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Oracle Buys Opower
Together, Oracle and Opower Will Become the Largest Provider of Mission-Critical Cloud Services to the $2.3 Trillion Utilities Industry
Oracle announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Opower, the leading provider of customer engagement and energy efficiency cloud services to utilities, for $10.30 per share in cash. The transaction is valued at approximately $532 million, net of Opower's cash.

Opower's solutions enable over 100 global utilities, such as PG&E, Exelon and National Grid, to deliver a modern digital customer experience. Opower's big data platform stores and analyzes over 600 billion meter reads from 60 million utility end customers, enabling utilities to proactively meet regulatory requirements, decrease the cost to serve, and improve customer satisfaction.

Mark Hurd: Better Customer Service Offers Fastest Path to Growth
By Chris Murphy
Chris writes, "Recent news suggests ongoing sluggishness in the global economy. With so many companies struggling to show significant growth, Oracle CEO Mark Hurd had a modest proposal for business leaders looking to buck this trend: invest in killer customer service..."
OTN Virtual Technology Summit Replay Libraries are Live!
By Cassandra Clark
Cassandra blogs, "Happy Friday! Did you miss our latest Virtual Technology Summit or want to explore a track you didn't before? If so, visit a Replay Library Group today! Tip - join the group and you'll be notified of updates automatically. .."
    IT - AI
    Artificial Intelligence: Advancements, Abilities And Limitations
    Information Age, May 5th, 2016
    "The use cases of artificial intelligence are beginning to stack up - but just how good has the technology become?

    John McCarthy coined the term 'artificial intelligence' in 1955, describing the field as 'the science and engineering of making intelligent machines.

    Back then, many of the first applications of the early computers were AI programs. In 1956, Allen Newell and Herbet A. Simon created Logic Theorist, a program that discovered proofs in propositional logic. Another example is the software built to play checkers by Arthur Samuel..."

      Artificial Intelligence: Don't Fear It, Embrace It
      InformationWeek, May 5th, 2016
      "Adam Coates, the director of the Baidu Research's Silicon Valley AI Lab, says don't fear artificial intelligence. Instead, look to it to save lives. He spoke at the InformationWeek Elite 100 Conference this week...

      Adam Coates, director of Baidu Research's Silicon Valley AI Lab, isn't worried about artificial intelligence taking over the world..."

        Learning About Deep Learning
        Re/code, May 4th, 2016
        "The concept is certainly compelling. Having a machine capable of reacting to real-world visual, auditory or other type of data - and then responding in an intelligent way - has been the stuff of science fiction until very recently.

        We are now on the verge of this new reality with little general understanding of what it is that artificial intelligence, convolutional neural networks, and deep learning can (and can't) do, nor what it takes to make them work..."

          Listen To Professor Toby Walsh Give A Lecture On AI At UCT (Audio)
          memeburn, May 6th, 2016
          "World-renowned expert in artificial intelligence (AI) Toby Walsh, recently gave a talk at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

          The talk, entitled 'Will Artificial Intelligence end jobs, wars or humanity?' covered a range of topics, including technology singularity, the Third Revolution of Warfare, and even the difference between AI, autonomy, and sentience. It's a lecture that speaks for itself (pardon the pun)..."

            Machine Learning: A Brief Intro
            Business 2 Community, May 2th, 2016
            "The words 'machine learning' might conjure images of hyper-intelligent robots in the distant future, but the technology is a reality now. Algorithms powered by machine learning and drawing on big data enable us to solve tough problems that improve people's daily lives. Let's start, for instance, with something many people rely on everyday: driving directions..."
            Upgrading Oracle VM Manager to version 3.4.1
            By Jeff Savit
            Jeff blogs, "Last month I blogged on Oracle VM upgrades: one blog entry upgrading Oracle VM Manager to version 3.3.4. and the other blog upgrading to the corresponding SPARC OVS agent. Today, I upgraded the same systems to Oracle VM Manager 3.4.1 and the ovs-agent 3.4.1

            [A note on release numbers: Oracle VM Manager's release is 3.4.1, and so is the ovs-agent that runs on the SPARC server. The actual hypervisor, Oracle VM Server for SPARC, formerly called logical domains (and frequently still called by the original name), is currently at release 3.3. Close, but not exactly aligned.]..."

            Oracle VM 3.4: create custom install ISO with updated UEK4 kernel
            By Simon Coter
            Simon Coter blogs, "Oracle VM Server 3.4.1 ISO package is dedicated to server installation but, to try it, maybe someone needs to install on a desktop/laptop environment (direct install on bare metal).

            It could happen that the default UEK4 kernel part of Oracle VM Server 3.4.1 build 1351, does not contain a particular fix and/or driver needed for old or newest hardware; a common problem, for example, could be related to particular graphic card available on modern desktop/laptop systems and while the installation correctly terminates, you aren't able to get console access to the system.

            So, the target of this guide, is to supply a step-by-step guide to build your custom 'Oracle VM Server' ISO package with an updated UEK4 kernel release where, maybe, the fix needed is already in place..."

            IT - Storage
            Buyers Of NAS Boxes Think Capacity -- And More Capacity
            SearchStorage, May 2th, 2016
            "While hyper-converged systems and software-defined storage get most of the headlines, users who need capacity are still shopping for NAS systems.

            Whether a company is doing big data-type analytics or just trying to keep up with users, the amount of data that needs to be stored is soaring. Data growth has traditionally been led by unstructured data, and that still holds true today. To stem the rising tide of unstructured and other data, many storage shops are still actively evaluating NAS systems. According to our latest survey data, 29% of users shopping for storage systems are specifically looking to add a new NAS system to their infrastructure..."

            Growth Of SSD Storage Array Triggers Transition In Data Centers
            SearchDataCenter, May 5th, 2016
            "In capacity and cost comparisons of HDD and SSD storage, solid-state is favorable. Find out what the transition will mean for data centers as the future of HDD looks grim.

            Solid-state drives have triggered a revolution in the deployment and usage of data center storage, but such a profound change in a part of IT that had been stagnant for nearly three decades takes time to work out -- especially with inventions coming thick and fast. We can expect a decade of transitions in storage..."

            How Rest Simplifies Object Storage
            InformationWeek, May 2th, 2016
            "ReSTful APIs make it easy for applications to manage data and metadata on a global basis without intense recoding of applications.

            One of the most important concepts we haven't yet addressed here in our Red Hat Perspectives series on software-defined storage is simplicity, and the first place it shows up is in the comparison among file storage, block storage, and object storage architectures..."

            Making Object Storage Simpler At Petabyte Scale With Intelligent Management
            Storage-Switzerland, May 2th, 2016
            "Organizations struggling to store and manage an ever rising flood of unstructured data turned to the cloud and object storage in order to contain or reduce costs. But, over time many of them discovered that increasing, recurring costs to store larger and larger amounts of data were in many cases becoming more expensive than an on-premises solution. They also had to deal with compliance, security, data management, data protection and chain of custody concerns. So many organizations started looking for methods to use the same scale out object storage technology being used by Cloud Service Providers (CSP), in order to create and manage their own private or hybrid clouds..."
            Why Is The HDD Market Declining?
            Storage Newsletter, May 2th, 2016
            "Back in December 2012, IDC and EMC forecast the size of the digital universe will grow to 40ZB by 2020 - doubling roughly every two years. Now it is year 2016, we are halfway in between. Although it is difficult to estimate if the total size of the digital universe is along the projection based on 2012 prediction, one thing undeniable is that the digital universe continues to expand rapidly over time.

            It is interesting to see that HDD technology has kept 40%/year ADC growth or more since 1990..."

            IT - Technology
            Enterprise AR/VR Technologies: 'Just say Yes'
            Search CIO, May 4th, 2016
            "Augmented and virtual reality technologies today are associated largely with the gaming business and marketing organizations eager to get their hands on the next new thing. But that doesn't mean these two emerging technologies won't loom large in enterprise IT strategies.

            Indeed, Kelly Manthey, chief strategy officer at Solstice Mobile, believes AR/VR technologies are poised to become the next platform for customer engagement. While CIOs don't have to add enterprise AR/VR technologies to their five-year technology roadmaps just yet, IT leaders who are discussing possible use cases and experimenting with the technology now are laying the groundwork for a down-the-road decision, she said.

            Manthey sat down with SearchCIO's senior news writer, Nicole Laskowski, at the recent Fusion CEO-CIO Symposium to talk about AR/VR technologies in the enterprise and the role of the CIO.

            Why should CIOs be thinking about augmented and virtual reality technologies now?..."

            Humans 2.0: How The Robot Revolution Is Going To Change How We See, Feel, And Talk
            TechRepublic, May 4th, 2016
            "Robots aren't going to replace us, but by working hand in hand with us they will redefine what it means to be human...

            The year is 2025. You're sitting in a surgery watching your doctor carefully insert the tips of her fingertips into black thimble-like actuators. A screen in front of the doctor flashes with the image of a glistening tunnel of flesh and, as she huddles over the controls, you feel a stirring in your bowels..."

