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IT - CxO
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Consultant Shenanigans
InfoWorld (December 7, 2011)
"Metrics are dull unless you do them wrong. If you do, the disaster that ensues will make you wish for dull ..."

Sooner or later most companies need some help in to improve or embellish one area or another for which they either donít have the expertise or time. Hiring a consultant is the most logical step and then waiting for the metrics to prove what can be done. These "Stupid Consultant Tricks" puts the metrics measurement of success into the proper light. Remember that anyone can improve anything as long as they get to decide the test and the metrics by which success is measured.

    Developing Intuition
    CIO Insight (November 30, 2011)
    "We're often told that rational decisions trump 'gut calls.' But thatís not always the case. Intuition and instinct are intangible - even mysterious - qualities. Yet, theyíre essential for those whoíd rather lead with a bold sense of innovative vision than play it safe with the consensus model..."

    As Albert Einstein said "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." Sometimes leaders have to feel their way; here are "10 Ways To Harness Your Intuition". If you wait till you have all the information nothing will ever get done; develop the skill to make bold decisions based on incomplete information.

    Good To Great
    Baseline (December 2, 2011)
    "Successful organizations should stress long-term planning and an intense focus on understanding their own businesses and markets, say authors Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen in the book, 'Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck: Why Some Thrive Despite Them All' ..."

    Great IT departments arenít a matter of luck; great takes time, effort, vision and leadership. While the "Ten Rules of Great Companies" addresses companies, the ideas can be targeted to include IT departments.

    Start Now to Keep Employees
    silicon.com (November 30, 2011)
    "IT jobs market: Three factors that could spark a backlash among overworked techies ..."

    Doing more with less means more stress on your staff; longer hours, less pay increases, decreased training, old hardware, etc. There are "Three Factors That Could Spark A Backlash Among Overworked Techies"; if you notice any of the signs now is the time to make changes to make sure your keep people donít jump ship. Remember people move to new jobs for more money, but they usually leave because of lack of respect.

    Oracle
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    Partitioning and Oracle Licenses
    Oracle VM for SPARC Now a Hard Partitioning Technology

    Oracle VM for SPARC is now explicitly named as a hard partitioning technology. A guide from oracle.com provides information on "Server/Hardware Partitioning" that discusses the attributes of server partitioning and comments on how companies can leverage partitioning to optimize their software licenses. Also discussed are the two principle tyes of partitioning: soft partitioning using OS resource managers to partition the OS into segments; and hard partitioning, which involves physically segmenting a large server into distinct, smaller systems The implications of licensing agreements as to partition type are considered.

    SPARC
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    SPARC T4-4 Processor:: Foundation of Oracle SPARC Supercluster
    Integrates Solaris on SPARC, Exadata, Exalogic
    Oracle has produced a true SPARC Engineered System that integrates Solaris on SPARC, Exadata and Exalogic. And this new system is the Oracle SPARC Supercluster, which is built on the new T4 chip and its new architecture, which has resulted in the SPARC T4-4 Server as the the top of the line 5RU model. SPARC Supercluster also includes the integration of Infiniband and the flexibility of Logical Domains (LDoms) as well as a ZFS Storage Appliance to support the Exalogic clustering storage needs, plus Exadata Cells.]
    Exadata
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    Brewing Better IT
    Constantin Gonzalez on the Rise of Engineered Systems
    The brewers of Bavaria represent the clearest analogy to the "engineered systems" approach to IT, according to Constantin Gonzalez's post "The Rise of Engineered Systems." In IT itself, Gonzalez labels the iPad " ... the ultimate consumer Engineered System: Hardware and software and applications merged into a single, optimized system that lets you 'just work'." Engineered systems represent the wave of the future, Gonzalez writes: enabling users to appreciate better performance, faster networking, fewer bugs, more capable technical support (because the guy on the other end has a system identical to yours), better security, and shorter time to market.
    Virtualization
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    OVM 3.0 Tutorial on Installing a VM with Oracle Linux 5u6
    Video Shows How It's Done in Under Five Minutes
    If you are interested in how to create an Oracle Linux 5u6 in Oracle VM 3.0, Steen Schmidt explains the procedure in a Youtube video that takes less than five minutes, start to finish. His tutorial explains all the steps involved.
    OVM 3.0 Tutorial on Installing a VM with Microsoft Windows XP
    Youtube Video Gets It Done in less than Three Minutes
    In less than three minutes, watch a Youtube video on how to create a Windows XP Pro in Oracle VM 3.0. Steen Schmidt describes the steps in the process.
    IT - Storage
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    Control of the Data Flood Gates 2012
    eWeek (December 5, 2011)
    "The overriding theme for 2012 is control of data: how data enters a system, where it resides, how it is processed, and who can access and manage it, as well as who can store and archive data. Thatís where the real power is. Those who know how to control both the archival and current views are most often the ones who come up with significant new ideas and promote business progress. ..."

