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Oracle News
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GE and Oracle Partner to Help Digitally Connect Every Industrial Asset in the World
a strategic partnership focused on building the first of its kind platform for companies to digitally connect industrial assets across the world
Through this collaboration, GE Digital and Oracle will develop and integrate complementary solutions across their product portfolios. GE Digital brings its Predix offering that combines cutting-edge technology and decades of industry experience into a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) targeted to securely ingest machine-grade data at scale and analyzes it to deliver outcomes - fast. The Predix platform is purpose-built for developing, deploying, operating and monetizing Industrial Internet applications.
New Cloud Storage Options Enable Oracle DIVA Customers to Securely Store, Manage, and Retrieve Rich Media Assets
Customers can now connect the industry's top content storage management application with Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Archive Storage
At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, Oracle announced new cloud storage options that enable organizations with large volumes of rich media to store, manage, and retrieve content for one-seventh the cost of any other cloud archive service. By integrating Oracle DIVA, the industry-leading content storage management application, with Oracle Storage Cloud Service - Archive Storage, Oracle is enabling customers to take advantage of flexible and scalable cloud storage priced at one-tenth of a penny per gigabyte per month or $12,000 USD per petabyte per year...
Oracle to Share Modern Customer Experience Best Practices in Las Vegas
Events for marketing, commerce, sales and service professionals to provide actionable insights that help attendees meet demands of digitally empowered consumers
To help organizations embrace modern customer experience (CX) best practices across marketing, commerce, sales and customer service, Oracle will host four separate conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 26-28. Held at the MGM Grand Hotel and Resort, Modern Marketing Experience, Modern Commerce Experience, Modern Sales Experience and Modern Service Experience will empower professionals with the insights needed to deliver a personalized customer experience whenever and however a customer interacts with a brand.
Features
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Oracle Berkeley Database (BDB) 6.2
By Michael Schulman
Open source Fedora package maintainer, Lubomir Rintel, says "Berkeley DB has quietly served behind the scenes as the database for the RPM Package Manager. It has proven itself time and time again as a robust and efficient storage engine. It stores the meta information of the installed rpms. Under heavy workloads, BDB proves itself reliable. Countless people that use popular Linux distributions have used BDB through RPM and never knew it. With this new release, BDB continues its tradition of being a solid storage engine"
IT - AI
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MIT Uses 4D Maps To Help Robot Teams Navigate Moving Obstacles
CIO, April 22nd, 2016
"It's one thing to keep robots from crashing into fixed obstacles like walls or furniture, but preventing collisions with other moving things is a much tougher challenge. Targeting teams of robots working together, MIT on Thursday announced a new algorithm that helps robots avoid moving objects..."
    Using AI To Multiply The Efforts Of Human Infosec Analysts
    Network World, April 22nd, 2016
    "The most frustrating fact in InfoSec is that attack information is there in the data, but today's systems are not capable of getting to that data in time and, as a result, they miss attacks and generate a lot of false positives.

    Hiring more analysts isn't the answer because of the costs involved and the difficulty in finding the right talent. The unemployment rate for InfoSec professionals is essentially zero. In fact, Cisco puts the worldwide shortage of InfoSec professionals at 1 million.

    The trick is to emulate the human analyst, since we know humans are best at judging if something is an attack or not, and emulating a human is fundamentally the domain of Artificial Intelligence..."

    Doom Will Be AI's Next Big Gaming Challenge
    PC World, April 22nd, 2016
    "AI may have trounced humanity in the ancient game of Go, but it remains untested in countless other gaming arenas. Case in point: Doom, which, it turns out, will be the technology's next big challenge.

    Launched in 1993, Doom is widely considered a landmark title in the video-game industry for popularizing the first-person shooter genre. Now, artificial-intelligence researchers will have a chance to pit their creations against others in a contest based on the game at the IEEE Computational Intelligence and Games conference in September..."

    Google's CEO Sees A.I. As The Next Wave In Computing
    ComputerWorld, April 22nd, 2016
    "Every decade or so, a new era of computing comes along that shapes everything we do. Much of the 90s was about client-server and Windows PCs. By the aughts, the Web had taken over and every advertisement carried a URL. Then came the iPhone, and we're in the midst of a decade defined by people tapping myopically into tiny screens.

    So what comes next, when mobile gives way to something else? Mark Zuckerberg thinks it's VR. There's likely to be a lot of that, but there's a more foundational technology that makes VR possible and permeates other areas besides...."

    Machine Learning And Social Engineering Attacks
    ComputerWorld, April 21st, 2016
    "In my last post I promised to use some real-world use cases from the recent Verizon Data Breach Digest report to illustrate potential ways that machine learning be can used to detect or prevent similar incidents.

    For my first example, I've chosen the case of a manufacturer whose designs for an innovative new model of heavy construction equipment were stolen following a social engineering attack. They were tipped off when a primary competitor, located on another continent, introduced a new piece of equipment that looked like an exact copy of a model recently developed by the victim company..."

      MIT Researchers Develop AI That Can Detect Cyberattacks With 85 % Accuracy
      TechWorm, April 20th, 2016
      "MIT's new AI^2 has false positives detection rate five times smaller than similar cyber-security solutions..

      MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), together with researchers from security firm PatternEx, have built an artificial intelligence (AI) system that can predict cyberattacks 85 percent of the time.

      Known as the AI^2 , the prediction of the attacks created five times fewer false positives than existing cyberattack spotting AIs..."

      Elon Musk's Latest Company (OpenAI) Wants To Stop A Robot Apocalypse
      TechZone360, April 20th, 2016
      "Elon Musk has been no stranger to headlines, leading cutting-edge companies like SpaceX, Tesla Motors, and SolarCity, and generally working to advance humanity toward more sophisticated technology and bold new socioeconomic concepts. Now, Musk and a host of other leaders in the Tech industry have come together to form a new company - one centered on preventing a robot apocalypse..."
        No Lawyer? This Online Tool Uses A.I. To Review Your Contracts
        ComputerWorld, April 19th, 2016
        "Business documents written in foreign languages are no longer the problem they once were thanks to technologies like Google Translate, but what about contracts written in legalese? That's where LawGeex hopes to help with an artificial inteigence-based online tool.

        LawGeex offers what it calls the world's first contract review platform based on A.I. The goal, it says, is to help businesses and individuals "get a fair deal" before signing an agreement..."

        Exadata
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        Exadata Virtual Conference
        May 2nd & 3rd
        Ramona blogs, "Each year the IOUG Exadata Special Interest Group (SIG) holds an online Virtual Conference. This year's Virtual Conference will be held on May 2nd & 3rd. The conference is FREE.

        Conference sessions include:

        • Oracle Exadata X6: Technical Deep Dive - Architecture and Internals
        • Exadata Database Machine Security
        • The General Electric Power Journey: Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 on Oracle Exadata and Exalogic
        • SAS Institute Applications with Oracle Exadata and Big Data Appliance: Turning Data into Knowledge
        • Oracle Cloud Machine: Bringing the Oracle Cloud On Premise
        • Database Machine Administration (DBMA) and Database Administration (DBMA): Similarities and Differences, What you need to know

        This is a great opportunity for Exadata updates.

        Virtualization
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        Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop
        By Sunil Dusankar
        Sunil blogs, "Today we released an important set of Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Secure Global Desktop (SGD) Release 5.2 in parallel with Oracle's April 2016 Critical Patch Update (CPU). PSUs are maintenance patch roll-ups, and include strategic security and stability fixes for identified maintenance platforms.

        Patch Set Updates (PSUs) are available for download on My Oracle Support (MOS)..."

        Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.18
        now available for download!
        Simon Coter blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 18.

        This release is a major improvement which include a large number of improvements and bug fixes; between the others we can find these important and very hot items:

        • Windows hosts/guests: further fixes for latest Windows 10 builds
        • PC Speaker passthrough: fixes available
        • Linux hosts: kernel 4.5/4.6 fixes available

        Read on for details.

        Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance (Whitepaper)
        By Jeff Savit
        Jeff blogs, "I am very pleased to announce publication of a new whitepaper 'Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance'. This article contains material previously posted on this blog, plus additional technical information and features newly introduced with Oracle VM 3.4..."
        IT - Storage
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        Critical Capabilities For Object Storage
        StorageNewsletter.com, April 22nd, 2016
        "Growing investments in Mode 2 IT projects and cost reduction efforts in core enterprise workloads are driving the demand for object storage. Here, we compare 12 object storage products against seven critical capabilities in use cases relevant to infrastructure and operations leaders..."
        The Impact Of Block Sizes In A Data Centre
        ITProPortal, April 21st, 2016
        "Guesswork is often the enemy of those responsible for data centre design, operations, and optimisation. Unknown variables lead to speculation, which inhibits predictability and often compromises success.

        In the world of storage, many mysteries still remain, unfortunately, with block sizes being one of the most prominent..."

