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Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-8 Facilities Operations for Energy Management Solutions Provider
Enhances both Performance and Flexibility of EnerNOC's Data Warehouse and OLTP Databases
Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 has enabled EnerNOC, a provider of energy management applications and solutions for the smart grid, to improve the performance of its business-critical services. EnerNOC's implementation of two half-rack Oracle Exadata Database Machine X2-2 systems has enhanced performance of its real-time demand response database out-of-the-box by 5X and produced a 2x-5x boost in performance of its current Extract Transform and Load (ETL) processing out-of-the-box. I/O resource utilization has declined by over 50 percent, and EnerNOC has deployed both online transaction processing (OLTP) databases and data warehouses in a single centrally managed system.
IT - Storage
Cybercrime Direct Costs Increase by 58%
ComputerWorld (January 23, 2012)
IT's input is critical ..."

Do you think your standard insurance policy covers all the loss if someone hacks you critical database; or you fail to deliver services because of a hard failure in the datacenter? Think again; then ask someone "Do You Need a Cyberumbrella"? You may be surprised to learn you have no one covering your six if problems occur.

Peeling Back the Covers
NetworkWorld (January 25, 2012)
"Troubleshooting Fibre Channel networks can be as much an art as it is a science, but there are some basic best practices you can follow to reduce the guessing and speed resolution. Here are 10 tips to help you get to the bottom of pesky problems ..."

Sooner or later if you are using any type of SAN there will be problems and at the worst possible time. Getting back up quickly is paramount and these 10 tips will enhance "The Fine Art of Fibre Channel Troubleshooting". Just remember there are times when a little luck is required.

A Replacement for DRAM
ComputerWorld (January 18, 2012)
"A new form of nonvolatile MRAM memory with the promise to eventually replace DRAM is slowly making its way into products, but analysts said it could be a long time before DRAM technology is cast aside ..."

SSD rely on DRAM as the linchpin for there underlying technology. The problem is that power has to be available all the time. Now we learn of a new solution; "Could MRAM Ultimately Replace DRAM"? Quite possibly, but not in the near future as density and costs are not comparable to DRAM.

Java Technology
Java Spotlight Episode 65: Deployment & Plugin
Java Deployment and Plugin Team Make Appearance
Episode 65 of the Java Spotlight features an interview with Joe McGlynn, Thomas Ng and Henry James of the Deployment and Plugin Team about recent changes in Java Deployment and Plugin. Dalibor Topic, Java Free and Open Source Software Ambassador, and Alexis Moussine-Pouchkine, Java EE Developer Advocate, are this episode's panelists.
MySQL: An Introduction for Oracle DBAs
A Guide for the Novice
Working from the assumption that there are DBAs with MySQL sitting idle on their corporate servers, Patrick Hurley was written "MySQL: An Introduction for Oracle DBAs," which employs a comprehensive approach that begins with connecting to MySQL and extends through such necessaries as determining which sessions are currently connected to MySQL; which users are defined and what is the scope of their authority; what are the techniques for backup and restore; and how does one install MySQL. This is truly introductory but nevertheless useful material, especially for DBAs who have not wet their feet in the mysterious MySQL waters.
MySQL 5.0 and 5.1 available on Solaris 11
available on Solaris 11

MySQL 5.0 and 5.1 are now available for Solaris 11. A post on the Solaris and Systems Information for ISVs site all but performs the install (which it calls "as simple as typing) for you.

Linux Adoption Trends 2012: A Survey of Enterprise End Users

The Linux Foundation and Yeoman Technology Group conducted an invitation-only survey of 1893 enterprise Linux users. Among the findings are plans by 80% of respondents to implement Linux servers in the next 12 months; 72% plan to use Linux to support their "big data" operations; the number of respondents with reservations about technical issues declined from 40% in 2010 to 20.3%; 22% fewer cite perceptions by management as an impediment to Linux implementations, and 10% fewer cite no issues at all impeding the success of Linux; and some 66.6% of respondents consider Linux to be more secure than Windows.

IT - Cloud
Some Fabrications Don't Go Away
InfoWorld (January 20, 2012)
"You would think that rank-and-file IT staffers and leaders would understand the advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing by now. However, the misconceptions continue to show up, some of which are disconcerting ..."

The cloud is well on the way to becoming a mainstream solutions for companies. The "4 Cloud Myths That Won't Go Away" are keeping companies from looking over the fence to see what all the hub bub is all about.

