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Oracle Completes Tender Offer for Acquisition of NetSuite
Deal to Close Monday 7th
Oracle Corporation announced that a majority of the unaffiliated shares of NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N) were validly tendered and the other conditions to the tender offer have been satisfied. The acquisition of NetSuite will be consummated by Oracle on Monday, November 7, 2016.
Data Warehousing in the Cloud - Part 3
By Keith Laker
Keith blogs, "In my last post I looked at Oracle's Cloud Services for data warehousing and described how they are based around engineered systems running the industry's #1 database for data warehousing, fully optimised for data warehousing workloads and providing 100% compatibility with existing workloads. Most importantly, Oracle customers can run their data warehouse services on-premise, in the Cloud or using hybrid Cloud using the same management and business tools.

I also looked at how Oracle's Cloud Services for data warehousing are designed to simplify the process of integrating a data warehouse with cutting edge business processes around big data. Oracle Cloud offers a complete range of big data services are available to speed up the monetisation of data sets: Oracle Big Data Cloud Service, Big Data Preparation Cloud, Big Data Discovery, IoT Cloud..."

Artificial Intelligence: Fact, Fiction. How Enterprises Can Crush It
Forrester, November 3rd, 2016
Mike Gualtieri blogs, "Forrester surveyed business and technology professionals and found that 58% of them are researching AI, but only 12% are using AI systems. This gap reflects growing interest in AI, but little actual use at this time. We expect enterprise interest in, and use of, AI to increase as software vendors roll out AI platforms and build AI capabilities into applications. Enterprises that plan to invest in AI expect to improve customer experiences, improve products and services, and disrupt their industry with new business models.

But the burning question is: how can your enterprise use AI today to crush it? To answer this question we first must bring clarity to the nebulous definition of AI. Let's break it down further ..."

    Machine Learning, Cloud, And Big Data: A Perfect Storm
    Network Computing, November 4th, 2016
    "Cloud and big data technologies complement machine learning, creating an array of new applications.

    I have spent 30 years of my life making a living in wireless. In the last 10 years, I have also been learning the art of wine making. Both passions have their good days and their challenging days. But that's not the only similarity between the two. It's interesting to see that recently they both started having something else in common - big data and machine learning. While these technologies have had an impact on several verticals like healthcare and retail, it is great to see that their applicability is now extending to even more areas.

    How did we get to this scenario?..."

    6 Machine Learning Misunderstandings (Slideshow)
    Network World, November 4th, 2016
    "Machine learning isn't confined to science fiction movie plots anymore; it's fueled the proliferation of technologies that touch our everyday lives, including voice recognition with Siri or Alexa, Facebook auto-tagging photos and recommendations from Amazon and Spotify. And many enterprises are eager to leverage machine learning algorithms to increase the efficiency of their network. In fact, some are already using it to enhance their threat detection and optimize wide area networks..."
    Turning Pings Into Packets: Why The Future Of Computers Looks A Lot Like Your Brain
    ZDnet, November 2nd, 2016
    "In the future, circuits and systems modelled on human brains could end up in everything from supercomputers to everyday smartphones...

    If you were looking for a model of the next wave of computing hardware, you could do worse than turn to the human brain: it's small, energy efficient, and has been functionality unmatched by any other machine you'd care to name..."

      Friday Spotlight: automated installation of Oracle VM Server x86
      By Simon Coter
      Simon, "As most of you already know, Oracle VM Server x86, engineered for Open Cloud, is a fundamental component for Private Cloud solutions.

      When an Oracle VM architecture has been defined, we also need to manage it fast&easy, mostly if the architecture is in a phase of permanent expansion.

      Even if the installation of Oracle VM Server for x86 is a very easy operation, it could happen that a faster, easier and also repeatable solution, able to automate the installation of Oracle VM Server (dom0) is needed:..."

      IT - Storage
      Designing For Unanticipated Storage Requirements
      Information Age, November 4th, 2016
      "How can you design today's (and tomorrow's) corporate IT infrastructures to cope with unanticipated storage requirements?

      Every IT project starts with a set of requirements. IT architecture decisions and vendor selection are driven by these requirements.All too often, however, somewhere between the development of initial requirements and the end of the IT lifecycle, unanticipated requirements get added into the mix..."

        Ovum Decision Matrix: Selecting Data Availability And Protection Solutions For Cloud Era, 2016-17, November 3rd, 2016
        "Organizations are demanding higher levels of system and network availability, and cost-effective BC. However, all this must be managed and maintained by a single department with one IT budget. This often leads to the creation of tensions between the conflicting demands and priorities of production requirements where access and speed are desired qualities but must also provide resiliency and recovery. The main area of contention is the distinction between BC, DR, backup and recovery, and the role of cloud-based solutions. The question for many is how these different approaches share the budget to deliver what the end user wants, and how to minimize the impact of any loss of data or service..."
          IT - Technology
          Thanks For The Memory: How Cheap RAM Changes Computing
          Ars Technica, November 4th, 2016
          "RAM (random access memory) is a component of every computer system, from tiny embedded controllers to enterprise servers. In the form of SRAM (static RAM) or DRAM (dynamic RAM), it's where data is held temporarily while some kind of processor operates on it. But as the price of RAM falls, the model of shuttling data to and from big persistent storage and RAM may no longer hold.

          RAM is highly susceptible to market fluctuations, but the long-term price trend is steadily downward. Historically, as recently as 2000 a gigabyte of memory cost over $1,000 (UKP800 in those days); today, it's just under $5 (~£5). That opens up very different ways of thinking about system architecture..."

            TV Features You Should (And Shouldn't) Care About
            CNET, November 4th, 2016
            "Is SUHD really better than UHD, or is that 'S' full of it? Is HDR better than 4K? What's the difference between 4K, HDR, OLED, UHD, SUHD, UHDBD, and all the other letter jumbles?

            Good questions.

            The TV world is filled with impenetrable jargon, and TVs can get expensive, so it's certainly worth taking a moment and figuring out what's what. After all, you wouldn't want to get your UHD HDR OLED confused with your 4K SUHD LED LCD..."

              Ultra-Fast 2-D And 3-D Printing
              Science Daily, November 2nd, 2016
              "A major technological advance in the field of high-speed beam-scanning devices has increased the speed of 2D and 3D printing by up to 1000 times, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Engineering.

              Using a space-charge-controlled KTN beam deflector -- a kind of crystal made of potassium tantalate and potassium niobate -- with a large electro-optic effect, researchers have found that scanning at a much higher speed is possible..."

              IT - Bitcoin
              What Media Gets Wrong About The Digital Currency, Bitcoin
              NEWSBTC, November 3rd, 2016
              "The recent appreciation in Bitcoin price has been attributed to the steadily increasing demand for the digital currency among investors from different parts of the world. One of the main reasons for the increasing Bitcoin prices is said to be falling value of Chinese Yuan. The uncertainty revolving around the upcoming US presidential elections is yet another factor fueling the demand for Bitcoin.

