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15 Top Paying Certifications for 2013

15 Top Paying Certifications for 2013
Randy Muller, Global Knowledge Instructor, MCT, MCSE, MCSA, MCDST

Having earned an IT certification, many individuals think they are automatically entitled to a huge raise. The truth is that several factors, including geography, industry, experience, and yes, certifications, combine to play a major role in determining an individual’s salary. However, certain certifications do have greater impact on the earning potential of an individual. Here, we take a look at the 15 certifications with the highest earning potential for 2013.

Note: The rankings below are derived from certifications that received the minimum number of responses to be statistically relevant in the Global Knowledge annual salary survey completed in October 2012. Certain certifications pay more, but are not represented due to their exclusive nature. These include CCIE: Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert and VCDX: VMware Certified Design Expert, for example.

1. PMP: Project Management Professional – $105,750
The Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is recognized as the most important certification for project managers. It is globally acknowledged, in heavy demand, and highly sought after by corporations and individuals alike. A Project Management Professional designation demonstrates that you have not only the experience but also the education to successfully lead and direct projects. The PMP credential is for experienced project management professionals, as the qualifications and testing for this certification are rigorous, as are the required continuing education requirements. All of these factors ensure that the PMP credential is widely respected. The PMP experience and exam requirements focus on five process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Controlling, and Closing.

2. CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional – $103,299
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) credential is primarily intended for security managers and profes¬sionals who develop policies and procedures in information security. The CISSP certification has become the gold standard in information security certifications and education. Earning and maintaining a CISSP certification is required for many government, military, and civilian security positions. The CISSP was the first credential in the field of information security, accredited by the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) to ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Standard 17024:2003.

3. MCSD: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer – $97,849

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer is the new Microsoft developer certification that replaces the old Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer certification. The new certification validates a candidate’s ability to design and build application solutions. These solutions may span multiple versions of a single technology or integrate multiple technologies. Developers are expected to analyze and design enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools.

Currently, there are three separate certification tracks for those seeking to earn this certification: MCSD: Windows Store Apps, MCSD: Web Applications, and MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management. Each MCSD track requires anywhere from three to six separate exams. Microsoft has introduced a recertification requirement for the new MCSD. Current certification holders will have to recertify every two years, ensuring that they remain current on the base technology that will have changed due to service packs, revisions, and new product releases. (Those holding MCSE certifications will have to recertify every three years).

4. MCDBA: Microsoft Certified Database Administrator – $95,950

Access to information is critical in today’s fast-paced, global environment. Corporations are even more dependent on quick and reliable systems to process and retrieve information. This means they must operate their own database servers and business intelligence software to access this information in order to grow and become more successful, and Microsoft Certified Database Administrators (MCDBA) are the ones who provide this expertise. An MCDBA-certified individual has proven his or her ability to design, implement, and manage SQL Server 2000 databases. This certification was retired on September 30, 2012, though if you achieved it before that date it will still appear on your transcript as a legacy certification. There are two new MCSE certifications for SQL 2012: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Data Platform and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Business Intelligence.

5. CCDA®: Cisco Certified Design Associate – $94,799

The Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) indicates that the certified individual has a strong foundation and apprentice knowledge of network design for Cisco converged networks. A CCDA certification is for network design engineers, technicians, and support engineers, who enable efficient network environments. The CCDA-certified individual has the skills to design a routed and switched network infrastructure and services involv¬ing LAN, WAN, and broadband access for businesses and organizations.

6. MCAD: Microsoft Certified Application Developer – $93,349

The Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) credential provides industry recognition for professional developers who build powerful applications using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and Web services. Responsibilities include implementing requirements, developing, testing, deploying, and maintaining department-level applications components, Web or desktop clients, or back-end data services by using Microsoft tools and technologies. The MCAD certification is appropriate for Programmers, Analysts, Software Engineers, Software Application Specialists and Application/Software Developers.

