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Fujitsu and Oracle Launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 Servers with World's Fastest Per-Core Performance.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 for SPARC.

University of Wyoming Uses Oracle Cloud to Drive Core Mission of Teaching, Research, and Service

Oracle Named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service.

MySQL High Availability tools - Comparing MHA, MRM and ClusterControl

Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC.

Fujitsu and Oracle Launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 Servers with World's Fastest Per-Core Performance
Providing optimized infrastructure for both on-premises and cloud environments
Fujitsu Limited and Oracle announced the launch of Fujitsu SPARC M12, a new lineup of enterprise servers now available worldwide.

Featuring Fujitsu's new SPARC64 XII processor, Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers achieve the world's highest per CPU core performance in arithmetic processing, offering dramatic improvements for a wide range of database workloads, from mission-critical systems on premises to big data processing in the cloud.

The new Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers join the vibrant SPARC technology ecosystem, and together with Oracle's SPARC systems they leverage the unique security and scalability features of the Oracle Solaris operating system, as well as the efficiency and versatility of the Oracle VM Server for SPARC virtualization software.

Fujitsu SPARC M12 servers are offered in two models: the two-processor Fujitsu SPARC M12-2 server, and the Fujitsu SPARC M12-2S server, which can be expanded incrementally to a maximum of 32 processors.

Announcing Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 for SPARC
By Avi Miller
Avi blogs, "The Oracle Linux operating system is engineered for open cloud infrastructure. It delivers leading performance, scalability and reliability for enterprise SaaS and PaaS workloads as well as traditional enterprise applications.

Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) is the first public release of Oracle Linux on the SPARC platform. It was built from the same source packages as the corresponding Oracle Linux distribution for the x86 architecture, plus any required patches and modifications to support the SPARC platform..."

The Value of IT CertificationThe Value of IT Certification
By Sheryl Domingue
Sheryl blogs, "Taking an IT certification has become a common practice in recent years for those who want to remain up-to-date with the constantly evolving IT industry. Whether it's getting hired, a promotion, re-skilling for a new line of work, or staying current to the latest technology, many more IT professionals are seeking the value of certification.

According to the latest Pearson VUE survey, 88% of IT professionals recommend certification to a colleague when discussing a career or advancement in IT. Given the fact that IT is a fast-paced industry, there is no surprise to see that more than half of respondents work in IT - 63.3%. The survey yielded nearly 28,000 completed responses from employees of 26 of the world's leading IT organizations..."

New Intuitive Learning Platform - Engineered for Cloud Learning
By Sudhir Menon
Sudhir blogs, "With a growing number of cloud implementations across ORACLE Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), a re-engineered cloud learning platform with new functionalities is essential for adoption.

The key characteristics of these new cloud learning platforms include:

  • Adaptive learning across versions of cloud implementation
  • Incremental learning for various levels of users
  • An intuitive platform for collaboration, knowledge management from the platform
  • Measurable and outcome-based learning
  • Instrumentation for reporting, certification
  • Video-based learning with attached web based learning

Customers and organizations are exploring platforms that provide seamless employee learning for an integrated, continuous learning platform that keeps up with constantly changing cloud product lines.

Below, we'll explore the top 10 desired functionalities of a cloud platform..."

MySQL High Availability tools - Comparing MHA, MRM and ClusterControl
Severalnines, April 5th 2017
Krzysztof Ksiazek blogs, "We previously compared two high availability solutions for MySQL - MHA and MariaDB Replication Manager and looked into how they performed fail-over. In this blog post, we'll see how ClusterControl stacks up against these solutions. Since MariaDB Replication Manager is under active development, we decided to take a look at the not yet released version 1.1.

All solutions provide flapping detection. MHA, by default, executes a failover once. Even after you restart masterha_manager, it will still check if the last failover didn't happen too recently. If yes (by default, if it happened in the last 8 hours), no new failover will happen. You need to explicitly change the timeout or set --ignore_last_failover flag..."

Cloud Computing
University of Wyoming Uses Oracle Cloud to Drive Core Mission of Teaching, Research, and Service
Oracle, April 7th 2017
Higher education institution's initiative provides modern, sophisticated cloud solutions to align technology with strategic business planning

Oracle announced that the University of Wyoming (UW), has selected Oracle Cloud to transform the way UW does business at every level, by providing a modern and synchronized technology platform to further academic excellence. As Wyoming's only provider of baccalaureate graduate education, research, and outreach services, UW decided it could no longer wait to redesign its 20-year-old systems. The initiative incorporates finance, human resources (HR), budgeting and planning, grant management, and supply chain management systems - all of which are core to the University's operations.

