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.
Another VMworld is in the books. The show was very interesting this year for a number of reasons. First off, go back and take a look at my focus for this year and let’s recap from there.
Mobility, VMware Horizon Suite, etc.
*crickets*… *crickets* There wasn’t much in the way of mobility this y…READ MORE
Edison Peres was recently named the new channel chief at Cisco, and I had the opportunity to sit down with him and find out what he has planned for channel partners over the next few quarters. Here is a basic rundown of Peres’ top five strategies and what Cisco partners can expect:
1.) Build ca…READ MORE
We have seen how in the first part how DMVPN works, the dynamic tunnels and how we can peer Spokes to each other to allow direct traffic. But all will fail if our Hub goes down, as it is critical in keeping the DMVPN network up. For redundancy Dual Hub DMVPN networks were designed, we would look at …READ MORE
In speaking with customers lately, I am finding more and more attention spent on the lineage of data. It isn’t enough these days to manage these type of complex movements and manipulations of data with spreadsheets. More often than not, I am finding customers asking for the golden nugget feature…READ MORE
The future is bright for IBM i, as the powerful machine that could continues to provide data processing for hundreds of thousands of businesses across the globe.
In April 2010, IBM i 7.1 was released with enhancements that include:
DB2 for i support for XML and column level encryption
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
How to Make Your B2B Marketing Breakthrough During the Holidays
For many, the holiday season translates to shopping, socializing and stress. Research shows we spend more time socializing and shopping in December at the expense of exercising. While many B2C connections are made during this month, B2B…READ MORE
“Tape is dead” is probably one of the most successful aphorisms in IT; it is oft repeated and also represents the triumph of a sound bite over reality. The truth is that the global tape market is in a state of very slow shrinkage, being eaten at by disk-based methods of storage, although in the …READ MORE
Heard about SOC 3 and SysTrust | WebTrust, commonly known as the “Trust Services”? If not, you are about to start seeing SOC 3 reports surface, due in large part to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) extensive efforts in reshaping service organization reporting. In shor…READ MORE
Twenty-two Media & Entertainment IT professional filled the room at the Morton’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills, CA for our first ever Media & Entertainment focused Storage dinner last month. Attendees came from major production companies and networks such as Megatrax, Lion Gate, Disn…READ MORE
You’re never safe in Enterprise IT. Just when you feel you’ve gotten a handle on the last hot topic you’re hit with another. SOA, BPM, Agile, ITIL; You feel like screaming “Enough!” but you know resistance is futile. Gartner have said it’s important so you know full well that you’ll be…READ MORE
The good news is we can handle these samples very easily. The first base64 looks like it will take a bit of work but the second one we can decode right now.
I just happen to have a perl script I wrote to do just the thing.
$new = …READ MORE
Technology deployment and associated management information systems can provide a competitive advantage as well as increased control requirements. Legal noncompliance risks are an irrefutable fact, where consequences range from significant financial penalties to the threat of damage to an entity’…READ MORE
Hitching your IT wagon to the cloud carries organization and personnel implications. This means the deployment of a cloud-based environment requires doing new things that are bound to cause initial discomfort.
This is certainly the case if you are one of those organizations with a sprawling IT depa…READ MORE
I re-visited a Gartner article dated September 2006. It says that Enterprise Architecture road maps can include more explicit life cycle information — showing, or example, the exit timings for technologies in addition to the adoption timing. They can show the overlap of change from older to newer …READ MORE
By now you’ve heard that Ferrero, the makers of Nutella, gave up all rights and claims to the name “Nutella”, the brand “Nutella”, any future exclusivity of its use in any way, shape or form, and admitted in open court “Ferrero no longer owns the Nutella brand, but that’s okay, no other brand, p…READ MORE
After spending four days at CA World in Las Vegas, The Techster is walking away thinking big: Big concepts, big ideas, big opportunities ahead and, perhaps best of all, big dreams. There is also the prospect of big sequester-inspired airport delays, but we’ll leave that subject for another time.
I had an interesting phone call recently with someone in a CISO-type position. They were looking for a consultant to help them keep a seat warm working with information security risk assessments and were hoping to find a resource with practical experience using the NIST 800-53 standard. It was t…READ MORE
I recently did my strength finders again …. after almost 3 years. Of the top 5…. 3 remained the same from last time. I am not surprised at all. Since I got into strength finders I have been focusing on my strengths at work and on many other fronts.
My strengths this time were
When you start Windows Update on your Windows 2008 R2 (or Windows 2008, or Windows 7) machine, you can see in the middle of the window it says “You receive updates: For Windows Only”.
Maybe it’s OK for somebody, but….not for me :).
If you have MS SQL Server or Exchange Server (or any other M…READ MORE