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Oracle News
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Oracle Launches Latest Oracle Field Service Cloud Offering to Power a Completely Connected Customer Service Experience
New field service capabilities can improve customer satisfaction and response times, while reducing service delivery costs
Oracle announced a comprehensive new release of Oracle Field Service Cloud, formerly known as TOA Technologies. The latest release, which is part of Oracle's end-to-end cloud customer service offering, delivers extensive new field service enhancements focused on mobility, ease of use, and connecting contact center agents delivering service via the phone, email, and chat to field technicians providing in person support. Field service is a customer service cornerstone for brands spanning a number of industries - including telecommunications, utilities, high tech and manufacturing.
Oracle Buys Textura
Adds Leading Construction Contracts and Payment Management Cloud Services to the Oracle Engineering and Construction Industry Cloud Platform
Oracle announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Textura, a leading provider of construction contracts and payment management cloud services for $26.00 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $663 million, net of Textura's cash.

Textura's cloud services process $3.4 billion in payments for over 6,000 projects each month, helping keep projects on time and under budget while reducing risk for developers, contractors and subcontractors. Textura offers its cloud services in a consumption model preferred by the engineering and construction industry whereby the companies involved pay based on project activity. Further, usage of Textura's cloud services creates a network effect that benefits all participants as more than 85,000 general and subcontractors are connected to the platform.

Oracle Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Markie Awards
The 2016 Markie Awards represent Oracle Marketing Cloud's biggest award campaign in history with 350 submissions highlighting modern marketing success
To promote best practices and celebrate the accomplishments of modern marketers around the world, Oracle has announced the winners of the 2016 Markie Awards. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the annual Markie Awards recognize the top companies and leaders for creative, innovative, and effective modern marketing campaigns that delivered increased engagement, conversation and ROI. Past winners include notable companies such as The Dow Chemical Company, Intel, Marriott Rewards, DocuSign, Twitter and Rockwell Automation.
Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Simplify Data-Driven Marketing
New innovations and integrations help direct-to-consumer marketers personalize the customer experience and optimize marketing spend
Extending its commitment to help consumer marketers target, convert and retain their ideal customers, Oracle has introduced new innovations and integrations for the Oracle Marketing Cloud. The latest additions empower marketers to use differentiated audience data for targeting on their paid media, orchestrate cross-channel interactions and further optimize the customer experience.

Marketers can now improve the customer experience through a new direct integration between Oracle Maxymiser and Oracle Responsys applications. The integration enables marketers to orchestrate Oracle Maxymiser-delivered messaging on a website in conjunction with messaging in email, SMS, MMS, push messaging, in-app messaging and display advertising. In addition, Oracle Maxymiser is now fully integrated with the Oracle Data Management Platform. The integration empowers marketers to tap into first, second and third party data and use it for audience testing and optimization initiatives.

Oracle Marketing Cloud Helps Marketers Reduce Sales Cycles and Improve Conversion Rates
Innovative new platform enables business-to-business marketers to scale and optimize account-based marketing programs
Oracle announced new account-based marketing capabilities within the Oracle Marketing Cloud that help business-to-business (B2B) marketers increase lead generation, reduce sales cycles and improve conversion rates. By supporting the entire B2B buyers' journey from acquisition and prospecting to closing new business, the new Oracle Marketing Cloud Account-Based Marketing capabilities enable B2B marketers to optimize targeting on paid media, more effectively engage target prospects and simplify data management and integration.
Oracle Helps Organizations Personalize the Customer Experience
New innovations within Oracle Customer Experience Cloud Suite help organizations create consistent and personalized experiences across all channels and devices
To help organizations deliver a consistent and personalized customer experience across all channels, touch points and interactions, Oracle today introduced a series of new innovations within the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite. The latest additions help organizations embrace modern customer experience best practices across sales, commerce, customer service and marketing through enhancements to Oracle Sales Cloud, Oracle Commerce Cloud, Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud.
Louisville Water Company Overhauls Aging Systems to Drive Comprehensive Customer Experience Strategy with Oracle Solutions
Oracle Utilities solutions enable utility to cut billing process by more than 80 percent
Today's customers live in a universe tailored to their unique needs and wants. They require instant, digital gratification and organizations - regardless of industry - are challenged to shift strategies to accommodate these requests. Louisville Water Company (Louisville Water), which provides drinking water to more than 850,000 people in Louisville, Ky., recognized this need and turned to Oracle to help meet its growing customer expectations.

Like many utilities, Louisville Water relied on aging systems to manage its customer care and fieldwork activities with limited to no customer self-service capabilities. The utility, known throughout the industry for its high-quality water and engineering innovation, saw an opportunity to increase its customer satisfaction and drive its competitive advantage. Louisville Water worked with Oracle Utilities Professional Services to transform its business leveraging Oracle Utilities Customer Care and Billing, Oracle Utilities Mobile Workforce Management, and Oracle Utilities Customer Self Service.

Features
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General Motors Steps Up Pace Of Its Tech Innovation
By Rob Preston
Rob Preston writes, "General Motors CEO Mary Barra and the company's senior management team traveled to Silicon Valley last year to meet with the executives and/or tour the facilities of a handful of top technology companies, including Oracle, Apple, Google, and Cisco. They also sat down with a variety of venture capitalists at Kleiner Perkins headquarters, as well as Stanford professors who are leading programs ranging from the design of future cars to organizational innovation.

The intent: Expose the senior leadership team to how one of the world's fastest-moving industries is thinking about strategy and execution..."

IT - AI
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Why It's Time For CIOs To Invest In Machine Learning
CIO, April 26th, 2016
"Elsevier CTO Dan Olley believes investments in machine learning improve customer outcomes, and he explains how CIOs can get started with the technology...

Cornell University wants to help whales avoid getting hit by ships, so it is working on an algorithm that uses audio recordings to alert ships to the whales' whereabouts.

Dassault Systèmes is creating a 3D model of a human heart that will allow surgeons to test the performance of pacemakers before opening up patients..."

Facebook's CEO Sees Superhuman AI Within 10 Years
CIO Today, April 28th, 2016
"Within the next five to 10 years, artificial intelligence could advance to the point where computers can see, hear and understand language better than people, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said yesterday during the company's earnings call for the first quarter of 2016.

Facebook already has research groups dedicated to advancing the company's capabilities in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing and speech..."

Neural Networks And The Future Of Machine Learning
insideBIGDATA, April 25th, 2016
"In this special guest feature, Gary Baum, Vice President of Marketing at MyScript, talks about how handwriting recognition is enhancing machine (and human) learning. As an input method, handwriting recognition teaches machines to adapt to the user, adding in another layer to their evolving skill set. Those users can program systems simply by jotting down notes and in turn, build platforms most reflective of the human experience. Gary is a tech industry veteran with more than 20 years of executive marketing and product management experience..."
SPARC
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Unbeatable Scalability of SAP ASE on Oracle M7
By Parnian Taidi
Parnian writes, "The Oracle SPARC M7 platform has incredible performance and some examples of it can be found in this blog. One very interesting customer example is with SAP ASE performance and scalability. SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (Sybase) database is used by University hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven). UZ Leuven is one of the largest healthcare providers in Europe and provides cloud services to 16 other Belgian hospitals, sharing patient records supported by the same IT infrastructure and systems.

UZ Leuven was looking to increase the scale capacity of its SAP ASE platform to accommodate an anticipated 50% business growth in user transactions, along with added functionality of the application as more hospitals join the network. Their current load was about 80 million transactions per day for a 5 TB database..."

Virtualization
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Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.20
By Simon Coter
Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 20.

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
  • Storage: fixed a regression causing write requests from the BIOS to cause a Guru Meditation with the LsiLogic SCSI controller
  • Improved NAT Networking

Read on for details.

Oracle VM 3.4: ovm-info command to get details within VM
By Simon Coter
Simon blogs, "Continuing on the path of the first "ovm-disk" command, here you can find one new tool available for your Linux guest-vms; target of this utility, named "ovm-info", is to supply main information of the running guest on:

  • VM information, like Hostname, VM-Name, VM-Type and repository that house it.
  • CPU and Memory information (Max and used)
  • Disk information like domU device and the corresponding dom0 device (virtual or physical)
  • Network information like domU device and OVM Network configuration (id, dom0 net device and vlan-tag)
  • Other informations like H/A enabled or not, Hugepages enabled or not and actions on different operations (reboot, crash etc)

So with the same approach of the other script, specific for detailed reports on vdisks, we can install and execute this command on our running Linux guest and obtain this information by executing this command on the guest itself:.."

IT - Storage
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Seagate Now Shipping 10TB Enterprise HDD
StorageReview.com, April 27th, 2016
"Seagate has announced volume distribution of their tenth-generation 10TB Enterprise HDD. This drive is the flagship offering of Seagate's nearline portfolio, and is distinct from conventional HDDs through its use of Helium to create an almost frictionless environment. This approach ultimately reduces friction on the platters, allowing spindles to function more efficiently and last longer. Seagate has optimized this HDD for use in large-scale cloud infrastructures..."
    The Big Data Puzzle: Making Sense Of Unstructured Data
    ITProPortal, April 28th, 2016
    "Never before has there been so much information available to businesses and individuals. In January 2015, Google estimated that there were 300 exabytes (that's 300 followed by 18 zeros) of human-made information in the world.

    In 2011, there were just 30 exabytes. In just 48 months, the amount of human-made information increased by 1000 per cent and we are now at a point whereby more information has been created in the past few years than in all of human history before..."

    Ten Trends Data Storage Pros Need To Watch
    Enterprise Storage Forum, April 28th, 2016
    "When I started in this business more than 30 years ago, it took a supercomputer to do what a laptop can do today, and networks were in their infancy in places like Stanford. Storage is a lot more complicated these days, and storage architects and administrators need to be on top of a whole lot more than they used to. So with a nod to the now-retired David Letterman, here is my list of the Top 10 things storage architects and admins need to be monitoring and doing..."
    Primary Storage: IT Pros Manage 20+ Types of Storage, On Average
    The VAR Guy, April 25th, 2016
    "More than 50 percent of IT administrators manage more than 10 different types of storage solutions on a day-to-day basis, while 33 percent manage more than 20 solutions, according to a recent study from Primary Data.

