All posts by Jeff Clark

NC Wind Farm to Power Amazon Data Centers

NC Wind Farm to Power Amazon Data Centers
July 14, 2015 No Comments »

According to a company press release, Amazon signed a contract to build a 208 MW wind farm in North Carolina. Expected to go online at the end of 2016, the company predicts it will produce some 670,000 megawatt-hours of energy—that’s ... Read More »

Brazil’s Data Centers Facing Water Shortage

Brazil’s Data Centers Facing Water Shortage
July 13, 2015 1 Comment »

Water is critical to operations in many data centers—specifically with regard to cooling. It’s also critical on the electricity side, particularly when power generation either requires water for cooling or requires moving water to supply energy (i.e., hydroelectric power). And, ... Read More »

Second OPM Breach, More Compromised Records

Second OPM Breach, More Compromised Records
July 10, 2015 No Comments »

A reported second breach of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) raised the number of compromised individual records to over 20 million, more than quadrupling the estimate of about 4 million from the first breach. According to a July ... Read More »

The Diversity Bait and Switch

The Diversity Bait and Switch
July 9, 2015 No Comments »

In George Orwell’s dystopian novel Animal Farm, the animals that formed a revolution to overthrow an abusive farmer listed as one of their commandments, “All animals are equal.” Later, when certain of the animals coopted the revolution to their own ... Read More »

Cryptographers: Encryption Backdoors a Lousy Idea

Cryptographers: Encryption Backdoors a Lousy Idea
July 8, 2015 No Comments »

Law-enforcement officials have sought access to encrypted communications under the claim that strong encryption thwarts their efforts to catch criminals. According to a panel of cryptographers, however, creating backdoors in encryption protocols for law-enforcement use weakens security and creates openings ... Read More »

Is Cybersecurity a Scam?

Is Cybersecurity a Scam?
July 7, 2015 No Comments »

As the many recent high-profile breaches suggest, the IT industry faces a security problem. Furthermore, the attack against the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) shows that even the best-funded organizations are vulnerable. According to John Prisco, CEO of Triumfant ... Read More »

Open Source a Failed Business Model?

Open Source a Failed Business Model?
July 7, 2015 No Comments »

Open-source software plays a major role in data centers and throughout IT. The business model of open source forgoes (or largely forgoes) the profits of proprietary software sales, instead focusing in most cases on providing some complementary service, such as ... Read More »

Silicon Photonics a Viable Technology?

Silicon Photonics a Viable Technology?
July 6, 2015 No Comments »

Silicon photonics aims to bridge two worlds: semiconductor electronics and photonic systems that use light. This technology aims to simplify and improve devices by enabling manufacture of both types of components in the same silicon substrate. But as Michael P. ... Read More »

Technology’s Overreliance on the State

Technology’s Overreliance on the State
July 2, 2015 No Comments »

If you have a problem, who you gonna call? Unfortunately, in the technology world, the answer is far too often the legislature. (Or it might be the Supreme Court—a de facto legislature.) The technology market has developed quickly because of ... Read More »