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Oracle Brings Oracle's Flagship Databases and Developer Tools to the Docker Store

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.20

Oracle IoT Cloud Helps Lochbridge Enable Connected Vehicles

Oracle's Hurd: Answer The Questions That Really Matter To Your Business

Oracle Buys Moat

Popular Articles in Vol
230, Issue 3
Oracle IoT Cloud Helps Lochbridge Enable Connected Vehicles
By Product Team
Oracle blogs, "Lochbridge delivers Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to their customers in a number of industries including automotive, finance, healthcare and the public sector. They've partnered with Oracle to help enterprises find innovative ways to harness IoT data to improve and grow their business.

Listen to Lochbridge President and CEO Romil Bahl talk about leveraging Oracle Big Data Cloud and Oracle IoT Cloud services to build an IoT gateway for connected vehicles..."

New SPARC Cloud Offerings and Secure Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure Service
By Javier Puerta
Javier blogs, "Learn about the different SPARC-based cloud solutions. Acquaint yourself with a new on-premises cloud offering called Secure Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure as a Service which implements SPARC Enterprise.

Watch the video..."

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1.20
By Simon Coter
Simon blogs, "Today I'm going to announce VirtualBox updated releases on my personal blog; as maybe most of you already know our Virtualization Blog is migrating to a new platform and will be back very soon. Oracle has released VirtualBox 5.1 Maintenance Release 20.

This release includes improvements and regression fixes for Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.1. Between them we can mention:

  • GUI: fixed a possible crash when switching a multi-monitor VM into full-screen or seamless mode
  • GUI: fixed non-literal shortcuts if the keyboard is not captured
  • GUI: several mini-toolbar fixes in full-screen / seamless mode
  • Windows Additions: another fix for automatic logins for Windows Vista and newer
  • ICH9: fix for Windows guests with a huge amount (>64G) of guest memory
  • BIOS: fixed El Torito hard disk emulation geometry calculation (thanks to Dwight Engen contribution)

Read on for details.

OPN receives 5-Star Partner Program Award from CRN
By Cinzia Mascanzoni
Cinzia blogs, "CRN has awarded Oracle PartnerNetwork with a 5-Star Partner Program rating for the 11th time - an elite title reserved for the top partner programs in the IT industry. Oracle is proud to achieve this honor. Visit OPN's page in the CRN Partner Program Guide & our online showcase to learn more about our award-winning program..."
MySQL InnoDB Cluster in Oracle Public Cloud: A Tutorial
By Francisco Tirado
Francisco blogs, "In this tutorial, we are going to guide you through the entire process of creating a 3 node InnoDB cluster in Oracle Public Cloud (OPC). We will address each of the steps, from the initial configuration and setup of the OPC IaaS resources to the InnoDB cluster creation and setup..."
Cloud Computing
Cloud-Native DevOps workshop
By Juergen Kress
Juergen blogs, "Oracle Cloud is the industry's broadest and most integrated public cloud. It offers best-in-class services across software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and even lets you put Oracle Cloud in your own data center. Oracle Cloud helps organizations drive innovation and business transformation by increasing business agility, lowering costs, and reducing IT complexity. The workshop content shows different aspects of Application Development in the cloud with different set of Oracle Cloud Services..."
Getting Started with Oracle Developer Samples
By Allen Wangu
Allen blogs, "Are you just joining Oracle's transformation journey to Cloud?

Are you just getting used to working with the technology leader ?

Having trouble getting started?

Oracle is developing, supporting and promoting open source by providing sample templates that can get you started on most of our products..."

vBeers @ Miami (Coral Gables)
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017: 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
320 Gastrolounge - Coral Gables

Join us for the next vBeers @ Miami. We meet on the 4th Wednesday of each month in Miami. Come out and connect with other professionals in your industry! vBeers is a great event meant to promote growth of the IT industry here in South Florida.

This will be a joint meetup with the Miami VMware Users Group (VMUG).

Register today so you can be a part of this great monthly event! Feel free to invite your friends and co workers who work in the IT industry!

Registration is required for this location.

John Mclaughlin, Andres Hurtado Rangel

Top Ten Articles for last few Issues
Vol 230 Issues 1 and 2; Vol 229 Issues 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; Vol 228 Issue 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 CEO: We Can Beat Amazon and Microsoft Without as Many Data Centers
  • Ubuntu 17.04
  • Friday Spotlight: Running Oracle Linux as a Logical Domain on SPARC
  • America's Cup Boats Draft Moore's Law Technology Curve
  • Tips and Tricks for best RMAN Backup and Recovery Performance
  • Why CIOs Who Want To 'Grow The Business' Must Adopt Cloud
  • McGraw Hill's Journey to Oracle Public Cloud
  • Setting up MySQL Cluster in the Oracle Bare Metal Cloud
  • Training Thursdays: Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud with Oracle OpenStack
  • Leverage Enterprise Manager to Simplify your Database Security Management

