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Oracle Bolsters Computer Science Education in America
Part of $3.3 Billion Annual Investment to Advance Computer Science Education and Increase Diversity in Technology Fields Globally
In conjunction with The White House Science Fair 2016, Oracle and The White House today announced Oracle's plan to invest $200 million in direct and in-kind support for computer science (CS) education in the United States over the next 18 months. Oracle's pledge supports the Administration's Computer Science for All initiative and is part of the company's greater annual worldwide investment of $3.3 billion to empower CS educators and engage diverse student populations globally.
Tucson Electric Power Reduces Average Call Handling Time with Upgraded Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing System
Oracle, Cognizant, and Origin Consulting help Tucson Electric Power deliver improved customer service and streamline operations
Utilities are faced with a rapidly changing industry and increasing expectations from their customers. Adapting to these factors requires a mature, flexible, and highly-scalable customer information system, designed to improve customer service and enhance financial performance. Oracle today announced that Tucson Electric Power (TEP) - which delivers safe, reliable power to more than 414,000 customers in the Tucson metropolitan area - upgraded its customer information system in its commitment to provide superior customer service.
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Empowers Members and Drives Satisfaction with Modern Customer Experience
Oracle Utilities helps cooperative revolutionize its contact center operations with online self-service options
Providing unmatched customer service means going beyond offering a 24/7 contact center. In a recent Oracle study, 63 percent of utilities respondents noted that they do not offer intuitive online user experiences, yet 87 percent said they recognized a trend toward customers wanting a more individualized experience. With a keen sense of this purview, Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) - providing power to more than 160,000 customers - integrated a customer self-service application from Oracle into its existing customer information system to help satisfy this consumer-centric trend and count itself among those offering a comprehensive user experience.
Oracle Delivers Complete Cloud Solution to Help Pharma Companies Improve Drug Safety
Oracle Industry Connect - Orlando, Florida
Pharmaceutical organizations today face increasing safety requirements when bringing drugs to market and once they're on the shelf, including properly managing limitless amounts of safety data and accurate, timely reporting.

To help medicinal product manufacturers, trial sponsors, contract research organizations (CROs), and health authorities make faster, more informed safety decisions, optimize global compliance, and manage risk holistically across the entire product lifecycle, Oracle Health Sciences has introduced a cloud version of Oracle Health Sciences Safety Suite 8.0.

Utilities Maximize Project Visibility and Governance and Boost On-Time/On-Budget Capital Initiatives with Oracle's Primavera
Alliant Energy, Ameren, Kansas City Power & Light, and South East Water Corporation successfully select, plan, and execute water and power projects with Oracle's Primavera enterprise project portfolio management solutions on-premises and in the cloud
Utilities today are looking for enterprise project portfolio management (EPPM) solutions that provide one comprehensive view of their portfolio at any given moment, connect all internal and external stakeholders, and enable them to plan ahead - and in a way that is tailored to the utility industry. Because it delivers on these requirements, and is helping organizations transition to the cloud, utilities around the world continue to select and deploy Oracle's Primavera solutions.
Bellevue University, Kentucky State University, San Bernardino Community College District, and Vanderbilt University Move to Oracle Cloud
to Drive Institutional Excellence, Enhance the Student Experience, and Support Student Success
Oracle exhibits continued momentum in the higher education market. Bellevue University, Kentucky State University, San Bernardino Community College District, and Vanderbilt University selected Oracle Cloud to help ensure operational excellence and student success by transforming the way these institutions conduct business and serve their constituents - from faculty and staff to students.
General Motors' IT Transformation: Building Downturn-Resistant Profitability
Forbes, April 14th, 2016
Rob Preston writes in Forbes, "Plenty of companies crow about their IT 'transformations,' but none of them compares in size and scope to the one General Motors initiated almost four years ago. CIO Randy Mott and team started by overhauling the giant automaker's entire approach to IT, including hiring more than 10,000 US IT pros to replace outsourcing contractors. Now they're helping GM do things like calculate the profitability of each individual vehicle it sells, in order to make sure the company stays profitable and delights customers well beyond today's boom market..."
Trip Report: IoT Tech Day 2016
By Geertjan
Geertjan blogs, "I attended IoT Tech Day 2016 in Utrecht. I don't normally go to hardware conferences, though nowadays everything is "IoT", just like everything is "Cloud", so it seemed a good place to be today.

The turnout was great, I heard the number 1300 at some point, though I don't know for sure. Seemed to be heaps of people though in the keynotes, which were in a great round room setting, with the speaker in the middle:.."

Is an approximate answer just plain wrong?
By Keith Laker
Keith Laker writes, "We are starting to see a significant change in the way we analyze data as a result of the growth of interest in big data and the newer concept of Internet of Things. Ever since databases were first created everyone has been obsessed, quite rightly so, with ensuring queries returned the correct answer - i.e. precise, accurate answers. This key requirement is derived from the need to run operational, transactional applications..."
Combating Distributed Malware Through Machine Learning
insideBIGDATA, April 12th, 2016
"In this special guest feature, Karthik Krishnan, Vice President of Product Management at Niara, discusses how machine learning is an option that's gaining popularity to detect cyber attacks given its effectiveness in classifying and clustering attack activity, even within large event data streams. Karthik is responsible for driving product strategy and direction as well as customer engagements. He helped to drive the initial framework for the Niara Security Analytics Platform...."
Ethics and Artificial Intelligence: The Moral Compass of a Machine
Re/code, April 13th, 2016
"The question of robotic ethics is making everyone tense. We worry about the machine's lack of empathy, how calculating machines are going to know how to do the right thing, and even how we are going to judge and punish beings of steel and silicon.

Personally, I do not have such worries..."

    Google Calendar Apps Employs Machine Learning
    Information Age, April 13th, 2016
    "Good -- or perhaps bad -- news for procrastinators: Google Calendar is now using machine learning to keep you more closely on schedule.

    Google has employed machine learning on its Calendar application in an effort to help its users better keep track of, and complete, long-term goals..."

    Artificial Intelligence's Next Phase: Sooner and More Accessible for Everyone
    Information Management, April 15th, 2016
    "Real-world artificial-intelligence applications are popping up in unexpected places - and much sooner than you might think.

    While winning a game of Go might be impressive, machine intelligence is also evolving to the point where it can be used by more people to do more things. That's how four engineers with almost zero knowledge of Japanese were able to create software, in just a few months, that can decipher handwriting in the language.

    The programmers at Reactive Inc. came up with an application that recognizes scrawled-out Japanese with 98.66 percent accuracy..."

      Video: Machine Learning Overview from NERSC
      insideBIGDATA, April 12th, 2016
      In this video from the HPC User Forum in Tucson, Prabhat from NERSC presents: Machine Learning.

      'Prabhat leads the Data and Analytics Services team at NERSC. His current research interests include scientific data management, parallel I/O, high performance computing and scientific visualization. He is also interested in applied statistics, machine learning, computer graphics and computer vision..."

      The Future of Economics May Be in the Hands of Machine Learning
      SmartDataCollective, April 11th, 2016
      "Economists have largely preferred to act within their own field and interpretations. However, the rise of big data challenges, data analytics, and machine learning is beginning to change all that. In the summer of 2015, Susan Athey, a Professor of Economics of Technology at Stanford attracted a crowd of over 250 economists for a one-day instructive session on machine learning. In the article publinshed on recounting the event, Athey stated that she thinks machine learning will have an 'enormous impact' on the field of economics especially as economists learn to tailor their methodologies to include machine learning..."
      SHA Digest Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v4
      BestPerf Blog
      Brian writes in the BestPerf log, "Oracle's cryptography benchmark measures security performance on important Secure Hash Algorithm (SHA) functions. Oracle's SPARC M7 processor with its security software in silicon is faster than current and recent x86 servers. In this test, the performance of on-processor digest operations is measured for three sizes of plaintext inputs (64, 1024 and 8192 bytes) using three SHA2 digests (SHA512, SHA384, SHA256) and the older, weaker SHA1 digest. Multiple parallel threads are used to measure each processor's maximum throughput. Oracle's SPARC T7-2 server shows dramatically faster digest computation compared to current x86 two processor servers..."
      AES Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v4
      BestPerf Blog
      "Oracle's cryptography benchmark measures security performance on important AES security modes. Oracle's SPARC M7 processor with its software in silicon security is faster than x86 servers that have the AES-NI instructions. In this test, the performance of on-processor encryption operations is measured (32 KB encryptions). Multiple threads are used to measure each processor's maximum throughput. Oracle's SPARC T7-2 server shows dramatically faster encryption compared to current x86 two processor servers..."
      Building a demo Oracle VM environment using VirtualBox
      By Simon Coter
      Simon Coter writes, "Learning a new software stack or test a new release is challenging enough without having to spend multiple cycles on the install process and, between many of possible use cases, Oracle VM VirtualBox can be used to create demo environments where to test or verify Enterprise products.

      On Oracle Technology Network website you can find a list of Appliances, deployed and pre-built by Oracle Experts at no cost, ready to deploy more solutions on top of Oracle VM VirtualBox. Due to the high interest, one of the most downloaded appliance is Oracle VM Server & Manager..."

