All hail the Green Grid

Green grid could bring IT, facilties people together
Blade Watch
A non-profit consortium dedicated to advancing energy efficiency releases some guidelines, and consultant Martin McLeod gives them high marks. “There has always been a relationship between datacenter management teams and facilities but they aren’t always in step, they aren’t always working strategically, to have someone that’s part of my IT team that understands power, facilities, the whole deal so that when we’re arranging a co-location facility, or we’re looking at upgrading the existing facilities, my team understands the whole picture, the power ratings from a power standpoint, not so much an ability to fit boxes standpoint,” he writes. “In essence to bring facilities into IT, allows me to think strategically, to see the whole picture, to tackle the energy issue strategically to the whole organization locally or nationally.”

Microsoft partner bullish on Business Process Alliance
Enterprise Decision Management

Redmond announces a new consortium at a Gartner event that includes 10 other firms, including Fair Issac, whose vice-president of product marketing James Taylor discusses the importance of the group’s formation. “It shows Microsoft getting more serious about ‘real’ BPM support. Like most serious BPM companies, Microsoft recognizes that decision management, using business rules, is important also,” he writes. “Fair Isaac already uses many of these Microsoft technologies in conjunction with business rules managed in Blaze Advisor (in ScoreNet for instance) so we know this works. Because Blaze Advisor supports the integration of predictive models into decision services built with it, this alliance means that decisions using rules and analytics can be deployed effectively into processes being managed on .Net. Microsoft is upgrading its BPEL support and that will aid in adoption.”

BitTorrent’s decision to play nice won’t be easy
Inside Tonic

The company’s decision to launch the Bittorrent Entertainment Network, with movies, games and videos means it’s doing a backflip on digital rights management, notes Cyril Roger. “What Bittorrent is doing is entering the legal download market, where heavyweights such as the iTunes Store, Amazon or Wal Mart already rule. Yet the biggest competitor to the Bittorrent store might still be piracy itself,” he writes. “Bittorrent expects a third of its users to give up piracy and embrace the new store but a quick look around the blogosphere this morning shows that skepticism was high among bloggers. Why would anybody who can get the same content for free want to pay $3.99 for it?”

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