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Database Insider
May 2015 issue now available

Javier Puerta writes, "The May issue of the Database Insider newsletter is now available..."

Oracle Database 12c Now Certified by SAP

In March 2015, SAP announced that all SAP products based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x are now certified and supported on Oracle Database 12c - including Oracle Grid Computing 12c and Oracle Real Application Clusters 12c.

Oracle Database Innovation Online Forum

The Oracle Database Innovation Forum that was broadcast on March 18, 2015 is now available on demand. Once you've registered, watch the replay of Tom Kyte's keynote, and then stay as long as you like or return at your convenience to watch another session or replay one that made an impact on you.

Khan Bank deployed Oracle Exadata Database Machine
with partner ITZone
Javier Puerta writes, "Khan Bank implemented Oracle Exadata Database Machine to provide a high-performing, reliable, and scalable database platform for its core banking applications and support business growth. It now restores data 4x faster, processes batches five hours faster, and enables customers to rapidly conduct transactions without disruption, ensuring greater customer satisfaction. With Oracle Platinum Services, Khan Bank also improved DBA productivity by 40%, ensured high system availability, minimized skills-shortage risk, and increased staff confidence and morale.

Khan Bank has worked with Oracle Specialized Partner, ITZone for a number of years, and chose to use this partner again to assist with the Oracle Exadata project..."

Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
May 2015 Edition
Oracle is pleased to announce that the May edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available!

This issue includes information on:

  • The new Oracle Secure Global Desktop 5.2
  • Updates to Oracle VM VirtualBox, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, and VCA
  • Customer and partner stories from Epsilon, Secure-24, SanDisk, and more
  • Oracle OpenWorld Latin America
  • The webcast we're holding on Thursday of this week on Oracle VM VirtualBox and OpenStack (don't miss it!)

And much more!

You can read the online edition right now, or if you'd like to have the newsletter delivered directly to your inbox...

Develop in VirtualBox and Deploy to Oracle VM Server
Friday Spotlight
Jeff writes, "Oracle has two widely used virtual machine technologies for x86: Oracle VM Server for x86 is oriented towards server applications, while Oracle VM VirtualBox is our popular desktop virtualization product. Each is designed for its target application: Oracle VM Server for x86 provides scale and performance for enterprise applications, while Oracle VM VirtualBox provides convenient and flexible desktop virtualization for end-users and developers.

VirtualBox makes it easy to share files between a host desktop or laptop and its VMs, so a programmer can develop code on the host and then test the software inside the VMs. A convenient use case is to develop a VM on VirtualBox, and then export it to Oracle VM Server for x86 where it can run in production. That leverages VirtualBox's graphic capability and ease of use for developer productivity with the ability to promote applications to the servers where they will run..."

IT - Storage
Software-Defined Storage Gaining Traction Among Businesses
eWeek, May 25, 2015
"The number of participants who answered that flash makes up higher than 40 percent of their storage capacity was just 9 percent.

More than half of organizations (52 percent) look to extend the life of existing storage assets and future-proof their IT infrastructure with software-defined storage (SDS) in 2015, according to a survey of 477 IT professionals currently using or evaluating SDS to solve data storage challenges.

More than half of respondents (52 percent) identified the ability to add storage capacity without business disruption as the primary reason for choosing storage virtualization software..."

SSD blokes eat their words
TechEye, May 26, 2015
"Your SSD will not lose data if you forget to turn on the juice claims the guy who wrote a report saying that your SDD data will die if you forget to plug it in for three days.

In a conversation with PCWorld, Kent Smith of Seagate and Alvin Cox, the Seagate engineer who wrote the report claimed we had read it wrong.

'People have misunderstood the data that they're looking at,' Smith said..."

HDD Reliability Stats for 1Q15
Storage Newsletter, May 29, 2015
"Over the past year we've been releasing HDD reliability statistics based on the drives we use to store customer data for our online backup business.

As of the end of Q1 2015 we had 44,252 HDDs spinning in our datacenter. If we subtract boot drives and drive models with less than 45 drives from that total, we get 42,749 HDDs remaining spread across 21 drive models.

Below are the HDD reliability statistics for these drives for Q1 2015..."

    Total Data Market To Nearly Double By 2019, May 29, 2015
    "451 Research announced that they see a significant increase in revenue growth for the Total Data Market. According to a new market sizing and forecasting service from 451 Research, the total data market (including platforms, management, and analytics) will nearly double in size and hit $115 billion by 2019..."
    Java Technology
    Celebrating 20 Years of Java!
    By Giuseppe Facchetti
    Giuseppe Facchetti writes, "Oracle, users and the development community worldwide are celebrating 20 years of Java. Today, Java serves as the critical backbone of software that touches both our work and personal lives. From innovations in enterprise big data, cloud, social, mobile and the Internet of Things, to connected cars, smartphones and video games, Java continues to help developers push the boundaries in technology innovation.

    See here for more information, and here for the Java Timeline since 1991!..."

    Andres Rodriguez: Ubuntu Update - Thursday June 4th @NSU
    Einstein's from 6:30PM to 7:30PM; Presentation at 7:30PM
    Andres Rodriguez, a Miami-based Engineering Manager for Canonical will deliver an update on Ubunutu, similar to the presentations we have had this year from Red Hat and Oracle.

    Andres has been a Canonical employee for about 5 years and first delivered training on Ubuntu in May 2007.

    At Canonical, Andres Leads teams responsible for Ubuntu Server Certification, OpenStack Interoperability Lab, Hardware Enablement and he leads the MAAS Team.

