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IT - CxO
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Security Actions Speak Louder Than Words
NetworkWorld (September 28, 2011)
"There's been no shortage of high-profile and damaging data breaches in the past year. And the targets are widely varied-they include security firms RSA Security and HBGary Federal, defense contractors Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, entertainment giant Sony ..."

In a recent study of 9,600 companies, 43% of respondents indicated they were security leaders. Something is wrong as indicated by the number of breaches, data loss etc. over the past year. The question then becomes "Are CIOs Too Cocky About Security?" The answer is three fold, they don't understand the nature of the problem, they don't care or there are other items on the list with higher priority.

Bad to Worse in 9 Steps
NetworkWorld (October 3, 2011)
"Spend enough time in the tech industry, and you'll eventually find yourself in IT hell -- one not unlike the underworld described by Dante in his 'Divine Comedy' ..."

We've all been there, that slippery slope in IT that no matter what you do, things get worse. The "Nine Circles of IT Hell" take us through the IT Inferno that we've all experienced in one way or another.

    No One is Perfect
    CIO Insight (October 3, 2011)
    "What’s wrong with being perfect? A lot, if you push it too far ..."

    Sometimes good enough is better than perfect; if you don't think so, "Extreme Perfectionism: How It Hurts Your Performance" is a must read. One slide, #9 struck a chord on diminishing returns.

    Save 25% of Your Budget
    Silicon.com (September 29, 2011)
    "According to analyst house Gartner, CIOs can reduce IT infrastructure and running costs by as much as 25 per cent in three years ..."

    If after reading "Can You Really Cut 25 Per Cent From Your IT Spending in Just 10 Steps", you may find the suggestions can be save hard dollars quickly. Even if you do more and your budget doesn't increase you are ahead of the game.

    Oracle
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    Oracle Database Appliance
    OLTP and/or Data Warehousing in a Single Box from One Vendor
    The Oracle Database Appliance, as described in its data sheet, offers customers a fully integrated system of software, servers, storage, and networking in one box that delivers high-availability database services for both homegrown and packaged online transaction processing and data warehousing applications. All the software and hardware components are supported by Oracle, which offers customers a unique pay-as-you-grow software licensing plan that covers upscaling from two processor cores to 24 processor cores without the costs and downtime typical of hardware upgrades.
    SPARC
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    Tuning the SPARC CPU to Optimize Workload Performance on SPARC T4
    Oracle White Paper Considers Two Tuning Methods
    The Oracle white paper "Tuning the SPARC CPU to Optimize Workload Performance on SPARC T4" discusses the use of dynamic CPU threading controls to specify the number of hardware threads to be activated per core on SPARC T4 systems. The paper describes how users can optimize CPU performance for CPU-bound workloads by tuning CPU cores to maximize the number of instructions per cycle or, alternatively, to maximize throughput by tuning CPU cores to use a maximum number of CPU threads.
    Oracle's SPARC T4-1, SPARC T4-2, SPARC T4-4 and SPARC T4-1B Server Architecture
    Enable Simplified Data Center Infrastructure and Greater Scalability
    "Oracle's SPARC T4-1, SPARC T4-4, and SPARC T4-1B Server Architecture," an Oracle white paper, discusses how the new processor and the servers it powers deliver the breakthrough performance and energy efficiency that result in simplified data center infrastructure and scalability across various workloads, making them capable of delivering a virtualized infrastructure suitable for an entire enterprise from fewer types of platforms and fewer servers. The multicore, multithreaded technology of the SPARC T4 supports up to 64 threads in only two rack units, thus providing increased computational density without the need for increased power and cooling costs. Latency and costs are lowered while security and reliability increase.
    Oracle Solaris and Oracle SPARC T4 Servers - Engineered Together for Enterprise Cloud Deployments
    Explains the Benefits of Oracle's Integrated Approach to System Design
    The Oracle white paper "Oracle Solaris and the Oracle SPARC T4 Servers: Engineered Together for Enterprise Cloud Deployments" discusses how the integrated design approach to Oracle Solaris and the SPARC T4 processor results in a solution that delivers improved throughput, security, and resiliency throughout the application solution stack. The paper discusses how this combination can maximize return on investment and help organizations manage costs for their existing infrastructures or for new enterprise cloud infrastructure design.
    SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on ZFS Encryption Tests
    2.9 to 3.4 Times Faster than Intel

