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Oracle News
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ORACLE REPORTS GAAP EPS OF $0.50; NON-GAAP EPS OF $0.64
Without the effect of U.S. Dollar strengthening both would have been 4 cents higher
Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) announced fiscal 2016 Q3 results. The strengthening of the U.S. dollar compared to foreign currencies had a significant impact on results in the quarter. Total Revenues were $9.0 billion, down 3% in U.S. dollars and up 1% in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.1 billion, down 1% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $583 million, up 57% in U.S. dollars and up 61% in constant currency. Cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) revenues were $152 million, down 2% in U.S. dollars and up 2% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues were $735 million, up 40% in U.S. dollars and up 44% in constant currency. Total On-Premise Software Revenues were $6.3 billion, down 4% in U.S. dollars and unchanged in constant currency. Total Hardware Revenues were $1.1 billion, down 13% in U.S. dollars and down 8% in constant currency. Total Services Revenues were $793 million, down 7% in U.S. dollars and down 2% in constant currency.
Oracle Unleashes New Innovations in Data Analytics with Free and Open Interfaces to On-chip Accelerators
Analytics Added to Open Platform for Security to Enable Breakthroughs in Data Analytics Using Oracle's Software in Silicon Technology
Empowering developers to build the next generation of big data analytics platforms, Oracle released a free and open API and developer kit for its Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX) in SPARC processors through its Software in Silicon Developer Program. The program also lets developers view sample use cases and program code, and to test and validate how DAX can speed up analytics applications while test driving Software in Silicon Technology.
IT - CxO
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3 patterns of successful IT leaders
CIO, March 15th, 2016
"Deloitte Consulting's global 2015 CIO survey of more than 1,200 IT executives, with nearly half coming from Fortune 500 companies, asked respondents to select the top competencies that an effective technology leader needs today. Respondents overwhelmingly selected the following six traits:.."
5 Secrets For Becoming A Courageous CIO
InformationWeek, March 14th, 2016
"Dan Roberts, CEO and president of Ouelette & Associates Consulting, has been coaching CIOs since 1984. Here, he shares his guidance on why courage matters in IT and offers five ways for CIOs and others to be brave in today's changing enterprise environment..."
4 things CIOs need to know about implementing automation
CIO, March 17th, 2016
"As a CIO, you've undoubtedly heard and read enthusiastic discussions around the benefits of automation. Beyond its cost savings due to people replacement, automation offers high value in the form of dramatic improvement to:

  • Process efficiency
  • Cycle time (remember, speed is the new currency)
  • Productivity
  • Quality (reduced errors)
  • Scalability
  • Governance and regulatory compliance (requirements can be embedded into automation rules)

The value is easy to understand. But there are four important things to know as you move to automation in order to get it right and achieve the expected value..."

The top five technologies disrupting business
ITProPortal, March 17th, 2016
"You'll quite often hear talk of how technology can disrupt business.

A survey carried out at Microsoft's 2015 Global CIO Summit in October suggests that CIOs believe 47 per cent of their company's revenues will be under threat from digital disruption in the next five years.

But what does this disruption really mean? ..."

Are You the Very Model of a Modern CMO?
Business 2 Community, March 19th, 2016
"In the most famous of Gilbert and Sullivan patter songs, the Major-General waxes eloquent on his vast, well-rounded education - only to admit that his military knowledge has 'only been brought down to the beginning of the century.'

As I talk with CMOs from a diverse array of industries, many confide in me that they find themselves in a situation similar to that of our loquacious friend..."

    4 emerging technologies that will drive digital businesses
    CIO, March 15th, 2016
    "Tasked by their CEOs to use technology to better align the business with shifting customer preferences, CIOs across every industry are leveraging the now-standard social, mobile, analytics and cloud (SMAC) technologies to modernize, stabilize and accelerate digital transformations. But those tools will get some company from augmented and virtual reality, the Internet of Things, blockchain software and advanced analytics over the next 18 to 24 months..."
    Features
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    Maximum Availability Architecture for Big Data Appliance
    By Jean-Pierre Dijcks
    Jean-Pierre Dijcks blogs, "Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture (MAA) is Oracle's best practices blueprint based on proven Oracle high availability technologies, along with expert recommendations and customer experiences. MAA best practices have been highly integrated into the design and operational capability of Oracle Big Data Appliance, and together they provide the most comprehensive highly available solution for Big Data.

    Oracle MAA papers are published at the MAA home page of the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) website. Oracle Big Data Appliance (BDA) Maximum Availability Architecture is a best-practices blueprint for achieving an optimal high-availability deployment using Oracle high-availability technologies and recommendations..."

    What's the BIG DEAL about Oracle's Software in Silicon DAX?
    By Cinzia Mascanzoni
    Cinzia Mascanzoni blogs, "See this 5-minute video to learn why Oracle's software in silicon Data Analytics Accelerators, commonly called DAX, are making such big news in the data analytics space today. DAX are revolutionary Software in Silicon innovation on the SPARC M7 processor which dedicate co-processors to handle specific types of analytic operations that are common in big data analysis, Machine Learning algorithms, and Oracle Database In-Memory queries..."
    IT - AI
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    Spending On Cognitive Computing to Top $31 Billion By 2019
    Information Management, March 15th, 2016
    "Cognitive computing is one of six 'innovative accelerators' that will drive digital transformation by opening new revenue streams, creating information-based organizations, and changing the way work is performed, according to International Data Corp. (IDC).

    In a new report, IDC forecasts global spending on cognitive systems will reach nearly $31.3 billion in 2019, with a five year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55%..."

    AI is not as remarkable as it sounds
    CIO, March 16th, 2016
    "Artificial intelligence may be coming to your IT department sooner than you think, but not the way you might imagine...

    Artificial intelligence (AI) may conjure up far-fetched ideas of robot assistants, or perhaps an all-seeing presence like HAL 9000, the sentient machine in the movie 2001. But the likelier truth is that AI will come in the form of software running in your data center.

    And it will be coming very soon: Research firm Gartner predicts that 'smart machines' will have a widespread impact on business within the next four years..."

    MIT: Red lights could someday be a thing of the past
    ComputerWorld, March 18th, 2016
    "Without stop lights, roadways could support twice as much traffic..

    As vehicles become more wirelessly connected, communicating with each other and the infrastructure around them, traffic lights may become an unnecessary impediment in getting from A to B.

    Instead of stopping for traffic lights, sensor-laden vehicles would communicate with each other and perform a kind of ballet around each other, according to a new study by MIT..."

    The Top 6 Questions To Succeed At Artificial Intelligence
    Forrester, March 15th, 2016
    "You can't turn anywhere without bumping into artificial intelligence, machine learning, or cognitive computing jumping out at you. Our cars brake for us, park for us, and some are even driving us. Our movie lists are filled with Ex Machina, Her, and Lucy. The news tells about the latest vendor and cool use of technology, minute by minute. Vendors are filling our voicemail and email with enticements. It's all so very cool!

    But cool doesn't build a business. Results do..."

      SPARC
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      Complex Root Complex
      with T7/M7 is that each Root Complex only own one PCI Endpoint (with a few exceptions)
      "With the release of the new SPARC-M7 server line we are witnessing the disappearance of very useful feature, the Direct I/O Splitting.

      Let's see why this feature is disappearing.

      First of all, some reminders :

      SPARC servers use multiple PCI buses to reach their PCIE slots with their PCI cards. In the documentation this PCI buses are named Root Complexes and the PCIE slots PCI Endpoints..."

      HammerDB: SPARC T7-1 Performance Beats IBM S824, Beats x86 E5-2699 v3
      BestPerf Blog
      Brian blogs, "HammerDB is an open-source database benchmarking tool that includes an On-Line Transaction Processing (OLTP) transactional workload derived from the industry standard TPC-C workload. Oracle's SPARC T7-1 server delivered 4,938,629 TPM (Transactions Per Minute) using the HammerDB workload.

      The SPARC T7-1 server demonstrated OLTP performance that is 2.8 times faster per chip than Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3 and 5.5 times faster per chip than an IBM POWER8 (3.5 GHz) processor. This means that a SPARC T7-1 is 1.4 times faster than a 2-chip x86 E5 v3 based server. The SPARC T7-1 server is also 1.4 times faster than an IBM Power System S824 (POWER8) server. On per core performance, the SPARC M7 processor used in the SPARC T7-1 server out performed the IBM POWER8 processor. All of these tests used Oracle Database 12c Release 1 (12.1.0.2) Enterprise Edition for the database..."

