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Big Data SQL is Generally Available
Oracle Big Data SQL and Big Data Appliance 4.0 are generally available.
Dan McClary writes,"Oracle Big Data SQL and Big Data Appliance 4.0 are generally available."

Big Data Appliance 4.0 receives the following upgrades:

  • Big Data SQL: Join data in Hadoop with Oracle Database using Oracle SQL
  • Automated recovery from server failure
  • NoSQL DB multiple-zone configurations on BDA
  • Update to using the 12c ODI Agent on BDA clusters

Read on for details.

Guide to Database as a Service (DBaaS) Part 1
Answers important questions that often arise when planning, designing, deploying and maintaining a database cloud.
"The Oracle Guide to Database as a Service (DBaaS) answers important questions that often arise when planning, designing, deploying and maintaining a private Database as a Service (DBaaS) environment - also known as a database cloud. It will help you understand the advantages of this service-oriented approach, address specific issues related to planning and design, and review the benefits and opportunities associated with this cost-effective IT strategy. .."
Guide to Database as a Service (DBaaS) Part 2
Concludes with a discussion of how DBaaS deployments impact the internal culture of organizations

"As e-DBA and the State of Texas demonstrate, many customers that adopt DBaaS report lower overall costs, greater autonomy for business users, and reduced risk within IT planning scenarios. Other important benefits include greater predictability and agility, which enables the business to innovate and change. Finally, IT professionals experience new levels of creativity and innovation..."

    Oracle Executive Keynotes to Address Complexity, Cost, Cloud, and Transformational Technologies
    At Oracle OpenWorld 2014
    "Customers are taking advantage of modern technologies such as cloud computing, big data, and engineered systems to transform their businesses into real-time, customer-centric enterprises - reducing costs and generating fast insights, opportunities, and processes that help them innovate, differentiate and lead in their respective markets.

    At Oracle OpenWorld 2014, visionary Oracle executives, customers, and partners will take the main stage to discuss how these technologies are having an impact on businesses globally, enabling them to transform IT and change the equation from complexity to innovation. The conference runs September 28 through October 2 at San Francisco's Moscone Center..."

    University of California, Berkeley Supports Research Program Growth with Modern Financial Platform from Oracle
    Will help the university accurately prepare for continued growth in research programs
    "The University of California, Berkeley upgraded to Oracle's PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and implemented Oracle's PeopleSoft Grants to achieve greater visibility into collections and spending. The new platform will help the university accurately prepare for continued growth in research programs while enabling faculty researchers to plan more effectively and improve program performance..."
    Build Your Own Exadata? Questions that make you go Hmmmm.
    By Robert Freeman

    Robert Freeman writes, "So, I've been told on occasion 'Hey, this Exadata stuff is expensive! I've just costed out my own Exadata Killer and it's like a quarter of the price. I'm just going to build my own!'

    Yeah - right. I had the ability to participate in a discussion about this and I postulated a lot of things that I don't think that people who throw out the 'Build my own' argument ever consider. Let me share my thoughts with you about this. I'm going to chop this up into three parts over the next week or so.

    Here are the thoughts I expressed:..."

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.16 Released
    Maintenance release
    Oracle VM VirtualBox 4.3.16 has just been released. This maintenance release of VirtualBox 4.3 improves stability and fixes regressions.

    For more details see the ChangeLog, or just simply download it now at the community or Oracle download sites.

    * The Oracle VM VirtualBox team

    IT - Storage
    How to unlock the power of Cloud Storage - File Versioning vs. Locking
    Storage Switzerland, September 10th, 2014
    "Private or hybrid cloud file sharing provides many business benefits over traditional on-premise network attached storage. It enables organizations to consolidate infrastructure and remove duplicate silos of storage from multiple sites and office locations. Cloud file sharing reduces storage costs, simplifies storage management and reduces risk as data can be centrally managed and protected. It also helps improve user productivity and enables collaboration as data is readily accessible regardless of where the end users are located. However, ensuring that files can't be accidentally overwritten or deleted is critical to the integrity of the data and the success of a cloud based file sharing initiative..."
    The Tier-1 Storage vendor Deduplication and Compression challenge
    Storage Switzerland, September 11th, 2014
    "Data centers are ready for increased data efficiency that they can get from primary storage deduplication and compression, especially for flash based storage systems. The cost of flash justifies these data reduction technologies and flash's high performance actually enables their use. The problem is that, for the most part, the only vendors that have been able to deliver a consistent data efficiency strategy are startups, not tier-1 storage vendors.

    Tier-1 storage vendors have a much bigger set of challenges when it comes to providing primary data efficiency to their customers. They have to integrate storage into legacy code bases, support deduplication / compression across multiple storage product lines and they have a set release cycle by which they can release these changes to their customers..."

