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Oracle CEO: We Can Beat Amazon and Microsoft Without as Many Data Centers

Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC

Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud with Oracle OpenStack

Replication Features in MySQL 8.0.1

Leverage Enterprise Manager to Simplify your Database Security Management
By Manish Choudhary
Manish blogs, "Are you concerned about securing your and your customers' most valuable asset - the data? Are you worried about enforcing and managing different database security solutions to meet regulations such as European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Most of you must have used or heard about Oracle Database Security features and products that work together to offer a complete defense-in-depth and unified solution to your data security needs. But, did you know that you can manage these features and products from a central location? Yes, you can perform all database security management operations (and much more) from one place! Let us see how..."
Training Thursdays: Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud with Oracle OpenStack
By Antoinette O'Sullivan
Antoinette blogs, "The Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux solution maintains the flexibility of OpenStack while allowing customers to deploy and manage public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Get the most out of the recently released Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 3 by taking the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux: Getting Started seminar. This course helps you understand all the concepts involved in this architecture and guides you through installation and configuration..."

Setting up MySQL Cluster in the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud
By Mikael Ronstrom
Mikael blogs, "The Oracle Bare Metal Cloud service is an innovative cloud service. When looking at how it can be used for MySQL Cluster it is a great fit.

MySQL Cluster is a high availability solution. Oracle Bare Metal Cloud provides the possibility to have servers that only you use and thus two Oracle Bare Metal servers are definitely independent of each others hardware. If you want to also run synchronous replication with no dependence on network, housing and electricity you can place these servers in different availability domains in the same region. Thus it is possible to build individual clusters with very high availability.

It is still possible to use smaller virtual machines that share the machine with other simultaneous users..."

MySQL 8.0.1: Using SKIP LOCKED and NOWAIT to handle hot rows
By Martin Hansson
Martin blogs, "MySQL 8.0.1 introduces two new features which allow you to better manage situations where you have tables with hot row contention. This issue frequently presents itself in scenarios such as worker threads all accessing the same tables trying to find new work, and ecommerce websites trying to keep accurate inventory counts.

My example for today will be trying to book tickets to a Hockey game..."

MySQL 8.0: Improved performance with CTE
By MySQL Server Team
Oystein Grovlen blogs, "MySQL 8.0 introduces Common Table Expressions (CTE). My colleague Guilhem has written several blog posts on how to use CTEs , and you can also read about it in the MySQL 8.0 Reference Manual. In this blog post, I will focus on how using a CTE instead of a view or a derived table can improve performance.

As usual, my example query will be a query from the DBT-3 benchmark. This time, we will look at Query 15, the Top Supplier Query:..."

MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.7
By Jose Ramirez
Jose blogs, "The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Visual Studio 1.2.7. This is a maintenance release for 1.2.x. It can be used for production environments.

MySQL for Visual Studio is a product that includes all of the Visual Studio integration functionality to create and manage MySQL databases when developing .NET applications.

MySQL for Visual Studio is installed using the MySQL Installer for Windows which comes in 2 versions..."

Replication Features in MySQL 8.0.1
By Luis Soares
Luis blogs, "MySQL 8.0.1 has just been released with a wonderful set of features across the board. Specifically in replication, there is plenty of new and exciting functionality as well as performance improvements. In this post I am going to summarize the replication features of this development milestone release..."
Cloud Computing
Oracle CEO: We Can Beat Amazon and Microsoft Without as Many Data Centers
Fortune, April 12th 2017
Barb Darrow writes in Fortune, "Conventional wisdom in the public cloud market is that there are three leaders: Amazon Web Services followed by Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

Those companies assemble and sell massive arrays of servers, storage, and networking to businesses-most of which don't want to build more of their own data centers. Towards that end, those three cloud superpowers alone spent roughly $31 billion last year to extend their data center capacity around the world, according to the Wall Street Journal, which tabulated that total from corporate filings.

By comparison, Oracle, which is making its own public cloud push, spent about $1.7 billion. To most observers, that looks like a stunning mismatch.

But Mark Hurd, Oracle's co-chief executive, would beg to differ. In his view, there are data centers and then there are data centers. And Oracle's data centers, he said, can be more efficient because they run Oracle hardware and supercharged databases..."

McGraw Hill's Journey to Oracle Public Cloud
By Eric Jacobsen
Eric blogs, "Chandan Ghosh describes McGraw Hill's journey to the cloud and why Oracle's Integrated Cloud platform with high performance, massive scalability, and reduced costs, was the best option for moving their entire IT footprint to the Oracle Cloud.

McGraw Hill has been experiencing rapid grow in their digital educational subscriptions and needed a way to speed up their delivery model. Find out how they were able to set up environments in only a few hours versus the 30 days it used to take...

Explore Cloud Computing Architecture through Hands-On Oracle OpenStack for Linux Training
By Diana.H. Gray
Diana blogs, "Oracle OpenStack is packaged as a set of Docker images.

