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Foxwell, Harry
George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia
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Harry J Foxwell is a principal consultant at Oracle’s Public Sector division in the Washington, DC area, where he is responsible for solutions consulting and customer education on Cloud Computing, Big Data, Operating Systems, and virtualization technologies. Harry has worked for Oracle and for Sun Microsystems (acquired by Oracle in 2009) since 1995. Prior to that, he worked as a UNIX and Internet specialist for Digital Equipment Corporation; he has worked with UNIX systems since 1979 and with Linux systems since 1995.

Harry is coauthor of two Sun BluePrints: “Slicing and Dicing Servers: A Guide to Virtualization and Containment Technologies” (Sun BluePrints Online, October 2005), and “The Sun BluePrints Guide to Solaris Containers: Virtualization in the Solaris Operating System” (Sun BluePrints Online, October 2006). He coauthored Pro OpenSolaris (Apress, 2009), Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration: The Complete Reference (Oracle Press, 2012), and Oracle Solaris 11.2 System Administration Handbook (Oracle Press, 2015). He blogs about Cloud Computing and other technologies at http://

He earned his doctorate in information technology in 2003 from George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), and has since taught graduate courses there in operating systems, computer architecture and security, and electronic commerce.

Harry is a Vietnam veteran; he served as a platoon sergeant in the US Army’s 1st Infantry Division in 1968-1969. He was awarded an Air Medal and a Bronze Star.

He is also an amateur astronomer and member of the Northern Virginia Astronomy Club. In addition, Harry is a USA Table Tennis (USATT) member and competitive table tennis player, and is also a US Soccer Federation (USSF) soccer referee.

For additional information about Harry, please visit his home page:

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   Practical LXC and LXD: Linux containers for virtualization and orchestration
Kumaran S. S.,  Apress, New York, NY, 2017. 159 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484230-23-7)

Virtualized environments, both virtual machines (VMs) and containers, have become the essential technologies of elastic cloud computing services. System administrators of such services frequently encounter Linux-based virtualization, in particular...

Jan 3 2018  
   Unix: the textbook (3rd ed.)
Sarwar S., Koretsky R.,  Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2017. 1380 pp. Type: Book (978-1-482233-58-2)

This 1380-page, five-pound behemoth of a “textbook” is unlikely to burden the backpacks of operating system (OS) students, but it certainly provides a definitive academic and professional reference for one of the most pervasive softwar...

Aug 29 2017  
   Big data analytics: methods and applications
Pyne S., Rao B., Rao S.,  Springer International Publishing, New York, NY, 2016. 276 pp. Type: Book (978-8-132236-26-9), Reviews: (1 of 2)

Big data analytics has generated much research attention in the past decade, focusing on the architectural and methodological challenges of processing enormous datasets and extreme rates of data generation and collection (two of the three “V...

Apr 26 2017  
   Computer Go
Daniel Bump. YouTube, 00:51:53, published on Aug 2, 2016, Stanford, Type: Video

Daniel Bump of Stanford University reviews in this lecture the history of efforts to develop programs that play the ancient Asian game of Go. Such programs have been more difficult than those for chess, due to the greater complexity of pattern rec...

Jan 31 2017  
  The book of R: a first course in programming and statistics
Davies T.,  No Starch Press, San Francisco, CA, 2015. 432 pp. Type: Book (978-1-593276-51-5), Reviews: (1 of 2)

A recent survey by O’Reilly Media [1] finds the R language [2] among the top big data analysis tools, along with SQL. Interest in this open-source software project has increased dramatically as organizations learn to exploit the ever-increas...

Oct 6 2016  
  Topology-aware virtual machine placement in data centers
Da Silva R., Da Fonseca N.  Journal of Grid Computing 14(1): 75-90, 2016. Type: Article

Cloud computing infrastructures, consisting of myriad central processing units (CPUs), storage devices, and network connections, depend heavily on virtualized components. Virtualized compute, network, and input/output (I/O) resources can be locate...

Sep 20 2016  
   Learning Unix for OS X: going deep with the terminal and shell (2nd ed.)
Taylor D.,  O’Reilly Media, Inc., Sebastopol, CA, 2016. 238 pp. Type: Book (978-1-491939-98-7)

Apple’s OS X is (mostly) Unix (UNIX is a trademarked term [1]), as it was derived from the University of California, Berkeley’s Berkeley software distribution (BSD) Unix, but with a few non-Unix features. And while Unix has been around...

Sep 13 2016  
   Enterprise Mac security: Mac OS X (3rd ed.)
Edge C., O’Donnell D.,  Apress, New York, NY, 2015. 511 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484217-11-5)

The information technology (IT) blogs and trade press are awash in articles about the bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon. Many corporate system users have opted to provide their own Apple laptops over the more commonly employer-provided Windo...

Mar 7 2016  
   Pro Vagrant
Gajda W.,  Apress, New York, NY, 2015. 256 pp. Type: Book (978-1-484200-74-2)

Virtualization is everywhere, and there are many hypervisor and other tools to exploit it on various processors and operating systems. There are several frameworks, such as OpenStack, for managing virtual environments. Vagrant, an open-source proj...

Aug 27 2015  
   Data scientists at work
Gutierrez S.,  Apress, Berkeley, CA, 2014. 364 pp. Type: Book (978-1-430265-98-6)

“Data scientist,” according to reports in the trade press, is the new “hot career.” But defining the skills required for such work is difficult, as the relatively and supposedly new field of data science is still very much ...

Jul 13 2015  
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