IT News and Events  
April 5th, 2021 — April 11th, 2021
Volume 277, Issue 1
 
 
 
 
IT - CxO
Digital Transformation: 5 Trends That Could Shift Your Strategy
The Enterprisers Project, April 8th, 2021

If your digital transformation strategy doesn't reflect the most recent industry changes and related opportunities, reconsider your roadmap. These five trends could lead you to pivot

"As we slowly return to a post-COVID world, IT leaders should raise their periscopes and review industry trends. While many organizations were busy shifting to hybrid work, updating business processes, and adjusting to changes in customer needs, the opportunities to innovate, improve customer experiences, launch digitally enabled products, and mature machine learning capabilities may have taken a back seat.

Digital transformation is not just about taking existing business processes and making them more efficient. New technology capabilities and evolving customer opportunities require business leaders to rethink business models, products, target markets, and customer experiences. Your digital transformation may flounder and require you to pivot if it doesn't focus on growth and customer opportunities..."
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16 Traits Of A World Class Chief Innovation Officer
CIO, April 5th, 2021

Your innovation program, and the role of the CINO, is too important to leave to chance. Make sure whoever holds the top innovation job has these essential qualities

"As organizations look to accelerate growth, uncover new opportunities, and foster a culture of innovation, they're often formalizing their innovation programs or expanding the purview of their existing programs. As they do this, the role of the chief innovation officer (CINO) is becoming increasingly important and needs to be carefully designed to achieve these goals.

While I've made the case in the past why you don't need a Chief 'insert new tech name here' Officer for every new hot topic, the CINO is a key position with a clear distinction in role and responsibility from the chief information officer (CIO), chief technology officer (CTO), and chief digital officer (CDO) and is essential for many of today's organizations. Much like the CDO, the CINO role requires a team player who is a highly collaborative and influential leader, well-versed in working across business and IT..."
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Cyber Security: There Are Still Problems At The Top
ITProPortal, April 8th, 2021

Only a cultural shift across the Boardroom can move the needle

"The survey released by BT Security in January 2021 ('CISOs under the spotlight') is interesting, if only by the size of the population surveyed (over 7,000 people) and its triple focus on consumers, employees and business leaders.

But its findings are problematic, in particular in what they reveal of the attitude of senior executives towards cyber security, and the persistence of some problems at the top.

It starts well, with some stats broadly consistent with other surveys and anecdotal field evidence: 58% saying that improving data and network security has become more important to their organisation in the last year, and 76% rating their organisations as 'good' or 'excellent' at protecting itself from cyber threats..."
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Evolving Role Of The CIO Key To The Future Of Work
SearchCIO, April 6th, 2021

Allan Tate, executive chair of the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, explains how the pandemic pushed CIOs to the forefront as enterprises scrambled to adapt to a new normal

"When the pandemic forced organizations to shift their employees to remote work and find new ways to serve customers, one thing became clear: The CIO role is key to the future of work. Over the past year, CIOs have stepped up to the plate, beefing up networks, implementing new communication platforms, automating business processes, bolstering security and -- most notably -- helping their companies figure out how to remain viable in a digital marketplace. More than perhaps ever before since the role debuted some 40 years ago, CIOs were called on to become business strategists..."
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Gartner: Worldwide IT Outlay To Hit $4T In 2021
Networkworld, April 7th, 2021

Gartner forecasts the biggest growth in IT spending this year will be on laptops, mobile phones and enterprise software

"Researchers at Gartner said that all IT spending segments-from data center to enterprise software-are forecast to have positive growth through 2022 with overall IT spending projected to hit $4.1 trillion in 2021, an increase of 8.4% from 2020.

Gartner forecasts the highest growth will come from devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets, and mobile phones (up 14%) and enterprise software (up 10.8%) as organizations shift their focus to providing a more comfortable, innovative and productive environment for their workforce, said John-David Lovelock, distinguished research vice president at Gartner..."
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How To Improve Virtual Collaboration In The Enterprise
SearchUnifiedCommunications, April 8th, 2021

In the ideal team collaboration environment, technology enables a nuanced work experience while fading into the background. Realizing that ideal requires a strategic approach.

"When the COVID-19 pandemic triggered an abrupt exodus from the office in early 2020, insurance giant Liberty Mutual faced a technological challenge. With more than 45,000 newly remote workers, CIO James McGlennon needed virtual collaboration technology that could mirror the in-person collaboration experience his users knew best. "It was important we had the ability to support the personal connections our employees had built with their teammates and managers," he said.

Liberty Mutual decided to deploy a centralized team collaboration platform where the bulk of company communication, documentation and workflows now live. McGlennon said the move has greatly encouraged remote productivity and engagement. Virtual, organization-wide town hall meetings feel "like one-on-one interactions, even though there are thousands of employees tuning in," he said, adding that the technology enables participants to easily interact, ask questions and provide real-time reactions from all over the world..."
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IT Leadership: 1 Trend To Abandon And 2 To Adopt In 2021
The Enterprisers Project, April 9th, 2021

As we settle into 2021 and move toward a post-pandemic future, consider these two workplace culture trends that we should embrace - and one we should end

"After what felt like a geologic timescale in the last year, a growing number of scientists say that we are in fact at the beginning of a new geologic epoch: the Anthropocene, marked by rapid geological changes resulting from human activity.