              With the gap between US presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton closing in, the global financial market is in jitters. Most of the investors who were rooting for Hillary Clinton are now rethinking their investment strategies, leading to renewed interest in stable assets like Gold, Swiss Francs, and even Bitcoin..."

              How Blockchain Technology Can Revolutionize E-Democracy
              Bitcoin Magazine, November 4th, 2016
              "Our democratic systems of today were designed hundreds of years ago, in a time when letters were drafted in quill and ink, and then sent hundreds of miles over horseback to be shared between individuals. Governing institutions required closed-door offices in order to handle and organize the massive number of documents required by their agencies. This data module made sense because it was the most efficient option afforded to that particular era..."
                The Govt. Realized Bitcoin Could Not Be Shut Down, Says U.S. Federal Prosecutor
                CryptoCoinsNews, November 1st 2016
                "In an almost hour long interview, Kathryn Haun, Assistant Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in San Francisco and lecturer on digital currencies at Stanford Law School, who prosecuted her own colleagues, Shaun Bridges, a former Secret Services agent and Carl Mark Force, a DEA agent, for public corruption in an investigation arising from Silk Road, the infamous drug bazaar shut down in 2013, stated that the reason United States government did not shut down bitcoin is because they 'recognize you can't shut down bitcoin.'..."
                IT - FOSS
                White House Launches Code.Gov To Share Open Source Government Code
                ZDNet, November 4th, 2016
                "The repository should help federal agencies avoid duplicative custom software purchases and promote cross-agency collaboration.

                The White House has launched, a repository for all of the federal government's custom-developed software.

                The site follows up on the federal source code policy that the Obama administration released earlier this year, encouraging more agencies to open source their code. So far, features nearly 50 open source projects from 13 agencies (including NASA, the Energy Department and the Treasury Department) and more projects should come online as agencies implement the new policy..."

                IT - DevOps
                DevOps Enterprise Summit To Share Tales Of Corporate Transformation
                SearchCloudApplications, November 4th, 2016
                "At the DevOps Enterprise Summit, more than two dozen major corporations that have implemented DevOps discuss their experiences, share what to do -- and what not to do.

                With the DevOps movement bringing sweeping changes to IT departments, it's only natural that large corporations get together to share their experiences and dispense advice. The DevOps Enterprise Summit (DOES), taking place Nov. 7 to 9 in San Francisco is doing just that. With 102 speakers from enterprise corporations and technology providers set to deliver 85 separate sessions and panel discussions, developers of cloud and mobile applications have the opportunity to absorb content spanning a wide range of topics..."

                Best Practices For Mapping A Devops Transformation
      , November 2nd, 2016
                "We recently hosted another episode of our Continuous Discussions (#c9d9) podcast featuring expert panelists discussing best practices for mapping your DevOps journey.

                Our expert panel included: Ilmari Kontulainen, CEO of Deveo; Mirco Hering, a passionate Agile and DevOps Change Agent; Prashant Kelker, Director - Digital Advisory Services, Information Services Group Inc; Scott Abate, a certified Agile project management professional; and, our very own Anders Wallgren and Sam Fell.

                During the episode, panelists discussed the three major tenets of DevOps: people, tools, and process, detailing their own best practices and challenges within each. Read on for what they had to say!..."

                To DevOps Or Not To DevOps
      , November 1st 2016
                "Although enterprises today all claim to be software companies, there remain four distinct groups of organizations: the technology leaders, the technology followers, the technology hopefuls and the technology laggards.

                The first group are the industry leaders who are paving the way. These are the organizations coming up with new technologies, processes and cultural shifts. They write articles and books and present at conferences, and despite perhaps working at smaller companies, they are the names you may recognize. These are the companies the rest of us aspire to be - the Googles, the Amazons and the Microsofts that keep the rest of the industry hanging on to every word..."

                  DevOps Is A Battlefield At The IT Shop
        , November 3rd, 2016
                  "Thinking strategically can help IT control the pace of engagements with competitors...

                  If implementing DevOps practices is difficult, then maintaining them may be even tougher. Michael Nygard knows this - which is why he's turned to the language of warfare to describe the ongoing campaign that is the agile workflow..."

                  MySQL Replication: All the Severalnines Resources
                  by Severalnines
                  Severalnines blogs, "As many of you will know, MySQL Replication has become an instrumental part of scale-out architectures in LAMP environments. MySQL offers plenty of solutions when there is a need to scale out, the most common being to add read replicas. The major bottleneck for our data is generally not so much oriented around writing our data but more around reading it back. Therefore the easiest way to scale MySQL is to add replicas for reading.

                  We've produced a number of resources during the course of this year aimed at helping users to get started with MySQL Replication and/or get more out of their existing setups..."

                  MySQLArchitecture And Components
                  By Lalit
                  Lalit blogs, "This blog post is all about new MySQL 5.7 physical, logical architecture and it's components.In this blog post, I will try to explain things in flow including data processing and SQL execution in MySQL with the help of diagrams.

                  Unlike the other databases ,MySQL is a very flexible and offers different kinds of storage engines as a plugin for different kinds of needs.Because of this, MySQL architecture and behavior will also change as per the use of storage engines, for example transactional 'InnoDB' and non-transactional 'MyISAM' engines data storage and SQL execution methods will be different and within the server it will use engine specific components like memory and buffers depending on type storage engine will get used for the SQL operation.

                  Will discuss more about InnoDB, since it's default and main storage engine for MySQL..."

                  Cloud Computing
                  Expert Instructor Insights: Manage Oracle Cloud Virtual Machines with the Command Line for Oracle Compute Cloud Service (IAAS)
                  by Eugene Simos, Expert Oracle University Instructor
                  Eugene Simos blogs, "Whenever you want to deploy, create and manage Oracle virtual machines deployed to Oracle Cloud Services, you have several interesting options that can ease day-to-day administration and management tasks.

                  The most convenient approach is to use the graphical web console, which depending on your own security profile roles, gives you the capability to manage and monitor your Oracle Compute Cloud Service instances and the associated storage and networking resources..."

                  Here's Why Cloud Adoption Is About To Shift Into High Gear
                  By Jeff Erickson
                  Jeff blogs, "Given all the media coverage in recent years, it would be reasonable to assume that cloud computing already dominates the IT landscape. In reality, however, tech analysts pin the number of IT workloads in the cloud at only 5 or 6%."

                  'Where are those other 95%?' asks Steve Daheb, executive vice president of cloud strategy at Oracle. His answer? Companies have been waiting for a cloud that better fits how their business actually runs.

