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Oracle News
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Digital Tools Fine-Tune Colombian Bank's Marketing Machine
Oracle, March 8th, 2017
Sasha Banks-Louie writes in Forbes, "Colombia has one of the lowest adoption rates for consumer banking services in Latin America. In fact, bank loans make up only 45% of the country's GDP - more than 15 percentage points less than in neighboring Brazil and Chile, according to banking association Asobancaria. But that's about to change.

Bogota-based Banco Davivienda, the third-largest bank in Latin America, has spent the last two years creating customer segmentation models for more than 300,000 customers, 50% of whom have recently accepted offers for home mortgages, automotive loans, and a range of other banking products - up from 10% in 2013..."

A Lingerie Merchant And A Doorbell Inventor Walk Into A Room: A NetSuite Story
Oracle, March 9th, 2017
Chris Murphy writes in Forbes, "If you've read about the software company NetSuite recently, it probably had something to do with its $9.3 billion acquisition by Oracle. But to really understand NetSuite, and its future as part of Oracle, listen to how Lyn Lewis is growing a luxury lingerie business, Journelle, in today's brutal retail environment..."

"Retail's terrible, everyone's taking a bath right now," said Lewis. Yet Lewis, CEO of Journelle, is looking to add more brick-and-mortar to Journelle's omnichannel business model, which already includes three stores in New York and one in Chicago, in addition to Journelle.com. "I believe in stores," she said during an Oracle NetSuite event at the New York Stock Exchange. "I'm looking for more stores."

Latest Release of Industry Leading Oracle Database Now Available in the Cloud, with Oracle Cloud at Customer, and On-Premises
Leading-edge Database technology now available in all environments
Oracle announced that the latest version of the world's number one database, Oracle Database 12c Release 2 (12.2), is now available everywhere - in the cloud, with Oracle Cloud at Customer, and on-premises. Oracle Database 12.2 includes enhancements to the unique multitenant architecture and in-memory database technologies that provide customers with outstanding consolidation, performance, reliability, and security for all workloads including entry-level development and mission critical workloads. Additionally, the release includes more than 300 new features and enhancements across availability, performance, security, and developer productivity.
Oracle Brings Together Customer Experience Industry Leaders at Modern Customer Experience 2017
Event for marketing, commerce, sales and service professionals provides insights necessary to meet the expectations of modern consumers and drive meaningful business results.
To help customer experience professionals drive sustainable differentiation and deliver predictable and tangible business results, Oracle will host Modern Customer Experience 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 25-27. Held at the Mandalay Bay Resort, Modern Customer Experience 2017 helps attendees understand today's empowered customers and implement modern best practices in marketing, sales, service and commerce. The event provides insights into real-world business transformation initiatives and demonstrates innovations that push the boundaries of traditional customer experience management approaches.
Oracle's Thomas Kurian Offers 3-Point Vision For Developers At Code Event
Oracle, March 8th, 2017
Alexa Morales writes, "Oracle has made a giant leap forward in software-defined virtual data centers and DevOps-style tooling with its cloud platform. At the same time that Oracle is making these big strategic moves, though, it's also focused on people - connecting directly with the developer community through a series of gatherings around the world called Oracle Code, to bring a few hundred developers together at a time to share ideas about building modern cloud apps.

To kick off this 20-city Oracle Code tour on March 1, Oracle President of Product Development Thomas Kurian offered Oracle's three-point vision for developers during his keynote at the sold-out event in San Francisco..."

Work-Life Balance: How Employers Can Step Up
by Jurgen Kress
Rob Preston writes in Forbes, "The age-old pursuit to improve work-life balance is taking on new importance in this intense, always-changing business environment. Type A personalities need some stress relief. Type B individuals seek work-life harmony. Employers see the productivity and talent attraction/retention benefits of keeping their people on a more even keel, while academics and consultants have built careers around showing people the way..."
Oracle
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E-Business Suite 12.2 Certified with Oracle VM 3
By Steven Chan, March 7th, 2017
Steven blogs, "Oracle VM 3.4 is the latest release of Oracle's server virtualization and management solution released as Oracle vM Server for x86 and Oracle VM Manager. Oracle VM 3.x is certified with E-Business Suite 12.2.x. This certification covers all current and future Oracle VM 3 updates including subsequent 3.x releases.

Oracle VM 3 was previously certified with Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, 12.0, and 12.1..."

IT - AI
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7 Companies That Used Machine Learning To Solve Real Business Problems
TechRepublic, March 8th, 2017
"In a breakout session at the 2017 Google Cloud Next conference, companies in manufacturing, finance, commerce, and more were highlighted to show how they used machine learning to get work done...

The premise behind Google's Cloud Machine Learning Engine and TensorFlow technologies is to democratize access to machine learning tools and technologies. Additionally, these products are able to be implemented without the help of a PhD-educated data scientist..."

How A.I. Could Affect The World Of Corporate Training
ComputerWorld, March 7th, 2017
"Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is already being used by businesses to interpret data, learn from customers' actions, and even communicate to their customers.

But it's being underutilized in the corporate training world. Corporate training takes time, both from your incoming workers and your trainers, and how you invest that time has a direct bearing on the productivity and morale of the employees who come out of it.

Fortunately, we're on the verge of seeing a breakthrough in A.I. training, which could improve employee productivity, skills, and job satisfaction all at once..."

    IBM Technology Moves Even Closer To Human Speech Recognition Parity
    NetworkWorld, March 9th, 2017
    "IBM: Reaching human parity - meaning an error rate on par with that of two humans speaking - has been ultimate industry goal...

    IBM this week said its speech recognition system set an industry record of 5.5% word error rate, a percentage that lets a computer understand human conversation almost as well as the average person does.

    According to IBM human parity was considered a 5.9% word error rate but IBM who partnered with Appen, a speech and technology service provider, reassessed the industry benchmark and determined that human parity is lower than what anyone has yet achieved: 5.1%..."

    Organizations Embracing Promises Of Artificial Intelligence
    Information Management, March 6th, 2017
    "The ability to predict business outcomes affords obvious competitive advantages, but understanding why or how the outcome occurs is where artificial intelligence will shine in 2017, according to Michael Schmidt, CTO and founder of machine intelligence company Nutonian. Schmidt offers eight ways in which organizations will incorporate time series forecasting, defined as predicting future outcomes using historical datasets, into their data analysis efforts to understand what shapes the future and to change the outcome..."
    What's AI, And What's Not
    GCN, March 10th, 2017
    "Artificial intelligence has become as meaningless a description of technology as 'all natural' is when it refers to fresh eggs. At least, that's the conclusion reached by Devin Coldewey, a Tech Crunch contributor.

    AI has become a popular buzzword, he said, precisely because it's so poorly defined. Marketers use it to create an impression of competence and to more easily promote 'intelligent' capabilities as trends change.

    The popularity of the AI buzzword, however, 'has to do at least partly with the conflation of neural networks with artificial intelligence,' he said. 'Without getting too into the weeds, the two are not interchangeable -- but marketers treat them as if they are.'..."

      Virtualization
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      Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.16 now available
      By Simon Coter
      Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 16.

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

      • GUI: improved error handling on global settings/networking stuff
      • GUI: improved experience with multiple screens
      • OVF: ability to handle more than 10 vNICs and fixes to manage appliances with many disks
      • Windows hosts: fixed a crash with recent Windows 10 builds if 3D is disabled
      • Linux hosts: Kernel 4.10 fixes for shared-folders kernel module

      See all the details here with a complete list of bug fixes..."

      IT - Storage
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      Building A Business Case For All-Flash Array Storage
      SearchStorage, March 9th, 2017
      "To make a business case for purchasing AFA storage, you must first understand what your applications need in terms of IOPS, latency and throughput...

      Before you can determine if your organization could benefit from all-flash array storage, you must gather information about your workloads. Do your applications require more IOPS or throughput, or lower latency? Are they read-intensive or write-intensive? You may need to use tools to pinpoint performance bottlenecks and characterize data performance. And you need to understand that all-flash array storage operates differently from disk arrays..."

      Like HGST/WD, Seagate With 12TB Enterprise 3.5-Inch Helium HDD
      StorageNewsletter.com, March 10th, 2017
      "At OCP Summit 2017 in Santa Clara, CA, March 8-9, Seagate Technology announced plan to start volume shipping a 12TB helium enterprise drives for production availability in the June quarter of 2017, after its 10TB units...

      The Seagate Enterprise Capacity 3.5 HDD offers low power consumption and weight. The drive can accommodate 550TB workloads annually and is designed to operate 24/7 for 5 years..."

        Software-Defined Storage: It's Real But Defining It Can Be A Real Trick
        Enterprise Storage Forum, March 8th, 2017
        "If you Google 'software-defined storage' (SDS) you'll come across some good informative articles. You'll also come across equally informative articles that complain about the term, charging it with being more a marketing gimmick than a technical term.

        Software-defined storage is certainly a broad term. Various storage vendors define SDS quite differently for different segments of the market.

        Let's start with the foundational definition of SDS and see how vendor products fit..."

        WW Enterprise Storage Market Down 7% Y/Y in 4Q16 - IDC
        StorageNewsletter.com, March 7th, 2017
        "Total worldwide enterprise storage systems factory revenue was down 6.7% year over year while reaching $11.1 billion in 4Q16, according to the International Data Corporation's Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker.

        Total capacity shipments were up 18.3% Y/Y to 52.4 exabytes during the quarter.

        Revenue growth increased within the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) that sell directly to hyperscale datacenters. This portion of the market was up 3.2% year over year to $1.2 billion..."

          IT - Technology
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          Wearables In The Starting Lineup For NBA And MIB?
          Network World, March 7th, 2017
          "Even as professional athletes begin to don wearable tech during games, big questions remain - including who owns the data they gather?

          DeAndre Jordan, the Los Angeles Clippers' enormous and uber-athletic center, is best known for his monster dunks, State Farm commercials, and last minute change of heart over which team he wanted to play for.

