March 30th, 2015
E-waste is the fastest-growing waste in the world, accounting for 70% of the toxic waste in U.S. landfills. Gartner predicts that the amount of connected “things” in use will increase five times from 2015 to 2020. This explosion of the “Internet of Things,” combined with the move to digital across the enterprise, introduces environment hazards beyond anything we have dealt with before. Why E-Waste Is a Threat Digital products contain a range of heavy metals, most of which a[...]
March 26th, 2015
Energy is the most widely noted (and sometimes lamented) resource driving data centers. But although not all data centers use water directly, many do, and the water supply is even more critical than energy to life in general. Following the Data Center Journal’s look at energy consumption, then, we turn to water. U.S. Water Use Per-capita total water usage in the U.S. has followed a pattern very similar to that of per-capita energy usage. According to U.S. G[...]
March 25th, 2015
In IDC’s study Battles for Dominance—and Survival—on the 3rd Platform, the analyst firm spoke of a next-generation IT software foundation that includes cloud computing, mobile, big data and social engagement, all of which generate data that needs to be analyzed, secured and managed, in real time. New technologies are being put in place to enable organizations to manage ever-increasing data loads without compromise. In Forrester’s Top 15 Emerging Technologies of 2015, the firm identified “software acceleration platforms[...]
March 24th, 2015
Opinion regarding so-called patent trolls seems to be almost unanimously negative, but not everyone thinks these organizations—which are often more euphemistically termed “non-practicing entities,” “non-producing entities” or something similar—are rent-seeking monsters. People of good will certainly can argue that patent trolls are a perfectly natural and acceptable outworking of the intellectual-property (IP) system, but some arguments are better than others. A recent article by Seton Motley of the organization Less Government illustrates several ways not to argue fo[...]
March 23rd, 2015
Organizations, as well as the public trust, are still reeling from last year’s disastrous string of security breaches. The Identity Theft Resource Center reports that the number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2014 hit a record high of 783. The retail industry alone saw the theft of more than 61 million records, according to IBM. In other words, bad actors are getting better at being bad. Credit-card numbers have traditionally been the target of choice f[...]
Data Center Resiliency. It’s increasingly about software.
March 18th, 2015
The common approach to creating a truly resilient data center typically entails doubling-up (and then some) on just about everything. That means spending capital on expensive servers with dual power supplies, dual power strips, double the circuits, double the PDUs, the UPSes and the backup generators. In essence, you’re buying abo..more...
One of the main challenges surrounding research on graphene (and its close cousin, carbon nanotubes) ...
Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently among other enhancements announced new Simple Storage Service (S3) cross-region ...
March 27th, 2015
The 2015 IEEE International Conference on Communications, the premier international venue dedicated to the worldwide advancement of wireless and wireline communications, will host its next annual event from 8-12 June..more...
March 25th, 2015
Corero Network Security (LSE: CNS), a leading provider of First Line of Defense security solutions against DDoS attacks, today released the findings of its inaugural Quarterly DDoS Trends and Analysis..more...
March 18th, 2015
Building on its reputation as the leader in predictive cost and performance management in the data center, Romonet today announced the latest release of Romonet Portal, its advanced data center..more...