    The data virtualization solution provider surveyed an unspecified number of respondents in the U.S. earlier this month, including IT administrators from companies ranging from small and midsize businesses to large enterprises. While the majority of respondents who use more than 20 different types of storage solutions came from enterprise IT admins, primary storage said the complexity of disassociated storage solutions is a problem for companies of all sizes..."

      NAS vs Object: HA w/o the Headaches
      Storage-Switzerland, April 25th, 2016
      "Some systems are born with high availability, others have it thrust upon them. This seems to be the case when discussing the High Availability (HA) features of traditional NAS systems vs those of object storage systems. HA refers to the ability of a system to be available for an extended period of time, surviving many of the things that would take lesser systems down. Even the cheapest systems have some type of HA features built into them. They are able to survive the loss of a component or two. For example, if a disk drive, power supply, or controller fails, there are redundancies built in to be able to survive the failure..."
      Java Technology
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      Java SE Webinar Replay
      By Yolande Poirier
      Yolande blogs, "Learn how improvements to the Java platform, APIs and the Java language will help you develop innovative applications using parallel programming, integration with other languages and tools, and APIs that will substantially boost your productivity. Watch three webinar sessions from the April edition of Virtual Technology Summit..."
      Tips and Tricks for Better Applications (Video)
      By Yolande Poirier
      Yolande blogs, "How to take full advantage of Java EE and Java SE features in your web applications. In this presentation, David Blevins discussed the topic of extensibility with CDI, CDI Scopes and EJB. He explains how to use scopes in CDI, and add your own Bean types. He shows scope samples you can download and basic classes for making your own scopes. In the second part of his presentation, he explains the new Java 8 features and how to leverage them for your Java EE applications. Watch his presentation..."
      IT - Technology
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      Thunderbolt 3 goes PC at NAB 2016
      ZDNet, April 28th, 2016
      "Thunderbolt is 5 years old and ready to go mainstream after years on the sidelines. Last week's NAB 2016 is the show for video production, where 4k practically demands Thunderbolt speeds. The biggest surprise: Thunderbolt 3 is taking off because of PC adoption..."
        Europe Places A Billion-Euro Bet On Quantum Computing
        PC World, April 27th, 2016
        "The European Commission plans to invest a billion euros in quantum computing as part of a larger initiative to strengthen Europe's competitiveness in the digital economy.

        The investment, about US $1.1 billion, will be made through an effort called Quantum Flagship, akin to existing "flagship" projects in the European Union focused on graphene and on the human brain. It is expected to be partly funded by EU research and innovation programs..."

        Intel Looks To Replace Headphone Jacks With Type-C Connector
        ComputerWorld, April 27th, 2016
        "Intel this week revealed plans to create an upgraded USB Type-C connector that would enable audio input and output, potentially replacing the long-standard 3.5 millimeter headphone jack used in today's electronic devices.

        Intel, which revealed its plans during a lecture at its Intel Developers Forum (IDF) in Shenzhen, China, also believes USB Type-C would simplify connections of multi-channel audio equipment to various devices..."

        4 Technologies That Will Revolutionize The Retail Industry
        Business 2 Community, April 25th, 2016
        "The retail industry has been a witness to a variety of changes over the years. The emergence of new technologies and constantly evolving expectations of consumers have fueled these changes considerably. The more appealing a brand and its products are to consumers, the better are the prospects of traffic.

        Additionally, consumers are quickly equipping themselves with the emerging technology trends and utilizing them to make their lives easier. As a result, more and more brands are adopting recent technologies to serve their customers better..."

          IT - Bitcoin
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          Bitcoin And Blockchain Tech Are Fueling A Fourth Industrial Revolution
          Bitcoin Magazine, April 25th, 2016
          "Is a fourth industrial revolution underway? Advancements in information-sharing technology, including data analytics, cloud computing, wireless sensors, smart contracts, decentralized autonomous organizations and blockchain technology seem to be fuelling not just a disruption but a revolution, fuelled by the invention of Bitcoin and blockchain tech..."
          Report: Using Bitcoin Is Legal In India
          NEWSBTC, April 25th, 2016
          "There is a lot of concern across various countries in the world whether or not Bitcoin is legal in that particular region. A new research paper by Nishith Desai Associations shows how Bitcoin is legal in India, although there are still some regulatory concerns regarding cryptocurrency in the country.

          Similar to most countries in the world, there is no law against cryptocurrency or its usage in India. That can only be seen as a positive aspect for future Bitcoin adoption growth, though, considering how consumers are skipping credit cards and going straight to mobile and peer-to-peer payment solutions..."

          Coinbase Enables Instant Bitcoin Purchase via US Debit Cards
          CryptoCoinsNews, April 29th, 2016
          "Bitcoin exchange Coinbase has announced that it now enabled instant purchase of bitcoin via debit cards. The feature is available to all users in the United States.

          Coinbase users in the United States will, like their European counterparts, have the means to instantly buy bitcoin with debit cards. The feature rollout comes after an initial announcement in early March when Coinbase launched the feature in its beta infancy..."

          CEX.IO Announces Payment Card Withdrawals
          bitcoin.com, April 28th, 2016
          "Bitcoin exchange CEX.IO has announced the launch of its new payment card withdrawal service. This new feature will allow CEX users to withdraw fiat from their exchange accounts to payment cards, in theory allowing them to skip the bank transfer process when making withdrawals.

          CEX says that this new service has 'completed the full circle' of card-based options. The exchange says it became one of the leading exchanges through its credit card purchasing service. Now, with payment card withdrawals, users can both purchase bitcoin and spend their profits with a card..."

          The United States Is Falling Behind In Bitcoin Regulation
          Bitcoin Magazine, April 25th, 2016
          "Lawmakers and regulators in the United States could be doing a much better job attracting innovative fintech startups to the country, Coin Center Executive Director Jerry Brito said at a recent cryptocurrency-focused event hosted by the Cato Institute.

          Although the United States started out as the leader in Bitcoin regulation, it is now falling behind other jurisdictions, such as the United Kingdom, where innovation in fintech and digital currency is being embraced with open arms..."

          IT - FOSS
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          Almost Two-Thirds Of Software Companies Contributing To Open Source
          Network World, April 27th, 2016
          "Open source's march toward preeminence in business software continued over the past year, according to a survey released today by open source management provider Black Duck Software and venture capital firm North Bridge.

          Roughly two-thirds of respondents to the survey - which was administered online and drew 1,300 respondents - said that their companies encouraged developers to contribute to open-source projects, and a similar proportion said that they were actively engaged in doing so already. That's a 5% increase from the previous year's survey..."

          Open Source Escapes The Bedroom, Enters Your Boardroom
          Forrester, April 25th, 2016
          "The myth that open source software is exclusively written by and for lonely - rather odd - individual geeks remains remarkably prevalent. And yet it's a myth that is almost entirely wrong.

          Many of the world's best-known technology firms make sizeable investments of time and money in open source projects: guiding their strategy, contributing code and expertise, and baking the results deeply into their commercial offerings. Some, like Facebook or Google or IBM, might be names you'd not be too surprised by. Others, like Microsoft or Oracle, are still unfairly associated with an earlier age, in which Linux was branded 'a cancer,' and proprietary power ruled..."

          IT - DevOps
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          DevOps: Metrics Do Matter
          devops.com, April 28th, 2016
          "One of my favorite quotes about metrics or KPIs is from Jim Fowler, CIO of GE Capital: 'Don't measure me on cost or traditional IT metrics, but on the metrics of the business.'

          It's a perfect tee-up for me to talk about metrics in the context of DevOps.

          DevOps is the movement of enabling a business via technology or the ability to look at business processes and issues to mitigate them or achieve a goal..."

          Site Reliability Engineering Kicks Rote Tasks Out Of IT Ops
          SearchDataCenter, April 29th, 2016
          "DevOps is making inroads into many enterprises old and new, but Google is sharing its site reliability engineering prowess in a book that champions NoOps.

          DevOps dominates the ideology around operations and development. But what does it mean that one of the biggest technology companies doesn't do ops?

          Internet search giant Google released Site Reliability Engineering: How Google Runs Production Systems, a book focusing on its software engineering approach to IT operations..."

          Defining What DevOps is Not
          devops.com, April 29th, 2016
          "It's not often that my emails turn into full-blown conversations on DevOps. But when it happens, it's a great time to take advantage of the insights. John Purrier of Autonomic and I recently discussed DevOps sustainability. Both of us think that sustaining a modern delivery chain and adopting it are two very different things. However, most only consider the latter. And because of that, in two years (or much sooner), they will find themselves in the exact same place they started - in an environment that is unable to adapt, rooted in habit and suddenly the old guy on the block..."
          MySQL
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          MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.2
          By Alfonso Penunuri
          Alfonso bligs, "The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.2 m1. Note that this is a milestone release and not intended for production usage.

          MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.2 m1 is the first development release of MySQL for Visual Studio to add 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..."

          MySQL Innovation Day
          By Wei-Chen Chiu
          "The MySQL Innovation Day took place on Monday, April 25, at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, California. Jam-packed with 9 sessions delivered by Oracle's MySQL team, the event offered great opportunity for the attendees to learn the latest products and features in MySQL 5.7, including replication, security, optimizer, JSON-support, as well as the recently-announced MySQL Document Store.

          We would like to thank all the attendees for participating in this event. Your enthusiasm for learning more about MySQL, through interactive discussions in each of the sessions and through sharing your own experience using MySQL, made this event even more unique and valuable for speakers and your fellow attendees.

          If you missed this event or would like to review the content, you can access the presentations..."

          Linux
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          FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Quarterly Update 1 is now available
          By Michele Casey
          Michele blogs, "We are pleased to announce the availability of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Quarterly Update 1 (UEKR4U1) for Oracle Linux 6 and Oracle Linux 7. This is the first quarterly update release for UEK Release 4 (Version 4.1.12-37.2.1) and includes driver updates and a consolidation of fixes for bugs and security issues..."
          IT - Cloud
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          Identity Management: Where Cloud Security Falls Short
          Information Week, April 25th, 2016
          "A report by the Cloud Security Alliance finds that identity management tools and processes are key to ameliorating the threat of breaches. The report reveals which tools are most popular, and which are underutilized...

