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Future Of The IT Labor Market: An Optimist's View
Oracle, December 6th, 2016
"If you're an armchair economist like me," writes Chuck Hollis in Forbes, "you've spent time studying labor markets: how they're structured and how they evolve. When it comes to the IT industry, we have no shortage of analysts prognosticating the future of various technologies and vendors, but there's almost no insight into the future of the people who make the technology work.

It's relevant because change is in the air. In a word: cloud..."

Mexican Telecom Gains Competitive Advantage With Cloud-Based CRM
Oracle, December 8th, 2016
Monica Mehta writes in Forbes, "For 25 years, one company dominated Mexico's telecommunications sector. Tariffs were high, and adoption of new services was low.

But when the government enacted laws in 2014 to generate competition and improve service quality and prices, the game changed. International and local companies moved to expand their reach in the country, competing for shares in one of Latin America's largest telecom markets..."

How HR Can Learn From Past Hiring Mistakes
Oracle, December 8th, 2016
"We all make educated guesses," writes Joachim Skura in Forbes. "If we make a wrong assumption in our private lives, the consequences are usually harmless. For instance, if I need someone to repaint my house I would assume whichever contractor has been around the longest would do the best job. I'm no expert in the area, but sometimes you just need to make a decision based on a gut feeling or a quick comparison of your options. Worst case, my walls would be missing a coat of paint..."
Telefonica Gains Real-Time Advantage With Big Data Analytics
Oracle, December 5th, 2016
Kate Pavao writes in Forbes, "The largest telecommunications company in Spain can now make split-second recommendations to television viewers and can create audience segments for new campaigns in real time - a task that previously took 20 days.

New technologies that enable Telefonica Spain to analyze its audience preferences and then act on that intelligence have been key to a radical revamp of the company's marketing activities and resulting customer satisfaction ratings..."

Oracle Bear-Hugs the International Maker Movement
By Jeffrey Erickson, December 8th, 2016
Jeffrey blogs, "The growing community of inventors, designers, and tinkerers known as the Maker Movement has many adherents at Oracle. So many, in fact, that Oracle recently held its own sanctioned Maker Faire for employees and their kids..."
An AI cyber-security sauce to repel IT threats?
ITProPortal, December 9th, 2016
"Cybersecurity Ventures predicts global annual cyber-crime costs will grow from $3 trillion in 2015 to $6 trillion annually by 2021.

Since cybersecurity threats have become a topic of nightly newscasts, no longer is anyone shocked by their scope and veracity. What is shocking is the financial damage the attacks are predicted to cause as they reverberate throughout the economy..."

    Josh Sutton Of Publicis.Sapient Talks Artificial Intelligence With Gigaom
    GIGAOM, December 8th, 2016
    "Josh Sutton has been helping clients leverage advanced technologies to drive business transformation for the past twenty years. Most recently he has assumed leadership of Publicis.Sapient's Artificial Intelligence Practice, helping companies leverage established and emerging artificial intelligence platforms to generate business insights, drive customer engagement, and accelerate business processes. With more than 22,000 people around the world, Publicis.Sapient, part of Publicis Groupe, is the world's most advanced and largest digitally-centered platform focused exclusively on digital transformation and the dynamics of an always-on world..."
      Robots Vs Cyborgs: Why AI Is Really Just Intelligence Amplification
      Business 2 Community, December 6th, 2016
      "At what point do the robots humans have created become so entrenched in society that we cannot live without them?

      Artificial intelligence is no longer just for science fiction films and novels. Today, intelligence exhibited by machines is a reality of our everyday lives.People rely on these pocket-sized machines for so many tasks. Smartphones remind users about appointments, give directions to locations, and notify them of traffic along the way - all in real-time, and without any human input..."

        The Biggest Threat To Artificial Intelligence: Human Stupidity
        ZDnet, December 4h, 2016
        "Thoughtless use of artificial intelligence could be much more dangerous than the super-intelligent digital villains of science-fiction...

        There's a huge difference between the modest aims of the artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning being used today, and the grand ideas of creating an artificial general intelligence that could match -- and then rapidly exceed - the capabilities of a human mind.."

          The Future Of AI Is Humans + Machines
          CIO, December 9th, 2016
          "Columnist Rob Enderle writes that in the near future artificial intelligence agents will focus on all areas of business. But fear not, AI agents will not be replacing people, but making them better and far more effective...

          I had an interesting chat with Michael Fauscette, the chief research officer for G2 Crowd, a site that focuses on reviewing business software and services. His research identified a major trend, the application of artificial intelligence (AI) for HR. I have a degree in this area, and my first career path, which didn't survive college, was supposed to be in HR so the topic interested me..."

            The Evolution Of Deep Learning And Machine Learning
            ITProPortal, December 9th, 2016
            "Machine learning has laid down the fundamental groundwork for deep learning to evolve.

            2016 has been the year of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and more specifically, the breakout of machine learning and deep learning becoming the big buzz words in technology. While both have gained a lot of attention this year, these techniques have been around for quite some time, but no more so than now, has it felt so promising..."

              IT - Storage
              Cloud Storage Vs. On-Premise: 11 Reasons To Choose The Public Cloud
              Enterprise Storage Forum, December 9th, 2016
              "Like the heavyweight classics Ali vs. Frazier and Tyson vs. Holyfield, a battle is raging between cloud storage and on-premise storage. Who will be left standing at the end? Which hand will the referee hold aloft in victory? Or will it forever be a disputed decision with fans demanding a rematch?

              In this article, we'll look at eleven areas where public cloud storage offers an advantage..."

                Just One Autonomous Car Will Use 4,000 Gb Of Data/Day
                Network World, December 7th, 2016
                "Self-driving cars will soon create significantly more data than people-3 billion people's worth of data, according to Intel...

                Two real-life, practical, semi-autonomous vehicle launches next year are an indication that the self-driving car is really happening.

                Audi is expected to make its up-to-35-mph hands-free driving system available late next year in some 2018 vehicles.

                And Volvo will start testing Drive Me, an autopilot that will introduce 100 Swedish XC90 owners to autonomous driving, according to an Automotive News supplement produced for the Los Angeles Auto Show last month..."

                Record Capacity for HDD: 12TB on He12 by Western Digital With PMR in 1H17, Then Coming 14TB with SMR
      , December 8th, 2016
                "Western Digital Corp. expanded its data center SSD and HDD portfolio with the introduction of next-generation storage solutions designed to help IT managers address the intensive data and performance demands of enterprise, cloud and hyperscale workloads.

                The new solutions include the fast HGST-branded Ultrastar SN200 NVMe-compatible PCIe SSD series, which offers random read performance of up to 1.2 million IO/s in key workloads (1), and the company's fastest and highest capacity SAS SSD to date, the HGST-branded Ultrastar SS200 Series SSD..."

                The Storage Challenge For Body-Worn Camera Video
                GCN, December 8th, 2016
                "A growing number of law enforcement agencies across the United States are starting to use body-worn cameras. The International Association of Chiefs of Police has noted that BWCs can help increase officer safety and provide documentation of traffic violations, citizen behavior and other events. They can also reduce court time and prosecutorial burden, provide video evidence for use in internal investigations, help study patterns of behavior, train police officers, establish better relationships with citizens and possibly prevent crimes..."
                  What's Cool About Cold Storage
                  Business 2 Community, December 8th, 2016
                  "When we talk about Big Data, we often focus on the exciting potential business applications, things like real-time analytics and machine learning. But what happens to all that data once it's been used? Though storage prices on the whole have plummeted, they still make up a considerable part of the overhead for companies that work with massive sets of unstructured data-we're talking here about data in the tera- and petabytes. As organizations rely on and generate ever-increasing amounts of data, it's become critical to find economical, long-term storage solutions. For many, the answer is cold storage..."
                  Java Technology
                  Java EE Training - Expand Your Skills to Enterprise Applications
                  By Jim Vonick, December 6th, 2016
                  Jim blogs, "Are you using the Java programming language (Java SE) to create applications? Would you like to enhance your skills to improve how you develop these enterprise applications?

                  Java is excellent for developing enterprise applications in any industry, including Financial Services, Health Care and Manufacturing, to name a few.

                  The Java EE platform provides an API and run-time environment for developing and running large-scale, multi-tiered, scalable and secure network applications.

                  Here are a few courses to consider to help you take that next step..."

                  IT - Technology
                  Michigan Approves Cars Without Drivers Or Steering Wheels On Its Roads
                  ComputerWorld, December 9th, 2016
                  "The state also approved of platooning, or convoys of autonomous vehicles...

                  The governor of Michigan today signed into law a series of bills that allows fully autonomous vehicles, including those without drivers and steering wheels, to begin using public roadways.

                  Flanked by a Ford Model T and a self-driving Ford Fusion, Gov. Rick Snyder signed four bills as part of the autonomous vehicles legislative package that allows the operation of autonomous vehicles on Michigan public roads. Before, only testing of the vehicles by manufacturers was permitted..."

                    IT - Bitcoin
                    Demonetization Brings Surge In Bitcoin Adopters In India
                    CryptoCoinsNews, December 9th, 2016
                    "Bitcoin, a currency that is immune from governmental controls is seeing plenty of interest in India, a country still reeling from an unprecedented cash crunch that sees over a billion people face government-imposed limits on ATM and bank withdrawals.

                    The move to demonetize 500 and 1000 rupee banknotes ... meant that 86% of Indian cash in circulation was rendered obsolete overnight..."

                    What Happened To The Financial Blockchain Revolution
                    Information Management, December 9th, 2016
                    "Once upon a time, there was a lot of optimism that the blockchain -- the technology underlying Bitcoin -- would help the finance industry deal with a big headache: post-trade processing, the often long and arduous task of making sure money and securities change hands and everybody knows who owes what to whom.

