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Oracle News
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Q4 Fy16 SaaA And PaaS Revenues Were Up 66%, And Up 68% In Constant Currency
Q1 FY17 SaaS and PaaS Revenues Expected to be Up 75% to 80%
Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2016 Q4 results. Total Q4 Revenues were $10.6 billion, down 1% in U.S. dollars and flat in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $8.4 billion, flat in U.S. dollars and up 2% in constant currency.

Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $690 million, up 66% in U.S. dollars and up 68% in constant currency. Total Cloud revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $859 million, up 49% in U.S dollars and up 51% in constant currency.

Operating Income was $4.0 billion, and Operating Margin was 37%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was $4.8 billion, and the non-GAAP Operating Margin was 45%. Net Income was $2.8 billion while non-GAAP Net Income was $3.4 billion.

Earnings Per Share was $0.66, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was $0.81. Without the impact of the U.S. dollar strengthening compared to foreign currencies, Oracle's reported GAAP Earnings Per Share would have been 2 cents higher and non-GAAP Earnings Per Share would have been 1 cent higher.

Oracle And Snapchat Measure Impact Of Snap Ads On Sales In Stores
New Measurement Research for Snapchat Advertisers Finds 92% of Ad Campaigns Saw Positive Offline Sales Increases
Oracle and Snapchat announced a partnership to measure the impact of digital advertising in the physical world. By teaming together, Oracle Data Cloud and Snapchat measure incremental store sales resulting from marketing campaigns run on Snapchat. By analyzing the impact of campaigns on in-store sales, Oracle Data Cloud will help consumer packaged goods (CPG) advertisers quantify and improve their ongoing marketing efforts on Snapchat.
Oracle Cloud Helps Utilities Make Better, Faster Business Decisions
New analytics capabilities enable better data collection and analysis to improve business insights
The utility industry is in the midst of a significant transformation, and the increasing prevalence of digital technologies is driving organizations to embrace innovation. Capturing and analyzing data across infrastructures now play a crucial role in addressing changes and challenges. Today, Oracle Utilities announced new releases of two of its cutting edge analytics solutions, which enable utilities to better access, organize and analyze the massive amount of data they collect while saving time and reducing IT and maintenance costs. Oracle Utilities Analytics Cloud Service helps utilities easily integrate their on-premise customer, meter, device, and workforce data into a single platform in the cloud...
Oracle Joins the White House in Global Campaign to Empower Girls and Women
Pledges $3 Million to Educate Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math
On the heels of Oracle's $200 million commitment to support Computer Science (CS) Education for All, today the White House announced Oracle's additional $3 million investment to immerse girls worldwide in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The company's commitment of direct and in-kind funding supports 'Let Girls Learn,' a U.S. government initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls around the world go to school and stay in school.
Features
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Complexity: The Enemy From Within Most Organizations
By Daryl Szebesta
Daryl writes in Forbes, "Complexity is said to be the enemy of execution. So why do so many organizations stand for it, even embrace it as proof of their intellectual superiority?

The justification I heard when I was a CIO, and one I continue to hear as a cloud computing vendor working with customers in multiple industries, is that system complexity is a requirement for companies that are 'different' and operate in complex, highly regulated markets. This thinking infests businesses at all levels, but it seems particularly prevalent within IT - from system procurement to implementation through ongoing management..."

IT - AI
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AI, Machine Learning Drive Autonomous Vehicle Development
InformationWeek, June 14th, 2016
"The applications for artificial intelligence and machine learning in self-driving vehicles range from infotainment systems to advanced driver assistance systems, according to new report from IHS...

Artificial intelligence and machine learning technology are burgeoning spaces in the tech industry, and a new report from analytics firm IHS indicates AI developers are increasingly focused on the autonomous vehicle space..."

Can Artificial Intelligence Wipe Out Cyber Terror?
Re/code, June 14th, 2016
"AI will replace large teams of tier-1 SOC analysts who today stare at endless streams of threat alerts, says a former director of DARPA...

Slowly but surely, cyber security is evolving from the days of castles and moats into the modern era of software driven business. In the 1990s, after several failed attempts to build secure operating systems, the predominant security model became the network-perimeter security model enforced by firewalls..."

The Age Of The Intelligent Enterprise
Information Age, June 17th, 2016
"Machine learning technology is opening up a wealth of new opportunities for smart software applications...

Since the dawn of the computer age, software developers have dreamed of creating artificial intelligence (AI). Now, software is becoming smarter and transforming people's daily lives to an ever greater degree.

Consumers are witnessing this transformation through developments such as personal assistants, self-driving cars and smart home applications..."

    The Path To Higher Performance With Scalable Machine Learning
    CIO, June 16th, 2016
    "As data analytics becomes mission critical, scaling machine- and deep-learning algorithms helps answer increasingly complex questions from larger and larger data sets...

    In an earlier post I explored the value of using scalable machine learning to extract value from huge amounts of data. In this post, I will dive down into the technical side of things, particularly the challenges and benefits that come with making algorithms scalable on large clusters of computers..."

    Virtualization
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    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 3
    By Simon Coter
    Simon writes, "Oracle is proud to announce the availability of Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 3.

    This minor release includes following fixes from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2:

    • GUI: more multi-screen full-screen issues fixed for Windows host (layout change, host-screen reattaching
    • GUI: fixing Solaris crash in VM settings dialog, see here
    • VMM: Paravirt fixes
    • VMM: fixes on Mac OS X
    • VMM: I/O-APIC fixes and improvements

    ... Read on for details.

    Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.22 now available
    By Simon Coter
    Simon writes, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.0 Maintenance Release 22.

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

    • VMM: properly restore the complete FPU state for 32-bit guests on 64-bit hosts on Intel Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs
    • Guest Additions: fixes for Kernel 4.7
    • Windows Hosts: fixed performance regression with SMP guests..."

    Read on for details.

    IT - Storage
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    9 Emerging Storage Technologies To Watch
    Network Computing, June 15th, 2016
    "We're all familiar with the data deluge, and the need to store and analyze exponential data growth is driving storage manufacturers to provide new technologies to keep that data flowing. According to IDC estimates, the amount of data stored in the world's computer systems is doubling every two years, and is likely to continue increasing at that rate into the next decade.

    In order to deal with that data volume, manufacturers are looking for ways to increase storage density, or to store more information in less space..."

    Data Storage Terms You Should Know
    NetworkComputing, June 13th, 2016
    "The storage industry is rife with acronyms and jargon. Here's a cheat sheet.

    In the last couple of years, the IT industry has created more acronyms than the US government. I won't even get started on all the "as-a-Service" terms! Storage isn't immune to acronym overload. Of course, most of the acronyms hide valid technical advances and there have been a lot of those in the storage industry of late.

    Let's first look at the types of storage drives available today..."

      IT Professionals More Pained By Storage Manageability Than Performance
      StorageNewsletter.com, June 14th, 2016
      "IT administrators and leaders are now more pained by manageability than performance when it comes to storage.

      That's the finding of a new survey of 300 data centre professionals, conducted by Tintri, Inc., producer of VM-aware storage (VAS) for virtualisation and cloud environments.

      Tintri released the results of its annual State of Storage for virtualised enterprises study. The final report is a compilation of feedback from global IT professionals on pains, priorities, opinions and concerns around the storage industry..."

      Why Storage Tiering Still Matters. A Lot.
      Enterprise Storage Forum, June 17th, 2016
      "Tiered storage is the process of assigning progressively less-expensive storage categories to progressively less-valuable data. It's up to IT to classify storage tiers using a matrix of performance, price (Capex and Opex), storage capacity and data services. Classifying data priority is not entirely up to IT. Within the same storage system, automated tiering functions will classify data by features like I/O patterns and move it accordingly within the storage system's internal storage tiers.

      However, IT will need to assign data priority by business need in order to migrate data effectively throughout the storage infrastructure, ultimately landing in highly cost-effective cold storage. Different companies will assign different data priorities according to their business and compliance needs..."

      Java Technology
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      Get Involved with Java Standards!
      By Yolande Poirier
      Yolande blogs, "Joining the Java Community Process is made easier with the new release of JSR 364. Now individuals can join as associates and won't need to have their employers sign off on the participation, explains Heather VanCura in this interview. The long-criticized membership fee is also gone. Watch the interview and learn how you can participate as a JUG, individual or a company. Provide feedback by sending email to admin@jcp.org or via the JSR 364 project page..."
      IT - Technology
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      3-D Government: How Will Augmented Reality (AR) Disrupt The Future Of Technology?
      Government Technology, June 12th, 2016
      "Bold claims are again being made by hot new startups and the technology giants about the coming age of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) applications. While most of the focus has been on gaming, retail and travel, the impact for governments could be huge. Here's why..."
        Bluetooth 5 Standard Brings Range, Speed And Capacity Boost For Iot
        ComputerWeekly, June 17th, 2016
        "The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has announced the forthcoming Bluetooth 5 standard, promising significant improvements to support an accessible and interoperable internet of things...

