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Oracle Significantly Expands Cloud at Customer with PaaS and SaaS Services to Help Customers in their Journey to the Cloud
Oracle, July 19th 2017
Delivers unrivaled enterprise-grade public cloud SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS services in customers' datacenters

Empowering organizations to move workloads to the cloud while keeping their data on their own premises, Oracle today announced significant expansion of the breadth of services available through Oracle Cloud at Customer. The portfolio now spans all of the major Oracle PaaS categories and for the first time, also features Oracle SaaS services. Since its introduction just over a year ago, Oracle Cloud at Customer has experienced unprecedented growth with leading global organizations across six continents and more than 30 countries adopting the solution, including AT&T and Bank of America.

TGI Fridays Becomes First UK Bar to Implement Bar Tab from Mastercard and Oracle
Oracle, July 19th 2017
Innovation eliminates the need to leave a card behind the bar

TGI Fridays, Oracle and Mastercard announced the launch of Bar Tab at their Leicester Square location. Bar Tab is a new function within Mastercard's Qkr! payment app that allows consumers to set up, manage and pay bar tabs using their smartphones. The application will be integrated into Oracle Hospitality's restaurant management platform and Masterpass, the digital payment service. After today's initial debut, TGI Fridays plans to deploy the app to 80 additional locations in the UK by the end of 2017.

NetSuite Supports BRCA Foundation with New Registry Program
Oracle, July 19th 2017
Pro Bono Volunteers Build Out Sophisticated Enhancements to Meet Needs of Nonprofit Using the SuiteCloud Development Platform

Oracle NetSuite Global Business Unit, one of the world's leading providers of cloud-based financials / ERP, HR, Professional Services Automation (PSA) and omnichannel commerce software suites, today announced that it has teamed up with the BRCA Foundation, a nonprofit created to fund research for the prevention of "BRCA cancers," or cancers believed to be caused by "broken" BRCA genes, to help launch a BRCA registry project and help the BRCA Foundation gather information relevant to its mission and organizational vision...

Oracle Named a Leader in 2017 Analyst Evaluation for Digital Process Automation Software
Oracle, July 18th 2017
Oracle positioned as a leader and selected for evaluation based on proven customer adoption, strong go-to-market strategy, and breadth of capabilities

Oracle today announced it has been named a leader in the Forrester Wave Digital Process Automation (DPA) Software report. This placement confirms leadership for Oracle Process Cloud, which is part of Oracle Cloud Platform.

Duke Kunshan University Selects Oracle to Optimize Student Experience
Oracle, July 17th 2017
"Oracle Student Cloud chosen to help innovative Liberal Arts & Research University in China attract, enroll and retain students

Duke Kunshan University, a highly innovative joint venture of Duke University, Wuhan University and the City of Kunshan, China, has selected Oracle Student Cloud to support student recruitment, enrollment and engagement. Oracle Student Cloud will help Duke Kunshan University maintain operational excellence and student success by using technology to help modernize and optimize the student experience.

News
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Oracle Patches 308 Vulnerabilities in July Critical Patch Update
eWeek, July 21st 2017
"The Oracle July Critical Patch Update is the largest ever for the technology giant, which fixed 308 flaws across its software portfolio...

No company has ever patched as many vulnerabilities in a single patch update as Oracle did this month. Oracle released its July Critical Patch Update (CPU) this week, fixing a staggering 308 vulnerabilities.

The previous record high for Oracle was April 2017, when the company fixed 299 vulnerabilities across its software portfolio. To date in 2017, Oracle's quarterly CPU has patched a total of 878 vulnerabilities..."

Feature
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Can't Move To The Cloud? The Cloud Can Come To You
Forbes, July 20th 2017
"A lot of companies and government agencies would like to move IT operations to a public cloud, but local regulatory restrictions or other concerns prevent the move. Now, however, the cloud can come to them, inside their own data centers.

A relatively new style of cloud service can help knock down barriers to cloud adoption by giving organizations the advantages of cloud while helping address local rules that once kept them out..."

    Automation Not Optional: How Containers, Microservices, And Serverless Apps Change The Cloud
    Forbes, July 19th 2017
    "Building and deploying software is vastly different from how it was done just a few years ago. With the popularity of containers and microservices, developers can push out a new crop of cloud-native applications faster than ever. But technologies that make developers' lives easier still tend to create complexity for the IT operations teams that have to keep those apps running, warns Daniel Lopez Ridruejo, cofounder and CEO of San Francisco-based Bitnami, which provides open source application packages for Oracle Cloud and other IT infrastructure service providers..."
    Behind The Numbers: Life As An Oracle Data Scientist
    Forbes, July 18th 2017
    "Earlier this year, leading job site GlassDoor identified the 50 best jobs in America in 2017, taking into account the earning potential based on median annual base salary, the rate of job satisfaction, and the number of job openings.

    The job that garnered the number one spot? Data scientist..."

      Giant Icebergs And The Keys To Improving Customer Experiences
      Forbes, July 17th 2017
      "A recent article in The New York Times describes how a huge chunk of ice the size of Delaware broke away from the Antarctic Peninsula and now stands as one of the largest icebergs ever recorded. The break-off has been anticipated for years, but only recently have the implications of the separation taken shape.

      While many of us will never make the trek to Antarctica, we can appreciate the scale of this rift, as it reshapes the topography so dramatically that every map of the world will need to be redrawn. What's more, the Antarctic landscape will continue to change, requiring cartographers to continually adjust their representations of the frozen tundra..."

        IT - AI
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        Artificial Intelligence In The Workplace - Are Robots Taking Over?
        ITProPortal, July 21st 2017
        "What exactly does artificial intelligence (AI) mean in practice? To most, there is a fear associated with it. It spells catastrophe for the human race. First, it will take over our jobs and before we know it, we will have no place in this world. However, AI has the ability to improve how we operate as well as our experiences..."
          Artificial Intelligence To Assimilate Software Industry
          Datamation, July 19th 2017
          "Artificial intelligence (AI) is undoubtedly one of the hottest trends in tech today, and over the next few years, it will overtake the software industry, according to IT analyst firm Gartner. But first, it helps to come to grips with what the technology can and cannot do..."
          Move Beyond The Hype And Make AI Work For You
          ITProPortal, July 17th 2017
          "Technology is constantly evolving. It's making our lives easier, automating repetitive processes and removing others altogether. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been a key driver behind many of the biggest developments in this regard, and recently the collective sights of companies invested in this industry have moved towards customer service. So does this mean AI will soon herald the long-anticipated demise of the customer complaints department? Let's not get too optimistic early on..."
            What An Artificial Intelligence Researcher Fears About AI
            Homeland Security News Wire, July 17th 2017
            Arend writes, "As an artificial intelligence researcher, I often come across the idea that many people are afraid of what AI might bring. It's perhaps unsurprising, given both history and the entertainment industry, that we might be afraid of a cybernetic takeover that forces us to live locked away, "Matrix"-like, as some sort of human battery. Might I become "the destroyer of worlds," as Robert Oppenheimer lamented after spearheading the construction of the first nuclear bomb? Perhaps the critics are right. Maybe I shouldn't avoid asking: As an AI expert, what do I fear about artificial intelligence?..."
              What's The Difference Between Machine Learning And Deep Learning?
              Business 2 Community, July 18th 2017
              "Understanding how today's AI works might seem overwhelming, but it really boils down to two concepts you probably have heard of before: 'machine learning' and 'deep learning'. Neither are brand new ideas, but the way they're used seems to constantly evolve. Machine learning and deep learning are how Netflix knows what you might want to watch next, or how Facebook can recognize your friends' face in a photo, or how a support agent can figure out if you'll be satisfied with your customer service.