          But Jordan recently attracted attention for a digital decision: He's been spotted wearing a WHOOP biometric monitoring device during actual NBA games. Apparently, Jordan was a trendsetter, as ESPN reported this week that Major League Baseball has approved the WHOOP device for use during MLB games!

          This is a surprisingly big deal for the role and image of wearable technology..."

          Desktop 3D Printers: The Latest And The Greatest
          ComputerWorld, March 9th, 2017
          "Looking for a 3D printer? Find all of Computerworld's recent 3D printer reviews in one place.

          It wasn't that long ago that the concept of a 3D printer -- a desktop device that could print out figurines, machine parts and working toys -- was something out of a futuristic daydream. Well, the future is here, and 3D printers are as well.

          Computerworld senior reporter Lucas Mearian is very familiar with the ins and outs of desktop 3D printing. He's tried out and reported on a wide range of printers, from very simple family devices to more sophisticated machines that would suit a small business or enterprise...."

          Can Driverless Cars Eliminate Traffic?
          TechZone360, March 10th, 2017
          "Human beings have consistently looked for ways to improve the efficiency of all the operations they undertake. Innovation and technology have been the lead to bringing improvements in society. The introduction of driverless vehicles has been one of the transformations society has embraced. This article will examine how autonomous cars have been integrated into the mainstream society, and how they are expected to reduce traffic congestion..."
            Dna Data Storage Landmark: Now It's 215 Petabytes Per Gram Or Over 100 Million Movies
            ZDnet, March 6th, 2017
            "Synthetic DNA could be the answer to the world's accelerating data-storage needs, and now researchers have shown that it can have a much higher density than previously demonstrated...

            Researchers from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center have devised a new coding system, dubbed DNA Fountain, which is capable of stuffing 215 petabytes of data onto one gram of DNA..."

              IBM Stores Data On A Single Atom
              ComputerWorld, March 9th, 2017
              "What good is a single atom these days?

              Well, aside from being essential for, I dunno, most everything, you can now store data on one. That is right, store data on a single atom. But how did researchers achieve that?

              In IT Blogwatch, we jump on the miniaturization bandwagon..."

                Robots Can Read Your Mind To Fix Their Mistakes
                ComputerWorld, March 7th, 2017
                "MIT, Boston University researchers work on a new way for humans and robots to collaborate...

                Imagine a robot stacking boxes in a warehouse when it suddenly sees that one box is in the wrong stack. It goes back and puts the container in the right place. How did the machine know it had made a mistake?

                The robot's human boss didn't punch any codes into a computer to have the robot correct its mistake. The boss didn't say a word. She simply looked over, recognized the robot's error, and the robot was able to recognize her thoughts and correct its mistake..."

                  Technology Trends 2017: These Are The Most Popular Tools
                  jaxenter, March 7th, 2017
                  "Earlier this year we invited you to fill out our annual survey - its aim was to find out which technology topics will be especially important for you in 2017. Today's the day! It's time for the big unveiling.

                  One month, 900+ respondents. Our annual technology trends survey came to an end last month, so now it's time to find out what topics will be especially important for you in 2017.

                  Last week, we revealed the most popular frameworks so it's only fair that we focus on the top tools now..."

                    AR & VR Outlook: Bloody Vendor Battles, iPhone Support & Peering Into IoT
                    Network World, March 8th, 2017
                    "IDC analyst excited about 'opportunity to fundamentally rethink' interfaces to digital information...

                    As anyone who has sampled the immersive worlds of early augmented or virtual reality apps can attest, the experience can be downright exhilarating. So too will be the vendor battles that erupt and the commercial uses to emerge around the technologies.

                    So says Tom Mainelli, program vice president for devices and AR/VR at IDC, which held its annual Directions conference in Boston this week. Mainelli is excited about the prospect that these eventually comingled technologies will enable us to 'fundamentally rethink how we create information, share information and absorb information.'..."

                    Training
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                    Now Available! New Training and Certifications for March
                    By Jim Vonick, March 7th, 2017
                    Jim Vonick blogs, "Have you explored Oracle University's new training and certification offerings for March 2017 yet?

                    This includes new training for Oracle Cloud Applications Release 12.

                    And if you haven't tried Oracle Learning Subscriptions, it's a great time to explore this flexible learning format.

                    As our best value offering, enjoy 24/7 access to continuously updated digital courses for 12 months..."

                    IT - Bitcoin
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                    Bitcoin Is The Red Pill Of Freedom
                    hacked.com, March 7th, 2017
                    "One of the best-kept secrets of modern finance is the nature of money itself. I recall a televised dialogue between Ron Paul and Alan Greenspan, when the latter was the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank. He was asked by Ron Paul what exactly a dollar is. Greenspan's answer was: 'I don't know.'

                    Now I ask this audience: Is it credible that the chairman of the Federal Reserve bank didn't know what a dollar is? Is it not infinitely more likely he knew exactly what a dollar is, but had a compelling reason for not wanting to say it on the public record?..."

                      How Bitcoin Is Set To Crush Other Currency In 2017
                      NEWSBTC, March 10th, 2017
                      "When the crypto currency was created back in 2008, it rose a couple of eyebrows but very few people took it seriously. Less than a decade later, Bitcoin is on the lips of all those who care about the direction in which financial markets are heading. If we were to look back at its rise and paraphrase Schopenhauer, we'd say that it passed through three stages. First, it was ridiculed. Then, it was violently opposed. Now it is accepted as being self-evident and people no longer dismiss it as an alternative to traditional currency..."
                      Industry Speaks Out in Aftermath of Bitcoin ETF Rejection
                      CoinDesk, March 10th, 2017
                      "The US Securities and Exchange Commission has rejected an effort to list the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF (COIN), prompting comment from many of those who watched and waited for the decision.

                      Reactions to the news were, as can be expected, mixed. Markets, having hit a new all-time high of roughly $1,325 prior to the decision, fell sharply before recovering above $1,100. Some observers deemed it a setback for bitcoin, while others, by comparison, said that it wouldn't have any long-term impact.

                      When reached for comment, Tyler Winklevoss struck an optimistic note, telling CoinDesk that more engagement with the agency would follow..."

                      IT - FOSS
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                      LibreOffice 5.2.6 Office Suite Officially Released With Over 60 Improvements
                      softpedia, March 9th, 2017
                      "Italo Vignoli from The Document Foundation (TDF) is informing Softpedia today, March 9, 2017, about the general and immediate availability of the sixth maintenance update to the LibreOffice 5.2 open-source and cross-platform office suite...

                      LibreOffice 5.2.6 received two RC (Release Candidate) builds during this time, which brought a total of 64 improvements across all components, including Writer, Calc, Math, Impress, Draw, Base, and Charts. You can study the RC1 and RC2 changelogs if you're curious to know what exactly was changed. Users can also download the new Getting Started with LibreOffice 5.2 guide..."

                      IT - DevOps
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                      Colliding The Worlds Of Devops, ITIL And Agile
                      Global Knowledge, March 9th, 2017
                      "Change is the order of the day, and now more than ever, the pace of business and technology change is accelerating. Businesses and customers are looking to IT service providers to be more responsive and deliver more frequent service changes with higher quality, which results in services that deliver more value to the business. ITIL is the de facto global framework for delivering and managing technology as a service to the business. Agile is a methodology for speeding the development and deployment of applications (using techniques and processes such as Scrum). DevOps is a philosophy or way of working that has the potential to realize greater benefits and faster delivery through such agile methods..."
                      DevOps Has Reached Critical Mass, CIOs Need To Get On Board
                      Forrester, March 10th, 2017
                      "DevOps is one of the most powerful weapons that CIOs have in their arsenal. DevOps unites the entire enterprise in delivering business transformation with superior customer experience. Companies like Target, Capital One, Walmart, ING, Nordstrom, Netflix and JetBlue are already reaping the benefits. In order to unlock the promise of DevOps, CIOs must lead the call for cultural change.

                      As any leader knows, changing institutionalized behavior is the toughest of all management challenges and CIOs are understandably skeptical of new trends..."

                      MySQL
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                      Group Replication minimal SQL based configuration
                      By Andrew Grimo
                      Andrew Grimo blogs, "So you're interested in the 'new' MySQL Group Replication feature but are concerned that configuring it is going to be difficult. Let me soothe those concerns with this blog post. Yes, the MySQL team has recently been discussing other methods to configure Group Replication using the RC release of MySQL Shell and how it can be used for tools such as Puppet for enhanced provisioning of a Group as Lefred has demonstrated in his MySQL Puppet post.

                      To start, I'll post a sample my.cnf file below and highlight the related configurations that Group Replication requires. Yes, there are a number of them. I'll try and lay that out below so it is easy to follow. But first..."

                      MySQL Connector/Java 6.0.6-m5
                      By MySQL Release Engineering
                      "Dear MySQL users,

                      MySQL Connector/J 6.0.6 m5 Development Release is a developer milestone release for the 6.0.x series.

                      This release includes the following new features and changes, also described in more detail here

                      As always, we recommend that you check the "CHANGES" file in the download archive to be aware of changes in behavior that might affect your application.

                      To download MySQL Connector/J 6.0.6 m5, see the "Development Releases" tab here

                      Enjoy!"

                      MySQL Cluster Manager 1.4.2
                      By Thomas Nielsen, March 7th, 2017
                      Thomas blogs, "In this blog post we will highlight some of the details of the MCM 1.4.2 release.

                      Progress reporting

                      First, some eye candy. With MCM 1.4.2 we added simple progress reporting. There is now a simple way to get some sense of progress, especially interesting for long-running commands. There is a plain variant, and one which includes an ascii-art progressbar.

                      Combine this with something like the linux/unix watch command, and you can easily monitor cluster health directly in the CLI. Please note that monitoring using a very short timer, combined with a log-level of debug/info, will cause excessive logging..."