                  Gut check on Oracle's journey to the cloud
                  By Keith Townsend
                  "Oracle's Chuck Hollis recently wrote a blog post explaining the company's cloud strategy. Here is a summary of the main points and what you can learn from the roadmap...

                  Larry Ellison is known for making bold claims surrounding Oracle's Cloud strategy. When VMware and AWS announced their partnership, Oracle's senior vice president Chuck Hollis was quick to dismiss the partnership and lament that neither VMware nor Dell EMC has a viable cloud strategy in his opinion. Hollis is an alumni of both EMC and VMware, and some users on Twitter had partially chalked up the retort to his competitive spirit, as during his time at VMware Hollis was known to pick fights with competitors such as Nutanix..." -TechRepublic

                  IT - Cloud
                  Forrester Predictions: Ten Key Developments In Cloud Computing Shape The Industry In 2017
                  Forrester, November 3rd, 2016
                  Charlie Dai writes, "I'm pleased to announce that Forrester's cloud computing predictions for 2017 published this morning!

                  Check out Predictions 2017: Customer-Obsessed Enterprises Launch Cloud's Second Decade. Our cloud team has gathered 10 key developments in cloud computing that will shape this industry in 2017 - and what you should do about them today.

                  Cloud computing has been the most exciting and disruptive force in the tech market in the last decade, and it will continue to disrupt traditional computing models at least through 2020. Starting in 2017, large enterprises will move to cloud in a big way, and that will supercharge the market. We predict that the influx of enterprise dollars will push the global public cloud market to $236 billion in 2020, up from $146 billion in 2017..."

                  Cloud Adoption Keeps Moving Ahead, Survey Says
                  ComputerWorld, November 4th, 2016
                  "Companies continue their migration of both applications and computing infrastructure to the cloud at a steady pace. They have moved 45% of their applications and computing infrastructure to the cloud already, and they expect well over half of their IT environment to be cloud-based by 2018, according to a recent IDG Enterprise survey of 925 IT decision makers.

                  On average, IT decision-makers (ITDMs) plan to allocate more than a quarter of their total IT budgets to cloud spending, but organizations with fewer than 1,000 employees are making significantly different choices than larger enterprises in how they spend that money..."

                  6 Trends That Will Shape Cloud Computing In 2017
                  CIO, November 2nd, 2016
                  "Cloud computing has helped many enterprises transform themselves over the last five years, but experts agree that the market is entering something of a second wave, both for public cloud and private cloud services built and hosted in corporate data centers. The cloud market will accelerate faster in 2017 as enterprises seek to gain efficiencies as they scale their compute resources to better serve customers, says Forrester Research in a new report..."
                  The Long, Slow Death Of Private Cloud Continues
                  Network World, November 2nd, 2016
                  "At some point the economic unviability of private clouds will become clear. Math will win out.

                  I must have touched a nerve with my last post, as I was contacted by two vendors that wanted to share their perspective on private cloud computing. Even though I don't consider myself an analyst and therefore typically avoid 'briefings,' I thought it would be interesting to see what they had to say..."

                  IT - CxO
                  How CIOs Can Make Business Relationship Management (BRM) Work
                  CIO, November 1st 2016
                  "In this Q&A, Vaughan Merlyn, cofounder of the Business Relationship Management Institute, offers advice on how IT executives can effectively work with Business Relationship Managers and identify employees who are well suited for BRM positions.

                  You established a business relationship management (BRM) function a few years ago, and it started out great. Your business partners seemed to really value this dedicated liaison between IT and their business functions. But after a few months of periodic system outages and other operational problems, the BRM got stuck in the weeds..."

                  What These CSOs Did On Their First Days
                  CSO Online, November 4th, 2016
                  "The situation often dictates how to approach a new job. Did the company just have a humiliating experience with a data breach? Did they not have a CSO previously and that is why they are looking for security help to lock down their network?

                  If during the job interview, there was a blunt plea for help then most new hires would come in guns a blazin' to get things under control quickly. But in most scenarios, CSOs interviewed said there is a general time period to examine the culture of the company to help in getting a grasp of what needs to be done..."

                  Speed To Drive CIO Agenda In 2017
                  Network World, November 3rd, 2016
                  "Tech spending will increase a modest 2.9% in 2017

                  Think fast, CIOs.

                  It's time for organizations to move past the 'false promise' of a bimodal approach to IT, which results in a divided tech department operating at two different speeds, according to research and advisory firm Forrester. Instead, CIOs need to push for enterprise-wide acceleration - and a comprehensive business technology strategy - to keep up with customers' appetites for new products and services...."

                    Predictions 2017: Digital Transformation Budgets Will Top The Billion-Dollar Bar
                    ZDNet, November 4th, 2016
                    "You've been creating digital customer experiences for years now. You've built a successful app, you've assembled a martech/adtech stack, and you may have even started swinging at omnichannel delivery or harnessed AI or piloted a connected product. It's time to declare victory on digital transformation, right?

                    Not so fast..."

                      5 Ways To Reduce Bias In Your Hiring Practices
                      CIO, November 1st 2016
                      "Unconscious bias impacts IT hiring in a major way, but there's a lot you can do to stop bias before it becomes a barrier to diversity and inclusion. Here are five bias-busting strategies you should use...

                      Unconscious and implicit biases are a major barrier to diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace, and they can have far-reaching implications on the success of individual employees and the company as a whole. The key, says Katherin Nukk-Freeman and Suzanne Cerra, employment law attorneys and co-founders of SHIFT HR Compliance Training, is not to say, 'are we unconsciously biased?' but rather, 'What can we do about our implicit biases?..."

                        How Prepared Are You to Deal with Workplace Violence?
                        TLNT, November 2nd, 2016
                        "Although violence in the workplace continues to plague employers, many still cling to the idea that 'those types of things would never happen here.' This does not mean that most employers turn a blind eye to workplace violence; in fact, many employers concern themselves with preventing violent behavior. Fortunately, there are many actions these employers can take to prepare themselves to handle dangerous situations when they occur..."
                          The Top 6 Reasons Why Employees Leave, And How You Can Stop Them
                          TechRepublic, November 1st 2016
                          "More than half of CIOs say they are worried about employee retention in the coming year. A new Robert Half survey explains the top causes of employee turnover, and tips for keeping your best talent.

                          Some 55% of CIOs say they are worried about employee retention in the next 12 months, according to research from staffing firm Robert Half..."

                            SFTA/vBeers @ Funky Buddha Brewery
                            Wednesday, November 9th, 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
                            How A Transition To The Cloud Reshapes Capacity Planning, DR And More
                            SearchDataCenter, November 2nd, 2016
                            "Before transitioning to the cloud, admins often need to address many questions related to everything from SaaS apps to DR and capacity planning. Here are some tips to get started.

