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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..."

Building The Predictive Enterprise: What CIOs Should Tell CEOs About A.I.
CIO, February 10th, 2017
"Artificial intelligence is a powerful technology that can turn your organization into a predictive enterprise. But CIOs need to work with their CEOs to clarify the business case for A.I. instead of rushing headlong into the A.I. revolution...

By now we have all heard the buzz. Siri has plenty of company. Alexa and Google have invaded the home. Tesla's artificial intelligence is, well, driving itself. Google's Deep Mind is running the company's multi-billion-dollar search business. Even they don't know how it works - it just does. IBM's Watson has its own office and is predicting cancer treatments for real patients. You can't even date online without artificial intelligence (A.I.) hooking you up..."

The Peril Of Inaction With Artificial Intelligence
GIGAOM, February 10th, 2017
"Business quiz: What do these company name abbreviations stand for: AT&T. 3M. NCR. Geico. Did you know them all? If so, well done. The answers: American Telephone & Telegraph, Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, National Cash Register, and Government Employees Insurance Co.

Now, here's the hard question: What do all these names have in common? Answer: None of them accurately express what those companies do today.

Think about that. Each of these companies had the good sense to follow new technologies and new business opportunities even if they were inconsistent with their very name..."

    Building A Recommendation Engine Using Microsoft Azure
    GIGAOM, February 8th, 2017
    "The beating heart of any business is a reliable and continuous stream of sales. And artificial intelligence is already having a dramatic effect on the bottom line of businesses around the world.

    Without a doubt, one of the most effective - and proven - ways to drive sales is to consistently present your prospects and customers with recommendations that are precisely personalized for them.

    A task that A.I. is uniquely equipped to excel at..."

    Machines Can Replace Millions Of Bureaucrats
    Information Management, February 10th, 2017
    "When it comes to robots displacing humans from the job market, government bureaucrats are generally not what springs to mind. The recent McKinsey report on the future of jobs estimates the automation potential of administrative jobs at just 39 percent, far less than the 73 percent potential for accommodation and food services.

    And yet the public sector is one of the biggest potential arenas for such displacement -- and one in which most people wouldn't mind seeing more automation. The reason it's barely happening now is largely, and predictably, an absence of political will..."

      insideBIGDATA Guide to Deep Learning and Artificial Intelligence
      insideBIGDATA, February 8th, 2017
      "The insideBIGDATA Guide to Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence is a useful new resource directed toward enterprise thought leaders who wish to gain strategic insights into this exciting area of technology. In this guide, we take a high-level view of AI and deep learning in terms of how it's being used and what technological advances have made it possible. We also explain the difference between AI, machine learning and deep learning, and examine the intersection of AI and HPC. We present the results of a recent insideBIGDATA survey..."
      Artificial Intuition Will Supersede Artificial Intelligence, Experts Say
      Network World, February 10th, 2017
      "Human cognition and instinct are about to become significantly more widespread in machines, say scientists and consultants. It promises to rapidly surpass simple AI...

      Artificial intelligence (AI) is so last year, according to some experts.

      Scientists at MIT this week claimed a breakthrough in how human intuition can be added to algorithms. And in a separate, unrelated report, Deloitte Consulting is chastising the business community for not comprehending fully that new, cognitive computing technology should be exploited..."

        Zero One: Are You Ready For Ai?
        The VAR Guy, February 9th, 2017
        "More and more companies are seeing the AI light, and if predictions prove right, this could be the year AI goes mainstream...

        Imagine a smart robot performing delicate surgery under the control of a surgeon. Or an artificial intelligence (AI) machine mapping genomic sequences to identify the link to Alzheimer's disease. Or psychiatrists applying AI in natural language processing systems on the voices of patients to assess their risk of suicide.

        You don't have to imagine anymore, because all of this is happening right now..."

          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.
          IT - Storage
          Hyper-Convergence: It's For More Than Primary Data Storage
          SearchStorage, February 10th, 2017
          "The lines between primary and secondary storage and applications such as hyper-convergence remain blurry. But they are a starting point for further discussion.

          Primary data storage and primary workloads are well understood by now -- their secondary counterparts, not so much. Consequently, the secondary side has been slow to benefit from the many architectural advances realized on the primary side over the last few years..."

            8 Big Enterprise SSD Trends to Expect in 2017
            Infostor, February 10th, 2017
            Drew Robb writes in Infostor, "Predictions for the trajectory of enterprise solid state devices (SSD) vary widely. In fact, the old definition of SSD as a solid state drive - one that could be put into a hard drive slot - appears to be vanishing rapidly as more form factors appear.

            However it is defined, enterprise SSD is in for a big year. Here are eight of the biggest trends that the experts predict will become apparent this year..."

            Build A Remote Data Replication Strategy
            SearchDataCenter, February 9th, 2017
            "Synchronous and asynchronous remote replication provide different options for IT. Understand the differences, and the potential effects on your network, to keep enterprise data safe.

