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+ - Data archiving standards need to be future-proofed->

Submitted by storagedude
storagedude (1517243) writes "Imagine in the not-too-distant future, your entire genome is on archival storage and accessed by your doctors for critical medical decisions. You'd want that data to be safe from hackers and data corruption, wouldn't you? Oh, and it would need to be error-free and accessible for about a hundred years too. The problem is, we currently don't have the data integrity, security and format migration standards to ensure that, according to Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. Newman calls for standards groups to add new features like collision-proof hash to archive interfaces and software.

'It will not be long until your genome is tracked from birth to death. I am sure we do not want to have genome objects hacked or changed via silent corruption, yet this data will need to be kept maybe a hundred or more years through a huge number of technology changes. The big problem with archiving data today is not really the media, though that too is a problem. The big problem is the software that is needed and the standards that do not yet exist to manage and control long-term data,' writes Newman."

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+ - TrueCrypt gets a new life, new name->

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storagedude (1517243) writes "Amid ongoing security concerns, the popular open source encryption program TrueCrypt may have found new life under a new name, reports eSecurity Planet. Under the terms of the TrueCrypt license — which was a homemade open source license written by the authors themselves rather than a standard one — a forking of the code is allowed if references to TrueCrypt are removed from the code and the resulting application is not called TrueCrypt. Thus, CipherShed will be released under a standard open source license, with long-term ambitions to become a completely new product."
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+ - The evolution of PTSD treatment since WWII

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storagedude (1517243) writes "In the course of writing an article on my father’s WWII experiences, it was interesting to note how PTSD treatment has evolved since then. For a crippling case of PTSD, my father received “sedation and superficial psychotherapy,” according to his military records, which seems to have been the standard practice of the day (and better than the lobotomies inflicted on roughly 2,000 soldiers).

Fast forward to today. A number of treatments have been developed that have had some success reducing the symptoms of PTSD. And a new book by former Washington Post Magazine editor Tom Shroder has noted some success from controlled treatment with psychedelic substances. PTSD is notoriously resistant to treatment, so it is encouraging to see new avenues explored, however taboo."

+ - Marten Mickos' Plan for OpenStack? Total Victory->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Marten Mickos is not yet officially part of HP and it's OpenStack cloud (yet) but he will be soon. On Sept 11 Mickos' company Eucalyptus announced that it was being acquired by HP, though the deal has not yet officially closed. That's not stopping Mickos from making bold predictions about OpenStack — an effort that he has been a competitor against for most of the last four years. Speaking at the OpenStack Silicon Valley event Mickos laid out his plan

"For the last one and a half decades, I have been trying to reach full victory for open source," Mickos said.

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+ - When Customer Dissatisfaction Is a Tech Business Model->

Submitted by jammag
jammag (1021683) writes "A new trend has emerged where tech companies have realized that abusing users pays big. Examples include the highly publicized Comcast harassing service call, Facebook "experiments," Twitter timeline tinkering, rude Korean telecoms — tech is an area where the term "customer service" has an Orwellian slant. Isn't it time customer starting fleeing abusive tech outfits?"
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+ - Linux Needs Resource Management for Complex Workloads->

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storagedude (1517243) writes "Resource management and allocation for complex workloads has been a need for some time in open systems, but no one has ever followed through on making open systems look and behave like an IBM mainframe, writes Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. Throwing more hardware at the problem is a costly solution that won’t work forever, notes Newman.

He writes: 'With next-generation technology like non-volatile memories and PCIe SSDs, there are going to be more resources in addition to the CPU that need to be scheduled to make sure everything fits in memory and does not overflow. I think the time has come for Linux – and likely other operating systems – to develop a more robust framework that can address the needs of future hardware and meet the requirements for scheduling resources. This framework is not going to be easy to develop, but it is needed by everything from databases and MapReduce to simple web queries.’"

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+ - SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon->

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storagedude (1517243) writes "Flash storage costs have been dropping rapidly for years, but those gains are about to slow, and a number of issues will keep flash from closing the cost gap with HDDs for some time, writes Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. As SSD density increases, reliability and performance decrease, creating a dilemma for manufacturers who must balance density, cost, reliability and performance.

'[F]lash technology and SSDs cannot yet replace HDDs as primary storage for enterprise and HPC applications due to continued high prices for capacity, bandwidth and power, as well as issues with reliability that can only be addressed by increasing overall costs. At least for the foreseeable future, the cost of flash compared to hard drive storage is not going to change.'"

