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Oracle becomes the second largest Cloud SAAS Company in the World
Q4 SaaS and PaaS Subscriptions Up 25% to $322 Million, Q4 IaaS Subscription Revenue Up 13% to $128 Million
Oracle Corporation announced that fiscal 2014 Q4 total revenues were up 3% to $11.3 billion. Software and Cloud revenues were up 4% to $8.9 billion. GAAP Cloud software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) revenues were up 25% to $322 million, while non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were up 23% to $327 million.

In addition, Cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) revenues were up 13% to $128 million. New software licenses revenues were unchanged at $3.8 billion. Software license updates and product support revenues were up 7% to $4.7 billion. Overall hardware systems revenues were up 2% to $1.5 billion with hardware systems products up 2% to $870 million, and hardware systems support up 2% to $596 million.

Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne SF 2014
Content Catalogs Now Available

Session abstracts are now available to view for Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco 2014! The sessions catalog will help you:

  • Discover content targeted to you by searching on programs, tracks, keywords, and session types
  • Find sessions from your favorite speakers
  • See the full range of products, technologies, and solutions that will be showcased by Oracle experts and partners in the exhibition halls this year

Start planning your Oracle OpenWorld/JavaOne week, and check back often - new content will be added over the following weeks and months.

MySQL Central @ OpenWorld Content Catalog
San Francisco September 28 - October 2
MySQL Central @ OpenWorld, taking place in San Francisco September 28 - October 2, will feature keynotes, conference sessions, tutorials, hands-on labs, as well as birds-of-a-feather sessions.

The Content catalog listing the MySQL Central @ OpenWorld sessions is available here.

Manageability with Oracle Database 12c
By Javier Puerta
Javier writes, "Modern enterprises are aggressively adopting new technology solutions to enhance their competitiveness and profitability. As a result, management challenges continue to rise. Oracle Database 12c addresses these critical challenges by enabling database administrators to maintain database performance at peak levels, adopt new technology rapidly and without risk, and increase DBA productivity and system availability by automating routine administrative tasks. Oracle Database 12c managed by Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c offers next-generation database management for the next-generation DBA..."

Download this new whitepaper: Manageability with Oracle Database 12c. An Oracle White Paper, June 2014

Faster Big Data Analytics
By Peter Jeffcock
Peter writes, "Oracle Exadata is our engineered system optimized to run Oracle Database as fast and efficiently as possible. There are some optimizations that Exadata uses to speed up queries. One of them is called Smart Scan.

The big bottleneck in completing a query is moving data around. Imagine that in order to complete your query, you needed sales figures for just one US state. Traditionally the database would load all the sales figures into the server and process it there. Smart Scan pushes that processing down to the storage server holding the data. Processing is done locally, and the storage server returns only the needed data from that one state. Data movement is minimized, and the query returns much faster..."

How to upgrade Oracle VM server
Upgrade the Oracle VM server from 3.0.3 to 3.2.1 using OVM web console
Lingeswaran writes, "In the last article we have seen that how to upgrade the oracle VM manager. Here we will see how we can upgrade the oracle VM servers. Once you have upgraded the VM manager, you may observed that lower version of oracle VM servers will be yellow marked in OVM console. It's always recommended to match the Oracle VM manager version with Oracle VM server. In this article we will see how we can upgrade the oracle VM server from 3.0.3 to 3.2.1 using OVM web console. We will also see how we can upgrade the server using yum update..."
Top Five Best Practices for your Application PaaS
By Ruma Sanyal
Ruma writes, "Did you miss it? Last week, Oracle was the platinum sponsor for the 14th Cloud Expo. Ayalla Goldschmidt, Senior Director of Product Marketing for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Java Platform, presented the 'Top Five Best Practices for Your Application PaaS' highlighting successful application PaaS use cases. Based on data from a recent Computerworld survey of 300 IT organizations, many businesses are in the process of developing a PaaS architecture and infrastructure requirements for their cloud-based application PaaS..."
IT - Storage
HDD Crashes Leading Cause of Data Loss With 72% - Kroll Ontrack
Storage Newsletter, June 17th, 2014
"When asked about the causes of their most-recent data losses, 66% (compared to 29% in 2010) of 1,066 surveyed customers cited a hardware crash or failure, followed by 14% claiming human error (compared to 27% in 2010). Software failure ranked as the third most common cause of data loss with 6%.

HDD crashes prevail as the most common cause of data loss. An overwhelming 72% of those surveyed noted that their most recent data loss came from a desktop or laptop HDD, followed by SSD (15%) and RAID/virtual services (13%), showing that data loss impacts every type of storage from the consumer grade up to the enterprise..."

The Storage Architect and the DBA
Storage Switzerland, June 12th, 2014
"When database performance issues arise, the finger of blame is often pointed at the storage infrastructure, and this can lead to conflict between the database administrator and the storage architect. Neither side is able to gain clear insight into the true nature of the problem, so often the solution is to 'throw hardware' at the problem, frequently new storage. This approach overlooks an opportunity to achieve less disruptive and more substantial results by focusing on database performance first to discover the root cause of the problem..."
IT - Technology
Most ISPs Don't Deliver on Their Advertised Broadband Speeds
ComputerWorld, June 19th, 2014
"The majority of ISPs aren't providing customers with the broadband speeds they're paying for, according to the most comprehensive report on the issue to date by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The FCC's latest State of U.S. Broadband report shows that major ISPs deliver less than their advertised speeds to a majority of customers..."