      IT - Storage
      9 Ways Flash Cuts Your Computing Costs (Slideshow)
      Network Computing, April 13th, 2016
      "I assume you know that flash is disrupting computing. In 2012, the total cost of ownership of flash-based storage systems dropped below the TCO for traditional storage and in 2014, the total cost of acquisition for the actual software and hardware costs for a flash-based storage system dropped below the acquisition cost of a hard drive-based system. These savings can be achieved whether you're managing a hyperscale data center or building an internal cloud for a startup.

      But what you might not know is how flash lowers your costs..."

      Many US Enterprises Manage More Than 20 Different Types of Storage, April 15th, 2016
      "Primary Data, Inc. announced the results of a survey of IT industry professionals that underscores the increasing complexity of today's enterprise storage landscape.

      As new solutions such as all-flash systems, cloud storage, and emerging technologies like hyperconverged storage are adopted alongside traditional SAN and NAS storage, 51% of the IT administrators surveyed report managing 10 or more different types of storage, while one-third of the respondents reported overseeing more than 20 different storage resources..."

      18TB Hard Drives Will Be Entering The Market Soon
      Techworm, April 15th, 2016
      "As solid state drives are getting more and more cheaper as time passes by, not to mention that their capacity size has increased tremendously, Helium-based mechanical hard disks will push the barriers of insurmountable levels of storage. That being said, it will not be long till we start to see 18TB hard drives in the market.

      According to a storage research firm by the name of TrendFocus, hard drive manufacturers will be able to dispense with disk platter separator components, allowing them to squeeze more storage platters into a 3.5-inch enclosure..."

        Java Technology
        2016 JavaOne Call for Papers Open
        By Yolande Poirier
        Yolande blogs, "Join the premier Java conference in San Francisco as a speaker. This year JavaOne will take place from September 18th to 22nd, 2016. Speakers on accepted submissions will receive a complimentary pass with access to all conference sessions. Submit a proposal today in one of the conference tracks: ..."
        Java Magazine March/April Issue
        By Yolande Poirier
        Yolande blogs, "Welcome to the March/April issue of Java Magazine in which we dig into the inner workings of Java and the JVM. This issue is pure nerd-stim: bits and bytes have never been as much fun as exploring how the JVM manages garbage collectors and code caches. All good developers are mindful of how their code executes, but due to constant advances in the language and the JVM, knowing what's going on behind the scenes is not always easy..."
        IT - Technology
        New Authentication Standard Will Make USB-C Devices Safer
        CIO Today, April 13th, 2016
        "A new authentication protocol for USB devices could help ensure you never inadvertently fry your laptop with a bogus flash drive again. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the USB Type-C Authentication specification, defining cryptographic-based authentication for USB Type-C chargers and devices.

        The protocol will allow host systems to confirm the authenticity of devices or chargers at the moment wired connections are made, before any power surges occur or malware can be transferred..."

        Intel Claims Storage Supremacy with 3D XPoint Optane Drives, 1PB 3D NAND
        PC World, April 15th, 2016
        "Intel wants you to know its game-changing Optane storage tech is super-duper, insanely fast, so on Wednesday it demonstrated how the new pervasive memory technology leaves a conventional NAND SSD in the dust.

        The demo, the first public one using a traditional desktop environment, took place at the company's annual developer forum in Shenzhen, China. Intel executive Rob Crooke showed identical desktop computers performing a simple file copy..."

        You Keep Using that Word - NVMe. Does It Mean What I Think It Means?
        The Register, April 11th, 2016
        "The lowdown on how this lightning fast network connection works...

        NVMe fabric technology is a form of block-access storage networking that gets rid of network latency delays, magically making external flash arrays as fast as internal, directly-attached, NVMe flash drives. How does it manage this trick?

        EMC DSSD VP for software engineering, Mike Shapiro, defines NVMe fabrics as: 'the new NVM Express standard for sharing next-generation flash storage in an RDMA-capable fabric.'

        Starting with this, let's define a couple of acronyms - NVMe and RDMA..."

        Computers You Can Hold In The Palm Of Your Hand (Slideshow)
        ZDNet, April 11th, 2016
        "It's not that long ago that a computer was something housed in a giant beige box that weighed as much as an engine block. Now a computer can fit in the palm of your hand..."
          IT - Bitcoin
          Bitcoin Core 0.12.1 Released, Major Step Forward for Scalability
          Bitcoin Magazine, April 15th, 2016
          "Bitcoin Core 0.12.1 was released early this morning and the update includes several changes that have huge implications for Bitcoin scalability. The release deploys the first soft fork on the Bitcoin network to use the methodology outlined in BIP 9 (Version Bits), which allows multiple soft forks to take place at the same time..."
          Jim Rickards on Why Bitcoin Is a Legitimate Money
          Bitcoin Magazine, April 11th, 2016
          "Jim Rickards, the New York Times best-selling author of Currency Wars and The Death of Money, recently discussed his latest book, The New Case for Gold, during a hangout. Although the majority of the conversation focused on Rickards' new book, the economic commentator also shared some thoughts on Bitcoin..."
          These Are the Top 10 Most Influential People in Bitcoin
, April 13th, 2016
          "While many people still associate the word 'Bitcoin' with cyber crime and the black market, its underlying technology has been decades in the making, forged and maintained by some of the most brilliant minds the world has ever seen.

          The following list was compiled by our team at and is our consensus opinion on the people who have had the most impact on the Bitcoin space to date. Besides spreading information on the benefits of Bitcoin and strengthening its infrastructure, extra weight was given to those who have had direct involvement in the maintenance, development, and creation of the Bitcoin ecosystem as a whole..."

          Industry Advocacy Groups Unite to Launch Global Blockchain Forum
          CoinDesk, April 12th, 2016
          "A collection of interest groups focused on bitcoin, blockchain and digital asset-related issues has created a new business forum in a bid to shape how public policy relating to the technology is formed.

          Dubbed the Global Blockchain Forum, the group's supporters include the US-based Chamber of Digital Commerce, the Australian Digital Currency & Commerce Association (ADCCA), the UK Digital Currency Association (UKDCA), and the Association of Crypto-Currency Enterprises and Start-ups (ACCESS), headquartered in Singapore..."

          Business Intelligence Report Mentions Bitcoin and Blockchain
          NEWSBTC, April 14th, 2016
          "Blockchain technology, the protocol that underlies Bitcoin, could one day change how consumer card payments are verified...

          A recent Business Intelligence report has touched upon the subject of Bitcoin as one of the disrupters in the payment processing ecosystem. The report received a special mention in an article concerning Bank of America Merchant Services' plans to expand into Europe later this year..."

          IT - FOSS
          Open Source Audio Video Apps: 36 Top Apps
          Datamation, April 11th, 2016
          "In the media-saturated world we live in, having an array of top-notch audio-video tools really comes in handy. Trim a file, edit a video, maximize your audio - we all need to feed our social media streams, and companies always need audio-video content to best communicate with users.

          This list of audio video apps is potentially a major cost saver. The following open source apps replace expensive commercial AV apps, often with very similar functionality..."

          Dissecting The Myth That Open Source Software Is Not Commercial
          IEEE Software, April 10th, 2016
          "Writing a myth-debunking piece for such an informed audience poses a certain risk. The readers of the IEEE Software Blog already know what open source software is, and many have probably written some. How can I be sure that anyone reading this even holds the belief about to be debunked?

          Well, I can't be completely sure, but can at least say that this myth is one I still encounter frequently among software specialists, including people who themselves use free software on a daily basis..."

          IT - DevOps
          Changing Compensation Before it Kills Success
, April 12th, 2016
          "Have you ever seen the sign, 'Will work for food'? If you deconstruct the premise a bit, we all work for the rewards systems that interests us. We 'trade' our labor (ideally, focus our passion), for a set of acknowledgements that range from survival to pride. And ultimately it is our employer (whether the boss or the board of directors) who decides what our rewards systems will be. That is the common sense part. But when something such as DevOps enters the picture, it alters traditional thinking throughout an organization, and the ripple effects should (and eventually will) reach the HR department..."
          Release Automation: Bigger than DevOps
, April 13th, 2016
          "Why DevOps is not for everyone and how release automation helps in bimodal world

          So am I really going to write a blog calling DevOps a big hoax?

          Well, not exactly, but as a follow-up to my previous blog on the difference between DevOps and Continuous Delivery, I want to alert you to a few key facts:.."

          The Cost of Not Building with Security in Mind
, April 14th, 2016
          "The unfortunate reality for today's organizations is the fact that a security breach is bound to happen. Major breaches are happening with alarming frequency and fill the news headlines almost daily. And behind many of these major breach stories is a software vulnerability that has been exploited. There is a silver lining, however. Addressing security at the development stage can help organizations 'get upstream' of certain issues, which goes a long way toward alleviating potential breaches..
          The next step for DevOps: 'Hardening' DevOps in the enterprise
          ITProPortal, April 11th, 2016
          "In today's digital age, much of the business innovation is driven by software. To win, serve, and retain their customers, enterprises are being tasked with releasing application updates at an increasingly faster pace. A great idea, killer functionality and a robust technology are all as important as ever - but do not mean much if you can't get your code to your end users in a fast, predictable manner, and with high quality..."
            The Latest Trend in DevOps is to Achieve DevSecOps
            jaxenter, April 11th, 2016
            "Greg Bledsoe, Vice President of Operations at Personal, Inc. and top DevOps influencer, believes that the most important trend in DevOps is to integrate cybersecurity into DevOps and achieve DevSecOps. We talked to Mr. Bledsoe about cybersecurity, the direction of DevOps and who dictates the trends...

