Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Why Apple is poised to own the Internet of Things [feedly]



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Why Apple is poised to own the Internet of Things
// Cult of Mac | Breaking news for Apple fans

Imagine getting home after a hard day's work in the year 2016: There's no need for keys as you approach your house, since proximity sensors in the lock mean a simple iPhone voice authorization will open the door for you.







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Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Retina Display [feedly]



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Apple Updates MacBook Pro with Retina Display
// Apple Inc. Press Releases

CUPERTINO, California—July 29, 2014—Apple® today updated MacBook Pro® with Retina® display with faster processors, double the memory in both entry-level configurations, and a new, lower starting price for the top-of-the-line 15-inch notebook. MacBook Pro with Retina display features a stunning high-resolution display, an amazing design just 0.71-inches thin, the latest processors and powerful graphics, and up to nine hours of battery life, delivering unbelievable performance in an incredibly portable design.* Apple today also lowered the starting price of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro, a very popular system with Windows switchers, by $100 to $1,099.

"People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminum unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall."

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a new, lower starting price of $2,499. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz.

iLife® and iWork® come free with every new Mac®. iLife lets you edit your favorite videos with iMovie®, create new music or learn to play piano or guitar with GarageBand®, and organize, edit and share your best shots with iPhoto®. iWork productivity apps, Pages®, Numbers® and Keynote®, make it easy to create, edit and share stunning documents, spreadsheets and presentations. iWork for iCloud® beta lets you create a document on iPhone® or iPad®, edit it on your Mac and collaborate with friends, even if they are on a PC.

OS X® Mavericks, the world's most advanced operating system, also comes free with every new Mac. With more than 200 features, OS X Mavericks is designed for ease of use while taking full advantage of the powerful technologies built into every Mac, including core technologies designed specifically for notebooks to boost performance and improve battery life. This fall, Mac users will be able to download OS X Yosemite, a redesigned and refined version of OS X, with a fresh, modern look, powerful new apps and amazing new continuity features that make working across your Mac and iOS devices more fluid than ever. OS X Yosemite will be available as a free download from the Mac App Store℠.

Pricing & Availability
MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Pro are available today through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple's retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 128GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,299 (US); with a 2.6 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,499 (US); and with a 2.8 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz, 8GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage and Intel Iris graphics starting at $1,799 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz, up to 16GB of memory and flash storage up to 1TB. 

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is available with a 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.4 GHz, 16GB of memory, 256GB of flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics starting at $1,999 (US); and with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, 512GB of flash storage, and Intel Iris Pro and NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphics starting at $2,499 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz and flash storage up to 1TB.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro is available with a 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.1 GHz, 4GB of memory, Intel HD Graphics 4000 and a 500GB hard drive starting at $1,099 (US).

Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/macbook-pro.

*The Wireless Web protocol testing was conducted by Apple in July 2014 using preproduction MacBook Pro with Retina display configurations. Battery life and charge cycles vary by use and settings. For more information visit www.apple.com/macbook-pro/features-retina.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Press Contacts:
Colin Smith
Apple
colins@apple.com
(408) 862-1171

Jacqueline Roy
Apple
jacqueline_roy@apple.com
(408) 862-4386
 

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#DevOps – The Need for Speed – The Business Value of DevOps [feedly]



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#DevOps – The Need for Speed – The Business Value of DevOps
// Dev Ops Guys

Here is the video from my recent talk on DevOps and "The Need for Speed" at DOX London http://blog.dataloop.io/2014/07/29/doxlon-devops-exchange-july14-continuous-delivery/ 

Need for Speed Talk Slides

-TheOpsMgr

p.s. I am pretty harsh on "traditional" ITIL shops in this talk, and as the comments on our earlier article on DevOps, ITIL and anti-fragility make clear it's not "ITIL's fault" it's the way it was interpreted and implemented. As I say in the talk – ITIL is guidance on things you need to do to successfully manage your IT services BUT IT'S NOT A SERIES OF JOB DESCRIPTIONS THAT YOU NEED TO HIRE AND CREATE SILOS! 


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Contribute to Code — and Much More — at PuppetConf 2014 [feedly]



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Contribute to Code — and Much More — at PuppetConf 2014
// Puppet Labs

PuppetConf 2014 is full of advanced training opportunities, as well as a Contributor Summit and a chance to get Puppet Certified for free.