          8 Hot Storage Trends That Will Save You Money (Slideshow)
          Network Computing, April 20th, 2016
          "A revolution is hitting storage today. From software all the way down to the drives themselves, storage is getting a much-needed makeover. While rapid change is challenging to keep up with, there are opportunities to do old tasks in a new way and save quite a bit of cash in the process.

          The solid-state drive essentially triggered the storage revolution, with the idea that a small number of SSDs could outperform large array boxes with hundreds of hard drives. That's changing the industry and putting pressure on the hard drive market. High-capacity SSDs now are 50% larger than the biggest HDD and there is plenty of growth to come..."

            Sony Cranks Up Optical Disc Storage To 3.3TB
            Computerworld, April 19th, 2016
            "Optical discs like Blu-ray are losing favor, but Sony and Panasonic don't seem to care. The companies have cranked up the storage capacity on optical media to a stunning 3.3TB.

            That's a big advance in Sony's optical storage, which is based on technology used in Blu-ray. The 3.3TB disc is targeted at studios, filmmakers, and broadcasters that store large volumes of video, and at large companies that store infrequently modified data..."

              Java Technology
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              New Release JDK 8u91 and JDK 8u92
              By Yolande Poirier
              Yolande blogs. "JDK 8u91 and 8u92, two new Java 8 updates are now available. Oracle strongly recommends that most Java SE users upgrade to the latest Java 8u91 CPU release, which includes important security fixes. Java SE 8u92 is a patch-set update, including all of Java 8u91 plus additional features. You can download the latest JDK releases from Java SE Downloads page..."
              IT - Technology
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              VR Hardware Sales Are About To Skyrocket
              CIO, April 22nd, 2016
              "The prediction: About 9.6 million VR hardware devices will ship this year, rising to 64.8 million in four years...

              Shipments of virtual reality hardware will begin to "skyrocket" this year and keep climbing through 2020, market analyst IDC said.

              An estimated 9.6 million VR devices will ship in 2016, IDC predicts. That's up from about 350,000 units, mostly developer kits, shipped in 2015..."

              Scientists Can Now Make Lithium-Ion Batteries Last A Lifetime
              Computerworld, April 21st, 2016
              "The discovery could lead to vastly longer lifespans for batteries in computers, smartphones, appliances, cars and spacecraft..

              Who says playing around is a waste of time?

              Researchers at the University of California at Irvine (UCI) said that's exactly what they were doing when they discovered how to increase the tensile strength of nanowires that could be used to make lithium-ion batteries last virtually forever..."

                IoT Powers This Robotic Suit
                ZDNet, April 20th, 2016
                "They've been around for a while, but robotic suits are finally becoming more than a novelty thanks to IoT...

                You get in an accident or have a stroke, and suddenly you can't move some part of your body. That's the reality faced by the 5.6 million people who suffer from paralysis in the U.S..."

                HDR Could Be The New TV Technology We'Ve Been Waiting For
                CNET, April 19th, 2016
                "New TV technologies -- 3D, 4K, curved screens -- have mostly failed to excite consumers, but a new concept called HDR has a chance to offer something noticeably better than the ubiquitous high-definition TV.

                In this latest installment of The 3:59, we focus solely on the subject of HDR, with TV reviewer David Katzmaier offering up a quick version of his much more detailed story about the technology and how it could improve TV viewing..."

                  IT - Bitcoin
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                  Gaming Platform Steam To Introduce Bitcoin Payments
                  bitcoin.com, April 22nd, 2016
                  "Online gaming distributor Steam is planning to accept bitcoin for all purchases, according to a message posted to its Steamworks Development group.

                  The post, dated April 21, does not list a specific date to start accepting bitcoin, but said parent company Valve Corporation was working with an external payment processor 'to process bitcoin payments to help partners reach more customers on Steam'..."

                  How Bitcoin And Blockchain Can Avert Systemic Bank Collapses
                  Bitcoin Magazine, April 20th, 2016
                  "Since their inception, banks have been a systemic risk to the economic well-being of nations. Their crucial role in clearing, processing and creating money, the financial lifeblood of the economy, ensures efficient trade between specialized producers or service providers. Their failure to perform such a role would trigger national and global crisis, if not devastation..."
                    Former U.S. Mint Director: Cryptocurrency Offers Secure Way To Diversify Personal Savings
                    CryptoCoinsNews, April 21st, 2016
                    "Ed Moy, a former U.S. Mint Director, has recommended cryptocurrency like bitcoin as one of three useful ways to diversify your personal portfolio, according to Newsmax's finance section.

                    As long as the Internet exists, digital currencies such as bitcoin will have value, and they are beyond the reach of government and banks at present. In addition to investing in digital currencies, he recommends hoarding cash and buying metal bullion coins..."

                    The Segregated Witness Timeline: From Idea To Adoption In Six Steps
                    Bitcoin Magazine, April 21st, 2016
                    "Segregated Witness might be the most significant improvement to the Bitcoin protocol to date. The innovation is set to fix transaction malleability, offers an effective block size increase, enables development flexibility and more. After months of coding, Segregated Witness is getting close to rollout, as a pull request was submitted to Bitcoin Core earlier this week..."
                    Bitcoin Evangelist Antonopoulos: Big Banks Are Experiencing Stages of Grief
                    CryptoCoinsNews, April 22nd, 2016
                    "Noted Bitcoin entrepreneur, thought leader, and activist Andreas Antonopoulos recently spoke at a Barcelona Bitcoin Community meetup. Addressing a variety of topics, Antonopoulos delivered his message with the clarity and foresight we have some to expect from one of Bitcoin's most influential advocates.

                    Antonopoulos titled his speech 'Thoughts on the Future of Money' and delivered on the lofty heading. He began by placing neutrality, decentralization, and privacy within the context of the Bitcoin community. He asked the audience to not think of Bitcoin as a currency but instead the 'concept of completely decentralized, network-based, flat networks for providing trusted applications..."

                    Despite Naysayers, Rising Bitcoin Price Suggests The Digital Currency Is Alive And Well
                    Bitcoin Magazine, April 22nd, 2016
                    "The rising price of Bitcoin, reaching $450 at press time, follows several months of steady growth in Bitcoin price and transaction volumes, growing trade activity, particularly in Russia and South America, and continued expansion in the mining industry, all suggesting that Bitcoin is here to stay.

                    While the current price uptick may be a result of the April 20 release by developers of the code for Pieter Wuille's Segregated Witness, it seems that the economic fundamentals are in place for Bitcoin to continue its steady advance..."

                    IT - FOSS
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                    Exponential Growth Of R's Open Source Community Threatens Commercial Competitors
                    TechRepublic, April 21st, 2016
                    "With more than 2 million users and developers, how can proprietary vendors stand against the R programming language and software environment's open source community?

                    Sure, you may be a shy, introverted quant nerd, but the R community waits with open arms to receive you. And share its bounty with you. So much so, in fact, that the total number of CRAN (Comprehensive R Package Network) packages keeps mushrooming roughly exponentially as the data science elite share at a frenetic pace..."

                    The US Government And Open-Source Software
                    Linux Journal, April 21st, 2016
                    "As part of the 'Second Open Government National Action Plan', the federal government is planning to share the source code behind many of its software projects.

                    To begin with, the plans call for federal agencies to share code with each other. This will help reduce development costs when government departments each work on the same functionality independently. Solving the same problem twice (or more often) is expensive and a waste of taxpayer's money..."

                      Open Source Cloud Apps: 65 Cloudy Apps
                      Datamation, April 19th, 2016
                      "Open source cloud apps are the wave of the future -- and the present. Cloud computing itself is no longer just a buzzword, it's becoming simply the ways things are done. IDC predicts that public cloud spending will grow from $70 billion in 2015 to more than $141 billion in 2019, a compound annual growth rate of 19.4 percent. That is six times faster growth than the firm expects to see for IT spending as a whole.

                      The open source community is playing a major role in the growth of the cloud with projects like OpenStack, CloudStack and others providing some of the fundamental building blocks that enable both public and private cloud computing..."

                      19 Open Source GitHub Projects For Security Pros
                      InfoWorld, April 19th, 2016
                      "GitHub has a ton of open source options for security professionals, with new entries every day. Add these tools to your collection and work smarter...

                      When it comes to performing ongoing maintenance, stomping out crises, or scoping new projects, most administrators either execute tasks manually or write a script to automate the process. But the really smart ones look for a capable tool to do the job..."

                      IT - DevOps
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                      Infrastructure as Code is SDN for Ops
                      devops.com, April 22nd, 2016
                      "As we continue to recognize the importance of DevOps - particularly its automation and orchestration aspects - to achieve the agility necessary for continuous deployment of apps, the question of how the term 'Infrastructure as Code' (IaC) applies to traditionally network-bound systems and services is bound to crop up more frequently. After all, in addition to core IP-based networking characteristics required for an app to communicate and serve up content, an entire ecosystem of app services that support, secure and scale it must be considered..."
                      With the Rise of DevOps, Perl Shows Its Muscle
                      I Programmer, April 18th, 2016
                      "Perl is seeing a real revival in interest. Why? Because Perl is a fantastic DevOps tool. With the rise of DevOps, Perl has once again solidified its long held reputation as the duct tape of the Internet.