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+ - Java 8 Officially Released->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Oracle today officially released Java 8, nearly two years after Java 7, and after much delay. The new release includes a number of critical new features including Lambda expressions and the new Nashorn JavaScript engine. Java 8 however is still missing at least critical piece that Java developers have been asking for, for years.

"It’s a pity that some of the features like Jigsaw were dropped as modularity, runtime dependencies and interoperability are still a huge problem in Java," James Donelan, vice president of engineering at MuleSoft said. "In fact this is the one area where I still think Java has a long way to go."

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+ - Will Red Hat Acquire Hortonworks?->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Red Hat has a history of acquiring key technology partners to help build out its portfolio. In 2011, Red Hat acquired Gluster, which now forms the basis of Red Hat Storage — in 2014 is a Hadoop vendor like Hortonworks in the cards like Hortonworks? The answer is likely not..

"Many enterprises want to run Hadoop on Red Hat’s infrastructure and application platform, but not all customers want to use the same Hadoop distribution," Ranga Rangachari, Red Hat's vice president and general manager, Storage and Big Data said.

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+ - Hard Drive Relaibility Study Flawed-> 1

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storagedude (1517243) writes "A recent study of hard drive reliability by Backblaze was deeply flawed, according to Henry Newman, a longtime HPC storage consultant. Writing in Enterprise Storage Forum, Newman notes that the tested Seagate drives that had a high failure rate were either very old or had known issues. The study also failed to address manufacturer's specifications, drive burn-in and data reliability, among other issues.

'The oldest drive in the list is the Seagate Barracuda 1.5 TB drive from 2006. A drive that is almost 8 years old! Since it is well known in study after study that disk drives last about 5 years and no other drive is that old, I find it pretty disingenuous to leave out that information. Add to this that the Seagate 1.5 TB has a well-known problem that Seagate publicly admitted to, it is no surprise that these old drives are failing.'"

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+ - Tulips, Dot-coms and SANs: Why SSD Merger Mania Won't Work->

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storagedude (1517243) writes "Texas Memory and IBM; Cisco and Whiptail; STEC, Virident and WD: the storage industry seems to be in full merger mania over SSDs, but Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum doesn't think the current mania will work out any better than any other great mania of history. Not Invented Here opposition by acquiring engineering teams and the commodity nature of SSDs will make much of the money poured into SSD companies wasted, he says.

'I seriously doubt that the STEC Inc. technology will be seen in HGST/WD SSDs, nor do I think that Virident PCIe cards will be commoditized by HGST/WD to compete with LSI and others,' writes Newman. 'A Whiptail system will likely be put into a Cisco rack, but it’s not like Intel and Cisco are the best corporate partners, and we will likely see other SSDs put into the product. ... It all comes down to what I see as 'the buying arms race.' Company X purchased some SSD company so company Y needs to do the same or they will not be considered a player.'"

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+ - Are We Witnessing the Decline of Ubuntu?-> 2

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jammag (1021683) writes ""When the history of free software is written, I am increasingly convinced that this last year will be noted as the start of the decline of Ubuntu," opines Linux pundit Bruce Byfield. After great initial success, Ubuntu and Canonical began to isolate themselves from the mainstream of the free software community. Canonical, he says, has tried to control the open source community, and the company has floundered in many of its initiatives. Really, the mighty Ubuntu, in decline?"
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+ - NSA General Shouts Back At Black Hat Heckler->

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darthcamaro (735685) writes "General Keith Alexander , the man behind the NSA's prism effort delivered a keynote at the Black Hat conference today. He attempted to set the record straight claiming what they do is all lawful and is saving American lives. During the keynote, General Alexander was heckled by someone in the audience that yelled out,"You should read the constitution."

The General responded, "I have and so should you.""

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+ - Software-defined data centers might cost companies more than they save->

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storagedude (1517243) writes "As more and more companies move to virtualized, or software-defined, data centers, cost savings might not be one of the benefits. Sure, utilization rates might go up as resources are pooled, but if the end result is that IT resources become easier for end users to access and provision, they might end up using more resources, not less.

That's the view of Peder Ulander of Citrix, who cites the Jevons Paradox, a 150-year-old economic theory that arose from an observation about the relationship between coal efficiency and consumption. Making a resource easier to use leads to greater consumption, not less, says Ulander. As users can do more for themselves and don't have to wait for IT, they do more, so more gets used.

The real gain, then, might be that more gets accomplished as IT becomes less of a bottleneck. It won't mean cost savings, but it could mean higher revenues."

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