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Oracle News
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Oracle Marketing Cloud Empowers Customers to Manage Identity Gap
Enhancements to Oracle Data Management Platform Enable Marketers to Seamlessly Define, Select, Count, and Deliver Audience IDs Based on User Environment
Oracle introduced a series of new data management platform innovations within the Oracle Marketing Cloud that enable customers to seamlessly define, select, count, and deliver audience IDs based on the user's environment. This allows customers to create audience segments tied to the customer journey across devices, channels, media environments, and ID spaces. Powered by the Oracle ID Graph, this release helps marketing and media professionals deliver on their marketing strategies by delivering relevant experiences to customers on whichever device they choose.
Features
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Why Oracle Talks More About Workday Than Salesforce (Hint: ERP Is The Crown Jewel)
By Chris Murphy
Chris writes in Forbes, "When investment analysts had a chance to ask Oracle Executive Chairman and CTO Larry Ellison questions at the close of Oracle OpenWorld 2016, they focused almost exclusively on Oracle's cloud software, platform, and infrastructure businesses. One question focused on the competition: Why does Oracle talk about Workday as its most important cloud software competitor, when rival Salesforce.com is a much bigger cloud company?"
Business Transformation: Why Many Win Battles But Lose The War
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes in Forbes, "In a perfect scenario, businesses would be able to accurately predict - and even shape - demand for their products, and then orchestrate supply to meet that demand.

Such a customer-centric nirvana requires visibility into systems across the business as well as interconnections of applications, data, and business processes from the supply chain to finance to marketing to sales to customer service..."

IT - AI
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1-800-Flowers Wants To Transform Its Business With A.I.
Computerworld, October 27th, 2016
"Executives at 1-800-Flowers.com expect a new wave in artificial intelligence technology will help to change their business so much it'll be like running a brand new business..."

'We are on the cusp of a change as big as when e-commerce hit,' said Chris McCann, president and CEO of 1-800-Flowers.com. 'It's giving us the opportunity to have such deep relationships with our customers that it'll be like the company hasn't existed before. It can change our market, our supply chain. Everything. It will drive change all through the company.'

Voice Recognition: Has AI Just Beaten A Human?
Information Age, October 25th, 2016
"Yahoo may have allowed the US government to search user emails, according to a report from Reuters...

Reuters reported that Yahoo, at the request of US security services, built a customised software tool that has the ability to scan every email and attachment for 'a set of characters'.

It has been suggested by a number of security experts that this is the first time a US Internet company has complied with a classified US government directive..."

Can AI Dominate The Web Industry And Other Domains?
TechCrunch, October 28th, 2016
"2016 has been quite a ride for the players in AI, NLP and ML technologies. From the famous advent of Microsoft Tay at the end of Q1 to the numerous acquisitions of AI and chatbot companies during the latter half of this year, artificial intelligence has been in the headlines every other day.

In August there was an article on TechCrunch asking a very (seemingly) simple question: Can chatbots help build your next website? Being a web programmer who is working on AI and conversational interfaces, this stirred my interest even more and compelled me to check out the services listed therein - and a few others of the same category..."

Virtualization
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Friday Spotlight: Disaster Recover (DR) Resources for Oracle VM and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
By Tony Kay
Tony blogs, "With more and more customers choosing to deploy Business-Critical Systems on both the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance and on Oracle VM it is worth rounding up some useful, and recently, updated resources in this area:

  • White Paper: Oracle VM 3: Getting Started With Disaster Recovery
  • Webcast replay: Disaster Recovery 101 on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
  • Blog: Friday Spotlight : Disaster Recovery Demystified on Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
  • Blog: Installing and Enabling Oracle Site Guard for DR with Oracle VM and Private Cloud Appliance
  • Resources MAA (Maximum Availability Architecture) Best Practices with Oracle VM (x86 and SPARC)

Read on for details.

IT - Storage
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MarFS - A Scalable Near-POSIX File System over Cloud Objects (Video)
insideHPC, October 28th, 2016
In this video from the Storage Developer Conference, Gary Grider from LANL presents: MarFS - A Scalable Near-POSIX File System over Cloud Objects for HPC Cool Storage.
Top Trends In High Capacity Enterprise SSDs
Datamation, October 27th, 2016
"A recent Forrester survey indicated that spending on big data platforms will grow at twice the rate of spending on traditional IT categories, with platforms like Hadoop and NoSQL databases seeing even greater rates of investment. Much like the way data management capabilities (backup, test data management, archiving, etc.) appeared over twenty years ago in the traditional database world, these same capabilities are critical for these modern data platforms in order to prevent data loss, deliver applications faster, and minimize compliance risk..."
Magic Quadrant For Distributed File Systems And Object Storage
Storage Newsletter, October 25th, 2016
"The report, 'Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage,' was published on 20 October, 2016, and written by Julia Palmer, Arun Chandrasekaran, Raj Bala, analysts at Gartner, Inc.

Bimodal approaches that demand infrastructure agility and scalability are stimulating market adoption of scale-out file and object storage products. This research helps I&O leaders assess the key attributes, vision and execution prowess of distributed file systems and object storage market vendors...

By 2021, more than 80% of enterprise data will be stored in scale-out storage systems in enterprise and cloud data centers, up from 30% today..."

Java Technology
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Why Get Java SE8 Certified?
By Eva Chase
Eva blogs, "Getting certified may not ever make it on your 'to-do' list but it should.

Here's why:

  • Being certified demonstrates a skill set that can set you apart from others
  • These skills are in high-demand
  • There are 37,981 current job openings in the United States
  • Of these 28,025 have a listed salary range of $100,000 or more
  • Top employers are Amazon, Oracle, Accenture, CyberCoders and Capital One See for yourself ..."
IT - Technology
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Bots May Be Trumping Online Polls
CSO Online, October 24th, 2016
"Online polls should be viewed with skepticism anyway - they are not scientific. But with the help of bots, they are even less credible - millions of people voting aren't even people...

Politicians are fond of saying that the only poll that matters is the one on election day.

That may be especially true this year, especially when it comes to online polls that, like anything in the digital, connected world, are vulnerable to mischief..."

    19 Companies Using Drones Right Now
    TechWorld, October 25th, 2016
    "With drone sales taking off over the last year and set to soar even more next year (I'll stop now), Techworld looks at how businesses around the world are using the technology to improve customer service, maintenance and even capture the news..."
      Facial Recognition: Policy Outpaces Tech, Puts Certain Communities At Risk
      Government Technology, October 26th, 2016
      "If Hollywood has taught us anything about technology, it's that it will all eventually spiral out of control and leave humans in the cold, metallic grip of a ruthless robot overlord. And while we all may end up chained together in said robot's prison camp at some point - unless the constant cattleprodding kills us first - we have real-world technology problems to address that, thankfully, aren't glitzy or action-packed enough to grace the silver screen..."
        Formula One Puts You in the Grand Prix with VR and AR
        Network World, October 27th, 2016
        "Last week, Formula One and Tata Communications provided a peek into the future of motorsport when they announced the winners of its 2016 F1 Connectivity Innovation Prize, focused on fan-created virtual reality and augmented reality apps...

        When it comes to cars, there can be little question that Formula 1 is at the bleeding edge, pushing the limits of engineering. So, it is fitting that it is now helping to push the limits of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR)..."

          Frightening Technology Trends To Worry About (Slideshow)
          CSO Online, October 24th, 2016
          "With Halloween just around the corner, what better time to reflect on technology scares in their organization - and, just as importantly, how to combat them. From internal threats to vendor overload, Warren Perlman, CIO of Ceridian, a global human capital management technology company, explains how to confront your 'technology fears.'..."
          How Often Do Quantum Systems Violate The Second Law Of Thermodynamics?
          Science Daily, October 25th, 2016
          "The likelihood of seeing quantum systems violating the second law of thermodynamics has been calculated by UCL scientists.

          In two papers, published in this week's issue of Physical Review X and funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the team determined a more precise version of a basic law of physics - which says that disorder tends to increase with time unless acted on by an outside force - and applied it to the smallest quantum systems..."

            How To Take Down Irritating Drones Without Shooting Them Out Of The Sky
            ZDnet, October 27th, 2016
            "A researcher has demonstrated a way for attackers to hijack drones in the air without damaging them.

            Not everyone is pleased with the emergence of hobbyist drones.

            Drones, otherwise known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), can be used for a variety of purposes -- such as land surveys and military applications -- and there is now a wide range of affordable devices on the market for enthusiasts..."

              The PDF Format Finally Reaches 2.0 Release
              Network World, October 26th, 2016
              "Long after Adobe gave up ownership of Portable Document Format (PDF), the group behind the format is finishing up a revision. It is expected to be available in 2017...

              Twenty-three years after Adobe Systems introduced the Portable Document Format (PDF), the format is finally getting a significant makeover. The new release will be available some time next year. So, what can expect after all this time?..."

                IT - Bitcoin
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                Adyen Brings Bitcoin Payments To Over 1.7 Million Etsy Sellers
                NEWSBTC, October 27th, 2016
                "Etsy is one of the most popular online platforms for creators and crafters. Quite a few people have managed to earn a living from selling their crafted goods on Etsy so far. The company acknowledges this potential and expanded their range of accepted payment methods.

                From the moment Etsy was introduced, creators of physical objects saw it as a great way to sell their products to customers all over the world. Among items, one can find there are custom Pokemon balls, clothing, and wooden objects. For people who like to create things and collect valuable feedback from potential customers, Etsy is the platform to do so..."

                  Barry Silbert Reveals 10 Bitcoin Predictions For 2017
                  GCN, October 28th, 2016
                  "When parts of the internet were unavailable earlier this month, people took notice. Popular websites like Netflix, Twitter and The New York Times were all but inaccessible thanks to a distributed denial of service attack that used Internet of Things devices to flood Dyn's managed DNS infrastructure with packet flow bursts 40 to 50 times higher than normal.

                  In a postmortem released by Dyn, the company said the incident raised important questions surrounding the increasingly common IoT technologies..."

                  Bitcoin's Block Size Debate Is Still Raging (And It Might Be Worse Than Ever)
                  bitcoin.com, October 29th, 2016
                  "Silbert, founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group (DCG), recently shared his top ten predictions for 2017 at DCG's annual Bitcoin & Blockchain Summit.

