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Oracle Cloud Platform Powers Real-Time Marketing Intelligence for Surdell & Partners
Oracle, February 17th, 2016
Surdell and Partners, a full service advertising and marketing agency, is using Oracle Database Cloud, part of Oracle Cloud Platform, to deliver near real-time intelligence to its clients, including retailers Cabela's, Kohl's, and Gabe's.

In the highly competitive advertising and marketing space, Surdell and Partners needed to focus its limited IT resources on strategic activities that enable it to distinguish its services from much larger agencies. To better utilize its IT resources, Surdell and Partners migrated its on-premises Oracle environment to the Oracle Cloud. This has enabled Surdell and Partners to improve processes, reduce operations costs, deliver its SaaS solutions faster, and drive business growth for its customers.

Calix Uses Oracle Cloud Platform to Accelerate Innovation
Oracle Integration Cloud Service simplifies hybrid cloud integration, reduces IT costs, and improves business agility
"Calix, a leading provider of broadband communications access systems and software, is using the Oracle Cloud Platform to significantly speed the development and delivery of innovative new services such as Web content management and customer portals for its customers, which include many of the world's leading service providers.

Calix operates in a highly competitive global market and in order to successfully compete against many companies twice its size it needed to increase its speed and agility by integrating its highly heterogeneous technology infrastructure..."

Oracle NoSQL Database Whitepaper on Bulk Put and Bulk Get
, February 15th, 2016
A new whitepaper is available, describing the new Bulk Get and Bulk Put API's in the Oracle NoSQL Database product. Download from our Oracle NoSQL Database page, under Whitepapers.
A.I. Concierge Services - Realizing the Promise of Big Data
CIO, February 16th, 2016
"The promise of delivering value from big data has been so ever elusive in the area of unstructured data. Cognitive services provides the capability to deliver on the big data promise..."
10 AI App Dev Tips And Tricks For Enterprises (Slideshow)
Information Age, February 15th, 2016
"Artificial intelligence is becoming mainstream in enterprise applications. Here are 10 things you need to know before you start your AI development project..."
    Who's in Charge of AI in The Enterprise?
    CIO, February 15th, 2016
    "Artificial intelligence (AI) is starting to disrupt the workplace as applications powered by machine-learning algorithms begin to permeate enterprises at every level.

    Just who's doing that disrupting - and to whom do they report? ..."

      The Rise of the Intelligent Machine Has Begun: Here's Who's Benefiting
      Business 2 Community, February 14th, 2016
      "Self-driving cars, self-adjusting thermostats, machine-based virtual assistants - artificial intelligence is here, and it's awesome. AI-backed devices and apps are changing the way we live our lives, including how we track our health, lose weight, refill prescriptions, and do so much more.

      But AI is too powerful to be limited to consumer use..."

      How To Tell If SPARC HW Crypto Is Being Used? (2016 Edition)
      By Eric Reid
      Eric writes, "We've been blogging here recently about the advantages of SPARC M7's on-chip hardware encryption, as well as some Oracle partners whose software already works with it. Some readers have been asking 'how can I tell if XXXX software is automatically making use of it?' A very good question, which we'd like to answer via an update on Dan Anderson's seminal 2012 blog post, How to tell if SPARC T4 crypto is being used?"
      10 Reasons why Banks should move to Exadata
      By Reshmi R (Kurup)
      Reshmi writes, "Oracle Exadata Database Machine has been around since 2008 and many financial institutions are already reaping the benefits of moving to Exadata. If your organization has still not moved on, here are some reasons why you should..."
      IT - Storage
      Enterprise Storage Market Poised for Change in 2016
      SearchStorage, February 15th, 2016
      "Experts forecast disruption in enterprise storage in 2016, including a further shakeout among vendors, slow decline of traditional arrays and fade-out of high-speed disks..."
        Scale-out Architecture and New Data Protection Capabilities in 2016
        Search Data Center, February 17th, 2016
        "What are the next big things for the data center in 2016? Applications will pilot the course to better data protection and demand more resources from scale-out architecture..."
          Hard Drive Reliability Review for 2015
          Backblaze, February 16th, 2016
          "By the end of 2015, the Backblaze datacenter had 56,224 spinning hard drives containing customer data. These hard drives reside in 1,249 Backblaze Storage Pods. By comparison 2015 began with 39,690 drives running in 882 Storage Pods. We added 65 Petabytes of storage in 2015 give or take a Petabyte or two. Not only was 2015 a year of growth, it was also a year of drive upgrades and replacements. Let's start with the current state of the hard drives in our datacenter as of the end of 2015 and then dig into the rest later on..."
            IT - Technology
            Watch This Teeny DARPA Drone Fly at 45 Miles per Hour in a Warehouse
            TechWorm, February 15th, 2016
            "Drones are becoming popular as well as fast! In fact we had reported about a drone race by Drone League last month. Now another drone is looking to break some records. This time it is from DARPA.

            DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, announced Friday that it hit a new milestone in the development of fast, lightweight drones that can navigate themselves. DARPA's drone is loaded with sensors and can hit speeds of 40 mph or 20 meters per second while flying through a cluttered warehouse..."

              'Five-dimensional' Glass Discs can Store Data For Up To 13.8 Billion Years
              The Verge, February 16th, 2016
              "Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester. When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay - with successive generations passing on information from one slowly-failing storage medium to the next. However, this could change. Scientists from the University of Southampton in the UK have created a new data format that encodes information in tiny nanostructures in glass. A standard-sized disc can store around 360 terabytes of data, with an estimated lifespan of up to 13.8 billion years even at temperatures of 190°C. That's as old as the Universe, and more than three times the age of the Earth..."
                VR is where it is at says Goldman Sachs
                TechEye, February 16th, 2016
                "One of the world's most influential investment banks has been adding up the figures and breathing on its crystal balls and decided that virtual and augmented reality 'the next generation computing platform'.

                Goldman Sachs has released a video in which Heather Bellini, Business Unit Leader in Telecommunications, Media and Technology, saying that the company believes to VR and AR market will reach $80 billion by 2025..."

                  More Doom and Gloom for Moore's Law ... Sort of
                  HPCWire, February 16th, 2016
                  "The Journal Nature is reporting the latest bi-annual Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) Technology Roadmap due next month will for the first time 'acknowledge what has become increasingly obvious to everyone involved: Moore's law, the principle that has powered the information-technology revolution since the 1960s, is nearing its end.'..."
                    Do I Need to Upgrade to Ultra HD Blu-ray?
                    CNET, February 17th, 2016
                    "After countless rumors and delays, Ultra HD '4K' Blu-ray is arriving this year. The initial movies have been announced, and some have even been selling before the official March 1 date.

                    But since most movies are shot on film or with 2K resolution for digital cinema, can these 4K discs really look better than Blu-ray? And what about the far easier (and cheaper) 4K streaming -- will they be better than that?..."

