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Bankrate Overhauls Multiple On-premise Systems with NetSuite
Oracle, April 27th 2017
Replaces Sage ACCPAC and QuickBooks to Improve Controls, Financial Consolidation, and Recognition of Complex Revenue Models

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU), the industry's leading provider of cloud financials / ERP, HR and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced that Bankrate, Inc., a leading online publisher, aggregator and distributor of personal finance content, has replaced multiple on-premise financial systems including Sage ACCPAC, QuickBooks and numerous Excel spreadsheets with one single instance of NetSuite OneWorld in less than three months.

Prophet Implements NetSuite OneWorld to Accelerate Global Growth
Oracle, April 27th 2017
Global consultancy streamlines operations, gains agility and scalability with NetSuite's unified ERP and PSA

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU), the industry's leading provider of cloud financials / ERP, HR and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced that Prophet, a leading global consulting firm, has implemented NetSuite OneWorld for ERP and Professional Services Automation (PSA). Since going live on NetSuite OneWorld in October 2016, Prophet has gained a unified view of financial, resource management and project management processes that have streamlined operations across nine global offices operating in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Switzerland and Hong Kong, creating efficiencies across the entire organization.

BUILT/ Launches Innovative Omnichannel Company on the NetSuite Unified Cloud Commerce Platform
Oracle, April 26th 2017
UK business to transform the customer experience for professional builders and tradespeople

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU), the industry's leading provider of cloud financials / ERP, HR and omnichannel commerce software suites and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Oracle, today announced that BUILT/, a new company supported by a leading UK based organization in the sector, has selected NetSuite's unified cloud commerce platform to support its omnichannel B2B business.

Officially unveiled at SuiteWorld, BUILT/ aims to make it quicker and easier for professional builders to source materials for their projects, placing a greater focus on providing a superior brand experience with a digital-first approach designed around the customer. Offering both online and brick-and-mortar channels, BUILT/ will run its entire business on the NetSuite unified cloud commerce platform including ecommerce, point-of-sale, order and inventory management, CRM and financials. With NetSuite, BUILT/ will have a flexible, scalable platform that can help manage the business through every stage of its growth.

NetSuite Announces OneWorld for Nordics-headquartered Companies
Oracle, April 26th 2017
Localized and Designed to Meet Business Requirements, Regulatory and Tax Compliance

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU), one of the industry's leading provider of cloud financials / ERP, HR and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced NetSuite OneWorld for Nordics-headquartered businesses. NetSuite OneWorld is now localized for Nordics-based businesses. With over 730 subsidiaries and legal entities of global companies already running businesses in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, the new localized OneWorld offering will bring more global cloud ERP capabilities for the region. Nordic companies will benefit from the combination of NetSuite's increased product investment and Oracle's localization capabilities.

NetSuite Unveils Major Global ERP Enhancements
Oracle, April 26th 2017
Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU), the industry's leading provider of cloud financials / ERP, HR and omnichannel commerce software suites, announced the new release of major global ERP features. These new cloud ERP features are designed to ready businesses for next, with a host of enhancements to its core ERP suite. The new functionality spans global financials, revenue recognition, billing, Services Resource Planning (SRP), Supply Chain Management (SCM), and Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC). These enhancements give NetSuite customers the ability to continue to scale and innovate efficiently.

NetSuite keeps customers ready for next with two major upgrades every year, with customizations that carry forward automatically, giving customers the assurance that they're always on the latest version of the software.

Oracle Introduces a Smarter Approach to Customer Experience Management
Oracle, April 26th 2017
Chatbots, artificial intelligence and enhanced mobile, video and messaging capabilities empower customer experience professionals to transform existing business processes

Oracle announced a series of new innovations within the Oracle Customer Experience (CX) Cloud Suite. By combining innovative new technologies such as chatbots and artificial intelligence with enhanced mobile, video and messaging capabilities, the latest updates to Oracle CX Cloud Suite enable commerce, marketing, sales and service professionals to reduce IT complexity, provide innovative customer experiences and deliver tangible business results.

Oracle Empowers Customer Experience Professionals with New Artificial Intelligence Apps
Oracle, April 26th 2017
Innovative commerce, marketing, sales and service apps enable smarter customer experiences that drive tangible and predictable business results

Oracle announced new artificial intelligence based customer experience apps that empower commerce, marketing, sales and service professionals to deliver smarter experiences across the customer lifecycle in real time. The new Adaptive Intelligent Apps for CX uniquely blend first-party and third-party data with sophisticated decision science and machine learning to deliver the industry's most powerful AI-based customer experience solutions. Adaptive Intelligent Apps for CX are designed to help enhance existing commerce, marketing, sales and customer service applications within the Oracle CX Cloud Suite.

Oracle Content and Experience Cloud Empowers Organizations to Deliver Modern, Engaging Digital Experiences
Oracle, April 26th 2017
New cloud-based content hub drives omni-channel marketing asset management

Oracle announced Oracle Content and Experience Cloud, a digital experience platform that enables organizations to manage and deliver content to any digital channel to drive effective engagement with customers, partners, and employees. The cloud-based content hub allows organizations to easily create and distribute content in a meaningful way to improve brand engagement and customer growth and retention.

"Organizations are faced with a deluge of content," said David Le Strat, senior director, product management, Oracle. "Oracle Content and Experience Cloud helps organizations develop, use, and distribute content in a meaningful way to deliver contextualized experiences, improve customer loyalty, and create brand advocates."

Oracle Honors Excellence in Modern Marketing at the 2017 Markie Awards
Oracle, April 26th 2017
Awards recognize creativity, innovation and success in modern marketing

"To promote best practices and celebrate the accomplishments of modern marketers around the world, Oracle has announced the winners of the 2017 Markie Awards. Now in its 11th year, the Markie Awards recognize the top companies and leaders for creative, innovative, and effective modern marketing campaigns that delivered increased engagement, conversion and ROI. Past winners include notable companies such as Lenovo, Royal Philips, Cisco Systems, Dell, Inc. and Mobovida, LLC.

The 2017 Markie Awards featured 17 categories that reflect the evolving marketing landscape, including: Account-Based Marketing Team of the Year, Best Digital Marketing Ecosystem, Best Integrated Mobile Experience, Best Use of Data, Most Creative Marketing Campaign, and Modern Marketing Leader of the Year..."

Oracle Helps Transform Lead Generation with LinkedIn Matched Audiences
Oracle, April 25th 2017
Product integration between Oracle Marketing Cloud and LinkedIn Campaign Manager enables marketers to generate high-quality leads at scale, increase conversion rates and accelerate sales.

To help marketers generate high-quality leads at scale and maximize the ROI of lead generation campaigns, Oracle announced a new product integration between Oracle Marketing Cloud and LinkedIn Campaign Manager - a new targeting capability within LinkedIn's recently announced product, Matched Audiences. This new product integration enables Oracle Marketing Cloud customers to seamlessly integrate data from more than 467 million LinkedIn users into existing marketing campaigns to reach and engage their ideal buyers on the world's largest professional social network.

Blue Microphones Turns Up the Volume with NetSuite
Oracle, April 25th 2017
Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU) announced that Blue Microphones (www.bluemic.com), a leading designer and producer of premium microphones and sound recording equipment for audio professionals, musicians and consumers, has gained vital business agility with NetSuite's unified cloud business management system. NetSuite allows Blue Microphones to focus on product innovation, scale into new markets, and challenge larger rivals in the competitive recording industry.

To ensure agility for innovation and growth, the company replaced QuickBooks Enterprise with NetSuite to manage its end-to-end business operations including financials, fixed assets, demand planning, inventory management, bill of materials, work orders and assemblies, warehouse management, CRM, HR, and multi-currency transactions in the Canadian dollar and Euro. After a rapid three-month implementation, the company went live on NetSuite in July 2014.

PODS Turns to NetSuite SuiteSuccess to Fuel Its Global Operation
Oracle, April 25th 2017
SuiteSuccess Engineers Customer Success - Readies PODS for Rapid Global Expansion -

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU) announced that PODS Enterprises, LLC, the leading provider of portable container-based moving and storage solutions, chose NetSuite SuiteSuccess to support its business expansion.

PODS will be using NetSuite to manage mission-critical business processes including financials, inventory management, multi-subsidiary management for 16 subsidiaries and multi-currency management for the U.S., Canadian and Australian dollars. SuiteSuccess is the culmination of a multi-year transformation effort to combine the NetSuite unified suite, 20 years of industry leading practices, a new customer engagement model, and business optimization methods into a unified, industry cloud solution. SuiteSuccess is NetSuite's new purpose-built, unified cloud solution tailored for each industry.

Smartsheet Realizes the Power of Unified Billing and Revenue Recognition with NetSuite
Oracle, April 25th 2017
Enterprise Collaboration Software Leader Can Easily Adapt to Market Changes, New Business Models and New Revenue Recognition Standards

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU) announced that Smartsheet, a leading provider of SaaS-based solutions for managing and automating collaborative work, has implemented NetSuite OneWorld to manage rapid growth. Smartsheet is leveraging NetSuite OneWorld to manage mission critical business processes including financials, billing, revenue recognition, analytics and multi-currency transactions in the Euro, yen, Pound and US, Australian and Canadian dollars. With NetSuite OneWorld, Smartsheet has a platform that is ready for next and provides the foundation to scale the business. As Smartsheet has evolved its business model, NetSuite's SuiteBilling software is helping the company to manage recurring revenue processes from order to billing and revenue recognition with complete control and auditability for its software subscription business.

Ring Dials NetSuite to Fuel Growth
Oracle, April 25th 2017
Outdoor Home Security Innovator Leverages NetSuite to Scale Global Business Operations

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU), the industry's leading provider of cloud financials / ERP, HR and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that Ring, a leader in outdoor home security, has implemented NetSuite to fuel its rapid growth, which took it from startup to 1,000 team members in less than three years. Ring is using NetSuite for financial management and reporting with plans to significantly extend the NetSuite platform to other areas of the business as it continues to extend its business model beyond doorbells, to services and subscriptions. With NetSuite, Ring has gained efficiencies and real-time visibility with a unified platform that is next ready. NetSuite enables Ring to grow, scale and adapt its business model as Ring's business expands and evolves.

NetSuite Announces SuiteSuccess: The First Unified Industry Cloud Solution
Oracle, April 25th 2017
Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit announced SuiteSuccess, the first unified industry cloud solution. NetSuite has delivered 12 SuiteSuccess editions for the following eight industries:

  • Advertising, media, publishing
  • Financial technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Nonprofit
  • Retail
  • Service-based businesses
  • Software/internet
  • Wholesale distribution

SuiteSuccess is the culmination of a multi-year transformation effort to combine the NetSuite unified suite, 20 years of industry leading practices, a new customer engagement model, and business optimization methods into a unified, industry cloud solution. SuiteSuccess was engineered to solve unique industry challenges that historically have limited a company's ability to grow, scale and adapt to change.

NetSuite Unveils SuitePeople, the Most Unified and Flexible Cloud Core HR Offering
Oracle, April 25th 2017
Addition of Core HR Unifies Financial, Customer, Product, Services and People Data in NetSuite

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit (GBU), the industry's leading provider of cloud financials / ERP, HR and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced SuitePeople, a new core human resources (HR) offering natively built on NetSuite's unified cloud suite. NetSuite is the first and only cloud ERP suite to give businesses a single platform to manage mission critical business processes across ERP, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Professional Services Automation (PSA), omnichannel commerce and now HR.