              So what are these buzzwords that still dominate the conversations about AI, and how exactly are they different? And what do they mean for customer service?..."

              Virtualization
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              Friday Spotlight: Keep Your Cloud Infrastructure Secure and Up to Date
              By: Honglin Su
              Honglin blogs, "Security vulnerabilities have potential impact to your cloud infrastructure. How can you address the security issues more effectively? It's important to maintain your cloud infrastructure up to date. Oracle provides the technology and solutions that can help you accomplish your business goals..."
              Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.24
              By: Simon Coter
              Simon blogs, "Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 24.

              This release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention following regressions, now fixed:

              • Linux Host/Guest: fixes dedicated to 4.12/4.13 kernels and further improvements
              • VMM: masked AMD Ryzen VME CPUID to have legacy platform running on this CPU and more SSE2 instruction-sets
              • GUI: more fixes dedicated to multi display with fullscreen/seamless mode enabled
              • AUDIO: improvements dedicated to Microsoft Windows 10 guests
              • Further fixes on API and guest Networks (Host only and NAT)"

              Read on for details.

              IT - Storage
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              Viking Technology Claims to Ship 6Gb SAS 50TB SSD
              StorageNewsletter.com, July 17th 2017
              "Viking Technology, a division of Sanmina Corporation, unveiled its UHC-Silo SSD that delivers flash performance with the industry's highest capacity (50TB).

              It is part of the Ultra High-Capacity (UHC) family of Viking products, enabling data center space and power reduction compared to HDDs, while offering the same 3.5" form factor and standard SAS interface, easing the migration to flash. UHC-Silo SSD series, powered by a next generation flash processor, balances performance, capacity, cost, and energy efficiency, making it for applications such as cloud computing, big data, external storage systems, digital imaging and media, technical applications and cold storage..."

              Dude, Where's My 100Tb Hard Drive?
              architectingIT, July 17th 2017
              "It wasn't that long ago we were being promised hard drives of unimaginable capacities. I'm sure that at some stage triple digit numbers were being talked about. However today we're stuck with a 'mere' 12TB of capacity per drive. So what went wrong, or are we just being a little too hopeful?

              I did some looking back to see exactly what we had been promised and what was more conjecture on the part of journalists. Here's what I found:..."

                Companies Expect Cyber-Attacks But Aren't Prepared (Slideshow)
                CIO Insight, July 21st 2017
                According to the "State of Cyber-Security 2017" research study from the Independent Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), 80 percent of survey respondents expect a cyber-attack to strike their organization this year, but many remain unprepared and are struggling to keep pace with the threat environment.
                HDD Cost/GB Calculated on 75,000 Drives
                StorageNewsletter.com, July 18th 2017
                "For HDD prices, the race to zero is over: nobody won. For the past 35+ years or so, HDDs prices have dropped, from around $500,000 per gigabyte in 1981 to less than $0.03 per gigabyte today.

                This includes the period of the Thailand drive crisis in 2012 that spiked HDD prices. Matthew Komorowski has done an admirable job of documenting the HDD price curve through March 2014 and we'd like to fill in the blanks with our own drive purchase data to complete the picture. As you'll see, the HDD pricing curve has flattened out..."

                  Top Storage Certifications For IT Pros
                  NetworkWorld, July 20th 2017
                  "Storage industry certifications that help demonstrate technical competency and boost qualifications for a better job...

                  Skilled storage pros are in demand as enterprise IT teams take on exponential data growth and strategically migrate data assets from legacy systems to more modern options.

                  For these professionals who are looking for a new job or aiming to advance in their current role, a certification could potentially differentiate them from other one candidates..."

                    Putting The Hurt On Legacy Data Infrastructure
                    Datamation, July 18th 2017
                    "Legacy data infrastructure may finally be dying out. As Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson has declared, 'No dominant platform-level software infrastructure has emerged in the last ten years in closed-source, proprietary form.'

                    Despite this obvious shift toward new-school open source data infrastructure (MongoDB, Apache Hadoop, Apache Kafka, etc.), the old-school data infrastructure giants, from Oracle to HPE Vertica to IBM, continue to mint billions of dollars in revenue (and profits)..."

                    Magic Quadrant For Solid-State Arrays
                    StorageNewsletter.com, July 19th 2017
                    "Within the next 12 months, solid-state arrays (SSAs) will improve in performance by a factor of 10, and double in density and cost-effectiveness, therefore changing the dynamics of the storage market. This Magic Quadrant will help IT leaders better understand SSA vendors' positioning in the market..."
                    IT - Technology
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                    How Try Chrome OS In Virtualbox Before Buying A Chromebook
                    How-To Geek, July 17th 2017
                    "Google's Chromebooks run Chrome OS, a lightweight operating system based on Linux that provides you with a full Chrome browser and a basic desktop environment. Before buying a Chromebook, you may want to play with Chrome OS in a virtual machine in a window on your desktop..."
                    Why VR's Success Is Years Away
                    ZDNet, July 17th 2017
                    "A couple of years ago we were all going to be wearing VR headsets and exploring groovy virtual worlds. Instead, crickets - like 3D TV. The good news: it will take off. The bad: not for at least five years. Here's why..."
                    IT - Bitcoin
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                    Bitcoin Dispute: Will Digital Currency Implode?
                    CIO Today, July 17th 2017
                    "Got some bitcoin? An internal dispute over the digital currency could soon mean financial losses, whipsawing prices and delays in processing payments.

                    It's also possible that nothing much changes. It all depends on whether the people who maintain bitcoin can agree by July 31 to implement a major software upgrade -- one designed to improve capacity on the increasingly clogged network..."

                    IT - FOSS
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                    Top 5 Open-Source Tools For Machine Learning
                    jaxenter, July 21st 2017
                    "These days, it seems that tech companies can't hire their AI or ML specialists fast enough. So if you're looking to upgrade your skillset or just fiddle around with a cool new tool, we've got you covered with our top 5 picks for the best open-source tools for machine learning..."
                      Wireshark, World's Most Popular Network Protocol Analyzer, Gets New Release
                      Softpedia, July 20th 2017
                      "Wireshark, the world's most popular network protocol analyzer, an open-source and cross-platform network tool used for troubleshooting, development, analysis, and education purposes, has been updated today to version 2.2.8.

                      Wireshark 2.2.8 comes about one and a half months after the 2.2.7 release to patch security vulnerabilities that have been discovered in the application lately, including a WBMXL dissector infinite loop, an openSAFETY dissector memory exhaustion, an AMQP dissector crash, a DOCSIS infinite loop, and an MQ dissector crash..."

