A blog discussing a variety of topics related to data warehousing, business intelligence, big data, database technology and data virtualization, written by Rick van der Lans.
Microsoft is continuing its fight with the U.S. government regarding access to data located on the company’s servers outside the U.S. And this time, it brought some friends.
28 major companies, including Microsoft competitors such as Apple, Amazon, and AT&T (but not Google, surprisingly enoug…READ MORE
Finally! The pre-Christmas shopping madness is over. From now through the 1st of January — and often beyond — we’re into gift return madness, which can be as irritating as shopping madness. Go to a store? You’re kidding me! Both the local Walmart and Best Buy have packed parking lots. Hopefully, y…READ MORE
This week I’ve found some great things for you to read. These are a few of my favorites that I’ve found this week.
A Stupid Comment
Knee-Jerk PerfMon Counters : Page Life Expectancy
Part 2: Get Started with Python
#SQLPASS: To The Cloud, Infinity, & Beyond: Top 10 Lessons Lea…READ MORE
In this third of three blog posts on IDC’s IT outlook for 2015, analysts tackled the topic of cloud.
Here IDC’s Robert Mahowald, program vice president of SaaS and cloud services; Mary Johnston Turner, research vice president for enterprise system management software; and Rick Villars, vice presi…READ MORE
Last Friday (12/20/2014), Barack Obama confirmed that the White House believed that North Korea engaged in a cyberattack against Sony Pictures.They caused a lot of damage, and we will respond. We will respond proportionally, and we’ll respond in a place and time and manner that we choose.[brightcove…READ MORE
Virtualization is in use for more than a decade now, in various forms. The technology advancements brought in more options to adopt. Various models of virtualization impact in different ways on hardware and software costs. It has also been a point of debate whether it is good to go for a bigger hard…READ MORE
The traditional model of IT is going the way of the dinosaurs, according to former CIO and author Ian Cox, who recently chatted with Senior News Writer Nicole Laskowski and laid out a blueprint for how to disrupt old-school IT and what CIOs need to do to adapt.
As business models evolve, so too m…READ MORE
If you are in the market for a bargain on a new book to consume your idle time, Amazon has a new service that might help you out. Amazon launched Kindle Countdown Deals today, which allows publishers to offer Kindle-exclusive titles with limited-time promotional pricing.
With the Kindle Count…READ MORE
Now I know this exam isn’t the most highly regarded exam for networking, it is basically an entrance exam to networking, but please don’t take it lightly, Networking can be an intimidating subject. Network+ is an exam that is 85 questions long, 5 scenarios (performance based), some drag and drop, an…READ MORE
Backup appliance revenue increased for the second straight quarter, with Symantec making up more than one-third of the Backup appliance revenue increased for the second straight quarter, with Symantec making up more than one-third of the gains according to the latest gains according to the latest ID…READ MORE
Do enterprises and other organizations need a CDC-like entity to help them in their fight against cyber attacks?
The Society for Information Management (SIM) thinks they might. Madeline Weiss, director of SIM’s Advanced Practices Council (APC), said the group is evaluating whether it’s time t…READ MORE
Saw a question regarding the conversion of dates in UK format DD/MM/YYYY to US format MM/DD/YYYY
Using 25 December 2014 as an example
If you have a dat in US format you can do this
£> $sd = ’12/25/2014′
£> $d = [datetime]$sd
25 December 2014 00:00:00
$d = [datetime…READ MORE
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What do server virtualizaton, VMware and data center operations have in store for us in 2015? Find out in this week’s roundup.
1. Server virtualization trends and predictions for 2015 – Advisory Board (SearchServerVirtualization)
What’s in store for server virt…READ MORE
President Barack Obama declared that the U.S. government will respond to North Korea’s actions after the FBI announced that the nation-state was behind last month’s calamitous cyberattack against Sony Pictures. In other recent IT security and privacy news, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden introduced a bill to…READ MORE
Keeping its word to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) specializations, Cisco today announced a suite of service provider technology specializations for partners interested in expanding into new business opportunities.
The new service provider specializations are designed to position Cisco partner…READ MORE
Figuring out a career path is tough work. From a very early age, in the US at least, we are all asked what we want to be when we grow up. At family gatherings, aunts, uncles, and grandparents will prompt you about being an astronaut, or a police, or even the president.
It’s just small talk really…READ MORE
Implementing rules for detecting and cleansing incorrect data is almost always done by BI specialists and not by business users themselves. Is that going to change with the introduction of self-service data preparation tools?
Most tools for data profiling and data cleansing are designed for BI sp…READ MORE
TUI Travel, based in the UK, is a broker for European vacations. I had a chance earlier in the year to speak with one of TUI Travel’s development team leads. A story on the intersection of data and database management, change management and continuous delivery is coming out soon on SearchSoftwareQua…READ MORE
This is the third in a series of pre-holiday posts this week to highlight some small but potent high-tech devices, suitable for IT pros and enthusiasts alike, be they for yourself or somebody else on your Christmas list who fits that designation. Today’s item of interest goes a bit bigger than the p…READ MORE
The IT team never really gets a break — it’s the first week of July and everyone else is taking a long weekend, but you’re on call, minding the beeps and flashes of some uncaring, disinterested servers. While the storage array quietly dedupes its backups, take a little downtime with data center com…READ MORE