Traditionally, businesses have had to manage core HR processes in separate modules, disparate systems, or worse, in spreadsheets. Growing businesses can't afford the cost, time and risk associated with manual workarounds, complex integrations or siloed data. Unlike legacy HRIS solutions, SuitePeople helps people information actionable throughout the organization from a single suite.

Hurd: Oracle's New AI Applications Are A Powerful Piece Of Its Winning Cloud Strategy
Oracle, April 28th 2017
"Our strategy and momentum are irrefutable - we are the fastest-growing cloud company at scale," Oracle CEO Mark Hurd told USA Today in an interview published this week.

As part of its cloud "battle plan" against competitors, Oracle will continue to add new cutting-edge capabilities, including chatbots and technology based on artificial intelligence, to its suites of cloud applications, Hurd told the newspaper.

Oracle's Paul Sonderegger On How CFOs Can Grapple 'With The Valuation Of Intangibles'
By Robert Landon
Robert Landon writes, "As Oracle's big data strategist, former Forrester Research analyst Paul Sonderegger is a leading proponent of the idea that big data is a source of wealth creation on par with financial capital. In his role at Oracle, Sonderegger helps organizations tap into huge reserves of data to create profitable new products and services. And he draws on these real-world experiences to influence the future direction of Oracle's big data solutions.

In the early 2000s, Sonderegger was a principal analyst at Forrester Research. He then spent eight years as an evangelist and strategist at Endeca, the pioneer in big data and information discovery, before joining Oracle in 2011..."

Oracle's Hurd: Delivering Elite Service Starts With Data-Powered Employees
By Margaret Lindquist
Margaret writes, "Today's razor-thin margins keep pushing CEOs to cut costs and increase market share. Oracle CEO Mark Hurd, during a keynote address at Oracle's Modern Customer Experience conference here, noted that although cutting costs is a fundamental goal for any CEO, increasing market share is the key to survival. 'There are three ways to do that, but the path with the most room for differentiation is customer service,' he said. And companies that use customer data to strengthen relationships with existing customers will be able to differentiate themselves..."
HR Technology Key To Indian Investment Firm's Ambitious Growth Plans
By Rob Preston
Rob writes, "How does one of India's fastest-growing wealth and investment management groups plan to keep its headcount relatively flat, even as it looks to quintuple the size of the assets under its management over the next five years? In a word: automation.

ASK Group, with the help of partner KPMG, is evaluating its various business processes - most notably sales, customer service, and operations - with an eye toward applying technology to improve productivity. The company estimates, for example, that it has boosted sales productivity as much as 30% with cloud-based mobile tools that have allowed salespeople to spend more time with customers and less time in the office filling out reports..."

Beware The Top 3 Obstacles To Modernizing Finance Departments
By Margaret Harrist
Margaret writes, "Complacency in business will land you in the company of the video rental stores and camera-film makers - now just distant memories to customers and sad case studies for MBA students While shifting and evolving your company's focus and business model is critical for survival, doing so simply isn't possible if your operations are outdated.

A new study by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and sponsored by Oracle finds that finance leaders whose organizations are agile are far more likely than those that aren't to have fully implemented cloud enterprise performance management (EPM) and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. They're also more likely to have set up centers of excellence for financial planning and analysis, and they're more effective at doing forward-looking analysis that identifies new business opportunities..."

How ConnectOne Bank Got Agile And Co-Opted Fintechs
By Sasha Banks-Louie
Sasha writes, "ConnectOne Bank - one of the youngest banks in the US - has grown rapidly by quickly spotting and acting on new opportunities for expansion.

For example, in 2013, it was the first financial services firm in the country to take advantage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act - a law that helps make it easier (and less risky) for small and medium-size businesses to take their companies public. This gave ConnectOne the opportunity to assess the market's appetite for new issues and as a result, ConnectOne Bank became the first financial institution to issue an initial public offering (IPO) since the great recession. It was also the first New Jersey-based bank IPO in 10 years..."

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Oracle's Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics 12.2 and Oracle Data Miner 4.2 New Features
By Charlie Berger
Charlie blogs, "Oracle's Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics 12.2 and Oracle Data Miner 4.2 New Features. This presentation highlights the new machine learning algorithms, features, functions and 'differentiators' added to Oracle Database Release 12.2 and Oracle SQL Developer4.2. These features and functioned are 'packaged' as part of the Oracle Advanced Analytics Database Option and Oracle Data Miner workflow UI on-premise and in the Oracle Database Cloud Service High and Extreme Editions. I hope you enjoy the video!.."
Manual Installation and Launch of the SManual Installation and Launch of the SGD client GD client
By Janhendrik Mangold
Janhendrik blogs, "Oracle Secure Global Desktop (SGD) users running certain browsers (Mozilla Firefox 52.0 or later as well as Google Chrome) may report an inability to successfully connect to Secure Global Desktop. An alternative method is provided to mitigate impact to SGD users by manually starting the native SGD client (tcc on Windows, ttatcc on Linux, Solaris and OS X for example). Simply download the client for the appropriate OS from the server you want to connect to, install and launch the client..."
IT - AI
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The 4 Types Of AI And Where You Encounter Them
ITProPortal, April 27th 2017
"Many people don't realise there are actually four distinctive types of artificial intelligence...

AI, or artificial intelligence, is becoming increasingly prevalent in today's society, but many people don't realise there are actually four distinctive types of artificial intelligence. Keep reading to discover the types of AI and the differences among them and examples of how you might see each one play out in real-life scenarios..."

    AI To Have Dramatic Impact On Business By 2020, According To Tata Consultancy Services Global Trend Study
    insideBIGDATA, April 29th 2017
    "Tata Consultancy Services, a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, unveiled its Global Trend Study titled, 'Getting Smarter by the Day: How AI is Elevating the Performance of Global Companies.' Focused on the current and future impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the study polled 835 executives across 13 global industry sectors in four regions of the world, finding that 84% of companies see the use of AI as 'essential' to competitiveness, with a further 50% seeing the technology as 'transformative'..."
    Can AI Revolutionise The Banking Sector?
    ITProPortal, April 28th 2017
    "Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an over-used phrase reflecting a genuine convergence of a number of technologies and methodologies. The banking and Financial industry as a whole has invested heavily in technology for a long time, and as the industry shifts from being led by large financial institutions, to one that is increasingly driven by disruptive FinTech companies, innovative technology is high on the agenda across the board.

    In banking specifically, the majority of use cases are in mid-level, rather than customer facing or operational roles. However, this will change over time as AI becomes more 'customer facing', and ultimately more consumer orientated as a whole..."

      SPARC
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      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..."
      Virtualization
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      Friday Spotlight: Updated Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database
      By Simon Coter
      Simon blogs, "One of the key benefits of Oracle's Open Cloud Infrastructure, based on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM, is rapid application deployment.

      Oracle VM Templates provide a framework that fully automates the creation of a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC) configurations in an Oracle VM environment. In a matter of minutes, instead of hours compared to other solutions, the versatile and powerful Oracle VM Templates for Oracle Database can be cloned into any number of VMs which could be deployed as a Single Instance, Oracle Restart (Single Instance/HA) or Oracle RAC of any number of nodes..."

      Oracle VM Windows PV Driver Release 3.4.2
      By John Priest
      John blogs, "The Oracle VM virtualization solution 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 VM Support offers access to award-winning Oracle support resources and virtualization support specialists, zero-downtime updates using Ksplice, additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, and lifetime support, all at a low cost. Oracle VM is easy to download, completely free to use, and free to distribute..."
      VirtualBox Extension Pack & Guest Additions
      By Simon Coter
      Simon blogs, "Oracle VM VirtualBox is cross-platform virtualization software that allows you to extend your existing computer to run multiple operating systems at the same time. Designed for IT professionals and developers, Oracle VM VirtualBox runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Oracle Solaris for x86 systems and is ideal for testing, developing, demonstrating and deploying solutions across multiple platforms on one machine.

      With a highly-regarded reputation for speed and agility, Oracle VM VirtualBox contains innovative features to deliver tangible business benefits. The latest 5.1 release includes significant performance improvements, a more powerful virtualization system and a wider range of supported guest operating system platforms..."

      IT - Storage
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      3D NAND To Make Up Half Of All Flash Memory Production
      Computerworld, April 25th 2017
      3D NAND flash availability will remain tight as Apple devours more of it for the iPhone

      "3D NAND, which stacks layer upon layer of flash cells atop one another like a microscopic skyscraper, will become the prominent technology for all flash memory this year, according to a new report.

      According to DRAMeXchange's latest forecast, NAND flash manufacturers have focused their efforts on converting fabrication plants to 3D NAND, which is denser, faster and less expensive to produce than traditional 2D (planar) NAND..."

      Intel Optane Memory Review
      StorageReview.com, April 24th 2017
      "Optane Memory, formally 3D XPoint, is utilizing the first new class of NAND in nearly 25 years. Optane Memory PC-caching solution works with Intel's new 7th generation Intel Core processors and systems that support it, to accelerate large capacity HDDs. Coming in 16GB and 32GB modules, Optane Memory is packaged in an M.2 SSD that users can add into desktop systems. When paired with its software, Intel claims up to 28% faster overall system performance, 14x hard drive access, and 2x the task responsiveness..."
      IT - Technology
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      9 Essential Tools For The Security-Conscious Mobile Worker
      CIO, April 27th 2017
      "From a webcam cover and laptop lock to a USB port blocker and an encrypted flash drive, we've found some security- and privacy-centered gadgets you will want to keep handy...

      The highly digitized and hyper-connected world that we live in today has heightened the security stakes for us all. But if work frequently takes you away from the home office, you have some particular security and privacy concerns.

      How can the security-conscious mobile worker guard against the constant onslaught of threats? We look at a variety of tools, from webcam covers to encrypted flash drives, that can be deployed to ratchet up the bar on security..."

      How VR Can Crack Open Movies And Video Games -- For The Better
      cnet, April 25th 2017
      "Commentary: VR puts you in the center of the action. And that's going to revolutionize the way movie- and gamemakers tell stories. It's time to get ready..."

      "The first time I tried virtual reality, on the HTC Vive, the demo had me standing underwater on the bow of a sunken ship. A whale swam past, almost within arm's reach. It was cool, but I actually stopped watching the whale to examine the ship. I moved around the bow, gazing at rusty rails and schools of fish below. I looked up at the cabin and wondered how this ship sank.

      That's the magic of VR. It makes you a participant in the story..."

      Diskashur2 External And Portable Secure HDD/SSD With USB 3.1
      StorageNewsletter.com, April 27th 2017
      PIN authenticated, hardware encrypted portable devices and desktop drives incorporating Enhanced Dual Generating Encryption technology

      "iStorage Ltd. announced their range of USB 3.1 HDD drives and SSD, consisting of the diskAshur, diskAshur SSD, diskAshur PRO, diskAshur PRO SSD and the diskAshur DT all of which are designed, developed and assembled in the UK.

      These drives feature Enhanced Dual Generating Encryption (EDGE) technology making them secure HDD/SSD and desktop drives..."

      AR Is Like Your Phone: Soon You'll Feel Naked Without It
      cnet, April 24th 2017
      "Commentary: VR is here, but the true reality revolution is augmented...

      Remember life without your phone? No, neither do I. And in a few years, you'll feel the same way about augmented reality, or AR.

      You've already had a taste of AR if you're one of the 500 million who downloaded Pokemon Go -- it's what made it possible to see a Charmander on your desk or a Dratini on your steering wheel..."

