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Implementing ILM with DB12c
11 Page While Paper
The dramatic increase in data storage has had a major impact on enterprise customers looking to reduce costs, increase performance and scalability, and simplify management complexity.

Oracle Database 12c innovations like Data Partitioning, Advanced Row Compression, Hybrid Columnar Compression; Automatic Data Optimization, Heat Map can help implement an Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) solution that balances cost effective storage and simple management with scalability and high performance data access.

Read the Implementing Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) with Oracle Database 12c White Paper.

The Internet of Things Will Be Huge
Is Your IT Infrastructure Ready to Support It?
IDC predicts that the worldwide IoT market will grow from $1.3 trillion in 2013 to $3.04 trillion in 2020. IDC also states that within three years, 50% of IT networks will transition from having excess capacity to handle the additional IoT devices to being network constrained.

As further evidence, analyst firm 451 Research reported an increase in M&A spending in 2014 that pushed 'Internet of Things'-related deal-making past the $14bn mark, a fortyfold increase in acquirer spending compared to 2013. This rate of growth cannot be ignored.

The Little Known Business Value of Wearables
Wearables for work are not about making a fashion statement
Jim Lein writes, "Many of us have been tracking the progress of wearable adoption (no pun intended) and have share the same reaction: Why???? Or, even worse: That's just creepy. From a lifestyle perspective wearables such as smartglasses, smartwatchs, and smartrings seem to offer little more than what we currently enjoy via our smartphones.

With that said, innovative companies continue to prove that, if we can imagine it, we can build it. Think Dick Tracy's 2-way wrist radio..."

    IT - AI
    AI Creates Jobs: Study
    Information Week, June 11th, 2015
    "For knowledge workers, whose jobs consist of many tasks, the automation of a single task frees them to focus on other responsibilities. A survey of business leaders finds enthusiasm for AI as a creator of jobs and a way to deal with data...

    In contrast to technical visionaries such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, and Stephen Hawking -- who worry that artificial intelligence could become so advanced that it threatens humanity -- business leaders largely see AI as a way to enhance human endeavor..."

      Demystifying And Adopting Machine Learning
      Information Management, June 10th, 2015
      "As data is transformed into insight, it becomes a strategic asset for a business. To cash-in on this currency of the new economy, organizations are taking steps to make analytics a core competency across the enterprise.

      Machine learning, in particular, is a topic that clients are bringing up more frequently when discussing how to pursue this data-driven advantage. Forty-one percent of organizations are using machine learning, 36 percent are experimenting with it, and 16 percent are considering using it, according to a recent Accenture survey..."

      Oracle Engineered Systems Provides US Retailer $28M in Total Cost of Ownership Savings
      IDC Report
      Read how a major US retailer simplified their IT environment by replacing multiple merchandising systems and consolidating database operations with Oracle SuperCluster, Oracle Exadata and Oracle E-Business Suite. This research report was commissioned by Oracle and conducted by IDC. Here is a summary of the benefits:

      Three-Year Cumulative Benefits:

      • $27.66 million in business benefits
      • ROI of 437%
      • Payback in 6.5 months

      Additional Benefits:

      • Avoided $250 million for additional warehouse resources
      • 67% savings in datacenter-related OPEX spending
      • $1.8 million per year in data center CAPEX savings

      IDC projects that the retailer will earn total discounted benefits worth $27.66 million over three years through its deployment of Oracle Exadata and Oracle SuperCluster engineered systems, and Oracle E-Business Suite.

      Applications and Exadata
      Why Select Exadata
      Gurmeet Goindi writes, "Exadata is now in its sixth generation with thousands of Exadatas deployed at thousands of customers. The growth rate remains strong while systems become more powerful, pricing remaining relatively flat, and acquisition models (Capacity on Demand and Infrastructure as a Service Private Cloud) have made acquiring Exadata more attractive.

      There are many reasons why customers and partners choose run the application's database on Exadata. Most of the reasons to are focused on performance. We'll see that performance takes many forms. We'll briefly investigate some of the reasons, outside of Simplifying IT, why customers and partners decide to run their application databases on Exadata..."

      Saudi Arabia Public Pension Agency Implements Oracle SuperCluster to Support Database as a Service
      Oracle technology has provided important benefits to PPA
      The Public Pension Agency (PPA), an entity within KSA's Ministry of Finance, has announced the successful implementation of Oracle SuperCluster. PPA decided to implement Oracle technology with a disaster recovery architecture across two separate sites. Oracle SuperCluster also provides high availability for Oracle E-Business Suite, with SuperClusters in two different locations running Oracle E-Business Suite in active/passive mode using Oracle DataGuard technology.

      PPA's UNIX environment was consolidated into a single system and a private Unix cloud environment created. In addition to Oracle SuperCluster, PPA installed a range of products including Oracle Exadata X4-2, Oracle GoldenGate, Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and Oracle Enterprise Manager OpsCenter 12c...

      IT - Storage
      Amazon Allows Customers To Use Their Own Encryption Keys With S3, June 12th, 2015
      Amazon Web Services announced that it is enhancing S3 support for server-side encryption by allowing customers to provide their own keys. Up until now customers had the option of using either client-side encryption for data before it leaves the client environment or the use of server-side encryption, to protect data at rest. Today's announcement enables customers to use keys that they maintain without the need to build, maintain, and scale their client-side encryption fleet..."
      HGST's new 10TB drive: Not for everyone
      ZDNet, June 9th, 2015
      "HGST announced delivery of the world's first 10TB hard drive. That's a 10,000x increase from the first 1GB 3.5" drives shipping 20 years ago.

      Areal density increases are coming slowly as the drive industry gears up for patterned media and heat-assisted magnetic recording. Both require large investments before mass production.

      Instead, the new drive uses shingled magnetic recording (SMR) and HGST's proprietary - and industry leading - HelioSeal helium drive platform to drive capacity. Get used to hearing about SMR, because it's going to be with us from now on..."

      Integral Memory Flash Key Featuring USB Type-C Connector
      Storage Newsletter, June 8th, 2015
      "Integral Memory plc announced its first flash drive featuring a USB Type-C connector for an increasingly mobile world.

      The Fusion USB Type-C Flash Drive provides a storage device with compatibility between smartphones, tablets, PCs and Macs.

      In the future the Type-C connector will simplify all formats into one universal interface that will carry both data and power between devices at higher speeds..."

      Java Technology
      Java EE 8 Roadmap Update
      By 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..."
      The Ghosts of Java EE 7 in Production: Past, Present and Future
      By Reza Rahman
      Reza writes, "In the past few days I've seen a certain predictable group of folks on the Interwebs feigning concerns over the viability of using Java EE 7 in production. I have to be honest in that I think it is fairly obvious these concerns are more -ahem- opportunistic than sincere or well-intentioned. Nevertheless I think this is a great trigger to discuss something valuable to the Java EE community anyway - Java EE 7 production adoption in the near past, present and near future. In fact to be perfectly honest we have been deliberately covering these themes all along in various ways and foresee a useful purpose in revisiting them frequently going forward far beyond this one blog entry. Being responsible sentinels for the Java EE community has never demanded anything less..."
      DevNexus 2015
      Videos and Comments
      Reza writes, "DevNexus 2015 was held in historic Atlanta on March 10-12. For those of you not familiar with it, DevNexus is the most significant Java centric (but not Java focused) conference in the South Eastern US and now perhaps even at a national level. It was started by JBoss Java Champion Burr Sutter and organized by the Atlanta JUG (currently lead by Vincent Mayers, Gunnar Hillert, Pratik Patel, et al). I guess at this point I am somewhat of a DevNexus veteran myself..."
      IT - Technology
      Are retailers (and consumers) ready for EMV?
      CIO, June 10th, 2015
      "As chip-and-pin credit cards make their way into consumer's wallets, and stores retool their card readers to accept them, the industry has been quietly but steadily preparing for the official fall deadline. But that doesn't mean you won't see longer lines at the supermarket...

