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Outsourcing Inc. Standardizes on Oracle Identity Cloud Service

Oracle SPARC Platform Update - Feb 2017

3rd Thursdays Tech Talk - Oracle SPARC & Solaris Continued Commitment to Innovation

Oracle Powers New Exadata SL6 with SPARC Linux

Oracle Secure Global Desktop adds Oracle Linux 7 Support and Oracle VM Integration

The Briefing Room: Oracle Data Integration Solutions & Big Data

Announcing Software Collections 2.3

Top 4 CMO Priorities For 2017

Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux, Same On the Cloud as On-Premise

Oracle Powers New Exadata SL6 with SPARC Linux
ServerWatch, February 8th, 2017
Sean Michael Kerner writes, "Oracle is doubling down on its SPARC silicon architecture, announcing a new SPARC-powered Exadata system on Feb 6. The Exadata SL6 is Oracle's first Exadata system that is not powered by Intel x86.

The new Exadata SL6 is similar in configuration to the x86-based Exadata X6-2 in that both systems are highly optimized for database workloads and both use Oracle Linux. The SL6 uses Oracle SPARC T7-2 chips, which are based on the SPARC M7 processor.Oracle Exadata SL6

The M7 design is a very dense chip, packing 32 cores and running with a clock speed of up to 4.1 GHz. The chip also has an embedded Data Analytics Accelerator (DAX) engine that accelerates analytics queries..."

Oracle SPARC Platform Update - Feb 2017
5 minute video with Jon Fowler
Hear about the Oracle SPARC platform update from John Fowler. In this video, John discusses the strategy for SPARC and Solaris in Servers, Engineered Systems, and Cloud services.
Java Technology
Javapocalypse soon! Oracle warns devs to bin plugins, fast
The Register, February 6th, 2017
The last browser to support NPAPI plugins - Firefox 52 ESR - should appear in March

Simon writes in The Register, "Oracle's warned developers who still expect browsers to run code developed for Java plugins to get busy finding an alternative.

The developers behind all major browsers have decided the NPAPI framework invented last millennium by Netscape has had its day, because there are now better ways to do multimedia and other fun stuff inside a browser. Chrome therefore binned plugins in 2015, IE gave up ages ago, the fat lady sang at Opera during 2016 and Safari has stopped bothering too..."

Get Certified on 2017's Hottest Tech Skills!
By Brandye Barrington, February 6th, 2017
Brandye writes, "Did you see the recent Oracle University post The Hottest Tech Skills for 2017? If not, give it a read. If you did read it, you may be wondering how you can use this information to move your own career forward.

We can help.

Certification has been shown to increase knowledge and skills, thereby increasing confidence and giving you more professional credibility. In turn, this can position you for better job opportunities and higher salary.

Identify the right certification for you below based on 2017's hottest tech skills..."

3rd Thursdays Tech Talk - Oracle SPARC & Solaris Continued Commitment to Innovation
Thursday, February 16, 2017 With Nick Cock
Nick writes, "Oracle recently made a change to the delivery model for future versions of Solaris. Our intent is to provide a better innovation/adoption experience for our customers. Unfortunately, our announcement set-off a round of speculation and innuendo which has raised questions within our user base. We would like to share our perspectives and set the record straight.

Join us and learn the advantages of Oracle Solaris' changing to a 'Continuous Delivery Model.' Find out how it will make it easier for our customers to assimilate new technology faster while preserving their investment. See why our new SPARC roadmap should inspire confidences well into the future..."

How to deploy and manage MySQL multi-master replication setups with ClusterControl 1.4
By Severalnines, February 9th, 2017
severalnines blogs, "MySQL replication setups can take different shapes. The main topology is probably a simple master-slave setup. But it is also possible to construct more elaborate setups with multiple masters and chained setups. ClusterControl 1.4 takes advantage of this flexibility and gives you possibility to deploy multimaster setups. In this blog post, we will look at a couple of different setups and how they would be used in real-life situations..."
MySQL Server log Maintenance
By lalit, February 8th, 2017
Lalits blogs, "As a part database administration, DBA has to take care of sub-components of database like server logs and has to plan for maintenance activity for these components regularly.

MySQL has various types of log i.e binary log, error log, slow query log, general log for different purposes. And after certain time these logs will grow and you will start seeing issues like low disk space, a large number of logs etc.

MySQL allows you to flush logs using flush logs command, next 'How to rotate and clean up old MySQL logs?' ..."

MySQL Workbench 6.3.9
MySQL Workbench Team, February 7th, 2017
The MySQL Workbench Team blogs, "The MySQL developer tools team announces 6.3.9 as our GA release for MySQL Workbench 6.3.

For the full list of changes in this revision, visit here

For discussion, join the MySQL Workbench Forums: [url "here"] ..."

Overview of Different MySQL Replication Solutions
By Dimitri Vanoverbeke, February 7th, 2017
Dimitri blogs, "In this blog post, I will review some of the MySQL replication concepts that are part of the MySQL environment (and Percona Server for MySQL specifically). I will also try to clarify some of the misconceptions people have about replication.

Since I've been working on the Solution Engineering team, I've noticed that - although information is plentiful - replication is often misunderstood or incompletely understood..."

Cloud Computing
Friday Spotlight: DevOps and the Cloud
By Tony Kay, February 10th, 2017
Tony writes, "One of the biggest and most exciting trends we've been seeing amongst customers, and the industry as a whole, is the parallel rise of DevOps and Microservices for cloud development. Linux, virtualization and of course Docker have become the key foundational elements for these next generation Cloud Native application architectures, whether deployed on-premise or in the public cloud.

