Technology – Is a Multi-Cloud Strategy A Fit For your Enterprise?

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Enterprises and cloud computing become more integrated and essential for gaining or maintaining a competitive advantage through big data and Analytics. Cloud is now essential in improving operations efficiency and synergy. To optimize the enterprise architecture with the cloud, there are a few strategic questions that need to be considered;

  • First, how much cloud business does your enterprise need?
  • And, what cloud strategy best meets your enterprise operational and security needs?
  • Where do private, public clouds, or hybrid cloud fit in your enterprise’s information workload deployment strategy?
  • Does multi-cloud fit in the enterprise’s information workload deployment strategy?

What is A Multi-cloud Strategy?

This probably is the point where the narrative should introduce the principle of multi-cloud. A multi-cloud is an approach to cloud computing that seeks to optimize enterprise costs, Return-On-Investment (ROI), and enable big data analytics, which is already evolving the information workload deployment strategy of many organizations. Multi-cloud has already affected the major software and Software-As-A-Service (SaaS) providers, which have been rapidly evolving their application suites to enable this new reality.  As recently as this week, IBM announced that they had moved its Cloud-native software architecture.

Is It Time To Consider A Multi-Cloud Strategy For Your Enterprise?

Multi-cloud is a cloud computing strategy that seeks to align different cloud providers’ capabilities to optimize different business operations and technical requirements. A multi-cloud strategy can be a way to reduce the dependence upon more traditional software vendors and or on a single cloud service provider.

Advantages Of A Multi-Cloud Strategy

The advantages of a multi-cloud enterprise information workload deployment strategy are:

  • the enterprise can still operate even if one or more of the clouds providers goes offline or encounter other difficulties.
  • enterprises can avoid vendor lock-in since the enterprise’s data is stored on different clouds service providers and could be migrated if need be.
  • Multi-cloud can provide a reduction in the scales of data breach vulnerability since breaching one cloud does not provide access to the entire data of your enterprise, even if your organization has not implemented hybrid-cloud (private/public) strategy because all the data simply isn’t all housed one cloud.
  • Importantly, multi-cloud solutions are customizable. Every enterprise can select what works best in order to achieve optimal efficiency.

Disadvantages Of The Multi-Cloud

The multi-cloud enterprise information workload deployment strategy has downsides as well. For instance:

  • integration across the multi-cloud providers may require more planning, relationship management, and strategic oversight.
  • Multi-cloud implementations, while reducing the potential scale of any one security breach, it does provide more than one potential breach point to be monitored, managed, and mitigated.

Conclusion

Based on your enterprise’s industry, use of big data technologies, information security needs, and the use of information analytics to gain or maintain a competitive advantage and or comparative advantage, a multi-cloud enterprise information workload deployment strategy has a place in optimizing your enterprise’s technical and information strategy.  Especially when your multi-cloud strategy includes a hybrid cloud (public/private) as a major pillar in your cloud strategy. 

How to Create a Multi-Cloud Strategy

Professional Emails include a signature Block

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eMail

I encountered, what I will admit is a pet peeve today, which is why I’m writing this article.  I needed contact someone whom I correspond with regularly, but I have no reason to call or be called by them.  So, after checking my phone, went to their email thinking this would be a fast and easy way to gather the contact information.  Well, not true.  I did eventually gather the information and contact the person, but what a waste of time, which is time they are being billed for one way or another.

Example Signature Block

Ewing A. BusinessProfessional

Senior, Technical Generalist

Favinger Enterprises, Inc.

100 Spacious Sky, Ice Flats, AZ 85001

Phone: (800) 900-1000 | http://www.favingerentprises.com

 

Which email should have a signature block?

  • The signature block should be on every email (both initiated by you and replied to by you), this was true even before the days of remote work, but for remote workers, contingent works, and works who travel frequently it can be a productive enhancer.
  • Plus, it is simply the professional thing to do and saves everyone time and frustration. Not to mention it makes you look unprofessional not having one. do you really want to do that to your personal brand?
  • As if that were not enough, including your signature block is free advertising for you and the company you represent.
  • Additionally, most email accounts let you build one or more signature block, which can be embedded in your email.

