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Oracle News
Oracle OpenWorld offers AI and next-gen IaaS capabilities
The USB Port, September 8th, 2016
"Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2016 will be held on September 18, 19, 20, 21, and 22 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. The world's largest enterprise technology conference will offer themes focused on artificial intelligence (AI), next-generation IaaS capabilities, big data, and more.

The annual Oracle convention held in September takes place in San Francisco, California; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Shanghai, China. It's aimed at business decision-makers, IT management, and line-of-business end users.

Attracting as many as 60,000 visitors and followed online by up to 7 million people, the program for Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco includes keynotes from Oracle executives and partners as well as sessions and workshops..."

Oracle Buys LogFire
LogFire is a provider of cloud-based warehouse management applications
On September 6, 2016, Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire LogFire, a provider of cloud-based warehouse management applications. LogFire's built-for-the-cloud solution provides an integrated warehouse, inventory and workforce management platform that easily scales with increased volume and complexity.

Supply chain organizations are under enormous pressure to capitalize on evolving business trends such as omni-channel fulfillment, integrated logistics and dynamic sourcing, while simultaneously increasing efficiency and reducing costs. To meet these challenges, Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Cloud offers a broad suite of innovative applications that enables organizations to modernize their supply chain processes. The addition of LogFire will complement the logistics functionality of the Oracle SCM Cloud by adding cloud-based warehouse management capabilities.

Oracle to report fiscal Q1 numbers September 15
SearchEnterpriseDesktop, September 9th, 2016
Oracle will report its fiscal first-quarter numbers on September 15. The quarterly report is due after the market close, with the consensus calling for earnings of $0.58 per share. During the same period last year the company earned $0.53 per share, and the stock is up 11.0% on the year.

Technical Analysis

ORCL was recently trading at $40.56, down $1.44 from its 12-month high and $7.43 above its 12-month low. Overall technical indicators for ORCL are bullish and the stock is showing signs of a possible trend reversal. The stock has recent support above $40.25 and recent resistance below $41.50.

Expiration Date of Tender Offer for NetSuite Inc. Shares Extended to October 6, 2016
NetSuite used to manage a business's operations and customer relations
Oracle Corporation (NYSE: ORCL) announced that it has extended its tender offer in connection with the acquisition of NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) until October 6, 2016 to facilitate the completion of outstanding antitrust reviews that are necessary before the tender offer can be consummated.
Move Over Mobile, AI Has Arrived
AI has implications across nearly every consumer activity and within every industry and marketplace.
Reggie Bradford writes in Forbes, "Chatbots, newsfeeds, conversational interfaces, data-mining tools, location-aware technologies, search engines, smart appliances, and self-driving cars. What do all these have in common? They all use a form of artificial intelligence (AI).

After years of talk and hype, AI is being used to help automate tasks, predict outcomes, and in general make our lives and businesses more effective and efficient. We have entered the Age of AI..."

Customer Experience In The Spotlight At Oracle OpenWorld
By Rick O'Herron
Rick writes in Forbes, "Improving customer experience (CX) has moved to the top of the CEO's agenda. Organizations are under pressure to innovate and deliver better products and services faster to please fickle consumers, who are empowered with price information at their fingertips and can switch brands instantly. Leaders are pushed to grow the business while also striving to create wonderful customer experiences that create loyal, profitable customers.

Technology can level the playing field regardless of company size or location. But building a competitive advantage in the digital age means excelling at using data. How can data help you provide better customer service and upsell new products? Are your teams effective at engaging customers while internally communicating across programs, channel boundaries, and geographies? What are you doing to help create a superior experience for your customers?"

Beware Of Biases In Machine Learning: One CTO Explains Why It Happens
The Enterprisers Project, September 8th, 2016
"Computers are only as good, or as bad, as the people who program them. And it turns out that many individuals who create machine learning algorithms are presumably and unintentionally building in race and gender bias. In part one of a two-part interview, Richard Sharp, CTO of predictive marketing company Yieldify, explains how it happens..."
Weka - An Interface To A Collection Of Machine Learning Algorithms In Java
jaxenter, September 7th, 2016
"Machine learning may sound futuristic, but its not. Speech recognition systems such as Cortana or Search in e-commerce systems have already showed us the benefits and challenges that go hand in hand with these systems. In our machine learning series we will introduce you to several tools that make all this possible. Next stop: Weka..."
    IT - Storage
    Wikibon sticking to server SAN takeover idea
    The Register, September 5th, 2016
    "The August 2016 Wikibon report "Server SAN Readies for Enterprise and Cloud Domination" repeats the message of its Server SAN Research Project 2014 report, saying that "storage is moving inexorably from traditional storage arrays to Server SAN in a server rack."

    The report summary says the world-wide Server SAN market added $1.25bn revenue in 2015 to $2.5bn, up from revenues of $1.25bn in 2014, with overall growth of 99 per cent.

    Nutanix, VMware and EMC (with ScaleIO) were the leading vendors, accounting for 43 per cent of the market, with ScaleIO growing 3.5x from 2014 to 2015..."

    Object Storage Leading The Advancement Of Software Defined Storage
    architectingIT, September 7th, 2016
    "Software Defined Storage (SDS) is one of those terms that has been readily hijacked by vendors over the past few years. The term developed from the adoption of Software Defined Networking (SDN), used to define the separation of control and data traffic in the networking world that provides the abstraction needed to deliver more efficient network management and to virtualise network functionality. Where SDN was reasonably easy to define, SDS has been less clear. Looking at the SDS Wikipedia page, there is far less detail there than that for SDN, with only a vague definition of what SDS characteristics should be..."
    Java Technology
    It's the end of the line for Oracle's Java browser plug-in
    Web browsers are becoming more streamlined and modern. To that end, Oracle will depreciate its Java plug-in.
    "Oracle will remove its browser plug-in from future Java releases, which is in keeping with an industry-wide trend toward eliminating plug-in support from most major browsers. Ongoing security concerns and advances in web technologies have led vendors and developers, including Oracle, to look for alternatives to traditional plug-ins.

    Several major vendors have either removed or announced their intentions to remove plug-in support from their desktop browsers. This development started with mobile device browsers, which lacked plug-in support from day one, but Microsoft led the way with plug-in-free desktop browsers. Its new Edge browser in Windows 10 came without plug-in support. Internet Explorer still supports plug-ins, but by all accounts, IE is on its way out the door..."

    IT - Technology
    Coming Soon: Faster, Longer-Range Bluetooth 5
    ComputerWorld, September 10th, 2016
    "A new version of the Bluetooth wireless spec will be coming to devices soon, giving users faster connectivity among devices over longer distances.

    The new version, Bluetooth 5, is a big upgrade over Bluetooth 4.2, the current specification. In a clear line of sight, the range of Bluetooth 5 could stretch to 400 meters, said analysts at The Linley Group in a research note this week. That means users could connect a smartphone to a Bluetooth speaker that may not even be visible..."

      IT - Bitcoin
      Inside The Zcash Audit: Why The Anonymous Blockchain Project Spent $250K On A Trial By Fire
      CoinDesk, September 9th, 2016
      "A venture-backed cryptocurrency with the promise to provide truly anonymous transactions is scheduled to launch in beta today, a move that will mark the latest in a detailed and expensive process to help ensure as many bugs as possible are removed before its blockchain supports real transactions.

      Created from a fork of the bitcoin blockchain, Zcash is designed to cloak the addresses of both the counterparties participating in a transaction as well as the amount transacted..."

      Bitcoin Still Has More Buyers Than Sellers (And That's All That Really Matters)
      CryptoCoinsNews, September 10th, 2016
      "More buyers than sellers, consistent headline coverage, new announcements: these are just some of the reasons why, despite volatility introduced to the market by a recent Bitfinex hack, the Bitcoin price remains stalwart and should have no problem taking out previous highs within 1,000 days..."
      Bitcoin Thrives In Countries Focusing On Financial Inclusion Efforts
      NEWSBTC, September 7th, 2016
      "It is not surprising most of the countries seeing success in the financial inclusion department are busy areas for Bitcoin as well...

      Financial inclusion is not a topic most developing countries in the world can deal with right now. In some regions, very few people have convenient access to a bank account. However, thanks to the boom in mobile smart devices, financial inclusion becomes easier to achieve. In fact, the countries focusing on these efforts are also seeing a significant Bitcoin growth as of late..."

      Five Big Myths About The Bitcoin Blockchain
      TechRepublic, September 6th, 2016
      "The blockchain is eternal. Every transaction logged to the encrypted and open public ledger technology is cryptographically locked, frozen in an inalterable public record. The code is the foundation of much-hyped cryptocurrency Bitcoin, as well a number of fascinating, if speculative, startups. The business and cultural potential of the blockchain excited business and developer communities, but technological reality of the code is often misunderstood..."
      How Blockchain Will Disrupt Your Business
      CIO, September 5th, 2016
      "There are still challenges to overcome, but blockchain technology stands poised to rewrite how business is conducted if its potential is achieved. Are you ready?