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

    Webcast Series: Build Better Mobile Apps Faster
    By Juergen Kress
    Juergen blogs, "Digital Transformation creates new business opportunities through the ability to engage people with the latest mobile, social, cloud and collaboration capabilities. You can create value, create loyalty and reduce cost of operations by optimizing your mobile presence and start using intelligent, in-the-moment experiences in your mobile strategy, in-context and collaboratively. Build engaging innovative apps with context and location and be ready for new channels such as chat bots, so the organization can support consumers in a fun, useful, and meaningful ways in an environment that presents the least friction possible..."
      Oracle News
      Oracle Brings Oracle's Flagship Databases and Developer Tools to the Docker Store
      Oracle, April 19th 2017
      Developers can easily access leading databases and developer tools as Docker containers to develop and deploy cloud-scale applications

      Oracle announced that it is collaborating with Docker to release its flagship databases, middleware and developer tools into the Docker Store marketplace via the Docker Certification Program. Together, Oracle and Docker enable developers to quickly build cloud-native applications using Docker Enterprise Edition as their container platform and Oracle's databases and developer tools immediately available as Docker containers through the Docker Store.. The Docker Certification Program is a framework for partners to integrate and certify their technology to the Docker EE commercial platform.

      Al Nahdi Drives Growth and Insight with Oracle Retail Cloud Services
      Oracle, April 19th 2017
      From Spreadsheets to Packaged Applications, Saudi Arabian Retailer Drives Increased Productivity

      Oracle announced Saudi Arabian pharmacies' retailer Nahdi Medical Company deployed Oracle Retail Advanced Science Engine Cloud Service, Oracle Retail Merchandising Solutions, and Oracle Retail Category Management. Nahdi is considered the largest pharmacies' chain in Middle East and North Africa. Its mission is to exceed the expectations of 85 million guests across 125 cities by providing personalized high-quality health, wellness and beauty products and services through its expertise and extended reach.

      Nahdi manages a huge and growing assortment of SKUs across 170 categories throughout its stores. The volume of data forced Nahdi to adopt a scalable and smart planning solution.

      Oracle Buys Moat
      Oracle, April 18th 2017
      Creates the World's Most Comprehensive Cloud Platform for Marketing Data and Analytics

      Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Moat, the fastest-growing digital measurement cloud company. Moat will join Oracle Data Cloud, which uses data and analytics to enhance media for leading marketers and publishers. The combination of Oracle and Moat will connect data to consumer attention for better media experiences and business outcomes.

      Moat will remain an independent platform within Oracle Data Cloud, providing trusted measurement, analytics, and intelligence to the world's largest brands including Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and Unilever, and leading publishers such as ESPN, Facebook, NBCUniversal, Snapchat, and YouTube. Moat's enterprise client base and industry-leading attention analytics and intelligence suite provide a strong complement to Oracle Data Cloud's audience targeting and measurement solutions.

      Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud Update Helps Businesses Scale Logistics to Meet Multi-Channel Demand
      Oracle, April 18th 2017
      Momentum of Cloud WMS Solution Touted in Top Industry Analyst Reports

      Oracle announced a new supply chain cloud functionality that helps businesses master challenging warehouse fulfillment issues in order to help outpace their competition. Version 8 of Oracle Warehouse Management Cloud (the former LogFire Warehouse Management System) has the latest functional user experience and integration enhancements that provide a comprehensive view of inventory from supplier to the distribution center (DC) to store shelves.

      With Forrester research reporting that the total cloud market value is expected to top $236 billion dollars by 2020, and Transparency Market Research reporting the cloud WMS market is expected to expand from $1.2 billion in 2015 to $4.1 billion by 2024, Oracle is well-positioned to help companies on their journey to adopt SCM cloud solutions.

      How One B2B Company Makes Complex Customer Self-Service As Easy As ABC
      By Rick O'Herron
      Rick writes in Forbes, "Building communications networks isn't for meek service providers. They need to configure the right copper, fiber, and equipment and services to carry the voice, video, and data workloads of today and tomorrow. It's a very high-touch process, and it can't really be done with a traditional, consumer-like ecommerce interface.

      Or can it? Calix, a $500 million telecommunications product and solutions company, has identified several B2B customer self-service scenarios - such as when customers know precisely what they want - where it makes sense to do exactly that..."

      Innovation Made Easy: The Cloud's Long-Term Value Proposition
      By Chuck Hollis
      Chuck Hollis writes in Forbes, "A staple of the tech trade press is The New Shiny Thing, that cool, mysterious new technology portrayed as both promising and threatening.

      Big data. Deep analytics. Internet of Things. Artificial intelligence and machine learning. Blockchain. Chatbots. The list goes on. When we tire of one thing, something newer and shinier comes along.

      Buy the research study! Attend the conference! Download the white paper!

      IT professionals usually take the time to understand the basic ideas behind these new shiny things, just in case some business colleague asks them. Most business people are looking for new ways to innovate, and all of these things might be winners - that is, if they were easier to consume.

      But I'm here to argue that we'll see a lot less attention paid to new shiny things in the future than we've seen in the past..."

      Oracle's Hurd: Answer The Questions That Really Matter To Your Business
      By Chris Murphy
      Chris Murphy writes in Forbes, "Oracle CEO Mark Hurd tries to avoid broad tech industry jargon like 'big data analytics.' Instead, as a CEO, he wants to hear about a real business problem and how data analysis helps solve it.

