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Oracle's Improved Systems Are Great for Business
By Joseph Gacing, The Motley Fool, July 2014
Joseph Gacing writes in an article for The Motley Fool, "Oracle investors were not happy when the company posted its fiscal fourth-quarter 2014 results that showed that its net income had dropped. Oracle's lower profit can be chalked up to its heavy investments in the cloud arena. CEO Larry Ellison chimed in with a cloud note saying that the company had now become the No. 2 SaaS company with Salesforce in the lead.

Oracle's SaaS and PaaS subscriptions grew 25% to $322 million, much faster than the company's overall revenue growth.

But, Oracle now has one more reason to smile. Its long-suffering hardware segment is now sputtering back to life, powered by strong growth in the company's engineered systems..."

Mirantis And Oracle Collaborate, Because My Enemy's Enemy Is My Friend
Ben Kepes in Forbes
Ben Kepes writes, "A couple of months ago news broke that Red Hat was playing a little dirty in order to get an edge on its OpenStack competitors. A number of people were shocked and saddened by the revelation, assuming (admittedly a little naively) that in the open source world competitors would play more nicely than they do in the more mercenary proprietary world. Red Hat's move to discourage customers from using OpenStack distributions from vendors other than Red Hat was an understandable, if slightly unsavory move.

That news looks all the more ironic today with the announcement that Oracle, perhaps the quintessential exemplar of proprietary aggressiveness, is partnering with Mirantis to deliver Mirantis-powered OpenStack private clouds. Mirantis have integrated Oracle Linux and Oracle VM into their OpenStack distribution and in doing so give customers yet another option for enterprise-level OpenStack. According to Mirantis, rather than a small vendor riding on the coattails of a much larger one, this integration is indeed a collaborative one..."

SPARC
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Oracle prepares to unveil next-gen SPARC 7 processor
At Hot Chips microprocessor technology conference in August
Oracle will be unveiling its next-generation SPARC 7 processor architecture at California's Hot Chips microprocessor technology conference in August.

According to Oracle's executive vice president of systems, John Fowler, the new chip architecture will have acceleration and security reliability features built in.

"We're heading towards announcing our fifth Spark processor in four years," Fowler told ZDNet via teleconference during a media briefing in Sydney today. "It's going to be called the '7'. Right now we ship today the T5 and M6 processor, and we'll be coming out with the 7th generation processor.

"We will be talking about it at the Hot Chips conference in California in August, and on August 10 we'll be making a couple of in depth presentations on [this] technology...

Exadata
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New Oracle Exadata Database Machine Optimized for Large-Scale In-Memory and Database Cloud Workloads
Exadata Database Machine X4-8 Features Extreme Compute, Storage, and Memory Capacity
Supporting large database workloads used to require large numbers of high-end servers and storage arrays. Now, with Oracle's new Exadata Database Machine X4-8, workloads that previously required dozens of racks of equipment can run dramatically faster on a single engineered system.

The Exadata Database Machine X4-8 delivers extreme compute and data throughput for large database workloads using powerful 8-socket database servers, intelligent storage, ultra-fast PCI flash cards, and unified InfiniBand connectivity.

While the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 excels at traditional database workloads such as online transaction processing (OLTP) and data warehousing, it is specifically optimized for a new generation of workloads: database as a service (DBaaS) and database in-memory. With up to 12 terabytes (TB) of DRAM memory, the Exadata Database Machine X4-8 can consolidate hundreds of databases and can run massive databases entirely in-memory.

Oracle Customers and Partners Continue to Drive Business Results with Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud
Industry's Best Foundation for Oracle, Java and ISV Applications Helps Customers and Partners Seize Opportunities, Lower Risks and Reduce IT Complexity
Organizations today must have the ability to deliver applications that run with lower response times, can handle peaks and scale in response to increasing traffic on a more powerful infrastructure. They are also realizing that it no longer makes sense to try and integrate numerous, disparate software components and hardware systems. Instead, organizations across a wide range of industries and geographies are turning to Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud to help gain a competitive advantage, reduce data center costs and lower business risks. Oracle Exalogic offers continuous value to customers by providing breakthrough performance, reliability and scalability for Oracle, Java and other business applications, while supporting lower TCO, lower risk, high user productivity and one-stop support.
IT - Storage
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Archiving to Amazon from your Private Cloud Storage
Storage Switzerland, July 14th, 2014
"The only predictable aspect of unstructured data is that it will continue to grow almost unabated. Meeting today's capacity requirements of unstructured data can largely be handled when organizations deploy private cloud storage, also known as object storage. The more significant challenges are dealing with the rate of growth and the long term retention requirements of unstructured data. To address these challenges may require the use of an external cloud storage provider like Amazon..."
RAID vs. Erasure Coding
Network Computing, July 14th, 2014
"RAID, or Redundant Array of Independent Disks, is a familiar concept to most IT professionals. It's a way to spread data over a set of drives to prevent the loss of a drive causing permanent loss of data. RAID falls into two categories: Either a complete mirror image of the data is kept on a second drive; or parity blocks are added to the data so that failed blocks can be recovered.