7. VCP-DV: VMware Certified Professional Datacenter Virtualization – $92,400

Virtualization, and those who are knowledgeable on virtualization products, are in heavy demand, especially those professionals with datacenter virtualization skills. In the highly competitive virtualization market it is essential to distinguish yourself with a certification that validates your technical capabilities. VMware is one of the leading vendors of virtualization products and earning a VMware certification is the first step toward gaining industry-recognized expertise in virtual infrastructure. Earning the VCP-DV certification demonstrates that you have not only completed a VMWare-authorized training course but also have the necessary experience and training to successfully install, deploy, scale, and manage VMware vSphere environments.

8. CNE: Certified Novell Engineer – $91,350

The Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) shows that those certified individuals have the expertise and knowledge to solve advanced company-wide support problems and high-level network problems. They perform planning, installation, configuration, troubleshooting, and upgrade services for networks. The Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) has been recognized as one of the IT industry’s leading certifications for advanced networking and troubleshooting professionals.

9. ITIL v3 Foundation – $90,900

The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITILv3) is a foundational process that provides for quality IT Service Management. The success of ITIL is through the use of documented and proven processes that cover the entire Service Lifecycle. The ITIL Expert level is the third of four levels. The ITIL Expert level certification is aimed at those individuals who are interested in demonstrating a superior level of knowledge of ITIL Version 3 (v3) in its entirety. Once you have achieved ITIL Expert level you will also satisfy the pre-requisite entry criteria for the ITIL Master Level; the highest level of certification within the ITIL v3 scheme, though the Master level is still under development.

10. CCA: Citrix Certified Administrator – Citrix XenServer 6 – $90,850

The Citrix CCA is an entry-level certification. Earning this certification validates the candidate’s skills with one of 11 specific Citrix products, the most popular being XenApp, XenDesktop, and XenServer. The Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) for Citrix XenServer 6 certification validates the certified individual’s ability to effectively install, configure, administer, troubleshoot, and maintain XenServer 6.0 Enterprise edition and Provisioning Services 6.0 in an enterprise environment.

11. MCITP: Database Administrator – $90,200

The MCITP certification validates that the IT professional is capable of deploying, building, designing, optimizing, and operating technologies for a particular job role. MCITP certifications builds on the technical proficiency measured in the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. In order to earn the MCITP: Database Administrator you must first pass the Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist certification in SQL Server 2008 (by passing the 70-432 exam) and then pass the 70-450 exam. The MCITP Database Administrator demonstrates knowledge of SQL Server instances and database solutions, database server security solutions, high availability databases, backup and recovery solutions, monitoring strategies, database management and maintenance strategies, and data distribution strategies.

12. MCTS: SQL Server 2005 – $90,100

Those who have earned the MCTS: SQL Server 2005 certification are IT professionals who may pursue careers as database administrators, database developers, or business intelligence developers. They may also be people who do not work with Microsoft SQL Server as a part of their primary job functions but who want to show their breadth of technology experience, such as developers, systems administrators, and others. This certification validates that the IT professional can implement and maintain databases by using specific instructions and specifications.

13. MCT: Microsoft Certified Trainer – $89,949

Those holding the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCTs) certification are the premier technical and instructional experts on Microsoft technologies. An MCT has earned at least one premier certification on a Microsoft product and maintains that certification. Some of the benefits of earning and maintaining an MCT include access to the complete library of Official Microsoft Learning Products; substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products; members-only newsgroups and online community resources; and invitations to exclusive events and programs. MCT’s must renew each year by completing an online application, pay an annual fee, and meet a number of program requirements to renew your certification for the coming year.

14. CCNP®: Cisco Certified Network Professional – $89,749

There are two tracks available at the Associate and Professional levels – Designing and Networking. The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) demonstrates that you have the ability to plan, implement, verify, and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks. A CCNP-certified individual is expected to work collaboratively with other Cisco specialists on advanced products such as security, voice, wireless, and video solutions.

15. CCA: Citrix Certified Administrator – Citrix XenDesktop 5 – $89,499

The Citrix CCA is an entry-level certification. Earning this certification validates the candidate’s skills with one of 11 specific Citrix products, the most popular being XenApp, XenDesktop, and XenServer. The CCA for Citrix XenDesktop 5 certifies the expertise required to install, administer, and troubleshoot an enterprise environment containing a XenDesktop implementation, including Provisioning Services, XenServer, XenApp and the Desktop Delivery Controller
Summary

Earning a certification does not guarantee that you will walk into a higher paying job. Certification counts, but employers look at several factors, including experience. There was a time when certification holders were reasonably assured of landing a job. Today it is more of a qualifier – not having a certification means you may not even get an interview.
About the Author

Randy Muller (MCT, MCTS, MCSE, CEH) is an instructor with Global Knowledge, specializing in teaching Microsoft Office 365, Exchange, Lync Server as well as Windows Server 2008.