    Oracle's SPARC T4 processors combined with Oracle's Solaris ZFS file system demonstrate faster file system encryption than equivalent systems based on the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 Sequence. With ZFS encryption the SPARC T4 processor is 2.9 to 3.4x faster than the Intel Xeon Processor X5670 that has the AES-NI security instructions in creating encrypted files. ZFS encryption is integrated with the ZFS command set. Like other ZFS operations, encryption operations such as key changes and re-key are performed online.

    SPARC T4-1 Server Outperforms Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on IPsec Encryption Tests
    Runs at Only 23% Utilization
    Oracle's SPARC T4 processor demonstrates significantly greater performance than the Intel Xeon X5690 processor when both are using Oracle Solaris 11 secure IP networking (IPsec). The SPARC T4 processor using IPsec AES-256-CCM mode achieves line speed over a 10 GbE network, which is 23% faster than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor (Intel AES-NI). What is more, the SPARC T4 processor is only at 23% utilization when running at its maximum throughput, making it 3.6 times more efficient at secure networking than the 3.46 GHz Intel Xeon X5690 processor.
    SPARC T4 Servers Set World Record on Oracle E-Business Suite R12 X-Large Order to Cash
    Response Times Also Obtained for Smaller Data Volumes
    The combination of a SPARC T4-2 server running the Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.2 application and a SPARC T4-4 server running the Oracle Database 11g Release 2 database -- and both running Oracle Solaris 10 8/11 -- enabled 2400 Order to Cash users of the Oracle E-Business Suite Standard X-Large Order to Cash (OLTP) benchmark to simultaneously execute a large volume of medium to heavy transactions with an average response time of 2.4 seconds. Significant headroom for additional Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.2 processing modules and future growth remained in the application tier server.
    Exadata
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    Oracle Applications Further Enhanced for Optimized Integration
    Deliver Improved Performance on Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
    Oracle has announced the enhanced integration of its Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft, Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle ATG Commerce Suite and Oracle Supply Chain Management applications"] to ensure optimal performance on its Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud solutions, giving customers unmatched benefits from industry-leading products, including superior system availability, scalability, energy efficiency, extreme performance, and low total cost of ownership.
    Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine
    Enables Organizations to Refine Planning and Analytical Operations
    Oracle Exalytics Business Intelligence Machine, which enables organizations to make decisions faster in the context of rapidly shifting business conditions, is the industry’s first in-memory hardware and software system engineered to run analytics faster than ever, provide real-time speed-of-thought visual analysis, and enable new types of analytic applications. Oracle Exalytics can make it possible for organizations to extend their BI initiatives beyond reporting and dashboards to modeling, planning, forecasting, and predictive analytics.
    Java Technology
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    Oracle Increases Investment in Java ME
    New JSRs in the Works within Java Community
    Oracle has outlined its plans for the further evolution of the Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME)through the submission of new Java Specification Requests (JSRs) to the Java Community Process (JCP). As a result Oracle and members of the Java community will submit new JSRs for Java ME 7 and begin development within the JCP, among them an update to the Connected Limited Device Configuration (CLDC) virtual machine and library specifications to enable better alignment with Java Development Kit (JDK) 7.
    Solaris
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    Oracle Solaris 11 Full-feature Preview Available to Gold Level Members
    GA Release Planned for November 2011
    Fully a month ahead of its scheduled November 2011 release, Oracle presented detailed information on Solaris 11 at Oracle OpenWorld. The key features of Oracle Solaris 11 include:
    • Built-in virtualization
    • Built-in data services
    • New software provisioning and maintenance infrastructure
    • End-to-end security for data asset protection, hardened OS startup and secure system access
    • Maximum performance and scale
    • Increased Oracle Database 11g, Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g and Java-based application performance, availability, security and manageability

    Read on.

