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The Internet of Things
Managing the Complexity in Cloud
By 2020 there will be 50 Billion connected devices in the world generating more data than every thought possible.

Watch this video to understand how IoT is changing the world and your business models. What is your plan?

IT - AI
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What You Need to Know About Artificial Intelligence, and the Imminent Robot Future
cnet, August 4th, 2015
"From autonomous warfare to still-distant sentience, artificial intelligence in 2015 is nothing like we expected. Here are three things every geek who dreamed of a robot future needs to know..."
    Top 10 AI Risks: Human Slaves, Robotic Warfare and the End of the World
    v3 co uk, August 7th, 2015
    "Artificial intelligence (AI) is the future. But do we want it to be? Millions are being poured into research to push technology into the realms of the most outlandish science fiction, but some are concerned about where all this is leading us..."
      How Consumer-Focused AI Startups Are Breaking Down Language
      TechCrunch, August 7th, 2015
      "Language is a distinctly human trait. Or is it? A new wave of consumer-focused startups are now developing artificial intelligence programs that can mimic, adapt and interpret the complex semantic patterns that were previously unrecognizable to logical, mathematically driven machines..."
        Your Lawyer May Soon Ask This AI-Powered App for Legal Help
        Wired, August 7th, 2015
        "WHEN JIMOH OVBIAGELE was ten years old, his parents decided to get a divorce. But as the couple got deeper into the process, the legal fees grew more and more expensive, until they ended up abandoning the whole plan..."
          Exadata
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          OpenWay Optimized on Oracle SuperCluster
          very high performance on the SuperCluster T5 while running in a high available configuration
          "OpenWay Group is a payment processing software vendor headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. OpenWay's WAY4 Card Issuing and Merchant Acquiring, Financial Switching, Personalized Mobile Payments, Mobile Wallet and other payment solutions successfully operate at 130 banks, processing and telecom companies in Europe, Asia, North and Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa..."
            Virtualization
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            Oracle VM Performance and Tuning - Part 1
            By Jeff Savit
            Jeff blogs, "I've been interested in virtual machine performance a very long time, and while I've written Best Practices items that included performance, this post starts a series of articles exclusively focused on Oracle VM performance. Topics will include:..."
            The Wisdom of the PaaS Crowd
            by Monica Metha
            IT leaders reveal best practices for a successful PaaS implementation

            Juergen reports that, "Research firm IDC forecasts that the global public PaaS market is expected to grow to more than $14 billion in 2017. What do customers want when it comes to the cloud? How does PaaS fulfill those needs? What types of PaaS offerings will do the job?..."

            IT - Storage
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            Performance counts when buying a solid-state storage device
            Search Storage, August 5th, 2015
            "More than half of our surveyed companies are using flash now, with plans to use it for more than just mission-critical apps..."
            Java Technology
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            VisualVM Convincingly Wins RebelLabs Java Productivity Report
            Based on data from over 1,500 participants
            Geertjan blogs that, "The RebelLabs annual Developer Productivity Report has been released and has focused very specifically on Java performance. Having gathered data from over 1,500 participants, the report defined key characteristics of performance teams and applications and found that the common cause of issues are inefficient application code and too many database queries..."
            Nominations for the 13th Annual JCP Program Awards are OPEN
            Unveiling will occur at JavaOne in October 2015; nomination period: until August 17
            The nominations for the 13th annual JCP Program Awards are now open - the Java Community Process (JCP) program celebrates success and the awards are an excellent opportunity to highlight the success of leaders in the Java community.
            Duke's Choice Award Nomination is Open
            Deadline for submission is August 24, 2015.
            Yolande Poirier blogs, "Anyone in the Java community (including Oracle employees) is invited to nominate projects for the Duke's Choice Award. The award celebrates extreme innovation using Java technology. The primary judging criteria for this prestigious award is innovation, putting small developer shops and individual developers on equal footing with global giants. Deadline for submission is August 24, 2015..."
            IT - Technology
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            Here's How the Lexus Hoverboard Actually Works
            Bloomberg, August 4th, 2015
            "Imagine, if you will, being handed what looks like a skateboard that almost magically hovers an inch or three above the ground. See yourself running, your hand beneath the board as it floats, suspended in midair. Carefully step on it to test out its buoyancy. And then take a running leap onto it..."
              Two Spin Liquids Square off In an Iron-Based Superconductor
              BNL, August 5th, 2015
              "Despite a quarter-century of research since the discovery of the first high-temperature superconductors, scientists still don't have a clear picture of how these materials are able to conduct electricity with no energy loss..."
                5 Trends that Will Drive Digital Transformation
                CIOL, August 4th, 2015
                "MUMBAI, INDIA: Digitization is upon us and enterprises are grappling to keep pace with the torrent of change it has brought.