          Although many enterprises have user access security measures in place, both on-premises and in the cloud, they may not have enough, warned the Cloud Security Alliance in a new report..."

          Openstack Is About Disruption And Technological Diversity
          CIO, April 26th, 2016
          "OpenStack Summit has grown from 75 people to 7,500 people in 6 years!...

          Austin holds a special place for OpenStack as that's where the first OpenStack summit took place back in 2010 and it was attended by 75 people. Fast forward to 2016 and there were over 7,500 people representing 62 countries.

          When Jonathan Bryce, Executive Director at OpenStack Foundation took the stage he highlighted the community's growth..."

          OpenStack Users Talk Benefits, Challenges Of Open Source Clouds
          Network World, April 27th, 2016
          "A couple of years ago tech executives at FICO wanted to update their infrastructure. 'OpenStack seems to be the wave of the future, so we gave it a run,' says Donald Talton, senior manager of platform operations and cloud engineering at the credit rating agency.

          FICO considered using VMware, but felt that the 'momentum' of OpenStack was stronger, Talton says. And so began FICO's use of OpenStack's IaaS open source private cloud software. Talton says it's been great, though that doesn't mean it's been easy..."

          Cloud Adoption Is Accelerating, Even In Regulated Industries
          ITProPortal, April 29th, 2016
          "Organisations across almost all sectors are warming up to the cloud, but that wasn't always the case. In the not too distant past security represented one of the biggest barriers to cloud adoption. For many organisations - both regulated and unregulated - the risks outweighed the benefits.

          The public cloud, once written off as a security Pandora's box, is now increasingly perceived as an undeniable business enabler that enhances productivity, efficiency and ultimately ROI..."

          Cloud Market Crosses $7B In Quarterly Revenues
          Datamation, April 29th, 2016
          "The cloud computing market continues to climb higher...

          Yesterday, Amazon reported that its cloud division had generated sales of $2.56 billion in the first quarter (Q1) of 2016, a 64 percent year-over-year increase. The ecommerce giant's fast-growing Amazon Web Services (AWS) division helped it post a profit of over a half-billion dollars, or $1.07 per share, on revenues of $29.1 billion. Wall Street analysts had expected 58 cents a share..."

          How To Effectively Work With Multiple Cloud Providers
          SearchCloudComputing, April 27th, 2016
          "Before working with multiple cloud providers, evaluate their services for compute, storage, security and more...

          Businesses have multiple cloud providers from which to choose. Amazon Web Services is the 800-pound gorilla, but Microsoft Azure offers an increasingly competitive set of services. The Google Cloud Platform is attractive to those with big data and processing needs that can use Google's infrastructure. IBM and Rackspace offer alternatives to the big three..."

          Server and Application Management in the Hybrid IT Era
          Data Center Knowledge, April 27th, 2016
          "As revealed by the results of a recent survey of IT pros, moving some parts of an organization's infrastructure to the cloud is a priority, but one that presents a challenging management scenario. But server and application management in the cloud doesn't have to be a daunting prospect. IT professionals can better equip themselves to manage - or prepare to manage - servers and applications in a hybrid IT environment by addressing several key considerations as well as leveraging certain best practices for an optimized data center..."
          OpenStack Summit Talks: It's Time to Embrace Disruption
          eWeek, April 25th, 2016
          "The cloud isn't just about technology; it's about changing the way people work. Disruption is a key theme at the OpenStack Summit...

          The OpenStack Summit kicked off today here with big-name organizations, including AT&T, Volkswagen and Verizon, talking about their cloud experiences on the keynote stage. For those organizations and many others like them, the cloud - specifically OpenStack - represents a form of disruption, which was a key theme that was repeated through the keynotes..."

          5 Years Into The 'Cloud-First Policy' CIOs Still Struggling
          CIO, April 27th, 2016
          "Government tech chiefs see challenges in management and ownership aspects of cloud contracts, while security concerns persist.

          For half a decade, the federal government has operated under a policy to prioritize cloud computing as agency CIOs embark on new technology initiatives, but in such a vast and varied IT environment, it's not been a quick transition..."

          IT - CxO
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          Ways To Craft A Better Enterprise IT Security Roadmap
          Search CIO, April 28th, 2016
          "Johna Till Johnson doesn't take next-generation security lightly -- especially as the list of security threats grows longer and longer. As CEO at Nemertes Research, a research-advisory firm analyzing and quantifying the business value of emerging technologies, Johnson and her team spend a lot of time thinking about the functional enterprise IT security roadmap and why concepts like "protecting the perimeter" don't work.

          To break it down, Johnson put together five initial steps for enterprise clients:..."

          CIOs: Life In The Fast Lane
          Forrester, April 27th, 2016
          "The pace of business - heck, the pace of life, gets faster and faster. Faster processing, faster delivery, faster innovation - and faster adoption and abandonment of that innovation -- is the reality we all live in today.

          Leaders run fast businesses to win and to stay apace or in front of dynamic customers and disruptive competitive forces. They can't out-slow the competition. Speed is the only option..."

            New Boss to CIO: It's Not You, It's Me (but Youre Fired)
            CIO, April 25th, 2016
            "As if CIOs don't have enough to worry about from cyber-threats and digital transformations, they must now be wary of impatient new bosses coming in to shake things up.

            Companies pursuing digital strategies are bringing in new leadership to architect the changes required for growth. The CIO has the opportunity to apply his or her talents as a business technologist to facilitate the changes. But there is another scenario with which some CIOs are becoming painfully familiar..."

            The Challenges of Controlling IT Complexity
            Help Net Security, April 29th, 2016
            "IT teams overwhelmingly feel that today's IT environments are very complex - and that growing complexity is making it more difficult for them to do their jobs successfully, according to Ipswitch.

            The research pointed to IT teams feeling that they are at risk of losing control of their company's IT environment in the face of new technologies, devices and performance requirements..."

            The IT lifecycle: Appointing a CIO
            ITProPortal, April 30th, 2016
            "Timing is everything when hiring a CIO. The primary function of a CIO is to be forward-looking for developing and implementing IT initiatives, but it can be difficult for a CIO to fulfil this duty if he or she is brought on too late, and provided with inadequate technologies and processes.

            The earlier a company invests in a CIO, the earlier everyone can be in tune with what will make the business most efficient. But most companies don't know when it's too early and when it's too late..."

            IT Teams Not Up To Scratch, Say Tech Leaders
            ITProPortal, April 29th, 2016
            "The pace of change within IT has accelerated rapidly in recent years and, according to new research from IT resourcing firm Experis, many organisations now believe they have fallen behind the competition.

            The report found that tech leaders believe their departments are a whole four years behind their most innovative competitors, whilst also believing that 29 per cent of their teams need to be changed in order to drive digital transformation..."

              11 Data Issues That Keep IT Security Pros Up At Night (Slideshow)
              eWeek, April 27th, 2016
              "Faced by a continually evolving barrage of threats, security professionals seemingly must sleep with one eye open to keep their organizations secure. But with so many risks, how do security professionals prioritize? The Ponemon Institute partnered with Scale Venture Partners and Informatica to uncover what's really keeping security professionals up at night. The study surveyed 432 IT security practitioners on their top data security concerns and their approaches to keeping their organizations safe. According to the findings, security professionals cite data breaches as their top concern..."
              Think Like A Disruptor Before Youre Disrupted
              CIO Insight, April 27th, 2016
              "Countless industries and sectors are in the crosshairs of digital disruption, so it's best to proactively change an outdated business model...

              It's clear that digital disruption is everywhere. Over the last few years, we've seen the taxi industry reel as a result of Uber and the hotel industry recoil as Airbnb has taken shape. Countless other industries and sectors are in the crosshairs..."

                A CTO's Vetting Process For Hyper-Converged Architectures
                Search CIO, April 30th, 2016
                "Hyper-converged architectures: CTO and SearchCIO columnist Niel Nickolaisen lays out the five critical questions he asked before taking the plunge.

                It was only a few years ago that I concluded all the interesting technology innovations were happening at the application layer. The focus was on mobile apps, compelling user experiences through intuitive design, data analytics tools and predictive analytics, digital marketing and segmentation. It seemed as if we had taken the infrastructure layer as far as it could go..."

                Fight Corporate Data Loss With Secure, Easy-To-Use Collaboration Tools
                Network World, April 25th, 2016
                "Avoid shadow IT. Instead, use secure collaboration software that employees like and allows them to do their work...

                The Panama Papers should be a wake-up call to every CEO, COO, CTO and CIO in every company. Yes, it's good that alleged malfeasance by governments and big institutions came to light. However, it's also clear that many companies simply take for granted that their confidential information will remain confidential..."

                Software Audits: How High Tech Plays Hardball
                IT World, April 25th, 2016
                "'Truing up' licenses amounts to billions of dollars in revenue for the major software makers. Here's where the money goes -- and how it's extracted...

                When the software audit request came from Adobe two years ago, Margaret Smith (not her real name) thought it was business as usual. As a governance risk and compliance specialist for a Fortune 500 company, she was used to getting audited several times each year..."

                4 Tech Nightmares Keeping IT Leaders Up At Night
                IT World, April 25th, 2016
                "What's keeping CIOs awake at night? From data breaches to social engineering, there's plenty to keep tech types tossing and turning...

                Being a CIO isn't an easy job, not when hackers are coming at you from all sides trying to get their hands on that sweet, sweet data. It's especially never-racking because one breach can turn a company from a respectable business to one that looks like it protects its information with a layer of Swiss cheese..."

                IT - DR
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                5 Keys To Successful Disaster Recovery In The Cloud
                Network Computing, April 28th, 2016
                "Consider these areas when you're evaluating moving your disaster recovery and business continuity to the cloud...

                High on the list of every company's worst fears is a disaster that causes an outage resulting in significant downtime. Of course, it's not just catastrophes that you have to worry about. The more likely cause of an outage is an everyday operational failure from security breaches, software issues, hardware failures or human error -- recurring problems that are impossible to avoid..."

                4 Reasons To Modernize With Business Continuity
                Business 2 Community, April 28th, 2016
                "In one of our recent brainstorming meetings, I asked a question. That question was: 'What is the one thing you wish our clients knew?'

                Someone answered that question with the simple phrase, 'Backups suck.' If you're fairly diligent on your technology, you're probably thinking, 'Wait, what?'..."

