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Secretive AI Startup Pioneers Artificial Imagination
HPCWire, May 26th, 2016
"In the influx of deep learning startups, one stealth mode venture, Vicarious, has already made something of a name for itself. As reported in MIT Technology Review, the Silicon Valley-area company is working to give computers the power of imagination, or something close to it..."
    Machine Learning, Machine Intelligence And Cognitive Computing: What Does All Of This Have To Do With Big Data?
    CIO, May 25th, 2016
    "Living in the information age and finding the silver lining: Preparing for a future where machines are making lives better by going beyond what they were initially programmed to do. Artificial intelligence - statistical learning techniques - machine learning - cognitive computing - hear how data is helping to change lives..."
      DARPA Wants To Find The Vital Limitations Of Machine Learning
      Network World, May 26th, 2016
      "What are the fundamental limitations inherent in machine learning systems?

      That's the central question of a potential new DARPA program known as the Fundamental Limits of Learning (Fun LoL) which according to the researchers will address how the quest for the ultimate learning machine can be measured and tracked in a systematic and principled way..."

        AI And Cognitive Computing: How To Distinguish The Real Value Proposition
        CIO, May 26th, 2016
        "There have been a number of accomplishments around AI and cognitive computing. How do these accomplishments translate into a real value proposition for businesses?...

        Google has developed some awesome mobile applications that realize visual and audio recognition. Google just recently announced an open source Natural Language Understanding (NLU) system called SyntaxNet. This NLU system is built upon Google's TensorFlow, an open source neural network framework..."

        Unleashing BMC Remedy 9 performance and scalability on Oracle Solaris and SPARC Servers
        By Vipul Jain
        Remedy 9 is a new release from BMC for enterprise service management platform: The fresh user interface is built on a mobile first design with focus on improving productivity. This new release is supported by a strong platform built on Java open source technology stack. In addition to features such as support for mobile, intuitive self-service applications, adaptive reporting, and enhanced productivity with formless data entry, Remedy 9 also has better performance, vertical and horizontal scalability, and high availability.
        Teamcenter on Oracle Engineered System Solution Brief
        By Ramona Costea
        Ramona blogs, "Read the new solution brief for Siemens PLM Software's Teamcenter on Oracle SuperCluster - large configurations, 10,000+ Concurrent Users. With Siemens PLM Software's Teamcenter optimized on Oracle SuperCluster M7, enterprises can modernize their infrastructure, consolidate Teamcenter landscapes, and manage more workloads all in a reduced data center footprint, resulting in significantly better performance and productivity, as well as reduced risk and lower total cost of ownership (TCO)..."
        Deploying and Upgrading OpenStack with Docker
        By Zeynep Koch
        Zeynep blogs, "OpenStack is notoriously complex to deploy and update. Traditional method of using RPMs is extremely unreliable due to inter-dependencies resulting into delays in deployment and failures in update. Any change in any of the RPMs may can adversely impact other RPMs and the deployment risks failures and delays.

        Leveraging OpenStack upstream Kolla project, Oracle has transformed the deployment. OpenStack services are deployed as micro-services in docker containers which are fully independent from each other. Using the Ansible deployment tool, any of the containers can be changed or replaced easily without impacting other containers..."

        Oracle VM Hierarchy Viewer
        By Jeff Savit
        Jeff blogs, "One of the new features of Oracle VM 3.4, now released to the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, is the VM hierarchy viewer. This usability feature makes it easy to view all the resources associated with a virtual machine in a single graphical view.

        To use it, log into Oracle VM Manager, select the VM in the Servers and VMs tab, and then click on the Display VM Hierarchy Viewer icon:.."

        Oracle VM 3.4.1
        Released to Oracle Software Delivery Cloud
        John Priest writes, "Oracle VM Release 3.4.1, Oracle's latest server virtualization product is now available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Go here and search for Oracle VM 3.4.1 to download the Manager, x86 Server or SPARC Agent software builds.

        Oracle VM 3.4.1 delivers many important new features and enhancements to enable rapid enterprise application deployment throughout public and private cloud infrastructure..."

        IT - Storage
        The Storage Admin In The Software-Defined Age
        NetworkComputing, May 25th, 2016
        "A look at how software-defined storage will impact the role of the storage administrator.

        Software-defined storage, one of the latest innovations to disrupt the storage industry, generates a curious blend of excitement and trepidation. In a recent ESG research study, 68% of storage administrators polled indicated that their organization is committed to SDS as a long-term strategy. Combined with this interest, however, is the all-too-common fear of the unknown..."

        Scale-Out NAS: The Key To Storage In The Hybrid Cloud
        The Data Center Journal, May 26th, 2016
        "Most of the world's data centers are still using vertical scaling solutions for storage- and that's a problem. This legacy approach to storage was not designed with today's zettabytes of data in mind. Organizations need to store exponentially more data than ever before, and they need to do so in an affordable way that doesn't jeopardize performance. The advent of software-defined storage makes scale-out storage solutions a real possibility.

        Another relatively new technology, hybrid cloud, enables organizations to have maximum business flexibility from cloud architectures, which helps maximize budget efficiency and performance goals at the same time. In a nutshell, hybrid cloud is a cloud-computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private-cloud and public-cloud services, with orchestration between the two platforms..."

        'Undetected Drives' Continues To Be Main Reason For Data Loss
        Storage Newsletter, May 24th, 2016
        "Kroll Ontrack Ltd. launches its third quarterly data loss index (DLI) that reveals one-in-four (25%) data loss scenarios are due to storage devices appearing to be unrecognisable or undetected (1).

        More than one-in-ten (11%) experience data loss from the device failing to power on, just over ten% lose data because of users dropping their device, and over 9% lose data due to deleted files.

        The index covers individual disk assessments from countries as far afield as Poland, Romania and Senegal between January and March 2016 and is developed from the analysis of anonymous data collected through Kroll Ontrack's data recovery self-assessment tool. This self-assessment tool helps individuals carry out an initial check on their device and receive first line advice on what to do next. Scenarios cover damage caused by fire, liquid, physical knocks and malware/virus infection..."

          IT - Technology
          Learn The Difference Between Virtual, Augmented And Mixed Reality
          TechWorm, May 23rd, 2016
          "The way we tend to see our reality are apparently made to change by many technologies seek to change, whether it is entering a virtual world, or augmenting an existing one in a realistic and interactive way, or somewhere in-between.

          To keep a track of what we mean with this terminology, let's understand the difference..."

            How 3D Printing Will Disrupt Industry Worldwide
            ComputerWeekly, May 23rd, 2016
            "The technology is helping startups model prototypes and inventory suppliers lop millions from supply chain costs...

            The market for 3D printing is worth $5bn now, but it is predicted to grow eightfold in the next four years - and most of that growth will be in the enterprise and industrial markets. That's according to analysts who see huge potential in the technology - but what will it offer CIOs?..."

            10 Technologies That Could Revolutionize Retail (Slideshow)
            Network World, May 26th, 2016
            "The retail world is evolving, thanks to these technologies.

            Retailers have an arsenal of technology at their disposal that could both improve their customers' shopping experience and save them money by increasing efficiency. Although some of these technologies are still years away from practical use, each is expected to have some impact on the retail world in the coming years..."

              IT - Bitcoin
              Wall Street Blockchain Alliance Eyes Economic Empowerment
              CryptoCoinsNews, May 23rd, 2016
              "The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance, a non-profit advocacy group for distributed ledger technology has announced two new working committees, each chaired by noteworthy industry experts. One of the committees is working toward economic inclusion of the unbanked.

              The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance (WSBA), an advocacy group that promotes digital currencies' and distributed-ledger technologies' adoption in financial markets has announced the launch of two new working committees. They are - a Regulatory & Compliance committee and an Economic Inclusion Working Committee..."

                The Q1 State Of Bitcoin 2016 Is Positive
      , May 26th, 2016
                "There's never a dull day in Bitcoin-land and this year's been no different so far. reviews the ups and down of an overall positive Q1 2016.