We've had some exciting announcements here too in the Virtualization and Linux teams with more to come. Most recently we've just launched the Oracle Container Registry where you can pull many of Oracle's software platforms including MySQL, Oracle Database 12c, Oracle WebLogic and of course Oracle Linux itself..."

Announcing Software Collections 2.3
By Avi Miller, February 10th, 2017
Avi blogs, "We are pleased to announce the release of Software Collections 2.3 to the Unbreakable Linux Network and the Oracle Yum Server.

The Software Collections library allows you to install and use several different versions of the same software at the same time on a system. Software collections are primarily intended for development environments. These environments often require more recent versions of software components such as Perl, PHP, or Python to access to the latest features. However, they also need to avoid the risk of disrupting processes on the system that rely on different versions of these components..."

Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux, Same On the Cloud as On-Premise
By Antoinette O'Sullivan, February 9th, 2017
Antoinette writes, "With Oracle Linux, you can use the same operating system on-premise and in the cloud, avoiding complicated migrations and permitting hybrid environments.

Learn about what Oracle Linux 7 brings you by taking the Oracle Linux 7: What's New for Administrators course..."

vBeers @ Miami
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
M.I.A Brewing Co. - Miami

The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month, alternating between MIA.beers and the Biscayne Tavern.

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.

SFTA, John McLaughlin

vBeers @ Biergerten Boca
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Biergarten Boca

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

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

$5 burger/fries and $3 featured drafts during happy hour!

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

SFTA, John McLaughlin

Oracle Secure Global Desktop adds Oracle Linux 7 Support and Oracle VM Integration
By Honglin Su, February 6th, 2017
Honglin writes, "Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) is the secure remote access solution for any cloud-hosted enterprise applications and desktops running on Microsoft Windows, Linux, Oracle Solaris and mainframe servers, from a wide range of popular client devices.

Recently, Oracle announced SGD 5.3 which introduces enhancements to complement your open cloud infrastructure, built on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM. Oracle Linux 7 is now a supported installation platform for the main SGD component and the SGD Gateway. The SGD Enhancement Module can now be installed on Oracle Linux 7 application servers..."

The Briefing Room: Oracle Data Integration Solutions & Big Data
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4pm Eastern Time
Sandrine blogs, "Join Oracle Data Integration's Jeff Pollock in The Briefing Room for a radio broadcast on February 28 at 4pm Eastern Time!

  • Power of the Platform: How to Fast-Track the Value of Big Data
  • Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 4pm Eastern Time

Big Data offers big advantages, but getting to the starting line can be problematic. Many projects run into hurdles just trying to access and load the data that will fuel key insights. There is a significant impedance mismatch between traditional data practices and the new systems that manage Big Data. But under the covers, many of the same principles still apply, including the importance of a metadata-driven approach to help navigate the complexity of Big Data technologies. Oracle's de-coupling of logical design and physical implementation layers greatly facilitates the rapid orchestration of Big Data solutions that provide business value..."

Protect Your Data with Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance Training from Oracle
By Diana.H. Gray, February 6th, 2017
Diana blogs, "The Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance Overview course equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to prepare for and deploy the Recovery Appliance within your data centers.

Oracle's Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance is a data protection solution that integrates with the Oracle Database.

Today's Database Data Protection Problems

Learn more about where the fundamental problems with today's database protection solutions stem from. Develop the skills you need to protect your data through this Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance Overview course, available in a traditional classroom setting or online..."

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 228 Issue 1; Vol 227 Issue 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 226 Issues 2, 3 and 4
We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

  • Libreoffice Vs. Microsoft Office: It's A Format War
  • Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux and Cloud Computing
  • Libreoffice 5.3 Upgrade Brings Open-Source Office Suite To The Cloud
  • Oracle Secure Global Desktop Release 5.3
  • Friday Spotlight: Oracle Private Cloud Appliance Training Events
  • SAS Sees The Next Tests For Data-Driven Problem-Solvers: Speed And Cloud
  • Oracle Utilities Unveils Network Management Platform of the Future
  • New Product Launch: Oracle Database Programming Interface for C (ODPI-C)
  • Cloud Database Strategy: Buy A 'Smartphone,' Not A Bagful Of Gadgets
  • 4 Big Bets CHROs Should Make In 2017 So Your Workplace Is Relevant Come 2020

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

    LibreOffice 5.3: A week in stats
    The Document Foundation, February 9th, 2017
    Mike Saunders blogs," We announced LibreOffice 5.3 one week ago, and a lot has happened in the meantime! Here's a summary of downloads, web page views, social media activity and other statistics. We've also compared these to the LibreOffice 5.2 first week stats to see how the project and community is progressing..."

    • 410,472 downloads of LibreOffice 5.3
    • 378,719 unique visitors to our website
    • 3,293 donations to The Document Foundation

    Read on for details.

    Oracle News
    Outsourcing Inc. Standardizes on Oracle Identity Cloud Service
    Selects solution that enhances security while not compromising on ease-of-use
    Oracle announced that Outsourcing Inc., the leading outsourcing services for manufacturing companies, selected Oracle Identity Cloud Service, a next-generation security and identity management cloud platform that is designed to be an integral part of the enterprise security fabric.

