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Oracle Database Consolidation
27-Page White Paper
Andy Baker writes, "In the industry today engineers are trying to implement consolidation that minimizes idle resources and to lower costs. This paper discusses some important items to consider when implementing a consolidated or Exadata engineered Oracle database platform. Some of the items may seem obvious or common sense yet on frequent assignment at customer sites are not considered and have become major issues to solve. This paper is not intended to provide all consolidation issues but give highlight to some and more importantly to provoke a deeper consideration and conversation when designing a consolidated or engineered platform..."
Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows 3.2.2 released!
Windows XP is now dropped from the supported guest OS list
Robbie De Meyer writes that, "The Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows provide a performance boost for network and disk I/O on Microsoft Window guests running in a virtual environment on Oracle VM. Oracle VM Paravirtual Drivers for Microsoft Windows Release 3.2.2 is signed by Microsoft...

Additional support for the following new guest operating systems:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1
  • Microsoft Windows 8

Windows XP is now dropped from the supported guest OS list..."

IT - Storage
Market of Cloud, Hyperscale and Enterprise Storage to Reach $17 billion in 2018
Storage Newsletter, March 14th, 2014
"HDD sales to Cloud, Hyperscale, and Enterprise markets will reach $17 billion in 2018 according to a new Trendfocus, Inc.'s research report, Nearline HDD Long-Term Market Analysis.

A comprehensive SSD report will be available in April 2014.

In the midst of skyrocketing exabyte demand growth, companies including Google, Facebook, and Amazon are redefining traditional methods of storage deployment.

"Skyrocketing demand for storage is shifting the foundation of the industry," states Mark Geenen, president and founder, Trendfocus..."

Data storage -- then and now
Computerworld, March 14th ,2014
"This year, the amount of data will grow to 2.16 zettabytes worldwide, according to IDC. By 2016, it will have grown to 3.77 zettabytes. As remarkable as we are at creating data, storage technology has kept up.

Data storage is the fastest growing semiconductor technology. Tape storage, hard disk drives and solid state storage have doubled about every 12 to 18 months.

Desktop drives today come in storage capacities of as much as 4TB (5TB later this year). That's enough to hold 1 million photos or 562 hours of HD video. By 2020, Seagate said heat-assisted magnetic recording will lead to a 60TB desktop hard drive, enough storage for 12 million photos or 6,750 hours of HD video..."

Attaining Ongoing Storage Savings
Storage Switzerland, March 12th, 2014
"Data center planners tasked with lowering the cost of storage have an unenviable job. Several industry sources state that data is doubling every two years and the principal source of this growth is unstructured data (user files, PDFs, rich multimedia, machine sensor data, email). The challenge is since many organizations are deploying data mining and data analytics systems, there is an increasing need to retain all of this information.

Likewise, there is often a need to retain these records in order to comply with federal statutes like Sarbanes-Oxley. This puts storage infrastructure planners in something of a 'catch 22' situation - lower the cost of storage but keep all of the data around..."

Data Management vs. The Sock Drawer
Storage Switzerland, March 10th, 2014
"One of the most mundane home cleanup tasks is re-organizing the sock drawer. Data Management has been the IT equivalent for years. It is an event that often requires someone from outside of the data center to come in and record data usage from all your various systems. Armed with this information you can make a decision on where data can be better and more cost effectively stored in your environment.

Data Management becoming cool again is driven partly by the various storage efficiency needs..."

5 Trends Disrupting the Storage Industry in 2014
Business 2 Community, March 7th, 2014
"Storage: it doesn't seem like it should be that exciting, but some of the most exciting advances in the tech space this year directly relate to the storage industry. In fact, the storage industry is undergoing a fairly large transformation as in-house systems built on hard disk are being replaced by faster and oftentimes, off-premise solutions. Let's take a look at five trends and what their impact will be this year..."
    How Flash Memory Answers Data Centers' Need for Speed
    GCN, March 7th, 2014
    "Flash memory, like the name implies, is quick. With no moving parts, it's closer to system memory than disk storage when it comes to saving and reading data. But that speed comes at a price that has kept flash out of many government data centers - until lately.

    Today, storage technology firms are offering hybrid systems that allow agencies to adjust the mix of data access speed and storage capacity they need without having to trade down on either resource or break the budget..."

    Java Technology
    Oracle Launches Java 8
    Join Live External Webcast On March 25
    Roxana Babiciu writes, "Java 8 is a revolutionary release of the world's #1 development platform and introduces significant productivity and performance enhancements while reducing costs. Java is the platform of choice for the Internet of Things, cloud, mobile, and social application development with Java 8 providing the path for platform standardization. Join Oracle and partners throughout the Java ecosystem to learn how Java 8 can help your business. Register now for the Java 8 keynote address and more than 35 sessions..."
    IT - Technology
    Intel's 800Gbps cables headed to cloud data centers and supercomputers
    ars technica, March 10th, 2014
    "Intel and several of its partners said they will make 800Gbps cables available in the second half of this year, bringing big speed increases to supercomputers and data centers.

