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Cloud Computing Therapy: Join Us For 4 Straight-Talk Sessions
Oracle, January 24th, 2017
Chuck Hollis writes in Forbes, "Several years ago, my wife decided to get an advanced degree in psychology, and she became a counselor. Along the way, I was duly impressed by the therapeutic power of simply talking about a problem in a constructive manner.

These days, I joke that I've become a 'cloud therapist' for many of the enterprise IT leaders I meet. They know they have a big challenge ahead of them; they just need to talk about it. I've been told that our conversations are usually helpful, which is gratifying..."

Beachbody Expanding While Its Customers' Waistlines Shrink
Oracle, January 23th, 2017
Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "If you've never heard of Beachbody, that's OK - neither did its CIO, Eduardo Frias, until he interviewed with the company nearly three years ago. As he discovered, the Santa Monica, California-based exercise and nutritional supplement company has a lot more going on than you'd think.

Surprise: Beachbody's biggest competitors aren't gyms and nutritional supplement vendors. They're you and me, and our tendency to give up, slack off, or just plain lose interest in following an exercise regiment..."

Oracle Expands Startup Accelerator Program to Further Promote Global Cloud Innovation
Will Further Promote Global Cloud Innovation
Oracle announced the expansion of its Startup Cloud Accelerator program. The initiative will continue to fuel cloud-enabled innovation around the globe by opening new centers in Bristol, Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Paris, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Tel Aviv.

Run by members of the Oracle research and development team, the program provides six months of mentoring from technical and business experts, state-of-the-art technology, a co-working space, access to Oracle customers, partners and investors, and free Oracle Cloud credits. It also offers an ever-expanding global network of startup peers.

The 4 Greatest Startups Of All Time
Oracle, January 24th, 2017
Michael Hickins writes, "Every company in existence was once a startup (unless they were spinoffs, but now we're splitting hairs). The search for the greatest startups of all time is necessarily subjective, but it can nevertheless reveal interesting patterns.

The centrality of startups to the innovation ecosystem - and the vitality they inherently provide to industries, value chains, and entire national economies - is one of the reasons Oracle is investing so much in a global Startup Cloud Accelerator program..."

Oracle Backing Startup Culture In English Tech Hub Of Bristol
Oracle, January 26th, 2017
Michael Hickins writes in Forbes, "This week Oracle introduced a new accelerator here to support a burgeoning startup culture with a mix of cloud computing resources and mentoring by Oracle executives.

"We're making a multimillion-dollar commitment to foster startups and innovation ecosystems," said Reggie Bradford, Oracle senior vice president of product development and a serial entrepreneur himself.

Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol, suggested during a press conference that although Bristol is a relatively small city, at 500,000 inhabitants, "we punch above our weight" when it comes to technology talent. In a separate interview, he said the city is putting its weight behind Oracle's cloud accelerator program because cities like Bristol need to take greater control of their economies when federal governments fail to make good on their promises. "It makes economic and political sense for us to do that," Rees said, and it 'makes economic planning more intentional."...

New Planning Capability Enables Orvis to Scale and Grow
Specialty Midmarket Fly-Fishing Retailer Deploys Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning
Founded in 1856, The Orvis Company of Manchester, Vermont is at its core, a fly-fishing and wing-shooting brand, and today is a trusted source of outdoor discovery and adventure, inspired by nature, driven by curiosity, and fulfilled by adventure. Their offerings include distinctive clothing for men and women, home furnishings, gifts, and dog products, each product and the services offered rooted in their sporting heritage, inspired by their love of the wild, and backed by a 100% guarantee of satisfaction. With more than 5,000 products, 500 independent dealers, 55 million catalog subscribers, and more than 70 stores, the Orvis Company is growing with $340 million in sales and approximately 1700 employees.
An Engineer's View: How To Build Cloud Right
Oracle, January 25th, 2017
Alexa Morales writes, "When you're "an engineer who builds stuff," like Matteo Frigo, life's not just about perks and stock options. A lifetime of algorithmic expertise earns you access to the best people - and the hardest problems.

After architecting the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic File System a year and a half ago, Frigo wanted a new challenge. When many of his former AWS colleagues began populating Oracle's cloud team in Seattle, Frigo's curiosity was piqued: "At some point, I decided Amazon wasn't for me. Then Oracle said, 'You can be the Boston branch of Oracle Bare Metal Cloud.'"

Why Startups Need Oracle -- and Vice Versa
By Reggie Bradford and Sanket Atal
Reggie writes, "Before I came to Oracle I was a 'three-peat' entrepreneur, having helped launch three successful technology startups. So I set great store in the role startups play in the marketplace. Oracle is committed to fostering entrepreneurship by supporting the global startup ecosystem, our most recent effort being the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator program, which I'm very happy to be a part of.

My colleague Sanket Atal, group vice president of product development, helped conceive the program and launch its first iteration in Bangalore, India, earlier this year. Now Oracle is expanding the program to seven additional locations...

5 Lessons From The Original Cloud Company, From NetSuite's Zach Nelson
Oracle, January 26th, 2017
Chris Murphy writes in Forbes, "Zach Nelson thinks every company needs to become a cloud company. And he's not just talking about technology companies. The stakes?

"If you're not building your own business model to take advantage of the cloud ... you're going to be out of business in the not-too-distant future," said Nelson, the former CEO of NetSuite, speaking at Oracle CloudWorld this week. Oracle acquired NetSuite in November for $9.3 billion, and Nelson is now executive vice president for ERP cloud strategy at Oracle..."

Top 5 CFO Priorities For 2017
Oracle, January 26th, 2017
Margaret Harrist writes in Forbes, "Have the strategies that have served your finance organization and company become an anchor weight? Or are you confident that your business has the right financial people, processes, organizational structure, and technologies to compete into the future?

The answers to these questions are constantly morphing, as external factors change the competitive and regulatory landscape and varying degrees of internal complacency take hold..."

Emerging Tech and the Enterprise
By Juergen Kress, January 28th, 2017
Juergen blogs, "Wearables - your Apple Watches, Fitbits, and Misfits - are finally coming out to play in the world of enterprise applications. The Internet of Things (IoT) is also changing the game, so adopting a smart strategy is key. If you haven't yet, check out this post on the Voice of User Experience (VoX) blog, 'Wearables, IoT push Oracle's emerging tech development.'

Enterprise use cases can be hard to come by for some technologies, such as voice and gesture as input, but Oracle needs to keep up with the latest developments in those fields anyway so that we're ready when an enterprise use case comes up..."

What The AI? Trends In Artificial Intelligence, And What's To Come
Business 2 Community, January 27th, 2017
"Artificial Intelligence (AI): the term often brings to mind one of two distinct images of the future. The first: a world in which AI technologies have been implemented further into our daily lives - improving our productivity by completing menial, time-consuming tasks automatically. The second, in the vein of Terminator or I, Robot, is a more bleak vision of self-driving cars and hyper-intelligent robots plotting against humanity..."
    3 Ways Businesses Are Saving Time With A.I.
    ComputerWorld, January 27th, 2017
    "The thought of handing important parts of your business over to artificial intelligence can seem rather scary and alarming, but many businesses are discovering that it's not as challenging as they first believed. In fact, A.I. technology is allowing thousands of businesses to save the one thing they can't get back: time..."
      EU's Right To Explanation: A Harmful Restriction On Artificial Intelligence
      TechZone360, January 25th, 2017
      "Last September, a U.K. House of Commons committee concluded that it is too soon to regulate artificial intelligence (AI). Its recommendation comes too late: The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force next year, includes a right to obtain an explanation of decisions made by algorithms and a right to opt-out of some algorithmic decisions altogether. These regulations do little to help consumers, but they will slow down the development and use of AI in Europe by holding developers to a standard that is often unnecessary and infeasible..."
        Rise Of A.I. - Exploring Our New Superpowers
        GIGAOM, January 26th, 2017
        "Editor's note: Guest post by Chris Mohritz, an AI entrepreneur and AI technologist. He is leading the Using AI Workshop at Gigaom AI.

        Even as someone who eats, breathes and sleeps technology, it's still amazing to me how much progress the artificial intelligence fields have made over the last few years.

        Everything has taken major strides - from human parity in natural speech and visual recognition to the widespread adoption of self-driving cars and virtual personal assistants.

        And of course, with all of these advances comes a great deal of exposure - and confusion.

        We got it wrong..."

          Soon, Artificial Intelligence Could Check Your Skin For Cancer
          CNET, January 26th, 2017
          "Artificial intelligence that diagnoses skin cancer as well as a dermatologist could one day rest in the palm of your hand.

          A team from the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory set up a machine-learning AI to teach itself to diagnose cancer by looking at skin lesions just as a doctor would during an exam.

          The team tested the algorithm against 21 board-certified dermatologists, and it performed just as well as its human counterparts..."

            Develop in Demand Expertise Using the World's Most Advanced SPARC M7-8 & M7-16 Server Components & Architecture
            By Diana.H. Gray, January 24th, 2017
            "The M7-8 and M7-16 servers are data center servers designed with the highest reliability and availability features. These servers have a high redundancy of components and perform numerous health checks. Benefits of taking SPARC M7 Training

            Oracle University's hands-on training course covers the functions and features of the SPARC M7-8 and M7-16 servers.

            Taking our 2-day S Oracle SPARC M7 Server System Administration course equips you with vital, in demand skills that empower you to do the following:

            • Install and configure M7 servers
            • Identify the SPARC M7-8 and M7-16 server components and architecture
            • Perform system administration tasks, while maintaining and troubleshooting
            • Upgrade software and firmware

            Expert instructors will discuss best practices for platform configuration and administration..."

            Friday Spotlight: Oracle RAC on Oracle VM environments
            By Simon Coter, January 27th, 2017
            Simon blogs, "Oracle products are engineered and tested to work together, providing distinct advantages when running Oracle Database and Oracle Application workloads on Oracle VM guests. That's why Oracle deploys Oracle VM to support and certify virtualized implementations of Oracle Applications and Oracle Database, Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) included.

            Oracle RAC is a cluster database with a shared cache architecture that provides highly scalable and available database solutions for your business applications. Oracle RAC has evolved over the years and, on top of Oracle VM, can be used as the foundation of a Database Cloud Solution for the applications in your data center..."

            IT - Storage
            The Right Time And Place For Object Storage
            ITBusinessEdge, January 24th, 2017
            "Object storage appears to be the wave of the future in enterprise circles, primarily because it is the preferred solution for scale-out cloud architectures, but the fact remains that organizations will likely have to maintain file and block storage for a while longer at least, and probably forever.

            This is due to the varied performance characteristics of each solution and the need to maintain highly tailored service for a wide variety of data types and applications.

            According to IDC, object storage has been on a tear lately, with capacity gains exceeding 30 percent annually and a total installed base of nearly 300 exabytes expected by the decade's end. Even more interesting, however, is the fact that demand is not fueled by traditional applications in backup and archiving but in advanced analytics, high-performance computing, mobile and compliance. This is spurring mainstream IT vendors to supplement their portfolios with object storage, particularly solutions that can be easily integrated into leading cloud services like Amazon S3 and OpenStack Swift..."