                Buoyed by advancements in digital technologies like social, mobile, real-time business intelligence and analytics, and cloud (SMAC), the industry is shifting from individual technologies to delivering integrated solutions that empower business enterprises..."

                New Concorde Could Fly London To New York In One Hour
                IFL Science, August 8th, 2015
                "The original Concorde, a flying masterpiece, could zip from London to New York in a breakneck 3 hours and 30 minutes. For many people, it was a dream to experience faster-than-sound travel, and the prospect of cutting the seven to eight hour journey to half the time was enough to make even the most robust traveler giddy with delight. Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has been taking inspiration from this flying dream, and they have now won a patent for the next stage in speedy travel. And this monster goes faster and higher than ever before seen in commercial air travel..."
                  Toshiba Readies World's First 256Gb, 48-Layer BiCS Flash
                  eWeek, August 5th, 2015
                  "On the heels of Intel-Micron's July 28 introduction of 3D XPoint memory processors, Toshiba America Electronic Components has unveiled its own new generation of multi-level memory chips: the BiCS flash, a three-dimensional (3D) stacked cell structure flash memory.

                  BiCS (Bit Cost Scalable) flash is considered within the industry as one of the most promising candidates for future ultra-high-density storage devices..."

                  Blu-ray Ultra HD is imminent
                  TechEye, August 5th, 2015
                  "The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) said it will start licensing the Ultra HD Blu-ray format towards the end of the month.

                  And that means vendors will have products to sell from September onwards, the BDA said..."

                    IT - Bitcoin
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                    When Disaster Strikes: Developing a Recovery Plan for Bitcoin and Digital Tokens
                    Bitcoin Magazine, August 3rd, 2015
                    "Your company's recovery plan is the most important document you can create to ensure your business will survive an emergency. If you operate a bitcoin-, altcoin- or asset-token-based business, a recovery plan isn't just nice to have - it's absolutely necessary..."
                    Will Regulation Dictate the Location of the World's Bitcoin Hub?
                    CoinDesk, August 9th, 2015
                    "Jean-Louis Schiltz is a guest professor at the University of Luxembourg and legal advisor to several virtual currency companies (since his first involvement with bitcoin through MIT Media Lab). He is also a former Cabinet minister in Luxembourg. In this article, he examines whether it is possible for one place to emerge as the world's bitcoin hub and whether regulation will have a hand in this..."
                    18 Months after Adopting Bitcoin, TigerDirect Reports Fantastic Experience and Continued Growth
                    Bitcoin Magazine, August 7th, 2015
                    "TigerDirect, an online retailer of computers and consumer electronics has been accepting bitcoin for 18 months through BitPay, beginning in January of 2014.

                    Bitcoin Magazine sat down with Steven Leeds, head of marketing at TigerDirect to learn more..."

                    Bitcoin Considered a 'Traditional Currency' by Australian Senate Committee
                    Bitcoin Magazine, August 4th, 2015
                    "The inquiry of the Australian Senate committee may overrule the decision of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), which classified bitcoin as an intangible/foreign asset that falls under the coverage of Goods and Services Tax..."
                    Consumers' Research: Blockchain Tech Will Boost Consumer Protection
                    CoinDesk, August 8th, 2015
                    "With interest growing in bitcoin's blockchain and distributed ledger systems more broadly, industry events are increasingly focused on highlighting applications for the emerging technology beyond the world of finance..."
                    IT - FOSS
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                    Holding hands: The necessity of collaboration with Open Source projects
                    IT World, August 7th, 2015
                    "As innovation within the technology landscape continues to speed up, Open Source projects need to begin working together to succeed instead of 're-inventing the wheel.'..."
                    Libreoffice 5.0 Stands Out From The Office Suite Crowd
                    The Document Foundation, August 5th, 2015
                    Windows 10 compatibility and superior interoperability features Immediately available for Linux, MacOS X and Windows

                    "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.0, the tenth major release since the launch of the project and the first of the third development cycle. LibreOffice is a full feature open source office suite which compares head to head with every product in the same category, while it stands out for superior interoperability features..."

