Migrating from high-end Unix-based systems to x86 Linux platforms appears to be a popular idea. But calculating actual savings and the factoring in the quality of Linux administration tools prompted these companies to think twice
Building-automation systems used to function in separate technology silos. Now vendors are rapidly adopting IP, Web services and other technologies that are beginning to converge with traditional IT infrastructures.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is tying a flight information database to heating, lighting and air conditioning systems at each gate in order to restrict energy use to periods when gate areas are occupied. As building automation systems (BAS) that control heat, air conditioning, lighting and other building systems get smarter, they're converging with traditional IT infrastructures.
When hackers, competitors or governments apply the right technologies, the data you thought you had destroyed, and which has stumbled outside the corporate gates on discarded PC hard disk drives, backup tapes and other zombie media, comes alive again. Opportunists are quick to use this data to extract their pound of flesh.