      Like mobile and cloud, blockchain - first implemented in the original source code of bitcoin in 2009 - stands poised to profoundly disrupt business. If it lives up to its promise, it won't just be financial institutions that are disrupted..."

      Santander: Bitcoin Could Become A Huge Risk To Banks In Future, September 10th, 2016
      "Two researchers from Spanish financial group Banco Santander S.A. have released a report concerning the benefits of Bitcoin versus credit cards and traditional bank services. The 10-page paper details the increasing risk for traditional financial management as cryptocurrency solutions become more popular..."
      The Blockchain: An Experiment In Governance Without Power
      Business 2 Community, September 10th, 2016
      "Bitcoin's unique ecosystem of peers and stakeholders stands in stark contrast to most other human organizations.

      The voting public is accustomed to issues being settled by aggregated winner-take-all votes, and executive edicts enforced by the state. Meanwhile in the corporate world, directives are issued down a hierarchy, and those who do not comply with them are ultimately fired.

      But the same rules and attitudes do not define the governance of blockchain ecosystems..."

      IT - FOSS
      Libreoffice 5.2.1
      The Document Foundation, September 7th, 2016
      "The Document Foundation (TDF) has celebrated the opening session of LibOCon with the announcement of LibreOffice 5.2.1, the first minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family.

      LibOCon is a showcase of the project activity, and will feature over 60 talks in three days, covering development, QA, localization, ODF, marketing, community and documentation, a business session in Czech focused on large deployments of LibreOffice, and a meeting of the Open Source Business Alliance (OSBA)..."

      Open Source Technology Gains Steam In Data Center, But Challenges Loom
      SeachDataCenter, September 9th, 2016
      "Despite new developments with the Open Compute Project and other groups, challenges remain when it comes to open source implementation in the data center. Explore them with these FAQs...

      As open source technology evolves over the years, a community of developers and IT teams from around the world have shared software code and hardware specs. But a lack of unification and vendor support has, in some cases, stalled its adoption in the enterprise..."

      IT - DevOps
      Delivering On The Promise Of Devops: Learning To Build For 'Fast And Easy'
      The VAR Guy, September 8th, 2016
      "Earlier this year, Gartner research showed that 60 percent of organizations are using or will soon use DevOps. Businesses are adopting bimodal IT - relying both on traditional (slow) IT and newer methods that deliver faster time-to-market and continuous improvement of business technology. DevOps, one of the most popular new philosophies, provides IT services quickly to support innovation and faster development of new features.

      There is no doubt that DevOps accelerates the deployment and rapid evolution of business technology and delivers numerous advantages such as:.."

      Powering Up Your Devops To Deliver Real Agility, Not Just Speed
      ITProPortal, September 9th, 2016
      "Successfully implementing a DevOps model requires giving thought to the three standard components of all businesses - people, process and technology...

      The goal of DevOps is to increase agility by enabling incremental releases of code in an almost continual delivery cycle, breaking away from the 'old way' of releasing large code updates on an annual or bi-annual basis. But in doing so, it is crucial that these incremental releases do not negatively impact the operational (production) environment, and hence the user experience..."

      Rugged Devops: Build Security Into Software Development
      Infoworld, September 8th, 2016
      "Devops improved software development and deployment. Rugged devops brings together security pros, developers, and operations to deliver better application security faster..

      Devops is transforming how developers and operations teams work together to deliver better software faster. At its core, devops is about automation. When several tasks in development, testing, and deployment are automated, developers can make changes to code and deploy to production frequently. Amazon, a leading devops proponent, at one point claimed to have more than 1,000 deployments a day..."

      MySQL Connector NET
      For .NET Core 1.0
      Gabriel Valencia, "It is exciting times! Recently Microsoft released .NET Core 1.0, a cross platform implementation of the .NET Framework. .NET Core works on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux and is fully open source!

      We wanted to enable users of Connector/Net to be able to use .NET Core so we have been working hard for the past few months to make our provider fully .NET Core compatible. Because .NET Core does not yet fully replace the traditional .NET Framework, we will continue to ensure our provider is compatible with both frameworks..."

      MySQL Connector/NET 7.0.5 m4
      Development Release has been released
      Gabriela Martinez blogs, "MySQL Connector/Net 7.0.5 is the second development release that expands cross-platform support to Linux and OS X when using Microsoft's .NET Core framework. Now, .NET developers can use the X DevAPI with .NET Core and Entity Framework Core (EF Core) 1.0 to create server applications that run on Windows, Linux and OS X. We are very excited about this change and really look forward to your feedback on it!..."
      MySQL Connector/J 6.0.4
      Supports both JDBC 4.2 API and the new X DevAPI
      Alex writes, "We are pleased to announce the next development release of MySQL Connector/J 6.0 which supports both JDBC 4.2 API and the new X DevAPI.

      MySQL Connector/J 6.0.4 can be downloaded from the official distribution channels MySQL Downloads (see the 'Development Releases' tab) and The Central repository. MySQL Connector/J source is also available on GitHub.

      As always, we recommend that you check the CHANGES file in the download archive and/or the release notes to be aware of changes in behavior that might affect your application..."

      Cloud Computing
      The Cloud of Change - How IT Roles Will Look 5 Years Out
      By Nicole Fornacon, Marketing Director, EMEA/APAC, Oracle University
      Nicole writes, "It's the 2020s. You've commuted to the office in your titanium flying car, to be greeted by a robotic receptionist. You've traveled to your virtual, interactive desk which serves you a tall coffee and scans the morning's to-do list onto your retina.

      Or maybe not.

      Just as we're still waiting for the paperless office to arrive, the workplace of the foreseeable future will probably still be an open-space, with a wood or metal desk, as well as human colleagues.

      But according to futurists, and human resource specialists, there's a strong chance that in 5 years' time, your job will be very, very different..."

        Oracle Database Cloud Service: My First Experience with the Cloud
        By Dr. Christoph Burandt, Senior Principal Instructor, Oracle University
        Christoph blogs, "'Going to the Cloud' - what does this mean for databases, as well as database administrators? The main difference between this new way and the previous way: the database storage and memory is not any more located 'on premises' (that means locally located at my office or company site.)

        The new approach uses a data center as storage location for the creation of a Database as a Service DBaaS, which is also named as Database Cloud Service (DBCS).

        Each database also has it's own shape, which is VM provided, with an eligible number of OCPUs and RAM..."

          Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase and Demogrounds
          At Oracle OpenWorld
          Zeynep blogs, "we are hard at work because there are only 2 weeks left to Oracle OpenWorld 2016 ! We have amazing range of Conference Sessions and Hands on Labs we wrote about in our previous Friday spotlight blogs. This week, we want to focus on demogrounds and showcase area that features our products Oracle Linux, Oracle VM, VirtualBox, Secure Global Desktop and OpenStack for Oracle Linux.

          In addition to Oracle demopods, we have eight IHV and ISV partners that will be showcasing their products in our area. Amitego AG, Solution-Soft, SGI, Niksun, Zimbra, HDS, Fortinet and MicroFocus will all talk about their solutions with Oracle Linux and Virtualization products. Oracle Linux, Virtualization and OpenStack Showcase is located at Moscone South Exhibition Hall, Booth: 1901..."

          IT - Cloud
          60% Of Workloads Headed For The Cloud, 451 Research Says
          Information Management, September 8th, 2016
          "Enterprise IT executives expect 60% of workloads will run in the cloud by 2018, according to a new report from 451 Research. The firm's survey of more than 1,200 IT buyers worldwide conducted in May and June 2016 shows that 41% of all enterprise workloads are now running in some type of public or private cloud.

          Among the various types of cloud deployment models, enterprises are most likely to use on-premises private cloud and software as a service (SaaS), each accounting for 14% of all applications..."

          9 SaaS Pitfalls to Avoid (Slideshow)
          InformationWeek, September 5th, 2016
          "Shifting to cloud application providers requires companies to step carefully. Here are 9 potential problems that can prevent a smooth transition...

          The cloud has won. While on-premises software will continue to exist, cloud computing has so much to recommend it that organizations cannot afford to ignore it.

          Clearly, they aren't. In 2016, spending on public cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) hardware and software is forecast to reach $38 billion worldwide, according to Statista, and to rise to $55B in 2026..."

          Cloud Computing Grows Up, One API At A Time
          ZDNet, September 9th, 2016
          "As the shift from the traditional world of monolithic enterprise applications accelerates, a host of new problems are arriving.

          And one of them could be hiding serious issues for anyone considering making the shift: many of the cloud services we're using as core elements of our business infrastructures weren't initially designed to be components.

          That's a significant problem for your next application..."

            Cloud-Based Storage Services Use Cases Vary, Customers Skeptical
            SearchStorage, September 8th, 2016
            "A lot of companies use cloud-based storage services, but many approach this relatively new storage resource with caution.

            Storage pros are venturing into the cloud for a variety of reasons, but mostly to augment their installed data storage infrastructure, according to our latest TechTarget Research survey data..."

