• IBM Consulting

    DBA Consulting can help you with IBM BI and Web related work. Also IBM Linux is our portfolio.

  • Oracle Consulting

    For Oracle related consulting and Database work and support and Migration call DBA Consulting.

  • Novell/RedHat Consulting

    For all Novell Suse Linux and SAP on Suse Linux questions releated to OS and BI solutions. And offcourse also for the great RedHat products like RedHat Enterprise Server and JBoss middelware and BI on RedHat.

  • Microsoft Consulting

    For Microsoft Server 2012 onwards, Microsoft Client Windows 7 and higher, Microsoft Cloud Services (Azure,Office 365, etc.) related consulting services.

  • Citrix Consulting

    Citrix VDI in a box, Desktop Vertualizations and Citrix Netscaler security.

  • Web Development

    Web Development (Static Websites, CMS Websites (Drupal 7/8, WordPress, Joomla, Responsive Websites and Adaptive Websites).

20 December 2012

17 December 2012

XenServer 6.1 is here!

What is server virtualization?

Server virtualization is a proven technology that enables multiple virtual machines to run on a single physical server. Each virtual machine is completely isolated from other machines and is decoupled from the underlying host by a thin layer of software known as a hypervisor. This allows each virtual machine to run different operating systems and applications. Because the machines have been decoupled from the underlying host, the guest can also be moved from one physical server host to another while running, this is known as live migration. These attributes are transforming how organizations approach virtual computing.

The best choice for server virtualization and datacenter automation

XenServer is the enterprise-ready, cloud-proven virtualization platform that contains all the capabilities required to create and manage a virtual infrastructure. It is trusted by demanding organizations to run the most mission critical applications and used by the largest clouds. Start building your virtual infrastructure with free server virtualization software from Citrix or consolidate any size organization with the premium edition.

Cuts energy costs. By reducing the number of physical servers required in the datacenter, organizations are able to save on their power and cooling costs.
Increases IT agility and efficiency. Customers can easily adapt to changing datacenter and computing needs by dynamically flexing capacity, optimizing VM placement, and automating repetitive management tasks.
Improves performance and user productivity. By enabling 'zero downtime' maintenance, automatically recovering from hardware failure, and providing failover capabilities in disaster situations, end users are ensured access to mission critical application in all scenarios.

Versatile open-source virtualization

From managing infrastructure to optimizing on-going IT operations, and from automating key processes through to delivering IT services, XenServer has the capabilities that fit any organizations IT requirements and enable businesses to transform their datacenters into IT delivery centers.

Datacenter Automation

Utilize XenServer to streamline critical tasks and maintain a manageable disaster recovery plan. Also, increase server performance while reducing power consumption and server requirements.

Advanced Integration and Management

XenServer optimizes computing resources through intelligent workload placement, rapid provisioning, storage integration, and tiered access to virtual machines. Accelerate the delivery of virtual servers dramatically improving IT efficiency.

 High Performance Virtual Infrastructure

Get a complete virtual infrastructure including a 64-bit hypervisor with live migration. Features include a centralized management console for virtual machines and hosts and a full complement of tools to get virtual environments up and running quickly.
Learn more

Improved security, flexibility and TCO with XenServer 6.1

Citrix XenServer is a complete, enterprise-class virtualization platform with all the capabilities needed to create and manage a virtual infrastructure for servers, desktops and clouds. A full suite of virtualization tools delivers cost savings throughout your datacenter with improved flexibility and reliability to provide high performance support for your business. The new server virtualization features improve datacenter consolidation and simplify the path to cloud computing with advanced virtual machine migration, enhanced networking and security, increased vendor compatibility and automated virtual machine conversion tools.

Capabilities of different releases of Citrix XenServer:

Capabilities of Citrix XenServer

Citrix XenServer:

How to use XenServer VM Manager:

XenServer Distributed With Controller:

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Oracle Web Center and IBM WebSphere Portal (really good choices)

Why you should invest first what your requirements are for a Web Content Management System can be seen in the videos below and the needs you have for day to day use for your company are deciding factors in your choice of what the best system is for you.