However, RAID comes with its own set of issues, which the industry has worked to overcome by developing new techniques, including erasure coding. Organizations need to consider pros and cons of the various data protection approaches when designing their storage systems..."

    IT - Technology
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    3D Printing Changing the Accepted Ways of Manufacturing
    Business 2 Community, July 16th, 2014
    "3D printing is changing the traditional ways we use to produce different objects like clothing, rocket nozzles, human figures, tools, toys, and even body parts. Well-known two dimensional artworks can now be transformed into 3D with this method of printing. The visually impaired people can feel it with hands. 3D printed foods are extremely popular. In the medical world, doctors can create small body parts with the printer. Doctors are even testing 3D printed organs for transplant. Recently, a giant printer in China printed 10 complete houses in just a single day and that too in less than $5000 per house..."
    Robots Rising: 7 Real-Life Roles
    Information Week, July 16th, 2014
    "The robots are coming -- in fact, in some places they've already arrived. Last October, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said his company had about 1,300 robots -- the fruit of Amazon's USD 775 million acquisition of Kiva Systems two years ago -- fetching products in its warehouses for shipment. Bezos recently said that Amazon should have about 10,000 of them by the end of the year.

    Since December 2013, Google, one of Amazon's major rivals, has acquired no fewer than eight companies developing robotics technology, including Boston Dynamics, maker of formidable DARPA-funded robots like BigDog and Atlas. And that's to say nothing of its investment in artificial intelligence company DeepMind Technologies or its self-driving car research. Even Facebook has gotten into the business, with its acquisition of Ascenta, a UK maker of autonomous drones..."

    The State of Electric Cars: 10 Things You Should Know
    TechRepublic, July 15th, 2014
    "Oh, Tesla. People love to gobble up news about the world's flag bearer for electric vehicles. Some view it as the next great automaker and the savior of the much-loved but much-maligned electric car.

    But, scaling electric vehicles will take more than Tesla's innovations. There are a lot more factors that must come into play.

    Here are 10 things you should know about the state of electric vehicles in the auto industry..."

      New Photoresist Could Add Years to Moore's Law
      HPC wire, July 17th, 2014
      "Over the last five decades, microprocessors have gotten cheaper and more powerful as predicted by Gordon Moore's famous observation, which states that the number of transistors on an integrated circuit doubles every two years. However, the limits of miniaturization can only go so far before crossing the quantum threshold.

      Currently there is some progress left to exploit as the industry heads beyond 22-nanometer process technology, but doing so requires new tools. One of these indispensable tools is a chemical called a photoresist, sometimes shortened to 'resist,' a light-sensitive liquid plastic used to etch the lines and features on a chip..."

        IT - Bitcoin
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        Under the Microscope: Conclusions on the Costs of Bitcoin
        CoindDesk, July 14th, 2014
        "Hass McCook is a chartered engineer and freshly minted Oxford MBA. He has been researching bitcoin over the past several months and recently joined the Lifeboat Foundation's New Money Systems advisory board.

        This, the final instalment in his five-part series, evaluates the relative sustainability of the bitcoin network against the costs of gold production, the printing and minting of physical currency and the legacy banking system.

        Under the Microscope has aimed to cast a critical eye over the social, environmental and economic impacts of the way we currently transact and transfer wealth, be it through legacy systems like gold and fiat currencies, or through newer digital cryptographic ones..."

        Where Cryptocurrency and Fiat Collide
        Bitcoin Magazine, July 15th, 2014
        "The line between fiat and cryptocurrency is getting fuzzier. With the advent of Bitcoin 2.0 technology, we can now use cryptocurrency to exchange stocks, property, commodities, and even state-backed money. But if the whole point of cryptocurrency was to decentralize the financial system, what's the point of a dollar-backed coin?

        Dollar-backed digital coins have been attempted many times before. The Canadian government even tried to get in on the action, and unsurprisingly failed. Some claim that the first cryptocurrency to attempt this was Coinaaa, but this is technically incorrect. Coinaaa sells premined coins, and does invest a lot of the revenue in Norwegian krone, but their intention is to maintain a stable value independent of any state-backed currency. The company invests their earnings, and uses some of the money to buy back coins when the price drops, or sell coins when it rises..."

        7 Charts That Show a Year of Growth for Bitcoin ATMs
        CoindDesk, July 18th, 2014
        "Our last State of Bitcoin report contained two tantalising slides on data from our Bitcoin ATM Map. To quench the thirst for more, we've dug through our Fusion Table and come up with several more charts to illustrate what's going on with bitcoin ATMs around the world.

        Our Bitcoin ATM Map has 121 'active' machines on it, which means machines that are live and operational, as far as we can tell.

        We do rely on a combination of press reports, press releases from manufacturers and operators, and crowdsourcing for our information, so it's not going to be completely accurate all of the time. With that out of the way, lets check out the data..."