Streamline installation and running within Docker containers. This gets rid of the need to install components individually and directly on nodes.

Take Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux: Getting Started training if you're new to OpenStack. You'll get a chance to deep dive into the steps involved in achieving a multi-node deployment, while learning key tips to empower your troubleshooting..."

Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC
By Jeff Savit
Jeff blogs, "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..."

Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux R3 Webcast and More
By Zeynep Koch
Zeynep blogs,"Last week we have released Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux Release 3.0, based on upstream Mitaka, you can read about the details of this announcement in our Oracle OpenStack blog.

We have recorded a short 'An Introduction to Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux 3' podcast that gives a snapshot of the announcement..."

vBeers @ Broward (Funky Buddha)
Wednesday, April 12th, 2017: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
The South Florida Technology Alliance and vBeers South Florida invites you to join us for vBeers @ Boca. We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month in Boca Raton.

The meeting will be at Biergarten Boca, which is located in on US 1, just South of Palmetto Park and East of I-95.

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

Bring your sense of humor and get ready for some great IT and virtualization conversations with some of the best people in South Florida's IT community.

vBeers - we're about:

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


Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 230 Issue 1; Vol 229 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 228 Issues 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:

  • Fujitsu and Oracle Launch Fujitsu SPARC M12 Servers with World's Fastest Per-Core Performance
  • Announcing Oracle Linux 6 Update 7 for SPARC
  • Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC
  • Oracle Named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Integration Platform as a Service
  • University of Wyoming Uses Oracle Cloud to Drive Core Mission of Teaching, Research, and Service
  • America's Fastest-Growing Companies Forecast Rapid Expansion Yet Lack Technology Expertise to Keep Pace
  • The Document Foundation releases LibreOffice 5.3.2
  • The Value of IT CertificationThe Value of IT Certification
  • Training Thursdays: Oracle Linux is Recommended for Oracle Products
  • OracleVoice: Hotel Operators, Guests Want More Technology: Survey

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

    Oracle SQL Developer v4.2 Is Now Available
    By Jeff Smith
    Jeff blogs, "Today is the day! We have new releases of both SQL Developer and SQL Developer Data Modeler.

    I've been talking about v4.2 tweaks and enhancements for awhile now, and here's the full list if you want to go back and review.

    I'd like to share a few highlights though.

    But first, FULL STOP. Go click that big button to the top and left.

    Ok, let's continue..."

    Oracle News
    Miroglio Fashion Selects Oracle Retail to Drive Innovation
    Italian Fashion Company Creates Connections between Product, Data and People
    Oracle announced that Italian fashion company Miroglio Fashion has selected Oracle's Omnichannel Suite of solutions including Oracle Retail Xstore Point-of-Service, Oracle Retail Customer Engagement and Oracle Retail Order Broker. The Miroglio Fashion is launching a retail innovation initiative, that includes the Oracle solutions, to improve efficiency and performance called the Retail 4.0 Program. Miroglio Fashion creates and distributes 11 brands including Fiorella Rubino, Oltre, Motivi, Elena Miro, Caractère in more than 1,110 retail stores in 34 countries.
    Life Care Services Adopts Oracle HCM Cloud
    Leading senior living community provider uses cloud technology to reduce HR administrative work
    Oracle announced, that Life Care Services (LCS) has chosen Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud to help reduce the amount of time on administrative work such as tracking project plans and milestones or updating employee records, all while ensuring more efficient business practices in its HR and Payroll Departments. Oracle HCM Cloud will help LCS bring together integrated solutions for payroll, benefits and employee management and LCS expects to go live on Oracle HCM Cloud in the months ahead.

    LCS is working to eliminate standalone systems and forms that are currently not integrated on a single platform. With Oracle HCM Cloud, all employee data and processes will be held on one single electronic system, offering easy access to employee records and effortless accessibility to reporting. The advanced data analytics delivered by Oracle HCM Cloud will also help LCS to gain a better understanding of employee turnover rates and how to best retain top talent.

    America's Cup Boats Draft Moore's Law Technology Curve
    By Rob Preston, April 13th 2017
    Rob writes in Forbes, "The boats that competed for the 32nd America's Cup, off Valencia, Spain, in 2007, weren't much faster than the ones Queen Victoria watched sail down the Solent strait during the first Cup race almost 170 years ago. But the yacht-technology advances of the last several years have been nothing short of astounding.

    New craft-lifting, drag-reducing hydrofoils and wingsails, augmented by ultra-responsive control systems and space-age aerodynamics, have nearly quintupled boat speeds while improving maneuverability. The catamarans that will fly above water in the 35th America's Cup qualifiers, playoffs, and finals, to be held on Bermuda's Great Sound in May and June, will reach speeds exceeding 55 mph. Sammy Hagar should take note..."

    Why CIOs Who Want To 'Grow The Business' Must Adopt Cloud
    By Linda Currey Post,Oracle, April 12th 2017
    Linda writes in Forbes, "CIOs looking to boost growth are replacing their legacy systems with ERP software that integrates the latest technologies so they can use them in their business activities when the time is right.