                      Cloud Computing
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                      PaaS Services Explained: The Most Common SaaS Use Cases
                      By Richard Bingham
                      Richard blogs, "This article summarizes our selection of the Oracle Cloud Platform Services (PaaS) with specific focus on use with an existing Oracle Cloud Applications (SaaS) environment. In other content the term PaaS4SaaS has been used for this context.

                      This is the first of a series of articles in which we will use examples to demonstrate some of the key functions and features inside the Oracle PaaS services, and indeed many will be derived from real implementations. Again the focus is on getting value for use with an existing Oracle Fusion Cloud (SaaS) environment, as opposed to a general feature overview.

                      Clearly all services evolve of time, and as such the information provided is accurate at the time of writing, and where possible links to updated content will be provided..."

                      Linux
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                      What Drives Linux Guru Wim Coekaerts? Have Fun, Build Things People Will Use
                      Forbes, March 6th, 2017
                      Jeff Erickson writes in Forbes, "When Wim Coekaerts is solving problems and building things, he's happy. When he's not, he's not.

                      In his long career, he's found joy working on early database appliances, and later guiding Oracle's effort to make Linux, the open source operating system he'd played with since his school days in Belgium, its OS of record. Now, 'Linux has become the operating system of the cloud,' Coekearts says, so he sees lots more fun on the horizon..."

                      MONDAY SPOTLIGHT : Oracle Linux and DTrace
                      By Jeff Savit, March 7th, 2017
                      Jeff blogs, "DTrace is a dynamic tracing facility for performance analysis and troubleshooting that lets system administrators and developers examine running systems, including system calls and kernel actions. DTrace enables you to explore your system to understand how it works, track down performance problems, or locate the cause of errors. DTrace lets you create custom programs or quick "one liners" to dynamically instrument the system and provide immediate answers to arbitrary questions you can formulate using the DTrace D programming language.

                      DTrace is intended for production systems, and can be used to troubleshoot performance problems and errors by gathering and aggregating information about system behavior..."

                      IT - Cloud
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                      Checklist For Choosing A Small Cloud Host Or ISP
                      Network World, March 6th, 2017
                      "Not doing your homework before selecting a cloud host or ISP can lead to multiple headaches...

                      I've gone through a number of hosting companies. My NOC is at Expedient in Indianapolis (Carmel). They do a great job for my testing needs. They have a large, well-designed facility, lots of power and, most important, they know what they're doing and do it 24/7.

                      In my role as someone who knows the difference between UDP and TCP, I get asked a lot to recommend an ISP or cloud host for purposes of web and mail hosting for small businesses, organizations and even generic civilians. Over the years, I've found some common difficulties that can mean the difference between enjoyable experiences and long, drawn-out support problems with incumbent frustration.

                      To make sure you have a good experience with your cloud host, use this checklist..."

                        How To Survive A Cloud Meltdown
                        Data Center Knowledge, March 7th, 2017
                        "One of the biggest questions following Amazon's cloud outage last week was whether you can use the world's biggest cloud provider and still avoid downtime when the provider has a major outage - a common if infrequent occurrence. If you can, how to do it? And if there is a way to do it, why isn't everybody doing it?

                        The answer to the first question is clearly 'yes.' While lots of websites and other services delivered over the internet took a hit - by one analyst firm's estimate, the outage collectively cost hundreds of millions of dollars to AWS customers among S&P 500 companies and companies in the financial services industry alone - many did not..."

                        6 Cloud Computing Savings You May Be Missing Out On
                        Network World, March 8th, 2017
                        "Sometimes value goes beyond the price tag of hardware.

                        As more organizations deploy applications in the cloud to meet demand spikes, cost is a major consideration. Often, businesses start comparing service charges and the cost of renting or buying nodes, making a list of all of the things that matter to each option: computing in the cloud, renting compute capacity for some amount of time, or adding servers to the permanent arsenal. While these contributing factors may seem obvious and the math relatively straightforward, those who have taken the leap into the cloud have often cited that crucial cost considerations are easily overlooked..."

                          Alphabet's Eric Schmidt: 'Enterprise Must Move To The Cloud Now'
                          ComputerWeekly, March 9th, 2017
                          "The executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, says the 'speed limit' to moving to the cloud has been lifted, and enterprises need to pick up the pace of their plans to move off-premise...

                          Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet, says enterprises need to move to the cloud right now, given the technology is now a proven determinant of business success.

                          Speaking at the Google Cloud Next Conference in San Francisco, Schmidt said companies that are in the throes of moving need to pick up the pace of their migrations and consider becoming a little more ambitious with regard to where the technology can take them..."

                          Can We Trust The Public Cloud Vendors?
                          Network World, March 7th, 2017
                          "Amazon's AWS S3 outage on Feb. 28 and the steps it took to address the problem raise questions as to how much we can trust public cloud vendors...

                          Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) outage on Feb. 28 took down many well-known websites and web services. For the complete post-mortem from Amazon Web Services (AWS), read this lengthy explanation of what went wrong and what AWS is doing to address the issue..."

                          IT - CxO
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                          10 New Make-Or-Break Priorities For The CIO
                          InformationWeek, March 7th, 2017
                          "As the move toward digital innovation continues, CIOs are increasingly challenged from all angles and with new responsibilities and new technologies...

                          Most CIOs are staking their careers on leading their companies' digital transformation. In fact, Gartner's 2017 CIO agenda survey showed that 34 percent of CIO's are already leading their companies' innovation efforts. Many excellent examples abound, and we're seeing more and more CIOs shift into this role today.

                          But as this role transformation toward digital innovation continues, CIOs are increasingly challenged from all angles and with new responsibilities - from managing the newfound state of SaaS sprawl to seeking and fostering talent in the wake of new technology..."

                          10 Ways To Kill (Or Coronate) Your CIO
                          Forbes, March 5th, 2017
                          "Let's assume you run a mid-sized or large company. If you do, you need to read this. If you're a Chief Information Officer (CIO) at one of these companies, you also need to read this. As Tom Friedman reminds us in his superb Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, environments are changing at warp speed and everyone must continuously and immediately adjust - or suffer unpleasant consequences.

                          Many CIOs, especially the long-tenured ones, are understandably products of their education, training and experience. But times have changed, and what were once technology acquisition, deployment and support 'best practices' are irrelevant to the trajectories of today's world. Some executives react to changes; very few proactively embrace - or create - them..."

                          Can Tech And Marketing Ever Work Together? Four Ways To Build Vital Bridges
                          ZDNet, March 6th, 2017
                          "CIOs and CMOs need to work together: here's how to start creating better relationships...

                          Long gone are the days when the CIO alone was responsible for buying technology in a business. Just as likely now is that the marketing chiefs will be expected to procure and use digital tools to build brands and boost customer experiences.

                          So how can CIOs and CMOs create a mutually beneficial relationships? ZDNet speaks to the experts..."

                          CIO Quick Takes: What's Your Strategic Focus?
                          CIO, March 10th, 2017
                          "What are the top priorities for CIOs and other IT leaders for the new year? Thirty weigh in and share their strategic plans...

                          The year is well under way, but it's never too late to talk strategy. To gauge what lies ahead for 2017, we teamed with the CIO Executive Council to ask IT leaders about their focus for the year. Normally for Quick Takes we ask only a handful of executives to weigh in on a topic, but this time we wanted to get a deeper and wider set of answers to this question:..."

                          Happy IT Departments And How CIOs Can Help
                          Datamation, March 7th, 2017
                          "Whether putting out fires, dealing with surly users or ensuring that the network runs smoothly, IT professionals can be under a lot of stress.

                          Recently, Spiceworks surveyed 1,300 IT practitioners to find out what made them happy despite the many challenges they face at work. Interestingly, many respondents found fulfillment in forging and maintaining relationships with their fellow employees.

                          The top driver of IT pro happiness in the workplace is coworker relationships (61 percent), Spiceworks discovered. Annual pay and stress levels followed, each with 53 percent. Work hours and vacation time round out the top five..."

                            How CIOs Need To Adapt Or Die In The World Of Digital Transformation
                            ITProPortal, March 10th, 2017
                            "A shift in IT spending power is changing the role of CEO...

                            There is a tectonic shift happening in IT. Or to be more specific, there is an irreversible change occurring in who drives and controls IT spend. According to Gartner, today around 83% of all IT spend is controlled by the CIO or his/her reports. Within three years, the picture will be very different, at least half of all IT spend will happen at individual business unit level..."

                            How To Answer Your Board's Tough Security Questions
                            Business 2 Community, March 7th, 2017
                            "Picture the scene: You're at the monthly board of directors meeting when someone asks, 'So, what are you guys doing about security?'

                            Even two years ago, a CSA survey found that security was a board-level concern at 61% of companies. Why?..."

                            Is The Cyber Crisis Real Or Fiction?
                            CSO Online, March 10th, 2017
                            "It may be that enterprises are not stepping up to train new candidates for cyber roles or not recognizing that cyber is how business has to be done and not just the responsibility of the designated security officer...

                            According to various sources including government, policy groups, and businesses, we are in a global cyber crisis. The crisis is that there are not enough qualified cyber professionals to fill existing positions. The future does not look much better, according to these sources, since the number of people preparing for a cyber career at universities does not appear to be growing as quickly as the global demand for practitioners..."

                            Preparing For The 15-Year Future
                            ComputerWorld, March 6th, 2017
                            "The answers to the questions you ask yourself will determine the direction you take your organization...

                            We are transiting a moment of massive uncertainty. The ambiguous road ahead requires making a prediction about predictions. I predict that in 15 years, 85% of the predictions, forecasts and trends set forth by the academics, analysts, futurists and economists (maybe not the economists - their accuracy is increasingly suspect) will influence much of what happens day to day in business..."