                Bitcoin's value has remained relatively stable over the past couple of months at roughly the $425-450 USD range per BTC. The past two weeks has seen a huge jump in hashrate with a high of 1,796,101,466 GH/s as the reward halving approaches in less than two months. Bitcoin optimism seems fairly healthy even as the debate on scalability continues without any definitive progress. Overall, positivity has been high in the midst of another fake Satoshi Nakamoto and the rift between hard forks and soft forks..."

                Nasdaq Opens Blockchain Services To Global Exchange Partners
                CoinDesk, May 26th, 2016
                "Nasdaq has opened up its blockchain services to more than 100 of its market operator clients around the world as part of its newly unveiled Nasdaq Financial Framework.

                Announced today, the framework is designed to provide end-to-end solutions to Nasdaq's financial infrastructure clients around the world including traditional exchanges.

                The new financial infrastructure hub could pave the way for those exchanges and others to start using blockchain technology in a wide range of unnamed services..."

                Japan Passes Bill To Regulate Bitcoin Exchanges
                CryptoCoinsNews, May 25th, 2016
                "The Diet in Japan (the legislature consisting of the Lower and the Upper Houses) has passed a bill today that mandates the regulation of bitcoin and virtual currency exchanges by the Financial Services Agency (FSA) in Japan.

                Japan has enacted a bill today that will see the regulation of operators of virtual currency exchanges, a Japan Times report revealed..."

                Eu Parliament Approves Proposal For Digital Currency Task Force
                CoinDesk, May 26th, 2016
                "The European Parliament, the legislative branch of the European Union, has approved a proposal for a task force dedicated to digital currencies and blockchain technology.

                A report drafted by European Parliament member (MEP) Jakob von Weizsäcker first began circulating in late February..."

                  IT - FOSS
                  5 Open Source Skills In High Demand
                  CIO , May 25th, 2016
                  "The open source job market is booming and companies need talent to drive their business. Here are the five most in-demand skills for open source IT professionals...

                  Recruiting open source talent is a top priority for IT recruiters and hiring managers in 2016, according to the 2016 Open Source Jobs Report released by IT hiring platform and The Linux Foundation. The Open Source Jobs Survey and Report surveyed approximately 400 IT hiring managers and more than 4,500 open source professionals currently employed in the IT industry in March 2016, and found that 65 percent of hiring managers say open source hiring will increase more than any other part of their business over the next six months..."

                  19 Years Later, The Cathedral And The Bazaar Still Moves Us
        , May 23rd, 2016
                  "Nineteen years ago this week, at an annual meeting of Linux-Kongress in Bavaria, an American programmer named Eric Raymond delivered the first version of a working paper he called 'The Cathedral and the Bazaar.' According to Raymond, the exploratory and largely speculative account of some curious new programming practices contained 'no really fundamental discovery.'

                  But it brought the house down..."

                  IT - DevOps
                  What is a DevOps 'Best Practice'?
        , May 27h, 2016
                  "In IT, we love our frameworks. Whether agile, ITIL, lean, cobit, six sigma or others, our thirst for 'best practice' guidance seems to be unquenchable.

                  The concept of a 'best practice' is an enigma. Who decides if a practice is actually the best? And best for whom? While an 'adopt and adapt' mentality is advocated in most frameworks, there is still a tendency to benchmark efforts against and conform to published best practices. Whether promoting 'best in breed,' 'world-class,' or 'best practices,' many organizations swing these terms around as some form of competitive advantage..."

                  Security From The Start: Using DevOps For Secure Collaboration
                  GCN, May 23rd, 2016
                  "The 21st century has ushered in the age of software. Not only being leveraged to develop applications, software now defines how we interact with hardware resources within the private cloud and our own datacenters, networks and infrastructures. The potential speed at which systems and applications can be deployed is inhibited only by our own organizational cultures.

                  An overarching approach that emphasizes lean principles, collaboration and communication among various IT and business staff, DevOps heavily automates software delivery and infrastructure changes. Considered a path and not a destination, DevOps is now becoming an option for government agencies to execute effectively and efficiently..."

                  From Dev To Ops To Management: How To Get The Whole Organisation Understanding DevOps
                  Information Age, May 26th, 2016
                  "To start with DevOps, you have to tease out the whys and hows when working with operations teams, software development teams and upper management...

                  If you're managing an IT team, you're certainly aware of DevOps and its growing popularity as a community of practice and a set of principles - and a path to delivering better software, faster.

                  Here are a few ideas for working with your operations team, software development team and management that should help make your DevOps initiative successful...."

                  Devops Tools: 20 Top Tools For Successful Devops
                  Datamation, May 23rd, 2016
                  "DevOps tools, arguably, face a challenge: DevOps itself is one of those tech buzzwords that got widely circulated before it was properly defined. That happens from time to time; a good idea comes along and people run with it before they actually explain what it is.

                  So given that DevOps itself is still hazy in people's minds, what of DevOps tools?..."

                  Cloud Computing
                  How Oracle Created A Much Better Cloud Buying Experience
                  By Chris Murphy
                  Chris Murphy writes, "When Oracle set out to create a fast, simple way for companies to buy its cloud services, it did so by first focusing on the success of the customer and then transforming its internal operations to offer the best procurement experience in the cloud. Oracle's reimagination of its purchasing process is a modern-day example of how a technology company is using its own offerings to deliver the best customer experience and leapfrog its competitors..."
                  IT - Cloud
                  Turning Up Cloud Security Before It's Too Late
                  CloudTweaks, May 22nd, 2016
                  "By the end of 2015 the cloud computing industry reached an all time high of $120 billion dollars. This has been supported by a number of facts including rapid elasticity of clouds. They can be expanded, redefined and reallocated within a matter of minutes upon business requirements. Cloud computing has changed the dimensions of data storage and access. 21st century is the era of smart devices and cloud storage has given each and every person the chance to store and access data including Visa and MasterCard details from cloud storage..."
                  The Strategic Importance Of Moving Your Enterprise Into The Cloud
                  SmartDataCooective, May 23rd, 2016
                  "In 10 years, enterprises are forecast to have 58 percent of their compute and data storage in the cloud, compared to 28 percent currently, according to a report in

                  The adoption of the cloud has exceeded expectations and comes with a host of benefits to businesses of any size.

                  These benefits include:.."

                    Safe And Sound In The Cloud
                    Business 2 Community, May 25th, 2016
                    "As someone who works in marketing, I spend a considerable portion of my leisure and work time reading articles - sometimes for amusement and sometimes for inspiration and research. My reading material can admittedly vary between subjects from interesting cloud articles to how to fold an origami dragon but my primary focus is obviously on seeking out interesting and informative articles that enhance my knowledge of cloud software.

                    In a previous blog post on our website, 'The Future, is Cloud, The Future is Now,' my colleague spoke of changes in technology and the move towards cloud in most aspects of our lives both for business and for the consumer.

                    I recently came across an article on the BBC News website 'Can we trust cloud providers to keep our data safe?' and working for a cloud provider, it struck a chord with me..."

                      Debunking The Cloud's 'Noisy Neighbor' Myth
                      InfoWorld, May 24th, 2016
                      "We're well into deployment of hundreds of applications to the cloud, but the dreaded multitenant performance degradation hasn't happened...

                      We've all heard the complaint: When you move into a public cloud, you experience performance issues caused by others being on the same public cloud, in what's often called the "noisy neighbor" problem.

                      It seems reasonable to make this claim, given that public clouds are multitenant beasts, so you're sharing resources with other cloud users. That sharing means you're also competing for the same dedicated servers back in the cloud provider's data center, right?..."

                      Amazon S3 Storage 101: Object Storage In The Cloud
                      ComputerWeekly, May 23rd, 2016
                      "Amazon S3 has emerged as a de facto standard for accessing data in the cloud. We run the rule over S3, its key attributes and what you need to know to use it with your applications...

                      For many years, the dominant protocols to access shared storage have been block and file.

                      Block-based access provides the ability, as the name suggests, to update individual blocks of data on a LUN or volume, with granularity as low as 512 bytes. File-based protocols access data at the file level; an entire file is locked out for access, although the protocol (SMB or NFS) may allow sub-file updates..."