        The next iteration of the Bluetooth standard, Bluetooth 5, will boast quadruple the range, double the speed, and an eight-fold increase in data broadcasting capacity, according to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG)..."

          MIT Graphene Breakthrough Could Make Chips A Million Times Faster
          v3 co uk, June 15th, 2016
          "Researchers use graphene to create a new way of converting electricity into light, delivering the possibility of dramatic speed improvements over today's chips...

          US Army-funded researchers at MIT believe an optical equivalent of a "sonic boom" created using graphene could make chips a million times faster than they are today.

          Researchers at MIT and several other universities have discovered that graphene can be used to slow light down below the speed of electrons to create an intense beam of light..."

            Training
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            New Oracle VM Server for x86 Training: Now Available!
            By Diana.H. Gray
            Diana writes, "If you're facing increased operating costs and inefficient resource utilization, you may be exploring options to migrate to cloud computing.

            Your virtualization solution has to increase data center flexibility, meet your price/performance needs, and make applications easier to deploy, manage, and support.

            Oracle University offers training for Oracle VM Server x86 to help you develop the skills to build the infrastructure you want. .."

            IT - Bitcoin
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            Bitcoin Price Lift-Off Might Be A Moonshot
            bitcoin.com, June 16th, 2016
            "The price of Bitcoin has broken yet another ceiling today tapping the $775 USD mark on Bitstamp. This has got the community going wild as they are all hoping to repeat the 2013 run again.

            There is a lot of talk about the upcoming Brexit vote and the recent devaluation of the Chinese Yaun, which may be helping the cryptocurrency peak at such levels. Amid the threat of another global financial crisis, investors all around the world are looking at Bitcoin as the new asset class of the century. Even the gold market has seen a rise over the past couple of weeks with one ounce of .999 gold sitting at $1,289 USD at press time. Throughout Twitter, Bitcoin.com's forum, Reddit, Bitcointalk.org, Facebook, and all over social media Bitcoiners can be seen celebrating the price rise..."

            Bank Of England Explores Blockchain, Says Digital Currency Is Far Off
            CoinDesk, June 17th, 2016
            "In a transcript of a cancelled speech released online today, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney cited a 'central bank digital currency' as a development that could result from its ongoing distributed ledger proof-of-concepts.

            The remarks come as global central banks begin to experiment openly with distributed ledgers, a technology inspired by the decentralized, public ledgers used to run cryptocurrencies..."

              Bitcoin Is Becoming The Most Useful Tool For The Online Industry
              NEWSBTC, June 16th, 2016
              "Digital currency is a new technology that is disrupting the online Industry. Since the Internet inception, we have been watching a rise in specific industries, namely, the online gambling and Gaming Industry. The gambling Industry was the first and most influenced industry by the digital currency revolution since it could be seen as the perfect tool for the whole online Industry..."
                Canada's Central Bank Is Working On A Blockchain-Based Digital Dollar
                CryptoCoinsNews, June 17th, 2016
                "In a revelation on Wednesday, the Bank of Canada - Canada's central bank - said that it is developing a digital currency called CAD-Coin, in collaboration with Canadian banks and New York-based blockchain startup R3.

                In a private presentation during the payments industry conference Payments Panorama in Calgary, the Bank of Canada revealed it is developing a digital equivalent of the Canadian dollar called CAD-Coin..."

                  Cryptocurrency Markets Still Strong After the DAO Attack
                  bitcoin.com, June 17th, 2016
                  "In the cryptocurrency world, many within the vast and diverse sets of communities have been steadily focused on Bitcoin and the Ethereum networks. But what about the other altcoins following the massive rise of BTC and are steadily trying to earn their keep in the markets? Lots of them are doing just fine.

                  Back in 2013, during the Bitcoin price rise which topped $1,150 per BTC, the once second place altcoin Litecoin gradually reached a high of $50 USD per LTC..."

                  Observation: As Rigid Rules To Prop National Currencies Fail, Bitcoin Gains Favor
                  CryptoCoinsNews, June 14th, 2016
                  "Daniel Jennings, a contributor to Seeking Alpha, claims that rigid currency rules in some countries, such as China, Egypt and Zimbabwe, are pushing demand for bitcoin, boosting its price. He says national currencies may no longer be viable in some countries.

                  Many financial observers (Jennings cited Zero Hedge's Tyler Durden, a financial blogger) have attributed bitcoin's recent price rise to actions in China, where the government limits the amount of money people can transfer out of the country..."

                  Why Bitcoin Is Finally Set To Realise Its Potential
                  NEWSBTC, June 17th, 2016
                  "Bitcoin is a resilient and versatile currency, however, and it has once again bounced back to achieve a peak in marketplace...

                  For years, Bitcoin has endured something of a roller-coast ride at the hands of regulators, users and investors alike. Having risen to prominence once before only to collapse due its unfortunate links to the nefarious Silk Road and various money laundering schemes, it has emerged as one of the most controversial funding methods in the modern age.

                  Bitcoin is a resilient and versatile currency, however, and it has once again bounced back to achieve a peak in marketplace. More specifically, its price has recently hit its highest level in more than two years, meaning that the stage may finally be set for the currency to achieve its full potential..."

                  IT - DevOps
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                  451 Analyst Berkholz On How Devops And Orchestration Combine For Continuous Apps Delivery
                  IT-Director.com, June 17th, 2016
                  "The next BriefingsDirect Voice of the Customer thought leadership discussion focuses on the burgeoning trends around DevOps and how that's translating into new types of IT infrastructure that both developers and operators can take advantage of.

                  To learn more about trends and developments in DevOps, micro services, containers, and the new direction for composable infrastructure, we're joined by Donnie Berkholz, Research Director at 451 Research, and he's based in Minneapolis. The discussion is moderated by me, Dana Gardner, Principal Analyst at Interarbor Solutions.

                  Here are some excerpts:.."

                  DevOps at the Oval - Development vs. Operations
                  IT-Director.com, June 16th, 2016
                  "Cloudbees and friends had a great "Oval Table" discussion about DevOps...

                  The impressive users of DevOps from Paddy Power betfair, Armstrong and Atmadzhov, are making DevOps work in the real world, partly because they have top management buy-in, and partly because they are doing it right, providing services that the business can use in small chunks, so the impact of failure (and "Mean Time to Recovery", often considered so much more important in DevOps than "Mean Time Between Failure") is kept low..."

                  MTTR: The Magic Metric
                  devops.com, June 17th, 2016
                  "How do you improve with one metric quality, cost, performance, employee and, most importantly, customer satisfaction? I think MTTR is one to consider, but with a DevOps twist (agile+lean+ITSM). The thing I love about DevOps is that it allows for people to think differently. DevOps is the movement driving organizations to find new ways of collaborating, communicating, cooperating and improving the way they use technology to create and support services.

                  While many agree that MTT stands for 'Mean Time To,' there is no common agreement on the R. I like using 5 Rs, as they cover the life cycle of idea to realization (in the hands of the customers in a way they like)..."

                  The DevOps Approach Calls For Openness To Change
                  CryptoCoinsNews, June 14th, 2016
                  "DevOps speeds the software development process, but it is also highly disruptive. In the June issue of CIO Decisions, read about the challenges and rewards of adopting the DevOps approach.

                  The DevOps approach, which puts software developers together with IT operations team members, is gaining ground with CIOs. According to recent research by 451 Research, 40% of 568 infrastructure professionals are using DevOps somewhere in their organizations..."

                  MySQL
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                  Understanding the MySQL Release Cadence
                  By Ronald Bradford
                  Ronald writes, "At the recent New York Oracle Users Group summer general meeting I gave a presentation to the Oracle community on the MySQL product release cycle. Details included:

                  • Identifying the server product options covering community, enterprise and ecosystem.
                  • Describe MySQL enterprise products, features and support options.
                  • Describing the DMR, RC, GA, EOL and labs product lifecycle.
                  • Discussing the GA release frequency.
                  • Talking about the MySQL Upgrade path..."

                  ...

                  The Holy Grail Webinar Replay: MySQL Database Performance Tuning
                  Written by Severalnines
                  Severalnines writes, "Thanks to everyone who participated in this week's popular webinar on MySQL Database Performance Tuning, which looked at answering the following questions:

                  • You're running MySQL as backend database, how do you tune it to make best use of the hardware?
                  • How do you optimize the Operating System?
                  • How do you best configure MySQL for a specific database workload?

                  The replay of this webinar is now available online:..."

                  Cloud Computing
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                  Oracle - a Force to Be Reckoned with' in the Cloud
                  By Chris Murphy
                  Chris Murphy writes, "Revenue for Oracle's cloud software as a service and platform as a service reached $690 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, up 66% year over year in US dollars and up 68% in constant currency, according to Oracle's financial results released June 16.

                  ooking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, Oracle expects cloud SaaS and PaaS revenue will grow 75% to 80%. That kind of Q1 revenue growth guidance makes it 'easier to see that we are a force to be reckoned with in the cloud,' CEO Safra Catz said on a conference call with analysts following the earnings release..."

