June 24, 2013

WMI Objects Used By Citrix Director for troubleshooting Sessions
One of the important features of Citrix Director is Help Desk and User Details. These pages provide required Information pertaining to a particular user session and helps troubleshoot issues with the session. Director employs Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) on Desktop OS and Server OS VDI Machines to get some of the session and user specific details. Director fetches this information from preinstalled Windows WMI objects and Citrix specific WMI providers installed during VDA installation. It is important to mention here that there is substantial difference between Director 7.x and earlier versions of Director.

Nest devices can now talk to the rest of your house
Nest, the Google-owned company behind the popular Internet connected Nest Thermostat and Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector, today announced a new developer program that allows app-cessory makers to work with Nest products to improve the customer experience. In a blog post announcing the new program, Nest co-founder Matt Rogers said the program is all about making a "more conscious and thoughtful home." The program appears to focus a lot on security, allowing various devices to interconnect without sharing more data than necessary with each company. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Rogers said that most data shared will focus on whether users are at home or not and that third-party companies will not get a name, email, or home address of users from Nest.

Cognitive Computing Deep Dive
View this presentation of a professional gathering that takes a deep dive into the IBM Watson™ Ecosystem program for developers and business professionals. Sridhar Sudarsan, chief technical officer (CTO) of the IBM Watson Ecosystem, begins with a quick, high-level overview of the IBM Watson Ecosystem program, offers tips for integrating Watson into applications, and takes a deep dive into IBM Watson Ecosystem.

Top 10 Traits of Successful IT Pros
What makes a successful IT professional? This has been discussed and debated and considered for years. While there are many technical abilities that relate to a person's success - and all are vital - I'd like to focus on the general character attributes every IT pro should have and on the things that every IT pro should know or do. While general character attributes, like being ethical or inquisitive, are more difficult to learn and develop, professional skills, such as knowing when to say you don't know something or not being afraid to call technical support, can be learned and honed.

The Truth About Enterprises and the Public Cloud
It may well be true that some new features in the cloud versions of software depend on massive scale and compute power unlikely to be available in a corporate data center or private cloud — but it's particularly dishonorable to make a commitment to deliver features to both versions of your product, only to reverse that commitment months later because the cloud is the "only place" where such compute resources are available. It's as if Microsoft and other vendors simply don't trust IT pros to make the necessary decisions and deployments to make the technology work, even in large enterprises with big IT budgets.

Software Defined Cloud (Object) Storage?
The idea is quite simple and can easily be summed up with the ability to maintain control over data and, above all, metadata while the physical store location can be managed through specific data-placement policies. In this case, (please, let me use the buzz-word) we could talk about “Software-Defined Object Storage 2.0″ where the control plane (data+metadata management layer) and data plane (the physical storage) are separate. It simply means that you can build your (small) private object store and you can use the public cloud(s) if and when needed. Compatibility with protocols like S3 becomes fundamental to communicate (on both sides!)

Quantum Computing Could Be the Next Big Thing in Finance
To better understand how quantum computing can impact the financial industry, one must first understand how quantum computing works. Most people who use computers on a frequent basis are aware of the binary code, which states that every bit of information is interpreted as a 1 or 0. As a result, modern computers are limited to interpreting information in either one state or the other, but not both simultaneously. For that reason, large amounts of data, such as what is generated by the financial industry, can be incredibly slow to process. Quantum computers are not beholden to the vastly limited binary code. Quantum computing deals in something called quantum bits, also known as qubits, which can exist simultaneously.

Following the Data
Ultimately, following the data also means following it back to its source: understanding where it came from and how it got to be where it ended up. Data is repurposed from all kinds of places and put to all kinds of different uses. Understanding the meanings of big data requires knowing its origins and how the data was shaped and manipulated along the way. Following the data just means paying attention to the sorts of trails (as difficult as they may be to unravel). Let’s see where following the data can take us.

New tools and hardware are on developers' wish lists at Google I/O
Google is trying to drum up interest for the platform on its developer website before the arrival of the first devices, with blog posts on how applications can be customized for round displays and integration with smoke detectors from the company's Nest. Getting developers excited about Wear is key to the future success of the platform. If Google and its partners can't offer a large variety of apps, they'll just end up with a regular watch, said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC.

CFEngine's Decentralized Approach to Configuration Management
CFEngine is the all-terrain vehicle of automation software, and it has gone through many variations since it was released in 1993. It helped pioneer self-repairing automation and desired-state technology. After five years of extensive research, it was completely rewritten in 2008 (as CFEngine 3) to capture the lessons learned over its then 15 years of history. During the 2000s CFEngine 2 was very widespread and was involved in the growth of some of the major players like Facebook, Amazon and LinkedIn. Indeed that legacy is still with us in many more companies, but today's world needs a more sophisticated tool, hence CFEngine 3 was written.

Quote for the day:

"Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." -- Winston Churchill