March 20, 2013

Use a tiered storage model to achieve capacity utilization efficiency
Storage expert Jon Toigo discusses the challenges associated with implementing a tiered storage model, and how it can help manage storage capacity demand and lead to a more efficient data center. Storage tiering  is not a new idea. It refers to configuring data storage infrastructure as a set of "tiers," where each tier comprises a collection of media (memory, disk or tape) having distinctive performance, capacity and cost characteristics.

Microsoft extends Azure Hadoop, mobile app development functionality
To simplify the roll out of big data applications, Microsoft is offering a public preview of the new HDInsight service for Windows Azure, according to Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president in Microsoft's Server and Tools Business. HDInsight lets users deploy, manage and use Hadoop clusters running on Windows Azure, he said in a blog post.

Tips for making use of the Google Web Toolkit
The goal of GWT is to enable productive development of high-performance web applications without the developer having to be an expert in browser quirks, XMLHttpRequest, and JavaScript. The overview and description will cover the built-in tools found within the kit, and will highlight the Plugin for Eclipse, Speed Tracker, GWT Designer, and GWT SDK.

Templating in Javascript
The most common way of defining a template is to use a script tag. By giving it a type of “text/template” (some engines use different types, but it shouldn’t make too much of a difference), you tell the browser that it shouldn’t consider the contents of the script tag as javascript, so it won’t try to run it and go boom. In fact, it will quietly ignore the element, allowing you to define your template inside

BIDS Templates Come to Visual Studio 2012 in SSDT Update
SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT) encompasses a bunch of integrated services and enhancements to improve database development entirely from within the Visual Studio IDE, such as incorporating functionality found in BIDS and SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), among a host of other features. Prior to this, the BI templates were available only in Visual Studio 2010, SSDT 2010 or SQL Server 2012.

Microsoft Excel tips from Mr. Excel
Bill Jelen, publisher of, explains one of his favorite Microsoft Excel tips for finance in this video from CFO Rising East 2013. He also discusses the benefits of PowerPivot and explains how to obtain it in different versions of Excel.

The CIO and CMO: An Integrated Approach
Technology now underpins and shapes the entire customer experience, from the delivery of marketing campaigns to the aggregation of analytics and insights. The amount of raw consumer data now available is a major challenge for today’s CMOs; making sense of it, while trying to justify their marketing spend to guarantee ROI, is even harder – especially without a strong bond to the CIO.

With shared infrastructures, security must move with the data
“Really it comes back to security,” Karmel said, “which has to be baked in, not bolted on, at all the different layers of compute, network, storage, and the hypervisor.” IT administrators have to put a set of software-defined security controls around the information that has to be protected. ... The security rules move across physical and virtual infrastructures, giving administrators a single place for enforcement of security controls across DOE and national laboratory environments.

3G and 4G USB modems are a security threat, researcher says
Most 3G/4G modems used in Russia, Europe, and probably elsewhere in the world, are made by Chinese hardware manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, and are branded with the mobile operators’ logos and trademarks, Tarakanov said. Because of this, even if the research was done primarily on Huawei modems from Russian operators, the results should be relevant in other parts of the world as well, he said.

Quote for the day:

"Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger."-- Arnold Palmer

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