    So says Steve Cox, Oracle vice president of ERP and EPM product marketing. According to Cox, the question is, 'Do you want to spend the majority of your IT budget to run the business or do you want to spend it to grow the business?'..."

    Education Ministry Moves From Spreadsheet Scrum To Financial Restart
    By Rob Preston, April 11th 2017
    Rob Preston writes in Forbes, "New Zealand's Ministry of Education faced a challenge all too common in the private sector. Its financial organization had too many spreadsheets, databases, outdated applications, and disconnected processes to manage effectively. So it was difficult to hold budget overseers accountable for financial performance and give people across the Ministry access to the information they needed for planning, forecasting, and other purposes.

    The Ministry of Education, which manages an NZ$14 billion (US$9.8 billion) annual budget, is unlike most companies in that its remit is wide-ranging and public-service-oriented. Among its responsibilities: Provide funding for a variety of programs to boost student achievement in New Zealand's primary, secondary, and tertiary schools, while reducing education disparity. As such, the Ministry needed to modernize and integrate the financial systems and processes that make all that important work possible..."

    University of Wyoming Creates 'WyoCloud' For Better Decisions Through Better Data
    By Chris Murphy, April 10th 2017
    Chris writes, "Imagine running the University of Wyoming, the 14,000-student, flagship university of a state hit hard economically by the slump in oil, natural gas, and coal prices. State budgets supporting the university are tight, including a $41 million cut in its two-year block grant.

    Now imagine, amid these lean budgets, committing to the school's largest investment in information systems in nearly 20 years, replacing systems for financials, procurement, human resources, reporting, and more.

    Why make such an investment in supposedly 'back office' technology when money is tight?..."

      Cisco News
      Cisco Announces Program to Help Accelerate Digitization in Kazakhstan
      Cisco, April 13th 2017
      Cisco announced a planned series of initiatives in Kazakhstan to help accelerate the country's digital transformation over the next three years.

      John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco, said: "The Kazakh Government has embraced an ambitious digital agenda to achieve its goal of becoming one of the top 30 global economies by 2050. Cisco is proud to partner with Kazakhstan to bring this vision to life and contribute to a strong future for the country and its citizens through digitization."

      Cisco Launches Next Generation Storage Networking Innovations
      Cisco, April 11th 2017
      Cisco MDS Storage Networking Director Now Offer 32Gb, Analytics, Flash Memory Support, and Extended 32Gb Fabric Integration with Cisco UCS

      Data stored in global data centers will increase by five-fold to reach 915 Exabyte by 2020, according to the recent Cisco Global Cloud Index. Cisco today announced technology innovations for next-generation storage networking that will help customers access, manage and automate this stored data to better enable digital business goals.

      With this announcement, Cisco offers storage networking customers 32Gb fibre channel performance across an integrated MDS storage director and Unified Computing System (UCS) fabric, storage networking analytics, and non-volatile memory express (NVMe) over FC support for flash memory appliances.

      Microsoft News
      Microsoft to acquire Deis to Help Companies Innovate with Containers
      Microsoft, April 10th 2017
      Scott Guthrie blogs, "Containers have been at the forefront of cloud transformation in recent years, and for good reason: Container technologies let organizations more easily build, deploy and move applications to and from the cloud. With this increase in agility and portability, containers are helping to make applications the new currency in the cloud. At Microsoft, we've seen explosive growth in both interest and deployment of containerized workloads on Azure, and we're committed to ensuring Azure is the best place to run them.

      To support this vision, we're pleased to announce that Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Deis - a company that has been at the center of the container transformation. Deis gives developers the means to vastly improve application agility, efficiency and reliability through their Kubernetes container management technologies..."

      IBM News
      IBM Announces Methods for Building Bluemix Apps with Flexible and Open Microservices
      IBM, April 10th 2017
      IBM announced techniques for developers to build apps on Bluemix, IBM's cloud platform, with microservices that can be written in a wide range of different languages, as well as run on top of a variety of compute platforms. This flexibility can accelerate both the development time and innovation potential of an app, as it expands the number of developers that can work on an app within an enterprise.
      Footters to Use IBM Cloud Video to Globally Stream Amateur Soccer Games
      IBM, April 10th 2017
      IBM solutions provide global reach for streaming video, flexible delivery models and data analysis capabilities

      IBM announced that Footters, an online streaming platform created to broadcast amateur soccer games, has selected IBM Cloud Video to power its streaming video platform and help connect fans around the world through access to their favorite teams' matches.

      Footters selected IBM Cloud Video because of its ability to provide global, reliable and flexible streaming video solutions at scale. Amateur soccer has an estimated 24 million clubs with 270 million players worldwide, and draws of billions of fans. Footters' goal is to connect members of the global soccer community, including clubs, players, family, agents, scouts, institutions, tournaments and brands...