FIFA World Cup 2014: How technology is raising the game to new levels
Information Week, June 16th, 2014
"Through technology, officials hope to avoid the horrendous injustice that marred the last event four years ago, when England was wrongly denied a clear 'goal' at a crucial stage of the quarter-final match against its arch-rival Germany. The image here shows that mid-fielder Frank Lampard's shot clearly crossed the line, but the officials claimed they could not see it do so..."
    Most European Businesses Face a Tech Deficit
    Help Net Security, June 19th, 2014
    "A tech deficit currently affects 72% of European businesses and leads to a gap between what businesses need to achieve and what their infrastructure can support.

    When compared with their European counterparts, UK companies are amongst the most prepared with 64% citing they face a moderate or significant tech deficit. According to Colt Technology Services research findings, the best prepared country is Spain, with 62% of companies facing a tech deficit, compared with 81% of German companies..."

    Roads in the Future Will Need Data Standards as Well as Signs, Says DOT's CIO
    ComputerWorld, June 13th, 2014
    "When engineers talk about roads here, they describe them as networks. There's a good reason for that.

    In high-definition displays, roadways appear like wires hanging off the back of server racks. It's a tangled system. The data, vehicles in this case, are illustrated by small, slowly moving dots.

    Researchers who study motor vehicle traffic are interested in reducing traffic congestion. Congestion equals loss, they say, the loss of human and economic productivity that comes from sitting in traffic..."

      Supreme Court: Abstract Idea Isn't Patentable When Tied to a Computer
      IT World, June 19th, 2014
      "An abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is tied to a computer system, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, potentially making it more difficult to patent some software in the future.

      The computerized trading platform for currencies owned by Australian company Alice is too abstract to be patented, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in Alice v. CLS Bank, released Thursday. The Supreme Court upheld a May 2013 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruling in favor of CLS Bank, which operates a global currency exchange. The Supreme Court ruling invalidates the Alice patents..."

        Where's My Robot Butler? High-Tech Help is Hard to Find
        IT World, June 17th, 2014
        "If you're looking for signs of our collective robotic future, it's either terrifyingly near or forever just around the corner.

        More than a half-century after the world's first industrial robot, Unimate, began work at a General Motors plant, most commercial robots still work in factories. And household robots have usually been limited to performing one task only, like sucking up dirt.

        But researchers are slowly advancing the field..."

          You can say that again: More on 4K and smart TVs
          GIGAOM, June 16th, 2014
          "One of the topics I discussed in a webinar here last month on the rise of 4K Ultra HD and the role of mobile was how efforts to bring 4K content to new Ultra HD TV sets were pulling other useful technologies into to the TV and over-the-top ecosystems behind them. Interest in sending 4K over the top, for instance, is helping to accelerate the deployment of the H.265 and VP-9 compression formats, which will have the ancillary effect of relieving some of the bandwidth congestion confronting even ordinary HD video..."
            IT - Bitcoin
            Bitcoin is Revolutionizing How Consumers Buy Music
            Bitcoin Magazine, June 17th, 2014
            "Today, music consumption is stronger than ever, but you probably would not be surprised that a great many consumers are turning to subscription-based platforms rather than actually purchasing songs or albums. The bulk of this consumption comes from streaming; companies like Spotify, Pandora and Rhapsody are leading this trend. However, there are many artists that are adding as many of these methods as they can, in order to give their fans more convenient and simple ways to get their hands on new music..."
              $30 Billion Online Merchant Processor Digital River Adds Bitcoin Payments
              CoindDesk, June 18th, 2014
              "Commerce-as-a-service solutions provider Digital River - a company that processed more than $30bn in online transactions in 2013, has announced that it has added bitcoin as a payment option for its online merchants.

              The offering is now available to merchants using the Minnesota-based company's SWREG solution for small and mid-sized businesses.

              Notably, Digital River said it is seeking to allow customers to take advantage of the savings bitcoin can bring to international transactions, indicating it now sees bitcoin as one of a number of competing options for this use..."

              The Boring Bitcoin Report: Week Of June 16
              Forbes, June 16th, 2014
              "A Not-So-Boring Take On Bitcoin.

              This week was a rather positive one for bitcoin. Google, Yahoo, and Expedia are among the companies that began implementing a bitcoin strategy. While the price of bitcoin has decreased about 10 percent since last Sunday, the decrease is mostly speculative news out of the US Marshals Service to auction off the government's holdings of bitcoin...."

              ESPN and Bitpay's 'Bitcoin Bowl' brings Bitcoin into 100 Million Households
              CryptoCoinsNews, June 21st, 2014
              "The 'Bitcoin Bowl' agreement entered between BitPay and ESPN is probably the most important step ever for public acceptance of Bitcoin. Jeff Stone,writing in The International Business Times, reminds us that the biggest battle that Bitcoin faces is that of public acceptance.

              The 'Bitcoin Bowl' agreement has the potential to: 'To win over a public still skeptical of digital currencies and to get some good headlines in a year marked by bad press for its falling price and bankruptcy scandals, Bitcoin promoters are turning to America's favorite pastime - football'..."

              Bitcoin: The future of Banking
              CryptoCoinsNews, June 16th, 2014
              "Recently a friend of mine, I still have one left, entered her local bank carrying a bag of coins. She approached the counter, envisioning a simple transaction; she informed the teller that it was her intention to lodge this money to her account. The teller declined the simple request by informing her that 'We have stopped taking coin over the counter.'

              It would appear that my friend's bank, like many others, is moving towards an era, and pushing its customers with it, where all transactions within the branch are, wherever possible, electronic..."