                    The problem might yet get solved, but it probably won't come as a revolution..."

                    Zebpay Gains 25 Percent Of Its Total Customer Base In Just One Month
                    NEWSBTC, December 8th, 2016
                    "There is a huge difference between fiat and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. The decentralized nature of Bitcoin makes it immune to whims and fancies of governments, while fiat currencies fall victim to it. Whenever a government decides to make reforms to its monetary system, for better or worse, people are the ones who bear the burnt. The Indian government has proven itself to be a great example in recent days..."
                    IT - FOSS
                    A Tour Of Google's 2016 Open Source Releases
          , December 9th, 2016
                    "Open source software enables Google to build things quickly and efficiently without reinventing the wheel, allowing us to focus on solving new problems. We stand on the shoulders of giants, and we know it. This is why we support open source and make it easy for Googlers to release the projects they're working on internally as open source.

                    We've released more than 20-million lines of open source code to date, including projects such as Android, Angular, Chromium, Kubernetes, and TensorFlow. Our releases also include many projects you may not be familiar with, such as Cartographer, Omnitone, and Yeoman..."

                    IT - DevOps
                    Overcoming Objection to DevOps Adoption
          , December 9th, 2016
                    "The advent of the application economy has made software arguably one the most critical and valuable assets of organizations across a broad spectrum of industries - financial, telecommunications, entertainment, and government, just to name a few. In the era of 'app store ratings' and an unprecedented ability of the consumer to easily switch suppliers of whatever they're consuming, delivering application feature updates as quickly and as safely as possible while maintaining high quality is absolutely critical..."
                      Overcoming obstacles to DevOps
                      jaxenter, December 9th, 2016
                      "All organizations that did not originate the DevOps moment have a pre-existing culture as well as legacy technology and processes that can be more or less amenable to DevOps implementation. There are several key techniques that an agent of change can implement to smooth the transition and overcome these obstacles on the way to a smoother DevOps deployment process with the re-aligned silos that are characteristic of a healthy DevOps culture..."
                      The DevOps Engineer Is An Optical Illusion
                      InformationWeek, December 8th, 2016
                      "IT pros and developers can't be excellent at everything. Instead, embracing specialization and empowering collaboration in your organization can achieve meaningful and lasting DevOps progress.

                      Building a collaborative and lightning-quick DevOps organization is a complex but critical business mission today. The technology industry is filled with a host of best practices that promise to help companies achieve this objective. Some of these suggestions make a great deal of sense. But many of the recommendations lead to mediocre results, and organizations simply can't afford to be half-good when it comes to DevOps..."

                      Using Data To Successfully Manage Both Cultural And IT Transitions To DevOps
                      insideBIGDATA, December 10th, 2016
                      "In this special guest feature, John Gentry, CTO of Virtual Instruments, discusses how DevOps gives organizations the opportunity to increase revenue and customer acquisition, due to its ability to kick-start development and accelerate release cycles. But in order to do so, companies must adapt their approaches to reflect design, deployment and management of underlying infrastructure. As CTO of Virtual Instruments, John is responsible for being the voice of the customer and understanding the key IT infrastructure industry trends that affect product strategy and strategic alliances. He brings nearly 20 years of executive IT industry experience and has worked at industry leaders such as Qlogic, Borland, McData and CNT..."
                      MySQL Connector/NET 6.10.0 alpha has been released
                      By MySQL Release Engineering, December 9th, 2016
                      MySQL Connector/Net 6.10.0 alpha is the first release to provide Entity Framework Core 1.1 support and to enable compression in the .NET Core version of the driver for enhanced cross-platform application development.To download MySQL Connector/Net 6.10.0 alpha, see the Development Releases tab.
                      Orchestrator at GitHub
                      By Shlomi Noach, December 8th, 2016
                      Shlomi Noach blogs, "GitHub uses MySQL to store its metadata: Issues, Pull Requests, comments, organizations, notifications and so forth. While git repository data does not need MySQL to exist and persist, GitHub's service does. Authentication, API, and the website itself all require the availability of our MySQL fleet.

                      Our replication topologies span multiple data centers and this poses a challenge not only for availability but also for manageability and operations..."

                      Cloud Computing
                      Announcing Oracle Mobile Cloud Service v3.1
                      By Suhas Uliyar, December 9th, 2016
                      Suhas blogs, "I am delighted to announce the availability of Oracle Mobile Cloud Service, Version 3.1. Our goal with every release is to deliver high quality differentiating features. Mobile Cloud Service is ranked as a leader in Forrester Wave and now ranked leader in the IDC Mobile App Development Report. In this latest release, we are announcing Express API, an exciting new feature that allows you to design and author APIs, in less than 5 minutes without writing any code, Zero footprint Enterprise SSO a way to Authenticate and Authorize mobile users without the need to import them to Shared Identity Manager, and SMS notifications for engaging customers in Apps..."
                      Friday Spotlight: New to OpenStack, Here is the Perfect Training for You
                      By Antoinette O'Sullivan, December 8th, 2016
                      Antoinette blogs, "Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux maintains the flexibility of OpenStack, while allowing you to deploy different configurations and integrate with a range of software and hardware vendors.

                      If you are new to OpenStack, the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux: Getting Started seminar is perfect for you. You can take this one-day seminar ..."

                      5 Cloud Lessons Learned: Tales from Oracle's Customer Success Managers
                      By Chris Murphy, December 6th, 2016
                      Chris writes, "AnnaMarie Stroh sees a cloud software project and thinks of Dorothy's ruby slippers: a few clicks, and that cloud project could be gone. Poof.

                      That's how easy the cloud makes it to start, or end, a tech project.

                      And that ease of starting and stopping is the reason people like Stroh play an increasingly important role for cloud companies like Oracle, that of 'customer success manager.' As an Oracle employee, Stroh works in support of just two Oracle Cloud application customers, making sure they're getting the most value possible out of their cloud app experience, and therefore are likely to remain customers..."

                      IT - Cloud
                      3 Areas Of Hybrid Infrastructure Your Company Should Prioritize In 2017
                      TechRepublic, December 5h, 2016
                      "Coming out of AWS Re:invent and HPE Discover, I'm reminded of the reality of the enterprise data center in 2017. The sheer amount of legacy monolithic applications ensures that the underlying infrastructure will exist for years to come.

                      Concurrently, new applications and business processes rely heavily on cloud services. The two environments are destined to coexist within most enterprise data centers. Here are three areas to focus on in 2017 to support a successful strategy for hybrid infrastructures..."

                      6 Tough Questions: What CIOs Need To Know Before A Cloud Rollout
                      ITProPortal, December 8th, 2016
                      "CIOs are increasingly called upon to strategize new initiatives and act as the catalyst for corporate change...

                      The CIO is evolving. As noted by Wired, the job description now goes beyond responsibility for cost-cutting IT and aligning tech purchases with business investments: CIOs are increasingly called upon to strategize new initiatives and act as the catalyst for corporate change.

                      Often, this means a shift - whole or in part - of IT operations from local stacks into a cloud environment. Yet jumping to the cloud isn't without the risk of organisational injury: Here are six tough questions CIOs need to answer before they make the leap..."

                      Capital One Rides The Cloud To Tech Company Transformation
                      ComputerWorld, December 5h, 2016
                      "Capital One Financial Corp. is taking big steps in its transformation into a tech company.

                      The Fortune 500 company, one of the top 10 largest banks in the U.S. with $313 billion in total assets, wants to be a tech company that also is a top financial services provider.

                      It's a change in strategy and focus, said Rob Alexander, CIO of Capital One, based in McLean, Virginia. Among its plans as it transitions to a "tech" company are an open, collaborative workspace, IT workers with new skill sets, fast-paced apps and a service evolution, and a focus on leading with cutting-edge technologies..."

                      Cloud Computing Programming API Tutorial
                      SearchCloudComputing, December 10th, 2016
                      "Developers have a wide range of platforms to choose from to create cloud-based applications. Dive into cloud programming resources that will help you get rolling...

                      There are various platforms to help developers create cloud-based applications. Two of the most popular cloud programming platforms are Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and the Google App Engine (GAE). In addition, there are a wide variety of other platforms that have not gotten as much press, but are making traction such as the SalesForce environment. In this tutorial, we will dive into some of the more interesting sites with development resources and tips to get the developer rolling..."

                      Cloud Service Brokers: Key Considerations
                      NetworkComputing, December 6th, 2016
                      "Enterprises should ask these questions before choosing a cloud broker or multi-cloud management platform.

                      Many companies are considering using a cloud services broker and/or leveraging a multi-cloud management platform to support aggregation, governance and interoperability. If you are using multiple cloud providers, the ability to gain support for uniform operations, a single user interface, and unified billing is highly appealing.

                      But is a cloud services broker or multi-cloud management platform the right solution for your company? Ask these questions as you research the alternatives to avoid potential issues..."

                      IT - CxO
                      Aflac CISO Tim Callahan on Global Security, Risk Management
                      Search Security, December 8th, 2016
                      "With today's cyberthreats, the CISO has to know more about intelligence, working with government and private industry, and how to tailor the security program to further the business...

                      Tim Callahan is the senior vice president of global security and CISO at Aflac Inc. -- an insurance provider based in Columbus, Ga. -- whose iconic white duck has successfully branded the Fortune 500 company in the U.S. and Japan. The Aflac CISO is in charge of the global security program, including all security operations, IT compliance and risk management..."

