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Simplifying IT Leads to Better Business Outcomes, According to New Research from Leading Analyst Firm
Average Company in Study Realized $83M in Annual Benefits
A new study from IDC, a leading provider of global IT research and advice, shows that IT complexity leads to lower profits and curbs an organization's ability to innovate and grow. Companies in the study who reduced IT complexities were able to realize average annual benefits of $83 million. They also achieved other benefits including faster time to market, better customer service, and the ability to reallocate IT staff to more strategic projects.
IDC MarketScape Names Oracle Commerce as a Leader
Srini Rangaswamy, Solutions Market Director for Stores & Commerce at Oracle Retail
Srini Rangaswamy writes, "Oracle Commerce is named as a leader in the recent Retail eCommerce Vendor Assessment by IDC MarketScape. Thanks to our recent investments in Oracle Commerce V11 and Commerce Anywhere strategy designed to help retailers deliver engaging and relevant experiences online, on-the-go, in-store, and over the phone.

Per the IDC MarketScape, 'Oracle demonstrated a clear near- and long-term omnichannel strategy for the evolution of its ecommerce capability to become a singular commerce platform for retailers with both store and online operations.' Click here to download an excerpt of the report..."

Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam Chooses Oracle to Support Genomic Research and Advance Personalized Medicine
Healthcare Organization Accelerates Insights with Oracle Health Sciences Translational Research Center Running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine
As an institute at the forefront of patient-centered care and medical research, Netherlands-based Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam (Erasmus MC) seeks to accelerate genomic research and advance personalized medicine. The academic medical center selected Oracle Health Sciences Translational Research Center running on Oracle Exadata Database Machine as the foundation for its next-generation genomics initiatives. The solution will help the medical center accelerate insight that will drive new treatments and improve patient outcomes.
Oracle VM 3.3
By Jeff Savit

Oracle VM 3.3 was announced recently, providing substantial enhancements to Oracle's server virtualization product family. Jeff writes in a blog, "'ll focus on a few enhancements to Oracle VM Manager support for SPARC that will appeal to SPARC users:

  • Improved storage support: The original Oracle VM Manager support for SPARC systems only supported NFS storage. While Oracle VM Server for SPARC has long supported other storage types (local disk, SAN LUNs, iSCSI), the support in the Manager did not. This restriction has been eliminated, so customers can use Oracle VM Manager with SPARC systems with their preferred storage types.

  • Alternate Service Domain: A Best Practice for SPARC virtualization is to configure multiple service domains for resiliency. This was also not supported when under the control of Oracle VM Manager, but is now available. Customers can control their SPARC servers with Oracle VM Manager while using the recommended high availability configuration.

  • Improved console: Oracle VM Manager provides a way to access the guest domain console without logging into the server's control domain. In Oracle VM Manager 3.2 this was provided by a Java remote access application that depended on Java WebStart, and required that the correct software be installed and configured on the client's desktop. The new virtual console just requires a web browser that correctly supports the HTML5 standards. The new console is more robust and launches much more quickly.

  • Oracle VM High Availability (HA) support: This release adds SPARC support for Oracle VM HA. Servers in a pool of SPARC servers can be clustered, and VMs can be enabled for HA. If a server is restarted or shutdown, then HA-enabled VMs are migrated or restarted on other servers in the pool.

There are many other enhancements, and in general the other improvements in 3.3 are beneficial to SPARC systems too, but these are the top ones that stand out for SPARC customers..."

IT - Storage
Survey: Storage budgets shrink while capacity balloons
ComputerWeekly, July 3th, 2014
"Storage budgets are down while capacity balloons, and flash storage use is widespread but not yet in all-flash arrays.

Meanwhile, there is significant interest in private and public cloud, but not by a majority, and most are not convinced by the idea of the software-defined datacentre.

Those are the findings of the latest wave of interviews with storage and IT professionals at more than 250 mid-sized and large enterprises worldwide by 451 Research's TheInfoPro service.

Below are the top 10 takeaways from the research..."

10 Things Storage Vendors Don't Want You to Know
eWeek, July 7th, 2014
"The IT business, not unlike most other global enterprise sectors, relies a great deal on hyperbole and double-talk to keep potential sales conversations going. To find out the truth about the performance and reliability of a product - including storage solutions - potential buyers need to be able to see what's really under the hood, and that's only obtained by knowing the right questions to ask the vendor. What customers really require are straight-talking, no-fuss vendors to help them get the best storage platform for their businesses..."
Java Technology
NFJS Central Ohio Software Symposium Trip Report
By Reza Rahman
Reza writes, "I recently joined the well-respected US based No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) Tour. If you work in the US and still don't know what the No Fluff Just Stuff (NFJS) Tour is, you are doing yourself a very serious disfavor. NFJS is by far the cheapest and most effective way to stay up to date through some world class speakers and talks. Following the US cultural tradition of old-fashioned roadshows, NFJS is basically a set program of speakers and topics offered at major US cities year round. Via NFJS you get to have amazing training without paying for an expensive venue, lodging or travel. The events are usually on the weekends so you don't need to even skip work if you want..."
    Book Review: Murach's Java Servlets and JSPs (3rd Edition)
    Geertjan Wielenga
    Geertjan writes, "Two of the most popular IDEs for developing Java web applications are NetBeans and Eclipse. Both are open-source, and both are available for free. Of the two, we think that NetBeans is easier to use, especially when you're getting started with programming. That's why we recommend that you use NetBeans with this book..."

    "The above, on page 20 of the brand new still slightly sizzling hot off the presses "Murach's Java Servlets and JSPs (3rd Edition)" (June 2014), by Joel Murach and Michael Urban, is a promising signal to all NetBeans fans everywhere. Indeed, chapter 3 starts with about 10 pages of introductory texts, with screenshots, focused on NetBeans IDE 8. The remainder of the book uses NetBeans IDE throughout, in the instructions and getting started sections, as well..."

