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Monitoring Mondays: 7 Dev Team Secrets IT Managers Need to Know

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This weekly series will provide a recap of the most relevant news to come out of the tech world over the past week, with a specific focus on IT monitoring. It is easy to become immersed in your daily requirements as a sysadmin, but you don’t want to be that guy who is unaware of an important product release or company announcement that may change the way you do your job. With this in mind, it will be the goal of this series to arm you with ‘must know’ information so you can start your week off on the right foot knowing you are properly prepared. 

Oracle is gunning for AWS with new infrastructure offering

“Amazon’s lead is over” was the message delivered by Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison at the OpenWorld conference. The company is launching a set of new cloud data centers aimed at providing more powerful compute instances to stir competition against the likes of AWS, Azure and other cloud players. These generation 2 data centers will help bring a variety of performance improvements to customers who want to run high-performance workloads in the cloud. Read this article via Computer World that breaks down Oracle’s infrastructure goals in detail as they directly compete with AWS. 

Bad migration experiences leave IT bosses gun-shy

Past migration efforts gone wrong can cause IT pros to hesitate on doing another migration project, even if one is desperately needed! According to a recent survey completed by Vision Solutions, 66% of IT pros delay a migration due to past experiences while 35% say they lack the expertise to confidently perform a system migration. This article from CIO breaks down the findings in more detail, and also offers strategies of avoiding painful migrations as a way of easing any concerns. 

7 dev team secrets IT managers need to know 

With the popularity of DevOps being so high, it's not unusual now for a non-development IT manager to be in charge of overseeing the dev team. This may seem like an unusual circumstance, but with the right mentality and these seven tips provided by Information Week, you can make sure that your move to managing developers is successful. 

Tech leaders, activists call for Obama to pardon Snowden

Tech leaders such as Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple) and Jimmy Wales (founder of Wikipedia) have joined a new campaign pushing for a pardon of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. The campaign asks supporters to sign a letter asking President Barack Obama to pardon the former NSA contractor with the following reasoning, "Snowden’s actions ... set in motion the most important debate about government surveillance in decades, and brought about reforms that continue to benefit our security and democracy.” There is no doubt that there have been improvements in cybersecurity measures after Snowden’s action, so the petition of his pardon should only grow stronger as the tech community rallies around the infamous NSA leaker.