There are several systems for Web Content Management (WCM), like Drupal, Joomla, Wordpress, Sharepoint (Microsofts WCM), and of-course Redhat's JBoss, but this blog is about IBM WebSphere and Oracle Web Center.


First of all we deal with Oracle Web Center. Oracle Web Center is part of the Fusion Middleware Stack from the Oracle Software stack:

The components of Oracle Web Center are:

Some of the capabilities of Oracle Web Center can be seen in the videos below.

Oracle WebCentre:

Introduction to Developing with Oracle WebCenter:

For a test Drive of Oracle Web Center you can view information about a test drive here:


IBM WebSphere Portal is a powerful solution for delivering engaging web content and applications in an integrated, differentiated and personalized web experience.
WebSphere Portal supports workflows, content management, social, mobile web delivery, simplified usability and administration, open standards, security and scalability. These capabilities provide an exceptional web experience to help you become a social business.

IBM Business Process Management Journey:

Easily create new sites with the IBM Content Template Catalog:

Create Personalized Experiences with IBM Customer Experience Suite:

IBM Web Experience Management Software Version 8:

IBM WebSphere Portal Demo:


Demo WebSphere Portal

Comparing IBM WebSphere and Oracle Web Center (note is a comparison from 2010 and there were several improvements for Oracle like, ExaData version 3, new Middleware software release and it compares a scenario that might not be your scenario and you might be better of with either vendors solution, for a realistic comparison and accurate information please contact DBA Consulting):

Comparing IBM WebSphere and Oracle Web Center

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04 December 2012

SharePoint 2013 New Features


What's new in business intelligence in SharePoint Server 2013

Summary: Microsoft provides comprehensive BI tools that integrate across Office applications and other Microsoft technologies. These tools enable analysis, reporting, dashboards, and visualizations.
Applies to:  SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise 
Business intelligence (BI) in SharePoint 2013 provides comprehensive BI tools that integrate across Microsoft Office applications and other Microsoft technologies. These BI tools are: Excel 2013, Excel Services in SharePoint 2013, PerformancePoint Services in SharePoint Server 2013, Visio Services in SharePoint, SharePoint 2013, and Microsoft SQL Server.

Here is an example of an Performance Point Dashboard with Insight that helps you to get beyond excel sheets and get an Enterprise wide view for your Dashboard, a step closer to “One version of the Truth for you Enterprise performance figures”

If you still like personal Dashboards in your Excel sheet then here is what is new:

Excel BI

Excel BI provides the capabilities to analyze and visually explore data of any size, and to integrate and show interactive solutions. In SharePoint Server 2013, Excel BI offers certain new features to support business intelligence applications.
These include the following:
  In-Memory BI Engine (IMBI): The In Memory multidimensional data analysis engine (IMBI), also known as the Vertipaq engine, allows for almost instant analysis of millions of rows and is a fully integrated feature in the Excel client.
   Power View Add-in for Excel: Power View ("Crescent") enables users to visualize and interact with modeled data by using highly interactive visualizations, animations and smart querying.. Users can present and share insights with others through rich storyboard presentation capabilities. PowerView is powered by the BI Semantic Model and the VertiPaq engine.
   Decoupled PivotChart and PivotTable reports: Users can now create PivotChart reports without having to include a PivotTable report on the same page.