              Inside Intel's Museum: 10 Must-See Exhibits
              InformationWeek, May 2th, 2016
              "The Intel Museum, located at the chipmaker's corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., reveals fascinating facts and insights into the company and its technology, including how processors are actually made, the history of these chips, and what the future holds..."
              IoT And Virtual Reality: What's Next?
              Help Net Security, May 6th, 2016
              "Smart doorbells, clever fridges, talking TVs, intelligent manufacturing, self-driving cars - all pretty cool. The IoT, in fact, is chock full of potentially very cool things, many of which we should expect to see becoming the norm within the next couple of years, if not sooner..."
              Quantum Logical Operations Realized With Single Photons
              Science Daily, May 3rd, 2016
              "Scientists from all over the world are working on concepts for future quantum computers and their experimental realization. Commonly, a typical quantum computer is considered to be based on a network of quantum particles that serve for storing, encoding and processing quantum information. In analogy to the case of a classical computer a quantum logic gate that assigns output signals to input signals in a deterministic way would be an essential building block..."
                Robots At Your Service (Slideshow)
                IT World, May 2th, 2016
                "While some of us wait patiently for a real-life version of the housekeeper from The Jetsons, today's 'working robots' are taking on a surprising variety of tasks, as evidenced by this collection of recent photos provided by Reuters..."
                  USB-C Explained: Why Some Devices are 5Gbps and others are 10Gbps (Video)
                  ITWorld, May 5th, 2016
                  "USB-C promises up to 10Gbps data transfer, but the first generation of USB-C devices aren't as fast as they could be. Here's what to look out for..."
                    IT - Bitcoin
                    Educating Regulators A Priority, Say Blockchain Policy Experts
                    CoinDesk, May 4th, 2016
                    "If digital currency is ever going to go mainstream, regulators will need to remove the doubt that surrounds it. But before that happens they need to understand the technology.

                    At a series of panels during the second day of the Consensus 2016 conference in New York City, a representative of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis, a former member of the White House communications team and multiple startup founders took turns predicting the future regulatory climate for digital currencies like bitcoin..."

                    Former Amazon Exec Unveils 'User-Friendly Bitcoin Wallet' iPayYou
          , May 2th, 2016
                    "A new wallet has come to the Bitcoin environment today - called iPayYou ( - the service says it is the world's 'easiest, safest, and most useful wallet.' It's currently available via the web only, but Android and iOS applications are scheduled to launch in the next few months. The team believes the new platform will have a few features that should entice its user base..."
                    IPayYou Bitcoin Wallet Lets Users Cancel Transactions
                    NEWSBTC, May 3rd, 2016
                    "Bitcoin wallet solutions are plentiful, but there is still a mental hurdle to overcome by novice users. IPayYou has launched their new Bitcoin wallet solution, which focuses on usefulness and a smooth user experience. In fact, this solution has been built by a former top Amazon executive, which makes this project even more attractive..."
                    Lawyers Argue Bitcoin Needs Change In Money-Transmitting Laws
                    CoinDesk, May 4th, 2016
                    "The lawyer representing Anthony Murgio in an ongoing case regarding his now-closed firm argued today why he thinks the law being used to prosecute his client needs to be changed.

                    Speaking on a panel with six other digital currency regulation experts during the final day of Consensus 2016, Brian Klein, a partner at law firm Baker Marquart, explained what he called the "most important" regulation pertaining to criminal money transmission that he said most people have never heard of..."

                      The Bitcoin Future Is Bright
                      NEWSBTC, May 4th, 2016
                      "What fascinates many people is not what Bitcoin is today. Instead, the future possibilities of Bitcoin are seriously validating the idea of crypto-currencies eventually coming into the mainstream, alongside fiat currencies.

                      Off the bat, the main advantages of this type of digital currency are easy to identify. It is simple to trace Bitcoins, it can be more easily transferred than paper money since it exists in virtual space, and it cannot be stolen easily, unlike paper money..."

                      Bitpay Launches Bitcoin Debit Card Valid In All 50 Us States
                      CryptoCoinsNews, May 4th, 2016
                      "Bitcoin payments processor BitPay has unveiled a new bitcoin debit card that will enable users to make payments at any Visa point-of-sale (POS) terminals and withdraw cash at Visa ATMs, anywhere across the United States...

                      Users will also be able to withdraw up to $3000 in cash from any Visa ATMs. Furthermore, BitPay states 'since bitcoin deposits are credited to the BitPay Card's dollar balance in seconds, there is no waiting on exchange fund transfers to clear cash out.'

                      Australian Government Outlines Three Solutions To Double Bitcoin Tax
                      CoinDesk, May 5th, 2016
                      "In March, the Australian government released a multi-faceted policy statement on financial technology that included items on both digital currencies as well as broader blockchain applications.

                      Included in the policy statement was a declaration from the Australian Treasury that it would seek avenues to reduce the goods and service tax (GST) effectively applied twice to bitcoin users in the country, both when they purchase digital currency from a seller - an event that triggers GST - and again if they go on to use it to make a purchase..."

                      2016 Has Brought A Bitcoin Awakening
                      CoinDesk, May 6th, 2016
                      "After reading my post Finding Equilibrium, published in March 2014, one could argue that I was a bit bearish on bitcoin - believing that it would trade sideways and down until certain fundamentals were in place.

                      At that point, most people inside the community expected bitcoin to retest its previous high of $1,255 in 2013 and easily break $2,000. In fact, when I surveyed the audience at CoinSummit in 2014, barely anyone would take the contrarian view. I did, and this was coming from the same person who correctly predicted that bitcoin would hit $1,000 just the year before.

                      To summarize my previous post, I argued the following:..."

                      IT - FOSS
                      Appreciating The Full Power Of Open
            , May 4th, 2016
                      "Last year was a big year for open source. As Wired put it, 2015 was the year open source software 'went nuclear'. More people than ever seem to realize the power of open - not just as a programming methodology, but as a better way to accomplish just about anything.

                      Of course, as the term "open" gains popularity, its meaning shifts. Sometimes, it shifts so much that we risk overlooking precisely what's making it incredibly important today. If you want to help your organization leverage the power of open, it may be helpful if everyone understands and appreciates what makes the open source way so special..."

                      LibreOffice 5.0.6
                      The Document Foundation, May 5th, 2016
                      "The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.0.6 'still', the sixth release of the LibreOffice 5.0 family, which can be used for the deployment in large organizations.

                      The Document Foundation suggests deploying LibreOffice 5.0.6 on a large scale only when backed by professional level 3 support from certified developers. When migrating to LibreOffice from proprietary office suites, organizations should seek professional support from certified migration consultants and trainers..."

                      Linux Foundation Offers Badges To Certify Open Source Code Quality
                      The VAR Guy, May 4th, 2016
                      "Which open source projects can users trust? That's a question the Linux Foundation hopes to help answer by the introduction of "badges" from the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) project, which recognize open source platforms deemed to be safe and stable.

                      Launched in 2014 in the wake of Heartbleed, which exposed an embarrassing security vulnerability in the widely used open source toolkit OpenSSL, CII is an effort to shore up security and quality in important open source projects. Previously, the support focused on providing financial resources to assist open source developers in honing their code..."

                      Open Source: The Enterprise Impact
                      Network Computing, May 5th, 2016
                      "Interop keynote panelists advocate corporate commitment to a major IT culture shift.

                      For decades, enterprise IT organizations abdicated the responsibility of engineering their networks to big-name vendors that charged them handsomely for the luxury of doing so.

                      That's changed with the rise of open source network software. Now, enterprise IT can - and, according to Thursday's keynote panelist-practitioners, should - reclaim responsibility for network engineering..."

                      IT - DevOps
                      5 Key Aspects Of High Fidelity Devops
            , May 3rd, 2016
                      "As much as we talk about how we should have shared goals spanning Dev and Ops, it's not nearly as easy as it sounds. To fuel a DevOps culture, we have to build robust tooling, also. That means investing up front in five key areas: abstraction, composability, automation, orchestratio, and idempotency. Together, these concepts allow sharing work at every level of the pipeline. Unfortunately, it's tempting to optimize work at one level and miss the true system bottlenecks..."
                      A Panel Discussion On What Devops Looks Like In 3 To 5 Years?
            , May 3rd, 2016
                      "With all of the hype around DevOps, I wanted to return to a topic that I was lucky enough to moderate a terrific panel on at IBM InterConnect this past February. The panel was an all star one anchored by Gene Kim, moderated by myself and we were joined by Dan Berg of IBM, Michael Azoff, principal analyst at Ovum and Raghunath Raman of Kaiser Permanente.

                      It was a lively discussion as we all had our own opinions on where DevOps may be headed and how this will impact how we do business. Unfortunately this panel was not video taped, so I cannot share it with you here. But I did get a chance to sit down and discuss this topic with three of the four panel members (I was not able to catch up with Gene as he was running right after our panel)..."

                      Trust, You Must: 8 Tips for Adopting CI/CD
            , May 5th, 2016
                      "We have done continuous deployment (CD) for four years, and enable many of our customers to do continuous deployment with quality assurance (QA). We've helped tons of companies adopt and optimize their CD setups. We've found that continuous deployment is all about trust - augmented with processes and infrastructure.

                      To that point, here are some common tips for adopting continuous integration (CI)/CD that I find myself sharing frequently:.."

                      They Scale with MySQL
                      By Bertrand Matthelie
                      Bertrand blogs, "We sometimes get the question "Will MySQL scale to meet my needs?" Well, consider the following examples:

                      • processes 2 billion events/day relying on MySQL.
                      • Facebook started out with MySQL, and scaled to 1.6 billion monthly active users.
                      • Playing Candy Crush? You're not the only one, 850 million games are played/day, served by MySQL.
                      • PayPal built a globally-distributed database with 100 TB of user-related data based on MySQL Cluster. It is used for fraud detection globally; a highly mission critical transactional application.

                      MySQL solutions have become very popular in Asia as well, where certain countries with very large populations are relying on MySQL technologies to meet extremely high scalability requirements for mission critical applications.

                      Oracle Linux 7 Pre-Install RPM available for EBS 12.1 and 12.2
                      By John Abraham
                      By John Abraham blogs, "The Linux Pre-Install RPM for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 and 12.2 on Oracle Linux 7 is now available for use by customers.