    MySQL
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    MySQL HA Solutions: New Guide Available
    Covers Range from Departmental Concerns to Multiple Data Center Settings
    The newly released MySQL Guide to High Availability Solutions is designed to navigate users through the HA maze, discussing in turn the causes, effects and impacts of downtime; methodologies to select the right HA solution; and different approaches to delivering highly available MySQL services. The discussion of these issues is framed in terms of three core principles:

    • The level of availability required to meet business objectives, within budgetary constraints
    • The profile of application being deployed (i.e. concurrent users, requests per second, etc.)
    • Operational standards within each data center

    The guide leads users to the correct choices to ensure business continuity whether in internal departmental applications or geographically redundant, multi-data center systems delivering 99.999% availability.

    IT - Cloud
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    Darkness on the Horizon
    InfoWorld (September 30, 2011)
    "A new study by cloud monitoring provider Opsview finds that more than two-thirds of U.K. organizations are worried about something called 'cloud sprawl' ..."

    The term BYOD is letting users bring their mobile devices inside the corporate firewalls. Now we have BYOC: "The Cloud Is the New 'Bring Your Own' Tech for Users". IT is finding that more users are skipping IT and going to the cloud without using the expertise at hand to address security, bandwidth and storage.

    Delivering vs. Promises
    Channel Insider (September 30, 2011)
    "Can you depend on the cloud to be reliable, available and secure? Probably not if you are depending on the public internet to deliver your services ..."

    All to often providers of any service, shall we say, embellish their products just a tad…OK, a lot. The Cloud is no different and for the success "Cloud Computing Needs Better Quality Assurance" in the areas of availability, performance and security. When these three are up to par, the Cloud will truly be Enterprise ready.

    Don't Do the Cloud To Save Money
    Silicon.com (September 30, 2011)
    "Cloud computing is often sold as a way for companies to cut their tech bill by only paying for the IT they use ..."

    Moving to the cloud just to reduce expenses is an ROI that will bite you. If you "Think Cloud Computing Will Save You Money? Forget It" is an interesting article that comes from a senior CIO that looks at the cloud, mobile devices and social media. Interesting thoughts on all three.

    Look and Plan Before You Leap
    eWeek (September 30, 2011)
    "Most organizations are starting to think about migrating existing applications, data and infrastructure to the cloud ... organizations are beginning to make plans to move mission-critical production applications ..."

    Moving to the cloud is not something to be taken lightly in terms of planning and execution. These "10 Security Tips To Prevent A Cloud Migration Disaster" could be a life saver; and the life you save could be yours.

    Software
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    IBM WebSphere Clustering
    With Oracle Utilities Application Framework
    In his blog entry New Webshpere Clustering Paper Anthony Shorten alerts readers to the existence of a companion white paper issued earlier on clustering Oracle Utilities Application Framework-based products using Oracle WebLogic. Now, Shorten announces, a new paper is available on My Oracle Support that covers clustering Oracle Utilities Application Framework-based products on IBM WebSphere.
    IT - Networks
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    Why Standards Won't Force interoperability
    No Jitter (October 3, 2011)
    "What Metcalfe's Law and related network effects can teach us about the potential for any meaningful interoperability efforts to occur--and succeed ..."

    The effectiveness and cost benefit for any standard is inversely proportional to the complexity. The simpler the standard the more effective and with complexity comes wriggle room, interpretation and implementation features that negates the standard. Such is the case for "The Economics of Interoperability" forces companies to look at proprietary solutions to very common problems like working with other vendors.

