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The Next Cloud Platform: 9 Oracle OpenWorld Sessions You Can Watch from Home
By Jeffrey Erickson
Jeffrey Erickson writes, "For all the attention given cloud computing, only a small percentage of enterprise IT has moved there. Why? The answer is simple: Most cloud vendors haven't provided a clear strategy for taking on the other 90-plus percent. That huge number represents the complex, day-to-day IT workloads that companies rely on to stay in business -tracking inventories, managing employees, analyzing data, and running factories. They've spent years, sometimes decades, building a trusted IT platform under these functions, and they're not about to throw them over to a cloud provider who doesn't understand enterprise IT's demands..."
Customers Drive Cloud App Innovation
Forbes, September 18th, 2016
Chris Murphy writes, "An overlooked and underestimated advantage of cloud computing comes from how much - and how fast - customer feedback can drive new features and innovations in an application.

Here's just one example. Last year, the human resources information systems director at a global consumer goods company posted a suggestion to Oracle's online Idea Lab: 'In the Oracle Human Capital Management Cloud 'Oracle HCM Cloud' workflow used to terminate an employee, how about adding a link to quickly reassign that person's direct reports?' Online community members gave that idea 30 thumbs-up votes and zero thumbs-down, and Oracle added the feature to the latest release of Oracle HCM Cloud this spring.."

Earnings: Q1 FY17 GAAP SaaS and PaaS Revenues were up 77% and up 79% in Constant Currency
Q1 FY17 Non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS Revenues grew 82% in Constant Currency
Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2017 Q1 results. Total Revenues were $8.6 billion, up 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Cloud plus On-Premise Software Revenues were $6.8 billion, up 5% in U.S. dollars and up 6% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $798 million, up 77% in U.S. dollars and up 79% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $969 million, up 59% in U.S. dollars and up 61% in constant currency. Operating Income was $2.6 billion and Operating Margin was 31%. Non-GAAP Operating Income was $3.4 billion and non-GAAP Operating Margin was 39%. Net Income was $1.8 billion while non-GAAP Net Income was $2.3 billion. Earnings Per Share was up 10% to $0.43, while non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was up 4% to $0.55. GAAP and non-GAAP Earnings Per Share was negatively impacted by three factors: 1 cent because of a higher tax rate due to more cloud sales being in the U.S, half of one cent because of borrowing, and 1 cent due to strengthening of the U.S. dollar.
Shift To The Cloud Or Risk Falling Further Behind
Forbes, September 18th, 2016
Margaret Harrist writes, "For those IT organizations plugging along on outdated software and counting on their competitors to do the same, Oracle Executive Vice President of Applications Development Steve Miranda has a wake-up call: businesses are moving to the cloud in a big way..."

'We've almost crossed the threshold where Oracle Cloud customers have done more upgrades to their cloud applications than all of our on-premises customers in all of our lines of business have done ever,' says Miranda.

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Delivers the Ultimate Cloud Experience
Conference marks 20th year with a positive economic impact totaling $3.2 billion for the City of San Francisco
This weekend, Oracle welcomes thousands of customers, hundreds of partners, and millions of online attendees from more than 141 countries to Oracle OpenWorld 2016. This year's ultimate cloud experience, which runs through September 22, brings together top technologists, world leaders, and innovators to share ideas about the future of technology and its impact on the way we live and work. A dynamic line-up of visionaries headline the event, spanning today's brightest thinkers like best-selling author and educator Adam Grant; renowned economists including Moody's Mark Zandi; and key political strategists Stephanie Cutter and Mike Murphy. At Oracle's Customer Appreciation event, record-breaking performance artists Gwen Stefani and Sting take the stage at AT&T Park for an exclusive concert. Top-charting band American Authors kick off Oracle OpenWorld in a special performance at Oracle Cloud Plaza on Howard Street.
Oracle Pulls Big Data Together
By Michael Hickins
Michael blogs, "While big data represents a significant opportunity for companies to solve business issues, success has been hampered in large part because of the complexity of implementing the technology and the daunting cost of retrofitting old systems. In many cases, companies cannot use the new technology without hiring a whole new cadre of expensive talent that is already in short supply..."
Artificial Intelligence Is The New Electricity?
recode, September 13th, 2016
"'AI is the new electricity,' said Andrew Ng, Associate Professor of AI at Stanford University, at a recent conference on artificial intelligence. AI is the new electricity? Huh? Wait a minute.

One could argue that electricity is one of humanity's greatest inventions. It ranks right up there with the wheel, the printing press, the combustion engine, and the telephone. The use of electricity has changed our lives to such an extent that life without it would be almost unthinkable. It is so fundamental to our lives that it is almost invisible.

My team and I reviewed the topic postmortem and below are some of the key similarities between electricity and AI that we discussed:..."

    How To Use Machine Learning To Further Retail Analytic Capacity
    insideBIGDATA, September 17th, 2016
    "In this special guest feature, Kerry Liu, CEO and founder of Rubikloud, discusses the importance of machine learning in maximizing the use of customer behavior data in the retail sector. Kerry leads three important functions at Rubikloud: people, sales, and technology disruption. Rubikloud helps retailers monetize their data to power personalized campaigns through the use of advanced machine learning techniques, effectively bridging the gap between marketing automation and retail management consultants..."
    Why You Should Invite Artificial Intelligence To All Your Meetings
    eWeek, September 13th, 2016
    "New artificial intelligence technologies are able to handle all the drudgery associated with business meetings so the poor humans don't have to.

    Only humans can have meetings, sadly.

    But some of the clerical work associated with organizing and documenting meetings now might be outsourced to artificially intelligent machines.

    Wait, you might say. Isn't artificial intelligence for big tasks such as self-driving cars, automated trading and facial recognition?..."

      Oracle's Secret Weapon In The Cloud
      By John Foley
      John Foley writes in Forbes, "Technology performance depends on 'the stack' - all layers of a computer system's hardware and software working very closely together for speed and efficiency. That's always been true in the data center, and now it's every bit as important in the cloud.

      Oracle is unique among cloud providers Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and in developing its own microprocessor - the foundation of the technology stack. Oracle's newest designed-for-the-cloud chip, the SPARC S7, features advanced encryption and memory protection for greater security and reliability in the cloud. SPARC S7 was introduced in June, a few months after the launch of the closely related SPARC M7..."

      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.6
      By Simon Coter
      Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 6. This release includes a number of improvements and bug fixes from Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.4.

      Improvements are related to GUI, Usability, NVME-emulation, Windows Host and Linux Guest Additions..."

      IT - Storage
      8 Data Storage Experts You Should Follow (Slideshow)
      CSO Online, September 14th, 2016
      "As a company grows, more tools are required, and with more tools come more alerts and often a breakdown of processes and procedures to handle them. Soon enough, the alerts coming from each of your systems and tools sound like an obnoxiously loud cocktail party, everyone having different conversations about different things. As a result, Security and DevOps teams become so desensitized to these alerts that even when the system flags a truly anomalous activity, it may get ignored due to burnout..."
      Gartner Report On Software-Defined Storage, September 14th, 2016
      "Top Five Use Cases and Benefits of Software-Defined Storage

      Software-defined storage (SDS) offers potential benefits to I&O leaders looking to increase storage solution flexibility and reduce costs. We highlight common SDS use cases and provide an overview of its benefits, limitations and vendor landscape..."

      Java Technology
      Java Founder James Gosling Endorses Apache Takeover Of Netbeans Java IDE
      JavaWorld, September 13th, 2016
      "NetBeans, the venerable open source Java IDE that originated at Sun Microsystems, would move from Oracle's jurisdiction to the Apache Software Foundation under a proposal unveiled today. The plan is being endorsed by Java founder James Gosling, a longtime fan of the IDE.

      Moving NetBeans to a neutral venue like Apache, with its strong governance model, would help the project attract more contributions from various organizations, according to the proposal posted in the Apache wiki. "Large companies are using NetBeans as an application framework to build internal or commercial applications and are much more likely to contribute to it once it moves to neutral Apache ground," the proposal says..."

      IT - Technology
      13 Emerging Techs: How Insurers Are Progressing (Slideshow)
      Insurance Networking, September 15th, 2016
      "There are several different ways to categorize the emerging technologies that are impacting the insurance industry, according to SMA partner Mark Breading. His Emerging Tech in P&C Insurance: 2016 & Beyond report, discussed technologies from the physical realm, like drones and the Internet of Things, and the virtual realm, like artificial intelligence and blockchain, and evaluates how insurers are doing in incorporating them into their businesses..."
        Enterprise Collaboration: What Businesses Need To Know
        ITProPortal, September 17th, 2016
        "Enterprise collaboration, sometimes abbreviated to EC or ECS for Enterprise Collaboration Systems, is becoming an increasingly vital tool for many businesses. Essentially, it comprises various forms of hardware and software used to enable the seamless and efficient sharing of information and resources within a particular company.