    Please RSVP at

    Directions on FLUX website.

    IT - Technology
    Ericsson touts 5G mobile speeds
    ComputerWorld, May 29, 2015
    "Telecom giant Ericsson announced this week it is testing out 5G networks in the U.S. and Sweden, and has already exceeded 2Gbps throughput using multiple radio streams at the same time.

    Ericsson made the announcement by releasing a photo of a van and asking 'What seats 8 comfortably, gets 20 miles per gallon and more than 2 gigabits per second?'

    'Today, it takes up the luggage space in a mini-van but, by 2020, it'll fit nicely in your smartphone, watch or other wearable,' Ericsson stated.

    The tests are taking place with a vehicle because the radio unit is too large to carry around on its own. Once 5G bands are approved, however, the radio unit will be attached to a cell tower..."

    The Next Billion: A New Digital Generation
    Re/code, May 29, 2015
    "One billion more people will be connected to the Internet in five short years than are connected today, creating a global digital middle class and lifting millions out of poverty worldwide. This is no wild guess - it's insight drawn from Cisco's 10th annual visual networking index. This index measures and predicts global Internet data traffic growth annually. This may very well be the swiftest uptake in technology in the history of the world..."
    New 'designer carbon' boosts battery performance, May 29, 2015
    "Stanford University scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. Their results are featured on the cover of the journal ACS Central Science...

    The new designer carbon represents a dramatic improvement over conventional activated carbon, an inexpensive material widely used in products ranging from water filters and air deodorizers to energy-storage devices..."

    IT - Bitcoin
    Is Goldman Sachs Flirting with Bitcoin or the Blockchain?
    Bitcoin Magazine, May 25, 2015
    "The New York Times technology and finance reporter Nathaniel Popper's new book 'Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the inside story of the misfits and millionaires trying to reinvent money' has been praised as one of the best Bitcoin books to date. Popper tells the story of Bitcoin from its geeky, libertarian early days to the beginnings of the current phase marked by significant venture capital investments and growing adoption by the financial community..."
    Top 10 Countries In Which Bitcoin Is Banned
    Crypto Coin News, May 27, 2015
    "Countries around the world have a wide ranging view of the digital currency bitcoin or a 'virtual currency.' Western superpowers like the United States and United Kingdom have shown a positive attitude towards the new technology. Some countries like Canada and Australia are still deliberating on what to do about Bitcoin, legally. And the many others have already made their decision against digital currency as a whole, and bitcoin, in particular..."
    First Ever Bitcoin Bank to be Opened in Switzerland?
    NEWSBTC, May 28, 2015
    "As a country known for its neutrality and secure deposit vaults, it's no surprise that Switzerland might actually be on its way to establishing the first ever bitcoin bank. According to a report on Handelszeitung, preparations are already underway for a bitcoin bank to obtain its necessary licenses to start operations.

    Multiple sources in the financial industry confirmed that there have been talks with the Financial Market Supervisory Authority and the project initiators who said that they will submit their application for a license within a few weeks..."

    3 Bitcoin Podcasts Featuring Industry Leaders
    Bitcoin Magazine, May 27, 2015
    "With the news of SoundCloud's integration with Changetip, it only makes sense that there is a surge in appeal toward Bitcoin news and analysis podcasts.

    While constantly refreshing the most popular Bitcoin news sites is addictive to some, it does not always capture the true passion behind digital currency enthusiasts because they lack one thing podcasts have: a passionate voice. Whether you're traveling on a WiFi-free flight, or waiting for the next price change, the Bitcoin podcasts below are sure to satiate your appetite..."

    Bitcoin to Crush Western Union, MoneyGram?
    NEWSBTC, May 29, 2015
    "Just as old technologies give way to newer ones, so must be the case for the financial industry. According to bitcoin advocate Barry Silbert, payment services like Western Union and MoneyGram could soon see their demise as the digital currency industry grows..."
    Two Bitcoin Companies Make the Fox Business List of 30 Hot Fintech Startups
    Bitcoin Magazine, May 29, 2015
    "Fox Business published a list of 30 top fintech startups to watch in the Bay Area. The list includes two Bitcoin companies that offer simple and effective solutions for important real-world problems..."

    "BTCjam allows users to invest their bitcoin and earn a high rate of return. This process is secure and allows investors to participate in peer-to-peer lending..."

    Epiphyte "provides enterprise software solutions for financial service providers to securely integrate with cryptofinancial networks..."

    IT - FOSS
    Open HUB: How to find the best open source projects
    Network World, May 24, 2015
    "Let's say you want to identify something like a Kanban system for your software project management and you've looked at various commercial products but for one reason or another nothing quite fits your requirements. Perhaps they're not organized in a way you'd like or they come with a load of other features at a price that doesn't make sense for you or they can't be integrated into your workflow so you're going to bite the bullet. You're going to look for an open source Kanban system and adapt it to meet your needs.

    But how do you find such a beast?..."

    Why your next database will be open source
    InfoWorld, May 29, 2015
    "Data has been locked up behind proprietary licenses for the past 30 years, but that's changing fast.

    Although Gartner analyst Merv Adrian correctly asserts that '92.1 percent of DBMS revenue comes from top 5 vendors,' all of them proprietary, new data increasingly finds its way to open source databases as developers opt for convenience.

    No one should write the obituary for such venerable companies as Oracle, IBM, or Microsoft just yet. But clearly, the old-school DBMS market has something to learn from open source upstarts..."