        Google Finally Lists Bitcoin Exchange Rate; Newegg Offers 10% Bitcoin Discount
        CryptoCoinsNews, July 15th, 2014
        "Today is a big day for Bitcoin in some respects. While no multi-million dollar investments in Bitcoin startups have been announced today (yet, I can never be too sure nowadays), two large online presences have given Bitcoin serious internet 'cred.' Google, the world's favorite web search engine, has finally implemented the Bitcoin Exchange Rate into their automatic Financial Data Listings that come up automatically when you input certain terms into Google.

        Now, anyone around the world can simply Google '1 USD to BTC' and you'll be able to see the most recent Bitcoin Exchange Rate as compared with any currency that Google already supports. Google has seen the exact data on how many times 'usd to btc' has been searched in a Google search bar; it is no surprise that said number was large enough to warrant an automatic response..."

        Cable TV Joins Digital Currency Network, DISH Network to Accept Bitcoin
        Bitcoin Magazine, July 18th, 2014
        "Bitcoin, a digital currency once described by critics as unusable, unreliable and even a scam, has defied those remarks as it becomes accepted by a company maintaining over 14 million subscribers and employing 34,000 workers.

        DISH executive vice president and chief operating officer, Bernie Han, said beginning in July the satellite TV company will accept digital coins through the payment processor, Coinbase.

        Coinbase is a bitcoin consumer wallet and merchant payment processor that powers 1.3 million consumer wallets, and supports 31,000 merchants..."

        Computer Giant Dell Now Accepts Bitcoin
        CoindDesk, July 18th, 2014
        "Multinational computer technology specialist Dell has announced it is now accepting bitcoin through a partnership with Coinbase.

        With annual revenue approaching $57bn, Dell is roughly four times the size of DISH Network - the previous biggest bitcoin-accepting business.

        Following today's announcement, consumers and small business owners are able to purchase all items on Dell.com using bitcoin. To promote the news, the company is offering a 10% discount on all Alienware-brand products to bitcoin buyers. Dell also sells personal computers, servers, data storage devices, cameras and printers..."

        MySQL
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        Oracle Extends Big Data Portfolio with Oracle Big Data SQL
        Allows Customers to Securely Integrate Data Across Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle Database Using SQL

        To address organizations' need for comprehensive big data solutions, Oracle today introduced Oracle Big Data SQL, an essential part of a big data management system. Breaking down data silos to simplify information access and discovery, the offering allows customers to run one SQL query across Hadoop, NoSQL, and Oracle Database, minimizing data movement while increasing performance and virtually eliminating data silos. Oracle Big Data SQL enables customers to gain a competitive advantage by making it easier to uncover insights faster, while protecting data security and enforcing governance. Furthermore, this approach enables organizations to leverage existing SQL investments in both people skills and applications.

        Oracle Big Data SQL: One Fast Query, All Your Data
        By Dan McClary, Product Manager at Oracle
        Dan writes, "Today we're pleased to announce Big Data SQL, Oracle's unique approach to providing unified query over data in Oracle Database, Hadoop, and select NoSQL datastores. Big Data SQL has been in development for quite a while now, and will be generally available in a few months. With today's announcement of the product, I wanted to take a chance to explain what we think is important and valuable about Big Data SQL.

        SQL on Hadoop

        As anyone paying attention to the Hadoop ecosystem knows, SQL-on-Hadoop has seen a proliferation of solutions in the last 18 months, and just as large a proliferation of press. From good, ol' Apache Hive to Cloudera Impala and SparkSQL, these days you can have SQL-on-Hadoop any way you like it. It does, however, prompt the question: Why SQL? ..."

        Cloud Computing
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        Oracle Marketing Cloud Enhancements Simplify Marketing While Delivering Personal Customer Experiences
        Create an ideal, interactive customer experience with the industry's most enterprise-ready marketing cloud platform

        The marketing landscape is increasingly crowded with one-off technology solutions that can actually complicate the very tasks marketers need to simplify, while adding significant complexity for their IT counterparts. Modern marketing demands a unified, data-driven approach, not the data silos and integration challenges that point solutions create. Marketers need easy access to consolidated data to better engage audiences and analyze performance. Today, Oracle announced updates to Oracle Marketing Cloud designed to deliver simplified, customer-centric marketing and create ideal customers.

