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Oracle News
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Panda Retail Company Deploys Oracle to Optimize Operations and Support Business Transformation
Saudi Arabian Hypermarket, Supermarket and Convenience Store Chain Leverages Oracle Retail Solutions to Drive Performance
Oracle announced that Saudi Arabia's largest supermarket retailer, The Panda Retail Company, has deployed the suite of Oracle Retail Merchandising, Oracle Retail Planning, Oracle Retail Supply Chain, and Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management to optimize core retail operations and underpin additional business diversity in line with its planned growth and customer centric strategy. The Panda Retail Company employs 25,000 people and operates more than 475 hypermarket, supermarket and convenience stores throughout Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
Ardene Transforms Merchandising to Support International Growth
Fashion Retailer Supports Growth for More Than 400 Locations in the U.S. and Canada
Oracle announced that leading North America retailer Ardene has implemented Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management to support its immediate and long-term international expansion. The fashion retailer is empowering merchants, and planners as they transform their promotions planning, merchandising, and inventory management for its more than 400 stores in Canada and the U.S.

Ardene launched its business transformation when growth began to test the limits of the company's critical merchandising and store systems. The retailer partnered with systems integrator OLR Group to roll out the Oracle solutions and enable streamlined integration with Ardene's existing information systems, establishing a connection that leverages the retailer's legacy sales and customer data. The implementation began with merchandising to establish a foundation for growth.

Belk, Hot Topic and Torrid Choose Oracle Retail Stores Solutions to Unify Brand Experiences
Department store retailers empower store associates with modern technology
Oracle announced that Belk, Hot Topic and Torrid have invested in Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service to improve their in-store guest experiences. All three companies are owned by Sycamore Partners, a New York-based private equity firm whose portfolio generates more than $10 billion in annual sales.

Retailers compete on the basis of brand experience. The store is the nucleus of the human touch point. Consumers are embracing mobile devices and transformative in-store technologies that redefine their shopping experiences. Belk, Hot Topic and Torrid will leverage this same technology to empower associates and provide them with more information to better serve consumers.

Oracle and PwC Team Up to Offer Unparalleled IFRS 9 Compliance Expertise
This Collaboration Enables Banks to More Easily Navigate Adoption of New Reporting Standard
Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications and PwC announced a global collaboration to offer premium technology, implementation and consulting solutions to help financial institutions meet near-term and ongoing compliance with the International Accounting Standards Board's (IASB) new IFRS9 and FASB's proposed CECL reporting standards.

The collaboration will pair Oracle's software and analytical solutions, which provide pre-built rules, methods and reports, with PwC's compliance consulting and implementation expertise. Together, the two companies will provide financial services clients with full line of sight into all needs related to the new IFRS 9 accounting standard that banks must comply with by 2018.

Oracle Buys Apiary
Creates the Most Comprehensive API Integration Cloud by Adding the Leading API Design and Governance Solution
Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Apiary, whose pioneering APIFlow solution provides the framework and tools for developing application programming interfaces (APIs) that share enterprise services and data and help create modern, cloud-based applications and experiences.

Apiary has helped companies create hundreds of thousands of APIs and products that their customers and partners love to use. APIFlow spans the API creation lifecycle, including design, governance, testing, and documentation, while supporting API Blueprint and OpenAPI industry standards. Together, Oracle and Apiary will help companies thrive in the digital economy by comprehensively managing connectivity complexity and API proliferation.

Oracle Marketing Cloud Teams with Eyeota to Enhance Global Data Offering
Eyeota data helps Oracle Data Management Platform customers improve ROI and strengthen customer experience across global campaigns
Oracle Marketing Cloud announced it is teaming with Eyeota to enable marketers and advertisers to use Eyeota data in the Oracle Data Management Platform to more intelligently target and personalize non-US campaigns to Eyeota's three billion unique profiles in Europe, APAC, and the Americas. Eyeota data will be integrated into the Oracle Data Management Platform through the Oracle Data Cloud, and Oracle Data Management Platform users can build audiences directly from Eyeota data or by seamlessly combining it with additional data segments from Oracle's BlueKai Marketplace.
SKECHERS Uses Oracle to Localize Assortments As They Grow Their Retail Presence
Oracle Retail Assortment Planning Enables SKECHERS to Optimize and Strategically Plan Their Merchandise assortments
Oracle announced that SKECHERS USA, Inc., a $3 billion global leader in performance and lifestyle footwear, has implemented Oracle Retail Assortment Planning to ensure inventory and assortments are localized to meet consumer demand. The impacted product range includes comfort-focused, trend-right product for men, women and kids, as well as footwear collections from the Skechers Performance Division. The Oracle implementation is part of SKECHERS retail stores' overall business improvements, designed to support continued store growth while expanding market penetration.
UK-Based Mid-Size Online Sports Retailer Wiggle Uses Oracle to Support Double-Digit Growth
Oracle, January 17th, 2017
Oracle announced, focused exclusively on tri-sport products and services UK-head-quartered specialty ecommerce retailer Wiggle (www.wiggle.com) is using Oracle solutions to sustain record sales and enable expansion into new markets.

The leading global online tri-sports retailer, founded just nine years ago and which last year completed its acquisition of Chain Reaction Cycles (CRC), went live on 31st October 2016 with its new retail platform comprising Oracle Retail Merchandising System (ORMS) and Oracle Merchandise Financial Planning (OMFP). The new platform performed admirably throughout the peak trading period of both Black Friday and Christmas.

Features
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The Hottest Tech Skills for 2017
Written by Nicole Fornacon, Oracle University Marketing Director, EMEA/APAC
Nicole blogs, "New year, new you, new job?

2017 is here, and if your New Year's resolution includes a career shift, a promotion or even landing your first job, then it's crucial to be aware of the skills employers seek.

To identify the hottest skills employers are looking for, LinkedIn analyzed its 2016 site activity.

According to LinkedIn's career expert, Catherine Fisher, now is a great time for professionals to acquire the skills they need to be more marketable..."

    Top 10 Strategic CIO Priorities For 2017
    By Rob Preston, January 17th, 2017
    Rob writes, "More so than in any other year in recent history, events in 2017 promise to put business executives under intense pressure, as new political forces, restructured trading coalitions, and more aggressive central bankers and regulators exert their influence on companies and markets worldwide.

    Advances in digital technology and business models will also continue to shift the balance of global economic power, putting more pressure on CIOs to stay ahead of existing and emerging competitors. The many tools at the disposal of CIOs include cloud computing, predictive analytics, mobile applications, machine learning, and robotics, feeding broader movements such as the Internet of Things and Industry 4.0. The business opportunities are considerable: lower costs; more precise supply chains; more dynamic, reliable, and personalized products and marketing campaigns; more attentive customer service; and ultimately more abundant, loyal customers..."

    IT - AI
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    With AI Tools, Enterprises Need To Differentiate Between Hype And Value
    SearchBusinessAnalytics, January 19th, 2017
    "Enterprises can reap real value by implementing AI applications, but seeing that value through the fog of hype can be difficult, says one expert...

    While there may be lots of potential for enterprises that implement AI tools, a lot of the hype that has emerged over the past year may be just that: hype.

    'There's still a fairly wide gap between what a lot of the platforms can do and what their advertising says they can do,' said Josh Sutton, head of data and artificial intelligence at the advertising consulting firm Publicis.Sapient in Boston..."

      SPARC
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      SPARC/Solaris Roadmap
      Includes Solaris 11.next, January 13th, 2017
      Updated January 13th, 2017.

      SPARC/Solaris Roadmap include:

      • SPARC IaaS
      • @Customer
      • Solaris 11.next
      • SPARC Next
      • S7
      • SPARC next+

      See PDF

      Virtualization
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      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.14 now available for download!
      By Simon Coter, January 17th, 2017
      Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 14.

      This release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention:

      • GUI: fixed a crash with multi monitor setups under certain conditions
      • GUI: allow cloning of snapshots when the VM is running
      • VBoxSVC: fixed a crash under rare circumstances
      • Windows hosts: another fix for recent Windows 10 hosts
      • Linux hosts: Kernel 4.10 fixes
      • Linux Additions: fixed protocol error during certain operations on shared folders ..."

      Read on for details.

      IT - Storage
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      8 Vendors Poised To Make Strides In Storage In 2017
      NetworkComputing, January 17th, 2017
      "2017 is shaping up to be a year of great change in storage. The hard disk is dying and the result is that flash-based products are surging on all fronts, though Intel and Micron have a flash alternative in the pipeline. Object storage is gaining ground over traditional arrays. Software-defined storage is going to be hot, especially in hyperconverged architectures. Above all, 2017 will see the cloud, both public and hybrid, stealing growth away from the data center and its vendors.

