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Stories by Trevor Clarke

  • Putting green in the bank

    Green IT has been brushed off as just another fad, but for many industry players it has generated strong revenue streams and is now considered part and parcel of good practice. TREVOR CLARKE reports.

  • The rise of solid-state notebooks

    And the solid-state drives (SSDs) go marching in. Since their arrival on the IT landscape, SSDs have quietly maintained camp on the outskirts of the blossoming notebook market, constrained by poor economies of scale and performance. But now, as prices start to fall, memory capacity increases and users realise the technical advantages, SSDs are primed for battle – but not necessarily with traditional mechanical hard drives.

  • To be, or not to be?

    Lights, cameras… action? Not just yet. While the stage has been set, and the IT crowd hushed in anticipation of the virtual desktop play, corporations haven’t rushed to adopt the much-hyped sibling of industry darling, server virtualisation.

  • Managing health

    Clearly the health industry is a big focus for Microsoft, why has this come about?

  • Analyst Speak

    IBRS advisor, Dr Kevin McIsaac, claims channel partners helping clients refurbish a city datacentre should be posing some searching questions before any work is undertaken.

  • A greener thumb

    If you are still a little sceptical on the green IT push, consider this: In Australia during the 2008/09 financial year, servers will use 2.61 billion kilowatt hours of power, the cost will be $256 million and that will result in 2.6 billion kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Power - less?

    For a lot of older city datacentres the juices just aren’t flowing any more. In fact, getting more power has become a chronic pain point that is affecting performance.

  • The datacentre of the future

    With many city-based datacentres struggling to keep up with contemporary IT demands, decision makers are left with the choice of moving on to a newer facility or refurbishing their existing one. But while newly built datacentres can have the latest and greatest energy efficient technologies and environmentally-friendly designs, not everyone is willing or able to migrate to them. For those who do elect to continue with their existing facility the cold, hard truth is that they must refurbish or renovate to keep up with increasing IT demands and financial – and environmental – pressures. ARN spoke with several industry leaders to identify areas the channel could help clients refurbish and renergise the datacentre.

  • Converting the masses

    Flippantly equating a mobile phone to one of the holiest of holy figures in religious history is ballsy – even Judas would have thought twice. All the same, it’s a pretty good reflection of the revolutionary impact the iPhone 3G – coined the ‘Jesus Phone’ by many in the blogsphere – has had on the collective consumer conscious.

  • UPS power to the people

    Uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) are like your health insurance policy – you pay for one and forget about it until something drastic happens and you need a bit of support. Unlike most other areas of IT, which transform and advance at F1-speed while generating plenty of hype, UPS are slow moving beasts that rarely light up a conversation.