        Oracle Marketing Cloud Expands the Industry's Most Comprehensive Marketing Technology Ecosystem
        Oracle Marketing AppCloud and Oracle BlueKai Data Partners Enable Marketers to More Easily Create Ideal Customers
        In order to help marketers take full advantage of the rapidly changing digital marketing technology landscape, Oracle Marketing Cloud has added more than 350 marketing applications and data partners over the past year to deliver the industry's largest marketing technology ecosystem. With the Oracle Marketing AppCloud and Oracle's BlueKai data and activation partners, customers can easily find and integrate leading digital marketing capabilities and data to build a customer-centric digital dialogue and deliver a more personal and targeted cross-channel marketing experience.
        Oracle Social Cloud Launches LinkedIn Support for its Social Relationship Management Platform
        Oracle Social Cloud Joins LinkedIn Certified Company Page Partners Program
        Oracle Social Cloud announced LinkedIn support for its comprehensive Social Relationship Management (SRM) platform, allowing Oracle Social customers the ability to publish, engage, automate, and analyze LinkedIn activities within the Oracle SRM platform. With the announcement, Oracle Social Cloud also officially joins the LinkedIn Certified Company Page Partners Program. The addition of LinkedIn will provide the opportunity for Oracle to better serve B2B companies, as well as companies needing a complete multichannel social strategy to reach and engage with LinkedIn's influential user base of 300 million in more than 200 countries and territories.
        IT - Cloud
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        How Cloud Computing can Strengthen IT's Control
        InfoWorld, July 11th, 2014
        "The rise of cloud computing means that many enterprise IT resources have moved out of IT's control. Indeed, many people went directly to Amazon Web Services, Google, or Microsoft for IT services, bypassing IT altogether.

        IT leaders have no one to blame but themselves for this shift. Although there are certainly very responsive IT organizations, many more have not provided solutions at the speed the business needs. When the cloud arose, users took the initiative and solved their own problems. I can't blame them..."

        IT Needs to Be Strategic to Get Benefit of Cloud Computing
        Business 2 Community, July 16th, 2014
        "Over the past couple of years, we've all heard plenty of buzz about the cloud computing transformation. Many companies grasped the cloud vision early and are now several years into their cloud journey. Many more that have been sitting on the sidelines are beginning to adopt a 'Why not cloud' or 'Cloud first' strategy.

        Now that the hype is settling down, let's take a look at what it takes to be ready to benefit from the cloud, and the real transformation it brings..."

        Startups Find the Public Cloud Value Sweet Spot
        SearchCloudComputing, July 15th, 2014
        "You've got a great idea for a product and you're ready to launch it into the world. What's the best way to create the IT infrastructure that will allow you to get it out there quickly and cheaply? Contemporary wisdom says cloud computing is the way to go -- but before you go forth blindly, take a moment to assess your business needs to see if you can find public cloud value and how and if cloud will benefit you.

        Startup ventures eager to get their businesses off the ground often find that using public cloud allows them to basically rent the infrastructure they need to get the business going quickly..."

        Why a Media Giant Sold Its Data Center and Headed to the Cloud
        CIO, July 15th, 2014
        "Two weeks ago, venerable media company Condé Nast - publisher of magazines like Vogue, The New Yorker and Wired - decommissioned its Newark, Del. data center. The 67,200 square feet facility had already been sold and the deal closed. The 105-year-old company had gone all-in with the cloud.

        "Our job in the technology group at Condé Nast is to provide the content makers in the company with the best tools to create content," says Joe Simon, executive vice president and CTO of Condé Nast. "Now most of our content is distributed across all sorts of places. We've got to ensure that we have the platform and technology flexibility to enable this content to be distributed wherever our editors want it to be. And, of course, we also continue to manage the traditional IT functions like HR and finance and sales."

        IT - CxO
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        CIOs Focused on Filling Key IT Positions
        CIO Insight, July 14th, 2014
        "While they're not experiencing the boom times of the 1990s, CIOs are generally upbeat about hiring prospects for the rest of the year, according to a new survey from Robert Half Technology. The accompanying "Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report" report reveals that more CIOs plan to increase staffing rather than cut it. Meanwhile, they're bullish on IT spending and growth prospects. Still, they admit that they face constant challenges in recruiting for certain, in-demand IT skills..."
          3 Underappreciated IT Leadership Skills
          Information Management, July 14th, 2014
          "Business today must navigate a world that is more VUCA -- volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous -- than ever before. Against this challenging business backdrop, IT leaders are being asked to transform their organizations from historically being a cost center and order taker to being a real source of competitive advantage and a strategic partner to the business.

          IT leaders are being asked to globalize their functions while also increasing the agility and flexibility of a function where investments often have multi-year timelines and payback periods. And all that alongside the relentless drive to reduce costs and demonstrate IT value-for-money..."

            Building a Disruptive Culture
            IT News, July 14th, 2014
            "The time is nigh to start building a workplace culture that a Google or a Facebook would envy, says Bankwest CIO Andy Weir.

            What is it that is unique to traditional banks, which at their core are simply technology companies wheeling and dealing in credit, that can't be replicated online?

            That's the key question digital leaders from Australia's major banks will be asking themselves over the next three to five years, as new models emerge from surprising corners of the industry...."

            How to Get Your Next Large IT Project Funded
            IT World, July 16th, 2014
            "I had the great pleasure of speaking with Jim Maholic, a VP in Hitachi Consulting's Management Consulting and Industries Practice. We discussed how to identify, calculate and communicate the value of large scale IT projects, based on Jim's book 'Business Cases that Mean Business'

            He said he wrote the book as a way of benefiting others by sharing his insights and experience on how to communicate the business value of proposed projects in a way that senior business leadership is more likely to approve its funding..."

