Posted By Myriam SemeryWindows Embedded BG Lead
A big freeze is descending upon much of Europe today and this weekend, causing thousands of canceled flights or completely closed airports, extremely cold temperatures and snowfall, and dangerous roads. I’m the Windows Embedded lead for Southern Europe, living in Paris, where getting around is no picnic. My colleague Werner Reuss has been braving the roads in Munich, Germany; here, he reflects on an innovative Italian technology that’s making a big difference in wintertime driving.
It has been snowing pretty heavily the past few days in Munich, where I live, and the forecast doesn’t show any signs of it letting up soon. As an avid skier, living in a city within an hour and a half’s drive of some of the best skiing in the world is major incentive. I love the snow when I’m hitting the slopes, but there is a downside to living in a winter wonderland.
Munich is very prepared for snow; the city has snow plows ready at the first sign of a flake. Due to environmental and economic concerns, we plow and salt only major roadways, which keeps traffic flowing and accidents to a minimum. Unfortunately, if you have to drive on side streets to get to the main roads or have to cross a bridge, driving can feel like sledding.
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Posted By J.T. KimbellProgram Manager
Hey everyone, and happy new year! Today Bowei Xu is providing some great information on Storage Spaces, a new feature provided in Windows 8, and how you can use Storage Spaces in Windows Embedded. Before we get to the article, here’s a little bit more about Bowei.
Bowei currently works on various Lockdown and Branding features including Unified Write Filter (UWF), Unbranded Boot, and Custom Logon. Before moving to Windows Embedded in May 2012, Bowei worked on the local file system test team in Windows Sustained Engineering. During Windows 8 development, he helped the Windows Core Storage and File System test team to test the management layer (specifically powershell and the WMI Provider) for Storage Spaces.
Many cool new features have been added to Windows 8. One such feature is Storage Spaces. Storage Spaces groups physical disks into pools, and then a Virtual Disk (LUN) can be created from pooled storage. Then you can format the volume out of Virtual Disk with a regular Windows file system, such as NTFS, and use it as a regular disk is used now (on Windows 7 and before). Fault tolerance and resiliency have been built into Storage Spaces. If you want to keep your data safe, Storage Spaces is the feature you want to use.
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Today, Bowei Xu brings us part two of his blog on Windows 8’s new Storage Spaces feature.
In the example below, I will show you how to create a Parity Virtual Disk out of a Storage Pool that has four physical disks, one of which is used as a “Hot Spare” disk. The hot-spare disk will come online automatically (it took about 5 to 8 minutes in my test below) in the event of a disk failure happening elsewhere in the pool. This allows for rapid recovery from disk failure, ensuring all data is protected as appropriate. “Repair-VirtualDisk” cmdlet can also be used to trigger the repair process immediately. I show both in the example below.
Posted By Valerie Olague Americas Business Group Lead
Today’s hospitals use technology along every point of the care continuum, from admission and discharge to billing and record keeping. However challenges remain when clinicians and staff access patient records across multiple points, and often on different equipment. Health IT leaders must safeguard patient data not only on desktop computers, but on hand-held devices, remote monitoring equipment, patient and physician portals, and more.
New solutions are available for meeting the challenges of managing the integration of different technologies in a healthcare environment, and/or juggling them simultaneously to boost physician access even while ensuring data security. My Americas team, in partnership with HP and HealthCast, will offer a look at some of those solutions in a special healthcare webinar hosted by Fierce Markets.
Posted By Phillip CaveSoftware Development Engineer
Simplicity. Why do we, in general, get so hung up on getting stuff done?
There are a few things that I wish everyone could experience. One of them is driving on the autobahn in a Porsche 911 at over 200km/hour (or, if you are like my colleague Dave Kelley, an Audi R8). If that wish came true, then I would not be stuck behind slow drivers in the fast lane. Just because the speed limit “suggests” 65 or 75 does not mean I want to be behind you wishing you would stop hogging the far-left passing lane. (The key word is PASSING, and I mean pass within the next hundred feet, NOT miles; pass and move over, don’t police me. Thus, I love the autobahn. Germans know how to drive.)
Another wish is for all people in the software world to experience living and succeeding at a product company startup.