Tuesday, May 17
The first in-person NAB Show since 2019 was quite a success this past weekend in Las Vegas, NV. 52,468 attendees visited the Las Vegas Convention center to see the newest advancements in media, film, software, storage and ancillary industries. Cloud integration stole the show, with the entertainment and media industries needing to share and upload 4K/8K content taking center stage, alongside media archiving for data management and storage.
Thursday, February 17
Assisted and Self-Driving Vehicles are Mobile Datacenters
5-20TB of Data Will Be Consumed Per Day Per Vehicle
The evolution of cars to assisted and self-driving creates the need for cars to serve as mobile data centers with the computing power to process data in real-time. Managing this data effectively and quickly creates new challenges for the enterprise storage industry.
“For decades, most of the electronics on a car were encased in electronic control units, segmented by function such as braking and infotainment. As more safety features were added and centralized, they were organized by distinct software stacks and automotive OSes based on different domains communicating with each other through a centralized gateway, which is what most new vehicles use today.
Monday, January 24
Cybersecurity is a people problem, driven by our perception of risk. Tools help. In fact, tools are incredibly necessary but tools are also only as good as the people implementing them. Also, the work culture has a huge impact on behavior because employees tend to gravity toward the middle of the group, modeling their behavior to fit in, and be accepted as part of the team – for better or worse from a security best practices standpoint.
67% of security breaches are due to human behavior, not the failure of tools.
People have to digest a lot of information and success often means navigating that information efficiently, making decisions quickly – like to avoid getting in an accident on the freeway. But, that quick decision-making is not helpful during a cyberattack.
Monday, January 10
Ameca is said to be the world’s most advanced humanoid robot. CES attendees have the unique opportunity to view and interact with Ameca up close. This robot looks like a person, with facial features that move and flex to indicate expressions and mimic emotion and eyes that accurately track movement. Engineered Arts designed Ameca with as realistic facial features as possible to help scientists and engineers study and improve human-robot interactions. People connect by reading facial cues, so having a robot with life-like expressions and responses is expected to be beneficial in hospital and hospitality uses where communication interactions are integral to success.
Wednesday, January 12
The semiconductor chip shortage highlights a major infrastructure problem for the US – 75% of semiconductors are manufactured in Asia. Twenty-five years ago, the US produced 37% of the world’s semiconductor manufacturing in the US but today only produces 12%. In our June 2021 enterprise storage newsletter, we highlighted the chip shortage and, in particular, the impact on the automotive industry. Even the most basic gas-powered car now has over 100 chips, while the latest electric vehicle may hold more than 1,000. The chip shortage has resulted in few available gaming consoles, cars with limited features, and a reduced production of iPhones.
Tuesday, December 7
KIOXIA America, Inc. announced the addition of the BG5 Series that is intended to bolster its lineup of PCIe® 4.0 solid state drives (SSDs). It is designed to balance performance, cost and power for gamers and PC users. The KIOXIA BG5 Series is built with a PCIe® 64 GT/s interface (Gen4 x4 lanes) and accelerated by the company’s fifth-generation BiCS FLASH™ 3D flash memory technology and is available in capacities of 256, 512 and 1024 gigabytes (GB).
Tuesday, November 23
Department of Justice officials announced the arrests of five members of the ransomware criminal enterprise, REvil. REvil has been tied to over 7k ransomware attacks and hundreds of millions in ransoms, including the attack on meat supplier JBS and Miami-based technology company Kaseya. JBS paid $11M in ransom but Kaseya refused to negotiate with the cybercriminals. The arrests were part of an international investigation, Operation GoldDust, involving law enforcement agencies from 17 countries. Members of REvil were identified through wiretapping and seizure of REvil infrastructure – and, exploiting REvil tactics against its members.
Friday, November 12
Storage Review’s analysis of Intel P5510 vs Samsung PM9A3 Enterprise SSDs was thorough and intensive. While Brian Beeler was quick to politely comment on each and talk about the giants amongst us, and phew, what a whirlwind it was, we won’t hesitate to declare a winner. Intel crushed Samsung – especially if you are actually looking for a bottom line, instead of a participation trophy for each. This is business and competition drives, motivates, propels companies to greatness (or demise). Let’s not hesitate to call it like it is – for everyone’s good, including the competitors.