IT - CxO
Can't We All Just Get Along
InfoWorld (January 25 2012)
"When IT and business staff clash, things can get ugly quick. Everyone has experienced some measure of tension across the business/IT divide. But is that tension a simple clash of personalities -- or is it a clash of cultures? Solve the wrong problem, and tensions are likely to escalate ..."

IT and business are like siblings, sometimes they just can't help teasing, annoying and fighting? Bob Lewis takes a look at "Why IT and Business Just Can't Get Along", more often than not the question isn't one of goals but one of cultures.

IT - Operations
Saving Becomes A Liability
Enterprise Systems Journal (January 23, 2012)
"Get Smart about Archiving Backup Data -- Backing up everything isn't just wasteful and expensive -- data that "lives forever" exposes your enterprise to additional risks. We explain a smarter, safer, and less expensive approach to disaster recovery ..."

Ask any IT person about archive and they say 'we save everything'; tell that to a lawyer and see a heart attack in action. Now is the time to "Get Smart About Archiving Backup Data"; fully 90% of most backup data does not have to be saved indefinitely and now is the time to start clearing possible smoking guns.

IT - Security
The Noose Tightens on Notification
IT World (January 24, 2012)
"Companies suffering data breaches will have 24 hours to tell the relevant authorities or risk legal action and large fines, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding has confirmed.

Reding's comments at a Munich conference come in the week her department plans to publish the full details of the draft data protection regime that will sweep away a confusion of different laws across the EU's 27 states. ..."

No longer will companies get around to notifying the authorities about a data loss as the "EU to Enforce 24-Hour Data Breach Disclosure". The world seems to like precedence and this could be the harbinger of actions across other areas.

Passwords Aren't Going Away
InformationWeek (January 23, 2012)
"A state-of-the-art security system won't much matter if a hacker gets a hold of an employee's password. That's much more likely to happen if you take a laissez-faire approach--or none at all -- to creating and protecting passwords ...

Since they are not going away, this is a good time to take a new look at "9 Password Security Policies for SMBs". Why only SMBs, who knows, we think the policies are worthy of consideration for any company of any size.

Do You Have a Plan
Dark Reading (January 20, 2012)
"The vast majority of states and territories in the United States have rules requiring organizations managing personal information to notify affected parties if their private information has been breached. However, the laws differ from state to state in the way they define personal information, the requirements for who needs to be notified, and how notification must take place. ..."

If you are storing personal information you need to be aware of four things: what data is stored; where is the person located; where is the data stored; and what are the applicable laws regarding notification. For "Breach Notification: Knowing the Rules" is only the first step.

    Adding Pillars to CIA
    InfoWorld (January 24, 2012)
    "Security alert: Why compliance and privacy matter: Complex regulations and growing privacy challenges warrant adding compliance and privacy as pillars next to confidentiality, integrity, and availability ..."

    For the last 20 yeas CIA (confidentiality, integrity and availability) have been the benchmarks by which security pros were judged. The same pros must now convey to upper management "Why Compliance and Privacy Matter" and must be added to CIA.

    A Slippery Slope for Privacy
    cnet (January 23, 2012)
    "American citizens can be ordered to decrypt their PGP-scrambled hard drives for police to peruse for incriminating files, a federal judge in Colorado ruled today in what could become a precedent-setting case ...'

    A US judge has ruled that "Americans Can Be Forced to Decrypt Their Laptops" indicating that the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution against self incrimination does not apply. The logic is the same as ordering someone to open a safe to see the contents. Will be interesting to see where this ends as appeals are expected. The precedent setting ruling may affect companies that encrypt data and then have to produce the data in a discovery phase of litigation.

    IT - Careers
    Never Underestimate Stupidity
    InfoWorld (January 23, 2012)
    "Stupid user tricks 6: IT idiocy loves company: IT fight club, dirty dev data, meatball sandwiches -- nine more tales of brain fail beyond belief ..."

    IT staff or users can do some really dumb stuff that costs sales, hard dollars, time and resources. In "IT Idiocy Loves Company" we find out from nine examples why stupidity truly has no limits.

    IT - Social Media
    No Protection from Litigation
    ComputerWorld (January 20, 2012)
    "The rules governing e-discovery apply to social media and trump both a social media website's privacy guidelines and an individual user's privacy preferences ..."