      Reimagine Food Launches Cognitive Discovery Tool on IBM Cloud
      IBM, April 12th 2017
      IBM announced that Reimagine Food, an international hub devoted to boosting food innovation, has chosen IBM Cloud on which to develop and operate a new discovery tool for the food industry.

      SmartFoodS (, is a powerful discovery engine that helps member food producers, retailers, chefs, and food services companies discover information about new trends, industry news, academic investigations, startups, and new products, all related to innovation in food & tech.

      Indian Retailer abof personalizes online shopping experience with IBM Watson and Cloud
      IBM, April 10th 2017
      Aditya Birla Online Fashion (abof), leading online fashion retailer and IBM announced a new shopping experience to deliver a personalized and convenient shopping experience powered by IBM Watson and Cloud.

      Abof is an Indian online fashion retailer from the Aditya Birla Group. The company sells apparel, footwear and accessories for men and women targeting the millennial consumers. Abof's goal is to provide a highly convenient and distinctive customer experience, driven by a strong technology backbone and 100% curated merchandise. In a first for India's retail market, abof customers can use natural language questions within abof's enhanced eCommerce platform to receive greater personalization and product recommendations.

      The Weather Company and a Leading Multimedia Publisher Trinity Mirror are Bringing the Best Weather Data to the United Kingdom
      IBM, April 11th 2017
      New Agreement Combines the Most Accurate Weather Data with the Most Trusted News Content Curated for UK Consumers

      Trinity Mirror plc and The Weather Company, an IBM Business, announced an agreement that will bring the best weather information and content on apps and websites customized specifically for the U.K. market. With this agreement, Trinity Mirror's in-depth news content will appear for the first time on and The Weather Channel apps, bringing locally relevant articles, photos and videos to The Weather Company digital properties. In addition to Trinity Mirror's most user-friendly navigation, its 28 million readers will now also gain access to the most precise weather forecasts and pertinent weather stories across Trinity Mirror properties.

      The Weather Company and Lyft Collaborate to Provide Personalized Recommendations for Made for Samsung App Users
      IBM, April 11th 2017
      Made for Samsung Co-Development Partners Combine App Services to Help Users Navigate The Elements and Their Daily Schedules

      The Weather Company, an IBM Business (NYSE: IBM) announced that it has collaborated with Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and the popular ride-sharing service Lyft to provide Made for Samsung app users with personalized transportation

      The new integration syncs Google calendar events with forecasts for a user's selected location, providing the forecast for those specific events as well as the ability to get a Lyft to the event if they choose to do so. As part of this seamless experience, Made for Samsung App users will see a Lyft section in their event card. When a user clicks on the Lyft section they will be directed to the Lyft app (or the app store if the Lyft app is not installed) to book their ride.

      IBM Bestows Prestigious Technical Honor to 11 New Fellows
      IBM, April 13th 2017
      New Fellows Recognized for Pioneering Work in Cognitive, Cloud, Security Analytics and Design

      IBM named 11 new IBM Fellows, the company's highest technical honor. The new Fellows are being celebrated for leading innovative work in cognitive computing, cloud, security and design.

      The IBM Fellow honor is conferred to IBMers in recognition of exceptional and sustained technical achievements and leadership in engineering, programming, services, science, technology, design and industry solutions.

      Comcast Business Now Provides Enterprises with Dedicated Links to IBM Cloud
      IBM, April 13th 2017
      Up to 10 Gbps Connections to IBM Cloud for Public, Private or Hybrid Cloud Deployments

      Comcast Business announced that it now provides direct, dedicated links to IBM Cloud's global network of data centers, allowing Comcast Business to provide enterprise customers added flexibility with more choices for connections to cloud enablement. Comcast Business customers can receive up to 10 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of private network connectivity to IBM Cloud for public, private, or hybrid cloud deployments, as well as bare metal environments, to deliver a wide range of critical business applications.

      IBM and Hejia Launch Blockchain-based Supply Chain Financial Services Platform for Pharmaceutical Procurement
      IBM, April 11th 2017
      Pharmaceutical Retailers Receive Improved Access to Financing while Reducing Payment Terms to Next Trading Day

      IBM and Sichuan Hejia Co., Ltd. announced the launch of a blockchain-based, supply chain financial services platform for pharmaceutical procurement to help improve efficiency, transparency and operation of supply chain finance.

      The Yijian Blockchain Technology Application System is a permissioned blockchain platform that uses Hyperledger Fabric. It is in production with Hejia and one pharmaceutical retailer, a hospital and a bank running business transactions. In July, Hejia plans to expand the platform to include multiple pharmaceutical retailers, hospitals and banks. The system is designed to help eliminate some of the financing challenges in the pharmaceutical industry.

      Ceska pojistovna Turns to IBM to Personalize Its Offer for Customers
      IBM, April 11th 2017
      With Around 1,000 Hours of Calls Each Day, Czech Insurer Needed Better Insight on Its Customers

      IBM announced that Ceska pojistovna, one of the largest insurers in the Czech Republic and a member of the Generali Group introduced Expert Multichannel Multilingual Analyst platform (EMMA) powered by IBM Watson Explorer to search customer data from multiple touchpoints. EMMA developed by IBM Premier Business Partner Datera is using advanced content analytics to extract new insights from unstructured data.

