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Oracle Database 12c and Oracle Database In-Memory Certified and Supported by SAP for use with SAP Solutions
Oracle and SAP continue to collaborate to help ensure the latest Oracle Database technologies are available for use by customers using SAP applications
"Oracle today announced Oracle Database In-Memory has been certified by SAP for use with SAP solutions based on the SAP NetWeaver 7.x technology platform. Customers can use SAP applications together with Oracle Database In-Memory to perform real-time data analytics together with real-time transaction processing on their existing applications, by adding SAP tables into the in-memory column store..."
Why Oracle ERP Cloud?
Video with Terrance Wampler
Kathryn writes that Terrance Wampler VP of Oracle ERP Cloud Strategy and Product Development, talks candidly and fluently about Oracle ERP Cloud. He hits on three topics in a recent video:

  • The Changing Role of the CFO:
  • Modernizing ERP:
  • Social Brings Speed and Accountability


Researchers Look To Bots, Big Data To Fix Software Flaws
eWeek, July 22nd, 2015
"Automated systems paired with the ability to sift through massive amounts of data have changed numerous industries over the past decade, from delivering search results, to identifying sales trends and optimizing business processes.

Now, a combination of Big Data and cognitive computing is being used to ferret out security flaws in software..."

Researchers Enlist Machine Learning In Malware Detection
Dark Reading, July 22nd, 2015
"No sandbox required for schooling software to speedily spot malware, researchers will demonstrate at Black Hat USA.

In 100 milliseconds or less, researchers are now able to determine whether a piece of code is malware or not -- and without the need to isolate it in a sandbox for analysis.

Welcome to the age of machine learning as a tool for more efficiently detecting malware..."

    New A.I. Tech Helps You Write Right
    ComputerWorld, July 20th, 2015
    "This column is a little cheerful, slightly analytical, both confident and tentative and just a tiny bit angry. But mostly, it's open, agreeable and conscientious. At least that's what IBM's Watson thinks.

    Last week, IBM revealed that its Jeopardy-winning supercomputer has a new capability. It's called Watson Tone Analyzer. You can use it like spell check, except instead of checking your spelling, it checks the "tone" of your writing..."

    Why Virtualization Drives the Cloud
    Friday Spotlight with Chris Kawalek
    Chris writes, "We have a brand new digital white board video for you this week on why virtualization drives the cloud. The host is Oracle VM Product Management Director John Priest, and while the video is focused on Oracle VM, it has some great general purpose information in it, too. It would be interesting to folks interested in Oracle VM, Oracle Linux, and just cloud infrastructure in general..."
    Oracle VM 3.3.3
    Update from John Priest
    John Priest writes, "We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability, and to provide bug fixes. You can review the Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.3 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes..."
    IT - Storage
    Pick The Right Drive For The Job - 24/7 NAS HDDs vs. Desktop HDDs, July 21st, 2015
    "Starting in 2012 hard drive vendors got serious about producing duty-specific hard drives. With the growth of the NAS, surveillance, and cloud-based categories aligning well with massive data explosion, the pains around storing lots of data in a cost effective manner became real for everyone from individuals through large enterprises..."
    Java Technology
    IoT Apps: Java earns money
    Developers Anticipate That Their Solutions Will Generate Real Revenue
    Mattias Drefs writes, "Over the next few years, we could see a sudden increase in the number of networked objects. Two thirds of developers of IoT Apps worldwide anticipate that their solutions will generate real revenue in productive use. This was the finding of a recent survey, conducted by Harbor Research on behalf of Progress. 675 developers in the US, Europe and India were surveyed..."
    Java and the Internet of Things:
    Automating the Industrial Economy
    Juergen blogs, "Industrial automation involves the integration of physical machinery and processes with sensors, computers, and software. The result is an intelligent manufacturing infrastructure for increased safety and efficiency, and lowered costs. However, industrial automation comes with its own set of challenges. These include the need to connect multiple proprietary control systems, maintain end..."
    IT - Technology
    World's Largest Rooftop Greenhouse, and It's The Size Of An Entire City Block
    Business Insider, July 21st, 2015
    "In April, the eco-friendly soap manufacturer Method opened up its newest factory on Chicago's South Side. This is no ordinary factory -the $30 million space is equipped with three solar "trees" that move with the sun and a 230-foot-tall wind turbine. Combined, the on-site renewable energy sources generate a third of all energy for the building..."
      Supercomputers Hint At Slowing Moore's Law
      Data Center Journal, July 21st, 2015
      "The performance of the world's fastest supercomputer (according to the Top500 list) has plateaued in recent years, raising the question of what's causing the deceleration in progress. In addition, the signs of a slowing Moore's Law continue to proliferate, with Intel delaying production of its next-generation 10nm process technology. The heart of the issue may be that physics filled the gas tank of technological development around the turn of the twentieth century, and we're now running on fumes..."
      Hydrogen Bus Trial Shows Promise, July 24th, 2015
      "Heavy transport that emits heat and water instead of diesel exhaust is within WA's reach, a Murdoch University researcher says.

      The key is a hydrogen fuel-cell, which creates electricity by stripping electrons from hydrogen protons - technology that is quickly gaining global attention in the search for green energy..."

        Drone Delivers Medicine In Virginia
        InformationWeek, July 20th, 2015
        "A drone delivered medicine to a remote clinic in Virginia on Friday, July 17, marking what Virginia Senator Mark R. Warner characterized as "a real 'Kitty Hawk' moment for the unmanned systems industry."

        Warner's reference to the North Carolina beach where the Wright brothers made the world's first powered flight may overstate the significance of the event..."

