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MySQL 5.7: Improved JOIN Order by Taking Condition Filter Effect into Account

Machine Learning Stands To Transform The Way We Communicate

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.18

Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Engineered for Oracle Cloud

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Oracle News
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Q3 FY17 GAAP EPS UP 6% TO $0.53 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 7% TO $0.69
Q3 FY17 SaaS and PaaS Cloud Revenues Up 73% on a GAAP Basis and Up 85% on a Non-GAAP Basis
Oracle Corporation announced fiscal 2017 Q3 results. Total Revenues were $9.2 billion, up 2% in U.S. dollars and up 3% in constant currency. Non-GAAP Total Revenues were $9.3 billion, up 3% in U.S. dollars and up 4% in constant currency. Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $1.0 billion, up 73% in U.S. dollars and up 74% in constant currency. Non-GAAP SaaS and PaaS revenues were $1.1 billion, up 85% in U.S. dollars and up 86% in constant currency. Total Cloud Revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), were $1.2 billion, up 62% in U.S. dollars and up 63% in constant currency. Total Cloud and On-Premise Software Revenues were $7.4 billion, up 4% in U.S. dollars and up 5% in constant currency.
Machine Learning Stands To Transform The Way We Communicate
By Jeb Dasteel
Jeb writes in Forbes, "We often say that customer success should be part of an organization's DNA. But, what if it was also in the instruments of our daily lives - our phones, computers, and devices?

We're certainly on that path. Machine learning - applications that not only respond to inputs without the help of human intervention, but learn, or adapt, from each interaction - is transforming the ways that we communicate with customers, thus allowing us to know customers better and anticipate their needs before even they are aware of those needs..."

Great Business Leaders Are Exploring The New Frontier Of AI
Linda Currey Post writes in Forbes
Linda writes in Forbes, "Today's consumers demand that their individual concerns and desires become a top priority for the businesses that serve them. When the power goes out, for example, residents are unwilling to sit shivering in their cold, dark living rooms. Instead, they demand that their power providers tell them the precise time they will restore service.

Similarly, shoppers are asking retailers to personalize their online shopping experience and offer them promotions and home pages that reflect their own brand preferences and purchase histories..."

Hurd: Oracle Poised To Overtake Salesforce.com In Cloud Revenue
By Rob Preston
Rob writes, "Securing its position as the 'fastest-growing cloud company at scale,' Oracle reported that its combined software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) revenues rose 73% in its fiscal third quarter, to $1.0 billion. Its total cloud revenues, including infrastructure as a service (IaaS), increased 62%, to $1.2 billion.

Oracle CEO Mark Hurd noted that the company's SaaS and PaaS revenues have grown more than three times faster than those of rival Salesforce.com during the last year. 'If these trends continue, where we are selling more SaaS and PaaS in absolute dollars AND growing dramatically faster, it's just a matter of when we catch and pass Salesforce.com in total cloud revenue,' Hurd said..."

A Fintech Innovator's Race To The Cloud
By Carrie Massey
Carrie writes in Forbes, "The banking and capital markets sector is starting to embrace cloud-based software and systems, setting off a race-to-the-moon type of competition for fintech innovators such as Calypso Technology.

Calypso has long offered on-premises software for financial trading, processing, risk management, and accounting, and now it's offering those capabilities via Calypso Cloud Services, running on the Oracle Cloud Platform. The stakes in this space race are high: The winning software provider will become 'the de facto solution on the cloud' for financial institutions, says Calypso Chief Customer Officer Corinne Grillet..."

How Fintech Is Powering The Global Economy
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes in Forbes, "Entrepreneurs in financial services companies say businesses like theirs are doing a lot more than making established Western banks worried about their market share. During a panel discussion at SxSW here this weekend, they argued that they're helping create a new middle class in the developing world, with tremendous consequences for the global economy..."
Theo & Philo Sweetens Business Operations with NetSuite Cloud ERP
Oracle, March 16th, 2017
Social Enterprise Expands Internationally and Aids Filipino Nonprofit with NetSuite

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit, one of the industry's leading providers of cloud financials/ERP and omnichannel commerce software suites and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle, announced that Theo & Philo, a bean-to-bar maker of single-origin Philippine artisanal chocolate, replaced QuickBooks and numerous Excel spreadsheets with NetSuite to gain scalability and flexibility to power its growth.

Since going live on NetSuite in November 2015, Theo & Philo has been using NetSuite for accounting, inventory management, order management, invoicing and purchasing - all within one cloud ERP system. With NetSuite, Theo & Philo is able to better plan and manage sourcing, production and distribution and increase efficiency while saving both time and money compared to the error-prone manual work required by their previous software and paper-based processes.

Four AI Decision Points: How Soon Should CFOs Jump In?
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes in Forbes, "What CFO wouldn't want to find a way to radically lower the cost of operations, boost productivity, increase insight across their company, and launch a range of new business opportunities?

That's the promise of AI - and in the very near future, failing to use AI will be tantamount to management malfeasance, said Malcolm Frank, chief strategy officer and CMO of Cognizant, an international consulting and professional services company, during a talk at SXSW Interactive this week..."

Oracle Unveils Oracle US Tennis Awards for Young Professionals
Grants to assist former collegiate players in their pro careers
Oracle announced the creation of the Oracle US Tennis Awards, player grants that are to be awarded annually at the BNP Paribas Open to assist young American players as they transition from college into the professional ranks.

The two $100,000 grants are to be awarded each year at the BNP Paribas Open to a male and female professional who have demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship and an aptitude for success on the pro tour. They must have played collegiate tennis prior to turning professional.

Four Ways Cloud Is Paving The Way To More-Profitable Highway Construction
By Jeff Erickson
Jeff writes, "Road construction is a low-margin business with a seemingly low barrier to entry - get a paver and a dump truck, and go bid on jobs. In reality, its best practitioners, like Rogers Group based in Nashville, Tennessee, are learning to run their roadway projects with data-driven efficiency.

Rogers Group is a prime example of what the Harvard Business Review calls digital business becoming business as usual. Indeed, Rogers Group is not changing the way it builds its roads; the firm is simply using available cloud services to grease the wheels of information as it moves through the business...."

    Hearst Selects Oracle Cloud to Fuel Transformation and Business Growth of Its More Than 360 Businesses
    Oracle, March 15th, 2017
    Diversified media leader to benefit from depth and breadth of Oracle's secure, scalable, and unified cloud solutions to support global growth

    Oracle announced that Hearst, one of America's largest diversified media, information, and services companies with more than 360 businesses, has selected Oracle Cloud to provide its multitude of businesses with a common innovation platform to accelerate business growth and global expansion. With Oracle Cloud, Hearst will streamline, simplify, and standardize business processes across finance, procurement, and HR organizations and provide an intuitive, insightful, and engaging experience to its employees.

    IT - CxO
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    5 Habits Of Highly Successful CTOs
    Business 2 Community, March 15th, 2017
    "Part of my current role at IQVIS is to interact with industry leaders and CTOs about various products and solutions they need/offer. This interaction is beneficial not only in the business terms but also from a learning perspective.

    I have noticed that success of a technology company - or say any organization, largely depends upon the leadership type and quality. Particularly if we look at success from business transformation or technology perspective, the role of a visionary CTO can't be ignored. In fact, her role turns more critical than CEO in the case of transformation and technology integration..."

    Execs: Companies Too Slow To Adopt Emerging Tech
    Data Center Knowledge, March 17th, 2017
    "Most IT executives say that their company is in the middle of the pack when it comes to adopting technology, and that they wait for other companies to take the plunge before making an investment.

    According to a new study by Toronto-based staffing services firm Robert Half Technology and The Creative Group, released on Thursday, IT's counterparts on the creative side of the business (marketing and ad execs) perceive their business to be even more risk-averse. Forty-seven percent of creative executives described their company's approach to adopting new technology to be slow and steady, compared to 14 percent of IT executives that said the same..."

      Why Great Chief Data Officers Are Hard To Find
      CSO Online, March 17th, 2017
      "CEOs and boards are seeking chief data officers who are capable of using data analytics to transform their businesses, says Heidrick & Struggles, which has identified eight CDO archetypes to help companies find these purple squirrels...

      Chief data officers (CDOs) are among the most highly sought-after executives among corporations for whom data analytics has become a cornerstone of digital strategies. But the rush to promote data-crunching experts to the CDO role has created a new challenge: Finding a leader who can use data to help drive a business transformation..."

      CIOs Should Make 5 Changes To IT Funding In An Age Of Digitization
      Information Week, March 17th, 2017
      "Historical approaches to IT funding and the mechanisms used to prioritize and track technology spending do not support the changes that new technology initiatives require.

      Most organizations realize that digitization means change. Not just to products and channels, but also to operations - especially in IT. But there is one change that many organizations have ignored: Digitization requires a new approach to funding IT..."

        'We Are Only Beginning To Scratch The Surface Of What Can Be Achieved In Tech'
        Jaxenter, March 17th, 2017
        "In this article, Todor Gigilev shares with us his top five predictions for the tech field. Digitalization and artificial intelligence and virtual reality, oh my!...

        I've been in the tech industry for a while now, with over ten years of experience as CEO of Dreamix, a bespoke software development company. And every year, analysts and programmers publish lists with their predictions to great fanfare. I've been checking out all these predictions and I'm really excited to share with you all my thoughts on what's going to be hot this year..."

        In Cyber, Who Do We Trust To Protect The Business?
        Dark Reading, March 16th, 2017
        "If business leaders and directors continue to view cybersecurity as mainly a matter for the IT department, they will leave their companies exposed to significant risks.

        The heightened level of attention to the proliferation of cyberattacks has yielded many outcomes, but none more notable than the recognition that responsibility for cyber risks no longer lies solely within the realm of IT. It now sits squarely in the domain of the C-suite and business leaders, with responsibility for oversight of management's performance in cyberrisk identification, defense, mitigation, and response resting with the corporate board of directors..."

        5 Tips For Keeping Up With IT Change
        GCN, March 14th, 2017
        "Hybrid IT -- migrating some infrastructure to the cloud while continuing to maintain a significant number of applications and services onsite -- is a shift in the technology landscape currently spreading across the federal government. Agencies are looking to realize the many benefits of the cloud (cost efficiency, agility) without the perceived drawbacks (security, compliance).

        Are agencies truly ready for this new type of environment? Or, a more targeted question: Are federal IT professionals ready for the shift?..."

        Digital Transformation: 4 Things For CIOs To Consider
        Business 2 Community, March 16th, 2017
        "A 'data-first' view of the CIO role in Digital Transformation

        Talk of 'digital transformation' is everywhere. The one thing everybody can agree on is that the CIO is at the epicenter of this megatrend from both the business innovation and technology dimensions. The successful CIO will have to be the master of both.

        I was just reading CIO Magazine's 2017 State of the CIO. CIOs report that they are spending more time on transformational and strategic activities and are spending more time with the CEO, LOB, and Board of Directors.