      The call centre of Ceska pojistovna handled in 2016 more than 3.6 million calls and upwards of 600,000 other customer interactions, including e-mails and live support chats.

      IBM Names Five Essential Qualities For Banks in Today's Digital and Cloud Environment
      IBM, April 10th 2017
      IBM identified their five essential qualities for banks seeking to thrive in today's increasingly digital and cloud-first environment. Like many other industries, the established players in banking are constantly facing changes and new competition. These challenges stem primarily from on-the-cloud start-ups and agile FinTechs, a group of businesses that Moody's Investor Service estimates as high as 4,000-strong worldwide and on the receiving end of $19 billion in venture capital funding.
      Fujitsu News
      Fujitsu Awarded Three Prizes for Science and Technology from MEXT
      Fujitsu, April 11th 2017
      Recognized in 2017 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology

      Fujitsu Limited, Fujitsu Optical Components Limited, and Fujitsu Computer Technologies Limited today announced that in the 2017 Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology they have received Prizes for Science and Technology.

      In the Development Category, Fujitsu was awarded a prize for the development of high-dimensional interconnect technology for massively parallel computers, and Fujitsu Optical Components and Fujitsu were awarded a prize for the development of high-speed 100Gbps modules for optical communications.

      VMware News
      Defense Information Systems Agency Adds VMware vSAN Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Platform to VMware vSphere STIG Framework
      VMware, April 13th 2017
      VMware vSAN Becomes First Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Offering Included in a DISA STIG

      VMware announced that the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has added VMware vSAN, VMware vSphere-native storage that powers leading hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions, to the VMware vSphere Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG). VMware vSAN is the first HCI solution for which DISA has released a STIG, and the STIG is available for immediate use by agencies within the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD).

      VMware to Acquire Wavefront to Accelerate Delivery of its Cross-Cloud Management Services
      VMware, April 12th 2017
      VMware will Leverage Wavefront's Platform to Help Developers Optimize their Cloud and Modern Applications with Real-Time Monitoring Analytics

      VMware announced its intention to acquire Wavefront, the leading metrics monitoring service for cloud and modern application environments. Terms were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017. VMware does not expect this transaction to have a material impact on its FY18 operating results.

      Digital enterprises face challenges of a new order of magnitude when monitoring modern applications -- consisting of hundreds of microservices in containers with lifespans of seconds -- spread across private and public clouds. To identify and fix operational issues in these dynamic cross-cloud environments, developers need new instrumentation for their applications, and teams practicing DevOps require sophisticated real-time analytics on their high-scale distributed systems to adapt to problems before they impact the business.

      VMware Accelerates Customers' Data Center Modernization Efforts with New Release of Industry-Leading vSAN
      VMware, April 11th 2017
      VMware vSAN 6.6 Delivers First Native HCI Security, Increased Savings and Up to 50 Percent Higher Performance to Meet Data Center Demands of Today and Tomorrow; VMware is #1 in HCI Software with More than 7,000 Customers

      VMware introduced a new release of VMware vSAN featuring industry-first native hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) security, lower total cost of ownership (TCO), and up to 50 percent higher all-flash performance. These combined benefits will help customers accelerate their data center modernization efforts.

      HCI systems are the fastest growing segment in the converged or integrated systems market, according to IDC. By combining software-defined compute and storage capabilities with industry standard Intel Architecture (IA) servers, HCI systems enable customers to simplify IT operations and increase performance while lowering their upfront and ongoing costs compared to traditional storage.

      Red Hat News
      Friday Five - April 14, 2017
      Red Hat, April 14th 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.

      • CRN - Red Hat CEO Whitehurst On Soaring Stock Success, Open-Source Technologies And Being The 'Last Man Standing' In OpenStack
      • Red Hat Delivers Advanced Network Automation with Latest Version of Ansible
      • Red Hat Brings Kubernetes to New Application Workloads with Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
      • Red Hat Blog - Containers are Linux
      • Open Source Stories - Origins: AI and Open Source

      Read on for details.

      Red Hat Brings Kubernetes to New Application Workloads with Latest Version of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
      Red Hat, April 13th 2017
      Enterprise-ready Kubernetes platform expands application support, enhances platform security, while adding new innovations

      Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.5, the latest version of Red Hat's enterprise-grade, Kubernetes-native container application platform.

      While enabling enterprises like Swiss Railways, Produban and Pioneer to actively embrace cloud-native applications in mission-critical roles, Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform 3.5 also helps enterprises retain existing IT investments through expanded support for traditional business applications. This dual application support is provided by new security enhancements as well as several innovations emerging from the Kubernetes upstream community.