            For workloads, protection means resilience -- ensuring that an application is available. But even more important is the protection of enterprise data. IT can always reinstall or spin up new iterations of applications. However, there is no ready substitute for data that becomes inaccessible or lost.

            A remote data replication strategy can help IT professionals protect vital enterprise data, and there are numerous alternatives to consider..."

            Best Data Storage Products 2016: Products Of The Year
            SearchStorage, February 11th, 2017
            "The Storage magazine 2016 Products of the Year includes winners in backup and DR software, backup hardware, storage/SAN management tools, server-based storage, all-flash storage systems and disk/hybrid storage systems...

            This year marks the 15th edition of the Storage magazine and Products of the Year awards. That's 15 years of identifying the very best in data storage for our readers. As before, the Products of the Year competition began with an invitation to technology vendors to nominate their products for consideration..."

            IT - Technology
            Researchers Develop New Terahertz Transmitter Which Sends Data At 100 Gbps And Above And Is 10 Times Faster Than Upcoming 5G Tech
            TechWorm, February 7th, 2017
            "While smartphone users world over are awaiting deployment of 5G tech by their respective mobile service providers, researchers from Japan have stolen the march over 5G by developing a new terahertz transmitter which can transmit data at an unbelievable speed of more than 100Gbs and above. While the fifth generation of mobile network, 5G is hardly three years away from its launch in 2020, this new tech could totally change the face of how we transmit data wirelessly.

            Researchers in Japan have been able to successfully go beyond 5G data speeds to reach terahertz (THz) data transmission speeds that are 10 times faster than 5G, which is currently in trial phase. The breakthrough will make way for faster downloads and improve in-flight network connection speeds. The THz transmitter could also make it possible for the whole content on a DVD (digital versatile disk) to be transferred in a fraction of a second..."

              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..."

              IT - Bitcoin
              Scotland Aims To Be 'At The Heart Of The Future' Of Blockchain Technology
              Bitcoin Magazine, February 10th, 2017
              "Known for its kilts and bagpipes, golf courses and quality whiskey, Scotland is a country full of traditions. It is also rapidly emerging as a burgeoning hotbed for blockchain technology, known for its disruptive potential in creating innovative solutions for the world of business and commerce.

              In recent months, robust activity on the part of Scotland's blockchain community has ignited a flurry of activity and a bright outlook. In fact, the pace of advancement is moving along at a fast clip, delivering meaningful use cases and promising business solutions to the cause..."

                Funding For Bitcoin, Blockchain Startups Grows To $550 Million In 2016
                CryptoCoinsNews, February 10th, 2017
                "A new report from CB Insights has shown that funding investments in bitcoin and blockchain technology startups amounted to $550 million compared to almost no investment in 2012.

                According to CB Insights, post-2012 total funding has risen five percent, from $524 million in 2015 to $550 million in 2016. Yet, while some may consider this a small increase, the total funding amount has increased significantly from 2012 figures..."

                Why Bitcoin ATMs Are Becoming Increasingly Redundant
                CryptoCoinsNews, February 10th, 2017
                "Bitcoin ATMs are becoming increasingly redundant. Innovative bitcoin service providers and companies are transforming existing bank and public ATMs into bitcoin machines by installing their signature software.

                In countries like Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines and Switzerland, users can visit literally any convenience store, bank ATM and subway teller machine and see a bitcoin option. Bitcoin companies are developing software that are applicable to existing ATMs and allowing users to utilize machines located nationwide to either purchase or sell bitcoin..."

                IT - FOSS
                Why Enterprises Shouldn't Be Wary About Using Open Source Software
                ITProPortal, February 10th, 2017
                "Open Source software offers a number of advantages over licensed software...

                With WordPress, Firefox and Linux now the virtual infrastructure for many millions of internet users globally, and the likes of Apache and database management system MySQL widely embraced by corporations, Open Source (OS) software has long since passed a tipping-point moment. Yet despite growing familiarity with what OS means - and usage even by the EU and the US Government - doubts among many businesses about the quality and reliability of OS software persist..."

                4 Open Source Tools For Conducting Online Surveys
      , February 8th, 2017
                "Ah, the venerable survey. It can be a fast, simple, cheap, and effective way gather the opinions of friends, family, classmates, co-workers, customers, readers, and others.

                Millions turn to proprietary tools like SurveyGizmo, Polldaddy, SurveyMonkey, or even Google Forms to set up their surveys. But if you want more control, not just over the application but also the data you collect, then you'll want to go open source.

                Let's take a look at four open source survey tools that can suit your needs, no matter how simple or complex those needs are..."

                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..."

                IT - DevOps
                Intelligent DevOps For New Age Digital Systems
      , February 10th, 2017
                "Transforming DevOps by leveraging the power of analytics and autonomics...

                n a previous blog, I have written about how Quality Assurance is getting transformed to Quality Intelligence using the power of big data analytics and autonomics.