                      Since February 2016 Perl is back in the top 10 of the TIOBE Index and in the most recent monthly year-on-year comparison sees a healthy gain of 1.18%..."

                      Falling Back On Bad Habits In A DevOps Organization
                      SearchDataCenter, April 21st, 2016
                      "In a DevOps organization, can you still set boundaries? How do you pick the right tools? Learn from these experiences before you make the switch...

                      There's a lot to love about DevOps -- in the abstract. In real-life implementations, a DevOps organization is subject to the same turf wars and poorly suited tools as traditional IT. It also opens IT up to a few new challenges, including isolation from peers and unstructured adoption paths..."

                      DevOps Advocates Bust Myths Around Use Of Agile Software Development In Enterprise
                      ComputerWeekly, April 20th, 2016
                      "Continuous software delivery experts set out why enterprises could be missing out by shunning DevOps...

                      Enterprises risk missing out on the business agility benefits that adopting DevOps can bring because of misplaced concerns about the level of risk to operations..."

                      Solaris
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                      Oracle Solaris 11.3 Preflight Checker - Come Fly With Me!
                      By Mike Mulkey
                      Mike blogs, "Consider a pilot deciding to fly a new airplane without knowing that it had been 100% tested to fly.

                      If you are a Solaris developer who is looking to leverage the security, speed and simplicity of Oracle Solaris 11.3, you need to make sure your application will perform well BEFORE lifting off the ground on that migration. At Oracle we call that preserving application compatibility between releases. We believe that's pretty important to the success of your flight, and getting you back onto the ground safely..."

                      MySQL
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                      MySQL Connector/J 6.0
                      By Jess Balint
                      Jess blogs, "We are pleased to announce the first release of MySQL Connector/J 6.0! This is a new branch of development, which breaks from some of the traditions of the very stable and very mature Connector/J 5.1 branch. We have combed through lots of code and refactored it in order to support development of future features including our X DevAPI implementation and support for X Protocol. This work manifests in a number of visible changes, including revising the growing set of connection and build properties..."
                      MySQL Community Awards 2016: the Winners
                      by Shlomi Noach
                      Shlomi Noach blogs, "The MySQL Community Awards initiative is an effort to acknowledge and thank individuals and corporates for their contributions to the MySQL ecosystem. It is a from-the-community, by-the-community and for-the-community effort. The committee is composed of an independent group of community members of different orientation and opinion, themselves past winners or known contributors to the community.

                      The 2016 community awards were presented on April 21st, 2016, during the keynotes at the Percona Live conference. The winners are:..."

                      MySQL Connector/Net 7.0.2
                      By Gabriela Martinez
                      Gabriela blogs, "MySQL Connector/Net 7.0.2 M1 is the first development release that adds support for the new X DevAPI. The X DevAPI enables application developers to write code that combines the strengths of the relational and document models using a modern, NoSQL-like syntax that does not assume previous experience writing traditional SQL..."
                      Cloud Computing
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                      Digital Strategy Helps Berkshire Blanket Cozy Up To Customers And Retailers In The Cloud
                      By Sasha Banks-Louie, Oracle
                      Sasha blogs, "When Berkshire Blanket started selling online to consumers in November 2011, its intention had been to become a retailer. With experience, however, it instead embraced its role as a brand manufacturer that happens to have an online presence, too.

                      But getting to this decision was neither deliberate nor obvious..."

                        India Set To Outpace The World In Cloud Spending
                        By Shailender Kumar
                        "India stands at a crucial moment in its history-with an unprecedented opportunity for transformation,' proclaimed Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at a recent conference in New Delhi. 'Think, for example, of Make in India and Digital India. And with the promise of even more reforms to come, India's star shines bright.'

                        Shailender Kumar writes, "Indeed, Make in India and Digital India, along with a raft of initiatives such as Swachh Bharat, Smart Cities, and Skill India, are clear indicators of India's commitment to building and supporting a modern workforce and infrastructure and a vibrant economy..."

                        Meet us at OpenStack Summit - April 25-29
                        By Zeynep Koch
                        Zeynep blogs, "Oracle is sponsoring the OpenStack Summit at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX, April 25-29. The OpenStack Summit is a gathering of IT leaders, telco operators, cloud administrators, app developers and OpenStack contributors building the future of cloud computing. Hear business cases and operational experience directly from users, learn about new products in the ecosystem and participate in hands-on workshops to build your skills. Attended by thousands of people from more than 50 countries, it's the ideal venue to plan your cloud strategy and share knowledge about architecting and operating OpenStack clouds..."
                        IT - Cloud
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                        The Era Of The Intelligent Cloud Has Arrived
                        Business 2 Community, April 22nd, 2016
                        "Enterprises are impatient to translate their investments in cloud apps and the insight they provide into business outcomes and solid results today.

                        The following insights are based on a series of discussions with C-level executives and revenue team leaders across several industries regarding their need for an Intelligent Cloud:.."

                          What's The Total Cost Of Ownership For An OpenStack Cloud?
                          opensouce.com, April 22nd, 2016
                          "Technical discussions around OpenStack, its features, and adoption are copious. Customers, specifically their finance managers, have a bigger question: 'What will OpenStack really cost me?' OpenStack is open source, but its adoption and deployment incur costs otherwise. So, what is the OpenStack TCO (total cost of ownership)? There has been no systematic answer to this question - until now..."
                          5 Steps For Enhanced Security Of Applications In The Cloud
                          CSO Online, April 21st, 2016
                          "When you moved your applications to the cloud, your attack surface changed while the vulnerabilities at the application, database, and network level persisted. To address these issues, securing your cloud perimeter, preventing unauthorized access, and protecting your data is crucial.

                          The first step to reduce the attack surface is to run a port scan specific to an instance IP and lock down all the unnecessary open ports. In addition, be sure to lock down your meta and user data..."

                            Public Cloud Review: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, Joyent
                            InfoWorld, April 20th, 2016
                            "The top five public clouds pile on the services and options, while adding unique twists...

                            The message from the cloud has always been simple: Surrender your cares, IT managers, and we'll handle everything. Forget about skinning your knuckles installing servers, double-checking diesel backups, or fretting about 1,000 or 10,000 things that could go wrong. Give us a credit card number and your data. We'll do the rest..."

                              IT - CxO
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                              Why Machine Learning Is The New BI
                              CIO, April 20th, 2016
                              "Get ready for artificial intelligence and automation that helps you make business decisions rather than just understanding what happened in the past...

                              Business intelligence has gone from static reports that tell you what happened, to interactive dashboards where you can drill into information to try and understand why it happened. New big data sources, including Internet of Things (IoT) devices, are pushing businesses from those reactive analytics - whether you look back once a month to spot trends or once a day to check for problems - to proactive analytics that give you alerts and real-time dashboards. That makes better use of operational data, which is more useful while it's still current, before conditions change..."

                              Hacking Team Postmortem Is Something All Security Leaders Should Read
                              CSO Online, April 20th, 2016
                              "Hacking Team is back in the news again. Last weekend, the person responsible for Hacking Team's meltdown posted a recap of the incident, including a detailed overview of how they hacked the Italian firm.

                              It's a fascinating read on its own, but the postmortem should be essential reading for anyone that supports or manages a security program.

                              Hacking Team is an Italian company that sells intrusion and surveillance tools to governments and law enforcement agencies. Nine months ago, their world was rocked after someone exfiltrated nearly 400GB of data form their network, including source code and contracts.."

                              Shifting To Hybrid IT Is No Simple Task (Slideshow)
                              CIO Insight, April 22nd, 2016
                              "Most businesses have shifted from on-premise infrastructures to hybrid IT environments, creating a dual mandate for IT professionals: increase efficiency through cloud services and ensure that critical systems, databases and applications are secure, according to a new survey. 'Cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it's not now and will not in the foreseeable future, be suitable for all workloads. Even if it were, very few, if any, companies would convert all their existing applications to run in the cloud,' said Joel Dolisy, CIO, IT management software firm SolarWinds, which conducted the survey..."
                              Communication In An Emergency: Preparing For A Cyberattack
                              ITProPortal, April 22nd, 2016
                              "Cyberattack. Once a word that conjured images of a teenage genius causing mayhem from a computer in their bedroom, has now become a serious and very real operational threat to businesses of all sizes.

                              A recent report from Arbor Networks suggested that the most prevalent form of cyberattack - distributed denial of service attacks (DDOS) - are getting far more sophisticated. More than 200 of the reported attacks in 2015 caused 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) of additional traffic. The largest reported attack recorded 500 Gbps - which equates to the entire internet connectivity of Kenya in 2014..."