      Traditional storage array and filer vendors are looking for a share of the software and support revenue as hardware platforms enter into a race to the bottom driven by COTS gear and low-priced drives. Open source code seeks to compete with them, suggesting that we will have plenty of storage software choices for 2017 and beyond..."

      Gartner: Critical Capabilities For Solid-State Arrays
      StorageNewsletter.com, January 19th, 2017
      "The report, Critical Capabilities for Solid-State Arrays (ID: G00299673), was published on August 31 2016 by analysts from Gartner, Inc. Valdis Filks, Joseph Unsworth, Arun Chandrasekaran.

      Summary

      As concerns regarding their high price recede, solid-state arrays (SSAs) have improved performance, efficiency and manageability. Here, we analyze and evaluate 13 SSAs across five high-impact use cases and quantify product attractiveness against seven critical capabilities that are important to IT leaders..."

      Nine Critical Features For Object Stores
      architectingIT, January 17th, 2017
      "Object storage is a relatively new market segment that has continued to grow steadily and is starting to find more reasons for adoption. For the uninitiated, object stores are used to hold large volumes of unstructured data, where each 'object' is essentially a file with no specific format (also called a binary file). Object stores can hold any type of data, from small objects that can be human-readable files to media (audio and video) or other industry-specific formats (oil & gas, medical imaging and so on)..."
        IT - Technology
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        2017: Best Books on IT and Technology
        TechWorld, January 16th, 2017
        "It's an irony that in the digital world paper books are still held in incredibly high regard. Many have opinions but getting into print carries prestige.

        Here are the best books to read this year for technology lovers..."

        • Weapons of Math Destruction
        • Chaos Monkeys
        • Rise of the Machines
        • The Inevitable
        • The Open Organization

        ... read on for the full list

          7 Really Cool Network and IT Research Projects
          Network World, January 17th, 2017
          "Mobile app privacy, quantum computing and hacker-thwarting code randomization among serious research topics at schools like Carnegie Mellon, Princeton and MIT...

          Researchers at top universities, backed by funding from federal and other outfits, are pumping out loads of research on network security, wireless networking and more. Here's a recap of 7 impressive projects from recent months..."

          Researchers Create Memory Chips That Store And Process Data
          ComputerWorld, January 18th, 2017
          "The new processing memory can at least double mobile device and laptop performance...

          Computer scientists in Singapore and Germany have collaborated to create a resistive RAM chip that not only stores data but can act as a computer processor.

          The breakthrough uses state-of-the-art memory chips known as Redox-based, resistive switching random access memory (ReRAM) and could lead to much faster and thinner mobile devices. Today's computers must transfer data from the memory storage to the processor unit for computation, which along with slowing performance also requires more power..."

          Training
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          What's New With Oracle Certification - January 2017
          By Sheryl Domingue, January 20th, 2017
          Sheryl blogs, "Stay up to date with the Oracle Certification Program, view exams released into production, get information on current promotions and learn about new program announcements below..."

          • 1Z1-070 | Oracle Exadata X5 Administration (Ends Jan 31, 2017)
          • 1Z0-075 | Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Associate
          • 1Z0-148 | Oracle Database 12c: Advanced PL/SQL
          • 1Z0-821 | Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration

          Read on for details.

          New Training and Certifications for January
          By Jim Vonick, January 18th, 2017
          Jim blogs, "Check out our newly available training and certification offerings for January 2017!

          Our new training includes all digital Oracle Learning Subscriptions, as well as in-depth courses on specific topics. The following is a partial list of what we anticipate will be popular with our customers..."

          IT - Bitcoin
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          The Blockchain Is Still Waiting For Its Web. Here's A Blueprint
          CoinDesk, January 18th, 2017
          "The blockchain landscape is still very technical. Aside from the early enthusiasts and pioneers, it is hardly comprehensible to the masses, and it will continue to be that way, unless it breaks out of its technical shell.

          This isn't unlike the predicament the Internet was stuck in, prior to the Web.

          So, what if blockchain technology is more like the Internet, which means that we are still waiting for its Web layers to emerge, in order to fully exploit its capabilities?..."

            IT - FOSS
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            5 Ways To Be Successful With Open Source Software In 2017 (Slideshow)
            Information Week, January 20th, 2017
            "Open source software has matured over the years, often serving as the primary piece of a corporation's software strategy. But questions remain in the minds of many managers. Doug Cutting of the Apache Software Foundation, and known for creating Hadoop, shares his thoughts on how to achieve success with for open source..."
            IT - DevOps
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            Best DevOps practices for 2017
            Information Age, January 20th, 2017
            "Because the idea of DevOps is still so new, experts are continually having to hone what they view as a best practice.

            At the start of the New Year, many people make their own personal goals clear for the year (whether or not they intend to keep them), but employees tend to head back to our work desks without reassessing how projects are going. They just jump back in unquestioningly and continue down the path they were on before the holiday..."

            DevOps Trends Emerging For 2017 And Beyond
            The Enterprisers Project, January 20th, 2017
            "As the year draws to a close, we look towards the future and the emerging trends that are set to shape the world of software delivery for 2017 and beyond.

            One of the most powerful, overarching trends we saw in the recent year is the growing adoption and maturity of DevOps practices. From its grassroots, small-teams beginnings, DevOps has mushroomed and is now at the point of becoming the standard way of working (or rather, the pursuit and continued improvement towards this way of working) - for enterprises and startups alike..."

            How DevOps Went Mainstream In 2016
            ITProPortal, January 20th, 2017
            "2017 must be the year that we take this more cohesive, inclusive approach, demonstrating the potential that DevOps can bring right across the business...

            2016 was the year that DevOps became part of IT organisations' everyday language. While forward thinking, agile businesses have embraced DevOps from the outset, what we're seeing now is what, in the Technology Adoption Lifecycle are known as 'the late majority' shifting towards new DevOps practices..."

            Relevant Continuous Testing: The Primary Key to DevOps
            devops.com, January 19th, 2017
            "My recent blog, '7 Pillars of DevOps,' identified seven essential best practices areas that make up successful DevOps and explained that the pillars are not silos, but rather foundations that need to be kept in balance. One of the pillars is continuous testing (CT).

            For well-balanced DevOps, CT performs tests that are fast enough to just fit within the time budget, yet thorough enough to cover the quality needed for deployment to production. Despite the need for balance, CT can be considered the true backbone of DevOps because testing is the one pillar that proves the validity of changes needed to operate and validate the correct operation of the other pillars from end to end across the pipeline..."

            MySQL
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            Automating MySQL Replication with ClusterControl 1.4.0
            By Severalnines, January 20th, 2017
            With the recent release of ClusterControl 1.4.0, we added a bunch of new features to better support MySQL replication users. In this blog post, we'll give you a quick overview of the new features.

            Enhanced multi-master deployment

            A simple master-slave replication setup is usually good enough in a lot of cases, but sometimes, you might need a more complex topology with multiple masters. With 1.4.0, ClusterControl can help provision such setups. You are now able to deploy a multi-master replication setup in active - standby mode. One of the masters will actively take writes, while the other one is ready to take over writes should the active master fail. You can also easily add slaves under each master, right from the UI.

            Cloud Computing
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            Friday Spotlight: The Promise of Simplified Cloud Management
            By Antoinette O'Sullivan, January 20th, 2017
            Antoinette blogs, "Oracle Private Cloud Appliance delivers on the promise of simplified cloud management. This converged infrastructure solution consists of preconfigured Oracle servers, network, and storage hardware and software.

            You can learn more about this product by taking the Oracle Private Cloud Appliance: Administration training as a:

            • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones.
            • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class..."

            Read on.