    You can do better than ioMeter and Vdbench
    Storage Switzerland, September 9th, 2014
    "Storage professionals need a way to test and validate that new or proposed storage architectures will perform well in their application environments. Common storage testing 'solutions' like ioMeter and Vdbench, however, aren't going to cut it. While these tools enable storage planners to simulate various I/O workloads, they are extremely limited in their ability to simulate a real world environment and can lead you to make highly flawed purchase and deployment decisions..."
      Are Free File Storage Solutions a Safe Bet for Businesses?
      Help Net Security, September 11th, 2014
      "The benefits of cloud computing are becoming increasingly recognized, and with this heightened understanding comes growing numbers of UK businesses that are embracing the use of the cloud for the storage of data. As the technology continues to gather momentum on these shores, many firms and employees are likely to consider utilizing popular free services such as Dropbox and Box. Such storage solutions have already been widely adopted by consumers and SMEs alike; however, these solutions are not without their risks..."
      Java Technology
      GlassFish Server Open Source Edition 4.1 Released
      World's first Java EE 7 application server
      John Clingan writes, "GlassFish Server 4.1 Open Source Edition is available for download! This release of the world's first Java EE 7 application server includes multiple new and valuable features and updates. ....

      In summary, GlassFish 4.1 offers updated platform support, improved developer experience, new features and is bundled in the refreshed Java EE 7 SDK. GlassFish 4.1 can be downloaded from, and the Java EE 7 SDK can be downloaded from the Oracle Technology Network (OTN)..."

      IT - Technology
      6 Hot New IT Roles for 2015
      IT World, September 8th, 2014
      "The pace of change in IT has always been brisk, but technology advances such as virtualization, the cloud, service management and a focus on information management and collaboration have forced businesses into a dead sprint to keep up. And as technology changes, so do the skills, knowledge and job roles needed to design, build, implement and manage these cutting-edge technologies. The majority of IT organizations aren't prepared for the battle, even as the war for talent rages on..."
      My Ideal Robot: 10 Must-Have Features
      Information Week, September 3rd, 2014
      "In Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, film noir temptress Jessica Rabbit insists, "I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way."

      The same can be said about robots in popular culture. They behave badly, but we're to blame. When Roy Batty, a replicant in Blade Runner, gouges the eyes out of his maker, Dr. Eldon Tyrell, all he really wants is to live beyond the four-year lifespan bestowed by Tyrell. When the HAL 9000 kills astronaut Frank Poole in 2001: A Space Odyssey, it does so to preserve itself. (That is, unless you go by the explanation provided in Arthur C. Clarke's follow-up novel, 2010: Odyssey Two -- an endless loop error.) In Westworld, when the robot gunslinger played by Yul Brynner begins killing theme park guests, the problem is "a disease of machinery," or a computer virus..."

        IT - Bitcoin
        Bay's Paypal embraces virtual currency bitcoin. Could help bitcoin get some respect.
        Wachington Post, September 10th, 2014
        "While the deafening buzz around Apple Pay drones on, one of its competitors quietly did something important.

        Paypal, the eBay-owned mobile payment system and the world's second biggest, announced that it would soon let customers pay in bitcoin, the virtual currency. The catch, for the moment, is that merchants will have to agree to accept the use of bitcoin, which for some could be problematic.

        Still, the announcement is a major commercial milestone for bitcoin, which has had its ups and downs as backers have fought for acceptance..."

        Mobile Payments Pioneer: I'm Betting on Bitcoin For Emerging Markets
        CoinDesk, September 8th, 2014
        "For mobile payments pioneer and venture capitalist Carol Realini, the financial world is divided into three camps: those who believe in bitcoin, those who don't understand it and those have yet to consider or study its technology.

        Realini identifies firmly as a bitcoin believer, though she's not surprised many of her peers don't share her sentiment..."

        Bitcoin Community Reacts to Apple's Mobile Payments Play
        CoinDesk, September 9th, 2014
        "Apple has unveiled Apple Pay, a new mobile payments tool that could significantly impact the way consumers transact both in-person and digitally.

        The new service was outlined as part of a broader demonstration of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both of which were introduced at Apple's event in Cupertino, California, on 9th September.

        Apple Pay is integrated with existing infrastructure, including Secure Element and Touch ID, while the iPhone 6 introduces near-field communication (NFC) functionality, enabling tap-and-go payments for users of the device..."

        Overstock Now Accepts Bitcoin in Over 100 Countries Worldwide
        CoinDesk, September 11th, 2014
        "Overstock officially launched its updated e-commerce checkout system today, a new feature that allows shoppers in 107 new countries to buy products with bitcoin via its international website,

        The announcement marks the first expansion of Overstock's bitcoin payment service beyond the US, bringing the checkout option to major global markets such as Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Israel and Japan. The news comes roughly nine months after Overstock first began accepting bitcoin this January through a partnership with Coinbase..."

        CNN Money's Pagliery Publishes Bitcoin Book 'Bitcoin And The Future Of Money'
        CryptoCoinsNews, September 11th, 2014
        "Although Bitcoin is only a few years old, enough has happened with it that one could write a whole textbook and then some. However, it's difficult to write one, because everything is changing constantly. CNN Money's Jose Pagliery wrote a book on Bitcoin, and it certainly seems thorough. The book's called Bitcoin and the Future of Money.

        Pagliery gave a speech a few days ago at The Bitcoin Center in New York City about his experiences writing his new book. He covered many interesting topics. In this article we'll also delve into what the book itself covers..."

        Virgin Founder Richard Branson Says Bitcoin is Working
        CryptoCoinsNews, September 11th, 2014
        "Sir Richard Branson, one of the wealthiest men in the United Kingdom (well, in the entire world) had an interview with Bloomberg News (view the video interview below). A remarkable one as the entrepreneur and founder of Virgin took a clear stance on Bitcoin and virtual currencies.