                      The package (oracle-ebs-server-R12-preinstall) is available on the 'addons' channel on the Oracle Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN, which requires a support contract) or from the Oracle public yum repository. It is recommended that this x86_64 Pre-Install RPM be installed on top of a 'minimal' installation of Oracle Linux to provide just the necessary packages to install and run Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12..."

                      FRIDAY SPOTLIGHT: What is on tap for Linux Container strategy in 2016?
                      By Zeynep Koch
                      Zeynep blogs, "Happy Friday to all our blog readers!

                      This week we would like to draw your attention to an insightful article written by By Robert Shimp, Product Management Group VP, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, published in NetworkWorld on May 3, 2016.

                      • What's on tap for Linux container technology in 2016
                      • By Robert Shimp, Product Management Group VP, Oracle Linux and Virtualization

                      Read on for details.

                      IT - Cloud
                      8 Things To Consider When Moving An Enterprise System To The Cloud (Slideshow)
                      eWeek, May 2th, 2016
                      "Contrary to popular belief, not all companies have moved all, or even some, of their applications into cloud deployments. Some enterprises will never do this if it doesn't fit their business model. However, according to RightScale's 2015 State of the Cloud Survey, a whopping 93 percent of enterprises are adopting the cloud because it does fit their business model..."
                        Cloud Computing And How It Has Impacted Outsourcing
                        Business 2 Community, May 1st, 2016
                        "IT functions, such as help desks, tech support, and even data center operations, have a long and fruitful history of outsourcing - And why shouldn't they? Outsourcing has enabled organizations to extend their in-house capabilities, without having to commit to long-term capital investments, apart from numerous other benefits. And although the transition to cloud computing is still in the pilot stage, the outsourcing industry is already feeling its impact as more and more of their clients are gradually shifting from traditional IT spending to cloud-based ones. The shift to cloud computing is also affecting supplier behavior and posing unprecedented challenges as individuals and industry migrate from traditional sourcing models..."
                        iPaaS: What this Cloud Technology Is and Why It's Important
                        Network World, May 4th, 2016
                        "GameStop operates more than 4,000 stores in the U.S. and another 2,000 abroad. Between paying monthly rent, managing leases and searching for new properties, there's a lot to keep track of for the company's commercial real estate team.

                        A few years ago GameStop began using a real estate management software as a service (SaaS), but Vice President of Enterprise Architecture Mark Patton says there was a problem. The software needed data from many of GameStop's other business apps: ERP systems, financial platforms, etc..."

                        Joyent CTO Says Enterprises Supporting Cloud Apps to Avoid Disruption
                        eWeek, May 5th, 2016
                        "Q&A: Joyent CTO Bryan Cantrill says more enterprises understand that they need to innovate by supporting containers and cloud computing to avoid market disruption by competitors.

                        Bryan Cantrill is a busy man these days. The CTO at cloud infrastructure provider Joyent is a member of the Technical Steering Committee of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation, formed last summer to promote the development and adoption of container technologies.

                        He also spends a lot of time on the road evangelizing containers and the rise of the developer in the cloud-native world. I caught up with Bryan following the Container Summit at Interop in Las Vegas..."

                        IT - CxO
                        10 Tips To Help CIOs Reduce Stress
                        CIO, May 2th, 2016
                        "The role of CIO can be a stressful one, and living under stress is something everyone should avoid. That's because overexposure to cortisol and other hormones that are released in times of stress can lead to health problems including anxiety, depression, sleep problems and heart disease.

                        The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to help remove the stress associated with a C-level position. Here are some tips from fellow executives..."

                        6 Secrets 100 Winning It Organizations Share
                        InformationWeek, May 3rd, 2016
                        "We asked the IT leaders in the 2016 InformationWeek Elite 100 about how they're addressing important IT issues, such as tech spending, organizational priorities, and strategy. Find out what we learned, and see how your IT organization stacks up.

                        Every year, InformationWeek releases the Elite 100 -- a ranking of the nation's most innovative users of business technology. As part of the process, we also conduct the annual InformationWeek Elite 100 Executive Research Survey, which offers a unique glimpse into the strategies of these 100 large, leading-edge IT organizations..."

                          IT Leaders Pick Productivity Over Security
                          CIO, May 2th, 2016
                          "Implementing security measures can make systems run slower and essentially bog down productivity, which is causing some enterprises to abandon effective security measures. Two recent studies highlight the severity of lacking cybersecurity practices..."
                          The IT Project Process: 4 Steps to Better Technology
                          SmartDataCollective, May 6th, 2016
                          "IT projects are complicated and seemingly ever-evolving. The vendor management and logistics alone can be an absolute nightmare, which is why you want to make sure that you do your diligence properly the first time around. For many organizations, the process surrounds a consultant that they bring in to tell them what to do. For other organizations that involves getting a technology partner on board to give them recommendations regarding technology improvements. No matter which route you take, make sure that you take these four steps to ensuring better technology for your business:.."
                          PwC's CIO on the Power of Collaboration
                          CIO, May 3rd, 2016
                          "Sigal Zarmi's experience leading a pan-European system rollout taught her valuable lessons in building consensus, working through cultural differences and implementing the right change-management policies.

                          Like so many veterans of GE's IT organization, Sigal Zarmi rotated through multiple leadership roles. She held six different C-level titles there before leaving to become vice chairman and network CIO at PwC, the $35.4 billion professional services powerhouse.

                          Along the way, Zarmi learned countless executive leadership lessons, including the need to understand the underpinnings of her business units and to build trusting relationships..."

                          What 'Digital Transformation' Really Should Mean
                          InfoWorld, May 2th, 2016
                          "We're inundated with exciting new enterprise tech. But for it to amount to more than the sum of its parts, we need to address longstanding problems...

                          Unlike most buzz phrases, "digital transformation" keeps gaining popularity through the years. This is mainly because from the very beginning, it has invited whatever meaning marketers wanted to slather onto it. Today, digital transformation seems to mean that together cloud and social and mobile and big data and AI and IoT and devops (plus whatever other else you want to throw in) yield a tipping point where businesses discover new revenue opportunities and become qualitatively more efficient. Or something like that..."

                          vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha Brewery
                          Wednesday, May 11th: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                          Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

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

                          Funky Buddha

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

                          John Mclaughlin, SFTA

                          IT - DR
                          Ensure Business Continuity With Change Management
                          CSO Online, May 6th, 2016
                          "Change management is not an option. It is an important piece of business interruption prevention and helps ensure security risk does not drift up during projects and day-to-day activities.

                          Changes to systems and networks happen every day. When implemented, changes usually come with some risk of system failure. They can also inadvertently weaken security. A documented, policy-driven change management process helps reduce risks associated with change..."

                          How To Do Disaster Recovery Without Disrupting Your Business Operations
                          Information Age, May 6th, 2016
                          "At first glance, 'disaster' might seem an extreme word to use in connection with a sudden and unexpected data loss. After all, it's not a crash or an earthquake, nobody has died. But it's not overstating the case to suggest that data loss can be an extinction event for a business.

                          The National Archives & Records Administration in Washington reported that '93% of companies that lost their data centre for 10 days or more due to a disaster filed for bankruptcy within one year of the disaster'. It added that '50% of businesses that found themselves without data management for this same time period filed for bankruptcy immediately.'

                          No wonder so many organisations and businesses are implementing disaster recovery (DR) strategies to try and ensure that they will survive any unforeseen emergency. Unfortunately, successful DR can be difficult and disruptive without the right tools..."

                          IT - PM
                          5 Tips For Continuously Improving As A Project Manager
                          CIO, May 6th, 2016
                          "We can always be striving for better on our projects...better performance as project managers...better leadership provided to those we are managing. Try these five tips for ongoing improvement in your personal performance..."
                          8 Challenges Affecting Software Project Management
                          CIO, May 5th, 2016
                          "Managing projects of all sizes and levels of complexities is part of business, regardless of what vertical industry you're talking about. Software development is no different. New in-house software development and implementations, infrastructure related projects, enhancements or upgrades, and the increasing development of web-based solutions and mobile apps are a constant within the software industry..."
                          Why 2 + 2 Does Not Always Equal 4 On Projects
                          CIO, May 4th, 2016
                          "This article is about searching for and recognizing those things on our projects that are not always obvious. If we take the obvious for granted and assume that it is correct, we may miss many things. We may miss the full requirements of the project. We may miss the fact that our customer is not happy with our management or performance on the project. We may miss the need for other work that could have resulted in more revenue or profitability..."
                          IT - Networks
                          12 Killer (And Free) Tools For Network Engineers
                          Network World, May 4th, 2016
                          "Visibility is key to troubleshooting network woes, but getting such access can be expensive. To help out, a veteran networking pro shared with attendees of the Interop conference in Las Vegas his list of a dozen mostly free 'killer' tools..."

                          'There are commercial tools that do most of these functions,' says Mike Pennacchi, owner and lead network analyst at Network Protocol Specialists. 'If you don't have any budget, this gives you the tools without spending a lot of money.'

                          Network Monitoring: Best Practices In The Face Of It Complexity
                          Data Center Journal, May 4th, 2016
                          "As cloud technology, BYOD (bring your own device), virtualization and the Internet of Things (IoT) become mainstream, IT practices, systems and infrastructures are transforming radically. Networks have evolved thanks to technology such as the cloud and virtualization, and more data and applications are serving in corporate environments as a result of mobile workers, BYOD and the IoT. Business has undergone digital transformation with more and more online mission-critical transactions. Modern businesses use applications like email, file transfers, voice over IP (VoIP), streaming media and web conferencing that require increasingly large amounts of high-quality bandwidth..."
                          Proper Network Segments May Prevent The Next Breach
                          SearchSecurity, May 2th, 2016
                          "Companies still fail to implement secure network segmentation and role-based access. Here's how to protect your sensitive data and stay out of the headlines...

