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Oracle Continues Innovation and Expansion of Cloud Security Offerings
Oracle, June 5th 2017
Machine learning, AI and context-aware technology bring depth and breadth to next-generation Identity Security Operation Center

Building on the positive response to its Identity-based Security Operation Center (SOC) cloud services, Oracle today announced a series of developments that enhance the portfolio's sophisticated machine learning, artificial intelligence and contextual awareness technologies. This includes introducing the new Adaptive Access capabilities into Oracle Identity Cloud Service intended for dynamic application access controls, advancing market-leading risk monitoring leveraging machine learning engines, and the expansion of Oracle CASB Cloud Service to help support Oracle SaaS solutions with automated threat detection.

ORACLE TEAM USA Earns America's Cup Bonus Point With Crucial Victory
Oracle, June 4th 2017
Rob Preston writes, "ORACLE TEAM USA heads into the America's Cup Match finals in two weeks with a hard-earned bonus point, having won the double round-robin series of qualifier races on Bermuda's Great Sound. ORACLE TEAM USA defeated its closest rival, Emirates Team New Zealand, and four other national sailing teams in the series.

With Team New Zealand a point ahead of ORACLE TEAM USA at the top of the standings coming into the seventh and final day of the round-robin races, ORACLE TEAM USA went on to defeat the Kiwis in the first race of the day with a near-flawless performance..."

Oracle: We Will 'Earn Our Spot' In Kubernetes Open Source Community
By Chris Murphy
Chris Murphy blogs, "As two Oracle technologists took the stage to announce Oracle's support for the Kubernetes open source software initiative, they were clearly aware of one fact: Open source folks aren't much impressed with announcements.

Instead, the open source community judges factors such as code contributed, community questions answered, and problems fixed. The Oracle technologists, Mark Cavage and TJ Fontaine, made clear they don't expect a free pass..."

How IoT Helps Lochbridge Drive Customer Loyalty And Profitability
By Mike Faden
Mike Faden writes, "Detroit, Michigan-based technology consulting and services provider Lochbridge has a long history of involvement with the Internet of Things: In the 1990s, the company helped a leading automotive manufacturer pioneer its connected-car offering by helping to develop the product's service-delivery platform.

Now, Lochbridge CEO Romil Bahl plans to build on that expertise to fuel aggressive growth: the goal is to double the company's revenue by 2020, while delivering a return on investment of at least 400% to its customers..."

The future of the automotive industry
By Arianne Walker
Arianne Walker blogs, "This week's guest blog post continues our interview of Peter B. Kosak, Executive Director, Urban Mobility Program, General Motors Company by Arianne Walker, Sr. Director, Brand Strategy, Oracle Data Cloud.

Continuing our conversation from part one, Arianne talks with Peter regarding his reaction to the recently released Future of Transportation Project Report from the Center for the Digital Future, as well as his perspective on what the future holds for the automotive industry..."

3 Key Pillars of the Modern Enterprise
Oracle, June 6th 2017
Claude Robinson blogs, "What runs the modern enterprise?

'It's not what you know. It's what you do with what you know.'

So says Daniel Newman in a January 2017 Forbes article. This pretty well sums up the quest for the modern enterprise to use all the data available to drive increased productivity, reduced costs, business innovation, and personalized customer experiences...."

Video: No Pain, No Gain - Getting Started With Containers
By Bob Rhubart
Bob Rhubart blogs, "'How do I get started on containers?' Ashutosh Tripahi hears that question a lot.

"Not many people are doing these kind of things today in the production environment or even on a pilot basis, except for a few startups," he says. "One of the main reasons I see that enterprises are not using containers or Node.JS types of things is because they have monolithic applications built over a period of years, and it takes time to re-architect those applications."

As he explains, "the pain is, when you are adopting a new technology or new application, you may not be able to refactor those things that easily." But there is much to be gained by taking on that refactoring task and moving forward with adopting those next technologies...."

Lessons From Trekking The Arctic That Leaders Can Apply To Digital Transformation
By Krystal Rose
Krystal Rose writes, "Business leaders looking for direction in their digital transformation initiatives often look to top executives, consultants, coaches, and case studies. There are also lessons in leadership that can be uncovered in unlikely places, such as the North and South poles.

Robert Swan, polar explorer and author, is the first person in history to journey to both the North and South poles. He led a team in 1986 through Antarctica and a team in 1989 through the North Pole. As a customer experience consultant with Oracle, I had the privilege of conducting an interview with Swan that was streamed on Facebook Live during Oracle's 2017 Modern Customer Experience Conference..."

Moving Business-Critical Applications to the Cloud
By Bill Jacobs
Bill Jacobs blogs, "Today's guest post comes from Laura DuBois, Program Vice President for IDC's Storage practice.

Today's businesses face the challenge of building for the future while supporting the current environment. They need to run the business - and build it - simultaneously. Organizations need to build new applications to do better customer engagement, drive new revenue sources, and develop new products and services. And they need to do this while managing existing workloads that may be legacy and business-critical in nature - and running on a Unix system. The challenge: How do you manage this process, and where do you go with those business applications?

Organizations need to balance steady state while building for the future, but they also need to balance business and IT objectives. Most CIOs want to do three key things: reduce costs and increase efficiency, minimize and mitigate risk, and better align IT strategies with the business. To achieve these objectives, CIOs must consider questions such as:..."

New to Oracle OpenWorld: The Exchange
By Lauren Mckay
Lauren blogs, "We're excited to announce an important change coming to Oracle OpenWorld 2017. We've completely redesigned the exhibition hall to foster more connections, discovery, and learning.

Say hello to The Exchange, an exhibit hall like you've never seen before. Built from the ground up with attendees and partners in mind, The Exchange introduces new meeting spots, booth designs, and learning spaces.

For a sneak peek at the 3D modeling, check out The Exchange video:..."

How An Architect Becomes A Cloud Architect: The Modern IT Career
By Alexa Morales
Alexa Morales writes in Forbes, "When companies 'lift and shift' software workloads to the cloud, the move is often overseen by a cloud architect. Likewise, planning how to build an application from cloud platform services is typically the purview of a cloud architect. So how does a software architect become one of these highly sought-after cloud architects? The role is more than just a glorified networking expert, database guru, or sys admin, and there are essential skills that are much more important than certifications..."
Want More from Cloud? New Exadata Subscription-Based On-Premise Services
By Edgar Haren
Edgar Haren blogs, "Today we have a guest blog from our peers on the Oracle Cloud Machine team. Today Anne Plese Director, Product Marketing, Cloud Infrastructure Database Solutions discusses the value of Oracle Exadata Cloud Machine and the use cases behind this solution.

Cloud-integrated engineered systems for Oracle Databases address many of the key concerns that inhibit enterprises from making a swifter transition away from legacy on-premises infrastructures. It's fair to say that the vast majority of companies are well aware of the benefits provided by cloud-hosted applications. But for businesses that have real or perceived concerns about implementing cloud-hosted solutions for their more complex database, analytics, or OLTP needs, many of the benefits this technology provides are just out of reach..."

IT - AI
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How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Financial Services
Information Management, June 6th 2017
"As artificial intelligence, innovation and digitalization continue to grab headlines, the one thing that sparks deep discussions is the subject of disruption.

An ongoing theme that continues to affect individuals, industries and governments globally, disruption isn't solely a shift in economics, products or market trends (though it continues to be a key influencer), but it also has consequences for the new age customer, shaped by very different needs, behaviors and demands..."

    R.R. Donnelley Streamlines Logistics With Machine Learning
    InformationWeek, June 5th 2017
    "The business communications giant breaks new ground in optimizing freight price quotes.

    R.R. Donnelley is a Fortune 500 marketing and business communications firm that became much more than that. One of the 150-year-old company's key services is transporting massive amounts of documents, marketing support materials, and an array of other items, large and small, for demanding clients. For R.R. Donnelley, logistics cost optimization is not just a good idea -- it's essential to long-term competitiveness..."

      Primer: Make Sense Of Cognitive Computing
      InfoWorld, June 5th 2017
      "If you're confused about exactly what it means from an IT and business perspective, you're not alone..

      If you've been seeing the word 'cognitive' a lot lately, you're not alone. And if you're confused about exactly what it means from an IT and business perspective, you're not alone in that either.

      To help provide some clarity around the cognitive concept and what it might mean for your organization, I've put together this primer..."

        Making Business Smarter: 3 Misconceptions About Artificial Intelligence
        Information Age, June 6th 2017
        "Busting three AI myths to help make business smarter: AI is still far in the future, AI isn't going to have a big impact on work and AI will replace human employees..

        Artificial intelligence (AI) is not always easy to understand. It has a long and complex history that dates to the 1950s. Up until recently, the development of AI has been relatively slow and commonly confused with automation. The two are often referred to in the same sentence, but have distinctly different uses.

        Automation is the process of making software (or indeed, hardware) automate routine tasks, following a prescribed set of instructions. By contrast, AI focuses on developing intelligent machines that can display human behaviours and thought processes..."

          How Machine Learning Is Impacting The Way We Test Software
          TechZone360, June 5th 2017
          "You may have heard the phrase 'machine learning' without understanding what it means. Essentially, machine learning refers to computers or software platforms 'learning' over a period of time. It has been around almost as long as computers have existed, but today's machine learning is remarkably different.

          In the past, machine learning was largely driven by patterns, trends, formulas and algorithms that were fed into the machine or software in question by programmers. In other words, it was not autonomous or truly 'smart,' in the sense that it couldn't analyze a set of data and learn on its own..."

            7 Ways AI Will Revolutionize Business Travel
            CIO, June 6th 2017
            "From chatbots to robotic bellhops, AI and machine learning are already having an impact on how we travel for work and pleasure...

            In April, United Airlines hit a huge pocket of public relations turbulence after a passenger was forcibly removed from one of its partners' airplanes. The incident raised questions about blindly following procedures, passenger rights, and United's executive leadership.

            Here's another question it raised: Could artificial intelligence (AI) have prevented the embarrassing drama from even happening?..."

              10 Essential Components Of An Effective Disaster Recovery Plan
              eWeek, June 6th 2017
              "Data is the lifeblood of any enterprise. However, backup and data recovery investments can be difficult to sell internally because their benefits aren't readily apparent on the bottom line. Just like any insurance policy, these systems matter most when the unpredictable happens, such as a hurricane, fire, flood or cyber-attack.