Excel Services

Excel Services enables people to view and interact with Excel workbooks that have been published to SharePoint sites. Users are able to explore data and conduct analysis in a browser window just as they would by using the Excel client. For more information about Excel Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, see Excel Services overview (SharePoint Server 2010) on Microsoft TechNet.In SharePoint Server 2013, Excel Services offers certain new features to support business intelligence applications. These include the following:
   Data exploration improvements: People can more easily explore data and conduct analysis in Excel Services reports that use SQL Server Analysis Services data or PowerPivot data models. For example, users can point to a value in a PivotChart or PivotTable report and see suggested ways to view additional information. Users can also use commands such as Drill Down To to conduct analysis. Users can also apply the Drill Down command by using a single mouse click.
   Field list and field well support: Excel Services enables people to easily view and change which items are displayed in rows, columns, values, and filters in PivotChart reports and PivotTable reports that have been published to Excel Services.
   Calculated measures and members: Excel Services supports calculated measures and calculated members that are created in Excel.
   Enhanced timeline controls: Excel Services supports timeline controls that render and behave as they do in the Excel client.
   Application BI Servers: Administrators can specify SQL Server Analysis Services servers to support more advanced analytic capabilities in Excel Services.
   Business Intelligence Center update: The Business Intelligence Center site template has been streamlined. It not only has a new look, it is easier to use.

PerformancePoint Services

PerformancePoint Services enables users to create interactive dashboards that display key performance indicators (KPIs) and data visualizations in the form of scorecards, reports, and filters. For more information about PerformancePoint Services in SharePoint Server 2010, see PerformancePoint Services overview (SharePoint Server 2010) on Microsoft TechNet.In SharePoint Server 2013, PerformancePoint Services offers certain new features to support business intelligence applications. These include the following:
   Dashboard Migration: Users will be able to copy entire dashboards and dependencies, including the .aspx file, to other users, servers, or site collections. This feature also allows the ability to migrate single items to other environments and migrate content by using Windows PowerShell commands.
   Filter Enhancements & Filter Search: The UI has been enhanced to allow users to easily view and manage filters including giving users the ability to search for items within filters without having to navigate through the tree.
   BI Center Update: The new BI Center is cleaner, and easier to use with folders and libraries configured for easy use.
   Support for Analysis Services Effective User: This new feature eliminates the need for Kerberos delegation when per-user authentication is used for Analysis Services data sources. By supporting Analysis Services Effective User feature, authorization checks will be based on the user specified by the EffectiveUserName property instead of using the currently authenticated user.
   PerformancePoint Support on iPad: PerformancePoint dashboards can now be viewed and interacted with on iPad devices using the Safari web browser.

Visio Services

Visio Services is a service application that lets users share and view Microsoft Visio Drawing (*.vsdx) and Visio 2010 Web drawing (*.vdw) files. The service also enables data-connected Visio Drawing (*.vsdx) and Visio 2010 Web drawing (*.vdw) files.to be refreshed and updated from various data sources.
   Maximum Cache Size: A new service parameter, it is located on the Central Admininstration Visio Graphics Service Application Global Settings page. The default value is 5120 MB.
   Health Analyzer rules: New corresponding Health Analyzer rules have been added to reflect the new Maximum Cache Size parameter.
   Updated Windows PowerShell cmdlets, Set-SPVisioPerformance: This cmdlet has been updated to include the new Maximum Cache Size parameter.
   Commenting on drawings supported: Users can add meaningful comments to a Visio Drawing (*.vsdx) collaboratively on the web via Visio Services in full page rendering mode.

SharePoint is closely integrated with the new online services of Office 365, where you can create your own website quite easily, here is a small video how to do that:

17 November 2012

StarTrek Next Generation Holodek by Microsoft!

Here is a pretty good start for the development of a Holodek or 3D projection from Microsoft Research:

Holo Desk is a novel interactive system combining an optical
see through display and Kinect camera to create the illusion
that users are directly interacting with 3D graphics. A virtual
image of a 3D scene is rendered through a half silvered mir-
ror and spatially aligned with the real-world for the viewer.
Users easily reach into an interaction volume displaying the
virtual image. This allows the user to literally get their hands
into the virtual display. A novel real-time algorithm for rep-
resenting hands and other physical objects, which are sensed
by the Kinect inside this volume, allows physically realistic
interaction between real and virtual 3D objects.