        Possibly as a result, they are challenged more and are enjoying it more. That's all good, but let's take a look at this from a 'data-first' point of view..."

        Features
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        Oracle Helps Veterans Transition to Corporate Careers
        By Rick O'Herron
        Rick writes, "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd spoke last week to an audience of 30 veterans about the challenges in global IT and about Oracle's insatiable need for talent and leadership. He was followed by a panel of Oracle employees who are military veterans, who shared their experiences transitioning from the military to corporate life at Oracle.

        The event was organized with BreakLine, an education and employment company that helps military veterans build careers in the private sector, including veterans looking to pivot into technology..."

        IT - AI
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        From Buzzworthy To Mandatory - AI And Machine Learning In Financial Crime And Compliance
        ITProPortal, March 17th, 2017
        "How can banks identify white collar crime in an expected, streamlined manner without impeding legitimate transactions?...

        Banks process an incredible volume of transactions every day. How can banks identify white collar crime in an expected, streamlined manner without impeding legitimate transactions? Artificial intelligence and machine learning are the answer both today and in the future, but applying them may be easier said than done..."

          All The Ways AI Will Slash Wall Street Jobs
          Information Management, March 17th, 2017
          "Anyone who's visited the New York Stock Exchange lately knows technology has already taken a toll on Wall Street jobs.

          And the decimation is only going to continue as the artificial intelligence industry booms.

          By 2025, AI technologies will reduce employees in the capital markets worldwide by 230,000 people, according to a report from Opimas that came out last week. Financial institutions may see a 28% improvement in their cost-to-income ratios..."

            Advances In AI And Ml Are Reshaping Healthcare
            TechCrunch, March 17th, 2017
            "The healthcare technology sector has given rise to some of the most innovative startups in the world, which are poised to help people live longer, better lives. The innovations have primarily been driven by the advent of software and mobility, allowing the health sector to digitize many of the pen and paper-based operations and processes that currently slow down service delivery...

            More recently, we're seeing software become far more intelligent and independent. These new capabilities - studied under the banner of artificial intelligence and machine learning - are accelerating the pace of innovation in healthcare. Thus far, the applications of AI and ML in healthcare have enabled the industry to take on some of its biggest challenges in these areas: ..."

            Towards A Lip-Reading Computer
            BBC, March 17th, 2017
            "Scientists at Oxford say they've invented an artificial intelligence system that can lip-read better than humans.

            The system, which has been trained on thousands of hours of BBC News programmes, has been developed in collaboration with Google's DeepMind AI division.

            "Watch, Attend and Spell", as the system has been called, can now watch silent speech and get about 50% of the words correct. That may not sound too impressive - but when the researchers supplied the same clips to professional lip-readers, they got only 12% of words right..."

            Artificial Intelligence Can Be Boring, Too
            IT Business Edge, March 16th, 2017
            "Artificial intelligence (AI) has moved from the realm of science fiction to a part of everyday corporate life.

            AI is still a poorly understood field. It's inherently complex and has been romanticized by the media. That's partly by design: Staging matches against chess and Go champions raises awareness and, perhaps, money (especially if the AI platform wins).

            As usual, however, the truth is a bit duller than the image. AI, and its various offshoots and subcategories, has great utilization for tasks that are extremely mundane and unexciting. It's not at the point that it can take over the world. But it certainly can assess tons (literally) of data far more quickly and accurately than a human and make recommendations on what it has processed..."

              Machine Learning 201: Exploring The Market For New Business
              Xconomy, March 16th, 2017
              "2016 will be remembered for many things, not least as the year that AI and machine learning stepped into the technological and cultural spotlight. Advances in applied machine learning fueled our enthusiasm for smarter, more talkative devices. It impacted how we learned about and processed the news - and fake news - of the national elections. Automation grew in sophistication: detecting financial fraud, improving healthcare, deepening business intelligence, and disrupting human work models..."
              How A.I. Technology Is Causing Major Ripples In The Travel Industry
              ComputerWorld, March 16th, 2017
              "For years, we've seen artificial intelligence (A.I.) slowly infiltrate industry after industry.

              It appears that the travel niche is finally catching up, which is good news, both for the business-side and consumer-side of the industry. But what exactly is happening and what does the future hold for A.I. in this trillion-dollar sector?..."

                AI Automation Starts To Transform Legal Profession
                ComputerWeekly, March 16th, 2017
                "Artificial intelligence and automation are making inroads into legal work, but are more likely to support than displace lawyers and will draw IT more into legal service delivery...

                In February 2016, a London court supported the use of predictive coding software in a legal disclosure process, which often involves lawyers receiving huge volumes of documents from those representing the other side in a case..."

                  Deep Learning And AI Success Stories
                  insideBIGDATA, March 15th, 2017
                  "The 'insideBIGDATA Guide to Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence' is a useful new resource directed toward enterprise thought leaders who wish to gain strategic insights into this exciting area of technology. In this guide, we take a high-level view of AI and deep learning in terms of how it's being used and what technological advances have made it possible. We also explain the difference between AI, machine learning and deep learning, and examine the intersection of AI and HPC. We present the results of a recent insideBIGDATA survey that reflects how well these new technologies are being received..."
                  AI To Have A Profound Effect On Business By 2020
                  ITProPortal, March 15th, 2017
                  "84 per cent of companies worldwide see AI as 'essential' to being competitive...

                  A new report by Tata Consultancy Services has shown just how profound of an effect artificial intelligence already has, and will have, on businesses everywhere.

                  The 'Getting Smarter by the Day: How AI is Elevating the Performance of Global Companies' study says 84 per cent of companies worldwide see AI as 'essential' to being competitive. Another half (50 per cent) see the technology as 'transformative'..."

                  Virtualization
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                  Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.18
                  By Simon Coter
                  Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 18.

                  This release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention following regression for 5.1.16, now fixed:

                  • Shared Folders: fixed case insensitive filename access
                  • Shared Folders: fixed access to long pathes
                  • API: make 32-bit Windows guests in raw mode boot again if the ICH9 chipset is used
                  • Windows Additions: fixed automatic logins for Windows Vista and newer"

                  Read on for details...

                  IT - Storage
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                  Data Center Storage Architecture Moves Toward Software-Defined Memory
                  SearchDataCenter, March 17th, 2017
                  "New IT developments converge storage and memory into a hybrid approach. Consequently, the idea of software-defined memory starts to become more of a reality...

                  Software-defined storage is only starting to gel, but the pace of systems evolution is such that the next innovations are already coming into focus.

                  We are not talking about pools of disks here, or even solid-state drives. The future of storage lies in its convergence with memory. System memory is becoming more complex with the introduction of nonvolatile dual in-line memory modules (NVDIMMs) that combine the speed of memory with the persistent qualities of data center storage architecture..."

                    How VR Will Drive Storage -- Or The Reverse
                    ZDNet, March 17th, 2017
                    "While most people focus on the compute and graphics requirements for virtual reality, storage is the bigger problem going forward. Today's storage works with 1080p (2160 combined) -- barely -- but 4k VR requires much more. Here's what you need to know...

                    The key to an immersive and non-sickening VR experience are graphics that are detailed and smooth. Today's 1080p systems are OK, but far from ideal. For ideal we have to go to 4k since the displays are so close to our eyes, with none of the frame dropouts or tearing that make people sick. While 4k content requires 4x the storage capacity of 2k (1080) content, it is storage bandwidth that will force costly system upgrades. Let's run the numbers..."

                    Video: SSD - The Transition From 2D To 3D NAND
                    insideHPC, March 15th, 2017
                    "In this video from the Open Compute Summit, Walter Hinton, Senior Global Director of Enterprise & Client Compute Solutions Marketing at Western Digital presents: The State of the Solid State Drive SSD...

                    Walter Hinton is Senior Global Director of Enterprise & Client Compute Solutions Marketing at Western Digital. He is responsible for Solutions Marketing, aligning a broad platform of storage devices to traditional and emerging data center applications..."

                    Pioneer BDR-211UBK Internal BD-DVD-CD Writer Supports Ultra HD Blu-ray Playback
                    StorageNewsletter.com, March 15th, 2017
                    "Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. unveiled an internal BD/DVD/CD writer, the BDR-211UBK. This model supports Ultra HD Blu-ray playback using bundled CyberLink Corp.' PowerDVD14 software.

                    The market for 4K resolution is expected to expand as demand increases for definition higher than full HD. The BDR-211UBK meets that need, enabling PC users to enjoy 4K content via a PC, as well as providing up to 16x (2) maximum BD-R writing speed (BD-R: SL 25GB) and the ability to read and write a variety of BD (SL 25GB/DL 50GB) and BDXL (BD-R XL: TL 100GB/QL 128GB, BD-RE XL: TL 100GB) discs..."

                      Openstack Platform Deployments: Not Every App Is A Candidate
                      Search CIO, March 14th, 2017
                      "In deployments of OpenStack in the enterprise, CIOs need to choose which applications will make the cut. Experts offer advice.

                      As more IT organizations move to OpenStack platform to help them build and manage their private cloud environments, CIOs and their teams must decide what gets moved to this new platform, and when.

                      Not all applications will be able to make the move the open source infrastructure-as-a-service platform..."

                      FLUX
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                      South Florida Linux Users Group - FLUX - March Meetup - Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 6PM
                      Informal Linux Meetup Over Pizza and Soda With AWS Linux Instance
                      For March and the rest of the year, we'll be in the usual room 1124, the Knight Auditorium of the Carl DeSantis Building at Nova Southeastern University.

                      No specific topic is planned. I'll be providing pizza and soda and we can work on plans for the next few meetings.

                      PDF Parking Pass is here.

                      We can also review the AWS instance of Linux we set up in January.

                      IT - Technology
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                      Darpa's Latest Idea Could Put Today's Turing-Era Computers At Risk
                      ITWorld, March 17th, 2017
                      "Computers shouldn't be just computational tools, but learn like humans, DARPA believes...

                      The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has come up with some crazy ideas in the past, and its latest idea is to create computers that are always learning and adapting, much like humans.

                      However, this isn't a far-fetched idea. Mobile devices, computers, and gadgets already have artificial intelligence features, with notable examples being Apple's Siri, Microsoft's Cortana, and Amazon's Alexa..."

                      Augmented And Virtual Reality To See Aggressive Growth By 2021
                      ComputerWorld, March 17th, 2017
                      "IDC sees number of AR/VR headsets jumping dramatically as the nascent technology gains traction...

                      Augmented and virtual reality are catching on, even if it is still early days for both.

                      While some analysts at Strategy Analytics worry there aren't enough engaging 360-degree VR movies and other content on the market, IDC analysts on Thursday said there are plenty of early business-focused rollouts of AR to justify optimism..."

                      Raspberry Pi Becomes Third Best-Selling General Purpose Computer Of All Time
                      The MagPI, March 16th, 2017
                      "Recent Raspberry Pi sales figures show that the humble board is, in fact, the world's third best-selling general purpose computer.