                      3D Printing: The Smart Person's Guide
                      TechRepublic, February 17th, 2016
                      "3D printing provides businesses the ability to quickly produce parts for rapid prototyping before employing traditional manufacturing techniques, and the ability to adopt just-in-time manufacturing to reduce warehousing costs. For hobbyists, 3D printing allows for the custom creation of parts to meet the needs of their projects, such as a plastic housing for a circuit board.

                      This guide to 3D printing is both an easily digestible introduction to a new paradigm, as well as a 'living' guide that will be updated periodically to keep IT leaders in the loop on new 3D printing technologies and ways in which they can be leveraged..."

                      Join us at Virtual Technology Summit in March and April
                      By Zeynep Koch
                      Zeynep writes, "Oracle Technology Network welcomes you to join the Virtual Technology Summit from where you are- you don't need to travel. Attend this online event to watch technical demos and participate in hands-on-labs delivered by Oracle product experts, Oracle ACE's, and Java Champions. Choose your technology track below for the full agenda, abstracts, and HOL participation instructions..."
                      New Oracle Solaris 11.3 Training Now Available!
                      By Diana.H. Gray
                      "Learn how to administer and manage some of the latest innovations engineered in Oracle Solaris 11.3, a secure and integrated, large-scale cloud environment.

                      Invest in new system administrator training from Oracle University..."

                      IT - Bitcoin
                      Democratic Consensus in Bitcoin Makes Blockchain Split Unlikely
                      NEWSBTC, February 14th, 2016
                      "There is a lot of focus on the future of Bitcoin right now, as the upcoming block size is still being discussed by various developers. At the same time, there seems to be a fractured community, with various people supporting different solutions to this problem. For a digital currency built around reaching consensus, Bitcoin is in a fragile state right now. But at the same time, most people realize this is how the system was designed to work from day one, and all of the different opinions show a genuine interest in the project..."
                      7 Asian Banks Investigating Bitcoin and Blockchain Tech
                      CoinDesk, February 16th, 2016
                      "Until recently, there was a noticeable lack of interest in bitcoin and the blockchain among the financial institutions of Asia. In fact, banks there were more likely to be issuing warnings about digital currencies than getting involved in any related activity.

                      It was the fall of Mt Gox in Japan and the Chinese central bank's crackdown on bitcoin exchanges, events that both took place in 2014, that resulted in early barriers among financial institutions in those nations..."

                      Abra's Bitcoin Remittance App Attracts Thousands of Users
                      NEWSBTC, February 16th, 2016
                      "Within 10 days since its launch, Abra's Bitcoin remittance Android application has attracted thousands of Abra users and tellers across many countries...

                      Bitcoin remittance application Abra, which secured a US$12 million Series A funding round from prominent venture capital firms including Arbor Ventures, RRE Ventures and First Round Capital in September 2015, launched its highly anticipated iOS and Android applications on February 5, 2016..."

                      Should All Ecommerce Sites Accept Bitcoins?
                      CryptoCoinsNews, February 17th, 2016
                      "Despite major investments by financial giants, and the latest hype around blockchains, for many the world of bitcoins are still notorious with the darker sides of the internet. Namely drug dealing and terrorism, or are simply thought to be the stuff of sci-fi fantasies. Recently, the financial industry has collectively increased their interest for blockchain technology, the ledger that makes up the foundation of bitcoins, and reduces trading costs..."
                        The Top Bitcoin Wallets and Debit Cards
                        NEWSBTC, February 19th, 2016
                        "So how do you pick the best bitcoin wallet for your needs - well that depends on what you want to do with it, how simple you want it to be and how security conscious you are.

                        With Cash in the bank earning a negative rate of return it does make sense to store some of your wealth in BTC - even if it is very volatile. When you first get into bitcoin there are a whole host of products out there and it can be pretty overwhelming with terminology such as hierarchical deterministic or multi signature technology being bandied about..."

                        IT - FOSS
                        Open source: Career-Maker, or Wipeout?
                        ComputerWorld, February 16th, 2016
                        "Is a career focused solely on open source sustainable? Experts predict a wave of opportunities for IT pros with all-open-source résumés - in five years or so...

                        These days, you might get passed up for plum jobs in enterprise IT if you have a predominantly open-source résumé. But in five years, even the most traditional organizations are likely to be looking at open source as a career-maker, says executive recruiter David Patterson..."

                        7 Reasons Why Open Source Code is Better Than Proprietary
                        Datamation, February 17th, 2016
                        "I'm always surprised when users wish that Microsoft Office or PhotoShop would be ported to Linux. Probably, some just want to be able to use standard industry software on their favorite operating system. But so far as I am concerned, applications like LibreOffice Writer or Krita are not just substitutions -- even without my ideals, I would choose them as the highest quality software available for my needs..."
                        LibreOffice 5.0.5 'Still' Released
                        The Document Foundation, February 17th, 2016
                        The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 5.0.5, the fifth release of the LibreOffice 5.0 family. Following the announcement of LibreOffice 5.1, LibreOffice 5.0.5 becomes the 'still' version (a stable version that has undergone more testing over a longer time), and can be used for the deployment in large organizations.

                        The Document Foundation suggests deploying LibreOffice 5.0.5 on a large scale only when backed by professional level 3 support from certified developers.

                        Open Source Security is Not as Big of a Concern As It Once Was
                        CSO Online, February 17th, 2016
                        "In 2003 Sreenivasa Rao Vadalasetty helped write a report for the SANS Institute that was titled 'Security Concerns in Using Open Source Software for Enterprise Requirements.' To some that title today is almost laughable..."

                        The report stated: 'Though the open source has potential to be more secure than its closed source counterpart, it should not be taken for granted that open source is more secure because there are some constraining factors. Despite the fact that the source code is available for everyone, several vulnerabilities in open source remain undiscovered ....'