    The new cables are based on Intel's Silicon Photonics technology that pushes 25Gbps across each fiber. Last year, Intel demonstrated speeds of 100Gbps in each direction, using eight fibers. A new connector that goes by the name "MXC" holds up to 64 fibers (32 for transmitting and 32 for receiving), enabling a jump to 800Gbps in one direction and 800Gbps in the other, or an aggregate of "1.6Tbps" as Intel prefers to call it. (In case you're wondering, MXC is not an acronym for anything.)..."

    California Preparing for Self Driving Cars by 2015
    Government Technology, March 12th, 2014
    "Autonomous vehicles are headed for the commercial market, and they may find their way onto our roadways as early as 2015.

    But that reality would require a huge rework of today's operational regulations for personal vehicles -- and the California Department of Motor Vehicles (CA DMV) is moving fast to see that it does in fact become reality. Accounting for the multitude of issues and conflicts with existing regulations is a big job, so the CA DMV is looking to the public for help..."

      Simply Put: How Does Certificate-Based Authentication Work?
      Network World, March 10th, 2014
      "I find a few universal truths when mentioning certificates to people. Most people I speak with consider them to be a very secure concept almost without fail. However upon mentioning that I want to talk about certificates: that person's face turns a slightly lighter shade, their eyes get a bit wider, and they have this immediate fight or flight instinct kick in..."
        Tiny Heat-Sucker Helps Keep Moore's Law Going
        The Register, March 13th, 2014
        "Adding graphene to copper can improve its heat-conducting properties - and that's good news for electronics developers.

        One of the barriers to the continuing shrinking of electronics is that as you pack more features into a smaller space, you also pack more heat into that space. That makes heat a hurdle standing in the way of our ability to keep Moore's Law going for as long as possible..."

          US Energy Dept. Deals $10M to Ride Ocean Wave Energy
          Network World, March 11th, 2014
          "The Energy Department said it would spend $10 million to help kick-start unique energy technology that converts ocean waves and currents into electricity.

          Perhaps the most interesting component to the announcement is $6.5 million to set up a competition that challenges individuals, universities, and existing and emerging companies to improve the performance and lower the cost of energy produced by wave energy devices..."

          We Mapped Our Boss. Office With This Slick New 3-D Camera
          Wired, March 13th, 2014
          "Three-dimensional interactive models of indoor spaces have traditionally been expensive and labor-intensive to create. But now anybody can buy a system that can make really neat digital renderings of a house, office or art gallery for $4,500, plus a monthly subscription. And it's incredibly easy to use..."
            IT - Bitcoin
            Goldman Sachs: Bitcoin is not a currency
            TechCrunch, March 12th ,2014
            "Goldman Sachs thinks that Bitcoin believers need to take a cold shower, drink some coffee, and sober up.

            In the wake of Mt. Gox's collapse, the supposed outing of Bitcoin's creator, and some high-profile arrests, the financial services firm has put together an exhaustive survey of 'Bitcoin' and 'bitcoin' and ultimately finds the technology promising but the currency wanting.

            The key takeaway: Bitcoin likely can't work as a currency, but - the ledger-based technology that underlies it could hold promise..."

            5 bitcoin exchanges you can use right now
            Infoworld, March 14th ,2014
            "Over the last six months, I've been experimenting with a representative sample of what I hoped would be the best bitcoin services online: CEX.IO and, Bitstamp, Coinbase, Kraken, and Mt. Gox. During the course of my testing, one (Mt. Gox) went bust, the value of a bitcoin fluctuated between $400 and $1,100, and endless pundits declared it all over. But it's still here, and I believe the idea -- and possibly bitcoin itself -- will be a fundamental force for change in the meshed society the Internet is creating..."
            This Is What the Future Holds for Bitcoin: Goldman
            Re/Code, March 12th, 2014
            "Cryptocurrency bitcoin, which has come under rising scrutiny since the recent collapse of Mt.Gox, has a much better shot as a payment mechanism than a currency, says Goldman Sachs.

            'The most commonly identified properties of a successful currency are that it is: widely (if not universally) accepted as a medium of exchange (and) a stable store of value,' Dominic Wilson and Jose Ursua economists at Goldman Sachs wrote in a report on Tuesday..."

            IT - FOSS
            2014 is the year of the Linux desktop
            Infoworld, March 14th, 2014
            "Wait, isn't the Linux desktop dead? As I observed last year, it all depends on how you define it.