                      IT - CxO
                      What Europe Tells Us About The Future Of Data Privacy
                      Dark Reading, May 23rd, 2016
                      "Recent initiatives offer new strategies for balancing technology, security, and organizational policy goals. Here are three approaches worth considering.

                      Recent headlines underscore the complex, symbiotic relationship between security and policy. Apple vs. FBI, Europe's pending new data protection rules, Facebook's antitrust lawsuit in Germany - these are examples from recent news that are having a ripple effect across businesses and governments worldwide.

                      So what exactly is the relationship between security and policy?..."

                      How Can An External CISO Hire Overcome New Job Challenges?
                      Search Security, May 26th, 2016
                      "An external CISO hire can often struggle with the new role and fitting in with the company's existing security program. Luckily, there are ways to overcome these challenges.

                      A new study by Deloitte shows that when a company makes a CISO hire from outside the organization, that executive faces many challenges, including a lack of resources and ineffective communication/reporting among stakeholders. What are some ways CISOs can overcome these challenges, quickly gain knowledge of an organization they are joining, and develop a security strategy that really meshes with the company?..."

                      Florida Crystals CIO: Cloud Is The Sweet Spot For It Success
                      InformationWeek, May 23rd, 2016
                      "Florida Crystals is a multibillion-dollar sugar production company with no on-premises servers. Here's why CIO Don Whittington is happy keeping it that way...

                      Florida Crystals, a producer of certified organic sugar, is a multibillion-dollar private company with operations in 15 countries, suppliers in many more, and customers around the world. Since 2010, the company has had no data center. According to CIO Don Whittington, the lack of a physical data center is entirely intentional.

                      The company, based in West Palm Beach, Fla., also operates a renewable energy facility that provides clean energy to power its sugar-producing operations, along with tens of thousands of area homes..."

                      11 Books To Help CIOs Become Better Leaders (Slideshow)
                      InformationWeek, May 27h, 2016
                      "CIOs are expected to be experts in tech as well as business while leading diverse and complicated initiatives and teams. But they don't have to go it alone. Here are 11 books to help CIOs -- and aspiring CIOs -- get better at many of the critical facets of their complex jobs..."
                        IT - Wireless
                        WiFi Fast Roaming, Simplified
                        NetworkComputing, May 23rd, 2016
                        "For some reason, all descriptions of 802.11r spectacularly fail to provide a simple explanation of the WiFi fast roaming protocol. Most of them are too high level and are effectively useless, or they tend to quickly get lost in the technical weeds. This blog post attempts to bridge that gap and provide a reasonably simple but thorough explanation..."
                          Top Strains On Your Wireless Network (Slideshow)
                          Network Computing, May 24th, 2016
                          "Deploying and maintaining a fast and reliable wireless LAN is becoming increasingly important for most enterprises. The WLAN has quickly taken over wired connections as the dominant end-device connection method, largely due to trends such as BYOD. And with the Internet of Things (IoT) movement looming, the number of WiFi-enabled devices connecting to your WLAN is expected to explode. This is leading many to wonder how far their wireless LAN will take them before needing an upgrade? And what is likely to cause the greatest amount of strain on the WLAN?..."
                          13 Things You Need To Know About Mu-Mimo Wi-Fi
                          Network World, May 24th, 2016
                          "It's a big breakthrough in wireless connectivity, but don't let MU-MIMO's limitations catch you off-guard...

                          It's been nearly 20 years since Wi-Fi made its debut, and one of its most significant innovations to date is now beginning to spread: MU-MIMO, an optional feature in Wave 2 of the emerging 802.11ac wireless standard.

                          MU-MIMO stands for multi-user multiple input and multiple output. It builds on single-user MIMO (SU-MIMO), which was introduced close to a decade ago with the 802.11n standard..."

                          vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens - Twisted Trunk
                          Wednesday, May 25th: 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!

                          Location: Twisted Trunk

                          RSVP at

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

                          John Mclaughlin, SFTA

                          IT - DR
                          Disaster Recovery In A DevOps World
                          CIO, May 24th, 2016
                          "Organizations that are adopting DevOps methodologies are realizing actual benefits from taking that approach...

                          According to a 2015 survey by IT Revolution Press in conjunction with Puppet Labs, organizations using DevOps deploy code 30 times faster than others, doing deployments multiple times per day. Moreover, change failure gets cut in half with DevOps and services are restored up to 168 times faster than they are at non-DevOps organizations..."

                          Can You Prepare A Business Recovery Plan Without Management Approval?
                          SearchDisasterRecovery, May 27h, 2016
                          "You should be able to justify the need for a BC/DR plan. But here's what you can do if you fail to get management buy-in and you still want disaster recovery in your organization...

                          One of the most important activities to complete when planning a business continuity and disaster recovery initiative is securing management approval. This usually means submitting a business recovery plan and program budget.

                          If you are unable to sell the importance of BC/DR -- or the importance of writing a business recovery plan -- to company leaders from either a business or financial perspective, you won't receive critical management support and funding. Both of these factors are crucial to a successful program..."

                          IT - PM
                          4 Ways To Manage Project Customer Expectations
                          CIO, May 25th, 2016
                          "Are you on the same page as the project customer? Are their expectations of the project solution in line with what you are delivering? It's your responsibility as the project manager to ensure that this is the case.

                          Too many times we head into a customer engagement with them expecting one thing and we start to deliver something different. Whether it is the result of miscommunication, not reading emails and documents all the way through, or negotiations done with blinders on it doesn't's still a bad place to be..."

                            IoT Webcast May 26th 2016
                            By Juergen Kress
                            Juergen Kress, blogs, "Over the past year billions more smart devices have been deployed by Enterprises as they begin the journey to transform themselves. Knowing where to start is one of the biggest challenges faced by any Enterprise. That's why we have created our unique Oracle IoT Discovery Workshop which is helping Enterprises, like yours, to not only formulate effective IoT strategies but then bring them to life.

                            Join us at our exclusive briefing webcast that will provide detailed information about the complimentary Oracle IoT Discovery Workshop offer..."

                            IT - Networks
                            Tips for adding IPv6 to IPv4 Networks
                            CIO , May 25th, 2016
                            "The IPv6 transition in your organization, more likely than not, involves bringing IPv6 into a mix that also includes IPv4. Here's a look at what that means and how to make it work...

                            The original title for this story was 'Transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6,' but when we started researching, we quickly realized that most organizations are adopting an outside-in strategy, rather than moving over from all-IPv4 to all-IPv6 deployments. This means that they're often taking steps to accommodate incoming and outgoing IPv6 traffic at the organizational boundary and translating between the two stacks, or tunneling one protocol over another, for internal access and use. The majority of internal clients and other nodes are using IPv4, with increasing use of IPv6 in dual-stack environments (environments that run IPv4 and IPv6 protocol stacks side-by-side)..."

                            IT - IoT
                            IoT Security Testing And Certification Program
                            Help Net Security, May 26th, 2016
                            "To help companies mitigate risks associated with an increasingly connected world, ICSA Labs, an independent division of Verizon, is rolling out a new security testing program to provide assurance testing for Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors..."
                            Asking 'Why?' Will Define The Internet Of Things 2.0
                            CIO , May 25th, 2016
                            "The Internet of Things 2.0 is emerging and it will bring an end to the technology push that has characterized efforts to create value with the IoT up to now. The IoT 2.0 will be defined by the 'why' of new offerings and lead by those companies who lead with a design-thinking approach to their product developments..."
                            6 Barriers To IoT Data Flow
                            InformationWeek, May 23rd, 2016
                            "Enterprises are integrating IoT devices into their ecosystems to get data that was not available previously. As with most new data sources, there may be concerns about whether the data is accessible, usable, valuable, and secure. Here are a few things to consider as your enterprise moves toward IoT..."
                            10 Most In-Demand Internet Of Things Skills (Slideshow)
                            ComputerWorld, May 27h, 2016
                            "The Internet of Things is ramping up into a multi-billion dollar industry, and with it goes demand for employees with IoT skills. Here we look at the skills that employers most need for their IoT initiatives...