                          In late December, three Ukrainian energy companies -- known as oblenergos -- had their operations disrupted, causing a loss of power to 225,000 customers..."

                            Security Breaches Hit Nearly Three In Four Organizations
                            HelpNet Security, May 4th, 2016
                            "A troubling 73 percent of organizations have been plagued by at least one security breach or incident in the past year, with about 60 percent of breaches categorized as serious. Organizations are altering security practices and policies due to greater reliance on cloud computing and mobile technology solutions, according to a new report by CompTIA."
                            The Four Best Network Monitoring Tools In The Business
                            ITProPortal, May 5th, 2016
                            "As one of the most critical IT functions, network monitoring is essential when it comes to combating slow and failing network systems. By optimising system performances and managing usage and performance, you can save money, improve employee productivity, and stabilise your network's overall infrastructure.

                            With an effective monitoring system, you'll be equipped with the right set of tools to help you best manage your network. Whether you're interested in open-source options or a commercial monitoring system, there are several viable options to choose from. Below are four of the most reputable monitoring systems in the IT industry..."

                            What's Next For Network Security
                            Dark Reading, May 5th, 2016
                            "A 'vanishing' physical network perimeter in the age of mobile, cloud services, and the Internet of Things, is changing network security as well..."

                            "Network security as we know it ultimately will operate hand in hand with software-defined networking (SDN) and virtualization, security experts here said.

                            SDN could be a game-changer like virtual machines were, says Cameron Camp, a security researcher at ESET..."

                            IT - IoT
                            How The Internet Of Things Is Changing Business Models
                            Homeland Security News Wire, May 6th, 2016
                            "As the Internet of Things becomes more cost effective and easier to deploy, it is driving a fundamental shift in business models

                            It's no surprise that exciting new technologies are generating startling insights from big data, but very few come from the B2B sector.

                            It can be difficult for industrial executives whose performance is measured in dollars and cents to become excited about bits and bytes, especially when they have been fairly dismissive of big data to date, labelling it a B2C phenomenon..."

                            IoT Increases Threat To Infrastructure
                            Homeland Security News Wire, May 6th, 2016
                            "According to former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, a simple Web search can reveal information from thousands of unsecured devices. Even the casual browser can access camera data from Sweden, video game server activity in Eastern Europe, or the output of American wind turbines. He said this information is as easily accessible to terrorists and other criminals. And more will become available as the 'Internet of things' - the collection of physical systems and devices connected to the Internet - grows in size..."
                              New IoT Security Council Formed To Address Security And Privacy Concerns
                              CIO, May 4th, 2016
                              "The Smart Card Alliance, a not-for-profit, multi-industry association focused on the adoption and use smart card technology, has formed the Internet of Things Security Council to address growing concerns about the security and privacy of the Internet of Things (IoT)..."
                              The Internet Of (Every)Things: Forcing Cios To Think Differently
                              CIO, May 4th, 2016
                              "'Exploding.' That's the word that comes to mind when describing the sheer scale of connected 'things' - otherwise known as the Internet of Things (IoT). Think about this: Gartner estimates that by 2020, IoT will consist of 25 billion devices, from consumer applications to manufacturing, utilities and transportation. In 2016, it forecast, 5.5 million new things will get connected every single day..."
                              Who Will Manage Iot In The Enterprise?
                              Network World, May 3rd, 2016
                              "Most IT departments throughout enterprises are about to relinquish control of the Internet of Things, a research firm says.

                              IoT will not generally be managed by IT, reckons Bob O'Donnell. His company, TECHnalysis Research, recently completed an online study about which department will be running IoT within organizations..."

                              Why The IoT Creates An Internet Of Uncertainty
                              CIO Insight, May 6th, 2016
                              "More entry points into the network and lax security measures from manufacturers is a concern for organizations looking to tap the power of the IoT.

                              Over the last few years, the Internet of things (IoT) has expanded rapidly into the enterprise. Connected devices and wearables now span almost every industry - and employees use smart watches and other devices at work. However, as adoption spikes and the opportunities for business benefits grows, there's also mounting concern about cyber-security. These devices radically expand the potential attack surface but also introduce new and different security challenges..."

                              IT - Linux
                              Blackarch Linux Now Provides Over 1,400 Penetration Testing Tools
                              Softpedia, May 1st, 2016
                              "The BlackArch Linux devs have been preparing this for months, but now it is finally here. We're talking about the new ISO image of the Arch Linux-based operating system designed for hackers and security professionals.

                              BlackArch 2016.04.28 is here today as a replacement for the previous ISO image, version 2016.01.10, released four months ago, and it adds more than 80 new tools that can be used for penetration testing and security auditing operations..."

                              Brendan Gregg Looks At Tools & Methodologies For Linux System Performance
                              insideHPC, May 6th, 2016
                              "In this video from the 2016 Percona Data Performance Conference, Brendan Gregg, Senior Performance Architect from Netflix presents: Linux Systems Performance..."

                              "Systems performance provides a different perspective for analysis and tuning, and can help you find performance wins for your databases, applications, and the kernel..."

                              Linux Or Bust: Why Businesses Can't Ignore This Growing Trend
                              The VAR Guy, May 3rd, 2016
                              "It used to be a clear sign of geekiness. People who were into Linux would rave about its benefits and flexibility - as long as you knew how to install your own OS, dig around for the hardware drivers you needed, and be a master of command-line instructions. For a world building technical literacy through more user-friendly front-end systems, Linux was a niche reserved for technology enthusiasts..."
                              IT - Operations
                              In-House Data Centers Can Operate As Efficiently As Public Clouds
                              Data Center Journal, May 5th, 2016
                              "It's hardly news that cloud deployments and colocation growth continue at a fast pace. According to, 68% of enterprises ran approximately one-fifth of their application portfolio in the cloud during 2015. Hybrid-cloud adoption also rose to 71%, buttressed by the adoption of private cloud computing, which increased 71% over the same period..."
                              Privacy Policy Or Privacy Notice: What's The Difference?
                              CIO, May 4th, 2016
                              "To simplify the difference, a privacy policy is internally focused, telling employees what they may do with personal information, while a privacy notice is externally facing, telling customers, regulators and other stakeholders what the organization does with personal information..."
                                IT - Security
                                The Rise Of Threat Intelligence Gateways
                                Network World, May 2th, 2016
                                "According to ESG research, enterprise organizations continue to invest in all types of threat intelligence (note: I am an ESG employee). For example, 60 percent of organizations have had a threat intelligence program in place for more than two years, 69 percent consume six or more open-source or commercial threat intelligence feeds as part of cybersecurity analytics efforts, and 72 percent of enterprises plan on increasing spending on their threat intelligence programs over the next 12 to 18 months..."
                                5 Secure Habits Of The Paranoid PC User
                                Network World, May 4th, 2016
                                "Getting a little sloppy with your security? Time to shape up. Practice these five habits to protect your data at home, in the office and out in the world.

                                We know how it goes: You mean to practice safe computing habits, really you do. But when you fire up your computer, you just want to get stuff done -- and that's when even savvy users begin to cut security corners..."

                                DDos Costs, Damages On The Rise
                                CSO Online, May 5th, 2016
                                "Peak-time distributed denial-of-service attacks cost organizations more than $100,000 per hour, said half of the respondents to a new survey of mid-sized and large corporations in the U.S. and Europe.

                                And for a third of respondents, the average peak hourly revenue loss was more than $250,000.

                                However, shutting down attacks took time. Only 26 percent said it took them less than an hour, while 33 percent said it took between one and two hours, and 40 percent said it took more than three hours..."

                                  How To Succeed At Third-Party Cyber Risk Management: 10 Steps
                                  Dark Reading, May 2th, 2016
                                  "Organizations are failing -- and badly -- assessing the risk of attacks and data breaches from vendors and supply chains, according to a recent Ponemon Institute study. The solution starts at the top.

                                  From corporations to universities and large retail stores to small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), today's organizations do not always have the structure and appropriate processes necessary to reduce risks associated with third-party vendors and ultimately avoid security attacks and data breaches..."

                                  Not So Safe: Security Software Can Put Computers At Risk
                                  Science Daily, May 4th, 2016
                                  "Is the antivirus program running on your computer really making your computers safer to use, say, for online banking? Is the parental control software you bought to keep your child off inappropriate sites transparent for the overall safety of your computer?..."
                                    PCI's New Rules Focus on the Chiefs
                                    ComputerWorld, May 2th, 2016
                                    "Far too often, the levels above CIOs and CISOs don't understand PCI and find the ever-increasing cost of security frustrating

                                    When the PCI council on Thursday (April 28) rolled out its new payment card security rules, it put additional emphasis on authentication and service providers, as expected. But it also took a key additional move by stressing the need for senior management - think CEOs, COOs, CFOs and potentially even board members - to get into the security details. Far too often, the levels above CIOs and CISOs don't understand PCI, they don't appreciate the details behind why security is needed, and they find the ever-increasing cost of security frustrating..."