                      IT - DevOps
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                      Setting The Table For Devops Team Structure
                      InformationWeek, July 21st 2017
                      "Building a DevOps team is about people, organization, even tables, chairs and office space.

                      Implementing a true DevOps structure for a team is dependent on speed, collaboration, empathy and openness. This means you must be comfortable moving away from legacy structures that slow work down - separated teams, one-way delivery cycles, six-month release schedules, change-frozen systems, calcified ITIL processes, etc. - and embrace a culture of rapid iteration, with cohesive teams and activities in place to support it. All of this is necessary because at its core, DevOps is all about collaboration, teamwork and breaking down siloes..."

                      MySQL
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                      MySQL Connector/J 5.1.43
                      By: MySQL/Oracle Release Engineering Team
                      MySQL Connector/J 5.1.43, a maintenance release of the production 5.1 branch has been released. Connector/J is the Type-IV pure-Java JDBC driver for MySQL.

                      MySQL Connector Java is available in source and binary form from the Connector/J 'url "http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/connector/j/5.1.html" "download pages"' and mirror sit repositories.

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

                      You QA Most of Your System - What About Your Database?
                      By: John Potocny and Ewen Fortune
                      John Potocny and Ewen Fortune write, "For virtually all development teams, testing code is a given: It's one of the most important parts of software development. Whether your organization includes a separate team devoted to QA, or your developers are testing their own code, QA is the primary way your team ensures that your application's logic is working correctly, and it's the best way for you to identify issues as early as possible..."
                        Backups and Disaster Recovery
                        By: Manjot Singh
                        Manjot blogs, "In this post, we'll look at strategies for backups and disaster recovery.

                        When discussing disaster recovery, it's important to take your business' continuity plan into consideration. Backup and recovery processes are a critical part of any application infrastructure.

                        A well-tested backup and recovery system can be the difference between a minor outage and the end of your business..."

                        Book Review: high Performance MySQL (3rd edition)
                        By: Vlad Mihalcea
                        Vlad blogs, "I either have time for reading or writing, but not both. Now that the first edition of High-Performance Java Persistence is done, I can catch up on the many books I planned on reading but didn't have time to do so.

                        In this post, I'm going to review High Performance MySQL by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, and Vadim Tkachenkoa, which is a must-read book for anyone working with MySQL..."

                        Cloud Computing
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                        Oracle expands Cloud at Customer portfolio to cover PaaS, SaaS, big data
                        ZDNet, July 19th 2017
                        "Oracle expanded its Cloud at Customer lineup to include all of its platform- and software-as-a-services and a system focused on big data.

                        The company on its earnings conference call highlighted how AT&T is moving multiple databases to its Cloud at Customer platform. The gist of Oracle's Cloud at Customer effort is that the company will put compute, storage, and networking gear in an enterprise's data center. That machine will be connected to Oracle's public cloud services and priced as a subscription..."

                        Oracle Looks to Manage Hybrid Clouds
                        IT Business Edge, July 19th 2017
                        "As part of an effort to advance hybrid cloud computing deployments, Oracle today unveiled a bevy of managed services offerings for on-premises IT environments that mirror existing Oracle cloud services.

                        Amit Zavery, senior vice president of Oracle Cloud Platform, says the Oracle Cloud at Customer portfolio of services provides instances of everything from IT infrastructure and databases to applications and multiple types of platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environments that are completely managed by Oracle on behalf of the customer..."

                        A Cloud within Your Data Center - without Compromise
                        By: Nirav Mehta
                        Nirav writes, "Despite the benefits of cloud, many organizations are still sitting on its sidelines due to data residency or privacy legislation and challenges around network latency. Historically, there have been many attempts to offer cloud from the customer's own premises, but most are a significant compromise and poor alternatives, which leave the user having to procure the software, hardware, and support services from different vendors, and then manage it themselves..."
                          How the Cloud Simplifies Government Budget Planning
                          By: Bob Sabo
                          Bob Sabo writes, "Let's start with a quick quiz. What is the most widely used tool in public sector budgeting? If you guessed spreadsheets, you would be correct. Despite innovations in planning and budgeting solutions, many government agencies are still using dated, in-house developed systems with spreadsheets as the interface.

                          Unless an organization is small, the spreadsheet model quickly becomes cumbersome and inefficient. Hundreds of spreadsheets must be consolidated, reviewed, circulated for approval, changed and updated. At the same time, those helpful macros must be maintained and synchronized across multiple spreadsheets..."

                            Monday Spotlight: Want Open, Secure and Cloud Ready Linux? (Video)
                            By: Zeynep Koch
                            "Used throughout Oracle Cloud and Engineered Systems, Oracle Linux provides a proven and safe foundation for next generation on premise and cloud infrastructure alike. In this video, Senior VP of Product Management, Bob Shimp talks about the key benefits for enterprises.

                            Watch this video to see how you can take advantage of the cloud-ready Oracle Linux.."

                            Linux
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                            Training Thursdays: Streamlined Oracle OpenStack Installation
                            By: Antoinette Osullivan
                            Antoinette blogs, "Oracle OpenStack is packaged as a set of Docker images for streamlining installation and running within Docker containers which eliminates the need to install components individually and directly on nodes. You can install Oracle OpenStack from the Oracle Container Registry.

                            By taking the Oracle OpenStack for Oracle Linux: Getting Started seminar, you will see the steps involved in achieving a multi-node deployment as well as troubleshooting tips..."

                            IT - Cloud
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                            Storage Still A Challenge In Complex Cloud Ecosystem: How OpenStack Is Helping
                            siliconANGLE, July 17th 2017
                            "As cloud computing configurations become ever more complex and expansive, seemingly simple tasks, such as configuring storage infrastructure, become more challenging. The number of technology options available for storage solutions adds another variable to the already complicated problem..."
                            Catastrophic Cloud Attack Costs Would Rival That Of Hurricane Damages
                            Dark Reading, July 19th 2017
                            "Lloyd's of London estimates multi-billion-dollar loss figures in worst-case scenarios of a major zero-day exploit or massive cloud outage.

                            WannaCry spread like wildfire in a matter of days reaching 150 countries and creating an anticipated $4 billion in losses, but if attackers were to launch a global, system-wide attack that hit a multitude of cloud-based companies, the worst-case scenario losses could potentially reach $53 billion in just a few days, according to a report released by cyber risk analytics firm Cyence and insurer Lloyd's of London..."

                            The 5 Fundamentals Of Effective Cloud Management
                            CIO, July 17th 2017
                            "The rising complexity of today's cloud environments can catch your company off guard - at great cost. Here are five functional areas CIOs should focus on as you get your cloud strategy off the ground...

                            A big part of the CIO role today entails hashing out a cloud computing strategy. Deciding whether to build a private cloud or to offload some workloads to a public cloud system while keeping others on-premises is just a start..."

