August 26, 2013

Nginx, the popular open-source Web server, goes commercial
“There has been immense interest in a commercial version of our open source software for customers that require enterprise oriented features and services,” said Gus Robertson, CEO of Nginx. “The launch of Nginx Plus provides businesses with precisely all the innovation of our open-source product paired with advanced features and services that deliver greater agility and reduce complexity for our customers.” Robertson concluded, "It's all the things that people know and love about Nginx plus additional features and support."

An Interview with Karl Kapp - Talks about gamification
The current generation entering the workforce has grown up playing video games. They are familiar with the conventions of video games, and they are not opposed to using video games for learning. They understand that the medium of learning games can help them learn because they have learned by playing games. They are also expecting more “fun” in every day interactions so elements of games added to every day experiences like driving a car or paying for gas are expected to be more “game-like.”

Let the data be your compass
Unfortunately, that same human brain is not always aware of its limitations and our species is typically way too optimistic about its analytical powers. Our brain often gets tricked into seeing a pattern that is simplistic or not really there. A human risk adjudicator may correctly perceive that some broker comes with a higher overall bad rate (the percentage of loans that default), but is unlikely to pick up on the fact that performance is above par for a very specific customer segment.

Eenie, Meanie, Mindie Your MDM Sources
“Eenie, meenie, minie, moe” is a children’s counting rhyme used to select a person to be “it” for games such as tag. Prashanta Chandramohan (aka the MDM Geek when his party role is blogger) recently blogged about Identifying the Right Sources of Master Data, which made me think that “eenie, meanie, mindie your MDM sources” would make a great counting rhyme to use for remembering the steps involved in selecting a data source to be “it” for providing master data.

Building a Big Data Storage Strategy [Live Roundtable]
The data and its complexity continue to increase, and the business wants to use it all. How can you make a big data storage system scalable, available, and reliable? How can you predict your storage needs down the road? Join this live panel of experts to learn: How to assess storage needs and create a storage strategy for big data growth; What technologies and tools to use to storage more efficient; and •Secrets and tips of creating powerful storage systems

The CIO – the man behind the cloud. But, what cloud solution will really transform business?
It is necessary to decide whether public or private cloud options work best for the business. The first option allows a business to install and customize software on its own computers that reside on-site in a private datacentre. Or, the business can receive computing services from a third party via the cloud. Using this second option, computing now acts like a utility. In the same way people moved from generators to the grid for electricity over a century ago, people are now paying for cloud services as they use them.

Intel bringing vision, 3D to laptop and tablet cameras
Intel is developing a "depth sensing" camera, which is an enhanced version of a 3D camera that can go deeper inside images to "bridge the gap between the real and virtual world," said Anil Nanduri , director of perceptual products & solutions at Intel. The webcam enhancements will help the computer understand a human better, bring new levels of interactivity to 3D games, and make webconferencing fun by blanking out the background and adding a green screen, Nanduri said.

When data classifications meet the real world
There have been some mismatches in that area. For example, the sales organization wanted to deploy a mobile application that is capable of rendering executive reports on sales forecasts. According to our classification system, anything related to sales forecasting has to be classified as Restricted. That means a user wanting to use that mobile app would need to VPN into our network, which is an overly cumbersome restriction in the minds of some of our executives.

Millions of Android users vulnerable to security threats, say feds
Android continues to be a "primary target for malware attacks due to its market share and open source architecture," the document says, and an uptick in mobile device use by government users "makes it more important than ever to keep mobile [operating systems] patched and up-to-date." As many will know, staying ahead of the Android security curve requires actively ditching existing handsets and buying a new device, particularly in a bring-your-own-device world where this falls down to the responsibility of the user.

CloudNFV group will create network functions virtualization prototypes
CloudNFV has emerged on the vendor side to prototype technologies based on these emerging standards, said Tom Nolle, president of CIMI Corp., the network technology consulting firm that is leading the CloudNFV effort. "Standardization is essential for creating interoperable frameworks for something like this, but standardization doesn't provide an implementation model," Nolle said. "You can't write software from a standard.

Quote for the day:

"The art of being wise is knowing what to overlook" -- William James

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