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How to Use LinkedIn’s Skills & Expertise Section to Research Careers

Knowing what jobs match your skills is just as important as receiving the right career training when choosing a career. Luckily, LinkedIn has developed a great tool to help you learn more about the types of jobs that fit your skill set as well as give you ideas for career you many not have considered.

 

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The new tool is in the “Skills & Expertise” section, under the “More” tab in LinkedIn. On this page you will be able to enter a career title, skill or keyword into the Search box.

The search results provide you with a wide variety of topics and information to explore and help you decide which career is right for you. Some examples of the information you will find include:

Skills defined. A description of the related career is displayed in the center top of the page. This description includes the primary industry of which it’s a part, but view these descriptions with a grain of salt. The definitions are taken from Wikipedia and have varying levels of accuracy. The small arrow in the box that is pointing up or down is an indication of the amount of positive or negative growth expected from that career field.

Affiliated expertise. A list of “Related Skills” is shown to the left of the description that provides general guidance about other careers that use skills similar to the terms you entered into your search. This list provides you a window into an expansive circle of opportunities that align with your skills.

Professionals with similar skills. This section, located under the career description provides you a list of LinkedIn members who have listed skills similar to those you entered into your search. Viewing these profiles will allow you to see these individual’s career histories (both present as well as past positions) and what keywords they list to summarize their professional experience and abilities. Knowing how others in your desired career field describe themselves should give you ideas on what keywords you want to use in your own profile. Finally, this section will show you how many of these people you are connected to through LinkedIn.

Historical and predicted growth. The small chart located at the top right of the page provides insight into growth trends of the career. Is the career growing or contracting? Are there particular aspects of the career that are experiencing expanding at a quicker rate? The chart shown in this section will provide the answers.

Notable employers. The “Related Companies” section lists notable employers in your area of interest. This section will direct you to their company page. Take advantage of this feature to learn more about the company’s services, products and culture as well as potential job openings.

Find related groups. Why do LinkedIn groups matter? Groups provide one more avenue to explore a career, including the roles and responsibilities of the people in that career, where they work, and their thoughts about the industry. Groups also provide a way to connect with professionals in that career and start building your professional network. For those reasons, be sure to check out the groups section listed on the lower left side of the page.

Opportunities and Openings. Even if you’re not ready to send in your resume, reading the various job descriptions can prove worthwhile. Job descriptions allow you to see what employers are looking for in terms of skills and experience. They can also show you what type of work will be expected in a given career so you can determine whether it suits you or not. Additionally, you’ll be able to monitor what keywords employers are using so you can be sure to have these terms in your LinkedIn profile.

The LinkedIn “Skills & Expertise” section is a terrific launching pad to begin evaluating your career options. Using this tool will help you weigh all potential job opportunities, their key characteristics and responsibilities and who in your network may be an asset as you pursue a career path. But, the section is not just for job search newbies, it can also help more seasoned professionals determine how to expand existing skills or prepare for a career change.

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QUESTION 1
Exhibit:
ee.SELECT EmployeeID, Name, Region, Country FROM dbo.Employees .
There is a MS Visual Studio 2010 and MS .NET Framework 4 application CertKingdomApp.
CertKingdomApp connects to a MS SQL Server 2008 database CertKingdomDB.
A SQL statement is used to retrieve dataset instance (see exhibit).
You need to use this dataset to access rows where the Name field is not null.
Which code should you use?

Answer:


QUESTION 2
There is MS Visual Studio 2010 and MS .NET Framework 4 application CertKingdomApp.
CertKingdomApp connects to a MS SQL Server 2008 database CertKingdomDB.
To access data from CertKingdomDB Entity SQL is used.
How can you check if a collection is empty or not? Select two.