      The switchover to EMV - which stands for EuroPay, Mastercard, Visa - in the U.S. is coming. The payment system already widely adopted in the rest of the world (hence EuroPay in the name) is set to become the norm after October 1, 2015..."

        Samsung goes sci-fi with transparent and mirrored OLED screens
        PC World, June 10th, 2015
        "Every so often, an electronics maker shows off some crazy display tech that has little chance of selling to consumers in the near future. This week, it's Samsung's turn, with 55-inch transparent and mirrored OLED displays.

        Neither technology is entirely new. Transparent displays have been popping up at trade shows for years, and rival LG has its own 55-inch mirrored OLED prototype that it showed off in 2014. But as OLED-info points out, Samsung's hardware is a bit more advanced than past efforts..."

        SpaceX Plans To Build Internet in Space
        CIO Today, June 10th, 2015
        "It sometimes can feel like the Internet is a gift from the heavens. If Elon Musk has his way, that description might be closer to the truth than we have ever dreamed. The brains behind electric Relevant Products/Services car company Tesla and orbital vehicle manufacturer SpaceX has just applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for permission to operate a network Relevant Products/Services of satellites capable of offering Internet service anywhere around the world.

        The goal is to build an extensive system of non-geostationary satellites that provide high-speed broadband Internet, at a fraction of the cost of current ISPs, according to SpaceX's regulatory filing. The company said the network would be capable of reaching both fixed and mobile users anywhere around the globe, even in the most rural locations..."

        Where's the off button? Gartner warns CIOs against the dangers of leaving the robots in charge
        Information Age, June 10th, 2015
        "After previously warning CIOs about the implications of not teaching computers to behave ethically, IT analyst firm Gartner is now advising them to be keep an eye out for machines that may be getting too smart for our own good and gaining too much control over important business processes.

        Gartner's new report, 'Smarter Machines Will Challenge the Human Desire for Control' presents the scenario that as machines get smarter, they will inevitable be relied on to make more decisions in a business, leading to the danger that they could become 'unstoppable' or run amok..."

        IT - Bitcoin
        x to Offer World's First Cryptosecurity on Bitcoin Blockchain
        Bitcoin Magazine, June 8th, 2015
        "E-commerce giant has become the first company to offer qualified buyers the option of purchasing corporate bonds that will trade using Bitcoin's blockchain protocol.

        In a speech last year at Inside Bitcoins Las Vegas, Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne announced a special partnership with Counterparty that led to the creation of a project known as Medici. The Medici project was designed to create a decentralized stock exchange within the Counterparty platform. Thus, the Medici project itself is based on blockchain technology..."

        MasterCard: Digital Currency's Risks Outweigh the Benefits
        CoindDesk, June 8th, 2015
        "The risks presented by digital currencies far outweigh the benefits, MasterCard has claimed.

        The global payment processor made these comments in its submission to the UK Treasury's call for information on digital currencies last November.

        According to the four-page submission, obtained by CoinDesk via a freedom of information request, MasterCard doesn't believe digital currency has many, if any, strong benefits..."

        Bitcoin vs. the SEC
        Politico, June 10th, 2015
        "The DTCC is the clearinghouse for U.S. capital markets. Its Jersey City vault contains about a million physical stock and bond certificates, representing some undisclosed portion of the $43 trillion in total assets the organization holds in custody. This is the center of the entire American stock-trading system. Each share has an owner, and - no matter how fast it changes hands - a clearinghouse keeps track of who owns what.

        This year, Patrick Byrne, the CEO of and would-be financial revolutionary, is taking the first steps in a campaign to smash open the vault. Or, really, to eliminate it - and with it, the whole system that makes the vault necessary..."

        Good News: No VAT On Bitcoin In Switzerland
        Crypto Coin News, June 12th, 2015
        "Bitcoin users do not have to pay value added tax (VAT) on bitcoin in Switzerland. The Swiss Tax Administration (ESTV) has announced there will be no VAT on bitcoin transactions, according to Bitcoin Association Switzerland.

        The news brings hope not only to bitcoin users in Switzerland, but worldwide. Switzerland has a global reputation for financial security. Bitcoin supporters want governments to view bitcoin as a method of payment, not as a delivery of goods or a service subject to a VAT..."

        How 400,000 People Are Gradually Adopting Bitcoin In Tel Aviv
        Bitcoin Magazine, June 9th, 2015
        "Tel Aviv, a city of about 400,000 residents in the heart of Israel, is considered one of the leading cities in the world in Bitcoin adoption. For new bitcoiners, Tel Aviv is like a dream come true; it has everything you need to get started with the digital currency.

        For starters, the Israeli Facebook Group 'Israeli Bitcoin' has more than 4,500 members. The group is extremely active and friendly to newcomers..."

        Lloyd's Report: Bitcoin Will Always Be Risky
        CoindDesk, June 12th, 2015
        "Bitcoin's security risk will 'never be reduced to zero', according to a report released by insurance provider Lloyd's today.

        The 31-page document, commissioned to assess the risks involved in insuring bitcoin operations, warns that companies will continue to face a 'dynamic threat', regardless of their security practices..."

        The People Have Spoken: Apple Pay Loses To Bitcoin By TKO
        Crypto Coin News, June 9th, 2015
        "At today's funeral proceedings, we are here to mourn the passing of a not-so-new technological program. In history's wake, here lies the centralized carcass of Apple Pay, the establishment's last gasp attempt to head off 'The Future of Money', Bitcoin, as the next-generation of payment technology. Would anyone like to say a few words on the behalf of the deceased? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

        Alright, I will say a few words on behalf of the deceased before being officially laid to rest..."

        UBS Bank Is Experimenting with 'Smart-Bonds' Using the Bitcoin Blockchain
        Bitcoin Magazine, June 12th, 2015
        "During his talk at IDX Derivatives Expo in London, Alex Batlin, UBS Bank's chief Information officer for innovation (CIOI) shed some light on what the financial institution has been working on in their innovation lab: smart-bonds on the Bitcoin blockchain.

        International Financing Review Asia (IFR Asia) reported that the smart-bonds were described by Batlin as bonds where 'risk-free interest rates and payment streams were fully automated, creating a self-paying instrument.'

        'The key attraction is that there is no middle or back office, and no registry, so clearly a major impact on costs,' said Batlin..."

        Taiwanese Company Brings Bitcoin To 10,000 Convenience Stores
        CoindDesk, June 10th, 2015
        "Taiwanese startup Maicoin has launched a system that lets users buy bitcoin at 10,000 convenience stores in the territory, both over the counter and at in-store terminals.

        Maicoin founder and CEO Alex Liu said foreign workers using bitcoin for remittances would benefit from the over-the-counter service, as it does not require users to have a bank account..."

        IT - FOSS
        8 Excellent Open Source Data Visualization Tools, June 10th, 2015
        "Data visualization is the mechanism of taking tabular or spatial data and conveying it in a human-friendly and visual way. There are several open source tools that can help you create useful, informative graphs. In this post we will take a look at eight open source, data visualization tools...

        • Datawrapper
        • Chart JS
        • Charted
        • D3
        • Dygraphs
        • Raw
        • Timeline
        • Leaflet

        Read on for details.