                  Overall, DCG is excited about applying Bitcoin and its underlying blockchain technology to trade finance, supply chain, identity and verification, cross-border payments, and as a speculative investment..."

                  Overstock Set To Start Bitcoin-Based Stock Trading
                  CryptoCoinsNews, October 25th, 2016
                  "Overstock.com hinted it will begin selling stock on its T0 platform, a blockchain-based platform for trading equities which it announced last year, according to Venture Beat.

                  Judd Bagley, the company's communications director, announced the company plans to move forward at the Money20/20 conference in Las Vegas, emphasizing T0's advantages over traditional equities trading systems..."

                    Blockchain & The Battle To Secure Digital Identities
                    Dark Reading, October 25th, 2016
                    "This emerging technology is a promising way to verify transactions without compromising your digital identity.

                    Think about how fragmented your digital identity has become. Every time you enter a password or PIN, wherever you are, you're leveraging some element of your digital identity. Every time you pay with a credit card or recite your Social Security number. Every

                    IT - FOSS
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                    Open Source No Longer Scares The Enterprise
                    ComputerWeekly, October 27th, 2016
                    "Open source breaks the rules on corporate procurement, but developers never play by the rules and now open source has sneaked in through the back door...

                    A study by Vanson Bourne for Rackspace reports that businesses are making big savings by using open source..."

                    LibreOffice 5.1.6
                    The Document Foundation, October 27th, 2016
                    "The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.6, the sixth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family launched in January 2016, targeted at individual users and enterprise deployments. Users of previous LibreOffice releases should start planning the update to the new version.

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

                    IT - DevOps
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                    An IT Practitioner's Guide To DevOps
                    devops.com, October 25th, 2016
                    "Two technology innovations of the past decade have fundamentally changed how IT works and given rise to the 'DevOps' phenomenon. Before we dive into what DevOps is and how IT organizations should adopt this culture, let's review what gave rise to it in the first place.

                    The last decade has seen many organizations abandon the traditional 'waterfall' software development process in favor of 'agile' development. Agile is all about small, specific user-centric stories, described by a product owner and delivered in short sprints of two to four weeks by small, focused development teams..."

                    DevOps Largely Failing To Improve Security, Study Shows
                    ComputerWeekly, October 25th, 2016
                    "Despite the promise of improved application security, DevOps is failing to deliver due to some key barriers, an HPE study shows...

                    Many organisations that are combining application development and systems operations teams are failing to improve security with this DevOps approach, a study has revealed..."

                    The Real ROI of DevOps
                    devops.com, October 26th, 2016
                    "Many established enterprises are stuck in reverse. Dragged down by legacy IT systems and sclerotic software workstreams, these businesses simply cannot adapt and get up to speed in the continuously changing, high-velocity global marketplace of the 21st century. Delta Airlines' recent technology crash, for example, dramatically illustrates how aging and inflexible IT systems can cripple a company in 2016 and lead to millions of dollars in lost revenue, as well as the dissipation of a hard-won reputation among customers..."
                      Five Years In The Making, The Devops Handbook Arrives
                      opensouce.com, October 27th, 2016
                      "Gene Kim thinks he has at least one thing in common with George R.R. Martin: They both take their sweet time writing highly-anticipated sequels.

                      In Kim's case, however, the wait is over. Kim's particular song of fire and ice - or rather, two equally opposing forces, 'dev' and 'ops' - continues this month.

                      Fans of 2013's The Phoenix Project - a novel about organizational life inside the often all-too-real Parts Unlimited, which depicted in vivid detail the radically lean approach to IT work that would eventually become known as 'DevOps' - now have their follow-up, The DevOps Handbook..."

                      MySQL
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                      MySQL Support Engineer's Chronicles, Issue #2
                      By Valeriy Kravchuk
                      Valeriy blogs, "It's time to continue my new series that I've started 2 weeks ago. I'd like to start with a reminder that it's time to send your talks for "MySQL and Friends Devroom" at FOSDEM 2017 - the only MySQL-related event next year that I plan to attend in any case. It seems we have one more week to submit, but I've already filled in all the details for the 'main' talk, 'Understanding MyRocks locks and deadlocks'. I'd like to apply my usual source code reading and gdb breakpoints approach in case if by the end of January, 2017 official documentation still misses important details. Official MySQL manual is still the process of improving with regards to explaining InnoDB locks, and I am happy to admit that this week yet another my related documentation request, Bug #71735, 'Manual does not explain locks set by SELECT ... FOR UPDATE properly', was closed..."
                      Blog Series: MySQL Configuration Management
                      Percona, October 28th, 2016
                      Dimitri Vanoverbeke blogs, "MySQL configuration management remains a hot topic, as I've noticed on numerous occasions during my conversations with customers.

                      I thought it might be a good idea to start a blog series that goes deeper in detail into some of the different options, and what modules potentially might be used for managing your MySQL database infrastructure.

                      Configuration management has been around since way before the beginning of my professional career. I, myself, originally began working on integrating an infrastructure with my colleagues using Puppet..."

                      MySQL Connector/NET 7.0.6 m5 development has been released
                      InsideMySQL.com, October 28th, 2016
                      "MySQL Connector/Net 7.0.6 is the third development release that expands cross-platform support to Linux and OS X when using Microsoft's .NET Core framework. Now, .NET developers can use the X DevAPI with .NET Core and Entity Framework Core (EF Core) 1.0 to create server applications that run on Windows, Linux and OS X. We are very excited about this change and really look forward to your feedback on it!" - MySQL Release Engineering
                      Cloud Computing
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                      Data Warehousing in the Cloud - Part 1
                      By Keith Laker
                      Keith writes, "Data warehouses are currently going through two very significant transformations that have the potential to drive significant levels of business innovation:

                      The first area of transformation is the drive to increase overall agility. The vast majority of IT teams are experiencing a rapid increase demand for data. Business teams want access to more and more historical data whilst at the same time, data scientists and business analysts are exploring ways to introduce new data streams into the warehouse to enrich existing analysis as well as drive new areas of analysis. This rapid expansion in data volumes and sources means that IT teams need to invest more time and effort ensuring that query performance remains consistent and they need to provision more and more environments (data sandboxes) for individual teams so that they can validate the business value of new data sets..."

                      Linux
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                      Take Action on Dirty COW
                      By Zeynep Koch
                      Zeynep blogs, "I am sure you have heard about "Dirty COW" by now and may be trying to figure out if you need a patch or how to patch your Linux systems.

                      Dirty COW is a concurrency vulnerability in the Linux kernel's memory subsystem that allows uncontrolled access to shared data. Specifically, this is a copy-on-write (COW) breakage that could allow an unprivileged user to gain write access to otherwise read-only memory mappings and potentially increase their privileges on the system..."

                      IT - Cloud
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                      The Enterprise Wish-List For The Hybrid Cloud
                      Network World, October 24th, 2016
                      "If you know how to drive one car, you know how to drive pretty much any car. The gas pedal is always on the right and brake on the left. Push the turn signal up to go right and down to go left. Whether it's a Ford or a Toyota, you don't need to relearn how to drive each car.

                      Public cloud should be the same way, argues Bob Wysocki, CTO of Digital Infrastructure for General Electric and a member of the Open Networking User

                      Azure Vs. AWS For The Enterprise
                      devops.com, October 27th, 2016
                      "In a previous post we discussed Azure & OpenStack, the less-explored hybrid cloud, and we thought we'd segue on the hybrid cloud theme, and follow up with an additional post focusing on a question we're often asked ...

                      Azure or AWS?

                      It's one of the most common questions enterprise customers today face as they look to go to the cloud. According to this year's Gartner's Magic Quadrant report, the two cloud powerhouses are the clear market leaders, and as they each add new services to their arsenal and expand their service offerings..."

                      Transforming Legacy Processes With Agile Cloud Technology
                      GCN, October 28th, 2016
                      "When the Department of Labor was given only weeks to provide a solution that would help improve the nation's public workforce system, it used agile development and commercial cloud services to deliver a secure, user-experience-driven enterprise system.

                      The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) legislation passed in July 2014, but its IT requirements were not specified until 2015. Guidance from the department's Employment and Training Administration Program Offices on technical and business needs wasn't delivered until May 2016, so the ETA had only until July 1 to deliver a minimum viable product..."

                        Build Open Source Clouds With 4 Openstack Guides And Tutorials
                        opensouce.com, October 27th, 2016
                        "Every time you turn around, it seems like there's a new open source project which might be of value to a cloud administrator. A huge number of these projects fall under the umbrella of OpenStack, the open source cloud toolkit.

                        And it may seem impossible keep up. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools out there to help with growing your OpenStack knowledge base, from meetups and in-person training, to mailing lists and IRC channels, to books, websites, and the official documentation..."

                        Openstack: It's Interoperable After All
                        Network World, October 26th, 2016
                        "An excellent answer to all those haters who suggest OpenStack isn't interoperable...

                        A few months ago at the OpenStack Summit in Austin, Texas, Don Rippert, IBM's general manager of cloud strategy, challenged the various players involved in the OpenStack initiative to demonstrate that OpenStack distributions are, in fact, interoperable - between each other and across on-premises, public cloud and hybrid cloud deployments..."

                        IT - CxO
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                        The CIO's Ever-Changing Role
                        The VAR Guy, October 28th, 2016
                        "The chief information officer (CIO) job title is one that seems to cover an ever-changing combination of roles, responsibilities and duties, especially over the past few years, as the cloud and its associated technologies become more prevalent. The job title of the CIO is one that is morphing to meet new requirements from all areas of business. Overseeing everything from rogue cloud usage to business units developing their own cloud environments can be a lot to manage..."
                        IT Spending On 'Innovation' Is Now A Priority
                        Computerworld, October 27th, 2016
                        "Businesses are increasing their spending on technology, with cloud services as the big beneficiary.

                        Hardware and software spending is declining as spending on cloud services rises, particularly on SaaS, according to the most recent annual survey from the Society for Information Management (SIM)..."

                        How CIOs Are Adapting To Digital Transformation
                        Datamation, October 28th, 2016
                        "Digital transformation is having a profound effect on how CIOs manage their IT operations.

                        Most organizations are digitally enabled, at least on some level, reveals a new survey of 700 CIOs from IT and managed services provider Logicalis Group. At the bleeding edge of digital transformation, innovators or digital disrupters account for 7 percent of those polled..."