                  Linux
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                  Oracle is sponsoring Red Hat Summit on June 27-30
                  By Zeynep Koch
                  Zeynep writes, "This year Oracle is silver sponsor at the Red Hat Summit 2016. With more than 420,000 customers and deployments in more than 145 countries, Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, infrastructure and services.

                  Next-generation cloud data centers require robust, secure and flexible infrastructure to support a huge variety of cloud applications and use cases, and developers need cutting-edge tools to create dynamic applications. Visit our booth #221 at Red Hat Summit to learn how Oracle Linux, OpenStack, Oracle VM, VirtualBox and Software Defined Networking products power the needs of the modern cloud data center, from development to deployment..."

                  IT - Cloud
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                  Openstack Infrastructure Embraces Containers, But Challenges Remain
                  SearchCloudComputing, June 16th, 2016
                  "Despite a recent push to embrace container technology, OpenStack still has a number of hurdles to clear before boosting enterprise adoption...

                  OpenStack continues to gain modest traction despite its ongoing growing pains. Now, users see a lifeline in a technology some view as the death knell for the open source project..."

                  The Top 7 AWS Security Issues: What You Need To Know
                  Business 2 Community, June 15th, 2016
                  "Despite the rapidly growing need for cloud-native visibility into behavior and activity across AWS environments, companies are still learning about best practices for security in the cloud.

                  Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud service provider that's on just about every company's radar today, ranking number one for the fifth year in a row as the top IaaS provider in Gartner's Magic Quadrant. But many AWS customers today wonder what the best approach to security is and how to get there..."

                  IT - CxO
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                  3 Tips For Improving Communications With Top Management
                  Dark Reading, June 14th, 2016
                  "Here are some steps security managers can take to deliver the information the executive suite needs to make better decisions on cyber security...

                  Corporate leadership finally understands that breaches can cost the company millions of dollars and that the future of the business depends on securing its network and IT infrastructure, according to a new report by Bay Dynamics..."

                  5 Ways To Improve Your Company'S Horribly Inefficient Interview Process
                  Fast Company, June 14th, 2016
                  "It isn't just fast-growing companies that create bottlenecks for themselves at the interview stage of the hiring process. But those are generally the companies where hiring too slowly can hurt the most. Here are five things to reduce how long it takes to interview job candidates without compromising on the quality of hires you make..."
                    Board Presentations On It Risk: Don't Make These Five Mistakes
                    Search CIO, June 15th, 2016
                    "CIO and CISO board presentations on cybersecurity are on the rise. Jeremy Bergsman of consultancy CEB explains what not to do...

                    High-profile breaches in the news have positioned cybersecurity as a top risk concern in boardrooms across the globe. While presenting to the board of directors is a personal and professional growth opportunity, reporting in-depth cybersecurity information is new terrain for most IT leaders, since it hasn't historically been on the board's priority list..."

                    Boards Ready To Fire Over Bad Security Reporting
                    CSO Online, June 14th, 2016
                    "If CISOs don't do a good job of communicating, 59 percent of board members said that the security executives stand to lose their jobs, according to a new survey released today.

                    'If they're not up to par in the minds of the board, there will be action taken,' said Ryan Stolte, co-founder and CTO at Bay Dynamics.

                    It marks an inflection point in how the boards look at cybersecurity, he said..."

                    Cost Of A Data Breach: $4M: Benefits Of Responding Quickly: Priceless.
                    ComputerWorld, June 15th, 2016
                    "That's $158 per compromised record, in case you're keeping track..

                    The bad news is that data breaches are becoming ever more common. The worse news is that the cost they represent for companies is going through the roof.

                    Those are two conclusions from a study released Wednesday by IBM Security and the Ponemon Institute, which found that the average cost of a data breach has grown to $4 million. That's a hefty jump compared with last year's $3.79 million, and it represents an increase of almost 30 percent since 2013..."

                    How CSOs Can Reduce Security Alert Fatigue
                    CSO Online, June 16th, 2016
                    "Eran Barak from Hexadite joins CSO to discuss the rise of security alert fatigue among security staffers, and how CSOs can avoid the 'Boy Who Cried Wolf' scenario at their companies...

                    Security detection systems now provide so many alerts for security operations centers that it's very easy for staffers to fall into the 'Boy Who Cried Wolf' reaction pattern. With some estimates of false positives (alerts that aren't really that critical) between 60% to 80% of a company's alerts, it's easy to see why so many people get 'alert fatigue', and why true critical situations can be missed or ignored. Another example - when was the last time you heard a car alarm go off and look outside the window to see if the car was actually being stolen?..."

                    Leading From The Top - Four Ways CIOs Have To Take Charge Of Digital Transformation
                    Information Age, June 15th, 2016
                    "CIOs must take bold and courageous steps to accelerate the transformation of their businesses, changing perspectives and reevaluating priorities...

                    The digital revolution is in full swing and IT systems and technology have become an integral part of modern day businesses, helping improve the efficiency of their operations in order to achieve higher profitability.

                    As companies strive to utilise available technology, they are turning to their CIOs to take charge of this digital transformation, to prevent them falling by the wayside..."

                      Rising To The Challenge: How 3 Public CIOs Are Confronting Major Mandates
                      Government Technology, June 17th, 2016
                      "Structural upheavals and a budget reality that threatened a major connectivity initiative aren't stopping the work of these state and local government CIOs...

                      You can bet Illinois CIO Hardik Bhatt isn't bored. In January Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order that will consolidate the state's IT offices into a new Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). That's 1,700 employees and an $800 million annual budget for IT services to be controlled by a single operating body (with input from key agencies on how best to spend the IT dollars, including alternate sources for funding, such as federal grant money, according to the Governor's Office of Management and Budget)..."

                      The 4 Biggest Investments IT Departments Are Making In 2016
                      Information Management, June 17th, 2016
                      "2014 was a monumental year for IT spending. According to the Society for Information Management's IT Trends Study, which has been surveying CIOs and other IT leaders going back decades, 2014 was the year that companies, on average, dedicated above 5 percent of their annual revenue toward their IT budget&#8202; - &#8202;5.15 percent to be exact. And the trend continued, with that number jumping up to 5.3 percent in 2015..."
                      What Digital Transformation Really Means
                      InfoWorld, June 14th, 2016
                      "The periodically hot term is hot again, but most people don't understand where its real power lies....

                      Digital transformation, aka DX, is hot -- and if you're not doing it, your company will die and you will lose your CIO or IT leadership job. You'll -- shudder -- be disrupted! Or fail the wrong side of the Innovator's Dilemma. That's the message over the last few months from consultants, pundits, and of course vendors.

                      But wait -- wasn't digital transformation hot in the late 1990s and again in the mid-2000s? Indeed it was. It's hot again, mainly for the wrong reasons. That is, vendors want you to buy stuff because IT has been cutting back..."

                      vBeers-SF
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                      vBeers @ Miami
                      Wednesday, June 22nd: 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. vBeers events happen four times a month, once per county:

                      • vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens 1st Wednesday of Month
                      • vBeers @ Broward 2nd Wednesday of Month
                      • vBeers @ Boca 3rd Wednesday of Month
                      • vBeers @ Miami 4th Wednesday of Month

                      This month's Miami event will be at the Concrete Beach craft brewery in the Wynwood area of Miami. Concrete Beach has a very nice air-conditioned indoor area and an outdoor seating area. For the July meeting, we'll meet inside.

                      • There's a large parking lot adjacent to Concrete Beach.
                      • Food is available from Delivery Dudes (no delivery charge to Concrete Beach).
                      • RSVP at meetup.com.

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

                      Address:

                      • 325 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127
                      • Map

                      If you come from the North and use the paid lane, you will exit

                      John Mclaughlin, Nicole Ciccone/SFTA

                      IT - DR
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                      4 Must-Haves In Your IT Disaster Recovery Plan
                      Business 2 Community, June 14th, 2016
                      "Disaster recovery is a pretty important aspect of your technology. While it's rare that flooding, hurricanes, power surges, fires or tornados strike; other types of disasters like viruses, ransomware, hardware failing and human error are even more likely to be the source of a data loss or failure. The fact of the matter is that while a natural disaster is an unlikely scenario, the odds are very good that at some point something is going to happen to your systems and data. No matter what that something is - you need a plan in place. Here are four must-haves in your IT disaster recovery plan:.."
                      How To Test Your Disaster Recovery Plan
                      Business 2 Community, June 15th, 2016
                      "Getting a disaster plan in place for your technology can be pretty time consuming. You have to assess all the data, determine business impact, and actually write out the plan and distribute it throughout your organization. Once you get it done - you feel like a huge burden has been lifted off your shoulders. You know what to do in the event of an emergency. But how can you test that plan? How do you know that what you've created is the perfect strategy for getting your company through a disaster unless you test it? Here's how to test your disaster recovery plan:..."
                      Strategies To Implement Data Centre Disaster Recovery Plan In Your IT
                      SmartDataCollective, June 14th, 2016
                      According to the book, Disaster Recovery Planning: Managing Risk and Catastrophe in Information Systems, written by Jon William Toigo, 'A company that experiences a computer outage lasting for more than 10 days will never fully recover financially and that 50 percent of companies suffering such a predicament will be out of business within 5 years.'