                    A call to policy makers: Open source is where innovation is happening
                    opensouce.com, August 3rd, 2015
                    "The impact of technology on society and the economy continues to excite and challenge all of us. Policy makers are no exception. Their objective - writ large - is to put in place policies that encourage the development and deployment of beneficial technologies in order to drive growth, prosperity, and the general welfare of their citizens. Where should policy makers focus?..."
                      The Cloud's Open Source Seeds Are Growing Strong
                      LinuxInsider, August 4th, 2015
                      "New features, functionality, rewrites and releases of open source software are being driven by customers, and it's important to understand how the benefits of open source software can change. There have been many cases of organizations originally seeking open source primarily for cost savings, but then later realizing other benefits, including performance and reliability..."
                      IT - DevOps
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                      9 Open Source DevOps Tools We Love
                      devops.com, August 7th, 2015
                      "While we have been building our SaaS company, we have been investing much time in researching and deciding which tools to include in our DevOps toolkit..."
                      Will DevOps Kill IT Outsourcing?
                      devops.com, August 3rd, 2015
                      "After nearly two decades of steady IT outsourcing for the sake of savings and efficiency gains, the shine seems to have worn off from this once glittering phenomenon. And according to many experts, DevOps and continuous delivery practices are playing a big part in many enterprises' plans to reverse course on outsourcing key functions in their technology stack..."
                      IT customers slow to embrace outsourced DevOps
                      CIO, August 7th, 2015
                      "While enterprises are experimenting with new DevOps application delivery methods, they're not yet convinced that their IT service providers can help with the transformation..."
                      How workload automation can bring DevOps up to speed
                      Information Age, August 5th, 2015
                      "By automating laborious and time-consuming tasks, DevOps engineers are freeing up people resources for higher level projects..."
                      2015 State of DevOps Report: Top 10 takeaways and insights
                      TechBeacon, August 6th, 2015
                      "Puppet Labs recently released its fourth State of DevOps report. The Puppet Labs 2015 State of DevOps Report highlights trends in the DevOps revolution and includes a variety of valuable insights that organizations considering DevOps, or those that have already embraced it, can learn from. There are also a few things the report doesn't talk about..."
                      Solaris
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                      Docker in the Zone with Oracle Solaris
                      By Parnian Taidi
                      "After including a full distribution of OpenStack in Oracle Solaris 11.2 last year, Oracle recently announced plans to integrate Docker into Oracle Solaris. The integration will allow enterprise customers to use the Docker open platform to easily distribute applications built and deployed in Oracle Solaris Zones..."
                      OpenLDAP + TLS in Solaris 11
                      By Paul Johnson
                      Paul Johnson writes, "This blog post serves as a followup to Configuring a Basic LDAP Server + Client in Solaris 11. It covers creating self-signed certificates and enabling TLS for secure communication..."
                      MySQL
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                      MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.4
                      A maintenance release for 1.2.x,
                      MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.4 has been released

                      The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.4. This is a maintenance release for 1.2.x, and it can be used for production environments.

                      MySQL for Visual Studio is a product that includes all of the Visual Studio integration functionality to create and manage MySQL databases when developing .NET applications.

                      Cloud Computing
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                      Integrating OpenStack into Oracle Solaris, and Why Data Centers are Excited
                      Two more videos from Glynn Foster about OpenStack
                      First, if you were wondering what it actually means for OpenStack to be integrated into Oracle Solaris, here's Glynn's quick tour of how it ties into many unique and advanced capabilities such as Zones, Unified Archives, and ZFS, as well as how its implementation within Oracle Solaris is engineered to provide high levels of security.

                      Next, Glynn explains why data centers are moving to cloud computing for increased agility in addressing business needs, and what we've been hearing from the organizations we've been working with about why OpenStack in particular has been an important choice in improving their responsiveness and efficiency.

                      A Better Way to Deploy Secure Private Clouds:
                      The Oracle Optimized Solution for Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure

                      As virtualized environments expand, challenges arise with management and complexity of 100s of systems and memory hungry virtual machines begin to hamper the performance and productivity of test, development and production systems....

