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Oracle Unveils Latest Innovations in Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service
New Lean Construction and Capital Improvement Program capabilities enhance Oracle Construction and Engineering's comprehensive project success platform
Oracle today announced the latest innovations to Oracle Prime Projects Cloud Service, Oracle Construction and Engineering's powerful project success platform.

The new Oracle Prime Projects capabilities, Oracle Lean Scheduling Solution and Oracle Capital Improvement Program Solution, add innovative project execution and capital planning features to Oracle Construction and Engineering's suite of cloud solutions. Oracle Prime Projects enables users to manage all aspects of the project lifecycle from ideation to execution to delivery.

Oracle and the American Institute of CPAs Unveil the New Operating Model for Agile Finance
New report helps CFOs manage digital transformation initiatives by providing detailed insights into best practices of agile finance leaders
To help management accountants and finance professionals successfully navigate the business and technology changes that are transforming the finance function, Oracle and the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) today released a new report that details the blueprint for modern finance. The report, Agile Finance Revealed: The New Operating Model for Modern Finance, identifies the traits of agile finance leaders and benchmarks their success in creating a dynamic new operating model that is resilient, responsive, and predictive, helping CFOs and their finance teams to shape the future of the business.
Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Now Available in the Cloud
Speeds Clinical Discoveries and Reduces Research Costs
Oracle Health Sciences unveiled Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Cloud Service that promises to lower the cost and increase the traceability of clinical development by streamlining end to end clinical data flow across clinical R&D.

Planning and managing clinical trials has become more complex as additional data is being generated, collected and analyzed to demonstrate clinical efficacy, ensure successful regulatory approval and ultimately bring more therapies to market faster. Oracle Health Sciences Data Management Workbench Cloud Service enables pharmaceutical companies and contract research organizations to integrate, reconcile and analyze the growing variety and volume of clinical and healthcare data. By automating data flow and standardizing data for review, clinical researchers have near real time access to insights for clinical trial decision making - all at a dramatically lower total cost of ownership as a result of it being offered as a cloud service.

CSPs See Cloud Technology Investments as Critical to Improving Customer Experience
New global study by Oracle reveals the top challenges and opportunities for CSPs as they navigate changing customer expectations
A new Oracle study conveys that Communication Service Providers (CSPs) top challenge is improving customer experiences, followed closely by keeping up with technological advancements. The survey, "The Communications Cloud: CSPs Take on Tomorrow", polled communications service providers around the world to understand how initiatives such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and the Cloud might help them overcome these obstacles and capitalize on new market opportunities.
OracleVoice: Hurd Predicts Demise Of Best-Of-Breed Technologies
By Michael Hickins
Michael writes, "If nothing else, cloud technology has simplified the IT landscape, reducing the pressure on businesses to manage hundreds of different applications for myriad different purposes. 'I don't think we'll return to the complexity we created in the past,' said Oracle CEO Mark Hurd during a keynote presentation on March 21 at Oracle Industry Connect here.

The current generation of Oracle financial, HR, and other applications that are used broadly across industries is built on the same code base, making it easier for those applications to interoperate, Hurd said. Oracle is 'working to do the same' for applications that address specific retail, hospitality, health sciences, and other industry needs, he said..."

OracleVoice: Swiss Hotel Chain Movenpick Uses Cloud To Avoid 'Cemetery Of Brands'
By Michael Hickins
Michael writes, "Movenpick is hoping to escape what its CEO Olivier Chavy called the 'cemetery of brands' during a presentation at Oracle Industry Connect here this morning.

Profit margins in the hotel industry are between 1% and 2%, and are being squeezed by a combination of macroeconomic and industry-specific factors, such as a changing distributor landscape, tighter management agreements, and higher capital requirements for borrowing..."

Three Ideas CFOs Can Glean From SXSW
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret Harrist writes in Forbes, "More and more companies are taking advantage of the cloud to spin up new business strategies quickly and gain flexibility. For CFOs looking to jumpstart their organizations - and burnish their reputations as business strategists - SXSW Interactive is a great place to find business-savvy inspiration.

At this year's conference, held last week in Austin, Texas, three keynoters who are successful in their own rights offered insights to CFOs and other business leaders that could help them drive innovation in their own organizations..."

Oracle Financial Services and Numerix to Leverage Cross Asset Analytics in Oracle FRTB Compliance Solution
Oracle to deploy Numerix analytics in new solution to help customers comply with the Bank for International Settlements fundamental review of the trading book capital requirements
Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications (OFSAA) has announced a collaboration with Numerix, provider of innovative capital markets technology, to develop and bring to market solutions that enable financial institutions to comply with the Fundamental Review of the Trading Book (FRTB). The offering implements complementary solutions from both Numerix and Oracle to effectively meet the regulatory and business challenges accompanying the new FRTB framework.
Oracle Utilities Launches a New Asset Performance Management (APM) Solution in the Cloud
Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Cloud Service is the foundation that supports next generation APM
Oracle introduced Oracle Utilities Work and Asset Cloud Service, an innovation foundation for asset performance management. The new cloud offering enables utilities to make the necessary transition from reactive to proactive asset management strategies. Utilities can increase asset reliability by finding asset failures faster and performing predictive maintenance with integrated APM and analytics.

Asset reliability and performance is core to well-functioning electric, gas, and water utilities. An aging workforce, pressure from regulators, and scrutiny on cost reduction goals are driving the need to extend the life of existing assets.

OracleVoice: Why CFOs Needn't Hunt For Data Science Unicorns
By Robert Landon
Robert writes in Forbes, "Most CFOs have been trained to focus on the past, with historical reporting and benchmarking at the heart of their mission. But as competitive pressures accelerate, they're increasingly expected to help shape the future too.

The ultimate goal? To unlock value currently hidden in financial, operational, and third-party data that can help drive company success. And that is why CFOs are on the hunt for data scientists, a new breed of professionals who, ideally, have a dizzying array of talents, including:..."

Oracle Database 12c Release 2: Analytic Views & SQL Developer
By Jeff Smith
One of the major new features in Oracle Database 12c Release 2 is Analytic Views

Jeff Smith writes, "An analytic view is a type of view that can be used to easily extend the content of a star schema with aggregated data, measure calculations and descriptive metadata, and to simplify the SQL needed to access data.

Analytic views layer a hierarchical/dimensional model over data. Analytic views are defined over the dimension tables and fact table of a star schema. Hierarchies are defined over dimension tables. The analytic view references hierarchies and a fact table.

I'm not here to introduce this new feature itself, more just to let you know that Oracle SQL Developer v4.2 has a TON of support for it - courtesy the same team that built this database feature.

If you'd like to take a tutorial on this subject, LiveSQL has a nice on-line demo - no database required!..."

Implementing Chatbots
By Carlos Chang
Carlos blogs, "Per my previous post on Artificial Intelligence, this topic is nothing less than fascinating!

Oracle has been making strong moves into the world of intelligent chatbots, its impact with consumers, within the enterprise ecosystem and specifically, what it takes to successfully implement them. At the recent QCon London 2017, Lyudmil Pelov, Lead Architect with the Oracle A-Team, had a great talk titled: Implementing Your Own Chatbot Platform! I know, that's the past, but you can check out the slides posted on SlideShare..."

Growing Your Business Using Artificial Intelligence; The Future Foundations Of Every Company?
ITProPortal, March 23rd, 2017
"Redefine your business growth story through cognitive process automation...

Every business, be it a start-up or a well-established organisation, has experienced growing pains. Managing the growth of the business - facing the pressures of resources, people and processes - has long been a challenge in a business' evolution. In the fast-paced world of connected industry, resources and time are scarce but there's no escaping the fact that businesses need innovative ways to keep up with the pace of the industry and competition..."

    Danger, Danger! 10 Alarming Examples Of AI Gone Wild (Slideshow)
    Infoworld, March 23rd, 2017
    "Our dystopian future of machine learning breaking bad is already unfolding before our eyes...

    Science fiction is lousy with tales of artificial intelligence run amok. There's HAL 9000, of course, and the nefarious Skynet system from the 'Terminator' films. Last year, the sinister AI Ultron came this close to defeating the Avengers, and right now the hottest show on TV is HBO's 'Westworld,' concerning the future of humans and self-aware AI....

    Here we look at 10 recent instances of AI gone awry, from chatbots to androids to autonomous vehicles. Look, synthetic or organic, everyone makes mistakes. Let us endeavor to be charitable when judging wayward artificial intelligence. Besides, we don't want to make them mad..."

      'Artificial Intelligence' Has Become Meaningless Marketing Jargon
      ComputerWorld, March 21st, 2017
      "Watch out, Android users: A new empty buzzword is in town, and it goes by the initials A.I.

      Well, it was bound to happen.

      Over the past several months, smartphone manufacturers have been hungering for a new hook -- a new way to make mobile devices seem fresh, exciting, and wallet-worthy at a point when last year's models still seem perfectly fine to most people..."

      AI Is Getting Brainier: Will Machines Leave Us In The Dust?
      CIO Today, March 19th, 2017
      "The road to human-level artificial intelligence is long and wildly uncertain. Most AI programs today are one-trick ponies. They can recognize faces, the sound of your voice, translate foreign languages, trade stocks and play chess. They may well have got the trick down pat, but one-trick ponies they remain. Google's DeepMind program, AlphaGo, can beat the best human players at Go, but it hasn't a clue how to play tiddlywinks, shove ha'penny, or tell one end of a horse from the other.

      Humans, on the other hand, are not specialists. Our forte is versatility. What other animal comes close as the jack of all trades?..."

      Natural Language Processing Bridges The Gap Between Computers And Humans
      ITProPortal, March 24th, 2017
      "Digital assistants such as Siri, Alexa and Cortana have paved the way for the mainstream adoption of artificial intelligence...

      Between Siri, Cortana, and Alexa, artificial intelligence has hit the mainstream. While people converse with AI on a regular basis, the average person knows far less about the natural language processing that makes the technology possible.

      Many people have observed NLP in action without realizing it..."

        Why AI Should Augment, Not Replace, Humans
        CIO, March 24th, 2017
        "One of the more interesting exchanges from IBM Interconnect 2017 was between IBM CEO Ginny Rometty and Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff 'Disclosure: IBM is a client of the author'. Benioff commented that both had recently gone to Washington to address the issue that the U.S. workforce isn't ready for artificial intelligence (AI). Both companies have platforms that are now partnered, IBM Watson and Salesforce Einstein. The problem is twofold, both firms are currently focused on augmenting people, but if people aren't trained to work with AI, the easier path may become replacement and that path creates a massive problem connected to unemployment and unemployed people not only don't buy products, they tend to revolt..."
        IT - Storage
        Data Storage Goes From $1M To 2 Cents Per Gigabyte (+Video)
        ComputerWorld, March 23rd, 2017
        "How we got from punch cards to flash storage, the internet and smartphones...

