Datacenters may not be the greenest, most manageable products out there, but a recent article in The New York Times would have you believe that Facebook’s datacenter was melting at the risk of losing 1 billion users’ photos, or that Microsoft can’t handle the countless servers needed to operate a software development conglomeration. So while the Times article did in fact touch on some important concerns of power-hungry datacenters, it stopped short of the datacenter’s full story.
SiliconAngle Founding Editor John Furrier was quick to respond to the Times article, emphasizing the industry’s current shift to a data-centric infrastructure where datacenters work smarter not harder. Now a hot-button topic, the effeciency of the datacenter has earned further discussion from Microsoft, analysts and pundits. The future of the datacenter is readily being explored, with sustainability at its core.
The New York Times piece isn’t alone in catching bad press this week. Reddit co-founder Aaron Swartz is facing 13 felony counts after the Federal Government filed nine more charges against the activist coder. The fresh charges pertain to files allegedly downloaded illegally from MIT’s database, setting up an elaborate plan to ascertain academic journal articles not accessible to the public.
Indeed, anonymity plays a starring role for activists and gamers alike. The question of whether or not an online community user should be forced to use their real name has resurfaced in the fiasco surrounding Real Name Policies, dubbed Nymwar. SiliconAngle Editor Kit Dotson breaks down the implications of Facebook’s rules on Nymwar, and why it matters to you.
But returning for a moment to the topic of the data infrastructure, it’s clear that the role of the software developer is changing all the time. Dotson offers more great analysis with a feature for DevOps, asking the question, “Should Developers Install Software on Production Themselves?”
On another end of the data infrastructure is the compliance factor, helping a company to juggle the “supply chain” effect behind software management these days. Senior Editor Kristen Nicole interviews Hiperos CEO Greg Dickinson, who discusses the common language of data in aiding a global economy that must work smarter too.
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