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Congratulations to our 2014 SysAdmin Day Winners! [feedly]



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Congratulations to our 2014 SysAdmin Day Winners!
// Puppet Labs

We laughed, we cringed, we broke the site (again). We're excited to announce the 2014 SysAdmin Day GIF contest winners.


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Introducing the OpenDaylight Ambassador Program [feedly]



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Introducing the OpenDaylight Ambassador Program
// OpenDaylight blogs

The growth of the OpenDaylight community has been astounding in the 15 months since launch. It started with just a handful of developers and has climbed to over 220 from a range of backgrounds, including seven student interns from around the globe - all working together to create the future of networking built on open source technologies.

Interest in the project is growing so quickly that we've put together an ambassador program to help sustain and grow the worldwide community. We are looking to enlist OpenDaylight experts who know and use the code and who are willing to share that knowledge with others around the world, with the project providing support and resources to enable that.

Ambassador Profile

Someone who is passionate about OpenDaylight and open SDN and recognized for their expertise and willingness to help others learn about the software. Usually hands-on practitioners. Someone who has the characteristics of being helpful, hopeful and humble. People like bloggers, influencers, evangelists who are already engaged with the project in some way. Contributing to forums, online groups, community, etc.

We will be selecting a small number of OpenDaylight Ambassadors to be the primary point of contact in a particular region. Their role will be to:

  • Be a go-to resource for people interested in OpenDaylight
    • Solicit, gather and share feedback from users with OpenDaylight and the community
    • Help connect interested users with the right folks within the community, OpenDaylight User Groups (ODLUG) and project leadership
    • Answer questions on ask.opendaylight.org, at events, on social media, blogs etc.
    • Help onboard new users and contributors
  • Help local users learn more about OpenDaylight in geographies where we're seeing a lot of interest
    • Organize and host local ODLUG meetups
    • Organize, host and moderate virtual ODLUG group
    • Report on activities in your ODLUG or region
  • Represent the community publicly
    • At speaking and other opportunities with the official title
    • Ability to be involved in press interviews on behalf of OpenDaylight

If this sounds like something you'd like to do, please submit your application here or share this with someone you think would be a good fit. We look forward to working with the ambassadors to spread the word about OpenDaylight!

Questions or other feedback can be emailed to pr@opendaylight.org.

 

 


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Looking for High Quality, Multi-Point Video for VDI? Vidyo and Citrix Have Got You Covered! [feedly]



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Looking for High Quality, Multi-Point Video for VDI? Vidyo and Citrix Have Got You Covered!
// Citrix Blogs

When I first heard about Vidyo and its capabilities I was intrigued… A video conferencing solution that doesn't require a complex network AND works over a basic broadband connection without losing quality? I needed to see it with my own eyes. Sure enough, I was pleasantly surprised by phenomenal quality that Vidyo delivers. So, I am very pleased to share that Vidyo has now released…

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Forward Momentum: State & Local Agency’s Road to Mobile Readiness [feedly]



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Forward Momentum: State & Local Agency's Road to Mobile Readiness
// Citrix Blogs

As the adoption of mobility accelerates within government agencies we recently sought to answer a few key questions about state and local (S&L) mobile readiness: How successfully are S&L agencies enabling their mobile workforce? Are they leveraging mobility to prepare for disaster recovery? What benefits are agencies experiencing and what challenges do they face? The resulting study, "State & Local Mobility Map:  Road to Mobile…

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Customer-centric security: “Assess once, comply many” [feedly]



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Customer-centric security: "Assess once, comply many"
// Citrix Blogs

For a companies like Citrix, selling solutions across a broad range of industries and geographies, meeting the security and compliance requirements of our customers could easily become an overwhelming prospect. This would be especially true if, like many companies, we approached security in a top-down fashion, beginning with a foundation of standards from ISO, NIST or ITIL, and then addressing compliance on an industry-by-industry and…

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Curry Bot Label Issues – Public Postmortem Meeting [feedly]



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Curry Bot Label Issues – Public Postmortem Meeting
// Chef Blog

Earlier today we had an issue where Curry Bot added and removed the "Signed CLA" label from a number of pull requests every few seconds causing disruption to workflow and even locking users out of at least one pull request.