                In this blog, we will discuss how DevOps solutions of the future can become more intelligent by taking advantage of these same emerging digital technologies such as autonomics and analytics.

                Technologies such as predictive analytics, autonomic computing (autonomics),..."

                Controlling Chaos: DevOps And Digital Transformation
                Network Computing, February 10th, 2017
                "Most enterprises have already begun shifting their strategies to align with their current environment, which leverages the value of data more than that of physical assets, and sees all industries increasingly powered by and reliant on digital information technology and processes. The fact that businesses have only begun to adapt is testament to the fluid and evolving nature of digital transformation. Multiple IT technologies, processes, applications, systems, and protocols need to be adopted and updated on a regular basis in order for businesses to keep abreast of changes. This does, of course, result in significant disruption for all involved..."
                  The State Of DevOps Adoption And Trends In 2017
        , February 10th, 2017
                  "DevOps has come a long way, and we see a tremendous increase in adoption in the recent years. To outrank your competition and be ahead in the growth curve, it has become an essential element for software-powered organizations. DevOps has taken a center stage in the software development field with no signs of leaving.

                  Below is an infographic of DevOps and some of the trends we see happening this year in DevOps:.."

                  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..."

                  IT - Cloud
                  Here's How Evernote Moved 3 Petabytes Of Data To Google's Cloud
                  ComputerWorld, February 8th, 2017
                  "70 days, 5 billion notes, 12 billion files, and a whole lot of engineering work...

                  Evernote decided last year that it wanted to move away from running its own data centers and start using the public cloud to operate its popular note-taking service. On Wednesday, it announced that the lion's share of the work is done, save for some last user attachments.

                  The company signed up to work with Google, and as part of the migration process, the tech titan sent a team of engineers (in one case, bearing doughnuts) over to work with Evernote to make sure the process was a success..."

                  Cloud Storage The New Favorite Target Of Phishing Attacks
                  Dark Reading, February 7th, 2017
                  "2016 data shows that phishing scams involving brands like Google and DropBox will soon overtake scams involving financial companies, PhishLabs says.

                  For all the sophisticated tactics, techniques, and procedures employed by threat actors these days, phishing continued to be the top attack vector in 2016, as it has been for some time.

                  The big difference was that instead of targeting financial services companies, phishers increasingly targeted cloud storage service providers like Google and DropBox, security vendor PhishLabs said in a voluminous report on phishing trends released this week..."

                  New On-Premises Cloud Systems Look To Redefine Hybrid Cloud
                  Search Cloud Computing, February 8th, 2017
                  "Hybrid cloud management continues to be a challenge for IT. Providers have stepped up to address those challenges with public cloud-like, on-premises systems -- but hurdles remain...

                  As more enterprises adopt hybrid cloud, they face new management challenges. Scripts can't easily span public and private cloud segments, storage compatibility can become an issue and organizations must evolve their virtual LANs, among other challenges..."

                  The Future Isn't Cloud. It's Multi-Cloud
                  Network World, February 6th, 2017
                  "Nearly a third of organizations work with four or more cloud vendors. What is driving this trend?

                  Cloud computing was supposed to simplify IT environments. Now, according to a recent study by Microsoft and 451 Research, nearly a third of organizations work with four or more cloud vendors. It would seem multi-cloud is the future of cloud computing. But what is driving this trend?..."

                  IT - CxO
                  State Of The CIO 2017: The New Reality
                  CIO, February 7th, 2017
                  "The CIO role is integral to today's increasingly digital businesses, but transformational IT executives aren't necessarily shedding their functional responsibilities - get used to it...

                  As technology grabs the lead role in modern business, all eyes are on the CIO's ability to lead initiatives that radically transform how companies sell products, reach customers and drive opportunities for new revenue streams. At the same time, the digital era's wholesale dependence on technology means there's little room for the slightest hiccup in operations -- resulting in another mandate on the CIO's agenda..."

                  Data Breaches Affect All Parts Of Business, Verizon Report Shows
                  ComputerWeekly, February 10th, 2017
                  'Verizon's second annual Data Breach Digest provides common scenarios to help organisations improve preparations for, and responses to, the most popular types of cyber attack...

                  Data breaches are an enterprise problem involving legal counsel, human resources, corporate communications and other incident response (IR) stakeholders, the report said.

                  The DBD is based on Verizon's case files that provide most of the data for its Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), and the 2017 report lists the 16 most common or lethal data breach scenarios from the point of view of IR stakeholders..."

                    Successful CIOs In 2017 Will Be Those Who Look Outwards
                    ComputerWeekly, February 10th, 2017
                    "CEOs increasingly want IT leaders who can look outside the IT department and improve wider perceptions of the organisation...

                    Successful IT leaders in 2017 will be those who look outwards - both outside the IT department and beyond their own organisation, to learn the lessons of digital transformation..."