            Don't Trust Your Cloud Service Until You've Read The Terms
            ComputerWorld, September 7th, 2016
            "Earlier this year I switched to Android from iPhone and from Verizon to Google's Project Fi. My blog post about the experience generated a vigorous discussion comparing Google's privacy guarantees to Apple's.

            The summary of the argument presented to me is that Apple is in the business of hardware and has no interest in monetizing data. By contrast, Google is a 'big data company' and it does monetize data.

            Android, by its nature, may be more vulnerable to malware than iOS. Switching from iPhone to Android does not mean that one is suddenly giving up all of their private data to Google to monetize..."

            Engineering Firm Uses Cloud Storage To Speed File Loads, And Then Unplugs Its Mpls Net
            Network World, September 7th, 2016
            "Moving to Panzura also facilitated the migration from AWS to Azure and helps safeguard against ransomeware..."

            Woodard & Curran is a $200 million integrated engineering, science, and operations company based in Portland, Maine, but has offices scattered across the country. Kenneth Danila, Director of Information Systems, recently helped migrate the company to a cloud based storage system from Panzura to eliminate long delays in sharing huge engineering files, and that shift enabled the company to swap out its expensive MPLS network..."

            Hybrid Cloud isn't Cloudy Enough, Suggests New Forrester Data
            TechRepublic, September 6th, 2016
            "The best hybrid cloud providers are failing in the public cloud, perhaps because they're not cloudy enough...

            It hasn't been a good year for the private cloud, and the Forrester Wave for Global Public Cloud Platforms isn't going to make it any better. With Forrester acknowledging it had previously under-projected the torrid growth of public cloud spending - the new total 23% higher at $236 billion by 2020 - the private cloud remains the province of 'suckers'..."

              IT - CxO
              7 Things Great Managers Do
              Business 2 Community, September 8th, 2016
              "Front line managers have a tremendous impact on the performance of companies. They often times find themselves in complex situations with high expectations placed upon them by company executives. Regardless of how a manager is chosen or promoted, their choices on how to spend their time will have the biggest impact on the performance of the staff that report to them. Let's explore seven of the most important focus areas..."
              Embarking On A Mission To Explore Emerging Technology
              CIO Dashboard, September 9th, 2016
              "Why are some companies fearless when it comes to exploring and experimenting with emerging technology while other companies need a proverbial push? For example, a scant 8% of companies in our Digital IQ survey said disruption is the main drive of digital. Companies that expect and embrace disruption don't wait for a particular business problem to solve before they begin experimenting with emerging technology. They dive in..."
                Overcrowding In The C-Suite
                CIO, September 9th, 2016
                "Remember when the C-suite was a simple, uncrowded place? There was a CEO with business strategy, growth and vision responsibility, and a CFO who oversaw the financial side of the business. Rounding it out, there was (sometimes) a COO who managed operations. And that was often it - a small trio of leaders who shared the job of driving the business forward. Today's packed C-suites look quite different..."
                Survey Says! 3 Surprising IT Facts
                Network World, September 7th, 2016
                "A sneak peek at the Spiceworks 2017 State of IT Report offers confirmation of cloud growth, insight on pricing and a surprising level of geopolitical chauvinism...

                I'm always interested in Spiceworks' annual State of IT survey of hundreds of IT folks around the world. Last year I wrote about results indicating that PCs continue to top IT hardware investments. Well, the 2017 report isn't out yet, but the company has release a few teaser findings, which still piqued my interest..."

                  The Future Of Innovation Management Software
                  ComputerWorld, September 7th, 2016
                  "If you're involved in managing innovation for your organization, you're likely working with some form of enterprise innovation management software, or you're in the process of selecting a solution that can best support your needs.

                  To help you think about future needs with regard to managing innovation, I have identified five areas where I believe today's innovation management software needs to evolve to support the ever-expanding needs of the business with regard to digital transformation..."

                  ITPalooza 2016 - The Fifth Annual Gathering of South Florida's IT Community
                  Thursday, December 8th, 2016
                  The Signature Grand - Ft. Lauderdale

                  Sponsors include Centrify and Tesla

                  It is with great pleasure and to tremendous fanfare that we announce ITPalooza '16. Ticket and sponsorship sales are now open!

                  This year ITPalooza has an exciting new venue and an all-day format. We are offering an all-day VIP lounge as well as focused speakers tracks, hiring Fair and Vendor exhibit.

                  As always, we are offering FREE Toys for Tots tickets with a donation of unwrapped new toys. Want all-day access to our exclusive VIP lounge? Then our VIP ticket option is for you.

                  Keynote sponsors include Amazon Web Service (AWS) and Centrify.

                  Visit the website, peruse our sponsors, stop back for updates and get your tickets early!

                  The South Floirda Technology Alliance (SFTA)

                  vBeers @ Broward - Funky Buddha Brewery
                  Wednesday, September 14th, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                  Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry!

                  The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami.

                  These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida.

                  vBeers start at 6PM

                  Wednesday, September 14th @ Funky Buddha Brewery

                  Pleaase register @

                  John McLaughlin, SFTA

                  vBeers @ Boca - Biergarten Boca
                  Wednesday, September 21st, 2016: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                  Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry!

                  The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami.

                  These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida.

                  vBeers start at 6PM

                  Wednesday, September 21st @ Biergarten Boca

                  Pleaase register @

                  John Mclaughlin, SFTA

                  IT - DR
                  IT Disaster Recovery: Flooding Lessons Learned
                  Information Age, September 8th, 2016
                  "Natural disasters can cause havoc for businesses with data centres in affected areas, and it is essential to have a data recovery plan in place to mitigate the risks...

                  We all know that computers and water don't go together. So every year when we see the news that whole towns or regions in the UK are flooded - whether it's York, Manchester, Leeds or Cumbria - CIOs, CTOs and IT managers should feel shivers going down their spines..."

                    IT - PM
                    10 Characteristics Of Great Project Briefs
                    Business 2 Community, September 7th, 2016
                    "One of the first things that we need to start a project is a project proposal or a brief. Most projects don't achieve anything close to their potential because either their briefs are too prescriptive or the people working on the project are not fully immersed in the project.

                    I recently watched a video created by Bassett & Partners where they interviewed some stellar creatives from the advertising industry to understand what they thought about brief's that they get as creative professional - what works and what doesn't..."

                      OpenWorld on your smartphone and tablet
                      By Keith Laker
                      Keith, "Hopefully, you have seen the comprehensive data warehouse guide for #oow16 in iBook and PDF formats which contains links to the latest data warehouse videos, a calendar for the most important sessions and labs and a section that provides profiles and relevant links for all the most important data warehouse presenters. For this year's conference I have made all this information available in an HTML app that runs on most smartphones and tablets..."
                        IT - Networks
                        Implementing secure WANs in the cloud age
                        Network World, September 8th, 2016
                        "Over the past few years most organizations have significantly increased their reliance on the Internet, primarily due to the outsourcing of utility applications like email, unified communications, ERP, CRM, etc. to SaaS providers. Cloud-based applications provide IT organizations with an agile and cost effective means for expanding the range of services they provide and delivering new productivity tools requested by teams, departments or lines of business..."
                        Types Of Network Cables: Tips For Network Professionals, Lesson 1
                        Search Networking, September 5th, 2016
                        "Different types of networking cables are the backbone of a network's infrastructure. Selecting the right type is critical, as enterprise network admins deploy new technologies...

                        The types of network cables employed in any network infrastructure is one of the most important aspects of networking, and it has become increasingly critical with the introduction of newer technologies, such as blade servers, virtualization, network storage devices, wireless access points and more..."

                        Understanding Sdn Components And Where They're Going
                        SearchSDN, September 9th, 2016
                        "What is SDN, and how does it differ from NFV? In part two of this series, IT expert Andrew Froehlich explains SDN technologies and where we can expect to see them in the future...

                        In any discussion surrounding the topic of next-generation networking, network functions virtualization and software-defined networking are undoubtedly part of that conversation. In part one of this series, we sought to explain what NFV is, and where virtual network functions, or VNFs, fit into the equation. In this article, we will turn our focus toward SDN to tell you what it is, how the approach differs from NFV and where SDN components are being implemented in current enterprise networks..."

                        Wireshark 2.2.0 Is Out As The World's Most Popular Network Vulnerability Scanner
                        Softpedia, September 7th, 2016
                        "Today, September 7, 2016, the development team behind the world's most popular network protocol analyzer, Wireshark, has proudly announced the release of a new major stable version, namely Wireshark 2.2.

                        After being in development for the past couple of months, Wireshark 2.2.0 has finally hit the stable channel, bringing with it a huge number of improvements and updated protocols. For those of you who have never heard of Wireshark, we want to shed some light and say that it's an open-source network vulnerability scanner used by security researchers and network administrators for development, analysis, troubleshooting, as well as education purposes..."

