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Oracle Database 12c as a JSON Document Store
By J. Gelhaus
J. Gelhaus writes, "we are enabling developers to build applications in a new way against the Oracle Database: developers can build document-centric applications directly against an Oracle Database.

Popularized by 'NoSQL Document Stores', these applications store data as documents (typically encoded as JSON) rather than normalized relational tables, and retrieve and query data using simple API's focused on accessing entire documents rather than relying on SQL. The appeal of a document model is that it is a natural fit for many application developers..."

The Magic of SQL Channel Launches on YouTube
Tricks, Explosions and SQL!
Chris Saxon blogs, "It's said that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Despite its age, the Oracle database contains a range advanced features and options. Many of these have magical abilities enabling you to build high performing, scalable applications with less code.

As with all magic these features can appear mystifying - until you know how it's done! I'm here to help you work with SQL so you can manipulate data easily and create fantastic applications your users love.

With this in mind I've launched a new channel on YouTube: 'The Magic of SQL'! Here you'll find cool tricks you can do when using SQL on Oracle. Unlike real magicians however I'll share the secrets with you so you can perform your own SQL magic..."

Are you ready to take advantage of Digital Innovation?
By Jo Pugh, Senior Director, Oracle Consulting
Jo Pugh, Senior Director, Oracle Consulting, writes, "As we all know, innovation in IT continues to accelerate exponentially, so how do you deliver these improvements to your business? A business who wants their ideas delivered faster and believes that without them they may not be able to stay ahead of the competition!

A very good report by Forrester highlights that very few organizations are ready!..."

Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 now available for Solaris 10 control domains
Helps in Migration to Solaris 11

Jeff Savit blogs that "Oracle has released Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 packages for Solaris 10 control domains..."

"Not all of the performance and functional enhancements of Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.2 are available when used with Solaris 10. Oracle recommends that customers use Solaris 11, especially for the control domain, service and I/O domains. Solaris 10 guest domains can be used with Solaris 11 controld domains, allowing interoperability while moving to Solaris 11..."

IT - Storage
Conventional Storage QoS falls short on VMware and Virtualized Workloads
Storage-Switzerland, May 4, 2015
"An increasing number of storage systems are coming to market with Quality of Service (QoS) functionality that allows an administrator to guarantee and in some cases, limit the amount of storage performance that a VMware or other virtualized workloads will experience. This is an important feature as the number and variety of workloads continues to increase in the data center. QoS should allow mission critical workloads to be intermixed with less critical workloads, without fear of the impact of a noisy neighbor stealing all available storage performance. The problem is that most storage QoS implementations are not tuned for virtualization and can actually make the process of assuring mission critical performance for VMs more complicated than without QoS..."
In-house EFSS protects companies from data loss
SearchStorage, May 1, 2015
"Remote workers and mobile devices are a fact of life, as the employees in many companies work as much from home and on the road as they do in a traditional office setting. This requires technology to synchronize files between their various devices and a central repository, often involving a public cloud. Collaboration between workers within and outside the organization is also supported by these file sync-and-share systems..."
    Ask a Wikibon Analyst: Is disk dead?
    SiliconANGLE , May 5, 2015
    "With the cost of NAND flash storage dropping like a rock, driven by massive demand in consumer electronics, the storage industry is in the midst of major technological disruption. NAND flash is 1,000 times faster than spinning disk in reads and writes. It's a fraction of the size, uses a fraction of the power and generates a fraction of the heat, allowing multiple spinning disk arrays to be replaced with one all-flash array and flash to be added to the memory bus inside servers. Flash also has huge amounts of IO, allowing companies, for example, to run data analysis, application development and transaction processing on logical copies of a single physical database, rather than making multiple clones..."
    MAID to order: Inside Facebook's cold-storage data ziggurats
    The Register, May 7, 2015
    "Facebook is storing old photos in special cold storage halls, Zucky ziggurats housing racks filled with MAID (massive arrays of idle drives) using erasure coding and anti-bitrot scanning to increase storage density and lower power costs while providing faster-than-tape access.

    Some two billion photos are shared every day on Facebook and the number is growing; Facebook doesn't disclose the rate though, and they need to be instantly available. So it has built itself two specialised facilities from the ground up to store them..."

    Top five reasons to choose NAS vs. DAS
    SearchStorage, May 7, 2015
    "When given a choice, is it better to use network-attached storage (NAS) or direct-attached storage (DAS) for your environment? While there is not an answer that holds true in every situation -- since each organization has unique requirements -- here are five reasons why an organization might choose NAS vs. DAS. For the purposes of this article, I discuss hardware NAS and hardware DAS..."
    When SSD Performance Goes Awry
    TechSpot, May 8, 2015
    "An avalanche of reports emerged last September, when owners of the usually speedy Samsung SSD 840 and SSD 840 EVO detected the drives were no longer performing as they used to.

    The issue has to do with older blocks of data: reading old files is consistently slower than normal - as slow as ~30MB/s - whereas newly written files, like the ones used in benchmarks, perform as fast as new - around 500MB/s for the well regarded SSD 840 EVO. The reason no one had noticed (we reviewed the drive back in September 2013) is that data has to be several weeks old to show the problem. Samsung promptly admitted the issue and proposed a fix..."

    Java Technology
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    IT - Technology
    Intel's 18-core Xeon chips tuned for machine learning, analytics
    ITWorld, May 5, 2015
    "Smaller servers are taking over data centers, but Intel believes the future is also bright for powerful big-iron servers, thanks to companies' embrace of machine learning, which requires a lot of horsepower to process complex algorithms and large data sets.

    With its new top-line Xeon E7 v3 server chips based on the Haswell microarchitecture, Intel hopes to capitalize on the demand for this type of server. With up to 18 CPU cores, the chips are Intel's fastest, and designed for databases, ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems and analytics related to machine learning..."

    Laptops for Business: 8 Worth Buying
    InformationWeek, May 3, 2015
    "Whether you're in need of an upgrade, or you're looking for good business machines to deploy to your enterprise users, we break down the eight laptops that we feel are worth buying this year. Among the advances you'll find in our roundup of the latest notebook computers are: Fast-charging battery systems; ultra-thin, ultra-light form factors; new interfaces; and hybrid devices that transform easily between tablet and laptop..."
      The Ford GT is Absolutely Sick With High-Tech Innovation and You Need to Know Why
      PC World, May 4, 2015
      "Ford is done with nostalgia. The 2017 Ford GT might bear the faint silhouette of the GT40 - the gorgeous endurance racer that crushed Le Mans in 1966 - but this latest supercar reboot is absolutely sick with high-tech engineering.

      In fact, the new GT is the most high-tech car Ford has ever created, and it claims that tag without a single parking-assist sensor or lithium-ion propulsion pack. The story here is all about lap times, lap times, lap times: getting from start to finish on twisty race tracks as quickly possible. And to reach that goal, the Ford GT doubles down on aerodynamics and weight reduction, twin byproducts of Ford's most advanced R&D..."

        Children Change Disney's Digital Strategy
        Strategy Analytics, May 1, 2015
        "Multiscreen TV behaviour is at the centre of television's stormy transformation - viewing of broadcast, linear TV on the TV screen is apparently in decline while consumption on smartphones and tablets is increasing. Making sense of the big picture is increasingly challenging, and legacy players like broadcasters and the major content owners are inevitably somewhat resistant to the idea that their traditional businesses are under serious threat.

        We have monitored the early stages of this transformation for the past decade and see its results in our own research, and we continue to predict further industry disruption in our forecasts. But sometimes it is only when you hear the evidence given in person by a senior executive at a leading global player that the scale of the challenge and opportunity are finally brought home..."