                            A Serverless Architecture Could Live In Your Data Center
                            Search ITOperations, July 20th 2017
                            "Just because you don't see the server doesn't mean it's not there. Serverless frameworks are superseding containers, but is the extra abstraction worth it?

                            Have you figured out everything you need to know about managing and operating container environments already? How to host them in your production data centers at scale? Transform all your legacy apps into containerized versions? Train your developers to do agile DevOps, and turn your IT admins into cloud brokers? Not quite yet?..."

                            Cloud Data Migration - Data Transfer Using Physical Shipping & Appliances
                            architectingIT, July 21st 2017
                            "One of the most interesting challenges with using the public cloud is how to get data into cloud storage platforms so it can be used with services like analytics or e-discovery. One scenario is to use 'analogue' shipping services to send physical devices like hard drives and appliances to the cloud provider..."
                            Cloud Outages: Who's At Fault?
                            InformationWeek, July 19th 2017
                            "Cloud outages do happen. So, how can you and your IT group minimize the impact on the company?

                            Imagine a scenario where the unthinkable happens. Your company's cloud provider suffers a major outage that grinds business to a halt. While the IT department and CIO are busy placing blame of the outage on the provider, the rest of the organization is likely to blame the internal IT staff for the disruption in service. So that begs the question, where does the responsibility for outages lie, and what can be done to mitigate outage risk?..."

                            Public Cloud Spending Will Hit $266 Billion By 2021, Says IDC
                            siliconANGLE, July 18th 2017
                            "Enterprise spending on public cloud infrastructure and services is set to hit $266 billion by 2021, according to new research from International Data Corp.

                            The analyst firm said public cloud services spending will also grow 25.4 percent this year alone, to $128 billion. About two-thirds of enterprises' public cloud spend will go to software-as-a-service, or applications hosted in the cloud, IDC's Worldwide Semiannual Public Cloud Services Spending Guide indicated..."

                            Why Public Cloud Isn't Always The Right Cloud
                            IT World Canada, July 19th 2017
                            "If Goldilocks entered a Tier 3 data centre instead of a bear's den, which cloud model would she find just right - public, private, or hybrid?

                            With the likes of hyperscale cloud providers Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure opening up Canadian regions over the last couple of years, many Canadian businesses are likely familiar with the public cloud sales pitch by now..."

                            IT - CxO
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                            10 Ways IT Leaders Can Bring Business Value To Their Enterprise
                            eWeek, July 18th 2017
                            "As entire enterprises adapt themselves to changing market requirements, their IT leaders must adapt as rapidly as the technology and business resources they manage. Cloud computing, mobile devices, data analytics and other digital technologies have spread beyond IT into different lines of business inside their organizations. As such, a majority of IT leaders now have a key role in driving the competitive advantages within their organizations; they're not just tasked with the back-end IT but also the front-office strategy. This eWEEK slide show, using industry information from Craig Williams, chief information officer at network optimizer Ciena, explores 10 areas that CIOs and IT leaders should prioritize to ensure that their departments are operating efficiently and driving value to their business..."
                            7 Hot IT Outsourcing Trends - And 7 Going Cold
                            CIO, July 19th 2017
                            "The days of low-cost commodity services are waning, as IT organizations seek stronger strategic partnerships with IT outsourcing providers in the era of digital transformation...

                            As IT organizations become more strategic, so too do their partnerships with IT outsourcing providers. Digital transformation, automation, and the data revolution are not just shaking up how IT operates, they are greatly impacting the kind - and quality - of services under contract with IT outsourcing firms..."

                            10 Best Apps For Enterprise Employee Productivity, Collaboration
                            eWeek, July 20th 2017
                            "The corporate world is always looking for apps and tools of all kinds that will increase productivity. After all, helping employees work more productively should go straight to the bottom line, resulting in higher revenue and profits. But finding the right apps to make employees more productive isn't necessarily easy. With that in mind, this slide show highlights 10 productivity apps that have been generally well-received among companies both large and small. From the natural choices, such as Slack and GoToMeeting, to some lesser-known tools such as the Clarizen project management app, here is eWEEK's take on some of the best productivity-boosting apps for companies of all sizes..."
                            How To Pick The Right Collaboration Tools
                            ComputerWorld, July 19th 2017
                            "IT pros say collaboration is a high priority to their organization, so it's important to choose wisely

                            Does the prospect of choosing a collaboration suite seem unusually daunting? That's because for many people, it is..."

                              Steps Not To Take After A Data Breach
                              Information Management, July 20th 2017
                              "The recent ransomware Petya and WannaCry ransomware attacks brought further attention to what is a top concern at nearly every organization - cyber security. Information Management spoke with John Suit, chief technology officer at Trivalent, about the steps that organizations should not take following a data breach..."
                              Two IT Strategies That Made Me A Successful CIO
                              Search CIO, July 18th 2017
                              "I want to let you in on two simple IT strategies I consider to be the secret to my success. These two IT strategies, I can say without exaggeration, have transformed my life, the life of my teams and the life of my employers. I want to share them with you with this caveat: Though simple in concept, they are difficult to implement -- they take serious work. But the outcomes can be amazing. The two IT strategies are "Purpose Alignment" and the 'Trust/Ownership Model'..."
                                Why Cyberattacks Should Keep CFOs Up At Night
                                TechRepublic, July 19th 2017
                                "Hacking incidents cost companies millions of dollars on average. Here's why the CFO needs to be involved in cybersecurity strategies from the start...

                                With the average cost of a data breach reaching $3.62 million, there's no question that cybersecurity impacts a company's bottom line. The financial burdens of these attacks are leading CFOs, who were not traditionally part of a company's cybersecurity strategy, to step up and take a seat at the table when it comes to assessing and minimizing cyber threats..."

                                  Why IT Leaders Have Too Little Time For Innovation (Slideshow)
                                  CIO Insight, July 19th 2017
                                  "If your IT employees feel like they're on a perpetual hamster wheel - working hard but not really moving forward - they're far from alone: Tech leaders and staffers spend the vast majority of their time "keeping the lights on" instead of innovating, according to a recent survey from Sungard Availability Services. The accompanying "Little Book of IT 2017" reports that modernization requirements are further limiting technology advancements in other areas..."
                                    SFTA
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                                    ITPalooza 2017 - Save The Date
                                    Thursday, December 7th, 2017: All Day
                                    You are invited to join the largest gathering of the South Florida technology community for ITP17. You'll connect with peers and industry experts, attend technology education sessions presented by regional and national subject matter experts all while experiencing the best IT and Technology available in our region.

                                    Greater Ft. Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center

                                    Sponsor registration, with early bird prices, is open now.

                                    SFTA

                                    Exclusive SFTA Seminar: Navigating Enterprise Cloud and SaaS Deal Negotiations with Mark Grossman
                                    Thursday, September 14th, 2017: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
                                    Hilton Hotel - West Palm Beach

                                    You are invited to join this exclusive sfta seminar featuring leading tech lawyer mark grossman who is an internationally recognized technology law guru, keynoter and was the author of the miami herald's weekly "Techlaw" column.

                                    Whether you buy or sell cloud and saas solutions, mark grossman will lead you through proven techniques to negotiate the best cloud and saas deals for your company.