      Oracle Advanced Security - Transparent Data Encryption: Secure Database on SPARC M7 Processor Performance Nearly the Same as Clear
      BestPerf Blog
      Brian blogs, "Oracle's SPARC T7-1 server is faster and more efficient than a two-processor x86 server (Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3) in processing I/O intensive database queries when running the Oracle Advanced Security Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) feature of Oracle Database 12c.

      • The single-processor SPARC T7-1 server is up to 1.4 times faster than the two-processor x86 system for all queries tested, with TDE enabled and without. On a per chip basis, Oracle's SPARC M7 processor is over twice the performance of the Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3 (Haswell).

      • The SPARC T7-1 server is more efficient than the two-processor x86 system for all queries tested, with TDE enabled and without, as measured by CPU utilization. For example, on Query A the CPU utilization nearly doubled on the x86 server (41% on clear to 79% with TDE) while on the same Query A the SPARC T7-1 server CPU utilization 30% on clear to 38% with TDE.

      In a head-to-head comparison of system performance using Oracle's Transparent Data Encryption, the SPARC T7-1 single processor system with one SPARC M7 (4.13 GHz) processor outperforms a two-processor x86 server with Intel Xeon Processor E5-2699 v3 (2.3 GHz) processors..."

      MySQL Learning Subscription is Now Available!
      By Diana.H. Gray
      Diana writes, "Oracle University has just released the MySQL Learning Subscription, which includes videos, demonstrations and insights from MySQL experts here at Oracle.

      You will find information on MySQL 5.7, as well as earlier versions of MySQL.

      Here's what you'll get when you access this new MySQL Learning Subscription:

      • Lessons for beginners, database administrators and developers
      • Content focused on MySQL Security
      • Flexible 24x7 offerings you can access when and where you want
      • Four channels highlighting the different focus areas
      • Two learning paths to help database administrators and developers take training to prepare for MySQL certification exams

      We will continue to add new content to this subscription..."

      Exadata
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      Compression in a well-balanced system
      By Roger MacNicol
      Roger MacNicol blogs, "This continues the previous entry (Is there such a thing as fast enough?)

      Exadata is designed to present a well-balanced system between disk scan rates, cell CPU processing rates, network bandwidth, and RDBMS CPU such that on average across a lot of workloads and a lot of applications there should not be no one obvious bottleneck. Good performance engineering means avoiding a design like this:..."

      Virtualization
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      Oracle VM 3.3.4 Released
      By John Priest
      John blogs, "We just released a maintenance update for Oracle VM 3.3 to bring new hardware support, improved stability and performance, and to provide bug fixes.

      You can review the Oracle VM Release Note for 3.3.4 to see a summary of the new content and a list of notable bug fixes. Oracle VM 3.3.4 updates are available for download from My Oracle Support. The patch updates include all the cumulative bug fixes and security fixes that have been integrated since the 3.3.1 release..."

      IT - Storage
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      Veritas Releases US Databerg Report
      Storage Review, March 15th, 2016
      "Veritas has released their US Databerg Report, which looks at the effects of today's exploding data volumes and how they have been overlooked by most business leaders who were did not anticipate the exponential growth of data. In fact, an independent research study demonstrates how organizations around the world are on track to waste more than $3.3tn by 2020. Previously, Veritas released their study results on data management, which touches on this subject..."
      Why Workloads Matter More Than IOPS or Streaming
      Enterprise Storage Forum, March 17th, 2016
      "As disk drives and solid state drives (SSDs) get faster and faster, I think it is time we stop and look at what really matters, namely, how much work gets done, not how fast a device is.

      The main theme at this year's Mass Storage Systems and Technology Conference (MSST) will be the importance of workflow over bandwidth or IOPs. This is not to say that we can go back to 3 MB/sec disk drives that spin at 3600 RPM, but I am saying that workload throughput should count more than being able to do 1M IOPS or stream data at 600 MB/sec..."

        Are self-encrypting drives the right choice for enterprises?
        SearchSecurity, March 18th, 2016
        "Self-encrypting drives can provide added security for enterprises, but they aren't without vulnerabilities. Expert Michael Cobb explains what you need to know.

        Self-encrypting hard drives can reportedly solve data loss problems, but I've heard about many issues with them. What potential threats do self-encrypting drives pose? Are there enterprise use cases for them?..."

        Java Technology
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        Java Dependency Management with Maven
        by César Hernández
        César writes, "Maven is a powerful build automation tool mature enough to be nowadays the de facto tool for dependency management in Java projects. It is also a crucial part of the principle of continuous integration in the Java ecosystem because of its automation, build, package, and distribution mechanisms and capabilities. One of the key components of the Maven tools is repositories -places where you can obtain and share your dependencies (artifacts). These repositories allow to developers to access thousands of tools, libraries, frameworks, and so on from the open source community and from leaders of the IT industry. In early 2015, Oracle launched the Oracle Maven Repository to facilitate development work inside and outside the Oracle Fusion Middleware ecosystem. This article aims to help you build a solid foundation about how Maven works and how you can take advantage of this powerful tool to manage your Java dependencies in an automated manner..."
        IT - Technology
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        Six microrobots band together to tow a Chevrolet Volt
        CNET, March 14th, 2016
        "We may have a new super-compact towing service in our futures. Stanford University's Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory has taken inspiration from how ants work together to move much larger objects, and have explored the best way for its microrobots to team up to accomplish bigger things. On their own, the school says each robot can move objects more than 2,000 times their own weight, meaning the possibilities of a few of them working in unison could be quite impressive..."
          The Emerging Virtual-Reality Product Parade
          CNET, March 18th, 2016
          "With the announcement this week of Sony's PlayStation VR system, we now have a fairly good sense of what the offerings from most of the major consumer virtual-reality players will look like. The picture that emerges is a fascinating one, with a lot of variety in the design, product focus and pricing among the products on offer. This panoply should be an excellent testing ground for a number of possible applications for VR, and we can already make some observations about the potential for some of what's been announced.

          It's too early to call winners and losers for this market - most of these products aren't even in consumers' hands yet..."

            IT - Bitcoin
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            Bitcoin Debit Cards - Savior of the Tourists
            NEWSBTC, March 13th, 2016
            "Bitcoin is considered to be the best companion of the tourists. Thanks to the universal nature of the digital currency, it can be used anywhere in the world, provided the merchant accepts it. But now we have bitcoin-powered debit cards. These cards are like normal debit cards issued by banks except that it is connected to a bitcoin wallet.

            Most of these bitcoin-powered debit cards are connected issued by authorized issuers of well-known electronic payment providers like Visa and MasterCard. These cards will work at any point of sale terminals that are part of the network. This way, people can continue to pay with bitcoin without having to worry about whether the merchants accept bitcoin or not..."

            Why Fragmentation Threatens the Promise of Blockchain Identity
            CoinDesk, March 18th, 2016
            "The vision of blockchain-based identity promises to empower users to be in complete control of their identity.

            This promise could lead to easy, single or seamless sign-ons that zigzag Internet users straight through the maze of entry and access points to unlock personal information, access services and transact digital assets.

            Yet, despite the incredible amount of innovation and creativity exhibited by the various startups and technology companies, I'm worried that a multiplicity of options might end-up fragmenting user acceptance and pushing us further away from a critical mass of user adoption..."

              PwC Report: While Fintech Disrupts Banks, the Blockchain Disrupts Fintech
              Bitcoin Magazine, March 16th, 2016
              "A new report from PwC claims that 83 percent of financial services companies believe specific aspects of their businesses are at risk to various fintech startups, with the number of worried management-level professionals reaching 95 percent in the banking sector.

              The PwC report is based on a survey of 544 CEOs, heads of innovation, chief information officers, and top management personnel in financial services companies from 46 countries around the world..."

              Report: Two Venezuelan Men Arrested for Mining Bitcoin
              CryptoCoinsNews, March 18th, 2016
              "According to a local report, two men in the city of Valencia, capital of the state of Carabobo, Venezuela were arrested by the Bolivarian Intelligence Service, the primary intelligence agency in Venezuela. The arrests were made few days ago, for mining bitcoin.

              Earlier this week on Monday, an article was published on a state-owned media outlet in Venezuela, one which summed up bitcoin as a currency used by criminals and terrorist groups..."

              Coinbase's Fred Ehrsam: Bitcoin Turns Finance Into a Software Problem
              Bitcoin Magazine, March 19th, 2016
              "On a recent episode of the 1776 Podcast, Coinbase co-founder Fred Ehrsam and 1776 co-founder Evan Burfield discussed the concept of regulatory hacking in the context of Bitcoin.

              Regulatory hacking is a philosophy that 1776, a business incubator based in Washington, D.C, has taken to heart, and the basic premise is to find new ways to change or circumvent regulations that slow down progress in certain industries. Ehrsam mentioned some of these industries during the podcast:..."