At Chef, we conduct postmortem meetings for outages and issues with the site and services. Since Supermarket belongs to the community, and we are developing the application in the open, we would like to invite you, the community, to listen in or participate in public postmortem meetings for these outages.

When: July 31st, 2014 14:00–14:55 PDT (2014–7–31 21:00–21:55 UTC)
Where: Google Hangout link to be provided 5 minutes prior to the meeting via @cwebber and @chef, as well as in #chef on irc.freenode.net


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Lots Going on with Ceph [feedly]



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Lots Going on with Ceph
// Ceph

While we knew that after the acquisition of Inktank life would accelerate again, it seems like the Ceph community is quickly approaching ludicrous speed, and it shows no sign of slowing down. We have had some amazing participation in the various endeavors, but it would be completely understandable if you had missed something amidst the avalanche of Ceph-related news.

Just in case something flew by you, I wanted to take a few minutes to recap some of the highlights of recent history. If you would like to keep a closer eye on what has been going on feel free to follow one (or all!) of our informational feeds:

Twitter || Facebook || Google+ || Lists/IRC

ludicrous speed

24 JUL — Sage wins Open Source Award
Those who attended OSCON most likely had the opportunity to see the winners of this year's O'Reilly Open Source Award take the stage. Among the winners was our own Sage Weil for his tireless work over the last ten years of Ceph development. Sage was in good company as he shared the stage with Deb Nicholson of MediaGoblin and OpenHatch.org, John "Warthog9" Hawley of gitweb and kernel.org, Erin Petersen of Outercurve and Girl Develop It, and Patrick Volkerding of Slackware fame. This is great validation for a long commitment to Open Source. Congratulations again to Sage!

21 JUL — Twitter photo contest
If you hadn't already seen the social media posts and mailing list messages, we are giving away a desktop Ceph cluster! Users that find some way to celebrate Ceph's 10th birthday and submit photo evidence via Twitter including the hashtag #cephturns10 are entered to win a small desktop Ceph cluster, built by our own Mark Nelson, to play with. The contest is only open through the end of the month though, so hurry!

20 JUL — OSCON
The Ceph crew descended on Portland again this year for both the Community Leadership Summit and OSCON. We enjoyed a multitude of cupcakes and great conversations. Hopefully you'll join us again next year!

16 JUL — ICE 1.2
The Inktank Ceph Enterprise commercial offering got another rev with the advent of v1.2, which added, among other things, cache tiering and erasure coding. There was a fair amount of buzz from the media, including a couple of catchy titles.

02 JUL — GSoC
We recently hit the halfway mark on our Google Summer of Code program. While Ceph only has two developers, they are both working diligently to contribute to the Ceph community, and we are very proud to have them. We can't wait to see what happens next year!

24 JUN — 10th BDay
This year marks the 10th year of Ceph development (even though we have only been commercializing Ceph for the last two)! We have a number of efforts to help our community celebrate all of their hard work including a giveaway for a desktop Ceph cluster and the celebration in meatspace at OSCON. Happy birthday Ceph!

24 JUN — CDS G/H
This June's G/H Summit marked our fifth Ceph Developer Summit. Because of the delays of Firefly it ended up being an interim summit that recapped work already planned and discussed for Giant as well as some forward-looking plans for the Hammer release. Keep your eyes peeled for the next CDS as we get back on track for our quarterly release schedule!

12 JUN — OpenStack User Survey
The OpenStack community's periodic user survey once again were very encouraging for fans of Ceph. The survey results showed that Ceph was the leader across the board for block storage in clouds of all stages. We're so very grateful for Ceph and OpenStack users everywhere for their continued support. We plan on working hard to continue advancing the state of the art with both Ceph and OpenStack!

10 JUN — Ceph Day Boston
The Ceph community helped to make yet another Ceph Day event a smashing success! The latest event, in Boston, was well attended and contained some awesome talks from Sage and community members of all different flavors. If you were unable to attend and would like to see the video recordings of the talks, they are now available on YouTube. We would like to thank the participants of Ceph Day Boston and look forward to seeing you at a future event, as each one is a completely unique event.

05 JUN — Talking Ceph + Calamari
Right after the acquisition I took a few minutes to chat with Joe "zonker" Brockmeier about the Ceph community and making Calamari open. If you like podcasts and/or listening to people flap their gums, this might be a good link for you.

