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5 reasons it will be hard for Microsoft "win" the future desktop/tablet/Win8 race
by Brian Madden
Brian Madden is an opinionated, super technical, fiercely-independent desktop virtualization expert. He's written several books and almost 2,000 articles about desktop and application virtualization.

In a recent blog, he provides 5 reasons when he believes it will be hard for Microsoft to win the future.

Madden say can boil them down to five core areas:

1. Microsoft's platform dominance is based on apps and OSes installed onto desktop computers

2. Microsoft's core money making products are for devices with large screens, real keyboards, and precision pointing devices

3. Microsoft has to make money selling the OS and apps, and their device makers have to make money selling devices

4. Microsoft is not a "tech titan" anymore

5. Microsoft is way behind

Where will this all end up? Will Microsoft get it together? Who knows?

Check out the comments on his blog.

Igloo Enjoys Cool Implementation with Oracle Sun SPARC T-Series Servers
Expects 169% ROI in Three Years
Igloo Products Corporation, the world's #1 cooler manufacturer, has migrated its legacy IBM mainframe IT infrastructure to Oracle's Sun SPARC servers and Oracle software in a move that is anticipated to deliver 169% ROI in three years and a break-even point in the first year. Igloo has consolidated its operations on two Sun SPARC Enterprise T-Series servers -- the Sun SPARC Enterprise T5140 and T5240 -- in a virtualized system employing Oracle Solaris Containers. Igloo has determined that it can reduce its former monthly hosting fees by half now that it uses 66% fewer servers and 83% fewer CPUs.
Oracle On-line Analytic Processing (OLAP) - Exadata Performance Demonstration White Paper
Query Times Dramatically Reduced Even with Non-stop Querying
"Oracle OLAP Exadata X2-2 Performance Demonstration," an Oracle white paper, describes a performance demonstration of the OLAP Option (On-line Analytical Processing) to the Oracle Database running on an X2-2 Exadata Database Machine half rack. With a community of 50 users and each user querying the database non-stop (without waits between queries), median query times ranged from .03 to .58 seconds, and average query times ranged from .26 to 2.32 seconds, while 95 percent of queries returned in 1.5 to 5.5 seconds, depending on the type of query.
IT - Storage
Are Auto Backups Safe
ComputerWorld (December 26, 2011)
"Previously I've warned about the way some off-site backup companies and their automated software work. Simply put, if you delete a file by accident, many companies will delete their off-site backup of the file 30 days later ..."

The answer is probably but like a loaded gun, there is always the potential for serious problems. Take a minute to think over "The Down Side of Automated Backups" to consider the consequences of malicious activities on files and other nefarious acts that may be going on announced or unannounced.

The Year of the SSD?
Storage Newsletter (December 28, 2011)
"It’s seen major new and maturing products and technologies, big-time venture capital funding, and catch-up efforts by major storage vendors shoehorning fast SSD into array architectures designed for much slower disks ..."

The pundits are again citing the up coming year as the breakout year for SSD; unfortunately that line has been used for the last 10 years. There is no doubt that the pricing for SSD is coming down but enough to justify 100% SSD shops? I have doubts that SSD will mean the "End of High-End HDD Storage", just like HDD has never completely replaced tape.

Processor (December 30, 2011)
"Recent developments point to a change in how we protect the loss of a data element on a failed disk ..."

RAID has been the lynchpin of data protection at the physical level for over 20 years’ the problem is TB drives and rebuild times. Now users and vendors are asking about [url "Life After RAID"; Randy Kern introduces erasure codes that offer protection as well as reduced build times.

    Java Technology
    GlassFish Open Source and Commercial Editions
    A Feature-by-feature Comparison

    The differences between the GlassFish open source and commercial editions are examined in Arun Gupta's blog, where he notes that the GlassFish Server Open Source Edition provides a full Java EE 6 compliant, is free, and an open source application server. The Oracle GlassFish Server is Oracle's commercially supported GlassFish Server distribution and constitutes a suite of features that improve performance, allow automatic backup of configuration and application data, enable fine-grained monitoring, and enable more secure and highly available production deployments. Customers also get 24 x 7 support, priority for their bug fixes and patches/hot fixes for them.