                Family of Four Travels Across the Country Solely Living Off Bitcoin
                Bitcoin Magazine, June 20th, 2014
                "Catherine Bleish and John Bush, well-known activists and personalities in the Bitcoin community, are taking their family of four on an 'uncoinventional' journey, using only Bitcoin.

                Named the Uncoinventional Living Tour, the family has been on the road for nearly one week and has used only bitcoin to purchase everything from gas and food, to lodging and other necessities, making it a whole week without spending any fiat currency. They have spent the last week traveling from San Marcos, Texas to Washington D.C. to attend Bitcoin in the Beltway..."

                Swedish Central Bank Acknowledges Benefits of Cryptocurrencies
                CoindDesk, June 18th, 2014
                "Sveriges Riksbank, Sweden's central bank, has published a brief economic commentary on the impact of digital currencies on the retail payments market.

                The document outlines the basics behind digital currencies and focuses on bitcoin, but it also mentions some altcoins such as litecoin and dogecoin.

                Aside from a relatively basic introduction to digital currencies and background information for novices, the document also sheds light on the state of bitcoin in Sweden and the bank's attitude towards bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies..."

                SQL queries preview before sent to server in MySQL for Excel
                MySQL for Excel 1.2.0.
                Javier Trevino blogs, "we are going to cover a pretty useful piece of functionality introduced since MySQL for Excel 1.2.0. Remember you can install the latest GA or maintenance version using the MySQL Installer or optionally you can download directly any GA or non-GA version from the MySQL Developer Zone.

                MySQL for Excel makes the data handling in and out of a MySQL server as friendly and simple as possible, for this reason the generation of the SQL queries needed to perform the data operations is transparent for users..."

                Cloud Computing
                Oracle Buys LiveLOOK
                Strengthens Oracle Service Cloud with Leading Co-Browse Technology to Improve Customer Experiences through Connected Real-Time Engagements
                Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire LiveLOOK, a leading provider of real-time, visual collaboration technology for co-browsing and screen sharing.

                LiveLOOK's cloud-based co-browse technology enables customer service and sales agents to collaborate and visually guide consumers through web and mobile environments to resolve issues effectively and improve the quality of buying decisions. Oracle has over 100 global customers using LiveLOOK's co-browse technology as an embedded part of Oracle Service Cloud offering.

                IT - Cloud
                Demand for PaaS on the Rise
                Help Net Security, June 20th, 2014
                "A new age of Develop Your Own Application (DYOA) to meet ever-changing business requirements is driving demand for rapid application development Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies.

                According to a survey of 700 IT decision makers in the US, UK, France, Germany, Benelux, Australia, Brazil and Singapore, there is soaring demand for PaaS architecture from organizations looking for faster development and deployment cycles..."

                Cloud trends talk by Adrian Cockroft Technical Fellow, Battery Ventures
                Gigaom, June 20th, 2014
                When it comes to the cloud, many wonder: How is usage and adoption changing globally and across industries? Which vendors are ascendant and who is struggling to break through? How fast are the leaders in IaaS, PaaS and SaaS growing? Watch a 15 talk by Adrian Cockcroft - Technical Fellow, Battery Ventures
                Docker could Threaten Cloud Providers' Portability Plans
                InfoWorld, June 13th, 2014
                "Everyone loves Docker. What's not to like? It's a very nicely constructed container architecture that provides better cloud-to-cloud portability and workload management. It also sets a great foundation to build cloud-based distributed systems that can be moved around much easier than the cloud workloads we manage these days.

                The 1.0 release of Docker draws a line in the sand as to what this technology will mean to enterprises moving applications to cloud-based platforms..."

                Frictionless IT: How to Get to Hybrid Cloud
                Information Week, June 17th, 2014
                "Anyone who's ever set up a virtual machine, and many who haven't, can understand the nirvana appeal of the hybrid cloud that virtualization inspires. A pool of virtual machines running in either the public cloud or a private cloud, and all monitored and managed from one software console, gives IT pros the ability to configure and reconfigure their resources without physically touching a thing. And just as important, they can manage an app through its life, from development to deployment to maintenance and enhancement to retirement -- all without ever stepping foot in a data center..."
                  How the Cloud can Make IT Shops More Innovative
                  ComputerWorld, June 18th, 2014
                  "Jobs at many IT departments have been primarily about maintenance -- fixing crashed email systems, dealing with ever-expanding security parameters and helping users who bring their own devices to the office.

                  Keep the servers running. Keep email working. Keep the bosses from yelling because their passwords don't work.

                  The cloud may be changing all that..."

                  Make Your Enterprise Invaluable to an IaaS Provider
                  SearchCloudComputing, June 18th, 2014
                  "The most exciting enterprise applications for cloud are those that use Web-scale techniques, such as the massive scale seen at Netflix or with online multi-user games like Titanfall that allocate a server for each online user. And while enterprises should also look at offloading workloads with less business impact to the cloud, getting the right workload to the cloud isn't the only way to find value. Finding a vendor-partner is also critical..."
                  What's Your Cloud Future?
                  Forrester, June 18th, 2014
                  "We know that cloud services and cloud platforms are here to stay and should be considered part of your overall IT portfolio but how much of that portfolio will these services occupy in your future? For most companies - and probably all enterprises - your future won't be 100% cloud. And your business units and line employees have already ensured that it won't be 0% cloud. So what's the right number?

                  Answering this question isn't as important as understanding how to prepare your organization for the percentage to be higher than you think it will be - that's where you should be prioritizing..."