                          Gartner's 10 Tech Predictions That Will Change IT (Slideshow)
                          InformationWeek, October 28th, 2016
                          "During its recent Symposium ITXpo, Gartner released predictions about the future of technology for IT departments and users. Here's a look at those predictions and what they might mean for you and your organization...

                          One of the reasons people go to the annual Gartner Symposium ITxpo is to hear Gartner analysts offer predictions for the future. This year was no different, and Gartner didn't disappoint, offering predictions and prognostications on a variety of subjects..."

                          Today's DDoS Attacks Are Child's Play, Compared To What's Coming
                          ITProPortal, October 27th, 2016
                          "The highly powerful DDoS attacks we've been witnessing lately will look like children's play, compared to what's coming. This grim prediction was made by DDoS security solutions firm Corero Network Security. It has observed a new zero-day DDoS attack vector, which it says has the potential to change how we see DDoS attacks.

                          It says the new technique is an 'amplification attack' where Lightweight Directory Access Protocol is leveraged. By leveraging an amplification factor seen at a peak of as much as 55 times, this technique has the potential to create some serious pain..."

                          The 10 Commandments Of IT
                          The Enterprisers Project, October 27th, 2016
                          "The job of the CIO has not evolved in isolation, but it has developed in response to two major factors:

                          • The rapid change in technology and the way it is employed.
                          • The recognition at company board level of the value of IT as an asset and not overhead.

                          In the 'old' days, the CIO (then a DP manager) was less concerned with people management and pay and rations; that was the job of human resources (then the personnel department). In that role, the CIO was keeping the IT show on the road, and was often a report of the finance director since most IT work was financial..."

                          Can AI Dominate The Web Industry And Other Domains?
                          TechCrunch, October 25th, 2016
                          "2016 has been quite a ride for the players in AI, NLP and ML technologies. From the famous advent of Microsoft Tay at the end of Q1 to the numerous acquisitions of AI and chatbot companies during the latter half of this year, artificial intelligence has been in the headlines every other day.

                          In August there was an article on TechCrunch asking a very (seemingly) simple question: Can chatbots help build your next website? Being a web programmer who is working on AI and conversational interfaces, this stirred my interest even more and compelled me to check out the services listed therein - and a few others of the same category..."

                          Gartner Identifies Five Domains for the Digital Platform
                          Gartner, October 17th, 2016
                          "Analysts Examine the Next Evolution of Digital Business during Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2016, October 16-20, in Orlando

                          Global IT Spending Projected to Grow 2.9 Percent in 2017

                          A new type of infrastructure needs to be built that is not just going to reshape business, but also the way people live, according to Gartner, Inc. CIOs are the builders of this infrastructure, which Gartner calls the "civilization infrastructure".

                          Gartner forecasts worldwide IT spending to total $3.4 trillion in 2016, a 0.3 percent decline from last year. In 2017, global IT spending is projected to grow 2.9 percent and reach $3.5 trillion. Analysts said this growth will be driven by the software and IT services segments. Worldwide spending on software is projected to grow 7.2 percent, and IT services 4.8 percent. Software and IT services will be key to the development of the civilization infrastructure..."

                          How to Get IT and HR on the Same Page
                          IT World, October 26th, 2016
                          "If your company views HR and IT as two separate departments, it might be time to reevaluate your thinking.

                          Digital transformation has eliminated a lot of the daily grunt work associated with the human resources role. Perry Oostdam, co-founder and CEO of Recruitee says that HR used to be a department bogged down by paperwork, but the automation of things like payroll, salary records and benefits has taken away much of the mundane work, and freed up HR pros to focus on more strategic initiatives and analytics..."

                          vBeers-SF
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                          SFTA/vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens (Twisted Trunk)
                          Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016: 5:30PM to 9:00PM
                          Get ready for some great IT, virtualization, network, software and other conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community.

                          • Twisted Trunk Brewery
                          • 2000 PGA Boulevard #5506
                          • Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408

                          SFTA MEMBERS! Please sign in and register as an SFTA member to be eligible for the FREE BEER tickets! Your name badge will indicate that you are an SFTA member.

                          Please register at the South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.. I try to be at the venue by 5:30PM. Most people arrive around 6pm to 6:30pm and depart by 9PM.

                          Registration is free. SFTA members who login and register will get their first beer for free!

                          Sponsorships are available starting at $100 and can be purchased from on the registration page. Sponsors will get 10 tickets for free beers to distribute to attendees!

                          IT - DR
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                          3 Steps To Avoiding Outage Disasters
                          Information Age, October 27th, 2016
                          "Very few things have the power to create as much frustration and chaos as an unexpected outage, and because the cost is so high enterprises should be doing everything in their power to reduce the outage risk...

                          Outages have been causing problems for decades and today everyone is well aware of the pain they can cause.In the last few years Google, Apple and Salesforce have all had well-publicised outages that have left unhappy customers stranded..."

                          IT - PM
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                          Execute... Or Be Executed
                          Project Management Advisor, October 24th, 2016
                          "Avoid a trip to the project management guillotine by keeping some of these simple tips in mind.

                          Talk about your character-building experience

                          I was a young hot-shot project manager on an engagement that I had sold to a client. I had it all planned out and had delusions of completely delighting my client with an issue-free project. It all seemed so simple, then the project started and never finished..."

                          How To Choose The Right Project Management Tools
                          IT World, October 24th, 2016
                          "The right tool for the right job goes the old adage, but knowing exactly what criteria you should consider and how to go about evaluating each of the project management (PM) tools at your disposal can be time-consuming and even frustrating. So we've taken some of the legwork out of it by offering some key considerations, broken down into three primary categories that should be included in your evaluation.

                          We'll start with the business model, strategy and needs..."

                          IT - Networks
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                          How Do Site-To-Site Vpn Configuration And Remote-Access Vpns Vary?
                          Search Networking, October 24th, 2016
                          "What are the differences between a site-to-site VPN and a VPN client connecting to a VPN server? What protocols are used for these?

                          Site-to-site VPNs connect entire networks to each other -- for example, connecting a branch office network to a company headquarters network. In a site-to-site VPN, hosts do not have VPN client software; they send and receive normal TCP/IP traffic through a VPN gateway. The VPN gateway is responsible for encapsulating and encrypting outbound traffic, sending it through a VPN tunnel over the Internet, to a peer VPN gateway at the target site. Upon receipt, the peer VPN gateway strips the headers, decrypts the content, and relays the packet towards the target host inside its private network..."

                          Network Troubleshooting: TCP SYN Analysis
                          NetworkComputing, October 25th, 2016
                          "Analyzing SYN packets can reveal actual response times, as Tony Fortunato demonstrates in this video.

                          I've worked in the networking field since 1989 and never surprised at how many times basic protocol knowledge and analysis skills come into play. Basic knowledge of protocols is becoming essential regardless if you are in the security, server, desktop or networking fields..."

                          Performance Analysis: Bursting the Myth of MPLS Performance
                          Network World, October 24th, 2016
                          "Private MPLS services are supposed to outperform SD-WANs, but as one enterprise recently learned, the internet can outperform even private MPLS services...

                          Quick question, MPLS or SD-WANs, which would you say offers better performance? For the same bandwidth, we'd assume MPLS. After all, MPLS services are managed for a reason, right? However, as we learned on one recent project, internet performance has improved so much over the years that its performance can rival, even exceed, private WAN services..."

                          IT - IoT
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                          Open Source OSes For The Internet Of Things
                          HackerBoards.com, October 27th, 2016
                          "Over the past decade, the majority of new open source OS projects have shifted from the mobile market to the Internet of Things. In this fifth article in our IoT series, we look at the many new open source operating systems that target IoT. Our previous posts have examined open source IoT frameworks, as well as Linux- and open source development hardware for IoT and consumer smart home devices. But it all starts with the OS..."
                          When The IoT Becomes An Agent Of The Dark Side
                          insideBIGDATA, October 28th, 2016
                          "In this special guest feature, Robin Purohit, Group President of the Enterprise Solutions Organization at BMC Software, Inc., discusses how IT and data teams can make sense of the right data that will ultimately help executives make smarter business decisions and drive results for the business. Robin is responsible for business operations of the four ESO product lines: Service Support, Workload Automation, Performance & Availability, and Cloud Management/Data Center Automation. In this role, Purohit drives BMC's Digital Enterprise Management vision and growth strategy across the company's recently modernized solution portfolio to accelerate the digital transformation of IT..."
                          Rise Of The IoT Machines
                          CSO Online, October 26th, 2016
                          "Friday's distributed denial-of-service attack on domain name service provider Dyn may have seemed like the end of the world for millions of Netflix, Twitter and Spotify users, but security professionals say the service disruption was merely a nuisance attack - although an eye opening one - compared to the potential damage that can be unleashed by billions of unsecure IoT devices..."
                          5 Tips For Preventing IoT Hacks
                          Dark Reading, October 24th, 2016
                          "The recent DDoS attack on Dyn was powered in part by a bot army of home devices. How not to let your webcam or other IoT system go rogue.

                          The massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on DNS provider Dyn late last week in which Internet of Things (IoT) devices were compromised and used as part of the bot army that slowed access to popular websites such as Amazon, Twitter, and PayPal, underscored long-known vulnerabilities with IoT..."

                          History Repeating: How The Iot Is Failing To Learn The Security Lessons Of The Past
                          ZDnet, October 25th, 2016
                          "The massive cyberattacks which took down some of the most popular websites on the internet show that device manufacturers are not learning from the mistakes of the past...

                          A report examining the potential cybersecurity holes within an emerging connected technology notes that it's 'slowly becoming more popular but the security built into the specification is a cause for concern'..."

                          Your Network, IoT Cloud Computing And The Future
                          Network World, October 25th, 2016
                          "Anyone in charge of a network has to think about how that network will evolve

                          My previous series of posts talked about a present problem for anyone deploying on the internet: what do you need to measure when deploying into the cloud and how do you measure cloud performance?

                          But planning and deployment issues are not restricted to just the immediate-term questions I was tackling there. Anyone in charge of a network has to think about how that network will evolve. The next articles in this series will be about the internet of the future and will suggest ways in which the internet seems likely to develop..."