            Oracle's Hurd: Cloud Pulls CFOs Into Business Model Revolution
            By Michael Hickins, January 17th, 2017
            Oracle CEO Mark Hurd said Tuesday that the benefits of cloud computing go well beyond cost savings, allowing companies to pay for innovation they can ill afford to ignore given slow-to-no global economic growth. "This is becoming a CFO-CEO discussion as much as an IT discussion," he said during the opening keynote of Oracle CloudWorld 2017 here.
            Oracle Cloud Continues Exceptional Customer Momentum
            Customers of all sizes and from all industries drive innovation and accelerate success with Oracle Cloud
            Oracle announced that the Oracle Cloud continues to experience unparalleled growth, adding thousands of customers in Q2 FY17. Leading organizations across more than 195 countries and countless industries rely on Oracle Cloud to help reduce cost and complexity, while gaining a competitive advantage in their respective markets. Oracle Cloud today manages more than 55 billion transactions each day for companies ranging from Fortune 500s to emerging challengers, including Brinks, Doosan, Falkonry, G&J Pepsi Bottling, GE, Pernod Ricard, RadioShack, Safe Ports, T-Mobile, Trek, University of Kansas, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
            Oracle Launches Oracle Code Events for Modern Cloud Development
            New event series helps developers learn how to build modern web, mobile, enterprise and Cloud-native application
            Oracle has a rich history of building platforms and developer-focused technologies that are loved and used by millions of developers around the globe. In continuation of its commitment to invest in the developer community - Oracle announced that attendee registration and call for papers are now open for Oracle Code, a free event series that will bring developers together to learn about the latest technologies, best practices and industry trends. Starting March 1 in San Francisco, the Oracle Code event series will give attendees the insights they need to tackle development challenges in the Cloud through a combination of keynotes, technical sessions and hands-on labs delivered by industry luminaries, community members and Oracle experts. In total, there will be events in 20 cities across North America, Europe, Asia and South America in 2017.
            Oracle Cloud Platform Expands to Help More Organizations Build and Deploy High-Performance Applications
            Organizations can now run enterprise-class Oracle Database workloads on an even broader array of IaaS options for outstanding performance and unparalleled flexibility
            Continuing its rich history of delivering game-changing cloud services, Oracle today unveiled new enhancements to the Oracle Cloud Platform, making it even more compelling for customers to move business-critical applications to the cloud. The company announced two industry firsts: the availability of the Oracle Database Cloud Service on bare metal compute, and new virtual machine (VM) compute, load balancing, and storage capabilities, all on the same low latency, high performance modern IaaS platform. With these enhancements, Oracle Cloud Platform now delivers differentiated database performance at every scale, and deeply integrated IaaS capabilities, for customers of any size to easily develop, test, and deploy their business-critical applications in the cloud.
            Linux
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            Training Thursdays: Stability and Performance with Oracle OpenStack
            By Antoinette O'Sullivan
            Antoinette blogs, "Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux delivers the stability and performance customers expect for enterprise solutions and also aligns and integrates with Oracle products and total cloud strategy. Learn more about Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux by taking the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux: Getting Started seminar.

            You can take this one-day seminar as a:

            • Live-Virtual Event: Attend a live event from your own desk, no travel required. Events are added to the schedule to suit different time-zones.
            • In-Class Event: Travel to an education center to take this class.

            Resources: ..."

            IT - Cloud
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            Google Cloud Platform: Choosing The Right Storage
            The Datacenter Journal, January 17th, 2017
            "Google Cloud Platform is still a relative newcomer to the enterprise cloud marketplace; the company only launched its IaaS offering, Google Compute Engine, as recently as 2013. But it has already emerged as a serious challenger to the dominant AWS and Microsoft Azure, boasting high-profile clients such as Apple, Spotify, Snapchat and Best Buy.

            But if you're thinking about using Google to host some of your enterprise IT workloads, you'll need to think about the various options for storing your data.

            This article covers the cloud vendor's portfolio of data-storage services. In addition, to help users more familiar with the offerings of market leader AWS, where applicable, I've also listed the Amazon equivalent of each service. Finally, the article updates users about Google's recently launched cold-storage service..."

            How To Avoid Public Cloud Headaches With Proper IP Address Planning
            TechRepublic, January 17th, 2017
            "Big data can be a big headache, unless you know how to manage it at scale. Credit Karma engineering manager, Dustin Lyons, spoke with TechRepublic about how the fintech giant handles its data...

            Fintech is one of the fastest-growing investment categories for venture capital. Since 2010, more than 1,200 VC firms have wired more than $22 billion into the bank accounts of over 1,800 startups, according to Pitchbook. J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who recently removed himself from consideration as Treasury Secretary in the Trump administration, warned his peers that 'Silicon Valley is coming'..."

            Hybrid Cloud 101: Using The Cloud As A Storage Tier
            ComputerWeekly, January 20th, 2017
            "We look at what's possible when it comes to hybrid cloud, what types of data and what hybrid cloud architectures can combine on-premise and cloud storage capacity...

            Public cloud computing enables users and IT departments to deploy applications without having to make capital investments in computer hardware.

            And with storage forming an increasing part of on-premise budgets, public cloud storage provides a way to convert storage costs to an operational expense, rather than a capital expense..."

            Hybrid Cloud Transforms Enterprises
            Business 2 Community, January 20th, 2017
            "Cloud has become a key enabler of business innovation. As it matures, industries across the globe are realizing that the - Cloud is not a simple thing, but a multi-dimensional technology destination to fuel innovation. A properly deployed Cloud platform can improve business models, intelligence and processes provide deeper insights into data and access to new customers. All of this ultimately helps enterprises achieve growth and competitive advantage that were previously difficult to accomplish..."
              Private Cloud In Retreat, Public Cloud To Fore: Report
              InformationWeek, January 19th, 2017
              "Our '2017 State of Cloud' report finds private cloud losing its viability and hybrid cloud operations too complex; public cloud use advancing...

              The private cloud based on a heavily virtualized environment in the enterprise data center is going to have a limited shelf life, according to a new study.

              The number of IT managers planning that approach was down to 28% of respondents in a recent survey and dropped to 16% as they looked forward to what's next in their future.

              Use of public cloud computing, on the other hand, continues to mushroom. Two years ago, 20% of a similar set of respondents expected to get half or more of their IT services from the cloud. Today that number has nearly doubled to 39%..."

              What The Cloud Model Means For Enterprise Tech
              NetworkComputing, January 18th, 2017
              "As cloud providers evolve toward 'premises cloud' hosting, the old networking model isn't just irrelevant, it's impossible.

              Everyone has heard the story that public cloud services will totally destroy enterprise IT, leaving data centers vast, presumably cooled, wastelands. Everyone except perhaps the cloud enthusiasts also know that's certainly not true today, nor is it likely to be true even in 10 years. Still, public cloud services will wreak some massive changes in networking and IT, and it won't take a decade for those changes to show up in planning and budgets. They'll not be exactly what you expect, either..."

                IT - CxO
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                10 Takeaways from CompTIA's IT Industry Outlook 2017 (Slideshow)
                The VAR Guy, January 19th, 2017
                "Tech industry analyst firm CompTIA released its annual IT Industry Outlook' today, and 2017 is looking bright..."'

                "With the groundwork of cloud, mobility, data and connectivity laid, the year ahead will see evolutionary advances on many fronts," said Tim Herbert, senior vice president for research and market intelligence at CompTIA.

                "Digital business transformation remains a driving force for small and large enterprises alike," Herbert explained. "Organizations will have the opportunity to explore advances in virtual reality, artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, the Internet of things, and inevitably, a few unexpected breakthroughs. Those playing catch-up will face growing and potentially new forms of competitive pressures..."

                CIOs Walking Digital Tightrope between Opportunity and Risk
                CIO, January 17th, 2017
                "These are scary, exciting times for CIOs who must tackle digital transformations.

                A few years ago, most CIO searches entailed looking for IT leaders who could juggle Big Bang projects, such as data center consolidations and ERP overhauls. Companies asked prospective candidates how many people they've led and inquired about their management style.

                Those traits remain important but most CEOs today seek CIOs who can harness digital technologies to transform their businesses and boost revenue growth, says Heidrick & Struggles partner Matt Aiello. They demand forward-thinking change agents with a nose for serving digitally savvy customers..."

                Coding School Graduates: Are They Worth Hiring?
                TechRepublic, January 16th, 2017
                "More than 90 coding bootcamps across the US aim to quickly train students in computer science skills to fill job gaps. Here's what your company should know about hiring them...

                The exponential rise of coding bootcamps seems like a way to fill the tech talent gap and provide people with an entry point into a lucrative tech career. But can a coding bootcamp graduate compete with a computer science degree holder in the tech marketplace?..."

                  How Can The CIO Drive RPA As A Strategic Imperative?
                  InformationWeek, January 18th, 2017
                  "The use of Robotic Process Automation, using concepts such as software bots, is emerging, but its use can't succeed in isolation. The CIO needs to get involved to implement an enterprise strategy.

                  In recent years, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) has emerged as an effective enabling technology to gain efficiencies by automating repetitive, rule-based, manual tasks and mitigating human error risks.

                  For example, AT&T has established and grown a footprint of 200 software bots across its customer service organization, a capability that emerged out of an innovation center. Now, launched as a simple-to-use, cloud based enterprise technology, these software bots can be used by any AT&T employee to automate manual work..."

                  How CIOs Trap Themselves By Recycling The Same Talent
                  ComputerWeekly, January 20th, 2017
                  "Research pointing to talent standing in the way of CIOs achieving their objectives suggests a lack of innovation. It's now time to think differently...