                      Data loss is no joke; it has the potential to cripple your business, which is why all businesses and IT departments need a comprehensive disaster recovery plan. A big part of that plan is creating backups, but the unfortunate reality is that backups can fail too. Some disasters are capable of wiping out your data and your data backups too, but that doesn't mean all is lost. The following outlines what can happen when a disaster takes out your backups, and what you can do to recover the lost data.

                      IT - PM
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                      7 Nontechnical Skills Every Project Manager Needs
                      CIO, June 14th, 2016
                      "To be a good project manager, especially if you are in IT, you need a certain amount of technical know-how. You also need a variety of nontechnical abilities that can help you navigate the challenges inherent in project management, from scope creep and delays to conflicts among team members.

                      Here are seven soft skills every project manager needs..."

                      Events
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                      OTN Summit - July 12th, 13th and 14th!
                      By Cassandra Clark
                      Cassandra blogs, "The Oracle Technology Network team invites you to attend the OTN Summit on July 12, 13 and 14, 2016 to explore the latest demos and insights from Oracle and community experts.

                      Inderjeet Singh, Executive Vice President, Fusion Middleware Development, will kick off the OTN Summit to discuss the Oracle Cloud based on questions from the Oracle Community..."

                      IT - Networks
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                      Broadband: 21St-Century Infrastructure
                      Government Technology, June 13th, 2016
                      "Examining the importance of broadband as a critical infrastructure and the challenges cities face in reaching universal adoption....

                      Iowa City, Iowa, is a modest-sized city, with a population of just over 73,000. But what makes it stand out is the fact that it ranks fifth in the nation overall when it comes to the percentage of households that subscribe to broadband..."

                      Cloud, SDN, And Security Complications
                      Network Computing, June 17th, 2016
                      "As enterprises migrate to the cloud and SDN, they face challenges in maintaining security.

                      It's true that more organizations are making investments in cloud, software-defined networking, and virtualization, and that's a good thing in the long run. These investments will help companies realize new efficiencies, increased agility and significant cost savings. But at the moment, we're still in the transition phase of the software-based movement..."

                      IT - IoT
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                      Can You See And Control Iot Devices On Your Network?
                      Help Net Security, June 16th, 2016
                      "Tools such as Last Pass and Dashlane can save you a lot of headaches

                      New data breaches are coming to light almost weekly and they reveal a simple but troubling fact: many people still choose weak passwords and reuse them across multiple sites. The reality is, remembering dozens of complex passwords is almost impossible and carrying them around on a scrap of paper that you have to keep updating is a huge hassle. That's why there are password managers.

                      Here's why they're important, and how to get the most out of them..."

                        The Internet Of Things: 7 Challenges
                        Datamation, June 15th, 2016
                        "Few doubt that smart devices are the next technological revolution. The next generation of connected appliances is already starting to create the Internet of Things (IoT), and to connect users to their devices in ways that were impossible only a few years ago.

                        However, few stop to consider that, amid the new conveniences and wonder, the IoT also promises to bring new problems and concerns, some technical, and others social or environmental. So far, most of these new problems and concerns are barely acknowledged, although many are already starting to appear:..."

                        IT - Linux
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                        The Everyday Linux User Jargon Buster
                        Everyday Linux User, June 15th, 2016
                        Gary Newell blogs, "I received a comment at the bottom of one of my articles which expressed bemusement about all of the acronyms and terms used within my reviews.

                        I am therefore writing this guide to explain as much of the jargon in my own words as possible.

                        I will pin this to the top bar for future reference..."

                        • What Is Linux?
                        • What Is An Operating System?
                        • What Is The Linux Kernel?
                        • What Is A Linux Distribution?

                        ....

                        IT - Operations
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                        4 Ways Organizations Should Respond To Data Breaches (Slideshow)
                        Information Management, June 15th, 2016
                        "Research shows that a cyberattack is an inevitable fact of life today for most organizations. In that event, the organization needs a plan to minimize damage and to reach constructively..."
                          Gartner Tips Virtual Data Centers As Future
                          Network World, June 13th, 2016
                          "New analyst projections put the software-driven, commoditized data center widely ahead of traditional data center components. And, ultimately, data centers become fully elastic and virtual...

                          As the amount of structured and unstructured data generated through digital growth increases, the need for places to put the stuff is also growing.

                          And it's going to be in Hyper-converged Integrated Systems (HCIS), according to Gartner analyst Michael Warrilow, speaking at Gartner's Tech Growth and Innovation Conference in Los Angeles last week..."

                          Impact Of Cooling And Efficiency In Modern Data Center Design
                          Data Center Knowledge, June 14th, 2016
                          "It's 2016, yet IT experts are still challenged with how to effectively and efficiently cool their data center. The cooling process accounts for 40 percent of all power consumed by data centers, so this question is a top priority for operators. Ensuring optimal cooling in a data center not only lowers operational expenditure, but it reduces the strain on equipment cooling mechanisms, extending the lifespan of the hardware; and freeing up power for IT equipment, increasing equipment uptime. The decision to invest in cooling infrastructure is easy, however, choosing the method with which you regulate temperature within the data center can be more challenging..."
                          IT - Security
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                          5 Things You Should Know About Password Managers
                          computerworld, June 17th, 2016
                          "New data breaches are coming to light almost weekly and they reveal a simple but troubling fact: many people still choose weak passwords and reuse them across multiple sites. The reality is, remembering dozens of complex passwords is almost impossible and carrying them around on a scrap of paper that you have to keep updating is a huge hassle. That's why there are password managers.

                          Here's why they're important, and how to get the most out of them..."

                            FBI Says Corporate Email 'Impersonation' Scams Growing
                            Wall St. Journal, June 16th, 2016
                            "The complaints came from a range of businesses, from small firms to large corporations, across all industries and sectors...

                            Even as cybersecurity grows increasingly sophisticated, more companies are falling prey to fake internals emails where scammers pose as executives seeking cash, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

                            The cash often winds up in a bogus account, typically via wire transfer from an unsuspecting staffer..."

                              Gartner: 'Insider Threat Is Alive And Well On The Dark Web'
                              Network World, June 14th, 2016
                              "Gartner says to spot low-level insiders who have gone bad security pros should look for keywords they search for and IP addresses and URLs they seek out on the Dark Web..

                              Corporate employees who help carry out cyberattacks are increasingly being sought and are seeking criminals to hire them, a Gartner analyst told a group at the consulting firm's Security and Risk Management Summit.

                              A group of 60 CIOs and CISOs she worked with say this recruitment is more active and becoming a larger concern because of their use of the Dark Web to sell their services, says Gartner analyst Avivah Litan..."

                              Hack The Hackers: Eavesdrop For Intel On Emerging Threats
                              InfoWorld, June 16th, 2016
                              "Listening to online chatter in hacker forums can give you a jump on juicy vulnerabilities your vendor hasn't fixed...

                              In a sea of vulnerabilities clamoring for attention, it's almost impossible to know which IT security issues to address first. Vendor advisories provide a tried-and-true means for keeping on top of known attack vectors. But there's a more expedient option: Eavesdrop on attackers themselves..."

                              How To Make Security Analytics Work For Your Organization (Slideshow)
                              IT World, June 14th, 2016
                              "As the latest buzzword in IT, analytics are increasingly spanning various components of IT systems. With use cases to gather analytics around data, networks and user behaviors, there are endless possibilities for utilizing this information. But, when looking to drill down this data to inform security decisions, is a massive amount of information, which could include fall positives, really that useful? To avoid falling into an analytics trap, security professionals provide suggestions for how to best configure security analytics so they drive meaningful and actionable insights for your organization..."
                              Top 10 Technologies For Information Security And Their Implications
                              Help Net Security, June 17th, 2016
                              "Gartner highlighted the top 10 technologies for information security and their implications for security organizations in 2016...

                              'Information security teams and infrastructure must adapt to support emerging digital business requirements, and simultaneously deal with the increasingly advanced threat environment,' said Neil MacDonald, vice president, distinguished analyst and Gartner Fellow Emeritus. 'Security and risk leaders need to fully engage with the latest technology trends if they are to define, achieve and maintain effective security and risk management programs that simultaneously enable digital business opportunities and manage risk.'

                              The top 10 technologies for information security are:..."

                              What Cisos Need To Tell The Board About Cyber Risk
                              Dark Reading, June 15th, 2016
                              "To avoid devastating financial losses, boards and the C-suite must have a deep understating of the cyber risks their organizations' face. Here's what they need to hear from the security team

                              There should be little doubt about cybersecurity's importance in 2016 given the amount of attention the topic has garnered in the past decade. Board directors and top leadership are under pressure from all sides: from federal and state regulators, from business partners seeking to tackle third-party vendor cyber risks, and from shareholders and their class-action lawyers ready to sue the moment a breach is announced..."