        Enterprise Collaboration Systems can simply be relatively common communication tools such as email and instant messaging..."

          How HDR Works
          CNET, September 17th, 2016
          "High Dynamic Range TVs and devices are here, along with HDR TV shows and movies. You can buy a new 4K HDR TV for as little as $550 and stream HDR Netflix and Vudu, or add a $300 Xbox and spin HDR 4K Blu-ray discs. HDR games are coming soon, and even phones and PC screens are attaching those three buzzy letters.

          But how do they work? Is HDR just another marketing gimmick to sell TVs and other gear, with no technology behind it? What does it claim to do, and why is that better?

          Well folks, if those are your questions, you've come to the right place..."

          Looking To The Future: How Virtual Reality Will Impact Business Technology
          Business 2 Community, September 14th, 2016
          "Ever since Facebook bought Oculus back in 2014, virtual reality (VR) has been on the minds of everyone who tries to keep up with the latest business technology trends.

          Although VR technology has existed in one form or another for many years, it's just now becoming commercially viable, and that has huge implications for businesses in every industry.

          Even among early-adopters, VR is widely seen as the sole property of gaming or entertainment, but that's simply not the case anymore..."

          IT - Bitcoin
          The Upside Of The Internet: Defending Bitcoin's 'Downside'
          CoinDesk, September 17th, 2016
          Josh Cincinnati is an entrepreneur with experience in creating and funding early stage startups. He is currently also BlockCypher's developer advocate and editor of the firm's blog.

          In this opinion piece, Cincinnati critiques a recent NYTimes article that suggested bitcoin's immutable ledger of transactions is its weakness.

          "Like any good cryptocurrency adherent, in my romping around social media I was unsurprised to find yet-another-grossly-misrepresented-hit-piece on bitcoin. But this one sure was fancy. Op-ed in the NYTimes, you say? ..."

          IT - FOSS
          Open Source Is Woven Into The Latest, Hottest Trends
          LinuxInsider, September 12th, 2016
          "We may not see or hear much about open source in the latest cloud or Big Data offerings, but it's playing a significant role in the most disruptive trends in enterprise IT.

          Just as we've seen with open source in cloud computing, it is an integral part of trends that currently are disrupting consumer and enterprise IT markets, including hybrid cloud computing, automation and devops, and Big Data.

          The conclusions of research conducted three years ago on the role of open source software in cloud computing still hold true today..."

          IT - DevOps
          8 Steps To A Successful DevOps Transition
          InformationWeek, September 12th, 2016
          "The transition to DevOps can be long and difficult because it is going to involve disruption. That can mean periods of reduced productivity and increased costs, but they can be worth it. Here are eight steps to get you started in a positive direction...

          DevOps is big right now. Of course, it's tough to get the same definition of precisely what DevOps is from any two people, but in general folks agree that it uses automated deployment tools to enable continuous development, deployment, and improvement of enterprise software...."

          DevOps: What Businesses Need To Know
          ITProPortal, September 12th, 2016
          "The term 'DevOps' is being thrown around a lot in the IT industry at the moment, but what exactly does it mean and, more importantly, how can it help your enterprise?

          As a combination of 'developer' and 'operations,' DevOps looks to bring these two different areas of digital business together to provide the perfect combination of innovation and user-focused processes during software development. Continuous deployment and continuous delivery are both important aspects of this and, when adopting DevOps, it is vitally important that businesses assess which one is right for them. It also looks towards the automation of delivering changes to infrastructure and software..."

          The DevOps.Com Containerization And Microservices Survival Guide
, September 14th, 2016
          "Containerization and microservices seemed to have leaped out of nowhere and smack into the center of the enterprise IT scene. But neither leaped from nowhere. Both containerization and microservices have been part of the fabric of enterprise tech for some time - within Linux for containers and service-oriented architecture for microservices...."
          The Next Evolution Of DevOps In The Enterprise: 'Hardening' Devops
, September 14th, 2016
          "In today's digital age much of the business innovation is driven by software. To win, serve and retain their customers, enterprises are being tasked with releasing application updates at an increasingly faster pace. A great idea, killer functionality and a robust technology are all as important as ever - but do not mean much if you can't get your code to your end users in a fast, predictable manner, and with high quality..."
            Why You May Need To Shake Up Your Devops Team To Manage The Cloud
            Dark Reading, September 16th, 2016
            "The security approaches of yesterday won't work in the cloud world of today and tomorrow.

            Cloud adoption is in full swing across all organizations and enterprises large and small. Availability, agility, and cost are top of mind for C-suite executives when it comes to their IT capabilities, and large-scale cloud adoption is seen as the solution. This trend is only starting to grow: IDC predicts cloud IT infrastructure spending will be 46% of total expenditures on enterprise IT infrastructure by 2019, reaching $53.1 billion...'

            Tieto Card Suite Optimized on Oracle SuperCluster
            By Parnian Taidi
            Tieto is the largest company in the Nordics that provides full lifecycle IT services, as well as product development for private and public organizations. Tieto Card Suite is a set of off-the-shelf software packages supporting full life cycle of retail payments, from card issuing and acquiring, including e-commerce and mobile payments, to merchant management, transaction switching and clearing. Tieto Card Suite serves more than 500 financial institutions in over 30 counties in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
            SAS Institute achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized & Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status
            By Ramona Costea
            SAS Institute achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized & Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status with app Credit Scoring version 6.1. Running with Exadata, SAS Credit Scoring handled 600% increase in load with only 25% increase in time over baseline
            Don't Spin Your Data, Use SSDs!
            For database environments
            Peter Zaitsev blogs, "For years now, I've been telling audiences for my MySQL Performance talk the following: if you are running an I/O-intensive database on spinning disks you're doing it wrong. But there are still a surprising number of laggards who aren't embracing SSD storage (whether it's for cost or reliability reasons).

            Let's look at cost first. As I write this now (September 2016), high-performance server-grade spinning hard drives run for about $240 for 600GB (or $0.40 per GB). Of course, you can get an 8TB archive drive at about same price (about $0.03 per GB), but it isn't likely you'd use something like that for your operational database. At the same time, you can get a Samsung 850 EVO drive for approximately $300 (or $0.30 per GB), which is cheaper than the server-grade spinning drive!.."

            Maximizing Database Performance - MySQL Tuning Best Practices
            By Janis Griffin
            "With the added complexity of growing data volumes and ever changing workloads, database performance tuning is now necessary to maximize resource utilizations and system performance. However, performance tuning is often easier said than done.

            Let's face it, tuning is difficult for a number of reasons. For one thing, it requires a significant amount of expertise in order to understand execution plans, and often update or re-write good SQL. On top of that, tuning is usually very time consuming. There will always be a large volume of SQL statements to sort through, which may lead to uncertainty around which specific statement needs tuning; and given every statement is different, so too is the tuning approach.

            As data volumes grow and technology becomes increasingly complex, it is becoming more important to tune databases properly to deliver end-user experience and to lower infrastructure costs. Performance tuning can help database professionals quickly identify bottlenecks, target insufficient operations through review of query execution plans and eliminate any guessing games.

            Regardless of the complexity or skill level, the following MySQL performance tuning tips will serve as a step-by-step guide to solving MySQL performance problems and help alleviate the pain points that often accompany performance tuning..."

            Roles on MySQL 8.0
            By Gabriela D'Avila
            Gabriela blogs, "his is a blogpost about MySQL 8.0.0, the content here could be subject to changes in the future since this is not a stable release.

            This is a feature that will make life the many DevOps and DBAs easier. Believe it or not, a lot of people control access to the database by sharing the same username and password. Which is completely insecure for a number of reasons:

            • If someone is fired, they still have access
            • If you get hacked for using the same password, well, I only can say: good luck

            That also means: no more querying to Stack Overflow to get that giant GRANT statement for each user you need to create..."

            MySQL 8.0 first impressions
            By Giuseppe Maxia
            Giuseppe blogs, "MySQL 8.0.0 was released today. It has been some time in the making, shrouded in a veil of secrecy for over one year. We knew, from listening to the gossip and looking at the few available previews, some of what was going to bring. So, for the observant users, its main features may not come as a surprise. For the rest of you, here's a quick roundup:..."
            The MySQL 8.0.0 Milestone Release is available
            By Geir Hoydalsvik
            Geir blogs, "The MySQL Development team is happy to announce our 8.0.0 development milestone release (DMR), now available for download at The source code is available at GitHub. You can find the full list of changes and bug fixes in the 8.0.0 Release Notes. Here are the highlights. Enjoy!..."
            Cloud Computing
            Infrastructure As A Service In The Spotlight At Oracle OpenWorld
            By Rick O'Herron
            Rick writes, "By the end of 2016, IDC predicts that nearly two-thirds of enterprises will use or plan to use public cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Whether to save money or respond more quickly to business opportunities, more business leaders want to use the cloud for computing, servers, storage, and networking components as a foundation for their software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) strategies..."
            CEO Catz: Oracle 'Overachieved Again' in the Cloud
            By Rob Preston
            Oracle heads into its annual Oracle OpenWorld event in San Francisco next week with impressive cloud momentum, reporting that first-quarter FY2017 revenue from its combined software, platform, and infrastructure cloud services grew 59% from the year-earlier quarter, to $969 million.