    Java Cookbook, 3rd Edition
    By Ian F. Darwin
    From lambda expressions and JavaFX 8 to new support for network programming and mobile development, Java 8 brings a wealth of changes. This cookbook helps you get up to speed right away with hundreds of hands-on recipes across a broad range of Java topics. You'll learn useful techniques for everything from debugging and data structures to GUI development and functional programming.

    Each recipe includes self-contained code solutions that you can freely use, along with a discussion of how and why they work. If you are familiar with Java basics, this cookbook will bolster your knowledge of the language in general and Java 8's main APIs in particular.

    Recipes include:...

    IT - Technology
    Are PCs dead? Certainly not, as demand for upgraded systems is set to explode
    Computerworld, July 8th, 2014
    "The rumors of the PC's demise have been greatly exaggerated, analysts say.

    For several years, some industry experts have been predicting the death of the PC.

    Now, a day after Gartner predicted the start of renewed growth of the worldwide PC market, some analysts say they agree that talk of the PC's demise is wrong, as corporations -- and consumers -- are ready to upgrade aging machines..."

    Bill Briggs, CTO of Deloitte, on wearables in the enterprise
    GIGAOM, July 12th, 2014
    "I had the opportunity to have an email exchange with Bill Briggs, the CTO of Deloitte Consulting, on the topic of enterprise wearables, a subject on which he's written quite a bit. Bill's been with Deloitte for over 16 years, during which time he has taken on many roles, including launching Deloitte Digital, a mix of 'creative, strategy, user experience, and engineering talent, and technology services to help clients harness disruptive digital technologies to redesign 'business as usual'to engage differently with customers, change how work gets done, and rethink the very core of their markets' He seemed like my kind of human..."
    Bell Labs Broadband Test Hits 10G bps Over Copper
    eWeek, July 9th, 2014
    "Alcatel-Lucent's research arm uses a prototype technology that could help carriers expand broadband at lower costs.

    Bell Labs scientists are saying they have hit data transmission speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second over traditional copper telephone lines, a development that could result in service providers bringing gigabit speed to broadband networks without the high cost of having to replace copper wires with fiber inside the buildings.

    In an announcement July 9, researchers at Bell Labs - the research unit of Alcatel-Lucent - said they were able to leverage the copper wiring and a prototype technology called XG-FAST to achieve 1 G-bps speeds over 70 meters on a single copper pair of lines provided by a European operator and 10G bps over 30 meters using two pairs of lines..."

      Holography Spells The Next Phase Of Innovation In Projection Technology
      Forrester, July 7th, 2014
      "No longer just a science fiction fantasy, holography technology is set to fuel major innovation in both business and consumer applications. Offering superior visual experience and support for interactive and intuitive applications, holography is already being leveraged in various scenarios, while the capabilities are also driving development of innovative applications across multiple industries. For instance, holography is being tested for simulation-aided training applications, as humans tend to notice patterns better when they're presented in three dimensions..."
        IT - Bitcoin
        New Study: Low Bitcoin Transaction Fees Unsustainable
        CoinDesk, July 9th, 2014
        "Transaction fees have come to the fore again after core developer Gavin Andresen indicated that the next bitcoin core update would feature a new way to determine fees.

        The issue of setting transaction fees has occupied core developers for some time. Andresen, for example, wrote about the issue last February, raising the possibility of a higher, fixed, fee for transactions.

        Rising bitcoin transaction fees are the focus of a new paper that was published as part of the International Conference on Digital Security and Forensics held in the Czech Republic in June..."

        Silicon Valley is moving into Bitcoin
        CryptoCoinsNews, July 9th, 2014
        "Richard Waters, writing in Financial Times, is reporting that Silicon Valley's A-Listers seem to be fast climbing onto the Bitcoin bandwagon. More and more of Silicon Valley's venture capitalists have been queuing up to invest in Bitcoin start-ups. Yesterday, some of Silicon Valley's heavy hitters bought into the $20 Million funding round for Xapo..."
        The Seattle Ã¢Â€ÂśBitcoin4bizÃ¢Â€Âť Payment Summit and Bitcoin 2.0
        Bitcoin Magazine, July 8th, 2014
        "Many individuals just discovering bitcoin have a hard time wrapping their head around the concept of the blockchain and 'Bitcoin 2.0.'

        The uses of the blockchain expand into more applications than money. These include storing any records, DACs (Decentralized Autonomous Corporations), and for the first time ever in human history, the ability to create an unforgeable document. There are many other facets of the blockchain technology that have yet to be discovered.

        The Seattle 'Bitcoin4biz' Payment Summit will explore the technology behind the blockchain that is often neglected or misunderstood by those who are only focused on bitcoin as a currency..."

        Bitcoin vs. Banking: An Infographic
        CryptoCoinsNews, July 13th, 2014
        "There's no denying that Bitcoin is changing the way we think about the financial market and investors are finally getting on board. Companies that specialize in buying and selling gold have made announcements that they will be expanding into Bitcoin. According to Richard Waters, a writer in the Financial Times, reported A-Listers in Silicon Valley are climbing onto the bitcoin bandwagon..."
        Virtual Currencies Draw Fresh Regulator Scrutiny
        Information Week, July 2nd, 2014
        "Federal regulators are paying more attention to the growing use of bitcoin and other virtual online currencies. The GAO calls for more consumer protections.

        The growing popularity of virtual currencies in online transactions is forcing the government to turn its attention to regulating a new breed of digital money. But the Government Accountability Office said agencies still need to pay more attention to consumer protection..."

        Gold Companies are Rushing into Bitcoin
        CryptoCoinsNews, July 11th, 2014
        "A number of companies specializing in selling, buying, managing or mining gold, with a combined market cap of billions, have recently announced their expansion into the Bitcoin arena through mining, selling, storing or accepting bitcoins for gold.