                      IT And C-Level Leaders Point Fingers At Each Other Over Cyber Defense
                      ComputerWorld, February 9th, 2017
                      "IT managers say a cyber attack will cost double what their bosses estimate, new poll finds...

                      IT managers disagree with chief executives over who is responsible for a cyber security breach, according to a survey released Thursday.

                      The survey -- of a group of 221 chief executive officers and other C-level executives and another group of 984 IT decision makers -- found that each group largely believes the other group is responsible in the event of a breach.

                      In the survey, 35% of C-level respondents said IT teams would be responsible in a breach, while 50% of IT leaders think that responsibility rests with their senior managers..."

                      Enterprise IT: The Year Ahead
                      ITProPortal, February 9th, 2017
                      "Partnerships and cooperation between service providers and organisations will be the key to success this year.

                      Investment in new IT is booming. Gartner estimates that global IT spending this year will total $3.5 trillion - a 2.7 per cent increase from 2016.

                      Increased spending, however, is only part of what we can expect in the enterprise IT landscape. As well as the question of spending priorities, both external and industry developments will test organisations and their service providers this year..."

                      Deloitte Outlines Its 7 Big Tech Trends For 2017 And Beyond
                      Memeburn, February 10th, 2017
                      "What does 2017 and beyond hold for the technology sector? Well, according to Deloitte, you can expect 'dark analytics' and 'everything-as-a-service' to join the likes of Blockchain.

                      The multinational firm listed the aforementioned trends as part of its Tech Trends 2017 report. So what should you know, then?..."

                      Data Transparency Is The Lifeblood Of New Information Economy
                      Search CIO, February 9th, 2017
                      "Many companies have invested in the analytics infrastructure that helps turn data into a business asset. Now what? Gartner's Debra Logan offers insight...

                      Companies have spent decades building their analytics infrastructure; the investment is about to pay dividends for companies and further propel the information economy. 'Once you build the infrastructure, then you can really start to work,' said Debra Logan, a Gartner researcher.

                      Logan argues that companies are entering the 'second half' of the information economy, where businesses will truly regard information as an asset and revenue producer..."

                      8 Big Trends That Will Impact It In 2017
                      The Enterprisers Project, February 9th, 2017
                      "In 2017 disruptive technologies that were previously buzz words will become a reality, there will be a rise in cyberattacks, and the new administration, in addition to going digital, will most likely change policies and regulations, requiring modifications to IT systems. With all of these changes, enterprises will continue to look to IT to be an enabler of digital transformation for increased efficiency and competitiveness.

                      Here are eight key trends on the horizon for 2017:..."

                        IT Spending Will Increase To $2.4 Trillion In 2017: IDC
                        ZDNet, February 8th, 2017
                        "The research firm expects the bulk of IT spending to come from the discrete manufacturing and banking verticals.

                        IT spending is expected to climb 3.5 percent above 2016 to reach $2.4 trillion this year, according to a report from IDC.

                        The research firm expects the bulk of IT spending to come from the discrete manufacturing and banking verticals. Combined, these industries will generate roughly 30 percent of all IT revenues throughout the forecast. Significant spending will also come from the telecom industry as well federal/central government agencies..."

                        SFTA 'Private Room' Social - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
                        Wednesday, March 8th, 2017: 4:45 PM 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 @ 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..."

                        IT - DR
                        Cloud-Based Disaster Recovery As A Service: How Is Draas Different From Backup And Recovery?
                        Enterprise Storage Forum, February 8th, 2017
                        "For businesses, cloud-based backup and recovery has become common these days. If backup is fast enough to fit within a backup window, and if recovery times hit recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO) service levels, you're golden.

                        After that, it gets complicated. Backup and recovery are critical components of disaster recovery (DR), but alone they can't assure that application processing continues uninterrupted..."

                        Disaster Recovery In The Cloud: Key Considerations
                        Network Computing, February 9th, 2017
                        "When the notion of cloud computing first arose, there was a lot of talk about how wonderful it was to have an affordable, manageable 'secondary' data center available in the case of an emergency. Enterprises are no strangers to the need to have a secondary, or backup, data center as a means to address potential disasters. Many have them, but in the wake of cloud, some have migrated from owning their own to renting one in the cloud. For those who were just growing to the point they needed such a disaster recovery option, many turned immediately to cloud because why would you invest in a physical data center when there was a veritable smorgasbord of options available in the form of cloud computing?..."
                        IT - PM
                        Are You The Manager Of Projects Or Peace?
                        CIO, February 9th, 2017
                        "Do you spend all your time handling internal politics and conflict? Here's how to avoid it...

                        My friend Steven, an IT project manager with that all important sense of humor, told me this week that he was considering adding to the job description on his business card.

                        Now, it's not the first time that he has sent me an email like this, such is the lot of the project manager that quite often you end up doing things that you didn't necessarily sign up for. Steven always jokes that if he got paid for the extra roles he carried out, he could easily retire this time next year.."