                      Raspberry Pi achieved this milestone by selling north of 12.5 million boards in five years. This figure beats the previous third place holder, the Commodore 64.

                      'The Commodore 64 had, until recently, the distinction of being the third most popular general purpose computing platform,' Eben Upton told a crowd at the fifth birthday party. 'That's what I'm here to celebrate,' he said, 'we are now the third most popular general purpose computing platform after the Mac and PC'..."

                        Has The Holy Grail Of Batteries Finally Arrived?
                        CIO, March 14th, 2017
                        "Dramatic improvements in battery technology hold the key to our always connected world...

                        There has been a lot of talk recently about how technologies like the Internet of Things and AI will change things for everyone. But while those changes are important, 2017 could also be the year where major advances in battery technology change our lives as well.

                        In fact, most of us deal with lithium-ion batteries more than we deal with AI or the Internet of Things. You probably remember the Samsung Galaxy Note debacle last year, where the phones exploded and set on fire precisely because of faulty batteries. Outside of cell phones, lithium-ion batteries are supposed to power electric cars and make renewables like solar and wind more reliable. The fact that Tesla has now spent more than $1 billion on its massive Nevada battery factory shows just how much leading tech companies are obsessed with batteries..."

                        The Driverless Truck Is Coming, And It's Going To Automate Millions Of Jobs
                        TechCrunch, March 13th, 2017
                        "A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs - or drive more economic efficiency - than the driverless truck.

                        Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor representing 75 percent of that cost. But those labor savings aren't the only gains to be had from the adoption of driverless trucks..."

                          Training
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                          Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Engineered for Oracle Cloud
                          By Antoinette O'Sullivan
                          Antoinette writes, "Oracle Linux is engineered for Oracle Cloud. This operating system:

                          • Is designed for business-critical workloads in the cloud
                          • Uses latest technologies such as Docker
                          • Is a major contributor to mainline Linux cloud features
                          • Powers Oracle Engineered Systems and Oracle Cloud

                          To get the most out of Oracle Linux, take the Oracle Linux advanced administration training. If using Oracle Linux 7, take the Oracle Linux 7: Advanced Administration course in one of the following formats:.."

                          IT - Bitcoin
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                          Markets Update: Daily Cryptocurrency Volumes Surpass $1 Billion
                          bitcoin.com, March 16th, 2017
                          "Over the past week, the exchange rate of one bitcoin has continued to hold above the US$1,200 range, maintaining an average of $1,215-1,235 per BTC. As bitcoin's price has consolidated, cryptocurrency markets in general have increased in volume significantly. Currently, 24-hour cryptocurrency trading volume now exceeds $1 billion in trades per day reaching a new milestone..."
                          Bitcoin Price Recovers From ETF Rejection
                          CryptoCoinsNews, March 13th, 2017
                          "Bitcoin has swatted away the distraction of a failed attempt to establish a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) by the Winklevoss twins to supersede its levels prior to the SEC ruling on Friday. On Monday, bitcoin price reached a high of $1,249 at the time of publishing on the Bitstamp Price Index (BPI).

                          It was an eventful and dramatic Friday for bitcoin. Having flirted with $1,200 through most of Thursday, bitcoin price began trading above the milestone on Friday. Anticipation turned to excitement in the lead-up to the decision as frenzied trading pushed bitcoin to an all-time BPI high of $1350..."

                          Alaska Introduces A Bill To Regulate And License Bitcoin Businesses
                          bitcoin.com, March 18th, 2017
                          "The State of Alaska has introduced a bill this week defining digital currency, as well as broadening its definition of money transmission to include it. A wide array of business functions would require money transmission licenses, including buying and selling through a third party, transmitting, controlling, and issuing digital currencies..."
                            IT - FOSS
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                            Libreoffice 5.3 Office Suite Gets First Point Release With 100 Improvements
                            Softpedia, March 16th, 2017
                            "LibreOffice 5.3.1 comes one and a half months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3, a major branch that introduced exciting new features for users of the popular office suite. These include the experimental MUFFIN user interface with a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI, as well as the first source release of LibreOffice Online.

                            During these past six weeks, LibreOffice 5.3.1 received two Release Candidate (RC) development versions, which fix about 100 bugs and regressions that have been either discovered by the LibreOffice developers/contributors or reported by users from the previous version..."

                            Open Source Software And Security: What You Need To Know
                            The VAR Guy, March 16th, 2017
                            "Is open source software inherently less secure than closed-source code?

                            Which special security precautions should you take with open source?

                            Keep reading for a primer on open source software security.

                            When it comes to open source, one of the longest-standing debates is whether code that is open is inherently less secure.

                            There are two main schools of thought:..."

                            IT - DevOps
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                            DevOps Still Very Much A Work In Progress, Survey Suggests
                            CIO, March 17th, 2017
                            "Culture and complexity still keep developers and operations managers apart...

                            DevOps is a great concept -- but many enterprises are still struggling to get out the starting gate with it.

                            That's the key takeaway from a recent survey of 2,045 IT managers and professionals, released by Quali, an IT automation solutions provider. While most people in enterprises would say at this point that they have DevOps underway in some shape or form, achieving agility is another story..."

                            DevOps Security: Stop Discussing, Start Implementing
                            devops.com, March 14th, 2017
                            "Is it Strong DevOps? DevOps Security? Secure DevOps? DevSecOps? DevSecQAMktSalesOMGBBQOps?

                            Who cares?

                            Like a ton of people with an interest in information security, I was appalled when I read 'The Phoenix Project.' Here was a book that portrayed DevOps, why it was required, how it could help and the benefits very well. But it served security terribly. Worse than terribly. While it did accurately portray the predominant feelings of developers and Operations toward security, it utterly failed to adequately consider the correct usage of DevOps to attain InfoSec goals..."

                            MySQL
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                            MySQL 5.7: Improved JOIN Order by Taking Condition Filter Effect into Account
                            By Oystein
                            Oystein blogs, "One of the major challenges of query optimizers is to correctly estimate how many rows qualify from each table of a join. If the estimates are wrong, the optimizer may choose a non-optimal join order.

                            Before MySQL 5.7, the estimated number of rows from a table only took into account the conditions from the WHERE clause that were used to set up the access method (e.g., the size of an index range scan). This often led to row estimates that were far too high, resulting in very wrong cost estimates for join plans. To improve this issue, MySQL 5.7 introduced a cost model that considered the entire WHERE condition when estimating the number of qualifying rows from each table. This model estimates the filtering effect of the table's conditions..."

                            Monitoring Databases: A Product Comparison
                            By Manjot Singh
                            Manjot blogs in Percona, "In this blog post, I will discuss the solutions for monitoring databases (which includes alerting) I have worked with and recommended in the past to my clients. This survey will mostly focus on MySQL solutions.

                            One of the most common issues I come across when working with clients is monitoring and alerting. Many times, companies will fall into one of these categories:..."

                            MySQL Community Awards 2017: Call for Nominations!
                            By Shlomi Noach
                            Shlomi blogs, "The 2017 MySQL Community Awards event will take place, as usual, in Santa Clara, during the Percona Live Data Performance Conference, April 2017.

                            The MySQL Community Awards is a community based initiative. The idea is to publicly recognize contributors to the MySQL ecosystem. The entire process of discussing, voting and awarding is controlled by an independent group of community members, typically based of past winners or their representatives, as well as known contributors.

                            It is a self-appointed, self-declared, self-making-up-the-rules-as-it-goes committee. It is also very aware of the importance of the community; a no-nonsense, non-political, adhering to tradition, self criticizing committee..."

                            IT - Cloud
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                            When Choosing A Cloud Provider: Does Size Matter?
                            Information Age, March 15th, 2017
                            "Adoption of newer connected home solutions is still at the early adopter phase, according to a recent survey of 10,000 online respondents by Gartner - only about 10% of households currently have connected home solutions...

                            Connected home solutions consist of a set of devices and services that are connected to each other and to the internet and can automatically respond to preset rules, be remotely accessed and managed by mobile apps or a browser, and send alerts or messages to the user(s)..."

                            10 Ways Google Improved Its Cloud At NEXT
                            Network World, March 14th, 2017
                            "Google is putting pressure on Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure in the public IaaS cloud market...

                            Google cloud is seen by analysts as an up and comer. Company executives will even admit that the past few years Google has not had everything it needs to compete for enterprise customers in the IaaS public cloud market against Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and even IBM.

                            But they will also tell you that Google is ready now..."

                            Cloud Relief: Achieving Saas Security
                            ITProPortal, March 17th, 2017
                            "Enterprise cloud apps are fast becoming the future of business computing, but many organisations still have concerns around security.

                            Enterprise cloud apps are fast becoming the future of business computing, but many organisations still have concerns around security. Although keen to make the move, these organisations won't commit to the cloud unless they know their sensitive customer, employee and business data remains visible and under the IT team's control..."

                            Hybrid Cloud Adoption Dominates
                            Information Age, March 16th, 2017
                            "CIO research shows hybrid cloud models dominate, while storage and backup are the top cloud use cases

                            NetApp has surveyed 750 European IT leaders about cloud adoption, security and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The responses from France, Germany and the UK identified hybrid cloud as the most common adoption, with over half of all respondents in each country indicated they are using a combination of private and public cloud (69% in Germany; 61% in France; 58% in the UK)..."

                            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 ($35 for SFTA members)

                            Agenda

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

                            Register

                            vBeers-SF
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                            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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                            Can Your Company Endure An AWS-Size Outage?
                            Data Center Knowledge, March 13th, 2017
                            "Whether hackers worm their way into key data center systems and cause an outage, or a technical mishap takes down multiple servers, human error is usually to blame. As you know, outages can be extremely costly to businesses due to loss of customers, reputation, and revenue.

                            Most companies today rely on digital information sharing and connectivity as critical elements in their business model. When this function breaks, business grinds to a halt..."

                              IT - Networks
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                              Are SD-WAN And WAN Optimization Techniques Merging?
                              SearchSDN, March 16th, 2017
                              "WAN optimization techniques have helped maximize network throughput for years, while SD-WAN is relatively new. While the two concepts are separate, they can complement each other...

                              WAN optimization techniques have been around for the better part of two decades. The goal of WAN optimization is to maximize throughput from point A to point B. This can include techniques such as data compression, caching and quality of service, or QoS. Data caching is used to lower latency, but most of the other techniques are largely used to lower the overall throughput on a WAN link. Using these WAN optimization techniques allows an organization to push as much data as possible..."

                              Ethernet Alliance To Demo 400G Networks At OFC 2017
                              insideHPC, March 16th, 2017
                              "The Ethernet Alliance announced plans of details of its upcoming OFC 2017 interoperability demo featuring the full spectrum of Ethernet speeds from 1 Gigabit (1G) to 400 Gigabit (400G).