                                    Enterprises of all sizes are now comfortable with saas and cloud solutions. However, saas and cloud deals raise many complex legal issues that need to be thoroughly negotiated and documented in agreements. In this session - lawyer, author and frequent speaker on negotiating cloud and saas deals - mark will give you the benefit of what he has learned in his career as a tech deal negotiator.

                                    In this session, he will speak to the unique customs, usages, and norms of saas and cloud deals, and the particular provisions that are critical to agreements in this area. The discussion will include issues common to saas agreements including intellectual property, warranties, and limitations of liability.

                                    South Florida Technology Alliance

                                    Tech Infrastructure in Florida @ FAU Tech Runway
                                    Tuesday July 25th: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
                                    JOINT MEETUP WITH SFTA AND PALM BEACH TECH.

                                    You are invited to join the SFTA for a joint Meetup-style event with Palm Beach Tech. The event will feature Joe York, President of AT&T Florida who will discuss 'Tech Infrastructure in Florida'

                                    Mr. York has held various positions within AT&T including most recently Vice President Legislative & Regulatory Affairs with AT&T Florida. His leadership in 2007 resulted in the Florida Legislature reforming how the cable industry is regulated. This major change in state law has resulted in greater competition and new investments into the Florida economy. In 2009, he successfully led a reform of the telecommunication industry regulations.

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                                    • Boca Raton, FL 33431
                                    • 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

                                    South Florida Technology Alliance

                                    vBeers-SF
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                                    SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Tap42 (Midtown Miami) - Wednesday, July 26th
                                    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.

                                    Wednesday, July 26th @ Tap42 Midtown

                                    • 5:00PM - 8:30PM (happy hour specials until 5:30PM)
                                    • 3252 NE 1st Ave, Suite 101 Miami, FL 33137 - https://tap42.com/midtown -With Miami VMware Users group (Miami VMUG)

                                    Upcoming Events:

                                    • Wednesday, August 2nd @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
                                    • Wednesday, August 9th @ Funky Buddha Brewery, Oakland Park
                                    • Wednesday, August 16th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
                                    • Wednesday, August 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown

                                    Read on for detailed schedule

                                    SFTA Weekly Social Meetups: vBeers @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
                                    Wednesday, August 2nd
                                    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.

                                    Wednesday, August 2nd @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens

                                    • 11701 Lake Victoria Gardens Ave #4106, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410
                                    • 5:30PM - 8:30PM
                                    • Website

                                    Upcoming Events:

                                    • Wednesday, August 2nd @ Yard House, Palm Beach Gardens
                                    • Wednesday, August 9th @ Funky Buddha Brewery
                                    • Wednesday, August 16th @ Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
                                    • Wednesday, August 23rd @ Tap42 Midtown

                                    Read on for detailed schedule

                                    IT - DR
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                                    7 Things Your IT Disaster Recovery Plan Should Cover
                                    CSO Online, July 21st 2017
                                    "Enterprise networks and data access can be knocked out without warning, thanks to natural and man-made disasters. You can't stop them all from happening, of course, but with a good disaster recovery plan you can be better prepared for the unexpected..."
                                    How To Create An Effective Business Continuity Plan
                                    CIO, July 17th 2017
                                    "A business continuity plan outlines procedures and instructions an organization must follow in the face of disaster, whether fire, flood or cyberattack. Here's how to create one that gives your business the best chance of surviving such an event..."
                                    IT - PM
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                                    How To Pick The Best Project Management Methodology For Success
                                    CIO, July 20th 2017
                                    "Choosing the right project management methodology for the job is essential. Our guide to evaluating project management methodologies will ensure you pick the perfect fit for your next project.

                                    Choosing the right project management methodology for your team is the first step to success.

                                    But with so many different - and in some cases, overlapping - approaches to managing the complexities of any given project, how can you know which project management methodology is best?..."

                                    IT - Networks
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                                    How To Ride Wave 2 For Faster Network Speeds
                                    ComputerWeekly, July 17th 2017
                                    "The 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless standard is entering enterprise wireless networks. Computer Weekly looks at how it works and how best to deploy it...

                                    It might be easy to assume that 802.11ac Wave 2 standard wireless devices only offer faster wireless connectivity, but that would be an over-simplification..."

                                      Predictive Analytics: Your Key To Preventing Network Failures
                                      CIO, July 17th 2017
                                      "Powerful new tools replace crystal ball predictions with deep and actionable insights...

                                      Identifying and pinpointing potential network failures and performance issues has long been a matter of educated guesswork, but an emerging generation of predictive analytics tools promises to bring greater accuracy to network reliably forecasts, allowing staff to address and remedy specific issues even before they can even begin affecting network operations..."

                                      What Is Li-Fi? The Ultimate Definition Of Li-Fi
                                      TechWorld, July 20th 2017
                                      "Li-Fi claims to be 100 times faster than standard Wi-Fi. But what exactly is it and how does it work?...

                                      Light Fidelity or Li-Fi is a Visible Light Communications (VLC) system running wireless communications travelling at very high speeds.

                                      Li-Fi uses common household LED (light emitting diodes) light bulbs to enable data transfer, boasting speeds of up to 224 gigabits per second..."

                                      What SDN Is And Where It's Going
                                      NetworkWorld, July 19th 2017
                                      "The SDN market has emerged from early adopter to early mainstream, and in doing so its use cases have expanded...

                                      Forrester analyst Andre Kindness says a lot of clients ask him how they should think about software-defined networking (SDN), which has been heralded for years as the next great thing in the industry..."

                                      IT - IoT
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                                      Addressing The Growing IoT Risks To The Enterprise (Slideshow)
                                      CIO Insight, July 17th 2017
                                      "So far, security concerns about the internet of things (IoT) have revolved mostly around consumer devices. Yet, as enterprises ratchet up their connections across people, devices and machines, exposure points and risks grow exponentially. A recent report from network management firm ForeScout - "How Hackable Is Your Smart Enterprise?" - found that many organizations aren't keeping up with key IoT security requirements..."
                                      FBI Warns About Security Risks From IoT-Connected Toys in Your Home
                                      eWeek, July 19th 2017
                                      "As more toys and recreational devices are directly or indirection connected to the internet of things, security threats rise, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warns.

                                      The idea that a toy presents a real security threat first came to national attention back in 1998, when a small robot disguised as a fanciful animal was banned by the National Security Agency..."

                                      IoT Orchestration Coming, But Slowly
                                      IT Business Edge, July 17th 2017
                                      "The closer the enterprise gets to a broad Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem, the more urgently it feels the need for a functioning orchestration layer. Unfortunately, aside from a few rudimentary steps toward basic interoperability and data management, it seems that full-stack orchestration will have to wait a while.

                                      This is a problem both for the enterprise and IoT systems developers because without a high degree of coordination across IoT infrastructure, deployments are not likely to achieve the scale that brings true value to broad data collection and analysis..."

