Information

Welcome to the Zettabyte Era

Welcome to the Zettabyte Era In the last few years, a company that you might not think of when it comes to data centers and big data has made some dramatic changes in their strategy and offering: Cisco Systems. The company that for years has been the first name in networking has made some big…

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Cloud, How Big Is It?

CLOUD, HOW BIG IS IT? The Cloud, it’s Huge! But what does that mean? Let’s start with numbers we are familiar with, then see how it grows to numbers we have a harder time getting our head around: Starting with a binary digit, or “bit” 8 bits makes a “byte” or a character on a…

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State of the Internet: Email

STATE OF THE INTERNET: EMAIL It is regularly being said that “Email is dead.” And while it’s true that Millennials often remain within the walled garden of Facebook or their mobile devices, email was the way most Boomers came to know messaging on the Internet. I say: “Email is dead, is dead.” Long live email.…

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Big numbers: US information consumption

I was impressed by some recent reports from the University of California at San Diego, and the research company IDC. The first story reports that: from all non-work sources in 2008, including TV, radio, movies, the Net, cell phones, video games and reading material… US consumption totaled 3.6 zettabytes and 10,845 trillion words, corresponding to…

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Information Reformation

I wrote the following article over a dozen years ago when I was a technology evangelist at Sun Microsystems. Back in the mid-’90s, we were experiencing the early part of the first wave of “The Web.” Today, with the advent of Web 2.0 technologies we’re seeing an explosion in different dimensions. Wikis, social networking, mass…

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Cloud OS: VMware vSphere 4 Launches

CloudOS

CLOUD OS: VSPHERE 4 LAUNCHES This week, VMware upgraded its main product line VMware Infrastructure 3, to deliver IT infrastructure as a service internally. SaaS, or “Software as a Service” is a term often seen in discussions of Cloud Computing, where these services are offered remotely from data centers over the Web. With vSphere, companies…

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Obama Inauguration: Info Extravaganza

OBAMA INAUGURATION: INFO EXTRAVAGANZA This was not your grandfather’s Inauguration. Grandpa might have listened over the radio, your parents viewed it on television, but this generation viewed/participated in it through so many different media. In my article on the History of Inauguration Day, I said that: …the event will be covered simultaneously by networks, live…

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Cloud Optimized Storage: Atmos

Cloudminders

In 1969 during the original Star Trek TV show, The Cloud Minders episode featured Stratos, a city in the clouds. Today, EMC launches Atmos, cloud optimized storage. This is not science fiction, but the realization of much work on managing very large amounts of data “in the cloud.” Having been in the hands of customers…

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Information Growing Exponentially

Why Info Exponential? Because information is growing faster right now than it ever has in history. Much of it is coming from so called “end users” like you and me. IDC estimates 70% will come from individual creation by 2010. Personally, I create a data wake, or digital footprint of about 10 gigabytes a day…

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