Jack Clark

Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics from distributed computing to the ongoing debate over homogenous versus heterogeneous computing architectures. His articles have been quoted by Reuters, highlighted by The Guardian newspaper and syndicated across ZDNet and CNET.

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Tech City costs government £4m

Tech City costs government £4m

Nearly £4m of public money has been ploughed into the Tech City initiative, a government-backed project that aims to spur the success of technology start-ups in East London.The Tech City initiative's budget for the 2011 and 2012 financial year is £1,791,500.

published March 20, 2012 by

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Researchers turn smartphones into data grabbers

Researchers turn smartphones into data grabbers

American academics have developed an augmented reality game to encourage people to upload data from their phones to help with research.Crowd Soft Control (CSC) games use augmented reality (AR) to subtly direct people to certain places in a city to gather information with their smartphones, such as the photographic data needed to extract the 3D properties of a building, Northwestern University announced on Friday.

published March 19, 2012 by

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CERN fires most powerful beams yet

CERN fires most powerful beams yet

The Large Hadron Collider has fired its most powerful beams yet as scientists crank up the energy used to seek the elusive Higgs Boson particle.CERN's Large Hadron Collider fired its first proton beams at an intensity of four tera electronvolts (TeV) on Friday, surpassing the previous record of 3.

published March 19, 2012 by

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Giffgaff grapples with network outage

Giffgaff grapples with network outage

Phone operator Giffgaff's network suffered an outage on Friday and at the time of writing the company had restored data, but not voice capability, to customers.GiffGaff, a mobile virtual network operator that piggyback's on O2's network, first acknowledged the problems at 10:18am in a post on its forum.

published March 16, 2012 by

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NSA plans $2bn surveillance datacentre

NSA plans $2bn surveillance datacentre

The National Security Agency is putting the finishing touches to a huge datacentre that will be used to store the personal phone calls, emails and Google searches of people on the agency's watch list.The $2bn (£1.

published March 16, 2012 by

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Windows 8 applications get a lift from Azure

Windows 8 applications get a lift from Azure

Microsoft has made the Windows Azure Toolkit for Windows 8 compatible with Windows 8 consumer preview, the company announced on Tuesday.The update lets developers use Microsoft's Azure cloud to bring live updates and push notifications to applications built on Windows 8's Metro-style user interface in the operating system.

published March 14, 2012 by

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Fujitsu hints at scale-out storage technology

Fujitsu hints at scale-out storage technology

Fujitsu aims to develop a platform for scale-out massive storage based on standard servers with PCIe-linked flash cards, ZDNet UK understands.Fujitsu Technology Solutions' chief technology officer, Joseph Reger, hinted at the plans on Wednesday when asked by ZDNet UK about the company's plans for using basic servers to take on some of the tasks commonly handled by networking equipment with custom silicon.

published March 8, 2012 by

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Amazon rolls 64-bit capability into small instances

Amazon rolls 64-bit capability into small instances

Amazon has brought 64-bit operating system capabilities to its small and medium-sized rentable virtual machines.Along with the 64-bit update, Amazon also announced on Thursday a 'medium' rentable compute instance and the integration of the MindTerm SSH client into the AWS Management console.

published March 8, 2012 by

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Google follows Amazon with storage price cut

Google follows Amazon with storage price cut

Google has reduced the cost of keeping data in its cloud storage service, a month after rival Amazon did the same.The new prices, which have fallen by between eight and 15 percent, will be retroactively applied from 1 March, Google announced on Tuesday.

published March 8, 2012 by

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Amazon reduces cloud prices across globe

Amazon reduces cloud prices across globe

Amazon has reduced the prices of four of the core components of its Amazon Web Services cloud.The price cut, announced on Monday evening, marks the 19th price cut in Amazon Web Services's six years of existence and is designed to lower the costs of growing an AWS deployment.

published March 6, 2012 by

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Fujitsu releases Xeon-based Primergy servers

Fujitsu releases Xeon-based Primergy servers

Fujitsu has launched a family of energy-efficient dual socket Primergy servers based around Intel's yet-to-be released Xeon 'Romley' processors.The Primergy Dual Socket Generation of servers was launched worldwide on Monday, along with the Primergy CX400 S1, a multi-node server designed for cloud and high-performance computing.

published March 5, 2012 by

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Post Office hit by 'national' IT failure

Post Office hit by 'national' IT failure

The Post Office's IT systems have failed, with branches unable to deal with anything that requires a computer, according to a Post Office employee."It's national, when one computer goes down, they all go down," the employee told ZDNet UK on Thursday.

published March 1, 2012 by

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