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Toyota Selects Oracle Cloud to Analyze Ha:mo Sharing Service in Verification Project
Using Oracle's cloud-based data visualization service to analyze usage trends of Ha:mo RIDE sharing service
Oracle announced that Toyota Motor Corporation selected Oracle Cloud to analyze the usage trend of Ha:mo RIDE, an ultra-small mobility sharing service that it deploys in the Ha:mo low-carbon transportation system verification project.

Ha:mo is a transportation system that connects personal transportation modes and public transportation for seamless and enjoyable local mobility. The verification project was launched in Toyota City in October 2012. Using a vehicle management system connecting users, cars and parking stations, Toyota currently offers the Ha:mo RIDE sharing service with Toyota Auto Body's COMS.

Oracle Report Shows Smart Devices Fueling Rise in LTE Network Traffic
New Oracle Index Provides Communications Professionals a Road Map to Better Plan For and Manage Global Growth in LTE Diameter Signaling
Oracle announced the 'Oracle Communications LTE Diameter Signaling Index, Fifth Edition,' highlighting the explosive growth in LTE Diameter Signaling traffic as a result of advancements in consumer technologies such as streaming video and connected devices. Diameter signaling is a protocol or language critical network functions use to communicate across core LTE networks. The report demonstrates that Diameter signaling shows no sign of slowing and is expected to generate 565 million messages per second (MPS) by 2020. As 5G implementations begin to roll out in years to come, Diameter growth will only accelerate as the signaling technology for 5G as well.
Oracle Marketing Cloud Extends Leadership with Next Generation of Cross-Channel Orchestration Canvas
Marketers are able to more quickly and easily deliver personalized experiences at scale
Oracle announced industry-first innovations to the Oracle Marketing Cloud that will transform the way consumer marketers interact with customers across channels. First to market in 2009 with the 'Program Canvas', these new enhancements make it easier for marketers to develop personalized customer experiences across web, mobile web, display, mobile apps and email, and to deliver these experiences based on unified consumer identities from different channels. For the first time, brands will be able to orchestrate a consistent and personalized experience to consumers at scale.
Oracle OpenWorld 2016 Content Now Available
By Elke Phelps
Elke blogs, "Oracle OpenWorld 2016 is now in the history books. Our teams in Oracle E-Business Suite Strategy, Development and Product Management had a full week of sessions, demos and customer meetings.

For those of you that were able to join us in person, thank you for attending and for your feedback and questions. We learned a lot from you and we hope that you learned a lot from us.

Whether you would like to review sessions you attended at Oracle OpenWorld or missed attending a session or the conference but are eager to learn more, the following resources are available to you:..."

Defense-in-Depth for Cloud Databases
By Dinesh Rajasekharan
"Cloud computing is revolutionizing Information Technology through its cost and operational flexibility. Organizations are rapidly adopting cloud computing, but the transition is still in progress with many organizations keeping their mission-critical applications on-premises. Even though migrating to the cloud can be a cost-effective option, some organizations are concerned about the availability of their applications, network latency, and network throughput. For some organizations, lift and shift of their on-premises applications is not trivial due to several platform and application components. But there is one common concern cutting across all organizations and that is 'security.' Shared infrastructure and lack of direct control fueled by increasing data breaches are the top concerns for organizations considering cloud adoption.

Whether on-premises or in the cloud, databases are the repositories of sensitive data and therefore are attractive targets for attackers. This paper describes a methodology to protect sensitive information in cloud databases and yet retain control on-premises..."

Future Of Connected Cars, According To Industry Software Visionary
Forbes, September 29th, 2016
Rob writes, "As CEO of Connexion Media, the company whose software powers General Motors' Commercial Link vehicle management service, George Parthimos is at the forefront of the movement known as the 'connected car.' It's a market with almost endless possibilities, one whose data and mobility services by themselves could generate as much as $1.5 trillion in revenue by 2030, according to McKinsey..."
Oracle CEO Safra Catz: SMBs 'Propel The Future'
Forbes, September 29th, 2016
John Soat writes, "Cloud computing gives small and medium-size businesses a 'phenomenal opportunity' to take advantage of sophisticated enterprise technology -historically the purview of only large companies - at low cost and with relative ease, Oracle CEO Safra Catz told an enthusiastic audience of SMB owners at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco last week. But companies need to act now, Catz warned, because the pace of change is only accelerating..."
6 Business Insights From Oracle And San Francisco Giants CEOs
Forbes, September 28th, 2016
Margaret Harrist writes, "It was a golden opportunity for hundreds of small-business leaders to get sage counsel from one of Silicon Valley's most successful startups and a World Series-winning baseball franchise.

Oracle CEO Safra Catz and San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer dispensed advice for thriving despite a range of wild pitches and curve balls that are sure to come their way, during their joint keynote at biztechSF, an event presented by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Oracle..."

How Deep Learning Allowed Computers To See
TechCrunch, October 1st, 2016
"Understanding machine learning is quite easy. The idea is to train algorithms on large databases to make them able to predict results from new data.

Here's a simple example: We want to predict the age of a tree thanks to its diameter. This database contains only three kinds of data: input (x, tree diameter), output (y, tree age) and features (a, b: type of tree, forest location). These data are linked by a linear function y = ax + b. With a training of this database, machine learning algorithms will be able to understand the correlation between x and y and define the accurate value of features. Once this training phase is completed, computers will be able to predict the right tree age (y) from any new diameter (x)..."

    Machine Learning: The Key To Preventing Unplanned Application Downtime In The Digital Economy
    ITProPortal, October 1st, 2016
    "Many organisations will understand the importance of investing heavily into digital transformation initiatives to retain a competitive edge.

    UK employees are expecting faster access to applications and data unlike ever before. But, as many IT teams and CIOs will know - meeting this expectation is always a challenge..."

      Google, Facebook, Other Technology Giants Collaborate On AI
      eWeek, September 29th, 2016
      "The new 'Partnership on AI' initiative will develop best practices and explore the impact of artificial intelligence tools on society.

      Google and four other technology giants have launched a nonprofit initiative to develop best practices in the field of artificial intelligence and to advance public understanding of AI technologies..."

      The State Of Artificial Intelligence For The Enterprise
      CIO, September 29th, 2016
      "What conditions have caused artificial intelligence-based systems to thrive, and how can others take advantage of today's A.I. boom?

      Without cloud computing, today's artificial intelligence (A.I.) boom would not exist. Both the advent of cloud computing and advances in machine intelligence have made it easier for companies to deliver A.I.-based features that create new ways of engaging customers. Most companies now use cloud-based systems for complex computing tasks that require intense CPU/GPU utilization, data operations and analytics work, or other tasks that would cause a traditional, locally-managed server to have a bad day within a few minutes..."

      IT - Storage
      Enterprise Storage: 6 Influential Trends
      NetworkComputing, September 26th, 2016
      "Computer storage is evolving at a pace we haven't seen in decades. New products are offering much more performance, capacity and features while costing much less. These are exciting times!

      The good news (and the bad) is that future storage won't look much like today's 'leading-edge' solutions. The whole concept of networked storage using arrays or appliances is under siege by the hyperconverged approach to delivering a storage pool.

      New super-high capacity solid-state drives will effectively doom the hard drive within a couple of years, with capacities 10 times anything HDDs currently do, while hitting performance levels equal to a whole RAID array. These SSDs also are getting smaller. Toshiba and Samsung recently unveiled plans for 100 TB 2.5 inch SSDs, while super-fast M.2 drives with just a couple of square inches footprint promise to shrink the size of servers..."

      IT - Technology
      What A Time To Be Alive: Nissan Reveals Self-Driving Chair
      The Register, September 29th, 2016
      "Nissan has revealed a thing called the 'ProPILOT Chair' that it says exemplifies 'the benefits of its intelligent mobility technology' because it 'automatically queues on behalf of its occupant, sparing them the hassle of standing in line.'

      As the video below shows, the chairs are packed with motion-sensing kit and can follow each other around like baby chickens imprinted on their mother.

      Nissan swears this is an important innovation as it shows the technologies it built for self-driving cars have wider applicability than just keeping vehicles on the straight and narrow..."

        Quantum Computing: What Businesses Need To Know
        ITProPortal, September 29th, 2016
        "Most people will be familiar with Moore's Law which states that the number of transistors it's possible to get on a microprocessor doubles every 18 months. If this holds true it means that some time in the 2020s we'll be measuring these circuits on an atomic scale.

        You might think that that's where everything comes to a juddering halt. But the next step from this is the creation of quantum computers which use the properties of atoms and molecules to perform processing and memory tasks..."