              With data and cyber-security in the spotlight, enterprises of all sizes are taking a closer look at how to cope if and when a breach or other incident that impacts the business occurs. Having a well-designed disaster recovery (DR) plan can be the difference between bouncing back from an incident or going under. In this eWEEK slide show, Larry Novak, service manager for cloud recovery at ViaWest, highlights the key components an effective DR plan should have..."

              Measuring The Business Success Of Artificial Intelligence
              Information Management, June 6th 2017
              "When they think of Artificial Intelligence (AI), most people picture a future world that Hollywood and technology visionaries have painted for us, filled with androids, autonomous vehicles, and other futuristic toys. Here in 2017, things are moving just as quickly in the boardroom where business leaders are scrambling to integrate AI into their enterprises.

              Forrester Research recently predicted that investments in AI will increase by more than 300 percent in 2017 compared with 2016. Additionally, IDC estimates that the AI market will grow from $8B in 2016 to more than $47B by 2020..."

              Virtualization
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              Oracle VM 3 Webinar: Best Practices for Rapid Oracle Database Deployment
              By Simon Coter
              Simon Coter blogs, "Today's businesses are demanding IT to deliver more new services faster than ever before. IT needs to rapidly deploy multi-tier applications reliably and consistently. With more than 100 prebuilt, preconfigured, pretested templates for Oracle applications, Oracle has done the heavy lifting for you, enabling the virtualization of complex applications with near-zero application knowledge.

              On Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM (PDT) join this webcast to interact with me and John Priest, Product Management Director for Oracle VM and learn more use cases for Oracle VM Templates and get in-depth knowledge on how to easily deploy Oracle Database 12c and Oracle RAC using Oracle VM Templates..."

              IT - Storage
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              Multiprotocol Unified Storage Systems Poised For Growth
              SearchStorage, June 7th 2017
              "With support for block, file or both types of data on the same device, unified storage architecture is a flexible storage option for the modern data center...

              Having to support two types of storage architectures to run applications that use storage at the block- or file-level is a thing of the past for enterprises that have given unified storage systems a try. Unified arrays can store data and applications used to run and manage file, block or both protocols on the same device..."

              Calculating Hyperconvergence Costs
              NetworkComputing, June 7th 2017
              "Hyperconverged infrastructure is a hot area of IT right now. The realization that next-generation storage appliances look a lot like servers triggered a movement to make server storage sharable, bringing together the benefits of local storage in the server with the ability to share that storage across the whole cluster of nodes.

              The key is a software package that presents all of the storage in the cluster as a single pool, with automated addition or subtraction of drives. This pool of storage, sometimes described as a virtual SAN, can be divided up and presented as smaller drive volumes, subject to access controls and sharing rules. The virtual SAN software handles issues such as replication and erasure coding groups and also deals with drive errors and data recovery questions..."

              All-Flash Array Market Grows 48% In Q1
              Enterprise Storage Forum, June 7th 2017
              "All-flash arrays (AFA) are a few of the bright spots in the declining market for enterprise data storage hardware.

              An AFA can offer comparatively blistering storage performance versus traditional storage arrays stuffed with spinning hard drives. This often translates into more responsive business applications, faster transactions and less of a wait for data analytics and a variety of other workloads to complete.

              In light of these benefits, it's no surprise that enterprises are increasingly investing in AFA, despite the price premium..."

              2.4Tb Seagate 10K 2.5-Inch HDD
              StorageNewsletter.com, June 5th 2017
              "With the world expected to create 163ZB of data annually by 2025, global demand for storage continues to increase as data needs are growing exponentially. Organizations, especially mid-sized companies looking to drive business growth, need to refine their approach to IT in response. IT leaders, for example, must determine which business applications to manage in-house and which to send to the cloud, how to optimize their existing hardware investments, and which data to save and secure long-term in order to meet evolving customer needs and regulatory requirements..."
                120 Companies In Software-Defined Storage
                StorageNewsletter.com, June 8th 2017
                "Condor Consulting Group has just released a new study about software-defined storage (SDS). Here is an abstract.

                As an industry buzzword with a broad coverage, it deserves some clarifications. You find below an extract of the report.

                Definition and segmentation First, it's important to define the SDS term we use and categories we have established to segment the SDS market offering

                • We define SDS as software that transforms commodity servers equipped with local storage into a storage pool and services exposed to applications with industry file sharing protocols, block access methods or object APIs.

                We have identified a little bit more than 120 players segmented in 5 categories:..."

                IT - Technology
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                The Billion Dollar War Over Maps
                CNN Tech, June 7th 2017
                "During a test drive near Ford's Michigan headquarters, the team noticed something strange with its self-driving cars. Each car shifted slightly at the same point in the lane "as if they were avoiding a pothole," says Jim McBride, Ford's senior technical leader for autonomous cars.

                The problem wasn't the cars -- it was the map.

                The team had just updated its 3D map of the test route, which helps guide self-driving cars. But a minor glitch caused one pixel on the map to have the wrong data value. It told the car a spot in the ground was raised 10 inches, when it was perfectly level..."

                  How Immersive Technologies Are Transforming Business
                  Information Age, June 8th 2017
                  "Immersive technology can bring many benefits to a business including; ease of use, scalability, and new types of content and application experiences for customers and employees...

                  Every day in DIY and home furnishing stores across the UK, customers make calculated gambles as to how the item they're about to purchase will look when they get it home. The cost of a bad decision? A high returns rate for the retailer. An unhappy customer facing the prospect of repainting their bedroom..."

                    Gartner: Server Shipments Down 4.2 Percent In Q1 2017
                    HPCWire, June 7th 2017
                    In the first quarter of 2017, worldwide server revenue declined 4.5 percent year over year, while shipments fell 4.2 percent from the first quarter of 2016, according to Gartner, Inc.

                    'The first quarter of 2017 showed declines on a global level with a slight variation in results by region,' said Jeffrey Hewitt, research vice president at Gartner. 'Asia/Pacific bucked the trend and posted growth while all other regions fell.

                    'Although purchases in the hyperscale data center segment have been increasing, the enterprise and SMB segments remain constrained as end users in these segments accommodate their increased application requirements through virtualization and consider cloud alternatives,' Mr. Hewitt said.

                    Engineer Unveils New Spin On Future Of Transistors With Novel Design
                    Science Daily, June 5th 2017
                    "An engineer with the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at The University of Texas at Dallas has designed a novel computing system made solely from carbon that might one day replace the silicon transistors that power today's electronic devices..."

                    "The concept brings together an assortment of existing nanoscale technologies and combines them in a new way," said Dr. Joseph S. Friedman, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UT Dallas who conducted much of the research while he was a doctoral student at Northwestern University.

                    "The resulting all-carbon spin logic proposal, published by lead author Friedman and several collaborators in the June 5 issue of the online journal Nature Communications, is a computing system that Friedman believes could be made smaller than silicon transistors, with increased performance..."

                    IT - FOSS
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                    Hacking The Nazis: The Secret Story Of The Women Who Broke Hitler's Codes
                    TechRepublic, June 5th 2017
                    "Of the 10,000-plus staff at the Government Code and Cypher School during World War II, two-thirds were female. Three veteran servicewomen explain what life was like as part of the code-breaking operation during World War II...

                    It was Ruth Bourne's first job out of college, when, like thousands of other young British women during World War II, she was recruited to aid the Allied cipher-breaking efforts at Bletchley Park.

                    Today, the mansion in the heart of the southeast English countryside is famous for being where the brilliant mathematician Alan Turing cracked the Nazi's Enigma code..."

                      IT - DevOps
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                      DevOps Success Relies On Supportive And Communicative Senior Leaders, Research Shows
                      ComputerWeekly, June 7th 2017
                      "The 2017 State of DevOps Report highlights why supportive, communicative and visionary senior leadership is a must for agile software development to succeed...

                      The influential role played by supportive senior leadership in helping organisations successfully shift away from big-project, waterfall-like software development is laid bare in the '2017 State of DevOps Report.'

                      Compiled each year by software automation supplier Puppet and DevOps Research and Assessment (DORA), the report seeks out the opinions of DevOps practitioners to gauge how adoption of the software development methodology is progressing worldwide..."

                      DevOps Doesn't Stop At The Database
                      DevOps.com, June 5th 2017
                      "DevOps has moved into the mainstream and practices such as continuous delivery now are being widely adopted. But what about the database? Applications often have a back-end database that needs to be developed and maintained at the same time.

                      At first glance, there doesn't seem to be an issue. The recent 'State of Database DevOps Survey' from Redgate showed that 75 percent of companies have developers in their team who work across both applications and databases..."

                      MySQL
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                      MySQL Documentation: Syntax Highlighting
                      By Stefan Hinz
                      Stefan blogs, "MySQL documentation has greatly improved code examples now: There's syntax highlighting in place, and code snippets can easily be copied to the clipboard. Highlighting is language-aware (including "languages" like the shell/command line). See, for example, this page from the X DevAPI documentation that contains a number of code examples for different programming languages...."
                      Cloud Computing
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                      Call for Nominations: Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation 2017
                      By Kellsey Ruppel
                      Kellsey Ruppel blogs, "Calling all Oracle Cloud Platform Innovators! Submit Your Nomination for the 2017 Oracle Excellence Awards: Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation...

                      Are you using Oracle Cloud Platform to deliver unique business value? If so, submit a nomination today for the 2017 Oracle Excellence Awards for Oracle Cloud Platform Innovation. These highly coveted awards honor customers and their partners for their cutting-edge solutions using Oracle Cloud Platform. Winners are selected based on the uniqueness of their business case, business benefits, level of impact relative to the size of the organization, complexity and magnitude of implementation, and the originality of architecture..."

                      Cloud Predictions 2017
                      By Juergen Kress
                      Juergen blogs, "Cloud computing is moving at a dizzying pace. With cloud technologies evolving at such an irrepressible rate, it's difficult to keep track of where it's all headed. How will your relationship with the cloud change over the course of the coming year? A modern cloud must support and energize the cloud journey from any starting point, adapt fluidly to changing needs, and ultimately realize the potential of genuine business transformation.