            Many of us had expected a revolutionary overthrow of Windows by something that was, for all intents and purposes, just Windows with Linux under the hood. Instead, we have Chrome OS and Android, which are both essentially Linux, along with services delivered through the browser by cloud providers that run Linux on their servers..."

            Oracle Solaris Binary Guarantee Program
            Extended to the end of 2016
            Oracle ISV Engineering blogs, "For the first entry in a long time, which will mark a new lease in the life of this blog, we would like to share an important and very good news for all Solaris developers: The Oracle Solaris Binary Guarantee program has been extended to the end of 2016.

            Oracle Solaris has offered a binary application guarantee covering Solaris releases for more than a decade. A source code guarantee is also offered assuring developers that what they develop for SPARC will also compile and run on x86, and vice versa..."

            MySQL Enterprise Backup (Version 3.10.0)
            Compression, Encryption, ...
            Priya Jayakumar blogs that the, "MySQL Enterprise Backup team is proud to announce the new release of MySQL Enterprise Backup (MEB) 3.10.0.

            Security of backups and usability of backup tools form an important factor in taking successful backups. DBAs prefer to have tools that would help them in backup and restore without much overhead and also to help keep their backups protected. So in this release of MEB we have enhanced usability and added provision to take secured backups. In addition to this we have also provided enhancements to compressed backup..."

            MySQL for Visual Studio 1.1.4
            Including all of the Visual Studio integration previously available as part of Connector/Net
            MySQL for Visual Studio is a product including all of the Visual Studio integration previously available as part of Connector/Net. The 1.1.4 version is a Maintenance Release of this product. It is suitable for production environments, compatible with Connector/Net 6.8.3 or further versions and supports MySQL server versions 5.0 to 5.6.

            The MySQL for Visual Studio binaries can be downloaded within the MySQL Windows Installer or by using the product standalone installe.

            MySQL for Visual Studio 1.1.4 version introduces a new feature: MySQL Toolbar inside Visual Studio

            Cloud Computing
            Oracle Cloud Opportunities
            The broadest SaaS Portfolio in the Market
            Thanos Terentes writes, "Cloud computing is a significant advancement in the delivery of information technology and services and we see a strong industry trend going there.

            By providing on demand access to a shared pool of computing resources in a self-service, dynamically scaled and metered manner, cloud computing offers compelling advantages in cost, speed and efficiency for customers and the possibility for new business to partners..."

            Video: Oracle Cloud Computing - The Benefits of Oracle Cloud Computing in Four Minutes

            Cloud Integration
            A Comprehensive Solution,White Paper
            Juergen Kress writes, "Cloud computing solutions are widely hailed as a way to reduce capital expenditures and move to an inexpensive, subscription - based IT model. However, many organizations don't stop to consider all of the nuances of integrating cloud applications with their existing information systems.

            While deploying a cloud app or subscribing to a cloud-based service may be relatively straightforward, how will this new IT asset fit in with the rest of the enterprise, including on-premise systems and other cloud applications? What is the system of record from which data will be derived? Which business processes are involved?

            Do you need an enterprise data model that is independent of the cloud data model? Read the complete white-paper [url "" "here."]"

            Frequently Asked Questions about Oracle Linux
            6 Page PDF

            Zeynep Koch writes, "Our spotlight today is the recently updated Oracle Linux FAQ. This is an excellent document that features some of the questions that everyone asks about Oracle Linux and Oracle Linux support. We cover variety of topics including general definitions, compatibility, support, pricing, indemnification, migration and many more..."

            IT - Cloud
            Agencies Going 'Cloud First' Face a Records Riddle
            Information Week, March 10th, 2014
            "Feeling the weight of the Obama administration's directive to deploy cloud computing where possible, federal agencies have begun migrating their email systems to commercial cloud providers. But agencies haven't always given adequate thought to electronic recordkeeping requirements. That may lead to legal problems down the road, say former and current officials at the National Archives and Records Administration, who maintain agencies need to integrate e-recordkeeping requirements into a cloud migration from the start."
            Cloud Computing's Future: Bigger, with Fewer Options
            InfoWorld, March 13th, 2014
            "Cloud computing will become even more prominent in the coming years, with IDC predicting rapid, continued growth of major global cloud data centers.

            Speaking at this week's IDC Directions conference in Silicon Valley, IDC analyst Frank Gens offered projections on a number of technology areas, including growth for cloud computing. "We know the last seven years, folks were building out global data centers. We haven't seen anything yet. We'll see a doubling of the footprint."