                            Hoping for a more cost-effective and flexible IT infrastructure, many enterprises pursue a transition to the cloud. By examining different cloud models, such as software as a service and infrastructure as service, IT teams can understand common uses for cloud computing, as well as the necessary administration skills the cloud requires..."

                            Disaster Recovery: The Cloud Changes Everything
                            Information Week, November 4th, 2016
                            "In a recent report, Gartner looks at the growing field of disaster recover as a service, and finds how this cloud-based approach differs from the more traditional approach to DR.

                            In a recent report, Gartner delineated what distinguishes disaster recovery as a service from the more traditional type of DR service that resides on-premises within the enterprise, or one that is arranged through a private line that connects to an external provider..."

                            IT - Networks
                            Ethernet Alliance Maps Out Ethernet's Future In HPC at SC16
                            insideHPC, November 2nd, 2016
                            "The Ethernet Alliance previewed their upcoming SC16 multi-vendor interoperability demo. A premier international conference for high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis, SC16 is an ideal backdrop for emphasizing Ethernet's vital role in enabling supercomputing's continued advancement and successful future..."
                            Bgp Security: Mitigating Route Leaks
                            NetworkComputing, November 1st 2016
                            "BGP route leaks and hijacks -- routing events where illegitimate prefixes are wrongly propagated through the Internet -- are notoriously difficult to troubleshoot and have the potential to make entire swaths of the Internet inaccessible. While much has been said about how network operators can detect and identify these events, there are few resources on how you can respond to leaks and hijacks to reduce the associated performance and security impacts as much as possible. However, there are a number of best practices for mitigating route leaks and hijacks affecting your prefixes..."
                            Gartner: Despite the DDoS Attacks, Don't Give Up on Dyn or DNS Service Providers
                            Network World, November 1st 2016
                            "The DDoS attacks that flooded Dyn last month and knocked some high-profile Web sites offline don't mean businesses should abandon it or other DNS service providers, Gartner says.

                            In fact, the best way to go is to make sure critical Web sites are backed by more than one DNS provider, says Gartner analyst Bob Gill..."

                            Network Performance Analysis: TCP MSS
                            NetworkComputing, November 2nd, 2016
                            "In my last article, I explained how TCP SYN analysis reveals accurate round-trip times. In this article, I will discuss another TCP analysis option for network analysis and troubleshooting: maximum segment size (MSS), which is advertised as part of the SYN process. You can analyze the MSS value for insight into network performance and see how efficiently data is being transferred..."
                            IT - IoT
                            IoT Security: How To Reduce The Risk Of Another Dyn DDoS Attack
                            ITProPortal, November 4th, 2016
                            "The internet has been recovering from high profile DDoS attacks that took down Dyn (the DNS provider to Reddit, Spotify, SoundCloud and a multitude of other sites).

                            In the media, the blame for this attack has been firmly placed on IoT devices and as a supplier of connectivity to IoT and M2M devices, we are keen to share advice on how devices should be secured. The following methods and tactics have been developed from our experience and if used, should prevent the IoT devices from becoming infected with the Mirai malware..."

                            Skills Deficit Hampers IoT Growth In 2017
                            Network World, November 4th, 2016
                            "The allure of IoT is strong. Companies are eager to explore the potential for connected products and business processes. But technologies and use cases for the IoT vary wildly, and the vendor landscape is rapidly changing, warns research and advisory firm Forrester. Adding to the hurdles IT teams face is the demand for IoT skills - including data analytics, security and wireless networking expertise - that are already in short supply in many organizations..."
                            Ubuntu Core 16: Linux For A Secure Internet Of Things
                            ZDNet, November 3rd, 2016
                            "The Internet of Things is as secure as an open barn door. But new operating systems like Canonical's Ubuntu Core 16 can close the door before the DDoS attacks get out...

                            As I'm sure you've noticed, the Internet of Things (IoT) is being exploited by Mirai botnets to damage the internet. One big reason for this is IoT devices are as secure as a house of cards in a wind storm. But this can be fixed. Secure operating systems, such as Canonical's newly released Ubuntu Core 16, are making it possible to build solid, safe devices..."

                            7 Security LessonsThee Video Game Industry Can Teach Iot Manufacturers
                            Dark Reading, November 1st 2016
                            "The Internet of Things has alarming holes in security. The industry should look to video games for some answers.

                            What's the most secure connected device in your house right now? Would you believe me if I told you it's your Xbox One or PlayStation 4? Criminals have been trying to find ways to hack video game consoles to run pirated software since the days of the original Famicom and Nintendo Entertainment System. To combat this, each new generation of game system has shipped with increasingly robust hardware and software security mechanisms, making consoles among the hardest computing devices to crack..."

                            IT - Linux
                            Wicked Cool Shell Scripts, 2nd Edition
                            101 Scripts for Linux, OS X, and UNIX Systems
                            "Shell scripts are an efficient way to interact with your machine and manage your files and system operations. With just a few lines of code, your computer will do exactly what you want it to do. But you can also use shell scripts for many other essential (and not-so-essential) tasks.

                            This second edition of Wicked Cool Shell Scripts offers a collection of useful, customizable, and fun shell scripts for solving common problems and personalizing your computing environment. Each chapter contains ready-to-use scripts and explanations of how they work, why you'd want to use them, and suggestions for changing and expanding them. You'll find a mix of classic favorites, like a disk backup utility that keeps your files safe when your system crashes, a password manager, a weather tracker, and several games, as well as 23 brand-new scripts, including:..."

                              Move Over Raspberry Pi, Here Is A $4, Coin-Sized, Open-Source Linux Computer
                              ZDNet, November 3rd, 2016
                              "Looking for a small, cheap Linux-powered computer to put at the heart of your project? Is "coin-sized" small enough? Is $4 cheap enough?...

                              Four bucks buys a lot of hardware these days, and nothing highlights this more than a project like the VoCore2 Lite..."

                              Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 I
                              ZDNet, November 3rd, 2016
                              "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 includes new features and enhancements built around performance, security, and reliability. The release also introduces new capabilities around Linux containers and the Internet of Things...

                              Once upon a time, the saying was "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM." Today, for Linux servers -- with all due respect to Canonical's Ubuntu and SUSE's SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) -- you can't get fired for running Red Hat's Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) on your Linux server. Today, Red Hat gave its customers more reason to stay the course with the release of RHEL 7.3..."

                              An Introduction To Linux Filesystems
                    , November 1st 2016
                              "This article is intended to be a very high-level discussion of Linux filesystem concepts. It is not intended to be a low-level description of how a particular filesystem type, such as EXT4, works, nor is it intended to be a tutorial of filesystem commands.

