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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..."

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.

Java Technology
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 or via the JSR 364 project page..."
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. .."

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
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..."

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..."

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

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


  • 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

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..."

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.

    Oracle News
    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.
    Veritas News
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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

    Read on for details.

    Level3 News
    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
    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

    Read on for details.

      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
      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
      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
        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.
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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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