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  • Researcher: SSDs aren't as scalable as you might think
    A graduate student says flash-based solid-state drives may have already reached their potential. "While the growing capacity of SSDs and high IOP rates will make them attractive for many applications, the reduction in performance that is necessary to increase capacity while keeping costs in check may make it difficult for SSDs to scale as a viable technology for some applications," Laura Grupp wrote in a research paper. Computerworld (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IBM: Tomorrow's computers will be more collaborative
    IBM says computers will become more humanlike, with greater abilities to understand data thanks to interaction with humans. "This notion of learning through collaboration and interaction is where we think computing is going," says IBM fellow David Ferrucci, one of the creators of the Watson computer. "There is a lot more work to do, but [Watson] is something we can adapt and customize to new domains." Network World/IDG News Service (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Iomega touts storage-array offering
    Iomega says its StorCenter PX Server Class Series is built specifically for high-capacity SATA and solid-state-drive environments, and offers small to midsize enterprises the option of going the desktop route or using a rack-mount network-attached-storage device. Computerworld (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • An open-source milestone is cited for Deltacloud
    Deltacloud, a cloud services management API tool developed by open-source vendor Red Hat, is now a top priority for the Apache Software Foundation, and a Red Hat official says that marks a milestone for the project. Deltacloud lets enterprise use one RESTful Web Service API to tap resources offered by multiple cloud providers. "An open cloud architecture allows you to use IT resources from many vendors in one cloud architecture," Red Hat's Scott Crenshaw says. Network World/IDG News Service (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Applications are key to convergence, Avaya exec says
    The convergence of device consumerization, cloud computing, networking and collaboration is all about applications, says Marc Randall of Avaya Networking. "I see this shift in the user experience, and you have to a very tight linkage to the application to do collaboration. ... I believe that is going to be the next inflection point," Randall says. (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  IT Workforce 
  • Will increased data-center automation cost IT jobs?
    Increased automation in the data center could help network administrators reduce the time they spend on manual processes and eliminate downtime, but it also could make more IT jobs obsolete, Jennifer Scott writes. While the sales pitch for automated data-center products includes the promise of freeing up techies for more innovation, the reality is probably more bleak, so Scott suggests that IT workers continually polish their skills to stay relevant. IT PRO (London) (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hiring managers debate qualifications of health IT candidates
    The expected demand for health IT professionals in the next five years has sparked a debate on whether IT job candidates need a clinical background to work in the sector. One hospital in California has shown there's a thin line between IT experts and computer-savvy clinicians, and that both groups can be utilized to benefit an organization. InformationWeek (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Government agencies have a new cloud-resource road map
    TechAmerica has developed a resource that targets state and local governments looking to push their cloud-computing initiatives forward. "The Cloud Imperative" offers recommendations on three areas: acquisition, implementation and technical. It also offers security advice and a four-step management approach for transitioning to a cloud environment. InformationWeek (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • CompTIA SmartStat: Feb. 17, 2012
    Among end users whose companies are planning tablet purchases, 55% plan on using them as communication tools. CompTIA SmartStat LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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