        Netagio, founded by GoldMoney which specializes in selling and storing gold with a market cap of approximately two billion dollars, today announced its launch of a new three-way exchange of bitcoin to gold to pounds, allowing users to buy, sell or store either of the three assets or interchange them in a peer to peer exchange..."

        5 Bitcoin Trends That Have Emerged in 2014 (So Far)
        CoinDesk, July 13th, 2014
        "The bitcoin landscape is evolving so rapidly that it's hard to believe we're already halfway through the year.

        Like any new industry, there are so many areas to explore in the bitcoin space that sometimes make a week's worth of developments it feel like a month or two have gone by.

        Bitcoin has certainly seen a lot of action in 2014. The collapse of Mt. Gox, hefty venture capital investments in bitcoin startups and the US government auction of 30,000 bitcoins seized from the Silk Road all generated buzz in the mainstream media..."

        Solaris 20th Anniversary
        As part of the celebration of 20 years of Solaris, Oracle has created an infographic that covers the evolution of Solaris:

        • Feb 1982 - Sun founded
        • 80's - The UNIX Wars
        • 1984 - Debut of NFS
        • June 1992 -Solaris is born
        • Feb 200 - Solaris 8
        • May 2000 - Compatibility Guarantee
        • Oct 2003 - DTrace
        • Dec 2006 - SPARC T-Series
        • Nov 2006 - Trusted Extensions
        • Jan 2010 - Sun becomes part of Oracle
        • Nov 2011 - Oracle Solaris 11
        • Oct 2012 - Solaris 11.1

        Solaris infographic

        Some missing achievements in the infographic include the project to open-source Solaris resulting in the creation of OpenSolaris and "the last word in Filesystems", ZFS.

        MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.18
        Offers many significant improvements over MEM 2.3.
        Andy Bang writes, "MySQL Enterprise Monitor 2.3.18 is now available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) web site. This is a maintenance release that updates various third party components. You can find more information on the contents of this release in the change log.

        You will find binaries for the new release on My Oracle Support. Choose the "Patches & Updates" tab, and then choose the "Product or Family (Advanced Search)" side tab in the "Patch Search" portlet.

        Important: MySQL Enterprise Monitor (MEM) 3.0 offers many significant improvements over MEM 2.3. If you have not already analyzed upgrading any remaining 2.3 installations to MEM 3.0, we highly recommend you do so. More information on MEM 3.0 is available..."

        Cloud Computing
        Oracle Helps dunnhumby Transform its Global Processes via the Cloud
        Customer Science Pioneer Chooses Oracle Sales Cloud, Marketing Cloud, HCM Cloud and ERP Cloud
        dunnhumby, the world's leading customer science company, has broken new ground as one of the first organisations to implement a unique suite of Oracle cloud solutions, including Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Marketing Cloud, Oracle ERP Cloud, Oracle HCM Cloud, Oracle Hyperion Managed Cloud Service and Oracle Business Intelligence Applications Managed Cloud Service to help streamline its operations and continue to drive its rapid growth. Working with organisations such as Tesco PLC, The Kroger Co., Macy's and Coca-Cola, dunnhumby analyses data from more than 400 million customers across the globe for its clients and helps them transform their businesses by putting the people they serve at the heart of their decision-making. By adopting the full stack of Oracle solutions, dunnhumby has enhanced its front and back-office processes with a state-of-the-art applications platform and an integrated enterprise applications suite.
        IT - Cloud
        Five Trends Show Why Cloud Computing Is Far From Mature
        eWeek, July 8th, 2014
        "Here are five trends that are apparent at 2014's midpoint that show customers face a lot of difficult questions and choices when selecting cloud computing services.

        The concept of using cloud computing to replace or augment your IT infrastructure is still relatively new. The introduction of Amazon Web Services in 2006 is a good date to pick as a starting point for this trend.

        We are now halfway through 2014 and Google, IBM, HP and the OpenStack gang have had their turns to talk about their latest cloud offerings. So this is a good time to see what is changing in cloud computing. Here are five trends I'm watching..."

        Gateways Will Accelerate Data Migration To The Cloud
        Forrester, July 9th, 2014
        "The last few days have been eventful in the cloud gateway space and should provide I&O organizations more incentive to start evaluating gateways. Yesterday, EMC announced its acquisition of cloud gateway startup TwinStrata which will allow EMC customers to move on-premise data from EMC arrays to public cloud storage providers. Today, Panzura launched a free cloud gateway and their partner Google is adding 2TB of free cloud storage for a year to entice companies to kick the tires on a gateway..."
        Considering cloud service tiers
        GIGAOM, July 10th, 2014
        "Companies that leverage cloud will collect hundreds of cloud services, and these services will become parts of mission-critical applications. As we discussed last week, this situation creates the need to identify these services and build a catalog that can properly discover, track, leverage, manage, and secure the services.

        We've always had the notion of tiers when it came to understanding the importance of applications, network services, data, etc., and a services catalog can play an important role in tier management. The idea is to provide more detailed support to applications at the higher tiers, which are applications with higher importance to the organization. These applications need infrastructure services and platforms that provide better up time and performance, even if they cost more..."

        10 ways to adopt Web-scale IT across the enterprise
        Enterprise AppsTech, July 7th, 2014
        "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With the widespread acclaim and commercial advantage that comes from being first to market, it has been sniffed at by innovative, trailblazing businesses -until now. It's time to bury our collective pride and learn from other businesses, as global analysts Gartner introduce us to the term 'Web-scale IT' This basically involves us looking to the likes of Google, Facebook, Netflix and Amazon and other large cloud-based businesses, and applying their approaches to IT to our own organisations..."
        Global cloud services market to reach $555 billion by 2020
        Help Net Security, July 9th, 2014
        "The global cloud services market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 17.6% from 2014 to 2020, reaching a market size of $555 billion in 2020, according to Allied Market Research.

