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Hard Problems, Elegant Solutions, Big Impact

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Jason Pontin.

Every year, Technology Review selects the 10 emerging technologies we think have the greatest potential to transform the world. Judging by Web traffic and by newsstand sales of the printed magazine, it is one of our most popular recurring features. But while readers like the 10 technologies, I don't know if they always understand our choices.

Virtualization, cloud computing put new stress on network

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Jon Brodkin.

The network has long been king at Interop, the tech conference that will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011. But networking "has fallen behind" over the past couple of years as a new emphasis on cloud computing and virtualization has taken hold, says Interop general manager Lenny Heymann. But now it's time to put the focus back on the network.

Data management in NZ found safe as data protection destination

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Editorial Staff.

New Zealand has been named as a safe destination for data management after a European Union (EU) report found its data protection law meets international best practice.

A working party said that data management in the country was in line with European requirements in terms of providing an adequate level of data protection, meaning it is a safe destination for businesses to send personal data for processing.

The findings of the report, which do not offer a formal legal binding, will open doors for businesses in New Zealand, according to privacy commissioner Marie Scroff.

OpenStack Cactus Advances Open Source Cloud Computing

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

The open source OpenStack cloud project is out with a new release this week codenamed 'Cactus.'

The Cloud Outscales, But Does It Outperform?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

We all know that the cloud can provide cheaper storage than in-house infrastructure, but is it better?

Of course, there are numerous ways to quantify "better," but from an operations standpoint, it wouldn't hurt to know exactly what you're getting and what you're giving up when you sign on the dotted line.

EMC Isilon's new NAS products aimed at big data architects

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Lucas Mearian.

EMC's Isilon subsidiary announced new network-attached storage (NAS) hardware and software aimed at becoming the infrastructure for business intelligence through big data applications.

Isilon touted two new clustered NAS arrays, the S200 and X200. The arrays are able to use a combination of serial ATA (SATA), serial SCSI (SAS) or solid-state drives (SSDs) in a tiered configuration, affording varying degrees of performance. The arrays use a single name space under which petabytes of data can be stored.

Is Tibco’s Buyout Rejection a Cloud Setback for HP?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

Google Infrastructure Czar: Cloud Gets It Done

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik

It was nearly five years ago when I last spent time with Urs Hölzle, Google’s infrastructure czar. (His official title is SVP of operations.) It was around that time he introduced me (and several others) to many of the concepts (such as cloud and big data) that are now part of the technology sector’s vernacular. Hölzle was company’s first VP of engineering, and he has led the development of Google’s technical infrastructure.

IBM, Akamai Partner to Boost Application Speed

Grazed from Datamation.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) is partnering with Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM) for new joint application acceleration solutions.

Fed's Efforts to Boost IT Project Success Could Become Victim of Budget Cuts

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Ann All.

It's kind of ironic. The federal government's effort to cut costs through better management of its IT projects might become a victim of cost cutting.