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Oracle Announces the Industry's Most Comprehensive Offering for Analytics in the Cloud
Oracle Analytics Cloud is a comprehensive set of capabilities spanning packaged content, expert models, and data services as well as platform, applications and infras...
Oracle announced a number of innovations in analytics that give organizations a unified and complete suite of Cloud services to unlock value from their data. The new Oracle Cloud services enable businesses to fundamentally transform the way they generate insights from people, algorithms, processes and machines and deliver them to their users with intuitive visualizations, creative narratives and predictive outcomes using expert models and adaptive learning.

The industry's only end-to-end solution for business analytics, Oracle Analytics Cloud includes a high performance analytic processing infrastructure at scale; a broad suite of tools for data preparation, discovery, visualization and collaboration; a pre-packaged suite of domain-specific machine learning models; packaged best-practice analytic key performance indicators (KPIs) to run your business; and large scale, curated public data sets all designed for analytics.

Accenture and Oracle Expand the Accenture Oracle Business Group to Include Infrastructure-as-a-Service Offerings
Accenture becomes the first cloud managed service provider across Oracle's public cloud
Accenture and Oracle have announced that infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offerings will now be available through the Accenture Oracle Business Group, adding to the already-existing software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) capabilities. The expansion of capabilities further positions Accenture as Oracle's largest global systems integrator (GSI) and a leader in Oracle Public Cloud.

The Accenture Oracle Business Group was launched in April 2015 to deliver industry-specific solutions built on the Oracle Public Cloud that help clients with their digital transformation goals, realize the benefits of the Cloud faster and help reduce risk.

Oracle Announces Platform Innovation Award Winners
Celebrates customers using Oracle PaaS and IaaS to drive business value
At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle honored the winners of the 2016 Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation Awards. This prestigious group of recipients is using Oracle's PaaS and IaaS services in new and innovative ways to transform their businesses, drive innovation and gain a competitive advantage.

Thirty-one customers were chosen from around the world, spanning small and medium businesses to the largest enterprise, across a wide range of industries.

Oracle Cloud Helps Grant Thornton Tap Workforce Insights
Using Oracle's Public Cloud Infrastructure, Grant Thornton unlocks insights from U.S. Workforce
Oracle Corporation today announced that its Cloud infrastructure solutions are helping Grant Thornton LLP - a leading accounting and consulting firm - match its professionals to its client's needs by providing a platform to tap large volumes of in-house workforce data.

To accomplish this, Grant Thornton and Oracle have deployed an analytics solution on Oracle Public Cloud - an effort that has unified Grant Thornton's data sources, increased its data confidence and reduced data bottlenecks.

Adventist Health Cures Aging Legacy IT Systems with Oracle Cloud
Rapidly expanding integrated health delivery network chooses Oracle Applications Cloud to modernize systems and help drive growth
Adventist Health, a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system, has selected Oracle Applications Cloud as part of an end-to-end Cloud deployment to modernize its IT systems and transform the performance of key business functions including HR and Finance. The move to Oracle Applications Cloud will enable Adventist Health to support its strategic growth initiatives, simplify its technology infrastructure and lower costs.
Oracle Beats Amazon Web Services in Head-to-Head Cloud Database Comparison
New Oracle Database-as-a-Service is 20 years ahead of Amazon Web Services
Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Larry Ellison today demonstrated that Amazon databases are 20 years behind the latest release of the Oracle Database in the Cloud. In his keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco's Moscone Center, Ellison shared benchmark test results that showed that Oracle Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) performed up to 105X faster for Analytics workloads, 35X faster for online transaction processing (OLTP), and 1000+X faster for mixed workloads compared to Amazon DBaaS. Ellison also showed that the Oracle Cloud is optimized for running Oracle Database while Amazon Web Services (AWS) is not. An Oracle Database running on the Oracle Cloud performed up to 24X faster than an Oracle Database running on AWS.
Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Help Accelerate Digital Transformation
A Center of Excellence powered by Oracle Cloud is designed to modernize government services and enable smart city solutions
Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) intended to accelerate the state's digital transformation initiatives. Leveraging Oracle Cloud solutions, Oracle and the Government of Maharashtra will develop the State's smart city program, with the goal of making the State's urban landscape more livable and inclusive, while driving economic growth.
Oracle Empowers Cloud Developers
New tools, services and initiatives support open, modern and easy cloud development projects
Extending its support for the developer community, Oracle has unveiled the next generation of Cloud services and development tools at JavaOne 2016, as well as a range of developer-focused initiatives. By giving developers a choice of programming languages, databases, compute types, operating systems and virtual machines, integrated development environments (IDEs) and tools, Oracle provides developers with the choice and flexibility needed to quickly and easily build modern applications in the Cloud.
Oracle Unveils Low Code Platform to Easily Extend SaaS Applications
Visual application development platform enables business users and developers to extend services and build new applications with little to no coding
Oracle unveiled Project Visual Code, a complete cloud-based application platform for low-code development. With this innovative new platform, customers can quickly and easily build and publish bespoke, stand-alone applications or extend applications by visually creating and publishing new integrated applications to meet any business need.

The real-time enterprise has made it necessary for organizations to rethink application development in order to keep up with rapidly changing demands. IT teams are often stuck with a backlog of work, which means the business can't always get applications delivered quickly enough to capitalize on new opportunities presented by digital transformation. To help solve this challenge and democratize app development, Oracle has introduced Project Visual Code, which enables business users to quickly and easily develop and extend enterprise applications.

Oracle Partners Accelerate Innovation and Customer Success in the Cloud with Oracle
New Oracle Cloud Managed Service Provider Program pairs partner services with Oracle's leading cloud platform to drive datacenter transformation for customers in the ...
Companies are increasingly looking to the Cloud to stay competitive and drive datacenter transformation. However, many lack the internal skillsets and resources needed to manage complex Cloud migrations and ongoing maintenance, or have the need to shift those resources to areas of strategic innovation. Enabling customers to speed up success in the Cloud with support from the right partner and platform, Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) today announced the Oracle Cloud Managed Service Provider (MSP) Program.
ClubCorp, eHarmony and Lyft Tap Oracle Cloud to Help Accelerate Innovation and Lower Costs
Top global and innovative digital brands choose Oracle to run their businesses
From the world's largest companies to industry disrupters and leading consultancies, Oracle Cloud is redefining the future of enterprise software and helping to transform businesses around the world. Boingo Wireless, SUPERVALU, and Telefonica UK, are just a few of the many organizations who have selected Oracle to help them take advantage of the Cloud to drive innovation and gain a competitive advantage. Oracle Cloud is experiencing exceptional growth and now has more than 20,000 customers.

This week at Oracle OpenWorld 2016, featured customer speakers ClubCorp CIO Patrick Benson and HSBC Global Services CFO Joanna Fielding will share their stories on stage with Oracle CEO Mark Hurd.

Oracle Transforms the Cloud Infrastructure Market
New Cloud services deliver unparalleled choice, performance and flexibility
Oracle introduced the broadest array of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offerings in the industry, which include bare metal cloud servers that are 11.5X faster and 20 percent cheaper than the fastest solution offered by the competition. The new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform enable customers to get the best of both multi-tenant and single-tenant environments and include Oracle Bare Metal Cloud Services, Oracle Ravello Cloud Service, Oracle Container Cloud Service and enhancements to existing Oracle Cloud services.
MoneyGram Increases Business Efficiencies, Cuts Time for New Product Introductions with Oracle Cloud
Oracle Cloud solutions streamline payroll, core human resources and recruitment processes for the global money transfer business
Oracle announced that MoneyGram International Inc., the second-largest money transfer company in the world with $1.45 billion in annual revenue, has implemented Oracle HCM Cloud to overhaul its human resources (HR) operations and reduce administrative processes to be more efficient. Reports that previously took 40-hours to produce can now be completed in 80 percent less time.

Serving more than 350,000 agent locations in more than 200 counties, MoneyGram was in need of a global tool that could accommodate the needs of its nearly 3,000 employees.

Oracle Unveils Its Next Generation Cloud Strategy: Intelligent Applications
Oracle adds to its industry leading Cloud portfolio with new SaaS Cloud services and enhancements
Building on its position as the industry's leading Cloud Applications provider, Oracle unveiled its strategy for next generation Software as a Service (SaaS) Cloud offerings that blend third-party data with real-time analytics and behavioral inputs to create Cloud Applications that adapt and learn. The result: intelligent Cloud Applications that automatically offer individualized recommended actions and streamline the tasks of business users such as human resource or finance professionals.

Called Adaptive Intelligent Applications, these next generation Cloud offerings are based on the insights contained within Oracle's Data Cloud, which is a collection of more than 5+ billion consumer and business profiles, with over 45,000 attributes. When activated, these new Adaptive Intelligent Applications use Oracle's web-scale data and apply advanced data science to learn and ingest data about an organization's users and their behaviors to deliver targeted information to customers and employees. The insights from these deep analytics build a knowledge base that helps improve business results across organizations.

Oracle Unveils Unmatched Cloud Platform Based on #1 Database and #1 Middleware to Accelerate Move of Enterprise IT to the Cloud
New Database-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service offerings make it easier to move, secure and optimize workloads, development and data in the cloud
Oracle announced a series of major innovations across the Oracle Cloud Platform that are designed to give organizations the confidence they need to run their most critical applications in the Cloud. At the heart of Oracle's Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) is Oracle's new Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) based on Oracle Database 12c Release 2. Oracle's new database is being made available in the Cloud first, providing businesses of all sizes with access to the world's fastest, most scalable and reliable database technology in a cost-effective and flexible Cloud environment.
Oracle's Latest Database: Right Technology, Right Time
By John Soat
John Soat writes in Forbes, "Database technology is evolving rapidly, particularly in three areas-in-memory technology, big data analytics, and the cloud - according to Andy Mendelsohn, executive vice president for database server technologies at Oracle. Mendelsohn, during a presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco this week, introduced the next iteration of Oracle's flagship technology, Oracle Database 12c Release 2. And he used the opportunity to illustrate not only the changing database landscape but also the evolution of Oracle's own priorities and strategies. Oracle has made major investments in its database products, Mendelsohn said, in order to 'create the innovations 'users' need' and provide 'the best database technology to deal with all the changes going on out there'..."
Thomas Kurian PaaS Oracle OpenWorld 2016 keynote summery
By Juergen Kress
Juergen writes, "During Oracle OpenWorld 2016 keynote Thomas Kurian showcased the Oracle IaaS, PaaS and SaaS portfolio in many live demos. Some of the highlights include key PaaS solutions.