            In this interview, Greg Bledsoe, Vice President of Operations at Personal, Inc. and one of the top DevOps influencers to follow in 2016, is talking about the inevitable marriage between DevOps and cybersecurity and the need to achieve DevSecOps..."

            Announcing MySQL Enterprise Transparent Data Encryption
            By Mike Frank, MySQL Product Management Director at Oracle
            Mike Frank, writes, "We're very happy to announce release of MySQL Enterprise Transparent Data Encryption (TDE), included with MySQL Enterprise Edition.

            MySQL Enterprise Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) protects your critical data by enabling data-at-rest encryption in the database. It protects the privacy of your information, prevents data breaches and helps meet regulatory requirements including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and numerous others.

            MySQL Enterprise TDE highlights:..."

            MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.2 Is Now Available!
            By Matt Lord
            Matt blogs, "We're very happy to announce the general availability of the next release of MySQL Enterprise Monitor, version 3.2 (see the full changelog here). This is the best in class tool for monitoring and management of your MySQL assets, included with your MySQL Enterprise Edition subscription..."
            Cloud Computing
            Irresistible Forces Drive Legacy IT to the Cloud
            By: Rob Preston
            Rob Preston writes, "Enterprise migration to the cloud is a not-so-classic case of several irresistible forces meeting a movable object, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd told attendees at the company's Oracle Industry Connect conference in Orlando on April 12.

            The movable object? Legacy IT applications and infrastructure, much of the stuff more than 20 years old. And the forces that will pressure CEOs into finally replacing those systems in favor of less expensive, modern, but secure cloud services? Paltry revenue growth, demographic shifts, and business model disruption..."

            Larry Ellison on the Virtuous Circle of Cloud Innovation
            By: Chris Murphy
            Chris Murphy writes, "Cloud applications create a high-velocity, virtuous circle, according to Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison."

            'It's the combination of us having a much higher frequency of new releases, adding features to HCM in the cloud, ERP in the cloud, and you've been adopting at a much higher rate,' Ellison said during a recent conversation with Oracle customers attending Modern Finance Experience and Oracle HCM World in Chicago. 'It used to be it would take us two, two-and-a-half years to get an on-prem release out, and you might not adopt it for another two or three years. So it was a five-year wait between when we decided to put this feature out and when you actually adopt it and use it.'

            Latest Spacewalk Release Now Available
            By Avi Miller
            Avi blogs, "Spacewalk 2.4 is now available for both Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7.

            Along with support of Oracle Linux 7 as a platform for both Spacewalk Server and Spacewalk Proxy, this new release includes enhancements to the web-based user interface and to several command-line utilities.

            Note that the Monitoring component of Spacewalk (that was deprecated in Spacewalk 2.2) has been removed from Spacewalk 2.4."

            IT - Cloud
            Eight Important Facts About Hybrid Cloud Migration (Slideshow)
            eWeek, April 11th, 2016
            "The technology landscape as we know it is undergoing a major shift, moving away from a singular on-premises strategy and toward a hybrid approach: migrating some infrastructure to the cloud, while continuing to maintain some critical services onsite. SolarWinds has released the findings of a new survey, which reveals the hybrid IT reality that the vast majority of organizations are experiencing, as well as the barriers to greater adoption of cloud technology..."
            Almost All Of IT Budgets Will Soon Be Dedicated To Cloud, Intel Study Finds
            Network World, April 15th, 2016
            "Intel says 80% of IT budgets are about to be aimed at cloud. One niggle, though, is a question over security...

            The cloud is exploding globally, with most of IT spending soon to be allocated to cloud, according to a new Intel report.

            The technology company predicts that virtually all IT spending (80 percent) will be on cloud in the next 16 months..."

            Spending on Private, Public Cloud IT Continues to Grow, IDC Says
            eWeek, April 11th, 2016
            "Revenues for servers, storage and networking in cloud environments will jump, while spending in traditional data centers will decline, analysts say.

            Spending on IT infrastructure for public and private cloud environments will grow steadily over the next several years as revenue for traditional data center infrastructures erodes, according to analysts with IDC.

            This year alone, total spending on systems - servers, storage appliances and Ethernet switches - for cloud infrastructures will jump 18.9 percent over 2015, hitting $38.2 billion..."

            Cloud Adoption Could Save Feds $10 Billion Annually
            Information Week, April 15th, 2016
            "A MeriTalk survey of federal IT managers reveals that they believe the government can save more than $10 billion annually from additional consolidation and cloud adoption.

            In the wake of a Government Accountability Office (GAO) assessment on consolidating federal data centers, a group of federal IT managers agrees that much more remains to be done. They believe that the $8.2 billion the GAO estimates the government will save from 2015 to 2019 can be increased by an additional $10 billion annually through further action..."

              IT - CxO
              Are IT Executives Blind To Cybersecurity Threats?
              CIO, April 11th, 2016
              "Is your company's cybersecurity keeping you up at night?

              If you're an IT professional, the answer to that question is probably yes. If you're an IT executive, the answer to that question might be no - even if you work at the same company.

              What we're seeing, says Jack Danahy, co-founder of Barkly, a Boston-based endpoint security startup company, 'is a breakdown in communication.'

              That's what Barkly found in its 'Cybersecurity Confidence Report.' In it, Barkly surveyed of 350 IT professionals and found that 50 percent are not confident in their current security products or solutions..."

              The Best Reason for Never Giving In to Ransomware Demands
              ComputerWorld, April 12th, 2016
              "The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) has a new advisory on the dangers of data extortion in which it stresses that Web servers are now a popular means of entry for ransomware. This is another fine reason for keeping Web servers and their databases completely walled off from more sensitive parts of your networks. Although it would be terrible if attackers were to gain control of your website, letting them do the same to payroll, accounts payable and the supply chain can be far worse..."
                10 Things Cyber Insurance Won't Cover
                Dark Reading, April 14th, 2016
                "The cyber insurance market is set to triple in the next several years, with experts from PwC projecting it to reach $7.5 billion by 2020. As more enterprises buy into plans to help mitigate some of the risk from catastrophic data breaches, they need to be mindful that cyber insurance isn't a panacea for IT risk management. It might be useful in helping to pay for the direct losses related to large-scale breaches of customer data--things like breach notification, forensics and even regulatory fines in some cases. However, there are plenty of categories of loss that these policies rarely cover, depending on how they're written. Experts warn enterprise risk managers to work closely with a trusted broker to ensure they get the most coverage possible, and enter these policies with their eyes wide open..."
                The Rhetoric and Reality of IT Decision Making
                Network World, April 13th, 2016
                "When it comes to deciding on vendor relationships, you have to assume you're being sold to by everyone and not rely any any single voice...

                There was a time when IT admins would determine their purchases based on needed feature set and vendor reputation. But over time, a variety of 'help' -- consultants, analysts, research firms, traditional media, independent bloggers, and sites aimed at gathering user comments -- came along to sway IT's purchasing decisions. So who can you trust these days?..."

                  Transforming The IT Department Into The Innovation Department
                  The Data Center Journal, April 11th, 2016
                  "In recent years, IT's influence has waned as other internal departments have gained more control over the budget to drive their own agendas. As their control over these budgets has grown, business executives have increasingly bypassed IT to implement new technologies so as not to get bogged down by technology professionals who have struggled to keep pace with the rate of innovation and have focused on potential challenges associated with new solutions. In fact, right now more than 1,400 enterprise SaaS applications can be procured without IT involvement..."
                  IT - Wireless
                  Deploying WiFi In The Real World
                  Network Computing, April 14th, 2016
                  "Over the last decade, the proliferation of WiFi has been tremendous. However, this proliferation is fueled by one major misconception: Deploying Wi-Fi is EASY! How difficult can it be to go to your local big-box or consumer-electronics store, buy the shiniest WAP router you can find, and plug it in?..."
                  vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten Boca
                  Wednesday, April 20th: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                  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 all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

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

                  John Mclaughlin, SFTA

                  IT - DR
                  This List Will Help You Painlessly Recover From Disaster (Slideshow)
                  CSO Online, April 11th, 2016
                  Ryan Francis writes, "Just like an evacuation plan at your home when a fire strikes, you need a disaster recovery blueprint set aside so that everyone in the company knows what to do and where to go when disaster strikes the network. Here's a list of 10 tips from Exablox that will help keep things calm..."
                  Oracle OpenWorld 2016: Call for Proposals Is Now Open
                  By Juergen Kress
                  Juergen blogs, "The Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Call for Proposals is now open. Attendees at the conference are eager to hear from experts on Oracle business and technology. They're looking for insights and improvements they can put to use in their own jobs: exciting innovations, strategies to modernize their business, different or easier ways to implement, unique use cases, lessons learned, the best of best practices..."
                  IT - Networks
                  The Battle Between LTE and Wi-Fi May Have Left LTE-U Out In the Cold
                  Network World, April 11th, 2016
                  "After more than a year of rancor over whether it would hurt Wi-Fi, a technology that lets LTE networks use unlicensed spectrum may have already missed its window of opportunity.

                  LTE-Unlicensed is designed to improve cellular service by tapping into some of the frequencies used by Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies. But almost as soon as LTE-U was proposed in late 2014, Wi-Fi supporters pounced. They charged that it would drown out Wi-Fi signals because LTE didn't know how to make room for other users..."