        Pragmatism In The History Of Gnu, Linux And Free/Open Source Software
        The VAR Guy, June 9th, 2015
        "If you ask a lot of people why Linus Torvalds and the Linux kernel that he wrote became one of the most prominent open source projects of all time, while Richard Stallman's GNU project has received much less attention beyond hacker circles, they'll tell you the difference has to do with Stallman's excessive commitment to an uncompromising ideology. Is that really accurate?..."
        European Union'S 5-Year Roadmap For IT And Open Source, June 11th, 2015
        "After months of preparation, the European Commission (EC) released its broad 5-year roadmap in early May for information and communications technology (ICT) policy, the Digital Single Market Strategy, or DSM.

        The plan is structured around three main pillars or goals, which include:..."

          Facebook's Head Of Open Source Gives 3 Reasons Why The Company Open-Sources Its Technology
          VentureBeat, June 12th, 2015
          "Facebook revealed yesterday that it's opening Infer, a tool it uses internally to identify bugs in code before it ships mobile apps to users, for the development community to tinker with.

          The result of an acquisition almost two years ago, Infer is used to quickly and autonomously scan code across the social giant's suite of mobile apps - including Facebook itself, Messenger, and Instagram - so it can adhere to its 'move fast and break things' principles while ensuring any serious bugs are caught prior to shipping..."

          Patching Solaris Systems
          Presentation by Gerry Haskins
          Gerry Haskins (Director, Software Lifecycle Engineering. Revenue Product Engineering, Systems), has posted a 15-page slide deck that share the best practices around the Solaris Operating operating system.
          Solaris 11.2 proves to be a cloud-worthy Oracle OS
          Oracle's Solaris 11.2 includes cloud-ready features such as a complete OpenStack distribution, kernel zones, Unified Archives and Elastic Virtual Switch.
          Robert Sheldon writes in SearchOracle, "When Oracle released Solaris 11, the company hawked its operating system as the first OS built for the cloud. Oracle continued its cloud-centric pitch with the release of Solaris 11.2. Yet such pronouncements tell us little about what makes Solaris so cloud worthy. Fortunately, we don't have to look far. Solaris 11.2 includes four important technologies that can be instrumental in an effective cloud implementation: OpenStack, kernel zones, Unified Archives (UA) and Elastic Virtual Switch (EVS)..."
          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 Enterprise Edition Webinar Replay
          1 hour, 11 minutes
          Are you aware of all the latest features included in MySQL Enterprise Edition? Oracle continues to make significant investments in MySQL in order to drive MySQL innovation.

          Topics covered: MySQL Enterprise Management Tools:

          • MySQL Enterprise Monitor
          • Enterprise Query Analyzer
          • Workbench Enterprise Edition
          • Oracle Enterprise Manager for MySQL - NEW!

          MySQL Enterprise Advanced Features:

          • MySQL Enterprise Scalability
          • MySQL Enterprise Firewall - NEW!
          • MySQL Enterprise Security
          • MySQL Enterprise Audit
          • MySQL Enterprise High Availability
          • MySQL Consultative Support

          Watch our recorded webinar...

          Cloud Computing
          Java Cloud Community Webcast on-demand
          1 hour, 19 minutes
          Juergen writes, "Oracle Java Cloud Service is a part of the platform service offerings in Oracle Public Cloud Services. Powered by Oracle WebLogic Server, it provides a platform on top of Oracle's enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure for developing and deploying new or existing Java EE applications. In this eSeminar we will provide both an overview presentation and a short demo that will cover the new Oracle Java Cloud Services - Platform as a Service offerings and the integration with other Oracle Cloud offerings..."
          Don't Call It Linux! And Other Things That Tick Off Richard Stallman
          ITWorld, June 11th, 2015
          "Recently, Richard Stallman, the creator of Emacs, the GNU project, and founder of the free software movement, said that OS X and Windows were 'malware.' Of course, aside from being known as one of the greatest living programmers, Stallman is also known for not being shy about sharing his opinion on things he feels strongly about. While his criticisms may lack the sting (and brevity) of those that Linus Torvalds will regularly launch at things he doesn't like, there's no denying that Stallman's stances are heartfelt, well thought-out, and consistent with his stated philosophies. Use the arrows above to read about 10 things that have drawn Richard Stallman's ire over the years - and still do..."
          Linux Powers DARPA Robotics Challenge Winner
, June 10th, 2015
          "A Xenomai Linux based robot from Korea's Team KAIST called the DRC-Hubo won the $2 million DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, one of only three bots to complete the course on time.

          Judging by Silicon Valley's reigning 'Failure rocks!' mantra, this week's DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals held earlier this week in Pomona, California, was a resounding success. Of the 23 teams that entered the event, which simulated a disaster response scenario, only three accomplished all eight major tasks in the allotted eight hours. The pit crews were kept busy with a field littered with falling robots..."

          Understanding NVMe Support on Oracle Linux
          Non-volatile memory express

          Zeynep Koch writes, "Non-volatile memory express, also known as NVMe or NVM Express, is an interface specification that aims to enable a solid-state drive (SSD) to make the most effective use of the high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bus in a computer.

          NVMe has been supported in the mainline upstream release of Linux since kernel 3.3..."

          IT - Cloud
          90% of DLP violations occur in cloud storage apps
          Help Net Security, June 10th, 2015
          "90 percent of data loss prevention (DLP) violations occur in cloud storage apps, and a large percentage of these are for enterprise confidential intellectual property or customer or regulated data that the customer did not know or want to store there.

          According to a Netskope report, 17.9 percent of all files in enterprise-sanctioned cloud apps violate at least one DLP policy. Of those DLP-violating files, one in five are exposed publicly..."

            Choose Your Path: The Three Ways To Address The Cloud File Sharing Disconnect
            Information Age, June 9th, 2015
            "Cloud file sync and share services like Box and DropBox are increasingly used by employees for documents later accessed via various devices at home offices or on the road. As the use of cloud file sharing services has increased, IT managers must place more emphasis on the security implications of sensitive data being transported and hosted in unsanctioned cloud services while balancing the convenience with the risk to corporate data..."
            Cloud Outages Prove Costly For Companies
            CIO Insight, June 12th, 2015
            "Organizations migrating apps and infrastructure to the public cloud are experiencing service outages at surprisingly frequent rates, as the cost of a single day of downtime now surpasses the five-figure mark, according to a recent survey from CloudEndure. While most companies have set admirable service availability goals, far less are meeting these goals most of the time. (Meanwhile, a notable share doesn't even measure service availability.) ..."
            The Cloud vs. Open Source
            Datamation, June 9th, 2015
            "For years, Linux and free software were perceived as threatened by cloud computing, the online storage of data. However, over the last few years, something ironic happened -- free software became a major player in cloud computing.

            That wasn't always the case. In 2008, Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software Foundation, condemned cloud computing as "just as bad as using a proprietary program....If you use a proprietary program or somebody else's web server, you're defenseless. You're putty in the hands of whoever developed that software." Cloud computing, he added, was "worse than stupidity" because it meant that providers controlled customer's data..."

            The Enterprise Cloud
            O'Reilly, June 11th, 2015
            "Despite the buzz surrounding the cloud computing, only a small percentage of organizations have actually deployed this new style of IT - so far. If you're planning your long-term cloud strategy, this practical book provides insider knowledge and actionable real-world lessons regarding planning, design, operations, security, and application transformation.

            This book teaches business and technology managers how to transition their organization's traditional IT to cloud computing. Rather than yet another book trying to sell or convince readers on the benefits of clouds, this book provides guidance, lessons learned, and best practices on how to design, deploy, operate, and secure an enterprise cloud based on real-world experience..."