          Friday Spotlight: Get Trained on Simplified Cloud Management
          By Antoinette O'Sullivan
          Antoinette blogs, "The Oracle Private Cloud Appliance delivers on the promise of simplified cloud management. This converged infrastructure solution consists of preconfigured Oracle server, network, and storage hardware and Oracle software, to create a highly configurable pool of memory, CPU, and storage resources for running applications in a virtualization environment.

          To learn about the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance, take the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Overview. You can take this course in the following formats:.."

          IT - Bitcoin
          Purse Introduces Bcoin Library To Spur Bitcoin Applications
          CryptoCoinsNews, October 1st, 2016
          "Purse, an online marketplace that encourages bitcoin use and innovation, has introduced bcoin, a Javascript library to help bitcoin businesses build applications. Purse provides a full node implementation that allows it to utilize new additions to the bitcoin code base as they become available..."
          What Is Social Media's Role In The Cryptocurrency World?
, October 1st, 2016
          "Social media is a big part of our lives, and the existence of these platforms has bolstered cryptocurrency in a unique way. A lot of Bitcoin's value derives from how we envision it within the depths of the internet. The advent of social media has pushed this value further with forums, Facebook, Twitter, Internet Relay Chat (IRC), Telegram, Slack and many more..."
          Why Blockchain Won't Disrupt Banks First
          CoinDesk, October 1st, 2016
          "As two people who have been working closely with blockchain for a while now, we have no doubt about the technology's potential to radically transform the financial industry.

          A far better way to build and maintain interconnected ledgers - the heart of the financial system - it seems predestined for the job.

          But while banks and FinTech companies around the world are busy developing blockchain-based solutions, we are likely to see blockchain 'go live' in other industries first.

          This is something of a paradox, and so we think worth a closer look..."

            IT - FOSS
            Asterisk 14 Improves Open-Source VOIP
            Enterprise Networkng Planet, September 30th, 2016
            "Digium, the lead commercial sponsor behind the Asterisk open source PBX project announced the release Asterisk 14 this week, continuing to evolve the decade old effort, making it easier to use and deploy.

            Asterisk first had a stable release back in 2004 with the debut of Asterisk 1.0 and a lot has changed over the course of the dozen years since then. The last major release of Asterisk prior to this week, was in October 2014, with the debut of Asterisk 13.

            While Asterisk 13 was a Long Term Support (LTS) release that Digium has pledged to support until 2019, Asterisk 14 is a standard release and will be supported for only two years before hitting its end of life..."

            To Ensure Security And Privacy, Open Source Is Required
            Network World, September 28th, 2016
            "Having access to the source code is an undeniable benefit in ensuring the security of a piece of software...

            I am currently embarking on a quest to make my entire life as private and secure as possible - while still having a good time and enjoying the fruits of the modern world. In this article, I won't go into why I am doing this. For that, see my article introducing this endeavor.

            What I'd like to talk about right now are some pretty high-level things - laying out the ground rules, if you will, for what I'm trying to accomplish..."

            What Are Configuration Management Tools?
  , September 29th, 2016
            "For most people, computers don't stay the same. Software is added, removed, and updated. Configurations are changed. Think about the changes you've made to your computer since the first time you booted it up. Now imagine making those changes to 10, 100, or 1,000 more computers. Configuration management tools are what make implementing and enforcing these changes possible..."
            Libreoffice Celebrates Its 6th Anniversary With Bug Fixes And Minor Improvements
            CIO, September 29th, 2016
            "What started as an OpenOffice fork has become a major open source project...

            LibreOffice is a free and open source suite of office applications that's available for many different operating systems including BSD, Linux Desktop, macOS and Windows. LibreOffice seems to be the only open source productivity software that's available across all of these platforms..."

            MySQL 8.0 and the thread sanitizer
            By Rik Prohaska
            Rik writes, "MySQL 8.0 now supports the thread sanitizer. This is good news as the thread sanitizer provides MySQL developers another tool to help find bugs in the multi-threaded MySQL server. What happens when we build MySQL 8.0 with the thread sanitizer enabled and try to run some basic MySQL tests? Unfortunately, no MySQL tests run since the MySQL bootstrap fails with lots of data races and other issues raised by the thread sanitizer. When these issues are suppressed, some of the basic MySQL and InnoDB tests pass. Some of these issues are real bugs and need to be investigated..."
            Cloud Computing
            3 Top Tactics For Building A Customer-Centric Cloud Platform
            Forbes, September 28th, 2016
            Carol Hildebrand writes, "The cloud certainly offers a path to the customer experience Holy Grail of a 360-degree customer view. But that path isn't clearly marked..."

            'Everybody thinks moving to the cloud will automatically give you a 360-degree view of the customer, but it's not going to happen unless you take the time to understand the data and what's important to the customer,' says Ratnakar Lavu, CTO of the Kohl's department store chain. Lavu, along with John Slaski, director of information technology at engineering firm TMEIC, and Denis Pombriant, managing principal of Beagle Research Group, shared their perspectives in a panel discussion at Oracle OpenWorld 2016.

            Oracle Cloud Platform as a Service: Gain the Necessary Skills
            By Ramona Costea
            Ramona blogs, "With the Oracle Cloud PaaS training, you will learn how to use it to successfully administer and manage Oracle Cloud PaaS. The following services are included: Database, Java, Business Intelligence, Process, Mobile, SOA, Integration, Documents, Messaging, Internet of Things, Developer, Database Backup, Application Builder, Big Data Preparation, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)..."
            Cloud Roadmap: Hardware Strategy Is First Step in the Right Direction
            By: John Soat
            John Soat writes, "As more businesses downsize their data center operations in the move to the cloud, how do they get from Point A (the data center) to Point B (the cloud)? There's no single path, but the right hardware strategy is vital to getting there.

            At Oracle OpenWorld 2016, Oracle executives shared best practices and new technology advances that can help companies undertake what, for many, will be a long, gradual transition. Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison has said that on-premises systems will coexist with the cloud for at least 10 years..."

            IT - Cloud
            Cloud Wars Define Next Revolution In Cloud Computing
            CIO Today, September 29th, 2016
            "Experts in a panel discussion titled "Who will win the cloud wars: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, IBM -- or traditional carriers?" agreed that Google, Amazon and Microsoft are locked in a battle to define the next revolution in cloud computing. Cloud, they added, will continue to evolve over the next few years and demand will surge, pushing most companies to move to the cloud in one way or the other.

            The debate, chaired by Mike Sapien, principal analyst, Enterprise Services at Ovum, took place at the NetEvents Global Press and Analyst IOT and Cloud Innovation Summit held in California, US last week..."

            Microsoft's Cloud Dominance Comes With A Security Risk
            InfoWorld, September 29th, 2016
            "Microsoft and third parties are layering on more security technology to keep vulnerabilities harder to exploit at scale...

            With each cloud vendor doing its utmost to shove more features into its offerings and tie them all together, are we looking at a new technology monoculture? That is, a community of computers that run identical software -- sharing the same vulnerabilities and, thus, threat of widespread failure in case of successful attack..."

            25 Cloud Vendors Worth Watching
            InformationWeek, September 27th, 2016
            "Cloud services are firmly established in the fabric of IT staff operations as necessary and growing ingredients of enterprise computing. No matter your business model or industry vertical, chances are that you've already made strides into the cloud and are looking at additional resources. With that in mind, we offer a roundup of 25 options to consider in your cloud ecosystem -- including cloud services for public, private, and hybrid options, as well as management and monitoring tools..."
            50 Leading Cloud Computing Companies
            Datamation, September 29th, 2016
            "Cloud computing companies are sprouting up faster than flowers in springtime. The surest sign of a new industry is a plethora of startups, and that is certainly the case in the cloud computing industry.

            But after cloud computing's first decade, there are two distinctly different truths.

            First, the inevitable consolidation has not taken place. Sure, big firms have snapped up small players, but many cloud startups are still in growth mode and not looking to be bought.

            Second, the presence of old school tech giants in cloud computing. Established firms are often the last to embrace a technology, or at least very late to it. They are so enamored to their current business model that there is no room for embracing a new one - or they fear the new model because it could disrupt their current business..."

            10 Tips For A Successful Cloud Plan
            NetworkWorld, September 28th, 2016
            "How do you get started using the cloud?

            For some organizations, cloud usage has already begun by someone in the company - whether they know it or not. But to have a successful cloud deployment, it's helpful to have a plan.

            Consultancy Cloud Technology Partners is one of many companies that help customers adopt public IaaS cloud computing resources. CTP says the following 10 tips are key for a successful cloud rollout..."