          The first self-driving 18-wheeler hits the highways
          ITWorld, May 6, 2015
          "Daimler Trucks this week unveiled what it said is the world's first licensed 18-wheel semi-tractor trailer that can drive itself.

          Daimler unveiled the new 18-wheeler yesterday during a ceremony at the Hoover Dam.

          The Freightliner Inspiration Truck, a concept truck, underwent extensive testing, Daimler said, before the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles granted it a license to operate on public roads in the state. This past year, the truck was driven more than 10,000 miles during a test in Germany..."

            The Power to Innovate with Machine Learning
            Virtual-Strategy Magazine, May 7, 2015
            "Smartphones, smart watches, smart TVs. It seems as if advancements in technology are fueling new life into our machines. We no longer just want gadgets, we want digital assistants capable of learning and reasoning to help make our lives easier.

            Many of us are familiar with the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI), or creating computers that perform tasks that normally require human intelligence. What a lot of people aren't familiar with is the field of study that focuses on making this possible. This is called Machine Learning (ML)..."

              IT - Bitcoin
              Isle of Man Trials First Government-Run Blockchain Project
              CoindDesk, May 7, 2015
              "The Isle of Man's Department of Economic Development today announced plans to trial the first government-run blockchain project.

              Using proof-of-stake protocol Credits, developed by local startup Pythia, the department will create a registry of digital currency companies operating on the island.

              Brian Donegan, head of operations for digital development and e-business at the Department of Economic Development, told CoinDesk the project marked a step towards the use of blockchain technology within government, though he stressed it remained an 'experimental technical trial'..."

              How Long Will Bitcoin Be Around?
              NEWSBTC, May 4, 2015
              "Now that bitcoin has been around for a few years already, many are beginning to question how long the cryptocurrency might last. New and stricter regulations could wind up hurting the industry but some say that the blockchain technology might be around much longer.

              Technological advancement has been the biggest catalyst for change in the past decades, and experts say that bitcoin could revolutionize the financial industry sooner or later. For one, the early days of the internet was marked with a lot of skepticism as well, similar to how traditionalists have been challenging bitcoin developments these days..."

              SpectroCoin Integrates WoraPay's Payment Network for Merchants in Eastern Europe
              Bitcoin Magazine, May 4, 2015
              "Through an integration of the European payment network, WoraPay, users of the London-based Bitcoin mobile wallet SpectroCoin now can spend bitcoin at numerous Eastern European merchants.

              Paying merchants with bitcoin is done indirectly, however. Users' fund their WoraPay accounts with bitcoin sent from their SpectroCoin wallets, and then pay the merchant with euros through their phone.

              Though WoraPay has its own mobile wallet, the company also opened its payment network to third-party wallets..."

              Bitcoin Core Developer Commits To 20mb Block Size By March, 2016
              Crypto Coin News, May 4, 2015
              "The discussion has been ongoing since late 2014. What is the ultimate solution to the problem of the block sizes? Hind sight is 20/20, but foresight is golden, or so it seems now that Gavin Andresen has made a commit on his personal fork of the Bitcoin Core repository that states, simply:

              Allows any block with a timestamp on or after 1 March 2016 00:00:00 UTC to be up to 20,000,000 bytes big (serialized).


              USAA Studying How Blockchain Tech Could Decentralize Operations
              CoindDesk, May 8, 2015
              "US insurance giant USAA has reportedly begun investing resources into exploring how to incorporate blockchain technology into its infrastructure.

              As reported by Reuters, USAA is in the early stages of seeing how distributed open ledgers could be applied to its business.

              The company 'has yet to identify how it will implement the technology', according to the news service. However, USAA managing director of corporate development Alex Marquez said it may examine how blockchains could potentially decentralize its back-office operations..."

              Using Bitcoin Technology to Buy Homes
              NEWSBTC, May 4, 2015
              "Apart from its more popular usage as a means of payment or remittance, bitcoin technology can now be applied to home-buying. Through the use of blockchain, transactions could be subject to stricter verification but this could by-pass the usual credit reviews or submissions of paperwork for proof of income.

              In addition, using digital currency with authentication, home-buying might not need the middleman to facilitate transaction. This could significantly lower additional costs incurred for commissions and transfers..."

              Announcing Consensus 2015: A Summit on Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technologies
              CoindDesk, May 8, 2015
              "Digital currencies and blockchain technologies cut across numerous sectors, with the potential to impact everyone from the suits on Wall Street to the world's unbanked.

              We want to drive the conversation forward by connecting the doers and thinkers in those sectors - global development and aid, civic technology, government and policy-making, financial services and more - with the technologists, entrepreneurs and investors at the heart of the digital currency world..."

       Uses Smart Contracts to Coordinate Small Tasks Worldwide
                Bitcoin Magazine, May 7, 2015
                "While the Internet has allowed people all around the world to find freelance work at the click of a button, it also has created a situation where these online workers are sometimes exploited or simply not paid for their work. is a startup that plans to put power back into the hands of the freelancer and allow the poor all over the world to earn a decent wage.

       founder and CEO Andy Gough recently spoke to Bitcoin Magazine and answered a few questions about his new project. He described how blockchain technology can be used to 'free workers all over the world from exploitation and abuse.'..."

                IT - FOSS
                Netflix open-sources security incident management tool
                Network World, May 4, 2015
                "Netflix has released under an open-source license an internal tool it developed to manage a deluge of security alerts and incidents.

                Called FIDO (Fully Integrated Defense Operation), the tool is designed to research, score and categorize threats in order to speed up handling of the most urgent ones..."

                Myth-Busting the Open-Source Cloud Part 2
                CIO, May 4, 2015
                "In part one of this series, we established that there's little reason for organizations to fear security concerns in open-source cloud computing. So what's the next hurdle? Understanding that open source, within the context of the cloud, is mature enough for the enterprise.

                Ever since open-source software took hold in the 1990s, there have been questions or concerns regarding its maturity level and whether some of these products are ready for use in business environments..."

                What I learned managing an open source CMS project
      , May 7, 2015
                "My favorite part about our open source project, PencilBlue, is that I get to interact with people from all over the world. When we first started, there were just two of us, but as the months progressed we saw our contributors begin to grow. It got me thinking about what it takes to be a good maintainer and how my team will make sure the project continues to run smoothly for years to come..."
                Cloud Computing
                Oracle Updates Development Tools for Public Cloud Services
                by Jeff Smith
                Laura Ramsey writes, "the Oracle Database Application Development Tools team released two important updates to the development tools line up. This guest post from Jeff Smith, Senior Principal Product Manager at Oracle, provides the full story..."

                Jeff Smith writes, "Oracle SQL Developer version 4.1 and Oracle SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1 are now generally available. The two products empower customers to design, develop, and deploy best-of-breed applications running on-premises or in Oracle Database Cloud Services..."

                'We are very pleased with the strong adoption of Oracle SQL Developer,' said Michael J. Hichwa, Vice President of Oracle Database Tools.

                Webcast - Oracle Database Backup Service
                By Thanos Terentes Printzios
                Thanos Terentes writes, "As Oracle Continues the Oracle Cloud Expansion, it helps organizations more rapidly adopt and utilize hybrid cloud solutions, which can securely and seamlessly integrate public cloud solutions with on-premises and private cloud environments.

                The Oracle Database Backup Service, announced on the 14th of April 2015 along with Oracle Storage Cloud, provides a high performance, redundant and highly available cloud storage solution for Oracle database backups. Scalable and elastic by design, enterprises using the Oracle Database Backup Service will assured that their backup storage resources will always match the needs of their growing business data..."

