Weekend Reads 040419

The world is private. The world has gone public. The world turns out is hybrid. There are numerous reports out there of the fast adoption and migration from private clouds to public ones as the hybrid cloud trend picks up. However, there are still risks associated with shifting applications from one to another… —Grant Kirkwood

Blockchain, or distributed ledger technology (DLT), is estimated by Gartner to create $3.1 trillion of business value by 2030, yet many organizations lack a clear understanding of its applications, the risks and benefits specific to their company and industry, or strategies for achieving optimal return from DLT projects. —Steve McNew

The construction site of the future may look very different. Data centers will be pieced together from pre-fab components built in factories, with on-site teams assembling walls, components and sometimes entire rooms. —Rich Miller

A new standard being developed by the National Fire Protection Association could have a big impact on the use of batteries in UPS systems, according to a group of data center energy experts, who are seeking to mobilize the industry to seek revisions. —Rich Miller

Gone are the days when robbers wore ski masks, carried guns and dynamite, and risked their lives (and lives of bank employees) to pull off legendary heists. Nowadays, banks still get robbed, but modern capers require different tools: laptops, mobile phones and technical knowledge are the new weapons of choice. —Jurica Dujmovic

Imagine yourself in the role of a data-inspired decision maker staring at a metric on a dashboard about to make a critical business decision but pausing to ask a question — “Can I run a check myself to understand what data is behind this metric?” —Netflix

There has been a trend lately to have open source communities/projects open an electronic tip jar for individuals (or organizations) to give back. While a tip jar can raise some funds, it’s truly not sustainable long term, as outside of it not being an effective way to raise funds for project development, it puts maintainers unfortunately in a gig style economy without health and retirement benefits. There are only a handful of individual maintainers are making money from donations, most tend to abandon the approach over time. —Chris Aniszczyk

The anti-growth youth movement is coming, and the global Western elite isn’t ready. True, the slightest deviation in the policy debate from the once-ironclad bipartisan economic growth consensus is still enough to send waves of dismay through the established order. —James Poulos