                              Every general-purpose computer needs to store data of various types on a hard disk drive (HDD) or some equivalent, such as a USB memory stick. There are a couple reasons for this. First, RAM loses its contents when the computer is switched off. There are non-volatile types of RAM that can maintain the data stored there after power is removed (such as flash RAM that is used in USB memory sticks and solid state drives), but flash RAM is much more expensive than standard, volatile RAM like DDR3 and other, similar types..."

                              IT - Operations
                              Inside A Hyperscale Data Center (How Different Is It?)
                              ComputerWorld, November 3rd, 2016
                              " took a tour of Microsoft's hyperscale data center in Quincy, Washington. What we saw shows how far cloud data centers have come in a decade.

                              A hyperscale cloud data center looks different from an enterprise data center, or even a large hosting provider. The problems they face are different from the problems you face. And your approach to everything from how you choose a site to how you manage power to how long you keep servers is not their approach..."

                              Why IT Infrastructure Is Critical To Digital Transformation
                              ITProPortal, November 1st 2016
                              "Why haven't companies been able to realise the benefits of digital transformation?

                              We recently sat down with Julian Starr, Head of Systems Engineering UK at Brocade to discuss why companies still haven't been able to realise the benefits of digital transformation and his view on the future of data-centres and networks..."

                              IT - Security
                              10 Ways To Make Sure Your Remote Workers Are Being Safe (Slideshow)
                              CSO Online, November 1st 2016
                              "With an ever-expanding mobile workforce, infosec teams are increasingly tasked with extending cybersecurity safeguards beyond the physical and virtual walls of their organizations. With endpoints not only increasing but on the move, the challenge is real. In addition to implementing the appropriate technical defenses, there is an important aspect to protecting corporate data and systems: Asking end users to get involved...."
                                Why Enterprise Security Teams Must Grow Their Mac Skills
                                Dark Reading, November 1st 2016
                                "From coffee shops to corporate boardrooms, Apple devices are everywhere. So why are organizations so doggedly focused on Windows-only machines?

                                Times are changing. While Windows still reigns in the enterprise, Mac computers are making serious inroads. Once primarily used by graphic designers and marketing folks, today Macs are used by system analysts, programmers, IT departments, road warriors - even executives. Turning a blind eye to Macs will not make them go away. To keep corporate networks secure, security professionals must add the Mac OS to their knowledge database..."

                                Running Old Operating Systems Means Risking A Lot, Says Duo Security
                                ITProPortal, November 1st 2016
                                "Almost two thirds of all Microsoft-powered machines have Windows 7, released seven years ago.

                                Almost two thirds (65 per cent) of all Windows-powered devices are running on Windows 7, an operating system released in 2009. This leaves the devices vulnerable to approximately 600 security issues which plague the OS. This is according to a new report by Duo Security, a cloud-based Trusted Access provider..."

                                The Invisible -- But Growing -- Threat To Critical Infrastructure
                                GCN, November 4th, 2016
                                "The nation's cities, regions and states are all connected to the internet through the water, electric and telecom infrastructure. The damage an attack on this system could have should not to be understated, security experts say.

                                During the Cold War, the nature of the threat and the assets requiring protection were clearly stated, according to Ron Ross, a fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The threat was nuclear, the asset was the nation. Now, in the realm of cyber, that clarity has all but gone away, Ross said..."

                                11 Cyber Threat Intelligence Tips (Slideshow)
                                Information Management, November 2nd, 2016
                                "Nothing haunts CIOs, information security officers, and data professionals more than the fear of a data breach. Nothing can truly prevent one, but these steps will help you mitigate the risk..."
                                Ex-CIA CTO: Don't Believe Everything You Hear about Hacking
                                TechWorld, November 1st 2016
                                "Bob Flores, who was CTO of the CIA for three years, tells Techworld what he believes are the most serious security threats the world faces today - and that it's wiser to follow the money rather than uncritically believe everything you hear about hacking..."
                                Flood Of Threat Intelligence Overwhelming For Many Firms
                                CSO Online, November 3rd, 2016
                                "Three years after Target missed alerts warning them about a massive data breach, the amount of threat information coming in from security systems is still overwhelming for many companies, according to new reports, due to a lack of expertise and integration issues.

                                Seventy percent of security pros said that their companies have problems taking actions based on threat intelligence because there is too much of it, or it is too complex, according to a report by Ponemon Research..."

                                IT - Careers
                                A Look At The Future Of Data Storage Careers
                                SearchStorage, November 4th, 2016
                                "Thanks to virtualization, the cloud and solid-state technology, data storage professionals and those who want to pursue a career in it face an uncertain future.

                                As technologies converge in the modern data center, traditional jobs and responsibilities are being reshaped. In Storage magazine's most recent storage salary survey, data showed that these days, on average, storage pros spend less than one-third of their time on storage projects. While this may seem to indicate a misapplication of talent, it's more likely a harbinger of changing roles already emerging for storage professionals..."

                                  8 Hot Skills Sought By IT Security Departments (Slideshow)
                                  Dark Reading, November 3rd, 2016
                                  "No company wants to leak customer data, have intellectual property stolen, or experience business services taken offline. Those that recognize these risks are thus scrambling to hire the right people to fill their information security roles...

                                  When it comes to picking the top skills needed to fill the massive number of open positions in the information security industry, Wils Bell, security recruiter at, says: ..."

                                  Top 10 Best-Paying IT Certs (Slideshow)
                                  Datamation, November 2nd, 2016
                                  "One of the ways for IT professionals to increase their earning power is by obtaining one or more certifications. But not all certifications are the same. Some can boost IT salaries significantly, while others do little to increase pay.

                                  A 2015 report from testing provider Pearson Vue found that 24 percent of IT professionals who had obtained a certification received a salary increase of up to 20 percent as a result of the certification. In addition, 59 percent of people who had obtained IT certs said that the training and exam helped them either to gain confidence or to achieve higher performance ratings, both of which can help IT pros increase their salaries over time.

                                  So which IT certification should you pursue?..."

                                  IT - Virtualization
                                  Assembling A Container Security Program: Threats
                                  Securosis, November 3rd, 2016
                                  "After a somewhat lengthy hiatus - sorry about that - I will close out this series over the next couple days.

                                  In this post I want to discuss container threat models - specifically for Docker containers. Some of these are known threats and issues, some are purely lab exercises for proof-of-concept, and others are threat vectors which attackers have yet to exploit - likely because there is so much low-hanging fruit for them elsewhere.

                                  So what are the primary threats to container environments?..."

                                  IT - Big Data
                                  The Big Data Transformation
                                  O'Reilly, November 3rd, 2016
                                  "Business executives today are well aware of the power of data, especially for gaining actionable insight into products and services. But how do you jump into the big data analytics game without spending millions on data warehouse solutions you don't need? This 40-page report focuses on massively parallel processing (MPP) analytical databases that enable you to run queries and dashboards on a variety of business metrics at extreme speed and Exabyte scale..."
                                  Why Physicists Are A Good Fit For Data Science Jobs
                                  Search Business Analytics, November 1st 2016
                                  "With data scientists in short supply, physicists and other academic researchers from hard-science disciplines are increasingly finding places on data science teams -- and even leading big data analytics projects.

