Google’s Sidewalk Labs signs deal for ‘smart city’ makeover of Toronto’s waterfront

Posted by & filed under Google, Green Tech, IT and Politics, IT Infrastructure.

A unit of Google’s parent company, devoted to urban innovation, has signed a deal to map out a new kind of neighbourhood on Toronto’s waterfront that could demonstrate how data-driven technology can improve the quality of city life. On Tuesday, Sidewalk Labs, a division of Alphabet Inc., and the government agency Waterfront Toronto announced a partnership in… Read more »

Digital Solutions Can Help Even the Poorest Nations Prosper

Posted by & filed under Emerging Economies, IT and Politics, IT Infrastructure.

AMONG THE SPENDING choices for governments of poorer nations, kick-starting the technological revolution may at first seem like a low priority. Compared with critical infrastructure, healthcare, or schools, improved digital access and less waiting times for birth certificates feel like luxuries that should come further down the road, or perhaps be left to private enterprise. But… Read more »

Facebook invests $1 billion in Virginia, U.S.A.

Posted by & filed under FaceBook, Green Tech, IT Infrastructure.

Facebook (FB, Tech30) plans to invest $1 billion in the state in all. The company is putting $750 million into construction and $250 million to multiple solar facilities that will power the data center, McAuliffe said. “Working with companies like Facebook and many others, we are advancing Virginia’s position as a global leader in the technology economy,” McAuliffe… Read more »

Why didn’t electricity immediately change manufacturing?

Posted by & filed under Cloud Computing, cloud services, IT and History, IT Infrastructure, IT Trends.

For investors in Boo.com, WebVan and eToys, the bursting of the dotcom bubble came as a bit of a shock. Companies like this raised vast sums on the promise that the worldwide web would change everything. Then, in the spring of 2000, stock markets collapsed. Some economists had long been sceptical about the promise of computers. In… Read more »

Facebook Servers

Posted by & filed under FaceBook, IT Infrastructure.

Although from 2013, this video does a really good job of taking you inside one of Facebook’s datacenters, and brings up all the issues that arise when you have to build and manage a datacenter Source: Facebook Date: May 11th, 2017 Link to YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d2JyaW9X34 Discussion 1) What are some of the physical security issues that Facebook… Read more »

Inside a Google datacenter

Posted by & filed under Google, IT Infrastructure.

Joe Kava, VP of Google’s Data Center Operations, gives a tour inside a Google data center, and shares details about the security, sustainability and the core architecture of Google’s infrastructure. It is very interesting to compare and contrast the Google setup of a datacenter to the Facebook setup of a datacenter here: http://wileyinformationsystemsupdates.com/2017/05/11/facebook-servers/ Source: Google Date: May 11th,… Read more »