                      Linux
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                      Oracle is Sponsoring LinuxCon North America
                      Seattle, WA - Aug 17th - 19th
                      LinuxCon is the leading annual technical conference in North America that brings together a unique blend of core developers, administrators, users, community managers and industry experts. This event is designed to provide a much needed collaboration and education space for the Linux community.

                      This year Oracle will be one of the key sponsors and we have a keynote session that features Wim Coekaerts as speaker.

                      Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 for Oracle VM 3.3
                      By Honglin Su
                      Honglin blogs, "Oracle recently announced the availability of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6 (UEKR3U6) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the sixth quarterly update release for UEK Release 3 (Version 3.8.13-98) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues...."
                      IT - Cloud
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                      10 Steps for Cloud Business Intelligence Success (Slideshow)
                      Information Management, August 3rd, 2015
                      "How can your organization succeed with cloud-based business intelligence platforms? Enterprise Management Associates, on behalf of TIBCO, offers this guidance..."
                      4 Hybrid Cloud Security Considerations
                      Information Management, August 4th, 2015
                      "Healthcare, finance and other industries now store sensitive data in the cloud. High profile security breaches occurred at JPMorgan, Adobe and other major companies last year. No doubt, a cloud security issue can damage a business's reputation, trigger remediation costs and destroy customer trust..."
                      Adopting Cloud is No Longer an Advantage, HBR Finds
                      InformationWeek, August 3rd, 2015
                      "The analytics unit of Harvard Business Review concludes that since everybody is doing it, less advantage is found in moving to cloud.

                      If there was once competitive advantage in moving to the cloud, that's no longer the case..."

                      3 lessons for IT from Amazon Web Services
                      InfoWorld, August 4th, 2015
                      "Amazon.com recently posted its second-ever quarterly income figure: $23.2 billion in the last quarter, an increase of 19.9 percent that exceeded analyst estimates. That included $1.8 billion from Amazon Web Services, a full 81.5 percent more than in the second quarter of 2014. The division's operating income was $391 million, an impressive 400 percent annual gain.

                      Both IT organizations and Amazon's cloud competitors alike would be wise to learn three key lessons from AWS's success..."

                      Secrets to Private Cloud Success
                      NetworkComputing, August 5th, 2015
                      "Make implementing a private cloud easier by carefully selecting a platform and adopting a consumption-based, pay-as-you-go service delivery model..."
                        Four Cloud-Integrated Storage Drawbacks
                        Search Cloud Storage, August 4th, 2015
                        "Cloud-integrated storage is a good way to move data to the cloud, but users should be aware of these four caveats before implementing the technology..."
                          Media, Entertainment Sectors Piling Up Content in Clouds
                          eWeek, August 6th, 2015
                          "Overall cloud storage for media and entertainment is expected to grow by a whopping multiple of 24 between 2014 and 2020.

                          Storage in remote clouds is playing a steadily increasing role in enabling collaborative workflows in the media and entertainment industries, according to a new study released Aug. 5 by storage research specialist Coughlin Associates..."