        In 2014, the overall cloud services market revenue will reach $209.9 billion, led by public cloud services. The community cloud services segment is gaining momentum and is expected to garner revenue of $1 billion this year, thanks to its adoption in healthcare segment..."

        10 Reasons Why PaaS Usage Is on the Rise in the Enterprise
        eWeek, July 9th, 2014
        "Platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offers ease of use and speedy time-to-market for business apps - sometimes even without the IT department getting involved. But are organizations really adopting the technology? If so, to what end? A 700-person survey from app development and data integration company Progress points to soaring demand for PaaS architecture from organizations looking for faster development and deployment cycles..."
        IT - CxO
        IT's Job is to Collaborate
        CIO & Leader, July 7th, 2014
        "How different is it to work abroad in a global enterprise compared to working in India? Is there more collaboration of IT department with other departments in any global enterprise than that we see in India? Is the technology curve ahead there?

        IT's job is to collaborate with other departments to add value back to the business. I think that this is a part of the IT charter whether an organisation is global or not..."

          Practical innovation: Getting real on getting creative
          ComputerWorld, July 8th, 2014
          "The word innovation can inspire either great enthusiasm or a lot of eye-rolling. While it's a huge driver for the technology industry globally, we know that locally it can crash against the reality of resource and tactical constraints. Given these challenges, Rick Mears, CIO of Owens & Minor and a recent Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader, found a way to make innovation work, and work quickly..."
          It's Time for IT to Take Control of BYOA
          Data Center Knowledge, July 7th, 2014
          "IT departments that are waiting to make necessary changes in device and application management are sitting on a ticking time bomb.

          As an industry, we learned a while ago about what it means to have employees bring their own devices into the office, and many IT professionals played catch up to accommodate the various support - and more important, security - requirements that presented themselves as a result.

          BYOD is here to stay, and the Bring Your Own Applications (BYOA) trend has quickly joined the fray. While not new, there are many IT departments that have yet to address how they will manage these apps..."

          10 Facts About E-Signatures in Today's Any Time, Any Place World
          eWeek, July 10th, 2014
          "Electronic signatures were created to put an end to paper processing and finally bring organizations into the digital age. Think about all the day-to-day processes your organization may start electronically (a loan application, an account opening, contract, etc.), which then fall to paper when it's time to collect a signature. E-signatures eliminate the need to print documents simply to capture a signature and are especially valuable for highly regulated transactions like mortgages, car loans and insurance products. Providing a self-contained, portable record, e-signatures offer ROI benefits, legal protection, improved customer service and other benefits..."
            Why Your Company Needs a Chief Customer Officer
            CIO Today, July 8th, 2014
            "Customer-centric is a popular buzzword but a CCO (Chief Customer Officer) Council study shows that not all firms put their money where their mouths are. CEOs and boards must commit from the outset to support and invest in the initiatives of the chief customer officer for a minimum of two years to ensure the highest ROI, according to the CCO Council..."
              Cloud & The Fuzzy Math of Shadow IT
              Dark Reading, July 10th, 2014
              "Do you know how many cloud apps, on average, are running in your organization? The number is probably greater than you think.

              Organizations are adopting the cloud in a big way. Today, representing about 23% of IT spend, cloud computing has accelerated because it allows people to get their jobs done more quickly, more easily, and more flexibly than they can using traditional computing tools. Set to account for 60% of cloud services in 2017, software-as-a-service has proliferated in enterprises and has now reached a tipping point..."

              Mr. CIO Choose What You Want to be
              CIO & Leader, July 8th, 2014
              "As we enter the digital industrial revolution, CIOs have to now decide whether they want to lead the digital business strategy or prefer taking a back office role of heading traditional IT operations. In an exclusive interview, Lee Weldon, Research Director with Gartner's Office of the CIO Research Team shares how CIOs can help their respective organisations in meeting this digital reality. Excerpts:

              How do you define this digital reality which awaits CIOs now?..."

              vBeers@ Boca : Wed July 16th @ Biergarten Boca
              3 Separate Monthly Events - @ Boca; @ Miami; @ Broward
              Join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL. The May meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park an East of I-95.

              This event will be a non-sponsored event so bring your wallet, your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community (including YOU!). Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend! The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

              • vBeers @ Broward 2nd Wednesday of Month
              • vBeers @ Boca 3rd Wednesday of Month
              • vBeers @ Miami 4th Wednesday of Month

              Please register at Eventbrite.

              Details @

              vBeers@ Miami : Wed July 23rd @ Miami - DRB
              3 Separate Monthly Events - @ Boca; @ Miami; @ Broward
              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! The DRB is also giving all of our guests 15% off all food!

              Please register at Eventbrite.

              Details @

              IT - DR
              Cloud computing disaster recovery: Don't set it and forget it
              SearchCIO, July 7th, 2014
              "Has your enterprise contracted with a cloud vendor for disaster recovery? If so, do you hold that vendor to the same high DR standards you maintain within your organization?

              During our June #CIOChat, SearchCIO asked participants: "How important is it to perform cloud-based disaster recovery (DR) tests? Do we even need tests with cloud-based DR?" Cloud computing-based DR is appealing on a number of fronts with regards to resource planning and cost savings..."

              Virtual Technology Summit July 2014
              Available on demand

              The Oracle Technology Network (OTN) hosted its first Virtual Technology Summit (VTS).

              Attend the VTS earn first hand from Oracle ACEs, Java Champions, and Oracle product experts, as they share their insight and expertise on using Oracle technologies to meet today's IT challenges. This interactive, online event offers four technical tracks, each with a unique focus on specific tools, technologies, and tips in these focus areas.