                                    State Of Security: Human Error And Remembering The Essentials
                                    HelpNet Security, May 5th, 2016
                                    "It seems that in a sea of complex digital ploys, companies are trying so hard to guard against the next big threat that they have forgotten the basics. From years of extensive experience managing a corporations' most exclusive content, it is evident that most breaches are smaller in scale and tend to originate from internal sources. This year's Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) echoes these thoughts as the findings follow a different trajectory from the norm..."
                                      The Battle Over Advanced Persistent Threats (Apts)
                                      ITProPortal, May 6th, 2016
                                      "Advanced Persistent Threats are a constant concern for the IT Director, the CIO and, lately, the entire C-Suite. Every day, we learn about how a new piece of malware has penetrated a supposedly protected IT environment. How does the APT not only survive but thrive despite the IT infrastructure theoretically in place to block it? And how can IT Directors and System Administrators re-evaluate their IT security posture to protect themselves from zero day threats?..."
                                      Think That Printer In The Corner Isn't A Threat? Think Again
                                      CSO Online, May 3rd, 2016
                                      "They sit off in the corner, some of them collecting dust. Yet, a printer is a legitimate attack surface. Many companies don't bother to update the firmware on older models, or don't include every model in a security audit (such as the one in the CEO's office everyone forgot about), or the organization assumes a hacker won't bother with an Epson or HP that is barely even connected to Wi-Fi..."
                                      Virtual Environments Make It Easy To Deploy Deception Technology
                                      Network World, May 6th, 2016
                                      "Attackers use deception to invade your network. Turn the tables and deceive them so the attack gets trapped and stopped...

                                      Cyber attackers use deception to try to get inside your network by doing everything from spoofing email addresses in spear phishing attacks to hiding malware on legitimate websites. So, if deception is standard operating procedure for the bad guys, perhaps it's time to fight back with some deception of your own. In fact, Gartner says it's a good complement to your existing security infrastructure..."

                                      Why Organisations Are Getting Cyber Security So Wrong
                                      Information Age, May 6th, 2016
                                      "By concentrating their efforts on protecting themselves from external cyber attacks, are businesses overlooking the threat from within? ...

                                      Contrary to popular belief, insider attacks are not just caused by employees. An 'insider' is anybody given access to either data or infrastructure within an organisation..."

                                      IT - Careers
                                      10 Habits Of Well-Liked Bosses
                                      Fast Company, May 2th, 2016
                                      "If you've ever had a truly great boss, you know how important they can be to a company's success. In fact, Gallup's 2015 report, 'State of the American Manager: Analytics and Advice for Leaders,' chalks up 70% of the variance in employee engagement scores to the quality of the respondents' bosses.

                                      But the term 'good boss' isn't really clear. What's the difference between a great boss and one that's just so-so? Here are 10 habits that great bosses share..."

                                      3 Ways Leaders Put Their Teams First
                                      TLNT, May 2th, 2016
                                      "No doubt you've seen too many self-serving maneuvers over the years to be surprised when a leader slinks off into every-man-for-himself territory. So why not surprise your team by facing your in-house rivals like a team player? Keep these things in mind when the going gets tough..."
                                        Career Path Acceleration: What You Are Missing And Why You Were Passed Over
                                        Business 2 Community, May 5th, 2016
                                        "Career path and the manager 1 on 1's was last week's blog topic. These updates are important because without them, your manager doesn't have an inventory of your current skills and accomplishments to sell on your behalf when new opportunities become available. If they don't know what you are doing, they are not able to sell you into that new opportunity and your career path will stall..."
                                          How To Get Your Lazy Coworkers To Pull Their Own Weight
                                          Fast Company, May 2th, 2016
                                          "I remember how excited I was for my first job. I was 16 and a sales associate at American Eagle Outfitters - I couldn't wait to learn about denim colors and how to use the fancy-looking cash register.

                                          Several weeks in, I found myself more and more frustrated with my team..."

                                            Linux Foundation: Open Source Programming And DevOps Jobs Plentiful
                                            The VAR Guy, May 5th, 2016
                                            "Open source can help you make money, especially if you have skills in programming or DevOps, which is emerging as one of the hottest areas of interest for hiring managers seeking open source admins and developers. That's according to the latest Open Source Jobs Report from the Linux Foundation..."
                                            Study: Containers Are Great, But Skilled Admins Are Scarce
                                            Data Center Knowledge, May 3rd, 2016
                                            "Application containers are more popular than ever before, but many companies still struggle to find skilled workers capable of managing the technology.

                                            Shippable released findings of a survey this week, which polled 300 software developers in the US in March and April to gauge trends and challenges surrounding container solutions. While a third of respondents said container solutions have enabled them to accelerate application release cycles, many others are still struggling to find the personnel capable of utilizing the new tech..."

                                            Four Myths Most Bosses Believe About Employee Engagement
                                            Fast Company, May 4th, 2016
                                            "Engaged employees are more productive, have higher job satisfaction, and are more focused on customers, according to a Gallup study. But what exactly does 'engaged' mean?

                                            Boston University professor William Kahn coined the term 25 years ago, but there still isn't a widely accepted definition. What does exist, however, is a lot of frustration and myths surrounding the idea, says Rodd Wagner, vice president of employee engagement strategy for the consulting firm BI Worldwide..."

                                              IT - Virtualization
                                              Survey: Container Adoption Steady, But Lack Of Skills Remains A Concern
                                              Container Journal, May 4th, 2016
                                              "Who's using containers, and what are they using them for? Just as importantly, who's not yet using containers, and why? A survey out this week from continuous integration provider Shippable offers some crucial insight on current container adoption trends..."
                                              Virtualization Containers Spark A Consolidation Comeback
                                              SearchDataCenter, May 5th, 2016
                                              "Over the past 10 years, virtualization has made waves in data centers everywhere. But now, containers are tipping the scale back toward server consolidation...

                                              It is important to review and recognize patterns to avoid making past mistakes -- and technology is no exception..."

                                              IT - Email
                                              HTTPS vs. HTTP: Why You Should Switch
                                              Business 2 Community, May 3rd, 2016
                                              "In 2014, Google decided that websites with an HTTPS are far better than those with HTTP, so much so that it decided to give sites a small boost in the rankings. Since the majority of websites use HTTP, many SEO experts faced this question: Is it worth the pain of migrating your site to HTTPS for a 'minor boost' in the rankings?

                                              Doesn't seem like it. According to this article from Search Engine Land, less than 0.1 percent of the entire internet is using SSL. This means the majority of websites that you visit are not secure. And with security issues increasing every day, it may be time to switch over to HTTPS..."

                                              South Dakota Law Will Be a Test Case for a US Internet Sales Tax
                                              IT World, May 3rd, 2016
                                              "A new South Dakota law may end up determining whether most U.S. residents are required to pay sales taxes on their Internet purchases.

                                              The South Dakota law, passed by the Legislature there in March, requires many out-of-state online and catalog retailers to collect the state's sales tax from customers. The law is shaping up to be a legal test case challenging a 25-year-old U.S. Supreme Court ruling that prohibits states from levying sales taxes on remote purchases..."

                                                IT - Backup
                                                5 Major Differences Between Backup And Archive
                                                insideBIGDATA, May 5th, 2016
                                                "Backup and archive. Two words that are often used interchangeably but have very different meanings. While both technologies support primary data storage, there are key differences between them. Let's celebrate World Backup Day 2016 by exploring the five key differences between these technologies..."
                                                  More Than One Third Of Enterprises Don't Backup Business Data
                                        , May 5th, 2016
                                                  "CloudBerry Lab, Inc., in cloud-based backup and file management services to SMBs, announced the results of an independent survey, 'highlighting enterprises' current approaches and attitudes towards backup.

                                                  Overall, while many organizations are successfully modernizing their backup strategies through using cloud backup and features like automation, outdated backup approaches remain prevalent. In addition, one third of respondents reported a complacent, lax attitude toward backup - meaning they may not have the level of backup and protection they actually need..."

                                                  IT - Big Data
                                                  3 Ways To Use Big Data In Fintech
                                                  SmartDataCollective, May 4th, 2016
                                                  "Financial technology, or FinTech, applies to any novation in the financial areas including investments, retail banking, lending and many other segments. With the internet and mobile revolution FinTech has turbulently grown. There has been an enormous breakthrough in nearly every single aspect of the financial technologies. It gets more investments, media coverage and adoption as never before. Today I would like to focus on the role of Big Data when it comes to innovating the financial sector and I am going to describe the three uses of the data from the companies I am mostly familiar with..."
                                                  Are You Using The Right Data Science Tools For Your Big Data Projects?
                                                  Business 2 Community, May 7th, 2016
                                                  "Data scientists rely on tools/products/solutions to help them get insights from data. Gregory Piatetsky of KDNuggets conducts an annual survey of data data professionals to better understand the different types of tools they use. Here are the results of the 2015 survey. He followed his initial posting with additional analyses to better understand which tools go together. In the latter posting, he looked at pairs of tools and found that some tools tend to go together (usage of tools are correlated with each other). He offered the anonymized raw data set for free to encourage other people to analyze the data, which I did..."
                                                    IT - Mobile
                                                    Android At Work: 38 Business-Worthy Apps
                                                    InfoWorld, May 2th, 2016
                                                    "For Android to win over the enterprise, it needs the right apps -- and these offerings definitely mean business...

                                                    "Android" and "enterprise" are two words that traditionally haven't gone together. But with Google beefing up its Android for Work initiative -- and getting ready to launch more enterprise-friendly features with the upcoming Android "N" release -- the notion of companies considering Android for employees no longer seems far-fetched..."