That pretty much sums up 2020: Rapid changes that will continue to impact people.

IT leadership should view how the pandemic transformed their culture as if they were in a new cultural epoch. Much of what we took for granted in terms of work culture will likely never come back. Our teams are more agile than ever before, and we've started to master the full spectrum of communication tools that could benefit office work tremendously as hybrid work models become the norm..."
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The Business Of Experience: A CIO Toolkit For The Year Ahead
InformationWeek, April 6th, 2021

Working across the C-suite, CIOs have an immense opportunity to transform their businesses through experience, to pivot from resilience, back to growth

"Throughout the pandemic, chief information officers have been instrumental in leading digital-focused business transformation at a rapid pace. However, with vaccine deployment underway, there is new hope for a return to an innovative and more profitable future.

In the year ahead, CIOs have a unique opportunity to transform their role across the C-suite from digital enabler to growth enabler across the business, by embracing a strategy focused on the implementation of technologies backed by data and guided by new customer needs. Interestingly enough, according to our research IT was the most likely to be ranked 'most resilient' compared with all other functions (by nearly 2x), and this is a perception across the organization, not just from CIOs..."
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Worldwide IT Spending To Grow 8.4% To $4 Trillion In 2021 - Gartner
InformationAge, April 7th, 2021

The latest spending forecast from Gartner says that IT spending worldwide is set to grow by 8.4% year-on-year to $4.1 trillion in 2021

"According to Gartner, a major factor for the growth in IT spending across the globe in 2021 will be funds for new digital business initiatives more frequently coming from from business departments outside IT, and charged as a cost of revenue or cost of goods sold (COGS).

All IT spending segments are forecast to have positive growth through 2022, and the highest growth will come from devices (14%) and enterprise software (10.8%), as organisations shift their focus to providing a more comfortable, innovative and productive environment for their workforce..."
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CIO Best Practices For Communicating About Disaster
InformationWeek, April 8th, 2021

When disaster strikes, your public relations plan can be just as important as your disaster recovery plan. Here are three best practices for CIOs

"CIOs are well versed in handling the technical aspects of a disaster recovery (DR), but meeting with stakeholders, the board, the CEO, and the public when an all too visible disaster occurs is another matter. What are the best public relations practices to follow when you have to face the people?

I've often reflected on this when I reviewed my career as a CIO. During these reflections, I found there were moments that stood out because they were great successes, and others when our execution in IT could have been better..."
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IT - CxO Events
CIO's Data & Analytics Summit (April 13-15th)
Tuesday, April 13th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM Thursday April 15

What can a solid data and analytics plan deliver for your organization?

Storing, managing and providing the right access to your company's data will always sit at the foundation of a solid data strategy. But new business realities demand more. Machine learning, AI-fueled enhancements and fostering a data-driven culture of innovative decision-making are crucial to building data and analytics practices that deliver positive business outcomes. Is your organization there yet? Are your employees empowered with the tools and access to influence decision making and impact the bottom line?

CIO, the world's leading source of information on business, technology and leadership, presents a summit for chief information officers and data officers. Join us and experience three days of interactive content and valuable conversation with peers and solution providers.

Hosted by CIO
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CIO: Harnessing AI to Develop Intelligent Workflows Across Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures (April 13th)
Tuesday, April 13th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Strategic imperatives that are driving adoption of AI to enable intelligent workflows

By 2023, an emerging cloud ecosystem for extending resource control and real-time analytics will be the underlying platform for all IT and business automation initiatives anywhere and everywhere. Achieving these objectives will require aggressive integration of proactive AI/ML powered analytics, adoption of policy driven automation, and greater use of low code, serverless workflows to enable consistent self-driving enterprise infrastructures.

Join CIO contributing editor Lane Cooper and subject-matter experts from our roundtable sponsor, IBM, for a private, interactive, virtual roundtable.

Hosted by CIO, IBM
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CIO: Business Resilience Strategies for Operational Continuity in Complex Enterprise Infrastructure Environments (April 19th)
Monday, April 19th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Join CIO contributing editor Lane Cooper and subject-matter experts from our roundtable sponsor, IBM, for a private, interactive, virtual roundtable.

Analysts report that digital resiliency - the ability for an organization to rapidly adapt to business disruptions by leveraging digital capabilities to not only restore business operations but also capitalize on the changed conditions - must be a key objective in every organization's digital transformation (DX) efforts.

According to analysts at IDC, cloud in all its permutations -- hardware/software/services/as a service as well as public/private/hybrid/multi/edge -- will play more dominant roles across the IT industry for the forseeable future.

Hosted by CIO, IBM
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Dark Reading: Building Asset Management into Your Enterprise Security Strategy (April 21)
Wednesday, April 21st, 2021: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

A key reason for many enterprise security breaches is that security teams find themselves supporting systems, applications, and devices that they didn't know they had

Often, attackers exploit these 'blind spots' by introducing devices or code that appears to be legitimate. How can you get a complete picture of your IT assets - and identify rogue components that might present a threat to your enterprise?