            Revenue from Oracle's two fastest-growing cloud businesses -software as a service and platform as a service - rose 77% in Q1, to $798 million, thanks to thousands of customer wins. The first quarter marks the seventh consecutive quarter in which organic growth rates for Oracle's SaaS and PaaS businesses have accelerated.

            Chuck Hollis: 'Pity The IT Organization' That Gets This Part Wrong
            By Paul Sonderegger
            Paul writes, "Industry veteran Chuck Hollis maintains that the single most important asset in the digital economy is data, making it critical that IT infrastructure is engineered to maximize and exploit data's value. I recently sat down with Hollis, senior vice president of cloud infrastructure at Oracle, to discuss what the intersection of cloud computing and big data means for the future of business and enterprise computing. What follows are excerpts of our discussion..."
            IT - Cloud
            Gartner Highlights Gap Between Enterprise Cloud Adoption Expectations And Reality
            ComputerWeekly, September 15th, 2016
            "Market watcher claims enterprise aspirations around cloud adoption are not being met..

            Enterprise expectations about how fast they can start moving applications and workloads off-premises could be too high, according to research firm Gartner..."

            Could Machine Learning Help Google's Cloud Catch AWS And Azure?
            ComputerWorld, September 13th, 2016
            "Google has been offering public cloud services for several years now, but the company has continued to lag behind Amazon and Microsoft in customer growth.

            Under the leadership of VMware co-founder Diane Greene, who serves as the executive vice president of Google Cloud Enterprise, the tech titan has focused harder on forging partnerships and developing products to appeal to large customers. It has added a number of key customers under Greene's tenure, including Spotify..."

            Evernote Moves Its Infrastructure To Google Cloud Platform
            ZDNet, September 13th, 2016
            "The note-taking company plans to finish migrating data for its more than 200 million customers by the end of the year...

            Evernote is moving its entire infrastructure from its own servers and networks to Google Cloud Platform, the company announced Tuesday. That amounts to migrating data for the note-taking company's more than 200 million customers..."

            Four Reasons Why Companies Are Choosing Public Over Private Or Hybrid Clouds
            ZDnet, September 12th, 2016
            "Tech chiefs are making a big bet on the public cloud: here's why...

            CIOs are now so committed to on-demand IT that many are not just ditching in-house provision but are skipping hybrid infrastructures altogether and shifting key systems straight to the public cloud.

            Recently released figures suggest more than half (51 per cent) of IT leaders believe data security is better in the cloud than in their own data centres, and 58 per cent say the public cloud is the most secure, flexible and cost-effective solution to business challenges..."

            Has Your Cloud Consultant Gone Crazy?
            CIO, September 12th, 2016
            "You might not have noticed it, but cloud implementation consultants and contractors have been acting increasingly stupid over the last couple of years. If you think this doesn't affect you and your project, you're wrong.

            Unless you are doing all your system configuration and implementation work internally, you'll be depending on consultants to get your cloud projects done. When consultants start doing dumb things, your project will be at risk. Even if they get your project done right, if they can't make a profit they'll eventually have to bail on you..."

              Maturing OpenStack Faces Enterprise IT Challenges
              ComputerWeekly, September 16th, 2016
              "We look at how OpenStack is shifting into the enterprise and explore the cultural barriers it faces...

              The OpenStack summit in Barcelona on 25-28 October is expected to be the foundation's biggest-ever European event, and reflects the growing maturity of the open source cloud...."

              IT - CxO
              3 Ways CIOs Can Take The Pain Out Of Digitization
              InformationWeek, September 14th, 2016
              "When Andrew Horne, IT practice leader at consulting firm CEB, talks with IT professionals about digitization, the term itself is often greeted with eye rolling. But it's a buzzword business leaders are excited about. Horne shares his insights on how CIOs and other IT leaders can help define it in concrete terms -- and move the business forward in the process..."
                CISO Desk Reference Guide
                CSO Online, September 12th, 2016
                "A practical guide for CISOs belongs on the desk of every Chief Information Security Officer and wannabe...

                Are you an aspiring, recently hired or promoted CISO looking for the definitive how-to guide for your position? Look no further. An experienced CISO along with two security subject matter experts have authored a comprehensive modern day text -- 'CISO Desk Reference Guide: A practical guide for CISOs' -- which covers risk management, compliance, audit, IT security disciplines, cybersecurity extending to IoT (internet of things) devices, cyber insurance, staffing, board concerns, and everything in between...."

                Insider Security Threats: What CISOs Can Do To Mitigate Them
                SearchSecurity, September 15th, 2016
                "Dealing with insider security threats requires a combination of tactics. Expert Mike O. Villegas discusses the various aspects of insider threat mitigation strategies...

                A Ponemon survey published in May 2016 reported that 55% of the 601 individual companies polled said their organization had a security incident or data breach due to a malicious or negligent employee. This should not be a surprise to anyone. Employees have historically been the biggest risk to an organization. Employees have knowledge, opportunity, access and time to their favor. The survey further states that the number one security risk is employee carelessness...."

                Risk Management Best Practices For CISOs
                Dark Reading, September 14th, 2016
                "What's your company's risk appetite? Our list of best practices can help you better understand a difficult topic. CISOs tend to be extremely risk averse when it comes to managing their security infrastructure and its ongoing assessment. One key reason is that in the past, CISOs were overly focused on being technical experts without developing an understanding of the business's 'risk appetite' - that is, the level of risk it's willing to accept-and not communicating effectively with peers, the CEO, and the board...."
                Shutterstock CIO Shares SDDC Architecture Lessons Learned
                SearchDataCenter, September 17th, 2016
                "David Giambruno is leading his team toward an SDDC architecture -- for the second time. In this Q&A, Shutterstock's new CIO shares his greatest challenges and lessons learned.

                Large tech companies with extensive resources, such as Amazon Web Services and Facebook, have undergone the transition from a traditional to a software-defined data center, but few organizations have attempted to follow suit -- at least, not yet..."

                ITPalooza 2016 - The Fifth Annual Gathering of South Florida's IT Community
                Thursday, December 8th, 2016 - The Signature Grand - Ft. Lauderdale
                Sponsors include AWS, Centrify and Tesla who will have a car on display

                It is with great pleasure and to tremendous fanfare that we announce ITPalooza '16. Ticket and sponsorship sales are now open! Special pricing through September 30th!

                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.

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

                The South Florida Technology Alliance (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

                South Floirda Technology Alliance vBeers @ Miami
                Wednesday, September 28th, 2016: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
                M.I.A Brewing Co. - Doral

                Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida. Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

                SFTA, John McLaughlin

                IT - DR
                9 Crucial Steps Toward Effective Disaster Recovery (Slideshow)
                Information Week, September 14th, 2016
                "A strong disaster recovery plan is key to keeping your business going in the face of a very bad, no good, horrible day. Here are nine steps IT pros should not skip in their planning and preparation for the worst...

                Everyone knows that, when it comes to computers, the question is not whether bad things will happen to good companies, but what those good companies do when bad things happen. If the company is very good, indeed, then it relies upon its IT disaster recovery plan to pull it through to the other side..."

                IT - PM
                Project Management: To Debrief Or Not To Debrief
                CIO, September 14th, 2016
                "If you're a project manager or part of a project team, you know all about the hurried pace of this field. Once projects near their close, is debriefing useful or a waste of time?

                Many project managers may view the end of a project as a perfect opportunity to debrief, while others are onto their next project with very little time dedicated to debriefing. Some swear by the debriefing process and others simply bypass it altogether. Let's take a look at the process, its purpose, the benefits and, yes, the drawbacks..."

                  To Debrief Or Not To Debrief
                  CIO, September 16th, 2016
                  "If you're a project manager or part of a project team, you know all about the hurried pace of this field. Once projects near their close, is debriefing useful or a waste of time?

                  Many project managers may view the end of a project as a perfect opportunity to debrief, while others are onto their next project with very little time dedicated to debriefing. Some swear by the debriefing process and others simply bypass it altogether. Let's take a look at the process, its purpose, the benefits and, yes, the drawbacks..."

                    When A Project Fails, Don't Blame Your End Users
                    CIO, September 14th, 2016
                    "Change isn't an end-user problem, but a leadership opportunity, says former Red Robin CIO Chris Laping.

                    It's an all-too-familiar tale: A CIO pushes a new process, platform or digital transformation effort across the company and when it fails (as 70 percent of all change programs do, according to the famous statistic reported by Harvard Business Review), the CIO pins the blame on uncooperative end users.

