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The Cult of Big Data?

The Cult of Big Data?
September 19, 2014 No Comments »

Go to Google, type “big data will save” and see what pops up. You might think that big data will rescue the entire world from everything that ails it, judging from the headlines. But not everyone buys the hype. At ... Read More »

Passwords Returning From the Doghouse?

Passwords Returning From the Doghouse?
September 18, 2014 No Comments »

For years, passwords have come under increasing criticism as a weak means of authentication. Proponents of alternatives, like biometrics, hardware tokens and so on, have touted the benefits of their chosen replacements. But as these alternatives are considered more closely, ... Read More »

Data Center Designed to Thwart EMPs

Data Center Designed to Thwart EMPs
September 16, 2014 No Comments »

A new data center in Boyers, Pennsylvania, is designed to withstand electromagnetic pulses (EMPs), according to InfoWorld. Details of the 2,000-square-foot facility are sparse, but the company that built it said it “has an inner skin and an outer skin ... Read More »

Data Center Infrastructure Market: East Versus West

Data Center Infrastructure Market: East Versus West
September 12, 2014 No Comments »

Chinese data center infrastructure providers will siphon 2% market share from western providers before 2018, according to Gartner. Partially to blame for this shift is “increasing anti-US sentiment,” notes ZDNet. Citing the research firm, the article says, “China already has ... Read More »

IoT Traffic to Surpass Video?

IoT Traffic to Surpass Video?
September 11, 2014 No Comments »

Video traffic hogs much of the Internet’s bandwidth, but its hunger for wider data “pipes” has some reasonable limits. Users can collectively watch only so much video (24 hours per day), and the resolution eventually reaches a limit for a ... Read More »

Regular Password Changes Unnecessary?

Regular Password Changes Unnecessary?
September 9, 2014 No Comments »

One of the well-known rules of online security is that you should regularly change your passwords. Many sites even force you to do so periodically. But this wisdom may be less wise than it seems, according to a blog by ... Read More »

Colocation Data Center to Accept Bitcoin

Colocation Data Center to Accept Bitcoin
September 8, 2014 No Comments »

A colocation data center in Canada is now accepting the virtual currency Bitcoin as payment for services. According to DatacenterDynamics, Root Data Center’s Tier III facility in Montreal started accepting Bitcoin at the end of August. The company claimed to ... Read More »

Microsoft Fights Data Warrant

Microsoft Fights Data Warrant
September 2, 2014 No Comments »

A court order requiring Microsoft to give U.S. prosecutors email data from its Dublin, Ireland, data center had been under a stay until a U.S. district judge reiterated the order last week. This case raises a number of questions, from ... Read More »

Internet of Things (IoT): Too Much Hype?

Internet of Things (IoT): Too Much Hype?
August 29, 2014 No Comments »

The Internet of Things (IoT) sounds like a great idea for both companies and consumers, but it faces a number of problems. Although the potential for an explosion in Internet-connected devices tempts product vendors and data center operators, who see ... Read More »

Earthquake Illustrates Need for Power Protection

Earthquake Illustrates Need for Power Protection
August 28, 2014 No Comments »

The recent 6.0-magnitude earthquake in California led to a number of fixed electronic devices owing to power surges. In many cases, these power events overwhelmed surge protectors, according to Patrick Thibodeau at Network World. “Electric grid damage caused by an ... Read More »