                                      IoT: Top 7 Challenges (Slideshow)
                                      IT Business Edge, July 19th 2017
                                      "The IoT represents a unique set of challenges that pose a real threat to its utility as an engine of economic growth. Fortunately, the problems encountered so far are solvable, although it will probably take some time to determine exactly how to handle them and what level of optimization is needed for the multiple IoT services that are certain to arise..."
                                      Is Serverless Automation Too Much Of A Good Thing For The IoT Edge?
                                      siliconANGLE, July 19th 2017
                                      "Big data management platform Apache Spark wants to extend its streaming capabilities to serverless application development via DataBricks Inc., a cloud-based data service founded by Spark's creators. But will this make it harder to wield data at the Internet of Things' edge?..."
                                      JPL's CTO Tells Enterprises How to Network IoT
                                      Network World, July 17th 2017
                                      "IoT can be an inexpensive test bed for innovation when mixed with the infinite resources of cloud computing...

                                      The internet of things combined with cloud computing is the platform for innovation that is used by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and that should be used by enterprises, but it means setting up the right network infrastructure, JPL's IT CTO says..."

                                      Secure IoT Essential To Smart Transportation's Future
                                      StateTech, July 18th 2017
                                      "As vehicles and transit infrastructure become smarter, cities and states need to secure the Internet of Things highway...

                                      In an idealized version of future roadways, cars and buses zip along with minimal traffic or accidents, using automation and connectivity tools to anticipate and prepare for everything from changing traffic signals to patches of black ice. In a darker scenario, hackers leverage those new connections to infect vehicles and infrastructure - causing gridlock by turning all of a city's traffic lights red, spying on drivers through their cars or even demanding ransom payments in exchange for releasing control over a bus's steering or braking system..."

                                      The Top 5 Most Successful IoT Business Models
                                      ITProPortal, July 20th 2017
                                      "Value can come in many different forms, but these five models have emerged as particularly effective applications for IoT.

                                      There's a lot of excitement buzzing around the Internet of Things (IoT) these days. And while much of it is deserved, sometimes that excitement has gotten ahead of understanding. As a result, the emerging IoT industry has been rife with the kinds of miscalculations and misapplications that so often plague early adoption..."

                                      IT - Linux
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                                      How Microsoft Brought SQL Server To Linux
                                      TechCrunch, July 17th 2017
                                      "Back in 2016, when Microsoft announced that SQL Server would soon run on Linux, the news came as a major surprise to users and pundits alike. Over the course of the last year, Microsoft's support for Linux (and open source in general), has come into clearer focus and the company's mission now seems to be all about bringing its tools to wherever its users are..."
                                      IT - Operations
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                                      Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)
                                      Datamation, July 17th 2017
                                      "Like a traditional data center, a software-defined data center (SDDC) houses servers, storage, networking devices and other IT or telecommunications hardware. However, in an SDDC all those infrastructure elements are virtualized and delivered as a service. In other words, the software is abstracted away from the hardware, which allows organizations to manage their compute, storage and networking resources as virtual pools. Instead of having to configure hardware manually, staff can control their infrastructure from one central software interface..."
                                      10 Things Every CIO Must Know About Their Data Centers
                                      Data Center Knowledge, July 20th 2017
                                      "While data centers aren't necessarily something CIOs think about on a daily basis, there are some essential things every executive in this role must know about their organization's data center operations. They all have to do with data center outages, past and future ones. These incidents carry significant risk of negative impact on the entire organization's performance and profitability, which are things that fall comfortably within a typical CIO's scope of responsibilities..."
                                      How Technology Is Disrupting Data Centers
                                      Business 2 Community, July 17th 2017
                                      "Data storage is an intangible component of the technological landscape, but is often unnoticed. As the unsung hero of the tech world, it's the core infrastructure that is key to maintaining web operations. It has also been estimated to be worth over $77.5 Billion by 2022 (according to Markets and Markets).

                                      Most of us are aware the impact that the cloud and AI have made on how we look at data, but we rarely talk about how these developments impact data centers. Not long ago, data centers were the primary locations for shared information. Today, however, data centers' value proposition are evolving. While the data center isn't going to become obsolete anytime soon, it's definitely growing and shifting with tech, making it one of the most dynamic areas. Here's why:..."

                                      Largest Data Center Companies
                                      Datamation, July 19th 2017
                                      "When an organization needs a data center, it doesn't necessarily build and operate that data center on its own. Instead, they turn to the many different vendors offer both wholesale and retail data center services.

                                      In fact, the market for data center services seems to be expanding rapidly. The trend toward cloud computing has been a boon to data center providers as many of them count companies like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and IBM among their customers. According to Structure Research, the colocation market was worth $33.59 billion in 2016, a number that is likely to grow 15.2 percent in 2017. And 451 Research predicts that the wholesale and retail colocation markets could be worth $48 billion by 2021..."

                                      The Truth About SysAdmins
                                      opensouce.com, July 20th 2017
                                      "Stereotypes about system administration are a dime a dozen. Here's the truth about what it's like to be a sysadmin...

                                      You've probably heard many stereotypes about system administrators and the job itself. Like most stereotypes, they have varying levels of accuracy, so it's worth digging a little deeper if you're considering a career change.

                                      Here's the truth about are some of the things you may have heard about network and system administration..."

                                        IT - Security
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                                        Top Cloud Security Controls You Should Be Using
                                        CSO Online, July 19th 2017
                                        "Another day, another data breach because of poorly configured cloud-based systems. The latest incident, in which up to 6 million customer details for Verizon's United States customers was exposed, is yet another reminder both the cloud provider and the organization share the responsibility for cloud security.

                                        There is a misconception that the cloud service provider is in charge of securing the cloud environment. That is only half the story..."

                                        On High Alert: How Executives Can Save Themselves And Their Organizations From Cyber Attacks
                                        ITProPortal, July 20th 2017
                                        "Many cyber attacks often begin with a simple email.

                                        'The fool doth think he is wise.' So read the subject line of an email sent to Barclays CEO Jes Staley. An email purported to be sent from Barclay's Chairman John McFarlane that fooled Staley into not only opening the message, but responding to it. As we now know, the email was not really from McFarlane, but a hacker, eager to expose Staley to public ridicule..."

                                        Data Breaches Continue At A Record Pace
                                        CIO Today, July 19th 2017
                                        "Data breaches are running 29 percent above last year, according to a report being released today by the Identity Theft Resource Center and CyberScout.

                                        Hacking was the leading cause of data breaches nationwide, more than 790 so far this year.

                                        More than 12 million records have been exposed, although two-thirds of data breach notifications or public notices did not report the number of records compromised..."

                                          Great Big List Of Cybersecurity Resources
                                          CSO Online, July 20th 2017
                                          "Beef up your cybersecurity knowledge with this list of cybersecurity resources, including data threats, data breaches, books, jobs, companies and VC funding...

                                          Here's an excuse for IT workers to take some extra time off and head to the beach. Bring a smartphone or tablet, and check out these cybersecurity lists. They're an easy read - chock-full of insightful cybersecurity facts, figures, statistics and more..."