        Branson had shown his support for the idea behind Bitcoin before, but was put to the test again by the Bloomberg interviewer after making a statement concerning the upcoming Virgin Galactic spaceflights...."

        How to Completely Decentralize the Internet
        Bitcoin Magazine, September 10th, 2014
        "Few technologies have been as socially disruptive as the Internet. Before computers, reaching a wide audience required control of printing or broadcasting centers. These have been replaced by home computers, which people worldwide are gaining access to at a phenomenal rate. Message boards, blogs and other websites enabled the two-way flow of information on a massive scale, and through the use of liberating new innovations, we can decentralize the Internet completely..."
          IT - Cloud
          NASA Cloud Migration saves Millions
          Information Week, September 5th, 2014
          "NASA has migrated its main website and more than 100 other sites and applications to the cloud, achieving millions of dollars in savings in the process.

          While the migration has made substantial progress, it's still ongoing, and the numbers keep changing, which is why "in the millions" is as precise as NASA Web Services Executive Roopangi Kadakia was willing to get in an interview..."

            Has cloud governance turned the corner?
            GIGAOM, September 7th, 2014
            "The 'How enterprises can ensure success with the public cloud' survey and report that was underwritten by Datapipe released some great data points last week. The part of the survey that took me back a bit was the fact that, of those surveyed, 63 percent say that leveraging cloud governance systems will likely be accepted in their organization. Only 7 percent think cloud governance systems will be ignored..."
              Cloud, IT Architecture & Corporate Client Satisfaction
              Bank Systems and Technology, September 11th, 2014
              "How cloud adoption and infrastructure transformation can help win over corporate banking customers.

              Corporate clients express high satisfaction with their banking providers, but there is still room for improving those corporate client relationships by offering more information-based services, according to a recent survey of 263 corporate banking clients. The survey, conducted by gtnews and sponsored by CGI, found that 70% of the respondents were highly satisfied with their banking relationships. But far fewer respondents said they were highly satisfied with services related to trade finance (45% satisfied), liquidity (45%), and forecasting (22%)..."

              Cloud now Considered a Growth Driver for Banks and Insurers
              Information Management, September 10th, 2014
              "New survey findings from SAP and analyst firm Ovum show a surging demand for cloud technology among retail banks and insurance companies. Software-as-a-service offerings are now being considered in almost all new IT investment projects, according to the report.

              Banks and insurers face increasing pressure from new competitors, tighter regulatory requirements and highly sophisticated customers, the report says. They realize that the cloud can create efficiencies and protect their competitive position, especially in the case of SaaS..."

              Cloud Security: We're Asking the Wrong Questions
              InfoWorld, September 10th, 2014
              "In the wake of the celebrity photo breach, the media is humming with stories disparaging the safety of the cloud. Many longtime cloud critics are crowing, "I told you so!" and waiting for the world to go back to on-premises solutions only.

              News flash: 1) the cloud was never touted as being perfectly secure and 2) the cloud will continue to grow and grow. The number of servers in your physical environment will shrink over time. Security doesn't sell solutions -- features and pricing do. Features are cheaper in the cloud..."

              Cloud Services Go for the Grand Slam
              Network Computing, September 8th, 2014
              "A new survey shows that cloud services are hitting it out of the park, as IT decision makers' adoption and confidence levels grow.

              In sports, the hunt for October is heating up; but in tech, the competition is in the cloud. And if cloud computing were a pitcher, he'd be throwing no-hitters and have the Cy Young award in his sights this season..."

              Moving to a Cloud: Top 5 Barriers to Cloud Adoption - And How to Break Them Down
              Business 2 Community, September 10th, 2014
              "There are always barriers to introducing any new technology. But they can be overcome..."

              • Barrier One - NIH* Syndrome
              • Barrier Two - Loss of Control
              • Barrier Three - Data Security
              • Barrier Four - Data Privacy
              • Barrier Five - Cost

              Read on for details.

              Your Next Cloud Move
              Information Week, September 8th, 2014
              "Industry pundits, and some IT practitioners, have spent years chattering about cloud, tossing around the same tired complaints. Meanwhile, cloud providers have their own narratives, endlessly retweeted and reblogged, about how their services will make your life sunshine and unicorns.

              We're not going to waste your time on either. Let's assume you get cloud's reality and trade-offs and can parse marketecture on your own. Instead, we're going to see what our latest State of Cloud Computing Survey reveals about how cloud adoption has evolved since 2012..."

              IT - CxO
              How the Baltimore Ravens (and the NFL) Failed HR 101
              TLNT, September 10th, 2014
              "By now everyone has seen former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, knock out his wife with two punches to the head in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.

              My question is this: Why didn't anyone in the Baltimore Ravens' organization see this before agreeing with the NFL to bring him back, initially, with only a two game suspension?

              The Ravens (and the NFL) claim that no one in their organization saw the video from inside the casino elevator until it was leaked to TMZ this week. Do you buy that?..."

                3 Questions Amazon's CEO asks Before Hiring Anyone
                The Muse, September 8th, 2014
                "Amazon has forever changed the way people shop online, but it wasn't always the juggernaut that it is today. In fact, once upon a time it was just a tiny startup with a big vision. So, how did it end up as the giant online retailer that it is now?

                It's hard to say, but one thing founder Jeff Bezos was very intentional about was how he hired for the company..."