This is not just fun and play, there is more to learn at:

holographic interfaces

15 November 2012

Is your Data secure!

Oracle Database Security solutions can help to secure your data.

As you all know Cyber crime is on the rise and phishing on the web and rootkits and hacking are common these days. But not only your passwords and personal information is in risk of being stolen, also your Enterprise Data in your Databases is in risk of being compromised and stolen by all kinds of criminal elements.

Forrester recommends a comprehensive database security strategy should comprise of
three key pillars.

Foundation Pillar Comprises Of 
1) Discovery, 
2) Classification,
3) AAA, And Patch Management

Without understanding where and how your sensitive data is used, data security can be very challenging. The foundation pillar stresses on discovery and classification of sensitive data and having a robust authentication, authorization, and access control framework. In addition, all critical databases should be patched on a regular basis to eliminate known vulnerabilities. Understanding which databases contain sensitive data is a key requirement for any database security strategy. Enterprises should take a complete and ongoing inventory of all databases, including production and nonproduction, and ensure authentication, authorization, and access control is enabled for all critical databases. To establish a strong database security foundation, enterprises should use:
  •        Database discovery and classification that provides information on which databases to focus.
  • ·       Authentication, authorization, and access control for database access.
  • ·       Patch management that protects against known vulnerabilities.

SQL injection as a hacking technique is widely used and mostly due to faulty or sloppy programming. Can you afford to figure out which PL/SQL procedures and SQL queries lack bind variables and are subject to potential SQL injection and have all your Data in your Database compromised?
If your answer is no to this question, then take a look at the Oracle solutions to protect your DATA. Below you can find an overview video with all the security solutions for your enterprise that can help you protect your DATA.

As you can see in de figure below it is really important to protect your DATA as two third of all data recides in Databases, making this new Oracle technology more valuable then ever.
As already said hacking and criminal web behavior is becoming more of a problem then ever, even small businesses and individuals are targeted, as more and more things are done online:

And threats are not coming only from the outside, also fraudulent behavior from your workforce is becoming a concern to think about:

SQL Injection explained:

And the number of compliance regulations grows and companies start legging behind in conforming to these law imposed regulations:

There is a smart and quick solution to this however the Oracle Security solution, which is consisting of multiple facets, like the Database Firewall, the Audit Vault, Label Security, Data Masking amongst other features, as can be seen in the figure below:

How does all of this work in a overview easy to understand way, well the things you like to prevent from malicious hackers to do are the things listed below:

How unauthorized users are prevented to gain access to data that is not meant for their eyes the figure below explains how this is prevented.

You can control access to Data in the Database as follows:

Role based access control or classification of Data for certain users to allow access to that data.


Control users access to DATA with the Oracle Audit Vault:

And track changes to DATA with the Total Recall facility in the Oracle Database, for Critical Data with the Flashback Archive feature from Oracle Database 11gR2.

Here is a small video that explains Oracle Database Auditing: Oracle Database Audit Vault:

And here is a demo on Oracle Database Vault:

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09 November 2012

Super Computing with Linux

Why computing with Linux is so SUPER!

On this blog I already blogged about IBM and why they invested heavily in open source software like RedHat and SUSE Enterprise Linux and that they are responsible for a lot of SAP and other implementations (70% SAP). But that is not the only thing Linux is good at.

Linux accounts for as much as 94.2% share as Supercomputer OS! This might come to you as a pleasant surprise, but indeed, Linux outshines any other operating system when it comes to Linux. Investigation of the latest ranking released by Top500 (independent organization responsible for ranking supercomputers according to the LINPACK benchmark) yields some very interesting results. As it might be boring for you go through a detailed report, we have compiled the results in a handy info graph that shall give you a quick and intuitive insight to our findings.