                  How To Make Your WAN Architecture Software-Defined
                  Search SDN, April 15th, 2016
                  "There's more than one way to make your WAN architecture software-defined. Learn three very different routes to achieving an SD-WAN.

                  Over the last year or two, software-defined WANs (SD-WANs) have become a very hot topic with numerous vendors currently offering SD-WAN products. If you've decided on an SD-WAN architecture, having such a breadth of products to choose from is a classic good news/bad news situation. The good news is that if you don't like a particular vendor's product, there are a lot of others available..."

                    IT - IoT
                    On Many IoT Projects, IT Shops Get Left Behind
                    CIO, April 12th, 2016
                    "IT departments are playing second fiddle to operations people as enterprises tune up for the Internet of Things.

                    That's one of the surprising findings from a survey of people involved in business IoT projects in the U.S. The survey, conducted last month by Technalysis Research, also revealed that monitoring employees is the No. 1 thing companies want to do with the widely hyped technology..."

                    IoT to Cover 100 Billion Connected Devices by 2025
                    Datamation, April 13th, 2016
                    "Huawei predicts that in less than a decade, billions of devices will light up the Internet of Things (IoT) and it will have a transformative effect on both the economy and everyday life.

                    According to the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker's 2016 Global Connectivity Index, data from 100 connected devices will pour into the world's networks and the IoT by 2025. Such widespread adoption will not only "drive millions of new apps and solutions," but also bring the world closer to a sci-fi inspired future..."

                    'Smart Garbage' Startup Cuts City Trash Costs by 40 Percent
                    Government Technology, April 11th, 2016
                    "The Internet of Things cloud solution by Compology uses sensors that detect garbage levels in city trash bins and notifies waste removal trucks when it's time to collect...

                    The amount of garbage in cities is growing. Global trash production has risen to more than 3.5 million tons, according to the World Bank, which estimates that will hit the 6 million mark by 2025. With loads of trash increasing, disposal costs also are rising..."

                      Dig into IoT with 41 OpenIoT Summit presentations
            , April 14th, 2016
                      "Slide decks from 41 OpenIoT Summit talks are now online, from sessions including AllSeen, Brillo, mBed, Iotivity, Tizen, Weave, Zephyr, and IoT security.

                      Last week, we pointed you to 50 slide decks released by the Linux Foundation from the Embedded Linux Conference (ELC), held in San Diego in April 4-6. Now, the non-profit Linux advocacy organization has released 41 more slide presentations, this time from the inaugural OpenIoT Summit track co-located with ELC..."

                      The Security Challenges Facing Industrial IoT
                      ITProPortal, April 11th, 2016
                      "For decades, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems have played a significant role in industrial operations. Industries like oil and gas, electric power/smart grid, agriculture and utilities have implemented SCADA systems and networks to collect data and automate processes, and are always looking to automation systems for more effective ways to operate..."
                        IoT Field Notes: How to Identify Customer Value
                        SmartDataCollective, April 10th, 2016
                        "When introducing the idea of Smart, Connected Products (a.k.a. the Internet of Things, or IoT), one of the many early conversations are about creating value. The focus will be different, based on who you're talking with; with a product manager, you're talking about how much revenue can be generated. The CEO and the Board, on the other hand, will want to hear about creating value from a broader perspective, including the entire chain of connections between yourself and your end customers. Value can be created in a number of different places, and a holistic understanding of this could shed a different light on your overall digital strategy..."
                        IT - Linux
                        Ubuntu Linux Continues To Dominate OpenStack And Other Clouds
                        ZDNet, April 15th, 2016
                        "One reason Ubuntu is increasing its lead is that Jujo, Canonical's application modeling and deployment DevOps tool, has been gaining in popularity...

                        In the latest OpenStack user survey, we see that OpenStack is finally gaining real momentum in private clouds. We also see that Ubuntu Linux is continuing to dominate OpenStack..."

                        IT - Operations
                        The Ripple Effect Of Outages and Downtime Cannot Be Underestimated
                        CloudTweaks, April 13th, 2016
                        "The Internet is the front door to commerce in today's always-on, global environment. An Internet Performance issue such as an outage, or severe lack of functionality from an online presence sets off a chain reaction of negativity that reverberates throughout an organization. Now, more than ever, it is crucial for companies to effectively manage their Internet Infrastructure ensuring customers, employees and online partners have access at all times..."
                        Does Unreliable, Unstable, Expensive Power Keep CIOs Up At Night?
                        ITProPortal, April 11th, 2016
                        "Energy is weighing heavy on the nation's conscience: the availability and sustainability of our energy, the cleanliness of our air (think pigeon air patrol), and the potential impact of Brexit to the overall cost of our energy are daily topics of conversation and concern for leaders in the UK. It's said that leaving the EU could hike consumer power prices alone up by £500 million a year..."
                          IT - Security
                          The Five Myths Of PCI DSS Compliance, Debunked
                          Information Age, April 13th, 2016
                          "With so much debate around the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), it can be difficult to separate fact from fiction...

                          Almost a decade on from its original launch in 2006, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) continues to generate heated debate regarding its precise application and interpretation.

                          Many of the issues stem from the wealth of misinformation out there about the standard, perpetuated by individuals and groups who do not properly understand the principles behind it or why it was originally created..."

                          Using Threat Hunting Technique To Fend Off Cyber Attacks
                          ITProPortal, April 15th, 2016
                          "With data breaches making the news ever more frequently, businesses are on the look out for new ways to identify and guard against threats.

                          Cyber threat intelligence company DomainTools has released the results of a new survey conducted by the SANS Institute on the effectiveness of using threat hunting to aggressively track and eliminate cyber adversaries as early as possible..."

                            Top Three Emerging Security Concerns
                            CIO Insight, April 11th, 2016
                            Information security threats are worsening by the day. Organizations risk becoming disoriented and losing their way in a maze of uncertainty, as they grapple with complex technology, a proliferation of data, increased regulation and a debilitating skills shortage.

                            With the global security threat landscape changing on a daily basis, far too often I'm seeing organizations being left behind. To take advantage of emerging trends in both technology and cyberspace, organizations need to manage risks in ways beyond those traditionally handled by the information security function, since new attacks will impact both business reputation and shareholder value.

                            Securing the Weakest Link: Insiders
                            Dark Reading, April 13th, 2016
                            "No longer is a hoodie-wearing malicious hacker the most obvious perpetrator of an inside cyber attack.

                            Massive, high-profile security breaches dominate today's headlines and consumers are swamped with notifications from organizations entrusted with private and sensitive data. But, increasingly, I am convinced that security professionals and the majority of security vendors are too focused on the wrong things..."

                            Cybercriminals are adopting corporate best practices
                            Help Net Security, April 12th, 2016
                            "Cybercriminals are adopting corporate best practices and establishing professional businesses in order to increase the efficiency of their attacks against enterprises and consumers. This new class of professional cybercriminal spans the entire ecosystem of attackers, extending the reach of enterprise and consumer threats and fueling the growth of online crime..."
                              The Seven Types Of E-Commerce Fraud Explained
                              Information Age, April 15th, 2016
                              "E-commerce revenue is constantly increasing, but the number of fraud cases, as well as the percentage of fraud in online transactions, is increasing faster still...

                              The Nilsen Report uses the example of card-based payments to illustrate the point: Internet payment fraud is constantly increasing, and is, apparently, unstoppable..."

                                7 Potential Security Concerns For Wearables
                                Network World, April 11th, 2016
                                "Wearables are rapidly invading the workplace in much the same way that smartphones did. Fitness trackers, smartwatches, head-mounted displays and other new form factors are beginning to capture the public imagination. Sales of wearable electronic devices topped 232 million in 2015, and Gartner forecasts they'll rise 18.4% this year, when another 274.6 million devices are sold..."
                                Where DLP Technology Is Headed, And Should You Follow?
                                SearchSecurity, April 15th, 2016
                                "DLP technology has evolved to include use with cloud applications and threat intelligence feeds. Expert Kevin Beaver delves into new DLP methods enterprises should consider.

                                Over the past decade, data loss prevention (DLP) has become a common term in enterprise security. Although the technology is not as commonly deployed as firewalls and malware protection, DLP has proven itself as a worthy security control in the fight against the threats we face..."

                                IT - Careers
                                10 Interview Questions To Ask Remote Workers (Slideshow)
                                CIO, April 11th, 2016
                                "Interviewing remote workers is much different than hiring for a traditional, on-site position. In addition to the usual questions about knowledge, hard skills and experience, interviewing candidates for a remote position must take into account commitment, communication skills, conflict resolution, motivation and technology prowess..."
                                  How to Save Your Job from the Intelligent Robots
                                  ComputerWorld, April 13th, 2016
                                  "In the future the most effective IT staff will have empathy as well as technical skills...

                                  Is an intelligent robot capable of taking over your job? New research implies the answer is probably yes - if not now, then very soon. Fortune magazine recently stated that 'technological unemployment' is a significant factor in the rising number of working-age men who are without jobs..."

                                    10 Cloud Jobs In Highest Demand Now (Slideshow)
                                    Information Age, April 13th, 2016
                                    "Companies are increasingly turning toward the cloud and need to hire workers who can help them get there. Here are the top 10 cloud positions in demand, some of which may surprise you...

                                    With cloud computing becoming the platform that enterprises are turning to for their applications and data, it should come as no surprise that cloud positions are in extremely high demand. But what may be surprising are the top 10 positions that employers are looking for when staffing up for their move to the cloud..."