                  What BC/DR Plan Alternatives Can I Use For Disruptive Events?
                  SearchDisasterRecovery, April 25th, 2016
                  "For those organizations that believe 'It will never happen to me,' options to a formal business continuity/disaster recovery plan do exist if the inevitable occurs...

                  Have you ever wondered how organizations survived before the advent of business continuity and disaster recovery plans? Historically, the first "official" disaster recovery plans appeared in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They typically focused on recovering medium to large data centers with arrays of processors, disk storage systems, tape drives, card readers, printers, terminals and network communications..."

                  IT - PM
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                  How To Get Your Project Noticed
                  CIO, April 27th, 2016
                  "Visibility for my project? Why? You might ask that, but there are good reasons to gain visibility and potential allies. Here are some thoughts on making that happen...

                  This may sound foolish to you -- get my project noticed?!? Why would I want to do that? Project managers often live in obscurity for years. Accolades go to the team, not often to the project manager..."

                    4 Ways To Finish Team Projects Successfully And On Time, Every Time
                    Fast Company, April 28th, 2016
                    "Back in 2004, PricewaterhouseCoopers reviewed 10,640 projects from 200 companies in 30 countries across a range of industries, and found that only 2.5% of those companies completed 100% of their projects. For anyone with a job, that may not be too surprising - projects get delayed and derailed all the time. But the costs can pile up. By one measure, organizations lose $109 million for every $1 billion invested in projects and programs..."
                      How To Create A Project Management Infrastructure From The Ground Up
                      CIO, April 29th, 2016
                      "If we are performing work - internally or externally - that is helping to grow the company and yet we are struggling to accomplish this work because of poor communication, lack of detailed requirements or weak resource management and financial management of these efforts then it is likely that the organization could benefit greatly from the creation of a formal project management infrastructure..."
                      IT - Networks
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                      SingAREN Adds 100G Connection to Internet2 Network
                      HPCWire, April 27th, 2016
                      "To enable groundbreaking research using high performance computing, global extension of education programs and other advanced networking applications, the Singapore Advanced Research and Education Network (SingAREN) and Internet2 have completed a 100G direct connection between Singapore and the United States.

                      The 100G connection links the advanced national research and education networks in Singapore and the United States and creates a platform upon which other national, regional and global high performance collaborations can be built..."

                      NFV and SDN: Enabling Agility
                      NetworkComputing, April 25th, 2016
                      "The networking industry has always been obsessed with speeds and feeds. At the end of the century, proprietary hardware rose to the top of the technology heap, responsible for increasing both in the network. We gained all sorts of new terminology, like backplanes and crossbar switching. We screamed at each other over which QoS technique was optimal for achieving the network scale required to handle the burgeoning demand for online everything, and IP networking became the norm, with a spate of 802.x protocols leading the way..."
                      IT - IoT
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                      6 Open Source IoT Projects To Watch (Slideshow)
                      The VAR Guy, April 27th, 2016
                      "The Internet of Things (IoT) is not actually a new idea, but it has hit a major adoption threshold. With IoT now on the fast track to driving huge changes in the channel, here's a look at IoT projects in the open source space to watch going forward..."
                      IoT Past and Present: The History of IoT, and Where Its Headed Today
                      Data Center Knowledge, April 29th, 2016
                      "The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the hottest IT buzzwords of the moment. Yet the term is actually almost two decades old already. If IoT is not actually a new idea, what is the concept's history? And why is it suddenly trending now? Keep reading for an overview of the history of the Internet of Things, and what makes it a bigger deal today than ever..."
                      The Necessary Evil: Enterprise IoT Needs A New Middleware
                      CIO, April 25th, 2016
                      "IoT is rapidly becoming a foundational element of the next generation of enterprise software solutions. As IoT evolves in the enterprise organizations are encountering new challenges integrating data between sensors, smart devices and enterprises. Quickly, enterprises are discovering a new reality: IoT requires a new type of middleware..."
                      The Four Internet Of Things Connectivity Models Explained
                      The VAR Guy, April 29th, 2016
                      "At its most basic level, the Internet of Things is all about connecting various devices and sensors to the Internet, but it's not always obvious how to connect them.

                      In March 2015, the Internet Architecture Board - a group within the Internet Society that oversees the technical evolution of the Internet - released a guide to IoT networking (PDF). This outlined four common communication models used by IoT 'smart objects': Device-to-Device, Device-to-Cloud, Device-to-Gateway, and Back-End Data-Sharing..."

                      Networked Clothing Getting Closer
                      Network World, April 26th, 2016
                      "Sewing machines create micro-thin embroidered antennas that could bring cheap, comfortable e-textiles to the IoT

                      Clothes with embroidered electronics that can act as internet-connecting antennas or as health monitors are just around the corner. High-precision embroidered circuits have been woven into fabrics with 0.1mm accuracy in experiments. That kind of precision could allow in-clothing antennas to be matched perfectly to radio waves and for sensors to be incorporated into fabrics in such a way as to feel the same on skin as the base material, scientists from Ohio State University say..."

                      IoT Will Snag 28% of the Wireless Chip Market by 2021
                      Datamation, April 28th, 2016
                      "Chipmakers, particularly those that specialize in multi-protocol wireless integrated circuit (IC) solutions, will be busy over the next few years.

                      Anticipating massive growth, the Internet of Things (IoT) will account for 28 percent of the wireless chip market by 2021, predicts technology analyst firm ABI Research. As the IoT spreads its web of connections to smart homes, wearables and beacons, device makers will increasingly turn to chips that can handle more than one wireless connectivity standard..."

                      Wearables Are Top IoT Security Concern
                      The VAR Guy, April 27th, 2016
                      "Wearables are the next big threat to enterprise IT security - and most organizations don't have the training to protect themselves from IoT-borne attacks, according to a new study from Spiceworks.

                      The study, called '2016 IoT Trends: The Devices have Landed' found that 53 percent of respondent believe wearables could be the cause of a security breach among IoT devices connected to their network, according to Spiceworks..."

                      IT - Linux
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                      34 Best Free Linux Backup Software
                      LiNUXLiNKS.com, April 24th, 2016
                      "You may have read the story about a man deleting his entire company with one mistaken piece of code: accidentally misusing rm -rf in Ansible. It was a fairly obvious hoax designed to be a viral marketing effort. It achieved that goal as scores of media sources carried the story. But at least it will have alerted readers to the importance of making sure their data is safe. But remember, human error is not the only source of data loss. Other ways of losing data include mechanical damage to RAID or disks, file system corruption, theft, fire, as well as viruses and malware..."
                        Ubuntu 16.04: A Desktop For Linux Diehards
                        InfoWorld, April 27th, 2016
                        "Striking a balance between LTS stability and nice features, Ubuntu's Xenial Xerus is special...

                        Every two years a release of Ubuntu is designated Long-Term Support (LTS). Ubuntu 16.04, code-named Xenial Xerus, is the latest in that line. LTS releases are supported for five years instead of the usual nine months, but they also have less obvious implications. LTS releases are usually geared toward the enterprise, which means they generally include fewer new features and more testing. Both qualities are attractive to risk-averse companies running production software on Ubuntu servers, but provide comparatively little to the desktop user..."

                          Here Are Top 10 Options For Running A Linux Server
                          AmongTech, April 29th, 2016
                          "Businesses looking to run a data centre server know the benefits of going with Linux as the server option. However, the plethora of options available makes it a bit difficult to settle for an option. This piece takes a look at the top options in their order of efficiency..."
                          IT - Operations
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                          Build Or Lease? Creating The Best Data Center Strategy
                          Data Center Knowledge, April 25th, 2016
                          The volume of data generated today is growing at an astonishing rate, and demand for data center space has reached an all-time high, consistently outpacing supply in the top markets. Many organizations are struggling to develop effective data center strategies, frequently facing the familiar question: build or lease?
                            Future-Proof Your Colo Data Center Choice
                            Search Data Center, April 28th, 2016
                            "Figure out which colo data center will meet your current and future needs. Be sure to take into account power draw, cost, security and additional services.

                            For any organization facing a data center review or assessment, the move to a colocation provider likely is high on the agenda. But deciding which colo data center fits the bill includes several checkpoints..."

                            IT - Security
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                            4 Tips For Planning An Effective Security Budget
                            Dark Reading, April 27th, 2016
                            "Security budgets start with managers assessing all of their resources and measuring the effectiveness of their security programs for strengths and weaknesses

                            Where does the information security budget reside and who owns it? That's an ongoing debate as organizations allocate resources to protect critical assets in a dynamically changing technology and threat environment..."

                            With Some Advanced Preparation, You Can Survive A Ransomware Attack
                            Network World, April 28th, 2016
                            "You know it's bad when a cyber crime wave makes victims out of U.S. police departments. Law enforcement agencies in at least seven states have been blackmailed by cyber attackers using ransomware. Data on departmental computers has been encrypted by malware and held hostage, with the demand that a ransom be paid in bitcoins. Unaccustomed to giving in to criminals, many of the agencies refused to pay and subsequently lost access to their information forever..."
                              4 Password Managers That Make Online Security Effortless
                              PC World, April 27th, 2016
                              "There's a reason '123456' remains the most popular password. We tend to use passwords we can easily recall. And that means they're easy to hack.

                              A good password manager is the best way to relieve the burden of memorizing complex logins and keep your data secure. These tools encrypt your login info in a virtual vault - either locally or in the cloud - and lock it with a single master password.

                              Considering that the security of sensitive data is at stake, you shouldn't take choosing a password manager lightly. This guide will tell you what features to look for in a password manager and compare four of the best..."

                              Rip Up The Script When Assembling A Modern Security Team
                              Network World, April 29th, 2016
                              "Organizations have to rethink what components are key to a security team if they hope to stay ahead of attackers...

                              The advanced threats companies face require security teams have different characteristics than the backgrounds analysts typically have. However, most businesses hire security practitioners who have similar professional backgrounds and capabilities. Analysts usually have IT backgrounds, are taught to quickly resolve threats and work in an environment that doesn't embrace speaking out when there's a security incident..."

