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I read my predictions for 2013 again today and feel that I did a pretty reasonable job of highlighting the key trends that actually did impact IT in the last 12 months.  I spent some time over the holiday period thinking deeply about what 2014 has in store for us and the new trends that […]

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London, 19th November 2013 - After a fantastic second outing for The Tech Trailblazers Awards, the enterprise information technology startup awards today announced shortlisted finalists across the nine categories: Big Data, Cloud, Emerging Markets, Infosecurity, Mobile, Networking, Storage, Sustainable IT and Virtualization. The second edition of the awards received an increase in both the quantity and quality […]

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All entrants win something: Prizes for winners include CTO and VC/IPO boot camp and mentoring, plus products and services worth tens of thousands of dollars London, UK – June 19th 2012 - Today the Tech Trailblazers Awards (www.techtrailblazers.com) were officially launched to champion innovative tech startups from around the world. The Tech Trailblazers Awards, open for entries July 18th, represent a new […]

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Looks are deceiving, and in the data center they can be confusing. If you are doing a good job your Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) might get worse! Energy consumption in the data center is the result of two interactions: the cumulative IT Load from all the information technology hardware combined with the facility power and cooling […]

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The hypervisor is the new critical area of focus in the cloud. Enterprises cannot afford to adopt a “single hypervisor solution fits all” approach yet they do need to  understand and manage the many problems and issues that this outcome exposes. Early virtualization adopters will have a large VMware ESX estate largely accomodating the massive unstructured […]

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Next week I am in Marthas Vineyard visiting with my friend, colleague and fellow blogger Steve Duplessie of Enterprise Strategy Group. For a few weeks Steve has been telling me about an Enterprise Windows Data Migration tool called AutoMove from AutoVirt. So I have been looking at the details it is pretty good. I have […]

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I have spent most of the day taking calls and answering mails from Hot Aisle readers who have an opinion about XIV. One of the most interesting was from an  IBM insider who tells me that he has a ton of great salespeople, customers who love the product when they buy it but no marketing support […]

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My recent article on IBM’s XIV product has created a real torrent of calls and mails from competitors, analysts and others in the industry saying I am completely barking mad and that IBM storage (particularly XIV) is a joke. It is true that IBM have been really bad at communicating their storage message and even […]

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Today my friend and colleague Peter Hopton gave me the neatest piece of software I have seen in a long time. Software that knows if you are sitting in front of your computer or not, and if you are not shuts down the display to save energy. As soon as you sit down again, the […]

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Perhaps it’s old news now but the EMC acquision of Data Domain is big news in the IT Industry (despite a week been a very long time in technology). I had lunch with Rena Fallstrom from NetApp today and asked her what the impact was on NetApps business in Europe. Given the huge customer acquisition […]

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Fujitsu just announced a new blade server system using a custom designed motherboard optimized for the form factor of the chassis so that they have been able to fit 18 blades with two CPUs each into a compact 10U package. This contrasts with the rather weak Cisco design that manages to fit all of 6 […]

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I always enjoy reading posts on my friend and colleague Steve Duplessie’s blog. Todays is exceptional. Steve has the rarest of talents, the ability to cut through the noise and get straight to the real issue. That’s why Enterprise Strategy Group is the best analyst firm in the world and has a client list that […]

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We are all trying to fix the unfixable in the Data Centre. How do we get more cooling capacity from sites we built a decade ago for low power density applications? One of the biggest problems is that everyone is trying to work against a basic law of physics; hot air rises, and cold air […]

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According to Reuters, France’s parliament rejected a bill on Thursday that proposed disconnecting Internet users if they download music or films illegally, with the ruling UMP party failing to turn out in force to approve the law. Backed by President Nicolas Sarkozy’s government, the legislation was meant to quell the flow of free songs and […]

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According to Reuters; the founders of Web telephone service Skype, currently owned by eBay Inc, are interested in bidding for the company they sold some four years ago, according to a media report.   Co-founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis have contacted several private equity firms in order to make a bid for the company, […]

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. concerns about the potential for cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure extended to the American electrical power grid on Wednesday and experts pointed the finger anew at Chinese hackers, among others. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters the power grid is vulnerable to potentially disabling computer attacks, while declining to comment […]

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Fusion-io announced today at SNW that it closed $47.5 million in Series B funding from a group of investors led by global venture capital firm Lightspeed Venture Partners. The company also announced that David Bradford, a Novell Inc industry veteran, has been named CEO of Fusion-io, in Bradford’s last three years at Novell, he reported directly […]

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The BBC reports today that state supported and practical steps are being taken to train the young solar and wind power engineers of the future. The guys who install and maintain wind turbines and solar panels. In Tehachapi, California, it can feel like four seasons in one day. In this remote corner between the Sierra Nevada […]

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Laurie O’Donnell (@laurieod) leaves LTS Scotland where he has worked as Director of Learning and Technology for eight years building the internationally recognized GLOW Schools Intranet. The Scotsman Newspaper reported that film maker George Lucas said to the US House of Representatives:  ‘In what must rank as one of the most heady compliments ever given to an […]

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Last year I spoke to Ron Croce COO of Validus DC Systems about their unique approach to Data Center power provision. He and I both share strong backgrounds in power engineering and the certain knowledge that the way that data centers are powered today is fundamentally flawed. Today’s data centers take power from the grid […]

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I really like Twitter, I picked up that my friend Will Forest (@ayewill) of McKinsey & Co is quoted in a Computerworld article offering a number of key pieces of advice: “Should CIOs get ready to add “energy czar” to their list of job roles? McKinsey & Co., a management think tank, seems to believe as much.” Will issued […]

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David Strom writes in the New York Times about how to stop your commercially sensitive data from falling into the wrong hands: As more small businesses rely on e-mail and instant messaging for their communications, they would do well to use a number of inexpensive methods to preserve privacy and ensure that messages are read […]

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The Hot Aisle is delighted to announce version 1.0 of it’s new Apple iPhone and iPod application.  Don’t expect a highly sophisticated experience as I set up this first version to be a basic newsfeed but would be delighted if you could submit comments and suggestions about what should be in version two. If you […]

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The team have been working with Fusion-io this week on tuning the large data warehouse application that used to run like a dog. Initial results show that it is at least 18 times faster using the iDrives than a large and expensive EMC DMX4 array.

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I have been looking a solving some database performance issue recently particularly around a large SQL Server database that looked like it was going to need to move to a dedicated (and expensive) data warehouse platform to hit our challenging performance targets. I am just about to try an alternative hardware solution that has great […]

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