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Information on the AFL Hyperscale Fiberoptic Cleaning & Inspection Kit, the FCP2.
 
I am certified as a Fiber Optic Technician & Installer by the Electronics Technicians Association. So for this post I am going to talk about the AFL Hyperscale fiberoptic cleaning & inspection kit, the FCP2.  AFL Hyperscale fiberoptic the FCP2 Fiber Cleaning Kit for SC/ST/FC/LC/MPO, connects, offers a complete selection of optical cleaning products for field cleaning of connector end-faces in a convenient duffle bag style carry case. It includes 1 x FCC2 cleaning fluid, 1x FiberWipes, 1 x Cletop-SB, 1 x One-Click Cleaner SC/ST/FC, 1 x One-Click Cleaner MU/LC and 1 x One-Click Cleaner MPO.

Their is two links below with more information about, AFL Hyperscale fiberoptic the FCP2 Fiber Cleaning Kit.

Link below, to the data sheet on the AFL Hyperscale fiberoptic.
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Link below to AFL Hyperscale website, with more detail about the FCP2 Fiber Cleaning Kit.
 
 
Posted on 11/08/2019

Information on the Cisco ASR 9000v.
 
For this post I am going to talk about the Cisco ASR 9000v. Cisco ASR 9000 Series router use nV technology to integrate access and edge functions. Using nV technology lets user dramatically reduce operational costs by simplifying the access and edge network and by delivering tremendous service and network scale through the use of the Cisco ASR 9000 distributed control plane, which extends feature processing to the access layer. One of the features I would like to talk about is ease of management for this router.
Link below to a website with more information about Cisco ASR 9000v.
 
Posted on 11/06/2019

Azure BlockChain Is Here!.
 
Information on the Azure Blockchain Tokens preview, developed by Microsoft. Azure Blockchain Tokens preview will makes deploying and managing standard tokens easier than ever.  It’s built on the standards developed by the Token Taxonomy Initiative, and the open consortium of blockchain industry leaders, link below to three videos from Microsoft Developer YouTube page.

Azure Blockchain Tokens Part 1, Getting Started, link below.

  Click here for the video

Azure Blockchain Tokens Part 2, Managing Accounts, link below.

  Click here for the video

Azure Blockchain Tokens Part 3, Templates and Composability, link below.

  Click here for the video

 
Posted on 11/05/2019

Advantage & Disadvantage of Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google Cloud.
 
Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform, are three of the world's most popular cloud computing services.  Found these video on Simplilearn's YouTube page, talking about  how do they match up against each other.  The video compares these cloud computing platforms, based on market share, availability zones, pricing, and services they provide to theirs Users. Link below to a video with more information, also talks about advantage and disadvantage each platform.
 
Posted on 10/16/2019

Testing Fiber Optic Cabling & Systems for Loss.
 
Found this Blog of Twitter from Fluke, information how to set a reference when it comes to testing fiber optic cabling & systems you have to take into account the connection loss of a mated pair of test reference cord by calibrating your tester to 0 dB of loss. Remember when it comes to testing fiber cabling & systems for connection loss refers to the loss of a mated pair of connectors, it’s actually impossible to measure a single connector. To test the loss of the first connection, it must be mated to a similar, known quality connection. Link below to blog with information, on how to test for connection loss of a mated pair with a Fluke Networks CertiFiber Pro meter.
Blog below from Fluke titled, “101 Series: Set Your Reference Like a Wizard!,” by Mark Mullins.
 
Posted on 08/30/2019

Information on Web Application Firewall (WAF) with Azure Front Door Service.
 
For this post I am going to talk about Web Application Firewall (WAF) with Azure Front Door service. WAF with Front Door can protect hosted on Azure Cloud services as well as those that are hosted on other clouds platforms and even host that are hosted on Premise. Network Administrator can create custom rules with the following features, rate limiting rules, request method-based access control, amd IP allow list and block list.

The way rate limiting rules works is a Network Administrator can create a control rule to limit abnormal high traffic from any User IP. Limits can be set, example of these limits can be a web requests allowed by a USER IP during a one-minute duration. This could be use to stop spamming on a web page or forum. The second one I would like to talk about is request method based access control, this feature will give Network Administrators to setup a control access list to their web applications based on HTTP request method such as Get, Put, and Head.

Last one I am going to talk about is IP allow list and block list. Control access to their web applications based on list of client IP addresses or IP address ranges, has support for IPv6 and IPv4 Link below to blog with more information and a video

Information on Web application firewall, with Azure Front Door service, link below to a blog.
 
Protect your web applications using Web Application Firewall with Azure Front Door, link below to a video.
Posted on 08/26/2019

Information on Modeling and Querying Data at Scale using Azure Time Series Insights.
 
Video from Microsoft Developer's YouTube page, talking about the Time Series Model enables customers to author and manage metadata, for the telemetry from IoT devices. In this video discuss the IoT data flow within Azure Time Series Model as well as demonstrate how TSI Model and Query work and can be used, link below.
 
Posted on 08/19/2019

Information on The Fluke SimpliFiber Pro Optical Power Meter and Fiber Test Kits.
 
Information on the Fluke SimpliFiber Pro Optical Power Meter and Fiber Test Kits. Has various kits options and configurations to meet any fiber verification, inspection, and cleaning needs, link below to a website with more information and a video. ‪
 
Posted on 07/19/2019

Drupal Security with Web Application Firewall.
 
I found this video on Drupal South YouTube page, talking about securing your Drupal website with Cloudflare. In the video, you have Sean Hamlin, Principal Technical Account Manager, for Acqulia. going through the best practices of setting up a Web Application Firewall, and how you can adapt these practices to your Drupal site.

Some background information on Cloudflare, and the services they offer. Cloudflare is a company that provides content delivery network services, DDoS mitigation, Internet security and distributed domain name server services. Cloudflare security products protect and secure Internet Apps against attacks and data breaches. The video talks about how to configure your Drupal sites, having a Web Application Firewall, how it will allow you to protect your sites from harmful script, bots and attacks, link below to the video.

Click here for a video.

 
Posted on 07/10/2019

Project xCloud Cloud Service will be here October 2019.
 
In October of 2018 Microsoft announce it is working on its own cloud gaming platform called Project xCloud. Project xCloud will allow gamer's to stream games in a new way from Microsoft Azure data centers spanning the globe, with users Microsoft Xbox consoles.

Project xCloud will enabling Console games, for the Microsoft Xbox, to stream through Microsoft Azure hosted game servers, for streaming clients. Meaning any console game currently offered in the Microsoft Store, for the Xbox will be capable of streaming to a mobile device. Project xCloud is an open platform with a customizable user experience. It has been reported for Xbox One Owners, the streaming service will be available free of charge, the free service will not have all of the xCloud features.

There are links below with more information on Project xCloud. One is a blog post from Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President, Gaming Cloud, Microsoft, and is a video from Engadget YouTube page, with a hands on demo & review.
 
Blog post title, “Project xCloud: More for Gamers and Developers,” by Kareem Choudhry, Corporate Vice President, Gaming Cloud, Microsoft, link below.
 
Video from Engadget YouTube page, from E3, demo on Microsoft Project xCloud, link below.
 
 
Posted on 06/13/2019

Information FS 5850-32S2Q Data Center Leaf Switch.
 
For this post I going to talk about the FS 5850-32S2Q Data Center Leaf Switch. FS 5850-32S2Q Data Center Leaf Switch is a high performance switch that will meet any Data Center and Enterprise network requirements. In total, it has 32-port 10Gb SFP+ and 2-port 40Gb QSFP is setup in a compact 1RU form factor.

Beside being a low latency L2/L3 Ethernet switch. The FS 5850-32S2Q Data Center Leaf Switch comes with the complete system software with comprehensive protocols and applications to facilitate the rapid service deployment and management for both traditional L2/L3 networks. With support for advanced features, including MLAG, VXLAN, IPv4/IPv6, SFLOW and SNMP.

  Click here for a link.
 
Posted on 05/13/2019

Information PHP Frameworks Called Yii.
 
Acquia announce they have acquired Mautic,  the world’s only open marketing automation and campaign management platform.  Mautic is known as alternative to Adobe's Marketo or Salesforce's Marketing Cloud.  Some believe Mautic is better because it’s platform is an open and flexible to built on open source code, and it’s much simpler to use.  Acquia is planning to deliver the industry’s first Open Digital Experience Platform, link below to a Q&A with Acquia founder Dries Buytaert and DB Hurley, with more information.
 
 
Posted on 05/11/2019

Information PHP Frameworks Called Yii.
 
Yii is one of the oldest PHP frameworks,it has release its latest version Yii 2. Yii 2 is purely object-oriented and is based on the “Don’t Repeat Yourself” coding concept. It good for large-scale website development because it can be integrated with both JQuery & AJAX features. Yii is a high performance, component-based PHP framework for rapidly developing modern Web applications. Yii currently has two major versions available: 1.1 and 2.0. Link below with more information about Yii PHPFramwork.
 
Posted on 04/11/2019

Phalcon Framework Tool Based on C++.
 
Topic for this post will be the PHP framework “Phalcon.” Phalcon differs from other PHP frameworks as it is based on C and C++ coding style. Phalcon mission is to “offer developers an advanced, feature rich tool, which they can use to develop powerful applications with low server consumption and high performance,” comment found on there website. One of the features I would like to talk about is Assets Management.

Phalcon Assets Management is a component allows Developers manage static resources such as CSS style sheets or JavaScript libraries in a web application. Phalcon Assets Management is services container, Developer will be able to add resources from any part of the application where the container is available. Please note the assets manager internally stores two default collections these resources, one being JavaScript and the second being CSS. The next feature I would like to talk about is the Phalcon Query Language.

Phalcon Query Language Model is the first object-relational mapping written in C languages for PHP, giving it high performance when interacting with databases services. Phalcon Query Language Model is a high-level, object-oriented SQL dialect that allows Developers to write queries using a standardized SQL, like language. Phalcon Query Language Model gives developers the ability to personalize and customize different aspects in order to suit their needs. Link below to Phalcon, with more information about this PHP framework.

   Click here for a website with more information. 

 
Posted on 04/11/2019

Plug-In Raceway for Power and Data Distribution System.
 
Information on Starline Power, power & data Plug-In Raceway product, that has two-channel extruded aluminum housing. The first channel, the power channel, contains an insulated strip containing copper busbars.  The second channel, the data channel, provides a safe, hidden cavity to run all Datacom brand cabling. It has aluminum extrusion acts as a 100 percent ground path, and each housing section is enclosed by a number of cover pieces and plug-in modules, link below with more information.
 
 
 
Posted on 04/01/2019

Information On PHP Framework Tool "Slim."
 
Topic of this post will be Slim a PHP micro framework. Slim helps website developers by allowing them to quickly write simple/powerful web applications and application programming interfaces (API). Two of the features I would like to talk about is Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) Router and it's PSR-7 support.  How HTTP Routing works, a routing system works by mapping an HTTP request to a request handler based on the request method and path specified in the URL of the request. Slim provides a fast and powerful router that maps route callbacks to specific HTTP request methods and Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI). It does supports parameters and pattern matching. Next feature I would like to talk about is PSR-7 Support

PSR-7 is a set of common interfaces defined by PHP Framework Interop Group. These interfaces are representing HTTP messages, and URIs for use when communicating through HTTP. Slim supports any PSR-7 HTTP message implementation so you may inspect and manipulate HTTP message method, status, URI, headers, cookies, and body.

Link below to Slim a PHP micro framework home page with more information about this tool.

    Click here for link to PHPixie Website, with more information. 

 
Posted on 03/28/2019

Information On PHP Framework Tool "PHPixie."
 
PHP is a powerful programming language that allows users to develop and build web applications.  For this post I going to share information about the PHP framework tool “PHPixie.”  PHPixie is a framework tool introduced in 2012 with the goal was to build a high performance framework for read-only websites.  PHPixie started as a micro framework and had become one of the most popular fullstack PHP frameworks tool.
 
PHPixie, beside being high performance framework, allows users to work with HAML markup language, enables schema migration, and has highly developed routing system, for web development applications.  Below is a link to PHPixie website, with more information about this PHP framework development tool.
 
 
 
Posted on 03/27/2019

History of Fiber Optic Telecommunication.
 
I am certified as a Fiber Optic Technician/Installer by the Electronics Technician Association.  I have solid understanding of fiber optic transport and training on the Optical Time Domain Reflectometer, this brings me to the topic of this post.  Link below to a article I found talking about Charles Kao vision of what Fiber Optic could be, over five decades ago, the late Charles Kao asked how clear a glass material could be made? The answer to the question made fiber optics the future of telecommunications.
 
 
Posted on 03/27/2019

Building a WordPress Website with Amazon EC2 & Amazon Lightsail.
 
For this post I am going to talk about two ways to setup and run a WordPress website on Amazon Web Services.  This can be done with Amazon Lightsail instance, or Amazon EC3 instance, a instance is also know as a virtual machine.

The way this is done is by installing instance on on an Amazon EC2. The demo, link below, does go through how to configure and launch the instance an EC2. The website below will show how to get your WordPress username and password, and how to log into your WordPress admin portal of WordPress, by using the EC2 instance. The second way to get WordPress website running on Amazon Web Services is by using Amazon Lightsail.

Second way to get WordPress website running on Amazon Web Services is by using Amazon Lightsail. Amazon Lightsail is a powerful virtual servers built for reliability & performance, that is why it's consider the better way, out of these two concepts. With Amazon Lightsail, you can launch a WordPress site on a virtual private server. Lightsail automatically configures networking, access, and security environments, taking the guesswork out of launching your server.

Two links below, from Amazon Web Services Website, with more information, on setting up and running a WordPress Website. First is using WordPress from your Amazon Lightsail instance. The second link is a demo launch a WordPress Website with Amazon EC2.

Demo on how to launch a WordPress Website with Amazon EC2, link below.
 
Setting up a Word press website from your Amazon Lightsail instance.
 
 
Posted on 03/11/2019

Information on Decoupling Drupal with Gatsby.
 
Drupal with Gatsby, can create a fast responding based static website generator. Drupal Web Developers create a static site, with content pulled from Drupal. Gatsby capabilities are fast page loads, also the ability to pre-fetch page content , asset optimization, code splitting, server-side rendering, service workers, and intelligent image loading. Gatsby is an incredible static site generator that streamlines the process of creating fast websites.

Gatsby can use best practices and optimizes your website's by default. Gatsby can also scale to any content management system as it builds a website as static files that can be deployed with ease on various content management system. Demo on how to use the Drupal source plugin to get your Drupal content into Gatsby, link below to a video and a blog I found.

Link to a video, from the YouTube page of “Evolving the Web,” title “Decoupling Drupal with Gatsby.”
 
Blog with more information about Gatsby and Decoupling Drupal, link below.
 
Posted on 02/27/2019

Information on Section 508 Compliance Standards.
 
As everyone knows, I am trying to improve me website development skills, this weekend I had the good fortune to go to DrupalCamp NJ, went to a session on website accessibility, tittle “Accessibility Making your Websites more Inclusive.” From this session I learn about section 508 compliance standards, will be the topic of this post. What is section 508 compliance?