                      Boston's New Data Chief Explains How He Plans to Leverage CDO Job
                      Search Business Analytics, December 8th, 2016
                      "The first person to take over the CDO role for the city of Boston is hoping to support existing teams to make government more effective by leveraging data and analytics.

                      The city of Boston has been moving ahead rapidly in recent years to make its operations more data driven. With the hiring of its first chief data officer, Andrew Therriault, the city is hoping to accelerate this process..."

                      Goldilocks, Serverless and DevOps: Five predictions for IT in 2017
                      ITProPortal, December 9th, 2016
                      "Technological innovation drives every business, industry and sector - mostly positively, but not always. 2016 was no exception - from the first long-haul driverless cargo delivery to automated retail locations to the stiffening competition among 'smart assistants' we're seeing big technological leaps at a breakneck pace.

                      At the same time, many of the enterprise trends of the last few years are continuing, such as traditional businesses leading big digital transformation and the move to public clouds, with the continued market dominance of Amazon's $13B AWS business..."

                      IT Execs Are Challenged by Digital Transformation (Slideshow)
                      CIO Insight, December 9th, 2016
                      "IT leaders are grappling with how to cost-effectively transform their organization into a digital enterprise even though they are being limited by traditional enterprise thinking. Many struggle to achieve the transformation while simultaneously delivering measurable operational and business improvements and staying strategically relevant, according to a meta-study of 352 surveys analyzed by research firm ISG Insights..."
                        IT Priorities 2017: Buyers Look For Network Privacy, Visibility Tools
                        ComputerWeekly, December 9th, 2016
                        "The 2017 Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities survey shows growing interest in network privacy, security and management, but SDN and NFV are still lagging

                        An uncertain geopolitical environment, an ongoing outbreak of data breaches, high-profile distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks and countless other security-related issues will cause UK enterprise IT managers and CIOs to double down on privacy and network monitoring spend in 2017, according to the latest Computer Weekly/TechTarget IT Priorities report..."

                        Protecting Your Business From Cybercrime
                        CIO Today, December 6th, 2016
                        "What steps should you take to keep your business safe from hackers? With new threats emerging and longstanding ones still an issue, it pays to know. The average cost of cyber attacks to a small business was 'between $3,000 and $4,000' over a two-year period, according to research from the Federation of Small Businesses.

                        During our live Q&A on how to protect your business from cybercrime, our panel offered a broad range of expertise, from how to recognize a hacking attempt to tips for keeping your business safe when you're on a tight budget..."

                          IT - Networks
                          Bluetooth 5 Launched With Focus On IoT
                          v3 co uk, December 8th, 2016
                          "The latest version of Bluetooth, Bluetooth 5, is now available to manufacturers and developers and comes laden with several notable improvements.

                          These include eight times the capacity, two times the speed and four times the range of Bluetooth 4.2. Bluetooth 5 is designed to add a number of benefits to developers working in areas such as the 'physical web' and Internet of Things (IoT)..."

                          VPN Or Virtual Private Networks: What Businesses Need To Know
                          ITProPortal, December 9th, 2016
                          "A virtual private network (VPN) brings additional security to anyone using a public network, such as the Internet. Using a variety of security methods, such as encryption, the VPN is able to safeguard any data transmitted across the network, which may be at risk if it simply used the underlying public network infrastructure. VPNs are often employed when it would not be practical to use a physical private network, usually due to financial reasons. As businesses embrace mobile working and face increasing pressure to protect sensitive information, many are employing virtual private networks to improve their network security..."
                          IT - IoT
                          10 Giant Steps For The Internet Of Things In 2016
                          CIO, December 5th, 2016
                          "Looking back we see progress both understanding and creating value.

                          It's that time of year again. The '10 technology trends' and '5 ways the Internet of Things (IoT) will change your business next year' prognostications are coming out. I always read these and enjoy the critical thinking behind the authors' lists. And every year I think about looking back at last year's lists to see how well the forecasters did, but there isn't much value in 'I told you so' whether you are saying it or hearing it so I let that urge pass..."

                          More Internet-Connected Devices Plagued By Attacks, Vulnerabilities
                          SearchSecurity, December 9th, 2016
                          "News roundup: Internet-connected devices, including 3.2 million routers; 80-plus models of CCTV cameras have backdoors; Dirty Cow gets patched; NSA suffers 'brain drain' and more.

                          More than 3 million home routers may be at risk after a hacker claimed to have infected them with a malicious firmware update that cannot be removed.

                          The hacker, known as BestBuy, claimed to set up an Access Control Server that automatically connects to the targeted routers and pushes out the malicious firmware update. This allows the hacker to have persistent access and the ability to lock out the routers' owners, internet service providers and manufacturers, essentially creating a permanent backdoor to the routers..."

                            Secure IoT Through Oversight, Open Source And Open Standards
                            ITPro Windows, December 9th, 2016
                            "It should be obvious to just about everyone by now that the current state of affairs concerning the Internet of insecure things threatens the stability of the Internet. This wouldn't have been such a big deal 15 or 20 years ago, but we've now put all of our eggs in the Internet basket, and if it goes down, so does the world economy. Not only that, an undependable and unstable Internet would affect everything from major utilities -- phone, power and water -- to law enforcement and national defense -- in no matter what country you reside..."
                              The Early IoT Gets The Worm
                              HelpNet Security, December 7th, 2016
                              "As the IoT industry matures, it's safe to say we're well past 'early adopter' phase and seeing broader development and deployment. While the prospect of a more established and stable IoT environment is exciting, we're not there yet. What we are seeing is that the space is showing its youth, and along with it, its insecurities.

                              Many new concepts and technologies skyrocket to peak interest and popularity before all of the appropriate security measures are put in place. The initial focus is on usability, functionality, and the consumer experience as a whole - what need or inconvenience can we address with the edgiest, coolest product possible?..."

                              The Internet Of Old Things: Protecting The Future Of IoT Devices
                              Information Age, December 9th, 2016
                              "The Internet of Things is signalling a new era of security risks. What can be done to protect the future of IoT devices?

                              2016 was the year that the Internet of Things (IoT) finally entered the mainstream consumer domain, with smart thermostats, smart fridges and even smart homes now entering the market for every day consumers to buy. You can't step foot in an electronics shop without being distracted by all the shiny IoT devices..."

                              The IoT: Gateway For Enterprise Hackers
                              CSO Online, December 8th, 2016
                              "The risk of notoriously insecure Internet of Things devices is not so much that those devices themselves will be compromised, but that they provide dozens - perhaps hundreds - of openings that could allow attackers to get inside an enterprise network...

                              A very merry Christmas could give way to a not-so-happy New Year security hangover for enterprises, once a few million more Internet of Things (IoT) devices are unwrapped and migrate from homes into the workplace..."

                              IT - Linux
                              7 Linux Predictions For 2017 (Slideshow)
                              Networkworld, December 5h, 2016
                              "Last year I made a set of predictions of events that I thought would happen in the tech world (focused primarily on Linux and free software). I was mostly right. This has emboldened me to make another set of predictions for 2017. I have no inside knowledge on any of these - I am basing this entirely on the twin scientific principles of star maths and wishy thinking..."
                              At Long Last, Linux Gets Dynamic Tracing
                              The New Stack, December 9th, 2016
                              "When the Linux kernel version 4.9 will be released next week, it will come with the last pieces needed to offer to some long-awaited dynamic thread-tracing capabilities.

                              As the keepers of monitoring and debugging software start using these new kernel calls, some of which have been added to the Linux kernel over the last two years, they will be able to offer much more nuanced, and easier to deploy, system performance tools, noted Brendan Gregg, a Netflix performance systems engineer and author of DTrace Tools, in a presentation at the USENIX LISA 2016 conference, taking place this week in Boston..."

                              Bare Metal And Virtual Machine Provisioning Through Foreman Server
                              LinuxTechi, December 8th, 2016
                              "Foreman is a free and open source tool that can provision bare metal and create virtual machine instances under public and provide cloud. Apart from the provision it is also used for configuring your system using puppet, it can perform perform all the repetitive task automatically using Puppet, chef, Salt and Ansible. Though Puppet is the default configuration tool that is being installed when we install Foreman server..."
                              Embedded Linux At Sweet 16: Adapting To The IoT
                    , December 6th, 2016
                              "At ELC Europe, embedded Linux guru Tim Bird examined the 'Status of Embedded Linux' and discussed challenges that it faces in the brave new world of IoT.

                              As Chair of the Architecture Group of The Linux Foundation's CE Working Group, Tim Bird has long been the amiable public face of the Embedded Linux Conferences, which he has run for over a decade. At the recent ELC Europe event in Berlin, Bird gave a 'Status of Embedded Linux' keynote in which he discussed the good news in areas like GPU support and virtually mapped kernel stacks, as well as the slow progress in boot time, system size, and other areas that might help Linux compete with RTOSes in IoT leaf nodes..."

                              IT - Operations
                              Build A Data Center Shutdown Procedure To Prepare For The Worst
                              SearchDataCenter, December 8th, 2016
                              "A data center shutdown checklist helps IT teams focus on backup, testing and system verification before pulling the plug and losing valuable information.

                              Although policy and process are critical for modern IT, data center admins are often unprepared to shut off things when the need arises. The need may be as dramatic as an approaching storm, or just a mundane municipal power grid upgrade. But the way a business prepares for and responds to a facility shutdown can encourage or avoid costly disaster..."