                        Lights Out! Why IT Shops Are Disabling Wireless AP LEDs
                        Network World, September 8th, 2016
                        "Having seen all sorts of makeshift fixes - from post-it notes to bandages to condom wrappers - used to block wireless access point LEDs from beaming and sometimes blinking, some IT shops have begun turning off the lights altogether even though it can make their jobs a little tougher..."
                          Troubleshooting Network Issues In An Era Of Reduced Visibility
                          Search Networking, September 7th, 2016
                          "As networks become more complex, fundamental monitoring tools are losing their currency. But it's still possible to retain visibility and keep users happy...

                          The first step in fixing anything is admitting you have a problem.

                          Denial is a significant factor in IT tools addiction and we too often ignore creeping self-deception. It's one thing when a new IT technology emerges that requires unique tools, but it's something different and deeply upsetting when essential and unsung tools we've relied on for decades begin to fail us. And as we bet our businesses on cloud, software as a service (SaaS) and hybrid IT, venerable tools as basic as traceroute are becoming obsolete. How can admins begin troubleshooting network issues in an increasingly opaque environment with decreasing administrative authority?.."

                          IT - IoT
                          8 Ways IoT Manufacturers Can Improve Security (Slideshow)
                          Dark Reading, September 9th, 2016
                          "There are ways to improve security in IoT devices - and it all starts with IoT manufacturers.

                          This was one of the findings of research on home and wearable technology done by the Online Trust Alliance (OTA).

                          The OTA found that when manufacturers follow the security and privacy principles outlined in the organization's new IoT Trust Framework, many, if not all, of the reported vulnerabilities in IoT devices can be avoided..."

                          Backup: Safeguarding The Internet Of Things
                          ComputerWorld, September 8th, 2016
                          "A wind farm in California. An aircraft factory in Germany. An auto body fabrication plant in Ohio. Seemingly as different as their geographical locations, all have one thing in common: they are all connected to the Internet of Things.

                          The Internet of Things, or the IoT, is at the heart of a new industrial revolution connecting machines, devices, information, and people. The IoT is an online network of sensors, often embedded in machines, that goes far beyond the popular notion of connected gadgets in a 'smart home.' Although the IoT does encompass the home, that's only one endpoint in a vast ecosystem bearing incredible potential. Every process, from design through manufacture, whether in the home or elsewhere, stands to be profoundly influenced by the IoT in the coming years..."

                          Beware The Internet Of Things Hype
                          ComputerWorld, September 9th, 2016
                          "The "Internet of Things" is a misnomer. Maybe that's why Internet of Things forecasts are often exaggerated...

                          Now that we've connected nearly every person on the planet, the focus has shifted to connecting things.

                          No doubt more and more things will be connected to the internet. However, as I discussed in a previous post, predictions about the scale and pace of growth are inflated. This is partly because the 'Internet of Things' is a misnomer..."

                            Enterprise IoT vs. Consumer IoT
                            Datamation, September 8th, 2016
                            "Enterprise IoT requires manageability and security to a degree not always required in consumer IoT.

                            From wearable devices to computer sensors that monitor the manufacture of products and water accumulation for farmers, the era of the Internet of Things is here. Consumers want their FitBit, Apple Watch or other device to capture the most accurate and timely results, but effectively deploying enterprise IoT devices in business is a whole other matter..."

                            Managing And Securing The Internet Of Things
                            Information Age, September 8th, 2016
                            "A report by Gartner predicts that by 2020 21 billion devices will be connected through the Internet of Things, and IT departments will have to cope with the additional strain on their networks..

                            The rise of connected devices in the IoT age has transformed how businesses approach operations.

                            The IoT is on the verge of transforming the digital marketplace, and is set to dominate the way we live and work.

                            By 2020, 21 billion connected IoT devices will outnumber users with laptops, tablets, and smartphones by more than 3 times, according to a report by Gartner..."

                            The Right Time and Place: Data's Enabling Role in Enterprise IoT
                            insideBIGDATA, September 10th, 2016
                            "In this special guest feature, Veli-Pekka Luoma, Director of Advanced Analytics for IoT at Comptel, takes a close look at the upward trajectory for the Internet of Things industry and how this new technology opens the door to exciting gains in operational efficiency and service opportunity. Veli-Pekka has the responsibility for connecting Comptel's superior capabilities in data processing and advanced analytics with Internet of Things (IoT) opportunities..."
                            IT - Linux
                            5 Lightweight Linux Desktop Environments
                            LinuxAndUbuntu, September 9th, 2016
                            "Do you own an old PC, like the ones that came with windows XP? Well, you don't have to dump them just yet as they can be brought back to life with these lightweight Linux desktop environments. These desktop environments are characterised as lightweight because they consume lesser resources than other popular desktop environments with feature-rich experiences. Here are all of these lightweight Linux desktop environments..."
                            IT - Operations
                            Using DCIM To Meet Energy-Efficiency Goals
                            GVN, September 9th, 2016
                            "Life for government data center operators under the Data Center Optimization Initiative is a bit like retrofitting an airplane with the latest technologies -- while in midflight. Over the next several years, all federal data centers are under mandate to make changes and add new technologies to improve:

                            • Energy metering
                            • Power usage effectiveness (PUE)
                            • Virtualization
                            • Server utilization and automated monitoring
                            • Facility utilization

                            At the same time, data center managers must ensure that the infrastructure on which their agencies and the nation rely continues to operate at the highest level..."

                            IT - Security
                            Avoiding The Blame Game For A Cyberattack
                            Dark Reading, September 9th, 2016
                            "How organizations can develop a framework of acceptable care for cybersecurity risk.

                            CISO's crave it, senior executives need it, and boards of directors demand it. What is it? Exculpability - being held free from blame. Why do they need it? Because in a world where perfection is impossible to achieve, exculpability is what will ultimately protect reputations in the wake of a serious cyber attack..."

                            A USB Device Makes It Easy to Steal Credentials from Locked PCs
                            Ars Technica, September 8th, 2016
                            "Snatching the login credentials of a locked computer just got easier and faster, thanks to a technique that requires only $50 worth of hardware and takes less than 30 seconds to carry out.

                            Rob Fuller, a principal security engineer at R5 Industries, said the hack works reliably on Windows devices and has also succeeded on OS X, although he's working with others to determine if it's just his setup that's vulnerable. The hack works by plugging a flash-sized minicomputer into an unattended computer that's logged in but currently locked. In about 20 seconds, the USB device will obtain the user name and password hash used to log in to the computer. Fuller, who is better known by his hacker handle mubix, said the technique works using both the Hak5 Turtle ($50) and USB Armory ($155), both of which are USB-mounted computers that run Linux..."

                            Flaws In Network Management Systems Open Enterprise Networks To Attacks
                            Help Net Security, September 8th, 2016
                            "For quite a while now, Rapid7 researchers Tod Beardsley and Deral Heiland have been looking for vulnerabilities in various Network Management Systems (NMSs).

                            With the help of independent researcher Matthew Kienow, they found over a dozen vulnerabilities affecting nine different NMS products: Castle Rock SMNPc, CloudView NMS, Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold, ManageEngine OpUtils, Netikus EventSentry, Opmantek NMIS, Opsview Monitor, Paessler PRTG, and Spiceworks Desktop..."

                            Lessons Learned From Wordpress Attacks
                            Network World, September 6th, 2016
                            "I traveled from VMworld to the lab last Wednesday, and during that time, something infected two websites I control.

                            I suspect the servers were used as part of a Syn Flood attack. The servers, both using WordPress, would come up and serve their web pages, but then they would quickly run out of cache by processes that were difficult to track..."

                              People Know They Shouldn't Click On Links But Do It Anyway
                              Network World, September 8th, 2016
                              "Blatant nosiness is the reason why email users click on the links embedded within electronic messages, according to university researchers.

                              This new evidence, discovered in a study, throws into question the basic premise behind phishing. That presumption is that when an iffy email looks like it comes from a legitimate organization, but contains a link to a bogus website where financial details are guzzled by bad guys, that gullible people are being bamboozled by the apparent legitimacy of the email..."

                                The New Security Mindset: Embrace Analytics To Mitigate Risk
                                Dark Reading, September 5th, 2016
                                "Sure, conducting a penetration test can find a weakness. But to truly identify key areas of risk, organizations must start to think more creatively, just like today's hackers.

                                You'd be hard-pressed to find a business or IT leader today who would deny the importance of cybersecurity. But awareness is different from having the resources and strategy to combat them. In trying to keep pace with end users' expectations for fast roll-outs of the latest technology, the fight to ward off cyber threats has become more strenuous and stressful..."

                                  Use Ransomware to Get Security Buy-In, Says Trend Micro CTO
                                  ComputerWeekly, September 6th, 2016
                                  "Ransomware is one of the top cyber threats to business, but organisations should use that to engage stakeholders and review processes and defences, says Trend Micro CTO Raimund Genes..

                                  Ransomware is an opportunity to get everyone involved because it is not vague or 'estoteric' like advanced persistent threats, he told the Cloudsec 2016 conference in London.

                                  Trend Micro research indicates that 44% of UK companies have been hit by ransomware in the past 24 months, and almost a third of those were hit more than once..."

                                  Why You Need Tiered Security Training For IT Staff (Video)
                                  CSO Online, September 9th, 2016
                                  "What's the difference in training for IT staff members and the IT security team?

