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Oracle
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Running Oracle Hardware and Software Together
New customer reference e-book
"The new Oracle on Oracle customer reference e-book, Getting Better Business Results, highlights what other organizations have achieved by running their Oracle applications on Oracle hardware.

This e-book focuses on the retail, financial services, communications, and high tech industries and has embedded industry specific iPapers and infographics, as well as links to numerous case studies..."

Top Three Challenges Driving Adoption of Database as a Service
Unmanaged asset sprawl - Configuration pollution - Slow time to deliver database instances

Javier Puerta writes, "A recent study estimates that the market for cloud databases and database as a service (DBaaS) will grow 14x, from about US$1 billion in 2014 to approximately US$14 billion by 2019.

According to Oracle Product Marketing Director Scott McNeil, three management challenges are driving IT executives and database managers to move toward DBaaS..."

Features
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Inoculate the Cloud: Moving to the Cloud FOR Security
Forbes
Troy Kitch writes, "Forbes BrandVoice features a new article, 'Inoculating the Cloud', on how organizations will be moving to the cloud in order to be more secure.

No matter what survey you look at regarding challenges of moving to the cloud, you'll usually see "security" as one of, if not the top, concern. It makes sense that organizations worry about putting their sensitive customer and company data in the cloud because of data breach risks and compliance concerns. 'Who can protect my data, better than myself,' they question..."

SPARC
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Flash Acceleration and In Memory Computing at Work
By Torrey Martin
Torrey Martin writes, "If you're crunching Big Data analytics, running a massive data warehouse or just running your business from a central database, speed is absolutely critical. Many companies today are adopting in memory computing as well as flash storage caching to solve performance problems so they can make better, faster decisions.

Modern servers often include extra-large memory capacity because memory can have a profound impact on performance..."

Software in Silicon Cloud
3 Reasons To Test Drive our Cloud
"Oracle's Software in Silicon Cloud is available NOW, free of charge, to our customers and partners for a test drive.

This special offering provides our ISV partners and enterprise developers early access to the revolutionary Software in Silicon technology in the forthcoming Oracle SPARC M7 processor running Oracle Solaris 11, with a robust and secure cloud platform and ready-to-run virtual machine environments.

And we have 3 partners who have great things to say about using it TODAY!..."

Virtualization
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Keep Your Virtualization Infrastructure Up to Date
Friday Spotlight
"It's important to keep all software versions and patches up-to-date, as one of the principles of good security practice. Oracle responds quickly to any potential security threat by incorporating the security fixes into errata updates...

The Oracle VM security architecture, by design, eliminates many security threats..."

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1)
Not for use in production
Oracle is proud to announce the availability of VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 1.

This release is a major improvement which include a large number of enhancement and bug fixes.

IT - Storage
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Are you ready for petabytes-scale storage? Here's what you need to know
Information Age, June 1, 2015
"Over the next few years enterprises will face significant storage challenges as traditional file system storage fails to keep up with the complexity of ever-increasing file counts, file sizes and varying data types.

Organisations are going to extreme lengths to tackle issues related to the retention, management and retrieval of data that go hand in hand with the ubiquitous NAS (network attached storage) design, which has been in place for the past two decades and is showing signs of reaching breaking point..."

Open Source Storage: 54 Tools for Backup and Recovery
Datamation, June 3, 2015
"Between cloud backup services, dedicated appliances and archiving software, backup and recovery is a huge business. And many organizations are governed by regulations that mandate backup procedures, which is only driving up demand.

According to one estimate, backup and recovery software sales are worth $4.7 billion dollars per year, and that's just for enterprise users..."

    SanDisk enters portable drive market with high-speed SSDs
    ComputerWorld, June 1, 2015
    "SanDisk, known for thumb drives, memory cards and internal SSD, has announced its first line-up of pocket-sized, high-capacity external drives.

    The new line of drives includes four products of varying size, ranging in capacity from 120GB to 1.9TB. The new line includes the Extreme 900 Portable SSD, which uses the new, reversible USB Type-C connector with throughput up to 850MB/s..."

    Solid state drives become affordable
    TechEye, June 3, 2015
    "During this year solid state drives (SSDs) in notebooks will achieve 40 percent market penetration.

    That's according to Taiwanese analysts at Trendforce, which sai that prices of SSDs are falling so much that it's become affordable to use them in notebooks rather than traditional whirring hard drives.

    For example, Trendforce said the contract price for 128GB drives fell to $50 in the second quarter and their grown up relations, 256GB drives, are only $90..."

      Why the hard disk isn't a write-off yet
      Information Age, June 2, 2015
      "When looking into storage reliability, it's all too easy to get caught up in the 'hard disk drives are unreliable' melodrama being created by some of the All-Flash Array vendors. To argue that one media is more reliable than another is analogous to arguing that cars are more reliable than trucks - they're two different tools for two different jobs.

      The good news is that when it comes to traditional hard drives, there's actually more statistical evidence out there to help organisations architect solutions based upon balancing cost and risk..."

      Java Technology
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      Devoxx Replay: Java EE Security API (JSR 375)
      By David Delabassee
      David writes, "A few weeks ago, Alex Kosowski (JSR 375 Specification Lead) gave a session at Devoxx Paris on the new Java EE Security API (JSR 375). During that session, Alex gave some background and the motivations that led to the creation of JSR 375. Alex then outlined some of the initial plans of the Expert Groups..."
      Java Card 3.0.5 is now available
      Specifications and development kit are now available for download
      Eric Vetillard writes, "We have just released a new version of Java Card, Classic Edition. Java Card 3.0.5 specifications and development kit are now available for download.

      What's new in this release?

      This release includes a lot of new features for Java Card developers, as well as a new IDE plug-in that works with Eclipse.

      Here is a short summary of the new features:..."

      Java EE 8 Roadmap Update
      By John Clingan
      John Clingan, "Java EE 8 was formally launched in September 2014 with the JCP's unanimous approval of JSR 366 and our announcements at JavaOne. At JavaOne 2014 we presented a summary of our areas of investigation for Java EE 8 during the Strategy Keynote, followed by numerous in-depth presentations on our intended work by the specification leads. The goal that we set for ourselves then was to complete this work by JavaOne San Francisco 2016..."
      What is Java Card?
      a subset of Java targeting smart cards
      "Here is an answer, which also includes the answer to a few ancillary questions...

      Java Card was designed as a subset of Java targeting smart cards

      Java Card technology is a specific Java platform that targets smart cards and related systems, which typically run on specific hardware known as Secure MCUs. The Java Card platform has a very small footprint, and it explicitly targets security applications, with dedicated APIs to manage authentication credentials (PIN) and cryptography.

      When and why did this idea come?..."

      IT - Technology
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      Faster Wi-Fi coming soon to a device near you
      ITWorld, June 1, 2015
      "Wi-Fi in your home or office could get a big speed boost by the end of this year with Qualcomm's newest chip, which reaches new highs in data transfer speeds.