              IT - FOSS
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              More federal open source appreciated, if it behaves
              FCW, March 14th, 2016
              "Technology companies have welcomed the White House's recently unveiled policy that seeks to make software code used by federal agencies more open, sharable and reusable, but they're concerned about a few details.

              Federal CIO Tony Scott announced a draft Federal Source Code policy on March 10 that would create a new set of rules for custom code developed by or for the federal government. The proposal is now open for comment on GitHub..."

              The top 14 new open source projects
              InfoWorld, March 14th, 2016
              "Welcome to the eighth edition of the Black Duck Open Source Rookies of the Year awards. Each year, Black Duck reviews the world of open source and recognizes the best new projects launched during the past year -- and since 2014, we've published the results on InfoWorld.

              Most of the top projects in this year's Rookies are sponsored and contributed to by for-profit companies. Some projects are adjuncts to their sponsors' core products or offshoots of internal development initiatives, while others drive development of the core products themselves. Generally, the award winners reflect three industry trends:.."

              IT - DevOps
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              Can DevOps and ITIL co-exist? A story of two IT service philosophies
              ZDNet, March 15th, 2016
              "Is ITIL, first formulated more than two decades ago to promote service-thinking within IT ranks, a good fit within emerging DevOps cultures?...

              That's the question recently put forth by Gareth Daine, who quizzed some 25 industry experts and observers on whether the two methodologies clash, or are compatible. ITIL, originally known as Information Technology Infrastructure Library, is a set of best practices which recognize and certify that IT functions are delivered as tangible services to organizations. DevOps seeks to align the output of development shops with the teams charged with putting software into production, thereby assuring continuous releases as businesses need them..."

              Trick Question: What is DevOps?
              DevOps.com, March 15th, 2016
              "DevOps suffers from the lack of a clearly defined definition. A Google search displays results that state that DevOps is empathy, culture or a movement. There are also derivations of DevOps, such as ChatOps and HugOps..."

              "A lot of speakers mention DEVOPS but no-one seemed to have a widely agreed definition of what DEVOPS actually means..."

              In DevOps, Standardize to Minimize Architectural Debt
              DevOps.com, March 14th, 2016
              "I recently reading a great Q&A with the Etsy CTO John Allspaw over on The New Stack, which contained some nuggets of good advice that increasingly are important as we continue the journey toward DevOps adoption. Of particular note were statements on the introduction of 'new' things to solve problems. In a nutshell, Allspaw reinforced the importance of standardization as a means to reduce architectural debt..."
              DevOps Debates: Monoliths or Microservices
              DevOps.com, March 18th, 2016
              "From the time software came into existence, application software has been booming to leverage the benefit of the computing paradigm. During this cycle, it has transformed decades of design and architectural thinking, and has crossed all aspects of application development and management needs, be it configurability, reusability, maintainability, scalability or security (a good list is of these 'ilities' is here)..."
              5 Things DevOps is Not
              DevOps.com, March 17th, 2016
              "For those who have been embracing and championing DevOps for years, the growing popularity of DevOps is as exciting as landing your first job out of college! Okay, maybe not that exciting, but still really cool. More and more companies of all sizes are embracing DevOps by including the adoption of DevOps practices directly into their fundamental strategies..."
              MySQL
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              Training Thursdays: Simplified Ksplice Implementation in Oracle Linux Training
              By Antoinette O'Sullivan
              Antoinette blogs, "The implementation of Ksplice has been greatly simplified. Now you just need to register your system(s) with Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN), subscribe to the appropriate Ksplice channel, use the yum command to install the uptrack package, and perform any custom configuration. Your systems will be automatically updated with the latest kernel and user space patches.

              You can learn about Ksplice and much more by taking the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration training..."

              March 2016 - June 2016 -> Events where you can find MySQL
              By Lenka Kasparova
              Lenka writes, "As an update of the set of conferences and events where you can find and meet MySQL experts (blog posted on September 17), please find below the list of conference & events with our attendance. At some of them you can meet directly MySQL Community team, at others you can find other MySQL experts, please find more details at each show below. New events are marked with NEW!..."
              Cloud Computing
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              FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Saving time in a Cloud-Enabled DataCenter
              By Zeynep Koch
              Zeynep blogs, "We have an awesome new Oracle Infrastructure blog where we will be covering the Oracle Infrastructure products like, servers, engineered systems, OSes, storage and more. Subscribe to get the latest updates and news.

              Here's the latest blog about "Saving time in a Cloud-Enabled DataCenter".

              "When I talk to Linux administrators about the one thing they hate doing, it has to be patching..."

              IT - Cloud
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              Manufacturers' resistance to the cloud is weakening
              ComputerWorld, March 15th, 2016
              "Manufacturers are slowly warming up to the idea of putting portions of their complex ERP systems in the cloud, according a report by Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC).

              Although most manufacturers don't see cloud-based ERP as currently viable, they are 'keeping an eye on the market for potential future use' in certain circumstances, says TEC research analyst Aleksey Osintsev..."

                6 Key Considerations When Migrating to AWS
                DevOps.com, March 15th, 2016
                "Every day, more and more organizations take the plunge and migrate to the Amazon Web Services public cloud. What they leave behind is the cumbersomeness of the traditional data center, but despite the cloud's benefits in scalability, agility and efficiency, they discover a new set of challenges that need to be overcome.

                Gartner estimates that more than 50 percent of enterprises will have adopted a hybrid cloud approach by 2017..."

                IT is getting cloud storage security all wrong
                CIO, March 17th, 2016
                "A pair of research reports on cloud storage behaviors reiterates what has been an enduring and entirely unnecessary reality about data storage: The greatest threat to your store is not outside hackers, it's your own staff.

                The first comes from survey conducted by Ipswitch File Transfer, a maker of secure file transfer and data monitoring software. It asked 555 IT professionals across the globe about their file sharing habits and found that while 76 percent of IT professionals say it is important to be able to securely transfer files, 61 percent use unsecured file-sharing clouds..."

                More Than Half of New IT Services Could Be Cloud-Based in Three Years
                Information Management, March 17th, 2016
                "A large majority of organizations (93%) now use at least one cloud-based service, according to a global survey of 340 technology professionals by IT information portal Spiceworks.

                The top three most-used cloud services are Web hosting (76%), email hosting (56%) and cloud storage/file-sharing (53%). While only 35% of the organizations are using online backup and recovery in the cloud, this type of cloud service is expected to see the most growth in the next 12 months, with nearly one quarter of the IT professionals considering it for use..."

                  Five Elements for Successful OpenStack Deployment (Slideshow)
                  eWeek, March 18th, 2016
                  "OpenStack adoption has never been stronger. A recent study commissioned by SUSE found that 81 percent of senior IT professionals at large companies have moved, or plan to move, to an OpenStack private cloud. The move is due to business reasons, as 96 percent of respondents believe there are clear business advantages with OpenStack, such as high levels of flexibility, reduced costs, freedom of choice and quality support to power everyday business..."
                  SFTA
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                  South Florida Technology Alliance: Cracking the Code on Tech Talent
                  @Citrix, W. Cypress Creek Rd - Thursday March 24th, 2016
                  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.

                  Register

                  vBeers-SF
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                  vBeers @ Miami / Concrete Beach, Miami (Updated with new location)
                  Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                  Concrete Beach - Miami

                  I will be at the event tomorrow!

                  Concrete Beach Brewery 325 NW 24 St, Miami, FL 33127

                  The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for 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!

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

                  SFTA, John McLaughlin

                  Hardware
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                  Three ZDLRA Analyst Papers
                  Three analyst papers on using Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance to ease DBA data protection frustration, comparison of ZDLRA vs. EMC Data Domain, and a complete description and assessment of ZDLRA
                  Javier Puerta writes, "Take Action: Ask your customers what is their database recovery strategy and share any or all of these analyst papers on the advantages of ZDLRA with them..."

                  • Alleviating Oracle Database DBA Data Protection Frustration by Marc Staimer, President of Dragon Slayer Consulting
                  • Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance - and Comparison with EMC Data Domain by Josh Krischer, Josh Krischer & Associates, GmbH
                  • Oracle's Engineered Systems Approach to Maximizing Database Protection by John Webster, Evaluator Group

                  Read on for details.

                  IT - PM
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                  Project management glossary
                  CIO, March 15th, 2016
                  "CIO.com's project management glossary provides definitions and information for many common - and not so common - terms used in the complex field of project leadership and management.

                  As in many specialized fields, there is a host of terms that hold a specific meaning, and the world of project management (PM) is no exception. Although project management professionals have an understanding of these specific complex PM terms, the vernacular may not be as intuitive for professionals in other fields..."