30 MAY — Calamari Goes Open Source
One of the things that we were most excited about with the Inktank acquisition was the ability for us to Open Source our Calamari Ceph dashboard. This happened quite quickly and we got some great immediate traction from other dashboard developers. If you like Ceph and want to help develop the GUI please jump right in!

Conclusion

Wow! It certain has been a busy couple of months, and we don't plan on slowing down. In the near future we already have some great plans solidifying including several Ceph Day events (London, NYC, Bay Area CA), meetups, the next CDS, some infrastructure updates, and much more. If you have any questions or would like to help participate in community happenings feel free to contact me. In the meantime, keep up the awesome work cephers!

scuttlemonkey out

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v0.80.5 Firefly released [feedly]



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v0.80.5 Firefly released
// Ceph

This release fixes a few important bugs in the radosgw and fixes several packaging and environment issues, including OSD log rotation, systemd environments, and daemon restarts on upgrade.

We recommend that all v0.80.x Firefly users upgrade, particularly if they are using upstart, systemd, or radosgw.

NOTABLE CHANGES

  • ceph-dencoder: do not needlessly link to librgw, librados, etc. (Sage Weil)
  • do not needlessly link binaries to leveldb (Sage Weil)
  • mon: fix mon crash when no auth keys are present (#8851, Joao Eduaro Luis)
  • osd: fix cleanup (and avoid occasional crash) during shutdown (#7981, Sage Weil)
  • osd: fix log rotation under upstart (Sage Weil)
  • rgw: fix multipart upload when object has irregular size (#8846, Yehuda Sadeh, Sylvain Munaut)
  • rgw: improve bucket listing S3 compatibility (#8858, Yehuda Sadeh)
  • rgw: improve delimited bucket listing (Yehuda Sadeh)
  • rpm: do not restart daemons on upgrade (#8849, Alfredo Deza)

For more detailed information, see the complete changelog.

GETTING CEPH


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Reinventing Yourself as a Next Generation DBA [feedly]



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Reinventing Yourself as a Next Generation DBA
// Build AWS-compatible Private Clouds with CumuLogic

Being a DBA in today's world can be hard. Really hard. Not only are the daily challenges growing as businesses rely more and more on applications to engage with their customers, there are several technical and cultural shifts that are putting enormous pressure on "traditional" DBAs to change how they approach their role. Those DBAs that embrace these challenges head on are going to become the DBA Heroes. Those that don't are going to rapidly find themselves in a tight spot.

It's important to understand that DBAs aren't the first IT role to go through an industry transformation like this. The process of reinvention of IT roles has been going on since the creation of IT itself. Consider what's happening in the networking space today, as software defined networking (SDN) begins to take hold in the industry. Network administrators are finding that their day-to-day work is no longer about manually configuring individual network devices by hand. As organizations embrace SDN, infrastructure orchestration and self service, less and less time needs to be spent doing "busy work", and more time needs to be spent on architecture, planning and deep problem solving. This is the shift that has to happen in the DBA community as well.

Today's DBAs tend to support the business in two interrelated ways: database infrastructure operations and data modeling/management for applications. Database infrastructure operations involves the provisioning, change management and operational support for database systems. Data modeling / management for applications includes schema creation, query optimization, data quality management, etc… Both of these functional areas are critical to an organization, but who (or what) is doing them is changing.

The Challenges

DevOps and Agile Practices

If you haven't noticed, the DevOps movement is growing, and, just like the Agile movement before it, the industry is adopting these philosophies and practices at an ever faster pace. These trends are allowing organizations to redefine their expectations for how quickly and how accurately applications can be pushed to production.

As a DBA, do you feel like you're always saying "no" to developers? Or better yet, do you suspect that's the impression that your coworkers have of you? Do you feel surprised by requests from the application development teams or feel disconnected from what they are doing? If any of these are true statements, this is a major warning sign that you or your team are a bottleneck in the process. Organizations are resetting expectations now, meaning that an individual's participation in the delivery of an application requires fitting into the world of rapid deployments, highly automated processes and shortened time to delivery.

Consider the core values in the Agile manifesto. Do those values align with your values as a DBA?