                EBS 12.1 Certified on Oracle Linux 7 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux EBS 12.1
                By John Abraham
                "Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 (12.1.3) is now certified on Oracle Linux 7 (64-bit) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (64-bit)," reports John Abraham.

                "Installations of the E-Business Suite 12.1 on these operating systems require the application of the 12.1 RUP 3 (12.1.3). Cloning of existing EBS 12.1.3 Linux environments to these operating systems is also certified using the standard Rapid Clone process.

                There are specific requirements to upgrade technology components such as the Oracle Database (to or and Fusion Middleware components as necessary. Other requirements, known issues, patches needed, etc. are noted in the Installation and Upgrade Notes (IUN) below and must be reviewed and implemented..."

                Oracle Linux and Intel: The Power and Freedom to Innovate
                Oracle Linux and the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3
                IT organizations searching for ways to do more with less are implementing open-standards infrastructure based on Oracle Linux and Intel Xeon processors. As a single consolidation target to replace multiple technologies and Linux variants, these systems offer a flexible, powerful platform for innovation that is based on highly optimized combinations of hardware and software building blocks.

                Oracle Linux is free to download, use, update, and distribute. Customers are free to purchase support on only the servers that need it and to choose the specific support levels that are appropriate on a server-by-server basis. This cost-effective approach to licensing is complemented by the simplicity of running the identical version of the OS and updates on all systems in the enterprise, regardless of individual support levels...

                Key to the enterprise leadership of the combination of Oracle Linux and the Intel Xeon processor E7-8800/4800 v3 product families is the ongoing commitment both companies share to open source, and especially to the Linux kernel and related projects...

                IT - Cloud
                4 Predictions for the Immediate Future of Cloud Computing
                InfoWorld, May 1, 2015
                "Predictions tend to be more of an end-of-the-year activity, but I took some time to write down a few ideas and their likely outcomes based on patterns in the market that we can currently see. Here are a few to consider.

                There will be more market convergence around Google, AWS, and Microsoft. This is as easy to call as the sunset. Enterprises moving to public clouds are largely going with these three companies. Moreover, the big three are placing their technology bets in cloud computing right now, and this will continue for the foreseeable future..."

                9 Reasons to Move Core to the Cloud
                Insurance Networking, May 4, 2015
                "With cloud adoption among insurers at a 'tipping point' according to industry observers, we asked carrier technology leaders what the key drivers for cloud investment are at their companies.

                From public to private cloud, or software- or infrastructure-as-a-service, there are nine key reasons more insurance carriers are turning to cloud deployments of core systems software..."

                Anticipating IoT Traffic Growth? Why a Colo, Not the Cloud, Might Be In Your Future
                IT World, May 5, 2015
                "The Internet of Things is coming, and drastic traffic growth is going to blow your network sky-high. Should you scale up your on-premises data center? No. Should you move to the cloud? No. The best strategy, according to a speaker at the Interop 2015 conference, is to move your servers, applications, and data into your own servers in a top-tier colocation facility..."
                Cloud Services That Don't Meet these Customer Expectations Will Fail
                ZDnet, May 5, 2015
                "As we have evolved from packaged-software users to cloud consumers, our expectations have changed. Software providers need to take this into account if they're going to succeed in this arena...

                I used bad words again this weekend. Like I do every day, I moved between my four main computers. It's not important why I have four main computers, I just do. It works for me.

                I also have two smartphones (one that still gets phone service), three tablets, and a Chromebook. Those are just the devices I'm likely to use every day or so. I also have a whole raft of machines designated for special purposes, like the studio Mac and the network-monitor Mac..."

                  NBCUniversal Saves $30m with Hybrid Cloud Strategy
                  v3 co uk, May 7, 2015
                  "NBCUniversal CTO of infrastructure and IT operations Eric Craig revealed the saving during a session at EMC World attended by V3, claiming the company was forced to rethink its architecture following major changes in customers' viewing habits..."

                  "The big explosion in media has been the boom of platforms where we can play content. It's win for the consumer as they have more choice and win for us as we can get more eyeballs on our content, but it's a scramble for IT as we have to support it," he said.

                  The Cloud Computing Security Challenge
                  Network World, May 7, 2015
                  "A few years ago, cloud computing faced an infosec hurdle. Many CIOs appreciated the benefits of cloud computing, but their concerns about cloud security outweighed all of its potential benefits. General cloud security trepidation thus precluded broader use of cloud computing.

                  Fast forward to 2015 and the situation has changed. Yes, CIOs and security folks remain worried about cloud security, but business and IT benefits are so appealing that they tend to trump confidentiality, integrity, and security apprehensions. ESG research indicates that a growing number of organizations are jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon..."

                  IT - CxO
                  Following the way of the cloud
                  The Enterprisers Project, May 1, 2015
                  "A conversation with Aaron Stibel, executive vice president of Technology, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.

                  The Enterprisers Project (TEP): Cloud strategy is obviously evolving from the provider perspective. How is it working on the ground for you?

                  Stibel: We actually have SaaS solutions up and down our stack. If you think about what we had to do a few years ago, which was rebuild our entire platform, from the e-commerce websites to the products to back-office and everything in between, we couldn't have done it without the cloud. We were a startup with a very large asset..."

                  Harper Reed: Innovation Is Worthless
                  InformationWeek, April 30, 2015
                  "At Interop in Las Vegas on Thursday, Harper Reed, CEO of mobile commerce company Modest and former CTO at President Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago, took aim at Silicon Valley's most cherished concept: innovation.

                  The tech industry tends to overlook almost any excess if it results in innovation, because it's the foundation of empires. Temperamental founder, worker exploitation, environmental damage, selling tools to tyrants? But look at that shiny new thing!..."

                  IoT Considerations for CIOs
                  ComputerWorld, May 4, 2015
                  "Gartner has predicted that by 2020 the Internet of Things will grow to 26 billion objects. (This excludes smartphones, tablets and PCs, which will account for a separate 7.3 billion devices, Gartner adds.) With these kinds of staggering numbers, there is a disruption in the making -- and we CIOs need to be ready for it..."
                  State CIOs See Rapid Shift to the Cloud
                  Government Technology, May 2, 2015
                  "Reservations that state IT leaders once had about putting government systems in the cloud are fading fast. State CIOs interviewed at the NASCIO Mid-Year Conference the week of April 27 are aggressively adopting cloud-based services, with some saying they intend to run anywhere from half to almost all of traditional data center infrastructure on hosted platforms within the next few years..."
                  Interview of Everything: Cisco CEO Chambers on White Boxes, SDN, Leadership and the Cloud
                  Network World, May 5, 2015
                  "Little did we know that our interview with John Chambers at Cisco's Texas Data Center Day in April might be our last with him as the company's CEO. As we learned this week, he'll hand the reins to Chuck Robbins in July, though will remain the company's chairman and become its executive chairman as well. He'll also hand Robbins the challenge of making Cisco the No.1 IT company by forging ahead with its data center, cloud and Internet of Everything initiatives. Chambers discussed those topics and more with IDG Enterprise VP and Chief Content Officer John Gallant..."
                  Relocation Costs Now a Sticking Point for Job-Hunting Security Managers
                  Network World, May 5, 2015
                  "With security executives and staff in such demand at many organizations today, is it possible that something like paying for relocation costs could get in the way of hiring a new employee to join the security program? Yes, according to a number of people in the industry.

                  "Companies are finally realizing that they need someone to lead their information security efforts. Unfortunately, 'they're' settling for available local talent instead of hiring the experienced talent they really need' because they don't want to pay for relocation, says an information security executive who asked to remain anonymous because he's actively looking for another job..."