                  IT - Networks
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                  The top three network alerts you need to monitor. Hint: it's all about utilisation
                  ITProPortal, March 15th, 2016
                  "Every network is different, but they all share similar challenges. For the engineers and IT managers tasked with monitoring, analysing and troubleshooting corporate networks, there are a multitude of alerts and alarms that can be triggered by abnormal activity.

                  In the case of organisations with large, distributed networks and multiple local branches or smaller offices, it can be even more difficult to isolate and remedy problems from a remote location. Sending dedicated staff to troubleshoot at those offices is both time-consuming and costly..."

                  Open source is center stage at Open Networking Summit
                  CIO, March 17th, 2016
                  "Open Networking Summit (ONS) kicked off in Santa Clara this week, the first event since becoming part of the Linux Foundation.

                  Guru Parulkar, Nick McKeown and Dan Pitt started the Open Networking summit back in 2011. Yesterday, Parulkar said in his keynote that they started the summit as a small event to highlight the latest developments in software defined networking (SDN), and to accelerate SDN adoption by network operators and service providers..."

                  SDN changing the way we network
                  Network World, March 17th, 2016
                  "SANTA CLARA - SDN's impact is profoundly changing the way users operate their networks.

                  Databases and distributed systems can now participate in networking, and workloads can be segmented for scale, participants at the 2016 Open Networking Summit said here this week. Network management is simplified, and application interactions are more intuitive and network-aware..."

                  Google Shares Details of Its Software-Defined Load Balancer
                  eWeek, March 17th, 2016
                  "The Maglev software-defined load balancer, which runs on commodity Linux servers, has been critical to Google Cloud Platform for eight years, company says.

                  As it's already done with other areas of its massive datacenter infrastructure, Google this week gave enterprises a peek at Maglev, the software-defined network load balancer the company has been using since 2008 to handle traffic to Google services..."

                  IT - IoT
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                  What organisations should be doing now to turn IoT data into information
                  Information Age, March 18th, 2016
                  "There is still a long way to go before we're in a world full of driverless cars and drones, but the influx of data is real - what should businesses be doing now to prepare? ...

                  The government has committed to spending £40 million on the Internet of Things (IoT) which demonstrates that smart cities and connected machines are not just fads and gimmicks, but are part of the core disruptive technologies of the future; a future, that is on the brink of arriving..."

                  Developing a complex event processing architecture for IoT
                  SearchCloudApplications, March 18th, 2016
                  "What are some of the best practices for making IoT data actionable with complex event processing and stream processing? Expert George Lawton explores this further...

                  Connected devices could be the main sources of data over the Internet, which, in turn, can be woven into various applications to detect events, improve safety or drive businesses..."

                  IoT Bringing Changes To Company Networks, Big Data Projects
                  InformationWeek, March 17th, 2016
                  "The Internet of Things is big, and only getting bigger. A new report from Ovum suggestions now is the time IT needs to get networks ready to collect all this data, and use it to business advantage.

                  If 20 billion devices are projected to be connected to the Internet by 2020, the volume of data available will be on a scale never experienced before. That will open opportunities to exploit data and gain insights that IT and business managers haven't had access to previously..."

                    IT - Linux
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                    Linux Kernel 4.5 officially arrives, has major improvements
                    TechWorm, March 14th, 2016
                    "Linux kernel 4.5 is officially here after being under development for over two months. Linux kernel 4.5 received a total of seven Release Candidate builds since January 25, 2016, with the last one having been officially announced by Linus Torvalds on March 6.

                    So what exactly is so promising about Linux Kernel 4.5? ..."

                    Here's a look Inside Dell's strategy for Linux PCs
                    ITWorld, March 18th, 2016
                    "Dell wants more Mac and Windows users to move to Linux with its Project Sputnik effort...

                    In a world of PCs dominated by Windows and Macs, Dell's line of "Project Sputnik" laptops with Ubuntu Linux have secured a cult following.

                    The latest Project Sputnik laptop is the XPS 13 Developer Edition, which shipped last week. With its sleek design, the XPS 13 brings a new, sexy look to otherwise dull Linux laptop designs..."

                    Lynis 2.2.0 Released - Security Auditing and Scanning Tool for Linux Systems
                    Tecmint, March 18th, 2016
                    "Lynis is an open source and much powerful auditing tool for Unix/Linux like operating systems. It scans system for security information, general system information, installed and available software information, configuration mistakes, security issues, user accounts without password, wrong file permissions, firewall auditing, etc..."
                    IT - Operations
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                    Emerging Trends Shaping the Data Center of the Future
                    Data Center Knowledge, March 17th, 2016
                    "Jack Pouchet certainly didn't intend to insult the standing room-only audience at his Data World session Wednesday on emerging trends impacting the future of data centers.

                    'Show me an IT professional who can predict the exact timing, size, method, and location for their next data center and I will show you someone with a defective crystal ball. That's the nature of this industry'..."

                      Four Tips to Optimize Your Data Center
                      The VAR Guy, March 13th, 2016
                      "The data center is the beating heart of enterprise IT, yet many channel professionals aren't making it part of the business conversation.

                      Leading up to Data Center World, which runs from March 14-18 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, The VAR Guy's sister site Data Center Knowledge has been reviewing some of the most important ways businesses can optimize their data centers to eliminate inefficiencies and save resources.Register for Data Center World to learn more..."

                        IT - Security
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                        IAM is the future for managing data security
                        ComputerWeekly, March 15th, 2016
                        "Why identity and access management is taking centre stage in companies' access policies

                        With the availability of high-performance computer resources, hackers can crack even the most complex passwords, making them completely inadequate to protect application login and data access.

                        There are a number of trends driving the adoption of identity and access management (IAM) tools to counter this threat..."

                        It's time to kill the static password
                        Help Net Security, March 14th, 2016
                        "How do you manage your passwords? Do you set them all to approximately the same value, for fear of forgetting them? Or do you write them down in a little book, or in a spreadsheet? Perhaps you use clever character combinations or a piece of software to manage them on your behalf?

                        If you feel passwords are a struggle to manage, you are not alone. A recent UK Government study found that nearly half of respondents used unsafe passwords, such as the names of their pets, for fear of forgetting them..."

                          CSO Threat Intelligence Survival Guide
                          CSO Online, March 18th, 2016
                          If enterprises want to understand how they can better invest in security defenses, build the necessary processes to respond to attacks, and mitigate the risks of a breach they need to get threat intelligence right.
                          IT - Careers
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                          For better career networking, go organic
                          CIO, March 17th, 2016
                          "Networking while doing volunteer work for charities is a long-term IT career strategy with lifetime benefits. But remember to put the cause first and networking second.

                          Many of us devote time to causes that are near and dear to our hearts, but not everyone considers translating such activities into career opportunities. Still, networking through philanthropy (or organic networking) is a long-term strategy with lifetime benefits..."

                            Should I invest in formal SDN training, certification?
                            SearchSDN, March 17th, 2016
                            "Network engineer and software-defined networking pro Will Murrell considers whether formal SDN certification and training is worth the time, expense and effort....

                            So, you want to learn about software-defined networking? Makes sense; you wouldn't be here otherwise. But do you really need formal SDN training and/or certifications? Here's the deal: It really boils down to what you are going to do with that knowledge..."

                            Jobs That Don't Exist Yet: How to Prepare for the Future of Work
                            Business 2 Community, March 16th, 2016
                            "It's easy to fear the unknown, and planning for it is near impossible. Nevertheless, with technology advancing at breakneck speeds, planning for and even predicting the nebulous future has become an important survival skill. As we teeter on the precipice of a fourth Industrial Revolution, in a world where half of the jobs of today won't exist tomorrow and where half of the jobs of tomorrow don't exist yet today, plenty are wondering: how do I prepare for the future of work?.."
                              10 Reasons Why Health Care Is Good Source of IT Jobs (Slideshow)
                              eWeek, March 16th, 2016
                              "The health industry might be a good place to find an IT job. In a recent survey of 700 respondents, HealthITJobs.com asked health IT professionals if they were pleased with their jobs, the kind of benefits they earned and whether they plan to continue working in the profession. The answer to all of those questions was a resounding 'yes.' According to the study, not only is the health IT market 'booming,' but it's also a fine industry for technology professionals seeking career advancement and good benefits..."
                              Electronic payments created 34,500 jobs last year
                              ITProPortal, March 19th, 2016
                              "Electronic payments are a major contributor to consumption, economic growth and employment creation, according to a new study conducted by Moody's Analytics entitled 'The Impact of Electronic Payments on Economic Growth.'

