September 16, 2013

The Future of The Database
If you listen to the media you would believe that the end of relational database is here. The truth is in spite of the big data hype, the future of relational database has never looked better. That said the pace of database technology innovation is at an unprecedented rate. To help you cut through the hype and modernize your approaches, our database experts have developed the Clustrix 2013 predictions for the future of the database. View this infographic to be prepared to address the database challenges ahead.

Google, the Network Company: From Theory to Practice
Google puts into practice the idea that a network is a living animal composed of smaller, malleable groups. The average team size ranges from five to ten depending on the topic that serves perfectly Google’s motto: “We prefer to be fast than to be right”. Indeed, the malleability and small team size allows Google to focus on execution, one of its core strengths. As a result, there are more than 10,000 daily conferences on Google+ to facilitate working together on team projects.

The Do’s and Don’ts of OpenStack
Before a business even considers adopting OpenStack, the project management needs to have a full view of its IT landscape –a detailed matrix that classifies all of the organisation’s workloads needs to exist. This matrix should consider basics like Cloud Security (Data and Privacy Rules and Regulations), Locality Rules (Where is the consumer and where can this data be placed by regulation), Interconnections and Dependencies to other Applications and Application-Specifics like Scaling and High-Availability Architectures (Can an application be horizontally scaled, does it work highly available with stateless nodes on all tiers?).

Behind Microsoft Deal, the Specter of a Nokia Android Phone
Still, a functioning Nokia Android phone could have served as a powerful prop in Nokia’s dealings with Microsoft, a tangible reminder that Nokia could move away from Microsoft’s Windows Phone software and use the Android operating system, which powers more than three out of every four smartphones sold globally. Susan Sheehan, a spokeswoman for Nokia, declined to comment, as did Frank Shaw, a Microsoft spokesman.

SSDs do die, as Linus Torvalds just discovered
"The timing absolutely sucks, but it looks like the SSD in my main workstation just died on me," Torvalds wrote. "I had pushed out most of my pulls today, so realistically I didn't lose a lot of work." While SSDs are vastly better performers than hard disk drives and are considered more reliable for mobile devices because they have no mechanical parts to break, they do have a limited lifespan. With some early SSDs, that lifespan ended up being less than a year, depending on the quality and use of the drive.

Google quietly dumps Oracle MySQL for MariaDB
Specifically, Google is moving to its own customized version of MariaDB 10.0. This version of MariaDB is equivalent to MySQL 5.6. Google's version of MariaDB, according to Cole, is "Not really true 'forks' [but are] branches for internal use." He added that Google had been making its own tweaks to the MySQL DBMS family for years. Reading Cole's presentation it appears that there are several reasons why Google is shifting to MariaDB

Big Switch shifts SDN strategy to bare-metal switches and software
Big Switch's next move will focus on what it has dubbed "cloud fabrics" or "P+V" (physical plus virtual). The company will try to sell software built on top of bare-metal switches to companies that are looking to build out new capacity in existing data centers for private cloud. This strategy contrasts with layering a virtual overlay on top of the legacy network or ripping out legacy switching for new OpenFlow switches.

Implementing Software Lifecycle Integration (Part Two)
If software is a key business process, it needs to be treated that way – with a clear focus, ownership and design. The practice of creating this process is emerging as a new discipline in ALM, one not focused on delivering the software, but instead on the process for manufacturing and maintenance of that software. This is in part similar to the evolution from craft approaches to more systematic engineering practices of the industrial revolution

The Importance of Smartphone Security
Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting smartphone devices using a variety of tactics for malicious intent. These tactics include the repackaging of popular applications with malicious code for download in app stores or marketplaces, malicious URLs designed to deceive users into downloading apps or provide personal information, or leveraging erroneous SMS messages or “smishing” as a means to drive up a smartphone subscriber’s bill.

Quote for the day:

"Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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