Slides and demos will become available for partners via the communities in the next weeks..."

Oracle's New Approach To Monitoring And Managing Apps
By Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy writes, "Two opposing forces define today's digital business challenge for IT. People expect their tech-infused customer experience to constantly get better, and they're less and less tolerant of tech failure. At the same time, the level of technical change required for that fast-changing experience makes IT more difficult and complex to manage, and further raises the risk of outage..."
    Larry Ellison Lays It On The Line: 5 Highlights From Oracle OpenWorld
    By Rob Preston
    Rob writes in Forbes, "Larry Ellison, the 72-year-old executive chairman and CTO of Oracle, was omnipresent at Oracle OpenWorld this week, delivering two compelling keynote addresses and answering customers' questions at the event's Leaders Circle forum.

    As always, Ellison didn't mince words in laying out his technology worldview, calling out rival, hammering on the rising importance of information security, and sharing business lessons learned from a life of sailing. Here are five highlights:.."

    IT - AI
    Google's Go Language Ventures Into Machine Learning
    JavaWord, September 19th, 2016
    "A small but growing number of libraries written entirely in Go are stepping up to show that Google's language can do machine learning, too...

    Machine learning developers who want to use Google's Go language as their development platform have a small but growing number of projects to choose from.

    Rather than call out to libraries written in other languages, chiefly C/C++, developers can work with machine learning libraries written directly in Go. Existing machine learning libraries in other languages have a far larger culture of users, but there's clearly an interest in having Go toolkits that take advantage of the language's conveniences...."

    IBM Shows How Fast Its Brain-Like Chip Can Learn
    ITWorld, September 22nd, 2016
    "IBM benchmarks the deep-learning capabilities of its TrueNorth brain-like chip and concludes it's faster and more power-efficient than today's GPUs and CPUs...

    Developing a computer that can be as decisive and intelligent as humans is on IBM's mind, and it's making progress toward achieving that goal. IBM's computer chip called TrueNorth is designed to emulate the functions of a human brain. The company is now running tests and benchmarking TrueNorth to demonstrate how fast and power efficient the chips can be compared to today's computers..."

    MOA: Machine Learning For The Internet Of Things
    jaxenter, September 22nd, 2016
    "Machine learning may sound futuristic, but it's not. Speech recognition systems such as Cortana or Search in e-commerce systems have already shown us the benefits and challenges that go hand in hand with these systems. In our machine learning series we will introduce you to several tools that make all this possible. Next stop: MOA, an open source software specific for machine learning/data mining on data streams in real time..."
    Q&A: Artificial Intelligence, Advancements And Applications
    ITProPortal, September 23rd, 2016
    Thomas Bradley, NVIDIA Developer Technology Manager EMEA, answers questions regarding AI.

    "1. Until recently, most people thought AI was science fiction. What's changed? ...

    2. When talking about AI, a lot of terms get used interchangeably. Is there a difference between artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning? ..."

      Video: The Deep Learning Ai Revolution
      insideHPC, September 22nd, 2016
      In this video from GTC 2016 in Taiwan, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveils technology that will accelerate the deep learning revolution that is sweeping across industries.

      'AI computing will let us create machines that can learn and behave as humans do. It's the reason why we believe this is the beginning of the age of AI.'

      At the 46:30 minute mark, Huang was joined onstage by Andrew Ng, chief

      OpenStack support for Oracle VM Server for SPARC
      By Jeff Savit
      Jedd Avit blogs, "At Oracle OpenWorld 2016, we are pleased to announce support for OpenStack in Oracle VM Server for SPARC. This complements Oracle's support for OpenStack cloud environments in Oracle Solaris, Oracle Linux, and Oracle VM.

      Administrators and end users can use OpenStack's browser and command line interfaces to administer cloud environments. They can define networks, storage, and hosts, create, destroy and administer 'instances' - fully virtualized logical domain guest virtual machines..."

      September 2016 Virtualization Newsletter
      By Tony Kay
      The latest edition of the Oracle Virtualization Newsletter is now available. Don't forget to subscribe for regular updates.

      • Oracle Open World: Focus on Oracle Linux and Virtualization Sessions and HOL
      • Xen Project Hypervisor 4.7 Released
      • Oracle VM Windows PV Drivers 3.4 released!
      • New Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database
      • Integrating Oracle VM with Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux
      • Oracle VM Server for SPARC Released
      • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.6 now available!

      See September 2016 Virtualization Newsletter.

      Oracle VM 3.4.2
      By John Priest
      John Priest blogs, "Engineered for Open Cloud, Oracle VM continues to be enhanced with new features and product functionality.

      At Oracle OpenWorld 2016, we are pleased to announce the latest Oracle VM 3.4.2 release.

      Some of the key new features that have been delivered include:.."

      IT - Storage
      Data Deduplication: 7 Factors To Consider
      Network Computing, September 21st, 2016
      "Almost every all-flash array (AFA) or storage appliance offers deduplication as a way to make the available space go further. Deduplication creates a hash tag that is almost certainly unique for any given object or file, and compares it with existing hashes for data already stored in the system. If a file or object is a duplicate of an existing hash tag, instead of storing the new object, a pointer is created to the existing one, saving space..."
      Options in Scalability With Virtual SAN
      CIO Insight, September 23rd, 2016
      "The former CIO at Red Hat has taken the reins at Ellucian, an education technology company that serves 2,400 institutions...

      Ellucian is an education technology company that has been in business for more than 40 years. It serves 2,400 institutions and 18 million students in 40 countries. Unlike a lot of ed tech companies that get a lot of press today, this is an organization that is far from its startup days..."

      Java Technology
      JavaOne Keynote Hints At Ambitious Changes In Next Version Of Java
      By Alexandra Weber Morales
      Alexandra writes in Forbes, "At 21 years old, Java is the most popular programming language on Earth. This year's JavaOne keynote highlighted the way scientists are using 'write once, run anywhere' Java code today. Multiple speakers gave hints for how the open source language and its enterprise platform, Java Enterprise Edition, will evolve for more connected - possibly Mars-based - highly scalable applications, with applications from the farthest reaches of the universe to the smallest..."
      IT - Technology
      Walmart's Self-Driving Shopping Cart Magic
      ComputerWorld, September 19th, 2016
      "Envision opening the Walmart app and summoning a cart to wherever you're standing and having it drive right to you.

      Despite various short-lived efforts over the years, most retail shopping carts are impressively low-tech. And they almost always have a wheel out of alignment (or are those just the ones I always seem to get?). But a new patent issued to Walmart paints a futuristic vision, with carts driving themselves from the parking lot right to the customer who called for it..."

        U.S. Dot Lays Out Role For States In Regulating Self-Driving Cars
        Government Technology, September 20th, 2016
        "The administration has offered up a model policy for states to follow when regulating self-driving cars...

        States need to start paving the way for self-driving cars now, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

        That was the main message behind a conference in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 20, where Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx drew lines in the sand for what the federal government is responsible for and what the states are responsible for when it comes to the new technology. A document from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also suggested several issues that states should begin clarifying..."

          Five Technologies That Will Change Our Lives In Five Years
          ComputerWorld, September 20th, 2016
          "A.I., augmented reality and IoT could remake the way enterprises run and people consume...

          Analysts say a handful of technologies are poised to change our lives by 2021.

          While Forrester Research sees 15 emerging technologies that are important right now (see the full list here), five of them could shake things up in a big way for businesses and the public in general, according to Brian Hopkins, an enterprise architecture analyst with Forrester...."

          IT - Bitcoin
          Bitcoin: A Legitimate Cure For A Broken Money System
, September 22nd, 2016
          "When Satoshi created Bitcoin, it was a revolutionary concept. The idea was so innovative it has spurred a constellation of alternative cryptocurrencies and blockchain protocols. However, some of these distributed ledger concepts are no more than hype and illusionary technologies..."
          Blockchain: The Smart Person's Guide
          TechRepublic, September 19th, 2016
          "This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to know about the blockchain, the innovative technology that powers Bitcoin, Litecoin, and other cryptocurrencies.

          The blockchain is powerful technology that enables Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, and other virtual currencies to be open, anonymous, and secure..."

          How Blockchain Works: An Infographic Explainer
          SearchCloudComputing, September 23rd, 2016
          "IT pros face a variety of options when it comes to managing OpenStack -- and those options vary, depending on whether they take a DIY or vendor-supported approach.

          When it comes to best practices for managing an OpenStack private cloud, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. For some organizations, it will make more sense to go with an OpenStack distribution vendor and proprietary tools, while others will choose to deploy and manage the platform themselves. Either way, it's important to have an OpenStack management strategy for private cloud..."

          Op-Ed: Bitcoin's Journey To Digital Reserve Currency Status
          Bitcoin Magazine, September 22nd, 2016
          "Seven years on, bitcoin still remains the largest digital currency by market capitalization. While bitcoin may have been the most volatile currency, it has since ceded that mantle to up-and-coming altcoins.

          The transformation of bitcoin from a volatile experiment, to a 'stable' form of electronic money is illustrated in Figure 1. The graph plots the 90-day moving average market capitalization of bitcoin against its 90-day realized volatility..."

          IT - FOSS
          A Brief History Of Drupal From 1.0 To 8.0
, September 22nd, 2016
          "Drupal began as a forum for a few friends to monitor their shared Internet connection, which "was expensive and being spliced between them," according to Jared Whitehead's The rise of Drupal and the fall of closed source. Today, it's one of the most popular content management systems out there, competing with powerhouses like WordPress.

          So, what has the Drupal community done to ensure continued competitiveness, usability, and overall sustainability?..."

          Is Open Source Security Software Too Much Of A Risk For Enterprises?
          SearchSecurity, September 22nd, 2016
          "Before using open source security software, enterprises should consider the security risks. Expert Mike O. Villegas discusses what to do before using open source software.

          A while back, Netflix released its own open source threat monitoring tools. For organizations like Netflix that have proprietary programs, is it a good idea to make their security tools open source? It seems like that would open the tools up to hackers and, as a result, open the organization up to more security risks..."