    Outsourcing is experiencing rapid growth to address the changes of its customer-base. Its sales for the period ending December 31, 2015 reached a record high 80.8 billion Yen, and it has grown by 36 percent year-after-year. Currently, the company focuses on key industries such as IT, construction, and healthcare. It has invested 43 billion Yen in mergers and acquisitions and has 31 subsidiaries in Japan and 54 subsidiaries worldwide.

    Top 4 CMO Priorities For 2017
    By Michael Hickins
    Michael writes in Forbes, "And chief information officers thought they had it bad? The joke used to be that CIO stands for 'career is over,' but I'm not sure what the joke CMO acronym might be, other than 'clean my office out.' Executive search firm Spencer Stuart puts the average tenure of chief marketing officers at 44 months - barely more than three years.

    Indeed, when much is given, much is expected. CMOs are now awash in customer data, and that's supposed to be pure gold, with no panning necessary. And while CIOs are struggling with flat or diminishing IT budgets, CMOs seem to have a license to print money for marketing automation technology. No wonder the clash of hyped-up expectations and cold, hard reality is giving CMOs headaches..."

    2 Technical Choices By Oracle That Reveal Its Cloud Infrastructure Strategy
    By Chris Murphy, Oracle, February 8th, 2017
    Chris writes in Forbes, "Oracle's investments in its infrastructure-as-a-service architecture, especially as they apply to helping companies move existing data center workloads into the cloud, reveal where Oracle expects to differentiate its IaaS offerings from those of Amazon Web Services.

    Why should business or government leaders care about this technical differentiation? "They'll try to move their stuff to other clouds, and they'll find out they can't move it," says Clay Magouyrk, vice president of engineering for Oracle's cloud infrastructure service and a former Amazon engineer. "This is why they should care."..."

    Surviving And Thriving In The Digital Economy: A Platform Approach
    By Chuck Hollis, February 6th, 2017
    Chuck Hollis writes in Forbes, "Much has been written about the digital transformation of individual corporate functions: marketing, sales, human resources, customer experience, and so on. I find that view far too limiting.

    In the digital economy, the whole is more important than the individual pieces. A successful digital enterprise is one whose departments and functions are more connected and integrated than those that came before..."

    Nexenta News
    Flash! A-ah! He'll save everyone of us... from sluggish disk boxes
    Nexenta, February 8th, 2017
    Chris Mellor writes in The Register, "All-flash arrays are now the storage choice du jour for storing fast access primary data but have not been used for storing secondary data, such as unstructured data, ordinary files and just-in-case disaster recovery (DR) data. But change is coming, driven by cheaper flash drives and the realisation that fast access to secondary data is, obviously, better than slow access..."
    Veritas News
    Veritas Appoints Scott Genereux as EVP of Worldwide Field Operations
    Veritas, February 8th, 2017
    Veritas Technologies announced that Scott Genereux has joined the company as executive vice president of Worldwide Field Operations overseeing all aspects of sales, channels, services and support. Genereux is a key member of the Veritas senior leadership team and reports to Veritas CEO Bill Coleman.

    In this global role, Genereux is responsible for advancing global sales, services and support to drive the company's strategy that includes 360 Data Management solutions to help organizations migrate, operate and manage data in the cloud, while extracting new business value.

    Cisco News
    Cisco Leads Evolution of Security for Today's Enterprise with Industry's First Secure Internet Gateway in the Cloud
    Cisco Umbrella provides visibility and protection against threats wherever users work
    Cisco launched the industry's first secure internet gateway (SIG) in the cloud, Cisco Umbrella, to address the new enterprise security challenges of today's mobile, cloud-era.

    The way people work is changing. An increasingly mobile workforce conducts business via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications. The unprecedented growth of SaaS apps looks set to continue with Gartner predicting that SaaS usage will increase 70 percent by 2018. Because of this, more branch offices are connecting directly to the internet, bypassing protections offered by the corporate network...

    Cisco Accelerates Hybrid Cloud Adoption with Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack
    Scalable integrated system delivers Azure compatible infrastructure to customers' on-premises data center for unmatched performance, scalability, and security
    Cisco announced it is expanding its Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) Solutions portfolio by offering Microsoft Azure Stack on Cisco UCS via an integrated, validated system that enables organizations to deliver Microsoft Azure services from their on-premises data center. The joint Cisco and Microsoft solution provides the tools for enterprises to grow and modernize their applications in a highly flexible and scalable hybrid cloud environment.

    As businesses evolve in response to changing market dynamics, they look for a simple-to-manage hybrid cloud solution that is intelligent and flexible enough to optimize resources and scale on demand, while retaining on-premises benefits...

    Cisco Mobile Visual Networking Index (VNI) Forecast Projects 7-Fold Increase in Global Mobile Data Traffic from 2016-2021
    Measurable 5G Impact on Mobile Growth Expected to Begin by 2020
    By 2021, more members of the global population will be using mobile phones (5.5 billion) than bank accounts (5.4 billion), running water (5.3 billion), or landlines (2.9 billion), according to the 11th annual Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI) Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (2016 to 2021). Strong growth in mobile users, smartphones and Internet of Things (IoT) connections as well as network speed improvements and mobile video consumption are projected to increase mobile data traffic seven-fold over the next five years...
    Dell News
    Dell EMC Global Channel Chief Byrne On Being 'Super Aggressive'
    Taking Market Share Against Every Competitor
    CRN writes, "Dell EMC Global Channel Chief John Byrne, the fiercely competitive sales veteran responsible for combining the Dell EMC channel programs, spoke with CRN about the launch of the new unified program including compensation, the zero tolerance policy for Dell reps that violate deal registration.