        When Computerworld was founded in 1967, a 1-megabyte hard drive would have set you back by $1 million.

        Today, that same megabyte of capacity on a hard disk drive (HDD) costs about two cents..."

        Intel Claims Storage Speed Record With First Large-Capacity Optane SSD
        CIO, March 19th, 2017
        "Intel's first Optane storage modules came out in early January, but were only 32GB. Larger Optane drives with up to 1.5TB of storage capacity are on their way, and we now have a better understanding of how they're going to perform.

        The first large-capacity Optane SSD drive is the DC P4800X, which has 375GB of storage and started shipping on Sunday. The $1,520 SSD is targeted at servers. (Intel didn't provide regional availability information.)

        Intel says an enterprise Optane SSD with 750GB will ship in the second quarter, and that a 1.5TB SSD will ship in the second half of this year..."

        Software-Defined Storage: Where It's Headed
        Enterprise Storage Forum, March 24th, 2017
        "While storage marketing and technology labels come and go, software-defined storage (SDS) continues to be used as the preferred term to define a trend towards data storage becoming independent of the underlying hardware. The term itself is somewhat loose but generally encompasses policy-based provisioning and data management in a hardware agnostic fashion.

        Features such as pooling, automation or tiering, for example, may also be part of the mix. Some go as far as to consider anything cloud to be in the software-defined camp. But regardless of the various opinions on how to define it, there are some definite views on where software-defined storage is heading..."

        Storage Fails The Business As Data Balloons, Survey Finds
        ComputerWeekly, March 20th, 2017
        "Lack of agility and failure of storage to keep pace with the business and data growth are major concerns to UK businesses that see data volumes increase by 27% a year...

        The increasing volume of data is a big headache for UK companies, with 56% declaring it a major challenge, a close second to concerns about security and governance (58%)..."

        IT - Technology
        VR Is Spectacular But Lonely: Here's How It Needs To Change To Succeed
        ZDnet, March 21st, 2017
        "Virtual reality is already impressive, but will only fulfil its real promise if it also becomes more of a shared experience...

        Let's get this out of the way first. The Oculus Rift is a remarkable, intoxicating, mesmerising experience, and virtual reality, or VR, will almost certainly turn out to be one of the defining technologies of the next century -- but not quite yet.

        I first tried out a VR headset perhaps a dozen years ago..."

        Mellanox Doubles Silicon Photonics Ethernet Transceiver Speeds To 200Gb/s
        insideHPC, March 20th, 2017
        "Mellanox introduced a new line of 200Gb/s silicon photonics and VCSEL-based transceivers in the same QSFP28 package as today's 100Gb/s products.

        These new transceivers double the bandwidth for hyperscale Web 2.0 and cloud 100Gb/s networks. Mellanox is also introducing 200Gb/s Active Optical Cables (AOCs) and Direct Attach Copper Cables (DACs), including breakout cables, to allow for end-to-end 200Gb/s Ethernet networks..."

        FAA Anticipates 1.6 Million Commercial Drones By 2021
        ZDNet, March 23rd, 2017
        "Hobbyist and commercial drone fleets are both expected to grow rapidly over the next four years. Complications are inevitable...

        This week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its annual aerospace forecast, which now includes projections for unmanned aerial systems (UAS, commonly called drones). The FAA anticipates that between 2016 and 2021, the number of commercial drones will increase at an average annual growth rate of 58.6 percent, while hobbyist fleets will triple in size. According to the FAA, we could see as many as 6.12 million drones in the sky by 2021..."

          I Saw An Average Joe Fly A Jetpack And Nobody Died
          CNET, March 20th, 2017
          "We've seen employees of JetPack Aviation in the sky before. But now, the company's letting people like you and me fly its newest jetpack...

          There's a utopian future society that exists in my imagination. I have a few non-negotiables in it, including humanoid service robots, clean energy and jetpacks. In particular, the jetpack really captured my heart when I watched George Jetson in his flying suit and The Rocketeer light up my local movie theater screen.

          I've now seen an ordinary person fly a real jetpack after a scant few hours of training. And it's just as exciting as those moments of hope and wonder I felt as a kid..."

            Virtual Reality Vs. Augmented Reality: A Head-To-Head Comparison
            Business 2 Community, March 23rd, 2017
            "With the rapid improvement of technology, many things have become possible these days that were deemed impossible even as little as a decade ago.

            Augmented reality and virtual reality are a part of these avant-garde forms of technologies that were considered a part of the fiction even a few decades back. But now, they are a very part of the reality.

            But what exactly are they? Let's see..."

              IT - Bitcoin
              IBM Launches Blockchain As A Service For The Enterprise
              ZDNet, March 20th, 2017
              "IBM has announced the launch of IBM Blockchain, a commercial service aimed at giving enterprise players the option to build their own scalable and secure blockchain networks.

              The new service is based on the Linux Foundation's Hyperledger Fabric version 1.0, IBM said in a press release.

              By utilizing Hyperledger, a cross-industry open-source effort to bring blockchain to businesses, Big Blue says that developers can quickly build and host secure blockchain networks via the IBM Cloud..."

              IT - DevOps
              Automated Security In DevOps Is A Sign Of Mature Dev Organisations
              ITProPortal, March 21st, 2017
              "Top performing software development teams embrace DevSecOps automation...

              Mature development organisations make sure automated security is built into their DevOps practice early, everywhere and at scale, according to a new report by Sonatype.

              The report, entitled 2017 DevSecOps Community Survey, is based on a poll of 2,292 IT professionals, and also says IT organisations continue to struggle with data breaches..."

              Configuration Management Vs. Application Release Automation
    , March 21st, 2017
              "There are many areas of Development and Operations toolchains that are clear to understand and compartmentalize. CI/bBuild, source control, artifact repositories, log management, APM and others each are relative easy to comprehend what they do and what tools are available within each area.

              There may be debates about whether Git is better than Subversion, AppDynamics or New Relic, or whether to choose Splunk vs Elastic Stack, etc., but what the tools are used for is in little doubt..."

              MySQL 8.0 roles
              The Data Charmer, March 25th, 2017
              Giuseppe blogs, "One of the most interesting features introduced in MySQL 8.0 is roles or the ability of defining a set of privileges as a named role and then granting that set to one or more users. The main benefits are more clarity of privileges and ease of administration. Using roles we can assign the same set of privileges to several users, and eventually modify or revoke all privileges at once..."
              MySQL Group Replication: native support in ProxySQL
              By Lefred
              Lefred blogs, "ProxySQL is the leader in proxy and load balancing solution for MySQL. It has great features like query caching, multiplexing, mirroring, read/write splitting, routing, etc. The latest enhancement in ProxySQL is the native support of MySQL Group Replication. No more need to use an external script within the scheduler like I explained in this previous post.

              This implementation supports Groups in Single-Primary and in Multi-Primary mode. It is even possible to setup a Multi-Primary Group but dedicate writes on only one member..."

              An Insider's View of MySQL Group Replication-Now Available in Oracle MySQL Cloud Service!
              By Wei-Chen
              Wei-Chen writes, "MySQL is the #1 open source database. Because of MySQL's high performance, scalability, and availability, it has been widely popular for Web applications and has become the foundation for IT platforms that support high-traffic social media portals, e-commerce applications, and fast-growing organizations.

              As business models and technology requirements are being transformed in all industries, more and more companies are embracing and leveraging the cloud platform to enjoy the benefits of flexibility, agility and cost-savings. Available in Oracle Cloud, the Oracle MySQL Cloud Service provides an enterprise-grade MySQL database service to rapidly, securely, and cost-effectively deliver modern applications. With the latest MySQL 5.7.17 update release, MySQL Group Replication is now available in Oracle MySQL Cloud Service and offers native, built-in high availability for MySQL databases..."

              Cloud Computing
              Oracle Delivers Industry-Leading Retail Merchandising Solutions via Oracle Cloud
              Offering Deployment Choice to Retailers Worldwide via Oracle's Integrated Cloud
              Oracle announced that its industry leading Oracle Retail Merchandising Solutions are now available as a service via the Oracle Cloud. The introduction of Oracle Retail Merchandising cloud services reflects Oracle's ongoing investment in helping retailers drive strategic growth in a fast-paced global retail market by enhancing mobility, simplifying the user experience, inspiring customer engagement and creating a flexible, scalable business environment.
              Oracle Utilities Launches Smart Grid and IoT Device Management Solution in the Cloud
              Oracle Utilities Operational Device Cloud Service is the Foundation for Next Generation Smart Grid and IoT Device Management
              Oracle introduced Oracle Utilities Operational Device Cloud Service (ODCS), a new cloud offering that enables utilities to further automate the management of their grid assets and devices, at a total lower cost of ownership.

              The utilities industry is going through tremendous transformation as a result of IoT and increasing distributed energy resources. The United States alone has more than 70 million smart meters installed and utilities are increasingly deploying smart field sensors.

              Movenpick Hotels & Resorts Becomes First Hotel Group to Globally Implement Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud Amidst Accelerated Growth Phase
              There are now over 30 properties on four continents using the cloud-based property management software to drive Business Intelligence, guest recognition and Revenue Management.
              Oracle announced the successful implementation of Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud property management software at over 30 M&#1255;venpick hotels in 10 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud was selected to enable the brand to optimize synergies in distribution, marketing, guest recognition and operations. An initial implementation test was successfully completed in five properties in Jordan and Switzerland, and now nearly a third of the portfolio uses it. The hotel company plans to have all its properties using OPERA Cloud by 2018.
              Oracle Cloud Platform Continues to Gain Momentum with Customers, Partners, and Developers
              Developers at Global Enterprises, SMBs, and ISVs leverage Oracle's PaaS and IaaS to develop and run modern Web, mobile, and cloud-native applications
              At its premier developer event, Oracle announced that an increasing number of global enterprises, SMBs, and ISVs are choosing the Oracle Cloud Platform to speed innovation, simplify IT, reduce costs, and deliver stellar customer experiences. 7-Eleven, Altair, Astute Business Solutions, Bitnami, Calypso Technology, Ford Motor Company, GE Capital Business Process Management Services, HashiCorp, Infotech, SAS, Vertiv Corporation, and Zensar Technologies are just a few of the many organizations that are using Oracle Cloud's PaaS and IaaS services to easily develop, test, and deploy high-performance applications in the cloud.

              Additionally, Oracle continues to expand its cloud portfolio, making it even more compelling for customers to move to the cloud.