              • Java - Big Trends and Technologies
              • Systems - OS Tips and Tricks for Sysadmins
              • Database - Mastering Oracle Database Management & Development Techniques
              • Middleware - The Architecture of Analytics: Big Time Big Data and Business Intelligence

              For details please visit our registration page here.

              IT - Networks
              More Than Half of Networks Not Ready for Internet of Things
              CIO Today, July 7th, 2014
              "The majority of IT professionals recognize the demands the Internet of Things will make on their networks, according to a survey by Infoblox. But many networks' teams will have to respond to the IoT without significant increases in budgets or staffing. Network automation will be crucial as IT confront this massive growth in network complexity..."
              IT - Operations
              Consolidation is key: IT management best practices
              SearchDataCenter, July 7th, 2014
              "Got departments buying ERP software as a service, rampant virtual-machine sprawl and a server room in the Idaho branch office with chronic uptime problems? Here's how to set up a centralized, uniform IT infrastructure.

              IT management best practices suffered with the emergence of server rooms in branch offices, employee-led technology changes like bring your own device (BYOD) and departments buying their own data center equipment and applications. The result is a combination of multiple different facilities, each running to different service levels with poor overall systems utilization and a lack of overall systems availability. It's time to take that back..."

              Cooling Trends: Cost-Cutting Opportunities
              Data Center Knowledge, July 8th, 2014
              "In the future, when you open the door to the data center, will you still hear that loud hum of the air handlers? Will the temperature drop as you step over the threshold? Some IT and facilities managers accept as inevitable that data centers have to operate between 64 and 68°F and that cooling systems have to scale in direct proportion to server and storage expansion. Fortunately, they are wrong. The latest technology advances and best practices are changing the cooling practices and approaches in the data center..."
                The impact of the changing datacenter
                ZDNet, July 8th, 2014
                "We all recognize that the tech industry is moving away from physical systems and the software they run. We're now looking at a world in which processing, storage, and networking are seen as resources to be provisioned, orchestrated and then re-provisioned for the next task automatically.

                After speaking with a number of industry luminaries, such as Andrew Hillier, CTO of CiRBA, and Boris Renski, Vice President and Co-Founder of Mirantis, it's clear that the tech industry has begun to think about IT resources in a different and far more flexible way..."

                IT - Security
                The Black Hats Keep Striking
                CIO Insight, July 9th, 2014
                "Cybercriminals are expanding their targets and their means of attack, according to Trend Micro's Q1 report, 'Cybercrime Hits the Unexpected.' Among the developments: New and modified online banking malware continues to thrive, striking different targets in Q1 2014. Likewise, mobile malware and high-risk apps are on a five-year streak and broke the 2 million barrier, the report notes. Lastly, a massive strike against decades-old point of sale systems enabled hackers to acquire the personal information 70 million retail customers..."
                  Security Researchers Discover New Mini ATM Skimmers
                  ubergizmo, July 7th, 2014
                  "ATM skimmers are not new and have been around for many years already. In fact there are some ATMs that displays warning messages to customers, informing them that if they spot a foreign device on the machine, such as a skimmer, that they probably shouldn't use it and go to a different machine instead. However it seems that skimmers have evolved over the years to the point where it has become barely noticeable..."
                    6 ways to build in security
                    GCN, July 10th, 2014
                    "IT security has recently gotten a lot of attention in the mainstream press for all the wrong reasons - like the Target hack that compromised millions of credit card numbers or the Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL that had everyone scrambling. Government IT systems are not immune (here and here for example), and it isn't hard to see why. With agency budgets already stretched to their limits, bolting security measures on to complex architectures comprised of applications of myriad ages, technologies and levels of quality is virtually impossible..."
                    How to Bypass and Reset the Password on Every Operating System
                    How-To Geek, July 7th, 2014
                    "Passwords can be reset or bypassed on every operating system. On Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, you can gain access to a computer's unencrypted files after resetting the password - the password doesn't actually prevent access to your files.

                    On other devices where you can't gain access to the files, you can still reset the device and gain access to it without knowing a password. These tricks all require physical access to the device..."

                    Nearly 70% of critical infrastructure providers suffered a breach
                    Help Net Security, July 7th, 2014
                    "New research from Unisys finds alarming gaps in the security of the world's critical infrastructure. Nearly 70 percent of companies surveyed that are responsible for the world's power, water and other critical functions have reported at least one security breach that led to the loss of confidential information or disruption of operations in the past 12 months..."
                    Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking
                    Help Net Security, July 10th, 2014
                    "There are many people out there fascinated by the idea of penetration testing, but they believe they could never learn to do it, or haven't got a clue on where to start. This book aims to be the first book that aspiring pentesters will pick up and, according to the author, the only thing they need to know before working though it is to install software on their computer..."
                      The biggest data breaches of 2014 (so far)
                      ComputerWorld, July 11th, 2014
                      "In the battle to keep your personal information private, it's not just hackers you have to worry about but lax security and stupidity.

                      A survey of data breaches in the first six months of this year shows an increasing number of incidents in which data, including names and addresses, credit card and Social Security numbers, and medical records was lost to criminals or exposed.

                      In many of the cases, the breaches were put down to poor data security practices or simple errors:..."

                      Black Hat USA 2014: Third-Party Vulns Spread Like Diseases
                      Dark Reading, July 7th, 2014
                      "As security professionals grapple with how to classify and triage vulnerabilities in third-party libraries and components their software depends upon, it may help to think about the spread of these vulnerabilities the way a public health professional views the spread of infectious disease. Two researchers at Black Hat next month plan to present data that shows how the spread of attack surface from something like a Heartbleed vulnerability instance looks very similar to an epidemiological event, like a widespread flu outbreak..."
                      Why Security Awareness Programs Fail
                      CIO Insight, July 9th, 2014
                      "Over the past few decades, organizations have spent millions, if not billions, of dollars on information security awareness activities. The rationale behind this approach was to take their biggest asset - people
                      • and change their behavior, thus reducing risk by providing them with knowledge of their responsibilities.

