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Oracle News
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Oracle Delivers the Power of Engineered Systems to Organizations of All Sizes
Oracle's expanded portfolio of database appliances are now available for enterprise and midmarket organizations, and provide customers with a pathway to the cloud
Oracle announced two new models of its Oracle Database Appliance (ODA) bringing all of the performance and reliability of Oracle's Engineered Systems to small and mid-sized businesses for the first time.

In addition, as organizations seek opportunities to transition to the cloud, Oracle's new database appliances provide a bridge between on-premise systems and the cloud. In the future, organizations that plan to connect their ODAs to the Oracle Cloud can seamlessly back up their data automatically.

Oracle Announces Pfizer's Selection of Oracle Cloud
for Clinical Data Management and Trial Management across its Clinical Trial Portfolio
Oracle announced that after a detailed review and selection process, Pfizer has selected Oracle Health Sciences InForm Cloud Service and the Oracle Siebel Clinical Trial Management and Monitoring Cloud Service to help manage and monitor its more than 300 clinical trials a year and continue to provide best-in-class solutions.

'Oracle Health Sciences InForm Cloud Service and Oracle Siebel Clinical Trial Management and Monitoring Cloud Service can simplify how we manage both operational and study data for in-house as well as outsourced studies,' said Rob Goodwin, vice president of Pfizer Global Product Development, Center of Excellence. 'Clinical teams will be able to access study data through Oracle's single platform cloud service, eliminating the need to send data back and forth to CROs, saving us time and reducing the cost of our clinical studies.'

Oracle Gives Partners a Fast Path to Cloud
Independent Software Vendors Gain New Revenue Opportunities through Oracle Cloud Marketplace
The conversion to the cloud is one of the most significant IT transformations in history. IDC predicts that by 2018, at least half of IT spending will be cloud based. To help customers transition to the cloud with proven enterprise applications, while accelerating time-to-market for partners, Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) unveiled Oracle Cloud Platform Ready for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

The new offering enables ISV partners to quickly register and publish their Oracle Cloud-compatible applications on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, allowing them to fast-track new business opportunities in the cloud.

Oracle and Mellanox to Collaborate on High Speed Cloud Networking Standards
Companies to Work on Open Standards, Interoperability, and Backward Compatibility for InfiniBand products
Oracle and Mellanox announced a partnership to drive interoperability between their products and to jointly develop further industry standards for InfiniBand - a high speed Cloud networking technology.

Products supporting the InfiniBand standard not only provide extreme bandwidth and ultra-low latency for fast, agile, and secure cloud infrastructure, but they are also based upon industry standards and available from multiple vendors. Oracle and Mellanox Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) 100G InfiniBand products are engineered to the InfiniBand Architecture Specification Release 1.3 and allow customers to deploy a 100Gb/s fabric that is backwards compatible with the previous generations of InfiniBand-based systems (FDR, QDR, DDR, and SDR), enabling customers to protect their investments in InfiniBand-enabled applications.

IT - CxO
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Why Every CIO Needs To Know That Some APIs Don't Matter
CIO, June 24th, 2016
'How many APIs do we have?'

"If this email from your CEO or a board member hasn't hit your inbox yet, it's coming.

6 out of ten corporate board members are now saying they want more focus on digital disruption, and two-thirds of Global 2000 CEOs are predicted to put digital transformation at the center of corporate strategy by 2017. Digital transformation has become a hot topic well beyond the boundaries of IT..."

Measure Your Employees' Results, Not Their Time
CIO, June 21st, 2016
"The future of work is in autonomy. If you keep a tight leash on your employees, your company will suffer in the long run....

If you think money will make your employees happier, you might be wrong. Many workers report they value autonomy over anything else. Of course, you also need to ensure your employees basic needs are met at work. But from there, the data suggests that if you instill trust and freedom in your workforce, they will thrive..."

    The Soft-Skills Gap You Haven't Heard Of
    Fast Company, June 21st, 2016
    "Soft skills." Those are the interpersonal, "human" skills - like communication, conflict resolution, and other traits - that companies are prioritizing, experts believe to be more automation-proof, and some recruiters are saying new graduates lack...
      Features
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      OTN Community Managers Speak Out About OTN Summit
      By Cassandra Clark
      "Wondering why you should register for the OTN Summit? Listen to Bob Rhubart, OTN Architect Community Manager and Javed Mohammed, OTN System Community Manager explain what their tracks will cover and why you should attend one of the OTN Summits coming up in July..."
      That's a Wrap! FY17 Global Partner Kickoff Webcast Replay Available
      By Ramona Costea
      Ramona blogs, "We hope you were able to join us for the hugely successful OPN FY17 Global Partner Kickoff earlier this week. If you missed the live webcast, read the recap blog post or watch the replay to catch up on Oracle's cloud strategy and objectives for the year ahead. You can choose to watch your region's whole show, or select a specific segment from the 'Regional Resources' section at the bottom of the page..."
      Tiny Werkbank Wants To Help Big Banks Avoid Fintech Disruption
      By Michael Hickins
      Michael blogs, "A few years ago, the CIO of a very large US bank explained to me that he didn't like to do business with startups because they have a hard time scaling to meet the demands of a multinational like his.

      My, how times have changed, as Thomas Vogelbacher can attest.

      Vogelbacher is cofounder of Werkbank, a two-person IT and business process consulting firm whose client roster would make much larger consultancies proud. Based in Switzerland, Werkbank (its German name means 'workbench' in English) has customers in a number of industries but specializes in financial services..."

      IT - AI
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      Companies, Employees Not Quite Ready For Cognitive Technology Wave Of Robotics, AI, Machine Learning
      ZDNet, June 23rd, 2016
      "Forrester Research said job losses due to robotics should be contained to about 7 percent, but the change management with implementing cognitive technologies is going to be tricky...

      Robots, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other cognitive technologies will replace about 7 percent of U.S. jobs by 2025 with office and administrative staff taking the biggest hit, according to a Forrester Research forecast..."

      DARPA is Looking to Make Huge Strides in Machine Learning
      CSO Online, June 24th, 2016
      "The U.S. Defense Department's research and development arm is offering to fund projects that will simplify the massively complex task of building models for machine learning applications.

      Models are a fundamental part of machine learning. Similar to algorithms, they help teach computers to, say, identify a cat in a photo, forecast weather from historical data or sort spam from legitimate email.

      But writing the models takes time and requires many skills. Typically, data scientists, subject matter experts and software engineers all have to come together to develop the model..."

        13 Frameworks For Mastering Machine Learning (Slideshow)
        ComputerWorld, June 25th, 2016
        "Over the past year, machine learning has gone mainstream in an unprecedented way. The trend isn't fueled by cheap cloud environments and ever more powerful GPU hardware alone; it's also the explosion of frameworks now available for machine learning. All are open source, but even more important is how they are being designed to abstract away the hardest parts of machine learning, and make its techniques available to a broad class of developers.

        Here's a baker's dozen machine learning frameworks, either freshly minted or newly revised within the past year. All caught our attention for being a product of a major presence in IT, for attempting to bring a novel simplicity to their problem domain, or for targeting a specific challenge associated with machine learning..."

        SPARC
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        Oracle VM Server for SPARC - virtual HBA (vHBA) enhancements
        By Jeff Savit
        Jeff blogs, "Oracle VM Server for SPARC 3.4 was released in May with enhanced scale and features. One of the areas enhanced was virtual HBA (vHBA), which provides advanced virtual device capabilities and scalability. See the blog entry on enhancements to vHBA. along with a note on controlling LUN assignment..."
        SPARC Solaris Virtualization ROCKS in SAS Analytics
        By Mike Mulkey
        Mike blogs, "A global life sciences company recently undertook a complete infrastructure refresh of its SAS Analytics environment to meet critical business requirements, such as industry compliance, scale for growth and resiliency for non-stop operations . This case study documents the strategic choices and the procedural details involved in modernizing their SAS Analytics environment and demonstrates how SPARC Solaris virtualization ROCKS! (see white paper below)..."
        IT - Storage
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        Top Unified Utility Storage Arrays - DCIG
        Storage Newsletter, June 23rd, 2016
        "DCIG, LLC announced the availability of its 2016-17 Unified Utility Storage Array Buyer's Guide Edition.

        This guide, one of six Utility Storage Array Buyer's Guide Editions produced by DCIG, reviews and ranks 29 unified utility storage arrays from eight providers.

        It provides much of the information that organizations need to make an informed decision about unified utility storage arrays that are intended for use in enterprise environments. These arrays are highly available, support both block and file protocols, scale to at least 75TBs and are available for less than $1,000/TB..."

        Solid-State Drives: 7 Things To Know
        Network Computing, June 23rd, 2016
        "Find out how SSDs stack up to hard disk drives and how they can benefit your data center...

        The storage industry is at a major crossroad. Hard drives have been eclipsed in many areas by solid-state drives and the effects of this now mature technology are rippling across the storage industry, changing everything from software to appliance configurations.

