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Internet of Things and Embedded Systems, Part 2

This is a continuation from Part 1. Why has the Internet of Things (IoT) become a big deal now? Why Now? When you follow the ICT field, you notice that when a new market starts to emerge, multiple companies jump in almost at the same time. This is easy to explain. 1.        Progress makes existing [...]

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Internet of Things and Embedded Systems, Part 1

Internet of Things and Embedded Systems, Part 1

I am not a purist when it comes to defining terms, so I am sure some readers may object to my saying that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a new name for what we used to call telematics, M2M, SCADA, WoT, Connected World, and the Industrial Internet. IoT is sometimes called the Internet of [...]

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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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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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Meeting with Pertino at the Consumerization of IT Conference in San Francisco

Meeting with Pertino at the Consumerization of IT Conference in San Francisco

How do you name your business? Of course, conducting competitive business is far more important than coming up with a clever name for your company. But a good name can attract positive attention to your business. Pertino is cleverly named. Cisco was named by taking “San Fran” out of “San Francisco” and has become a [...]

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No Stranger to Clouds, NASA Strives for SMACK

No Stranger to Clouds, NASA Strives for SMACK

At the recent Consumerization of IT Conference in San Francisco, I was in a session presented by Tom Soderstrom, IT Chief Technology Officer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Many people were attracted to his catchily titled presentation, A Multi-Cloud Model and the Mars Landing. I was one of them. NASA is no stranger to cloud computing, [...]

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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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