                              Detecting And Dealing With The Stealthiest Cyberattacks
                              ITProPortal, April 25th, 2016
                              "Cyberattacks are getting smarter and stealthier as criminals and nation states use a combination of complex techniques to evade detection. The accepted reality now is that traditional protection techniques that rely on static signatures - such as Anti-Virus (AV) - or take a narrow view and ignore vectors like fileless based attacks, are simply no match for today's threat landscape. So where does this leave organisations trying to protect against new, ever evolving variants of malware or exploits?..."
                                Payment Card Industry Issues Data Security Standard Update
                                ComputerWeekly, April 28th, 2016
                                "PCI DSS version 3.2 introduces six new requirements for compliance, some additional guidance and a raft of clarifications...

                                The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council has issued an update to the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) to provide greater clarity on requirements.

                                As widely expected, one of the few changes in PCI DSS version 3.2 is the requirement of multifactor authentication for administrators accessing the cardholder data environment, even from within the company's own network..."

                                Choosing Secure File Transfer Products For Your Enterprise
                                Search Security, April 25th, 2016
                                "Are you concerned about file transfer security? Expert Karen Scarfone discusses the best products for transporting files while maintaining their confidentiality...

                                Since the earliest days of computing, there have been mechanisms for transferring files from one system to another. Unfortunately, these mechanisms, such as the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and email, have lacked built-in security features. As organizations became more security conscious and threats expanded, organizations needed ways to transfer files while ensuring their confidentiality, integrity and availability, as well as allowing for the monitoring and managing of them..."

                                Next-Generation Enterprise Security Architecture To Combat Cyber Weaponry
                                Search CIO, April 28th, 2016
                                "Why is the IT industry beginning to look at next-generation enterprise security architecture? According to Johna Till Johnson, CEO at Nemertes Research, the number -- and nature -- of threats is changing with each passing hour. And as threats become more complex and multifaceted, consequences for not protecting the business rise. This reality keeps many CIOs up at night..."
                                The Dark Side of Biometric Identification
                                InfoWorld, April 26th, 2016
                                "Authorities are using your fingerprints, your face, and even your DNA to authenticate you. If you think that will stop cyber fraud, think again...

                                As I read about the Kuwaiti government's plan to test and log the DNA of everyone in that country, I was reminded of what a bad idea such schemes are. It's great for law enforcement, I guess, but it's terrible for personal privacy and overall security.

                                What do I mean that it's bad for security? Wouldn't DNA be the ultimate biometric identifier? Wouldn't using DNA on every system worldwide mark the end of cyber crime?..."

                                8 Signs Your Security Culture Lacks Consistency
                                Dark Reading, April 27th, 2016
                                "Organizations that practice what they preach and match their actions to their words do far better achieving their goals than those that do not. Here's why that matters.

                                Recently I interacted with someone who was friendly, tolerant, and accepting in public, but in private turned out to be unfriendly, intolerant, and hateful. I'm sure nearly all of us have come across this type of person at one time or another..."

                                  IT - Careers
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                                  Now More Than Ever, Work On Coding Fundamentals
                                  InfoWorld, April 28th, 2016
                                  "Early on in my career, I struggled writing code. The key to better code: Learn fundamental coding principles...

                                  My desire to work as a software developer wasn't immediate. I had a fairly strong interest in working with computers and programming, but I never spent much free time writing code. Coming out of college, I would have defined myself as a 'hacker' in that my code was smashed and taped together into something that worked, but it was by no means elegant...."

                                    10 Fastest-Growing Tech Skills (Slideshow)
                                    CIO, April 25th, 2016
                                    "Technology is constantly evolving, and IT pros need to keep up with changing skills demands to remain relevant. A recent report from Dice.com tracked a year's worth of job postings on the site, from April 1, 2015 to April 1, 2016, to determine growth in demand for certain skills year-over-year. Skills must appear in at least 1,000 job postings in order to be considered statistically relevant.

                                    Based on that data, here are the top 10 fastest-growing technology skills IT pros should consider adding to their repetoire, and examples of the types of roles available for professionals with those skills..."

                                      The Dysfunctional Workplace Survival Guide
                                      Business 2 Community, April 28th, 2016
                                      "We've all been there -

                                      • Coming out of a meeting where you felt beat up but you never saw the punches coming.
                                      • Watching someone win over a group of leaders with inspiring plans that actually only promote their own agenda.
                                      • Sitting with co-workers and listening to elaborate conspiracy theories about why certain people haven't been fired yet - (she knows what they did last summer!).

                                      Yep, we've all had our 15 minutes up close and personal with dysfunction. And for many of us, it has lasted a lot longer than 15 minutes!

                                      So, how do you survive a leader or environment that can get so dysfunctional and negative?..."

                                        How To Deal With A Manager Who Hates You
                                        CIO, April 29th, 2016
                                        "Sometimes it's your boss, sometimes it's you. Columnist Rob Enderle writes that it's important to figure out why you and your manager don't get along. Then you have to decide if it's something you can fix or if you simply need to get the hell out..."
                                          IT - Social Media
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                                          5 Myths About Social Media You Need To Stop Believing
                                          Business 2 Community, April 29th, 2016
                                          'Social media is just fluff', 'you can't really measure your impact,' 'to be successful you need a huge audience'.

                                          "I'm sure you've heard or even said some or all of those lines at some point, as they're definitely not uncommon. In fact, they are some of the most common myths about social media. So let's set the record straight once and for all and crush them one by one..."

                                            IT - Virtualization
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                                            5 Ways Companies Are Benefiting From Running Containers On Openstack (Slideshow)
                                            eWeek, April 25th, 2016
                                            "Containers are gaining steam in the enterprise. They enable developers to package an entire runtime environment - including an application, its dependencies, libraries and other binaries, and configuration files - in a portable and streamlined way. The idea of containers isn't new, but container technology combined with the cloud can be a game changer..."
                                            5 Things Containers Need To Win The Enterprise (slideshow)
                                            Network World, April 28th, 2016
                                            "Container technology like Docker and CoreOS offers tremendous benefits in terms of flexible service and application delivery, but it needs these five key things to take off in the enterprise...

                                            Container technology like Docker and CoreOS is growing in popularity as companies to realize the benefits of the flexible service and application delivery platform they offer. But the technology is not without its challenges in the enterprise..."

                                            Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.20
                                            By Simon Coter
                                            Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 20.

                                            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
                                            • Storage: fixed a regression causing write requests from the BIOS to cause a Guru Meditation with the LsiLogic SCSI controller
                                            • Improved NAT Networking

                                            Read on for details.

                                            IT - Email
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                                            Why Email Hasnt Killed The Fax
                                            InfoWorld, April 25th, 2016
                                            "We should have had a suitable alternative to the fax long ago, but email failed...

                                            Five years ago, I wrote a column about how the fax machine refuses to die. Five years is a long time in terms of technology, but only a short time in terms of fax machines. Depending on how you define the point of origin of the first method of distributing images or photographs over an electrical wire, the fax machine may date back to 1843..."

                                              IT - Database
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                                              7 Common Misconceptions About Database Encryption
                                              memburn, April 25th, 2016
                                              "With technological advancements, we are easily able to store documents and records of medical information, tax, financial transactions and other important information electronically. Prior to this, physical copies were held in safes or archives, but today databases allow the storage of important data. Electronic storage has allowed a variety of data to be easily readily available for sharing between many people and organisations.

                                              However, such databases that contain important information have become targets for threatening hackers..."

                                                IT - Backup
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                                                Backup And Recovery Will Get Harder As Data Volumes Grow
                                                v3 co uk, April 25th, 2016
                                                "Slow recovery from disasters or other downtime handicaps organisations' ability to respond to unforeseen events, and less than a quarter of companies are confident of making a "full recovery to agreed timescales", according to research commissioned for the V3 Cloud & Infrastructure Summit.

                                                Peter de Vente, a systems consultant and business continuity specialist at Dell, suggested that organisations need to make sure that disaster recovery plans include prioritising systems, databases and data so that IT staff can focus on getting the most valuable IT assets up and running first..."

                                                Employees Getting Caught In 'Set And Forget' Back-Up Blunders
                                                ITProPortal, April 29th, 2016
                                                "As companies introduce more advanced back-up measures, employees appear to be becoming increasingly casual about saving documents, confident they can call on IT to help them retrieve missing data.

                                                They rarely realise how vulnerable that backed-up data can remain when not stored correctly, according to information management company, Iron Mountain..."

                                                Even Paradise Needs Backups
                                                ComputerWorld, April 25th, 2016
                                                "Holiday travel is no time to drop your guard, especially if you take any electronic devices along...

                                                s a security professional who travels a great deal for work, I can tell you a lot about the best practices to follow when you're on the road with electronic devices in tow. Right now, though, I'm on vacation - I'm in paradise, as a matter of fact, in the form of the Garden Island of Kauai - so maybe I should be able to let down my guard..."

                                                IT - Big Data
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                                                How Big Data Is Transforming Healthcare
                                                Information Age, April 29th, 2016
                                                "Intelligent uses of big data in healthcare are helping to predict epidemics, find cures for disease, improve quality of life and avoid preventable deaths...

                                                Data volumes are exploding. More data has been created in the past two years than in the entire previous history of the human race.

                                                By the year 2020, about 1.7 megabytes of new information will be created every second for every human being on the planet..."

                                                Where And How Will You Store All That Big Data?
                                                ComputerWorld, April 28th, 2016
                                                "The data is piling up and we've witnessed an explosion in storage capacity to keep up with it. Way back in the 1980s, the late-great comedian George Carlin foresaw the storage woes we're facing today: 'A house is just a pile of stuff with a cover on it. When you leave your stuff, you gotta lock it up. Wouldn't want somebody to come by and take some of your stuff. Sometimes you gotta move, gotta get a bigger house. Why? No room for your stuff anymore.'..."
                                                  Big Data Analytics A Useful Security Tool, Says Analyst
                                                  ComputerWeekly, April 25th, 2016
                                                  "The majority of companies using big data security analytics report a high business benefit, according to the Business Application Research Center...

                                                  Big data analytics is a useful tool for enabling organisations to become more resilient in the face of increasing cyber attacks, according to a software market analyst and IT consultant..."

                                                  IT - BYOD
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                                                  72 Per Cent Of Organisations Support BYOD Despite Privacy And Security Concerns
                                                  ITProPortal, April 28th, 2016
                                                  "According to the results of a new survey from Bitglass, 72 per cent of organisations across the financial services, technology, healthcare, government and education sectors support BYOD for all or some employees.