                                CIOs, CMOs Share Tips For Successful Partnerships
                                CIO, April 21st, 2016
                                "The importance of technology in marketing continues to grow, and the stakes for those leading the charge to a digital transformation have never been higher. Savvy CIOs can turn the challenge into an opportunity and make their roles indispensable to the business..."
                                  These CISOs Explain Why They Got Fired
                                  CSO Online, April 20th, 2016
                                  "Today's Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) leads an increasingly precarious life.Since the emergence of the job title in the late 1990s, the CISO job has become more complex - and demanding - by the day.

                                  Whereas once this was a technical job focused largely on fixing firewalls and patching vulnerabilities, today's security chiefs are expected to do this and a whole lot more. They're charged with juggling the day-to-day operations of their security team with meeting board expectations while also staying abreast of an ever-evolving threat landscape and regular regulatory changes..."

                                  6 Ways To Better Align IT With The Business
                                  Computerworld, April 20th, 2016
                                  "If you're a tech executive tired of being instructed to 'align IT with the business,' you're not alone.

                                  Senior IT leaders genuinely do want to bring their organizations in line with strategic business goals, but often they find the relationship isn't exactly an equal partnership. As Mihir Shah, CTO of the asset management group at Fidelity Investments, quips, 'Perfect alignment is when the business gets whatever it wants, whenever it wants'..."

                                  Why CIOs Should Start Taking Augmented And Virtual Reality Seriously
                                  The Enterprisers Project, April 19th, 2016
                                  "Yes, there's been an oversupply of hype and an undersupply of truly convincing use cases for enterprise deployment of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). But in the coming year, we should see these technologies start taking hold in a meaningful way in our workplaces, according to Nelson Kunkel, national design director for Deloitte Digital, a division of Deloitte Consulting LLP. Kunkel is one of the authors of Deloitte's Tech Trends 2016. In part one of a two-part interview with The Enterprisers Project, he explains why the time is finally right for AR and VR..."
                                    Google's CEO Just Called The Next Wave In Computing, And It's Not VR (Video)
                                    PC World, April 22nd, 2016
                                    "Every decade or so, a new era of computing comes along that shapes everything we do. Much of the 90s was about client-server and Windows PCs. By the aughts, the Web had taken over and every advertisement carried a URL. Then came the iPhone, and we're in the midst of a decade defined by people tapping myopically into tiny screens..."
                                    IT - DR
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                                    Is Your Disaster Recovery Plan Up To Date?
                                    CIO, April 19th, 2016
                                    "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that IT is now the lifeblood of most companies. Yet it's alarming how many IT shops still don't have a handle on disaster recovery, let alone have a clear picture of just how much downtime and data recovery risk their organizations can afford. Read on to discover just how important a comprehensive disaster recovery plan is to your organization..."
                                    IT - PM
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                                    How To Make Good Project Decisions That Make Sense
                                    CIO, April 20th, 2016
                                    "Making good decisions is hard enough already. Injecting biases and too many assumptions can make them even harder, or leave you with outcomes of decisions that were made contradictory to the best interests of the project and/or customer...

                                    I'm tired of people making decisions that don't make sense. Or people making subjective decisions based on a poor understanding of the situation. Or a less than thoughtful interpretation of the situation. Or even worse, their own 'reality' or assumption of 'what happens next' interpretation of the situation..."

                                      8 Project Management Skills In High Demand
                                      ComputerWorld, April 19th, 2016
                                      "By 2020, reports estimate that there will 700,000 new project management jobs in the United States. Do you have what employers will be looking for?...

                                      When you think of project managers, what skills come to mind?

                                      Many people may be tempted to list attributes like good organization skills, effective time management or a host of technical project management skills, but are these the attributes employers will be looking for in the near future?..."

                                      5 Project Red Lights To Look Out For
                                      CIO, April 19th, 2016
                                      "Sometimes project issues can sneak up on you and you don't realize that bad things may be happening on your project. Watch for these five signs and investigate quickly if you see them occurring. Don't wait till it's too late...

                                      Sometimes we can be smoothly managing one or more projects - at least smoothly in our mind - while red lights are flashing around us and we are not even aware. Customer concerns and project problems don't necessarily manifest themselves in very obvious manners, we have to look for signs..."

                                        Events
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                                        Oracle Data Cloud Summit is Back: Announcing 'The New Face of Data'
                                        By Maren Williams
                                        Maren blogs, "Try this on for size: an event that gathers the industry's most cutting-edge thought leaders for an incredible and interactive learning opportunity. An event that promises innovative sessions with in-depth takeaways for you to directly implement into your business strategy. An event that truly has a pulse on data and marketing - not just for today or even the rest of the year, but into the future. That's Oracle Data Cloud Summit 2016..."
                                        Oracle OpenWorld 2016 and JavaOne 2016: Registration & Call for Proposals Now Open
                                        By Javier Puerta
                                        Javier blogs, "It's that time of year again! Registration is now live for both Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne. Remind your partners to take advantage of Super Saver rates through May 1. The Call for Proposals submission process is also up and running; applications will be accepted through May 9..."
                                        IT - Networks
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                                        The Ethernet Community Is Working To Introduce Six New Rates In The Next 3 Years
                                        Network World, April 22nd, 2016
                                        "New rates are targeted at applications vs. the historic approach of turning the crank..

                                        In its first 27 years of existence we saw the introduction of six Ethernet rates- 10Mbps, 100Mbps, 1Gbps, 10Gbps 40Gbps and 100Gbps. And the Ethernet community is now working feverously to introduce six new rates - 2.5Gbps, 5Gbps, 25Gbps 50Gbps, 200Gbps and 400Gbps - in the next three years..."

                                        IT - IoT
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                                        IoT, Mobility and Managing the Connected Workplace
                                        Virtual-Strategy Magazine, April 22nd, 2016
                                        "As seen in a recent Gartner report, the expected growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) is set to reach 50 billion devices by 2020. While this provides great opportunity to extend the connectivity of employees within the workplace, it also presents a need for companies to reassess if they are ready for this influx of access. It is time companies accept a new mobile reality and prepare for the possibilities that lie ahead.

                                        As a result of continued growth of the IoT and a more mobile-first workforce, companies must now establish best practices to appropriately prepare for the influx of mobile and connected devices within the workplace..."

                                        How The IoT Can Bring Hyper-Relevance To Every Stage In The Retail Chain
                                        Information Age, April 22nd, 2016
                                        "The IoT can be used to enhance retail and delivery practices, accelerating delivery times and options, offering a more personal shopping experience and removing in-store queues..

                                        From high street retailers to wholesalers in the supply chain, hyper-relevance is one of the hottest buzzwords in the retail industry. It refers to the kind of highly personalised marketing and promotion that's only possible on a foundation of actionable, often unlinked, customer data..."

                                        What Is The Difference Between IoT And IIoT?
                                        SearchManufacturingERP, April 23rd, 2016
                                        "The Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet of Things are two concepts that are being used more and more in supply chain management discussions. Here's what you need to know..."
                                        Master Mobile Moments To Win In The IoT World
                                        Forrester, April 21st, 2016
                                        "Marketers are always falling in love with mobile's latest 'shiny new object' and new technology acronyms - 5G, BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy), NFC (near-field communication), RWD (responsive web design), etc. - and they're constantly looking for the next platform, whether it's virtual reality (VR), bots, artificial intelligence (AI), or the internet of things (IoT)..."
                                        Using The Iot For Good: Beacon Of Hope Project To Help Fight Human Trafficking
                                        Network World, April 20th, 2016
                                        "Inexpensive IoT hardware, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth beacons could rescue human trafficking victims...

                                        With their Beacon of Hope IoT app, twin sisters and social entrepreneurs America and Penelope Lopez, are taking up the fight against one of the most revolting crimes on the planet - human trafficking..."

                                        Smart IoT Tags Coming To 10 Billion Clothing Items In Next 3 Years
                                        eWeek, April 19th, 2016
                                        "With integrated tags, labels and unique digital identities, the products will be able to link with smartphones in a variety of uses...

                                        The Internet of things will potentially be able to connect with some 10 billion pieces of clothing over the next three years as part of a newly unveiled deal between label and RFID company Avery Dennison and IoT smart products platform vendor Evrything..."

                                        IT - Linux
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                                        Finding The Signal In The Noise Of Linux System Monitoring
                                        opensouce.com, April 18th, 2016
                                        "Ilan Rabinovitch is well-known to anyone who has done the conference circuit around Southern California. He's a helpful and friendly guy who I met once at a BarCamp years ago and more than once encountered on IRC. I often ended up getting great tech tips from him by sheer proximity.

                                        Ilan is speaking at this year's LinuxFest Northwest, training attendees on system monitoring. I spoke with him to see what he'd be covering..."

