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Podcast Highlights Oracle's SPARC T4 Processor
Higher Levels of Performance with Fewer Cores than SPARC T3
An episode of the Oracle Server, Storage and Solaris podcast, hosted by Greg Kreider, provides a rundown on the SPARC T4 processor, which Rob Ludeman, Senior Manager for Systems Product Management, contends is able to deliver five times the performance of its predecessor, the SPARC T3. This is possible, Ludeman continues, because of improvements in single-threaded performance and is the result of an entirely new design that employs a new, higher clock speed, no-cost virtualization and exploits the guaranteed binary compatibility of the Oracle Solaris operating system.
IT - Storage
Adding 40TB per Week
InfoWorld (October 19, 2011)
"If you think the storage systems in your data centers are out of control, imagine having 449 billion objects in your database, or having to add 40 terabytes of new data each week. ..."

There’s big data and then there’s BIG data. Four companies are examined as to how they face "The Challenges of Managing Mountains of Information". Data whether GB, TB, PB or EB have issues that demand attention to access, security, availability and reliability.

Sub $5K NAS Shootout
InfoWorld (October 19, 2011)
"Five- and six-bay NAS cabinets from Iomega, Netgear, QNAP, Synology, and Thecus compete on speed, ease, and business features ..."

Looking for an inexpensive NAS filer? Here are the results as "5 Storage Servers Battle for Business". Even if one of your choices is not of the list you can compare the guidelines and results with you choice to determine if you choice makes sense.

IT - Technology
All From Salt
ComputerWorld (October 14, 2011)
"The secret lies in the use of an extremely high-resolution e-beam lithography ..."

Imagine a single disk platter with 21TB and realize how "Table Salt Found to Boost Data Storage Density" by a factor of 5 The technological breakthrough comes from Singapore and has promise to increase the density without expensive processing equipment upgrades.

    GartnerÂs Picks for 2012
    NetworkWorld (October 18, 2011)
    "The technology that makes up many of the systems in the IT world today is at a critical juncture and in the next five years everything from mobile devices and applications to servers and social networking will impact IT in ways companies need to prepare for now ..."

    The one constant in IT is change and the next five years will be no different. Predicting out five years is virtually impossible but the next 12 months are somewhat within the realm of predictability. "Gartner’s Top 12 Strategic Trends for 2012" doesn't really have any technology surprises on priority surprises.

    Free and Open Source S/W
    Phipps Explains the Cadre Behind LibreOffice to The Document Foundation Conference
    Yes, Virginia, there Are Contributors with Commercial Interests in the World of Open Source
    Simon Phipps, formerly of Sun Microsystems and Oracle, now founder of the startup ForgeRock and director of the Open Source Initiative, recently addressed The Document Foundation's first LibreOffice Conference, where explained that Open Source as a movement does not require a "white knight" to foster and sustain it. Instead, he maintained. Open Source calls for " ... developers willing to collaborate, and a community willing to contribute both time and money." Fortunately, LibreOffice was brought about by the efforts of both factions.
    BootEnvironments in Solaris 11 OS
    Includes Instructions on Creating the Environment for an SAP Deployment

    In the first of several of several blog posts on the features of the Oracle Solaris 11 OS on Oracle Systems Blog Austria -- this one devoted to Boot Environments -- Karoly Vegh presents a Q&A compilation that covers the subject and includes an step-by-step example of preparing an environment for an SAP deployment. He is considerate enough to ease an installer's anxiety by providing instructions on reverting should something go wrong.