            Seagate's Roadmap Includes 14Tb, 16Tb Hard Drives Within 18 Months
            ITWorld, January 26th, 2017
            "Seagate is getting closer to reaching its goal of making 20TB hard drives by 2020.

            Over the next 18 months, the company plans to ship 14TB and 16TB hard drives, company executives said on an earnings call this week.

            Seagate's hard drive capacity today tops out at 10TB. A 12TB drive based on helium technology is being tested, and the feedback is positive, said Stephen Luczo, the company's CEO..."

            The Limits Of Raid: Availability Vs Durability In Archives
            ZDNet, January 27th, 2017
            "Availability and durability play very different roles in data preservation. Availability refers to system uptime, while durability refers to long-term data protection. Poor durability makes RAID arrays a poor choice for archives. Here's what you need to know...

            There's a strong tendency in storage to go for the one-size-fits-all approach. Nobody wants to manage two systems when one will do. But you need to understand exactly what your use case requires - and ensure the critical success factors are well implemented..."

              IT - Technology
              The World's Largest Battery Storage Substation Is Now Live
              ComputerWorld, January 26th, 2017
              "Southern California Edison (SCE) has flipped the switch on what is now the largest lithium-ion battery storage facility in the world -- a substation with 80 megawatt hours (MWh) of capacity.

              Located Ontario, Calif., the new Mira Loma substation quietly went live Dec. 30. The substation is made up of commercial-grade Tesla Powerpack 2 lithium-ion battery units.

              When fully charged, the system will hold enough energy to power more than 2,500 households for a day or charge 1,000 Tesla vehicles. But that's not its purpose..."

                Infoworld's 2017 Technology Of The Year Award Winners
                InfoWorld, January 25th, 2017
                "Did you notice that Google is giving away its magic sauce? Google engineers used to merely write papers about their creations, then leave it to others to come up with the software. Now we're fortunate to get the real goods, for datacenter orchestration or deep learning or what have you, straight from the source.

                Similarly, other cloud juggernauts are solving common problems and sharing the solutions through open source projects. Is it a surprise that Facebook came up with a better way to build mobile apps? Or a better way for clients to fetch data from a server? Maybe not, but you might be surprised by the clever approach Facebook has taken to endpoint security.

                You'll find these and other innovations that were born in, designed for, or inspired by the cloud among our latest Technology of the Year Award winners. Chosen by InfoWorld editors and product reviewers, these are the best tools for app dev, datacenter and cloud ops, data analytics, and information security that we encountered in the past year. Read on to meet our winners..."

                Intel Pursues Moore's Law With Plan To Make First 7-nm Chips This Year
                ITWorld, January 27th, 2017
                "Intel's next big Moore's Law advance will be a 7-nm pilot plant it is establishing this year to explore the upcoming manufacturing process.

                The chipmaker announced it was establishing the pilot plant during an earnings call on Thursday.

                For decades, Moore's Law has been the guiding light for Intel to make teenier, faster, and more power-efficient chips. The effort has helped PC makers continuously shrink laptops and mobile devices while adding longer battery life..."

                $30 Power Meter Is Designed To Weed Out Bad USB-C Cables
                TechCrunch, January 27th, 2017
                "Satechi couldn't have picked a better time to announce its USB-C Power Meter. Early last year, Benson Leung of Google's Chromebook Pixel team discovered some troubling results when he systematically tested a number of cheap cords purchased off of Amazon, ultimately wreaking havoc on his own equipment. In November, Google issued a strongly worded advisement against third party fast charging.

                Earlier this week, Dell recalled 101,000 batteries (bringing the total number north of 140,000) due to overheating concerns. And then, of course, there's Samsung, whose train wreck of a phablet really cemented the potential threat of exploding devices in mainstream consciousness through a pair of high profile recalls and constant reminders from flight attendants..."

                Keeping Your IT Skills Relevant in the Age of Automation
                By Breanne Cooley, January 27th, 2017
                Breanne blogs, "The tech industry is 'eating itself' through automation and lack of skills. This is a conclusion drawn from a survey conducted by Harvey Nash, a recruitment firm.

                So how can today's IT professionals stay relevant and in demand in the age of automation?

                IT automates IT...

                Internet of Things OTN VTS free on-demand training by Bob Rhubart
                By Juergen Kress, January 26th, 2017
                "Before you dive into this edition, a reminder that while the Spring 2016 OTN Virtual Technology Summit is history, you can still access all of the Middleware Track session videos in the OTN VTS Middleware Replay Library:..

                Call for Papers: Session proposals are being accepted for future OTN Virtual Technology Summit events. Submit your proposal for Middleware track sessions in the OTN Virtual Technology Summit Middleware Ideas Space, part of the OTN Community Platform..."

                IT - Bitcoin
                Op Ed: Energizing The Blockchain - A Canadian Perspective
                Bitcoin Magazine, January 26th, 2017
                "Canada's energy sector is facing a challenging economic environment. As in past commodity price cycles, innovation holds the promise of renewal.

                Sharply lower energy commodity prices have dramatically compressed levels of upstream activity, employment and capital investment. Fundamental changes in commodity supply dynamics, climate change policy initiatives and pipeline constraints have contributed to a highly uncertain definition of 'price' recovery..."

                  Will Global Cash Woes Boost Bitcoin's Use?
                  Bitcoin Magazine, January 26th, 2017
                  "Fiat money has long been the dominant form of exchange for goods and services. But now, amid the throes of global economic and political unrest, new questions have emerged as to whether 'cash is still king' in both developed and developing nations..."
                    IT - DevOps
                    Defining DevOps: Not Theory, nor Implementation
          , January 24th, 2017
                    "Ask a dozen engineers, developers, testers or their managers what their definition of DevOps is and you will get likely very different answers from each of them. Some may say it's primarily about culture, others may say it's about accelerating or automating the release of software and infrastructure changes and some may use the mantra, 'People, over process over tools.'

                    What no ones seems to be able to agree on though is how to define the boundaries and constituent parts of what DevOps is really all about. It is all-encompassing, it seems to cover topics as varied as continuous improvement, collaboration, a whole raft of processes from agile, through testing to operations procedures, audit, compliance and customer feedback to collaboration..."

                    Strategies to Build Trust in DevOps
          , January 25th, 2017
                    "I've been a member of the DevOps community a long time (literally since before it was ever even called 'DevOps'). I was a pre-publication reviewer for both 'The Phoenix Project' and the recently published 'The DevOps Handbook,' and I'm always interested in seeing the outcomes successes software teams have and the failures they overcome, including trust.

                    While DevOps has proven to be effective in organizations of all sizes - startups and enterprises alike - there are still many who have not yet begun their DevOps journey, so I thought I might share some of my own experiences while introducing DevOps into an enterprise IT group..."

                    Advance Your System Administration Career with Oracle Solaris 11
                    By Brandye Barrington, January 24th, 2017
                    "Oracle Solaris is moving to a continuous delivery model using more frequent updates to deliver the latest features faster, while fully preserving customer and ISV qualification investment. Get the knowledge you need as an Oracle Solaris 11 System Administrator by starting with a career path to become an Oracle Certified Associate.

                    An Associate level certification demonstrates your skill and fundamental understanding of the commands, and utilities used in Oracle Solaris 11 to deliver security, speed, and simplicity for enterprise cloud environments and DevOps..."

                    Oracle Solaris Moving to a Continuous Delivery Model
                    By Ikroop Dhillon, January 23th, 2017
                    Ikroop blogs, "Oracle Solaris is moving to a continuous delivery model using more frequent updates to deliver the latest features faster, while fully preserving customer and ISV qualification investment in the vast array of ISV applications available on Oracle Solaris 11 today. New features and functionality will be delivered in Oracle Solaris through dot releases instead of more disruptive major releases, consistent with trends seen throughout the industry. This addresses customer requirements for an agile and smooth transition path between versions, while providing ongoing innovation with assured investment protection. By moving to a continuous delivery model based on Oracle Solaris 11, customers will have a seamless update experience to better fit their move to agile deployment models..."
                    Working with JSON in MySQL
                    By Noman Ur Rehman, January 26th, 2017
                    Noman blogs, "SQL databases tend to be rigid.

                    If you have worked with them, you would agree that database design though it seems easier, is a lot trickier in practice. SQL databases believe in structure, that is why it's called structured query language.

                    On the other side of the horizon, we have the NoSQL databases, also called schema-less databases that encourage flexibility. In schema-less databases, there is no imposed structural restriction, only data to be saved.

                    Though every tool has it's use case, sometimes things call for a hybrid approach.

                    What if you could structure some parts of your database and leave others to be flexible?

                    MySQL version 5.7.8 introduces a JSON data type that allows you to accomplish that..."

                    MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Whitepaper-Optimizing Deployment Flexibility and Increasing ROI
                    By Zeynep Koch, January 23th, 2017
                    Zeynep blogs, "IT organizations face the challenge of delivering services in sync with shifting business priorities - supplying strategic applications quickly, securely, and with the required quality of service. Solution architects look for deployment methodologies that foster agility, make efficient use of IT resources, and lower capital and operating expenses (CAPEX and OPEX). For this reason many IT departments are deploying applications as virtualized or cloud-based services using open source Linux. This approach is increasingly becoming the deployment standard for delivering enterprise application workloads..."
                    IT - Cloud
                    Choose The Right Mix Of Hybrid Cloud Management For Your Enterprise
                    Search Cloud Computing, January 24th, 2017
                    "When buying hybrid cloud management tools, an organization's unique cloud strategy could limit its choices. Some tools might be missing certain features or take longer to get to production, but fit an operation with limited resources or expertise. On the other hand, there are new and leading-edge products that fill critical gaps in the tool set, but bear startup risks, such as quality.

                    In addition, some hybrid cloud management tools, such as Red Hat's distribution, are platform-agnostic, while others are tied strongly to a vendor's system.

                    Here are some general guidelines for choosing hybrid cloud management tools, based on use case and skill set..."

                    Cloud Storage For Enterprise Use Should Spike In 2017
                    Search Cloud Storage, January 25th, 2017
                    "Storage CTOs predict enterprise cloud adoption will increase in 2017, with a boost from new development and management technologies to assist with planning and deployment...

                    IT shops will need to map out their strategy for adopting cloud storage for enterprise use cases and decide what data goes on premises and off premises. They'll get an assist from new technologies and tools that can determine optimal data placement and management software that can span on-site and off-site environments, the CTOs said.

                    Below are predictions from leading storage technical experts on what we'll see from cloud storage in 2017 and beyond..."

                    Cloud Is Security-Ready But Is Your Security Team Ready For Cloud?
                    Dark Reading, January 25th, 2017
                    "Cloud computing has moved beyond the early adopter phase and is now mainstream. Here's how to keep data safe in an evolving ecosystem.

