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IT - CxO
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As Goes the Captain
CIO Insight (October 31, 2011)
"There are three very real and current challenges that are the big reasons for demoting the CIO ..."

The captain sets the tone for the ship and that's especially true for the CIO and may companies are getting disillusioned with the concept. Not that a CIO is not needy but the old school is just that – old. CIOs need to adapt or someone at the C-Level will tell you "Why You Deserve to Be Demoted"; and remember that flotsam flows downstream.

Relieving Stress
CIO Insight (October 31, 2011)
"Do you find that some of your IT workers always think in worst-case scenarios, even when there’s no indication that the worst will happen? Or, do they they lash out over relatively minor setbacks? ..."

Anyone in a management or leadership position has to deal with personal and organizational stress. Knowing how to recognize the signs and make changes is key to being effective. Here are "Five Ways to Help Your IT Employees Deal with Stress"; and don't forget to look in the mirror occasionally.

Oracle
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ExalogicTV Channel on YouTube
Fourteen Videos at Present
There is now a YouTube channel hosting ExalogicTV, Cristobal Sota blogs on oracle.com. Currently there are 14 offerings, among them:
  • Extreme Performance Industrial SOA on Exalogic
  • Why Exalogic?
  • Oracle Public Cloud Built on Exalogic
  • Oracle Tuxedo on Exalogic
  • Java & Coherence on Exalogic
  • Oracle Weblogic Optimized
  • How Oracle Exalogic and Coherence Fit
  • Oracle Exalogic and Real World Examples
  • What Is Oracle Exalogic?

The listings are dynamic and grow in number almost weekly.

ODA (Oracle Database Appliance) Resources Summary
Useful Links to Various Kinds of Documentation

Readers will find a convenient compilation of useful links to resources on the Oracle Database Appliance in a recent eSTEP Blog. The links include a datasheet, a white paper, FAQs, a 3-D demo, the ODA Handbook and ODA documentation manuals, along with three presentations on ODA. Registration and log in are required for certain of these links.

Features
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Engineered Systems Deliver Performance and Management Advantages
Oracle Captures the Edge with Integrated Approach to Design
Oracle's shift to what blogger Jeff Savit terms "engineered systems" marks a pronounced shift in the direction of convenience for customers, he argues, because these are " ... designed to be optimal for a particular workload class, validated and proven by [Oracle] to be reliable, simple to purchase, configure and manage, and have dramatically superior performance for their target purpose. At the same time, these systems are built on industry-standard components rather than rare or exotic chips, in order to take advantage of price/performance advances.
The Growth Prospects for Tape vs. HDD and NAND as a Storage Device
2014: 6Tb-12Tb Disks; 1.2Tb-2Tb SSDs; 6Tb-15Tb Tapes
"Tape Based Magnetic Recording: Technology Landscape Comparisons with Hard Disk Drive and Flash Roadmaps," a paper by IBM's Robert E. Fontana, Jr., Steven R. Hetzler, and Gary Decad, describes the areal density (bits per unit area) roadmap goals for tape-based magnetic recording to show that current volumetric densities (bits per unit volume) for tape, HDD and NAND are similar and that lithographic requirements for tape are less challenging than those for NAND and HDD. As a result the potential for sustained annual areal density increase rates for tape is greater by far than that for both NAND and HDD.
Java Technology
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Java Spotlight Episode 53: Mark Reinhold, Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group
A Discussion of Java 7 and the Future of Java SE
In Episode 53 of Java Spotlight Mark Reinhold, chief architect of the Java Platform Group, discusses Java 7 and the future of Java SE. Reinhold currently leads the Jigsaw and JDK 7 Projects in the OpenJDK Community. Seated this week on the Java All Star Developer Panel are Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate.
IT - Technology
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Arguments for Both Sides
NetworkWorld (November 2, 2011)
Ever sit around a cup of coffee when the discussion turns to some technology; pundits for both sides have convincing points of view. NetworkWorld has assembled the "33 Hottest Tech Arguments". The gamut runs from one end of the IT world to the other and has something for everyone.
    Free and Open Source S/W
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    Getting PostgreSQL HA to Work in vFabric Data Director
    A How-to that Avoids the DBA (in most cases)
    How to set up a one-click HA setting in PostgreSQL's vFabric Data Director is illustrated in Jignesh Shah's blogspot.com post. In some cases the PostgreSQL monitor can correctly diagnose the situation and restart the database. In others the virtual machine itself will need to be shut down, enabling the vCenter Server to start the database on another server. In this instance, DHCP addresses may well be affected, which Shah solves by relying on the virtual hosts format to allow users to find their intended database without regard for which server it is running on.
    Solaris
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    Solaris 11 OS: What's Under the Hood
    Come to the Launch Party on November 9, 2011
    In an eloquent post, Constantin Gonzalez both introduces the new and compelling features of Solaris 11 and issues an invitation to the launch on November 9. Those new features that Gonzalez writes about include a new package manager, boot environments, and an automated installer. The migration issues of the past can, with Solaris 11, remain in the past, as one can now use Solaris 10 Containers to import Solaris 10 installations into Solaris 11 as a branded zone: the essence of management simplicity. And, with Project Crossbow, Gonzalez continues, Solaris 11 allows users to enjoy limitless network virtualization.
    Cloud Computing
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    Inside the Oracle Database Cloud Service
    RESTful Web Service, APEX, and Productivity Applications