      Like this question, which he's pushing his own teams to answer:

      'What kinds of people succeed at Oracle?' Hurd asked, speaking to HR leaders on April 11 at the Oracle HCM World conference in Boston.

      Oracle has hired tens of thousands of people over the past five years as it grows, adding to its a massive employee data set. Do recent grads from certain universities, with certain GPAs, tend to do better at Oracle, or does the success of such hires have more to do with the manager they're assigned? 'What common corollaries are there among the people who succeed?' Hurd asked..."

      Nexenta News
      ZeroStack And Nexenta Offer Converged Cloud/Storage Solution
      Nexenta, April 11th 2017
      ZeroStack Teams up with Nexenta to Create Integrated Private Cloud Solution that Reduces Cloud Operations & Storage Costs for Enterprise and Cloud Workloads

      ZeroStack, the leader in making self-driving private cloud affordable for all companies, and Nexenta, the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), announced a joint solution that integrates ZeroStack's Intelligent Cloud Platform with Nexenta's storage systems to create a pre-tested, completely automated, and fully supported converged private cloud solution. With this solution, enterprises and managed service providers can now leverage Nexenta's industry-first hardware and protocol-agnostic Software-Defined Storage (SDS) portfolio, delivering complete freedom from storage hardware vendor lock-in, to build a highly resilient and high performing cloud for application development, running packaged enterprise applications and hosting.

      AMAX Launches StorMax Software Defined Storage Appliance NexentaStor
      Nexenta, April 18th 2017
      AMAX Launches StorMax Software Defined Storage Appliance

      AMAX, a leading provider of Cloud/IaaS, Deep Learning, Enterprise computing infrastructure solutions, announced the release of StorMax SDS, a software defined storage solution enabling customers around the world to transform their storage infrastructure, increasing flexibility and agility, simplifying management, and dramatically reducing storage infrastructure costs without compromising on Availability, Reliability or Functionality.

      AMAX StorMax SDS is a highly available software-designed storage solution that delivers unified file and block storage services with enterprise-grade data management, data integrity, and performance that can easily scale from tens of Terabytes to Petabytes.

      Seamlessly integrated with NexentaStor, the plug and play appliances are designed to be a simple swap-in replacement of legacy block and file storage appliances, offering unlimited file system sizes, unlimited snapshots and clones, and inline data reduction for additional storage cost savings . The StorMax SDS is ideal for VMWare/OpenStack/CloudStack backend storage, generic NAS file services, home directory storage, and near-line archive and large-scale backup repositories.

      Cisco News
      Cisco Expands Certification Portfolio to Drive Business Transformation
      Cisco, April 19th 2017
      Cisco Expands Certification Portfolio to Drive Business Transformation

      In the digital era, acquiring and building talent is a critical capability for organizations working to evolve, drive better business outcomes and create new market opportunities. Cisco announced it is expanding its training and certification portfolio with offerings that enable customers to optimize technology for successful digital business transformation. Transformation enabled by cloud computing, IoT, analytics, agile data centers, cybersecurity, mobility, ubiquitous access and the programmable network is only part of the equation. In addition to technology, workforce talent is key. Successful programs require involvement of stakeholders from beyond IT - and from other areas of the organization - who bring different perspectives. The evolution of job roles in the digital age requires new skills.

      Dell News
      Dell End-User Security Survey Highlights Unsafe Data Security Practices in the Workplace
      Dell, April 20th 2017
      Dell is releasing the results of its Dell End-User Security Survey, which finds that not only are many employees likely to share confidential information, but that they are doing so without proper data security protocols in place or in mind. Results show that today's workforce is caught between two imperatives: be productive and efficient on the job and maintain the security of company data. To address data security issues, companies must focus on educating employees and enforcing policies and procedures that secure data wherever they go, without hindering productivity.
      Microsoft News
      Microsoft to acquire Intentional Software to expand future productivity capabilities
      Microsoft, April 18th 2017
      Rajesh Jha blogs, "Today, I'm pleased to share that we have signed an agreement to acquire Intentional Software, a company that has been focused on creating a platform for a new generation of team productivity apps.

      At Microsoft, we aspire to help people and organizations be more productive, wherever they are. The reality is we live in a hyper-connected world that requires the ability to collaborate across geographies, disciplines and organizations, which is why we continue to push ourselves to think about new ways to empower people. You've seen this with the recent launch of Microsoft Teams, a chat-based workspace for Office 365, and the continued momentum and customer demand for Surface Hub, a device designed to unlock the power of the group..."

      IBM News
      IBM Study: Four Ways to Achieve Maximum ROI in Enterprise Mobility
      IBM, April 22nd 2017
      Enterprises continue to aggressively launch new mobile platforms, products and services, but may be falling short of the full potential value of their mobile projects, according to a study by IBM. The return on investment (ROI) for mobile currently accounts for only a fraction of what is possible, and organizations are not taking advantage of the full value mobility brings to the enterprise.

      According to a IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study "Return on Mobile Capturing the Value Beneath the Surface," there are four ways for organizations to increase their ROI from mobile. The study, based on surveys of more than 1,000 C-suite and mobile executives globally, found that 62 percent of executives surveyed said their most successful mobile projects pay for themselves in less than 12 months - a considerably faster rate than the two-to-three years it takes for other technology projects.

      Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Kerala and IBM India Develop Real-Time Water Quality Measurement System on IBM Watson IoT Platform
      IBM, April 21st 2017
      The Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management - Kerala (IIITM-K) and IBM announced the development of a real-time water quality management system - 'Swatchpaani'. The system, powered by IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, will continuously monitor water quality and measure temperature, pH and the presence of various metal/non-metal substances in the water, to ensure standard levels are not exceeded as prescribed by agencies.
      IBM Study Uncovers New and Innovative Ways for Electronics Companies to Improve Warranty Operations and Reduce Costs
      IBM, April 20th 2017
      Advances in predictive analytics, cognitive computing and Internet of Things (IoT) offer an opportunity to transform traditional warranty processes

      IBM announced results from a global benchmark survey analyzing electronics industry warranty performance, finding significant potential for improvement in warranty and supply chain operations.

      According to the new IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study, "Powering Warranty Reinvention: How Electronics Companies Leverage New Technologies to Improve Warranty Management," many companies don't put enough focus on effective warranty management or treat it as a competitive differentiator. Warranties are a critical part of product upgrades and launches, particularly for electronics companies that constantly introduce new features, software or experiences. Underestimating the operational impact of returns and repairs can have a profound effect on company reputation and bottom line.

      IBM Machine Vision Technology Advances Early Detection of Diabetic Eye Disease Using Deep Learning
      IBM, April 20th 2017
      The IBM Research findings achieve the highest recorded accuracy of 86 percent by using deep learning and pathology insights to identify the severity of diabetic retinopathy

      IBM this week released the results of new research using deep learning and visual analytics technology to advance early detection of diabetic retinopathy (DR). The results, which classify the degree of severity of the disease in an eye image, exceed other currently published research efforts for severity classification using deep learning and pathology insights.

      The research found that a new method created by the IBM team achieved an accuracy score of 86 percent in classifying the severity of the disease across the five levels recognized on the international clinical DR scale (no DR; mild; moderate; severe; proliferative DR), By being able to quickly and accurately identify both the presence and severity of diabetic eye disease, this research could potentially help doctors and clinicians have a better view of disease progression and determine treatment.

      Royal Canadian Institute for Science recognizes IBM's commitment to STEM
      IBM, April 20th 2017
      IBM Canada to receive award for contributing to public awareness of science

      The Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIS) will award IBM Canada the 2017 William Edmond Logan Award tonight at an award ceremony held at the MarS Discovery Centre in Toronto. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the public awareness of science by an institution or an organization.

      The William Edmond Logan Award recognizes IBM Canada's demonstrated commitment to promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to youth. "The large number of students reached through these initiatives, in particular aboriginal students, and the manner in which these programs engage IBM staff is impressive," said RCIS President Peter Love in the award statement. "We are delighted to recognize another venerable institution for its work in building public awareness of science."

      HARMAN and IBM Watson Internet of Things Introduce Cognitive Rooms that Bring Connected Experiences to the Consumer
      IBM, April 19th 2017
      In-Room Concierge Capabilities Tap Watson to Deliver New Levels of Experience and Simplicity to Hotels, Hospitals, Conference Rooms and Other Key Locations

      HARMAN Professional Solutions and IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) today unveiled Voice-Enabled Cognitive Rooms. Using IBM's Watson artificial intelligence (AI) technology and HARMAN AKG microphones, JBL speakers and AMX AV control and switching systems, the companies bring highly connected experiences to medical facilities, corporate offices, hotels, cruise ships and other hospitality environments.

      In addition to the current in-market solutions, HARMAN is part of IBM's cognitive collaboratories based in its $200 million Watson IoT global headquarters in Munich. In this facility today, HARMAN is demonstrating the capabilities of its in-room cognitive concierge in a conference room setting. At the same time the HARMAN team is also working with IBM designers, researchers and others to put IoT into the hands of enterprise customers.

      IBM Security App Exchange Now Features Over 90 Custom Applications
      IBM, April 19th 2017
      IBM announced that the IBM Security App Exchange has grown to over 90 custom applications from IBM and Business Partners, fostering innovation and collaboration amongst the security community. Over 30,000 apps, content packs and tools have been downloaded since the launch of the App Exchange, allowing users to easily extend the capabilities of IBM's Security technologies with custom apps and integrations.

      Launched in December 2015, the IBM Security App Exchange is a community marketplace for customers, Business Partners and other developers to build and share applications which build upon and integrate with IBM Security products.

      The Weather Company and LiveRamp Announce Innovative Collaboration to Enable Marketers to Integrate Weather's Data to Drive Decision-Making Across All Channels
      IBM, April 19th 2017
      LiveRamp IdentityLink will Use Weather's Event-Based WEATHERfx Data to Create People-Based Audience Data To Be Used By LiveRamp Clients to Drive Digital Marketing Campaigns

      The Weather Company, an IBM Business announced an innovative collaboration with LiveRamp, an Acxiom company, that will enable marketers to seamlessly integrate Weather's unique real-time data to help drive decision-making in omnichannel campaigns across the digital ecosystem. The capabilities of this collaboration offer marketers unique tools to engage people with relevant and timely experiences.

