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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G-Cloud CloudStore knocked offline by Azure outage

G-Cloud CloudStore knocked offline by Azure outage

The Government's online application store, CloudStore, was knocked offline for around five hours on Wednesday due to an outage on Microsoft's Windows Azure platform-as-a-service.The site, which launched in mid-February, is exclusively hosted on Azure and fell victim to a disruption that hit businesses in the US and Europe.

published March 1, 2012 by

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Microsoft grapples with Windows Azure outage

Microsoft grapples with Windows Azure outage

A component of Windows Azure has experienced a worldwide outage for the past eight hours, preventing customers from carrying out management operations for technology that uses the cloud management service.The worldwide outage of the Windows Azure Service Management technology began at 1:45am GMT on Wednesday and, at the time of writing, Microsoft was in the process of rolling out a fix to deal with the problem.

published February 29, 2012 by

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Intel and Micron team up on new storage technologies

Intel and Micron team up on new storage technologies

Intel and Micron have extended their longstanding technology partnership to include emerging memory technologies beyond flash.The companies will work on jointly developing new flash technologies, along with undisclosed emerging memory technologies, they announced on Tuesday.

published February 28, 2012 by

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Dell: We have ARM servers but see no demand yet

Dell: We have ARM servers but see no demand yet

Dell has been shipping servers based on ARM's RISC architecture chips rather than the industry standard x86 format for some time, the company has revealed to ZDNet UK."I have [ARM] designs I can put my hands on today," Dell's president of enterprise solutions, Brad Anderson, told ZDNet UK.

published February 27, 2012 by

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Injectable medical robots take a step closer

Injectable medical robots take a step closer

Scientists have demonstrated a wirelessly powered tiny medical robot that can travel through a person's arteries and veins to provide diagnostics or local medical care.An animation provides an example of how the implant could travel through the bloodstream.

published February 27, 2012 by

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Cisco taps Lightwire for optical interconnects

Cisco taps Lightwire for optical interconnects

Cisco plans to buy Lightwire, giving the networking giant access to a fast optical interconnect technology.Lightwire employees will be moved into Cisco's Transceiver Modules Group Business Unit and its Supply Chain Operations Group, Cisco announced on Friday.

published February 24, 2012 by

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Facebook plans open-source storage hardware

Facebook plans open-source storage hardware

Facebook is building its own storage hardware and aims to publish details so other companies can make their datacentres more efficient.The designs should become available in May via Facebook-spinoff the Open Compute Project, the company confirmed to ZDNet UK on Friday.

published February 24, 2012 by

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Microsoft expands vast Dublin datacentre

Microsoft expands vast Dublin datacentre

Microsoft is ploughing $130m (£82m) into its huge Dublin datacentre in response to European demand for the company's technology services, it said.The investment will add a further 112,000 square feet of space to the existing 300,000-square foot facility, Stephen McGibbon, Microsoft chief technology officer in EMEA, said on Thursday.

published February 24, 2012 by

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Canonical: No plans for public cloud

Canonical: No plans for public cloud

Ubuntu-backer Canonical does not plan to offer a platform-as-a-service service, unlike its open-source rival Red Hat."Canonical doesn't intend to offer a public cloud as part of our business strategy," Jane Silber, the company's chief executive, said on Wednesday.

published February 23, 2012 by

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Amazon hooks into on-premise applications

Amazon hooks into on-premise applications

Amazon has released the Amazon Simple Workflow Service, a technology that further blurs the distinction between public clouds and on-premise hardware.The technology, launched on Wednesday, lets developers automate and manage task workflows.

published February 22, 2012 by

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Canonical defends its shift to Unity

Canonical defends its shift to Unity

Ubuntu-backer Canonical has defended its contentious move to the Unity desktop, arguing that the open-source Linux community needs to make design more of a priority."You can't please everybody, but I think it's really important we stood up and did [Unity] and led that charge," Jane Silber, Canonical's chief executive, said on Tuesday.

published February 22, 2012 by

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NYT: Google's augmented reality glasses due year's end

NYT: Google's augmented reality glasses due year's end

In the competition for eyeballs, Google plans to sell glasses that stream information about the wearer's surroundings to them in real time.The glasses will sync with a variety of Google services to provide location-specific data and navigation services and should be out by the end of the year, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

published February 22, 2012 by

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Greenbytes lifts curtain on dedupe flash array

Greenbytes lifts curtain on dedupe flash array

Greenbytes is getting ready to release a flash storage array that can handle inline deduplication and other tasks, consolidating the job of many SANs onto one for a small-to-medium sized business.The GreenBytes Solidarity solid-state system, announced on Tuesday, is set to be available by the end of March.

published February 21, 2012 by

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