A. Use entity set attribute…
B. Use entity set operator…
C. Use entity set function…
D. ISNULL
E. IN
F. EXISTS
G. ANYELEMENT
H. EXCEPT
I. EMPTYCOLLECTION

Answer: B,F

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
There is MS Visual Studio 2010 and MS .NET Framework 4 application CertKingdomApp.
CertKingdomApp uses this service to connect to a MS SQL Server 2008 database
CertKingdomDB.
To access data from CertKingdomDB Entity SQL is used.
How should you enable query plan caching? Select two.

A. Use a stored procedure…
B. Use object…
C. Use function…
D. Use operator…
E. EntityConnection
F. queryPlanCaching
G. EntityCommand
H. EntityCaching
I. EntityDataReader
J. sp_caching
K. EnableCaching
L. caching
M. EntityTransaction

Answer: B,G

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
There is MS Visual Studio 2010 and MS .NET Framework 4 application CertKingdomApp.
CertKingdomApp connects to a MS SQL Server 2008 database CertKingdomDB.
CertKingdomApp is calling a stored procedure that has a table-valued parameter.
What steps do you need to take to make this work?

Answer:


QUESTION 5
There is MS Visual Studio 2010 and MS .NET Framework 4 application CertKingdomApp.
CertKingdomApp connects to a MS SQL Server 2008 database CertKingdomDB.
CertKingdomApp is calling a stored procedure that is using a spatial value parameter.
What steps do you need to take to make this work?

Answer:

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QUESTION 1
Exhibit:
<endpoint address =” http://www.CertKingdom.com/CertKingdomService”
Binding=”netTc pBinding”
bindingConfiguraton-NetTcpBinding_CertKingdomService
contract=”ServiceReference 1. ICertKingdomService’
name=’NetTcpBinding_CertKingdomService”/>
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) service CertKingdomService.
CertKingdomService use address tcp:www.CertKingdom.com/CertKingdomService to listens for
messages.
The logical address is www.CertKingdom.com/CertKingdomService
The WCF client is configured as in the exhibit.
However, the client is unable to communicate with the server.
In what way must the configuration be adjusted?

Answer:


QUESTION 2
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) service CertKingdomService.
CertKingdomService has a callback contract.
There is a client application CertKingdomClient.
CertKingdomClient calls CertKingdomService.
How can you ensure that CertKingdomClient and CertKingdomService can communicate? Select two.

A. Use the OperationContractAttribute..
B. On CertKingdomService..
C. On CertKingdomClient..
D. ..set set the Async Pattern property value to false
E. ..set set the Async Pattern property value to true
F. ..use GetCallbackChannel <T>
G. ..add a proxy derived from DuplexClientBase <TChannel>

Answer: C,G

Explanation:


QUESTION 3
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) service CertKingdomService.
CertKingdomService has a callback contract.
There is a client application CertKingdomClient.
CertKingdomClient calls CertKingdomService.
How can you ensure that CertKingdomClient and CertKingdomService can communicate? Select two.

A. Use the OperationContractAttribute..
B. On CertKingdomService..
C. On CertKingdomClient..
D. ..set set the Async Pattern property value to false
E. ..set set the Async Pattern property value to normal
F. ..use GetCallbackChannel (Of T)
G. ..add a proxy derived from DuplexClientBase (Of TChannel)

Answer: C,G

Explanation:


QUESTION 4
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) service CertKingdomService.
CertKingdomService supports transactions. Messages handled by CertKingdomService must be
encoded using a binary encoding, must be secured using Windows stream-based security, and
must be sent over TCR.
CertKingdomService must implement a custom binding for the service.
How should the stacking order be defined?

Answer:


QUESTION 5
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) application CertKingdomApp.
CertKingdomApp exposes a service as and end point (SOAP) for consumption by cross-platforms
clients.
You want to log messages that the service receives from the client.
What action should you take?

Answer:


QUESTION 6
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) service CertKingdomService.
CertKingdomService communicates with a database CertKingdomDB.
CertKingdomDB uses a workflow engine.
CertKingdomDB handles data access authorization. A security exception is raised an unauthorized
user tries to access CertKingdomDB.
This exception must be transmitted the client that is calling CertKingdomService.
How can this be achieved? Select two.