            Security Pros: 5 Ways We're Being Shut Out of the Cloud Discussion
            CRN, March 10th, 2014
            "IT security professionals who deal with a variety of cloud security issues say they are increasingly advocating that business executives keep them in the loop when considering the use of any new cloud-based services. Forward-thinking firms have created a policy and a formalized process that keep security and the company's legal team involved in decisions. But IT security teams are still being left out of the decision-making process and others have no idea of the extent of cloud services being used across their business units, according to a survey of 130 security professionals at RSA Conference conducted by McLean, Va.-based cloud security gateway vendor PerspecSys. Here are some of the key findings..."
            True sense of private cloud
            Information Week, March 10th, 2014
            "Technology has long matured to help build and take full benefits of private cloud but the adoption has been rather slow. Market figures may claim differently, but these are of broader sense, to say the most. According to reports done by leading analyst firms on enterprise technologies, global private cloud adoption figures claim to be over 30 percent with over 20 percent claiming to be moving rather fast on the build-out. A deeper look at these reports will reveal the fine print is where the reality of the true adoption of private clouds is ..."
              Without Security, Clouds can't Reign
              Help Net Security, March 11th, 2014
              "A PerspecSys study, conducted on the show floor of RSA Conference 2014, polled 130 security professionals about their organizations' policies and attitudes as they relate to implementation of the cloud. An overwhelming 74 percent believe security for cloud-based data in 2014 will be a bigger concern than securing data on-premise.

              In fact, 66 percent of security pros still view the cloud as more difficult to secure than on-premise options..."

              IT - CxO
              4 Signs You're Being Digitally Disrupted
              Information Week, March 7th, 2014
              "Accenture exec Mark McDonald offers four not-so-obvious signs you may be falling victim.

              Suppose you're a thermostat maker who learns that Google just spent $3.2 billion to buy another thermostat maker. You can be pretty sure "digital disruption" has struck. But most of us don't get that clear a knock upside the head..."

              Return of the Chief Data Officer
              IT World, March 12th, 2014
              "The position of chief data officer started appearing around a decade ago but didn't really take off. There were headlines about appointments at a few large companies, like Capital One and Yahoo, which filled the position around 2002. But then the postings died down.

              The job title is hot again, but this time it could be a real trend. Plus, the job is different than it was a decade ago..."

                Breaking the Cycle of Legacy IT Investment
                Information Week, March 6th, 2014
                "Each year, public and private sector organizations devote around 70% of their average IT budget to legacy software maintenance. This adds up to billions lost annually, stifled innovation, and IT departments under continuing pressure to "keep the lights on" instead of tackling new challenges and improving existing processes. High operating expenses make it nearly impossible for most organizations and government agencies to invest in new technology, leaving them further behind the curve each year..."
                  vBeers - Miami (Wednesday, March 26th, 2014)
                  After Work Hours IT Networking Event
                  This will be a Sponsored event so drinks and are on us! Please join us for the Our first vBeers event in Miami and encourage your IT colleagues to attend as well.

                  Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment.

                  Networking is an essential aspect of your professional growth and development. Connect with an array of professionals while enjoying a drink or two. Who knows, you just may meet your next client, employer or employee!

                  Location: Biscayne Tavern

                  • Address: - 146 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132
                  • Date: Wednesday, March 26th
                  • Time: 6pm to 9pm - arrive and depart any time


                  • Biscayne Tavern, SherlockTech Staffing, Vault Networks, Nexenta Systems and PCS

                  Join the vBeers LinkedIn group. Network with fellow vBeers participants on-line.

                  Please RSVP via EventBrite.

                  IT - Networks
                  11 Tips to Prepare for SDN
                  Network World, March 13th, 2014
                  "Making the leap to SDN? Don't jump in blind. It helps to know what software-defined networking is, first off, and then what it can do for you.

                  Then it's smart to know all the inner workings of an SDN controller, the differences between products offered by established vendors and start-ups, and whether open source and bare metal switching might be an option. Lastly, learn your own network - will it even support SDN or require a wholesale rip-and-replace? - and then learn from your peers about their experiences. Here's an 11-tip guide on how to prep for SDNs:.."

                  IPv6 Could Open Networks Up to Zero-Day Attacks
                  IT World, March 10th, 2014
                  "The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) warns that moving from IPv4 to IPv6 is a process fraught with peril, which may explain why government agencies are so far behind their own deadlines for implementation.

                  But private security and technology experts say those concerns are largely overstated, and that a safe transition could happen right away, if you do it correctly..."

                  Navy Network Hack has Valuable Lessons for Companies
                  CSO Online, March 8th, 2014
                  "The hacking of a U.S. military network that was made easier by a poorly written contract with Hewlett-Packard offers lessons on how negotiations between customer and service provider could lead to weakened security.

                  The HP contract with the military did not include securing a set of Navy Department databases that were later hacked, giving the attackers, believed to be from Iran, access to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet..."