              Huawei Announces Oracle Linux Certification for Huawei FusionSphere
              By Zeynep Koch
              Zeynep blogs, "Huawei announced today that the Huawei FusionSphere cloud operating system has been awarded Oracle Linux Hardware Certification and now supports the Oracle Linux operating system as a guest operating system. With this announcement, Huawei's FusionSphere cloud platform further extends its compatibility by supporting popular enterprise Linux operating systems..."
              MONDAY SPOTLIGHT: Whitepaper about Oracle Linux Management with Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c
              By Simon Hayler
              Simon blogs, "We would like to highlight an updated whitepaper available here. This whitepaper describes the comprehensive Oracle Linux management capabilities available in Oracle Enterprise Manager and has been updated for the latest version of Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c.

              Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c enables customers to have complete visibility into their Oracle Linux environment. If the IT environment consists of a large investment in Oracle hardware, Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c assists with managing the hardware, in addition to Oracle Linux, to maintain a single view of the Oracle technology stack..."

              IT - Cloud
              Cloud Security Still A Work In Progress
              Network World, March 21st, 2017
              "Cybersecurity professionals admit that they still don't have the right skills, processes and monitoring capabilities for cloud security. Suggestions?...

              A few years ago, ESG (and other) research indicated that security concerns posed the biggest impediment for more pervasive use of cloud computing. What happened next? Business executives and CIOs found that cloud agility, flexibility and potential cost savings were too good to pass up, creating a 'cloud or bust' mentality. Naturally, CISOs had to do their best and go along for the ride whether they were ready or not..."

              Why Your Cloud Strategy Should Include Multiple Vendors
              CIO, March 21st, 2017
              "Cloud computing has become a staple of most enterprise computing environments, but CIOs are still sweating over whether to use one or more infrastructure-as-a-service provider...

              For decades, enterprise computing environments have been composed of servers, storage and networking equipment developed by different vendors. Those choices often hinged on the best products to power applications and data -- as well as the enticing volume discounts tossed into enterprise agreements. A similar scenario is playing out in cloud computing infrastructure, where CIOs are grappling with how to best architect systems for multi-vendor, hybrid cloud strategies..."

              7 Best Practices For Securing Your Cloud Service
              Network World, March 24th, 2017
              "How to securely leverage the benefits of the cloud by using its strengths to overcome issues that have traditionally been labeled as weaknesses...

              As enterprises move their applications and data to the cloud, executives increasingly face the task of balancing the benefits of productivity gains against significant concerns about compliance and security.

              Security in the cloud is not the same as security in the corporate data center. Different rules and thinking apply when securing an infrastructure over which one has no real physical control..."

              A CIO's Keys to Cloud Adoption Success
              CIO Insight, March 21st, 2017
              "CIOs can optimize the benefits of cloud investments by developing and implementing plans for cloud-driven changes in organizational structure and processes...

              Many CIOs are shifting their company from legacy systems to cloud technology to reap wide-ranging IT infrastructure benefits, including increased agility, scalability to support growing demands, better embedded security and reduced provisioning time. These benefits enable IT to be more responsive to the changing needs of internal business initiatives and make it easier for the business to use IT resources...."

              Cloud Benefits: Liberty Group Tech Chief Knows What They Are
              InformationWeek, March 20th, 2017
              "When The Liberty Group found increasing demand for its services in 2012, it rehired Rob Hiltbrand to take it to the cloud...

              Rob Hiltbrand, director of technology at The Liberty Group, has shepherded his company's IT operations through a multi-year, rapid expansion phase.

              'Phenomenal growth' for The Liberty Group consisted of opening offices in 15 cities in which it previously hadn't done business. The Liberty Group is an apartment complex management recruitment and staffing firm, unrelated to the Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. The Liberty Group is based in Houston, and several years after the 2008 mortgage bust, the group's management realized how important apartment management had become. It was a big investment business with chains of apartment complexes being built by investment groups around the country..."

              IT - CxO
              CIO Interview: Martin Hofmann, Volkswagen Group
              ComputerWeekly, March 22nd, 2017
              "Volkswagen Group recently demonstrated how it was working with D-Wave to research uses for quantum computing. We find out what the car maker is hoping to achieve...

              During the recent CeBIT 2017 event in Hannover, Volkswagen Group discussed how quantum computing would be the future of IT.

              The Volkswagen Group is planning to use quantum computers to bolster its digital competency programme, in a bid to create an innovative application that cannot be programmed traditionally.

              The initiative, a collaboration between quantum specialist D-Labs and Volkswagen Labs in San Francisco and Munich, aims to build specialist expertise at Volkswagen and identify uses of quantum computing in the company..."

              CIO Jury: Most Tech Leaders Don't Plan to Use AR or VR in the Next Year
              TechRepublic, March 20th, 2017
              "Though sales of augmented and virtual reality headsets in the enterprise are expected to grow in the coming years, 10 out of 12 CIOs said they do not yet have no plans to implement the technology...

              Augmented and virtual reality are on track to explode in the next few years: The International Data Corporation recently predicted that AR and VR headset device shipments will reach 99.4 million units in 2021, up nearly tenfold from the 10.1 million devices shipped in 2016. Enterprise users can use the technology to increase productivity by allowing workers to see and interact with data, such as building a blueprint, or viewing human organs, instead of viewing only a static image on a screen, according to the report..."

              Cyber Insurance: What And Why?
              HelpNet Security, March 20th, 2017
              "High-profile cyber-attacks are fast becoming the norm in modern society, with 2016 being arguably the worst year for major security breaches. National Crime Agency statistics released earlier in the year reinforced this, revealing how last year saw cybercrime overtake more traditional forms of crime in the UK for the first time.

              Logic suggests that this trend is only progressing in one direction. Why look to target an individual office property when entire businesses can now be financially exploited and brought to a standstill remotely?.."

              Demystifying Modern Change Management
              ITProPortal, March 19th, 2017
              "To ensure software implementations are successful, strategic change management should be a top priority for CIOs and leaders across the organisation...

              In every organisation, change is inevitable - goals shift, projects pivot, and tools are replaced. Yet introducing change is never easy, especially when it comes to implementing new software. When inadequately planned or defined, a software deployment can burden IT, frustrate employees, or fail entirely if end users don't adopt the new solution..."

              Identity And Access Management Terms Your C-Suite Needs To Know
              Infoworld, March 20th, 2017
              "Now that your C-suite understands your company's information security program, it's time to move further into the educational phase.

              As you evaluate and prioritize the risks your organization faces, identity and access management (IAM) should become a clearer and clearer priority. To help you educate your CEO on the need for increased investment in modern IAM solutions, here is some key IAM terminology that you can use as you work to transition your company to a more modern strategy..."

              Machine Learning Proves Its Worth To Business
              Infoworld, March 20th, 2017
              "AI on the verge: Early adopters reap business benefits, as machine learning nears the mainstream...

              Machine learning couldn't be hotter. A type of artificial intelligence that enables computers to learn to perform tasks and make predictions without explicit programming, machine learning has caught fire among the hip tech set, but remains a somewhat futuristic concept for most enterprises. But thanks to technological advances and emerging frameworks, machine learning may soon hit the mainstream..."

                Matson CIO: The Most Painful, Gut-Wrenching Part Of Leading Transformation
                The Enterprisers Project, March 20th, 2017
                "I'm an optimist, and, among the CIO community, I'm in very good company. In fact, leading a transformation is itself an act of optimism and a leap of faith, driven by a deep desire to make a meaningful difference and an unwavering belief in the strategic vision being undertaken.

                Core to that optimism is the belief that most of the people in your organization who've been so dedicated and loyal can make the transformation along with you. However, the stark reality is that the skills required to transform are dramatically different than those required to operate. CIOs who fail to recognize the organizational disruption caused by transformation early on will quickly learn some painful lessons.

                I had to fight and overcome my optimistic nature in making the tough organizational decisions required for ultimate success..."

                Secrets of a Highly Productive CIO-CISO Relationship
                Dark Reading, March 20th, 2017
                "The dynamic between CIOs and CISOs has evolved along with the technology. How can they ensure they're on the same page while driving value? The ever-changing dynamic between the CIO and CISO is subject to several factors: personality differences, new technologies, length of time working together, and communication between the business and IT teams.

                For a duo in charge with keeping the organization connected, productive, and secure, a strong relationship is crucial. How can they build and maintain one as organizations adapt to the future of tech?"

                The Hardest Part Of Digitization: Cultural Change
                InformationWeek, March 21st, 2017
                "Companies that fail to come up with a clear strategy and roadmap face the risk of being stranded in organizational inertia.

                Digitization is a global megatrend, causing shock waves across a myriad of industries. By 2020, Generation C (for 'connected') will have grown up in a primarily digital world. These customers follow different behavioral patterns and want an instant and seamless digital experience right at their fingertips..."

                  Two IT Strategies That Made Me A Successful CIO
                  Search CIO, March 24th, 2017
                  "A new way to prioritize IT activities and an epiphany about leadership made all the difference in Niel Nickolaisen's career as an IT leader. Read about these two IT strategies...

                  I want to let you in on two simple IT strategies I consider to be the secret to my success. These two IT strategies, I can say without exaggeration, have transformed my life, the life of my teams and the life of my employers. I want to share them with you with this caveat: Though simple in concept, they are difficult to implement -- they take serious work. But the outcomes can be amazing..."

                    Up To 38% Of US Jobs Could Be Automated By 2030S, Says PwC
                    CIO Today, March 24th, 2017
                    "Up to 38 percent of jobs in the U.S. are at a high risk of being eliminated due to advances in automation, according to a new report by consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The risk is highest in sectors such as transportation and storage (56 percent), manufacturing (46 percent), and wholesale and retail (44 percent) and lower in sectors such as health and social work (17 percent), according to the study..."

                    "These estimates are based on an algorithm linking automatability to the characteristics of the tasks involved in different jobs as well as those of the workers doing them (e.g., the education and training levels required)," PwC said in the report.

                    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)


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


                    Friday Spotlight: Manual Installation and Launch of the SGD client
                    By Jan
                    Jan blogs, "Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) users running certain browsers (Mozilla Firefox 52.0 or later as well as Google Chrome) may report an inability to successfully connect to Secure Global Desktop. An alternative method is provided to mitigate impact to SGD users by manually starting the native SGD client (tcc on Windows, ttatcc on Linux, Solaris and OS X for example). Simply download the client for the appropriate OS from the server you want to connect to, install and launch the client..."
                    IT - PM
                    Latest Project Management Trends to Watch Out For In 2017
                    Customer Think, March 24th, 2017
                    "With the changing work culture across industries and technology growing by leaps and bounds, project management software has come a long way from pen and paper methodologies to the use of sophisticated software.

                    This evolution was only a smart move given that business practices and people's expectations are too have undergone a paradigm shift. The limited and outdated tools are best left behind. Every year businesses witness the emergence of new trends and 2017 is no exception.

