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Where Good Ideas Come From?

Where Good Ideas Come From?

The opening keynote at the Consumerization of IT conference was by Steven Berlin Johnson. Steven Berlin Johnson The title of his talk was From Idea to Innovation. The key points of the talk were drawn from his book, Where Good Ideas Come From. He gave a short version of his talk a few years ago. [...]

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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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New Paradigm and Thinking Required for Massively Distributed, Large, and Complex Systems – Part 2

New Paradigm and Thinking Required for Massively Distributed, Large, and Complex Systems – Part 2

The second keynote speech I attended at NoSQL Now 2013 was by Adrian Cockcroft of Netflix. Adrian gave a talk titled Managing Scale and Complexity at Netflix. He talked about a different aspect of massively distributed, large, and complex systems from Nathan Marz’s. (URL). Between the two, I gained more understanding of such systems. In [...]

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New Paradigm and Thinking Required for Massively Distributed and Complex Systems – Part 1

New Paradigm and Thinking Required for Massively Distributed and Complex Systems – Part 1

In addition to the tutorial I attended at NoSQL Now 2013, I heard two keynote speech sessions. They had similar themes but different emphases. The power grid transmits not just power but also a vast amount of data/information about power delivery. This is similar to the telephone system’s consisting of signaling (control) and voice transmission [...]

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What I Learned at NoSQL Now 2013

What I Learned at NoSQL Now 2013

This was the second time I’ve attended the NoSQL conference. I attended one of the tutorials and two keynotes and interviewed one company this year. My interest in the NoSQL marketplace is to follow and monitor Big Data produced by instrumented sensors in the smart grid, and to produce useful information for its operations. Tutorial [...]

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Considering Software Usability and Data Integration in Data Center Infrastructure Management Tools

The data center market is unique but has a lot of issues that IT can provide solutions for. Data center infrastructure management (DCIM) is the monitoring, measuring, and understanding of what’s going on in a data center to produce action items for operations. One of DCIM’s objectives is to conserve energy at data centers. In [...]

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Can Software Define a System?

Can Software Define a System?

A system can be anything. It can consist of only software pieces. In that case, we already know it is doable. But what if a system consists of software, hardware, and infrastructure, like a data center? The data center market is unique and many IT people, especially software applications and middleware people, tend to think [...]

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Software-Definable Power at a Data Center? Part 2

Software-Definable Power at a Data Center? Part 2

In Part 1, I discussed power availability and pricing as they relate to data center operations. My conclusions were that we can only control (reduce) power demands because we cannot control the power supply. We reduce power loads when the supply is insufficient and/or when more favorable power prices are available in other data centers. [...]

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Software-Definable Power at a Data Center? Part 1

This topic really interests me because it is the intersection of IT and power. IT completely depends on power, and these days we need to pay more attention to that. If we could make IT manage power conversely, that would be interesting and great. In Part 1 of this two-part blog, I will touch on [...]

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