      IT - Bitcoin
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      Why All Central Banks' E-Currencies Will Fail Horribly
      bitcoin.com, April 27th 2017
      "Imagine a prize of $1 trillion. Let's say it's not legal to claim it, but what if nobody could trace it? Would you do it? If not you, then I'm sure there would be plenty of people waiting in line behind you. Keep that in mind.

      From time to time I hear 'central banks could issue e-currencies on blockchains!'. Before dwelling on the details on why that isn't possible, let's consider an 'Einsteinian thought experiment'..."

        Will Bitcoin Disrupt The Remittance Industry?
        ITProPortal, April 28th 2017
        "From banking to peer-to-peer platforms, is Bitcoin the next to make its mark on the remittance industry?..."

        "The digital age has seen the rise of new players shaking up the money transfer market. From banking to peer-to-peer platforms, is Bitcoin the next to make its mark on the remittance industry?

        Bitcoin, termed as 'a peer-to-peer electronic cash system' by its inventor Satoshi Nakamoto, or 'the Internet of Money' more generally, is a digital currency that is totally electronic, operating independently without the need of a bank or middleman, and was introduced to the world in 2009..."

        What Is Blockchain And How Can It Help Business?
        ComputerWorld, April 24th 2017
        "The distributed ledger technology has enormous potential for firms that figure out how best to use it...

        Blockchain sounds like a way to keep boats anchored, which isn't a bad analogy, considering what the technology purports to do.

        While some IT experts herald it as a groundbreaking way of creating a distributed, unchangeable record of transactions, others question the nascent technology's usefulness in the enterprise, which has traditionally relied on centrally administered databases to secure digital records..."

          IT - FOSS
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          Users Stand Up, Speak Out, And Deliver Data On OpenStack Growth
          opensouce.com, April 26th 2017
          "Results of ninth user survey offer compelling evidence on the growth and diversity in OpenStack community..."

          "Last week, the OpenStack Foundation announced the results of its ninth user survey. OpenStack users responded in record-breaking numbers to participate, and their voices as revealed in the data tell the real story of OpenStack. The OpenStack community is growing, thriving with new users, deployments, code contributions, and collaborations, all on the rise. User diversity is expanding across geographies and organizational sizes. And OpenStack's ability to integrate with innovative technologies is paving the way for advancements not even dreamed of just five years ago..."

          IT - DevOps
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          DevOps Chat: State Of DevOps Report 2017, Nigel Kersten, Puppet
          DevOps.com, April 26th 2017
          Alan writes, "The results and analysis of the State of DevOps Report 2017 report are due out in early June. just in time for the DevOps Enterprise Summit London June 5-6. In this DevOps Chat we speak with Puppet exec and one of our favorite interviews, Nigel Kersten.

          Of course, Nigel and the folks over at Puppet have been co-producing the State of DevOps report and survey for six years now. For this year, Nigel along with Dr. Nicole Forsgren and Jez Humble of DORA, will be co-presenting at the DOES London, where they will announce the results of this year's survey. It should be quite interesting..."

          Why Compliance Demands A Devops Approach
          FCW, April 28th 2017
          "Stop me if you've seen this scenario before: A compliance policy is developed behind closed doors by federal security advisors. Once published, it's sent to IT managers, who take one look and think, 'Well, this won't really work.'

          They begin the arduous process of trying to provide feedback, which amounts to submitting a request into a suggestion box, and waiting for an answer that may or may not come. The public comment process is often opaque; you don't know if or why your comments were rejected and it's difficult to appeal your case..."

          MySQL
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          MySQL 8.0.1 Replication Performance Improvements
          By Vitor Oliveira
          MySQL 8.0.1 introduces new features and improvements to replication. The next sections summarize some related to performance

          • 1. WL#9556 - Writeset-based dependency tracking on the master
          • 2. WL#8599 - Reduce contention between IO and SQL threads
          • 3. WL#7374 - replication monitoring
          • 4. BUG#82422 - improved GTID throughput on the master

          Read on for details.

          MySQL Connector/C 6.1.10 GA
          By MySQL Release Engineering
          A new GA (general availability) version of MySQL Connector/C has been made available: MySQL Connector/C 6.1.10 GA. The MySQL Connector/C 6.1 implements the MySQL C API for connecting client applications to the MySQL Server 5.5 or newer.

          MySQL Connector C (Commercial) will be available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) website. This release will be available on eDelivery (OSDC) in next month's upload cycle.

          MySQL Connector/J 5.1.42
          By MySQL Release Engineering
          The MySQL Release team writes, "MySQL Connector/J 5.1.42, a maintenance release of the production 5.1 branch has been released. Connector/J is the Type-IV pure-Java JDBC driver for MySQL.

          MySQL Connector Java (Commercial) is already available for download on the My Oracle Support (MOS) website. This release will be available on eDelivery (OSDC) in next month's upload cycle.

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

          MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.5
          By Jose Ramirez
          Jose blogs, "The MySQL Windows Experience Team is proud to announce the release of MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.5 m4. Note that this is a development preview release and not intended for production usage.

          MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0.5 m4 is the fourth development release of the MySQL for Visual Studio 2.0 series..."

          IT - Cloud
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          Cloud Computing Costs
          Datamation, April 24th 2017
          "Understanding cloud computing costs requires fully weighing the diverse set of variables that affect your IT infrastructure.

          The cost of cloud computing is, to be sure, very much of a 'pay you go' model. You pay per use and you pay for everything. Cloud providers like Amazon, Microsoft, IBM and Google have spent billions to build out massive data centers the size of football stadiums and they aren't giving that away on the cheap..."

          How Serverless Computing Affects A Cloud Operations Team
          SearchCIO, April 27th 2017
          "Serverless architectures can cut costs and improve the user experience. But enterprises should prepare for how a serverless model changes day-to-day cloud operations...

          Virtual resources have always created a challenge for operations teams. Most IT professionals learned their skills in an age where organizations deployed servers, maintained consistent operating systems and middleware on each, and assigned applications to those servers in a way that could optimize efficiency and performance. But virtual resources -- particularly those in the cloud -- break the connection to the physical world. They require a cloud operations team to plan hosting, and view redeployment, in new ways..."

          AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform: What We Learned From Tech Earnings
          ZDNet, April 28th 2017
          "Here's a look at some of the key cloud takeaways from the earnings reports of Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet...

          It's not everyday that you get to gauge the quarterly progress of the top three public cloud providers in real time. But that's what happened when Amazon, Microsoft and Alphabet reported earnings within minutes of each other.

          Here's what we learned..."

          Deep Dive on AWS vs. Azure vs. Google Cloud Storage Options
          Network World, April 24th 2017
          "Comparing block, object and file storage across the three providers..

          One of the most common use cases for public IaaS cloud computing is storage and that's for good reason: Instead of buying hardware and managing it, users simply upload data to the cloud and pay for how much they put there.

          It sounds simple. But in reality, the world of cloud storage has many facets to consider. Each of the three major public IaaS cloud vendors - Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform - have a variety of storage options and in some cases complicated schemes for how much it costs..."

          Some Factors to Consider When Thinking About Cloud BPM
          Search Microservices, April 24th 2017
          "There is more that should go into the decision to move toward cloud-based BPM than just a prerogative to move to the cloud. Steve Weissman explains what to consider...

          Sometimes, it may feel like everybody's using cloud BPM. And you may find yourself wondering, 'why aren't I?' Well, let me be the first to tell you that not everybody is using it, and it's OK if you aren't.

          The devil, as always, is in the details..."

            IT - CxO
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            CIO's Guide To The New Economics Of Real-Time Integration
            Business 2 Community, April 28th 2017
            "CEOs' decisions today to pursue digital-first strategies for greater revenue growth are defining their company's competitive strengths in the future. CIOs and their teams are being challenged to drive a larger percentage of revenue growth in 2017 than ever before by providing IT-based insights daily.

            • Enabling faster revenue growth, improving products and replacing obsolete technologies are the top three CEO priorities have for CIOs in 2017.
            • 42% of CIOs say 'digital first' is their company's go-forward strategy for IT investments in 2017 and beyond.
            • 33% of CIOs consider revenue growth as their primary metric for measuring success with their digital business strategies.

            The New Economics Of Real-Time Integration.."

            Retail CIO Accelerates It Service Delivery
            CIO, April 27th 2017
            Gap CIO Paul Chapman has reorganized his technology organization and created a new IT operating model that emphasizes collaboration and faster decision-making...

            "Brick-and-mortar retailers have struggled to change their corporate culture even as they're swept along by the ecommerce tidal wave. That's one lesson Gap Inc. CIO Paul Chapman has learned as he and the rest of the apparel conglomerate's C-suite try to adopt a culture that prizes fast decision-making and agility...

            "I love my company dearly - but 'Gap' is so slow to decision-making," Chapman said at the Forbes CIO Summit here this week. "I see this even to this day when we can make a decision very quickly but instead it becomes sort of a group think..."

            Should Your Next Big Hire Be A Chief A.I. Officer?
            Computerworld, April 28th 2017
            "Debate simmers over the need for C-suite oversight of artificial intelligence in the enterprise..

            As companies increasingly turn to artificial intelligence to communicate with customers, make sense of big data and find answers to vexing questions, some say it's time to think about hiring a chief A.I. officer.

            A chief artificial intelligence Officer - or CAIO - could round out your C-level execs, sitting at the big table with your CIO, CFO, CTO and CEO..."

            IT Mistakes That Could Cost An Organization Millions
            CSO Online, April 26th 2017
            "Expensive lessons that no security N00b wants to learn..."

            "Often when you are new to a job, all you can think about is making a good impression--not screwing up. In security, though, there are lots of pitfalls that can be disastrous to the organization.

            To help the N00b get all their ducks in a row, Greg Hoffer, vice president of engineering at Globalscape, offers these examples of what could be costly mistakes so that those who are new to the industry can focus on the fix and safeguard both the enterprise and their careers..."

            Top 3 CIO Priorities For Addressing Today's Data Deluge
            Information Age, April 24th 2017
            "Businesses can drive efficiencies through their IT devices, but must ensure that their adopted hardware is ripe for the mobile age..."

            "It's no secret that mobile technology continues to support businesses in enabling more flexible and efficient working practices. The ability to work remotely brings numerous benefits to a business, both internally and externally, from enabling employees to join video conferences while traveling for business, to how they're able to service clients wherever they are..."

              How CISOs Should Address their Boards About Security
              Network World, April 25th 2017
              "Don't wait until after a breach to talk with your board of directors. Have regular discussions to make sure you're on the same page on security priorities...

              There are two times you might have to talk to your organization's board of directors about security: before a breach and after. Be sure you've had the former before you need to have the latter.

              The board of directors, whose duty it is to run the company in the long-term interest of the owners, needs to know you've taken prudent steps to protect the organization's digital assets. That should mean the board wants to talk with you, the CISO, to learn firsthand what your department is doing to mitigate information security threats..."

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

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

              Celebrating the wonderful diversity of our region, we'll be incorporating a colorful Cinco De Mayo Festival theme throughout the event. Fees: Foursome: $500 - Individual: $125 - Lunch Only: $55 ($35 for SFTA members)

              Register

              vBeers-SF
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              vBeers @ Palm Beach Gardens
              Wednesday, May 3rd 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
              • Twisted Trunk Brewery
              • 2000 PGA Boulevard #5506
              • Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33408
              • 5:30 PM 8:30 PM

              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.

              Feel free to invite all of your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

              Please Register.