                              Protecting Data Isn't Optional: What Frustrates CIOs And CISOs?
                              HelpNet Security, March 6th, 2017
                              "In this podcast recorded at RSA Conference 2017, Chris Drake, CEO at Armor, talks about the frustration that he sees in the cybersecurity industry as he continues to meet CIOs and CISOs in the field...

                              Here's a transcript of the podcast for your convenience.

                              This is Chris Drake. I am the founder and the CEO of Armor. You can find more about us at armor.com. I just wanted to have a conversation with you about just the frustration that I see in the cybersecurity industry as I continue to meet CIOs and CISOs in the field..."

                              SFTA
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                              South Florida Technology Alliance's 5th Annual Golf Tournament
                              In aid of the SFTA's Charity portfolio fund and will be supporting several South Florida organizations
                              You are invited to Join The SFTA for Cinco De Mayo themed 5th Annual Golf Tournament. Details

                              This year's Golf Event is in aid of the SFTA's Charity portfolio fund and will be supporting several South Florida organizations.

                              Celebrating the wonderful diversity of our region, we'll be incorporating a colorful Cinco De Mayo Festival theme throughout the event.

                              • Foursome: $500
                              • Individual: $125
                              • Lunch Only: $55

                              Agenda

                              • 7:30am Check-in
                              • 8:00am Tee-Time
                              • 12:00pm to 2:00pm Lunch

                              Register

                              vBeers-SF
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                              vBeers @ Boca (Biergarten Boca)
                              Wednesday, March 15th, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
                              We meet in Boca Raton on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

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

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

                              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 @ Miami (Biscayne Tavern)
                              Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
                              The next Miami vBeers meetup will be at the Biscayne Tavern, on Biscayne Blvd, opposite the Bayfront Park amphitheatre. It is part of the YVE Hotel Miami Downtown. They offer valet parking and there is metered parking between the North and South lanes of Biscayne Blvd. There are several fixed price evening parking lots within a short walk.

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

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

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

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

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

                              vBeers - we're about:

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

                              SFTA, John McLaughlin

                              IT - DR
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                              Top 3 Disaster Recovery Mistakes
                              Network Computing, March 7th, 2017
                              "IT downtime is expensive, but organizations aren't adequately preparing for how they will handle a disaster.

                              Considering the high cost of IT downtime, disaster recovery planning is critical for every enterprise. According to a 2016 IHS report, downtime costs North American companies $700 billion a year. For a typical mid-size company, the average cost was around $1 million, while a large enterprise lost more than $60 million on average, IHS found.

                              Yet even with the stakes so high, companies can fall into common pitfalls when it comes to disaster recovery planning to mitigate the impact of service outages. GS Khalsa, senior technical marketing manager at VMware, said that he sees organizations making the same three mistakes over and over again..."

                              When Bad Things Happen To Good Clouds: Why You Need A Recovery Plan
                              devops.com, March 10th, 2017
                              "Amazon S3 storage service recently experienced a widespread five-hour outage in its East Coast availability zone. Many next-generation consumer and business applications rely on a cloud storage, so the S3 outage quickly cascaded and temporarily crippled organizations from Netflix to Slack.

                              Cloud outages like this are normal, and notable because they affect so many businesses. The last significant AWS outage was in August 2016. While Amazon S3 is architected for data durability, that doesn't equal fast recoverability during an outage. As good as cloud platforms are, they still leave a few gaps:..."

                              IT - PM
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                              A Pragmatic Approach To Master Data Management
                              Information Management, March 9th, 2017
                              "I have frequently experienced projects that ran into serious problems due to data issues - typically issues caused by differences between various source systems. The requirement is to be able to identify the same object in different systems. The problems could show up in various types of projects like Analytics/BI projects, Big Data projects, projects integrating new frontend systems, projects consolidating or replacing backend systems, etc.

                              In short all IT related projects..."

                              Are Your Useless Tools To Blame For Bad Project Management?
                              Business 2 Community, March 7th, 2017
                              "Is bad project management causing you to abandon important projects? Should you blame the tools you use, or does the issue go deeper?

                              A new report published by software comparison company GetApp reveals the dire state of project management in 2017.

                              GetApp's research indicates that companies offering project management software fall short as one-stop solutions, forcing companies to rely on several tools used in conjunction..."

                              IT - Networks
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                              12 Reasons Your Wi-Fi Speed Stinks And What You Can Do About It (Slideshow)
                              TechWorld, March 6th, 2017
                              "Slow Wi-Fi signal can leave even the calmest person ready to throw their router out the window. Here's why your Wi-Fi signal is slow, plus we explain how to speed up your internet connection and boost your Wi-Fi strength and connectivity.

                              Whether you're a small business, a startup relying on as home broadband connection or a company with bigger connectivity needs, read on to boost your Wi-Fi connection..."

                              Take A Look At Bluetooth 5 (Video)
                              FOSS Force, March 7th, 2017
                              "After being unveiled in London last June, Bluetooth 5 was officially released on December 7, with a lot of features for IoT devices...

                              Learn about the history of Bluetooth and the new features of the Bluetooth 5 spec in this video from The Linux Foundation uploaded on February 28.

                              Bluetooth 5 is 'twice the speed, four times the range and 800% data increase.' Sounds good to me," writes Phil Shapiro in FOSS Force.

                              IT - IoT
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                              Government Applications Of IoT
                              insideBIGDATA, March 10th, 2017
                              "The insideBIGDATA Guide to Data Analytics in Government provides an in-depth overview of the use of data analytics technology in the public sector. Focus is given to how data analytics is being used in the government setting with a number of high-profile use case examples, how the Internet-of-Things is taking a firm hold in helping government agencies collect and find insights in a broadening number of data sources, how government sponsored healthcare and life sciences are expanding, as well as how cybersecurity and data analytics are helping to secure government applications..."
                              IoT Development And Implementation: Managing Enterprise Security
                              SearchSecurity, March 9th, 2017
                              "The CSA's guidelines for secure IoT development can give enterprises an idea of how to evaluate IoT products. Expert Nick Lewis explains the steps enterprises should take...

                              Software and hardware companies often trade off security in favor of the other aspects of running their business. Internet-of-things developers are particularly susceptible to making these tradeoffs because of financial pressures to keep the cost of their products low. Each manufacturer makes these decisions for itself during IoT development, but enterprises and users are the ones affected by their insecure IoT devices. There is a long history of non traditional IT systems being insecure, and as IoT devices deployment grows, the more critical the problem becomes..."

                              Openfog Consortium Releases Landmark Reference Architecture For Fog Computing
                              insideBIGDATA, March 7th, 2017
                              "The OpenFog Consortium announces the release of the OpenFog Reference Architecture, a universal technical framework designed to enable the data-intensive requirements of the Internet of Things (IoT), 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) applications. The RA marks a significant first step toward creating the standards necessary to enable high-performance, interoperability and security in complex digital transactions..."
                              IT - Linux
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                              How Linux Conquered The Data Center
                              The VAR Guy, March 6th, 2017
                              "Brought to you by Data Center Knowledge

                              Some of the people who worked to create the original Linux operating system kernel remember this time with almost crystal clarity, as though a bright flashbulb indelibly etched its image on the canvasses of their minds.

                              It was the weekend before the 18th anniversary of the first moon landing: July 20, 1998. Red Hat was continuing to gather together names of new allies and prospective supporters for its enterprise Linux..."

                              Linux Distributions: Rolling Releases Vs Point Releases, Which Should You Choose?
                              ZDNet, March 6th, 2017
                              "A brief discussion and illustration of the pros and cons of Linux release models, using hardware device support and the current kernel version as examples...

                              My recent experiences with installing a number of different Linux distributions on a new ASUS notebook have provided an interesting illustration of the differences between 'rolling release' and 'point release' distributions. I would like to go into a bit more detail about that here..."

                              IT - Operations
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                              Six Sigma: The Smart Person's Guide
                              TechRepublic, March 6th, 2017
                              "Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to improving business processes that's often used by project managers. This Six Sigma guide covers its benefits, uses, methodologies, belt levels, and more...

                              Companies should always be looking for ways to create a more sustainable competitive advantage through mechanisms like process improvements. While the concept of process improvements may seem like a buzz phrase, it's a necessary endeavor for companies that want to remain viable..."

                                Why Automation is Necessary in IT
                                NetworkComputing, March 6th, 2017
                                "By automating routine tasks, IT engineers can help businesses compete more effectively...

                                You probably have heard the phrase, 'Today, every company is an IT company.' Yet, it is not uncommon for the expectations of an IT department to grow while the budget remains the same or even decreases. Executive decisions are not the only cause; customers expect businesses to adapt rapidly and bring new products or features to market at a remarkable pace. Even if your company is not a pure technology company, technology plays a key role in getting new products to market..."

                                  IT - Security
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                                  4 Strategies To Root Out Your Security Risks
                                  InfoWorld, March 7th, 2017
                                  "To defend yourself, you must first understand the security flaws that let bad guys exploit your environment..

                                  You'll never reduce your security risk if you can't identify and mitigate the root causes of those vulnerabilities. It isn't enough to have a list of malware programs that your antimalware has detected. You need to to determine how viruses and hackers have penetrated your environment in the past.

                                  In the vast majority of organizations, two root causes are responsible for successful exploits: unpatched software and social engineering. All other root causes generally account for less than a few percentage points of the risk. The key to reducing computer security risk is that every organization needs to determine its own, most prevalent root causes..."

                                  7 Tips To Strengthen Online Security
                                  CSO Online, March 7th, 2017
                                  "Users will be enlightened by these ideas to close out the bad guys...

                                  A lightbulb. We can connect a lightbulb in our house to the internet in case we need to turn the lights on or off while we're away - or if we're too lazy to walk to the light switch. The more lightbulbs, devices, apps and online services we use and connect with on a daily basis, the more we expose ourselves to security risks. This is the nature of how our digital lives have evolved and it requires more active participation as individuals to protect ourselves and minimize exposure..."