                          IT - Linux
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                          Linux Vs. Windows Containers: What's The Difference?
                          Enterprise Storage Forum, October 27th, 2016
                          "Flash has gone from being ridiculously expensive to largely affordable over the past five years. And a staggering drop in price has been paralleled by another spectacular occurrence. The capacity of Solid State Drives (SSDs) has gone through the roof.

                          "Higher-capacity, lower-cost flash has resulted in 1 TB to 16 TB 2.5-inch SSDs," said Greg Schulz, an analyst for StorageIO Group. "There are already some proof of concept technology demonstrations that should enable current densities to be able to double within the same footprint with reduced price over the next few years"...'

                          IT - Operations
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                          Know How to Handle IT Incident Management to Avoid Chaos
                          Search IT Operations, October 24th, 2016
                          "When an important application goes down, you'd better have the right IT incident management processes and procedures in place to fix it.

                          Help! An IT system has gone down and it's affecting the business. What happened, and what needs to be done to get everything back on steady footing?..."

                          The Data Center: Where The Stuff Of Nightmares Lurks (Slideshow)
                          eWeek, October 28th, 2016
                          "While good for a laugh, the responses also shed light on what can go wrong, and how important it is to be prepared to address the challenges that exist. For example, a recurring theme-in addition to the typical disaster-, malware- and end user-related fears-was effectively managing hybrid IT. Moving infrastructure to the cloud is a priority but presents unique challenges. And while one IT pro who responded said that if all else fails, "the fetal position starts to look better and better," it's not a best practice per se. Instead, IT pros should consider monitoring from the ground to the cloud, identifying the right workloads, having a plan B, and remembering that the cloud is not for everything. The following slide show highlights some of the THWACK community's IT fears..."
                          These Steps in the Test Automation Process Quash IT Surprises
                          Search IT Operations, October 24th, 2016
                          "Automated testing ranges from rapid unit tests to production-mimicking performance tests. If you're deploying new code frequently, make sure you have the right test automation.

                          Rapid application updates are great, but only if organizations can easily test stability.

                          In the modern era of software development, companies all over the world compete to deliver products that evolve based on customer feedback. Amazon, Google, Microsoft and other big players are deploying changes and updates to their production applications weekly, and, in some cases, even multiple times per day..."

                          IT - Security
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                          Why Studying Security In College Is A Waste Of Time (Slideshow)
                          CSO Online, October 27th, 2016
                          "You hear a lot about the skills gap in technology. And nowhere is that gap wider, many say, than security. Some companies are taking matters into their own hands. For example, Facebook is trying to teach middle schoolers how to hack so it might raise a generation savvy in security.

                          To gain the security skills most needed at many companies, students and graduates will have to take a counterintuitive approach to their education and career. Whether just entering college or recently graduated, Shawn Burke, Global CSO, Sungard AS, details how to get started..."

                          IT Security As A 'Gated Community'
                          ITProPortal, October 27th, 2016
                          "When one thinks about keeping the home and family secure, the first thought is to take up residence in a secure location - ideally, a guarded and gated community.

                          The second is to carefully secure the perimeter of the house itself: the doors and windows - the points of access. Sensors are wired to each opening, cameras and motion detectors are aimed at carefully selected places, and monitoring is switched on. When it's all plugged in and working, we are confident that our homes are safe..."

                          'Root' & the New Age of IoT-Based DDoS Attacks
                          Dark Reading, October 24th, 2016
                          "Last Friday's massive DDoS that exploited online cameras and DVRs was simple to pull off -- and a new chapter in online attacks.

                          The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack last Friday via an army of infected webcams, DVRs, and other systems, that crippled a large chunk of the Internet's domain name system (DNS) served as a wake-up call after years of research and warning about vulnerable consumer and embedded devices..."

                            Answers to 'Is the Internet Broken?' and other Dyn DDoS Questions
                            Network World, October 24th, 2016
                            "The massive DDoS attacks that took down internet address-translation service Dyn and its customers last week raise a lot of need-to-know questions about the overall security of online infrastructure and its performance.

                            While the attacks were ultimately mitigated and have subsided, the means for carrying out others are still viable and could crop up at any time with other targets. Here are some questions and answers that address what happened, how it happened, whether it could happen again and what the consequences might be..."

                            DDos on Dyn Used Malicious TCP, UDP Traffic
                            Dark Reading, October 26th, 2016
                            "Dyn confirms Mirai IoT botnet was 'primary source' of the attack, with some 100,000 infected devices sending the bogus traffic.

                            Domain Name Service (DNS) provider Dyn today provided new details about the massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Oct. 21 it suffered that disrupted major websites including Okta, CNN, Pinterest, Reddit, and Twitter, and confirmed that the infamous Mirai botnet was the main culprit..."

                            The Only Realistic Plan to Avoid DDoS Disaster
                            InfoWorld, October 25th, 2016
                            "Emergencies like the Dyn DDoS attack will keep occurring. The only solution is a better, more secure internet...

                            Last Friday's massive DDoS attack against Dyn.com and its DNS services slowed down or knocked out internet connectivity for millions of users for much of the day. Unfortunately, these sorts of attacks cannot be easily mitigated. We have to live with them for now..."

                              IT - Careers
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                              6 Career Tips To Live By For Today And Tomorrow
                              Business 2 Community, October 28th, 2016
                              "The transition from graduating college to working full-time is not an easy one. Your time is no longer your own to manage. You have to get used to going to bed early and waking up early. You have to learn a lot about business and working with people of all different ages. Welcome to adulthood!

                              As a mother of two sons who are in the early stages of their careers, I've seen this firsthand and wanted to pass along some of my learnings. Even as a seasoned professional, all of these lessons still ring true. Follow these six tips for short-and long-term career success:..."

                                Navigating Today's IT Choices
                                CoinDesk, October 29th, 2016
                                "Call it bitcoin's broken record.

                                First heating up in 2015, a debate about how best to scale the digital currency's underlying blockchain remains the dominating disagreement. Despite the best efforts of developers to bring what they say is more nuance to the discussion, a single metric remains the biggest sticking point..."

                                5 Strategies To Reboot Your IT Career
                                Computerworld, October 26th, 2016
                                "Technology changes faster than many of us can keep up with it. New paradigms like software-defined networks and the cloud emerge, and the old ones continue to hang around.

                                But while the hotshot programmers and big data geeks get to play with the shiny new toys, you're busy waiting for the robots to come and take away your job..."

                                5 Secrets Of Successful One-On-One Meetings
                                TLNT, October 24th, 2016
                                "One clear distinction between engaged and disengaged organizations is the fact that they are more likely to hold regular one-on-one meetings. Quantum Workplace reviewed 300 employer survey responses and found 85.7% of highly engaged companies hold one-on-one meetings compared to just 50% of highly disengaged ones.

                                These companies aren't just throwing meetings together, they have set plans for what needs to happen during the meeting in order for it to be truly successful. Here are five important characteristics of great one-on-one meetings:.."

                                  IT - Social Media
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                                  115 Things You Never Knew About Social Media
                                  Business 2 Community, October 28th, 2016
                                  "Think you know your social media? Take a look at a new infographic released this week from skilled.co, and you might find that you don't know quite as much as you think. From global penetration rates to influence of purchasing decisions, this new social media infographic provides plenty of information for even the most knowledgeable marketer or social business to digest. We've covered a few of the essential highlights for you here on the BuzzPlant Blog. Keep moving down the page to see the full infographic below..."
                                    Servers
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                                    Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Announcing PCA Software release 2.2.2
                                    By Krishna
                                    Krishna blogs, "I am happy to announce the availability of Private Cloud Appliance Software Release 2.2.2 on My Oracle Support (MOS). This patch can be download from My Oracle Support with the patch ID: 24849670.

                                    This release is applicable to Private Cloud Appliance X3-2, X4-2 as well as the Private Cloud Appliance X5-2.

                                    This is a sustaining release, with a focus on stability and bug fixes. Please refer to the product documentation for additional details on bugs fixed in this release..."

                                    IT - Email
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                                    Don't Let Email Attachments Become Your Weakest Link
                                    Information Age, October 28th, 2016
                                    "The email is not going away despite platforms like Facebook at Work, and so organisations need to modernise their email security ...

                                    Whether email is your best friend or your worst enemy, there's no denying that it's here to stay.

                                    Almost 25 years since the first ever email attachment was sent, email has become a core means to both communicate and collaborate for the vast majority of businesses..."

                                    Storage
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                                    Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux, Release 2.0
                                    By Michele Casey
                                    Michele blogs, "The latest Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux, Release 2.0, is now available for download on the Unbreakable Linux Network as well as on Oracle's public YUM repository. Based on the Ceph community Jewel release (v10.2.2), Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux provides a high performing, extremely scalable storage solution offering block, file and object storage under a single system, leveraging commodity x86-based hardware. Ceph offers a number of features and is one of the most widely deployed storage solutions supporting cloud infrastructure services like OpenStack..."
                                    IT - Big Data
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                                    Top 10 Trends In Big Data (Slideshow)
                                    Datamation, October 24th, 2016
                                    '"Big data" is no longer just a buzzword. Researchers at Forrester have "found that, in 2016, almost 40 percent of firms are implementing and expanding big data technology adoption. Another 30 percent are planning to adopt big data in the next 12 months."

                                    Similarly, the Big Data Executive Survey 2016 from NewVantage Partners found that 62.5 percent of firms now have at least one big data project in production, and only 5.4 percent of organizations have no big data initiatives planned or underway...'

                                    Are Your Marketing Pros Ready To Handle Big Data?
                                    CIO, October 24th, 2016
                                    "Big data has brought a lot to the table for modern businesses, but data isn't just a focus for IT anymore. Marketers are now at the front of data analytics, requiring these pros to develop new skill sets.

                                    The role of a marketer is to help leverage brands, products and overall awareness of a business' core mission. That means analyzing data has become increasingly valuable to marketers, giving them real-time insights into trends, current campaigns and failed initiatives..."

                                    Big Data: Providing The Information That Helps Save Lives
                                    Container Journal, October 29th, 2016
                                    "With Docker container support now available for Windows Server 2016, admins are bound to wonder what the differences are between Windows and Linux containers. Here's an overview.

                                    To keep things simple, let's break them down into their similarities and differences. They look like this..."