              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

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              IT - PM
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              How An Integrated Approach To Project Management Builds More Successful Creative Teams
              Business 2 Community, April 25th 2017
              "Escape rooms are a trend popping up across the United States. The premise is simple (though the storylines vary): You enter a room with a group of strangers (or family members if you're feeling particularly masochistic) and try to gather and solve clues that guide you how to get out of the room. Again, the premise is simple, but the execution is not. Such is the case with any creative project your team takes on.

              In theory, the goal of a creative project is delivering a client from one marketing existence to another. Sounds pretty simple, no?..."

                IT - Networks
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                10 Ways CSOs Can Achieve ROI On A Network Solution
                CSO Online, April 27th 2017
                "With the advent of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), WLAN network access to customers and visitors and virtualized systems, the demand for IP addresses has exploded. Small companies might have to manage more than 1,000 IP addresses and it is not unusual for larger companies to have 10,000 or more spread across many locations. Setting up and protecting the network infrastructure is a major challenge and needs to be even more sophisticated and dynamic than ever before.

                A study conducted in January 2017 by the Tolly Group/Efficient IP looked at how executives can best measure ROI when evaluating a network solution for DDI (DNS, IPAM and DHCP).

                Here are 10 points that need to be considered to achieve ROI and deliver payback: ..."

                How Ptp Is Improving Accuracy One Clock At A Time
                Global Knowledge, April 27th 2017
                "Precision Time Protocol (PTP) is a protocol designed to go beyond what Network Time Protocol (NTP) can offer relative to accuracy. PTP is IEEE standard 1588 that can give local computing systems accuracy within the sub-microsecond range (such as microsecond, nanosecond or picoseconds) whereas NTP is within milliseconds or longer. PTP standard was first released in 2002 and known as 1588-2002. In 2008, the IEEE released a revised standard for PTP, known as 1588-2008, that improved the accuracy and precision of the protocol. It is also known as PTPv2 and is not backward compatible with the older version. PTP was developed for packet based network for control and measurement systems..."
                Foiled! 15 Tricks To Hold Off The Hackers
                InfoWorld, April 27th 2017
                "To root out persistent hackers, sometimes you have to get a little creative...

                Malicious hackers have outsize reputations. They are über-geniuses who can guess any password in seconds, hack any system, and cause widespread havoc across multiple, unrelated networks with a single keystroke - or so Hollywood says. Those of us who fight hackers every day know the good guys are usually far smarter. Hackers simply have to be persistent..."

                  The Future Of Wi-Fi: The Best Is Yet To Come
                  Network World, April 24th 2017
                  "20 years since the first Wi-Fi standard, the technology is poised for a surge of innovation...

                  With today's gigabit-plus speeds, broad features and capabilities, and impressive price/performance, one might assume that we're approaching the time when we can close the wireless LAN patent office.

                  And yet a remarkably high level of activity continues in numerous dimensions of Wi-Fi technologies, including new physical layers, advances within the IEEE 802.11 Working Group, at Wi-Fi Alliance, and in a broad range of applications, from mission-critical real-time enterprise requirements to the Internet of Things..."

                  2.4Ghz Is A Headache For Wi-Fi Users, And It's Here To Stay
                  Network World, April 27th 2017
                  "WLAN experts share tips on how to deal with 2.4GHz vs. 5GHz Wi-Fi...

                  Current-generation Wi-Fi technology lives in the 5GHz band. Almost all of the major innovation in wireless standards takes place in the relatively untroubled frequencies around 5GHz (and well above), where there's little radio competition and the living is easy.

                  But wireless LAN users can't just stay comfortable in the 5GHz realm - the older 2.4GHz frequency bands are a necessary part of most wireless implementations, and they're rarely a favorite of the people who have to build and operate Wi-Fi networks..."

                  Data Center SDN Transition Can Help With DCI, SD-WAN And 5G
                  Search SDN, April 24th 2017
                  Most SDN connections run less than 100 feet within one data center. The mission now is to move data center SDN into broader network uses, like DCI, SD-WAN, 5G wireless and CDNs

                  "Networks span the globe, connecting billions of users and devices. The average software-defined network connection is less than 100 feet, entirely within a single data center. It's hard to look at these two details and think software-defined networking, or SDN, is living up to its potential.

                  As cloud computing grows, cloud data centers will employ even more SDN. But will more data center success mean SDN has entered its golden age?..."

                  Securing Risky Network Ports
                  CSO Online, April 24th 2017
                  "Is the issue with the port, the technology you use on it, or the technology attackers use on it?...

                  Data packets travel to and from numbered network ports associated with particular IP addresses and endpoints, using the TCP or UDP transport layer protocols. All ports are potentially at risk of attack. No port is natively secure..."

                    IT - IoT
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                    3 IoT Takeaways From The Juicero Fiasco
                    Business 2 Community, April 27th 2017
                    "By now, you've probably read about the new laughing stock of Silicon Valley: Juicero. If you haven't, you really should check out the hilarious video from Bloomberg...

                    Now, everyone likes a little schadenfreude once in a while, but Juicero's embarrassing media storm gives us a little pause as well. After all, this was a high-profile Internet of Things (IoT) product and as fans of the coming IoT revolution, we would be loathe to see the young industry face a setback due to one overpriced device. Is there some lesson here to glean?

                    We think so. Here are the 3 IoT thoughts that businesses should takeaway from Juicero..."

                    IoT Will Only Ever Be As Secure As Its Application Code
                    jaxenter, April 26th 2017
                    "The Internet of Things offers a beautiful, interconnected vision of the future. However, secure code has to underpin all things IoT because just one chink in the armor leaves us all vulnerable...

                    The pace at which the Internet of Things (IoT) is entering our homes and workplaces is phenomenal. This proliferation brings lots of potential benefits to users but it also presents numerous security risks. There is currently no common IoT platform; instead there are various tech giants competing to own the IoT platform of choice with securing that platform seeming to be a lesser consideration..."

                    Can A Garbage Dumpster Be 'Smart'? You Bet.
                    Business 2 Community, April 27th 2017
                    "We've all seen the over-flowing garbage dumpsters usually sitting semi-concealed behind a fast food franchise, your local grocer, or even that beautiful high-rise. They're often the smelly reminder of the amount of waste that's generated through nearly all commercial businesses. What you probably haven't noticed over the past few years, there's a few less bulging dumpsters these days as an innovative company called OnePlus Systems found a way to solve this problem, and converted 'garbage watching' into a rapid growth revenue stream that's attracted businesses worldwide including giants such as, HEB, Costco and Coca-Cola..."
                      The Reality Of An Intelligent IoT
                      IT Business Edge, April 25th 2017
                      "The Internet of Things (IoT) may be barely off the ground, but developers are already looking for ways to imbue the technology with high degrees of intelligence.

                      On one level, an intelligent IoT is a reason unto itself given that the scale and complexity of the data environment is beyond the capabilities of today's management tools. But ultimately, the expectation is that much of the IoT will govern itself, and that includes the basic interactions between systems and users..."

                      Preparing Wireless Networks For IoT
                      Network Computing, April 26th 2017
                      "Interop ITX speaker has three tips to ensure your WLAN is ready for the internet of things.

                      Most business leaders believe the internet of things (IoT) offers a tremendous opportunity for their organizations to pioneer new business models, improve customer relationships, and increase efficiency and productivity. In fact, an Oxford Economics survey found that 72% of organizations feel IoT is critical to their competitive advantage.

                      But in order to make IoT efforts successful, organizations will need to pay attention to their networks, particularly their wireless networks. According to IDC's February 2017 IoT IT Infrastructure Survey, WiFi and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) are the top contenders for IoT connectivity..."

                      Is 'Admin' Password Leaving Your Iot Device Vulnerable To Cyberattacks?
                      ZDnet, April 26th 2017
                      "Internet-connected devices in your home or office will be vulnerable to botnets and other attacks, if you don't change the original login credentials...

                      'Admin', 'root', '124356', 'password'. No wonder there has been an endemic of cyber attackers hijacking Internet of Things (IoT) devices when default passwords are this poor and users aren't bothering to change them -- or worse, don't have the option to.

                      The number of internet-connected devices has risen as the IoT has become a greater presence in homes and workplaces. However, in the rush to get involved in the trend, some device manufacturers have released products with poor security, which in turn have been breached for malicious purposes including espionage and DDoS attacks..."

                      IT - Linux
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                      Linux's Big Bang: One Kernel, Countless Distros
                      Linux Insider, April 27th 2017
                      "Even if you're a newcomer to Linux, you've probably figured out that it is not a single, monolithic operating system, but a constellation of projects. The different 'stars' in this constellation take the form of 'distributions,' or 'distros.' Each offers its own take on the Linux model.

                      To gain an appreciation of the plethora of options offered by the range of distributions, it helps to understand how Linux started out and subsequently proliferated. With that in mind, here's a brief introduction to Linux's history..."

                      Getting started with SELinux System Administration
                      O'Reilly, April 27th 2017
                      "Do you have the crucial job of protecting your private and company systems from malicious attacks and undefined application behavior? Are you looking to secure your Linux systems with improved access controls? Look no further, intrepid administrator!

                      This course will show you how to enhance your system's secure state across Linux distributions, helping you keep application vulnerabilities at bay. This video course covers the core SELinux concepts and shows you how to leverage SELinux to improve the protection measures of a Linux system. You will learn the SELinux fundamentals and all of SELinux's configuration handles including conditional policies, constraints, policy types, and audit capabilities. These topics are paired with genuine examples of situations and issues you will probably come across as an administrator..."

                      IT - Operations
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                      The Background Of DCIM Tools And Their Role In The Enterprise
                      SearchDataCenter, April 24th 2017
                      "DCIM tools now play a critical role in keeping data center operations running reliably and efficiently, so buyers should pay close attention to their deployment...

                      Data center infrastructure management tools arm administrators with deeper insight into the performance of their IT infrastructure and facilities. As DCIM tools evolve, and the market grows, they offer more advanced features that provide an even deeper look into the heart of the data center..."

                      7 Patch Management Practices Guaranteed To Help Protect Your Data
                      Network World, April 24th 2017
                      "With these fairly simple practices in mind, you can stay on top of patch updates and safeguard your virtual data environments...

                      We're in an era in which pre-packaged exploit services make it possible for the average Joe, with no technological experience or prowess, to launch intricate attacks on our environments. So, what can be done? Patching operating systems and applications is a surefire way to block some attacks. But you need to do more than blast out auto updates.

                      Here are seven patch management best practices that take your organization's cybersecurity to the next level:..."

                      9 Tips To Turn Your Data Center Green
                      Network World, April 26th 2017
                      "Data center providers know all too well that it's not easy being green. According to a 2016 report by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), data centers are responsible for close to 2 percent of U.S. energy consumption. Ensuring the integrity of these systems is a major challenge for data centers looking to create sustainable operations for their facilities and the companies who rely on them, but some simple steps can make all the difference.

                      Jeff Biggs, executive vice president of Operations & Technology at Peak 10, provides a few steps data center providers can take to improve their energy efficiency model overall..."

                        PUE Relies On Continuous Monitoring
                        DatacenterDynamics, April 26th 2017
                        "Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is the widely accepted metric for the efficiency of the physical infrastructure systems that support the IT loads of a data centre. Calculated as the ratio of total energy expended by a facility to the energy consumed only by the IT systems, PUE helps data centre managers to assess and later to verify how efficiently they are managing their facility in terms of energy consumption.

                        There are many reasons for wanting to calculate and report PUE for a given facility, but in the long run the best is one of simple economics: the better you operate your infrastructure from an energy efficiency point of view, the more you save on energy costs..."

                        IT - Security
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                        9 Questions To Ask When Selecting Application Security Solutions
                        CSO Online, April 25th 2017
                        "Organizations need to determine the right tools to stay relatively risk free...