          WebSphere Liberty Now Java EE 7 Compatible
          By Reza Rahman
          Reza writes, "With the greatest pleasure I can report that IBM WebSphere Liberty 8.5 has recently been Java EE 7 certified! WebSphere joins the ranks of GlassFish 4, WildFly 8, Hitachi Cosminexus and TmaxSoft JEUS. With the very broad customer base that both IBM and WebSphere have globally this is very welcome news for Java EE 7 indeed..."
          IT - Bitcoin
          Wall Street Survey Shows Support For Blockchain Technology
          NEWSBTC, July 23rd, 2015
          "While Wall Street still seems to be divided on the whole issue of bitcoin in general, a recent survey revealed that an overwhelming majority are open to developments related to blockchain technology. This underlying technology, which represents the public ledger of bitcoin transactions, has actually been employed in practical applications related to record-keeping or data security..."
          Tomasz Tunguz: Bitcoin Is The Fastest Growing Area Of Startup Investment
          Bitcoin Magazine, July 20th, 2015
          "Tomasz Tunguz, a partner at venture capital firm Redpoint, has written a post titled "The Fastest Growing Areas of Startup Investment in 2015' on his personal blog.

          'Which lesser known startup sectors are starting to raise venture dollars?' asks Tunguz. 'Where are founders finding unique opportunities to innovate?'

          The answer: Bitcoin is the fastest growing sector..."

          The 'Crypto Cold War': Bitcoin's Politics Of Scalability
          Crypto Coin News, July 20th, 2015
          "Writing on, bitcoin observer David Floyd claims the quest to increase the size of the bitcoin block is a critical issue for establishing bitcoin as a major currency. The quest, however, has no ready solution, Floyd notes in his essay, titled, 'The Crypto-Cold War: Bitcoin's Politics of Scalability.'

          Floyd, who writes about investing, energy and politics, says at present, bitcoin's processing capability dwarfs in comparison to Visa, which can process 56,000 payments per second..."

          Number Of Argentinian Merchants Accepting Bitcoin Doubles Amid Inflation Concerns
          Bitcoin Magazine, July 20th, 2015
          "Since last year, the number of bitcoin merchants in Argentina has doubled, according to the Financial Times. This growth comes primarily from small businesses, which are showing the highest bitcoin growth and adoption rate in all of Latin America..."
          Bitcoin Companies Move Ahead In Africa
          CIO, July 24th, 2015
          "Efforts to get Bitcoin off the ground in Africa received a boost this week as BitX announced it has raised $4 million in funding.

          Africa is a market ripe for Bitcoin: it's underserved by financial institutions due to the high cost of having a physical presence like ATMs, bank branches and remittance offices, according Werner van Rooyen, head of business development and growth at BitX..."

          IT - FOSS
          Clonezilla 2.4.2-21
          It Runs on Linux, July 21st, 2015
          "Clonezilla 2.4.2-21 has been released and is available for download. Clonezilla is a Linux distribution based on Debian GNU/Linux and it offers a Live (bootable) CD that features all the necessary utilities for cloning the content of hard drives.

          This release includes major enhancements and bug fixes, like the Linux kernel which is upgraded to version 4.0.8-1..."

          10 Top-Notch Community Tools
, July 21st, 2015
          "In previous columns, I have written pieces about trends and patterns in communities and open source. This one is instead designed to provide some practical recommendations of tools you can use today as you build strong and empowered communities.

          In recent years, we have seen tremendous growth in communities around the world. Software development, hardware engineering, social activism, crowdsourcing, makers, education - thousands of communities are springing up ..."

          IT - DevOps
          Ten Ways DevOps Will Benefit Your IT Department
, July 20th, 2015
          "When implemented properly, DevOps can transform your software engineering process and create value for both employees and customers, producing business performance and value.

          A fully working DevOps methodology will bring the following benefits:..."

          Lean It And Devops: The New Kids On The Block
          CIO, July 21st, 2015
          "There has been a lot of press lately regarding Lean IT and DevOps. What is Lean IT? What is DevOps? How can they help you with your IT strategy? How can it help you with IT convergence?

          Lean IT and DevOps are the new kids on the block. Well not really..."

          Proactive Monitoring
, July 22nd, 2015
          "If functional, integration and acceptance tests are run to verify a code change before that was deployed in production, in my opinion, similar checks should be part of monitoring to make sure that the application works fine in production also, as designed. In production, code change is not only the factor that could impact the application..."
          Top Advantages Of Devops And Continuous Delivery (Slideshow)
          CIO Insight, July 21st, 2015
          "CIOs and their tech teams are constantly under the gun to test and launch digital products and services faster-at lower costs. Fortunately, there are two increasingly popular ways to do so: continuous delivery and DevOps..."
          Avoid The DevOps Tool Trap
, July 24th, 2015
          "Software development, at its most complex and dynamic is a full-court press of effort, knowledge, patience, and hard work. Anything that can reliably and cost-effectively reduce the huge number of tasks, redundancies, reports, and delays associated with the application release process is something to be embraced..."
            Kernel Zones support in 12.3
            how-to explains how you can discover existing kernel zones

            Owen Allen blogs, "One of the new features in Ops Center 12.3 is support for Oracle Solaris kernel zones. I wanted to talk a bit about this, because there are some caveats, and a new document to help you with using this type of zone.

            Kernel zones differ from other zones in that they have a separate kernel and OS from the global zone..."

            Learn About Queries, Stored Routines, and More MySQL Developer Skills
            MySQL for Developers training course
            With the MySQL for Developers training course, you learn to:

            • Use client programs and options
            • Access the database from program code
            • Build "NoSQL" applications
            • Write Effective queries and stored routines
            • Inspect database metadata
            • Respond to database events and triggers
            • Handle errors and exceptions
            • Optimize SQL statements

            And much more ...