                              As the role of optics in Ethernet is undeniable, the Ethernet Alliance's OFC 2017 multivendor demo showcases a broad array of optical technologies, featuring 400G optics and form factors, cabling, and other emerging fiber innovations. The organization's display encompasses two demonstrations, one focusing on a wide range of solutions ranging from 1G to 100G. The second demo integrates live 400G optical network connections from the Ethernet Alliance's booth to four other autonomous member company booths on the expo floor..."

                              Debunking 5 Myths About DNS
                              Dark Reading, March 15th, 2017
                              "From the boardroom to IT and the end user, the Domain Name System is often misunderstood, which can leave organizations vulnerable to attacks.

                              The Domain Name System (DNS) is the common denominator for all communication on the Internet. It touches everyone. Every online transaction - good or bad - begins with a DNS lookup. Despite its critical role in our online lives, DNS is often misunderstood and, as a result, leaves organizations more vulnerable to attacks. I'd like to address five myths about DNS..."

                                IT - IoT
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                                How IoT And Digital Are Boosting Companies' Profitability
                                Information Age, March 17th, 2017
                                "Use cases are showing that if businesses want to boost profitability from digital and the internet of things, they need to actively adapt to them - not the other way around...

                                Ask a millennial for their details over the phone and you are likely to be met with suspicion and skepticism - yet ask them via a screen and the answer will be a barrage of information.The rise in digital has lead to a complete cultural shift in the way modern customers interact with enterprise. With this progression comes the internet of things (IoT), which will expedite this shift..."

                                IoT Edge Computing Presents Next Big Challenge For Cloud
                                SearchCloudComputing, March 17th, 2017
                                "IoT adoption continues to grow, but can public cloud keep up? Data gravity will affect how enterprises process data, prompting some cloud providers to rethink their strategy...

                                As much as we try, it's impossible to defeat physics. I'm speaking specifically of data gravity and compute. The internet of things on the edge of the network has a dramatic impact on IT operations and vendor services..."

                                IoT And The Resurgence Of Public Key Infrastructure
                                Help Net Security, March 17th, 2017
                                "With the digital revolution in full swing, security methods and models need to be re-evaluated to better address both the changing nature of enterprise architectures and processes. While the proliferation of mobile devices and analytics has vastly improved user experience over the past several years, the challenges of user-to-things security and securing a greatly expanded edge architecture remain unsolved.

                                One approach is making its resurgence as a result of the IoT and cloud - public key infrastructure (PKI) - and has the potential to close these security gaps for today's digital businesses..."

                                How Artificial Intelligence Will Make The IoT
                                ITBusinessEdge, March 15th, 2017
                                "The data volumes expected from the Internet of Things (IoT) are certain to be large - too large, in fact, for even an army of trained analysts to turn into useful information in a reasonable amount of time.

                                This is why every solution aimed at the IoT relies heavily on automation, simply to manage the flow of information between devices and to centralized storage and analytics systems. But even this is not likely to be enough. To fully leverage the IoT, it's becoming obvious that the enterprise will have to utilize new forms of artificial intelligence and machine learning to basically allow the environment to makes its own use of available data and tell human operators what needs to be done..."

                                IoT Recipe For Success Series Part 1: It Takes An Ecosystem
                                ITProPortal, March 14th, 2017
                                "Over the past several years, I have met with dozens of customers around the world who are starting to implement the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve their operations or to offer new value propositions. As expected, some of these efforts have delivered spectacular success and others have resulted in disappointment. And no wonder - IoT is a complex, multidimensional transformation, demanding new skill sets, technologies, and business models.

                                So how can you increase your chances of success? ..."

                                IoT Is Critical To Enterprise Digital Transformation
                                IoT Agenda, March 14th, 2017
                                "Without the internet of things, enterprise digital transformation may not be possible. And without digitization, companies will struggle to survive...

                                Enterprise digital transformation has been a hot topic with IT and business leaders over the past several years. The impact of digitization cannot be understated, as companies of all sizes can use this shift to leapfrog their competitors. Organizations that embrace being digital will thrive, grow revenues, cut costs and be more profitable. Those that do not will struggle to survive and risk going out of business..."

                                  How Other Industries Can Learn From IoT Use By Insurers
                                  InformationWeek, March 13th, 2017
                                  "Insurers' IoT strategies are proving to be effective as they enable greater connectivity. Here are three current IoT strategies used among insurers, along with insight as to what other industries can learn from them.

                                  The Internet of Things has seen extensive expansion in the past decade and it is expected to continue its rapid growth in future years. Global B2B spending on IoT technologies, apps and solutions is expected to reach $267 billion by 2020. Furthermore, worldwide spending on IoT is expected to reach nearly $2 trillion this year, up from $737 billion in 2017..."

                                  IoT Spells Trouble for Data Center Security, Networks
                                  Data Center Knowledge, March 14th, 2017
                                  "The Internet of Things has gone from a concept not many people grasped clearly to a tangible, living and breathing phenomenon on the verge of changing the way we live - and the way data centers strategize for the future.

                                  At the very least, data center managers better develop new strategies for handling the IoT and all the data that could overwhelm current systems..."

                                  IT - Linux
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                                  Desktop Linux The Best It's Ever Been-And Keeps Getting Better
                                  Network World, March 15th, 2017
                                  "While users of proprietary operating systems suffer with new, slower, buggier, more spy-filled systems, Linux users are enjoying better performance and more support...

                                  I can be a pretty pessimistic guy. I'm fairly convinced that the Internet of Things spells certain doom for mankind, and I've made a habit of standing in front of large rooms full of people simply to tell them how much I think 'Linux sucks.'

                                  If you were to call me a Negative Nancy, you wouldn't be far off..."

                                  Linux Academy Rolls Out New Cloud-Based Training Platform
                                  LinuxInsider, March 14th, 2017
                                  "Linux Academy, an online training platform for the Linux OS and cloud computing, on Tuesday announced a public beta rollout of its Cloud Assessments platform, which is designed to let large enterprise firms train and assess their IT workers and prospective job candidates.

                                  The academy offers training on a variety of cloud-based platforms, including Amazon Web Services, Open Stack, DevOps, Azure and others.

                                  The Cloud Assessments platform will focus initially on training and testing of AWS, due to the strong demand for that cloud-based computing platform and the large skills gap of existing knowledge among IT workers..."

                                  Friday Spotlight: Using Oracle KSplice to update Oracle VM Server without rebooting
                                  By Simon Coter
                                  Simon writes, "Oracle Ksplice is an exciting new addition to the Premier Support subscription for Oracle VM 3. Oracle Ksplice technology allows you to update systems with new kernel security errata (CVE) without the need to reboot. This enables you to remain current with OS vulnerability patches while minimizing downtime. Oracle Ksplice actively applies updates to the running kernel image, instead of making on-disk changes that would take effect only after a subsequent reboot.

                                  Ksplice was originally introduced for Oracle Linux systems. It has proven to be very valuable to customers and as a result, it has been extended to provide similar capabilities for Oracle VM Server dom0..."

                                  IT - Operations
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                                  Everything You Wanted To Know About Google Data Centers
                                  Data Center Knowledge, March 17th, 2017
                                  "Google is hard at work expanding its global data center empire. Spurred by the company's increased focus on growing its enterprise cloud business, its data center team is busier than ever. The company's executives recently shared at a conference that it spent $10 billion per year over the last three years in capital, mostly on data centers.

                                  Wondering where and how Google is spending that money? Want to know how many Google data centers there are, how big they are, or what they look like? Care to know how Google thinks about its data center strategy? In our Google data center FAQ, we take our best shot at answering those and many other questions..."

                                  Software Patches Could Prevent Most Breaches, Study Finds
                                  eWeek, March 17th, 2017
                                  "Approximately 80 percent of companies that had either a breach or a failed audit could have prevented the issue with a software patch or a configuration change, according to a security-automation survey of 318 firms.

                                  The survey, conducted by research firm Voke Media in late 2016, found that 27 percent of companies reported a failed audit in the prior 18 months, of which 81 percent could have been prevented with a patch or configuration change. Similarly, 26 percent reported a breach, of which 79 percent could have been prevented with those two measures..."

                                  Analytics Can Solve Big Data Center Challenges
                                  Information Week, March 15th, 2017
                                  "Data centers are only getting more complex, but you can get a handle on them with the combined use of data center analytics and automation...

                                  If you're not familiar with IT operations analytics or data center analytics platforms, it's easy to get overwhelmed. All too often, information regarding data center analytics platforms focuses on how and what to implement, as opposed to why. In this article, we're going to take a step back to explain the purpose of adopting data center analytics and point out specific challenges you can overcome using purpose-built algorithms and infrastructure automation..."

                                  IT - Security
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                                  Do You Have An Incident Response Plan In Place?
                                  CSO Online, March 17th, 2017
                                  "Without a plan, you are flying blind. Here are 9 steps that you should follow.

                                  Details matter when developing an incident response (IR) plan. But, even the most successful IR plans can lack critical information, impeding how quickly normal business operations are restored.

                                  This guide from Cybereason takes a closer look at nine of the often forgotten, but important steps that you should incorporate into your IR plan..."

                                    Ensuring That The Next Big Data Breach Isn't Yours
                                    Information Management, March 17th, 2017
                                    "Between the Yahoo Breach, the Bangladesh Bank heist, the Panama Papers and Dropbox password leaks, the past year has seen its fair share of major data breaches. These breaches have brought a harsh reality to light for IT: everybody and anybody is a target. With cloud adoption growing rapidly among enterprises, the possibility of a breach has become top of mind for the C-suite.

                                    According to a recent study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, almost 90 percent of businesses believe an increase in cloud usage will increase the probability of a data breach. As cyber criminals continue to develop complex methods to infiltrate organizations, corporate leaders need to be able to adapt and adopt more proactive deterrence strategies..."

                                    Do Security Pros Need A Single Unifying Platform? (Slideshow)
                                    CIO Insight, March 17th, 2017
                                    "A new study finds that cyber-security professionals want to protect their data with a single unifying platform, rather using piecemeal tools. Despite making heavy investments in security tools, organizations suffer technical challenges in protecting their data. A majority of decision-makers expect to improve their ability to respond to breaches, lower the cost of legacy solutions, reduce exposure from breaches, and lower complexity with new integrated solutions, according to the study, "The Data Security Money Pit: Expense In Depth Hinders Maturity." Many products are designed to mitigate specific threats, but if they are used tactically rather than to support a strategy to improve data security overall, they can be costly and provide a false sense of security..."
                                    Finance Firms Are Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks, So Why Do Customers Think They Are Secure?
                                    ComputerWeekly, March 16th, 2017
                                    "The public are overly confident in the ability of banks and financial institutions to protect their data, but that will change when mandatory reporting comes in next year under the General Data Protection Regulation...

                                    Cyber security is a topic which is never out of media headlines. Widely reported hacks in recent months have invited fresh scrutiny, showing how vulnerable large organisations are to the evolving cyber threat..."