    A paradigm shift in the alpha dog is going to occur in the data center during 2012; "It's All About Control of the Data". Companies are realizing that everything in the data center can be replace with one exception - data. Who ever controls the who, what, where, when and how data is stored, accessed and protected will be in the cat birds seat.

      Dedupe Innovation
      Enterprise Storage Forum (December 4, 2011)
      "it is safe to say that data deduplication technology on the backup side has now gone mainstream. At the enterprise level we estimate that almost all companies have installed some form of data deduplication technology, even if the percentage of data under the jurisdiction of dedupe is closer to 40 percent ..."

      The acceptance of deduplication is an established fact of storage management; the problem is that every vendor has their own implementation and thereís the rub. When the question is about Deduplication and the Innovation Race - It Isnít Over as both the vendors and the users try to come up with a common format. The problem is that common format means commodity pricing and the big boys donít want to give up their hold on their proprietary solution i.e. profits.

      How 2012 Is Shaping Up
      eWeek (December 2, 2011)
      "here are some educated looks at the 2012 storage landscape, courtesy of chief technology evangelist David Chapa of Quantum. Chapa previously was a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. ..."

      While predicting the future specifically is not going to happen with any certainty there are "Predictions for the Storage Industry in 2012" that may give some insight. What should come as no surprise is the chart on slide 3.

        Java Technology
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        Java Spotlight Episode 59: Alan Bateman on the NIO2 APIs in JDK 7
        Oracle JDK 7 Team Member Shares His Views
        In Episode 59 of the Java Spotlight Alan Bateman, an engineer in the Oracle JDK team, discusses the NIO2 APIs in JDK7. Bateman's focus as part of the Oracle JDK team has been chiefly on the core libraries/APIs and lead JSR-203 that defined the new file system API and asynchronous I/O APIs that are new in JDK 7. Regular member of the Java All Star Developer Panel Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, assumes his usual seat.
        IT - Technology
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        2012 Crystal Ball
        IT Business Edge (December 8, 2011)
        "Gartner, Inc. has revealed its top predictions for IT organizations and users for 2012 and beyond. Analysts said that the predictions herald changes in control for IT organizations as budgets, technologies and costs become more fluid and distributed. ..."

        Gartner takes a SWAG at next year with some interesting "Top Predictions for IT Organizations and Users for 2012 and Beyond". The most interesting are 7 (sensitive data), 8 (IT expenditures outside IT), 11 (global energy surcharge) and 12 (big data).

        Solaris
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        Oracle Releases Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0
        Delivers Advanced HA andDR Capabilities for Oracle Solaris 11
        Oracle has announced the availability of Oracle Solaris Cluster 4.0, the first release providing extended high availability (HA) and disaster recovery (DR) capabilities for Oracle Solaris 11. Oracle Solaris Cluster works by extending Oracle Solaris to provide the HA and DR infrastructure required for deploying mission critical workloads in private, public and hybrid clouds as well as enterprise data centers. Among the other strong points of the solution are built-in support for cloud implementations and cloud-ready application protection through fine-grained monitoring and policy-based application management, along with restart and failover capabilities.
        Oracle Solaris 11 Launch Videos: Engineering and Customer Panels
        Two Videos Added to Earlier Launch Keynote
        Until now the video available from the launch on November 11, 2011 of Oracle Solaris 11 featured only the executive keynote. Two additional sessions have been added, which are a panel of some top Oracle engineers discussing what's new in Oracle Solaris 11, and a panel of customers discussing why they chose Oracle Solaris for their mission-critical services. The videos of those sessions (plus the executive keynote) are now available. Registration and log-in are required.
        MySQL
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        Meet the MySQL Experts Podcast: Focus on Backup
        Using MySQL Enterprise Backup
        On a recent episode of the Meet the MySQL Experts Sveta Smirnova from the MySQL technical support organization provides an overview of the common MySQL backup practices and tools, specifically the benefits of using MySQL Enterprise Backup. MySQL Enterprise Backup provides hot online backup for InnoDB, which has been one of the most requested features from the MySQL user community for years.
        MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.8 Mainjtenance Release in General Availability
        Find it on My Oracle Support and Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
        Readers can find MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.8, a maintenance release that fixes several bugs, in General Availability on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site and, within one or two weeks, on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Similarly, binaries for the new release are also available on the MOS site and the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. The changelog contains full details on this release.
        Linux
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        Oracle Database Appliance; Oracle Database 11g; and Linux
        Game Changer Appliance for SMBs Powered by Oracle Linux
        In his post "Game Changer Appliance for SMBs Powered by Oracle Linux" Zeynep Koch considers the payoff from the engineered systems approach in his praise for the Oracle Database Appliance as a way to take advantage of Oracle Database 11g, the world's most popular database, in a single, easy-to-deploy and manage system. Koch describes this combination as " ... a complete package of software, server, storage, and network ... engineered for simplicity," that saves users time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database workloads.
        IT - Cloud
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        Capacity Planning Models for the Unknown
        InfoWorld (December 8, 2011)
        "How capacity management changes in the cloud; Resources have different availability and costs in the cloud, and the models don't yet reflect that variation ..."