            Cloud Computing
            How The Cloud Can Alter The Productivity Debate
            By Michael Hickins
            Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "One of the great puzzles of the information age is that global productivity growth is slowing down even as companies deploy more productivity-enhancing IT than ever before. Is it that these productivity tools are bogus, or that we're not measuring productivity properly?..."
            Oracle Helps Retailers Turn Data into Insight with New Cloud Services
            Oracle Retail Science Cloud Services and Oracle Retail Insights Cloud Services help retailers improve operations and customer experience with better, data-driven decisions

            Most retailers agree their customer and operational data contains unique and valuable insights, but they are often unable to extract those insights due to the capital investment, infrastructure and staff required to sustain 'big data' analytics environments. Today Oracle Retail enables retailers to sidestep concerns about IT complexity and cost by delivering retail science and retail analytics solutions in the cloud.

            How to Build a Hadoop Cluster Using OpenStack
            By Orgad Kimchi
            Orgad Kimchi blogs, "Apache Hadoop is an open source distributed computing framework designed to process very large unstructured data sets. It is composed of two main subsystems: data storage and data analysis. Apache Hadoop was developed to address four system principles: the ability to reliably scale processing across multiple physical (or virtual) nodes, moving code to data, dealing gracefully with node failures, and abstracting the complexity of distributed and concurrent applications..."
            IT - Cloud
            Why Cloud Security Beats Your Data Center
            InformationWeek, July 21st, 2015
            "When it comes to IT security, cloud computing has established a fairly bad reputation -- and perhaps rightly so. Moving beyond traditional perimeter security into public, private, and hybrid cloud architectures stretches the capabilities of traditional security tools. It creates new security holes and blind spots that were not there previously..."
            What's Behind Linux's New Cloud Native Computing Foundation?
            Network World, July 21st, 2015
            "Today a group of 19 companies, led primarily by Google, created a new open source foundation that aims to specify how clouds should be architected to serve modern applications.

            The Cloud Native Computing Foundation is housed in the Linux Foundation and includes big names such as Google, IBM, Intel, Box, Cisco, and VMware, along with a variety of smaller companies like Docker, Cycle Computing, Mesosphere and Weaveworks..."

            Cloud Strategies For Digital Transformation
            Information Age, July 21st, 2015
            "Frost & Sullivan's surveys of senior IT management show that cloud adoption accelerated in 2014. More than 50% of US-based enterprises are now using public cloud to some degree. And while Europe is around a couple of years behind the US, infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) spending is still growing at nearly 40% and will exceed $10 billion by 2019..."
            Big Four IAAS Providers Now Own Half The Market
            eWeek, July 24th, 2015
            "In the burgeoning world of cloud-based infrastructure service providers, the rich are apparently getting richer. New second-quarter 2015 data from Synergy Research Group released July 24 finds that the cloud big four - Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft, IBM and Google - as a group control well over half of the worldwide cloud infrastructure service market..."
            IT - CxO
            The 'I' In CIO Has Evolved
            CIO, July 20th, 2015
            "As Ginna Raahauge, a veteran of Riverbed and Cisco, steps into the CIO position at data integration software specialist Informatica, she reflects on the changing responsibilities of the CIO...

            The average tenure of CIOs has reached 5.8 years, according to CIO's 2015 State of the CIO study, but CIOs are still known for moving around a fair bit. When CIOs transition from one company to another, it's a great time to look into the future, reflect on the past and consider how the CIO's role is changing..."

            CIOs Aren't Getting What They Need From CRM
            InformationWeek, July 21st, 2015
            "A new report from ZS Associates finds that many CIOs use CRM only as a management tool, not as software that can help them with customers.

            CRM is a big-ticket software item that promises companies a way to work better with customers and give valuable insight into what those customers want and how they buy.

            It's a technology that CIOs are always evaluating, and it has fueled a cloud computing revolution thanks to companies such as and its SaaS tools.

            But is the promise of CRM being met?..."

            Why The Open Container Project Is Good News For CIOs
            CIO, July 23rd, 2015
            "A Linux Foundation project to create a single standard for containers means CIOs can invest in container technology without fear of running in to compatibility problems.

            Application container giant Docker and upstart rival CoreOS have ceased hostilities following the announcement of the Open Container Project (OCP). The project will work to develop industry standards for a container format and runtime software..."

            The Evolving Meaning Of The 'I' In CIO
            CIO, July 20th, 2015
            "The average tenure of CIOs has reached 5.8 years, according to CIO's 2015 State of the CIO study, but CIOs are still known for moving around a fair bit. When CIOs transition from one company to another, it's a great time to look into the future, reflect on the past and consider how the CIO's role is changing..."
            Please Get Rid Of IT Staff Performance Reviews
            ComputerWorld, July 22nd, 2015
            "News about Accenture ditching its performance review process next year broke this week. The consulting firm now joins other corporate giants like Microsoft and Deloitte in changing how they evaluate employees. The plan, according to reports, is to do more regular evaluations after each project and keep track of what employees accomplish on a regular basis..."
            How To Become A Winner In This Digital Age
            Information Age, July 23rd, 2015
            "The application economy has transformed how people want to consume services, leaving businesses scrapping for the skills to compete...

            When was the last time you called a travel agent or visited a physical bank? Probably not recently. Life has been transformed by technology and we now live in what has been called the application economy..."

              How CIOs Can Go From Good To Great
              The Enterprisers Project, July 24th, 2015
              "Good CIOs universally excel at two things: technology and business. Great CIOs, however, have another skill that some of their peers lack - they know how to deal with the human dynamics of being a leader, both internally within an organization and externally with consumers.

              Going from good to great means working on competencies such as relationship management, marketing and branding, interpersonal communication, and collaboration..."

              Five Mistakes Enterprises Make While Implementing Automation
    , July 21st, 2015
              "Automation, if done right, can add a ton of value to an IT organization. Benefits include speed, quality, and improved productivity. But only a few IT organizations have been able to truly reap the benefits of it. Why is that? What is it that these successful companies do differently while others continue to struggle?

              Here are 5 of the most common mistakes we see when organizations try to implement automation..."