                    The Future of Cloud Computing
                    Help Net Security, June 19th, 2014
                    "North Bridge Venture Partners, in conjunction with Gigaom Research and 72 collaborating organizations, today released results for its Future of Cloud Computing survey. This survey analyzed the inhibitors and drivers behind cloud adoption, separating the hype surrounding the cloud from genuine industry trends and real world cases across a sample of 1,358 respondents..."
                    IT - CxO
                    Net Neutrality: Why You Should Care
                    Business 2 Community, June 17th, 2014
                    "Net Neutrality is not just a fight between the big tech companies like Google, Netflix and AT&T. Whether or not Net Neutrality is upheld will affect the future of how every American accesses the Internet. Here's the low down of what it means, why you should care, and what you can do to have your voice heard in the debate..."
                    Consider Yourself Served: The Rules Haven't Changed, but Technology Has
                    Wall Street & Technology, June 19th, 2014
                    "Eight to 10 individual employee lawsuits have been dismissed for failure to preserve Facebook and other social media, text messages, email, and other records connected to the case.

                    Each day, information technology professionals face new challenges on how information is created, retained, and preserved within their organizations. Numerous ways have been developed to accomplish these tasks and are usually sufficient. But are companies confident in their process for organizing and preserving data in a way that would hold up in a court of law?..."

                    9 Rules to Follow After You've Suffered a Data Breach
                    InfoWorld, June 13th, 2014
                    "Upmarket Chinese restaurant chain PF Chang's became the latest prominent company to have its name linked with a data breach and stolen customer information. According to a report by KrebsOnSecurity, information from 'thousands of newly stolen credit and debit cards' linked to the restaurant were discovered for sale on the black-market website this week..."
                      Chief Data Officer: Do You Need One?
                      Information Week, June 16th, 2014
                      "The role of Chief Data Officer is relatively new in the corporate world. In fact, nearly two-thirds of CDO positions have been created within just the past three years, according to research by Yang Lee, a professor at Northeastern University's D'Amore-McKim School of Business and co-director of MIT's Chief Data Officer Research Program; and Randy Bean, CEO and managing partner of management consultancy NewVantage Partners..."
                      Do Executives Trust Data or Intuition in Decision-Making?
                      Insurance Networking News, June 16th, 2014
                      "While business executives worldwide are making decisions based on data, they are still pitting this against their intuition, according to a new report by the Economist Intelligence Unit and commissioned by Applied Predictive Technologies.

                      The study examines approaches to decision-making among business leaders and outlines how organizations can improve the decision-making process. It exposes a gap between business executives' understanding and beliefs about the importance of data, and the extent to which they actually use or are able to use data and analytics in the decision-making process..."

                      Internet Traffic Congestion Real, But Sporadic, Study Says
                      IT World, June 18th, 2014
                      "Complaints by Netflix and Internet backbone providers about network traffic congestion point to a real problem, with congestion on some networks lasting 18 hours a day, but the problems are sporadic and often temporary, according to preliminary results from a traffic study.

                      Traffic congestion at interconnection points between broadband providers and backbone providers doesn't appear to be widespread, with congestion often just two or three hours a day, said David Clark, a senior research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and one of the researchers investigating congestion complaints..."

                      Is IT Leadership and Sizzle an Oxymoron?
                      Insurance Networking News, June 18th, 2014
                      "The long-held belief that members of IT leadership are less 'touchy-feely' than those in sales or other functional areas doesn't just apply to the insurance industry. True, the finesse required of the human side of management - the 'people' skills required to lead today's diverse IT workforce-- may be lost on managers from all vertical markets. But it's a particularly important challenge in insurance, and at a time in history when the industry can least afford to reduce its IT workforce..."
                      Hey IT Leaders, Don't Worry about Titles
                      Information Week, June 12th, 2014
                      "CIOs, or whatever we'll be called in five years, should ignore the hype about titles and laser-focus on being great business partners.

                      Maybe I'm projecting, but I feel I'm seeing more hype surrounding the doomed fate of IT leaders than I did about MOOCs and infographics combined. CIOs this, CMOs that. Chief Information Officers. Innovation Officers. Intelligence Officers. Stop, stop, stop.

                      It's clear that IT leadership has changed over the past five years. The days of puffed up self-importance, technology shock-and-awe, and profuse use of acronyms are gone. Nobody's impressed..."

                        vBeers @ Miami: Wed June 25th
                        New Location! The DRB (Democratic Republic Of Beer)
                        Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

                        This will be a Sponsored event so beers are on us. Join us for an evening of creating connections and building your network in a relaxed and fun environment.

                        There is absolutely NO SALES PITCH, just FREE ice cold beers and tech talk!

                        'Meet-Ups' are an essential aspect of your professional growth and development. Connect with an array of professionals while enjoying a drink or two.

                        The DRB is also giving all of our guests 15% off all food!

                        Sponsors: DRB, SherlockTech Staffing, Vault Networks, Nexenta Systems and PCS

                        Register for Miami Event

                        IT - Networks
                        Kicking Application Latency off Your Network
                        SearchDataCenter, June 19th, 2014
                        "Bandwidth and latency complications perennially slow application performance over a network.

                        Application delivery to endpoint client systems requires LAN connectivity at the least, and increasingly relies on WAN connections between distributed enterprise data centers.

                        As applications exchange greater quantities of data and more systems compete for network access, some applications get starved for bandwidth..."