                              Why A Double Dose Of Big Data Is Even Better
                              SD Times, June 13th, 2016
                              "You can't deal with Big Data that is also real-time data without feeling overwhelmed. It's as if money were falling from the sky at an ever-faster rate, and you were scrambling to capture it all without worrying about which bills might be counterfeit. You want to be able to sort out what's important later rather than risk missing something that will turn out to be valuable..."
                              IT - Careers
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                              6 Innovative Ideas To Get And Select The Best Talent
                              Business 2 Community, June 16th, 2016
                              "Last week I shared with you the famous innovator behaviors by Clayton Christensen that could help you develop more innovative HR solutions. Over the next few of weeks I will help bring you up to speed on the latest trends, thoughts and approaches on:

                              • sourcing,
                              • developing, engaging and retaining talent,
                              • performance management,
                              • reward concepts,
                              • organization structures, and l- eadership development concepts.

                              Today, I'm going to shed light on the latest trends of finding the best talent for your organization..."

                              4 Tips For More Successful Employee Onboarding
                              CIO, June 14th, 2016
                              "Onboarding is more than a one-day orientation. It's a crucial period of time in a new-hire's career that can define the rest of his or her future with the company...

                              One of the most important phases in an employee's tenure is his or her first year with the company. Much of their success will depend on your onboarding practices. And as everything goes digital, so should your employee onboarding, according to Lisa Sterling, chief people officer and executive vice president at Ceridian, a human capital management technology company..."

                              5 Soft Skills Young Cybersecurity Professionals Need To Get Ahead
                              Dark Reading, June 14th, 2016
                              "Today's employers aren't looking for recruits who can maintain firewalls and mitigate risk. They want well-rounded professionals who can apply security expertise across the business to yield bottom-line results.

                              It's no surprise that, among the myriad concentrations that fall under the banner of 'IT careers,' cybersecurity looms large. According to CompTIA's IT Industry Outlook report, information security analyst snagged the number-one spot for IT occupation growth in 2015. At the end of 2014, the number of information security analyst openings stood at around 17,500; a year later, it reached more than 25,000..."

                              5 Universal Success Principles That Have Nothing To Do With Motivation
                              Success, June 14th, 2016
                              "Eighty percent of successful CEOs wake up at 5 a.m.- follow their example!" ...

                              "Waking up at 5 a.m. doesn't make you successful. The type of personalities that tend to achieve major success also happen to be the type that like to wake up at 5 a.m. and can sleep far less than the rest of us. But if you don't already function like this, the only thing waking up at 5 a.m. will do is eliminate your nightlife..."

                                From Coast To Coast, Software Jobs Are Helping Drive The Economy
                                CNET, June 15th, 2016
                                "From hailing a cab on our phones to filing for time off from the office desktop, software touches a staggering range of day-to-day activities.

                                Someone's got to build all those programs. That's good news for people with those skills because there are plenty of jobs to be had and the software industry is driving economic gains across the country, according to a report out Wednesday from software trade organization BSA The Software Alliance..."

                                  IT - Social Media
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                                  5 Big Data Sources For Strategic Sentiment Analysis
                                  InfoWorld, June 16th, 2016
                                  "Every company wants to know what its customers feel about it. But sentiment analysis can get more granular -- and turn inward to improve employee satisfaction...

                                  Somewhere, someone is tweeting 'This airline sucks the big one!' In the past, they would have been ignored. These days many airlines respond with sympathy ('We're so sorry you're having a rough trip -- please DM us, so we can resolve it') or send an invitation to call an 800-number (where you can wait on hold forever)..."

                                    IT - Virtualization
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                                    Most Enterprises To Mainstream Containers Within A Year
                                    Datamation, June 16th, 2016
                                    "Nearly two thirds of organizations will use containers in production over the next year, finds a new study from the Cloud Foundry Foundation...

                                    Docker and other application container platforms are already changing the way enterprises develop and deliver applications. Over the next year, container adoption will really ramp up, according to new report from the Cloud Foundry Foundation, Hope Versus Reality: Containers in 2016...."

                                    IT - Email
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                                    FBI: Business E-Mail Scam Losses Top $3 Billion, A 1,300% Increase In Since Jan.
                                    Network World, June 15th, 2016
                                    "FBI/IC3 say latest scam variant finds fraudulent requests sent utilizing a business executive's compromised e-mail..

                                    The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) this week said the scourge it calls the Business Email Compromise continues to rack-up victims and money - over $3 billion in losses so far.

                                    The BEC scam is typically carried out by compromising legitimate business e-mail accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion to conduct unauthorized transfers of funds, the IC3 stated.

                                    The impact of the scam is detailed in the IC3 stats released this week including:.."

                                      IT - Backup
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                                      Magic Quadrant For Data Center Backup And Recovery
                                      StorageNewsletter.com, June 16th, 2016
                                      "Enterprise backup is among the oldest, most performed tasks for infrastructure and operations professionals. Gartner provides analysis and evaluation of the leading data center backup software vendors that offer a range of traditional to innovative recovery capabilities...

                                      By 2020, 30% of organizations will leverage backup for more than just operational recovery (e.g., DR, test/development, DevOps, etc.), up from less than 10% at the beginning of 2016.

                                      By 2020, over 40% of organizations will supplant long-term backup with archiving systems - up from 20% in 2015....

                                      IT - Mobile
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                                      27% Of Corporate-Connected Apps Are Risky
                                      Dark Reading, June 13th, 2016
                                      "Number of apps up by 30x, with many asking for sensitive connections to enterprise...

                                      The rapid rise of third-party apps is the new battlefront of BYOD security, and as enterprises seek to protect PII, they are struggling to keep risky third-party apps unhooked from sensitive assets. According to a new study out today, the number of third-party apps has risen significantly in the last two years and many of them add considerable risk to organizations..."

                                      IT - Big Data
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                                      Big Data Will Fix Internet Security ... Eventually
                                      InfoWorld, June 14th, 2016
                                      "Security analytics have been with us for a while, but with the latest tech, it's much easier to detect malicious attacks...

                                      I've always thought that improved computer security controls would 'fix' the internet and stop persistent criminality -- turns out it might be big data analytics instead.

                                      I've long written that only a large-scale improvement of the internet's authentication mechanisms (that is, pervasive identity) could significantly reduce crime. If everyone on the internet had a default, assured identity, attackers would have a much harder time committing and getting away with cybercrimes..."

                                      How To Fish In The Big Data Sea
                                      Business 2 Community, June 14th, 2016
                                      "If you're anywhere near a business that deals with data - and in one way or another all businesses do - you've probably that heard that Big Data is all the rage. The Big Guys, like Google, Amazon, and Facebook, are using Big Data in Big Ways. Read on to find out how your SME can fish in the Big Data sea, just like the Big Guys.

                                      Not wanting to be left behind in Small Data Land, businesses are quick to jump on the Big Data bandwagon. A report from Gartner found that more than 75% of companies have invested or are planning to invest in Big Data strategies. But what is it? And should you be considering the impact Big Data has on the future on your business?..."

                                      Open Data: If You Can't Measure It, How Can You Manage It?
                                      GCN, June 13th, 2016
                                      "While most organizations agree that open data provides a range of benefits, the ability to measure those improvements and the associated costs of open data initiatives remains elusive.

                                      The biggest reason is because the primary advantages of adoption are long term: enabling greater government transparency, efficiency and effectiveness as well as solving societal problems and contributing to economic development.

                                      Short-term gains are relatively easy to tally, but Joy Bonaguro, chief data officer for the city and county of San Francisco, admits that longer-term benefits are harder to measure. To measure what it can, San Francisco created metrics for its open data initiative, DataSF..."

                                      Will Open Big Data Platforms Lead To An Open Enterprise?
                                      IT Business Edge, June 14th, 2016
                                      "Big Data implementations are invariably built around Hadoop, Apache Spark and other open source solutions. And since these constructs must integrate into the broader enterprise data ecosystem at some point, is it possible that open source will come to rule the data center as a matter of course?

                                      The idea might not be as outlandish as it sounds. As business models across multiple industries come to rely on the insights gleaned from predictive analytics and broadly federated data infrastructure, proprietary systems may emerge as more a help than a hindrance. And while open systems tend to require quite a bit of in-house knowledge for both provisioning and management functions, many of these tasks are likely to be automated in the coming decade, providing for more user- and enterprise-friendly environments..."