                  Learning from Lousy: You Can Take Away Good from the Bad, Too
                  TLNT, May 6, 2015
                  "It's often said that each of us can learn a great deal from having a good boss to work for, a solid role model of just how a manager is supposed to act.

                  We hear about learning the 'right' way from our mentors, from people we admire, from good leaders. And we can also benefit from associating with other good employees, learning from the experienced and high performers how things should be done.

                  That's all true enough, but how many of us are fortunate enough to find ourselves in that position? Who even has a mentor these days?..."

                    15 Chief Data Officer Job Requirements
                    Insurance Networking, May 7, 2015
                    "Sixty-one percent of CIOs want to hire chief data officers (CDOs) within the next 12 months.

                    At a high level, CDOs oversee how data is gathered, managed, protected, and monetized. But what else fits into a CDO job description? Here are 15 requirements for the position..."

                    The Challenges of Being a CIO
                    LIFARS, May 7, 2015
                    "With technology being an essential part of any successful business, the importance and need for a Chief Information Officer is at all-time high. Many new CIOs, however, struggle with adapting to this constantly evolving role and have difficulty communicating the importance of their contribution to the rest of the company leadership. Below are some of the challenges every CIO must be prepared to face..."
                    A CIO's 5-step guide to sustainable innovation
                    The Enterprisers Project, May 5, 2015
                    "What's the most important and overlooked cycle in the CIO toolkit? No, it's not mastering the business planning cycle. It's not the budgeting cycle, or iterative software development cycle, or even the strategic planning cycle, as these are all simply the price of entry for any successful CIO. They're necessary but not sufficient..."
                    vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha - Wed May 13th
                    6pm - 9pm (Sponsored Pizza and Beer)
                    Please join us for the next vBeers @ Broward. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month in Broward County, Florida, USA.

                    The next Broward meeting will be at the Funky Buddha Brewery, which is located in Oakland Park, just a few minutes East of I-95.

                    Event sponsorship is now managed by the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA). Sponsors for this event include Volico and Nexenta. Volico Hosting will be buying the beers and Nexenta will provide pizza! Bring 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. Please encourage to IT friends and colleagues to attend!

                    Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page.

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                    Wed May 20th - vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten Boca
                    6pm - 9pm (Sponsored Food and Beer)
                    Please join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton, FL.

                    The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

                    This event will be sponsored by Volico Hosting. Get a couple of tickets and exchange them for beers!

                    $5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour! (We may have an additional sponsor, so the food may be sponsored as well.)

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                    IT - DR
                    6 Big Data Projects to Aid Disaster Response
                    GCN, May 4, 2015
                    "Advances in IT are providing new opportunities to improve disaster management. The combination of powerful computer systems and networks that include sensors, smartphones and cyber-physical systems is creating massive data streams that can help decision-makers during disasters.

                    At the same time, these systems need to be reliable and responsive enough to ensure that the real-time data they collect and process continues seamlessly during disasters..."

                    Cloud Disasters Can and Will Happen. Are You Prepared?
                    Network World, May 7, 2015
                    "Imagine what would happen to your organization in the event of a prolonged cloud outage. Are you prepared to handle it?

                    It's going to happen, and happen to you and your organization. No, I'm not a salesguy, otherwise bereft of booth babes at RSA. I'm a systems engineer going back to the days of SNA, DSLAMs, CSU/DSUs, ARCNet over NetWare, and other ancient interconnect. Stuff happens.

                    So, whatchya gonna do? What is your plan?..."

                      Seven Practical Tips for Successful Work Area Recovery Testing
                      Continuity Central, May 7, 2015
                      "When you physically move a group of people to a work area recovery (WAR) site and expect them to be productive almost immediately, in a sense the easy part is ensuring they have the basic tools: desks, computers with the right programmes, washrooms and so on. But there are a host of practicalities that need to be thought through that will make all the difference, and that should be integrated into the practice routines. This will make the testing of your plan much more successful, and will pay off should a disaster occur. Here are seven tips to think about to ensure that your next work area recovery test is successful:..."
                        72% of SMBs to Outlay Additional Investments in BC in Next 12-24 Months
                        Storage Newsletter, May 7, 2015
                        "This white paper, The Growth Opportunity for SMB Cloud and Hybrid Business Continuity (BC), has been published on April 2015 by IDC Corp.'s analysts Raymond Boggs, Christopher Chute and Laura DuBoisan and sponsored by Carbonite, Inc.

                        Executive summary

                        To mitigate the economic risk of downtime, SMBs are seeking cost-effective BC solutions that are both feature rich and complexity free. According to IDC's 2015 SMB BC Study, 81% of SMBs using BC solutions are considering improvements to their current strategy. Legacy approaches are unable to meet today's SMB requirements, and a full 35% of SMBs do not have a BC solution in place at all today. Thus, 72% of SMBs worldwide expect to outlay additional investments in BC in the next 12-24 months..."

                        IT - PM
                        Watch the Pontificator!
                        Project Management Advisor, May 4, 2015
                        "At the offices of one of my clients there was a fellow who I'll call 'Moe.' Moe was your typical pontificator. At any time we saw Moe he was standing outside of someone's cubicle or sitting on someone's office, coffee cup in hand, waxing poetic about the latest dumb decision management made, the idiots that run his division, or last night's baseball game. Moe had an opinion on everything and was very free about letting you know every detail of his opinion.

                        There was no such thing as a five-minute conversation with Moe..."

                        Live Webcast with Oracle CIO, More: Introducing Documents Cloud Service
                        Wednesday, May 13 at 10 am PT/1 pm ET
                        Tanu Sood writes, "In case you missed it last week, we are gearing up for a live video webcast that is a powerhouse of executives offering a 360-degrees perspective on Oracle Documents Cloud Service - an enterprise grade cloud file sharing and collaboration service. Find out about the current state of the industry,the gaps this solution addresses and what that means to both LoB users and the IT within your enterprise. Hear directly from IDC's Program Vice President, Content and Digital Media Technologies, Melissa Webster on the current state of EFSS and why there is a need to broaden the requirements of a solution. Oracle Vice President, Scott Howley will host the discussion with Oracle senior product management executives on product strategy, vision and the value it provides to LoBs like marketing..."
                        IT - Networks
                        IEEE 802.3bm Amends Base Ethernet Physical Layer Specs
                        Cabling Installation & Maintenance, May 6, 2015
                        "IEEE, the world's largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, today announced the availability of IEEE 802.3bm, IEEE Standard for Ethernet Amendment: Physical Layer Specifications and Management Parameters for 40 Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Operation Over Fiber Optic Cables.

                        This amendment to IEEE 802.3, IEEE Standard for Ethernet, is intended to support a number of advances in optical networking, enabling migration to higher-density applications, reducing cost and power demand of 100 Gb/s devices and simplified metropolitan services..."

                        Coalition Announces Global Breakthrough for Software-Defined Networking
              , May 6, 2015
                        "A coalition comprising the Open Networking Operating System (ONOS) Project, the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), Corsa Technology (Corsa), ESnet, AARNet and CSIRO today announced the successful deployment of an ONOS-based software-defined peering router. The router located at AARNet/CSIRO in Australia exchanges routes with the Vandervecken software-defined networking (SDN) controller stack at ESnet in California and uses high performance data planes comprised of Corsa switches in both locations..."
                        5 key principles for building an Internet of Things business
                        Information Age, May 7, 2015
                        "The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most exciting prospects for businesses of our time, as it has the potential to revolutionise everything from the way companies operate and drive revenue to the types of goods, services and experience they deliver. It is forcing businesses to rethink how they interact with the world around them, and in particular their relationship with their customers.