      This first-of-its-kind data integration allows an 'event-based' data set (e.g. The Weather Company's WEATHERfx data) to be matched with an 'audience-based' data set in real-time. This is designed to help marketers create better campaign outcomes and an expanded usage of different data sets across the media ecosystem.

      IBM to Deliver Docker Enterprise Edition for Linux on IBM Systems
      IBM, April 19th 2017
      Provides new flexibility in app development and deployment across hybrid cloud environments

      IBM announced today at DockerCon17 plans to make Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) available for Linux on IBM z Systems, LinuxONE and Power Systems to provide organizations with advanced performance and flexibility in developing and deploying business-critical applications across a hybrid cloud environment.

      Docker EE, a new version of Docker's container management platform, is designed to give developers and systems administrators a streamlined approach to building, running and operating applications at scale.

      Telstra and IBM Aspera Team up to Enable Media File Transfer Capability and Global Media File Collaboration
      IBM, April 19th 2017
      IBM announced that Telstra, Australia's leading telecommunications and technology company, has selected IBM Aspera to deliver simple, fast and secure media file transfer capability for Telstra Global Media Network (GMN) over the internet powered by Aspera Files.

      Custom built for the media industry, GMN combines Telstra's high-capacity submarine fiber cable network, with access to four teleports and over 40 satellites covering strategic media hubs across Asia, Europe, the United States and Australia. As an alternative to traditional media delivery, GMN utilizes the proven power and performance of Aspera Files to share and exchange content of any size, from any connected location, with anyone.

      Credit Mutuel and IBM Watson Put Technology at the Service of People
      IBM, April 20th 2017
      Watson to assist 20,000 customer advisors across France, enhancing the quality of service for 12 million customers

      Credit Mutuel and IBM announced that following a successful pilot, the use of Watson technologies is extended to 20,000 employees across 5,000 branches to continue to strengthen customer relationships. This marks the first commercial use of Watson by a financial institution in France to assist its professionals. The bank's customer advisors have been using Watson services in French for the past year, integrated in their business applications, as Credit Mutuel and IBM have partnered to train and improve Watson's French language capabilities.

      By mid-June, Watson-based solutions will be deployed to client advisors across the 15 federations of Crédit Mutuel throughout France: ...

      New Outage Prediction Model From The Weather Company, an IBM Business, Helps Utilities Prepare For and Respond to Severe Weather
      IBM, April 20th 2017
      New solution helps predict outage risk ahead of a storm to inform key decision-making and keep customers out of the dark

      The Weather Company, an IBM Business, introduce a new outage prediction solution designed to help utility companies proactively prepare for and respond to weather-related outages. Tailored to each utility's storm response plan, The Weather Company's Outage Prediction solution helps predict the anticipated number of outages and appropriate mobilization level based on the weather forecast for the utility's service territory. This enables the utility's operations team to make critical decisions as much as 72 hours ahead of an anticipated weather event - helping them to control costs and improve restorations times for their customers.

      "With our new Outage Prediction solution, storm operations and emergency management teams are now able to make more informed decisions that to improve restoration times, and save the utility millions of dollars per year," said Mark Gildersleeve, president of business solutions, The Weather Company. "This solution makes a huge impact when every hour of advance notice counts."

      U.S. Chamber Foundation and IBM Issue New Report on Impact of Corporate Social Responsibility on Public Sentiment, Brand Reputation
      IBM, April 20th 2017
      Social Media Analytics Reveal Positive Impact of CSR Communications

      The U.S. Chamber Foundation's Corporate Citizenship Center and IBM issued a new report that explores how efforts by businesses to be a positive force in communities - commonly referred to as corporate social responsibility (CSR) - influences public perception of those companies.

      The report, titled, "The CSR Effect: Social Media Sentiment and the Impact on Brands," examines the connection between companies that promote their corporate citizenship work and the resulting impact on public sentiment.

      Five9 Taps IBM Watson for Customers in Vietnam
      IBM, April 20th 2017
      Vietnamese entrepreneurs will access Cloud-based Cognitive systems that learn, reason and process natural languages

      IBM announced that Five9 Vietnam has selected IBM Cloud to bring Cognitive Computing to enterprises and organizations in Vietnam. Five9 is the first organization in Vietnam to tap into Watson APIs on IBM Bluemix to create and bring to life solutions that transform industries and society, starting with the banking and finance sector, healthcare and television. IBM and Five9 will help businesses, academics, startups and everyday people in Vietnam leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) and empower the next generation of developers to hone their AI skills and drive innovation.

      VMware News
      VMware Added To National NASPO ValuePoint Cloud Solutions Agreement
      VMware, April 20th 2017
      VMware announced its inclusion in NASPO ValuePoint's Cloud Solutions Master Agreement, a cooperative purchasing portfolio of best-value awards designed to make the public cooperative contracting process more efficient for participating states.

      The agreement -- which runs through Sept. 15, 2026 -- empowers states and other participating government or educational agencies with an approved Participating Addendum to acquire cloud technologies and IT solutions provided by VMware, and saves them the time and resources of researching service providers on their own.

