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Who Will Support and Refurbish Your UPS?


Uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) are designed and built to provide years of reliable service. But even the most rugged products meant for military and industrial environments won’t last forever. When a UPS fails, due to abuse, human error, or even normal wear and tear, it must be repaired or replaced ...

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Preparing Your Network for Migration to the Cloud


By now, you've heard so much about the cloud, you're probably wondering if the sun will even come out again. The cloud is the answer to all of your IT problems, right? Well, it can certainly solve many current IT challenges, but with migration comes additional challenges. Moving all of your data to ...

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Is the Cloud Really Serving Us?


The most exciting part of the computer and consumer electronics industries is also one of the dullest — storage. Oh sure, we like the new smartphones, tablets, ultra ultra HDTVs and ultrabooks they showed at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) and all the bling folks come up with to personalize them ...

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Solving UL Approval Needs of Rigid Flex Circuits


The use of rigid flex in military, avionics and aerospace applications has grown steadily since the 1990s, and it is particularly valuable in high stress, high vibration, or thermal excursion environments that would disrupt connectivity in traditional rigid boards with flex/connector junctions. Rigid ...

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Lessons from the Hurricane


Hurricane Sandy made fools out of some hospital administrators in New York City, where absolutely vital emergency generators came up short, forcing massive evacuation of patients from four hospitals to hospitals that had generators that worked. Today's hospitals cannot operate without electricity ...

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Why Whole Building Surge Protectors Don't Work


Whole building surge protectors (SPDs: Surge Protection Devices) often claim to be a "first line of defense" against surges. A review of their performance ratings, however, shows this claim is inaccurate. It is acknowledged that supplemental lower clamping level point-of-use products (SPDs) are still ...
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Solving the Portable Data Security Headache


Protecting intellectual property and sensitive information is a major security concern for any business today — especially against the backdrop of workers needing to share documents and files with their colleagues, customers, and partners on a daily basis.
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USB 3 Finally Comes to CostCo


Last December, when I took a good look at the new ASUS motherboard I had purchased to upgrade my old, ailing computer, I noted that it had a pair of USB 3 ports. I made a mental note to investigate these further at a future date. Right then, I was more interested in simply getting the computer up ...
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Security Myths: Fixing those Leaking Holes


All too often people hide behind what they "want" to believe is true. Unfortunately, personal beliefs and opinions will not prevent a ruthless individual from ransacking your network's filing cabinets. The easy road is not necessarily the secure one so, rather than wait for a hacker or malicious insider ...
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AWR Software: Universal LTE Smartphones


Next-generation mobile devices are entering the market every day, yet they increasingly face many challenges, not the least of which is a growing scarcity of spectrum space and a variety of mobile access technologies worldwide. Currently deployed cellular standards include GSM, WCDMA ...
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Curing Common Test Equipment Headaches — A Comprehensive Approach


Engineers everywhere are under increasing pressure to get products to market as quickly and cost effectively as possible. They shouldn't be wasting time tracking down test equipment or dealing with internal bureaucracies related to test.
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Finally: The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing

Peter Mell and Timothy Grance, NIST
 
(This article is repeated from our October 2011 Edition) A cloud infrastructure is the collection of hardware and software that enables the five essential characteristics of cloud computing. The cloud infrastructure can be viewed as containing both a physical layer and an abstraction layer. The physical layer consists of the hardware resources that are necessary to support the cloud services being provided, and typically includes server, storage and network components. The abstraction layer consists of the software deployed across the physical layer, which manifests the essential cloud characteristics. Conceptually the abstraction layer sits above the physical layer.

After years in the works and 15 drafts, the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) working definition of cloud computing, the 16th and final definition has been published (NIST Special Publication 800-145).

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A Tale of Two Computers


My old less-than-faithful H-P tower desktop computer has been non-operational for many months. It has been acting as a rather large doorstop, until I finally took the bit in my teeth and started to work on it. Over the years (original purchase had been in 2004) it had blown out several hard disk drives ...
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Protecting Tomorrow: The Cybersecurity Shortage


Cybersecurity is a national and economic priority. But a shortage of qualified information security graduates is threatening our ability to prevent and respond to future security challenges.
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Finally: The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing

A cloud infrastructure is the collection of hardware and software that enables the five essential characteristics of cloud computing. The cloud infrastructure can be viewed as containing both a physical layer and an abstraction layer. The physical layer consists of the hardware resources that are necessary to support the cloud services being provided, and typically includes server, storage and network components. The abstraction layer consists of the software deployed ...
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COMET Consortium to Transform Industrial Robots


The EU co-funded COMET consortium is creating a revolutionary solution enabling the use of industrial robots for high-end machining. Robots of any brand fitted with the novel COMET plug-and-produce controller unit successfully respond to manufacturing industry needs for cost-effective ...
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Next Generation: Migrating to MicroTCA


This next-generation computing architecture packs a lot of punch in a small form factor, and the big news is that it's available right now. The primary selling points for MicroTCA are impressive: an affordable next-generation computing architecture, high communications bandwidth, the ...
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The GPS in Your Car: How Dependable Is It?


Death by GPS was the really scary lead to a special news story recently on New York's WCBS-TV. It told hair-raising stories about people led down wrong roads and into death-causing situations by slavishly following their GPS systems. This is not surprising, considering the many misadventures that are ...

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Keeping Web Sites Busy, Safe, Profitable


You may not realize it, but company marketing, communications people really want to drag you to their little corner of paradise to buy something: hardware, software, service, whatever. They paint a beautiful picture of their product, service; it's absolutely the best, the most advanced, just what ...
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USB Drives: How Long Do They Last?


Last month, I talked about the confluence of two hard drive crashes — my main computer's 500GB HDD in a really bad, destructive crash, followed closely by the failure of an external HDD that contained all my backup files. The odds against two such events happening within the same time frame must ...
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