                Don't Let New EMV Payment Standards Catch You Napping
                IT Director, July 21st, 2015
                "In matters technical and financial, we're used to the US leading the world. In the field of credit card payments, however, the world's largest economy is a huge laggard rather than an early adopter. The EMV Chip and PIN payments standards that the US is to adopt later this year have, for example, been in place in the UK for 10 years. The security and convenience offered by EMV versus magnetic stripe cards is immense; their introduction resulted in a 30% reduction in UK card fraud..."
                Do CISOs Deserve A Seat At The Leadership Table?
                HelpNet Security, July 23rd, 2015
                "A ThreatTrack security survey of C-level executives at U.S. enterprises employing a CISO found that despite a rash of high-profile data breaches in the last year, many in the C-suite still fail to fully appreciate their CISO's contributions and view them primarily as scapegoats in the event of a data breach..."
                Cisos Caught In A Catch-22
                Dark Reading, July 21st, 2015
                "The chief information security officer (CISO) still isn't getting the respect or power necessary to do his or her job, a new report finds.

                Nearly half of US CEOs and other C-level executives at US enterprises say CISOs should be held responsible when a data breach occurs, yet just 38% say CISOs should head up security strategy and purchasing decisions in their organizations. So a CISO can be a scapegoat even without the full authority to direct his or her company's security..."

                Being A Better CIO: Responses To 3 IT Concerns
                FCW, July 24th, 2015
                "New technologies, budget constraints, and shifting roles and responsibilities are affecting the way federal CIOs manage their teams and keep them motivated to help agencies achieve their goals. According to a recent survey of federal IT administrators by my company, SolarWinds, it can be hard to strike a balance between empowering an IT team to be successful and dealing with the constraints they face on a daily basis.

                Our findings identified three key areas where federal IT managers see room for improvement..."

                  IT - DR
                  Getting Your Disaster Recovery Process Right - Three Areas To Concentrate On
                  IT ProPortal, July 21st, 2015
                  "In our 2015 State of Resilience Report, nearly half of IT professionals surveyed experienced a failure that required use of their High Availability (HA) or Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions to resume operations.

                  What's more, nearly 50 per cent of companies that experienced a failure on the storage side lost data in the process, due to insufficient disaster recovery methods or practices..."

                  IT - PM
                  How To Pick A Project Management Methodology
                  CIO, July 21st, 2015
                  "There's an overwhelming choice of different project management methodologies. Knowing which ones will work best for you can be as challenging as the project itself.

                  Think of project management (PM) methodologies as blueprints, step-by-step instructions that guide your team on how to build a successful project..."

                  Ensuring IT Project Success
                  ComputerWorld, July 20th, 2015
                  "Project plans sometimes go off the rails. That's always been the case, and with the perfection of the human race nowhere on the horizon, it will remain true. But we can reduce the number of projects that fail.

                  While many factors affect project success, failed projects often stem from flawed plans that don't address basic constraints. When it comes to IT, plans must account for constraints in these areas:.."

                    What Role Should The Pmo Play?
                    CIO, July 21st, 2015
                    "I know this sounds a bit odd for a question. PMOs - project management offices - already have a pretty good predefined role in our minds, right? It's full of qualified (experienced, intermediate, and new) project managers, usually a PMO director who leads the organization, some laid out processes, processes and templates, and space in the organization that is recognized as the go-to office for any project ideas, customer initiatives, etc. that need to be lead by talented project professionals..."
                    ERP Emergency: Get Us A Real Project Manager!
                    InfoWorld, July 22nd, 2015
                    "Some lessons are more painful to learn than others. My pain point hit its peak when I had the misfortune of being on a team implementing a new ERP system that was, to put it mildly, fraught with errors from beginning to end.

                    I had been at "Company W" for nine months when the bosses formed a committee to search for a new ERP system. After six months, they settled on one that was highly customizable, which Company W wanted so that it wouldn't have to change much of its home-grown ERP application..."

                      3 Reasons Projects Fail
                      CIO, July 24th, 2015
                      "You think you can blame others or tight constraints or issues for project failures. But in the end, it falls to the project manager. We must own it...

                      I love it when people start trying to assess root causes of project failure and they include unrealistic expectations of delivery timeline and unrealistic budget expectations..."

                        IT - Networks
                        NFV vs. VNF: What's The Difference?
                        Search SDN, July 20th, 2015
                        "Networking professionals sometimes use the terms virtual network functions (VNF) and network functions virtualization (NFV) interchangeably, which can be a source of confusion. However, if we refer to the NFV specifications that the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) sets forth, it becomes clear that the two acronyms have related but distinct meanings..."
                          IT - IoT
                          Security Flaws Discovered In Popular Smart Home Hubs
                          Help Net Security, July 24th, 2015
                          "Smart Home Hubs are used to control lighting, heating, locks and cameras in people's homes. Unsurprisingly, many security experts worry about the privacy and safety risks associated with these devices since the technology is in relative infancy.

                          In order to understand the risks associated with Smart Home Hubs, Tripwire carried out a security analysis on three top-selling devices: Mios Vera, Wink Hub, and the SmartThings Hub..."

                          The IoT Standards Wars
                          Data Center Knowledge, July 23rd, 2015
                          "For the Internet of Things to reach its full potential, a single communications standard is needed. A range of devices and 'things' need to be able to communicate with cloud and perhaps more importantly with one another. Several early standards and frameworks have emerged in attempt to define the wider framework that will enable IoT interconnection..."
                          The Internet Of Things Is Unavoidable, Securing It Should Be A Priority
                          Help Net Security, July 24th, 2015
                          "The Internet of Things (IoT) started like any other buzzword: poorly defined, used too often, and generally misunderstood. However, it stood the test of time and is now increasingly becoming part of everyday language, even with those outside the IT world.

                          Security professionals generally frown when they hear a fridge manufacturer wants to connect his product to the Internet.."