Individuals and interactions over Processes and tools

Working software over Comprehensive documentation

Customer collaboration over Contract negotiation

Responding to change over Following a plan

Manifesto for Agile Software Development

http://agilemanifesto.org/

While the DevOps movement might not have such a clear "manifesto" to describe itself, James Turnbull shared his opinion about what DevOps means in his post "What DevOps Means to Me", where he organized the thinking into four categories:

  1. Simplicity
  2. Relationships
  3. Process & Automation
  4. Continuous Improvement

Again, does your approach to being a DBA fit with the ideas that James expressed? The challenge that these movements present to the DBA, is that there is a tendency to want to "protect the database" from the developers. Formal "change control" processes is one technique that's commonly used, and DBAs tend to work in their own silo of the organization today. Neither of these approaches will remain tolerable to forward thinking businesses for much longer.

So how can a DBA both protect the data and avoid being a bottleneck to the organization?

"Developer Friendly" Technologies

In addition to changing IT management philosophies, developer-friendly technologies like ORMs (frameworks for working with relational databases) and NoSQL (database engines often considered to be "schema-less") are leading some organizations to consider adopting the concept of NoDBA. This is quite literally the elimination of the DBA role as a function, but we have to ask ourselves why this is.

For some organizations, this may be a deliberate decision. For others, this is an artifact of the organization constraints placed on the application teams. They are simply acting in a way that aligns with their goal of "delivering the application to the business faster". Developers (and development management) see these new technologies as a way to skip past their organization's DBA team either entirely or significantly.

ORMs, as an example, shift the data modeling, schema management and query writing into a framework of objects and methods within the application itself. This leads developers to believe that they no longer require a DBA to be part of the application development process, because hey, it's application code now, right? DBAs can just give the developer an empty database server and get out of the way, right?

NoSQL Usage and Adoption Survey, 2013

NoSQL Usage and Adoption Survey, 2013

Similarly, the adoption of document-centric NoSQL databases like MongoDB and Couchbase lead developers to believe that the lack of formal schema (think table and view definitions) means that they no longer have a need to engage with a DBA to discuss the data model. Even more concerning is that most DBAs aren't even adopting or learning about these NoSQL systems. According to a 2013 NoSQL Usage and Adoption Survey from Gartner, only 5.5% of respondents claiming to be adopting NoSQL technologies are DBAs.

Nick Heudecker, the Research Director at Gartner who conducted the survey, points out one of the biggest problems with the lack of DBA involvement in NoSQL deployments:

Application developers may be getting what they want from NoSQL now, but cutting out the primary
data stewards will result in long-term data quality and information governance challenges for
the larger enterprise.

Nick Heudecker, Research Director, Gartner

http://blogs.gartner.com/nick-heudecker/nosql-shouldnt-mean-nodba/

While these new technologies may appear to be providing significant benefits to the application development teams that adopt them, there's a serious problem brewing here. Organizations need data champions, people focused both on enabling the business through their understanding of the data and on ensuring that the data is protected and available. Are DBAs able to step up and embrace these new technologies, while bringing their past experiences into the discussion as a way to add value?

Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) Usage is Growing

Now some DBAs might argue that even with the adoption of developer friendly technologies, you still need a DBA to ensure that the database engine itself is provisioned, managed, backed up and operated. This is where things can get even more difficult for the DBA role, since Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is exploding in the marketplace now.

DBaaS offers its users with near instant access to new database instances, self service control for operating and changing the engine's deployment, and fully automated operational functions (like backup and DR services). Application teams can also rely on DBaaS to quickly adopt new database engines without having to learn many of the operational aspects of the technology. Instead, they are free to focus on the application development experience, and weigh the benefits of one database solution over another purely based on its applicability to their software's needs.

451 Research, DBaaS Market Revenue and Forcast

451 Research, DBaaS Market Revenue and Forcast

The benefits of DBaaS are significant, leading Matt Aslett from 451 Research predict in August 2013 that the industry will see 100% year over year growth in DBaaS revenue until at least 2016. He also predicted that the percentage of enterprises adopting DBaaS will grow from over 30% in 2013 to 70% in 2016. This is a clear indication that application teams are rapidly embracing DBaaS.

What the 451 Research report doesn't account for is the growth of on-premises DBaaS technologies. While they focus on the adoption of public cloud DBaaS, there is even more potential for database infrastructure to become fully self service and automated when you add in private cloud DBaaS implementations. With private DBaaS, organizations can extend the features of their private IaaS environment to include DBaaS, giving application teams even more choice about where and how a database will be deployed for their application.