                            The Internet of Things (IoT) is in the midst of an explosion, as more connected devices proliferate. But there's not enough talent with the right skills to manage and execute on IoT projects. In fact, insufficient staffing and lack of expertise is the top-cited barrier for organizations currently looking to implement and benefit from IoT, according to research from Gartner..."

                            IT - Linux
                            Centos Linux 6.8 Officially Released, Based On Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8
                            Softpedia, May 25th, 2016
                            "CentOS developer and maintainer Johnny Hughes has had the great pleasure of announcing today, May 25, 2016, the release and immediate availability for download of the CentOS Linux 6.8 operating system.

                            Based, of course, on the upstream freely distributed sources of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.8 operating system, CentOS Linux 6.8 arrives today with major changes, among which we can mention the latest Linux 2.6.32 kernel release from upstream with support for storing up to 300TB of data on XFS filesystems..."

                            IT - Operations
                            Future-Proof Your Colo Data Center Choice
                            Search Data Center, May 24th, 2016
                            "Figure out which colo data center will meet your current and future needs. Be sure to take into account power draw, cost, security and additional services.

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

                            The allure of an organization owning its own data center is waning. For many organizations, a facilities group manages the existing facility and IT teams manage IT equipment -- and the two groups don't always work well together..."

                            1 In 10 Banking Ceos Don'T Know If They've Been Hacked
                            Help Net Security, May 26th, 2016
                            "Twelve percent of banking CEOs say they do not have insight into whether their institution's security has been compromised by a cyber attack in the past two years, according to KPMG. Their survey also shows that there is a clear disconnect between how the C-Suite views cyber security versus the next tier of executives..."
                            IT - Security
                            What Are Hackers Up To These Days?
                            CIO, May 23rd, 2016
                            "The short answer: They're targeting sites in North America, where they're planting malware in ad networks and launching dating site spam...

                            The long answer is more complex, but security vendor Trustwave offered some insights in its 2016 Trustwave Global Security Report, which was released last month.

                            'Criminals are getting a lot savvier,' says Karl Sigler, Trustwave's threat intelligence manager. 'We're seeing their tactics changing a little bit.'..."

                            There's Finally Reason To Hope In The War Against Ransomware
                            Network World, May 22nd, 2016
                            "Now when ransomware tries to take over your computer, there's something you can do besides pay up: stop it, buy more time to deal with it or mitigate the damage it might do.

                            These options include both hardware and software approaches IT pros can take to defeat the malware, a group at this weekend's Security BSides Boston conference was told.

                            By looking at how several variants of ransomware work - CryptoLocker, CryptoWall, Locky, SamSam - researcher Weston Hecker found characteristics of their behavior that could be turned against them..."

                            How To Avoid Phishing Attacks
                            CSO Online, May 24th, 2016
                            "If you lockdown your network, cybercriminals will move on to find more low hanging fruit.

                            According to the Verizon data breach investigation report published last month, phishing remains a major data breach weapon of choice. Trend Micro added that ransomware is expected to be one of the biggest threats in 2016 and that a single ransom demand will go much higher, reaching seven figures.

                            Eyal Benishti, CEO of IronScales, provides some best practices to raise employee awareness and mitigate phishing risks. Remember, cyber criminals are lazy. If your organization is a tough nut to crack, they will move on to find more low hanging fruit..."

                            Five Most Common Myths About Web Security
                            ITProPortal, May 27h, 2016
                            "Almost 3 terabytes of data stolen in the Panama Gate scandal will shortly become searchable online. Mossack Fonseca, the breached legal firm behind one of the largest data leaks in the history, had numerous high-risk vulnerabilities in its front-end web applications.

                            Actually, few hacking groups would spend money on expensive zero-days and complicated APTs, when the information can be easily stolen via insecure web applications. Moreover, even if your corporate website doesn't contain a single byte of sensitive data, it's still a perfect foothold to get into your corporate network..."

                              FBI Warns About Keyloggers Disguised As USB Device Chargers
                              Help Net Security, May 24th, 2016
                              "A private industry notification issued by the FBI in late April may indicate that keyloggers disguised as USB device chargers have been fund being used in the wild....

                              The notification does not say when or where the devices have been spotted, just that 'the information in this notification was obtained through an FBI investigation.'

                              The device in question is called KeySweeper...."

                                Employee Negligence The Cause Of Many Data Breaches
                                Dark Reading, May 24th, 2016
                                "Enterprise privacy and training programs lack the depth to change dangerous user behavior, Experian study finds. More than half of organizations attribute a security incident or data breach to a malicious or negligent employee, according to a new survey.

                                Sixty-six percent of the 601 data protection and privacy training professionals surveyed for the Managing Insider Risk through Training & Culture report say their employees are the weakest link in their efforts to create a strong security posture..."

                                Beyond Spear Phishing: How To Address Whaling And More
                                Government Technology, May 22nd, 2016
                                "First, there was phishing - then came spear phishing - and now there is whaling - and other new sophisticated social engineering techniques. The bad guys are modifying their deceptive practices. Here's what you need to know.

                                Just when you thought you had seen it all regarding online phishing scams, along comes a new round of deceptive emails, phones calls, instant messages and even traditional printouts from your fax machine. And these revamped social engineering approaches are working - fueling a continuing surge in cybercrime..."

                                  All's Well If The Endpoint's Well: Why Security Has To Start With Endpoint Devices
                                  Information Age, May 27h, 2016
                                  "Protecting employees' PCs and laptops is critical, but endpoint security has not kept pace with the evolution of advanced, targeted threats...

                                  The problem with today's endpoints is that they are so varied: a mix of desktop PCs, laptops and netbooks, frequently with different versions of OS and applications being used across organisations' estates. This variety of endpoints also means that security may not be as robust as it could be..."

                                  IT - Careers
                                  Strengthen Your Hiring By Recruiting For Potential, Not Direct Work Experience
                                  Business 2 Community, May 26th, 2016
                                  Obsessing over candidates' direct work experience instead of their potential could be sabotaging your recruitment efforts. We've entered an era where more professionals are changing their career paths, and where the young generation makes up the majority of the labor force. Do Millennials have much 'experience?' Probably not, at least in the context typical job postings intend. Yet many have highly needed technical skills, a solid education, motivation and driven attitudes..."
                                    IT Security Skills Remain In High Demand
                                    Help Net Security, May 27h, 2016
                                    "IT security tops the list of the skills that IT decision-makers say they want their team members to have, according to a new report by Global Knowledge, based on input from more than 10,000 IT and business professionals in North America.

                                    Other in-demand skills include cloud computing, IT architecture, and network and systems engineering and operations. One in three IT decision-makers reported having difficulty finding skilled talent to fill cybersecurity positions, while one in five reported difficulty filling cloud-related roles..."

                                    IT Career Roadmap: Technology Evangelist
                                    CIO, May 26th, 2016
                                    "Do you love technology? Is there a programming language, platform or application you can't stop talking about? Perhaps a career as a technology evangelist is in your future...

                                    At one point in his life, Michael Sage was a monk living in a monastery. Nowadays, though, he practices a different kind of evangelism in his job as a chief evangelist at BlazeMeter, a software load and performance-testing company..."

                                    How You Should Answer The 10 Most Common Interview Questions
                                    Fast Company, May 25th, 2016
                                    "Going on a job interview can make you feel like you're back in school taking an exam. Instead of the "test" having one clear and right answer, however, responding to questions feels like hopeful guesses mixed with uncomfortable posturing.

                                    We talked to six hiring experts to find out which questions trip up most job candidates, and the better answers that could win you the job:..."

                                      Gut Check: These Are Four Things You Don't Owe Your Boss
                                      Fast Company, May 25th, 2016
                                      "A recent study conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard School of Public Health found that 'more than one in every four Americans say they had a great deal of stress in the previous month.' That would come out to about 115 million Americans, give or take.

                                      While that's a sizeable amount of people, Princeton University psychologist Eldar Shafir tells NPR that 'everything I know suggests that this is a pretty massive underestimate,' because that's only the stress that we're aware of..."