                    By now, most of us in IT are well aware of the technical and business advantages that moving to a cloud-based data center provides: the ability to dynamically scale network capacity as demand changes, reduction in capex costs associated with implementing, maintaining and staffing a physical data center, and being able to let employees share data anytime, anywhere and on any device..."

                    5 Security Considerations For The Hybrid Cloud
                    InformationWeek, January 27th, 2017
                    "Even though your infrastructure, applications, and data are off in the cloud, don't assume that you are off the hook when it comes to compliance. You are still responsible for that data.

                    While you may have a firm grip on data security within your private network, things become more complicated once you begin venturing into the cloud. Although offloading many lower-level infrastructure tasks to cloud service providers can be a huge time saver, one must consider the overall impact on data security -- and what can be done about it.

                    As more enterprises move to hybrid cloud architectures, there are several data security considerations to think about. Here are five of the most important..."

                    Cloud Monitoring: Users Review 5 Top Tools
                    Networkworld, January 24th, 2017
                    "Cloud technology is becoming a 'staple' in the enterprise -- 70% have at least one application in the cloud - and may become the 'default option' for software deployment by 2020. That makes it even more important that systems administrators can monitor, manage and optimize data-processing workloads in the cloud.

                    For that, corporate IT can turn to cloud monitoring software. According to the IT Central Station user community, the most important criteria to consider when choosing cloud monitoring software include scalability, ease of use, and a customized dashboard..."

                    Report: A Checklist For Stacking Up IaaS Providers
                    GIGAOM, January 26th, 2017
                    "Our library of 1700 research reports is available only to our subscribers. We occasionally release ones for our larger audience to benefit from. This is one such report. If you would like access to our entire library, please subscribe here. Subscribers will have access to our 2017 editorial calendar, archived reports and video coverage from our 2016 and 2017 events.

                    A checklist for stacking up IaaS providers by Janakiram MSV:..."

                      IT - CxO
                      What is the SIAM model and why do CIOs need it?
                      Search CIO, January 26th, 2017
                      "Multisourcing can boost IT and business agility, but the approach can also spiral out of control. The SIAM model aims to ensure delivery is seamless and strategic.

                      As many enterprises move away from large managed service contracts toward a best-in-breed model for service provision, a greater emphasis on governance, integration, and data and information aggregation is required. Service integration and management (SIAM), or multisourcing integration, can help CIOs increase agility and ensure alignment and integration across multiple IT services and technologies..."

                      Three Cloud Roles Cios Can't Ignore
                      Search CIO, January 24th, 2017
                      "Gartner: To fully realize cloud benefits, CIOs need to fill three cloud roles -- one for forming strategy, one for implementing strategy and one for budgeting.

                      Tapping into cloud computing for benefits like quickly spinning up innovative business projects and reducing IT overhead costs relies just as much on people as on technology, said Donna Scott, an analyst at market researcher Gartner.

                      Under the guidance of the CIO, Scott said in a recent webinar, three crucial cloud roles will help ensure that cloud computing -- in its public, private and hybrid forms -- will take hold in organizations and help drive business success..."

                      Why You Need A Data Protection Officer
                      CIO, January 24th, 2017
                      "Enforcement of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is set to start in about 18 months, giving regulators the ability to levy massive fines. Getting ready may require a data protection officer...

                      With enforcement of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to begin on May 25, 2018, organizations that handle any personal data relating to EU residents must begin preparing now, if they haven't already..."

                        Why You Are Not The CIO (And What To Do About It)
                        CIO, January 27th, 2017
                        "Many IT leaders aspire to the top position, yet the rapid pace of technological change has left most confused about how to compete...

                        There are many outstanding technology leaders throughout the United States. Quite a few of them are excellent managers with tremendous potential. Yet, when it comes to career progression and earning that corner office, a large number of these leaders fail to make that final ascension. Some of this failure can be attributed to the scarcity of opportunities, but most often these individuals lack in other areas..."

                          Outdated It Budget Models Slow Enterprise Cloud Adoption, CIO Research Suggests
                          ComputerWeekly, January 25th, 2017
                          "Research from IT services provider Trustmarque suggests the way that enterprises run their IT budgets is out of step with how they consume and pay for cloud...

                          CIOs claim that working with an annual IT budget allocation is slowing down their ability to move to the cloud, and making it hard to realise all the benefits of shifting their IT off-premise.

                          According to research commissioned by IT services company Trustmarque and carried out by Vanson Bourne, this is just one of the reasons why so many enterprise CIOs feel that the reality of using cloud services is failing to live up to the hype..."

                            The Strategy Of Speed In IT
                            InformationWeek, January 25th, 2017
                            "Speed in developing and delivering applications has obvious benefits, but IT leaders have to know when to move fast and when to proceed with care.

                            Speed is good, but it can also be bad. Speed for the sake of speed isn't an answer to anyone's need any more than a specific technology is the 'why' for a project opportunity. For example, speed is good when you can leverage people, architecture and technology to provide rapid iterations on projects that have real-time benefit potential for the business. However, speed is bad when you apply it to subjects such as architecture and strategy..."

                              What Happens When A Customer Of IT Becomes An IT Leader
                              InformationWeek, January 24th, 2017
                              "When an executive shifts from being supported by IT to leading IT, one opportunity is to become a more customer-centric IT organization.

                              I spent most of my career as a customer of IT - running product engineering teams and often wondering why it was taking IT so long to respond to my team's need. Now that I'm on the other side, I've brought that customer empathy to my approach in transforming the IT function as the CIO at Intuit..."

                              Shadow IT Is Sabotaging Your Business - Here's How To Stop IT
                              ITProPortal, January 27th, 2017
                              Beneath your company's network of enterprise systems and approved apps, there's a seedy underbelly that's putting your organisation at risk. Known as 'shadow IT,' it's composed of all the unapproved apps and devices employees use behind your back at work. And it's happening more than you realise...."
                                Are Businesses Spending Their Money On The Wrong It Security?
                                Help Net Security, January 27th, 2017
                                "Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity and data security, announces the results of its 2017 Thales Data Threat Report, issued in conjunction with analyst firm 451 Research.

                                Sixty-eight percent of respondents have experienced a breach with 26 percent experiencing a breach in the last year - both numbers that rose from last year. Paradoxically, overall security spending is also up; in 2017 73 percent of organisations increased IT security spending - a marked jump from 2016 (58 percent)..."

                                SFTA 'Private Room' Social - Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
                                Funky Buddha, Oakland Park - 4:45 PM AM to 8:30 PM
                                The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) Invites You To Join Us For A "Private Room" Social Event At The Funky Buddha (Oakland Park)

                                Studies have shown that I.T. Professionals value networking above all other activities when attending local and regional events. This trend is supported by recent ITPalooza survey results where we asked respondents the main reason for attending. An overwhelming 71% responded that they attend for the networking opportunities!

                                Have some food and a drink while networking with peers. Hear about new products and solutions from sponsors. Choose to spend more time with sponsors or chat with colleagues.

                                Details on the SFTA Web Site


                                • 4:30 Sponsor registration and table setup
                                • 4:45 Registration and Networking
                                • 6:00 Welcome and short Pre-Event Sponsors presentation
                                • 6:15 to 7:00 networking
                                • 7:00: Sponsor elevator pitches
                                • 7:30: SFTA Update
                                • 7:30 to 8:30 networking

                                Sponsorship Opportunities

                                • 1 pre-event sponsorship is available
                                • Company meetup tables See SFTA website for details.


                                Tickets include 2 beers and food.

                                vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens (Twisted Trunk)
                                Wednesday, February 1st, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
                                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 PBG on the 1st 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.

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                                IT - PM
                                11 Ways Company Politics Can Thwart Your Projects
                                CIO, January 26th, 2017
                                "Politics is an unfortunate reality in many workplaces, but there are steps you can take to reduce the pervasiveness and impact to projects.

                                Workplace politics are ultimately types of behaviors or actions injected into business situations that can complicate, impede, or derail progress altogether. Politics and its impact are often underestimated until it's too late. However you can mitigate the risk and the first step is to identify the type and level of political behaviors that might curtail the efforts of a project, program, portfolio, or even an entire organization..."

                                  Replacing A Project Manager Mid-Flight
                                  Project Management Advisor, January 23th, 2017
                                  "One of my column readers recently sent in this question: One of our senior project managers left abruptly in the middle of a 3 year million $ contract. What experience and education would you consider in promoting a replacement?

                                  Ooh, good meaty problem. Not so simple a solution.

                                  There's simply never a good time for a project manager to leave a project, particularly when the flight takes everyone by surprise..."

                                    IT - Networks
                                    IPv6 Transition: A Quick Guide
                                    NetworkComputing, January 23th, 2017
                                    "If your company is embarking on an IPv6 migration, here are some basics to help you get you started.

                                    Despite the much-anticipated depletion of public IPv4 addresses, adoption of network address translation (NAT) has led most enterprises to continue using IPv4 both internally and at the internet edge. But as companies refresh their networks and IoT begins to pick up steam, many network administrators are finally making the choice to incorporate IPv6 in their network in some capacity. Here are some fundamentals when it comes to an IPv6 transition..."

                                    How To Secure A Network For Free
                                    NetworkComputing, January 25th, 2017
                                    "Tony Fortunato describes how a Windows 7 machine can be turned into a VPN server to protect corporate data.

                                    I always say that a great network troubleshooter needs to possess a wide range of skills that might be outside of his or her core competency. A good analogy would be to think of yourself as a networking MacGyver. An example would be whipping up quick perl scripts or batch files to help automate a process or to assist in troubleshooting. I believe that having some skills outside of traditional networking also gives analysts a different perspective when troubleshooting..."

                                    How To Automate Network Management
                                    StateTech, January 27th, 2017
                                    "The first step toward the self-driving network of the future requires automating the network of now.

                                    Networks consist of distributed nodes - routers, switches and the like - that systems administrators and network engineers have, for the most part, managed individually via command line interfaces.

                                    Network protocols connect the nodes so that they appear as a single connected system, but these setups remain tricky (and often expensive) to deploy. Moreover, the distributed nature of network nodes makes it difficult to monitor and react to the health of the system as a whole or manage the impact to applications..."

                                    Four Lesser-Known Wi-Fi Security Threats And How To Defend Against Them
                                    TechHive, January 25th, 2017
                                    "You've hardened your network against all the common weaknesses, now we'll show you how to take your wireless security to the next level.

                                    It's common knowledge that the best way to protect your home Wi-Fi network is by using a strong password. This will keep uninvited guests away and protect your network so eavesdroppers can't intercept your communications. And we've known for more than a decade now that the old Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is so insecure that cracking it is practically child's play.

                                    Once you've protected your network with Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2), here are four other vulnerability scenarios you should guard against..."