                    Here is what can be expected from the project management domain this year:..."

                    IT - Networks
                    How Much Data Can A Fiber Carry? Facebook And Nokia Are Pushing It
                    PC World, March 22nd, 2017
                    "An experimental technology from Nokia could expand a submarine cable's capacity by 2.5 times...

                    Facebook and Nokia have found a way to push a lot more data through a submarine cable across the Atlantic, which could help the social network keep up with the growth of video and virtual reality.

                    On a 5,500-kilometer (3,400-mile) cable between Ireland and New York, the companies tested a new technique developed at Nokia Bell Labs for increasing the efficiency of fiber-optic cables. They say it comes close to the absolute limit for sending bits over a fiber..."

                    How To Make A Network Sla Work For Your Organization
                    Search Networking, March 20th, 2017
                    "What's the best way to focus on outcomes and construct a network SLA that reflects end-to-end service performance?

                    Enterprises have long sought out service-level agreements that will keep their providers on task in delivering services that meet their performance requirements. No business wants the credits that are offered when a service falls short of network SLA metrics. Instead, IT organizations look to a network SLA as a standard that reassures them when they first enter contracts with their providers, and then as an ongoing measure that the managed services they are consuming are sufficiently supporting their operational objectives..."

                    Infrared Light Could Make Wi-Fi '100 Times Faster', New Research Says
                    TechRepublic, March 20th, 2017
                    "Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology have come up with a technique to transfer data on infrared waves, boosting Wi-Fi speed and bandwidth...

                    Researchers out of Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands recently achieved Wi-Fi speeds of 42.8 Gbit/s on a network that uses infrared rays to transmit data. The innovations could help solve common capacity and bandwidth issues as users consume ever more data in the future..."

                    Is Enterprise Networking Lost In The Cloud?
                    The Datacenter Journal, March 20th, 2017
                    "The proliferation of consumer technology, such as smartphones and wearables, has enabled users to access information from anywhere, any time and on any device. This 'democratization of technology' means IT organizations in an enterprise are no longer able to control how, what and where employees access information because it is channeled across so many different platforms.

                    Enterprises have been forced to invest in new cloud-computing and software-as-a-service platforms and technologies that can manage consumer demands such as mobility, all while allowing IT managers to keep their data safe. As a consequence, data streams and storage have been on the move - first across the data center, from dedicated hardware to virtual compute and storage stacks, then out to third-party private-cloud providers..."

                      SDN: The 'Quiet Revolution'
                      Network Computing, March 23rd, 2017
                      "Interop ITX experts say software-defined networking has evolved into a subtle agent of change.

                      A few years ago, everyone was talking about software-defined networking. It was going to be a massive game changer that enabled much cheaper, more efficient, and dynamic networking. These days, you don't hear nearly as much about SDN. But experts say that the technology is making inroads, just in a more low-key fashion than expected..."

                      Tapping The Brakes On 802.11ac Wave 2
                      Network World, March 23rd, 2017
                      "802.11ac wave 2 is the splashy new kid in the wireless technology pool, but some experts caution that you might not want to let it play without lifeguards present just yet.

                      Wave 2 access points are now available from major wireless vendors, and have started to make inroads into the enterprise. The technology has been gaining ground in sales statistics recently, to the point where it's starting to undercut sales of first-gen 802.11ac gear..."

                        IT - IoT
                        Fortify IoT Infrastructure Now, Even For Simple Deployments
                        SearchDataCenter, March 20th, 2017
                        "The IoT deployments in the enterprise today may not tax the current infrastructure, but it's not too soon to prep for the demands of tomorrow...

                        IT pros in the data center are more likely to sing "Don't Worry, Be Happy" about their internet-of-things deployments so far -- but, soon, they may change their tune to "Highway to Hell."

                        Typical enterprise projects today that involve the internet of things (IoT) are relatively simple. IT departments, however, must consider the needs of future IoT applications and the needs of the supporting infrastructure to avoid an IoT calamity..."

                        Four Industries Being Redefined By IoT Data
                        Information Management, March 21st, 2017
                        "The Internet of Things is here to stay and is expected to grow drastically within the next few years. Worldwide IoT spending is expected to reach $1.29 trillion by 2020 as industries continue to grow their hardware, software and services to enable more connectivity, according to a recent report by IDC.

                        Last year, global spending on IoT was estimated to be at $737 billion and the industries that made the largest investments included manufacturing, transportation, and utilities. The industries that are spending on IoT at the fastest growth rate include insurance, consumer, healthcare, and retail.

                        Where will all of that spending go? Here are four industries that are likely to expand their IoT investments in the coming year and their potential uses for it..."

                        The IoT Business Model Enters A New Phase
                        IoT Agenda, March 20th, 2017
                        "Use cases for IoT have focused on operational efficiencies. But a confluence of factors, including more investment in IoT startups, is giving rise to a new IoT business model...

                        The world envisioned by Jonathan Foucheaux is like the start to a common joke: A football fan walks up to the bar.

                        But here's where the story changes. Instead of the awkward punchline, Foucheaux's events management company, Solomon Group, can deliver a personal experience -- flashing up-to-the-second scores from the fan's favorite teams on a TV screen or changing an electronic background to the colors of the fan's favorite team's colors..."

                        Will 2017 Be The Year Of Iot?
                        ITProPortal, March 19th, 2017
                        "I firmly believe that 2017 will be the year where the focus turns towards the real deployments and monetisation of IoT...

                        If you attended Mobile World Congress (MWC) towards the back end of February, you would have heard a lot of buzz around both 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) with a number of vendors such as HPE, IBM, VMware as well as other others talking about their role in 5G and IoT. As iland is a V-Cloud partner, I was particularly interested to hear about the VMware IoT theatre sessions which took place throughout the show and, during which VMware talked about their IoT strategy and how it was helping organisations to harness IoT devices..."

                        IT - Linux
                        Gnome 3.24: New Linux Desktop Is Fast, Responsive
                        Network World, March 23rd, 2017
                        "Hats off to the GNOME team for creating a Linux environment that's polished, peppy and includes pleasing new features, such as Night Light...

                        I've been a fan of the work of the GNOME team for quite some time. They put together one heck of an excellent Linux desktop environment.

                        But of late, I've found myself gravitating towards some of the more lightweight environments. MATE (which is a forked version of GNOME 2) and xmonad. I like my systems to be light on resource usage and highly responsive - those are two absolutely critical things for the way I use my computers..."

                        The 4-1-1 About Linux On Azure
                        Global Knowledge, March 20th, 2017
                        "The explosion in the capabilities of cloud infrastructures means we now have viable, cost-effective, easy solutions for hardware management, scaling and storage. Two other huge benefits are cost savings and new opportunities to develop, test or deploy solutions. It comes with a whole other layer for workflow and process automation.

                        The following are two ways to use cloud-based virtualization:..."

                        IT - Security
                        Hackers Escape VMware Virtual Machine Isolation At Pwn2Own 2017
                        eWeek, March 20th, 2017
                        "Hackers find 51 vulnerabilities, including a series of virtualization hypervisor exploits, earning themselves $823,000 in prizes at Pwn2Own 2017.

                        Virtualization hypervisor technology is supposed to isolate virtual machines from the underlying operating system. Yet on the final day of the 10th anniversary Pwn2Own hacking challenge on March 17, two teams of security researchers - 360 Security and Tencent Security Team Sniper - were each able to escape the security isolation that virtualization is supposed to provide..."

                        How AI Has Created An Arms Race In The Battle Against Cybercrime
                        Information Age, March 20th, 2017
                        "The growing capabilities of artificial intelligence is triggering a battle across the cyber security fence - and organisations must act now to be on the right side of it...

                        Artificial intelligence (AI) has been increasing in sophistication for some years, finding its place in our everyday lives with ever-growing pace and force. As businesses and governments begin to use AI, the potential for its application in cyber security is becoming more apparent..."

                        Organizations Still Vulnerable To Brute Force Attacks
                        Help Net Security, March 20th, 2017
                        "While increases in malware are clearly a major threat to both enterprises and service providers, network complexity is creating its own vulnerability, according to Ixia...

                        The average enterprise is using six different cloud services, and network segmentation is increasing, yet 54% of enterprises are monitoring less than half of those network segments, and less than 19% of companies believe that their IT teams are adequately trained on the wide array of network appliances they are managing..."

                        10 Books That Information Security Professionals Must Read
                        TechWorm, March 24th, 2017
                        "There are hundreds, if not thousands, of books about security, whether we are talking about hackers, cyber-crime, or technology protocols.

                        Security professionals can gain a lot from reading about IT security. One can gain an understanding of how cyber security came about and how the field works today by absorbing the information presented in the security books. These books can help to better equip IT Security professionals to advance their careers in cyber security.

                        However, the question that rises is which book offers the most to information security personnel?..."

                        6 Of The Most Effective Social Engineering Techniques
                        CSO Online, March 20th, 2017
                        "Social engineering is the strongest method of attack against the enterprise's weakest vulnerability, its people. Criminal hackers recognize this fact. In 2015, social engineering became the No. 1 method of attack, according to Proofpoint's 2016 Human Factor Report.

                        These successful social engineering methods often use phishing and malware. But deceptive information assailants have more tools and approaches to draw on than these..."

                          Enterprise SSO: The Promise And The Challenges Ahead
                          SearchSecurity, March 23rd, 2017
                          "It was inevitable that enterprise SSO would encounter the cloud. Learn how to adjust your company's approach to single sign-on so it keeps working well...

                          Enterprise single sign-on, as the name suggests, aims to integrate all authentication into one, taking a user's network login and using that as the key to allow access to other services. However, the concept of enterprise SSO has become increasingly difficult to accomplish with the growing number of applications that organizations are deploying and the different methods by which they are accessed..."

                          Online Fraud: What Tools, Techniques The Fraudsters Use (Slideshow)
                          eWeek, March 17th, 2017
                          "Online fraud can take many forms and comes from any number of sources. Security firm DataVisor is in the business of helping organizations limit fraud risks, and the company's research unit DataVisor Threat Labs actively tracks trends in the online security space across the 1 billion users around the world. On March 15, the company released its inaugural DataVisor Online Fraud Report, providing insight into the tools, techniques and accounts used by hackers to commit online fraud.

                          Among the high-level findings in the report is that 56 percent of attackers will launch an attack within seven days of setting up a fraudulent account. The report also found that 82 percent of fraudulent accounts are created from desktop machines, not mobile devices. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the DataVisor Online Fraud Report..."