                  IT - Operations
                  Europe Approves new Data Protection Law
                  IT World, March 12th, 2014
                  "European politicians voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday in favor of new laws safeguarding citizens' data.

                  The new Data Protection Regulation was approved with 621 votes for, 10 against and 22 abstentions.

                  "The message the European Parliament is sending is unequivocal: This reform is a necessity, and now it is irreversible," said Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, who first proposed the law..."

                    Trust Issue Looms Large for Tech Companies Capitalizing on Personal Data
                    Network World, March 10th, 2014
                    "As tech companies increasingly rely on analyzing and selling user data to boost revenue, trust is emerging as one of the defining issues of the year for the IT sector.

                    Tech vendors say that by collecting user data, they can offer better, personalized services. However, user wariness about exposing personal data may throw a wrench in plans for such new services, which are fueling growth not only for tech companies but, industry insiders say, the larger global economy as well..."

                      Who Owns the Data?
                      Information Management, March 12th, 2014
                      "Over the past 12 months, more businesses began re-evaluating how they view and use data. Finding ways to exploit and make use of the information they've had in their company all along means they gain insights to improve everything from operations, to staff deployment through to customer service. As we continue into 2014, although it seems hard to believe, data will continue to take even more prominence - and there's going to be far more of it..."
                        IT - Security
                        Everything You Know About Cyberwar is Wrong
                        Network World, March 12th, 2014
                        "The SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, is normally known for super-optimistic techno razzle-dazzle intended to inspire a new generation of technologists to create the next Twitter or Foursquare. But amidst the beer-soaked cheerleading, this year the event saw fit to invite noted security author Peter W. Singer, director of the Center for 21st Century Security & Intelligence at the Brookings Institution, to warn attendees about the dangers of cyberwar in a featured session called Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs To Know. It was pretty sobering stuff even for hardcore technology professionals:..."
                        7 Steps to Choosing Security Software
                        InfoWorld, March 11th, 2014
                        "Evaluating security software is not a walk in the park. It's more like a trip to the circus: Vendors promise the world -- 100 percent accuracy! 100 percent protection! -- for a big one-time fee plus an annual subscription. The one thing you can be sure of is that the results won't measure up to the promise.

                        If it's your job to choose security software, you have my sympathies. To make things a little easier, I offer my seven-point plan..."

                        9 Security Trends to Keep an Eye On
                        CRN, March 6th, 2014
                        "The debate about data privacy and security prompted by the National Security Agency surveillance activities overshadowed a variety of emerging trends impacting the network security market. An emerging group of threat intelligence vendors is helping feed data to improve detection rates. Meanwhile, file behavioral analysis is being built into a variety of systems, including a new breed of breach detection appliances helping to boost security effectiveness. CRN sat down with John Pirc, CTO of research firm NSS Labs, to discuss the state of the network security market..."
                        Cybersecurity not Just an IT Problem Anymore
                        Bank Systems and Technology, March 10th, 2014
                        "Banks must develop and maintain a cyber-risk strategy to be developed and maintained at the executive level, and not just think of cyber security as 'an IT problem,' according to a new report titled "Transforming cybersecurity: New approaches for an evolving threat landscape" from Deloitte. The need to approach cyber security as a strategic business problem is more imperative as the financial services industry becomes a more frequent target..."
                        Cybersecurity Skills Haves and Have Nots
                        Network World, March 13th, 2014
                        "I've written a lot lately about the cybersecurity skills shortage. For example, 25% of organizations claim that they have a problematic shortage of IT security skills. On an industry basis, 36% of government agencies say they have a problematic shortage of IT security skills, followed by 29% of manufacturing companies, and 28% of financial services firms..."
                        Data Breach Disclosures: 'Nightmare Patchwork'
                        CIO Today, March 11th, 2014
                        "Most states have laws that require retailers to disclose data breaches, but the laws vary wildly. Consumers in one state might learn immediately that their personal information had been exposed, but that might not happen in another state, and notification requirements for businesses depend on where their customers are located..."
                          European IT Pros Reveal Top Reasons to Monitor Privileged Users
                          Help Net Security, March 7th, 2014
                          "BalaBit IT Security announced results of a recent survey of IT security professionals about use of privileged identity management (PIM) and privileged activity monitoring (PAM) technology.

                          Of those surveyed, respondents ranked the reasons for monitoring privileged users, from most to least important, as follows:.."