Answer to this question beings in 1998, this when Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that require Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Under this amended Section 508 compliance can to be, meaning agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information comparable to the access available to others.

Also found out that the United State Access Board, who is responsible for developing Information and Communication Technology accessibility standards and incorporate them into regulations to govern federal procurement practices. The Access Board issued a final rule that updated accessibility requirements covered by Section 508, in January 2017 and refreshed guidelines for telecommunications equipment. The Access Board final ruling went into effect in January, 2018.

The rule updated and reorganized the Section 508 Standards & Guidelines in response to market trends and innovations in technology. The ruling also harmonized these requirements with other guidelines and standards both in the U.S. and abroad, including standards issued by the European Commission, and with the World Wide Web Consortium, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, is a globally recognized voluntary consensus standard for web content and Communication Technology.

Link below to website, with more information on, section 508 compliance.
 
Posted on 02/03/2019

Information on Changing a Feed in Azure Cosmos DB.
 
Found this on Twitter, article talking about changing a feed in Azure Cosmos DB. Change feed support in Azure Cosmos DB works by listening to an Azure Cosmos DB container for any changes, then makes changes base on what is happen. Example from the article why would changing a feed happen in Azure Cosmos DB, "triggering a notification or a call to an API, when an item is inserted or updated."
 
The change feed in Azure Cosmos DB is a tool that enables a user to build efficient and scalable solutions, link below to a article with more information, and cases and scenarios examples.
 
 
 Posted on 01/27/2019

End of PHP 5.6 is Here, Long Live PHP 7.
 
The end of PHP 5.6 is here, it is believed 50 percent of all Internet sites will run an unsupported PHP version.  PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor is a server-side scripting language designed for Web development.  It official as of December 31, 2018 there is no longer supported and security fixes for PHP 5.6.
Many Content Management System’s will be dropping their support for PHP 5.6 in their latest versions.  Example Drupal 8.6 is the final Drupal version that will support PHP 5.6. WordPress has also changed its recommendation, and now PHP version 7.2 or greater is recommended. As support for PHP 5.6. ends, it believe millions of Websites at risk, below information about upgrading to PHP 7, and the benefits.
 
Blog talking about Support for PHP 5.6.x ending, millions of websites at risk, link below.

Blog with information on,  why should you upgrade PHP 7, link below.
 
Information about migrating from PHP 5.6.x to PHP 7.0, link below.

 Posted on 01/03/2019

Information on Knative, New Open Source Platform.
 
First post of 2019, going to talk about Knative. Knative is a Kubernetes based platform to build, deploy, and manage modern serverless workloads. Knative is a new open source platform released as a collaborative effort by IBM, Google, Lyft, and many more. It is Developer-friendly software, this done by Knative offering a set of reusable components that focuses on solving difficult tasks such as orchestrating source to container workflows, routing and managing traffic during deployment, auto-scaling your workloads, and binding running services. Three links below with more information on Knative.
 
Link below to a Google website with more information.
 
Knative is a new open source platform released as a collaborative effort by IBM, Google, Lyft, and many more, link below to a video from IBM Cloud YouTube page.
 
Found this on Twitter, getting started with Knative, how to deploy Knative Serving to a Kubernetes Cluster, link below to a blog with more information.

 Posted on 01/02/2019

Information on Border Gateway Protocol.
 
Topic of today's post is the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP).  BGP use TCP as a reliable transport protocol to create TCP sessions with other BGP enabled switches, by using port number 179.  BGP is a path-vector protocol that provides routing information for autonomous systems on the Internet via its AS-Path attribute. With BGP version 4, now includes multi protocol extensions that allow BGP to carry routing information for IP multi cast routes and multiple Layer 3 protocol address families. What would happen if there multiple routes/AS-Paths to the same destination.
 
Let's say there multiple routes to the same destination, BGP therefore uses path attributes to decide how to route any traffic to specific networks. One way this done in BGP has multiple routes/AS-Paths, then origin is one of the factors in determining the preferred route, if the routes/AS-Paths is still available. The second attributes could be “shortest AS Path.” What this means is the path which traverses the least number of routers/switches, or AS-Paths wins.
 
Another attribute is Multi-exit discriminator. This makes it possible to tell a remote AS that if there are multiple exit points on to your network, a person can specific what exit point is preferred. With the use of this attributes makes BGP an inter domain routing protocol designed to provide loop-free routing links between organizations. An internal routing protocol, most often, Open Shortest Path First or Intermediate System to Intermediate System, is used to achieve fast convergence for internal routes, including IP addresses of other BGP routers. BGP is used to exchange routing information for the Internet and is the protocol used between Internet service providers (ISP).

Below are three link's with more information on BGP protocol, first Doc Wiki website, Enterprise Networking Planet website, and the last one is a configuration guide from Cisco.

Link to a Doc Wiki website, with information about BGP protocol.
   Click here for a website with more information.
 
Information from Enterprise Networking Planet website, link below.
  
Cisco Nexus 6000 Series NX-OS Unicast Routing Configuration Guide, link below.
 
 Posted on 12/19/2018

Information on Fixing A Website For Your Client.
 
Article from GoDaddy Website, "Fixing a website for your Client (after you accidentally broke it)," by Kristina Romero. The article talks about three reasons a website might break under your watch and how to fix the problem, if it happens, link below to the article with more information.
 
 
 Posted on 12/18/2018

Information on the Pathauto module, for Drupal.
 
Implementing the Pathauto module, the Pathauto module automatically generates URL/path aliases for various kinds of content, example nodes, taxonomy terms, users.  Link below to a video from "Drupal Up - Drupal 8 Video Tutorials."
 Posted on 12/05/2018

Information on the Summit Super Computer built by IBM.
 
For the topic of  today's post it Summit Computer (A.K.A the OLCF-4) is a super computer built by IBM, use at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which as of November, 2018 is the fastest supercomputer in the world, it can complete 200 quadrillion calculations per second.  The Summit super computer has a storage capacity 250 petabytes storage capacity.

Another feature of  Summit, it was developed with a new computing architecture that combines high-performance POWER9 CPUs with AI-optimized GPUs, develop by IBM partner NVIDIA. Also there is another super computer with a similar POWER9 NV Link system, called Sierra (A.K.A the ATS-2), built for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for use by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Both Summit and Sierra represent a major change from how IBM built previous systems.  Below are several links, with more information on Summit and Sierra super computers.   Also a link to the history of super computers at IBM.

Information on the Summit Super Computer, from IBM.
   Click here for a website with more information. 

Link below to “Supercomputing at IBM: A brief history.”
   Click here for a website with more information. 

Article on how United States now can claim the top two machines (Summit & Sierra) on a list of the 500 fastest super computers.
   Click here for a article with more information. 
 
 Posted on 12/03/2018

Information on the Cisco UCS C480 M5 Rack Server.
 
For this post I am going to talk about the Cisco UCS C480 M5 Rack Server. The Cisco UCS C480 M5 Rack Server is a storage and I/O-optimized enterprise class rack server that delivers industry leading performance for databases, big data analytics, virtualization, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, and bare-metal applications.
 
Some of the features Cisco UCS C480 M5 Rack Server, it has Intel Xeon Scalable processors with up to 28 cores per socket, with support for two or four processor configurations. Another feature Cisco UCS C480 M5 Rack Server it has 48 DIMM slots, for up to 6 TeraBytes (TB) of 2666-MHz DDR4 memory. Also has installed, dual embedded 10 Gigabit Ethernet LAN-On-Motherboard ports, for networking. Link below to a website from Cisco, with more information.
 
 Posted on 11/30/2018

Information on the HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer.
 
Information on the HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer.   Hp has comment it's “the fastest large-format monochrome and color printer ever, with up to 50% savings in total production costs.”   The are several ways the HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer cut cost.

It can print monochrome technical documents at the same or lower cost than comparable with current LED printers.  The HP PageWide XL 8000 Printer also help to cut job preparation and finishing costs up to 50%.  This is done with ultra-fast processor, installed in the printer and HP SmartStream, management software.

User will also see up to ten times lower energy consumption equal to current LED printers.  Link below with more information from HP, about the PageWide XL 8000 Printer.
 
 Posted on 11/29/2018

Information on the Cisco 4451-X Integrated Services Router.
 
Information on one of the Cisco 4000 Series Integrated Services Routers, the Cisco 4451-X. The Cisco 4451-X Integrated Services Router offers cyber threats protection through Trustworthy Systems framework. One way this is done is with Encrypted Traffic Analytics (ET-Analytics).

The ET-Analytics is used to identify malware communications, in encrypted traffic. ET-Analytics uses passive monitoring, extraction of relevant data elements, and supervised machine learning to protect and analytic encrypted traffic on the network. The Cisco 4451-X has traffic encrypted throughput of a 1.6-Gbps. Also the Cisco 4000 Family is built on a multicore CPU architecture.

The Cisco 4451-X Integrated Services Router multicore CPU architecture can be setup for 2-core single-wide, 4-core single-wide, and 8-core double-wide. It runs modular Cisco IOS XE Software, which allows the platform to use to full advantage a distributed multicore architecture. This multicore architecture design delivers full featured integrated services up to Layer 7 at high performance with the ability to deliver application-aware network services while maintaining a stable platform and a high level of performance during periods of heavy network traffic, link below with more information.

Cisco 4451-X Integrated Services Router, website below more information.
 
Information on the Cisco ISR 4451-X Converged Branch Infrastructure Solution router, link below to a video.
 
 Posted on 11/26/2018

Information on Starline DC Solutions.
 
Today Data Center technology needed to reliably and efficiently supply of direct current (DC) power. StarLine DC Solutions enables data centers and other DC centric applications to adapt to current and future power generation systems, example's solar, wind, and fuel cells, to supply DC power, link below to StarLine company's website with more information..
 

 Posted on 10/28/2018

Oracle Sets New Standard with the First Autonomous Database.
 
Oracle is changing how data is managed with the introduction of the world’s first "self-driving" database. This new Oracle's Autonomous Database technology automates management to deliver availability, performance, and security at a lower cost to the owner.

Lower cost to the owner by having No Human Labor, No Human Error, and No Manual Performance Tuning. With No Human Labor, Database will automatically upgrades, security updates and patches itself while running with no downtime to window required. No Human Error will guarantee 99.995% reliability and availability, which minimizes costly planned and unplanned downtime to less than 30 minutes a year.

Last one No Manual Performance Tuning, it will tunes itself while running. Database consumes less compute and storage because of machine learning and automatic compression. Oracle offers even bigger cost savings. Two links below with more information on Oracle First Autonomous Database.

Oracle sets new standard with world’s first autonomous database, link below with more information.
 
Video from Oracle's YouTube page, Oracle's Vice President, Monica Kumar discusses the trends driving automation in data management and explores how capabilities of the Oracle Autonomous Database impact customers, IT, and the role of the Database Administrator.
 
Posted on 10/24/2018

Year One With The IBM LinuxONE Emperor II Server.
 
I was looking on twitter today. I found out that one year ago, IBM release the LinuxONE Emperor II Server, so Happy birthday Emperor II! LinuxONE enterprise Linux servers are engineered to help user deliver premium cloud services with exceptional data security, speed, and scalability.

For data security LinuxONE Emperor II Server protects against both internal and external threats. Also Users cam choose to encrypt their data based on specific classification schemes rather than on simple compliance. Example the United States government, for instance, classifies data as “unclassified, classified, secret, or top secret.” Another feature on LinuxOne Emperor II is the application speed and scalability.

Meeting the expectations of users with speed, and scalability. This is done by deliver exceptional experiences, even during spikes in demand. Users can scale their applications instantly and consistently provide great performance and speed. User can keep the severs main cores free to run multiple mixed workloads in parallel without slowing each other down. Ensure your latest data is instantly available by combining your data and applications in one system. Utilize the fastest commercial processor, on core and on chip cache, large memory and unique dedicated I/O processing, will help User's access to the data they need.
 
 
Link below to IBM's website with more information.
 
 
Posted on 09/19/2018

Kubernetes and Container Orchestrator on Amazon Web Services.
 
Video from Amazon Web Services (AWS) YouTube page, talking about Kubernetes and container orchestrator. This session was filmed at AWS Dev Day Australia 2018, Mitch Beaumon, Solutions Architect share some expert tips that can help you run production grade Kubernetes deployments on AWS. He also review native AWS services you can use to improve security, deployments, logging and monitoring of the containers orchestrator.
 
Posted on 08/30/2018

Information on Two of Azure Cosmos DB Features, Multi-Model Database Service and Always On.
 
Azure Cosmos DB is Microsoft’s proprietary globally-distributed, multi-model database service launched back in May 2017. Azure Cosmos DB started as DocumentDB, was release 2014, then was update in 2015 to Azure’s NoSQL database service, and is now into what it is today, Cosmos DB. Microsoft goal is to build a database of the future and for it to last for many decades to come. Two of the strong features of Azure Cosmos DB is globally distributed, multi-model database service and always on availability.

Azure Cosmos DB is globally distributed, multi-model database service, gives Developers a choice of where their data can be stored in any number of Azure regions. This enables Developers to put the data where their users are, ensuring lowest possible latency. Developers will be able to add and remove regions to Azure Cosmos DB database, they will be able to add as many regions as they want, also check with Microsoft website Cosmos DB is now offered in 34 Azure regions. Next feature I would like to talk about is always on.

Always on meaning Developers Deploy their Database to any number of Azure regions for higher availability and better performance for the Users. The ensure “always on” read availability is, 99.99% for all single region database accounts, and for multi-region database accounts it is 99.999% read availability.

Azure Cosmos DB provides the best capabilities of both traditional relational and non-relational databases services, links below with more information about Azure Cosmos DB.

Blog from May 2017, Tech Crunch, talking about what Microsoft’s is trying to do with Aruze Cosmos DB.
 
Blog with a video talking about Azure Cosmos DB the industry’s first globally-distributed, multi-model database service.
 
Introduction to Azure Comos DB, link below.

 
Posted on 08/21/2018

Information on Smart Buffering.
 
Cisco Next Generation Data Center Innovations series, Tom Edsall explains why smart buffering is more beneficial than deep buffering. He discusses the theory of operation of the Active Fair Discard, combined with Elephant Traps that make up two of the main pillars of how active queue management, with Smart Buffers, how it is done on the Nexus 9000.
 
Link below to a video, from Cisco's YouTube page.
 
Posted on 08/13/2018

Information on Amazon Kinesis Data Streams.
 
Amazon Kinesis Data Streams (KDS) features will be able to stream data 65% faster, with five times higher fan-out. Amazon KDS is massively scalable and offers durable real-time data streaming service. It can continuously capture gigabytes of data per second from hundreds of even thousands of sources such as website clickstreams, database event streams, social media feeds and IT logs.