The university's strategic Oracle Cloud implementation, named WyoCloud, will help UW respond to today's opportunities and challenges by enabling department staff to access timely, accurate information at the right time to run the institution more efficiently. Oracle's complete and modern solutions will thus free employees to focus more time and effort on enhancing the student experience now and in the future.

Companies Adopt ERP Cloud Analytics To Power Growth, Profitability
By Linda Currey Post
Linda writes, "Companies worldwide are discovering that their enterprise resource planning applications aren't just indispensable for managing financial, purchasing, and supply chain processes. Those ERP applications also contain a trove of data they can analyze for competitive advantage.

Take Japan's Yonehachi Group. Every day in Japan, crowds of hungry residents and tourists stop by one of its 140 restaurants, located in high-traffic areas such as train stations, highway service centers, and large department stores, to pick up a tasty meal packed into a Bento or 'convenience' box..."

    Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC
    By Jeff Savit
    Jeff writes, "Oracle recently announced Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 (SPARC) available as a developer release for the benefit of developers and partners. Now you can install Oracle Linux in a guest domain under Oracle VM Server for SPARC managed by Oracle VM Manager or OpenStack.

    A simple installation in a logical domain could look like the following commands, which define a simple guest domain with 4 CPU cores (32 virtual CPU threads), 32GB of RAM, a single network device, and a virtual disk and the install iso image. The virtual disk is a file in a ZFS dataset, which makes it easy to later make snapshots and golden image clones..."

    Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Recommended for Oracle Products
    By Antoinette O'Sullivan
    Antoinette blogs, "Oracle Linux is the only linux distribution recommended for Oracle products. Oracle Linux is:

    • Used by Oracle's engineered systems
    • Linux development standard at Oracle
    • Comprehensively tested across the Oracle stack
    • Pre-configured in Oracle VM templates for rapid deployment of Oracle applications

    For those using an earlier version, adopt Oracle Linux 7 by taking the Oracle Linux 7: What's New for Administrators course..."

    vBeers @ Broward (Funky Buddha)
    Wednesday, April 12th, 2017: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    Funky Buddha Brewery - Oakland Park

    We meet in Oakland Park on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

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

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

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


    SFTA, John McLaughlin

    Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
    Vol 229 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 228 Issues 2, 3 and 4
    We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

    • Microservices Explained: 3 Keys To Better, Faster, Business-Driven Software Development
    • Oracle Linux 6.9 Released with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel 4.1.12, TLS 1.2
    • Oracle Unveils Industry-First Cloud Converged Storage to Help Organizations Bridge On-Premises and Oracle Cloud Storage
    • Training Thursdays: Zero-Downtime Patching for Continuous Security
    • Transform Your Business with Training for the Internet of Things (IoT)
    • New Certifications Demonstrate Continued Momentum for Oracle Public Cloud
    • Croatian Grocery Retailer Konzum Deploys Oracle Retail Planning & Optimization Solutions
    • Oracle JET v3.0.0
    • How Genomics Can Lead Doctors To 'Knowing Ahead Of Time'
    • Oracle's HCM World and Modern Finance Experience 2017 Deliver Foundation for Modern Business Success

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

      The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 5.3.2
      The Document Foundation, April 7th 2017
      The Document Foundation (TDF) releases LibreOffice 5.3.2, the 2nd minor release of the LibreOffice 5.3 family, focused on bleeding edge features, and as such targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters, and power users. LibreOffice 5.3.2 integrates over 50 patches, with a large number of fixes related to RTF and DOCX documents.

      For all other users and enterprise deployments, TDF suggests LibreOffice 5.2.6, with the backing of professional support by certified professionals

      Oracle News
      Oracle Named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service
      Oracle, April 7th 2017
      Oracle positioned as a leader based on ability to execute and completeness of vision

      Oracle announced that it has been named a leader in Gartner's 2017 'Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service" report. We believe this recognition is another milestone which the company feels is due to the tremendous momentum and growth of Oracle Cloud Platform this year.

      'We believe this recognition is another acknowledgement of Oracle's strong momentum in the integration and larger PaaS sector, driven by the successful adoption of Oracle's cloud platform offerings by thousands of customers," said Amit Zavery, senior vice president, Oracle Cloud Platform and Middleware. "By successfully delivering a comprehensive iPaaS offering that provides an easy way to integrate any type of application, data, device and system, Oracle has given customers a powerful option to meet their ever evolving integration needs."

