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Data Center Site Selection Panel at Motivated to Influence Data Center Conference

Data Center Site Selection Panel at Motivated to Influence Data Center Conference

The US is a big country and each state has great independence. That is sometimes good and sometimes not so good. Each region is unique in many ways. Energy resources, climates, taxes, populations, laws and regulations, and awareness of environment are vastly different. Japan, where I originally came from, is in general a uniform, small [...]

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Impacts of Regulations on Data Center Operations

Impacts of Regulations on Data Center Operations

At the recent Motivated to Influence Data Center Conference in San Francisco, there was a session titled, Will Regulation and European Standards on Energy and Carbon Efficiency Create an Inflection Point for the US Data Center Industry? There has been a lot of discussion about how to regulate data centers and their operations, because they [...]

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Security and Data Centers

Security and Data Centers

Twenty years ago, I ran a small group in a large corporation’s subsidiary, which developed firewall and virtual networking gear. In those days, most people were beginning to discover what the Internet and the World Wide Web were. That security was required for the Internet was not well recognized. It was inconceivable for many that [...]

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Tier44 Provides Data Center Service Optimization, Reincarnation of PowerAssure

I am interested in applying IT and communications technologies (ICT) to the energy sector. One such area is the data center market. This segment is very interesting because it involves ICT and facility management and operations in the same place. Besides, I can relate to the IT side of the house easily because of my [...]

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Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification September 2014

Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification September 2014

So far we have four bulletins announced for September 2014, one Critical and three Important. Back in August Microsoft put a hard deadline on implementing the Update 1 (KB2919355) for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2, making it so users need to install Update 1 in order to keep their systems updated. The first patch Microsoft [...]

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August 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

August 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

We have a big Patch Tuesday this month.  Microsoft started by releasing 8 updates and slipped in a later 9th later in the week last week.  That is just the beginning.  As of this morning we have updates from Opera, Picasa, Adobe Acrobat, Reader, Flash 13 and 14, and AIR, with likely appearances by Chrome [...]

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Many Networking Protocols to Choose from for Internet of Things

One of the topics I am very much interested in is a networking protocol. Before IP became the de facto standard for communications, at least in the IT field, there were many others, such as IPX, AppleTalk, Banyan VINES, DECnet, SNA, and XNS. They were not interoperable with one another, and it was not possible [...]

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According to VMware, Software-Defined Data Center Leads to Software-Defined Enterprise

According to VMware, Software-Defined Data Center Leads to Software-Defined Enterprise

During the past several years, I’ve researched the data center market and talked to many people involved in the industry. When I started with that market, I was surprised that many people in it assumed that I came from Facility, even though I came from IT. At many data center conferences, the majority of the [...]

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July 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

July 2014 Patch Tuesday Advanced Notification

Microsoft has announced this month’s Patch Tuesday release.  It looks pretty clean at first glance.  IE with a lot of OS patches and likely nothing all that complex.  The one thing to watch for will be the possibilities of more dependencies.  For those running Windows 8.1 or Server 2012 R2, make sure you are prioritizing Update [...]

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TechShop’s Mark Hatch Talks about Maker Market

TechShop’s Mark Hatch Talks about Maker Market

At the recent 8th annual Fujitsu Laboratories of America Technology Symposium (FLATS), the theme was the maker market, which began gaining attention some time ago, as reported here. Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop, delivered the keynote speech.   Incidentally, I heard about TechShop from a delegate of the Computer Software Association of Japan (CSAJ) who [...]

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