                                                    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 5.0.20
                                                    • Unbeatable Scalability of SAP ASE on Oracle M7
                                                    • Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4 Quarterly Update 1 is now available
                                                    • General Motors Steps Up Pace Of Its Tech Innovation
                                                    • Hats Off to Oracle's CIOs of the Year
                                                    • MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.2
                                                    • Tips and Tricks for Better Applications (Video)
                                                    • Oracle VM 3.4: ovm-info command to get details within VM
                                                    • MySQL Innovation Day
                                                    • Newly Released Innovations for Oracle Marketing Cloud Has Something for Everybody

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

                                                      IT - Server
                                                      Hyperconverged Integrated Systems To Hit Mainstream By 2020
                                                      ITProPortal, May 5th, 2016
                                                      "Hyperconverged integrated systems (HCIS) will see their market grow 79 per cent this year, a new prediction by Gartner says.

                                                      The market will almost hit a $2 billion mark, which Gartner says is a good sign HCIS is moving towards the mainstream. If things continue to move in this direction, HCIS will be mainstream in four years, by 2020..."

                                                      Zombie Servers Will Kill You
                                                      Network World, May 4th, 2016
                                                      "You thought it was buried. You forgot. Someone didn't document it. A ping sweep didn't find it. It lay there, dead. No one found it. But there was a pulse:It's still running, and it's alive. And it's probably unpatched.

                                                      Something probed it long ago. Found port 443 open. Jacked it like a Porsche 911 on on Sunset Boulevard on a rainy Saturday night. How did it get jacked? Let me count the ways.

                                                      Now it's a zombie living inside your asset realm.

                                                      It doesn't matter that it's part of your power bill. It's slowly eating your lunch..."

                                                        IT - Encryption
                                                        Enterprise Encryption: Do The Plusses Outweigh The 'Minuses'?
                                                        SearchSecurity, May 2th, 2016
                                                        "Encryption is a powerful tool, but its implementation presents its own set of perils. CISOs weigh in on data privacy and key management strategies...

                                                        The POODLE attack caused many organizations to update their security practices to avoid enterprise encryption vulnerabilities caused by client or server fallbacks to Secure Sockets Layer 3.0, an older but widespread communications protocol used to encrypt data in transit. Google is credited with identifying the SSL 3.0 vulnerability in October 2014..."

                                                        The Encryption Challenge
                                                        GCN, May 5th, 2016
                                                        "IT managers know the movies get it wrong. A teenager with a laptop cannot crack multiple layers of encryption -- unless that laptop is connected to a supercomputer somewhere and the teenager can afford to wait a few billion years.

                                                        Encryption works. It works so well that even the government gets stymied, as demonstrated by the lengths to which the FBI went to access an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters..."

                                                        IT - Developer
                                                        10 Programming Languages That Will Keep You Employed
                                                        InformationWeek, May 7th, 2016
                                                        "Here's a look at 10 programming languages that will make you rich, popular, and incredibly attractive. Or they might just help you get or keep a job -- which is better, anyway..."
                                                          Frameworks Are Challenging Programming Languages' Supremacy
                                                          jaxenter, May 2th, 2016
                                                          "A growing number of programmers claim that frameworks are the new programming languages, especially since the language wars have simmered down and allowed the framework wars to commence.

                                                          Peter Wayner wrote in a 2015 article that frameworks are the new programming languages because it's no longer feasible to waste time rewriting code if we can rely on our predecessors' hard work and because knowing the syntax is overrated..."

                                                            PHP 7 Support (Part 1)
                                                            By Tomas Mysik
                                                            Tomas blogs, "Hi all, today we will show you our support for PHP 7 which will be part of NetBeans 8.2.

                                                            First, please let me thank our NetBeans user Junichi Yamamoto who is helping a lot with developing of new features as well as fixing of existing issues. Thanks a lot, Junichi!

                                                            Please note that PHP 7 is a huge update of NetBeans PHP support so your help with testing and reporting issues is more than welcome (and really appreciated!), thank you. Instructions can be found at the end of this blog post..."

                                                            YouTube: Hybrid Mobile Development with Cordova and Oracle JET
                                                            By Geertjan
                                                            Geertjan blogs, "The promise of Oracle JET is that it makes enterprise JavaScript development a good deal easier. The primary platform for JavaScript nowadays is the browser on mobile devices.

                                                            So, the question is, how does Oracle JET facilitate mobile development? Get started answering that question here:..."

                                                            New: Pin Debugger Watches in NetBeans Editor
                                                            By Geertjan
                                                            Geertjan blogs, "Imagine you're a Java teacher or a presenter talking about Java at a conference. Or simply someone who likes being able to keep focus on a piece of code, rather than needing to look in a variety of windows within the software you're using to code or teach Java. You're using an editor to demonstrate some new Java code. You set a breakpoint and then you start the Debugger to step through the code and then... there's a Watches window that you need to point your audience to and repeatedly refer to, which is kind of hard to look at while at the same time trying to looking at the code..."
                                                            Nexenta News
                                                            Vote NexentaEdge for Favorite New Product!
                                                            Nexenta, May 4th, 2016
                                                            The Stevie Awards are the world's premier business awards. They were created in 2002 to honor and generate public recognition of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and working professionals worldwide. In short order the Stevie has become one of the world's most coveted prizes.

                                                            Voting for Favorite New Product opens today and runs through Friday, June 3. The winners will be announced on Monday, June 6.

                                                            Please consider voting for NexentaEdge for Favorite New Product! To Vote, click on this link and enter Nexenta's shortcode, L336I.

                                                            NexentaEdge 1.1.0-FP1 released
                                                            Nexenta, May 4th, 2016
                                                            NexentaEdge is Nexenta Systems' software-defined object storage system. It is designed to allow enterprises to store large amounts of object data securely, read and write that data efficiently, and add or remove storage capacity easily and inexpensively. It is designed to be flexible, with support for iSCSI block storage functions, as well as API support for OpenStack Swift and Amazon S3 protocols.

                                                            NexentaEdge is an edge-directed object storage system because decisions about how to store and retrieve data are based on information that comes from the storage gateways and data nodes themselves (the edge of the system), as opposed to software-defined rules or services running in a central location.

                                                            NexentaEdge offers a number of enhancements over other object storage systems. Key features of the NexentaEdge system are the Cloud Copy on Write (CCOW) storage system, Replicast communications protocol, and FlexHash dynamically updated hash allocation table. Within the NexentaEdge cluster, these features combine to provide automatic distributed deduplication, load balancing, and compression.

                                                            Veritas News
                                                            Veritas Joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance
                                                            Company's Renowned Backup and Recovery Products Are Time-Tested in Protecting Enterprise Workloads Whether On-Premises or in Hybrid Clouds
                                                            Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, announced that it has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance. Popular Veritas backup and recovery solutions NetBackup and Backup Exec provide outstanding protection for a wide range of Microsoft platforms and applications, including Windows, Hyper-V, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint.

                                                            'Through every technology wave, Veritas has been there delivering enterprise-class data protection to the world's leading organizations, including 86% of the global Fortune 500' said Simon Jelley, Veritas VP of Product Management. 'Hybrid cloud is the next technology wave for business and Veritas is there again for our customers delivering powerful, flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery for the entire IT infrastructure regardless of platform: virtual, physical and cloud. Joining the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance continues that leadership role and is further evidence of our ongoing strategy to support major cloud service providers. With both large global enterprise and SMB footprint of our customers, the Alliance helps accelerate our efforts to provide information management solutions.'

                                                            Cisco News
                                                            Cisco Schedules Conference Call for Q3 Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results
                                                            Scheduled conference call: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 1:30 PM (PT); 4:30 PM (ET)
                                                            Cisco has scheduled a conference call for Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at 1:30 PM (PT); 4:30 PM (ET) to announce its third quarter fiscal year 2016 financial results for the period ending Saturday, April 30, 2016.

                                                            Financial results will be released over Marketwired via US National, European Technology Trade Media and Western Europe distribution circuits, after the close of the market on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

                                                            Dell News
                                                            Dell Services Receives Top Rankings From 2016 Black Book Reports
                                                            Rankings mark six consecutive years as leading IT outsourcing vendor for providers, hospitals and health plans
                                                            Dell Services announced that Black Book Market Research, a firm specializing in providing healthcare-centric market research, has ranked Dell's Healthcare Services the No. 1 information technology outsourcing vendor in two reports identifying the top 20 ITO providers for healthcare payer and provider industries. The 2016 rankings mark the sixth consecutive year Dell Services has earned the top positions.
                                                            Dell Services Ranked No. 1 IT Services Vendor in the Healthcare Providers Category
                                                            by Gartner for the Seventh Consecutive Year
                                                            Dell Services' leadership position is driven by its experiences with top healthcare clients that continually choose the company's stable of offerings to help them successfully navigate the development and delivery of complex integrated IT solutions. By understanding and identifying the right solutions, clients can improve patient care, drive overall efficiency and manage financial risks. Dell Services' customers include many of today's leading healthcare organizations, including Beth Israel, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Boston Medical Center, Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Community Health Plan of Washington, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Harvard Pilgrim, Owens & Minor and Dubai Health Authority.
                                                            Dell Expands Availability of Premium Support for PCs to Consumers in 110 Countries
                                                            across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America
                                                            Dell announced it is expanding the availability of Premium Support, a service for consumer PCs that dramatically improves the customer experience through simplified, hassle-free support. Currently offered in the US and Canada, it is being made available in 110 additional countries across Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Premium Support provides 24x7 anytime, anywhere phone access to expert technicians, onsite service after remote diagnosis and the first and only proactive automated support for consumer PCs and tablets.1,2

                                                            Powered by Dell's innovative, award-winning SupportAssist technology, Premium Support automatically detects both hardware and software issues and proactively alerts consumers when they occur. SupportAssist also enables Dell's technicians to initiate contact6 with customers and begin resolving the problem, often before they even know an issue exists.