                        The IoT market continues to be strong, with IoT hardware and connectivity revenues growing at about 20% per year and IoT services and analytics growing even more rapidly at around 40-50% annually, according to ABI Research..."

                        IT - Linux
                        Open Source History: Why Did Linux Succeed?
                        The VAR Guy, May 4, 2015
                        "One of the most puzzling questions about the history of free and open source is this: Why did Linux succeed so spectacularly, whereas similar attempts to build a free or open source, Unix-like operating system kernel met with considerably less success? I don't know the answer to that question. But I have rounded up some theories, which I'd like to lay out here..."
                        Linux is an operating system for all ages
                        ZDnet, May 4, 2015
                        "Consider James Anderson. He's an 84 year-old volunteer at Free Geek, a Portland, Oregon non-profit organization, which rebuilds old computers for users who need them. As shown in a Linux Foundation video, he works there every Friday to rebuild laptops using Linux that can be sent to Africa.

                        Anderson has been playing with electrical equipment since he blew out his grandmother's fuses and has been using computers since the "luggables" of the 80s. He's never worked in IT, though, until he came to Free Geek. He had spend 13-weeks in Zimbabwe and saw how students there needed computers..."

                        7 Excuses For Not Using Linux -- And Why They're Wrong
                        Datamation, May 6, 2015
                        "Every since Linux first became popular, articles have been condemning its shortcomings. Hardly a month goes by without someone explaining what Linux lacks, or how it needs a particular feature, application, or service to be usable-- and, as often as not, the complaints are misguided.

                        Admittedly, the free software that runs on Linux has some shortcomings. For example, you still can't fill out PDF forms, or, in most countries, calculate your taxes using Linux. In other cases, such as optical character recognition or speech recognition, free software tools are available but primitive compared to proprietary ones. However, the number of legitimate shortcomings becomes smaller every year, and, increasingly the complaints are more likely to be the results of ignorance as anything else.

                        But what sorts of ignorance? That's where the discussion becomes interesting:.."

                        8 Linux Security Improvements In 8 Years
                        InformationWeek, May 6, 2015
                        "Linux started getting really serious about security in 2007, and it has made big strides in the past three years. As open source code faces more threats, Linux can't rest on its laurels.

                        At a time when faith in open source code has been rocked by an outbreak of attacks based on the Shellshock and Heartbleed vulnerabilities, it's time to revisit what we know about Linux security. Linux is so widely used in enterprise IT, and deep inside Internet apps and operations, that any surprises related to Linux security would have painful ramifications..."

                        What is Linux?
              , May 6, 2015
                        "Linux is the best-known and most-used open source operating system. As an operating system, Linux is software that sits underneath all of the other software on a computer, receiving requests from those programs and relaying these requests to the computer's hardware.

                        For the purposes of this page, we use the term 'Linux' to refer to the Linux kernel, but also the set of programs, tools, and services that are typically bundled together with the Linux kernel to provide all of the necessary components of a fully functional operating system. Some people, particularly members of the Free Software Foundation, refer to this collection as GNU/Linux, because many of the tools included are GNU components. However, not all Linux installations use GNU components as a part of their operating system. Android, for example, uses a Linux kernel but relies very little on GNU tools..."

                        Top 10 Linux Server Distributions of 2015
                        ServerWatch, May 8, 2015
                        "You know that Linux is a hot data center server. You know it can save you money in licensing and maintenance costs. But that still leaves the question of what your best options Linux Server Distros are for Linux as a server operating system.

                        The Top 10 Linux server operating system distros ranked by ease of use, cost, available support and data center reliability.

                        We've researched, crunched the numbers and put dozens of Linux distros through their paces to compile our latest list of the top ten Linux server distributions (aka "Linux server distros") - some of which you may not be aware..."

                        IT - Operations
                        Can Data Centers Keep Up with Internet of Things (IoT) Workloads?
                        Information Management, May 4, 2015
                        "The Internet of Things (IoT) 'explosion' will be a major driver of technology investments over the next decade, and although the billions of connected things will capture much of the attention, investments in the data center will be critical for IoT services to reach their full potential.

                        That's according to new research from International Data Corp. (IDC). The report says installed service provider data center capacity consumed by IoT workloads will increase nearly 750% between 2014 and 2019..."

                        How Standards Helped Oak Ridge Tame its Data Center
                        GCN, May 4, 2015
                        "The data center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory had an efficiency problem.

                        According to Scott Milliken, Oak Ridge's computer facility manager, it started with how equipment was being purchased -- via grants. Scientists using the data center were responsible for purchasing equipment for their projects. In some cases, grants specifically stated that upgrades purchased by grant money must be exclusively used for that project, even after the project ended..."

                          Hyperconvergence: Helping IT Move the Needle
                          NetworkComputing, May 4, 2015
                          "Enterprise IT is often a victim of unnecessary complexity and purpose-built infrastructure. Hyperconverged infrastructure can remedy that by offering simplicity, quick installation and high performance, according to several industry experts and practitioners.

                          Speaking at Interop Las Vegas last week, Wikibon senior analyst Stu Miniman pointed out that 80% of IT resources are spent on "just keeping the lights on." In the past 15 years, he said, that number has not changed. It's clearly time for more efficient practices that can help to "move the needle," and hyperconvergence is one of them..."

                          The Science Behind Alert Fatigue: How to Turn Down the Noise So You Can Hear the Signal
                          Network World, May 6, 2015
                          "You've likely experienced alert fatigue at some point in your life. You feel exasperated as your phone pings for what seems like the hundredth time in a day, or your eyes glaze over as a glut of new analytics data rolls in. You feel resigned to the fact that an influx of email could very well go on forever.

                          This acclimatization that comes with being overwhelmed by a variety of signals, both relevant and irrelevant, isn't a big deal on the personal side of things. But it can have major consequences in the world of business intelligence, where missing even one important alert can be costly...."

                          Small Updates meet Big Data Center Requirements
                          Search Data Center, May 7, 2015
                          "Not all IT infrastructure projects require a large budget and lengthy schedule. These relatively inexpensive updates boost performance and reliability.

                          IT leaders constantly dream up ways to meet data center requirements for performance and efficiency, but time and money always seem to quash grand plans.

                          Not every IT infrastructure project needs to be a time-consuming, capital-intensive, paradigm-shifting corporate initiative. Quick and easy updates significantly benefit data center facilities and IT performance, and act as a training ground for new employees..."

                          IT - Security
                          Building a Stronger Security Strategy: 6 Tips
                          Dark Reading, May 4, 2015
                          "You might not think that security would be top of mind for a food service sales and marketing provider like Advantage (ASM) Waypoint. While we don't have account information on millions of consumer customers like Sony or Target, or sensitive banking data like JP Morgan Chase, our customer and corporate data still carries significant value for us; it's the primary reason that setting a proactive security strategy is a top priority. In particular, it's extremely important for us to be able to know where our data is at all times, including the increasing volumes being generated, accessed and shared outside of our traditional network..."
                          Enterprises Overlook Legal Issues in Breach Preparedness
                          CSO Online, May 1, 2015
                          "Companies preparing for data breaches and cyber security incidents too often focus on the technology and overlook the legal aspects.

                          In a recent study by Hanover Research, for example, while about 54 percent of companies conducted a cyber threat audit -- but only 33 percent involved their legal departments in the process..."

                          "Companies are more likely to involve lawyers as a reactive measure, after an incident has occurred, rather than as a proactive measure," researchers said in their report, which was based on a survey of corporate law departments conducted on behalf of Indiana University's Maurer School of Law..."