    Cloud Computing
    Six Oracle Customers Share Cloud Experiences at Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit
    We Couldn't Have Said It Any Better

    Gene Eun writes, "Every year, Oracle's product strategy, development and marketing teams spend a considerable amount of time with members of the analyst community. Even though these teams have continuous dialogues with individual customers and customer advisory boards (CABs), the fact remains that IT research analysts and consultants play an important role by providing valuable insight on industry trends and opportunities and expert advice on business strategy. Such was the case this past March when Oracle invited twenty of the most influential analysts covering Cloud to Indian Wells, CA for an Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit. During the summit, key Oracle executives discussed the latest additions to the Oracle Cloud Solutions portfolio and provided updates on our product strategy and roadmap. The gathering was also the perfect forum to hear what analysts thought about Oracle's vision and execution plans for addressing the cloud computing market..."

    Five Ways to Simplify Cloud Integration (White Paper, 13 Pages)
    Oracle Integration Cloud Service
    The increasing demands on integration platforms to keep pace with rapid SaaS application adoption far exceed what existed in the pre-cloud era. Yesterday's approach of adding even more features into already feature-rich integration platforms further restricts the ability of LOB and Apps IT to participate in the increasingly complex integration process. To provide a significantly easier to use integration experience, the entire integration process needed a new approach. Simply put, a rethinking of the integration platform is required. After many years of development, Oracle has re-invented the integration platform with the release of Oracle Integration Cloud Service...
    How to generate PGP keys using GPG 1.4.5 on Linux
    by Terry Munday
    "This blog describes how to generate a private/public key pair using GPG version 1.4.5. The resulting public key will contain two keys, one key for signing and a subkey for encryption.

    This key can be used with HCM Fusion SaaS to encrypt/decrypt files as they are transferred to and from the UCM server.

    User input is noted in RED text..."

    IT - Cloud
    OpenStack Making Progress, but Manageability Remains a Concern
    eWeek, May 25, 2015
    "There was a lot of news that came out of the OpenStack Summit, held here last week. New products, reference implementations and application interface announcements were plentiful.

    The best news, however, was that there were other hot technologies that everybody wanted to talk about, particularly Docker, Kubernetes and other container technologies.

    Among the new announcements was a new service, dubbed Magnum, to help developers deploy and manage Docker and Kubernetes container apps..."

    8 Reasons IT Pros Hate The Cloud
    Information Week, May 25, 2015
    "Hate is a powerful word. Yet, it accurately describes how IT professionals feel about cloud computing. They're not screaming it from the rooftops, or starting protests in social media, but there's a quiet level of vitriol we hear whenever we speak with IT professionals about the cloud in our daily conversations, at industry conferences, and in other settings.

    Yes, cloud computing can cut costs (if done properly). Yes, cloud computing can improve economies of scale. And yes, cloud computing can streamline IT processes..."

    Seven best practices for cloud security
    CSO Online, May 26, 2015
    "Using cloud technologies in your organization comes with plenty of benefits - as well as many risks.

    Here are seven steps for securing data in the cloud from Alertlogic..."

    • Secure your code
    • Create an access management policy
    • Adopt a patch management approach
    • Log management
    • Build a security toolkit
    • Stay informed
    • Understand your cloud service provider security model

    Read on for details.

    IT - CxO
    New HBR research urges CIOs to lead in digital transformation
    The Enterprisers Project, May 27, 2015
    "Digital technology is rapidly reshaping the future of businesses across all industries, and a company-wide appreciation and understanding of this shift will separate the winners from the losers in a new digital age. CIOs have a powerful opportunity to lead their organizations in digital fluency, and new research from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services reveals that when they do, their organizations are more likely to see tangible business results, such as increased revenue growth and profit margins.

    That's the good news..."

      'Ambient' Computing, Disruptive Banking Startups Top VC Predictions
      eWeek, May 25, 2015
      "Ambient computing, robotic cars and tough times for traditional banks were some of the controversial predictions made here at the Churchill Club's 17th annual Top Ten Tech Trends event.

      Five leading venture capitalists were on hand to prognosticate while following a few simple ground rules - each prediction has to be a breakthrough trend that isn't obvious and will hit the mainstream in the next five years..."

        CIOs Face Barriers to Business Transformation
        CIO Insight, May 27, 2015
        "While most CIOs embrace the opportunity to help transform their organization's business, a wide range of tech-specific obstacles are getting in the way, according to a recent survey from Brocade. The resulting report, titled 'Global CIO Study 2015: Taking Up the Task of Business Transformation,' indicates that the majority of CIOs harbor doubts about their ability to deliver the right kind of new IT services to drive business growth. Even more CIOs question whether they and their IT teams are getting the most that they can out of analytics and data mining..."
        The Most Important Insights From Mary Meeker's 2015 Internet Trends Report
        TechCrunch, May 27, 2015
        "If you want to understand tech, Mary Meeker's Internet Trends reports are the closest you'll get to gospel. Today the Kleiner Perkins partner released her hotly anticipated 2015 edition. But at 197 slides, her presentation can be overwhelming. So we've broken down Meeker's knowledge dump to highlight the most critical data points, and added our analysis so you know what you're looking at..."
          Google's genius futurist has one theory that he says will rule the future
          Business Insider, May 27, 2015
          "Futurist Ray Kurzweil has made headlines with his provocative yet often accurate predictions, like that a computer would beat a human in chess (already happened) or that self-driving cars would take us everywhere (starting to happen).

          But, to paraphrase fellow futurist Peter Diamandis, Kurzweil's brilliance isn't in the predictions themselves..."