                          Endpoint Security Is Only One Piece Of The Puzzle
                          Help Net Security, March 21st, 2017
                          "Machine learning (or full AI) is in, and signature-based AV solutions are on their way out - at least in part. None of this really surprised me, but I do worry that the industry might end up focusing so much time and energy on endpoint security that it backfires. I believe that solid endpoint security isn't enough on its own. More robust overall security comes from looking at data from both the endpoint and the network. This allows us to spot threats that can hide themselves or be mislabeled by looking at only one or the other..."
                          Pwn2Own Hackers Earn $340,000 Exploiting Windows, MacOS
                          eWeek, March 17th, 2017
                          "The second day of the Pwn2Own 2017 hacking competition reveals Windows, macOS, Adobe Flash and web browser exploits...

                          On the second day of the 10th annual Pwn2Own hacking competition, researchers demonstrated an unparalleled number of zero-day exploits in fully patched operating systems and web browsers. By the time the dust had clear late in the day on March 16, 11 out of 17 attempts at exploiting systems were successful, with researchers walking away with $340,000 in prize money..."

                          DDoS Attacks Are An Increasing Concern For It Security Pros
                          Information Age, March 23rd, 2017
                          "IT security pros and network operators view distributed denial of service attacks as an increased concern in 2017...

                          DDoS attacks are a greater security threat to businesses in 2017 than ever before, and internet service providers (ISPs) need to do something about it according to a new survey of IT security professionals and network operators released today from Corero Network Security..."

                          Deception Security Doesn't Have To Be Onerous Or Expensive
                          HelpNet Security, March 22nd, 2017
                          "When talking about deception security, most infosec pros' mind turns to honeypots and decoy systems - additional solutions that companies have to buy, deploy, and manage...

                          But there are other ways to use deception to thwart attackers, and they do not require additional tools, pricy subscriptions, or the hiring of additional employees.

                          Dr. Pedram Hayati, a partner in IT security services firm Elttam who has been conducting research in the field of deceptive defense systems for years, has presented some at this year's edition of BSides Ljubljana..."

                          IT - Careers
                          10 Reasons To Look For A New Job
                          Network World, March 21st, 2017
                          "Sometimes it's obvious when it's time to move on from a job. Other times it's not so clear. If you're not sure if the time is right to search for a new job, here are 10 reasons to consider making a change...

                          1) You're not challenged

                          If you're looking to broaden your knowledge or test your skills, you're not alone. The No. 1 reason professionals would hunt for a new job is to seek a more challenging position, according to a survey from executive search firm Korn Ferry International..."

                            15 Unfilled Tech Jobs That Cost The U.S. Billions
                            CIO, March 24th, 2017
                            "What's the overall cost of unfilled technology jobs? New research from Glassdoor shows it's in the billions.

                            Unfilled tech jobs that are costing the U.S. billions

                            With IT industry unemployment hovering at around 2.8 percent (as of Q3 2016) and organizations struggling to land talent, many companies find themselves with unfilled jobs. That's a problem not just for individual companies, but for the U.S. economy as a whole, says Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist at Glassdoor..."

                              Here's When You Should (And Shouldn't) Ignore Other People's Feedback
                              Fast Company, March 22nd, 2017
                              "Sometimes the same feedback that works great in one situation is worthless in another. Here's why...

                              Feedback matters. You know that, even if you don't always like getting it. Someone tells you something, and it sinks in and winds up helping you grow tremendously. Looking back, you feel grateful - maybe even right away.

                              But what about those experiences that leave you reeling and wishing you'd never heard someone's input at all? What makes one piece of feedback feel so crippling and discouraging and another so empowering? It turns out there are a few factors that determine when others' feedback is likely to help you, and when it might be best to avoid or ignore it completely.

                              These are a few questions to ask yourself to decide how much and what kind of feedback - if any - you might want to solicit..."

                                Trends Every IT Architect Needs To Know To Get Ahead In 2017
                                Business 2 Community, March 23rd, 2017
                                "The start of 2017 has come and gone. Many things have changed, while some things remain the same. A perfect case in point is the mounting pressure facing today's IT architects, which comes from a variety of sources.

                                Security breaches and cyber threats, for example, are on the rise, while budgets remain tight. Just as important, movement of existing workloads into the cloud continues to increase, as does deployment of new workloads into the cloud - whether public, private or hybrid. With the cloud promising to redefine enterprise computing to help establish IT as a critical facilitator of business growth, it's no wonder the cloud's popularity is on the rise..."

                                What It Takes To Become An IT Security Engineer
                                Network World, March 22nd, 2017
                                "The role is a fairly new one in many companies, and qualified candidates are in high demand. Learn how one IT security engineer landed his current job, the skills and training that helped him get there, and where his sights are set now...

                                When Scott Copeland got his associate degree in network administration back in 2004, the community college he attended didn't offer IT security courses, 'but it gave me the foundation to learn more about network security,' he says. His determination and thirst for learning led him to his current job as an IT security engineer at FedEx Services in Memphis, Tenn..."

                                IT - Virtualization
                                5 Container Deployment Challenges
                                Network Computing, March 21st, 2017
                                "It's easy to get Docker up and running in a development environment, but moving containers into production can be difficult.

                                Containers are quickly becoming popular as a way to speed and simplify application deployment, particularly in organizations that have embraced DevOps. However, while developers often find it fast and easy to deploy containerized applications in their dev and test environments, experts say that enterprises sometimes run into unexpected challenges when deploying containers in production.

                                In recent interviews, Scott Lowe, engineering architect at VMware, and Brian Gracely, director of product strategy at Red Hat, highlighted five of the most common problems enterprises face when deploying containers..."

                                IT - Database
                                Defining Moments in Database History
                                Baron Schwartz, March 19th, 2017
                                Baron blogs, "I've been privileged to be intimately involved with one defining set of technology shifts in the mid-2000s, which ultimately created both a new industry-defining set of technologies and the impetus for contenders to emerge. I'm referring to the rise of the LAMP stack. I've been reflecting recently on what perhaps were key factors in that phenomenon and what's happened since then, indeed, what's happening now..."
                                  IT - Backup
                                  For 73% Of Organizations, Regular Storage Capacity Shortage Biggest Issue When Managing Backups
                        , March 20th, 2017
                                  "An independent survey commissioned by Cohesity, Inc. revealed that 73% of IT decision-makers in the UK and Germany regard the regular need for additional storage capacity as their greatest challenge when it comes to managing their backups.

                                  The results of the poll, carried out in January by Vanson Bourne, highlight how unprecedented data growth, fragmented backup silos, increased complexity in managing numerous applications and a lack of adequate management tools and forward planning, are taking their toll on data centre performance..."

                                  IT - Big Data
                                  Big Data And Business Analytics Revenues To Reach $150.8 Billion In 2017 - IDC
                        , March 21st, 2017
                                  "An update to the 'Worldwide Semiannual Big Data and Analytics Spending Guide' from International Data Corporation forecasts worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics (BDA) will reach $150.8 billion in 2017, an increase of 12.4% over 2016.

                                  Commercial purchases of BDA-related hardware, software, and services are expected to maintain a CAGR of 11.9% through 2020 when revenues will be more than $210 billion..."

                                  Big Data Mistakes That Most Companies Make
                                  SmartDataCollective, March 25th, 2017
                                  "Modern industries have been revolutionized by big data, and more businesses of every size are adopting it each day. However, even though big data has been around this long, there are still many heavy hitting mistakes being made with how it's used.

                                  Here are 5 of the biggest big data mistakes companies make, and what you can do to avoid them..."

                                  Forging A New Future For Big Data Analytics
                                  insideBIGDATA, March 23rd, 2017
                                  "In this special guest feature, Andrew Warfield, Chief Technology Officer/Co-Founder of Coho Data, examines how Big data creates unique challenges within enterprise environments, and to better understand these challenges, we have to look at what big data really means for enterprises, particularly from a storage perspective. Andy Warfield is an established researcher in computer systems, specializing in storage, virtualization and security. At Coho Data, Andy leads the technology vision and directs the engineering team in building elegant and functional systems that enable customers to focus on the data and applications instead of the underlying infrastructure that drives them..."
                                  How The Auto Industry Must Utilize Big Data
                                  SmartDataCollective, March 20th, 2017
                                  "Big data and IoT (the Internet of Things) will continue to play a pivotal role in the auto industry as technology like Tesla's Autopilot and similar initiatives from Audi, Daimler, Google, and more show self-driving, data monitoring and data-driven response as increasing mainstays.

                                  Vehicles with sensor technology communicate with networks to form a sort of augmented intelligence and behavior within the vehicle. This, in addition to the numerous benefits of data-driven monitoring, makes the future of the auto industry very exciting..."

                                  Poor Data Quality Is Harming Companies (Slideshow)
                                  CIO Insight, March 20th, 2017
                                  "Only a minority of IT and business professionals said they trust their organization's data to make key business decisions, according to a recent survey from Experian Data Quality. The accompanying '2017 Global Data Management Benchmark Report' reveals that most survey respondents said they're forced to rely on 'gut feelings' to make important decisions about data.

                                  Data quality remains critical here, but relatively few organizations take a proactive approach to address this need, much less achieve optimized results. It doesn't help that few companies have completely centralized data quality control through a single director. To address these issues- and boost sales and customer loyalty in the process - organizations are starting to hire chief data officers and take on major data cleansing projects..."

                                  Real-Time Big Data Analytics: Platform Requirements And Architecture Best Practice
                                  insideBIGDATA, March 21st, 2017
                                  "In this special guest feature, Elaine Wang, CEO of MCoreLab, discusses the key platform requirements and architectural considerations for real-time big data analytics, and provide insights from best practices. Elaine has extensive experience as software architect, as well as extensive experience in helping clients achieve their business visions through system innovation.

                                  MCoreLab provides ultra high performance server software solutions to enterprise and cloud. MCoreCloud application server provides 100x lower latency and order of magnitude higher throughput and scalability compared to existing application servers. MCoreCloud in-memory data and cache server provides order of magnitude higher throughput and lower latency than existing memcached servers. MCoreLab also provides high performance low latency network stack to deliver real network performance to real applications..."

                                  Self-Service Analytics Are Not Sustainable
                                  Data Center Knowledge, March 20th, 2017
                                  Roman Stanek, CEO at GoodData, writes "In the last five years, Business Intelligence (BI), data and analytics vendors have all focused on delivering tools that are 'self-service,' granting a typical business user the ability to approach data and analytics without a background in statistical analytics, BI, or data mining. These self-service solutions turned legacy BI on its head by offering a powerful promise: Users of all skill levels would be able to operate complex software with a few easy clicks to make radically better business decisions, freeing analysts and data scientists to focus on strategic work rather than reporting. This sounds Utopian, but there's a problem: It's not sustainable..."
                                  Six Tips For Extracting Big Data Insights
                                  InformationWeek, March 22nd, 2017
                                  "The CEO of advertising agency Hawthorne Direct offers some tips for marketers as well as the data and IT pros who have to support those marketing initiatives...

