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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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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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How Some of My Current Interests in ICT and Power Industry Relate to Each Other

How Some of My Current Interests in ICT and Power Industry Relate to Each Other

I have not blogged for a while but want to resume my writing. There are a lot of subjects I would like to write about: cloud computing, cloud computing impacts on data centers, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data/Analytics, Green IT, and ICT applications to the power industry. These subjects are related to each [...]

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The Application of Information and Communications Technologies to the Power Grid – Part 2

The Application of Information and Communications Technologies to the Power Grid – Part 2

This is a continuation of the review of Preliminary Discussion Draft: NIST Framework and Roadmap for Smart Grid Interoperability Standards, Release 3.0. Chapter 4: Standards Identified for Implementation (pp. 62–120) This is the chapter I am most interested in. Table 4-1 (page 70) contains a set of standards, specifications, and guidelines that NIST deems important [...]

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The Application of Information and Communications Technologies to the Power Grid – Part 1

The Application of Information and Communications Technologies to the Power Grid – Part 1

I have been advocating the application of information and communications technologies to the power grid and any elements that are part of or connect to the power grid. There are many such application areas, including measuring and monitoring, communications and networking, data collection, aggregation and storage, and data processing and analytics. So you might want [...]

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ARM TechCon 2013: Segars Sees ARM as the Solution for Big Data, IoT

ARM TechCon 2013: Segars Sees ARM as the Solution for Big Data, IoT

The room was packed for ARM CEO Simon Segars’s keynote speech on the second day of ARM TechCon 2013.  I heard that more than 6,500 people preregistered for the conference, which indicated high popularity of ARM solutions.   He started with a discussion of innovation. Before jumping into the subject of mobile computing, he talked [...]

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ARM TechCon 2013: HP’s Game-Changing Moonshot

ARM TechCon 2013: HP’s Game-Changing Moonshot

Martin Fink, CTO and Director of HP Labs., Hewlett-Packard Company, presented a keynote titled New Style of IT at the recent ARM TechCon 2013.   Fink first reviewed how IT has progressed from the mainframe in the 1970s and ‘80s, to the clients and servers of the 1990s, the Internet of the 2000s, and the [...]

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