                              The report, which was commissioned by Visa, covers 70 markets globally during the 5 year period between 2011-2015..."

                              Strong Personal Branding Key to Successful Career Advancement
                              Business 2 Community, March 18th, 2016
                              "Successfully creating, promoting, protecting and preserving a personal brand will help professionals market their unique qualities and skillset to potential employers. A strong personal brand is very similar to a consumer brand in that it helps a professional establish what makes her different from other professionals..."

                              James D. Speros, CMO of Fidelity says, 'Personal branding isn't just a tool for entrepreneurs and independent professionals. It can have powerful benefits for a corporate employee who wants to remain and excel within his or her company environment.'

                              IT - Social Media
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                              The State of Social Media Engagement and 3 Proven Ways to Boost It
                              Business 2 Community, March 17th, 2016
                              "Social media is growing up. As the social media platforms struggle to monetize, they demand more from publishers - or they won't let their audiences see their content.

                              Fortunately, we marketers have better tools available than in the past. We can track and optimize what works more effectively than ever before. But at the same time, our audiences grow tired of the fire hose of content aimed at them. They expect more personalized and useful communications, along with white-glove customer service..."

                                IT - Virtualization
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                                Docker Container Orchestration: What You Need to Know
                                Data Center Knowledge, March 16th, 2016
                                "Kubernetes. Mesos. Marathon. Centurion. If you're a newcomer to Docker containers, these names probably sound like terms from a classical history book. But they're actually container orchestration platforms. And they're only a few of them. Confused? Here's what you need to know about container orchestration.

                                To understand container orchestration, you first need to understand containers, of course. Today, when people talk about containers, they're referring to virtualized apps that use the LXC layer in the Linux kernel to abstract code from the underlying system..."

                                Container Orchestration Wars Start to Heat Up
                                Container Journal, March 15th, 2016
                                "When Docker is clearly the dominant instance of containers the debate over how containers should be managed is now just only beginning. At present, there are arguably four leading orchestration platform most commonly employed for managing containers. The first is the Kubernetes framework originally developed by Google. The second is the Amazon EC2 Container Service. The third is the Apache Mesos project support by Mesosphere. The fourth is Swarm from Docker Inc..."
                                IT - Email
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                                Why Email Is Just One (Integral) Part of Customer Service
                                Business 2 Community, March 18th, 2016
                                "Email may not be the newest or flashiest communication channel out there, but you can't deny it's got staying power. There are more than 4 billion email accounts in the world, outpacing newer channels like social media by more than 2 billion.

                                When you look at email in business, research from Dimension Data found that more than 90% of contact centers offer email. What's more, MarketingSherpa conducted a survey and found that more than 70% of customers prefer email for communication with companies, far surpassing every other channel in the survey..."

                                  Encrypted Email Provider ProtonMail Opens to the Public, Accepts Bitcoin Payments
                                  Bitcoin Magazine, March 18th, 2016
                                  "ProtonMail, the world's largest encrypted email provider, announced that the service is leaving beta and will be allowing open registrations. ProtonMail is also launching its free iOS and Android mobile applications globally in the Apple App store and Google Play store.

                                  ProtonMail features end-to-end encryption, which makes it practically impossible for governments, or even ProtonMail itself, to gain access to user messages, ensuring the highest level of security and privacy..."

                                  Storage
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                                  ZFS Data and Pool Recovery
                                  By Cindy Swearingen
                                  Cindy blogs, "I was talking to the ZFS engineering team recently about a comment we received through another venue around the lack of ZFS recovery tools. We think this comment was possibly related by a pool failure in 2006 after reviewing mail archives. Prompted by this comment and 10 years of working with our customers to use ZFS successfully, let's review both the problems we saw when ZFS was in its infancy, particularly around 3rd-party hardware and drivers, either ignoring cache flush commands or not generating or fabricating device IDs, and the tools that we had then and now.

                                  Let's look at the problems associated with cache flushing first:.."

                                  IT - Database
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                                  Amazon Rolls Out AWS Database Migration Service
                                  CIO Today, March 16th, 2016
                                  "For enterprise customers of Amazon Web Services (AWS) that have wanted to migrate their databases over to the AWS cloud, the wait is finally over. The service, which was first announced in preview in October at the Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas, has been made generally available to all AWS customers.

                                  The AWS Database Migration Service is a fully managed service that allows customers to migrate their production Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, MariaDB, and PostgreSQL databases from on-premises data centers to AWS. Yesterday's announcement comes just in time for AWS' 10-year anniversary, which the company is celebrating this week..."

                                  IT - Backup
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                                  Preparing for the Worst: Backup Your Data in Hybrid, Physical, and Virtual Environments
                                  CIO, March 17th, 2016
                                  "On the night of January 7, 2014, the temperature in the Washington, D.C. metro area plunged into the single digits, causing a pipe in the headquarters of a nonprofit organization to freeze and burst, flooding the fourth floor. The company's server room was just below.

                                  As one of the company's senior IT managers described the scene later, the company's entire IT infrastructure - including more than 360 virtual machines - was wiped out before his team could respond. Server cabinets and UPS systems were spouting water like decorative fountains when managers arrived early the next morning. As far as data loss scenarios go, it doesn't get much worse than that..."

                                  Cloud data recovery: Documentation is the key to success
                                  SearchDisasterRecovery, March 17th, 2016
                                  "In creating a plan for data recovery in the cloud, it's important to keep track of your infrastructure, DR requirements and the potential duration of failover...

                                  The public cloud provides a great opportunity for IT departments to implement a business continuity/disaster recovery plan without having to go to the expense of building out a dedicated data center. With a cloud data recovery system in place, the cloud can be used as a basic data repository or even as a location to run applications when primary systems go down..."

                                  IT - Mobile
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                                  Comparing 7 top enterprise tablets (Slideshow)
                                  CIO, March 15th, 2016
                                  "The line between enterprise and consumers devices is thin, but some hybrid-tablets come equipped with more business features than others. Here are the pros and cons of the seven top enterprise hybrids.

                                  Detachable PC's are growing in the enterprise, according to a recent report from IDC, with an 8 percent increase in 2015 and a projected growth of 30 percent by 2020. And as they become more popular with consumers, hybrid devices are also finding their way into the enterprise. IDC predicts that Windows tablets will see the biggest increase in adoption, which explains why the bulk of the hybrid devices currently on the market run the Windows 10 operating system..."

                                  Verizon Case Illustrates Why We Need a Linux Phone
                                  FOSS Force, March 18th, 2016
                                  "There are plenty of reasons to be anticipating the arrival of gnu/linux phones and tablets. Verizon wireless has given us another.

                                  On March 7, the FCC slapped a $1.35 million fine on Verizon in a privacy case, a move that's being hailed as a victory by some privacy advocates. If so, it would seem to be a hollow victory. For starters, the fine is too low to be much of a deterrent against a company which last year had income of over $63 billion. But there is much more wrong with the agreement the carrier reached with the FCC than merely the price tag..."

                                  IT - Big Data
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                                  The Best Data Scientists Run R and Python
                                  insideBIGDATA, March 15th, 2016
                                  "One of my favorite taglines is 'the best run businesses run SAP.' It is clean. It creates a sense of elitism by association. And upon hearing this tagline, those using SAP for planning think, 'I am an SAP shop, my business is efficient.' Those not using SAP, 'my company doesn't use SAP and we have a number of deficiencies.' (Guess what? All companies have problems but here those issues accrue to not using SAP. Smart.) So what has this got to do with analytics and the use of R or Python?..."
                                  7 tools to fire up Spark's big data engine (Slideshow)
                                  InfoWorld, March 17th, 2016
                                  "For data processing, Spark is catching fire. Here's a look at the kindling fueling Spark's big data appeal...

                                  Apache Spark didn't merely make big data processing faster; it also made it simpler, more powerful, and more convenient. Spark isn't only one thing; it's a collection of components under a common umbrella. And each component is a work in progress, with new features and performance improvements constantly rolled in.

                                  Here's an introduction to each of the major components in the Spark ecosystem..."

                                  Too much information
                                  SmartDataCollective, March 16th, 2016
                                  "Most of us who have more than a cursory knowledge of the English language have heard of the phrase 'too much information'. We know what it means, even if we don't always know when to apply it.

                                  For those who don't know, or are unsure, the Urban Dictionary describes 'too much information' as 'An expression of exasperation and disgust when a person is divulging personal details of his sex life, toilet habits, or anything the listener finds disgusting, uninteresting, and unwelcome.'

                                  Sum, sum. Just because we know it, doesn't mean we should share it or even try and remember it, never mind go about analysing the hell out of it.

                                  This is where Big Data comes in..."

