July 08, 2013

Intel drives down server power consumption as microserver demand rises
Demand for these clusters of low power servers has created a market for microservers, servers with CPU power consumption below 10W, with HP recently launching its Moonshot servers based on the Intel Atom S1200 family of processors and Arm-based CPUs. In response to customer demand for lower power consumption, Intel is now pushing down the draw of its other server families towards microserver levels.

Windows Server 2012 R2: A First Look
Microsoft has done a lot to improve how Hyper-V works in a private cloud, with features like Shared VHDX files that make it easier to separate storage and compute, and to quickly migrate a virtual machine from one server to another. Live migration now supports migration between different base operating systems, as well as using compression to significantly speed up transfers.

A Guide to Vectorization with Intel® C++ Compilers
Enabling compiler vectorization is challenging. This report is designed for C/C++ developers working on systems that utilize Intel® processors or compatible, non-Intel processors that support SIMD instructions such as Intel® Streaming SIMD Extensions. It gives a detailed overview of vectorization, their proper use with compilers along with detailed coding examples.

Voice-over-LTE won't take off until 2015, will have to compete with telephony apps
Adoption of VoLTE has been faster in some countries than in others. In South Korea, SK Telecom's VoLTE service had 3.6 million subscribers in April. Infonetics now expects 12 commercial VoLTE networks and 8 million subscribers by year-end, with about three-quarters of those in Asia Pacific, it said.

Mentoring tips and leadership advice for building a diverse IT team
In this video Q&A, filmed at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012 in Orlando, Fla., Maridan Harris, a vice president of IT at Philips, sits down with SearchCIO-Midmarket.com editor Wendy Schuchart to share mentoring style and leadership advice that can aid CIOs and other IT heads in building a diverse, dynamic IT team.

Cyberwarfare: Mounting a defense
Cyberattacks related to warfare differ little from those associated with criminal activity. The main difference is in the effort expended. Cybercriminals tend to walk away when the cost of reaching their objectives exceeds expected revenue. Cyberwarriors take a different approach. Using advanced persistent threats (APTs), cyberwarriors use any means necessary (including time) to achieve political or social objectives.

Security Manager's Journal: Auto-forwarded emails could be a huge problem
Auto-forwarding rules just do not allow appropriate protection of information. There are other ways to get company email,including Outlook Web Access and VPN, which are useful for people who are traveling or working from home. I think the only reason our marketing colleague was trying to use webmail was that she is more comfortable with that service than with the services my company provides.

RAM Caching Vs. SSDs: A Startup's Gamble
Things are very different in a virtualized environment, where each VM claims, and holds, as much memory as it can. A common RAM cache that can dynamically allocate cache space to VMs as they make demands for storage access makes a lot more sense here. That's especially true if the caching engine deduplicates the cached data so common data, like common Windows DLLs, are only stored in the cache once.

Why the CIO isn't cutting it anymore
Mark McDonald, group vice president and Gartner Fellow, said in a statement: “The world outside IT changed creating a quiet crisis for IT. Demands have increased in a world grown dynamic and digital. The harder CIOs work tended to current concerns, the less relevant IT became. CIOs know that the future rests in not repeating the past but in extending IT by hunting and harvesting in a digital world.”

Make Good Decisions Faster
What makes the Know-Think-Do framework particularly powerful for organizations ranging from tiny startups to behemoth banks and software makers is it's scalability across every level of an organizational hierarchy. ... Regardless of where you are or how big you are, this framework enables all corners of an org chart can share a common language and approach for making sound, timely decisions.

Quote for the day:

"No one can make me work harder than I do, so I'm generally not interested in who I am competing with." -- Victoria Principal

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