                                    Overlooked for Promotion? These Non-Assertive Behaviors Might Be the Cause.
                                    Business 2 Community, April 14th, 2016
                                    "You're conscientious, loyal and hard-working. So why haven't you been offered a promotion? Before you blame office politics, difficult people or your boss, it's worth considering whether you're sabotaging your own success.

                                    In particular, ask yourself whether a passive, unassertive communication style is holding you back. Here are four behaviours you need to drop if you want to be taken seriously the next time a promotion opportunity comes up..."

                                      It's Time To Talk About IT Talent
                                      CIO, April 12th, 2016
                                      "CIOs and IT managers murmured their empathy as they heard the ex-CIO's words. They'd been there. You ask about the price of a new MegaServSys 5 and what do you get? A barrage of 'information': benchmark results, backward compatibility, future-proofing, a technology roadmap, software options. So you put the question again and the sales guy eventually quotes thirteen possible price points, adding, 'it depends which option is best for you.' Suddenly you don't feel like talking anymore. Ever feel in someone's gun-sights? Ever feel out of control?..."
                                      Lack Of Career Progression Pushes IT Workers To Shop Around For Jobs
                                      ComputerWeekly, April 15th, 2016
                                      "A lack of visible career progression in their current organisation is the top reason IT professionals choose to find a job elsewhere.

                                      Research from EMC found 49% of IT professions said a lack of career progression in their organisation would encourage them to look for a job elsewhere.

                                      Of those asked, 42% of female IT staff cited a lack of career progression as a reason to move, whereas 52% of male technology workers found restrictions on their career growth frustrating..."

                                      How IT teams navigate unlimited vacation policies
                                      ComputerWorld, April 14th, 2016
                                      Take as much time off as you'd like, so long as you get your work done.

                                      That's the idea behind unlimited vacation policies -- a workplace perk growing in popularity among U.S. companies, particularly those in technology fields. This model is attractive both to employees, who cite it as a valuable benefit, and companies, which stand to save big money by switching to it.

                                        70% businesses say speed of tech outpaces training
                                        Information Age, April 14th, 2016
                                        "More than one third (36%) of IT professionals in the UK have not received any technical training through their employer in the last three years, despite 97% stating that training in the latest technical skills is essential for them to do their job effectively, according to new research by freelance website Upwork.

                                        The benefits of a workforce with up-to-date skills is also recognised by 95% of IT managers..."

                                          10 Reasons Your Best Employees are Looking Elsewhere
                                          TLNT, April 13th, 2016
                                          "The success or failure of a business usually comes down to its talent.

                                          Businesses spend a lot of time, money and effort finding the right people, hiring the right people, training the right people and paying the right people to help make their business successful. They hope that all of the time and the effort that they put into their employees allows their business to grow and be successful.

                                          There was a time that all of the effort that a business put into an employee resulted in the employee sticking with the company for their entire working career. Employees were loyal to the company they worked for, even if the company was not treating them as well as they should..."

                                            IT - Social Media
                                            The Biggest Internet Phenomenon Since The App Store: How Messaging Apps Are Changing Social Media
                                            Business 2 Community, April 12th, 2016
                                            "With the rise of messaging apps and bots, the way many of us use social media to share and interact is fundamentally changing.

                                            As we progress through 2016, and beyond we'll start to notice most social activity is no longer going to happen in public, instead transitioning to private groups and messaging apps. This represents a significant change in what 'social media' is..."

                                              Lenovo Publishes Oracle Validated Configuration - Beyond Just Hardware Certifications
                                              Oracle Validated Configuration - Beyond Just Hardware Certifications
                                              Zeynep Koch blogs, "Check out the newly announced Oracle Validated Configuration with the Lenovo x3950 X6 servers and a new Lenovo Press guide titled Oracle and Lenovo X6 Validated Configuration Guide. These Oracle Validated Configurations are just some of the configurations that have been defined, tested and validated by Lenovo and Oracle.

                                              A previous blog Powering Diverse Oracle Workloads spoke about Lenovo servers listed on the Oracle Hardware Certification Lists (HCL) that are qualified to run Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Several Lenovo servers are Oracle HCL certified..."

                                              New Big Data Appliance BDA X6-2
                                              By Mike.Hallett
                                              Mike Hallett blogs, "The Big Data Appliance X6-2 is designed to meet the demands of evolving big data workloads which are less batch-oriented and increasingly near-real-time; delivering more value at the same price as prior models.

                                              In-memory workloads are largely driven by the emergence of Spark as a processing engine and innovative new applications and discovery tools like Oracle Big Data Discovery. With 20% more cores and twice the memory, BDA X6-2 is optimized to meet the rigorous demands of the new processing frameworks..."

                                              IT - Virtualization
                                              Containers and Security Q&A: Putting a Lid on Risk
                                              Container Journal, April 13th, 2016
                                              "There is an ongoing discussion today about how containers impact security. Most every development team is implementing (or at least talking about implementing) containers because there are so many benefits to containers when it comes to an enterprise's agility and building a modern microservices architecture. But how do containers affect security? And how can IT teams do everything they need to do in order to ensure the containers in use are as secure as they reasonably can be?..."
                                              Docker 1.11 ties its fate to Open Container Initiative
                                              jaxenter, April 15th, 2016
                                              "Docker recently announced that it has tied its fate to Open Container Initiative. Docker Engine 1.1 is the first release built on runC and containerd and the first OCI-compliant runtime... i

                                              Docker has been helping advance the work of the Open Container Initiative to make it more effortlessly available to more users. It all started in December last year, when Docker introduced containerd, a daemon to control runC, as part of their effort to break out Docker into small reusable components.."

                                              IT - Email
                                              Why the Smart Office is Highly Susceptible to Data Breaches
                                              HelpNet Security, April 14th, 2016
                                              "The Edge in Amsterdam is one of the smartest office buildings in the world. The state-of-the-art offices include 28,000 connected sensors for motion, light, temperature, humidity and other conditions, which can all be detected and adjusted to suit workers' needs.

                                              Further control is available through a mobile application which can find office workers a desk, a parking spot and can even remember their favourite coffee. The questions arises, however, as workers' lives are made increasingly convenient, are we trading such luxuries for security?..."

                                              IT - Backup
                                              61% of Enterprise IT and Database Professionals Cite Poor Backup and Recovery Solutions Available Today
                                    , April 15th, 2016
                                              "Survey results released by Datos IO, Inc. show that while there is immediate and increasing interest in evolving infrastructure to support distributed, scale-out databases and cloud databases, a lack of robust backup and recovery technologies hinders adoption.

                                              The survey, conducted in partnership with Dimensional Research, examines IT leaders' concerns and benefits cited on the rising demand for distributed applications and adoption of scale-out databases, including MongoDB and Cassandra (Apache and DataStax)..."

                                              External HDD Primary Option for Backup (51% - Down 17% From 2015)
                                    , April 13th, 2016
                                              "Most businesses and consumers have a backup solution in place, but for those who do not, the cloud is becoming an increasingly popular option. That is one takeaway from updated data released today from Kroll Ontrack LLC.

                                              Results from a survey of customers who lost valuable data confirm that traditional external HDDs still prevail as the primary option for backup (51% - down 17 points from 2015), and 23% are considering the cloud (an increase of 5% from last year)..."

                                                IT - Mobile
                                                10 Best Smartphones Of 2016 So Far
                                                ZDNet, April 15th, 2016
                                                "Now that the HTC 10 has been revealed in all its glory and we aren't likely to hear of any other new major phone releases until the end of the summer, it's time to announce my picks for the ten best smartphones to start 2016.

                                                While we've seen some great offerings in the $400 or less price zone, we also saw the iPhone and a few Android flagships launch in the typical high-end $600 to $900+ range. Each of us has to make our own decision as to what price is acceptable to us, but as a person who uses a smartphone for hours each day as an essential tool I have yet to see an unreasonable price for the value I get out of my phones..."

                                                  IT - Big Data
                                                  The Data Quality Tipping Point
                                                  Business 2 Community, April 11th, 2016
                                                  "Whatever your business sector, data is your most valuable asset. Along with the machinery and stock you hold, data and insights hold the key to profit and growth. But it has the unique ability to unite every department, and every function. It can reveal problems in processes, drive productivity among your staff and ensure everyone is 'singing from the same hymn sheet'.

                                                  Like any asset, you need to invest in maintenance and management. Data that is not prioritised and nurtured will eventually cause more problems than it solves? But how much do you need to spend to achieve healthy ROI? And is there a chance your business could be spending too much?..."

                                                  Under the Hood of Hadoop: Its Journey from Open Source to Self-Service
                                                  Data Center Knowledge, April 12th, 2016
                                                  "Apache Hadoop has transitioned from a Silicon Valley innovation to a critical technology for businesses around the world.

                                                  What started as an in-house project at Yahoo has become the de facto-standard for Big Data processing. It is making deep impacts in industries that historically haven't had Big Data embedded into their DNA, such as finance, healthcare and energy. What's even more impressive is the staggering amount of innovation surrounding Hadoop with the growing ecosystem of software built on top of it..."

                                                  A Reality Check On How To Get Big Data Out Of The Lab And Into Production
                                                  Information Age, April 11th, 2016
                                                  "Too many IT leaders have jumped the gun on big data, and are deprioritising extracting value from legacy technology and data management...