                                The Evolution Of Datacenter Storage: From Das To Hyperconverged And Distributed
                                Business 2 Community, December 7th, 2016
                                "The evolution of datacenter storage has come full circle over the years. The traditional Direct Attached Storage (DAS), which was relatively simple, only ran what was required internally, and emerged into cumbersome, large and expensive SAN/NAS systems. In recent years, we have witnessed a shift back to a more efficient and effective system due to various advancements. By dissecting this progression, we can fully understand the transformation that datacenter storage has gone through to get to its current day capability..."
                                Common Security Mistakes In Collaboration Tools (Slideshow)
                                CSO Online, December 6th, 2016
                                "Collaboration tools have become widely used across organizations today, as people come to rely on these handy tools to work more efficiently. They reduce reliance on email, increase conversation between teams and provide an easy way to share information with colleagues. However, with many workplace applications today, there are so many gaps where security settings can fail, and corporate IT is beginning to take notice. Mike McCamon, president at SpiderOak, recommends staying away from these common security and privacy mistakes..."
                                Evolve IT Budget Planning For Software-Defined Infrastructure
                                Search Data Center, December 8th, 2016
                                "During IT budget planning for a software-defined data center, maximize value by accounting for predictable demand spikes, and evaluate resources to avoid losing funding later on.

                                A software-defined data center is demand-driven infrastructure centered on the idea that it will respond to the needs of the business and deliver applications on-demand. However, because the underlying hardware in software-defined infrastructure changes at a different pace than the software, it can complicate IT budget planning..."

                                IT Data Center and Technology Trends for 2017 by HDS CTO Hu Yoshida
                      , December 9th, 2016
                                "Every year at this time I along with many other bloggers try to identify the coming trends for the following year. While there are many analysts like IDC and Forrester who provide predictions that go out to 2020 and beyond. I only identify IT trends that I have noticed developing during the past year that will likely affect the coming year 2017. These are my views and may not necessarily be the views of HDS. No surprise, everything next year will be impacted by the major move to digital transformation. The trends which I will be covering in more detail over the next three weeks are organized into three major categories. The first category is data center trends followed by technology trends and IT/OT/IoT trends. Here is an overview of the trends which I will be expanding on over the next few weeks..."
                                Managing The Hybrid Data Center
                                Network Computing, December 9th, 2016
                                "Elasticity of data center scale is a common goal for enterprises. It allows them to scale up, scale down, and scale out their resources as needed, instead of incurring the full burden of capital expenditures in one go. The problem for us IT professionals is how to manage the elasticity of software-defined resources efficiently and effectively while helping ensure that no degradation in service delivery from saturation and error events..."
                                  Streamline The True Cost Of Your Data Centre Opex (But Without The Help Of Your Friendly Hardware Supplier)
                                  ITProPortal, December 9th, 2016
                                  "Cut up to 95 per cent off OPEX budgets by streamlining maintenance and support through a single third-party maintenance provider (TPM).

                                  With today's pressed IT budgets, you need to continually demonstrable ROI and savings on both CAPEX and OPEX within the data centre. This article outlines how, in one easy overhaul, you can lower your operating costs and still maintain an incredibly efficient, modern data centre with onsite, always-on, reliable network, servers and storage equipment..."

                                    The Future Of The Data Centre Is Within
                                    The Register, December 6th, 2016
                                    "Future-proofing your data centre is no longer down to a choice of the right servers and storage, it's now all about connectivity, location and the neighbours.

                                    The advantage - and the problem - with technology is that it's always improving. Your latest server will always be replaced by a newer, faster model, and the next network will always be upgraded to a faster system.

                                    When you are specifying small projects, it's a problem that you can live with; servers can be tweaked, with more memory and larger drives added, or simply replaced. However, when you're specifying a large project such as a data centre that is going to be the centrepiece of your business, then future trends become much more important..."

                                      The Untapped Opportunity For Data Center Optimization
                                      FCW, December 9th, 2016
                                      "Federal data centers are going to get a long overdue makeover. This past summer, the White House issued the Data Center Optimization Initiative, which calls for IT departments to consolidate, reduce energy dependence and lower costs for data centers across the federal government. This initiative reflects a growing reality for public- and private-sector organizations alike: data centers have become bloated and costly. In fact, the federal government spent $5.4 billion on data centers in 2014 alone, a number the White House hopes to reduce to $2.7 billion in spending by 2018 under the DCOI..."
                                        IT - Security
                                        Biometric Authentication Growing For Mobile Devices, But Security Needs Work
                                        GCN, December 7th, 2016
                                        "Mobile device manufacturers are working to secure their devices with a range of biometrics, considered by some to be the gold standard for authentication. As implementation expands, however, so do the exploits.

                                        According to a recent report by Juniper Research, over 600 million mobile devices will have biometric authentication by 2021, up from an estimated 190 million mobile devices in 2016..."

                                          Biometric Technology Is Not A Cure-All For Password Woes
                                          Dark Reading, December 7th, 2016
                                          "No single authentication token is infallible. The only real solution is multifactor authentication.

                                          Authentication is the cornerstone of information security. At the highest level, security is focused on providing access controls and protection to people or things you trust. If you can't reliably verify the identity of trusted users, access controls break down..."

                                          Why CISOs Succeed And Why They Leave
                                          Network World, December 9th, 2016
                                          "Data from an ESG/ISSA report reveals the most important attributes for CISOs and why CISOs leave their jobs so often ...

                                          Earlier this year, ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) published a research report titled, The State of Cyber Security Careers. The report was based on a survey of 437 cybersecurity professionals, the clear majority of which were ISSA members.

                                          Two-thirds of these cybersecurity professionals worked at an organization that employed a CSO or CISO..."

                                          10 Top Holiday Phishing Scams (Slideshow)
                                          CSO Online, December 10th, 2016
                                          "It always happens this time of year, an influx of holiday related scams circulating the interwebs. Scams don't wait for the holidays, but scammers do take advantage of the increased shopping and distraction when things get busy to take your money and personal information. Jon French, security analyst at AppRiver, warns you of six holiday threats to watch out for..."
                                          2017 Cyber-Security Predictions
                                          ITProPortal, December 9th, 2016
                                          "VPNs, drones and ratings are all on the list for 2017...

                                          The cyber security industry has witnessed a significant escalation in the global threat level during 2016. Against a backdrop of increasingly sophisticated attacks as well as political and economic uncertainty, here are my predictions for the year ahead..."

                                          Integrating Threat Intelligence Into Your Network Security Strategy
                                          NetworkComputing, December 6th, 2016
                                          "It's safe to say that the days of relying on signature-based security solutions as a network's primary defense against emerging threats is long behind us. If 2016 has shown us anything about what to expect in the years ahead, it's that cybercriminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and cunning in their ability to bypass signature-based threat prevention systems. Now, many network and infrastructure security vendors are promoting their cyberthreat intelligence organizations and services as the next evolution in infrastructure security.

                                          So what exactly is cyber threat intelligence (CTI), and more importantly, where can you integrate it in your network?..."

                                          Intentional Or Not, Insider Threats Are Real
                                          HelpNet Security, December 5h, 2016
                                          "Despite the perception that hackers are a company's biggest cybersecurity threat, insiders, including careless or naive employees, are now viewed as an equally important problem, according to a survey by Dimensional Research...

                                          Researchers found that 49 percent of IT security professionals surveyed are more concerned about internal threats than external threats. Malware installed unintentionally by employees was the top concern of respondents, ahead of stolen or compromised credentials, snatched data and abuse of admin privileges..."

                                          IT Professionals' Confidence In Cyber-Security Falls, Survey Finds
                                          eWeek, December 6th, 2016
                                          "An "overwhelming cyber-threat environment" has caused cyber-security professionals to feel less secure in their ability to detect threats, according to network security company Tenable.

                                          Cyber-security professionals have become more skeptical of the security of their companies computer systems and data due to a lack of confidence in their ability to secure the cloud and the 'overwhelming cyber-threat environment,' according to a study published by network security company Tenable on Dec. 5..."

                                          Playing Cyber Defense Is Not Enough To Win
                                          IT World, December 7th, 2016
                                          "Sometimes offensive attacks are a necessary part of the game...

                                          While the San Francisco 49ers are leading the NFL in defense, the New Orleans Saints currently hold the number one slot for total offense. In the overall league rankings, though, neither of those two teams rank in the top 10.

                                          What's the takeaway? Winning isn't strictly about strong offense or impenetrable defense. NFL league leaders advance to the top because they know how to balance the two; they know how to play the game..."

                                          Security Pros Most Worried About Clouds, Mobile
                                          CSO Online, December 5h, 2016
                                          "Confidence levels dropped from 76 percent last year to 70 percent...

                                          Companies were least prepared to assess the security risks of cloud and mobile technologies, according to a survey of cybersecurity professionals released this morning.

                                          Around 60 percent of companies were able to assess security risks in cloud environments, down 7 points compared to last year. Mobile devices scored at 57 percent, down by 8 percentage points compared to last year.

                                          Overall, the confidence levels of security professionals that their cyber defenses were meeting expectations dropped from 76 percent last year to 70 percent in this year's survey, according to the report, which was produced by Columbia, Md.-based Tenable Network Security with research by CyberEdge Group..."

                                          Web Gateways: 5 Big Security Challenges
                                          Dark Reading, December 6th, 2016
                                          "Overreliance on Web gateways is putting data, users, customers, organizations, and reputation in harm's way. Once upon a time, organizations primarily used Web gateways to prevent employees from wasting time surfing the Web - or worse, from visiting gambling, adult, and other unauthorized websites.

                                          A few decades later, Web gateways do much more than enforce regulatory compliance and HR policies. Organizations rely on them to thwart Internet-borne threats in three ways:..."