With website clickstreams and database event streams your streaming data is available to multiple real-time analytics applications, like Amazon S3, or AWS Lambda. The data will be able to be analyrics within 70 milliseconds of when the data is collected. For media feeds and IT logs you have strong security that meets regulatory and compliance needs by encrypting sensitive data within Amazon KDS, and privately accessing your data, your Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. Also users data can be secured at-rest by using server-side encryption and Amazon KDS master keys.

Amazon KDS can be used to collect log and event data from sources such as servers, desktops, and mobile devices. Links below to two links with more information.

Announcing from Amazon Web Services, new Amazon KDS features that boost the performance of your Kinesis Data Streams applications.
 
Information from Amazon Web Services, about Amazon KDS.
 
Posted on 08/03/2018

Information on General Data Protection Regulation, for the UK.
 
Information you need to know about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with USB drives. GDPR is a new regulation intended to strengthen, improve data protection and rights for individuals within the European Union.  Kingston has put together this brief overview of what this might mean for many companies, and the role that Kingston’s encrypted USBs can play in ensuring company’s compliance.
Below is a link to a video, from Kingston’s YouTube page.
 
Posted on 07/12/2018

Automation in Cloud Foundry with Concourse.
 
Video from Cloud Foundry talking about platform automation with Concourse.  Operating production in a Cloud Foundry environments require short delivery cycles for mitigate critical security updates and ship new features.  The video show you what needs to be done to work in Cloud Foundry environments, where Systems Administrator have to continuous delivery (CD) and continuous integration (CI).  Also how these System Administrator can maximize there deployment pace, link below.
 
 
Posted on 05/30/2018

Information on openSUSE Ceph Manager Dashboard.
 
Video from the openSUSE conference talking about the Ceph Manager Dashboard. Ceph Manager Dashboard was introduced in Ceph “Luminous” started out as a simple, read-only view of various run-time information and performance data of a Ceph cluster, without authentication or any administrative functionality. There was a demand for adding more web-based management capabilities, to make it easier for administrators that prefer a WebUI to manage Ceph over the command line.
 
Link below to a video from openSUSE YouTube page.
 
 Posted on 05/26/2018

Information on Azure For .NET Developers.
 
NET Framework is a software framework developed by Microsoft that runs primarily on Microsoft Windows. It has a large class library of named Frameworks for users to pick from, and provides language interoperability across several programming languages. Sometimes refer to as Microsoft .NET, or just .NET, is a platform for building/managing software.
 
Example of some of the software users can builds and manage is web apps and services, for macOS, Windows, Linux, and Docker. Also can be use to build Mobile Applications with Xamarin. Xamarin is a set of tools and libraries for building cross platform for mobile apps on the .NET platform.  Links below with more information and Azure for .Net Developers.
 
Xamarin can create Mobile apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and macOS.
   Click here for a website with more information. 
Video from Microsoft Azure, get started with Azure for .NET developers, link below.
Developing a .NET app using Azure Cosmos DB's MongoDB API, link below with more information.
 
 Posted on 05/20/2018

New Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud Service.
 
Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud service sets a new standard with world’s first autonomous Oracle database. This new database and cloud service will offer a new level of reliability and performance at half the cost. Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud offers full automation based on machine learning and eliminates the following human labor, human error, and manual tuning.

First “No Human Labor,” the database automatically upgrades and patches itself while running automates security updates with no downtime window required. Second is “No Human Error,” Oracle guarantees 99.9% reliability and availability, which minimizes costly planned and unplanned downtime. Oracle have in mind that there will be less than 30 minutes a year in downtown. The third is “No Manual Performance Tuning,” database consumes less compute and storage because of automatic compression and machine learning.

Machine learning helps to deliver self-driving, self-tuning, self-recovering, self-scaling, and self-securing administration of the database, without human involvement, resulting in streamlined operations, more efficient consumption of resources, and higher security and reliability. Combined with lower manual admin costs, causing Oracle offers bigger cost savings. The Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud service is built off of Oracle Database 18c, the next generation of the database, link below to a video and a website with more information.

Video from Oracle's YouTube page, Larry Ellison, CTO and Executive Chairman, Oracle, introduces Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud.
 
Website with more information on Oracle Autonomous Database Cloud, link below.
  
 Posted on 03/31/2018

Information on the Canon PIXMA MegaTank Inkjet, G-SERIES, Printers.
 
For this post I am going to talk about the Canon PIXMA MegaTank Inkjet, G-SERIES, printers designed with a clear, front-mounted reservoirs that allow users to check and monitor ink levels with one simple glance. Also these front-mounted reservoirs are refillable, design for easy refill.

Another feature the MegaTank refillable ink reservoirs, is designed to last as long as 30 conventional ink cartridge sets. One of the refillable cartridge, example GI-290 Pigment Black, cost cost under $20. With the color cartridge’s, cyan, magenta and yellow costing under $15. There are five models to the Canon PIXMA MegaTank Inkjet Printers.

The first one is a low end models, the PIXMA G1200 MegaTank, a single function printer. That has a page yield for black 6000, for color pages 7000 and offers hi-speed USB printing. The two high models are the PIXMA G4200 & PIXMA G4210, Wireless MegaTank, the two of them are All-In-One Printers. Features include with these two printers are scanning, faxing and copying. The PIXMA G4200 & PIXMA G4210 also offer wireless printing, Apple Airprint and Google Cloud print. Link with more information on the Canon PIXMA MegaTank Inkjet, G-SERIES, printers, and a photo I took in the store.
 
 
Posted on 03/24/2018

IBM Watson on it's Way to Space, Go's Where No Cloud Has Gone Before.
 
IBM and Airbus on behalf of the German Aerospace Center has develop a mobile and interactive astronaut assistance system, called CIMON.  CIMON stands for Crew Interactive Mobile Companion, powered by IBM Watson, run off of IBM Cloud.
CIMON will be embarking on his second six-month mission to the International Space Station, part of the Horizons mission of the European Space Agency.  The CIMON project will also be devoted to psychological group effects that can develop in small teams over a long period of time and occur during long-term space missions.
 
Posted on 03/04/2018

Information on Apache Cassandra API in Azure Cosmos DB.
 
Apache Cassandra API is available in Azure Cosmos DB services. Apache Cassandra is open-source distributed NoSQL database management system designed to handle large amounts of data across many servers, providing high availability with no single point of failure. Azure Cosmos DB can be used as the data store for apps written for Apache Cassandra, by using the Apache Cassandra API.

Azure Cosmos DB provides compatibility with the Cassandra API. This ensures you can continue using your existing application and OSS tools with no code changes and gives users the flexibility to run your Cassandra apps. Apache Cassandra offers robust support for clusters spanning for multiple data centers.

Also offer multiple data centers replicates, the data across any number of Azure regions associated with your Cassandra tables. With Azure Cosmos DB users can add or remove regions for Apache Cassandra tables with a few clicks in Azure portal. Below are two links with more information about Apache Cassandra API on Azure Cosmos DB services.

Introduction to Apache Cassandra API in Azure Cosmos DB offering you Cassandra as-a-service powered by Azure Cosmos DB, link to a blog from last November with more information.
   Click here for a blog. 
 
Video from Microsoft Azure YouTube page, "Azure Friday," talking about what's new in Azure Cosmos DB, such as the Cassandra API for applications that are written for Apache Cassandra, and also the new updates to the Azure Table storage API, link below.
 
Posted on 02/23/2018

PowerEdge Servers Built with AMD EPYC Processor.
 
Information on PowerEdge Servers with AMD EPYC Processor.  The AMD EPYC sets world records on SPEC CPU Benchmarks, overcome the challenges of modern data centers with the latest server technology that adapts and distributes the workloads efficiently.

The three following servers the PowerEdge R6415, PowerEdge R7415 and PowerEdge R7425, are built with AMD EPYC processors, will increase Dell EMC customers options in managing their IT infrastructure.  Link below to a blog by Ashley Gorakhpurwalla, President and GM Server Solutions, at Dell EMC, also two videos from Dell EMC ÝouTube page.

Blog titled, "Where Change Meets Its Match: PowerEdge Servers with AMD EPYC Processors Have Arrived," link below
   Click here for a blog. 

Information on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R7415, link below to a video.
   Click here for a video. 

Another video from Dell EMC YouTube page, with information on the Dell EMC PowerEdge R7425, link below to a video.
   Click here for a video. 
 
Posted on 02/11/2018

Information on Cisco Stealthwatch.
 
For this post I am going to talk about  Cisco Stealthwatch. Cisco Stealthwatch a way to add scalable visibility and security analytics across your network and cloud infrastructures.  Cisco Stealthwatch can detect attacks that get past perimeter defenses across network and cloud infrastructures.

It also can detect malicious patterns in encrypted traffic, with no decryption is needed.  Cisco Stealthwatch is integration with Cisco Identity Services Engine (ISE), to create and enforce policies. That will keep unauthorized users and devices from accessing restricted areas of the network infrastructures, links below with more information.

Link below with more information on Cisco Stealthwatch Enterprise.
   Click here for a website with more information, and a video below. 

Video from Cisco YouTube page, getting started with Stealthwatch Enterprise in five minutes.
   Click here for a video. 
 
Posted on 01/29/2018

Information on Theming Drupal.
 
Video from Drupal South, it was the first Drupal conference for Australia and New Zealand, held in Auckland on November 16-17, back in 2017.   Video below is from Drupal South YouTube page, Laura Munro talks about "Theming Drupal in 2017: A New Hope." In the video you can hear about some of the emerging technology and web design trends, from flexbox & css grids, to interactive SVG maps and theming without Bootstrap.
 
Link below to the video.
 
Posted on 01/20/2018

Lumogon Metadata on Docker Hub.
 
Information on storing Lumogon metadata on Docker Hub with Manifesto. Manifesto is a new tool from Aqua Security that allows users to store and query metadata for Docker images using Docker Hub. The metadata can be any information that user want to store. Lumogon is a tool from Puppet that can inspect your container-based applications, producing reports on all sorts of metadata from labels on the container to software installed in the image.
 
Running Lumogon against a container, will outputs information about the contents and all the metadata of that container. It also can be use to collect information from all of the containers running on this host. Below is a link to a blog from Puppet with more information on Lumogon and Manifesto.
 
Posted on 12/05/2017

Information from Stockholm Contentful User Meetup.
 
Contentful and Valtech co-host the first ever Stockholm Contentful User Meetup.  Contentful, is a Content Management System(CMS), help users with simplified access to new platforms, and increased developer productivity, for websites.   Valtech is a global digital agency specialising in data, development and design.

Below is link with information from the first-ever Stockholm Contentful User Meetup.  Also there is a video from the event talking about “Structured Content and JS Components."
 
Posted on 10/07/2017

Microsoft and Facebook, with Teletexts Complete A 4000 Mile Fiber Optic Cable Across the Atlantic Ocean.
 
Microsoft and Facebook, with Spanish-based telecom company Telxius, has team up for fiber optic cables project. The project was named “Marea,” with the goal of running a fiber optic cable across the Atlantic ocean connecting Virginia Beach, Virginia to Bilbao, Spain. It was announce the other day, that the 4,000-miles of fiber optic cables run has been completed, and is expected to begin operations in early 2018.
The “Marea,” project fiber optic cable will transmit data across the Atlantic at speeds of 160 terabits/seconds, believe to be equal to streaming 71m HD videos at once. The cable run is made of eight fiber optic cables wrapped in watertight plastic, submerged to an average depth of 11,000 feet, below are two links with more information about the 4000 mile fiber optic cable across.

Link below to a article from DialyMail website.
 
Link below to a blog from Microsoft, with more information.

Posted on 09/29/2017

Information from VMworld Europe 2017.
 
VMworld Europe 2017 is a VMware event that last four days where people get to engage with, top leaders, subject matter experts and IT professionals to gain insights and the tools to enable business success, with the use of cloud infrastructure and mobility technology. Link below to five video's I found covering the event.
 
VMworld 2017 Europe, General Session Day One, link below to a video.

Interview with Bask Iyer, Dell and VMware CIO, at VMworld 2017 Europe, link below to a video.
   Click here for a video. 

"The Power Of Difference," interview with Christian Mohn at VMworld 2017 Europe.
Interview with Liselotte Foverskov talking about "The Power Of Difference," at VMworld 2017 Europe.

VMworld TV talks with Sean O"Dell, Technical Product Manager Cloud Services, VMware at VMworld 2017 Europe, link below to a video.
   Click here for a video. 

Posted on 09/21/2017

Protecting User's Against Data Breaches.
 
For this post I am going share a blog I found at CloudBerry Lab, talking about what user's need to do to protect them self against data breach. Data Breach has been a problem for may years, web, healthcare, and telecoms companies have been affected by this problem. Company like America Online, where AOL employee was charged with stealing screen names.

In June 2004, web company America Online had a worker who was arrested in a spam scheme. The worker took a list of 90 million AOL user account screen names, and then sold them, so they could be used to promote a Internet gambling business. Another example of a data breach from the healthcare industries was what happen to Affinity Health, back in 2009.

Affinity data breach was cause by office copier's they leased, and that was returned to the leasing company, might of contain personal information on its hard drive. Like many organizations, Affinity were not aware that newer copy machines on the time contained hard drives that need to be wiped when the lease was over. It was believed the copiers could have contain Affinity members social security numbers, dates of birth, and medical information. Last example is from the telecom industries is the AT&T iPad security breach of 2010.

AT&T data breach exposed user's email addresses, coupled with an associated ID used to authenticate the subscriber on AT&T's network, known as the ICC-ID. ICC-ID stands for integrated circuit card identifier and is used to identify the SIM cards that associate a mobile device with a particular user iPad. Making these iPads vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.

Below is a link to CloudBerry blog “Two Step Protection against Data Breach,” talking about implementing access management policies and protect data with encryption users to protect organizations against data breach.

   Click here for a website with more information. 
 
 
Posted on 09/09/2017

Information on the Checkers Illuminated Firefly 5-Channel Cable Protector.
 
Information on the Checkers Illuminated Firefly 5-channel Cable Protector, with a built-in, for battery powered LED lights make this cable protector excellent for low light situations. With a choose of two different LED colors, and when the LED lights are not needed they can be shut off, by push button. This cable protector keeps your cables, wires, and hoses safe from wear and tear.
  
Posted on 09/03/2017

Information on Apple Remote Desktop.
 
Apple Remote Desktop is the best way for users to manage the Apple computers on their network. Distribute software, provide real-time online help to end users, create detailed software and hardware reports, and automate routine management task, all without user leaving their desk. Some on the features are, Remote Spotlight search, and System Status Indicators.

Remote Spotlight search describe as a is “lightning-fast searches on remote client systems. Summary results for each client are updated instantly as results are returned. View details on results, or refine searches even further using additional qualifiers. Results can be viewed on remote client systems, copied back to your administrator system, or deleted,” information from Apple's website link below. Next feature I want to look at is the System Status Indicators.

System Status Indicators enables you to look at one or many machines on the network. Users can see the name of the computer, the name of the current user, and the user's account picture. Also with one click Network Administrators can get details information on startup disk usage, memory utilization, and CPU utilization. System Status Indicators is great for, Network Administrators, because it can give overview of the status of their network, link below with more information about other tools offer in Apple Remote Desktop.