Attend this webinar and you'll:

  • Learn what tools can help you build an accurate inventory of your remote endpoints

  • Empower your patch management and compliance programs with better visibility into all your IT assets

  • Know how to track down and observe all that "shadow IT" lurking in your environment (and your nightmares)

Hosted by Dark Reading, Sponsored by Qualys
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CSO: Understanding the Evolving Role of Print in Cloud Workflows (April 22)
Thursday, April 22nd, 2021: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Join Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO and subject-matter experts from our sponsor, HP, for a private, interactive, virtual roundtable

How are you thinking differently about your printers today? As organizations try to digitize their workflows, they're learning that the traditional print model is challenging to digitize. Whether you're in an industry that requires wet signatures on documents, or one that takes in paper documents, 70% of organizations say they continue to have a dependency on manual and print-based processes (according to research from Forrester).

Hosted by CSO and HP
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Gartner Data & Analytics Summit (May 4th-May 6th)
Tuesday, May 4th, 2021: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Thursday, May 6th

Develop a resilient data and analytics strategy for an AI-ready, data-centric organization

Faced with a constantly evolving business landscape and unprecedented levels of uncertainty, it's more vital than ever that data and analytics leaders such as the chief data officer and chief analytics officer (CDO and CAO) forge new paths to enable a data-and-analytics-centric culture within their organizations.

Data and analytics leaders must be able to tie data and analytics strategy to business outcomes and promote the adoption of technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI), while creating a resilient culture that accelerates change, and where data literacy, digital trust, governance and data-driven critical thinking are pervasive.

The virtual Gartner Data & Analytics Summit, May 4 - 6, 2021, offers content for every member of your data and analytics team - from technical- to senior-level strategy. Join data and analytics leaders to gain the skills to build and execute a world-class strategy.

Hosted by Gartner
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Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit (May 11-12)
Tuesday, May 11th, 2021: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Thursday, May 12th

Get the latest insights on privileged access management, IT security and privacy virtually at Gartner Identity & Access Management Summit 2021, Americas.

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The COVID-19 pandemic greatly accelerated identity and access management (IAM) trends that were already underway. Every organization is now laser-focused on the drive to digital transformation and the need to adapt to rapid technology, organization and social changes. The crisis has raised the visibility of IAM and has highlighted the challenges ahead for IAM leaders

In this sustained period of disruption, IAM sits at the cornerstone of the effort to make businesses secure, agile and resilient.

Hosted by Gartner
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CIO: Future of Business Resilience Summit (May 11-13)
Tuesday, May 11th, 2021: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM Thursday, May 6th

Strategies for an Evolving Business Climate

Recent business disruptions left CIOs and IT executives with an unexpected stress-test of their technology infrastructure. Some struggled to adapt while others reaped the rewards of their disaster recovery planning. These lessons empowered IT organizations to build more resilient platforms for customer and employee needs. What foundational strategies are they using? How are they deploying as-a-service IT infrastructure models to improve performance, automation, and security? And what opportunities are they finding to streamline operations with IT automation?

Hosted by CIO
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2021 Miami CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards (May 17th)
Monday, May 17th, 2021: 7:30 AM to 10:00 AM

Join us as we honor technology leaders in South Florida

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For over 20 years, the CIO ORBIE Awards have recognized technology executives for leadership, innovation and excellence in this rapidly growing, CIO-led national professional association.

The Miami CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards will honor chief information officers who have demonstrated excellence in technology leadership. CIOs are typically recognized in multiple categories, based on the size and scope of their organization and responsibilities.

Hosted by MiamiCIO
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2021 Florida CIO & CISO Virtual Executive Summit (May 25th)
Tuesday, May 25th, 2021: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Florida CISO Virtual Executive Summit.

We are currently working with C-level leaders in your community to build the most timely and relevant agenda. All of our sessions, topics and discussions are driven by CISOs, for CISOs to ensure the most valuable experience.

Hosted by Evanta, a Gartner Company
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IT - Storage
Seagate Shipped 3ZB Of Storage On HDDs
StorageNewsletter, April 6th, 2021

What does 3ZB mean in the real world?

"Seagate Technology plc just became the first data storage company to have shipped 3ZB of hard drive storage capacity, surpassing that milestone in March 2021.

It had previously taken Seagate 36 years to reach the milestone of its first 1ZB shipped in total. Then it took less than another 4 years to reach a total of 2ZB shipped, and then just over 2 more years to accomplish 3ZB shipped since the company's founding. Firm's ability to manufacture ever more storage capacity has accelerated..."
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IT - Security
Fortune 500 Security Shows Progress And Pitfalls
Dark Reading, April 7th, 2021

Fortune 500 companies have improved on email security and vulnerability disclosure programs but struggle in asset management and high-risk services

"A deep dive into the security of Fortune 500 organizations reveals they have improved, albeit "slowly and unevenly," with gains made in email security and vulnerability disclosure programs (VDPs) and progress lagging in asset management and high-risk services, researchers report.

Rapid7's "Internet Cyber-Exposure Report" aims to highlight critical security issues for the CISO, IT security staff, and internal business partners in an enterprise. Its analysis is broken down into five areas of risk: email security, encryption for public Web applications, version management for Web and email servers, risky protocols unsuitable for the Internet, and the increase in VDPs..."
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How To Know If You Are Under DDoS Attack
Security Boulevard, April 7th, 2021

Nowadays, the term DDoS probably raises the heart rate of most webmasters. Though many don't know exactly what a DDoS attack is, they do know the effect: an extremely sluggish or shut-down website.