                  According to recent Gartner research, talent is the single biggest issue standing in the way of CIOs achieving their objectives. It seems there are still the same gaps and challenges as there were four, five, six and more years ago..."

                  How To Get Beyond Finance Vs. IT
                  ComputerWorld, January 18th, 2017
                  "IT leaders need to understand the financial policies that control the way IT buys infrastructure and systems...

                  One thing that you're likely to encounter in any IT department is resentment toward the Finance department. A staffer might be angry because 'those bean counters in Finance who know nothing about technology' directed him to buy one product when he wanted to buy a different one. Or maybe Finance approves the acquisition of an application, but it says to get the server version, not the cloud version (or vice versa; Finance's decisions can seem maddeningly unpredictable). Or it outright rejects a request to replace a system that users consider to be a boat anchor. 'Why?' asks IT. Because, says Finance, that boat anchor can't be replaced until it's fully depreciated - never mind that that will be several years in the future..."

                  IoT: How To Alleviate Bandwidth Challenges
                  ITProPortal, January 18th, 2017
                  "Life is full of compromises, and the lack of bandwidth forces you to make some of the hardest ones...

                  According to IT journalist Ray Shaw, 'extensible connectivity is the foundation for enabling a robust Internet of Things (IoT) platform.' This may require companies to gather data to physically control things in real-time.

                  Those 'things' include equipment within a power plant, used to determine certain readings to allow the operators to realise when they need to adjust the settings of a device. He adds: 'Such precise data analysis may require computer power closer to the edge of the convergence between the IT systems and devices to reduce the inherent latency introduced by sending information back to a datacentre or cloud environment.'

                  In order to analyse the data in an IoT environment, it commonly needs to be aggregated. Gateways are also used at the edge to compile and filter out data in order to reduce the impact of any potential bandwidth challenges..."

                  Six Trends That Will Transform How We Communicate & Collaborate In 2017
                  ITProPortal, January 19th, 2017
                  "Digital transformation will lead businesses to rethink their strategies this year.

                  As the new year gets under way, it is safe to say that 2016 was a true testament to how agile the business landscape has grown. The constant need to improve and differentiate the customer experience is fueling the ever-increasing pace of business cycles and processes. The consistent threat of digital disruption is encouraging organizations to think outside of the box, and approach today's 24/7, on-demand economy with greater attention to flexibility and collaboration..."

                    vBeers-SF
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                    vBeers @ Miami
                    Wednesday, January 18th, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                    Change of venue this month in Miami! The meetup will be at the Biscayne Tavern, on Biscayne Blvd, opposite the Bayfront Park amphitheatre. It is part of the YVE Hotel Miami Downtown. They offer valet parking and there is metered parking between the North and South lanes of Biscayne Blvd. There are several fixed price evening parking lots within a short walk.

                    We meet in Miami on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

                    Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

                    These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other hands-on IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida.

                    Feel free to arrive and depart at your convenience. People start gathering around 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM and most people leave by 8:30 or 9:00 PM.

                    Please register at The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.

                    vBeers - we're about:

                    IT - Operating Systems - Technology Startups - Open Source - New Technology - IT Professionals - Cloud Computing - Information Technology - Virtualization - Technology Professionals - Information Technology in Business - SaaS (Software as a Service) - vBeers - Linux - Unix - Web Technology - Security - Machine Learning - Containers - Networking - Referrals - Beer

                    South Florida Technology Alliance, John J. McLaughlin

                    vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens
                    Wednesday, February 1st, 2017: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
                    Twisted Trunk - Palm Beach Gardens

                    The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) events page.

                    Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

                    We meet in Palm Beach Gardens on the 4th Wednesday of each month. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

                    Please share this invitation with your IT colleagues and encourage them to attend!

                    These informal networking/social events provide a relaxed environment to meet with other hands-on IT professionals and promote the growth of IT in South Florida.

                    Feel free to arrive and depart at your convenience. People start gathering around 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM and most people leave by 8:30 or 9:00 PM.

                    SFTA, John McLaughlin

                    IT - DR
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                    Disaster Recovery In The Cloud
                    Business 2 Community, January 20th, 2017
                    "Nobody likes to think about it, but at some point data centers will fail, either due to natural or man-made disasters. Having a disaster recovery plan in place can help mitigate service disruptions and the loss of data and revenue that can occur in the event of outages in production systems. In this article, we take a look at the key metrics in disaster recovery as well as what options are available to organizations..."
                    IT - Networks
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                    Switches Coming Out This Year Will Drive Open Networking Forward
                    PCWorld, January 19th, 2017
                    "Cumulus is introducing hardware and Barefoot's chips will start shipping in products...

                    Two moves by open networking vendors this week are likely to chip a little bit more off the monolith of proprietary, appliance-like equipment that still moves most packets around enterprise data centers.

                    On Thursday, network OS supplier Cumulus Networks introduced turnkey switches based on standard hardware from Edgecore Networks running Cumulus software. They're designed to allow customers who are new to open networking to get started quickly and easily..."

                      IT - IoT
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                      Better Connected: Three Tips For Strengthening The Iot
                      ITProPortal, January 19th, 2017
                      "Wifi is suitable for local IoT but as the network of connected devices grows developers will need to turn to non-local solutions...

                      The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to gain momentum rapidly. Gartner suggests that during 2016, 5.5 million new 'things' will have been connected each day. This is because valuable data is everywhere, from smart cities to industrial environments. As we see more connected devices and machines, intelligently linking them together to create new information flows is crucial to the value and success of the IoT..."

                      How Big Data And Analytics Are Fuelling The IoT Revolution
                      Information Age, January 19th, 2017
                      "Data and analytics are increasingly fuelling the adoption of connected devices and the Internet of Things. But for businesses to succeed in unlocking the potential of this trend it is vital they understand, monitor and measure the mass of data being created.

                      A good example of this in practice is video camera manufacturer GoPro. The company is using data from its products to make business decisions that improve the customer experience and pinpoint gaps in the market..."

                      IT - Operations
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                      Bain: Is Container Use Optional? Probably Not
                      InformationWeek, January 17th, 2017
                      "Containers are less an option and more an essential technology for achieving the agile company needed to survive in the digital economy...

                      Containers, frequently portrayed as an experimental or optional technology, are likely to be an essential ingredient in transitioning traditional companies to the emerging digital economy, concludes a study by Bain & Company.

                      The Bain authors of 'For Traditional Enterprises, The Path To Digital And The Role Of Containers' come to several surprising conclusions. It's understood that containers are useful in building next-generation applications based on microservices. Bain says they're also good for transitioning 20-year-old, monolithic applications..."

                      Here Are The 10 Largest Data Center Providers In The World
                      InfoWorld, January 20th, 2017
                      "As the last several years have shown, bigger is better when it comes to running a colocation data center services business. The biggest companies in retail and wholesale data center markets have further secured their dominance by acquiring hefty rivals, and there's been a wave of consolidation in secondary markets, as smaller players seek to scale in order to compete.

                      Large multinational customers prefer a provider that can give them infrastructure at national or global scale, and if you're a company with one or two regional locations, you're mostly stuck competing with public cloud giants like Amazon and Microsoft for the dollars of local small and mid-size businesses..."

                      IT - Security
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                      Credential-Stuffing Attacks Take Enterprise Systems By Storm
                      Dark Reading, January 17th, 2017
                      "Automated credential-stuffing attempts makes up 90% of enterprise login traffic.

                      Billions of online credentials freshly stolen in 2016 are fueling a practice of automated login hacks that are overwhelming legitimate human-login traffic on enterprise Web properties.

                      A study out today from Shape Security shows that it's common for credential-stuffing login attempts to account for more than 90% of all login activity on Internet-facing systems at Fortune 100 firms..."

                      Passwords: A Long Goodbye
                      CSO Online, January 18th, 2017
                      "The campaign to repeal and replace passwords with more secure authentication is making progress. But even those involved say it will be a long time before they disappear..

                      The campaign to eliminate passwords has been ongoing, and growing, for close to a decade. There are even some declarations that this might be the year, or at least ought to be the year, that it happens.

                      Don't hold your breath. Brett McDowell, executive director of the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) Alliance, is as passionate an advocate of eliminating passwords as anyone. He says that day is coming, given the creation of a, 'new generation of authentication technology' largely based on biometrics, and a 'massive collaboration among hundreds of companies' to define standards for that technology..."

                        7 Common Reasons Companies Get Hacked
                        Dark Reading, January 18th, 2017
                        "Many breaches stem from the same root causes. What are the most common security problems leaving companies vulnerable?...

                        Businesses suffering from security breaches span all sizes and industries, but they often make the same mistakes. Many cyberattacks in 2016 could be attributed to similar root causes.

