The Risk Analysis Center

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The Risk Analysis Center is a major information resource on the subject of risks affecting humans. Its principal aim is to contribute to better public understanding of, and ability to evaluate, risk in everyday life.

The heart of the site is a large and ever growing on-line database that contains abstracts of risk-related information.

The abstracts are of articles containing information about risk that appear in the press (leading newspapers are scanned daily) and in scientific, medical and technical journals. Risk material is also included from sources such as books, papers and technical reports from academic, research and other institutions.

To select and view risk abstracts, click on the SEARCH button to the left.

Risk Bibliography provides users of the service with a continually updated listing of published information on risk.

All About Risk contains articles and discussion papers on risk subjects. Contributions are welcomed (see contact details below) on subjects such as The Nature of Risk, History and Background, The Measurement of Risk, Methodological Issues, The Perception and Acceptability of Risk, The Management of Risk and Reviews of New Developments in Risk Studies.

Directory provides links to other web sites and centers of expertise on the subject of risk.

The Risk Analysis Center is an independent service conceived and developed by NTC Publishing, a leading information provider operating worldwide. NTC Publishing, along with NTC Research, is part of the Information Sciences group, based in Henley-on-Thames, UK. We publish professional books, journals, magazines and newsletters, and provide research and industry forecasting services. We also have an active program of conferences and seminars. These activities are often in partnership with major companies, trade associations and government bodies.

NTC is one of the world’s foremost producers of economic research. We conduct continuous research in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, Hong Kong and other countries, to provide original data on conditions in manufacturing, service, and construction economies and labour markets. Our surveys are regularly quoted in leading newspapers such as the Financial Times and are widely used by government, business and the financial markets.

In addition to the Risk Analysis Center, our other electronic services include the World Advertising Research Center, an online database supported by the leading advertising industry trade associations and professional bodies around the world; and The European Media Center, also at, a comprehensive online database containing media facts and figures on 29 European countries.

Risk Related Journals

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The following is a list of risk related journals

Annals of Internal Medicine

Health, Risk & Society…

Human and Ecological Risk Assessment

Journal of the American Medical Association

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

Journal of the National Cancer Institute (USA)

Journal of Risk Research…

Journal of Risk and Uncertainty

New Scientist

Risk Analysis
Official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis

Risk: Health, Safety and Environment
Official journal of the Risk Assessment and Policy Association

Risk Management: An International Journal

Toxicological Sciences
One of the official journals of the Society of Toxicology

IDC Risk And Data Centers

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Traditional datacenters were built to host static, or at best, slowly evolving compute platforms, targeting cheap space, network connectivity, and favorable locations. At the same time, IT elements were purchased and built in horizontal silos — storage, server, network, and application. This is all starting to change, according to International Data Corporation (IDC), as visible portions of facility and hardware spending are now captured by pre-integrated, industrialized solutions.

“The push toward faster time to market is becoming apparent, with datacenters under pressure to deliver internal and external services more quickly, while avoiding large speculative capital investment,” said Giorgio Nebuloni, research manager with IDC’s Enterprise Server Group. “The Web era brings with it new levels of expectation; technology is becoming easier to consume on tap. This is leading to a review of purchasing processes and a greater openness towards prebuilt solutions, both on the facility as well as on the back-end system side of the datacenter. Needless to say, automation is a key ingredient for success at all levels.”

Containerized Datacenter for High Density, Modular Rooms for Service Providers

As compute density skyrockets and the cost of computing power decreases further, energy constraints and higher electricity prices are becoming relevant issues, especially for scale-out datacenters. As a response, suppliers have been developing solutions such as containers or modular “foldable” steel datacenters, with second and third generation products now on the market and adoption growing both in scale-out customers as well as in pockets of the midmarket.

“With the number of computing cores shipped into Europe growing at double digits despite low server shipment growth, power and cooling density has been growing dramatically,” said Chris Ingle, associate VP Consulting, IDC System Infrastructure Solutions. “Combine that with constrained budgets for capital expenses in the midmarket and financial sector and it becomes clear that modular facilities, or, in cases where high cooling density or small environments are required, containerized solutions become increasingly attractive.

“A recent IDC survey showed that around 15% of European enterprises are using or plan to use modular or containerized facilities. While they currently account for only a small portion of the datacenter facility spending in Europe, this will remain a key segment, with growth in the 30%–40% range over the next few years, led by deployments in Northern Europe and emerging markets.”

Converged and Integrated Blocks Keep Inching Up

IDC distinguishes between converged systems (targeted at virtualized, multipurpose environments, including but not exclusive to platforms for private cloud) and integrated platforms (targeted at specific workloads and embedding higher layers of software, including middleware and database). Both product categories are meant to accelerate deployment time by removing some of the tweaking and fine-tuning of server, network, and storage components. Survey data shows that the more advanced, larger customers look to these as a way to improve business agility (first priority) and improve staff efficiency (second priority). Smaller datacenters, meanwhile, seem still to be looking at pure technology benefits (improved utilization of resources, improved disaster recovery), which IDC believes should be secondary drivers.

“We have tracked several hundred million dollars spent on hardware for converged systems and integrated platforms in EMEA in 2012, and expect spending in those product segments to keep growing in double digits, largely outpacing low growth for spending in servers and storage in 2013,” said Donna Taylor, research director with IDC’s European Storage group. “Pricing and pricing perception will play an important role in this — only around 30% of the European customers we interviewed were ready to pay more than the sum of list prices of each single product delivered separately — a sign that education efforts need to continue.”

Enterprises and service providers have started thinking beyond the old silos of legacy systems and distributed, unmanaged x86 environments toward a multiform ecosystem bundled together with broader system management tools. “Our advice would be to evaluate converged and integrated architectures as future building blocks, but make sure suppliers’ roadmaps and approaches are aligned with your own IT strategy. Pre-integrated blocks should not become monoliths, but must be manageable within the existing hardware landscape,” said Giorgio Nebuloni.