  • All the top Ten Supercomputers use Linux OS. (Linux OS includes Cray Linux Environment and bullx SUperCOmputer Suit)
  • All the top Twenty Supercomputers use Linux OS. Two of which use Linux OS bullx SUperCOmputer Suit.
  • Out of top 50 Supercomputers 44 run on Linux OS while 6 use OS other than Linux. 3 of which use Unix while 3 use Mixed OS. The supercomputers which employ Mixed Operating system use CNK/SLES 9.
  • Out of Top 100 Supercomputers 7 operate on UNIX, 1 on Windows, 5 use mixed operating system. All the rest 87 Supercomputer use Linux.
  • The super computer that runs on Windows ranks 96th fastest supercomputer out of 100.
  • Out of supercomputers ranked from 100th to 150th, 5 employ non-Linux OS 3 of which are Unix, 1 BSD-based OS and 2 run on Mixed type of OS.
  • Out of Supercomputers ranked between 100th to 200th, 11 use Operating system other than Linux. Of which 1 is Windows OS. The Windows Supercomputer is ranked 157th among top 200 Supercomputers.
  • Out of Supercomputers ranked between 200th to 300 only 4 supercomputers use OS other than Linux, 3 employ Mixed while 1 employs UNIX.
  • Finally out of top 500 super computers , 462 run Linux, followed by Unix with 24 Supercomputers and 11 running Mixed 2 running on Windows. Finally there is only 1 BSD OS based supercomputer.
  • Supercomputers that run on Windows family OS both employ Windows HPC 2008 OS.

Having stated all the stats, we come to the conclusion that Linux despite being an open source software (allegedly having lack of support, lack of proper documentation etc.) has completely crushed proprietary OS when it comes to supercomputers

Of all these super Computers IBM does have a really big share as can be seen in this overview:

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22 October 2012

SUSE Linux "We Adapt, You Succeed"

SUSE Linux SUSECON 2012:

SUSECon 2012 Intro video:

SUSE is ater a take over by Novell and a partnership with Microsoft en after
that last year a takeover by Attachemate now just finished with is last SUSECon
2012.They have a lot of improvements to show since they are way ahead with their
positive profit margins and have more revenue then expected and have a new
slogan: "We Adapt, You succeed". As told in earlier posts in this blog they are
responsible for 70% of all SAP installs on Linux and even 80% of all mainframes
are running SUSE Linux. If you did have money to visit the event, unlike me,
then you were lucky enough to see some of these keynotes.

Here is the keynote from Nils Braukman the President and General Manager of SUSE:

By the way they are now 20 years in business:

SUSE today announced its plans to celebrate the company's 20th anniversary with
a year-long campaign highlighting the company's history and future. The
long-time provider of enterprise Linux solutions will showcase major historical
milestones and discuss plans for the future through a series of worldwide events
that will include SUSECon 2012, the premier event for SUSE customers, partners
and enthusiasts.
"We have a lot to celebrate in 2012," said Nils Brauckmann, president and
general manager, SUSE. "SUSE today is the recognized market leader in several
important segments, and is well positioned to take advantage of an ever
expanding market for commercial Linux and open source technologies. We plan to
recognize the people, the events and the technological developments that have
helped bring us to where we are today."
SUSE plans to roll out information and activities highlighting how the company
has evolved from its early beginnings in the open source industry, to forging
partnerships with the world's leading technology vendors in order to deliver
innovation, investment protection and affordable enterprise-quality software
infrastructure to a generation of customers.
SUSE's roots date back to September 1992, when three German university math
students and a recently graduated software engineer formed a company to develop
software and function as an advisory UNIX group. Seeing the potential of Linux,
the team decided to distribute Linux operating systems and offer support
services. It chose the name "S.u.S.E," using an acronym for a German term that
meant software and systems development. The name was eventually shortened to