                            Cloud Spending Remains Hot
                            Data Center Journal, August 6th, 2015
                            "Likely the product of an increasing wave of novel technologies and trends, cloud computing has been a focal point within enterprise IT provisioning strategies for years now. This approach to data center management comes with a proverbial universe of benefits..."
                            IT - CxO
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                            Retail CIOs must Balance Security with Innovation
                            CIO, August 5th, 2015
                            "Retail CIOs need to weigh IT governance against business innovation - not to mention customer, employee and executive education - if they want to deliver a seamless and secure omnichannel shopping experience..."
                              Why Every CIO Needs a Cybersecurity Attorney
                              CIO, August 4th, 2015
                              "Distinguishing the technical experts from those responsible for legal obligations and risks will help companies develop better breach response plans. Understanding the role of an external cybersecurity firm will only help..."
                                Stop Old Patient Data from Causing HIPAA Headache
                                Information Management, August 3rd, 2015
                                "The electronic health records meaningful use program substantially increased the number of providers adopting the technology, and fostered an explosion in the past half-decade of buying additional ancillary systems to augment EHRs..."
                                Hiring? Make Sure to Get a Business Analyst
                                Redmond Channel Partner, August 5th, 2015
                                "Partners making the transition from technology services providers to business technology advisors need a new set of skills to deliver process-focused consulting. For many, it's the role of business analyst that's taking the lead, changing the focus of client conversations from technology to processes and outcomes..."
                                  Cloud inventory management: A 21st-century CIO's responsibility
                                  Search CIO, August 6th, 2015
                                  "Cloud inventory management has more to do with CIO leadership and trust than covert tracking of rogue apps..."
                                  What Should Washington Do About The Public's Lukewarm Attitude Toward Digital Government?
                                  Forrester, August 5th, 2015
                                  "Digital government is big in Washington. Next year, the White House plans to spend $35 million more on the US Digital Service, $105 million for digital services teams at 25 agencies, and tens of millions more for digital channels throughout the federal government..."
                                    8 ways CIOs can help business leaders understand digital technology
                                    The Enterprisers Project, August 7th, 2015
                                    "CIOs have a powerful opportunity to lead their organizations in digital fluency, according to a recent report by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services. When they do, their organizations are more likely to see tangible business results, such as increased revenue growth and profit margins..."
                                      Australian CSOs blame CEOs, not users, for security shortfalls: survey
                                      CSO Online, August 5th, 2015
                                      "IT security executives must become much better at positioning cybersecurity risk and investments within the overall business risk context, one security expert has warned as research suggests Australian security executives believe CEOs and board members bear the responsibility when their organisations are breached..."
                                      vBeers-SF
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                                      vBeers - Broward - Funky Buddha
                                      Wednesday, August 12th. 2015: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                                      Funky Buddha - Oakland Park

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

                                      This will be a sponsored event. The beer sponsors are Veeam and Comcast Business. Nexenta Systems will be the pizza sponsor.

                                      Please register at meetup.com

                                      Find out about sponsorships on the SFTA website.

                                      vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten Boca
                                      Wednesday, August 19th, 2015: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                                      Biergarten Boca - Boca Raton

                                      Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

                                      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.

                                      IT - PM
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                                      Top 10 ways to have your project end up in court
                                      CIO, August 7th, 2015
                                      "David Letterman may be off the air, but his Top 10 List format remains in the comedic canon. In his honor, here's David Taber-man's Top 10 list of these worst practices for agile projects..."
                                        IT - Networks
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                                        SD-Wans Improve UC Performance; Cloud + Mobility = More Effective UC
                                        Network World, August 3rd, 2015
                                        "Today, we highlight two reader resources. In the first paper, Dr. Jim Metzler explains in a technical advisory why a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) can overcome performance issues associated with unified communications (UC) that uses traditional WAN connectivity..."
                                        Networking Career: How to Make It to the Big League
                                        NetworkComputing, August 4th, 2015
                                        "Networking pros who want to make the leap from a small shop to a big network environment can learn from how our newest network engineer got the job..."
                                          IT - IoT
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                                          The great network capacity crunch could put our Internet of Things dreams in jeopardy
                                          Information Age, August 6th, 2015
                                          "It's time individual app developers defined a strategy to deal with the inevitable network overload from billions of connected devices..."
                                            How to Become An IoT Hero for Your Organization
                                            Network World, August 4th, 2015
                                            "The Internet of Things represents a massive opportunity. Here's what you need to take into account before introducing it to your organization..."
                                              Global IoT survey: We want driverless cars and our bodies connected to the web
                                              ITProPortal, August 4th, 2015
                                              "People don't want connected watches and glasses as much as they would want their bodies online, a new study suggests.

                                              The study was carried out by Element14, a distributor of technology products and solutions for electronic system design, maintenance and repair..."

                                                5 Great Ways to Use the Internet of Things
                                                StateTech, August 4th, 2015
                                                "There's no doubt that the Internet of Things will be huge. Indeed, Gartner forecasts that there will be 25 billion IoT devices in operation by 2020. From wearables and smart home devices to connected infrastructure, the IoT will change the way business gets done..."
                                                IoT Security Market to Reach Nearly $29 Billion by 2020
                                                Datamation, August 6th, 2015
                                                "The market for technologies that safeguard Internet of Things (IoT) data will heat up over the next few years, indicates a new forecast from business research firm MarketsandMarkets.

