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Archive for March 2012

Top tips from NetIQ ahead of World Backup Day

30 Mar 2012

NetIQ’s Mike Robinson writes:

Back up essential components. If the majority of disaster recovery budgets are allocated to protect only the most critical applications, a large portion of business-critical servers are left under-protected. Since the risk of downtime is so high, the need to deploy disaster recovery solution is not a matter of if, but when. Any business-critical server essential to maintaining operations will require costly fault tolerance and clustering solutions, while any business-supporting servers that are not essential to running the operations will employ ineffective restore and recovery solutions. Ideally, disaster recovery software should provide businesses with the ability to quickly move restored workloads to wherever needed.

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Red metal networks: Red alert (1 of 2)

21 Mar 2012

Mike Ainger, Chief Operating Officer at Geo writes: In my role as COO, I frequently get to talk to operations managers about what concerns keep them up at night. International commodity pricing is probably not the one that springs most readily to mind, but the combination of inexorable rises in metal prices (copper is now around five times more valuable than ten years ago), and the troubled state of the economy (unemployment has nearly doubled over the same period), has led to an epidemic of copper theft.  This in turn is having a profound impact on the reliability of communications networks, as can commonly be seen in the headlines.

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The Last Bottleneck: How Parallel I/O Can Attenuate Amdahl's Law

16 Mar 2012

Rex Tanakit, Director of worldwide systems engineering at Panasas writes: Parallel computing is becoming mainstream in technical computing.    Let me provide you with a few examples.  The Economist magazine ran an article on parallel programming last June,   Its comfortable discussion of parallel programming is a sure indication of the topic’s movement into the mainstream.  A more technical example is to look at the average number of CPUs on the TOP500 ( in the past 18 years.  In 2001 the average core count was between 129 and 256 per system according to the article, compared with 4000 to 8000 in 2011, over 30X increase in shared processing power.

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Apple’s New iPad and The Inconvenient Truth for Mobile Network Operators

08 Mar 2012

Mervyn Kelly, EMEA marketing director at Ciena: “Amid much fanfare, Apple has launched the new iPad – the third iteration of the dominant tablet platform on the market. While network operators clearly welcome the excitement Apple launches generate in consumers, with each new Apple product comes increased challenges around connectivity and capacity.

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Twinterview with MIME co-creator, Nathaniel Borenstein

05 Mar 2012

Justin Pirie writes:Almost twenty years ago, Mimecast’s very own Chief Scientist Dr. Nathaniel Borenstein co-created the email format Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension protocol (MIME) and, in doing so, laid the foundations for email to become the world’s dominant personal and business communication tool.

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Power availability: when broadcast goes wrong

05 Mar 2012

Will Pitt Media and Broadcast Sales Director at Geo writes: Significant outages during live TV broadcasts in 2011 due to ‘unusual power spikes’ has brought the subject of power, and its resilience and reliability, into sharp focus.

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