                          Internet Of Things: Anything You Track Could Be Used Against You
                          Dark Reading, July 23rd, 2015
                          "Security advocates have been bringing up privacy concerns surrounding wearable devices in the Internet of Things a lot lately. But why would anyone care about the information tracked with fitness devices? Unsurprisingly, the first real-world answer to this question has come from lawyers in a couple of recent court cases..."
                          How To Formulate Your Internet Of Things (IoT) Strategy
                          Information Management, July 20th, 2015
                          "Having an Internet of Things (IoT) foundation is critical to enabling connected products, assets and supply chains, according to new report from International Data Corp. (IDC).

                          Through IoT, manufacturers can leverage a combination of software, sensors and IP-enabled connectivity to change products and processes, says the report..."

                          Five Reasons Internet Of Things Development Will Take Longer Than Expected
                          ZDNet, July 24th, 2015
                          "New McKinsey report pours a dose of cold reality on the Internet of Things vision, noting that an intense re-alignment of IT systems and people will be needed.

                          Like herding cats, fully embracing the so-called Internet of Things requires being able to pull together a host of variables and keeping everything in sync. The right technologies need to be in place that can gracefully handle the flow of data in various formats..."

                            IT - Linux
                            The Only Remaining Barrier To Entry For Linux
                            TechRepublic, July 22nd, 2015
                            "After my last piece, "Alternative is the question; Linux is the answer," I received quite a lot of feedback. Much of that feedback was positive. Some, as you might expect, went the opposite direction. Those who sent in the negative feedback promised to re-answer the question for me.

                            Their answer? To my shock and dismay, went something like this:

                            The answer is Windows. Why? Because Linux is too hard to install..."

                            Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Rolls Out
                            ZDNet, July 23rd, 2015
                            "Red Hat has released Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.7. This latest version of Red Hat's proven and stable operating system is ready for download and deployment.

                            If you're not ready to jump to RHEL 7.x, the new RHEL 6.7 is for you. It comes with new system security capabilities and trouble-shooting tools..."

                            Eight Trends In Today's Linux Desktop
                            ITWorld, July 23rd, 2015
                            "The Linux desktop has changed considerably over the years, and today's desktop developers have a considerably different mindset than in years gone by. Datamation takes a look at eight trends happening in today's Linux desktop..."
                            7 Current Trends On The Linux Desktop
                            Datamation, July 21st, 2015
                            "Desktop environments are supposed to be yesterday's technology, gradually being replaced by mobile devices. Yet someone apparently forgot to tell the developers of Linux desktops. At a time when desktops are supposed to be obsolete, Linux offers more alternatives than ever. Apparently, Linux users are not prepared to give up their workstations and laptops for tablets or phones.

                            Of course, the modern Linux desktop is not the Linux desktop of five years. If you look at the Linux desktop today, at least seven development trends are visible, including several that are reversals of popular past trends:.."

                            IT - Operations
                            What The New California Title 24 Requirements Mean For Your Data Center
                            Data Center Journal, July 22nd, 2015
                            "The latest 2013 revision of the California Energy Code (Title 24 of the CA Code of Regulations, Part 6) contains implications for the way we cool data centers, server rooms, MDFs, IDFs, and just about every other computer room in California. These new regulations have produced a significant amount of speculation, confusion and misinformation in the marketplace as they apply to data center cooling..."
                              Cleaning Up Data Center Power Is Dirty Work
                              Data Center Knowledge, July 20th, 2015
                              "The tech sector's investment in renewables is on the rise, growing faster than any other sector's, and some of the biggest investments are in connection with massive data center projects.

                              Just this month, Facebook announced a 200 MW wind-power contract for its upcoming Texas data center..."

                              CIOs Need To Reboot Supplier Relationships
                              ComputerWeekly, July 21st, 2015
                              "While large amounts of IT spending still goes to maintaining systems from the big four software providers - IBM, Microsoft, Oracle and SAP - all the real innovation seems to be coming from elsewhere.

                              At the same time, experts are talking about "bimodal" or two-speed IT, where back-office IT systems that support corporate "systems of record" applications, are separated from a more agile, customer-facing IT function, working directly with the business on social, cloud, big data and mobile initiatives - so-called systems of engagement..."

                              IT - Security
                              It's Official: The Average Ddos Attack Size Is Increasing
                              Help Net Security, July 22nd, 2015
                              "The largest attack monitored in Q2 was a 196GB/sec UDP flood, a large, but no longer uncommon attack size. Of most concern to enterprise networks is the growth in the average attack size.

                              In Q2, 21% of all attacks topped 1GB/sec, while the most growth was seen in the 2-10GB/sec range. However, there was also a significant spike in the number of attacks in the 50 - 100GB/sec range in June, mainly SYN Floods targeting destinations in the US and Canada..."

                                Waste Of Time Or Wise Investment? Two Sides Of User Security Training
                                InfoWorld, July 21st, 2015
                                "I often get in arguments with computer security experts who declare such-and-such computer defense is worthless because it isn't perfect. No topic exemplifies these types of debates better than the value of user education.

                                On one side, you have people who believe that user education is a crucial part of any computer security defense. The other side thinks it's a complete waste of time..."

                                Infosec Pros Spend Most Time, Money On Self-Inflicted Problems
                                CSO Online, July 21st, 2015
                                "According to a new survey of Black Hat attendees released last week, InfoSec professionals are spending the biggest amount of their time and budgets on security problems created within the organization itself.

                                Security vulnerabilities introduced by their own application development teams consumed the most amount of time for 35 percent of respondents. Purchased software and systems were in second place with 33 percent of respondents..."

                                From Prevention To Detection: Why Businesses Must Shift Their Security Focus
                                Information Age, July 21st, 2015
                                "Cybercrime is a now a reality that everyone must accept. Businesses should stop focusing on prevention, and work on detecting and mitigating threats as soon as possible...

                                As cyber attacks continue to soar to unprecedented levels, organisations are starting to realise that data breaches are now inevitable..."

