Heather Clancy

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Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.

I am fascinated about how businesses of all sizes can transform their operations through technology -- not just to make themselves more efficient, but to rise above their competitors. That's the theme for my two ZDNet blogs, Small Business Matters and Next-Gen Partner. For SmartPlanet, I'm focused on profiling inspirational and controversial business leaders who have great leadership lessons to share. I also write regularly and passionately about corporate social responsibility and sustainability issues for GreenBiz.com. Occasionally, I will pop up at an industry conference in some sort of speaking capacity. In cases where an engagement involves a sponsor that may be covered in this blog, that fact will be disclosed in coverage as appropriate. My corporate writing work usually consists of crafting research white papers about some aspect of technology or moderating Webcasts. In the event that my commentary (in written, audio or video form) mentions a company for which I have provided consulting advice, I will disclose that fact. However, there is no connection between these projects and topics that I cover in my blogs.

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Power surge predicted for power management software

Power surge predicted for power management software

The market for power management software -- utility-type applications that help companies ensure that computers and servers are conserving energy when they are not in use -- reached roughly $168 million in 2010, according to Pike Research. But the category will surge in the next four years, reaching $783 million by 2015, the firm predicts.

February 10, 2011 by in Servers

Fujitsu touts 'green datacenter in a box'

Fujitsu touts 'green datacenter in a box'

Let's start with the energy efficiency features of Fujitsu's new Primergy BX400, a blade enclosure system designed for the needs of midsize businesses that the company plans to ship in December.According to the spec sheets, the technology -- which can accommodate up to eight server or storage blades in the enclosure -- uses up to 30 percent less electricity than comparable infrastructure and it puts out less heat, which means that the electricity needed to cool it off is also reduced.

November 29, 2010 by in Servers

Fujitsu adds server to 'zero-watt' hardware portfolio

Fujitsu adds server to 'zero-watt' hardware portfolio

(Updated July 25, 2010, to add pricing) For smaller companies that are interested in a more energy-efficiency entry level server, Fujitsu has just come out with the Primergy TX100 S2, based on the Intel Xeon processor 3400 series.The big value proposition for the new hardware is that it draws zero watts during its off state; most other server models draw some sort of residual power even they are supposedly powered down.

July 22, 2010 by in Servers

Supermicro servers consume 6 watts per core

Supermicro servers consume 6 watts per core

Energy-efficiency innovation isn't limited to the big-name hardware vendors. System builder Super Micro Computer has updated its server portfolio with a series that is optimized for the new Socket C32 AMD Opteron 4100 Series processors and comes with highly efficient power supplies.

July 19, 2010 by in Servers