            CIOs Should make Digital Business Tech an IT Responsibility
            Help Net Security, July 15th, 2014
            "CIOs need to decide how they will position their IT organization in relation to emerging digital business technologies, such as the Internet of Things, 3D printing, wearable technology and robotics, according to Gartner.

            "The IT organization is used to owning and supporting "back office" and infrastructure technologies. Digital business technologies support the "front office" and operations and may be emerging technologies that are not commonly part of the IT agenda," Gartner Fellow Hung LeHong said.

            As a result, some CIOs will take a supportive role in relation to digital technologies, while operations and other business departments take the lead, he said..."

            Three Questions to Help Cultivate Your Leadership Style
            Information Management, July 15th, 2014
            "I can tell you with absolute certainty that I didn't think about my own leadership style for a large part of the first decade of my career.

            I didn't care at the time. It wasn't relevant. Although in hindsight, I certainly had a style, it was more muscle than finesse.

            My focus was on driving results through people and pushing, pushing, pushing. It was a simple formula. Drive results + make bosses happy = growth in responsibility and income. And it worked. The results were there, but the relationships were shallow - mostly transactional, and the work was less than rewarding. There was little consideration for the bigger picture of the people or environment I was creating..."

              vBeers-SF
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              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 @ vbeers.org

              IT - Networks
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              How the Internet of Things Will - and Won't - Change IT
              Network World, July 15th, 2014
              "Like too many other trends barreling down on beleaguered CIOs and IT managers, right now the Internet of Things is something to worry about, but not necessarily something to do anything about.

              At least, that's my takeaway from a recent Spiceworks survey of 440 IT pros in North America and Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Depending on which vendor or analyst you listen to, the IoT - new connected sensors, machines, and other non-human stuff - is about to dump anywhere from 26 billion to 50 billion new devices onto worldwide networks over the next few decades. Estimates of the value of this new market run up to almost $15 trillion in just 8 years..."

              The Firewall: Questions Abound About Its Future Role in Cloud, Mobile and SDN Environments
              Network World, July 14th, 2014
              "It's been 20 years since Check Point Software Technologies shipped its first enterprise network firewall, marking the beginning of a mass market for firewalls that has protected millions of networks across the world.

              Check Point's FireWall-1, unveiled at NetWorld+Interop in 1994, wasn't the first network firewall, of course. The firewall had begun taking shape with the rise of the Internet. Companies and universities throughout the 1980s and 90s saw the need to block unwanted IP traffic by creating a perimeter gateway barrier however they could. In that era, they sometimes 'rolled their own' based on routers or other gear until vendors eventually came to their rescue with firewall products that spared them this unwanted labor..."

              IT - Operations
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              To Troubleshoot, Mix Two Parts Observation with One Part Magic
              InfoWorld, July 14th, 2014
              "Anyone who is technically inclined is well versed in the observer effect, even if they may not be sure what that term actually means. In science, the observer effect is defined as the changes made to an object under observation because the object is under observation. Note: This should not be confused with the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. That said, it has quite a bit to do with Murphy's Law.

              To see the technology brand of the observer effect in action, simply identify a problem with a form of technology, then present the problem to someone who knows the technology quite well. In a startlingly high number of cases, the problem will either cease to be an issue, or it will appear to have never been a problem in the first place. The very act of a knowledgeable person looking for the problem seemingly vanquishes it altogether..."

                Data centers make migration to liquid cooling
                IT World, July 18th, 2014
                "If you've ever been in a data center or computer room, you know it's not a fun place. Fans screech so loud you have to shout to have a conversation, and the computer room is kept at a frigid air temperature. That's air cooling for you.

                An alternative is slowly, very slowly, creeping into the market. Market research firm IHS says in its new "Data Center Cooling Report - 2014" that the market for liquid cooling infrastructure in data centers will grow by 40% this year to $2.3 billion. At that rate, this market will double in size in just two years.

                Air cooling is more popular because it's easier to do and if it fails, the worst that happens is the computer shuts down. If liquid cooling fails, you have a mess on your hands. The drawbacks to air cooling are many; you need to build air conditioning into the whole data center with things like a raised floor for piping and HVAC systems. The whole room has to be an ice box so the intake fans can suck in cold air..."

                IT - Security
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                96% of Organizations Hit by a Security Incident in the Past Year
                Help Net Security, July 15th, 2014
                "A new ForeScout report revealed that more than 96 percent of organizations experienced a significant IT security incident in the past year. The majority of IT organizations are aware that some of their security measures are immature or ineffective, but only 33 percent have high confidence that their organizations will improve their less mature security controls.

                Increasing operational complexity and threat landscape have affected security capacity as more than 43 percent perceive problem prevention, identification, diagnosis and remediation are more challenging than two years ago. On aggregate, one in six organizations had five or more significant security incidents in the past 12 months..."

                Automobile Industry Accelerates into Security
                Dark Reading, July 15th, 2014
                "Industry looking at intelligence-sharing platform or an Auto-ISAC in anticipation of more automated, connected -- and vulnerable -- vehicles. Another day, another ISAC -- and this time it's the automobile industry.