                                        Ubuntu Linux 16.04 Is Here
                                        ZDNet, April 22nd, 2016
                                        "Who's ready for the next long-term support version of Ubuntu? There's something new here whether you use Ubuntu on the desktop, server, cloud, smartphone, tablet, or mainframe. Yes, mainframe...

                                        I, and a few tens of millions of other Ubuntu users, have been waiting for the new release of Ubuntu 16.04 and our wait is over. The latest version of this popular desktop, server, and cloud Linux is here..."

                                        IT - Operations
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                                        How DCIM Tools Improve PUE, Reduce Costs And Help Mitigate Your Carbon Footprint
                                        Network World, April 22nd, 2016
                                        "Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) provides increased levels of automated control to simplify capacity planning and allocation...

                                        According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), data center electricity consumption is projected to increase to approximately 140 billion kilowatt-hours annually by 2020, the equivalent annual output of 50 power plants. The cost to American businesses? A tidy $13 billion annually..."

                                        Intel: World Will Switch To 'scale' Data Centers By 2025
                                        Data Center Knowledge, April 22nd, 2016
                                        "One Intel forecast about the future of computing and data centers helps put the company's restructuring announcement this week in perspective. Between 70 and 80 percent of systems going into data centers ten years from now will be what the processor giant calls 'scale computing' systems...

                                        'We see that the world is moving to scale computing in data centers,' Jason Waxman, an Intel VP and general manager of the company's Cloud Platforms Group, said in an interview. 'Our projection is between 70 and 80 percent of the compute, network, and storage will be going into what we call scale data centers by 2025.'

                                        Making The Case For In-House Data Centers
                                        Network World, April 20th, 2016
                                        "With seemingly everything moving to the cloud these days, it's important to know when setting up your own data management center can still be the right decision...

                                        Outsourcing, cloud services and financial pressure are constant realities for IT leaders. Shared data centers and cloud service providers are often a good choice. If the organization's IT demands are difficult to predict or highly variable, building additional data centers make little sense..."

                                        IT - Security
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                                        Chip Card Payment Confusion, Anger Rages On
                                        CSO Online, April 21st, 2016
                                        "Six months after U.S. retailers began assuming liability for debit and credit card fraud, only a fraction of the nation's in-store payment terminals can accept the highly secure chip-enabled cards.

                                        As a result, customers often face confusion and delays at checkout counters when trying to make payments. Many small, mid-sized and independent retailers still rely on insecure magnetic-stripe cards, despite the warnings of banks and card companies.."

                                          Growing Number Of Endpoints Raises Data Security Vulnerability
                                          Information Management, April 22nd, 2016
                                          "The risk of criminal access to networks and cyber attacks is rising because of endpoint vulnerabilities, according to results of a recent survey by the Ponemon Institute.

                                          The survey, conducted by Ponemon on behalf of CounterTack, has significant implications for healthcare organizations, which have seen increased access to networks and information through the use of many kinds of devices, such as laptops and smartphones..."

                                          Identity Protection: The Critical Intersection Of Biometrics And Commerce
                                          Help Net Security, April 22nd, 2016
                                          "In light of some high-profile data breaches in recent years, businesses are constantly seeking possible forms of authentication to replace passwords. While such breaches might suggest passwords aren't as efficient as they used to be, they can also be inconvenient for consumers, who need to remember their passwords across a variety of online accounts - including email, e-commerce, online banking, social media, and more..."
                                            Hacking Competitions That Will Get You Noticed
                                            CSO Online, April 21st, 2016
                                            "From the Hack the Pentagon announcement to the Facebook Hacker Cup, there are loads of opportunities for those new to security to either participate in educational hacking competitions or simply learn by watching others compete. Michiel Prins, co-founder, HackerOne, and Ryan Stortz, security researcher, Trail of Bits, offered up a list of popular competitions and what they like most about some of them..."
                                            Free Wi-Fi Hotspots Biggest Threat For Mobile Workers
                                            ITProPortal, April 20th, 2016
                                            "Free Wi-Fi hotspots are the biggest security threat for mobile workers, according to new reports.

                                            The recently released iPass Mobile Security Report says that 62 per cent of organisations are banning their mobile workers from using free Wi-Fi hotspots, with another 20 per cent planning on doing similar in the future.

                                            For 94 per cent of surveyed companies, free and open Wi-Fi hotspots are a 'significant mobile security threat'..."

                                            Security Expert Reveals How He Hacked A Hospital
                                            Information Age, April 20th, 2016
                                            "A researcher from security company Kaspersky Lab has identified worrying vulnerabilities in a hospital's IT network...

                                            A security expert has revealed how easily cybercriminals could access patient data from hospitals and private clinics.

                                            The unnamed member of Kaspersky Lab's research team also discovered vulnerabilities that would allow cybercriminals to alter the way medical devices work, causing physical damage to patients and immense cost to the hospital..."

                                            How To Buy The Best SSSL For Your Enterprise
                                            Search Security, April 20th, 2016
                                            "To choose the best SSL for your enterprise, you need to stay up to date on SSL/TLS encryption developments. Learn why SSL/TLS remains a vital technology and how to determine the approach that will work best for your company..."
                                            IT - Careers
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                                            Ten Unmistakable Signs Of A Bad Place To Work
                                            Forbes, April 22nd, 2016
                                            "I talk to job-seekers every day. Some of them have target lists of companies they'd like to learn more about, and almost all of them have lists of companies they would never work for, no matter what.

                                            Where did they get their lists of companies they would never, ever work for? They either worked for those companies in the past or have friends who did. CEOs don't realize that their organizations have loud, vivid brands in the talent marketplace..."

                                              Tips For Hiring The Right Remote Worker
                                              CIO, April 22nd, 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, ability to work independently, oral and written communication skills, conflict resolution, motivation and technology prowess..."
                                                15 Ways To Not Get Fired From Your Dream Job
                                                CIO, April 22nd, 2016
                                                "I can't tell you the number of times I've seen kids bust their hump to get a job at a named company only to lose it a few days later, or even before they officially start. This applies to more than just tech jobs. So if you are a parent and don't want your kids to boomerang home unemployable or are a manager and don't want to have to fire one (or explain how it happened on your watch), I'd suggest sitting your soon-to-be-hired kid or recently hired new employee down and giving them some personal perspective. You see we really don't understand consequences until we are nearly 30-years-old. A 2012 Yale study says, the best way to keep kids from doing really stupid things is get them to understand the consequences of the things they do.

                                                Here are the 15 simple things kids should know before starting a new job in order to not get fired..."

                                                  IT Salaries Increase Across 12 Tech Job Categories (Slideshow)
                                                  CIO, April 21st, 2016
                                                  "It's a great time to be in tech, as nearly every industry grows more reliant on technology every year. And Mondo's salary survey shows that for tech workers, the average annual compensation is only increasing for these in-demand jobs..."
                                                    6 Things You Should Always Research Before A Job Interview
                                                    Business 2 Community, April 20th, 2016
                                                    Preparation is key to your job interview going well. You want to have all the right information at your fingertips and answer all the interviewer's questions without hesitation. Knowing that you are well-prepared will also help you feel more confident going into the interview. Employers can also tell who has spent some time preparing and will inevitably favour those candidates.

                                                    Some people aren't sure where to start with their job interview research, though. It can all seem a bit too much. Don't worry. If you cover the following things, you will be in a strong position when it comes to the interview.

                                                      Are Agile, Devops And Similar Certifications Worth It?
                                                      CIO, April 20th, 2016
                                                      "Certifications have always been about benchmarking and assessing IT professionals' ability to use technology and provide something of a guarantee that candidates are competent with needed skills in the workplace. But as DevOps, continuous delivery, agile, scrum and other frameworks become necessary, the question around certification of these skills becomes this: How can you accurately assess and measure the less-tangible, softer skills hiring managers require? And if you're an IT pro, do you need one or more of these certifications at all?..."
                                                      IT - Virtualization
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                                                      Oracle Updates VirtualBox 5.0.18
                                                      InternetNews, April 19th, 2016
                                                      "Full-disclosure I'm both a fan and an everyday user of VirtualBox and have been for many years. Simply put, as an easy-to-use desktop virtualization tool, it works without much hassle, setup or prior knowledge.

                                                      The new VirtualBox 5.0.18 update isn't a major milestone like the 5.x update, but it does have all kinds of incremental fixes that make VirtualBox work better. There is one particular that is an interesting security related flaw..."

                                                      Companies High On Virtualization Despite Fears Of Security Breaches
                                                      CSO Online, April 19th, 2016
                                                      "Companies are feeling more comfortable with the cloud, virtualization and even software defined data centers than ever before, despite their fears about security breaches, according to a study due out this month by technology companies HyTrust and Intel. While no one thinks security problems will go away, companies are willing to tolerate the risk in the name of agility, flexibility and lower costs.

                                                      Some 62 percent of executives, network administrators and engineers surveyed expect more adoption of SDDC in 2016, which can quantifiably drive up virtualization and server optimization, while 65 percent predict that these implementations will be faster..."