                                                  Enterprise interest in big data is big. A recent Gartner survey found that 75% of enterprises are either investing in or planning to invest in big data initiatives over the next two years..."

                                                  5 Steps to a Modern Data Architecture
                                                  InfoWorld, April 14th, 2016
                                                  "Becoming a true data-driven organization requires adopting a more centralized approach to data architecture and analysis..

                                                  Modern data systems still mainly process data in batch. The next stage is to move to 'real time' technologies and make the entire company operate on an 'event' instead of the year, the quarter, and the month.

                                                  We have all become accustomed to batch processing by calendar period..."

                                                    Two-Thirds Of OpenStack Deployments Now In Production
                                                    ITProPortal, April 14th, 2016
                                                    "There are some really cool news regarding OpenStack this morning. According to the OpenStack Foundation, 65 per cent of OpenStack deployments are now in production.

                                                    That's a big deal because a year ago, the number was at 32 per cent. What's more, the main cause of the increase seems to be the rising popularity of OpenStack..."

                                                    Data Lake Governance Is Crucial To Big Data Management
                                                    Search CIO, April 14th, 2016
                                                    "Data lakes have become a major boon for companies as they seek to more effectively manage and analyze big data. But without proper data lake governance, they can easily lead to disaster.

                                                    Data lakes, which are storage repositories and processing systems like Hadoop that can hold massive amounts of raw data, have become vital to big data management as companies look to exploit ballooning big data of various shapes and sizes for actionable business intelligence..."

                                                    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                    Vol 218 Issue 1; Vol 217 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 216 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:

                                                    • New Oracle Exadata X6 Database Machine Delivers Next-Generation Flash Performance, Massive Storage Capacity, and Real-Time OLTP
                                                    • 12 Memes of Open Source Software
                                                    • Oracle VM 3.4 Dom0 Enhancements
                                                    • What's Really Driving The Cloud
                                                    • LibreOffice 5.1.2 Available for Download
                                                    • Don't Move To The Cloud Just To Improve Your Cost Structure
                                                    • Reduce Backup and Archive Costs Without Increasing Your Footprint
                                                    • Oracle Launches Startup Incubator in Bengaluru
                                                    • MySQL Data at Rest Encryption
                                                    • Centralized Administration and Auditing of Oracle WebLogic Server

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

                                                      IT - Encryption
                                                      Let's Not Make Secure Encryption Illegal
                                                      ComputerWorld, April 14th, 2016
                                                      "Restrictions are abhorrent and a draft bill in the Senate is overly broad and ambiguous. But if Congress insists on restrictions, let's add some critical limits...

                                                      The encryption security debate that is the fallout from the FBI-Apple debacle has taken a dangerous - and utterly predictable - turn. Congress has gotten involved, in a most unhelpful way..."

                                                      Let's Encrypt Internet Security Initiative Exits Beta
                                                      eWeek, April 12th, 2016
                                                      "The free SSL/TLS effort from the Linux Foundation is no longer in beta. Here's why it makes the Web more secure overall.

                                                      Let's Encrypt is officially exiting its beta stage today as the free Linux Foundation Collaborative Project hits a new milestone. The Let's Encrypt initiative is an effort to provide free Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates to Websites in a bid to help further the adoption of encryption on the Web and improve Internet security for everyone..."

                                                      Encryption Backdoors: The Brief History Of An Oxymoron
                                                      ITProPortal, April 15th, 2016
                                                      "Over the past year, we've heard politicians the world over discussing the need for governments to be able to bypass encryption. Major Silicon Valley powers like Apple and Google have repeatedly told lawmakers that they can't be given access to the encrypted services they provide for their users, with or without a warrant, because they don't have that access themselves - only the user has the encryption key..."
                                                      IT - Server
                                                      Monitoring as a Discipline and the Systems Administrator
                                                      Data Center Knowledge, April 11th, 2016
                                                      "Today's rate of change in the data center is rapidly accelerating. From simply racking and stacking servers decades ago to the recent integration of new technologies like virtualization, hyperconvergence, containers and cloud computing, to name a few, traditional data center systems have undergone considerable evolution.

                                                      And with the new reality of hybrid IT, in which an organization's IT department must manage a set of critical services on-premises that are connected with another set of services in the cloud, the systems administrator's role has become that much more complex. More importantly, businesses today run primarily on software and applications, and the expectation that these will always work and work well (fast) has never been higher..."

                                                      Overcoming Challenges on Mobile Apps vs Mobile Web
                                                      By Maren Williams-
                                                      Maren Williams writes, "With mobile predicted to account for 72% of US Digital Ad Spend by 2019 according to eMarketer, there's no doubt that mobile is the king of devices. But being king isn't easy - there are many challenges that come with marketing on mobile.

                                                      Bridging the gap between mobile app and mobile web is as difficult as running two different kingdoms - the lack of communication and standardization poses a number of challenges. Yet, for advertisers, unifying the cross-screen experience for users is important..."

                                                        IT - Java
                                                        2016 Is Still The Year Of Java 7 (Not For Long Though)
                                                        jaxenter, April 15th, 2016
                                                        "2016 is still the year of Java 7, according to statistics published by Plumbr. However, Java 8 could turn results around as the gap between Java 7 and Java 8 adoption becomes smaller and smaller..."
                                                        IT - Developer
                                                        Top Programming Languages To Future-Proof Your Portfolio
                                                        Techworm, April 11th, 2016
                                                        "With several programming languages available in the market, it is very important to choose the ones that can help you plan your future or plan your development teams. There are constant lists about programming languages that come out every year.

                                                        TIOBE, a Netherlands-based company is one such company that keeps a regular list of the most commonly used languages and assesses code for quality. The company's list not only shows the relative popular languages that it is testing currently, but also a good picture of the development market as it exists right now..."

                                                          IT - HPC
                                                          HPC Market Update and IDC's Top Growth Areas for 2016 and Beyond (Video)
                                                          insideHPC, April 13th, 2016
                                                          In this video from the HPC User Forum in Tucson, Earl Joseph from IDC presents: 2016 IDC HPC Market Update.

                                                          'The HPC User Forum was established in 1999 to promote the health of the global HPC industry and address issues of common concern to users. The organization has since grown to 150 members. It is directed by a volunteer Steering Committee of users from government, industry and academia, and operated for the users by market analyst firm IDC..."

                                                          Richard Clarke On Government's Role In Shielding The Private Sector Against Cyberthreats
                                                          Forbes, April 15th, 2016
                                                          John Soat writes in Forbes, "What role should the federal government play in digitally securing US-based private corporations? Don't look to the current US presidential candidates for answers. 'One thing we haven't heard from 'them' is anything about cybersecurity,' said Richard Clarke, security consultant and former security advisor to several presidents, at the Oracle Industry Connect conference in Orlando on April 13..."
                                                          Nexenta News
                                                          Leading European Next-Generation Cloud Platform Provider Solves Storage Challenges and Improves Uptime, Performance, Customer Experience, Service, and Support
                                                          Webinar, April 20th 2016, 7am PT.
                                                          Nexenta the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), and SanDisk Corporation a global leader in flash storage solutions have today announced that their joint All Flash Software-Defined Storage solution has been deployed at GleSYS Internet Services AB (GleSYS), a next-generation cloud platform provider. The solution delivers cost effective, high performance storage architecture, empowering GleSYS and its customers to quickly scale capacity as required. Additional information is detailed in the case study as well as next week's webinar (link is external).
                                                          Micron Simplifies Path to Next-Generation All-Flash Data Center with Introduction of Micron Accelerated Solutions
                                                          Micron Joins Forces with VMware, Supermicro, and Nexenta for New Solutions; Introduces Micron Storage Solutions Center
                                                          Micron Technology, Inc. introduced Micron Accelerated Solutions, a set of purpose-built, scale-out solutions for open source and software-defined data centers. The first suite of Micron Accelerated Solutions are designed and developed in close collaboration with enterprising software and hardware companies including VMware, Supermicro and Nexenta.

                                                          Micron Accelerated Solutions were announced in conjunction with the opening of the Austin-based Micron Storage Solutions Center (MSSC). A hub for Micron storage innovation, the MSSC is also the engineering home for Micron Accelerated Solutions. Inside the MSSC lab, Micron works closely with customers to run their applications, optimize their workloads, and find ways to enhance their experience with Micron SSDs in their real-world environments.

                                                          Nexenta and Canonical Extend Partnership to Develop, Deliver and Service Joint Software-Defined Storage Solution for Enterprise-Ready OpenStack Environments
                                                          NexentaEdge Scale-Out Charms Now Available via Juju Charm Store; Canonical to offer NexentaEdge to Enterprise Customers Worldwide
                                                          Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), and Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu and Ubuntu OpenStack, have today jointly announced an extension of their partnership, creating a joint solution which pairs Nexenta's award-winning SDS solution with Canonical's Ubuntu OpenStack platform.

                                                          At last year's OpenStack Summit, the companies announced their strategic alliance to support enterprise OpenStack customers and accelerate mainstream adoption of both software-defined storage and OpenStack technologies.