                                    IT - IoT
                                    Hacking The Internet Of Things [Infographic]
                                    Business 2 Community, January 24th, 2017
                                    "Putting technology into something that has never had it before leads to all kinds of unanticipated problems, but the rush to put the internet into everything has led to a new hacking crisis. The Internet of Things is leaving homes and businesses vulnerable as crock pots, digital cameras, and even refrigerators are hacked, leaving gaping holes in networks and overall security..."
                                    Smart Card Alliance Releases Primer On Securing The Internet Of Things
                                    insideBIGDATA, January 27th, 2017
                                    "It has been projected that by 2020, the world will have over 20 billion connected devices. With this growth, there is a critical need to ramp up the security of 'things' and the data they create. To guide the industry, the Smart Card Alliance released a high-level educational resource outlining the security value of embedded hardware technology in end devices used in IoT applications..."
                                    Report: A Developer's Checklist For Deploying The Internet Of Things
                                    GIGAOM, January 27th, 2017
                                    "Our library of 1700 research reports is available only to our subscribers. We occasionally release ones for our larger audience to benefit from. This is one such report. If you would like access to our entire library, please subscribe here. Subscribers will have access to our 2017 editorial calendar, archived reports and video coverage from our 2016 and 2017 events.

                                    A developer's checklist for deploying the internet of things by Rich Morrow:..."

                                      Is IotT Opening Up Your Business To Cyberattacks?
                                      Business 2 Community, January 27th, 2017
                                      "Finding solutions to help your company run smoother and faster is what you do as a business owner. Since the Internet of Things (IoT) (aka 'smart' devices) assist with efficiency, it's likely that these devices have a regular role in your business. As of 2016, 65 percent of U.S. businesses use IoT technology - devices that are connected on the same network and embedded with sensors, software and the ability to collect and share data.

                                      Unfortunately, the very reasons that these technological powerhouses improve your processes can also puncture holes in your business' security. Will this make you think twice about using them?

                                      Before you answer, take a look at the current state of IoT technology. Consider the benefits as well as the ways it can invite danger into your business so that you know what you can do to protect your enterprise and yourself..."

                                      IT - Linux
                                      Take Linux From Zero To Boot In Less Than A Second (Video)
                                      FOSS Force, January 27th, 2017
                                      "Some of us here at FOSS Force don't mind waiting for a computer to boot. It reminds us of the old days when, after turning on the TV, radio or record player, we had to wait for the tubes to warm up.

                                      At 2015's Embedded Linux Conference Europe, Jan Altenberg, who works for Linutronix in Germany, explains how Linux can be optimized to boot in less than one second. Find out more in this fascinating video..."

                                      Self-Protection Is Key To Linux Kernel Security
                                      InfoWorld, January 26th, 2017
                                      "Finding and fixing Linux security vulnerabilities amounts to the usual whack-a-mole. The real solution is to harden the Linux kernel and let it protect itself...

                                      Linux has quietly taken over the world. The operating system now powers the large datacenters that make all our cloud applications and services possible, along with billions of Android devices and internet-connected gadgets that comprise the internet of things (IoT). Even the systems that handle the day-to-day operations on the International Space Station run Linux..."

                                      10 Essential Linux Network Commands
                                      LinuxAndUbuntu, January 24th, 2017
                                      "Hello folks, today let's take a look at some 10 essential Linux network commands. These commands may be used to configure, to troubleshoot your network or to obtain some more information all via the terminal in Linux. So let's go!..."

                                      • ping
                                      • netstat
                                      • tcpdump
                                      • host
                                      • tracepath
                                      • ifconfig
                                      • route
                                      • nslookup
                                      • dhclient
                                      • whois

                                      Read on for details.

                                      IT - Operations
                                      5 Benefits Of Six Sigma
                                      Business 2 Community, January 27th, 2017
                                      "Every company has its problems, from the largest corporation to the smallest family-owned business. When these problems come up, it can be hard to see the problems from an objective point of view, but continually tackling issues in service and quality is necessary for ongoing growth. Every business needs a strategy for improvement, and many companies are finding their solution in the Six Sigma business management strategy. As a standardized strategy, companies can easily pick up the methodology and work toward improved quality throughout their business. But what is the Six Sigma method, and how can it benefit businesses?..."
                                      Liquid Cooling, The Wave Of The Future?
                                      Data Center Dynamics, January 23th, 2017
                                      "Liquid cooling at the processor level is the wave of the future, and it will transform the data center industry as we know it within the next five years."

                                      "That statement, and variants of it, have been made for at least ten years!

                                      This technology has been on the verge of disrupting the market for a long time, yet apparently only modest progress has been made. Industry experts once said that the manufacturers were hesitant to invest huge amounts of capital into changing the form factor of their IT equipment to accommodate or optimize the liquid cooling technologies, at least not until they were confident that there was a market for it. Over the years, developments in technology have trickled into the marketplace and demonstration projects have been undertaken to test the technology's viability..."

                                        IT - Security
                                        Security Management Outlook: Five Trends To Watch
                                        HelpNet Security, January 23th, 2017
                                        "Cybersecurity can't sit still. As we look ahead to what this year has in store for the security management landscape, organizations globally should be paying attention to five key trends.

                                        1. Cybercrime recognized as a dark industry

                                        Over the last several years, cybercrime has evolved from separate efforts of threat actors to a full-blown industry. While security professionals have observed this gradual 'corporatization' of cybercrime, 2017 will be the year non-security folks begin to recognize this fact as well..."

                                        Defeating DDoS Attacks In The Cloud: Why Hosting Providers Need To Take Action
                                        ITProPortal, January 24th, 2017
                                        "DDoS attacks have become such a significant threat that hosting providers need to actively protect against them or risk their own reputations...

                                        In the first few days of the New Year, hosting provider 123-reg was once again hit by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, leaving customers unable to access their websites and email accounts. Even though the magnitude and strength of the attack weren't as immense as the 30Gbps attack on the website in August last year, it still raises availability and security concerns and emphasises the importance of using effective DDoS mitigation systems..."

                                        14 Ways To Keep Your Data Safe On Data Privacy Day
                                        ComputerWorld, January 26th, 2017
                                        "If you're not already focusing on Data Privacy Day, it's time to join the effort. Here are some suggestions on how to observe this important day and improve your chances of keeping your data private...

                                        January 28th, marks the 10th anniversary of Data Privacy Day -- an international holiday meant to raise awareness of the importance of privacy and data protection. Initiated by the Council of Europe in 2007, Data Privacy Day was adopted by the U.S. a few years later.

                                        In light of the ever increasing number of data breaches and persistent problems with identity theft (many billions of dollars lost to consumers each year), this tenth anniversary of Data Privacy Day calls for us to focus on a steady promotion of privacy precautions. It calls on you to resolve to improve your privacy program and to pay more attention to the ways that you use, store, and share your personal data..."

                                          How To Keep Branch Offices As Secure As Corporate HQ (Slideshow)
                                          CSO Online, January 23th, 2017
                                          "Your gleaming corporate headquarters, filled with brand-new computers, may be what's on the front page of the company website, but we all know that in many large organizations, much of the day-to-day work happens in local branch offices, often small, poorly equipped, and understaffed. And of course, many companies and workers are embracing the flexibility offered by the internet to work at home full time. But these satellite worksites can end up causing big headaches for tech pros tasked with keeping company assets secure. We talked to a number of tech pros to find out more about the dangers - and the solutions..."
                                            '123456' Leads The Worst Passwords Of 2016
                                            Dark Reading, January 23th, 2017
                                            "New report analyzes trends in more than 5 million passwords stolen from enterprises and leaked to the public last year.

                                            It may be a ho-hum fact for many longtime security practitioners, but it nevertheless remains a fact that most users' password hygiene stinks. And since the needle on this matter moves about as much as a speedometer needle on an engineless car, the topic clearly bears revisiting. This time the reexamination of poorly chosen password comes by a recent report by SplashData on the worst passwords of 2016..."

                                            Security Training 101: Stop Blaming The User
                                            Dark Reading, January 25th, 2017
                                            "To err is human, so it makes sense to quit pointing fingers and start protecting the organization from users -- and vice versa.

                                            We've all seen them: the 'don't take the bait' anti-phishing posters plastered throughout most enterprises. As companies struggle with the various forms of malicious email, from spear phishing to whaling, I've noticed security leaders have begun to emphasize monitoring and deterring human, email-related mistakes. In that vein, companies are inserting language into employee agreements regarding cybersecurity hygiene and creating policies that punish lax security habits..."

                                            Using Deception Technologies To Thwart Attacks And Reveal Targets
                                            GCN, January 27th, 2017
                                            "It is generally accepted that cyber attackers have the advantage when they decide to invade an organization. They have to succeed only once, while the defenders must block 100 percent of the attacks to succeed in their role. Yet there is one critical advantage defenders have over attackers: their knowledge about their organization and environment, knowing what the crown jewels of the organization are and where they reside..."
                                              Most Organizations Are Unaware Of Daily Malicious Activity
                                              Help Net Security, January 26th, 2017
                                              "A new DomainTools survey of more than 550 security analysts, IT managers, and executives revealed that the majority of organizations are struggling to monitor and prevent cyberattacks on their network. More than one in four organizations have been breached in the past 12 months, while 23 percent aren't sure if they have been breached or not..."
                                              Machine Behaviors That Threaten Enterprise Security
                                              CSO Online, January 26th, 2017
                                              "What to do when machine learning on the inside turns against the perimeter...

                                              Machine learning has moved enterprise security forward, allowing for visibility inside the network in order to better understand user behavior. However, malicious actors are using what is done with machine learning on the inside in order to attack the perimeter.

                                              Specifically, these types of attacks include DNS tunneling, attaching to Tor networks, and sending rogue authentication requests to directory services..."

                                              Security Budgets Shifting From Prevention To Detection
                                              Help Net Security, January 26th, 2017
                                              "According to industry estimates, enterprises have historically spent more than 75% of their infosec technology budgets on preventative technologies. According to a new survey conducted by Anderson Research, the portion of security budgets targeted for detection solutions increased substantially over 2015.

                                              73.1% of those surveyed feel they are at risk of a security breach and 51.9% feel their security defenses are reliably stopping threats from getting into their networks..."

                                              New Trends In Zero-Day Vulnerabilities
                                              CSO Online, January 27th, 2017
                                              "Zero-day vulnerabilities continue to haunt security practitioners. One root of the zero-day problem that isn't going away is the ever-growing widespread use of open source code.

                                              That's why many folks want to know what is trending with zero-day vulnerabilities, and what are the best practices for mitigating risks in open source code.

                                              Cybersecurity Ventures recently released a new Zero Day Report that provides zero-day vulnerability trends, statistics, best practices, and resources for CISOs and IT security teams.

                                              The report highlights some alarming statistics, including:.."

                                              IT - Careers
                                              5 Skills You Need To Stay Relevant In 2017
                                              Business 2 Community, January 26th, 2017
                                              "With 2017 here you can expect companies eagerly on the lookout for talent to utilize their budgets for the year. That gives you plenty of opportunity to showcase yourself as a talented individual who's keen on pursuing a new, challenging career move. But what exactly will set you apart from other candidates? Are you equipped with the necessary experience and skills that'll highlight you to recruiting managers?..."
                                                Win The War For Talent By Improving Employee Experience
                                                Business 2 Community, January 27th, 2017
                                                "Employee experience - it's similar to employee engagement. It includes perks and casual Fridays, and also how performance reviews are run, and the quality of the working relationship with the boss. How do you do employee experience?