        A few urban myths have grown up during the rapid evolution of SSD storage..."

        Flash-Based Approaches Increasingly Becoming Mainstream For Primary Storage
        Storage Newsletter, June 24th, 2016
        "According to the results of 451 Research's Voice of the Enterprise survey, IT organizations are embracing a range of new, flash-optimized architectures as they continue to transform their storage infrastructures.

        Overall, almost 90% of organizations now have some form of flash-based storage installed in their datacenters, while all-flash approaches are becoming increasingly standard to support transactional applications..."

        Enterprise SSDs: The Case For All-Flash Data Centers
        Enterprise Storage Forum, June 23rd, 2016
        "Adding small amounts of flash as cache or dedicated storage is certainly a good way to accelerate a key application or two, but enterprises are increasingly adopting shared all-flash arrays to increase performance for every primary workload in the data center.

        Flash is now competitively priced. All-flash array operations are simpler than when managing mixed storage, and the performance acceleration across-the-board produces visible business impact..."

        SDS's Impact on the Storage Landscape
        DCIG, June 24th, 2016
        "In the last 12-18 months, software-only software-defined storage (SDS) seems to be on the tip of everyone's tongue as the 'next big thing' in storage. However, getting some agreement as to what features constitute SDS software, who offers it and even who competes against who, can be a bit difficult to ascertain as provider allegiances and partnerships quickly evolve. In this second installment of my interview series with Nexenta's Chairman and CEO, Tarkan Maner, he provides his views into how SDS software is impacting the competitive landscape, and how Nexenta seeks to differentiate itself..."
        Enterprise Storage Goes Inside
        StorageMojo, June 20th, 2016
        "Some interesting numbers out of IDC by way of Chris Mellor of the Reg.... Note that HPE is #1.

        Then the numbers for the external enterprise storage market:...

        Is the internalization of enterprise storage a trend?"

        Magic Quadrant For Structured Data Archiving And Application Retirement - Gartner
        Storage Newsletter, June 24th, 2016
        "Magic Quadrant for Structured Data Archiving and Application Retirement" ...

        "Structured data archiving technologies help IT leaders retire legacy applications, reduce capital and operating expenses, and meet governance and compliance requirements. We evaluate vendors offering products and services that provide archiving for databases and data from enterprise applications.

        By 2018, 80% of structured data archiving vendors will provide integrated support for unstructured content archiving - up from 30% today..."

        Java Technology
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        Why is Java the Most Popular Programming Language?
        By Breanne Cooley
        Breanne blogs, "The tech community recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Java.

        Java is one of the most widely adopted programming languages, used by some 9 million developers and running on 7 billion devices worldwide.

        Grounded in readability and simplicity, Java has staying power since it has long-term compatibility, which ensures older applications continue to work now into the future.

        Since its inception in 1995, various versions of Java have been rolled out.

        The TIOBE Programming Community Index, an indicator of the popularity of programming languages that's updated every month, is placing Java as #1 in its ranking for May 2016...."

        IT - Technology
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        What's Trending Now: 5 Marketing Takeaways From Mary Meeker'S 2016 Internet Trends Report
        Business 2 Community, June 25th, 2016
        "For over 20 years, Mary Meeker has built a career on understanding how the internet works and where it's going next. In 1995, while working for Morgan Stanley, she published her first Internet Report, a tome for investors hoping to buy smartly into the dot-com boom that was occurring at the time. It's worth noting that she did take some criticism for maintaining a rosy outlook in the lead-up to the bubble's inevitable burst and crash, but she swiftly rebounded and pivoted into a return to prominence in the industry. Her reports have continued since that time, offering thorough analysis of internet trends and forecasts about which tech companies are best positioned to succeed moving forward.

        Now, her reports are important for a much wider audience than just investment bankers..."

          Bluetooth 5: Five Things For IT To Know
          InformationWeek, June 20th, 2016
          "Bluetooth 5 promises improvements in speed, range, and application over the current version. Here are five things you need to know about what has been announced, and what it can mean for your enterprise...

          The actual technology won't be rolling out until late 2016, but the announcement June 16 by the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) gave an intriguing glimpse into the capabilities that Bluetooth 5 will bring. Technical details were scarce in the announcement, and InformationWeek will have an analysis of those details when they're available. Until then, here are five things you need to know about Bluetooth 5 and what it can mean for your enterprise..."

            High-End Mobile VR Is Virtually Here
            ComputerWorld, June 20th, 2016
            'Wheeeee! You're riding a flying unicorn down a magic rainbow while kittens and cupcakes rain from the sky. It's all so real.

            Then, suddenly, everything goes black as you unknowingly take one step too many and pull the cable from your virtual reality headset.

            There's a virtual elephant in the living room, and here it is: High-quality virtual reality is going to be literally held back by the need to tether to a console.

            Last week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles offered new ideas (and old) to solve the catastrophic VR tethering problem..."

              These Ultra-Thin Solar Cells Can Be Bent Around A Pencil
              PC World, June 20th, 2016
              "Scientists in South Korea have developed solar cells thin enough they can be bent around a pencil. The cells, which were announced on Monday, could help usher in the use of solar energy in small portable gadgets where space is at a premium.

              The cells are fabricated onto a flexible substrate that is just a micrometer thick-one-half to one-quarter the thickness of other 'thin' solar cells and hundreds of times thinner than conventional cells. A human hair, by comparison, is about 100 micrometers..."

                IT - Bitcoin
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                Bitcoin Exchange Coinbase Adds Paypal Support
                CryptoCoinsNews, June 24th, 2016
                "Bitcoin wallet and exchange Coinbase has revealed new funding methods - PayPal and credit cards, to further enable digital currency transactions and swaps in its exchange. The support for the two new funding mechanisms is currently in beta.

                In a move that can be seen as a further sign that PayPal is dipping its toes into the bitcoin space, a tie-up with digital currency exchange Coinbase will see the latter enable PayPal support for bitcoin selling..."

                New Bitcoin Foundation Director Claasen 'Exactly What Is Needed'
                bitcoin.com, June 20th, 2016
                "The Bitcoin Foundation has 'unanimously' voted for Llew Claasen to be its new Executive Director, replacing the incumbent Bruce Fenton.

                Claasen's appointment was agreed at a vote June 14, the Foundation said in a press release issued today. Members of the board unanimously voted for Claasen to take on the role, with the exception of Vinny Lingham, who abstained due to a 'long business relationship and friendship' with him..."

                IT - DevOps
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                How DevOps Best Practices Improve Team Dynamics
                opensouce.com, June 22nd, 2016
                "I've spent the past few months writing about the small, incremental behaviors that individuals can employ to be more successful. This month, I'd like to highlight team behaviors that I think are critical to having small successes at work. I spent time with one of the AtomicOpenShift (AOS) teams at Red Hat-the Cockpit project.

                Although I spend a significant amount of my time with the AOS teams, I rarely get the chance to work directly with Cockpit. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit with them for a while when we were all in Brno earlier this year..."

                8 Important Tools to Have in a DevOps Toolkit (Slideshow)
                eWeek, June 22nd, 2016
                "With 2016 being the year DevOps is predicted to hit the mainstream, early adopters of the business model soon will see their advantage over competitors gone. It's a matter of time before everyone releases software faster and incrementally, so now companies must practice DevOps better. For the record, DevOps is a set of methods, principles and practices for collaboration and integration between development and IT operations. This collaboration increases agility and reduces friction between development and operations, resulting in faster software/application deployment and quicker problem detection..."
                9 Best Practices for DevOps
                Datamation, June 23rd, 2016
                "It appears that DevOps best practices are more important than ever. Thanks in part to the growth of mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT), enterprise development teams are under increasing pressure to deliver more apps, faster. In December 2015, Gartner predicted that "market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations' capacity to deliver them, by the end of 2017."

                As a result of this mismatch between needs and capabilities, organizations are looking for ways to increase the speed of development. And increasingly, one of the things they are trying is DevOps..."

                DevOps And Automation In The Software-Defined Network
                SearchSDN, June 24th, 2016
                "Software-defined networking allows today's networks to keep pace with DevOps and automation demands, making rapid and reliable software delivery possible...

                DevOps emphasizes the collaboration between software developers and other IT professionals (e.g., server, storage, security and network experts) to rapidly develop, test and release new software..."

                User Identity In Focus As Cloud, Device Use Grows
                devops.com, June 24th, 2016
                "Recently, I had the pleasure of attending SailPoint's Navigate '16 identity management conference. I've always been interested in the identity management aspect of security. Many of the first wave of identity management vendors launched around 1999, when I started covering information security as a full-time focus. These vendors dealt with all of the identity challenges that we deal with today..."
                MySQL
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                Migrate from MS SQL Server to MySQL
                By Alexander Rubin
                Alexander blogs, "In this blog series, I will share my experiences as I migrate commercial databases (i.e., Microsoft SQL or Oracle) to open source (MySQL). More specifically, we will look at how you can migrate from MS SQL Server to MySQL.