    The Scottish-born 27-year sales veteran has overseen a massive effort to combine the enterprise based EMC program and the more client-server based Dell program into the new single unified program that launches today.

    The program comes just five months after the close of the largest acquisition in IT history - Dell's landmark $58 billion acquisition of storage market leader EMC last September.

    Partners said the new Dell EMC profit-packed partner program puts the $74 billion behemoth into the same heavyweight class as channel stalwarts Cisco and Hewlett Packard Enterprise..."

    Microsoft News
    New technologies and services enhance Microsoft's unique approach to cybersecurity
    Microsoft, February 10th, 2017
    Just over a year ago, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spelled out Microsoft's unique approach to cybersecurity aimed at reducing an estimated $3 trillion dollars' worth of potentially lost productivity and growth. The approach is based on a vision of individuals, companies, organizations and governments working together to address cybersecurity. It includes Microsoft's commitment to provide a comprehensive security platform, build out an Intelligent Security Graph and partner broadly with the industry as part of a $1 billion annual investment in security. Today I'd like to share the progress we've made in our cybersecurity journey and highlight several new products and collaborations that further strengthen the security portfolio we offer our customers and bet our own business on every day.
    Protecting innovation in the cloud
    Microsoft Azure IP Advantage
    Brad blogs, "Rapid advancements in cloud computing are creating new capabilities, insights and efficiencies, allowing businesses big and small to transform the way they deliver products and services. As this transformation accelerates, virtually every company in every sector of the economy is becoming in part a digital business. And as a digital business, it must master the new legal challenges that come with participation in the booming digital economy..."
    Symantec News
    Symantec Completes Lifelock Acquisition
    Creating a Comprehensive Digital Safety Platform
    Symantec Corp. announced that it completed its acquisition of LifeLock, Inc., a leading provider of identity theft protection, for approximately $2.3 billion. The acquisition transforms Symantec's consumer business and creates one of the most comprehensive consumer digital safety platforms to help people protect their information, identities, devices and families. This follows the approval of the transaction by LifeLock's shareholders on January 26, 2017.

    Digital safety is an estimated $10 billion market, and is projected to grow nearly 7 percent annually, as more than one-third of Americans and more than 650 million people globally were victims of cybercrime last year.

      IBM News
      Merge Awarded 2017 Best in KLAS Designations; Hemodynamic Solution Named KLAS Category Leader for Sixth Consecutive Year
      Continued recognition by KLAS underscores Merge's leadership position in imaging management
      Merge, an IBM Company and leading provider of clinical systems and innovations that seek to advance healthcare, announced that the 2017 Best in KLAS: Software & Services report named Merge Cardio and Merge's iConnect Enterprise Archive Best in KLAS for the cardiology and VNA/image archive categories respectively. In addition, Merge Hemo was named the KLAS Category Leader in cardiology hemodynamics. This marks the sixth consecutive win for Merge Hemo, fourth consecutive win for Merge Cardio and second consecutive win for Merge's iConnect Enterprise Archive...
      IBM Invites Cities Worldwide to Compete for Grants to Help Address Their Toughest Challenges
      IBM extends Smarter Cities Challenge program with new grants to help cities improve services for citizens
      IBM announced that it is extending the annual Smarter Cities Challenge, a worldwide, highly competitive grant program that provides pro bono consulting to help cities improve the critical services they provide to their citizens.

      For this next round, IBM is now seeking proposals from city leaders that could benefit greatly from IBM's problem solving assistance and innovative technology, such as data analytics, cloud computing, cognitive computing, and comprehensive weather data. The advice that IBM provides at no cost has helped local governments deliver essential services more efficiently, effectively, and equitably to its citizens.

      IBM Launches 'Digital - Nation Africa'
      Invests $70 Million to Bring Digital Skills to Africa with Free, Watson-Powered Skills Platform for 25 million people
      IBM is investing $70 million (approximately ZAR 945 million) in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, "IBM Digital - Nation Africa", provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to 25 million African youths over five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa.
      IBM Launches Blockchain Initiative with Dubai Government Agencies and Enterprises on IBM Cloud
      IBM collaborates with eight organizations across three countries to explore the use of blockchain to track the import and export of goods in Dubai
      IBM announced a blockchain initiative with Dubai Customs, Dubai Trade, advancing Dubai's government blockchain strategy. As part of the initiative, IBM is also working with leading businesses including Emirates NBD, du, Aramex, and Banco Santander

      IBM is collaborating with Dubai Customs, Dubai Trade and its IT provider DUTECH, to explore the use of blockchain for a trade finance and logistics solution for the import and re-export process of goods in and out of Dubai. Using Hyperledger Fabric and IBM Cloud, the blockchain solution transmits shipment data allowing key stakeholders to receive real-time information about the state of goods and the status of the shipment. Taking the example of a shipment of fruit, stakeholders involved in the process will receive timely updates as the fruit is exported from India to Dubai by sea, and then manufactured into juice in Dubai, and then exported as juice from Dubai to Spain by air.

      IBM & Ericsson Announce Research Advance for 5G Communications Networks
      Silicon-based millimeterWave phased array could accelerate launch of 5G-ready networks
      IBM and Ericsson announced a research breakthrough that could accelerate the launch of 5G communications networks and support new mobile enterprise and user experiences enabled by very high data rates, including IoT, connected vehicles, and immersive virtual reality.

      The companies have created a compact silicon-based millimeterWave (mmWave) phased array integrated circuit operating at 28GHz that has been demonstrated in a phased array antenna module designed for use in future 5G base stations.