                                                  However, only 14 per cent have successfully deployed Mobile Application Management (MAM) solutions, creating issues in areas such as controlling access to corporate data and enforcing device encryption..."

                                                  BYOD Security Management Still An Issue For Businesses
                                                  eWeek, April 29th, 2016
                                                  "A Bitglass survey found just 14 percent of organizations have successfully deployed mobile application management (MAM) solutions...

                                                  Nearly three-quarters (72 percent) of organizations, led by the financial services sector, support BYOD for all or some employees, according to a recent Bitglass survey.

                                                  However, relatively few organizations are able to control access to corporate data, remotely wipe devices or enforce device encryption, the survey found..."

                                                  Top10
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                                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                  Vol 218 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 217 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
                                                  We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                  • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.18
                                                  • Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance (Whitepaper)
                                                  • New Release JDK 8u91 and JDK 8u92
                                                  • Oracle Solaris 11.3 Preflight Checker - Come Fly With Me!
                                                  • Patch Set Updates (PSUs) for Oracle Secure Global Desktop
                                                  • Exadata Virtual Conference
                                                  • MySQL Community Awards 2016: the Winners
                                                  • Meet us at OpenStack Summit - April 25-29
                                                  • How To Determine If You Can Trust Cloud Security
                                                  • Digital Strategy Helps Berkshire Blanket Cozy Up To Customers And Retailers In The Cloud

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

                                                    IT - Encryption
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                                                    Defend Encrypted Data From Quantum Computer Threat
                                                    Help Net Security, April 29th, 2016
                                                    "If an exotic quantum computer is invented that could break the codes we depend on to protect confidential electronic information, what will we do to maintain our security and privacy? That's the overarching question posed by a new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), whose cryptography specialists are beginning the long journey toward effective answers..."
                                                    Its 2016 And You Arent Using Encryption. Why?
                                                    memburn, April 28th, 2016
                                                    "Encryption has this kind of reputation that it's complicated. It's not. It's very, very simple. There should be no reason why an organization shouldn't be encrypting its data in 2016.

                                                    The technology is there. And the rationale for using it is simple: Breach prevention is dead. Our 2015 Breach Level Index showed over 1600 disclosed breaches worldwide. That led to more than 700-million records being exposed. To put it simply, blocking breaches isn't working..."

                                                    IT - Developer
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                                                    10 Free Tools For API Design, Development, And Testing (Slideshow)
                                                    InfoWorld, April 29th, 2016
                                                    "The rise of RESTful APIs has been met by a rise in tools for creating, testing, and managing them. Whether you're an API newbie or an expert on an intractable deadline, you have a gamut of services to help you get your API up and running quick, and many of them won't cost you a dime.

                                                    Following is a sampling of free services for working with APIs: load testers, API designers, metrics collectors, and much more..."

                                                      Nexenta News
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                                                      Nexenta Redefines the Storage Industry - Again - with the Industry's First Container-Ready, Scale-Out Software-Defined Storage Solution
                                                      NexentaEdge Enables Container-Converged Infrastructures and Application Mobility; Provides Persistent Storage Services to Docker-based Application Microservices Running on the Same Servers
                                                      Nexenta announced significant updates to its award-winning block and object storage platform, NexentaEdge, including seamless integration with OpenStack (link is external) and Docker environments.

                                                      NexentaEdge was the first software-only, scale-out, multi-service storage solution to deliver cluster-wide inline deduplication and compression, offering high-performance, simplified management of petabyte-scale repositories. Now, with the latest updates, the block and object software-defined platform includes additional performance optimizations for all-flash and hybrid configurations, tightly integrates with the OpenStack ecosystem to simplify deployments in OpenStack clouds, and adds support for container-based deployments and Docker environments.

                                                      Cisco News
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                                                      Business Leaders Must Reimagine the Workforce in the Digital Age
                                                      Cisco, April 26th, 2016
                                                      "New study shows that only one in ten workforces are fully empowered

                                                      By neglecting digital workforce transformation, companies are failing to build the capabilities that they will need to succeed in an era of digital disruption according to a new report, Workforce Transformation in the Digital Vortex, from The Center for Digital Business Transformation (DBT Center), an IMD and Cisco initiative. The report describes the steps that an organization can take to digitize its people-related processes in order to build a workforce that is highly agile, innovative, and engaged - factors that will enable the organization to create value for its customers, partners, and for its own employees..."

                                                      Berlin to Host Fourth Annual Internet of Things World Forum, Innovation Grand Challenge Showcase, and More
                                                      Industrial IoT Innovations at Hannover Messe
                                                      Cisco announced that Berlin will host the fourth annual Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF), the world's premier thought leadership forum for the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Germany has made important strides in fostering IoT innovation, and Cisco is excited to bring the exclusive event - widely recognized as a must-attend event for key stakeholders and innovators in business, government, and academia - to Berlin.

                                                      Highlights:

                                                      • Cisco is announcing broad support for Profinet, the open Industrial Ethernet standard used for factory and process automation
                                                      • Extended collaboration with Rockwell Automation to enhance industrial IoT security
                                                      • Cumulocity collaborates with Cisco Jasper on IoT service platform
                                                      • Third Cisco Innovation Grand Challenge details announced

                                                      Read on.

                                                      Dell News
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                                                      Dell Services Federal Governments Cloud Receives FedRAMP Authorization
                                                      Dell Cloud for U.S. Government (DCG), has met the security standards
                                                      Dell Services Federal Government (DSFG) announced it has received the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) authorization for its cloud offering. This indicates that DSFG's multi-tenant cloud platform, Dell Cloud for U.S. Government (DCG), has met the security standards and requirements in accordance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

                                                      FedRAMP is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Through the review of the Joint Authorization Board (JAB), this certification grants DCG a FedRAMP Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO). Key delivery partner InfusionPoints, LLC has been instrumental in helping DCG achieve P-ATO by developing and delivering DCG operations, security and compliance...

                                                      Dell Advances Future-Ready Enterprise with New Campus and Data Center Networking Solutions
                                                      new cloud-managed wired and wireless offering powered by Dell and Aerohive
                                                      Dell Networking introduced new capabilities for campus and data center environments, including the launch of new cloud-managed wired and wireless solutions powered by Dell and Aerohive, Operating System 10 milestones and in-rack platforms for the data center.

                                                      'Major trends such as cloud and software-defined create a dynamically changing IT landscape, both on campus and in the data center,' said Tom Burns, vice president and general manager, Dell Networking and Enterprise Infrastructure. 'These new Dell Networking solutions help our customers navigate these changes with future-ready architectures, open technology and hyper-scale inspired efficiency.'

                                                      Microsoft News
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                                                      Microsoft and Funai deepen partnership with cross-licensing agreement
                                                      Funai Electric is a worldwide leading manufacturer under FUNAI and other multiple brands including Philips, Magnavox, DX Broadtec, Emerson, Sanyo and Kodak.
                                                      Microsoft Corp. and Funai Electric Co. Ltd. ('Funai Electric') announced they are strengthening their successful partnership with the renewal of a patent cross-licensing agreement covering a range of consumer audio-video products.

                                                      'Microsoft and Funai Electric will continue to benefit from each other's innovations in building enhanced experiences for our customers,' said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. 'This cross-licensing agreement is another example of the advantages of an IP-led economy, encouraging product interoperability and accelerating research and development advances across companies.'

                                                      Microsoft extends openness and interoperability in industrial manufacturing
                                                      Microsoft, April 25th, 2016
                                                      Microsoft Corp. announced it is working with the OPC Foundation to enable virtually any industrial Internet of Things (IoT) scenario through interoperability between the millions of applications and industrial equipment compliant with the OPC UA standard. Microsoft will further enable its industrial IoT customers to connect a broad range of manufacturing equipment and software that can span decades of investment with extended support of the OPC UA open source software stack.

                                                      Interoperability between devices and assets is critical for today's factories, which are increasingly bringing new and legacy systems online and modernizing their plants and facilities. OPC UA provides a standardized communi­cation, security, and metadata and semantics abstraction for the majority of industrial equipment. It also serves as a gateway to cloud-enabled industrial equipment, including data and device management, insights, and machine learning capabilities for equipment that was not de­signed with these capabilities built in.

                                                      Microsoft and Jabil collaborate to create quality assurance platform for predictive analytics
                                                      Microsoft, April 25th, 2016
                                                      At the Hannover Messe industrial fair, Microsoft Corp. announced that Jabil, one of the world's leading design and manufacturing solution providers, has built its predictive analytics solution on Microsoft Azure Machine Learning. The new platform predicts errors or failures on the assembly floor before they occur, saving its customers time and money while delivering superior quality and shortened product lead times throughout the entire supply chain. Jabil has rolled out the platform in two of its megasites in Penang, Malaysia, and Guadalajara, Mexico, and plans to deploy the solution to its facilities worldwide.

                                                      In digital manufacturing, quality assurance across the assembly line is imperative. Identifying errors, slowdowns and potential failures before they occur rather than after they happen can help companies be more proactive and improve productivity.

                                                      Microsoft and Rolls-Royce collaborate to offer advanced operational intelligence to airlines
                                                      Microsoft, April 24h, 2016
                                                      At the Hannover Messe industrial fair, Microsoft Corp. and Rolls-Royce, a leading manufacturer of aero engines for the airline and business aviation market, announced they are collaborating to bring new capabilities to Rolls-Royce customers. Rolls-Royce will integrate Microsoft Azure IoT Suite and Cortana Intelligence Suite into its service solutions to expand its digital capabilities to support the current and next generation of Rolls-Royce intelligent engines.

                                                      Rolls-Royce engines power more than 50,000 flights around the world each month, and the company constantly strives to improve aircraft efficiency, drive up aircraft availability and reduce engine maintenance costs for customers.

                                                      Symantec News
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                                                      Symantec Updates Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2016 Guidance
                                                      Symantec, April 28th, 2016
                                                      Symantec Corp. updated its fiscal fourth quarter guidance, ended April 1, 2016. Symantec will release actual results for the fiscal fourth quarter after the market closes on May 12, 2016.