                                      Top10
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                                      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                      Vol 202 Issue 1 and 2; Vol 219 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 218 Issues 3 and 4
                                      We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                      • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 2
                                      • NEW PaaS4SaaS TOOLS: Rapid Development Kit
                                      • Ease Cloud Deployment with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
                                      • Where Personalization Crosses The Line Into Creepy: Five Examples
                                      • Migrating from Desktop to Cloud-Native Web Applications
                                      • Oracle Virtualization Newsletter
                                      • Using MySQL 5.7 Document Store with Internet of Things (IoT)
                                      • Don't Miss the FY17 OPN Global Partner Kickoff Webcast on June 21
                                      • Experience JavaOne 2016
                                      • The Cloud's Underappreciated Advantages

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

                                        IT - Developer
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                                        Five Myths Of Learning Programming That Every Coder Should Know
                                        Techworm, June 16th, 2016
                                        "Want to make a career in programming but think you're not (and never will be) cut out for the job? Do you think that this career path is only meant for geeks or mathematics experts? No, you are wrong!

                                        Ironically, there are many misconceptions and myths that surround the art of programming. Don't let a few misleading ideas keep you from learning a new skill which is fast becoming the most important skill of the century.

                                        In this article, we are going to debunk those myths and misconceptions, so that anyone who wants to learn new skills or make a career or earn more money can move more swiftly toward a job in this industry. Here's the truth behind 5 top common myths about becoming a developer..."

                                          IT - HPC
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                                          Efforts to Broaden HPC Accelerate as OpenHPC Governing Board and Technical Steering Committee Takes Shape
                                          insideHPC, June 17th, 2016
                                          "Since its announcement at SC15 in November, the OpenHPC community has made important strides toward its mission of creating and supporting a flexible open source HPC software stack that simplifies deploying and managing HPC systems. In just a few short months, the open source community hosted at The Linux Foundation has had many productive working group discussions, installed a Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and Governing Board, and even provided releases of the initial software stack based on early community feedback. The initial software stack includes over 60 packages, including tools and libraries, as well as provisioning, a job scheduler and more. The complete list is available on the project GitHub page..."
                                          Heading into ISC16, OpenHPC Releases Latest Stack with 60-plus Packages
                                          HPCWire, June 16th, 2016
                                          "SC15 was sort of a muted launch party for OpenHPC - the nascent effort to develop a 'plug-and-play' software framework for HPC. There seemed to be widespread agreement the idea had merit, not a lot of knowledge of details, and some wariness because Intel was a founding member and vocal advocate. Next week, ISC16 will mark the next milestone for OpenHPC, which has since grown into a full-fledged Linux Foundation Collaborative Project and today released version 1.0.1 of OpenHPC (build and test tools)..."
                                          Veritas News
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                                          Gartner Positions Veritas Technologies a Leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant
                                          for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software
                                          Veritas Technologies, the global leader in information management, announced it has been recognized by Gartner, Inc. in the 'Leaders' quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software1. Veritas is the only vendor positioned as a Leader since the inception of the report in 1999, and is the #1 market share leader2 for backup and recovery software for 2015.

                                          • Download the full report here.
                                          • Watch the video from Ben Gibson, CMO.
                                          • Read the blog from Scott Anderson, SVP, Information Protection Solutions Business Unit.

                                          'We are honored that Gartner positioned Veritas as a Leader in every published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery since the report's inception,' said Ana Pinczuk, Chief Product Officer, Veritas Technologies.

                                          Cisco News
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                                          Cisco Chooses Pune for Second Global Delivery Center in India
                                          Cisco, June 16th, 2016
                                          Underlining commitment to India's digitization, Cisco expands footprint of its Maharashtra operations

                                          Cisco outlined the next phase of its investment in India by expanding its Pune operations and launching the Cisco Global Delivery Center. The opening of the Global Delivery Center in Cisco's 172,000 sq ft Pune office is a strategic move by the company to support customers globally and in India. With the new Pune centre, India will be the only country in the world where Cisco will have two global delivery centres...

                                          Cisco Tetration Analytics: the most Comprehensive Data Center Visibility and Analysis in Real Time, at Scale
                                          Cisco, June 15th, 2016
                                          Cisco Delivers a 'Time Machine for the Data Center'

                                          Cisco announced Cisco Tetration Analytics, a platform designed to help customers gain complete visibility across everything in the data center in real time - every packet, every flow, every speed. Cisco Tetration Analytics gathers telemetry from hardware and software sensors, and then analyzes the information using advanced machine learning techniques. Tetration addresses critical data center operations such as policy compliance, application forensics, and the move to a whitelist security model. Through continuous monitoring, analysis, and reporting, the Tetration Analytics platform provides IT managers with a deep understanding of the data center that will dramatically simplify operational reliability, zero-trust operations and application migrations to SDN solutions and the cloud.

                                          Cisco Launches $10 Million Global Cybersecurity Scholarship to Increase Talent Pool; Introduces New and Updated Certifications
                                          Company Bolsters Ongoing Efforts to Equip IT Security Industry with Needed Technical Talent to Keep Organizations Secure and Productive in the Digital Age
                                          Cybersecurity provides the critical foundation organizations require to protect themselves, enable trust, move faster, add greater value and grow. However, research indicates there will be a global shortage of two million cybersecurity professionals by 2019. To help close this security skills gap, Cisco is introducing a $10 million Global Cybersecurity Scholarship program and enhancements to its security certification portfolio.
                                          Cisco and MSP to open Mi-IDEA innovation centre in Manchester
                                          The partnership between Cisco and Manchester Science Partnerships will accelerate digital innovation in the North of England
                                          Cisco and Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) announced that they are opening the Mi-IDEA (Manchester Inspired - Innovation Digital Enterprise Alliance) innovation centre on MSP's central campus. The centre will support the growth of key innovation clusters in the North of England, and furthers Cisco's commitment to supporting British innovation, digitisation and the UK business economy as a whole.

                                          Mi-IDEA, a joint venture with MSP, will work with early-stage companies in the North to develop innovative technologies and solutions. The partnership will focus on the areas of smart cities, Internet of Things (IoT), digital healthcare and the digital creative sector. In addition, the centre will offer post-accelerator and established technology companies a tailored programme to help develop confidence and capabilities as they scale...

                                          Dell News
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                                          Tech Mahindra and Dell Boomi Collaborate to Simplify Enterprise Digital Transformations
                                          Streamlines enterprise digital transformation with ability to connect any combination of cloud or on-premises applications
                                          Dell Boomi and Tech Mahindra announced an alliance that enables organizations to more easily implement digital strategies and drive business transformation. As a "Dell Boomi Certified System Integrator", Tech Mahindra, provider of innovative and customer-centric information technology services and solutions, is now able to offer its customers a platform that integrates any combination of cloud and on-premises applications without software, appliances or coding.
                                          Alienware Celebrates 20 Years of Putting Gamers First with Four New Products at E3
                                          The Alienware Aurora brand returns for incredible gaming performance and VR-optimized configurations
                                          • The Alienware Aurora brand returns for incredible gaming performance and VR-optimized configurations
                                          • The new Alienware Alpha desktop continues to defy expectations; now with updated processor, memory and storage options plus more than 60% higher GPU performance in an ultra-small form factor
                                          • Full-tower powerhouse Area-51 gets supercharged with latest Intel processors and new NVIDIA GeForce graphics
                                          • The world's first gaming notebook with high-contrast OLED display, the coveted Alienware 13 is now configurable with this panel option

                                          Alienware rolls out a fierce new lineup of powerful, VR-optimized products at this year's E3 in Los Angeles. Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary as a pioneer in specialty high-performance PC gaming systems, Alienware offers new solutions targeted at gamers looking for the best experiences in PC gaming and virtual reality.

                                          Microsoft News
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                                          Xbox introduces future of gaming beyond console generations and without boundaries
                                          Microsoft, June 13th, 2016
                                          At the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a new family of Xbox One devices, a host of new Xbox Live features and the biggest lineup of games in Xbox history. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer underscored the Xbox team's commitment to building a future of gaming beyond console generations and inviting gamers to play without boundaries.

                                          Xbox is working to bring Xbox Live to all devices and networks - PC, console, virtual reality and mobile - to create a unified experience where all gamers are welcomed, respected and supported. The new Xbox Play Anywhere program lets gamers buy a game once and play it on both their Windows 10 PC and Xbox One console with shared progress, game saves and achievements. Every new Microsoft Studios title shown at the Xbox E3 2016 Briefing will support Xbox Play Anywhere, with more titles on the way.

                                          IBM News
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                                          IBM Launches New Initiatives to Advance Developer Skills and Careers for the Cognitive Era
                                          Builds on the initiatives and investments IBM has already made in India
                                          IBM launched new global programs and tools designed to propel developers' skills and advance their careers around cloud and emerging technologies, such as cognitive and IoT. These initiatives include collaborations with Coursera and GitHub, which aim to reach millions of developers globally.

                                          The announcements were unveiled in Bangalore at IBM DeveloperConnect to more than 10,000 developers across India, who attended in person or virtually via Livestream. Key highlights of the news include:

                                          • A collaboration with Coursera to strengthen developers' skills in India with new courses focused on cloud and IoT
                                          • developerWorks Career Concierge, a cognitive learning tool that delivers personalized resources to advance developers' skills
                                          • The general availability of GitHub Enterprise on Bluemix Dedicated, the first collaborative coding platform delivered as a managed service
                                          • New cloud tools for Swift and Watson designed for mobile development and cognitive apps

                                          ...