                For this first blog post I've chosen Jira database as an example, and used three different tools to migrate Jira database in Microsoft SQL Server to MySQL:..."

                Linux
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                Training Thursdays: BTRFS in Oracle Linux 7
                By Antoinette O'Sullivan
                Antoinette blogs, "Here are some facts about BTRFS for Oracle Linux users:

                • BTRFS is available as a partitioning scheme during the installation of Oracle Linux 7.

                • BTRFS is "production ready" with Oracle Linux.

                • The Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (UEK) includes numerous BTRFS improvements.

                • While BTRFS might have slower write performance than XFS due to its data integrity and copy-on-write functionality, it's benefits often outweigh this impact. This is particularly true for the root filesystem and the filesystem that stores binaries, as they don't require high performance and can be greatly improved through snapshotting, sub volume and send/receive support.

                BTRFS is one of the many topics you can learn about by taking the Oracle Linux 7: System Administration course..."

                IT - Cloud
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                Why Cloud Disruption Will Shift The Dynamics Of IT Budgets
                ComputerWeekly, June 23rd, 2016
                "Cloud computing is set to become one of the most disruptive forces of IT spending since the dawn of the digital age...

                From 2016 through 2020, more than $1tn in compounded IT spending will be directly or indirectly affected by a shift in spending to cloud-based services, according to analyst Gartner..."

                The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache Libcloud V1.0
                Container Journal, June 22nd, 2016
                The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced the availability of Apache Libcloud v1.0, the Cloud service interoperability library.

                Created in 2009, Apache Libcloud enables developers to manage multiple providers' Cloud services through a single, unified, and easy to use application program interface (API). Today, Apache Libcloud has benefitted from strong adoption in the Open Source community and the integrations into public Clouds spanning more than 50 providers including Amazon, Apache CloudStack, DigitalOcean, Google, Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, and VMware...

                Creating A Public Cloud Experience In-House
                Data Center Knowledge, June 21st, 2016
                "The cloud has revolutionized the way we build IT systems within enterprises. Indeed, enterprise IT's goal since the inception of cloud computing has been to replicate the power of cloud computing within their own data centers.

                The trouble is that cloud computing systems were built net-new, which meant they could start from scratch and thus be more innovative with the use of cloud-based resources using the most modern technology and approaches available. Enterprises don't have the same luxury. Decades of enterprise hardware and software purchases exist at di&#64256;erent levels of maturation, and those structures must also support mission-critical systems in operations..."

                Where Does Your Cloud Data Live? 3 Questions To Ask
                HelpNet Security, June 22nd, 2016
                "There's a common thread behind every security pro's cloud-related fears: control. Whether your company's infrastructure revolves around a cloud-centric strategy or regulates cloud projects to a minor scale, the same security concerns dominate every interaction an organization could have with cloud services. Once your data is sent to a cloud provider, or an SaaS vendor using a cloud-hosted application, that company owns your information - on your end, good faith is all that can ensure its security..."
                IT - Wireless
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                The FCC Is About To Take A Big Step To Superfast 5G Networks
                PC World, June 20th, 2016
                "The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will move to open up high-frequency spectrum to not-yet-available 5G mobile services in an effort to bring the superfast wireless connections to U.S. consumers.

                The FCC, during its July 14 meeting, will vote on a proposal to open up a whopping 14 gigahertz of high-band spectrum to unlicensed wireless use, Chairman Tom Wheeler said Monday. Wheeler didn't offer a lot of details about the proposal during his speech..."

                vBeers-SF
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                SFTA/vBeers - Weekly, Informal, IT Networking Events in South Florida
                July 2016 Schedule
                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

                The July Schedule is:

                • Wed July 6th, Twisted Trunk, Palm Beach Gardens
                • Wed July 13th, Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
                • Wed July 20th, Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
                • Wed July 27th, MIA Beers, Doral

                RSVP at meetup.com.

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

                John Mclaughlin, Nicole Ciccone/SFTA

                IT - PM
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                6 Steps To 100% Project Meeting Attendance
                CIO, June 23rd, 2016
                "If we are invited to a meeting, we may dream of skipping it and playing a round of golf or possibly even just getting some productive work done that would otherwise have to wait till later in the day. But if it's our meeting, we are focused on filling the seats. Why? Because if we call a project meeting and we invite people, then we need those people there for the information they can provide or for the information they need to hear. Good, productive meetings are not time wasters. If you are making this happen at every meeting, people will come. Consider these steps...and by consider I mean follow..."
                  14 Best Free Project Management Software Programs 2016
                  TechWorld, June 23rd, 2016
                  "The best free project-management tools for your business 2016.

                  When building a startup or scaling up a small business, project management is key. Here we offer 14 great project management software tools. Even better, all are free. Read on for the 14 best free project management software programs..."

                  IT - Networks
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                  10 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Ethernet (Slideshow)
                  NetworkComputing, June 21st, 2016
                  "Ethernet has been with us for quite a while. In fact, the history of Ethernet goes all the way back to 1973. Despite it keeping its original name for more than 40 years, Ethernet continues to evolve to meet the needs of even the most demanding enterprise networks. But in many cases, IT professionals either aren't using the most Ethernet has to offer, are using it improperly or are unaware of what new features can be implemented. Simply put, many aren't getting the most performance and capability out of their Ethernet LAN investment that they could be..."
                  Big Switch Expands Integration With Vmware In SDN Software
                  eWeek, June 23rd, 2016
                  "The company is updating its Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric by increasing support for VMware and OpenStack environments.

                  Big Switch Networks is adding support for such uses cases as security monitoring, network-functions virtualization and IP storage to its Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric offerings in an effort to expand the reach of its network virtualization technology.

                  The updates, which include deeper integration with VMware's virtualization technologies, support for Red Hat's latest OpenStack platform, additions to Big Switch's DPDK-based service node and support for the latest ASICs from Broadcom, will give enterprises more reasons to adopt software-defined networking (SDN) in their infrastructures, according to Big Switch CEO Doug Murray..."

                  10 Things You Should Know About Deploying A Software Defined Network
                  TechRepublic, June 22nd, 2016
                  "It's early days for SDN deployments, and organizations need to navigate some tricky currents to reap the benefits...

                  The goal of software defined networks (SDNs) is to make networks as dynamic and agile as storage and virtual servers already are. This agility is achieved by using a layer of software that resides on top of network hardware and that enables network administrators to define business rules for network traffic routing. They can then apply these traffic-shaping rules to network routers and other hardware with software so they don't have to go through manual hardware configurations..."

                  Networking Education: Leave Your Comfort Zone
                  NetworkComputing, June 21st, 2016
                  "Whether you're a network engineer looking to advance your career through certifications, self-study, or going back for a degree, you might wonder whether to go for breadth or depth in knowledge. In this age, network engineers should focus on adding expertise outside of their core networking skills. Corporate environments are changing with SDNs, the increasing importance of network security, and networking's growing role as the glue to connect modern container applications. Being isolated in a networking only silo may no longer work. You've heard of full-stack developers. Why not be a full-stack infrastructure professional?..."
                  IT - IoT
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                  IoT Threats Drive Global Embedded Security Shipments
                  Help Net Security, June 24th, 2016
                  "With the rise of IoT, pressure to mitigate cyber risks in connected devices is mounting. Though security is a big concern, connected devices from autonomous vehicles to smart home products often lack it, as it is not a feature given great attention during design and manufacturing.

                  ABI Research projects that this is largely due to economies of scale but anticipates that the world will undergo a swift change to better protect these devices as global embedded security shipments increase exponentially to near 4 billion by 2021..."

                  IoT Spending In The U.S. To Reach $232 Billion In 2016
                  Datamation, June 23rd, 2016
                  "There's no stopping the Internet of Things (IoT), at least according to the latest forecast from IT research firm IDC.

                  In the United States, enterprises are poised to spend $232 billion on IoT technologies this year, including hardware, software, connectivity solutions and services. Further, IDC expects the IoT revenues in the to grow at a very healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 16.1 percent from 2015 through 2019.

                  In 2019, IoT spending in the United States. is predicted to surpass a third of a trillion dollars ($357 billion)..."

                  These Sensors Make IoT Click (Slideshow)
                  CIO, June 24th, 2016
                  "Sensors are at the heart of the Internet of Things, collecting the data that powers wearables and smart cities alike. This week in San Jose, makers of sensors and related gear gathered for the Sensors Expo & Conference. Here's a look at some of these components..."
                  Huge Scale Of Potential Savings In Industrial Internet Of Things
                  insideBIGDATA, June 25th, 2016
                  "Accenture estimates the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) could add $14.2 trillion to the global economy by 2030. Arguably the biggest driver of productivity and growth in the next decade, the Industrial Internet of Things will accelerate the reinvention of sectors that account for almost two-thirds of world output. The Internet has become commonplace for most people within their daily lives. However, when you ask someone what they think of when they hear the word 'Internet', it is likely that they think primarily of their computers and tablets. The Internet of Things, however, is much more than just computers, and it is poised to change everything..."
                    8 Tips to Secure Those IoT Devices
                    Network World, June 20th, 2016
                    "Make sure the Internet of Things isn't a route for hackers to get into your home or workplace..