                                            Why Video Game Publishers Must Adopt Enforceable Security Standards
                                            Dark Reading, December 9th, 2016
                                            "The video game industry's business model has changed significantly over the past 20 years. In the 1990s, video game publishers sold physical cartridges for $30 to $60 each, making it easy to forecast revenue. In the early 2000s, the Internet paved the way for video games to move online, expanding the revenue stream by introducing monthly subscription fees. Around 2009, the business model changed forever when video game publisher Zynga established micro-transactions. This led to the 'freemium' model in which gameplay became free, with revenue driven primarily from in-game purchases of virtual items and virtual currency..."
                                              How To Address The 6 Most Overlooked Causes Of Data Breaches
                                              GCN, December 7th, 2016
                                              "Cybersecurity experts repeatedly warn about the growing number of sophisticated malware and hacker attacks against IT infrastructure and data. Organizations can't control the bad guys, and the criminals are getting better. However, rudimentary attention to security threats can go a long way toward protecting systems and data.

                                              The human factor plays a critical role in how strong or weak an organization's security defenses are. Be alert to the six most common human-factor mistakes that can lead to deadly security breaches..."

                                              IT - Careers
                                              10 Hottest Tech Skills For 2017
                                              ComputerWeekly, December 7th, 2016
                                              "Are your assets bankable in 2017? Hiring managers say they'll seek out these skills most in the New Year...

                                              Scott Zulpo is facing stiff competition.

                                              He's adding a senior project manager, a network analyst and a help desk worker to his 55-member IT staff at BCU, a Vernon Hills, Ill.-based credit union where he is vice president of IT. He plans to add even more people in 2017 to keep up with an increasing demand for tech-driven innovations..."

                                                Beyond The Thank-You Note: Four Things To Do After Your Job Interview
                                                Fast Company, December 5h, 2016
                                                "Now that you've finished your job interview and sent a nice thank-you note, you might think your work is finished - that all there's left to do is wait.

                                                Not quite. In fact, there are still a few ways you can influence a hiring manager to decide in your favor. Here are four of them..."

                                                  8 Best Web Development Courses For Beginners (Free)
                                                  TechWorm, December 10th, 2016
                                                  "In today's world of changing and ever advancing technology, knowing top web development skills is very important. With web pages, the number one way people learn, socialize, work, and even date the appeal of a page matters more than ever before. To stay ahead of the crowd, it is essential to have knowledge of these developments. However, unlike many professions that require months or even years of training, with web development you can easily get started today!

                                                  There are numerous free, self-guided web development courses that are available online which cover everything from basic programming introductions to development best practices. In this article, we provide you the best and free Web Development Courses for Beginners..."

                                                    Everyday Big Data
                                                    insideBIGDATA, December 10th, 2016
                                                    "Every single day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. 10 million blu-ray discs worth of data per day, with the figure ballooning each and every day.

                                                    Big data represents the movement towards handling gigantic data sets, drawing analysis from the everyday and capturing, processing, storing and analyzing big data to optimize our lives. Our friends over at vouchercloud developed the compelling big data infographic below - chock-full of big data statistics - to help guide you through the burgeoning world of data analysis on a mammoth scale..."

                                                    IT Salary 2017
                                                    Datamation, December 8th, 2016
                                                    "IT salary levels are as solid as ever - in fact, IT paychecks are rising. As reported by the 2017 Robert Half Technology Salary Guide, 'Our research shows employers are increasingly willing to negotiate pay rates.'

                                                    The reason for the employer's willingness: IT talent is scarce. Qualified IT pros can demand top dollar in the salary negotiation process. 'When in-demand candidates do enter the hiring market, they are often snapped up at lightning speed,' states the Robert Half report.

                                                    I've tracked IT salary numbers for about 10 years, and this scarcity has never changed. Sure, in the dark days after the 2008 financial meltdown, the salary increases got pretty slim, and in a few cases dipped into negative territory. But tech paychecks soon bounced back - and for some positions, like mobile developer, at an aggressive rate..."

                                                      What CIOs Must Do To Retain Skilled IT Employees (Slideshow)
                                                      CIO Insight, December 7th, 2016
                                                      "The majority of CIOs surveyed said they are concerned about retaining current IT staff over the next 12 months, according to a recent survey from Robert Half Technology. Many of these executives said their operations would be adversely impacted if a valued team member left without notice. To avoid this, and to strengthen staff engagement and retention, CIOs are regularly checking in with employees to make sure they're satisfied with their job. They're also getting proactive about career guidance and development, while regularly benchmarking salary and benefits to ensure they're staying competitive..."
                                                        Why It May Be A Bad Idea To Hit The Brakes On Your Job Hunt During The Holidays
                                                        Business 2 Community, December 8th, 2016
                                                        "Now that the endorphins from your Thanksgiving meal are in full force, it makes sense to consider the next few weeks as a perfect time to hit 'pause' on your job search.

                                                        After all - from now through New Year calendars become filled with a combination of merriment, preparing for merriment and counting the days until we get a few days off from work.

                                                        While the inclination to hit the brakes is natural, it is based on misinformation stemming from career myths. Here's why a plan to restart your search after the holidays may hurt you..."

                                                          Three Career Lessons My Micromanaging Boss Didn't Mean To Teach Me
                                                          Fast Company, December 8th, 2016
                                                          "One of the first managers I ever had was what many people might call a micromanager. If I was five minutes late to work, he knew. If a client copied him on an email to me, he wanted to know exactly when I planned on responding. If I didn't complete a weekly SWOT ('strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats') analysis of myself to discuss with him, he wasn't thrilled.

                                                          At the time, this put him squarely in the 'worst boss ever' category. And while I still don't agree with a lot of his choices, I'd be lying if I said I didn't learn anything from him.

                                                          Here are a few things that stuck with me - and truth be told, actually make me a better employee today..."

                                                            IT - Social Media
                                                            115 Facts About Social Media To Plan Digital Marketing Strategy
                                                            Business 2 Community, December 9th, 2016
                                                            "I got this great infographic about containing 115 facts about social media and I couldn't wait to share them with you. Not all this information is earth-shattering, but having it all in one place is a great tool. I'm gonna print it out and hang it next to my desk for easy reference.

                                                            But, my goal in today's post is to point out the implications of these facts for devising your digital marketing strategy, so let's jump right in..."

                                                              7 Ways To Tighten Enterprise Social Media Security (Slideshow)
                                                              CSO Online, December 8th, 2016
                                                              "Social media has become the new cyber battleground. Not only is this landscape growing rapidly, but it also represents one of the most dynamic, unstructured and unregulated datasets anywhere in the digital world. In the wake of the social media revolution, cybercriminals exploit businesses and their customers at a massive scale.

                                                              A staggering 40 percent of organizations have fallen victim to spear-phishing on social, which have ultimately penetrated their defenses. Network compromise via social media outpaces all other web-based attacks, beating email by a factor of 10. Customer and brand fraud on social are being launched 75 percent faster than can be remediated, and CXO accounts are among the most targeted..."

                                                                Journey to Cloud with Oracle Private Cloud Appliance
                                                                By Simon Hayler, December 5h, 2016
                                                                Simon blogs, "In this week's Monday Spotlight, we want to talk about a new Whitepaper, 'How to Manage Oracle Private Cloud Appliance with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c Cloud Control.'

                                                                This paper discusses and defines the end to end process to deploy an Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c agent to the highly available Oracle Linux management nodes within the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance (PCA), deploy the Oracle PCA Plugin-in and discover the Oracle VM Manager within the Oracle PCA.

                                                                IT - Virtualization
                                                                Expert Advice For Companies Hesitant To Implement Virtualization
                                                                Search Server Virtualization, December 8th, 2016
                                                                "For enterprise IT, evaluating different virtualization options can be a challenge, especially for organizations that don't have any experience with it. That's no reason to shy away from the technology, though, as virtualization is a great way to manage resources and reduce costs. To get some expert insight on the matter, we caught up with Matthew Portnoy, who literally wrote the book on virtualization.

                                                                Published on Aug. 29, 2016, the second edition of 'Virtualization Essentials' contains an in-depth explanation of virtualization, as well as chapters on hypervisors, VMs and availability. The book also covers a broad range of processes, such as managing CPUs, memory, storage and networking for VMs. Here, Matthew Portnoy answers questions about virtualization basics and gives advice to those looking to implement virtualization..."

                                                                  Glue, Stitch, Cobble: Weighing DIY Container Management
                                                                  JavaWolrd, December 8th, 2016
                                                                  "Before you piece together your own container management system, examine the 'glue levels' of effort

                                                                  You've been tasked with helping your company stay competitive by modernizing your IT organization's delivery of developed applications. Your company has already embraced virtualization and perhaps dabbled in the public cloud. Containers look like the next big thing for you, so you're considering how to bring container technology to your organization. Something needs to create containers on compute resources and network them together..."

                                                                  IT - Email
                                                                  Most Email Authentication Implementations Fail
                                                                  HelpNet Security, December 5h, 2016
                                                                  "Most of the world's largest businesses fail at attempts to use open industry standards to control which email is sent using their names. Three quarters of large businesses attempting implementation of the DMARC email authentication standard are not presently capable of using it to block unauthorized email, to the detriment of their own security, compliance, and brand protection..."
                                                                  IT - Database
                                                                  13 Top-Paying Database Skills For 2017 (Slideshow)
                                                                  Information Management, December 8th, 2016
                                                                  "What to earn top dollar for your top database skills? Being certified or proficient in these skills will give your paycheck a boost of 10 percent, or more.

                                                                  According to Foote Partners, which tracks pay premiums paid for IT skills, these certified IT skills each gained 10 percent or more in market value in the 3-month period ending October 1, 2016. They are listed in descending order of amount of gain, including ties..."