                                  IT - BYOD
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                                  BYOD isn't going away, so set a real strategy
                                  ComputerWorld, March 17th, 2016
                                  "Users are going to use their devices for work, no matter what you do. That's why you need a policy that manages the considerable risks...

                                  Your users are undoubtedly bringing their own devices to work, whether or not you have a BYOD policy in place. If you don't, you need to settle on one now..."

                                  Top10
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                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                  Vol 217 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 216 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 215 Issues 3 and 4
                                  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:

                                  • SPARC T7 - Minutes to Seconds!
                                  • What's the BIG DEAL about Oracle's Software in Silicon DAX?
                                  • Amazing Results on SPARC T7 by MSC Software
                                  • New And Updated FOSS Components In Oracle Solaris 11.3
                                  • Oracle VM Templates and Automated Virtual Machine Provisioning
                                  • Big Data: From Hype to Insight - Part 1 Landscape and Architecture
                                  • Oracle Woos Developers with Data Analytics Accelerator on SPARC
                                  • From Digital Transformation to DevOps
                                  • Overview of Oracle Solaris Release Cadence, IPS, SRUs, IDRs, and CVE Metadata
                                  • LibreOffice 5.1.1 released

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

                                    IT - Encryption
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                                    Encryption vs Tokenization - Key Differences, Advantages, & Use Cases Explained
                                    Virtual-Strategy Magazine, March 18th, 2016
                                    "Unless you're a cryptographer, you wouldn't be blamed for conflating tokenization with encryption. Tokenization and encryption are both used to secure data when it's being transmitted through the Internet or stored at rest in a hard drive or in the cloud.

                                    For organizations, tokenization and encryption helps them to not only meet their data security policies, but they also help in ensuring that they're compliant with industry regulations governing sensitive and private data security..."

                                    5 things you need to know about SSL
                                    ComputerWorld, March 18th, 2016
                                    "An uptick in cyberattacks and greater awareness about government surveillance have prompted calls for tighter security on the Internet, and a big part of that is encrypting the traffic that flows to and from websites. Google, Facebook and Microsoft are among the many companies that have been pushing for wider use of SSL/TLS (Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security) encryption, though it can be tricky and expensive to implement. Here are the basics of what you need to know..."
                                    IT - Tape
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                                    Is Tape Storage Really Dead?
                                    Network Computing, March 18th, 2016
                                    "With cloud storage taking over backup and archiving, tape finally appears on the way to extinction.

                                    Rumors of the death of tape having been circulating for about 30 years! Once the only way to store data for any length of time, tape was relegated to a backup and archiving tool as disk became pervasive. The fundamental economics behind this trend derived from the relatively high price of drives, both as units and on a dollar-per-gigabyte basis, which made disk cost prohibitive for long-term storage..."

                                    IT - Java
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                                    JavaFX vs Swing vs HTML5: Where does JavaFX stand in relation to other UI toolkits?
                                    jaxenter, March 15th, 2016
                                    "The fact that JavaFX is more than one of nature's vagaries was portrayed in our article series '20 JavaFX real-world applications'. However, one question lingers: Where does it stand in relation to other competitive approaches? We asked JAX speaker Manuel Mauky (Saxonia Systems) for a statement..."
                                    IT - Developer
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                                    vStack Overflow survey: JavaScript reigns, female developers MIA
                                    JavaWorld, March 17th, 2016
                                    "JavaScript is king; the full-stack Web is where it's at; the proper term is "developer," not "engineer"; please stop asking us to do the impossible -- and too few of us are women. Those are some of the insights gleaned from a new survey of 55,000 developers worldwide courtesy of Stack Overflow, the massively trafficked question-and-answer-format site used by developers of every stripe..."
                                    Survey: Open Source, Linux-Based Platforms in Decline Among Programmers
                                    The VAR Guy, March 18th, 2016
                                    "GNU/Linux is declining in popularity among programmers. That's according to a survey from Stack Overflow, which says Mac OS X has now replaced the open source platform as the second most popular code development environment, after Windows.

                                    Stack Overflow conducted the survey to understand current trends among the developers who populate its online hub for the programming community. Survey results reflect responses from more than 56,000 programmers spread across the world. Web developers were the most strongly represented group, but programmers of all stripes responded..."

                                    Sysadmin
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                                    Enterprise Manager: Using Metrics Extensions (SQL)
                                    By Anthony Shorten
                                    Anthony blogs, "One the major features of Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM) is the ability to create Metrics Extensions. These are metrics you want to track that may or may not be provided with the underlying products. I want to illustrate this point in a series of articles on using Oracle Enterprise Manager with Oracle Utilities products.

                                    The first article is about how to use the basic metrics extensions capability with a simple SQL statement. This is not usual as it will be part of the database targets (not the Oracle Utilities targets) but I feel it will introduce specific techniques that we will reuse a lot in subsequent articles and serves as really good starting point..."

                                    IT - HPC
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                                    Intel Omni-Path Architecture - A Next-Generation HPC Fabric
                                    insideHPC, March 15th, 2016
                                    "This is the first in a four-part series about the Intel Scalable System Framework. Other contributions will cover Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre* software, HPC software and the OpenHPC community, and Intel Xeon Phi processor...

                                    Even though it's a new generation fabric, Intel Omni Path Architecture (OPA) is still backwards compatible with the many applications in the HPC community that were written using the OpenFabrics Alliance software stack for InfiniBand..."

                                    Security
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                                    Increasing Security for SAP Installations with Immutable Zones
                                    By Parnian Taidi
                                    Parnian blogs, "In recent blogs we have talked about various aspects of end-to-end application security with Oracle Solaris 11, SPARC M7 and the ISV Ecosystem. We also talked about a white paper that provides best practices for using the Oracle Solaris compliance tool for SAP installations. Another way to increase the security of an SAP installation is to use Oracle Solaris Immutable Zones.

                                    A Solaris zone is a virtualized operating system environment created within a single instance of the Solaris OS. Within a zone, the operating system is represented to the applications as virtual operating system environments that are isolated and secure. Immutable Zones are Solaris zones with read-only roots. Both global and non-global zones can be Immutable Zones..."

                                    Nexenta News
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                                    Mark Templeton, Former President and CEO at Citrix-One of the Leading Software and Cloud Technology Visionaries in the World--Joins Nexenta Advisory Board
                                    Nexenta, March 15th, 2016
                                    Nexenta announced that Mark Templeton, former President and CEO at Citrix, has joined the Nexenta advisory board.

                                    Templeton brings a wealth of experience in Software-Defined (SD) technologies having been influential as the inventor of Citrix's SD workplace strategy. Believing that virtualization, mobility management, networking and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions can unite to provide businesses with unparalleled ability to thrive in today's fast-paced, data-centric world, Templeton will share his insight and advise Nexenta as it continues to lead the OpenSDS market.

                                    Nexenta and Dell Partner on Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage Solutions at Dell Solutions Showcase in Washington, D.C.
                                    Nexenta, March 16th, 2016
                                    Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), participated and presented at the Dell Solutions Showcase on March 18 in Washington, D.C.

                                    Michael Shumate, Nexenta's Federal & Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, presentied 'Dell & Nexenta Software-Defined Storage Solutions for your Enterprise' during the Dell & Key Partner Statement hour...

                                    Nexenta Announces Participation and Sponsorship of 10th Annual 'State of the CIO' Hosted by the CIO Council of South Florida
                                    Nexenta, March 16th, 2016
                                    Nexenta announced its participation and sponsorship of the 'State of the CIO' presented by the CIO Council of South Florida (link is external) on March 16 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

                                    Nexenta's will showcase how its OpenSDS solution portfolio with revolutionize the data center. Attendees are invited to meet with Nexenta executives and hear first-hand how OpenSDS solutions can provide organizations with total freedom when it comes to their storage needs and plans, while protecting them against punitive vendor lock-in.

                                    Lenovo and Nexenta: Strategic Partnership to Redefine Open Software-Defined Storage Solutions
                                    Nexenta, March 17th, 2016
                                    Streamed Live from the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco, Henry Baltazar, Research Director, Storage at 451 Research, Ran Kurup, Director New Business, Storage at Intel, David Lincoln, General Manager, Storage Business Unit at Lenovo, Ramadurai Ramalingam Vice President & Global Head - Hi-Tech Vertical at Wipro Technologies, and Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO at Nexenta, will share details and insights on the partnership between the #3 enterprise server provider and global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage.

                                    Learn how the collaboration between Nexenta and Lenovo, in conjunction with joint technology partners, Intel and Wipro, is delivering advanced technologies and market leading solutions for Enterprise, Data Center, and Cloud environments. Top technology analyst firm, 451 Research, will provide their feedback along with insights into trends and the future of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) related to enabling broader market adoption, supporting lower cost All-Flash solutions, and how enterprises can leverage SDS for innovation in their own businesses.

