Don't Let the Chips Fall Where They May
By Jim D'Arezzo, CEO, Condusiv Technologies
The recent exposure of computer chip flaws that could allow hackers to steal passwords and other vital information has the Tech World buzzing. Aptly named "Spectre" and "Meltdown," these problems are being fixed by chip makers Intel, AMD and others, and fixes are being put in by operating system software companies like Microsoft, Apple and Google. Good, you say. So what's to worry about?
The story behind the story is that these fixes will cause your PCs, phones, tablets and other computing systems to take a performance hit that could range from 2% to 10% or much more. No biggie, you say. Well not so fast. Let's do the math. This could impact your workday.
You probably know that most white-collar and many blue-collar and service professionals use computers daily, many for most of their workday. Let's say their workstation or laptop has slowed 5% due to these fixes. Let's also say that the worker is using his or her computer for four hours a day. Well, 5% of four hours is 12 minutes of lost productivity. That's a lot of time waiting for the computer to perform tasks you want done without waiting. Heck, that's a whole extra coffee break! Now, project that across the US workplace of 126 million employed. Let's just say about half use computers at this rate per day. Well, that calculates out to a value of over $700 million per day and over $170 billion per year of lost productivity due to computer performance hits!
Now let's consider that the servers that run applications in your organization also have a performance penalty. In fact, servers will have a larger penalty because their workloads are typically much, much higher than an individual PC. So, those servers have a performance loss and that will trickle down to your PC which also has a performance loss.
If you're an IT professional or in IT Support consider this - if you have 20 servers in your environment and you have a 5% performance hit that is akin to taking one of those servers completely off-line. You can do the math if you have hundreds or thousands of servers.
The result is a big deal for the Tech industry, and for users.
So, what can be done about it?
Well, we could all just accept the slowdown as being the new normal. Or, we could go out and buy faster computers, faster storage and boost our network speeds - all costly answers. Another, far easier approach is to use performance enhancing software. Condusiv Technologies makes a software-only solution that significantly improves the performance of Windows computers by 50% or more. That takes care of any existing slowdown, and it gives a terrific boost to overall performance. It does this by two patented engines that reduce I/O (input/output). Since computing is all about inputting data for processing and outputting that data for use, reducing I/O can dramatically speed up performance.
Condusiv has sold over 100 million licenses of its software, so it can rightly claim to be the world leader in I/O reduction software.
So, before we all just accept a slowdown, consider instead a hefty boost in performance. After all, that's what we want from computing!
About Jim D'Arezzo:
Jim D'Arezzo has had a long and distinguished career in high technology. First serving on the IBM management team that introduced the IBM Personal Computer in the 1980s, he then joined start-up Compaq Computer as an original corporate officer and helped the company grow to over $3 billion as VP Corporate Marketing and later VP International Marketing. Seeing the technology trend toward networking, Jim joined Banyan Systems in the early 1990s as VP Marketing and helped that global networking software leader grow rapidly and eventually go public on NASDAQ. He then moved on to computer-aided design software leader Autodesk as VP Marketing and multiple Division GM for data management, data publishing and geographic information systems. D'Arezzo later served as President and COO for Radiant Logic, Inc., the world leader in virtual directory database solutions. Jim holds a BA from Johns Hopkins University and an MBA from Fordham University.