                                                                    IT - Backup
                                                                    The Impact Of Big Backup On Disk Backup Appliances With Data Deduplication
                                                                    Storage-Switzerland, December 8th, 2016
                                                                    "'Big Backup' is an enterprise challenge where millions (or billions) of files have to be processed each night so they can be safely and cost effectively stored on backup devices. These kinds of backup jobs not only have large numbers of files or objects associated with them but they can also be large in overall size. Big backup impacts every aspect of the backup process but especially the hardware that backup lands on.

                                                                    Big Backup is Different.."

                                                                      IT - Mobile
                                                                      Moore's Law Lives On With Speedy 7nm Mobile Chips Coming In 2018
                                                                      PC World, December 8th, 2016
                                                                      "ARM is equipping TSMC to manufacture faster and more power-efficient chips...

                                                                      How do mobile devices keep get faster, thinner, and more power efficient? It's thanks to the quick advances in chip manufacturing, which help churn out smaller chips packed with new features.

                                                                      The next round of premium smartphones early next year could feature chips like Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, made using the latest, 10-nanometer process..."

                                                                        IT - Big Data
                                                                        Data Minimization - The New Design Rules For Startups
                                                                        TechCrunch, December 10th, 2016
                                                                        "Wait, what?

                                                                        Yes, you read correctly. 'Data' and 'minimization,' two words that have rarely been used in the same sentence, now represent one of the critical product design rules we must apply if we're to build products that deliver value, meaning and engagement to the human beings we aim to serve.

                                                                        A little confused? Not to worry. Let's 'Simon Sinek' this article and start with why..."

                                                                          Data Wrangling & The Future Of Big Data
                                                                          Business 2 Community, December 6th, 2016
                                                                          "Big data is, well, big. A hot topic in the business world for its massive potential, big data strategies are being brought into companies all over the world. At this point, businesses not interested in leveraging big data are moving far away from the norm. Using big data and predictive analysis, a massive amount of information is available to businesses about their customers, business growth potential, and internal processes, which can provide valuable insights to spur growth and limit inefficiencies. Despite these benefit, we're still on the precipice of a big data revolution. Why?..."
                                                                          IT - BYOD
                                                                          BYOD Or Bring-Your-Own-Device: What Businesses Need To Know
                                                                          ITProPortal, December 9th, 2016
                                                                          "With the rise of smartphone technology, bring your own device - or BYOD - certainly cannot be ignored by businesses. Whether they endorse the policy of using personal devices for workplace tasks or not, employees will use the best tools, or those they are most familiar with, to complete tasks, which frequently means using their own smartphone.

                                                                          Of course, this extends far beyond simply taking work calls. Smartphones in the workplace are now being used to access corporate applications and perhaps more importantly, the data that they contain. Disregarding the mobility benefits of BYOD, this raises a number of security risks that businesses must consider..."

                                                                          BYOD: How To Provide Secure Access To Network Resources
                                                                          Help Net Security, December 6th, 2016
                                                                          "IT organizations have little or no choice when it comes to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. Employees want to access the network with their personally owned devices, and in today's landscape where employers compete for skilled employees, companies want to be known for giving employees the privilege of doing so. That leaves IT organizations to determine how to provide secure access to network resources. They have three choices: Network Access Control, Software-Defined Perimeter - or both..."
                                                                          Security, BYOD And IT Trends You Can Expect To See In 2017
                                                                          memeburn, December 7th, 2016
                                                                          "Security remains one of the most debated and contested topics of the year. Predictions have come, and predictions have gone. Some have come true; others have been faintly amusing in their missing of the point, but up until recently one has been outstanding in its regularity - people are not paying enough attention to security. So, what will come next in 2017? The landscape continues to shift and evolve as new threats and technologies surface, and already new trends have emerged.."
                                                                          Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                                          Vol 225 Issue 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; Vol 224 Issues 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:

                                                                          • Training Thursdays: HugePages, Crucial for Faster Oracle Database Performance
                                                                          • Oracle OpenWorld 2016
                                                                          • Worldwide Enterprise Storage Market Sees Modest Decline in Third Quarter, According to IDC
                                                                          • Make MySQL 8.0 Better Through Better Benchmarking
                                                                          • Business Continuity and MySQL Backups
                                                                          • Behold! The IoT-Enabled Electric Scooter
                                                                          • Podcast Show Notes: Building a Real Cloud Solution by Bob Rhubart
                                                                          • Healthcare Industry Must Address Precision Medicine Gaps
                                                                          • IoT - Before talking profit, we need to talk security
                                                                          • Oracle Developer Gateway

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

                                                                            IT - Server
                                                                            Hyperconvergence: What Businesses Need To Know
                                                                            ITProPortal, December 9th, 2016
                                                                            "As companies grow their IT systems tend to expand in a way that can lead to them becoming unwieldy and hard to control. Hyperconvergence is about simplifying things by consolidating the IT infrastructure into a virtualised system, this reduces the number of devices, cuts maintenance costs and ensures there are fewer potential points of failure, making systems more resilient.

                                                                            Essentially it's a software defined architecture that merges storage, networking and other resources on a single system based on commodity hardware. The benefits of this include being able to manage the whole thing as a single system through a common tool set...."

                                                                            These IT Automation Scripts Take Little Effort And Save A Lot Of Work
                                                                            Search IT Operations, December 8th, 2016
                                                                            "On-demand (OD) computing is an increasingly popular enterprise model in which computing resources are made available to the user as needed. The resources may be maintained within the user's enterprise, or made available by a service provider.

                                                                            The on-demand model was developed to overcome the common challenge to an enterprise of being able to meet fluctuating demands efficiently. Because an enterprise's demand on computing resources can vary drastically from one time to another, maintaining sufficient resources to meet peak requirements can be costly..."

                                                                              IT - Tape
                                                                              Tape Backup: Often Old And Confused, But Quite Cheap
                                                                              ComputerWeekly, December 7th, 2016
                                                                              "Survey results show those with tape are likely to have old tapes, multiple formats, including defunct ones, and no way of knowing what is on them. But tape is still quite cheap for most

                                                                              Most organisations have two or three backup products deployed, while many have tapes up to 20 years old - and they don't know the contents. Meanwhile, tape storage hardware, maintenance and staff costs are the three highest expenses for those that maintain a tape architecture..."

                                                                              Integrating Styles into Oracle JET Applications
                                                                              By Geertjan, December 7th, 2016
                                                                              Geertjan blogs, "A lot of organizations have style guidelines for their browser apps. I.e., these style guidelines consist of colors, sizes, icons, etc, normally supported by CSS stylesheets. Wouldn't it be nice if there'd be a few customizable templates for quickly styling Oracle JET applications? Well, take a look here:.."
                                                                              Integrating Styles into Oracle JET Applications
                                                                              By Geertjan, December 7th, 2016
                                                                              Geertjan blogs, "A lot of organizations have style guidelines for their browser apps. I.e., these style guidelines consist of colors, sizes, icons, etc, normally supported by CSS stylesheets. Wouldn't it be nice if there'd be a few customizable templates for quickly styling Oracle JET applications? Well, take a look here:..."
                                                                              IT - Developer
                                                                              Developers: Will AI Run You Out Of Your Job?
                                                                              ZDNet, December 8th, 2016
                                                                              "Forrester: AI will disrupt how developers build applications and the nature of the applications they build.

                                                                              Much has been written about how artificial intelligence (AI) will put white-collar workers out of a job eventually. Will robots soon be able to do what programmers do best -- i.e., write software programs? Actually, if you are or were a developer, you've probably already written or used software programs that can generate other software programs. That's called code generation; in the past, it was done through 'next' generation programming languages (such as a second-, third-, fourth-, or even fifth-generation languages), today are called low code IDEs. But also Java, C and C++ geeks have been turning high level graphical models like UML or BPML into code..."

                                                                              Mobility's Rise Pulls Value Of HTML5, Project Management And CRM Skills Right Along With It
                                                                              ComputerWorld, December 8th, 2016
                                                                              "Stop and think for a minute -- where would mobility be today without the developer revolution?

                                                                              Without the miraculous combining of almost the entirety of humanity's knowledge, creativity and understanding with a sleek, portable and amazingly navigable key to experience it all, you might as well be holding a garage door opener in your hand. Enter those who code..."

                                                                                MySQL 8.0: Storing IPv6
                                                                                By Catalin Besleaga, December 6th, 2016
                                                                                Catalin Besleaga blogs, "In MySQL 8.0.0 we introduced many new features; among those, we extended the bit-wise operations to work with binary data. Because of these changes, storing and manipulating IPv6 addresses can be done in an easier manner. In this blog we will take a look at how can you do this for some of the most common use cases..."
                                                                                Nexenta News
                                                                                Nexenta Showcases Industry Leading Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Storage Solutions
                                                                                at the Fifth Annual ITPalooza 2016 in South Florida
                                                                                Nexenta announced that it showcased its unified product portfolio for file, block and object storage at the 5th Annual ITPalooza on Thursday, December 8th at the Signature Grand in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

                                                                                In booth #81, Nexenta demonstrated how its agile OpenSDS solutions deliver the ideal foundation for data-intensive deployments across the enterprise with these products:

                                                                                • NexentaFusion 1.0 provides simplified scaling and management through a single pane for reporting, monitoring, analytics, and orchestration for your storage assets.
                                                                                • NexentaStor 5.0 delivers unified file (NFS and SMB) and block (FC and iSCSI) storage services, and runs on industry standard hardware supporting all-flash, hybrid, and all-disk, scaling from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations, and includes all data management functionality by default.
                                                                                • NexentaEdge 1.1 the industry's first software-only scale out block and object solution designed from the ground-up to deliver high performance and limitless scalability to next generation OpenStack clouds, petabyte scale active archives and Big Data applications.
                                                                                • NexentaConnect for VMware Virtual SAN provides file services for VMware Virtual SAN (VSAN) environments, provides users with NFS and SMB access on top of existing Virtual SAN for a software hyper-convergence model.