                      Here are our predictions for how the cloud will impact your business process in 2017 and beyond..."

                      Linux
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                      Oracle Linux on Oracle Compute Cloud Service
                      By Antoinette O'Sullivan
                      Antoinette blogs, "Oracle Linux has been proven as an operating system of choice for the cloud through deployment of 5.5 million users on Oracle Cloud. The following series of videos are designed to help you on your first steps using Oracle Linux on Oracle Compute Cloud Service: ..."
                      Latest Ksplice Demo for Zero Downtime Updates
                      By Zeynep Koch
                      Zeynep Koch blogs, "One of the main discussions in the corporations lately is how to protect their company from hackers and external attacks. Major reason for these attacks are usually are using the older versions of OS, not applying the CVE patches on time and bad password practices.

                      Watch this video by Jamie Iles, our Product Manager for Ksplice to see how he easily applies the patches without downtime...."

                      IT - Cloud
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                      Taking A New Approach To Data Management In The Cloud
                      ITProPortal, June 5th 2017
                      "The move to digital with its accompanying shift to the cloud, use of IoT sensors and advanced analytics is a profound change for both business and IT...

                      The move to digital with its accompanying shift to the cloud, use of IoT sensors and advanced analytics is a profound change for both business and IT. It is defining next generation products and services, forming the basis for new business models based on the technology, and redefining companies and markets. As a consequence of the move to digital, data continues to expand relentlessly in volume and variety while accelerating in velocity. In the midst of this, perhaps the largest technological refresh we have yet seen, it is no surprise that many organisations are struggling to ensure that data is a strategic asset and not just another challenge to be addressed..."

                      Hybrid Cloud: The Key To Enterprise Innovation
                      Information Age, June 6th 2017
                      "Best practices being used across enterprises and within industries will help lawmakers improve cloud security by holding everyone accountable...

                      The adoption of cloud computing has been on the up since as far back as 2008, when a survey conducted by the Pew Research Institute found that cloud services were used by nearly 69% of Americans. Since then, the industry has experienced hyper-growth and exceeded the already vast predictions of how big it would become..."

                      IT - CxO
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                      5 Must-Read Harvard Business Review Articles In June
                      The Enterprisers Project, June 6th 2017
                      "Each month, through our partnership with Harvard Business Review, we refresh our Business Library for CIOs with five new HBR articles we believe CIOs and IT leaders will value highly. These curated pieces are available now through the end of June.

                      • What companies on the right side of digital innovation have in common
                      • How to get ecosystem buy-in
                      • The C-suite and IT need to get on the same page on cybersecurity
                      • Design thinking comes of age
                      • Learn to love networking

                      Reda in for details.

                        Strategic Guidelines For CIOs To Lead The Digital Age
                        CIO, June 5th 2017
                        "In this new era of industrial revolution, senior executives cannot afford to ignore the importance of digital innovation and its impact on the business environment, the management of organizations and the entire value chain. From IT and operations to how companies compete, they must manage where innovation comes from and how organizations engage with consumers..."
                        It's Time CIO's Get Real About Data Security
                        InformationWeek, June 6th 2017
                        "Your company's success in securing its data and network could depend on how the CIO delivers security messages to their peers in the C-suite.

                        Considering how the past few years have gone, it came as no surprise that the first half of 2017 has already been a terrifying ordeal in terms of the state of IT security. The WannaCry ransomware attack dominated headlines around the world becoming the largest and fastest growing malware in history. Additionally, data and infrastructure security professionals are being inundated with a constant stream of newly identified security flaws on hardware and software deployed on production networks..."

                        How And Why To Hire A CISO
                        CSO Online, June 5th 2017
                        "If you haven't yet hired a chief information security officer, you're not alone. Here are the considerations for creating the position and making the hire...

                        Not employing a chief information security officer (CISO) may sound foolhardy, but it is not uncommon. Only 49 percent of companies currently employ a CSO or CISO, according to Cybrary's 2016 Cyber Security Job Trends Report.

                        Why is this? The reasons are myriad, from the lackadaisical 'it won't happen to me' business attitude to information security to confusion around the CISO's purpose, budget constraints and trouble identifying the right candidate..."

                        From CIO To CTO: My Transition
                        The Enterprisers Project, June 7th 2017
                        "Have you ever wondered what it would be like to become a CTO? Aptean's Jenny Peng made the jump from CIO to CTO in January, 2017. In Part One of a two-part interview with The Enterprisers Project, Peng explained how to foster innovation for the long term in your organization. In Part Two, she talks about her transition from CIO to CTO, and the differences between the two roles..."
                        CIOs Must Deal With Staff Stress And Burnout (Slideshow)
                        CIO Insight, June 8th 2017
                        "A majority of employees said they have reached the point of job burnout, with a significant number experiencing high or extremely high stress levels at work, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. The situation is leading to troubling levels of job dissatisfaction, and most companies aren't providing a formal program to help staffers cope with the pressures. Another worrisome finding: Many professionals are not taking vacations..."
                          8 Mistakes That Make Good Employees Leave
                          The Ladders, June 5th 2017
                          "It's tough to hold on to good employees, but it shouldn't be. Most of the mistakes that companies make are easily avoided. When you do make mistakes, your best employees are the first to go, because they have the most options.

                          If you can't keep your best employees engaged, you can't keep your best employees. While this should be common sense, it isn't common enough. A survey by CEB found that one-third of star employees feel disengaged from their employer and are already looking for a new job..."

                            Is Shadow It Something CIOs Should Worry About?
                            CIO, June 6th 2017
                            "Here's the CIO perspective on shadow IT and how their peers have responded to the advent of shadow IT within their organizations...

                            I talked to several CIOs in the #CIOChat recently about shadow IT.Their collective wisdom is shared in this post. The first thing that impressed me in this chat is that the CIOs know the numbers. CIOs shared what they had learned from Cisco, Gartner, and Brocade. Cisco found that shadow cloud use was greater than 15 times higher than estimated by CIOs. CIOs said that Gartner's research found that more than 40 percent of IT spend is in fact shadow IT. And Brocade, which did a global survey of 200 CIOs, found that more than 80 percent had seen some form of unauthorized cloud/SaaS usage..."

                            vBeers-SF
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                            SFTA vBeers - Wed June 14th @ Funky Buddha
                            4 Weekly Meeting Each Month
                            The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) vBeers events happen four times each month, once each in these cities: Palm Beach Gardens, Oakland Park, Boca Raton and Miami.

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

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

                            • Wednesday, June 14th @ Funky Buddha Brewery
                            • Wednesday, June 21st @ Biergarten Boca
                            • Wednesday, June 28th @ vBeers @ Miami
                            • Wednesday, July 5th @ Twisted Trunk Brewing

                            Read on for detailed schedule

                            IT - DR
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                            Storage Disaster Recovery Plans Must Account For Weather Threats
                            SearchDisasterRecovery, June 7th 2017
                            "Do your storage DR plans factor in weather-related issues? Sometimes, a low-tech approach to protecting your precious data works better than the cloud.

                            Organizations located around coastal areas tend to view the onset of summer with equal parts of happiness and dread. IT planners are no exception. In addition to juggling staff vacation schedules, managers must concern themselves with often violent weather and dicey electrical service..."

                              IT - Networks
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                              IPv6 Basics for Beginners
                              Network Computing, June 9th 2017
                              "If you're new to IPv6, check out this infographic to get up to speed.

                              After years of talk in the IT industry, IPv6 adoption is under way. The need for organizations to migrate to IPv6 gained some urgency two years ago when ARIN ran out of IPv4 addresses in its free pool. Yet billions of people use the internet today and many still are not aware of what Internet Protocol or IPv4 is, let alone IPv6.

                              So for those new to IPv6, the folks at telecommunications company Wavedirect, put together an infographic to educate them on the basics. Newbies can learn how IPv6 compares to IPv4, the benefits it offers, and the risks of businesses not adopting IPv6..."

                              Don't Be Left Behind By IPv6 Deployment, ISOC Warns Enterprises
                              CIO, June 6th 2017
                              "Deployment of IPv6 is accelerating -- but it's home and mobile users that are benefitting from the performance improvements first, a new report says...

                              They have the resources, the expertise and, though they may not realize it, the need -- but it turns out that enterprises are often the ones that don't yet have IPv6.

                              That's the finding of the Internet Society its latest report on IPv6 deployment, published five years after the organization began a worldwide push to deploy the new addressing protocol and almost 20 years after the protocol was defined.

                              Around 13 percent of the top one million websites is inviting IPv6 traffic today, it said, citing a Hurricane Electric analysis of data provided by Amazon.com. That figure rises to around 22 percent for the top 1,000 websites..."

                              IT - IoT
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                              Researchers Find Gaps In IoT Security
                              Network World, June 6th 2017
                              "Security researchers from the University of Michigan and Stony Brook University compared IoT to established platforms and uncovered incomplete defenses...

                              Researchers from the University of Michigan and Stony Brook University published a paper explaining a novel approach to IoT security challenges (pdf). The researchers pose the question:

                              'What are the new intellectual challenges in the science of security when we talk about the Internet of Things, and what problems can we solve using currently known security techniques?'..."

                              IoT Security: Even Worse Than You Think
                              IT Business Edge, June 7th 2017
                              "Three items - two surveys and a government study - that were released in recent weeks show just how serious the Internet of Things (IoT) security situation is.

                              Altman Vilandrie & Company found that 48 percent of responding organizations' IoT networks have been breached, some more than once.

                              The survey, which included results from almost 400 firms, also touched on budgetary issues. IoT security breaches are equal to 13.4 percent of annual total revenue of firms that take in less than $5 million. Almost half of larger companies with annual revenues of more than $2 billion estimated just one breach could cost more than $20 million, according to the press release..."

                              How One Company Uses Internet Of Things Sensors And Big Data To Combat Food Waste
                              Silicon Angle, June 4th 2017
                              "Food waste in the United States is a seemingly intractable problem, with some reports stating that about half the food produced in the U.S. is not eaten.

                              The wastage amounts to billions of dollars in losses, and the Environmental Protection Agency says as much as $160 billion worth of food each year ends up in a landfill instead of an American stomach.