                                  Kiril Tsemekhman earned a doctorate in physics before moving into the online ad industry, eventually taking on his current role as chief data officer at Integral Ad Science. So how does a physicist go on to lead cutting-edge big data analytics projects?..."

                                  Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                  Vol 224 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 223 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4
                                  We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                  • Take Action on Dirty COW
                                  • Why Oracle Talks More About Workday Than Salesforce (Hint: ERP Is The Crown Jewel)
                                  • LibreOffice 5.1.6
                                  • Ceph Storage for Oracle Linux, Release 2.0
                                  • Friday Spotlight: Disaster Recover (DR) Resources for Oracle VM and Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
                                  • Why Get Java SE8 Certified?
                                  • Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Announcing PCA Software release 2.2.2
                                  • MySQL Support Engineer's Chronicles, Issue #2
                                  • MySQL Connector/NET 7.0.6 m5 development has been released
                                  • Blog Series: MySQL Configuration Management

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

                                    LibreOffice 5.2.3
                                    The Document Foundation, November 3rd, 2016
                                    The Document Foundation (TDF) announces the availability of LibreOffice 5.2.3 'fresh', the third minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family, representing the bleeding edge in term of features and as such targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users.

                                    For all other users and especially for enterprise deployments, TDF suggests LibreOffice 5.1.6 'still', with the backing of professional support by certified people.

                                    No More Double-Clicking To Open Files In NetBeans!
                                    By Geertjan
                                    Geertjan blogs, "Probably to most NetBeans users, the need to double-click a file to open it has become part of your DNA.

                                    However, consider the thought of not needing to double-click anymore. Simply select a file and it opens. That's what the "One Click Open Sesame" plugin aims to achieve for you ..."

                                    How Secure is Your Enterprise Architecture?
                                    By Veronik Beyst, Senior Marketing Manager, Oracle University
                                    Veronik blogs, "If your organization is like many others, enterprise security is nothing more than an add-on to implementation projects and deployed systems. But as massive data breaches occur across the globe, it's time to give security a closer look.

                                    In addition to trying to avoid security breaches that damage the business, as well as reputations, organizations face an emerging set of national and international security regulations and policies covering data privacy and security..."

                                    Nexenta News
                                    Nexenta and Micron Announce Webinar to Reveal General Availability of Next-Generation Multi-Service All-Flash-based Software-Defined Storage Solution Designed for High Performance Block and Object Services
                                    Nexenta, November 1st 2016
                                    Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) and Micron Technology, Inc. announced their November 17th webinar which will highlight the general availability of its joint multi-service all-flash array (AFA) storage solution, based on the M510DC SSDs from Micron. The Micron Accelerated NexentaEdge Solution has been engineered to deliver an innovative solution for next-generation all-flash data centers.
                                    Veritas News
                                    Independent Research Firm names Veritas Technologies as a Leader Among Information Archiving Cloud Providers in 2016
                                    Veritas recognized for balancing 'user productivity tools with compliance capabilities'
                                    Veritas Technologies, the global leader in information management, announced it has been named by Forrester Research as a 'Leader' in The Forrester Wave: Information Archiving Cloud Providers, Q4 2016 for its Enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) archiving solution. The 2016 Information Archiving Wave evaluated 13 vendors on a broad range of criteria including cloud architecture, scalability, security capabilities, user and group management, compliance and eDiscovery, supervision, file access, and data sovereignty support.

                                    In the report, Veritas Enterprise was recognized as a solution that provides document archiving for Micosoft Office 365 and Microsoft Exchange messages, as well as 'documents from sources such as on-premises SharePoint sites or cloud-based Box.' The report also notes that 'additional modules extend the core archiving capabilities, such as the Veritas AdvisorMail product for supervision capabilities, and document review is supported via Veritas eDiscovery.'

                                    Cisco News
                                    Cisco Introduces UCS S-Series Storage Optimized Servers, Next Generation Cisco Enterprise Cloud Suite, and Cisco ASAP Data Center for Secure Hybrid Cloud
                                    Cisco accelerates the transition to active data and delivers new consumption model for hybrid cloud software
                                    Cisco introduced the UCS S-Series: a new storage-optimized server category in the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) portfolio, designed specifically to address the needs of data intensive workloads such as Big Data, and for deploying software-defined storage, object storage, and data protection solutions. The UCS S- Series can handle the rapid growth of unstructured data created by the Internet of Things, video, mobility, collaboration and analytics so that businesses can access and analyze data quickly to generate insights in real time...
                                    Cisco Transforms Endpoint Security with AMP for Endpoints
                                    Faster, more effective Next Generation Endpoint Security allows organizations to see and stop more threats
                                    At Cisco Partner Summit, the company's annual partner conference, Cisco unveiled a new approach to endpoint security that is transforming the market. Cisco AMP for Endpoints combines prevention, detection and response to simplify endpoint security, allowing customers to ditch ineffective prevention-only strategies. By leveraging the scale and power of the cloud and Cisco's threat-centric security architecture, AMP for Endpoints allows customers to see and stop more threats, faster.
                                    Dell News
                                    Dell Rings in the Holidays with Steepest Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals on Biggest Inventory Ever
                                    Award-winning Dell laptops, desktops, all-in-ones, gaming PCs, 2-in-1s & monitors to top holiday wish lists
                                    Dell announced it is offering select Black Friday deals on some of its best laptops, gaming PCs, monitors, accessories and more starting at 8 a.m. ET on Nov. 1 for 24 hours, giving shoppers earlier access than ever to top technology gifts. Dell's rolling big Black Friday and Cyber Monday doorbusters, which go live on Nov. 24-25 and Nov. 28, offer the steepest discounts on the largest inventory yet, helping shoppers find the perfect gifts at the right price for everyone on their list.

                                    As a benefit of membership, Dell Advantage Loyalty Rewards, Dell Member Purchase Program and Dell Financial Services customers can access doorbusters early on Nov. 16-18 and 21-23 starting at 11 a.m. ET each day.