                        There are many factors to consider when making an application security purchasing decision, and the pressure is on organizations now more than ever to improve their security risk management preparedness. In fact, more than 80 percent of security attacks target software applications, with application vulnerabilities as the No.1 cyber-attack target. Organizations need a comprehensive application security toolkit to stay secure throughout the product lifecycle, and need to address key questions that can help them determine the right tools to address security risks..."

                        State-Of-The-Art Multifactor Authentication (MFA) Technologies
                        CSO Online, April 27th 2017
                        "Enterprises authenticate users based on their knowledge, possession, or inherence of some evidence that they are the party with the given right of access. Some experts see the context of the user's authentication such as the time, their network IP and device, and their location as the fourth factor of authentication.

                        Stephen Cobb, senior security researcher at ESET says you can assure greater security with each additional factor of authentication that you add..."

                        Why (& How) CISOs Should Talk To Company Boards
                        Dark Reading, April 25th 2017
                        "The C-Suite needs to minimize cybersecurity risk in order to maximize its principal goal of attaining high-level, sustainable growth.

                        Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and company boards of directors are two great tastes that don't always go well together. CISOs understand what threatens an organization's computer systems and are responsible for shielding them from threats, or fixing them if they're breached. Boards (who oversee the CEO) are the eyes and ears of shareholders. Their principal role is to increase the company's stock price, keep the company from getting into legal or regulatory hot water, and grow the business..."

                        10 Cybercrime Myths That Could Cost You Millions
                        Dark Reading, April 29th 2017
                        "Don't let a cybersecurity fantasy stop you from building the effective countermeasures you need to protect your organization from attack.

                        Cybercrime is all over the place, with damages, according to one estimate by Cybersecurity Ventures, expected to double from $3 trillion in 2015 to $6 trillion by 2021. In a prominent 2016 ransom attack, according to the 2016 McAfee Threat Report, a criminal was supposedly able to pocket $121 million within just six months, netting $94 million after expenses. Still, too often people believe in myths that prevent them from building effective countermeasures. Here are some examples:..."

                          Employees Continue To Engage In Risky Online Behaviors, Study Finds
                          eWeek, April 25th 2017
                          "Every organization has employees, and those employees potentially could be a significant source of security risk. A new Dell-sponsored study of 2,608 IT professionals from around the world conducted by Dimensional Research provides insights into some of the unsafe activities in which users engage. For instance, 72 percent admitted they would share confidential, regulated company information in certain circumstances. Globally, 45 percent of respondents admitted to engaging in unsafe online behavior while at work. Ironically, although users are engaging in risky behaviors at a high rate, 65 percent of respondents said they feel it is their responsibility to protect confidential data. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the highlights of the Dell End-User Security Survey..."
                          Ransomware Recovery 101: You'Ve Been Hit, Now What Do You Do?
                          eWeek, April 26th 2017
                          "Ransomware is coming to your neighborhood. Now a $1 billion-per-year industry, ransomware has quickly become one of IT and security pros' biggest fears. According to a recent study by CyberEdge Group, more than 60 percent of organizations are likely to experience an attack.

                          The scariest part? Most aren't fully aware of the consequences - and how to appropriately recover. When data is being held hostage, there's no way to keep up with business as usual. Whether it's identifying what is missing, deciding whether or not to pay the ransom, or determining how to recover lost files, there are key recovery aspects that go unaddressed.

                          This eWEEK slide show, using industry information from Paula Long, CEO and co-founder of DataGravity, offers tips that can help businesses plan for and implement a ransomware counterattack..."

                          Orchestrating Security Technology
                          FCW, April 25th 2017
                          "The plethora of security analytics tools available to federal agencies has helped improve cyber incident and vulnerability prevention, detection, response and recovery. However, significant challenges remain as types of attacks and attack vectors increase. Indeed, agencies are finding they often need to integrate or 'orchestrate' existing analytical tools, processes and data into repeatable, automated workflows to fully support solid security operations..."
                          Security Skills Need To Be Deep And Wide To Mitigate Critical Risks
                          Help Net Security, April 25th 2017
                          "Businesses recognize security as a growing imperative, but many remain on the defensive, fighting cyber threats with dated tactics and training, according to CompTIA.

                          Companies need to adopt proactive measures to identify weak links before they are exploited; broaden the security skills of their technology professionals; and implement top to bottom security training throughout the organization..."

                          IT Teams Struggle With Digital Transformation Skills
                          Help Net Security, April 28th 2017
                          "New research conducted by Vanson Bourne aims to uncover how well-placed global IT leaders consider themselves and their teams to be in terms of meeting current and future business demands. Of the six markets surveyed, Germany was found to be the best prepared to meet its digital transformation goals, closely followed by the U.S., while the UK lagged well behind its counterparts..."
                            Annual Verizon Security Report Says Sloppiness Causes Most Data Breaches
                            InfoWorld, April 27th 2017
                            "Phishing, malware, ransomware, hacking, cyberespionage: The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report shows the best prevention is basic security hygiene..."

                            "Security threats are constantly evolving, but as Verizon's latest DBIR (Data Breach Investigations Report) shows, the more things change in information security, the more they stay the same.

                            More than half (51 percent) of the data breaches analyzed in the report involved malware, 73 percent of the breaches were financially motivated, and 75 percent of security incidents were tracked back to outside actors. This year's report found that email was the No. 1 malware delivery vector, compared to last year, when it was web drive-by-download attacks..."

                            How Your Company Needs To Train Workers In Cybersecurity
                            ComputerWorld, April 25th 2017
                            "Survey finds workers still violate security policies to remain productive...

                            With workplace cyberattacks on the rise, industry experts are pressing businesses to train their workers to be more vigilant than ever to protect passwords and sensitive data and to recognize threats..."

                            IT - Careers
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                            6 Steps To Find Your Next Dozen Cloud Security Experts
                            Dark Reading, April 26th 2017
                            "There's stiff competition for cloud security experts, but finding yours may actually be easier than you think...

                            With roughly 1 million-plus IT security jobs out there in the market, approximately 5% of them are cloud security positions, estimates Eddie Borrero, chief information security officer and enterprise information security and head of global customer support for recruiting firm Robert Half International.

                            And hiring for these cloud security positions is tough, especially when you consider the steep shortage of cybersecurity workers overall, Borrero notes. For example, cybersecurity training organization ISC2 forecasts a global shortfall of 1.8 million cybersecurity professionals by 2022..."

                            6 Leadership Qualities To Look For When Hiring
                            CIO, April 24th 2017
                            "The best worker isn't always the best leader and leaders aren't always where you'd expect to find them. Here are six tips to identifying and hiring leaders...

                            Leadership isn't confined to the C-suite. Companies increasingly look for solid leadership skills when adding to their workforce, whether the roles are entry-level or executive. Stephany Samuels, senior vice president of people strategy at IT recruiting and staffing firm Mondo, explains which qualities you should be looking for when hiring and how to identify the leaders in your talent pool..."

                              Four People In Your Professional Network You're Probably Undervaluing
                              Fast Company, April 24th 2017
                              "Networking isn't just about making new contacts. It's also about getting more from the people you already know...

                              Most people think networking is about making new connections - which is true - but you also have to invest in the connections you already have, whether they're people you met at the last networking event, or your former coworkers, clients, and friends. In fact, even your current team, boss, and clients are as much a part of your network as anyone else. Here's how to put to good use the people you already know..."

                                IT - Database
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                                9 Ways Database Automation Solves Database Issues
                                Datamation, April 26th 2017
                                "If you're a database administrator (DBA) or database developer, you've most likely faced challenges throughout the development lifecycle, such as backup errors, insufficient data or system availability, configuration issues and so on.

                                One of the most important tasks in developing your database is constant testing. And if you're not using database automation, testing may prove to be the biggest challenge of all. This is particularly true if you're using a test-driven development (TDD) approach and want to build unit tests before writing the actual, functional code..."

                                  IT - Backup
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                                  Backup Testing: What To Test, When To Test, How Often To Test
                                  ComputerWeekly, April 28th 2017
                                  "We run the rule over what's involved in backup testing in virtual and physical server environments, how often you should test and the key pitfalls to avoid..."

                                  "Data protection is an essential component in any data management strategy, and one that all system and storage administrators should fully embrace.

                                  We take backups for various reasons: hardware can fail, software has bugs, and users make mistakes and delete or change data unintentionally..."

                                  The Cold Cloud: Long-Term Backup Storage In The Public Cloud
                                  Enterprise Storage Forum, April 24th 2017
                                  "Efficient storage management includes migrating aging data through progressively less-expensive storage tiers. When data ends its migration at the cold storage stage, you can keep it for long periods of time at very low cost.

                                  Cloud-based data storage generally falls into these four storage classes or tiers:..."

                                  Data Recovery - Best Practices To Protect Vital Information
                                  Information Age, April 27th 2017
                                  "A great insight on how to stay cool, clam, and collected during the unfortunate event of data loss...

                                  With data recovery, prevention really is the best medicine. Companies that put in place the best plans and tools to protect data are much less likely to go through the hassles of recovery, meaning they spend less time on data and more time on generating revenue.

                                  Automation is a valuable tool for data backups. Individuals and companies should set schedules for automatic backups in order to remove any manual processes. If one person at a mid-sized firm is responsible for manual backup procedures and they go on vacation for a week, then is data recovery being covered? Automation means companies will at worst lose a bare minimum of data..."

                                    IT - Big Data
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                                    Big Data Investments To Top $57B In 2017
                                    Information Management, April 25th 2017
                                    "Global spending on big data technology is expected to surpass $57 billion this year, and will increase by at least 10 percent per year through 2020.

                                    That is the forecast of SNS Research, which just released its report 'Big Data Market: 2017 - 2030 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts.' The report presents an in-depth assessment of all aspects of big data, including key market drivers, challenges, investment potential, vertical market opportunities and use cases, future roadmap, value chain, case studies on big data analytics vendor market share and strategies..."

                                    Is Big Data Security Still Lacking?
                                    SmartDataCollective, April 27th 2017
                                    "While the idea of keeping big data secure is not new, have the companies which provide these services been keeping up with the latest cyber threats? From viruses to ransomware there is a range of serious malware and programs which can hack into and delete, steal, or lay ransom to your data.

                                    Some areas in which big data security providers need to develop include ransomware, gaps in the Hadoop security stack, and a corporation's own data policies which may leave it open to breach. Customer trust is an important and growing necessity in online business transactions. Keeping data secure from threats goes a long way toward reassuring customers that their information is safe with the company they wish to do business..."

                                    5 Easy Ways To Find Great Stories In Your Data
                                    Column Five, April 27th 2017
                                    "Data storytelling is one of the best tools out there for content marketers. But for data noobs it can seem super intimidating. Where do you get data? What do you do when you have it? How do you find stories in data?

                                    Relax. We've been doing this a while, and we're here to help you get through it..."

                                      Five Keys To Leading In The Age Of Analytics
                                      Data Center Knowledge, April 25th 2017
                                      "Data and analytics have redefined the way we compete. Data is a critical corporate asset that organizations are starting to monetize in new ways to get ahead of their competition. The bottom line? Companies that leverage data to drive the performance of their organization's decisions are winning at a faster rate than their competition..."
                                      How to Ensure ROI on Your Big Data Investments
                                      Business 2 Community, April 26th 2017
                                      "Did you know that 76% of top global enterprises will invest more in Big Data in the coming 2-3 years?

