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How to Apply ICT to the Power Grid: OSIsoft’s Way — Part 1

How to Apply ICT to the Power Grid: OSIsoft’s Way — Part 1

Smart grid is where power, IT, and communications meet. In this blog, IT and communications technologies are grouped as ICT. These days, most industry areas have become so complex that we cannot cope with problems without applying ICT. When smart grid was first introduced, Cisco declared that the power grid would be much bigger than [...]

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Wind River’s View on M2M, Intelligent Systems, and the Internet of Things

Wind River’s View on M2M, Intelligent Systems, and the Internet of Things

I hear more and more about intelligent systems. Are they different from M2M and the Internet of Things? In a recent Design West, one of the themes was intelligent systems. What is it, and how is it different from M2M and the Internet of Things? I attended one informative session by speakers from a research [...]

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Game Changer? Beyond Realizing Hybrid Clouds—Part 3

Game Changer? Beyond Realizing Hybrid Clouds—Part 3

This is a continuation of the previous blog on hybrid clouds. In part 1 and part 2, I discussed CloudVelocity and its technologies for implementing a hybrid cloud. Now that we know a hybrid cloud can be successfully implemented, what does that mean to us? How does it change the IT world? By the way, [...]

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What’s on the Radar Screen of an International ICT Company?

What’s on the Radar Screen of an International ICT Company?

Fujitsu has been one of the most successful companies in Japan, and it also has operations worldwide, including North America. The revenue distribution is Japan, $36.1B (61.8%); EMEA, $9.9B (17.9%); APAC/China, $5B (15.6%); and the Americas, $3.5B (4.6%), for a total of $54.5B worldwide. Because I cover the intersection between ICT and energy, I wanted [...]

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Dr. John Hennessy Speaks at Fujitsu North America Technology Forum

Dr. John Hennessy Speaks at Fujitsu North America Technology Forum

Fujitsu’s annual conference is a good deal. It is free and presents prominent speakers on timely technology subjects with very little Fujitsu propaganda. I am fortunate enough to be on their invitation list. I will discuss the overview of the conference in a later blog but focus now on this special keynote by Dr. John [...]

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Many Faces of Storage Hypervisor, Virtual Storage or Storage Virtualization

Many Faces of Storage Hypervisor, Virtual Storage or Storage Virtualization

Storage hypervisors were a 2012 popular buzzword bingo topic with plenty of industry adoption and some customer deployment. Separating the hype around storage hypervisors reveals conversations around storage virtualization and virtual storage. Cloud and virtualization components Storage virtualization along with virtual storage and storage hypervisors have a theme of abstracting underlying physical hardware resources like server virtualization. The [...]

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Hardware, Software, what about Valueware?

Hardware, Software, what about Valueware?

I am surprised nobody has figured out how to use the term valueware to describe their hardware, software or services solutions, particular around cloud, big data, little data, converged solution stacks or bundles, virtualization and related themes. Note that I’m referring to IT hardware and not what you would usually find at a TrueValue hardware store (disclosure, [...]

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Japan Data Center Council Visits Silicon Valley Power for New Ideas to Remedy Power Problems: Part 1

Japan Data Center Council Visits Silicon Valley Power for New Ideas to Remedy Power Problems: Part 1

The Japan Data Center Council (JDCC) is a consortium of data center operators, vendors, and users in Japan consisting of 170 member companies. Even before the disaster in March 2011, the JDCC was trying to work with utilities to come up with a suitable pricing structure and other factors for their unique power usage. Data [...]

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What Is Cloud ?

What Is Cloud ?

I have heard James Urquhart talk several times in the past, but the talk he gave at the recent CloudScale, hosted by Plug and Play Tech, was by far the best and most interesting. He has obviously given this talk a few times elsewhere. CloudScale had a good assortment of presentations and discussions, although each [...]

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Low Power Implies Lightweight Software on Processors

Low Power Implies Lightweight Software on Processors

This year’s ARM TechCon’s theme was low power. As we reduce the power consumption of computer systems, we can apply them to many areas that we never even considered before. Reducing power involves several elements, including low-power processors and memory. But we tend to overlook software impacts. Software includes both utilities and applications. At the [...]

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