                          Five Things to Know About Malware Before Driving it Out
                          CSO Online, March 6th, 2014
                          "In today's network environments, malware that evades legacy defenses is pervasive, with communication and activity occurring up to once every three minutes. Unfortunately, most of this activity is inconsequential to the business. You would think that would be good news right? The problem is that incident responders have no good way of distinguishing inconsequential malware from (potentially) highly damaging malware. As a result, they spend way too much time and resources chasing red herrings while truly malicious activity slips past..."
                            How to Protect Against Attacks Via Your Third-Party Vendors
                            Dark Reading, March 9th, 2014
                            "The security of third-party vendor relationships is coming under increased scrutiny given that the source of the Target breach was identified as a HVAC service provider who had remote access into the Target network. While details are still scarce, it's clear that a connection used to allow access for billing can be enough for an attacker to turn an innocuous entry into a data breach that, like for Target, can cost untold millions..."
                            Ten Recommendations for Security Awareness Programs
                            Government Technology, March 9th, 2014
                            "How do we improve the security culture in our organizations? Our security team keeps coming back to that fundamental question, and we are constantly looking for ways to help.

                            Why? Culture change is a critical success factor in our security programs and almost ever technology or innovation project. We keep asking: Is there a better way?..."

                            The Future is Here - And it's Biometric
                            IT Web, March 10th, 2014
                            "Sci-fi scripts are awash with storylines in which a person's identity is stolen through the not-so-subtle removal of a finger, or being impersonated using all manner of clever biometric trickery.

                            Fortunately, the possibility of these horror scenarios actually playing out has diminished as the technology has matured..."

                              What CISOs Can do About the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage
                              Network World, March 10th, 2014
                              "I had the opportunity to present some of my research on the IT security skills shortage at last week's RSA Conference. This is a serious issue that doesn't get nearly enough attention.

                              According to ESG Research, 25% of enterprise (i.e. more than 1,000 employees) and mid-market (i.e. 250 to 999 employees) organizations claim that they have a "problematic shortage" of IT security skills..."

                              IT - Careers
                              9 Lies that Programmers Tell Themselves
                              IT World, March 12th, 2014
                              "Everybody lies to themselves now and again ('I can't weigh that much; my scale must be off' in both their personal and professional lives. Some professions, however, may be more prone to it than others. Software developers, who often work - alone - for long hours under tight deadlines seem to be particularly susceptible to a little self-delusion. By reaching out to developers on social media and reviewing developer comments in discussion forums and elsewhere online, ITworld has compiled 9 common white lies that programmers will tell themselves. How little these white lies are is left up to the reader..."
                                Want an IT job? Learn OpenStack
                                OpenSource, March 13th, 2014
                                "Whether you love living in the cloud or still cling to your desktop applications whenever possible, it has become increasingly clear in recent years that the cloud is where computing is headed. And if you're seeking to keep your skills relevant to the IT jobs of today, and tomorrow, understanding the technology that underlies cloud services is critical. Fortunately, the cloud offers many opportunities for using open source software up and down the stack. If being on the cutting edge of cloud infrastructure interests you, it's probably time to take a look at OpenStack..."
                                Study proves that happy programmers are better programmers
                                IT World, March 12th, 2014
                                "It seems obvious to say that happy developers will perform better than unhappy ones. After all, if that wasn't the case, why would tech companies like Google, Facebook and others design funky office spaces, full of all sorts of fun things to do and good things to eat? Partly, of course, it's to get software developers to want to come work there in the first place, but it's also to make sure they're happy so they will, presumably, do better work. But, is there is scientific evidence that happy programmers are better programmers?..."
                                Survey: Linux demand, salaries on the rise
                                IT World, March 12th, 2014
                                "Hiring managers want IT pros with Linux skills and they're willing to pay handsomely.

                                The 2014 Linux Jobs Report, produced by and The Linux Foundation, finds a shortage of Linux pros at the same time there's an increased demand for those skills.

                                "This year's report shows there is unlimited career advancement for developers and systems administrators who contribute to and seek out learning opportunities for Linux," notes Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "The future is a bright one for professionals who know Linux. "

                                IT - Social Media
                                Building a Social Business: 10 Questions
                                Information Week, March 7th, 2014
                                With so many social networks to consider and track, deploying a dynamic social strategy can be difficult. I see many individuals, teams, and brands make one crucial misstep: They're just "doing social" instead of becoming a socially enabled organization.

                                How can you tell the difference? Here are 10 simple questions to help your business use social media more strategically and prevent some of the most common mistakes.

                                  IT - Email
                                  10 Predictions for the Future of the Internet
                                  CRN, March 12th, 2014
                                  "The 25th anniversary of the development of the World Wide Web, which was officially introduced on March 12, 1989 when Sir Tim Berners-Lee released his original paper entitled "Information Management: A Proposal," is giving the IT industry a chance to not only celebrate, but to ponder the question of what comes next.

