I love listening to George Jones. His voice is true, and real. His words have cut to the core, and helped me through many a love-done-gone crisis.
Here, though, I am talking about listening to the George Jones who has an article in this week’s Information Week entitled 5 Technologies You Need To Know About.
And this George Jones’s words can help you avoid many an enterprise computing crisis.
Here, he talks about Core, Ajax, Holographic Storage, NAND Drives and AMD-V and VT.
Let’s visit some top-line info about each, as George explains it:
Core is Intel’s highly anticipated upcoming microprocessor architecture. The promise for the mobile market is clear; increased performance at reduced power consumption is always a win for mobile users. But the desktop market is also a key battleground. Desktop processors have become incredibly inefficient thermally. Higher temperatures mean decreased stability along with increased difficulty in raising performance. Being able to stack processors rather than ratchet up clock speeds will permit Intel to scale CPU performance with very few tradeoffs.
George also “sings” about Ajax. And we don’t mean the cleanser.
That sounds so much easier than the current model.
Next, we go to Holographic storage. I admit that when I typed that phrase, I thought of the “holodeck” on some of the later-vintage “Star Trek” series. But no holographic doctors, or um, “models” here. As far as specifics, let George do it:
Holographic storage is a technology that uses three-dimensional imaging to dramatically increase storage capacity on a disk. We’re talking 515 gigabits of data per square inch — nearly 10 times today’s standard capacity. Holographic storage goes beyond the conventional method of writing data on the surface of a medium by using a split laser beam to “stack” data as digital holograms throughout the full three-dimensional depth of a disk.
Moving on, we have NAND, (Not And) a type of memory that will be used in solid-state hard drives within a year.
As to NAND, George notes: NAND’s strength at reading large files and its ability to rapidly erase and write data makes it ideally suited for solid-state storage. SSD drives based on NAND will essentially function just like gigantic versions of flash memory storage found inside digital cameras. They won’t be cheap at first. But in time — possibly as soon as the end of this year — they’ll be in laptops.
Finally, let us consider AMD-V and VT, which are means of emulating multiple instances of an operating system on single server or computer system.
Increased efficiency, security and uptime are the key benefits delivered by virtualization. With it, you can run five servers at the same time on a single PC. If one of the servers crashes, there’s built-in redundancy; the server simply reroutes the incoming requests to one of the other virtual servers.
Readers, which of these technologies excite you, and which make you skeptical that they will ever come about, and that they are more than just functions that will be built without practical usage scenarios?