Corporate Milestones
In its 20-year history, SUSE has undergone two notable ownership changes. SuSE
Linux AG was acquired by Novell Inc. in early 2004. Seven years later, Novell
was acquired by The Attachmate Group, which reestablished SUSE as an autonomous
business unit focused on engineering excellence, smart innovation, and enduring
customer and partner relationships.
For two decades, SUSE has brought the power of Linux to a wide variety of
customers, including the London Stock Exchange, BMW, Walgreen's, SONY, Sesame
Workshop, and Office Depot. Many customers trust SUSE Linux Enterprise to
deliver a diverse range of core, mission-critical IT services, from high volume
market data and trading, to manufacturing and production, to e-commerce and air
traffic control, just to name a few.
"We have a rich history as a Linux pioneer. We're proud to be part of the open
source community and long-serving contributors to Linux," said Hubert Mantel, an
original founder of SUSE. "Celebrating our 20th anniversary provides an
opportunity to reflect upon our history and share our visions for the future.
The possibilities for SUSE today are more exciting than ever. Perhaps even more
exciting than when we started 20 years ago.

Thy are also very strong in BI in general, Netazza and TerraData are strong BI
solutions and SAP. Here is a small TerraData video from SUSECon 2012.

TerraData and SUSE Linux:

SUSE® and Teradata, the leading analytic data solutions company, today
reaffirmed their partnership at SUSECon, SUSE's first annual user conference.
Teradata relies on SUSE Linux Enterprise to help its customers flexibly and
securely run their data warehousing and business analytics workloads off a
mature and scalable operating system. Over a million users access a Teradata
data warehouse daily for precise and reliable intelligence to support business

In 2005, Teradata selected SUSE Linux Enterprise as its exclusive open source
operating system for its enterprise-class data warehouse offerings. Teradata
deliver its entire portfolio of solutions exclusively on SUSE Linux Enterprise,
demonstrating both the success of the partnership and proof that Linux is the
operating system of choice for big data.

"We needed an open source partner that could work closely with us to deliver
value to our customers. Our tight engineering relationship with SUSE enables us
to develop unique extensions or make modifications that drive performance and
deliver value to our customers," said Scott Gnau, president of Teradata Labs.
"Not only do we deliver SUSE Linux Enterprise across our entire platform family,
we use SUSE Linux inside of Teradata to run our business. We're excited to
continue to deliver best-in-class performance and value to our customers through
our partnership."

"Today at SUSECon we demonstrated to attendees how Teradata running SUSE Linux
Enterprise can deliver the most robust, reliable and well-supported enterprise
data warehousing and business analytics solutions available today," said Michael
Miller, vice president of Global Alliances and Marketing, SUSE. "Our partnership
with Teradata is an example of SUSE's ability to adapt to our partners needs in
order to help them succeed, which we will continue to do as Teradata continues
deliver data integration and business insight that helps customers make the best
decisions possible for competitive advantage."

Teradata is the world's leading analytic data solutions company focused on
integrated data warehousing, big data analytics, and business applications that
provide actionable business intelligence. It's our passion and it's all we do.
We deliver award-winning, integrated, purpose built platforms based on the most
powerful, scalable, and reliable technology platform in the industry. Our assets

Over 9,000 associates in 42 countries
Strong diversified client base of over 1,200 customers worldwide and companies
of all sizes
2,600+ implementations worldwide
Every day we push analytical intelligence deeper into operational execution,
enhancing efficiency and transforming corporate culture.

And to continue with BI and Datawarehousing, here is a video from SUSECon 2012
from IBM General Manager, IBM System z, Douglas Balog:

SUSE Manager demo at SUSECon 2012 in Orlando:

With SUSE Manager 1.7, you get the most efficient solution for managing a Linux
environment with improvements for patch and update management, compliance and
provisioning with support for PostgreSQL database.

SUSE Manager 1.7 provides improvements for:
•Patch and update management
•Flexible deployment options
•Additional provisioning features

The enhancements are supported through the following new technical features:
•PostgreSQL as a supported database option
•Provisioning of SUSE Studio™ images directly from SUSE Manager
•Migrating systems to new Service Packs from the SUSE Manager user interface
•Basic support for OpenSCAP compliance checking
•IPv6 support for management and provisioning

Patch and update management enhancements

SUSE Manager provides the option of updating an existing system to new Service
Packs without completely reinstalling it. No manual installation is needed.
Through the SUSE Manager interface, you get information about the current
version of the existing systems. Afterwards, SUSE Manager offers you the various
service pack migration options. As soon as you have chosen an option, SUSE
Manager automatically migrates to the Service Pack. As part of the migration,
additional extensions like SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension can
be added.