      The peak wireless data transfer speeds of the QCA9994 and QCA9984 Wi-Fi chips will reach 1.7G bps (bits per second). That speed can be achieved through single or multiple data streams from devices on an 802.11ac Wi-Fi network..."

      Project Soli, Futuristic New Google Project, Would Let You Control Devices Without Touching Them
      Huffington Post, June 1, 2015
      "You can talk to them and wear them, but in a not-too-distant future, you may not even have to touch your devices.

      A new endeavor from Google's Advanced Technology and Projects sector hopes to revolutionize how we interact with technology. Called Project Soli, the new venture introduced by the lab on Friday uses radar to detect hand movements and finger 'micromotions' to control everything from the volume controls on a stereo to a device's on-off switch..."

      How to add USB-C support to a Windows PC
      ZDNet, June 4, 2015
      "Feel like you are missing out on all the USB-C fun that owners of the new MacBook are having? Here's how you can add support for the new standard.

      What you'll need is one free PCI Express slot (x4, x8 or x16 will do) and the ASRock USB 3.1/A+C card. The card features the ASMedia ASM1142 controller, is compliant with PCI Express 1.1, 2.0 and 3.0 specifications, and supports data rates up to 10 Gbps..."

      Nantero's carbon-nanotube memory could replace SSDs and DRAM
      ITWorld, June 2, 2015
      "A new low-power, high-speed memory technology on the horizon could replace solid-state drives, hard drives and DRAM in PCs, and bring higher levels of storage capacity to mobile devices and wearables.

      The new memory from Nantero, called NRAM (nonvolatile RAM), is based on carbon nanotubes. The memory is hundreds of times faster than flash storage used in mobile devices and SSDs, claimed Greg Schmergel, CEO of the company..."

      New electronics? Black Phosphorus Reveals Its Secrets
      Scoience Daily, June 2, 2015
      "A team of researchers from Universit de Montrael, Polytechnique Montrael and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in France is the first to succeed in preventing two-dimensional layers of black phosphorus from oxidating. In so doing, they have opened the doors to exploiting their striking properties in a number of electronic and optoelectronic devices. The study's results were published in the prestigious journal Nature Materials..."
        The Return of Liquid Cooling?
        Data Center Knowledge, June 1, 2015
        "As a child, I vividly remember being mesmerized by the design of Cray supercomputers. Most famous for their iconic designs, these machines looked like they'd been plucked straight from a Doctor Who set. The phrase 'they don't make 'em like that anymore' certainly applies here...

        So, it has been somewhat disappointing for me that over the last 30 years since the Cray 2, liquid cooling has failed to find mainstream usage in data centers. Is this situation about to change?..."

          Thunderbolt 3 spec announced with support for USB-C connector, transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps
          Apple Insider, June 2, 2015
          "Thunderbolt 3 will be a 'superset' for USB 3.1, which runs at 10Gbps. Using a standard USB-C cable, Thunderbolt 3 will offer transfer speeds of twice that, at 20Gbps.

          Users who buy an active copper USB-C cable will gain access to 40Gbps transfer speeds with Thunderbolt 3. And optical cables supporting the new standard will offer that same speed over greater distances when they hit the market next year.

          Because Thunderbolt 3 is compliant with the USB-C standard and USB 3.1 specification, the cabling will also simultaneously support DisplayPort 1.2, third-generation PCI Express, and power supply for recharging notebooks at up to 100 watts..."

          Thunderbolt 3: twice the speed, USB Type-C connector
          ITProPortal, June 3, 2015
          "Even though USB Type-C looks to be the new standard, Intel wants to keep Thunderbolt alive with the announcement of Thunderbolt 3.

          The new version of Thunderbolt brings a lot of improvements, not least it is designed to work with USB Type-C ports. That means the new 12-inch MacBook and future Android devices - supported on Android M - will be able to utilise the power of Thunderbolt 3..."

          IT - Bitcoin
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          Banking Billionaire Fears Future Of Bitcoin Vs. Banks
          Crypto Coin News, June 1, 2015
          "Controlling politicians, regulators, the general public, and national economies is pretty sweet, but can all that power protect you from new technologies? What if people had an option where they didn't have to cut the banks in on every loan, transaction, or new economic measure passed through government? What if people start to figure out you don't need a bank to live a prosperous life?..."
            Can Blockchain Survive Without Bitcoin?
            NEWSBTC, June 4, 2015
            "Over the past months, there have been plenty of developments highlighting the potential of the underlying technology of bitcoin, which is the blockchain. This refers to the public ledger of transactions associated with the cryptocurrency, which requires a network of computers solving complex algorithms to complete verification and add a new block to the blockchain.

            With these characteristics, blockchain is rendered secure and immutable, as the entries cannot be altered. This has given rise to the use of practical applications, such as creating a database of land titles or enhancing security of digital files..."

            Final New York Bitcoin Regulation Released: Bitlicense
            Crypto Coin News, June 4, 2015
            "The New York Department of Financial Services has released the long-awaited BitLicense, 44-page document which amounts to a framework for 'virtual currency' businesses to operate in the State of New York.

            The issue of regulation has long been a major issue in the digital currency world, as when things first kicked off, and people first started paying fiat money for bitcoins, there was essentially no guidance..."

              Get Your Security Deposit Back With Bitcoin
              Bitcoin Magazine, June 5, 2015
              "In most jurisdictions, security deposits are intended to provide landlords with a financial guaranty against nonpayment of rent or excess damage to a rental property during tenancy. In the past the primary way to provide this guarantee has been for the tenant to deposit funds, in trust, with the landlord. The landlord takes custody, but not ownership of the funds. The obvious problem is that, aside from ethical and legal obligations, a landlord has no incentive to return a tenant's security deposit..."
              How to keep governments from over-regulating Bitcoin
              ITWorld, June 2, 2015
              "In April, the M.I.T. Media Lab announced its Digital Currency Initiative, which is aimed at encouraging research into and discussions about digital currencies. The impetus for the initiative came from Joi Ito, the Media Lab's director, who had previously expressed his belief in the importance of currencies like Bitcoin and the need for a neutral organization that can coordinate the discussion of technical issues and development of the underlying protocols..."
              Moneytis Launches Open Beta of Global Bitcoin Remittance Service
              Bitcoin Magazine, June 3, 2015
              "A new consumer remittance startup is on the block, and it's bringing bitcoin to new corridors in Europe, China and Mexico.

              Freshly out of private beta, Moneytis has now opened its beta to the public. The service allows users to send international transfers from their bank accounts to the receiver's for a fee of two percent or less. The startup uses bitcoin to send the money to its destination, but users would never know because Moneytis keeps it all in the background..."

              IT - FOSS
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              Debunking the Myths of the Open Source Community
              Data Center Knowledge, June 2, 2015
              "Once a particular belief or habit has been hammered into the mind, it's difficult to shake it. That's especially the case in the open source community, where there are ingrained perceptions around open source software development and its leaders.

              The Linux operating system is the most popular open-source software in the world and has been ported to more computer hardware platforms than any other operating system..."