      2017 has been described as a defining year for 5G...

      Fujitsu News
      Fujitsu Enhances Application Framework INTARFRM
      Functions to realize smooth web application development with expanded design information and test automation
      Fujitsu announced that it has enhanced features of the Professional Edition of FUJITSU Software INTARFRM, an application framework that supports customer system development. Sales of INTARFRM Professional Edition V16 in Japan began February 7.

      INTARFRM is an application framework that can manage development resources across the whole lifecycle of software, from design to development, operations, and maintenance. Now, with the addition of continuous integration (CI) support functionality that makes it easier to connect with commonly distributed CI tools to improve the efficiency of web application development, it is possible to automate the building (creating executable files), deployment (creating a situation where they can be used), and testing (testing how it looks and operates on the screen) of web applications, which previously had to be done manually. This makes it possible to automatically repeat tests for applications in development, enabling users to find bugs faster, improve quality, and shorten delivery times.

      VMware News
      VMware Accelerates Digital Workspace Transformation with New Application and Desktop Virtualization Offerings
      Debut of VMware Horizon Cloud, VMware Horizon Apps and updates to VMware Horizon 7 dramatically lower the cost and complexity of delivering Windows applications and improve user experience
      VMware introduced updates to the industry-leading VMware Horizon portfolio. The innovations are designed to drive down the cost and complexity of delivering and managing virtual applications and desktops, enabling an affordable way to deliver Windows as part of a modern digital workspace with a great user experience. In 2016, VMware was recognized as a leader for the second consecutive year by the IDC Marketscape for having the most complete mix of business and solution strategies and capabilities for delivering virtual desktops and applications through its VMware Horizon portfolio of solutions and services.
      VMware Helps AeroData Take Flight with Enhanced Security and Application Continuity
      Approximately 21,000 Flights per Day Worldwide Rely on Secure, Highly Available; Applications and Data Delivered from AeroData's VMware-Powered Software-Defined Data Center
      VMware announced that AeroData, Inc., has implemented a secure, highly available multi-site software-defined data center (SDDC) based on VMware solutions to deliver flight data access for more than 21,000 flights in North America every day. The resulting SDDC environment -- which includes VMware NSX, VMware vSAN, VMware vSphere and VMware vRealize Log Insight - provides AeroData more efficient and effective security management, higher levels of application availability and continuity, and according to AeroData, the company's SDDC environment has reduced costs by at least 50 percent.

      AeroData's flight deck client-server application is the last application used by pilots before the aircraft entry door is closed. The company knows first-hand that just five minutes of system downtime can result in more than 100 delayed flights, a significant loss of revenue, and damage to its customers' reputations.

      Red Hat News
      Friday Five - February 10, 2017
      Red Hat, February 10th, 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.

      • TechTarget - Red Hat performance monitoring service breaks new ground, within limits
      • Empowering higher education to empower students: Red Hat Academy participation grows 273% in 2016
      • Singapore Polytechnic educates on open source with Red Hat Academy
      • Five tenets of Technical Account Management
      • InfoWorld - Open source users: It's time for extreme vetting

      Read on for details.

      Avoiding clock drift on VMs
      By Donard Bert
      Don blogs, "This is perhaps not a topic people consider very often, but I have seen this recently in a couple of cases - running ntpd in slew mode on a VM can cause the time to be wrong by several seconds, or even several minutes, so I thought I would write a blog post..."
        Level3 News
        Hybrid It Tops Enterprises' Network Agenda In 2017
        According to New TechTarget and Level 3 Study
        New research conducted by TechTarget and sponsored by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) indicates enterprises will make major improvements to their network connectivity in 2017 to support hybrid IT, the flexible use of private and cloud-based IT resources to improve operational performance.

        The study was based on responses from 150 technology professionals regarding how decision-makers are using and planning to use their networks more strategically and effectively under a hybrid IT framework.

        EMC News
        Dell EMC Launches Historic New Integrated Partner Program
        Simple, Predictable and Profitable Program Enables Extraordinary Opportunities for Growth and Profitability Across the Ecosystem
        Dell EMC announced the official launch of the integrated Dell EMC Partner Program, built from the ground up while preserving the best of two world-class legacy programs. The program establishes one extraordinary new program that addresses the needs of partners today and into the future. Developed in collaboration with partners globally, the program's primary tenets are to be simple, predictable and profitable.

        "Global business is rapidly changing as more and more customers prioritize investment in digital transformation. Dell EMC and its partners are uniquely positioned to help customers through this evolution," said John Byrne, President, Global Channel, Dell EMC. "Dell EMC provides vast opportunities to our partners through an industry leading portfolio of innovative products, services and solutions, and now with the Dell EMC Partner Program, provides the support and programs for partners to excel."

        HP News
        A Healthy Partnership Between Hewlett Packard Enterprise OEM and Cerner
        HPE, February 7th, 2017
        When a medical specialist sees a patient for the first time and pulls up his or her MRI imagery on a tablet, there's a very good chance that Cerner technology is behind it. Cerner was founded in 1979 - before the first PC even existed - and today is a leading provider of electronic medical record (EMR) services to the healthcare industry. Its managed healthcare information services have improved hospitals and clinics across more than 35 countries - and it all happens with the help of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).
        HPE Further Embraces Containers to Help Customers Achieve Hybrid IT
        HPE, February 7th, 2017
        Bob Moore, Partner Software HPE Servers, blogs "At Hewlett Packard Enterprise we are committed to supporting the hybrid IT transformation. We are doing this through a mix of bleeding-edge products and services, and on an ecosystem of partners integrated within our portfolio. To support this transformation, and to make it easier for customers to leverage hybrid IT to build and run modern applications with confidence, we are excited to announce the availability of Mesosphere DC/OS from HPE..."
          Brocade News
          Quanta Computer taps Brocade for SDN
          Enterprise Innovation, February 9th, 2017
          "Quanta Computer has deployed Brocade-powered New IP networks at factories within its key manufacturing site.