                    As more and more Internet-connected devices find their way into our homes and businesses, it's important to remember that they represent a security risk. The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing rapidly, and in the rush for convenience, our privacy and safety is often an afterthought. Leaving them unsecured is the digital equivalent of leaving the back door unlocked..."

                    IT - Linux
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                    Fedora 24 Shows Off New Visions Of The Linux Desktop, Cloud, And Containers
                    ZDNet, June 21st, 2016
                    "As a confluence of new apps and devices steadily flow into the enterprise, they're encountering a growing sense that the digital workplace has become too complex and fragmented to be properly effective. What can organizations do?

                    With so much of our business work being done today within digital environments, the overall user experience of the digital workplace as an entity in its own right has recently reached major organizational significance..."

                      Linux Distributions: Recommendations For A Novice
                      ZDNet, June 22nd, 2016
                      "I was recently contacted by someone who owns a Samsung N150 netbook, and who had seen that I have written about owning the same netbook and installing various Linux distributions on it.

                      The reader said that he had given up on Windows on the N150 (good decision), and asked me to recommend a Linux distribution to install on it -- keeping in mind that he is a Linux novice.

                      After writing a rather lengthy reply, it occurred to me that my response might be of more widespread interest, and might serve to spur some interesting discussions. So here's my take..."

                      IT Runs On The Cloud, And The Cloud Runs On Linux. Any Questions?
                      ZDNet, June 24th, 2016
                      "IT is moving to the cloud. And, what powers the cloud? Linux. When even Microsoft's Azure has embraced Linux, you know things have changed...

                      Like it or lump it, the cloud is taking over IT. We've seen the rise of the cloud over in-house IT for years now. And, what powers the cloud? Linux.

                      A recent survey by the Uptime Institute of 1,000 IT executives found that 50 percent of senior enterprise IT executives expect the majority of IT workloads to reside off-premise in cloud or colocation sites in the future. Of those surveyed, 23 percent expect the shift to happen next year, and 70 percent expect that shift to occur within the next four years..."

                      7-Way Linux Distribution Comparison For Summer 2016
                      Phoronix, June 24th, 2016
                      "Given the recent releases of Fedora 24, Solus 1.2, and other GNU/Linux distribution updates, here is our latest performance testing roundabout of seven popular OS releases on the same Core i5 Skylake system.

                      Being tested for the article today included Fedora 24, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Clear Linux 8900, Debian Testing, Solus 1.2, Scientific Linux 7.2, and Antergos 16.6-Rolling. This should provide an interesting assortment of Linux operating systems being tested for this article. Testing OpenSUSE Tumbleweed was also attempted, but the latest build was leading to just kernel panics when attempting to boot the installed system..."

                      Nearly one in three Azure virtual machines now are running Linux
                      ZDNet, June 21st, 2016
                      "Microsoft's self-professed Linux love is helping the company in the cloud.

                      During his keynote at DockerCon 2016 in Seattle today, Azure Chief Technology Officer Mark Russinovich showed off some of the new and upcoming ways Microsoft is adding more container support to its cloud and server products. He also revealed a couple of new interesting datapoints.

                      In the past year, Russinovich said, Microsoft has gone from one in four of its Azure virtual machines running Linux to nearly one in three. The other two thirds of Azure customers are running Windows Server in their virtual machines..."

                      IT - Operations
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                      Leaf-Spine Architecture Meets New Data Center Traffic Demands
                      SearchDataCenter, June 23rd, 2016
                      "Leaf-spine architectures are becoming more popular as businesses attempt to ease data center traffic flow, reduce latency and minimize bottlenecks...

                      Many data centers were built for north to south traffic: information coming from outside the corporate walls to the inside. With data center consolidation, virtualization, hyper-converged systems and new applications gaining traction, data flows are shifting to an east to west movement inside the data center -- for example, from a server to a storage system..."

                        How To Get Paid For Your Data Center Efficiency Project
                        Data Center Knowledge, June 21st, 2016
                        "The incredible amount of energy needed to power data centers is well documented. Globally, data center energy use accounts for three percent of all electricity consumed, a figure that will continue to grow in the coming years. While fueling one of the backbones of our economy, this incredible power usage has resulted in staggering electricity bills and large amounts of pollution associated with producing that energy. To help combat this, utility companies in recent years have been offering incentive programs to data center owners and operators who are willing to make their facilities more energy efficient..."
                          IT - Security
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                          Industry 4.0 Breathes New Life Into Cybersecurity
                          ITProPortal, June 23rd, 2016
                          "A technical evolution has taken place, which has made cyberthreats more potent than at any other time in our history. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, over half of British businesses will suffer cyberattacks by 2018. As businesses seek to embrace Industry 4.0, cybersecurity protection must be a top priority for Industrial Control Systems (ICS). These attacks are financially crippling, reduce production and business innovation, and cost lives..."
                          Gartner's Top 10 Security Predictions
                          Networkworld, June 23rd, 2016
                          "Forward looking IT security pros need to better address known risks, monitor closely the value of shadow IT devices and solve the inherent weaknesses introduced by the internet of things, Gartner says.

                          The consulting firm has taken a look at five key areas of security concern that businesses face this year and issued predictions on and recommendations about protecting networks and data from threats that will likely arise in each.

                          The areas are threat and vulnerability management, application and data security, network and mobile security, identity and access management, and Internet of Things security. Gartner's findings were revealed at its recent Security and Risk Management Summit by analyst Earl Perkins..."

                          What Do Employees Mean To Commercial Security Risks?
                          ITProPortal, June 24th, 2016
                          "Security breaches continue to make front page news on a regular basis, such as those to telecommunications group TalkTalk and social media giant LinkedIn, and it raises the question whether organisations are implementing the right measures to stop this from becoming an everyday occurrence.

                          At the same time cybercriminals are having an increasing presence within our rapidly evolving online society and are adopting new ways of accessing applications and internal systems..."

                          Ethical Hackers: How Hiring White Hats Can Help Defend Your Organization Against The Bad Guys
                          TechRepublic, June 20th, 2016
                          "Businesses and government organisations are starting to recruit ethical hackers to ensure their security processes are up to scratch...

                          Hackers have long held the reputation of gaining unauthorised access to computers for criminal-related activities, such as stealing money, identity, or more commonly these days, just to wreak havoc..."

                          How To Prevent Data From Leaving With A Departing Employee (Slideshow)
                          IT World, June 18th, 2016
                          "It may come as a surprise, but more likely than not, when employees leave a company they're taking company data with them. While it's not always out of malicious intent, the amount of unprotected company information that walks out the door can result in bigger losses in the future..."
                            Unsecured Security Cameras Lead To Privacy Erosion
                            HelpNet Security, June 22nd, 2016
                            "The results of a recent analysis of some 6,000 open security cameras across the United States has shown that 15 percent of them are located in users' private homes.

                            Open cameras are those whose feeds are open to anyone because they are protected with a widely known default password, or not password-protected at all..."

                            Watch This ATM skimmer caught in real-time by a security researcher (video)
                            TechWorm, June 25th, 2016
                            "Have you seen an ATM theft caught on camera real time? This is your chance to see an ATM skimmer in action real-time thanks to a cyber security expert.

                            Cybersecurity expert Benjamin Tedesco who was touring Vienna was hanging out in Main Square, near the metro station when he walked up to an ATM machine. He decided to give the ATM reader a little pull, as he is very suspicious about such machines. The reader came out with a working skimmer that was designed exactly to like the same card slot on the original machine..."

                            IT - Careers
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                            Tech Jobs Report: Security, DevOps, And Big Data Stay Hot
                            InfoWorld, June 22nd, 2016
                            "Foote's latest data suggests security and devops will remain in high demand for some time -- but cloud pay is starting to slip...

                            If you're wondering what IT skill sets to acquire, security and devops are doing well in the job market. Pay for cloud skills, however, is eroding.

                            Research firm Foote Partners' latest quarterly IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index determined that the market value for 450 IT certifications it tracks had increased for 12 consecutive quarters. Market values rose for 404 noncertified IT skills for the fifth consecutive quarter..."

                            Where Are All The Qualified It Workers? (Slideshow)
                            CIO Insight, June 23rd, 2016
                            "With IT emerging as an increasingly essential part of strategic planning within organizations, many companies are planning to expand tech department staffing, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. The resulting 'IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report' indicates that, at the very least, the majority of CIOs will seek to fill vacant positions, and very few intend to reduce IT staffing. Finding the right candidates for available opportunities, however, remains challenging for most CIOs, especially when it comes to the most in-demand tech niches..."
                              How To Answer 'Why Should I Hire You?
                              Business 2 Community, June 23rd, 2016
                              "It's one of the most popular questions in interviews, and also one of the most understandable. Why not hear why your future employee is right for the role straight from the horse's mouth?