            IT - CxO
            10 Reasons Why CIOs Should Consider Open Source Software
            Enterprise Networkng Planet, September 30th, 2016
            "A recent survey shows 78 percent of companies run part or all of their operations on open source software. Indeed, open source continues to gain market traction as more companies adopt open technology to speed innovation, disrupt industries and improve overall productivity.

            Those who remain hesitant about adopting open source are in danger of being left behind. Because open source architecture lends itself to more frequent updates, and because of the openness, open source provides the freedom to innovate and mature in the way that enterprises need. Here are 10 top reasons why CIOs should choose open source software:..."

            Changes In CISO Responsibilities Call For New Reporting Structure
            Search CIO, September 30th, 2016
            "CISO responsibilities are both expanding and shifting to other departments. CEB's Jeremy Bergsman sorts out the future state of IS, privacy and the risk ecosystem.

            Two key drivers are requiring information security organizations to adapt to a new business context: a substantial increase in the variety of activities that chief information security officers (CISOs) are responsible for and a devolvement of a core security activity -- operational IT security. The shift in CISO responsibilities means a recalibration of the role and its reporting structure..."

            Why I'm Sold On Collaboration Tech
            CIO Dashboard, September 30th, 2016
            "You know technology is truly powerful when it begins to alter a company's culture, and that's exactly what we are seeing as real-time collaboration software takes hold.

            We first began to notice and analyze the changes at PwC when our team used the real-time collaboration software to pull together a sales presentation to propose PwC's services to a high-profile financial institution. Right off the bat our five-member team determined that creating, reviewing, and editing a document collectively and in real-time was the most efficient way to utilize the software. In addition, we shared a conference line so we could actively communicate about the development process. Folding in that traditional form of communication was key to the dramatic transformation we're about to share with you..."

              Customers Have A Love/Hate Relationship With IT Outsourcing Providers
              CIO, September 28th, 2016
              "HPE, Oracle and IBM's outsourcing customers are much more likely to recommend them, but many other IT service providers underperform in delivering a good customer experience.

              HPE Outsourcing once again garnered the highest Net Promoter (NPS) score among IT service providers according to a 2016 analysis of NPS scores among corporate technology vendors recently published by the Temkin Group. However, its merger with CSC could shakes its customer experience standing..."

              Cybersecurity Isn'T An It Problem, It'S A Business Problem
              The Enterprisers Project, September 27th, 2016
              "The emergence of the CISO is a relatively recent phenomenon at many companies. Their success often relies upon educating the business from the ground up. In the process, companies become a lot better about how to handle security and certainly learn how not to handle it.

              As a CIO, knowing the pulse of security is critical. I oversee a monthly technology steering committee that all the executives attend. The CISO reports during this meeting on the state of the security program. He also does an excellent job of putting risk metrics out there, color coded by red, yellow, and green. This kind of color grading allows us to focus attention on where we are and what we're doing about it..."

              What's the Difference Between Business Intelligence (BI) and EPM?
              SmartDataCollective, September 30th, 2016
              "One of my colleagues recently asked if I could write a blog post describing the difference between business intelligence (BI) and enterprise performance management (EPM) solutions.

              I haven't been asked this question in a while, so maybe this is a good time to revisit these terms and technologies, what makes them different, and how they complement each other. So here goes.

              Let's start with a little history lesson..."

              Boardroom Perspectives On Cloud Implementation
              Help Net Security, September 30th, 2016
              "Although there's a significant uptick in cloud adoption at the enterprise level, companies are missing the full benefit of their cloud adoptions by not factoring their IT implementations into their overall business strategy, according to Accenture.

              A study of nearly 1,900 c-suite executives across the world found that while more than 95 percent of respondents have a five-year cloud strategy already in place, only 38 percent have aligned these plans with overarching business goals..."

                Gartner: 10 Strategic Tech Trends For 2017
                memeburn, September 30th, 2016
                "Between 3D printing and machine learning, there were plenty of strategic trends predicted for 2016 at last year's Gartner Symposium.

                Now, Gartner analyst Stephen Prentice has revealed 2017's expected trends, featuring a few of the same entries. But they're no less interesting anyway - here they are, in no particular order..."

                A New Generation Of CIO Thinking Emerges
                ZDNet, September 30th, 2016
                "As both business leadership and investment in technology grows outside the IT department in a era of large generational technology shifts, CIOs are considering new ways to think about the nature and role of IT...

                The data keeps piling up: Tech spending and digitization of the enterprise is happening outside of IT as never before. There's no easy way to say it: The role of the CIO to lead the tech enablement of our organizations is steadily eroding as strategic technology decisions are more rapidly being made elsewhere in the organization..."

                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!

                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)

                IT - Wireless
                What Is 802.11Ad Wireless Technology?
                Network World, September 27th, 2016
                "Here are the broad strokes about 802.11ad, the wireless technology that's just starting to hit the market.

                802.11ac, 802.11ac wave 2, 802.11omg! Could we maybe get some different names for this stuff?

                No! Next question! May the power of the IEEE smite you down for heresy!..."

                Debunking The 5 Myths Of Wi-Fi
                Information Age, September 30th, 2016
                "Despite Wi-Fi being so engrained in people's everyday lives, wireless technology is still widely misunderstood

                Wireless plays a fundamental role in keeping people connected, with an estimated 7.9 billion mobile devices now 'talking' via the internet and 25 billion connected 'things' predicted to be in use by 2020.

                But despite the fact it's now so engrained in our everyday lives, wireless technology is widely misunderstood and still a bit of a mystery to most.

                So, to help set the record straight, here are some of the most common myths associated with Wi-Fi, debunked..."

                South Florida Technology Alliance vBeers @ Palm Beach (Palm Beach Gardens)
                Wednesday, October 5th, 2016: 5:30 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, but I am planning to be on-site at 5:30PM.

                Wednesday, October 5th @ Twisted Trunk Brewing

                Pleaase register @ the SFTA website.. There is no admission fee but SFTA members will get a free beer! Sponsorships can be purchased from the registration page.

                John McLaughlin, SFTA

                IT - PM
                How To Choose The Right Project Management Methodology
                CIO, September 28th, 2016
                "Identifying available project management methodologies (PMM) is one thing, deciding which one works best for a particular project is much more complicated. Here's how to make the right choice...

                In 'How to pick a project management methodology (PMM),' I covered the some of the most recognized methodologies, as well as a few high-level factors, that may impact selection decisions. These methodologies are repeatable, effective and efficient processes that help organizations streamline project activities. Because these processes, once developed, can be documented and repeated, they help organizations to spend less time focusing on how to execute the project itself, and more time on the project objectives and deliverables..."

                IT - Networks
                New Ethernet Tech Breaks Data Speed Limit
                CIO Today, September 30th, 2016
                "Enterprises will soon be able to speed their Ethernet networks by up to five times their current speeds without having to replace their existing infrastructures thanks to a new networking standard announced this week. The standard, officially known as IEEE 802.3bz, defines 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet speeds over the existing installed base of twisted pair copper cabling.

                The new networking protocol will help companies continue to use their older 1000BASE-T networks while still significantly boosting speeds for their Ethernet infrastructures. That should be a major boon for enterprises that need to upgrade aging systems, but lack the ability to tear out and replace the cabling of their existing networks..."

                Applying The 80-20 Rule To SDN
                Data Center Dynamics, September 29th, 2016
                "Software-Defined Networking (SDN) excited the IT world four years ago with the promise that it would revolutionize how networks were built. The new utopia promised an end to stodgy, inflexible protocols and device-by-device configuration. These would be replaced with centralized control, automated provisioning, and dynamic policies dictated by applications. For most applications, standard Layer-2 and Layer-3 (L2/L3) protocols work great; they are mature, reliable, and most importantly, they provide interoperability. However, there are some applications where it makes sense to apply SDN to engineer network traffic, and beyond its functionality, SDN is proven to scale better than the traditional methods..."
                Understanding MU-MIMO Wireless
                Business 2 Community, September 29th, 2016
                "If you're in charge of your company's IT infrastructure and network monitoring, you've likely encountered the term 'Multiuser Multiple Input/Multiple Output' (MU-MIMO). But for those who aren't networking experts, especially if you've got those experts asking you to spend some bucks on it, it's worth understanding MU-MIMO because not only can it radically speed up your wireless networking throughput, but it can potentially decrease the number of routers and access points you need..."
                IT - IoT
                Weak Device Security Turns Iot Into Powerful Weapon In DDOS Attacks
                eWeek, October 1st, 2016
                "More than a million security cameras, video recorders and other devices were used in attacks on a U.S. security researcher and French network service provider.