      Red Hat Delivers Advanced Network Automation with Latest Version of Ansible
      Red Hat, April 12th 2017
      Community release introduces new networking modules and persistent connections framework to further enable DevOps for the network

      Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced the general availability of Ansible 2.3, the latest version of the leading simple, powerful, and agentless open source IT automation framework. Ansible 2.3 provides performance enhancements and advanced networking capabilities, including adding connection methods designed to increase flexibility and improve performance.

      Level3 News
      CenturyLink, Level 3 Get 4 Additional State Clearances for Planned $34B Merger
      GovCon Wire, April 13th 2017
      CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) and Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) have received regulatory clearances in Maryland, Delaware, Hawaii and Washington, D.C., for the companies' planned merger that was announced in October 2016.

      The approvals are in addition to the clearances the firms earlier received from the states of Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Nevada, Ohio, Texas, Utah and West Virginia, CenturyLink said Wednesday.

        EMC News
        New Research: Only 5% of Large Companies Prepared to Meet IT Requirements of the New Digital Business
        Dell EMC, April 12th 2017
        Dell EMC announced the results of a new study conducted by Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), which revealed that a majority of senior IT leaders and decision-making managers of large companies surveyed around the world indicate their organizations have yet to fully embrace the aspects of IT Transformation needed to remain competitive.

        While there is a clear imperative for companies to transform their legacy IT, digital transformation is becoming the driving force to making IT Transformation a top priority. However the ESG 2017 IT Transformation Maturity Curve study commissioned by Dell EMC shows 95% of survey respondents indicate their organizations are at risk of falling behind a smaller group of industry peers that are transforming their IT infrastructures, processes and delivery methods to accelerate their goals of becoming digital businesses.

        HP News
        HPE Successfully Completes Tender Offer to Acquire Nimble Storage
        HPE, April 13th 2017
        Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has successfully completed its previously announced tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Nimble Storage, Inc. ("Nimble Storage") at a price of $12.50 per share, net to the seller in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes (the "Offer").

        The Offer and all withdrawal rights thereunder expired at the end of the day, 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on April 13, 2017. Citibank N.A., the depositary for the Offer, has advised HPE that, as of the expiration of the Offer, an aggregate of 75,566,796 Nimble Storage shares were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer, representing approximately 80.8% of the Nimble Storage shares then outstanding. HPE's wholly owned subsidiary accepted for payment all Nimble Storage shares that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to the Offer, and payment for such shares will be promptly made by the depositary.

          HPE Software Unveils Industry's First FIPS-Validated Format-Preserving Encryption Solution
          HPE, April 13th 2017
          HPE SecureData delivers first NIST-standardized data-centric security to neutralize data breaches and enable public and private sector collaboration

          Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) announced that HPE SecureData has achieved the industry's first Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 validation of Format-Preserving Encryption (FPE). HPE SecureData with Hyper FPE delivers a NIST-standardized method of protecting data at-rest, in-motion, and in-use, and maintains the format, meaning, value and logic in the data. Now, government agencies and private contractors serving government customers, can leverage the same powerful and proven technology that has transformed cybersecurity in the private sector.

          Fighting Oblivion with a New Kind of Computer
          HPE, April 13th 2017
          The architecture of all computers in use today is more than 60 years old. Already today, computers are no longer able to cope with the exponential data growth in several areas - areas like medical research where the imaging and analysis of genetic information create immense amounts of raw data.

          In order to solve this challenge, the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) - an institution researching, among other things, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease - recently closed a collaboration agreement with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to leverage HPE's new computing architecture.

          Back in December 2016 at HPE Discover in London, HPE unveiled the proof-of-concept prototype for Memory-Driven Computing - a concept that puts memory, not processing, at the center of the computing platform. Memory-Driven Computing will realize performance and efficiency gains and deliver big data insights not possible today. Current computing architectures use a lot of time and power moving data between different storage layers - a component the new architecture aims to resolve.

          Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software Modernizes IT Operations Management with New Container-Based Deployment
          HPE, April 11th 2017
          New suites embed open source Docker and Kubernetes container technology to enable IT operations at the speed of DevOps

          Hewlett Packard Enterprise Software announced the launch of containerized versions of its HPE IT Operations Management (ITOM) offerings. These suites - Hybrid Cloud Management, Data Center Automation, Operations Bridge, and IT Service Management Automation - help enterprise IT customers manage their private and public cloud infrastructure, and deliver new services at scale in response to the rapidly changing needs of business partners and DevOps teams. Deployed with built-in, open source container technology from Docker and Kubernetes, the four suites are expected to receive quarterly enhancements that provide customers with the latest innovations in real time to dramatically reduce time to value.

          Comcast News
          Comcast Bringing Hundreds of New Jobs to Miramar
          Comcast, April 13th 2017
          More than 600 new Customer Care Agents in South Florida to be hired as part of Company's commitment to customer experience

          Comcast announced a significant expansion of its sales operations and customer care presence in South Florida where the company is bringing more than 600 jobs to its new Miramar facility this year. The employees will be based out of a leased Comcast office building located in Broward County at 15800 SW 25th Street in Miramar, Florida.