                                                This is not the first time I've heard this story. An acquaintance of mine questions whether she is in the right job, in the right industry and working for the right employer. She recounts the story of her 20-year career in different roles and divisions with the same enterprise. She has reported to several different supervisors..."

                                                Top 8 Skills Recruiters Are Seeking In Software Engineers (Slideshow)
                                                eWeek, January 25th, 2017
                                                "In the always-changing IT job market, simply putting in the hours and being good at what you do may not be enough. You need an edge, and you need to be versatile. The surest advantage in 2017 is to possess the skills that are most in demand and help your employer keep up with the technological and business-related forces transforming so many industries. The skills enterprises look for in software engineers change frequently; what was in high demand a year ago may be superseded by some trendy programming language, toolset or platform today..."
                                                  Why Google, Twitter, And Linkedin Employees Are Kicking These Seven Work Habits
                                                  Fast Company, January 24th, 2017
                                                  "By this time in January, some of that initial excitement around New Year's resolutions may be starting to fade. Here we are, just a week away from the whateverness of February. Work has officially kicked back into high gear. That yoga class you took on January 6th ('2017! The year of yoga!') was great, and maybe the one you dragged yourself to a week later was fine, but last week you just kind of skipped it (you had good reasons, you swear)..."
                                                    15 Top-Paying Certifications For 2017
                                                    Global Knowledge, January 24th, 2017
                                                    "Which certifications should be in your list of credentials based on salary? What's the next up-and-coming certification? This article will help you answer both questions based on data from Global Knowledge's 2017 IT Skills and Salary Survey.

                                                    The survey was distributed globally, but this article focuses on the United States data and variations exist based on where you work, your years of experience and the type of company you work for, but this is still helpful in deciding where to spend your time and money in earning additional certifications..."

                                                      IT - Virtualization
                                                      Unwrap Containers-As-A-Service Challenges And Best Practices
                                                      SearchCloudComputing, January 27th, 2017
                                                      "Despite the benefits of containers as a service, integration and security issues can plague a deployment. Pick the right provider and follow best practices to ease those troubles.

                                                      Most enterprises today believe containers will drive value, and, in many cases, those organizations want to use containers through a cloud service -- a model known as containers as a service -- rather than on premises.

                                                      Here's a breakdown of containers as a service benefits, challenges and current options on the market..."

                                                      Strategies For Keeping VM Sprawl From Taking Over Your Agency
                                                      GCN, January 23th, 2017
                                                      "When military forces go on a mission, they do so with controlled, strategic approaches designed to leave nothing to chance. Action is targeted, contained and precise.

                                                      If only the same could be said about agency IT networks.

                                                      To be fair, managing federal IT networks has always been a monumental task. They have traditionally been massive, monolithic systems that require significant resources to maintain..."

                                                        IT - Email
                                                        Email Encryption On The Rise But Still Not 'Universal'
                                                        Dark Reading, January 24th, 2017
                                                        "Osterman study finds that more than half of organizations in North America use email encryption for external communications.

                                                        The numbers aren't staggering, but more companies now view encrypting email a priority.

                                                        New research by Osterman on behalf of Echoworx found that while 45% of organizations in North America consider email encryption a 'very important' or 'critical' priority in 2015, that number jumped to 53% in the 2016 study. At the same time, organizations reporting that email encryption was 'not important' dropped to 19%, down from 24%..."

                                                        The Trouble with DMARC: 4 Serious Stumbling Blocks
                                                        Dark Reading, January 24th, 2017
                                                        "Popularity for the Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance email authentication standard is growing. So why are enterprises still struggling to implement it?

                                                        Since its creation, email has suffered from an "original sin" - the inability to confirm a sender's true identity. Recently, that flaw has led to an onslaught of phishing attacks - which often lead to further network compromise. According to one recent study, phishing is the launch vehicle for 91% of all cyberattacks..."

                                                          IT - Big Data
                                                          Get Up To Speed With Data Science In 7 Easy Steps
                                                          insideBIGDATA, January 27th, 2017
                                                          "Data science is an interdisciplinary field containing processes and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data in various forms, either structured or unstructured. The field is showing itself transformative for a broad range of organizations in the way it delivers real business value based on enterprise data assets. At its core, data science involves using automated methods to analyze massive amounts of data and to extract knowledge from them..."
                                                            Big Data Leadership: CIO, CAO, Or Maybe The Big Dog
                                                            InformationWeek, January 27th, 2017
                                                            "In the discussion over who should lead a corporate big data initiative, maybe it should be someone other than the CIO, CAO, or CDO...

                                                            The debate over whether the CIO or someone in an analytics specific role -- chief analytics officer or chief data officer -- should lead a big data initiative is getting a bit stale. I've long felt that too many CIOs have already abdicated much of their role as leaders in utilizing data to drive the success of their companies..."

                                                            All Big Data Clouds Are Not Alike
                                                            ZDnet, January 25th, 2017
                                                            "CenturyLink's recent announcement of a new Big Data cloud service built around Cloudera shows that there is plenty of choice between Hadoop cloud services that go way beyond brand. It's another sign that enterprises are expecting cloud providers to offer the same diverse menu of options that they expect of strategic IT technology providers..."
                                                            Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                            Vol 227 Issue 1, 2 and 3; Vol 226 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 225 Issue 5
                                                            We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                                            • SPARC/Solaris Roadmap
                                                            • The Hottest Tech Skills for 2017
                                                            • What's New With Oracle Certification - January 2017
                                                            • Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.14 now available for download!
                                                            • Oracle Critical Patch Update Advisory - January 2017
                                                            • Friday Spotlight: The Promise of Simplified Cloud Management
                                                            • Top 10 Strategic CIO Priorities For 2017
                                                            • Automating MySQL Replication with ClusterControl 1.4.0
                                                            • Training Thursdays: Stability and Performance with Oracle OpenStack
                                                            • Oracle's Hurd: Cloud Pulls CFOs Into Business Model Revolution

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

                                                              IT - Encryption
                                                              There's No One Perfect Method For Encryption In The Cloud
                                                              Dark Reading, January 26th, 2017
                                                              "The problem with encryption is that it affects performance, especially in the cloud. Know the different methods so you can pick the type that best suits your needs...

                                                              Security teams are torn between the quest to encrypt everything and the technical feasibility of doing so. The advantage of encryption is that it obscures data, even after a breach, and satisfies privacy regulations. But it can also obstruct application performance, especially when applied to data in cloud services. .."

                                                              IT - Server
                                                              Advances In The Data Center And Cloud Sectors
                                                              Information Management, January 27th, 2017
                                                              "Data center typically holds racks of servers, storage arrays and switches. Traditionally, additional capacity would mean another rack of equipment. But, that is changing now. Information Technology Industry is going through a disruption caused by hybrid cloud. Hybrid cloud envisages use of private cloud for sensitive data and public cloud for the remaining data.

                                                              Private/Public Cloud Technical Trends:

                                                              What constitutes a Private Cloud? At the bottom of the infrastructure stack is hyper converged arrays which provides cluster based architecture for the nodes to scale horizontally. Nodes can be added to the cluster as you consume more storage and compute..."

                                                              LibreOffice 5.2.5
                                                              The Document Foundation, January 26th, 2017
                                                              The Document Foundation (TDF) announced LibreOffice 5.2.5 "still", the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family. Based on the upcoming announcement of LibreOffice 5.3, all users are invited to update to LibreOffice 5.2.5 from LibreOffice 5.1.6 or previous versions.

                                                              TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organizations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people.

                                                              IT - Java
                                                              Java EE 8: Java EE Guardians Survey Results Are Here
                                                              jaxenter, January 27th, 2017
                                                              "We've seen the results of Oracle's Java EE survey and now it's time to take a look at the survey carried out by the Java EE Guardians and DZone. Let's see how Java EE 8 should look like.

                                                              Oracle conducted a survey in September-October 2016 regarding future enhancements to Java EE in the context of the revised roadmap presented at JavaOne 2016.

                                                              After reviewing the Java EE 8 proposal based on the results and additional review of implementation considerations, Oracle concluded that:..."

                                                              IT - Developer
                                                              Best Practices To Scale Agile Across Multiple IT Teams And Enterprise Organizations
                                                              ITProPortal, January 27th, 2017
                                                              "While a large number of the companies are adopting agile testing methodologies, they face a fair number of obstacles...

                                                              The past few years have seen some very dramatic and eye-opening changes in software development. We have fully redefined what it means to be fast in product development and deployment, as well as the skills and tools required to be successful in the space..."

                                                                5 Deadly Mistakes An Agile It Operations
                                                                Network World, January 24th, 2017
                                                                "Making these mistakes makes your life more difficult, slows you down and hurts your reputation with the business

                                                                IT operations is under a set of conflicting mandates and pressures.

                                                                The business wants IT operations to be more agile and to be a partner in the process of bringing more business functionality online (also knows as digitization).

                                                                The executives in charge of IT (most often the CIO) want IT operations to be more cost effective, which means spending either needs to be reduced or not grow as quickly as it has in the past.

                                                                Application owners want two inherent conflicting objectives. They want IT operations to guarantee that their infrastructure will provide excellent performance for their applications, and they simultaneously want IT operations to feel more like a cloud provider with a rich set of self-service options..."

                                                                Nexenta News
                                                                Webinar: Solutions Provider Peak 10 Deploys Storage Smarter with All-Flash SDS to Improve Efficiency and Performance
                                                                Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 10:00AM PT / 1:00PM ET
                                                                Imagine what it would be like if you dramatically increased your storage performance, reduced latency and provided superior service to your customers all at a lower TCO.

                                                                Peak 10, a national IT service provider achieved all of this and more with NexentaStor and the SanDisk InfiniFlash. As a result, Peak 10:

                                                                • Lowered TCO by 35+% relative to their legacy storage
                                                                • Met predefined performance, agility, and cost goals by deploying NexentaStor
                                                                • Significantly reduced their storage latency variability
                                                                • Reduced in rack space requirements by over 90% and energy consumption by 75%


                                                                Cisco News
                                                                Cisco founds Innovation Alliance with eleven partners in Germany
                                                                Task Force aims at accelerating digitzation in German SMEs / reduce reservations and support mid-sized businesses by offering practical solutions
                                                                "Digital change," "digital transformation" and "Industry 4.0" are ongoing topics for German companies - yet engaging them in concrete projects is often difficult. With the Innovation Alliance, Cisco and 11 medium-sized IT companies want to help German SMEs embark on the digitization journey and maintain their competitiveness with simple, concrete steps. The Innovation Alliance is an important component of the Cisco digitization program "Deutschland Digital."