                                                          Nexenta Recognized on CRN's Virtualization 50 List for Second Consecutive Year
                                                          Nexenta, April 11th, 2016
                                                          Nexenta announced that CRN), a brand of The Channel Company, has named Nexenta to its 2016 Virtualization 50 list. The annual list recognizes channel friendly companies that provide some of the most innovation virtualization technology available. Selected by CRN editors, the 2016 Virtualization 50 list recognizes technology vendors that are leading the way in meeting a growing need for state-of-the-art virtualization offerings.
                                                          Cisco News
                                                          The Rise of the Digital CEO
                                                          Cisco, April 13th, 2016
                                                          Cisco hosted a Tech Talk with Pacific Crest to discuss "The Rise of the Digital CEO". Kevin Bandy, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer, addressed questions on this subject during the webcast.
                                                          Dell News
                                                          Dell Further Democratizes Advanced Analytics With Latest Release of Statistica
                                                          Enhanced offering provides citizen data scientists with streamlined data prep and analytic workflows for greater ease of use and increased efficiency
                                                          Dell announced a major new release of its award-winning Statistica advanced analytics platform, Dell Statistica version 13.1. This latest version delivers a host of capabilities designed to empower citizen data scientists, help organizations better address growing IoT analytics requirements, and better leverage increasingly heterogeneous data environments. New features include functionality to help citizen data scientists easily prepare structured and unstructured data, the ability to deploy analytics on devices and gateways anywhere in the world for edge scoring, and the extension of in-database analytics capabilities to platforms such as Apache Hive, MySQL, Oracle, and Teradata.
                                                          Dell Security Tackles Remote Workforce Challenges by Enabling 'Everywhere' Secure Access to Corporate Data, from any Device, at any Time
                                                          Dell SonicWALL Secure Mobile Access (SMA) portfolio offers users fast, policy-based access to business-critical assets by combining established SSL VPN and proxy techniques with emerging HTLM5 and per app VPN technology
                                                          Dell announced updates to the SonicWALL Secure Mobile Access (SMA) operating system (OS) that provide remote workers using smartphones, tablets or laptops - managed or unmanaged - with policy-enforced SSL VPN access to mission-critical applications, data and resources. The new Dell SonicWALL SMA 11.4 gives organizations the power to easily provision secure mobile access on a global scale, regardless of data type, device used and/or remote worker location, with a new turnkey approach that ensures secure access of multiple concurrent users. For users in highly regulated industries such as government, financial and health care, the SonicWALL SMA portfolio has new capabilities to ensure security compliance with the latest industry and government regulations.
                                                          Microsoft News
                                                          Visuality Systems and Microsoft expand Server Message Block collaboration to storage systems
                                                          Microsoft, April 11th, 2016
                                                          Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Visuality Systems Ltd. announced the expansion of their Server Message Block (SMB) collaboration from the embedded world to the enterprise market. This broad partnership will mean enhanced business solutions to more products worldwide.

                                                          Visuality Systems has broadened its NQ product family by releasing NQ Storage, bringing storage platform file-sharing capabilities to even more products and consumers through better interoperability between Windows and non-Windows machines...

                                                          Symantec News
                                                          One New Zero-Day Discovered on Average Every Week in 2015, Twice the Rate of a Year Ago as Advanced Attackers Exploit, Stockpile and Resell High-Value Vulnerabilities
                                                          Symantec Report Reveals a Record Nine Mega Breaches
                                                          Symantec's (Nasdaq: SYMC) Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 21, reveals an organizational shift by cybercriminals: They are adopting corporate best practices and establishing professional businesses in order to increase the efficiency of their attacks against enterprises and consumers. This new class of professional cybercriminal spans the entire ecosystem of attackers, extending the reach of enterprise and consumer threats and fueling the growth of online crime.

                                                          'Advanced criminal attack groups now echo the skill sets of nation-state attackers. They have extensive resources and a highly-skilled technical staff that operate with such efficiency that they maintain normal business hours and even take the weekends and holidays off,' said Kevin Haley, director, Symantec Security Response. 'We are even seeing low-level criminal attackers create call center operations to increase the impact of their scams."

                                                          IBM News
                                                          IBM and the University of Illinois to Pioneer Next-Generation Cognitive Computing Systems
                                                          New Center advances how Watson and other machine learning systems can accelerate a range of cognitive computing applications such as multimodal education
                                                          IBM Research announced plans for a multi-year collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to create the Center for Cognitive Computing Systems Research (C3SR) which will be housed within the College of Engineering on the Urbana campus. Opening in the summer of 2016, the C3SR will integrate and advance scientific frontiers in both machine learning and heterogeneous computing systems optimized for new cognitive computing workloads.
                                                          USC and IBM Extend Collaboration, Apply Cognitive Computing for IoT Solutions
                                                          $25 million Joint Center for Applied Innovation Opens Doors in South Carolina's Innovista Research District
                                                          The University of South Carolina and IBM announced a broadening of their collaboration, applying cognitive capabilities and the Internet of Things (IoT) to develop new solutions for predictive analytics and maintenance.

                                                          On April 14, 2016, the University of South Carolina and IBM celebrated the grand opening of the $25 million 'Center for Applied Innovation' in Columbia, South Carolina. The Center will support university, IBM and private sector researchers, including Fluor Corporation, who will collaborate to develop real-world applications for the Internet of Things using cognitive computing, predictive analytics and predictive maintenance software. Initial projects will include developing ways to enhance and personalize tools in higher education, make aircraft more reliable and supply chains more efficient.

                                                          Nanchong Dangdai Transport Industry Group Uses IBM LinuxONE to Become Among the First Passenger Bus Companies in China to Provide E-Ticketing
                                                          Platform helps company deliver mobile, web and social ticketing, better engage with customers
                                                          Sichuan Nanchong Dangdai Transport Industry Group, the largest extra-long distance road passenger transportation service group in Sichuan province, China, announced a new e-ticketing solution using IBM's Linux-only computing platform LinuxONE. Customers will now be able to purchase tickets through the company's website, mobile app, social media or vending machines.

                                                          Dangdai Transport's new solution, built by Huaxia Express Technology Development Co., represents a broad modernization for the company. It previously sold an average of 5,000 tickets daily during peak seasons at passenger stations or via local distribution networks within the 64 towns it services. The new e-ticketing system will enable passengers to purchase tickets conveniently, remotely and in advance through their channel of choice.

                                                          Ovum Names IBM a Market Leader in Software Application Development Including Hybrid Cloud Environments
                                                          IBM wins praise in three separate software development and management related reports
                                                          IBM announced that it has been named a market leader in three separate Ovum Decision Matrix (ODM) reports in areas critical to the fast and competitive development of software for hybrid cloud environments. These segments include DevOps Release Management, Application Lifecycle Management and Agile Project Management. The reports highlight IBM's success delivering essential solutions to companies building advanced hybrid cloud applications, while acknowledging the company as a leader in execution, technology and market impact.
                                                          The Weather Company, an IBM Business, Transforms Weather and Traffic Storytelling with Expansions to Max Ecosystem
                                                          Company Deepens Investment in Augmented Reality with Launch of Max Connect and Addition of Virtual Sets to Max Reality
                                                          No matter the conditions outside, when consumers need their local weather and traffic updates, they seek actionable information that will help them prepare for or plan their days. At the 2016 NAB Show, The Weather Company, an IBM Business will launch a new interactive presentation tool and introduce major enhancements to the company's industry-leading augmented reality and analytics solutions to allow broadcasters to provide the critical planning and potentially life-saving information that audiences need, whenever and wherever they may be.
                                                          IBM Launches Health Corps to Help Communities Around The World Address Public Health Challenges
                                                          IBM, April 12th, 2016
                                                          At the 13th Annual World Health Care Congress, unveiled a first-of-its-kind corporate citizenship program called the IBM Health Corps. The new service initiative will bring IBM's top talent and cognitive technologies to help communities address health challenges such as primary care gaps, health worker shortages, and access to safe water and nutritious food.

                                                          As the promise of data-driven solutions emerges in healthcare, the initiative will dispatch the company's leading innovators with expertise in data, analytics, and artificial intelligence to work alongside public health leaders to understand their challenges and implement sustainable, data-driven solutions for health problems identified by the communities themselves.

                                                          American Cancer Society and IBM Announce Collaboration to Create a Virtual Cancer Health Advisor
                                                          People with Cancer, Caregivers and Survivors to Benefit from Personalized Information and Guidance
                                                          IBM and the American Cancer Society (ACS) announced a partnership to create the first advisor for people fighting cancer, powered by Watson cognitive computing. The initiative, announced at the 13th Annual World Health Care Congress, aims to provide cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers with trusted ACS resources and guidance personalized to an individual's unique journey against cancer.

                                                          More than 1.6 million Americans are diagnosed with cancer each year, and the challenge of finding the right information for each person to manage their disease often presents yet another hurdle. Filtering countless health websites for relevant, accurate and trustworthy information is daunting, and even more difficult to draw insights from multiple sources. This is where Watson may help.