                    This is a mistake, according to Chris Laping, co-founder and CEO of People Before Things and the former CIO of Red Robin Gourmet Burgers. In a presentation at the CIO Perspectives event in Palo Alto, Calif., earlier this year, Laping told the audience about the many times that his own change initiatives would sputter or not be effective..."

                    IT - Networks
                    End-To-End Network Segmentation Essential For Security, Yet Few Deploy
                    HelpNet Security, September 12th, 2016
                    "As point-of-sale breaches, ransomware attacks and various other customer data breaches continue to make local and national headlines, IT professionals agree that network segmentation - the ability to create secure, network-wide 'swim lanes' for applications or services - is an essential measure to mitigate security risks. However, new research from VeraQuest Research, indicates that few companies actually employ an end-to-end segmentation strategy with only one in four respondents believing they do..."
                    The Evolution Of DDoS
                    ITProPortal, September 12th, 2016
                    "Despite the ever-changing arsenal of today's hackers, the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack has remained a permanent fixture since it burst onto the scene, striking fear into the hearts of businesses all over the world as critical processes become increasingly reliant on network access.

                    Seemingly every day, the strength at which such attacks are administered reaches new heights, now being registered at 500Gbps, representing a 60 times increase in 11 years..."

                      Organization Must Modify The Network Access Policy To Address Iot Devices
                      HelpNet Security, September 12th, 2016
                      "By 2020, 21 billion of Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be in use worldwide. Of these, close to 6 percent will be in use for industrial IoT applications.

                      However, IT organizations have issues identifying these devices and characterising them as part of current network access policy, said Gartner, Inc. Infrastructure and operations (I&O) leaders must therefore update their network access policy to seamlessly address IoT devices..."

                      IT - IoT
                      68% Of Organizations Don't Have An IoT Test Strategy
                      Help Net Security, September 15th, 2016
                      "Capgemini and HPE examined the state of application quality and testing practices across multiple industries and 32 countries. They discovered that, despite 85% claiming that IoT products are a part of their business operations, 68% of organisations in which IoT plays a role, do not currently have a test strategy for this specific aspect of IT..."
                      IoT And Your Digital Supply Chain
                      CSO Online, September 16th, 2016
                      "'Money, it's a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash', Pink Floyd is always near and dear to my heart. No doubt the theme song to a lot of producers of devices that fall into the category of Internet of Things or IoT.

                      I can't help but to giggle at the image that comes to mind when I think about IoT manufacturers. I have this vision in my head of a wild-eyed prospector jumping around after finding a nugget of gold the size of a child's tooth. While this imagery may cause some giggles it also gives me pause when I worry about what these gold miners are forgetting. Security comes to mind.

                      I know, I was shocked myself. Who saw that coming?..."

                      IoT Village Uncovers 47 Security Vulnerabilities Across 23 Devices
                      Help Net Security, September 16th, 2016
                      "New dangers in both home security and municipal power facilities were revealed as the results of the 2nd Annual IoT Village, held at DEF CON 24 in Las Vegas. More than 47 new vulnerabilities were discovered across 23 different devices from 21 brand name manufacturers.

                      Between talks, workshops, and onsite hacking contests, IoT Village's goal is to uncover security vulnerabilities in order to draw attention to the need for greater security considerations in the devices that comprise the Internet of Things (IoT)..."

                      Networking In The IoT Age: The Cloud Latency Factor
                      NetworkComputing, September 14th, 2016
                      "Back at the turn of the century (heh, I love saying that) my better half was tasked with migrating the local utility's meter reading capabilities from manual to mechanical. The hundreds of thousands of network-enabled meters deployed in the effort would be counted as part of the Internet of Things today. But back then we didn't use such fancy terms; we just called it automated..."
                        IT - Linux
                        Linux Kernel 4.7.4 Updates GPU Drivers, Adds OverlayFS And EXT4 Improvements
                        Linux Today, September 16th, 2016
                        "Renowned kernel developer Greg Kroah-Hartman informed the Linux community about the availability of the fourth maintenance update to the Linux 4.7 kernel series.

                        Linux kernel 4.7.4 is now the most advanced stable kernel that exists for GNU/Linux operating systems. However, looking at its appended shortlog and the diff from the previous maintenance version, namely Linux kernel 4.7.3, we can't help but notice that the changes implemented in today's release are pretty small in number. Only 59 files were changed, with 614 insertions and 282 deletions..."

                        "I'm announcing the release of the 4.7.4 kernel. All users of the 4.7 kernel series must upgrade," says Greg Kroah-Hartman.

                        Missiles To Legos: 10 Reasons To Run Linux Instead Of Windows
                        ZDNet, September 13th, 2016
                        "From the Large Hadron Collider to the Tesla Model S, this 25-year-old operating system can be found in some amazing places. But there's one place Windows still has the edge...

                        Over the years, I've had my fair share of disagreements with both Linux and Linux users. But as Linux has entered its second quarter-century, I've found myself thinking about all the fabulous things that run Linux..."

                        IT - Operations
                        7 Ways To Avoid Alert Fatigue (Slideshow)
                        CSO Online, September 15th, 2016
                        "As a company grows, more tools are required, and with more tools come more alerts and often a breakdown of processes and procedures to handle them. Soon enough, the alerts coming from each of your systems and tools sound like an obnoxiously loud cocktail party, everyone having different conversations about different things. As a result, Security and DevOps teams become so desensitized to these alerts that even when the system flags a truly anomalous activity, it may get ignored due to burnout..."
                        How A Loud Noise Brought A Data Center To Its Knees
                        ZDNet, September 12th, 2016
                        "A data center's operations completely collapsed as a rare phenomenon cut off service for 10 hours.

                        A Romanian bank experienced serious disruption to payment services and ATM withdrawals for roughly 10 hours due to fire extinguishers.

                        In a peculiar and rare phenomenon, the loud noise created by inert gas being released during a planned test of fire extinguisher systems not only forced the bank's main data center in Bucharest, Romania, offline, but also managed to destroy dozens of hard drives in the process, causing serious and irrevocable damage..."

                          SPIs vs. APIs: Which Should IT Organizations Choose?
                          InformationWeek, September 13th, 2016
                          "By focusing on what needs to be done for service integration rather than how it has to be done, SPIs provide organizations with more flexibility than an API.

                          For the past decade or so, application programming interfaces, or APIs, have been celebrated as the source of economic growth and opportunity. APIs describe the rules by which applications and devices can interact..."

                            IT - Security
                            Emerging Technologies Are Poking Holes In Security
                            CSO Online, September 12th, 2016
                            "Accelerated change challenges change management, security DevOps and emerging technologies that enable business innovation and opportunities demand fast, frequent change from the enterprise. The speed and regularity as well as the kinds of change challenge change management and ultimately security.

                            To secure the enterprise in environments of unwieldy change, the business needs to know how each new technology affects change management and the organization's security defenses..."

                            Organisations Rarely Test For Vulnerabilities
                            ITProPortal, September 14th, 2016
                            "Despite it being considered best practice for the security posture improvement.

                            Are you conducting regular tests for cyber-vulnerabilities in your company? If not, you're not alone. A significant number of organisations are not doing it, despite the fact that it is considered one of the best way to keep an organisation safe from cyber-attacks..."

                            7 Best Practices To Defend Against Ransomware Attacks (Slideshow)
                            Information Management, September 12th, 2016
                            "Testing, user awareness and managing software defenses can help reduce your risks. Here are 7 steps you should be taking to protect against ransomware.

                            We recently explored 9 ways to recognize and beat ransomware attacks, based on a survey from software vendor Malwarebytes and Osterman Research. Here is part 2, focusing on best practices to protect against ransomware. What follows are the components of a thorough strategy to manage the rising onslaught of ransomware incursions..."

                              Data Manipulation: An Imminent Threat
                              Dark Reading, September 12th, 2016
                              "Critical industries are largely unprepared for a potential wave of destructive attacks.

                              An approaching cyber storm - one capable of unleashing unprecedented chaos - is looming on the horizon of the United States' public and private sectors. Although experts warn that attackers are poised to launch sophisticated campaigns designed to manipulate financial, healthcare, and government data beyond recognition, our critical industries remain largely unprepared for these potentially destructive attacks..."

                              Is Your Security Awareness Training Program Working?
                              CSO Online, September 13th, 2016
                              "An hour long lecture once a year doesn't do much for security awareness training..

                              Employees at Axe Capital, the fictional firm of biollionaire Bobby Axelrod in Showtimes new series, Billions, were downright angry when they learned that the surprise SEC raid, in which they were peppered with questions about their trading transactions, was only a test. Axelrod, though, found the mock raid fruitful as it revealed the internal weak links of his organization..."

                              Data Security Compliance: A Cheatsheet For IT
                              ITProPortal, September 16th, 2016
                              "Keep reading for a single set of guidelines to follow that can be applied to all industry regulations at once.