                                  After The WikiLeaks Dump: Do Nothing
                                  Network World, March 9th, 2017
                                  "If someone wants to crack your system, they will find a way. The best you can do is continue with your security best practices...

                                  You heard it here first. Don't do a damn thing in response to the WikiLeaks dump that you're not already doing. Don't sit still, be vigilant, keep your eye on the targets. Because this isn't news.

                                  What? Not news?!?

                                  No. Between the three-letter agencies, if they want you, they have you. They'll find a way. It's a matter of time. But they're largely ahead of the ne'er-do-wells. You should expect this..."

                                  Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Holding Steady
                                  NetworkWorld, March 7th, 2017
                                  "Nearly half of all organizations report a 'problematic shortage' of cybersecurity skills

                                  The cybersecurity skills shortage is nothing new - I've been writing about it for years, as have other analysts and researchers. I've also done countless presentations on this topic. Here's a video where I'm interviewed on the cybersecurity skills shortage at the RSA Conference a few years ago. I also presented on this topic at the RSA Conference that same year..."

                                    Digital Transformation, Innovation And Security
                                    CIO Insight, March 10th, 2017
                                    "Digital transformation and innovation are forcing changes to organizations' cyber-security strategies, according to new research. Respondents to the survey also indicated that financial and customer information, brand reputation, intellectual property and employee information are critical assets they must protect against breaches. The report, 'Enterprises Rethink Security in the Age of Digital Transformation,' was conducted by BMC and Forbes Insights..."
                                    How To Become A Master Cyber-Sleuth
                                    TechRepublic, March 6th, 2017
                                    "Digital Guardian's cybersecurity chief explains how to spot intrusions and password dumping programs, locate dropper software, and block secret backdoors in your company's network...

                                    "Threat actors do everything in their power to blend in and attempt to become a ghost in your network," said Tim Bandos, Director of Cybersecurity for Digital Guardian. "So it is the job of the security professional to be the ghostbuster!"

                                    The Security Threat Of Quantum Computing Is Real, And It's Coming Fast
                                    Help Net Security, March 9th, 2017
                                    "The threat quantum computers pose on encryption is weighing on the minds of some of the world's most technologically advanced nations: In 2016 alone, the EU announced a $1.13B investment in the discipline, the UK pledged nearly $300M, Australia put in $25M and Canada devoted $50M. Why? These world powers acknowledge the swift progress being made towards quantum computing that threatens traditional encryption. They're right to be investing now: Once that technology exists, everything stops..."
                                    These Are The Most Hack-Able Passwords Out There -- Is Yours One Of Them?
                                    Forbes, March 8th, 2017
                                    "The threat quantum computers pose on encryption is weighing on the minds of some of the world's most technologically advanced nations: In 2016 alone, the EU announced a $1.13B investment in the discipline, the UK pledged nearly $300M, Australia put in $25M and Canada devoted $50M. Why? These world powers acknowledge the swift progress being made towards quantum computing that threatens traditional encryption. They're right to be investing now: Once that technology exists, everything stops..."
                                    IT - Careers
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                                    Five Common Habits That Can Kill Your Career
                                    Fast Company, March 6th, 2017
                                    "Chances are you are doing one or more of these things. Here's how to notice them and change them...

                                    It's easy to identify other people's bad habits. Maybe your coworker always rushes at the last minute to complete their part of the project, your boss shoots down ideas without even listening, and your partner is horribly disorganized. Recognizing these traits in ourselves, however, isn't quite as easy..."

                                      6 Tech Trends That Are Transforming Careers
                                      Business 2 Community, March 7th, 2017
                                      "It was only a few short years ago when consumers viewed technology as a way to supplement their everyday lives, including their careers. Fast forward to the present day, and many of these same individuals can't even imagine a life without their smartphone, high-speed internet and Wi-Fi connectivity. While it was once considered a bonus that was reserved for those who could afford and understand it, our current lifestyles revolve around technology more than ever before.

                                      But the widespread integration of technology isn't limited to our personal lives. Many professionals are beginning to realize the benefit of today's smart devices, software applications and online communications..."

                                      Lifelong Learning Is No Longer Optional
                                      ComputerWorld, March 7th, 2017
                                      "Organizations need to encourage employees to continue acquiring new skills throughout their careers...

                                      Years ago, a college degree virtually guaranteed the holder a good job and a good income. Times have changed. As the velocity of business and technology change continues to accelerate, the value of a college degree has shifted. Today, a college degree only helps new graduates enter the workforce; it is no longer sufficient for long-term career success. Soon, individuals will need to embrace lifelong learning to remain relevant in virtually every field..."

                                        Why Your Leadership Skills Won't Get You Hired (but These Four Other Things Might)
                                        Fast Company, March 6th, 2017
                                        "In one recent study, MBA students put leadership at the top of their list of marketable job skills. Recruiters put it at the bottom.

                                        As a partner at a consulting firm as well as a professor in the University of Texas's MBA program, I not only team up with some of the brightest young business minds in the country, but hire them, too. And in the process, I've come to suspect that their expectations don't always match recruiters' needs..."

                                          IT - Social Media
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                                          Honeypot Catches Social Engineering Scams On Social Media
                                          CSO Online, March 7th, 2017
                                          "Research company investigates 40,000 fake accounts to find impersonator tactics...

                                          Say you just got laid off from your job. Bills are piling up and the pressure to get a new job quickly is building. Your desperation has you taking chances you wouldn't normally take, such as clicking on a link to a job offer - even if something about it doesn't quite look right.

                                          Research firm ZeroFOX has found that unless a company has a verified recruiting account, it can be difficult for an applicant to decipher a legitimate account from an impersonator..."

                                            IT - Virtualization
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                                            How Virtualization Is Accelerating Digital Transformation
                                            The VAR Guy, March 6th, 2017
                                            "The drive for digital transformation has transformed how IT, the development team and business managers work together. Or, put another way, digital transformation has paved the way for IT, the dev team and business to work together. There's really no other choice, as a balance among business goals, automation, security, business continuity and an agile, software-defined infrastructure is key to getting - and staying - ahead of the competition..."
                                            Virtualbox 5.1.16 Released With Initial Linux Kernel 4.11 Support, Bug Fixes
                                            softpedia, March 9th, 2017
                                            "VirtualBox 5.1.16 is now the most advanced version of the application, and it comes approximately seven weeks after the VirtualBox 5.1.14 maintenance update. The most important change implemented for Linux users is initial support for the upcoming Linux 4.11 kernel, whose development just started a few days ago with the first Release Candidate.

                                            'Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 16. This release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1,' said Simon Coter, Product Management Director, Oracle VM & VirtualBox at Oracle, in the release announcement..."

                                            IT - Email
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                                            Why Email Is Safer In Office 365 Than On Your Exchange Server
                                            CIO, March 7th, 2017
                                            "Beyond blocking spam and virus-laden messages, cloud services can determine whether links are safe to visit and whether you're protecting the right information.

                                            Running your own email servers doesn't do anything to differentiate your business from the competition (except in a bad way, if you get hacked). But avoiding the effort of managing and monitoring your own mail server isn't the only advantage of a cloud service. The scale of a cloud mail provider like Office 365 means that malware and phishing attacks are easier to spot - and the protections extend beyond your inbox..."

                                            IT - Backup
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                                            Hard Drive Nosedive Exposes Backup Breakdown
                                            InfoWorld, March 8th, 2017
                                            "It should've been a simple hard drive swap. Instead, IT must dive into the server's core for a solution...

                                            Call it trial by fire or an IT nightmare or what have you. But after a recent experience, I once again became obsessed with keeping backups current.

                                            We have a server that is notorious for flashing an amber light to warn of potential hard drive issues. Typically, when one light here and there starts flashing, we put in the call for a replacement drive, hot-swap the drives, and go our merry way. But one experience was much different..."

                                              IT - Mobile
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                                              It's All Greek To Me! 5 Foreign Language Learning Apps
                                              ComputerWorld, March 6th, 2017
                                              "Traveling for business or pleasure? These mobile apps can have you speaking like a native in no time...

                                              It's a small world -- and getting smaller every day. Becoming fluent in a foreign language can be the catalyst that puts your career on the fast track in this global economy.

                                              That said, it's not always easy to find the time, or the right app, to jumpstart your effort.

                                              These five language learning apps try to make it easy -- and fun -- to get started. All have a selection of languages to choose from, but their approaches to teaching languages differ widely..."

                                              IT - Big Data
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                                              Are You Brave Enough To Change Your Data Habits?
                                              Business 2 Community, March 9th, 2017
                                              "Do you often go with gut feeling rather than data and insights? Is your data stored in separate databases, in different formats with different values? We all have bad habits and some are a little hard to kick. However, if there is one you must break, it is surely to make your bad data habits a thing of the past ...

                                              Breaking bad data habits isn't easy. Often there is internal resistance to making data-driven changes, especially with 'the way things have always been done' attitude many businesses still embrace. However, ignoring the elephant in the room can be costly..."

                                                Big Data Transforming The Online World
                                                Information Age, March 10th, 2017
                                                "A new Qubole report has revealed big data initiatives are at risk due to high demand, false confidence and immature processes...

                                                Qubole, the big data-as-a-service company, today announced the results of its report - a survey of IT and data professionals on the progress of their big data initiatives..."

                                                Recharge Your Knowledge Of The Modern Data Warehouse
                                                CIO, March 6th, 2017
                                                "Data warehousing is evolving from centralized repositories to logical data warehouses leveraging data virtualization and distributed processing. Make sure you're not using old terminology to explain new initiatives...

                                                Are you comfortable with source systems feeding ETL processes into operational data stores or master reference data through an enterprise service bus with the product, supply chain and business operational reports dumped into a presentation layer with soft analytics, dashboards, alerts and scorecards? That was yesterday.

                                                Don't get caught, explaining your new data warehouse initiative with old terminology..."