      IT - Operations
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      Do it Yourself IT
      ComputerWorld (October 4, 2011)
      "Self-service procurement. Self-service business intelligence. Self-service recovery. User provisioning in private clouds. It's a wondrous world for end users these days ..."

      With the advent of technology and smart phones the need for an IT person to act as a go between end users and the data center may be a thing of the past. "Are Users Up to the Task for Self Service IT?" This article asked the question of three organizations that have different user needs and personalities.

      IT - Security
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      Failing An Audit is Good
      ComputerWorld (October 4, 2011)
      "Failing an audit sounds like the last thing any company wants to happen. But that's because audits are seen by many as the goal of a security program... "

      Seems like a contradiction in terms, not really when you think about the outcome. Go ahead "Fail A Security Audit Already ... It's Good for You" to know before a real breach occurs that there are holes in your system. Fudging an audit or avoiding on all together is like fudging you DR plan; sooner or later you will have to pay the piper.

      Must Haves for Security Effectiveness
      NetworkWorld (October 4, 2011)
      "The ideal information security environment is different depending on who you talk to. Your typical security engineer may say it must have firewalls, intrusion detection or any number of security focused technologies ..."

      Security is like herding cats, no matter what you do; one of those little creatures seems to always be a step ahead. Understanding the "10 Security Essentials for the Networked Enterprise" will go along way in making sure that you've got the obvious holes covered. Remember, the bad guys are just bad, not stupid.

      Social Media Risks Are Real
      Dark Reading (October 6, 2011)
      "Enterprises are allowing employees to log onto social networks from the workplace, but they might be paying a price to offer the privilege ..."

      52% of companies that allow employees to use social media at work have reported infections. The end result is that "Most Enterprises Face Increased Malware Risk" from Social Media and things are not going to get better. Social media couple with social engineering means that the bad guys are getting closer and closer to a mother lode of valuable information.

      Spotting a Problem
      IT Business Edge (October 5, 2011)
      "Security is a top-of-mind concern for CIOs and data center managers. In environments where regulatory requirements play a role, it is critical to ensure that organizational data is safe and secure at every access point ..."

      Recognizing a security issue is more than half the battle. Use these "Seven Ways To Identify A Secure IT Environment"; if you don't recognize one as an action plan on your security list you need to take steps to address and solve the missing point. If you have all of them, don't relax, like DR plans, security plans need to be checked, monitored, tested and then start over.

      IT - Careers
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      Staying Off the Pink List
      NetworkWorld (September 30, 2011)
      "Unemployment is hovering around 4% compared to a national unemployment average of about 9% across all industries. Nonetheless, job security still feels elusive for many ..."

      Rumors of layoffs, downsizing, rightsizing or whatever the name-du-jour is these days, getting laid off, fired and let go is painful. Keeping you job is tough and these "5 Ways for IT Pros to Become Indispensable" will give you a leg up on staying off THE LIST.

      Storage
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      Third-Generation Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliances Delivers Best-in-Class Performance and Efficiency
      Outperforms NetAppÂs FAS 3270A on SPC-1 Benchmark
      The third-generation Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance, newly announced by Oracle, delivered twice the performance at less than half the cost per SPC-1 IOPS of NetApp’s FAS 3270A on the SPC-1 benchmark. The Sun ZFS Storage 7420 Appliance turned in a result of 137,066 SPC-1 input/output operations per second (IOPS) at $2.99/ SPC-1 IOPS more than doubles the NetApp 3270A’s 68,035 SPC-1 IOPS at a fraction of its $7.48/ SPC-1 IOPS.
      IT - Mobile
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      Behind the Security 8 Ball
      NetworkWorld (September 28, 2011)
      "Development of enterprise mobile apps has been moving more slowly than development of consumer-facing apps, according to Gartner ..."

      One of the reasons CIOs are nervous about any BYOD policy is the lack of security in these consumer devices. As soon as security apps start "Catching Up With Mobile Security Threats" you may see a more open mind from IT.