Link below with more information on Apple Remote Desktop.
 
Information below on System Status Indicators.
 
 
Posted on 08/20/2017

Information on "drupal 8.4.0-alpha1" Release.
 
Information on the releases of "drupal 8.4.0-alpha1," the next feature release of Drupal 8.  Alphas are good testing targets for developers and site builders who are comfortable reporting and where possible, fixing their own bugs. Meaning the Alpha releases are not recommended for non-technical users, not for production websites, link below.
 
Posted on 08/18/2017

Information on Cisco Jabber.
 
Cisco Jabber 11.8 is a suite of Unified Communications applications that allow seamless interaction with users to stay in contact from anywhere. Cisco Jabber can be used to collaborate on projects in the workplace.

The way user can collaborate on projects Cisco Jabber provides a full set of convenient, rich comprehensive one to one and group messaging features. Cisco Jabber offers IM, presence, audio and video calling, voicemail, and conferencing. User can experience a easy way to create conference bridge with Cisco Meeting Server or Cisco WebEx. The Cisco Jabber Applications can be run on, Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone and iPad, link below to some video's, with more information.

Look at how Cisco Jabber 11.8 can be used to collaborate on projects in the workplace, link below to a video.
 
Cisco Jabber 11.8 provides a full set of convenient, rich comprehensive one-to-one and group messaging features.
 
Cisco Jabber 11.8, conferencing experience a easy way for user to create a conference bridge with Cisco Meeting Server or Cisco WebEx, link below to a video with more information.
Posted on 08/13/2017

Artificial Intelligence Services at Amazon Web Services (AWS).
 
Artificial Intelligence provides a way for developers to solves cognitive problems commonly associated with human intelligence through machine learning and deep learning. Below is a video from AWS Summit Tel Aviv 2017: “An Introduction to the AI services at AWS,” with Adrian Hornsby Technical Evangelist at AWS.

In the video he talks about how Artificial Intelligence services on the AWS cloud bring deep learning (DL) technologies like natural language understanding (NLU), automatic speech recognition (ASR), image recognition and computer vision (CV), text-to-speech (TTS), and machine learning (ML) within reach of developers. The video is a introduced to several new AI services: Amazon Lex, to build sophisticated text and voice chatbots; Amazon Rekognition, for deep learning-based image recognition; and Amazon Polly, for turning text into lifelike speech. Two links below with more information about the Artificial Intelligence Services at AWS.

Video from AWS Summit Tel Aviv 2017: An Introduction to the AI services at AWS, with Adrian Hornsby, Technical Evangelist at AWS.
 
Link below to AWS AI Blog exploiting the unique features of the Apache MXNet Deep Learning Framework with a Cheat Sheet.
 
Posted on 08/04/2017

Information on the Cisco WAP125.
 
The Cisco WAP125 is an entry-level access point designed for small businesses, and home offices, can offer fast, simple, and secure Wi-Fi connectivity. One of the features of the Cisco WAP125 Intuitive web-based configuration wizard, for different types of support of secure guest access.

Another feature of the Cisco WAP125, it support single radio supports both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz, with speeds up to 867 Mbps. Also can be powered AC outlet, AC adapter included, or can use Power over Ethernet. Below are two links with more information on the Cisco WAP125 Wireless-AC Dual Band Desktop Access Point

Information on CiscoWAP125, link below.
   Click here for a website with more information. 

Video with more information on the CiscoWAP125.
   Click here for a video. 

Posted on 08/03/2017

Information on IBM MQ Appliance, for Messaging Platform.
 
For this post I am going to talk about the IBM MQ Appliance, for messaging platform. IBM MQ Appliance delivers exceptional performance and capacity with the inclusion of large capacity solid-state drives, that can configure/purchase up to 3TB. Users can also take advantage of simultaneous synchronous high availability and asynchronous disaster recovery capabilities with additional 10GB Ethernet ports.

The IBM MQ Appliance also offers simplifies configuration, management and monitoring for Users with the IBM MQ Console. Below is a link to IBM website with more information, and a video from IBM Cloud Computing YouTube page, how to set up and install IBM MQ Appliance.

Information below on the IBM MQ Appliance, link below.
 
Video from IBM Cloud Computing YouTube page, how to set up and install IBM MQ Appliance.

Posted on 06/11/2017

Information on Drupalcamp Bristol.
 
Drupalcamp Bristol is planing on being largest gathering of Drupal experts in the South West is looking for speakers. Drupal is an open source platform for building amazing digital experiences. It's made by a dedicated community.

DrupalCamp Bristol is a non-profit event brought to you by a team of volunteers from the Bristol Drupal community. The event will be from Friday June 30 to Sunday July 2, across many locations in the Bristol area link below to events website, and a article from Techspark website.

Information on Drupalcamp Bristol, link to events website.
 
Article on Drupalcamp Bristol in planing on being largest gathering of Drupal experts in the South West is looking for speakers.
 
Posted on 05/31/2017

Five Shares for the month of May 2017, Topic Docker.
 
For the fifth “Five Shares” post of 2017, I going to talk about Docker Container Management, again. The reason why I pick this as the topic for the “Five Shares” for over 30 days, I have posted about Docker Containers, without missing a day, you can find these post under the hashtag, #post30days, on Twitter and LinkedIn.  I have increase my knowledge and understanding on how Docker works, and how it can help organizations with day to day cost for data centers, security & access of data,  designing for developers and massively scalable.
 
For my last post I pick a video from Docker YouTube page titled, "Do you speak Exec-glish?."  The video talks about what needs to be done for large-scale adoption of container technology requires an ability to translate tech-speak, into exec-speak, link below to a video.  Remember the share five are posts from my twitter or Linkedin. Sometime it a theme post or just five random post, link below to article, blogs and videos I share during the month of May 2017.
 
1) Video from Docker YouTube page titled, "Do you speak Exec-glish?."
 
2) Docker for Government, link below with more information.
 
3) Taming cloud costs with Docker, video from DockerCon 2017.
 
4) How to commit changes to a docker image, link below to a article from Techrepublic website.
 
5) Creating an Oracle Database Docker image, from Oracle Technologies Blog.
Posted on 05/26/2017

Information on Azure Active Directory Identity Protection.
 
Azure Active Directory Identity Protection is a feature of the Azure AD Premium, P2 edition, that enables user to detect potential vulnerabilities and configure automated responses to detected suspicious actions that are related to users organization’s identities.
 
Azure Active Directory Identity Protection analyses your configuration and detects vulnerabilities that can have an impact on your user's identities. Below is demo on Azure AD Identity Protection, showing how technologies and machine learning capabilities is uses to help protect Microsoft Account identities.
 
 
Posted on 05/18/2017

Information on SUSE Manager and SALT.
 
SUSE Manager and SALT lets you manage large sets of Linux systems and keep them up to date. It provides automated and cost-effective software management, asset management, and system provisioning.

The inclusion of Salt in SUSE Manager 3 provides powerful event-driven configuration and management capabilities for full control of any modern infrastructure. Below are three video from SUSE Expert Days Amsterdam, with more information.

SUSE Manager and Salt, part one of three by Rob Knight, from SUSE Expert Days Amsterdam, link below to a video.
 
Video on SUSE Manager and Salt, part two of three, with Thomas Hatch, from SUSE Expert Days Amsterdam 2017, link below.
 
SUSE Manager and Salt, part three of three by Rob Knight, from SUSE Expert Days Amsterdam, link below to a video.

 
Posted on 04/21/2017

Five Shares for the Month of April 2017, Topic Docker Container Management.
 
For the fourth “Five Shares” post of 2017, I going to talk about Docker Container Management. The reason why I pick this as the topic for the “Five Shares” I order a new book, from Barnes & Noble, titled "Mastering Docker" by Scott Gallagher, link below with more information.

Remember Docker is an open platform for developers and admins to build, ship, and run distributed applications, whether on a laptops, in a data center, virtual machines and the cloud. One on the Five Shares, talks about what changes was made to Docker container services more enterprise-ready, link below to a article by Chris Tozzi, over at Techtarget.com website. Changes that was made to make Docker container services enterprise-ready release of CoreOS Clair and Docker Security Scanning, which help developers and Admins find security vulnerabilities within container images.

Another change is Windows support to run Docker container services in a Windows environment. Remember the share five are posts from my twitter or Linkedin. Sometime it a theme post or just five random post, link below to article, blogs and videos I share during the month of March 2017.

1) Plan changes that make Docker container services more enterprise-ready, link below to a article by Chris Tozzi, over at Techtarget.com website.
 
2) I order a new book, "Mastering Docker" by Scott Gallagher, link below with more information about the book.
 
3) Installing and using Portainer for easy Docker container management, link below to a article.
 
4) Six quick Docker tips to make managing your containers easier, link below to a article with more information.
 
5) Video from Docker,s YouTube page, Docker for Google Cloud Providers, sets up the latest Docker platform version optimized for Google Cloud Platform.
 
Posted on 04/12/2017

Information on Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility & Security Solution.
 
Video from Microsoft Cloud Platform YouTube page,  topic Microsoft's Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) solution.  Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Enterprise Client & Mobility,  covers all things EMS and shows you the capabilities of Microsoft's Enterprise in action, link below.
 
Posted on 03/31/2017

Information on Cisco Firepower Management Center User Demos.
 
Blog below with information and demos, on Cisco Firepower Management Center. Users can experience the Cisco Firepower Management Center in a virtual environment. The virtual environment is hosted by Cisco dCloud, where users can learn how to prevents attacks, analyzes and prioritizes intrusion events, and information on setting up various configuration scenarios.
 
Posted on 03/24/2017

Five Shares for the Month of March 2017, Topic Microsoft Azure.
 
For the third “Five Shares” post of 2017, I going to talk about Microsoft Azure. The reason why I pick this as the topic for the “Five Shares” I was invited to one of the Microsoft In-Person Events, where I learn more about the services Microsoft Azure has to offer in there cloud.
 
The first item is Azure Command Line release version 2.0. The update to Azure Command Line tool allows administrators to configure and manage more Azure cloud services, including SQL Server, the DocumentDB, NoSQL and Redis Cache.  Another item I would like to talk about is the Cross Platform Command Line Interface, was built to and work well with user who are working with, VSCode, Emacs, grep, grok and many more. Link below to a video with more information.
 
Remember the share five are posts from my twitter or Linkedin. Sometime it a theme post or just five random post, link below to article, blogs and videos I share during the month of February 2017.

1) Azure Command Line extends its cloud services reach with version 2.0 release of the Azure Command Line tool allows administrators to configure and manage more Azure cloud services, including SQL Server and Redis, link below to a article with more information.
   Click here for a article with more information.  
 
2) Video from Microsoft Azure YouTube, Corey Sanders, Director of Program Management on the Microsoft Azure Compute team look into Azure Functions in Visual Studio with Donna Malayeri, Program Manager on the Azure Functions team. Information on Visual Studio Azure Function Tools, link below to a video.
 
3) Information on Azure Analysis Services that are built on the proven analytics engine in Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services, link below to a video.
 
4) Video from Microsoft Azure YouTube page talking about the new Cross Platform Command Line Interface was built to be cross-platform and work well with user who are working with, VSCode, Emacs, grep, grok and many more. Link below to a video with more information.

5) Companies in Korea and India choose Microsoft Azure to help with their digital transformation, link below to a article with more information.
 
Posted on 03/18/2017

Information gRPC Application Program Interface for the Docker Container Project.
 
Information on gRPC, a modern open source high performance remote procedure call framework that can run in any environment.  It can connect services in and across data centers with pluggable support for load balancing, tracing, health checking and authentication.  Below is a video from Docker, with a intro to the gRPC Application program interface (API) for the container project by Phil Estes, from IBM Cloud Services, taped at a container summit.
 
Posted on 03/09/2017

Simple Beer Service is a Cloud Connected to a Kegerator.
 
Funny project I found online, "Simple Beer Service" is a cloud connected to a Kegerator that send data about the beer flow to an Amazon API Gateway. The idea is simple, you attach a Raspberry Pi to a kegerator, with the aid of a flow meter that will detect when a pour was happen, post the data to Amazon API Gateway, and display the data on a web page.
 
The project costs were under $1,250 to build, and cost $15.00 a month to run in a AWS account, link below to blog with information.

Posted on 02/25/2017

Types of Access Control Lists, for Cisco Routers IOS.
 
Cisco Routers IOS provides basic traffic filtering capabilities with Access Control Lists. Access Control Lists has many different types of filtering can be configured, as a network protocols, to filter the packets of those protocols as the packets pass through a router. The access lists filter network traffic by controlling whether routed packets are forwarded or blocked at the router's interfaces.

The way it works, router will look at each packet to determine whether to forward or drop the packet, on a criteria you specified within the access lists. Access list criteria could be the source address of the traffic, the destination address of the traffic, the upper-layer protocol, or other information. Note that sophisticated users can sometimes successfully evade or fool basic access lists because no authentication is required. There are many reasons to configure access lists, you can use access lists to restrict contents of routing, updates or to provide traffic flow control. Below is a list of Access Control Lists I found when looking up information for this post.

 Examples of some of the Access Control Lists.

<001-099> IP Standard Access List

<100-199> IP Extended Access List

<200-299> Protect Type-Code Access List

<600-699> Appletalk Access List

<1000-1099> IPX SAP Access List

<1100-1199> Extended 48-bit MAC Address Access List

One of the most important reasons to configure access lists is to provide security for your network. You should use access lists to provide a basic level of security for accessing your network. If you do not configure access lists on your router, all packets passing through the router could be allowed onto all parts of your network.

Posted on 02/20/2017

Women In Open Source.
 
This is the Second “Five Share” post of 2017, I going to talk about “ Women in Open Source .” The reason why I pick this as the topic for the “Five Share” I was reading a article, I found at CNET, talking Linux Foundation appoints two more women to its board of directors, below is a link to the blog with more information.

The first item I going to talk about is openSUSE Women project, was founded on Linuxtag2010. The reason for this project was to find women, who are interested in helping other women in the technical fields, have tech talk about different topics and to build on openSUSE community.

Another item I would like to talk about is Women in Open Source Awards. The goal of the awards is inspire a new generation of women to join the open source movement. Nominations for the 2017 awards are now closed, voting will begin in February 2017.

Remember the share five are posts from my twitter or Linkedin. Sometime it a theme post or just five random post, link below to article, blogs and videos I share during the month of January 2017.

1) Below is a blog by Marita Werner, over at SUSE communities blog site “Women in Tech – Women in Open Source: interesting discussions at LinuxCon.”
 
2) Video from SUSECON 2016, Jo Harris, VP of Marketing at SUSE, interview with Kathy Bennett, Vice President of Global ISV Technical Enablement and Support at IBM, discuss what influenced Bennett’s career choice, 
the challenges facing women in IT and the importance of a woman’s perspective.
 