    S11 Automated Install Hands-on Lab
    90+ Slide Set Download
    Isaac Rozenfeld has made available the slide set he used in presenting his Hands-on-Lab on installing Solaris 11 that was developed to build awareness and install confidence in those responsible for deploying Oracle Solaris 11. The materials also include a compressed package of configuration files that will eliminate the need for end-users to type them in. Rozenfeld provides a link to further installation procedures as well.
    Windows Native Authentication for MySQL
    Available wih MySQL 5.5.16
    With the release of MySQL 5.5.16 users can set up a password-less connection from clients into MySQL server using Windows SSPI authentication framework that is provided by the Windows Native Authentication (WNA) plugin distributed with the commercial version of 5.5.16 server. This information, along with the procedure for administrators needing to install the WNA plugin, is contained in the blog from entitled "Windows Native Authentication for MySQL."
    Cloud Computing
    Oracle Public Cloud: Database, PaaS, HCM, CRM
    An Enterprise Cloud in a Single Package
    The Oracle Public Cloud is a full-featured solution that comes with an Oracle Database Service based on Oracle Database 11g Release 2; the Oracle Java Cloud Service (Platform as a Service), built on the enterprise-grade WebLogic Server; Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud Service; the Oracle Fusion CRM Cloud Service; and the Oracle Social Network, a solution for intra- and inter-enterprise collaboration: in a word, a comprehensive cloud offered on a subscription basis.
    Integrate Your Enterprise with the Oracle Social Network
    A Tool for Collaboration in the Cloud
    Integration is fundamental to Oracle's business culture, and with its new Oracle Social Network, Oracle offers its customers the tool to integrate operations within their respective enterprises and with vendors, customers and other interests beyond the enterprise wall. The Oracle Social Network drives business through natural, stream-based conversations that consolidate IM, e-mail, applications, content, editing tools, and telephony into a single context, accelerating productivity with social networking and contextual enterprise collaboration without the noise that typically characterizes other social networks.
    IT - Cloud
    Security Must Haves
    IT World (October 11, 2011)
    "More and more enterprise IT shops - as they get comfortable with virtualization practices in their own private clouds - are considering a jump to the public cloud ..."

    Moving from a private to a public cloud is not without peril. The provider gets your check, you get all the risks. Knowing these "4 Essential Cloud Security Tips" can minimize some exposure but not all.

    Skill Sets Needed (September 29, 2011)
    "Designing with cloud in mind is desirable but not essential and so moving to IaaS should not be a painful experience in terms of skills ..."

    The cloud is different from the environment you are comfortable in you own shop. With that in mind if you want to remain valuable to your company you need to update your skill to accommodate the cloud. Here are "Three Areas Where You May Need to Sharpen Up". Even if your current employer has no plans to move to the cloud, your next opportunity may be in the cloud.

    IT - Networks
    Cost vs. Reality for IPv6
    NetworkComputing (October 18, 2011)
    "The current demand for Internet addresses has been averaging 250 million per year, but the ongoing growth of mobile connections is expected to surge 11%, to 5.6 billion ..."

    Everyone knows that IPv4 time has passed; so why are 80% of companies not concerned? Seems that when an "Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Object", cost analysis comes into play as to which comes out on top. Right now the cost of supporting IPv4 is less than moving to IPv6.

      IT - Operations
      Free Power
      NetworkWorld (October 14, 2011)
      "Every now and then along comes a technology that is revolutionary and changes everything. But a very few of these new technologies cause fast change ..."

      What if you could have all the power you ever needed and didn't have to pay one cent? Sounds incredible but maybe no so farfetched. "Cheap Power: An Overnight Revolution" is about a test that will occur in Barcelona, Italy on October 28, 2011 where a cold fusion type process will be tested. If successful, a true power revolution will occur and very quickly all the economies based on oil production will tank.

        Making What You Have Last
        InfoWorld (October 19, 2011)
        "Demand has certainly increased over the years, pushing the data center to its limits, but the recession has tabled revamp discussions ..."

        Going to the board to get money for data center expansion is like asking the IRS for a break; not a good idea. If expanding your data center or building a new one is not in the cards, what do you do. Here are suggestions from four companies on "How to Extend Your Data Center’s Life Expectancy" for a few more years.

          IT - Security
          Nothing is Secure Forever
          InfoWorld (October 18, 2011)
          "Over the past few weeks, cracks have appeared in the cryptographic technologies on which organizations have long relied. These include the vulnerabilities in HTTPS-protected cookies and last week's hacking of RFID smart cards ..."

          Are the bad guys getting better is encryption technology slowing down? In "Crypto Is Cracked: How Not To Fall In" has seven suggestions on how to stay abreast of the encryption world and take the necessary steps to insure your company is protected with the current recommendations.

          Cloud Must Haves
          IT World (October 11, 2011)
          "More and more enterprise IT shops - as they get comfortable with virtualization practices in their own private clouds - are considering a jump to the public cloud ..."

          Moving from a private to a public cloud is not without peril. The provider gets your check, you get all the risks. Knowing these "4 Essential Cloud Security Tips" can minimize some exposure but not all.

          ItÂs the Little Things that Eat You Alive
          TechRepublic (October 15, 2011)
          "IT administrators are often so busy just trying to keep up with the obvious security threats that many more problems fly under the radar. ..."