                                  Will the Internet continue to bring the free exchange of ideas to everyone around the world regardless of how repressive their governments are, or help those governments better control their citizens? Will it open new venues for education and working together, or allow criminals or thought controllers new venues for exploitation?

                                  The Pew Research Center explores these questions in a new report, "Digital Life in 2025" ..."

                                  Monopoly Isn't Just a Board Game
                                  Business 2 Community, March 7th, 2014
                                  "Late last year, I wrote about rumors I was hearing that GAFA (Google/Apple/Facebook/Amazon) had come to the conclusion that the only way they were going to be players in the TV industry was to control their own chunk of broadband access. The thought was, why would NBC sell them rights to content given that the deal would only serve to annoy Comcast or whichever MVPD owned the broadband connection to the end user's TV. And the way they were going to get their piece of the broadband pie was by convincing Congress that the monopoly the MVPDs had over broadband access in the US was a grave threat to the principle of net neutrality and thus a threat to free enterprise and everything else the American people held near and dear..."
                                  Think Deleted Text Messages are Gone Forever? Think Again
                                  CIO, March 11th, 2014
                                  "A former federal prosecutor and cybercrime expert tells how IT departments can retrieve text messages that the user thought were deleted months or even years ago. As more litigation and investigations turn on the content of texts, every CIO needs to know how to find the smoking gun..."
                                  The Web's Anniversary: 25 Websites from 25 Years Ago
                                  Computerworld, March 13th, 2014
                                  "It started as nothing more than a documentation management solution for academics. Twenty-five years later, the World Wide Web has evolved explosively, becoming a pillar of publishing, commerce, networking, communication -- you name it.

                                  Here's a look at the state of 25 websites from the earliest days of the Web, many of which are still around today -- although you'd be hard-pressed to match most of them to what they have become. Sure, the early World Wide Web was designed for minimal bandwidth and basic browser functionality, but it's hard not to sense the excitement of invention that imbued the sites on display here..."

                                  Web Turns 25: 10 Graphics to See
                                  Information Week, March 12th, 2014
                                  "The World Wide Web turns 25 today, March 12, 2014, and despite what you may have heard, it's good for you. Nevermind the malware, the fraud, the trolls, the porn, the flames, the misinformation, the surveillance, the hate speech, and the rickrolling, time-wasting, fatuous social stew that passes for human interaction. We have only ourselves to blame for that..."
                                    IT - Mobile
                                    12 Unique Laptop Bags Mobile Pros will Love
                                    CIO, March 12th, 2014
                                    "Many mobile professionals are passionate about their laptop bags, as you'll see in this slideshow. One source said his bag looks "damn sexy, and that makes me feel good walking into meetings with big-time execs." Another said his bag is made from "recycled bike tires, which I dig."

                                    As a follow up to our 2013 slideshow, "The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Mobile Professionals," we asked frequent business travelers to tell us about their favorite notebook-computer bags. The result is a collection of messengers, backpacks, folios and purses - even a gym bag - that range from $60 to $666..."

                                      Tips to Optimize BYOD Payoffs With Cloud Technology
                                      Business 2 Community, March 6th, 2014
                                      "BYOD, bring-your-own-device: we've all heard the lingo and are super jazzed for the work-from-home opportunities - not to mention the reduced costs associated with low overhead and the ability to hire from a wider pool of applicants. Woo hoo!

                                      But let's not forget the various obstacles managers are confronted with when overseeing disparate workers and personal devices..."

                                      IT - Big Data
                                      Big Data: What's In It For The Customer?
                                      Wall Street and Technology, March 10th, 2014
                                      "When talking to banks and financial services organizations about big data, the question every executive asks is, "How is this going to help us?" Banks want to know how data can help them earn more, spend less, identify fraud, and design better processes. While these are all admirable goals, some can forget to ask the more important question: Where does the customer fit in all this?..."
                                      8 Ways Big Data and Analytics Will Change Sports
                                      CIO, March 13th, 2014
                                      "Analytics and big data have potential in many industries, but they are on the cusp of scoring major points in sports. From coaches and players to front offices and businesses, analytics can make a difference in scoring touchdowns, signing contracts or preventing injuries.

                                      Coaches, players and the leading minds in sports came together to discuss the potential of analytics and big data last week at the 2014 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. Here are eight ways data analytics can improve efficiency, accuracy and profitability in sports. Who knows? Big data may even eliminate blown calls one day..."

