WEB-BASED APPLICATIONS: Oracle Releases Application Express 5 with All-New User Interface. Oracle has released Application Express 5, a new version of the popular tool for development and deployment of professional web-based applications for desktops and mobile devices using only a web browser. Read more

APACHE SPARK: Performance Improvements In SQL, Python, Dataframes, And More. 2014 was the most active year of Spark development to date, with major improvements across the entire engine. One particular area where it made great strides was performance: Spark set a new world record in 100TB sorting, beating the previous record held by Hadoop MapReduce by three times, using only one-tenth of the resources. Read more

INSIDER NEWS: Oracle Database 12c Now Certified By SAP! With database innovation being at the heart of the real-time enterprise, our partners are recognizing the importance of moving to the latest version of Oracle Database. All SAP products based on SAP NetWeaver 7.x, including SAP Business Suite 7, are now certified and supported on Oracle Database 12c. Read more

DATABASE ADMINISTRATION: Understanding Cross-Database Transactions in SQL Server. Microsoft ‘Always On’ technology does not support distributed or cross-database transactions. Why not? Grahaeme Ross shows how to investigate cross-database transactions to understand the problem in more detail, and concludes that a Cross-Database transaction can cause loss of data integrity in the commit phase of the two-phase commit. Read more


VIRTUAL DESKTOPS: Containers Are the Next Game Changer. VMware announced two new open-source projects based on container technology. Project Photon is a lightweight Linux distribution designed for running containers, and Project Lightwave’s an orchestration and management tool built on technology from Pivotal. This, plus Microsoft’s recent announcement of Windows Server Nano with container support, sends a clear message about the future. Read more

SHADOW IT: Watch Out For The Products That Have Snuck In Behind Your Back. The mention of shadow IT can produce beads of sweat on the brow of any knowledgeable IT staff member. For those who do not know, the term covers any company systems and services that are not procured by the IT department. The toil and trouble of a single shadow IT occurrence can cause a headache that sticks with the company for years. Read more


RSA CONFERENCE 2015: Continuous Monitoring Of Perimeter And Internal IT Assets. Qualys announced that its popular Qualys Continuous Monitoring (CM) solution for the perimeter now includes internal monitoring capabilities enabling organizations to proactively monitor and get real-time alerts for critical internal IT assets such as desktops, servers and other devices. Read more

CYBER DEFENSE: Why Continuous Monitoring And JIE Make A Perfect Match. With its ongoing effort toward a Joint Information Environment, the Defense Department is experiencing something that’s extremely familiar to the enterprise world: a merger. The ambitious effort to consolidate communications, services, computing and enterprise services into a single platform is very similar to businesses coming together and integrating disparate divisions into a cohesive whole. Read more


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