Monday, December 13
Extreme Networks was established by three LAN switching industry veterans, Gordon Stitt, Herb Schneider, and Stephen Haddock, to target the development of third-generation LAN switches based on emerging Gigabit Ethernet technology. Extreme Networks is based in San Jose, with over 2700 employees and over 50k worldwide customers.
Monday, November 29
Muon Space will launch a fleet of satellites designed to analyze Earth’s atmosphere, land, and water in fine detail using measurements from its own equipment and publicly available satellite data. Muon’s satellites will use thermal infrared sensors, infrared spectroscopy, and low-frequency radar to gather data and apply its algorithms to existing image databases and calculating soil moisture levels, snow depth, and standing water in various locations. Their integrated remote sensing platform is expected to provide accuracy and integration of data to more effectively combat climate climate.
Wednesday, November 17
Infinidat persuaded thirtyfive-year enterprise storage veteran, Eric Herzog, to serve as Chief Marketing Officer after nearly seven years as CMO and VP of Global Storage Channels at IBM Storage Solutions where he was responsible for worldwide product marketing and management for IBM's storage systems, software-defined storage, hyper converged infrastructure, and global storage channels. Eric Herzog has managed all aspects of marketing, product management, and business development in both start-ups and Fortune 500 companies.
Tuesday, October 19
Jon Karlung, CEO at Bahnhof, took inspiration from James Bond movies, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back, Logan’s Run, and Silent Running in converting a nuclear bunker in Stockholm, Sweden into the world’s most physically secure datacenter. The front entrance can be reached only by tunnel, the doors are nearly 16 inches of steel, located below 100 feet of solid granite, and designed to withstand a hydrogen bomb. They kept its code name, Pionen White Mountains.
The facility has simulated daylight, walls covered with plants, conservatories, man-made waterfalls, and massive saltwater fish tank. There is space for 6k servers and heat generated by servers is recycled to
James Bond Inspired Datacenter
heat the facility and area housing. Two German submarine engines serve as backup power.
Thursday, October 21
Technology, including special effects in movies, as truly evolved. How have datacenters evolved in movies – not just as a background prop but as a central feature? We highlight a few movies below…
2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968
Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester – A quest to find mankind’s origins with help from supercomputer H.A.L 9000
The main character must disassemble the AI villain inside the datacenter. And, while datacenters did not make it to space by 2001, that technology is well underway for the near future. The movie is iconic in reflecting much of the technology we take for granted today.
Matthew Broderick, Ally Sheedy, John Wood – A young man finds a backdoor to a military central computer and game play is blurred with reality and the potential threat of WWIII. Okay, fair enough, no datacenter. But, it gets an honorable mention at that start of this evolution because President Reagan
Wednesday, October 13
Darkside and REvil ransomware groups spawned BlackMatter, an evil ransomware group claiming to have inherited the best features of its parent organizations. BlackMatter attacked NEW Cooperative Inc., shut down its operations, and demanded $5.9M ransom. NEW Cooperative, Inc is a member-owned farmer cooperative with 60 operating locations throughout north, central and western Iowa. They have been in business since 1973 and generate over $424M annual revenue. NEW Cooperative Inc, operates grain storage elevators, buys crops from farmers, sells chemicals, and owns technology platforms for farmers that provide agronomic advice to maximize harvest. Their software provides for management of 40% of grain production and 11 million animals feed schedules. The company created temporary workarounds to receive grain and distribute feed.
Monday, September 27
A car can generate about 25GB of data every hour and as much as 4TB a day, according to some estimates. This data is estimated to be worth as much $750B by 2030. Even without autonomous vehicles or everything electrified, cars have many computer systems and technologies controlling and storing data. DRAM and NAND solutions to handle these processes.
DRAM tends to be faster, with greater bandwidth for adaptive driving technologies while NAND is slower, nonvolatile memory - integral to navigation, customization, accident and collision information.
Friday, October 1
Conventional electric grids have limited measurement and control capabilities. A smart grid optimizes the generation, distribution, and consumption of electricity though shared information and communication technologies. Smart grid big data is characterized by high volume, wide varieties of structured and unstructured data, varying velocity from real-time upward, veracity inconsistencies such as redundancies and missing data, and varying values. It is necessary to process large volume and varieties of real-time and historical data to make meaningful data-driven decisions. Smart grid data analytics provide opportunities for efficient operation, controlling grid assets, distributed energy resources, end user energy consumption in real time, planning processes, and new business models.