                              From HIPPA to SOX, whether you work for an organisation controlled by compliance standards or you are an independent IT firm looking to build your enterprise business, industry regulations regarding data security can sometimes cause a real headache. Keep reading for a single set of guidelines to follow that can be applied to all industry regulations at once..."

                              9 Biases Killing Your Security Program (Slideshow)
                              IT World, September 14th, 2016
                              "We're not always as rational in our decision-making as we'd like to think we are. This is often true in our daily decisions; from what you'd like to eat for lunch to the bigger decisions we make, such as what kind of car to buy to where we choose to live. These cognitive biases, or deviations from rational judgement, can affect every aspect of our decision-making. It'd be foolish to think such irrational thinking doesn't lead to a distorted view of cybersecurity risks, or inaccurate judgements in defending enterprise systems. Here's a (by no means all-inclusive) list of nine such cognitive biases that security professionals should especially remain aware..."
                              IT - Careers
                              Career Roadmap: Making A Career In DevOps
                              CIO, September 13th, 2016
                              "Variety is the spice of life, and it's part of what makes a career in DevOps both fascinating and challenging. This month, Eric Sigler, head of DevOps for PagerDuty, talks about his career and what gets him out of bed in the morning...

                              Variety is the spice of life, and it's also what makes a DevOps career endlessly fascinating and intriguing. But while DevOps requires an intimate knowledge of a myriad of technologies -- software, infrastructure, middleware, as well as business processes and operational best practices -- the most important skills to have for a successful DevOps career aren't technical at all: They're interpersonal, says Eric Sigler, head of DevOps at incident resolution software platform company PagerDuty..."

                              10 Best Places to Find IT Training
                              NetworkComputing, September 12th, 2016
                              "Recent years have seen a dramatic increase in online education. According to a February 2015 report, 70.8% of leaders at academic institutions say that online education is a "critical component of their long-term strategy." Many organizations have begun experimenting with Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, as a new way to offer educational services. Millions of people, many of them non-traditional students, have participated in their courses as a way to improve their skills..."
                                Being Pushed Out Of Your Comfort Zone Can Make Your It Career
                                CIO, September 12th, 2016
                                "Vanguard CIO John Marcante was working his dream job as the head of the company's software development team. However, things were about to change.

                                'Come to my office. You and I have something to talk about.'

                                That was the message John Marcante got from Vanguard's then-chairman, Jack Brennan. It was a few months after Sept. 11, 2001. At the time, tragedy notwithstanding, Marcante was living his professional dream..."

                                Bridging The Cybersecurity Talent Gap
                                GCN, September 16th, 2016
                                "According to the Cybersecurity Jobs Report, there will be 1.5 million global cybersecurity openings by 2019. This shortfall is fueled in part by efforts to combat the dramatic increase in cybercrime, as well as by the constantly shifting the security landscape that makes finding qualified individuals for critical roles difficult.

                                The talent shortfall is a known quantity, but the solution to this crisis is unclear. Why? It's a known unknown, as Donald Rumsfeld might say. Because the scope of the challenge is broad and growing, it requires a broadening range of skill sets that are yet unknown..."

                                IT - Virtualization
                                6 Questions CISOs Need To Ask About Containers (Slideshow)
                                CSO Online, September 13th, 2016
                                "Container technology promises greater agility and efficiency when it comes to building and deploying applications, a critical ability in this age of zero tolerance for downtime and great expectations for capabilities on demand. But with any new technology comes new risk, and security professionals must be able to accurately determine the risk-reward balance of containers for their organizations. Lars Herrmann, general manager, Integrated Solutions Business Unit at Red Hat, poses six questions CISOs must ask when evaluating container platforms..."
                                IT - Backup
                                Virtual Machine Data Recovery Dos And Don'ts For Better Backup
                                Search Data Backup, September 15th, 2016
                                "Explore how virtual machine recovery works, but be careful with the process, as running a VM from backup data storage indefinitely can cause difficulties.

                                The basic idea behind instant recovery is that there is no need to restore a failed virtual machine from backup if a full copy of the VM exists within the backup storage array. The virtual machine can simply be run from backup storage, bringing it immediately back online. This is a relatively simple concept, but there are a lot of moving pieces involved with virtual machine data recovery..."

                                  IT - Mobile
                                  14 Pairs Of Wireless And Lightning Headphones For The Jack-Less Iphone 7 (Slideshow)
                                  Macworld, September 12th, 2016
                                  "Lightning or Bluetooth?

                                  For audiophiles interested in getting the iPhone 7, finding the right pair of headphones is essential. We've surveyed the landscape for audio accessories, and here's your guide to new notable headphones for the jack-less iPhone 7 -both Lightning and wireless models..."

                                    Afraid Of Online Hacks? Worry More About Your Phone
                                    InfoWorld, September 13th, 2016
                                    "An entire industry is devoted to protecting you online. It's about time we took phone scams as seriously

                                    I talk a lot about the security problems and weaknesses of the internet, as well as the devices connected to it. It's all true, and we badly need improvements. Yet the irony is that security in our online world is actually better than in our physical world.

                                    Think of how many people are scammed by someone phoning to say their computer is infected and needs repair. As InfoWorld's Fahmida Rashid recently chronicled, they typically say they're with Microsoft or a Microsoft partner, and your computer is infected and needs fixing immediately..."

                                    Enterprises Hope Their Mobile Users Pay Attention To Security
                                    Network World, September 13th, 2016
                                    "Most companies worry about communicating and enforcing their internal mobile security policies...

                                    To ensure mobile security, enterprises need the whole-hearted cooperation of their workforce. But many workers don't seem to know or care about their company's mobile security policies.

                                    That conundrum fits my experience of how these things work in the real world, and it's also one of the conclusions of a new survey - Enterprise Mobility Security Goals & Challenges - conducted by Silicon Valley management services provider NetEnrich..."

                                    IT - Big Data
                                    10 Best Practices In Big Data - Data Provenance (Slideshow)
                                    Information Management, September 13th, 2016
                                    "With the increase in provenance metadata from large provenance graphs in big data applications, security takes on great importance. To conclude this series, the new report from the Cloud Security Alliance -- '100 Best Practices in Big Data Security and Privacy' - provides the following best practices for data provenance security..."
                                    Big Data Misconceptions
                                    Business 2 Community, September 15th, 2016
                                    "The idea and concept of 'Big Data' has been around for a while now, however it seems there are many people who still believe it is shrouded in mystery. Therefore, in the following post we are going to debunk some of the top big data misconceptions.

                                    Every business has access to data, from transactional, mobile, financial and behavioural data, to customer research data and social media data. What's more, as technology evolves and buying trends change more and more data is becoming available. However, it is the ability to transform all this data into actionable insights that is invaluable and is the definition of 'Big Data'..."

                                    Data Loss Risks Rise In The Age Of Collaboration
                                    Dark Reading, September 15th, 2016
                                    "Most organizations believe they have lost sensitive information due to external file sharing and third-party collaboration. The common business practice of collaboration with partners, customers, contractors, and other third parties is driving concerns about sensitive data loss, new studies show.

                                    Nearly 35% of organizations say 26% to 50% of their employees regularly share files with audiences outside the organization, which has increased concern about losing sensitive corporate data, according to an Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) report. Nearly all (98%) of survey participants report that sensitive data loss is a top or significant concern, and many claim it is likely their business has already lost data via several routes in the last 12 months..."

                                      Do You Really Have Big Data, Or Just Too Much Data?
                                      InformationWeek, September 12th, 2016
                                      "There is more data available to organizations today than ever before. In 2015 alone, customers, employees, and other users created about 7.9 zettabytes of data globally -- and that number is expected to reach 35 zettabytes in 2020.

                                      The type of information companies are collecting is also multiplying -- from traditional sources such as customer mailing addresses and phone numbers to more advanced demographics, web histories, shopping preferences, and even biometric data..."

                                        GDPR: Are you Prepared?
                                        HelpNet Security, September 14th, 2016
                                        "Many European and US businesses are ill-prepared for the recently agreed EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and are at risk of falling foul of its rules around the use and control of personal data, according to a study conducted by Vanson Bourne.

                                        Key findings include:..."

                                          The Role Of Data Analytics In Predictive Policing
                                          Government Technology, September 12th, 2016
                                          "The exponential escalation of mobile computing and analytics has given officers intelligence on the go and greatly improved their chances of being in the right place at the right time.

                                          From the right vantage point, it is almost possible to watch the steady tide of technology seeping into the briefing rooms and patrol cars of American law enforcement agencies.

                                          The devices and technologies that may have once started as benign civilian conveniences have transformed into powerful tools that enable agencies to pinpoint their resources, prevent crime and cast a wider net for wrongdoers..."