                              Why then, does it fill us with so much trepidation? Partly because there's no way of tricking this question, you've just got to believably detail exactly why you're better than all the other applicants for the job. You've got to tell them why what you've got is worth having..."

                                10 Questions To Ask During An Interview (Without Sounding Like A Robot)
                                Business 2 Community, June 22nd, 2016
                                "Once you've aced the interview and answered all the employer's questions it may be tempting to blurt out a quick, 'OK BYE,' but there is one more thing left to do. It is crucial you ask your interviewer a few questions about the company and position to show your interest in the job.

                                You may only have a few minutes to ask your questions so you need to be polished and straight to the point. Sound like a lot of pressure? Not if you prepare!

                                These 10 are loved by interviewers and will also help you decide if the role is really for you..."

                                  7 Ways To Maintain Your Professional Network Without Annoying Your Contacts
                                  Fast Company, June 22nd, 2016
                                  "Ever notice how moving forward in your career comes down to networking? Eighty percent of job openings are never publicly advertised, according to a 2013 Wall Street Journal article. That makes all those business cards you've collected and LinkedIn connections you've made extremely important.

                                  The tricky part, however, is keeping in touch with your network of former colleagues and clients in a genuine way, so you don't come off as self-serving or stalker-like..."

                                    The Top 7 Highest-Paying IT Certifications
                                    TechWorm, June 26th, 2016
                                    "Try one of these 7 highest paying IT certifications and get yourself a megabucks job

                                    After reading our articles on ethical hacking courses, several of our readers requested us to make a post on IT certifications. For those who have not read the old posts, launching a career in information technology (IT) requires some kind of certification preferably from the best in the class..."

                                      IT - Virtualization
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                                      Docker Container Usage Growing
                                      eWeek, June 20th, 2016
                                      "A trio of new reports show positive trends for Docker container adoption, although there is a concern that Docker is too complex to integrate into organizations' environments.

                                      As the DockerCon 16 conference gets underway June 20 in Seattle, users and advocates of the open-source container technology are being bolstered by multiple reports that imply adoption is growing, although there are some challenges to adoption..."

                                      Containers Commanding More IT Dollars, Survey Finds
                                      InformationWeek, June 20th, 2016
                                      "ClusterHQ conducted its second annual survey on container adoption. The results show that IT professionals are putting more containers in production, with more dollars budgeted for the technology.

                                      A high percentage of companies that started out experimenting with containers are now running them in production, and container management is beginning to command a recognizable share of the IT budget, according to a survey conducted for ClusterHQ, a container management software supplier..."

                                      Read My Lips, Says Docker: Containers Aren't VMs
                                      InfoWorld, June 21st, 2016
                                      "A major form of confusion about containers says that they're a next-generation, lightweight replacement for VMs. But container advocates say that's never been the goal

                                      Repeat after me: Containers are not "lightweight VMs." Nor are they meant to replace VMs. Not now, and not anytime soon, either.

                                      That's one of the key messages -- sometimes subtly stated and sometimes not so subtly -- that Docker and its cohorts have been broadcasting for some time about their brave new (well, not totally new) technology..."

                                      Xen 4.7 Includes Live Patching, Other Security Features
                                      eWeek, June 24th, 2016
                                      "The critical open-source hypervisor used by major public cloud providers now enables live patching and incorporates other new features.

                                      The open-source Xen Project issued a major release of its namesake virtualization hypervisor on June 23, with the debut of Xen 4.7, which incorporates live patching and other security features.

                                      Xen is the underlying hypervisor used to help enable the largest public cloud provider in the world, Amazon Web Services (AWS), as well as public clouds from Rackspace, IBM and others. Xen is also widely deployed in private cloud and enterprise production environments..."

                                      IT - Backup
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                                      What Is Enterprise Backup Software?
                                      SeachDataBackup, June 22nd, 2016
                                      "Storage expert George Crump takes a look at the evolution and functions of backup software for the enterprise, including data movement, data management and job management.

                                      Enterprise backup software moves data from a primary storage device to a secondary storage device. In the past, that secondary device was a tape drive. Now, it is more typically a disk device designed specifically for backups. In the data center, backup software has evolved from an application that merely copies data to a highly sophisticated data protection application..."

                                      IT - Big Data
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                                      2 Ways Big Data And Little Data Are The Perfect Couple
                                      SmartDataCollective, June 24th, 2016
                                      "Big Data is so in vogue, that it's at risk of becoming the next 'synergy'. Ah yes, all those wonderful hip words used by executives trying to show just how young and hip they are. While executives wear ball-caps to cover up their bald spot, Big Data is bandied around the Board Room. But what's the point of Big Data if it doesn't actually drive decision-making in an effective direction? Or, worse yet, it's used instead of the tried and true set of smaller data metrics that have driven sales teams and marketing departments for generations?..."
                                      Big Data Or Bad Data? Survey Shows Enterprises Struggle To Manage Big Data Flows
                                      insideBIGDATA, June 22nd, 2016
                                      "StreamSets, the company that delivers performance management for data flows, today announced results from a global survey of more than 300 data management professionals conducted by independent research firm Dimensional Research. The study showed that enterprises of all sizes face challenges on a range of key data performance management issues from stopping bad data to keeping data flows operating effectively. In particular, 87 percent of respondents report flowing bad data into their data stores while just 12 percent consider themselves good at the key aspects of data flow performance management..."
                                      Ten Simple Rules To Use Statistics Effectively
                                      Science Daily, June 20th, 2016
                                      "Under growing pressure to report accurate findings as they interpret increasingly larger amounts of data, researchers are finding it more important than ever to follow sound statistical practices...

                                      For that reason, a team of statisticians including Carnegie Mellon University's Robert E. Kass wrote 'Ten Simple Rules for Effective Statistical Practice.' Published in PLOS Computational Biology for the journal's popular 'Ten Simple Rules' series, the guidelines are designed to help the research community -- particularly scientists who aren't statistical experts or without a dedicated statistician as part of their team -- understand how to avoid the pitfalls of well-intended, but inaccurate statistical reasoning..."

                                        IT - BYOD
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                                        Chromebooks Are The New 'It Just Works' Platform
                                        ZDNet, June 24th, 2016
                                        "Whenever I point out -- just like I did here -- that Chromebooks are a great bit of kit with massive potential, there are people who are quick to point out their shortcomings compared to fully-featured laptops.

                                        They're right. If you want a mobile device that can play games or run heavy-duty applications such as Photoshop, then yes, you need a laptop. Same goes for those who like to have a big, monolithic operating system that they can customize and tinker with. Those people need Windows or macOS or Linux..."

                                        Understanding The BYOD Evolution
                                        ITProPortal, June 22nd, 2016
                                        "At this point, it's inevitable that employees will bring personal devices to work - whether your organisation has a BYOD policy or not.

                                        Users want the ability to use their own phones, tablets and laptops at work, without losing ownership or control, but this should raise some red flags for your company. Concerns with BYOD go beyond basic user-privacy issues; there are serious security and compliance matters that need to be addressed to ensure IT ecosystems are not breached..."

                                        BYOD Can Pose Privacy Risks to Employees
                                        CSO Online, June 23rd, 2016
                                        "Companies that use remote device management software to oversee employee devices used for business have the ability to collect a lot more information than employees may be comfortable with, according to a report released today.

                                        'The intent of these MDM solutions is not to spy on employees, but to monitor for things like malware and general security,' said Salim Hafid, product manager at Bitglass, which produced the report..."

                                        Big Data Can Open Our Eyes To Talent
                                        Business 2 Community, June 25th, 2016
                                        "In 1954, Darrell Huff published 'How to Lie with Statistics,' which went on to become one of the most famous business primers in history. His intent was to explain, in simple terms, the abstruse concepts of statistical methods, their increasing presence in commerce and society, and how they're interpreted. Although modern MBA programs probably don't include Huff's masterpiece in their required reading lists, they should..."
                                          Top10
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                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                          Vol 202 Issue 1, 2 and 3; Vol 219 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4 ; Vol 218 Issue 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:

                                          • New Oracle VM Server for x86 Training: Now Available!
                                          • Oracle is sponsoring Red Hat Summit on June 27-30
                                          • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1 Beta 3
                                          • Oracle - a Force to Be Reckoned with' in the Cloud
                                          • Complexity: The Enemy From Within Most Organizations
                                          • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.0.22 now available
                                          • Get Involved with Java Standards!
                                          • Understanding the MySQL Release Cadence
                                          • OTN Summit - July 12th, 13th and 14th!
                                          • The Holy Grail Webinar Replay: MySQL Database Performance Tuning

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

                                            IT - Encryption
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                                            Bletchley Park In 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking HQ
                                            cnet, June 23rd, 2016
                                            "In a special video production, CNET takes you inside the hallowed halls of Bletchley Park, the stately home in Buckinghamshire, England where the Enigma code was broken in World War II. Our 360-degree tour, embedded below, will take you into the huts, libraries and work rooms of Bletchley, putting you in the office of Alan Turing, and revealing how German wartime encryptions were broken..."
                                              LibreOffice
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                                              LibreOffice 5.1.4 available for download
                                              Document Foundation, June 23rd, 2016
                                              The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.4, the fourth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family, targeted at individual users and enterprise deployments. Users of previous LibreOffice releases should start planning the update to the new version.