      7-Eleven Mexico Deploys Oracle Retail to Streamline and Simplify Operations
      Oracle, April 7th 2017
      Oracle announced that 7-Eleven Mexico S.A. implemented Oracle Retail to simplify operations and facilitate the customer experience. In Mexico, today's consumer demands access to brands and a differentiated experience. 7-Eleven Mexico embraced technology, empowering them to keep up with the changing demands of the market. 7-Eleven Mexico operates 1,950 convenience stores supported by 8 distribution centers and 18,000 collaborators across 15 states in Mexico.

      7-Eleven Mexico has adopted best practices and deployed Oracle Retail Merchandise Operations Management solutions to support growth and transformation. The company implemented Oracle Retail Merchandising System, Oracle Retail Price Management, Oracle Retail Sales Audit and Oracle Retail Invoice Matching to automate best practices, improve communication among the stores and provide more complete data to empower associates with the help of Oracle Partner Network Gold Level Partner Logic Information Systems.

      America's Fastest-Growing Companies Forecast Rapid Expansion Yet Lack Technology Expertise to Keep Pace
      Oracle, April 7th 2017
      Study Reveals Companies are Highly Optimistic about Growth but Need Cloud Technology Innovation and Strategy to Overcome Challenges

      Leaders of the 5000 fastest growing private companies in America - known as the Inc. 5000 - have an overwhelmingly optimistic outlook for 2017, according to Oracle's The Talent and Tech Driving America's Fastest Growing Companies survey, released today.

      Nine out of 10 respondents (89 percent) describe themselves as either extremely confident or very confident about their prospects for the future. Backed by this confidence, the majority plan to expand their workforce (91 percent), offer new products (61 percent), move into new markets (65 percent) and do more business internationally (32 percent) in the coming year.

      OracleVoice: Hotel Operators, Guests Want More Technology: Survey
      By Rob Preston
      Rob writes, "Hotel operators are embracing technology innovation with a greater sense of urgency as online travel agents (OTAs), personal digital assistants, room-sharing services, and shifting consumer expectations disrupt the $500 billion global industry.

      That was one of the big takeaways from a panel session of hotel industry innovators at Oracle Industry Connect, where Oracle released the results of its Hotel 2025 survey. Conducted with 150 hotel operators and 702 consumers in February 2017, the survey found that guests are willing to engage brands that offer new technologies if they feel they're in control of their experience. It also found that hotels should be wary of implementing automation without personal service..."

      Avoid ERP Cloud Buyer's Remorse: Ask These 5 Questions
      By Margaret Harrist
      Margaret Harrist writes, "It's that familiar, awful feeling after you've made a big purchase: realizing the details you didn't consider before are turning out to be huge disadvantages.

      It's a feeling that's become easier to avoid as a consumer, because you can read a wealth of product reviews online before making a big purchase. But when choosing applications to run your growing business, any reviews you find won't reflect your exact situation. Every legacy IT environment, whether it's homegrown or from a vendor, has many different dependencies, the result of myriad customizations and varying levels of updates..."

        10 New Reasons To Move ERP Into The Cloud
        By Sasha Banks-Louie
        Sasha writes, "Companies rely on enterprise resource planning (ERP) software to help them automate nearly every aspect of their businesses - from supply chain operations and procurement to risk management and financials.

        But getting to this level of automation has come at a huge cost. According to a 2016 study conducted by Nucleus Research, the average expense for companies to set up their on-premises ERP systems - including software, hardware, consulting, personnel, and training - is about $8 million..."

        Cisco News
        AppDynamics Spring '17 Release Empowers Application Teams to Ship Faster and More Reliably Throughout the Modern Software Development Lifecycle
        Cisco, April 5th 2017
        Developer Toolkit and Business iQ Set a New Standard for App Team Collaboration, from Code to Business Performance

        AppDynamics, a Cisco company and the leader in application intelligence, today announced its Spring '17 release, including the AppDynamics Developer Toolkit and major updates to Enterprise iQ and Business iQ. The latest release empowers application teams to deliver impactful customer experiences faster while laying the foundation for unprecedented scale. Now, the entire business can quickly align around a single goal: continuously delivering high quality mobile and web applications faster than ever. AppDynamics customers can quickly build, deploy, measure and improve their customer experiences regardless of the environment.