                                                            Dell and EMC Unveil 'Dell Technologies' As Future Brand for Family of Businesses
                                                            Dell Technologies will be the name of the family of brands and capabilities of the combined company
                                                            Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. revealed that upon the close of their pending transaction, the combined family of businesses will be called Dell Technologies. Dell Technologies will include the brands, companies and capabilities reflected across the current Dell and EMC portfolios.

                                                            Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell made the announcement today during a keynote presentation at EMC World in Las Vegas. Mr. Dell said, 'Our vision is a strategically aligned family of businesses that brings together customers' entire infrastructure, from hardware to software to services, from the edge to the core to the cloud.'

                                                            IBM News
                                                            Bausch + Lomb and IBM Collaborate on Innovative App for iPhone and iPad for Cataract Surgeons on IBM Cloud
                                                            First-of-its-Kind App to Provide Clinical Insights to help Surgeons Customize Intraocular Lens Selection
                                                            Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health company, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a collaboration to develop the first app of its kind for iPhone and iPad for surgeons who perform cataract surgery. The innovative app will help surgeons streamline their workflow by delivering patient information and clinical insights as well as intraocular lens (IOL) options on a single, digital platform at the point of care.
                                                            IBM Makes Quantum Computing Available on IBM Cloud to Accelerate Innovation
                                                            Users can run experiments on an IBM quantum processor
                                                            IBM Research announced today that for the first time ever it is making quantum computing available to members of the public, who can access and run experiments on IBM's quantum processor.

                                                            IBM scientists have built a quantum processor that users can access through a first-of-a-kind quantum computing platform delivered via the IBM Cloud onto any desktop or mobile device. IBM believes quantum computing is the future of computing and has the potential to solve certain problems that are impossible to solve on today's supercomputers.

                                                            Fujitsu News
                                                            Fujitsu to Build Industry-First Maritime Big Data Platform for Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
                                                            A shared maritime platform for use by maritime businesses, which aggregates ship and marine weather data
                                                            Fujitsu Limited announced that it has built a maritime big data platform for Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, an international ship classification society also known as ClassNK. The platform will be available from April, 2016. Fujitsu has now built a platform with ClassNK that collects and accumulates machinery operational data from moving vessels, such as engine data, as well as marine weather information, as big data. This enables maritime businesses such as ship operators and shipyards to extract data about vessels under navigation, as needed. This will enable, for example, operations personnel to predict malfunctions using engine operations data, or to achieve more energy-efficient operations using voyage data and marine weather data.
                                                            Fujitsu Drives Digital Transformation across the Industrial Internet of Things
                                                            Fujitsu Spotlights leading advancements made in industrial, agriculture and workplace IoT
                                                            As the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to expand into every aspect of work and life, Fujitsu is highlighting its cutting-edge contributions to the advancement of next-generation, connected solutions that are helping industrial businesses enhance safety and streamline productivity.

                                                            IoT-enabled devices in factories and businesses currently represent a significant part of the market, and by 2025, 37 percent ($2.3 trillion) of the $6.2-trillion IoT market is expected to consist of devices used in manufacturing applications1. Fujitsu plays a key role in the development of this hyper-connected world, working with customers to increase efficiency through the development of sophisticated devices and systems for industries such as farming and manufacturing as well as placing a focus on workplace safety.

                                                            Red Hat News
                                                            Friday Five - May 6, 2016
                                                            Red Hat, May 6th, 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.

                                                            • Telefonica and Red Hat Sign a Global Agreement to Help Companies Mobilize Business Processes
                                                            • CNBC - Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst discusses transformations in the cloud
                                                            • Gulf Air Builds Private Cloud for Big Data Innovation With Red Hat Technologies
                                                            • Certification Magazine - Dive into DevOps with new certification from Red Hat
                                                            • Red Hat Vertical Industries Blog - OpenStack Summit Austin: A Red Hat Week in Review

                                                            Read on for details.

                                                            Gulf Air Builds Private Cloud for Big Data Innovation With Red Hat Technologies
                                                            The Kingdom of Bahrain's national carrier realizes its social media monitoring ambitions without additional hardware investment
                                                            Red Hat, Inc. announced that Gulf Air, the national carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain, has created a private cloud IT environment with Red Hat solutions. As part of this project, Gulf Air has deployed Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP), and Red Hat Storage as the platform for its innovative big data solution, Arabic Sentiment Analysis.
                                                            Telefonica and Red Hat Sign a Global Agreement to Help Companies Mobilize Business Processes
                                                            Red Hat Mobile Application Platform selected as reference platform for Telefonica Group operators worldwide; Telefonica reinforces its strategy of deploying multitenant, multi-operator solutions based on open standards
                                                            Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, and Telefonica Business Solutions, a leading provider of a wide range of integrated communication solutions for the B2B market, announced an agreement establishing Red Hat Mobile Application Platform as the global reference platform for operators within the Telefonica Group to mobilize the business processes of its customers on their path to digital transformation.
                                                            Red Hat Launches Independent Sales Representative (ISR) program in Canada
                                                            Keating Technologies and Tech Data Canada selected as ISR partners to support channel sales
                                                            Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced an Independent Sales Representative (ISR) program in Canada to offer its full suite of open source solutions for cloud, Linux, middleware, storage, and virtualization technologies in collaboration with channel leaders. At launch, Canadian channel leaders Keating Technologies and Tech Data have joined the program to help bring open source solutions to a broader range of enterprise customers in Canada.
                                                            EMC News
                                                            New EMC {code} Projects Broaden EMC's Open Source Contributions
                                                            EMC Continues Forward Momentum in Open Source, Introducing 'Polly' for Storage Scheduling and New Enhancements to REX-Ray Storage Orchestration Engine
                                                            EMC Corporation announced the latest projects in a series of open source contributions under the EMC {code} umbrella, including the Polly open source framework that enables storage allocation in scheduling environments such as Cloud Foundry, Docker, Kubernetes, and Mesos. EMC also announced new integrations and enhancements to EMC's REX-Ray open source storage orchestration engine for containers.
                                                            Virtual Environments Make It Easy To Deploy Deception Technology
                                                            EMC Introduces Native Hybrid Cloud, VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes, DSSD Enhancements
                                                            EMC Corporation introduced new foundational offerings designed to support and accelerate customers' digital transformation initiatives and address the four major pillars of the modern data center - flash, scale-out, software-defined and cloud-enabled. New offerings include the new Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) platform, VCE VxRack System 1000 with Neutrino Nodes, and major updates to DSSD D5.
                                                            VCE VxRack System 1000 Goes 'Cloud Native'
                                                            New Neutrino Nodes Provide Turnkey Hyper-Converged IaaS Platform for OpenStack, VMware Photon Platform and Apache Hadoop;Provisions Cloud-Native IaaS Environments In Less Than An Hour
                                                            EMC Corporation announced it has expanded its VCE VxRack System 1000 to provide a turnkey cloud-native IaaS experience through new 'Neutrino' nodes. The flexibility of the VxRack System is rooted in its rack-scale design, allowing enterprises, ISV's and Service Providers to leverage different node types for different workloads as they accelerate their digital transformation initiatives. The VxRack System enables workloads to operate at scale by providing a fully engineered hyper-converged rack-scale system - compute, storage and networking - with integrated management. This delivers simplified data center operations, greatly reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) compared to a traditional SAN, and easy scaling-on-demand.
                                                            EMC Announces Native Hybrid Cloud
                                                            EMC, May 3rd, 2016
                                                            EMC Corporation announced the latest addition to its cloud portfolio, Native Hybrid Cloud (NHC) - a turnkey platform for cloud-native application development and deployment. As a fully integrated and engineered platform, NHC enables enterprises to innovate and scale faster. It helps enterprise IT and operations teams to better collaborate with developers, allowing for rapid application development and delivery while providing the needed protection, controls and insight to IT.
                                                            EMC Ups Ante for Rack-Scale Flash with Bigger, Better, Faster DSSD D5
                                                            Major New DSSD D5 Capabilities and New VCE VxRack System with DSSD Enable Customers to Accelerate Real-Time Analytics and Provides a Platform for Digital Transformation
                                                            EMC Corporation announced new Rack-Scale Flash offerings including dual DSSD D5 systems in a single rack for use with market-leading high performance database applications as well as the new VCE VxRack 1000 Series System with DSSD. DSSD is a key building block for the modern data center, not only accelerating the performance of traditional databases and data warehouses, but also helping customers address new challenges around high performance real-time analytics running on a new generation of apps and much larger working data sets.
                                                            EMC Announces 'Leaders of the Modern Data Center'
                                                            naugural Awards Celebrate Ground-breaking Examples of Modern Data Center and Digital Business Transformation
                                                            EMC Corporation announced the recipients of the first-ever EMC Leaders of the Modern Data Center award. A senior panel of EMC Leaders of the Modern Data Center award judges reviewed all nominations against a wide range of criteria, including the impact of IT and business transformation from the deployment of EMC's strategic technologies and services. The awards recognize forward-thinking customers who are leveraging key EMC technology pillars driving today's protected and trusted modern data center- flash, software-defined, scale-out and cloud-enabled- building Cloud and Big Data solutions to transform their businesses.
                                                            Dell and EMC Unveil 'Dell Technologies' As Future Brand for Family of Businesses
                                                            Dell Technologies will be the name of the family of brands and capabilities of the combined company
                                                            Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. revealed that upon the close of their pending transaction, the combined family of businesses will be called Dell Technologies. Dell Technologies will include the brands, companies and capabilities reflected across the current Dell and EMC portfolios.