          The more than 600 new jobs in Miramar are part of Comcast's focus on improving customer service as well as creating a culture focused on exceeding customers' expectations. Comcast has already made significant improvements to the customer experience through employee trainings, creating new customer tools and significantly reducing customer wait times. As part of this work, the Company is creating more than 5,500 customer service jobs in the U.S.

            Windstream News
            Windstream to acquire Broadview Networks
            Windstream, April 13th 2017
            Advances unified communications product portfolio, Improves competitiveness and ability to serve SMB customers

            Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIN) announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Broadview Networks Holdings, Inc., in an all-cash transaction valued at $227.5 million.

            Broadview, headquartered in Rye Brook, N.Y., is a leading provider of cloud-based unified communications solutions to small and medium-sized businesses. The company offers a broad suite of cloud-based services under the OfficeSuite UC brand.

            Windstream to focus on SD-WAN, partner program direction at Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2017
            Windstream, April 11th 2017
            Windstream executives will use the conference as an opportunity to discuss the company's planned channel partner program enhancements and future roadmap with customers

            Windstream announced that its executives will attend the Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2017 to discuss enhancements that are planned for Windstream's channel partner program following its merger with EarthLink earlier this year. At the conference, Windstream will also present on how customers are using SD-WAN to enhance their connectivity with remote sites.

            "The past year has brought a number of positive changes for Windstream channel partners, and 2017 will bring a greater level of focus and commitment to giving them the tools and dedicated resources they need to be even more successful. We have been meeting with our Partner Advisory members and other channel partners to understand firsthand their priorities, and we are incorporating those into our channel roadmap," said Olen Scott, Windstream's new vice president of Channel Sales.

              Windstream Wholesale powers up reseller-specific SD-WAN solution, expands reseller program
              Windstream, April 11th 2017
              Nationwide product release offers competitive edge to Windstream resellers, augments Wholesale solutions portfolio

              Windstream announced at Channel Partners Conference & Expo 2017 in Las Vegas both the launch of its all-new Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) solution uniquely designed for the reseller community, as well as the revitalization of Windstream Wholesale's reseller program.

              This latest SD-WAN solution relieves the demanding pressures on today's networks by providing agility, visibility and control, as well as performance and operational efficiencies. With its simple, comprehensive interface, resellers can optimize performance of end-user applications or value-added services - such as UCaaS, firewall or content filters - allowing delivery of a fully integrated service portfolio and improved customer experience, and ultimately offering increased reseller revenue opportunities.

              Netapp News
              neteffect Offers Hybrid Cloud Disaster Recovery Solutions with NetApp
              NetApp, April 13th 2017
              NetApp converged infrastructure gives neteffect technologies the flexibility to blend on-premises and cloud services for customers

              "Previous IT solutions that promised to be dynamic and expandable quickly reached their limitations, which ultimately threatened to affect our sales," says John Campbell, Chief Technology Officer of neteffect. "By combining NetApp storage with Cisco UCS servers, we have the flexibility to grow quickly while offering our customers a cost-effective disaster recovery solution and better performance at no additional cost. We're going to get a lot of longevity out of this platform."

              Aerohive Networks News
              Aerohive Helps Channel Partners Grow Their Managed Services Business
              Aerohive, April 11th 2017
              New Product Capabilities and Flexible Business Terms Enable Any Partner to Become a Wi-Fi Managed Services Provider

              Aerohive Networks announced the introduction of the industry's broadest set of business and product capabilities to empower channel partners to easily offer differentiated and profitable Wi-Fi managed services for their customers.

              Aerohive's MSP offering is a simple and flexible set of business terms and product capabilities that provides all authorized Aerohive channel partners the foundation for managed Wi-Fi service delivery. With no up-front investment, partners in North America can also resell turnkey managed services offered by SYNNEX, Aerohive's exclusive US distribution partner for managed services. All Aerohive partners can then leverage the power of Aerohive's cloud networking for secure, scalable Wi-Fi to provide value and managed services directly to their customers.

              Druva News
              Druva Achieves Major Milestone in FedRAMP Certification
              Druva, April 11th 2017
              Druva Cloud Data Protection Solution to Reach "In Process" Status

              Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, today announced that Druva inSync has attained FedRAMP "In Process" status. This achievement demonstrates Druva's continued commitment to upholding stringent security requirements for federal government agencies while providing a single pane of glass for managing data availability and information governance across endpoints and cloud applications.

              "Federal agencies are increasingly leveraging the public cloud as a result of the U.S. government's cloud-first policy. However, security has historically been a barrier to adoption," said Sean Doherty, Analyst at 451 Research. "With the FedRAMP process, agencies now have confidence in selecting cloud vendors. Achieving FedRAMP 'In Process' status for Druva inSync means that more agencies are able to meet diverse information governance needs in a cloud environment, while complying with the strict security standards of FISMA."