A. Use CertKingdomDB..
B. Use CertKingdomService..
C. ..and configure service Debug.
D. ..and configure router.
E. ..and configure router Security Audit.
F. ..and configure Unhandled Exception

Answer: B,C

Explanation:


QUESTION 7
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) service CertKingdomService.
There are out of-process process resources that CertKingdomService must access on behalf of an
originating caller. What should you do?

A. Use the service contract PrincipalPermissionAttribute..
B. Use ServiceSecurityContext.CurrentWindowsidentity.ImpersonationLevel..
C. ..and set the value to…
D. ..and change the value of bindingConfiguration attribute in the endpoint element of the
configuration file to..
E. .. TokenImpersonationLevelDelegation
F. .. wsHttpBinding
G. .. ssHttpBinding
H. .. Impersonation

Answer: B,C,E

Explanation:


QUESTION 8
There is WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) application CertKingdomApp.
There is a data contract CertKingdomData, with several data members, that is used by
CertKingdomApp.
Consider a serialized instance of CertKingdomData which is deserialized. If any of data members
are not available CertKingdomApp must throw a Serialization Exception.
What action should you take? Select three.

A. For each data member…
B. Use CertKingdomData and..
C. Set a default value in each of the data member declarations.
D. .. Set the IsRequired property..
E. .. Emit Default Value proper..
F. .. Order property..
G. ..add the Unknown Type attribute.
H. ..add the Known Type attribute.
I. ..to false.
J. ..to true.
K. .. to a unique integer value.
L. .. to a unique string value.

Answer: A,D,J

Explanation:


QUESTION 9
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) service CertKingdomService.
CertKingdomService exposes the operations CertKingdom1 and CertKingdom2.
CertKingdom1 should run with the identity of the client.
CertKingdom2 should run with the identity of the CertKingdomService.
How can this be achieved?

Answer:


QUESTION 10
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) service CertKingdomService.
CertKingdomService handles accounting related processes.
You must ensure that CertKingdomService runs with the identity of the application that is calling
CertKingdomService.
How can this be ensured?

Answer:


QUESTION 11
There is a WCF (Windows Communication Foundation) service CertKingdomService.
CertKingdomService is secured.
How can you track attempts to access CertKingdomService that are unsuccessful? Select all that
apply.

A. Use the serviceAuthorization behavior..
B. Use the serviceDebugger behavior..
C. Use the serviceSecurityAudit behavior..
D. Use the security configuration element..
E. ..and use attribute..
F. ..and use method..
G. Mode
H. messageAuthenticationAuditLevel
I. includeExceptionDetailsInFaults
J. authorizationManagerType
K. ..and set it to..
L. True
M. False
N. Success
O. Failure
P. Service
Q. Message

Answer: C,E,H,K,O

Explanation:

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Microsoft marketing layoffs said to begin February 1

Microsoft marketing layoffs are set to be announced internally on February 1, according to various sources.

A new round of layoffs at Microsoft begin today, February 1, according to several of my contacts (and one Microsoft official on Twitter).

 

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Reports that hundreds of layoffs could be coming to Microsoft’s marketing organization surfaced in mid-January. I’ve heard that the brunt of the cuts could hit the Central Marketing Group (CMG), headed by Corporate Vice President Chris Capossela, but that marketing departments in some product groups — including Server and Tools and Windows Phone — also could be affected.

Microsoft veteran Capossela was appointed as the new head of Microsoft’s centralized marketing, advertising and corporate communications unit in April 2011.

One of my contacts said that the cuts will affect most of the business groups, as well as the Central Marketing Group, commence on February 1.

One Marketing Manager at Microsoft tweeted on February 1 that the layoffs had begun. “Microsoft to announce major layoffs today as a result of marketing org restructuring,” tweeted Commercial and Communications Sector Lead Maher Al-Khaiyat.

Robert Wahbe, the most recent head of Server and Tools Marketing, announced he was leaving Microsoft earlier this year. And the Windows Phone marketing team has shed several employees over the past few months.

A Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment on anything to do with the layoffs when I asked on February 1.

I’ve heard from a couple of my contacts that the goal of the new round of layoffs is to reduce the duplication in marketing functions between CMG and the business groups.