        Telenor Norway And Cisco Collaborate To Deliver Enterprise IoT Services
        Cisco, April 5th 2017
        Telenor and Cisco Jasper to Help Enable Norwegian Enterprises to Launch, Manage and Monetize Connected Services that Add Value for Customers

        Telenor Norway, the largest provider of mobile and network services in Norway, today announced a collaboration with Cisco Jasper to help enable enterprises throughout Norway to launch, manage and monetize IoT services. The collaboration will pair Telenor Norway's mobile network with the Cisco Jasper IoT connectivity management platform, enabling enterprises to easily and cost-effectively deliver new connected services through connected devices that create valuable experiences for customers and unlock new revenue channels.

        "Businesses throughout Norway are eager to embrace IoT because they understand that, as more devices get connected, business value shifts from the products themselves to the services that are delivered through them," said Ove Fredheim, Senior Vice President and Head of the Business Division at Telenor Norway. "Companies are increasingly focused on offering services that generate recurring, post-sale revenues. We're excited to be at the forefront of enabling this transformation for businesses throughout Norway..."

        IBM News
        IBM Opens Budapest Software Lab to Develop Cloud Video Solutions
        IBM, April 3rd 2017
        Site will focus on infusing new cognitive capabilities into streaming video technology

        IBM announced it has opened an IBM Budapest Lab dedicated to developing new technologies for IBM Cloud Video to support the increasing demand for streaming video technology by companies across all industries. A major focus will be collaborating with other IBM sites to infuse cognitive capabilities into IBM Cloud Video solutions to unlock data and insights from video. IBM estimates cloud-based video will be a $105 billion market by 2019.

        Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy and IBM Help Next Generation of Pharmacists Utilize Business Intelligence Technologies
        IBM, April 3rd 2017
        IBM and Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy announced an initiative to help train the next-generation of pharmacists on business analytics and insight-derived decision making. As the first college of pharmacy in the nation to add IBM Watson Analytics into its curriculum, Lipscomb University is helping their students graduate with an understanding of data and business analytics that can be applied in the workforce.

        At a time when health care companies expect individuals at all levels of an organization to act on data-driven insights, future pharmacists need to analyze and understand data to help deliver more informed answers in patient care. Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy is the first college of pharmacy in the nation to provide students full access to Watson Analytics and trainings as part of its curriculum to help graduates fulfill this need for their future employers.

        IBM Watson and Internet of Things Top Highlights at Upcoming 15th Annual IBM China Forum
        IBM, April 7th 2017
        IBM Watson IoT General Manager Sanjay Brahmawar to keynote on how Watson is helping clients unlock new value from massive amounts of data to enable new levels of productivity in manufacturing

        IBM announced that Sanjay Brahmawar, general manager of IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT), will deliver a keynote session at the 15th annual IBM China Forum on Tuesday April 11. The session will focus on how Watson is helping to transform the manufacturing industry...

        The IBM China Forum will bring together more than 5,000 clients, partners, influencers and IBM experts who will explore how IBM is helping to transform industries, redefining development and reimaging professions.

        IBM Patents Machine Learning Models for Drug Discovery
        IBM, April 7th 2017
        Invention could accelerate discovery of more effective and safer drugs

        IBM announced that its scientists have been granted a patent on machine learning models to predict therapeutic indications and side effects from various drug information sources. IBM Research has implemented a cognitive association engine to identify significant linkages between predicted therapeutic indications and side effects, and a visual analytics system to support the interactive exploration of these associations.

        This approach could help researchers in pharmaceutical companies to generate hypotheses for drug discovery. For instance, strongly correlated disease-side-effect pairs identified by the patented invention could be beneficial for drug discovery in many ways. One could use the side-effect information to repurpose existing treatments (e.g. drugs causing postural hypotension could be potential candidates for treating hypertension). If a new drug is being designed for a disease that is strongly correlated with severe side effects, then special attention could be paid to controlling the formulation and dosing of the drug in the clinical trials to prevent serious safety issues.

        IBM Transforms Helpdesk Experience with Watson
        IBM, April 7th 2017
        Workplace Support Services with Watson brings a concierge-like service to the Helpdesk

        IBM announced that it is bringing the cognitive capabilities of Watson to the service desk for a more intelligent workplace, which will work to anticipate, predict and act to meet current and future tech support requirements. IBM's Workplace Support Service with Watson will transform how service and support is delivered by integrating IBM's helpdesk services with analytics and Watson's cognitive capabilities, learning from user behavior and improving over time. It can support individuals on any device, any time and at any location, and will offer faster resolution of IT issues, handling the majority of support tickets when integrated with other helpdesk automation functions.