                Here's What a Manager Must Really Learn to Communicate
                TLNT, September 11th, 2014
                "Your team creates all kinds of reports, spreadsheets and slides to plan, run, measure, and report on what you are doing in your operation.

                Of course you need these detailed materials to run your function - but please don't inflict them on others!

                These reports are your 'Operational Tools.' Your operational tools are created in what I refer to as your 'inside voice' - the language you use inside your organization - a robust language full of detail, acronyms and functional jargon..."

                  Top CIOs: Start with 'Yes' When it Comes to New Technologies
                  IT World, September 5th, 2014
                  "CIOs from a handful of major companies say that IT departments are taking on a new role in their companies, one that initially says "yes" to user requests and one that works with users rather than acting like a dictator. They say it's a middle ground, between a free-for-all that could lead to problems and the old way of locking down IT environments.

                  "A lot of IT shops grew up in this command and control model," said Ralph Loura, CIO for HP's enterprise group. "IT made the choices and then deployed them." Loura and others spoke today at BoxWorks..."

                  The Critical Role CIOs Play in e-Discovery
                  Federal Computer Week, September 8th, 2014
                  "Imagine you are the new CIO of a federal agency and of the many budget items crossing your desk, the one causing you the greatest concern is e-discovery. You are likely asking: Why is my budget being cluttered with e-discovery costs? Isn't this the domain of the lawyers? Shouldn't the agency's chief counsel be responsible for addressing this item?

                  When you finally speak to your legal colleagues, you are dismayed to learn that a CIO's duties now include controlling -- and ideally reducing -- the costs associated with e-discovery..."

                  Why is it that So Many Employees Don't Trust Their Employers?
                  TLNT, September 10th, 2014
                  "More than half of us don't believe our employers are open and upfront with us.

                  This disturbing news comes to us from the American Psychological Association's 2014 Work and Well-Being Survey, which finds nearly 1 in 4 workers don't trust their employers, 1 in 3 reported their employers aren't always honest or truthful, and less than half believe employers are open and upfront.

                  This lack of trust in the workplace is a big deal, and is leading more than a quarter of U.S. employees to say they intend to seek new employment in the next year..."

                    vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten - Wed Sept. 17th
                    6pm - 9pm
                    Join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL. The next meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

                    • Biergarten Boca Raton, 309 Via De Palmas #90, Boca Raton, FL 33432

                    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!

                    Please Register.

                    Join us for one of the three South Florida vBeers events. The South Florida vBeers events happen three times a month, once per county:

                    Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3
                    Industry's leading application server
                    Juergen writes, "We're proud to announce that Oracle WebLogic Server 12.1.3 has been released as part of the Cloud Application Foundation and Oracle Fusion Middleware 12.1.3 release as described at the Cloud Application Foundation Blog. Oracle WebLogic Server is the industry's leading application server, providing unparalleled choice for deploying applications in public clouds, on-premise private clouds, engineered systems such as Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, Oracle SPARC SuperClusters, and Oracle Database Appliance systems, and conventional systems..."
                    IT - DR
                    Improving Organizational Resilience: The Real Justification for Business Continuity
                    Continuity Central, September 11th, 2014
                    "Although the term resiliency is widely used in setting corporate goals, it is rarely defined in a way in which it can be meaningfully assessed. Traditionally business continuity has provided a proven means of reducing the severity of disruptive interruptions by understanding the operational priorities of the business, the infrastructure that supports them and the acceptable timescales for response and recovery. Business continuity practitioners have always argued that by taking a holistic approach to an organization, critical dependencies and single points of failure can be better identified and mitigated, thus leading to improved reliability and customer satisfaction. This might seem a reasonable assumption but it is hard to really prove..."
                    IT - PM
                    6 Strategies for Cancelling a Major IT Project
                    Network World, September 9th, 2014
                    "In the recent book Think Like a Freak, well-known authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner touch on a difficult topic for those in charge of IT budgets and project development: What if your project fails? In their witty and highly opinionated style, they explain how failure in business isn't always a bad thing. At times, they explain, it can lead to new realizations about company direction or force you to think about a smarter strategy as you move forward..."
                      Technology Jeopardy: Beat the Odds of Project Failure with a Single Question
                      ComputerWorld, September 11th, 2014
                      "People are always asking me, 'What can we do to help people do their very best work?'

                      Actually, I don't think I've ever been asked that question. But I really do wish someone who stewards workforce computing for his or her company would - and I'd be over the moon if it were someone who really wanted to know the answer..."

                        Technology Jeopardy: Beat The Odds Of Project Failure With A Single Question
                        Forrester, September 11th, 2014
                        "People are always asking me, 'What can we do to help people do their very best work?'

                        Actually, I don't think I've ever been asked that question. But I really do wish someone who stewards workforce computing for his or her company would - and I'd be over the moon if it were someone who really wanted to know the answer.

                        Spend a million bucks on security? Sure! Two million on a sales force automation system to get better reports and more predictable forecasting? Of course! Another million or so on private cloud automation to speed up provisioning? Sign me up! But how much would you spend to understand how technology impacts the most powerful driving force in your company: the intrinsic motivation of your people? The what? Yes, exactly..."

                        All-Star Lineup of Partners to Keynote at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco
                        The events take place September 28 through October 2 at Moscone Center and the Marriott Marquis

                        "Oracle's extensive partner community is a critical component to driving the company's success and the success of joint customers worldwide. Oracle is proud to welcome leaders in that community - from Oracle and some of the biggest names in the IT industry - to the main stage at Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne San Francisco this year to share their vision, accomplishments, and Oracle success stories..."