                                    Ethical Hacking: The Most Important Job No One Talks About
                                    Dark Reading, March 16th, 2017
                                    "If your company doesn't have an ethical hacker on the security team, it's playing a one-sided game of defense against attackers.

                                    Great power comes with great responsibility, and all heroes face the decision of using their powers for good or evil. These heroes I speak of are called white hat hackers, legal hackers, or, most commonly, ethical hackers. All these labels mean the same thing: A hacker who helps organizations uncover security issues with the goal of preventing those security flaws from being exploited. If companies don't have an ethical hacker working for them, they're in a one-sided game, only playing defense against attackers..."

                                    Identity Fraud Hits All Time High - Young People Growing Target
                                    Information Age, March 15th, 2017
                                    "According to a new CIFAs report, identity fraud reached record levels in 2016, with 88% of fraud perpetrated online and young people were the main targets...

                                    Identity fraudsters are increasingly targeting young people, according to a report from Cifas.Almost 25,000 victims of fraud were aged under 30, with the number of under-21s defrauded rising by a third. The number of under-21s being defrauded rose from 1,343 in 2015 to 1,803 in 2016..."

                                      Mobile Workers Continually Expose Organizations To Security Risks
                                      Help Net Security, March 15th, 2017
                                      "29 percent of organisations have already experienced either a data loss or breach as a direct result of mobile working, according to research conducted by Vanson Bourne. As many as 44 percent expect that mobile workers will expose their organisation to the risk of a data breach. Underlining this concern, 48 percent say employees are one of their biggest security risks..."
                                      Make Identity Management A Foundation For Cloud Deployments
                                      ComputerWeekly, March 14th, 2017
                                      "Every SaaS product has its own way to authenticate users, making it hard to keep track of which ones have access to which services

                                      As organisations adapt more and more cloud services, it is essential to have a means to provide secure, authenticated access. This was one of the topics discussed at the recent Gartner Identity and Access Management conference in London..."

                                      10 Must-Ask Questions For Evaluating EDR Tools
                                      CIO, March 14th, 2017
                                      "Are you thinking about investing in an endpoint detection and response solution? These pre-purchase questions will help you find the tool that meets your needs...

                                      Endpoint detection and response (EDR) products give IT staff visibility into endpoints for detecting malicious activity, analyzing data and providing appropriate response. EDR is part of a burgeoning security market, peppered with well-known vendors such as Carbon Black, Cisco, CrowdStrike and FireEye..."

                                      IT - Careers
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                                      58% Of High-Performance Employees Say They Need More Quiet Work Spaces
                                      CNBC, March 15th, 2017
                                      "Behold the open industrial office space. At one moment, it feels like such a hip environment, bustling with easy communication and collaboration, innovation and headphones just behind every monitor. At another moment, the open office is the loudest, most annoying, distracting and unproductive environment one can imagine.

                                      What if the open industrial office is just part of a larger misguided fantasy? What if this office style is hurting our employees working on the hardest problems - our high-performance employees (HPEs)? What if the open office is causing retention problems, and affecting the quality of our end products?..."

                                      Why Vacation Is Important For Employees
                                      Business 2 Community, March 14th, 2017
                                      "Vacation is a must for everybody but unfortunately, many employees in the US do not use their vacation time. They fear that they will fall behind work or lose the chance of getting a promotion, if they take time off from work. However, believing you are the only person to do your job is not realistic. Ok, maybe your coworkers cannot do all parts of your job but at least handle some parts until you return back. Therefore, don't hesitate to use your vacation days because taking a vacation has many benefits. Below you can see some of them..."
                                        IT - Virtualization
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                                        Comparing Docker Containers To Virtual Machines (Video)
                                        Network Computing, March 16th, 2017
                                        "In this GNS3 video, David Bombal explains what makes Docker so popular.

                                        Docker, one of the hottest technologies today, is now supported by the GNS3 network simulation platform. In this video, part of a GNS3 series, David Bombal provides an overview of Docker and explains how Docker containers compare to virtual machines. He shows how Docker's architectural differences enable efficiency..."

                                        Docker's Big Differentiator From VMs: Density
                                        Container Journal, March 15th, 2017
                                        "What makes Docker containers so popular and more attractive in some cases than virtual machines? The answer is density. Here's what it means and why it matters.

                                        In the context of computing, density refers to the number of objects that a single physical server can run at one time. If a server can host lots of apps at once by making full use of its resources, it supports a dense deployment environment. In contrast, if the server only runs a handful of apps and its total capacity is underutilized, then it's a sparse environment..."

                                        IT - Email
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                                        4 Simple Steps To Keep Web-Based Email Secure
                                        ComputerWorld, March 17th, 2017
                                        "A few simple steps, including the use of multi-factor or two-step verification, can help keep your web-based email secure from prying eyes...

                                        "It wasn't all that long ago that the use of web-based email or 'webmail' was viewed as unprofessional and something that most people used only because it was free and convenient.

                                        Submitting a resume with a Hotmail email address may well have raised some eyebrows. Microsoft has rebranded Hotmail as Outlook, and by virtue of the name change alone gave what is essentially the same webmail service added gravitas. Gmail never had the stigma of a Hotmail (or worse, AOL) email account, but as Google popularized cloud-based productivity suites it too gained greater acceptability as an appropriate email address for business use..."

                                        Zix Wins 5-Vendor Email Encryption Shootout
                                        Network World, March 13th, 2017
                                        "Email encryption has come a long way since our last review...

                                        Email encryption products have made major strides since we last looked at them nearly two years ago. They have gotten easier to use and deploy, thanks to a combination of user interface and encryption key management improvements, and are at the point where encryption can almost be called effortless on the part of the end user.

                                        Our biggest criticism in 2015 was that the products couldn't cover multiple use cases, such as when a user switches from reading emails on their smartphone to moving to a webmailer to composing messages on their Outlook desktop client. Fortunately, the products are all doing a better job handling multi-modal email..."

                                        IT - Mobile
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                                        Many Smartphone Owners Don't Take Steps To Secure Their Devices
                                        PewResearchCenter, March 15th, 2017
                                        "Cybersecurity experts recommend that smartphone owners take a number of steps to keep their mobile devices safe and secure. These include using a pass code to gain access to the phone, as well as regularly updating a phone's apps and operating system. Many Americans, however, are not adhering to these best practices, according to a Pew Research Center report released earlier this year...

                                        More than a quarter (28%) of smartphone owners say they do not use a screen lock or other security features to access their phone..."

                                        Despite 5G, LTE Will Be Even Bigger Five Years From Now
                                        CIO, March 13th, 2017
                                        "In 2022, LTE will be faster and more people will use it, ABI Research says..

                                        In 2022, even after 5G has officially launched, 4G will be bigger than ever.

                                        An ABI Research report released Monday reinforces what mobile operators and network builders have been saying about the move to 5G: It will be a gradual transition, not a wholesale replacement. Over the next decade or more, LTE will remain in use and and offer some of the same benefits as 5G. In some cases, it might be hard to tell the difference..."

                                        Why Laptops Won't Come With Larger SSDs This Year
                                        ComputerWorld, March 13th, 2017
                                        "A tight NAND flash chip supply is pushing up prices for SSDs...

                                        A dearth in NAND flash chip supply will cause the prices of mainstream solid-state drives (SSDs) to leap by as much as 16% this quarter over the previous quarter, meaning laptop makers won't likely offer consumers higher capacity SSDs in their new systems, according to a report from market research firm DRAMeXchange.

                                        On average, contract prices for multi-level cell (MLC) SSDs supplied to the PC manufacturing industry are projected to go up by 12% to 16% compared with the final quarter of 2016; prices of triple-level cell (TLC) SSDs are expected to rise by 10% to 16% sequentially, according to DRAMeXchange..."

                                        IT - Big Data
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                                        When Big Data Gets It Wrong
                                        Government Technology, March 17th, 2017
                                        "The number of information sources streaming into government has never been greater. But is it making us smarter?...

                                        'Data' is the watchword of the progressive gov tech professional today. If we can put a number to a problem - quantify it, catalog it, assault it with an avalanche of analytics - all will be well..."

                                        Big Data, Business Analytics Revenue To Reach $150B In 2017
                                        SmartDataCollective, March 16th, 2017
                                        "Dive Brief:

                                        • Worldwide revenues for Big Data and business analytics (BDA) are expected to reach $150.8 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.4% over 2016, according to a new report from International Data Corporation (IDC).

                                        • Banking, discrete manufacturing, process manufacturing, federal/central government, and professional services will make the biggest investments in BDA in 2017, the report found, and are expected to spend $72.4 billion this year.

                                        • "BDA as an enabler of decision support and decision automation is now firmly on the radar of top executives. This category of solutions is also one of the key pillars of enabling digital transformation efforts across industries and business processes globally," said Dan Vesset, group vice president of Analytics and Information Management at IDC, in a statement.

                                        Dive Insight:..".

                                        Strategies To Overcome The Big Data Skills Gap
                                        SmartDataCollective, March 15th, 2017
                                        "Businesses face a significant challenge today, one that has no obvious answer. That challenge relates to the use of big data analytics. While most businesses understand how big data can benefit them, it takes more effort and time to actually put big data solutions into practice. Even so, that's a challenge that can be overcome if not for one major obstacle: the number of people with the skill set to tackle big data problems is relatively low. Companies have a high demand for big data experts, but there are few out there right now that actually fit the bill. This is often referred to as the big data skills gap, a gap that only seems to be growing wider with time..."
                                        Data-Driven Decision-Making, American Express Style
                                        Search CIO, March 15th, 2017
                                        "Michael Vapenik, the enterprise data governance officer at American Express, expounds on what it means to be a data-driven organization...

                                        The term data-driven decision-making has a prominent place in the annals of modern business jargon. Back in the '90s when I was covering the retail industry, it was common to see analysis pieces debating the merits of data-driven retailers versus the "merchant" types who operated on gut instincts. Mickey Drexler, the now 72-year-old CEO and chairman of J. Crew Group, was often held up as the epitome of retailing by gut instincts in his days as head of Gap Inc. But that was B.B.D. -- before big data..."

                                        25 Top Master Data Management Providers (Slideshow)
                                        Information Management, March 15th, 2017
                                        "The MDM Institute has published a field report that examines the top vendors and products for master data management. In this slideshow Information Management looks at the first 11 vendors of the top 25. In part two tomorrow Information Management will explore the remainder..."
                                        Top10
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                                        Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                        Vol 229 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 228 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 227 Issue 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:

                                        • MONDAY SPOTLIGHT : Oracle Linux and DTrace
                                        • A Lingerie Merchant And A Doorbell Inventor Walk Into A Room: A NetSuite Story
                                        • Work-Life Balance: How Employers Can Step Up
                                        • Oracle's Thomas Kurian Offers 3-Point Vision For Developers At Code Event
                                        • What Drives Linux Guru Wim Coekaerts? Have Fun, Build Things People Will Use
                                        • PaaS Services Explained: The Most Common SaaS Use Cases"]
                                        • MySQL Connector/Java 6.0.6-m5
                                        • Group Replication minimal SQL based configuration
                                        • Digital Tools Fine-Tune Colombian Bank's Marketing Machine
                                        • Latest Release of Industry Leading Oracle Database Now Available in the Cloud, with Oracle Cloud at Customer, and On-Premises

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

                                          IT - Encryption
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                                          Build A Real VPN With Openvpn
                                          linux.com, March 16th, 2017
                                          "A real, genuine, honest-to-gosh virtual private network (VPN) is an encrypted network-to-network virtual tunnel that connects trusted endpoints. It is not a HTTPS web portal that trusts all clients. Let us build a proper strong VPN with OpenVPN.

