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Top November Blogs: Kindle Fire creates competition for iPad

IT professionals appeared to be most interested in Amazon’s competitive addition of the Kindle Fire, while the Thai flood’s impact on the hard drive market continued to attract blog readers in November.

In November, Amazon proved that it’s more than just an online super-retailer -- it also has a legitimate stake in the mobile computing market with its Kindle Fire. In addition, readers showed an interest in the developments of the Thai Flood’s effect on the hard drive industry as well as the Cake Boss’s recent IT infrastructure adoption.

Check out all of’s top blogs for November 2011:

1. Amazon and the channel: Friend, foe or all of the above?

A recent survey illustrates that Amazon’s latest e-reader, the Kindle Fire, boasts an edge in the tablet market leaving everything but the iPad in the dust in terms of consumer demand. While a majority of consumers still prefer Apple’s product, the interest in the Fire dwarfs the success of any other tablet that has entered the market so far. With proven success in the e-commerce realm and a hand in the cloud computing market, Amazon’s tablet success could be a hint of what’s to come, and the channel should keep a watchful eye on the company’s future strategies.   

2. Hard drive woes deepen, IDC adjusts forecast

Although the water has receded, the devastating effects of the Thai flood on the hard drive industry seem to be ever-increasing. With two major companies -- Western Digital Corp. and Seagate Technology LLC -- among countless other smaller companies heavily reliant upon the country’s production, IDC’s projections are that the market will be suffering well into the first quarter of 2012 and that shipments during that time could be missing as much as 20% of their usual capacity.

3. Famous New Jersey bakery taps MSP for IT transformation

The Hoboken-based Carlo’s Bakery -- home to reality TV personality Bartolo Valastro (also known as the “Cake Boss”) -- underwent an IT overhaul this month, choosing the local Exigent Technologies LLC to spearhead the project. The family-owned business has operated for more than 100 years and was in need of an IT update, and the owners of the bakery put a lot of thought into their decision. Find out the factor that set Exigent Technologies apart from the competition.

4. Will Facebook’s ‘open hardware’ initiative help server builders? 

Although the primary intention of Facebook’s Open Compute Project is to allow access to practices that result in more energy-efficient and cost-effective data centers, the unintended result may be increased opportunities for server builders. Facebook was able to significantly cut back on its energy consumption in the company’s Oregon-based data center while keeping down the cost of building the facility by incorporating its own servers. The use of this technology may become a trend that server builders follow.

5. Gartner: Security services boom anticipated

Market research firm Gartner Inc. has predicted a serious increase in spending dedicated to security services in the upcoming years. The company says that between now and 2015, the amount of money dedicated to the services will nearly double from $8 billion to $14.9 billion and that revenue in the market as a whole will climb to $19 billion.

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