    Java ME Regains Ground as O/S Platform for Mobile
    Apple iOS and Android Lose Share
    Net Applications analysts posted results of their findings on OS net usage share in November 2011 which revealed Apple's iOS dropping seven points and Android two points. These losses contrasted with a hike in usage by Java ME 2, which captured a 20% usage share for the same period. RIM's Blackberry and Symbian also showed slight gains while Microsoft's Windows Phone platform trailed the pack with less than one percent.
    IT - Technology
    Things to Research for 2012
    IT World (December 28, 2011)
    "There are a variety of new technologies advancing in 2012 that you should investigate, if you aren't already doing so, to give your small business a leg up on the competition ..."

    Every company these days seems to have a smaller, better, faster, cheaper, safer solutions to whatever problem you have. If the solution falls into one of these "Tech That Should Be On Your" Company’s Radar for 2012 you may want to invest some additional time to determine if the shoe fits.

      Watson Gets a Job
      ComputerWorld (December 23, 2011)
      "IBM's Watson supercomputer is about to begin work evaluating evidence-based cancer treatment options that can be delivered to the physician in a matter of seconds for assessment ..."

      The first real job is announced as IBM’s [url "Watson Shows Up for Work at Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center". The health field is perfect for Watson as data changes often across so many fronts that medical providers can not keep up. There is a help at hand from the offspring of the Jeopardy! Champion.

      Cloud Computing
      Migrating to the Cloud: Oracle Client/Server Modernization
      A Guide to the Process by Tom Laszewski and Prakash Nauduri
      The responsible parties in any company planning on a database migration, desktop application migration, or that has IT infrastructure consolidation projects, will find the information in "Migrating to the Cloud", the new book by Tom Laszewski and Prakash Nauduri, a useful guide. The book, which focuses on Oracle grid relational database technology and Oracle Fusion Middleware, provides recommendations on tools, strategy and best practices and serves as a guide as an enterprise plans, determines effort and budget, designs, executes and rolls its modern Oracle system out to production.
      IT - Cloud
      Large Need, Small Pipes
      ComputerWorld (January 4, 2012)
      "InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) CIO Tom Conophy has no reservations when it comes to the cloud. The hospitality giant, which manages, franchises or leases 4,500 hotels in 100 countries, has been able to improve the customer experience and reduce costs by moving storage and in-house applications for mobile phones to multiple data centers in the cloud ..."

      Everyone is jumping on the Cloud bandwagon with one exception; network gurus. The know that "Bandwidth Bottlenecks Loom Large in the Cloud" and there is no easy answer. Before you sign on the bottom line make sure you test the apps and storage with a senior network persona close by.

      IT - CxO
      ITÂs Not Them, It's You
      NetworkWorld (January 4, 2012)
      "Non-competitive pay is the main reason for high turnover rates among IT pros in their 20s and early 30s. That's the consensus from dozens of comments posted on Network World's Web site in response to an article published over the holidays ..."

      All companies face turnover, typically the lower the turnover the better the company and vice versa. CIO’s are complaining about the lack of loyalty from "IT staff and IT Pros Lament: Low Pay, No Perks". People don’t change jobs for just money, but if things like respect, advancement, training, decent hours, tools, etc. aren’t there then guess what, they leave at the first chance. Take a look in the mirror if your staff has a bunch of new faces every year.

      When Less Is Better For the Bottom Line
      The Accidental Successful CIO (January 2012)
      "As CIO one of your most important jobs is to get as much out of your IT department as is humanly possible. You’d think that that best way to do this would be to always be pushing harder and harder ..."

