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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Sharks Taking a Bite out of the Internet

Sharks Taking a Bite out of the Internet
August 15, 2014 No Comments »

Just when you thought it was safe to transmit data through undersea cables, terror struck. According to DatacenterDynamics, Google’s undersea fiber optic cable has been a target of great white sharks, which have been testing the data highway for suitability ... Read More »

Internet of Things: Peak Hype

Internet of Things: Peak Hype
August 14, 2014 No Comments »

The Internet of Things (IoT) is often viewed as one of the biggest growth opportunities for computing: just think of all the appliances and other items that could stand to incorporate an Internet-connected processor. And, of course, more data center ... Read More »