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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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VoltDB, NewSQL Database Company

VoltDB, NewSQL Database Company

At the recent NoSQL conference in San Jose, California, I had a chance to chat with Scott Jarr, cofounder and chief strategy officer of VoltDB. I wrote an overview blog where I touched on VoltDB, and this is a detailed version of my conversation with Scott. Scott Jarr When I was researching the NoSQL segment, [...]

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Where Is IT Going and What Impact Will That Have On Data Centers?

Where Is IT Going and What Impact Will That Have On Data Centers?

At the recent DatacenterDynamics conference in San Francisco, the last session was a panel discussion on where IT is headed and the effects of that on data centers. Because my chair duty was over by then, it was the only session I could attend other than my own track. Because a lot is going on [...]

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