                        To be fair, security pros continue to face the same challenges, explains Diana Kelley, global executive security advisor at IBM. The most common causes behind major breaches can be grouped into two categories, she says: humans and hygiene.

                        The human factor relates to employees' behavior and how they interact with enterprise systems. Cyber hygiene refers to how businesses keep their systems patched and updated..."

                        The [US] Army Has Been Hacked -- And Is Happy About It
                        FCW, January 20th, 2017
                        "In November of 2016, the Army asked to be hacked, and 371 individuals answered the call. According to newly published results of the program, the participants submitted 416 bug reports.

                        The first 'Hack the Army' bug bounty challenge concluded in December, and organizers HackerOne said that of the participants who entered, 179 successfully submitted at least one bug. Of those, 118 turned out to be discrete, actionable vulnerabilities.

                        HackerOne has paid out roughly $100,000 in prize money for the effort so far..."

                          What Does 2017 Hold For Cyber?
                          ITProPortal, January 20th, 2017
                          "The Internet of Things and an increase in web apps will provide even more opportunities for cyber attacks in 2017...

                          2016 was a busy year for cyber, with attacks ranging from Yahoo! to the US Democratic National Committee and the rise of ransomware, as well as The Shadow Broker' theft and auctioning of hacking tools. Closer to home we saw the largest fine ever imposed by the Information Commissioner (TalkTalk) and growing concern about what fines might look like once GDPR comes into effect in early 2018..."

                            When Real-Time Threat Detection Is Essential (Slideshow)
                            CSO Online, January 16th, 2017
                            "While organizations always want to find threats as quickly as possible, that ideal is far from being met. On average, dwell times last months and give cyber criminals all the time they need to peruse a network and extract valuable information that can impact a company, its customers and its employees.

                            There are times when an organization will be especially vulnerable if they don't have real-time detection capabilities, and in preparation for these events it's a good idea to reevaluate tools and strategies. Mike Paquette, director of products, security market at Elastic, identifies some of the most common events that can leave an organization vulnerable, and offers advice to successfully navigating them..."

                            What CISOs Need to Know Before Adopting Biometrics
                            Dark Reading, January 18th, 2017
                            "Biometric techniques offer a solution to the password problem, but getting started can be tough. Here are a few things you need to know.

                            Businesses have long sought a better way to balance end-user security and usability, and it's clear the password-only model needs to change.

                            Faced with employees who are unwilling to remember more than a handful of unique passwords despite using dozens of different devices, services, and platforms, organizations have thrown their weight behind biometric authentication. Fingerprints, voice, and retina patterns - which are hard to fake and impossible to forget - promise an escape from poor end-user security habits..."

                            How To Develop A Strategic Security Plan For Enterprises
                            SearchSecurity, January 20th, 2017
                            "Developing a strategic security plan for an enterprise can be a complicated task. Expert Ernie Hayden provides an overview to help CISOs make an effective plan...

                            CISOs need a unique perspective on the key elements to be considered when developing a strategic security plan for their organization.

                            Organizational plans are often classified into five categories, encompassing a wide range of activities and functions. They include the following:..."

                            The 4 Top Barriers To Effective Incident Response
                            Dark Reading, January 19th, 2017
                            "Responding to cyberattacks is straightforward in some ways, difficult in others. Here are four ways that the process can get tripped up.

                            Cyberattacks are getting worse, growing in frequency and impact. This probably isn't a surprising statement for anyone reading Dark Reading. Most organizations understand this and are taking measures to prevent and detect threats. While hundreds of firms are working to build new technologies to help here, there are fewer options for actually responding to the attacks that are detected. Estimates range from 50 to 60 days for security teams to contain and respond to incidents, on average..."

                            IT - Careers
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                            How To Get Fired In 2017: Have A Security Breach
                            CSO Online, January 18th, 2017
                            "There are many reasons why IT pros can be fired, but a majority of them are related to security

                            There are many reasons why IT professionals can be fired, but six out of the top nine are related to security, said a survey released this morning.

                            For example, having a tech investment that leads to a security breach was considered a fireable offense by 39 percent of organizations, according to Osterman Research, which conducted the survey.

                            A data breach that becomes public was a fireable offense for 38 percent of companies..."

                            Security Pros Say On-The-Job Experience Counts The Most
                            Dark Reading, January 18th, 2017
                            "Surviving the cybersecurity skills crisis requires investing more in the resources you have, experts say...

                            Surviving the cybersecurity skills crisis requires investing more in the resources you have, experts say. A new survey by Trustwave found that the vast majority of organizations are having difficulty finding - and keeping - security professionals.

                            The report, "Money, Minds and the Masses: A Study of Cybersecurity Resource Limitations," was conducted by Osterman Research from August to September 2016. Osterman surveyed 147 IT security decision-makers, primarily at mid-sized and large organizations in North America.

                            Among the key findings of the report:..."

                            Sorry, But Your Brain Only Knows One Way To Multitask Effectively
                            Fast Company, January 18th, 2017
                            "Your brain can multitask really well when one of the tasks is a habit you've developed in that particular context...

                            The news that multitasking is bad isn't even news anymore. In recent years, people have begun to recognize what psychologists have known for decades: If you try to do two things at the same time, you'll likely get worse at both of them.

                            But even for those who've fully embraced 'monotasking,' there may be something that still doesn't quite compute..."

                              IT - Virtualization
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                              8 Reasons Why Containers Can Be Good For Business
                              Container Journal, January 18th, 2017
                              "If you're a developer or admin, you understand how containers can help make your work easier from a technical standpoint. But how can you convince your boss that containers are useful from a business standpoint? Here are eight talking points.

                              Getting buy-in for containers from higher-ups is important, of course. No matter how great a technology seems to the people who use it in the trenches, taking advantage of it on a large scale usually is not feasible unless you have support from the people making your business decisions.

                              With that challenge in mind, here are eight reasons you can give your boss for adopting containers:.."

                              Container Technology Market To Grow 40% A Year, Analysts Predict
                              ZDNet, January 17th, 2017
                              "Recent market assessment predicts application containers will grow faster than any other solution type this year and the next...

                              Container technologies are still a relatively small part of the overall cloud and application portability market, but this is changing rapidly. Containers are the fast-growing class of tools, growing at an annual clip of 40%. This will be one of the most widely adopted cloud tools, surpassing OpenStack, PaaS, and other offerings.

                              That' the latest word from 451 Research, which projects growth in application containers, from $762 million in 2016 to $2.7 billion by 2020..."

                              Got Microservices? You'd Better Secure Them
                              InfoWorld, January 17th, 2017
                              "Our modern world of containers and microservices presents new challenges that open new vulnerabilities if left unaddressed...

                              One of the toughest parts of being a computer security pro is trying to figure out what to hang your career on every two to five years. Which new buzzwords will stick to become a new paradigms, and which will disappear into the ether? Keeping up with the latest and greatest enterprise tech is part of my job, and no source does it better than InfoWorld, but some 'new' trends still end up surprising me.

                              In 2016, we learned that the emerging ecosystem of containers, microservices, and cloud scalability is not a fad. But it does present new security problems..."

                              IT - Email
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                              Dangerous New Gmail Phishing Attack Gaining Steam
                              Dark Reading, January 17th, 2017
                              "None of the usual browser indicators of fraudulent websites are present in this method of phishing...

                              One of the best ways to tell if a website that is asking for your username and password is genuine or not is to look at the address bar in your browser that points to the site's true origin. But sometimes that simple precaution isn't enough.

                              A case in point is a dangerous phishing technique targeting Gmail users that first surfaced about one year ago but has begun gaining steam in recent weeks..."

                                Encrypted Email Service Protonmail Is Now Accessible Over Tor
                                CSO Online, January 19th, 2017
                                "The ProtonMail team has set up a Tor hidden service to foil potential censorship attempts

                                The creators of encrypted email service ProtonMail have set up a server that's only accessible over the Tor anonymity network as a way to fight possible censorship attempts in some countries.

                                ProtonMail was created by computer engineers who met while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). The service provides end-to-end encrypted email through a web-based interface and mobile apps, but the encryption is performed on the client side, and the ProtonMail servers never have access to plaintext messages or encryption keys..."

                                IT - Mobile
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                                Mobile Security Gap Threatens Enterprises
                                Dark Reading, January 18th, 2017
                                "Rush to release, rapid growth in mobile malware is exacerbating the problem, two reports show.

                                Concerns over the security of the emerging Internet of Things (IoT) have garnered a lot of attention following the massive Mirai botnet-enabled DDoS attacks on Dyn and other major Internet companies late last year. But for many organizations, an equally pressing concern continues to be mobile security..."