“Field marketing for the US has been cut back so extensively, it has become ineffective in the enterprise space,” said one of my contacts, who requested anonymity. “Hopefully, resources will get shifted back to the field and closer to the customer” as a result of the marketing cuts.

Microsoft cut 5,000 jobs three years ago, with CEO Steve Ballmer saying at that time that he couldn’t guarantee there might not be further cuts at some time.

Update: Microsoft wouldn’t give me a quote confirming the layoffs, but it looks like they did give one to Todd Bishop at GeekWire. Bishop quotes a Microsoft spokesperson saying:

“Given the rapid changes in technology and the shifts in how our customers connect with Microsoft, great marketing is more important than ever to Microsoft’s future success. We’re taking steps to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our marketing, and to strengthen career paths for marketers at Microsoft. Some of these changes involved the reduction of a small percentage of marketing positions, to better align our resources with our business needs and clarify roles across the marketing function.”

Microsoft seeking open-source expert to help put Linux on Azure

Microsoft is moving steadily ahead with its plan to enable Linux to run on its Windows Azure cloud platform.

 

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As I blogged earlier this month, Microsoft is preparing to enable Linux to run on its Windows Azure cloud platform. A test build of the coming Linux virtual-machine capability is slated for March, according to my contacts.

For those still doubting this is on the Microsoft roadmap, I’ve got a new piece of evidence. A contact of mine provided me with a link to a Microsoft job posting for a software development engineer at Microsoft that calls for some serious Linux credentials.

The job posting states quite plainly that the person the Server and Tools team is seeking will be charged with “Defin(ing) and scop(ing) open source projects designed to enable Linux on Microsoft’s virtualization and cloud platforms.” (Emphasis mine.)

Here is the pertinent part of the post:

SR Software Development Engineer (SDE) Job
Date: Jan 22, 2012
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job Category: Software Engineering: Development
Location: Redmond, WA, US
Job ID: 764856-52821
Division: Server & Tools Business

Senior Software Development Engineer/Linux Virtualization

This position requires a proven track record in the open source community.

The Windows Interoperability Team at Microsoft has an immediate opening for a senior software development engineer. The purpose of this position is to become a key member of a highly specialized development team whose mission is to identify, define, scope, implement and drive to completion software projects that promote full, transparent interoperability between Windows and Linux in Microsoft virtual and cloud environments.

The primary responsibilities for this position are the following:

Define and scope open source projects designed to enable Linux on Microsoft’s virtualization and cloud platforms

Work directly with the Linux kernel community to develop Linux device drivers and kernel technology to support Linux on Microsoft platforms

Work with Microsoft product groups to help ensure the design and implementation of Microsoft virtualization and cloud technology will support Linux architectures and runtime paradigms.

The qualifications for this Microsoft job, according to the posting, include the ability to:

Create and implement plans that provide for the testing and quality assurance of software products
Write high-quality Linux kernel code in the C programming language and the associated unit tests.
Demonstrate an understanding of Linux virtualization methods, approaches and deployment. (Including but not limited to Hyper-V, Xen and KVM)
Demonstrate an understanding Linux device driver development and implementation
Demonstrate an understanding of the Linux kernel architecture, including kernel debugging and runtime libraries
Demonstrate an understanding of Linux networking and TCP/IP stack

I’ve also heard from another of my contacts Microsoft is holding an infrastructure-as-a-service workshop for partners in the next few weeks that will allow certain independent software vendors to test out a pre-release of the coming persistent virtual machine capability.

Blackberry Bold 9780- very much popular and still going strong

It has been quite some time, and still, Blackberry’s Blackberry Bold 9780 is as popular as it was at the time of its launch. This is due to its brilliant make and the touch of perfection by Blackberry. On checking out the list of Blackberry Phones- the number of phones of and by Blackberry comes to a magnificent sixty-one. This shows the commitment of Blackberry… Here, in this article- let us check out the Blackberry Bold 9780 from the users’ perspective.