3) Another video from SUSECON 2016, Jo Harris, VP of Marketing at SUSE sits down with Dr. Figen Ulgen, GM HPC Software and Cloud for Intel, discuss women in Open Source and HPC, how Intel is contributing to this
initiative and the need for more women in the field.
 
4) Information on 2017, Women in Open Source Awards, link below.
 
5) Article I found at CNET, Linux Foundation appoints two more women to its board of directors, by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
 
Posted on 02/09/2017

Information on Docker Volumes.
 
I have started reading a book on Adobe Dreamweaver, to advance my web design skills.  For those of you do not know, Adobe Dreamweaver is a proprietary web development tool developed by Adobe Systems.
Dreamweaver was created by Macromedia in 1997, was acquired by Adobe Systems in 2005. The latest Dreamweaver has been re imagined with a modern interface and a fast, flexible coding engine to give web designers and front-end developers easier ways to create, code, and manage websites that look amazing on any size screen.
 
Posted on 02/01/2017

Information on Docker Volumes.
 
Understanding Volumes in Docker, data volumes is the ability to persist data in an organized way outside of the container. Below is a blog with more information by Adrian Mouat, who is Chief Scientist at Container Solutions and the author of the O'Reilly book "Using Docker."
 
Posted on 01/25/2017

Five Shares for the Month of January 2017, Topic Dell EMC.
 
This is the first “Five Share” post of 2017, I going to talk about some of the offering from Dell EMC. In 2015 Dell and EMC Corporation had signed an agreement under which Dell, acquire EMC Corporation. The partnership means Dell and EMC work together to address their customers technology needs. One of the offering from Dell EMC's new VMAX All Flash Compression capability provides incredible efficiency and performance, link below to a video with more information.

Another offering, link below to a article from Yahoo Finance, talking about Alluxio releases of a data analytics solution for Alluxio Enterprise Edition, and the Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage. Also below three more links with more information about services that Dell EMC has to offer. Remember the share five are posts from my twitter or Linkedin. Sometime it a theme post or just five random post, link below to article, blogs and videos I share during the month of January 2017.

1) Blog I found over at Dell EMC website, Say goodbye to labor-intensive, hello to light-touch deployment for PCs," by John Moody, link below.
2) Blog from 2015 talking about when Dell and EMC to combine, and created a premier end-to-end technology company, link below.
 
3)Video from Dell EMC YouTube page, how the new VMAX All Flash Compression capability provides incredible efficiency and performance.
 
4) VMAX All Flash release, delivering awesome performance and space efficiency, a creative video from Dell EMC YouTube page explaining the benefits of there new VMAX release.
 
5) Article from Yahoo Finance, talking about Alluxio releases of a data analytics solution for Alluxio Enterprise Edition and Dell EMC Elastic Cloud Storage.
 
 
Posted on 01/21/2017

Dell OpenManage Power Center Software for the Data Center.
 
For this post I am going to talk about, Dell OpenManage Power Center. Power Center helps users to gain control over their data centers with a software solution designed to helps manage and measure power consumption.
 
Power Center gives you the ability to manage and measure the power consumption of up to 2,000 servers and track both short-term and long-term historical data. Also helps to reduce consumption during low or high load hours. OpenManage Power Center allows users to implement policies that that increase or decrease power consumption. Link below with more information on Dell OpenManage Power Center.

Posted on 01/12/2017

Information on OpenShift.
 
OpenShift is Red Hat’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that allows developers to quickly develop, scale, and host applications in the cloud. There is a link to a article talking about how Twistlock’s contribution to Docker, that lead to helping OpenShift be more secure.
 
One of Twistlock's main contributions to Docker engine was the authorization plugins they developed, which were introduced in Docker 1.1, link below to the article with more information.
 
Posted on 01/11/2017

Information on Oracle Database 12c, Release 2.
 
Oracle Database 12c, Release 2, for the cloud will be a next-generation database providing organization access to the world’s fastest, and reliable database technology in a cloud environment. The Oracle Database 12c will offer better security, scalability, and simplicity for developers.

Developers have full access to all Oracle Database options for development and test, while organization can validate database migrations, load test, or performance test existing databases before production deployment. The latest innovations for Oracle Database will be available in the cloud first, below are links with more information.

Information from Oracle, about the Database 12c, Release 2.
 
Video from Oracle's YouTube page, link below.

Posted on 01/07/2017

OpenShift is available on Google Cloud and Amazon Web Services.
 
OpenShift is Red Hat's container application platform that allows developers to quickly develop, build, deploy, and manage containerized services and applications in a cloud environment. Is now available on both Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, link below with more information.
   Click here for more information. 
 
Posted on 01/06/2017

Information on VMware and Amazon Partnership.
 
VMware and Amazon partner to bring enterprises to the cloud, VMware Cloud will be available Amazon Web Services (AWS). It will be a new service from AWS, offer next year and is currently in technical preview. VMware and Amazon are partnering to bring on-premises vSphere workloads to AWS bare metal. Another benefit of this partnership is workload migration, to AWS.

VMware Cloud on AWS works seamlessly with vSphere, allowing users to move running virtual machines from on-premises data centers to the AWS Cloud, without any downtime. VMware Cloud on AWS will be a new solution that makes it easy for customers to run VMware workloads on the AWS Cloud. Links below, with more information:

VMware software-defined data center runs on AWS to provide a consistent operational hybrid model that delivers capacity and services on demand.
 
Video of Andy Jassy, Amazon Web Services CEO and Pat Gelsinger, VMware CEO, discuss VMware Cloud on AWS at re:Invent 2016 Keynote, link below.
 
Technical Preview of VMware Cloud on AWS, link below to a video.
 
Information from Amazon, about VMware Cloud on Amazon Web Services.
 
 
Posted on 12/22/2016

CloudNOW 5th annual, Top Women in Cloud, Innovation Awards.
 
CloudNOW is a non-profit consortium of the leading women in cloud industry. On December 7, 2016 CloudNOW held the 5th annual ‘Top Women in Cloud, Innovation Awards, in Mountain View, California. Following information is from CloudNOW website, talking about Innovation Awards.

“The CloudNOW Awards recognize outstanding women in cloud and converging technology–
honoring female led teams who have used technology to solve real world business problems;
contribute to society/community in a significant way, or; innovate and move the industry
forward.”

Beside the Innovation Awards the event had two featuring keynote speakers. One of them was Mai-Lan Tomsen Bukovec is the Vice President and General Manager for Amazon S3. The second keynote speakers was Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva.org. Below are some links, with more information about the event, and interviews with two of the innovation awards winners.

Information on the CloudNOW 5th annual, Top Women in Cloud, Innovation Awards, link below.
   Click here for a website with more information. 

Video from SiliconANGLE's YouTube page, interview with Dora Korpar, Holberton School, at the CloudNOW 5th annual ‘Top Women in Cloud’ Innovation Awards, link below.
   Click here for a video. 

Interview from SiliconANGLE, with Dianne Marsh, Netflix, at the CloudNOW 5th annual ‘Top Women in Cloud’ Innovation Awards.
   Click here for a video. 

 
Posted on 12/11/2016

Introduction to Segment Routing, Video from Cisco.
 
Video from Cisco talking about how Segment Routing architecture came into the existence and its evolution from IP Routing and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), that enables enterprises and service providers to build next-generation intelligent networks.
Posted on 12/03/2016

Single vs. Parallel Generator Systems.
 
Web page I found from Generac Generator, talking about Single vs. Parallel generator systems.  Generac Generator, manufacturer of standby generators for industrial, telecommunication, commercial, small business, mobile and residential applications.

Sometimes all you need is a single generator to back up your facility.  Single systems, details install one of the Generac standby generator that meets your requirements.  For Parallel system, install two Generac generators, when a single large generator set doesn't meet your application requirements, Generac’s paralleling systems provide flexible, multi-megawatt power solutions. Link below to the web page with more information.
Posted on 11/23/2016

Information on the AMPLIFY: Women’s Pitch Night Competition.
 
Today’s post will cover the AMPLIFY: Women’s Pitch Night Competition, held at Galvanize, located in San Francisco, CA, on November 16, 2016.  This is the second annual half-day pitch competition for early-stage technology startups, with female entrepreneurs.

AMPLIFY Pitch Night Competition was designed to help grow Women Entrepreneurs who get to pitch their technology products, services and concepts to self-made entrepreneurs and investors with the goal of garnering industry exposure and a cash prize.  Below are links to interviews from SiliconANGLE, and a link to Girls in Tech website, who was the organizer of the event, with more information about the event

Interview with Entrepreneur Elin Elkehag, from SiliconANGLE, at Girls in Tech, Amplify Women's Pitch Night.
   Click here for a video. 

Interview with Sandy Carter, IBM’s worldwide General Manager of Ecosystem Development and Social Business, from Girls in Tech, Amplify Women's Pitch Night, video is from SiliconANGLE YouTube page.
   Click here for a video. 

Interview with Michelle Zatlyn, of CloudFlare, talks with SiliconANGLE, at the Girls in Tech, Amplify Women's Pitch Night, link below to a video.
   Click here for a video. 

Link below to the Girls in Tech website, who was the organizer of the event, with more information about Women’s Pitch Night Competition.
   Click here for a website with more information. 
 
 
Posted on 11/14/2016

Overview of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control.
 
Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 13c console overview, link below to a video.

Posted on 11/10/2016

Infor on Azure Active Directory Management.

 
 New Azure Active Directory management experience, video below with more information.

Posted on 11/03/2016

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems in the Cloud.
 
I been working with Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems for over ten years, a system is made up of two more servers on site, that can remotely monitoring and control a location. Below is link with information and a white paper, about moving SCADA to the cloud. It talks about moving all or part of SCADA applications to the cloud can cut costs significantly while dramatically increasing reliability and scalability.
Posted on 10/08/2016

Introduction to SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6.
 
For this post, I am going to share video’s on SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, from SUSE’s YouTube page, and a book I am going to order for myself.  The six video’s are introduction to SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6.  One of the topic of the video’s is how to configuration of high availability for cloud control services.

Another topic of video’s is Cloud Administration, and allocating network resources, using Horizon Dashboard. The seventh, and last link is a book I found, from Barnes & Noble a administrator user guide for SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6.

Intro to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, overview of the Management Dashboard, link below to a video.

Intro to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, configuration of high availability for cloud control services, link below to a video.
   Click here for a video. 

Intro to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, adding existing storage infrastructure to your cloud service.
   Click here for a video. 

Intro to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, using the Horizon Dashboard for Cloud Administration, link below to a video.
   Click here for a video. 

Intro to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, using the Horizon Dashboard for allocating network resources.
   Click here for a video. 
 
Intro to SUSE OpenStack Cloud, using the Horizon Dashboard for launching virtual machines and deploying resources, link below to a video.
   Click here for a video.  

Book on Barnes & Noble website, called SUSE OpenStack Cloud 6, Admin User Guide, by OpenStack Contributors.
 
Posted on 10/07/2016

Five Shares for the Month of September 2016, Topic Virtual Machines Software and Virtualization.
 
For the third “Five Share” post, I going to talk about Virtual Machines Soft and Virtualization. Age of the data center has change with the introduction of Cloud Computing, Virtual Machines Software and Virtualization has changed the way we approach the design of information technology infrastructures in many of today’s organization.

Virtual Machine is an emulation of a computer system. Virtual machines are based on computer architectures and provide functionality of a physical computer. Virtualization is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources.

Remember the share five are post from twitter or Linkedin. Sometime it a theme post or just five random post, for August 2016 the theme will be Virtual Machines Soft and Virtualization, link below to article, blogs and videos I share during the month of September.

1) Link below to blog from VMware, talking about Virtualization, the process of creating a software-based (or virtual) representation of something rather than a physical one.
 
2) Dell announces flexible converged systems for virtualization, link below to a article from storagereview.com, by Lyle Smith.
 
3) Information on Shielded Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2016, learn how to ensure your Virtual Machines are always protected and encrypted when running on Windows Server 2016 hosts.
 
4) Physical to Virtual (P2V) migrations can greatly reduce your IT costs by extending the life of your applications and consolidating your servers, link below to a blog by Server Space with more information.
 
5) VMware’s Rajiv Ramaswami discusses Network Virtualization and NSX Momentum, link below to a video.
Posted on 09/29/2016

Information on dashDB.
 
Information on dashDB Local, is a way to configured data warehouse via Docker container technology that you can deploy where you need it for private clouds, virtual private clouds and software-defined infrastructures, link below with more information.
 
Posted on 09/15/2016

Information on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
 
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Identity Protection for continuous and real-time risk assessment of logins and users to prevent against threats at the point of authentication. The video below demo's how to reduce your attack surface by managing and restricting the exposure of privileged identities with privileged, Identity Management.
Posted on 09/8/2016

Five Shares for the Month of August 2016, Docker Container Services.
 
For the third “Five Share” post, I going to talk about Docker Container.  Containers is one of the most popular methods for application deployment.  Docker containers are based on open standards, also enabling containers to run on all major Linux distributions and on Microsoft Windows.    

Examples of  uses of Docker Container, creation of lightweight, private PaaS environments and Deploying web apps, example databases and backend services.  Remember Docker is an open platform for developers and sysadmins to build, ship, and run distributed applications, whether on laptops, data center VMs, or the cloud.

Remember the five shares are post from twitter or Linkedin.  Sometime it a theme post or just five random post, for August 2016 the theme will be Docker containers, link below to article, blogs and videos I share during the month of August.

1) Video explains how you can run your Docker services on Microsoft Azure cloud, link below.
   Click here for a video with more information. 

2) Blog from Servers Space talking about containerisation vs virtualisation. Containers and virtual machines are two of the most popular methods for application deployment.  Understanding the similarities and
    differences can help you to choose the right method for any development project, link below with more information.
   Click here for the blog. 

3) Video from Associazione Drupal Italia YouTube page, "Docker for Drupal developers," link below.
   Click here for a video with more information. 

4) Information on Docker on Azure, link below to a blog by OpenForBizAPAC, published on June 1, 2016.
   Click here for the blog. 

5) Information on building, pushing and running Docker images from Visual Studio, link below to a blog by Julien Corioland, over at Microsoft website.
   Click here for the article. 

Posted on 08/30/2016

Lyft Expand it's use of Amazon Web Services.
 
Lyft offers there Users, “Rides in Minutes.” Wherever you’re headed, count on Lyft for rides in minutes. Lyft matches your location with local drivers at the tap of a button form a mobile app on your phone, a request and go service.

Lyft saves infrastructure costs, enables massive growth of ridesharing platform using Amazon Web Services. The company is the fastest growing rideshare company in the United States and is available in more than 200 cities, facilitating 14 million rides per month. Lyft launched on AWS and dramatically expanded its use of AWS products as they became available, links below with more information.

Link to a Amazon Web Services page with information on “Startups and Amazon Web Services.”
 
Link below to video from Amazon Web Services, “Lyft Saves Infrastructure Costs, Enables Massive Growth of Ridesharing Platform Using AWS.”

Posted on 08/17/2016

Interview from OpenStackSV 2016.
 