                The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers today officially announced plans to address growing concerns over security weaknesses and vulnerabilities in new and evolving vehicle automation and networking features that could put cars at risk for nefarious hacking. The industry is in the process of forming a voluntary mechanism for sharing intelligence on security threats and vulnerabilities in car electronics and in-vehicle data networks -- likely via an Auto-ISAC (Information Sharing and Analysis Center), the officials say..."

                Data Breach Notification Law: Will Florida Lead?
                Information Week, July 16th, 2014
                "Florida's stringent new breach notification law might encourage lawmakers to finally enact a federal standard.

                Many have argued the federal government should pass a single breach notification law that levels the playing field to protect consumer privacy for businesses that accept sensitive, personally identifiable information. So far Congress has been reluctant to do so, and as a result more than 40 states now have their own versions of this law, some of which have gone beyond what the federal government requires in other statutes, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)..."

                Endpoint Security Myths and Why They Persist
                Help Net Security, July 14th, 2014
                "In this interview, Roman Foeckl, CEO of CoSoSys, illustrates the most prominent endpoint security myths and explains why they persist. Furthermore, he talks about the hurdles with protecting endpoint clients in the enterprise and offers advice on what organizations can do in order to stay ahead of the threats.

                What are today's most prominent endpoint security myths? Why do they still persist?..."

                Horrifying Confessions of a Security Sleuth
                InfoWorld, July 14th, 2014
                "How bad is computer security in the business world? Complete disarray, if you believe a friend of mine who's worked in the industry forever. Behold his hair-raising tales...

                Recently I met up with an old friend at cafe in San Francisco's Mission District, the kind where hipsters pay six bucks for an individually brewed cup of ultracaffeinated coffee. We didn't belong there -- we were too old. But for some reason it seemed like a good moment to inquire about my friend's experiences as a professional computer security sleuth, a subject he seldom visits. The powerful brew had put him in a talkative mood, and because it was midday, only a few hipsters lingered, all three of them wearing earbuds..."

                IoT Creating Plethora of New Jobs in IT Cybersecurity
                TechRepublic, July 10th, 2014
                "The complexity and sheer number of Internet of Things devices will require more IT security professionals, creating new job opportunities for those in the field.

                It's hard to deny the shortage of professionals trained in information security when CIOs and IT managers call asking if I know anyone with an information security background who is looking to change jobs. That's right, change jobs. Seldom do I hear them say 'looking for a job.'..."

                Why Password Managers are Not as Secure as You Think
                CSO Online, July 14th, 2014
                "University researchers have raised concerns about the security of web-based password managers that free people from the burden of having to remember website credentials.

                Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, studied five password managers and found vulnerabilities in diverse features like one-time passwords, shared passwords and "bookmarklets," which are used to sign into websites on mobile browsers.

                "The root causes of the vulnerabilities are also diverse: ranging from logic and authorization mistakes to misunderstandings about the web security model," the researchers said in a paper scheduled to be presented in August at the Usenix Security Symposium in San Diego..."

                Eight Ways to Improve Your Cyber-Security Spending
                CIO Insight, July 20th, 2014
                "Organizations are concerned about cyber-threats, but many of them have neither invested strategically in security nor aligned that spending with their business strategies, according to a new report. One result is a major gap in security spending between industries. For instance, banking and finance spending heavily ($2,500 median per employee) while others, like retail and consumer products businesses ($400) and education ($200), spend much less. The report, "2014 U.S. State of Cybercrime Survey," was conducted by CSO magazine, PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, the U. S. Secret Service, and Carnegie Mellon University..."
                IT - Careers
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                10 Ways MBAs Make Work Hell for IT
                IT World, July 14th, 2014
                "Tech life in hell: 10 ways MBAs drive tech pros insane Managers with MBAs know business -- and how to drive IT pros bonkers.

                Maybe it's what they learn in school. Maybe it's a management tic -- er, tip -- they picked up somewhere along the way. Whatever the reason, MBA-carrying bosses can often get under our skin and make tech work hell. That's not to say every MBA is a detriment to IT, but we've all suffered our share of bad apples in suits.

                Check out these 10 headache-inducing habits and tactics and see how many you've encountered..."

                45 Years After Moon Landing, NASA Looks to Next Giant Leap
                ComputerWorld, July 14th, 2014
                "Forty-five years after Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, NASA scientists are looking forward to the next giant leap for mankind, and that next leap is likely to be on Mars.

                "It was 45 years ago that Neil Armstrong took the small step on to the surface of the moon," NASA noted on its site today. 'We stand on a new horizon, poised to take the next giant leap -- deeper into the solar system. As we develop and test new tools of 21st century spaceflight on the human Path to Mars, we once again will change the course of history.'..."

                  Dean Kamen Wants You to Make Mistakes
                  ZDNet, July 15th, 2014
                  "Ask most US tweens or teenagers to name his or her hero, and you'll get a list long on professional athletes and short on engineers.

