August 28, 2013

Why Banks Are Finally Embracing Cloud Computing
The first use case for cloud computing in banks is application testing and development. It's a natural fit, since thorough testing of applications requires considerable computing resources but often takes just three to six months — so investing in equipment to test on doesn't make sense. In the next phase of cloud adoption for banks, they're starting to use human resources, accounting and operations apps in public clouds.

New SPARC M6 chip runs Oracle software faster
The latest SPARC processor has 12 processor cores, effectively doubling the number of cores than its predecessor, M5, which shipped earlier this year. Each M6 core will be able to run 8 threads simultaneously, giving the chip the ability to run 96 threads simultaneously, said Ali Vahidsafa , senior hardware engineer at Oracle, during a presentation about M6 at the Hot Chips conference in Stanford, California.

MIT Develops 110-core Processor for More Power-efficient Computing
Typically a lot of data migration takes place between cores and cache, and the 110-core chip has replaced the cache with a shared memory pool, which reduces the data transfer channels. The chip is also able to predict data movement trends, which reduces the number of cycles required to transfer and process data. The benefits of power-efficient data transfers could apply to mobile devices and databases, Lis said on the sidelines of the conference.

Has RAID5 stopped working?
If you had a 8 drive array with 2 TB drives with one failure your chance of having a unrecoverable read error would be near 100%. That second unreadable block during a RAID5 recovery is enough to destroy the RAID group and wipe out all the data on it. Not good! Even with a four drive RAID5 - and 2TB drives - you would have around a 40% chance of a rebuild failure. Better, but not good enough.

Static and dynamic testing in the software development life cycle
Securing your system requires different approaches and tools as a function of your phase in the life cycle (see Figure 1). During the design phase, you rely on good, secure design processes and reviews (and possibly some formal methods such as specification or modeling languages). In the development and verification phase, you have code that you can touch and test as well as perfect for automated review and inspection while under execution. In production, you can inspect the application under execution.

5 Simple Ways to Become a Better Leader
"Building a real personal connection with your teammates is vital to developing the shared trust necessary to build a strong culture of accountability and exceptional performance," said Terry 'Starbucker' St. Marie, a leadership writer and consultant. "With that culture in place, the team can achieve a successful business, a happy team and a fulfilled leader."  St. Marie believes that being what he calls a "more human" leader requires positivity, purpose, empathy, compassion, humility and love.

We Win In Scalability & Performance Area Among Top NoSQL Databases Says Couchbase CEO
Database industry is 35 billion dollars today and vast majority of that industry is based on proprietary software. The NoSql technologies, the Operational databases, Analytics support provided by Hadoop and things like that are causing a major-major disruption in the database industry and we think that the winners with all this new technology will all be based on open source.

Adopt Centralised Flow Management to Optimize Network Performance
Such networks are resilient to failures of links and switching nodes—the loop protection and routing protocols reconverge onto a new forwarding topology, and data continues to flow. Congestion bottlenecks can be dealt with reasonably effectively —Quality of Service (QoS) rules prioritize real-time and critical data; selective packet dropping can slow TCP sessions down to a rate appropriate to the current traffic conditions; pause control requests end-points to back off for a while.

How to Enhance the Efficiency of Application Development
Although all output-based metrics have their pros and cons and can be challenging to implement, we believe the best solution to this problem is to combine use cases (UCs)—a method for gathering requirements for application-development projects—with use-case points (UCPs), an output metric that captures the amount of software functionality delivered. For most organizations, this path would involve a two-step transformation journey—first adopting UCs and then UCPs.

With all of this innovating, isn’t it time for some innovation accounting?
The trick with innovation accounting is to measure the stuff that really matters. That means trading in “vanity metrics” for metrics that can drive the business forward, according to Ries. Vanity metrics aren’t wrong, per se, but they don’t provide insight into what might be the next best steps or what might need to be changed in order to meet customer interest or demand. Actionable metrics are more complex and provide an opportunity for comparison.

Quote for the day:

"Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution." -- Raymond E. Feist

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