                For the past several days, security researcher Brian Krebs has been battling a cyber-attack on a scale unlike any ever previously observed on the internet.

                Krebs, who writes the security blog Krebs on Security, was on the receiving end of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that delivered connection requests at the rate of nearly 700 gigabits per second. Equally alarming, the attack was generated by well over a million video cameras as well as other internet-connected devices ranging from set-top boxes to video recorders..."

                Sad Reality: Look, No One's Going To Patch Their Insecure IoT Gear
                The Register, September 29th, 2016
                'Consumers are ready to roll the dice with their privacy every time they buy a gadget'

                'If you think ordinary people are going to look out for and apply firmware fixes to patch vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things, you're crazy.

                It's going to be down to manufacturers to secure IoT devices, Intel Security's chief technical strategist says, because consumers will cheerfully give away their security and privacy in the name of convenience..."

                The Security Tsunami Of The Internet Of Things Is Coming - Are You Ready?
                TechRepublic, September 28th, 2016
                "Intel Security's Scott Montgomery took the stage at Structure Security to explain some of the core security and privacy challenges that are coming with the Internet of Things..."

                "There is an "enormous tug of war between convenience and privacy" in IoT, and device manufacturers aren't doing enough to pull on the privacy end of the rope, said Scott Montgomery from Intel Security..."

                IoT and BPM: A Match Made for the Modern Business
                Information Management, September 30th, 2016
                "From fitness trackers to smart thermostats, IoT devices have made our everyday lives easier by tracking and using data and information about the way we interact with the human world. IoT has been gradually picking up steam in the business world as well.

                For example, UPS uses IoT sensors on its delivery trucks to collect data on drivers' routes, delivery efficiency and truck performance. Disney World also employs IoT in its wearable 'MagicBand' wristband, which not only allows guests to get on rides quickly, but also uses RFID tags to collect data and track their activities in the park..."

                IT - Linux
                Embedded Linux For Developers
                O'Reilly, September 30th, 2016
                By Alexandru Vaduva, Alex Gonzalez, Chris Simmonds

                If you are a developer who wants to build embedded systems using Linux, this book is for you. It is the ideal guide for you if you want to become proficient and broaden your knowledge. A basic understanding of C programming and experience with systems programming is needed. Experienced embedded Yocto developers will find new insight into working methodologies and ARM specific development competence...

                IT - Operations
                Why Digital Hoarding Poses Serious Financial And Security Risks
                HelpNet Security, September 29th, 2016
                "82 percent of IT decision makers admit they are hoarders of data and digital files, according to research conducted by Wakefield Research among 10,022 global office professionals and IT decision makers to look into how individuals manage data.

                Significant concerns regarding data hoarding were highlighted, with 73 percent of all respondents indicating that they store data that could be potentially harmful to their organisations. These include: unencrypted personal records, job applications to other companies, unencrypted company secrets and embarrassing employee correspondence..."

                  Incident Response Survival Guide
                  HelpNet Security, September 27th, 2016
                  "All organizations are impacted by a security breach at some point. As the joke goes in the security industry, businesses fall into two categories: those that have been breached and those that don't know they have been breached. Some organizations don't know they have had a security incident until the FBI informs them.

                  A breach can have financial impact, regulatory impact or harm an organization's brand and reputation. In order to minimize the damage, organizations need to be prepared for this eventuality. Here are some steps that will allow organizations to minimize the damage when a security breach occurs..."

                  Inside Microsoft's Quincy Data Center
                  Data Center Dynamics, September 29th, 2016
                  "Microsoft has competed construction on its new modular 'cloud farm' data center in Quincy, Washington. The design of the next-generation facility is driven by Microsoft's use of data center containers that come packed with up to 2,000 servers. These containers, known as IT-PACs (for pre-assembled components) can be deployed faster and cheaper than traditional raised floor data center space. The modular design helped Microsoft complete the initial deployment in Quincy in just eight months. Here's a closer look at the modular data center technology being deployed in the new Quincy facility..."
                  Who'S Hot In Infrastructure? 25 Vendors To Watch
                  NetworkComputing, September 27th, 2016
                  "As businesses rethink their IT infrastructures, vendors are looking to software and open source solutions. Find out which are on the forefront.

                  Enterprise infrastructure is going through one of the most dramatic periods of change in the history of computing. The rise of digital business, open source technologies, and services-based IT is changing the game for everyone, requiring IT organizations and professionals to adapt the way they implement and operate technology..."

                  Avoiding A Hatton Garden-Style Data Center Heist
                  CloudTweaks, September 26th, 2016
                  "In April 2015, one of the world's biggest jewelry heists occurred at the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company in London. Posing as workmen, the criminals entered the building through a lift shaft and cut through a 50cm-thick concrete wall with an industrial power drill. Once inside, the criminals had free and unlimited access to the company's secure vault for over 48 hours during the Easter weekend, breaking into one safety deposit box after another to steal an estimated $100m worth of jewelry..."
                    Disposing Of IT Assets: How Not To Have Your Information Stolen On eBay
                    Network World, September 28th, 2016
                    "Some organisations dispose of their IT assets by recycling what they can and discarding the rest. For others, the process involves reselling parts that still hold some market value.

                    And although today's IT disposition industry claims to have a strong focus on compliance, governance and security, there are still several accounts of sensitive business or personal data falling into the wrong hands due to improperly disposing of IT assets..."

                    IT - Security
                    Invest In Security Using A 4 Point Plan
                    Business 2 Community, September 29th, 2016
                    "In an earlier blog post I wrote about looking at security as an investment (as opposed to an expense), focusing on the value that an integrated cloud-native security platform can deliver to investors, board members, and C-Level executives. In this post, I'm going to broaden my focus to include some of the other issues you need to include in your 'security as an investment' plan..."
                    Nmap 7.30 Security Scanner Adds 12 New IPv6 OS Fingerprints, 7 NSE Scripts
                    Softpedia, September 29th, 2016
                    "As expected, Nmap 7.30 is a major release that adds numerous new features and improvements, among which we can mention twelve new IPv6 OS fingerprints and seven NSE (Nmap Scripting Engine) scripts that have been submitted by various developers. There are now a total of 541 NSE scripts included in Nmap.

                    Moreover, the new Npcap Windows packet capturing driver and library has been updated to version 0.10r2, a release that includes numerous bug fixes, new match lines and service probes were implemented for Tridium Fox, MQTT, DTLS, ProConOS, IPMI-RMCP, and PCWorx, and the output filtering has been improved..."

                    Security Myths That Can Make You Laugh... Or Cry (Slideshow)
                    CSO Online, September 29th, 2016
                    "It is sort of like those commercials that stated it must be true because I read it on the internet. There are long held beliefs that have gone unchallenged and accepted. Then there are those who put their head in the sand with such statements as 'I don't need to protect my network, there is nothing worth stealing.'

                    Others think a firewall is all you need to protect your data. Ha! These security experts explain some of the best security myths they have heard over the years..."

                    The Real Reasons Why Users Stink At Passwords
                    Dark Reading, September 28th, 2016
                    "Personality, denial, and authentication-overload are big factors, new study finds.

                    Most users know it's risky to reuse passwords, but 61% of them do so anyway, a new study found.

                    The new survey released this week from security vendor LastPass takes a new tack by breaking down the psychology of user behavior, which includes some combination of willful ignorance, denial, and risk-taking with how they handle passwords..."

                    Your Users Have Porous Passwords? Blame Yourself, IT
                    ComputerWorld, September 27th, 2016
                    "Your efforts at raising security awareness could be making users feel that it's pointless to try to protect themselves..

                    Maybe IT needs to tone down its security awareness efforts. New research by psychologists into password strength delivered the non-intuitive conclusion that users who are well briefed on the severity of security threats will not, as IT had hoped, create stronger passwords to better protect themselves.

                    They actually tend to create much weaker passwords because the briefings make them feel helpless, as if any efforts to defend against these threats are pointless..."

                    Federal And State Regulations For Companies Disclosing Data Breaches Remain Murky
                    The Street, September 26th, 2016
                    "When companies are breached, they are required by the SEC and state regulatory agencies, but the rules are vague and fraught with loopholes...

                    The breach at Yahoo (YHOO) is likely the largest hacking incident to date to occur, as the company confirmed last week that it affected 500 million users in 2014, but other infiltrations have remained under the radar..."

                      Top Five GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) myths
                      HelpNet Security, September 26th, 2016
                      "At this moment, there are many misunderstandings surrounding the new GDPR legislation. These rules will affect any business that handles personal data, and therefore the majority of organisations in the UK, so owners are beginning to look into what GDPR will mean for them.