                                          IT - BYOD
                                          How To Fix Your Business Byod Challenges With The Cloud
                                          Business 2 Community, September 16th, 2016
                                          "BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) adoption has been on a growth spiral for several years now. According to a Tech Pro Research study, nearly 74% of organizations allow their employees to use their devices for work purposes or are in the process of drafting in such policies. This is with good reason - BYOD increases job satisfaction, improves productivity and makes employees reachable
                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                          Vol 223 Issue 1; Vol 222 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 221 Issues 3, and 4
                                          We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                          • It's the end of the line for Oracle's Java browser plug-in
                                          • The Cloud of Change - How IT Roles Will Look 5 Years Out
                                          • Oracle Database Cloud Service: My First Experience with the Cloud
                                          • Oracle Linux and Virtualization Showcase and Demogrounds
                                          • Move Over Mobile, AI Has Arrived
                                          • OpenWorld on your smartphone and tablet
                                          • MySQL Connector/NET 7.0.5 m4
                                          • Customer Experience In The Spotlight At Oracle OpenWorld
                                          • Finegrained JShell Integration in NetBeans IDE
                                          • MySQL Connector NET

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

                                            IT - Encryption
                                            5 Advantages Of Using Encryption Technology For Data Protection
                                            SmartDataCollective, September 12th, 2016
                                            "With so much of our sensitive data stored online, it's no surprise that cybercrime is on the rise. Data breaches have long been a problem for businesses and individuals, but criminals are ramping up attacks, and the numbers are alarming. In 2015, ID Theft Center reports that government agencies, businesses, education, healthcare, and banking organizations were the victims of 781 breaches in the United States. In 2014, 783 breaches occurred, and 2013, 614. It's important to realize that these numbers only represent breaches confirmed by government agencies and the media-there are new attacks happening every day. As of September 2016, 638 breaches had already been confirmed for the year and mega attacks continue to be on the rise. Info Security shares projections that cybercrime costs worldwide will double from $3 trillion in 2015 to $6 trillion in 2021..."
                                            IT - Server
                                            Gartner Says Worldwide Server Revenue Declined In Second Quarter Of 2016, While Shipments Increased
                                            HPCWire, September 14th, 2016
                                            "In the second quarter of 2016, worldwide server revenue declined 0.8 per cent year over year, while shipments grew 2 per cent from the second quarter of 2015, according to Gartner, Inc. There was some shuffling among the top vendors in the second quarter, as Dell moved into the top spot in shipments, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) remained the worldwide leader in server revenue..."
                                            IT - Java
                                            Java founder James Gosling endorses Apache takeover of NetBeans Java IDE
                                            JavaWorld, September 13th, 2016
                                            NetBeans, the venerable open source Java IDE that originated at Sun Microsystems, would move from Oracle's jurisdiction to the Apache Software Foundation under a proposal unveiled today. The plan is being endorsed by Java founder James Gosling, a longtime fan of the IDE.

                                            Moving NetBeans to a neutral venue like Apache, with its strong governance model, would help the project attract more contributions from various organizations, according to the proposal posted in the Apache wiki. "Large companies are using NetBeans as an application framework to build internal or commercial applications and are much more likely to contribute to it once it moves to neutral Apache ground," the proposal says.

                                            IT - Developer
                                            Top 10 Most Popular Programming Languages On GitHub
                                            TechWorm, September 17th, 2016
                                            "Software developers are a rare commodity nowadays. They are in such a high demand that even interns at tech companies are drawing ridiculous salaries. But as there are more and more programmers joining the recruitment cycle, tech companies are finding it hard to hunt for talented coders. Most big tech companies refer to GitHub, the so-called 'Facebook for programmers,' to identify and recruit the very best of the very best.

                                            If you are a developer you should also be looking at the hottest programming languages on GitHub and decide on specialising the most popular programming language to take advantage of the demand. Gere are the top ten programming languages on GitHub, according to data released this week..."

                                            IT - HPC
                                            Video: HPC Disruptive Technologies Panel
                                            insideHPC, September 17th, 2016
                                            "In this video from the 2016 HPC User Forum in Austin, a select panel of HPC vendors describe their disruptive technologies for high performance computing.

                                            'A disruptive innovation is an innovation that creates a new market and value network and eventually disrupts an existing market and value network, displacing established market leading firms, products and alliances. The term was defined and phenomenon analyzed by Clayton M. Christensen beginning in 1995.'

                                            Nexenta News
                                            Nexenta to Host Webinar Around the Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS) in Partnership with ScaleMatrix, Dell and 451 Research
                                            Nexenta, September 13th, 2016
                                            Nexenta announced it is hosting a complimentary webinar, 'Hosting + Cloud Strategies = Software-Defined Data Center Disruption,' with 451 Research), ScaleMatrix and Dell, from 451 Research's Hosting + Cloud Transformation Summit (HCTS) in Las Vegas, Nev.

                                            Tarkan Maner, CEO and Chairman at Nexenta, joins Al Sadowski, Research Vice President at 451 Research; Chris Orlando, Co-Founder & Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at ScaleMatrix; and Ganesh Padmanabhan, Senior Director of Enterprise Solutions Sales, Strategy & Business Development at Dell to share insights on how enterprise Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing are driving demand for greater flexibility, scalability and cost-effectiveness in the data center.

                                            • What: 'Hosting + Cloud Strategies = Software-Defined Data Center Disruption' complimentary webinar
                                            • When: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11 a.m. PT
                                            • Who: Tarkan Maner, CEO and Chairman at Nexenta; Al Sadowski, Research Vice President at 451 Research; Chris Orlando, Co-Founder & Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at ScaleMatrix; and Ganesh Padmanabhan, Senior Director of Enterprise Solutions Sales, Strategy & Business Development at Dell
                                            • Where: Bellagio Resort & Hotel, 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                                            This panel of industry leaders will also share their diverse perspectives on the software-defined data center (SDDC), and will discuss the latest service provider market trends and data, real world customer success stories, and 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.

                                            Three Dimensions of Storage Sizing & Design - Part 4: Throughput
                                            By Edwin Weijdema, sales engineer at Nexenta
                                            In this fourth post of the multi-post Three Dimensions of Storage Sizing & Design we will dive deeper in the dimension: Use and specifically the application Workloads part characteristic Throughput. Depending on the application workload requirements, you will need to size the storage system for Bandwidth. So let us dive deeper into MB/s.
                                              Efficient Replication using Multicast Protocols
                                              By Oscar Wahlberg, Director of Product Management
                                              The use of replication as a data protection method is not new. Historically, it was relegated to disaster recovery for tier-1 applications and did not have a role in day-to-day backups.

                                              Recently, however, many customers are using replication as their primary mechanism for backup and recovery for all tiers of systems - primarily due to the advent of object storage systems with built in replication and versioning. Unfortunately, the side effect is that this significantly increases the amount of data that needs to be replicated...

                                              Veritas News
                                              Veritas Lays Out Its Own Agenda for Enterprise Data Management at Veritas Vision
                                              DCIG, September 14th, 2016
                                              This year's Veritas Vision 2016 conference held a lot of intrigue for me. The show itself was not new. The Vision show has been an ongoing event for years though this was the first time in more than a decade that Veritas was free to set its own agenda for the entire show. Rather the intrigue was in what direction it would take going forward. This Veritas did by communicating that it plans to align its product portfolio and strategy to deliver on an objective that has, to date, eluded enterprise organizations and vendors alike for at least two decades: enterprise data management.
                                              Veritas Accelerates Digital Business Transformation with New Cloud Data Management Solutions
                                              New solutions advance data protection, storage management, high availability and application performance for hybrid cloud environments
                                              Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, announced its vision for a sweeping range of new solutions for cloud data management designed to help organizations as they transform to digital businesses. The new solutions will address the three foundational pillars for comprehensive enterprise data management: data protection, data availability and data insight. With its new cloud data management solutions, Veritas will help organizations manage the IT complexity of hybrid clouds with new capabilities that help them drive more value from their data while reducing cost and business risk.
                                              Veritas and Red Hat Collaborate to Support Requirements for Business Critical Applications on OpenStack
                                              Veritas, September 13th, 2016
                                              Veritas, the leader in information management, and Red Hat, Inc. the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced a collaboration aimed at supporting business critical enterprise applications on OpenStack. Building on their long history of technology collaboration focused on business continuity, storage management and data protection solutions for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization, the two companies plan to work together to offer predictable quality of service to OpenStack applications and workloads, regardless of scale.

                                              Red Hat OpenStack Platform is a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution that enhances OpenStack with advanced features needed for cloud environments. It is a co-engineered solution that integrates the proven foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Red Hat's OpenStack technology to form a stable, high-performing and production-ready cloud environment. Veritas has selected Red Hat OpenStack Platform to build OpenStack solutions that provide a highly predictable quality of service to meet the requirements of business critical workloads with cost-effective direct-attached storage (DAS) using Veritas storage management technologies. Through the collaboration, Veritas aims to bring the ability to execute data protection tasks through integration with backup software without impacting production operations to Red Hat OpenStack Platform environments.

