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Google should come clean on datacentres

Google should come clean on datacentres

It's nice that Google says it has put an effort into making its datacentres more energy efficient, but the search giant's pledges won't mean much until it discloses just how many of the beasties it's actually running.

October 6, 2008 by in Google

Do you really need 16GB on your phone?

Do you really need 16GB on your phone?

Pronouncing that a given device doesn't need any more storage is a near-foolproof recipe for looking stupid somewhere down the line. However, I'm sceptical that many people need a 16GB mini-SD card for their phone.

September 28, 2008 by in Mobility

Is encryption just a waste of time?

Is encryption just a waste of time?

Faced with the thought of a USB drive, notebook PC or backup tape going missing, most IT managers look to some form of encryption as the first layer of defence. However, according to one storage security expert, that's largely a pointless exercise.

September 25, 2008 by in Storage

Datacentres should have kitchens

Datacentres should have kitchens

There's a standard checklist of items you'll need to include for a datacentre: raised flooring, easy access toredundant power supplies, an air conditioner the size of a small hotel room, but chances are you don't have a kitchen in there.

September 19, 2008 by in Data Centers

The great Windows XP SP3 rip off

The great Windows XP SP3 rip off

It takes a fair bit of nerve to charge anything to fix up a botched product, but Microsoft's $14.95 price to get a physical copy of Windows XP Service Pack 3 really takes some beating for sheer gall.

September 16, 2008 by in Windows

Google's ocean datacentre plans a tad fishy?

Google's ocean datacentre plans a tad fishy?

Google has always enjoyed being secretive about its largely custom-built data centres, so I imagine there are a few furrowed brows following the widespread reports about its application for a patent to build offshore datacentres, which could draw their power from the ocean waves.

September 11, 2008 by in Google

iPhone: how much storage is enough?

iPhone: how much storage is enough?

People wereapparently switching their brains off before joining the 3G iPhone queues, soit's somewhat surprising that considering an appropriate amount ofstorage was quite a high priority for many buyers.

August 10, 2008 by in Apple

Microsoft's Robocopy compromise

Microsoft's Robocopy compromise

Trying to understand the logic behind Microsoft's development decisions is a bit like S&M: it's a painful activity probably best left to others. But a recent example from the storage world does suggest something about Microsoft's "people will beat up on us regardless" dilemma.

August 3, 2008 by in Security

Will you manage in the exabyte era?

Will you manage in the exabyte era?

Mammoth growth in storage volumes is a fact of life, but even so it's helpful to pause occasionally and try and work out whether our information strategies have fallen hopelessly out of step with the pace of technological growth and changes in costs.

July 17, 2008 by in Storage

I'm a celebrity, don't back me up

I'm a celebrity, don't back me up

Celebrity comes with its perks — free alcohol, better-looking partners, lots of holiday time — and disadvantages — constant media intrusions, being forced to appear in films with Eddie Murphy for the long-term good of your career, and having to do mindless radio interviews with angry men who've been awake since 4am.

July 1, 2008 by in Storage

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