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Ariane 5. When the software bug becomes physical

I wondered... How does the software bug look like? I don't mean the place in requirements analysis, design or code itself in which we can point the actual bug. I thought about something epic, visible and spectacular – or even - iconic. There are several examples, but one inspired me the most – Ariane 5 crash on 4th June of 1996. This case may look far away from data center world, but... Today, software is everywhere. We should remember that a simple mistake in software layer can result in a tremendous fail of the most reliable and redundant infrastructure – top down to the physical level. Let's see what happened with Ariane 5 and how it is related to data center world.

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The emerging threat of Hardware Trojans

Hardware Trojans subject, previously introduced in the "Critical infrastructure threats and Trojan technology? Is your data center vulnerable, too?" blog post, still interests me very much. Therefore, I decided to present additional material covering all related issues and threats on Turingsman.net – this time not only in scope of critical infrastructure and data center security, but also in relation to a typical consumer electronics which is used by all of us on daily basis.

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"Vanquisher. A data center optimization adventure" by Oracle

A very nice surprise from Oracle – "Vanquisher. A data center optimization adventure". What's that? Well, this is a kind of an on-line arcade game in which you can guide the main character, a typical data center professional, on his challenging run to optimize the data center and… Save the company!

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Critical infrastructure threats and Trojan technology? Is your data center vulnerable, too?

Of course, it is! However, we can take care of many of the known risks. In most cases, the biggest threat for data center operational security is a human error, but every site is vulnerable for critical infrastructure threats, which are the results of external causes. As well as a very special kind of threat which comes from Trojan technology – I've found two interesting cases (or – maybe scenarios?) and I would like to share my thoughts here.

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DatacenterDynamics Converged 2012 Warsaw is finished

On 18th of October 2012 I attended Datacenter Dynamics Converged Conference in Warsaw which was organized in Hotel Hilton. This event was one day long, full of very interesting lectures presented by data center professionals in two concurrent halls. There was also an exhibition available for conference guests all the time. Having in mind that Polish data center market is very small in comparison to such countries like Germany, Great Britain or USA, but still the biggest in the area of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), I would say that the conference was very well suited – long enough and filled with important information.

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