                                      Eight Best Practices For Optimizing A Distributed Team
                                      Search CIO, May 26th, 2016
                                      "Having all your team members under one roof is the exception today rather than the rule. How can you ensure your distributed teams are successful?

                                      Editor's note: This is the first of a three-part tip by management expert Joseph Flahiff on how to manage and optimize the performance of distributed teams.

                                      Some people insist that the only way to work is in small groups of five to nine team members who are collocated: Never work remotely. Always be in the same room working face to face..."

                                      IT - Social Media
                                      21 Social Media Facts You Should Know Right Now
                                      Business 2 Community, May 24th, 2016
                                      "Millennials are still on Facebook. Images get shared more. Digital ad spending is increasing. People will unfollow your Facebook page if you overpost.

                                      Yes, these are things you need to know - and there's proof to back it up.

                                      Earlier in 2016 I wrote a post with 16 marketing and social media facts you needed to know heading into the year and now I've rounded up 21 facts you need to know right now. They span over a broad range of topics and yes, I already know Snapchat is no where on the list. Not that I've had my head in the sand, I just am not drinking the Snapchat-is-where-it's-at-for-brand-marketing kool-aid. I have an account. I use it. I believe Snapchat still has a long way to go for it to be a viable, legit marketing option for brands, especially the ones I work with..."

                                      IT - Email
                                      Better Inbox Productivity - 5 Tools For Reclaiming The 560 Hours You Spend On Email
                                      Business 2 Community, May 26th, 2016
                                      "Every year you're spending 560 hours managing work email.

                                      That's right. According to McKinsey, 28% of the average work week is spent reading and answering work emails. Based on a typical 40-hour schedule, that's 11.2 hours per week, or 560 hours each year.

                                      That number may not be a shock. After all, most of us recognize email to be a necessary evil. But when you begin to think about all you could accomplish with just a portion of those hours back, you may realize the huge drain that email is on your productivity..."

                                        IT - Database
                                        Graph Databases: What Are The Benefits For CIOs?
                                        ComputerWeekly, May 23rd, 2016
                                        "With enterprise interest in graph databases on the rise, Clive Longbottom explains why some businesses are favouring them over relational setups

                                        As the world awaits the predicted death of the relational database, another suspect - know as the graph database - has entered the frame to potentially deliver the final, fatal blow..."

                                          IT - Backup
                                          Misconceptions About Backup & Business Continuity
                                          Business 2 Community, May 27h, 2016
                                          "Perhaps the most important aspect of protecting your data is ensuring that if something happens (a virus, server failure, natural disaster, whatever it is) you're able to restore and get back up and running. Having that disaster plan in place will keep you in business when something happens. But what's the difference between backup and business continuity?..."
                                          IT - Big Data
                                          Total Value Of Big Data Expected To Increase By 50% Over Next 3 Years
                                          Information Management, May 26th, 2016
                                          "Worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow from nearly $122 billion in 2015 to more than $187 billion in 2019, according to a new report from International Data. Corp. (IDC). That represents an increase of more than 50% over the five-year forecast period.

                                          Services will account for more than half of all big data and business analytics revenue for most of the forecast period, the firm says, with IT services generating more than three times the annual revenues of business services..."

                                          Businesses Harbor Big Data Desires, But Lack Know-How
                                          InfoWorld, May 24th, 2016
                                          "A fresh survey shows that while more companies are investing in big data, putting the results of all that processing to use remains dicey...

                                          Big data has never been bigger, nor more of a crapshoot. At least, that's the sense one gets from a new survey revealing that 76 percent of all enterprises are looking to maintain or increase their investments in big data over the next few years -- despite a mere 23.5 percent owning up to a clear big data strategy..."

                                          5 Big Data Analytics Myths Debunked
                                          insideBIGDATA, May 24th, 2016
                                          "Big data analytics is a concept that almost all businesses have heard of in some shape or form. Decision makers know about the various benefits such as timely insights, real-time monitoring and forecasting and more personalized experiences, which can in turn lead to additional revenue streams.

                                          But as with any trend, misconceptions are still at an all-time high..."

                                          IT - Mobile
                                          Why Cellular 911 Has Location Problems
                                          Network World, May 23rd, 2016
                                          "Most calls to 911 come from wireless callers, yet the system for locating those callers can't handle them...

                                          Over the past two decades, the personal communications habits of Americans have profoundly changed. CTIA - The Wireless Association reported that the penetration of cellular devices surpassed 100 percent in 2012, and as of the latest 2014 report, penetration is now at 110 percent.

                                          With so many mobile devices deployed, it isn't surprising that the majority of calls to our nation's 911 emergency public safety answering points (PSAP) originate from those devices. In fact, most U.S. dispatch agencies will tell you that wireless callers are responsible for at least 80 percent of their emergency call volume. Likewise, in the European Union, that number is well into the 90 percent range in many locations..."

                                            The Future Of Auto Safety Is Seat Belts, Airbags And Network Technology
                                            Network World, May 23rd, 2016
                                            "How networking is ushering in a new era of car safety and why a world of connected cars is a safer one...

                                            The 1950s saw the introduction of automobile seat belts; in the 70s, airbags began showing up in cars. Electronic Stability Controlled rolled out in the late 80s, and the last decade has seen the deployment of radar and camera-based backup assist and blind-spot warning systems..."

                                              10 Cool Connected Car Features
                                              Network World, May 23rd, 2016
                                              "Cars used to be just for driving. Today they're equipped with Wi-Fi hotspots, self-parking technology and road hazard detection systems. Check out some of the coolest connected car features available today..."
                                              IT - BYOD
                                              Finding The Chrome OS Computer That Best Fits Your Needs (Slideshow)
                                              eWeek, May 27h, 2016
                                              "Something happened during the first quarter of this year that didn't get much attention: Google's hardware partners sold more Chromebooks than Apple sold Macs. The findings, which were limited to the U.S. market, were confirmed by research firm IDC to eWEEK and marked the first time Google's notebooks topped Apple Macs in quarterly shipments. The Chromebook's success story is due in part to how well Chrome OS devices have attracted both education and enterprise customers. It also explains why so many companies are building computers running Google's cloud operating system. But now with dozens of Chrome OS devices on the market, it can be difficult to determine which model is best for the individual customer..."
                                              Cloud Is Killing Your BYOD Rollout, But Why?
                                              CloudTweaks, May 22nd, 2016
                                              "CIOs are stuck between a rock and a hard place as demand for cloud applications and flexible mobile device programs have become the norm for most organizations. How do regulated industries such as finance and healthcare navigate these dangerous waters? Cloud and mobile are inseparable trends - cloud apps are built to enable access from any device and most have a mobile application component. With the traditional approach to BYOD security (mobile device management and mobile access management) IT can't control data flows or wrap cloud apps on unmanaged devices..."
                                              Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                              Vol 219 Issues 1, 2 and 3 ; Vol 218 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 217 Issues 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 Solaris 11.3 Cheatsheet
                                              • Integrating Oracle VM with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux
                                              • The Oracle Solaris Essentials of Support
                                              • Oracle Linux 6.8 is now available
                                              • The Next Wave Is Coming
                                              • Getting Started with Java Jigsaw Services in NetBeans IDE
                                              • MySQL 5.7 read-write benchmarks
                                              • One Man's Cloud Journey: Lessons from 160 Focus Groups in 11 Countries
                                              • TAS Group's cashless 3.0 Gains 2.4x performance Increase Running with Oracle Engineered Systems
                                              • Ruby Tuesday Takes HR Digital To Better Engage Employees

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

                                                IT - Server
                                                Your Next Server Will Be A Box Full Of Connected Stuff, Not A Server
                                                The Register, May 23rd, 2016
                                                "Servers are about to devolve into bespoke collections of compute and storage, says Gartner veep and distinguished analyst Andrew Butler.

                                                Speaking last week's Infrastructure Operations & Data Centre Summit in Sydney, Butler said the days of buying a server to handle a specific workload are nearly gone. Instead, you'll soon shop for collections of components that can be assembled into rigs capable of handling different workloads at different times..."

