October 15, 2013

A 160 TB disk drive?
Regular readers of Storage Bits know that there are two promising technologies to overcome the current limitation: Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording (HAMR) and Bit Patterned Media (BPM). Magnetic bits written at higher temperatures are more stable when they cool and bit patterned media enables higher densities by enabling the use of the entire volume of the magnetic pit. But even these heroic and not yet proven feasible for mass production technologies will only take hard drives up to about 20 TB capacity. That's where 3-D magnetic recording could save the day.

ODB: C++ Object-Relational Mapping (ORM)
ODB is an open-source, cross-platform, and cross-database object-relational mapping (ORM) system for C++. It allows you to persist C++ objects to a relational database without having to deal with tables, columns, or SQL and without manually writing any mapping code. ODB supports MySQL, SQLite, PostgreSQL, Oracle, and Microsoft SQL Server relational databases as well as C++98/03 and C++11 language standards.

Defining Business Architecture
Business Architecture on it’s own only provides a small subset of a complete solution. For example, only understanding a business model doesn’t get your stakeholders any closer to defining a solution to a problem or opportunity. It’s when you bring in the macro level EA methods combined with the other domains of architecture where you really see the power behind business architecture. From an industry perspective, there is a tendency to try to make business architecture an independent framework.

Ten Predictions for Business Architecture in 2020
Architects of all types like to peer into the future and I am no different. When my Forrester colleague, Gordon Barnett, mentioned he was working on a new report on the state of business architecture in 2020, I thought it was time for me to look into my business architecture crystal ball. For the record, I haven’t read Gordon’s article so I have no idea how we align or misalign. Even though business architecture was born out of enterprise architecture, big changes are coming. The children are leaving home, off to greater success than their parents.

Flossie, the 50-year-old computer, to be resurrected
The National Museum of Computing has taken delivery of what it believes is the last ICT 1301 computer to ever have a chance of working again. The machine - known as Flossie - had originally been used to produce exam results for students at the University of London. The museum hopes to put it on display by 2016. One of its trustees said Flossie was one of the first computers specifically designed for use by UK businesses rather than scientific institutions.

Why Precious Leaders Fail
Precious leaders have precious problems. Simple solutions won’t work. Small steps aren’t sufficient. Nothing helps because no one understands. Precious leaders create their own prisons. Precious leaders grow discouraged and isolated, then defeated. Eventually, they run. You’re frustrated and stuck because you’re precious. You can’t take actions that work for “average” people.

Salesforce launches identity service, eyes Okta
Salesforce.com on Tuesday launched an identity service, Salesforce Identity, in a bid to be the central hub to connect Web, mobile and on-premise applications with things like single sign-on, directory integration and authentication. With the move, Salesforce aims to be the keeper of identity for customers, employees and partners. The service is built on Salesforce's Force.com platform and on the surface looks like it competes with Okta on many fronts.

Researchers create indelible record on mankind for aliens to someday find
The nearly indestructible disks were created by the MESA Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente in The Netherlands and The Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies in Freiburg, Germany. The disk consists of a 338-nanometer (nm) thick layer of silicon nitride on top of a silicon wafer. A 50 nm layer of tungsten is patterned into QR (Quick Response) codes using optical etching lithography on top of the silicon nitride wafer.

Five Key Principles of a BI Program
The partner to the data warehouse in most cases is business intelligence. The proper foundation for data storage is critical, but enabling the business to drive value and make good decisions will take your organization to the next level. To achieve this, a business intelligence program has to be put in place. To get started, here are five fundamental principles of an effective business intelligence program.

Culture Hacking: The Prospect of Magnificence
While leading projects at Bell Laboratories, The Whitewater Group, and Microsoft Jim McCarthy saw there was a better way to build products by focusing on the team. He discusses culture hacking, a distinct kind of culture engineering, expressing a particular hacker ethos, an ethos originating in the world of software hacking, promoting freedom, openness, and embodying rationality and design elegance.

Quote for the day:

"For our own success to be real, it must contribute to the success of others." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

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