                                          Local Motors Debuts 'Olli', the First Self-driving Vehicle to Tap the Power of IBM Watson
                                          Local Motors transforms the passenger experience with IBM Watson Internet of Things technology
                                          Local Motors, the leading vehicle technology integrator and creator of the world's first 3D-printed cars, introduced the first self-driving vehicle to integrate the advanced cognitive computing capabilities of IBM Watson.

                                          The vehicle, dubbed 'Olli,' was unveiled during the Grand Opening of a new Local Motors facility in National Harbor, MD this morning, and transported Local Motors CEO and co-founder John B. Rogers, Jr. along with vehicle designer Edgar Sarmiento from the Local Motors co-creation community into the new facility...

                                          The Weather Company Collaborates with Gogo Business Aviation To Help Improve Turbulence Safety
                                          Connected Aircraft Capability Enables Real-Time Turbulence Alerts For Pilots, Dispatch, and Operations Personnel
                                          Each year, turbulence incidents cost airlines approximately $100 million due to crew and passenger injuries, unscheduled maintenance, operational inefficiencies, and revenue lost while planes are out of service. In fact, studies have shown that aircraft encounters with turbulence are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in the commercial airline industry. Dedicated to improving aviation safety, The Weather Company, an IBM Business has announced a groundbreaking deal with Gogo Business Aviation that will enable the delivery of real-time turbulence reports and alerts directly to pilots, dispatch and other operations personnel...
                                          The Weather Company Launches 'Deep Thunder' - the World's Most Advanced Hyper-Local Weather Forecasting Model for Businesses
                                          New Weather Model Developed by IBM Research and The Weather Company to Help Improve Precision and Accuracy of Weather Forecasting on Global Scale
                                          The Weather Company announced plans to advance the precision and accuracy of weather forecasting by combining hyper-local, short-term custom forecasts developed by IBM Research with The Weather Company's global forecast model. The powerful combination of the two models will be called Deep Thunder, and will also use historical weather data to train machine learning models that will help businesses predict the actual impact of weather.

                                          Every day, The Weather Company's sophisticated models analyze data for every location worldwide, using more than 100 terabytes of third-party data daily, one of the largest troves of location data available anywhere, and Weather Underground's network of more than 195,000 personal weather stations. Combining that enormous volume and variety of data with advances in atmospheric and computational sciences enables The Weather Company to produce one of the most reliable global forecasts available today.

                                          IBM and Wimbledon launch new apps, cognitive and hybrid cloud solutions designed to enrich the fan experience
                                          New IBM innovations to help The Championships, Wimbledon serve insights to fans worldwide
                                          IBM and The All England Lawn Tennis Club unveiled new technologies for The Championships 2016, marking the next phase in the AELTC's award-winning digital transformation.

                                          New for 2016 is an app for Apple TV for Wimbledon developed by IBM Interactive Experience that will enable fans to engage with Wimbledon in the comfort of their own homes. Users will be able to browse real-time scores, watch the Live Wimbledon studio show, listen to three live radio channels, and delve through all of Wimbledon's video and photo content, bringing the 2016 Wimbledon experience into their homes in the truest sense.

                                          IBM & Ponemon Institute Study: Data Breach Costs Rising, Now $4 million per Incident
                                          Results Show 'Time is Money' When Responding to a Data Breach
                                          IBM Security announced the results of a global study analyzing the financial impact of data breaches to a company's bottom line. Sponsored by IBM and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the study found that the average cost of a data breach for companies surveyed has grown to $4 million, representing a 29 percent increase since 2013.

                                          Cybersecurity incidents continue to grow in both volume and sophistication, with 64 percent more security incidents reported in 2015 than in 2014. As these threats become more complex, the cost to companies continues to rise. In fact, the study found that companies lose $158 per compromised record. Breaches in highly regulated industries were even more costly, with healthcare reaching $355 per record - a full $100 more than in 2013...

                                          VMware and IBM Expand Global Cloud Partnership with Desktop Services
                                          VMware Horizon Air gives customers access to cloud-hosted desktops and applications in a security-rich environment via the IBM Cloud
                                          IBM and VMware announced they are continuing to expand their strategic partnership by enabling VMware Horizon Air customers to take advantage of cloud-hosted desktop and application services via the IBM Cloud.

                                          This announcement reinforces IBM Cloud being a strategic cloud partner for VMware. VMware Horizon Air cloud services delivers full Windows desktops or published applications to desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. These services running on the IBM Cloud will give customers the flexibility to access critical apps and data from any device, anywhere, at anytime.

                                          SugarCRM Taps IBM Cloud for Enhanced Security, Privacy and Control
                                          The Sugar platform can now be deployed on dedicated and private clouds from IBM for greater security, data isolation and performance
                                          IBM and SugarCRM announced that organizations can deploy the Sugar customer relationship management (CRM) platform on-premises or across IBM's global network of Cloud Data Centers for security-rich cloud environments, data isolation and performance

                                          By choosing IBM Cloud, Sugar can be deployed across bare metal cloud servers, dedicated off-premises clouds or private cloud environments behind the firewall. IBM Cloud is the only cloud company to offer Sugar customers the flexibility of these options. Additionally, through IBM's global network of 46 Cloud Data Centers, organizations will gain access to on-demand, scalable computing power, a global footprint and a fast, private network.

                                          Fujitsu News
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                                          Fujitsu and CRATUS Technology, Inc. to Demo IoT Solutions at Sensors Expo
                                          Products highlight the versatility and flexibility of sensors and wireless modules
                                          On the heels of announcing a partnership agreement, Fujitsu Components America and CRATUS Technology, Inc. will demonstrate their latest developments in wireless, sensor-based Internet of Things (IoT) products at Sensors Expo and Conference, booth#1142, on June 22 and 23 in the McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, CA.

                                          The product demonstrations will highlight examples of smart solutions across multiple IoT markets that integrate wireless modules and sensors. The concept products will include a hydration device for diabetics, an interactive game play device, an impact sensor for sports helmets, and an augmented-reality headset for the Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) market.

                                          Fujitsu Introduces New Departmental Scanners Featuring Ultra-Compact Design with Advanced Document Imaging and Capture Capabilities
                                          Fujitsu Computer Products of America
                                          Fujitsu, the market leader in document imaging scanners, announced the availability of its latest fi-Series scanners, the ultra-compact, high-speed Fujitsu fi-7460 and fi-7480 departmental scanners. Designed for professional workloads and engineered to last, the Fujitsu fi-7460 and fi-7480 reliably handle a wide variety of mixed batched media as the smallest A3 scanners in their class (14.96' x 8.23' x 6.61'), making them ideal for all office environments.
                                          VMware News
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                                          VMware Announces Intent to Acquire Arkin Net to Help Customers Accelerate Adoption of VMware NSX and Software-Defined Data Centers
                                          With Arkin, VMware vRealize Suite Will Uniquely Deliver Operational Control and Visibility for Applications Across Compute, Storage and Networking Elements in the Data Center
                                          VMware announced the intention to acquire Arkin Net, a leader in software-defined data center security and operations. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in Q2 2016.

                                          Organizations globally are adopting a software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture based on VMware virtualized infrastructure and management to deliver automation, security and continuity for applications. SDDC breaks down the barriers between traditionally disparate domains of compute, networking and storage. This evolution requires an operational model that delivers cross-silo visibility and collaboration. With the acquisition of Arkin, and through the integration of VMware vRealize Suite, cloud management teams will have access to a new generation of planning, troubleshooting and automation platform that provide visibility and control across the entire data center environment.