For the "infrastructure focused" DBAs, this can be seen as a direct threat to their jobs. On the other hand, the DBaaS market is complex, and filled with choice. Perhaps what organizations need are for DBAs to help guide the decisions around which DBaaS solution is right for each application, and to become experts in the usage, management and integration of DBaaS into the enterprise architecture?

The Solutions

Focus on the Users and the Business

The shifts happening in the industry are, at their core, all about how technology moves from a cost center to a strategic enabler for business. This might seem like a "fluffy" statement, but today's leading companies understand the power of using technology to engage better with their customers, enable new products and services, and to operate more efficiently then the competition. DBAs need to embrace these themes, and find ways to align themselves with the business goals and the technology user needs.

DBAs have an opportunity to use their existing knowledge to become the foremost experts in their organization's data landscape, especially focusing on how the data impacts your users and the business. They need to ensure that they are the individuals relied on to be experts in the data models, quality of collected / generated data and to know how the data can impact applications and users.

With the explosion in the number and pace of change in our systems of engagement, there has never been a more important time for organizations to have experts in how these systems interact with the organization's data. Users expect consistency in their interactions with companies, irregardless of the specific touchpoint. Application development teams are operating as autonomic units, typically being focused on one specific system of engagement. DBAs have the opportunity to be a bridge between teams, sharing valuable information and insights about how an organization's data can be leveraged.

Become Enabler for Application Teams

Agile and DevOps are here to stay, and that means that the application teams are organizing around the most optimal organizational structures, processes and tools that can help them deliver faster and better. DBAs should embrace this trend, and embed themselves in the application development teams so that everyone wins.

The DevOps movement should not be about lack of responsibility but rather about engagement and
communication between the various software development parties. DBAs should take a step towards
NoSQL while developers, DevOps and Ops must in turn recognize that the database expert is
crucial to the entire process.

Paul Campaniello, VP Global Marketing, Scalebase

http://www.scalebase.com/gartner-dbas-arent-part-of-the-nosql-conversation/

DBAs need to get involved deeply in the application delivery process, from requirements to operations. If a DBA has already become an expert in data's impact on users and the business, then they are bringing critical knowledge to the team. Just as importantly, consider how data, databases and other tools of the DBA can help with the processes and automation needs of the application teams.

DBAs need to be come experts in best practices like evolutionary database design, schema migrations and other approaches to database management that can help eliminate friction in the application delivery process. They should also find ways to help automate the data-centric parts of your organization's continuous integration/delivery processes, such as adoption of DBaaS as part of the application delivery pipeline.

Embrace New Technologies

The database technology market is exploding with new products and projects, from new database engines and types (NoSQL, NewSQL, etc…) to automation and orchestration technologies that make accessing and using a database trivially easy. DBAs need to not only keep up with the changes in their particular area of technical expertise, but embrace a process of continual learning about newer products and platforms.

DBAs need to consistently dedicate time to learn about the newer database technologies that are rapidly becoming more and more popular with application developers, with a focus on usage and optimization. As an example, NoSQL-style engines offers significant benefits for some applications. Similar technical innovation is happening in the traditionally relational database engines, blending relational attributes with document-centric usage models. One size no longer fits all applications. The DBA needs to be aware of the choices, so that they can guide each application team's database engine selection process.

Last, but not least, DBAs need to deeply understand how automation and abstraction of data services can benefit their organization. DBAs need to learn to embrace DBaaS as a way to manage the boring parts of database provisioning and operating. They need to become experts on navigating the DBaaS market, understanding when it makes sense to use a public DBaaS service vs. when a private DBaaS product might be a better fit. DBAs should learn the DBaaS features, and find novel ways to support their team with the power presented by the higher-level abstraction of treating database operations as the result of an API call.

Become a DBA Hero

For some DBAs, the challenges presented above may seem like they are insurmountable, but the solutions offered are a great way to thrive in this time of change. Again, it's important to remember that the IT industry is constantly reinventing itself and the organizational roles that enable technology to drive the business. The key to navigating these challenges is to embrace these changes in culture, process and technologies.

DBAs need to see these challenges as opportunities, and become the experts in employing the practices and technologies that are driving this reinvention. By doing this, a DBA can elevate themselves above the daily grind and begin to affect the business even more meaningfully than before.

This is how you reinvent yourself to become a "Hero DBA".