                              Where the food is lost could be anywhere on the food chain: from farm to processing factory, on delivery routes, in the stores, in restaurants and in the houses where it was supposed to be consumed. Food waste has been blamed on various reasons, such as consumers being overly picky about an apple's aesthetic qualities, too much supply and not enough demand, and products becoming spoiled somewhere along the chain..."

                                IT - Operations
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                                Most Data Center Outages Aren't Caused By Tech Failure
                                Data Center Knowledge, June 5th 2017
                                "Many critical industries such as nuclear energy, commercial and military airlines - even drivers' education - invest significant time and resources to developing processes. The data center industry - not so much.

                                That can be problematic, considering that two-thirds of data center outages are related to processes, not infrastructure systems, says David Boston, director of facility operations solutions for TiePoint-bkm Engineering..."

                                Five Best Practices For Easier Edge Computing Deployments
                                Data Center Journal, June 6th 2017
                                "'Every time you use your bank card to pay for a cappuccino, join a conference call from the road, or access a streaming service to kick back and relax, you're benefitting from a big IT trend - the growth in edge computing.

                                Whether the goal is speeding the delivery of applications and content to remote users or collecting data from remote sites, edge sites are growing in number and importance. They range from regional and local data centers to the small computer rooms and communications centers in regional offices to network closets and Internet of Things (IoT) gateways in retail stores, school buildings, government offices and industrial sites..."

                                IT - Security
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                                WannaCry Is Dead (For Now): Learn What To Do To Stay Safe Next Time
                                Business 2 Community, June 6th 2017
                                "Earlier this month, a strain of ransomware infected more than 300,000 Windows PCs around the world. The awesomely named WannaCry strain demanded that infected businesses and individuals pay $300 in order to unlock each machine - as well as the data stored on their devices. Some people paid the ransom, while others were lucky enough to wait it out and be rescued by a hero who accidentally stopped the attack by registering the unregistered domain on which the ransomware lived..."
                                Why Compromised Identities Are It's Fault
                                Dark Reading, June 7th 2017
                                "The compromise and misuse of identity credentials provides the easiest doorway into an enterprise network, and the quickest path to its most valuable assets. It also extends beyond the realm of employees to business partners, and even customers where this information is leveraged for fraud.

                                The recently released 2017 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) found that a whopping 81% of hacking-related breaches use either stolen and/or weak passwords. In other words: the breaches came from compromised identities..."

                                  New Cyber Security Legislation - Are You Compliant?
                                  Data Center Dynamics, June 7th 2017
                                  "A data center failure now has wider reaching consequences than ten years ago. Amidst the responsibility to mitigate cyber-attack risks, it's imperative to be aware of what those risks are and their full implications.

                                  Whilst the focus remains on IT cyber security the M&E systems are open to attack. There is still a lack of awareness regarding M&E data center vulnerabilities despite the ICS (Industrial Control Systems) experience. In part attributable to the perception that data center M&E systems are air-gapped, the issues exists because it concerns M&E firmware and therefore falls neatly between IT and Engineering..."

                                  How Computer Security Pros Hack The Hackers
                                  CSO Online, June 5th 2017
                                  "If you want to meet a really smart hacker, talk to a cybersecurity defender. These talented professionals are working every day to make cybercrime harder and less lucrative.

                                  The long, awkward silence is always the first sign that a previously over-confident hacker realizes he's suddenly become the victim. It happens every time.

                                  The malicious hacker had been firing his 'on cannon' at my network address trying to overwhelm my home computer and internet connection. I had sent him an email the day before letting him know that I knew who he was, what he did for a living (he was a budding wedding photographer), his name (Rick), and that he was newly married to a beautiful girl. That's enough to frighten off most hackers, but sometimes, like Rick, they persist..."

                                    5 Key Steps To Take Once Your Security Has Been Breached
                                    CIO, June 6th 2017
                                    "The recent WannaCry ransomware attack is more proof that it's just not possible for any organization, regardless of size, to entirely prevent professional cybercriminals from breaching their data networks. There will always be someone out there with the skills and motive to figure out how to penetrate even the most expensive, most comprehensive, most state-of-the-art cybersecurity system. The U.S. Department of Justice has even released a guidance document outlining best practices for developing response plans to an inevitable breach..."
                                      4 Security Tips To Help Protect Against Cyberattacks In 2017
                                      Business 2 Community, June 7th 2017
                                      "It's been a rough year for cybersecurity. Among the myriad breaches, breaks, hacks and other cyber threats, it's incredibly clear that for most, internet security is still a foreign subject.

                                      Among the more frequent attacks this year is phishing schemes, which target unsuspecting victims through an email or text message. When a user opens the message and clicks the link inside, their network becomes infected with a type of malware that gives the hacker a virtual doorway into their network.

                                      One of the biggest cases of phishing schemes this year was the recent ransomware attack involving Google Docs. Hackers sent out thousands of Google Doc invites with a malicious link contained in the message. When someone clicked the link, the ransomware immediately infected and took over their browser, holding their network ransom..."

                                      IT - Careers
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                                      The 7 Hottest Jobs In IT
                                      CIO, June 5th 2017
                                      "These emerging and resurging IT roles may be your best path forward in the years to come...

                                      If you're burning out on your current gig, or feel that your role may be heading toward a dead end, it might be time for a change. To that end, we reached out to recruiters, executives, and tech pros, asking them to weigh in on the best opportunities they see evolving in the year ahead. What they came up with may surprise you, a mix of bleeding-edge tech and standbys that make up the hottest jobs currently hiring in IT.

                                      Some of these high-demand roles come with signing bonuses, stock options, and the ability to work remotely, of course. More eyebrow-raising perks include college debt payoffs and planned sabbaticals..."

                                        Securely Managing Employee Turnover: 3 Tips
                                        Dark Reading, June 5th 2017
                                        "Sometimes it's mutual, other times it's not. Either way, it's inevitable: employees - entry-level and executive alike - come and go. Unfortunately, we often overlook the risks and vulnerabilities that employee turnover can introduce, particularly from an IT security standpoint.

                                        Although disgruntled employees and whistleblowers raise the most alarm, don't be naive: not every outbound worker is an Edward Snowden or a Chelsea Manning, and risks aren't limited to bad intentions. Even people who leave on the best of terms can cause problems..."

                                        Here's How To Hire (And Keep) Great Developers
                                        Fast Company, June 5th 2017
                                        "As commencement ceremonies wrap up across the country, throngs of new grads are revising resumes, networking - a few might be prepping for one last summer of travel - but they're almost all thinking about the same thing: jobs. That means recruiters will soon have a new crop of young talent to sort through.

                                        Of all the roles they'll have to fill, developer jobs can be one of the trickiest. Developers have more power over most of our lives than we tend to think. Sometimes it's something tiny, like the way 'snooze' works on your smartphone's alarm clock; sometimes it's something bigger, like the stories Facebook's algorithm puts into your news feed. Yet despite developers' hidden influence, most businesses, especially outside of Silicon Valley, still treat them like glorified typists..."

                                        Five Mind Tricks To Use For Successful Job Interviews
                                        The Ladders, June 6th 2017
                                        "Walking into an interview can be one of the greatest times of self-doubt for even the most seasoned professional. In a short hour or so, there's not enough time to really get your personality across and yet plenty of time to screw up with wrong answers or mistaken humor.

                                        The good news is that interviewing is a skill - just like managing spreadsheets or selling a product. It can be learned. It just takes a few changes in your mindset. Here's how to mentally prepare for your in-person meeting with a recruiter or your new boss- because after all, your success depends not only on proving to someone else that you're the best fit for the job, but believing it yourself..."

                                          6 Tips For A Fair And Effective Drug Testing Program
                                          TLNT, June 5th 2017
                                          "An effective drug testing program can ensure that the workplace is safe and productive. This is the reason why we see more and more organizations opting for drug testing procedures. However, sometimes half-baked knowledge, or personal biases can dilute the significance and purpose of drug tests. Without accuracy, neutrality, and consistency, drug tests become useless.

                                          Here are 6 tips to ensure your drug testing program is fair, transparent and effective:..."

                                            3 Steps To Better IT Career Management
                                            ComputerWorld, June 5th 2017
                                            "While every career involves a bit of luck and serendipity, they can and should be managed...

                                            Several of my futurist colleagues and I have been thinking about where, in these turbulent times, IT executives should go for career advice.

                                            We began by considering how IT career advice has evolved. Thirty years ago, the field of IT career advice was an unregulated wilderness of divergent actors. There were academics, rock-star executives, psychologists, bestselling authors, shamans/gurus and snake-oil salesmen..."

                                            3 Kinds Of Big Data Skills All Businesses Should Hire For
                                            insideBIGDATA, June 10th 2017
                                            "When businesses go about things right, big data is an extremely valuable tool that can provide specific types of analytics that help those companies find or maintain success. However, without employees on staff who know how to interpret the data and apply it to a company's everyday operations and future plans, even the most powerful big data resources are largely useless. Below are three types of big data analytics that are proving increasingly relevant. Let's look at why businesses need to hire people who have solid understandings of them..."
                                            IT - Big Data
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                                            Big Data Tools
                                            Datamation, June 6th 2017
                                            "Big Data tools, clearly, are proliferating quickly in response to major demand. In the decade since Bid Data emerged as a concept and business strategy, thousands of tools have emerged to perform various tasks and processes, all of them promising to save you time, money and uncover business insights that will make you money. Clearly, Big Data analytics tools are enjoying a growing market.

                                            Many of them started out like the initial Big Data software framework, Hadoop, as open source projects, but commercial entities have sprung up rapidly to provide either new tools or commercial support and development for the open source products.

                                            Weeding through them all can be a challenge especially since many Big Data tools have a single purpose and you can do many different things with Big Data, so your analytics toolbox can get rather filled up. We'll run down a list of major Big Data analytics tools and then three major categories to keep in mind, as recommended by an expert consultant in this field..."

                                            Arizona State Using Analytics In Hunt For Cancer Cure
                                            Information Management, June 7th 2017
                                            "Looking for a cancer-causing variation requires the examination of literally millions of different spots within the human DNA in thousands of individuals - a seemingly overwhelming amount of information. In fact, until recently it was so much data that the storage and processing capacities of computing platforms couldn't efficiently handle the loads, which limited the work of scientists searching for cures.