                        Need to Move to Ipv6 Highlighted as Microsoft Runs Out of U.S. Address Space
                        InfoWorl, June 13th, 2014
                        "Microsoft has been forced to start using its global stock of IPv4 addresses to keep its Azure cloud service afloat in the U.S., highlighting the growing importance of making the shift to IP version 6.

                        Microsoft doesn't mention IPv6 in the blog post, but the use of the protocol would make its address problems disappear. The newer version of the Internet Protocol adds an almost inexhaustible number of addresses thanks to a 128-bit long address field, compared to the 32 bits used by version 4. Since every connected device on the Internet needs an IP address, there will be increasing pressure to move to IPv6 as more non-computer devices come online in the so-called Internet of things...."

                        IT - Security
                        Heartbleed & the Long Tail of Vulnerabilities
                        Dark Reading, June 13th, 2014
                        "It's been just over two months since the disclosure of the Heartbleed vulnerability in OpenSSL -- one of the biggest security events in recent history. Webmasters, server administrators, and security professionals around the globe mobilized their forces and began a round of patching and updating that hadn't been seen in years. According to Ivan Ristic at Qualys, we've been incredibly successful, and only about 1% of all web servers on the Internet are still vulnerable. So that's the end of it, right?

                        Not hardly..."

                        Post-Breach Etiquette: Nine Rules When the Worst Happens
                        IT World Canada, June 13th, 2014
                        "Sure, into every life a little rain must fall. But are data breaches as inevitable?

                        These days, the answer seems to be Yes. High-profile hacks like Target, the Heartbleed breaches, eBay… the theft of sensitive personal data of thousands upon thousands of credit card holders, financial losses running into the millions… it all just seems to be part of the modern, pervasively wired/wireless landscape.

                        And it's not getting any better. Last year was by far the worst ever for security, with 2,164 incidents that exposed 822 million records, according to one security report..."

                        Bank Not Liable for Customer's $440,000 Cybertheft
                        ComputerWorld, June 18th, 2014
                        "A Missouri escrow firm that lost $440,000 in a 2010 cyberheist cannot hold its bank responsible, an appeals court ruled this week.

                        The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit's decision this month affirmed a lower court ruling in the case.

                        The appeals court also held that the escrow firm can be held responsible for the bank's attorney fees in the case..."

                          Bart Perkins: Forget the Expense -- More Secure Credit Cards are an Opportunity
                          ComputerWorld, June 17th, 2014
                          "We're finally ready to get serious about credit card fraud in the U.S. Is your IT department ready for the changes that are heading its way?

                          U.S. merchants and credit card issuers must implement the EMV credit card standards, requiring embedded chips, by October 2015, or they will be held responsible by Visa, MasterCard and other large credit card companies for the cost of any fraudulent in-person transactions..."

                            Five Great Computer Security Tips that Few People Follow
                            Help Net Security, June 16th, 2014
                            "If you're an infosec professional, you probably know a ton of security tips and best practices; use a firewall, update antivirus, patch regularly, adhere to the least privilege principle, don't click unsolicited attachments, and so on. Chances are, you probably have implemented most, if not all, of those important best practices already..."
                            Five Steps Towards Cyber Breach Preparation
                            Help Net Security, June 18th, 2014
                            "Earlier this week, Domino's Pizza became the latest victim of a breach and ransom demand. Recent DDoS attacks on Evernote and Feedly DDoS, along with the efforts of Cryptolocker and other tricks to extort hard cash from unsuspecting users, are rapidly gaining momentum and are becoming a serious threat to individuals and organisations of all sizes. These brazen attempts to make a quick profit will only be fuelled for as long as they remain successful..."
                              How Not to Respond To a DDoS Attack
                              Dark Reading, June 16th, 2014
                              "Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks just won't go away. Just ask the news and information aggregator service Feedly, which suffered waves of attacks over a three-day period last week that kept the site struggling to restore service.

                              Feedly is hardly alone. DDoS attacks occur regularly, many not so high-profile as that of a software-as-a-service firm or a financial services provider..."

                                How to Organize a Hackathon: 6 Key Tips
                                TechRepublic, June 19th, 2014
                                "Hackathons have taken the world by storm, happening all over the globe and across many different industries. The events, which typically last between a full day and a weekend, bring together innovative strangers to solve problems and improve our world with technology. Hackathons are for fun, but they can also create important changes to whatever system they address, and they're starting to have a big impact..."
                                  NSA Security Fallout 'Getting Worse,' 'Not Blowing Over'
                                  The Channel, June 19th, 2014
                                  "Microsoft's top lawyer says the fallout of the NSA spying scandal is 'getting worse,' and carries grim implications for US tech companies.

                                  In a speech at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith warned attendees that unless the US political establishment figures out how to rein in its spy agencies, there could be heavy repercussions for tech companies.."

                                  Security Metrics: Don't Show too Much
                                  IT World Canada, June 18th, 2014
                                  "Information is power, someone once said. It could also destroy an IT security manager's career if it isn't understood or presented properly.

                                  That's the problem IT staff face when they want to include security metrics in a report to their team or senior management, digital forensics expert George McBride told the SC Congress security conference Wednesday in Toronto: Network security software and devices collect a tremendous amount of data, but only a slice of it may be needed..."

                                  The Problem with Cyber Insurance
                                  Dark Reading, June 17th, 2014
                                  "Insurers have yet to develop an evidence-based method to assess a company's cyber risk profile. This has resulted in high premiums, low coverage, and broad exclusions.

