May 13, 2013

Preserving Big Data to Live Forever
Internet Archive is attempting to capture every webpage, video, television show, MP3 file, or DVD published anywhere in the world. If Internet Archive is seeking to keep and preserve data for centuries, what can we learn from this non-profit about architecting a solution to keep our own data safeguarded and accessible long-term?

Cloud Integration Do’s and Don’ts
Check out this webinar recording on cloud data integration and the impact the right strategy can have on your and overall SaaS application implementation success. The discussion also featured implementation guidance from one the top systems integrator partners of both Informatica Cloud and Salesforce –Silverline. Gireesh Sonnad, a partner at the firm, outlined what he sees as the Top Cloud Integration Do’s and Don’ts.

The Science of App-Wrapping
The essential operation of app wrapping lies in setting up a dynamic library and adding to an existing binary that controls certain aspects of an application. For instance, at startup, you can change an app so that it requires authentication using a local passkey. Or you could intercept a communication so that it would be forced to use your company's virtual private network (VPN) or prevent that communication from reaching a particular application that holds sensitive data, such as QuickBooks.

The Space Between Supervising Closely and Delegating
As a leader, where do you spend most of your time? If you really want to know, ask your direct reports. You might be surprised at what they have to say. When should you stop hanging out in the middle and move to Delegating? – When they have demonstrated they are fully competent and confident to do the work independently.

Microsoft responds to 'extreme' Windows 8 criticism
"There is a trend to the extreme," Frank X Shaw, corporate vice president of corporate communications at Microsoft, wrote on The Official Microsoft Blog on Friday, addressing some of the harsher attacks. ... where those who want to stand out opt for sensationalism and hyperbole over nuanced analysis. In this world where page views are currency, heat is often more valued than light. Stark black-and-white caricatures are sometimes more valued than shades-of-grey reality. So let's pause for a moment and consider the centre.

How the Cloud is Changing Backup Vendor Strategy
“I believe that backup, as we know it, is dead. We live in an always-on world where there’s an expectation that businesses of all sizes, run without interruption. Today’s ‘backup’ companies are built around the old model of copying files and folders to prevent data loss. Businesses need a new paradigm of protection – one that enables them to not only protect and access their data, but also their applications and systems at all times. ..."-- Justin Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Axcient

IPv6: From Internet to SuperNet
The IPv6 expansion of network addressing will allow many more connections to the Internet. ... In two weeks, I've already seen a major evolution in smart parking, with an idea that the license plate reader will hook up to the GPS in your phone and guide you to your car. No more lost cars! ... Bank notes fitted with RFID tags will become common, and all the apps to track stolen money etc. will keep more than a few coders busy.

Predictive Maintenance Solutions made possible by Big Data, Open Standards, and Analytics
With PMML, a predictive solution may be built in one system and deployed in another where it can be put to work immediately. The adoption of PMML by all the major analytic vendors is a testimony to their commitment to interoperability and the advancement of predictive analytics as a critical factor to the betterment of society.

Intel Accelerates the Data Center and Telecom Network Transformation with New Reference Architecture
"SDN and NFV are critical elements of Intel's vision to transform the expensive, complex networks of today to a virtualized, programmable, standards-based architecture running commercial off-the-shelf hardware," said Rose Schooler, vice president of Intel Architecture Group and general manager of Intel's Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group. "The reference designs announced today enable a new phase in the evolution of the network and represent Intel's commitment to driving an open environment that fosters business agility and smart economics."

Networks in 2020: More Traffic, Less Energy
The tools that make this possible include new devices, components, algorithms, architectures and protocols, Klein said. All have been proved in labs, he said. The potential energy savings represents a comparison between a 2010 network with that year's traffic levels and a theoretical 2020 network with projections of traffic amounts for that year.

Quote for the day:

"An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded." -- Pope John Paul II

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