                                  Amazon is a market leader at using big data, both in terms of the refined suggestions it offers to consumers, and internally as the company processes millions of transactions and shipments. It reviews all of this information to streamline the customer experience and to refine its own processes. Another example can be found with American Express, which uses predictive analytics to identify the most loyal customers and offer them retention incentives..."

                                  Why Columnar Databases Are The Future Of Business Intelligence
                                  insideBIGDATA, March 20th, 2017
                                  "In this special guest feature, Jamie Clark, Senior Developer at Dimensional Insight, discusses why columnar databases are the future of business intelligence as massive amounts of data continue to accumulate. As senior developer at Dimensional Insight, Jamie Clark is the lead developer of DivePort and the server components of DiveTab, and he manages and writes code for Spectre. Jamie is an expert in the inner workings of almost every Dimensional Insight product. He joined Dimensional Insight after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2001..."
                                    IT - BYOD
                                    What To Consider In Developing BYOD Policy
                                    CSO Online, March 21st, 2017
                                    "Employees are going to bring in their own devices, whether the company likes it or not...

                                    In today's work environment, employees are increasingly expected to be constantly available and communicating. Regardless of whether the company permits it, employees will use their personal devices for work. Instead of ignoring the inevitable, companies should develop and implement a BYOD policy that protects the company and balances productivity with security. Brandon N. Robinson Partner, Balch & Bingham LLP - Privacy and Data Security Practice, provides some tips..."

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

                                    • Hurd: Oracle Poised To Overtake In Cloud Revenue
                                    • Q3 FY17 GAAP EPS Up 6% TO $0.53 and NON-GAAP EPS UP 7% To $0.69
                                    • Machine Learning Stands To Transform The Way We Communicate
                                    • Monitoring Databases: A Product Comparison
                                    • Libreoffice 5.3 Office Suite Gets First Point Release With 100 Improvements
                                    • Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Engineered for Oracle Cloud
                                    • Great Business Leaders Are Exploring The New Frontier Of AI
                                    • Oracle Helps Veterans Transition to Corporate Careers
                                    • Theo & Philo Sweetens Business Operations with NetSuite Cloud ERP
                                    • A Fintech Innovator's Race To The Cloud"

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

                                      IT - Encryption
                                      Data Encryption Efforts Ramp Up In Face Of Growing Security Threats
                                      Information Management, March 22nd, 2017
                                      "Last year there was a lot of momentum in the deployment of data encryption. This was seen on the web, in the consumer space, and in the enterprise. I expect to see these trends continue and accelerate. While current data encryption work covers a broad set of topics from the attacks against old algorithms such as SHA1 growing in strength, to the exciting progress on post quantum cryptography, I want to draw attention to a set of practical trends that will affect businesses in the coming months..."
                                      IT - Tape
                                      The Role Of Tape In Today's Data Center
                                      Storage-Switzerland, March 21st, 2017
                                      "The use of tape has certainly declined in today's data center, but it has not disappeared - much to the chagrin of some people who are self-professed 'tape haters'. They simply don't understand why anyone would use tape in a modern data center.

                                      So this latest entry in our backup basics series will explain the reasons why tape continues to be a smart choice for certain applications. The short list includes speed, cost, and data integrity - especially over long periods of time..."

                                      IT - Developer
                                      Get The Most From A Serverless Application In Public Cloud
                                      SearchCloudComputing, March 21st, 2017
                                      "Serverless computing can cut application costs in the public cloud, but enterprises need the right set of skills to reap that and other benefits...

                                      Serverless computing allows organizations to architect and deploy cloud applications on a more granular level. Compared to a traditional application, built with monolithic code, a serverless application breaks down a workload into discrete functions that only run when called or triggered by a certain event..."

                                        New: JDK 9 Jigsaw Modular Projects in NetBeans IDE
                                        By Geertjan
                                        Geertjan blogs, "The NetBeans IDE 9 development builds now enable you to create Java Modular Projects, i.e., Jigsaw projects that can contain multiple Jigsaw modules, which can be compiled together as a unit: ..."
                                        How to Secure MySQL/MariaDB Servers
                                        By Ashraf Sharif
                                        "After attacks on MongoDB databases, we have recently also seen that MySQL servers are being targeted by ransomware. This should not come as a surprise, given the increasing adoption of public and private clouds. Running a poorly configured database in the cloud can become a major liability.", writes Ashraf.

                                        "In this blog post, we'll share with you a number of tips on how to protect and secure your MySQL or MariaDB servers..."

                                        Veritas News
                                        Veritas Equips Organizations with Systematic Approach to Address GDPR Globally
                                        Veritas, March 22nd, 2017
                                        Integrated solution helps organizations gain visibility, take action and assume control over personally identifiable information under management

                                        Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, unveiled an integrated solution that will help organizations directly address the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This solution gives enterprises around the world the ability to understand what personally identifiable information (PII) they hold on European Union (EU) residents and access that information quickly when requested by employees or consumers. It also provides a systematic way for organizations to protect PII from breach, loss or damage. These elements are critical mandates required by the new regulation.

                                        Veritas, IBM Join Forces to Drive Data Management Further in the Cloud
                                        Veritas, March 20th, 2017
                                        Companies ink deal to jointly market their respective cloud and data backup solutions, offering mutual customers backup and object storage services via the IBM Cloud

                                        IBM and Veritas Technologies announced a collaboration designed to help enterprises working with increasing data volumes better manage, optimize and protect data across hybrid cloud environments.

                                        As part of the agreement, Veritas has certified the IBM Cloud Object Storage family of software and cloud services for use with Veritas NetBackup 8.0. As a result, both Veritas and IBM clients can gain a more efficient way to migrate data from on-premises systems to the cloud for greater storage capabilities and efficient management of their growing unstructured data. Based on IBM's acquisition of Cleversafe in 2015, IBM Cloud Object Storage brings advanced object storage technology to the cloud.

                                        Cisco News
                                        Cisco Completes Acquisition of AppDynamics
                                        Cisco, March 22nd, 2017
                                        Together, AppDynamics and Cisco will give customers comprehensive visibility from code to consumer and everything in-between

                                        Cisco announced that it has completed the acquisition of AppDynamics, a leader in application and business monitoring. Together, Cisco and AppDynamics will deliver visibility across the network, data center, security and applications and drive digital transformation that improves customer experiences...

                                        Cisco opens 'Security & Trust Office' in Germany
                                        Cisco, March 21st, 2017
                                        Cisco announces the opening of a Security and Trust Office (S&TO) in Germany. S&TO - Germany represents Cisco's enduring investment in cyber security. It serves as the central point of contact for public and private sector customers with strategic cyber security, data protection, data control and privacy requirements and concerns. S&TO - Germany is part of Cisco's Country Digitization Acceleration program in Germany.

                                        Cyber security is critical to accelerating Germany's drive to digitize its economy. Recognizing this, Cisco's global Security and Trust Organization (S&TO) and Cisco Germany are announcing the formation of S&TO - Germany. The role of Cisco's global Security and Trust Organization is to ensure trustworthy product development, customer data protection, data control and privacy, value chain security, and transparency.

                                        Microsoft News
                                        Microsoft announces IP licensing program to power digital transformation in connected cars
                                        Microsoft, March 22nd, 2017
                                        The automotive industry is undergoing a digital transformation

                                        Erich Andersen blogs, "The technology in automobiles that's connected to the internet and capable of receiving services from the cloud is ushering in a new wave of innovation. In fact, by some estimates, over the next three years, more than 90 percent of all cars will be connected. From amazing fuel savings, to predictive maintenance and safety features, to self-driving cars, we're at a critical inflection point that will change how we drive.

                                        Microsoft is working with the world's leading automotive companies and suppliers to deliver these technologies and services to customers. We don't make cars, but we have a long history of working with our partners in the automotive industry to deliver great products and services that power the automotive sector. For example, our Azure service is the leading cloud platform for the auto industry..."

                                        IBM News
                                        IBM Launches New Developer Tools for Financial Services
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        Cognitive, Blockchain, Analytics Technologies Available for Faster Development and Deployment

                                        IBM announced the launch of the IBM Cloud for Financial Services to offer the essential building blocks for the creation of financial services apps on the IBM Cloud.

                                        More than 100,000 individual and enterprise developers from the financial services industry already turn to IBM monthly for insight and support. Now these and more will have access to APIs, data and content to build and monetize cognitive-enabled financial services apps quickly and at scale for FinTechs, banks, wealth management firms and insurance companies.

                                        SIX Leverages IBM Watson for Cognitive Security Operations Center
                                        IBM, March 24th, 2017
                                        New Partnership to build a next-generation Security Operations Center to strengthen cyber defence and offer customers security services for compliance with Swiss privacy and financial market regulations

                                        IBM Security and SIX, the operator of the infrastructure underpinning the Swiss financial sector, announced plans to leverage IBM Watson for Cyber Security in a new cognitive Security Operations Center (SOC). The new facility will be housed at SIX's offices in Switzerland to provide localized cyber security services tailored to needs of the region.

                                        The Weather Company Collaborates with Leading Luxury Automobile Manufacturer to Provide Drivers with Hyperlocal Weather Information
                                        IBM, March 22nd, 2017
                                        Current Conditions and Forecasts Now Easily Accessible in Vehicles Across North America

                                        The Weather Company, an IBM Business announced that BMW Group now features weather data provided by The Weather Company within their ConnectedDrive systems in vehicles across North America. This collaboration provides drivers with deeper insight on weather conditions to help them make informed decisions on how to get from one place to the next safely and efficiently.

                                        Onboard weather information has been available in BMW vehicles for over five years; however, since October of 2016, most navigation-equipped BMW vehicles across North America include weather information provided by The Weather Company's consumer brand, The Weather Channel. This information includes current conditions, daily weather overviews and five-day forecast information, as well as a weather widget displaying forecasted high and low temperatures for the current day and next three days.

                                        IBM and SecureKey Technologies to Deliver Blockchain-Based Digital Identity Network for Consumers
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        Collaboration between leaders in blockchain and identity authentication to help increase privacy, security and trust for consumers worldwide

                                        IBM and SecureKey Technologies announced they are working together to enable a new digital identity and attribute sharing network based on IBM Blockchain. The network will be designed to make it easier for consumers to verify they are who they say they are, in a privacy-enhanced, security-rich and efficient way. When launched later this year, consumers can use the network to instantly verify their identity for services such as new bank accounts, driver's licenses or utilities.

                                        To create a highly secure, global and enterprise-ready ecosystem for sharing identity requires both advanced federated identity technology and blockchain technology specifically designed for regulated industries.