                        Defining 'Freedom' in the Open Source Software Space
                        Business 2 Community, February 19th, 2016
                        "Recently, Forbes contributing writer and enterprise software, application development, and data management expert Adrian Bridgwater discussed how important it is to understand what freedom really means in the open source world. In open source, the word 'free' refers to the liberty that users have in running, distributing, changing and improving the software, rather than its price..."
                        IT - DevOps
                        A 100-year-old Organization's Journey from Mainframe to Open Source to DevOps
                        The Enterprisers Project, February 15th, 2016
                        "The Church Pension Group provides insurance, annuities, and pension products to 35,000 members, including Episcopalian clergy and spouses, lay employees and spouses, and administrators. From an IT perspective, we are a shared-service organization with eight executive vice presidents and a CEO. Our 75-person IT department is based at our headquarters in Manhattan..."
                        DevOps Brings IT Out of the Shadows
              , February 16th, 2016
                        "One of the biggest threats to organizations today is shadow IT - unsanctioned and unknown technologies and applications being employed by maverick users. Shadow IT represents a security risk for your company - the IT department can't defend and protect technologies and assets it doesn't know about - and should be eliminated. One of the best defenses against shadow IT is DevOps..."
                        Solaris 11.3 SRU 5.6: updates in ps(1) and /proc/<pid>/xxx
                        By Casper Dik
                        Casper Dik writes, "Almost as soon as Solaris 2.0 was released, people started to complain about the limit of the ps(1) command line output; it was limited to 80 characters. The standard ps(1) command was also not able to print the environment variables..."
                        Friday Spotlight: CVE-2015-7547 - KSplice Solves glibc Flaw with Zero-Downtime and No Disruptions
                        By Michele Casey
                        Michele Casey blogs, This week we have seen a new vulnerability making the rounds involving glibc. The issue at hand involves a couple of libraries (libresolv and libnss_dns), which are used commonly with tasks like DNS lookups. Using the function getaddrinfo() could generate a stack buffer overflow with larger replies, which in turn could be used maliciously to trigger an exploit through attacker-controlled domain names, attacker-controlled DNS servers or man-in-the-middle attacks..."
                        IT - Cloud
                        5 Lessons IT Learned From The Netflix Cloud Journey
                        TechRepublic, February 17th, 2016
                        "Netflix recently completed migrating their streaming service with AWS. Keith Townsend shares insights for enterprises considering a cloud move...

                        With all the talk of containers, cloud-native applications, and cluster management platforms, it's assumed that the enterprise migration to the cloud is a foregone conclusion. I've wanted to provide a little perspective. Some perspective has come from the poster child for all cloud infrastructure, Netflix..."

                        7 Ways PaaS Delivers Business Value
                        InformationWeek, February 17th, 2016
                        "Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) rests between Software-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service in terms of what a cloud provider is responsible for managing. If you're interested in PaaS, it's likely you are already sold on the idea of cloud computing -- yet you are looking to determine which cloud service level will generate the most business value for your dollar.

                        PaaS is similar to IaaS but takes things a step further. It lets your service provider manage the infrastructure up to the virtualization layer, adding management of all OS, middleware, and runtime functionality. What you're left with is the ability to completely control applications and all data those applications create..."

                        Server SSDs Open Up Storage Possibilities in Data Centers
                        Search Data Center, February 17th, 2016
                        "We've reached a point where it's easy to justify equipping servers with SSDs: the performance gains they offer enable new workloads, and improve end-user satisfaction with response time and run time. In many cases, SSDs pay for themselves by avoiding new server purchases. There is simply no reason not to migrate from HDD to SSD in servers anymore..."
                        Public Cloud Crushing Private Cloud in Growth and Revenue
                        TechRepublic, February 18th, 2016
                        "Reading Rightscale's State of the Cloud 2016 survey data, it would be tempting to assume that the private cloud has finally arrived. Private cloud adoption increased from 63% to 77%! Thirty-one percent of enterprises run more than 1,000 VMs in private clouds, up from 22% in 2015! Cloud users run six clouds on average (and only one of those is AWS)!!!

                        And so on..."

                        3 Common Cloud Pitfalls IT Should Avoid
                        CIO, February 17th, 2016
                        "It can be difficult these days to come up with sensible reasons why businesses shouldn't embrace cloud-based productivity tools such as Google for Work or Microsoft Office 365. The benefits of the cloud are many and expanding. However, a number of common pitfalls for IT professionals exist and can have lasting negative implications on any organization.

                        Here are three mistakes IT professionals making a switch to the cloud should avoid:.."

                        IT - CxO
                        Business Leaders Still in Denial About Cybersecurity Threats
                        CIO, February 19th, 2016
                        "Many companies don't see themselves as attractive targets for hackers. Matt Comyns, the global cybersecurity practice leader for recruiter Russell Reynolds Associates, begs to differ..."
                          It's Time the C-Suite Took Data Privacy Seriously
                          ITProPortal, February 15th, 2016
                          "Data privacy and security has been one of the biggest issues in business and technology over the past decade or so. Since the 2006 Nationwide Building Society incident, when a stolen unencrypted laptop put at risk the personal data of 11 million savers, there has been a regular stream of data breaches..."
                          Evolving from Chief Information to Chief Transformation Officer
                          The Enterprisers Project, February 16th, 2016
                          "I joined my current company as CIO then added responsibilities as the COO. Pretty soon I may add Chief Transformation Officer to my title as well.

                          I'd say that this thought process is a reflection of the CIO's evolution in general, because digital consumption and transformation are everywhere. Just look at the big five consulting firms. They are all asking the same kind of questions: 'What's your digital framework? How can we help your company go digital?'..."

                          Report Ranks 100 Enterprise IT Products Based on User Reviews
                          ComputerWorld, February 16th, 2016
                          "Enterprise IT buyers trying to figure out which products should be on the 'short list' for the procurement process have a new, crowdsourced resource: A just-published report from IT Central Station that identifies the top 10 products in 10 tech categories based on user reviews..."
                            How to Prevent Shadow IT (slideshow)
                            CSO Online, February 16th, 2016
                            "What do complex IT policies, outdated software and lack of IT-supported services have in common? They all contribute to shadow IT, which occurs when employees circumvent procedures to use unapproved services and software. The last thing employees want to do when working on a project is check in with the IT department, so how can IT provide employees with necessary resources so shadow IT is no longer an issue?..."
                              Does Your Company Need A Chief Data Officer?
                              Network World, February 16th, 2016
                              "It's a rare business today that doesn't depend on data in some significant way, but does that mean most companies need a chief data officer?

                              That's a question on more than a few executive minds in this big-data era, particularly as analyst firms wax increasingly enthusiastic about the role. Gartner, for instance, recently said it expects 90 percent of large organizations to have a chief data officer by 2019..."

                              South Florida Technology Alliance: Cracking the Code on Tech Talent
                              @Citrix, W. Cypress Creek Rd
                              Hear from Leading CEOs and Student Interns who have worked at Google, VMware, Modernizing Medicine and 3Cinteractive! Learn about implementing company internship programs; the hottest skill sets; companies and talent in South Florida; the real deal behind internships - and how to crack the code on tech talent.


                              IT - Wireless
                              When is Wi-Fi blocking justified?
                              Network World, February 17th, 2016
                              "Millions of economists parse the Federal Reserve Bank's public statements on the U.S. economy. Meanwhile, only a few thousand observers concern themselves with the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) exploits. This is a missed opportunity: the FCC is every bit as fascinating and confusing as the Fed is enigmatic. But while many economists owe their employment to the opportunity to interpret the Fed's tealeaves, wireless engineers prefer and deserve a level of clarity that the FCC sometimes fails to provide..."
                              vBeers @ Miami
                              Wednesday, February 24h, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                              Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

                              Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

                              M.I.A. Brewing

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                              Sponsorships for the vBeers events are through the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA).