          LibreOffice wins Bossie Awards 2016
          The Document Foundadtion, September 22nd, 2016
          "Every year, InfoWorld editors and contributors pick the top open source software for data centers, clouds, developers, big data analysts, and IT pros. LibreOffice has been selected amongst InfoWorld's top picks in open source business applications, collaboration, and middleware..."
          IT - DevOps
          DevOps: How to Persuade Your Boss
, September 19th, 2016
          "So there you are, you and your ace tech team, all excited about DevOps. You know that DevOps is the methodology that will move you past "yak shaving" and into building an IT infrastructure that will streamline and move your company forward. But how do you sell this to your bosses, and especially your non-technical bosses? Victoria Blessing, Operations Engineer for the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University, described the basics in her LinuxCon North America 2016 presentation..."
          Implementing DevOps Starts With Rethinking Deeply-Rooted Processes
          The Enterprisers Project, September 22nd, 2016
          "Since coming to Fiserv in 2001 as director of development, Brian Sondergaard has been working to bring the concept of enterprise agile to the organization, as explained in part one of my two-part interview with him. Now Sondergaard is CIO for digital channels, and he's looking to extend the agile enterprise concept to the IT operations group. The concept is more commonly known as DevOps, and here Sondergaard explains how to get the job done..."
          View the Oracle Solaris Curriculum and Certification Guide
          By Diana.H. Gray
          Diana blogs, "The Oracle Solaris Curriculum and Certification Guide outlines the various learning opportunities offered through Oracle University's Oracle Solaris 11 Curriculum.

          Choose from hands-on, interactive training - offered in both classroom and digital formats - that's tailored to your learning path and career.

          All of our latest training is included so you have access to our latest courses..."

          Oracle Buys Palerra
          By Ramona Costea
          On September 18, 2016, Oracle announced that it signed an agreement to acquire Palerra, extending Oracle Identity Cloud Service with an innovative Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB). The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently.
          The #1 Open Source Database Now Available in Oracle Cloud
          By Bertrand Matthelie
          Bertrand blogs, "We're very excited to announce the General Availability of Oracle MySQL Cloud Service!

          Oracle MySQL Cloud Service allows you to accelerate innovation and to rapidly, securely and cost-effectively develop & deploy modern applications powered by the world's most popular open source database.

          Built on the proven MySQL Enterprise Edition and powered by the Oracle Cloud, it provides a simple, automated, integrated and enterprise-ready cloud service that enables organizations to deliver MySQL-based applications globally at scale..."

          MySQL Enterprise Monitor 3.3
          By Matt Lord
          Matt blogs, "We're very happy to announce the general availability of the next release of MySQL Enterprise Monitor, version 3.3 (see the full changelog here). This is the best in class tool for monitoring and management of your MySQL assets, included with your MySQL Enterprise Edition subscription..."
          Cloud Computing
          Yes, The Cloud Is Changing The World
          By John Foley
          John Foley writes in Forbes, "Thomas Kurian, Oracle president of product development, has a bold, optimistic vision for cloud computing that goes well beyond delivering more flexible IT resources at lower costs.

          When Kurian's development organization set out to develop software, platform, and infrastructure cloud services that could be used to build virtual data centers, the ultimate goal was something with far-reaching impact..."

          Ellison: Oracle to Give Amazon 'Serious Competition'
          By Rob Preston
          Rob writes, "A decade after it started rewriting all its applications for the cloud, Oracle is now the fastest-growing large-scale cloud service provider, as it rolls out a range of new products, builds new second-generation cloud data centers, and takes on new competitors..."

          'We're kind of an overnight success - if you call 10 years one night,' quipped Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison during his opening keynote address at the company's Oracle OpenWorld event in San Francisco.

          IT - Cloud
          5 Cloud Performance Measuring Strategies (Slideshow)
          InformationWeek, September 20th, 2016
          "Migrating systems to the public cloud requires many steps. One of them should be performance monitoring. Here are five ways IT pros can make sure their company is getting a return on its cloud investment...

          Shifting to public cloud computing from traditional sources, including direct server and software license purchases, has been picking momentum. Gartner expects the public cloud market will total over $208 billion by the end of this year. The research firm predicts IT spending on cloud services will grow to $216 billion in 2020..."

          7 Ways Cloud Alters The Security Equation
          Dark Reading, September 23rd, 2016
          "As enterprises continue to invest in hybrid cloud strategies, they need their fragmented security solutions to work together...

          Recently, I had lunch with a good friend of mine, a security professional in the retail industry who focuses on managing her organization's security program from traditional on-premises solutions to their growing base of cloud security solutions. Like many other enterprises, they are also actively building and deploying new, in-the-cloud versions of their own in-house applications. While we tried to shift the conversation away from work, it was clearly on both our minds with the constantly growing deluge of breaches, ransomware exploits, and malware incidents at institutions large and small alike..."

          9 Keys to Having a HIPAA-Compliant Cloud
          Network World, September 20th, 2016
          "There's no reason health care organizations can't use the cloud...

          Health care organizations are increasingly open to the idea of using public cloud services, whether it be applications or infrastructure. But to do so requires thorough planning and vigilant execution of IT operations. Chris Bowen, founder and chief privacy and security officer for ClearDATA, a company that helps health care organizations use public cloud services, provides nine examples of controls that can be put in place..."

          CIO at Ed Tech Company Leads the Way to the Cloud
, September 22nd, 2016
          "Managing disk space has always been a significant task for sysadmins. Running out of disk space used to be the start of a long and complex series of tasks to increase the space available to a disk partition. It also required taking the system off-line. This usually involved installing a new hard drive, booting to recovery or single-user mode, creating a partition and a filesystem on the new hard drive, using temporary mount points to move the data from the too-small filesystem to the new, larger one, changing the content of the /etc/fstab file to reflect the correct device name for the new partition, and rebooting to remount the new filesystem on the correct mount point..."
            Cloud Privacy For Your Enterprise's Data: Whose Choice?
            Risk Management Monitor, September 20th, 2016
            "Today's headlines are full of reports of ransomware, retail customer data breaches and routine government surveillance of online traffic. The battle between the FBI and Apple over unlocking an iPhone is just the latest story highlighting digital data security as a daily concern.

            While teens on Facebook may not worry about who's looking at their posts, CEOs in the boardroom have a real problem to solve. Not only do large enterprises have to protect themselves against data breaches, they must follow a complex maze of privacy and data-hosting laws that vary by country and state..."

            Explore OpenStack Management Options For Private Cloud
            Business 2 Community, September 23rd, 2016
            "If you're like much of the US population, you're likely to be reading this post on a mobile device, whether you found it through a Google search or it came to you in your email. Here and abroad more users access the internet from mobile devices than ever before. In fact, since 2014, more of us access the internet via mobile than our desktop computers.

            The point is: Today, you must make optimizing for mobile traffic a cornerstone of your website strategy..."

            Four Tips For Better Information Security In The Cloud
            CloudTweaks, September 21st, 2016
            "Businesses are increasingly relying on cloud based application deployments and are open to entrusting their most critical data to it. Unlike the early days of cloud, now, there is wider acceptance that cloud-based data can be as secure as on premise and, in some cases, perhaps even more so. Nonetheless, this doesn't mean businesses can be complacent about cloud security. Stringent governance, risk and compliance is needed to keep information secure..."
            Majority Of States Have Adopted 'Cloud First' Policies For Government
            Information Management, September 22nd, 2016
            "A majority of state governments have adopted 'cloud first' preferences when it comes to considering new applications or looking to upgrade existing legacy systems. According to the new report 'The 2016 State CIO Survey' from the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO), over 70 percent of state CIOs say they have 'cloud first' policies that are either formal, informal, or in development..."
            The Impact Of Cloud Security Gaps And How It Can Fix Them
            The Datacenter Journal, September 21st, 2016
            "IT teams are responsible for business systems and IT services that make companies run smoothly. In today's borderless enterprise, protecting corporate data both at rest and in motion to support business processes that include systems and people is a top priority for these often overworked groups. Although plenty of technology is already in place to enable business integration, IT teams continue to struggle with protecting data end-to-end - especially while ensuring proper access control, audit trails and visibility. At the same time, they must embrace new technology that helps them identify and respond to cybersecurity threats and risks in an increasingly complex and unsafe digital world..."
            The Many Dimensions Of Cloud Value
            Network World, September 19th, 2016
            "Do you hear that grating sound of value clash among cloud providers? It's the sound of attempted differentiation, that reason you buy Starbucks instead of Dunkin Donuts, Peet's or perhaps Tim Horton's brew. Brand thinkers want us to choose something we like because they know once we do, we will stay. We're creatures of habit. We dislike the qualification process of choosing new vendors for coffee, as well as IT gear and services..."
              Why This Hospital Is Moving To Amazon's Cloud
              Network World, September 20th, 2016
              "Contrary to what some believe, health care organizations can use the public cloud, with the right precautions ...

              Since 2012 three Texas-based health care organizations have merged to create USMD Health System. During the past four years CIO Mike Yerrid has been on a mission to centralize and consolidate IT operations. And a big part of that is moving to Amazon's cloud..."

              IT - CxO
              5 Myths Of Managed Services
              FCW, September 23rd, 2016
              "Heightened cybersecurity risks and growing complexities in technology have led to increased use of managed services providers (MSPs). Many in-house IT teams are seeing the value of investing in and relying on MSPs that can help them offload certain tasks while cutting costs for their organizations. However, some technology officers are still skittish about handing the keys over to someone else.

              Much of that resistance is driven by some myths about MSPs. Let's break down a few of the most common ones to help underscore why an MSP might be one of the best IT investments you can make..."

                7 Factors That Make Security Organizations More Effective
                Dark Reading, September 22nd, 2016
                (ISC)2 members have plenty of technical chops, but IANS research found they need to focus more on how infosec aligns with the business.

                A sampling of 80 (ISC)2 members surveyed by the Institute for Applied Network Security (IANS) found that the group scored very well on technical excellence, but were a bit behind the broader IANS sampling of 1,000 on organizational engagement..."