                          IT Transformation Checklist: 10 Steps To Success
                          InformationWeek, February 7th, 2017
                          "When launching a IT transformation project, there are some steps you definitely don't want to take, and 10 steps that could lead to success.

                          Here's how not to set forth on a major IT transformation project:

                          First, make sure that the new business strategy that's triggering the transformation remains hazy, and not backed up by a coherent business plan on which all business units agree. Second, don't clarify IT's role in the project, or the technologies needed to meet the needs of the business. Third..."

                            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..."

                            IT - Networks
                            4 Emerging Networking Trends
                            Network Computing, February 8th, 2017
                            "With all the changes in IT infrastructure with the rise of virtualization and cloud, networks are under tremendous pressure. The networking industry is evolving rapidly to keep up and focusing more on software than traditional hardware speeds and feeds. For networking pros, this means a lot of new options and changes in the way they go about their work. Network Computing recently met with Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655 and co-founder of Packet Pushers, to get insight into key emerging trends in networking. Here are his top four..."
                            IT - IoT
                            Are Companies Doing Enough On The IoT Security Front?
                            CSO Online, February 10th, 2017
                            "We continue to hear dire warnings about the inherent security risks of the Internet of Things (IoT), and indeed IoT-related incidents are happening. With many companies beginning to capture IoT data from connected devices, a key question is are they doing enough to ensure that data and networks are secure?

                            If security executives thought they had a lot to handle with the growth of mobile devices and the expanding digital enterprise, the emergence of connected products, corporate assets, vehicles and other 'things' is taking security coverage to a whole new level..."

                            The IoT Explosion Is Upon Us - What's Holding CIOs Back?
                            Search CIO, February 10th, 2017
                            "The IoT explosion is certain, CIO reservations and ill-fated use cases notwithstanding. So says new research from Gartner, HCL. Also: Microsoft launches IP protection program...

                            A population explosion is underway -- but not of the human sort. We're talking things, as in the internet of things, aka the computing devices that have the ability to transmit data wirelessly.

                            According to a Gartner report released this week, this will be the year in which the number of connected things surpasses the number of people on the planet..."

                            New IoT Cybersecurity Alliance formed by AT&T, IBM, others
                            ZDNet, February 8th, 2017
                            "The new group's founding members also include Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec and Trustonic.

                            A group of businesses from across the IoT value chain have formed the IoT Cybersecurity Alliance, aiming to use their combined expertise to allay business concerns about the Internet of Things and solve its security challenges.

                            The founding members of the group include AT&T, IBM, Nokia, Palo Alto Networks, Symantec, and Trustonic..."

                            IT - Linux
                            Lynis - Security Auditing And Hardening Tool For Linux/Unix Systems
                            2daygeek, February 9th, 2017
                            "First i want to tell you about system security before going deeper about Lynis. Every system administrator should know/understand about system security, Hardening, etc,. So that we can make our system up and running smoothly without any issues otherwise we have to face so many issues.

                            Maintaining servers is not a easy task, that to in banking sector where payment transaction are happening. I know how hard it is because i have faced so many challenges/issues when i was part of data center administrator..."

                            Best Linux Distros For 2017
                            Datamation, February 6th, 2017
                            "What are the best Linux distros of 2017? That's a big question as this new year gains speed. This article will present what I believe - based on various types of Linux users - are arguably the best Linux distros for 2017..."
                            Enterprise Linux's Big Three
                            ITProWindows, February 6th, 2017
                            "Not so long ago, Red Hat was about the only serious option for big enterprise customers seeking to make the move to Linux. Times have changed and Red Hat is no longer the only game in town. There are now three major enterprise ready Linux companies vying for corporate business: Red Hat, Canonical and SUSE -- or four if noncommercial CentOS is counted..."
                            IT - Operations
                            Lessons Learned From Data Center Outages, But Still A Long Trip Ahead
                            Search Data Center, February 10th, 2017
                            "The hits keep on coming for the airline industry, with several more IT outages that have stranded angry passengers in recent months. Are there any new lessons for IT pros?

                            Progress has started to emerge after a series of data center outages and other IT-related troubles during the past year that caused a turbulent ride for airline passengers.

                            The recovery time for Delta Air Lines Inc.'s outage at the end of January was shorter than the one last year, said Mark Thomas Jaggers, a research director at analyst firm Gartner who focuses on disaster recovery (DR) and IT resilience..."

                            Wow, What An Incredible 12 Months: 2017's Data Center Year In Review
                            The Register, February 6th, 2017
                            "The data center market is hot, especially now that we are getting a raft of funky new stuff, from promising non-Intel chips and system architectures to power and cooling optimizations.

                            Since we're all thinking several quarters ahead anyway, we're practically in 2018. So from that point of view, we may as well look back at 2017 and tell you how it all went down and why. Thus, here is my '2017 Data Center Year in Review,' with ten byte-sized inevitable outcomes..."