                                                                Cisco is partnering with system integrators, software developers, managed service providers, distributors and consultants within the Innovation Alliance in Germany. The alliance brings together a broad range of expertise that can be tailored to the specific challenges of midsize businesses. With 12 companies, over 40 sites across Germany, more than 2,000 employees and over 1,000 digitization projects, the alliance is the largest hub for digitization for small- and medium-sized businesses in Germany.

                                                                Cisco Announces Intent to Acquire Application Performance Monitoring Leader AppDynamics
                                                                Combined Portfolio Will Provide Unprecedented Application, Business, and Infrastructure Analytics
                                                                Cisco announced its intent to acquire AppDynamics, Inc., a privately held application intelligence software company based in San Francisco. AppDynamics's cloud application and business monitoring platform enables the world's largest companies to improve application and business performance. Cisco will acquire AppDynamics for approximately $3.7 billion in cash and assumed equity awards.
                                                                Cisco Ships Breakthrough All-in-One Cloud-Based Meeting Room Product to End the Pain of Meetings
                                                                Cisco, January 24th, 2017
                                                                At Cisco, we want to end miserable meetings. That means we need to clean up the cacophony of dongles, wires, and outdated hardware in most conference rooms today. We also need to solve problems that people experience as they get ready to meet (Where's the agenda? Who has the latest presentation?) and when they need to follow up after.

                                                                To put an end to miserable meetings, you can't just bolt on a new device or create a new app. Solving the pain of meetings means building breakthrough new hardware that is designed, developed and deployed together with new software in the cloud. It must all be dead simple to use, comprehensive, and priced affordably so more people can use it. Today, Cisco delivers exactly that with Cisco Spark Board and Cisco Spark Meetings.

                                                                Dell News
                                                                Educators Embrace Student Empowered Learning through New Portfolio of Innovative Dell PCs and Monitors
                                                                Three new mobile Dell PCs designed specifically to enhance the learning process
                                                                Dell EMC, the infrastructure solutions business of Dell Technologies, announced a new portfolio of education PCs and monitors designed to help teachers leverage the latest technology to improve learning opportunities for K-12 students worldwide. This newest line of products from Dell's client solutions portfolio helps educators improve teaching practices by introducing three new purpose-built laptops designed to withstand the rigors of the day-to-day classroom environment. New t o the education portfolio will be a 360-degree convertible notebook built for K-12 students.
                                                                Microsoft News
                                                                Microsoft Cloud strength highlights second quarter results
                                                                Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $14.0 billion
                                                                Microsoft Corp. announced the following results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016:

                                                                • Revenue was $24.1 billion GAAP, and $26.1 billion non-GAAP
                                                                • Operating income was $6.2 billion GAAP, and $8.2 billion non-GAAP
                                                                • Net income was $5.2 billion GAAP, and $6.5 billion non-GAAP
                                                                • Diluted earnings per share was $0.66 GAAP, and $0.83 non-GAAP

                                                                Microsoft completed the acquisition of LinkedIn Corporation ('LinkedIn') on December 8, 2016. Financial results from the acquired business are reported in the Productivity and Business Processes segment. For the second quarter of fiscal year 2017, the results of LinkedIn, including amortization of acquired intangible assets, contributed revenue, operating income, net income, and diluted earnings per share of $228 million, $(201) million, $(100) million, and $(0.01), respectively.

                                                                Microsoft appoints Kevin Scott as Chief Technology Officer
                                                                Scott's appointment accelerates a technology vision for the world's leading professional network and professional cloud
                                                                Microsoft Corp. has named Kevin Scott to a newly created role of chief technology officer (CTO) for the company. This is an expansion of Scott's new role at LinkedIn as senior vice president of Infrastructure. As Microsoft's CTO, Scott will drive strategic, cross-company initiatives to maximize Microsoft's impact with members and customers.

                                                                Scott joins Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella.

                                                                IBM News
                                                                Sberbank Rehauls Corporate Online Banking with Digital Marketplace Designed with IBM
                                                                IBM, January 26th, 2017
                                                                IBM announced that Sberbank, Russia's largest bank and a leading global financial institution, has launched a new corporate online banking platform designed together with IBM iX to deliver an enhanced online banking experience for small and medium businesses.

                                                                Sberbank serves nearly 1.5 million corporate clients across Russia, every third Russian enterprise registered as legal entity. In Sberbank, small and medium businesses account for 35 percent of the corporate loans portfolio. To serve its corporate clients, Sberbank's previous platform couldn't handle the increased online activity from clients as they engaged with digital services.

                                                                Australian Open And IBM Analytics Bring Insights To The Tennis Court
                                                                IBM and Tennis Australia introduce deeper insights and new digital experiences for fans of the 2017 Australian Open
                                                                IBM and Tennis Australia announced new digital capabilities that are further enhancing the fan experience at the Australian Open 2017. This includes IBM serving new richer real-time player insights via IBM SlamTracker analytics, now available within the tournament's mobile app.

                                                                For the first time at the tournament, SlamTracker is available through the Australian Open mobile app, allowing fans to stay close the action, no matter where they are. Also new this year, SlamTracker is offering real-time analytics on players and how they are likely to perform under "pressure situations" within a match, such as a tie break, based on their playing style and historical data. This insight will be available to fans from week two of the tournament, when the intensity of competition and pressure on players really kicks in. The new capability is underpinned by IBM's BlueMix cloud technology, to facilitate faster delivery of insights and greater scalability...

                                                                IBM Expands Choices for PowerAI Developers with TensorFlow
                                                                IBM, January 26th, 2017
                                                                IBM announced that its PowerAI distribution for popular open source Machine Learning and Deep Learning frameworks on the POWER8 architecture now supports the TensorFlow 0.12 framework that was originally created by Google. TensorFlow support through IBM PowerAI provides enterprises with another option for fast, flexible, and production-ready tools and support for developing advanced machine learning products and systems.
                                                                IBM Security Plans to Acquire Agile 3 Solutions to Help the C-Suite Manage Data Risk
                                                                Expansion of Capabilities for IBM Guardium and Data Security Services
                                                                IBM Security announced plans to acquire Agile 3 Solutions, a developer of software used by the C-Suite and senior executives to better visualize, understand and manage risks associated with the protection of sensitive data. The addition of Agile 3 Solutions' capabilities to IBM Security's portfolio adds an intuitive tool to improve C-Suite decision making as businesses prepare to defend themselves against cybercrime.

                                                                As cybersecurity has become a board-level issue, there is a growing need for the C-suite and the Board to understand their security posture through the lens of business risk, not just the technical security data and metrics. Business leaders must be equipped to make risk-based decisions and prioritize investments toward the cybersecurity readiness and resilience. In fact, Gartner predicted that "by 2017, 80% of IT risk and security organizations will report metrics to non-IT executive decision makers; however, only 20% will be considered useful by the target audience."

                                                                Fujitsu News
                                                                Fujitsu Develops Connection Control Technology for LTE and Wi-Fi to Improve Communication Speed in Wi-Fi Areas
                                                                Approximately doubles communication speed, on average, by automatically batch-setting communication routes for devices in an area
                                                                Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced the development of connection control technology for LTE and Wi-Fi to boost communication speed in areas with Wi-Fi.

                                                                When devices doing high-load communications tasks, such as streaming videos, are concentrated on a single Wi-Fi access point, deterioration in communications speed for each of these devices is a problem. Up to this point, devices have been equipped with technology to enable them to choose a communications route to mitigate communication speed deterioration, such as connecting to LTE instead of Wi-Fi when the Wi-Fi's communication quality is poor. However, as each device determines its communications route independently, without considering the impact on other devices, this can instead cause overall communications speed to decrease.

                                                                VMware News
                                                                VMware Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results
                                                                Record Annual Revenue Exceeds $7 Billion; Q4 Revenue $2.03 billion, up 9% y-y; Additional $1.2B in Stock Repurchases Authorized through February 2018
                                                                VMware, Inc., a leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2016:

                                                                Quarterly Review

                                                                • Revenue for the fourth quarter was $2.03 billion, an increase of 9% from the fourth quarter of 2015.
                                                                • License revenue for the fourth quarter was $887 million, an increase of 8% from the fourth quarter of 2015.
                                                                • GAAP net income for the fourth quarter was $441 million, or $1.04 per diluted share, up 18% per diluted share compared to $373 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $597 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, up 13% per diluted share compared to $534 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2015.
                                                                • GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $543 million, an increase of 21% from the fourth quarter of 2015. Non-GAAP operating income for the fourth quarter was $747 million, an increase of 14% from the fourth quarter of 2015.
                                                                • Operating cash flows for the fourth quarter were $463 million. Free cash flows for the quarter were $419 million.
                                                                • Total revenue plus sequential change in total unearned revenue grew 13% year-over-year.
                                                                • License revenue plus sequential change in unearned license revenue grew 14% year-over-year.

                                                                VMware, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, helps customers accelerate their digital transformation. VMware enables enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT with its Cross-Cloud Architecture and solutions for the data center, mobility, and security. With 2016 revenue of $7.09 billion, VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and has over 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners worldwide.

                                                                Red Hat News
                                                                Friday Five - January 27, 2017
                                                                Red Hat, January 27th, 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.

                                                                • The Wall Street Journal: CIO Journal - Red Hat CEO Says Users Are Driving Business Software Innovation
                                                                • InfoWorld - Who's cashing in on containers? Look to the cloud
                                                                • PCQuest - 86% CIOs in India Bank on Open Source for Digital Innovation
                                                                • - Happy birthday to 7 years of open source
                                                                • Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) Deploys Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to Accelerate IT Modernization

                                                                Read on for details.

                                                                Huawei Extends its Cooperation with Red Hat to Public and NFV Clouds
                                                                Red Hat, January 26th, 2017
                                                                Huawei and Red Hat, Inc. announced they are expanding their cooperation to include public and network functions virtualization (NFV) clouds. The announcement expands upon previously announced collaborations between Huawei and Red Hat to deliver OpenStack-based solutions (December 2014) and carrier-grade software-defined networking (SDN) solutions (June 2016). The new strategic business and engineering cooperation is designed to enable Huawei customers to use Red Hat Enterprise Linux for critical services both on-premises and on Huawei's public cloud platform. In addition, the expanded collaboration is aimed at providing a new solution portfolio for carriers to build NFV clouds.
                                                                Red Hat Technologies Support TransUnion's Migration to New IT Environment
                                                                Red Hat, January 24th, 2017
                                                                Red Hat, Inc., leading provider of open source solutions, announced that TransUnion, a global risk and information solutions provider, has migrated its applications and systems from a mainframe environment to one partly based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. As part of TransUnion's technology transformation, the company worked closely with Red Hat to move from mainframes to a more flexible environment.

                                                                TransUnion serves thousands of businesses and millions of consumers while linking more than 30 petabytes of data. Red Hat Enterprise Linux played a role in parts of TransUnion's transformation, employing Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP), Red Hat JBoss Web Server and Red Hat Satellite, with the latter driving simplified automation and management of the new environment...