                8 Painful Vendor Mistakes IT Pros Make (Slideshow)
                InformationWeek, September 22nd, 2016
                "When InformationWeek surveyed 100 IT leaders about their biggest mistakes, failures around vendor choice, contract negotiations, and SLAs emerged as major sources of pain. Here, we highlight 8 mistakes IT professionals make in working with vendors -- and what you can learn from their experiences..."
                  Average Data Breach Costs $200K, Not Millions
                  Dark Reading, September 21st, 2016
                  "Rand taps multiple data sources to calculate that cyber incidents cost firms a scant 0.4% of annual revenues, on average.

                  The expense and impact of enterprise data breaches may be overblown, according to a new study from the Rand Corp.

                  'We find that the typical cost of a data breach is less than $200,000, far lower than the millions of dollars often cited in surveys (e.g. Ponemon 2015),' writes Sasha Romanosky, author of the Rand study, Examining the costs and causes of cyber incidents, released Tuesday. The study goes on to say that $200,000 is about what most companies spend annually on information security..."

                  Bad Security Habits Persist, Despite Rising Awareness
                  Help Net Security, September 23rd, 2016
                  "While 82 percent of respondents believe the IT security industry is making progress against cyber attacks, those gains are undercut by egregious security practices in critical areas such as privileged account security, third-party vendor access and cloud, according to CyberArk..."
                  CIOs Must Step Into The Digital Leadership Void
                  CIO, September 22nd, 2016
                  "In this excerpt from her latest book, 'Be the Business: CIOs in the New Era of IT,' contributor and IT executive recruiter Martha Heller discusses the CIO's role in digital leadership...

                  Bask Iyer, CIO of VMware, once told me about the 'CEO missing-out syndrome.' It goes like this:

                  Most CEOs really like their CIOs. 'My CIO is great,' they say. 'She has kept costs down, has secured our enterprise, and runs a highly available infrastructure. In fact, she has done everything I have asked her to do since I hired her five years ago. However..."

                  CIOs Trail Cmos In Digital Transformation
                  Datamation, September 21st, 2016
                  "It may buck conventional wisdom, but chief information officers (CIOs) aren't necessarily in the driver's seat when their organizations embark on the digital transformation journey.

                  Survey data from Altimeter Group's latest report, The 2016 State of Digital Transformation (registration required), reveals that most digital transformation initiatives are led by CMOs (chief marketing officers) not CIOs (34 percent vs. 19 percent). The research firm quizzed 500 digital strategists and executives to find out how enterprises are managing the transition from traditional business practices to the more modern, tech-driven processes that drive digital economy..."

                    How CIOs Should Convey Cyber-Risks to the Board (Slideshow)
                    CIO Insight, September 22nd, 2016
                    "Half of IT and security executives risk losing their jobs if they fail to provide useful, actionable information to their company's board, according to a recent study. The report, 'How Boards of Directors Really Feel About Cyber Security Reports,' also reveals a disconnect between what the board perceives as actionable information and what IT and security executives define as data that can be used to make informed decisions..."
                    State of the CIO 2017
                    CIO, September 23rd, 2016
                    "For those of you familiar with our flagship State of the CIO report, this is the time of year when we field the survey that we use to collect the data from which we glean the insights for our annual look at the status of IT leaders in the business world.

                    We do a lot of research here at CIO, but perhaps none of our projects is as widely anticipated as State of the CIO. The results of this survey give us, our readers and the vendor community a gauge of what has changed over the past 12 months and where CIOs are headed in the next one to three years. And it's the basis of a presentation that I deliver at many events throughout the year..."

                    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)

                    South Florida Technology Alliance vBeers @ Palm Beach (Palm Beach Gardens)
                    Wednesday, October 5th, 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, October 5th @ Twisted Trunk Brewing

                    Pleaase register @

                    John Mclaughlin, SFTA

                    South Florida 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
                    How The Move To The Cloud Has Transformed Disaster Recovery
                    Business 2 Community, September 21st, 2016
                    "Back in the day, disaster and data recovery used to be very different, much more fickle beasts than they are today. Tape based backup was the only way to do it, which was time consuming, tedious, and took a long time to write. Then, the disk to disk backup was conceived, which meant fewer media storage units that could write faster, meaning much better restore times and concurrency..."
                    Many Don't Test Disaster Recovery Plans Properly, Survey Finds
                    ComputerWeekly, September 22nd, 2016
                    "A sizeable minority of UK organisations - 37% - with disaster recovery plans do not test them adequately. The knock-on effect of this is that 55% of those that invoked disaster recovery provision over the past year had problems in failing over to secondary systems.

                    Those are the findings of a survey of 250 IT decision-makers in UK businesses with more than 500 employees that have disaster recovery plans..."

                    IT - PM
                    What's Difference Between Project Management And Change Management?
                    CIO, September 19th, 2016
                    "Change management and project management are often thought to be the same thing. They aren't. Here's how they differ...

                    Project management involves the use of people, processes and methodologies to plan, initiate, execute, monitor and close activities. It is designed to meet an organization's project goals, and hopefully overall strategic objectives..."

                    IT - Networks
                    Can Wi-Fi and LTE-U Live Together? The Tests are Ready
                    ComputerWorld, September 21st, 2016
                    "The moment of truth has arrived for a hotly contested project to make sure LTE and Wi-Fi can share the same frequencies.

                    On Wednesday, the Wi-Fi Alliance released a test plan for LTE-Unlicensed products, which would bring 4G cellular to unlicensed spectrum bands that Wi-Fi users depend on. The group also said it is qualifying an independent lab where LTE-U vendors can take their equipment for testing..."

                    The Evolving Enterprise WAN
                    Network Computing, September 22nd, 2016
                    "If there's one segment of an enterprise network that's the "weak link," it has to be the WAN. While enterprises pour money into their WANs, they're also the primary source of network outages, bottlenecks and high latency. But hope is on the horizon. New technologies address common pain points to bring the WAN on par with the rest of the campus network. Let's look at the evolution of the WAN and how next-generation WAN architectures overcome many of today's challenges..."
                      Virtualizing WAN Capabilities
                      Network World, September 21st, 2016
                      "Virtualization has dramatically transformed data center infrastructure and now it's time for wide area networking (WAN) to undergo a similar transformation.

                      Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) heralds a new era of networking in which WANs are software-centric, rather than tied to proprietary, inflexible hardware devices..."

                      IT - IoT
                      Consortium Issues Security Framework for Industrial IoT
                      eWeek, September 21st, 2016
                      "The Industrial Internet Consortium's blueprint addresses security from multiple angles and touches on safety, reliability and privacy.

                      The Industrial Internet Consortium has developed a framework that aims to address the thorny and complex issue of security and the internet of things..."

                      Enterprise IoT Momentum Builds: Survey
                      Datamation, September 22nd, 2016
                      "When it comes to deploying Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, businesses appear to be shaking off their security worries and other concerns.

                      IDC polled 4,500 professionals this summer for its third Global IoT Decision Maker Survey and found that nearly a third (31.4 percent) had already launched an IoT solution. Another 43 percent said they're planning a deployment in the next 12 months, meaning that by this time next year, most enterprises will have at least one IoT solution up and running..."

                      If You're Not Planning For IoT, You're Already Behind
                      CIO, September 23rd, 2016
                      "Think your industry or your business won't be impacted by the internet of things? Consider this your wakeup call.

                      Roughly half of the audience informally polled at last month's CIO 100 event said they had attended an IoT event in the last 12 months. 'So what were the other half 'of you' doing on the most hyped word on the internet today?' asked Vernon Turner, senior vice president of enterprise systems & fellow for the internet of things at IDC..."

                      IoT Assault, Connected Devices Increasingly Used For DDoS Attacks
                      SC Magazine, September 23rd, 2016
                      "While the information stored in Internet of Things (IoT) devices is still valuable to attackers, Symantec researchers found they're becoming less interested in targeting the victims and more interested in targeting the connected devices to add to botnets used to carry out DDoS attacks.

                      Researchers noted a significant spike in new malware designed to target IoT devices in 2015, many of which remain active in 2016, with 34 percent of attacks originating in China and 28 percent originating in the U.S., according to a Sept. 22 blog post..."

                      Open Source Projects For The Internet Of Things, From A To Z
            , September 21st, 2016
                      "The Internet of Things market is fragmented, amorphous, and continually changing, and its very nature requires more than the usual attention to interoperability. It's not surprising then, that open source has done quite well here - customers are hesitant to bet their IoT future on a proprietary platform that may fade or become difficult to customize and interconnect.

                      In this second entry in a four-part series about open source IoT, I have compiled a guide to major open source software projects, focusing on open source tech for home and industrial automation..."

                      The Internet Of Things Is Broken. We Need Better Security To Fix It
                      ITProPortal, September 23rd, 2016
                      "A hot topic in both business and technology circles, the Internet of Things defines a range of technologies that allow us to potentially connect anything electronic with each other in a network of machines, appliance, devices and sensors.

                      However, with news of innovation and opportunity also comes the foreboding side: IoT has a major security problem. IoT promises to connect products across industries: making our cars safer, improving fleet/inventory/asset management and tracking, machines and vehicles sharing remote diagnostic information, improving healthcare outcomes, and home automation..."

                      IT - Linux
                      A Linux User's Guide To Logical Volume Management
                      Business 2 Community, September 23rd, 2016
                      "It's not uncommon to have an hour, a day, a week, or even a full month when you're not feeling motivated. There are tasks on your plate, obligations you need to fulfill, but your heart isn't in it, and it's hard to summon the energy to really do your best, most creative work. This is an experience that's often shorthanded as burnout, and while it's something most of us deal with from time to time, it's imperative that we learn how to manage it - how to work through it.

                      So how is it done?..."

                        IT - Operations
                        5 Things Your in-House IT Staff Doesn't Have Time for
                        Business 2 Community, September 22nd, 2016
                        "If only there were a way to create more hours in a day for your in-house IT staff. It seems they're always bogged down with miscellaneous issues in the office and playing Help Desk. While Help Desk is a critical element of the in-house technology needs, it seems that far too often we're hearing from bogged down IT Directors and their executive managers that there just isn't enough time to execute some of the proactive IT measures. Not only is this causing companies to fall behind, but it's sometimes costing them in IT security. Here are just a few really important things that your in-house IT staff doesn't have time for:.."
                        Epic Snafu Takes Australian Securities Exchange Offline
                        The Register, September 19th, 2016
                        "Hardware failure in main database has traders Googling 'redundancy' ...