Interview from SiliconANGLE with Shannon Williams of Rancher Lab, at OpenStackSV 2016.  Rancher Labs builds open source software for building a private container service. Rancher makes running Docker on any infrastructure simple and scalable. Link below to video with more information.
 
Posted on 08/16/2016

Docker for Drupal Developers.
 
Video from Associazione Drupal Italia YouTube page, "Docker for Drupal developers," link below.
 
Posted on 08/13/2016

Information on Content as a Service.
 
CaaS is an acronym for the following, "Content as a Service."  Below is two blogs with information on CaaS with Docker and Puppet from the point of a System Administrator, with the mind set of "let’s put on the developer hat and create on top of the platform."
 
In the blog it give's three samples of building applications for the developers to use, etcd, Interlock and Jenkins.  In the two blogs they do break it down and look at the application individually, so the developers can get a better understanding on how to take advantage of each one
 
Links below to two blog, from, scottydoesntknow.io website title "Building a CaaS for the enterprise, Part One & Two."
 
Building a CaaS for the enterprise, Part One, link below.
 
Building a CaaS for the enterprise, Part Two, link below.
 
Posted on 08/07/2016

Deep Learning Chips Will Trend in the Future.
 
For this post I am going to talk about, something new, the topic of deep learning chips.  Deep learning chips has become one of the most relevant trends in modern software technology. What is Deep Learning?

Following information is from wikipedia, “deep learning (also known as deep structured learning, hierarchical learning or deep machine learning) is a branch of machine learning based on a set of algorithms that attempt to model high-level abstractions in data by using a deep graph with multiple processing layers, composed of multiple linear and nonlinear transformations.”

Companies has been working to developed deep learning chips.  IBM Research has been working on developing the TrueNorth chip, and Qualcomm has also been working on the Zeroth NPU for the past several years. Deep learning algorithms that are achieving super level performance in various tasks, links below with more information.
 
Article from cio.com, “Deep learning is coming to a chip near you.”
 
Information on Deep Learning from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
 
 
Posted on 08/04/2016

Hortonworks Data Insights on Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform.
 
Video from Microsoft Azure YouTube page, "Hortonworks Data Insights on Azure." Hortonworks, has been instrumental to delivering real solutions with demonstrable value in the Big Data market that leverage the eco-system of open source technologies from the Hortonworks Data Platform and Hortonworks Data Flow, plus value-added technologies of Hortonworks partners.
 
Posted on 07/13/2016

Five Shares for the the month of July 2016, Topic IBM Watson.
 
For the second “Five Share” post, I going to talk about IBM Watson. IBM Watson is a technology platform that uses natural language processing and machine learning to reveal insights from large amounts of unstructured data.

Remember the share five are post from twitter or Linkedin.  Sometime it a theme post or just five random post, for July 2016 the theme will be IBM Watson Developer Cloud, link below to article, blogs and videos I share during the month of July.

Watson learns to understand Korean life and language, link below to blog over at IBM.
 
From IBM Watson Blog, information about programming robots to play poker in one summer with the help of Watson Developer Cloud, link below.
 
India is expected to be the 2nd largest IT market by 2019. Learn more about Watson in India link below to a article.
 
IBM Watson and X Prize team up to use AI to solve the world’s hardest challenges, including those in healthcare, link below with more information.
 
UPMC taps IBM Watson, big data, machine learning, to build better supply chain, Healthcare IT News.
 
Posted on 07/13/2016

Information on How Huawei Reinvents Mission Critical Computing.
 
Video from SUSE YouTube page, film at SAPPHIRE 2016, talking about how Huawei reinvents Mission Critical Computing. Overview of how KunLun perfectly integrates x86 ecosystems with high reliability and delivers performance required by mission critical workloads, achieved highest levels of RAS using Huawei's innovative technology of processor interconnection and unique RAS 2.0 to enhance reliability.
Huawei partners with SuSe and SAP to deliver up to 24TB HANA solutions based on Huawei KunLun mission-critical server. Link below to a video, with more information.
Posted on 06/25/2016

Information on Collaborative Cancer Cloud.
 
Intel Cloud Day, Joe Gray, Ph.D., Associate Director for Biophysical Oncology, Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University, spoke about how deploying a private cloud is enabling precision medicine and precision medical analytics, the Collaborative Cancer Cloud, and their work to process huge amounts of data quickly to advance the fight against cancer, link below to website with more information.
 
Posted on 06/17/2016

Five Shares for the Month of June, 2016 Topic Amazon Web Services.
 
This is my first “Five Share” post, the plan is monthly post where I share five of my post from twitter or Linkedin.  Maybe it will be theme or just five random post, for June 2016 the theme will be Amazon Web Services, link below to article, blogs and videos I share during the month of June.

Video from Amazon Web Services Knowledge Center, topic "How do I create an AWS Data Pipeline role?," link below.
   Click here for a video with more information. 
 
Blog from Amazon Web Service (AWS) with information on quick start reference and deployments documentations for AWS services. AWS Quickstart reference deployments help users rapidly deploy fully functional software on the AWS cloud, following AWS best practices, link below with more information.
   Click here for the blog. 
 
Article from "The Motley Fool," talking about how Salesforce made Amazon Web Services its preferred public cloud infrastructure platform.

Video from Amazon Web Services, how to maximize your NoSQL throughput, avoid hot keys with good design patterns, and uniform distribution across your key space.

Amazon Web Services AWS Knowledge Center videos: "How do I buy Reserved Instances using the AWS Management Console?," link below.

Posted on 06/11/2016

Information on MySQL.
 
Tutorial on MySQL, an open-source relational database management system. MySQL was created by a Swedish company, MySQL AB. Currently, MySQL is offered under two different editions, the open source MySQL Community Server and the proprietary Enterprise Server. The first version of MySQL was release in May 1995.

Eight years later, July 2013, it was the world's second most widely used relational database management system. It is a very powerful program with a lot of flexibility, below is a MySQL tutorial.  The tutorial will provide a simplest introduction to MySQL, was writing by Etel Sverdlov, over at DigitalOcean.com.

Link below to the tutorial, from DigitalOcean.com, with more information.
 
Posted on 06/09/2016

Puppet & Google Cloud Platform.

Video from Puppet YouTube page, film at puppetconf2015, Nelson Araujo talks about “Puppet & Google Cloud Platform,” below four topics he talk about in this session.
 
  • Managing code dependencies in VM’s, and the problems that may occur by chance.

  • How Containers (Docker) makes packaging apps easier.

  • Why autosign is harmful?

  • Google Container Registry.

 
Link below to the video:
 
Posted on 06/04/2016

Master Backup Processes for Cisco Switches.
 
Information on what happens when a stack unit failure, and resulting master backup processes on the Cisco Stackable Managed Switches, the SG550XG and SG350XG.
   Click here for a video with more information. 

Posted on 06/02/2016

Building Apps in Azure Using Windows and Linux.
 
A walk through on the ways to build applications using Virtual Machines on Azure. In the video Microsoft talked about building apps using Dev/Test lab and Visual Studio Team System. It also covers how to deploy apps on the newly released Virtual Machine Scale Sets and Azure Container Service.  There is also a demo of the latest support for Linux and Cloud Foundry on Azure and deploying full packaged products in easy ways.
 
Posted on 05/27/2016

Information on Flywheel Uninterruptible Power Supply Technology.
 
For this post I am going to talk about Flywheel Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) Technology.  How Flywheel systems works is it store energy kinetically rather than chemically.  Instead of lead plates submerged in sulfuric acid, batteries, flywheels use the inertia of a spinning mass to store and regenerate power.  This is done by use a massive steel disk rotating at a relatively slow speed.  Example of a flywheel uninterruptible power supply, is the CAT UPS 750 (60Hz), made by Caterpillar Inc, also known as CAT.  
 
CAT products are designed with superior quality, unsurpassed reliability, durability that allows for multiple rebuilds, ease of serviceability and reparability and outstanding support. The CAT UPS 750 (60Hz) lives up to the high standards that CAT sets for their product.

Some of the benefits of the CAT UPS 750, is it superior system design and the use of robust digital components throughout the system, that yield the most reliable and trouble-free uninterruptible power supply system currently on the market.  Also another benefit is the lower cost of ownership, compared to previous models.                                                  

What gives the CAT UPS 750 lower cost of ownership is the optimized system design. That reduces the maintenance requirements while offering improved performance and serviceability.  In addition, the high operating efficiency, cut down on heat dissipation & cooling cost, that leads to yearly savings versus traditional UPS products, reduces up front HVAC costs and electrical consumption over the life of the product.  

Below is a link to Caterpillar product page for the CAT UPS 750 (60Hz), with more information.
 
Posted on 05/24/2016

Information on Microsoft Azure Stack.
 
Azure Stack gives you Microsoft Azure Services to run your data center just like a service provider.  Link below to a video that look at Azure Stack and what it means for IT.
 
Posted on 05/18/2016

Information on the PowerEdge M630 Blade Server.
 
For this  post I going to talk about the PowerEdge M630 Blade Server, offering scalable, manageable and flexible that will meet the needs of any organization growth.  The modular NIC options, for the PowerEdge M630, allows a greater choice of fabric, and greater choice of speed and vendor, allowing you to pinpoint workload bandwidth requirements.  Allows fast access to the storage resources on the server or in the cloud.
 
PowerEdge M630 blade server offers greater memory bandwidth and double the SSD capacity of prior generations PowerEdge blade Server. The M630 provides the flexibility to optimize in-server storage and IO performance, allowing organization to tailor the servers to their workloads needs, and can be change over time.  Below is a link to Dell website with information on PowerEdge M630 Blade Server.
 
Posted on 05/16/2016

Ransomware New Problem for the Cloud.
 
Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts access to the infected computer system in some way, and demands that the user pay a ransom to the malware operators to remove the restriction. Ransomware a new threat to cloud services, encrypting ransomware made a returned in the late 2013 with the help of CryptoLocker, also by using the Bitcoin digital currency platform to collect ransom money.
CryptoLocker is a trojan which targeted computers running Microsoft Windows. CryptoLocker typically spread in a network by gaining access as an attachment to a seemingly innocuous e-mail message, which appears to be sent by a legitimate company. For several months now, there has been reports of continuous waves of ransomware attacks, link below article at "Krebs on Security" website with more information.
Posted on 05/14/2016

Information on Tap-As-A-Service.
 
Video from OpenStack YouTube page, "Tap-As-A-Service What You Need to Know Now." Tap-as-a-Service is a relatively new OpenStack project that was designed to provide tenants and service providers a means of monitoring the traffic flowing in their Neutron provisioned virtual networks, link below to a video.

Posted on 04/30/2016

Security & Cloud Adoption for the Enterprise.
 
Video from AWS Summit Series 2016, talking about Security & Cloud Adoption for the Enterprise, with information from Warner Music’s cloud adoption program and how they are transforming their business, link below.
Posted on 04/24/2016

Oracles Eleven Critical Cloud Predictions for 2016.

Blog I found over at Oracle “Eleven Critical Cloud Predictions for 2016.” The blog looks at what needs to happen in the Cloud market in the year to come.  One of the predictions is “cloud will reshape the application, platform, and infrastructure provider landscape.”

Meaning companies are going have start competing like Oracle does, in all three layers of the cloud, which are applications, platform, and infrastructure. Only a handful cloud computing services are active all three layers, that is going need to change in the future.  The other predictions I want to talk about from the blog is “infrastructure vendors without a cloud infrastructure option will be in trouble.”

Companies that do not have any Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings, will no longer be able to compete in infrastructure/data center  market. Below is link to blog with nine more predictions for the cloud market, with more information two above.   
   Click here for the blog with more information. 
 
Posted on 04/16/2016

PowerEdge R230 1U Rack Server.
 
For this post I am going to look at the PowerEdge R230 1U Rack Server, from Dell.  Powerful and efficient for small/medium businesses (SMB) and remote office/branch office (ROBO), due to one socket rack server processor design.
 
The one socket rack server processor design of the PowerEdge R230 can be setup with the following processor families, the Intel Xeon processor E3-1200 v5 products, Intel Pentiums and the Intel Core i3. Setup for communications you have the choice of a Broadcom dual-port 1Gb Base-T adapter, or the Broadcom quad-port 1Gb Base-T adapter.  

Link below with more information on the Dell PowerEdge R230.
 
Posted on 04/14/2016

IBM z Systems Working with Blockchain.
 
Blockchain is a distributed database, introduced by Bitcoin, that maintains a continuously growing list of data records. Blockchain is a public ledger of all Bitcoin transactions that have ever been executed. It is constantly growing as completed blocks are added to it with a new set of recordings.
 
Meaning a block that is current recording, all of the current & recent transactions, once completed goes into the Blockchain as permanent database. Below is a video from IBM InterConnect 2016, were Kathryn Guarini, Vice President, Offering Management for z Systems and LinuxONE, discusses the idea of cross-industry solutions, of which Blockchain is one. Blockchain is a technological innovation of Bitcoin, since it stands as proof of all the transactions on the network.
 
Link below to the video.
 
Posted on 04/07/2016

New Relic Monitoring Software for Docker Container.
 
Information below about New Relic monitoring software for Docker Container. New Relic software offers a look into the performance of applications running with Docker. Some of issues that New Relic can monitor, performance, hot running servers, finding and fixing application problems, link below to a web page with more information.

Posted on 04/04/2016

Benefits of Oracle’s Integrated Cloud.
 
Video from Oracle, Steve Zivanic, Oracle VP Converged Infrastructure, Storage, Holger Mueller, Constellation Research VP and Principal Analyst, and Diby Malakar, Oracle VP Cloud Product Management, highlight the agility benefits of Oracle’s integrated Public Cloud.

Link below to a video, from Oracle's YouTube page.
 Click here for the video.
 
Posted on 03/31/2016

Cummins Onan QD Diesel powered, 8000 Watt RV Generator.
 
For this post I going to talk about the Cummins Onan QD Diesel powered, 8000 watt RV generator.  One of the features is the computer controlled variable speed operation matches engine speed to load demand, which helps to minimizing noise level.  Other feature helps to minimizing noise level special sound-controlling housing encloses the cooling system and muffler.    Cummins Onan QD Diesel powered 8000 watt RV generator use a liquid cooling system.

The engine cooling system is filled with a 50/50 mixture of ethylene glycol antifreeze and water. The mixture is suitable for temperatures down to –37 degrees Celsius. Below are two links, one to the Norwall Power Systems web site with more information on the Cummins Onan QD Diesel generator, another link to the owners manual.  

Link below to Norwall Power Systems web site with more information.
  Click here for a web page with more information.

Link below to the owners manual for the Cummins Onan QD Diesel powered 8000 watt RV Generator.
  Click here for PDF copy of the owners manual.
 
 
Posted on 03/17/2016

Access to LinuxOne.
 
IBM is providing access to LinuxONE Community Cloud at no cost to the users. Users get a 90 day trial includes up to 2 virtual CPU, 2 GB memory and 40 GB of storage, link below with more information.
 
Posted on 03/10/2016

SQL Server 2016 Announcement.
 