            CIOs: Reflect and learn from 3 recent news headlines
            The Enterprisers Project, May 29, 2015
            "The consumerization of IT means it's a changing world for CIOs and IT departments. Those who want to join in the business leadership of their organizations would do well to consider some recent headlines and how they reflect on IT realities. That advice comes from Mike Puglia, CIO of Kaseya, a cloud-based IT management software provider. Here are three current news stories Puglia says contain lessons for CIOs and CTOs smart enough to see them:..."
            CIOs are refocusing their staffs on customer-centric IT
            CIO, May 29, 2015
            "CIOs are giving their teams new marching orders to turn their attention from internal matters to external customers, who have ultra-high expectations...

            None of those words is typically associated with the process of checking in for a flight at the airport. That's precisely why JetBlue Airways is getting rid of check-ins entirely..."

              How IT Responds to Shifting Business Demands
              CIO Insight, May 29, 2015
              "Business executives believe improving IT's support of strategic and operational business plans remains a top priority, according to a recent survey from The Hackett Group. The report, titled 'IT Key Issues in 2015: Innovation and Agility Are Driving the IT Agenda,' reveals that CIOs and their tech teams must respond more quickly to shifts in business demands, while decreasing expenses through greater efficiencies. The survey findings essentially break down into three topic points: top IT priorities for the year ahead, business strategies for 2015 and anticipated risk factors during the same time period. To effectively respond to these areas, CIOs must overhaul the IT service delivery model to better support the convergence of business and tech..."
                Cybersecurity strategies and the boardroom
                Help Net Security, May 28, 2015
                "Cybersecurity has clearly become an important board-level priority. In fact, more than 80 percent of respondents to a NYSE Governance Services/Veracode survey reported that cybersecurity is discussed at most or all boardroom meetings. At the same time, a surprising 66 percent are not fully confident their companies are properly secured against cyberattacks..."
                  vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha
                  Wed June 10th - 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. Contact Douglas Saenz for sponsorship details.

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                  vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens - Twisted Trunk Brewing
                  Wednesday June 4th, 6pm to 9pm
                  Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

                  The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) is managing sponsorships. Please contact Douglas Saenz for details.


                  • Twisted Trunk Brewing
                  • 2000 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408

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                  IT - PM
                  How to keep your IT project sponsor engaged
                  CIO, May 27, 2015
                  "Project managers are often operating as lone wolves on the projects they manage. They must make decisions, gather key information, make assignments, and call out project participants (good and bad) along the way if progress is an issue.

                  We should be able to expect good participation from our project team members. We should be able to expect help from our senior management and key stakeholders along the way - after all they have some sort of vested interest in the success or failure of the project..."

                  How Project Managers Can Efficiently Scale Up Projects
                  Business 2 Community, May 26, 2015
                  "It's a good problem to have: Your team has been asked to expand a small project into a much bigger one. But flattery won't get your project anywhere. As a project manager, how can you develop and implement a strategy for scaling up your successes?

                  Start by knowing your enemy. Where are your pain points likely to be when you scale up your project? It's important to identify these issues when your work is still in its fledgling stage because they'll become bigger and more complex as your project expands.

                  Here are the challenges you're likely to face, as well as the experts' solutions..."

                    Oracle FY16 Global Partner Kickoff
                    Save the date: June 23rd

                    Ready, set, mark your calendars for our Oracle FY16 Global Partner Kickoff!

                    This year's live, virtual event will be hosted by Oracle executives Mark Hurd, John Fowler, Thomas Kurian & Shawn Price, as well as well as A&C executives. These thought leaders will provide our partners an opportunity to better understand Oracle's cloud transformation, as well our updated go-to-market and sales strategies for the upcoming fiscal year.

                    Save the date for June 23 at 5pm GMT - 6pm CET - 7pm EET, and encourage your partners to register today.

                    IT - Networks
                    Research community looks to SDN to help distribute data from the Large Hadron Collider
                    Network World, May 26, 2015
                    "When the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) starts back up in June, the data collected and distributed worldwide for research will surpass the 200 petabytes exchanged among LHC sites the last time the collider was operational. Network challenges at this scale are different from what enterprises typically confront..."
                      Six network security checks to mitigate the risk of data security breaches
                      Information Age, May 28, 2015
                      "There's no reward without risk, as the old saying puts it. But try telling that to the IT teams who have their work cut out dealing with the daily deluge of threats to their networks: they'll reply that they'd be happier without any risk at all.

                      Even though security information and event management products can help make sense of the overwhelming amount of threat data, and provide information to mitigate the risk of attacks, they're only part of an organisation's security controls. It's also essential that those controls are regularly checked and tested, to ensure that the network has no weaknesses in its defensive armour that could be exploited..."

                      Keeping the pace: five reasons why software-defined networking will get businesses back on track
                      Information Age, May 28, 2015
                      "Stuart Greenslade, Head of Networking, EU, Avaya argues that network infrastructures are lagging dangerously behind the rate of innovation, but Software-Defined Networking is the answer

                      If we compare the way in which organisations operate today with that of even ten years ago, the transformation is remarkable. Thanks to advances in mobility, social media and customer expectation, the nature of business today, and more to the point 'consumer demands', are far more fluid and collaborative, and the speed of communication has increased dramatically..."

                        IT - Linux
                        Fedora 22: Cloud, desktop and server innovation
                        ZDNet, May 26, 2015
                        "To look into Red Hat's Linux crystal ball, just gaze at Fedora, its community-driven Linux distribution. With the general release of Fedora 22, you can see exactly where Red Hat plans on taking Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in the future.