      To say that speed in IT ranks high would be an understatement. A recent study has shown "How Going Slow Can Be Very Good for An IT Department". The insight boils down to doing things right or doing the right things; guess which proves to be a better investment of time and resources.

      IT - DR
      Top Five Business Continuity Issues for 2012
      Continuity Central Editor Predicts
      Among the five trends in business continuity during 2012 that David Honour, Editor of Continuity Central has identified are these:

      • More resources will be moved toward resilience and away from reactive business continuity measures

      • Information security will increasingly be recognized as a major business continuity issue

      • Expect disruptive changes in the area of standards as BS 25999 is withdrawn and ISO 22301 issued.

      • Cloud computing will continue to be a disruptive force.

      • The 2012 Olympics could bring with it serious logistical and transportation complications.

      Read on for details.

      IT - Networks
      IPv6 by the End of the Year
      NetworkWorld (December 29, 2011)
      "Next year (2012) will see one more regional Internet registry run out of IPv4 addresses, but 2012 will be more of a year to prepare for the inevitable shift to IPv6 than an Internet doomsday, according to networking experts ..."

      There’s no getting around facts regardless of the time spent looking for another answer; IPv6 will become the standard sooner or later. The experts are saying that "IPv6 Doomsday Won't Hit in 2012"; take heed, they didn't say never, they just said not this year. Bottom line is that you need to get your IPv6 act together.

      IT - Operations
      2012 Predictions
      CRN (December 30, 2011)
      "2012 will bring the whole concept of the data center into a new light. Continue on, and see some of the ways this will happen in the coming year ...

      Looking into the future is always fun if not accurate; but then so is life. These "10 Data Center Predictions for 2012" are well rounded and touch on all aspects of a data center. What’s interesting is that centralized may be out and distributed may be the new focus. As they say everything old becomes new again.

        IT - Security
        Avoiding Damage with BYOD
        Dark Reading (December 16, 2011)
        "Enterprises have an increasingly difficult challenge as users bring their own devices -- and continue to lose laptops -- and as portable storage becomes even cheaper and more common ..."

        Regardless of you policy employees are going to store sensitive data on their laptops and personal devices. Your job in "Managing Mobile Mayhem" is to make sure that all bring your own devices are encrypted and/or can be wiped quickly; and there’s the rub.

        Start the Year Right
        Dark Reading (December 21, 2011)
        "As organizations gear up for a new year, now is the perfect time to look at processes and technologies and reassess how well they really are mitigating risks ..."

        Database security is a never ending battle, you have to right 100% of the time, the bad guys only have to be right once. These 7 Housekeeping Duties for Better Database Security in 2012 won't guarantee success but will let you sleep a little better knowing a few more holes have been covered.

        IT - Careers
        Standing on the Shoulders
        eWeek (December 22, 2011)
        "Along with Steve Jobs and Dennis Ritchie, 2011 marked the passing of many computer visionaries and technology pioneers. The computing industry came of age in the 1950s, and many of the individuals who laid the groundwork for modern computing, smart electronics and the Internet are now in their 80s ..."

        We often hear that we stand on the shoulders of giants. Here are some giants whose life worked touched each of us in various ways. "In Memoriam: 17 Tech Pioneers Who Died in 2011" and left a legacy of innovations, leadership and inspiration.

        IT - Social Media
        Nothing is Off the Record
        InformationWeek (January 2, 2011)
        "Social networks are a veritable minefield for professionals these days. Saying the right thing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social platforms requires thought and finesse. Saying the wrong thing is all too easy. And don't be fooled into thinking that what gets shared in your circle stays in your circle ..."

        Many times we have something to say to the world and our handy smart phone fills the bill nicely to do just that. Before you starting typing review these "10 Social Networking Posts That Sink Careers"; if you still think what you have to say is important wait a couple of days and do a reality check.