                                                Top10
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                                                Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                Vol 229 Issue 1; Vol 228 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 227 Issue 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:

                                                • Thomas Kurian's Keynote at Oracle CloudWorld NYC 2017 (Video)
                                                • New Oracle VM Server for SPARC Training
                                                • Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is Now Available ... and so is our New VirtualBox Appliance!
                                                • Optimistic Incremental Backup
                                                • Friday Spotlight: Upcoming Oracle Linux and Virtualization Events
                                                • Want the Flexibility of a Cloud Database In Your Own Data Center?"]
                                                • Oracle Expands Oracle Cloud at Customer Portfolio to Database Workloads with Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine
                                                • MySQL Enterprise Backup: improved logging messages
                                                • Help Wanted: How Miami's Jackson Health System Managed A Staffing Crisis
                                                • Oracle and Pluralsight Bring New Cloud Learning and Enablement Resources to Developers

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

                                                  IT - Server
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                                                  If The Answer Is NVMe, What Were And Are The Questions?
                                                  The Data Center Journal, March 9th, 2017
                                                  "If NVMe is the answer, then what were and are the various questions that should be asked?

                                                  Some of the common questions include what is the difference between NVM and NVMe?

                                                  Is NVMe only for servers, does NVMe require fabrics and what benefit is NVMe beyond more IOPs.

                                                  Let's take a look at some of these common NVMe conversations and other questions..."

                                                    IT - Java
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                                                    Top 5 Machine Learning Libraries For Java
                                                    jaxenter, March 6th, 2017
                                                    "Companies are scrambling to find enough programmers capable of coding for ML and deep learning. Are you ready? Here are five of our top picks for machine learning libraries for Java.

                                                    The long AI winter is over. Instead of being a punchline, machine learning is one of the hottest skills in tech right now. Companies are scrambling to find enough programmers capable of coding for ML and deep learning. While no one programming language has won the dominant position, here are five of our top picks for ML libraries for Java..."

                                                    IT - Developer
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                                                    Serverless Computing: Freedom For Devs At Last
                                                    InfoWorld, March 6th, 2017
                                                    "Strip away your infrastructure headaches with our clear-eyed guide to serverless and the public cloud and on-premises options fueling its possibilities...

                                                    Serverless computing provides a great opportunity for developers seeking relief from the burden of infrastructure. By abstracting away everything but a block of code, the serverless model makes it faster for developers to iterate and deploy new code, enabling smaller teams with smaller budgets to do things that only big companies could do before. Or, as Mat Ellis, founder and CEO of Cloudability, recently said in a CloudCast episode, 'Serverless attempts to industrialize developer impact'..."

                                                    We Must Make The 'Right Choices' When Designing Algorithms
                                                    ZDnet, March 6th, 2017
                                                    "The founder of O'Reilly Media is calling for a more human approach to technology. It's a start, but can we really break the Silicon Valley prism?..."

                                                    "I believe that we can make a better future if we choose it, and in order to choose it we have to understand two things," Tim O'Reilly told ZDNet last Tuesday.

                                                    "We have to understand that there's a problem with what we're doing today, and we have to realize that there is another path."

                                                      Nexenta News
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                                                      Leading Open Source-Driven Software-Defined Storage Company Recognized on CRN's Data Center 100 List
                                                      Nexenta, February 27th, 2017
                                                      Nexenta announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Nexenta to its 2017 Data Center 100 list. This annual list recognizes technology suppliers that excel at powering, supporting and protecting the complex and demanding data centers on which today's businesses rely.

                                                      CRN editors select companies for the Data Center 100 list on the basis of multiple criteria, including each company's overall impact on the market, its influence on the channel as a whole, and the types of technology and services it makes available to its partners.

                                                      In addition to recognizing technology suppliers for outstanding products and services, the Data Center 100 serves as a valuable guide for solution providers looking for best-in-class vendors providing data center infrastructure, data center management tools, software-defined data center technology and data center services.

                                                      With over 1,500 petabytes under management, Nexenta was selected for its enterprise class scale-up and scale-out storage solutions that are flexible, scalable and cost-effective. Nexenta's storage software delivers unified file, block and object storage for all-flash, hybrid and all-disk configurations. Because Nexenta is software-only, customers have the freedom to choose from easy to deploy pre-configured appliances or select customizable certified reference architectures that fit specific use cases. Overall, Nexenta SDS enables organizations to simplify their storage management at a lower TCO.

                                                      Cisco News
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                                                      Cisco HyperFlex Delivers Three Times the Performance of First-Generation Industry Solutions
                                                      Cisco, March 7th, 2017
                                                      Cisco announced new capabilities for its HyperFlex Systems portfolio and revealed validated test results that demonstrate unmatched application performance for its hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI). Cisco's approach integrates the Cisco HX Data Platform, a distributed file system built specifically for HCI clusters, with low-latency UCS fabric and deep network policy engineering to deliver IO consistency and breakthrough performance. HyperFlex is a completely engineered solution with integrated network, compute and storage that provides operational simplicity, a better user experience, and more efficient scaling options...
                                                      Cisco and IBM Speed Client Transformation to the Cloud with Expanded VersaStack Offerings
                                                      Cisco, March 6th, 2017
                                                      Cisco and IBM announced new solutions for VersaStack, converged infrastructure jointly developed by the two companies. VersaStack helps organizations reduce complexity and automate processes to accelerate the delivery of applications. The additional technologies incorporated in the announcement today extend VersaStack to include hybrid cloud capabilities and also take advantage of the latest software defined storage technologies to address cloud-scale applications.
                                                      Microsoft News
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                                                      Fusionist Asta Roseway's bold vision for the future of design, tech - and just about everything else
                                                      Microsoft, March 7th, 2017
                                                      FoodFutures, an exhibition addressing food production needs in the year 2050, melds the seemingly strange bedfellows of urban farming, machine learning, research engineering and design.

                                                      Its self-sustaining hydroponic and aquaponic farm modules use computer vision analysis to maximize efficient yield and crop health. The retro-futurist aesthetics nod to 2050 while remaining approachable and inspiring discussion about the challenges of feeding a world facing increasing climate change and urbanization.

                                                      "The project proves how a vision, guided by design, can bridge various technical and scientific disciplines to create solutions and showcase urgent issues like food security," said Asta Roseway, principal research designer at Microsoft Research and co-founder of FoodFutures. "And the art infused throughout the project is what connects the technology back to the humanities in meaningful ways."

                                                      IBM News
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                                                      IBM Breaks Industry Record for Conversational Speech Recognition by Extending Deep Learning Technologies
                                                      IBM, March 8th, 2017
                                                      IBM announced that it broke the industry record for speech recognition, creating a technology that recognizes spoken words ever closer to human parity.

                                                      Last year, IBM announced a major improvement in conversational speech recognition: a system that achieved a 6.9 percent word error rate. Since then, IBM Researchers have continued to push the boundaries of accuracy rates, achieving this historic milestone and setting an industry record of 5.5 percent, a 20% improvement from the rate than was reported six months prior.

                                                      "These speech developments build on decades of research, and achieving speech recognition comparable to that of humans is a complex task. At IBM, we are dedicated to creating the technology that will one day match the complexity of how the human ear, voice and brain interact," said Michael Karasick, IBM Vice President, Cognitive Computing.

                                                      Major French Bank Now Supporting Humanitarian Research Through IBM's World Community Grid
                                                      IBM, March 9th, 2017
                                                      SILCA, the information technology and services arm for Credit Agricole Group, has formally signed on to donate its surplus computer processing power to IBM's World Community Grid in support of humanitarian research.

                                                      In just its first month of participation, after installing the World Community Grid app on 1,100 employee workstations, it contributed the equivalent of three years of computing time to scientific research.

                                                      World Community Grid is an IBM-funded and managed program that advances scientific research by harnessing computing power "donated" by volunteers around the globe. This resource is the equivalent of a virtual supercomputer that helps enable scientists to more quickly conduct millions of virtual experiments. These experiments aim to pinpoint promising drug candidates for further study.

                                                      IBM Researchers Store Data on World's Smallest Magnet -- a Single Atom
                                                      IBM, March 8th, 2017
                                                      Scientists use IBM-invented, Nobel prize-winning microscope to demonstrate technology that could in the future store all songs on iTunes library on the area of a credit card

                                                      IBM announced it has created the world's smallest magnet using a single atom - and stored one bit of data on it. Currently, hard disk drives use about 100,000 atoms to store a single bit. The ability to read and write one bit on one atom creates new possibilities for developing significantly smaller and denser storage devices, that could someday, for example, enable storing the entire iTunes library of 35 million songs on a device the size of a credit card.

                                                      IBM Brings More Self Service Options to Data Professionals
                                                      IBM, March 10th, 2017
                                                      Businesses can now make faster decisions with greater control of predictive analytics assets.

                                                      IBM announced it is providing businesses with more self-service analytics options that allow for advanced statistical capabilities for faster decision making. IBM SPSS Statistics Subscription gives businesses the power of SPSS Statistics' predictive analytics capabilities with a flexible subscription payment option, including an easier buying, managing and licensing experience.

                                                      With the introduction of SPSS Statistics Subscription (SPSS Statistics), organizations, groups and individual users are now able to leverage predictive analytics capabilities to deliver the maximum amount of value to the end user. The simplicity of SPSS Statistics resonates throughout the customer experience - making it easier for everything from downloading software, to managing licensing, to updating your software. Additional features of SPSS Statistics Subscription include:...

                                                      IBM Data Shows Enterprise Video Quickly Shifting to Mobile Devices
                                                      IBM, March 9th, 2017
                                                      IBM data indicates that companies across all industries are increasingly following the lead of media and entertainment with enterprise video last year showing a dramatic increase in mobile viewership, video resolution and global reach.