                  Dean Kamen, whose best-known invention is the two-wheeled, gyroscopic Segway electric vehicle (although you could debate whether it's his most important), decries that imbalance. In the same breath, he points to America's glorification of competition on the playing field as its best weapon in getting the next generation excited about innovation and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)..."

                    Nine Things Everyone Should Know How to Do with a Spreadsheet
                    Macworld, July 14th, 2014
                    "If your job (or even your personal life) requires you to do anything substantial with numbers, chances are you use a spreadsheet app to do it. As a Mac user, you've got plenty of choices among spreadsheet apps, but for most of us the choice comes down to three: Microsoft's Excel 2011; Apple's Numbers (version 3.2); and the browser-based Sheets section of Google Docs.

                    The one to use is really a personal choice, and that decision is not the focus of this article. (I personally prefer Excel, possibly because I've been using it for nearly 30 years). But regardless of the app you use, the question here is: How well do you know how to use it, really?..."

                    Employers use customized bonus plans to attract developers, survey says
                    IT World, July 15th, 2014
                    "Customized merit plans fell out of fashion during the recession but the demand for IT talent has resurrected them

                    Software developers may find more employers using customized bonuses to attract and retain them as the job market for their skills stays competitive, according to a salary survey from IT job site Dice.

                    The survey, which polled 700 businesses, found that 11 percent have performance and retention incentive programs specifically for developers.

                    While bonuses have been around for a while, not every company offers customized plans, said Dice President Shravan Goli. And compared to a standard performance bonus plan, the amount paid by a customized plan can prove more lucrative..."

                    The Path to Success: 8 Little Secrets to Getting Promoted
                    TLNT, July 14th, 2014
                    "It's never too early to carve out your path to success.

                    Start to think, act, and communicate like a leader to get the promotion you ultimately want. Even if you're still several levels away from your dream promotion, there are numerous ways you can get on the path of your dreams, claims Amy Gallo.

                    In her Harvard Business Review article, she provides tips for doing just that..."

                      IT - Compliance
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                      Despite Growing Enforcement Risks, Adoption of Compliance Programs has Stalled
                      The FCPA Blog, July 16th, 2014
                      "Ernst & Young just issued its 13th Global Fraud Survey. It shows regulators aggressively pursuing financial fraud and bribery cases, and expressing increasing concern over cyber risks.

                      EY highlights how multiple agencies in the U.S. and elsewhere are working together to prosecute both individuals and companies for FCPA offenses, including this year's $384 million resolution by Alcoa with the DOJ and SEC.

                      And there are more risks for the financial services sector, where some firms and executives face probes for princeling hiring practices..."

                        Storage
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                        Get Your ZFS On
                        By Rick Ramsey
                        Rick writes, "Surprising as it may seem, there are still many sysadmins out there who don't use ZFS or are not familiar with its best features. We (since I'm one of them) should send expensive gifts to Oracle ACE Alexandre Borges. Alexandre loves Solaris so much he can't stop writing about it. He recently put together a torrent of articles about ZFS that, even if you think you know everything about it, you should peruse. Because I bet he's found things you didn't know about.

                        I've been posting them at the rate of about one a week. Here are the first five..."

                        IT - Big Data
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                        Everything is Obvious - with Big Data from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
                        Information Management, July 14th, 2014
                        "I'm just getting around to reading Issue 2 (4 annual) of Big Data, by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Publishers. I like the publication quite a bit - it's found a nice data science niche between talking head bloggers and the often too stuffy academics.

                        Issue 2 has a nice interview with sociologist and data scientist Duncan Watts by founding editor Edd Dumbill, late of O'Reilly Media and formerly program chair for the O'Reilly Strata and Open Source conferences..."

                        Predictive Analytics Continue to Elude Healthcare
                        Information Management, July 16th, 2014
                        "Though analytics can be descriptive and predictive, today most healthcare organizations are users of descriptive analytics, leveraging reporting tools and applications to understand what has already happened in the past to classify and categorize historical data.

                        What is needed by providers and payers alike is an analytics capability that 'allows for analysis, allows for stratification and most importantly allows for prediction,' according to Kristin Landry, vice president of market analytics at Optum. Landry told an audience July 15 at Health Data Management's Healthcare Analytics Symposium in Chicago that prediction is the key..."

                        Top10
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                        Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                        Vol 197 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 196 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 195 Issues 3 and 4
                        We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                        • Solaris 20th Anniversary
                        • What Can You Do With Data Link Multipathing (DLMP)?
                        • Oracle VM 3.3
                        • Oracle VM Storage Connect Plug-in for Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance
                        • Network Virtualization High Availability
                        • Book Review: Murach's Java Servlets and JSPs (3rd Edition)
                        • Book Review: JavaFX 8 -- Introduction by Example
                        • NFJS Central Ohio Software Symposium Trip Report
                        • Simplifying IT Leads to Better Business Outcomes, According to New Research from Leading Analyst Firm
                        • Virtual Technology Summit July 2014

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

                          IT - Server
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                          The 10 Coolest Servers of 2014 (So Far)
                          CRN, July 15th, 2014
                          "While some industry observers wonder whether servers have a big future in data centers in the face of virtualization and the cloud, vendors and their channel partners continue to bring to market new models that increase the efficiency of SMB and enterprise workloads.