      The Master Agreement was initiated after the State of Utah, the lead public agency on the request for proposal, utilized its sourcing team to thoroughly evaluate all applicants for a number of cloud IT solutions. VMware is included in the Master Agreement as a provider of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud solutions.

      Red Hat News
      Friday Five - April 21, 2017
      Red Hat, April 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.

      • Red Hat Offers Launchpad for IT Transformation with Latest Version of Red Hat Virtualization
      • TechRepublic - How Red Hat's strategy helps CIOs take baby steps to the cloud
      • Customer highlights to watch for at Red Hat Summit 2017
      • Open Source Stories - The Right Side of the Robots
      • InfoWorld - Ansible's rise is fueling Red Hat's reinvention

      Read on for details.

      Red Hat Offers Launchpad for IT Transformation with Latest Version of Red Hat Virtualization
      Red Hat, April 19th 2017
      Tighter portfolio integration and automation enhancements to KVM-based virtualization platform provides an open, powerful foundation to enterprises seeking IT modernization without lock-in

      Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4.1, the latest release of the company's Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM)-powered enterprise virtualization platform. Providing an open source infrastructure and centralized management solution for virtualized servers and workstations and built on the enterprise-grade backbone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4.1 delivers expanded automation capabilities through integration with Ansible by Red Hat while new networking and storage capabilities offer a stable, flexible foundation for IT innovation.

      Red Hat Names Eric Shander as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
      Red Hat, April 18th 2017
      25-year industry veteran appointed to new role after previously serving as Red Hat's acting CFO

      Red Hat announced that Eric Shander has been named the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective today. As Red Hat's CFO, Shander will be responsible for leading the company's global finance organization, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO Jim Whitehurst.

      Level3 News
      Over-the-Top Video will Overtake TV within Five Years
      Level(3), April 20th 2017
      According to Level 3, Streaming Media and Unisphere Study

      Within the next five years, viewership hours of live-linear streaming over-the-top (OTT) video will surpass those of traditional broadcast TV, according to close to 70 percent of respondents in the 2017 OTT Video Services Study by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), Streaming Media and Unisphere Research. The third annual survey on OTT trends was based on responses from almost 500 media industry professionals.

        Level 3 continues to Expand its Network in Latin America
        Level(3), April 19th 2017
        1,000 Additional Kilometers Added to IP and Metro Network in 2016

        Global telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications, Inc. expanded its Latin American Internet Protocol (IP) and metro network to 26,000 kilometers in 2016. Main expansions took place in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The Company also upgraded its existing nodes and data centers throughout the region.

          Lack of Employee Awareness and Education are Greatest Threats to Healthcare Security
          Level(3), April 18th 2017
          According to Level 3 Study Conducted by HIMSS Analytics

          Lack of employee awareness and education present the greatest security threat exposure according to responses from 125 health IT executives and professionals participating in the 2017 Level 3 Healthcare Security Study. The study, conducted by HIMSS Analytics and sponsored by Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT), was designed to identify and understand high-level IT security concerns in the healthcare industry as the threat landscape continues to evolve, placing the industry's valuable healthcare data and critical care infrastructure at risk.

          EMC News
          Dell EMC Releases Open Source Storage Updates Designed for Security and Easier Consumption
          Dell EMC, April 18th 2017
          Dell EMC Updates REX-Ray and libStorage for Enterprise-Ready Container Storage Provisioning and Orchestration

          Dell Technologies today announced the latest updates in a series of open source contributions from {code} by Dell EMC, including trust and security enhancements to REX-Ray in 0.9, the newest version of the leading container storage orchestration engine. Additionally, REX-Ray is now shipping Docker Certified managed volume plugins for cloud and storage platforms available in the Docker Store. The Docker Certification Program, a framework for partners to integrate and certify their software for the Docker Enterprise Edition (EE) commercial platform. Other announcements include collaboration on a universal Container Storage Interface and unification of Polly's features and roadmap into REX-Ray.

          HP News
          HPE and 5G Lab Germany Collaborate to Deliver Next-Generation Edge Applications
          HPE, April 20th 2017
          Current research & development efforts to align to Smart Cities and Autonomous Vehicle management

          Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced a collaboration with the 5G Lab Germany, a consortium of researchers focused on delivering key technologies to enable 5G wireless networks. Through this collaboration, HPE and the 5G Lab will research the impacts of 5G wireless networks combined with HPE Edgeline Converged Edge Systems on the telecommunications and mobile industries. Additionally, Edgeline systems will be deployed at the network edge to enable the next generation of applications to take advantage of 5G network performance.

          5G wireless networks promise to adapt to consumer behavior in real time. The bandwidth improvements from 5G are expected to dramatically increase the amount of processing required throughout the network to deliver existing and new applications.