                        Under the program, Fedora comes in three platforms: Workstation, Cloud, and Server. Underneath each, Fedora provides a set of foundational packages, including the Linux kernel, RPM, systemd, and Fedora's installation program Anaconda..."

                        Five Reasons to Use Linux
                        FOSS Force, May 28, 2015
                        "I might be wrong, but I get the impression that my Windows friends - which would be most of the people I see on a daily basis - think of Linux as this incredibly geeky system from another planet. I think most of them don't understand why I use it and why I don't just stay in the known world - which to them would be Windows. Paradoxically, however, they do get why some folks use Macs..."
                        IT - Operations
                        Next-Generation Cloud and the Power of the Data Center
                        Data Center Knowledge, May 26, 2015
                        "With so many new types of cloud services emerging, people are getting their share of the cloud from all sorts of vendors. New types of content delivery architecture, cloud models, and even the emergence of IoT/IoE are all re-shaping how data center resources are being used. In working with the cloud, many administrators forget where these services originate and where the cloud is really housed.

                        To the same respect, data centers all over the world are pushing hard to get caught up to the demands of the current market. Let's face it, it's no wonder so many data center providers are saying 'It's good to be in the data center business right now'..."

                        What's hot with DevOps?
              , May 26, 2015
                        "DevOps as a movement to transform people, technology, processes for higher business value is here to stay. It's disrupting organizational processes replacing the old with the new. Command and control IT, a historical approach to regulating tech top-down, is trending toward decentralization thanks to DevOps.

                        Software source control is another such case. We saw Git take on the source control bigwigs and redefine how we collaborate and build software. Now, which other areas is DevOps disrupting?..."

                        Top five best practices for reducing network equipment support and maintenance costs
                        Information Age, May 28, 2015
                        "According to Gartner, maintenance costs represent about 15 to 25% of total enterprise IT costs each year and IT procurement professionals are constantly being challenged to reduce and control these operational expenses. Other challenges include negotiating support and maintenance contracts with vendors, choosing the right level of service for various network components and managing various vendor contracts..."
                        The CIO's guide to the data center of the future
                        SeachCIO, May 28, 2015
                        "When it comes to the enterprise data center of the future, past is probably not prologue, says SearchCIO columnist Harvey Koeppel. He offers five tips to prepare for the great data center unknown...

                        It is interesting to note that while computer systems and associated components referenced above have changed dramatically since the emergence of the 'IBM Room' (an early moniker for where computers were installed, accessed and maintained even if they were not IBM computers and later changed to the 'Machine Room'), the essential functions of the data center as we know it today have remained relatively unchanged since inception..."

                        IT - Security
                        Sniffing and tracking wearable tech and smartphones
                        Help Net Security, May 25, 2015
                        "Researchers at Context Information Security have demonstrated how easy it is to monitor and record Bluetooth Low Energy signals transmitted by many mobile phones, wearable devices and iBeacons, including the iPhone and leading fitness monitors, raising concerns about privacy and confidentiality. The researchers have even developed an Android app that scans, detects and logs wearable devices.

                        The Context findings follow recent reports that soldiers in the People's Liberation Army of China have been warned against using wearables to restrict the possibility of cyber-security loopholes..."

                        Large scale attack hijacks routers through users' browsers
                        CIO, May 25, 2015
                        "Cybercriminals have developed a Web-based attack tool to hijack routers on a large scale when users visit compromised websites or view malicious advertisements in their browsers.

                        The goal of these attacks is to replace the DNS (Domain Name System) servers configured on routers with rogue ones controlled by attackers. This allows hackers to intercept traffic, spoof websites, hijack search queries, inject rogue ads on Web pages and more..."

                          How 'zero knowledge' stops hackers in their tracks
                          Information Age, May 27, 2015
                          "Knowledge is power to the hacker. Every day they are being equipped for their next attack, as users are trusting organisations with their personal information online.

                          High profile security breaches are constantly in the news, due to the world's biggest companies facing new and emerging threats on a daily basis. Brands like Apple and Starbucks are struggling to protect their customers as they build an online profile of their lives. According to Ofcom, 70% of UK internet users are happy to give away their details which is drip feeding hackers with the power to make seismic security breaches..."

                          Employees know better, but still behave badly
                          CSO Online, May 27, 2015
                          "Four out of five employees admitted to engaging in some risky behaviors while at work, even though they were aware of cyber-security dangers, according to a new global survey.

                          The risky behaviors included viewing adult content on work devices, opening emails from unknown senders, downloading apps from outside the official app stores, installed new applications without IT approval, used social media for personal reasons, or used their personal mobile devices for work..."

                          What Data Breaches Now Cost And Why
                          Dark Reading, May 27, 2015
                          "New Ponemon report says the cost of a data breach has increased by 23% and healthcare and education breaches are the most pricey.

                          The actual cost of a data breach is all about industry sector and location, location, location. Healthcare and education sectors incur the highest breach costs of all industries, and Germany and the US cost victim organizations more than anywhere else in the world. Such incidents in Brazil and India cost the least, according to the new Ponemon Group 2015 Cost of a Data Breach Study: Global Analysis..."

                          State-Sponsored Cybercrime: A Growing Business Threat
                          Dark Reading, May 26, 2015
                          "You don't have to be the size of Sony -- or even mock North Korea -- to be a target.

                          It's not just governments that are feeling the disastrous effects of state-sponsored cyber warfare and crime. Recent leaks and discoveries have revealed the existence of, and details about several government hacking organizations around the world. While many of them target governments for intelligence collection, we are starting to see more activity directed towards business..."