                                                      Data pooled from IBM Cloud Video's enterprise service from billions of views over the past two years illustrates the fast-changing landscape of streaming video within the enterprise. The data tracked videos streamed by organizations for internal and external communications, taking advantage of cloud technologies to produce and deliver content directly to audiences worldwide...

                                                      Munich Leukemia Laboratory Selects IBM Watson and Illumina for Research Collaboration to Advance Diagnostics and Develop Personalized Treatment Tools for Leukemia & Lymphoma
                                                      IBM, March 8th, 2017
                                                      Watson Takes on Hematology Research in First Collaboration in Germany; Effort Marks Illumina's First European Adopter of NovaSeq

                                                      Munich Leukemia Laboratory (MLL), a state-of-the-art leukemia and lymphoma diagnostic and research laboratory based in Munich, has teamed up with IBM and Illumina, Inc. to help build a new cognitive technology prototype that aims to help researchers improve leukemia treatment.

                                                      The prevalence of leukemia is on the rise in Europe, with 15,000 new diagnoses each year in Germany alone. MLL will use NovaSeq technology from Illumina, the global leader in next-generation sequencing technology, to sequence samples from its biobank of more than 500,000 cases. MLL researchers then plan to use Watson to help analyze the genomic data alongside other data sources. The project intends to include innovative testing processes such as automated phenotyping and genotyping including whole genome sequencing (WGS) and transcriptome sequencing (RNASeq) in 5,000 cases.

                                                      IBM and Salesforce Announce Landmark Global Strategic Partnership
                                                      IBM, March 6th, 2017
                                                      IBM and Salesforce announced a global strategic partnership to deliver joint solutions designed to leverage artificial intelligence and enable companies to make smarter decisions, faster than ever before. With the partnership, IBM Watson, the leading AI platform for business, and Salesforce Einstein, AI that powers the world's #1 CRM, will seamlessly connect to enable an entirely new level of intelligent customer engagement across sales, service, marketing, commerce and more. IBM is also strategically investing in its Global Business Services capabilities for Salesforce with a new practice to help clients rapidly deploy the combined IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein capabilities.
                                                      IBM Cloud Launches DevOps Service to Improve App Quality and Functionality
                                                      IBM, March 9th, 2017
                                                      Now in beta, IBM Cloud DevOps Insights automates the quality of code to help achieve a consistent, high-quality user experience

                                                      IBM announced new DevOps tools on Bluemix, IBM's developer platform, which allow companies and development teams to continuously and automatically ensure the quality of the code in their apps. This ability to better control code quality at all times helps businesses to reduce unpredicted app downtime and increase functionality, while simultaneously helping developers to iterate on and deploy new features quickly and confidently.

                                                      IBM Cloud DevOps Insights allows developer teams to set policies around changes and updates made to specific apps and to block the deployment of changes that do not meet these requirements. By doing so, teams can keep risky updates and code, which may not have been properly vetted or tested, from disrupting an app's performance and usability.

                                                      IBM Wins Prestigious Climate Leadership Award
                                                      IBM, March 9th, 2017
                                                      IBM has been awarded a 2017 Climate Leadership Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and The Climate Registry.

                                                      IBM is the first company to win the award in the Organizational Leadership category twice, and the fifth time IBM has won a Climate Leadership Award in the Award's six-year history.

                                                      IBM has been one of industry's earliest and most unambiguous leaders on climate change, demonstrated by its business initiatives, voluntary goals, results and disclosures.

                                                      "As IBM stated a decade ago, climate change is one of the most critical global environmental challenges facing the planet, and that is even more true today," said Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety. "The company will remain committed to environmental sustainability. It's good business and the right thing to do for humanity."

                                                      IBM QRadar Named as a Leader in Security Analytics Platforms by Independent Research Firm
                                                      IBM, March 9th, 2017
                                                      IBM Security announced IBM QRadar, the company's security intelligence platform, has been named a 'Leader' and received the highest scores in the three categories - current offering, strategy, and market presence - of all evaluated solutions in the March 2017 report, 'The Forrester Wave: Security Analytics Platforms, Q1 2017,' by Forrester Research, Inc.

                                                      For this report, Forrester evaluates companies based on a number of criteria, including deployment options, detection capabilities, risk prioritization, log management, threat intelligence, dashboards and reporting, security automation, end user experience, and customer satisfaction...

                                                      DSK Bank Turns to IBM Cloud to Improve Banking Experience for Customers
                                                      IBM, March 10th, 2017
                                                      DSK Bank Chooses IBM Cloud for Core Banking Systems, Expects up to 20% of Annual Recurring Savings

                                                      IBM and DSK Bank announced that they have completed the migration of DSK's banking operations to IBM's datacenters as part of a long-term IT services agreement to manage the IBM Cloud infrastructure that supports bank's operations in Bulgaria.

                                                      DSK has selected private cloud capabilities to transform its core banking platform and develop new services for its more than three-million individual and business clients. This is the latest example how cloud and traditional IT are converging in the enterprise and how financial institutions enable innovation by consuming IT in an 'as-a-service' model.

                                                      IBMers Showcase Paths to Success in 'New Collar' Careers
                                                      IBM, March 9th, 2017
                                                      Since pledging to hire 25,000 American workers by 2020, IBM, the country's largest technology employer, has been elevating stories of employees who have achieved success in 'new collar' jobs. These positions, in some of the technology industry's fastest growing fields, do not always require a four-year college degree, but rather the right mix of in-demand skills needed to get the job done.

                                                      "IBM is making the IT industry more inclusive. With our emphasis on new collar jobs, we are focused on hiring for capability, not just credentials," stated Sam Ladah, Vice President for Talent at IBM. "In fact, over the past few years, 10 to 15 percent of our U.S. hires did not have a traditional 4 year degree. An even larger percentage of our U.S. job openings do not necessarily require a four-year degree."

                                                      Red Hat News
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                                                      Friday Five - March 10, 2017
                                                      Red Hat, March 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.

                                                      • ZDNet - Digital transformation: Retooling business for a new age
                                                      • SiliconANGLE - Q&A: Application containers finally take off as barriers crumble
                                                      • Red Hat Blog - Red Hat and in-memory data management: enabling insights on perishable business opportunities
                                                      • Aviva Asia modernizes its business with Red Hat JBoss Middleware
                                                      • Datamation - 13 Companies Leading the Way with Containers

                                                      Read on for details...

                                                      University of Salzburg Creates Self-Service Portal for IT Services Using Red Hat Solutions
                                                      Red Hat, March 7th, 2017
                                                      University deploys Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization, Red Hat CloudForms and Red Hat Satellite via Red Hat Infrastructure Academic Site Subscription to modernize its IT infrastructure and improve IT service delivery

                                                      Red Hat announced that the Paris Lodron University of Salzburg has chosen Red Hat technologies to modernize its IT infrastructure and launch a self-service IT portal built on a centralized Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. Replacing proprietary technologies with standardized open source solutions means that university faculty and staff can now acquire IT resources in a flexible, scalable manner from a service catalog...

                                                      Level3 News
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                                                      Level 3 Celebrates Women In Technology For International Women's Day
                                                      Level(3), March 8th, 2017
                                                      In recognition of International Women's Day, a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, global communications provider Level 3 Communications, Inc. is honoring the many achievements and contributions of its leading women in technology. From business and cultural thought leaders to cybersecurity experts who are positively influencing the role of technology in our lives, Level 3 salutes the women in tech who are driving their professions forward and helping to pave the way for those who follow.
                                                        HP News
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                                                        HPE to Acquire Nimble Storage to Strengthen Leadership in Hybrid IT
                                                        HPE, March 7th, 2017
                                                        Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Nimble Storage, the San Jose, Calif.-based provider of predictive all-flash and hybrid-flash storage solutions. HPE will pay $12.50 per share in cash, representing a net cash purchase price at closing of $1.0 billion. In addition to the purchase price, HPE will assume or pay out Nimble's unvested equity awards, with a value of approximately $200 million at closing.

                                                        Flash storage is a fast-growing market and an increasingly important element of today's hybrid IT environment. The overall flash market was estimated to be approximately $15 billion in 2016 and is expected to be nearly $20 billion by 2020, with the all-flash segment growing at a nearly 17 percent compound annual growth rate.

                                                        Comcast News
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                                                        Comcast Business Announces $20 Million Investment to Expand High-Performance Ethernet Network in Pittsburgh
                                                        Comcast Business, March 6th, 2017
                                                        Comcast Business announced it is investing $20 million in a major expansion of its fiber-based network in downtown Pittsburgh, reaching more than 425 additional businesses directly and benefiting hundreds more by making the network more accessible. Capable of delivering up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of network capacity, the fiber optic Ethernet network expansion will support advanced services and give Comcast the ability to give new customers, ranging from small and medium-sized organizations to large enterprises, quick access to its network.
                                                        Hitachi News
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                                                        ThinkOn, Spinmaster and Accident Exchange Trust Hitachi Content Platform for Their Most Critical Data
                                                        Hitachi, March 7th, 2017
                                                        HCP Reaches $1B in Revenue and Fuels Customers' Digital Transformations Across a Wide Range of Use Cases and Industries

                                                        Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), announced that the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) portfolio has generated $1 billion in revenue for HDS. The portfolio is seeing a significant increase in new customers, evolving use cases and industry recognition. In fact, customers such as ThinkOn, Spinmaster and Accident Exchange entrust the Hitachi Content Platform portfolio with their most critical data because of HCP's robust data governance, compliance and intelligent management capabilities.

                                                        F5 News
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                                                        Turns out SDN is Not Dead Yet
                                                        F5, March 9th, 2017
                                                        SDN, which started out with a roar, was last seen whimpering by the side of the technology highway watching containers and DevOps speed by on their way to an invite-only party in the enterprise without so much as glancing back at the recent darling du jour of the technology world.

                                                        At least that's the way it appeared a mere year ago.