"In this article, we'll focus on how to know if your website is under attack and how to protect it.

Hopefully, we can help you handle DDoS attacks without having a full blown meltdown.

What is a DDoS Attack? DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. Like the name implies, a DDoS attack focuses on damaging a service such as:

  • a website
  • an internet service provider (ISP)
  • the Nasdaq Stock Market
  • a NASA probe
  • a game server

Practically anything connected to the internet is a potential target..."
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12 Microsoft Exchange Server Security Best Practices
SearchSecurity, April 9th, 2021

Exchange security has come under increased scrutiny since the recent exploitation of critical vulnerabilities. Review this list of activities to best protect your enterprise

"Microsoft Exchange Server is a widely used email server application. Many utilities, as well as supporting tools and aids, have been developed for it. Considering how important email is to any organization, maintaining a secure Exchange server is an essential activity.

Zero-day vulnerabilities on Exchange Server -- not Exchange Online -- that were exploited by cyber attackers starting in January 2021 have put the server's security in the spotlight. While the remote code execution exploits can be mitigated by deploying Microsoft patches and updates, it is still critical for security teams to pay close attention to other Exchange security best practices..."
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5 Reasons To Do An External Threat Hunt On Your Network Now
Network Computing, April 8th, 2021

An external threat hunt is commonly used to evaluate the efficacy of security controls and it can help organizations evolve risk and compliance policies to close gaps in security protocols and policies

"Major security events focus the attention of consumers, the media, and business leaders on cybersecurity and cyber resilience. The recent breach of Solar Winds, what Microsoft President Brad Smith called 'the largest and most sophisticated attack the world has ever seen,' is the perfect example. In the aftermath of Solar Winds, security professionals across the world are being summoned to answer questions from the C-suite and the board. Questions like, 'what do we do now?'

The answer to that question will differ for almost every organization, but whatever internal corrective actions are taken - like patching, scanning for indicators of compromise, etc. - organizations should consider bringing in external experts to supporter-examine their defenses..."
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6 Ways To Prevent Insider Threats Every CISO Should Know
SearchSecurity, April 6th, 2021

Too often, organizations focus exclusively on external risks to security. Infosec expert Nabil Hannan explains what CISOs can do to effectively assess and prevent insider threats

"Chief information security officers, or CISOs, around the world have come to learn from the SolarWinds manual supply chain attack that insider threats are a real issue, one that must be prioritized in 2021. The breach also brings to light an under-discussed application security challenge: developers writing malicious code that can later be exploited.

The frequency and financial impacts of insider threats have grown dramatically in the past two years. In a recent Ponemon Institute report, the overall average cost of insider threats per incident increased by 31% from $8.76 million in 2018 to $11.45 million in 2020. In addition, the number of incidents has increased by a staggering 47% in just two years, from 3,200 in 2018 to 4,716 in 2020.

Building off the lessons learned from the SolarWinds breach, here are six steps CISOs can take to prevent insider threats..."
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Explainers: 4 Common Attack Vectors You Need To Know
CISO MAG, April 7th, 2021

Cybercriminals use various attack vectors to target users, steal their sensitive data, or exploit their network system

"Online adversaries always advance their hacking techniques to enhance their attack vectors. Cybercriminal groups focus on different kinds of cyberthreats such as data breaches, malware, phishing, or Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. According to the 2021 Cyber Security Report, cybercriminal groups have largely exploited the pandemic situations by targeting all business sectors, cybersecurity professionals, and C-Level executives. It was found that, on average, one new organization globally becomes a victim of a ransomware attack every 10 seconds. It might be alarming to find that over 46% of organizations had at least one employee who downloaded a malicious mobile application..."
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Having A Cybersecurity Training Program In Place Isn't Enough To Ensure Cyber Safety
HelpNet Security, April 9th, 2021

With cyberattacks increasing dramatically after the pandemic, TalentLMS and Kenna Security teamed up to gauge employees' awareness and knowledge of cybersecurity risks

"While 59% of employees received cybersecurity training from their companies in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the survey uncovered that these initiatives have been insufficient.

The survey of 1,200 U.S. employees finds that employees are most knowledgeable in laptop security, while they are unaware of how to secure sensitive data and recognize harmful files. The report sheds light on the effectiveness of cybersecurity training, and examines employees' awareness, habits, and knowledge related to staying safe in cyberspace..."
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Shadow IT Is Creating An Ever-Growing Problem With Remote Teams
CISO MAG, April 6th, 2021

The shift to remote work in the COVID era and the ease of accessing third-party software and applications have contributed to the rise of shadow IT

"Most organizations have a centralized IT department with the apps and software approved for certain activities. However, remote workers might choose to find other apps and software that lacks the perceived limitations of the centralized and approved IT resources. Anytime a remote worker uses an application or software that your IT department is unaware of, your organization is exposed to different security threats that cybercriminals can exploit..."
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The Time Is Right For Passwordless Authentication
Information Age, April 9th, 2021

Paul Norbury, CEO of SecureDrives, discusses why the concept of passwordless authentication could be the way forward for organisations

"Passwordless authentication is not a new idea. As long ago as 2004 Bill Gates told the RSA Security Conference that 'There is no doubt that over time, people are going to rely less and less on passwords. People use the same password on different systems, they write them down and they just don't meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure.'