                                    March 30, 2016 10 AM PDT | 18:00 GMT

                                    Veritas News
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                                    Veritas Global Databerg Report Finds 85% of Stored Data Is Either Dark or Redundant, Obsolete, or Trivial (ROT)
                                    Only 15% Is Classified as Business Critical Information; Data Overload Could Cost Organizations up to $3.3 Trillion Cumulatively by 2020
                                    Veritas Technologies, the global leader in information management, released the results of its Global Databerg Report. The survey reveals that 52% of all information currently stored and processed by organizations around the world is considered 'dark' data, whose value is unknown. Additionally, another 33% of data is considered redundant, obsolete, or trivial (ROT) and is known to be useless. If left untamed, this dark and ROT business data will unnecessarily cost organizations around the world a cumulative $3.3 trillion to manage by the year 2020.

                                    Organizations are creating and storing data at an ever-increasing rate due to a 'data hoarding' culture and an indifferent attitude to retention policy. This data could be anything from valuable business information to non-compliant information. The report reveals that IT leaders consider just 15% of all stored data to be classified as business critical information. For the average midsized organization holding 1000TB of data, the cost to store their non-critical information is estimated at more than $650,000 annually.

                                    Cisco News
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                                    Partnership for the Digital Future: Cisco and Berlin's Senate Department of Economics Enter into Cooperation on a Smart City
                                    Cisco, March 17th, 2016
                                    The Senate Department of Economics, Technology and Research in Berlin, and IT company Cisco plan to work together to advance digitization in Berlin and turn Berlin into a 'Smart City.' Cornelia Yzer, Senator for Economics, Technology, and Research in Berlin, and Anil Menon, Global President Smart+Connected Communities, Cisco signed a Memorandum of Understanding, agreeing to cooperate closely in the areas of telemedicine, security, and network infrastructure. The aim is to develop specific solutions in these three fields that directly benefit the citizens of Berlin.

                                    The cooperation with the Senate Department of Economics is part of Cisco's initiative 'Deutschland Digital,' under which Cisco is planning to invest $500 million in Germany's digitization within three years. This investment will help accelerate projects in the fields of innovation, IT security and education.

                                    Cisco Delivers on Vision of Andhra Pradesh as a Digital State
                                    Announces strategic initiatives to accelerate the digital transformation of Andhra Pradesh
                                    Cisco announced a series of strategic initiatives to help accelerate the digital transformation of Andhra Pradesh. Digital disruption is a reality and is transforming every country, state and city.

                                    A digitized state aims to drive GDP growth, create jobs and foster innovation, enhance research and education, stimulate entrepreneurship, accelerate business innovation, develop economic cluster initiatives, and support infrastructure. Towards that end, Cisco and the government of Andhra Pradesh have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which includes skills development for the new digital economy through expansion of the Networking Academy program, investing in innovative startups in the state, establishing an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre in Visakhapatnam and Technology Center of Excellence and Research Lab in Tirupati focused on manufacturing and cyber security solutions, sponsoring a research program at University of Andhra to develop and customize digital technologies and solutions for rural Andhra Pradesh, and expansion of the Golden Mile project with Cisco.

                                    Cisco Announces $100 Million Investment Plan to Accelerate Country Digitization in India
                                    Deepen Commitment to 'Start-Up India' & 'Skill India' vision; target training 250,000 students by 2020
                                    Cisco announced a planned series of strategic investments in India that will total over US $100 million including US $40 million to fund early-stage and growth-stage companies in the country and train 250,000 students in India by 2020. Supporting the next phase of the country's digitization plans, Cisco will collaborate closely with state governments in India on strategic initiatives including the addition of 6 new innovation labs, 3 centers of expertise, funded university collaborations and skills investments.

                                    Cisco made the announcement in the presence of John Chambers, Executive Chairman, Cisco; Irving Tan, President, Cisco Asia Pacific & Japan; and Dinesh Malkani, President, Cisco India and SAARC. The new activities form part of Cisco's global 'Country Digitization Acceleration' or CDA program, whereby select countries across the world receive major strategic investment to accelerate existing government goals for driving economic growth through high-tech innovation.

                                    Dell News
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                                    CSIRO Uses Dell Supercomputer to Help Combat Post-Childbirth Complications in Women
                                    HPC cluster solution to support CSIRO's data driven research activities
                                    The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, has teamed up with solutions provider Dell to deliver CSIRO's newest high performance computing cluster (HPC), named Pearcey.

                                    The Pearcey cluster supports CSIRO research activities in a broad range of areas such as Bioinformatics, Fluid Dynamics and Materials Science. One CSIRO researcher benefiting from using Pearcey is Dr. Dayalan Gunasegaram, a CSIRO computational modeler who is using Pearcey for the modelling work behind the development of an improved nylon mesh for use in pelvic organ prolapse (POP) surgery, which has the potential to benefit the one in five Australian women that have surgery for the condition at some point in their lives.

                                    Microsoft News
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                                    Microsoft announces quarterly dividend
                                    Microsoft, March 15th, 2016
                                    Microsoft Corp. announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.36 per share. The dividend is payable June 9, 2016, to shareholders of record on May 19, 2016. The ex-dividend date will be May 17, 2016.

                                    Microsoft (Nasdaq 'MSFT' @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

                                    Symantec News
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                                    Symantec Announces Encryption Everywhere
                                    A Global Leader in Cybersecurity Calls on Website Owners and Web Hosting Providers to Secure All Legitimate Web Traffic by 2018
                                    Symantec Corp., a global leader in cybersecurity, announced the worldwide availability of Encryption Everywhere, a website security package available through web hosting providers. Encryption Everywhere lets web hosting providers integrate encryption into every website from the moment it is created. With the new web security service, hosting providers can offer a variety of flexible options, including basic website encryption included as part of any hosted service, and a number of premium security packages with increasingly stronger levels of website validation, protection, and trust seals. Symantec wants to see 100% of legitimate websites secured by 2018, and Encryption Everywhere was developed to support that goal.
                                    IBM News
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                                    IBM Acquires Optevia, Expanding Role as Solutions Provider for Public Sector Clients
                                    Optevia has rapidly established itself as a trusted partner for Public Sector and Social Enterprise clients
                                    IBM announced that it has acquired Optevia, a privately owned Software as a service, (SaaS), systems integrator specializing in Microsoft Dynamics CRM solutions for public sector organizations. Optevia will join IBM Global Business Services and help meet the increasing client demand for CRM SaaS solutions within the public sector. Industry experts estimate that the world-wide Customer Relationship Management (CRM) opportunity is in excess of $23B, with cloud-based CRM solutions expected to surpass 50 percent of that total. The acquisition of Optevia, will help IBM establish itself as a premier SaaS and digital consultant and accelerate leadership in CRM solutions.
                                    Honda Selects IBM Watson IoT Technology Enabling Real-Time Racing Decisions for Formula One Drivers
                                    IBM Helps Automakers Build Internet of Things Connected Vehicles
                                    IBM announced that Honda R&D is monitoring and analyzing data from more than 160 sensors in Formula One (F1) cars using IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Now, drivers and crews can apply data and analytics in real-time to help streamline performance and improve fuel efficiency, enabling drivers to make real-time racing decisions based on this data, such as speed adjustments and pit stops.

                                    The exciting world of motorsports has brought entertainment to fans worldwide for almost 100 years, and is known for the split-second reactions by drivers that make or break the race. After a race, engineers would pull data, including timing and fuel flow, from the vehicle to adjust racing strategies for the next race.

                                    IBM Launches New Initiative to Help Communities Tackle Public Health Challenges
                                    IBM Health Corps is a global pro-bono program focused on tackling health disparities
                                    IBM has launched a global corporate citizenship program in which health organizations, selected through a competitive process, will receive the expertise of IBM's best problem-solving teams with health expertise to help tackle public health issues.

                                    The company is now inviting civil, governmental, and social sector organizations - such as regional or national health departments, not-for-profits, clinics, and hospitals - to propose innovative health projects for IBM's health and technology problem solvers to address. IBM aims to help communities surmount challenges that currently limit access to quality healthcare, and will assist organizations in addressing social and environmental determinants of health, such as safe water and sanitation, stable housing, physical fitness, and nutrition.