              Centrify News
              Centrify Awarded 5-Star Rating in CRN's 2017 Partner Program Guide
              Centrify, April 10th 2017
              Annual guide recognizes the channel's top partner programs

              Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Centrify a 5-Star rating in its 2017 Partner Program Guide, for the second consecutive year. This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

              To determine the 2017 5-Star ratings, The Channel Company's research team assessed each vendor's partner program based on investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, sales support and communication.

                Citrix News
                Announcing 150 New Jobs in Ireland!
                Citrix, April 12th 2017
                Sherif blogs, "We're excited to announce 150 new jobs as part of a significant investment in our Ireland operation, which is based in East Point Business Park, Dublin. We're also adding 26,000 square feet of office space to the current footprint. This project is supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation through IDA Ireland. Mary Mitchell O' Connor T.D. and Martin Shanahan, Chief Executive of IDA Ireland, joined me this morning at a press conference to announce this initiative..."
                  Commvault News
                  Commvault Given 5-Star Rating In CRN's 2017 Partner Program Guide
                  Commvault, April 13th 2017
                  Annual guide recognizes the channel's top partner programs

                  Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has given Commvault a 5-Star rating in its 2017 Partner Program Guide. This annual guide is the definitive listing of partner programs from technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel. The 5-Star Partner Program Guide rating recognizes an elite subset of companies that offer solution providers the best partnering elements in their channel programs.

                    ExaGrid News
                    ExaGrid, Next Generation Disk-Based Backup Storage Appliance Vendor, Reports Record Quarterly Revenue for Q1-2017
                    Exagrid, April 12th 2017
                    Larger enterprise customer opportunities result in best quarterly bookings and revenue in company history

                    ExaGrid, a leading provider of next generation disk-based backup storage with data deduplication solutions, announced record bookings and revenue for Q1 2017. ExaGrid grew double digits over the same quarter of the prior year, continuing its trend of progressive growth at a faster rate than that of the overall market and consistent growth of its market share position. ExaGrid continues to demonstrate success in the enterprise market as evidenced by its posting of a record number of new customer six-figure deals in the current quarter.

                    "ExaGrid again posted a record quarter as the number of higher-value enterprise deals continues to rise, resulting in a higher ASP," said Bill Andrews, CEO and President of ExaGrid. "We are seeing the larger enterprise customers looking for better performance at a lower cost than the first generation of backup storage solutions can provide, and that's what ExaGrid is uniquely positioned to deliver."

                    Juniper News
                    Risk & Repeat: Juniper's Kevin Walker on SDN security challenges
                    SearchSecurity, April 13th 2017
                    Rob Wright writes in SearchSecurity, "Software-defined networking can be difficult to successfully execute, but Juniper Networks Inc. is hoping a different approach will solve some of the common SDN security challenges that enterprises face.

                    Kevin Walker, Juniper's security chief technology and strategy officer, spoke with SearchSecurity at RSA Conference 2017 in San Francisco about his company's Software-Defined Secure Network (SDSN) platform and how it aims to address SDN security challenges..."

                    Nutanix News
                    Nutanix: How Automation Changed Your IT Department
                    Forbes, April 12th 2017
                    Adrian Bridgwater writes in Forbes, "We hear a lot about IT automation and machine learning these days. It is mostly at the software application level where the emphasis is very much on automating blocks of code that can perform the same (or similar) function in different application use cases and different (often similar) business workflows.

                    Behind the application layer, automation is also growing in importance in the cloud datacenter itself. This type of automation works to enable routine provisioning and maintenance tasks so that they can become 'self-service' options handled automatically, freeing up IT support staff to concentrate on more important matters..."

                    Palo Alto Networks News
                    Credential Theft: The Key to Shamoon 2 Data Destruction
                    Palo Alto Networks, April 13th 2017
                    Christopher Budd of Palo Alto Networks, writes in "The Cypher Brief", "The problem of stolen credentials is a well-known threat in the security industry. But knowing something is a problem and understanding the full scope are two different things. The Shamoon 2 attacks targeting critical organizations across Saudi Arabia should serve as a clear demonstration about how significant the problem of credential theft is and how taking steps to prevent it can yield truly significant, tangible results in protecting against attacks.

                    For context, the Shamoon attacks of 2012 and the recent Shamoon 2 attacks of 2016 and 2017 are among the most noteworthy attacks in cybersecurity...

                    Zerto News
                    Zerto Announces ZertoCON 2017 Keynote Speakers Including Former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, Industry Analysts, and Customer Luminaries
                    Zerto, April 11th 2017
                    Second-Annual Premier Conference for BC/DR and Enterprise Cloud Strategists Will Focus on Achieving Resilience for Evolving IT

                    Zerto, an award-winning provider of cloud IT resilience solutions, announced ZertoCON2017 keynote speakers featuring retired 4-star general (USAF) and former director of CIA and NSA, Michael Hayden, industry analysts from Forrester, Gartner, and 451 Research, and customer luminaries.

                    The second-annual premier conference for business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) and enterprise cloud professionals will focus on achieving Resilience for Evolving IT. The conference will take place May 22-24 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.

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