The Newsroom is the place where we share what's going on at ERST Technology. Plus thoughts and interesting stuff we come across, most likely related to Data Transfer, Real time data, high availability and sustainability.

Always-On and High-Availability – time moves on

Data Transfer, ERST Technology News February 1st, 2014

I admit, it has been a while since I visited a Datacenter and when the invitation for the “Official Opening” of the Telefonica Datacenter in Hamburg hit my desk I thought I bring myself up to speed.

It turned out to be a great afternoon with extremely competent Telefonica staff and a lot of tech talks. It became obvious to me  that we stress Carrier-Grade availability and High-Availability during presentations to easily. Quite often it is almost taken for granted – however end – to – end it is amazing complex. It is a well designed Datacenter just a few blocks down the road.

So, if you haven’t been to a Datacenter for while – check it out. It’s impressive seeing massive Diesel Generators and the fuel tanks just in case the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) is down.


well, we all somehow guessed it …about Oracle, SAP, IBM and Microsoft

Miscellaneous November 10th, 2013

At a symposium in Australia, Gartner analyst Dennis Gaughan explained what the four big vendors are really trying to do, based on Gartner’s experience with its clients.

As Engineers by Heart we know that getting products and projects off the ground requires much more than a unified market messaging.

A friend of mine shared with me a nice story the other day. He was interviewing for a job in Seattle and during the interview he asked the CEO of the company, why do you want me to relocate to Seattle you must have excellent sales people in your neighbourhood…the CEO replied in a resigned way, “well believe me we’ve tried but those guys can not sell innovation it’s not their core competence, right”.

Environmental Data Management: Current Trends and Future Perspectives

Sustainability April 19th, 2013

by Roman Vakulchuk

Today, the share of environmental data management needs in relation to overall data management demand is increasing, but the path of environmental data management solutions is still lagging behind. So, many data management organizations will have to catch up with this demand yet. In fact more and more companies seek already to provide technological solutions for optimal management of environmental data. From the position of environmental companies and organizations, good data management, is exactly what is necessary for them to successfully manage their projects. The environmental area is one of the most progressing today in all respects, due to ever increasing significance of the problems arising in it. Therefore, companies, which provide environmental solutions, including data transfer, have to more reorient their operations towards the needs of environmental organizations.
Today there is so much critical environmental data, which needs to be easily, securely and fast transferred from one point to the other. Many environmental organizations lack these technological instruments, and thus, seek for new solutions. Among the most needed features of environmental data management are robustness, security and scalability of file transfer, lower costs of product maintenance, large volume of transfers, high frequency of transfers, constant support for new transfer partners, and integration opportunities with new business processes. Companies, which seek to develop these features with respect to environmental data management needs, should consider optimization of technological processes in environmental organizations, thus indirectly contributing to their better environmental performance.

Smart Grid Managed Services Market to Reach $4.3 Billion by 2015

Data Transfer, ERST Technology News, Sustainability February 6th, 2013

It doesn’t come as a  surprise that companies like Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Ericsson, Verizon are keen to dominate the market. They definitely know the service provisioning part and the OSS very well and could possibly use the NGN infrastructure and expertise. They can certainly bridge the gap  between legacy networks and the grid. via

Gartner Small Vendor Day Munich

ERST Technology News, Events November 25th, 2011

Thanks to Gartner for the invitation to this great and well organised event.

I’ve enjoyed Chris Henn’s (E2E Technologies) talk about “Leveraging the Gartner effect”.

It was inspiring….

Some hints if you struggle with IE7 vs IE8

Miscellaneous October 26th, 2011

A few things you wanna bear in mind when implementing for IE7 and/or IE8?

- IE7 can not read the jquery $(divName + ‘ #id’) -> write rather $(divName).find(‘#id’)…
- console.debug() in Js-File -> error, avoid or uncomment it
- new Option() doesn’t work correct -> write rather ‘

- unneccassary commas, e. g.

$result .= “var config= { “;
foreach ($config as $key => $value) {
$result = $result.$key.”: “.$value.”, “;

$result .= ” }; “;

An array will created like this:
var config = {.., controllerName: ‘homes’, tableRefrshMethod: ‘list_systems’, };

The last comma after ‘list_systems’ causes an error. Because of that you must avoid it or delete it at last like this:
$result = preg_replace(“/,\s$/”, “”, $result);
=> var config = {.., controllerName: ‘homes’, tableRefrshMethod: ‘list_systems’ };

Agreed – we won’t win an Oscar …

ERST Technology News August 16th, 2011

but we’ve tried our best to give you some insights into our day-to-day office life.

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and Action!

ERST Technology News July 20th, 2011

Today we shot our new company video.

Some pictures from the set.

Great fun for all of us and a special thanks to Novamedia for their patience.

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

Miscellaneous June 17th, 2011

Just when I thought what to share next, a friend send me this link on Facebook.

I actually saw it on the TEDxHH and thought this is brilliant.

So, enjoy this great talk and have a good Weekend

Adoption of Clean Technologies: Obstacles and Solutions

Sustainability May 30th, 2011

by Roman Vakulchuk

One of the most pressing issues today is to identify the problems related to technology adaptation. Many experts argue that in fact invention of environmental technologies is really what matters most. However, in fact, deployment and adaptation of new environmental technologies is the key issue at the moment if we speak of technologies as a solution to climate change. As of today the pace of technological invention is much faster than the full-scale adoption of new technologies. Adoption of new technologies may be difficult for many reasons. First, adoption is a very expensive process as new equipment has to be purchased, infrastructure of an entity, which buys and installs this technology, has to be appropriately adjusted. Employees have to obtain sometimes completely new skills in order to able to operate new technological equipment. It can get even more complicated and expensive if a new technology requires updates on other machines so that the whole network works properly.
Second, the ‘time-to-market’ problem matters. For a technology to be on the market, years are sometimes necessary before it gets promoted on a large scale. Thus, businesses, which promote clean techs, should certainly consider this problem as a serious obstacle, when it comes to projection of technology deployment plans in the future. Some scientists argue that patenting can become a solution for faster deployment of technologies. For example, in the research done by Chatham House and CambridgeIP is demonstrated that the pace of deployment of new technologies has accelerated in many industries in the last decade due to rapid increase in patenting.
Third, many investors, which promote new technologies are often reluctant to sell technologies to countries, which have unstable investment regimes and cannot guarantee stable return on investment. There is hardly any economic incentive for them to consider developing countries for doing their business and promote clean technologies there. Therefore, unless investors are not interested in the markets of emerging economies, deployment of new technologies in those countries within the global campaign of cutting green-house gas emissions may likely remain mainly empty words.
Fourth, persistence of large energy companies plays its role. Energy giants constantly try to lobby their interests so that there is hardly much space left for adoption of clean technologies. The reason is that it may get too costly for them to shift to new technologies rather than to keep on using existing equipment and resources.
Therefore, the major conclusion which can be drawn is that eliminating barriers to technology adoption should be as important as developing new clean technologies.