All posts by Industry Outlook

Supercomputer Tests Immersion Cooling

Supercomputer Tests Immersion Cooling
April 10, 2014 No Comments »

Liquid cooling offers a number of benefits for computing deployments, including greater efficiency and the ability to pack more infrastructure into a smaller space. Intel and SGI are putting this concept to the test in supercomputing: the companies have immersed ... Read More »

Happy 50th Birthday to the Mainframe

Happy 50th Birthday to the Mainframe
April 9, 2014 No Comments »

The mainframe—the technology that just won’t die—reached its 50th birthday on April 7, according to IBM. Despite naysayers predicting the demise of this mode of computing, it has hung on in many companies and may even be subject to a ... Read More »

Will Slowing Moore’s Law Boost Hardware Modularity?

Will Slowing Moore’s Law Boost Hardware Modularity?
April 8, 2014 No Comments »

As silicon manufacturers begin to fall short of the pace set by Moore’s Law, the incentive for alternative methods of hardware innovation will increase. A number of settings have seen the benefits of modularity, including data center design, so could ... Read More »

Government Security Breaches Rampant

Government Security Breaches Rampant
April 8, 2014 No Comments »

Breaches of U.S. government IT systems are widespread, beyond even existing reports, according to ZDNet’s David Gewirtz. In testimony before a Senate committee, Government Accountability Office (GAO) director of Information Security Issues Gregory C. Wilshusen said, “In addition, although most ... Read More »

Yahoo’s Encryption: Security or Show?

Yahoo’s Encryption: Security or Show?
April 4, 2014 No Comments »

In a move likely motivated in part by the NSA scandal, Yahoo has implemented encryption of traffic between its data centers, according to DatacenterDynamics. “In November last year Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer announced plans to extend efforts to encrypt all ... Read More »

A New Tech Bubble or Just Hot Air?

A New Tech Bubble or Just Hot Air?
April 3, 2014 No Comments »

The psychological aspect of markets makes it difficult to predict bubbles and busts, let alone identify bubbles as they inflate. The technology sector has come under increasing scrutiny as possibly being in the midst of a new dot-com-style bubble, but ... Read More »

Snowden Effect Hits Cloud

Snowden Effect Hits Cloud
April 2, 2014 No Comments »

A recent survey conducted by NTT Communications indicates that Edward Snowden’s NSA revelations are affecting the way IT decision makers are using the cloud, according to DatacenterDynamics. Almost 90% of participants claimed to have changed their approach to the cloud ... Read More »

Technology Wage Fixing: No Real STEM Shortage?

Technology Wage Fixing: No Real STEM Shortage?
April 1, 2014 1 Comment »

A class-action lawsuit against major technology companies over alleged wage-fixing and non-poaching agreements appears to be headed for a trial following a U.S. District Court ruling last week. But beyond the matter of questionable business practices on the part of ... Read More »

Women, STEM and Education

Women, STEM and Education
April 1, 2014 1 Comment »

Playing off of the increasingly unbelievable notion of a dearth in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) talent, a nonprofit group is calling for more government meddling in education as the solution to the ostensible problem of too few women ... Read More »