                            Data Centers Scrambling To Fill It Skills Gap
                            The VAR Guy, February 8th, 2017
                            "It's a tough world when it comes to recruiting and retaining staff. According to a study by TEKsystems, 81 percent of IT leaders say it's difficult to find quality candidates, and almost half don't expect to fill an IT position within the anticipated time frame. Meanwhile, only about one-third of data center managers and CIOs believe their organization have the skills in-house to address their needs..."
                              IT Outages: The Costly Fallout
                              NetworkComputing, February 7th, 2017
                              "It seems like every day there's news of a company experiencing a massive IT outage or falling victim to a catastrophic data breach. From the United Airlines and Delta Airlines outages in late January that resulted in grounded and cancelled flights, to the recent Yahoo data breach disclosures that threaten its acquisition by Verizon, it's easy to see how quickly an IT outage can damage a company, affecting customers, employees, and a company's bottom line..."
                                The Key Functions To Consider When Building Or Buying A Log Analysis Platform
                                Network World, February 7th, 2017
                                "Adoption of the wrong platform might make matters worse...

                                'Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.' The immortal words of Confucius resonate with anyone who has ever tried to glean useful information from log data.

                                There are consensus-driven definitions of what exactly log analysis is, but a simplified, accessible explanation might be: to organize log entries into a human-friendly display and make business decisions based on what you learn...

                                  IT - Security
                                  Scale, Frequency And Causes Of Certificate-Related Outages
                                  HelpNet Security, February 6th, 2017
                                  "Certificate-related outages negatively impact the reliability and availability of vital systems and services, according to Venafi..."

                                  'Certificates and keys are identity and access management for machines, just like user names and passwords are for humans,' said Kevin Bocek, vice president of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi...

                                  10 Ways Enterprises Can Limit Third-Party Cyber-Risk (Slideshow)
                                  eWeek, February 8th, 2017
                                  "To compete successfully in a global marketplace, enterprises increasingly are moving their business processes and other services to the cloud and outside suppliers. This trend has created many more attack surfaces for cyber-criminals. According to industry analysts, nearly two-thirds (63 percent, according to this 2016 industry study) of major breaches involve a third party..."
                                    4 Signs You, Your Users, Tech Peers & C-Suite All Have 'Security Fatigue'
                                    Dark Reading, February 10th, 2017
                                    "If security fatigue is the disease we've all got, the question is how do we get over it?...

                                    There's been a lot of talk about security fatigue lately, in the press and in my office. It's a term that people get right away, and it feels like one of the classic social phenomena of our era, like multitasking or that phantom buzz in your pocket.

                                    If security fatigue is the disease we've all got (even security pros!), the question is how do we get over it? To help answer that question, let's take a look at four signs that identify the symptoms, along with recommendations that will put you and your users on the road to recovery..."

                                    Defending Against The Fastest Growing Threat Of 2016 - Ransomware
                                    ITProPortal, February 9th, 2017
                                    "By implementing a number of steps, organisations can better protect themselves against ransomware and the damage it can cause...

                                    Carbon Black data shows that ransomware instances grew by more than 50% in 2016 compared to 2015. In fact, ransomware emerged as the fastest-growing malware across all industries in 2016, with major increases seen at technology companies, energy and utility companies and banking organisations. As a result, we do not expect ransomware to slow down anytime soon, and seeing as its on track to be a $1 billion crime in 2017, it is still paying significant dividends for attackers..."

                                      Phishing Trends: Who Is Targeted And Why
                                      HelpNet Security, February 8th, 2017
                                      "The business model of phishing has evolved. The bad guys have found ways to multiply their profits at the expense of organizations they aren't even attacking directly, according to PhishLabs.

                                      Based on attack volume, cloud storage nearly surpassed financial institutions as the most phished industry in 2016. If current trends continue, attacks targeting cloud storage providers will outpace all others in 2017. This is a monumental shift from historic trends that reflects a prominent expansion of how phishers profit. Not only does this shift impact those targeted by phishing attacks directly, it also impacts any organization that relies on email addresses and passwords to authenticate their users..."

                                        How Security Approaches Are Evolving In Southeast Asia And Beyond
                                        ComputerWeekly, February 8th, 2017
                                        "Bill Smith, senior vice-president of worldwide field operations at LogRhythm, talks to Computer Weekly about the big shift in cyber security from traditional security models to behavioural anomaly detection, continuous data monitoring and analytics...

                                        Bill Smith, senior vice-president of worldwide field operations at US-headquartered security intelligence company LogRhythm, doesn't think the biggest security challenge the world faces today is a virus or a new hacking technique. To him, it is something basic. 'Probably the biggest security threat facing us today is a lack of security expertise,' he told Computer Weekly in an interview..."