                                  Cyber insurance is one of the fastest growing segments in the insurance industry. With the tremendous increase in data breaches, companies are looking for insurance products to cover them in the event of a loss..."

                                    Three Strategies for the New Era of Enterprise Cybersecurity
                                    Network World, June 18th, 2014
                                    "The pace of change for Information Technology is challenging established notions of 'What is IT?' and 'What is Information Security in the modern age?' For one example, the 'new' data center technologies such as virtualization, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), service-oriented delivery models, and cloud computing have radically changed the typical IT infrastructure from a defined set of assets owned and controlled by the organization to a constantly fluctuating roster of resources that can come and go from IT department visibility and control..."
                                    What are IT Security's Biggest Mistakes? This Might Surprise You
                                    IT World Canada, June 19th, 2014
                                    "IT departments spend hundreds - maybe millions - of dollars a year on network security systems to protect the organization from ever-increasing threats.

                                    But a Symantec Corp. technology evangelist says the worst thing they do is sometimes turn some - or all - the capabilities off to boost network performance..."

                                    IT - Careers
                                    10 Countries That Pay You what You're Worth
                                    Network World, June 11th, 2014
                                    "Are you a software developer wondering in which country your skills would be most rewarded? Good news: Bloomberg recently published data about the median annual income (based on cash earning, e.g. salary, bonuses, profit sharing) for software engineers in 50 nations. They also compared the median software engineer income to each country's per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to provide a comparison to the national average annual income. Here are the 10 countries with the highest median annual income for software engineers, including the ratio of their income to the country's per capita GDP..."
                                      11 Great Geek Birthday Cakes
                                      IT World, June 13th, 2014
                                      "Some of us glory in our geekiness. It's not something to be ashamed of - we're techies and we're proud of it!

                                      So when it's time to celebrate - why be boring? This is an opportunity to show off our passions, from computer tech to science fiction. Grab a fork and dive in..."

                                        Bill and Melinda Gates: Stanford Commencement Speech Transcript
                                        Network World, June 17th, 2014
                                        "Following is the text of the address by Bill and Melinda Gates, philanthropists and co-chairs of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as prepared for delivery at Stanford University's 123rd Commencement on June 15, 2014. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently stepped aside as Microsoft chairman and is now an advisor to the CEO. See a video recap of the Stanford speech here..."
                                        Pirates, Cheats and IT Certs
                                        ComputerWorld, June 19th, 2014
                                        "It didn't take long for the test center proctor to realize something was amiss. One group of people clearly stood out from the rest of the candidates taking a popular IT certification exam. They sat rigidly in their chairs, hardly moving at all, and they proceeded through the questions at a pace of six items per minute, well above the norm of one to two questions per minute. All scored well above the minimum needed to pass the test..."
                                          The Long, Dark Road of Launching a Startup While Working Full-Time
                                          TechRepublic, June 18th, 2014
                                          "For many founders the question of leaving a full-time job to pursue their startup is not so much a question of 'if,' but a question of 'when.' Regardless, there is often a time of overlap, where your two worlds collide and you are stuck between the working full-time at the day job you have and working full-time at the job you built..."
                                            IT - Social Media
                                            8 Ways to Bring Out the Social Side of IT
                                            Insurance Networking News, June 17th, 2014
                                            "IT people are often perceived as the tech gurus who are working heads-down in the data center or server rooms. But today's business environment demands that IT staff mix and mingle with the business. And, fortunately, technology makes this collaboration possible.

                                            IT industry maven Vala Afshar, as part of his ongoing 'CXO' series of interviews, recently interviewed what he considers to be 'one of the most collaborative and social CIOs in the world,' Oliver Bussmann, group CIO of UBS. Bussmann, who has almost 25 years of experience in the business of IT, responsible for managing an 8,000-employee IT organization, explained his philosophy and techniques for bringing out the social side of IT leaders.

                                            Here are some words of advice Bussmann passed on in the discussion:..."

                                            IT - Virtualization
                                            How Many VMs Per Host is too Many?
                                            SearchDataCenter, June 19th, 2014
                                            "Can your server handle the number of virtual machines it's hosting?

                                            Hosting virtual machines (VMs) en masse is increasingly easier as hardware underpinning server virtualization improves. But with memory, CPU and scheduling limitations, how much is too much?

                                            We asked three IT pros how many VMs per host they've seen, and how well it worked. While you can conceivably cram more than 500 VMs on one server host, sometimes less is more. Risk, utilization rates and memory factor into the decision..."

                                              Improve VM Performance with Server Memory Configuration
                                              SearchServerVirtualization, June 19th, 2014
                                              "Memory is critically important to virtual machine performance, but it's not enough to simply add more physical memory to the server. Memory configuration and provisioning on each VM can profoundly impact performance and resilience, and help prevent scenarios that might waste memory and reduce possible consolidation opportunities. Let's consider some issues of memory provisioning and allocation that can help boost workload performance in the data center..."
                                              Why DBAs care about Storage?
                                              Launch Webcast Replay
                                              A web replay covering the advantages of using Oracle's ZS3 storage with the Oracle Database is now available. The webcast will cover how the unique integration features between the Oracle Database & the ZS3 storage platform simplifies many of the daily tasks of a database administrator thus making Oracle's storage the ideal choice for Oracle Databases.

                                              Doug Chamberlain, Principal Product Manager for ZS3 is the guest speaker.

                                              Playing with ZFS Shadow Migration
                                              Migrate data from one system to another system

                                              Part 3 of a series that describes the key features of ZFS in Oracle Solaris 11 and provides step-by-step procedures explaining how to use them. This article describes the Shadow Migration feature and shows how to use it to migrate data from one system to another system.

