A look at some notable headlines of the day:Work...Vista is everywhere.
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The blogosphere isn't exactly aflame conversing about a canonical definition for software-as-a-service, but some good debate has been sparked. David Terrar wraps up the discussion with contributions from Thomas Otter, Nick Carr, Dennis Howlett and Vinnie Mirchandani, and then presents five questions as an SaaS litmus test:1.
Real estate site Zillow has roughly 150 employees today and 100 of them are information technology workers. It takes a lot of folks to maintain a database with data on 33 million homes--and counting.
Sharing real-time inventory data among thousands of small businesses and making it available via a Web search has the potential to seriously change retailing. The issue: It's like herding cats.
Yesterday I posted about HP's more energy efficient Dynamic Smart Cooling solution for regulating air flow and temperature of computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units (pictured below) in datacenters. HP is currently testing out the system in its own data center and will start some pilots next year before the official release in Q3 of 2007.
Utility computing only works when uptime is near 100 percent. Just ask Media Temple, which is struggling with its uptime of late.
A look at today's notable headlines:Work...Paul Murphy highlights a company running its supercomputing and life sciences software business on PlayStation 3 hardware.
Google has dropped its Google Answers experiment and it's a positive development. Why?
HP’s latest attack on datacenter inefficiency is the over-provisioning of cooling. It's not that datacenters needlessly bulk up on the computer room air conditioning units (CRAC) strategically positioned to push cool air through raised floors and taking out the hot air as it rises to the ceiling.
Regular readers of this blog won't be surprised by many of the points made in this Bear Sterns report on The Long Tail: Why Aggregation & Context and Not (Necessarily) Content are King in Entertainment, although the report makes the case about as clearly as I've ever seen. The major take-aways from the analysis are: Advancing technology is increasing competition.