Electromechanical Relays Versus Solid

The market is full of products that claim extraordinary performances. In the electrical world there is an abundance of options for power supplies, DC-DC converters and redundant power solutions. You could easily get overwhelmed when considering all the possibilities. How do you find the best one? How do you find […]

The Advent of Hybrid Computing?

Recently, I came across an article about utilizing the heat from data centers and putting that to more practical use, such as heating office space in surrounding areas: http://money.cnn.com/2014/04/07/technology/innovation/data-centers-heat/index.html There’s definitely merit in the pursuit of using the byproduct of compute… Really, there’s merit in every area or application where […]

For the Love of Free: NAS Edition

If you’ve read any of my blog posts, you’ll know by now that I have a small obsession with FREE. I like free. We get along really well. Sure, I understand that most of the time you are going to get what you pay for, and if you don’t pay […]

PCI Debugging 101

Like many companies, Cirrascale has a few key technologies and components that it uses in a variety of it’s products.  A lot of what we do involves being able to move data around; be it around the world between datacenters, around racks within a datacenter, or around components within systems. […]

5 S for Procurement

Typically when you hear the term 5 S, it usually applies to warehouse housekeeping. The objective is to keep a neat, clutter free working environment. All tools and equipment have a home which is easily identified and located. 5 S derives from Japan and was developed as a technique that […]

A Simple and Robust Virtual Server Architecture

Not too long ago I started looking for a more robust and flexible architecture for my personal server environment that I could also apply to future IT infrastructure. I collaborated with our Engineering Fellow, Scott Ellis, and the architecture we came up with was quite the nice setup. Now, does […]

Micropayments Are Here… Save Time, Use Money

I’ve noticed recently that everyone in my family seems to be tempted to use micropayments for DLC to increase the success in our favorite games.  What is the deal with that? My wife is playing Candy Crush; buy extra lives now. My son and I both are having a blast […]