                      Organizations continue to heavily invest in "developing human capital." No CEO's presentation or annual report would be complete without stating its value. The implicit idea behind this is that awareness and training always delivers some kind of value with no need to prove it - employee satisfaction was considered enough. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case..."

                      IT - Careers
                      Employees Link Productivity to Flexible Schedules
                      CIO Insight, July 7th, 2014
                      "A generation ago, flexible schedules were perceived as exceptions in the workplace. Today, they've emerged as mainstream. And most Americans say that flexible schedules boost productivity, as opposed to hindering it, according to recently released research from The Harris Poll. The vast majority of poll respondents feel that they should be evaluated based upon how well they do their job, as opposed to when they do it.

                      So - given that most parents say they don't spend enough time with their families, according to the survey results - CIOs and other managers should know that a a significant number of professionals are willing to pass up job offers if they present a conflict with family obligations. Many employees, in fact, have remained committed to a flexible schedule, even at the cost of a job promotion or raise..."

                        Intensive interview process ensures you hire top tech talent
                        CIO, July 10th, 2014
                        "Almost anyone can craft an impressive a resume, nail a phone interview and even ace an in-person interview. The key to finding and retaining the right talent is a rigorous (even stressful) screening and hiring process...

                        While many organizations struggle to retain top talent in a tight employment market, some firms are using intensive, rigorous hiring and training practices to ensure both that their hires are the right fit and that the employee stays for the long term..."

                          Communication Equals Love: A Missing Link In Your Hiring Process
                          Forbes, July 6th, 2014
                          "Many of us in HR and Leadership circles - I am among them - bemoan the negativity that springs up during the process of recruiting employees, affecting positive candidate experience and your employer brand. One would think companies would have a stake in ensuring candidates, whether they are hired or not, have a positive experience with the hiring company and your recruiting process. Others might point out that not getting the job is in itself enough to sour the candidate on the company if he or she is passed over. Yet studies have shown even unsuccessful applicants retain a positive experience of the company, if a too-often-overlooked link is maintained: clear, unambiguous communication..."
                            The top 10 paying IT jobs: IT careers can prove fruitful
                            ComputerWorld, July 10th, 2014
                            "IT management positions have long paid quite well, but a new survey finds that a lot of other IT jobs are providing big paychecks.

                            Mondo, a company that recruits and places technology workers, collects data on its annual placements, which can be either permanent or contractor positions. Based on data from 4,000 placements this year, it developed a salary report that includes regional pay ranges, and year-to-year wage increases.

                            One of the more striking results was the difference in the rate of wage growth between Android and iOS developers..."

                            The Real Impact of Candidate Experience and Employer Branding
                            Brandon Hall Group, July 7th, 2014
                            "I spent some time last week digging into the raw data from our 2014 Talent Acquisition Benchmark Survey to uncover deeper insights for an upcoming KnowledgeGraphic - one of Brandon Hall Group's newest research products. We published one last month on the Talent Acquisition Disconnect that included juicy data points like 64% of organizations operate without even a high-level strategy to guide their hiring decisions and initiatives.

                            As I've mentioned before, I've been thinking a lot about impact lately - especially in terms of some of the more advanced functions of talent acquisition..."

                            Big Data Cloud Migration Quickens
                            Enterprise Systems Journal, July 7th, 2014
                            "The cloud is a perfect fit for Big Data analytics. The hyperscale industry leaders -- Google, Facebook and so on -- have been doing it for many years. But payoffs for smaller enterprises with tighter budgets could be even more important, and there's evidence the trend toward cloud-hosted Big Data is accelerating.

                            The benefits and business drivers of the migration to the cloud are well-documented and summed up nicely by Oracle Corp. in an article titled "Trends in Cloud Computing: Big Data's New Home":..

                            IT Pros: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
                            CIO Insight, July 10th, 2014
                            "As IT has become integrated into businesses and is no longer considered a department of antisocial nerds, IT professionals are seeking ways to learn business skills. But many IT pros think that to get them, or to advance their career, they must leave their present company. A new study, 'Hello, I Must Be Going: Hard Facts on Soft Skills,' by Wisegate Research, says 62% of respondents expect to leave within the next two years..."
                              IT - Virtualization
                              How virtualization is lifting us to the cloud
                              InfoWorld, July 9th, 2014
                              "Over the past decade, the whole world seems to have embraced virtualization. Is there nothing left to conquer? Hardly. Virtualization technology itself is changing very fast. And the right solutions to address the challenges of legacy application support and migration for modern applications can be tough to find.

                              This week in the New Tech Forum, David Cauthron, co-founder and CTO of Nimboxx, gives us a bit of virtualization history, how that relates to the current reality of the commodity hypervisor, and his take on where it's all going from here. -- Paul Venezia..."

                              Securing the virtual environment
                              Help Net Security, July 11th, 2014
                              "So you have you a shiny new virtual environment up and running. You may have virtualised all your servers, so that your business-critical databases, CRM systems, ERP applications and email all reside in a virtual environment. It has been a long project, but now it is complete and you are experiencing the operational, performance and cost gains. Stop! Think! Have you covered all the bases? Have you thought about security?..."
                              Benefits of Data Center Virtualization
                              Virtual-Strategy Magazine, July 9th, 2014
                              "Virtualization makes it easier for you to use your data center's hardware more efficiently. Managing a large number of physical servers can be a daunting task that can bog down your staff. Data center management sustainability can be optimized through virtualization because administrators can run the same number of servers on a smaller number of physical machines.