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Datacenter Energy Efficiency Infographic [feedly]



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Datacenter Energy Efficiency Infographic
// Virtualization Management Software & Data Center Control | VMTurbo » VMTurbo Blog

Your refrigerator came with a special sticker to prove it's energy efficient. It's no wonder datacenter energy efficiency is such a hot (pun intended) topic today. Datacenters consume a lot of energy: servers, storage, networking, cooling, lighting, and the break room … READ MORE

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Manage VM Sprawl with Showbacks [feedly]



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Manage VM Sprawl with Showbacks
// Virtualization Management Software & Data Center Control | VMTurbo » VMTurbo Blog

Woah, that was fast. 80%+ virtualization levels hit us like bell-bottoms in the 60's. In our conversations with operations teams, the dialogue is changing. It's no longer about P2V migration. It's about maintaining control as workloads multiply: How do I … READ MORE

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Easy Mac Hacks: Disable App Nap [feedly]



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Easy Mac Hacks: Disable App Nap
// Mac|Life - All Articles

Every Monday we show you how to do something quick and cool using built-in OS X utilities such as Terminal, Apple's command line application. These easy hacks can make life better and simpler, and don't require any knowledge of coding — all you need is a keyboard to type 'em out!

In OS X Mavericks, Apple introduced a new feature called App Nap. This feature was designed to cut CPU and other computer resources to power-hungry applications when those applications are not currently in use. It's one of several OS X features that has helped increase the battery life on Mac portables, but unfortunately, this feature isn't without downsides. If you're noticing that applications don't complete their tasks in a reasonable amount of time, then it could be due to resources for those apps being cut when they are backgrounded or left unattended. Following this guide will show you how to disable App Nap when these issues arise.

Disable App Nap on a Per-app basis

If you're noticing that only one application is having difficulties with App Nap, then you can easily disable it by locating the application in question and pressing Command + I (or choose "Get Info" from the contextual menu). In the Get Info window, check the option to "Prevent App Nap" and you're done. App Nap will no longer affect this application. (Not all applications offer this option.)

Disable App Nap system-wide

If issues still persist with your applications and App Nap, or you don't worry about system resources being utilized resulting in battery life issues (such as on a desktop Mac), then you may want to disable App Nap system wide on your Mac.

To disable App Nap on your Mac completely, simply open the Terminal application (located in /Applications/Utilities) and type in the following command followed by the enter key:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAppSleepDisabled -bool YES

To completely disable this feature, you will need to log out of your account, then restart your Mac.

Re-enabling App Nap system-wide

If you realize that you want App Nap again on your system, open the Terminal application again, then type in the following command, followed by the enter key:

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAppSleepDisabled -bool NO

To re-enable this feature, you will need to log out of your account, then restart your Mac.

Cory Bohon is a freelance technology writer, indie Mac and iOS developer, and amateur photographer. Follow this article's author on Twitter.


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Apple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump [feedly]



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Apple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump
// AppleInsider | Apple news and rumors since 1997

Apple reported "strong double digit growth" in its Mac sales in the U.S., directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apple's U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the legitimacy of market estimates that the tech media uncritically presents as factual.







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New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday [feedly]



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New MacBook Pros with 16GB RAM standard & faster CPUs rumored to launch Tuesday
// AppleInsider | Apple news and rumors since 1997

Apple's MacBook Pro lineup, in both the 13- and 15-inch varieties, is now rumored to receive an update on Tuesday, following a leak that suggested all 15-inch models will come standard with 16 gigabytes of RAM.







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Apple acquires startup BookLamp for between $10M to $15M in bid to bolster iBooks discovery [feedly]



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Apple acquires startup BookLamp for between $10M to $15M in bid to bolster iBooks discovery
// AppleInsider | Apple news and rumors since 1997

Apple on Friday confirmed reports that it recently acquired book analytics firm BookLamp -- dubbed the "Pandora for Books" -- in April to bolster its fight in the e-book sales market, bringing better discovery and analytics to its digital storefront.







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Surge Protection, Surge Queue and Priority Queueing [feedly]



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Surge Protection, Surge Queue and Priority Queueing
// Citrix Blogs

In addition to TCP Slow-Start and Load Balancing Slow-Start, there are some modes of operation called Surge Protection, Surge Queue and Priority Queuing.

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