2004 was the year Facebook started up. YouTube came a year later, and Twitter in 2006. In 2007, Apple launched the iPhone. Gates was talking about passwordless authentication at a time before ransomware was something every company needed to be aware of and before cloud was a 'thing'..."
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Three Vital Security Measures To Protect Your Corporate Network
Techradar.pro, April 7th, 2021

Cyber attacks affect all organizations - big and small, private and public. In all scenarios the results can be devastating

"But last year, according to Verizon, one group was hit worse than any other - large businesses. Results in its Data Breach Investigations Report show that large businesses were victims in 72% of total breaches studied.

So while organizations across the world were battling economic uncertainty due to the pandemic, large businesses had extra cause for concern - because of the increased risk of cyber attacks targeting corporate entities, many of which were successful..."
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Tom Cruise, TikTok And Fraud: How To Combat Deepfakes
Security Boulevard, April 7th, 2021

Earlier this month, popular Hollywood actor Tom Cruise was trending on social media not because of a new film that he's working on, but thanks to TikTok videos that went viral, generating many reactions from users around their authenticity

"In one of the clips, Cruise is shown performing a magic trick with a coin, ending with him saying 'It's all the real thing', and on others he could be seen golfing or tripping over a carpet.

While this gimmick may be amusing at first viewing, the use of deepfakes as means to defraud unsuspecting victims has become an alarming trend that has increased since their emergence in late 2017. In a famous case, one business leader fell victim to a deepfake scam where fraudsters impersonated a trusted business partner, manipulating the CEO into transferring $243,000 to the scammers' account.

So, the idea of these entertainment videos delivered by a deepfaked Tom Cruise had an additional benefit alongside the levity - of raising awareness around trust and misinformation. What's more, the creator of the videos said in an interview recently that he created them in order to 'raise awareness to the continued evolution of the technology that can create incredibly realistic fake videos of people'...
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2021 Cybersecurity Outlook: The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same
Cyber Defense Managine, April 10th, 2021

Cybersecurity has gone through many phases over the last few decades. Today, we hear about a new, more volatile-than-the-last attack every day that has the potential to disrupt business

"These cyber-threats are hazardous to company structure and can lead to interruptions in production and loss of revenue. While these attacks may seem unavoidable, it is important to understand that a proper cybersecurity strategy, with the right defense mechanisms in place, can improve your security posture by tenfold and leave you in a better place than most companies.

Nowadays, pretty much everything can be hacked and used as an entry point into a company's network, including laptops, cell phones and even smart thermometers. While it's great to have a plethora of options to stay online and access data, it's important to understand that all of these access points need to be monitored and protected. Additionally, to make matters worse, hackers are using the technology cybersecurity vendors rely on to protect enterprises, such as AI, and adapting it for malicious intent..."
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Remote Work: How To Limit Cybersecurity Risks?
Security Boulevard, April 8th, 2021

A lot of companies at this point work with dispersed workers and little or no office space, and with the worldwide health crisis forcing even more organizations, if just temporarily, to work mostly online, it is more significant than ever to implement cybersecurity measures for workers working remotely from a home office

"Cyber attacks are rampant today as cybercriminals have the edge as well as are very motivated. Organized hackers and individuals benefit from the sloppy security measures too many people and organizations employ, leaving million dollars and personal details ripe for the picking.

Despite considerable cybersecurity exposures, about 85% of business owners think their enterprise is safe and sound from cybercriminals, data breaches, malware, or viruses. This disconnect is because of the prevalent, albeit mistaken, idea that these numbers of small commerce are not likely targets for attack. In fact, cybercriminals are just searching for the way of the smallest amount of resistance. A study conducted by Symantec discovered that 40% of online attacks are directed to an organization with less than 500 workers or employees..."
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IT - CRM
What Data-Driven Marketers Must Know About Salesforce & CRM
SmartDataCollective, April 5th, 2021

Salesforce Automation System and CRMs are highly effective big data marketing tool

"Data-driven marketing has become the norm in almost every industry. Companies have found that big data can significantly improve the ROI of modern marketing campaigns. However, they must use the right technology to get the most out of their big data initiatives.

There are a number of platforms that use big data to help marketers reach their target customers and engage with them more efficiently. Two of the best are Salesforce Automation System and CRMs..."
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IT - HR
Are You Training The Way People Want To Learn?
Business 2 Community, April 8th, 2021

Are You Training the Way People Want to Learn?

"Mountain climbers make sure they have everything they need to attempt a summit. Why? Because mastering their craft could mean the difference between life and death.

Salespeople on the other hand, may not be so inclined to pay close attention to their training. Sales training has a bad reputation - too often it is outdated, irrelevant and a waste of sellers' valuable time. But in reality, training done right is the key to unlocking your team's potential. While your salespeople's lives may not be on the line, their success is - and it's up to you as the enablement professional to provide valuable training so that they too can conquer any mountain..."
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Employee Poaching: Keep Them Happy Or Someone Else Will
Business 2 Community, April 6th, 2021

Great team members are highly valuable-which means other companies are trying to poach your best employees

"You've worked hard to build and invest in your agency's team-so why wouldn't someone else want to reap the benefits?

