May 26, 2014

Talari WAN aggregation helps shake enterprise reliance on MPLS
Talari physical and virtual appliances make routing decisions based on the quality of each link and which path is the best available for the traffic. As businesses start to have more demanding applications and traffic -- such as voice and video -- flowing over their network, they need help making the most of their available connections in a cost-effective way, Christy said. "If a business had three networks – say, an MPLS, a cable modem and DSL [Digital Subscriber Line]-- APN uses all three links. We can steer around problems, like avoiding a down MPLS link or a congested link for latency-sensitive packets," Talari's Gavin said.

5 worst days in a DBA's life
Not long ago, a crack team of SQL Server experts was flamed for a crime against database normalization they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from the taunts of academic relational theorists. Today, they survive as website editors and software evangelists. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the DBA Team. "Our rivals are going to be sweating this weekend." Bruno laughed mirthlessly from the shade of the canopy of the cafĂ© and had a sip of the wine. "It's sure hot, boss." "It's not the heat that will make them sweat, but the nasty surprise I have planned, Gabriel."

Do We Still Need Database Design in the Era of Big Data?
Confusion over this issue usually originates from misperceptions regarding how special solutions execute big data queries. Simply put, in most cases your data will be physically stored in two places: your current production database management system (DBMS) and the new special-purpose appliance. Your current production processes that extract, transform, and load data into the current DBMS continue to operate as-is, with an additional step: at every point that you load data into a table you will also ensure that the new data is loaded into the appliance as well. Loading data into the appliance can be done immediately after your DBMS loads, or can be batched for later execution.

Is BYOC the New Buzzword?
Pattamatta says, “BYOD users will soon move into BYOC, as it has the potential to shake up the organisation in a good way, just as BYOD brought a whole new range of productive mobility options to the business. But, BYOC takes things to a whole new level. We’re not talking about data on a laptop or smart phone. Data that had previously been safe (more or less) behind the confines of our enterprise network will now be stored on remote servers deployed at innumerable places that the company may not be able to access and are open to their own security risks. BYOC will require much more IT management and oversight than BYOD ever did.”

8 new tech job titles -- grab 'em before they're hot
IT pros face a constant balancing act between jobs that are core to IT's mission, like tech support specialist or QA technician, and those that ride the wave of change overtaking the industry, like dataviz expert, UX guru or chief digital officer. With an eye toward your future, Computerworld polled tech industry watchers and analysts to get their take on the up-and-coming jobs that should be on your radar. Who knows? The job with the most potential might be one you haven't heard of yet.

Building a hybrid network with SDN, network virtualization
SDN and network virtualization are highly interrelated technologies with overlapping capabilities, especially in the data center context. Both have widely varied (and complex) cost models, including prices by software license, VM, subscription (monthly fee), bundled with hardware and software, free software, pay for support, and open source. Implementing them should be driven by a specific use case and may require significant customization to work well in your environment. For the purposes of this article, SDN and network virtualization are considered together.

Lifecycle of disruption: How Square scaled to $5 billion and stayed true to its mission
The first iteration of Square was a product that could deal with the issue that initially plagued McKelvey: give people an easy way to accept credit card payments. Folks such as food truck operators, local artists and artisans, and farmers at farmer's markets were the initial target audience. For the early customers, it was a no brainer. They had no way to accept credit cards without onerous monthly fees and a high percentage per transaction. Square gave them a way around that. The company gave away the reader for free, there was no contract or monthly fee, and there was a low, flat rate for processing

Virtual Panel on Reactive Programming
Reactive programming is a very hot topic: libraries for building reactive systems are mushrooming on many platforms and languages. Initiatives like the Reactive Manifesto (watch the InfoQ interview with Francesco Cesarini and Viktor Klang) are promoting the idea, and with Reactive Streams (also see Reactive Streams with Akka Streams on InfoQ) there are even efforts to provide interoperability between reactive libraries. But what does it mean to be reactive? How do implementations differ from each other? InfoQ brought together three proponents of reactive programming in a virtual panel to find out and learn more about the individual projects.

‘Social Physics’ Harnesses Big Data to Predict Human Behavior
“At every level of interaction, from small groups to large cities, social networks can be tuned to increase exploration and engagement, thus vastly improving idea flow,” asserted the editors in an overview of Pentland’s latest book. These trends in big data analytics and social physics research are being driven in large part by the proliferation of mobile devices and sensors that are generating enormous data sets. Add to that, devices themselves are being connected via ad hoc networks that have come to be called the “Internet of Things.” The result is a flood of unstructured data that researchers have just now began to probe for insights into things like consumer behavior and personalize health care.

Data Bloat? 6 Ways You Can Trim Fat for Lean Information Governance in 2014
IDC predicts that enterprise data growth will average around 50% each year through 2016 and storage costs are expected to consume close to 20% of the typical IT budget in 2014. What's more, the increase in the use of non-email communications such as instant messaging, enterprise social platforms and social media will drive up enterprise data volumes exponentially. According to Allison Walton, CEO of information governance consultancy Fortis Quay, "Many meaningful and material conversations are being conducted in these mediums and must be controlled, captured, and be discovery ready."

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"Seek first to understand, then to be understood." -- Stephen R. Covey

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