            The Great Migration: How To Simplify The Move To Hybrid Cloud
            Information Age, June 10th, 2015
            "Many organisations are still contemplating how to dive into the benefits of hybrid cloud when faced with the daunting challenge of integrating the two worlds of private and public data and apps. Information Age aims to help IT teams finally put their concerns to rest and take the plunge..."
              19 Free Cloud Storage Options
              Network World, June 9th, 2015
              "The cloud is full of free storage, if you know where to look.

              From relatively new companies such as Box and DropBox, to heavyweights Google, Apple and Microsoft, many vendors use free cloud storage as a way to entice users into their clouds in hopes that they will pay more for additional volumes and services.

              Below, in alphabetical order, are 19 free cloud services- but a word of caution: The cloud is a volatile place and offers from these vendors change frequently..."

              7 Critical Criteria For Data Encryption In The Cloud
              Dark Reading, June 8th, 2015
              "Encrypting the huge number of data files stored in a public cloud today is like bubble-wrapping an entire house. Better to focus on the fragile items that matter.

              The unprecedented level of access points into corporate domains leaves information security professionals turning to a number of data protection methods. Encryption has been a primary instrument in the information security toolkit for decades, but requires reevaluation in the face of the digital transformation we are witnessing today..."

              IT - CxO
              CIOs Must Lead Their Organizations In Digital
              The Enterprisers Project, June 9th, 2015
              "As we move to an information-based economy, digital transformation is essential for almost every enterprise. Not all enterprises know this yet. Worse, some know it, but they are apparently hoping that if they ignore it, it will go away. But organizations can't bury their heads in the sand and survive - today an organization can become irrelevant well before its people are ready to change.

              It isn't that the signs haven't been visible..."

                11 Best Tools For Analyzing Employee Engagement
                Business 2 Community, June 9th, 2015
                "What's your favorite tool for analyzing employee engagement?..."

                • TINYpulse
                • CultureAmp
                • 15Five
                • Vocoli
                • Net Promoter Score
                • Podio
                • Employee Surveys
                • Slack
                • iDoneThis
                • Hppy
                • Salesforce

                Read on for details.

                  Busting The Top 7 Customer Support Myths
                  Business 2 Community, June 13th, 2015
                  "Every company that serves customers must deal with customer support issues at some point in time. Larger organizations typically have a customer support organization in place and formal processes to handle issues. Some smaller companies manage customer support on an ad hoc basis. But to handle customer issues effectively, company leaders need to understand the realities of customer support. Here are the top seven customer support myths - debunked:.."
                    How To Deliver A Breakthrough Application
                    Information Age, June 10th, 2015
                    "In just a few short years, the notion of breakthrough has gone from marketing hype to business essential. Numerous factors are driving breakthrough to 'must have' status. The market drivers are both top down (demanding business requirements) and bottom up (end-user demands).

                    IT breakthroughs are increasingly required for an organisation just to stay competitive, let alone get ahead. Federal Express unveils logistics transparency to see where your shipment is, anywhere in the world in real-time..."

                      IT continues to struggle to find software developers, data analysts
                      CIIO, June 11th, 2015
                      "The good news is that more businesses are planning to boost their IT hiring in 2015. The bad news? Many are struggling to find talent to fill vacant or newly created roles, especially for software developers and data analytics pros, according to a recent survey from HackerRank, which matches IT talent with hiring companies using custom coding challenges..."
                      IT outsourcing doesn't provide clear cost savings
                      SearchCRM, June 9th, 2015
                      "Outsourcing has been a controversial -- if sometimes effective -- way to reduce IT costs. Companies save money by paying for services that are not their core competence, such as IT infrastructure services. By taking over work for many other companies, outsourcers can drive efficiency, negotiate volume discounts, reduce risk, automate and attract top talent, which can reduce unit costs in a way that their customers could not match..."
                      What'S Driving Security Budgets And Technology Purchases?
                      Help Net Security, June 10th, 2015
                      "IT security and IT leaders and their staff members do not agree on security objectives, according to findings from a new global Ponemon study.

                      One of the key findings from the study was that more than 50 percent of the respondents surveyed stated that their organization's board of directors and C-Level executives are frequently not briefed, nor are they given the necessary information to make informed budgeting decisions regarding security priorities and the investments in technology and personnel required..."

                      Why IT Talent Walks Out the Door
                      CIO Insight, June 10th, 2015
                      "Studies have shown that one of the most pressing issues in the U.S. economy is a lack of skilled workers to fill key positions. It's ironic that during a time of high unemployment, many jobs remain unfilled due to a lack of competent individuals. This is even truer in the world of IT, where many young people have been turned off by careers in IT under the notion that the only places that technology workers get hired are Mumbai and Moscow..."
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                        6pm - 9pm (Sponsored Food and Beer)
                        Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami, Florida, USA. 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. Please RSVP at the vBeers South Florida page.

                        Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite 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.

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                        IT - PM
                        How To Find The Perfect Project Manager
                        CIO, June 10th, 2015
                        "CIO David L. Stevens say project managers are critical to his organization's success, so much so that he shook up the org chart soon after he started in his post.

                        Stevens, who heads IT for Maricopa County, Ariz., consolidated project managers in a new project management office headed by a new PMO director who answers to the new director of strategic planning and business alignment position.

                        He says the set-up demonstrates that project managers must focus on business outcomes. That, in turn, influences the kind of professionals he wants on staff..."

                        Hot Skills Alert: Tips For Landing A Plum Project Manager's Job
                        ComputerWeekly, June 10th, 2015
                        "As companies continue to invest heavily in new projects, those IT staffers with project management skills are hot commodities. Here's how to get started....

                        Karen Klein had a typical entrance into the project management profession, evolving into the role after working her way up the IT ranks.

                        'It took a while to figure out that I was managing projects, managing task lists, risks and scheduling,' she says.

                        With that experience under her belt, Klein charged ahead. She attended seminars on project management, sought out mentors in the field and read as much as she could on the topic. She then moved into full-time project management jobs, and she has now held such positions for much of her 20-plus-year career..."

                        Keeping It On The Up And Up: Managing Projects With Integrity
                        CIO, June 10th, 2015
                        "Have you ever been asked by an employer or project client to do something that seems odd or possibly even illegal? I have. And I've worked with PMs and technical support personnel who have as well. As consultants and professionals, we need to maintain the highest level of integrity as we are serving our clients and our employers. That doesn't always mean just going along with whatever they ask of us. Sometimes it means doing just the opposite - running away..."
                          Planning Is Key To Project Management Success
                          CIO, June 10th, 2015
                          "Pick any major event, trip or undertaking in your life and think about the time, energy and work put into making sure everything went off without a hitch. Then think about the stress and aggravation you experienced those times when things didn't go as planned.

                          As a discipline, project management works the same way, except on a greater scale and involving many stakeholders and a larger pool of resources. It can include external vendors, several other internal and intra-departmental team members (as well as their schedules and input), additional parameters like cost, quality, timing, constant coordination, communication and associated risks..."

                          IT - Networks
                          Open-Source NFV Group Launches First Software Release
                          eWeek, June 8th, 2015
                          "An industry consortium looking to accelerate the adoption of network-functions virtualization is rolling out its first software release that is aimed at organizations and developers that are looking for a deployment and test platform or building network applications.

                          The Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) project has rolled out 'Arno,' an open-source platform that group officials said will give users and developers a framework for testing NFV efforts, checking out basic NFV uses cases and trying out virtual network functions (VNFs)..."

                            Reasons To Upgrade A Data Center Network Architecture
                            Search Data Center, June 9th, 2015
                            "The total number of network-connected devices under management is increasing significantly, which creates more data to store and process. So what does this mean for your data center network architecture?