                        Australian stock traders will be trying to reconcile trades that got lost after the Australian Securities Exchange's Nasdaq-supplied trading platform melted down yesterday.

                        Monday, September 19, was a day of embarrassment for the ASX. Markets opened 90 minutes late, systems struggled throughout the day, and at 2:00pm the ASX waved the white flag..."

                          IT - Security
                          What Smart Cities Can Teach Enterprises About Security
                          Dark Reading, September 19th, 2016
                          "The more you simplify your security program while still being effective, the better, says San Diego's chief information security officer. Here's his three-step process.

                          I've been in the cybersecurity industry for 30 years, and even my 27 years experience with the Department of Defense and U.S. Navy could not have prepared me for the challenge I faced with building a security program for San Diego's citywide enterprise network..."

                          The Hidden Cost Of The Insider Threat
                          HelpNet Security, September 19th, 2016
                          "Organizations are spending an average of $4.3 million annually to mitigate, address, and resolve insider-related incidents - with that spend surpassing $17 million annually in the most significant cases, according to the Ponemon Institute...

                          'External forces, or the possibility of an external attack, have commanded the focus and attention of today's IT leaders with the perception that they pose the biggest threat to the enterprise,' said Dr. Larry Ponemon, Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute.

                            2016 On Track To See Over 1 Billion Records Breached
                            Dark Reading, September 20th, 2016
                            "New report shows first half breach statistics put organizations on pace to beat last year's breach numbers by a wide margin.

                            In spite of the fact that there have been no mega breaches on the scale of last year's Office of Personnel Management (OPM) debacle, 2016 is on pace to outstrip last year's numbers by as much as 56%, according to findings released today by Breach Level Index (BLI)..."

                            6 Expert Tips To Better Secure Third-Party Network Access (Slideshow)
                            CSO Online, September 23rd, 2016
                            "Earlier this year, the Soha Third-Party Advisory Group conducted a study that surveyed more than 200 enterprise IT and security C-Level executives, directors and managers about the daily challenges they face providing fast and secure third-party application access to their contractors and suppliers. The survey revealed that 98 percent of respondents do not consider third-party access a top priority in terms of IT initiatives and budget allocation. This is a huge concern, considering that third parties cause or are implicated in 63 percent of all data breaches..."
                            An Introduction To Passwordless Logins
                            Business 2 Community, September 20th, 2016
                            "Logging in without a password? It's a pretty unusual idea, but one that is quickly gaining traction. In this post I'll give a quick introduction in to how you might achieve passwordless logins in your own applications by emailing users magic links...

                            The traditional method of logging in to a website is by typing in a username and password, but that comes with downsides for users. Remembering passwords is hard, and many users have two to four failed attempts before they remember their password..."

                              Five Social Engineering Scams Employees Still Fall For
                              CSO Online, September 21st, 2016
                              "You've trained them. You've deployed simulated phishing tests. You've reminded your employees countless times with posters and games and emails about avoiding phishing scams. Still, they keep falling for the same ploys they've been warned about for years. It's enough to drive security teams to madness.

                              According to Verizon's 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report, 30 percent of phishing messages were opened by their intended target, and about 12 percent of recipients went on to click the malicious attachment or link that enabled the attack to succeed. A year earlier, only 23 percent of users opened the email, which suggests that employees are getting worse at identifying phishing emails -- or the bad guys are finding more creative ways to outsmart users..."

                              Five Strategies For Creating A Culture Of Data Security
                              Information Management, September 22nd, 2016
                              "Information security can sometimes be an overwhelming concept to grasp, but it's a necessary part of protecting your business' sensitive data. Traditionally, information security within an organization has been viewed as a function owned by a few individuals or one department. But, as the volume of electronic and paper information collected throughout an organization increases, it's time to shift perception on who or which department is responsible for this important undertaking..."
                              How To Keep IT Security At The Forefront During A Merger
                              CSO Online, September 19th, 2016
                              "M&A can be mean acquiring the other company's security problems.

                              Stephen Boyer, CTO and co-founder of BitSight, knows one of the biggest threats to your company's tech security: the possibility that it might buy another company. He points to a survey from West Monroe Partners that found that 40% of acquiring companies discovered a cybersecurity problem in an acquired company - after a deal went through. It probably shouldn't be surprising that, in a 2014 survey from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, a staggering 78% of respondents said cybersecurity is not analyzed in-depth as part of due diligence in an acquisition..."

                              How To Protect Your Mission-Critical Information
                              CIO, September 21st, 2016
                              "A new report by the Information Security Forum (ISF) outlines the steps you can take to determine your mission-critical information assets &and create customized plans for protecting them.

                              Given the vast and increasing volumes of data within organizations today, securing your data can seem an insurmountable task. But you can get your arms around it if you assess the value of your data and focus your attention on protecting your mission-critical information assets - the crown jewels..."

                              On-Premises & In The Cloud: Making Sense Of Your Cybersecurity Ecosystem
                    , September 23rd, 2016
                              This article was posted on the blog of VMware, Inc. by senior technical marketing manager Pete Koehler.

                              "Hyper-Converged systems like Virtual SAN are well known for their abilities to scale out linearly. Scaling out storage performance and capacity relative to compute resources is a powerful concept. By simply adding nodes to a cluster, it allows for these resources to grow proportionally in a way that meets technical demands, while using a more predictable purchasing model..."

                              Data Breaches: This Time it's More Personal
                              Network World, September 20th, 2016
                              "Data breaches have shifted from stolen credit card data and financial information to the theft of something much more intimate - identities...

                              Summer 2016 was not a good time for data breaches.

                              First, news broke that the Democratic National Committee was hacked, leading to the resignation of DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and driving a wedge between Democratic Party members.

                              Later, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced that Russian hackers had illegally accessed its Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS) database, leaking confidential medical information for U.S. athletes, including Simone Biles and Serena Williams..."

                              Lack of Funding Stymies State CISOs
                              Dark Reading, September 20th, 2016
                              "Governors, other state officials more aware of cyber threats, but confidence gap exists between IT and business managers, new Deloitte-National State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) study finds.

                              State chief information security officers (CISOs) have become an integral part of government operations, but they struggle to obtain the resources they need to combat ever-evolving cyber threats, according to a new study..."

                              IT - Careers
                              15 Tricky Job Interview Questions And How To Answer Them (Slideshow)
                              CIO, September 20th, 2016
                              "Congratulations. Your killer resume and impeccable credentials have landed you an interview. Here's how to nail it...

                              If you want to be prepared for your next interview, you need to practice. But don't ignore seemingly innocuous questions because you think they're no-brainers; sometimes the most benign questions can make or break your chances of landing a role. Here are the 15 trickiest interview questions and how to nail your answers..."

                                Do IT Workers Lie About Tech Certifications? (Slideshow)
                                CIO Insight, September 23rd, 2016
                                "A surprising minority of CIOs and other IT leaders actually check to see if their staffers' claims of tech certifications earned are actually true, according to a recent survey from TEKsystems. But they should - because many IT pros admit that they do not always report this information accurately on their resumes. The lack of verification could result in long-term consequences, as the majority of IT leaders take into account tech certifications in making decisions about the hiring, developing and promoting of their staffers..."
                                  Free And Cheap Ways To Study For IT Certifications
                                  ComputerWorld, September 19th, 2016
                                  "Use these tips for finding inexpensive study resources and getting hands-on experience...

                                  For as long as there have been technology certifications, IT pros have debated their value. Some believe they're the key to a fatter paycheck, while others contend that they're often not worth the paper they're printed on. Others take the middle road and say they can be valuable in the right circumstances, but experience is king..."

                                    Government CIOs and the IT Talent Gap
                                    Datamation, September 23rd, 2016
                                    "Many organizations are struggling to find skilled IT workers, but the problem appears to be more acute in government agencies.

                                    Two new studies reveal some of the staffing challenges that federal and state agencies are encountering. "The greatest challenge for federal agencies is recruiting and retaining younger employees, those who represent the foundation of the workforce in the years ahead," states The 2016 Federal CIO Survey from the Professional Services Council and Grant Thornton.

                                    Half of the federal workforce is comprised of Baby Boomers (45 to 64 years of age), meaning that the retirement clock is ticking..."

                                    Informationweek 2016 Salary Survey: 10 Best-Paying IT Jobs (Slideshow)
                                    InformationWeek, September 23rd, 2016
                                    "Median base annual salary for IT workers was flat this year, according to the results of the InformationWeek 2016 US IT Salary Survey. Still, certain roles -- including architect, project leader, and security specialist -- are commanding much higher median salaries than other roles. See if you're in one of the 10 best-paying IT staff positions -- and how your total compensation stacks up..."
                                    IT Certifications Report Card: What Are They Worth Now? Which Ones Pay Off The Most?
                                    ComputerWorld, September 23rd, 2016
                                    "Start off the school year with a fresh look at this IT career workhorse to upgrade your marketable skills and earning potential....

                                    Are a few extra letters on one's CV and LinkedIn profile really worth the cost in time, effort and dollars, when the big demand for information technology professionals shows no sign of retreating?..."

                                      It IS A Candidate Marketplace
                                      Business 2 Community, September 23rd, 2016
                                      "A couple of weeks ago I discussed a war for talent. As cliche as the war for talent sounds, it is real. Recruiters and HR professionals have been talking about this war for over a decade and most are sick of hearing about it. The one thing we cannot hide from though is data. Data shows concrete evidence of what is going on in the marketplace.

                                      America has been through two recessions since the millennium. The recession of 2008 hit most all of us, and most Americans are still rebounding. Let's look at some data..."

                                        Secrets Of People With All The Time In The World
                                        Fast Company, September 20th, 2016
                                        "K.J. Dell'Antonia has plenty going on in her life. As a columnist and contributing editor for the Well Family section at the New York Times, she manages other contributors and near constant content. She has four children who play competitive hockey. This involves copious weekend travel, time at ice rinks, and time in ice rink parking lots. 'I've done more source interviews from rink parking lots than I can count,' she says..."
                                        IT - Social Media
                                        The 10 Nastiest Social Media Marketing Mishaps Of 2016
                                        CIO, September 21st, 2016
                                        "There is not necessarily a right way to use social media for corporate marketing or branding, but there sure are many wrong ways. These 10 organizations provide real-world examples of how NOT to use social...