                                                            Dell Chairman and CEO Michael Dell made the announcement today during a keynote presentation at EMC World in Las Vegas. Mr. Dell said, 'Our vision is a strategically aligned family of businesses that brings together customers' entire infrastructure, from hardware to software to services, from the edge to the core to the cloud.' Dell Technologies will comprise the combined enterprise infrastructure businesses of Dell and EMC, the PC business and affiliated businesses including VMware, SecureWorks, Pivotal, Virtustream and RSA.

                                                            EMC World Day 1 - EMC Launches Wave of New Technology to Modernize Data Centers
                                                            Introduces New EMC Unity Family, Virtustream Storage Cloud, EMC MyService360 Service Dashboard, EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management, ViPR Controller 3.0
                                                            EMC Corporation announced multiple new modern data center products and services fundamental to customers' modern data center transformation initiatives. This transformation is leading to complex data center priorities: maintaining traditional business applications as efficiently and in a low-cost manner as possible without compromising service integrity, and using those savings to support next-gen application development needs. Each requires different investments, which largely come from the same (typically flat) IT budget. The first step toward balancing these conflicted IT priorities is to modernize the infrastructure on which IT is built.
                                                            EMC Unity Breaks New Ground for All-Flash Storage Simplicity and Affordability
                                                            Delivers Affordable File and Block Storage for Small and Mid-sized IT Departments Offering All-Flash Performance and Cloud-Like Simplicity for Under $18,000
                                                            EMC Corporation announced EMC Unity , a new family of storage systems that helps simplify and modernize the data center. Unity is the latest member of EMC's all flash portfolio delivering highly affordable file and block storage for small and medium-sized IT departments. Unity joins EMC's portfolio of all-flash storage arrays - XtremIO , VMAX All Flash and DSSD D5 - to ensure that, no matter what a customer needs, EMC has a purpose-built solution to fit virtually any data center use case.
                                                            Virtustream Launches Global Hyper-scale Storage Cloud For Seamless Enterprise Storage Extensibility, Backup and Cloud-Native Object Storage
                                                            Virtustream Launches Global Hyper-scale Storage Cloud For Seamless Enterprise Storage Extensibility, Backup and Cloud-Native Object Storage
                                                            Virtustream, the enterprise-class cloud provider and an EMC Federation company, today announced the launch of Virtustream Storage Cloud, a global cloud storage platform offering enterprise-levels of resiliency and performance combined with true Web scale.
                                                            New Software Expands EMC Copy Data Management Portfolio, Modernizing Primary and Protection Storage Efficiency
                                                            Helps Customers Tackle Data Sprawl and Reduce Storage Costs
                                                            EMC Corporation announced EMC Enterprise Copy Data Management (eCDM), new software that enables organizations to regain control of the spiraling costs of storing and managing multiple copies of the same data. Despite the exponential reduction in the per-gigabyte cost of storage, total storage costs can rise as lightweight, zero-cost snaps drive behaviors that encourage businesses to create and keep multiple copies of the same data. Just as the 'cc' function in email can make it too easy to create data sprawl in the email inbox, unmonitored snaps can cause the same problem in the data center. IDC estimates that, by 2018, global businesses will waste $51B storing data on the wrong tier of storage, or storing data they no longer need. eCDM provides companies with a pan-enterprise solution to streamline their processes for monitoring, managing and analyzing copy data.
                                                            MyService360 Modernizes the EMC Customer Service Experience
                                                            Built on EMC's Own Cloud-Based Data Lake, This New Service-Centric Online Dashboard Gives IT Teams Visibility into the Health and Wellness of Their EMC Environment
                                                            EMC Corporation announced the EMC MyService360 service-centric cloud-based dashboard, providing near real-time visibility into the status and health of a customer's EMC data center environment. Supporting hundreds of EMC products, MyService360 provides customers with a highly visual and personalized online capability that consolidates proactive monitoring of EMC systems deployed across a customer's global enterprise. Available at no additional cost to customers with an EMC warranty or maintenance agreement, the cloud-based service is designed to help IT teams increase risk-readiness and respond with speed and accuracy when fulfilling IT service requests or diagnosing potential issues.
                                                            EMC Launches ViPR Controller 3.0 Storage Automation Software
                                                            New Features and Open Source Innovation Help Modernize the Data Center by Bridging Support Between Traditional and Cloud Native Environments
                                                            EMC Corporation announced new updates to its EMC ViPR Controller storage automation software, designed to help customers modernize their multivendor storage environments, with support for over 50 EMC and third-party storage platforms. The latest Software Defined Storage release is designed to enable customers to drive greater levels of efficiency by reducing manual tasks by up to 73%, helping mitigate risks and freeing-up resources. ViPR Controller effectively bridges traditional and cloud native environments, providing ease of use, time savings and reduced OPEX.
                                                            EMC Announces New Extreme Archiving Platform for Structured and Unstructured Data
                                                            InfoArchive 4.0 Offers Enhanced User Experience with Increased Compliance, Scalability and Accessibility to Address Enterprise Data Challenges
                                                            EMC Corporation's Enterprise Content Division (ECD), a leader in the enterprise content management industry, announced EMC InfoArchive 4.0, a unified enterprise platform that powers extreme compliant archiving scenarios at petabyte scale. As enterprises modernize their data center and applications, a solution that archives legacy apps to reduce costs - while continuing to make data available to the organization - is required. With its fast time to value and the small footprint, EMC InfoArchive 4.0 enhances the ability to secure and leverage large amounts of critical application data and content to empower modern-day business success.
                                                            EMC Unveils Suite of Intuitive, Cloud-Native Content Apps to Revolutionize ECM and Transform the Way People Engage with Content
                                                            EMC LEAP Accelerates Digital Transformation and Offers Customers a Competitive Advantage
                                                            EMC Corporation's Enterprise Content Division (ECD), a leader in enterprise content management (ECM), announced EMC LEAP, a suite of purpose-built, cloud-native content apps designed to revolutionize the content management industry and transform interactions with business content. Unlike other offerings in the market, EMC LEAP apps deliver enterprise-grade content management capabilities combined with the most intuitive user experience for diverse business use cases.
                                                            Brocade News
                                                            Brocade Reports Preliminary Fiscal Q2 2016 Financial Results
                                                            Will acquire Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
                                                            In conjunction with the filing of a registration statement and exchange offer materials with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission associated with its previously announced proposal to acquire Ruckus Wireless, Inc., Brocade reported preliminary financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2016.

                                                            The Company now expects second fiscal quarter total revenue to be within the range of $518 million to $528 million, compared with the range of $542 million to $562 million previously provided in the planning assumptions and outlook for the quarter on February 17, 2016. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share for the second fiscal quarter is expected to be within the range of $0.21 to $0.23, compared with the range of $0.22 to $0.24 in the planning assumptions and outlook for the quarter previously provided on February 17, 2016.

                                                            Brocade Delivers Modern Storage Networks For New EMC Unity Storage
                                                            Gen 6 Fibre Channel and IP Storage Networking Technologies Support Always-On Business Operations for Flash-Enabled Data Centers
                                                            At EMC World - Brocade announced that its GEN 6 FIBRE CHANNEL and IP STORAGE NETWORKING technologies are providing a network foundation enabling customers of the EMC Unity solution to optimize the performance, availability, and reliability of their storage deployments.
                                                            Brocade Honored With Two NFV Pioneer Awards
                                                            Brocade Virtual Packet Broker and Mobile Edge Virtual Infrastructure Offering Recognized for Exceptional Innovation
                                                            Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) announced that the BROCADE VIRTUAL PACKET BROKER and its mobile edge virtual infrastructure offering, Brocade's solution for MOBILE EDGE COMPUTING (MEC), were each recognized with a 2016 INTERNET TELEPHONY NFV Pioneer Award.

                                                            "Brocade continues to push the envelope in developing innovative mobile networking solutions that help solve the unique challenges faced by mobile network operators and mobile virtual network operators. We're honored to be awarded for Brocade's leadership in NFV," said Ken Cheng, chief technology officer, Brocade. "The Brocade Virtual Packet Broker and the mobile edge virtual infrastructure for MEC each provide a future-proof, New IP technology foundation for network operators well in advance of 5G availability."

                                                            Windstream News
                                                            Windstream reports first-quarter results
                                                            Grew consumer revenue sequentially - Expanded enterprise contribution margin - Improved debt maturity profile
                                                            Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, today reported first-quarter results.

                                                            'Our first quarter achievements demonstrate solid progress on our 2016 priorities. We produced sequential revenue growth in our consumer business unit through our upgraded broadband network that now offers Internet speeds up to 1Gbps. We increased profitability in our Enterprise business unit by targeting middle-market business customers with advanced, customized solutions while reducing costs. Additionally, we significantly improved our balance sheet through debt refinancing initiatives. Overall we had a very productive quarter and are on track to achieve our goals for the year,' said Tony Thomas, president and chief executive officer at Windstream.

                                                              Netapp News
                                                              University of Scranton Accelerates Global Learning with NetApp Flash
                                                              NetApp All Flash FAS (AFF) enables university to enhance e-learning with BYOD program, connecting students and teachers anywhere in the world, at any time
                                                              'We knew we needed to build a more powerful foundation to support our long-term e-learning and achieve our Bring Your Own Device goals,' says Lee J. DeAngelis, senior systems administrator at The University of Scranton. 'We looked at other flash storage solutions, but the plug-and-play deployment of NetApp solutions made it an easy choice.'

                                                              Located in Pennsylvania, the University of Scranton decided to take e-learning to the next level by connecting students and faculty anywhere in the world, with an innovative Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program. The university also planned to offer university-owned software free of charge to students and faculty. However, the institution was already experiencing performance issues and delays with existing resource-intensive applications. To make the BYOD program a success and to support existing applications, the university needed a highly scalable storage system.

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