                            The TechTarget Networking Survey asked IT pros why they were upgrading their data center network. Overall, 44% of respondents said the upgrade is in response to increased applications and data. New information is likely due in part to big data initiatives. In the TechTarget 2015 IT Priorities Survey, 30% of respondents said they planned to implement big data projects in the coming year. But with this upsurge of information, storage and networking concerns are likely to arise..."

                            Better, Faster WiFi In 7 Steps
                            Network Computing, June 8th, 2015
                            The enterprise wireless LAN is now indispensable, and will be the basis of a host of new services in the next decade. Follow these guidelines to ensure your wireless network is robust today and tomorrow...

                            Wireless has always been about getting users connected, and that hasn't changed as we look at the WiFi networks coming our way over the next few years. But the underlying story is becoming huge on a scale none of us wireless architects could have imagined when we were installing 802.11b networks..."

                              IT - IoT
                              M2M And Iot: If You Can't Measure The Network, You Can't Manage It
                              Information Age, June 11th, 2015
                              "With communications the second largest indirect expense, and the third or fourth largest expense overall, for a business (IDC), enterprises today struggle to multitask managing costs while simultaneously delivering existing and new M2M network capabilities.

                              And while they do so, the ground on which such goals rest is shifting underneath them - M2M, the Internet of Things (IoT) and mobility are changing rapidly as integrated ecosystems intensify the rate of innovation..."

                              Data Privacy Playbook For Wearables And IoT
                              Information Week, June 8th, 2015
                              "Wearables and the Internet of Things raise significant consumer privacy issues that you need to prepare for now. We outline the key concerns with a primer on how to get your organization ready.

                              Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent defense of privacy and encryption highlights an issue of paramount important to today's IT leaders: Data privacy. IT leaders may debate the scope of their involvement with security and privacy issues, as they did at the recent MIT Sloan CIO Symposium. But data privacy, a perennial problem, has become critical for every organization as we fit every one of our things for network connectivity..."

                              How To Stop The Internet Of Things Overwhelming Your Network
                              Information Age, June 8th, 2015
                              "The Internet of Things (IoT) represents a major step forward in the history of the internet - it is where the digital world meets the physical world. Every day, people use a variety of devices for a range of different things that link to an internet connection. As internet enabled devices move beyond mobile phones and laptops, an increasing amount of industries and businesses are now embedding connected devices into working activities..."
                              Internet Of Things Attracts More It Spending
                              Information Management, June 8th, 2015
                              "The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain momentum as organizations and IT vendors begin to embrace the opportunities the market presents, according to new research from International Data Corp. Indeed, the worldwide IoT market will grow from $655.8 billion in 2014 to $1.7 trillion in 2020. That amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.9%, IDC found..."
                              IoT Hype, Hope Give Rise To New C-Level Position, Chief Iot Officer
                              SearchCIO, June 8th, 2015
                              "If CIOs aren't dialed into the transformative effect the Internet of Things (IoT) will have on business, the road ahead is going to be a tough one. That was the message from a panel of experts, which included representatives from IBM, Dassault Systèmes SE, PTC Inc. and The MathWorks Inc., at the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council's (MassTLC) recent IoT conference..."
                              IoT Is Full Of Gaping Security Holes, Says Shodan Creator
                              Help Net Security, June 10th, 2015
                              "John Matherly's Shodan, a search engine that finds Internet-connected devices, can be used for many things: gauging the impact of policies and network security efforts (e.g. patching), finding malware C&C servers, checking how a company we want to do business with is handling security, checking which devices our competitors are deploying (market research), and much more.

                              For Matherly, Shodan is a means to measure things that couldn't be measured before. And with the advent of the Internet of Things, the available data set will keep growing day by day..."

                              The Disappearing Internet And Its Impact On IoT
                              Re/code, June 10th, 2015
                              "Back in 1995, I attended what was then the PC industry's premier conference, known as Agenda. I was invited by venture capitalist John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins to join him and four other analysts and journalists to have dinner with the CEO of a company he had invested in by the name of Netscape. At that time, none of us had even heard of this company. He and Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale told us about their browser, and made the prediction it would revolutionize the PC industry..."
                              The IoT, Cloud And Security
                              CIO, June 10th, 2015
                              "A new era in machine-to-machine communications is dawning with futuristic concepts, such as smart milk cartons and bridges that can self-diagnose structural defects, now entering the mainstream. But the integuments of this emerging ecosystem, commonly referred to as the Internet of Things, would still be dumb as doorknobs were it not for the advent of cloud computing.

                              IoT promises a world of devices and things newly outfitted with Internet smarts that will be able to monitor, communicate and respond when their environments change..."

                              The Swiss Army Knife Of Forklifts Joins Industry 4.0
                              ZDNet, June 10th, 2015
                              "German company, STILL GmbH, created a prototype forklift model unlike any forklift ever created before. The model, CubeXX, is connected via SAP HANA Cloud Platform for the Internet of Things, and is helping businesses simplify the way they manage inventory, increase agility, and enable adaptive logistics scenarios..."
                              Three Steps For The Iot To Grow Up, Get Out Of The House And Into Industry
                              Information Age, June 11th, 2015
                              "The Internet of Things (IoT) was the most hyped technology of 2014 according to Gartner, and it's easy to see why. Cisco's recent IoT study suggests that the number of connected devices is expected to grow to 50 billion by 2020, leading to a global economic impact of $10 trillion.

                              Connected devices are set to change the very fabric of the world we live and work in. However, the buzz around gadgets such as connected fridges and smart kettles being developed by consumer goods manufacturers have been a distraction from the IoT's true potential. Indeed, recent research from Embarcadero Technologies revealed that just 16% of those developing IoT solutions are targeting consumers..."

                              IT - Linux
                              Gettin' Sticky With IT
                              Linux Journal, June 11th, 2015
                              "In last month's issue, I talked about Linux permissions. I could have covered SUID, GUID and sticky bit in the same article, but it seemed like a lot to cover in one sitting. So in this article, I describe the special permissions on a Linux system. Where standard permissions are fairly intuitive, the special permissions don't make a lot of sense at first. Once you understand what they do, however, they're really not too complicated.

                              But There's No Room for More Permissions!...:"

                              Linux Backup: Software Roundup
                              Datamation, June 8th, 2015
                              "One of the reasons I use Linux is because it allows me to get a lot of work done without the added distraction of malware. However, just because malware isn't a threat to my desktop doesn't mean that I shouldn't backup my data. Linux isn't fail proof and anyone who values their data is a fool if they don't have a solid backup plan in place.

                              In this article, we'll examine different tools that are used to backup desktop Linux installations. From the easy to use to the more in-depth, I'll explore multiple options..."

                              World Suffering From A Linux Geek Shortage
                              TechEye, June 8th, 2015
                              "With the surprise success of Linux in Android, and on the server, the world is suddenly faced with a shortage of Linux geeks.

                              Linux Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said that there are enough computing niches where GNU/Linux is the major player - from supercomputers to the next generation of automotive systems..."

                              Linux Powers DARPA Robotics Challenge Winner
                    , June 10th, 2015
                              "A Xenomai Linux based robot from Korea's Team KAIST called the DRC-Hubo won the $2 million DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, one of only three bots to complete the course on time.

                              Judging by Silicon Valley's reigning 'Failure rocks!' mantra, this week's DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals held earlier this week in Pomona, California, was a resounding success. Of the 23 teams that entered the event, which simulated a disaster response scenario, only three accomplished all eight major tasks in the allotted eight hours. The pit crews were kept busy with a field littered with falling robots..."

                              IT - Operations
                              7 Data Center Disasters You'll Never See Coming
                              Information Week, June 7th, 2015
                              "These are the kinds of random events that keep data center operators up at night. Is your disaster recovery plan prepared to handle these freak accidents?