                                                                                ITPalooza is a not-for-profit annual conference for South Florida's IT Community organized by the IT Community for the IT Community.

                                                                                Veritas News
                                                                                Veritas Named a Leader in the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving
                                                                                Information management leader achieves position for 13th consecutive year
                                                                                Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, announced that Gartner, a leading IT research and advisory firm, has named Veritas as a Leader in Gartner's December 2016 Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Information Archiving (EIA), for the 13th consecutive year. To access the report, click here.

                                                                                By reviewing vendors that provide archiving for email, social media, IM, files and other content types, Gartner evaluated vendors on their completeness of vision and ability to execute in the areas of compliance, discovery, and reference use cases for archive data. Veritas' Enterprise and market-share-leading EIA on-premises platform Enterprise Vault were evaluated, which we believe are proof points of the company's continued focus on providing business value from, as well as comprehensive content visibility and classification for, archived data.

                                                                                Veritas turns NetBackup 8.0 into data management platform
                                                                                SeachDataBackup, December 9th, 2016
                                                                                "Veritas Technologies' latest version of its NetBackup product is integrated with copy data management, Veritas Resiliency Platform and Veritas Information Map...

                                                                                As part of a move to build out its data management platform, Veritas Technologies integrated copy data management, end-to-end disaster recovery and metadata-driven data analytics into its flagship NetBackup 8.0..."

                                                                                Cisco News
                                                                                Cisco Launches Enhanced Cloud-Scale Networking Platform to Help Service Providers Transform Central Offices
                                                                                Industry's First 'Network-as-a-Fabric' Simplifies Processes for Increased Agility and Efficiency for Multi-Vendor Network Programmability
                                                                                Cisco introduced its expanded Cloud-Scale Networking solutions that will help service providers and web companies reap the benefits of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) as they transition their central offices to next-gen data centers.

                                                                                Cisco is participating in a variety of working groups in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), leading or helping to advance key vendor-neutral projects including Segment Routing and Streaming Telemetry. The ongoing work with these groups, along with close ties to the OpenSource DevOps community, is enabling Cisco to provide Cloud-Scale networking solutions to its customer base spanning the globe.

                                                                                Cisco cBR-8 Helps Accelerate Mediacom Communications Path to the Gigabit Era
                                                                                Mediacom to be the First Major Cable Operator in the United States to Fully Transition to a DOCSIS 3.1 Network Infrastructure
                                                                                Cisco announced that, Mediacom Communications, the nation's fifth largest cable television company has deployed the Cisco cBR-8 next-generation converged cable access platform (CCAP) within its 22 state network footprint.

                                                                                With support from the Cisco cBR-8, Mediacom will fully upgrade its network infrastructure to the latest DOCSIS 3.1. Virtually all of the 3 million homes and businesses within the 1,500 communities that Mediacom serves will benefit from a gigabit-capable broadband network by the end of 2016.

                                                                                Colt Selects Cisco for 100Gbps Packet Network Upgrade to Deliver Cloud-Scale Digital Services
                                                                                Cisco, December 8th, 2016
                                                                                Cisco and Colt Technology Services, a world-class network and communications services provider, announced they are working together on a system-wide 100-Gigabit-per-second upgrade to Colt's pan-European and Asian network. With this upgrade, Colt will be able to rapidly deliver high-performance connectivity for cloud-scale, business-critical applications to its enterprise, carrier and web-centric customers.

                                                                                Colt's next-generation packet network uses end-to-end segment routing technology, an enhancement to IP MPLS, to simplify and automate network operation and significantly reduce operating costs. With the quality, speed, capacity and flexibility to meet application-specific service quality requirements, Colt customers will benefit from an infrastructure designed for enabling digital businesses.

                                                                                Dell News
                                                                                Dell EMC launches VMware-powered VxRack system with PowerEdge servers
                                                                                Dell EMC's VxRack system has moved to PowerEdge servers in a move designed to highlight the coordination between Dell Technologies portfolio companies.
                                                                                "Dell, EMC, and VMware rolled out a new VxRack hyperconverged system that has migrated to Dell's PowerEdge servers.

                                                                                Dell Technologies portfolio companies launched the Dell EMC VxRack System for SDDC. EMC, before Dell acquired the company, launched VxRail in 2016 with white-box servers, EMC storage and VMware software. For EMC, the VxRack system marked a departure from the VCE partnership with Cisco for servers. VXRail and VXRack systems still include Cisco networking..."

                                                                                Microsoft News
                                                                                Microsoft empowers new development opportunities in mixed reality, gaming and cellular PCs
                                                                                The Creators Update, as well as key partnerships with Intel and Qualcomm, sets the stage for more innovative hardware and experiences for customers in 2017.
                                                                                At the Windows Hardware Engineering Community event (WinHEC) in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft Corp. announced new opportunities for global partners to innovate with Windows 10. Terry Myerson, executive vice president, Windows and Devices Group, Microsoft, was joined on stage in Shenzhen by Navin Shenoy, senior vice president and general manager for the Client Computing Group, Intel Corporation, and Cristiano Amon, executive vice president, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., and president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. Together, the companies showcased new ways for partners to build modern devices that will empower the next generation of creators.
                                                                                Symantec News
                                                                                'Fileless malware' and 'Dronejacking' will increase in 2017
                                                                                Tech 2, December 8th, 2016
                                                                                "Enterprises of all sizes and consumers in India are at equal risks as advanced criminal attack groups now echo the skill sets of nation-state attackers, a Symantec executive has said, adding that 'dronejacking' and 'fileless malware' will increase in the upcoming year. 'As businesses in India embrace the digital transformation,fileless malware among others will be some of the prevalent trends and threats in the upcoming year,' Tarun Kaura, Director of Solutions Product Management - Asia Pacific & Japan at Symantec told IANS. - Tech 2
                                                                                IBM News
                                                                                IBM Watson for Cyber Security Beta Program Launches with 40 Clients Globally
                                                                                Cognitive Systems Cited as New Priority by Nearly 60 Percent of Security Professionals
                                                                                IBM Security announced that global leaders in banking, healthcare, insurance, education and other key industries have joined the IBM Watson for Cyber Security beta program. Sun Life Financial, University of Rochester Medical Center, Avnet, SCANA Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, California Polytechnic State University, University of New Brunswick and Smarttech will be amongst 40 organizations testing Watson's ability to assist in the battle against cybercrime.
                                                                                IBM Launches New Bluemix Services with GitHub and Slack Integration to Speed App Development in the Cloud
                                                                                New cloud services provide developers with one hub to easily access, construct, and scale preconfigured toolchains across the enterprise, designed to reduce time to value
                                                                                IBM announced new Bluemix services designed to simplify and speed app development in the cloud. With these new services, developers can now access and construct preconfigured toolchains using popular DevOps tools, including GitHub and Slack.

                                                                                Toolchains, an integrated set of DevOps tools that support app development, deployment and operations tasks, are integral to the app development process. However, because they are typically comprised of a variety of tools from multiple vendors as well as open source solutions, integration, maintenance and deployment of these toolchains can be an arduous task that can take days or even weeks to complete.

                                                                                IBM Debuts Blockchain Ecosystem To Help Accelerate Growth of Networks on Hyperledger Fabric
                                                                                IBM, December 7th, 2016
                                                                                Blockchain has the potential to transform the way industries conduct business transactions. This will require a complete ecosystem of industry players working together, allowing businesses to benefit from the network effect of blockchain. To help support these organizations, IBM announced a blockchain ecosystem to help accelerate the creation of blockchain networks.
                                                                                CommutAir Leverages The Weather Company, an IBM Business, to Harness the Power of Big Data from the Tarmac
                                                                                The Weather Company combines data science, analytics, and weather to help deliver improved safety and operational efficiency
                                                                                The Weather Company, an IBM Business, announced it will be expanding its relationship with CommutAir, one of the fastest growing regional airlines in the United States. Following a significant increase in the size of its fleet, CommutAir will leverage enhanced flight planning and Predictive Airport Analytics solutions. The company will also further its use of The Weather Company's Fusion global tracking and dispatch services. This modern flight system will provide the airline with the critical information it needs to make the best decisions for its crew, passengers, and business.

                                                                                Processing over 100 terabytes of data a day, The Weather Company helps airlines face the challenge of integrating big data into daily operations for real-time decision making.

                                                                                IBM Research and Rice University Explore Watson-Powered Robot Aimed at Aiding Elderly and Caregivers
                                                                                New 'Aging in Place' Research Environment in Austin Investigates How Cognitive Computing May Transform Eldercare
                                                                                IBM Research announced the creation of the prototype IBM Multi-Purpose Eldercare Robot Assistant (IBM MERA) done in collaboration with Rice University. IBM MERA is a first of a kind Watson-enabled application designed to help assist the elderly and their caregivers. IBM Research also has plans to work with Sole Cooperativa, an independent healthcare provider in Italy, to instrument senior housing with sensors to monitor day-to-day activities of its residents.
                                                                                Fujitsu News
                                                                                Fujitsu Supports IoT-driven Manufacturing Transformation with Launch of VisuaLine Sales
                                                                                Production efficiency significantly streamlined based on operating results' log data collected from manufacturing facilities
                                                                                Fujitsu announced the launch of FUJITSU Manufacturing Industry Solution VisuaLine, an IoT solution that visualizes the operational status of the manufacturing process based on log data of operating results collected from a factory's equipment. Sales of this solution will commence in Japan from December 5.
                                                                                Fujitsu Launches Digital Global Communication Service to Support Rapid Implementation of Communication Platforms
                                                                                Providing total support, from planning the transformation in how people work, to implementing and operating the communication platform
                                                                                Fujitsu announced that it has systematized the services that offer total support-from planning to design, implementation, operation, and usage promotion-for communication platforms that change the ways customers work. Available in Japan from today, the services will be provided under the name FUJITSU Enterprise Application Digital Global Communication Service.