              The 7 Best Features in LibreOffice Writer
              Datamation, June 4, 2015
              "Fifteen years after Sun Microsystems released the code for OpenOffice.org, most users still don't know what they have, especially in the text processor Writer. Far from being an inadequate substitute for Microsoft Word, in LibreOffice, the code's latest incarnation, Writer is so far ahead of its rival that there's no competition. You would have to compare Writer with a professional tool like FrameMaker to find a suitable comparison.

              Don't believe me? If you don't, the reason is probably that you rarely use styles and templates, or write documents of more than a few page..."

              Why enterprises embrace open source
              CIO, June 1, 2015
              "CIO.com columnist Bernard Golden attends a couple of conferences and comes away with both an understanding of Enterprise IT's commitment to open source and some practical advice for anyone considering open source enterprise solutions..."
              Partners
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              Oracle FY16 Global Partner Kickoff: Are you ready to pivot to the cloud?
              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 Oracle Alliances & Channels executives, incl. David Callaghan for the EMEA region. These thought leaders will provide our partners with 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 9am PDT / 5pm UKT / 6pm CET, and register now!"

              MySQL
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              Ensuring Your Success with MySQL and PHP
              MySQL and PHP is a great combination for those creating and maintaining dynamic web applications

              MySQL and PHP is a great combination for those creating and maintaining dynamic web applications. To ensure your success with your websites, take the MySQL and PHP 'Developing Dynamic Web Applications' training course (4-day, instructor-led class)

              Cloud Computing
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              Partner Corner: TeamInformatics on What Oracle Documents Cloud Service Means for You?
              By Tanu Sood
              "The sphere of influence that is Enterprise Content Management has been steadily expanding to encompass areas such as records, digital assets, web content, and others. This has meant your ECM solution suite has had to grow and mature to support and maintain these activities. The newest is cloud-based document management, sharing, and collaboration..."
              Simplify Your Journey to Oracle Cloud
              by Diana Gray and Jim Vonick
              Diana Gray and Jim Vonick writes, "The transformation to public cloud computing can be a challenge for your entire organization, whether you're a technical professional figuring out how to implement and administer your cloud solution, or a business learning how to use a new cloud application.

              Oracle University has just made it easier for your entire organization. Now you can get the Oracle Cloud training you need, when you need it, all in one place with an Oracle Cloud Learning Subscription..."

              IT - Cloud
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              Can Your Organization Build A Customer Experience To Rival The Cloud-Based Upstarts?
              Forrester, June 3, 2015
              "Forrester does believe that businesses utilizing cloud services can improve their customer experience. Amazon Web Services (AWS), for example, provides key components that ensure the smooth running of popular services like Airbnb and Netflix. Ultimately, though, customer experience (CX) teams hoping to keep pace with these disruptive cloud-services companies actually need organizations that operate like these upstarts..."
              Goldilocks and the multiple clouds: hybrid is here to stay
              Information Age, June 2, 2015
              "If 59% of IT decision makers believe that more than half of their IT infrastructure is going to be cloud based by 2017, it seems the hybrid is well and truly here to stay..." "With global quarterly cloud infrastructure revenues now passing the $5 billion milestone, IT professionals are increasingly moving on from grand predictions that cloud is a 'fix all' solution. They are now focusing real-world deliverables - what can be achieved when you select the right kind of cloud for the right kind of applications at the right time..."
              Private Cloud: A Secure Alternative to Public Clouds?
              Information Management, June 2, 2015
              "For close to a decade, the 'cloud' has been a hot topic among insurers - that is, the use of a remote server network, hosted on the Internet, to store, manage and process data. Carriers have long been tempted by the opportunity to decrease their data center footprint, to save money and to boost flexibility, scalability, portability and mobility. And multiple sales channels and processing operations have created heavy IT demands, for which cloud computing offers a natural support..."
              Securing Private and Hybrid Clouds
              Dark Reading, June 4, 2015
              "As-a-service models offer huge opportunities, but also complicate security.

              Sometimes the easiest way to migrate to a new architectural modelis to let others do the work, others who are experts in their field. This has given rise to many as-a-service models throughout the industry and across the entire technology stack, from software to infrastructure. While this has unlocked huge opportunities to accelerate the deployment of new capabilities or increase economic efficiencies within an organization, it has complicated and even compromised security..."

              Three Stages to Successful Cloud Implementations
              CIO Insight, June 2, 2015
              "Cloud is one of the biggest disruptors for IT infrastructures. Most businesses are now dabbling in cloud-whether through using a cloud-based application such as Salesforce.com or for internal data storage, test and dev or other non-core services. Industry experts and analysts predict that cloud will only become more pervasive, and the market is on the brink of a mass procurement of cloud services. Making the right decisions when moving applications and workloads to the cloud starts long before CIOs select the right service provider partner..."
                IT - CxO
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                12 ways to fix the traditional but broken software RFP selection process
                CIO, June 1, 2015
                The traditional RFP process fails to deliver consistent results when purchasing off-the-shelf or cloud enterprise software. This article examines problems with the RFP process specific to selecting software and suggests appropriate resolutions.
                  Making a Positive Impact in the C-Suite
                  CIO Insight, June 1, 2015
                  "A surprisingly large number of executives said they were not particularly good at earning support for new ideas when they transitioned to the C-suite, according to a recent survey from McKinsey & Company. An article, titled 'Ascending to the C-Suite,' indicates that many of these execs said they failed to meet their objectives during their tenure. Part of the problem relates to how they prepared for the role: Many focused primarily on business issues without gaining a keen understanding of their organization's culture..."
                    CSO's CISO Executive Career and Leadership Success Guide
                    CSO Online, June 1, 2015
                    "A lot has changed since the early years, when enterprises first began embracing the CISO position. Back then, the CISO role was primarily a technical one: control user access, secure the databases, find and patch vulnerabilities, keep the malware out, and eventually to help build secure websites and eCommerce platforms. In those days, most of the highly proprietary data resided within the local area network, the data center, or within PCs and notebooks..."
                    Customer Experience: The New CMO Revenue Driver
                    Business 2 Community, June 5, 2015
                    "In recent discussions with fellow CMOs, I've noticed a common theme about Marketing's conflicting 'Big Goal' priorities: Should we focus on customer revenue or customer experience? My opinion: We're asking the wrong question.

                    Marketing obviously needs to deliver both. The right question (that'll lead to the big wins): How do we infuse customer experience into our revenue-driving efforts?..."

                      Customer-Obsessed Technology Platforms: If You Don't Know, You're Doing IT Wrong
                      Forrester, June 1, 2015
                      "Writing software to make the world a better place -- that's a lofty goal, even for Gavin Belson on the HBO hit comedy, Silicon Valley. Yet why is it that we've spent years doing the exact opposite with software in enterprise IT? We've built applications to simply show data living in our data centers. Have a lot of products to sell? Put them all on a web page! Myriad of services you offer to your customers? Throw them all on that web page too! If they really want our help, they'll figure out what it all means, right?..."
                        How CIOs Can Drive Worker Satisfaction
                        CIO Insight, June 4, 2015
                        "Employees are generally happy at work - but CIOs and other managers could do a better job of offering bonuses and recognition programs, according to a recent survey from Blackhawk Engagement Solutions. When it comes to the less tangible, more intrinsic aspects of a professional environment, the findings present encouraging news: Most employees have a clear understanding of what's expected of them at work, and feel that their colleagues are committed to doing a quality job..."
                          Why businesses are turning to managed IT services
                          CIO, June 3, 2015
                          "Organizations are increasingly turning to managed service providers (MSPs) to handle elements of their IT needs as part of a collaborative arrangement with the internal IT department, according to new research from IT industry trade association CompTIA.