        The Weather Company, an IBM Business, Wins Internet Advertising Competition (IAC) Award
        IBM, April 6th 2017
        Goose Island "Journey of the Hop" Branded Experience Recognized As "Best Beverage Online Campaign"

        The Weather Company, an IBM Business (NYSE: IBM), announced that it has received an award from the Web Marketing Association's 2017 Internet Advertising Competition (IAC), which recognizes the best in online advertising. Weather won the "Best Beverage Online Campaign" award for its dynamic branded content experience with Goose Island's "Journey of the Hop."

        IBM & PNC Partner To Expand New Collar Tech Career Training Opportunities For Pittsburgh-Area Veterans
        IBM, April 5th 2017
        IBM's Technology Certification Program Equips Military Veterans with Free Software Training, Certification and Employment Assistance

        Building on IBM's recent commitment to hire 2,000 veterans in the United States over the next four years, leaders from IBM, PNC Bank, Corporate America Supports You (CASY), a national non-profit that specializes in job placements for veterans, and the National Cyber-Forensics Training Alliance (NCFTA), a Pittsburgh-based non-profit that involves experts focused on identifying and mitigating cyber threats, joined forces today to expand in Pittsburgh a free nationwide training initiative that will certify veterans in the use of IBM software widely used by law enforcement, cybersecurity, and national security agencies.

        The Veteran Employment Accelerator program, spearheaded by IBM and CASY, provides returning service members with a free intensive week-long training, certification, as well as employment assistance.

        Jordan Electric Power Company Selects IBM Cloud for Infrastructure Overhaul
        IBM, April 5th 2017
        The 5-year agreement calls for the migration of all enterprise workloads to the IBM public cloud

        IBM announced that Jordan Electric Power Company (JEPCO) has selected IBM Cloud to transform and modernize its IT infrastructure.

        Founded in 1938, JEPCO is responsible for distributing and retailing electricity in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Its customer base accounts for approximately 65 percent of the Kingdom's consumers.

        The company relied on its own on premise, in house solution and applications since its inception. With a fast growing customer base, rapid growth of the business and the need to improve its quality of services to its customers, JEPCO realized the need to have a robust, reliable and secure infrastructure that will allow it to adopt new technologies.

        IBM Names Three Blockchain Adoption Principles Essential for Every CEO to Consider
        IBM, April 4th 2017
        IBM identified three key elements of enterprise blockchain adoption that c-suite leaders should consider when evaluating the technology for business use.

        Blockchain, or distributed ledger technology, is quickly making its way into the enterprise, potentially becoming as revolutionary a technology for business transactions as the internet was for communications in the late 1990s. In the supply chain and logistics industry alone, the technology could potentially help save billions of dollars annually and significantly reduce delays and spoilage. Its potential impacts are far-reaching; according to the World Economic Forum, reducing barriers within the international supply chain could increase worldwide GDP by almost five percent and total trade volume by 15 percent.

        To best derive value from blockchain technology, IBM recommends that enterprise adopters across supply chains and other key industries including financial services, retail, energy and others develop a close understanding of five key elements of the technology...

        IBM Launches Financial Models on Bluemix to Help Developers Build Cognitive Investment Apps
        IBM, April 4th 2017
        Instrument Analytics enables rapid access to financial data tools via IBM Cloud for Financial Services

        IBM announced it has launched new and experimental services to provide developers with financial models on Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform. As a part of the IBM Cloud for Financial Services, these technologies provide developers with a quick connection into the data and analytical capabilities needed to build cognitive-enabled financial apps that can evaluate the past and current value of an investment, as well as project its possible future value.

        Called IBM Instrument Analytics, these new services give cloud developers easy access to tools which model the potential behaviors of certain financial assets, such as the cash flows produced throughout the life of a security, the sensitivity of an asset to various market risks, and the calculation of the value of an asset under alternate scenarios and market conditions.

        IBM First to Deliver Latest NVIDIA GPU Accelerator on the Cloud to Speed AI Workloads
        IBM, April 5th 2017
        NVIDIA Tesla P100 on IBM Cloud Generates Value from Massive Volumes of Data Faster

        IBM announced that it is the first major global cloud provider to make the NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU accelerator available on the cloud. By combining NVIDIA's acceleration technology with IBM's Cloud platform, businesses can expect to more quickly and efficiently run compute-heavy workloads, such as artificial intelligence, deep learning and high performance data analytics.