Compliance improvements

IT compliance addresses how well the organization conforms with external
regulations, industry standards, and internal policies. Failure to meet IT
compliance requirements can be a costly mistake. SUSE Manager makes it easier
and faster for IT organizations to align with various compliance initiatives.

SUSE Manager 1.7 offers a standard approach (OpenSCAP) to maintaining the
security of enterprise systems. This includes the ability to audit software
patch status, automatically confirm that servers have the latest security
updates, check system security configuration settings, and examine systems for
signs of compromise.

SUSE Manager 1.7 also offers improved search and reporting capabilities which
allow you to easily find and capture valuable information about the Red Hat and
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server systems that are being managed by SUSE Manager.
These reports can be important for audits and compliance-related activities,
providing detailed lists containing:
•System Inventory — All systems registered to SUSE Manager, including hardware
and software information
•Entitlements — All organizations registered to SUSE Manager, sorted by system
and channel entitlements and usage
•Errata — All errata relevant to the registered systems including full list of
errata and affected systems
•Users — All users registered with SUSE Manager and systems the user can
•Channel — All packages within a channel including packages in each channel
•History — History of events

SUSE Studio demo at SUSECon 2012 in Orlando:

SUSE Studio lets you rapidly scale up or down as needed. Assemble, build and
maintain complete portable application stacks in minutes and deploy wherever you

Driven by the need to demonstrate value to the business, IT organizations like
yours are coming under increasing pressure to reduce infrastructure costs,
manage capital expenditures, and consolidate operations. At the same time you
need to provide more sophisticated support to the business. As result, leading
IT organizations increasingly look at areas like standardization, virtualization
and cloud computing for the benefits they can offer.

SUSE Studio is designed to help you build, configure and maintain portable and
cloud-enabled application images or appliances, to reduce the complexity,
maintenance and support costs of software deployments. Within a couple of
clicks, you decide if you would like to deploy a new or existing application to
a physical, virtual and/or cloud environment. SUSE Studio even lets you choose
if you want to deploy your application within an x86 or mainframe environment.
The ability to leverage one new or existing application for various environments
dramatically improves the efficiency of deploying and maintaining applications.

SUSE Studio is a tremendous aid when it comes to reducing complexity. SUSE
Studio leverages the appliance form-factor and allows you to effectively
decouple the software installation from the underlying layer. This eliminates
many of the versioning and patch management issues that you have to deal with
normally. This can also help you standardize your applications to further reduce
time, costs and maintenance for software applications deployed into your

SUSE Snapper demo at SUSECon 2012 in Orlando:

For years we had the request to provide rollbacks for YaST and zypper but things
never got far due to various technical problems. With the rise of btrfs
snapshots we finally saw the possibility for a usable solution. The basic idea
is to create a snapshot before and after running YaST or zypper, compare the two
snapshots and finally provide a tool to revert the differences between the two
snapshots. That was the birth of snapper. Soon the idea was extended to create
hourly snapshots as a backup system against general user mistakes.

SuperMUC Supercomputer Runs SUSE Linux Enterprise Server:

For more information on Linux support and consultancy please contact me:

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17 October 2012

IBM extended their PureSystems Hardware family with PureData racks

    IBM Pure Systems now also available as PureData

The volume and velocity of business data is growing at an accelerated rate, and more of it is being identified as mission critical. At the same time, data availability and response time expectations continue to rise. Deploying and running reliable and highly scalable transactional database systems can be expensive and time consuming. A new approach to delivering fast, reliable and scalable data services is needed.
PureData™ System for Transactions is an integrated, optimized, ready-to-run database platform designed and tuned exclusively for transactional data workloads.