                                              IT - Big Data
                                              10 More Powerful Facts about Big Data
                                              Information Week, June 10th, 2014
                                              "Big data, however you define it, has been praised and vilified. It's many things to many people: a boon to scientists and retailers, but also an enabling technology for a host of privacy and security threats.

                                              Whether savior or scam -- or maybe even a mixture of the two -- big data remains a popular topic among pundits, prognosticators, marketers, and security buffs. Its unofficial definition is evolving as well. So what is it?"

                                              Do You Really Need a 'Data Lake' in Your Back Yard?
                                              Insurance Networking News, June 16th, 2014
                                              "Vendors in the data management space lately have been flinging about a new term, 'data lake,' to describe the vast pools of data that are forming across enterprises.

                                              What, exactly, is a data lake, and how does it differ from a virtualized data layer, or cloud-based storage? While it sounds an awful like the latest marketing buzzword, it actually offers an alternative to enterprise data warehouses. And, let's face it, a 'lake' evokes much more positive imagery than that of a 'warehouse'..."

                                              This is Why Data is the Next Frontier in Competitive Advantage
                                              Wall Street & Technology, June 19th, 2014
                                              "In this era of regulation, there is an evolution in data management that can revolutionize the way a financial firm sees its data.

                                              Complying with regulation has become an increasing burden on the financial world since the financial crash. Post 2008, there has been a drive to reduce systemic risk that has brought with it fresh challenges around managing instrument and corporate entity data. While the processes and guidelines for compliance can be daunting, there is an opportunity for organizations to achieve a real competitive advantage. However, before this can be done, they need to find an enterprise-wide model to manage the mountains of data collected..."

                                              Big Data Job Hunting: Unconventional Advice
                                              Information Week, June 13th, 2014
                                              "Shiny new trends present opportunities to IT pros who feel stuck in a career rut. I remember in 2007 meeting a lot of people willing to do whatever it took to brand themselves cloud experts. Big data is the undisputed shiny trend in IT right now, but it presents some special challenges for people who wish to transition into the specialty. However, after months of discussion about big data talent shortages and these 'unicorns' called data scientists, a growing number of hiring managers and job seekers are starting to get real..."
                                              Does Big Data Mean Big Metadata?
                                              Information Management, June 18th, 2014
                                              "Maybe you don't think there is, but there is. Metadata is the data that defines the structure of data records in files and databases. For some files, such definition data is buried in program code somewhere and only the program knows for sure what the data structure is. That's a problem if you want to share the data - and that's why we have databases: so we can.

                                              So let's ignore the data we don't care to share and think only of shareable data - which is probably only about 5 percent of data (estimates vary) at the moment. A rough estimate of the amount of data in the world at end of 2014 puts it at about 4 zettabytes, which would suggest that there is about 200 exabytes of shareable data..."

                                                The Data-Driven Workforce: 5 Critical Roles
                                                Information Week, June 16th, 2014
                                                "Data is the lifeblood of digital organizations. I've seen a European retail bank generate an average 500% sales increase from its marketing campaigns, for example, by segmenting the customer base and using advanced analytics to determine which products to offer to each segment. To find and unlock this kind of data-driven competitive advantage, however, business leaders need to develop a more data-savvy workforce.

                                                We're starting to see a transition to a more data-oriented workforce, in which existing roles take on a revived importance and new roles have arisen from the need to manage and fully exploit data.

                                                Here are five key roles to develop as you strive to build a data-driven organization:..."

                                                IT - Mobile
                                                Designing Mobile Payment Experiences
                                                O'Reilly, June 16th, 2014
                                                "Author Skip Allums designs next-generation mobile banking and payments experiences for some of the world's largest financial service providers. In this book, he offers on-the-ground insights into present and future design patterns in this space, as well as lessons learned and common pitfalls.

                                                With mobile devices emerging as new tools for transactions and identification, designers face challenging interactions and user expectations from payment scenarios..."

                                                  Employees Take too Many Risks with Wi-Fi Security
                                                  Help Net Security, June 17th, 2014
                                                  "UK employees are potentially putting their companies at risk of cyber-attack when using mobile devices for work purposes while on holiday or on a short break, new research has found.

                                                  Cisco found that 77% of UK workers surveyed usually take their work devices with them on holiday, with 72% choosing to spend up to one or two hours per day keeping up with what's going on in the office..."

                                                  For 2014, Wearables Actually means Wristables
                                                  TechRepublic, June 18th, 2014
                                                  "During the Computex conference held in Taiwan this month, one of the "hot topics" that everyone wanted to talk about was wearables. The whole wearables area has been brewing for some time, and really took off at CES held in January this year.

                                                  The media predictably gushed over the arrival of a onesie for babies that contained an Intel Edison chip that was used as a baby monitor. The Age of Wearables was here, where we were informed, and to expect a revolution to wash over us in the coming months..."

                                                  Neither IOS Nor Android Inherently More Secure than the Other
                                                  InfoWorld, June 18th, 2014
                                                  "Apple's tight vetting of mobile applications gives it a security edge over Android, but there are still several ways for attackers to steal data from iOS devices, a mobile security company warned in a report Tuesday.

                                                  The report looked at the risk factors facing users of the platforms, concluding that enterprises still face data breach risks regardless of the platform used..."