        With more than 160 zettabytes of data expected to be generated by 2025 according to IDC'1', enterprises of all sizes are increasingly relying on cognitive and deep learning applications to make sense of these massive volumes and varieties of data. GPUs, or graphics processing units, work in conjunction with a server's central processing unit (CPU) to accelerate application performance helping these compute-heavy data workloads run more quickly and efficiently.

        IBM Named #1 in Thought Leadership Again
        IBM, April 6th 2017
        IBM's Institute for Business Value Recognized the Sixth Time as Leading Quality Executive Guide for Industry Trends

        IBM announced that for the sixth time, its consulting organization was named the industry's top producer of thought leadership in a White Space Report by Source Global Research, a leading research and strategy firm for the global management consulting industry.

        According to the most recent White Space report evaluating the quality and impact of 25 major global consulting firms in the world, IBM remains the leader for the consistent high quality of its thought leadership. The White Space rankings are based on four evaluation criteria - Resilience, Differentiation, Appeal, and Prompting Action. This is the sixth out of seven evaluation periods that IBM has remained in the top spot.

        IBM Security Shares Tips To Stay Safe This Tax Season
        IBM, April 5th 2017
        54M Americans Wait Until Last Minute to File Taxes; Cybercriminals Poised to Exploit Tax Deadline to Cash in on Refunds

        IBM Security released a new report taking a closer look at the techniques and motivations of cybercriminals targeting taxpayers in the United States. Between December 2016 and February 2017, IBM X-Force researchers saw a 6,000 percent increase in tax-related spam emails. The researchers see this increase and other factors as evidence that cybercriminals are not slowing down their attacks in the days leading up to Tax Day 2017.

        IBM's analysis found that historically one-third (54 million)'1' of Americans who file tax returns do so after April 1. This year's extended deadline of Tuesday, April 18, 2017 gives cybercriminals even more runway to execute their tax fraud schemes. IBM X-Force stresses that it's especially crucial for consumers to stay vigilant in protecting their online identities over the next month.

        VMware News
        OVH Announces Intent to Acquire VMware vCloud Air Business
        VMware, April 4th 2017
        vCloud Air, Marquee Customers, and Enterprise-Ready Support Team to Serve as Foundation for OVH's Launch into the US

        VMware and OVH, a global hyper-scale cloud provider, today announced OVH intends to acquire the VMware vCloud Air business. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017.

        vCloud Air is VMware's cloud offering based on the software-driven data center and is designed specifically to meet enterprise needs delivering a secure, hybrid cloud experience. The recent introduction of bi-directional, zero downtime cloud migration and the hybrid DMZ architecture has enabled customers to accelerate the pace of migration to the cloud, while maintaining security, compliance and control. Since its inception, vCloud Air has serviced industry leading customers as they embrace a hybrid cloud environment.

        In conjunction with this announcement, VMware is reiterating its previously issued financial guidance for Q1 and the full fiscal year 2018.

        Red Hat News
        Friday Five - April 7, 2017
        Red Hat, April 7th 2017
        The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.

        • Red Hat Blog - What makes us Red Hat
        • Red Hat Blog - What makes us Red Hat
        • CIO - Red Hat's secrets of success
        • Red Hat Blog - How Red Hat and Tate are making a difference through open collaboration
        • Open Source Stories - The People Behind OpenAI

        Read on for details.

        Red Hat Honors Vizuri with Partner of Excellence Award
        Red Hat, April 6th 2017
        Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, recognized Vizuri, a leading IT consulting firm, with the first-ever Partner of Excellence Award. Vizuri was recognized at Red Hat's 2017 North America Partner Conference in Las Vegas.

        The Partner of Excellence Award was developed to honor partners that showcase support and leading contributions to the Red Hat community. With ten years of collaboration, Red Hat and Vizuri have worked together to develop innovative solutions that are designed to meet customer needs and solve complex business challenges. As a Premier Red Hat Partner, Vizuri's experience spans the spectrum of Red Hat's open hybrid cloud portfolio including Linux, middleware, cloud, application development, virtualization, management and storage.

        Level3 News
        Level 3 Positioned in Challengers Quadrant in 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global
        Level(3), April 3rd 2017
        Global telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) has been positioned in the Challengers quadrant of the February 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global1. The report evaluated 16 network service providers on the completeness of their vision and their ability to execute on services and strategy.