                                            The researchers at Arizona State University, however, thought big data computing could be just the tool they needed to start making some serious breakthroughs..."

                                            Big Data Visualization
                                            Datamation, June 7th 2017
                                            "Big Data visualization calls to mind the old saying: 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' That's because an image can often convey "what's going on", more quickly, more efficiently, and often more effectively than words. Big data visualization techniques exploit this fact: they are all about turning data into pictures by presenting data in pictorial or graphical format This makes it easy for decision-makers to take in vast amounts of data at a glance to "see" what is going on what it is that the data has to say..."
                                            5 Best Practice Tips To Secure Your Big Data
                                            SmartDataCollective, June 5th 2017
                                            "Business intelligence is the buzzword making the rounds in corporate circles. To achieve said intelligence, algorithms and predictive analytics are employed, and for that big data is a prerequisite. In this day and age, where literally everything is measured and monitored, there are vast quantities of data generated which can be used in many beneficial ways.

                                            The difficulty arises not only in deciding how to analyse the data for useful insights, but rather how to protect the information. The data dealt with could be sensitive and cause problems for companies if unwittingly divulged. The goal of securing big data was undertaken by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) recently, with the release of The Big Data Security and Privacy Handbook comprising useful tips for data storage, encryption, governance, monitoring and security.

                                            Herewith are five practices that can be undertaken to secure big data..."

                                            Why So Many Data Lakes Turn Into Swamps
                                            Information Management, June 7th 2017
                                            "With data becoming the new currency of the digital era, many organizations are tempted by the idea of building a future pot of gold. While plenty of them feel inclined toward the notion of 'storing first, and asking questions later,' few organizations have thus far succeeded in monetizing their efforts.

                                            With data storage prices strongly on the decline, and thanks to emerging digital technology, building large-scale data silos has become cheaper and easier than ever before. As evidence, PwC recently came up with a catchy and eye-opening illustration when comparing storage prices over time. In 1964, a terabyte of storage would have cost US $3.5 billion, compared to a mere US $27 in 2016..."

                                              Big Data Architecture
                                              Datamation, June 8th 2017
                                              "Big data architecture is the foundation for big data analytics. Think of big data architecture as an architectural blueprint of a large campus or office building. Architects begin by understanding the goals and objectives of the building project, and the advantages and limitations of different approaches. It's not an easy task, but it's perfectly doable with the right planning and tools.

                                              System architects go through a similar process to plan big data architecture. They meet with stakeholders to understand company objectives for its big data, and plan the computing framework with appropriate hardware and software, data sources and formats, analytics tools, data storage decisions, and results consumption..."

                                              Top10
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                                              Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                              Vol 231 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 ; Vol 230 Issues 2, 3 and 4
                                              We track how frequently each article is viewed on the web site to determine which the readers consider the most important. For last week, the top 10 articles were:

                                              • ORACLE TEAM USA Earns America's Cup Bonus Point with Crucial Victory
                                              • Java Magazine Edition about Libraries
                                              • DIY Home Center Sets Foundation for Growth and Customer Experience Innovation with NetSuite Unified Cloud Commerce Platform
                                              • Gartner Recognizes Oracle as a 'Leader' in Gartner Magic Quadrant for the Eighth Time in a Row
                                              • Expanding Business Opportunities With Oracle Data Management Solutions - The Story Of Dunnhumby
                                              • Spreading the Wealth of Data Capitalism
                                              • How Machine Learning Will Drive The Adaptive Enterprise
                                              • Soccer Express Scales Omnichannel Business with NetSuite Unified Cloud Commerce Platform
                                              • A Digital Lifeline for Human Services
                                              • Getting Clear About Clouds: How to Find the Best Approach for Your Enterprise

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

                                                IT - Encryption
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                                                Break Crypto To Monitor Jihadis In Real Time? Don't Be Ridiculous, Say Experts
                                                The Register, June 6th 2017
                                                "Calls by a former special advisor to ex UK Prime Minister David Cameron to allow the circumvention of end-to-end encryption to monitor terrorist suspects have come under fire from security experts.

                                                Rohan Silva, government policy consultant turned co-founder at Shoreditch-based tech incubator/workspace startup Second Home, appeared on BBC Radio 4's Today programme (segment starts at 1:19.20; requires presence in the UK) to argue that law enforcement needed real time access to communications of those on the terrorist watch list.

                                                The tech industry is 'not engaging' with policy makers and pushing end-to-end encryption for profit ('worries about customers switching elsewhere') rather than principle, according to Silva..."

                                                Developer
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                                                Extending Oracle Database DevOps with Automated PL/SQL Unit Testing
                                                By Shay Shmeltzer
                                                Shay blogs, "Automated testing helps you locate problems earlier in the development cycle saving you precious time down the road. This is why it should be a key part of any DevOps cycle - and your database code shouldn't be an exception to this rule.This blog entry will teach you how to execute tests automatically following code changes that you do in your Oracle database. In previous blog entires I showed you how to use Oracle Developer Cloud Service (DevCS for short) for database development including how to track and manage tasks, version code changes, conduct code reviews, and automate code deployment to the database. This blog adds one more step to this lifecycle - automated testing..."
                                                IT - Java
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                                                Taking A Closer Look At JavaFX
                                                jaxenter, June 5th 2017
                                                "JavaFX is now part of the Java SE 8 SDK. In this article, Java Champion Johan Vos gives us a quick overview of this essential framework and explains why you should use JavaFX instead of Swing...

                                                The JavaFX framework contains API's that allow developers to create user interfaces using the Java language. The JavaFX packages reside in the javafx namespace, and the framework is part of the Java SE 8 SDK.

                                                JavaFX was announced during the JavaOne conference in 2007. Before JavaFX, the standard API's for creating user interfaces in Java were the AWT and Swing API's. The AWT API's where part from the platform since the very beginning of Java (JDK 1.0, 1996) and the Swing API's have been added in JDK 1.2 (1998)..."

                                                IT - Developer
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                                                Worst Nightmares Of Coders And Programmers
                                                Science Daily, June 4th 2017
                                                "Coding is one job that appears easier than it actually is. If you are a coder, you've definitely had someone tell you how easy your job is. However, only a real programmer knows the blood and sweat that goes into making the final product. Through this process, there will be times when a coder ends up racking his brains for hours on end to figure out a solution to the jam he's in. A wise programmer once said, you're not coding if you don't bang your desk in frustration a few times. However at some point of time one will come across quite a few instances which can only be described as a nightmare..."
                                                  Nexenta News
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                                                  NexentaStor 4.0.5-FP1
                                                  Nexenta, June 6th 2017
                                                  NexentaStor 4.0.5-FP1 delivers fixes to improve stability, scalability, and performance. This Fix Pack builds on the fixes and enhancements previously released in 4.0.5; addresses customer-reported issues, and addresses issues found internally by Nexenta engineering.

                                                  Our releases continue to focus on ensuring the highest level of security. We have included fixes for several CVEs and other security issues. See 'Resolved Security Issues in 4.0.5-FP1' table for more information on the security fixes.

                                                  NexentaStor 4.0.5-FP1 includes the following upgrades:

                                                  • Upgraded OpenSSL version to 1.0.2k
                                                  • Upgraded Apache version to 2.4.25

                                                  NexentaStor 4.0.5-FP1 provides several AutoSync fixes and enhancements.

                                                  Veritas News
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                                                  Veritas Unveils New Technologies to Solve Key Challenges in the Multi-Cloud
                                                  Veritas, June 6th 2017
                                                  New solutions provide visibility, simplify migration and protect critical data across clouds with no lock-in

                                                  Veritas Technologies, a leader in multi-cloud data management, today announced new solutions that provide organizations unprecedented visibility into cloud-based data, bi-directional cloud migration for critical workloads and snapshot-based data protection optimized for multi-cloud environments. These latest technologies build on recent alliance and partnership announcements with a variety of public cloud providers including Google, IBM and Microsoft.

                                                  Today, organizations looking to fast track cloud adoption in the multi-cloud world face compounding challenges, like a lack of data visibility, complicated migration paths that also frequently result in cloud lock-in, and a mistaken perception that because data is in the cloud, it does not need to be protected. Also, as organizations globally become more reliant on digital information, with data spread across multiple clouds, ensuring governance across the board is becoming increasingly complex.

                                                  Cisco News
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                                                  Cisco Introduces Continuing Education Program to Advance the Technical Workforce
                                                  Cisco, June 6th 2017
                                                  Cisco announced a new Continuing Education Program for certified IT professionals looking to upskill in alignment with the latest advances in technology. This program offers expanded options for recertification, underscoring Cisco's commitment to develop the talent needed to help businesses transform, innovate and grow in the digital age. Emerging technologies, such as network programmability, Internet of Things and cloud, are becoming central to organizations' business growth strategies. This ongoing technology transformation requires organizations to maintain a technical workforce with an intimate understanding of the very latest technology trends, opportunities and threats that impact their well-being. Technical certifications provide employers with a way to validate new job-related skills, and are often directly linked to hiring decisions, salary level and professional advancement.
                                                  Cisco Visual Networking Index Predicts Global Annual IP Traffic to Exceed Three Zettabytes by 2021
                                                  Cisco, June 8th 2017
                                                  IoT applications will represent more than 50 Percent of global devices and connections by 2021

                                                  Over the next five years (2016 - 2021), global digital transformation will continue to have a significant impact on the demands and requirements of IP networks according to today's release of the Cisco Visual Networking Inde (VNI) Complete Forecast.

                                                  Top-level indicators include the projected increase in Internet users - from 3.3 to 4.6 billion or 58 percent of the global population'1', greater adoption of personal devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) connections - from 17.1 billion to 27.1 billion from 2016- 2021, average broadband speed advances - from 27.5 Mbps to 53.0 Mbps, and more video viewing - from 73 percent to 82 percent of total IP traffic. Over the forecast period, global IP traffic is expected to increase three-fold reaching an annual run rate of 3.3 zettabytes by 2021, up from an annual run rate of 1.2 zettabytes in 2016.