                                        Counterterrorism Analyst Explains The Dark Web
                                        CSO Online, February 9th, 2017
                                        "Earning the credentials to be accepted into underground communities...

                                        The use of dark and deep as adjectives to describe anything on the web conjure up feelings of fear and anxiety. Those outside of the security industry are fascinated by -- yet tentative of -- this mysterious digital abyss where criminals live in anonymity, plotting and colluding in unimaginable ways.

                                        So, who, in her right mind, would want to spend her days working in the deepest fissures of the digital world? Alex Kassirer, that's who..."

                                        Cert Updates Insider Threat Guidebook
                                        Help Net Security, February 10th, 2017
                                        "The CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University released the fifth edition of the Common Sense Guide to Mitigating Insider Threats. The guide describes 20 practices that organizations should implement across the enterprise to prevent and detect insider threats, as well as case studies of organizations that failed to do so..."

                                        'The new edition of the guide comes at critical time for organizations developing insider threat programs,' said Randy Trzeciak, technical manager of the CERT Insider Threat Center. 'The insider threat landscape has changed considerably since the previous edition, especially with new directives that government and government-contractor organizations must follow.'

                                          IT - Careers
                                          10 Ways Tech Pros Can Take Charge Of Their Professional Development (Slideshow)
                                          Network World, February 9th, 2017
                                          "With technology constantly changing, so must your job skills...

                                          Innovation continues to create many amazing breakthroughs, and with them, career opportunities. Technologies of the present and the future will always need skilled technicians and engineers to implement them.

                                          CompTIA, the technology industry's leading trade association, has identified 10 abilities we believe IT professionals will need to be successful in the technology world to come. Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer of CompTIA, compiled these tips..."

                                            Why The Hottest Technology Job This Year May Be Scrum Master
                                            ZDNet, February 8th, 2017
                                            "Well-organized scrum meetings may help prevent breakdowns in communications which lead to breakdowns in software.

                                            The other week, we reported on LinkedIn's list of the hottest jobs of 2017. Interestingly, number 10 on the top 20 list was that of 'scrum master.' The average annual salary is $100,000, and the number of jobs for this category is expected to double over the coming year.

                                            So what is a scrum master, why do companies need this skill so badly, and what does it take to develop an appropriate set of skills to get there?..."

                                              7 Late-Breaking Signs You Should Rethink Taking That Job Offer
                                              Fast Company, February 8th, 2017
                                              "You're in the final stretch of a long, drawn-out interview process for what you initially thought might be your dream job. You got your hopes up. You want it - and now you've finally got it. But with an offer in hand, the endorphins swirling in your bloodstream, and a hiring manager waiting by the phone for you to call and accept, something still doesn't feel quite right..."
                                                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..."

                                                IT - Big Data
                                                Big Data, Big Insights: Ethics, Visualizations, And More
                                                Business 2 Community, February 9th, 2017
                                                "61% of companies state that Big Data is driving revenue because it is able to deliver deep insights into customer behavior. For most businesses, this means gaining a 360 degree view of their customers, by analyzing and integrating existing data.

                                                Well, not always. Big data doesn't always equate to big insights, but, increasingly, we see big data driving action. And, big data-driven problems..."

                                                Four Ways To Survive The It Operations Big Data Deluge
                                                Data Center Knowledge, February 9th, 2017
                                                "The days of managing monolithic style applications running on a single platform are over. Organizations are now committed to delivering their customers a far richer variety of digital services using multiple channels. This means applications are more likely to execute from the cloud, via a multitude of microservices interacting with virtualized resources, containers and software-defined networks..."
                                                New Survey Says Cloud-Based Data Warehousing Solutions Transforming Market
                                                insideBIGDATA, February 10th, 2017
                                                ", the self optimizing analytics infrastructure company, announced results from its survey at AWS re:Invent end of 2016. 833 attendees shared feedback about data warehouse trends, where 80% of the tools are now cloud-based versus on-premise. 60% of respondents found their data warehouse difficult to manage and too complex. Interestingly, 61% of respondents were currently not using any ETL tool at all, 25% using no business intelligence tools at all. Full results of the 'Data Warehouse Trends Report 2017' survey can be found ..."
                                                Data Realities Of 2017 And Beyond
                                                ComputerWorld, February 6th, 2017
                                                "There's no escaping the facts anymore: Data rules everything now. Are IT leaders prepared to deal with that?...

                                                Data matters. You don't need to be a professionally trained futurist to see that a critical driving force in the global economy for the next 10 years will be data exploitation (creation of value with data), data sharing and data protection. (Let that data Exploitation, Sharing and Protection be your ESP.) Executives need to examine what they know and how they think about data..."

                                                  How To Find The Real Value In Operational Big Data
                                                  TechRepublic, February 6th, 2017
                                                  "One of the best ways to get the most from massive amounts of data is to implement an operational intelligence system. Here's how to apply big data analytics to operational data...