                                              Cisco News
                                              Barrick and Cisco Partner for the Digital Reinvention of Mining
                                              Cortez mine in Nevada to become flagship digital operation
                                              Barrick Gold Corporation and Cisco announced they will partner for the digital reinvention of Barrick's business, bringing together cutting-edge technology and expertise to unleash the full potential of mining.

                                              "We are proud to partner with Cisco to drive our digital reinvention," said John L. Thornton, Barrick's Executive Chairman... Over the course of the collaboration, Barrick and Cisco will focus on research and development, and jointly use their networks and expertise to drive Barrick's digital reinvention...

                                              LeCloud and Cisco Partner to Secure OTT Video Services
                                              Cisco VideoGuard Everywhere DRM helps LeCloud create a new global ecosystem for the secure distribution of videos
                                              Cisco is teaming up with LeCloud Computing Co., Ltd (LeCloud) to drive the development of Digital Rights Management (DRM) through its leading VideoGuard Everywhere DRM solution. The two companies have built a DRM cloud platform that makes cloud services global. It is compatible with multiple DRM protocols and able to provide one-stop solutions. With this, the two companies are working together to promote the disruptive transformation of DRM business models and innovation in the global video cloud service ecosystem.
                                              Dell News
                                              Dell Introduces New Lineup of Laptops with Stunning Visual Experiences and Performance in Small Form-Factors
                                              Dell, September 15th, 2016
                                              Dell announced new XPS and Inspiron laptops that deliver some of the best visual experiences with InfinityEdge screens and vibrant graphics for writing the first chapter of your future career, learning about a country you've never been to, binge-watching your favorite TV program and more. With multiple sizes, colors and configurations, Dell's new PC lineup has every individual, student and family covered for their entertainment, computing and content creation needs.
                                              Dell EMC Combines DSSD and PowerEdge Servers for SAS Analytics
                                              New Dell EMC DSSD D5 Rack-Scale Flash solution leverages Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 servers powered by Intel Xeon processors, delivers faster, more scalable SAS 9 analytics
                                              Dell EMC announced the new Dell EMC DSSD D5 Rack-Scale Flash solution leveraging Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 servers. This optimal solution for SAS applications delivers game-changing performance for SAS 9 analytics, enabling customers to take full advantage of new innovative offerings from the SAS portfolio.

                                              Customers can leverage DSSD D5 solutions for extreme storage performance to get more value from their existing SAS investments by complementing existing infrastructure to address bandwidth and I/O bottlenecks. Alternatively, they can leverage the Dell EMC solution to build a new high-performance analytics cluster for new projects.

                                              Microsoft News
                                              Microsoft and Tuxera strengthen partnership through Tuxera SMB Server
                                              Microsoft, September 14th, 2016
                                              Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Tuxera Inc. announced they have expanded their collaboration to Server Message Block (SMB) technology, fueling innovation in a range of fields and enhancing business solutions for customers around the globe. The collaboration comes as Tuxera launches its new Tuxera SMB as a drop-in replacement for the open-source Samba and other alternative SMB/Common Internet File System (CIFS) servers, ideally suited for embedded platforms.

                                              'All the existing SMB/CIFS servers on the market, both open source and proprietary, have years of legacy code as added weight. This makes them not optimal for embedded use due to limited CPU, memory constraints and demanding support requirements,' said Szabolcs Szakacsits, Tuxera's president and chief technology officer.

                                              Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online selected by HP to transform sales and partner engagement
                                              Microsoft, September 12th, 2016
                                              Microsoft Corp. has entered a six-year agreement with HP Inc. to deploy Microsoft Dynamics to thousands of employees across HP, dramatically enhancing collaboration across marketing, sales and service operations. With Dynamics, as well as Azure, Office 365 and other Microsoft Cloud solutions, HP has invested in the sales and service collaboration platform it needs to deliver a seamless sales experience for customers and partners while increasing the company's performance and economies.
                                              Symantec News
                                              Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud Secures SMBs Against Growing Threats
                                              65 Percent of Targeted Attacks are Launched Against Small and Mid-sized Businesses
                                              Symantec Corp. introduced Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud, a new solution for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) to protect them from targeted attacks and ransomware. According to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report, 65 percent of all targeted attacks struck small and mid-sized organizations in 20151 to steal valuable company information. Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud gives SMB owners enterprise-grade protection in a solution that can be set up in less than five minutes and operated by someone with general IT knowledge.

                                              Symantec Endpoint Protection Cloud is for organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees that are looking for an effective way to protect corporate and personal devices on the corporate network. Gartner indicated that by 2018, 95 percent of global enterprises will have both a Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) and a formal Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) plan in place2. This expected flood of new devices will put increasing pressure on businesses with limited IT resources.

                                              IBM News
                                              Discover Your Positive Influence With the Help of Chevy and IBM Watson
                                              New Initiative Celebrates International Day of Positive Thinking, Evaluates Positivity Based on Social Media Activity
                                              Have you ever stopped to consider the positivity you bring to your friends, family or greater community? With September's 'International Day of Positive Thinking' in mind, Chevrolet enlisted the cognitive capabilities of IBM's Watson platform to develop the Chevrolet Global Positivity System - a mobile and desktop website that evaluates users' social media presence to gauge their positive impact.

                                              'A positive, never-give-up attitude has been a driving force for the Chevrolet brand for more than a century and has motivated us as a team to turn the impossible into the possible,' said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer of Global Chevrolet. 'We encourage people around the world to reflect on their own outlook by using the Global Positivity System and to consider the possibilities in their own lives.'

                                              IBM and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to Use Blockchain For Contract Management between the Two Companies
                                              IBM, September 16th, 2016
                                              IBM announced it has signed a contract with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (BTMU) to examine the design, management and execution of contracts among business partners using blockchain technologies. The two companies will begin by piloting blockchain to automate business transactions between the two companies.

                                              This is one of the first projects built on the Hyperledger Project fabric, an open-source blockchain platform, to use blockchain for real-life contract management on the IBM Cloud.

                                              IBM Fuels Digital Marketing Transformation with THINK Marketing
                                              New Destination Uses Watson Cognitive Capabilities to Inform, Educate and Enable Marketers to Succeed
                                              IBM announced THINK Marketing, a new one-stop destination for marketers to gain knowledge, learn skills and ultimately drive a digital transformation within their business.

                                              Designed to help Chief Marketing Officers (CMO) and their teams build proficiency and experience, THINK Marketing delivers news and thought leadership content from the industry's top marketing influencers and news outlets. The news content links to learning materials, demonstrations, and trials from a variety of vendors around topics such as campaign management, digital marketing and analytics. Through these assets, marketers can gain a deeper knowledge and, when ready, match their needs with solutions from IBM and more than sixty marketing technology companies from around the globe including Sprinklr, Mirakl and MediaMath...

                                              Finland and IBM Partner to Develop Personalized Healthcare and Spark Economic Growth with Watson
                                              IBM plans several strategic investments to support Finland healthcare agenda
                                              Tekes - the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation (Tekes) and IBM announced a partnership that will enable Finland to utilize Watson cognitive computing to help doctors improve the health of its citizens, and strengthen and develop the Finnish innovation and business ecosystem in the fields of health and well-being. To facilitate the collaboration, IBM intends to establish a Watson Health Center of Excellence in Finland, the first Nordic Healthcare Competence Center, and the first National Imaging Center of Excellence outside the United States in Finland. These centers are expected to employ 150 people over the next few years.
                                              JFE Steel adopts IBM Cloud to Build an Agile IT Infrastructure
                                              Steel company to use IBM's hybrid cloud to keep up with demand and streamline business processes
                                              IBM and JFE Steel Co., Ltd., signed a five-year outsourcing agreement enabling the steel company to migrate core systems to the IBM Cloud while consolidating its IT infrastructure and streamlining its business operations.

                                              With the World Steel Organization stating that steel prices will continue to fall in 2016, steel companies like JFE Steel, must identify ways of creating a more efficient business model that can quickly adjust to market changes. In fact, under the JFE Group's medium-term business plan, JFE Steel aims to increase annual JFE branded product and services to 40 million tons.

                                              IBM Expands Global Footprint for Mobile Security and Management via the Cloud
                                              Local Deployments of IBM MaaS360 and Services Help Clients Manage Data Privacy Environments, Enterprise Mobile Strategy and Deployments
                                              IBM announced an expansion of its global footprint for delivering mobile security-as-a-service via the IBM Cloud. Through the deployment of new IBM MaaS360 services across global Cloud Data Centers in Europe, Asia, North America and South America, IBM will help clients address local data protection standards for mobile business. IBM will also offer data privacy consulting services as well as mobile strategy, design and deployment consultants as clients look to scale their mobile strategies globally.

                                              The continuing expansion of IBM Cloud, which operates across 47 data centers in 26 countries, now makes it possible for MaaS360 to offer greater flexibility in addressing clients' localized data privacy needs. With IBM MaaS360 currently operating in North America, Germany and Singapore, IBM will also add the service in France and India, with an additional eight countries intended over the next two years. IBM MaaS360 helps clients simplify mobile device management by providing the tools needed to monitor and manage mobile devices. The new IBM mobile security cloud services help enterprises manage local data requirements as they deploy mobile devices and data management policies globally via the IBM Cloud.