                                    Precision Agriculture Gets More Precise as Farmers Edge and The Weather Company, an IBM Business, Leverage Micro-Weather Data for Predictive Modeling in the Field
                                    Agriculture Data Shifts from Farm to Field-Level, Helping Growers Make Decisions in Real-Time
                                    Farmers Edge, a global leader in precision agriculture and independent data management solutions, announced a collaboration with The Weather Company, an IBM Business, the world's largest private weather enterprise. Under the terms of the deal, Farmers Edge has integrated hyper-local forecasts from Weather's superior Forecasts on Demand (FoD) weather forecasting engine into its field-centric approach to predictive modeling. This enhancement of real-time meteorological data analytics is another step towards the digitization of agriculture, an industry in the midst of a radical transformation.
                                    Fujitsu News
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                                    Fujitsu Collaborates with ONOS Industry Partners on Next Generation Central Office Architecture
                                    Fujitsu, March 15th, 2016
                                    Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, today announced that it has successfully demonstrated CORD (Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center) implementation in both Enterprise and Residential proofs of concept pursued by the ONOS Project.
                                    Fujitsu Unveils Intelligent Mobile Fronthaul Solution for C-RAN Architectures
                                    Fujitsu, March 17th, 2016
                                    Fujitsu, a leading provider of business, information technology, and communications solutions, today announced the availability of its Smart CPRI Transport solution, creating an intelligent means by which mobile network operators can implement Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) architectures. Specifically designed to support advanced C-RAN fronthaul deployments, the solution contains a smart WDM system with integrated diagnostics, remote visibility, self-healing functionality, and ultralow latency. The result is fast installation, high service availability, and a dense scalable architecture that easily adapts to growing demand.
                                    Fujitsu Networking Solution Honored by 2016 Lightwave Innovation Reviews
                                    Fujitsu, March 17th, 2016
                                    Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc., announced that the company's 1FINIT + Virtuora platforms were recognized by the 2016 Lightwave Innovation Reviews, earning 4.5 of 5 diamonds in the Optical Transport Platforms category. Judged by a panel of industry executives and analysts from a variety of service providers, technology developers, industry analysts, and journalists, the Fujitsu networking solution was deemed a "superb product that sets a new standard for performance and provides groundbreaking and new technical milestones."
                                    VMware News
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                                    New Report: Enterprises In All-Out Race to Transform IT
                                    New 'State of IT Transformation' Report Captures Progress and Target Goals of More Than 660 EMC and VMware Customers
                                    EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) and VMware (NYSE: VMW) released a joint State of IT Transformation report, an analysis of more than 660 EMC and VMware customers worldwide that are in the midst of IT transformation initiatives to help advance the digital business agendas of their organizations. More accurate than a survey of polled research subjects, it presents a qualified analysis of companies who participated in EMC IT Transformation and VMware Accelerate workshops and self-identified gaps, progress and target goals in their short- and long-term IT transformation initiatives.
                                    Karen Dykstra, Former AOL and ADP Chief Financial Officer, Joins VMware Board of Directors
                                    Windstream redesigns service model to better support channel partners
                                    Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications and managed services, announced that it has redesigned its channel service model to give partners dedicated support and access to additional resources, information and tools. The announcement, made at the 2016 Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, will help Windstream partners more effectively win and retain customers while also allowing the company to deliver more efficiency, better prioritization, and an improved customer experience.

                                    The latest investments Windstream is making in its channel service model are part of a long-term strategy to simplify and strengthen the company's channel program. Windstream will continue to invest in, expand and optimize its support capabilities to make it easier for channel partners to work with the company.

                                      Red Hat News
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                                      Friday Five - March 18, 2016
                                      Red Hat, March 18th, 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.

                                      • TechTarget - Red Hat admins await an Ansible vs. Puppet showdown
                                      • Ansible - Automating your network with Ansible
                                      • Red Hat Blog - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 Beta now available
                                      • TMG Health accelerates to real-time data access for clients
                                      • Harvard Business Review - Decisions Are More Effective When More People Are Involved from the Start

                                      Read on for details.

                                      Registration is open for Red Hat Summit 2016
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                                      Red Hat Summit is the premier open source technology event to showcase the latest and greatest in cloud computing, platform, virtualization, middleware, storage, and systems management technologies.

                                      At Red Hat Summit, you'll find something for every level of interest and need, including:

                                      • 200+ breakout sessions
                                      • Instructor-led and self-paced hands on labs
                                      • Keynotes from industry thought leaders
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                                      Level3 News
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                                      Activation of Level 3's New Pacific Subsea Cable Route Enhances Colombia's Connection to Major Cities Across the Americas, Europe and Asia
                                      Landing Station in Buenaventura Brings High-Capacity Connectivity and Redundancy Options to Colombia and the Region
                                      Level 3 Communications announced the activation of a new subsea cable landing station giving Colombia a Pacific Ocean route to connect to its international network. The new landing station enhances Colombia's options for redundancy and removes sole reliance on traditional connectivity via the Caribbean Coast. The fiber optic undersea cable runs 300 kilometers to the seaport city of Buenaventura on Colombia's Pacific coast, then 154 kilometers over land to the city of Cali, where it connects with Level 3's national fiber optic system that provides access to the main Colombian markets.
                                        Level 3 Releases First Diversity and Inclusion Report
                                        Level(3), March 15th, 2016
                                        evel 3 Communications believes diversity - of thought, backgrounds and experiences - affects every aspect of the company from its employees to its products and solutions. To mark this importance, Level 3 released its first annual Diversity and Inclusion report. Mary Beth McGrath, senior vice president of global talent management, discussed the company's journey - alongside some roadblocks - to becoming a diverse and inclusive workplace in her blog, Diversity is a Journey, Not a Destination.
                                        EMC News
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                                        New Report: Enterprises In All-Out Race to Transform IT
                                        New 'State of IT Transformation' Report Captures Progress and Target Goals of More Than 660 EMC and VMware Customers
                                        EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) and VMware (NYSE: VMW) released a joint State of IT Transformation report, an analysis of more than 660 EMC and VMware customers worldwide that are in the midst of IT transformation initiatives to help advance the digital business agendas of their organizations. More accurate than a survey of polled research subjects, it presents a qualified analysis of companies who participated in EMC IT Transformation and VMware Accelerate workshops and self-identified gaps, progress and target goals in their short- and long-term IT transformation initiatives.
                                        EY and EMC Announce Strategic Alliance to Help Organizations Accelerate Business Transformation
                                        Relationship to Support Broad Range of Services, Including Cloud Enablement, Data Center Virtualization, Analytics, Enterprise Mobility Management and Cyber Risk Offerings
                                        EY and EMC (NYSE: EMC) announced a strategic alliance to bring clients leading tools and service offerings to help accelerate return on investment and build greater confidence in their strategic initiatives and technology implementations.

                                        The alliance provides for collaboration, co-innovation, joint offerings and various activities across relevant EMC product lines and EY practice areas. These include hybrid cloud enablement, data center network virtualization and segmentation, enterprise mobility management, governance risk & compliance (GRC), and cybersecurity services, among others.

                                        HP News
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                                        Hewlett Packard Enterprise Delivers New Hyper Converged System for the Mid-Market
                                        New Consumer-Inspired User Experience Enables Mid-Sized and Remote Office Enterprises to Easily Deploy, Manage and Support Virtual Machines in a Few Clicks
                                        Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) announced a new all-in-one compute, software-defined storage and intelligent virtualization appliance to help mid-sized and remote office branch office (ROBO) enterprises deploy virtual machines (VMs) in minutes. Built on the world's most deployed server, the HPE ProLiant DL380, HPE's new Hyper Converged 380 (HC 380) is empowering organizations to transform to a hybrid infrastructure while simplifying IT operations and reducing overall costs.

                                        The current hyper-converged integrated systems market will grow from $371.5 million in 2014, to nearly $5 billion by 2019, or a 68% CAGR, according to Gartner's Forecast Analysis.1 Growth is driven by demand for a more cost effective and operationally streamlined approach to virtual servers, virtual desktops, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. However, customers are wary of introducing new silos that limit future business flexibility.

                                        Windstream News
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                                        Windstream redesigns service model to better support channel partners
                                        Windstream gives channel partners dedicated support, as well as access to increased resources, information and tools, to improve the customer experience
                                        Windstream (NASDAQ: WIN), a leading provider of advanced network communications and managed services, announced that it has redesigned its channel service model to give partners dedicated support and access to additional resources, information and tools. The announcement, made at the 2016 Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, will help Windstream partners more effectively win and retain customers while also allowing the company to deliver more efficiency, better prioritization, and an improved customer experience.

                                        The latest investments Windstream is making in its channel service model are part of a long-term strategy to simplify and strengthen the company's channel program. Windstream will continue to invest in, expand and optimize its support capabilities to make it easier for channel partners to work with the company.

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