                          MSPs have been around for a long time, but adoption has been relatively low. As late as last year CompTIA found that only 3-in-10 organizations had any of their IT in the hands of an MSP..."

                            vBeers-SF
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                            vBeers - Broward - Funky Buddha
                            Wednesday, June 10th. 2015: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                            Funky Buddha - Oakland Park

                            Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry! This event is sponsored by the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) http://www.southfloridatech.org/

                            IT - PM
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                            9 ways project management software can simplify complex projects
                            The Next Web, June 3, 2015
                            "When you're building your business, you want to make sure everyone is on the same page. But that can be most difficult when large-scale, complex technical projects with multiple teams or stakeholders involved are underway. That's why I asked nine members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question:

                            What is one valuable way you break down a complex technical project using PM software that has benefited your team?

                            Their favorite processes and tools are below..."

                              Should you outsource your project management?
                              CIO, June 1, 2015
                              "Evaluating whether or not to outsource your company's project management functions can be challenging. Before making this potentially risky leap, you have to assess if this is a good move for your business, keeping in mind that what works for your business today may not work in the future..."
                              IT - Networks
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                              Every fifth car to be connected by 2019
                              ITProPortal, June 2, 2015
                              One in every five passenger vehicles globally will be connected by 2019, Juniper Research said on Tuesday.

                              Not only that, but the telematics sector will continue to outperform all other machine-to-machine (M2M) markets over the next five years, it predicts.

                                Software Defined Networks Expand to Wide Area Connections
                                Information Management, June 2, 2015
                                "Forty-five percent of North American businesses intend to increase their spending on software-defined wide area networks (SD-WANs) over the next two years, according to a survey of 150 businesses by IHS (Infonetics).

                                'Within the data center, raw speed with support for software-defined networking (SDN) and virtualized workloads are the top requirements for fabrics among companies participating in our enterprise data center study,' Cliff Grossner, research director for data center, cloud and SDN at IHS, said in a statement..."

                                Software-Defined Networking will be a critical enabler of the Internet of Things
                                Network World, June 5, 2015
                                "Organizations are excited about the business value of the data that will be generated by the Internet of Things (IoT). But there's less discussion about how to manage the devices that will make up the network, secure the data they generate and analyze it quickly enough to deliver the insights businesses need.

                                Software defined networking (SDN) can help meet these needs. By virtualizing network components and services, they can rapidly and automatically reconfigure network devices, reroute traffic and apply authentication and access rules. All this can help speed and secure data delivery, and improve network management, for even the most remote devices..."

                                Wireless upgrade impact on the wired network
                                SearchCIO, June 4, 2015
                                "The huge increase in mobile devices used by employees and customers alike is challenging IT organizations' wireless networks. Many C-level execs understand that mobility is a strategic issue and have plans to upgrade their wireless infrastructure. In this webcast presentation, Shamus McGillicuddy, senior analyst for Enterprise Management Associates, explains why a wireless upgrade can create problems on the wired network -- and discusses how to deal with those problems..."
                                IT - IoT
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                                ARM Unveils SoC Subsystem to Speed Up IoT Chip Development
                                eWeek, June 2, 2015
                                "ARM officials are continuing their aggressive push to make the chip designer a major player in the growing Internet of things.

                                At the Computex 2015 show June 1, company executives unveiled a new hardware subsystem for its Cortex-M processors that is designed to improve the speed and efficiency around creating chips for connected devices. The same day, the Wall Street Journal reported that ARM is in talks to buy Sansa Security, a vendor that builds security products specifically for mobile and computer chips..."

                                Here's why the Internet of Things has been compared to the Industrial revolution
                                ITProPortal, May 31, 2015
                                "Today, the Internet of Things is rapidly building connections between devices, starting with wearables, cars and appliances. A recent report from Gartner forecasts that, '4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020'..."
                                How to ensure your service desk is ready for the Internet of Things
                                Information Age, June 2, 2015
                                "The Internet of Things will transform the IT landscape and marketplace for technology service providers - so making sure the service desk is ready is essential ...

                                The Internet of Things (IoT) presents an opportunity for technology service providers to improve their existing service levels and expand into new areas..."

                                Internet of Things breathes new life into RFID technology
                                Network World, June 1, 2015
                                "About a decade or so ago, it was almost impossible to find a tech analyst who wasn't predicting that radio-frequency identification (RFID) would soon change the world. While RFID eventually became a useful tool in retail, logistics, healthcare and a handful of other enterprise sectors, the technology largely lurked in the shadows while other truly transformative concepts, such as social media and streaming entertainment, grabbed the spotlight..."
                                Internet of Things Spending to Hit $1.7 Trillion by 2020
                                eWeek, June 3, 2015
                                "According to the IDC report, devices, connectivity, and IT services will make up the majority of the IoT market in 2020.

                                The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain momentum as vendors and enterprises embrace the opportunities this market presents, with IoT spending expected to hit $1.7 trillion by 2020, according to a report from IDC. IDC defines the IoT as a network of networks of uniquely identifiable endpoints -- 'things' -- that communicate without human interaction using IP connectivity..."

                                IoT Devices Hosted On Vulnerable Clouds In 'Bad Neighborhoods'
                                Dark Reading, June 2, 2015
                                "OpenDNS report finds that organizations may be more susceptible to Internet of Things devices than they realize.

                                Internet of Things devices do create new opportunities for attackers to remotely exploit organizations that are too casual about securing their corporate network from unfamiliar Fitbits, according to new research released today by OpenDNS..."

                                  IoT scale brings complex, connected-data challenges to CIOs
                                  Information Age, June 2, 2015
                                  "The Internet of Things (IoT) ushers in a new, super-connected era that some are describing as the fourth industrial revolution.

                                  Networking vendor Cisco has predicted that there will be 50 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2020. Some of those will be smart devices such as mobile phones and computers - others will be wireless sensors..."

                                  The future of IoT: Altered reality
                                  SearchCIO, June 3, 2015
                                  "Things connected to the Internet, or the Internet of Things, will reach an estimated 25 billion by 2020. How did an IT term -- and a ridiculed one at that -- go from a bit of jargon bandied about at tech shows to the fabric of our lives, seemingly overnight?

                                  As technology writer Mary K. Pratt notes in this month's cover story, insurance companies are already using IoT to make underwriting decisions. Medical device companies are designing products to feed data back to healthcare providers. Industrial companies are using wireless technologies, sensors and data streams to monitor equipment out in the field and up in the air. More important, these applications, according to the IoT experts Pratt interviewed, are only the start of how IoT will change the way we live -- and how business does business..."

