Hall of Fame

  • Cloud Computing and the Changing Role of the CIO

    by Irving Wladawsky-Berger

    Last week I wrote about the 2013 MIT Sloan CIO Symposium which I recently attended. The Symposium included a number of talks and panels on the key issues facing CIOs, as every business is essentially becoming a digital business. Big Data and cloud were the most prominent transformative technologies discussed at the Symposium. My remarks last week were focused on Big Data. I now want to turn my attention to cloud computing, and its impact as a key driver of the changing role of the CIO.  Read More

    Wall Street Journal 06/07/13
  • Japan’s NTT Com goes on global data center offensive

    by Jay Alabaster

    NTT Communications, the IT arm of Japan’s main telecommunications operator, is aggressively expanding its data center operations outside the country as part of a push to offer its cloud-hosting services worldwide.  Read More

    ComputerWorld 02/20/13
  • VM World is a Flashy Place

    by Tom Coughlin

    Flush on the heels of the Flash Memory Summit, VM World in San Francisco was the haven of a great many storage system companies, many of who demonstrated flash memory as part of their storage architecture.   In addition, flash memory companies such as Fusion-io, HGST, Intel, LSI, Micron, OCZ, Samsung, SanDisk, Seagate and STEC had exhibits in the main exhibit hall.  In fact probably 20-25% of all the exhibits at the 2012 VM World Conference were either storage system companies, storage component suppliers or storage software companies.  Read More

    Forbes 09/02/12
  • 5 reasons why Apple is embracing clean power for its data center

    by Katie Fehrenbacher

    Seemingly all of a sudden Apple is charging ahead with one of the most aggressive clean power projects for a data center in the U.S. Apple is planning on building a 20 MW solar farm and a 5 MW fuel cell farm at its massive data center in Maiden, North Carolina. Now the real question is why?  Read More

    GigaOm 02/22/12
  • NTT Communications to Buy 74% of India’s Largest Data Center Provider

    by Pierre Bertrand

    NTT Communications Corp., the international branch of Japan’s Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp., will buy a majority share of Netmagic Solutions, India’s largest provider of data centers, the companies said Wednesday.

    NTT will have a 74 percent share in Netmagic Solutions, the maximum allowed a foreign company according to Indian law.  Read More

    International Business Times 01/25/12
  • Fuel Cell Makers Eye Data Centers

    by Katie Fehrenbacher

    Updated: Fuel cell maker ClearEdge Power plans to launch a fuel cell line targeted at data-center operators later this year, ClearEdge VP of Marketing Mike Upp told me in an interview. The move is part of a larger trend of fuel cell makers eying data-center operators as a new market for distributed cleaner power.  Read More

    Gigaom 08/02/11
  • Bloom Energy Attracts Data Center Operators in Cali

    By Katie Fehrenbacher

    Silicon Valley’s fuel cell maker Bloom Energy continues to add customers looking to power part of their data center operations with distributed, cleaner power in California. On Thursday, the U.S. division of Japanese telecom giant NTT, NTT America, said it will install five Bloom fuel cells at one of its data center facilities in San Jose, Calif.  Read More

    The New York Times 07/28/11
  • Computer Crash Test: Will Your Internet Access Come to a Screeching Halt on June 8?

    by Mark Fischetti & Larry Greenemeier

    Every computer, modem, server and smart phone that connects to the Internet has a unique Internet protocol (IP) address, so users can find it. The address format, known as IPv4, was standardized in 1977 as a 32-digit binary number, making a then-seemingly unlimited 4.3 billion addresses (2^32) available.  Read More

    Scientific American 06/08/11
  • IPv6 Day: Kicking the Tires of a Next-Gen Net Today

    by Stephen Shankland

    The computing industry has begun a major 24-hour test today to work the kinks out of IPv6, a disruptive but necessary overhaul of the Internet’s inner workings.

    Starting at midnight, Universal Coordinated Time on June 8–or 5 p.m. PT today–dozens of companies lit up servers, Web sites, and network infrastructure that communicate using Internet Protocol version 6. The test, called World IPv6 Day, provides a bit of deadline, albeit one that’s more artificial and less pressing than the Y2K bug’s January 1, 2000, zero hour.  Read More

    CNET News 06/07/11
  • Why the time for 100G IP is now

    by Tony Chan

    The continual growth of Internet traffic and the emergence of new services is rapidly moving the industry towards 100G Ethernet deployments, says NTT America.

    “We’ve actually been planning for 100G Ethernet for quite a while now. We’ve had some of our engineers participate in the development of the standard in the IEEE Working Groups – we’ve been watching it for a long time, because we saw that 10Gbps services were going to be – we were going to outgrow them before the normal timeline when 100Gbps was going to be available,” Doug Junkins, chief technology officer at NTT America told CommsDay International. “This has proven to be the case, where we now have customers who have more than 10 x 10Gbps Ethernet bundled together to provide services to them on our IP backbone.”  Read More

    CommsDay International 08/30/10
  • Energy Efficient Ethernet being put to the test

    by Bob Brown

    “The pre-testing process will allow [vendors] to be able to deliver new solutions in the quickest possible timeframe,” said Jeff Lapak, senior engineer for the UNH-IOL, in a statement.