                                      Data has the potential to propel businesses, irrespective of the industry or vertical, to succeed in the years to come. However, not everyone has been able to write a winning moment in their books with Big Data. In fact, only 23% of the 76% enterprises surveyed have a clear cut strategy in place to achieve returns on their big data investments. It means that only one among the four companies that have big data on their mind, know how to influence its power to achieve business results..."

                                      Modern Monitoring Is A Big Data Problem
                                      Network World, April 24th 2017
                                      "The rate of change and degree of diversity in the IT stack demands fine-grained and frequent monitoring, which turns monitoring into a real-time big data problem...

                                      Why did VMware acquire Wavefront? The start of the answer to this question comes with an understanding of what Wavefront is (or was). Wavefront was started by former Google engineers who set out to build a monitoring system for the commercial market that had the same features and benefits as the monitoring system that Google had built for itself.

                                      Due to the massive scale of Google, such a system would have to have two key attributes:..."

                                      IT - Mobile
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                                      10 Steps Your Organization Should Take To Keep Mobile Device Data Secure
                                      IT Business Edge, April 27th 2017
                                      "After recent reports that a Secret Service agent's laptop was stolen from a vehicle, new questions arose about the security of mobile devices. In the case of the Secret Service laptop, those questions involved national security and the well-being of the First Family.

                                      Although your company's data probably doesn't include details about how to protect a president, that information is still very important for the operations and financial well-being of your business..."

                                      Top10
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                                      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                      Vol 230 Issues 1, 2 and 3; Vol 229 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and
                                      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:

                                      • Oracle Brings Oracle's Flagship Databases and Developer Tools to the Docker Store
                                      • Oracle's Hurd: Answer The Questions That Really Matter To Your Business
                                      • New SPARC Cloud Offerings and Secure Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Service
                                      • Oracle Buys Moat
                                      • Webcast Series: Build Better Mobile Apps Faster
                                      • MySQL InnoDB Cluster in Oracle Public Cloud: A Tutorial
                                      • Oracle IoT Cloud Helps Lochbridge Enable Connected Vehicles
                                      • Innovation Made Easy: The Cloud's Long-Term Value Proposition
                                      • OPN receives 5-Star Partner Program Award from CRN
                                      • Cloud-Native DevOps workshop

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

                                        IT - Tape
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                                        Tape Value Proposition Compelling
                                        StorageNewsletter.com, April 24th 2017
                                        "The Tape Storage Council, which includes representatives of BDT, Frontier BV, FUJIFILM, GazillaByte, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Imagine Products, Integra, Iron Mountain, NCE Computer Group, Oracle, Overland Storage, Qualstar, Quantum, REB Storage Systems, Spectra Logic, StrongBox Data Solutions, Tandberg Data, Turtle and XpresspaX has issued the following memo to highlight the current trends, usages and technology innovations occurring within the tape storage industry..."
                                        IT - Java
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                                        Java Is Alive And Well, Thank You, And Is Just As Relevant As Ever
                                        jaxenter, April 24th 2017
                                        "Despite rumors to the contrary, Java is still extremely important in today's tech. Here, Wayne Citrin explains why Java is alive, kicking, and not going away anytime soon...

                                        In 2010, an analyst named Mike Gualtieri posted a blog entry claiming that 'Java is a Dead-End for Enterprise App Development' and an uproar ensued, with forceful arguments both for and against. Yet, here we are, more than seven years later, and Java is still going strong, as shown in Tiobe's latest language popularity index..."

                                        IT - Developer
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                                        11 Technologies Developers Should Explore Now
                                        JavaWorld, April 24th 2017
                                        "From machine learning to digital twins, opportunities abound in emerging (and converging) tech trends...

                                        New and evolving technologies are rapidly reshaping how we work - offering creative opportunities for developers who are willing to pivot and adopt new skills. We took a look at 11 tech trends experts say are likely to disrupt current IT approaches and create demand for engineers with an eye on the future.

                                        It isn't all about The Next Big Thing. Future opportunities for developers are emerging from a confluence of cutting-edge technologies, such as AI, VR. augmented reality, IoT, and cloud technology ... and, of course, dealing with the security issues that are evolving from these convergences..."

                                        IT - HPC
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                                        Messina Update: The US Path To Exascale In 16 Slides
                                        HPC Wire, April 26th 2017
                                        "Paul Messina, director of the U.S. Exascale Computing Project, provided a wide-ranging review of ECP's evolving plans last week at the HPC User Forum in Santa Fe, NM. The biggest change, of course, is ECP's accelerated timetable with delivery of the first exascale machine now scheduled for 2021. While much of the material covered by Messina wasn't new there were a few fresh details on the long awaited Path Forward hardware contracts and on progress-to-date in other ECP fronts..."
                                        10 Things You'Re Wrong About In Hpc
                                        InsideHPC, April 27th 2017
                                        In this video from the Switzerland HPC Conference, Rich Brueckner from insideHPC presents: 10 Things You're Wrong About in HPC.

                                        "While High Performance Computing has gone through dramatic changes since Seymour Cray created the supercomputer industry in the 1970's, misnomers, myths, and Alternative Facts have established themselves in the hive mind of the HPC community. In this session, Rich will turn the industry on its ear and reveal the whole truth in the service of outright parody."

                                        Veritas News
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                                        Veritas Study: Organizations Worldwide Fear Non-compliance with New European Union Data Regulation Could Put Them Out of Business
                                        Veritas, April 25th 2017
                                        Nearly half of organizations are afraid they won't meet the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation, inadequate technology cited as core challenge

                                        A global study from Veritas Technologies, the leader in information management, has revealed that 86 percent of organizations worldwide are concerned that a failure to adhere to the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) could have a major negative impact on their business. Nearly 20 percent said they fear that non-compliance could put them out of business. This is in the face of potential fines for non-compliance as high as $21 million or four percent of annual turnover - whichever is greater.

                                        Cisco News
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                                        HorizonSat Expands Broadcast and OTT Media Services with Cisco
                                        Cisco, April 25th 2017
                                        Cisco Software-based HEVC Statistical Multiplexing Offers HorizonSat Improved Agility and Picture Quality

                                        HorizonSat announced it is working to broaden the scope of its satellite and over-the-top (OTT) streaming video offerings with the Cisco Virtual Digital Content Manager.

                                        HorizonSat, a leading satellite service provider covering the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe, offers media and TV broadcasting solutions ranging from TV distribution and contribution to fully managed playout and disaster recovery services.

                                        Canal+ Digitizes Live Media Production With Cisco IP Media Fabric for Media
                                        Cisco, April 24th 2017
                                        Together with Cisco, CANAL+ Marks a Milestone for Live Broadcasting in Europe

                                        Content providers, media and entertainment companies are faced with growing demands for more high-quality content and interactive media experiences on more screens. To deliver this involves digitizing legacy production operations, adding more camera feeds, higher screen resolutions with 4K, supporting virtual reality experiences, updating security and much more.

                                        Cisco Jasper Introduces Automated Mobility Management Platform
                                        Cisco, April 25th 2017
                                        Extension of Cisco Jasper's IoT Platform Enables Enterprises to Automate the Connectivity and Management of Corporate Mobile Devices

                                        When an enterprise has hundreds or thousands of employees with business mobile devices like smartphones or tablets, managing and monitoring the connectivity, data usage, and general operation of those mobile devices can be a challenge that leads to high enterprise mobility costs.

                                        Cisco announced the availability of a new platform, Control Center for Mobile Enterprise, that automates the management of enterprise mobile services and devices.

                                        Cisco Connected Factory for Industrie 4.0: Moving Intelligence into Action with Smart Factories
                                        Cisco, April 25th 2017
                                        The machines that make up a modern factory create more than just sweatshirts or submarines. They create lots and lots of data. This data can tell you everything from how efficient the machine is to how likely it is to break. For plant managers, being able to see and act on this data is key. It holds the secrets to new product introduction velocity, real-time and dynamic optimization, and productivity stats at the worker level. It even allows access to a so-called 'product pedigree' - so customers can track a product across the supply chain.
                                          Microsoft News
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                                          Microsoft Cloud strength highlights third quarter results
                                          Microsoft, April 27th 2017
                                          Commercial cloud annualized revenue run rate exceeds $15.2 billion

                                          Microsoft Corp. announced the following results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017:

                                          • Revenue was $22.1 billion GAAP, and $23.6 billion non-GAAP
                                          • Operating income was $5.6 billion GAAP, and $7.1 billion non-GAAP
                                          • Net income was $4.8 billion GAAP, and $5.7 billion non-GAAP
                                          • Diluted earnings per share was $0.61 GAAP, and $0.73 non-GAAP

                                          "Our results this quarter reflect the trust customers are placing in the Microsoft Cloud," said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer at Microsoft. "From large multi-nationals to small and medium businesses to non-profits all over the world, organizations are using Microsoft's cloud platforms to power their digital transformation."

                                          Symantec News
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                                          Alarming Increase in Targeted Attacks Aimed at Politically Motivated Sabotage and Subversion
                                          Symantec, April 26th 2017
                                          Annual Threat Report from Symantec Details How Simple Tactics Led to Unprecedented Outcomes

                                          • One in 131 Emails Contained a Malicious Link or Attachment - Highest Rate in Five Years
                                          • Size of Ransoms Spiked 266 Percent; U.S. Top Targeted Country as 64 Percent of Americans Pay Their Ransom
                                          • CIOs Have Lost Track of How Many Cloud Apps are Used Inside Their Companies - When Asked Most Will Say up to 40 When in Reality the Number Nears 1,000

                                          Cyber criminals revealed new levels of ambition in 2016 - a year marked by extraordinary attacks, including multi-million dollar virtual bank heists and overt attempts to disrupt the U.S. electoral process by state-sponsored groups, according to Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR), Volume 22.

                                          IBM News
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                                          IBM Inventors Patent Invention for Transferring Packages between Aerial Drones
                                          IBM, April 28th 2017
                                          Invention extends drone delivery range for shipping

                                          IBM announced that its inventors have been granted a patent for transferring packages between drones during flight. The invention described in US Patent No. 9,561,852: In flight transfer of packages between aerial drones helps to extend the range of drones that are delivering packages from a warehouse to a customer's home. IBM inventors developed this patented system using their supply chain expertise to enable precise delivery services to customers using drones.

                                          Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank and IBM Japan Building Trade Financial Platform Using Blockchain
                                          IBM, April 26th 2017
                                          Mizuho Financial Group, Mizuho Bank and Japan announced they are building a blockchain-based trade financing platform for trade financing. With the platform, Mizuho is aiming to streamline trading operations and improve supply chain efficiency.

                                          The timely and highly secure exchange of trade documents is essential for stakeholders in the supply chain ecosystem. Digitizing trade information on the blockchain can help change the way information is shared, infusing greater trust into transactions to make it easier for parties involved in the supply chain, including exporters, importers, shippers, insurance companies, port operators and port authorities, to share critical shipment data in near real-time.

                                            IBM Named a Leader for its Security Solution in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing
                                            IBM, April 29th 2017
                                            IBM announced that Gartner, Inc. has named IBM as a leader in Application Security Testing (AST) in the recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing which analyzes vendors' Static, Dynamic and Interactive Application Security Testing styles. IBM has been named a leader by Gartner in Application Security Testing in four consecutive reports.
                                            IBM Research Video Spotlight: Cognitive Methane Measurement
                                            IBM, April 28th 2017
                                            A group of interdisciplinary IBM Research scientists are building and testing a cognitive methane measurement technology that could change the way potential pollutants are tracked. The research effort involves an intelligent network system that uses tiny silicon photonics sensing chips, that when combined with machine learning and advanced physical analytics can autonomously detect the origin and concentration of methane leaks.
                                            IBM X-Force: Financial Services Most Targeted By Cybercriminals in 2016
                                            IBM, April 27th 2017
                                            More than 200 million financial services records breached in 2016, Over 900 percent increase from previous year

                                            IBM Security announced research from its IBM X-Force Research team which revealed the financial services industry was attacked more than any other industry in 2016 - 65 percent more than the average organization across all industries.