                                              For enterprise deployments, The Document Foundation suggests the backing of professional support by certified developers, migrators and trainers.

                                              IT - Developer
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                                              Don't Just Code: Career Advice From The Programming Masters
                                              JavaWorld, June 23rd, 2016
                                              "As a career path, software development couldn't be hotter. Programming languages are proliferating and the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that demand for developers will grow at rate of 17 percent from 2014 to 2024 -- much faster than the 7 percent average for all occupations.

                                              Given that, it's little wonder why students and non-tech professionals are considering a career in programming. But how exactly should would-be developers prepare themselves to take advantage of the growing demand for programmers?..."

                                                IT - HPC
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                                                The 10 Most Powerful Supercomputers In The World (Slideshow)
                                                Network World, June 20th, 2016
                                                "The twice-yearly top500 listing of the world's most powerful supercomputers is out, and even if there are few surprises, the presence of a brand-new system on the top 10 is intriguing. Here's your illustrated list of the 10 mightiest computing machines on the planet, as of June 2015...
                                                  Nexenta News
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                                                  Three Dimensions of Storage Sizing & Design - Part 2: Workloads
                                                  By Edwin Weijdema, Sales Engineer, Nexenta
                                                  In this second post of the multi-post Three Dimensions of Storage Sizing & Design we will dive deeper in the dimension: Use and specifically the application Workloads part. By developing an understanding of the different kind of workloads and their characteristics will enable you to look at your different workloads and determine what impact that will have on the design and sizing. Knowing, understanding and classifying which applications will run as a workload interacting with the storage, gives you an important puzzle piece.
                                                    Veritas News
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                                                    Veritas NetBackup Wins SIIA Business Technology CODiE Award for 2016's Best Storage and Back Up Solutions
                                                    Veritas NetBackup 7.7 Earns Prestigious Industry Recognition
                                                    Veritas Technologies, the global leader in information management, announced its market leading backup solution NetBackup 7.7 prevailed over all of the competing products that were nominated, and is named the Best Storage and Backup Solutions of 2016 by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. The NetBackup platform is trusted by enterprises worldwide to protect cloud, virtual and physical workloads, no matter where the data resides.

                                                    A SIIA CODiE Award, the premier awards for the software and information industries, is a prestigious honor as each award winner was reviewed by a field of industry experts, whose evaluations determined the finalists. SIIA members then reviewed the finalists and their votes were combined with the scores from the industry experts to select this year's CODiE Awards winners.

                                                    Dell News
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                                                    From High Potential to High Growth: Dell 2016 Index Ranks Top 25 Global Cities for Women Entrepreneurs
                                                    Dell, June 22nd, 2016
                                                    At the White House's Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Dell announced findings of the 2016 Women Entrepreneur Cities Index (WE Cities), revealing the top 25 global cities fostering high potential women entrepreneurs (HPWE). WE Cities is the only global gender-specific index that looks at a city's ability to attract and foster growth in firms founded by women entrepreneurs. Cities, instead of countries, were identified in order to show the impact of local policies and programs in addition to national laws and customs.
                                                    Dell Security demonstrates further commitment to the channel, hosting over 230 partners at Dell Security EMEA PEAK16 event in Malta
                                                    Enhancements to Dell Security partner programs
                                                    Dell welcomed more than 230 partners to Malta for its annual Dell Security EMEA PEAK16 event. Attendees heard from Dell's senior leadership and attend business and technical breakout sessions designed to:

                                                    • Help partners increase their security sales year-over-year
                                                    • Develop strategies and solutions to help grow their security practices and enhance profitability
                                                    • Educate partners on up-sell and cross-sell opportunities within the Dell Security portfolio With the goal of ensuring the best possible partner profitability, Dell Security is announcing several enhancements to its partner programs. Included are elements that reward partners for the value they add to identifying, selling and implementing Dell Security Solutions. Updates to Deal Registration include recommended discounts of up to 40% off list price and a newly lowered minimum deal registration threshold to approximately $5,000 to better suit its channel partners in the SMB space. Incremental discounts will also be available to partners with technical capabilities who leverage the Dell Security programs to deliver a proof of concept to their customers...
                                                    Dell SonicWALL Secure Mobile Access 100 Series OS 8.5 Offers Enhanced Security for SMB Mobile and Remote Workers
                                                    Dell, June 21st, 2016
                                                    Dell Security announced the release of Dell SonicWALL Secure Mobile Access (SMA) 100 Series OS 8.5, which provides mobile and remote workers at small- and medium-sized businesses with policy-enforced SSL VPN access to mission-critical applications, data and resources without compromising security. This newest version of the Dell SonicWALL SMA 100 Series OS affords enhanced security to customers by allowing administrators to quickly and easily provision secure mobile access and role-based privileges so workers using smart phones, tablets or laptops (managed or unmanaged) get fast, simple and secure access. At the same time, the solution enables organizations to institute BYOD security policies to protect their corporate networks and data from rogue access and malware.
                                                    Francisco Partners and Elliott Management to Acquire the Dell Software Group
                                                    Dell, June 20th, 2016
                                                    Francisco Partners, a leading technology-focused private equity firm, Elliott Management Corporation, and Dell today announced they have signed a definitive agreement for Francisco Partners and Elliott to acquire the Dell Software Group. The agreement bolsters Francisco Partners and Elliott Management's technology portfolios with the addition of Dell Software's diverse combination of security, systems and information management, and data analytics solutions...
                                                    Dell Launches New High Performance Computing Systems and Unveils New Innovations to Bring Supercomputing Power to Mainstream Enterprises
                                                    Dell, June 20th, 2016
                                                    Dell announced advancements to its high performance computing (HPC) portfolio, including the availability of new Dell HPC Systems, early access to innovative HPC technologies, technology partner collaborations, and successful global customer implementations.

                                                    'While traditional HPC has been critical to research programs that enable scientific and societal advancement, Dell is mainstreaming these capabilities to support enterprises of all sizes as they seek a competitive advantage in an ever increasing digital world,' said Jim Ganthier, vice president and general manager, Dell Engineered Systems, Cloud and HPC.

                                                    IBM News
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                                                    IBM Targets Developers with Powerful In-Memory Database in the Cloud
                                                    IBM, June 23rd, 2016
                                                    IBM announced a new version of its industry leading database software, IBM DB2 V11.1 to help developers easily bridge on-premise applications to the cloud and enable a hybrid data architecture.

                                                    DB2 V11.1 is powerful multi-workload database software that powers the next generation of applications including mobile, advanced analytics, cognitive and highly available transactions. IBM DB2 offers a security-rich environment required for the hybrid world, designed to protect data both in flight and at rest. It also scales to new heights of performance by enabling its in-memory technology to be easily deployed across a massively parallel processing architecture and helping to dramatically improve response times.

                                                    EuropaCorp Taps IBM Aspera for Fast, Secure Collaboration and Distribution of Major Films
                                                    IBM, June 23rd, 2016
                                                    IBM announced that EuropaCorp, a major film producer in France, is using IBM Aspera high-speed file transfer software throughout the production, editing and distribution of major motion pictures to speed collaboration and file exchange between offices and partners.

                                                    Founded by French filmmaker Luc Besson, EuropaCorp produces and distributes English and French-language feature films, including blockbuster franchises such as the Taken trilogy and the Transporter series...

                                                    Cloudsoft Taps IBM Cloud to Give Clients More Privacy and Control Over Data
                                                    Deploys Application Management Software on OpenStack-powered private clouds in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, helping clients build global hybrid cloud environments
                                                    IBM announced that Cloudsoft, a provider of hybrid cloud application management software, will run its flagship product, Cloudsoft Application Management Platform (AMP), on the IBM Cloud. This allows Cloudsoft to expand its global footprint while maintaining privacy and control over its clients' data.

                                                    As part of the agreement, Cloudsoft and its customers can now deploy and manage applications in IBM Blue Box OpenStack-powered private clouds in IBM Cloud Data Centers in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific, helping clients meet their regulatory and compliance needs. Cloudsoft AMP policies can control precisely which components run where - giving clients even more choice and control over where their data is processed. This is key for clients in regulated industries, as it allows them to keep their data in country.