                                                IT Priorities 2016: Server Virtualisation Is Top Datacentre Infrastructure Investment Area For CIOs
                                                ComputerWeekly, May 27h, 2016
                                                "The 2016 Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities poll suggests server virtualisation remains the key datacentre investment area for CIOs..

                                                The enduring popularity of server virtualisation as a top area of datacentre infrastructure investment has been reinforced by the findings of the 2016 Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities survey..."

                                                Future Of The Server: The Data Centre Is The Server
                                                v3 co uk, May 26th, 2016
                                                "Future data centres will comprise pools of compute, memory and storage rather than separate servers...

                                                Servers have been a key part of the data centre for so long that it is easy to see them as an immutable part of the IT landscape. They might get a faster processor, more memory or more storage with each hardware generation, but the underlying architecture has changed remarkably little since the days of the first PC servers in the 1980s..."

                                                  Find Alternatives To Rip-And-Replace With A Server Upgrade Checklist
                                                  SearchDataCenter, May 27h, 2016
                                                  "As storage and network technology advances, a server upgrade can be a more effective approach than a complete replacement...

                                                  Rapid advances in server peripherals, such as networking and storage, create a dilemma for IT shops: should they replace or upgrade older servers? It pays to measure the alternatives, since this is the first time in recent industry history when sever upgrades can dramatically affect performance..."

                                                  IT - Encryption
                                                  Euro Agencies On Encryption Backdoors: Create 'Decryption Without Weakening'
                                                  Network World, May 26th, 2016
                                                  "Police, cyber security groups seek legislation that balances law enforcement and privacy needs...

                                                  The two major international security agencies in Europe agree that building backdoors into encryption platforms is not the best way to secure systems because of the collateral damage it would do to privacy and the security of communications..."

                                                  IT - Tape
                                                  Old Faithful: What's Next For The Decades-Old Love Story Between Tape Storage And Enterprise?
                                                  Information Age, May 23rd, 2016
                                                  "Shiny new technologies may steal the limelight, but behind the scenes organisations still depend on trustworthy, old fashioned magnetic tape storage to manage the incredibly rise in data volumes - so what's its future in enterprise?

                                                  The story of magnetic tape is one that goes back to before the era of modern computing. It came on the scene way back in 1928, when it was developed for audio storage and widely adapted for the recording industry..."

                                                  IT - Developer
                                                  R Vs. Java Vs. Python: Which Is Right For Your Project?
                                                  Business 2 Community, May 23rd, 2016
                                                  "When it comes to data science, there's no one best programming language. There are a few standouts, however, each with its own specialties, as well as packages, libraries, and extensions that further enhance their capabilities. We've already covered some of the basics of data science tools. In this article, we're going to take a closer look at three of the most popular languages used by data scientists: Java, Python, and R. You'll learn the basics of each, as well as how to tell which one is right for your data needs.

                                                  First, let's get a little background on each..."

                                                  Here Are The Five Must Read Books If You Are A Coder/Programmer (Part II)
                                                  TechWorm, May 26th, 2016
                                                  "The first part of top programming books every coder should read was widely appreciated by our readers. Most of them reached out to us to do a part 2 of must have books which every programmers should own and read. As promised, we bring the part 2 of the article.

                                                  In this article, we present the second part of five top books that every coder or programmer should read..."

                                                    Here Are The Five Must Read Books If You Are A Coder/Programmer
                                                    TechWorm, May 24th, 2016
                                                    "Books, which was once considered as a great source of knowledge and wisdom are hardly been read by people these days. To add to that, it is an even fewer occurrence a programmer reading books, as they mostly depend on the internet search results to get their answers.

                                                    With the technology moving forward at a speed quicker than anytime in the history of mankind, there are new programming languages and tools every few months, seeking to be the silver bullet for all deficiencies of existing languages, tools and practices.

                                                    Even the great minds of yesteryears have faced the same problems and worked out the best possible solutions to solve them. The strategies to approach and solve the problems have been caught in some great books..."

                                                      Design of 3rd Edition of NetBeans Community T-Shirt!
                                                      By Geertjan
                                                      Geertjan blogs, "Periodically, like anything else, the NetBeans community t-shirt gets an update! Today the update is connected with the upcoming NetBeans Day UK, to be held at the University of Greenwich on 31 May (free tickets still available!), where everyone will get a free NetBeans community t-shirt, sponsored by a range of organizations around the world!..."
                                                      Getting Started with Java Jigsaw Modules in NetBeans IDE
                                                      By Geertjan
                                                      Geertjan blogs, "I went through the first two sections of "Project Jigsaw: Module System Quick-Start Guide" in the NetBeans JDK 9 Branch Build. In the end, I had created the Greeting module, which requires the Astro module that exports the package containing the World class, used by the Main class in the Greeting module. Click to enlarge the screenshot below, to see the various details, including the "" graph:..."
                                                      Getting Started Modulerizing with Jigsaw in NetBeans IDE
                                                      By Geertjan
                                                      Geertjan blogs, "Now that we have gone through an absolute basic scenario, yesterday, let's go ahead and modulerize an application, using Java Jigsaw to do so.

                                                      Here's the starting point, a small Java Swing application that provides an Anagram Game, which is one of the standard Java samples that comes with NetBeans IDE:..."

                                                      Nexenta News
                                                      Practical Review of Scale-Up Software-Only SDS
                                                      Raise Your SDS IQ (2 of 6) by Michael Letschin, Field CTO
                                                      Michael blogs, "This is the second of six posts (the last one was Scale-up Vendor-Defined 'SDS') where we're going to cover some practical details that help raise your SDS IQ and enable you to select the SDS solution that will deliver Storage on Your Terms. The second SDS flavor in our series is Scale-up Software-Only SDS.

                                                      Scale-up Software-Only SDS is just that - SDS benefits delivered via a software-only approach; the software sits on industry standard servers (think Cisco, Dell, Supermicro) and can leverage a variety of JBODs (like Fujitsu, Supermicro, Quanta).

                                                      The end result is similar to what you get with Scale-up Vendor-Defined 'SDS' - one or two commodity head nodes with JBOD behind it - but with two big differences: much better cost efficiency because it's more vendor agnostic, and greater opportunity for scale up by leveraging big disks for the JBODs (like Supermicro's 90-bay). Both provide REST-based management with rich APIs via front-end software, to enable easy, automatic provisioning and management of storage.

                                                      Unlike Vendor-Defined, Scale-up Software-Only SDS offers good scalability and excellent cost efficiency and flexibility because of it's software-only approach..."

                                                      Cisco News
                                                      New Cisco Research Provides Digital Roadmap for Capturing $405 Billion Retail Banking Opportunity
                                                      Key digital solutions - including sales and service transformation, mobile payments, analytics, video advice, and cybersecurity - drive more than 90 percent of the value for retail banks
                                                      $405.3 Billion. That's the Digital Value at Stake (VaS) retail banks have the potential to realize from 2015 to 2017. Yet, in 2015, financial services as a whole captured just 29 percent of that opportunity. Of the challenges slowing growth and innovation, cybersecurity weakness is certainly at the forefront. Cybersecurity concerns have prevented retail banks from adopting digital technologies and business models. And this has contributed to them missing out on more than 70 percent of the potential revenue opportunity.

                                                      In light of this, and with the pressing realities of agile 'fintech' disruptors, digital consumer demands, and complex regulatory hurdles - how do retail banks compete and capture the revenue opportunity at hand? As the largest segment of financial services, how do they grab their fair share?