                                                  Microsoft News
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                                                  Inside the high-tech, high-stakes race to keep the cloud secure
                                                  Microsoft, June 6th 2017
                                                  Allison Linn blogs, "At any point in time on any day of the week, Microsoft's cloud computing operations are under attack: The company detects a whopping 1.5 million attempts a day to compromise its systems.

                                                  Microsoft isn't just fending off those attacks. It's also learning from them.

                                                  All those foiled attacks, along with data about the hundreds of billions of emails and other pieces of information that flow to and from Microsoft's cloud computing data centers, are constantly being fed into the company's intelligent security graph..."

                                                  Symantec News
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                                                  Symantec's CEO Says the Company's Got Its Groove Back
                                                  Fortune, June 8th 2017
                                                  Robert Hackett writes in Fortune, "When Symantec CEO Greg Clark catches wind of rivals knocking his company, he smirks.

                                                  He has led the cybersecurity giant for about a year after it acquired network defense firm Blue Coat, which he formerly led, for more than $4.6 billion. Since then, he has been plowing ahead with a revamp of the 35-year-old company. At the core of that transformation are two big bets: one on the integration of Blue Coat's technology, which protects corporate networks from digital attacks; the other on a $2.3 billion purchase of LifeLock, which protects consumers against identity theft..."

                                                  Symantec and the changing of the guard in cybersecurity
                                                  CIO DIVE, June 7th 2017
                                                  Justine Brown writes in CIO DIVE, "Once upon a time, Symantec Corporation was synonymous with computer security. From its founding in 1982 and well into the 1990s, the company led the industry in computer virus detection and protection.

                                                  But the cybersecurity landscape has changed dramatically over the years. While spam and rudimentary computer viruses were the enemy back them, today record-breaking IoT-based botnet attacks and global ransomware like WannaCry are the norm.

                                                  As a result, large established security vendors - including Symantec, Cisco, IBM, Check Point and Intel - have a harder time competing against emerging vendors like Palo Alto Networks, Fortinet, Trend Micro, FireEye and Forcepoint, according to a Technology Business Research (TBR) report released in February..."

                                                  IBM News
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                                                  IBM to Expand New Collar Career Partnerships with U.S. Community Colleges
                                                  IBM, June 7th 2017
                                                  IBM, America's largest technology employer, announced it is expanding partnerships with numerous community colleges in the United States to better prepare more Americans for "New Collar" career opportunities. In these well-paying roles, in-demand technology skills are valued more than credentials, and a traditional four-year college degree may not always be required.

                                                  In addition to collaborating on curricula design for next generation IT skills, IBM will work with community colleges near its major U.S. facilities to offer more local students the opportunity to participate in internships and apprenticeships within the company, as well as direct hiring for IBM careers.

                                                  OHL chooses IBM Cloud to Support its Digital Transformation Process
                                                  IBM, June 8th 2017
                                                  IBM and OHL announced a ten-year agreement to transform and manage OHL's IT global infrastructure. OHL will use IBM Cloud to help boost innovation across its businesses and reduce costs, while quickly adapting to the constant market changes. OHL is a concessions and construction group headquartered in Spain with presence in 30 countries across five continents.

                                                  This agreement supports OHL's Strategic Plan 2020, and support its Systems Plan 2016-2020, which is designed to foster digitalization across the company's value chain.

                                                  IBM Wins VMware Innovation Award as Global Systems Outsourcer
                                                  IBM, June 9th 2017
                                                  IBM announced that the company has been honored as the winner of the VMware 2016 Global System's Outsourcer Partner Innovation Award. IBM was recognized at VMware Partner Leadership Summit 2017, held in Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif.

                                                  "VMware is pleased to recognize this year's Global Partner Innovation Award winners, which are given to a select group of partners for their exceptional efforts in 2016," said Ross Brown, senior vice president, Worldwide Partners and Alliances, VMware. "VMware is proud to see IBM win the Global Systems Outsourcer Partner award, and we look forward to our continued collaboration."

                                                  IBM Recognized as a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites
                                                  IBM, June 8th 2017
                                                  IBM has improved its positioning, moving further up and to the right in the Leaders quadrant

                                                  IBM Security announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader for the sixth consecutive year in the Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites for its ability to execute and completeness of vision.

                                                  IBM MaaS360 with Watson is the industry's first and only cognitive unified endpoint management (UEM) platform, enabling a smarter approach for enterprises to manage and secure all endpoints, along with their associated users, apps and content. MaaS360 can be used to manage disparate endpoint types - including smartphones, tablets, laptops, ruggedized devices and the Internet of Things (IoT) - all from a single console.

                                                  IBM Research Alliance Builds New Transistor for 5nm Technology
                                                  IBM, June 5th 2017
                                                  Less than two years since announcing a 7nm test chip, scientists have achieved another breakthrough

                                                  IBM, its Research Alliance partners GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung, and equipment suppliers have developed an industry-first process to build silicon nanosheet transistors that will enable 5 nanometer (nm) chips. The details of the process will be presented at the 2017 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits conference in Kyoto, Japan. In less than two years since developing a 7nm test node chip with 20 billion transistors, scientists have paved the way for 30 billion switches on a fingernail-sized chip.

                                                  The resulting increase in performance will help accelerate cognitive computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), and other data-intensive applications delivered in the cloud. The power savings could also mean that the batteries in smartphones and other mobile products could last two to three times longer than today's devices, before needing to be charged.

                                                  Mizuho Bank Begins API Banking on IBM Cloud to Help Drive Innovation with Partners
                                                  IBM, June 8th 2017
                                                  IBM Japan announced the launch of API banking for Mizuho Bank, designed to enhance the customer experience by providing them tailored services and solutions. The bank will run IBM Japan's FinTech API solution, as well as IBM API Connect on the IBM Cloud and IBM DataPower Gateway.

                                                  The shift to API banking at Mizuho Bank is the result of a digital transformation initiative among Japanese financial institutions to embrace APIs for the enterprise. The technology will enable banking customers to utilize Personal Financial Management services provided by Mizuho's business partners the APIs will enable Mizuho Bank and their partners to offer IoT Payment services tailored to customers' needs and tastes. Through these, Mizuho Bank is aiming to enhance the digital customer experience.

                                                  The Weather Company and Rogers Media to Bring Most Accurate Weather Forecasts to Canada
                                                  IBM, June 6th 2017
                                                  Leading Weather and Media Company Collaborate to Provide Canadians with Customized Weather Information

                                                  The Weather Company, an IBM Business and Rogers Media announced today an agreement to provide weather information and content customized specifically for the Canadian market. With this agreement, The Weather Company will provide in-depth weather data and forecasts, as well as curated content, across Rogers Media properties.

                                                  In turn, Rogers Media will provide locally relevant articles, photos and video content across the Canadian versions of The Weather Channel app and website (weather.com) to provide residents with the most pertinent information possible. The Weather Company and Rogers Media will also align to enhance advertising across both companies' properties, with Rogers leveraging its ad sales capabilities to monetize The Weather Channel properties in Canada.

                                                  IBM to Deliver New Cost and Asset Management Application for Cloud
                                                  IBM, June 8th 2017
                                                  IBM announced the availability of its Cloud Brokerage Services Cost and Asset Management application which helps provide companies ongoing visibility, actionable insights and recommendations into their hybrid cloud investments.

                                                  With streamlined dashboards for finance and IT, companies will have a single view of key functions including:

                                                  • total cost and cost trends
                                                  • budget tracking
                                                  • policy compliance
                                                  • asset location
                                                  • asset types that drive spending

                                                  Companies can expect to quickly focus on variances and deviations with assets and cost across different suppliers and take action before they become problems. Additionally, companies will be able to obtain cognitive recommendations on setting policies and thresholds to better manage cloud usage to reduce risk and optimize cost.

                                                  IBM Wins VMware 2016 Global Partner Innovation Award for "Integrate Public Clouds"
                                                  IBM, June 9th 2017
                                                  IBM announced that it has been honored as a winner of a VMware 2016 Global Partner Innovation Award in the Integrate Public Clouds category. IBM was recognized at the VMware Partner Leadership Summit 2017, held in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

                                                  "Enterprises are rapidly adopting the cloud for the agility it delivers and the cognitive and big data innovation it enables," said Faiyaz Shahpurwala, general manager, IBM Cloud. "IBM and VMware working together allows enterprises to easily transform and integrate existing VMware environments into highly scalable and global hybrid cloud deployments."

                                                  Building on more than 14 years of collaboration, in 2016, IBM and VMware began working together to tackle the challenge of extending VMware workloads from on-premises environments to the public cloud without incurring significant cost and risk associated with retooling operations, re-architecting applications and re-designing security policies.

                                                  IBM's Harriet Green Named One of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in Business
                                                  IBM, June 7th 2017
                                                  IBM announced that Fast Company has named IBM's Harriet Green one of its 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2017. The annual list honors an influential and diverse group of leading thinkers from a vast range of global industries.

                                                  Harriet Green is currently General Manager of Watson Customer Engagement, Watson Internet of Things and Education at IBM, driving growth in IBM's high priority and key growth initiatives. Across these business units, Harriet is helping usher in a new era of cognitive business, helping clients unlock value in new insights from the massive amount of data they generate each day.

                                                  IBM Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Campaign Management
                                                  IBM, June 8th 2017
                                                  IBM announced that for the seventh consecutive year, Gartner, Inc. has named IBM as a leader in the April 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Multichannel Campaign Management.

                                                  IBM offers holistic visualizations of complex campaigns, exceptional support before and after implementations, and advanced analytics functions, as evidence of its completeness of vision and ability to execute. According to Gartner, "leaders consistently do considerably better in overall campaign management performance for basic and advanced campaigns, and for integration with digital marketing. They have high market visibility, high market penetration, strong market momentum and a strategic vision for growing the campaign management business."

                                                  IBM and Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo Train IBM Watson to Talk with Visitors about Works of Art
                                                  IBM, June 7th 2017
                                                  'Voice of Art' Project designed to offer museum goers a more interactive, personalized experience

                                                  To celebrate its 100th anniversary in Brazil, IBM announced that the 'Voice of Art' project at Pinacoteca de Sao Paulo will run through August 5. Visitors can ask IBM's cognitive assistant about seven art pieces shown at the Pinacoteca via a smartphone equipped with headsets and the mobile 'Voice of Art' app. For greater accessibility, visitors can also engage via a written chatbot dialogue.