                      With under two years until the UK Data Protection Act 1988 is replaced with GDPR, businesses need to get access to the right information about the new legislation to properly assess the impact it may have. Misinformation has already started to spread which could cause some companies to come unstuck, so in order to combat some of the most common GDPR myths before they take hold, Rackspace puts right some of the misconceptions..."

                        Why CIOs are Embracing SaaS ID Management
                        CIO, September 26th, 2016
                        "Single sign-on software, which federates access to corporate applications, is helping CIOs meet their goal of making employees more efficient without sacrificing security.

                        Adopting single sign-on software to federate access to corporate applications is a key priority for many CIOs seeking to make employees more efficient without sacrificing security..."

                        Internal PKI: What Are The Benefits Of Enterprises Moving It In-House?
                        SearchSecurity, October 1st, 2016
                        "Many large enterprises have their own internal public key infrastructure. Expert Michael Cobb explains the considerations organizations should make before undertaking the task.

                        My organization is exploring the idea of implementing our own public key infrastructure. What are the benefits of having our own internal PKI -- especially in terms of costs and management?..."

                        1 In 3 Organizations Have Experienced An Insider Attack In The Last Year
                        Help Net Security, September 30th, 2016
                        "A new Bitglass report on insider threats in the enterprise found that, in a third of organizations surveyed, careless or malicious user behavior resulted in data leakage, up slightly from a year ago. 56 percent of respondents believe insider leaks have become more frequent in the last year..."

                        'Adoption of cloud and BYOD are positive developments, but organizations that have limited cross-app visibility will struggle to detect anomalous behavior and need to rethink their approach to data security,' said Nat Kausik, CEO, Bitglass. 'The reality is that cloud apps have made data more readily accessible and insider threats more likely - it's up to the enterprise to put adequate data controls and policies in place to secure vital data...'

                        Meet Apache Spot, A New Open Source Project For Cybersecurity
                        CSO Online, September 29th, 2016
                        "The effort taps big data analytics and machine learning for advanced threat detection...

                        Hard on the heels of the discovery of the largest known data breach in history, Cloudera and Intel on Wednesday announced that they've donated a new open source project to the Apache Software Foundation with a focus on using big data analytics and machine learning for cybersecurity.

                        Originally created by Intel and launched as the Open Network Insight (ONI) project in February, the effort is now called Apache Spot and has been accepted into the ASF Incubator..."

                        IT - Careers
                        5 Tips For Finding A Job In The Tech Sector
                        Business 2 Community, October 1st, 2016
                        "In this day and age, it's not a stretch to say that there are few industries more prosperous than the tech industry. And, as technology and people's everyday lives continue to become even more entwined with each other, the growth in the industry is expected to remain steady, which means that job-seekers will continue to gravitate towards the tech sector for years to come.

                        If you're thinking about pursuing a career in tech, however, you should know that you'll likely face stiff competition, especially when it comes to high-end positions. To that end, here are a few essential tips and time-tested strategies that can aid you in your quest for the perfect tech sector job:..."

                          What Does The Future Of Employment Look Like?
                          Business 2 Community, October 1st, 2016
                          "10 years ago you couldn't use Google to find a coffee shop near you.

                          Now you can say 'Siri, I want a coffee' and you'll get an intelligent list of coffee shops near you, curated according to precise user feedback - complete with directions, busiest times and hours of operation.

                          Now, take the algorithmic ability to curate user information a step further.

                          You're just thinking about purchasing something on Amazon. An item you've never purchased before. Before you've typed your complete thought into the search bar, it pops up..."

                          7 Most Important Tech Jobs Needed For Today'S Digital Enterprise
                          ZDNet, September 30th, 2016
                          "Development skills are more critical than ever to keep enterprises competitive, but roles increasingly require a dash of business savvy and leadership abilities as well...

                          What are the tech jobs currently most needed to help an organization move into the digital realm?

                          Many of the tried-and-true tech skillsets that have been honed to help enterprises build out web services, SOA, cloud, microservices and containers are well-suited for the all-encompassing digital enterprise everyone is now striving to build..."

                          5 Steps To Harness Your Brain's Unconscious Decision-Making Powers
                          Fast Company, September 26th, 2016
                          "Have you not noticed that, often, what was dark and perplexing to you the night before," the inventor Alexander Graham Bell once asked, "is found to be perfectly solved the next morning?"

                          Probably, you have. If "sleeping on it" works, it's partly because when you sleep, your prefrontal cortex - the center of what makes you, you - powers down. That means your personality, your decisions, your social controls go to sleep with you. The night is when your unconscious really does have free rein. It can do its work without interference. Here's how that process works and what you can do to leverage it when you've got tough decisions waiting on you in the morning..."

                            IT - Social Media
                            Snapchat Tutorial: How To Set Up And Use One Of The Fastest-Growing Social Networks
                            Business 2 Community, October 1st, 2016
                            "Are you feeling a little intimidated by Snapchat? If so, you're not alone. Although it's clearly one of the fastest growing social media platforms around, I simply can't tell you how many times I speak to colleagues who write it off because they don't understand how it.

                            Trust me when I say that this is more than just an app for teenagers. Snapchat is an incredibly efficient way to reach out to friends, colleagues,and yes, customers. More importantly, it is just fun!

                            So, if you are ready to dive in and join the Snapchat revolution, here's a quick guide on how to get started. I have also created a more detailed video on YouTube where you can go to learn more tricks of the trade...."

                              IT - Virtualization
                              Which Is Cheaper: Containers Or Virtual Machines?
                              ITWorld, September 29th, 2016
                              "Name a tech company, any tech company, and they're investing in containers. Google, of course. IBM, yes. Microsoft, check. But, just because containers are extremely popular, doesn't mean virtual machines are out of date. They're not.

                              Yes, containers can enable your company to pack a lot more applications into a single physical server than a virtual machine (VM) can. Container technologies, such as Docker, beat VMs at this part of the cloud or data-center game.

                              VMs take up a lot of system resources..."

                              Ubuntu's Shuttleworth Explains Why Not All Containers Are The Same
                              Datamation, September 29th, 2016
                              "As container use continues to grow, Mark Shuttleworth provides some definition on why he's backing Kubernetes but isn't a fan of OpenStack Magnum...."

                              Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu Linux, was an early backer of OpenStack as well as containers. This week, Shuttleworth's company Canonical announced new commercial support for Kubernetes, which is a widely deployed container orchestration and management engine.

                              In an interview with Datamation Shuttleworth emphasized that it's important to understand the different use cases for containers and what the different types of container systems are all about.

                              Which Is Cheaper: Containers Or Virtual Machines?
                              Network World,
                              "Researchers find application containers yield double-digit resource savings vs. hardware virtualization..."

                              "The emergence of application containers has come with questions about where this technology fits in the enterprise technology landscape, and more specifically how it compares to virtual machines.

                              A new report from 451 Research has some provocative findings on just how advantageous containers could be, not just for developers and operators, but for the finance team too..."

                              IT - Email
                              How To Reap The Benefits Of Office 365 And Stay PCI Compliant
                              ITProPortal, October 1st, 2016
                              "There can be no doubt that cloud technologies present organisations with a range of opportunities for competitive advantage Improved collaboration and operational flexibility are two of the most popular examples.

                              However, companies still perceive there to be gaps when it comes to cloud data security. Such issues are especially important for those organisations that need to demonstrate compliance..."

                              IT - Backup
                              Backup And Recovery For Distributed Databases
                    , September 29th, 2016
                              "Over the past five years, applications have undergone a paradigm shift. They now require more agility, scalability and availability. The key trends in this era are driven by the use of social platforms, mobile devices and software as a service (SaaS).

                              Being able to ingest large amounts of data from various sources and process that data in real-time to deliver contextual information or business insights is a major competitive advantage..."

                              IT - Big Data
                              Mistakes That Can Kill Analytics Projects (Slideshow)
                              Information Management, September 26th, 2016
                              "Launching an effective digital analytics strategy is a must-do to understand your customers. But many organizations are still trying to figure out how to get business values from expensive analytics programs. Here are 5 common analytics mistakes that can kill any predictive analytics effort..."
                              Why Analytics Is The Key To Driving Growth And Profit
                              Business 2 Community, September 26th, 2016
                              "During one of your college economics or business classes, you may have heard the term 'discussed opportunity cost'. What it means, essentially, is to create the 'pros and cons' of a decision and weigh the outcomes in terms of short and long-term opportunities. What's the cost of different opportunities? In college, you could apply this to theory quite easily - should I study for an exam or hang out with friends (I will leave this as a rhetorical question)?..."
                                IT - BYOD
                                Has BYOD Lost Its Appeal?
                                ITProPortal, October 1st, 2016
                                "Remember when BYOD was the buzzword du jour for businesses? It represented a huge shift in the way many enterprises saw mobile, and represented a new era of technological freedom. And for the companies, it also took the cost out of buying new devices for their workers. It was a win-win scenario.