                              Flood, fire, solar flare, and crash by four-wheel-drive motor vehicle: These are the potential disasters that strike fear in the imaginations of data center operators, as the following accounts will show.

                              Jonathan Bryce, now executive director of the OpenStack Foundation, was the twenty-something founder of the Mosso Cloud in Dallas-Fort Worth when he found himself on the receiving end of such an incident on Dec. 18, 2009..."

                              Amazon Web Services Goes Green With Huge Solar Farm
                              ITProPortal, June 11th, 2015
                              Amazon Web Services (AWS) is about to become a lot more environmentally friendly after announcing the construction of an 80 megawatt solar farm. The green proposal will generate 170,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of solar power each year, the equivalent of approximately 15,000 US homes.

                              The solar farm, which will become the biggest in the state of Virginia, will primarily be used to power Amazon's datacentres as part of the company's commitment to use 100 per cent renewable energy for its global AWS infrastructure. Currently, Amazon Web Services counts 25 per cent of its energy use as renewable, with the aim of raising this figure to 40 per cent by the end of 2016..."

                              Are You Prepared For The Future Of Data Centers?
                              Search Data Center, June 8th, 2015
                              "Data center managers can expect major changes in the future, whether they run an in-house facility, outsource or do a mix of both.

                              With growing workloads, shrinking energy usage and evolving operations models, data center managers have a full plate.

                              Data center operations, facilities and IT infrastructure are changing rapidly. While the amount of high-end internal data center space will remain mostly flat for the next three years, mega data centers used by service providers will grow rapidly, according to research firm IDC in Framingham, Mass. As data centers change in scale, so too do the workloads within them, as well as technologies that keep them running..."

                              Is The Enterprise Still Not Ready For The Software-Defined Data Centre?
                              Information Age, June 10th, 2015
                              "Ovum principal analyst Roy Illsley examines what needs to be overcome for enterprises to finally embrace the software-defined data centre...

                              The movement away from seeing IT as a supporting activity is challenging the view of the value chain within an organisation. While the value chain is still valid in its concept, the role of technology is moving away from a clearly delineated supporting function that can be isolated and marginalised towards becoming an intrinsic part of the fabric of the organisation..."

                                IT Admin Errors That Lead To Network Downtime And Data Loss
                                Help Net Security, June 11th, 2015
                                "Kroll Ontrack today released its most recent list of common IT administrator errors that can lead to data loss and network downtime. The findings indicate that the complexity in storage environments and sheer growth in data volume can result in serious data loss when human error strikes, leaving many organizations vulnerable to security risks and financial implications if they do not properly invest in and adhere to technology risk management policies..."
                                IT - Security
                                Breaking Down Biometric Security
                                TechZone360, June 10th, 2015
                                "Biometric security isn't a new phenomenon, but until recently its real life applications and benefits have been underutilized by companies in most industries. However, recent buzz worthy announcements like Apple using Touch ID for enhanced security as part of Apple Pay and Miami International Airport integrating biometric fingerprint data into their passport control kiosks, are proving that biometric security is finally poised to become the norm. In fact, ABI Research estimates that overall revenues for the biometrics market will likely rise to $13.8 billion this year alone. However, in order to make biometric security more mainstream - in a way that benefits both industry and customer - there are some considerations that will need to be made..."
                                Five Common Sense It Security Steps That Are Most Often Overlooked By Enterprises
                                Information Age, June 11th, 2015
                                "Cybertheft, phishing and the malicious acquisition of data have come to the front of public consciousness in recent years. Criminals are now aware of how easy it can be to steal digital assets rather than physical belongings, while the rewards are often greater and the chances of being caught are less.

                                As large organisations like retail banks become increasingly security conscious, so the thieves have found it more difficult to steal from them or their customers, instead turning their attention to smaller businesses. Unfortunately, there is plenty of low-hanging fruit there. So, below are five simple steps businesses must take to secure its digital assets..."

                                My 2015 Personal Security Guiding Principles And The New Rand Report
                                Securis, June 11th, 2015
                                "In 2009, I published My Personal Security Guiding Principles. They hold up well, but my thinking has evolved over six years. Some due to personal maturing, and a lot due to massive changes in our industry.

                                It's time for an update. The motivation today comes thanks to Juniper and Rand. I want to start with my update, so I will cover the report afterwards.

                                Here is my 2015 version:..."

                                Rand Study: Cyber-Defense Must Change Course, Or Else
                                ZDNet, June 10th, 2015
                                "Let's get this out of the way: Defense isn't sexy.

                                We mythologize being the hacker, not the hacked. That will never change, but in light of RAND's new report The Defender's Dilemma, something's got to give -- or else.

                                Under Juniper Networks, RAND today released the results of its multiphased study of the future of cybersecurity, The Defender's Dilemma: Charting a Course Toward Cybersecurity..."

                                  Survival Tips For The Security Skills Shortage
                                  Dark Reading, June 12th, 2015
                                  "No matter how you slice it, creating a security professional with 10 years of experience takes, well, 10 years. Here are six suggestions for doing more with less.

                                  Your organization's greatest security resources are people. They see the trouble spots and can intelligently investigate incidents and raise red flags (often at a higher level than the green-yellow-red lights on system dashboards). They keep the lights on, the employees working, the customers satisfied, the bad guys at bay..."

                                  Swift Adoption Of Cloud And Mobile Drives Insider Threats
                                  Help Net Security, June 10th, 2015
                                  "Bitglass surveyed 500 IT and security practitioners and found that 62 percent have seen an increase in insider threats over the last 12 months

                                  As more data leaves the network via cloud apps and mobile devices, the inability to protect these environments is cited as a top reason for the growth of insider threats. More specifically, respondents felt that insufficient data protection (54 percent), more data leaving the network (51 percent) and more devices with sensitive data (51 percent) are the top sources of insider threats..."

                                  The Keys To Preserving Information Security And Risk Management
                                  ITProPortal, June 9th, 2015
                                  "As the role of Information Technology continues to grow and evolve within business, the potential risks associated with accessing, storing, sharing and protecting information are similarly increasing. In order to better equip themselves to adjust to these kind of threats, businesses need to consider the various risks they might be vulnerable to and implement a reliable strategy to deal with these effectively and efficiently..."
                                    Why U.S. Government Https-Only Mandate For Federal Sites Is Key
                                    eWeek, June 9th, 2015
                                    "The U.S. government is taking a major step to secure its online assets with a new directive from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to run HTTPS-Only across all federal Websites. The HTTPS-Only directive, which Federal CIO Tony Scott issued June 8, mandates that all publicly accessible federal Websites only be accessible over a secure HTTPS connection by Dec. 31, 2016.

                                    HTTPS is the secured form of HTTP that layers Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) encryption on top of data transport and it is mostly commonly visible to end-users as the browser padlock. The Web as we know it today runs largely over plain HTTP, with all data sent in the clear that is unencrypted and open to anyone to intercept and read..."

                                    Breach Costs: 'Chump Change' To Bottom Lines Of Big Players
                                    CSO Online, June 8th, 2015
                                    "The direct costs of a data breach are barely a rounding error on the bottom line of the nation's biggest organizations. But experts say indirect costs can still be significant. And for the vast majority of smaller players, the damage can be catastrophic...

                                    Virtually everything reported about data breaches is about how expensive they are. But apparently not for everybody..."

                                      Death, Taxes And Data Security Audits
                                      ComputerWeekly, June 10th, 2015
                                      "Many view all three in the same light, but while there is little or nothing to be done about death and taxes, business can take the sting out of audits, mainly in terms of preparation and response.

