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    Wednesday
    Jan132010

    Gartner predicts by 2012 Cloud Computing will allow 20% of businesses to be all Cloud based with no physical assets

    ZDnet has an article referring to Gartner’s prediction.

    Gartner issues its own 2012 prediction: end of IT as we know it

    Posted by Joe McKendrick @ 1:59 pm

    Which will come first: the end of the world on December 21, 2012, or one-fifth of organizations dumping their IT assets?

    I don’t know about the first item, but the Mayans certainly didn’t seem to see the cloud computing wave coming. But Gartner says it did, and issued a prediction that by 2012, 20 percent of businesses will own no IT assets. Gartner says this is a result of cloud and virtualization, and extends to client systems as well — employees will be using their own personal desktops, notebooks, and devices on corporate networks. In other words, all third-party ownership:

    Here is the Gartner news release.

    By 2012, 20 percent of businesses will own no IT assets. Several interrelated trends are driving the movement toward decreased IT hardware assets, such as virtualization, cloud-enabled services, and employees running personal desktops and notebook systems on corporate networks.
    The need for computing hardware, either in a data center or on an employee's desk, will not go away. However, if the ownership of hardware shifts to third parties, then there will be major shifts throughout every facet of the IT hardware industry. For example, enterprise IT budgets will either be shrunk or reallocated to more-strategic projects; enterprise IT staff will either be reduced or reskilled to meet new requirements, and/or hardware distribution will have to change radically to meet the requirements of the new IT hardware buying points.

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    Wednesday
    Jan132010

    Hydrogen Potential from Coal, Natural Gas, Nuclear, and Hydro Power

    Hydrogen can work as an energy carrier from multiple energy sources.  Here is the conversion factors for 1 kg of hydrogen from a National Renewable Energy Lab document.

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    Hydrogen from coal: 7.6 kg of coal/kg hydrogen

    Hydrogen from natural gas: 4.5 normal cubic meters/kg of hydrogen

    Hydrogen from nuclear and hydro power: 58.8 kWh/kg of hydrogen

    On average, about 3 gallons of water are needed to produce 1 kg of hydrogen

    1 kg of hydrogen can potentially displace 4.35 kg or 1.58 gallons of gasoline

    The document also has maps showing possible sources of Hydrogen.  Below is Nuclear and Hydro.

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    Wednesday
    Jan132010

    Have crimes been committed against Google in China? Forcing Google to improve its self-defense and be willing to fight

    The official Google blog has a post titled “A new approach to China.”  And, after reading you could say Google has been a victim of a crime trying to steal intellectual property.  But what does Google do?

    A new approach to China

    1/12/2010 03:00:00 PM

    Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident--albeit a significant one--was something quite different.


    First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses--including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors--have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.


    Second, we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves.


    Third, as part of this investigation but independent of the attack on Google, we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. These accounts have not been accessed through any security breach at Google, but most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on the users' computers.

    Google has taken action by improving its self – defense skills.

    We have already used information gained from this attack to make infrastructure and architectural improvements that enhance security for Google and for our users. In terms of individual users, we would advise people to deploy reputable anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on their computers, to install patches for their operating systems and to update their web browsers.

    And, they have taken the action of drawing international attention to the crime.

    We have taken the unusual step of sharing information about these attacks with a broad audience not just because of the security and human rights implications of what we have unearthed, but also because this information goes to the heart of a much bigger global debate about freedom of speech.

    Which is common with environmental groups who draw public attention.

    Google’s blog has 619k subscribers.

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    I would bet Google has chosen this issue as a battle to prove its motto “do no evil.”  And, Google probably knows it couldn’t fairly compete against Baidu.

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    Wednesday
    Jan132010

    Impact of Google’s withdraw from China on GreenM3, China is #30 in traffic

    There is tons of news out there on Google’s contemplating a withdraw from China.  There are over 2,500 news articles on the topic.  WSJ.com is just one example.

    Google's Watershed Moment in China

    By ANDREW PEAPLE

    There's little doubt this is a watershed moment for Google. By publicly contemplating a withdrawal from China, the company is showing it values its reputation for providing a secure service to users more than a leading position in a massive and growing market.