                                But looking at the wider picture that incorporates risk and extra costs, have we now fallen out of love with BYOD in favour of other approaches? And are the alternatives a more attractive route for those looking to provide a solution that is both secure and flexible?..."

                                How To Implement An Effective BYOD Policy
                                CIO, September 26th, 2016
                                "Companies have accepted that BYOD is a reality. The challenge now is striking a balance between security and flexibility.

                                Concerns around BYOD once revolved around security with third-party services, but that's getting easier to manage, says Fred Ouawad, founder and CEO of TaskWorld, a company focused on employee performance and management. Now businesses are finding it more difficult to govern BYOD policies internally..."

                                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                Vol 223 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 222 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
                                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:

                                • Larry Ellison Lays It On The Line: 5 Highlights From Oracle OpenWorld
                                • Oracle VM 3.4.2
                                • September 2016 Virtualization Newsletter
                                • View the Oracle Solaris Curriculum and Certification Guide
                                • OpenStack support for Oracle VM Server for SPARC
                                • The #1 Open Source Database Now Available in Oracle Cloud
                                • Oracle's Latest Database: Right Technology, Right Time
                                • Thomas Kurian PaaS Oracle OpenWorld 2016 keynote summary
                                • LibreOffice wins Bossie Awards 2016
                                • Oracle's New Approach To Monitoring And Managing Apps

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

                                  IT - Encryption
                                  Encrypting Data In The Cloud Is No Guarantee, Analyst Says
                                  Search CIO, September 30th, 2016
                                  "Organizations look to encryption as a foolproof way of securing cloud information. But making the data unreadable to unauthorized users doesn't protect data from everything.

                                  Encryption must be on the minds of a lot of executives right now. A former secretary of state's emails getting released online -- among other hacks in the headlines -- will do that. And if their data is in the public cloud, in providers' far-flung data centers, many business and IT leaders are likely thinking this: Scramble the data so it can't be read by hackers, who want the data..."

                                  Firefox Blocks Websites With Vulnerable Encryption Keys
                                  CIO, September 30th, 2016
                                  "Users will receive an error when trying to access web servers that use weak Diffie-Hellman key exchange with weak key...

                                  To protect users from cryptographic attacks that can compromise secure web connections, the popular Firefox browser will block access to HTTPS servers that use weak Diffie-Hellman keys.

                                  Diffie-Hellman is a key exchange protocol that is slowly replacing the widely used RSA key agreement for the TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol. Unlike RSA, Diffie-Hellman can be used with TLS's ephemeral modes, which provide forward secrecy -- a property that prevents the decryption of previously captured traffic if the key is cracked at a later time..."

                                  The Best Online Backup Service For Securely Encrypting Your Data
                                  Network World, September 26th, 2016
                                  "Many people resist backing up their data to an online backup service like MozyHome, Carbonite, or Backblaze because they worry their data will be poked through by company employees, hijacked by criminals, or provided to law enforcement or government agents without due process.

                                  The sanctity of your data boils down to whether the encryption key used to scramble your data can be recovered by anyone other than yourself. Below I outline the various methods and levels of encryption that can be employed by these services, and then evaluate six of the best options for home users. Several give subscribers full control of their encryption. If you're already using a service, it's possible you can even upgrade to take advantage of greater ownership options..."

                                  LibreOffice celebrates its 6th anniversary with bug fixes and minor improvements
                                  What started as an OpenOffice fork has become a major open source project.
                                  "LibreOffice is a free and open source suite of office applications that's available for many different operating systems including BSD, Linux Desktop, macOS and Windows. LibreOffice seems to be the only open source productivity software that's available across all of these platforms... friction between The Document Foundation and Oracle led to the fork of that was named LibreOffice. A majority of developers and community members joined The Document Foundation and started working on LibreOffice..."
                                  IT - HPC
                                  Video: Intel Xeon Phi (Knl) Processor Overview
                                  InsideHPC, October 1st, 2016
                                  In this video, Adrian Jackson from EPCC at the University of Edinburgh presents: Knights Landing KNL Overview.

                                  "It was recently announced that a 12-node Cray system containing Intel's new Knights Landing (KNL) manycore processors is to be added to the existing ARCHER service. This tutorial will focus on the architecture of the Intel Xeon Phi processor, including details of its new high-bandwidth memory and a discussion of how best to use all of the 250-plus possible threads of execution in real applications. The tutorial should be of interest to anyone considering porting applications to Knights Landing."

                                  Oracle Database Security Courses Now Available!
                                  By Diana.H. Gray
                                  Diana blogs, "Oracle Corporation takes computer security seriously. As a large internet-facing organization, Oracle experiences many of the challenges every other organization does. As a member of many standards communities, as well as a vendor involved in product certification, Oracle is also heavily involved in many of the security, audit, and compliance standards.

                                  Oracle Database, both on premises and in the cloud, has a large number of features related to data security.

                                  These features are flexible enough to work within the requirements of virtually any organization.

                                  Oracle University designed and offers Oracle Database Security courses to familiarize organizations with the capabilities and details of the security related features..."

                                  Your Data, More Secure in the Cloud
                                  By Troy Kitch
                                  Troy writes, "In this video, Vipin Samar, SVP of Oracle Database Security, illustrates how organizations can protect sensitive data in the cloud using a simple demonstration.

                                  Key requirements outlined as critical security controls include:

                                  • Masking sensitive data
                                  • Restricting access by admins
                                  • Encrypting data by default
                                  • Allowing direct control of encryption keys
                                  • Allowing monitoring of user activities
                                  • Reduced TCO

                                  Watch Video

                                  Nexenta News
                                  Nexenta Selected as a Winner and Featured in CRN 2016 Cloud Partner Program Guide for Second Consecutive Year
                                  Annual Guide Highlights Leading Cloud Partner Programs
                                  Nexenta announced that CRN (link is external), a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized Nexenta in its 2016 Cloud Computing Partner Program Guide, a list of leading technology vendors with cloud-related partner programs that enable and accelerate the growth of solution providers' cloud initiatives.

                                  The CRN 2016 Cloud Computing Partner Program Guide serves as a valuable resource for solution providers navigating the booming cloud marketplace, helping them to identify technology suppliers that offer innovative cloud solutions and partner programs. To qualify for participation in the Cloud Partner Program Guide, technology vendors must have a unique set of partner program benefits for solution providers that deliver cloud infrastructure or applications.

                                  Cisco News
                                  Cisco cBR-8 Converged Cable Access Platform Continues Global Impact
                                  Industry Leading Service Provider Reap Benefits, Including Support for Multigigabit DOCSIS 3.1 Services
                                  The explosion of new over-the top (OTT) video service and consumer devices continues to place huge demand on cable access networks. Operators need more capacity, Gigabit speeds and an IP network that is more agile, elastic and virtualized to continue to deliver the best quality entertainment experiences for their customers. Key technologies such as SDN, NFV, DOCISIS, and Gigabit services, which are key themes at this year's event, offer the capabilities to address these challenges.

                                  With these trends in mind, Cisco launched its cBR-8 Converged Broadband Access Platform. In just over a year's time, more than 100 service providers globally are reaping the benefits of the platform, achieving savings that could exceed 40 percent of capital and operating expenses over five years, compared with other converged cable access platforms (CCAP).

                                  VimpelCom and Cisco Jasper Introduce Intelligent Connectivity for Business Customers
                                  New Machine to Machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT) partnership enables enterprises to implement, manage, and monetize IoT services
                                  Cisco and VimpelCom Group (NASDAQ: VIP), a leading global provider of telecommunications and digital services headquartered in Amsterdam and serving over 200 million customers, announced that VimpelCom has selected Cisco Jasper to be the Smart Connectivity management platform across its global network operator properties. The partnership is aimed at enhancing commercial opportunities internationally for the business-to-business segment.

                                  Using the Cisco Jasper machine-to-machine (M2M)/Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Control Center, VimpelCom business customers will be able to implement, manage, and monetize M2M/IoT services, such as fleet management and smart metering, through seamless device connectivity. They will also be able to expand those services to their customers across all markets that are served by VimpelCom.