                                      This is particularly true of data security audits, when information security professionals have an important role to play in handling any uncomfortable truths that may emerge.

                                      The key is for information security professionals to view audits as an opportunity to improve security, not as a personal threat or indictment..."

                                      IT - Careers
                                      10 highest-paying IT security jobs
                                      CSO Online, June 10th, 2015
                                      "With increasing concern around identity theft, hacking, data security and privacy, and with a number of high-profile data breaches in the news, organizations are doubling down on their need for qualified, talented security professionals. Not surprisingly, salaries are increasing right along with demand.

                                      'Security plays a key role in a company's success, which is why we're seeing more demand for professionals with security skills. With that in mind, if companies and recruiters want to lure top security talent, they need to offer generous compensation packages and benefits,' says Shravan Goli, president of"

                                      7 Things To Avoid Saying In A Screening Interview
                                      Business 2 Community, June 11th, 2015
                                      "With the recruiting market picking up, I am screening more candidates than I have in a long time. A majority of the candidates I am talking to haven't looked for jobs in years. I'm not blaming the candidates for being a little rusty on their interview skills. I must admit, I get a little frustrated with the answers I get from some individuals. You have to remember, I interview people for a living. The longer I am in this industry, the more direct I am with the candidates. I am not trying to piss candidates off as much as I am trying to help the candidates..."
                                        Big Data Talent: 6 Ways To Snag The Best
                                        Information Week, June 10th, 2015
                                        "As PCs, networking, and the Internet once did, big data is redefining how companies compete. It's not just about ones, zeroes, and snapshot reports anymore. It's about trends, patterns, and correlations that not everyone understands.

                                        The shortage of data scientists is well-documented, but there is also a growing demand for general big data skills throughout organizations. The C-suite has added the chief data officer, who is responsible for the strategic use of data, and perhaps a chief analytics officer, who may have a more tactical role..."

                                        Please God, No More Zombie Resumes
                                        Forbes, June 13th, 2015
                                        "In theory, a resume is a marketing document. You write your resume so that someone who might have a need for a person like you can understand how you could help him or her.

                                        In reality, this is how the average resume reads: 'I was instrumental on a task force that devised and implemented written standards for cross-functional communication of Quality protocols for two operating units...'

                                        Lord have mercy! Can you imagine reading pages of zombie language like this every day on the job, for years?..."

                                          Oracle Server X5-4
                                          Frequently Asked Questions
                                          Oracle Server X5-4 is co-engineered to work with Oracle software, making it the most compact four-socket platform for running Oracle operating systems, Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Applications. With the highest reliability, availability, and serviceability features in the four-socket space, Oracle Server X5-4 is the ideal x86 virtualization platform for enterprise applications and in-memory databases that require large amounts of memory and I/O. Oracle Server X5-4 packs 20 percent more cores, simultaneously increasing memory bandwidth. Oracle's unique industry-leading 3U form factor allows for 40 percent higher rack-level core and dual inline memory module (DIMM) slot density than the competition...
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                                          More than 30 years of systems expertise and innovative thinking have gone into creating Oracle servers. These systems are some of the most reliable, scalable, and energy-efficient systems in the industry. They are the core building blocks for mission-critical enterprise computing; enterprise application environments; and virtualization and cloud deployments.

                                          • SPARC entry-level servers
                                          • SPARC mid-range servers
                                          • SPARC high-end servers
                                          • Fujitsu M10 servers
                                          • x86 enterprise class servers
                                          • Netra systems
                                          • Blade server modules and chassis
                                          • Netra blade server modules and chassis

                                          Oracle's complete portfolio of servers, storage, systems software, and networking products are engineered to work together to deliver record-breaking performance, simplified management, and cost-saving efficiencies.

                                          IT - Virtualization
                                          DevOps Leadership Series: Monitoring Containers and Microservices
                                , June 11th, 2015
                                          "Trevor Parsons (@trevparsons) is a Co-Founder and Chief Scientist at Logentries, a leading SaaS-delivered log management and analytics service. I caught up with Trevor at the Velocity Conference in Santa Clara and asked him what themes were resonating with attendees this year.

                                          For this episode of the DevOps Leadership Series, Trevor briefly illustrates some current problems with state of microservices and container-based architectures, while sharing a positive outlook for the future..."

                                          First Look: Joyent Triton Puts Cloud Computing On A Bare-Metal Diet
                                          InfoWorld, June 10th, 2015
                                          "It's been more than a year since Docker began taking over the mind of every devops team in the world with the seductive promise of a special mechanism for bundling software in a lightweight collection of only the essential files. The emphasis here is on "lightweight" and "essential" because this service is redefining how light "light" can be.

                                          Now Joyent is one of the first companies to bring Docker to the cloud marketplace by offering a service called Triton, which lets users start up a Docker container instead of a VM. In the past, Joyent ran a heavier service that started up the Docker container inside of a separate virtual machine, but now the company has put together a mechanism that juggles the containers directly on the metal. Joyent suggests that the code will run faster (generally) and the overhead will be smaller (most of the time). It certainly shows how amazing Docker can be..."

                                          How The Brave Virtualize IT Infrastructure Services
                                          Search Data Center, June 10th, 2015
                                          "Critical IT infrastructure services -- DNS, DHCP servers -- don't need to live in the physical realm...

                                          Not all IT infrastructure services are created equal. Some services are less critical, like a PXE boot server used occasionally to build new servers. Others are highly critical, like DNS services that locate everything inside and outside the company.

                                          Most IT organizations have already virtualized those less important services, while some of the critical infrastructure services remain on physical hosts. Is it time to virtualize the last of these services? Should they reside alongside existing workloads, or in isolation?..."

                                          VMware Unleashes Linux On The (Virtual) Desktop
                                          The Register, June 9th, 2015
                                          "VMware's released Horizon 6 for Linux, thereby making it possible to deliver virtual Linux desktops.

                                          And there the story ends because, as we all know, there's so much Linux on the desktop that it occasionally manages to get a whole 1.91 per cent of the market and desktop virtualisation is generally figured to be about five to ten per cent of the market. Which means perhaps one in a thousand of you will actually care about this... And as it happens, VMware reckons delivering virtual Linux desktops could be just the thing to make penguin-powered PCs more common..."

                                          IT - Email
                                          Top 5 Open Source Alternatives To Microsoft Exchange
                                          IT Business Edge, June 11th, 2015
                                          "Are you tired of overpaying for the Microsoft Exchange messaging server? The Linux and Free/Open Source world is cram-full of robust, capable alternatives that won't drain your bank account. This tasty assortment ranges from free with community support, to full commercially-supported products. Let's take a look at five open source Microsoft Exchange killers..."
                                          Why Email Is The Enterprise Productivity Killer
                                          Information Age, June 11th, 2015
                                          "For a long time, the UK has battled the productivity puzzle with economic output remaining the lowest out of the G7 nations. However, as British continues pursuing its growth agenda and confidence in the economy reaches the highest level for 12 years, a systematic approach to change is needed to create a more productive workforce.

                                          Today, getting routine work done takes too much time..."

                                            IT - Database
                                            Gartner's 19 In-Memory Databases For Big Data Analytics
                                            Information Management, June 7th, 2015
                                            "Amid the big data boom, the in-memory database market will enjoy a 43 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) - leaping from $2.21 billion in 2013 to $13.23 billion in 2018, predicts Markets and Markets, a global research firm. What's driving that demand? Simply put, in-memory databases allow real-time analytics and situation awareness on 'live' transaction data - rather than after-the-fact analysis on 'stale data,' notes a recent Gartner market guide. Here are 19 in-memory database options mentioned in that Gartner market guide..."
                                            How Amazon's DynamoDB helped reinvent databases
                                            CIO, June 10th, 2015
                                            "In the earliest days of SQL databases weren't cutting it, so the company created DynamoDB and in doing so helped usher in the NoSQL market...