                                        IBM and Red Hat Collaborate to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        Clients can quickly and easily extend on-premises workloads to Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage on IBM Private Cloud

                                        IBM and Red Hat, Inc. announced a strategic collaboration designed to help enterprises benefit from the OpenStack platform's speed and economics while more easily extending their existing Red Hat virtualized and cloud workloads to the IBM Private Cloud.

                                        As part of this new collaboration, IBM has become a Red Hat Certified Cloud and Service Provider, giving clients greater confidence that they can use Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage on IBM Private Cloud when the offering launches for general availability at the end of March 2017.

                                        Veritas, IBM Join Forces to Drive Data Management Further in the Cloud
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        Companies ink deal to jointly market their respective cloud and data backup solutions, offering mutual customers backup and object storage services via the IBM Cloud

                                        IBM and Veritas Technologies announced a collaboration designed to help enterprises working with increasing data volumes better manage, optimize and protect data across hybrid cloud environments.

                                        As part of the agreement, Veritas has certified the IBM Cloud Object Storage family of software and cloud services for use with Veritas NetBackup 8.0. As a result, both Veritas and IBM clients can gain a more efficient way to migrate data from on-premises systems to the cloud for greater storage capabilities and efficient management of their growing unstructured data. Based on IBM's acquisition of Cleversafe in 2015, IBM Cloud Object Storage brings advanced object storage technology to the cloud.

                                        IBM Announces New Pricing Model to Change Economics of Cloud Storage
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        Simplified, cost-reducing cold storage pricing model now available across cloud object storage services

                                        IBM unveiled new additions to the IBM Cloud Object Storage family. The company is offering clients new choices for archival data and a new pricing model to more easily apply intelligence to unpredictable data patterns using analytics and cognitive tools. IBM also announced an expanded partnership with NetApp that provides NetApp customers with more ways to take advantage of IBM Cloud.

                                        Businesses typically have to manage across three types of data workloads: "hot" for data that's frequently accessed and used; "cool" for data that's infrequently accessed and used; and "cold" for archival data.

                                        Cold storage is often defined as cheaper, but slower; for example, if a business uses cold storage, it typically has to wait extended periods of time to access data, limiting the ability to rapidly use that data to derive insights. As a result, there is a tendency to store data in more expensive hot storage.

                                        IBM and Galvanize Launch New Cognitive Curriculum on IBM Cloud for Developers and Data Scientists
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        New initiatives focus on cognitive, cloud and data science education and training to support new collar jobs

                                        IBM and Galvanize are announcing new cognitive, cloud and data science training initiatives on IBM Cloud, which will aim to increase the talent pool of cognitive developers and data scientists. This partnership will work to bridge the emerging skills gap for professionals by tapping the accessibility of cloud to bring an advanced cognitive and data skills curriculum to a broad range of global developers and data scientists.

                                        IBM Accelerates Data Optimization with New Watson Discovery Capabilities
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        Watson Discovery Service gets expanded beta functionality and will power a new, experimental platform solution called Watson Company Profiler

                                        IBM announced new and expanded capabilities that enhance IBM Watson's data analysis and discovery capabilities on the IBM Cloud. By expanding Watson Discovery Service with new functionality and introducing Watson Company Profiler, an experimental platform solution built with Watson Discovery, IBM is further empowering developers and enterprise users with best-in-class offerings to quickly and easily source insights from massive amounts of data.

                                        IBM Launches Bluemix Container Service with Kubernetes to Fuel Highly Secure and Rapid Development of Cognitive Apps
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        Founded in open standards, new cloud service combines the power of Kubernetes and Docker with built-in security intelligence

                                        IBM announced a new container service on Bluemix, its cloud platform, to fuel the speed and simplicity at which developers can build and manage more secure and cognitive apps. Available on IBM Cloud, this service uses Kubernetes, an open-source container orchestration system leveraging a Docker engine.

                                        Delivered with a user-centric experience, IBM Bluemix Container Service automatically provisions, updates and monitors the containers that developers use to create apps, helping them to more easily build cognitive innovations which weave in real-time security intelligence.

                                        IBM Taps Watson to Help Manage & Protect Business Devices
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        IBM Mobile Vision 2020 Study Finds Over 80 Percent of Companies to Use AI/Cognitive Computing to Generate Insights from Endpoint Data by 2020

                                        IBM announced the availability of a new cognitive assistant that leverages IBM Watson to help IT professionals more effectively manage and protect networks of smartphones, tablets, laptops, IoT devices and other endpoints. The MaaS360 Advisor will use machine learning to analyze devices on the network and recommend policies, patches and customized best practices to better manage and protect them.

                                        Now part of the IBM MaaS360 unified endpoint management (UEM) platform delivered via the IBM Cloud, the cognitive assistant addresses the challenge of managing device sprawl across businesses.

                                        Scientists Use IBM Power Systems to Assemble Genome of West Nile Mosquito
                                        IBM, March 23rd, 2017
                                        Technologies speed the sequencing of genomes at a fraction of the cost

                                        A team led by researchers from The Center for Genome Architecture (TC4GA) at Baylor College of Medicine have used technologies from IBM, Mellanox and NVIDIA to assemble the 1.2 billion letter genome of the Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito, which carries West Nile virus. The new genome can help enable scientists to better combat West Nile virus by identifying vulnerabilities in the mosquito that the virus uses to spread.

                                        The high performance computing (HPC) system dubbed "VOLTRON," is based on the IBM Power Systems platform, which provides scalable HPC capabilities necessary to accommodate a broad spectrum of data-enabled research activities.

                                        IBM Automates Compliance Controls and Data Security for Multi-Cloud Workloads
                                        IBM, March 20th, 2017
                                        IBM announced a new cloud-based solution that provides workload security for data and applications and automates reporting to assist with regulatory requirements. The solution, IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization, is optimized for technology from Intel and HyTrust to simplify reporting demands for organizations in highly regulated industries and provide hardware-enhanced workload security.

                                        IBM deploys an immune system-like approach to security - with data analytics and Watson for CyberSecurity helping clients to discover, manage and remediate threats across the entire enterprise. IBM is providing a security-rich cloud computing environment for customers by incorporating its own security technologies with capabilities from partners Intel and HyTrust...

                                        IBM and Dublin City University Water Institute Collaborate to Advance Internet of Things Research for Water Management
                                        IBM, March 22nd, 2017
                                        IBM announced with the Dublin City University (DCU) Water Institute a collaborative research pilot to leverage Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for environmental monitoring and management. The deployment of DCU sensors with IBM's machine learning and cognitive IoT technologies will aim to help protect and conserve natural resources and address environmental management issues such as water quality for both freshwater and marine environments.
                                        Red Hat News
                                        Red Hat Launches Latest Version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Pairing Production Stability with IT Modernization
                                        Red Hat, March 21st, 2017
                                        Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 enhances platform security and reliability for mission-critical workloads

                                        Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9. The latest update to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 builds upon more than six years of enterprise-proven success, offering a more secure, stable and reliable platform for the modern enterprise and prioritizes features for critical deployments.

                                        Friday Five - March 24, 2017
                                        Red Hat, March 24th, 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.

                                        • IBM and Red Hat Collaborate to Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption with OpenStack
                                        • Red Hat Announces Agenda and Keynote Speakers for Red Hat Summit 2017
                                        • Red Hat Launches Latest Version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Pairing Production Stability with IT Modernization
                                        • Red Hat Gluster Storage 3.2 Strengthens Appeal for Developers and Administrators Managing Modern Workloads
                                        • CIO Dive - Open source: The new normal in enterprise software

                                        Read on for details.

                                        Red Hat Announces Agenda and Keynote Speakers for Red Hat Summit 2017
                                        Red Hat, March 20th, 2017
                                        Thousands expected to descend on Boston for premier open source technology conference to learn about innovating with Red Hat, transforming companies with open source, and career advancement opportunities their careers

                                        Red Hat announced the agenda and keynote speakers for Red Hat Summit 2017, one of the premier open source technology conference. The 13th annual Red Hat Summit is expected to welcome thousands of attendees from around the world to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, May 2-4.

                                        Red Hat Gluster Storage 3.2 Strengthens Appeal for Developers and Administrators Managing Modern Workloads
                                        Red Hat, March 23rd, 2017
                                        Release includes features designed to improve scalability of metadata-intensive operations, lower infrastructure costs, and enhance integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform...

                                        Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Gluster Storage 3.2. This latest version of Red Hat's software-defined storage solution includes a number of enhancements and new features that seek to improve small file performance, provide data integrity at a lower cost, and enhance integration with Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform...

                                        EMC News
                                        Continuing Converged Leadership and Strong Growth in HCI
                                        EMC, March 24th, 2017
                                        SVP & Chief Technology Officer, Converged Platforms and Solutions Division at Dell EMC

                                        IDC's 4Q2016 Worldwide Quarterly Converged Systems Tracker has once again recognized Dell Technologies as #1 in the total converged systems market in terms of revenue, units shipped and new capacity shipments. In particular, Dell EMC leads the Integrated Infrastructure Systems segment with a 73% market share up six percentage points from the 67% in 4Q15. This IDC Tracker also confirmed our phenomenal growth in hyper-converged systems revenue, which was up 206% (Y/Y) during the fourth quarter of 2016. According to IDC, Dell Technologies captured 26.9% share of the overall Converged Systems (CS) revenue for the fourth quarter of 2016 and 28.4% share of the calendar year revenue. We are clearly a leader in this market.

                                        Comcast News
                                        Comcast Business Unveils SmartOffice Video Surveillance Solution for Businesses
                                        Comcast, March 23rd, 2017
                                        Small businesses can now record, store, access and share HD video via the cloud to monitor their locations on-site or remotely

                                        Comcast Business announced the availability of SmartOffice, a video surveillance solution designed to improve efficiency for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) through advanced monitoring.

                                        With SmartOffice, SMBs can record, store, access, and share surveillance video on a 24x7 basis to oversee their organization. It provides secure cloud storage and instant access via mobile devices, and is professionally installed by Comcast Business and backed with 24x7 customer support...

                                        Windstream News
                                        Windstream expands metro fiber network in Little Rock
                                        Windstream, March 22nd, 2017
                                        Expansion is part of Windstream's multi-city campaign to connect even more data centers & commercial buildings to company's national backbone

                                        Windstream announced a major expansion of its advanced metro fiber network in Little Rock. Windstream's expansion will provide the area's growing business community with world-class fiber and fixed-wireless infrastructure that connects even more local data centers and commercial buildings with Windstream's high-speed, highly available nationwide fiber network.