Where to place your Signature Block?

  • The signature block should go at the bottom of your email. I still use the five lines below the last line of the body of the email to provide white space before the closing, as I learned when writing business letters decades ago.

What should be in a signature Block?

  • The signature block should be compact and informative and at a minimum should include:

The Closing

  • The closing is simply a polite way of saying I’m ending my message now. I usually go with the tried and true ‘Sincerely’, but others go with ‘Thank you’, ‘Best Regards’, or ‘Best Wishes,’. The main points, it should be short, polite, and professional.
  • This section should be followed by two lines

Your Name

  • This line is your professional name (First Name, Middle Initial, and Last name) and designations (Ph.D.…etc.)
  • This is your chance to say who you are and brand yourself to the reader, in a way which your email address cannot. Especially, when you consider that many of us don’t control what work email address is assigned to us.

Your Business Title

  • Including your business title provides some insight into your role and professional expertise.

Your Company Name

  • Much like your title, providing the Company Name and Address lets the reader know who you represent and, perhaps, more importantly, it is free advertising for the company.

Your Phone Numbers

  • Including your phone numbers, both office and cell (if different) enable people to quickly reach out to you if they need or want to. Not everybody keeps all their infrequent business contacts in the phone directory.
  • Putting your phone numbers on your signature block, also, enable the potential caller to verify that the numbers which they may have are still correct.

There are other items are sometimes included, such as:

  • A company logo to enhance the appearance and quality of a signature block
  • The Company’s website to help customer find out more about the company and to direct business to the company
  • The senders email to reinforce the email address in the header of the email.

However, the guidance provided above will make you look a lot more professional in a hurry if you have not been including a signature block in your emails.

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Netezza – JDBC ISJDBC.CONFIG Configuration

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This jdbc information is based on Netezza (7.2.0) JDBC for InfoSphere Information Server11.5.  so, here are a few pointers for building an IBM InfoSphere Information Server (IIS) isjdbc.config file.

Where to place JAR files

For Infosphere Information Server installs, as a standard practice, create a custom jdbc file in the install path.  And install any download Jar file not already installed by other applications in the jdbc folder. Usually, jdbc folder path looks something like this:

  • /opt/IBM/InformationServer/jdbc

CLASSPATH

  • nzjdbc3.jar
  • Classpath must have complete path and jar name

CLASS_NAMES

  • netezza.Driver

JAR Source URL

IBM Netezza Client Components V7.2 for Linux

File name

  • nz-linuxclient-v7.2.0.0.tar.gz

Unpack tar.gz

  • tar -zxvf nz-linuxclient-v7.2.0.0.tar.gz -C /opt/IBM/InformationServer/jdbc

DB2 DEFAULT PORT

  • 1521

JDBC URL FORMAT

  • jdbc:netezza://:/

JDBC URL EXAMPLE

  • jdbc:netezza://10.999.0.99:5480/dashboard

isjdbc.config EXAMPLE

CLASSPATH=usr/jdbc/nzjdbc3.jar;/usr/jdbc/nzjdbc.jar;/usr/local/nz/lib/nzjdbc3.jar;

CLASS_NAMES= org.netezza.Driver;

Isjdbc.config FILE PLACEMENT

  • /opt/IBM/InformationServer/Server/DSEngine

Related References

SQL Server JDBC ISJDBC.CONFIG Configuration

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This jdbc information is based on Oracle Database 11g Release 2, (11.2.0.4) JDBC for InfoSphere Information Server11.5, and ReedHat Linux 6.  so, here are a few pointers for building an IBM InfoSphere Information Server (IIS) isjdbc.config file.