                              John Mclaughlin, SFTA

                              IT - PM
                              Most Projects Need a Simpler Process
                              Business 2 Community, February 14th, 2016
                              "Here's a common scenario: you're handed a project to start, which you have to juggle along with lots and lots of other work (without having been given enough, if any, project management training).

                              And you may find yourself cutting corners.

                              Or are you a manager who is trying to get your team of non-project managers to adopt consistent processes?..."

                              How a 'Vision' Can Make Sure Every Project Decision is the Right One
                              Business 2 Community, February 19th, 2016
                              "Managing a project can sometimes feel like your hiking up a mountain. To have a chance of making your way to the top, you'll need to see where you're going.

                              In other words, you need a 'vision', which explains clearly the purpose of your project. Despite what you might think, this isn't a luxury. It's necessary for survival..."

                                IT - Networks
                                Eye-Opening Optical Research Projects That Could Supercharge the Internet
                                Network World, February 15th, 2016
                                "Nikola Alic, a photonics research scientist at the University of California's Qualcomm Institute in San Diego, argues that optical research offers the best hope for helping the Internet accommodate the ever growing flow of multimedia services..."
                                Identifying the Security Pitfalls in SDN
                                ComputerWorld, February 15th, 2016
                                "While a software-defined network can improve application performance and help ease administrative tasks, it can also create new vulnerabilities. Experts offer advice for security teams..."
                                25 GbE: Data Center Deployment Scenarios
                                ZDNet, February 17th, 2016
                                "By now, everyone knows about the data explosion and the great opportunities with more sophisticated real-time data analytics. Still, many companies are struggling to keep up with the new demands that have been placed upon them. To be able to store, access, compute, and analyze all that data, there must be wider pipes for the data to pass through within the network or the cloud..."
                                Here Comes the Terabit per Second Network
                                ZDNet, February 16th, 2016
                                "In the US, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has redefined broadband as being at least 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up. While some moronic senators think that's too fast, everyone else knows it's way too slow. The technical problem is the demand for broadband has grown ever higher -- thanks Netflix -- while the Internet backbones can't keep up with the demand..."
                                IT - IoT
                                Security Guidance for the Internet of Things
                                Help Net Security, February 15th, 2016
                                "Embedded systems and connected devices are already deeply woven into the fabric of our lives, and the footprint is expanding at a staggering rate. Gartner estimates that 4.9 billion connected things were in use by the end of 2015, a 30% increase from 2014. This will rise to 25 billion by 2020 as consumer-facing applications drive volume growth, while enterprise sales account for the majority of revenue..."
                                Smart Buildings Security: Who's In Charge?
                                Help Net Security, February 16th, 2016
                                "As the Internet of Things became an accepted reality, and the security community realized that they have to get involved in securing it, days without news about the insecurity of this or that Smart Thing are few and far between.

                                One of the latest attempts to shine a light on the problem was a recently published report by the IBM X-Force Ethical Hacking Team. The document detailed the team's successful attempt to penetrate a building automation system (BAS) that controlled sensors and thermostats in a commercial office, and to ultimately access the central BAS server that controls building automation in this and several other locations..."

                                IoT Sensors Giving Low-Tech Industries High-Tech Benefits
                                jaxenter, February 17th, 2016
                                "The Internet of Things is connecting devices at an unprecedented pace. From Fitbits to smartwatches, gadgets are high-tech and connecting them to the IoT leverages benefits that were previously science-fiction.

                                Surreal connectivity of everyday items is today's reality in high-tech circles, but some of the IoT's greatest advancements come not only by connecting the already technical savvy industries, but rather the low tech ones.

                                Industries such as manufacturing, commercial real estate, agriculture, and even waste management are being disrupted and revolutionized by IoT sensors..."

                                Project Zephyr: Linux Foundation Introduces New Open Source IoT Operating System
                                jaxenter, February 19th, 2016
                                "The Zephyr Project is a small, scalable, real-time operating system which aims to create resource-constrained systems. It supports a large number of architectures and is can be procured via the Apache 2.0 open source license..."
                                Should CIOs worry about the Internet of Hackable Things?
                                CIO, February 16th, 2016
                                "From wearables to appliances to e-readers, there's no shortage of possible security holes when almost every device is connected. What's a CIO to do?... If 2015 was the year of the Internet of Things, 2016 could be the year of the hacked Internet of Things. That could mean a lot of headaches for CIOs, whether they're fans of these new devices themselves or will be dealing with employees connecting them at work and managing the potential security exposure that brings..."
                                IT - Linux
                                Ubuntu on Mobile: How Shuttleworth & Team are Forging Ahead
                                CIO, February 17th, 2016
                                "There hasn't been a lot of good news for Linux on Mobile, as of late. In November 2015, Jolla, experienced financial trouble, laid off most of its staff, and stopped work on the Jolla tablet. Then in December, Mozilla said it was putting the brakes on Firefox OS.

                                But Canonical is bucking the trend..."

                                IT - Operations
                                Most IT Departments Fail to Meet Availability SLAs
                                ComputerWeekly, February 17th, 2016
                                "Veeam survey finds most organisations fail to recover from unplanned outages in the time demanded by SLAs, with average recovery time in the UK being five hours..."
                                  The Data Center Cloud Built
                                  Data Center Knowledge, February 16th, 2016
                                  "This month (February), we focus on data centers built to support the Cloud. As cloud computing becomes the dominant form of IT, it exerts a greater and greater influence on the industry, from infrastructure and business strategy to design and location. Webscale giants like Google, Amazon, and Facebook have perfected the art and science of cloud data centers. The next wave is bringing the cloud data center to enterprise IT ... or the other way around!

                                  Here's a collection of stories that ran on Data Center Knowledge in February, focusing on the data center and the cloud:.."

                                  Life On The Edge: The Benefits of Using Micro Datacentres
                                  ComputerWeekly, February 17th, 2016
                                  "Enterprises are demanding faster access to applications and ever more processing power. Could edge datacentres fill the gap?...

                                  Just as CIOs were coming to terms with the idea of deciding how much of their IT to run in an enterprise-owned datacentre, a colocation facility or the public cloud, up pops yet another option - the edge datacentre..."

                                    What IT Managers Need to Know about Data Center Cooling
                                    Data Center Knowledge, February 17th, 2016
                                    "For any data center cooling system to work to its full potential, IT managers who put servers on the data center floor have to be in contact with facilities managers who run the cooling system and have some degree of understanding of data center cooling..."

                                    'That's the only way cooling works,' Adrian Jones, director of technical development at CNet Training Services, said.