          The deployment of Brocade IP networking solutions at both the company's network edge and its data center, dramatically simplifies operations at the Quanta Shanghai Manufacturing City (QSMC) plants and paves the way for the company to employ software-defined networking (SDN) as it diversifies into producing a broader range of digital products.

          Quanta Computer has grown to become a $ 31.5 billion business by delivering manufacturing excellence to major brands including Apple, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, and Sony..."

          Comcast News
          Comcast Launches Business Class Ethernet Services in the Kansas City Area
          Superior performance and scalable bandwidth for businesses for increased productivity and greater reliability
          Comcast Business announced the launch of Comcast Business Ethernet Services in the eastern Kansas City, Missouri, suburban area as well as Olathe, Kansas. Designed for companies experiencing high bandwidth demands or operating in multiple locations, Comcast Business Ethernet provides secure, scalable, fiber-based connectivity to help maximize business efficiency, employee productivity and growth opportunity.
          F5 News
          F5 to Present at Goldman Sachs Conference
          F5, February 10th, 2017
          F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced that company management will participate in the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference 2016 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

          F5's presentation will begin at 11:00 a.m. PT on Wednesday, February 10. F5 representatives for the conference will include John McAdam, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Andy Reinland, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

          Aerohive Networks News
          New Aerohive Access Points Simplify Mesh Network Setup for SMBs
          eWeek, February 6th, 2017
          "New network infrastructure devices from Aerohive include low prices and easy to use cloud-based management with easy software-based feature upgrades.

          The new series of wireless access points from Aerohive Networks is designed and priced to provide enterprise grade mesh networking to small and medium businesses that until now have had to either make do with consumer WiFi routers or go with expensive enterprise equipment that required IT support staff..."

          Druva News
          Druva Announces Advanced Anomaly Detection Capabilities for Enterprises to Gain an Edge on Ransomware
          New capabilities enable comprehensive approach to detect, respond and recover against attacks
          Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, today announced new monitoring and detection capabilities designed to proactively alert organizations to suspicious data activities triggered by potentially malicious threats. With these new enhancements, Druva's data protection platform now offers enterprises a comprehensive solution to manage business data threats, like ransomware, from detection to recovery.

          Ransomware is one of the most pressing security issues facing today's enterprises and one of the highest priorities for IT to address. The U.S. Department of Justice has reported that an average of 4,000 ransomware attacks occur in the United States each day. As the proliferation of ransomware continues, enterprises must contain and mitigate attacks with data management and information governance strategies that bring greater visibility into data anomalies.

          Insight News
          Insight Enterprises, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2016 Results
          Insight, February 8th, 2017
          Insight Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:NSIT) reported results of operations for the quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

          • Net sales up 6% to $1.47 billion for the fourth quarter.
          • Earnings from operations up 33% to $40.7 million for the fourth quarter.

          In the fourth quarter of 2016, consolidated net sales were $1.47 billion, up 6% year over year. This improvement was driven by solid top-line growth in each of the Company's geographic operating segments, including organic growth in hardware, software and services on a global basis. Consolidated net sales for the full year 2016 were $5.49 billion, up 2% year over year. Excluding the effects of fluctuating foreign currency exchange rates, consolidated net sales for the full year 2016 increased 4%, with growth of 4% reported by each of North America and EMEA, while APAC's net sales were flat year over year.

            Centrify News
            Centrify to Present at CSA Summit in San Francisco
            Centrify, February 9th, 2017
            Centrify, the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats, announced that Centrify CEO Tom Kemp will be speaking at the Cloud Security Alliance Summit 2017: Securing the Converged Cloud, a RSA-affiliated conference that is taking place on Feb. 13 in San Francisco.

            Kemp's session titled, 'What is the Next Dimension of Security in the Age of Access?' will focus on why enterprises need to rethink security, given the rapid introduction of new technologies, platforms and applications that bolster productivity and allow anytime, anywhere access. Traditionally, organizations have relied on a well-defined boundary to protect their assets. But now, a different security reality has set in as the border has disintegrated. Companies are experiencing breaches at an alarming rate, resulting in significant exposure for global enterprises.

            Pass(word)ing the buck!
            Centrify, February 9th, 2017
            The start of the New Year is always an interesting time in the security community. Out come the statistics and stories about the worst passwords and the most common ones chosen by online users during the previous year.

            A recent story in the UK national press suggests that half of all online users worldwide use just 25 passwords between them - and of course, none of the passwords are very secure and hackers could easily crack them.

            Citrix News
            Global Study Confirms Security Technology Outdated and Inadequate to Handle Today's Threats
            Global IT Security Study from Citrix and The Ponemon Institute Shows Sixty-Eight Percent Of Business Respondents Say Their Organization's BYO Devices Might be Allowing Criminals To Access Corporate Networks And Data
            There is no one-size-fits-all security solution to address the threat landscape today's businesses face. Each organization has unique security obstacles and obligations. Billions of dollars have been invested into IT security solutions and increasing annual security budgets has been an imperative. In fact, 98% of business respondents reported they will spend over a million dollars in 2017, per a global study by Citrix and the Ponemon Institute. However, many of the systems and people in place are still not able to handle today's threats.