                                          The definition of VPN has been stretched beyond recognition with the proliferation of HTTPS VPNs, which trust all clients. These work for shopping sites, which permit only limited client access..."

                                          Trust Begins With Layer 1 Encryption
                                          Dark Reading, March 15th, 2017
                                          "At which network layer should we handle security of in-flight data? Some argue the application layer is most appropriate because this is where the user's personal data, semantics and security requirements reside. Others argue that security should start in the network and physical layers, protecting even the protocol information involved in moving data - implementing encryption as deeply as possible, even at Layer 1. This is particularly true for Internet of Things (IoT) traffic where data generated is never at rest..."
                                          IT - Tape
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                                          Economic Value Of LTO Tape For Long-Term Data Retention
                                          StorageNewsletter.com, March 15th, 2017
                                          "ESG was engaged by the Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Program, a consortium of LTO-based technology providers, to develop a detailed economic analysis of the LTO tape specification, which is the basis for many high-capacity, high- performance, and high-integrity tape storage products in production today. The analysis is designed to help IT organizations compare the fully burdened costs of leveraging modern LTO-based solutions for long-term data retention with a 'present mode of operation' (PMO) that represents alternative all-disk storage approaches. This analysis builds upon ESG's evaluation of current-generation LTO products, the forward-looking LTO Ultrium technology roadmap, in-depth interviews with technical stakeholders at The LTO Program's member organizations (HPE, IBM, and Quantum), additional qualitative and quantitative market research conducted by ESG with IT decision makers, and ESG's general familiarity with storage products and trends..."
                                          LibreOffice
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                                          Libreoffice 5.3 Office Suite Gets First Point Release With 100 Improvements
                                          Softpedia, March 16th, 2017
                                          "LibreOffice 5.3.1 comes one and a half months after the release of LibreOffice 5.3, a major branch that introduced exciting new features for users of the popular office suite. These include the experimental MUFFIN user interface with a Microsoft Office-like Ribbon UI, as well as the first source release of LibreOffice Online.

                                          During these past six weeks, LibreOffice 5.3.1 received two Release Candidate (RC) development versions, which fix about 100 bugs and regressions that have been either discovered by the LibreOffice developers/contributors or reported by users from the previous version..."

                                          IT - Java
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                                          Java 9 Enters Second Bug Fixing Phase
                                          Jaxenter, March 17th, 2017
                                          "Mark Reinhold, the Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, announced in a message to the OpenJDK mailing list that the second phase of the rampdown process has begun...

                                          It's been seven months since Mark Reinhold, the Chief Architect of the Java Platform Group at Oracle, announced the first phase of the rampdown process in a message to the OpenJDK mailing list. Now it's time for the second phase.

                                          Reinhold proposed that the specific goals for this phase should be:.."

                                          IT - Developer
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                                          Trending On The Charts: Swift Hits Top 10 For Popular Programming Languages
                                          Jaxenter, March 14th, 2017
                                          "No bad blood, just mad love. Swift has finally hit the top ten popular programming languages and all we can say is about time...

                                          It's official. TIOBE released their latest index and for the first time, Swift has cracked the top ten programming languages list.

                                          Here's the full list for March 2017..."

                                            Nexenta News
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                                            Nexenta Recognized on CRN's Inaugural Software-Defined Data Center 50 List
                                            Nexenta, March 13th, 2017
                                            Nexenta Offers Enterprises the Industry's First Hardware- and Protocol-agnostic Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Portfolio; Delivering Complete Freedom from Storage Hardware Vendor Lock-in

                                            Santa Clara, CA, March 13, 2017 - Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS),announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Nexenta to its 2017 Software-Defined Data Center 50 list. This inaugural list recognizes channel-friendly companies that provide some of the most innovative data center technology available.

                                            Selected by CRN editors, the 2017 Software-Defined Data Center 50 list recognizes technology vendors that are leading the way in meeting a growing need for state-of-the-art offerings that virtualize infrastructure and deliver it as a service. These vendors are instrumental in helping solution providers select and deploy the right tools for building virtualized environments-a critical first step in transitioning customers to the cloud. In addition to honoring vendors for outstanding products and services, the list serves as a valuable guide for solution providers looking for best-in-class software-defined data center technology suppliers.

                                            CRN editors select companies for the Software-Defined Data Center 50 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 desirability of the technology and services it makes available to its partners.

                                            Cisco News
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                                            Cisco Collaborates with Sky to Launch OnPrime TV
                                            Cisco, March 14th, 2017
                                            New OTT Streaming Service Offers South Asian, Arabic and Russian Entertainment Channels Live to Viewers in the UK, Italy and Germany Via Apple TV

                                            Consumers in the UK, Italy and Germany can now access popular foreign language film, television and news channels in one place via OnPrime TV, a new innovative app-based streaming service developed by Cisco in collaboration with Sky, and supported by Encompass Digital Media.

                                            Navisite Automates Data Centers Worldwide with Cisco ACI Platform, Enhancing Security and Agility
                                            Cisco, March 14th, 2017
                                            Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) provides powerful policy-based, programmable automated architecture

                                            Cisco announced that Navisite, LLC., a part of Spectrum Enterprise and an international provider of managed cloud services, application management and hosting services, has deployed Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) as a core technology platform of its software defined data center reference architecture. Cisco ACI will provide the Software Defined Network (SDN) foundation to automate Navisite data centers worldwide and speed time-to-market for its clients.

                                            Cisco Appoints Brenton L. Saunders, Chairman, President and CEO of Allergan plc, to Board of Directors
                                            Cisco, March 13th, 2017
                                            Cisco announced the appointment of Brenton L. Saunders, Chairman, President and CEO of Allergan plc, to its board of directors. The appointment is effective immediately.

                                            'I'm thrilled that Brent is joining Cisco's board at such an exciting time for our industry,' said Chuck Robbins, CEO, Cisco. 'Brent is a natural innovator and leader with a deep understanding of business transformation and I'm looking forward to his many contributions in shaping the future of Cisco'...

                                            Dell News
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                                            Dell EMC State of IT Trends Federal Study Finds Majority of Agencies Are Implementing Software-Defined Data Centers
                                            Dell EMC, March 13th, 2017
                                            Federal IT leaders report significant progress in the adoption of software-defined data centers (SDDCs), despite modernization challenges. The general consensus was that SDDCs can increase agency flexibility, agility and efficiency. In Dell EMC's State of IT Trends federal extension, a survey of this cohort, 64 percent of respondents said their organization had deployed software-defined solutions and 85 percent reported progress adopting SDDCs.

                                            The establishment of SDDCs - defined here as a data center in which hardware components are virtualized, delivered as a service and managed by software - was considered by survey respondents to be far more crucial to modernization than any other efforts. The survey responses indicate that as agencies look to manage digital transformation and the vast quantities of data generated as a result, IT decision-makers see the advantages of transitioning to software-based environments.

                                            5 Eye-Popping Facts About Dell EMC's Assault On The All-Flash Market
                                            CRN, March 16th, 2017
                                            Matt Brown writes, "Seizing upon some recent stats from research firm IDC, as well as internal data, Dell EMC storage chief Jeff Boudreau lays out some big numbers from Dell EMC's past year in all-flash storage technology.

                                            In a recent blog, Boudreau recounts Dell EMC's all-flash successes from the past year and looks ahead to the near future, when he says Dell EMC will continue to put distance between itself and other all-flash market players and introduce its first storage system with NVMe.

                                            Boudreau, senior vice president and general manager of midrange storage, admits that perhaps Dell EMC was a little late to the all-flash game, but notes that the company shipped more than an Exabyte of all-flash array capacity in 2016. Here are five key points from Boudreau's Dell EMC all-flash redux..."

                                            Microsoft News
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                                            Microsoft researchers bring computer power to social science
                                            Microsoft, March 16th, 2017
                                            It's called the prisoner's dilemma and it goes like this: You and a fellow gang member are in jail. One of you committed a heinous crime, but the prosecutor doesn't know who. Instead, you are both booked on a lesser charge and serving a one-year sentence in solitary confinement.

                                            But here's the deal: The prosecutor has given you both an opportunity to rat. If you betray your fellow gang member but are not ratted on, you walk free while your buddy serves a three-year term. If you both rat, you both serve two years. The prosecutor knocks on your cell door. What do you do?

                                            For decades, social scientists have studied how cooperation among humans evolves by observing people play multiple games of prisoner's dilemma, each game lasting for a fixed number of rounds. Over the course of these games, the players balance the benefit of cooperation with the risk of exploitation and the temptation to rat with the risk of retaliation in subsequent games...

                                              IBM News
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                                              Arthritis Research UK Introduces IBM Watson-Powered 'Virtual Assistant' to Provide Information and Advice to People with Arthritis
                                              IBM, March 13th, 2017
                                              Arthritis Research UK and IBM announced the development of a Watson-powered 'virtual personal assistant' to provide information and advice to people living with arthritis. The charity has teamed up with IBM to ensure people seeking help will have access to personalised information from the Arthritis Research UK website, delivered in a form that feels like a natural conversation. The service will be accessible on mobile phones and computers, without the need to download an app. There are currently 300 people with arthritis helping Arthritis Research UK to test and feedback before it is launched publicly on the charity's website later this year.
                                              IDx and IBM Watson Health Forge Alliance for Eye Health
                                              IBM, March 16th, 2017
                                              IBM Watson Health and IDx, LLC announced a five-year strategic alliance to advance eye health through cognitive computing applications. The alliance aims to help primary care providers, hospitals, health systems, and integrated delivery networks deliver value-based care to patients with diabetic retinopathy and other serious eye conditions such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. The alliance expands IBM Watson Health's focus on eye health.

                                              The alliance leverages more than a decade of IDx's ophthalmic image analysis work and IBM's cognitive healthcare offerings and global reach. As part of the alliance, IBM Watson Health has the option to distribute IDx offerings. Initially, IBM Watson Health intends to distribute IDx-DR -- an automated solution for diabetic retinopathy screening currently available in the 31 countries that comprise the European Economic Area. IBM Watson Health may expand its distribution of IDx-DR to Australia, Canada, and the United States upon regulatory approvals of the product.

