Enterprise IT Watch Blog


October 18, 2012  1:11 PM

IT infographic: What people really think about cloud computing

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

With ‘cloud computing’ becoming a hot topic in the IT world, users don’t understand what the ‘cloud’ really is. This infographic from Citrix shows what people really know about it.

Do you think this is the case? Share your thoughts in the discussion below.

October 18, 2012  10:21 AM

Visual stimuli: Hot data center pics making the rounds

Ben Rubenstein Ben Rubenstein Profile: Ben Rubenstein

Yesterday, computer users all over the world salivated in front of their computer screens, drooling over rare, previously forbidden images. What made this particular day special was that the photos in question were totally safe for work.

For the first time, Google opened the doors to its data centers, sharing pictures and video of these massive operations. Wired’s Steven Levy was among those who got an exclusive first look at one of the data centers (a behemoth of a building in Lenoir, North Carolina), and his resulting story is a great read.

What makes these images so compelling? For the average person, it’s a chance to unravel some of the mystery behind one of the world’s most powerful companies, and a reminder that for all the talk about cloud this and cloud that, the Internet is a real, physical thing.  Most IT pros have long internalized that truth, but still relish the chance to gawk at a super-sized version of the technologies they oversee on a daily basis. These are the technologies that run much of our lives, and so we can never have too much exposure to them.

Google’s doing plenty of interesting things in its data centers, from custom-built servers to energy-saving innovations (take that, New York Times). But it’s not the only company with an intriguing server story to tell; in the new book, The Art of the Data Center, Douglas Alger showcases 18 other data centers that  demonstrate impressive processing power and creativity, interviewing the people behind these modern landmarks (there are a ton of data center pictures, too). In looking through the book, I was struck by the range of designs and approaches, which took into account things like geographic location (e.g., ACT’s tornado-resistant building in Iowa City) and history (the Lakeside Technology Center in a former Chicago printing plant).

Image of Bahnhof data center entrance

The entrance to the Bahnhof data center in Stockholm. Courtesy of Bahnhof/InformIT.

All the data centers featured are beautiful in their own way, but for sheer uniqueness, I’d have to give the prize to Bahnhof’s 10,000 square-foot space in a former nuclear bunker in Stockholm, Sweden (which includes a 687-gallon saltwater fish tank and two Maybach diesel submarine engines) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, built into a gorgeous 1920s chapel. Both are powerful reminders of how the world is constantly evolving, using old spaces to meet new demands. As for what the future looks like…that picture is still a little blurry.

Want to see these data centers for yourself? We’re giving away a copy of The Art of the Data Center in our Halloween costume photo contest.


October 17, 2012  8:32 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: SNL presents ‘Tech Talk’

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

In this hilarious Saturday Night Live sketch, several “experts” review the flaws of the new iPhone 5, until some unexpected guests show up during an action-packed episode of ‘Tech Talk’.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 16, 2012  8:39 AM

This week in tech history: Mobile goes live

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Cellphone image via Shutterstock

On October 13, 1983, the first commercial cell phone call was made as Ameritech Mobile Communications executive Bob Barnett called Alexander Graham Bell’s nephew from Chicago’s Soldier Field using the Motorola DynaTAC handset (also known as the ‘Brick’).

The phone, weighing in at 2.5 pounds and costing $3,995, became famous as it was used in several popular movies and TV shows. We’ll give out 100 Knowledge Points to the person who can name one TV show/movie that the phone was used in. (HINT: ‘Greed is good.’)

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 11, 2012  10:03 AM

IT infographic: How big data is changing the college experience

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Whenever a college student picks courses or looks at grades, it leaves a trail of ‘big data’ that the school can analyze to improve a future student’s performance. This infographic from OnlineDegrees shows what different data-driven ideas and experiments are happening across college campuses that can revolutionize the college experience.

How Big Data is Changing the College Experience
Presented By: OnlineDegrees.org


October 10, 2012  11:37 AM

YouTube IT video of the week: Disabling Windows 8 Metro UI

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Are you a Windows user who hates the new Windows 8 Metro UI start menu? You’re in luck, as this video from Tech Tube Central shows how to manually get back your old Windows 7 start menu and taskbar.

That video was posted over a year ago, and other solutions have popped up since then. If you’re looking for another method, ITKE expert Robin Miller tested out several free tools that improve the Windows 8 GUI in his recent post, ‘Making Windows 8 Useable on Laptop and Desktop Computers – For Free.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 9, 2012  10:23 AM

This week in tech history: Steve Jobs passes away

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Steve Jobs image via Shutterstock

On October 5, 2011, the technology world lost a legend as Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away after a long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 56.

Known as the ‘Father of the Digital Revolution’, Jobs created Apple in 1976 and turned it into one of the most valuable companies in the world. He developed the future of Apple’s operating systems, Mac OS X and iOS and changed the tech world forever with the creation of the iPhone and iPad. He also founded the computer company NeXT and bought the highly successful animated film studio Pixar.

What do you think was Jobs’s greatest contribution to the IT world? Tell us in the comments below.

Each Tuesday, the ITKE team will take you back in time, as we take a look at the events that have changed technology history. Have a tip for us? Email mtidmarsh@techtarget.com or find us on Twitter (@ITKE).

Disclaimer: All posts presented in the “This week in tech history” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


October 5, 2012  2:58 PM

What is cloud computing? Here are a few ideas.

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

Need a little humor to end the week? The ITKE team has you covered. We took a little look around the Internet and found some interesting perspectives on cloud computing. Here are the best. Know of others we should include? Let us know in the comments.

Image of Dr. Evil

Provided by Frabz.com

Image of raccoon discussing cloud computing
Provided by Memehumor.com

Image of dinosaur thinking about cloud computing

Provided by mememaker.net

Image of guy with cloudy head

Provided by cbeyond.net

Image of Willy Wonka talking about cloud computing

Provided by memecreator.net


October 4, 2012  12:25 PM

IT infographic: The consumerization of IT

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

As mobile technologies continue to evolve, companies will need to figure out how to handle the consumerization trend. This infographic from Wikibon shows why BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and other forms of self-service can’t be ignored by the IT industry.

Wikibon infographic: Consumerization of IT

How has your company handled BYOD? Share your thoughts in the discussion below.

 


October 3, 2012  1:06 PM

YouTube IT video of the week: Samsung goes ‘Gangnam Style’

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh

The YouTube sensation ‘Gangnam Style’ has finally hit the IT industry with Samsung’s hilarious parody titled, ‘Samsung Austin Style’.

Disclaimer: All videos presented in the “YouTube IT Video of the Week” series are subjectively selected by ITKnowledgeExchange.com community managers and staff for entertainment purposes only. They are not sponsored or influenced by outside sources.


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