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No One Safe From Hard Drive Shortage

14.12.2011 by Jenn Granger

Thailand was hit by severe flooding this year, starting in July and still disrupting some regions now. Thailand also happens to be the world's second largest producer of hard disk drives. Many of the factories producing the hard drives were flooded stopping production. It has taken a while for the shockwaves to filter through and it is likely that the first quarter of 2012 is when there will be a significant shortage of hard drives. Intel this week released a statement that it expects a fourth-quarter revenue shortfall of roughly $1 billion. As Intel's customers realise they will not be…

A Question of Cloud Reliability

21.8.2011 by Jenn Granger

On Sunday 7th August, part of Amazon's Web Services in Europe were knocked offline after a power failure. The outage caused errors in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud 2, Elastic Block Storage and Relational Database Service platforms. The initial explanation…

Microsoft to ban sick PCs?

18.10.2010 by Lady Penelope

A senior Microsoft researcher has this week been arguing that PCs infected with a virus should be blocked from the internet. Scott Charney, the corporate vice president for Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing, wrote in a blog post that infected computers should…

New hardware tech: Intel 5600 CPUs

19.3.2010 by James Crawshaw

Intel & Dell have been at it again.  Both companies have release new server/processor and associated technologies. Intel, having released the Nehalem based 5500 'Gainestown' series processors back in early 2009 are now releasing their 5600, 'Westmere' series processors. At the time of…