        IT - Virtualization
        Making Storage Life Easier
        Processor (December 30, 2011)
        "Virtualized storage is growing more and more common in the IT industry. Companies are inding new and creative ways to save storage space or at least eficiently utilize the space they have available ..."

        Much like what virtualization has done for servers, storage will be the next recipient of the technology; but not without bumps. Here are some tips on how to "Overcome Storage Virtualization Challenges" and come out with you sanity and the respect of your peers.

          Oracle Storage Eye charts
          ZFSSA; Tape; SAN; Flash/SSD
          Steve Tunstall had made available version 10 of his product summary document which he refers to as his Storage Eye Chart.

          • Oracle Storage ZFSSA "7000" Family
          • Tape Drives and Libraries
          • Mid-level to Enterprise Modular Disk Storage (2500M2 and Oracle's Pillar Axiom 600)
          • Oracle Flash and SSD

          Version 10 adds the Axiom and 2500M2 to a new page and also updates the ZFSSA with the new updates.

          IT - Database
          Start the Year Right
          Dark Reading (December 21, 2011)
          "Segmenting, hardening, encrypting, insuring, and planning -- a few good New Year's resolutions for database administrators ..."

          Database security is a never ending battle, you have to right 100% of the time, the bad guys only have to be right once. These "7 Housekeeping Duties for Better Database Security in 2012" won't guarantee success but will let you sleep a little better knowing a few more holes have been covered.

          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
          Vol 166 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 165 Issue 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:

          • Ten OpenStorage Predictions for 2012
          • Oracle Solaris Binary Application Guarantee Extended to Solaris 11
          • Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad 1.1
          • Which IO Option for Which Server?
          • Oracle VM VirtualBox Version 4.1.8
          • Oracle VM 3.0.3 Released to General Availability
          • A Stop-gap Measure for Archive Creation and Recovery in Oracle Solaris 11
          • Obituary for Java on Ubuntu Is Premature
          • Most Popular Oracle Tech Network Articles of 2011
          • OpenStorage Summit Evokes Interest in Alternatives to Conventional Storage Technologies

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

            Deploying a Java EE 6 Application Using WebLogic 12c, NetBeans, and MySQL
            27-minute Video Demo
            In his 27 minute video on Java EE 6 Using WebLogic 12c, NetBeans, and MySQL Arun Gupta shows how to develop and deploy a Java EE 6 application on WebLogic 12c using NetBeans. It builds a simple application using Java Persistence API 2.0, Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1, Servlets 3.0, Java API for RESTful Web Services 1.1, Java Server Faces 2.0, and Contexts & Dependency Injection 1.0. The video also explains how to configure MySQL database in NetBeans and use it for accessing the database tables in the Java EE 6 applications.
            The Definitive Guide to NetBeans Platform 7
            New Title from Apress
            Heiko Boeck's new book The Definitive Guide to NetBeans Platform 7 has caught Geertjan Wielenga's attention, which is reflected in his post that lists the book's entire table of contents. Boeck's publisher, Apress, says of the book that it " ... provides a completely updated definitive guide to the NetBeans Platform, using the latest APIs, coding patterns, and methodologies. Focuses strongly on business features in an application, since Oracle's customers are particularly interested in business-related aspects. For example, how to use OSGi, how to add authentication/security, how to monetize from a modular application."
            Oracle Announces Release of NetBeans IDE 7.1
            First IDE to Support JavaFX 2.0 and JDK 7
            With the release of the free, open source NetBeans IDE 7.1 there is now an IDE that supports JavaFX 2.0 and JDK 7, available for Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, other Linux distributions, Mac and Windows. Support for Java EE includes cluster and instance deployment support for GlassFish Server; 50+ CDI support enhancements in the Java editor; and JSF component suite supporting improvements in Java Persistence, Web Services, EJB; and support for Oracle WebLogic Server 12c. NetBeans platform enhancements include Windows system APIs and support for multiple window layouts; enhanced TopComponentGroup behavior; visual window layout designer; and pluggable multiview components.
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