                                            As a result, the number of financial services records breached skyrocketed 937 percent in 2016 to more than 200 million. While the financial services industry was targeted the most by cyber-attacks in 2016, data from the IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index shows it ranked third by industry for the number of breached records - likely due to investments in security practices.

                                            IBM and NUS Collaborate to Promote FinTech and Blockchain Training in Singapore
                                            IBM, April 25th 2017
                                            Both organizations are working to jointly develop and deliver a module on blockchain and distributed ledger technologies

                                            The National University of Singapore (NUS) School of Computing and the IBM Center for Blockchain Innovation (ICBI), a part of IBM Research, are collaborating to jointly develop a module on financial technology, to better equip students with essential knowledge and skill sets in this area.

                                            Blockchain is a fast growing area across the globe, with banking, healthcare and the government leading the way in terms of adoption. According to studies by IBM's Institute of Business Value, these three industries are investing heavily in blockchain and commercial solutions are expected to be in place in the next few years.

                                            IBM Opens Four New Cloud Data Centers in the United States to Support Growing Demand for Cognitive Capabilities
                                            IBM, April 26th 2017
                                            New facilities in Dallas, Texas, and Washington, D.C., part of IBM's global cloud expansion with more than 55 global cloud data centers

                                            IBM announced the opening of four new IBM Cloud data centers in the United States to support growing enterprise demand for cloud infrastructure that can provide access to services like IoT, blockchain, quantum computing and cognitive.

                                            IBM Cloud's global network includes cloud data centers in key local markets around the world so clients can run their data and applications locally to meet performance and regulatory needs. With data centers across 19 countries and six continents, enterprises can provision cloud infrastructure when and where they need. The new cloud data centers in the U.S. can provide clients with infrastructure to manage and gain insight from their data while also taking advantage of IBM's advanced cognitive services with Watson on the IBM Cloud.

                                            IBM, NVIDIA, Stone Ridge Technology Set Record in High Performance Computing in Oil & Gas
                                            IBM, April 25th 2017
                                            • Billion-cell simulation shatters previous published results using one-tenth the power and 1/100th of the space&#8232;
                                            • Results achieved in 92 minutes with 60 IBM POWER processors and 120 GPU accelerators, smash previous published record of 20 hours using thousands of processors

                                            IBM and Stone Ridge Technology announced a performance milestone in reservoir simulation designed to help improve efficiency and lower the cost of production. Working with NVIDIA, the companies shattered previous published results using one-tenth the power and 1/100th of the space. The news demonstrates the ability of NVIDIA GPUs to simulate one billion cell models in a fraction of the published time, while delivering 10x the performance and efficiency than legacy CPU codes.

                                            IBM Study: Insurers Need to Implement No-regret Moves to Prepare for the Future
                                            IBM, April 28th 2017
                                            90 percent of outperforming insurers expect cognitive technologies to have a strong impact on their revenue models in the future

                                            Insurance C-suite executives believe regulation, market factors and technology will have the largest impact on the insurance industry in the future, according to the findings of a new IBM study. When it comes to technology, specifically, 71 percent of insurers indicate they have begun using cognitive technology to better prepare for the future.

                                            Cloud Elements Teams with IBM to Expand SaaS Connectivity in IBM App Connect
                                            IBM, April 27th 2017
                                            New connectors in IBM App Connect to automate tasks, sync data and offer integration services that help maximize efficiency and accelerate time to market

                                            Cloud Elements, an API integration provider, announced a collaboration with IBM to deliver a series of new connectors in IBM App Connect, the company's premier cloud integration platform, for users to quickly connect apps to automate tasks and boost productivity.

                                            The collaboration is designed to extend the reach of IBM's App Connect catalog with potentially dozens of new connectors to leading cloud applications. IBM customers will be able to leverage these applications within the sophisticated App Connect interface to automate integrations and get notifications, sync data and track outcomes rather than manually performing integration tasks, which have historically been thought of as high touch and repetitive.

                                            IBM Expands Bluemix OpenWhisk to Help Developers Quickly Connect Data to Serverless Apps
                                            IBM, April 27th 2017
                                            IBM announced it has added new capabilities to Bluemix OpenWhisk, one of the leading open serverless computing platforms, to help developers more simply and securely connect event-driven programming into outside data streams.

                                            This expansion of OpenWhisk allows developers to expose serverless actions as secure and controlled APIs on the cloud, making it easier and quicker to build IoT and cognitive solutions. This is enabled by a new API Gateway on Bluemix OpenWhisk, which acts as gatekeeper between an external source - such as an uploaded image - and a corresponding OpenWhisk action - such as Watson Visual Recognition tagging that image.

                                            IBM Ranked # 1 in Worldwide Software-Defined Storage Software Market
                                            IBM, April 26th 2017
                                            IBM announced that for the third consecutive year it has been ranked the number one vendor in software-defined storage controller software according to results from International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Qview for Q4 2016 (March, 2017).

                                            The tracker encompasses file, object, block, and hyper converged software-defined storage offerings. Within the report IBM ranked number one in CY2016. Software-Defined Storage Controller Software and number one in CY2016 Archiving Software.

                                            Five 'New Collar' IBMers Share Advice on Career Success
                                            IBM, April 29th 2017
                                            With U.S. employers faced with filling more than half-a-million open technology jobs, five 'New Collar' IBMers shared tips and insights for job seekers interested in high-tech careers.

                                            These IBM (NYSE: IBM) employees work in some of the technology industry's fastest growing fields and acquired their high-tech skills through a mix of non-traditional routes such as coding camps, community colleges and 21st century vocational training.

                                            ABB and IBM Partner in Industrial Artificial Intelligence Solutions
                                            IBM, April 25th 2017
                                            Combining ABB Ability and IBM Watson for Superior Customer Value

                                            ABB and IBM announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB's industry leading digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry, transport and infrastructure.

                                            Customers will benefit from ABB's deep domain knowledge and extensive portfolio of digital solutions combined with IBM's expertise in artificial intelligence and machine learning as well as different industry verticals. The first two joint industry solutions powered by ABB Ability and Watson will bring real-time cognitive insights to the factory floor and smart grids.

                                            VMware News
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                                            VMware, CENIC Collaborate to Support Research and Education in California
                                            VMware, April 25th 2017
                                            Educational nonprofit's 10,000 members can now leverage VMware solutions to improve security, reduce costs and simplify information access through a software-defined approach

                                            VMware and CENIC announced an agreement that will streamline the purchase of VMware technologies by CENIC's members.

                                            The collaboration extends VMware's industry-leading virtualization and cloud solutions for education to CENIC's 10,000 member institutions statewide. Universities, schools, libraries and other cultural, scientific and arts organizations can now purchase VMware's products that simplify complex IT environments for end users, accelerate digital transformation and positively impact student learning at favorable terms and prices.

                                            Red Hat News
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                                            Red Hat Introduces Fully Containerized API Management Platform
                                            Red Hat, April 25th 2017
                                            On-premise release of Red Hat 3scale API Management delivers flexibility, scale and control

                                            Red Hat introduced Red Hat 3scale API Management as a fully containerized, on-premise offering for end-to-end API lifecycle management. The on-premise release builds on the existing cloud-based SaaS offering and expands the deployment options available for the platform, providing organizations with a more powerful and flexible solution for managing application programming interfaces (APIs) at scale within their own datacenter.

                                            Red Hat to Live Stream Red Hat Summit Press Conference and General Sessions
                                            Red Hat, April 24th 2017
                                            Red Hat announced live stream details for Red Hat Summit 2017, taking place in Boston from May 2-4, 2017. Red Hat will live stream all general sessions during the event, beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, May 2, and a press conference will be held at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May 2.

                                            The general session live stream is available here.

                                            Friday Five - April 28, 2017
                                            Red Hat, April 28th 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 Introduces Fully Containerized API Management Platform
                                            • Red Hat Unveils JBoss AMQ 7
                                            • Red Hat to Live Stream Red Hat Summit Press Conference and General Sessions
                                            • Red Hat brings CO.LAB to Boston to teach girls coding, collaboration, and the open source
                                            • Open Source Stories - Possible futures

                                            Read on for details.

                                            Red Hat Unveils JBoss AMQ 7
                                            Red Hat, April 27th 2017
                                            Reactive architecture provides improved broker responsiveness and scalability coupled with a new router component that enables hybrid cloud messaging

                                            Red Hat introduced Red Hat JBoss AMQ 7. The latest release of Red Hat's messaging platform combines the performance and efficiency of reactive programming with a more flexible architecture, giving customers a strong foundation for building distributed, reactive message-driven applications.

                                            Level3 News
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                                            CenturyLink announces combined company senior leadership team
                                            Level(3), April 28th 2017
                                            Effective upon completion of the acquisition of Level 3 Communications

                                            Glen F. Post III, chief executive officer and president of CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL), announced the senior leadership team that will report to him effective at the time of closing of the company's acquisition of Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT).

                                            "We have assembled an incredibly talented and experienced executive team that is well positioned to lead the combined company and drive our increased enterprise focus," Post said. "With the assets we will have as a result of this strategic combination and with this leadership team in place at closing, we believe we will be positioned to deliver strong performance not only in the United States, but also in our expanded markets globally."

                                            Global Spirits Distiller Sazerac Company Simplifies Network Visbility and Operations with Level 3
                                            Level(3), April 26th 2017
                                            The global demand for premium alcohol brands, like those produced by Louisiania-based Sazerac Company, has seen a steady increase over the last six years according to the Distilled Spirits Council, the national trade association representing the leading producers and marketers of distilled spirits in the United States. Among the contributors to the ongoing success of distilled spirits sales is the use of technology like Converged Services with Dynamic Capacity from Level 3 Communications.
                                              Comcast News
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                                              Comcast Reports 1st Quarter 2017 Results
                                              Comcast, April 27th 2017
                                              Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

                                              • Consolidated Revenue Increased 8.9%; Net Income Attributable to Comcast Increased 20.2%
                                              • Adjusted - EBITDA (formerly Operating Cash Flow) Increased 10.4%
                                              • Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities was $5.7 Billion; Free Cash Flow was $3.1 Billion
                                              • Earnings per Share Increased 23.3% to $0.53; On an Adjusted Basis, Earnings per Share Increased 26.2%
                                              • Dividends Paid Totaled $657 Million and Share Repurchases were $750 Million

                                              Read on for details.

                                                Netapp News
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                                                NetApp Supports Vital Energi in Transforming Data into Energy Savings Throughout the UK
                                                NetApp, April 27th 2017
                                                NetApp supports Vital Energi in speeding application performance, reporting and innovation

                                                "To keep pace with continued growth and better serve our customers, we needed to overhaul our IT infrastructure," said Jon Woan, IT manager at Vital Energi. "As a result of working with Gardner and NetApp, we now have an efficient, scalable solution that enables us to deliver more services and savings to our customers."

                                                Headquartered in the U.K city of Blackburn, with offices in Scotland and London, Vital Energi designs, builds, operates, and maintains sustainable and renewable methods of energy generation, distribution, and management.