                                    Storage For Big Data: Four Requirements
                                    Datamation, October 27th, 2016
                                    "A recent Forrester survey indicated that spending on big data platforms will grow at twice the rate of spending on traditional IT categories, with platforms like Hadoop and NoSQL databases seeing even greater rates of investment. Much like the way data management capabilities (backup, test data management, archiving, etc.) appeared over twenty years ago in the traditional database world, these same capabilities are critical for these modern data platforms in order to prevent data loss, deliver applications faster, and minimize compliance risk..."
                                    Is Your Data Warehouse Obsolete?
                                    Information Age, October 28th, 2016
                                    "Data has become a vital resource for the emergency services, especially A&E departments, who consistently need their services to be analysed in order to make life-saving improvement...

                                    Over the past 5 years, the medical sector has steadily been transformed by technology. Wearable devices now measure people's health in detail, robots can perform operations with 100% accuracy, and the newest light therapies can diagnose patients without the need for surgery..."

                                    Why Big Data Projects Fail And How To Avoid It
                                    Information Management, October 28th, 2016
                                    "It all starts with a typical consultant answer, 'It depends.'

                                    Let me quickly elaborate:

                                    The concept of a data warehouse is definitely not obsolete!

                                    The technology in use might be. The tools and processes surrounding the data warehouse most likely are!

                                    Why is it so?..."

                                      Data Deluge Helps Savvy Businesses Bolster Cybersecurity Defences
                                      ITProPortal, October 28th, 2016
                                      "The sheer volume of cyber-attacks means it's near impossible for businesses to be aware of every threat...

                                      The old adage 'what you don't know can't hurt you' could not be further from the truth when it comes to cybersecurity. The sheer volume of cyber-attacks - it has been estimated there are up to 90 million cybersecurity incidents per year, while the number of attacks increased 38 per cent in 2015 from 2014 - means it's near impossible for businesses to be aware of every threat that could potentially be targeting their data. Furthermore, the rise in sophistication of attacks now being launched by cybercriminals means they are increasingly going under businesses' radars..."

                                        IT - BYOD
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                                        3 Ways To Manage The Realities Of BYOD For A Modern Workforce
                                        Information Age, October 25th, 2016
                                        "BYOD is a common for the modern workforce, but the trend can lead to security complications. Apps that provide employees with secure flexibility are the answer...

                                        The question is no longer whether BYOD is acceptable in certain workplaces. It's here now, and it's not going away, so the real question is what companies should do in the face of this reality.Most employees expect to be able to use their own phones (and other devices) to get work done, so how should IT departments react?..."

                                        Top10
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                                        Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                        Vol 224 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 223 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 222 Issue 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:

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

                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                          Vol 224 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 223 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 222 Issue 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:

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

                                            IT - Encryption
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                                            Better Safe Than Sorry: 5 Apps For Encrypting And Shredding Files
                                            Computerworld, October 24th, 2016
                                            "If you want to protect sensitive data -- especially if you're sending it via email or via an online service -- one of these programs can help...

                                            While safeguarding personal and business data has always been important, the necessity for maintaining digital privacy has become even more vital as more of our records are digitized..."

                                              Getting To The 'Just Right' Level Of Encryption
                                              Dark Reading, October 26th, 2016
                                              "The key to unlocking secure business messaging is controlling who has the key.

                                              These days, the collaboration industry is abuzz with consumer-focused companies implementing end-to-end security in their messaging products. It started with Apple and its battle with the US government on access to iPhone data. Then, WhatsApp switched its messaging technology in such a way that no one could access messages except for the end-user client. These tools may seem like a good fit for workplace collaboration, but a quick look under the hood shows they're not..."

                                              LibreOffice
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                                              LibreOffice 5.1.6
                                              The Document Foundation, October 27th, 2016
                                              The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.1.6, the sixth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.1 family launched in January 2016, targeted at individual users and enterprise deployments. Users of previous LibreOffice releases should start planning the update to the new version.

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

                                              Developer
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                                              Forrester Wave: Mobile Development Platforms, Q4 2016
                                              By Carlos Chang
                                              Carlos blogs, "The new Q4 2016 Forrester Wave report on Mobile Development Platforms was released this week and Oracle is rocking the leadership zone. Below are a few choice quotes:

                                              • 'Oracle's vision and road map set the pace in this market"
                                              • Oracle has quickly 'made and immediate impact with over 150 customers already on the platform'
                                              • "Its developer experience is impressive" Got that? Who's owning the direction of technology? Developers, developers, developers! Steve Ballmer did get that right

                                              Read on for details.

                                              IT - Java
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                                              Java 9 Will Support Ahead-Of-Time Compilation
                                              jaxenter, October 28th, 2016
                                              "Java 9 will support Ahead-of-Time compilation but the initial release is only supported on 64-bit Linux systems running 64-bit Java and the only supported module is java.base. Let's see what this means...

                                              Java 9 will support Ahead-of-Time (AOT) compilation to boost the start-up time of small and large Java applications, with at most a limited impact on peak performance, according to the official announcement..."

                                              Nexenta News
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                                              Nexenta CEO to Present the How Digital Transformation is Influencing Software-Defined Infrastructures at NASSCOM Product Conclave 2016
                                              Nexenta, October 27th, 2016
                                              Nexenta,the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), announced that Nexenta Chairman and CEO, Tarkan Maner, will be a keynote speaker at the NASSCOM Product Conclave (NPC).

                                              In its thirteenth year, NPC 2016 brings together emerging and seasoned entrepreneurs for a 2 day conference in Bangalore, India. This year's event will focus on 'Navigating Turbulent Times' and will deliver a platform to drive conversations with global leaders allowing you to capture opportunities yet to be tapped.

                                              During his keynote, Tarkan will be joined by Nutanix Founder and CEO, Dheeraj Pandey. These Silicon Valley Unicorns will discuss how "Everything is Software." Following Dheeraj's IPO story, Tarkan will offer his unique perspective of navigating startups,gained through years of experience as an entrepreneur and industry leader.

                                              Veritas News
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                                              Veritas Advances Enterprise Data Management with Support for Google Cloud Storage Coldline
                                              Expanded Integration with Google Cloud Platform Increases Customer Choice, Reduces Spend and Improves Agility
                                              Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, announced that it is expanding its Google Cloud Platform integration with support for Google Cloud Storage Coldline. By combining Information Map, NetBackup and Google Cloud Platform, customers can take advantage of frictionless information governance with complete visibility, insight and greater control of their data.

                                              The number of enterprises using cloud as a backup destination is on the rise and is expected to double by 2018[1], according to Gartner. As this trend continues, customer choice in cloud storage destinations and the appropriate tiers within those destinations becomes critical to building the right data management and governance strategy. This includes backup and archive to durable, offsite repositories such as Google Cloud Platform. Veritas is advancing enterprise data management through simplified data migration to Google Cloud Platform by automating and optimizing storage lifecycle policies, reducing cost and improving agility.

                                              Veritas Introduces FedRAMP SaaS Compliant Cloud Solutions for Archiving and eDiscovery
                                              Veritas Enterprise Vault & Discovery Accelerator dramatically reduce overhead costs for government agencies
                                              Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, today announced that Veritas Enterprise Vault and Veritas Discovery Accelerator are now available as a FedRAMP Authorized, SaaS level , Moderate impact cloud service. Through our partnership with bluesource, a Veritas platinum certified partner, and their partnership with ProjectHosts, U.S. government agencies in need of cloud-based Archiving and eDiscovery can now gain immediate access to these Veritas solutions in a FedRAMP Authorized cloud. With these solutions, government agencies can now minimize the cost of overhead for hardware and software ownership, and move to a fully managed government cloud archiving and eDiscovery service to successfully meet Capstone and immutability requirements.
                                              Cisco News
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                                              Cisco Digital Education Platform Brings Added Simplicity, Security to Educators
                                              Cisco, October 26th, 2016
                                              Cisco announced a new educational platform that integrates Cisco WebEx and Spark into existing Learning Management Systems (LMSs). These integrations allow faculty to schedule online classes more simply and securely from within their LMSs. The integrations also include video and collaboration features that enhance the education experience for students who may be on campus or online.
                                              Microsoft News
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                                              Microsoft introduces Surface Studio and the Windows 10 Creators Update
                                              New Surface Studio turns your desk into a creative studio; the Creators Update brings new creativity and gaming experiences built around the people who matter most.
                                              Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday unveiled a broad vision to empower a new wave of creativity with a major update coming to more than 400 million Windows 10 devices and the introduction of Surface Studio, Surface Dial and a more powerful Surface Book.

                                              Expanding the Surface family, Surface Studio is a new class of device that transforms from a workstation into a powerful digital canvas, unlocking a more natural and immersive way to create on the thinnest LCD monitor ever built.1 With a stunning ultra-HD 4.5K screen, Surface Studio delivers 63 percent more pixels than a state-of-the-art 4K TV. Surface Studio works beautifully with pen, touch and Surface Dial - a new input device designed for the creative process that lets you use two hands on the screen to compose and create in all new ways.