            Security threats increase as more devices crowd networks and as people have more freedom to work from anywhere, on any device. More devices, especially bring your own (BYO) devices are the new norm, and businesses need to put information security at the top of their priority list to ensure apps and data are secure no matter where they reside or are accessed. On top of this, businesses need skilled staff to plan how they will reduce risk and improve the security of their applications and data.

            Commvault News
            What's love got to do with IT?
            Amidst declining IT budgets and limited resources, organizations are starting to seek holistic solutions that address companies' data needs effectively
            Matthew Johnston Area Vice President, ASEAN, at Commvault, writes, "Business leaders experience a love hate relationship with data. With no time to have their head in the clouds, CIOs need to choose the right partner to fall back on during hard times, think big and execute a better overall data management strategy in an ever-changing complex IT landscape.

            Let's not forget - break ups happen. What consequences will enterprises face in the event of a 'break up' or communications breakdown between departments? It is, thus, vital to embrace and implement effective data management strategies, more than ever before..."

            Juniper News
            Juniper eyes healthcare security for HIMSS17
            The networking giant said its Software-Defined Secure Network is an ecosystem healthcare organizations can use to protect against security threats.
            Ephraim Schwartz writes in Healthcare IT News, "From wirelessly-enabled caps on prescription medicine bottles to network connected blood pressure devices, heart and glucose monitors, technology is moving far beyond "I've fallen and I can't get up," wireless technology, according to Mihir Maniar, vice president of security product management at Juniper.

            And that is particularly true with the proliferation of Internet of Things and medical devices..."

            Mellanox News
            Mellanox Ships More Than 100,000 Cables for Next Generation 100 Gb/s Networks
            Milestone Signals Broad Adoption of 100Gb/s Networks by Hyperscale Data Centers
            Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that it has shipped more than 100,000 units of its Direct Attach Copper Cables (DACs) to serve the growing demand of hyperscale Web 2.0 and cloud 100Gb/s networks.

            "Hyperscale customers are selecting Mellanox cables due to our advanced manufacturing automation technologies which enable us to achieve higher quality, lower costs and to deliver in high volume," said Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development and general manager of the interconnect business at Mellanox. "Copper cables are the most cost effective way to connect new 25G and 50G servers to TOR switches as they enable the entire new generation of 100Gb/s networks."

            Nutanix News
            Cornerstone Home Lending Upgrades with Citrix and Nutanix
            An Interview with Marc Grant, Director of Infrastructure at Cornerstone Home Lending, Inc.
            Cornerstone Home Lending became a Nutanix customer just a few months ago. We recently checked in with Marc Grant to see how his Nutanix deployment was going. Here are some of the highlights of our conversation.

            What IT challenges were you facing before Nutanix?

            We have a large Citrix VDI environment with over 1,500 desktops. That deployment was mixed with our production environment on our existing blade chassis and SAN storage infrastructure. When we started seeing degradation in performance on the VDI side, we realized it was time to refresh our CPU and memory environment. We also wanted to separate our production servers and storage from the VDI environment in order to commoditize the VDI pieces. So we decided to run a bake-off between Nutanix hyperconverged systems and HP to determine the right solution for us.

            Palo Alto Networks News
            Palo Alto Networks CEO Predicts Disruptive Convergence of Security Industry in Keynote Address at RSA Conference 2017
            Palo Alto, February 10th, 2017
            Palo Alto Networks announced that its chairman and CEO, Mark McLaughlin, will deliver a keynote address at the 2017 RSA Conference, happening February 13-17 in San Francisco. McLaughlin will address the coming evolution of the cybersecurity industry in which a disruptive new model is adopted in order to provide better security and a significant advantage against cyber adversaries. Rick Howard, chief security officer of Palo Alto Networks, and other company executives will also address conference attendees during presentations throughout the week.
            Palo Alto Networks Raises Bar with New Threat Prevention Capabilities for Its Next-Generation Security Platform
            New PAN-OS 8.0 Extends Safe Application Enablement and Successful Attack Prevention Capabilities of the Platform; Simplifies Security Operations
            Palo Alto Networks announced advancements to its Next-Generation Security Platform that extend the ability for customer organizations to safely enable applications, prevent successful cyberattacks, simplify security operations, and safely embrace the cloud.

            Cyber adversaries often use commoditized compute power and automated tools and evasion techniques to deploy sophisticated attacks at massive scale and little cost. Security teams can find themselves struggling to address the sophistication, speed and volume of these threats - both known and unknown - using a collection of legacy security point products, manual resources and tools that fail to provide thorough application visibility and control, can't adequately identify and stop advanced attacks in an automated and timely manner, complicate security workflows, and require too much manual intervention.

            Palo Alto Networks Expands Range of Next-Generation Firewall Devices with New Hardware and Virtual Appliances
            Delivers Advanced Security at Scale, Offers Industry's Broadest Range of Virtual Firewall Models, and Complements New PAN-OS 8.0 Release
            Palo Alto Networks announced availability of new purpose-built hardware and virtual next-generation firewall appliances that safely enable applications and redefine security performance for both threat prevention and SSL decryption, enabling customers to safely embrace the cloud and prevent successful cyberattacks across network, endpoint and cloud environments.