Your employees can leave any time they want. but it hurts the most when a competitor lures them away.

Yet employee poaching is a fact of life. Instead of getting frustrated, acknowledge the reality-and then do your best to keep current employees happy, because happy employees tend to stay.

In my work as an agency consultant, I've identified 11 proactive steps that you can take right now to reduce employee poaching at your agency-or potentially prevent poaching from happening at all..."
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Key Steps To Developing An Inclusive Advancement Process And A Diverse Talent Pipeline
Brandon Hall Group, April 6th, 2021

Organizations cannot build and sustain a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without fair hiring and advancement practices that are accepted at all levels of the organization, and demonstrated and advocated by leaders at all levels

"The goal is to base employment and advancement decisions on core values and behaviors needed for a role, regardless of a person's gender, race, age or other identifying factors. For this to occur, everyone involved in the hiring and promotion processes must be trained and supportive of making decisions based on those values and behaviors.

Our 2021 survey of professionals involved in DE&I shows that almost all organizations believe fair, consistent hiring and advancement practices are important. But the effectiveness and impact of those practices are far less universal..."
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The War For Talent Is Here: What's Your Strategy To Win It?
Business 2 Community, April 10th, 2021

The so-called 'war for talent' has been raging hot ever since the phrase was coined in a McKinsey report back in 1998

"In the past 20+ years, not much has changed - in fact, unemployment numbers came in at just 3.5 percent, which means that you probably have several positions to fill, and fewer prospects than ever to step into key roles.

For HR professionals, the war for talent is the new normal, and your department is held accountable for recruiting, retention, and even overall performance. Each of these responsibilities is fraught with difficulty:..."
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IT - AI
AI At Your Service
InformationWeek, April 5th, 2021

Here's how artificial intelligence in customer service optimizes employee and customer experiences

"Advances in technology are evolving at what feels like lightning speed. As organizations grapple with the changes brought on by 2020, many have turned to artificial intelligence to manage customer data and enforce new, more efficient processes. This is happening at both a granular, departmental level as well as across major industries and sectors.

Specifically, the customer service field is undergoing a significant transformation thanks to advanced AI functionality. In fact, according to a global study conducted by Salesforce, service teams ramped up their adoption of artificial intelligence by 32% since 2018, and their adoption of chatbots shot up by 67%..."
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AI Can Accomplish Incredible Things When Leaders Focus On These 3 Areas
ITProPortal, April 7th, 2021

How to maximize your team's time in reaching AI project or development goals

"The Covid-19 pandemic may have created economic uncertainty, but it's a testament to the incredible excitement surrounding AI innovation that investments in the space largely weathered the storm: Just 7 percent of investments decreased, and 16 percent were temporarily suspended in 2020, while 47 percent remained unchanged and 30 percent were set to increase.

Over the past few years, AI products have gained momentum for many reasons, but two, in particular, stand out. First, the data being generated continues to exponentially increase, even as it takes on new forms and emerges from a wider geographical footprint. More data and, critically, more diverse data is better for teaching an AI model to avoid bias and accomplish all kinds of goals..."
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How AI Is Making Software Development Easier For Companies And Coders
Jaxenter, April 9th, 2021

Software design is also an area where AI can prove to be very effective. There are various benefits of AI-powered coding. AI-assisted tools can help developers to reduce around 50% of the number of keys pressed in the development of software.

"AI (Artificial Intelligence) was created by writing numerous lines of code, now AI has the capability to code with ease. Sounds unreal, but it's true. Nowadays, coders and even many companies are using AI to help humans in the software development process. Now, software developers can not only use AI to write and review codes but also test software, find bugs and optimize development projects. AI not only will help the new generation of developers learn to code easily, but also help companies to deploy software and apps efficiently..."
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How AI Is Revolutionizing Training
CIO, April 7th, 2021

Pressed by the need to fill skills gaps, organizations are turning to artificial intelligence to transform stagnant training approaches into continually evolving upskilling strategies

"Employee training is an issue of critical importance for enterprises. Challenged to find skilled employees, sapped by high turnover rates, mired in massive transformations, the need to upskill and cross-train employees is paramount - and almost too much for traditional approaches to training to handle.

Enter AI.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning are increasingly being leaned on to aid in companies' upskilling strategies, ascertaining skill sets, recommending learning paths, providing on-the-job training - even helping determine what to pay for acquired skills..."
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Turning Data Into Actionable Insights With Machine Learning
SeaarchCIO, April 7th, 2021

To help make better use of data and analytics, we're diving into how companies can infuse ML-produced actionable insights into their decision-making workflows

"It's no secret that businesses are data-driven these days. With the rise of data collection, analytics has become one of the biggest drivers of business value. However, an analytics program is only as good as the workflows underneath it.

While companies are collecting more data than ever before, many struggle to figure out what to do with it. Businesses need to use actionable insights to drive decisions, but what is an actionable insight, and how exactly is data used to create one?..."
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Why Machine Learning, Not Artificial Intelligence, Is The Right Way Forward For Data Science
TechRepublic, April 5th, 2021

We like to imagine an AI-driven future, but it's machine learning that will actually help us to progress, argues expert Michael I. Jordan

"We bandy about the term "artificial intelligence," evoking ideas of creative machines anticipating our every whim, though the reality is more banal: "For the foreseeable future, computers will not be able to match humans in their ability to reason abstractly about real-world situations." This is from Michael I. Jordan, one of the foremost authorities on AI and machine learning, who wants us to get real about AI..."
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IT - Technology
A New Era Of Innovation: Moore's Law Is Not Dead And AI Is Ready To Explode
siliconANGLE, April 10th, 2021

Moore's Law is dead, right? Think again.

