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From the ‘Superman Memory Crystal’ to transforming the cloud – here is your tech roundup:

  1. Next Week: It’s All 5G
  2. Is it a Pure Cloud Future?
  3. Get Ready for the Custom Cloud
  4. Moore’s Law is Dead, Again!
  5. ‘Eternal 5D’ data storage
  6. Spot the Truth IoT Quiz

Next Week: It’s All 5G

Mobile World Congress in Barcelona kicks off next week and, along with the usual chatter about smartphones, China and virtual reality, there will be a tremendous amount of talk about 5G.

“Which markets will first successfully commercialize 5G is also up for debate, particularly because 5G networks may span from sub-gigahertz bands for the Internet of Things to 100 GHz for ultra-dense links in urban areas,” writes EE Times. Think transportation infrastructure and automotive use cases that require a lot of capacity, millisecond latency and strong connections. As such expect demos involving cars and robots from companies like Nokia, Telefonica, Kumu and others.

So what’s that mean for IT? Every connected device is ultimately going to connect back to a data center. Read more here

Is it a Pure Cloud Future? Ask Netflix

It took seven years for Netflix to transition from a data center-based infrastructure model to a pure cloud one. This wasn’t a move about replication and migrating applications but a fundamental transformation of the way the company runs. A fascinating read about scale, devops and fluid infrastructure from the company who delivered 42.5 billion streaming hours of content in 2015.

Get Ready for the Custom Cloud

Google is taking customization to the next level with Custom Machines, which effectively lets you allocate and deploy computing resources down to the processor level. Basically, you just buy the MIPS you need and not one more. Customers will use the service to reduce their costs but also achieve performance goals or add speed for unexpected events. It’s similar to Amazon’s pricing, which lets you select what sort of back-end configuration—memory intensive, storage intensive, general performance—for your app.

Moore’s Law is Dead, Again!

Nature had an interesting article this week about Moore’s Law running out of gas in the 2020s at around the 3 nanometer level, quoting one of Intel’s lead researchers Paolo Gargini that is why the organization is creating a new type of roadmap.

Not only is the forecast likely accurate, it’s consistent. Gargini told SanDisk® editor in chief Mike Kanellos the same thing back in 2003.

‘Eternal 5D’ data storage could reliably record the history of humankind

You can hear parents across America telling their kids “don’t post that on Facebook, it will last forever”. Thanks to Scientists at the University of Southampton Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC), that forever could be billions of years. Now granted, they’re probably not interested in beer guzzling photos, but so far, the researchers have saved major documents from human history, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Newton’s Opticks, Magna Carta, and Kings James Bible as digital copies.

Using a 5D recording method in nanostructured glass, the system has 360 TB per disc capacity, thermal stability up to 1,000°C, and virtually unlimited lifetime at room temperature (or 13.8 billion years at 190°C ). Read more about this remarkable technology, coin as the “Superman memory crystal”.

Spot the Truth

Only one of these stats is true. Can you spot it?

  1. Rodeo clowns at the 2016 Calgary Stampede will wear outfits containing 45 sensors to help McGill university researchers analyze stress reactions.
  2. There are 5.5 million new IoT interconnects every day.
  3. Popeye’s Fried Chicken now has an image-based search engine to see if employees are really washing their hands

Despite your unspoken hope that the answer is A, the correct answer is B. It comes from Intel’s Bridget Karlin on a podcast called “Internet of Things with Game Changers, Presented by SAP” on February 4, 2016.

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