          Mosquitoes are amazingly annoying little pests and they can wreck havoc on you weekends and you health. Likewise these "10 Security Problems You Might Not Realize You Have" can wreak havoc on you and your company; As always it’s the little things that eat you alive.

          No One is 100% Secure
          eWeek (October 14, 2011)
          "Data breaches are inevitable. Ask Sony CEO Howard Stringer, who called security a 'never-ending process' ..."

          Hacking and data breaches are, unfortunately, a fact of life. Taking data, network, server and access security lightly is a sure path to big trouble. Here are "10 Tips for Fortifying Network Security". The bottom line is that constant vigilances, testing, analysis and training are the only ways to stand a chance of discovering a problem.

          Proving The Impact of Data Breaches
          NetworkWorld (October 20, 2011)
          "IT managers admit widespread security problems in their organizations, including their CEO and other execs getting sensitive data stolen. What would be cause for these IT managers to get fired? ..."

          When the subject of data breaches comes up, some higher up always says ‘prove it’.’ So "By the Numbers: The Impact of Data Breaches" is one of the tools you can pull out to get the message across.

          Reporting Breaches
          NetworkWorld (October 17, 2011)
          " ... a recent action by the Securities and Exchange Commission may have created a disclosure requirement more sweeping than any of the legislative proponents could have wished for ..."

          A recent guideline from the SEC (CF Disclosure Guidance) is not a law in the traditional sense; but if you’re a public company and have a breach, you no longer have an option. Now Companies "Have To Do It" and if the past is any indication, then federal and state laws are not far behind.

            Sharing Is A Big Problem
            InformationWeek (October 19, 2011)
            "One in four IT professionals know of a coworker who has used privileged credentials to snoop. Worse, 25% of superuser passwords don't pass basic security test ..."

            As the saying goes, we know the enemy and he is us holds especially true for security. Occasionally you need to ask "Are Your IT Pros Abusing Admin Passwords"; the findings may surprise and frighten you.

            IT - Careers
            Hiring the Right Person
            InformationWeek (October 14, 2011)
            "Learn the techniques that award-winning CIOs use to ensure the right talent for their IT teams -- and apply the lessons to your own job hunt. ..."

            Getting the right person, with the right skills, with the right personality at the right time for the company is one key skill that CIOs cultivate on their climb up the ladder. Here are [ "8 IT Hiring Strategies of Top CIOs" that have proven successful over the years.

            Starting off Right
            IT Business Edge (October 16, 2011)
            "Congrats on your new job! You managed to snag a position in this market condition. You might think the hard part is over - but now is the perfect time to prepare for the most challenging part: how to keep your job and create a lasting impression at your new company ..."

            Starting a new job is stressful regardless of your contacts or experience. Here’s "How to Make a Great Impression In Your First 90 Days" and make sure that your superiors, bosses and peers know that they hired the right person.

              Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
              Vol 164 Issues 1, 2; Vol 163 Issues1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 162 Issues 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:

              • Ellison Takes Aim at IBM's POWER7
              • SPARC T4 Processor Design and Benefits: Oracle VP Rick Hetherington
              • Calculating Usable Space on a ZFSSA
              • SPARC T4 Processor Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on AES Encryption Tests
              • Oracle Social Network
              • SPARC T4-2 Server Beats Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on SSL Network Tests
              • SPARC T4-4 Server Sets World Record on PeopleSoft Payroll (N.A.) 9.1
              • SPARC T4 Processor Outperforms IBM POWER7 and Intel (Westmere AES-NI) on OpenSSL AES Encryption Test
              • Creating a DIY IPS Package
              • Feds Race to Join the Crowd

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

                NetBeans IDE 7.1 Beta Available for Download
                Now with Support for JavaFX 2.0
                The NetBeans IDE consists of an open-source IDE and an application platform that enable developers to rapidly create web, enterprise, desktop, and mobile applications using the Java platform, as well as PHP, JavaScript and Ajax, Groovy and Grails, and C/C++. NetBeans IDE 7.1 Beta introduces support for JavaFX 2.0 by enabling the full compile/debug/profile development cycle for JavaFX 2.0 applications. The release also provides significant Swing GUI Builder enhancements, CSS3 support, and tools for visual debugging of Swing and JavaFX user interfaces.
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