                                  IT - Linux
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                                  The new Linux user's hardware buying guide
                                  ITWorld, June 3, 2015
                                  "In a previous post I discussed how to introduce users to Linux, where the focus was on the software side of the conversation. This post is all about the hardware.

                                  The reason I put hardware second is because if we can't provide the user with the software they need there is no point in swapping out their hardware. Hardware is always a compromise, whereas software is not..."

                                  'Essentials of Linux Systems Administration' course arrives on EdX
                                  ITWorld, June 5, 2015
                                  "A recent Linux Foundation survey revealed that more than 9 in 10 hiring managers are planning to bring Linux talent on board this year, and 50 percent report they will hire more Linux professionals than in 2014.

                                  All of this means that we need bright, talented developers to meet this demand. We need courses for greenhorn developers. And that's exactly what the Linux Foundation is offering..."

                                  Dell Bets On Ubuntu
                                  FOSS Force, June 1, 2015
                                  "Dell is releasing another Ubuntu powered laptop aimed at the consumer market. I say 'another' because the announcement comes less than two weeks after Dell began shipping a similar Ubuntu offering. Interestingly, these offerings come just ahead of the release of the 'much anticipated' Windows 10, a move that probably isn't to Microsoft's liking.

                                  It's important to note that neither of these are high dollar top-of-the-line laptops requiring deep pockets to buy, but affordable Inspiron 14 3000 Series laptops priced for the rest of us.."

                                  Docker and Containers: An Ecosystem in Motion
                                  Linux Insider, June 1, 2015
                                  "There's a heavy level of vendor involvement in Docker and containers, covering more than 60 different companies engaged in development and deployment, management, orchestration, security, and shipping of application containers, based on a new 451 Research report. Many vendors and projects cross over into more than one of these areas, and it's likely even more players will become involved..."
                                  Raspberry Pi As Your Next Linux PC
                                  Datamation, June 1, 2015
                                  "Not that many years ago, buying a new PC meant spending hundreds of dollars just for an entry level machine. Fortunately these days the barrier to entry has been greatly reduced.

                                  Thanks to innovations in lower end computing options, one can get a brand new computer for the price of a steak dinner. The most commonly known of these lower-end computing options is known as the Raspberry Pi.

                                  In this article I'll look at whether the Raspberry Pi is capable of becoming a proper replacement for a desktop PC..."

                                    Starting Your Linux Career: 10 Steps
                                    FunWithLinux.net, June 5, 2015
                                    "I cannot lie: learning Linux took a lot of time. I spent approximately 3 years as a daily linux user before landing my first full-time Linux-based position. However, my time was not as well spent as it could have been. Knowing then what I know now (and what I'm attempting to share with you), I could have been in a Linux position within 6 months.

                                    Like many, my first experiences with Linux were of my own curiosity..."

                                    IT - Operations
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                                    CIOs future-proof the data center with hybrid strategies
                                    SearchCIO, June 1, 2015
                                    "The cloud hasn't supplanted the enterprise data center, but, as these CIOs attest, public cloud services set the pace and offer ample reasons for keeping some IT on-premises..."
                                      DevOps for non-engineers
                                      devops.com, June 2, 2015
                                      "If you've scrolled through LinkedIn or companies' career pages, you've probably seen the term 'DevOps' used as a part of a job title. DevOps Engineers and DevOps architects are everywhere, and many people are surprised to find that those titles aren't correct. It sounds innocuous: After all, isn't DevOps something that you do? If you're a marketer, hiring manager or non-engineer at your company, it might seem like it..."
                                      Droughts and Data Centers
                                      Data Center Knowledge, June 2, 2015
                                      "The ongoing severe drought in California, as well as perennial concerns about the availability of water (particularly in western states), raises serious questions for data center operators. Water plays an important role in cooling many facilities, but how should companies address the issue? Is avoiding liquid-based cooling entirely a reasonable approach? What about cases, such as high-performance computing (HPC), where liquid cooling may be the only practical option? Here's a look at some of the considerations surrounding water in the data center..."
                                      Finance vs operations: who's leading who in the data centre world?
                                      Information Age, June 1, 2015
                                      "It's no secret that a data centre can represent a huge investment. For example, Apple recently announced an investment of 1.7 billion euros in new Irish and Danish data centres, as well as further financing in sites across the globe.

                                      Given the scale of investment needed, and its role in the business, every part of the organisation believes they have a stake in a data centre's success: from the CEO, to the CFO and CIO, right down to the operations team who keep the data centre running..."

                                      Study: Organizations taking months to remediate vulnerabilities
                                      SC Magazine, June 2, 2015
                                      "On average, nearly half a year passes by the time organizations in the financial services industry and the education sector remediate security vulnerabilities, according to new research from NopSec.

                                      For the study, the security firm analyzed all the vulnerabilities in the National Vulnerability Database and then looked at a subset of more than 21,000 vulnerabilities identified in all industries across NopSec's client network.."

                                      What University of Cambridge is Learning from Its DCIM Journey
                                      Data Center Knowledge, June 5, 2015
                                      "University of Cambridge has a rich history and legacy. It's the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world and fourth-oldest active university overall. It also has a legacy IT footprint spread across campus, including a diverse set of server rooms and closets serving individual departments without much unified data center management.

                                      Cambridge University Data Center Manager Ian Tasker and his team are undertaking a project of a lifetime in updating the university's infrastructure and have chosen Emerson's Trellis data center infrastructure management software as the centerpiece for ongoing consolidation into a new data center..."

                                      Why your business can't afford not to patch
                                      Information Age, June 2, 2015
                                      "Software patching across an IT estate is a bit like taking a car for its annual service: you know you should do it, but it can often lead to unpleasant surprises, exposing a range of unexpected problems which need to be fixed. Not least because the complexity and interdependencies of software mean that fixing one problem may well introduce another, causing a knock-on effect across systems and the potential for downtime or loss of service..."
                                        IT - Security
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                                        A CSO explains how to reduce risk by improving user experience
                                        CSO Online, June 5, 2015
                                        "What if people weren't the proverbial weakest link?

                                        By rethinking how we develop the solutions we rely on, it's possible to make it easier for people to do their jobs while reducing risk. Peter Hesse, CSO of 10 Pearls, recently published why the answer to 'Can you reduce risk by improving user experience?' is yes. (He then discussed his experience on a panel I moderated)..."

                                          Attackers targeting medical devices to bypass hospital security
                                          CSO Online, June 4, 2015
                                          A preview copy of a report from TrapX Labs, which will be released later this month, highlights three successful attacks against healthcare organizations.

                                          The incidents prove that defending assets in a healthcare environment isn't as easy as some would have you think. In fact, given the wide range of devices on a given network, it can be nearly impossible.

                                          Last year, Community Health Systems had an incident that resulted in the compromise of 4.5 million records. It served as a reminder that medical information was an important commodity to criminals.