                        Big Data Reservoirs: Getting from Big Data to Valuable Data
                        Webinar: Wednesday, September 17, 2014; 10:00 AM PDT
                        Madhu Nair writes, "Big data's potential has been widely exclaimed. But many organizations are challenged by the need to collect, store, and analyze the ever-growing amounts and varieties of data that constitute big data.

                        Big data reservoirs - large holding areas where all kinds of data can be stored and analyzed - are a logical first step in building a next-generation information architecture. In the world of big data, we don't often know what the value of the data will be. A big data reservoir allows for ad hoc discovery, organization, and enrichment of this data before it traverses to more refined sets of analytics tools..."

                        IT - Networks
                        Rethinking the Data Center Network
                        InfoWorld, September 4th, 2014
                        "The traditional core/aggregation/access network architecture has been a mainstay of enterprise data centers for decades. While compute and storage have evolved to become more flexible, dynamic, and "software defined," the network has remained resistant to change -- and the choke point to data center automation and expansion.

                        How can the data center network become as pliable as compute and storage? Big Switch Networks co-founder Kyle Forster and Facebook network engineer Petr Lapukhov argue that data center network operators should look to the core and pod designs that allow hyperscale data centers to start small, experiment, and adapt to changing network requirements without disrupting existing network infrastructure..."

                        SDN Vital to IoT
                        Network World, September 7th, 2014
                        "Two major emerging network trends, Software-defined networking (SDN) and Internet of Things (IoT), are destined to intersect, with one perhaps dependent on the other.

                        Experts say that SDN, through its ability to intelligently route traffic and use underutilized network resources, will make it much easier to prepare for the data onslaught of IoT. SDNs will eliminate bottlenecks and induce efficiencies to help the data generated by IoT to be processed without placing a larger strain on the network..."

                        SDN and the Implications of a Single System Image
                        Business 2 Community, September 11th, 2014
                        "There are two major technology trends that have the potential to move the networking industry away from managing discrete devices and instead thinking of the network as a single distributed system. Software-defined networking (SDN) aspires to manage through centralized control, and DevOps aims to treat configuration more like code that is managed and deployed more as a collective than as individual device configuration.

                        The question is how to take devices explicitly designed to operate discretely and make them behave as a single cohesive unit..."

                        Software-Defined WAN: A Primer
                        Network Computing, September 9th, 2014
                        "Enterprise WANs are costly and complex to manage. SD-WAN technology can help by automating the configuration of WAN edge routers.

                        In the world of software-defined networking, the focus has been on the data center. SDN in the data center has enabled integration with automated systems, allowing enterprises to build virtual networks, provide micro-segmentation, and integrate service chaining. That functionality has demonstrated SDN's value and brings networking a step closer to the automated world enjoyed by virtualization professionals for many years..."

                        The Hybrid WAN Requires a New Approach to Network Optimization
                        Network World, September 11th, 2014
                        "It's been well documented that the current wide area network (WAN) and data center interconnect (DCI) architecture has been in place now for well over 20 years. That architecture - the legacy one we've all become familiar with - was designed for the days when no one expected much from the network. Slow, fast, whatever. It was the Internet and it was expected to be flaky. Not so anymore, though. We rely on the cloud and mobility to drive our lives. Businesses are network-centric, and that's driving the evolution towards a new WAN model..."
                          Why Spanning Tree is Evil
                          Network Computing, September 8th, 2014
                          "The Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) is widely used for network redundancy and resilience in Ethernet networks, in spite of its well-known flaws and limitations. Most engineers who want to reduce or avoid Spanning Tree in their networks use Multichassis Link Aggregation (MLAG) or Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL), but here I will explain why the common avoidance tactics are risky, as well..."
                          IT - Operations
                          6 Critical Data Center Concepts
                          Network Computing, September 10th, 2014
                          "The data center is the Achilles' heel of IT operations. Be sure everyone on your IT team knows the ins and outs of these critical data center functions.

                          Today, integration and cross-training is becoming the name of the game in IT. Networking pros help out with storage, and data center engineers make sure they stay up to date in security. But there are certain data center topics the entire IT team must learn and keep in mind. This article will provide a brief overview about these concepts..."

                          IT - Security
                          4 Hurdles to Securing the Internet of Things
                          Dark Reading, September 4th, 2014
                          "Why locking down even the tiniest embedded device is a tall order.

                          Security is hard enough to master in the traditional enterprise network. Now add all types of devices on the Internet of Things, great (think cars) and small (think webcams and baby monitors), which were never built with cyber security in mind.

                          Internet-connected devices run the gamut from SCADA systems to consumer products, and security weaknesses in these products have been under the glare of the spotlight the past year as researchers have publicized major flaws..."

                          Addressing Security with the Board: Tips for Both Sides of The Table
                          CSO Online, September 11th, 2014
                          "In the boardroom, when it comes to addressing the topic of security, there's tension on both sides of the table.

                          It doesn't happen all the time, but when it does, the cause of the friction is usually security executives and board members - each with vastly different areas of expertise and interest - pushing to get what they want out of the discussion while keeping business goals intact..."

