All posts by Jeff Clark

Does Falling Oil Price Affect Data Centers?

Does Falling Oil Price Affect Data Centers?
December 16, 2014 1 Comment »

The price of oil (WTI crude) has, pardon the phrase, tanked since midyear, falling nearly 50% from over $100 a barrel to just under $55. Naturally, since energy is the main consumable of data centers, the question arises regarding the ... Read More »

Xiaomi Faces Patent Disputes

Xiaomi Faces Patent Disputes
December 15, 2014 No Comments »

Smartphones have been one of the hot spots of patent battles in recent years, with Apple versus Samsung being perhaps the chief example. After all, who wouldn’t go to court over ownership of rounded corners? The latest (unwilling) participant in ... Read More »

Data Center Power Versus Network Usage

Data Center Power Versus Network Usage
December 11, 2014 1 Comment »

Data center operators are regularly berated for their power usage, perhaps most infamously in a 2012 New York Times article titled “Power, Pollution and the Internet.” In the article, James Glanz noted, “The inefficient use of power is largely driven ... Read More »

Microsoft and Bitcoin Payments

Microsoft and Bitcoin Payments
December 11, 2014 No Comments »

Bitcoin continues to gain steam as an alternative currency, this time with Microsoft accepting payments using the cryptocurrency, according to Loek Essers at Computerworld. The system doesn’t exactly involve payment in Bitcoin, however. Instead of conducting a transaction in the ... Read More »

Has Data Center Spending Returned?

Has Data Center Spending Returned?
December 11, 2014 No Comments »

Regardless of broader economic conditions, technology plays an increasing role in business. Demand for services continues to rise, and forthcoming trends like the Internet of Things (IoT) hint at even more demand to support computing everywhere. The backbone of these ... Read More »

CIOs Struggling With Legal Details

CIOs Struggling With Legal Details
December 10, 2014 No Comments »

Part of the C-suite’s job is to (with the help of lawyers, of course) wrestle with the legal details of doing business—particularly contracts with customers and service providers. According to John McGreavy, a CIO writing at InformationWeek, small legal details ... Read More »

The Only Thing We Have to Fear: It’s Not AI

The Only Thing We Have to Fear: It’s Not AI
December 9, 2014 No Comments »

Artificial intelligence (AI) has long been the stuff of sci-fi/horror hybrids like the Terminator franchise, as well as literary works that preceded Hollywood movies. Recently, a number of celebrities have expressed concern over the possibility that AI could lead to ... Read More »

Ingenuity: The Cure for an Ailing Moore’s Law?

Ingenuity: The Cure for an Ailing Moore’s Law?
December 9, 2014 No Comments »

Increasingly, engineers and market watchers are calling the twilight of Moore’s Law, whether it be a result of technical challenges or simple economics. But the end of “brute-force” gains in processing muscle need not be the end of innovation: the ... Read More »

More Disagreement on Supposed STEM Shortage

More Disagreement on Supposed STEM Shortage
December 8, 2014 No Comments »

The debate over a perceived (by some parties) shortage of STEM talent rages on, with employers complaining of being unable to fill positions and unemployed or underemployed candidates waving their arms and shouting for attention. According to Joe Stanganelli at ... Read More »