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Which Buzzwords Were Floating Around at DatacenterDynamics Conference SF 2015? – Part-1

When I started to cover data centers in 2008, I was often asked which side of the two elements I focused on. The expected answer was either power or cooling. My answer of IT/software confused people because they could not understand what someone who claimed to be a software guy was doing there. Fast-forward, and [...]

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Have You Found the Best Way to Manage Your Data Centers Yet? Part 2

This is a continuation from Part 1. Comprehensive data center operations support When DCIM emerged as a segment, people did not get it. DatacenterKnowledge reported that Gartner published its first Magic Quadrant (MQ) report on DCIM in 2014.  No single vendor satisfied all the required DCIM functions, and some started to partner with others to [...]

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Have You Found the Best Way to Manage Your Data Centers Yet? Part 1

I have covered the field of data centers for some time, and I’ve heard many subjects discussed, from comatose servers, cooling technologies/methods, modular structures, and monitoring to asset management. Over time, many tools to assist each subject area have been developed and presented. The most recent are called data center infrastructure management tools, known as [...]

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Good Survey Session of Network Security Software @MacITConf – Part 2

This is a continuation from Part 1.   Network utilities ŸBasic security module (BSM):a security audit API and file format originally developed by Sun. ŸOpenBSM: portable, open source implementation of Sun’s BSM. ŸTcpdump: common packet analyzer that runs under the command line and works on most Unix-like operating systems, including OS X. ŸNetwork utility: available [...]

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Good Survey of Network Security Software @MacITConf – Part 1

I wish I could handle MAC, but I’ve been a PC guy since abandoning Unix (not Linux) in 1995. Because MAC OS X is based on Unix, I would like to move my computing platform there some day. That won’t be an easy task, never mind the additional investment on hardware. However, iPhone and iPad [...]

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Positioning of Future Facilities in the Data Center Market

I met and talked with Sherman Ikemoto four years ago at the mini Future Facilities (FF) conference in 2011. Before that, my understanding was that FF was a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) company focused on the data center market. It is well known that cooling takes a significant portion of energy (roughly 33%) in data [...]

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Future Computer Architectures for AI

I borrowed this blog title from a session at the recent Fujitsu Laboratories of America Technology Symposium 2015. As we know, software gets more attention than hardware does these days. Marc Andreesen said that software was eating the world. Some even say data is eating the worldinstead, as data is being given more attention. In [...]

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Is Artificial Intelligence Going to Make It This Time?

In the past, AI was talked about for its potential in the computing market, but it was deemed not usable or applicable for a long time. Now AI is being seen in a new light. Some people, like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, have warned that AI may take control over humans and [...]

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IoT Standards and Standards Organizations – Part 3

This is a continuation of IoT Standards and Standards Organizations – Part 2. Stakeholders’ view of standards Guy also talked about stakeholders’ view of the standards, that of consumers, developers, and device makers. Because they are self-explanatory, I simply show his slides for these three views. Consumers Consumers’ interests are in applications, and part of [...]

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IoT Standards and Standards Organizations – Part 2

This is a continuation of IoT Standards and Standards Organizations – Part 1. Network Transports Standards Organizations Wi-Fi Alliance “Wi-Fi Alliance® is the worldwide network of companies that brings you Wi-Fi®. In 1999, several visionary companies came together to form a global non-profit association with the goal of driving the best user experience with a [...]

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