                                        "Windstream is headquartered in Little Rock, and our company's connection to the city goes back nearly 75 years," said Tony Thomas, chief executive officer for Windstream. "We're proud to make this investment in our hometown to help create a new level of connectivity and network stability for all the businesses here, especially the Downtown, Midtown, West Little Rock, North Little Rock, Northshore Business Park, Airport/Port Authority and Conway areas. It also will allow us to offer our customers an expanded product suite and higher levels of service."

                                        F5 News
                                        World's Top 100 Chief Information Security Officers Revealed
                                        F5, March 20th, 2017
                                        Unique list celebrates the world's most innovative CISOs as cybersecurity challenges continue to intensify

                                        A list highlighting the world's most influential and innovative Chief Information Security Officers has been released.

                                        The CISO 100 is the first initiative of its kind to put a spotlight on the growing importance of the role.

                                        Spearheaded by thought-leadership innovators, and sponsored by application delivery and security experts F5 Networks, the list features 100 CISOs from a wide range of industries worldwide.

                                        Aerohive Networks News
                                        Does Your Company Have A Security-unconscious Culture?
                                        Aerohive, March 23rd, 2017
                                        "In this first of a three-part series of posts on how to create a security-minded culture, we start by addressing this question: Could 2017 be the year where we all started to take security very seriously?...

                                        The relentless year-on-year growth of cyber crime is reaching a stage where it is threatening our economy and jobs. There are even fears for the very fabric of society. And to make matters worse, this is happening despite more being spent on making us more secure than ever before..."

                                        Druva News
                                        Druva and Carahsoft Deliver Cloud Data Protection to the Public Sector
                                        Druva, March 22nd, 2017
                                        Druva inSync Now Available on Carahsoft's SEWP Schedule

                                        Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, and Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider, announced that Carahsoft will serve as Druva's public sector distribution partner.

                                        Under this agreement, Carahsoft will proactively market and sell Druva inSync, the company's flagship cloud data protection and information management solution, which Carahsoft will make available to the public sector and its reseller ecosystem via Carahsoft's SEWP contracts. The solution enables agencies to securely manage data protection and information governance across endpoints and cloud applications with unparalleled ease and sophistication.

                                        Centrify News
                                        What is Adaptive Authentication?
                                        Centrify, March 20th, 2017
                                        Adaptive Authentication: Why Should You Care?

                                        Before going into what adaptive authentication is I want to answer why you should care first. In today's IT world, relying on a simple username and password authentication is not enough to protect critical business data and systems against the growing number of sophisticated cyber attacks.

                                        Just do a quick search online or have a look at one of my previous blogs, 'How Much Does It Cost to Protect an Organization from Cybercrime?' to get an idea of how expensive a hack can be and how sophisticated attacks have become.

                                        That ever-growing number of compromised enterprises is clearly asking for systems that do not allow access to business applications and data with a simple username and password logon. For a long time now, there have been mechanisms that IT can use to protect against such 'simple' break-ins. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is the name of the game. MFA gives you the ability to protect access to your enterprise information...

                                          Citrix News
                                          NSW Health Bolsters Telemedicine Capabilities with Citrix
                                          Citrix, March 21st, 2017
                                          State Health Services Reinvents Way Cancer is Treated with Secure Remote Access to Patient Data

                                          Citrix announced NSW Health, a leading Australian public health provider, has rolled-out a range of Citrix technologies empowering the state's doctors to better diagnose and treat patients with cancer due to secure mobile access to electronic medical records.

                                          Within NSW Health's regional network of hospitals, the Illawarra Shoalhaven Cancer and Haematology Network (ISCaHN), they can now use Citrix solutions to equip all employees - doctors, nurses and emergency departments - with remote and secure access to sensitive patient information, analysis of hi-res medical images across devices, and aiding the success of its BYOD initiative.

                                          Commvault News
                                          What Is Your Cloud Disaster Recovery Plan?
                                          Commvault, March 23rd, 2017
                                          Do you have a cloud-based disaster recovery plan, or is your plan to always have an updated resume in case of an actual disaster?

                                          Talk with your peers; the results may be surprising.

                                          For many IT professionals, disaster recovery planning is a pain - and a job requirement. Literally dozens of job descriptions outline DR as part of the job, yet it remains a challenge for many.

                                          Many organizations struggle with the cost, preparation and accountability of disaster recovery. At the same time, it is essential to any organization that wants to recover from any minor or major emergency and stay in business.

                                          Cloud Disaster Recovery: What's your strategy?

                                          Juniper News
                                          Juniper Networks Accelerates Cloud Service Delivery with New Data Center Interconnect Solution
                                          Juniper Networks, March 21st, 2017
                                          Open Cloud Interconnect Solution Combines New Coherent Optical Innovations with End-to-End Management and Software Control Technologies

                                          Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today announced Juniper Networks Open Cloud Interconnect, a comprehensive data center interconnect (DCI) solution enabling a diverse range of network operators to accelerate cloud service delivery, while simplifying network operations. This unique approach -- which combines new high-capacity coherent optical innovations with open, programmable routing, switching, security and virtualization technologies -- gives customers the ability to optimize multi-layer DCI networks for increased network automation, visibility and control.

                                          Mellanox News
                                          Mellanox Doubles Silicon Photonics Ethernet Transceiver Speeds To 200Gb/s
                                          Mellanox, March 20th, 2017
                                          200Gb/s DR4 and VCSEL-Based SR4 Transceivers Target Next Generation Cloud and Web2.0 Hyperscale Data Centers

                                          Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today introduced a new line of 200Gb/s silicon photonics and VCSEL-based transceivers in the same QSFP28 package as today's 100Gb/s products. These new transceivers double the bandwidth for hyperscale Web 2.0 and cloud 100Gb/s networks. Mellanox is also introducing 200Gb/s Active Optical Cables (AOCs) and Direct Attach Copper Cables (DACs), including breakout cables, to allow for end-to-end 200Gb/s Ethernet networks.

                                          "Our hyperscale customers can double their bandwidth and scale to 200G while using their existing installed fiber and without changing to a new form factor," said Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development and general manager of the interconnect business, Mellanox Technologies. "There is no need to wait for a new 400G form factor. Using the same QSFP package as 100G, Mellanox's 200Gb/s products provide better ROI and compelling cost advantages today."

                                          Mellanox Introduces New 100Gb/s Silicon Photonics Optical Engine Product Line
                                          Mellanox, March 20th, 2017
                                          Solutions Extend Options for Hyperscale, Enterprise, Storage and HPC Data Centers

                                          Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. introduced a new line of 100Gb/s silicon photonics components to serve the growing demand of hyperscale Web 2.0 and cloud optical interconnects. The new product line provides module makers with access to a fully qualified portfolio of silicon photonics components and optical engine subassemblies.

                                          "Our customers can now achieve significant time to market advantages for embedded modules and transceivers by using fully-qualified, and cost-effective silicon photonics component and chip sets," said Amir Prescher, senior vice president of business development and general manager of the interconnect business at Mellanox. "PSM4 represents the highest volume, most cost effective and flexible building blocks for 100Gb/s for single mode fiber transceivers for data center applications. End customers benefit by having more supplier options and Mellanox benefits by scaling our high-volume silicon photonics products."

                                          Micron News
                                          Micron Technology, Inc., Reports Results for the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2017
                                          Micron, March 20th, 2017
                                          Micron Technology, Inc., (NASDAQ:MU) announced results of operations for its second quarter of fiscal 2017, which ended March 2, 2017. Revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 were $4.65 billion and were 17 percent higher compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2017 and 58 percent higher compared to the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

                                          "Strong demand and limited industry supply for NAND and DRAM solutions, combined with significant progress on our cost reduction plan, produced excellent results for our second quarter," said Micron CEO Mark Durcan. "I'm proud of the team's execution on critical technology and operational initiatives, which will allow us to continue to capitalize on market trends."

                                          Palo Alto Networks News
                                          Palo Alto Networks Opens New APAC HQ in Singapore
                                          Palo Alto Networks, March 22nd, 2017
                                          More Than Double the Size of Its Previous Floor Space, the New Office Will Provide Regional Customer Support, Training Facilities and an Expanded Cybersecurity Solutions Lab

                                          Palo Alto Networks, the next-generation security company, announced the opening of its new Asia-Pacific headquarters in Singapore. Located in the heart of the central business district at Guoco Tower, the new office spans a floor space of 35,000 sq. ft. - more than double its previous space at Millenia Tower - and was officially opened today by Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications & Information and the Minister-in-charge of Cyber Security.

                                          The new office will enable Palo Alto Networks to expand services and support for customers within, and beyond, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. The office will be the base for many cybersecurity personnel in the region, including systems engineers, Unit 42 security analysts and threat intelligence specialists; and it will provide regional support capability for customers of Palo Alto Networks, expanding the company's worldwide network of support centers.

                                          SuperMicro News
                                          Supermicro Launches New Intel Optane SSD Optimized Platforms
                                          SuperMicro, March 21st, 2017
                                          Supermicro's SuperServers including the industry leading portfolio of 60+ NVMe Flash based solutions with Intel Optane SSDs can deliver up to 6 million WRITE IOPs and 16.5 TB of high performance Optane storage in a 2U form factor

                                          Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, expands the Industry's broadest portfolio of Supermicro NVMe Flash server and storage systems with support for Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X, the world's most responsive data center SSD.

                                          Supermicro's NVMe SSD Systems with Intel Optane SSDs for the Data Center enable breakthrough performance compared to traditional NAND based SSDs...

                                          Supermicro Shows Enterprise IT Building Blocks and Turnkey Solutions at CeBIT 2017
                                          SuperMicro, March 21st, 2017
                                          Complete Server, Storage, and Networking Solutions Target Software-Defined Data Center, Hyper Converged Infrastructure, Big Data Analytics and HPC Workloads

                                          Super Micro Computer, Inc., a global leader in compute, storage and networking technologies including green computing, announces participation in the annual CeBIT exhibition being held in Hannover, Germany from March 20 to 24. Supermicro will showcase enterprise and data center solutions in Booth B-66.

                                          This year Supermicro's showcased products include the new SuperBlade and BigTwin high density computing solutions. The 8U SuperBlade is the newest in Supermicro's blade systems.

                                          SUSE News
                                          Huawei and SUSE Announce SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Support for KunLun RAS 2.0
                                          SUSE, March 21st, 2017
                                          Preferred standard OS for KunLun implements CPU and memory hot swap

                                          Huawei and SUSE announced SUSE Linux Enterprise Server as the preferred standard operating system (OS) for Huawei's KunLun RAS 2.0. Based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 2, the OS supports the unique Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability (RAS 2.0) features of Huawei's KunLun Mission Critical Server. The RAS 2.0 features enable customers to add or remove CPU and memory resources without shutting down the system. These features combine to make KunLun 'Always Online.' SUSE Linux Enterprise Server provides broad support for mission-critical workloads such as databases and middleware.

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