                                                  Of the three Vs of big data - volume, velocity, and variety - volume is the biggest, literally. Processing large volumes is a signature characteristic of big data analytics; it's not necessarily the most important or the most challenging, but it fosters a strategic tipping point when incubated properly..."

                                                  IoT And Big Data: Success Comes Down To A Solid Strategy
                                                  InformationWeek, February 9th, 2017
                                                  "A Verizon report highlights how big data complexity and a shortage of data science talent are hurdles for an IoT implementation, but we also have to remember the key best practice of having a business goal as part of any analytics initiative...

                                                  Somewhere, right now, an IT professional is toiling away at connecting a temperature sensor, a security camera, or maybe a vehicle to the Internet so their company can collect data from that remote device, putting into play an Internet of Things plan..."

                                                  Self-Service Analytics Are A Necessity
                                                  InformationWeek, February 8th, 2017
                                                  "Users want answers to burning questions, but IT and the data team can't tackle them all at once. Self-service analytics help organizations triage problem-solving by providing many of the insights business users need.

                                                  Lines of business are buying their own analytics solutions because IT is unable to deliver what they need fast enough. If the company has a data team, lines of business can ask for help, but like IT, the data team is faced with address more problems than there are people to solve them..."

                                                  IT - Mobile
                                                  Reaching Critical Mass With Mobile
                                                  Business 2 Community, February 10th, 2017
                                                  "Over the past several years, visitors to websites have increasingly been using mobile devices such as an iPhone or iPad. In order for content to be legible and accessible on these devices, website developers have had to increasingly ensure that their sites are mobile-friendly, or responsive, using newer technology and programming methods..."
                                                    Mobile Phones Will Number 5.5 Billion By 2021
                                                    eWeek, February 8th, 2017
                                                    "Cisco Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast projects that there will be more people on Earth using smartphones in 2021 than there are with access to running water.

                                                    Cisco Systems came out with its annual state of mobile networking report on Feb. 7, and there was no shortage of both expected and unexpected data points.

                                                    The 11th annual Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast (2016 to 2021) projects that there will be more people on Earth using mobile phones in 2021 than there are with access to running water.

                                                    This also could indicate that the well-watered people in the world should move faster to help get that vital liquid resource to other places that need it..."

                                                    IT - BYOD
                                                    7 Musts For Any Successful Byod Program (Slideshow)
                                                    CSO Online, February 9th, 2017
                                                    "Today, employee mobility and office BYOD programs are critical for enterprise productivity. Mobile devices add new security challenges, bypassing many of the security controls you have in place. Mobile devices, mobile apps and the networks they use are now essential to satisfy customers, collaborate more effectively with suppliers, and keep employees productive anytime and anywhere.

                                                    Unfortunately, increased connectivity often translates to increased security threats..."

                                                    Here's Why BYOD Is Finally Worthy Of Your Attention
                                                    SmartDataCollective, February 8th, 2017
                                                    "The BYOD acronym has been thrown around for so many years that it's easy to write it off as a meaningless buzzword with little application or utility in your organization.

                                                    However, that would be a grave mistake. A few years back, Gartner predicted that 2017 would be the year when BYOD would become a requirement in the majority of companies.

                                                    Are you on track?..."

                                                    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.

                                                      IT - Tape
                                                      Your Enterprise Data Protection Strategy Should Include Cloud And Tape
                                                      SearchDataBackup, February 10th, 2017
                                                      "The cloud generally makes sense for shorter-term data retention, but find out how it can also play a role in keeping data for longer periods of time...

                                                      There are lots of reasons to embrace cloud services as part of your enterprise data protection strategy. But unless you are an SMB in a nonregulated industry, eliminating your use of tape shouldn't be one of them..."

                                                      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.

                                                      IT - HPC
                                                      The Evolution And Maturation Of HPC In The Enterprise
                                                      CIO, February 8th, 2017
                                                      "Many organizations now need solutions that couple high performance computing with data analytics. This convergence is driving a shift to high performance data analytics...

                                                      The convergence of high performance computing (HPC) and big data has been under way for years. As I noted in an earlier blog, HPC and big data grew up in different worlds and are now coming together - due to necessity. People using HPC applications often work with big data, and people working with big data often need the processing power of HPC systems. This convergence is giving rise to the era of high performance data analytics (HPDA) in the enterprise..."

                                                      Shahin Khan Presents: Hot Technology Topics In 2017 (Video)
                                                      insideHPC, February 10th, 2017
                                                      In this video from the 2017 HPC Advisory Council Stanford Conference, Shahin Khan from OrionX presents: Industry Insights: Hot Technology Topics in 2017.

                                                      "From BitCoins and AltCoins to Design Thinking, Autonomous tech and the changing nature of jobs, IoT and cyber risk, and the impact of application architecture on cloud computing, we'll touch on some of the hottest technologies in 2017 that are changing the world and how HPC will be the engine that drives it."

                                                      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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