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  • 10 reasons why the desktop PC will live forever

    Steve Jobs piqued consumer curiosity when he unveiled the iPad and declared "the post-PC era has begun." And now with the imminent release of Windows 8 RT tablets?low-powered slates running a touch-friendly version of Office?it might seem that perhaps the world actually can live without desktop computers.

  • Private cloud storage - Is there a best way to set up your solution?

    Given that cloud computing is still emerging, it shouldn't come as a surprise that opinions vary widely on the best way to architect the storage. In fact, it seems likely that there is no such panacea - different types of private cloud almost always require different approaches.

  • Four ways to beat data bloat

    It is estimated that unstructured data - everything from email to spreadsheets, documents and digital media - accounts for at least 90% of an organisation's data. You systems are bloated with everything from personal iTunes playlists to the early versions of that PowerPoint presentation you delivered in March. To make matters worse, analysts at Gartner and IDC predict that data growth in IT organisations will grow by as much as 800% in the next five years.

  • Cloud and disaster recovery: Load-balanced data centres are not a perfect solution

    A growing trend in the disaster recovery arena for cloud providers is the use of load-balanced data centres instead of hot-cold data centres. Companies are deploying private clouds that are load balanced between their data centres to take care of disaster needs. If one data centre suffered from a disaster, the other data centre would be operating even though it is at reduced capacity.

  • The tyranny of terrible tech support

    I stumbled across this nonsense while setting up a new toy, er, product here in the Gibbs Universal Industries Secret Underground Bunker.

  • How Fibre Channel over Ethernet went from fee to free

    With demand for FCoE more sluggish than vendors had hoped, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch and adapter makers are making it available for free.

  • First look at Google TV and Logitech Revue

    An air of mystique has surrounded Google TV, and Logitech's Google TV device, the Logitech Revue, since they first became public knowledge. On Wednesday, Logitech unveiled the Revue and we got our first in-depth look at what Google TV can do. And more than halfway through the presentation, I feel as if we have as many questions as answers.

  • Hitachi vs Seagate vs Western Digital: Hard drive makers talk up new storage tech

    In a reflection of the hard-fought battle among hard drive makers to get ahead of rivals, Hitachi, Seagate and Western Digital this week talked up storage innovations, including a Hitachi drive that combines an optical platter with Micron's densest NAND flash memory and advanced hard drives from Western Digital and Seagate that hold up to 3TB of data.

  • Top 5 ways to cut your storage needs

    With the economy still shaky and the need for storage exploding, almost every storage vendor claims it can reduce the amount of data you must store. Trimming your data footprint not only cuts costs for hardware, software, power and data centre space, but also eases the strain on networks and backup windows.

  • Mac Mini vs the Apple TV

    When Apple released a Mac mini that bears an HDMI port on Tuesday, it took mere minutes before people suggested that this new mini was the next-generation Apple TV in disguise. And for some, it may be. We'll take a deeper look as we have more time to test out the new Mac mini, but here's a look at some of areas that separate the two.

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