                                Researchers Develop Self-Extinguishing Battery To Stop Device Fires
                                v3 co uk, January 16th, 2017
                                "A team of researchers have developed a prototype battery that could stop itself catching fire should the worst happen.

                                As Samsung found out last year, lithium-ion batteries can catch fire and explode. It's the downside of a technology that is otherwise highly useful in powering all kinds of technology, from smartphones to digital cameras..."

                                IT - Big Data
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                                Debate Over Big Data And Privacy Is Just Getting Started
                                SearchBusinessAnalytics, January 20th, 2017
                                "For years, the tension between privacy and big data has been apparent, but with emerging technologies generating huge amounts of data, the debate will intensify.

                                As the number of data-generating devices in everyday life continues to grow, so grows the debate about how much of that data should be considered public, and when personal data should be considered private.

                                "We have all this information, and [for] much of it, we haven't really decided what's private versus public domain," said Mark Testoni, president and CEO of SAP National Security Services, a U.S.-based subsidiary of SAP that consults for federal security organizations and overseers of critical infrastructure, like dams, electrical grids and nuclear power facilities. He sees the debate over big data and privacy heating up..."

                                How Credit Karma Uses Akka To Manage Big Data At Scale
                                TechRepublic, January 17th, 2017
                                "Big data can be a big headache, unless you know how to manage it at scale. Credit Karma engineering manager, Dustin Lyons, spoke with TechRepublic about how the fintech giant handles its data....

                                Fintech is one of the fastest-growing investment categories for venture capital. Since 2010, more than 1,200 VC firms have wired more than $22 billion into the bank accounts of over 1,800 startups, according to Pitchbook. J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, who recently removed himself from consideration as Treasury Secretary in the Trump administration, warned his peers that 'Silicon Valley is coming'..."

                                IT Managers Weigh In on Biggest Benefits of Big Data Analytics
                                Search Business Analytics, January 17th, 2017
                                "Experienced big data project managers and professionals detail the top business benefits that their organizations are getting from deployments of Hadoop and Spark analytics systems...

                                With Hadoop, Spark and other big data technologies coming out into the open as key IT components in more organizations, there's a growing focus on finding the business benefits of big data analytics applications to help justify investments in them. That raises a logical question: What are the biggest benefits that companies are getting or hoping to get from their big data initiatives?..."

                                The Analytics Team Shouldn'T Always Pursue Quick Wins
                                Search Business Analytics, January 17th, 2017
                                "Analytics teams typically look for quick wins to prove their value. But experts say this approach should not become the guiding strategy for data product development.

                                A common piece of advice says that an analytics team -- particularly a new one that's eager to prove its value -- should aim for quick wins. By delivering a data product or report quickly, the team can get executives and business partners on board and lay the groundwork for future support, even if the first deliverable isn't exactly groundbreaking.

                                But not everybody agrees with this advice..."

                                Top10
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                                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                Vol 227 Issue 1; Vol 226 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 225 Issue 3, 4, 5s
                                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: Container Technology in Oracle Linux
                                • Meet the Leaders: Oracle's 2016 CIO of the Year Award Winners
                                • Friday Spotlight: Cloud Events featuring Oracle Linux and Virtualization
                                • The Impact of Swapping on MySQL Performance
                                • Facebook Guru And Agile Pioneer Kent Beck Reveals The Mind Of The Modern Programmer
                                • What MySQL 8.0.1 means to you as a Developer
                                • SOA Messaging Reliability through JMS and Oracle Service Bus by Sebastian Lik-Keung Ma
                                • Oracle GoldenGate for MySQL is Certified on Amazon Aurora Database
                                • MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Technical Tips from an Oracle Ace
                                • GoldenGate 12c Certified with E-Business Suite 12.2

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

                                  IT - Encryption
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                                  Bad SSH Security Practices Are Exposing Enterprises
                                  SearchSecurity, January 20th, 2017
                                  "SSH creator Tatu Ylonen talks with SearchSecurity about how the cryptographic network protocol has grown over the years and why poor SSH security is jeopardizing enterprises today...

                                  When Tatu Ylonen created the Secure Shell network protocol in 1995, he couldn't have imagined how widespread it would become decades later -- nor could he imagine the security risks that would come with that growth..."

                                  How - And Why - You Should Use A Vpn Any Time You Hop On The Internet
                                  TechHive, January 18th, 2017
                                  "We'll show you how to protect your online privacy as governments around the world, including the U.S., step up their online surveillance efforts...

                                  One of the most important skills any computer user should have is the ability to use a virtual private network (VPN) to protect their privacy. A VPN is typically a paid service that keeps your web browsing secure and private over public Wi-Fi hotspots. VPNs can also get past regional restrictions for video- and music-streaming sites and help you evade government censorship restrictions - though that last one is especially tricky..."

                                  Key Transparency: A Secure Directory Of Public Encryption Keys
                                  HelpNet Security, January 17th, 2017
                                  "Google has released Key Transparency, an open source public directory meant to simplify the discovery of intended recipients' public encryption key.

                                  The project is still in the prototype phase, and the company is looking for input from the crypto community and other industry leaders. Security pros from Open Whisper Systems, Yahoo, and the CONIKS team have been leding their hand for a while now.

                                  The aim is to make Key Transparency an easy-to-use (even by non-experts) lookup service for public encryption keys that will assure that the provided information hasn't been tampered with..."

                                  IT - Server
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                                  Patch And Security Management Take 8 Hours Per Month For Most Companies
                                  HelpNet Security, January 17th, 2017
                                  "Shavlik and AppSense used VMworld Europe 2016 to collect data from frontline experts, and to highlight patch management and security concerns in corporations.

                                  A total of 178 professionals responded to the survey. For 76.5% of them, the Microsoft OS poses the biggest patch challenges for their company. This figure is down from last year's 86%, so Microsoft seems to be improving. Linux (19.1%) and Mac (4.2%) are also mentioned but to a lesser extent, which can be explained, at least in part, by the smaller number of devices using these operating systems, and fewer patches released for them each month..."

                                  What To Consider When Moving To Hyperconverged Infrastructure
                                  Dark Reading, January 19th, 2017
                                  "Scalability, data availability, and agility are three reasons why enterprises are making the move to HCI.

                                  IT decision makers have been tasked with the challenge of not only expanding the technical capabilities of their infrastructures, but also with providing high availability, scalability, simplicity and security. Digitalization has transformed the way businesses operate and boost revenue. To that end, Gartner has recently estimated worldwide IT spending will reach $3.5 trillion in 2017..."

                                  Why All Hyperconverged Infrastructure Isn't Created Equal
                                  TechRepublic, January 18th, 2017
                                  "Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a hot topic. Here is some perspective on different solutions when discussing HCI with vendors...

                                  Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) is a hot area of enterprise technology. Large vendors have taken note from the success of startups such as Nutanix and SimpliVity. HPE, Dell EMC, and Cisco all have HCI strategies to compete with startups, and organizations looking to adopt HCI must weigh the question of vendor selection. Does the head start and vision provided by startups eclipse that of trusted, traditional enterprise vendors for HCI?..."

                                  WW Cloud IT Infrastructure Spending Up 18% in 2017 - IDC
                                  StorageNewsletter.com, January 20th, 2017
                                  "According to a forecast from the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker, total spending on IT infrastructure products (server, enterprise storage, and Ethernet switches) for deployment in cloud environments will increase by 18.2% in 2017 to reach $44.2 billion.

                                  Of this amount, the majority (61.2%) will be done by public cloud datacenters, while off-premises private cloud environments will contribute 14.6% of spending. With increasing adoption of private and hybrid cloud strategies within corporate datacenters, spending on IT infrastructure for on-premises private cloud deployments will growth at 16.6%. In comparison, spending on traditional, non-cloud, IT infrastructure will decline by 3.3% in 2017 but will still account for the largest share (57.1%) of end user spending. (Note: All figures above exclude double counting between server and storage.).."

                                  Sysadmin
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                                  Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - January 2017
                                  By Robert Farrington
                                  Robert blogs, "The Critical Patch Update (CPU) for January 2017 was released on January 17, 2017. Oracle strongly recommends applying the patches as soon as possible.

                                  The Critical Patch Update Advisory is the starting point for relevant information. It includes a list of products affected, pointers to obtain the patches, a summary of the security vulnerabilities, and links to other important documents.

                                  Supported products that are not listed in the 'Supported Products and Components Affected' Section of the advisory do not require new patches to be applied..."

                                  IT - HPC
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                                  MIT Lincoln Laboratory Takes the Mystery Out of Supercomputing
                                  insideHPC, January 18th, 2017
                                  "In this special guest feature, Dr. Jeremy Kepner from the MIT Lincoln Laboratory describes the labs approach to developing algorithms that will keep their users productive as new processing technologies evolve.

