|The Meta Group reports that the downtime cost for each company in the Energy Industry is $2.8 million/hour; in the Telecom Industry $2.0 million/hour; and for Financial Institutions, $1.4 million/hour.
Dr. Vas Srinivasan, Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning: Not Just IT’s Job
|These days anything “green” seems to be able to sell and SSD’s have a strong lead over spinning media on this front.
Rich Corley, A Real Storage Revolution
If Kermit the frog worked in IT right now, he’d be singing “IT IS easy being green.” Especially if you’re a vendor. Rich Corley gives a nice overview of what’s happening with vendors and SSD.
|With normal memory and normal hard-disks, you can rewrite the contents trillions of times without concern. With flash memory, after rewriting data a few hundred thousand times, the block goes bad. It’s quite easy to intentionally write a program that would continuously overwrite a block of flash until it failed.
Robert Graham, Hacking Flash Memory
At my previous employer, we found vulnerabilities in Cisco routers that would potentially allow us to create a worm. As part of our threat modeling, we considered what would happen if such a worm were to intentionally destroy the flash in a Cisco router. These routers boot from flash, so all the worm had to do was continuously overwrite the boot sector, then the router would no longer be able to boot. The flash in many (if not most) Cisco routers is soldered in. Therefore, destroying the flash would “brick” the device.
If you “brick” a device, that’s like “toasting” a device. You break it. Permanently. It’s toast. It’s a brick.
|Data center construction is probably the only healthy segment of the building industry.
Michael Kanellos, Data Center Power Consumption: By the Numbers
| Microsoft has acknowledged that Windows Media Centers will block users from recording TV shows at the request of a broadcaster.
Greg Sandoval, Microsoft confirms Windows adheres to broadcast flag
The software company was responding to questions about why some users of Windows Vista Media Center were prevented from recording NBC Universal TV shows, American Gladiator and Medium on Monday night.
The “rules,” in which the spokeswoman is apparently referring to are those proposed by the FCC, which would require software and hardware makers honor “broadcast flags.” The flags are code that broadcasters can insert into the data stream of TV shows that typically require restrictions on the recording of the shows. What she didn’t say is that the “rules” aren’t rules at all.
The courts struck down the FCC’s proposal in 2005, saying the regulator lacked the authority to tell electronics makers how to interpret the signals they receive. Since then, Microsoft and other manufacturers have retained the option of whether to honor the flags.
Which is correct?
Each of the servers _____ partitioned.
Which is correct?
Now that Apple has embraced the enterprise, IT execs will be ________ their iPhones instead of their Blackberrys.
|GPS brings a whole new level of precision to the mobile experience. Cell phones have been required to be location-aware for several years in order to comply with the needs of emergency response agencies in the U.S. However, the primitive triangulation system that basic phones use isn’t very precise. With GPS, a user’s location could be pinpointed to within a few feet.
Paul Gillin, The Promise and Pitfalls of Location-Awareness
If you do a search on Google for location awareness, you’ll find lot of articles written by people who are excited about the possibilities of mobile devices and location awareness. Advertisers, particularly seem excited. If you look at the dates for a lot of those articles, however, you might be surprised to see they were written in 2001. Will the iPhone really be the tipping point for location awareness 3rd party apps? I’m not going to hold my breath.
|I hate to say it, but the best (and likely only) way to get ROI in Social Media is to run Social Media conferences.|
David’s satirical blog post about “what not to ask a social media panel” got a lot of virtual heads nodding.
|Flash doesn’t need to constantly refresh the data on the chip the way that DRAM does, so it consumes about a tenth of the power when handling a gigabyte of data.
Stacey Higginbotham, In a Flash Spansion Cuts Power
Traditionally, the way to handle more information has been to buy more servers in order to get more DRAM (Micron is offering lower-power DRAM as a “green” product). Spansion hopes to change all that by using a proprietary Flash memory called EcoRAM that replaces DRAM.