                                                        Dell News
                                                        Dell Services Appoints Dan Allison as Vice President and Global General Manager for Healthcare and Life Sciences
                                                        Allison will lead Dell Services' strategy and engagement with healthcare and life sciences customers, supporting their efforts to improve outcomes through information-enabled care
                                                        With more than 30 years of experience in the IT sector, Allison most recently served as managing director of DEAllison Enterprises LLC, a healthcare and technology consulting firm working with Fortune 500 companies and private equity firms. He also served as a member of the board of directors for Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, an EHR data aggregation and analytics technology company delivering managed care to ambulatory networks taking on value-based risk...
                                                        Dell Extends Leadership in Thin Client Innovation with Broadest Set of New Desktop Virtualization Solutions
                                                        Top-of-the-Line Dell Wyse 7040 thin client specifically designed with the highest levels of security and performance
                                                        • Top-of-the-Line Dell Wyse 7040 thin client specifically designed with the highest levels of security and performance
                                                        • Cost-effective Dell Wyse 3030 LT thin client offers security, manageability and a great virtual desktop user experience based on Wyse ThinOS or ThinLinux technology
                                                        • Wyse ThinOS 8.3 adds rich unified communications support for Skype for Business and updated features in concert with major virtual workspace solutions partners
                                                        • New Wyse ThinLinux software optimized for thin clients provides additional OS option for Dell customers
                                                        • Wyse Device Manager 5.7 offers new intuitive, simplified web-based UI and public cloud deployment options

                                                        Dell Cloud Client-computing at Citrix Synergy unveiled its broadest portfolio of new and updated virtual workspace solutions including new thin client and software solutions to meet the demands of the modern workplace.

                                                        Dell Introduces Three New Smart Printers, Including World's Fastest First Page Out Time System Less Than $1,000
                                                        One new color and two new mono single-function models expand Dell's line of reliable, easy-to-manage and own smart printers
                                                        • One new color and two new mono single-function models expand Dell's line of reliable, easy-to-manage and own smart printers
                                                        • Reliability, robust scalability, cost savings and other features address the needs of medium to large enterprises and government agencies
                                                        • Dell Color Smart Printer (S5840cdn) model offers world's fastest First Page Out Time (FPOT) for color laser printers under $1,000*
                                                        • New printers give companies an accessible option for replacing legacy imaging devices

                                                        Dell announced three new members of its line of smart printers for medium-to-large organizations, expanding on its line of printers offering reliability, ease of management and improved productivity. The Dell Color Smart Printer (S5840cdn), Dell Smart Printer (S2830dn) and Dell Smart Printer (S5830dn) give companies new, accessible options for replacing legacy imaging devices with printers that better meet the needs of today's workplaces...

                                                        Dell Boomi Wins Two Silver Stevie Awards in 2016 American Business Awards
                                                        Honored for Most Innovative Company of the Year and New Product of the Year for API Management
                                                        Dell Boomi, won two Silver Stevie Awards in the 14th Annual American Business Awards. The awards recognize Dell Boomi's innovation and product leadership in the integration platform as a service (iPaaS) market. At the company level, Dell Boomi was recognized as the Silver Award winner in the Most Innovative Company of the Year category. At the product level, Dell Boomi received a Silver Award for its API management offering in the New Product or Service of the Year category for Software Integration Solution...
                                                        Dell Cited as a Leader in Identity Management and Governance
                                                        Forrester Research, Inc. identified the nine most significant providers, and researched, analyzed and scored them. In this evaluation, Dell's top scores were in the criteria of:
                                                        Dell announced that it has been positioned as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Identity Management And Governance, Q2 2016, for the evaluation of its Dell One Identity Manager solution. In its 17-criteria evaluation of identity management and governance providers, Forrester Research, Inc. identified the nine most significant providers, and researched, analyzed and scored them. In this evaluation, Dell's top scores were in the criteria of:

                                                        • administration
                                                        • development, sales, and technical support staffing
                                                        • global presence
                                                        • IMG partner ecosystem
                                                        • IMG pricing terms and flexibility.

                                                        The identity management and access governance solution also scored a four out of five in the criteria...

                                                        Microsoft News
                                                        Microsoft announces streamlining of smartphone hardware business
                                                        Microsoft, May 23rd, 2016
                                                        Microsoft Corp. announced plans to streamline the company's smartphone hardware business, which will impact up to 1,850 jobs. As a result, the company will record an impairment and restructuring charge of approximately $950 million, of which approximately $200 million will relate to severance payments.

                                                        'We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation - with enterprises that value security, manageability and our Continuum capability, and consumers who value the same,' said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. 'We will continue to innovate across devices and on our cloud services across all mobile platforms.'

                                                        Microsoft provides grants to accelerate the delivery of affordable Internet access
                                                        Microsoft, May 25th, 2016
                                                        Microsoft Corp. announced it has awarded Affordable Access Initiative grants to 12 entrepreneurial businesses to help scale their solutions and business models to increase affordable Internet access in communities around the world. Each company will receive seed grants and resources including BizSpark tools such as free software, services and technology support to help extend the reach of their hardware, applications, connectivity and power solutions. Today's news marks progress on the commitments Microsoft made earlier this year to invest $1 billion to bring the power of cloud technology to serve the public good, including through expanding the availability of affordable broadband services, new commercial partnerships and expanded philanthropic programs.
                                                        IBM News
                                                        EnerTech of Kuwait Investment Authority Selects Cloud-based Analytics Service from IBM and Waterfund for Insights Into Water Costs
                                                        To help Kuwait make data-driven decisions for better water management
                                                        IBM and Waterfund LLC announced that EnerTech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Technology Enterprises Company -- itself a subsidiary of Kuwait Investment Authority -- selected the Waterfund Insight Service to model and prioritize its strategic water technology investments.

                                                        IBM developed the Waterfund Insights Service, a Cloud Business Solution, to provide national and local governments the ability to better understand and forecast the actual costs of water under different hydrological and financial scenarios, creating the financial transparency required to stimulate capital investment in fresh water.

                                                        FleetCor Adopts IBM Cloud to Help Businesses Stay in the Fast Lane
                                                        Specialized payment solutions provider finds increased flexibility with IBM z Systems mainframe
                                                        IBM announced that FleetCor, a leading provider of fuel credit card and specialized payment products, processing approximately 1.9 billion transactions during 2015, will use IBM Cloud services to help support its growth into new markets.

                                                        With global commercial card purchases projected to grow by 13 percent last year to over $1.79 trillion, the industry is accelerating in the digital age, and companies like FleetCor are remodeling their IT environments to integrate new payment solutions and increased workload capacities. FleetCor will leverage IBM Cloud Managed Services for z Systems - which extends the scalable and security-rich transaction processing capabilities of the IBM z Systems mainframe to a hybrid cloud environment - to meet new business demands such as increased secure transaction processing with new data insight capabilities.

                                                        IBM Offers Watson Services on Twilio Marketplace
                                                        More than one million registered developers will have access to new cognitive capabilities
                                                        IBM announced it is collaborating with Twilio, the cloud communications platform for developers, to introduce two new offerings, IBM Watson Message Sentiment and IBM Watson Message Insights, which will be available as Add-Ons in Twilio's recently announced Marketplace.

                                                        Pre-integrated with Twilio's APIs, the new Watson offerings are now readily accessible as 'Add-ons' to the more than one million registered developers in Twilio's community, in addition to the developers who currently access Watson technology via Bluemix, IBM's Cloud platform.

                                                        Fujitsu News
                                                        Fujitsu Develops Field Engineering Technology to Rapidly Provide IoT Services
                                                        Immediate resolution of on-site radio wave issues through simulation and visualization
                                                        Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced the development of field engineering technology that shortens the time necessary to install on-site IoT devices that use wireless communication, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and provides stable operations. In locations where IoT devices have been installed, instability in wireless communication can occur as people and things moving about can greatly change the radio wave environment, and as the radio waves emitted by smartphone and other commonly used devices may create interference. Responding to this instability creates issues in installation and operations as time and effort are required for experts to do necessary on-site adjustments through trial and error.
                                                        Fujitsu Mobilizes the Global Workforce with its Workplace Anywhere Solutions Showcased at Citrix Synergy
                                                        Fujitsu America Inc.
                                                        Fujitsu will be exhibiting its next generation workplace technologies and solutions at the Citrix Synergy event at booth #750G from May 24-26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fujitsu will be showcasing a host of demos that empower businesses of all sizes to securely connect people, data and applications to enable digital innovation and collaboration - supporting Fujitsu's overarching theme of 'Human Centric Innovation - Driving Digital Transformation.'
                                                        Red Hat News
                                                        Red Hat Debuts Ansible 2.1, with Network Automation, Containers, Microsoft Windows, and Azure
                                                        Newest release of open source IT automation framework brings 40 newly integrated modules for DevOps teams and IT administrators
                                                        Red Hat, Inc. announced the general availability of Ansible 2.1, the latest version of the leading simple, powerful, and agentless open source IT automation framework. Ansible 2.1 introduces support for network automation, which helps further extend Ansible as a common language in enterprise IT environments--from the foundation of the network to container-based deployments.

