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Smart Grid Seminar in Tokyo

Next week in Tokyo, I will make a presentation to a Japanese audience regarding the status of smart grid in the U.S. Like cloud computing, smart grid gets a lot of attention in Japan. However, smart grid may mean different things or at least have a different focus in the two countries. Because of the [...]

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Automating the Virtual Data Center

Virtualization of computing resources in the data center has yielded significant operational efficiency gains for IT administrators. However, it has also brought several challenges along with it. One of those challenges is the persistent assignment and allocation of appropriate network resources as virtual machines are provisioned amongst diverse network locations. Dynamic resource provisioning ensures that [...]

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RSA Conference: Top Security Threats of 2009

As we bid farewell to 2009, it’s the perfect time to reflect on issues and trends that face the security industry. In this exclusive podcast, world-renowned security expert and RSA Conference 2010 Program Chair Hugh Thompson talks about the top security threats of 2009, including cloud-based computing, the use (and misuse) of social networking and [...]

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Smart Phones In The Enterprise

Smart phones for the enterprise are multiplying faster than even the Wall Street pundits can come up with reasons to proclaim a winner. Though the consumer markets around the world provide the stimulus for wide-ranging offers from the different players, piercing the corporate enterprise is a different game. For our audience, we want to know [...]

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Access to Clouds

When I had time to kill between meetings in Tokyo, I dropped by a major bookstore near the Tokyo Station. In the computing book area, I found a special section on cloud computing. Like in the U.S., cloud computing is getting a lot of attention in Japan. The premise of cloud computing is easy access [...]

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Man of “A Certain Age” Strangled by Token Necklace

If you’re like me, every morning at an ungodly hour, you log on to several web sites and access your particulars and start your day. The process of logging on, for me, has all sorts of fault lines running through it, but the most intriguing lately is where I type out the user name and [...]

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Metering and Measuring at Data Centers, Arch Rock’s Way

After I bumped into the same person three times in a row in October at data center–related conferences and other events, I decided that something or someone must be telling me I need to spend more time with him. Tom Canning is a data center consultant at Arch Rock, which manufactures sensors for buildings and [...]

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CRM + Search, Aggregate and Append

In the world of business-to-business commerce, the commoditization of communications bandwidth drives the mean cost for Internet access downward and results in excess revenue to spend hiring employees, building products and growing business. No wonder the economic outlook is tied to IT growth. Like falling fuel costs, the reversion-to-the-mean for commodity bandwidth expenses should ignite [...]

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Subsidize Print Media or Botox Free Journalism?

Under the watchful eyes and busy keyboards of millions of online mavericks, social networkers quietly drive change that will eventually take top billing on the media money stage. For now anyway, most folks don’t have a clue about the dollar value of social network mining, or #scrm, or its advocates, stirring under the hood of [...]

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Social Networking Police See Warning Signs

Over at Readwriteweb our friend Alex Williams is doing a great job laying out SugarCRM’s run at respect. Their column on SugarCRM and its new features imagines a challenge to the erstwhile market owner, Mark ‘Aloha’ Beniof and his magical mystery tour de force. Sugar replaced their CEO and did some serious reorganizing to get [...]

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