                                      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                      Vol 193 Issue 1; Vol 192 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 191 Issues 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:

                                      • Getting Started with Oracle VM VirtualBox
                                      • Oracle ZFS Storage ZS3-BA Backup Appliance
                                      • Java 8 Launch Webcast
                                      • Oracle Database Ajppliance - Understanding Easy
                                      • FIPS 140-2 Validations for Solaris Cryptographic Framework
                                      • Healthcare's Next Innovation?
                                      • SPARC T5-2 Delivers World Record 2-Socket SPECvirt_sc2010 Benchmark
                                      • Netra Server X3-2 Enhancements
                                      • March 18th, 2014: Virtual Sysadmin Day for Europe, Middle East, and Africa
                                      • Mformation Achieves Unprecedented Performance on Oracle Engineered Systems

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

                                        IT - Encryption
                                        Encrypt Everything: Snowden at SXSW
                                        itnews, March 12th, 2014
                                        "Whistleblower Edward Snowden has called for full end-to-end encryption of Internet services in an effort to thwart the mass surveillance of users.

                                        He made the plea during a panel discussion at the South by Southwest (SXSW) conference conducted via a live video chat.

                                        Snowden also accused the current NSA boss Keith Alexander and his predecessor Michael Hayden of making the US more vulnerable to cyber attacks rather than protecting it..."

                                        Encrypted communications take center stage
                                        Network World, March 10th, 2014
                                        "The first Cebit trade show in the post-Snowden era will focus on security, showing off locally developed bug-proof phones and messaging systems, as well as the ability to protect mobile devices using smartcards.

                                        The continued revelations from former U.S. government contractor Edward Snowden about National Security Agency snooping have helped security become the most important IT issue this year in Germany..."

                                        PCI Express Switching Takes On Ethernet, InfiniBand
                                        EnterpriseTech, March 13th, 2014
                                        "Ethernet, InfiniBand, and the handful of high-speed, low-latency interconnects that have been designed for supercomputers and large shared memory systems are going to soon have a new rival: PCI-Express switching.

                                        The idea might sound a bit strange, but it bears some consideration..."

                                        IT - Server
                                        How Clouds Are Making Sys Admins Extinct
                                        The Register, March 14th, 2014
                                        "The rise of the cloud is wiping out the next generation of valuable sysadmins as startups never learn about how to manage data-center gear properly, a Pasadena tech biz boss has said.

                                        The problem, according to Steve Curry - the president of managed OpenStack provider Metacloud - is that modern upstarts are going directly to cloud services like Amazon and missing out on the crucial experience of managing (and breaking) their own data center kit as they grow..."

                                        LibreOffice 4.2.2
                                        LibreOffice recognized as the most innovative Open Source software
                                        The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 4.2.2, the second minor release of the LibreOffice 4.2 family.

                                        LibreOffice 4.2.2 'Fresh' is the most feature rich version of the software, and is suited for early adopters willing to leverage a larger number of innovations. For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the more reliable LibreOffice 4.1.5 'Stable'.

                                        LibreOffice has just received the InnovationsPreis-IT 2014 for the category Open Source, awarded by Initiative Mittelstand during CeBIT in Hannover. Under the motto 'be a part of IT', the prize is a recognition of outstanding innovations in IT and is a testimonial of the work done by the LibreOffice international community since September 2010.

                                        Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2
                                        Powerful and robust infrastructure management software.

                                        Since March 10th, Oracle Enterprise Manager Ops Center 12c Release 2 ( is available to download here. This release offers many feature, stability, and enhancement improvements that will benefit our users. Here are some highlights of what is new and improved:

                                        • Virtualization
                                        • Engineered Systems
                                        • Core Features

                                        More Information

                                        NetBeans Platform for Beginners
                                        Top 5 Benefits
                                        Geertjan Wielenga writes, "I've now read through most of the recently released "NetBeans Platform for Beginners" (subtitled "Modular Application Development for the Java Desktop"), parts of it several times, and here are what I believe are its greatest benefits:..."

                                        • It provides a very comprehensive overview.
                                        • It combines theory and practice
                                        • It provides many samples.
                                        • It is a "living book"
                                        • It is not for beginners only

                                        Check out NetBeans Platform for Beginners!

                                        Nexenta News
                                        Nexenta and Leading Technology Vendors to Host Events
                                        Around Software Defined Infrastructure and Open Source Revolution

                                        Nexenta the global leader in Software Defined Storage (SDS), announced that it is exclusively hosting the OpenSDx Summit EMEA on April 9 at the DoubleTree Hotel, Amsterdam Centraal Station in Amsterdam.

                                        'We are looking forward to another exciting and informative event'

                                        The OpenSDx Summit EMEA (formerly known as Open Storage Summit) has become synonymous with the Open Storage movement and will continue the momentum. Mobility, social media and Big Data have driven storage to the forefront of the CIO agenda; the goal is to curtail rising storage costs and drive efficiency gains that support innovation and ultimately competitive advantage. At OpenSDx Summit, analysts, end users, channel partners and technologists will discuss the big opportunity generated by this leading trend.



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