                                              Symantec News
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                                              Symantec Announces Integration of Blue Coat Threat Intelligence into its Global Intelligence Network, Creating Industry's Largest and Most Diverse Set of Threat Data
                                              Combining threat data results in 500,000 additional attacks being blocked for Symantec customers every day
                                              Symantec Corp, the world's leading cyber security company, reported significant enhancements to its threat intelligence capabilities made uniquely possible by integrating Symantec and Blue Coat's security telemetry and applying the brute data-crunching force of artificial intelligence that is needed when analyzing numbers reaching into the trillions. Symantec and Blue Coat together have the broadest and deepest set of threat intelligence in the industry. Combined, the companies leverage more than nine trillion elements of security data, providing unparalleled visibility and protection for Symantec customers across their entire environments. Symantec now protects 175 million consumer and enterprise endpoints, 163 million email users, 80 million web proxy users, and processes nearly eight billion security requests across these products every day. This level of visibility across endpoint, email, and web traffic allows Symantec to discover and block targeted attacks that would be otherwise undetectable from any one control point.
                                              Symantec Delivers on Rapid Integration With Blue Coat to Offer Cloud Generation Data Protection
                                              DLP and CASB come together in a single solution to provide complete visibility and control of data in the cloud
                                              Symantec Corp., the world's leading cyber security company, announced the integration of Symantec Data Loss Prevention (DLP) with Symantec CloudSOC (formerly Blue Coat's Elastica CloudSOC Cloud Access Security Broker 'CASB') and Cloud Data Protection products to address the needs of the cloud generation. This integrated solution provides chief information security officers (CISOs) visibility and control over all sensitive content that users upload, store and share via the cloud, protecting confidential information through all stages of its lifecycle, anywhere and everywhere it travels.
                                              IBM News
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                                              IBM Empowers Singapore Startup with Blockchain and Bluemix for Island-wide Federated Lockers Network
                                              Working in the IBM Bluemix Garage, FreshTurf to create and deploy unique logistics app with blockchain and cloud
                                              IBM announced it is working with Singapore start-up FreshTurf in the Singapore location of its IBM Bluemix Garage network. Using IBM Cloud and Blockchain technologies, FreshTurf has been working with IBM Bluemix Garage developers and designers to create a network of storage lockers for shipping and parcel delivery throughout Singapore. This locker ledger network is designed to help improve the 'last mile' of delivery services for consumers and businesses, or the final leg of a package's journey to a customer's home.
                                              Slack, IBM Partner to Bring Watson to Developers
                                              Developers and businesses using Slack to benefit from the cognitive power of Watson
                                              IBM and Slack are partnering to bring Watson to Slack's global community of developers and enterprise users. Drawing on the power of Slack's digital workplace and the cognitive computing capabilities of Watson, developers will be able to create more offerings - including bots and other conversational inferences - that will transform the platform's user experience. Developers can easily access the range of Watson services -- such as Conversation, Sentiment Analysis or speech APIs -- and build powerful new tools for the platform with this enhanced cognitive functionality.
                                              IBM Delivers Speed, Scale and Simplicity with Hybrid Cloud Database
                                              IBM DB2
                                              IBM introduced significant advances in its industry leading database software, IBM DB2, helping companies lower their operating costs while bringing together transactions and analytics in the same database to increase the speed of real-time data analysis. The new DB2 will incorporate hybrid transactional analytical processing (HTAP) available for Linux, Unix, Windows, and z/OS in December In contrast to typical business environments where transaction processing and analytical systems are based on distinct architectures, hybrid transactional analytical processing (HTAP) runs analytics and transactions on the same database without compromising performance of either.
                                              IBM Security Adds Cognitive Behavioral Biometrics to Help Protect Banking Customers from Cybercrime
                                              New Trusteer Technology to Help Prevent Bank Fraud
                                              IBM announced new behavioral biometric analysis capabilities in its digital banking fraud prevention technology, Trusteer Pinpoint Detect, using patented analytics and machine learning for real-time cognitive fraud detection. The new behavioral biometric capabilities incorporate the use of machine learning to help understand how users interact with banking websites, creating gesture models based on patterns of mouse movements that become increasingly more accurate over time.
                                              IBM to Acquire Sanovi Technologies to Expand Disaster Recovery Services for Hybrid Cloud
                                              Move will enhance IBM resiliency capabilities with the help of advanced analytics to meet complexities of hybrid environments
                                              IBM announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sanovi Technologies, a privately held company that provides hybrid cloud recovery, cloud migration and business continuity software for enterprise data centers and cloud infrastructure. Adding these capabilities along with advanced analytics will better enable IBM to bolster its Software Defined Resiliency strategy and delivery of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery services for clients undergoing digital and hybrid cloud transformation.
                                              Hello, OnStar -- Meet Watson
                                              IBM and GM introduce new cognitive mobility platform to improve the driving experience for millions of consumers
                                              General Motors and IBM announced a partnership to bring the power of OnStar and IBM Watson together to create OnStar Go, the auto industry's first cognitive mobility platform. Starting in early 2017, OnStar is expected to give millions of GM drivers the ability to connect and interact with their favorite brands. The platform will deliver personalized content through the dashboard and other digital channels supported by the OnStar Go ecosystem to make the most of time spent in the car.
                                              Teva Pharmaceuticals and IBM Expand Global Partnership to Enable Drug Development and Chronic Disease Management with Watson
                                              Programs Include a Systematic Approach to Drug Repurposing & Data-Driven, Proactive Chronic Disease Management -- Both Fueled by the IBM Watson Health Cloud
                                              IBM and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., announced a significant expansion of their existing global e-Health alliance with a focus on two key healthcare challenges: the discovery of new treatment options and improving chronic disease management. Both projects will run on the IBM Watson Health Cloud.

                                              The expanded partnership features a new, three-year research collaboration to develop cognitive technologies that can enable a systematic approach to the emerging field of drug repurposing and deliver unprecedented scale in the discovery of new uses for existing drugs.

                                              18 OpenStack Cloud Vendors Successfully Complete Community Interop Challenge Issued by IBM Cloud
                                              Competitors collaborate to make enterprise cloud computing environments interoperable for the first time
                                              IBM announced the results of the Interop Challenge, a cloud industry initiative aimed at demonstrating how OpenStack delivers on the promise of interoperability among vendors across on-premise, public and hybrid cloud deployments. The challenge was issued to OpenStack Foundation peers by Don Rippert, general manager for IBM Cloud Strategy, Business Development and Technology, at the OpenStack Summit in Austin in April 2016, and called for fellow cloud vendors to show proof of interoperability by the end of October.
                                              IBM Introduces New Watson Solutions for Professions
                                              IBM Watson: Pioneering a New Era of Computing
                                              IBM unveiled a series of new cognitive solutions intended for professionals in marketing, commerce, supply chain and human resources. With these new offerings, IBM is enabling organizations across all industries and of all sizes to integrate new cognitive capabilities into their businesses.

                                              Watson solutions learn in an expert way, which is critical for professionals that want to uncover insights hidden in their massive amounts of data to understand, reason and learn about their customers and important business processes. Helping professionals augment their existing knowledge and experience without needing to engage a data analyst empowers them to make more informed business decisions, spot opportunities and take action with confidence.

                                              IBM Unleashes the Power of Machine Learning with Watson-enabled Data Platform
                                              Delivers world's fastest data ingestion engine and machine learning as a service to accelerate AI for business
                                              IBM announced IBM Watson Data Platform to help companies gain more valuable insights from data. The platform delivers the world's fastest data ingestion engine and cognitive-powered decision-making to data professionals, allowing them to collaborate in the IBM Cloud, with the services they prefer. IBM is also making IBM Watson Machine Learning Service available - making machine learning simple with an intuitive, self-service interface.
                                              IBM Brings Watson to its Cloud Video Technology
                                              New Cloud Services Apply Cognitive Capabilities to Cloud Video Technology to Help Uncover New Data and Insights for Increasing Audience Engagement
                                              IBM unveiled new Watson-powered cognitive services for its Cloud Video technology that are designed to transform how organizations unlock data-rich insights for video content and audiences. The new services can help deliver differentiated, personalized viewing experiences for consumers.

                                              Digital video is a booming area for content but remains largely untapped for insights as part of the more than 80 percent of data in the world that's unstructured, making it difficult to process. Applying cognitive technology is believed to be a critical next step for mining and analyzing the complex data in video so companies can better understand and deliver the content consumers want.

                                              IBM Watson Education and Pearson to Drive Cognitive Learning Experiences for College Students
                                              Combining IBM's cognitive capabilities with Pearson's digital learning products
                                              IBM and Pearson the world's learning company, today announced a new global education alliance intended to make Watson's cognitive capabilities available to millions of college students and professors.

                                              Combining IBM's cognitive capabilities with Pearson's digital learning products will give students a more immersive learning experience with their college courses, an easy way to get help and insights when they need it, all through asking questions in natural language just like they would with another student or professor. Importantly, it provides instructors with insights about how well students are learning, allowing them to better manage the entire course and flag students who need additional help.

                                              IBM Powers MobileFirst for iOS Apps with Watson to Boost Decision Making for Professionals
                                              IBM offers existing enterprise apps enhanced with cognitive capabilities, including speech interaction and natural language processing for conversation
                                              IBM announced it will empower professionals with the first-of-its-kind ability to combine enterprise mobile apps with IBM Watson for superior decision making. IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps can now be integrated with a broad set of conversational and cognitive capabilities to help increase the productivity and improve the experience of enterprise employees.

                                              IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps as well as custom-built iOS apps from IBM can now embed variety of Watson APIs to fit a client's unique use case. With Watson-enabled speech interaction, for example, professionals can now control IBM MobileFirst for iOS apps with their voice, providing easy access to deeper insights that help improve the performance of their work.

                                              The Weather Channel Launches Bot For Facebook Messenger, Powered By IBM Watson
                                              Leveraging IBM Watson Technology, New Bot for Messenger Will Learn Facebook User Preferences to Provide Personalized Weather Conditions, Forecasts, News Content and More
                                              The Weather Company, an IBM Business announced that The Weather Channel has launched a cognitive weather bot for Facebook Messenger - powered by IBM Watson. Around the world, Messenger is used to stay in touch with friends and family. Now with The Weather Channel bot, it offers a way to view and share personalized weather-related news content, current conditions, forecasts, severe weather notifications, and other relevant weather information.

                                              Every day, millions of individuals and businesses across the globe rely on the hyperlocal weather data within The Weather Channel's mobile apps and website, weather.com, whether it's to plan their day, help them prepare for severe weather or make better business decisions.

                                              IBM Watson's New Conversational Capabilities Bring Brands and Consumers Closer
                                              Watson Virtual Agent extends conversational capabilities for novice users and experienced developers alike, enhancing how businesses and customers communicate
                                              IBM introduced Watson Virtual Agent, a cognitive conversational technology that allows businesses to simply build and deploy conversational agents. These agents, or 'bots,' have emerged as businesses look to improve customer engagement, offering customers quick responses to queries and addressing potential issues in real time.

                                              Watson Virtual Agent allows users - from startups and small businesses to enterprise - to easily and quickly build and train engagement bots from the cloud, harnessing the power of cognitive technologies. Companies like Staples and Autodesk are embracing services that go beyond simple, narrowly focused tools to sophisticated full-blown virtual agents, relying on deep natural language processing capabilities that can be used to assist consumers.