                            What Are You Doing During The Golden Hour After An Attack?
                            Dark Reading, May 28, 2015
                            "Take the time to detect the attack, isolate the infected machines, and restore them to a known state.

                            Are you one of the lucky 12%? That is how few companies we surveyed did not experience a successful targeted cyberattack in 2014. If you are one of the few, and think your luck is going to hold in 2015, you can skip to the next article. Otherwise, please read on..."

                              What is Adaptive Security?
                    , May 27, 2015
                              "72 days after the fact, a 'very mature' dating site, realized they had been hacked. The VERY personal information of 3 million registrants has been held hostage. By now, it should be clear that in the modern software development world, old-style static security just won't work. Of course, there are times when the static security model still applies - for example, on a relatively stable, hardware-based system with traditional, non-continuous deployment and a limited traffic volume. Such environments can easily be routed through a checkpoint with no significant loss in performance..."
                              Majority of websites have serious, unfixed vulnerabilities
                              CSO Online, May 29, 2015
                              "In a recent analysis of more than 30,000 websites, most had at least one serious vulnerability for 150 or more days last year..."

                              "These are the vulnerabilities that can get you into trouble," said Jeremiah Grossman, founder at WhiteHat Security, the company behind the report. "They can compromise some or all of your systems, get user data, or take over accounts."

                              These are the kinds of vulnerabilities that need to be fixed quickly, before they make news headlines, he added.

                              Breach detection: Five fatal flaws and how to avoid them
                              Help Net Security, May 27, 2015
                              "When the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was passed, it fell on corporate security teams to translate its requirements into technical controls. That threw the IT Security function into the deep end of the pool, and it has been sink or swim ever since.

                              The Sarbanes Oxley Act was the first of a wave of regulation focused on the integrity of IT systems, which led to compliance becoming Priority One for corporate security teams. Then came APTs and the ongoing parade of mega-breaches, which made cyber security Priority One for CEO's and Boards, which triggered yet another major cultural and political shift as cyber security entered, and remained in the spotlight..."

                              IT - Careers
                              New IT Skills: Why Communication, Accountability, Initiative Are Hot Now
                              InformationWeek, May 28, 2015
                              "When people discuss the IT skills shortage, they're typically talking about the technical chops that set IT pros apart from the rest of the working world: big data and analytics, cloud computing, software development, operations, information security, and so forth.

                              They're probably not thinking of things like teamwork..."

                              10 Questions to Answer Before Asking to Telecommute
                              Business 2 Community, May 27, 2015
                              "There's no doubt that telecommuting is growing. Nevertheless, many managers are reluctant to allow employees to work at home, usually because of a lack of knowledge of how telecommuting can benefit everyone. Before asking your boss if you can work from home, prepare a written proposal that outlines your value to the company, your proposed schedule and work duties, and benefits your employer can get from allowing you to telecommute.

                              Here are 10 questions you need to answer in preparing your work-at-home proposal..."

                                Interviewing with Senior Management
                                Business 2 Community, May 25, 2015
                                "Cybercriminals have developed a Web-based attack tool to hijack routers on a large scale when users visit compromised websites or view malicious advertisements in their browsers.

                                The goal of these attacks is to replace the DNS (Domain Name System) servers configured on routers with rogue ones controlled by attackers. This allows hackers to intercept traffic, spoof websites, hijack search queries, inject rogue ads on Web pages and more..."

                                  6 hottest IT jobs for new tech grads
                                  CIO, May 27, 2015
                                  "There are close to 2 million new college grads flooding the marketplace in 2015, and after a few years of less-than-stellar economic growth, 2015 offers new opportunities for these young workers to start their careers. Where will these newly minted degree holders find work? According to's May 2015 report, The Talent Driven Economy: Emerging Interests of Today's Job Seeker, there's a good chance they'll end up in a STEM career..."
                                    How to Retain Top Talent on Your Staff
                                    Business 2 Community, May 28, 2015
                                    "'Can we talk for a minute?' If you've ever been in a relationship, you know this is going to be tough. It's not much different as a manager of a business. 'Sure.' Queue the shaky hands as the door clicks shut.

                                    The next few minutes are cloudy, at best. You're hearing this employee, one of your best and brightest team players, give the proverbial 'two-week notice.' Panic ensues. You nod your head politely, asking questions about where they're heading, offering congratulations, but secretly you're in panic mode. You knew this day would come eventually, but not now. Certainly not now..."

                                      IT pros share tips for building strong peer networks
                                      CIO, May 28, 2015
                                      "CIOs and IT leaders don't have one central gathering place online, and fostering a quality network of peers is both a challenge and an opportunity. Three established IT leaders share real-world tips to help you bolster your peer networks...

                                      Networking with peers isn't a science - there is no right or wrong way - but IT leaders who commit to fostering their networks of coworkers and colleagues online can benefit in myriad ways. Technology and social media will never replace face-to-face conversations..."

                                        IT - Virtualization
                                        Five Best Practices In Real-Time Virtualization
                                        Virtual-Strategy Magazine, May 29, 2015
                                        "Virtualization technology has matured and is a critical infrastructure component in most modern data centers, especially as a trusted part of production environments. As our use of, and reliance on, virtualization technology continues to grow, it is important that we manage the technology using best practices. Here are five best practices to help ensure success in leveraging virtualization technology..."
                                        IT - Email
                                        Best practices for email security
                                        Network Computing, May 27, 2015
                                        "Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct State Department business has left IT pros dumbfounded. They thought the days of executives acting autonomously were over and that governance within organizations was sound enough to prevent these actions...