                                                                                In order to quickly respond to the increasing diversification in the ways people work, in 2015 Fujitsu consolidated its communication platform for its approximate 160,000 employees around the globe. This year it began migration of the platform to a multi-cloud environment, in order to be able to continually apply the latest cutting-edge technologies.

                                                                                VMware News
                                                                                2nd Annual Women Transforming Technology Conference -- Registration Now Open
                                                                                VMware Partners with Workday, Dell Technologies, Pivotal, Cloudera, Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Women Who Code to Further Discussion and Enhance Visibility for Next Generation of Female Leaders in Tech Industry
                                                                                VMware, Inc., in partnership with Workday, Dell Technologies, Pivotal, Cloudera, Stanford Clayman Institute for Gender Research, Women Who Code announced that registration is open for the second annual Women Transforming Technology (WT2) Conference. Taking place on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, this world-class community event is designed to continue the important conversation on advancing women in the workplace across the tech industry. It will host more than 450 attendees, ranging from students to executives from industry, academia and nonprofit organizations.
                                                                                Red Hat News
                                                                                Friday Five - December 9, 2016
                                                                                Red Hat, December 9th, 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.

                                                                                • Forbes - Why Is Microsoft Showing So Much Interest In Linux?
                                                                                • Duke Today - Red Hat Gift Spurs Open-Source Ideas At Duke
                                                                                • ZDNet - Red Hat brings full JBoss software stack to OpenShift
                                                                                • Fortune - Red Hat's CEO on How to Apologize When You Screw Up at Work
                                                                                • The New Stack - Red Hat Opens Up OpenShift Dedicated to Google Cloud Platform

                                                                                Read on for details.

                                                                                Red Hat Launches OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform
                                                                                Combines Red Hat's trusted enterprise expertise with Google's container-optimized infrastructure, data analytics, and machine learning services
                                                                                Red Hat announced the general availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform. The new offering brings Red Hat's award-winning container platform as a managed service offering to enterprise customers who want to build, launch, and manage applications on OpenShift Dedicated with Google Cloud Platform as their underlying cloud infrastructure.

                                                                                With the availability of OpenShift Dedicated on Google Cloud Platform, users can speed adoption of containers, Kubernetes, and cloud-native application patterns, benefiting from Red Hat's deep enterprise experience. Users also benefit from Google's global, container-optimized infrastructure and can more easily augment their applications with Google's ecosystem of data analytics, machine learning, compute, network, and storage services.

                                                                                Level3 News
                                                                                Enterprises Start to Migrate Critical Legacy Workloads to the Cloud
                                                                                Now that major enterprises have gotten their feet wet with smaller cloud projects, they're beginning to focus on migrating large, critical legacy workloads.
                                                                                That's the take from Stephen Orban, head of enterprise strategy at Amazon Web Services (AWS).

                                                                                In an interview with Computerworld at the annual AWS re:Invent conference here in November, Orban said the next wave of cloud computing could be focused strategically on legacy migration.

                                                                                And while it's always tougher - and riskier - to move big, mission-critical workloads and services, at least IT departments have gotten experience working with the cloud so they're not going in cold.

                                                                                EMC News
                                                                                Dell EMC ScaleIO Awarded StorageReview's Inaugural Editor's Choice Award
                                                                                Hyper-Converged Software-Defined Storage Shatters StorageReview Performance Records
                                                                                Dell EMC announced that ScaleIO - the company's hyper-converged software-defined storage offering - has been awarded StorageReview's first-ever Editor's Choice award. Intended for the most leading-edge products, the Editor's Choice award is a rare honor, and one that ScaleIO earned over several months of intensive testing in the StorageReview lab.

                                                                                "We were blown away with the Dell EMC ScaleIO solution throughout the review process," said Brian Beeler, editor-in-chief of StorageReview . "Dell EMC ScaleIO is far and away the most impressive storage solution that we've not only seen this year, but probably ever. The performance, flexibility and reliability of ScaleIO is nothing short of astounding. Over the course of several months, it also made us rethink the way we acknowledge such superior performance. At the conclusion of this phase of the review, we decided to launch a StorageReview Editor's Choice award that will be judiciously granted for only the best-of-the best products we see."

                                                                                HP News
                                                                                Hewlett Packard Enterprise Enriches HPE IDOL Machine Learning Engine with Natural Language Processing
                                                                                HPE IDOL Natural Language Question Answering enables human to computer interactions for business critical tasks
                                                                                Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a new release of its flagship unstructured data analytics engine, HPE IDOL, featuring advanced Natural Language Question Answering. The new version of HPE IDOL leverages advanced machine learning functionality to improve the effectiveness and contextual accuracy of human interactions with computers.

                                                                                Among the biggest challenges facing organizations trying to leverage Big Data is providing answers to users' questions in a natural, effective manner without cumbersome user interfaces or extensive training. Interactive voice assistants and online chatbots have recently simplified this process for consumers, however developers have had a difficult time adapting this approach to enterprise-class tasks due to the complexity and context of the questions, trustworthiness of the source, specificity of the information needed and accuracy of the answer.

                                                                                Hewlett Packard Enterprise Introduces Modular 'Micro' Data Center for Distributed IT
                                                                                New pre-integrated, software-defined HPE Micro Datacenter optimized for hybrid IT operations
                                                                                Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) introduced HPE Micro Datacenter, a self-contained converged IT and facilities solution that incorporates compute, network, storage, and unified management control to provide customers a micro-modular data center for distributed IT and edge computing.

                                                                                Exponential growth in data has created a new level of demand on data centers. The need for localized content delivery and data analytics means enterprises may need to provide increased and timely compute resource both onsite and at distributed locations. Modular data centers have become an answer to this challenge in that they are easily installed, self-contained, scalable and remotely managed.

                                                                                Technology for a Better World: A Q&A with Futurist Dr. James Canton on the Potential and Power of Memory-Driven Computing
                                                                                HPE, December 8th, 2016
                                                                                In October, Hewlett Packard Labs successfully tested a proof-of-concept prototype of the first Memory-Driven Computing architecture - a milestone in The Machine research program aimed at reinventing computing for the future. We asked industry observers to comment on what this development means and what's next.

                                                                                Internationally recognized futurist Dr. James Canton, author of several books including Future Smart, weighs in on these questions and explains why the architectural elements of Memory-Driven Computing represent a paradigm shift that comes at a crucial time.

                                                                                  Brocade News
                                                                                  Queensland Brain Institute To Accelerate Brain Research With Brocade
                                                                                  The University of Queensland's Queensland Brain Institute First to Deploy Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel Technology in Australia for Storage Networking
                                                                                  Brocade announced that The University of Queensland's QUEENSLAND BRAIN INSTITUTE will become the first organization in Australia to migrate to Brocade Gen 6 Fibre Channel storage networking solutions. BROCADE G620 switches will be deployed to provide the speed and performance the Queensland Brain Institute needs to eliminate data bottlenecks and accelerate research into preventing brain diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer's, motor neuron disease, anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia.

                                                                                  Established in 2003, the Queensland Brain Institute is one of the world's largest dedicated facilities focused on understanding how the brain works and finding ways to prevent diseases.

                                                                                  Brocade Expands Data Center Networking Solutions To Accelerate Digital Transformation
                                                                                  Advancements in Data Center Automation and Network Visibility Combined with New Brocade SLX Switches Enable Business Agility at Cloud Speed
                                                                                  Brocade announced an expanded BROCADE SLX FAMILY with new innovative switches that feature unparalleled network visibility and the addition of BROCADE WORKFLOW COMPOSER AUTOMATION SUITES for turnkey automation. This is the industry's first data center networking portfolio to deliver agility at all layers of the data center stack, while being open to provide customers with choice. With Brocade, organizations can build networks that allow them to quickly adapt to technology transitions, deliver new services at cloud speed and accelerate digital transformation.
                                                                                  Windstream News
                                                                                  Windstream named gold-level Military Friendly employer
                                                                                  Windstream, December 9th, 2016
                                                                                  Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions, has received a Gold-Level Military Friendly Employer award from Victory Media, originator of the family of Military Friendly Employer and Military Friendly Schools resources for veterans and their families.

                                                                                  The award provides a competitive view of how well employers and other organizations support the military community within their respective organization compared to their peers, according to Victory Media.

                                                                                    Netapp News
                                                                                    NetApp SolidFire SF-Series 19210 and NetApp E2800 Named 2016 CRN Products of the Year Finalists
                                                                                    NetApp, December 6th, 2016
                                                                                    NetApp announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, named the NetApp SolidFire SF-Series 19210 and the NetApp E2800 as finalists in the 2016 Products of the Year Awards in the Enterprise Storage and Midrange Storage categories. Recognized products represent best-in-class technological innovation as judged by CRN editors and the solution provider community at large.

                                                                                    The NetApp SolidFire SF-Series 19210 decreases the cost of all-flash arrays by offering the highest density and lowest cost per GB/IOPS, making it well suited for heavily virtualized and cloud infrastructures.

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