                                                        Ansible enables developers and IT operators to more easily and quickly deploy IT applications and environments, empowering them to remove barriers between IT teams by automating routine activities such as network configuration, cloud deployments, and creation of development environments. Ansible's modular code base, combined with ease of contribution, and a community of contributors in GitHub, enables the powerful IT automation platform to manage today's infrastructure, but also adapt to new IT needs and DevOps workflows.

                                                        BBVA signs strategic collaboration with Red Hat to accelerate the Group's global transformation
                                                        BBVA deploys Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Red Hat OpenShift, and Red Hat CloudForms to help accelerate digital transformation.
                                                        BBVA announced a global strategic collaboration with global provider of enterprise open source solutions Red Hat, Inc. aimed at helping accelerate BBVA's global transformation and technology-driven innovation processes. The agreement, which turns Red Hat into a priority partner for BBVA, is part of a series of alliances that BBVA is aiming to forge with strategic partners. Red Hat president and CEO Jim Whitehurst and BBVA Head of Engineering Ricardo Moreno signed the strategic collaboration during a ceremony in Madrid today.
                                                        Level3 News
                                                        Level 3 Takes Security to the Network and Leverages the Cloud to Defend Customers
                                                        The Launch of Next-generation Enterprise Security Gateway Helps Enterprises Reduce IT Complexity, Streamline Costs and Improve Performance
                                                        Level 3 Communications, Inc. launches Enterprise Security Gateway (ESG), a cloud-based network security solution that reduces the cost and complexity of security without sacrificing performance.

                                                        As enterprises strive to grow their business, security is a top concern. They need a simplified approach. Cloud applications, mobile employees and BYOD policies have forced enterprises to change their approach to defending the perimeter. If you add to this the complex legacy security architectures in place, ballooning security budgets, the tumultuous threat environment and a shortage of qualified security professionals in the industry, enterprises are facing a true challenge. These factors drove Level 3 to build ESG, a secure, efficient solution that leverages Level 3's global fiber footprint, network capacity and comprehensive next-generation security services in its cloud-based gateways. ESG is available globally starting June 30.

                                               Recognizes Level 3 as a 2016 Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military Winner
                                                        MVE Recognition Helps Military-experienced Job Seekers and Veterans Identify Top Employers to Target for Civilian Careers
                                                        Level 3 Communications, Inc. has been recognized as a Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military by, where America's military connects with civilian careers, for the fourth year in a row. The MVE recognition serves to help military-experienced job seekers and veterans identify the top employers to target for civilian careers...
                                                          EMC News
                                                          EMC All-Flash Portfolio Momentum Accelerates With Customers Globally
                                                          New Enterprise Storage System Tracker Confirms EMC's Widening All-Flash Market Leadership Boosted by XtremIO $2B Bookings Run Rate
                                                          EMC Corporation announced a series of all-flash customer and market share milestones as enterprises around the globe continue to turn to EMC as their leading provider for all-flash storage solutions to address a multitude of enterprise needs for consolidated and mixed workloads and the world's most performance-intensive enterprise applications.

                                                          Led by the blockbuster market entry and sustained rapid growth of its leading XtremIO all-flash storage array, EMC has accelerated its market share lead in all-flash arrays according to a recently published Quarterly Enterprise Storage System Tracker by IDC.

                                                          New EMC Open Source Tool Opens Massive Possibilities for Simple App Deployment to the Cloud and IoT Devices
                                                          EMC Continues Momentum in Open Source, Introducing 'UniK,' a First-of-its-Kind Unikernel Orchestration Tool for Developers
                                                          EMC Corporation announced UniK, a significant open source contribution that enables developers to deploy applications to the cloud and IoT devices more securely and efficiently, by compiling application sources into unikernels . UniK as an open source project is recognized under the DevHigh5 program through EMC {code}, a program that supports and provides recognition to developers and partners for their open source contributions. By releasing UniK as a collaborative open source project, EMC expects the tool to help bring customers closer to cloud native application platforms through the choice of running applications with containers or unikernels .
                                                          HP News
                                                          HPE Reports Fiscal 2016 Second Quarter Results
                                                          HPE, May 24th, 2016
                                                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE)

                                                          • HPE businesses grow revenue over prior-year period for the first time in five years
                                                          • Cash flow from operations of $1.1 billion, up 101% from adjusted cash flow from operations in the prior-year period
                                                          • Second quarter net revenue of $12.7 billion, up 1% from the prior-year period and up 5% on a constant currency basis
                                                          • Second quarter non-GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $0.42, near the high end of the previously provided outlook of $0.39 to $0.43 per share
                                                          • Second quarter GAAP diluted net earnings per share of $0.18, above the previously provided outlook of $0.13 to $0.17 per share
                                                          • Returned $109 million to shareholders in the form of dividends and share repurchases
                                                          • Board authorized additional $3 billion for share repurchases; $4.8 billion now remaining in stock repurchase authorization
                                                          • HPE to extend Q2 earnings call to elaborate on announced transaction with CSC; call to start at 4:30 p.m. ET today
                                                          • Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 second quarter, ended April 30, 2016.

                                                          "Today's results represent our best performance since I joined in 2011," said Meg Whitman, president and chief executive officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

                                                          HPE's Spin-Off & Merger of ES Business with CSC
                                                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced plans to spin off and merge its Enterprise Services business with CSC.

                                                          The deal combines HPE's Enterprise Services business with CSC to create a new pure-play global IT services powerhouse, and also unlocks a standalone HPE to be more competitive, with faster growth, higher margins and stronger free cash flow. The transaction is expected to be completed by March 31, 2017...

                                                            The Right Next Step
                                                            By Meg Whitman, President & CEO of Hewlett Packard EnterpriseM
                                                            Meg writes, "When we launched Hewlett Packard Enterprise, we talked about the value of being a smaller, more focused and agile company. In our first two quarters, we've delivered strong results, brought compelling new innovations to market, and strengthened how we deliver to our customers and partners. Now, we are making a major move that will further accelerate the business.

                                                            Today, HPE announced plans to spin off and merge our Enterprise Services business with CSC. This deal is very exciting because it does two things: it creates a new pure-play global IT services powerhouse, and it unlocks HPE to be more competitive, with faster growth, higher margins and stronger free cash flow..."

                                                              Netapp News
                                                              NetApp Appoints Steve Smith to Board of Directors
                                                              Smith's appointment brings the number of NetApp board members to 10
                                                              NetApp announced that Steve Smith, CEO and president of Equinix, has joined its board of directors. Smith's appointment brings the number of NetApp board members to 10, 9 of whom are independent.

                                                              'Steve's 25 years of broad experience and work as an active CEO will add a valuable perspective to our board of directors,' said George Kurian, chief executive officer at NetApp. 'He has a wealth of deep technology expertise and understanding of how IT environments are evolving. We look forward to benefiting from his insight.'

                                                              NetApp Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2016 Results
                                                              Net Revenues of $1.38 Billion for the Fourth Quarter and $5.55 Billion for Fiscal Year 2016
                                                              • NetApp clustered Data ONTAP node shipments increased in fiscal year 2016 by 85% year-over-year
                                                              • All Flash FAS units for fiscal year 2016 grew 345% year-over-year
                                                              • Deferred revenue and financed unearned services revenue for fiscal year 2016 up 6% year-over-year
                                                              • Authorized an increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.19 per share for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017
                                                              • $1.17 billion returned to shareholders in share repurchases and cash dividends; 144% of free cash flow[1] in fiscal year 2016

                                                              NetApp reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016, ended April 29, 2016.

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