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Left, Right, And (Now) Center: The High-Tech Equalization Of America

In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: Left, Right, And (Now) Center: The High-Tech Equalization Of America
2. Today's Top Story
    - Vista's First Launch Expected In Canada
    - Related Story:
    - Gartner: Microsoft May Regret January Vista Launch
3. Breaking News
    - Mozilla Set To Take Firefox 2.0 Final Today
    - Revenge Of The Suits: Companies Show How To Blog
    - Harvard, IBM To Deploy Academia's Largest Blue Gene Supercomputer
    - Study Of IBM Deaths Links Chip Manufacturing To Cancer
    - Sophos Takes Microsoft's Side In Vista PatchGuard Spat
    - Review: Web-Based RSS-Readers--Bloglines Vs. Google Vs. NewsGator
    - Review: Info Select 2007 Helps Organize Random Info
    - Cisco Steps Into 'Telepresence' With New Videoconferencing Line
    - Judge Denies Demand To Shut Down Spamhaus
    - Is Oracle Downplaying Security Vulnerabilities?
    - AT&T Sees Its BellSouth Conditions As Framework (Reuters)
    - IBM Sues Amazon Over Web Commerce Patents
4. Grab Bag
    - Web Surfing In Public Places Is A Way To Court Trouble (NY Times--reg. required)
    - Google Adjusts Hiring Process As Needs Grow (Wall Street Journal)
    - Why Apple Failed (Roughly Drafted)
5. In Depth: Data Centers
    - The Best And Worst Cities For Data Centers
    - Sidebar: Sun Builds Data Centers Inside Shipping Containers
    - Chart: Total Annual Operating Cost Rankings
    - Poll: Where To Put Your Data Center
6. Voice Of Authority
    - IT Jobs In Jeopardy To Enemy Within
7. White Papers
    - Improve Productivity, Collaboration, And Customer Responsiveness With A Fast, Secure, And Reliable Wireless Network
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
9. Manage Your Newsletter Subscription

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1. Editor's Note: Left, Right, And (Now) Center: The High-Tech Equalization Of America

It's official. Not only are Americans increasingly fleeing both Right and Left coasts in favor the heartland in search of affordable housing, less traffic congestion, safer communities, and higher standards of living, but companies likewise are moving their data centers to the middle of the country for many of the same reasons.

Indeed, there's ample evidence that we're seeing a leveling of technical infrastructure—both physical and human—across the country. What used to be concentrated in a few isolated meccas to which the faithful had to travel is now becoming ubiquitously available.

We've published a well-rounded package of related stories on this subject this week, based on a new study of data center costs by The Boyd Co. (Check out the In-Depth section of this newsletter for summaries and URLs of all the various components.)

The cities at the top of the list—ranked by lowest annual operating costs—reads like a Who's Who of "best places to live" as published by an assortment of publications, recently most prominently by CNN/Money magazine.

Best place of all to do your number crunching? Sioux Falls, S.D. After that come San Antonio; Ames, Iowa; Tulsa, Okla.; Des Moines, Iowa; and Omaha, Neb. This list mirrors the advice of cost and quality-of-living experts to relocate to places as far away from the coasts as possible.

The ranking, in the case of data center relocation, is based on a number of very logical factors: the cost of land and energy, telecom infrastructure, and sufficient numbers of tech-savvy workers to staff a state-of-the-art facility.

Other recent reports back up this trend of the equalization of places to find technical innovation. According to a survey by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group last month, Silicon Valley, long the kingpin of technical innovation, came in dead last in the annual rating of the top 12 technology hubs. At the top of the list was Raleigh-Durham, N.C., because of some very familiar attributes: affordable housing and an abundance of jobs. Other high-ranking locations included Denver; Austin, Texas; Portland, Ore.; and Chicago.

As more evidence, take a look at Forbes magazine's ranking of the "most wired" cities, released last month. By calculating such things as the percentage of Internet users with high-speed access, the range of telecom service providers, and the number of hotspots, Forbes came up with some surprises. The top city? Atlanta. Sure, San Francisco was No. 2, but Orlando, Fla., and Raleigh-Durham both ranked extremely high. Cities you'd expect to be shoo-ins simply weren't: Boston trailed woefully behind at No. 13.

What do you think? Where are you located? Are you considering relocating for any reason? Let me know by responding to my blog entry.

Alice LaPlante
Alice.laplante@gmail.com
www.informationweek.com


2. Today's Top Story

Vista's First Launch Expected In Canada
Microsoft expects to launch Vista in Edmonton in November, with other Canadian cities to follow.