                                                By 2020, the IoT security market will grow to $28.9 billion..."

                                                IT - Linux
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                                                For Linux, Supercomputers R Us
                                                ComputerWorld, August 6th, 2015
                                                "Almost all supercomputers run Linux, including the ones built from Raspberry Pi boards and PlayStation 3 game consoles..."
                                                High barrier to entry? Busting this and 6 more myths about Linux
                                                TechRepublic, August 6th, 2015
                                                "Jack Wallen finishes up his "barrier to entry" series for the Linux operating system by busting a few remaining myths surrounding the platform..."
                                                Video: Brendan Gregg Tutorial on Linux Performance Tools
                                                InsideHPC, August 6th, 2015
                                                In this video from the Velocity 2015 conference, Brendan Gregg from Netflix presents a 90 minute tutorial on Linux performance tools.
                                                Linux Distro: Your Best Choice?
                                                Datamation, August 3rd, 2015
                                                "I believe one of the biggest advantages to running a Linux distro on your desktop is the number of choices available. Linux enthusiasts enjoy a wide range of desktop environments, file managers, terminals, GTK vs Qt software, and of course the distributions themselves..."
                                                IT - Operations
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                                                A New Tool for Pricing Used IT Equipment
                                                ComputerWorld, August 3rd, 2015
                                                "An electronics recycler has created an IT products database representing 9,000 manufacturers and 11 million equipment models. The products range from consumer to business equipment, such as network storage devices, routers, switches, as well as servers, PCs and office machines..."
                                                  7 Ways to Ensure a Successful IT Modernization
                                                  Government Technology, August 4th, 2015
                                                  "Research shows that approximately 80 percent of current IT resources go to the maintenance of existing IT operations and systems. The risks to holding onto legacy systems are many, but modernizing IT in any sector is not easy or cheap. The following seven tips may help ensure a successful government IT modernization..."
                                                    Data center asset management yields big ticket savings
                                                    Search Data Center, August 5th, 2015
                                                    "Data center operators can use tools already in place to create IT asset management strategies that yield millions in savings..."
                                                    Right-Sizing Data Center UPS Redundancy and Reliability
                                                    Data Center Journal, August 5th, 2015
                                                    "The data center industry, facing exponentially growing demand for data and networking capacity, is challenging its power distribution and protection partners to provide electrical infrastructure topology solutions - including uninterruptible power supply (UPS) modules - with a wider range of power reliability to protect against utility or system power anomalies and failures..."
                                                    Data Center Efficiency: 40% Improvement Through Best Practices
                                                    Data Center Journal, August 3rd, 2015
                                                    "U.S. data centers consume about 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, representing more than 2% of all U.S. electricity use according to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates. With the data explosion apparent in cloud computing, the Internet of Things, digital recordkeeping and the like expected to continue to increase for the foreseeable future, we need a revolutionary change in how data centers consume energy and achieve greater efficiencies..."
                                                    IT - Security
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                                                    A Secure Employee Departure Checklist
                                                    CSO Online, August 3rd, 2015
                                                    "A certain amount of employee turnover is a natural part of any organization's life cycle. With each departure, whether the employee was entry-level or an executive, every organization should have a comprehensive process in place to facilitate the employee's exit, while protecting the company's information and securing the network and computer system accounts..."
                                                      Social Engineering: 6 Commonly Targeted Data Points that are Poorly Protected (Slideshow)
                                                      CSO Online, August 3rd, 2015
                                                      "Now in its sixth year, the Social Engineering village at DEF CON has always been an interesting location. Each year the village hosts talks and interactive lessons on human hacking, but the major draw is the Social Engineering Capture the Flag contest..."
                                                        Breaking Honeypots for Fun and Profit
                                                        Dark Reading, August 1st, 2015
                                                        "As a concept, honeypots can be a powerful tool for detecting malware. But in the emerging field of cyber deception, they're not up to the task of fooling attackers and getting our hands on their resources.

                                                        Cyber deception is a growing industry, offering defenders a chance to turn the table on attackers. But are the tools up to the task?..."