    In his blog post Inside the Oracle Database Cloud Service Rick Greenwald summarizes the introduction of the Oracle Public Cloud, which was a major event at Oracle OpenWorld 2011. In his summary Greenwald touches in such features of the Oracle Database Service as RESTful Web services, Application Express (APEX) and the suite of productivity applications that enable users to track events on a shared calendar or manage projects in the cloud.

    Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c
    A Solution for Conveniently and ProductivelyManaging the Enterprise Cloud

    The cloud, the issues, and Oracle's solution: Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, which Oracle describes in its white paper entitled "Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c: Complete, Integrated and Business-Drive Cloud Management" are among the items of interest that Anand Akela brings to the attention of readers in his blog post on oracle.com. The white paper argues that Oracle is uniquely positioned to enable enterprise IT organizations to transform themselves into departments that allow users to consume IT services on demand, without needless complexity and in a fashion that manages IT from a business perspective.

    IT - Cloud
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    Know Your Acronyms
    NetworkWorld (November 2, 2011)
    "Several different flavors have sprung up in cloud computing and each has their pros and cons. Add to these the plethora of vendor-created acronyms and it can be confusing to figure out the best option ..."

    You almost need a program when vendors come in talking about their offerings to tell what's what. "IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS" can't address every acronym but this will at least separate the field into three columns. You can then place each vendors offering under the appropriate heading.

    Planning Your Move
    Enterprise Systems Journal (October 31, 2011)
    "What can you do to ensure that your cloud computing plan is ready to go and will get the job done? ..."

    Jumping into the water with both feet is not a test plan; likewise moving to the cloud without a plan. Here are "10 Steps To An Enterprise Cloud Strategy That Works the First Time" and mitigates issues and problems that could have been prevented, solved or addressed.

    Consultant Translator
    CIO (October 26, 2011)
    "Consultants have been a mainstay of IT departments forever. But in the cloud the commercial language is filled with a new set of euphemisms you need to understand. Here are some to look out for ..."

    Ever have a talk with a consultant, walk away and then come to the conclusion you don't have the foggiest idea what just went on. Here's What Your Cloud Consultant is "Trying to Tell You" when you hear any of these statements.

    IT - DR
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    Sr Execs Suggestions
    IT World (October 31, 2011)
    "Members from the CIO Executive Council share their tactics on disaster recovery options that don't break the bank ..."

    DR is a fact of life regardless of you plan and in this era "Disaster Recovery On A Budget" is not only prudent but absolutely a necessity. Three CIOs share their ideas for getting the job done without the huge dollar signs.

    IT - Networks
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    The IPv4 Band-Aid May Cause Problems
    NetworkWorld (October 27, 2011)
    "Will the world end? Will the Internet grind to a screeching halt? Will your computer systems disintegrate into a pile of bits and bytes? In short, no. At least not yet. But you may want to consider a few things ..."

    With the number of IPv4 addresses almost exhausted and the number of requests still high, companies and ISPs have a problem. With all the problems with IPv4, "Will the Sky Fall If You Don't Deploy IPv6"; probably not. One thing is for sure, address problems will continue and if you think IPv6 conversion is tough now, wait till you have to do it last minute.

      IT - Operations
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      AC Power 101
      InfoWorld (October 31, 2011)
      "What IT should know about AC power - After all, it's just electricity, right? How hard could that be? Surprisingly hard -- if you don't know what you're doing. Here's the lowdown ..."

      One of the nagging issues after you've built or remodeled your data center is power problems. Here's "What IT Should Know About AC Power" before work starts. As the old saying goes, if you think it's expensive now, wait till you have to correct your power issues.

        IT - Security
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        To Share or Not To Share That is the Question
        NetworkWorld (November 2, 2011)
        "When companies suffer a security breach today they face that core dilemma: Tell the world and hope the honesty helps others, or keep it under wraps to avoid tarnishing the brand and duck possible lawsuits? ..."

        Is it better to suffer the slings and arrows or take arms against a sea of trouble? The question "Should You Share Breach Information" is one that each company must answer and there are two sides to this contentious and dangerous issue.

        Risk Management & Probabilities
        InfoWorld (November 1, 2011)
        "IT security departments and business management need to approach risk management realistically ..."

        Security is never 100% sure of anything, there are always probabilities about likelihood, cost and time frame. The time has come to "Get Real About Your Security Risks" and explain the possibilities and outcomes with associated best estimates to upper management. They are then in the best position to take your analysis to heart and make solid business decisions.