                                                                Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) Deploys Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform to Accelerate IT Modernization
                                                                Red Hat, January 24th, 2017
                                                                Red Hat announced that the Schweizerische Bundesbahnen (SBB, Swiss Federal Railways), Switzerland's national railways company, has deployed Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform as the cornerstone of its IT modernization program. With Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, SBB has created a scalable and more agile platform for its application development, and is delivering new services, including an updated mobile application, to better serve the millions of passengers who travel via SBB each year...
                                                                Level3 News
                                                                Level 3 Receives the ISO 27001 Certification for its Services Provided in Cotia/Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro Data Centers
                                                                Level(3), January 23th, 2017
                                                                Level 3 Communications, Inc.'s Brazilian subsidiary, Level 3 Comunicacoes Do Brasil Ltda., received the ISO 27001 Information Security Management System compliance certificate for the services provided in its data centers in Cotia/Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The certification is an internationally recognized standard to help ensure the practice of adequate and proportionate security controls are in place to safeguard customers' information and intellectual property assets.
                                                                HP News
                                                                HPE to Acquire Cloud Cruiser to Bolster Consumption-Based IT for Customers
                                                                Cloud Cruiser will help accelerate HPE's Flexible Capacity offering, a high-growth component of the Technology Services portfolio
                                                                HPE announced a definitive agreement to acquire Cloud Cruiser, a leading provider of cloud consumption analytics software that enables customers to manage and optimize public, private and hybrid cloud usage and spend.

                                                                Founded in 2010 and based in San Jose, CA and Roseville, CA, Cloud Cruiser offers an IT infrastructure consumption analytics application that provides clear insight into IT usage and spend and helps customers more effectively plan and manage their IT systems. Cloud Cruiser is already a key component of HPE's Flexible Capacity business; we currently license Cloud Cruiser's solutions in our Flexible Capacity offering and, in fact, we are their largest customer. This acquisition marks additional investment in HPE Flexible Capacity, to further differentiate and strengthen this high growth service.

                                                                HPE to acquire SimpliVity: What to Expect
                                                                SimpliVity is a leading provider of software-defined, hyperconverged infrastructure
                                                                Ric Lewis blogs, "HPE announced plans to acquire SimpliVity, a leading provider of software-defined, hyperconverged infrastructure. After the announcement, I flew to Westborough, MA, to spend the day with the SimpliVity team, and I have to say, I am more excited than ever about what our two companies can do together. By bringing together HPE's best-in-class infrastructure, automation and cloud management software with SimpliVity's industry-leading software-defined data management platform, we will deliver the best and most complete enterprise-ready hyperconverged offering on the market..."
                                                                Brocade News
                                                                Ricoh Embraces Brocade Fabric Technology To Transform Cloud Data Center
                                                                Digital Imaging Giant Positioned for Data Center Transformation
                                                                Brocade announced that digital imaging giant Ricoh Company, Ltd. has migrated to an Ethernet fabric network within its Yokohama data center. The deployment of switches supporting BROCADE VCS FABRIC TECHNOLOGY enables Ricoh to greatly reduce network operating costs and complexity within its data center while providing the company with a far more agile infrastructure upon which to respond to changing business needs.

                                                                Since the Yokohama data center was established in 2010, system expansion -- driven by Ricoh's increasing use of information technology to deliver business value as well as to ensure business continuity internally -- had been making the network infrastructure and operations more complex. In particular, the increased use of virtualization within the data center was putting pressure on both available network bandwidth and administration resources.

                                                                Ficolo Achieves Rapid Growth With Network-As-A-Service From Brocade
                                                                Finland's Fastest Growing Data Center Company Delivers Scalable Wholesale Colocation Services
                                                                Brocade announced that Ficolo, one of the fastest-growing companies in Finland, is delivering reliable and agile New IP networks to support their customers demanding infrastructure requirements. Leveraging Brocade data center networking solutions and Brocade Network Subscription, Ficolo has accelerated time-to-market for new wholesale colocation services while removing financial obstacles to growth. Housed in Cold War-era underground military facility, Ficolo is Finland's first data center company with a focus on colocation services. The environmentally-conscious company is cased deep in a bedrock tunnel and utilizes 100 percent wind power in the data center. As a cloud provider for other service providers, Ficolo's customers choose the data center capabilities they need to support their own service offerings. Ficolo is also a trusted partner for SaaS companies who deliver their software to customers. Ficolo handles cloud connectivity, availability, storage, compute and security.
                                                                Comcast News
                                                                Unveils Business Internet 1 Gig and Business Internet 500 speed tiers
                                                                Unveils Business Internet 1 Gig and Business Internet 500 speed tiers
                                                                Comcast Business announced it has begun offering DOCSIS 3.1-based internet service to business customers in its Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit and Nashville service areas. "Business Internet 1 Gig" and "Business Internet 500" speed tiers are now available to thousands of business customers in these Comcast service areas using the company's existing network, without costly and disruptive construction of new network facilities.
                                                                  Windstream News
                                                                  Windstream expands metro fiber network in St. Louis
                                                                  Expansion is part of Windstream's multi-city campaign to connect even more data centers and commercial buildings to company's national backbone
                                                                  Windstream announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in St. Louis. Windstream's expansion will provide the area's growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure that connects even more local data centers and commercial buildings with Windstream's high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.

                                                                  "Our expansion in St. Louis is part of an ongoing initiative to upgrade our high-speed fiber network infrastructure, including both our long-haul network nationwide and our metro fiber networks in specific markets," said Chris Nein, regional president for Windstream. "This ambitious project will result in a new level of connectivity and network stability for businesses in St. Louis, including in the Central Business District, Olivette and Maryland Heights areas. We are proud to support the city's business community in this important way."

                                                                  Windstream expands metro fiber network in Cleveland
                                                                  Expansion is part of Windstream's multi-city investment to connect even more data centers and commercial buildings to company's national fiber backbone
                                                                  Windstream announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in Cleveland. Windstream's expansion will provide the area's growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure that connects even more local data centers and commercial buildings with Windstream's high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.

                                                                  "Our expansion in Cleveland is part of an ongoing initiative to upgrade our high-speed fiber network infrastructure, including both our long-haul network nationwide and our metro fiber networks in specific markets," said Chris Nein, regional president for Windstream. "This ambitious project will result in a new level of connectivity and network stability for businesses in Cleveland, including in the Central Business District, Berea and Beachwood areas. We are proud to support the city's business community in this important way."

                                                                  F5 News
                                                                  F5 Delivers Application Security for the Digital Economy
                                                                  New solutions give customers the protection and intelligence required to keep applications and user data secure
                                                                  F5 Network introduced security solutions that provide visibility, context, and control to overcome today's evolving threats. In a digital-driven economy, applications deliver business services for a variety of access points and locations, opening up new risks and attack vectors - particularly as IT teams extend security and encryption capabilities across cloud, data center, and hybrid environments.

                                                                  "Applications and data are among the most valuable assets of any organization," said Ryan Kearny, CTO at F5. "Without reliable applications, you essentially halt customer discovery, transactions, and revenue. To safeguard the customer experience, F5 advocates an application-centric approach where security, access, and identity management are treated as intrinsic parts of application development and deployment. Our new solutions have been designed to holistically address the impact of emerging threats and shifts within the broader IT industry."

                                                                  F5 Networks Announces Results for First Quarter of Fiscal 2017
                                                                  Revenue of $516.0 million, up 5.4 percent from $489.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016
                                                                  For the first quarter of fiscal 2017, F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced revenue of $516.0 million, up 5.4 percent from $489.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

                                                                  GAAP net income was $94.2 million ($1.44 per diluted share), compared to $89.7 million ($1.28 per diluted share) in the first quarter a year ago. Excluding the impact of stock-based compensation and amortization of purchased intangible assets, non-GAAP net income was $130.3 million ($1.98 per diluted share), compared to $120.6 million ($1.73 per diluted share) in the first quarter of last year.

                                                                    Netapp News
                                                                    Wirestorm Delivers DevOps in the Cloud with NetApp ONTAP Cloud for Amazon Web Services (AWS)
                                                                    Wirestorm speeds, simplifies, and streamlines DevOps while boosting productivity and customer satisfaction
                                                                    "NetApp ONTAP Cloud drastically lowered our cloud cost and server spend. My team was able to reduce the number of deployment systems by 10 times and drop our total deployment time from 20 hours to under a minute," said Jeremy Goodrum, VP of Engineering at Wirestorm. "My team now relies on standardized automation and focuses only on application development instead of transferring large files, rebuilding testbeds, or trying to sync local development environments. For a DevOps shop, ONTAP takes productivity to a whole new level."

                                                                    Based in Redmond, Washington, Wirestorm builds and implements business intelligence, enterprise mobility applications, cloud computing, and technical staffing solutions for Fortune 500 companies. To accelerate and automate its DevOps process, Wirestorm turned to NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and deployed NetApp ONTAP Cloud. In doing so, Wirestorm found a Data Fabric solution that delivered everything that the company needed for DevOps in the cloud - without a single physical array - enabling Wirestorm to use only laptops.

                                                                    Aerohive Networks News
                                                                    Aerohive Partners with Dell to Provide Emmet County with Seamless Network Connectivity
                                                                    Dell and Aerohive and shared vision for cloud-managed Wi-Fi,
                                                                    Aerohive Partners announced that Emmet county selected Aerohive, in partnership with Dell, to improve the networking experience across the entire county in order to enable efficiency and mobility at its 12 locations stretching across 35 miles.

                                                                    Emmet County is located in the northwest corner of the lower peninsula of Michigan and is home to approximately 32,000 residents. In recent years, Emmet County has experienced diversified economic growth, with many new industries and people settling in the area permanently. The County itself has over 230 employees and manages community resources, parks and recreation, the sheriff department, and many other local services for the community.

                                                                    With greater growth in the area, Emmet County over the last several years needed to invest in technology upgrades to better support residents who live and work in the area. The County's IT Department was directed to improve the networking experience across the entire county in order to enable efficiency and mobility at its 12 locations stretching across 35 miles.

                                                                    Insight News
                                                                    Insight Named a Dell EMC Titanium Black Channel Partner
                                                                    Insight is a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solution to organizations of all sizes
                                                                    Insight (Nasdaq:NSIT), a leading provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions to organizations of all sizes, has been named a Dell EMC Titanium Black Partner. Titanium Black Status is a new status within the Titanium Tier of the Dell EMC Partner Program, which is reserved for those partners who have shown an exemplary commitment to Dell EMC and customers as they transform IT and become digital businesses.

                                                                    "While this recognition is given by Dell EMC, it also represents our evolving relationship and the meaningful connections we've made within the product management, marketing, sales and support teams at our respective organizations. This level of cooperation has made our relationship thrive in an impressive way," said Ken Lamneck, Insight president and CEO. "Our goal is to provide the best solutions to our clients and the Titanium Black recognition is especially meaningful for them, as it indicates we can be an exceptional resource with the breadth of Dell EMC technologies."