Related Stories:

Gartner: Microsoft May Regret January Vista Launch
Gartner reversed its previous skepticism that Microsoft would make its deadline for shipping Vista. But a Gartner analyst says the January launch date is a bad idea and will hurt the industry as a whole.


3. Breaking News

Mozilla Set To Take Firefox 2.0 Final Today
The new version arrives hot on the heels of Microsoft's Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP, which went final on Wednesday.

Revenge Of The Suits: Companies Show How To Blog
For many businesses, blogging remains a mysterious medium dominated by teenagers and techno geeks. But there are a few shining examples of business blogs.

Harvard, IBM To Deploy Academia's Largest Blue Gene Supercomputer
At its peak, the CrimsonGridBGL can perform 11 trillion floating point calculations per second, according to IBM.

Study Of IBM Deaths Links Chip Manufacturing To Cancer
The research, recently published in a scientific journal but originally started for the landmark IBM case that has since cleared IBM of wrongdoing, says that workers in the chip-making trade are at higher risk for brain, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and kidney cancers.

Sophos Takes Microsoft's Side In Vista PatchGuard Spat
While competitors Symantec and McAfee take Microsoft to task for locking down the 64-bit Vista kernel, Sophos criticizes those competitors for shortsightedness.

Review: Web-Based RSS-Readers—Bloglines Vs. Google Vs. NewsGator
Google recently gave a brush-up to its Web-based RSS application, Google Reader. How does it stack up against the leading competition?

Review: Info Select 2007 Helps Organize Random Info
This high-powered tool makes fast work out of organizing random Web clippings, snippets of text, and more. But its high price and restrictive evaluation policy are a real problem.

Cisco Steps Into 'Telepresence' With New Videoconferencing Line
The idea is to combine high-definition video and audio, large plasma screens, lighting, and even office furniture to create a lifelike videoconference that Cisco claims is nearly as good as meeting in person.

Judge Denies Demand To Shut Down Spamhaus
A federal judge refused the motion, saying it was too broad and would eliminate all traffic, not just that claimed by the original lawsuit, to spamhaus.org.

Is Oracle Downplaying Security Vulnerabilities?
In its most recent 101-flaw patch, Oracle for the first time rated the severity of the threats using the Common Vulnerability Scoring System, a 10-point scale used by other vendors, including Cisco. But the switch meant that some of the scores were skewed, some researchers say.

AT&T Sees Its BellSouth Conditions As Framework (Reuters)
Among the new rules AT&T is prepared to accept, should the FCC impose them: freezing some prices that competitors would pay to use its network, and selling basic high-speed Internet service for $10 a month bundled with phone service.

IBM Sues Amazon Over Web Commerce Patents
IBM claims the patents are core to Amazon's business, including functions such as its product recommendation engine.

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Windows Vista: Ready, Set, Go?
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Do You Access Our Content From A BlackBerry Or A Treo?
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4. Grab Bag

Web Surfing In Public Places Is A Way To Court Trouble (NY Times--reg. required)
Many business travelers are taking unnecessary risks when logging on while on the road. Companies need to train their workers to make sure they're safe when they surf.

Google Adjusts Hiring Process As Needs Grow (Wall Street Journal)
After years of subjecting job candidates to an excruciating review process, Google is attempting to reengineer and streamline its hiring process.

Why Apple Failed (Roughly Drafted)
An analysis of what went wrong at Apple in the 1990s.


5. In Depth: Data Centers

The Best And Worst Cities For Data Centers
A new report looks at 35 cities as potential homes for data centers and analyzes which are the most and least expensive.

Sidebar: Sun Builds Data Centers Inside Shipping Containers
An instant "data center in a box" can be packed with storage, networking gear, and as many as 250 servers.

Chart: Total Annual Operating Cost Rankings
In the following breakdown by city, annual costs are based on the major geographically variable operating costs that are most critical to siting decisions, and are scaled to a representative information assurance center employing 75 workers and occupying 125,000 square feet of newly constructed space.

Poll: Where To Put Your Data Center
What are your company's top criteria when siting a data center?


6. Voice Of Authority

IT Jobs In Jeopardy To Enemy Within
Darrell Dunn points out that although you and your co-workers in traditional centers of technology have had to withstand the increasing outsourcing of jobs to emerging nations in recent years, it may be more likely you'll be losing your job to someone in Omaha, Neb.


7. White Papers

Improve Productivity, Collaboration, And Customer Responsiveness With A Fast, Secure, And Reliable Wireless Network
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