    But is pulling out the right decision?

    Near-term, Google's internal agonizing will be soothed by the knowledge China remains a small part of its global business. Google's China operations will contribute just 1% of its 2010 profits, Citi Investment Research says.

    Telegraph UK has a timeline article on the activity in China.  Look at the activities over the past year.

    March 2009:

    China blocks YouTube, which is owned by Google.

    June 2009:

    China blocks Google.com and Gmail briefly as it accuses Google of spreading obscenity over the internet.

    September 2009:

    Kaifu Lee resigns, amid rumours that pressure from the Chinese government had become intolerable. John Liu is appointed to replace him.

    October 2009:

    A group of Chinese authors accuse Google of violating their copyright by reproducing their work on its Google Books service.

    December 2009:

    Rumours suggest Google had heavily reduced its staff in China.

    January 2010:

    Google announces it will stop self-censoring and that it may pull out of the country after a series of cyber attacks.

    My blog is my own little lab to get information on how things work.  Curious I went to Google Analytics to see where China fit in GreenM3 traffic position.  Spot #30.

    1

    United States

    2

    United Kingdom

    3

    India

    4

    Canada

    5

    France

    6

    Japan

    7

    Germany

    8

    Netherlands

    9

    Australia

    10

    Singapore

    11

    Spain

    12

    Taiwan

    13

    Denmark

    14

    Malaysia

    15

    Italy

    16

    Brazil

    17

    Philippines

    18

    Sweden

    19

    South Korea

    20

    Belgium

    21

    Hong Kong

    22

    Indonesia

    23

    Ireland

    24

    Poland

    25

    Russia

    26

    Thailand

    27

    Egypt

    28

    Switzerland

    29

    Vietnam

    30

    China

    With results that low am I being censored?  I get no search hits from Baidu, China’s leading search engine.

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    Tuesday
    Jan122010

    Google Electric Company is a popular concept, but most are missing energy storage as the strategy

    I am having fun writing ideas on the GreenM3 blog.  There is so much going on now in the Green area and data centers, I can’t keep up with all the news. One of the latest news stories is Google filing with FERC for energy company status for Google Energy, creating a Google Electric company.

    Google Energy

    Energy

    I’ve been watching the news to see if there is any particular insightful comments.  I wrote about the concept of Google Electric company in Nov 28, 2007.  Yes, 2 years ago.

    Nov 28, 2007

    Google Electric Company - Core Competency?

    Larry Dignan on http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=7149

    Wrote a blog about the issue of Google getting into the energy business. This somehow seems like it is in Google's DNA when faced with make vs buy, they favor make.  They've done this with their OS and Servers they run their platform on.  Now, they are extending out to make their own electricity.

    Google News does a good job of showing the various discussions.

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    I have a few friends who work at Google and it easy to run thought experiments of what is not being discussed.

    Thought experiments are devices of the imagination used to investigate the nature of things. We need only list a few of the well-known thought experiments to be reminded of their enormous influence and importance in the sciences: Newton's bucket, Maxwell's demon, Einstein's elevator, Heisenberg's gamma-ray microscope, Schrödinger's cat. The same can be said for their importance in philosophy. Much of ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind is based firmly on the results of thought experiments.

    What I think Google has seen is energy storage from renewable energy sources – PV, Solar, and wind is essential.  I joked and questioned Google as an electric company 2 years ago, but a lot has happened in two years, and it makes sense from one point of view that Google' learn to store information as it stores information (indexing the web) and delivers higher value information when users need it.  To do this with electricity, Google needs to be able to buy and sell electricity.

    As the largest consumer of data center electricity in the world, except for the US Fed Gov’t, Google is in a unique situation to use information to deliver higher value electricity. 

    Also, Google Energy’s expertise as a power company will allow it to figure out how to lower its energy costs and carbon impact over the long run.  This is a not a new concept and has been used by industries like pulp and paper mills with their own power generation and water supplies.  Which fits in Google buying the pulp and paper mil in Finland.

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