        Don't Let You Vendors Put You At Risk
        Dark Reading (October 28, 2011)
        "When Roy Bostock, the chairman of Yahoo's board of directors, fired Carol Bartz over the phone last month, the company's cold handling of the termination was widely regarded as an example of how not to fire an executive--or any employee for that matter ..."

        Companies tend to forget one minor little detail when they move their data offsite – the responsibility for the safety of that data remains in house. So remember; "Don't Let Your Suppliers Limit Too Much Breach Liability"; no matter what is said, promised or inferred; the contract is the final word in court.

          IT - Careers
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          Pay Attention During the Day
          silicon.com (October 25, 2011)
          "We've all been there: you've got a million things on your to-do list and yet somehow you find yourself reading about a man who ordered a giant monster slipper or watching a video of a skateboarding dog ..."

          Have you ever stepped back and looked at where you spend you time during the day; or do you wonder at the end of the day where the time went? If you are in the later here are the "Top 10 Ways to Avoid Distractions at Work". Will this make you immediately more productive, who knows, but one thing is for sure, you can be proactive instead of reactive to the distractions during the day.

          Failures Are the Roots of Success
          Baseline (October 20, 2011)
          "Henry Ford is credited with saying, 'Failure is the opportunity to begin again more intelligently.' He would have known, because he endured significant setbacks before finding a winning formula in the automobile industry ..."

          There have been some huge flops from people that have gone on to great accomplishments. Here are "10 Failures Who Became Huge Successes"; getting knocked down is not the end, staying down is.

            IT - Social Media
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            Yea or Nay
            NetworkWorld (November 2, 2011)
            "The pull of social media is proving hard to resist. Even some of the most buttoned-down institutions are rethinking bans and relaxing access to social networks and social media sites ..."

            There is an interesting discussion going on within companies as to "Allow Social Media vs. Ban Social Media At Work". The problem isn't whether the technology is being used, but more so how to protect the company and insure that information is protected.

              So Called Friends
              InfoWorld (November 2, 2011)
              "Apple's decision to fire employee for breaking company's social-media rules garners support from U.K. tribunal ..."

              In a UK Tribunal ruling "'Private' Facebook Posts" Can Rightly Get You Canned. The private posting by an Apple Store employee that criticized Apple was printed out by a Facebook Friend and presented to the store manager which led to the firing. A word to the wise, know your companies social media policy and don't trust everyone who claims to be your friend.

                IT - Virtualization
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                Most But Not All
                NetworkWorld (November 2, 2011)
                "There continues to be 'virtual stall', though same apps really should stay on dedicated hardware, experts say ... early adopters had ceased their efforts after virtualizing the low-hanging fruit, those easy-to-virtualize applications that only used a small portion of their allotted capacity. Industry experts estimated that many efforts stalled out after about 20% to 40% of an organization's applications were virtualized ..."

                If you listen to the virtualization vendors the whole shop should be virtualized; you know - one size fits all. In "Virtualization vs. Native Apps" we take a look at what constitutes a good candidate and what doesn't. An app that hogs resources on a server, i.e. I/O, network, memory or CPU is not a good candidate.

                  Storage
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                  Metalogix Increases Speed of SharePoint Migrations and Upgrades
                  1000% Performance Increase Results from Multithreading Approach

                  It isn't often that a solution improves performance by a factor of 1000%, but that is exactly what has happened with the release of Metalogix Migration Manager for SharePoint 5.0, which, according to a post in storagenewsletter.com, " ... speeds site migrations and upgrades from days to minutes non-disruptively ... with a 1000% performance improvement achieved by leveraging multithreading techniques." In addition, performance enhanced job timing automation reduces Binary Large Objects (BLOB) externalization processing time up to 50%.

                  Top10
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                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                  Vol 164 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 163 Issues1, 2, 3 and 4
                  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:

                  • November 9th, Oracle Solaris 11 Launch, New York City
                  • T4: The Next Generation SPARC Processor
                  • SPARC Strategy: An Introduction to the SPARC T4 Processor and the T4 Server Line
                  • Oracle's SPARC T4 Prices Mask Improved Value
                  • Oracle Public Cloud and Its Parts: Java, Database, Social Network, Fusion CRM, Fusion HCM
                  • Oracle Solaris and Data Center Management
                  • Oracle NoSQL Database Available for Download
                  • Shadow Migration: ZFSSA's Way of Transferring Data from or to a non-7000 Storage System
                  • Solving the Tape Storage Space Problem
                  • Oracle Restores Confidence in its Stewardship of Java

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

                    LibreOffice
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                    LibreOffice Adopts ODF 1.2 as an OASIS Standard
                    OASIS Approval Is Expected
                    The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the adoption by LibreOffice of ODF 1.2 as an OASIS standard. A formal announcement of this development by OASIS is anticipated. Standard document formats, the blog continues, are key for liberating the user from the lock in of proprietary formats. ODF has been developed by OASIS based on OOo document format, and is now supported by most personal productivity software and many other computer programs. TDF is committed to supporting ODF and contribute to its development. ODF will be one of four main topics at the upcoming LibreOffice Conference in Paris.
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