                                                      IT - Database
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                                                      Top 5 NoSQL Databases of The Last Year
                                                      TechWorm, April 17th, 2016
                                                      "A database which stores data in form of key-value pair is called a relational database. Alright! let me explain myself.

                                                      a relational database stores data as tables with numerous rows and columns.(I think this one is easy to understand). A key is a column (or set of columns) for a row, by which that row can be uniquely identified in the table. Rest of the columns of that row are called values. These databases are created and managed by software which are called 'Relational Database Management System' or RDBMS, using Structured Query Language(SQL) at its core for user's interaction with the database.

                                                      The following video might be helpful for understanding what I've discussed above..."

                                                      IT - Backup
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                                                      Why Does My Business Need To Invest In Back-Up Solutions?
                                                      ITProPortal, April 22nd, 2016
                                                      "According to a report by Veeam, the costs associated with downtime have soared from an average of $10 million two years ago, to $16 million this year. The study finds that downtime actually increased in 2015 with organisations experiencing 15 unplanned downtime events during that year compared to 2014.

                                                      Yet in today's online world many businesses should plan to ensure that they are online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To ensure that this can happen they need to back up more frequently than they currently do. There's no room for complacency, which can often lead to a financial and reputational cost as well as lost customers..."

                                                        A Third Of Businesses Don't Backup Crucial Data
                                                        ITProPortal, April 22nd, 2016
                                                        "Even though backing up systems is the best way to protect yourself and your company from serious cyber-attacks such as ransomware, many companies have a complacent approach to the practice, new report says.

                                                        According to cloud-based backup firm CloudBerry, many companies are modernising their backup solutions, but outdated practices are still dominant..."

                                                          IT - Mobile
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                                                          Laptop Dock For Android: The $99 Superbook
                                                          ZDNet, April 22nd, 2016
                                                          "Laptop docks that use a smartphone for the CPU and storage are gathering momentum with the Superbook. This laptop dock works with most Android phones and is only $99...

                                                          We recently saw the NexDock for Windows 10, a laptop shell that uses Continuum in Windows to become a laptop when a Windows Phone is plugged in. Now we see a similar setup for Android in the Superbook..."

                                                          Mobile Devices And Apps Will Fuse More Tightly In Future: Gartner
                                                          eWeek, April 22nd, 2016
                                                          "Users are becoming more interested in what an app can do for them than about which devices they are using to run the app, says a new report.

                                                          Smartphones and their myriad individual features will become less important in the future as consumers continue to find that the devices are becoming commodities while the apps that run on them bring more value to their lives..."

                                                            IT - Big Data
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                                                            Big Data In 2016: How Big Is 'Big Enough'
                                                            Information Management, April 22nd, 2016
                                                            "Data professionals are all about speed in 2016, according to recent discussions at the Strata & Hadoop World conference in San Jose, CA. The reason: most believe they now have the proper data management frameworks in place at their organizations, and it's time to cash in on the potential benefits.

                                                            According to Jana Eggers, CEO at Nara Logics, there is a definite fly in that ointment, however: the continued limitations caused by data silos throughout most organizations. This is causing continued frustration for data pros, who are anxious to see action from their efforts to date..."

                                                            Volume, Velocity, And Variety: Understanding The Three V's Of Big Data
                                                            ZDNet, April 20th, 2016
                                                            "For those struggling to understand big data, there are three key concepts that can help: volume, velocity, and variety. These three vectors describe how big data is so very different from old school data management...

                                                            We practitioners of the technological arts have a tendency to use specialized jargon. That's not unusual. Most guilds, priesthoods, and professions have had their own style of communication, either for convenience or to establish a sense of exclusivity. In technology, we also tend to attach very simple buzzwords to very complex topics, and then expect the rest of the world to go along for the ride..."

                                                            IT - BYOD
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                                                            BYOD: Why Do We All Use So Many Devices?
                                                            ITProPortal, April 18th, 2016
                                                            "The ways in which we use technology are changing both at home and at work. Gartner predicted that by 2018 more than half of consumers would be using a tablet or smartphone first for all online activities, instead of the traditional laptop or desktop. And increasingly these devices belong to the user not to the business - what the industry calls 'Bring Your Own Device' or BYOD. But to what extent do we actually understand the role of different devices?..."
                                                            Top10
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                                                            Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                            Vol 218 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 217 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 216 Issue 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:

                                                            • AES Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v4
                                                            • Latest Spacewalk Release Now Available
                                                            • New Big Data Appliance BDA X6-2
                                                            • SHA Digest Encryption: SPARC T7-2 Beats x86 E5 v4
                                                            • Oracle Announces Agreement to Acquire Crosswise
                                                            • Building a demo Oracle VM environment using VirtualBox
                                                            • Larry Ellison on the Virtuous Circle of Cloud Innovation
                                                            • Lenovo Publishes Oracle Validated Configuration - Beyond Just Hardware Certifications
                                                            • Richard Clarke On Government's Role In Shielding The Private Sector Against Cyberthreats
                                                            • MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.2 Is Now Available!

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

                                                              IT - Tape
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                                                              8 Exabyte Tape Library (8 Million TB or 8 Thousand PB)
                                                              ComputerWeekly, April 21st, 2016
                                                              "Spectra Logic claims multi-petabyte capacities and speedier tape robot cycle times with TFinity Exascale Edition, a product aimed at tape's new niche in archive and cold storage..

                                                              Spectra Logic has announced upgrades to its TFinity tape library that make it the world's biggest, it claims, with improvements to the controller software and robot that make it up to 5x faster.

                                                              The upgraded TFinity - the Exascale Edition - will comprise 44 frames per chassis, an increase from 40. This will allow for up to 53,460 LTO format tapes and 0.8EB of capacity (compressed). In IBM TS1150 format, that potential capacity increases to 1EB of compressed data..."

                                                              IT - Java
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                                                              Java Has Pulled Ahead Of Everything Else
                                                              jaxenter, April 21st, 2016
                                                              "In his keynote at JAX 2016, Rod Johnson, the CEO of Atomist and the creator of Spring, talked about Java's supremacy and the rise of microservices and went through everything that happened in technology since 2008 - the last time he attended the JAX conference..."
                                                              It's Time To Think Mobile First
                                                              jaxenter, April 21st, 2016
                                                              "'Build for mobile first' - this is what David Barnes, IBM's first official 'Technology Evangelist' and JAX 2016 speaker, said during this year's conference. It used to be a desktop first world, but as mobile-friendly websites rank higher in Google search results, the time has come to put mobile first..."
                                                              IT - Developer
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                                                              10 Skills IoT Developers Need
                                                              jaxenter, April 18th, 2016
                                                              "It's clear by now that the next major technological revolution will likely be the Internet of Things (IoT). We've been steadily progressing toward a fully connected world for years now, and the culmination is set to happen as the IoT becomes a reality..."
                                                              Security
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                                                              How To Determine If You Can Trust Cloud Security
                                                              By Carol Hildebrand
                                                              Carol writes in Forbes, "Will 2016 be the year security stops being a reason to avoid public clouds? Because, face it, by now established cloud vendors have likely invested more in security than you can hope to duplicate in-house. But when you're used to pulling your own security levers, how do you let go of some of that control?

                                                              What we need is the cloud security version of a trust fall..."

                                                              Nexenta News
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                                                              Nexenta Brings Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Storage Innovation to Dell's HPC Community Workshop
                                                              Nexenta, April 18th, 2016
                                                              Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS),will be showcased its disruptive portfolio of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solutions at the Dell HPC Community Workshop, April 18 - 20, at The Driskill Hotel in Austin, Texas. Nexenta was also be a silver sponsor of the event.
                                                              Nexenta Joins ATTO Technology to Showcase Software-Defined Storage Solution for Scalability Across Multiple Data Centers at NABShow
                                                              Nexenta, April 18th, 2016
                                                              Nexenta joined ATTO Technology at the NABShow, April 18-21, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev., to showcase their joint solution, NexentaStor MetroHA.

                                                              Nexenta sponsored a pod in ATTO Technology's booth where the companies will provided a live demo of NexentaStor MetroHA, which serves as a stretch cluster - a cluster configured with host systems located at multiple sites - allowing data to scale across different floors, buildings or cities, located up to 50 kilometers apart...