                          Palo Alto CEO: Beware the Internet of Things - And Watch Your Car
                          Network World, May 4, 2015
                          "Corporate IT security pros need to consider the Internet of Things as a new and dangerous attack vector - oh, and we all should be particularly worried about the safety of our cars, says the top executive at Palo Alto Networks.

                          'You need to be completely rethinking endpoint security and you need to be seeking out technology that will actually prevent things at endpoints before 'malware' lands,' says Palo Alto CEO Mark McLaughlin in a recent interview with Network World...

                          Awareness Lessons from the Sony Hack
                          CSO Online, May 6, 2015
                          "As more information is disclosed from the Sony hack, it demonstrates that awareness concerns go well beyond phishing.

                          The now infamous Sony hack was the culmination of a variety of technical and non-technical vulnerabilities. While the attention tends to focus on the fact North Korea was the attacker, and that is important, from a practitioner's perspective, it is more important to understand what let the attacks to be successful. I previously did that on a comprehensive scale..."

                            Cyber Tools that Maximize ROI (Maybe)
                            GCN, May 6, 2015
                            "A new report by Ponemon Institute found that 70 percent of IT and security professionals believe return on investment metrics are important when selecting security technologies. The ROI for different types of cybersecurity efforts, however, can vary tremendously: ..."
                            With IoT Projects Come Financial Benefits, but Also Security Risks
                            PC World, May 6, 2015
                            "Internet of Things projects can yield data and insights that help companies operate more efficiently and improve products, but also give hackers additional targets to attack.

                            Expect more malware like Stuxnet, a worm that went after Siemens industrial control systems and mostly infected computers in Iran, said Alan Tait, CTO of Stream Technologies, a London company with technology that enables machine-to-machine communication..."

                            APTs: The Fine Balance of Control and Monitoring
                            Help Net Security, May 7, 2015
                            "Security is not about winning the war. It is more like insurance, it's about how we handle risks. In order to successfully handle the risk of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) we need to focus on the high stake targets that we want to protect. The challenge, then, is to build a multi-layered security architecture with the right balance of control and monitoring technologies that can prevent any lower-impact threats from escalating into a full blown attack..."
                            IT - Careers
                            6 Things You MUST Do After a Job Interview
                            CIO, May 6, 2015
                            "After a few sluggish years, the economy is finally making strong gains. While this is generally great news for job seekers, the long-awaited hiring thaw means stiffer competition for available roles. Making your resume stand out in a crowded field is critical to gaining an edge over the growing field of job seekers; fortunately, it's not as difficult as you'd think..."
                              The 20 Best (and Real) Employee Benefits
                              TLNT, May 6, 2015
                              "Benefits? Perks? 'What are those?' you might ask.

                              Yes, they may be hard to come by these days, but trust me, they do exist.

                              Don't believe me? Check out these 20 real employee benefits (and I'll have 13 more benefits tomorrow) in no particular order..."

                                10 Tips to Help College Tech Grads Enter the Workforce
                                Network World, May 7, 2015
                                "You're about to graduate with a tech degree - now the real work begins. Here's how to make sure your job search 'toolbox' is filled and that you're ready to enter a competitive marketplace.

                                Summer is nearly upon us and with it for many comes graduation ceremonies. Then it's off to the realities of the workforce. If your degree is in the technology field, you're picked a great career path, but there's still lots of competition to beat out and evolving technology to master. Finding your place in a crowded tech job market means some serious planning, polishing your skill set and developing the right set of tools..."

                                  Classification and Protection of Unstructured Data
                                  Help Net Security, May 7, 2015
                                  "In this podcast recorded at RSA Conference 2015, Stephane Charbonneau, CTO of TITUS, talks about TITUS Classification Suite 4, a significant new release of its flagship data identification and information protection suite.

                                  Already in use by the French Ministry of Defense and others, the new solution uses content and context to automatically classify and protect information as it is handled by users, and allows manual and guided classification for maximum flexibility and user engagement. Fine-grained policy control and comprehensive metadata capture also leverages overall security investment, improves data management and increases regulatory compliance..."

                                  Hire For Personality, Not Just Skills, to Build Your Startup Team
                                  Search CIO, May 7, 2015
                                  "Finding people with the right experience and skills to build your new business is critical, but it's the personality mix of a startup team that can make or break a small business.

                                  My business partners and I are in the midst of hiring our first set of team members for our startup. As you would expect, we looked first at the skill sets we needed to meet the expanding demands of our new clients. Skills inventories were created and budgets allotted for the talent search and placement. The easy part, we knew, was now done..."

                                    Moms in Tech: Tales and Tips From the IT Trenches
                                    ComputerWorld, May 7, 2015
                                    "Dr. Seuss may not have been the first to recognize that life is a great balancing act, but he was the one who paired it with the admonition to "step with care and great tact."

                                    That advice is no doubt familiar to many parents who juggle work and child-rearing -- but nobody ever said they couldn't get an assist from technology. To celebrate Mother's Day, Computerworld asked eight moms who work in tech about their own balancing acts, what gadgets or apps make managing their lives a bit easier, and if they have any advice for other parents or parents-to-be in the tech field..."

                                    The Wisdom of the PaaS Crowd
                                    IT leaders reveal best practices for a successful PaaS implementation
                                    Monica Mehta writes, "Research firm IDC forecasts that the global public PaaS market is expected to grow to more than $14 billion in 2017. What do customers want when it comes to the cloud? How does PaaS fulfill those needs? What types of PaaS offerings will do the job?.."

                                    'When moving to the cloud, people are no longer only looking for software as a service or infrastructure as a service,' says Mike Lehmann, Oracle's vice president of product management. 'They're thinking of bringing over application platforms and workloads to gain some of the same benefits for the application layer - standardization, faster deployment, automation with more flexible capital expenditure approaches, and seamless integration.'

                                    Why customers choose Oracle Cloud solutions for PaaS
                                    Video of Panel Discussion (31:29 Minutes)
                                    Margaret Hamburge writes, "On April 29th, Oracle Senior Vice President Shawn Price moderated a panel discussion where customers described their experience with Oracle Cloud solutions for SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. The PaaS customer panel included seven global customers from a variety of industries that described use cases for extending SaaS with PaaS, easily moving development and test environments to the cloud, and how to leverage the Internet of Things (IOT) with Big Data and Advanced Analytics. Many described their move to the cloud as the main driver to innovate faster to meet business demands with shrinking IT budgets.

                                    Watch the PaaS Customer Panel..."

                                    IT - Virtualization
                                    Docker Gets Serious About Security
                                    eWeek, May 7, 2015
                                    "Two months after Docker brings in new faces to lead security efforts, a new benchmark for securing Docker container deployments debuts.

                                    In March of this year, Nathan McCauley and Diogo Monica joined Docker Inc. to lead security efforts for the container virtualization vendor. Now, just over two months later, the first fruits of McCauley and Monica's efforts are becoming apparent with a new Center for Internet Security benchmark report for the Docker Engine 1.6..."

                                    VMware Adopts Docker Container Security Guidelines
                                    Enterprise Systems Journal, May 8, 2015
                                    "Though Docker Inc. containers are garnering a lot of publicity, the backing technology is still young. For example, security measures are still evolving, such as VMware Inc.'s management tool that has been updated to meet emerging security standards.

                                    The CIS Docker 1.6 Benchmark is an early major standard, just recently released for Docker Engine 1.6..."

                                    IT - Database
                                    Open Source Threatens to Eat the Database Market
                                    InfoWorld, April 29, 2015
                                    "Marten Mickos may no longer run MySQL, but his ghost still haunts the database market.