SQL Server 2016 announcement event is happen on March 10, 2016, link below with more information.
 
Posted on 03/04/2016

Phaser 7800 Series of Office Printers.
 
Printing is a process for reproducing text and images using a master form or template, for this post I going to talk about Phaser 7800 Color Tabloid Laser series of printers, from Xerox.

One of the features of the Phaser 7800 printers is the high quality of the print out. The way this is done is with Xerox PANTONE calibrated solid-color simulations and Xerox color correction technology deliver results that always match user expectations, the next feature I want to talk about is the Advanced Touch Screen Interface.

At the heart of the Advanced Touch Screen is a state-of-the-art 4.3-inch, color touch-screen interface with big, bright icons and intuitive menus to help users with operations of the printer. The touch screen will also supply user with help videos for quick, easy, step-by-step troubleshooting assistance.

The Phaser 7800 printer has three different models Phaser 7800/DN Base Model, Phaser 7800/DX High Capacity, and the Phaser 7800/GX Precision Color.  Link below to Xerox web site with more information about Phaser 7800 series of printers.
   Click here for a web page with more information. 
 
Posted on 02/27/2016

Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module.
 
The Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module and its applications are part of the Cisco ONE Software portfolio. The controller provides a low-risk, incremental approach to adopting software-defined networking technologies in branch and campus environments.  Using a policy-based approach, the controller automates provisioning of the end-to-end infrastructure to rapidly deploy applications and services.
Link below to a video on Cisco YouTube page, “Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module: Delivering Enterprise software-defined networking.
 
Link below to Cisco product page, with more information.
 
Posted on 02/18/2016

Information on "THE I WISH CONFERENCE 2016." 
 
Science Foundation of Ireland & Dell is a proudly sponsored of the "THE I WISH CONFERENCE 2016." The reason for the conference initiative to inspire, encourage and motivate female students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, or math. (AKA STEM)

I WISH (Inspiring Women in STEM) conference will feature a interactive exhibitions, workshops, daily keynotes and engaging talks by women who are at the top of their field in STEM.

Link below with more information about the conference.
 
Posted on 02/14/2016

New Google Cloud Functions.
 
Google Cloud Platform, a day ago, has released a new service called Google Cloud Functions. Google Cloud Functions is a lightweight, event-based, asynchronous compute solution that allows you to create small, single-purpose functions that respond to cloud events without the need to manage a server or a runtime environment.

The Cloud Functions is a tool, which allows developers to set up functions that get triggered in response to certain events, is notable because similar to the well-received Lambda service from Amazon Web Services who is a public cloud market leader. Google Cloud Functions is written in JavaScript, and needs to be execute in a Node.js runtime. Below is two links with more information about the new Google Cloud Functions.

Link below to article, about the launch of Cloud Functions.
Link below to Google website on how to get started, “What are Google Cloud Functions?”
Posted on 02/11/2016

Azure Stack, new Platform for a Private Cloud.
 
Microsoft announced this week they are planing to release a technical preview of Azure Stack. Meaning Azure Stack will allow customers to install its own private version of the publicly available Microsoft Azure cloud platform, on-premises, in their data centers. Microsoft Azure Stack will also bring innovation for Microsoft’s hyper-scale data centers, enabling agility and productivity for customers, with flexibility and more control over their hybrid cloud platform, on-premises cloud setups.

Microsoft on Friday, January 30, released the preview of Azure Stack, a version of the Azure services and infrastructure that you can run in customers, on-premises, data centers to try it, with a full release schedule for later on this year. Microsoft will also follow up this release with a webcast, hosted by Mark Russinovich, CTO, Microsoft Azure and Jeffrey Snover, Chief Architect, Enterprise Cloud on February 3. The webcast will give more details about what innovations Microsoft's Azure Stack can deliver to their customers hybrid cloud platform, on-premises and public cloud setups. Link below with information about the release and the up coming webcast.

Link below to one of the first announcements I seen about the technical preview of Microsoft Azure Stack.
Article I found over at Computerworld.com, titled “Microsoft Releases Azure Stack Because...Consistency,” by Ben Kepes.
Link below, with information on the webcast, schedule for February 3, will be the introducing Microsoft Azure Stack, with Mark Russinovich and Jeffrey Snover.

 
Posted on 02/02/2016

How to Simplify DevOps with Containers.
 
Video from Amazon Web Services Pop-up Loft series talking about ways to simplify DevOps. Docker and Amazon ECS, offer huge opportunity to simplify DevOps. Shippable, a company that offers hosted cloud platform, Shippable's purpose is to remove all friction in software engineering by eliminating obstacles.
 
Shippable was also one of the earliest adopters of Docker, in the video Shippable will demonstrate how Amazon ECS has allowed them to stop worrying about container management and focus on innovation, link below to the video.
Posted on 01/27/2016

Information on Microsoft StorSimple.
 
Re-imagine hybrid cloud storage for the enterprise, with StorSimple. StorSimple as primary storage for a large range of workloads, examples collaboration, file sharing, databases and virtual machines. One of the benefits is manage massive data growth, user can take advantage of cloud scale to effectively manage data growth with a hybrid storage solution built for the enterprise.
 
Another benefit is simplify data protection and recovery.  StorSimple helps to eliminate complex, costly infrastructure and take advantage of on-demand infrastructure and storage that you can manage centrally in the Azure portal.  Below is a link to a Microsoft blog on StorSimple, with more information on the unique approach to enterprise storage with true hybrid cloud storage capabilities.
  
Click here for a web site with more information.
 
Posted on 01/15/2016

Information on Amazon Elastic Block Store.
 
Information on Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS). Some of the benefits is each Amazon EBS volume is automatically replicated within its availability zone to protect you from component failure. Another benefit it has Geographic flexibility, which allows Amazon EBS to provide the ability to copy snapshots across Amazons Web Services regions, enabling geographical expansion, data center migration, and disaster recovery.

Also offer quickly scale up, easily scale down, user can increase or decrease block storage and performance within minutes, links below to a web page with more information and a video by Amazon Web Services.

Link below to web page with more information.
 
Video from Amazon Web Services, "Introduction to Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)."
 
Posted on 01/09/2016

Video's from Rackspace Solve.
 
Rackspace Solve was a global conference series, with events in New York, Los Angles and Hong Kong, just to name a few. These event gives inside a look into their IT strategy and the real-world solutions that are helping them scale their business, manage big data, navigate digital trends, and changes in the industry.

Also the conference gave the opportunity to hear how industry experts, including Rackspace customers and partners are solving problems using the managed cloud. Below is a list of video I share during the last seven day, on twitter and Linkedin.

- Video from Rackspace, with John Engates, Chief Technology Officer, talking about managed and hosting from the cloud, video is from Solve 2015: NYC, link below.
 
- Securing Your SaaS, Nick Piagentini of CloudPassage talks security in the cloud, video from Rackspace link below.
 
- Solving how to Scale a high demand e-commerce and brand experience, link below to the video.
 
- Video from Rackspace, from Solve 2015: Atlanta, Don Schleicher, Executive Vice President Sales at ServiceMax, talking about how all cloud platforms are not equal, link below.
 
- Video from Solve 2015: Atlanta, Globalizing Your Cloud Office, Seth Roach, Graphic Packaging International.
 
- Video from Solve 2015: London of Taylor Rhodes, President and CEO Rackspace, talk about what organizations need to be done to move to the cloud, what need to be done to manage the cloud.
 
- The last video from Solve 2015: Dallas, with Todd Cione, Chief Revenue Officer for Rackspace, talk about the manage cloud, who should manage the cloud, working with Rackspace to put
   together a do it your self cloud.
 
This will be my last post for 2015, I wish everyone a wonderful new year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments. May 2016 be your best year yet!
 
Posted on 12/31/2015

Hardware of the Amazon Fire 2015.
 
Video from CNET, “Cracking Open - Amazon Fire 2015.” They take apart the Amazon Fire, to explores the hardware inside and uncovers the tech inside Amazon's $50 tablet.
 
Posted on 12/23/2015

Docker Fast Way to Ship and Run Distributed Applications.
 
Video talking about how Docker is used at Gilt.  Gilt is an online shopping website based in the United States. Gilt Groupe was founded in 2007 and has over 6 million members.  Gilt use Docker a way of deploying all kinds of software. Docker is an open platform for developers and system administrators to build, ship and run distributed applications.  The video cover issues such as DNS traffic migration, utilisation of resources, Elasticbeanstalk using Nginx as proxy.
 
Also share Gilt experiences with Cloudformation and Codedeploy as an alternative to Elasticbeanstalk.
Link below to a video with more information.
 
Posted on 12/09/2015

Information on Amazon DynamoDB NoSQL Database Service.
 
Video about Amazon DynamoDB.  Amazon DynamoDB is a fully managed, highly scalable NoSQL database service. In this demo video, from Amazon Web Services, show how DynamoDB scaling and partitioning works, how to do data modeling based on access patterns using primitives such as hash/range keys, secondary indexes, conditional writes and query filters.

They also discuss how to use DynamoDB Streams to build cross-region replication and integrate with other services (such as Amazon S3, Amazon CloudSearch, Amazon ElastiCache, Amazon Redshift) to enable logging, search, analytics and caching. You will learn design patterns and best practices on how to use DynamoDB to build highly scalable applications, with the right performance characteristics at the right cost.

Link below to a video with more information.
 
Posted on 12/04/2015

Information on InfoSphere DataStage from IBM.
 
DataStage from IBM offers integration all types of data on distributed and mainframe platforms.  InfoSphere DataStage provides the following features and benefits, support for big data/Hadoop, support for DB2Z or DB2 for z/OS, workload and business rules management.  

IBM InfoSphere DataStage easy for users to work with offers improve speed,  effectiveness to build/deploy, easy to update and manage organization data integration infrastructure.  It also helps organization optimize hardware utilization and prioritize mission-critical tasks.  

Link below to InfoSphere DataStage web site with more information and download.
   Click here for more information. 
 
Posted on 12/02/2015

Microsoft’s support for SQL Server 2005 ends in April.
 
Microsoft’s support for SQL Server 2005 ends in April and just like with Server 2003, should we take the end-of-life announcements from Microsoft seriously, link below to a article with more information.
 
Link below to a article by Andy Patrizio, over at cio.com.
  
Posted on 11/29/2015

Migrating Drupal and WordPress Sites Using Docker.
 
Link below to a article by Andy Patrizio, over at cio.com. Migrating Drupal and WordPress sites using Docker container, link below to Ron Smith's Blog, with more information.
 
Posted on 11/18/2015

Oracle Private Cloud Appliance.
 
Video from Oracle Introducing Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, an integrated, wire once, software-defined, converged infrastructure system - fully pre-configured, designed for fast cloud deployments and application consolidation, built from innovative Oracle products, link below to a video with more information.
 
Link below to a video:
 
Posted on 11/11/2015

Cloud Management with Puppet Enterprise.
 
Moving to the cloud is a growing priority for IT organizations because it promises greater agility and cost-effectiveness.  But that doesn't mean it's easy, Cloud management with Puppet Enterprise, is a way to simplifies any organization transition to the Cloud.

Puppet Enterprise helps organizations automate any stage of the application delivery cycle, from initial provisioning of compute resources for application, storage, network, and security.  Puppet Enterprise for all of the major cloud service providers, example Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and VMware.   Links below with more information.

Information on cloud management with Puppet Enterprise.
   Click here for more information. 
Link below to a video from PuppetConf 2013, “The Road to the White House with Puppet & Amazon Web Services.”
 
Posted on 10/31/2015

Working with Rackspace, to Connect with a Cloud Hadoop Cluster Using Tableau Desktop.
 
Video from Rackspace, covers how to connect and manage a cloud Hadoop cluster, big data, using Tableau Desktop. Tableau Desktop is data analysis that is easy to learn, easy to use, and 10-100x faster than existing solutions. It’s built on breakthrough technology that translates pictures of data into optimized database queries. Use your natural ability to see patterns, identify trends and discover visual insights in seconds without the help of a program wizards or scripts. Links below with more information.
 
Link below to a video on Rackspace YouTube page, it is an overview of how to connect to your Cloud Big Data Hadoop cluster with Tableau Desktop.
Information below about Tableau Desktop.
Using Tableau Desktop with hive on Cloud Big Data, with 3rd Party integrations, link below with more information.
 
 
Posted on 10/30/2015

OpenStack Automated Deployment.
 
Video from OpenStack Foundation talking about how automated deployment has become an important differentiator for OpenStack based products. Link below to a presentation highlights similarities and differences, across several OpenStack vendors.
 
Posted on 10/29/2015

Calculate Distances with a SQL Script.
 
Compute real earth distances with SQL script.  Below link has a example SQL script that  shows how to use the SDO_GEOM.SDO_DISTANCE function to calculate distances between two locations.

Link below to a Oracle Live SQL web page:
   Click here for more information. 
 
Posted on 10/15/2015

Amazon Web Services, Keynote from "AWS re:Invent 2015."
 
Video from Amazon Web Services(AWS), keynote from "AWS re:Invent 2015."  Amazon Web Services deliver the latest news and announcements from AWS re:Invent 2015, including the launch of Amazon QuickSight, Amazon Kinesis Firehose, AWS Input/Output Snowball, Amazon RDS for MariaDB, and Amazon Inspector.  Hear how Capital One, GE, Accenture, Stripe, and Major League Baseball Advanced Media are using AWS to transform their businesses to better meet customer needs.
 
Link below to the complete Keynote, from Amazon Web Services YouTube page.
 
 
Posted on 10/08/2015

Cortana Analytics Future of Cloud Computing.
 
Video about Cortana Analytics, "The Future of Analytics," from Microsoft Cloud Platform YouTube page. In the video Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joseph Sirosh reviews how game-changing developments in analytics and cloud computing will change how we live, work, and shows the enormous opportunities that exist to capitalize on these innovations, link below to a video.
 
Posted on 09/25/2015

Azure Machine Learning News.
 
Link below to a video from Microsoft Cloud Platform about Azure Machine Learning launching a new means of training on terabytes of data based on a simple yet robust count-based learning algorithm.  The new service for Azure Machine Learning is called Distributed Robust Algorithm for Count-based Learning (aka DRACULA), more information below.

Link to a blog, from Microsoft, "Introducing DRACULA – a robust count-based learning algorithm – ah, ah, ah."
   Click here for a blog with more information. 

Link to a video from Microsoft Cloud Platform YouTube page.
   Click here for the video. 
 
Posted on 09/20/2015

Microsoft Cloud Platform at Rackspace.
 
Introduces on the self service capabilities of the Windows Azure Pack, in the below video Rackspace demonstrates how to use the core components and talks about some of his favorite features of Microsoft Cloud Platform at Rackspace.
 
Posted on 09/16/2015

Rackspace Women in Leadership Summit.
 
Video from Rackspace, talking about the 2015 Rackspace Women in Leadership Summit.
 
Posted on 09/10/2015

Cloud Native Apps, with VMware in a Software Defined Data Center.
 