                                          Consumers Losing Faith in Account Passwords
                                          eWeek, June 4, 2015
                                          "Seventy percent of consumers lack a high degree of confidence that their passwords can adequately protect their online accounts, and 72 percent are in search of additional help to secure accounts, according to a survey of 2,000 UK and US consumers commissioned by TeleSign and conducted by Lawless Research.

                                          Just over 20 percent of consumers use passwords that are over 10 years old, and almost half (47 percent) rely on a password that hasn't been changed for five years..."

                                            Data Breach Costs Hitting Record Levels
                                            eWeek, June 2, 2015
                                            "The Ponemon Institute has released its annual global study of the costs of data breaches. The Cost of Data Breach Study: Global Analysis, sponsored by IBM and covering 350 companies spanning 11 countries, notes that data breach costs are reaching record levels driven by mostly malicious attacks. The study is based on more than 1,500 interviews with IT, compliance and information security practitioners in 11 countries conducted by Ponemon Institute researchers over the last 10 months. The study found that the average consolidated total cost of a data breach is $3.8 million, representing a 23 percent increase since 2013..."
                                            DDoS Attacks Spike in Volume, Heralding Changes in Tactics and Strategy
                                            TechZone360, June 4, 2015
                                            "The distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack landscape is a shifting sea of motives and techniques - which is necessitating new approaches to detection and mitigation.

                                            A rash of vendor reporting turns up some interesting trends to consider in the threat, including the rising impact of botnet-assisted attacks, and the fact that DDoS is no longer principally about denying service. It's also being used now as a distraction to degrade security perimeters and allow other threats in, like malware..."

                                            Do departed employees haunt your networks?
                                            CSO Online, June 3, 2015
                                            "Many companies have ghosts in their systems. Employees who've gone on to a better place -- say, with better pay -- but are still wandering through company files, cloud services, and social media accounts.

                                            According to a study by Intermedia, 89 percent of adults retained access to at least one application from a former employer, and 49 percent actually logged into an account they weren't supposed to still have access to. Even more worrying, 45 percent retained access to confidential data..."

                                              Long Cons: The Next Age of Cyber Attacks
                                              Dark Reading, June 5, 2015
                                              "When hackers know that a big payday is coming they don't mind waiting for months for the best moment to strike.

                                              Hackers have been stealing credit card data, targeting valuable intellectual property and holding companies hostage with ransomware for some time. In doing so, these hackers are not only becoming richer and more notorious, they are leaving companies' shattered reputations and frustrated consumers in their wake. But the savvy hackers will soon be moving on to a more surreptitious and stealthy attack method, the cyber long con..."

                                                Threat Intelligence Platforms: The Next 'Must-Have' For Harried Security Operations Teams
                                                Dark Reading, June 2, 2015
                                                "New category of technology promises to aggregate all threat intelligence feeds and help security teams find the attacks that could cause the most damage

                                                At the headquarters of a major bank in New York, a team of IT security specialists is poring over reams of data. They've just received word that there's a new online banking exploit in the wild, and they're working against the clock to figure out what the attack looks like - and whether it has breached their defenses. At this moment, though, their enemy isn't a hacker. It's the dozens of disparate, uncoordinated data feeds that might contain information about the new threat - but can only be scanned manually..."

                                                Turn It On: How to enable two-factor authentication for over 100 websites
                                                ZDNet, June 4, 2015
                                                "Telesign has launched a campaign to encourage more users to enable two-factor authentication security controls for their online accounts.

                                                Launched this week, Turn It On is an online guide to securing your accounts with two-factor authentication (2FA). This additional layer of security is used to protect accounts even when hackers know your password..."

                                                We need to stop giving hackers the upper hand
                                                ITProPortal, June 1, 2015
                                                "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 per cent of UK internet users are happy to give away their details which is drip feeding hackers with the power to make seismic security breaches..."
                                                Wireless Networks a Major Security Weakness for Businesses
                                                eWeek, June 2, 2015
                                                "The survey found 37 percent of global IT decision makers polled do not have the most basic wireless security measure of authentication in place.

                                                An organization's wireless network is the weakest link in the IT security infrastructure, according to a worldwide survey of more than 1,490 IT decision makers at organizations with 250 or more employees. The study was sponsored by Fortinet..."

                                                IT - Careers
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                                                4 strategies to negotiate a better salary
                                                CIO, June 3, 2015
                                                "Successful salary negotiation is as much an art as a science. Here are four tips that will help you get paid what you're worth.

                                                Salary negotiation is nerve-wracking, whether you've landed a new job or are angling for a raise at your current employer. Here are four strategies to help your next salary or raise negotiation end successfully..."

                                                  5 Tips For Managing Remote Workers
                                                  Business 2 Community, June 5, 2015
                                                  "Remote workers are an increasingly important part of daily operations for modern businesses. Even so, many companies struggle with how to properly manage their virtual staff. Here are five tips to help you get things back under control and maximize your productivity - and that of your remote workers..."
                                                    5 ways to find and keep customer-focused IT pros
                                                    CIO, June 1, 2015
                                                    "The days of inward-facing tech teams are over. To thrive today, IT must evolve into a customer-focused part of the business - and it all starts with having the right people. Here are five tips to find and keep customer-centric IT players and grow the skill set of your current IT staff..."
                                                      Get A Raise: 11 Do's And Don'ts For IT Pros
                                                      InformationWeek, June 2, 2015
                                                      "What Are You Worth?

                                                      Even when you love your job, there's a bottom-line truth about work: Most of us are in it for the money.

                                                      Sure, if we're lucky we work in roles that offer more than the almighty paycheck: opportunities for personal growth, continued learning, helping other people, solving real-world problems, and the other big-picture things that can make jobs worth doing beyond financial reasons..."

                                                        Welcome to the IT workforce! Here's what we wish we'd known on day 1
                                                        ITWorld, June 1, 2015
                                                        "Around the world this month, young people are leaving the womb of college and entering the tech job market -- and perhaps you are among them. No doubt you've gotten a lot of advice from your professors and mentors, but as far we're concerned, more words of wisdom can't hurt!..."
                                                          Servers
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                                                          Oracle's New Four-Socket Flash-Optimized x86 Server
                                                          By Josh Rosen, X86 Product Manager
                                                          "We are excited to announce the release of our new four-socket x86 server, Oracle Server X5-4, based on Intel's Haswell-EX processors. Designed with Oracle operating systems, Oracle virtualization, and Oracle Database in mind, this is the most powerful four-socket x86 server we've ever built.

                                                          With the highest reliability, availability, and serviceability features in the four-socket space, Oracle Server X5-4 is the ideal x86 platform for consolidating enterprise applications and for running in-memory databases that require large amounts of memory and I/O..."

                                                          IT - Virtualization
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                                                          DevOps, Containers and Faster Time-to-Parity
                                                          devops.com, June 1, 2015
                                                          "DevOps discussions often focus on the value of getting innovative applications to market quickly. And it's true. Getting a cool new application into production quickly can help you differentiate yourself in today's app-sensitive marketplace.

