition to a virtualized network and a hypervisor for virtualized computer...
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New way of working
A new Garnter report outlined 4 ways in which CIOs should guide their organization in the new, hybrid way of working. Rethink how the work is being performed. Consider digital tools as an important component in the fields of communication, training & development, and knowledge exchange. Take psychological needs into account. When working in a...
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