                                                      Revenue is now expected to be $873 million compared to previous guidance of $885 to $915 million. A shift in enterprise security customer buying preferences is resulting in less license revenue during the quarter and more revenue being deferred to future periods. This included a faster than expected shift within our product mix to subscription and ratable contract structures.

                                                      Symantec Announces CEO Transition Plan Following Companys Successful Move to Focus Exclusively on Cybersecurity
                                                      Michael A. Brown to Step Down as CEO Once a Successor is Identified; Board Commences CEO Search Process
                                                      Symantec Corp. announced that Michael A. Brown will be stepping down as President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Brown will continue to serve as CEO and as a director of the company until a successor has been appointed. The Symantec Board of Directors has begun the search for the Company's next CEO.

                                                      To facilitate a continued focus on the Company's strategic priorities throughout the CEO search and transition, the Board has created an Office of the President composed of: Ajei S. Gopal, who is joining the Company as Interim President and Chief Operating Officer; Thomas J. Seifert, Symantec's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; and Scott C. Taylor, Symantec's Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. The Office of the President is expected to remain in place until a new CEO has joined the Company.

                                                      IBM News
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                                                      IBM Launches First Highly Secure Blockchain Services for Financial Services, Government and Healthcare on IBM Cloud
                                                      BNY Mellon leads in piloting IBM Garage services - Empowers developers to run IBM's Blockchain using Docker containers
                                                      Since blockchain is an emerging technology, until now there has been little clarity on the requirements to securely operate blockchain networks in the cloud. To help speed the adoption of blockchain for business, IBM announced a new framework for securely operating blockchain networks, as well as new services on the IBM Cloud that are designed to meet existing regulatory and security requirements.

                                                      Blockchain networks are built on the notion of decentralized control, but some cloud environments leave back doors open to vulnerabilities that allow tampering and unauthorized access. Working with teams of security experts, cryptographers, hardware experts and researchers, IBM has created essential new cloud services for tamper-resistant, trusted blockchain networks.

                                                      Kimberly-Clark Professional Builds Intelligence Into Facilities Management with IBM Cloud, IoT
                                                      Company turns to IBM Cloud, Bluemix and IoT for solution that helps building owners manage restrooms remotely through the cloud, lowering costs, while improving consumer experiences
                                                      IBM announced that the Professional division of Kimberly-Clark, maker of such household brands as Kleenex and Huggies, has adopted IBM Cloud and IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) Platform to create a new intelligent facilities management app that helps clients better monitor and manage restrooms remotely, lowering costs and improving consumer experiences..

                                                      Kimberly-Clark Professional's new Intelligent Restroom app was built using IBM Bluemix development platform and is hosted on the IBM Cloud. With the app, facilities managers collect data and alerts from sensors integrated into restroom amenities, from soap dispensers to air fresheners, as well as non-amenities like entrance doors.

                                                      IBM Expands Flash Storage Solutions to Target New, Intelligent Apps in the Cloud
                                                      'IBM MicroLatency' Technology To Transfer Data at Unprecedented Speed
                                                      IBM announced an expansion of its flash storage portfolio to help clients more quickly extract value from data so it can be turned into a competitive advantage. IBM launched three new all-flash array products incorporating industry-leading performance - a minimum latency of 250&#956;s (microsecond) -- to solve the challenge of accessing the massive amounts of data quickly for cloud-based applications and workloads.

                                                      Consumers today are demanding cloud-based applications that are fast, easy and intelligent. Sub-second response times are critical when data is retrieved from the cloud to deliver a unique, personalized and positive customer experience. IBM MicroLatency technology transfers data within the flash array via hardware instead of the added layer of software.

                                                      Sesame Workshop and IBM Watson Team Up to Advance Early Childhood Education
                                                      Plan to develop adaptive learning products and platform for use at home and in schools
                                                      Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization that produces Sesame Street, and IBM announced a collaboration to use IBM Watson's cognitive computing technology and Sesame's early childhood expertise to help advance preschool education around the world.

                                                      As part of a three-year agreement, Sesame Workshop and IBM will collaborate to develop educational platforms and products that will be designed to adapt to the learning preferences and aptitude levels of individual preschoolers. Research shows that a significant extent of brain development occurs in the first five years of a child's life1, making this window critical for learning and development.

                                                      Maryland to Create P-TECH Schools Across the State
                                                      Governor, State Leaders Sign Bill Bringing IBM's Innovative Education Model to Maryland
                                                      Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed bipartisan legislation at the State House to create and support P-TECH schools around the state, beginning with an initial two P-TECH schools expected to open in Baltimore this fall. Colorado and Rhode Island have adopted similar measures to replicate P-TECH schools across their states.

                                                      Co-developed by IBM, P-TECH is an innovative, nationally-recognized education model that combines high school, college, and workplace skills required for 21st century jobs. Within a six-year program, graduates from Maryland's P-TECH schools can earn both a high school diploma and an associate degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Students who successfully complete the program become first in line for available jobs at companies like IBM.

                                                      IBM Board Approves Increase in Quarterly Cash Dividend
                                                      for the 21st Consecutive Year
                                                      The IBM board of directors today declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $1.40 per common share, payable June 10, 2016 to stockholders of record as of May 10, 2016. Today's dividend declaration represents an increase of $0.10, or eight percent higher than the prior quarterly dividend of $1.30 per common share.

                                                      This is the 21st year in a row that IBM has increased its quarterly cash dividend. With this increase, IBM has more than doubled its quarterly dividend per share since 2010. IBM has now paid consecutive quarterly dividends since 1916.

                                                      Halliburton Turns to IBM Cloud to Help Evaluate Development Decisions for Oil and Gas Fields
                                                      OpenStack Initiative is step toward truly open cloud community
                                                      In a move to drive greater cloud interoperability, IBM announced it has contributed significant new features to the RefStack Project, which was created as part of the OpenStack community's effort to drive interoperability across clouds. The ability to move data and apps from one cloud to another is a major obstacle in the evolution of cloud and business.

                                                      RefStack, officially launched last year and to which IBM is the lead contributor, is a critical pillar of IBM's commitment to ensuring an open cloud - helping to progress the company's long-term vision of mitigating vendor lock-in and enabling developers to use the best combination of cloud services and APIs for their needs.

                                                      Fujitsu News
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                                                      Fujitsu Reports Fiscal 2015 Full-Year Financial Results
                                                      Business model transformation expenses lowered operating profit, although profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent was in line with the January projection
                                                      Fujitsu reported profit for the year attributable to owners of the parent was 86.7 billion yen, down 53.2 billion yen from fiscal 2014. Consolidated revenue for fiscal 2015 was 4,739.2 billion yen, essentially unchanged from fiscal 2014. In Japan, revenue from network products and PCs declined, but revenue from system integration services increased. Outside Japan, revenue from network products declined, but results benefited from foreign exchange movements.
                                                      Fujitsu Develops Technology that Quickly Tracks Changes Made to Large-Scale Open Source Software
                                                      Greatly reduces time needed to locate changes, leads to fast development of software
                                                      Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced the development of technology to quickly identify changed locations in source code, such as added functions, to enable timely development using large scale open source software.

                                                      Open source software (OSS) can be easily used by anyone around the world, and its source code - what might be called its blueprints - can be repeatedly changed, adding and deleting functions, without detailed records of what was changed. In this situation, software developers working on OSS will often independently add their own changes along the way, as they see fit. Understanding where changes have been made in the OSS source code is a necessary, yet time-consuming process.

                                                      Red Hat News
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                                                      Friday Five - April 29, 2016
                                                      Red Hat, April 29th, 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.

                                                      • CIO Today - Verizon Deploys OpenStack NFV in 5 U.S. Data Centers
                                                      • Red Hat - NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory Powers Planetary Exploration with Red Hat OpenStack Platform
                                                      • Red Hat - Red Hat Launches Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, Introducing Collaborative Open Source Cloud and DevOps Residency Program
                                                      • opensource.com - What's the total cost of ownership for an OpenStack cloud?
                                                      • Red Hat - Red Hat Drives OpenStack Adoption Across Europe

                                                      Read on for details.

                                                      Red Hat Increases Speed of Interactive Intelligence Private Cloud Delivery with OpenStack and Ceph
                                                      Cloud services provider moving workloads to Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage-based solution to improve stability and scalability
                                                      Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that Interactive Intelligence has moved its all-in-one omnichannel customer engagement cloud service, Communications as a Service (CaaS), to an OpenStack and Ceph-based private cloud from Red Hat. Based on its internal testing, Interactive Intelligence reports that the Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage solution has cut its time to deploy from a few weeks to minutes.
                                                      Red Hat Drives OpenStack Adoption Across Europe
                                                      Red Hat, April 27th, 2016
                                                      Red Hat announced that leading organizations across Europe, including Fastweb, Paddy Power Betfair, and Produban, have deployed Red Hat OpenStack Platform as the backbone of their cloud initiatives...

                                                      Research firm IDC noted in early 2015, 'As European enterprises enter the most critical phase in the 3rd Platform era - the innovation phase, they want new, yet cost-effective technologies to bring their ideas to fruition. Their desire to avoid vendor lock-ins, and reduce software licensing fees are steering them to evaluate OpenStack for building their cloud infrastructures.'According to the 2016 Red Hat Global Customer Tech Outlook, OpenStack proofs-of-concept (POCs) and deployments are expected to accelerate in 2016, with 39 percent of respondents planning to implement OpenStack POCs or production deployments this year.

                                                      First Large Scale Ceph Storage Microserver Cluster Unveiled
                                                      Red Hat, April 26th, 2016
                                                      The Ceph Community, a Red Hat, Inc., sponsored worldwide collection of developers working to build the popular Ceph software-defined storage project, today announced the first implementation of an innovative large-scale Ceph storage cluster environment. This cost-effective, energy-efficient four watt converged microserver, developed by WDLabs, a business growth incubator of storage solutions leader Western Digital Corporation, is the first demonstrated solution offering true flexibility of applications executing on a microserver.
                                                      The University of Cambridge Chooses Red Hat as OpenStack Partner for HPC-as-a-Service Offering and Upstream Collaboration
                                                      Red Hat, April 26th, 2016
                                                      Red Hat announced that the University of Cambridge, one of the world's oldest and most prestigious academic institutions, has selected Red Hat to support its OpenStack-based high performance computing (HPC) initiatives. In addition to deploying Red Hat OpenStack Platform for its HPC-as-a-Service offering, the University of Cambridge also plans to collaborate with Red Hat to bring HPC capabilities to the upstream OpenStack community.

