From the Cloud to Virtualization, Software As a Service to Web Services, ideas seem to be everywhere all the time. Somewhere, somehow, someone needs to separate the wheat from the chaff. We’ve asked Matt Heusser to provide his insight and commentary on the prevailing issues for IT staff today.
Announced in October, Dell’s $67 billion bid for EMC is likely to disrupt the status quo for both companies– but what does Dell stand to gain from the purchase?
As a traditional server hardware vendor, Dell seems to be angling to take a bigger piece of the hybrid cloud and data center infrastructu…READ MORE
To remain competitive with CRM rivals such as Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics, Oracle announced several additions to its marketing strategy at its annual user conference, OpenWorld. The upgrades strive to better tailor messages to customers and prospects and cater to SMBs.
Brent Leary, partner…READ MORE
Amazon’s Elasticsearch Service shows promise for users who have long loathed the process of setting up Elasticsearch, Logstash and Kibana clusters in the cloud, but there’s a security snag for some users.
The Elastisearch Service (Amazon ES) as it exists today is without Virtual Private Cloud (…READ MORE
A friend of mine recently had to inform his staff of a new password policy requiring all of the following: Upper and lower case letters, a number, a special character, at least 12 characters in length and had not been used in the last six months. Someone sent him this meme in reply:
Make your own web scraper apps!
A web scraper copies data displayed by web pages into, in this case, Excel. WWWHelper.xlsm is an XL workbook that creates other web scraper apps without coding. WWWHelper.xlsm can be used readily by normal Excel users but it is intended to teach VBA Developers about …READ MORE
I have said more than once that working on an open source project can help you get a job writing proprietary or in-house software. When your potential employers can see, evaluate, and discuss the actual code you wrote, you are head and shoulders above anoth applicant who can only say, “I worked on t…READ MORE
Understanding “Managed Services” from multiple perspectives
More and more organizations are realizing that while “IT” forms the backbone, they should focus on their strong area – namely the business and leave IT in the hands of the IT service providers. This approach of “IT Services” trend is ena…READ MORE
The head of VMware’s end-user computing group joins us for an in-depth discussion of Project Enzo, app refactoring and AirWatch’s future beyond EMM. Also, our hosts talk about the new Samsung Galaxy Note5 and explain the emerging trend of in-app analytics….READ MORE
It can be very frustrating for IT managers and C-level executives to continuously see unified communications in the headlines, and apparently driving business communications and strategy, yet nobody seems to know what it even means. How do you adopt and implement such a thing?
A recent article in…READ MORE
It’s with great pleasure and a little pride that we announce Reading Virtual Minds Volume I: Science and History, 4th EDITION.
That “4th EDITION” part is important. We know lots of people are waiting for Reading Virtual Minds Volume II: Experience and Expectation and it’s next in the queue.
Create couple of transaction tables and one error log table.
Create table emp1 (id number, dept_no number, salary number)
create table dept1 (id number, name varchar2(10))
Create a generic error logging table –
create table error_log
SSD’s are the one of the most expensive storage devices when measured by the GB but they are the least expensive when measured in terms of IOPs.
Using SSD in addition to tradition fibre channel and SATA drives can significantly improve the performance of your storage systems and bring your storag…READ MORE
The stats are in: More bandwidth does not fix application performance problems, according to KillerApps 2013 — a recent Vanson Bourne survey of 650 US and European IT decision-makers.
Respondents were asked if they added bandwidth in the past year, as well as whether they encountered an inc…READ MORE
Regardless of whether the reports of Salesforce possibly seeking a bidder represent only rumors, SAP stated something as a fact:
It won’t buy Salesforce.
“We have zero interest in Salesforce.com,” said Bill McDermott, SAP’s CEO. McDermott spoke to reporters and other attendees during a Q&…READ MORE
The best way to learn about Cisco networking is to have your own lab. However, that is hard to do (costly, takes up space, and time-consuming). The best way to do this is to have a virtual Cisco lab using GNS3. This is easy to do with proper instruction. Fortunately, Train Signal Training recently p…READ MORE
Storage Soup’s Dave Raffo has the latest on the settlement agreed to by FalconStor after the SEC charged a group of company employees with bribery….READ MORE
T-Mobile filed a lawsuit last week against Huawei alleging that Huawei employees stole parts and software from a smartphone testing robot named “Tappy.”
In the lawsuit, T-Mobile alleges that between 2012 and 2013, Huawei violated several confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements by stealing T…READ MORE
When I say ‘zero budget,’ I mean working with your phone camera or a webcam. I make and edit videos for Slashdot, and a lot of them are done remotely, usually through Google Hangout. This means the video visual and sound quality are controlled by the interviewee, and it surprises me that in a world …READ MORE
Holy market consolidation, Batman!
We’ve known for a while that the volume of cloud provider mergers and acquisitions (M&As) has been growing at a decent clip, but I was still surprised to see them come so fast and furious this week from three big providers. The reported deal values weren’t j…READ MORE
Word comes to me that Grace Lee Whitney has died at age 85. She is the actress best known for playing Yeoman Rand on Season 1 of Star Trek (The Original Series [TOS]).
I’m not a huge Trekkie (or Trekker, for those who prefer the term that seems to harbor a little more gravitas for those who f…READ MORE