                                                        The situation today appears to be somewhat more promising. While SDN may waning in terms of strategic importance (garnering only 34% who think so in our latest State of Application Delivery survey) it did gain traction in production deployments, which grew from 3% in 2016 to 8% in 2017.

                                                        Netapp News
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                                                        NetApp Names Anthony Lye to Lead Cloud Business Unit
                                                        NetApp, March 8th, 2017
                                                        Cloud Champion to Accelerate Company's Hyperscaler and Hybrid Cloud Progress

                                                        NetApp announced the appointment of Anthony Lye as senior vice president, Cloud Business Unit.

                                                        Cloud computing represents a significant opportunity for NetApp as enterprises embrace private, hybrid and hyperscale delivery options to improve agility, insight and innovation. Lye, who reports to NetApp CEO George Kurian, drives the strategy and execution necessary to create a profitable cloud business for NetApp and establish the company as the undisputed leader in managing data in a cloud-integrated world.

                                                        Aerohive Networks News
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                                                        What Does Secure Wi-Fi Look Like In 2017?
                                                        Aerohive, March 7th, 2017
                                                        "This series of posts is dedicated to helping network managers plan a WLAN deployment by answering commonly asked questions about wireless networks. Today we cover the topic of security....

                                                        Ah, the never ending fun of keeping your network secure, while maintaining the balance of usability to avoid making network access unnecessarily complex for your legitimate users. With a range of devices to support, IT departments are looking for a simple way to on-board and secure both staff-owned and personal devices, including BYOD, guest, and peripherals. However simple and secure are not two words that are typically associated...

                                                        Centrify News
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                                                        More Thoughts on Vendor Consolidation in the Security Market
                                                        Centrify, March 7th, 2017
                                                        Tom Kemp blogs, "In my last blog post, I discussed a new major trend in the security market, which is that security buyers are increasingly looking to consolidate vendors and want more of a platform approach to security versus stitching together point solutions. Besides hearing this directly from customers over the last few months, I documented in the blog how two different analysts, who were both doing comprehensive security customer surveys, both independently found that around '70% of enterprise security buyers are consolidating vendors.' In this blog post I want to further elaborate on this trend and share some additional data points that I encountered just in the last week..."
                                                        Citrix News
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                                                        Real Time Cyber Threat Detection and Remediation
                                                        Citrix, March 6th, 2017
                                                        Chris Matthieu blogs, "The cyber threat landscape is changing rapidly. In addition to basic IT/InfoSec blocking and tackling of weak passwords, elevated service account permissions, and the human vector, we now have to deal with ransomware and Mirai-like botnet attacks. System logs were once good enough. The speed at which these threats are occurring has shifted from days or weeks to seconds or minutes. Here's a snapshot of the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR):.."
                                                          Commvault News
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                                                          Commvault Partners With Pure Storage To Give Customers Power, Performance And Efficiency For The Flash Data Center With Cisco UCS
                                                          Commvault, March 8th, 2017
                                                          Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, announced the integration of its Commvault Data Platform and IntelliSnap technology for FlashStack, a flexible, converged infrastructure solution offered jointly by Cisco and Pure Storage, which combines the latest in compute, network and storage hardware into a single, integrated architecture. By providing the data protection layer for FlashStack with IntelliSnap integration, Commvault is working with Pure Storage and Cisco to address the ongoing shift from the traditional silo approach of separate servers, storage, and networking equipment to a pre-designed, pre-engineered, tested and optimized solution that provides organizations a high performance, scalable infrastructure for deploying mission-critical workloads.
                                                          Commvault's Ralph Nimergood Named A CRN Channel Chief For The Third Year In A Row
                                                          Commvault, March 7th, 2017
                                                          Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Ralph Nimergood, vice president, worldwide channels and alliances, to its exclusive 2017 list of the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs. This marks the third year in a row that Nimergood has been recognized as a CRN Channel Chief, and the second consecutive year that Nimergood has been recognized as one of CRN's 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs.

                                                          The executives on the 50 Most Influential Channel Chiefs list are part of an elite group drawn from the larger pool of Channel Chief honorees each year and represent the cream of the IT channel crop - leaders who drive the channel agenda and evangelize the importance of channel partnerships. This distinguished group is recognized for outstanding achievement in driving growth and revenue in their organizations, as well as extraordinary leadership in the channel as a whole.

                                                            Juniper News
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                                                            Juniper Networks Wins Vodafone's 2016 Supplier of the Year
                                                            Juniper Networks, March 9th, 2017
                                                            Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced that it received the award for 'Supplier of the Year' from Vodafone Group, one of the world's largest telecommunications companies, during the company's 2016 annual Vodafone Supplier Awards ceremony.

                                                            The Vodafone Supplier Awards recognize companies that have performed outstandingly in supporting Vodafone Group's continuous drive for operating efficiency and delivery of greater benefits to its customers. Juniper Networks was acknowledged for its outstanding performance in supporting Vodafone's delivery of excellent customer experience. When presenting this year's award, Vodafone highlighted Juniper's commitment to delivering value and quality through its technology innovations.

                                                            Mellanox News
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                                                            Mellanox to Showcase Cloud Infrastructure Efficiency with Production-Ready SONiC over Spectrum Open Ethernet Switches
                                                            Mellanox, March 8th, 2017
                                                            Mellanox to Showcase Cloud Infrastructure Efficiency with Production-Ready SONiC over Spectrum Open Ethernet Switches

                                                            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 will work with Microsoft to showcase the Open Networking solution with its flagship Open Compute Project (OCP) compatible Spectrum Ethernet Switches running production-ready networking operating system based on Microsoft's Software for Open Networking in the Cloud (SONiC) at 10, 25, 40, 50 and 100Gb/s speed. This combined solution demonstrates continued momentum behind the Open Ethernet initiative, as highlighted by interoperability, high availability, operational simplicity, and end-to-end efficient data movement based on Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) over Converged Ethernet (RoCE).

                                                            Mellanox Enables Industry's First PCIe Gen-4 OpenPOWER-Based Rackspace OCP Server with 100Gb/s Connectivity
                                                            Mellanox, March 7th, 2017
                                                            Mellanox Enables Industry's First PCIe Gen-4 OpenPOWER-Based Rackspace OCP Server with 100Gb/s Connectivity

                                                            Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. announced that Mellanox ConnectX-5 Open Compute Project (OCP) Ethernet adapter will enable the world's first PCIe Gen-4 OpenPOWER/OCP-based Zaius, the open server platform from Google and Rackspace. Mellanox will showcase ConnectX-5, the industry's first PCIe Gen-4 based 100Gb/s OCP Ethernet adapter at the OCP Summit, 2017.

                                                            The exponential growth of data demands not only the fastest throughput but also smarter networks. Mellanox intelligent interconnect solutions incorporate advanced acceleration engines that perform sophisticated processing algorithms on the data as it moves through the network. Intelligent network solutions greatly improve the performance and total infrastructure efficiency of data intensive applications in the cloud such as cognitive computing, machine learning and Internet of Things (IoT). Mellanox's ConnectX-5 supports both InfiniBand and Ethernet, and is the most advanced 10/25/50/100Gb/s intelligent adapter on the market today. Additionally, as the first adapter to support PCIe Express Gen 4.0, ConnectX-5 delivers full 200Gb/s data throughput to servers and storage platforms.

                                                            Mellanox Announces Industry-Leading OCP-Based ConnectX-5 Adapters for Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Processor-Based Platforms
                                                            Mellanox, March 7th, 2017
                                                            Mellanox Announces Industry-Leading OCP-Based ConnectX-5 Adapters for Qualcomm Centriq 2400 Processor-Based Platforms

                                                            Mellanon Technologies, Ltd. announced availability of industry leading OCP-based 10, 25, 40, 50, and 100Gb/s ConnectX-5 network adapters for the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 processor-based platforms. ConnectX-5's advanced performance and efficiency paired with the Qualcomm Centriq 2400, the world's first 10-nanometer server processor, offer a complete ARM-based infrastructure for hyperscale and cloud data centers.

                                                            'The combination of Mellanox Ethernet and InfiniBand interconnect solutions and Qualcomm's leading ARM-based processors enables the generation of compute and storage data centers,' said Gilad Shainer, vice president of marketing at Mellanox Technologies. 'The RDMA technology and the smart cloud, storage and machine learning offloads of ConnectX-5 maximize the Qualcomm CPU efficiency and overall applications' performance. We are excited to demonstrate the ARM server platforms with Qualcomm and their readiness for data center usage.'

                                                            Micron News
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                                                            Micron Outlines Vision for IoT and Industrial Computing in Nuremberg
                                                            Micron, March 6th, 2017
                                                            Announces collaboration with German-based Hyperstone for highly-reliable flash storage solutions for telecoms, networking and embedded applications

                                                            The rapid onset of automation and IoT is causing many industries to adapt to a new reality. From factory automation, transport and logistics, energy distribution through to smart cities, the digitization of processes is requiring organizations to rethink both their IT and operational technology infrastructures to provide greater uptime and security. But technology evolution here is more complex than fast-moving consumer segments; the equipment that delivers these new features must last for several years and withstand a variety of demanding conditions. At the show, Micron will be outlining its vision for why designers in industries like industrial IoT must make careful choices to ensure their products meet these demanding requirements.

                                                            Palo Alto Networks News
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                                                            Sberbank (Switzerland) AG Implements Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform for Superior Client Cyber-Protection
                                                            Palo Alto Networks, March 7th, 2017
                                                            Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, today announced that Sberbank (Switzerland) AG, has added the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform to its cybersecurity framework.

                                                            Sberbank (Switzerland) AG provides corporate client and financial market services in strict compliance with international industry standards and Swiss banking regulations. Operating in an environment where global banks constantly face evolving cyberthreats, Sberbank (Switzerland) AG has selected a comprehensive platform to strengthen its protection of clients, whilst also focusing on its daily business operations. A full audit trail is guaranteed to demonstrate high compliance levels with data protection regulation.

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