                                    Years ago, Mickos declared, "The relational database market is a $9 billion a year market. I want to shrink it to $3 billion and take a third of the market." MySQL never got to that point, generating roughly $100 million in sales before being acquired by Sun for $1 billion, but that commoditization urge has hit the database market hard..."

                                    Top 10 Enterprise Database Systems to Consider in 2015
                                    ServerWatch, May 1, 2015
                                    "How far back does your knowledge of databases go - late-1980s, mid-1990s, five years ago? If so, you might not recognize some of the old timers in this list. You'll also do a double take if you didn't know many of them have their roots in the mid-to-late 1970s. It would be hard to argue that the database market is not mature.

                                    It's also highly competitive, and enterprise database systems come packed with features from hot backups to high-availability to extensive cloud services. These database systems range in price from free to tens of thousands of dollars..."

                                      IT - Backup
                                      The Benefits of Agentless Backup
                                      Continuity Central, May 7, 2015
                                      "Agentless backup is one of the latest buzzwords in disaster recovery and business continuity, but how much do we really know about it or what it means for organizations using it?

                                      Most people probably know that agents are the small applications installed on a server to perform a particular function. For backup, the agent is installed onto the host server that the system administrator wants to back up. Agentless backup is, as its name suggests, backup without the use of such an agent..."

                                      IT - Mobile
                                      Don't Get Hung Up on Best Practices
                                      InfoWorld, May 4, 2015
                                      "Despite what many startups may tell you, application and API design isn't automatic and doesn't "just happen." There are best practices and important guidelines to follow, but they all make necessary assumptions about the application or service you might be building. The best practices for a social media mobile app don't apply to an app that collects back-end performance metrics, and vice versa.

                                      The ultimate goal of designing and building an application or infrastructure is to look as far ahead as possible and build a foundation that doesn't handcuff future expansion and heretofore unknown plans. When we build IT infrastructures, we need to account for the unexpected as much as possible. We don't always succeed but we have to try..."

                                      Court Rules Warrant Not Needed for Cell Phone Location Data
                                      PC World, May 5, 2015
                                      "Mobile phone users have 'no reasonable expectation of privacy' for their location tracking data, and should expect police agencies investigating crimes to obtain that information without court-approved warrants, a U.S. appeals court has ruled.

                                      Historical cell tower location data is not private information owned by customers but by the mobile carrier, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled Tuesday. The court affirmed a district court's convictions of defendant Quartavius Davis, charged with multiple crimes in connection with a string of seven armed robberies in South Florida in 2010. Davis was sentenced to nearly 162 years in prison..."

                                        5 signs that your business isn't truly mobile
                                        Information Age, May 6, 2015
                                        "Mobility is a topic that organisations have been struggling to get to grips with for a number of years. That we're still discussing it is testament to how much of a complicated and all-encompassing beast it is.

                                        If you thought that your business was mobile because users can work easily regardless of where they are, you might need to think again. Here are five reasons why..."

                                          IT - Big Data
                                          Intelligent People but Bad Choices? Try Using Analytics
                                          Information Management, May 4, 2015
                                          "The Triple Crown horse races have begun. This past Saturday was the Kentucky Derby. Let's talk about race horses and decision making.

                                          In 2012's final leg of the Triple Crown (the Belmont Stakes) the favored horse, I'll Have Another, was scratched due to a leg injury. For gamblers who would likely have bet on I'll Have Another for the Belmont, maybe the horse being scratched saved them some money. Why? I will get to that in a moment..."

                                          Companies Must Teach Employees How to Swim in New Oceans Of Data
                                          PC World, May 1, 2015
                                          "Take a quick tour through the C-suite of any major corporation today, and there's a good chance you'll see some titles that weren't there a few years ago: chief data officer, chief data scientist, chief analytics officer, to name just a few.

                                          Data is the element they all share in common, and it's affecting more than just the executive ranks..."

                                          Delivering On the Promise of Big Data
                                          FCW, May 4, 2015
                                          Researchers who are fighting the battle against Alzheimer's disease are collaborating on a scale they've never done before thanks to the National Institutes of Health's launch of a new big data portal. The goal is to speed up a painfully arduous and slow process of discovery that had previously been a litany of failure.

                                          The project is one of a growing number of mission-driven collaborations that suggest government is moving beyond the buzzword phase and learning how to make big data part of everyday business.

                                          How to Value Customer Data
                                          Business 2 Community, May 4, 2015
                                          "As digital marketing techniques have gained acceptance and matured over the last few years the momentum to collect and utilize data has rapidly gathered pace.

                                          In the customer experience and communication space 'data' has become the catch-all term for anything digital including contact details, transaction history, behavioral information and even content such as images or video. This has inevitably led to speculation about the value of these data.

                                          So here is the way we think about this issue at Working Three..."

                                            Big data challenges? Look at your people, not your technology
                                            The Enterprisers Project, May 7, 2015
                                            "As anyone pursuing a big data initiative knows, every big data strategy really has two components: the technology and the people. The technology part is actually very simple to solve, relative to the people. As long as you're not trying to crack big data problems with relational database technology from 2004, this piece of the equation shouldn't be a big scary beast.

                                            The first thing you should do is capture all the structured and unstructured information you can, even if you don't know what's going to be useful. Why?..."

                                            How Big Data is Redefining Medicine at North Shore-LIJ
                                            Information Management, May 5, 2015
                                            "Big Data is rapidly transforming patient care at Long Island's North Shore-LIJ Health System, one of the nation's largest healthcare providers..."

                                            'For many years, we've created very sophisticated analytical work in what today would be called 'big data,'' says Jeff Kraut, North Shore's senior vice president for strategy and business informatics. More recently, though, the health system's shift from a traditional fee-for-service model to one based on shared risk and pay for performance 'has forced us to take another look at how we're organized for analytics and what we need to do to support value-based medicine,' Kraut explains...

                                            IT - BYOD
                                            Alleviating the BYOD hangover in the enterprise
                                            TechRepublic, May 4, 2015
                                            While Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in 2015 remains strong, any big enterprise initiative can get off to a false start (or two) so there might be a point where an enterprise may consider pulling back all or part from BYOD. The term "BYOD hangover" has been bandied about amongst analysts, writers, and mobile industry types for some time now.

                                            A BYOD hangover is just a reaction to the changing nature of BYOD and security in particular. Being able to adapt and change is key to adapt your enterprise and secure mobile users while maintaining a thriving BYOD initiative.

                                            Should small businesses be jumping the BYOD ship?
                                            ZDnet, May 7, 2015
                                            "Bring your own device (BYOD) is on the wane as companies move towards a tighter corporate provisioned model that embraces the consumerisation of IT in a more controlled manner.

                                            A recent study by Forrester Research revealed that 68 percent of Australian and New Zealand enterprises with 1,000 or more employees have a corporate provisioned model where employees can either choose a smartphone from a company-approved list, also known as CYOD, or take a more traditional approach and have the company issue one directly with no choice at all..."