                                              VMware News
                                              Newly Released STIG Validates VMware NSX Meets the Security Hardening Guidance Required for Installment on Department of Defense (DoD) Networks
                                              VMware NSX Network Virtualization Is the First Software-Defined Networking Solution to Have a Published STIG
                                              VMware, Inc., a global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Risk Management Executive has released the VMware NSX Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), Version 1 for immediate use.

                                              As the first software-defined networking solution with a published STIG, VMware NSX meets the security hardening guidance required for installment on Department of Defense (DoD) networks. The VMware NSX STIG provides the technical security policies, requirements, and implementation details for applying security concepts to NSX. Agencies within the DoD and other Federal Agencies can now deploy NSX with the STIG guidelines to bring IT agility and security to the data center to help save both time and money.

                                              Red Hat News
                                              Nominations Open for 2017 Red Hat Innovation Awards
                                              Awards program recognizes Red Hat partners and customers for their innovative and creative use of Red Hat technologies; Award recipients to be honored at Red Hat Summit 2017
                                              Red Hat announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2017 Red Hat Innovation Awards.Since 2007, the Red Hat Innovation Awards have recognized Red Hat's global customers and partners for the transformative projects and outstanding results they have experienced with Red Hat's open source solutions.

                                              Organizations can submit nominations in five categories. Category winners will be selected based on the uniqueness, complexity, and magnitude of their Red Hat implementations. Categories for the 2017 Red Hat Innovation Awards include:...

                                              Friday Five - September 16, 2016
                                              Red Hat, September 16th, 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.

                                              • Nominations Open for 2017 Red Hat Innovation Awards
                                              • TechRepublic - What a Pixar open source project says about your software strategy
                                              • InfoWorld - Review: Ansible shows the beef
                                              • - Why Your Open Source Project Is Not A Product
                                              • Herzog Technologies Drives Intelligent Railway Safety Solution with Red Hat

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                                              Herzog Technologies Drives Intelligent Railway Safety Solution with Red Hat
                                              Red Hat's open technologies power the Internet-of-Things (IoT) foundation for Herzog's cloud-based positive train control (PTC) solution
                                              Red Hat, Inc. announced that Herzog Technologies, a leader in the railroad signal and communications industry, has launched a cloud-based positive train control (PTC) solution using Red Hat technologies. The enterprise-grade foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux provides the backend to the complex IoT system required for the intelligence and dynamism expected of PTC, while Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Satellite help Herzog with systems management and compliance. Combined, Red Hat's powerful open source technologies are helping Herzog provide railroads with the ability to more quickly adopt PTC technology, helping to enable safer and more efficient rail transportation.
                                              Red Hat Adds QuickStart Cloud Installer to Red Hat Cloud Suite to Help Speed Private Cloud Deployments
                                              New installer enables users to deploy integrated cloud services with application development platforms in hours
                                              Red Hat introduced QuickStart Cloud Installer as part of Red Hat Cloud Suite, its pre-integrated set of cloud technologies. With the web-based, graphical QuickStart Cloud Installer, users can orchestrate the installation of Red Hat Cloud Suite components from a single interface. As a result, users can access a fully functional private cloud environment with pre-defined default configurations within mere hours as shown by Red Hat testing.
                                              Level3 News
                                              Enterprises Struggling To Defend Against DSoS Attacks Now Benefit From Enhanced Mitigation
                                              Level 3 Is Building a More Secure Network; First Global Carrier to Launch BGP Flowspec Capability
                                              Level 3 Communications deployed Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Flowspec on its global backbone. The capability is one of the largest deployments in the industry, leveraging Level 3's more than 43 terabits of backbone capacity and protecting its peering points. BGP Flowspec allows for rapid threat mitigation across the Level 3 backbone, shutting down volumetric attacks and providing a more secure network for its customers.

                                              This enhancement to Level 3's suite of security solutions better provides responsive service capabilities for customers while at the same time helping to create a safer internet ecosystem. Enterprises need a DDoS mitigation service provider with the tools and expertise to fight these large-scale, potentially expensive attacks...

                                              EMC News
                                              New Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node Offers All-Flash Software-Defined Path to the Modern Data Center
                                              Software-Defined Storage Offering Now Unites Dell EMC ScaleIO and Dell EMC PowerEdge servers leveraging All-Flash Configurations to Transform Data Centers
                                              Dell EMC announced Dell EMC ScaleIO Ready Node, a software-defined, all-flash offering running on Dell EMC PowerEdge x86 servers, designed to help customers transform and modernize their data centers by utilizing Dell EMC ScaleIO. A key component of the Dell EMC Software-Defined Storage (SDS) portfolio, ScaleIO is scale-out, software-defined storage for block-based storage needs (commonly known as server SAN and considered an alternative to traditional SANs). ScaleIO Ready Node combines flexible configurations of PowerEdge servers with ScaleIO software with a Dell EMC validated, and fully supported SDS solution that makes it easy for customers to purchase, deploy, and run.

                                              ScaleIO Ready Node all-flash configurations scale out and overcome the limitations of previous all-flash storage on server solutions that only supported a single application and, thus, were suitable for a narrow range of use cases. The ScaleIO Ready Node has a scale-out and highly parallelized architecture, utilizing the power of all-flash to any and all workloads. The SSD drives within the ScaleIO Ready Node work in parallel to help eliminate performance bottlenecks.

                                              Dell EMC Combines DSSD and PowerEdge Servers for SAS Analytics
                                              New Rack-Scale Flash Solution Helps Customers Modernize SAS Analytics Infrastructure to Make Smarter, Faster Decisions
                                              Dell EMC announced the new Dell EMC DSSD D5 Rack-Scale Flash solution leveraging Dell EMC PowerEdge R730 servers. This optimal solution for SAS applications delivers game-changing performance for SAS 9 analytics, enabling customers to take full advantage of new innovative offerings from the SAS portfolio.

                                              Customers can leverage DSSD D5 solutions for extreme storage performance to get more value from their existing SAS investments by complementing existing infrastructure to address bandwidth and I/O bottlenecks. Alternatively, they can leverage the Dell EMC solution to build a new high-performance analytics cluster for new projects.

                                              HP News
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Delivers Innovations to Drive More Integrated, Intuitive Approach to Security
                                              New Solutions Bring Flexibility and Effectiveness to Security Operations, DevOps and Data Protection to Enable Secure Digital Transformation
                                              At HPE Protect, the company's annual enterprise security conference, Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveiled new solutions designed to streamline and strengthen the approach to intelligent security operations, DevOps and data protection. These innovations in security analytics, application security, and data security combine power and flexibility with ease-of-use, helping organizations fearlessly innovate and more intuitively build security in to protect, detect, and respond to the evolving threat landscape.

                                              In a hyper-connected world, technology advances such as hybrid cloud, employee managed devices and Internet of Things (IoT) accelerate business agility; however, they can also introduce vulnerabilities that increase risk. Securing digital transformation means building security into the IT infrastructure and providing visibility and actionable insight to enable intelligence-driven security operations...

                                              Brocade News
                                              Brocade Delivers Innovative New Routing Solution Designed For The Digital Era
                                              Pervasive Network Visibility and DevOps-Style Automation Combined With Extensible Platform Define Next-Generation Router Portfolio
                                              Brocade announced the BROCADE SLX 9850, a next-generation data center routing solution designed to support the exponential growth in network traffic and deliver the advanced functionality that organizations require as they accelerate their digital transformation. The extensible SLX 9850 provides industry-leading density, scale and performance for 10/40/100GbE data center use cases.

                                              Leveraging a unique combination of hardware and software innovations, the SLX 9850 router includes the embedded Brocade SLX Insight Architecture that delivers pervasive network visibility for unparalleled insight to meet increasingly stringent service levels. The SLX 9850 also takes advantage of BROCADE WORKFLOW COMPOSER to provide server-based, DevOps-style network automation that integrates across IT domains for end-to-end workflow automation...

                                              Netapp News
                                              Attend NetApp Insight 2016 for a One-of-a-Kind Education and Networking Experience Focused on Data Management
                                              Registration open for September 26-29 conference in Las Vegas, November 14-17 conference in Berlin
                                              Learn how to meet the data challenges of the digital-powered era and join thousands of the brightest IT innovators at the NetApp Insight 2016 global technical conference. Register now and connect with NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) customers, partners and experts for this one-of-a-kind education and networking experience, taking place September 26-29 in Las Vegas and November 14-17 in Berlin.

                                              NetApp Insight is NetApp's annual technical conference for storage and data management professionals. Attendees can choose among nearly 300 technical sessions, participate in a self-paced Hands-On Lab, earn NetApp Certifications at no cost, and see exciting new technology in action at the Insight Central solutions expo.

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