        Those of you that have been involved in planning for server, storage and network growth will be facing new problems address the cloud. Understanding "How Capacity Management Changes In the Cloud" will go a long way to getting a handle on the slippery slope leading to accurate predictions for the cloud.

        Is Support Heading for the Basement
        CIO (December 1, 2011)
        "In the course of over 100 articles, I've been politely and quietly working to inform everyone about cloud and CRM best practices. After having wasted hours on a typically crummy support line of a cloud vendor, I can be quiet no more, I need a moment to rant ..."

        In the parlance of economists, racing for the bottom means that companies start to compete on price and price alone. The result is that service is the first victim. We are now asking "Is Cloud Support Racing to the Bottom?] The answer is almost and in the end, selling on price is in no oneís best interest.

        Unexpected Expenses
        ComputerWorld (December 5, 2011)
        "The cloud is moving past the hype stage and starting to deliver tangible benefits, primarily increased flexibility and agility. But moving to the cloud can also mean added costs, some of which are unexpected, according to IT executives whose organizations have implemented or are considering cloud services ..."

        Most of us know by now that when a vendor does your ROI calculations that there may be one or two surprises in store. To avoid sticker shock with the first of many invoices start "Preparing for the Real Costs of Cloud Computing"] by taking these four areas into account up front.

        IT - Networks
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        Advanced Persistent Threats
        Dark Reading (November 21, 2011)
        "Corporate networks face a variety of attacks every day, yet pinpointing the most serious attacks are no easy matter ..."

        The vast majority of APT (Advanced Persistent Threats) come from China. "Discovering Who Is Attacking The Network" is not as easy task as social networks are the main door for the attackers. This also implies that the door is opened by one individual not paying attention.

        IT - Operations
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        24x7 is Now the Norm
        CIO (November 18, 2011)
        "IT consumerization often leads to users working all the time. CIO blogger Mark Gibbs explains why that can be both good and bad ..."

        Turns out that social media has trained "The Always On IT User" to expect service all the time. One of the biggest losers will be the scheduled outages; users donít want to know about our needs, they only want us to solve theirs.

        Obsolete HW, Now What
        Processor (December 2, 2011)
        "Find A Data Destruction Service; What To Do With Your Used Equipment ..."

        The last thing anyone wants is to toss out old equipment and then find your name on the front page in violation of hazardous material disposal. So how do you "Find a Data Destruction Service" that is reputable, reliable and in compliance with all local, state and federal laws.

          IT - Security
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          Loose Slips Can Sink Ships
          Dark Reading (December 9, 2011)
          "A key part of the data leak prevention effort is making sure that email and other messaging systems are used securely. Here are some tips on how to keep email leaks to a minimum..."

          One e-mail containing sensitive information sent to the wrong person can wreak and long lasting havoc. "Getting the Leaks out of Enterprising Messaging" should be a top priority of every company.

          IT - Careers
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          IT Needs to Join the Team
          InformationWeek (December 6, 2011)
          "Take these concrete steps to get closer to customers and help your company's marketing and customer service teams do a better job ..."

          Customer Service is not a department, customer service is an attitude. The attitude is sorely lacking in companies these days and IT isnít helping companies change. Here are "7 Ways IT Can Improve Customer Service" as the old saying goes 'if we donít take care of our customers, someone else will'. IT is perfectly position to make customer service more than lip service.