                                                          IBM and Box to Enable Local Data Storage in Europe and Asia with Box Zones and IBM Cloud
                                                          With Box Zones and IBM Cloud, Enterprises will be able to Store, Access and Manage Data In the Country of their Choice and Across Hybrid Environments
                                                          IBM announced plans to extend its global partnership with Box to provide enterprises with the choice to store data regionally in Europe and Asia on the IBM Cloud. IBM Cloud will be available as part of Box's new Box Zones technology, which will enable businesses to adopt Box and store their data in select regions for the first time. IBM will also leverage Box Zones to support hybrid cloud deployments with its deeply integrated enterprise content management solutions.
                                                          Fujitsu News
                                                          Fujitsu Sets Out the "Fujitsu Technology and Service Vision 2016"
                                                          Proposing a unique approach to driving digital transformation
                                                          Fujitsu presents the latest evolution of the Fujitsu Technology and Service Vision. It proposes a different approach to help organizations incorporate digital technology into the heart of their business, strengthen competitiveness and grow the top line as well as the profit. It also outlines practical steps about how digital leaders can overcome the challenges of digital, by aligning and balancing new digital technology with their traditional IT assets.
                                                          Fujitsu Awarded Two Prizes for Science and Technology from MEXT
                                                          Recognized in 2016 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology
                                                          Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd., and Transtron Inc. announced that in the Fiscal 2016 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, they have received the Prize for Science and Technology in the Development Category for their "Development of Advanced Noise-Suppression Technology Using Microphone Arrays." In addition, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. and Fujitsu Laboratories of America, Inc. were honored in the Research Category for their "Research into High-Speed Data Transmission Circuits for Implementing High-Performance ICT Systems."
                                                          VMware News
                                                          Smartsky Networks Selects Network Functions Virtualization Solution From Brocade And Vmware For High-Speed, In-Flight Connectivity For Aviation Industry
                                                          VMWare, April 11th, 2016
                                                          Brocade and VMware, Inc. announced SmartSky Networks is building a cutting-edge air-to-ground broadband network using the companies' interoperable and pre-certified network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions. SmartSky is deploying the Brocade Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) running on VMware vCloud NFV to implement a new network, connecting more than 250 cell sites strategically placed across the continental U.S. SmartSky's Air-to-Ground network will provide airborne users with online experiences comparable with those in an office or at home. SmartSky requires a flexible pan-US network to deliver unique and differentiated services that meet the requirements of its customers. Traditional hardware-defined networks do not scale dynamically in a modular way to provide sufficient connectivity and mobility for SmartSky's high-speed broadband service running over a large geographic area. The combined NFV solution from Brocade and VMware enables SmartSky to take a software-defined approach to network infrastructure that is more agile, flexible and cost-effective than a hardware-based approach.
                                                          Red Hat News
                                                          Friday Five - April 15, 2016
                                                          Red Hat, April 15th, 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.

                                                          • Channelnomics - Red Hat: Opportunity up for grab in DevOps training
                                                          • eWeek - Heartbleed Remains a Risk 2 Years After It Was Reported
                                                          • IDG Connect - Port to (Data) Port: What Linux containers can learn from shipping containers
                                                          • Talend - Talend Announces Support for France's Inaugural Open Source School
                                                          • Red Hat JBoss Middleware blog - Intro to Microservices

                                                          Read on for details.

                                                          EMC News
                                                          PAREXEL and EMC Form Alliance to Provide Cloud-Based Document and Regulatory Information Management Services
                                                          PAREXEL enhances its Regulatory Cloud; leverages EMC Documentum for Life Sciences software solution suite to offer an end-to-end regulatory solution
                                                          PAREXEL International Corporation, a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, and EMC Corporation announced they have entered into an alliance to offer an end-to-end Regulatory Information Management (RIM) and Regulatory Content Management solution.

                                                          By combining PAREXEL LIQUENT InSight Regulatory Information Management platform and EMC Documentum for Life Sciences software solution suite, PAREXEL now provides life sciences companies with a complete solution for a product's entire regulatory lifespan. Life science companies can utilize the solution for strategy and planning, authoring, publishing, submitting, viewing, archiving, and lifecycle management for a product. The offering is available through PAREXEL's Regulatory Cloud, a l ife sciences content and regulatory information management solution structured within a dedicated, private cloud environment.

                                                          RSA Appoints Two Executives to Accelerate Company Transformation
                                                          Holly Rollo Joins as CMO and SVP of Marketing; Doug Howard Takes Reins as VP of Global Services
                                                          RSA, The Security Division of EMC, announced two senior executive appointments, adding strength to its leadership team and the organization's Marketing and Global Services operations. Holly Rollo joins RSA from Fortinet as chief marketing officer and senior vice president of Marketing, and Doug Howard, the former CEO at SAVANTURE and VBrick Systems, takes on the role of vice president of Global Services. The two appointments continue RSA's transformation under RSA's president, Amit Yoran, to become a more customer-centric and agile organization that is positioned to lead in the unfolding new world order of the security industry.
                                                          HP News
                                                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise Unveils New Compute Solution for SMB Market
                                                          New HPE ProLiant Easy Connect Delivers Hybrid IT Through Subscription Model
                                                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced a new compute platform for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), educational institutions and branch offices that is managed and updated through the cloud -- the HPE ProLiant Easy Connect Managed Hybrid solution. This subscription-based solution provides customers with an on-premise server that delivers security, performance and control with the flexibility of the cloud.
                                                          Brocade News
                                                          Brocade Trends Survey Results: Channel Partners Poised To Lead In New Ip Technologies
                                                          Brocade, April 13th, 2016
                                                          Brocade announced the results of its annual channel trends survey that was completed by more than 1,200 global Brocade channel partners from its distributor and reseller communities.

                                                          The survey was conducted to better understand the changing needs of customers and learn how Brocade can help its partners provide more strategic networking solutions. The results show that there is a clear opportunity for the channel to seize a competitive advantage in the industry by strategically advising global enterprises and organizations on hybrid cloud networks, data center bandwidth management, and network virtualization - by leveraging the Brocade product portfolio..."

                                                          Smartsky Networks Selects Network Functions Virtualization Solution From Brocade And Vmware For High-Speed, In-Flight Connectivity For Aviation Industry
                                                          Brocade vEPC Running on VMware vCloud NFV Reduces Costs, Increases Scalability And Enables Service Agility for Innovative Air-To-Ground Broadband Network
                                                          Brocade and VMware, Inc. announced SmartSky Networks is building a cutting-edge air-to-ground broadband network using the companies' interoperable and pre-certified network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions. SmartSky is deploying the Brocade Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) running on VMware vCloud NFV to implement a new network, connecting more than 250 cell sites strategically placed across the continental U.S. SmartSky's Air-to-Ground network will provide airborne users with online experiences comparable with those in an office or at home. SmartSky requires a flexible pan-US network to deliver unique and differentiated services that meet the requirements of its customers. Traditional hardware-defined networks do not scale dynamically in a modular way to provide sufficient connectivity and mobility for SmartSky's high-speed broadband service running over a large geographic area. The combined NFV solution from Brocade and VMware enables SmartSky to take a software-defined approach to network infrastructure that is more agile, flexible and cost-effective than a hardware-based approach.
                                                          KDU University College Picks Brocade For Effortless Campus Networking
                                                          Malaysian University College Deploys Holistic Wired/Wireless Network Designed to Deliver Mission-Critical Uptime
                                                          To meet the expectations of its fast-growing Generation Y student enrolment, KDU UNIVERSITY COLLEGE has deployed a highly automated, flexible, and scalable network from Brocade at its new 10-acre campus in the Klang Valley suburb of Glenmarie. The network is designed for reliable 24x7 cloud service access, whether from the university college's private cloud data center or public cloud service providers, enabling students and staff to get online from anywhere on the campus while minimizing the university college's operational overhead.

                                                          KDU University College's state-of-the art green campus currently hosts around 3,200 student and 300 staff, with student headcount due to rise in the 2016/2017 academic year..."

                                                          Windstream News
                                                          Windstream Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress for Data Center Interconnect in Chicago
                                                          Windstream Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress for Data Center Interconnect in Chicago
                                                          Infinera, provider of Intelligent Transport Networks, and Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced the deployment of the Infinera Cloud Xpress to provide pre-provisioned high speed connections between data centers in Chicago. As a leading provider of large bandwidth transport solutions, data center interconnect represents a significant revenue opportunity for Windstream. The Cloud Xpress enables Windstream to efficiently serve its data center interconnect customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption.

                                                          With its initial Cloud Xpress deployment in Chicago, Windstream is connecting two data center locations within the Lakeside Technology Center at 350 East Cermak. This deployment illustrates the value of a highly integrated, compact data center interconnect solution that is extremely simple to deploy and manage, even in relatively short reach applications.

                                                            Windstream launches Kinetic TV service in Sugar Land, Texas
                                                            Windstream launches Kinetic TV service in Sugar Land, Texas
                                                            Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced that Kinetic, Windstream's next-generation television service, is now available in Sugar Land, Texas. More than 30,000 homes in Sugar Land can sign up for the new television service that utilizes the company's 100 percent fiber-backed network to provide an enhanced viewing experience.

                                                            Sugar Land is the third Kinetic market following successful launches in Lincoln, Neb., and Lexington, Ky., in 2015. The Kinetic launch lands just one week after Windstream announced ultra-fast 1-Gigabit Internet service in Sugar Land. The two services make Sugar Land one of the most advanced and connected communities in Windstream's consumer markets.

                                                              Netapp News
                                                              SolidFire Recognized as a Top Workplace by the Denver Post
                                                              All-flash storage leader committed to culture, innovation and growth in Colorado
                                                              SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the next generation data center, now part of NetApp, Inc. announced it has been named a Denver Post Top Workplace. The second time that the company has been honored by Colorado's preeminent newspaper, SolidFire ranks 21st out of 35 midsize employers this year.

                                                              The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. The surveys asked employees to score employers on a variety of measures, including appreciation of workers, direction, confidence in leadership, values and ethics, encouragement of ideas, competence of management, and pay and benefits.

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