                          DDoS Attack Victims Need to Involve Police, Says Verisign CSO
                          TechWorld, September 10th, 2014
                          "With DDoS reflection attacks growing into mammoth events with unforeseen consequences, mitigation firm Verisign believes a radical new approach is needed to head off a pile of trouble - go after the 'guys behind the keyboards.'

                          In any other part of the security industry, Verisign's recommendation that victims on the receiving end of major DDoS incidents make the effort to work out who attacked them would now be seen as best practice but this is an industry built on mitigation - blocking - rather than investing in deterrence..."

                          Hollywood or Home Depot: Whose breach is better?
                          InfoWorld, September 9th, 2014
                          "Whew, thank goodness! The world is finally paying attention to Internet security. Up till now, it's been too minor an issue to notice -- a few million credit cards stolen here, another million-plus tax returns and identities compromised there, not to mention the NSA crawling around in every citizen's inbox and brain stem while darkening the skies with cam-equipped, war-driving stealth drones that need to know where you are and what you're doing every minute of every day..."
                          How this Small Bank Kicks Cybercriminals off Its Network
                          Information Management, September 9th, 2014
                          "For an officer of a community bank in Minnesota, Joseph Thornell has no shortage of cybersecurity concerns keeping him up at night.

                          "Mobile security is a constant worry in this changing world where phishing is always a risk," said Thornell, a security technical architect at Bremer Financial Corp. in St. Paul. "We're constantly improving awareness among our staff of phishing threats. We worry about things like cross-platform banking attacks. We worry about employees' mobile devices being used as a method to penetrate the bank's network. These are fast-paced days."

                          Such is the new reality for bank security officers all over the country, as phishing attacks, card data breaches, online banking account takeovers, and complex wire transfer schemes proliferate (among a host of other threats)..."

                          How to Secure the Internet of Things
                , September 8th, 2014
                          "The potential lifestyle and business benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT) are huge. How great would it be in this future IoT world where information flows freely around us, that a business could pull data on any process, any time, anywhere in real time?

                          For example it would let companies in the manufacturing industry spot flaws in their process chain and improve productivity, or people in healthcare pull real-time information on their patients that could speed up their diagnosis time and potentially save their lives. However, despite the potential benefits, there are a few darker elements to the world of IoT..."

                          Internet of Things Security Must be Fixed for the Long Term: Beecham Report
                          Continuity Central, September 11th, 2014
                          "The potential damage to businesses and national critical infrastructure from a successful attack on cyber-physical systems through the rapidly emerging Internet of Things (IoT), cannot be underestimated, according to a new study by Beecham Research.

                          In a report entitled 'Evolving Secure Requirements for the Internet of Things' Beecham warns that there are currently insufficient security capabilities within the emerging IoT standards to manage the long life-cycles expected of many IoT devices..."

                          Pay Up for Talent? Is There a Security Salary Disconnect?
                          CSO Online, September 9th, 2014
                          "Demand for security talent has never been higher. Security spending, according to market research firm Gartner, is expected to grow nearly 8% this year. And few would argue that data breaches are under control. And yet, in our discussions with many security professionals throughout all levels of experience and expertise you often hear that enterprises are simply not willing to pay what is necessary for talent..."
                          Poll: Significant Insecurity about Internet of Things
                          Dark Reading, September 8th, 2014
                          "Fewer than one percent of more than 800 Dark Reading community members are ready for the fast approaching security onslaught of the IoT. Which 'Thing' of the Internet of Things represents the greatest potential security risk? They all do, according to the latest Dark Reading community poll, Security of 'Things'..."
                          Using Thermal Imaging for Security
                          Help Net Security, September 11th, 2014
                          "Do you work in counter surveillance or physical penetration testing? The physical security field in general? If yes, have you considered using a thermal imaging camera to help you in your work?

                          A thermal imaging camera is a camera that operates in the infrared spectrum, and shows you the temperature of objects in its field of view.

                          A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, so let me show you a series of illustrative thermal images..."

                          IT - Careers
                          5 Questions to Ask Before You Take a Tech Job
                          ComputerWorld, September 11th, 2014
                          "IT job offer? Before you say yes...

                          Before graduating in May from Bentley University with a bachelor's degree in computer information systems, Gregg Diamant interviewed with 30-plus companies. To differentiate one from the next, Diamant drew up a list of key questions, which helped him identify which positions were a good fit.

                          Asking carefully crafted questions can tell you a lot about a company's values and about the experience you'll gain, which, in turn, can shape your career for years to come, says James Kenigsberg. As a founder of SaaS learning platform provider 2U, Kenigsberg has interviewed hundreds of people..."

                          5 Reasons You Need Coaches (or at Least, a Cheerleader) at Work
                          TLNT, September 8th, 2014
                          "Life coaches and personal trainers seem to be the new status symbol.

                          From corporate CEOs to the 19-year-old French student, everyone's talking about the rigors their 'coach' is putting them through. If you're the one being coached, they expect you to show up, work hard, and do what you say you will.

                          No accountability and no embarrassment - means no progress..."

                            9 Nightmare Sci-Fi Virtual Realities that are Closer Than You Think
                            InfoWorld, September 11th, 2014
                            "9 nightmare sci-fi virtual realities that are closer than you think

                            The concept of virtual or simulated reality has a rich history. In fact, depending on how you define your terms, the idea of reality as being essentially unreal goes back pretty far -- all the world's a stage, and so forth. Technology-driven virtual realities have become of fixture of many science-fiction movies, where the visual nature of the medium is ideal for suggesting the immersive world of VR..."