                                  In an earlier post discussing security awareness training, I discussed the failings of general security awareness training for end users at companies. When it comes to training the IT staff about security, there are also some gaps. A lot of effort goes into certification and advanced training for specified security team members, but that leaves out a lot of other IT staff members (the help desk, for example), often the front-line team when it comes to dealing with cyber-attacks on end users..."

                                  Look The Other Way: DDoS Attacks As Diversions (Video)
                                  Dark Reading, September 10th, 2016
                                  "Joe Loveless of Neustar talks about how DDoS attacks are shifting from simple disruption to more sinister continuous threats, and advises on what the new intents are. For example, the bad guys are even now using DDoS as diversions for other attacks such as malware insertions. What should you do about it?..."
                                    IT - Careers
                                    10 Tech Skills That Will Earn You More Money (Slideshow)
                                    ComputerWorld, September 10th, 2016
                                    "It's a great time to be in tech. According to data from Dice, technology salaries in the U.S. rose to an average of $96,370 per year. That's a 7.7 percent increase and the biggest year-over-year jump in average tech salaries since Dice began tracking this data over 10 years ago.

                                    In addition, Dice also reports a jump in salaried positions, contract rates and bonuses from 2014. In seven major-metro areas, tech salaries averaged in the six-figure range for the first time in the past decade. As of August, these are the top 10 highest paying and fastest growing IT skills, according to research and data from Dice..."

                                      5 Ways IT Leaders Can Lure Top Tech Talent
                                      InformationWeek, September 9th, 2016
                                      "Attracting top tech talent can be a challenge, especially at a time when competition is fierce for a limited supply of qualified applicants. Here are five tactics that can be effective...

                                      The FBI has had trouble recruiting the kind of technical talent it needs to compete with cyber-criminals. So the agency is trying to be more "cool," according to The Washington Post. But its hiring rules, which disqualify applicants who have used marijuana within three years of their employment application, have apparently limited the agency's appeal among hackers..."

                                        7 Tips For Making A Good Impression At Your New Job
                                        CIO, September 6th, 2016
                                        "The first month in a new job is arguably one of the most critical, as it can set the tone for your entire tenure with the company. Your actions and reactions can make or break your reputation at your new company and can impact your entire career, says Todd Dean, co-founder and CMO of mobile employment app Wirkn. Here are Dean's six tips for making your first month at a new role one of your best..."
                                          Automation Technologies And The Future Of Work
                                          Wall Street Journal, September 9th, 2016
                                          "Automation is now increasingly applied to activities requiring cognitive, physical, and social capabilities...

                                          Last year, McKinsey launched a multi-year study to explore the potential impact of automation technologies on jobs, organizations and the future of work..."

                                          'Can we look forward to vast improvements in productivity, freedom from boring work, and improved quality of life?,' its initial article on the study asked, or 'Should we fear threats to jobs, disruptions to organizations, and strains on the social fabric?'

                                            What Motivates Different Generations Of Employee?
                                            Business 2 Community, September 8th, 2016
                                            "One of the hardest things about managing a team is understanding the correct approaches to take to motivate employees. For some individuals, it is simply financial incentives which motivate them not only to work hard but to push themselves and take their careers to the next level, whilst for others, money isn't everything and the likes of flexible working, the opportunity to work from home from time to time or corporate days out are far more suited..."
                                              IT - Social Media
                                              The Who, What, Where, Why And How Of Social Media Strategy
                                              Business 2 Community, September 8th, 2016
                                              "If you can't see the wood for the trees when it comes to your social media channels, perhaps you need to take a step back and create, then implement an effective social media strategy. As with any form of marketing a well devised strategy is central to maximising the outcome of your social media efforts, however it's important that you don't plunge headlong into pumping out content on your social channels without clarifying these key factors"
                                                IT - Database
                                                8 Ways To Fine-Tune Your SQL Queries (For Production Databases)
                                                SmartDataCollective, September 7th, 2016
                                                "In organizations that operate without a data warehouse or separate analytical database for reporting, the only source of the latest and up-to-date data may be in the live production database. When querying a production database, optimization is key. An inefficient query may pose a burden on the production database's resources, and cause slow performance or loss of service for other users if the query contains errors. Hence it is important to optimize your queries for minimum impact on the database's performance..."
                                                Database Corner: Beginner's Guide To MySQL Storage Engines
                                                SmartDataCollective, September 10th, 2016
                                                "When a database is created, one often overlooked but critical factor in performance is the storage engine (particularly as the database grows). In many instances, the temptation is to just accept the default and continue on developing your project. This can lead to unexpected negative impacts on performance, backups, and data integrity later in the application life cycle, such as when your team implements analytics and MySQL dashboards.

                                                To avoid these potential pitfalls, we are going to take a closer look at some of the most widely used storage engines supported by MySQL (as of version 5.7)..."

                                                IT - Big Data
                                                10 Best Practices In Big Data -- Endpoint Input Validation/Filtering (Slideshow)
                                                Information Management, September 7th, 2016
                                                "The popularity of Bring Your Own Devices practices has greatly increased the threat level to big data, according to the Cloud Security Alliance report on the '100 Best Practices in Big Data Security and Privacy'. Users should ensure that the source of data is not malicious and - if it is - should filter malicious input materials generated by that source. Here are the Alliance's recommended practices to achieve the best-possible input validation/filtering results..."
                                                Big Data In The Developing World
                                                Information Age, September 8th, 2016
                                                "The many crises facing developing nations can be solved as more and more people from these countries acquire mobile devices, contributing to the pool of big data...

                                                In the West, marketers and corporations are using big data to sell consumers more (and more expensive) stuff, from diapers to electronics.

                                                But in the developing world, big data is being used to save lives, with researchers beginning to take full advantage of the ability of smart devices to gather and send data, and the ability of advanced software to analyse that data..."

                                                Big Data Is Already A $46 Billion Market, But You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
                                                PC World, September 6th, 2016
                                                "Big data has been a big buzzword for more than a few years already, and it's got some solid numbers to back that up, including US$46 billion in 2016 revenue for vendors of related products and services. But the big data era is still just beginning to dawn, with the real growth yet to come.

                                                So suggests a new report from SNS Research, which predicts that by the end of 2020, companies will spend more than $72 billion on big data hardware, software, and professional services. While revenue is currently dominated by hardware sales and professional services, that promises to change: By the end of 2020, software revenue will exceed hardware investments by more than $7 billion, the researcher predicts..."

                                                For Big Data Insights, All You Have To Do Is Ask
                                                Information World, September 7th, 2016
                                                "Big data isn't really about the data - it's about the questions we ask, and how we ask them. The era of big data is evolving rapidly. Today it's moving beyond the complexities of data analytics, and, like all things tech, it's moving from the domain of a back-end priesthood of specialists to the front line of business users.

                                                The prevailing myth about big data is that it's the size of the data sets that make it 'big.' And to an extent, that's true. By collecting and analyzing exceedingly large amounts of data from multiple sources, it is possible to derive intelligence and spot trends that would not otherwise be visible..."

                                                Fulfilling The Promise Of Big Data: How The Third Network Can Enable A New Era Of Connected Services
                                                ITProPortal, September 7th, 2016
                                                "The Big Data revolution has been brewing for some time now, and is set to explode over the next few years. IDC has predicted that the market will grow by 50 per cent between 2015 and 2019, from $122 billion to $187 billion.

                                                But Big Data brings with it a big problem for networking infrastructure. The clue is in the name. Big Data is big, both in terms of size and geographical extent. Over the same 2015-19 period, again according to IDC, the global Digital Universe of data will expand from 10 Exabytes to over 30 Exabytes..."

                                                The Biggest Mistake Companies Make In Big Data
                                                Business 2 Community, September 5th, 2016
                                                "How many times have you heard someone comment, 'the data says this' in support of their argument? It's a common enough phrase, pre-dating the rise of big data, but what many companies don't realize is that it can be detrimental to their business to rely on such a phrase.

                                                IBM reports that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created every day. That's a mind-blowing amount of data, but even more astonishing is the fact that 90% of all existing data has been created in the last two years. But at the end of the day, data is just data. It tells us what is and nothing more..."

                                                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                Vol 222 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 221 Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4Vol 222 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 221 Issues 2, 3, and 4
                                                We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                • Next Generation Solaris Technology at Oracle OpenWorld 2016
                                                • How Uber Engineering Massively Scaled Global Driver Onboarding
                                                • Oracle Service Cloud August 2016 - Now Generally Available (GA)
                                                • PaaS 4 SaaS webcast on-demand
                                                • MHA (Master High Availability Manager and tools for MySQL) Quick Start Guide
                                                • Big Data SQL Quick Start. Schema on Read and Schema on Write
                                                • The Java Trove: Part I
                                                • Security Learning Subscription - Preview for FREE Now!
                                                • Updated whitepaper: Optimizing Oracle VM Server for x86 Performance
                                                • ODA X6-2S/M NOW Support SE/SE1

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

                                                  IT - Encryption
                                                  Cryptographic Key Reuse Remains Widespread In Embedded Products
                                                  Dark Reading, September 6th, 2016
                                                  "Nine months after SEC Consult warned about the reuse of private keys and certificates in routers, modems, other products, problem has grown worse.