                                      IT - Security
                                      A Not-So-Secret Secret About Cybercrime
                                      Dark Reading, February 16th, 2016
                                      "The last quarter of 2015 was a busy and interesting time to be a cybersecurity threat intelligence solutions provider. During the last part of the year, I witnessed some upticks in activity I have not seen much of over the last few years.

                                      For instance, for the first time, I saw more than a few customers in unexpected industry sectors adding budget items to their security spending to include new approaches like cyber threat intelligence..."

                                      Identifying the Warning Signs Of Network Intrusions
                                      Search Security, February 15th, 2016
                                      "Detecting network intrusions requires a plethora of information. Expert Kevin Beaver explains why security teams need to take a big picture view of the network..."
                                      Three Server Security Tools You Might Not Know
                                      SearchDataCenter, February 15th, 2016
                                      "The security of the individual data center server can get lost in the shuffle of protecting enterprise networks. These server security tools will help...

                                      The exploitation of servers within an enterprise network is often a tremendous money maker for network attackers..."

                                      When It Comes to Cyber Attack Detection, IT Pros Are Overconfident
                                      Help Net Security, February 12th, 2016
                                      "A new study conducted by Dimensional Research evaluated the confidence of IT professionals regarding the efficacy of seven key security controls that must be in place to quickly detect a cyber attack in progress. Study respondents included 763 IT professionals from retail, energy, financial services and public sector organizations in the U.S..."
                                      Data Security - The Trends We Do Not See Coming
                                      Information Management, February 16th, 2016
                                      "With the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT) and the continuous growth of cloud adoption among small businesses and large corporations, it is no wonder that the security industry is going through an unprecedented time of challenge and re-invention. But if we were to focus on data security alone, what would we recognize as the emerging trends and needs?..."
                                      Two-factor Authentication, and How It Protects Your Passwords
                                      CIO, February 16th, 2016
                                      If you're not already using two-factor authentication to secure your passwords, you're putting sensitive personal information at unnecessary risk. Here's how two-factor auth works, along with a tool to help you get started with the tech.
                                        IT - Careers
                                        20 Hot IT skills that will get you a raise (Slideshw)
                                        CIO, February 16th, 2016
                                        IT professionals are well-compensated, but 2016 looks will bring even higher pay for some tech workers. If you're looking to boost your paycheck, consider adding one or more of these 20 skills to your resume.
                                          How To Retain Good Security People: Keep The Work Exciting
                                          Dark Reading, February 15th, 2016
                                          "Acquiring talented IT security professionals is a big challenge for organizations grappling with growing skill shortages that impact every industry sector and government agency. Even more challenging, though, is retaining skilled workers amid a hot market where they can be easily lured elsewhere by more money or better opportunities..."
                                          10 IT Organizations To Help Your Career (slideshow)
                                          Network Computing, February 15th, 2016
                                          "According to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), there are more than 92,000 trade and professional organizations currently active in the United States, and that number is growing on average by around 3.4% per year.

                                          These organizations offer a number of benefits to their members..."

                                            4 Ways to be Flexible During the Job Interview Process
                                            CIO, February 16th, 2016
                                            "To reach the best outcomes, both hiring managers and job candidates need to remain flexible during the interview process, and that's especially true in the winter months. Here are some tips to keep the interview process open and accommodating, whether you're the applicant or the hiring manager..."
                                              IT - Virtualization
                                              CIOs Aren't Ready for Docker and Container Technology
                                              CIO, February 15th, 2016
                                              "Less than half of Fortune 500 CIOs surveyed said that their companies are using containers, suggesting that technology hasn't gained steam in large enterprises. Why aren't more IT executives embracing Docker and CoreOS?..."
                                              IT - Email
                                              What You Need to Know About Email Security in 2016
                                              Business 2 Community, February 16th, 2016
                                              "How frequently do you get suspicious emails in your inbox? And how many times have you been a victim of malware or a virus sent via an email attachment?

                                              With the evolution of email from strictly interpersonal communication to include other uses, such as tasks notification and brand advertising, many users can probably say this has happened to them at least once in their lives..."

                                                Email Security Still an Afterthought
                                                Help Net Security, February 19th, 2016
                                                "Email continues to be a critical technology in business and the threat of email hacks and data breaches loom large over IT security managers. Consequently, confidence and experience with previous data breaches and email hacks play key parts in determining a company's perceived level of preparedness against these threats and targeted email attacks..."
                                                65% of Businesses Unprepared For Email-Based Cyber Threats
                                                Risk Management Monitor, February 18th, 2016
                                                "In a recent threat report, cloud email management company Mimecast warned they had seen a 55% increase in whaling attacks over the past three months. As we reported in this month's Risk Management cover story 'The Devil in the Details,' social engineering fraud schemes like whaling (which is phishing that targets higher-profile employees and executives) resulted in a total losses of more than $1.2 billion worldwide between October 2013 to August 2015..."
                                                In a nutshell: Oracle Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance (ZDLRA)
                                                Contributor: Frank Wickham
                                                "A groundbreaking data protection solution that's completely integrated with Oracle Database and eliminates data loss exposure for all databases without impacting mission critical production environments..."
                                                IT - Database
                                                10 Tips for Integrating NoSQL Databases in Your Business
                                                CIO, February 14th, 2016
                                                "NoSQL databases provide the agility, scalability, performance and availability to support many applications today, but implementing them is not always easy. Here are 10 tips for integrating NoSQL systems in your organization..."
                                                IT - Backup
                                                Data Backups: The Smart Person's Guide
                                                TechRepublic, February 15th, 2016
                                                "All of the cutting-edge applications and exotic storage hardware in the world do not matter if your data backups aren't reliable. This guide is an entry-level summary of enterprise backup software..."
                                                  Analyst Opinion: Backup Terminology Matters
                                                  Storage Switzerland, February 15th, 2016
                                                  "If technology vendors don't agree on what generic industry terms mean, how in the world are customers supposed to compare similar products?

                                                  Wait. Maybe that's the plan..."

                                                    Safeguard Your Company with Business Continuity and Backup Plans
                                                    ITProPortal, February 16th, 2016
                                                    "Protection of your business' data is critical to the life of your business, no matter its size, industry, or location. To fully safeguard your data, you must not only perform consistent back ups, but also ensure business continuity with reliable solutions to eliminate costly downtime in the event of a disaster..."
                                                    IT - Big Data
                                                    Big Data and Information Optimization in 2016
                                                    Information Management, February 16th, 2016
                                                    "The big data market continues to expand and enable new types of analyses, new business models and new revenues streams for organizations that implement these capabilities. Following our previous research into big data and information optimization, we'll investigate the technology trends affecting both of these domains as part of our 2016 research agenda..."
                                                    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                    Vol 216 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 215 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 214 Issues 4 and 5
                                                    We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                    • When Should I Buy Readzilla/L2ARC?
                                                    • SAS and Oracle SPARC M7 Silicon Secured Memory
                                                    • The Document Foundation Announces LibreOffice 5.1
                                                    • 20 JavaFX real-world applications
                                                    • Java SE 8 Certification:
                                                    • Executive interview: Oracle's cloud chief on why suites win
                                                    • The Surprising Economics of Engineered Systems for Big Data
                                                    • Secure Online Voting at Scytl
                                                    • Top Exastack ISV headlines: Gruter Tajo

                                                    The longer version of this article has list of top ten articles for the last 8 weeks.