                              13 Things to Do on a Conference Call
                              Network World, September 11th, 2014
                              "Chances are good you've become adept at working remotely and taking part in conferences from your home or mobile offices. Chances are even better you've discovered creative ways to multitask. However, if you need some inspiration, check out these 13 real-world examples of workers who live on the edge during conference calls..."
                                IT - Compliance
                                Beyond Governance in Finance: Why BCBS 239 Matters to You
                                Information Management, September 9th, 2014
                                "In information technology, in its most general sense, we often see adoption of new paradigms in academia and the intelligence/defense complex first, then in finance, and finally passing into other areas of the economy. Because of this, it is always useful to keep an eye on what is happening in these more innovative sectors. For instance, many years ago relational databases and data modeling followed this pathway to widespread adoption. Today, there is demand for a new level of data governance in finance, which has been expressed in something called BCBS 239. There is a very good chance that BCBS 239 will break out into the rest of the economy. As such, it is worth a close look at what this regulation is and just why it matters to all data management professionals..."
                                IT - Email
                                APIs Will Glue Together the Internet of Things
                                InfoWorld, September 11th, 2014
                                "A while back, I wrote about how I learned to stop worrying and love my creepy smartphone and how data is converging to tell us more about our users, specifically what they're going to do based on their past behavior. The other week, I wrote about how Jawbone's Up bands detected the recent earthquake in Northern California, and how you're able to write apps using Up band data via an open RESTful API. In fact, the other major producers like Fitbit also have an API, and the number and types of devices exposing their information are rapidly increasing..."
                                  IoT Standards: Which will Prevail?
                                  Network Computing, September 9th, 2014
                                  "Several industry groups that include big names like Google and Intel have recently formed to create standards for the emerging Internet of Things. The race is on.

                                  Everyone seems to agree: Internet of Things (IoT) is coming, and it will be a huge business. The idea of devices of all sorts coming under computer control, and being able to communicate with servers and with each other promises an explosion of creativity.

                                  Three factors are fueling this trend. First, computer chips with radio communications built in are getting very inexpensive; the volume of smartphones and tablets has seen to that. Second, the cost of packaging small quantities of units has dropped with the advent of 3D printing. Third, sensor technology has evolved a great deal in the last few years, making small, accurate sensors easy to build..."

                                  IT - Mobile
                                  Can Everyone Hear me Now?
                                  ComputerWorld, September 9th, 2014
                                  "Mobile threats have been with us for some time. Most organizations have done a fair job of protecting their important proprietary information, securing emails, encrypting on-board data and using mobile management tools to suppress data loss. All that has made a safer mobile world for many organizations, but certainly not foolproof..."
                                  Wear Your Own Device Set to Become Next Big Headache for IT Departments
                                  Network World, September 11th, 2014
                                  "Businesses in the UK need to plan for the onset of the Wear Your Own Device (WYOD) trend following the launch of the Apple Watch, a US networking company has said.

                                  Massachusetts-based Ipswitch believes that the Apple Watch is the most significant development so far for the mainstream adoption of wearable technology.

                                  But the company argues that networks will soon come under strain and slow down as employees connect their Apple Watches and other wearable devices to them..."

                                    IT - Big Data
                                    Data Mining For Dummies
                                    O'Reilly, September 8th, 2014
                                    "Data mining is quickly becoming integral to creating value and business momentum. The ability to detect unseen patterns hidden in the numbers exhaustively generated by day-to-day operations allows savvy decision-makers to exploit every tool at their disposal in the pursuit of better business. By creating models and testing whether patterns hold up, it is possible to discover new intelligence that could change your business's entire paradigm for a more successful outcome.

                                    Data Mining for Dummies shows you why it doesn't take a data scientist to gain this advantage, and empowers average business people to start shaping a process relevant to their business's needs. In this book, you'll learn the hows and whys of mining to the depths of your data, and how to make the case for heavier investment into data mining capabilities..."

                                    Quality, Trusted, Fit for Purpose Data?
                                    Information Management, September 9th, 2014
                                    "Often lagging in priorities when it comes to data strategy, it appears that data quality is coming back in favor. As organizations expand beyond data exploration and discovery to putting real action in place organization wide based on these insights, the risk of getting the answer wrong or having dirty data is higher.

                                    But, this may be anecdotal supposition, even in light of the wide conversations I've had with clients. What we do know quantitatively is:..."

                                      Storytelling: Gimmick or Real and Potent?
                                      Information Management, September 11th, 2014
                                      "Depending on whom you ask, data storytelling is either another gimmick or it's real and potent. I wanted to see what someone thought who had proven his ability to see over the data industry's usual boundaries. I turned to forward-thinking industry expert Scott Davis - who in validating storytelling, broke open an industry icon.

                                      'I'm going to give you a cliche that's repeated so often it's taken as truth, and I'm going to tell you it's straight up false,' he said. 'Information is not derivative of data.' That is, data derives from information and the stories that transmit it..."

                                        Be a Data Scientist for the Love of the Craft Not The Perks
                                        TechRepublic, September 10th, 2014
                                        "We're a bit spoiled in Silicon Valley. Not only do we have great weather and friendly people, but we also seem to be the epicenter of the data science career frenzy, where an average science geek can live a really good life.