                                        Hey, social media marketers. Yes, you. Check your facts. Get another pair of eyes on tweets before you post them. Think about how people beyond your geographic target audience might react..."

                                          IT - Virtualization
                                          Cloud Foundry Foundation Makes Case For Containers
                                          Container Journal, September 22nd, 2016
                                          "There's a significant amount of debate these days over where best to deploy container applications. Bare metal servers, virtual machines and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments are all in the mix. But a new survey of 328 IT professionals attending the recent Cloud Foundry Summit conducted by the Cloud Foundry Foundation consortium finds that 71 percent are already using containers.

                                          Of those, 88 percent are using Docker, 55 percent are using Garden and 39 percent are using Warden. Garden and Warden are the two container platforms native to Cloud Foundry. Only 11 percent are using LXC, 3 percent are using rkt, and 2 percent are using LXD..."

                                          The Best (And Worst) Parts Of Server Virtualization Products
                                          ComputerWorld, September 20th, 2016
                                          "Server virtualization software partitions a physical server into multiple, isolated virtual machines to make the most efficient use of server resources. According to the IT Central Station user community, the most important criteria to consider when choosing server virtualization software are simplicity of deployment, stability, and safe automated management. The goals? Increased IT agility and flexibility..."
                                          IT - Backup
                                          These Ransomware Situations Can Result In Colossal Outcomes (Slideshow)
                                          CSO Online, September 20th, 2016
                                          "These real-life scenarios show how sneaky perpetrators can be.

                                          In a world where ransomware hackers are expected to extort $1 billion in damages throughout 2016 in the US alone, businesses and individuals are being forced to be on high-alert when it comes to digital security. Carbonite's customer support team has handled over 7,300 ransomware-related calls just since January 2015 (365/month), encountering breaches occurring through everything from Xerox scans to fake Microsoft IT representatives..."

                                          IT - Mobile
                                          7 Things You Need To Know About Optimizing For Mobile In 2016
                                          Dark Reading, September 23rd, 2016
                                          "Would-be and existing customers must understand that security isn't set-and-forget just because it resides in the cloud...

                                          By now, the pitch for cloud-based services is familiar to anyone in IT: They're cheaper, more efficient, and will free up in-house infosec professionals for more value-added tasks (yes, everyone's really going to miss reviewing log management data)..."

                                          IT - Big Data
                                          Smart Data Is Changing The Future Of Big Data
                                          Information Age, September 23rd, 2016
                                          "Smart data describes data that has valid, well-defined, meaningful information that can speed up information processing...

                                          Effectively smart data is a method of filtering out valuable data from the other big data noise. This data can then be used by an enterprise to find business-critical solutions to host of problems. The benefits big data has brought are immense, but it is utilising this data where the real transformation takes place..."

                                          IT - BYOD
                                          BYOD And Social Media Biggest Internal Security Threats To Organisations
                                          ITProPortal, September 23rd, 2016
                                          "Fraudsters are mostly using social media for targeted attacks, a new report suggests...

                                          Employees bringing their devices to work (35 per cent), and accessing their social media accounts (43 per cent) are considered the biggest risks to company security, according to a new report by Callcredit Information Group. The report, based on a survey of 200 fraud prevention managers, says more than half (56 per cent) of organisations in the UK have already been affected by fraud, and that type of problem usually starts through social media..."

                                          Mobile Devices Are Hindering IT Departments And Costing Companies
                                          Information Age, September 21st, 2016
                                          "4 out of 10 companies have suffered a loss of key corporate data from a mobile device

                                          In the BYOD era mobile devices are becoming an increasing presence in the workplace.Bringing your own device is advantageous in a business sense. Employers and employees can stay constantly connected, and can produce work from anywhere in the world (within reason). The ability to be always on, although perhaps not desirable, is vital in improving business operational efficiency..."

                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                          Vol 223 Issues 1, 2; Vol 222 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 221 Issue 4
                                          We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                          • Don't Spin Your Data, Use SSDs!
                                          • Oracle's Secret Weapon In The Cloud
                                          • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.6
                                          • Java Founder James Gosling Endorses Apache Takeover Of Netbeans Java IDE
                                          • CEO Catz: Oracle 'Overachieved Again' in the Cloud
                                          • Maximizing Database Performance - MySQL Tuning Best Practices
                                          • SAS Institute achieves Oracle Exadata Optimized & Oracle SuperCluster Optimized status
                                          • Infrastructure As A Service In The Spotlight At Oracle OpenWorld
                                          • Roles on MySQL 8.0
                                          • The MySQL 8.0.0 Milestone Release is available

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

                                            IT - Encryption
                                            How Quantum Computing Could Unpick Encryption To Reveal Decades Of Online Secrets
                                            TechRepublic, September 19th, 2016
                                            "The encryption we take for granted as being uncrackable would have a limited shelf-life in the quantum age, says a security expert.

                                            Whether it's our credit card details or our private communications, almost every bit of sensitive digital data in the modern world is protected by encryption.

                                            These cryptographic systems that scramble our data so it's useless to a would-be attacker rely on underlying mathematical problems that are typically too complex to be cracked by computers..."

                                            IT - Tape
                                            Overcoming The Tape Negatives
                                            Storage-Switzerland, September 22nd, 2016
                                            "Each year FujiFilm sponsors the Global IT Executive Summit. This year's event is in Boston. The focus is, of course, tape, and its goal is to convince IT professionals that tape is alive and well. Let's be clear, Storage Switzerland's stance is if your data center is attempting to store more than 100 TBs of capacity, you should consider tape as part of an overall storage strategy.

                                            Users are creating more data than ever and now we have devices, sensors and machines. Unstructured data is growing at an alarming rate. And IT will rarely access this data again after its creation. But the problem is that IT has to keep it just in case a user ever needs it. In short we have a whole bunch of data that you need to keep for a long period of time that someone might need at some point and time..."

                                            LibreOffice wins Bossie Awards 2016
                                            The Document Foundadtion, September 22nd, 2016
                                            Every year, InfoWorld editors and contributors pick the top open source software for data centers, clouds, developers, big data analysts, and IT pros. LibreOffice has been selected amongst InfoWorld's top picks in open source business applications, collaboration, and middleware.

                                            According to Doug Dineley, InfoWorld's Executive Editor: "Open source software projects continue to fuel an amazing boom in enterprise technology development. If you want to know what our applications, data centers, and clouds will look like in the years to come, check out the winners of InfoWorld's Best of Open Source Awards".

                                            IT - Java
                                            Oracle pledges continued support for Java and NetBeans
                                            ZDNet, September 20th, 2016
                                            "Java experts have questioned Oracle's support for Java, but Oracle swears it's fully behind Java Enterprise Edition and NetBeans.

                                            Last week, Oracle disowned NetBeans. The company announced it was turning its Java-based NetBeans over to the Apache Software Foundation. Now, Oracle is changing its tune on both NetBeans and Java Enterprise Edition (JEE)..."

                                            Nexenta News
                                            Nexenta Continues to Lead Open Source Advancements through Software-Defined Storage Innovation at OpenZFS Developer Summit 2016
                                            Sept. 26-27 in San Francisco, Calif
                                            Nexenta announced that OpenZFS Developer, Saso Kiselkov, will speak at the fourth annual OpenZFS Developer Summit on Sept. 26-27 in San Francisco, Calif. Since the Summit's inception, Nexenta continues as a lead platinum sponsor.

                                            OpenZFS is derived from the ZFS file system originally developed by Sun Microsystems for the Solaris operating system. Today, 30 technology companies, including Nexenta, have developed products based on OpenZFS.

                                            Nexenta Releases Storage for Persistent Docker Containers by Storage Swiss
                                            Nexenta, September 20th, 2016
                                            What if you do not consider one of the greatest advantages of containers to be an advantage to you? Many tout the stateless nature of containers as their single greatest feature. They start up, they accomplish their task, and they go away - no stateful storage necessary. Many within the container community consider a stateful container to be a violation of best practices.
                                            Dell News
                                            Dell Unveils its Best Mobile Thin Clients Yet with Enterprise-Class Performance and Security
                                            Dell, September 22nd, 2016
                                            Dell announced a new, redesigned mobile thin client portfolio for those who need to be on the move, but also require critical intellectual property (IP) and data to be protected - even against zero-day, advanced persistent threats. Ideal for a range of industries including finance, healthcare, government, manufacturing, and energy and exploration industries, the new thin clients enable organizations to empower their mobile workforce to securely access cloud applications and data remotely, while ensuring the security, manageability and centralized control provided by a virtual desktop environment. The Dell Latitude E7270 and Latitude 3460 mobile thin clients integrate the expert manageability, performance and security of Wyse thin clients, based on 20 years of innovation in VDI, with the enterprise-class heritage of Dell's award-winning Latitude portfolio to deliver a superior user experience.
                                            Microsoft News
                                            Microsoft announces quarterly dividend increase and share repurchase program
                                            $0.39 per share
                                            Microsoft Corp. announced that its board of directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.39 per share, reflecting a 3 cent or 8 percent increase over the previous quarter's dividend. The dividend is payable December 8, 2016 to shareholders of record on November 17, 2016. The ex-dividend date will be November 15, 2016.
                                            Symantec News
                                            Symantec Research Finds IoT Devices Increasingly Used to Carry out DDoS Attacks
                                            Targeted IoT Devices Include Home Networks, Routers, Modems, CCTV Systems and Industrial Control Systems
                                            Symantec Corp., the global leader in cyber security, revealed new research demonstrating how cybercriminal networks are taking advantage of lax Internet of Things (IoT) device security to spread malware and create zombie networks, or botnets, unbeknownst to their device owners.

                                            Symantec's Security Response team has discovered that cybercriminals are hijacking home networks and everyday consumer connected devices to help carry out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on more profitable targets, usually large companies. To succeed, they need cheap bandwidth and get it by stitching together a large web of consumer devices that are easy to infect because they lack sophisticated security.