    So you think that whatever you write on your social media page is protected under privacy laws? Think again. "In Civil Litigation, 'Private' Social Media Data Isn't Private"] and anything requested for the plaintiff or defendant in discovery must be revealed. One other thing to remember is that your providers privacy policy become null and void in the face of a court order.

    IT - Virtualization
    Build It Better
    NetworkWorld (January 19, 2012)
    "we are now in a state of ongoing national cyber espionage. It's not cyber war, but it's cyber espionage on a grand scale. That's absolutely going to carry on. However, I do think the year ahead heralds a fantastic opportunity. It will be the first time when virtualization hardware and its uses within computer systems, generally, dramatically change the odds in favor of security ..."

    The bad guys are bad but they are far from stupid and in some cases frighteningly brilliant. After all, they only have to be right once to get results. You have to be correct 100% of the time and "Smarter Hypervisor Use Can Lead to Big, Big Change in Security." We should see the results built into systems this year leading to better security.

    IT - Database
    Oracle Flaw Discussion Continues
    InfoWorld (January 23, 2012)
    "The Oracle flaw: Clarifications and more information; In the wake of InfoWorld's exclusive story on a flaw in Oracle's flagship database product, Oracle weighs in and new developments emerge ..."

    Since InfoWorld broke the news of the "Oracle Flaw: Clarifications and More Information" have been forthcoming. There are some patches available and Oracle support is well aware of the problem. There is also information about tracking the SCN number with some scripts available from Oracle.

    Planning for the Unexpected
    IT Business Edge (January 25, 2012)
    "When you’re thinking about business continuity and disaster recovery (BC/DR), you know you can’t protect yourself from every disaster - some circumstances are simply unimaginable. But you can mitigate potential damage by taking a few upfront steps to ensure your data remains safe and secure ..."

    Making sure your data is safe is paramount for any IT professional. The "Six Tips to Prevent Data Loss" will make sure that your overall plan for data protection has the major bases covered.

    IT - Mobile
    For The Lack of an App
    ComputerWorld (January 23, 2012)
    "The new rules for enterprise apps; To be successful today, enterprise software must be more user-friendly, get updated more often, and offer users outside your company more transparency than ever before ..."

    More and more of your customers are using smart phones and if you are not on the App bandwagon you will lose them. Before you jump in and start apping make sure you understand "The New Rules for Enterprise Apps". If you don't make apps easy to use and intuitive; your competition will.

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 167 Issues 1,2 and 3; Vol 166 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 165 Issue 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:

    • ZFS+10: illumos Meetup
    • Live Upgrade and ZFS Versioning
    • Oracle Sun Fire X4800 M2 Sets x86 World Record on TPC-C Benchmark
    • Oracle Critical Patch Update Announcement - January 2012
    • New ZFSSA firmware release
    • Using Deduplication as a Primary Storage Technology
    • Solaris 11 Compliance with DISA Security Guidance
    • Disaster Recovery for Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud with Oracle Exadata Database Machine
    • Netra SPARC T4-2 SPECjvm2008 World Record Performance
    • PeopleSoft OVM Red Paper

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

      Ruby Plug-in Available for NetBeans IDE 7.1
      Easy Install; Runs as Expected
      There is now a Ruby plug-in for NetBeans IDE 7.1 that Geertjian Wielenga announces in his post, noting that it "installs without a hitch." His post features a screen shot of the Projects window that shows a Ruby sample project and the Ruby editor.
      Documentation for Common Sysadmin Tasks
      Titles for Both Solaris 10 and Solaris 11
      The two principal guides documenting common system administration duties for Solaris 10 are Basic Administration and Advanced Administration. The documentation for Solaris 11 is contained, for the most part, in a single volume, Oracle Solaris 11 Common Tasks Guide. Additional documentation is available in Oracle Solaris 11 Documentation Library and in Setting Up and Administering Printers Using CUPS. Rick Ramsey's blog provides links to each of these titles.
      Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator
      Newest Certification for Solaris 11 Sys Admins
      Become an Oracle Certified Associate (OCA), Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator, the newest certification available for Oracle Solaris system administrators with a strong foundation in the administration of the Oracle Solaris 11 Operating System and are proficient in essential system administration skills such as managing local disk devices, managing file systems, installing and removing Solaris packages and patches, performing system boot procedures and system processes. Candidates can earn the OCA certification with a single exam: The "Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration" exam (1Z1-821) at the greatly discounted rate of $50 USD. Exam appointments are available now at
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