      Eyes Wide Open
      CIO (September 26, 2011)
      "BYOT, or bring your own technology, is more than code for 'my CEO bought an iPad.' BYOT refers to a strategy for letting employees choose and purchase the devices they want to use to do their jobs ..."

      Any IT department that thinks they can mandate a 'no personal devices at work' policy is in for a big surprise. Employees will do what they need to do and for "Bring Your own Tech; 9 Things IT Needs to Know" will help you weather the storm. Draconian measures won't work, so you better adapt and quickly.

      Staying Ahead of BYOD
      Federal Computer Week (October 3, 2011)
      "Cloud computing might be dramatically reshaping how agencies provide IT services to their employees, but it’s a sea change that most government workers will never notice taking place ..."

      Smart devices are permeating every nook and cranny of every organization from Federal down to mom and pop. Staying ahead of this may seem like a losing race; these "5 Steps for Easing Gadgets into the Enterprise" will help you stay in the race as opposed to being left at the starting line.

      Top10
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      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
      Vol 163 Issues1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 162 Issues 2, 3, 4 and 5
      We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

      • Oracle's SPARC T4 Chip Called Twice as Fast as SPARC T3
      • Oracle Solaris 10 Jumpstart Server Setup Tutorial
      • Oracle VM 3: Architecture and Technical Overview
      • IDC Reports Server Revenues Increase 17.9% for Q2 Worldwide Server Market
      • Oracle VM 3.0: More Scalability, Less Cost than VMware
      • Six-Part Oracle Series on Cloud Computing: Data Integration for Private Clouds - Part 1 of 6
      • Best Way To Update Software Using IPS in Oracle Solaris 11
      • Oracle VDI 3.3 Overview: 70-slide Presentation Covers Four Aspects
      • Replacing the System HDD by a Larger One on Solaris 11 X86
      • Sun Ray Primer Part 1

      The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

        LibreOffice
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        LibreOffice Launches Extension and Templates Repository for Public Beta Test
        Submissions from Developers Are Invited
        LibreOffice can be enhanced with hundreds of extensions and templates that users can download to improve the suite’s functionality to fit their respective needs, and developers can easily write their own add-ons and share them with millions of users worldwide. The LibreOffice community has put great effort into launching a public repository that includes not only extensions and templates for LibreOffice, but also for OpenOffice.org and other compatible office suites. All extensions submitted during the public beta test will remain in the repository after the beta test.
        Networking
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        IEEE Task Force Developing Standard for 100GE Backplanes
        Deadline for Final Standard Is May 2014
        The IEEE has approved an amendment to the 802.3 standard for 100GE networking called P802.3bj, which will enhance the physical layer in 100GE devices and complement the existing work that has been done in the 802.3ba-2010 standard, which was approved as a standard for 40Gb/sec and 100Gb/sec Ethernet devices last June, reports Timothy Prickett Morgan in The Register. A task force of industry vendors working on the P802.3bj extensions for 100GE is focused on the use of Ethernet as a backplane interconnect inside of blade servers and across racks in 1 meter or shorter hops and in copper cables that are 5 meters or shorter for inter-rack and cross-rack connections.
          Security
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          SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on Oracle Database Tablespace Encryption Queries
          Encourages Explanded Use of Transparent Data Encryption
          Oracle's SPARC T4-2 server is over 42% faster than Oracle's Sun Fire X4270 M2 (Intel AES-NI) when running DSS-style queries referencing an encrypted tablespace. Oracle's SPARC T4 processor with Encryption Instruction Accelerators greatly improves performance over software implementations, which will greatly expand the use of Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) for many customers. Oracle's TDE feature of the Oracle Database simplifies the encryption of data within datafiles, preventing unauthorized access to it from the operating system. Tablespace encryption allows encryption of the entire contents of a tablespace.
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