Blog roundup: the future of MPLS, data center cooling, hyperconnectedness and wearable health
Orange bloggers look at many of the themes that affect businesses in networks, collaboration, communications, cloud computing and much more. Here is a roundup up of our favorite blogs of the last month.
A recent Gartner article inspired Orange blogger Peter Glock to this fascinating blog which harks back to the age-old battle of netheads vs. bellheads. He points out that if the network is doing its job properly and delivering applications with the appropriate quality of service to give the best end-user experience or efficient machine to machine communications, then it will become invisible. As hybrid networks become increasingly more complex to design, build, implement, manage, and optimize, businesses will increasingly want to have a network that just works.
The search for cheap cooling has led data center operators to locate their facilities in some peculiar places. Blogger Anthony Plewes has a look in this blog at what some of them most innovative are doing to cut their carbon footprint. They include Facebook’s 100% hydro-electric powered data center in norther Sweden, Google’s data center in Finland cooled by water drawn from the Baltic, and Iron Mountain’s facility located in an old limestone mine.
Connectedness has become a central part of human existence. Blogger Stewart Baines explores some of the consequences of this revolution. He finds out about how connectedness is fudging the boundaries between work-life, big-small, inside-outside, fixed-mobile, criminal-lawful and human-machine. Connectedness can bring efficiencies, cost-reductions, can make use more human, but it can also expose us to threats that range from negative publicity or outright theft.
Wearable computing has special significance for mobile healthcare solutions as smartphone technologies enable fresh innovation. Blogger Johnny Evans investigates whether they can live up to their promise. He asks if devices capable of monitoring your weight, activity levels, blood chemistry, glucose levels can help hard-pressed medical professionals access timely data on your personal health. In theory should enable relatively small teams to cater for at least some of the needs of an aging population.