                                              Singapore fintech startup leverages IBM Blockchain and Bluemix technologies to help SMEs raise their productivity and competitiveness
                                              IBM, March 15th, 2017
                                              IBM announced Singapore fintech start-up, INVICTUS, is collaborating with them to leverage IBM Cloud and Blockchain technologies for their Order, Logistic & Payment (OLP) platform. The platform aims to help businesses reduce wastage, redundancy and cash-flow issues in their transaction processes by disrupting the supply chain management cycle with blockchain smart contract technology.

                                              As part of this collaboration, INVICTUS is also working with the IBM Bluemix Garage in Singapore to design a distributed ledger platform prototype on the Hyperledger Fabric, aimed at managing transactions between small and medium enterprises, suppliers, banks and other liquidity providers.

                                              IBM Brings New Features to Enterprise Social Network
                                              IBM, March 13th, 2017
                                              IBM announced it is bringing new capabilities to enterprise social networks for a simpler collaboration across the workforce and employee onboarding experience. The latest version of IBM Connections also integrates with IBM Cloud Object Storage, providing companies an ability to scale their storage needs with their employee's usage while improving storage costs.

                                              IBM Connections 6.0 has been redesigned to surface the most useful content from the user's network. This new feature - called Orient Me - leverages a new containerized, API-driven architecture to bring the most relevant information for the user to engage with - providing an interactive experience.

                                              IBM Helps Fight Dengue and Zika
                                              IBM, March 13th, 2017
                                              Applies data analytics and mobile technology know-how to address mosquito-borne diseases in Taiwan and Panama ...

                                              IBM is helping Taiwan and Panama battle dengue fever and the Zika virus, two mosquito-borne illnesses that have also caused concern in the United States.

                                              The collaborations with public health agencies in Panama and Taiwan were performed as part of IBM's Health Corps initiative, a new, pro bono consulting program that aims to help improve public health throughout the world.

                                              For the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control (CDC), IBM helped create computer models that might be useful in predicting the effect of interventions to fight dengue fever. Dengue fever is a major cause of death in the tropics and subtropics. Globally, it is the most rapidly spreading mosquito-borne virus, increasing 30-fold worldwide over the past 50 years. In Taiwan, from 2003 to 2013, there were less than 2,000 annual cases. However, significant outbreaks have occurred Taiwan during recent years, with tens of thousands of new cases.

                                              IBM, Cognitive Builders Tackle Challenges with Watson
                                              IBM, March 15th, 2017
                                              IBM unveiled five new ways developers and brands are building with Watson, spanning industries like marketing, retail and entertainment.

                                              Developers are the new 'cognitive builders,' from seasoned professionals to first-time coders, and IBM is leading the way in providing solutions that simplify and empower that creativity. According to Evans Data, when it comes to advanced technologies, developers are most familiar with cognitive computing, with over eight million developers using it today.

                                              By putting cognitive capabilities directly in the hands of the developer community, IBM is empowering a new generation of 'cognitive builders' to create their own AI-enabled apps and businesses. From entrepreneurs to solo innovators, the IBM developer community is tackling challenges across industries as varied as education and environment...

                                              Sidian Bank Taps IBM Cloud, Cognitive to Accelerate Digital Transformation
                                              IBM, March 13th, 2017
                                              IBM announced that Sidian Bank has turned to IBM Cloud and Cognitive solutions to fuel its digital transformation. This helps the bank provide its growing customer base of small and medium-sized businesses with faster access to existing services like debit and credit card processing, bank account opening, teller services and wealth management.

                                              Sidian Bank, founded in 1984, was launched as a micro-finance bank before upgrading and becoming a commercial bank. The bank needed a core banking system that would provide a competitive edge as it enhanced its services to better target the entrepreneur market segment. It was also looking to reduce unplanned system outages and to improve its core banking system performance.

                                              IBM to Hire 2,000 U.S. Veterans into New Collar Technology Careers
                                              IBM, March 17th, 2017
                                              IBM, America's largest technology employer, announced it will hire 2,000 U.S. veterans over the next four years. These positions are part of the company's broader pledge to hire 25,000 U.S. workers through 2020, and many are "new collar jobs" that do not always require a four-year college degree.

                                              "The men and women who have served in our country's armed forces have unique talents and skill sets that make them a natural fit for some of the technology industry's most exciting fields," said Diane Gherson, IBM's Senior Vice President of Human Resources...

                                              IBM Watson Health to Integrate MedyMatch Technology into Cognitive Imaging Offerings to Help Doctors Identify Head Trauma and Stroke
                                              IBM, March 16th, 2017
                                              MedyMatch Application to Help Doctors Identify Head Trauma and Stroke...

                                              MedyMatch Technology announced a collaboration with IBM Watson Health to bring MedyMatch's A.I.-based clinical decision support application to imaging experts working in hospital emergency rooms and other acute care settings to help doctors identify instances of intracranial bleeding as a result of head trauma and stroke. Initially, IBM Watson Health's Imaging group will distribute the MedyMatch brain bleed detection application globally through its vendor neutral sales channels. Moving forward, IBM Watson Health and MedyMatch will develop interoperability between MedyMatch's application and IBM Watson Health Imaging's offerings.

                                              VMware News
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                                              VMware Pioneers Innovations for Digital Workspaces with New Releases and Offers of Workspace ONE and AirWatch
                                              VMware, March 14th, 2017
                                              VMware, Inc. introduced updates to the industry-leading VMware Workspace ONE solution. The Workspace ONE solution integrates application and access management, unified endpoint management (VMware AirWatch), and virtual application delivery (VMware Horizon) to help organizations evolve silo-ed cloud and mobile investments, enabling all employees, devices and things across the organization to accelerate their digital transformation journey with a platform-based approach.

                                              "As the benefits of digitization extend across the organization to include a broader set of employees and endpoints, there is an urgent need to break down technology silos and tackle shadow IT by standardizing on a digital workspace platform," said Noah Wasmer, senior vice president, mobile products, End-User Computing, VMware. "VMware Workspace ONE is the industry's only integrated platform to deliver contextual access to all applications while delivering best-in-class endpoint management with market leading AirWatch."

                                              Red Hat News
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                                              Friday Five - March 17, 2017
                                              Red Hat, March 17th, 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.

                                              • Red Hat Blog - Red Hat receives overall "Positive" company rating in Gartner's 2017 Vendor Rating Report for third consecutive time

                                              • Virtualization Review - Red Hat Touts 5 Benefits of Its Kubernetes Update

                                              • Container Journal - Red Hat's Message for the Ecosystem: Be Open and Collaborate

                                              • SD Times - Report: OSS challenges come from a lack of understanding

                                              • InformationWeek - Red Hat Expert: OpenStack May Not Be As Complex As You Think

                                              Read on for details.

                                              Red Hat Adds New NIST Certification for OpenSCAP, Expands Footprint for Open IT Security Standards
                                              Red Hat, March 17th, 2017
                                              Community-driven security compliance scanner certified for mission-critical deployments on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7 by National Institute of Standards and Technology

                                              Red Hat, Inc. announced that OpenSCAP 1.2, an open source Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) scanner, has been certified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a U.S. government evaluated configuration and vulnerability scanner for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 and 7-based systems. This certification shows that OpenSCAP can analyze and evaluate security automation content correctly and has the functionality and documentation required by NIST to run in sensitive, security-conscious environments.

                                              Level3 News
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                                              CenturyLink and Level 3 shareholders approve merger
                                              Level(3), March 16th, 2017
                                              CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) announce that shareholders of both companies overwhelmingly approved all proposals related to the companies' merger.

                                              At a special meeting of CenturyLink's shareholders held today in Monroe, approximately 96.3 percent of the votes cast supported the proposal to issue CenturyLink common stock to Level 3 stockholders in connection with the proposed merger.

                                              At a special meeting of Level 3's stockholders held today in Broomfield, approximately 81.2 percent of Level 3's outstanding shares of common stock, and more than 98.8 percent of the votes cast, were voted in favor of approving the merger agreement.

                                                EMC News
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                                                Dell EMC State of IT Trends Federal Study Finds Majority of Agencies Are Implementing Software-Defined Data Centers
                                                Dell EMC, March 13th, 2017
                                                Federal IT leaders report significant progress in the adoption of software-defined data centers (SDDCs), despite modernization challenges. The general consensus was that SDDCs can increase agency flexibility, agility and efficiency. In Dell EMC's State of IT Trends federal extension, a survey of this cohort, 64 percent of respondents said their organization had deployed software-defined solutions and 85 percent reported progress adopting SDDCs.

                                                The establishment of SDDCs - defined here as a data center in which hardware components are virtualized, delivered as a service and managed by software - was considered by survey respondents to be far more crucial to modernization than any other efforts. The survey responses indicate that as agencies look to manage digital transformation and the vast quantities of data generated as a result, IT decision-makers see the advantages of transitioning to software-based environments.

                                                HP News
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                                                BASF Selects HPE to Build Supercomputer for Global Chemical Research
                                                HPE, March 17th, 2017
                                                New HPE Apollo System supercomputer will help BASF reduce computer simulation and modeling times from months to days

                                                HPE announced that the companies will collaborate to develop one of the world's largest supercomputers for industrial chemical research at BASF's Ludwigshafen headquarters this year. Based on the latest generation of HPE Apollo 6000 systems, the new supercomputer will drive the digitalization of BASF's worldwide research.

                                                  Comcast News
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                                                  U.S. Olympic Committee Names Comcast As Presenting Sponsor Of The Team USA Champions Series Through 2020
                                                  Comcast, March 16th, 2017
                                                  Team USA Champions Series through 2020 The 2017 Summer Champions Series, presented by Comcast kicks off TV coverage May 13 on NBCSN and will telecast beach volleyball, diving, swimming, and track and field events this summer on NBCUniversal.

                                                  The United States Olympic Committee announced today that Comcast will be the presenting sponsor of the Team USA Champions Series through 2020. The Team USA Champions Series, presented by Comcast, is composed of both a summer and winter season, which will showcase elite U.S. athletes year-round broadcast on NBCUniversal...

                                                    F5 News
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                                                    F5 Networks Appoints Adam Judd to Lead Sales in Asia Pacific
                                                    F5, March 14th, 2017
                                                    F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced the appointment of Adam Judd to the company's leadership team as Senior Vice President, Sales, Asia Pacific. Based in Singapore, Judd is responsible for charting F5's strategic business growth across 14 countries in the Asia Pacific region. He will be reporting directly to Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales, John DiLullo.
                                                      Intelligent Inspection Zone for Optimized Security
                                                      F5, March 17th, 2017
                                                      Technology is transforming the way we do business. It has brought ease and timelines. We do not have to stand in queues for paying utility bills or getting a taxi anymore. Our smartphone tells us when our bus is going to arrive and keeps us connected to work while being on the move. With rapid digitization more and more of our work and life will be controlled by our smart devices.

                                                      Criminals are keeping pace with technology and have figured innovative ways to capitalize with the technology adoption. The rewards that cybercrime has to offer, the fact that it can be achieved hiding behind proxies and easy renting of technologies from underground markets has paved way for increased cybercrime...