                                            10 Best Practices for BYOD
                                            CIO Insight, May 8, 2015
                                            "There's little doubt that bring-your-own-device (BYOD) adoption has profoundly changed the enterprise. By 2017, one-half of organizations will no longer provide devices to their employees, according to industry research. Nine out of 10 employees already use their personal smartphones for work. Nearly six out of 10 IT decision makers believe they would be at a competitive disadvantage if they didn't embrace BYOD. This speaks to the ongoing evolution of how CIOs and tech teams perceive BYOD:..."
                                            Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                            Vol 206 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 205 Issue 2, 3 and 4;
                                            We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                            • Accenture and Oracle Form New Business Group
                                            • Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2
                                            • It is the Dawning of the Age of the L2ARC
                                            • Learn about Docker and Oracle Linux!
                                            • Oracle Innovates Secure Multi-Tenancy with Oracle SuperCluster
                                            • Oracle Linux Advanced Administration Training Online
                                            • Solaris Running Mission-Critical Applications: Real Life Examples
                                            • Friday Spotlight: Optimizing Oracle Database Performance on Oracle Linux with Flash
                                            • Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud Software (EECS) for Oracle SuperCluster
                                            • Northside Innovation, powered by Dell and Intel, Present: FOR GOOD: The Value of Social Entrepreneurship

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

                                              IT - Encryption
                                              7 Reasons Why the Feds Shouldn't Mess with Encryption
                                              CSO Online, May 1, 2015
                                              "The spread of encryption is posting public safety challenges and making it harder for the government to fight both criminals and terrorists, said Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.

                                              But for security vendors providing encryption technology to enterprise customers, any tampering with encryption protocols would do more damage than harm. Here are seven ways security pros believe the DHS is wrong on encryption..."

                                              Cerf Thinks Encryption Back Doors would Be 'Super Risky'
                                              Network World, May 4, 2015
                                              "Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf argued Monday that more users should encrypt their data, and that the encryption back doors the U.S. FBI and other law enforcement agencies are asking for will weaken online security.

                                              The Internet has numerous security challenges, and it needs more users and ISPs to adopt strong measures like encryption, two-factor authentication and HTTP over SSL, said Cerf, chief Internet evangelist at Google, in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C..."

                                              Law Enforcement Finding Few Allies on Encryption
                                              Dark Reading, May 5, 2015
                                              "Cloud providers, mobile device manufacturers, private citizens, and a bipartisan Congressional committee are lining up on the opposite side.

                                              At the RSA Conference in April, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson asked the assembled audience of information security professionals for their "indulgence on the subject of encryption." Law enforcement is thus far not receiving that indulgence from the security community, cloud services providers, nor some of the most security-savvy members of Congress..."

                                              Increased Encryption a Double-Edged Sword
                                              Network World, May 4, 2015
                                              "The Department of Homeland Security may be complaining that encryption is interfering with their attempts to eavesdrop on criminals and terrorists -- but they're not the only ones inconvenienced.

                                              Enterprise security may also be hampered by ubiquitous encryption because it makes it harder to spot when sensitive data is leaving the company, or when malware is communicating with its command and control servers.

                                              Cloud-based email services, online storage sites, and other cloud application providers have already begun encrypting traffic. Even social networks are encrypting traffic. And, recently, Firefox experimented with expanding encryption to more and more of the Web..."

                                              IT - Server
                                              Research Shows Sysadmins may Outlive IT Execs
                                              ComputerWorld, May 4, 2015
                                              "There may be more hope for the health of techies who do the dirty and difficult work of IT, who may end up outliving colleagues condemned by seniority or specialty to a less physically strenuous lifestyle.

                                              Pulling cable, swapping circuit boards, assembling new systems - even carrying monitors, answering stupid questions and dealing with the legendary stresses of direct support of and contact with users - may provide enough regular physical activity to stave off the increasingly infamous risk of sitting and staring at a monitor all day..."

                                              How to access a Linux server behind NAT via reverse SSH tunnel
                                              Xmodulo, May 4, 2015
                                              "You are running a Linux server at home, which is behind a NAT router or restrictive firewall. Now you want to SSH to the home server while you are away from home. How would you set that up? SSH port forwarding will certainly be an option. However, port forwarding can become tricky if you are dealing with multiple nested NAT environment. Besides, it can be interfered with under various ISP-specific conditions, such as restrictive ISP firewalls which block forwarded ports, or carrier-grade NAT which shares IPv4 addresses among users..."
                                              Speedy Servers with Intel's 18-Core Chips, DDR4 Memory Hit the Market
                                              PC World, May 5, 2015
                                              "Hardware makers are providing the building blocks for databases, ERP and analytics applications to run faster in data centers with new systems based on Intel's latest Xeon E7 v3 chips.

                                              Seventeen hardware makers have announced 45 systems running on Intel's new chips, which have up to 18 CPU cores. Servers from big names like Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo have more memory capacity, internal bandwidth and storage capacity to speed up applications..."

                                              IT - Tape
                                              Managing the World's Largest Trove of Climate Data
                                              Scientific Computing, May 8, 2015
                                              "The German Climate Computing Center is managing the world's largest climate simulation data archive, used by leading climate researchers worldwide. The archive currently consists of more than 40 petabytes of data and is projected to grow by roughly 75 petabytes annually over the next five years. For comparison, a petabyte of data is equal to roughly 210,000 DVDs. As climate simulations are carried out on increasingly powerful supercomputers, massive amounts of data are produced that must be effectively stored and analyzed..."
                                                C++ rules enforced in Studio 12.4
                                                By Darryl Gove

                                                Darryl Gove writes, "Studio 12.4 has improved adherence to the C++ standard, so some codes which were accepted by 12.3 might get reported as errors with the new compiler. The compiler documentation has a list of the improvements and examples of how to modify problem code to make it standard compliant..."

                                                SQL Developer 4.1 - Oracle REST Data Services 3.0
                                                By Laura Ramsey
                                                Laura Ramsey writes, "Oracle SQL Developer 4.1 and SQL Developer Data Modeler 4.1 let customers design, develop, and deploy applications running on premises or in Oracle Database Cloud Services. And SQL Developer 4.1 sports a new interface for DBAs to observe critical metrics in real-time around IO, networking, wait events, storage, and more.

                                                And here's how SQL Developer now supports Public Cloud Services-- It has a one-button-click solution for copying on-premises Oracle Databases to the Oracle Database Cloud Service. So you just right-click on a 12c Multitenant Pluggable Database and choose to either move, or copy to the Cloud Service. When the operation is complete, the database is automatically made available in the Oracle Database Cloud Service..."

                                                Nexenta News
                                                Leading Insights on OpenStack, Today and Tomorrow
                                                Webinar - May 20, 2015 - *LIVE STREAM* 8 AM PDT -16:00 GMT
                                                Nexenta Software-Defined Storage solutions have been integrated into OpenStack since the Essex release and we continue to expand our support as OpenStack evolves, with the help of a leading portfolio of OpenStack ecosystem partners.

                                                Tune in to hear from thought leaders at the OpenStack Foundation, 451 Research, Solinea, Canonical, Mirantis, Wipro and Nexenta - all speaking live from the expo floor at OpenStack Summit Vancouver. OpenStack implementations are evolving and maturing, different partners are seeing the momentum in different ways, most importantly with new and growing customer deployments. Nexenta CEO & Chairman, Tarkan Maner, will moderate this panel of experts to deliver fresh insight on OpenStack today and in the future.


                                                Nexenta to Showcase Leading Open Software-Defined Storage Solutions for Higher Education
                                                at THETA 2015 in Australia
                                                Nexenta, the global leader of Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) solutions, announced its presence at The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) 2015, a conference aiming to advance higher education by promoting the innovative use of information technology. The "Create, connect, consume - innovating today for tomorrow" event is May 11-13th at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach.

                                                Co-sponsoring with DiGiCOR, a dynamic enterprise solution distributor and business solutions provider within the IT industry, the companies will be demonstrating NexentaStor, Software-Defined Storage solution, including a Supermicro reference architecture. The solution is delivered with a TCO and supports demanding enterprise applications such as virtual desktop infrastructure, high performance digital media applications, and large-scale archive repositories.

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