                                                          The Leading Cause of Insider Threats? Employee Negligence
                                                          HelpNet Security, August 3rd, 2015
                                                          "Employee negligence, which may be caused by multitasking and working long hours, can result in insider threats and cost companies millions of dollars each year. It can cost a U.S. company as much as $1.5 million and Germany companies 1.6 million euros in time wasted responding to security incidents caused by human error..."
                                                          Shift Your Cybersecurity Focus from the Perimeter to the Interior
                                                          Information Management, August 4th, 2015
                                                          "The fight to stay ahead of the latest hacker schemes has created a volatile arena for players in the security field. We have watched antivirus software flounder with the rise of 'crypting' services. We have witnessed malware sandboxing and its struggles with evasion techniques. And the race is far from over..."
                                                          Sick of Flash Security Holes? HTML5 Has Its Own
                                                          InfoWorld, August 6th, 2015
                                                          "HTML5 has been billed as the natural, standards-based successor to proprietary plug-ins such as Adobe's Flash Player for providing rich multimedia services on the Web. But when it comes to security, one of Flash's major weaknesses, HTML5 is no panacea..."
                                                          Securing Today's Data Against Tomorrow's Quantum Computers
                                                          MIT Technology Review, August 3rd, 2015
                                                          "Quantum computers are still a distant prospect, but Microsoft researchers say we should strengthen online encryption against them now..."
                                                          Harvard CISO Shares 5 Pearls of IT Security Wisdom
                                                          Network World, August 3rd, 2015
                                                          "Chief Information Security Officer Christian Hamer, who is responsible for policy and awareness across Harvard University and whose team handles security operations and incident response, took part on a panel last week at the Campus Technology conference in Boston (Campus Technology's Rhea Kelly moderated; ESET researcher Lysa Myers was also an expert panelist). Here's a selection of Hamer's more notable observations: ..."
                                                          Cleaning Up Botnets Takes Years, If Ever, to Complete
                                                          PCWorld, August 3rd, 2015
                                                          "In late 2008, a worm called Conficker began infecting millions of computers, startling the computer security community into action.

                                                          Conficker's quick spread was so alarming that an organization was formed called the Conficker Working Group that was tasked with stopping the botnet and finding its creators..."

                                                          IT - Careers
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                                                          10 IT Job Search Habits to Nail a New Gig
                                                          InformationWeek, August 3rd, 2015
                                                          "Job searching is about more than finding the magic keywords. Research shows that developing the right habits goes a long way toward achieving a successful job search..."
                                                            11 Gadgets for the Digital Nomad (Slideshow)
                                                            CIO, August 4th, 2015
                                                            "High-functioning gadgets that are both small and light can be worth their weight in gold, particularly if you don't work from a fixed location. It's getting easier and easier for digital nomads and road warriors to replace just about anything you'd find in an office with devices small enough to fit into a backpack or computer bag. Here are 11 high tech devices that don't sacrifice function for form..."
                                                              9 Ways You're Sabotaging your Job Interviews
                                                              CIO, August 6th, 2015
                                                              "Your resume's in great shape. You've got the experience, the skills and the drive. You're even landing interviews -- but none of them lead to offers. Could you be sabotaging yourself without knowing it?..."
                                                                Why Your Office is Freezing In the Summer
                                                                InformationWeek, August 4th, 2015
                                                                "Why do you need a sweater in the office in the summer? Because we're cooling it based on a formula that dates back to when the Beatles were still together..."
                                                                  Finding the DevOps job that's right for you
                                                                  ITProPortal, August 8th, 2015
                                                                  "With so much of our lives spent staring at computer screens, there's significant pressure for businesses to deliver a seamless web experience.

                                                                  The average American spends about five hours on laptops, smartphones, and tablets each day..."

                                                                    IT - Virtualization
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                                                                    Software containers can create problems in the network
                                                                    Search SDN, August 4th, 2015
                                                                    "Software containers offer attractive alternatives to hypervisors, but in large-scale deployments, they can cause problems for network engineers..."
                                                                    IT - Backup
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                                                                    You Must Remember: An Archive Isn't a Thing, It's a Strategy
                                                                    The Register, August 2nd, 2015
                                                                    "The biggest asset your organisation has is its data. And since IT is a world of compromises and paradoxes, the thing you have to work hardest to manage is...your organisation's data.

                                                                    The task of data management is a big one. First you have to purchase or rent somewhere to put it..."