                                              Fujitsu News
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                                              Fujitsu Launches H.265/HEVC Codec
                                              New 'IP-HE950' encoder and decoder offer real-time 4K video transmission, in Japan's smallest and lightest-class chassis
                                              Fujitsu announced that it will launch its broadcast-use FUJITSU Network Real-Time Video Transmission Gear IP-HE950 video encoder and decoder equipment for H.265/HEVC(1), an encoding standard which is roughly double the compression efficiency of H.264/AVC(2), the conventional video encoding standard. Sales will commence in Japan from November 2016. In markets outside of Japan, sales are planned from March 2017, with deliveries beginning in the following June.
                                              VMware News
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                                              VMware Reports Third Quarter 2016 Results
                                              Strong portfolio performance results in Year-over-Year Revenue Growth of 6% to $1.78 Billion
                                              VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2016:

                                              • Revenue for the third quarter was $1.78 billion, an increase of 6% from the third quarter of 2015.
                                              • License revenue for the third quarter was $691 million, an increase of 1% from the third quarter of 2015.
                                              • GAAP net income for the third quarter was $319 million, or $0.75 per diluted share, up 25% per diluted share compared to $256 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $485 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, up 12% per diluted share compared to $433 million, or $1.02 per diluted share, for third quarter of 2015.
                                              • GAAP operating income for the third quarter was $381 million, an increase of 17% from the third quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter was $592 million, an increase of 12% from the third quarter of 2015.
                                              • Operating cash flows for the third quarter were $620 million. Free cash flows for the quarter were $590 million.
                                              • Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $8.25 billion, and unearned revenue was $5.09 billion as of September 30, 2016.
                                              • Total revenue plus sequential change in total unearned revenue grew 13% year-over-year.
                                              • License revenue plus sequential change in unearned license revenue grew 9% year-over-year.

                                              'Our very good third-quarter financial results reflect VMware's strength in delivering strategic value to our customers," said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware. 'We are helping customers run any application across their private, public and hybrid clouds with our new Cross-Cloud ArchitectureTM, the industry's most complete and capable hybrid cloud offering.'

                                              VMware Automates the Delivery of Digital Learning Environments For Ellucian Customers Worldwide
                                              Integration of VMware's Secure Digital Backpack With Colleague by Ellucian Streamlines IT Management and Provides a Dynamic and Personalized Digital Workspace for Students, Faculty and Staff
                                              At the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference 2016, VMware, Inc., is taking simplicity and security for digital learning environments in higher education to a new level. At the show, VMware announced a new integration between VMware's VMware Secure Digital Backpack for Education, powered by VMware Workspace ONE, and Colleague by Ellucian. This new VMware solution will help higher education IT professionals automate the delivery of a consistent and personalized digital workspace to every student for anytime, anywhere, any device access throughout their entire time at school.
                                              VMware Joins Dell and Dell EMC's Membership on the Steering Committee of the Industrial Internet Consortium
                                              Together, the companies are taking a leadership position to drive innovation in the Industrial Internet of Things
                                              VMware announced that it is participating in the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC), an open membership, international not-for-profit consortium that is setting architectural frameworks and direction for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). VMware will participate in the IIC as a voting member through the steering committee, as a component of the membership seat currently held by Dell and Dell EMC.

                                              Collectively, VMware, Dell and Dell EMC have committed to serve three years on the committee, joining IBM, SAP, General Electric, Fujitsu, Intel, The MITRE Corporation, RTI, and Schneider Electric to align standards and innovation in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. As members of the steering committee, VMware, in conjunction with Dell and Dell EMC, will be heavily involved in providing input, guidance and direction to the organization around standards for IoT and participating in test beds and studies to maximize contributions to the IIC and the rapidly expanding IIoT.

                                              Red Hat News
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                                              Friday Five - October 28, 2016
                                              Red Hat, October 28th, 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.

                                              • Swisscom Guides Customers into the Digital Age with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualization
                                              • Produban Chooses Red Hat as Technology Partner to Deliver Modern Cloud Services with Kubernetes and Containers on OpenStack
                                              • Red Hat Blog - OpenStack production deployments more than double in 2016, Red Hat survey finds
                                              • Red Hat Named a Visionary in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage
                                              • 2016 Future of Cloud Computing survey

                                              Read on for details."

                                              Red Hat Achieves Common Criteria Security Certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
                                              The world's leading enterprise Linux platform is the first operating system with support for Linux container technology to receive the Common Criteria certification
                                              Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 has been awarded the Common Criteria Certification at Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) 4+ for an unmodified commercial operating system under the Operating System Protection Profile (OSPP). This marks the first time that an operating system has been Common Criteria-certified with Linux Container Framework Support, further demonstrating Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7's ability to provide hardened and more secure IT innovations like Linux containers.
                                              Communications Leaders Choose Red Hat OpenStack Platform for Powering Cloud Deployments to Deliver New Services
                                              FreeBit, KazTransCom and Turkcell adopt Red Hat solutions to improve agility, flexibility and operational efficiency
                                              Red Hat announced that communications leaders from around the world, including FreeBit, KazTransCom and Turkcell have deployed Red Hat OpenStack Platform, a highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution, as the foundation for their modern cloud initiatives.

                                              In a world driven by the growth of digital services, new devices, and massive user numbers, communications leaders around the world are modernizing their infrastructures to support advanced cloud services and improve the speed at which new services can be created...

                                              Produban Chooses Red Hat as Technology Partner to Deliver Modern Cloud Services with Kubernetes and Containers on OpenStack
                                              Global IT services company reduces time-to-market for services for Santander Bank with one of the world's first production deployments of Kubernetes and containers on OpenStack
                                              Red Hat announced that, the IT services arm of the Spanish banking leader Grupo Santander, has picked Red Hat as its technology partner to create a modern cloud infrastructure with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform on Red Hat OpenStack Platform, marking what is believed to be one of the world's first production deployments of Kubernetes and containers on OpenStack.

                                              Produban's global footprint includes 10 datacenters across four countries that support all of Grupo Santander's businesses, including Banco Santander, S.A., one of Europe's largest banks and among the largest banks globally by market value. It specializes in Infrastructure and IT Operations, priding itself on providing reliable and modern IT services that can keep the bank at the forefront of innovation.

                                              Red Hat Named a Visionary in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage
                                              Evaluation based on completeness of vision and ability to execute
                                              Red Hat, Inc. announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Red Hat in the "Visionaries" quadrant of Gartner's October 2016 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage for Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Gluster Storage.

                                              Gartner's Magic Quadrants are based on rigorous analysis of a vendor's completeness of vision and ability to execute. This is the first year Gartner has published a Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage.

                                              Red Hat Ceph Storage and Red Hat Gluster Storage are both highly agile solutions that are built to handle different types of demanding workloads. Red Hat Ceph Storage is a robust, unified storage platform designed for object storage and cloud infrastructures at petabyte-scale. Red Hat Gluster Storage is a powerful distributed file system that offers flexible storage services across the datacenter's footprints - bare metal, virtual machines, private clouds, public clouds, and containerized environments. Both offerings can be deployed on industry-standard hardware. They are supported by an active community of open source developers and partners and used by companies around the world.

                                              Swisscom Guides Customers into the Digital Age with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualization
                                              New environment enables leading Swiss service provider to deliver fast, reliable and innovative cloud services across its business and customer base
                                              Red Hat announced that Swisscom has selected Red Hat as its technology partner to help the company deliver a modern, agile, and highly scalable cloud platform. Deploying Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualization as the basis of its new cloud infrastructure, Swisscom has been able to develop and deliver new digital products faster and more efficiently.
                                              UKCloud Creates an Open Source Alternative for UK Public Sector with Red Hat OpenStack Platform
                                              Government cloud provider liberates customers from proprietary cloud platforms with cost-effective, secure cloud services based on open innovation
                                              Red Hat announced that UKCloud, the foremost public cloud provider for UK government, has standardized on Red Hat OpenStack Platform with Red Hat Ceph Storage to lead its public sector customers through their digital transformation journey. The Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud platform is designed to enable UKCloud's customers to deliver digital services directly to citizens by providing the required levels of scalability, performance and assurance.
                                              EMC News
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                                              RSA Delivers 'Hunter Packs', Equips RSA NetWitness Suite for Threat Detection and Response
                                              Actionable Intelligence Allows Organizations to Respond to Advanced Threats in Minutes
                                              RSA, a Dell Technologies business, unveiled updates and enhancements to the RSA NetWitness Suite that gives analysts the industry's most advanced threat detection and response solution to discover, contain and ultimately eradicate threats.

                                              The "Hunter Packs", delivered out-of-the-box via RSA Live, are designed to help organizations detect both known and unknown threats. RSA Live is a service that is engineered to provide content and Threat Intelligence to RSA NetWitness Suite customers. Intelligence not only from industry research, but also crowd sourced from RSA's customer base and the organization's own proprietary data, is aggregated and operationalized at ingestion, to help detect indicators of compromises - saving valuable time and resources.

                                              RSA Charge to Bring Together Innovative Thought Leaders, Industry Experts and the RSA Community
                                              Discussions, Keynotes and Case Studies Will Focus on Business-Driven Security - a New Paradigm for Forward-Looking Organizations
                                              To help security professionals harness the innovative power of thought leaders, industry experts and the RSA community, RSA, a Dell Technologies business, is hosting its third annual RSA Charge conference in New Orleans, LA, on October 25-27, 2016, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

                                              RSA Charge will help attendees address the most crucial challenges facing security professionals today by bringing together practitioners, business leaders and industry influencers to share best practices and engage in hands-on training. They will discuss how forward-thinking organizations are employing business-driven security to transform their organizations and take command of their evolving security posture. Attendees will also learn about the latest developments in Threat Detection and Response, Identity Assurance, Governance Risk and Compliance (GRC), and Fraud.

                                              Dell EMC Offers New Combined Software Suite for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Organizations
                                              Provides a single source of compliant content to unify processes and power digital transformation
                                              Dell EMC Enterprise Content Division (ECD), a leader in the enterprise content management industry, announced the general availability of EMC Documentum for Life Science, which now includes new capabilities for supporting medical device documentation in addition to pharmaceutical documentation. The latest version focuses on driving efficiency, enhancing usability and improving visibility and insight across clinical, regulatory and quality solutions. Enhancements include the addition of a harmonized medical device solution, expanded best practices R&D inventory, support for multiple DIA eTMF reference models, an enhanced, flexible controlled print model and increased capabilities for the eTMF solution.

                                              'Life Science organizations are leveraging enterprise content management as part of a holistic strategy that embraces a broader organizational approach to transformation,' said Dr. Alan Louie, PhD., Research Director, IDC Health Insights. 'The Dell EMC Documentum for Life Sciences solution is well aligned with this market opportunity, providing harmonized data models and document inventories and processes across the clinical, regulatory and quality domains.'