                                                  Nine months after application security services provider SEC Consult warned about widespread reuse of cryptographic credentials in embedded products like Internet routers, gateways and modems, the problem only appears to have gotten worse, not better..."

                                                  Quantum Computing Has The Cybersecurity World White-Knuckled
                                                  CSO Online, September 7th, 2016
                                                  "As quantum computers inch closer to reality, experts are sweating over their potential to render many of today's cybersecurity technologies useless. Earlier this year the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology issued a call for help on the matter, and this week the Global Risk Institute added its voice to the mix.

                                                  Because of quantum computing, there's a one-in-seven chance that fundamental public-key cryptography tools used today will be broken by 2026, warned Michele Mosca, co-founder of the University of Waterloo's Institute for Quantum Computing and special advisor on cybersecurity to the Global Risk Institute. By 2031, that chance jumps to 50 percent, Mosca wrote in a report published Monday..."

                                                  IT - Server
                                                  Energy Storage Capacity Spending To Increase Six-Fold By '24
                                                  ComputerWorld, September 5th, 2016
                                                  "New research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts massive growth in the energy storage market, first in utilities and then in corporations seeking to reduce their overhead costs.

                                                  The "Global Energy Storage Forecast, 2016-2024" shows that the annual investment in energy storage systems will increase six-fold to $8.2 billion in 2024.

                                                  Over the same period, about 45 billion watts (81 gigawatt hours/GWh) of energy storage capacity will be installed globally, excluding pumped hydroelectric systems..."

                                                    Sysadmins: Poor Capacity Planning Is Not Our Fault
                                                    The Register, September 5th, 2016
                                                    "Our latest reader survey was a little different to usual. Normally we research new stuff like the latest hot technologies and ideas. On this occasion, though, we looked at a discipline that's been around for decades - capacity planning.

                                                    The aim was actually to investigate how well existing processes, techniques and tools in this area were coping with some of the latest dynamics and growth-rates that readers have told us about in other studies. What we discovered, however, was that many don't even have what we might arguably describe as 'the basics' properly covered. Indeed, the most common approaches to capacity planning remain over provisioning and "winging it", ie, relying on instinct/vigilance and the odd spreadsheet..."

                                                      What To Do When The Cloud Eats Your Hardware Vendor
                                                      Network World, September 6th, 2016
                                                      "How Dell, HPE and IBM are dealing with cloud disruptors Amazon, Microsoft and Salesforce...

                                                      In the first quarter of 2016 Amazon reported that revenue for its Web Services division grew 64% from the same period a year earlier. reported a 33% increase in revenues compared to a year earlier.

                                                      Meanwhile, global storage revenues declined 32% between 2007 and 2015 and server revenues dropped 13%, according to research firm Forrester. The trend is clear: Cloud revenues are up, on-premises hardware revenues are down..."

                                                      Finegrained JShell Integration in NetBeans IDE
                                                      By Geertjan Wielenga
                                                      Geertjan blogs, "In addition to the generic JShell integration in NetBeans, discussed yesterday, there's more finegrained support enabling project-specific JShell snippets to be run. That means, depending on how you organize your life, no "build" will be needed anymore when you try out your code. Just hack a snippet together, run it in JShell, when/if it works, move it to your project.

                                                      Each project, whether Maven-based or Ant-based, will have an "Execute Java Shell" menu item, which is shown below. When that menu item is clicked, a new VM is created, which has access to the project's path, including project-specific JShell snippets, as discussed below..."

                                                      Nexenta News
                                                      Nexenta Announces NexentaFusion 1.0 Community Edition and NexentaStor 5.0
                                            , September 1st, 2016
                                                      Lyle Smith writes in, "Nexenta has announced the availability of the enterprise and community edition of NexentaFusion 1.0 and version 5.0 of NexentaStor, the company's OpenSDS solution. Featuring an intuitive user-interface, efficient workflows, DevOps friendly self-documenting REST APIs and rich storage analytics, NexentaFusion 1.0 and NexentaStor 5.0 are designed to save on operational costs.

                                                      Touted as being able to simplify the deployment and operation of Software-Defined Storage infrastructure at any scale, NexentaFusion 1.0 uses a single pane of glass to manage multiple NexentaStor appliances. NexentaFusion also has intuitive provisioning and configuration workflows, and features advanced analytics dashboards for pro-active alerting and simple troubleshooting...."

                                                      Hosting + Cloud Strategies = Software-Defined Data Center Disruption
                                                      Nexenta Webinar: Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 at 11:00 PDT (18:00 GMT)
                                                      Live from 451 Research's Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS), join Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO at Nexenta, Chris Orlando, Co-Founder and CSMO at ScaleMatrix, Ganesh Padmanabhan, Sr. Director of Enterprise Solutions Sales, Strategy & Business Development at Dell, and Al Sadowski, 451's very own Research Vice President, Infrastructure analyst. This dynamic panel will offer insights into how enterprise Big Data, Internet of Things and cloud computing are driving demand for greater flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness in the data center.

                                                      Attend to hear from global industry leaders about their collaboration and their diverse perspectives on the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). You'll learn about the latest service provider market trends and data, real world customer success stories as well as how Software-Defined Storage has played a pivotal role in helping clients choose the right platform and performance criteria for a variety of IT workloads.

                                                      Staying Ahead of the Curve - Tech Updates from Nexenta and Western Digital
                                                      Nexenta Webinar: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 at 9:00 PDT (16:00 GMT)
                                                      The only thing you can count on in technology - and life - is change. And change is good! Join this webinar with Nexenta and Western Digital to learn how your options for all-flash software-defined-storage are growing! Learn about the many game-changing technology updates delivering real cost-savings, flexibility and high-performance for customers large and small.

                                                      Michael Letschin, Field CTO at Nexenta and Steve Wilkins, Product & Solutions Marketing at SanDisk, a Western Digital brand will discuss:

                                                      • The new features of NexentaStor 5.0
                                                      • NexentaFusion 1.0 for simplified storage management and analytics
                                                      • Updates to InfiniFlash
                                                      • The power and cooling savings PLUS high performance with All-Flash SDS
                                                      • New Reference architectures and easy to order bundles


                                                      Veritas News
                                                      Sky Improves Storage Efficiencies with Veritas Technologies
                                                      Leading European entertainment company increases efficiency and achieves 73% drop in backup administration time with Veritas
                                                      Since partnering with Veritas Technologies, the global leader in information management, Sky has increased efficiency and freed staff time to focus on strategic IT transformation projects using NetBackup, NetBackup Appliances and Information Map. To help other customers achieve similar success, Veritas has announced today that it is offering a free trial of the Information Map for qualifying NetBackup customers.

                                                      Sky is Europe's leading entertainment company that relies heavily on technology to provide the broadest range of content to its 22 million users. To improve service delivery, Sky prioritised visibility into its company data and being able to backup and quickly recover business-critical information. However, the reliance on some legacy tape-based backup systems resulted in IT scaling issues and staff inefficiencies.

                                                      Through the NetBackup Converged Platform, Sky is able to protect its information, and at the same time, identify opportunities throughout its environment to optimise information storage and reduce risk in as little as 24 hours.

                                                      Veritas Launches Feature Pack 5 for Backup and Recovery Solution Backup Exec 15
                                                      Instant recovery for VMware and Hyper-V, customizable cloud connector, support for Cloudian HyperStore and SQL
                                                      Veritas Technologies LLC announced Feature Pack 5 for Backup Exec 15, its data protection solution for mid-sized organizations. Backup Exec delivers flexible, and easy-to-use backup and recovery for the entire IT infrastructure regardless of platform: virtual, physical and cloud. With this release, administrators can migrate their backup smoothly to the cloud while adhering to critical DR processes without increasing complexity. They can also improve their recovery times for virtual environments and minimize the downtime of critical services within the company...
                                                      Cisco News
                                                      Sony Pictures Networks Ups the Fight on TV Piracy with Cisco
                                                      Protects Premium Channel Distribution with Cisco VideoGuard Everywhere and Cisco Integrated Receive Decoders
                                                      Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is launching several new HD channels in the Indian market to further expand the entertainment options for its viewers. SPN has chosen Cisco VideoGuard Everywhere to secure their primary content distribution to a wide variety of devices.

                                                      SPN, which handles the diversified interests of Sony Pictures in India, includes a motion pictures corporation (MSM Motion Pictures), television distribution business (MSM Media Distribution) and digital entertainment business that operates the OTT service Sony LIV.

                                                      Cisco Offers Global Service Providers and Media Companies Comprehensive Protection Against Video Piracy and Cyber Threats
                                                      Company Launches New IP and Cloud-Based Solutions for its Security for Video Portfolio
                                                      Digitization is creating new business opportunities and security challenges for video operators including service providers, and media and entertainment companies.

