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10 Certifications that Actually Mean Something
Randy Muller, of Global Knowledge, writes, "What gives meaning to a certification? Is it the certification vendor? Is it the subject? Or is it the perceived difficulty, mystic or aura? Or might it be something totally different? There are some certifications and/or vendors that are perceived to be more valuable - think of Cisco's CCIE, which has been perceived as meaning something (value) since its inception. Then there are other certifications that don't have this same perceived value - certifications that are seen as too easy or ones that might be seen as entry-level certifications. Following is a list of certifications that do have perceived value and worth:"

  • PMP - Project Management Professional
  • CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • VCP5-DCV: VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization
  • ITIL® v3 Foundation
  • MCITP: Database Administrator 2008
  • Cisco CCIE - Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert)
  • RHCA - Red Hat Certified Architect
  • MCSM - Microsoft Certified Solutions Master
  • CISM - Certified Information Security Manager
  • GSE - GIAC Security Expert

Read on for details.

Sun Microsystems' stars: Where are they now?
Bechtolsheim, McNealy, Joy, Khosla, Gage, Schwartz, ...
Sun's stars: Where are they now?

Julie Sartain writes in Network World, "Sun was founded Andy Bechtolsheim, Vinod Khosla, Scott McNealy and Bill Joy in 1982. Sun went public in 1986 and was raking in $1 billion in annual sales by 1988. One of the brightest lights in Silicon Valley for more than two decades, Sun's bread and butter was high-performance workstations and servers running Sun's SPARC chips and Sun's Solaris operating system. The company was also a staunch open source supporter. Among Sun's many innovations were NFS (network file system) and Java...":

  • Andy Bechtolsheim
  • Vinod Khosla
  • Scott McNealy
  • Bill Joy
  • Eric Schmidt
  • John Gage
  • Jonathan Schwartz
  • Tim Bray
  • Simon Phipps
  • Charles Nutter
  • James Gosling

Read on to find out where these and other Sun Alumni have landed.

illumos and the 2013 Google Summer of Code
third year of participation
The illumos project has been accepted as a mentoring organization for the 2013 Google Summer of Code (this marks our third year of participation in GSoC). The illumos project is a community-driven open source operating system development project derived from the former OpenSolaris project. Google's Summer of Code program promotes student involvement in open source communities by sponsoring summer internships for students to work on projects like illumos. Members of the illumos community (including Nexenta and Joyent) support this program by offering experienced staff members willing to mentor student projects.

If you might like to apply for one of these internships, or just want to learn more about our involvement in this program, please see the illumos GSoC page. OpenIndiana is also participating, under the illumos umbrella.

Oracle Solaris 11 and PCI DSS
Meeting PCI DSS Compliance with Oracle Solaris 11
"This paper provides guidance to IT professionals who are implementing Oracle Solaris 11 within their Cardholder Data Environment (CDE) and to the Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) assessing those environments. The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) applies to all organizations that store, process, or transmit cardholder data. This includes entities such as merchants, service providers, payment gateways, data centers, and outsourced service providers.

This guidance is not intended as an in-depth technical assessment of Oracle Solaris 11 or an installation guide, but rather an analysis of its ability to meet and support the PCI DSS requirements. In evaluation of Oracle Solaris 11 and its security capabilities, Coalfire has determined that it is fully capable of supporting PCI DSS compliance.

The Oracle Solaris 11 features highlighted within this document specifically address PCI DSS compliance; however, the same basic tenets can be used for meeting other regulatory environment standards such as the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act (GLBA), Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)."

Circular Replication in MySQL
Replication is a hot topic in MySQL 5.6
Jeremy Smyth writes, "Replication is a hot topic in MySQL 5.6, and for good reason: There are many excellent features that make it a strong well-supported feature, from the new Global Transaction Identifiers (GTIDs), to simplified replication configuration and automated failover using MySQL Utilities (now available in alpha as a separate download).

The simplest topology consists of a master server that accepts changes, and slaves that replicate those changes from the master. A common requirement is for a network to have multiple servers that accept changes and replicate to each other. This is possible by means of circular replication, where each master is also the slave of another master, in a circular fashion. However, this configuration is prone to certain problems..."

Cloud Computing
Operational Siloes Hinder Effectiveness of Cloud Applications
Independent Report - Cloud for Business Managers: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Organizations are looking to the cloud to change not only how they buy and consume IT, but also how cloud actually impacts the business. In fact, one of the main drivers for organizations deploying cloud applications is to improve operational agility and effectiveness. To determine if cloud applications are delivering on this promise, Oracle partnered with market research firm Dynamic Markets to survey 1,355 executives from companies across the world with revenues of $65 million or more. The results showed that operational silos are often preventing organizations from realizing the promise of improved business performance and highlighted the need for a broad set of integrated cloud applications.
Delivering Cloud Services to the State of Texas
An Oracle Enterprise Architecture White Paper
"Most government organizations spend a significant portion of their technology budgets procuring and maintaining information technology (IT) infrastructure, platforms, and applications. Purchasing hardware, upgrading software, and hiring administrators is a major undertaking, often consuming resources needed for other activities.

The State of Texas is setting a progressive example for other state governments by relying on cloud service providers to provision IT resources to dozens of state agencies. Led by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), the state is creating the Texas Cloud Marketplace, a private cloud that utilizes engineered systems such as Oracle Exadata and Oracle Exalogic to deliver new technology while fulfilling legislative mandates. Oracle is helping to transform the state's widespread infrastructure, which spans hundreds of databases and tens of thousands of applications. The billion-dollar consolidation project was designed to help 300,000 government employees serve 25 million citizens in a more flexible and cost-effective way."