Where to place JAR files

For Infosphere Information Server installs, as a standard practice, create a custom jdbc file in the install path.  And install any download Jar file not already installed by other applications in the jdbc folder. Usually, jdbc folder path looks something like this:

  • /opt/IBM/InformationServer/jdbc

CLASSPATH

  •  sqljdbc.jar
  •  sqljdbc4.jar
  •  sqljdbc41.jar
  •  sqljdbc42.jar
  • Classpath must have complete path and jar name

CLASS_NAMES

  • microsoft.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver;com.microsoft.sqlserver.jdbc

JAR Source URL

DEFAULT PORT

  • 1433

JDBC URL FORMAT

  •  jdbc:microsoft:sqlserver://HOST:1433;DatabaseName=DATABASE

JDBC URL EXAMPLE

  • jdbc:sqlserver://RNO-SQLDEV-SVR1DEV01:55198;databaseName=APP1;

isjdbc.config EXAMPLE

CLASSPATH=/opt/IBM/InformationServer/jdbc/sqljdbc_3.0/enu/sqljdbc4.jar;/opt/IBM/InformationServer/jdbc/sqljdbc_3.0/enu/sqljdbc.jar;/opt/IBM/InformationServer/jdbc/sqljdbc_3.0/enu/sqljdbc41.jar;/opt/IBM/InformationServer/jdbc/sqljdbc_3.0/enu/sqljdbc42.jar;

CLASS_NAMES=com.microsoft.jdbc.sqlserver.SQLServerDriver;com.microsoft.sqlserver.jdbc

Isjdbc.config FILE PLACEMENT

  • /opt/IBM/InformationServer/Server/DSEngine

Related References

Vendor Reference Link:

Oracle JDBC ISJDBC.CONFIG Configuration

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This jdbc information is based on Oracle Database 11g Release 2 (11.2.0.4), on a RAC (Oracle Real Application Clusters), JDBC for InfoSphere Information Server11.5 on Red Hat Linux.  so, here are a few pointers for building an IBM InfoSphere Information Server (IIS) isjdbc.config file.

Where to place JAR files

For Infosphere Information Server installs, as a standard practice, create a custom jdbc folder in the install path and copy the jar file into the folder (not install activity required).   Usually, jdbc folder path looks something like this:

  • /opt/IBM/InformationServer/jdbc

JAR Source URL

  • In this example, we used the jar files from the client install, but if you want to skip the client install you can download the drivers here: Oracle JDBC Drivers

Oracle DEFAULT PORT

  • 1521

JDBC URL FORMAT

  • jdbc:oracle:thin:@//:/ServiceName

or

  • jdbc:oracle:thin:@<host>:<port>:<SID>

JDBC URL EXAMPLE

  • jdbc:oracle:thin:@//RAC01-scan:1521/DW

Create And Place A jdbc configuration file

The Isjdbc.config file needs to be placed in the DSEngine directory:

Isjdbc.config File Path

  • /opt/IBM/InformationServer/Server/DSEngine

isjdbc.config Example

CLASSPATH=/opt/app/oracle/product/11.2.0/client_1/jdbc/lib/ojdbc6.jar;

CLASS_NAMES=oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver

isjdbc.config Properties Notes

CLASSPATH

  • jar
  • Classpath must have complete path and jar name

CLASS_NAMES

  • oracle.jdbc.OracleDriver

Related References

Infosphere Datastage – Useful Links

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Here are some items, which I have found useful when working with IBM InfoSphere Information Server (IIS) and DataStage.

IBM InfoSphere Information Server Version 11.7.1 documentation

Datastage Parallel Framework Standard Practices

DSXchange

IBM InfoSphere DataStage Data Flow and Job Design

IBM DeveloperWorks

IBM InfoSphere Information Server, Version 11.7.1 for Windows

IBM InfoSphere Information Server, Version 11.7.1 for Linux

IBM InfoSphere Information Server, Version 11.7.1 for AIX

InfoSphere Information Server 11.7.0, IBM DataStage Flow Designer

DataStage/DataQuality Thin Client

InfoSphere Information Server V11.7.1 detailed system requirements