                              There are several benefits of data center virtualization and they include reduced costs, especially on hardware. Moreover, your operations become more efficient, your green IT dream will be realized and you can get secure backups. In fact, there are thirteen crucial reasons to consider when thinking of embracing data center virtualization and boosting productivity..."

                              Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
                              By Honglin Su
                              Honglin writes, "The Oracle VM Storage Connect framework provides a storage discovery and provisioning API that enables the provisioning and management of storage platforms directly from within Oracle VM Manager. The abstraction provided by the Storage Connect framework allows administrators to perform provisioning operations without the need to know the specific behavior of any storage platforms that are being used within the Oracle VM infrastructure. The Storage Connect API allows third party storage vendors to develop their own Oracle VM Storage Connect plug-ins that enable their storage appliances to interface with the Storage Connect framework..."
                              IT - Database
                              Can A 50-Person Startup Threaten Oracle, IBM, And Microsoft?
                              Forbes, July 11th, 2014
                              "Companies spend $35 billion on so-called SQL databases to store and retrieve their data. Goliaths Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft all sell such databases. But a 50-employee, Cambridge, Mass.-based startup claims to be winning business from their enterprise customers. Should investors in those Goliaths be worried?

                              The startup in question is NuoDB and it sells a distributed database management system (DBMS) to companies that use SQL databases, operate their data centers in the cloud and want guarantees of great service..."

                              IT - Mobile
                              Are Mobile Workspaces Speeding Up the Death of the Office?
                              Innovation Insights, July 11th, 2014
                              "JetBlue. American Express. Aetna Insurance.

                              What do they have in common? Each of these companies is saving millions of dollar annually by shedding office space and allowing employees to work remotely. This trend of sending workers home isn't new, but it is becoming much more common. It started in 2010 when the Federal Government announced their Telework Enhancement Act to save 'money by helping government reduce real estate and energy costs and promote management efficiencies; makes us more resilient in severe weather and other emergencies; improves the quality of employee work-life; and increases employment opportunities for persons with disabilities'..."

                              5 Keys to Success for a Mobile-First Strategy
                              Bank Systems and Technology, July 7th, 2014
                              "Developing a mobile-first strategy requires prioritizing several key success factors.

                              Digital banking is undergoing a dramatic shift as banks' strategies go from 'cram online banking into the mobile device' to a true 'mobile-first' strategy. As an old dog in digital, making this shift in mindset wasn't easy, but now I'm a mobile-first evangelist. How do you pursue a true mobile-first strategy? I've found these are some of the essential keys:..."

                                Mobile Banking Rises Across the Globe
                                eWeek, July 9th, 2014
                                "Emerging countries such as China, India and Bangladesh witnessed significant growth in the past 12 months, the Juniper study found.

                                More than 1.75 billion mobile phone users will have used their devices for banking purposes by the end of 2019, compared to 800 million this year, according to a report from Juniper Research.

                                Emerging countries such as China, India and Bangladesh also witnessed significant growth in the past 12 months, the study found. The report also noted that nearly 100 percent of the banks analyzed had some sort of mobile (SMS, browser and app based) and online banking offering, with almost every bank having apps available for at least one smartphone operating system..."

                                  IT - Big Data
                                  The fear of big data is growing
                                  GIGAOM, July 7th, 2014
                                  "Facebook's most recent episode of stepping well past the painted lines and wandering around in no-man's land continues to reverberate, and probably won't quiet down quickly. In case you've been living in an ice cave in the Antarctic, here's a summary: Adam Kramer, a data scientist at Facebook, led a research project that covertly sought to manipulate the emotions of Facebook users by controlling the frequency of happy and sad posts that reached users, with the intent of confirm the hypothesis that this was possible. 700,000 people were selected for the study, none of whom were informed or asked for consent..."
                                  How big data, motivational design and gamification come together as Loyalty 3.0
                                  Enterprise AppsTech, July 11th, 2014
                                  "I've really enjoyed reading Bunchball founder Rajat Paharia's book Loyalty 3.0: How to Revolutionize Customer and Employee Engagement with Big Data and Gamification. This is one of the best books on gamification I've read.

                                  If you are planning an internal gamification initiative don't be put off by the word Loyalty in the name, this is a great book that successfully explains the gamification opportunity both for employees and customers..."

                                  Architecting for big data
                                  SearchCIO, July 7th, 2014
                                  "Search and recommendation engines, such as Amazon's "customers who bought this item also bought" feature, changed how the world finds and interacts with information. But for many businesses, the technology behind the recommendation engine can often force them to make a costly tradeoff, said Scott Jarr, co-founder and chief strategy officer for the open source, in-memory database provider VoltDB..."
                                  10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Big Data
                                  eWeek, July 8th, 2014
                                  "Most business people would give anything - well, almost anything - to know ahead of time what is going to happen in their company. We're talking about predicting how much stock to order ahead of an expected sales spike and what types of customers new products will attract, as well as knowing what customers really think about the company. These things can be accomplished using forms of big data analytics. With an estimated market size of $16.1 billion, according to Gartner Research, the big data products and services fulfillment world is growing six times faster than the overall IT market itself..."
                                  Big Data security mistakes, tips and tricks
                                  Help Net Security, July 7th, 2014
                                  "n this interview, Mark Cusack, Chief Architect at RainStor, talks about the main challenges of handling petabyte-scale volumes of data, illustrates the most obvious mistakes that companies make with their Big Data projects and offers advice to organizations about to welcome Big Data into their cloud storage environments.

                                  Companies tend to underestimate the importance of Big Data security. What advice would you give to organizations about to welcome Big Data into their cloud storage environments?..."

                                  6 Tips for Using Big Data to Hunt Cyberthreats
                                  Dark Reading, July 8th, 2014
                                  "You need to be smart about harnessing big data to defend against today's security threats, data breaches, and attacks.

