IT - Operations
Windows By The Numbers: Windows 7 Is One Obstinate OS
ComputerWorld, March 4th, 2019
"Even as its end-of-support deadline draws ever closer, Windows 7 apparently gained users in February, casting doubt on just how well how customer migrations to Windows 10 are doing. Even Windows XP gained users.

When the groundhog saw his shadow last month, it wasn't a signal of an early spring but a hint that Windows would have one of those upside-down stretches..."

The Data Center Is Being Reimagined, Not Disappearing
Networkworld, March 5th, 2019
"While many workloads are shifting to the cloud, on-premises server hardware continues to be vital to the workplace, a new Spiceworks survey finds...

I have documented more than once that the data center is not going away; it's being reimagined. And now comes a report with greater details on that change..."

    Lithium-Ion Batteries Offer A Definitive, Sustainable And Cost-Effective Advantage For UPS
    Data Center Dynamics, March 4th, 2019
    "With a CAPEX investment that's annually edging closer to VRLA, smaller footprint and longer lifecycle, it's clear why Li-ion has become a popular choice for edge computing, data center and distributed IT environments..

    Lithium-ion (li-ion) offers significant advantages over traditional lead-acid batteries, providing energy efficient backup to critical power systems via uninterruptible power supplies (UPS). Although once a controversial topic, they have fast become a popular choice in both edge computing and larger data center environments, being smaller, lighter and requiring far less maintenance than their lead-acid alternatives..."

      Care And Feeding Of Your SIEM
      Dark Reading, March 5th, 2019
      "Six simple steps to mitigate the grunt work and keep your organization safe.

      System information and event management (SIEM) systems and intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS) are our frontline defenses in an increasingly hostile world. As effective as they seem, if they're not properly configured and maintained, they can become essentially useless.

      Part of the problem is that this work isn't sexy or easy - it's basically digital sanitation..."

      5 Trends Driving The Design Of Next-Generation Data Centers
      Information Management, March 7th, 2019
      "Data centers have become a core component of modern living, containing and distributing the information required to participate in everything from a social life, to the economy. Data centers consumed 3 percent of the world's electricity in 2017, and new technologies are only increasing their energy demand.

      The growth of high-performance computing - as well as answers to growing cyber-security threats and efficiency concerns - are dictating the development of the next generation of data centers..."

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