                                                      IT - Tape
                                                      Does Your Business Need Tape Backup?
                                                      Business 2 Community, February 14th, 2016
                                                      "Plenty of big businesses nowadays utilize magnetic tape backups to store their data. It's cost-effective, it's secure, and it never hurts to have multiple backup strategies when dealing with important information. If you're not a big business and you're thinking about using tape backups, this information is for you! ..."
                                                      Why We Still Use Magnetic Tapes in Business Today - Kroll Ontrack
                                            , February 16th, 2016
                                                      '"Magnetic tapes are dead"; "Tapes still have a role in modern IT". These are two opinions frequently heard among system administrators, but which of them is right? In recent years, there has been a lot of debate about the role of the oldest storage medium still in use....'
                                                        LibreOffice 5.0.5 'Still' Released
                                                        The Document Foundation, February 17th, 2016
                                                        The Document Foundation announced LibreOffice 5.0.5, the fifth release of the LibreOffice 5.0 family. Following the announcement of LibreOffice 5.1, LibreOffice 5.0.5 becomes the 'still' version (a stable version that has undergone more testing over a longer time), and can be used for the deployment in large organizations.

                                                        The Document Foundation suggests deploying LibreOffice 5.0.5 on a large scale only when backed by professional level 3 support from certified developers.

                                                        IT - Developer
                                                        Program the World: 12 Technologies You Need to Know
                                                        JavaWorld, February 16th, 2016
                                                        "The barrier between bits and atoms is disappearing, with programmers no longer confined to the virtual realm, in part thanks to the Internet of things becoming more real. Now we can do more than write ones and zeros to a disk: We can actually write code that tells a machine how to extrude, cut, bend, or morph atoms. Now our software can turn on lights, change the look of a room, steer a car, move a wall, or more..."
                                                          Support for Unified Archive (UAR)
                                                          By Owen Allen
                                                          Owen Allen writes, "Unified Archive, or UAR, is a new feature in Oracle Solaris 11.2. You can use UAR to take an image of an existing system, then use that image for provisioning. Folks have been asking about support for UAR in Ops Center since last year, so we made it a part of Ops Center 12.3.1..."
                                                          Next Generation IDaaS: Moving From Tactical to Strategic
                                                          By Matt Flynn
                                                          Matt writes, "First generation Identity as a Service (IDaaS) was a fashion statement that's on its way out. It was cool while it lasted. And it capitalized on some really important business needs. But it attempted to apply a tactical fix to a strategic problem.

                                                          We all know by now that the world has changed..."

                                                          Nexenta News
                                                          Former CEO of Mirantis, a Leading Visionary and Operator in the Open Source and OpenStack Community Joins Nexenta Advisory Board
                                                          Nexenta, February 17th, 2016
                                                          Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), announced that Adrian Ionel, Founder of Restack (link is external), and former CEO and co-founder at Mirantis, has joined the Nexenta Advisory Board.

                                                          In 2015 Forbes named Ionel and Mirantis one of the best cloud CEOs and companies to work for - #6 among the 50 leading cloud companies. With a strong track record at companies such as Mirantis, Qualys and Siemens, he brings deep expertise and a passion to help build enduring businesses. As the latest expert to join the Nexenta Advisory Board, Ionel will share his knowledge and advise Nexenta as it continues to lead the OpenSDS market.

                                                          Cisco News
                                                          Cisco Technology Helps Grupo Formula to Develop a Tailored Collaboration Platform
                                                          Cisco, February 15th, 2016
                                                          Mexican media group Grupo Formula deployed a collaboration platform, based on Cisco technology, that will help them to meet the new internal communications requirements due to the growth that they are experiencing in their operation.

                                                          The solutions, which include IP telephony based on Business Edition 6000, WebEx, Jabber, TelePresence, and Aironet series 26021 Access Points, will help Grupo Fórmula employees in all areas in the development of their daily work...

                                                          Telefonica Offers Cisco Collaboration Cloud Services Portfolio
                                                          Cisco, February 15th, 2016
                                                          "Telefonica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the enterprise market, has become one of the first service providers to offer the Cisco portfolio of collaboration cloud services as a fully integrated service.

                                                          Telefonica's new offer brings together best-in-class and market-leading business collaboration applications such as Cisco Unified Communications, virtual contact center, Cisco TelePresence, Cisco WebEx and Collaboration Meeting Rooms, all delivered 'as a service' to end-users over mobile and fixed connections..."

                                                          Industry's First Fully Integrated, Threat-Focused Next-Generation Firewall from Cisco Enhances Protection from the Endpoints and Network to the Cloud
                                                          Cisco, February 16th, 2016
                                                          As global companies embrace new digital business opportunities, cybersecurity is regularly cited as a top concern impeding growth and innovation. To give businesses the confidence to pursue digital opportunities to enable growth, Cisco has made security a top priority and is today announcing innovations to its flagship Next-Generation Firewall. The goal: to deliver leading protection to keep organizations safer.

                                                          Cisco's first fully integrated, threat-focused Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW) marks a significant departure from the focus of legacy NGFWs on application control.

                                                          Dell News
                                                          Dell Positioned in the 'Leaders' Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms
                                                          Dell, February 16th, 2016
                                                          Dell announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the 'Leaders' quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms (February 2016).

                                                          Gartner Magic Quadrants assess vendors on their ability to execute and the completeness of their vision. Gartner states, 'Leaders are vendors with a strong track record in the market. They are also likely to influence the market's growth and direction. Leaders are suitable vendors for most organizations to evaluate. They should not be the only vendors evaluated, but at least two are likely to be included in the typical shortlist of five to eight vendors.'

                                                          Halogen Software Joins Dell Boomi Partner Network
                                                          Dell, February 18th, 2016
                                                          Dell Boomi announces that it has partnered with Halogen Software (TSX: HGN) to deliver a high-performance application integration platform to reduce implementation times for its cloud-based talent management suite. The Dell Boomi AtomSphere iPaaS (integration platform as a service) enables Halogen Software to more easily and rapidly connect a customer's existing employee data in their core HRIS/HRMS system to Halogen TalentSpace, improving the customer experience and making TalentSpace easier to connect to external HR systems.
                                                          Symantec News
                                                          Symantec Endpoint Protection Received 'Best Protection' Award For Corporate Users By AV-Test Institute
                                                          Stopping virtually 100 percent of threats, Symantec Endpoint Protection outperforms the competition
                                                          Symantec Corp. announced that Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) won AV-TEST's 'Best Protection 2015 Award' for corporate users. Symantec Endpoint Protection was recognized for its consistently high security performance in all 2015 certification tests.