"Although the historical annual improvement of about 40% in central processing unit performance is slowing, the combination of CPUs packaged with alternative processors is improving at a rate of more than 100% per annum. These unprecedented and massive improvements in processing power combined with data and artificial intelligence will completely change the way we think about designing hardware, writing software and applying technology to businesses.

Every industry will be disrupted. You hear that all the time. Well, it's absolutely true and we're going to explain why and what it all means..."
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Intel's 10nm 'Ice Lake' Datacenter CPUs Make Their Debut, Provide Up to 40 Cores Each
EnterpriseAI, April 7th, 2021

The wait is over. Intel officially launched its 10nm datacenter CPU lineup on April 6, delivering its more powerful and flexible third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable "Ice Lake" processors to waiting partners, OEM builders and customers.

"With up to 40 'Sunny Cove' cores per processor, built-in acceleration and new instructions, the Ice Lake-SP platform offers a significant performance boost for AI, HPC, networking and cloud workloads, according to Intel.

In addition to boosting the core count from 28 to 40 over previous-generation Cascade Lake chips, Ice Lake provides eight channels of DDR4-3200 memory per socket and up to 64 lanes of PCIe Gen4 per socket, compared to six channels of DDR4-2933 and up to 48 lanes of PCI Gen3 per socket for the previous generation..."
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IT - ERP
3 Advanced ERP Capabilities Redefining Resilience For Medium-Size Business
Forbes, April 9th, 2021

It's exceedingly rare for a business to think about its technology during times of disruption and change. Financial risk, employee retention and support, experience management, and customer services usually come to mind first. But lately, this traditional mind-set is beginning to evolve now that medium-size companies are connecting the dots between their operational resilience and organizational interconnectedness with cloud-based enterprise, resource and planning (ERP).

'This growing awareness of ERP systems is illustrated well in a LinkedIn post from James Forsdyke, head of Product Management at Lloyd's Register:

"Taking a moment to reflect on how 'lucky' we were at Lloyd's Register for having implemented an end-to-end cloud-based ERP before the global pandemic hit. It felt really hard at the time, but ultimately meant we could keep all our lights on during global lockdowns and continue to support our customers who themselves perform such essential functions for the world at the moment."

And Lloyd's Register is not the only business realizing these benefits - so are many medium-size businesses worldwide. Oxford Economics reported that 45% of surveyed leaders indicated improvements, to a great or transformative extent, customer and employee experiences, new product and service innovation, customer engagement, or skill gaps by using data-driven, technology-enabled capabilities...'
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How Advanced ERP Transforms Tech Companies' Success And ROI
CustomerThink, April 8th, 2021

Deadline squeezes. Skills shortages. Shifting parameters on high-stakes projects with zero room for error. These are some of the biggest hurdles facing technology businesses now, says the Forbes Technology Council

"Why do technology companies need ERP?

Here's the short answer: Only modern ERP solutions provide what high-tech businesses need to grow and deliver highly successful projects to customers with rapidly changing expectations in a rapidly evolving digital landscape.

That is, ERP's automated efficiency, resource management proficiency, precise time planning and tracking, quality assurance protections and granular financial KPI tracking cannot be found in any other single platform at the same level of impact and ROI..."
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Why You Should Future Proof Your ERP Today
CXOtoday.com, April 9th, 2021

The last one year has pointed out some glaring shortcomings in how we were operating our businesse

"According to one of the researches, more than three quarters of business leaders feel that their current ERP system does not meet their present requirements, let alone future plans. These systems lack modern best proactive capabilities to enable today's data driven organizations.

The rapid evolution of the cloud has dramatically altered the ERP landscape for companies of all sizes. Coupled with mobile platforms, modern remote working environments require modern cloud based ERP systems. The next generation of ERP - ERP 2.0 - build on the formidable history of ERP 1.0, but eliminated the need for multi-layer projects and heavy customization..."
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IT - BI
How The Pandemic Changed Data Analytics And BI In The Enterprise
InformationWeek, April 9th, 2021

Not all data is created equally. Some data has more business value. Qlik's CTO explains why the data you have may not be the data you need

"After a year of disruption, a lot has changed across enterprises. These organizations have accelerated digital transformations, moved more operations to the cloud, and relocated more workers from offices to home offices. The way enterprises look at data, business intelligence, and analytics centers of excellence has evolved over the last year, too.

That's according to Mike Potter, a veteran in the data and business intelligence space who spent a career at organizations including Cognos, IBM, CA Technologies, and now as CTO of Qlik, a data analytics and business intelligence software company. It's a career that has given him an optimal vantage point from which to observe the evolution of BI in organizations. A lot has changed. What a strange year it has been..."
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Use Apache Superset For Open Source Business Intelligence Reporting
opensouce.com, April 6th, 2021

Since its creation in 2015 at an Airbnb hackathon, Apache Superset has matured into a leading open source BI solution

"They say software is eating the world, but it's equally clear that open source is taking over software.

