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Is there a new kid in town?

Is there a new kid in town?

In today’s international learning landscape the role of e-Learning/on-line learning is providing more and more opportunities for International Schools to leverage a greater capacity to provide a differentiated venue for learning to support their respective learning communities. The growth of this learning medium in education and industry is significant, the number reflect this “5.6 million [...]

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How to Apply ICT to the Power Grid: OSIsoft’s Way – Part 2

How to Apply ICT to the Power Grid: OSIsoft’s Way – Part 2

This is a continuation from Part 1. Interfaces required to multiple domains I think their decision to keep themselves a software infrastructure company is smart. In this way, they can apply their systems to many market segments where operations are involved. When operations are performed, some kinds of data are generated and often times those [...]

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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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Ayla Networks Promotes Device Connectivity for Internet of Things

Ayla Networks Promotes Device Connectivity for Internet of Things

A previous blog explained how the connectivity of end devices leads to intelligence. Simply connecting the devices does not by itself produce intelligence, but connecting them to a bigger system that aggregates, stores, and analyzes their data does. Many details still need to be worked out. An ecosystem for intelligent systems consists of several players, [...]

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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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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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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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What’s Next with Data Center Energy Efficiency—Facilities or IT?

What’s Next with Data Center Energy Efficiency—Facilities or IT?

What is the next trend in data center energy efficiency? I may be biased because I am more of an ICT guy than a facility guy, when I talk about data centers. Based on my unscientific data, 70%–80% of people who attend a data center conference are facility folks; IT folks are a minority. When [...]

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Conference Watch: How Do Japanese Operators Run Their Data Centers?

Conference Watch: How Do Japanese Operators Run Their Data Centers?

When I proposed a session on the subject of how Japanese operators run their data centers for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Data Center Energy Efficiency Summit, I did not know how many people might show up for it. We use a lot of products from Japan, but our information about Japan and the people [...]

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