                                                              Nexenta Hosts Its Annual OpenSDx Customer Conference at OpenStack Summit 2016, in Austin, TX
                                                              New Scale-Out Open Software-Defined Software Portfolio and Partnerships Focus on Open Source Collaboration around Software-Defined Innovation on Standard Hardware Infrastructures for Big Data-centric Hybrid Clouds
                                                              Leading Sponsors Include ATTO, Mellanox, Pluribus, and Supermicro along with Canonical, Dell, Lenovo, Rancher, ScaleMatrix, Solinea, and University of Cambridge Nexenta announced that it will be bringing its industry disrupting portfolio of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solutions to The OpenStack Summit, April 25 - 29, at the Austin Convention Center in Austin. Nexenta will also be a startup sponsor of the event.
                                                              Veritas News
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                                                              Veritas Partner Force Named 5-Star Award Winning Program by CRN Magazine
                                                              Designation Means Veritas Is Among Best Partner Programs in the Market
                                                              Veritas Technologies, the leader in global information management, announces that its Veritas Partner Force program has been designated a 5-Star Partner Program in the 2016 CRN Partner Program Guide. The award recognizes Veritas as having one of the best partner programs in the market. The annual CRN guide offers solution providers the information they need to evaluate the IT vendors they either already work with or are considering partnering with. CRN magazine is the top news source for solution providers and the IT channel.
                                                              Cisco News
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                                                              Ors Enhances Premium Picture Quality And Bandwidth Efficiency With Cisco Digital Content Manager
                                                              Cisco Digital Content Manager Encoding and Transcoding Technology Extends ORS Playout Systems for DVB-T2 Channels
                                                              "ORS Group, a leading Digital Content Gateway Provider in Austria, has deployed Cisco digital content management technology to further improve its ORS DVB-T2 (simpliTV) digital terrestrial television offering.

                                                              ORS has been working closely with Cisco on a technology refresh of its platform to deliver better picture quality while preserving bandwidth for its digital terrestrial TV offering in Austria.

                                                              The Cisco solution is powered entirely by the D9902 Digital Content Manager (DCM), helping ORS to use less bandwidth to distribute more services faster over the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) distribution network..."

                                                              Cisco Global Services Center In Krakow Enters Fifth Year Of Operation, Continues To Expand With New Functions
                                                              Cisco Is No. 1 Great Place to Work in Poland
                                                              Entering its fifth year of operation, the Cisco Global Services Center (CGSC) in Krakow expands its operations and adds new services to its portfolio.

                                                              'In 2012, Cisco opened a shared services center in Krakow with the goal to provide our customers in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) a wide range of services in multiple languages from a location that is convenient to their time zones. That objective still holds true. Today, however, our customers and partners are facing new challenges, such as digitization, a more complex security landscape, new IT delivery models and the need for different types of IT services,' said Norm DePeau, vice president and director of CGSC in Krakow. 'The new functions we are announcing today are addressing exactly these needs, with the skilled talent pool we built over the past years.'

                                                              NBC Olympics Selects Cisco Ip Video And Networking Solutions For Its Production Of 2016 Olympic Games In Rio
                                                              Cisco to deliver more digital and online content from more cameras to more devices
                                                              NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Cisco to provide Internet Protocol (IP) video contribution and distribution solutions, along with networking and security solutions for its production of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad, which take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5 to 21, 2016.

                                                              The announcement was made by Craig Lau, Vice President, Information Technology, NBC Olympics, and Dave Ward, CTO of Engineering and Chief Architect, Cisco...

                                                              Cisco Launches New Cloud Scale Media Experiences To Help Content Providers Rapidly Produce And Distribute More Video Direct To Consumers
                                                              Cisco, April 18th, 2016
                                                              The media and entertainment industry will look very different in the next three years. People will be watching and sharing content on 11 billion video devices. Media companies and broadcasters will see their data center traffic triple, as they offer more content for on-demand viewing.

                                                              According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), this will contribute to an expected 4X increase in Internet video traffic...

                                                              Dell News
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                                                              Dell Services Named A Leader In Internet Of Things (IoT) Services By Nelsonhall
                                                              Dell Services placed in Leader category of the overall IoT Services in the NelsonHall Vendor Evaluation & Assessment Tool (NEAT)
                                                              Dell Services announced that it has been positioned as a Leader in overall IoT Services in the recently released NelsonHall Internet of Things 'NEAT' evaluation. In the same report, Dell Services was also positioned as a leader in IoT Application Services, Secure IoT Infrastructure Management and New Business Model Development...
                                                              Dell Teams With GE, Microsoft, OSlsoft, SAP, Software AG and Others to Advance the Internet of Things
                                                              Dell launches Internet of Things (IoT) Solutions Partner Program to help customers find the best technologies for IoT solutions
                                                              Dell is launching the Dell IoT Solutions Partner Program for the advancement of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and solutions. The program builds an ecosystem of partners to help customers navigate the fragmented IoT landscape and identify the right technologies to develop their IoT solutions. As a global leader in computing technology, Dell will offer participating partners access to the industry's most robust and reliable product portfolio, world-class support and increased opportunities for incremental business growth...
                                                              Symantec News
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                                                              Symantec Partners with Rockwell Automation to Maximize Security for Industrial PCs
                                                              Symantec Embedded Security: Critical Systems Protection has been qualified for use with Rockwell Automation software
                                                              Symantec Corp. announced a partnership with Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) to secure connected industrial systems from malicious attacks. As a first step, Rockwell Automation has qualified the Symantec Embedded Security: Critical Systems Protection (SES:CSP) solution for interoperability with a range of Rockwell Automation software products in industrial control systems (ICS).

                                                              More industrial devices are becoming network connected, allowing for easier monitoring and control of the devices. However, this also opens them up to new avenues of attacks and even potential sabotage.1 Without the right defenses, attacks on industrial control system resources can have serious implications, including downtime, disruption of productivity, equipment damage and safety risks.

                                                              IBM News
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                                                              IBM Cloud Video to Power Comic-Con HQ New Subscription Video-On-Demand Channel
                                                              IBM, April 21st, 2016
                                                              IBM Cloud Video's Clearleap platform will power Comic-Con HQ's new subscription video-on-demand platform. As part of its multi-year deal, IBM Cloud Video will serve as Comic-Con HQ's technology partner, powering their live-streamed video productions and providing fans with seamless access to the Comic-Con experience 365 days a year. IBM Cloud Video will also provide the ad-free streaming video platform with back-end support for subscriber and content management, billing, and video compatibility on multiple devices.
                                                              ODH, Inc. and IBM Watson Health Introduce Mentrics, a Population Health Management Platform to Transform Behavioral Healthcare
                                                              ODH's Mentrics data-driven insight solution for managed care organizations will be delivered on IBM's Watson Health Cloud
                                                              Behavioral health analytics provider ODH, Inc. and IBM Watson Health (NYSE: IBM) announced the launch of Mentrics, a leading-edge population health management platform designed to help managed care organizations transform the quality and cost of behavioral healthcare. Built specifically for managed care organizations that handle behavioral health benefits, Mentrics will streamline data and care coordination while generating valuable insights to help optimize care for patients with behavioral health conditions.
                                                              IBM Reports 2016 First-Quarter Earnings
                                                              Transformation Progress Continues with Strong Growth in Strategic Imperatives
                                                              IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced first-quarter 2016 earnings results.

                                                              "We are pleased with the progress we have made helping our clients apply new cognitive solutions and hybrid cloud platforms," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer. "IBM has established itself as the industry leader in total cloud, analytics and cognitive, all of which helped drive our strategic imperatives revenue growth at a strong double-digit rate, substantially faster than the market."

                                                              AOL Deploys IBM Aspera Software to Accelerate and Automate Global Media Production and Distribution
                                                              Aspera Shares, Faspex and Orchestrator move and share content between production facilities and the cloud
                                                              IBM announced that AOL, a global digital media and technology company, has deployed a full suite of high-speed transfer and automation software from Aspera, an IBM company, as the backbone for its new media management platform, to deliver high performance transfers between bi-coastal production facilities and to and from their cloud-based media asset management system, to enable large scale global collaboration and content distribution between creative teams worldwide.
                                                              IBM Unveils New Aspera FASPStream Software for Live and Near-Live Streaming of Broadcast-quality Video Content Over IP Networks
                                                              Based on Aspera FASP bulk data transport protocol, new software has the potential to revolutionize the way that live and near-live video is transported
                                                              IBM announced at the 2016 NABShow that Aspera, an IBM company, is unveiling Aspera FASPStream, a new turnkey application software line designed to enable live streaming of broadcast-quality video globally over commodity Internet networks with glitch-free playout and negligible start-up time - reducing the need for expensive and limited satellite-based backhaul, transport and distribution.
                                                              IBM Cloud Video Unveils Ustream eCDN
                                                              IBM Cloud Video's Ustream Platform to Bring Scale to Enterprises' Streaming Video Strategy
                                                              IBM unveiled Ustream eCDN, a software solution for enterprises to support the growing and widespread use of internal, streaming video. Ustream eCDN is designed to reduce the impact of video traffic on an enterprise network, enabling businesses of any size to deliver high quality streaming video throughout their organization while maintaining network performance.
                                                              IBM Cloud Video Announces New Clients and Product Innovations
                                                              Comic-Con HQ Signs Agreement with IBM to Power New Video Service Launching May 7
                                                              Demonstrating momentum for IBM's newly created Cloud Video unit, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced that Comic-Con HQ, Canadian Broadcasting Corp, AOL and Broadway Video are tapping the company's new Cloud Video unit to do everything from launching new channels for millions of consumers to dramatically improving their video management and distribution.