                                                    IBM Releases Next Generation of MobileFirst Foundation Designed for the Cloud
                                                    IBM MobileFirst Foundation 8.0 is built to reduce tedious development cycles and accelerate delivery of powerful mobile experiences in cloud environments
                                                    IBM announced the next generation of IBM MobileFirst Foundation now available on the IBM Cloud to simplify and accelerate enterprise mobile application development. Cloud adoption continues to be a top focus for enterprises. IDC forecasts that cloud IT infrastructure spending will reach $57.8 billion by 2020 accounting for 47.9 percent of the total spending on enterprise IT infrastructure. This move towards a cloud infrastructure requires a mobile application development platform uniquely designed to provide the essential backend services for cloud deployments while enabling enterprises to use the front-end tools of their choice to create powerful mobile experiences with greater speed, security and performance.
                                                    North Star BlueScope Steel Taps IBM Watson and Wearable Devices to Monitor Activity of Workers in Extreme Environments
                                                    IBM, June 23rd, 2016
                                                    North Star BlueScope Steel, a steel producer for global building and construction industries, announced that it is applying IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology and wearable devices to pioneer novel approaches to help protect workers in extreme environments. The IBM Employee Wellness and Safety Solution, a research project that analyzes data collected from sensors in workers' wearables, provides data to North Star management in real time when the technology senses potentially problematic conditions.
                                                    Mizuho Financial Group and IBM to Test Blockchain Technology for Settlements Using Virtual Currency
                                                    IBM, June 23rd, 2016
                                                    Mizuho Financial Group and IBM announced a test of the potential of blockchain for use in settlements with virtual currency. By incorporating blockchain technology into settlements with virtual currency, Mizuho will explore how payments can be instantaneously swapped, potentially leading to new financial services based on this rapidly evolving technology. The pilot project uses the open source code IBM contributed to the Hyperledger Project.
                                                    Medical Imaging Leaders Tap IBM and Watson to Tackle Cancer, Diabetes, Eye Health, Brain Disease and Heart Disease
                                                    Watson Health Medical Imaging Collaborative Attracts Sixteen Leading Health Systems, Academic Medical Centers, Radiology Providers and Imaging Technology Companies
                                                    IBM announced it has formed a Watson Health medical imaging collaborative, a global initiative comprised of more than fifteen leading health systems, academic medical centers, ambulatory radiology providers and imaging technology companies. The collaborative aims to bring cognitive imaging into daily practice to help doctors address breast, lung, and other cancers; diabetes; eye health; brain disease; and heart disease and related conditions, such as stroke.

                                                    Members of the collaborative plan to put Watson to work to extract insights from previously 'invisible' unstructured imaging data and combine that with a broad variety of data from other sources. In doing so, the efforts may help physicians make personalized care decisions relevant to a specific patient while building a body of knowledge to benefit broader patient populations. This information may include data from electronic health records, radiology and pathology reports, lab results, doctors' progress notes, medical journals, clinical care guidelines and published outcomes studies.

                                                    Boots UK Creates Unique Digital Shopping Experience by Developing Mobile App with IBM
                                                    Boots UK is the First Retailer in the World to Roll Out the IBM MobileFirst for iOS Sales Assist App
                                                    Powered by Analytics -- for Colleagues Across Its 2,500 Store Network

                                                    Boots, the UK's leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, and IBM announced that Boots has launched Sales Assist, an IBM MobileFirst for iOS app, across its UK stores to make it easier and simpler for customers to get hold of the products they need.

                                                    IBM Unveils New Bluemix OpenWhisk Tools to Speed Development of IoT Apps on IBM Cloud
                                                    Bluemix OpenWhisk, IBM's serverless computing platform which leverages Docker, will also feature new user interface updates that drive efficiency for developers.
                                                    IBM announced new advancements for Bluemix OpenWhisk, its event-driven programming model which utilizes Docker containers. The new tools will allow developers to build feature-rich, intuitive apps which easily connect into the Internet of Things, as well as tap into advanced services such as cognitive, analytics and more - without the need to deploy and manage extra infrastructure.

                                                    The new tools, NPM Module and Node-RED, will enable developers to more rapidly build event-driven apps, which automatically execute user code in response to external actions and events. IBM will also begin rolling out new updates to the OpenWhisk user experience to make it easier for developers to create these portable, intelligent apps, including step-by-step workflows, new wizards to configure third party services and feeds, and a new editor to manage sequences of actions.

                                                    IBM Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service
                                                    Providing services on the cloud, IBM is positioned the furthest in execution and vision by key industry analysts
                                                    IBM announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned IBM as a leader in the June 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) for the second consecutive year. This year, IBM was positioned the highest in ability to execute and the furthest in completeness of vision.

                                                    IBM offers one of the most comprehensive sets of related professional and managed services. In addition, IBM has a solid provider portal interface in place for configuring a virtual recover data center, recovering servers, and monitoring testing progress and completion, as well as one of the highest percentage of supported hybrid configurations.

                                                    IBM & Acxiom Plan to Help Data Scientists Use Analytics to Obtain Customers and Prospects with Greater Accuracy
                                                    IBM, June 20th, 2016
                                                    IBM and Acxiom announced a planned alliance designed to empower data scientists to make faster and more accurate predictions by providing powerful analytics tools and curated data. Together, IBM and Acxiom will collaborate to help enterprises utilize advanced predictive customer analytics on IBM Cloud combined with extensive datasets to reduce time spent wrangling data, allowing them to focus on delivering key insights and driving growth.

                                                    Data scientists typically spend up to 80% of their time and effort on data preparation, leaving little time for deriving insights. This planned alliance anticipates bringing together capabilities such as curated data sets, a client's customer data and IBM configurable predictive models, all of which help decrease the time to action for these data scientists as well as bringing highly predictive variables to inform decisions on key marketing objectives.

                                                    IBM Named Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software
                                                    Spectrum Protect Reduces Costs of Protecting Data in Hybrid Cloud Environments
                                                    IBM has been recognized as a storage software Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software1. In its Magic Quadrants', Gartner analysts evaluate technology and solutions with an 'Ability to Execute' and a 'Completeness of Vision'.

                                                    IBM has a broad portfolio of data backup and recovery software that helps clients to protect data through a hybrid cloud model or on-premises, and is designed to make back-up and recovery of primary storage economical and dependable. IBM Spectrum Protect, enables advanced data backup and data recovery for virtual, physical, cloud and software defined environments...

                                                    Fujitsu News
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                                                    Fujitsu Components America and CRATUS Technology Release New Reference Design Platform for Industrial IoT Sensor Data Acquisition and Collection Solutions
                                                    Fujitsu, June 21st, 2016
                                                    As part of a joint product development partnership, Fujitsu Components America, Inc. and CRATUS Technology, Inc. today released a complete, edge device platform to expedite the development of Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) wireless sensing and control products for OEM applications.
                                                    Red Hat News
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                                                    Red Hat to Live Stream Red Hat Summit 2016 General Sessions and Press Conference
                                                    Red Hat, June 20th, 2016
                                                    Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced live stream details for Red Hat Summit 2016, taking place in San Francisco from June 27-30, 2016. Red Hat will live stream all general sessions during the event, beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 28, and a press conference at 11:45 a.m. PT on Tuesday, June 28.
                                                    Red Hat Launches Ansible-Native Container Workflow Project
                                                    Community-powered Ansible Container enables complete container creation from Ansible Playbooks, reducing reliance on external Docker tools
                                                    Red Hat announced the launch of Ansible Container under the Ansible project, which provides the leading simple, powerful, and agentless open source IT automation framework. Available now as a technology preview, Ansible Container allows for the complete creation of Docker-formatted Linux containers within Ansible Playbooks, eliminating the need to use external tools like Dockerfile or docker-compose.

                                                    While standardization is emerging for container formats in the form of the Open Container Initiative, the tooling space is still fragmented, with developers often forced to work outside of the enterprise workstream to create and deploy containerized applications. Ansible Container changes this dynamic, by bringing Linux container development into the existing workstream through the easy-to-consume Ansible Playbook, adding cloud-native application development side-by-side with traditional application building.

                                                    Friday Five - June 24, 2016
                                                    Red Hat, June 24th, 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.

                                                    • VentureBeat - Red Hat acquires API management company 3scale, will open-source the code
                                                    • Red Hat Reports First Quarter Results for Fiscal Year 2017
                                                    • Fedora magazine - Fedora 24 released!
                                                    • Red Hat to Live Stream Red Hat Summit 2016 General Sessions and Press Conference
                                                    • Red Hat Unveils Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 with Enhanced Object Storage Capabilities, Improved Ease of Use

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                                                    Red Hat Unveils Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 with Enhanced Object Storage Capabilities, Improved Ease of Use
                                                    Red Hat, June 22nd, 2016
                                                    Red Hat announced Red Hat Ceph Storage 2, the next generation of its open software-defined storage platform. Red Hat Ceph Storage 2, based on the Ceph Jewel release, introduces several new capabilities that enhance support for object storage workloads and promote greater ease of use.

                                                    Ceph was designed from the ground up to enable and support enterprises' digital transformation efforts through web scale object and cloud infrastructures. As an object storage solution, it is well-suited for enterprises with deployments approaching a petabyte of data or more. Red Hat Ceph Storage 2 brings enhanced capabilities for enterprise object storage customers who are demanding scale, increased security, and strong compatibility with industry-standard APIs.