                                                        Netapp News
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                                                        CIO Research Shows Hybrid Cloud Model Dominates, Storage and Backup are Top Cloud Use Cases
                                                        NetApp, March 16th, 2017
                                                        NetApp announced the results of its first industry research on cloud adoption in Europe. The responses of 750 CIOs and IT managers in France, Germany and the UK identified hybrid cloud as the most common adoption - over half of all respondents in each country indicate they are using a combination of private and public cloud (69% in Germany; 61% in France; 58% in the UK).

                                                        More than half of the survey base also named security as a primary reason for adopting cloud, showing that trust in cloud providers continues to advance. Storage and backup ranked as the top use cases for cloud in all countries surveyed...

                                                        Druva News
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                                                        Phoenix Software Joins Forces with ORIIUM and Druva to Ensure Recovery of Data for Office 365 Environments
                                                        Druva, March 15th, 2017
                                                        Leading provider of Office 365 to UK public sector further expands data availability and management portfolio

                                                        Phoenix Software, one of the largest Microsoft Office 365 providers in the UK, announced it will be working with ORIIUM and Druva to support its customers in protecting data created in cloud applications. Together with ORIIUM's CX:inSync, which is powered by Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, Phoenix Software will provide customers across the local government, education, healthcare and housing association sectors with full data recovery and archiving for Office 365 environments.

                                                        Insight News
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                                                        Insight and Ronald McDonald House Charities Help Tampa Families in Need
                                                        Insight, March 15th, 2017
                                                        Insight and Ronald McDonald House Charities Help Tampa Families in Need

                                                        Insight has committed to sponsoring the renovation of the former administration building of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tampa Bay (RMHC-TB) to repurpose it into a community resource space. The new space will be used as both a meeting place and training area for volunteers before they start their official duties, whether it is cooking for families or other specialty projects for RMHC-TB houses.

                                                        Insight team members work monthly with RMHC-TB to feed and serve those in need. In 2016 alone, their contributions and service has aided over 400 children and their families in the local community.

                                                          Centrify News
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                                                          Centrify Named 'Best-of-the-Best' by SPI Research
                                                          Centrify, March 15th, 2017
                                                          Centrify Awarded for Its Stellar Leadership and Client Satisfaction in Professional Services

                                                          Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, announced today that SPI Research, the leading independent technology services research firm, has named the company a 2017 Best-of-the-Best professional services organization. Centrify was among 416 participating organizations and one of just 21 firms selected for the distinction.

                                                          Best-of-the-Best winners excel across five critical service performance dimensions: leadership, client relationships, human capital management, service execution and finance, and operations. The Best-of-the-Best recognition is significant because it measures professional services organizations not only on bottom line financial results, such as profit margins, but also on a breadth of leadership metrics to reveal exceptional performance.

                                                          SPI: Centrify Professional Services are 'Best of the Best'
                                                          Centrify, March 15th, 2017
                                                          Leading technology services research firm SPI named Centrify a 2017 Best-of-the-Best professional services organization. We were among 21 selected from a field of over 400 companies.

                                                          SPI is a global research, consulting and training company that helps professional service organizations improve profit and productivity. The company's PS Maturity Model - planning and management framework has become the industry standard for service organizations.

                                                          According to SPI, a key characteristic shared by this year's winners was something Centrify genuinely strives for: A unique, employee-centric culture in an ethical work environment focused on customer satisfaction. It's not easy to build, but it is obvious when a company is achieving it by the quality of professional services they offer and the benefits they provide their customers.

                                                          Commvault News
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                                                          Protecting Apps And Data In The Cloud: Are You Prepared?
                                                          Commvault, March 15th, 2017
                                                          Are cloud-based apps and data the new normal in your company? If your CTO says 95 percent of your new application deployments are going to cloud, is your IT team prepared to protect apps and data in the cloud as well as on-premises?

                                                          Many organizations are already rethinking IT strategy and how the cloud impacts or accelerates their data protection strategy.

                                                          Commvault surveyed existing customers using public cloud for data backup and recovery and the results revealed a strong trend toward cloud-based app and data protection.

                                                          Juniper News
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                                                          Juniper Networks Brings the Self-Driving Network to MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress
                                                          Juniper, March 13th, 2017
                                                          Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, announced details of its participation at the MPLS + SDN + NFV World Congress in Paris as a Diamond Sponsor. The event will be the gathering point for more than 1,500 representatives from service providers, networking companies and enterprises from 65 countries to discuss the evolution of MPLS, software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

                                                          This year's overarching theme is how to evolve from network management to orchestration. In this context, Juniper will be advocating autonomous networks that can configure, monitor and maintain themselves, adapting to their operating environments with little or no human intervention.

                                                          Mellanox News
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                                                          Mellanox Ships More Than 200,000 Optical Transceiver Modules for Next Generation 100Gb/s Networks
                                                          Mellanox, March 16th, 2017
                                                          Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. announced that it has shipped more than 200,000 VCSEL and silicon photonics transceiver modules to serve the growing demand of hyperscale Web 2.0, cloud, and enterprise 100Gb/s networks. The modules are delivered in the QSFP28 form factor as Active Optical Cables (AOCs) or as standalone pluggable transceivers.

                                                          'The 100Gb/s optical transceivers market has ramped very quickly and we have ramped our optical manufacturing capabilities with it, and are shipping multiple product families in high volume,' said Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development and general manager of the interconnect business at Mellanox. 'Multi-mode optics are the most cost effective solution on the market today to connect 25G and 100G Ethernet servers and switches over shorter data center reaches. For longer reaches, customers selected our silicon photonics-based PSM4 transceivers as the most cost effective, highest configurable, single-mode transceiver available.'

                                                          Nutanix News
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                                                          Vocus Turns to Nutanix for Infrastructure Modernisation
                                                          Nutanix, March 13th, 2017
                                                          Leading Australian Telecoms Company Benefits from Enterprise Cloud Platform with Automation and Orchestration Capabilities

                                                          Nutanix announced that Vocus Communications ('Vocus') (ASX:VOC) is modernising its technology infrastructure with the Dell EMC XC Series appliance running the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform, which comes with a built-in virtualisation solution.

                                                          Vocus, a leading Australian telecommunications company, decided to make a clean break from its three-tier architecture and adopt Nutanix to run its wide range of business support systems (BSS), including large-scale billing and provisioning systems. Benefits include power savings, a reduction in total cost of ownership (TCO) across IT spend, increased automation and business intelligence.

                                                          Palo Alto Networks News
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                                                          Technology-Savvy Hospital Outsmarts Cybercriminals With Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform
                                                          Palo Alto Networks, March 14th, 2017
                                                          Intelligent Threat Prevention and Cloud-Based Malware Analysis Stop Malicious Attacks From Compromising Medical Devices and Critical Patient Services

                                                          Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, announced that Fisher-Titus Medical Center, a non-profit community hospital serving North Central Ohio, has selected the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform to assist in preventing malicious applications from gaining unauthorized control of critical medical devices, and to block cyberthreats from disrupting network services impacting vital patient care.

                                                          As a technology-savvy medical center, committed to offering its patients the most advanced technology and medical treatment possible, Fisher-Titus is keenly aware of the need for rock-solid network security. Aging medical devices built on legacy technology are not designed to protect against modern cyberthreats, leaving them vulnerable to cybercriminals.

                                                          SuperMicro News
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                                                          Supermicro Showcases Expanded Product Portfolio at Embedded World 2017
                                                          SuperMicro, March 14th, 2017
                                                          Wide Spectrum of Products from Apollo Lake (low power) to high-end dual-socket Intel Xeon and everything in between to meet every market requirement

                                                          Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage, networking technologies and green computing is demonstrating a broad range of advanced Embedded/IoT Server Building Block Solutions to address both traditional and new embedded market segments in Booth 1-330 at Embedded World 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany from March 14-16.

                                                          With the industry's broadest selection of innovative and first-to-market technologies that are the building blocks for today's embedded computing platforms, Supermicro is showcasing solutions that scale across Performance (up to 16 cores/128G memory), Power (from below 10 Watts) to highly dense form factors and rich feature sets.

                                                          Many of these solutions are optimized for Edge Computing with Data Security features like encryption, Data Storage features such as compression, Data Networking with 10G SFP+, visual computing with GT4e and 4K UHD, and Virtualization (VT-d/VT-x).

                                                          SUSE News
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                                                          SUSE acquires HPE's cloud assets
                                                          SUSE, March 12th, 2017
                                                          Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes in ZDNet, "HPE and SUSE, a top Linux distributor, have a complex relationship. First, HPE spun and merged its non-core software assets with Micro Focus. Micro Focus owns SUSE, a major Linux provider. Now, SUSE has finished acquiring cloud assets of HPE's OpenStack Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Cloud Foundry Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Stackato, HPE's Cloud Foundry implementation.

                                                          Here's how it fits together. SUSE will use its new assets to expand its OpenStack program, speeding up the company's entry into Cloud Foundry's growing Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) market..."

                                                          Veeam News
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                                                          Veeam Announces 2016 Veeam Impact Partner Award Winners
                                                          Veeam, March 16th, 2017
                                                          Veeam Software announced the winners of the 2016 Veeam Impact Partner Awards. These second annual awards recognize 21 Latin American ProPartners who have not only demonstrated success providing Veeam Availability solutions to their customers, but who have also provided first-class support, expert knowledge, and continued product education.

                                                          "Our ProPartner program is experiencing tremendous growth in LATAM," said Vitaly Sukhovsky, Vice President, LATAM, at Veeam. 'With more than 2,400 Veeam ProPartners in LATAM, we reported 63 percent year-over-year revenue growth across all partner levels for 2016. We believe this is due to both the requirement for Availability solutions to ensure digital transformation and our strengthened commitment to the success of our partners. Increasing our channel team by 40 percent in the past year is a clear indication of our mutual achievements. Veeam's success depends on our partners' success, so we're excited to recognize and honor these Latin American partners with our highest achievement awards'..."

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                                                            Zerto Introduces New Technical Alliances Program to Deliver Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Solutions Together with the World's Leading Tech Companies
                                                            Zerto, March 14th, 2017
                                                            Zerto, an award-winning provider of cloud IT resilience solutions, announced its new technical alliances program, to bring together complementary technology companies to deliver hybrid cloud and business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) solutions to market. Early members of the ZAP Technical Alliance Program include Microsoft, AWS, IBM, HPE, Nutanix, Pure Storage, Quantum Corporation, Nimble Storage, ExaGrid, Infinidat, Kaminario, Pivot3, Tegile, Embotics and Turbonomics.

                                                            The Zerto Alliance Partner (ZAP) Program for Technical Alliances empowers like-minded infrastructure and software companies with the tools to deliver enterprises complete solutions for application protection and mobility for enterprises' public, private and hybrid cloud environments. ZAP adds technology vendors to the company's partner business model, which already includes traditional Value Added Resellers (VARs) and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).

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