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.
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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.
Attribution may matter (in open source licensing), but making the Open Source Initiative whole matters first
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, I wrote about how a handful of vendors including customer relationship management solution provider SugarCRM were distributing software under licenses that they claimed to be open source licenses, but that don't appear on the Open Source Initiative's (OSI) official list of approved open source licenses.
It's been a long time since I've bothered to look at VA Software's earnings. But with a ticker like "LNUX" I figured I'd get some color on the Linux market.
John Halamka is a practicing emergency care physician, but in the course of his medical career he caught the technology bug. As the CIO and Associate Dean for Educational Technology at Harvard Medical School, as well as CIO at CareGroup Healthcare Systems with 14,000 employees and 3,000 doctors, Halamka is seeking ways to apply technology to solve many of the vexing health care industry and patient care problems.