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  • While worldwide internet connections speeds are down slightly, average peak connection speeds are on the rise, according to research published by Akamai Technologies. The resulting "Second Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet Report" provides a thorough breakdown of internet speed and usage patterns throughout the globe. South Korea, for example, claims the fastest average connection speeds, while Singapore posts the top peak connection speeds. In the United States, the District of Columbia reigns supreme in both categories. And while the reported speeds are generally high, there are always potholes on the information highway that can cause business disruptions. "The continued [performance] in average connection speeds is a reassuring trend as online retailers prepare for the busy holiday shopping season," said David Belson, editor of the report. But "recent internet disruptions caused by everything from government-ordered blackouts to a 'lone monkey' sparking a widespread outage are reminders of the many factors that can affect access to and use of the internet that is so often taken for granted." (The "lone monkey" mention refers to an incident in Kenya, during which a monkey fell on a transformer at a primary hydroelectric plant and caused a national power blackout.) The report also contains data about IPv4 addresses and IPv6 traffic, and we've included that information. The research is the result of analysis of data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform.

  • Organizations are routinely experiencing unplanned network outages that impact their access to business-critical applications, according to a recent survey from Talari Networks. Most IT professionals reported that they can only afford to lose access to these apps for a couple of minutes at a time, if at all. However, most outages last at least an hour. Leading causes include problems related to servers, the LAN and the WAN. And while there is considerable awareness about the potential for damage, it's surprising to see that relatively few enterprises are investing in potential safeguard solutions, such as redundant servers and networks, or off-site disaster recovery services. By taking such a position, organizations are placing themselves at a greater risk. "It's important for organizations to realize the true impact of a network outage," said John Dickey, president and COO of Talari Networks. "Not only is an outage a detriment to critical applications, but it also costs the enterprise an outrageous number of dollars. [Enterprises should] understand that implementing a failsafe network is the logical next step for any organization looking to mitigate outages." More than 400 IT professionals took part in the research.

  • A leading commercial seafood farm turns to the internet of things to run the business more efficiently and to monitor the quality and safety of the harvest.

  • A firm that records the global movement of diamonds adopts blockchain tech to get a complete view of the transactional layers of the industry and specific gems.