                          Those servers, ranging from simple uniprocessor models to powerful systems using water cooling to cut power consumption, continue to bring new capabilities to customers big and small.

                          For a look at the wide range of server technologies coming to market, just turn the page..."

                            Microsoft to Pull Windows Server 2003 Support Next Year
                            eWeek, July 14th, 2014
                            "Microsoft warns data center operators that hanging onto the long-lived server OS is potentially endangering their IT infrastructures.

                            In a year, on July 14, 2015, Windows Server 2003 will meet the same fate that Windows XP met on April 9. On that date, the server operating system will enter its end-of-support phase, spelling the end of security patches and bug fixes, said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Windows Server and System Center..."

                            IT - Encryption
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                            NIST Releases Report on Cryptography Expertise
                            Help Net Security, July 15th, 2014
                            "NIST's primary external advisory board released a report calling for the agency to increase its staff of cryptography experts and implement more explicit processes for ensuring openness and transparency to strengthen its cryptography efforts.

                            In the fall of 2013, former NIST Director Patrick D. Gallagher requested that the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT) review NIST's cryptographic standards and guidelines development process, in response to community concerns that a cryptographic algorithm in a NIST standard had been deliberately weakened..."

                            Networking
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                            July 2014 Critical Patch Update Released
                            By Eric P. Maurice

                            Eric writes, "Oracle today released the July 2014 Critical Patch Update. This Critical Patch Update provides 113 new security fixes across a wide range of product families including: Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Hyperion, Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle Industry Applications, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, Oracle MySQL, and Oracle and Sun Systems Products Suite..."

                            NetBeans
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                            NetBeans Podcast 70
                            Podcast Guests: Ashwin Rao (NetBeans-Oracle), Ken Fogel (Dawson College, Montreal)
                            NetBeans Community News with Geertjan and Tinu

                            • Take the NetBeans IDE 8.0 Satisfaction Survey! There's still time to tell the NetBeans team what you think about the release and what you'd like to see in future versions.
                            • Would you like to have NetBeans documentation and web content be available in your local language? Then volunteer to be a translator for the NetBeans Community Localization project.
                            • In our ongoing article series, find out what aspects of NetBeans IDE users from around the world think are really awesome: My Five Favorite NetBeans Features.

                            Download mp3: 31 minutes - 26 mb

                            Lightweight Process for Translating NetBeans IDE
                            By Geertjan Wielenga
                            "To me, the problem with translating NetBeans IDE over the years has been that the process has always been very complicated with all kinds of tools that need to be set up.

                            Wouldn't it be cool if there was a simple, lightweight process. One that anyone can follow, in between doing other work, i.e., quickly dedicate half an hour every day to translating NetBeans IDE, whilst doing other work? No new tools to set up, no new and complex processes to learn? Everything done from within NetBeans IDE itself?

                            Here's how that can be achieved. Some steps have small YouTube clips to illustrate points made. These YouTube clips are silent, the idea is to watch and learn from the process..."

                            Build with NetBeans IDE, Deploy to Oracle Java Cloud Service
                            Tech Article by Harshad Oak

                            Tori Wieldt writes, "If you've decided PaaS is is what your application needs, see how you can swiftly build and deploy applications to Oracle Java Cloud Service using NetBeans IDE. In 'Build with NetBeans IDE, Deploy to Oracle Java Cloud Service,' Oracle ACE Harshad Oak shows you how to set up Oracle Java Cloud Service, then install and use the Oracle Cloud Plugin in the NetBeans IDE..."

                            Oak explains "Considering the rapid adoption of cloud-based services, it will only be a matter of time before we will all be building software using IDEs that integrate with multiple cloud services for various stages in the software development process." Read "Build with NetBeans IDE, Deploy to Oracle Java Cloud Service," and put your applications in the cloud.

                            Nexenta News
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                            Nexenta CEO to Speak at SoftBank World 2014
                            Cloud, Converged Infrastructure and Open Source are key themes for Software-Defined Storage session
                            Nexenta announced that Chairman and CEO Tarkan Maner will be speaking at SoftBank World 2014 at the Prince Park Tower Tokyo on July 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm. Tarkan joins executives from Cisco, Ericsson, Google, Oracle, Pivotal, SoftBank, VMware, Yahoo and other industry leaders at the Japanese telecommunications and Internet corporation's annual event.

                            Global organizations are dealing with a data explosion from today's big trends in social media, mobility, the Internet of Things, Big Data and cloud computing. As data grows exponentially, IT organizations with static or reduced budgets must find efficient ways to keep up with the storage required. Tarkan will discuss the game-changing potential of Software Defined Storage solutions to address this problem, and how companies benefit from improved flexibility, scalability, availability, performance, and lower cost in a Software-Defined world.

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