    Energy Efficient Ethernet, or 802.3az in IEEE terminology, is an emerging standard designed to cut down on the energy used by Ethernet networks. Standard support will enable Ethernet devices, such as switches and server cards, to enter low-power idle mode when not transmitting data in order to drastically reduce energy use.  Read More

    Reuters 07/12/10
  • Scotty, We Need More Bandwidth!

    by Stacey Higginbotham

    A slew of news out this morning — ranging from AT&T’s $1 billion expansion of its network to Cisco’s update of its unified computing system — highlights the continued need to invest in networking. We’re piling on compute power and boosting storage at a much faster pace than our networking infrastructure can handle — both inside the data center (GigaOM Pro sub req’d) and on the long haul networks running between (GigaOM Pro sub req’d)  them. There isn’t really a Moore’s law that pertains to networking.  Read More

    GigaOm 04/06/10
  • Honolulu conference examines rapid Internet growth

    by Mark Neisse

    Internet traffic has continued to explode even during the global economic recession, but computing experts said it won’t be able to keep growing indefinitely unless online service providers widely adopt an upgrade in the Net’s fundamental structure.

    Computer network authorities spoke on Tuesday about the pressing need to expand the number of Internet addresses at the annual convention of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers in Honolulu.  Read More

    Associated Press / Seattle Times 12/02/09
  • Face to Face: Kazuhiro Gomi, COO NTT America

    by Joanne Taaffe

    NTT Communications paid $5.5 billion for U.S. Web hosting firm, Verio, just months before the dotcom crash. The Japanese operator struggled to make a go of Verio, which in addition to operating a tier-one Internet backbone in the U.S. also came with a business of hosting Web pages for SMEs.  Read More

    Total Telecom 08/27/09
  • Twitter Goes Down Again After More Cyberattacks

    By Vidu Goel and Riva Richmond

    About 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Twitter posted a cryptic notesaying that it was “responding to a site outage and will update as we learn more.”

    Twitter users continue to experience sporadic problems, especially if they are using third-party software such as TweetDeck to access it.  Read More

    The New York Times 08/11/09
  • Twitter fell in attack on anti-Russian blogger, experts say

    by David Colker

    The cyber attack that brought down Twitter for several hours Thursday was aimed at a single blogger in the country of Georgia, according to Facebook, which was also targeted in the attack.

    Cyxymu, as the blogger is known online, uses his blog and accounts on several social media networks to lash out against Russia, which has waged battles with Georgia over disputed territory.  Read More

    Los Angeles Times 08/08/09
  • Twitter Service Spotty as Attacks Continue

    By Riva Richmond and Jenna Wortham

    A massive denial-of-service attack that disabled Twitter for much of Thursday continued on Friday. Twitter said its defenses are keeping the site largely accessible to users, but some third-party applications, such as TwitterBerry for BlackBerry smartphones, are still having problems accessing the service. (Here at The Times, we’re having trouble getting through using apps and the Twitter.com site — tell us about your experience in the comments.)  Read More

    The New York Times 08/08/09
  • Tweets fall silent as Twitter goes down for hours

    by David Sarno and David Colker

    Twitter, once derided as a frivolous way to tell friends of what you are eating and when you’re going to bed, has grown up — the hard way.

    The cyber-attack that paralyzed the social networking service Thursday signaled that Twitter had become big enough to attract the attention of malicious Internet hackers, who may have been motivated by profit.  Read More

    Los Angeles Times 08/07/09
  • DDOS attack slammed Twitter with 20 times normal traffic volume

    by David Sarno

    NTT America, Twitter’s Internet service provider, confirmed that the DDOS attack against Twitter has continued today, with huge waves of malicious requests crashing up against Twitter’s now-activated defenses. The countermeasures seem to be working; on Friday evening, pages loaded on Twitter without an obvious lag.  Read More

    Los Angeles Times 08/07/09
  • Cyberwar blamed for Twitter crash

    by Jill Colvin

    A cyber war between Russian and Georgian sympathizers is being blamed for the great Twitter crash of 2009.

    Throughout Thursday, 45 million twitter users across the globe were left speechless as the microblogging site was hit by a malicious cyberattack.  Read More

    The Globe and Mail 08/07/09
  • Attacks on lone blogger reverberate across Web

    by Barbara Ortutay

    The outage that knocked Twitter offline for hours was traced to an attack on a lone blogger in the former Soviet republic of Georgia — but the collateral damage that left millions around the world tweetless showed just how much havoc an isolated cyber dispute can cause.  Read More

    Associated Press / Knoxville News 08/07/09
  • Interview: Twitter service provider NTT America on DDOS attack

    by David Sarno

    Following an agreement early last year, Twitter’s Internet service was taken over by NTT America, a unit of the Japanese telecommunications giant Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. The switch seemed to improve the site’s frequently faulty service, and the rate of outages and slowness has decreased considerably. Twitter has weathered major news events such as the 2008 presidential election, this year’s election and its aftermath in Iran, and the death in June of Michael Jackson.  Read More

    Los Angeles Times 08/07/09
  • Twitter paralyzed by denial of service attack

    by David Sarno

    Though Twitter pages were accessible at the time of the original writing, the site again appeared to be down or intermittently accessible as of this update.  Read More

    Los Angeles Times 08/06/09
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