          HPE Completes Acquisition of Nimble Storage
          HPE, April 17th 2017
          Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that it has completed its acquisition of Nimble Storage, Inc., the San Jose, Calif.-based provider of predictive all-flash and hybrid-flash storage solutions. HPE paid $12.50 per share in cash representing a net cash purchase price at closing of $1.0 billion. In addition to the purchase price, HPE assumed or paid out Nimble's unvested equity awards, with a value of approximately $200 million at closing.
          Comcast News
          Comcast Joins LoRa Alliance as Sponsor Member; Hosts Next All-Members Meeting and Showcases Citywide LoRaWAN Network Deployment
          Comcast, April 20th 2017
          Meeting to Feature Smart City Summit, Open House and Hackathon

          The LoRa Alliance, the global association of over 400 companies backing the LoRaWAN standard for low-power wide-area IoT (Internet of Things) networks (LPWANs), announced that Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) has formally joined the Alliance as a Sponsor member, and will join the Board of Directors. Additionally, Comcast will host the Alliance's 8th All-Members Meeting, Open House and Marketplace Exhibition from June 12-14, 2017, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

          Windstream News
          Windstream introduces business continuity solution with 'five-nines' availability for cloud-reliant companies
          Windstream, April 20th 2017
          Windstream's Diverse Connect offers companies that rely on cloud-based applications more choices to guarantee network connectivity

          Windstream, a leading provider of advanced network communications, announced the availability of a one-of-a-kind business continuity solution, Diverse Connect, that enables reliable connectivity for growth-oriented enterprises that are reliant on the cloud to power mission-critical applications. Windstream's Diverse Connect keeps a customer's network endpoints connected, and ensures the performance of mission-critical business functions even in the event of a serious network issue. Diverse Connect comes with a 99.999 percent uptime SLA that protects services from end-to-end, including the last mile of service from Windstream's provider service point to a business' internal network.

          Netapp News
          NetApp Showcases Cloud-Connected, Next-Generation Media and Entertainment Solutions at NAB 2017
          NetApp, April 19th 2017
          NetApp will showcase cloud-connected and next-generation solutions and strategies for the media and entertainment industry at the 2017 NAB Show. The company, in conjunction with its partners, will demonstrate how NetApp data management solutions can accelerate production, modernize media data centers, and transform global repositories. The conference takes place from April 22 through April 27, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

          "Media companies are challenged to find a balance between tried-and-true production approaches and designing global architectures for the future," said Jason Danielson, media and entertainment solution manager at NetApp. "NetApp and its partners have supported hundreds of customers in integrating the public cloud into their operations, enabling them to seamlessly manage their data from on the premises to the cloud."

          DARZ Drives DevOps Success with NetApp
          NetApp, April 18th 2017
          German IT services leader fuels customers' digital transformation by enabling agile software development through its Docker & Container as a Service offering

          "Embracing digital transformation and staying ahead of competition requires agile IT. With NetApp and our Docker & Container-as-a-Service offering, DARZ removes the burden of managing IT and provides customers with the flexible and scalable IT services they need so they can focus on accelerating their own businesses," said Lars Goebel, director of strategy and innovation at DARZ.

          Based in Darmstadt, Germany, DARZ is a full IT service provider that serves customers that are undergoing digital transformation. The ability to quickly develop, deploy, and market applications is critical to building and maintaining a loyal customer base. A modular, container-based approach accelerates this process. DARZ teamed with NetApp to enable next-generation scalability and flexibility, along with a durable, high-performing datastore.

          Aerohive Networks News
          Kansas City School District Embraces IoT and Paves Way for 1:1 Learning with Aerohive Solution
          Aerohive Networks, April 20th 2017
          Aerohive Networks (NYSE:HIVE), the fastest growing enterprise Wi-Fi vendor, announced that Olathe Public Schools, the second largest and fastest-growing district in Kansas, deployed Aerohive's enterprise-grade Wi-Fi solution to support their 1:1 learning initiative across more than 50 schools.

          Serving the greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area, Olathe Public Schools is the second largest and fastest-growing district in the state. The district is home to 35 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and four high schools, with plans for a new high school to open in the coming year. In addition to these schools, the district has 21 support facilities throughout the area to support more than 29,000 students and over 4,000 staff.

          Olathe Public Schools first deployed a Wi-Fi network in 2004, installing 3Com access points in school libraries before wireless was in high demand.

          Druva News
          Intergraph Chooses Druva to Expand Cloud-Based Data Protection to European Offices
          Druva, April 19th 2017
          Cloud data protection and information management, coupled with self-service recovery, gives mobile Intergraph employees unparalleled data protection

          Druva, the leader in cloud data protection and information management, today announced that Intergraph, the leading global provider of engineering software for the design, construction and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities, has chosen Druva inSync to protect data across the company's roaming and mobile user base in Europe. The implementation provides users with protection for their critical data in the cloud, as well as the ability to recover data in a self-service manner when needed, instantly. By leveraging Druva's cloud-first platform to remove the complexity of data protection and the risk of data loss for their mobile users, Intergraph stays compliant with their global data protection requirements without the burden of new infrastructure.

          Centrify News
          Role-based Access Control: Keeping Your Business Out of Harm's Way
          Centrify, April 19th 2017
          When our baby first started crawling, we installed gates in all the doorways. This kept her in safe, baby proofed areas. We didn't have to worry about her accidentally wandering into a room and getting into something that could harm her. It also allowed us to keep some things 'nice' that a toddler would normally want to 'play' with.

          But, what does this have to do with role-based access control (RBAC)? Well everything. As she grows and gains more skills, we adjust her access to the house. It might be low tech, but it is real life role-based access control.