          Storage
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          IDC Finds 11% Growth in 3Q11 for External Disk Systems Worldwide
          EMC Maintains Leadership Position
          IDC's "Worldwide Quarterly Disk Storage Systems Tracker" found that external disk storage systems factory revenues posted year-over-year growth of 10.8%, totaling just under $5.8 billion in 3Q11. The total disk storage systems market grew to $7.6 billion in revenues in the quarter, 8.5% up from 3Q10. EMC led the external disk storage systems market with 28.6% revenue share in the third quarter, followed by IBM and NetApp tied for second with 12.7% and 12.1% market share. In total worldwide disk storage systems, EMC finished in the top position with market shares of 21.7% followed by HP with 18.9% respectively.
          Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays
          Gartner Reports on 2011 Market Survey
          The 2011 Magic Quadrant for Midrange and High-End Modular Disk Arrays from Gartner has found the midrange and high-end modular disk array storage market grew 8.2% from 3Q10 through 2Q11, as reported in storagenewsletter.com. The Gartner report profiles the 15 vendors who figure significantly in the market, noting strengths and cautions in each case. Among the conclusions Gartner draws is that, it is clear that vendors such as Dell, HP, IBM and Oracle, which have large and global distribution organizations, prefer to own their own ECB disk storage IP rather than sourcing it from a competing or enabling vendor.
          OpenStorage
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          Three Important Enhancements to the 7000 ZFS Storage Appliance
          EOL Announced for 18GB Write Flash Cache
          In his post to oracle.com on ZFSSA - Tips & Tricks with your Oracle 7000 ZFS Storage Appliance Steve Tunstall announces the release of three new options for Oracleís Sun ZFS Storage portfolio:

          • Write-flash-cache SSDs have gone from 18GB to 73GB each.
          • New long-range transceivers for the 10GigE cards
          • 3TB drives for the 7120 model; The 3TB drives for the 7320 and 7420 are in the works.

          Tunstall's post also includes this End-of-Life information for the 2TB drive-equipped base model of the 7120 and the 18GB Write Flash Cache.

          IT - Mobile
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          A Redefinition of Roles
          InfoWorld (December 9, 2011)
          "Revenge of the 'stupid' user: Consumerization of IT; It's a new era for IT and management as technology permeates business, falling firmly into users' hands ..."

          Remember when you first got your drivers licenses and quickly discovered there was more to driving than you though? The same is true with end user tools for technology. The "Consumeration of IT" has changed the interaction of IT and end users from one of non drivers to new drives. IT has an obligation not to look at the evolution of end user computing as the enemy but as an opportunity to teach what makes good IT skills (i.e. good driving skills).

          Carrier IQ False Alarm
          NetworkWorld (December 2, 2011)
          "Only now are some skeptical voices being raised that the case against Carrier IQ may be a rush to judgment without a real, or at least an adequate, basis in fact ..."

          Last week a fire storm exploded over a 20 minute You Tube purporting that the rootkit software would transmit user data. Now "Skeptics Find Flaws in Carrier IQ Application Analysis" and while the software does have some potential there is no indication that user data is being transmitted.

            Top10
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            Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
            Vol 165 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 164 Issues 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:

            • SPARC T4-4 Server Outperforms HP and IBM for 12th World Record
            • Solaris 11 Launch Blog Roundup
            • Oracle Solaris 11 Training and Certification Programs
            • Worldwide Server Shipments Grew 7% - Gartner
            • Dual Boot Oracle Solaris 11/11 and Linux
            • Using the sysconfig Command to Configure Oracle Solaris 11
            • Managing Virtualization with OracleVM: Oracle Magazine Article by Philip J. Gill
            • Best Practices For Database Consolidation On Exadata Database Machine (Nov. 2011)
            • Know What the Cloud Means to Your Enterprise Before You Enter
            • Survey of Enterprise Storage Trends

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

              Sysadmin
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              Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle
              New Blog Shares Information on Management
              A post on the Patch Corner of oracle.com announces the creation of The Solaris 11 Life blog where readers can learn about all aspects of the Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle, including policies, best practices, resource links, clarifications, and other pertinent matters. In the first post on the site, Gerry Haskins includes a presentation on the Solaris 11 Customer Maintenance Lifecycle presentation, originally given at Oracle Open World and the recent Deutsche Oracle Anwendergruppe (DOAG) conference.
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