                                                          "The corporate solution Symantec Endpoint Protection earned the Best Protection 2015 Award, consistently demonstrating impressive security protection in all tests," said Maik Morgenstern, CTO, AV-TEST.

                                                          AV-Test Institute Awards Norton Security 'Best Protection' For Consumers
                                                          Symantec, February 18th, 2016
                                                          Symantec announced that Norton Security won AV-TEST's coveted "Best Protection Award 2015" for "home user" security. AV-TEST Institute has recognized Norton Security for its ability to stop the most widespread cybercrime threats, including real-time malicious attacks and malware spread via the web and e-mails1.

                                                          'Norton Security consistently demonstrated impressive security protection throughout our multiple tests in 2015, and particularly in comparison to competing solutions,' said Andreas Marx, CEO, AV-TEST. 'Norton Security blocked 99.9 percent of attacks in Windows testing cycles, whereas the industry average was between 97 and 99 percent. Our rigorous testing resulted in Norton coming out on top as the most secure solution for consumers.'

                                                          IBM News
                                                          IBM Delivers Blockchain-As-A-Service for Developers; Commits to Making Blockchain Ready for Business
                                                          IBM, February 16th, 2016
                                                          To help developers quickly begin exploring the use of blockchain in the enterprise, IBM has made nearly 44,000 lines of code available to the Linux Foundation's open source Hyperledger Project to help developers easily build secure distributed ledgers that can be used to exchange most anything of value. Today, IBM also made a range of announcements spanning technology and business consulting to rapidly advance the use of distributed ledger technology across multiple industries...
                                                          IBM Watson Health Announces Plans to Acquire Truven Health Analytics for $2.6B, Extending Its Leadership in Value-Based Care Solutions
                                                          IBM, February 18th, 2016
                                                          IBM Watson Health announced plans to acquire Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of cloud-based healthcare data, analytics and insights for $2.6 billion. Truven will bring more than 8,500 clients, including U.S. federal and state government agencies, employers, health plans, hospitals, clinicians and life sciences companies to the IBM Watson Health portfolio.
                                                          IBM Unveils New Mainframe for Encrypted Hybrid Clouds
                                                          IBM, February 16th, 2016
                                                          IBM unveiled a new mainframe, bringing the security of data encryption without slowing down system performance to mid-sized organizations.

                                                          The new system, IBM z13s, is enabled and optimized for hybrid cloud environments and can help secure critical information and transactions better than before. IBM also announced new security partnerships and highly integrated innovations for the mainframe...

                                                          Technopolis Turns to IBM to Improve Efficiency of E-Commerce Platform by 70 Percent
                                                          IBM, February 19th, 2016
                                                          IBM announced that Technopolis, a leading consumer electronics retailer in Bulgaria is working with IBM to streamline and personalize its customer experience and improve the efficiency of its e-commerce platform to provide customized offerings online and in-store.

                                                          Technopolis, a prominent consumer technology and electronics retailer operating more than 30 stores and generating over EUR 250 million in annual revenues. It currently offers 25,000 types of electronic appliances and accessories with aggressive plans to grow its market share by 40 percent by the end of 2016. Previously, up to 30 percent of customer online purchases were incomplete, resulting in customer service center calls for manual resolutions...

                                                          IBM Watson Internet of Things Technology Helps Fingrid Keep Power On
                                                          IBM, February 19th, 2016
                                                          Fingrid, Finland's main electricity transmission grid operator, has selected IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology to help drive transformation in the electricity industry and ensure uninterrupted service for customers. Using networks of sensors and IBM's advanced analytics, Fingrid has pioneered a new solution called ELVIS which provides system operators with a consolidated view of the entire electricity transmission grid, from long-term plans to the day-to-day management and maintenance of assets and infrastructure.
                                                          Fujitsu News
                                                          Fujitsu Develops World's First Encryption Technology Able to Match Multi-Source Data Encrypted with Different Keys
                                                          Fujitsu, February 15th, 2016
                                                          Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. announced development of the world's first encryption technology that can match IDs or attribute values in information sources, such as classified or private data from multiple organizations, that are encrypted with different keys, without decrypting the information. With previous encryption technologies that could search and compute data while still encrypted, encryption and decryption of search results used the same key, creating issues when used among organizations.
                                                          Fujitsu Laboratories of America Announces Next Generation Internet Routing Technology
                                                          Fujitsu, February 18th, 2016
                                                          At the Fujitsu North America Technology Forum (NATF) being held in Santa Clara, CA, Fujitsu Laboratories of America announced the development of Functional Chaining System using Named Data Networking (NDN). This new approach to internet traffic routing is expected to significantly reduce traffic congestion while improving network performance and security of data transmission. A prototype demonstration shows the application of the technology to create, edit, filter, compress and transmit video data across the internet with significant speedups and security enhancements.
                                                          Fujitsu Develops New Deep Learning Technology to Analyze Time-Series Data with High Precision
                                                          Fujitsu, February 16th, 2016
                                                          Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced that it has developed deep learning technology that can analyze time-series data with a high degree of accuracy. Demonstrating promise for Internet-of-Things applications, time-series data can also be subject to severe volatility, making it difficult for people to discern patterns in the data.
                                                          VMware News
                                                          VMware Delivers a Smarter and More Secure Digital Workspace With AirWatch 8.3
                                                          VMware, February 17th, 2016
                                                          VMware, Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, announced the latest release of the industry-leading VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform. AirWatch 8.3 will expand VMware's digital workspace strategy and VMware Workspace ONE platform by increasing value for both users and administrators to embrace business mobility. With updates that will grow user confidence and adoption, eliminate the need for passwords and increase security, VMware will deliver the platform for organizations to advance mobile initiatives.
                                                          EMC and VMware Introduce Hyper-Converged VCE VxRail Appliance Family
                                                          VMware, February 16th, 2016
                                                          EMC Corporation and VMware announced the new VCE VxRail Appliance family, the only integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) for VMware environments. The VxRail Appliance family brings together the best of EMC and VMware including EMC rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware's leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN, the simple, powerful, efficient software defined storage natively integrated with vSphere...
                                                          Red Hat News
                                                          Friday Five - February 19, 2016
                                                          Red Hat, February 19th, 2016
                                                          "The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

                                                          • Registration for Red Hat Summit 2016
                                                          • CIO - Red Hat Enterprise Linux is now available on Microsoft Azure
                                                          • GCN - Planning a hybrid cloud? Three things to consider
                                                          • Red Hat Developers is here. A developer's program built for and by developers.
                                                          • eWeek - Linux Systems Patched for Critical glibc Flaw

                                                          Read on for details.