                                                              IBM also unveiled new innovations spanning production and distribution to meet increasing demands for robust and flexible video services. The news was announced on the first full day of the 2016 NAB Show in Las Vegas, at IBM's largest-ever showing at the event.

                                                              Fujitsu News
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                                                              Fujitsu Releases Sixteen New Enterprise PC and Tablet Models in Eleven Product Series
                                                              Providing a wide product range to meet diverse customer needs
                                                              Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Client Computing Limited announced the release of 16 new enterprise Windows models in eleven product series, including five desktop PC models in three series, four laptop models in two series, one tablet series, and three workstation models in three series. The new models will be steadily rolled out in Japan from the end of this month.

                                                              To meet virtualization needs, Fujitsu has expanded the product range of its FUJITSU Thin Client FUTRO.

                                                              VMware News
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                                                              VMware Reports First Quarter 2016 Results
                                                              Year-over-Year Revenue Growth of 5% to $1.59 Billion
                                                              VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2016 include:

                                                              • Revenues for the first quarter were $1.59 billion, an increase of 5% from the first quarter of 2015, or up 6% year-over-year in constant currency.

                                                              • License revenues for the first quarter were $572 million, a decrease of 1% from the first quarter of 2015, or up 1% year-over-year in constant currency.

                                                              • Operating cash flows for the first quarter were $720 million. Free cash flows for the quarter were $679 million.

                                                              • License revenues plus sequential change in unearned license revenues grew 1% year-over-year, and grew 2% year-over-year when adjusted for constant currency.

                                                              VMware announced that its Board of Directors has authorized VMware to repurchase up to an aggregate of $1.2 billion of its Class A common stock through December 31, 2016 in the open market, subject to market conditions. VMware plans to repurchase $1.2 billion of its Class A common stock in 2016.

                                                              Red Hat News
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                                                              Friday Five - April 22, 2016
                                                              Red Hat, April 22nd, 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.

                                                              • TechCrunch - Red Hat continues cloud transformation with new OpenStack and Cloud Platform Suite products
                                                              • Red Hat Blog - Red Hat receives 5-Star rating in CRN's 2016 Partner Program Guide for 4th consecutive year
                                                              • Microsoft Blog - How the Microsoft-Red Hat partnership is accelerating partner opportunities
                                                              • Open Source Stories - The Open Patient: Healing through sharing
                                                              • The Stack - Security in a hybrid world: You can't protect what you can't see

                                                              Read one for details.

                                                              Red Hat Powers Cloud-Scale DevOps with the General Availability of Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8
                                                              Latest Red Hat hybrid cloud solutions offer improved hybrid management, security, and performance via integration with Linux containers, Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Ceph Storage
                                                              Red Hat, Inc. announced the general availability of Red Hat Cloud Suite and Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8, helping to bridge the gap between development and operations teams at the scale of cloud computing. With today's newly-available products, Red Hat now offers a complete, integrated hybrid cloud stack with a container application platform (OpenShift by Red Hat), massively scalable infrastructure (Red Hat OpenStack Platform 8) and unified management tools (Red Hat CloudForms), all available individually or via a single, easy-to-deploy solution with Red Hat Cloud Suite.
                                                              Level3 News
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                                                              Level 3 Expands Enterprise Communications Solution
                                                              Voice Complete Now Available in Select Western European Countries
                                                              Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is expanding its award-winning Voice Complete enterprise communications solution to select countries in Western Europe.

                                                              As the way we communicate and collaborate continues to evolve, Voice Complete delivers a comprehensive portfolio of voice functionality, the ability to extend existing technology investments and a migration path for enterprises to transition to more efficient Unified Communications applications at their own pace.

                                                              With this expansion, Voice Complete customers can use one solution to connect with their sites in Western Europe, reducing operational complexity, and achieve greater efficiencies by using shared calling resources between locations.

                                                              Level 3 Named Advanced Partner for AWS Partner Network
                                                              Level(3), April 18th, 2016
                                                              Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) has been named an Advanced Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) delivering AWS Direct Connect, a network service providing enterprises secure access to the AWS Cloud. Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions deliver secure and reliable dedicated network connections as part of Level 3's membership in the APN to bolster enterprise and public sector access to the AWS Cloud infrastructure and services. Attaining Advanced Partner status in the APN further demonstrates Level 3's capabilities and expertise in delivering the secure, reliable and flexible solutions enterprises need today as they connect to AWS for their cloud-based business applications.
                                                              EMC News
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                                                              EMC Reports First-Quarter 2016 Financial Results
                                                              EMC, April 20th, 2016
                                                              EMC Corporation reported first-quarter 2016 financial results. First-quarter consolidated revenue was $5.5 billion, down 2% year over year. GAAP net income attributable to EMC was $268 million in the first quarter, and GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share was $0.14 in the first quarter, up 8% year over year. Non-GAAP net income attributable to EMC was $603 million in the first quarter, and non-GAAP earnings per weighted average diluted share in the first quarter was $0.31, flat year over year.
                                                              EMC Releases New Digital Media Workflow Enhancements at NAB Show 2016
                                                              EMC delivers new advances for digital media workflows including 4K, IP-based broadcast and multi-platform delivery solutions via strong community of collaborators
                                                              EMC Corporation announced four new media workflow enhancements for content creators, television and sports broadcasters and content delivery providers. In a rapidly changing and highly competitive market, user-centric solutions are a critical differentiator, and these new offerings enable customers to accelerate the creation and monetization of media, ensuring they can store, manage, protect and analyze their digital media assets.

                                                              With a deep understanding of the media and entertainment industry, EMC and its ecosystem of collaborators enable customers with options to help achieve success in a fast-changing environment. 4K production formats, leveraging IP and Cloud technologies, deploying on-demand video services, and collaborative editing are all driving the demand for storage capacity, simplicity, bandwidth, and faster file access...

                                                              HP News
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                                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Continues Dedication To Diversity In It Security Education
                                                              HPE, Applied Computer Security Associates and CRA-W Award Third Annual Recipients of Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security
                                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE), in collaboration with Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), announced 16 new recipients and 8 continuing recipients of the 2016 Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS).

                                                              Now in its third year of funding by HPE, the scholarship program has supported 46 collegiate women working to join the growing security industry...

                                                              Brocade News
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                                                              NxtGen Leverages Brocade New Ip Networking Technology To Increase Business Growth And Innovation
                                                              Bocade, April 22nd, 2016
                                                              "Brocade announced that NXTGEN DATA CENTER & CLOUD SERVICES has become the latest IT service provider to adopt its New IP networking infrastructure solutions to increase business growth and innovation. NxtGen has raised multiple rounds of funding from Intel Capital, Axon Partners, and the International Finance Corporation (World Bank). The company has utilized this funding to establish three data centers in India, with plans to open several more in 2016 as it identifies new opportunities in the world's fastest-growing major economy..."
                                                              Hitachi News
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                                                              Hitachi Content Platform Receives High Scores In Gartner's 2016 Critical Capabilities For Object Storage Report
                                                              HDS, April 22nd, 2016
                                                              Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), announced Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) has received high scores in the Gartner 2016 Critical Capabilities for Object Storage report, published March 31, 2016.

                                                              Fueling object storage demands are newer investments in non-traditional IT projects and efforts to reduce cost in core enterprise workloads. According to the report, "Infrastructure and operations leaders are attracted by the lower total cost of ownership and the scalability of object storage, whereas enterprise developers are attracted to its programmability, cloud portability and productivity improvements."

                                                              F5 News
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                                                              F5 Networks Announces Results For Second Quarter Of Fiscal 2016
                                                              Revenue of $483.7 million, up 2 percent from $472.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015
                                                              For the second quarter of fiscal 2016, F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced revenue of $483.7 million, up 2 percent from $472.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2015.

                                                              GAAP net income was $75.4 million ($1.11 per diluted share), compared to $85.7 million ($1.18 per diluted share) in the second quarter a year ago. This result reflects the jury verdict and other associated costs with that patent litigation during the quarter.

                                                                Netapp News
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                                                                McNeese Gains Three Times Faster Performance with NetApp Flash
                                                                NetApp All Flash FAS powers all the university's operations, applications, databases, on-campus teaching, research, and online courses
                                                                'Some people might say that moving everything to flash storage is overkill, but we don't see it that way,' said Chad Thibodeaux, CIO at McNeese State University. 'We view NetApp All Flash FAS as service delivery insurance. We know the reliability and performance are going to be there for anything we want to deploy.'

                                                                Based in Louisiana, McNeese State University was one of the first schools in the nation to offer a concentration in preparedness and national security. The school delivers innovative, always-on services designed to help students succeed in the 21st-century global economy. McNeese's use of technology in classrooms and online presence both were growing rapidly and needed a high-performance IT infrastructure to support its new technology initiatives.

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