All posts by Jeff Clark

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 »

Solar Tower Killing Birds

Solar Tower Killing Birds
August 20, 2014 No Comments »

The Ivanpah solar facility is a large circular array of mirrors in the Mohave Desert that concentrate sunlight on a central tower, boiling water and turning a turbine to create electricity. Unfortunately for the local bird population, however, this facility ... Read More »

Why Passwords Won’t Die

Why Passwords Won’t Die
August 19, 2014 No Comments »

The crusade against passwords has been raging for years, and as the capabilities of various devices increase, alternatives become more feasible. But the case for eliminating passwords is less clear than it may seem, and a headlong rush into an ... Read More »

What Big Data Can’t Do

What Big Data Can’t Do
August 19, 2014 No Comments »

Big data analytics is often portrayed as a business necessity: if you’re not looking for golden needles in your haystacks of data, your company is doomed. Regardless of whether that sentiment is true, big data can’t live up to all ... Read More »