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The pile of digital data is growing, doubling every 18 months or less. That pile is the new gold, drawing data miners hoping to strike it rich by finding patterns and uncovering insights that can lead to more efficient markets, higher productivity, safer streets, and the much loved increased profits.
Stephen Baker's new book, The Numerati (Houghton Mifflin), introduces some of the data miners, or numerati, who are leading efforts to probe the depths of the global data dump.
He profiles several numerati, focusing more on the personalities and potential use cases than the arcane details of the computer … Read more
Microsoft on Monday officially opened its San Antonio, Texas, data center, the latest in a string of giant facilities aimed at powering Microsoft consumer and business online services.
The company said the data center occupies nearly half a million square feet and cost $550 million to establish.
Microsoft touted some of the environmental features of the facility, including the fact that it is using 8 million gallons of recycled water per month as part of its cooling system.
"Microsoft looked at 31 variables in narrowing its site selection to San Antonio, including the availability of fiber-optic networks, affordable energy … Read more
Fresh air could save millions in data center cooling costs, Intel has claimed, after a successful experiment in the New Mexico desert.
Replacing air conditioning by piping in outside air saved power costs, with no appreciable increase in server failure rates, Intel concluded in a research paper (PDF). Despite a lot of dust and major temperature changes--both long considered undesirable in data centers--the equipment wasn't affected, Intel said.
"Servers...were subjected to considerable variation in temperature and humidity, as well as poor air quality; however, there was no significant increase in server failures," the paper said. "… Read more
My networking-savvy colleague Bob Laliberte and I just got back from Interop in New York City. While at the show, we met with a number of leading networking vendors to discuss trends in the data center. Why the data center focus? Between data center consolidation, server virtualization, Web 2.0 applications, the convergence of storage and data, and power/cooling concerns, data center networks are rapidly changing.
Aside from these macro trends, there is something else going on. In connecting specific applications/services to specific users and groups, high-bandwidth data center networks are actually made up of numerous subsegments that … Read more
Earlier this year, we took a close look at Iomega's eGo line of portable hard drives. We tested both the brown leather eGo and the camo eGo, with superb results: we liked both Iomega's Drop Guard design that protects the drives from drops up to a meter above the floor, and the quick transfer speeds.
Now, Iomega is taking the drives' aesthetic value one step further by introducing the 320GB eGo Helium. The drive is just .63 inches, and its sleek exterior casing is anodized silver to match perfectly with Apple's MacBook Air. Inside the chassis, you'… Read more
Shares of data warehouse management company Teradata jumped nearly 7 percent in trading Tuesday, following an analyst report that the company would make a good fit with enterprise software applications behemoth SAP.
And while JMP Securities analyst Pat Walravens, notes that SAP has "hinted in recent weeks" it may be considering another acquisition and he believes Teradata would make a good fit, SAP sources say no such transaction is in the immediate works.
SAN FRANCISCO--The media are responsible, in part, for the lack of greater adoption of mobile payment systems in the United States, a panel of payment leaders said here Thursday at the fall 2008 CTIA.
"I think the media, because they don't understand the technology, and consumers, because they don't understand the technology, have created a hysteria around this," said Barry McCarthy, president of Mobile Solutions for First Data. "I think it's entirely unfounded."
Contactless payment systems use near field communication (NFC), an extension of the ISO 14443 proximity-card standard that allows mobile devices … Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif.--Energy efficiency has always been a serious consideration of the tech industry. But executives from Cisco Systems and IBM here Tuesday said it's become crucial as their customers are aware of rising energy costs.
One of their key areas of focus is the data center, or the room where a company houses its computer servers and data-storage hardware. Power usage related to data centers doubled from 2000 to 2006 to comprise about 1.5 percent of the energy Americans use annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Silicon Valley Leadership Group President Carl Guardino said that … Read more