All posts by Jeff Clark

Internet of Things (IoT): Too Much Hype?

Internet of Things (IoT): Too Much Hype?
August 29, 2014 No Comments »

The Internet of Things (IoT) sounds like a great idea for both companies and consumers, but it faces a number of problems. Although the potential for an explosion in Internet-connected devices tempts product vendors and data center operators, who see ... Read More »

Technology Won’t Replace Humans

Technology Won’t Replace Humans
August 28, 2014 No Comments »

Looking back at the way the Industrial Revolution altered the market for many job types, it’s easy to extend that thinking to the “Digital Revolution” and foresee humans being all but entirely replaced by robots and (or perhaps with) artificial ... Read More »

Earthquake Illustrates Need for Power Protection

Earthquake Illustrates Need for Power Protection
August 28, 2014 No Comments »

The recent 6.0-magnitude earthquake in California led to a number of fixed electronic devices owing to power surges. In many cases, these power events overwhelmed surge protectors, according to Patrick Thibodeau at Network World. “Electric grid damage caused by an ... Read More »

Solar Power: Not All Green

Solar Power: Not All Green
August 27, 2014 No Comments »

As the Data Center Journal has noted on a number of occasions, alternative energy sources—despite their reputations—involve some environmental and health/safety downsides, just like traditional sources. An IEEE Spectrum article by Dustin Mulvaney looks in depth at the hazards that ... Read More »

Data Centers: Polluters or Just Consumers?

Data Centers: Polluters or Just Consumers?
August 26, 2014 No Comments »

In an article at Network World, Patrick Thibodeau discusses a National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) report that takes the data center industry to task for contributing to pollution by wasting energy. Perhaps the most illustrative statement in Thibodeau’s piece is ... Read More »

Questions About Women and STEM

Questions About Women and STEM
August 26, 2014 No Comments »

Writing at DatacenterDynamics, Jill King (Adaptive Computing’s VP of marketing) considered the issue of gender imbalance in many high-tech industries, asking, “What can be done to close that gap?” Stepping beyond simply blaming men for the scarcity of women, King ... Read More »

Oregon Sues Oracle Over Health-Insurance Website

Oregon Sues Oracle Over Health-Insurance Website
August 25, 2014 No Comments »

The Obamacare/ACA drama continues nearly a year after the disastrous launch of Healthcare.gov and similar state-run health-insurance exchanges. Oregon’s exchange was particularly troubled, and the state is now suing provider Oracle for failing to deliver on its promises. The filing ... Read More »

Designing Reliable Physical Security for the Data Center

Designing Reliable Physical Security for the Data Center
August 22, 2014 No Comments »

Much of the focus on data center security revolves around the IT component: repelling DoS attacks, identifying and eliminating malware, thwarting remote intrusion attempts, and so on. But physical security is just as important, if not more so. Designing reliable ... Read More »

Redefining Moore’s Law?

Redefining Moore’s Law?
August 21, 2014 No Comments »

Moore’s Law is traditionally defined as the trend in which the number of transistors on a chip doubles about every two years (the exact details vary depending on whom you ask). But according to AMD’s Senior VP and CTO Mark ... Read More »