                                                  IT - BYOD
                                                  What is Going Wrong with BYOD?
                                                  Network World, June 13th, 2014
                                                  "For the past couple of years, tech pundits have been pounding the Bring Your Own Device drumbeat to such a fast and lively rhythm that you'd think just about everyone was dancing to it.

                                                  Some industry watchers have even predicted the coming of a BYOD mandate, whereby employers would require employees to provide their own smartphones and perhaps tablets as a condition of employment.

                                                  But is reality matching the hype? Not really..."

                                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                  Vol 196 Issue 1 and 2; Vol 195 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 194 Issues 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:

                                                  • ZFS RAIDZ stripe width, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love RAIDZ
                                                  • Oracle Announces New, Highly Optimized x86 Servers
                                                  • Oracle Corp: An Overview, And Why Investors Should Buy This Stock
                                                  • Oracle SPARC M6-32 E-Book
                                                  • Playing with Swap Monitoring and Increasing Swap Space Using ZFS Volumes
                                                  • Oracle's New Memory-Optimized x86 Servers
                                                  • Launch Webcast: Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance
                                                  • Java EE 7 turns one today!
                                                  • In-Memory Boosts Oracle OLTP By 2X, Analytics By 1000X
                                                  • The Ideal Platform for Oracle Database 12c In-Memory and in-memory Applications

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

                                                    LibreOffice 4.2.5
                                                    fifth minor release
                                                    The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 4.2.5 'Fresh', the fifth minor release of the most feature rich version of the software, ready for enterprise deployments. For more conservative users, The Document Foundation suggests LibreOffice 4.1.6 'Stable'.

                                                    LibreOffice 4.2.5, as well as LibreOffice 4.1.6, have been developed by over 800 contributors, who have joined the project since the launch in late September 2010 '

                                                    "This is a wonderful achievement", said Thorsten Behrens, Chairman of The Document Foundation. "We have managed to attract at least three new contributors per month, for 46 months in a row, with an average of more than 200 new contributors per year".

                                                    More on OpenStack Networking by Ronen Kofman
                                                    By Chris Kawalek
                                                    Chris writes," Our spotlight this week is on the latest entry in a series by Ronen Kofman about OpenStack networking:

                                                    Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 3 - Routing

                                                    The previous entries in that series are really great reads, too:

                                                    Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 1 Diving into OpenStack Network Architecture - Part 2 - Basic Use Cases

                                                    It's Time for Businesses to get Serious about BYOD
                                                    Klaus Bergius, Director of Technology Marketing EMEA at Oracle
                                                    Greg Jensen writes, "Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a corporate reality that is already affecting virtually every business operating today. In some ways BYOD is inevitable, with businesses having little choice but to adapt to it. Consumer smartphones, tablets and laptops may eventually end the corporate mandating of employee devices. But currently, there is widespread concern and even denial in enterprises, while embracing BYOD could create new opportunities. This is what the Oracle European BYOD Index Report, based on research carried out in January and February 2014, reveals..."
                                                    Nexenta News
                                                    NexentaStor 4.0 Finalist for Annual Network Products Guide Award
                                                    Network Products Guide, June 19th, 2014
                                                    Nexenta announced that Network Products Guide, an industry-leading technology research and advisory guide, has named NexentaStor 4.0 a finalist for the 9th Annual 2014 Hot Companies and Best Products Awards in the HOT TECHNOLOGIES category.

                                                    These industry and peer awards from Network Products Guide are the world's premier information technology awards honoring achievement and recognition in every facet of the IT industry.

                                                    Winners will be honored in San Francisco on Monday, June 23, 2014 during the 9th annual dinner and presentations.

                                                    Nexenta Wins 'Big Data Company of the Year' Award at The Storage Awards 2014
                                                    Nexenta, June 17th, 2014
                                                    Nexenta announced that it won the 'Big Data Company of the Year' award at The Storage Awards 2014.

                                                    The award ceremony was held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Now in its 11th year, the annual event offers readers of Storage Magazine (UK) the chance to reward outstanding and innovative products, services and people. The win for Nexenta illustrates how businesses of all sizes are realising the undeniable benefits of using its SDS solutions to support their growing data challenges.

                                                    Level3 News
                                                    Level 3 Communications to acquire tw telecom
                                                    tw telcom, June 16th, 2014
                                                    Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) and tw telecom (NASDAQ: TWTC) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement, intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization, whereby Level 3 will acquire tw telecom in a stock-and-cash transaction valued at $40.86 per share based on market close as of June 13, 2014. Under the terms and subject to the conditions of the agreement, tw telecom stockholders will receive $10 cash and 0.7 shares of Level 3 common stock for each share of tw telecom common stock that is owned at closing. The combination leverages the highly complementary strengths of the two companies to create a stronger, more nimble, customer service-oriented competitor to meet customers' increasingly complex local, national and global communications needs.
                                                      tw telecom Receives 2014 Light Reading Leading Lights Most Innovative Enterprise Service Award
                                                      tw telcom, June 18th, 2014
                                                      tw telecom inc. announced that Light Reading, a leading global community-driven media and research business, selected its Alerts Driven Dynamic Capacity capability as recipient of the 2014 Leading Lights Most Innovative Enterprise Service Award. The award was announced last evening during Light Reading's 10th annual Leading Lights ceremony in Chicago.

                                                      Alerts Driven Dynamic Capacity (ADDC) is a real-time, automatic, dedicated Ethernet bandwidth-on-demand capability that, for the first time, allows enterprises to pre-set bandwidth utilization thresholds, that when reached, the Ethernet service will automatically double or triple in capacity all without human intervention.

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