                                                          Red Hat Unveils Flexible and Portable Cloud Storage with Red Hat Gluster Storage on Google Cloud Platform
                                                          Red Hat, February 18th, 2016
                                                          Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced it has expanded its alliance with Google to deliver Red Hat Gluster Storage on Google Cloud Platform. Red Hat Gluster Storage is a shared-nothing, scale-out solution available to Google Cloud Platform customers seeking elastic and robust file storage across public and hybrid cloud environments...
                                                          Red Hat Brings DevOps to the Network with New Ansible Capabilities
                                                          Red Hat, February 18th, 2016
                                                          Red Hat announced that it is bringing DevOps to networking by extending Ansible - its powerful IT automation and DevOps platform - to include native agentless support for automating heterogeneous network infrastructure devices using the same simple human and machine readable automation language that Ansible provides to IT teams. With expanded Ansible networking capabilities, Red Hat is aiming to help customers orchestrate entire application infrastructures, including network devices, with one automation tool.
                                                          Level3 News
                                                          Level 3 Positioned In The Challengers Quadrant In The 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant For Network Services, Global
                                                          IBM, February 16th, 2016
                                                          Global telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications, Inc. has been positioned the furthest along the "completeness of vision" and "ability to execute" axes in the Challengers quadrant in the January 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global1. The report evaluated 12 network service providers on the completeness of their vision and their ability to execute on services and strategy...
                                                          EMC News
                                                          Land Rover BAR Chooses EMC in Bid to Win America's Cup
                                                          EMC, February 18th, 2016
                                                          EMC Corporation (NYSE:EMC) announced that it has been selected as the official IT storage supplier for Land Rover BAR, the British team conceived by Sir Ben Ainslie to win the America's Cup and bring it home to Britain for the first time in its 167 year history. Through the use of EMC technology, race and testing data will be consolidated rapidly to ensure that the Land Rover BAR teams around the world are able to run real-time analysis versus waiting until the following morning for information to be ready.
                                                          EMC and VMware Introduce Hyper-Converged VCE VxRail Appliance Family
                                                          EMC, February 16th, 2016
                                                          EMC Corporation and VMware announced the new VCE VxRail Appliance family, the only integrated and jointly engineered hyper-converged infrastructure appliances (HCIA) for VMware environments. The VxRail Appliance family brings together the best of EMC and VMware including EMC rich data services and leading systems management capabilities with VMware's leading hyper-converged software that includes VMware vSphere, vCenter Server and VMware Virtual SAN, the simple, powerful, efficient software defined storage natively integrated with vSphere...
                                                          Brocade News
                                                          Brocade Reports Fiscal Q1 2016 Results
                                                          Brocade, February 17th, 2016
                                                          Brocade reported financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended January 30, 2016. Brocade reported first quarter revenue of $574 million, flat year-over-year and down 2% quarter-over-quarter. The Company reported GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.23, up from $0.20 in Q1 2015 and up from $0.20 in Q4 2015. Non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.29 for Q1 2016, up from $0.27 in Q1 2015 and up from $0.26 in Q4 2015. Tax benefits recognized in Q1 2016 increased both GAAP and non-GAAP diluted EPS by approximately $0.02 in the quarter.
                                                          Brocade Paves The Way To 5G With New Ip Offerings For Mobile Network Operators
                                                          Brocade, February 16th, 2016
                                                          Brocade announced new offerings to help mobile operators re-architect their networks to support 5G services and deliver higher agility and performance at a fraction of the cost of traditional networks. These innovative New IP offerings uniquely position Brocade as a disrupter with 5G capabilities that solve the key challenges facing mobile network operators (MNO) and mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) today.
                                                          Brocade Leads Journey To 5G Networks With New IP And Expansion Of Open Mobile Networking Partner Ecosystem
                                                          Brocade, February 16th, 2016
                                                          Brocade announced new technology partnerships in its open mobile networking ecosystem that will accelerate the development of New IP solutions and prepare mobile operators with an open network for the demands of 5G. Brocade's new partnerships enable solutions that leverage software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), and mobile edge computing (MEC) to help mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) innovate faster, improve service agility, and identify new revenue streams.
                                                          Windstream News
                                                          Allworx Named 2016 Best Channel Vendor by Business Solutions Magazine in the VoIP Category
                                                          Windstream, February 19th, 2016
                                                          Allworx Corp., a Windstream company, announced it has been awarded 2016 Best Channel Vendor in the VoIP category by Business Solutions magazine. This marks the sixth time that Allworx has claimed this distinction. Allworx was one of two companies to receive this award in the VoIP category and represents the top 5 percent of all the vendors evaluated.
                                                            Windstream Invests in Charlotte Metro Fiber Network to Connect Local Data Centers & Commercial Buildings to National Backbone
                                                            Windstream, February 16th, 2016
                                                            Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced that it has completed a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in the Charlotte area. Windstream's investment will provide Charlotte's growing mid-market business community with world-class infrastructure that connects even more local data centers and commercial buildings with Windstream's high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.

                                                            Charlotte is the first market to benefit from Windstream's initiative to invest in local metro fiber networks that will support companies in the banking, financial services, education, healthcare, government, hospitality and retail industries, among others. Additional major markets like Nashville and Richmond will launch throughout 2016.

                                                            F5 News
                                                            F5 BIG IP 7200v Shields University from Cybercrimes and Unknown Threats
                                                            F5, February 16th, 2016
                                                            F5 Networks announced that the University of Tsukuba has installed F5 BIG-IP 7200v to bolster its security and firewall capabilities. With F5, the university reduced its dependence on numerous pieces of firewall equipment which several administrators had to manage.

                                                            'Centralization of management and security improvement were the big targets for the recent replacement,' stated Akira Sato, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Engineering University of Tsukuba Academic Computing and Communications Center, Network Group. Prior to deploying F5, each domain had its own separate DNS server; all academic divisions were required to administer and manage their own network.

                                                            What SDDC Means for Your Business
                                                            ITProPortal, February 16th, 2016
                                                            "Software-defined EVERYTHING! Well, not everything, but lots of things. Shifting a lot of the management, and therefore the intelligence, to the software makes a lot of sense and it's where the industry is heading.

                                                            Software-defined networking is leading the charge right now, and it's the data centre where all this will come together - leading us towards a software-defined data centre (SDDC)..."

                                                            Netapp News
                                                            NetApp Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Results
                                                            NetApp, February 17th, 2016
                                                            NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016, ended January 29, 2016.

                                                            Net revenues for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 were $1.39 billion. GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $153 million, or $0.52 income per share, compared to GAAP net income of $177 million, or $0.56 income per share, for the comparable period of the prior year. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $206 million, or $0.70 income per share, compared to non-GAAP net income of $238 million, or $0.75 income per share, for the comparable period of the prior year.

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