Evaluating Oracle Linux From Inside Oracle VM VirtualBox
VirtualBox allows you to have multiple virtual machines running simultaneously on a single physical machine
Yuli Vasiliev writes, "For years, the only way to evaluate a new operating system was to install it on a dedicated machine, as a standalone system, or with existing operating systems in a multiboot scenario. In any case, you had to install your operating system on the bare metal and, therefore, you did not have the ability to run more than one operating system at a time on a single physical machine.

This situation has changed since cross-platform virtualizers such as Oracle VM VirtualBox appeared. With such a virtualizer installed in your system, you obtain the ability to have multiple operating systems running simultaneously—each in a separate virtual machine (VM)—on an individual physical server.

This article discusses how you might evaluate Oracle Linux, running it inside a virtual machine on top of your existing operating system..."

Oracle Engineered Systems at Thomson Reuters
Engineered Systems - the Foundation of Efficiency
Aaron Pust has shared a 20-page PDF presentations outlining the evolution of the Oracle Solution at Thomson Reuters:

  • Enterprise Data Warehouse
  • Enterprise Data Warehouse – Next Generation
  • Evaluation of Alternatives
  • The Compression Advantage
  • Backup Strategies
  • Enterprise Data Warehouse Implementation Architecture
  • Risk & Fraud – Data Warehouses
  • Risk & Fraud Warehouses – Evaluating Exadata
  • Risk & Fraud Warehouses Implementation Architecture
  • Risk & Fraud Warehouse Statistics

Aaron concludes that the secret sauce is in the storage layer. Data warehouse projects still require some effort, especially with the new support model. He does caution that incremental growth is restricted in this model.

Making drawings with Oracle hardware components
Kemer Thompson writes, "For those of you who like to (or need to) create architectural drawings with reasonable renditions of components and all the requisite connections, you are probably already aware of Microsoft Visio, or for those of you who prefer Macs (such as myself), Omnigraffle Pro. Did you know that we have an open repository with a growing selection of components on VisioCafe? We just updated this Tuesday night, adding stencils of Oracle's new SPARC T5 and SPARC M5 servers. You will find them in the zip bundle Oracle-Servers.

We have also added Visio templates for Oracle's Exadata Database Machines. In case you didn't know the difference between stencils and templates, templates provide a more powerful (and efficient) representation that allows you to reorganize the racks to match your actual configuration..."

E-Book Oracle's SPARC Systems: What Customers Say
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  • Simplify IT infrastructures and gain world-record levels of performance
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  • Invest with absolute confidence with the SPARC/Solaris binary compatibility guarantee

Discover the global SPARC server revolution. Download your free copy of Oracle's SPARC Systems: What Customers Say today.

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 183 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 182 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 181 Issues 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:

Top Ten Articles for Vol 183 Issue 2

  • How to Build A Cloud for Family and Friends Using Oracle Solaris 11
  • Achieving Unmatched Value and Performance from Oracle's T5 Servers: The Real Story
  • Oracle Linux
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.0 Supports iPad
  • Oracle Unified Directory 11gR2PS1
  • Java Spotlight Episode 131: Nigel Deakin on JSR 343
  • Best Practices For Database Consolidation On Exadata Database Machine
  • Big Data Gets Real-time with Oracle Fast Data
  • Building Consolidation Efficiency into Operations Support Systems
  • CSO Online Study: Threats are Outside, Risks are Inside

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

    LibreOffice 4.0.3
    For Windows, OS X and Linux,
    The Document Foundation (TDF) has released LibreOffice 4.0.3, for Windows, OS X and Linux, the third minor release of LibreOffice 4.0 family. OS X Intel packages are now signed by The Document Foundation, to pass OS X Gatekeeper security without user intervention.

    In the meantime, another large migration to LibreOffice has been announced, as the government of Spain's autonomous region of Extremadura has just begun the switch to free software of desktop PCs and expects the majority of its 40,000 PCs to be migrated by the end of 2013. Extremadura estimates that the move to open source – including LibreOffice – will help save 30 million Euro per year.

    Community is growing too. After the success of the LibreOffice Impress Sprint in Germany, it is now the turn of the first LibreOffice Bay Area Meetup. It will take place on May 11, 2013 starting at 2pm in the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, California. Bjoern Michaelsen will be there for some good Q&A, and most importantly for some hands-on work on how to get involved in the project, with Simon Phipps keynoting about 'Foundations and Empires'.

    Java Technology
    The Great Java Application Server Debate: GlassFish
    blog by Sigmar Muuga
    A blog by Sigmar Muuga continues the Great Application Server Debate series, in which we have already covered IBM Liberty Profile, Jetty, Tomcat and JBoss. Today we're talking about GlassFish. As with previous posts, we will be reviewing the application server purely from a developers point of view.

    GlassFish is the reference implementation for Java EE, originally developed by Sun Microsystems, and now owned by Oracle.

    Java Spotlight Episode 132: Shing Wai Chan on JSR 340 Servlet 3.1
    Dr. Shing Wai Chan, Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle Corporation
    "Dr. Shing Wai Chan is a Principal Member of Technical Staff at Oracle Corporation, specializing in J2EE, Java EE, application servers, web containers, and security. He is Spec Lead for JSR 340, Java Servlet 3.1 Specification, as well as implementation lead on the web container in GlassFish, the Reference Implementation (RI) of Java EE. Previously he was an Expert Group member helping develop JSR 196, Java Authentication Service Provider Interface for Containers (JASPIC), and he also worked on its RI, as well as the RIs for JSR 115, Java Authorization Contract for Containers (JACC); JSR 250, Common Annotations for the Java Platform; and JSR 315, Java Servlet 3.0 Specification..."
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