Here is a small video that explains why Big Data might be important for you:

Big Data:

A simplified system for today's data demands

With the challenge of growing volume, velocity and variety of data used today in all aspects of the business - using a multi-purpose system for all data workloads is often not the most cost effective or low risk approach, and definitely not the fastest to deploy. The new PureData System is optimized exclusively for delivering data services to today's demanding applications. Like each of the IBM PureSystems, it offers built-in expertise, integration by design, and a simplified experience throughout its life cycle.

Built-in expertise 
Codified data management best practices are provided for each workload. PureData System delivers automated pattern-based deployment and management of highly reliable and scalable database services.

Integration by design
Hardware, storage and software capabilities are designed and optimized for specific high performance data workloads such as patented data filtering using programmable hardware (FPGAs) for ultrafast execution of analytic queries without the need for indices.

Simplified experience
The PureData System provides single part procurement with no assembly required (ready to load data in hours), open integration with 3rd party software, integrated management console for the entire system, single line of support, integrated system upgrades and maintenance.
The new PureData System comes in different models that have been designed, integrated and optimized to deliver data services to today's demanding applications with simplicity, speed & lower cost

Possible sources of Big Data:

Figure explains the three domains of information

IBM PureSystems Product Family - IBM PureData™ System Overview:

PureData for Transactions:

PureData System for Transactions is an integrated, ready-to-run database platform designed and tuned exclusively for transactional data workloads.

PureData for Analytics:

PureData System for Analytics is optimized to deliver data services for analytics and deal with vast amounts of data and complex analytic processing.

Why bother about big Data at all:

The simplest approach, driven pragmatically by what early adopters in the market have done, is to look at the business uses of big data and see how they apply to you. Of course, this approach cannot be complete, because more novel uses will likely be found. However, big data is likely to be important if your business is following one or more of the following directions:

1. Marketing uses social media content and relationship information as well as internally captured content from customer interactions such as call center logs to more deeply understand customer motivation. In industries such as retail, consumer packaged goods and telecommunications where there is direct or indirect interaction with large numbers of consumers, this enables a move from sampling to full dataset analysis, from demographic segments to markets-of-one and from longer-term trending
of historical data to near real-time reaction to emerging events. The ultimate goal is prediction of customer behaviors and outcomes of proposed actions such as next best offer.
2. Detecting fraud and other irregularities in financial transaction data has expanded to include larger volumes of often smaller-value transactions on ever-shorter timescales. Big data analysis techniques on streaming data—before or without storing it on disk—have become the norm.
3. Real-time forecasting becomes possible as utilities, such as water and electricity supply and telecommunications, move from measuring consumption on a macro- to a micro-scale using pervasive sensor technology and big data processes to handle it. Value arises as consumption peaks and troughs can be predicted and, in some cases, smoothed by influencing consumer behavior.
4. Tracking of physical items by manufacturers, producers and distributors—everything from food items to household appliances and from parcel post to container shipping—through distribution, use and even disposal allows business process optimization or improved customer experiences. People, as physical entities, are also subject to tracking for business reasons or for surveillance.
5. Reinventing business processes through innovative use of sensor-generated data offers the possibility of reconstructing entire industries. Automobile insurance, for example, can set premiums based on actual behavior rather than statistically averaged risk. The availability of individual genomic data and electronic medical records presents the medical and health insurance industries with significant opportunities, not to mention ethical dilemmas.

PureData is powered by Netazza software from IBM and a proven BI technology which inspired Oracle to invent the currently very fast ExaData and Big Data racks, see also previous blog about ExaData V3. Big Data can help you grow your business and increase your profits and lower your costs. Please contact DBA Consulting for more information. 

Drs. Albert Spijkers
DBA Consulting
web:            http://www.dbaconsulting.nl
email:           albertspijkers@dbaconsulting.nl