                                                      Premium, high-valued content is at the heart of the video industry. Protecting that content, and the revenue associated with it, is top priority for all video operators.

                                                      With the transition to more IP and cloud technology, the potential number of attacks and threats on video operator networks is growing. To protect against current and future threats in this environment, video operators need to adopt a holistic approach to achieve robust security.

                                                      At IBC 2016, Cisco is introducing Cisco Security for Video, a comprehensive approach to security for IP and cloud-based video production and delivery. It is built on the company's years of expertise and market leading position in both video content security and data center security. Highlights include:...

                                                      Dell News
                                                      FY17 Q2 Financial Results Press Release
                                                      Solid operating income improvement and focused cost management, while investing for future growth
                                                      Dell Technologies today announced its fiscal 2017 second quarter results, with revenue of $13.1 billion from continuing operations[1], an increase of 1 percent year-over-year. The company reported operating income of $63 million, reversing an operating loss in the year-ago quarter, and achieved non-GAAP operating income of $752 million, an improvement of 32 percent year-over-year.

                                                      "We executed well in the quarter driving $880 million in adjusted EBITDA, up 31 percent," said Tom Sweet, chief financial officer, Dell Inc. "Our second quarter results underscore our ability to consistently balance growth and profitability, and strategically invest in areas that will drive long-term profitable growth and strong cash flow. In the quarter, cash flow from operations was $1.9 billion and for the trailing twelve months was $3.2 billion, an improvement of 50 percent."

                                                      Historic Dell and EMC Merger Complete
                                                      Forms World's Largest Privately Controlled Tech Company
                                                      Dell Technologies announced completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. This combination creates a $74 billion market leader with an expansive technology portfolio that solves complex problems for customers in the industry's fast-growing areas of hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity.
                                                      Microsoft News
                                                      Microsoft Azure and Office 365 now available from United Kingdom datacenters
                                                      Microsoft, September 7th, 2016
                                                      Today, we've taken a significant step forward to empower businesses to achieve more with the first complete cloud offering delivered from a global provider within the U.K. Built to power their digital transformation, Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are now generally available from new datacenter regions.

                                                      Each new region adheres to our Trusted Cloud principles, including security, privacy, compliance and transparency. These new Microsoft Cloud regions will help businesses in industries such as banking, government, public sector and healthcare meet their customers' needs, the regulatory requirements they are held to, and the need for local data residency and replication for business continuity.

                                                      Symantec News
                                                      Not all Threat Intelligence is Created Equal
                                                      5 insights to help get the most from your investment
                                                      Esther Seguin blogs, "When it comes to strengthening your security operation, it can be difficult to plan without understanding the potential threats to your business. Fortunately, the Symantec Managed Adversary Threat Intelligence (MATI) team recently uncovered an uptick in cybercriminal activity in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Without this type of threat intelligence, companies contemplating an expansion into countries such as Turkey or Egypt might be surprised by an increase in threats in their environments..."
                                                      IBM News
                                                      Roland Corporation Selects IBM Cloud Video to Power Global Online Music Festival
                                                      IBM's Ustream Platform Chosen as Exclusive Technology Provider to Live Stream, Multi-City Product Launch
                                                      IBM announced that Roland Corporation has selected IBM Cloud Video's Ustream platform to live stream the musical instrument company's historic, 24 hour international music festival and product launch. Beginning on September 9 at 4:00pm UTC, the showcase event will span major cities like Tokyo, London, Los Angeles, and Paris, and feature live musical performances and more than 30 product launches, leveraging IBM Cloud Video's Ustream platform.
                                                      Global Clients Adopt IBM Aspera Hybrid Cloud Service for Large Media Transfer
                                                      BM Aspera Files on IBM Cloud with novel hybrid storage enables a growing number of media companies to share large media content with speed, robust security and ease
                                                      IBM announced continued adoption of the company's Aspera Files hybrid cloud-based content sharing service and enhancements to the platform that are enabling more media and entertainment companies around the world to speed content collaboration and distribution.

                                                      Based on Aspera FASP technology, IBM Aspera Files is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering on IBM Cloud that accelerates the sharing and transfer of large files and directories - even the largest content files and associated metadata - directly from its native storage environment whether on premises or in the cloud. A multi-tenant solution, Aspera Files is designed to be easy to use and quickly available, providing transfers at maximal speeds in predictable times and offering a rich set of capabilities for sharing, distributing and managing large files.

                                                      IBM Linux Servers Designed to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning and Advanced Analytics
                                                      New IBM POWER8 Chip with NVIDIA NVLink Enables Data Movement 5x Faster than Any Competing Platform
                                                      IBM revealed a series of new servers designed to help propel cognitive workloads and to drive greater data center efficiency. Featuring a new chip, the Linux-based lineup incorporates innovations from the OpenPOWER community that deliver higher levels of performance and greater computing efficiency than available on any x86-based server.

                                                      Collaboratively developed with some of the world's leading technology companies, the new Power Systems are uniquely designed to propel artificial intelligence, deep learning, high performance data analytics and other compute-heavy workloads, which can help businesses and cloud service providers save money on data center costs.

                                                      IBM and Harrow Council to bring Watson Care Manager to individuals in the UK
                                                      Cognitive SaaS service will help people choose integrated, personalised health and social care services
                                                      IBM Watson Health and Harrow Council announced a 10-year agreement to use cognitive technologies to help people with personalised social care needs choose the best services. The agreement is the first of its kind with a UK local authority, and marks the first implementation of Watson Care Manager outside of the U.S.

                                                      Using Harrow Council's expertise and innovations in adult social care, IBM will enhance Watson Care Manager to enable individuals and caregivers to quickly and easily select the most appropriate provider that can deliver the services they need, using their allocated personal budget. Many social and health programmes globally require personal budgets, and Watson Care Manager's new functionality could simplify that process for individuals beyond Harrow and the UK.

                                                      Gachon University Gil Medical Center adopts IBM Watson for Oncology Trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, marking Watson's first deployment in Korea
                                                      Watson for Oncology identifies treatment options to help physicians develop individualized, evidence-based cancer care by analyzing individual patients' clinical information and massive volumes of medical evidence
                                                      Gachon University Gil Medical Center will adopt IBM Watson for Oncology trained by Memorial Sloan Kettering, which is designed to provide physicians with evidence-based medical treatment options. The cloud-based platform analyzes large volumes of structured and unstructured data to help physicians offer individualized, data-driven treatment options for cancer patients. This will be the first deployment of IBM Watson in Korea.

                                                      Last year alone, nearly 44,000 oncology research papers were published in medical journals around the world). This amounts to nearly 122 new papers published every day, outpacing the ability of humans to keep up with the proliferation of medical knowledge.

                                                      IDC MarketScape Names IBM a Leader in Worldwide Oil and Gas Professional Services
                                                      IBM, September 6th, 2016
                                                      IBM has been named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Oil and Gas Professional Services Vendor Assessment for its cloud, cognitive technology and industry focused thought leadership.

                                                      This year's report - the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Oil and Gas Professional Services 2016 Vendor Assessment - reconfirms IBM's position as a leader based on a thorough survey of thirteen leading oil and gas professional services providers. The report measures capabilities in business and management consulting, IT consulting, systems integration (SI), IT outsourcing and business process outsourcing.

                                                      Box Relay to Deliver Simple and Powerful Workflow in the Cloud
                                                      First co-developed solution from Box and IBM will automate routine work and processes
                                                      Box and IBM announced Box Relay, a new workflow solution that will be available natively in Box. The offering will make it easy for any employee in a business to build, track and manage custom or pre-built workflows that leverage all of the security, compliance and collaboration features of Box. The product is a part of the all new Box, which will be shared in full tomorrow at BoxWorks 2016, Box's annual conference in San Francisco.

                                                      'Workflow in the enterprise is broken - complex, fragmented software and manual processes are getting in the way of productivity,' said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO of Box. 'The all new Box is a place where all of your work comes together. Box Relay delivers on this vision by providing anyone with an easy way to create, track and manage routine processes without ever having to leave Box. Box Relay is enterprise workflow made simple.'

                                                      Fujitsu News
                                                      Fujitsu Receives Order for Super-Kamiokande Experiment Computer System from University of Tokyo
                                                      New x86 cluster system to support neutrino research will approximately triple computational performance of previous system
                                                      Fujitsu has received an order for an experiment-analysis system from Kamioka Observatory, part of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR) at the University of Tokyo. The system is destined for Kamioka Observatory's Super-Kamiokande facility, which is helping to shed light on the workings of the universe through the observation of neutrinos(1), and is scheduled to go operational in March 2017.

                                                      The Computer System for the Super-Kamiokande collects, stores, and analyzes the massive amount of neutrino observation data from the approximately 13,000 photomultiplier tubes in the Super-Kamiokande detector. Together with the detector, the system is a core part of the facility.

                                                      VMware News
                                                      Michael Dell Joins VMware Board of Directors as Chairman
                                                      VMWare, September 7th, 2016
                                                      VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, announced that Michael S. Dell has been elected to the VMware board of directors as chairman. In addition, Egon Durban was elected to the VMware board of directors. Both of these appointments were triggered by Dell Technologies' completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, announced today, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information.