                                  Free Tools To Find Out If Your Computer Is Infected With Hacking Team Malware
                                  ComputerWorld, July 22nd, 2015
                                  "Look Security offers Milano, a free tool to scan your PC for any possible Hacking Team malware infection. Facebook offers osquery to detect Hacking Team's Remote Control System on OS X. Lookout has mobile covered and can detect surveillance malware on Android and iOS platforms..."
                                  Five Virtual Storage Platform Tips For A VM Environment
                                  Search Virtual Storage, July 21st, 2015
                                  "Any time you use virtualization, it's important to avoid becoming too enamored with the technology and stay focused on the desired results.

                                  As server virtualization continues its close association with private clouds, moving data quickly via automation is increasingly important. A virtual storage platform can support more nimble workload provisioning, avoid the fragmentation of vendor and product silos, and deliver a more consistent self-service experience..."

                                    6 Methods To Cut Data Storage Costs (Slideshow)
                                    NetworkComputing, July 20th, 2015
                                    "Enterprise storage is a headache. It's not like the mild pain that might form behind your eyes after spending a day in the sun; it's a migraine that builds slowly enough for you to ignore until it threatens to disrupt your daily life. And once the headache fades, it's usually likely to return..."
                                      How Experts Stay Safe Online And What Non-Experts Can Learn From Them
                                      Help Net Security, July 23rd, 2015
                                      "Google researchers have asked 231 security experts and 294 web-users who aren't security experts about their security best practices, and the list of top ones for each group differs considerably..."

                                      "Experts recognize the benefits of updates - 'Patch, patch, patch,' said one expert - while non-experts not only aren't clear on them.."

                                      IT - Careers
                                      Is Behavioral Interviewing Still Effective?
                                      Business 2 Community, July 23rd, 2015
                                      "With the preponderance of online coaching tools and videos now available for those seeking employment (teaching them to parrot phrases that aptly echo what an employer is looking to hear), conducting a successful behavioral interview is much more difficult today than it once was..."
                                        8 Most In-Demand IT Security Certifications (Slideshow)
                                        CIO, July 22nd, 2015
                                        "High-profile security breaches (such as this week's hack of Ashley Madison) have highlighted the need for skilled security professionals. The most recent IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index from research and analysis firm Foote Partners confirms that IT pros holding security certifications can expect premium pay..."
                                        Stop Trying To Control The Outcome - The Negotiator Job Search
                                        Business 2 Community, July 24th, 2015
                                        "Remember - you are not in control when you are in a job search!

                                        You do not control:

                                        • When companies create new positions
                                        • When positions open up due to a person leaving
                                        • How fast a company proceeds in the hiring process
                                        • Whether a recruiter or hiring manager gives you feedback
                                        • You are not in control!

                                        The purpose of this post is to discuss what you can control..."

                                          Flexible Working: The Forbidden Words In Millions Of Businesses Today
                                          Information Age, July 20th, 2015
                                          "Why do businesses prefer their employees' productivity to be severely disrupted by tube strikes over accepting the value of flexible working?

                                          A couple of weeks ago, millions of flustered and overheated commuters made an early dash for underground stations across London. With an air of urgency, they were all at pains to make it to the tubes before they started 'winding down' in anticipation of the 24-hour strike starting that evening..."

                                            10 Tough-But-Valuable Career Lessons To Learn By Age 30
                                            Business Insider, July 21st, 2015
                                            "Some of the most important lessons you learn during your first decade working in "the real world" come from one source: The school of hard knocks. There are professional failures you can't predict, opportunities that end up being too good to be true, and moments when you don't live up to your potential...

                                            We rounded up 10 tough career scenarios that often happen as you're building your career in your 20s - along with expert advice on how to find the 'silver lining' lessons within these career clouds..."

                                              4 Traits That Make Developers Highly Desirable By Employers
                                              Business Insider, July 25th, 2015
                                              "It's no secret that digital proficiency will give job seekers a competitive edge over other candidates.

                                              As more companies carry their businesses online to reach the masses, they require help on the backend to plan, design, and execute their ideas..."

                                                Thirteen Ways To Write A Really Terrible Resume
                                                Business 2 Community, July 24th, 2015
                                                "While helping more than 150 marketing executives improve their resumes, I learned how to write a terrible resume.

                                                Paraphrasing Abraham Lincoln, I've seen some of the following in every resume and all of the following in some..."

                                                  IT - Virtualization
                                                  The Security Dilemma Of Docker Hub
                                                  Container Journal, July 23rd, 2015
                                                  "The security issue facing Docker Hub is similar to the issues facing just about any online, public platform. First of all, like the Google Play store it enables ethically-challenged developers to upload malicious content intentionally. Without some sort of gatekeeper to verify and approve containers in the Docker Hub it's a bit of a 'Wild West' scenario where you either have to trust that the container is secure or do your own due diligence before using it..."
                                                  Suse Linux Supports Docker
                                                  Container Journal, July 23rd, 2015
                                                  "There has been much written about CoreOS support for Docker. Red Hat is one of the leading contributors of Docker code. However, there is another major Linux distro that has added extensive support for Docker as well. Suse Linux supports Docker with some new features in its Suse Linux Enterprise Server 12..."
                                                  Open Container Project Gets New Name, Sees Member Growth
                                                  eWeek, July 22nd, 2015
                                                  "The Linux Foundation's Open Container Project is getting a new name and is moving forward on developing the runc baseline component for containers.

                                                  A month ago today, Docker Inc. joined with its container rivals in a new Linux Foundation effort, known as the Open Container Project. The name of the effort is now being changed to the Open Container Initiative (OCI) as the membership rolls swell and development efforts to build and define a common baseline for containers accelerates..."

