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October 4, 2012
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The Game Changer 
  • Bandwidth, scalability drive a sea change in the data center
    There is a sea change occurring within the data center as virtualization, cloud computing services and Big Data grow deeper roots within IT. Scalability is among the top concerns among IT professionals, according to a new Emulex survey, which reports 81% of enterprises named network bandwidth as the most critical issue in data center operations and 54% are looking to scale networks to support higher speeds. eWeek (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Emerging Tools 
  • Oracle steps up its cloud game with additional features
    Database giant Oracle strengthened its standing in the cloud sector with the release of three new enterprise offerings that will enable it to better compete with rivals such as Amazon and Google. Among the changes, the company expanded its Oracle Public Cloud with the addition of an infrastructure-as-a-service offering and introduced an enhanced Exadata X3 database machine featuring 26 terabytes of built-in memory. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Security Update 
  • U.K. to promote cybersecurity cooperation with new center
    The U.K. government is establishing a central clearinghouse for processing and distributing information about cyberthreats and bolstering cross-border cooperation on cybersecurity. The Centre for Global Cyber-Security Capacity Building will receive more than $3 million a year and will be housed at one of the eight U.K. universities that hold special security status. The Register (U.K.) (10/4), ZDNet (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tech Business 
  • Price battle expected as AMD slices cost of Trinity chips
    AMD is putting low prices on its Trinity desktop chips, a move that could ignite a price war among the competitive market players, such as Intel, say industry watchers. The cost difference between the vendors is getting wider: Intel's unlockable processors have a starting price tag of $216, but AMD's A10-5800K unlocked chip costs $122. AMD's pricing of its new desktop processors is "super aggressive," said Patrick Moorhead, president of Moor Insights and Strategy. Network World/IDG News Service (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Managing IT 
  • Why innovators sometimes have to "break some rules"
    When pioneering new technology in an emerging industry segment, it's important to think outside the box by approaching innovation much like a startup would, according to OnProcess Technology's Robert Kenney. In a recent interview, Kenney said new market opportunities need to be treated with a different set of rules, and existing players accustomed to operating in an established environment need to be willing to get "more aggressive" when targeting new business. (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Geeking Out 
  • Scientists date world's oldest prosthetics to ancient Egypt
    A team of researchers at the University of Manchester has confirmed that two artificial toes found in Egypt represent the oldest known examples of prosthetic body parts. The scientists engaged volunteers missing their big toe to test out the devices, which date from before 600 B.C., and found that they are not only well-suited to the type of sandals worn by people in ancient Egypt, but they are comfortable too. (10/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief Excerpt -- "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty"
    What happens when well-intentioned people find themselves considering an illegal parking spot, or in the depths of a corporate scandal? SmartBrief on ExecTech is pleased to share a preview from behavioral economist Dan Ariely's new book, "The Honest Truth About Dishonesty." In return for updating your SmartBrief profile, we will send you the introduction to Ariely's new book absolutely free. Learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Cybercriminals and terrorists should have no refuge online, just as they should have no sanctuary off-line."
--William Hague, U.K. foreign secretary, as quoted by ZDNet
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