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Big Blues for IBM?

Big Blues for IBM?
October 21, 2014 No Comments »

IBM’s exit from semiconductor manufacturing came with an interesting price tag: $1.5 billion. That’s how much Big Blue paid GlobalFoundries to take its money-losing chip unit off its hands. GlobalFoundries itself was a spinoff from x86 company AMD, which likewise ... Read More »

Scaling Network Traffic Visibility to 100 Gbps

Scaling Network Traffic Visibility to 100 Gbps
October 20, 2014 No Comments »

As enterprise networks scale to 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps, network managers encounter a serious problem: many of today’s traffic monitoring, management and security tools are incapable of operating well, or even at all, at these high data rates. Complicating ... Read More »

When Urban Legends Lead to Danger: Keeping Your Data Center Safe With the Truth About DDoS Attacks

When Urban Legends Lead to Danger: Keeping Your Data Center Safe With the Truth About DDoS Attacks
October 16, 2014 No Comments »

The SANS 2014 DDoS Survey is quite telling. It reports that almost 40% of enterprises are completely or mostly unprepared for DDoS attacks. Although 23% of respondents indicated they did not have a plan for DDoS mitigation, another 16% were ... Read More »

Industry Outlook: The State of Privacy

Industry Outlook: The State of Privacy
October 15, 2014 No Comments »

Industry Outlook is a regular Data Center Journal Q&A series that presents expert views on market trends, technologies and other issues relevant to data centers and IT. This week, Industry Outlook asks Private.me Chief Operating Officer (COO) Robert Neivert about ... Read More »

Four Questions About Women and Men in Technology

Four Questions About Women and Men in Technology
October 14, 2014 No Comments »

Many major technology companies (e.g., Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo and so on) have at some point been lambasted in the media—whether by reporters or themselves—about how many women they employ. This quasi-religious ritual typically involves expressing regret (repentance) for corporate ... Read More »

Top Seven Tips for Optimizing Virtual Data Centers

Top Seven Tips for Optimizing Virtual Data Centers
October 13, 2014 No Comments »

Virtualization has provided IT with huge benefits, from saving on capital expenses and energy to faster application deployment and workload agility. It also introduces a multitude of process changes and complexity, and mastering a virtual data center requires comprehending a ... Read More »

Peter Thiel’s Interesting Take on Tech

Peter Thiel’s Interesting Take on Tech
October 9, 2014 No Comments »

At the recent Gartner Symposium ITxpo, PayPal cofounder and billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel offered his view on a number of technology-related areas, according to a recap at ZDNet. Here’s a look at some of Thiel’s main points that intersect ... Read More »

Windows Server 2003 End of Life: It Doesn’t Have to Be a Real-Life Adventure

Windows Server 2003 End of Life: It Doesn’t Have to Be a Real-Life Adventure
October 8, 2014 No Comments »

One of my favorite Super Bowl ads is the 2009 EDS ad comparing IT services to “herding cats.” We’ve all dealt with chaotic situations, but for IT operations teams, the pending move away from Windows Server 2003 has the potential ... Read More »

New Material Holds Promise for Solar Power

New Material Holds Promise for Solar Power
October 7, 2014 No Comments »

Because of its abundance and easy availability, solar energy has a strong draw for both consumers and data center operators. The problem—and there always is one—is converting that energy into electricity to power appliances, lights, servers and so on. Most ... Read More »

Smart-Meter Hacking: A Preview of the IoT?

Smart-Meter Hacking: A Preview of the IoT?
October 2, 2014 No Comments »

A primary concern regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) is security: the proliferation of networked processors in just about everything gives hackers a world of new marks. Upcoming revelations of weaknesses in smart meters, which are really nothing all that ... Read More »