                                        Many people dream of working as a data scientist at a great company such as Google or Facebook, bringing home a good salary, and enjoying the perks of a thriving, employee-centric firm; however, there's more to life than a nice salary and an onsite barbershop. If you go into data science just for the perks, that's a huge mistake. To be a successful data scientist, you need to love data science..."

                                        Strict Data Management Policy Plays Big Role in E-Discovery
                                        SearchCompliance, September 9th, 2014
                                        "Big data complicates numerous aspects of data management. Questions around information access, security controls and data retention and deletion schedules all become more pressing when there is a seemingly endless amount of data to sift through.

                                        Without a thorough data management policy, it's also very difficult to access relevant e-discovery data during a court case. And even the organizations that do have a policy in place often don't take into account the complexity of big data, said Garth Landers, a research director at Gartner Inc..."

                                        What Will IoT Technology Mean to Analytics?
                                        SearchBusinessAnalytics, September 11th, 2014
                                        "The hype around the Internet of Things continues to grow, and some commentators have suggested IoT could be a boon to analytics by serving as a major source of data. But it's unclear whether today's companies are ready to take advantage of IoT's potential.

                                        "The promise of IoT is being able to assemble data from lots of sources, and we're not quite there yet," said David Smith, chief community officer at software vendor Revolution Analytics in Mountain View, Calif..."

                                        Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                        Vol 199 Issue 1; Vol 198 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 197 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:

                                        • Two Ways IBM Has Over-promised and Under-delivered with POWER8 to Date
                                        • Gartner Positions Oracle in Leaders Quadrant for Integrated Systems
                                        • Oracle Claims ZFS ZS3 Storage boots 16,000 VMs in under 7 mins., outperforms NetApp's FAS6000
                                        • Oracle VM Manager 3.3
                                        • Database-as-a-Service Reaches New Heights of Efficiency
                                        • Oracle VM 3.3 and Oracle Virtual Networking
                                        • vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed Sept. 10th
                                        • Mobile Tornado Accelerates Product Deployment with Solaris Zones
                                        • MySQL Enterprise Backup 3.11.0
                                        • FlexGanttFX 1.0.0 for JavaFX 8

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

                                          IT - Encryption
                                          Encrypted Data in the Cloud? Be Sure to Control Your Own Keys
                                          Network World, September 8th, 2014
                                          "With cloud computing there's no longer a question about whether you should encrypt data. That's a given. The question today is, who should manage and control the encryption keys?

                                          Whether talking to an infrastructure provider like Amazon or Microsoft, or a SaaS provider, it's imperative to have the discussion about key control. The topic is more relevant than ever as more companies move regulated data into the cloud and as concerns about data privacy grow..."

                                          IT - Server
                                          7 Steps to Protect Against Privilege-Elevating Hacks
                                          GCN, September 9th, 2014
                                          "The Edward Snowden saga painfully demonstrated how the worst case scenario can play out when a trusted insider with elevated privileges on a federal network becomes a turncoat. But it also exposed a longstanding weakness in federal cyber security that relied on ad hoc, or at times nonexistent, privilege management.

                                          Agencies today are cracking down on administrative access in order to mitigate the damage an insider can cause, but hackers and even rival nation states are adjusting their tactics and aiming them squarely at the federal government..."

                                          Beefier Servers pack More Storage, DDR4 Memory
                                          Network World, September 8th, 2014
                                          "Chasing data-center trends, top server makers have made storage and memory capacity a priority in their new servers.

                                          Servers with Intel's new Xeon E5-2600 v3 server chips, code-named Grantley, were announced by Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Lenovo and IBM Monday. The servers were announced on the same day Intel debuted the chips, which are based on the Haswell microarchitecture..."

                                          What Mainframe Storage Basics should Admins Know?
                                          SearchDataCenter, September 11th, 2014
                                          "The mainframe storage basics cover tape, disk and virtual disk, but the preferred storage media depends on what your goal is for the data.

                                          Tape storage options can be particularly challenging for mainframe shops that must balance continuous operation and rapid recovery against the need for cost-effective, long-term storage..."

                                          IT - Tape
                                          No TKO for LTO: Tape format spawns another 2 generations, sports 120TB bigness
                                          The Register, September 11th, 2014
                                          "The LTO consortium has added two more generations to its tape format roadmap, extending it out to LTO-10 and a 120TB compressed capacity.

                                          The roadmap used to finish at LTO-8, and that version of the LTO tape format future was announced in April 2010. Now, four-and-a-half years later, it has been extended again.

                                          Compression is reckoned to be 2.5:1. Basically raw capacity is doubling every generation with compressed capacity increasing 2.5 times per generation. Transfer speeds are increasing at less than 2X per generation..."

                                          How to Optimize Your Enterprise Storage with Oracle Solaris ZFS
                                          by Cindy Swearingen
                                          Cindy writes, "At a time when cloud data storage needs are exploding, Oracle Solaris ZFS provides integrated features to reduce your storage footprint. ZFS also provides a flexible tiered storage model so that you can host important data on your fastest storage devices as well as compress and archive less-important data on standard storage devices.

                                          Want to comment on this article? Post the link on Facebook's OTN Garage page. Have a similar article to share? Bring it up on Facebook or Twitter and let's discuss. Oracle Solaris ZFS provides the following ways to optimize your storage requirements in Oracle Solaris 11:..."

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