                                                Aerohive Networks News
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                                                Aerohive Networks Channel Chief On 'Huge Progress' And Growth Through Dell Networking Partnership
                                                CRN, April 25th 2017
                                                Aerohive Networks is seeing "huge progress" in its Dell networking partnership with a "great trajectory" path ahead, said Aerohive's channel chief, Michael O'Brien.

                                                "You'll continue to see Aerohive invest in that relationship, and I believe that's mutual from the Dell folks," said O'Brien, vice president of global channel sales, in an interview with CRN.

                                                With market uncertainty lingering in the networking industry, Aerohive is one of the few vendors who has held a steady course, which O'Brien said has benefited the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based wireless specialist and its channel community. "Channel partners look at what going on in our competitors, look at what's going on at Aerohive and say, 'That ship has been on a steady course for awhile,'" he said.

                                                Insight News
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                                                Insight Named "Best in Class" for HP, Inc.'s Managed Print Services
                                                Insight, April 25th 2017
                                                Insight has been recognized as a "Best in Class" Managed Print Services (MPS) Partner by HP, Inc. Insight's MPS combines HP's technology with Insight's proven expertise to help businesses manage workloads, improve information and document sharing as well as streamline processes to boost workplace efficiency.

                                                "Through our partnership with HP, we help our clients manage one of the most important workplace resources: time. When clients aren't dealing with printer issues, they are freed up to focus on larger projects and their core business. In fact, Insight originally developed our printing practice to maximize productivity within our own organization," said Bob Kane, SVP Product Management at Insight. "With a best-in-class 96% run rate and technicians available on site within two hours if needed, we, and our MPS clients experience very little to no down time."

                                                Centrify News
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                                                Centrify Warns Password Vaults Alone Not Enough to Stop Data Breaches
                                                Centrify, April 26th 2017
                                                Innovative new capabilities help organizations implement privileged identity management (PIM) best practices and greatly reduce risk of a breach

                                                Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, announced significant enhancements to its best-in-class privileged identity management (PIM) solution to stop breaches that abuse privilege. By minimizing the attack surface and controlling privileged access to the hybrid enterprise, Centrify's new capabilities enable organizations to move from static, long-lived privilege assignments to a just-in-time model where advanced monitoring detects and alerts in real-time on the creation of backdoor accounts that make it easy to bypass a password vault.

                                                Citrix News
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                                                Citrix Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
                                                Citrix, April 26th 2017
                                                Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 ended March 31, 2017.

                                                For the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, Citrix achieved revenue from continuing operations of $663 million, compared to $659 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, representing 1 percent revenue growth. As previously announced, the spin-off and merger of Citrix's GoTo business with LogMeIn was completed following the close of business on January 31, 2017. Accordingly, the GoTo business results of operations, assets and liabilities, and cash flows are reflected as discontinued operations for all periods presented.

                                                Commvault News
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                                                Commvault Empowers Small-town Hospital To Deliver Big-city Healthcare Services While Preserving Vital Clinical, Patient And Operational Data
                                                Commvault, April 26th 2017
                                                Critical Access Hospital in rural Montgomery County, Iowa, reduces costs, lowers risks and increases services

                                                Commvault announced that Montgomery County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) in Red Oak, Iowa, has successfully deployed the Commvault Data Platform to simplify data management and drive continued investment in progressive healthcare services. With Commvault, MCMH has streamlined back-end processes, enabling the rural community hospital to take on a broader role as a center for population health...

                                                Juniper News
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                                                NEP The Netherlands Transforms its IP-Based Production Platform with Innovative Solutions from Juniper Networks
                                                Juniper Networks, April 25th 2017
                                                Juniper Supports Broadcast Company's Ability to Deliver Next Generation, Cloud-Based TV Production Services

                                                Juniper Networks announced that NEP The Netherlands, world leading media technology specialist, is using Juniper Networks' high-performance solutions to create the world's first IP multi-camera production platform for TV.

                                                The company is now expanding that platform further by adding more applications on air, with more flexibility, efficiency and in the best quality. Juniper Networks QFX Series switching technology was chosen by NEP to deliver innovative television services, including 4K video on demand, interactive split screen and 360-degree virtual reality. NEP provides the technology, people and know-how that enables its clients to produce high-profile television events, such as the Oscars and Olympic Games.

                                                CloudSeeds Selects Juniper Networks' Solutions for Self-Serve, Agile Business Services
                                                Juniper Networks, April 26th 2017
                                                Juniper's SDN, Networking and Security Portfolio Provide IaaS Foundation in Combination with Powerful Juniper AppFormix Analytics Solution

                                                Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, announced that CloudSeeds, a provider of flexible hosted and on-premises clouds, is building a new infrastructure for its portfolio of turnkey Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) data center solutions, based on Juniper's Contrail Networking software-defined networking (SDN) solution. CloudSeeds' overriding aim is to create reusable, automated physical and virtual cloud infrastructures, enabling its customers to focus on their core business and to derive significant IT cost savings.

                                                Juniper Networks Reports Preliminary First Quarter 2017 Financial Results
                                                Juniper Networks, April 25th 2017
                                                Company delivers year-over-year revenue growth and earnings expansion

                                                Juniper Networks reported preliminary financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and provided its outlook for the three months ending June 30, 2017.

                                                Net revenues for the first quarter of 2017 were $1,221.0 million, an increase of 11% year-over-year and a decrease of 12% sequentially.

                                                  Mellanox News
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                                                  Mellanox Reports First Quarter 2017 Results
                                                  Mellanox, April 26th 2017
                                                  Mellanox announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

                                                  "Our first quarter InfiniBand revenues were down year-over-year, impacted by delays in the general availability of next generation x86 CPUs, seasonal trends in high-performance computing, and technology transitions occurring across several end users and OEM customers. We believe InfiniBand has maintained share in HPC, and expect revenues will see sequential growth in the coming quarters driven by current backlog and additional pipeline opportunities," said Eyal Waldman, president and CEO of Mellanox Technologies.

                                                  "Our first quarter Ethernet revenues grew across all product families sequentially, driven by the adoption of our 25/50/100 gigabit solutions. We expect 2017 to be a growth year for Mellanox."

                                                  Micron News
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                                                  Micron and Microsoft Announce Collaboration to Help Improve Internet of Things Security
                                                  Micron, April 24th 2017
                                                  Initiative combines Microsoft Azure IoT cloud with newly-announced Micron Authenta Technology

                                                  Micron Technology and Microsoft announced a collaboration that aims to address the major challenge of providing trusted computing models for IoT deployments in industrial, automotive and consumer environments. As digitization and adoption of Internet Protocol (IP) for sensors and devices becomes increasingly pervasive, cyber-security is one of the biggest challenges and barriers to the growth of IoT deployments and associated business models. The new solution utilizes a hardware 'root of trust' integrated into Micron's flash memory in the IoT device along with the Microsoft Azure IoT cloud to establish a strong trusted link between that IoT device and the cloud.

                                                  Micron Appoints Sanjay Mehrotra as President and Chief Executive Officer
                                                  Micron, April 27th 2017
                                                  SanDisk Co-founder and Former President & CEO to Take the Helm of Global Leader in Memory and Storage Solutions

                                                  Micron Technology, Inc. announced that the board of directors has appointed Sanjay Mehrotra as president and chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors, effective May 8, 2017. Mehrotra succeeds Mark Durcan and joins Micron at a time of increasing opportunity for memory and storage technologies and solutions as the key enablers for the next-generation of computing architectures.

                                                  "Sanjay has an outstanding track record of business success and exceptional knowledge of the memory and storage industry," said Robert E. Switz, chairman of the board of directors and a member of the CEO selection committee. "His experience in markets ranging from consumer to enterprise make him uniquely qualified to lead Micron into the future."

                                                  Nutanix News
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                                                  Fraser Coast Regional Council Reduces Outage Risk, Shrinks Datacentre Space by 60 Per Cent through Nutanix
                                                  Nutanix, April 26th 2017
                                                  Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform Enables Efficient CCTV Deployment and Frees IT Team to Provide Greater Services to Community

                                                  Nutanix announced that Fraser Coast Regional Council has deployed the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud Platform in place of an outdated three-tier storage area network (SAN) and blade server infrastructure, reducing its risk of outage and freeing up its IT team to do more for the community.

                                                  Located in the Wide Bay-Burnett region of Queensland, the Council is in an area prone to flooding, which carries a risk of outages in its primary datacentre. Previously, its back-up datacentre was not equipped to quickly take on workloads in the event of a flood or another disaster. Such an outage could leave more than 100,000 citizens unable to access vital external services such as online mapping and seriously impact the Council's ability to operate internally.

                                                  SuperMicro News
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                                                  Supermicro Drives Converged Data Center Connectivity with Portfolio of 25/100Gbps Server Networking Solutions
                                                  SuperMicro, April 25th 2017
                                                  Delivers Quad/Dual/Single (Q)SFP28 Modules in Onboard, Standard, and MicroLP Form Factors to Optimize Networking Performance, Scalability, Cost, and Upgradability in Broad Product Base

                                                  Super Micro Computer, Inc. has announced general availability of Mellanox, Broadcom and Intel-based 100Gbps and 25Gbps standard networking cards and onboard SIOM solutions, 25Gbps MicroLP networking cards, and onboard riser cards optimized for the Ultra SuperServer.

                                                  Supermicro networking modules deliver high bandwidth and industry-leading connectivity for performance-driven server and storage applications in the most demanding Data Center, HPC, Cloud, Web2.0, Machine Learning and Big Data environments. Clustered databases, web infrastructure, and high frequency trading are just a few applications that will achieve significant throughput and latency improvements resulting in faster access, real-time response and virtualization enhancements with this generation of industry leading Supermicro solutions.

                                                  SUSE News
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                                                  Enterprise IT Pros Say Storage is Changing, with Two-thirds Heading to Software-Defined Storage in Coming Year
                                                  SUSE, April 26th 2017
                                                  Companies moving to software-defined storage because of compelling cost of ownership, increased flexibility and performance

                                                  Software-defined storage is rapidly becoming reality in the enterprise, as 95 percent of companies express an interest in the flexible storage approach, and nearly two-thirds - 63 percent - say their organization will realistically begin to adopt a software-defined storage approach in the next 12 months. That's according to an international study of IT professionals commissioned and released by enterprise open source infrastructure solution provider SUSE.

                                                  Veeam News
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                                                  CIO Research Shows: Availability Gap Inhibits Digital Transformation and Costs Enterprises $21.8M Each Year
                                                  Veeam, April 25th 2017
                                                  • 82 percent of enterprises are facing a gap between user demand and what IT can deliver, or an 'Availability Gap'
                                                  • Unplanned downtime cost enterprises an average of $21.8 million each per year, up 36 percent YoY
                                                  • 66 percent of enterprises admit that Digital Transformation initiatives are being held back by unplanned downtime 96 percent of organizations have Digital Transformation initiatives on their roadmap and more than half of those initiatives are in process now.

                                                  There is obviously a huge appetite across enterprises to utilize innovation for competitive advantage, and this places a huge burden on businesses to deliver access to services, data and apps, at any time and from anywhere 24.7.365.

                                                  However, according to the latest industry data released today from Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, there is a major disconnect between user expectations and what IT can deliver, and it is hindering innovation.

                                                  In fact, 82 percent of enterprises admit to suffering an 'Availability Gap' (the gap between users demand for uninterrupted access to services and what businesses and IT can deliver), which is impacting the bottom line to the tune of $21.8 million per year, and almost two thirds of respondents admit that this is holding back innovation.

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