                                                  Migrating To A Container Based Microservice Architecture
                                                  Container Journal, July 20th, 2015
                                                  "One of the things we hear over and over again about DevOps, Containers and Microservices is 'Sounds great, but how do we get started?' You don't just add water and watch it grow. Real businesses need a real roadmap to adopting and evolving to these new age IT patterns..."
                                                  Future-Proof Your Data Center With A Software-Defined Infrastructure
                                                  Search Server Virtualization, July 22nd, 2015
                                                  "In this age of virtualization and cloud computing, it's a simple assumption that servers will be virtualized. Indeed, a physical application server is now a foreign and outdated concept to many. This thought process has naturally spread to other areas of IT, including both the network and storage aspects of the data center..."
                                                  IT - Email
                                                  Review: Email Encryption Has Gotten So Much Better, You'd Be Crazy Not To Use It
                                                  Network World, July 20th, 2015
                                                  "I once co-wrote a book on enterprise email where I likened email encryption to a 'sucking chest wound.' That was in 1997, when you had to do all the encryption key management on your own, a daunting task to say the least.

                                                  While things have improved considerably since then, encrypting messages is not as simple as it could be, and requires careful study if you want to have truly private communications that can't be viewed by your competitors - or your government..."

                                                  Reducing Storage Costs with ZFS Compression
                                                  ZFS now supports lz4 compression
                                                  Cindy Swearingen describes, "how to use ZFS compression as a simple and flexible way to reduce the power, cooling, and floor space costs that are associated with storing data.

                                                  Oracle Solaris 11.3 includes lz4 compression. You can display supported compression algorithms on your system like this: ..."

                                                  IT - Backup
                                                  The Flexible Datacenter: Adapative Backup And Recovery
                                                  Datamation, July 21st, 2015
                                                  "The pace of IT development is fast and it is relentless. What was bleeding edge just a few short years ago becomes old hat, replaced by the next big thing. Generally, no one can predict in detail what that next advancement may be, either. Since no one wants to have to replace everything in their data center to accommodate the newest technology, maintaining flexibility is extremely important. Remaining flexible means that you can continue to utilize the capital investment you've already made, while rolling in the next wave of new products and services with minimal cost and disruption..."
                                                    Five Key Backup And Recovery Practices That Everyone Should Know
                                                    IT ProPortal, July 25th, 2015
                                                    "No matter how careful you are, there's no way of completely preventing data loss. Unfortunately, accidents happen.

                                                    Whether through human error, a technical fault or a cyberattack, data can be erased, or stolen unexpectedly, which is why backup practices are so important. In order to give yourself the best possible chance of recovery, we've listed five tips below..."

                                                      IT - Mobile
                                                      The Evolution Of SMS
                                                      IT ProPortal, July 21st, 2015
                                                      "The text message has become such a key part of our modern lives that it's hard to believe that the concept behind it dates back 31 years. Email to SMS gateway service Neon SMS has produced an infographic tracking how SMS has evolved.

                                                      The first text message was sent in 1992, although it had to be from a PC because it was the following year before Nokia introduced the first SMS-enabled phone..."

                                                        The Best Softphones For iPhone And Android
                                                        Business 2 Community, July 21st, 2015
                                                        "Softphones leverage the power of the VoIP technologies to an extent where we no longer need to drill a hole in our bank account to enjoy seamless communication. The past few years saw the incredibly fast rise of multiple applications of the VoIP, which allow the use of the protocol without ever purchasing additional equipment or hiring experts to install the technology..."
                                                          IT - Big Data
                                                          5 Ways Big Data Disrupts Your Existing Data Warehouse
                                                          Information Management, July 23rd, 2015
                                                          "While the enterprise data warehouse has become a staple for stability and accuracy in delivering corporations mission-critical data, big data has disrupted the status quo with data lakes and other approaches that increase the agility and fidelity of the data an enterprise consumes. We call this approach 'Data-First' and it's changing the way businesses think about their existing data warehouses..."
                                                          Enterprise Data Analytics Strategy: A Guide For CIOs
                                                          Search CIO, July 22nd, 2015
                                                          "Before IT leaders can capitalize on big data, they must first make strategic decisions regarding infrastructure, management approaches, new technologies, Hadoop, NoSQL databases and more. Use the resources in this CIO Essential Guide to help you master enterprise data analytics..."
                                                          Google Nearline Storage Now Generally Available
                                                          CIO Today, July 23rd, 2015
                                                          "A new backup and recovery service by Google is out of beta and ready for prime time. Google Cloud Storage Nearline, which the company first announced in March, is available to enterprises looking for online storage Relevant Products/Services for data that does not need to be frequently accessed.

                                                          The company also said it would offer new customers a 'Switch and Save' program, providing 100 petabytes of storage free for six months to companies that migrate their documents over from existing cloud storage services ..."

                                                          Citizen Data Scientists: 7 Ways To Harness Talent
                                                          Information Week, July 24th, 2015
                                                          "A new role is emerging to deal with the ongoing shortage of data scientists. Learn more about these new power users and find out how organizations can cultivate more of them.

                                                          The worldwide shortage of data scientists won't end anytime soon. To try to compensate for the shortage, data discovery solutions are automating tasks that have traditionally been done manually by a data scientist, statistician, or other analytics expert. The confluence of trends is giving rise to a new role that Gartner calls a 'citizen data scientist'..."

                                                          Big Data's 10 Biggest Vision And Strategy Questions
                                                          Gartner, July 20th, 2015
                                                          "At various Gartner events, particularly our Business Analytics and Information Management Summits and Gartner Symposium, we hear some common questions about big data among IT and business leaders. Even as organizations embark on big data initiatives, many still have several vision and strategy questions regarding how to drive the most value from these vital projects..."
                                                          Big Data And Digital Skills Essential For Future Retail Success
                                                          v3 co uk, July 21st, 2015
                                                          "Retailers must embrace big data and digital skills if they are to succeed in a sector increasingly influenced by modern technology, according to a government report.

                                                          The Sector insights: skills and performance challenges in the retail sector (PDF) report by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills warned that retailers must embrace modern technology in the supply chain through to the shop floor..."

