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Charting a More Inclusive Natural World 

Charting a More Inclusive Natural World 

Wading into uncharted territory requires the tenacity to not only take that first step but to also self-advocate. Marine biologist Dr. Ruth Gates, evolutionary biologist Dr. Joan Roughgarden, and geologist Dr. Clyde Wahrhaftig are three LGBTQ+ scientists we’re celebrating this Pride Month who did just that, encouraging further research and representation in the natural sciences.  […]

June 13, 2024 • 5 min read People

Inside CERN’s Exabyte Data Center  

Inside CERN’s Exabyte Data Center  

Image of LHC tunnel during LS2n by Brice, M. courtesy of CERN Tucked beneath the countryside on the outskirts of Geneva lies the world’s largest and most powerful particle-smashing machine: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).  Run by the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the LHC probes the universe’s origins by recreating the conditions that existed just […]

April 30, 2024 • 7 min read Technology

What is the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy? 

What is the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy? 

As World Backup Day approaches, this is the perfect time to reinforce the importance of data protection and equip yourself with simple, straightforward strategies. One of the most prevalent approaches to safeguarding data is the 3-2-1 backup strategy—a foundation in helping protect your irreplaceable data.   This is the 3-2-1 backup strategy, explained.  What is the […]

March 26, 2024 • 3 min read Data

Maria Kala: Community and Mentorship

Maria Kala: Community and Mentorship

Since her childhood in Kenya, Maria Kala has always been fiddling with hardware. Born the third of four sisters, Kala became the de facto IT support in the home, which is how she made her way into the field of engineering.  “Growing up, I was always consulted when the VCR broke or when we needed […]

March 19, 2024 • 5 min read People

A Green Start: The Data Center’s Role in Climate Change 

A Green Start: The Data Center’s Role in Climate Change 

Just as factories fueled the growth of the Industrial Revolution, the data center is at the core of the Information Age. Entertainment, public services, and private communications are all stored or mediated by it, and as more users join virtual spaces, the demand for fast and reliable digital services grows.  But, data centers come with […]

February 27, 2024 • 6 min read Data

What’s Your Create: Jacob Simon 

What’s Your Create: Jacob Simon 

Jacob Simon settles down for this interview amid a flurry of notifications. He lowers the volume but does not silence them. Clients, partners, and activists from all over the world want his insight, and he’ll oblige as soon as he can.   It’s rare that Simon is anchored in place for even an hour. Between his […]

January 30, 2024 • 6 min read People

Have Data Centers Reached the SMR HDD Tipping Point?

Have Data Centers Reached the SMR HDD Tipping Point?

Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) hard drives (HDDs) have quietly existed for nearly a decade. Yet, as with many innovations, their journey to widespread acceptance has been gradual. SMR HDDs have seemingly only tiptoed into the data center. Now, something has changed.   Western Digital CEO, David Goeckeler, recently shared that the company’s 26 terabyte (TB) UltraSMR […]

November 21, 2023 • 9 min read Technology

Explained: HDD Areal Density

Explained: HDD Areal Density

Have you ever wondered how hard drives manage to store vast amounts of data in such a small space? In part, this is made possible by areal density—the driving factor in HDD capacity.   This is areal density, explained.  What is areal density? Areal density is the amount of data that can be stored per square […]

October 10, 2023 • 3 min read Technology

Explained: Helium Hard Drives

Explained: Helium Hard Drives

While helium hard drives are not exactly designed to float in air, helium’s buoyant properties make it useful in storing more data in the same form factor.  This is helium hard drives, explained.  What is a helium hard drive? A helium hard drive is a hard disk drive (HDD) with an internal enclosure that is […]

August 29, 2023 • 3 min read Technology