 

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To begin with- let us first understand the dimensions and weight of this phone; as that happens to be the primary concern of the users of mobile phones. The dimensions of this phone are just 109 x 60 x 14 mm and the weight is a mere 122 gms. The next concern of the potential customers is the display of any mobile phone. The display of this phone comes as a TFT, supported by 65k colours. The size is 2.44 inches and the resolution is 480 x 360 pixels. And, it also comes with a QWERTY keyboard and a Touch-sensitive optical trackpad. The next area of concern happens to be the camera. There is a primary camera, which comes as a 5 MP camera and the features that are associated with it, are- a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels, auto-focus and LED Flash. The other areas of concern happen to be the memory and the battery life. The internal memory comprises of 256 MB storage, 512 MB RAM; whereas the external memory is expandable up to 32 GB, which is possible through a microSD card; and it also comes with a 2 GB card included along with. And, while checking out the battery life; we find that the stand-by time is up to 528 h (2G) / up to 408 h (3G); whereas the talk time is up to 6 h (2G) / up to 6 h (3G).

After checking out the phone; it is required that we check out some economical Blackberry 9780 Deals- so that the users can get the maximum benefit out of them. There are three deals in the market of UK, offered by the leading Network Providers, which are possible due to their tie-ups with Blackberry. These Blackberry 9780 deals are namely, the contract deals, pay as you go deals and SIM free deals. In the contract deals, the users are required to enter in a contract with the Network Provider of their choice. They are provided with a handset and a Network Connection and they are required to pay some pre-decided amount along with the usage charges at frequent intervals.

The only draw-back is that the users are bound by the contract and cannot switch the services of the Network Provider till the end of the contract period.In the pay as you go deals, the users are required to pay some money in advance for the usage balance that they are provided with. This balance can be renewed as and when it gets used up.In the SIM free deals, the users are required to purchase a handset without a SIM. There are no restrictions like the contract deals- and the users are free to switch their Network Provider at any point of time, whenever they feel unsatisfied with the services.

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Microsoft Q2 revenue up 5%, net income slightly down

Microsoft revenue rose in the second fiscal quarter, while its profits dipped a bit.

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Revenue for the quarter, ended Dec. 31, hit $20.89 billion, up 5 percent compared with 2010′s second fiscal quarter, which included recognition of $224 million of deferred revenue related to the Office 2010 technology guarantee program.

Net income came in at $6.62 billion, or $0.78 per share, down from $6.63 billion, or $0.77 per share.

CEO Steve Ballmer called the results “solid” in a statement and predicted that business will accelerate in the new fiscal year starting in July as a result of upcoming product and service launches.

Microsoft missed on the consensus revenue expectation of $20.93 billion from financial analysts polled by Thomson Reuters, but exceeded their earnings per share forecast of $0.76.

The company’s Business Division generated $6.28 billion in revenue, up 3 percent year-on-year, and up 7 percent excluding the Office 2010 recognition of deferred revenue. Almost 200 million licenses of Office 2010 have been sold since its launch 18 months ago, the company said. Exchange and SharePoint revenue grew 10 percent, while revenue from Lync and Dynamics CRM grew more than 30 percent.

The Server & Tools business had $4.77 billion in revenue, up 11 percent, and was helped by “double-digit revenue growth” from Windows Server and SQL Server premium editions and by more than 20 percent growth in System Center revenue.

Revenue shrank 6 percent at the Windows & Windows Live Division to $4.74 billion. More than 525 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold since its launch.

The Online Services Division’s revenue grew 10 percent to $784 million, while the Entertainment & Devices Division had revenue of $4.24 billion, up 15 percent. There are now about 66 million Xbox 360 consoles in the market, along with 18 million Kinect sensors. Xbox Live memberships increased 33 percent to 40 million.

Looking ahead, Microsoft is revising downward its operating expense guidance to a range of between $28.5 billion and $28.9 billion for the full year ending June 30.

Android is coming to everything … everywhere

Will Android will lead the way in a ’smart’ revolution?

We spend a lot of time talking about operating system market share and usage share, but could Android explode to the point where it make such data irrelevant?

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When we talk about Android market/usage share, we’re usually thinking about devices like smartphones and tablets. It seems that knowing how many people use a particular thing is important to some people (I’m not sure why, maybe it helps people think they’ve made the right choice or something). But Android isn’t confined to just smartphones and tablets. Chances are that if you have a gadget like a personal media player or an ebook reader or an in-car GPS receiver, it’s powered by Android. It might not say Android anywhere, and people might not know that it’s Android, but it’s there nontheless.