                                                    Red Hat to Acquire API Management Leader 3scale
                                                    Red Hat, June 22nd, 2016
                                                    Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 3scale, a leading provider of application programming interface (API) management technology. By adding 3scale to its existing portfolio, including Red Hat JBoss Middleware, Red Hat OpenShift and Red Hat Mobile Application Platform, Red Hat strengthens its enablement of the API economy with simplified cloud integration and microservices-based architectures.

                                                    "3scale complements our existing middleware product portfolio and Red Hat OpenShift by enabling companies to create and publish APIs with tools such as Red Hat JBoss Fuse, and then manage and drive adoption of those APIs once they have been published..."

                                                    Red Hat Launches New Learning Subscription
                                                    Standard features unlimited access to Red Hat's online training content and certification exams
                                                    Red Hat announced Red Hat Learning Subscription - Standard, a new learning subscription tier featuring unlimited access to Red Hat's full portfolio of online training content and certification exams. Delivered through a combination of online courses, videos, hands-on labs, and expert seminars, the Red Hat Learning Subscription - Standard is designed to help customers accelerate the speed and ease of on-boarding new staff and the adoption of new releases, and access a full learning path leading to certification. The new features of the Standard tier of the learning subscription include expert seminars, instructor office hours, and access to certification exams.
                                                    Fedora 24 Now Generally Available, Delivers New Cloud and Container Features
                                                    Adds OpenShift Origin and developer mode for Fedora Atomic Host to drive containerized application development and deployment
                                                    The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc., sponsored and community-driven open source collaboration, announced the general availability of Fedora 24, the first 2016 release of the fully-open Fedora operating system. As with previous Fedora releases, Fedora 24 comprises a set of base packages that form the foundation of three distinct editions: Fedora 24 Cloud, Fedora 24 Server, and Fedora 24 Workstation.

                                                    At a foundational level, Fedora 24 now includes glibc 2.23 for better performance and improvements to POSIX compliance and GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 6. All base packages have been rebuilt with GCC 6, providing better code optimization across all Fedora 24 editions and improving the overall stability of each addition.

                                                    Red Hat Reports First Quarter Results for Fiscal Year 2017
                                                    Red Hat, June 22nd, 2016
                                                    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended May 31, 2016.

                                                    'Digital transformation and cloud computing are changing the way companies compete in virtually every industry today. Organizations that rapidly embrace agile IT technology are succeeding as industry innovation accelerates around them. Our open source-based technologies are helping customers capture the business benefits associated with this rapid rate of change,' stated Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. 'Strong adoption of our technologies has been reflected in our total revenue growth including 18% year-over-year growth in Q1 that was driven in part by 39% growth of our Application Development-related and emerging technologies.'

                                                    EMC News
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                                                    EMC Accelerates Data Center Support for Containers with RackHD Machine Driver
                                                    Latest Container-Focused Open Source Project from EMC {code} Further Enables Software-Defined Data Centers on Bare Metal
                                                    EMC Corporation announced RackHD Machine Driver, a hardware-agnostic solution for open deployment of Docker solutions directly on bare metal. The RackHD Machine Driver is an integration with Docker Machine to manage the lifecycle of physical servers for the Docker Engine and future Docker solutions. This new project enables users to easily embrace Docker containers on bare-metal servers and simplify the deployment of software infrastructure by combining the power of a turnkey-supported container platform with RackHD hardware management and orchestration. It is the latest project in a series of container-focused solutions from the EMC {code} team supporting developer and open source communities.
                                                    VCE VxRail Appliances Customer Adoption Exceeds Expectations
                                                    EMC, June 20th, 2016
                                                    EMC Corporation announced customer adoption of the VCE VxRail Appliance is exceeding expectations. VxRail Appliances are the only hyper-converged infrastructure appliances that are jointly engineered with VMware and are fully integrated, preconfigured, and pre-tested for VMware environments. With sales in more than 45 countries in less than four months VxRail Appliances are delivering simplicity, scalability and automation at the right price point for small/midsize data centers and for enterprise departmental and edge environments.

                                                    IT organizations in industries including finance, government and public sector, retail, technology, healthcare and manufacturing and distribution are choosing VxRail Appliances because of their:...

                                                    HP News
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                                                    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Unveils Software Defined High-Performance Computing Platform
                                                    New Software Platform Delivers Simplicity, Speed and Flexibility
                                                    Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced new high-performance computing (HPC) solutions, including a comprehensive software-defined platform, enhancements to its Apollo servers, as well as, a new ANSYS computer-aided engineering (CAE) software based solution designed to help manufacturing organizations optimize their design simulation deployments.

                                                    Once the domain of academics and research institutions, HPC is rapidly making its way into industries like energy, life sciences, financial services and manufacturing. While organizations in these industries recognize the technology's strategic importance, perceived complexity and diversity of HPC environments may appear to outweigh the business benefits. Today's HPE announcement dramatically simplifies the deployment and management of HPC solutions, ensuring companies of all sizes can now accelerate their HPC projects and create competitive differentiation for their business.

                                                    Brocade News
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                                                    Brocade Network Helps DLT Solutions Accelerate Its Growth Trajectory
                                                    Brocade, June 23rd, 2016
                                                    "Brocade announced that DLT Solutions, a leading technology partner to the public sector, has selected New IP networking technologies from Brocade to help scale its network and support the growth of the company.

                                                    The new Brocade-powered network delivers and secures DLT Solutions' mission-critical applications, including customer relationship management and financial systems. The network also provides DLT Solutions with an infrastructure that can easily adapt to the dynamic growth of its five business divisions..."

                                                    Comcast News
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                                                    Comcast Business Brings Full Network and Communications Services Suite to North Creek Business Park Clientele
                                                    Over 250 businesses to benefit from access to scalable, high-performance Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi and advanced voice services
                                                    Comcast Business announced a million-dollar expansion of its network into the North Creek Business Park located in the city of Bothell, Washington. With this expansion, more than 250 companies in the communications, transportation and technology industries in the business park now have access to Comcast Business's comprehensive portfolio of advanced communications services.
                                                      Comcast Business Announces More Than $9 Million Investment to Expand High-Performance Gigabit Ethernet Network in Virginia
                                                      Comcast, June 22nd, 2016
                                                      Comcast Business announced it will invest more than $9 million over the next year in a major expansion of its fiber-based network in diverse areas across Virginia, reaching more than 3,000 businesses. Capable of delivering up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of network capacity in most areas, the fiber optic Ethernet network expansion will support advanced services and give the company the ability to bring new customers, ranging from small and medium-sized organizations to large enterprises, online more quickly..."
                                                      Windstream News
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                                                      Windstream and BroadSoft team up to bring customized Virtual PBX to hospitality market
                                                      New customized solution allows hoteliers to fully integrate and unify communication management systems
                                                      Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, and BroadSoft, a global unified communication software as a service (UCaaS) leader, announced the availability of a new customized Virtual PBX and unified communications solution for the hospitality industry. Announced at HITEC, a large hospitality technology tradeshow, the new Virtual PBX for Hospitality solution offers scalability, flexibility and simplicity on a single unified platform hosted in an enterprise-class data center and accessible through the cloud.

                                                      The hospitality industry including leading hoteliers can take advantage of Virtual PBX for Hospitality to manage simple to complex voice and data solutions that increase productivity, streamline operations and deliver best-in-class guest services. The new offering aligns with Windstream's commitment to deliver customized solutions and includes:...

                                                      Netapp News
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                                                      NASA Johnson Space Center Protects Critical Data with NetApp
                                                      AltaVault enables NASA to protect mission-critical data, optimize cloud footprint and drive down cost
                                                      'With one of the largest cloud footprints of any U.S. federal government agency, NASA had very specific requirements for how to support its backup to the cloud initiatives,' said Phil Brotherton, vice president, Data Fabric Group at NetApp. 'Following a proof of concept trial, NASA determined AltaVault was the best choice to protect its data, optimize its cloud footprint, and drive down cost.'

                                                      NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC) has served as a hub of human spaceflight activity for more than half a century. It is home to the nation's astronaut corps, the International Space Station mission operations, the Orion Program, and a host of future space developments. The center plays a pivotal role in enhancing scientific and technological knowledge to benefit all of humankind.

                                                      NetApp Flash Accelerates Docker Ecosystem with Native Storage Integration
                                                      Complete flash storage portfolio support for NetApp Docker Volume Plug-In provides customers solid-state performance with true deployment flexibility
                                                      NetApp announced the integration of its flash storage portfolio, including the NetApp SolidFire SF series, All Flash FAS (AFF) and EF-Series, with the NetApp Docker Volume Plug-In (nDVP). This native Docker plug-in allows containerized applications to easily maintain state by consuming persistent storage from NetApp. This capability enables Docker developers and operators to take advantage of NetApp's robust all-flash storage and data management primitives.
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