                                              HP News
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                                              HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0 Tackles Demanding Enterprise and Telco Cloud Workloads
                                              Improvements address organizations' requirements for multi-vendor interoperability, operations, security, scalability and application performance
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0 at OpenStack Summit Barcelona 2016.

                                              HPE Helion OpenStack is an open and flexible infrastructure-as-a service (IaaS) suited for enterprise workloads across a variety of vertical industries and enabling communications service providers (CSPs) to deploy network functions virtualization (NFV) applications.

                                              HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0 is based on OpenStack Mitaka and builds on top of HPE Helion OpenStack 3.0's expanded configurability and deployment options, tighter administrative controls and improved scalability, while staying close to OpenStack trunk code. HPE Helion OpenStack 4.0 contains improvements in the areas of ecosystem integration, operations, security, scalability and application performance designed to help organizations deploy and manage new cloud technologies into their existing datacenter, while maximizing operational efficiency.

                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Security Research Highlights Gap Between Perception and Reality for Secure DevOps
                                              Application Security and DevOps Report 2016 emphasizes importance of aligning security and DevOps
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) published the Application Security and DevOps Report 2016, a new research study highlighting the critical need for closer integration between organizations' security and DevOps teams.

                                              The HPE report closely examines the challenges many organizations face in integrating security across DevOps, and provides recommendations to strengthen these programs. According to the report, which included both quantitative and qualitative responses from IT operations professionals, security leaders, and developers, 99 percent of all respondents agree that adopting a DevOps culture has the opportunity to improve application security. However, only 20 percent are doing application security testing during development, and 17 percent are not using any technologies to protect their applications, highlighting a significant disconnect between the perception and reality of secure DevOps.

                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Drives Down Mission-Critical Storage TCO
                                              Enhanced HPE XP7 delivers improved performance and new data reduction capabilities
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced enhancements to HPE XP7 Storage to provide customers with increased performance and capacity utilization for greater consolidation and lower total cost of ownership (TCO).

                                              Enterprise customers requiring ultra-high storage performance and resiliency are increasingly deploying hyper-dense, flash-based, mission-critical storage systems to meet these needs. HPE has a number of customers across sectors such as financial services, manufacturing and health care using the XP7 Storage in both hybrid flash and all-flash configurations.

                                              The latest enhancements to HPE XP7 Storage extend the performance and affordability of the platform for mission-critical flash environments. HPE is not only extending XP7 leadership in performance and availability, but making the XP7 platform more affordable via data reduction technologies such as compression and deduplication, now available for all-flash, hybrid and disk-based configurations.

                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Named a Leader by Independent Research Firm for Cloud-Based Information Archiving
                                              Verity and Digital Safe earn a leader position in latest evaluation for innovation in HPE's archive portfolio and highest score possible in go-to-market strategy
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that it has been named a leader in the Forrester WAVE: Information Archiving Cloud Solutions, Q4 2016. Two key solutions in HPE's archiving portfolio were included in the report, HPE Verity Information Archiving and HPE Digital Safe. The portfolio received the top score in the Security Capabilities criteria, in addition to among the top three scores in the Compliance and eDiscovery, and Strategy criteria.
                                              Hewlett Packard Enterprise Recognized As World Leader For Corporate Action On Climate Change
                                              HPE, October 25th, 2016
                                              For the third consecutive year, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has been identified as a global leader for its actions and strategies in response to climate change and has earned a position on the 2016 Climate A List by CDP, the international non-for-profit that drives sustainable economies.

                                              This distinction recognizes HPE for its actions to reduce emissions and mitigate climate change in the previous reporting year. The CDP reporting period is based on data prior to Hewlett-Packard Company separating into two publicly traded companies on Nov. 1, 2015, therefore Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. share this honor.

                                              Brocade News
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                                              Brocade Ruckus Cloudpath ES 5.0 Simplifies Security And Policy Management
                                              New Release Enables Any IT Organization to Easily Secure All Network Connections with Identity-Based Policies
                                              Brocade announced the availability of Ruckus Cloudpath ES 5.0 software. The new release builds on previous BYOD onboarding capabilities to create a complete integrated security and policy management platform. Cloudpath ES 5.0 software enables IT organizations of any size to easily establish secure, policy-based access for wired and wireless devices. According to IDC, the U.S. mobile worker population will grow at a steady rate over the next five years, increasing from 96.2 million in 2015 to 105.4 million mobile workers in 2020.
                                              Bookmyshow Prepares To Take On Increasing User Demand With New IP Networking From Brocade
                                              India's Online Booking Giant Upgrades Its Data Centers to Meet Business Growth
                                              Brocade announced that BookMyShow, India's largest online entertainment ticketing brand, has successfully completed its migration to a New IP network optimized for application performance. The Brocade solution deployment has further enhanced the booking experience offered by BookMyShow by enabling it to better handle increasing peak demands and roll out new services on the fly. The solution also provides it with a flexible foundation to continue its rapid market penetration in India.

                                              Alongside online movie ticketing, BookMyShow also offers non-movie ticketing for plays, sports, and live events, leading to a tremendous increase in its user base and the amount of data traffic across its platforms. To meet the growing scale of its operations, BookMyShow has been constantly upgrading its technologies and infrastructure at the back end to continue offering a seamless booking experience, especially during the release of blockbuster films and bookings for key non-movie events.

                                              Comcast News
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                                              Comcast Corporation Names Beth Choroser Vice President, Regulatory Affairs
                                              Choroser previously served as Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs for Comcast Corporation in Philadelphia.
                                              Comcast Corporation announced that Beth Choroser has been promoted to Vice President, Regulatory Affairs in Washington, DC. Choroser will direct Comcast's advocacy on regulatory matters affecting broadband, voice, public safety and security with a primary focus on the FCC. Choroser will be based in Comcast's Washington, DC office and is replacing Mary McManus who is retiring at the end of the month.
                                              Hitachi News
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                                              Hitachi Data Systems Introduces New, Enhanced Flash Storage Lineup
                                              New Versions of Hitachi Solutions Will Accelerate Your Digital Transformation
                                              Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), announced new systems and software designed to deliver better customer experiences and return on investments. Powered by the next generation of Hitachi Storage Virtualization Operating System (SVOS) and backed by a 100% data availability guarantee, the expanded Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) lineup delivers performance, resiliency and workload scalability beyond what is offered by other platforms.
                                              Windstream News
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                                              Windstream launches cloud-based Hosted Communications solution for small businesses
                                              New enterprise-grade capabilities enable small business owners to more effectively manage their businesses
                                              Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced the launch of Windstream Hosted Communications (WHC) for Small Business, a cloud-based phone solution offering enterprise-level capabilities to small and medium-sized businesses.

                                              Powered by Broadsoft, WHC gives small business owners access to a wide set of enterprise-grade features that allow them to operate with the efficiency and scale of a large business at a price that fits their business model.

                                              The IP-based phone solution includes collaboration, mobility, and continuity features that ensure a small business is reachable anytime, anywhere. With WHC, SMB owners have access to a variety of services including:

                                              • Auto Attendant: Missed calls are now a thing of the past. Auto Attendant allows customers to set defined rules and instructions for calls to be properly routed to other locations if they're out of the office.

                                              • Desktop Sharing: Collaboration is now easier than ever with Desktop Sharing, which allows customers to securely share screens across devices and users to enhance collaboration and productivity.

                                              • Office Anywhere: One business, one number. Office Anywhere allows business owners to be reached, no matter where they are, on a single number.

                                              "Windstream's new Hosted Communications solution makes previously unattainable enterprise features available to any small business owner, no matter where they are," said Sarah Day, president of Consumer and Small Business at Windstream. "We know operational efficiency is essential to a successful small business. At Windstream, we feel that every small business owner should have access to the best tools available to succeed."

                                                F5 News
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                                                F5 Names Ryan Kearny as Chief Technology Officer
                                                Software-focused company veteran to lead F5's application delivery, security, and cloud technology teams
                                                F5 Networks announced that Ryan Kearny has been appointed to the company's executive leadership team as Executive Vice President of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer, reporting to the CEO. In this role, Kearny will oversee the company's product development and innovation strategy for all F5 solutions.

                                                "Ryan's experience, perspective, and technical acumen make him an ideal fit to take F5 further into emerging areas - particularly around software and cloud technologies," said John McAdam, President and CEO of F5 Networks. "Building on the company's market leadership position, we see opportunities to enhance F5's application services offerings with sophisticated orchestration, analytics, and security capabilities in the cloud and on-premises. As Application Delivery Controllers become increasingly software-centric, Ryan and his teams will be instrumental in delivering programmable, scalable solutions that can support all types of data center, cloud, and app-focused environments."

                                                F5 Networks Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 Results
                                                F5, October 26th, 2016
                                                F5 Networks, Inc. announced revenue of $525.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, up 6 percent from $496.5 million in the prior quarter and 5 percent from $501.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015. For fiscal year 2016, revenue was $2.0 billion, up 4 percent from $1.92 billion last year.

                                                GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $108.9 million ($1.64 per diluted share) compared to $91.8 million ($1.37 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2016 and $97.0 million ($1.36 per diluted share) in the fourth quarter a year ago. GAAP net income for the year was $365.9 million ($5.38 per diluted share) versus $365.0 million ($5.03 per diluted share) in fiscal year 2015...

                                                  Netapp News
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                                                  Premier Eye Care Cures Storage Inefficiencies with NetApp SolidFire
                                                  Healthcare company chooses NetApp SolidFire scale-out all-flash storage for Microsoft SQL workloads
                                                  'We had three major issues to solve: backup and recovery, latency, and reporting,' said Premier Eye Care Database Administrator Rob Connock. 'With a growth rate of 50 gigabytes a month, we were running out of space. After implementing the NetApp SolidFire storage system, we can completely change the way we work. Now, when I hit the button to refresh development environments, our users get data that is live to that second-not from the night before.'

                                                  Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Premier Eye Care manages routine vision, medical-surgical eye care services, and administrative services for its partner health plans. The company provides eye care to more than four million insured members nationwide. It has operations centers in Boca Raton, Florida, and Honolulu, Hawaii, and a network of contracted optometrists, ophthalmologists, subspecialists, and surgical facilities.

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