                                                      The University of Cambridge is one of the world's foremost research universities. Comprised of 31 colleges and more than 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions, its mission is 'to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning, and research at the highest international levels of excellence.' The University is a global leader in HPC, including its work to create some of the UK's fastest supercomputers.

                                                      Red Hat Launches Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, Introducing Collaborative Open Source Cloud and DevOps Residency Program
                                                      Red Hat, April 26th, 2016
                                                      Red Hat announced the creation of Red Hat Open Innovation Labs, a consulting service that helps companies integrate people, methodology, and technology to solve business challenges in an accelerated fashion. As part of an Open Innovation Labs consulting engagement, customers will work collaboratively in a residency-oriented lab environment with Red Hat experts to jumpstart innovation and software development initiatives using open source technology and DevOps methods.

                                                      Digitalization is increasingly connecting people, process, data and devices and enabling new business innovation platforms. Software is powering this shift and enabling companies to build innovation-driven advantages. The Red Hat Open Innovation Labs service helps customers rapidly develop and integrate applications using microservices, deploy them in containers, and deliver them using DevOps methodologies across physical, cloud and mobile environments that can quickly scale up or down on-demand. With Red Hat, customers can innovate with speed, agility, scalability and increased security.

                                                      NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory Powers Planetary Exploration with Red Hat OpenStack Platform
                                                      Red Hat enables technology behind planetary exploration, helping JPL maximize server and storage capacity to process flight projects and research data through an OpenStack private cloud
                                                      Red Hat announced that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has built a private cloud based on Red Hat OpenStack Platform, saving significant time and resources spent on datacenters by retooling and consolidating their in-house hardware. JPL, NASA's primary center for robotic exploration of the solar system, used Red Hat's OpenStack and Linux technology to modernize its on-premise storage and server capacity, giving them the ability to support hundreds of JPL mission scientists and engineers.

                                                      NASA's JPL has led many significant achievements in space exploration, from creating America's first satellite to sending a spacecraft to every planet in the solar system and launching all four of the Mars rovers. Today, these exploratory missions rely more significantly on cloud computing capabilities to process requests from flight projects and researchers working with mission data. Traditionally, most of JPL's infrastructure was housed in on-site server hardware.

                                                      Level3 News
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                                                      Level 3 Reports First Quarter 2016 Results
                                                      In the first quarter 2016, the company generated net income of $124 million,
                                                      First Quarter 2016 Highlights:

                                                      • Grew Core Network Services revenue by 3.6 percent year-over-year, on a pro forma and constant currency basis
                                                      • Grew Enterprise Core Network Services revenue by 5.7 percent year-over-year, or 6.2 percent year-over-year, excluding UK Government revenue, both on a pro forma and constant currency basis
                                                      • Grew North America Enterprise Core Network Services revenue by approximately two percent sequentially, on a pro forma and constant currency basis
                                                      • Delivered strong Adjusted EBITDA growth of 15 percent on a pro forma basis to $710 million and expanded Adjusted EBITDA margins to 34.6 percent
                                                      • Generated strong Free Cash Flow of $213 million

                                                      Level 3 Communications reported results for the first quarter 2016.

                                                      "Level 3's first quarter results demonstrate the benefit of our emphasis on profitable growth, as evident in our expanding margins and strong Free Cash Flow during the quarter," said Jeff Storey, president and CEO of Level 3. "The continued evolution of our products and service capabilities matches the changing and complex needs of enterprises, positioning the company to become the premier provider of global communications services."

                                                      Three Key Takeaways from 2016 AFCEA Defense Cyber Operations Symposium (Video)
                                                      Level(3), April 28th, 2016
                                                      As one of the leading events for the government's defense sector, the 2016 AFCEA Defense Cyber Operations Symposium (DCOS) showcased a variety of presentations and panels featuring government officials, industry executives and academics. In this video, David Young, regional vice president of the Government Markets Group (GMG) at Level 3 Communications, Inc., recaps some of the key takeaways from the annual show:...
                                                        Level 3 Statement on FCC Action to Unlock $45 Billion Business Data Services Market
                                                        Level(3), April 28th, 2016
                                                        Level 3 Communications issued the statement below in reaction to steps taken at today's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meeting to unlock the market for business data services (formerly known as "special access" services).

                                                        For more than a decade, the FCC has investigated the competitiveness of pricing and terms for business data services - including "demand lock up terms," which forestall competition for these services - to protect consumers, competitors and the broader U.S. economy. The FCC's data, collected in the most thorough examination of this market ever conducted, reveals incumbent telephone companies are the only providers of these services in 77 percent of locations.

                                                        HP News
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                                                        Study: Mobility Leaders Benefit Significantly Over Laggards
                                                        New research defines and quantifies the business performance advantages of providing mobile-optimized workplaces.
                                                        Everyone knows expectations for on-demand information have forever changed the way we approach life and work. Emails and IMs no longer pile up because people answer them on the go. Productivity bottlenecks are relieved because work teams receive timely inputs. And so on.

                                                        What's less well established is the extent of mobility's benefits. At Aruba (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company), we're often asked questions seeking to quantify these improvements: How much more productive is my workforce? What's the impact of mobility on hiring and retention? Are mobility benefits distributed equally across workers of all ages?

                                                          CNBC: A futuristic computer to revolutionize personal medicine
                                                          To get small with medicine, this "Machine" will have to get big - really, really, really big.
                                                          A major research project backed by Hewlett Packard Enterprise aims, among other things, to one day help doctors tailor medical treatment for individual patients by quickly crunching data from massive amounts of patient information - related to genes, diseases, personal behaviors and treatment history - assembled from around the world.

                                                          Dubbed The Machine, the project represents more than half of the research efforts of Hewlett Packard Labs, the R&D arm of HPE.

                                                            Comcast News
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                                                            Comcast Business Announces Regional Winners in Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Competition
                                                            30 Startups and Entrepreneurs Across U.S. Recognized for Innovative Use of Technology in their Business
                                                            Comcast Business announced that 30 small business owners from across the U.S. have been named regional winners in the 'Innovations 4 Entrepreneurs Contest' (I4E), a national competition that will award more than $440,000 to up-and-coming companies that are leveraging technology to enhance their business. Each of the regional winners, which include 15 startups and 15 entrepreneurs, receives a $10,000 cash award and the chance to compete for the opportunity to consult with more than a dozen business experts to fuel growth within their organization.
                                                              Wawa And Comcast Team Up To Deliver Free Wi-Fi At More Than 700 East Coast Locations
                                                              Wawa Stores in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia to offer Xfinity WiFi for all visitors
                                                              Starting today, people who visit the more than 700 Wawa stores in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia will have access to free Wi-Fi, thanks to a new collaboration between the company and Comcast. Comcast Business's Enterprise Solutions unit installed the managed public/private Wi-Fi network, along with managed broadband, and the team will support both services for Wawa going forward.

                                                              To access Xfinity WiFi at Wawa locations, customers should logon to the 'xfinitywifi' SSID in the list of available networks on their devices. There is no charge to use the service and it is available to everyone.

                                                              Comcast Business Accelerates Startup Scene at Bethesda Green
                                                              Gigabit Ethernet Agreement Will Power Rapidly-Growing Green Business Incubator
                                                              Comcast Business announced that it has been named the exclusive network services provider for Bethesda Green, a rapidly-growing incubator for environmentally sustainable businesses in Montgomery County, Md., a suburb of Washington, D.C. This agreement provides a 1 Gigabit-per-second (Gbps) Ethernet Dedicated Internet line that outfits the office with fast and reliable Internet access capable of scaling up to 10 Gbps of capacity as business demands evolve...
                                                              Netapp News
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                                                              Denver Broncos Speed Draft Day Decisions with NetApp
                                                              NetApp accelerates analysis of player data, enables team to make fast, informed offers on draft day
                                                              'In preparation for draft day, our team crunches a significant amount of data, from a player's medical history and average speed to body movement and reactions and how players perform in certain situations,' said Russ Trainor, vice president of IT for the Denver Broncos. 'NetApp FAS systems not only enable us to analyze all of this data in or near real-time, they actually power our entire infrastructure, business apps, fan engagement applications, coaching tools and decision making based on huge amounts of data collected.'
                                                              Top-ranked Financial Fund Administrator HedgeServ Deploys SolidFire to Drive the Growth and Innovation of its Global SaaS Solution
                                                              Integrated with its OpenStack and VMware environments, SolidFire's all-flash platform delivers scalable storage to keep pace with HedgeServ's business growth and expanded offerings
                                                              SolidFire, the #1 Solid-State Array, now part of NetApp announced that the top-ranked fund administration SaaS pioneer, HedgeServ, has chosen SolidFire's all-flash scale-out storage for its real-time technology platform that enables asset managers to grow their portfolios, compete in the dynamic investment management market, and ultimately, meet client-specific investment goals. HedgeServ has deployed SolidFire for both its production and test/dev environments to support all alternative investment strategies and fund structures, as well as continuously develop and deploy customized client applications...
                                                              New SolidFire Python SDK Equips Developers with Cutting-Edge Tools for Faster Coding and Better Performance
                                                              Enhanced developer experience across platforms, improved connection management and industry-leading support for reactive programming make it easier to build scalable, next-generation applications
                                                              SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center, now part of NetApp, released its Python SDK to dramatically reduce the amount of additional time and coding required for integration and orchestration between SolidFire's platform and third-party applications. It allows developers to deeply integrate SolidFire's API with the Python programming language, one of the most popular languages for OpenStack users.

                                                              The Python SDK release is the latest addition to SolidFire's robust list of published developer resources for Java, .NET and PowerShell, all of which make it easy for developers to accelerate the tasks required to provision, mount and manage scalable, high-performance application deployment on SolidFire's storage platform. The Python SDK, which currently supports Python 2.7 and 3.3, reduces the amount of unique and template code needed to integrate with a SolidFire cluster. By minimizing the time investment dedicated to common coding tasks, developers are able to easily and efficiently accelerate the time to product release.

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