As hard drive manufacturers ramp up production back to the pre-Thailand flood levels there should no longer be a shortage of drives on the market. However, the prices of the physical drives are projected to stay at the current levels. This is not all bad news as the SSD market continues to inch closer to the $1 / GB price making larger SSD’s a more viable option for system builders and consumers alike.
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VMware has announced My VMware will be going live on April 16th, for an overview of how this new system operates and what it entails please visit VMWares page.
As Earth Day 2012 approaches we are reminded about energy conservation and initiatives in all aspects of our daily lives. Computers have come a long way since their inception, and many new innovations lean towards green manufacturing processes and energy efficient operation.
Have you ever wondered why you cannot simply put your old tower out on the side of the road with the rest of your household garbage? It is because inside computer components there are high levels of Lead, Mercury, Arsenic and various other harmful chemicals. Hardware manufacturers are working hard to eliminate these elements of the components. Intel’s line of Core Processors based on the 32nm “Sandy Bridge” architecture boasts a Lead free manufacturing process as well as elements that are designed to reduce power consumption.
Power Supplies are responsible for most of the energy inefficiency in computer systems. However, energy efficient models that garner an 80+ Bronze, Silver or Gold rating are becoming more and more prevalent on the market. Although like any “green” technology there is a cost increase by going with these efficient units, it has been shown that over time they pay for themselves.
If you would like to know more about green options for your next computer system please visit the following links.
Three ways IT can support Greener Behaviors – Claudia Girrbach, Greenbiz
Energy Star working towards Green Data Center of the future – Matthew Wheeland, Greenbiz
Eco-Responsible Operations – Intel Corporation