                                                          But, in reality, most development is devoted to 'Me Too' applications - and these apps are no less important to the business than the much rarer innovative ones..."

                                                          Everything you need to know about containers
                                                          Information Age, June 3, 2015
                                                          "To cope with an increasingly networked and interconnected world, industrial automation is evolving to incorporate many of the new or repurposed technologies underpinning general-purpose computing.

                                                          For example, the Internet of Things (IoT) represents a number of technology trends coming together to make solutions more practical - low-power and inexpensive processors for pervasive sensors, wireless networks, and the ability to store and analyse large amounts of data, both at the edge and in centralised data centres..."

                                                          IT - Email
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                                                          Facebook boosts notification email security with OpenPGP encryption
                                                          PC World, June 1, 2015
                                                          "The next time someone tags you in a Facebook post, the social network can send you a super secret notification that not even the National Security Agency can read - at least as far as we know. On Monday, Facebook announced that you can now add an OpenPGP key to your Facebook profile.

                                                          When you do this, Facebook will also give you the option to enable encryption for email alerts. That means the next time you get an email notification from Facebook for a new tag, friend request, or, most importantly, a password reset, the message will be encrypted..."

                                                          Storage
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                                                          Superior performance, efficiency & co-engineered with Oracle Database
                                                          Oracle ZFS
                                                          Oracle's excellent performance and price/performance benchmark results demonstrate this ability to deliver high performance at a significantly lower cost than the competition. For example, Oracle ZFS Storage ZS4-4 is able to achieve higher SPC-2 throughput performance than other systems near its price point.
                                                          IT - Database
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                                                          Databases Are the Weak Point in Big Data Projects
                                                          CIO Insight, June 2, 2015
                                                          "Big data is at the core of today's businesses and is recognized as the key to helping companies unlock never-before-seen opportunities and competitive advantages. But going from data points to competitive advantage can be a challenge filled with many variables. Chad Jones, Chief Strategy Officer at Deep Information Sciences, wants to know where are all of these tremendous insights we've been hearing so much about?..."
                                                          IT - Backup
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                                                          How to create a robust backup strategy with cloud services
                                                          CIO, June 3, 2015
                                                          "Love it or hate it, cloud storage is here to stay. Yet the fact is that cloud storage providers, like all IT companies, can experience outages or even go out of business. Moreover, the ever-present threat of data-corrupting malware and ransomware means that synchronizing to the cloud no longer offers adequate protection against data loss.

                                                          With this in mind, let's look at how you can work with more than one cloud storage service to put together a cloud-based disaster recovery strategy to protect your files..."

                                                          IT - Mobile
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                                                          A new day, a new Ubuntu smartphone
                                                          ZDNet, June 3, 2015
                                                          "They're still not available in the States, but EU country citizens can get a bigger, better Ubuntu Linux smartphone: The Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition.

                                                          Hate iOS? Want a cool Linux-powered smartphone that's not Android? Then Spanish company BQ and Canonical has the smartphone for you: The Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition. Unfortunately, unless you live in the European Union, you're not going to find it easy to buy one..."

                                                          Over two-thirds of the world will have a smartphone by 2020
                                                          ITProPortal, June 3, 2015
                                                          "We all know that the number of smartphones in the world is increasing rapidly, but Ericsson has put a figure on exactly how many handsets will be around come the year 2020.

                                                          In the firm's latest Mobility Report, Ericsson estimates that there will be 6.1 billion smartphone subscriptions active at the end of the decade. In other words, the number will be starting to close fast on the total population of the world..."

                                                          The next customer frontier: how wearables are going mainstream in retail
                                                          Information Age, June 4, 2015
                                                          "The digital revolution has changed the way we shop; we go online to research prospective purchases, use social media to find out what others think, and use our mobile devices in-store to make better informed choices about the product we want, how much it costs, and how we want to receive it.

                                                          Today we expect retailers to know who we are, where and how we are shopping, and cater to our specific likes and preferences. And wearable technology is set to take these expectations to another level..."

                                                            IT - Big Data
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                                                            3 Big Data Types That Will Increase Your ROI
                                                            Information Management, June 3, 2015
                                                            "Big data can be quite confusing for most marketers today. While marketers are still trying to wrap their arms around the data they have, more and more data is being produced by the minute.

                                                            I was recently at a marketing conference and one of the attendees told me, 'Whoever has the most data wins.' This is the mentality for most companies -- collect as much data as quickly as possible. After all, more is better, right? Well, not exactly..."

                                                            Introduction to Big Data
                                                            O'Reilly, June 4, 2015
                                                            "In this Introduction to Big Data training course, expert author Vladimir Bacvanski teaches you about Big Data, Hadoop, NoSQL, and related technologies. This course is designed for beginners, meaning no programming experience is required.

                                                            You will start by learning what Big Data is and how to process it with MapReduce and Hadoop. From there, Vladimir will teach you several ways to program Big Data applications, as well as introduce you to the Hadoop ecosystem. This video tutorial also covers NoSQL stores and their best uses. Finally, you will learn about Big Data and NoSQL in the enterprise..."

                                                            Bigdata - Understanding Hadoop and Its Ecosystem
                                                            devops.com, June 1, 2015
                                                            "It is quite interesting to envision how we could adopt the Hadoop eco system within the realms of DevOps. I will try to cover it in upcoming series. Hadoop managed by the Apache Foundation is a powerful open-source platform written in java that is capable of processing large amounts of heterogeneous data-sets at scale in a distributive fashion on cluster of computers using simple programming models..."
                                                            How Data Mining Can Improve Your Business Processes
                                                            Information Management, June 3, 2015
                                                            "The term 'Big Data' has been hyped in the recent years and data mining techniques are now being used in many areas. This leads to a growing demand for data scientists, who can turn data into value. Data science aims to use the different available data sources to answer four key questions:..."
                                                            The data warehouse isn't dead: it just needs an automation overhaul
                                                            Information Age, June 4, 2015
                                                            "Data warehouse automation is one of those inventions that is so early on and so innovative that only early adopters and visionaries have taken the leap of faith. The rest of the business world has either not heard of automation or mistrusts something that looks too good to be true. But just because it looks too good to be true doesn't make it false..."
                                                              Top10
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                                                              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:

                                                              • Five Ways to Simplify Cloud Integration (White Paper, 13 Pages)
                                                              • Develop in VirtualBox and Deploy to Oracle VM Server
                                                              • Khan Bank deployed Oracle Exadata Database Machine
                                                              • How to generate PGP keys using GPG 1.4.5 on Linux
                                                              • Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
                                                              • Oracle Helps Customers Embrace the Digital Enterprise with Enhanced API Management Portfolio
                                                              • HTML5: audio, video, 'required', and data list in NetBeans IDE
                                                              • Security Inside Out Newsletter
                                                              • Database Insider
                                                              • Six Oracle Customers Share Cloud Experiences at Oracle Cloud Analyst Summit

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

                                                                IT - Server
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                                                                FAQ: 25 burning questions about Windows Server 2003 end of support
                                                                ITWorld, June 1, 2015
                                                                "You know it well by now: Windows Server 2003 support is ending July 14, 2015. If you're one of the (far too) many still running WS2003, it's time to arm yourself with your action plan because what you don't know can hurt you

                                                                With help from the IDG Answers community, we collected some of most burning questions enterprises and individuals have about WS2003 end of support -- how it will affect them, how to prepare, what the options are. If you have advice you'd like to share, or lingering questions, add a comment below or join the discussion on IDG Answers..."