                                    The New Alienware 13 Marks the Arrival of the World's First 13-inch VR Notebook
                                    VR-capable performance enabled by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series GPUs
                                    Alienware has released the world's first 13 inch VR notebook. Powerful, portable and practically priced, the new Alienware 13 gains graphics torque from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10-Series family of GPUs allowing gamers to enjoy immersive VR experiences and PC gaming at its highest level of detail. Innovative use of materials makes the new design stronger and more durable than ever before, but also thinner than the previous generation. Gamer-first design elements deliver improved thermal management for peak performance on the latest components; enhanced speaker design, audio output, and dynamic lighting zones make the Alienware gaming experience unlike any other.
                                    Dell EMC State of IT Trends 2016 Federal Study Reveals Impact of Digital Transformation
                                    Dell, November 1st 2016
                                    Federal agencies are preparing for digital transformation - a shift positioned to transform the way government operates - with cloud computing poised to make a significant impact. In Dell EMC's State of IT Trends 2016 federal extension, a survey of federal IT leaders, 91 percent of respondents recognized cloud as an important technology trend to their agencies. Respondents also noted cloud to be their agencies' biggest spending priority in 2016 and most significant anticipated new IT investment for the coming year.
                                    Microsoft News
                                    Microsoft unveils Microsoft Teams
                                    Microsoft, November 2nd, 2016
                                    Microsoft Corp. unveiled Microsoft Teams, a new chat-based workspace that further enhances the collaboration capabilities in Microsoft Office 365, the cloud-based productivity offering with more than 85 million monthly active commercial users. Microsoft Teams brings together people, conversations, content and the tools teams need to collaborate.

                                    'At Microsoft we aim to empower every person and organization with the technology to be more productive as individuals and in groups,' said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. 'Office 365 is the broadest toolkit and platform for creation, communication and collaboration. Microsoft Teams adds a new experience to Office 365 as the chat-based workspace designed to empower the art of teams.'

                                    Symantec News
                                    Symantec Unveils the Future of Endpoint Security
                                    Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 Provides Multi-Layered Protection Including Advanced Machine Learning and Response Capabilities to Protect and Respond to Cyber Threats at the Endpoint
                                    Symantec Corp., the world's leading cyber security company, announced Symantec Endpoint Protection 14, the next evolution in endpoint innovation from the leader in endpoint security. Powered by artificial intelligence on the endpoint and in the cloud, Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 is the industry's first solution to fuse essential endpoint technologies with advanced machine learning and memory exploit mitigation in a single agent, delivering a multi-layered solution able to stop advanced threats and respond at the endpoint regardless of how the attack is launched.
                                    IBM News
                                    Prana Studios Taps IBM Cloud to Create Complex Visual Special Effects
                                    Leading visual effects and animation studio chooses IBM Cloud to run and develop critical applications for the creation of next-generation visual effects
                                    IBM announced that Prana Studios, a leading 3-D animation and visual effects studio, has selected IBM Cloud to run new high resolution rendering jobs that are required to create high-quality visual effects.

                                    As an award-winning visual effects company, Prana collaborates with major movie studios and independent production companies around the world to create state-of-the-art visual imagery for full-length feature animated, live action and hybrid films. It also creates visual effects for special-venue attractions and live shows.

                                    IBM Named A Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage
                                    IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM Spectrum Scale deliver scalable storage for file, objects and big data analytics
                                    IBM has been recognized as a Leader for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage.

                                    According to Gartner, 'Vendors in the Leaders quadrant have the highest scores for their Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. A vendor in the Leaders quadrant has the market share, credibility, and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. Market Leaders will typically be able to execute strongly across multiple geographies with products that cover both distributed file systems and object storage offerings. They will also have consistent financial performance, broad platform support and flexible deployments models.'

                                    IBM Drives Cloud Storage with New All-Flash and Software Defined Solutions
                                    Cloud enabled storage provide data access necessary for today's cognitive business
                                    IBM announced new hybrid cloud all-flash storage solutions developed to modernize and transform storage deployments, providing a strong bridge to the development of cognitive applications. These new solutions and software allow clients to store their valuable data where it makes the best business sense.

                                    According to the analyst firm, Evaluator Group, flash and hybrid cloud technologies are dramatically changing the way companies deploy storage and design applications. As new applications are created--often for mobile or distributed access--the ability to store data in the right place, on the right media, and with the right access capability will become even more important.

                                    IBM Acquires Expert Personal Shopper from Fluid to Deliver Power of Watson to Millions of Consumers
                                    Cognitive computing will enable businesses to personalize the digital consumer experience
                                    IBM announced it acquired the Expert Personal Shopper (XPS) division of Fluid, a leading innovator in digital customer experiences. The acquisition includes the XPS solution, a dialogue-based product recommendation platform developed by Fluid that applies the power of IBM Watson to personalize the customer experience and improve product discovery. The XPS solution and several key members of the XPS team will become part of IBM iX (Interactive Experience).
                                    Fujitsu News
                                    Fujitsu Enables Real-Time Customer-Centric Marketing with Launch of CX360 Solution
                                    Fujitsu, November 4th, 2016
                                    Fujitsu announced the availability of eXperience Data Platform (XDP), a solution that supports real-time marketing through data integration for each customer and a variety of consulting services, including those to help businesses formulate marketing strategies. XDP will initially roll out in Japan from November 4.

                                    Fujitsu will offer consulting services and related solutions built around XDP, structured as FUJITSU Digital Marketing Platform CX360, to help businesses make the best approach to each individual customer, and contribute to helping companies become more competitive and transform their business operations.

                                    VMware News
                                    VMware AirWatch Achieves FedRAMP Authority to Operate
                                    Federal government agencies can now easily deploy the leading enterprise mobility management solution in the cloud
                                    VMware, Inc., a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, announced VMware AirWatch has been granted an Authority to Operate (ATO) by the U.S. Census Bureau under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. As a FedRAMP Compliant System, federal government entities can now deploy the leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution in the cloud.
                                    VMware Develops Secure Technical Implementation Guide for VMware AirWatch 9.X
                                    Defense Information Systems Agency releases VMware AirWatch 9.X STIG
                                    VMware, Inc. announced the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has released the VMware AirWatch 9.X Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG), Version 1 for immediate use.

                                    The VMware AirWatch Version 9.X STIG, which can be viewed here, defines secure installation requirements for use on Department of Defense (DoD) networks and meets the stringent security standards required for installation on Dept. of Defense (DoD) networks. The guide details the cybersecurity policies, requirements and controls needed for IT to implement across all systems and architectures.

                                    Red Hat News
                                    Friday Five - November 4, 2016
                                    Red Hat, November 4th, 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.

