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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 »

Whack-A-Thief This Holiday Season

Whack-A-Thief This Holiday Season
October 1, 2014 No Comments »

Trying to stop cyber-criminals from making fraudulent transactions can be similar to playing whack-a-mole as a kid. As soon as retailers plug a hole, thieves find another way to breach their defenses. Because of this dynamic, online retailers should never ... Read More »

Is the New Windows a Pivotal Point for Microsoft?

Is the New Windows a Pivotal Point for Microsoft?
September 30, 2014 No Comments »

Galen Gruman at InfoWorld believes that the forthcoming version of Windows (whatever the name—Windows 9, Threshold or some yet-to-be-announced moniker) is “make-or-break time for Microsoft.” To be sure, no company is indispensable, but the software giant may have earned itself ... Read More »

Data Virtualization and Greener Data Centers

Data Virtualization and Greener Data Centers
September 29, 2014 1 Comment »

I recall that the Dec 1999 or Jan 2000 issue of National Geographic magazine had a “Letters From the Editor” column that speculated, in jest, that given the rate at which humans were saving back issues of National Geographic, by ... Read More »

Patent Trolls, Nvidia vs. Samsung and Other IP Battles

Patent Trolls, Nvidia vs. Samsung and Other IP Battles
September 25, 2014 No Comments »

The intellectual-property (IP) juggernaut may be fraying at the edges thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Alice Corp. v CLS Bank, but other patent battles are brewing, with semiconductor-IP giant ARM caught tangentially in an infringement suit by ... Read More »

Striking the Balance: In-House vs. Outsourced IT

Striking the Balance: In-House vs. Outsourced IT
September 24, 2014 No Comments »

In Beowulf, there’s a popular quote that says “balance is everything.” This means success is all about the yin and yang of things—weighing every opportunity and challenge and striking the right balance. And in the increasingly complex data center environment, ... Read More »

Big Data: The Bubble to End All Tech Bubbles?

Big Data: The Bubble to End All Tech Bubbles?
September 23, 2014 No Comments »

A rising stock market that defies underlying economic indicators (e.g., the declining labor-force participation rate, falling hours worked by the average employee, ever growing government debts and so on) has fueled talk of bubbles. The technology world is no stranger ... Read More »

Boot Solutions for x86 Processors in an SDN Setting

Boot Solutions for x86 Processors in an SDN Setting
September 15, 2014 No Comments »

As today’s processing platforms assume more and more architecture functions of data centers in a predominantly software-defined networking scenario, questions arise regarding how best to maximize networking abilities of processors, as well as maximizing potential savings in power, heat and ... Read More »

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women to Blaze Trails and Embrace STEM Careers

Inspiring the Next Generation of Women to Blaze Trails and Embrace STEM Careers
September 11, 2014 No Comments »

I recently returned from vacation in Orlando, Florida, where I had the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center for the first time. It was exciting to see our customers’ and partners’ logos lining the walls as reminders of what HPC ... Read More »

How to Prevent a Data Doomsday

How to Prevent a Data Doomsday
September 10, 2014 No Comments »

“Virtualized data is fast becoming the new norm. No one can justify using storage like before” -Tim Gorman Gartner has famously noted the exponential growth of data and predicted a data doomsday. A data doomsday will mean, according to the research firm, ... Read More »