I cover storage, networking, and data centers as a contributor for TechRepublic.com. Sometimes I write about other subjects such as cyberinsurance and computer history. I no longer cover security: please stop sending me security pitches.
Unique approaches to designing the computers of tomorrow are being planned at six new centers funded by the U.S. government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Industry research usually focuses on improvements to the ubiquitous Von Neumann architecture, where data communicates directly with processors which in turn have exclusive access to memory and storage.
Storage arrays, whether directly attached or configured as NAS or SAN, are not immune to the Meltdown and Spectre security bugs. Arrays contain servers known as controllers, and those servers have their fair share of commodity microprocessors where the bugs like to make homes. TechRepublic polled Dell EMC, IBM, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, NetApp, and Vantara (formerly Hitachi Data Systems). Each company provided an official statement or posted one on their site.
The Storage Networking Industry Association's recently updated technical dictionary has a potentially critical flaw—readers almost need to be experts to understand some of it—so we decided to make our own storage glossary for everyone else. Where the SNIA smorgasbord offers more than 100 terms for the letter 'A,' we give you a tasty nosh of less than 40 must-know definitions spanning the alphabet. Learn these storage terms, and you'll sound smart enough to make the IT director listen.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".