                                        'When you're doing official business for an organization, you should use an official account,' says John Pescatore, director of emerging security trends at the SANS Institute. Otherwise, organizations cannot follow regulatory and compliance mandates, protect intellectual property or maintain proper records..."

                                        The email habits of Jeff Bezos, Tony Hsieh, and 8 other super-successful people
                                        Business Insider, May 27, 2015
                                        "When you receive almost 150 work emails every day, your inbox can quickly become the bain of your existence.

                                        That suffering increases exponentially when you're the leader of a company.

                                        So how do top CEOs like Bill Gates and Tim Cook manage their overwhelming inbox flux..."

                                          Google I/O: Gmail Hits 900M Users, Android Reaches A Billion
                                          InformationWeek, May 28, 2015
                                          "During this week's Google I/O developer's conference in San Francisco, the search giant revealed statistics that cement its status as a global tech powerhouse.

                                          Sundar Pichai, Google's SVP of products, announced Thursday that there are 900 million users on Gmail. This marks a massive increase from 2012, when the company last refreshed the data on its email service and found it had 425 million users.

                                          Three-quarters of Gmail users access their email via mobile devices..."

                                          IT - Database
                                          Where is the DBA in the DevOps conversation?
                                , May 28, 2015
                                          "In reading case studies, surveys, and research articles on DevOps I am reminded of a cartoon I saw taped to my high school physics teacher's file cabinet. Two scientists stand in front of a complex proof scrawled on a chalkboard. Separating steps 1 and 3 of the proof is the statement, 'Then a Miracle Occurs.' One of the scientists points to the statement and says, 'I think you should be more explicit here in step 2'..."
                                          IT Asset Management: How to Find Out if Your Database is Causing Performance Problems
                                , May 28, 2015
                                          "As your IT infrastructure grows, it becomes increasingly important to be able to identify where bottlenecks, performance problems, or outages are occurring so that you can quickly act to fix any issues. Identifying the source of a problem can be a bit tricky once you have grown into having multiple apps, servers, and databases - but there are tools that can significantly ease your burden in locating where an issue has arisen..."
                                          IT - Mobile
                                          Why Mobile Location Is The Next Big Thing
                                          Business 2 Community, May 26, 2015
                                          "When you think about it, it sounds obvious. But the fact that the mobile is always with us, the fact that effectively it locates the user in real-time, has huge implications for marketing in the 21st century. And the implications of that are only beginning to be truly understood.

                                          Sure, we've had what we might call 'dumb' location in the past..."

                                            Five steps to optimise your website for mobile
                                            Information Age, May 29, 2015
                                            "Everybody is talking about 'Mobilegeddon' but what does it really mean for you and your business? Mobile is hot on the agenda now, more than ever before: Google estimates that 50% of searches conducted on its own engine come from mobile devices.

                                            In fact research revealed that the average number of mobile devices per person ranged from four to seven devices..."

                                            Smartphone security threats plague Android and iPhone alike
                                            SearchSecurity, May 29, 2015
                                            "As the global smartphone market slows, it's becoming readily apparent that the rise of smartphone security threats isn't slowing -- and no OS is safe.

                                            Statistics published by IDC Thursday forecasted smartphone growth to slow to 11.3% in 2015, down from the 27.6% growth rate of 2015.

                                            But even though the growth curve for smartphones may be flattening, the news this week suggests that security threats faced by smartphone users are holding their own..."

                                            Phablets Take a Bite Out of the Tablet Market
                                            Datamation, May 29, 2015
                                            "Is the iPad's biggest competitor Apple's own iPhone 6 Plus?

                                            A revised forecast from International Data Corporation (IDC) indicates that phablets - a term that describes smartphones with screens that roughly measure 5 to 6.1 inches - suggests that the public's hunger for generously sized handsets is crimping demand for full-sized tablets. The research firm now predicts that worldwide shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices will hit 221.8 million units this year, a 3.8 percent dip from 2014..."

                                            IT - Big Data
                                            Big Data: The Interdisciplinary Vortex
                                            Information Week, May 25, 2015
                                            "Getting the most from data requires information sharing across departmental boundaries. Even though information silos remain common, CIOs and business leaders in many organizations are cooperating to enable cross-functional data sharing to improve business process efficiencies, lower costs, reduce risks, and identify new opportunities.

                                            Interdepartmental data sharing can take a company only so far..."

                                              Big Data: The Savior of Employee Engagement
                                              Business 2 Community, May 26, 2015
                                              "Last month, the Wall Street Journal published a provocative article, entitled, 'Data is the New Middle Manager.'

                                              The major focus of the article is a recent phenomenon taking place in startups: Forgo hiring middle managers by granting employees total access to their relevant performance data.

                                              Our first analysis of the article's findings extrapolated its findings, specifically within the inside sales sector. Today, we take a broader focus: Employee engagement..."

                                              Big Data: 6 Real-Life Business Cases
                                              InformationWeek, May 27, 2015
                                              "Better data analysis enables companies to optimize everything in the value chain -- from sales to order delivery, to optimal store hours. Here are six examples of how major enterprises are using data to improve their business models.

                                              Big data is changing the competitive landscape. Those who are in a position to take advantage of it often get to market faster with products and services that are better aligned with customer needs and desires..."

                                              CEO pushes for data-driven strategy
                                              SearchBusinessAnalytics, May 26, 2015
                                              "Everyone knows executive support for analytics initiatives is important, but CEOs are starting to get behind analytics like never before.