 Video from VMworld 2015, talks about building and run Cloud Native Apps in a Software Defined Data Center. I like the following three subjects, with many more, that was cover in this video, API and updates, vSphere integration of Containers, Before & After, and the introduction of the VMware Photon Platform, link below to the video with more information.
  Click here for the video.
 
Posted on 09/03/2015

Video on IBM and Docker New Partnership.
 
Video from IBM DevOps, talks about the IBM and Docker Partnership, link below with more information.
 
Posted on 08/29/2015

Using Amazon Web Services to Protect Data with Amazon Key Management Services.
 
Video from Amazon Web Services Youtube page, it is from the "AWS Government Education and NonProfits Symposium, " held in Washington DC, on June 25 & 26.  Demonstration talks about protecting data with Amazon Key Management Services (KSM), Cloud Hardware Security Module (HSM) and other service that can be found in Amazon Market place.
 
Posted on 08/23/2015

The Future of Cybersecurity.
 
In 2014 the government announced the cybersecurity framework, a voluntary how-to guide to strengthen cybersecurity and meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), moving it one step closer to a floor debate. Below is a link to a article from CloudTweaks.com, talking about the future of cybersecurity.
 
Posted on 08/18/2015

Encryption Revolution, Protecting Your Data With Amazon Key Management Services and Cloud Hardware Security Module.
 
Video from Amazon Web Services Youtube page, it is from the "AWS Government Education and NonProfits Symposium, " held in Washington DC, on June 25 & 26.  Demonstration talks about protecting data with Amazon Key Management Services (KSM), Cloud Hardware Security Module (HSM) and other service that can be found in the Amazon Market place. Link below to the video:
 
Posted on 08/16/2015

VMware Integrated Adding Images OpenStack.
 
Video from VMware, demonstrates how users can upload images (OpenStack terminology for virtual machine templates) using both the Horizon graphical user interface and the Glance CLI, link below.
 
Posted on 08/11/2015

Opening Speech BlackBerry Security Summit 2015.
 
BlackBerry's CEO and Executive Chairman, John Chen, kicks off BlackBerry Security Summit held July 23, 2015 in New York City, link below to a video.
 
Posted on 08/02/2015

VMware & Cloudera working together to Virtualize Hadoop.
 
VMware & Cloudera is working together to virtualize Apache Hadoop.  Apache Hadoop is an open-source software framework written in Java for distributed storage and distributed processing of very large data sets.
 
Below is a video, a discussion with Bef Fathi, Chief Technology Officer VMware and Amr Awadellah a Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Cloudera.  In the video they talk about how Apache Hadoop has continued to grow as platform, and how Cloudera and VMware are giving customers the ability to rapidly deploy Apache Hadoop and achieve new levels of flexibility and control.  They go on to talk about how Customers will benefit from virtualizing Hadoop with Cloudera Enterprise, and Cloudera’s platform for big data, link to the video below:
 
Posted on 07/26/2015

Rackspace has launched Support for Microsoft Azure.
 
Rackspace has launched Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure. CEO Taylor Rhodes made the announcement at the Microsoft World Partner Conference in Orlando, link below to a video.
 
Posted on 07/18/2015

Generac Commercial Series 80 kW Standby Generator.
 
The Generac Commercial Series 80 kW Standby Generator is capable of providing full power protection for large homes, commercial applications and Data Centers.  Generac Commercial Series 80 kW Standby Generator is liquid cooled engines, is available in low and high-speed options.   Can be setup to supply a single and three phase output in a variety of voltages.
 
Like many of the Generac Commercial Series Standby Generator 80 kW model can be purchase with the Generac Aluminum, all-weather enclosure option.  Will provides substantial protection from the elements. Aluminum enclosure is corrosion resistance, helps to prolongs the life of your generator. The enclosure is recommended for salt-air, coastal communities. Sturdy galvanneal steel enclosures are coated with a durable powder-coat finish for added weather protection.   Link below with more information.
 
 
Posted on 07/05/2015

The 7th Annual Cloud World Forum.

Information below about the 7th Annual Cloud World Forum held at the Olympia Grand, in London, UK.  The 7th Annual Cloud World Forum will be from June 24th to the 25th, follow the link below for more details.
 
 
Posted on 06/25/2015

Opening Keynote of the 16th Cloud, with Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem.
 
Opening Keynote of the 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem. Sandy Carter talks about is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Sandy Carter went to share some of her own experiences and advice with 5 career hacks to help women get ahead, link below to a video from SYSContv.
 
 
Posted on 06/21/2015

Cloud Computing Innovative, Disruptive, Transformative.
 
Video from IBM talking about how cloud computing can offer a platform for innovation and transformation for organization.  Watch Nancy Pearson, Chief Marketing Officer of IBM Cloud speak about the capabilities of digital transformation and specifically about how to be both innovative and disruptive.
 
Some of the video highlights include, how other companies deliver rich customer experiences.  Also the video talks about new business models that will spur innovation and disruption. It makes recommendations on how to act digitally and engage customers with the cloud computing, link below to a web page with more information and a video.
  
Posted on 06/16/2015

Pantheon Acquires NodeSquirrel.
 
Pantheon, the largest web site management platform for Drupal and WordPress sites, announced today the acquisition of NodeSquirrel, a backup hosting provider and the creator of open source technology for backup and migrate.  Pantheon & NodeSquirrel will be bringing drupal dackups to the cloud, link below to a article with more information:
 
Posted on 06/10/2015

Oracle Database Backup Service Animated Demo Video.
 
Video from Oracle, a animated demo to learn the benefits Oracle Database Backup Service offers your organization. Oracle Database Backup Service is a secure, scalable, on-demand storage solution for backing up Oracle databases to the Oracle Cloud.
 
Posted on 06/09/2015

Java 8 Update, from Devoxx 2015 Conference.
 
Devoxx is a conference focused on Java, web, mobile and JVM languages, and is run by top developer talent, community groups and expert event specialists. Below is a link to video interview from Devoxx France 2015, with Java Evangelist David Delabasse who gives an update on Java EE, Java EE 8 and Batch APi.
 
Posted on 06/04/2015

Cisco and Intel Talk About Their Partnership.
 
Cisco and Intel talk about their strong partnership, link below to a video from SAP Sapphire 2015.
 
Posted on 06/04/2015

Getting Started with PHP and Azure SQL Databases.
 
Video from Microsoft Cloud Platform, show you how to create a sample PHP server with IIS Express and connect to Azure SQL Database using Microsoft's PHP Driver.  Two links below, one to a video, another to a web page with more information.

Link below to Microsoft Cloud Platform video, "Getting Started with PHP and Azure SQL Databases."
   Click here for the video. 

Second link to a blog with more information, "Microsoft Drivers for PHP & Node.js for SQL Server."
 
Posted on 06/02/2015

Microsoft’s Stream Analytics Service.
 
Microsoft’s stream analytics service in the cloud enables you to rapidly develop and deploy a low cost real-time analytics solution to uncover real-time insights from devices, sensors, infrastructure, and applications.  Below is a link to demo video showing value of Azure Stream Analytics:
 
Posted on 05/14/2015

Cisco Been Named "Gold Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo.
 
Today it was announced that Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate, has been named "Gold Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo, link below to a article:
 
Posted on 05/06/2015

Microsoft Demonstrates Docker in Build 2015 Keynote Address.
 
Microsoft and Docker took the opportunity to talk about and demonstrate some of the progress they have been able to make together over the past 6 months, link below to a blog with more information.
 
Posted on 04/29/2015

ASCO 7000 Series Service Entrance Power Transfer Switch.

Emerson Network Power delivers a full range of uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and power distribution units (PDU), and Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) to meet any organization power solutions needs, Emerson systems can keep network closets, computer rooms and data center infrastructure up and running, during a power outage.  For this post I going to talk about, ASCO 7000 Series Service Entrance Power Transfer Switch.

ASCO 7000 Series Service Entrance Power Transfer Switch, one of the features is the front replaceable main and arcing contacts, 800-4000 Amperes.  Also the ASCO 7000 Series Power Transfer Switch is available with four auxiliary contacts, two contacts closed when switch is in normal position and two contacts closed when switch is in emergency position.

Link below with more information about the Emerson ASCO 7000 Series Service Entrance Power Transfer Switch.
 
Posted on 04/16/2015

Voice and Video Calling with Cisco Jabber for Android Devices.
 
Video on Cisco Jabber for Android 10.6 lets you communicate with your work contacts from an Android device.  The demo video focuses on the voice and video calling features of the application, link below to a video:
 
Posted on 04/10/2015

Generac Commercial Series 70 kW Standby Generator.
 
The Generac Commercial Series 70 kW Standby Generator is capable of providing full power protection for large homes and commercial applications.  One of the option for the Generac Commercial Series 70 kW Standby Generator is a aluminum, all-weather enclosure that is substantial protection from the elements, which makes it perfect for Data Centers power backup.

Two of the features of the Generac Commercial Series 70 kW Standby Generator, is the Nexus Digital Controller with two lines text display, easily shows generator status, run time and history.  Beside the mounted display it is also available with wireless remote monitoring.  It will provide user with instant status information anyway with a network connection.

Posted on 04/04/2015

Cisco Cloud Web Security Premium Overview.

Cisco Cloud Web Security (CWS) Premium can protect your organization against advanced threats. As a cloud-delivered Security as a Service solution, CWS Premium provides protection from zero day threats. Link below to a demo video with more information:
 
Posted on 04/01/2015

ViPR Controller Chargeback Report
 
Video from EMC on there ViPR Controller cloud computing automates and centralizes storage management, configuration, and provisioning solution.  Subject of this video is ViPR monthly customer-specific chargeback report, it demos the following features:

  • Create a group of devices for a customer.

  • View the group’s chargeback reports.

  • Change the reporting period for a report

  • Access report scheduling features

Link is below to the video with more information:
 
Posted on 03/28/2015

Integration of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure.
 
Video from Cisco, Harry Petty, Director Data Center and Cloud Networking for Cisco talks with David Aviv, Vice President of Advanced Services with Radware about integration of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), with Radware's Alteon and DefensePro solutions, link below to a video with more information:
 
Posted on 03/25/2015

Finland has the Highest Proportion of Enterprises in the Cloud.
 
Finland is the biggest users of cloud computing services in the European Union, research reveals, link below to a article by James Bourne:
 
Posted on 03/20/2015

Video Series on EMC ViPR Cloud Controller (Part Two of Two Part Post)

Here are the last four videos of the EMC series on their ViPR cloud controller.  ViPR controller is a EMC’s storage automation software for abstracting and pooling storage arrays into a single virtual storage pool that can then be managed by policy.   To show how easy it is to use ViPR Controller, EMC created a series of how-to videos.  Fourth video in the ViPR How-To Video series is “Adding Hosts & vCenters.”

Adding Hosts & vCenters, show user how to add hosts and vCenters to your tenants within EMC ViPR.  The fifth video is  adding “Virtual Arrays & Pools,” show you how to define virtual arrays and storage pools for both block and file within EMC ViPR.  The sixth video in the series “Provisioning Block & File Storage,”  will walk you through the process of provisioning block and file storage with ViPR.

The last video of the series is “VMware Integration,” it covers some of the integration points EMC ViPR has enabled for VMware’s vCenter Orchestrator. .  Links below to the last four parts of the ViPR how-to videos

ViPR How-To Video #4: Adding Hosts & vCenters:

ViPR How-To Video #5: Adding Virtual Arrays & Pools:

ViPR How-To Video #6: Provisioning Block & File Storage:
 
ViPR How-To Video #7: VMware Integration:
 
 
Posted on 03/11/2015

Cisco Talks with RedHat on Cyber Security Analytics.

Cisco talks with Irshad Raihan of Red Hat’s to discusses how Big Data solutions can offer scalable, easily manageable, and be enterprise-ready, link below to the interview, with more information:

 
Posted on 03/08/2015

Video Series on EMC ViPR Cloud Controller. (Part One of Two Part Post)
 
Video series from EMC on their ViPR cloud controller. ViPR controller is a EMC’s storage automation software for abstracting and pooling storage arrays into a single virtual storage pool that can then be managed by policy. To show how easy it is to use ViPR Controller, EMC created a series of how-to videos. First video in the ViPR How-To Video series is “Discovering Physical Arrays.”

Discovering Physical Arrays, is the first step in setting up a virtual data center is to add your physical storage arrays to EMC ViPR. This video walks the user through the discovery process and show the user just how easy it is to bring those resources into a ViPR environment. The second video in the series “Adding Fabric Managers.”

Adding Fabric Managers show users how to add storage area network switches, that allow EMC ViPR to identify associated networks and discover the network topology. The third video in the series “Setting Up Multi-Tenancy.” Note a single tenant in a ViPR configuration provides the same storage provisioning and management environment to all of its users. All users belong to the provider tenant.

With a multi-tenant environment, an organization creates additional tenants for different departments. It shows the process of setting up multiple tenants as well as different types of tenant users and automation software within EMC ViPR.

Links below to the first three parts of the ViPR how-to videos:

ViPR How-To Video #1: Discovering Physical Arrays

ViPR How-To Video #2: Adding Fabric Managers
   Click here for the video. 

ViPR How-To Video #3: Setting Up Multi-Tenancy
   Click here for the video. 


Posted on 02/21/2015

VMware Talking About Disaster Recovery.

Video from VMware, talking about Disaster Recovery with vCloud Air, a VMware public cloud offering.  In this video you have Jay Marshall, Principal Cloud Development Strategist VMware vCloud Air, demo solution requirements and advantages of leveraging vCloud Air Disaster Recovery to protect vSphere workloads currently not protected, or to replace an existing implementation with a more simple, cost effective DR solution.

This video includes a demo of how to configure vCloud Air Disaster Recovery through your vSphere Web Client, link below to the demo.
 
Posted on 02/18/2015

Webinar from dinCloud “Growing your Business with the Cloud.”

The American economy is expected to see huge growth in 2015, leading more and more organizations to add new staff.  How do organizations make sure that all of there new staff have the right hardware and software they need to do their jobs, this is where cloud computing can help.  

Cloud Computing can help organizations deploy quicker, and manage software.  In the webinar you hear from economics professor Alexander Field and dinCloud Chief Security Officer Garret Grajek, and others on the changing economic landscape and its impact on today's workforce. Below is a link to a webinar from dinCloud “Growing your Business with the Cloud.”

Posted on 02/11/2015

Generac Protector Series 30 kW Standby Generator.
 
Generac’s Protector Series diesel generators for residential and light commercial diesel generators.  The Protector Series is versatile, adaptable, meets Underwriters Laboratories requirements, and is an affordable optional standby diesel generator for any backup power needs, at estimate cost of $14,000.
 
Some of the controller features of the Generac Protector Series 30 kW Standby Generator is the utility voltage loss/return to utility adjustable, automatic voltage regulation with over and under voltage protection and high engine temperature Shutdown.  These are three of many controller features offer with Generac Protector Series 30 kW Standby Generator, link below with more controller features details and more information about the generator: 
  Click here for more information about the generator. 

Posted on 02/08/2015

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