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What Will It Take To Make IT Go Green?

Whether they act to stave off a global crisis, or a meltdown in their own budgets, IT professionals need to have better information if they are going to clean up their act.

Can Sustainable IT Avoid False Accounting?

Now the word is out: there is money to be made in sustainable IT, we can expect the usual feeding frenzy as vendors try to cash in. This time, we can’t afford to fall for phony greenwash.

Box.net Becomes Social Content Management Service

Box.net, which began life as a file management and file-sharing platform in a cloud computing environment, is becoming a more robust content management provider. The startup adds profiles, discussions, bookmarks and other messaging, collaboration, and social computing tools to better compete with Google, DropBox, EMC and other Web service storage providers.

New Citrix XenDesktop Release Enhances Desktop Virtualization, User Experience

The new release of Citrix’s XenDesktop product aims to make desktop virtualization cheaper and friendlier for office workers, by increasing the number of desktops that one server can support while improving multimedia and voice delivery. In looking to differentiate its desktop virtualization products from what VMware is offering, Citrix is focusing on providing products for virtualization that offer what the company hopes is an end-to-end solution from the data centre to the server to the individual desktop.

Google Privacy Exec Facing Criminal Charges

Italian officials charge Google Global Privacy Counsel Peter Fleischer with criminal charges of defamation and failure to exercise control over personal data two years after Google posted a video depicting fellow students harassing a student with Down syndrome. Unlike Italian Internet service providers, who are not responsible for posted content, content providers like Google can be held liable for delivered materials. According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals, the charges are thought to be the first criminal sanction ever pursued against a privacy professional for his company’s actions.

IBM Building Next Generation of BlueGene Supercomputers

IBM and the U. S Department of Energy’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have signed a new contract to build the next generation of IBM’s BlueGene supercomputers at the famed DOE facility. The first IBM BlueGene supercomputer, called “Dawn,” will have a top processing speed of 500 teraflops. The second IBM system, dubbed “Sequoia,” will offer 20 petaflops of performance and surpass the records Big Blue set when it installed the massive Roadrunner system for the DOE in 2008.

Layoffs to Continue at IBM, Sources Say

IBM has laid off some 2,800 employees, with more to come, according to the Alliance@IBM organisation. Big Blue has had job cuts in both its Software Group and its sales and distribution group, with more to come in the company’s Systems and Technology Group, sources said.

Court Rejects Intel’s Request for Delay in Antitrust Case

A European court rejects Intel’s request to delay a hearing in front of the European Commission, Europe’s main antitrust body. The case against Intel, still the world’s largest producer of x86 processors for PCs and servers, dates back several months. The European Commission has charged Intel with paying PC retailers to not sell chips made by AMD. Intel has denied the charges and the company is considering its legal options.

Retailer Wireless Devices Largely Unprotected

A new survey shows 44 percent of the wireless devices used by retailers are vulnerable to attacks by data thieves. And that’s the good news. A year ago, the same Motorola survey showed 85 percent of retailers were sitting targets for drive-by data attacks. New PCI standards phasing out Wireless Equivalent Protocol–the weakest form of encryption this side of no encryption at all–may hold the key to improved retailer wireless security.

IT: Part of the Problem, or Part of the Solution?

IT is a serious polluter – but it’s also the key to reducing carbon outputs, says Dr Hamadoun Touré of the ITU. We can use technology to slash our emissions, and still save the third world, he says. And while we are about it, why does every phone ship with a new power supply?

Is Java to Blame for Sun Layoffs?

eWEEK readers weigh in on Sun Microsystems’ woes and the reason Sun is laying off over 6,000 employees. Is Java to blame? Some say inroads from other languages and application development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails could further Sun’s demise. Others say never count Sun out.

Sun Cools Down the Data Centre

The IT industry has a poor record of wasting energy in data centres, says server maker Sun Microsystems. But the company wants to make amends: it has attacked the source of the problem, and rewritten the rules for cooling and power.

Open-Source Cloud Tools Project Spawns Cloud Foundry

The Cloud Tools project, hosted on Google Code, is a prime example of the emerging trend of open-source application developers targeting the cloud and looking at services such as Amazon Web Services solutions and Google App Engine to host their applications. Cloud Tools is a set of tools for deploying, managing and testing Java Enterprise Edition applications on Amazon.com’s Amazon Elastic Computing Cloud. And now the Cloud Tools project’s founder has launched a commercial service based on Cloud Tools known as Cloud Foundry.

How to Reduce Network Expenses

In the current economic slowdown, IT administrators are under constant pressure to build and maintain solid networks while every equipment purchase they make is scrutinised. Knowledge Centre contributor Paul Hooper offers five ways that IT staffs can build automated, secure networks that are energy-efficient and cost-effective.

AMD Updates Opteron Processor Lineup with Energy-Efficient Chips

Advanced Micro Devices is updating its line of 45-nanometer Opteron processors with five new energy-efficient models that work within 55-watt thermal envelopes. In addition, AMD is rolling out a pair of high-performance, 45-nm Opteron processors that run at 2.8GHz. The new offerings expand AMD’s line of 45-nm Opteron processors, formerly, known as “Shanghai,” which first came to the market in November.

Microsoft Results Disappoint, 5,000 Job Cuts Coming

Microsoft reported quarterly results on the 22nd January that missed Wall Street expectations and the software giant announced that it would eliminate 5,000 jobs. The results show that even Microsoft is not immune to the recession and the sluggish global economy. Microsoft eliminated 1,400 jobs on the day it announced its results and the rest of the cuts will follow during the next 18 months.

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