Hadoop Going Out of Style?

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From Venture Beat: On Wednesday, Cloudera and Hortonworks announced a “merger of equals,” where Cloudera is acquiring Hortonworks with stock so that Cloudera shareholders end up with 60 percent of the combined company. The deal signifies that the Hadoop market could no longer sustain two big competitors. Hadoop has been synonymous with big data for years, but the market — and customer needs — have moved on. Several megatrends are driving this change: The public cloud tide is rising The first megatrend is the shift to public cloud. Companies of all sizes are increasing their adoption of AWS, Azure, and […]

PowerShell AWS Tools

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From TechTarget: Want to make a move from on-premises systems? The AWS Tools for PowerShell module builds on your knowledge of handling Windows machines and carries it into the Amazon cloud. Windows IT professionals don’t have to start from scratch if they plan to use Amazon Web Services; their PowerShell knowledge can help them manage AWS offerings with a few lines of familiar code. As more businesses look to AWS to run certain workloads, IT professionals have a few choices to manage and automate Amazon’s cloud services. You can administer the AWS environment via the web interface or the AWS […]

SharePoint 2019 Preview

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From Redmond Channel Partner: A raft of improvements are coming to SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2019 in the next few months, according to Microsoft, which provided a detailed look at the changes during a session at its Ignite conference last week. Jeff Teper, corporate vice president of Office, OneDrive and SharePoint, headlined the keynote talk, which included multiple demos conducted by various Microsoft executives. Teper outlined the overall goals of Microsoft’s SharePoint efforts as follows: Engage employees with great intranet across the organization. Have flexible teamwork solutions in place. Empower people to work with files in a rich and […]

SQL Server 2019 Preview

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From The Register: Ignite SQL Server 2019, the latest version of Microsoft’s venerable database, dropped into preview at the company’s Orlando shindig, Ignite, this week. Head honcho of SQL Server at Redmond, Asad Khan, was keen to mention the 25 years of history behind the database software. Graybeards who remember the first 16-bit OS/2 release of the software in 1989 would be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at that figure, as would Unix fans recalling the original Sybase release back in 1987. The 2019 version is quite different to the first version shipped on Windows NT, 4.21, in 1993 and […]

Windows Failover Cmdlets and Scripts

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From TechGenix: Microsoft provides PowerShell commands for all roles and features including Windows Failover. Windows Failover can be managed using Failover Cluster Manager as well as PowerShell cmdlets that ship with the Windows Failover Cluster feature. Managing repeated Failover Cluster tasks make life easier for administrators. For example, in case you need to check the status of cluster resources to ensure that resources are up and running and working as expected, you can develop a tiny PowerShell script that helps you check the status of critical Failover Cluster resources. Similarly, you might want to use PowerShell to perform daily maintenance […]

Another Microsoft Ignite Breakdown

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From ComputerWorld: Attending Microsoft Ignite is a bit like drinking from a fire hose — the sheer number of announcements and great new capabilities is overwhelming! Here are some of my very favorite intranet announcements from Day 1. Modern communication site as the root site! One of the most important sites in Office 365 is the root site in your tenant. Until now, the root site has been a classic team site. A big announcement today is that the default root site for new tenants will be a modern communication site. Official organization news A key ask from corporate communications […]

Microsoft Ignite News

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From ZDNet: Microsoft Ignite kicks off in Orlando, FL today [September 24, 2018] and numerous product teams — several of them within the data and analytics stable — are using the event as a vehicle to launch new releases, features and capabilities. My colleague Mary Jo Foley will be covering numerous announcements from the show, but this post aims to summarize all the data and AI news. SQL SERVER 2019: A BIG DATA ODYSSEY The first slate of news comes from the land of (the on-premises version of) SQL Server. And the news is Big…as in Data. First off, Microsoft […]