                                                                    IT - Mobile
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                                                                    Mobile Payments, Wallets Gain Traction Among Consumers
                                                                    eWeek, August 5th, 2015
                                                                    "More than two-thirds (68 percent) of mobile payment users report that they are using the alternative payment methods more than last year.

                                                                    Shoppers are using a wider variety of payment options with digital and mobile payments serving as supplements to the traditional cash and card-based payments tools, according to a survey of more than 1,000 American consumers, which was released by Blackhawk Network..."

                                                                      IT - Big Data
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                                                                      Big Data for Precision Medicine Requires Regulatory Reforms
                                                                      Information Management, August 5th, 2015
                                                                      "If the Obama administration's $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative is to succeed, policymakers must modernize the regulatory system to better enable big data analytics to be used in genomic research..."
                                                                      Big Data Analyses Depend on Starting with Clean Data Points
                                                                      Government Technology, August 4th, 2015
                                                                      "Popularly referred to as 'Big Data,' mammoth sets of information about almost every aspect of our lives have triggered great excitement about what we can glean from analyzing these diverse data sets..."
                                                                      Why Big Data Will Go Away Soon
                                                                      Business 2 Community, August 3rd, 2015
                                                                      "I was on a panel recently with four super-smart, deeply experienced marketers. I moderated the event and asked them this question: What one key skill do marketers need to acquire to succeed over the next five years?..."
                                                                        Will Hotel Room Keys and Desk Check-In Soon Be Obsolete?
                                                                        CIO, August 3rd, 2015
                                                                        "Starwood Hotels is eliminating pain points for guests by offering digital room keys, mobile check-in and functionality through an Apple Watch app. It's also allowing hotel managers to make pricing decisions based on a new analytics system..."
                                                                        How Experian is Using Big Data
                                                                        Information Management, August 5th, 2015
                                                                        "Some businesses look to big data to help them manage their information. Information service company Experian is looking to big data to help manage its business.

                                                                        The company is probably best known for providing credit reports and scores and protection against identity theft..."

                                                                        Gartner: Big Data's 10 Biggest Vision and Strategy Questions
                                                                        Information Management, August 6th, 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 ..."
                                                                        IT - BYOD
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                                                                        Is BYOD policy the foundation for mastering enterprise mobility?
                                                                        Search Security, August 5th, 2015
                                                                        "Today, many companies have adopted a mobile-first strategy. But when employees are left to their own devices, InfoSec pros face uncharted territory..."
                                                                          Removing the dangers of BYOD
                                                                          ITProPortal, August 9th, 2015
                                                                          "Today our working lives are almost 24/7 and often we're working away from the office. To stay connected we use our mobile phones for email and business, even on vacation.

                                                                          So, it's not surprising then, that Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is on the rise in the enterprise..."

                                                                          Q&A: BYOD can increase worker satisfaction
                                                                          ITProPortal, August 6th, 2015
                                                                          "A recent CompTIA study claimed there is a 'clear move' away from the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiative. According to the study, the reason for the decline isn't a lack of consumer interest, but instead a lack of clear, satisfactory (if any) BYOD policies..."
                                                                          Work IT: bring-you-and-your-own-everything
                                                                          GIGAOM Research, August 6th, 2015
                                                                          "Cast your mind back a decade or more. Did you request specific hardware from your company's IT team? If so, you started a trend that continues to play out to this day, and will continue to its logical and exciting conclusion..."
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                                                                            Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                                            Vol 209 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 208 Issues 2, 3 and 4
                                                                            We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                                            • Oracle Gets Docker in the Zone with Oracle Solaris
                                                                            • Oracle preps 'Sonoma' chip for low-priced SPARC servers
                                                                            • Oracle Solaris ZFS:
                                                                            • Creating Scheduled Services in Oracle Solaris
                                                                            • Oracle Linux 6.7
                                                                            • MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.0.23
                                                                            • Live storage migration for kernel zones
                                                                            • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quarterly Update 6
                                                                            • CVSS Version 3.0
                                                                            • National Pen Drives International Expansion with Oracle

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

                                                                              IT - Server
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                                                                              Survive the server orchestration takeover
                                                                              Search Data Center, August 5th, 2015
                                                                              "The tenets of traditional IT -- well-tended data center hardware, owned software deployments -- are falling away in the cloud era of standardization and orchestration..."
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