                                  Ask 10 different people what big data is, and you may get 10 different answers. For the sake of this article, big data refers to the mining of usable information from the large amounts of data being created around the world every day. While companies look to take advantage of all this data to improve operations, increase sales, and lower costs, many are discovering that it can also be used for security by offering a broader view of risk and vulnerabilities..."

                                  IT - BYOD
                                  Managing an Employee's Multiple Devices
                                  CIO Insight, July 10th, 2014
                                  "Consider the salesperson in your organization that has a laptop, smartphone and tablet. This individual needs access to certain business apps and data to do their job well - and to do it productively. Ideally, the salesperson wants to access the same apps and data regardless of the device they are currently using. Delivering consistency across multiple devices and managing endpoint devices in a user-centric fashion is critical to enabling success. Separate methodologies and tools for the management of these individual endpoints lead to variability in user experience and confusion, which can hurt an enterprise's bottom line...."
                                  There's still a security disconnect on BYOD
                                  ComputerWorld, July 11th, 2014
                                  "Corporate employees -- and to a lesser extent IT managers -- are taking a surprisingly lax approach towards security issues raised by the business use of personally owned smartphones and other mobiles devices, according to two surveys.

                                  The surveys found that most companies have adopted policies governing the use of personally owned mobile devices, though less than one in five companies said they have controls in place for enforcing those policies..."

                                  Exploring the BYOD security dynamic
                                  Help Net Security, July 11th, 2014
                                  "Webroot examined the use and security of personal mobile devices in the work environment from both the employee and employer perspectives.

                                  The initial survey, conducted in late 2013, explored the prevalence of employee-owned devices, how they are being secured, and employee concerns regarding company-mandated security programs. The second survey, conducted in March 2014, looked at how IT managers view the risk of employee-owned devices, the prevalence of formal mobile security policies, and the extent to which employee input is included in developing BYOD policies.

                                  Key findings:..."

                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                  Vol 197 Issue 1; Vol 196 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 195 Issues 2, 3 and 4
                                  We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                  • Oracle VM 3.3 Delivers Enterprise-Scale Performance Enhancements
                                  • DefenseCode: Unix WildCards Gone Wild"
                                  • Announcing the Next-Generation of Virtual Compute Appliance
                                  • Register for OpenWorld 2014
                                  • Oracle Solaris Studio 12.4 Beta refresh
                                  • Mark Hurd lays out Oracle's cloud progress and its plan to be No. 1
                                  • Oracle Prices $10.0 Billion Aggregate Principal Amount of Investment Grade Notes
                                  • ava Community Process (JCP) News
                                  • MySQL Workbench 6.1.7 GA has been released
                                  • Optimizing the Data Center with Oracle Cross Portfolio Offerings

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

                                    Network Virtualization High Availability
                                    By Orgad Kimchi
                                    "How to add high availability to the network infrastructure of a multitenant cloud environment using the DLMP aggregation technology introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.1."

                                    Orgad writes, "This article is Part 1 of a two-part series. In Part 1, we will cover how to implement network HA using datalink multipathing (DLMP) aggregation technology, which was introduced in Oracle Solaris 11.1.

                                    In Part 2 of this series, we will explore how to secure the network and perform typical network management operations for an environment that uses DLMP aggregations.

                                    Once we virtualize a network cloud infrastructure using Oracle Solaris 11 network virtualization technologies - such as virtual network interface cards (VNICs), virtual switches, load balancers, firewalls, and routers - the network itself becomes an increasingly critical component of the cloud infrastructure..."

                                    What Can You Do With Data Link Multipathing (DLMP)?
                                    By Rick Ramsey

                                    Rick writes, "Bjoern Rost, Oracle ACE, provides a nice explanation of a Solaris feature that didn't get a lot of attention when it was released: Data Link Multipathing (DLMP) and DLMP aggregation. DLMP aggregation allows you to combine virtual network interfaces from different physical network interfaces into high availability clusters. You can also use these clusters to improve load balancing, as Bjoern explains in his blog post.

                                    Orgad likes DLMP, too. So much, in fact, that he took a break from reconfiguring the International Space Station so his kids could control it from their XBox, and wrote an article explaining how to apply DLMP to a virtual network. Two articles, in fact..."

                                    Book Review: NetBeans Platform for Beginners
                                    by Dustin Marx
                                    Juergen writes, "The recent Leanpub publication NetBeans Platform for Beginners: Modular Application Development for the Java Desktop by Jason Wexbridge and Walter Nyland provides an introduction to and coverage of the NetBeans Platform. I review the PDF version of NetBeans Platform for Beginners that was last updated on 26 March 2014 in this post.

                                    NetBeans Platform for Beginners features over 350 pages of content divided into ten chapters and three major parts. Although the authors address NetBeans 7.4 specifically, the material in this book should be appropriate for several future versions of NetBeans as well. No prior NetBeans experience is assumed, but familiarity with Java is assumed. Although I've used Java and NetBeans IDE for years, my experience with NetBeans Platform has been minimal, making a book focused on NetBeans Platform for Beginners attractive to me..."

                                    Nexenta News
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                                    Level3 News
                                    tw telecom Extends Nationwide Network in Virginia
                                    industry-leading network solutions now available to enterprise customers throughout metropolitan Richmond
                                    tw telecom inc. announced it is expanding its nationwide network by introducing service in Virginia's state capital of Richmond. The company is now able to deploy its industry-leading portfolio of data and Internet services to more enterprises, including its innovative Business Ethernet and Intelligent Network capabilities.

                                    tw telecom has teamed up with QTS, a leading national provider of data center solutions and fully managed services, providing networking solutions to customers in its Richmond data center, a 1.3 million square-foot campus supporting enterprise clients, government data center consolidation opportunities, and commercial colocation and managed services.

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