                                                  According to a study by Instituto de Pesquisa Economica Aplicada (Ipea), 70 percent of Brazilians have never visited a museum or cultural center. The project aims to use cognitive computing to provide a new way to experience art, explaining the stories behind the pieces and their historical context - with the ultimate goal of inspiring greater interest in art.

                                                  IBM Watson and Sesame Workshop Introduce Intelligent Play and Learning Platform on IBM Cloud
                                                  IBM, June 6th 2017
                                                  IBM and Sesame Workshop announced that Georgia's Gwinnett County Public Schools, one of the nation's top urban school districts, has completed an initial pilot of the industry's first cognitive vocabulary learning app, built on the IBM and Sesame intelligent play and learning platform.

                                                  The new platform, powered by IBM Cloud, enables an ecosystem of software developers, researchers, educational toy companies, and educators to tap IBM Watson cognitive capabilities and Sesame Workshop's early childhood expertise to build engaging experiences to help advance children's education and learning. The cognitive vocabulary app is one of the first of many cognitive apps, games, and educational toys that will be built over time on this new platform, as a result of the two companies' collaboration announced last year.

                                                  Fujitsu News
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                                                  Verizon and Fujitsu Receive Global Telecoms Business Award for Low-Cost, Fiber-Based Ethernet Solution
                                                  Fujitsu, June 6th 2017
                                                  Verizon-Fujitsu partnership reduces customer costs with 'edgeless,' direct fiber, dedicated Ethernet solution

                                                  Verizon and Fujitsu Network Communications received the Global Telecoms Business award for Wholesale Service Innovation at the GTB Telecoms Innovation Summit & Awards event in London on May 23, 2017. The Wholesale Service Innovation award recognizes projects involving two or more telecoms companies aimed at improving or extending coverage or service.

                                                  Verizon and Fujitsu received the award for Verizon's VzON/EPL - Optical Extension (VzON-OE) service which delivers point-to-point, and point-to-multipoint connectivity of voice, video and data transport on Verizon's network. Fujitsu's FLASHWAVE 9500 Packet Optical Networking Platform (Packet ONP) powers the offering.

                                                  VMware News
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                                                  VMware Named a Leader in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management Suites for Seventh Consecutive Year
                                                  VMWare, June 8th 2017
                                                  VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, announced it has been named a Leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) for the seventh consecutive year. VMware AirWatch placed the highest in ability to execute for the fifth year in a row and the furthest in completeness of vision for the second year in a row. This is the second time in the history of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for EMM that AirWatch has placed highest on both axes.
                                                  VMware Helps Customers Maximize Hybrid Cloud Investments with New vRealize Cloud Management Platform
                                                  VMWare, June 6th 2017
                                                  VMware, Inc. introduced major updates across its VMware vRealize cloud management platform to improve software-defined data center (SDDC) and cloud operations and accelerate application and infrastructure service delivery across hybrid clouds.

                                                  New releases include VMware vRealize Operations 6.6, VMware vRealize Automation 7.3, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.3, vRealize Log Insight 4.5 and vRealize Network Insight 3.4, which combine to provide enterprise customers with advanced intelligent operations and automated IT capabilities to more easily stand up and operate a VMware-based cloud. Additionally, VMware is introducing increased support for containers and configuration management solutions to ease moving applications from dev-test to production.

                                                  The VMware vRealize Suite enables customers to manage and provision at scale -- compute, network, storage and application services across hybrid cloud environments. The platform's comprehensive management capabilities for the SDDC and across multiple clouds help customers to address three common use cases -- intelligent operations, automated IT and DevOps-ready IT -- based on thousands of customer engagements.

                                                  Red Hat News
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                                                  Friday Five - June 9, 2017
                                                  Oracle, June 9th 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.

                                                  • Latest Red Hat Ceph Storage Release Expands Versatility as Object Store
                                                  • Red Hat Blog - The Open Organization: Two years later and going strong
                                                  • NetworkWorld - 3 benefits you didn't expect from Linux containers
                                                  • AnsibleFest London
                                                  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham Enhances Research and Discovery with Red Hat Ceph Storage

                                                  Read on for details.

                                                  The University of Alabama at Birmingham Enhances Research and Discovery with Red Hat Ceph Storage
                                                  Red Hat, June 6th 2017
                                                  Red Hat, Inc. announced that the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is using Red Hat Ceph Storage to support the growing needs of its research community. UAB selected Red Hat Ceph Storage because it offers researchers a flexible platform that can accommodate the vast amounts of data necessary to support future innovation and discovery.

                                                  UAB is a leader in computational research, with more than $500 million in annual research expenditures in areas including engineering, statistical genetics, genomics and next-generation gene sequencing. Researchers and students aggregate, analyze, and store massive amounts of data, which is used to support groundbreaking medical discoveries from new cancer biomarkers to state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging techniques.

                                                  Latest Red Hat Ceph Storage Release Expands Versatility as Object Store
                                                  Oracle, June 6th 2017
                                                  Red Hat announced Red Hat Ceph Storage 2.3. This release, based on Ceph 10.2 (Jewel), introduces a new Network File System (NFS) interface, offers new compatibility with the Hadoop S3A filesystem client, and adds support for deployment in containerized environments. These improvements expand the product's versatility as an object storage platform, offering the ability to support big data analytics and serve as a common platform for file-based workloads. This release marks the latest milestone in Red Hat's mission to provide highly elastic, flexible storage that can be optimized to suit a variety of workloads across any size of enterprise deployment.
                                                  HP News
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                                                  Deloitte Announces Joint IoT Offerings With HPE to Serve Manufacturing, Retail, Workplace and Entertainment Venues
                                                  HPE, June 7th 2017
                                                  Deloitte announced new, joint Internet of Things offerings with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE), including:

                                                  • Turnkey IoT solution for manufacturing;
                                                  • Smart Retail solution to boost in-store conversion rates and improve consumers' shopping experiences;
                                                  • Smart Workplace solution to digitally connect co-workers around the world; and
                                                  • Smart Venue solution for stadiums to enhance the fan experience.

                                                  Deloitte will provide the consulting services relating to these offerings, including IoT and cybersecurity, drawing upon its experience in leading business transformations, developing technology strategy and implementing managed services.

                                                  Aruba Fundamentally Redefines Enterprise Core Switching for Mobile, Cloud and IoT Demands
                                                  HPE, June 5th 2017
                                                  Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company announced a new enterprise core and aggregation switch and the industry's most advanced operating system, ArubaOS-CX, designed for modern mobility, cloud, and IoT requirements. Taking a leap beyond today's antiquated switching platforms, the Aruba 8400 Core Switch Series and ArubaOS-CX are purpose-built for emerging mobile-cloud business applications and changing traffic patterns that are being driven by the massive flood of data sources and growth in IoT.
                                                  F5 News
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                                                  Good Enough is only Good Enough Until It Isn't
                                                  F5, June 8th 2017
                                                  Lori MacVittie blogs, "Let's talk turkey. Or creme eggs. Or boxes of candy. What do they have in common? They're all associated with holidays, of course. And, it turns out, those holidays are the number one generator of both profits and poor performance by websites.

                                                  Consider recent research from the UK, 'which involved more than 100 ecommerce decision makers' It 'revealed that more than half (58%) admitted to having faced website speed issues during last year's peak period.'

                                                  Now, we all know that performance is important, that even microseconds of delay results in millions of dollars in losses. Nuff said.

                                                  The question is, what can you do about it?..."

                                                  Netapp News
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                                                  New NetApp Solutions and Services for Hybrid Cloud Power Customer Success in the Data-Driven World
                                                  NetApp, June 5th 2017
                                                  In the most far-reaching innovation announcement in its 25-year history, NetApp introduced new hybrid cloud offerings that give customers unprecedented ability to use data for competitive advantage. The announcements expand the company's Data Fabric solutions and services portfolio to include the industry's first enterprise-scale hyper converged solution (HCI), new consumption purchase models, improved all-flash capabilities, and hybrid cloud offerings that simplify moving data to and from the public cloud. With digital transformation at the top of their agendas, global business leaders need new ways to harness their most valuable asset - their data. Time, skill, and budget gaps pose traditional challenges, but organizations must also contend with exploding volumes of data that are much more distributed, dynamic, and diverse.
                                                  NetApp Expands Collaboration with Microsoft in Hybrid Cloud Data Services
                                                  NetApp, June 6th 2017
                                                  NetApp announced plans to expand its strategic alliance with Microsoft to help enterprises accelerate digital transformation for hybrid cloud. Customers are evolving their data centers to integrate hybrid cloud delivery models for greater agility. As they build out these more flexible architectures, they want to retain the benefits of proven on-premises methods that ensure data efficiencies, protection, and insight. These integrations, however, can create new compatibility issues, particularly with existing applications that depend on file services.

                                                  NetApp intends to expand its collaboration with Microsoft to include hybrid cloud data services, built on NetApp's proven ONTAP software, that will deliver enterprise-grade data visibility and insights, data access and control, and data protection and security for customers moving to Microsoft Azure.

                                                  NetApp Positioned to Capture Digital Transformation Opportunity with Leadership in Hybrid Cloud Data Service
                                                  NetApp, June 7th 2017
                                                  More than two-thirds of CEOs of the 2,000 largest global organizations have identified digital transformation as the centerpiece of their growth and profitability strategies moving forward. To successfully transform, business leaders are recognizing the need for new ways to harness their most valuable asset - their data. Becoming data-centric is no small undertaking. It requires new approaches to computing now that data is much more distributed, dynamic, and diverse. Customers also face data integration challenges as they adopt hybrid and multi cloud models for greater agility, scale, and cost control. IDC has released a new report, "Worldwide Data Services for Hybrid Cloud Taxonomy, 2017" that reflects the business opportunities and IT requirements for enterprises to maximize the value of data in a hybrid cloud world.
                                                  Druva News
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                                                  Druva Joins Cloud Security Alliance To Support Cloud-First Security And Data Protection Strategies
                                                  Druva, June 6th 2017
                                                  As Growth of Cloud Application Usage Grows and Companies Shift Their Data Protection Strategies to Cloud, Partnership Aims to Support Customer Success and Best Practices Around Cloud and Security

                                                  Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, today announced that it has joined the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. Working as part of the CSA, Druva aims to educate and help companies make the most of Cloud Computing to secure their data.