                                                                Microsoft to bring openSSH support to Secure Shell
                                                                ITWorld, June 5, 2015
                                                                "I double checked the source before writing this story, and it was not The Onion. Anyone who has been covering Linux, and keeping an eye on Microsoft for over a decade will be cautious with such reports. But this is for real: Microsoft is adding support for OpenSSH to Windows PowerShell.

                                                                If you run a Linux (or BSD) machine, you're familiar with the term 'sshing' into a remote machine. It's a nifty protocol that allows a user to manage servers or machines remotely. We take it for granted.

                                                                But, you may ask, what does Microsoft have to do with SSH? A lot, actually..."

                                                                Developer
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                                                                Oracle Solaris Studio: Optimal Java Performance and Remote Development
                                                                By Larry Wake
                                                                Two new videos highlighting the capabilities of the Oracle Solaris Studio developer toolsuite are available, The first one covers how to quickly identify and optimize performance hotspots in Java applications. The second one discusses how you can use Oracle Solaris Studio from virtually any laptop or desktop environment to develop enterprise applications for Oracle Solaris and Linux.
                                                                IT - Developer
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                                                                5 reasons wikis rock for documentation
                                                                opensouce.com, June 1, 2015
                                                                "You may not have noticed, but people often become attached to their favorite technology. This could be a mobile phone, a programming language, or a text editor. When you work on someone else's project, you generally have to go with whatever the prevailing tools and languages are, but when it's your own project, you get to choose the toys. Documentation requires technology, too, but most people have less of a pre-set opinion about documentation tooling than they do about web frameworks and version control systems. So how is a project to choose?..."
                                                                  Java is Dead? Not According to These Enterprises
                                                                  Datamation, June 1, 2015
                                                                  "The date May 23rd marked 20 years since the Java programming language made its humble launch following a four-year development effort. In that time, the language gas grown, imploded, been declared dead almost as many times as the mainframe. It is now enjoying a renaissance under Oracle's stewardship.

                                                                  Googling 'Java is dead' brings back millions of results, although there are almost as many people refuting it as declaring it. In the last few years, Oracle has put a lot of resources behind the language to help close all the zero-day exploits and harden the language..."

                                                                  Beginning software delivery acceleration with DevOps
                                                                  opensouce.com, June 3, 2015
                                                                  "Time and time again, we hear of companies achieving rapid acceleration with DevOps. Companies are touting success with the metric of deploys per day, sharing new baselines of 10, 50, or even 100 deploys a day. In more mature organizations, like LinkedIn, Netflix, Etsy, Facebook, and others, this number is a startling 1,000+ number. But, what does this even mean?..."
                                                                  Sysadmin
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                                                                  Quick and Dirty iSCSI between Solaris 11.1 targets and a Solaris 10 Initiator
                                                                  Solaris as a storage server

                                                                  "I recently found myself with a support request to do some research involving looking at the results of removing vdevs from a pool in a recoverable way while doing operations on the pool.

                                                                  My initial thought was to make the disk devices available to a guest ldom from a control ldom, but I found that Solaris and LDOMS coupled things too tightly for me to do something which had the potential to cause damage..."

                                                                  NetBeans
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                                                                  HTML5 Fun Pack for NetBeans IDE
                                                                  By Geertjan
                                                                  Geertjan writes, "What better way to get familiar with the new HTML5 elements and attributes than to have them integrated into the Component Palette in NetBeans IDE?

                                                                  Below, when you look in the palette on the right side of the screenshot, you see a new HTML5 category, which currently contains four new palette items, for audio, data list (code completion), required (validation), and video..."

                                                                  Nexenta News
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                                                                  The 2015 American Business Awards
                                                                  Market Leading Open Software Defined Storage Solutions Continue to Collect Top Industry Awards
                                                                  Nexenta announced that CEO and Chairman, Tarkan Maner; customer, Northern Arizona University (NAU); and SDS block and file storage product, NexentaStor, have all been recognized as finalists in three separate categories of The 2015 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be named as a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winners in the program.

                                                                  The American Business Awards are considered the nation's preeminent business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

                                                                  Wipro Runs on Nexenta Open Source-driven Software Defined Storage Solutions
                                                                  Global Leader in IT Consulting and Systems Integration
                                                                  Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), announced that Wipro Ltd., a leading multinational IT consulting and System Integration company, has deployed NexentaStor to support the migration of more than 15,000 employees to VirtuaDesk, the company's VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) solution. The company also plans to deploy NexentaStor for hundreds of thousands of customers.

                                                                  Wipro designed VirtuaDesk, leveraging Wipro IP and industry standard reference architecture and software. Wipro integrated VirtuaDesk software with the NexentaStor Software-Defined Storage platform to provide scalable and cost-efficient user data storage. The company further added a layer of automation which reduces the administrative burden...

                                                                  Nexenta Presents Award Winning Software-Defined Storage Solutions at the Dell Enterprise Forum in Europe
                                                                  June 9 - 10 in Copenhagen
                                                                  Nexenta will be attending the Dell Enterprise Forum 2015 on June 9 - 10 in Copenhagen. As a strategic Dell partner, Nexenta will be on hand to discuss its portfolio of Software-Defined Storage solutions and the role its solutions play in the enterprise Software-Defined Data Center.

                                                                  The forum is designed to help IT professionals learn how future ready enterprises can be prepared for technology growth. Visitors will be able to learn firsthand through a number of technical keynotes and briefings the different types of technology available to enterprise. Dell and Nexenta have collaborated over the past two years to develop industry-leading end-to-end Software-Defined Data Center solutions. This also includes integrating Nexenta's world-class file and block management system, NexentaStor on Dell's PowerEdge x86 servers and PowerVault storage.

                                                                  Cisco Live 2015
                                                                  Nexenta to Demonstrate Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Data Center Solutions
                                                                  Nexenta announced its participation in Cisco Live 2015, including a live demo of the Multi-Tenant File and Block Services on the Cisco UCS Server.

                                                                  Service providers are leading the way in the transition to the Software-Defined Data Center but it is the customers that drive the security and infrastructure needs of these providers. Having storage isolation and flexibility with the cloud is key for most hybrid cloud customers. Utilizing the NexentaStor solution both for backend file and block services, service providers and enterprises can gain independence from the vendor lock-in of traditional storage. Combine this with the Nexenta Virtual NAS solutions, and customers can manage and provision file and block services within their own virtual realm. The advanced memory architecture of the Cisco UCS Server solutions allow for more virtual servers and virtual NAS per host providing for a lower total cost and higher density of VMs than with traditional commodity hardware.

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