                                            IBM News
                                            IBM Opens Industry's First Cloud Data Center in the Nordics
                                            New facility propels regional innovation and competitiveness helping clients digitally transform
                                            IBM announced the opening of a new cloud data center in Fetsund, 30 km outside Oslo, Norway, the industry's first cloud data center in the region. The IBM Cloud data center will support growing cloud adoption in the Nordics.

                                            Now customers throughout the region will have local access to a complete portfolio of IBM cloud services for running mission critical enterprise workloads, including IBM Bluemix, Watson and analytics capabilities. EVRY, a leading Nordic IT services company, is already leveraging these capabilities to accelerate its transformation and deliver business value to its clients, which was part of a strategic partnership announced last year. This includes establishing a private cloud solution enabling their clients to further drive innovation.

                                            The Clearing House Taps IBM to Help Digitally Transform the U.S. Payments System
                                            IBM Power Technology to Deliver The Clearing House's Real-Time Payments System to U.S. Banks in 2017 using VocaLink Software
                                            IBM announced The Clearing House, a national payments system operator for the U.S. banking industry, has selected IBM to help deliver a new real-time payments system due to roll out in 2017. Set to transform domestic digital transactions, the real-time payments system (RTP) is designed to enable consumers and businesses across the U.S. to send and receive payments instantaneously.

                                            IBM joins VocaLink, the international payments systems provider previously selected by The Clearing House, to build the first-of-its-kind payments system in the U.S. After evaluating various hardware technology infrastructures on which to run the VocaLink solution, The Clearing House selected an IBM POWER8-based system infrastructure running Linux and AIX operating systems as the hosting platform.

                                            IBM Research and MIT Collaborate to Advance Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence in Real-World Audio-Visual Comprehension Technologies
                                            Cross-disciplinary research approach will use insights from brain and cognitive science to advance ma-chine understanding
                                            IBM announced a multi-year collaboration with the Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences at MIT to advance the scientific field of machine vision, a core aspect of artificial intelligence. The new IBM-MIT Laboratory for Brain-inspired Multimedia Machine Comprehension's (BM3C) goal will be to develop cognitive computing systems that emulate the human ability to understand and integrate inputs from multiple sources of audio and visual information into a detailed computer representation of the world that can be used in a variety of computer applications in industries such as healthcare, education, and
                                            Hortonworks, IBM Collaborate to Offer Open Source Distribution on Power Systems
                                            Latest Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) to provide IBM customers with more choice in open source Hadoop distribution for big data processing
                                            IBM and Hortonworks announced the planned availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for IBM Power Systems enabling POWER8 clients to support a broad range of new applications while enriching existing ones with additional data sources.

                                            HDP's secure, enterprise-ready open source Apache Hadoop distribution provides clients with a highly scalable storage platform designed to process large data sets across thousands of computing nodes. For enterprise users running POWER8-based systems, the first microprocessor designed for big data and analytics, Hortonworks provides a new distribution option for selecting a cost-effective platform for running their big data and analytics workloads. This open source Hadoop and Spark distribution will complement the performance of Power Systems by allowing clients to quickly gain business insights from their structured and unstructured data.

                                            IBM Power Systems and Red Hat Extend Collaboration for Next-Generation Cloud Platforms
                                            Companies build on longstanding alliance and enterprise Linux leadership to create greater compatibility between Red Hat Enterprise Linux and IBM Power SystemsIN
                                            IBM and Red Hat announced enhancements and growth in their long-standing alliance to better help clients embrace hybrid cloud. Through joint engineering and deeper product collaboration, the two companies plan to deliver solutions built on key components of Red Hat's portfolio of open source products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability offerings. This move will help position IBM Power Systems as a featured component of Red Hat's hybrid cloud strategy spanning platform infrastructure located both on and off premises IBM and Red Hat have a long tradition of innovation to advance product offerings across IBM platforms. Through expanded collaboration both in upstream technologies and product development, the companies aim to enable greater compatibility between their respective platforms, bringing Red Hat's offerings to clients who previously worked in distributed environments.
                                            IBM Announces Systems for the Hybrid Cloud Era
                                            IBM Launches Power, z and Storage Systems and Software to Accelerate Cloud Transformation
                                            IBM launched cloud-ready systems, services and solutions that simplify the movement of data, applications and services across a hybrid cloud environment.

                                            Organizations across all industries are investing in cloud technologies for innovation, growth and efficiency. Today's clients are seeking a blend of public cloud, private cloud and traditional IT platforms. IBM's new solutions help deepen this hybrid cloud integration.

                                            IBM and China UnionPay E-payment Research Institute Share Bank Card Bonus Points Among Multiple Banks Using Blockchain
                                            IBM, September 23rd
                                            At the Shanghai International Blockchain Week 2016, IBM and China UnionPay E-payment Research Institute previewed the demo of a collaborative project on loyalty bonus points exchange among multiple banks using blockchain technology. With a few simple and quick steps, consumers will be able to exchange bonus points from among any of the banks they do business with to select the rewards they want.

                                            Bonus points earned through purchases on bank cards have long been an important method to attract and encourage customer loyalty to branded bank cards. The variety and selection of merchandise available in online bonus points exchange shops are an important reason for customers to favor and use specific bank cards. Since bonus points cannot be freely exchanged among different banks, many bonus points go unused because of strict bonus points policies or a limited selection of goods for exchange.

                                            Fujitsu News
                                            Fujitsu Doubles Deep Learning Neural Network Scale with Technology to Improve GPU Memory Efficiency
                                            Fujitsu, September 21st, 2016
                                            Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. today announced development of technology to streamline the internal memory of GPUs to support the growing neural network scale that works to heighten machine learning accuracy. This development has enabled neural network machine learning of a scale up to twice what was capable with previous technology.

                                            Recent years have seen a focus on technologies that use GPUs for high-speed machine learning to support the huge volume of calculations necessary for deep learning processing. In order to make use of a GPU's high-speed calculation ability, the data to be used in a series of calculations needs to be stored in the GPU's internal memory. This, however, creates an issue where the scale of the neural network that could be built is limited by memory capacity.

                                            VMware News
                                            Telin Builds Asia-Pacific's First Software-Defined Data Center Based on VMware Validated Designs
                                            Telin-3 is Asia-Pacific's first software-defined data center based on VMware Validated Designs Enabled faster deployment of data center and more efficient IT automation to enhance customer service delivery
                                            VMware, Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, and Telekomunikasi Indonesia International Pte Ltd (Telin Singapore), a subsidiary of PT Telkom Group, have built Asia Pacific's first software-defined data center based on VMware Validated Designs, Telin-3.

                                            Telin Singapore needed a robust software-defined architecture for its data centers to support its customers with greater agility, efficiency and security. Partnering with VMware, Telin Singapore built its latest data center in Singapore leveraging the VMware products and technologies for SDDC, including VMware vSphere, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware NSX and VMware vRealize Suite. To accelerate the journey to SDDC, Telin Singapore deployed VMware solutions based on the VMware Validated Design for SDDC which delivers holistic data center-level designs that span across compute, storage, networking and management. The data center, Telin Singapore's third and largest data center in the country, meets the highest of industry certifications and standards for faster deployment and more efficient IT automation to meet differing operational requirements and enhance customer service delivery.

                                            Red Hat News
                                            Red Hat Drives DevOps Adoption and Application Scalability with Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
                                            Industry's most comprehensive enterprise-grade, Docker- and Kubernetes-native container platform expands developer productivity and agility, delivers enhanced capabilities to deploy cloud-scale applications
                                            Red Hat, Inc. announced Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.3, bringing new developer features and deployment scalability, on a secure enterprise container platform, to improve application delivery across the hybrid cloud. Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform supports organizations as they build and maintain both cloud-native and traditional applications, providing a solution they can use across the application lifecycle, from development to production.

                                            Powered by open industry standards and built on the trusted foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.3 offers a single platform delivering Linux container and container orchestration innovation, along with application development and deployment capabilities, in a hardened, enterprise-ready product.

                                            Friday Five - September 23, 2016
                                            Red Hat, September 23rd, 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.

                                            • The Street - Jim Cramer - Plenty of Growth Ahead for Red Hat
                                            • IBM Power Systems and Red Hat Extend Collaboration for Next-Generation Cloud Platforms
                                            • Red Hat Adds QuickStart Cloud Installer to Red Hat Cloud Suite to Help Speed Private Cloud Deployments
                                            • SiliconANGLE - What's holding back containers? Red Hat evangelist has some ideas
                                            • Red Hat Drives DevOps Adoption and Application Scalability with Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

                                            Read on for details.

                                            IBM Power Systems and Red Hat Extend Collaboration for Next-Generation Cloud Platforms
                                            Companies build on longstanding alliance and enterprise Linux leadership to create greater compatibility between Red Hat Enterprise Linux and IBM Power Systems
                                            IBM and Red Hat announced enhancements and growth in their long-standing alliance to better help clients embrace hybrid cloud. Through joint engineering and deeper product collaboration, the two companies plan to deliver solutions built on key components of Red Hat's portfolio of open source products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux High Availability offerings. This move will help position IBM Power Systems as a featured component of Red Hat's hybrid cloud strategy spanning platform infrastructure located both on and off premises...
                                            Red Hat Reports Second Quarter Results for Fiscal Year 2017
                                            Second quarter total revenue of $600 million, up 19% year-over-year
                                            Red Hat announced financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended August 31, 2016.

                                            'Red Hat's second quarter revenue results were highlighted by 18% in year-over-year growth for our Infrastructure offerings combined with 33% in year-over-year growth for our Application development and other emerging technologies," said Jim Whitehurst, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. "Digital transformation and hybrid cloud computing are changing how applications are built, deployed, and managed. As organizations adopt agile application development technologies such as Linux containers, they are able to rely on Red Hat as their strategic partner to modernize their infrastructure and application development platforms.'

                                            Level3 News
                                            Level 3 Updates its Latin America Cloud-Based Platform, Dynamic Enterprise Computing
                                            Level(3), September 20th, 2016
                                            Level 3 Communications, Inc. launched the next generation version of Dynamic Enterprise Computing, its cloud computing platform for the enterprise market in Latin America.

                                            The upgraded cloud-based offering provides more self-service options so customers can manage their cloud lifecycle with a solution tailored to their company's information management model. The solution lets customers select among several types of computing services.