                                            The Curse Of The Ex-Employee
                                            Information Age, July 21st 2017
                                            "New research from OneLogin finds more than half of ex-employees still have access to corporate applications...

                                            Despite businesses of all sizes becoming increasingly security conscious, a new study from OneLogin, the identity management provider bringing speed and integrity to the modern enterprise, reveals many businesses aren't doing enough to guard against security threats brought on by ex-employees..."

                                            Top Ten Phishing Results Show Human Error Is Still The Weakest Link
                                            ITProPortal, July 20th 2017
                                            "Emails from unknown senders should be treated with great care no matter how official the subject line may seem.

                                            Phishing and ransomware attacks are a serious problem to businesses the world over and have become the logical evolution of cybercrime. Criminals can steal or disable access to corporate or personal finances, sensitive employee data, patient data, intellectual property, employee files and other valuable content..."

                                              Seven Reasons Why Security Teams Need To 'See It To Secure It' When It Comes To Modern Threats
                                              ITProPortal, July 17th 2017
                                              "There are seven reasons why integrated network and endpoint visibility matters for modern security...

                                              Hacking, theft and compromise often rely on stealth. Exploits can masquerade as part of legitimate-looking emails, innocuous attachments can contain malicious code, and systems may remain unpatched or still have back doors that become entry points for stealthy intrusions. These factors make distinguishing legitimate from malicious behaviour more difficult..."

                                              IT - Careers
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                                              10 Things IT Pros Should Consider (Or Dread) Before The Job Hunt
                                              InformationWeek, July 17th 2017
                                              "Think you've seen changes in your IT group over the years? Well there have been just as many changes in the job market. Here's some advice to help you find that next great job.

                                              Hunting for that new job can be a bit of a mixed bag. On one hand, you feel optimistic about the possibilities of landing that ideal, truly fulfilling position. On the other, you're dreading many of the steps of the job search process. These can include tasks such as updating your resume, preparing for an interview and determining if a potential new job is the right fit for both you and the employer. Additionally, you may be second guessing whether you even have the right skills to land your dream job in the first place..."

                                                Career Lessons Learned From Top Tech Leaders
                                                DevOps.com, July 17th 2017
                                                "In the technology world, we are in a time of incredible disruption and innovation. Many years ago, my friend and 'DevOps Handbook' co-author John Willis predicted that a decade from now, academics will call this period the 'Cambrian explosion' - it was an incredibly vibrant 25-million year period that resulted in an incredible diversification of cellular life forms, including the appearance of complex, multi-cellular organisms, setting the stage for the diversity of life we see today..."
                                                Employers Opening The Purse Strings For Top Database Skills
                                                Information Management, July 16th 2017
                                                "Employers are upping the ante on what they will pay for employees and job candidates with certain specific skill sets, including database skills, application development, and SAP and business enterprise business application skills.

                                                The latest 2017 IT Skills & Certifications Pay Index report issued by the Foote Partners LLC/Foote Research Group also finds that pay premiums for non certified technology skills is rising faster than for specialized skills with certifications..."

                                                Top 10 Highest-Paying Cloud Computing Certifications
                                                TechWorm, July 19th 2017
                                                Try one of these 10 highest paying cloud computing certifications and get yourself a six figure job

                                                Vijay writes, "After reading one of our popular article about The Top 7 Highest-Paying IT Certifications, several of our readers requested us to make a post on cloud computing and embedded technologies (IoT) certifications. While IT certifications are required if you want a job in IT or project management. Internet of Things and Cloud Computing has been heralded as next big thing to hit the tech sphere..."

                                                Why You Should Be A SysAdmin
                                                opensouce.com, July 17th 2017
                                                "We are at war with entropy, and Uncle Server wants YOU to be a system administrator.

                                                Chances are good that you are already an administrator for some systems you own, and you do it for free because that's just how it goes these days. But there are employers willing and eager to pay good money for someone to help administer their systems. We're currently near zero unemployment in system and network administration, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects continued 9% growth in the field through 2024..."

                                                  IT - Virtualization
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                                                  VirtualBox 5.1.24 Adds Initial Support for Linux 4.13, Improves Fedora Support
                                                  Softpedia, July 20th 2017
                                                  "Nearly three months in development, VirtualBox 5.1.24 comes with a lot of improvements and bug fixes, in particular for users of GNU/Linux distributions. First off, it introduces initial support for the upcoming Linux 4.13 kernel series, whose development was kicked off last Saturday by Linus Torvalds.

                                                  Additionally, VirtualBox 5.1.24 reduces the kernel stack consumption for Linux kernels that are compiled with the CONFIG_CPUMASK_OFFSTACK option, improves compatibility with Linux kernel modules that are built with the GCC 7 compiler, and addresses a couple of issues with the Linux 4.12 kernel series..."

                                                  Why Docker Won't Kill Virtual Machines
                                                  Container Journal, July 19th 2017
                                                  "Conventional wisdom posits that Docker containers are killing virtual machines. That's an overstatement. VMware, KVM and other virtual machine platforms still have bright futures. Here's why.

                                                  There's no doubt that Docker's debut in 2013 changed the game in significant ways for traditional virtualization. Organizations that had once depended on VMware or KVM for all of their software deployment needs found a new option in Docker. Docker made application containers a practical alternative to virtual machines.

                                                  There's also no doubt that the Docker revolution is forcing VMware and other companies to change their strategy in major ways. They can't count on keeping their customers simply by providing a compelling alternative to bare-metal servers..."

                                                  Why Now Why Microservices Why Not SOA?
                                                  RedMonk, July 21st 2017
                                                  "My Stephen colleague yesterday published an interesting post The Difference Between SOA and Microservices Isn't Size. In it he argues that developer led adoption of technology - the new kingmaker thesis - is why microservices are different from SOA.

                                                  Apart from being made to feel old - we now live in a world where SOA can be described as 'archaic' I thought it was worth adding some colour about why and how things are different this time around, and why and how microservices are indeed different..."

                                                  IT - Backup
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                                                  Before You Back Up To The Cloud, Ask These Big Questions
                                                  Search Data Backup, July 20th 2017
                                                  "Using cloud storage as a backup destination is increasingly popular, and it can be a great way to have infinite off-site backup capacity. But before you leap in and back up to the cloud -- resolving your immediate backup capacity problem -- it is worth asking a few questions..."
                                                    IT - Big Data
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                                                    Three Big Data Developments No One Is Talking About
                                                    InformationWeek, July 17th 2017
                                                    "What you will be discussing about big data in a year will be very different from today's conversations.

                                                    We've recently seen data science shift markedly from a peripheral capability to a core function, with larger teams tackling increasingly complex analytics problems. We've watched rapid advances in data science platforms and their big implications for data and analytics teams. But what surprises are in store in the realm of data, analytics and machine learning going forward?

                                                    What new developments in data science will we be talking about in a year? Here are our three predictions:..."