                                                          8 Objectives For Your Master Data Management (MDM) Strategy
                                                          Information Management, July 23rd, 2015
                                                          "How can your organization begin to wrap its arms around master data management? Some key clues emerged at the MDM & Data Governance Summit in San Francisco today.

                                                          Consider the situation at Cargill Inc. -- the 150-year-old provider of food, agriculture, financial and industrial solutions worldwide..."

                                                          10 Things You Shouldn't Expect Big Data To Do
                                                          TechRepublic, July 22nd, 2015
                                                          "Every organization pursues big data with high hopes that it can answer long-standing business questions that will make the company more competitive in its markets and better in the delivery of products and services. Yet in the midst of this enthusiasm, it's easy to build false expectations for big data..."
                                                          Big Data's Hidden Benefit For Corporate IT Data Centers
                                                          Information Management, July 23rd, 2015
                                                          "The proverbial cobbler feverishly churns out shoes for his customers while his own children roam the streets with bare feet. Similarly, IT departments throughout the world are exerting enormous effort implementing big data projects for their line of business (LOB) partners, all the while a killer use case for the technology is hiding right under their noses..."
                                                          Top Big Data Challenges, Revisited
                                                          ZDNet, July 24th, 2015
                                                          "There's a lot of new technology to master, and it's changing fast. There are new in-memory platforms like SAP HANA and open source projects like Hadoop and Spark. There are new techniques such as graph databases, text analytics, spatial processing, machine learning, and many more.

                                                          The good news is we're now past the peak of the Hype Curve. In other words, people have had the chance to experiment and carry out pilots. They now have a better idea of what the new technologies can and can't do..."

                                                          IT - BYOD
                                                          Technology, The Law, And You: BYOD
                                                          Network World, July 20th, 2015
                                                          "For a long time, it seemed that, like death and taxes, BYOD was inescapable. The issue wasn't that employees wanted to use their personal smartphones on your network, it's that they were definitely going to do so whether you like it or not..."
                                                          BYOD Is Toast...No Wait, BYOD Is Alive
                                                          Business 2 Community, July 21st, 2015
                                                          "If you've ever put on a health report on the local news for more than 10 seconds, you know that you pretty much have to take everything you hear on TV with a grain of salt.

                                                          Take, for instance, the widely debated effects of coffee..."

                                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                          Vol 209 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 208 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 207 Issue 4
                                                          We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                          • Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance Implementation Specialist Boot Camp
                                                          • Solaris 11.3 zones blog entries
                                                          • Virtual Compute Appliance (VCA)
                                                          • Oracle Joins the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC)
                                                          • July 2015 Critical Patch Update Released
                                                          • Learn Java with NetBeans IDE
                                                          • Oracle Solaris 11.3 Blog Posts
                                                          • Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2
                                                          • Cloud Adoption Patterns for Enterprise
                                                          • StorageTek LTO-6 Half Height IBM Tape Drives and 2.50 Firmware

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

                                                            IT - Encryption
                                                            Best Tools For Email Encryption
                                                            Network World, July 20th, 2015
                                                            "Recipients of encrypted emails once had to share the same system as the sender. Today, products have a 'zero knowledge encryption''feature, which means you can send an encrypted message to someone who isn't on your chosen encryption service. Today's products make sending and receiving messages easier..."
                                                            IT - Server
                                                            Welcome To The Zero-Cost Operating System Era
                                                            GIGAOM, July 20th, 2015
                                                            "Microsoft has reversed earlier policies regarding the cost of upgrading to Windows 10, and will make it free to upgrade. Back in March I wrote Microsoft accepts the inevitable, takes first steps toward making Windows and Office free, and in October 2014,

                                                            What Apple's zero pricing of iOS, Mac OS X, and iWork means. Before Nadella became CEO, I wrote..."

                                                            What Does Security Mean in the Digital World?
                                                            By Marcel Rizcallah, Senior Director, Security Domain Leader, EMEA Oracle Consulting
                                                            Marcel Rizcallah (Senior Director, Security Domain Leader, EMEA Oracle Consulting_) writes, "Digital transformation is changing our world today. Cars and homes are connected and can be controlled remotely. People are connected through social networks and can share ideas, services and goods. Organizations are providing services on customers' mobile devices such as online banking or taxi bookings.."
                                                            Nexenta News
                                                            NexentaStor MetroHA
                                                            Unparalleled Multi-Data Center Reliability, Scalability and Performance for Large and Distributed Cloud Deployments Based on Software Defined Storage
                                                            Nexenta, the global leader of Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) solutions and ATTO Technology, a leading storage connectivity and infrastructure solution company, today jointly introduced NexentaStor MetroHA. Nexenta's award-winning software now supports MetroHA configurations to deliver unparalleled availability, scalability and performance across multiple data centers.

                                                            NexentaStor MetroHA serves as a stretch cluster - a cluster configured with host systems located at multiple sites - allowing data to scale across different floors, buildings or cities, located up to 50 kilometers apart. The high availability and data mobility that stretch clusters offer provide the connectivity needed to load balance on-site or between two sites, delivering predictable availability during failure events. If a failure occurs at one site, there is continued workload availability and disaster recovery can seamlessly be carried out from the second location.

                                                            Nexenta, Forrester, VMware and Cox Communications Reveal the Secrets to Software-Defined Storage
                                                            July 29, 2015 10 AM PDT (1 PM EST, 18:00 GMT)
                                                            Nexenta, in partnership with premier analyst firm Forrester, global enterprise virtualized infrastructure leader VMware, and leading digital cable television, telecommunications and Nexenta customer, Cox Communications, will offer insights into how the software-defined approach enables customers to achieve greater flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness in a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). Attend to hear from a dynamic panel of industry leaders as they share diverse perspectives on the advantages and different approaches of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) and the secrets to a successful execution.
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