                                            Intelisys Wins Inaugural Channel Partner Program Summit Award
                                            Level(3), September 20th, 2016
                                            At an awards luncheon, Level 3 Communications, Inc., recognized Intelisys, a technology services distributor and master agent, with its inaugural Channel Partner Program Summit Award. Intelisys received the honor for reaching a significant revenue milestone as an Elite member of Level 3's Channel Partner Program.

                                            "Intelisys has built a solid reputation with its sales partners by providing outstanding value-add services and carrier solutions to solve customer challenges," said Garrett Gee, indirect channel chief, Level 3. "We are proud to recognize their accomplishment with our first-ever Summit Award and appreciate the long-term relationship with Level 3."

                                              New Solution Correlates Customer Traffic Against Level 3 Threat Intelligence, Ranking Mitigation Actions for Customers
                                              Level(3), September 22nd, 2016
                                              Adaptive Threat Intelligence, the latest security solution from Level 3 Communications, provides customized threat intelligence and alerting for customers. The cloud-based service builds on Level 3's portfolio of flexible, efficient security solutions. It is available in all regions.

                                              Adaptive Threat Intelligence leverages Level 3's global internet visibility and a team of security experts to provide customers with the assistance of a managed service. Customers benefit from the research and findings of the Level 3 Threat Research Labs team, the mitigation expertise of the company's security operation center (SOC) professionals and the ease of knowing which threats merit a response to the correlated and prioritized alerts.

                                              HP News
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Simplifies Application Monitoring with New AppPulse Suite Software Module
                                              HPE AppPulse Web gives applications teams a unified view of key performance analytics to help enhance digital user monitoring and deliver high-quality, consistent user application experiences
                                              HPE announced the availability of HPE AppPulse Web, a new web-based module for HPE's Application Performance Monitoring (APM) software solution - HPE AppPulse Suite. HPE AppPulse Web helps developers quickly analyze, identify, and correct problematic areas of the user experience by providing them with a holistic view of key performance monitoring analytics that connects them to faulty backend services and defective lines of code.
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Unveils General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance Portfolio
                                              Software solutions help organizations comply with new regulations to mitigate risk and create value from data
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced the availability of a comprehensive set of software solutions that will help organizations simplify and streamline compliance with the recently ratified General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ahead of the May 2018 enforcement deadline.

                                              The GDPR is an important new regulation designed to set data protection, privacy, and security standards related to personal data collected on European Union citizens. The regulations apply to organizations based in the EU, as well as any organization that collects information on European customers from anywhere in the world.

                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Partners with Iron Mountain to Simplify Secure Content Management
                                              Integration of HPE Content Manager and Iron Mountain Policy Center automates the application of dynamically updated legal policy to content for defensible retention management
                                              HPE announced a strategic collaboration with Iron Mountain Incorporated, the global leader in storage and information management services, to help organizations automate the application and execution of legal policy against their content and information repositories. With new capabilities from the combination of Iron Mountain Policy Center solution and HPE Content Manager, organizations can ensure that all of their connected systems are compliant with various regulations, regardless of jurisdiction. This automated retention management solution is part of HPE's Secure Content Management offering that helps organizations balance the requirements for collaboration and productivity with information security, privacy and compliance across enterprise systems and structured and unstructured content.
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Accelerates Introduction of New Services for DIGITALK
                                              HPE Subscriber Data Management will help DIGITALK consolidate subscriber data to meet the growing demands of digital service providers
                                              HPE announced that DIGITALK, a trusted vendor of carrier, consumer and mobile solutions to retail and wholesale service providers worldwide, has selected HPE as the supplier for its core network transformation. DIGITALK will utilize HPE's Subscriber Data Management (SDM) solutions to extend its core network to meet the growing data demands of its subscribers.
                                              Brocade News
                                              Brocade Achieves Leader Position In The 2016 Ihs Markit Wireless Lan Infrastructure Vendor Scorecard
                                              IHS Selected WLAN Provider Ruckus Wireless, Now Part of Brocade, Due to Its Top Revenue Performance for Enterprise WLAN Infrastructure
                                              Brocade announced the company has achieved leader status in the IHS MARKIT WIRELESS LAN INFRASTRUCTURE VENDOR SCORECARD - 2016 for RUCKUS WIRELESS' significant presence in the market and fast-paced momentum in wireless LAN growth. Brocade acquired Ruckus Wireless in May 2016, and Ruckus now operates as a business unit within Brocade. Prior to the acquisition, Ruckus was already the largest standalone vendor of WLAN products.
                                              Dell EMC, Fujitsu, HDS And NetApp Now Shipping Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel Solutions
                                              Key Finding From Gartner: Fibre Channel Will Remain Protocol of Choice for Next Decade
                                              Brocade announced continued momentum for its GEN 6 FIBRE CHANNEL STORAGE NETWORKING solutions with availability from its key OEM partners, including Dell EMC, Fujitsu and NetApp. This announcement is in addition to Hitachi Data Systems shipping Brocade Gen 6 directors, blade and switch since July, reinforcing Fibre Channel as the protocol of choice for mission-critical enterprise storage.

                                              A June 2016 Gartner report, "The Future of Storage Protocols," states that "storage networking investments are becoming a critical top priority due to the adoption of high-throughput, solid-state and flash storage... Storage performance bottlenecks are moving out of arrays and into the storage network, so Fibre Channel will remain as the data center storage protocol of choice for the next decade."

                                              Comcast News
                                              Comcast Corporation to Acquire Ed Snider's Stake in Comcast Spectacor
                                              Comcast, September 22nd, 2016
                                              Comcast Corporation announced it has reached an agreement to purchase Ed Snider's 24 percent stake in Comcast Spectacor. Upon closing, which is expected to occur next month, Comcast will own 100 percent of the company, including the Wells Fargo Center, Spectra businesses, and the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers. The transaction related to the Flyers is subject to the approval of the National Hockey League, which is expected to consider the matter at its scheduled Board of Governors' meeting tomorrow in New York. Mr. Snider, who was the founder of the Philadelphia Flyers and Chairman of Comcast Spectacor, passed away after a long battle with cancer in April 2016.
                                                Hitachi News
                                                CSC and Hitachi Data Systems Expand Strategic Alliance to Accelerate Client Transformation to the Cloud
                                                Partners Deepen Focus on As-a-Service IT Delivery and Sign Agility Platform Reseller Agreement
                                                CSC, a global leader in next-generation IT services and solutions, and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced the expansion of their long-standing, global alliance to help clients quickly and cost-effectively realize the benefits of cloud-enabled digital transformation through strategic focus on joint delivery of CSC BizCloudTM powered by Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP), storage-as-a-service (STaaS) and SAP HANA offerings. The companies have also entered into a new multi-year CSC Agility Platform reseller agreement.
                                                Windstream News
                                                Windstream introduces Fixed Wireless service in Salt Lake City that gives local businesses more high-bandwidth telecom options
                                                High-bandwidth services delivered via dedicated wireless connection provide enterprise customers with more reliable telecom services, alternative to fiber solutions
                                                Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, has launched Fixed Wireless access in Salt Lake City, Utah. The introduction gives local businesses - including those in the region's important financial services, real estate, tourism and high-tech industries - another option for secure, reliable and high-bandwidth telecommunications services.

                                                Windstream's Fixed Wireless access services provide companies with Ethernet connectivity via a dedicated microwave wireless connection. Windstream is the first major provider to bring Fixed Wireless to Salt Lake City, and its solution is designed to meet the high-availability requirements of companies that rely on the cloud for their most important software applications.

                                                Windstream expands metro fiber network in Minneapolis
                                                Expansion is part of Windstream's multi-city campaign to connect even more data centers & commercial buildings to company's national backbone
                                                Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, today announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in Minneapolis. Windstream's expansion will provide the area's growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure that connects even more local data centers and commercial buildings with Windstream's high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.
                                                Windstream announces its participation as a platinum sponsor at grand opening of NJFX's Tier 3 facility
                                                Windstream announces its participation as a platinum sponsor at grand opening of NJFX's Tier 3 facility
                                                Windstream announced its platinum level sponsorship of the New Jersey Fiber Exchange (NJFX) 'Tier 3 by the Subsea Phase II Launch', on Sept. 21. The event will be held at NJFX's brand new data center in Wall Township, N.J. - the first Tier 3 carrier-neutral colocation facility intersecting the landing point of subsea cables from around the globe.

                                                In January of 2016 - as part of its aggressive strategy to expand its high-speed, highly available 125,000 mile nationwide fiber network - Windstream announced the deployment of the first direct connection between its Ashburn, Va., Point-of-Presence (PoP) and NJFX's Meet-Me Room at the Tata Communications' Cable Landing Station (CLS). As large-scale enterprise organizations and wholesale customers - including other carriers, as well as content providers, cable and other network operators - continue to drive the surging demand for direct, secure connectivity to cloud resources, Windstream's alliance with NJFX provides connectivity options that meet the needs of both domestic and international customers.

                                                  Netapp News
                                                  NetApp Showcases Flash-Optimized Solutions for Data Analytics at .conf2016: the 7th Annual Splunk Conference
                                                  NetApp, September 23rd, 2016
                                                  NetApp, a .conf2016 Tera-level sponsor, will demonstrate its newest storage software and all-flash products for data analytics applications during the conference at booth T9.

                                                  At .conf2016 attendees will learn about the recently enhanced NetApp SANtricity storage software and the new NetApp E2800 all-flash array which delivers the high levels of performance, usability, efficiency, and flexibility demanded by customers for data analytics workloads. Customers will also hear about the benefits of NetApp solutions for Splunk...

                                                  INHS/Engage Protects Critical Patient Data, Boosts Care with NetApp
                                                  Engage creates new cloud service with innovative alternative to traditional back-up with NetApp AltaVault, easily and affordably secures critical data for its customers from coast to coast
                                                  'Initially, Engage offered tape-based backup services, but the time and cost to create, manage, transport, and store the data quickly skyrocketed. More efficient back up processes were needed to enable the division to continue to provide customers with the most cost-effective solutions possible,' said Sean Harnett, an assistant director of Network Services at INHS/Engage. 'With NetApp, we can help our customers direct more time and money into patient care - and that is what our business is all about.'
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