                                    • Business New Network - The Red Hat story: What's driving the cloud
                                    • Ansible 2.2 Delivers New Automation Capabilities for Containers, Networks and Cloud Services
                                    • CLIMB Project Selects Red Hat Ceph Storage to Achieve Their Storage Needs to Support Medical Breakthroughs
                                    • CBR - How open source can change the face of healthcare
                                    • Red Hat Achieves Common Criteria Security Certification for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

                                    Read on for details

                                    Red Hat Powers Network, Storage Performance with Latest Version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
                                    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 enhances performance for high-bandwidth applications, adds new options for enterprise innovation with Linux container and Internet-of-Things capabilities
                                    Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3, the latest version of the world's leading enterprise Linux platform. This update to Red Hat's flagship Linux operating system includes new features and enhancements built around performance, security, and reliability. The release also introduces new capabilities around Linux containers and the Internet of Things (IoT), designed to help early enterprise adopters use existing investments as they scale to meet new business demands.
                                    Ansible 2.2 Delivers New Automation Capabilities for Containers, Networks and Cloud Services
                                    Overall module count has grown more than 60 percent since January 2016
                                    Red Hat announced the general availability of Ansible 2.2, the latest version of the leading simple, powerful, and agentless open source IT automation framework. Ansible 2.2 brings performance enhancements, expanded container and Windows automation capabilities, and several new modules, including those for networking, cloud provider platforms, and expanded vault support.
                                    Level3 News
                                    Uncover the Tech Behind the Tech in Today's IoT Reality
                                    Level(3), November 1st 2016
                                    With the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) within the past few years, predictions range from between 28 billion to more than 50 billion connected devices by 2020. These days, nearly any device can be connected to the Internet, from cars, watches and baby monitors to light switches, clothing and even toothbrushes. All of these smart devices can make our lives easier and provide valuable data to optimize functionality and processes; however, they also open the door to increased security risks.
                                    EMC News
                                    New Dell EMC Documentum Platform Enables Significant Savings for Enterprise Content Management Customers
                                    Robust and Trusted ECM Repository at the Lowest Total Cost of Ownership for On-premises, Cloud and Hybrid Deployments
                                    The Dell EMC Enterprise Content Division (ECD), a leader in the enterprise content management industry, announced the general availability of the latest version of the Dell EMC Documentum Platform, an industry-leading, robust and trusted enterprise content management repository. The latest version, Documentum 7.3, significantly reduces total cost of ownership (TCO) and time associated with upgrades by creating easier delivery and deployment of new applications and enabling a cloud-first strategy, both of which address the demands of existing customers and the broader content management community.
                                    Dell EMC Simplifies App Development and Enables Enterprise Content Management Services in the Cloud with New LEAP Platform
                                    Next-generation Content Management Platform Offers Rich Content Services for the Development of Powerful Enterprise-grade Apps with the Flexibility to Connect with Existing Enterprise Systems
                                    Dell EMC Enterprise Content Division (ECD), a leader in the enterprise content management industry, introduced the Dell EMC LEAP Platform, a next-generation content management platform featuring a deep set of enterprise-grade content services that allow customers and partners to create their own apps, extend off-the-shelf LEAP apps and integrate with third-party ISVs.

                                    ECD also announced the general availability of two content management apps: LEAP Focus, which allows users to read and review content on mobile phones, and LEAP Express, designed to support digital approval workflows. In addition, ECD unveiled the Beta program for its LEAP Concert app, which enables the creation of a wide variety of documents in a collaborative but controlled environment.

                                    Dell EMC State of IT Trends 2016 Federal Study Reveals Impact of Digital Transformation
                                    EMC, November 2nd, 2016
                                    Federal agencies are preparing for digital transformation - a shift positioned to transform the way government operates - with cloud computing poised to make a significant impact. In Dell EMC's State of IT Trends 2016 federal extension, a survey of federal IT leaders, 91 percent of respondents recognized cloud as an important technology trend to their agencies. Respondents also noted cloud to be their agencies' biggest spending priority in 2016 and most significant anticipated new IT investment for the coming year.

                                    Following cloud computing, federal IT leaders consider mobility and big data to be the most important technologies to their organizations. To support the opportunity created through these monumental IT changes, agencies need to invest in modern IT systems built on software-based environments and hyperconverged infrastructures, and become future ready.

                                    HP News
                                    Hewlett Packard Enterprise Completes Acquisition of SGI
                                    HPE strengthens its leadership position in High-Growth Areas of Big Data Analytics and High-Performance Computing
                                    Hewlett Packard Enterprise today announced that it has completed its acquisition of SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management, for $7.75 per share in cash.

                                    SGI's highly complementary portfolio, including its in-memory high-performance data analytics technology and leading high-performance computing solutions will extend and strengthen HPE's current leadership position in the growing mission critical and high-performance computing segments of the server market. The combined HPE and SGI portfolio, including a comprehensive services capability, will support private and public sector customers seeking larger high-performance computing installations, including U.S. federal agencies as well as enterprises looking to leverage high-performance computing for business insights and a competitive edge.

                                    Setting up HPE Software for success in FY17
                                    And positioning for a successful integration with Micro Focus
                                    Today kicks off a new fiscal year for HPE, and marks an important inflection point for HPE Software. FY17 is all about delivering on our customer and financial commitments and successfully completing our planned spin-merger with Micro Focus.

                                    Since the initial announcement of the spin-merge, we have taken time to evaluate how best to guide our organization through the transition and ensure we are set up for success heading into FY17. As a result, today we are announcing several significant changes that I believe will significantly enhance our ability to deliver a stronger and more unified go-to-market (GTM) motion across sales and marketing, and also enable us to capitalize on natural areas of strength and synergy, specifically in security and data governance.

                                    Brocade News
                                    Broadcom Limited To Acquire Brocade Communications Systems Inc.for $5.9 Billion
                                    Broadcom to retain Brocade's Fibre Channel SAN Switching business and divest Brocade's IP Networking business, including recently acquired Ruckus Wireless
                                    Broadcom Limited (Nasdaq:AVGO) and Brocade Communications Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:BRCD) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Broadcom will acquire Brocade, a leader in Fibre Channel storage area network ('FC SAN') switching and IP networking, for $12.75 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $5.5 billion, plus $0.4 billion of net debt. Broadcom expects to fund the transaction with new debt financing and cash available on its balance sheet. Broadcom, with the support of Brocade, plans to divest Brocade's IP Networking business, consisting of wireless and campus networking, data center switching and routing, and software networking solutions.
                                    Netapp News
                                    NetApp Hosts Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Results Webcast
                                    NetApp, November 2nd, 2016
                                    After market close on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) will announce financial results for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, which ended October 28, 2016.

                                    NetApp executive management will host a conference call at 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time to discuss these results and provide their perspective on market dynamics. The call will be broadcast live via the Internet.

                                    NetApp Introduces Solutions to Improve Control, Simplify Movement of Data in the Hybrid Cloud
                                    Expanded data fabric solutions and services speed data access and visibility, enhance data protection and security
                                    This is the cloud portfolio we were looking for; our lives couldn't have been made simpler,' said Iain Rouse, group director - Cloud, TechnologyOne.

                                    'After a flood caused a three-day outage, we basically sat down and said, 'Never again,' and began working with NetApp and AWS. They take care of some very complex engineering on our behalf. Best of all, we consume this as a monthly fee.'

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