                                  The introduction of multicore and manycore processors capable of handling highly parallel workflows is changing the face of high performance computing (HPC)..."

                                  Nexenta News
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                                  Inside Teradici: Getting to know Tarkan Maner
                                  Nexenta, January 20th, 2017
                                  Inside Teradici is a series that provides insights and musings from the company's leadership team. In this installment, we chat with Teradici board member, Tarkan Maner, Chairman & CEO of Nexenta Systems.

                                  1. When did you get involved with Teradici and why?

                                  I was the CEO of Wyse Technology from 2005 until 2012, when we were acquired by Dell. In 2006, Teradici and Wyse became technology partners and established joint GTM programs to disrupt the desktop computing market...

                                  Podcast: Nexenta Delivers Reliable, Accessible Software Defined Storage for Enterprise
                                  Nexenta, January 18th, 2017
                                  Michael Letschin, Field Chief Technology Officer at Nexenta Systems, Inc., joins us to discuss storage virtualization. Nexenta is a global leader in open source software-defined storage with more than 6,000 customers and 1,600 petabytes of storage under management. In this interview, Letschin talks about the Intel-based NexentaEdge product and its applications for customers who require that data not only be stored reliably, but be retrieved quickly as well...
                                  Cisco News
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                                  Businesses Throughout Taiwan Can Now Deliver IoT Services with Asia Pacific Telecom and Cisco Jasper
                                  APT Launches the Cisco Jasper IoT Platform to Enable Companies to Deliver New Connected Experiences for their Customers
                                  Businesses throughout Taiwan can now accelerate their adoption of the Internet of Things (IoT) and deliver new connected experiences to their customers, thanks to Asia Pacific Telecom and Cisco. Asia Pacific Telecom today announced that it has launched the Cisco Jasper IoT connectivity management platform - Control Center - to enable businesses to capitalize on IoT to meet the changing needs and expectations of their customers with new connected services.
                                  Ericsson and Cisco to virtualize Vodafone Hutchison Australia's core and IP network
                                  Ericsson will lead the transformation program, having responsibility for not only building the infrastructure but ensuring the delivery of an end-to-end operational system
                                  Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) and Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO) will transform and virtualize Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA)'s networks for VHA to better prepare for new emerging services and to evolve its core network to increase the level of agility and programmability from network slicing.

                                  Through simplification of its network and infrastructure, VHA will benefit from having the tools to become more agile, innovative and more pro-active in the way services are brought to market, ultimately resulting in improved customer engagement experience alongside reductions in opex and capex spend.

                                  The deal represents the first major collaboration between Ericsson and Cisco on Telecom Cloud infrastructure.

                                  Cisco Introduces New Data and Analytics Training Portfolio and Major Updates to the Data Center Certification Track
                                  Cisco Enriches Training and Certification Portfolio in Support of Latest Skills and Technologies Needed for Digital Business Transformation
                                  To support the skills needed for world-class digital business transformation, Cisco today announced a new data and analytics training portfolio and significant updates to its data center certification track. The new data and analytics offerings focus on integrated data management and virtualization, teaching in-demand skills needed to connect data, processes and experiences and make better business decisions. The revised data center certifications make sure that practitioners are uniquely qualified for key roles in sophisticated data center environments.

                                  The ability to collect and analyze data, create processes and drive experiences is necessary for digital business transformation. Enterprises need to access data from anywhere, analyze it and leverage it to make real-time decisions closer to where that data was captured. When done correctly, it can fuel innovation and improve business outcomes. Cisco is preparing professionals for today's expanding job roles to keep IT practitioners at the forefront of innovation.

                                  New Research: Cisco Reveals the Current State of Digital Transformation in Retail
                                  Retailers remain in the early phases of digital transformation; missing out on $187 billion opportunity
                                  Analysts are hailing 2016 as the best year for holiday sales growth since 2005. However, this growth is not coming from the traditional brick and mortar channel. Instead, Internet shoppers saved the holiday season by setting new records for online sales during Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Bounceback Tuesday. This has huge implications for the industry and for retailers' 2017 technology plans.

                                  The multi-channel shopper is fueling a wave of digital disruption that threatens to put nearly half of retailer leaders out of business if they don't transform themselves digitally. A new research report released today by Cisco, "Reinventing Retail: Cisco Reveals How Stores Can Surge Ahead on the Digital Transformation Journey" reveals that despite the risks, retailers around the world are moving too slowly when it comes to digital transformation and may not be investing in the right places. The holiday season's choppy sales report and the recent closing of big box stores is just the beginning.

                                  Cisco helps accelerate digitization in the Netherlands
                                  Cisco 'Digital Acceleration Netherlands' program aims to help substantially boost Dutch GDP growth
                                  Cisco has launched a targeted investment program called Digital Acceleration Netherlands (DAN), aimed at helping to boost the digitization of the Dutch economy and society. Over the next three years, Cisco will be working closely with the Dutch government, industry and education, through the DAN program and its strategic activities. This program is designed to run in parallel to, and help accelerate the "Digital Agenda for the Netherlands" (which was published by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs in July, 2016). By accelerating the national digitization agenda the Netherlands can grow its GDP, create new jobs and provide innovation and education across public and private sectors.
                                  IBM News
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                                  IBM Reports 2016 Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Results
                                  Continued Strong Growth in Strategic Imperatives Led by IBM Cloud
                                  IBM announced fourth-quarter and full-year 2016 earnings results.

                                  "In 2016, our strategic imperatives grew to represent more than 40 percent of our total revenue and we have established ourselves as the industry's leading cognitive solutions and cloud platform company," said Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer. "IBM Watson is the world's leading AI platform for business, and emerging solutions such as IBM Blockchain are enabling new levels of trust in transactions of every kind. More and more clients are choosing the IBM Cloud because of its differentiated capabilities, which are helping to transform industries, such as financial services, airlines and retail."

                                  U.S. Army Enlists IBM for $62 Million Cloud Deal
                                  IBM Cloud solution, services to improve Army's IT flexibility, efficiency and performance
                                  IBM announced that the U.S. Army has signed a five-year, multi-million dollar contract with IBM to build, manage and operate a cloud solution for greater IT flexibility, efficiency and performance.

                                  Designed for the Army's Redstone Arsenal, near Huntsville, Ala., the solution is part of the Army Private Cloud Enterprise (APCE) program, a one-year task order with four additional one-year options under the Army Private Cloud 2 (APC2) contract. If the Army exercises all options, the contract would be worth approximately $62 million over the five years.

                                  In addition to building the infrastructure, IBM will provide the Army with Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services, enabling it to provision computing power on an as-needed basis for the most efficient and cost-effective IT. The Army also will begin migrating applications to the private cloud, moving up to 35 applications to the private cloud in the first year.

                                  Fujitsu News
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                                  Fujitsu Releases 18 New Enterprise PC, Tablet, and Workstation Models across 12 Product Series
                                  Lineup enhanced with the latest processors, supporting use in a variety of scenarios
                                  Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Client Computing Limited announced the release of 18 new enterprise models in 12 product series, including nine laptop models in four series, four tablet models in three series, one desktop PC model, and four workstation models in four series. The new models are being rolled out in stages from mid-January in Japan.

                                  In its FUJITSU Notebook LIFEBOOK family of laptops, Fujitsu is offering the new ultra-lightweight mobile LIFEBOOK U937/P, which weighs 799g or less, as well as the new folding convertible LIFEBOOK P727/P, which can also be used as a tablet. In addition, all nine LIFEBOOK models feature processors from the latest 7th generation Intel Core processor family.

                                  Fujitsu Provides Ultimate Business Computing Flexibility with Three New 2 in 1 Tablets
                                  New multi-mode LIFEBOOK devices and STYLISTIC tablets adapt to a range of different working styles
                                  Fujitsu today launches three 2 in 1 tablets for business users. The new Fujitsu Tablet LIFEBOOK P727, the first 360-degree foldable 2 in 1 device, delivers a new degree of flexibility in mobile business. It solves the tablet or PC dilemma by combining the best of both worlds and creating a seamless 'anytime, anywhere' user experience across all areas of digital working.

                                  he LIFEBOOK P727 is a lightweight, slimline, 12.5-inch screen size 2 in 1 device. It converts instantly from a clamshell notebook into a powerful tablet when the keyboard is not needed, putting an end to the debate over whether to carry a traditional notebook, a tablet, or both, while traveling. The LIFEBOOK P727 can be used in four different working modes - classic clamshell, desktop, tablet and tent, giving users the freedom of choice based on individual preference - and supports multiple forms of input, including touchscreen, digitizer pen and keyboard. The 360-degree hinge means the keyboard can be folded over so it disappears entirely, folding flush behind the screen. Optional 4G/LTE connectivity and up to 10 hours of battery life make the LIFEBOOK P727 a truly mobile, work-anywhere device.

