July 21, 2013

It's getting warmer in some data centers
The U.S. General Services Administration, as part of data center consolidation and efficiency efforts, has recommended raising data center temperatures from 72 degrees Fahrenheit to as high as 80 degrees. Based on industry best practices, the GSA said it can save 4% to 5% in energy costs for every one degree increase in the server inlet temperature.

eProvided SD Recovery Firm Confirms Samsung's Mass Production of 128GB NAND Chips
With SD recovery problems, it's important to remember that even though digital media is safer to use when compared to HDD's, digital devices and USB flash drives, they do fail and a service to recover USB drive devices will be badly needed. Compact flash data recovery services have also been used for years by professional and amateur photographers experiencing SD recovery issues.

User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for Software Systems
User Acceptance Testing should never be used to detect programming bugs, integration bugs, or design flaws. These should be detected by the previous testing phases: development testing and Quality Assurance testing. To achieve these goals UAT must be conducted in a production-like environment and the system exercised by at least one representative of every functional group in the user community.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's leadership style offers invaluable lessons for managers
MS Dhoni, India's most successful cricket captain, is well on his way to be regarded as one of the greatest leaders the game has seen. In the past, people have attributed his success to luck, timing, good fortune and the like. But on closer analysis of his success, we see a clear pattern emerging. Dhoni's leadership style offers invaluable lessons to managers at all levels.

Why In-Memory Computing Is Cheaper And Changes Everything
Some people think that we’re talking about in-memory because of all the hype that’s been going on in the market – but it’s not just SAP. Every single vendor out there is getting involved in in-memory technology. ... You won’t have tape drives, you won’t have disk drives. You’ll be using flash and memory. Flash will be your backup, your archive, and memory is where you’re going to run everything.

What Data Do the Five Largest Tech Companies Collect? [INFOGRAPHIC]
Baynote has created an infographic that shows the vast amounts of different types of data that is collected by the five largest tech companies in the world: Google, Apple, Facebook, Yahoo! and Amazon. Not surprisingly they collect vast amounts of different types of data, ranging from search queries, profile information to even your phone number.

Some Data Center Operators Take Their Chances with Floods
One thing is certain, experts say: Few IT organizations -- even those that suffered or narrowly escaped damage during recent major storms -- are thinking long term. Most IT leaders are, if anything, taking the path of least resistance and least expense. For instance, the response to Hurricane Sandy, on the East Coast at least, "is nothing more than hardening existing data centers," says Peter Sacco

IT Cannot Be Only the CIO's Responsibility
Accountability for some of these areas reside with the CEO and the other members of the C-suite (we are assuming CIO is a member of the c-suite), for others with LOB manager, and some will be shared. What is clear is that they are not the sole responsibility of the CIO. All members of the C-suite needs to recognize and embrace their fundamental roles.

SAN Vs NAS Storage Network
A SAN (storage area network) and NAS (network attached storage) are two primary options for large storage across a network. Both have storage devices unique to their solution and specific network connection configuration. Although there are clear differences between the two, vendors are beginning to package the two as one, leveraging the benefits each solution provides.

Today’s datacentres are not fit for the cloud, shows study
“Many datacentres that exist today are based on 20-year-old technologies and they can no longer keep up with demand,” said Jason Nolet, vice-president datacentre switching and routing at Brocade. “Virtualisation and cloud models require greater datacentre network agility and performance, as well as reduced operational cost and complexity.

Quote for the day:

"One of my guiding principles is, don't do anything that other people are doing" -- Seymour Cray

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