                                  Dell News
                                  Dell EMC Expands Broad Microsoft Support, Delivering New Innovations across Cloud and Converged Infrastructure
                                  New Microsoft Azure Cloud Services from Dell EMC help customers easily adopt hybrid cloud, streamline operations and extend the functionality of their IT infrastructure
                                  Dell EMC announced broadened support of Microsoft environments with new Microsoft Azure Services, Validated Systems for Microsoft Exchange and SQL, as well as customer momentum for the Dell EMC Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft. The new services and validated systems can enable customers to increase business agility, improve efficiencies and lower costs with highly customizable hybrid cloud and infrastructure solutions.
                                  Microsoft News
                                  Microsoft expands artificial intelligence (AI) efforts with creation of new Microsoft AI and Research Group
                                  Computer vision luminary Harry Shum to lead more than 5,000 people worldwide
                                  Microsoft Corp. announced that it has formed the Microsoft AI and Research Group, bringing together Microsoft's world-class research organization with more than 5,000 computer scientists and engineers focused on the company's AI product efforts. The new group will be led by computer vision luminary Harry Shum, a 20-year Microsoft veteran whose career has spanned leadership roles across Microsoft Research and Bing engineering.

                                  Microsoft is dedicated to democratizing AI for every person and organization, making it more accessible and valuable to everyone and ultimately enabling new ways to solve some of society's toughest challenges. Today's announcement builds on the company's deep focus on AI and will accelerate the delivery of new capabilities to customers across agents, apps, services and infrastructure.

                                  Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch collaborate
                                  To transform trade finance transacting with Azure Blockchain as a Service
                                  Microsoft Corp. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch announced a collaboration on blockchain technology to fuel transformation of trade finance transacting. As part of this collaboration, the two companies will build and test technology, create frameworks, and establish best practices for blockchain-powered exchanges between businesses and their customers and banks. Microsoft Treasury experts will serve as advisors and initial test clients, establishing the first Microsoft Azure-powered blockchain transaction between a major corporate treasury and a financial institution.
                                  Microsoft and Workday announce global strategic partnership
                                  Microsoft, September 27th, 2016
                                  Microsoft and Workday announced a global, strategic partnership that will expand the business solutions joint customers can use to continually optimize the way work gets done. Through this partnership, the companies unveiled plans to deliver integrations that mirror where and how people want to work across Microsoft Office 365 and Workday's finance and HR applications, which will enable customers to simplify day-to-day tasks, foster collaboration, and increase productivity.

                                  The announcement was made by Workday Co-founder and CEO Aneel Bhusri at Workday Rising, complemented by a video appearance by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

                                  Adobe and Microsoft partner in the Azure cloud to help businesses transform customer engagement
                                  Microsoft, September 26th, 2016
                                  Monday at Microsoft Ignite, Adobe and Microsoft Corp. announced plans for a strategic partnership to help enterprise companies embrace digital transformation and deliver compelling, personalized experiences through every phase of their customer relationships. Together, the two companies will enable businesses to dramatically strengthen their brands through solutions with Microsoft Azure, Adobe Marketing Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics 365.

                                  'Business leaders in every industry are focused on how to better engage their digital customers, wherever they are,' said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. 'Together, Adobe and Microsoft are bringing the most advanced marketing capabilities on the most powerful and intelligent cloud to help companies digitally transform and engage customers in new ways.'

                                  Renault-Nissan and Microsoft partner to deliver the future of connected driving
                                  global, multiyear agreement
                                  The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide.

                                  The companies will work together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure, one of the company's intelligent cloud offerings. These new services will improve customer experience via advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates.

                                  Microsoft unveils new offerings to empower IT and drive digital transformation
                                  democratizing AI
                                  At its annual Microsoft Ignite conferenc, Microsoft Corp. announced new products and services spanning security, productivity, intelligence and the cloud that will make it easier for IT professionals to drive digital transformation throughout their organizations. In addition, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen announced that Adobe is bringing its Marketing Cloud to Microsoft Azure and making it the preferred digital marketing solution for Dynamics 365 Enterprise.

                                  "Core to our mission to empower every person and organization on the planet is democratizing AI for every person and organization to help solve society's most pressing challenges,' said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. "To do this, we're infusing intelligence into everything we deliver - from the agent to applications, services and infrastructure."

                                  IBM News
                                  IBM Announces Planned Acquisition of Promontory to Transform Regulatory Compliance with Watson
                                  Promontory's 600 professionals and offerings will form the foundation of new Watson Financial Services portfolio from IBM's Industry Platforms business
                                  IBM announced plans to acquire Promontory Financial Group, a global market-leading risk management and regulatory compliance consulting firm. Upon close, the capabilities of Promontory combined with IBM's deep industry expertise and Watson's cognitive capabilities will directly address the massive operational effort and manual cost of escalating regulation and risk management requirements.

                                  Promontory's 600 professionals are based in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific - many of them have deep and varied expertise amassed over decades as senior leaders of regulatory bodies, financial institutions and Fortune 100 corporations. Promontory is widely regarded as the firm financial institutions turned to for guidance coming out of the 2008 financial crisis. The firm's expertise and offerings directly address the standards for compliance implemented to ensure the integrity of the financial system, protect consumers and build trust through transparency.

                                  Industry Leaders Establish Partnership on AI Best Practices
                                  Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society
                                  Amazon, DeepMind/Google, Facebook, IBM and Microsoft announced that they will create a non-profit organization that will work to advance public understanding of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) and formulate best practices on the challenges and opportunities within the field. Academics, non-profits, and specialists in policy and ethics will be invited to join the Board of the organization, named the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI).
                                  Blockchain Adoption Moving Rapidly in Banking and Financial Markets: Some 65 Percent of Surveyed Banks Expect to be in Production in Three Years
                                  Two new IBM studies show banks and financial market leaders look to blockchain to create new business models and anticipate disruption
                                  Commercial blockchain solutions are rapidly being adopted throughout banking and financial markets, dramatically faster than initially expected, finds two new IBM (NYSE: IBM) studies. Fifteen percent of banks and 14 percent of financial market institutions interviewed by IBM intend to implement full-scale, commercial blockchain solutions in 2017. Mass adoption isn't that far behind with roughly 65 percent of banks expecting to have blockchain solutions in production in the next three years.
                                  IBM Cloud to Accelerate Bank Sohar's Digital Transformation
                                  Improved scalability and flexibility to enable swift development of innovative new financial service
                                  IBM announced that Bank Sohar, one of the leading financial institutions in the Sultanate of Oman, has selected IBM Cloud and mobile to accelerate its digital transformation. This will allow the Bank to enhance its information technology infrastructure, boost its client service capabilities and elevate the overall customer experience.

                                  As mobile banking continues to gain adoption across the region, Bank Sohar embarked on an IT overhaul that included a special focus on a flexible development platform for developing and managing mobile applications. It sought one platform for all mobile apps that could provide advanced mobile services and an improved customer experience.

                                  IBM Foundation Collaborates with AFT and Education Leaders to Use Watson to Help Teachers
                                  Hundreds of educators are piloting Teacher Advisor, which provides high-quality, customized math lessons and teaching strategies using Watson's innovative cognitive technology to strengthen teachers' instruction
                                  Teachers will have access to a new, first-of-its-kind, free tool using IBM's innovative Watson cognitive technology that has been trained by teachers and designed to strengthen teachers' instruction and improve student achievement, the IBM Foundation and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) announced today.

                                  Hundreds of elementary school teachers across the United States are piloting Teacher Advisor with Watson - an innovative tool by the IBM Foundation that provides teachers with a complete, personalized online resource.

                                  Clarient Global Adopts IBM Cloud, VMware for Enhanced Private Cloud Capabilities
                                  creates efficiency in the client entity data and document management space
                                  IBM announced that Clarient Global LLC ('Clarient'), a joint venture established to transform client data and document management in the financial services industry, has selected VMware Cloud Foundation on IBM Cloud to continue to enhance its existing SoftLayer private cloud implementation for its Clarient Entity Hub platform.

                                  Clarient Entity Hub allows users to securely upload, maintain and share information about legal entities through a secure, easy-to-use interface. The platform automates the validation of client data and documentation, providing users with greater transparency and control, as well as improved risk management capabilities.

                                  IBM Unveils Industry's First Platform to Integrate All Data Types for AI-Powered Decision-Making
                                  Tapping into cognitive capabilities, Project DataWorks automates the intelligent deployment of data products on the IBM Cloud using Machine Learning and Apache Spark
                                  IBM unveiled 'Project DataWorks,' a Watson initiative that is the industry's first cloud-based data and analytics platform to integrate all types of data and enable AI-powered decision-making. Project DataWorks is designed to make it simple for business leaders and data professionals to collect, organize, govern and secure data, so they can gain the insights needed to become a cognitive business.