                                  VMware News
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                                  New Reviewer's Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7 - A Series of Mini-Guides
                                  Empowering IT to deliver work at the speed of life.
                                  By Cindy Heyer Carroll, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

                                  I am very happy to announce that we just posted the first four mini-guides in a series of seven to bring you the latest update of View, the main component of VMware Horizon 7! Unlike previous Reviewer's Guides, you are getting the latest updates literally as soon as we complete each section. The result? Shorter pieces that are easier to digest.

                                  The first four mini-guides of the series are now available:...

                                  Red Hat News
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                                  Friday Five - January 20, 2017
                                  Red Hat, January 19th, 2017
                                  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.

                                  • eWeek - Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 Improves Storage
                                  • vmblog.com - Red Hat 2017 Predictions: It's not "containers or virtualization." It's "containers AND virtualization."
                                  • InfoWorld - The 6 unwritten rules of open source development
                                  • Container Journal - What Do Containers Have to Do with DevOps, Anyway?
                                  • The Telegraph - How to employ a more transparent, collaborative company culture

                                  Read on for details.

                                  Red Hat Breaks Down Barriers to Enterprise Container Adoption with Dynamic Storage Provisioning in Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
                                  Enterprise Kubernetes platform designed to simplify storage for containerized applications, streamline multi-tenant deployments in hybrid cloud computing environments
                                  Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4, the latest version of its container application platform.

                                  Red Hat helps organizations like Discovery Health and Pioneer better embrace new technologies, such as Linux containers, that can deliver innovative business applications and services without sacrificing existing IT investments.

                                  Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.4 provides a platform for this innovation while retaining a focus on existing mission-critical workloads, offering dynamic storage provisioning for both traditional and cloud-native applications and multi-tenant capabilities that can support multiple applications, teams and deployment processes in a hybrid cloud environment.

                                  Level3 News
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                                  Building Accountability into the Internet of Things
                                  Level(3), January 20th, 2017
                                  "The Internet of Things (IoT) is still emerging, and yet we've already seen many related security vulnerabilities and attacks. One of the latest - and most prominent - was a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack launched in October 2016 that temporarily brought down some of the biggest sites on the internet.

                                  The massive attack on Dyn's DNS service affected users on much of the east coast of the United States; as well as data centers in Texas, Washington and California. Tens of thousands of IP addresses hit Dyn's infrastructure during the attack, which is thought to have been executed through a botnet consisting of multiple internet-connected devices infected with the Mirai malware..."

                                  HP News
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                                  HPE to Acquire SimpliVity and Expand Leadership in Growing Hybrid IT Industry
                                  Advances HPE's strategy in the fast-growing, high-margin hyperconverged market
                                  Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a definitive agreement to acquire SimpliVity, a leading provider of software-defined, hyperconverged infrastructure, for $650 million in cash. The hyperconverged market was estimated to be approximately $2.4 billion in 2016, and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent, to nearly $6 billion, by 2020. By bringing together HPE's best-in-class infrastructure, automation and cloud management software with SimpliVity's industry leading software-defined data management platform, HPE and its partner ecosystem will deliver the industry's only "built-for-enterprise" hyperconverged offering.

                                  "This transaction expands HPE's software-defined capability and fits squarely within our strategy to make Hybrid IT simple for customers," said Meg Whitman, President and CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. "More and more customers are looking for solutions that bring them secure, highly resilient, on-premises infrastructure at cloud economics. That's exactly where we're focused."

                                  Hewlett Packard Enterprise Report Reveals Trials and Errors of Security Operations
                                  SOCs forgo security basics, leaving 82 percent of organizations below target maturity levels and vulnerable
                                  Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) published its fourth annual State of Security Operations Report 2017, which provides deep analysis on the effectiveness of organizations' security operations centers (SOCs), and best practices for mitigating risk in the evolving cybersecurity landscape. With increased pressure to rapidly innovate and align security initiatives with business goals, a SOC provides the foundation for how organizations protect their most sensitive assets, and detect and respond to threats. However, findings from this year's report show that the majority of SOCs are falling below target maturity levels, leaving organizations vulnerable in the event of an attack.
                                  Brocade News
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                                  China Mobile Selects Brocade NFV Software Appliance To Support Internet Plus Mission
                                  Mobile Giant to Break New Ground in China Service Provider Landscape with Leading-Edge SDN/NFV Deployment
                                  Brocade announced that China Mobile Ltd (SEHK: 0941) (NYSE: CHL), the world's largest mobile communications service provider, has selected an advanced network functions virtualization (NFV) solution from Brocade to support its most strategic corporate development initiative. Deployment of the BROCADE VIRTUAL TRAFFIC MANAGER (vTM) within key China Mobile data centers will help the company deliver highly available and agile cloud services, while keeping operating costs under control.

                                  As one of the country's major service providers, China Mobile is playing a leading role in the Chinese Government's Internet Plus initiative to increase competitiveness and support the development of new business models within conventional industries through information technologies, such as fixed and mobile Internet connectivity, cloud computing, Big Data, and the Internet of Things. In addition to providing IP connectivity services, China Mobile has also taken on the role of a large-scale cloud service provider capable of meeting the needs of major enterprise and government customers.

                                  Hitachi News
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                                  Hitachi Data Systems Names Brian Householder as President and COO, Bobby Soni to Run Cloud, Services and Emerging Solutions
                                  Appointments Will Boost its Growing Data Mobility, Software and Cloud Services Offerings
                                  Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., announced Brian Householder as the company's President and Chief Operating officer. Householder, who joined the company in 2003, will oversee the daily operations of HDS.

                                  "Throughout his career at HDS, Brian has been instrumental in driving our ongoing transformation from hardware to software and services," said Ryuichi Otsuki, CEO of Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. "As we continue to evolve and harness the opportunities present within the data mobility, software and cloud services markets, I'm confident in Brian's ability to ensure we remain a market and innovation leader that makes possible our customers' and partners' digital transformations."

                                  Windstream News
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                                  NFL's Green Bay Packers choose Windstream to provide voice, data, and business continuity services
                                  Windstream delivers IP voice, data and business continuity services via 1 Gigabit fiber connections to historic Lambeau Field and the Packers' business and telemarketing offices in Green Bay
                                  Windstream communications has been selected by the National Football League's Green Bay Packers to deliver IP voice, data, and diversity solutions utilizing Windstream's On-Net, Gigabit Ethernet fiber access connections to historic Lambeau Field and the franchise's business and telemarketing offices in Green Bay.

                                  The fiber connection to Lambeau Field will ensure that the Packers' coaches, players, front-office executives and fans have reliable, high-speed internet connectivity every day, including game days. Additionally, Windstream is providing high-speed, point-to-point fiber connections to the Packers' business office located several miles from the stadium.

                                  Windstream introduces SD-WAN solution
                                  Windstream's SD-WAN solution, powered by VeloCloud, uses software intelligence to deliver cloud-ready, secure and cost-effective networking to branch offices and remote sites
                                  Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced the availability of its software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution that will transform how businesses design and manage their networks. Powered by VeloCloud, Windstream's SD-WAN solution gives customers increased network agility, seamless scalability and optimized performance, all while also reducing costs.

                                  "SD-WAN is another example of Windstream partnering with enterprise customers to deliver reliable, secure communications solutions that fuel productivity and growth," said Joe Harding, enterprise chief marketing officer at Windstream. "By including SD-WAN as another solution in our portfolio of managed WAN services, Windstream offers mid- to large-sized enterprise customers the same technology advantages that large enterprises enjoy, which include custom-designed networks and services, as well as a highly responsive support team."

                                  Netapp News
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                                  NetApp Delivers Innovation for the Hybrid Cloud Era with New Bengaluru Global Center of Excellence, Startup Accelerator Program
                                  Highlights: NetApp Global Center of Excellence drives customer success in data-driven world, builds key skills across startup ecosystem to further company's Data Fabric strategy.
                                  Expanding its leadership in helping customers thrive in a changing technology landscape, NetApp announced the opening of its Bengaluru, India, Global Center of Excellence to further innovation in data management for the hybrid cloud era.

                                  The new engineering facility, located in the technology hub of Whitefield, is home to one of the company's largest research and development (R&D) teams. It also houses the company's first startup accelerator program, called Escape Velocity, which will help nurture technology startups. As one of the first all-steel buildings in India, the facility and its surrounding campus are a model for sustainable design...

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