                                                      With this change, Joseph M. Tucci, VMware's chairman of the board of directors since 2007, as well as John R. Egan who served as a director on the VMware board of directors since 2007, are resigning from the VMware board...

                                                      VMworld 2016 Highlights
                                                      Discover highlights from VMworld 2016, the number one cloud infrastructure and business mobility conference.
                                                      • The VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture
                                                      • VMware Cloud Foundation
                                                      • VMware Cross-Cloud Services
                                                      • Digital Workspace
                                                      • VMware Integrated OpenStack
                                                      • Cloud-Native Applications
                                                      • VMworld 2016 General Sessions

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                                                      Red Hat News
                                                      Friday Five - September 9, 2016
                                                      Red Hat, September 9th, 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.

                                                      • ZDNet - Red Hat still plans on being The OpenStack company
                                                      • Flytoget Deploys Red Hat JBoss Fuse and the 3scale API Management Technology to Further Its Digital Ambitions
                                                      • Fortune - Here's Why This Software Scuffle Should Matter to Non-Techies
                                                      • Red Hat Blog - GUEST BLOG: Forrester's Total Economic Impact Study of Red Hat CloudForms
                                                      • AnsibleFest 2016 Brooklyn

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                                                      Flytoget Deploys Red Hat JBoss Fuse and the 3scale API Management Technology to Further Its Digital Ambitions
                                                      Flytoget opens new possibilities for integration and generating new business opportunities with IT infrastructure overhaul
                                                      Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that Norwegian airport express train operator Flytoget has deployed Red Hat's lightweight, flexible integration platform, JBoss Fuse, and API management technology developed by 3scale, acquired by Red Hat in June 2016, as part of an initiative to digitise and automate the company's key value chain.
                                                      Level3 News
                                                      New Service Simplifies Tv Channel Delivery To Providers
                                                      Level 3 Introduces Fiber-Based Vyvx Linear Channel Distribution Service
                                                      As industry demands for higher quality, flexible and cost-effective full-time linear channel distribution of television programming continue to grow, Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) introduced Vyvx Linear Channel Distribution (LCD). The service takes high-quality television channels from programmers like FOX and replicates them for delivery to multichannel video program distributors (MVPDs) such as cable and satellite companies, and over-the-top (OTT) video providers.

                                                      The traditional market for full-time television distribution services has been dominated by satellite services, resulting in significant compression, latency, expense and operational overhead. Level 3's Vyvx Linear Channel Distribution Service sets itself apart from legacy providers in some key areas...

                                                        EMC News
                                                        Historic Dell and EMC Merger Complete
                                                        Forms World's Largest Privately-Controlled Tech Company
                                                        • Dell Technologies becomes the world's largest privately-controlled tech company
                                                        • Unique corporate structure enables company the flexibility to innovate like a startup and invest in R&D for the long term while offering the trust, service and global scale of a large enterprise
                                                        • Comprises unique family of businesses including Dell, Dell EMC, Pivotal, RSA, SecureWorks, Virtustream and VMware
                                                        • Technology leader in 20 Gartner Magic Quadrants
                                                        • Blends Dell's go-to-market strength with small business and mid-market customers and EMC's strength with large enterprises
                                                        • New Dell Technologies and Dell EMC branding launched today

                                                        Dell Technologies today announced completion of the acquisition of EMC Corporation, creating a unique family of businesses that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT and protect their most important asset, information. This combination creates a $74 billion market leader with an expansive technology portfolio that solves complex problems for customers in the industry's fast-growing areas of hybrid cloud, software-defined data center, converged infrastructure, platform-as-a-service, data analytics, mobility and cybersecurity.

                                                        HP News
                                                        HPE Reports Fiscal 2016 Third Quarter Results
                                                        Third quarter net revenue of $12.2 billion was down 6% from the prior-year period, down 1% when adjusted for divestitures and currency.
                                                        Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2016 third quarter, ended July 31, 2016.

                                                        Third quarter GAAP diluted net earnings per share (EPS) was $1.32, up from $0.13 in the prior-year period, and above its previously provided outlook of $1.10 to $1.14. Third quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $0.49, up from adjusted non-GAAP diluted net EPS of $0.45 in the prior-year period, and above its previously provided outlook of $0.42 to $0.46. Third quarter non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted net EPS exclude after-tax costs of $1.4 billion and $0.83 per diluted share, respectively, related to a gain on the H3C divestiture, restructuring charges, amortization of intangible assets, separation costs, acquisition and other related charges, tax indemnification adjustments and an adjustment to loss from equity interests.

                                                          HPE Accelerates Strategy With Spin-Off and Merger of Non-Core Software Assets With Micro Focus
                                                          HPE to Retain Key Software Assets to Deliver on the Promise of Hybrid IT
                                                          • Transaction valued at approximately $8.8 billion, including 50.1% ownership of the new combined company by HPE shareholders and a $2.5 billion cash payment to HPE
                                                          • Combination creates one of the world's largest pure-play enterprise software companies
                                                          • Accelerates HPE's strategy to unlock faster-growing, higher-margin and stronger free cash flow company
                                                          • HPE to discuss transaction during Q3 earnings call at 5:00 p.m. ET today.

                                                          Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced plans for a spin-off and merger of its non-core software assets with Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO) in a transaction valued at approximately $8.8 billion. The combination of these software assets -- which includes HPE's Application Delivery Management, Big Data, Enterprise Security, Information Management & Governance and IT Operations Management businesses -- and Micro Focus' highly complementary portfolio will create one of the world's largest pure-play software companies.

                                                          Brocade News
                                                          Brocade Introduces Strategic Collaboration Program
                                                          Fuels Co-Creation of Applications and Solutions Between Vendors and Customers to Enable the Network as Platform for Innovation
                                                          Brocade announced the Strategic Collaboration Program to formalize and increase its level of engagement with alliance partners. A mutually beneficial program between Brocade and its named alliances, the STRATEGIC COLLABORATION PROGRAM fosters an open, ecosystem-driven approach to help customers build New IP networks that can serve as a platform for innovation and for developing, delivering and securing new applications.

                                                          Old IP networks are characterized by closed systems in which innovation cycles are constrained by one vendor, interoperation is limited and costs are high. In contrast, New IP networks are open and multivendor in nature allowing organizations to accelerate their pace of innovation by tapping into a pool of resources and best-in-class technologies. The ecosystem-centric approach of Brocade's Strategic Collaboration Program empowers vendors and customers to rapidly co-create innovative applications to stay ahead of the competition.

                                                          Windstream News
                                                          Windstream again ranked as a top U.S. Ethernet provider by leading analyst firm
                                                          Vertical Systems Group recognizes Windstream's strong growth in the U.S. Ethernet market; ranking reflects Windstream's continued investment in its national fiber network expansion
                                                          Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced that analyst firm Vertical Systems Group has again recognized Windstream in its mid-year Carrier Ethernet LEADERBOARD rankings. The ranking reflects Windstream's strong growth in the U.S. Ethernet market and the company's continued investment in its national fiber networks.

                                                          'The demand for Ethernet services remains strong in the segments of the market where Windstream is targeting its strategic services,' said Rick Malone, principal of Vertical Systems Group. 'This is Windstream's second appearance on our LEADERBOARD, and the company's continued investments in its fiber network and Ethernet service offerings indicate it is well positioned for the future.'

                                                          F5 News
                                                          F5 Networks Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers for 10th Consecutive Year
                                                          F5 celebrates a decade in the Leaders quadrant, positioned as highest in execution by prominent industry analysts
                                                          F5 Networks announced that it has again been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of its Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), published August 29, 2016.

                                                          'With cloud and as-a-service offerings joining hybrid deployments at the forefront of the market, it's an exciting time in the ADC space,' said Ben Gibson, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer at F5. 'We believe F5's standing in the Magic Quadrant over time mirrors the value customers see in our technology and services portfolio, with differentiated capabilities across software and hardware solutions.'

                                                          Netapp News
                                                          NetApp Boosts Performance, Lowers Cost of Data Analytics Applications for Midsize Businesses, Remote Offices
                                                          Enhanced SANtricity software, new entry-level E2800 all-flash array deliver affordable performance, simplify process needed to extract value from third platform data
                                                          'Our health insurance administration systems are resource-intensive applications that are integral to entering or retrieving vital healthcare program data,' said Mike Smith, infrastructure programs manager at MAXIMUS Canada. 'The NetApp E-Series all-flash arrays do their job wonderfully. They're incredibly fast. They were an easy and cost-effective way for us to move into the world of flash storage."

                                                          NetApp introduced a new version of the NetApp SANtricity storage software. NetApp also introduced the new NetApp E2800, an entry-level all-flash array for midsize businesses and remote offices that need a simple and cost-effective solution to support data analytics applications. In addition, in collaboration with Zaloni, the data lake company, NetApp announced an innovative hybrid approach to data lifecycle management for the data lake.

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