Android is already all around us, and pretty soon the OS is going to be in a whole lot more places. The next device that Android is set to invade is the TV set. Given the operating system’s heritage in media it seems like a good fit. It’s going to take a long time for people to replace their dumb TVs with Android-powered ‘Smart TV’ sets, but it will happen (people on the whole seem to keep their TV sets for a lot longer than they do cellphones, tablets and PCs).

The TV is just the start of things in my opinion, and it’s the beginning of an in-home Android revolution. As the price falls on low-power computers it becomes feasible to fit make things ’smart’ … smart oven, smart microwave, smart refrigerator, smart washing machine. smart thermostat. Heck, why not go the whole hog and have smart lights and smart doors too?

Smart devices are the next step in evolution for devices that have traditionally been dumb devices. And one of the keys to making dumb devices smart is the a flexible operating system.

Android offers just that.

Note: One company is going to absolutely love it if Android is everywhere … Microsoft. The Redmond giant already pulling in millions every year from patent deals struck with smartphones and tablets makers.

I can see Android in other places too … watches (now there’s something that needs revolutionizing), cars, binoculars, telescopes, home automation devices, remote controls and much more. Android’s power is its versatility, and it is that versatility that allows the platform to be customized and tweaked for a whole variety of applications. It’s because of this that I see an explosion in Android usage over the next few years.

Oracle, Cloudera unveil Hadoop appliance

Oracle has partnered with Cloudera to bring Apache Hadoop to its Oracle Big Data Appliance, which the company officially released Tuesday.

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The newly released appliance comes with Cloudera’s Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH), along with the Cloudera Manager software. The rack also comes with a copy of the Oracle NoSQL Database. Oracle announced the Big Data Appliance, along with the Oracle NoSQL database, at OpenWorld last September.

“A lot of organizations have become very interested in big data. There is tremendous business value in analyzing new types of business data,” said George Lumpkin, Oracle’s vice president of data warehousing product management.

Oracle is positioning the appliance for managing and analyzing large sets of data that may be too large, or otherwise unsuitable for keeping in databases, such as telemetry data, click-stream data or other log data. “You may not want to keep the data in a database, but you do want to store it and analyze it,” Lumpkin said. The appliance is intended for those organizations that want to undertake Big Data-style analysis but may not have the in-house expertise to assemble large Hadoop or NoSQL-based systems.

Along with the release, Oracle also released Oracle Big Data Connectors, a set of drivers for exchanging data between the Big Data Appliance and other Oracle products, such as the Oracle Database 11g, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine, Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine.

“We are positioning this as something that runs alongside” other Oracle-based systems, Lumpkin said. “Big data is more than just a cluster of hardware running Hadoop. It is an overall information architecture for enabling companies to analyze data and make decisions.”

Oracle will provide initial customer support for the appliance, though Cloudera engineers will handle tougher Hadoop-based challenges, Lumpkin said.

The market for commercial Hadoop has grown competitive of late, as Cloudera has been joined by Yahoo spinoff Hortonworks and MapR in offering commercial support for the open-source data processing platform. Cloudera Chief Operating Officer Kirk Dunn declined to answer whether Oracle and Cloudera would extend their cooperation to additional offerings, though he expressed optimism that the partnership would be a long and fruitful one.

The appliance consists of 18 Oracle x86 Sun servers, all running Oracle Linux, featuring 216 processor cores, 864GB of working memory and 648TB of raw disk storage.

The package includes 40Gb/s InfiniBand connectivity among the nodes, a rarity among Hadoop deployments, many of which use Ethernet to connect the nodes. Lumpkin said InfiniBand would speed data transfers within the system. Multiple racks can be tethered together in a cluster configuration. There is no theoretical limit to how many racks can be clustered together, though configurations of more than eight racks would require additional switches, Lumpkin said.

The appliance comes with the community edition of the Oracle NoSQL Database, though users can also upgrade to the enterprise edition. The appliance also comes with a copy of the Oracle Java HotSpot Virtual Machine, a wise inclusion given that Java is among the most widely used languages to write Hadoop jobs.

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