                                          VMware and IBM Expand Global Cloud Partnership with Desktop Services
                                          VMware Horizon Air gives customers access to cloud-hosted desktops and applications in a security-rich environment via the IBM Cloud
                                          IBM and VMware announced they are continuing to expand their strategic partnership by enabling VMware Horizon Air customers to take advantage of cloud-hosted desktop and application services via the IBM Cloud. This announcement reinforces IBM Cloud being a strategic cloud partner for VMware. VMware Horizon Air cloud services delivers full Windows desktops or published applications to desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. These services running on the IBM Cloud will give customers the flexibility to access critical apps and data from any device, anywhere, at any time. Earlier in 2016, IBM and VMware announced a strategic partnership designed to help enterprises take better advantage of the cloud's speed and economics to extend existing workloads from on-premises software-defined data center to the cloud.
                                          VMware Introduces Identity-Defined Workspaces With Advancements in Workspace ONE
                                          New Workspace ONE Adaptive Management Technology Removes Limitations of Stand-Alone MAM and IDaaS to Accelerate Adoption for BYO Initiatives
                                          VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced advancements to VMware Workspace ONE, powered by the latest update of VMware AirWatch 8.4 and VMware Identity Manager, that will deliver a new identity-defined managed workspace. Furthering the principle of consumer simple and enterprise secure, new VMware Workspace ONE adaptive management technology is designed to remove limitations of stand-alone mobile application management (MAM) and identity-as-a-service (IDaaS) to protect data inside applications without requiring device management to accelerate support for BYOD initiatives.
                                          VMware Unveils New Endpoint Security Solution Powered by Tanium, VMware TrustPoint
                                          Addition of VMware TrustPoint Extends the VMware Portfolio of Application and Device Management Solutions and Offers Unified Endpoint Management and Security
                                          VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, and Tanium, the company that redefined endpoint security and systems management, today announced a new endpoint security solution, VMware TrustPoint. VMware TrustPoint combines the speed and scale of Tanium's endpoint security platform with VMware's layered OS migration technology, to deliver an integrated solution for unified endpoint management and security. VMware TrustPoint will enable rapid visibility and control of every endpoint across global networks, next-generation threat detection and remediation, endpoint and application management, and automated Windows image migration and management.
                                          VMware Adds Leading Cloud Access Security Broker Partners to VMware Mobile Security Alliance
                                          Extending the VMware AirWatch Platform to Cloud Security Partners Offer Validated and Integrated Solutions for Cloud and Mobile Security
                                          VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, announced five leading cloud access security broker (CASB) leaders have joined the Mobile Security Alliance. The addition of Blue Coat Systems, Inc., CloudLock, Netskope, Palo Alto Networks and Skyhigh Networks adds to the growing support from security industry leaders for the VMware AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform to collaboratively solve the challenge of mobile and cloud security. Integrating VMware Workspace ONE with products from CASB partners can deliver validated solutions that provide security, visibility and control of applications and devices, and secure digital workspaces from the cloud.
                                          Red Hat News
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                                          Friday Five - June 17, 2016
                                          Red Hat, June 17th, 2016
                                          The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye...

                                          • InfoWorld - Red Hat revamps OpenShift Online for containers
                                          • Red Hat Blog - Customer highlights to watch for at Red Hat Summit 2016
                                          • Amadeus blog - How Amadeus and Red Hat innovate the open source way
                                          • Enterprise Mobility Insights - MBaaS Goes On-Premise: Old Can Be New!
                                          • Red Hat named a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile App Development Platforms

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                                          Level3 News
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                                          Charting Your Cloud Migration Path the Easy Way
                                          Level(3), June 17th, 2016
                                          Brian Hoekelman blogs, "It's not surprising that cloud is often portrayed as the panacea for the many obstacles enterprises face today. Cloud's oft-touted value propositions - agility, mobility and cost reduction - are vital to businesses striving to stay competitive in the digital economy. In the cloud, collaboration and productivity tools are easier to scale and manage, often resulting in increased employee productivity and reduced operational costs.

                                          Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), for example, is an increasingly common desktop management model that leverages cloud's capabilities. It's used by geographically dispersed enterprises, as well as in industries as diverse as healthcare, education and hospitality because it offers cost-effective terminals, greater security and ease of management. Organizations can use VDI to fight the BYOD battle by granting users access to remote desktops that run on server-class hardware in the data center, which is where all the data is safely stored..."

                                          HP News
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                                          7 Most Impressive Displays From HPE Discover Las Vegas 2016
                                          HPE Discover's mainstage presentations opened with a bang
                                          HPE Discover 2016 was brimming with engaging presentations, vibrant demos and incredible product launches. HPE executives, partners and customers came together in Las Vegas to share their perspectives on the future of technology, and here, we've summarized some of the most exciting takeaways from the event.

                                          • Memorable Performances
                                          • Star Trek Beyond: The Machine's Next Frontier
                                          • Customers Know Best
                                          • Cycling to the Future
                                          • Disruptors Across Industries
                                          • Shining the Light on Distributed Mesh Computing
                                          • Women in Tech

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                                            Hewlett Packard Enterprise Delivers Big Data Powered Monitoring Suite to Optimize Hybrid Cloud Performance
                                            HPE Operations Bridge leverages HPE Vertica analytics to streamline IT infrastructure management
                                            Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) announced the launch of HPE Operations Bridge (OpsBridge) suite, analytics driven IT operations software that provides IT teams with a real-time dashboard view of hybrid application performance.

                                            Powered by HPE Vertica, the HPE OpsBridge Suite automatically discovers, monitors and manages existing and cloud native applications and the hybrid environments they run in including - Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Docker, HPE Helion OpenStack, and other OpenStack distributions...

                                            Overheard at Discover Las Vegas 2016
                                            HPE, June 13th, 2016
                                            From The Machine and Star Trek to IoT and a Docker partnership, action-packed Discover Las Vegas 2016 featured exciting product and partnerships announcements and peaks into the future of innovation.

                                            Developers, CEOs, reporters and researchers were all on site to check out the announcements and demos. Check out some of the highlights below...

                                            Brocade News
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                                            Brocade Wins Best Of Show Grand Prize Award For SDI/NFV At Interop Tokyo 2016
                                            Brocade, June 16th, 2016
                                            Brocade announced that Brocade VNF Manager, a network functions virtualization (NFV) orchestration application based on the OpenStack Tacker Project, has won the Best of Show Grand Prize award at Interop Tokyo 2016, in the category of software-defined infrastructure (SDI)/NFV.

                                            Brocade VNF Manager provides automated NFV orchestration and virtual network functions (VNF) management using standards-based architectures. It helps organizations automate network service delivery while simplifying NFV deployment.

                                            Windstream News
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                                            Windstream exchanges half of CS&L equity stake to reduce debt
                                            Windstream, June 15th, 2016
                                            Windstream announced it has closed a transaction to transfer approximately 14.7 million shares of Communications Sales & Leasing (CS&L) common stock to its creditors in a debt-for-equity exchange.

                                            The transferred CS&L shares, which represented approximately 50 percent of Windstream's total retained stake in CS&L, were used to retire approximately $309 million in Windstream's revolving credit facility debt and satisfy transaction expenses.

                                              F5 News
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                                              F5 Introduces Standalone Security Products to Defend Against Targeted Attacks
                                              F5, June 15th, 2016
                                              Today's organizations are tasked to protect a growing number of attack vectors. A rising number of exploits seek to simply overwhelm servers with requests and deceptively use encryption to target networks and applications in ways that traditional products struggle to detect and defend. To better protect against emerging threats, F5 is introducing two standalone products designed to help customers quickly deploy dedicated security solutions. These offerings provide quick, simple remediation with essential visibility and actionable insights that eliminate industry 'blind spots' and safeguard business assets and data.
                                              Netapp News
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                                              DWD Speeds Delivery of Critical Weather Data with NetApp Flash
                                              NetApp All Flash FAS accelerates complex forecast application by up to 15 times, improves accuracy to protect the life and property of Germany's citizens
                                              The airlines, railways and emergency responders depend on us to provide immediate, detailed weather information around the clock,' said Hans-Joachim Koppert, head of Weather Forecasting Services at Deutscher Wetterdienst (DWD). 'We knew NetApp All Flash FAS could not only handle our exponential data growth, but also speed our weather visualization application so that we could provide life-saving information to first responders in real time.'

                                              As Germany's national meteorological service, DWD takes in feeds from more than 2,000 measuring stations, a network of 17 weather radar systems, numerous meteorological satellites, and a massive number of international data sources. The data is fed into complex forecast models and accessed through NinJo, DWD's weather visualization application, and TriVis, a powerful graphics solution for the visualization of meteorological data for all digital media.

                                              NetApp Strengthens Enterprise's Ability to Protect and Manage Data Across the Hybrid Cloud
                                              Enhanced data protection software reduces risk of data loss, expands choice of cloud resources
                                              "Working with our clients to plan and schedule a migration and pointing their systems to the new data - all this has to be done in a very short period of time. In healthcare and, specifically, hospitals, there is no downtime," said Jim Avazpour, director, I&O Platforms, Cerner. "With NetApp OnCommand Insight we have the ability to proactively triage and address an incident quickly without downtime and can confidently migrate our clients' data in real time during business hours."

                                              NetApp announced enhancements to its data protection software, including NetApp OnCommand Insight. The company also introduced NetApp Data Protection Solutions for Microsoft Office 365 to help customers reduce the risk of data loss while enabling business continuity with the right mix of cloud resources.

                                              NetApp SolidFire All-Flash Storage Selected by Globe Telecom to Deliver Improved and Cost-Efficient Enterprise Cloud Services
                                              NetApp SolidFire's scale-out design and guaranteed performance enable telecommunications innovator to deliver transformational cloud services to customers in the Philippines and across Asia
                                              NetApp SolidFire, the leader in all-flash storage systems built for the Next Generation Data Center, announced that Globe Telecom, a leading full-service telecommunications company in the Philippines, through its Globe Business group, has deployed NetApp SolidFire's all-flash scale-out storage platform to support its Virtual Private Cloud and Dedicated Private Cloud offerings. With NetApp SolidFire's automated, scalable infrastructure that guarantees performance, Globe Business' internal and external customers can meet their storage capacity and performance needs today and in the future at a cost two to three times lower than before.
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