                                              Once, during an initiative to adopt a more lean organizational structure, Jim McRickard was shown all the steps that customer orders go through before finally being placed. The exercise was intended to point out inefficiencies, but for McRickard, CEO at construction industry supply company Dayton Superior, it highlighted the problem of price transparency..."

                                              Data backup and archiving unite
                                              SearchDataBackup, May 27, 2015
                                              "Backup and archiving have long been separate processes. But backup software and hardware advancements are enabling convergence between the two disciplines.

                                              From a purist's point of view, data backup and archiving should be two separate processes. There are good reasons for this, given that the purpose of each process is so different, as are the demands each technology places on the storage system..."

                                                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                Vol 207 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 206 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
                                                We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                • Oracle VM Server for SPARC Best Practices
                                                • Oracle ZFS and OpenStack: We're Ready
                                                • Oracle Big Data Appliance X5-2
                                                • OpenZFS European User Conference - Paris
                                                • How to Start Using Docker on Oracle Linux
                                                • Oracle Java 8 ME Embedded + Raspberry Pi + Sensors =
                                                • Oracle and the Community Celebrate 20 Years of Java
                                                • Big Data, Bigger Responsibility
                                                • How to setup a HA OpenStack environment with Oracle Solaris Cluster
                                                • Docker - Take Two - Starting From Windows with Linux VM as Docker Host

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

                                                  IT - Server
                                                  1Q15 Server Revenues Hit $12.8 Billion
                                                  ServerWatch, May 28, 2015
                                                  "The server numbers for the first quarter of 2015 from analyst firms IDC and Gartner are now available and both firms are reporting growth.

                                                  IDC is reporting that for the first quarter 2015, global server revenues hit $12.8 billion Server Market Reportfor a 17.2 percent year-over-year gain. Gartner reported that revenue grew by 17.9 percent to $13.4 billion.

                                                  In terms of server shipments, IDC reported an 8.4 percent gain..."

                                                  IT - Developer
                                                  Review: 7 JavaScript IDEs put to the test
                                                  InfoWorld, May 27, 2015
                                                  "JavaScript is used for many different kinds of applications today. Most often, JavaScript is mixed with HTML5 and CSS to build Web front ends. But JavaScript is also being used to build mobile applications, and it's finding an important place on the back end in the form of Node.js servers. Fortunately, JavaScript development tools -- both editors and IDEs -- are rising to meet the new challenges..."
                                                  HTML5: audio, video, 'required', and data list in NetBeans IDE
                                                  by Geertjan Wielenga
                                                  Geertjan writes, "HTML5 rocks. Take a look at some of the new HTML elements you can work with out of the box.

                                                  Each of the screenshots below can be enlarged, so that you can see how NetBeans IDE, with its new support for shadow DOM elements in the upcoming NetBeans IDE 8.1, can help you understand and style these new HTML elements, of which there are several more but these, audio, video, 'required', and data list (i.e., code completion) are especially cool..."

                                                  Security Inside Out Newsletter
                                                  May 2015 Edition
                                                  Oracle has published the May Security Inside Out newsletter. Check it out to find out about securing the big data life cycle, data security training, and more.


                                                  • MIT Technology Review: Securing the Big Data Lifecycle
                                                  • Oracle Training Offerings Help Close the Gap in the Availability of Trained Data Security Professionals
                                                  • What the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report Means to Corporate Data Security


                                                  • 86% of Data Breaches Miss Detection; How Do You Beat the Odds?
                                                  • Oracle Database Security Webcasts
                                                  • Oracle Identity Management Webcasts Blogs
                                                  • Oracle Identity Management
                                                  • Security Inside Out Videos
                                                  • Neustar Drives Cloud-Based Analytics
                                                  • UPMC Discusses Privacy, Identity, and Security in Healthcare More ...
                                                  Oracle Access Management (White Paper, 26 Pages)
                                                  Complete, Integrated, Scalable Access Management Solution
                                                  In the recent past, Access Management was mainly focused on web authentication, single sign-on, and access to intranet applications. However, the enterprise access management landscape has been evolving at a fast pace over the last few years to meet the requirements of new computing paradigms and technologies transforming the way organizations access and expose business-critical services and data...

                                                  This paper introduces Oracle Access Management, a complete solution designed to securely enable business transformation with mobile and social networking technologies, hybrid on-premise and cloud applications deployment, and hybrid Access Management deployment while preserving a seamless user experience, centralized administration, and market-leading performance and scalability.

                                                  Nexenta News
                                                  Leading Insights on OpenStack, Today and Tomorrow
                                                  Webinar Replay
                                                  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.

                                                  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.

                                                  60 minute Webninar

                                                  Nexenta and Leading Open Source User Community Collaborate in Showcasing Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage Solutions
                                                  at OpenZFS European User Conference
                                                  Nexenta announced its participation at the second OpenZFS European User Conference on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Ecole 42 in Paris. With a growing ZFS community in attendance and a keynote from the founder of ZFS, the European event is the go to event for anything OpenZFS, the truly open source implementation of the ZFS project. Nexenta's sponsorship at the event reinforces its support for ZFS along with its growing developer and end user community.

                                                  Following the success of the OpenZFS Developer Summit conference last year, Nexenta is proud to sponsor the growing event in Europe. The goals of OpenZFS European User Conference are to collaborate with and connect with end users and ZFS engineers and to kick start the ZFS user community in Europe. Matt Ahrens and George Wilson, co-founders of the ZFS project will deliver a keynote at the event on the future of ZFS and the growth of the ecosystem. The full event will be live streamed to over 1,000 listeners globally. One of Nexenta's ZFS experts will deliver a presentation on Nexenta's Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage solutions.

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