        Use this link to Access the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global.

        EMC News
        Dell EMC Announces First-Ever NASCAR Sponsorship; Helps JTG Daugherty Racing Transform Digitally
        Dell EMC, April 7th 2017
        Dell EMC announces that, for the first time ever, the company is sponsoring a NASCAR team, JTG Daugherty Racing. Through this partnership, Dell EMC is working with JTG Daugherty Racing to help provide a competitive edge through the implementation of technology within the race car, on the track and at the shop.

        Specifically, the JTG Daugherty Racing team is using Dell IoT and client solutions and Dell EMC enterprise technologies to help improve performance of the team at the racetrack and manage shop floor operations. This collaboration is reflective of the growing trend within NASCAR to leverage more powerful technologies and data in new ways to help improve performance at all levels of the race team - for the drivers, throughout practice and testing and at the track on race day.

        HP News
        Hewlett Packard Enterprise Completes Spin-off and Merger of its Enterprise Services Business with CSC
        HPE, April 3rd 2017
        Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) - announced that it has successfully completed the previously announced separation of its Enterprise Services business ('ES' or 'Everett Spinco'), and merged it with Computer Sciences Corporation ('CSC') to create DXC Technology ('DXC').

        The spin-merge of the ES business unlocks a stronger, more focused HPE, well positioned to compete and win in today's rapidly changing market.

        As planned, HPE will now execute a clear and ambitious strategy based on three key pillars: First, making hybrid IT simple through secure, software-defined offerings that enable customers to move data seamlessly across their traditional data centers, private and public cloud environments. Second, redefining IT outside of the data center by powering the emerging intelligent edge that will run campus, branch, and Industrial IoT applications. Third, providing the world-class expertise and flexible consumption models to help customers transform their IT environments.

        Comcast News
        Comcast Introduces Xfinity Mobile: Combining America's Largest, Most Reliable 4G LTE Network and the Largest Wi-Fi Network
        Comcast, April 6th 2017
        Go Unlimited or Pay By the Gig for Data; Up to Five Lines Included with Unlimited Talk and Text, and No Line Access Fees

        Get a Better Wireless Experience For Less Money on the Most Popular Devices

        Comcast introduced Xfinity Mobile, a new wireless service designed for the way people use their phones today, with the internet and data at the center of the experience. Up to eighty percent of smartphone data traffic in the U.S. travels over Wi-Fi,1 not cellular networks, making Wi-Fi a key solution to today's mobile data consumption. Xfinity Mobile uses America's largest, most reliable 4G LTE network along with Comcast's 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots to provide consumers with a better wireless experience, for less money, on today's most popular devices.

        F5 News
        5 Things to Know About F5 Networks
        F5, April 6th 2017
        F5 is an IT leader in transition. Here are five things investors should know about the company

        Tech investing can be intimidating. There's a large amount of jargon, and the space moves quickly. Still, the world is only becoming more technological, so the industry is hard to ignore as part of one's portfolio.

        One company investors may wish to look at is F5 Networks (NASDAQ:FFIV). F5's products enable the efficient management and delivery of applications across large enterprises. In recent years, it has expanded its offerings with security products, as well as other advanced solutions related to data, applications, and efficient network management.

        While those outside corporate IT departments are unlikely to ever use F5's products, they are mission-critical to businesses worldwide. Here are five things to know about the company.

        Aerohive Networks News
        The SD-LAN Revolution: Optimizing Enterprise Networks
        Aerohive, April 6th 2017
        "To kick things off, let's discuss enterprise wired and wireless networks. These environments are facing increased requirements as a result of expanding ecosystems of users, devices, and applications. At the same time, the increased nuance in network architectural options can make network infrastructure decisions daunting for enterprises considering network refreshes and greenfield deployments.

        Enterprise IT decision makers must consider the following factors, among others:..."

        Insight News
        Datalink Achieves SOC 2 Attestation for Managed & Customer Support Services
        Datalink, April 4th 2017
        Protects Clients by Ensuring Adherence to Rigorous IT Security & Availability Standards

        IT services and solutions provider Datalink, an Insight company, announced it has completed a Service Organization Control (SOC) 2, Type II, attestation for its technical support and managed services operations. The attestation verifies that Datalink has instituted stringent security and availability internal controls in accordance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' (AICPA) applicable Trust Services Principles and Criteria.