                                                  Centrify News
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                                                  Centrify Enables Organizations to Stop Breaches That Start on Mac Endpoints
                                                  Centrify, June 5th 2017
                                                  Centrify, the leader in securing hybrid enterprises through the power of identity services, today announced enhancements to the that delivers local administrator password management for Macs and comprehensive Mac application management and software distribution via turnkey integration with the Munki open source solution. These new capabilities enable Mac administrators to solve critical challenges by implementing best practices for controlling privileged access on Macs while at the same time simplifying management of Mac endpoints.
                                                  Centrify named a Visionary in brand new Gartner Access Management Magic Quadrant
                                                  Centrify, June 10th 2017
                                                  Corey Williams blogs, "Centrify has been identified by Gartner, Inc. as a visionary in the 2017 Magic Quadrant for Access Management. Centrify received the honor for our ability to execute and our completeness of vision, which is evaluated based on a deep understanding of the industry, product innovation, and marketing, sales, and geographic strategy.

                                                  At a time when cyber breaches are rising in volume and velocity, Centrify represents a massive rethink of security. It is the only complete platform that stops breaches through a trifecta of Identity Services for applications, endpoints and infrastructure - both on premises and in the cloud. Unlike other vendors that solely address a subset of the secure access market, Centrify is the only provider to deliver an integrated platform that can secure access for a company's entire identityscape, including end users, B2B, B2C and privileged users - who are the most critical access management use case today..."

                                                  Commvault News
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                                                  Randstad Selects Commvault for Public Cloud Data Protection and Migration to Amazon Web Services
                                                  Commvault, June 7th 2017
                                                  Commvault, a global leader in enterprise backup, recovery, archive and the cloud, announced that it will be providing full cloud backup and recovery solutions for Randstad across its global infrastructure. Randstad is using AWS cloud infrastructure as the basis for its new central Shared Service Centre (SSC) to deliver global IT services and will be utilizing Commvault to maximize this offering.

                                                  The Randstad Group is a global leader in the HR services industry and specializes in solutions in the field of flexible work and human resources services.The company's IT infrastructure is currently being consolidated and centralized across 30 IT departments providing services to 40 Operating Companies in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific. This transformation will increase efficiency, reduce risk and provide better service from an IT infrastructure perspective in alignment with Randstad's global digital vision.

                                                  Juniper News
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                                                  Juniper Networks Announces New Leadership for EMEA Business
                                                  Juniper Networks, June 7th 2017
                                                  Juniper Networks, an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, announced that it has appointed Marcus Jewell as senior vice president and general manager for its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business. In this role, he will be responsible for Juniper's sales operations across the region, including its go-to-market and channel strategies.

                                                  Mr. Jewell joins Juniper from Brocade Communications, where he most recently ran the EMEA business and was also the global head of the company's software sales. Mr. Jewell has worked in the technology industry for more than 20 years, and has held several senior sales leadership positions in networking organizations.

                                                  Juniper Networks Unifies Security Enforcement Across the Entire Enterprise with Software-Defined Secure Networks
                                                  Juniper Networks, June 6th 2017
                                                  Juniper Networks announced enhancements to its Software-Defined Secure Networks (SDSN) platform to deliver pervasive security across multi-vendor environments, public clouds and private clouds. Powered by automated enforcement, real-time intelligence and machine learning, SDSN knows when and how to defend an organization's people, data and infrastructure, while using an open framework to help simplify their operation.

                                                  As cybersecurity has grown increasingly complex, organizations have been forced to cobble together disparate security products in the hopes of improving their cybersecurity posture. However, these unintegrated solutions leave gaps in protection and result in complicated and inefficient infrastructure. Juniper's SDSN platform and its ecosystem help organizations unify security for these heterogeneous networks, giving customers a streamlined way to integrate products and manage their security operations, regardless of the vendors they choose.

                                                  Mellanox News
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                                                  Mellanox Powers the First 25, 50 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet Fabric for HPE Synergy Platform
                                                  Mellanox, June 7th 2017
                                                  Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end smart interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, announced its Spectrum Ethernet switch ASIC will power the first Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Synergy Switch Module supporting native 25, 50, and 100 Gb/s Ethernet connectivity. The Spectrum switch module connects HPE Synergy compute module with an Ethernet switch fabric of unmatched performance and latency, which is ideal for cloud, financial services, telco and HPC.

                                                  This new switch module helps HPE to maintain its leadership, by enabling the transition to the next generation of Ethernet performance, offering 25 Gb/s connectivity options for the Synergy platform.

                                                  Micron News
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                                                  New Micron President and CEO Sanjay Mehrotra Visits Taiwan
                                                  Micron, June 8th 2017
                                                  Sanjay Mehrotra, the newly appointed president and CEO of Micron Technology, Inc. commenced an overseas tour of Micron's manufacturing sites after the first month in his new role, with Taiwan being the first stop. At a meeting with President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei, Mehrotra emphasized the strategic value of Taiwan within Micron's global footprint, as well as the company's commitment to long-term investment in the country.

                                                  "Memory is fast becoming the strategic differentiator for powering next-generation computing models, and our operations in Taiwan are critical to supporting the industry in this evolution. Through the sustained partnership we have established with Taiwan, we are continuing to invest in deploying advanced technology in our front-end fabrication facilities, as well as creating a new back end fab in Taichung this year. With the government's continued support, Micron is set to further enhance our strong presence on the island through the establishment of our integrated Center of Excellence for DRAM in Taiwan," Mehrotra stated.

                                                  Veeam News
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                                                  Mining for digital hybrid-cloud gold - Veeam and NetApp on theCUBE
                                                  Veeam, June 8th 2017
                                                  In the digital age, data is gold. With global data growth projected to reach 180 zettabytes by 2025, we are on the threshold of a digital gold rush of epic proportions. The challenge is how do you extract the most value out of your digital assets when data is disbursed across on-premises and public-cloud infrastructures? Likewise, how do you ensure the Availability of your critical business applications and data in an increasingly hybrid-cloud world?

                                                  Maria Olson, VP of Strategic Alliances at NetApp and Andy Vandeveld, VP of Alliances at Veeam, discussed how NetApp and Veeam are helping organizations like the Denver Broncos, Telefonica and many others with their digital transformation initiatives. In the hunt for digital gold, these organizations are leveraging NetApp's Data Fabric capabilities in conjunction with Veeam, to simplify data management and IT operations, enhance Availability, lower costs and create a more seamless digital experience for customers, partners and end users.

                                                  Veeam Backup & Replication has a Content Pack!
                                                  Veeam, June 6th 2017
                                                  Michael White blogs, "If you use VMware vRealize Log Insight in your environment for log consolidation and analysis, you will be pleased to know that you can now obtain a Content Pack from Veeam to empower your backup admins. This means your admins can stay in the Log Insight and see even more useful information. This will also help your backup admins more easily confirm if a backup issue is in fact a network issue or a storage issue. It is nice to note that I believe we are the first data protection company with a Content Pack in the Log Insight Marketplace..."
                                                  Veeam Backup & Replication is now certified on vSAN
                                                  Veeam, June 5th 2017
                                                  Michael White blogs, "Someone asked me, 'What does this mean?' I thought that might be a good place to start this off. VMware vSAN is one of the very exciting features of VMware vSphere in that it provides software defined storage.

                                                  The power of this is you can install ESXi and vCenter, and if your hosts have a mix of SSD and HD disks or just SSD, you can enable vSAN with only a few clicks and you then have shared storage among all your hosts. Very different than the traditional process of provisioning storage. Add another host and you get more processor, RAM and storage, too. There is a reason that vSAN is one of the fastest selling products at VMware and that ease of provisioning and managing storage is a big part of it..."

                                                  Zerto News
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                                                  Zerto Announces ZertoCON 2017 Award Winners for Hybrid Cloud and BC/DR Excellence
                                                  Zerto, June 8th 2017
                                                  Zerto, an award-winning provider of enterprise IT resilience cloud solutions, announced the ZertoCON 2017 Award winners from its second annual user conference. At the industry's premier BC/DR conference customers, partners and industry experts discussed a wide range of data recovery, cloud strategies, and leading practices that help increase IT resilience.

                                                  Zerto honored 10 winners across eight award categories that recognize their successes and commitment using Zerto's solutions, and also featured the Engineering Death Match competition winner.

                                                    Zerto Joins HPE Complete Program
                                                    Zerto, June 8th 2017
                                                    Zerto announced it has joined the Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Complete Program. The company's flagship software product, Zerto Virtual Replication is now available directly from HPE and its resellers. As part of this program, joint customers and partners have the ability to leverage Zerto's powerful replication and recovery solutions for private, public and hybrid clouds to ensure continuous operations of critical applications running on servers, storage and networking products.

                                                    The HPE Complete program offers a one-stop shop for customers to purchase Zerto products directly from HPE and its resellers as a complete solution with the added reliability of its interop assurance validation. This partnership also allows IT teams using ZVR to tap into the HPE ecosystem to minimize the risk, complexity and cost that can otherwise accompany multi-vendor technology deployments, especially as IT environments transition to more secure and resilient cloud-enabled infrastructure.

                                                    Zerto Opens New Shanghai Support Centre to Enhance Global BC/DR and Hybrid Cloud Capabilities
                                                    Zerto, June 8th 2017
                                                    Zerto announced the opening of new support centre in Shanghai, China, to provide 24x7 support to its customers in Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) and around the globe.

                                                    Zerto's technology ensures that enterprises and their customers have access to applications without IT interruption, downtime or delay. The Zerto Virtual Replication Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery platform (ZVR) is multi-hypervisor and public cloud capable, protecting applications in the cloud, to the cloud and on premise. Zerto's solutions are backed by global support centers that allow on-demand access to an expert team of support engineers who provide support to global customers on a 24/7/365 basis.

                                                    More than 5,000 companies are currently using ZVR in their production environments to protect, restore and migrate data and critical applications, and more than 1,700 partners are offering services based on ZVR.

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