                                                    When Big Data Doesn't Work
                                                    insideBIGDATA, July 16th 2017
                                                    "The use of big data is no longer a strategy for advanced and technologically innovative companies to gain a competitive edge. It is a necessity for all businesses across all industries. Collecting data is not enough. Businesses need to understand how to translate their data into competitive strategies and advantages. In the infographic below, courtesy of our friends at Villanova University, you'll review the challenges of big data:..."
                                                    12 Leading Products For Data Governance Stewardship
                                                    Information Management, July 19th 2017
                                                    "Data scientists need help with managing data policies, complying with evolving regulations, and preparing for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. To assist them, Forrester Research has released its latest Wave report - "Data Governance Stewardship and Discovery Providers, Q2 2017: The 12 Providers That Matter The Most and How They Stack Up." The study is authored by Forrester analyst Henry Peyret, with assistance from Alex Cullen, Alex Kramer and Sam Bartlett. Here are 12 leading products they reviewed in the data governance and stewardship space..."
                                                    14 Big Data Certifications That Will Pay Off
                                                    CIO, July 20th 2017
                                                    "Data scientists and data analysts as well as engineers and developers with the skills to work with big data technologies are in demand and well-compensated. Want an extra edge looking for your next job? Get big data certified..."
                                                    Big Data Is Changing How Businesses Make Decisions
                                                    SmartDataCollective, July 19th 2017
                                                    "Data is at the heart of business decision-making. However, until recently, most of that data came from sources such as customer feedback and marketing testing. The rise of big data, however, has created a situation in which more businesses can launch products based on predictive analytics rather than experiential testing. It's a different marketplace.

                                                    Are there demonstrable differences between research-driven business decisions and those made based on predictive analytics? Here's what a closer look can tell us about how big data is shaping marketing..."

                                                    Data Drift Happens: 7 Pesky Problems With People Data
                                                    InformationWeek, July 19th 2017
                                                    "Making sense of data associated with customers, citizens and other individuals may seem simple, but it's possible that the records don't tell the real story.

                                                    People are like snowflakes. No two are alike. But, we all have similar characteristics - also known as personally identifiable information (PII) -- basic elements that organizations track about customers, citizens or any other representation of an individual..."

                                                      Four Ways Big Data Is Still Changing The Way We Do Business
                                                      insideBIGDATA, July 19th 2017
                                                      "Marketing research took a major turn in the 1970's, when the practice turned its attention towards the influence that social behavior has on the consumer marketplace. Having continually developed ever since, integrating new technologies to strengthen our understanding of the social side of business, today's businesses rely heavily on consumer data in order to successfully attract customers and increase growth.

                                                      From the creation of more personalized campaigns, to harnessing the power of social media, here are four of the major reasons that big data is changing the way we do business as we know it:..."

                                                      Top10
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                                                      Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
                                                      Vol 233 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 232 Issues 1, 2, 3 and 4; Vol 231 Issues 4 and 5
                                                      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 Picks First Six Companies For Its Startup Cloud Accelerator In Paris
                                                      • New Job Roles in the Age of Cloud and Big Data
                                                      • The Rise of the Renaissance Database Administrator
                                                      • Can't Stop Cyberattacks? Teach Your Computer To Do It
                                                      • Chartis Names Oracle as Top Category Leader for IFRS 9 Solutions
                                                      • Bring A Marketing Mindset To Your Talent Recruitment
                                                      • Partner Spotlight: Cloudbase Coriolis and seamless migration to Oracle VM
                                                      • Global Accessories Retailer Parfois Establishes a Foundation for Accelerated Growth with Oracle Retail
                                                      • MySQL Connector/Net 8.0.8-dmr has been released
                                                      • How SuiteBox Uses Oracle Cloud To Revolutionize Collaboration In Financial Services

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

                                                        IT - Server
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                                                        Data Center Architecture: Converged, HCI, and Hyperscale
                                                        Network Computing, July 17th 2017
                                                        "If you are planning an infrastructure refresh or designing a greenfield data center from scratch, the hype around converged infrastructure, hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and hyperscale might have you scratching your head. In this blog, I'll compare and contrast the three approaches and consider scenarios where one infrastructure architecture would be a better fit than the others..."
                                                        Hyperconverged Infrastructure vs Cloud Computing - 5 Questions To Ask
                                                        Information Age, July 17th 2017
                                                        "As IT departments look to move beyond traditional virtualisation into cloud and hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) platforms, they have a lot to consider. There are many types of organisations with different IT needs and it is important to determine whether those needs align more with cloud or HCI. With new and complicated buzzwords flying around it can be hard for IT staff to know where to start. Here are five questions that will guide you to the right solution..."
                                                        IT - HPC
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                                                        Panel Discussion: Beyond Moore's Law (Video)
                                                        insideBIGDATA, July 16th 2017
                                                        "In this video from PASC17, John Shalf from LBNL moderates a panel discussion on Moore's Law..."

                                                        "By most accounts, we are nearing the limits of conventional photolithography processes. It will be challenging to continue to shrink feature sizes smaller than 5nm and still realize any performance improvement for digital electronics in silicon..."

                                                        Nexenta News
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                                                        Webinar with 451 Research: Software-Defined vs. Storage Appliances? Get the Best of Both Worlds
                                                        July 26th at 8AM PST/11AM EST to learn more about the possibilities of the Lenovo DX8200N.
                                                        Join 451 Research, Lenovo & Nexenta

                                                        In today's IT environment, managing traditional data storage can be rigid and expensive, but you've heard software-defined can be complex.

                                                        Enter: Lenovo DX8200N powered by NexentaStor

                                                        This storage appliance gives you the best of both worlds. The end result? A simplified, enterprise-grade storage solution that is easy to manage and scales with your business.

                                                        Who's talking?

                                                        • Henry Baltazar, Lead Storage Analyst, 451 Research
                                                        • Bill Hansen, Senior Product Manager, Lenovo
                                                        • Michael Letschin, Field CTO, Nexenta

                                                        Register

                                                        Nexenta's Tarkan Maner on Staying Ahead of Disruption
                                                        20 Minute Podcast with Larry Walsh CEO and Chief Analyst of The 2112 Group
                                                        The technology market is in a constant state of flux. Vendors, partners and customers are coping with the pressure of six major transformative technology trends simultaneously. Moreover, these trends are reshaping business and sales model. The challenge is adapting to new market conditions and capitalize on new opportunities before rivals and the onset of commoditization.

                                                        Tarkan Maner, CEO and chairman of Nexenta, knows a thing or two about staying ahead of disruption. His company is moving beyond flash storage to software defined storage and software defined infrastructure. Staying ahead of disruption requires constant what-if questioning, through which Maner sees limitless opportunities.

                                                        Podcast

                                                        Red Hat News
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                                                        Friday Five -uly 21, 2017
                                                        Red Hat, July 21st 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.

                                                        • Container Journal - Red Hat Delivers OpenShift as Cloud Service
                                                        • IT Pro Windows - Global IT Spending to Grow by 2.4% to $3.5 Trillion in 2017: Gartner
                                                        • eWeek - Open Container Initiative Specifications Reach 1.0 Milestone
                                                        • CIO - The most valuable cloud computing certifications today
                                                        • CRN - The 10 Coolest Open Source Products Of 2017 (So Far)

                                                        Read on for details.

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