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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Dell to acquire Compellent

Dell to acquire Compellent

Dell is to acquire storage company Compellent.On Monday Dell announced that it will acquire storage company Compellent, following the Thursday announcement by the two companies that they were in link-up talks.

December 13, 2010 by in Storage

Dell and Compellent start link-up talks

Dell and Compellent start link-up talks

Dell and storage company Compellent are in talks regarding a merger.On Thursday, both companies issued statements that they have entered into an exclusive deal with one another to negotiate the acquisition of Compellent by Dell.

December 9, 2010 by in Storage

Intel hits out against IBM terabit chip claims

Intel hits out against IBM terabit chip claims

IBM's just-announced manufacturing process for making chips with terabit transfer speeds is not the only one around, nor is it the most advanced, Intel has argued.Both Intel and IBM are in the process of developing technology for making chips that can use pulses of light, rather than electricity, to transfer data.

December 2, 2010 by in Storage

Privacy groups invited into interception law consultation

Privacy groups invited into interception law consultation

The Home Office will meet with privacy and data protection campaigners during its consultation on Ripa, after complaints that those groups were being left out of the process.In a turnaround on Monday afternoon, the Home Office which had previously said it did not have time to meet with such groups will now meet with representatives next week to discuss the consultation, according to a post on the Open Rights Group website.

November 29, 2010 by in Storage

Wikileaks: China's Politburo directed Google hack

Wikileaks: China's Politburo directed Google hack

China's Politburo directed hacks against Google and the US government, according to an informant quoted in US diplomatic cables.On Sunday, The New York Times reported that it, via whistleblower site Wikileaks, had seen US Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) cables containing information pointing to Chinese involvement in hacks against companies, including Google, and US government infrastructure.

November 28, 2010 by in Storage

Researchers advance methane-powered cells for laptops

Researchers advance methane-powered cells for laptops

A methane-powered laptop battery could be a reality soon, due to advances in fuel cell technology made by Harvard University researchers.On Tuesday, researchers announced they had made a miniature methane-powered solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) with an operating temperature of less than 500°C.

November 25, 2010 by in Storage

Toshiba completes experimental datacentre facility

Toshiba completes experimental datacentre facility

Toshiba has completed an experimental datacentre demonstration facility in Japan as an overture for worldwide expansion.On Monday the company announced that if the modular datacentre push is successful in the Japanese market, then it will expand the products worldwide.

November 24, 2010 by in Storage

Communications minister gets behind cloud computing

Communications minister gets behind cloud computing

The government's communications minister Ed Vaizey has come out in support of the economic benefits of cloud computing.In a speech given on Monday at the UK-China Internet Forum, Vaizey said cloud computing would open the door to more business opportunities for companies.

November 24, 2010 by in Storage

Turing papers fail to make reserve price

Turing papers fail to make reserve price

A set of Alan Turing's papers failed to sell at auction at Christie's on Tuesday, meaning there is still a chance they could be snapped up by Bletchley Park campaigners.Bids failed to make the reserve price for the lot, Christie's said.

November 23, 2010 by in Storage

Experimental Intel chip could scale to 1,000 cores

Experimental Intel chip could scale to 1,000 cores

Intel has an experimental 48-core chip that can be scaled up to 1,000 cores.At the Supercomputing 2010 conference in New Orleans, Intel researcher Timothy Mattson told the audience that the chipmaker's 48-core Single Chip Cloud Computer (SCC) processor could be scaled up more than 20 times.

November 22, 2010 by in Storage

Qualcomm details 28nm dual-core Snapdragon chip

Qualcomm details 28nm dual-core Snapdragon chip

Qualcomm is preparing a 28nm dual-core Snapdragon processor for 2011.On Wednesday the chipmaker said the new MSM8960 chip will be "based on a new micro-architecture that delivers approximately five times the performance of the original Snapdragon chip at 75 percent less power", according to EETimes.

November 18, 2010 by in Storage

Datacentre chief: Carbon reduction cost will not affect us

Datacentre chief: Carbon reduction cost will not affect us

The costs of conforming to the Carbon Reduction Commitment should not significantly affect UK datacentre companies, a datacentre chief has said.The scheme, now called the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, adds costs to businesses that consume large amounts of electricity, such as datacentres.

November 17, 2010 by in Storage

Hacker uses cloud computing to crack passwords

Hacker uses cloud computing to crack passwords

A German hacker claims to have used cloud computing to crack passwords stored in an algorithm that was developed by the NSA.Hacker Thomas Roth announced on Tuesday that he has used one of Amazon Web Service's Cluster GPU Instances to crack the passwords encrypted in a Secure Hashing Algorithm (SHA1) hash.

November 16, 2010 by in Storage