            The new models complement enhancements to the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform PAN-OS operating system version 8.0, also introduced today, which includes more than 70 new features that deliver threat and credential theft prevention, secure cloud enablement, and more.

            As organizations look to modernize their physical data centers, embrace hybrid cloud environments, and apply advanced security measures across their infrastructure, they require greater performance to handle the tremendous amount of traffic generated by the growing number of users, applications and devices. The introduction of new SaaS applications running at higher throughputs further increases demand for bandwidth performance to and from the network.

            Palo Alto Networks Extends Safe Application Enablement and Breach Prevention From the Network to the Cloud with Enhancements to Its Next-Generation Security Platform
            New PAN-OS 8.0, Aperture Features and Virtual Firewall Models Enable Customers to Safely Embrace New Cloud Infrastructure; Achieve Security at Speed and Agility of the Cloud
            Palo Alto Networks announced advancements to its Next-Generation Security Platform that extend the ability for customer organizations to safely enable applications, including SaaS options, content and users regardless of location; prevent successful cyberattacks; simplify security operations; and securely embrace the cloud.

            Security demands have evolved as new requirements and risks have been introduced, especially as organizations expand their IT architecture from traditional networks and data centers to private and public or hybrid cloud deployments. Add SaaS application usage to the mix, and the need to secure all these architectures against ever-increasing, sophisticated threats and adversary techniques being used to gain access to assets and data regardless of where they are located - the network, in the cloud, or in SaaS applications - and organizations have a multitude of complex security and operational challenges to address in order to prevent cyber breaches and achieve the cloud speed and agility promise.

            SuperMicro News
            Supermicro boasts of secret super server Silicon Valley win
            The Register, February 7th, 2017
            Chris Melloer writes in The Register, "Supermicro says it has shipped 30,000-plus servers into a 'Fortune 100' company's Silicon Valley data centre.

            The company said its customer had deployed that number of disaggregated MicroBlade systems at "one of the world's" highest density and energy efficient data centres. The data centre has a Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.06, which, Supermicro says, compares to a traditional data centre running at 1.49 PUE, or more, so the new data centre is 88 per cent better in overall energy efficiency terms.

            There is a total 35 megawatt IT load..."

            SanDisk News
            Western Digital Announces SanDisk Skyhawk Enterprise NVMe SSDs
            SanDisk, February 7th, 2017
            "Meet the Skyhawk NVMe-compliant PCIe SSDs from our SanDisk brand. Skyhawk PCIe SSDs are optimized to give customers the ideal balance of fast and consistent performance, cost-effect storage and Quality of Service (QoS) to address large, unstructured data center workloads for cloud environments....

            In many new applications, data will live its entire lifespan in the Cloud. Created, managed, analyzed, acted upon and archived there. In fact, it has been reported that some analysts predict worldwide public-cloud spending in 2020 could be essentially double of that in 2016.

            Whether cloud computing or cloud services, economics is a strong lure for some. For these companies, the Cloud is simply more cost effective and efficient for running applications and storing data.

            So how do cloud providers keep up with the growing demand economically? How do cloud storage services offer high availability and consistent I/O performance delivered 24/7, 365 days a year?..."

            SUSE News
            How SUSE is becoming a key player in the IoT market
            SUSE, February 9th, 2017
            Swapnil Bhartiya writes in InfoWorld, "According to the most recent Gartner forecast, there will be more than 8.4 billion internet connected things in use worldwide in 2017, with total spending on endpoints and services rocketing to almost $2 trillion.

            When we think of IoT we usually don't look beyond small, connected devices. But when I look at IoT, I see three core components:

            • The user facing devices (hardware)
            • Data centers running services for these devices
            • Software running on these devices

            It should not come as a surprise that Linux is a dominant player in the latter two categories. Most data centers and cloud, irrespective of whether its public cloud or private cloud, run on Linux. Most IoT devices run some form of Linux based operating system..."

            Veeam News
            Veeam Software's Veeam Availability Suite v9
            SearchDataBackup, February 9th, 2017
            Paul Crocetti writes in SearchDataBackup, "Veeam Availability Suite v9 scored highly on functionality, offering Veeam Cloud Connect Replication and Veeam Explorer for Oracle databases among its more than 250 features...

            Veeam Software won the silver award in the data protection software category on the strength of the high-speed recovery provided by Veeam Availability Suite v9..."

            Zerto News
            Zerto Virtual Replication 4.5
            Zero, February 9th, 2017
            Paul Crocetti writes in SearchDataBackup, "Aimed at enterprises with large VMs, Zerto Virtual Replication version 4.5, aided by a new journaling feature, stresses RPOs of seconds and RTOs of minutes...

            Gold winner in the Storage magazine/ 2016 Products of the Year Backup and Disaster Recovery Software and Services category.

            Zerto, which has earned a solid reputation for providing virtual machine-based disaster recovery, took the gold in the data protection software category with Virtual Replication 4.5..."

            Ubuntu News
            Ubuntu Linux daddy Mark Shuttleworth: Carrots for Unity 8?
            The Register, February 6th, 2017
            "Of risk, re-invention and doing what's good for you ...

            New year, new Linux - or, in the case of Ubuntu, two. As in years past, Canonical's distro gets two updates in 2017 - the spring and autumn releases numbered and named respectively 17.04, Zesty Zapus, and 17.10 - name TBD, actually.

            As ever there will be UI and experience fiddling - Zesty Zapus sees changes in windows management, the organisation of applications and there a new Mir abstraction is planned called Miral.

            What about some really big changes, like the Unity 8 shell and Mir itself? ..."

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