          Citrix News
          Citrix Solutions Transform the Workplace for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
          Citrix, April 20th 2017
          Digital Transformation Gives Clinicians Flexibility to Work Anywhere

          Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has adopted Citrix technology to reduce costs and improve patient care by delivering critical diagnoses more quickly - as well as allow clinicians and support staff to access data and applications from anywhere.

          Providing services at about 30 locations in the Bolton, UK area, the trust's clinicians tend to work around the clock from a variety of locations, including patients' homes, the hospital and out in the community. As the trust didn't have a mobility solution, staff were not able to access hospital data when working in community clinics or if working remotely. If specialists were not available on site, critical diagnoses and patient care decisions were often delayed.

          ExaGrid News
          ExaGrid Version 5.0 Adds Advanced Support for Oracle RMAN Channels, Veeam SOBR, and Replication to AWS
          Exagrid, April 19th 2017
          Unique Architecture Delivers Unmatched Backup and Restore Speeds, Permanently Short Backup Window, and Lowest TCO in the Industry

          ExaGrid, a leading provider of next generation disk-based backup storage with data deduplication solutions, today announced its newly-released Version 5.0 that now provides advanced support for Oracle RMAN Channels, Veeam Scale-Out Backup Repository (SOBR), and replication to Amazon Web Services (AWS) public cloud for disaster recovery.

          ExaGrid v5.0 allows its Oracle RMAN customers to use Oracle RMAN Channels with up to 25 appliances in an ExaGrid scale-out GRID system. "Sections" of data are sent to each appliance in parallel for improved performance and also for performance load balancing as RMAN Channels will send the next section of data to the next available appliance in the GRID...

          Mellanox News
          Mellanox 25Gb/s Ethernet Adapters Chosen By Major ODMs to Enable Next Generation Hyperscale Data Centers
          Mellanox, April 18th 2017
          Mellanox 25Gb/s Ethernet Adapters Chosen By Major ODMs to Enable Next Generation Hyperscale Data Centers

          Mellanox Technologies, Ltd. (NASDAQ: MLNX), a leading supplier of high-performance, end-to-end interconnect solutions for data center servers and storage systems, today announced that the ConnectX-4 Lx 25Gb/s OCP and PCIe Ethernet adapters have been adopted by major ODMs.

          The ConnectX-4 Lx 25 gigabit Ethernet adapters provide 2.5 times the data throughput at lowest latency needed for data center applications while utilizing the same infrastructure as 10 gigabit Ethernet, thus maximizing the data center return on investment. The company is currently shipping hundreds of thousands of Ethernet adapters every quarter, reflecting a growing demand for Mellanox Ethernet solutions.

          SanDisk News
          There's More Than One Way to Manage Data at Scale
          SanDisk, April 18th 2017
          Data at scale is unlocking a future never thought possible, but it comes with a set of challenges. Learn about the different challenges of managing data at scale and the solutions which can help you manage it better

          Western Digital's Editorial Team blogs, "We are surrounded by data at scale. Whether you're generating it, storing it, or trying to analyze it, data is unlocking a future never before thought possible. The challenges we now face, are how do we collect, process, and analyze all this data?

          When the amount of information we're generating is growing at a 40%-50% CAGR (compound annual growth rate), managing data at scale presents different challenges for the storage infrastructure, based on the business, service-level agreements, or the business objectives of the company. And with that brings new concerns such as data accessibility, protection, and ensuring a level of data integrity you can rely upon..."

          Veeam News
          Enterprise Customers and Cloud Service Providers Fuel First Quarter Results for Veeam
          Veeam, April 18th 2017
          Growth Accelerates as Enterprise and Hybrid-Cloud Demand Continue to Increase in Parallel with the Shift to Digital Transformation

          Veeam Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise, today announced another record quarter, fueled by explosive gains in Enterprise and Cloud revenues. During Q1'17, Veeam recorded a 33 percent YoY increase in total bookings revenue while Enterprise new license bookings grew 17 percent annually. Cloud revenue enabled by Veeam Cloud and Service Providers (VCSPs) grew 59 percent YoY, helping enterprises transform their operations to deliver 24.7.365 Availability that users demand in today's digital world.

          "It's no small feat for a company with more than $600 million in annual bookings to deliver 33% growth YoY, and I'm enormously proud of our entire team," said Peter McKay, President and COO at Veeam. "Looking ahead, we expect continued growth for the remainder of this year, fueled by new Veeam product releases, joint product offerings with our Alliances partners, further share gains in Enterprise, and Veeam-powered cloud solutions."

            Zerto News
            Zerto Chosen by HBL ICT NHS to Protect Data of 1.5 Million Patients
            Zerto, April 18th 2017
            Specialists in government healthcare technology opt for award-winning disaster recovery software to protect mission-critical workloads and improve IT resiliency

            Zerto, an award-winning provider of cloud IT resilience solutions, today announced that HBL ICT has invested in Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) to extend its business continuity and disaster recovery offering to the National Health Service (NHS). A leading provider of shared technology services and solutions to the UK healthcare industry, HBL ICT quickly implemented Zerto's software to protect IT infrastructure and critical healthcare applications to improve patient safety, while ensuring compliance with rigorous regulatory demands.

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