                                  Businesses today understand the competitive advantage of gaining insights from data. However, obtaining those insights can be increasingly complex, and most of this work is done by highly skilled data professionals who work in silos with disconnected tools and data services that may be difficult to manage, integrate, and govern. Also, because data is never static, businesses must continually iterate their data models and products-often manually-to benefit from the most relevant, up-to-date insights.

                                  IBM Provides Real-Time Payment Processing for Banks with new Financial Transaction Manager for Immediate Payments
                                  IBM unveils Sandbox built on IBM Bluemix for Rapid Development of Open Banking APIs to support the European PSD2 StandardIBM
                                  IBM announced new offerings to help commercial banks rapidly provide new services for customers by using real-time payments. This will allow banks to take advantage of new immediate payments schemes now in development across the United States, Europe and Asia. Once these immediate payment networks are fully in place, consumer transactions will clear in seconds, speeding access to funds such as payroll and insurance claims reimbursements.

                                  When available, IBM Financial Transaction Manager (FTM) for Immediate Payments will support new global payment initiatives such as The Clearing House (TCH) in the United States and the Pan-European Instant Payment scheme in Europe.

                                  Fujitsu News
                                  Fujitsu Opens Test Environment for IoT Systems with Actual Hardware, Accelerates Co-Creation in the IoT Space
                                  Also offers IoT Business Support Services to support use of IoT
                                  Fujitsu announced that it has set up an environment at the FUJITSU Digital Transformation Center (DTC), a co-creative workshop space for digital transformation in Minato-ku, Tokyo, for testing IoT systems that combine IoT-related products and services from Fujitsu and its partner companies. Starting today, customers and application-development vendors can run connectivity tests on their applications, easily and at no cost, using the IoT Testing Environment, with the additional benefit of specialist support from Fujitsu's engineers. Users of the test environment can quickly verify the compatibility of their applications with IoT systems, helping them to speed creation of comprehensive IoT solutions that extend from sensor devices to applications.
                                  GigaDevice and Fujitsu Electronics America Announce Distribution Agreement
                                  Fujitsu, September 27th, 2016
                                  Fujitsu Electronics America, Inc. (FEA) and GigaDevice have entered into a distribution agreement for GigaDevice's Flash memory and low-power microcontroller products. Fujitsu will provide sales, marketing, technical support and supply chain support for GigaDevice's products throughout the Americas.

                                  GigaDevice is a leader in high-speed serial Flash memory technologies, offering the most comprehensive product portfolio in the industry. In addition to a wide range of storage capacities in both NOR and NAND architectures, customers can choose standard, dual, or quad-SPI interfaces for optimum data throughput requirements.

                                  Red Hat News
                                  Friday Five - September 30, 2016
                                  Red Hat, September 30th, 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.

                                  • Red Hat Announces Ansible Tower App for Splunk, Enabling Intelligence and Automation Enhancements
                                  • Computer Weekly - Open source storage hits the mainstream
                                  • ZDNet - Why Red Hat is misunderstood amid public cloud worries
                                  • Systemlink builds IoT energy conservation app with Red Hat
                                  • Nominations open for 2017 Red Hat Innovation Awards

                                  Read on for details.

                                  Red Hat Announces Ansible Tower App for Splunk, Enabling Intelligence and Automation Enhancements
                                  Users can now build reports and analyze Ansible Tower automation data for compliance and auditing with Splunk Solutions
                                  Red Hat announced the availability of the Ansible Tower App for Splunk, an application that integrates Ansible Tower by Red Hat with Splunk Enterprise and Splunk Cloud. The application brings the power and variety of Splunk analytics queries to Ansible Tower automation, and enables Ansible Tower and Splunk customers to view rich Ansible automation data in Splunk solutions where it can be correlated with other data sources throughout the application delivery lifecycle, providing new levels of operational intelligence.
                                  EMC News
                                  Dell EMC Splunking it Up at .conf2016
                                  EMC, September 26th, 2016
                                  This year marks the beginning of a great relationship between two awesome tech businesses: Dell EMC and Splunk. We joined forces through a formal strategic alliance that started in February. This alliance enables Dell EMC and its partners to sell Splunk's industry leading platform. And, it allows Dell EMC unique access to Splunk technical resources for solution design, testing, and validation. Most importantly, it creates a framework for these two technology powerhouses to collaborate more effectively for customer success.

                                  Why Dell EMC for Splunk?...

                                  HP News
                                  HP Inc. Celebrates 50th Anniversary of HP Labs
                                  Commemorates Innovation Milestone With Reinvention of HP Labs to Drive the Next 50 Years in Tech
                                  HP Inc. kicks off a week-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of HP Labs, the company's advanced research center dedicated to developing technology to improve the lives of people everywhere. Guided by visionaries in technology and social science, HP Labs is fueling the next wave of engineering innovation in 3D printing, immersive computing, hyper mobility, Internet of Things, microfluidics and more. To walk through decades of HP Labs innovation, click here.

                                  To celebrate the Labs' founding in 1966, HP will host a livestreamed event via HP's Digital Newsroom, News@HP, at 6 pm PDT Tuesday, September 27. Dion Weisler, HP President and CEO, and Shane Wall, Chief Technology Officer and Head of HP Labs, will discuss the company's rich heritage and outline how HP is driving the next 50 years of innovation. Everyone, everywhere can virtually experience #Next50inTech events via News@HP, HP News on Periscope and Snapchat.

                                  Samsung and HPE Partner to Accelerate Carriers' Transformation to the Telco Cloud
                                  Integrated Multivendor NFV Solutions for Carrier-Grade Mobile Networks Combine Samsung and HPE's Telco and Enterprise IT Expertise
                                  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a partnership that will provide carriers with integrated network functions virtualization (NFV) infrastructure and virtual network functions (VNF) solutions. This kind of collaboration is critical to both carriers and customers increasingly looking to implement pre-tested and integrated multi-vendor solutions based on an open architecture.

                                  The new partnership brings together two best-in-class solutions, merging Samsung's carrier network and HPE's IT telecommunications expertise. Together, the solutions will help carriers accelerate their transformation from networks built on monolithic, proprietary appliances to more agile cloud-based networks enabled by NFV.

                                  HPE to Deliver an On-Premises, Integrated Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud Solution
                                  HPE / Azure Stack Solution and New Consulting Services Will Provide Unmatched Expertise for Secure, Easy-to-Manage Azure Hybrid Cloud Deployments
                                  Hewlett Packard Enterprise unveiled details of its upcoming HPE | Microsoft Azure Stack solution, an integrated system that will enable organizations to increase agility and flexibility by delivering Azure compatible infrastructure as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) services from their on-premises data center. HPE also introduced new HPE Consulting for Azure Hybrid Cloud services to help enterprises and service providers successfully implement Azure Stack, as well as enhancements to HPE Flexible Capacity and support for Azure.
                                  Netapp News
                                  New NetApp Software and Flash Systems Simplify Data Management, Boost Performance in the Hybrid Cloud
                                  Company expands NetApp ONTAP 9 software to new workloads, adds support for Microsoft Azure public cloud; releases new flash and hybrid- storage arrays
                                  'Hospitals produce a lot of data, from radiology images to patient records, and also email. We currently generate up to 6 petabytes of data that grows by more than 50% year-over-year,' said Reinoud Reynders, IT manager, Infrastructure and Operations at The University Hospitals in Leuven, Belgium. 'NetApp ONTAP software with the All Flash FAS systems gives us a flexible environment with the performance and capacity we need to manage our data at a low total cost of ownership. For us, that is very important.'
                                  Mercy Technology Services Named Winner of 2016 NetApp Innovation Award
                                  NetApp, September 26th, 2016
                                  NetApp announced that Mercy Technology Services (MTS) is the winner of the 2016 NetApp Innovation Award. This year's award recognizes customer achievement in using NetApp technologies to maximize the value of data and move quickly to capture new revenue opportunities with game-changing products and services.

                                  NetApp CEO George Kurian announced MTS as this year's innovation winner from the main stage at NetApp Insight, the company's annual technical conference for storage and data management professionals. Initially selected as one of four finalists from numerous companies worldwide, MTS received the highest number of pubic votes for demonstrating innovation. Customers 1&1, FICO and Shanghai FESCO Cloud were also honored as 2016 Innovation Award finalists.

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