                                            Behind every great ecommerce website is a database, and in the early 2000s's database was not keeping up with the company's business.

                                            Part of the problem was that Amazon didn't have just one database - it relied on a series of them, each with its own responsibility. As the company headed toward becoming a $10 billion business, the number and size of its SQL databases exploded and managing them became more challenging. By the 2004 holiday shopping rush, outages became more common, caused in large part by overloaded SQL databases..."

                                            IT - Mobile
                                            6 Top Programming Languages For Mobile Development
                                            Information Week, June 9th, 2015
                                            "The language you choose for mobile development can be the difference between great success and tremendous frustration. There are options -- but only if you know which path you're on.

                                            Mobile devices are the fastest-growing enterprise platforms in IT.

                                            Enterprise IT shops and software publishers alike are moving every possible application to run on tablets, smartphones, and even smartwatches. Behind that set of decisions, though, is a huge question: How do you make it happen?..."

                                              Why The Enterprise Mobile Investment Is About Much More Than Just The Device
                                              Information Age, June 9th, 2015
                                              "2015 is seeing businesses needing to keep up with technology more than ever before, with the significant catalyst for this being employee demand. Due to the speed at which technology has evolved over the last few years, organisations have struggled to keep up with increasingly tech savvy employees who have higher expectations than ever before when it comes to the devices they use for business.

                                              With the worldwide mobile worker population set to increase to 1.3 billion by 2015, they will also need devices that are able to do a whole lot more..."

                                                IT - Big Data
                                                Big Data Systems House Sensitive Data, Security Exposures
                                                Information Week, June 12th, 2015
                                                "Big data systems are invading enterprise data centers at a rapid rate, but they often lack the controlled access, data encryption, and other protections inherent in relational systems, according to a SANS Institute survey of 206 companies. Of the respondents, 43% were from organizations with 10,000 or more employees and 53% held a title related to IT security..."
                                                Bracing For Big Data: Preparing Your Data Center For Rapid Change
                                                CIO, June 10th, 2015
                                                "In this video from DEMO Traction in San Francisco on April 22, 2015, Jeffrey Rothschild, VP of infrastructure software at Facebook, and Lance Smith, CEO at data visualization company Primary Data, explore big data's impact on enterprise data centers and the new tools for managing it..."
                                                How Big Data Analytics Tools Can Help Your Organization
                                                Search Business Analytics, June 8th, 2015
                                                "The analytics process, including the deployment and use of big data analytics tools, can help companies improve operational efficiency, drive new revenue and gain competitive advantages over business rivals. But there are different types of analytics applications to consider. For example, descriptive analytics focuses on describing something that has already happened, as well as suggesting its root causes. Descriptive analytics, which remains the lion's share of the analysis performed, typically hinges on basic querying, reporting and visualization of historical data..."
                                                The Big Data Phenomenon Is Broken: 5 Tips For Doing Analytics The Right Way
                                                Information Age, June 8th, 2015
                                                "Big data, big hype. Everyone in business seems to be talking about big data. Many have sat through bombastic and long-winded PowerPoint presentations about it, but relatively few seem to know how to use it effectively.

                                                Despite big data's patchy track record, IT directors and marketing directors face growing corporate peer pressure to invest in it.

                                                Some IT directors are dabbling with big data because they want to have it on their CV..."

                                                With Big Data Comes Big Responsibility
                                                Information Management, June 9th, 2015
                                                "Our world today runs on data. It's changing the way we browse the Internet, run our businesses, treat medical patients and invest in technology. It's the key to solving society's biggest problems: famine, disease, poverty and ineffective education. And it is powering the global economy.

                                                But the data-driven economy is at a crossroads. With the eruption of information, we also open ourselves up to new risks and privacy concerns. As companies adopt more interconnected products and systems, the 'Internet of Things' could usher in the next wave of challenges that range from data breaches to other potential privacy concerns if information is used improperly..."

                                                  IT - BYOD
                                                  Think Security First Before Going Byod For Business Videoconferencing
                                                  CIO, June 10th, 2015
                                                  "At my analyst firm, our vision of tomorrow's office has more people working remotely, globally and essentially as hired guns. 'Work' isn't a place: it's what one does in a cab, in a coffee shop, at home, and, oh, in an office. A temporary one.

                                                  While invented back in the mid-1960s by AT&T, when it comes to technology that supports that vision of work, video communications is a critical tool. While face-to-face communication has been proven to lead to greater productivity, more meetings today are taking place over video. However, while video communication adoption is soaring, with it comes the real risk of potential privacy and security problems..."

                                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                  Vol 208 Issue 1; Vol 207 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 206 Issues 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's New Four-Socket Flash-Optimized x86 Server
                                                  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0 Release Candidate 1 (RC1)
                                                  • Keep Your Virtualization Infrastructure Up to Date
                                                  • Java EE 8 Roadmap Update
                                                  • Java Card 3.0.5 is now available
                                                  • What is Java Card?
                                                  • HTML5 Fun Pack for NetBeans IDE
                                                  • Flash Acceleration and In Memory Computing at Work
                                                  • Devoxx Replay: Java EE Security API (JSR 375)
                                                  • Inoculate the Cloud: Moving to the Cloud FOR Security

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

                                                    IT - Server
                                                    Fujitsu Offers M10 Servers Through Loaner Program
                                                    eWeek, June 12th, 2015
                                                    "Fujitsu is offering its M10 servers through a loaner program that lets organizations bring in the systems for free to test them out in their environments.

                                                    Under the provisions of the program, customers and channel partners can install M10-1 and M10-4 servers at no cost for up to two months - or longer at times if needed - in their data centers to evaluate the systems, test new technologies, ensure business continuity and help them during IT modernization and consolidation projects, according to company officials..."

                                                    Research Finds One-Third Of Data Center Servers Are Idle
                                                    ITWorld, June 10th, 2015
                                                    "The IT consulting firm Anthesis Group, in partnership with Stanford University and TSO Logic, has issued a report that suggests there may be as many as 10 million physical servers, or 30% of the servers deployed worldwide, that are not doing any work.

                                                    The report refers to these idle servers as 'comatose.' These particular servers have not delivered information or computing services in the last six months..."

                                                      Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 5
                                                      Allows Customers to Manage Their Hybrid Cloud from a Single Interface
                                                      Oracle announced Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Release 5, which simplifies the journey to the cloud. For the first time, you will be able to manage your hybrid cloud as one, from a single pane of glass.

                                                      According to a recent Computerworld survey, cloud consumers are struggling with security issues, integration headaches and performance concerns in public and hybrid cloud environments.

                                                      The latest release of Oracle Enterprise Manager addresses these concerns through new enhancements that manage, migrate, test and deploy applications and databases across hybrid clouds, with 100% reuse of existing management tools and practices. These enhancements will provide centralized visibility and control to Oracle customers on their cloud journey, while helping to ensure that their existing company-wide standards are applied across the estate...

                                                      Nexenta News
                                                      Nexenta Demonstrated Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Data Center Solutions
                                                      at Cisco Live 2015
                                                      Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), participated 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.

                                                      Nexenta's technical team demonstrated these benefits throughout the conference at Booth #1225 on the Cisco Live exhibition floor. The demonstration featured the Multi-Tenant Virtual NAS and NexentaStor, displaying NexentaStor running on the Cisco UCS platform. Additionally highlighted was integration with VMware vSphere, vCenter, vCenter plugins and VSAN...

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