                                                                    Centrify News
                                                                    Centrify Supports Data Privacy Day:
                                                                    Take Action Today to Protect Your Privacy!
                                                                    Centrify is proud to be a Data Privacy Day Champion because we work tirelessly each day to protect our customers and their data privacy. We believe that all of us, whether at work or as consumers, should be aware of data privacy issues (who has my data? what can they do with it? what are they doing to protect it?) and take steps to protect personal data and business's data. So, when we found out we could help champion Data Privacy Day we jumped at the chance. In recognition of Data Privacy Day, Centrify brings various supporting messages about how to keep data private in today.
                                                                      Centrify Co-Chairs the 2017 ICIT Winter Summit
                                                                      by Tom Kemp
                                                                      Tom blogs, "Once again, we find ourselves at that stage in the political cycle when the new administration is taking office. That means a revised look at everything - from the economy, to the markets, to the health of our industries. And an evaluation of how effectively we're protecting all of the above.

                                                                      It is no surprise that cybersecurity is top of mind due to several recent high-profile breaches, many of which were mentioned in our end-of-the-year wrap-up.

                                                                      Perhaps no cybersecurity events were as disturbing as those surrounding the 2016 election. It turns out that many of these attacks would have been thwarted if US agencies and organizations implemented the right technologies such as multi-factor authentication and carefully followed a set of best practices such as least privilege. Organizations know what has to be done, they're just having trouble doing it..."

                                                                      Citrix News
                                                                      Citrix Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Financial Results
                                                                      Quarterly revenue of $908 million Quarterly GAAP operating margin of 25 percent;
                                                                      Citrix Systems, Inc. reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

                                                                      For the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2016, Citrix achieved revenue of $908 million, compared to $905 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2015, representing less than one percent revenue growth. For fiscal year 2016, Citrix reported annual revenue of $3.42 billion, compared to $3.28 billion for fiscal year 2015, a 4 percent increase.

                                                                      Commvault News
                                                                      New Commvault Innovations Drive Continued Global Customer Momentum
                                                                      Customers from a variety of industries choose Commvault over competitors
                                                                      Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, announced continued worldwide customer momentum driven in part by Commvault's recent innovations to help customers on their journey to the cloud, manage application workloads, enhance automation for powerful orchestration and leverage new simplified interfaces, among other enhancements. At the foundation for these new innovations is the Commvault Data Platform, which is built on an open API architecture, enabling customers the flexibility of choice in infrastructure, platform, compute and storage providers.
                                                                      Commvault Announces Fiscal 2017 Third Quarter Financial Results
                                                                      Record total quarterly revenue of $165.8 million; Software revenue up 10% sequentially
                                                                      Commvault announced its financial results for the third quarter ended December 31, 2016.

                                                                      N. Robert Hammer, Commvault's Chairman, President and CEO stated, "Our third quarter results demonstrated continued business momentum and we reported strong financial performance highlighted by record quarterly revenue of $165.8 million and sequential software revenue growth of 10% which was driven by significant growth in enterprise software revenue transactions in our international operations. Our financial results are validating our leadership position in the enterprise market with our Commvault Data platform with a cloud focus which has continued to drive a substantial increase in the number of petabytes of data being managed by Commvault software within public cloud environments. The Commvault Data Platform is being used by customers to move, use, secure and protect their data on-premise, on mobile devices and in public clouds. Finally, we remained opportunistic during the third fiscal quarter, repurchasing $25 million of our common stock."

                                                                      ExaGrid News
                                                                      ExaGrid, Next Generation Disk-Based Backup Storage Appliance Vendor, Reports Record Quarterly Revenue for Q4-2016 and Record Annual Revenue for 2016
                                                                      Company announces best quarterly revenue in its history and achieves 12th consecutive cash positive quarter
                                                                      ExaGrid, a leading provider of disk-based backup storage with data deduplication solutions, announced record revenue for Q4 2016. In addition, Q4 was the company's 12th consecutive cash positive quarter. ExaGrid grew double digits over the previous quarter and same quarter of the prior year as well as for the full year of 2016 over 2015. The company is growing faster than the overall market and continues to grow its market share position. ExaGrid's continued success in its upmarket move into enterprise accounts was evidenced by a record number of six-figure new customer opportunities in the 4th quarter.

                                                                      "ExaGrid had a strong record quarter in both North America and EMEA, and was cash positive for the 12th consecutive quarter," said Bill Andrews, CEO and President of ExaGrid. "We are seeing a record number of customers move to ExaGrid's next generation approach from the first generation inline/scale-up deduplication appliances as well as from backup software with deduplication to disk. Customers that deal with the day-to-day complexities of backup understand the unique value that ExaGrid's scale-out architecture with landing zone brings to their data center environment."

                                                                      Juniper News
                                                                      Juniper Networks Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Financial Results
                                                                      Company delivers sequential, year-over-year, and full year revenue growth
                                                                      Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today reported preliminary financial results for the three months and twelve months ended Dec. 31, 2016 and provided its outlook for the three months ending March 31, 2017.

                                                                      Q4 2016 Results:

                                                                      Net revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $1,385.6 million, an increase of 5% year-over-year and an increase of 8% sequentially.

                                                                      Juniper's GAAP operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 21.5%, an increase from 21.2% in the fourth quarter of 2015, and an increase from 19.5% in the third quarter of 2016.

                                                                      Non-GAAP operating margin for the fourth quarter of 2016 was 26.5%, an increase from 26.0% in the fourth quarter of 2015, and an increase from 24.4% in the third quarter of 2016.

                                                                        Mellanox News
                                                                        Mellanox Ethernet Solutions Selected to Accelerate Baidu's Machine Learning Platforms
                                                                        Mellanox End-to-End Ethernet Solutions with 100Gb/s Switches and Adapters Key for World-Leading Machine Learning Applications, Demonstrating Performance Improvements up to 200 Percent
                                                                        Mellanox Technologies, Ltd, a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced that Spectrum Ethernet switches and ConnectX-4 100Gb/s Ethernet adapters have been selected by Baidu, the leading Chinese language Internet search provider, for Baidu's Machine Learning platforms. The need for higher data speed and most efficient data movement placed Spectrum and RDMA-enabled ConnectX-4 adapters as key components to enable world leading machine learning platforms. With the Mellanox solutions, Baidu was able to demonstrate 200 percent improvement in machine learning training times, resulting in faster decision making.
                                                                        Nutanix News
                                                                        Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform Drives High Scalability for San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit
                                                                        Web-scale architecture helps deploy workloads up to 30 percent faster and slash management overhead by 50 percent
                                                                        Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, announced its solutions are enabling the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to architect an enterprise cloud to improve performance and simplify management of the mission-critical services that power BART's system.

                                                                        About a quarter of all workers in downtown San Francisco and Oakland use BART for their daily commute to work. BART chose Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform to simplify and consolidate operations and deployment and deliver the high-scalability needed to support its needs as a modern transit system that averages 129 million trips annually. The Nutanix solution powers BART's Oracle-based HR, finance and mission critical maintenance systems, delivering on-demand compute as application demands grow, as well as 800 virtual desktops, including graphics intensive desktops, with plans to scale to 2,000.

                                                                        Nutanix Selected to Help Modernize the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) Program
                                                                        Company's innovative enterprise cloud platform to significantly reduce the hardware footprint of DJC2 subsystems
                                                                        Nutanix announced that it has been selected to provide next-generation enclave commercial off-the-shelf technology for the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) program as a sub-contractor to Crown Point Systems (the IT hardware and software reselling division of Cypher Analytics Inc.). As part of the agreement, Nutanix is providing its hyperconverged computing platform that utilizes commodity hardware and software-defined storage mechanisms to combine traditional computing and storage resources into a single source.

                                                                        The five-year, firm-fixed-price Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract has a total overall maximum value of $28.8 million available to the Crown Point Systems team, which also includes leading technology integrator World Wide Technology, if all orders are exercised. To date, Nutanix has received orders from Crown Point Systems for approximately $3.5 million as part of the contract.

                                                                        Palo Alto Networks News
                                                                        Palo Alto Networks Launches Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers
                                                                        Actionable Advice, Insights and Best Practices From Cybersecurity Experts and Top Advisors on Risk, Leadership, Human Resources, Legal and Reputation Management
                                                                        Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, has announced the publication of "Navigating the Digital Age: The Definitive Cybersecurity Guide for Directors and Officers - United Kingdom." This guide will provide U.K. boards, executives and C-level officers at enterprises, government agencies and other organizations with practical, expert advice on how to raise the bar on cybersecurity.

                                                                        As threats continue to grow in number and complexity, new EU legislation, in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, provides a unique opportunity for business leaders to rethink how they can build state-of-the-art cybersecurity strategies and systems fit for current and future challenges. As such, the guide helps start necessary discussions and determine the next steps toward preventing cyber breaches and maintaining trust in our digital age.

                                                                        Building on the success of the U.S. edition of the guide launched in October 2015 with the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), the U.K. edition was written in conjunction with U.K. thought leaders from the public and private sector, and published by Forbes.

                                                                        Veeam News
                                                                        Veeam's Availability Platform for the Hybrid Cloud Provides Continuity, Workload Mobility, and Visibility for the Always-On Enterprise
                                                                        Veeam, January 27th, 2017
                                                                        Transitions in technology and the ways companies conduct business in the modern world have created an environment where high availability is expected. Downtime of just minutes can create significant interruptions in revenue flow in the contemporary 24/7 marketplace. Veeam is in the business of keeping companies consistently running by providing a comprehensive Availability Suite. Complete with backup, replication, disaster recovery, and monitoring tools, Veeam's solutions are quickly replacing outdated legacy backup software. In fact, 69% of the world's Fortune 500 companies have made the switch from their older backup tools to Veeam's proven platform. Veeam connects a network of 14,000 cloud service providers to their more than 230,000 on-premises customers to help expand their presence in the marketplace and attract a larger client base. With new leadership invigorating the company, Veeam shows no signs of slowing their charge to lead the market of Availability for the Always-On Enterprise.
                                                                        Ubuntu News
                                                                        What IT Pros Need to Know about Server Provisioning
                                                                        By Christopher Wilder
                                                                        Big Software, IoT and Big Data are changing how organisations are architecting, deploying, and managing their infrastructure. Traditional models are being challenged and replaced by software solutions that are deployed across many environments and many servers. However, no matter what infrastructure you have, there are bare metal servers under it, somewhere.

                                                                        Organisations are looking for more efficient ways to balance their hardware and infrastructure investments with the efficiencies of the cloud. Canonical's MAAS (Metal As A Service) is such a technology.

                                                                        Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes - Release 1.5.2
                                                                        By Jorge O. Castro
                                                                        We're proud to announce support for Kubernetes 1.5.2 in the Canonical Distribution of Kubernetes. This is a pure upstream distribution of Kubernetes, designed to be easily deployable to public clouds, on-premises (ie vsphere, openstack), bare metal, and developer laptops. Kubernetes 1.5.2 is a patch release comprised of mostly bugfixes, and we encourage you to check out the release notes.
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