        The AICPA created the SOC guidelines to provide an authoritative benchmark for service organizations to demonstrate implementation of proper control procedures and practices. Type II reports include detailed testing of the operational effectiveness of the described systems' security and availability controls to:

        • Ensure secure client access to Datalink systems
        • Protect client systems managed by Datalink

        "Transformation is top of mind for leaders of large enterprises, and so is security. Increasingly, large enterprises are leveraging IT operations services providers to transform their operations with an eye on future needs and future threats," said Shawn O'Grady, Datalink Senior Vice President and General Manager.

        Centrify News
        Intercede And Centrify Partner To Streamline Secure Mobile Access For Highly Regulated Enterprises
        Centrify, April 4th 2017
        Intercede's MyID technology and Centrify Identity Service enable compliance with HSPD 12 and open new mobile use cases for employees

        Today, cybersecurity and identity management expert Intercede announces a partnership with Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity, to secure and manage mobile access in highly regulated industries who must comply with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12), FIPS 201-2 and NIST 800-157.

        Interecede's MyID enables enterprises to replace employee passwords with more secure and convenient digital identities on smart cards. This solution then manages the lifecycle of credentials, for example revoking them if a user leaves an organisation or updating them in advance of the credentials expiring. All credential issuance and lifecycle events are recorded into MyID, providing full visibility and audit capabilities.

        Citrix News
        Global Study Shows Millennials and GDPR are Driving the Need for a New IT Security Framework
        Citrix, April 4th 2017
        55 percent of respondents believe Millennial employees may pose the biggest security risk, says IT survey from Citrix and The Ponemon Institute

        According to a recent survey by the Ponemon Institute and Citrix, there are two major IT security risks that enterprises need to prepare for Millennials and the impending General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). The global study of more than 4,000 IT, security, and business professionals found that Millennials bring a growing number of mobile apps, devices and new methods of information sharing and collaboration that pose new security risks for businesses. The study also found that most enterprises are skeptical of their ability to meet the stringent security and compliance requirements of the proposed GDPR...

        Juniper News
        Juniper Networks Announces Date of First Quarter 2017 Preliminary Financial Results Conference Call and Webcast
        Juniper Networks, April 4th 2017
        Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, confirmed it will release preliminary financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 after the close of the market. The Company's senior management will host a conference call that day at 2:00 pm PT.

        A commentary by Ken Miller, chief financial officer, reviewing the Company's first quarter 2017 financial results, as well as second quarter 2017 financial outlook, will be furnished to the SEC on Form 8-K and published on the Company's website at Analysts and investors are encouraged to review this commentary prior to participating in the conference call.

        To listen to the conference call, the toll free dial-in number is 877-407-8033, international callers dial +1-201-689-8033. Please dial in ten minutes prior to the scheduled conference call time. The call will also be webcast live and archived on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at

        Mellanox News
        Mellanox Technologies Ltd., Schedules Release of First Quarter 2017 Financial Results and Conference Call for April 26, 2017
        Mellanox, April 4th 2017
        Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that it will release its financial results for the first quarter 2017 after the market closes on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

        Following the release, Mellanox will conduct a conference call at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (5 p.m. Eastern Time). To listen to the call: dial +1-888-632-3384 (non-U.S. residents: +1-785-424-1675) approximately ten minutes prior to the start time.

        Nutanix News
        OUAC Chooses Nutanix to Save 100 Hours Per Year in IT Management Time and Use 26 Fewer Rack Units Than Alternate Solutions
        Nutanix, April 3rd 2017
        Nutanix's Offerings Provide Greater Storage Management Simplicity, Easy Consolidation of Existing Infrastructure, and Lower IT Expenses

        Nutanix, a leader in enterprise cloud computing, today announced that the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) has chosen the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform for an improved ROI resulting in 27% lower estimated costs versus competitive solutions over a five-year period, a reduced VM cloning time from 31 minutes on OUAC's old systems to just six seconds on Nutanix, and four times less rack space in the organization's data centers.

        In order to choose a new IT infrastructure provider, the team evaluated options from five providers to find a solution with sufficient capacity to accommodate 100% growth over the next two years, and to integrate with OUAC's existing backup/recovery solution and 10 Gigabit Ethernet network. Not only did Nutanix accomplish each of these needs, it also provided OUAC with an additional estimated five-year cost savings of 27% lower than any of the alternate solutions due to fewer server and energy expenses.

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