Simply put, open source is a superior approach for building and distributing software because it provides important guarantees around how software can be discovered, tried, operated, collaborated on, and packaged. For those reasons, it is not surprising that it has taken over most of the modern data stack: Infrastructure, databases, orchestration, data processing, AI/ML, and beyond.

Looking back, the main reason why I originally created both Apache Airflow and Apache Superset while I was at Airbnb from 2014-17 is that the vendors in the data space were failing to:..."
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SAP News
New Services in SAP HANA Cloud Lower TCO for Customers in Data-Intensive, Highly Regulated Industries
SAP News, April 7th, 2021

SAP SE announced new service components of the SAP HANA Cloud database - adaptive server enterprise (ASE), ASE replication and data lake support for SAP IQ software workload

"The new services in SAP HANA Cloud are a core component of SAP Business Technology Platform aimed at providing users with a high-performance, cloud-native data management environment that supports increased scalability and flexibility, on-demand provisioning and consumption-based pricing.

The latest release of SAP HANA Cloud allows customers, including the many financial services companies using reliable and proven Sybase data management solutions, to elastically scale their systems in the cloud and better manage infrastructure costs related to processing power and storage. SAP HANA Cloud services are currently or will be available for deployment on Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, AliCloud and Google Cloud Services by year-end, providing customers with choice of cloud service providers..."
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SAP and Onapsis Proactively Notify and Help Customers Protect Mission-Critical Applications from Active Cyber Threats
SAP News, April 6th, 2021

The companies have worked in close partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Germany's Federal Cybersecurity Authority (BSI)

SAP and Onapsis jointly released a cyber threat intelligence report providing actionable information on how malicious threat actors are targeting and potentially exploiting unprotected mission-critical SAP applications.

The companies have worked in close partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Germany's Federal Cybersecurity Authority (BSI), advising organizations to take immediate action to apply long-available SAP patches and secure configurations, and perform compromise assessments on critical environments.

SAP and Onapsis are not aware of known customer breaches directly related to this research. The report also does not describe any new vulnerabilities in SAP cloud software as a service or SAP's own corporate IT infrastructure. Both companies, however, note that many organizations still have not applied relevant mitigations that have long been provided by SAP. Customers who fail to apply these protective measures and allow unprotected SAP applications to continue to operate put themselves and their business at risk.
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SAP.iO Foundry Tokyo Kicks Off Accelerator Program Focused on the Intelligent Enterprise
SAP News, April 8th, 2021

Five early-stage startups working in the areas of digital supply chain and customer experience have been selected to join the program.

'At SAP, we enable our customers to become intelligent enterprises by integrating data and processes, building flexible value chains and innovating with industry best practices,' said Hirofumi Suzuki, SAP Japan president and representative director. 'The goal is for them to grow more resilient, more profitable and more sustainable, particularly in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. This program will enable our customers to realize digital transformations with new technologies brought by cutting-edge startups.'

The equity-free program is designed to accelerate innovation and drive new business models for SAP's customers. During the 13-week virtual program, the startups will have access to curated mentorship and exposure to SAP technology and application programming interfaces (APIs), as well as collaboration opportunities with SAP customers.
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IT - Operations
10 Considerations For Data Center Direct Liquid Cooling
DataCenter Knowledge, April 8th, 2021

The right cooling solution will ensure your facility can lean into the future of computing instead of hesitating to embrace it

"As chips increase in density and building costs increase, Data Centers need to become familiar with their options for more effective cooling like Direct Liquid Cooling that unlocks their potential.

With increasing chip TDPs, a desire to support artificial intelligence (AI) and intensive research workloads through high-performance computing (HPC), and the need to increase efficiencies while decreasing TCO, it's no wonder Data Centers are considering new options to cool their facilities. Though not a new concept, direct liquid cooling (DLC) has quickly gained popularity to become a widely accepted cooling method for HPC systems and a seriously considered solution for any enterprise data center focusing on efficiencies and reducing OPEX. All major Server OEM's now offer liquid-cooled server SKUs and are contributing to the rapid adoption of the technology..."
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9 Modern-Day Best Practices For Log Management
Dark Reading, April 6th, 2021

Log management is nothing new. But doing so smartly, correctly, and concisely in today's data-driven world is another story

"Logs are central to forensic investigations, but only if they're collected, stored long enough, contain everything investigators need, and the bad guys don't get to them first.

That's a big "if."

"What can businesses [do] to mitigate the possibility that lots of attackers are trying to hide their tracks and even destroy log files? Obvious: Use a log management tool to centralize logs - the same advice as in 2021, 2011, 2001, and perhaps even 1991," says Dr. Anton Chuvakin, head of security solution strategy at Google Cloud and author of several books.

However, all security professionals know log management circa 1991 is nowhere near as vast and complex as it is today. Logs grow as needed to record data events - and make no mistake, modern-day businesses have tons of data..."
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IT - Social Media
Improve Your Networking On Social Media With These 4 Tools
Business 2 Community, April 9th, 2021

have some resources to help you improve your social media marketing with networking tools

"Digital marketing is more effective with the right communication and social interactions. As you make new connections on social media you can create lasting and authentic relationships. There are several ways you can improve your networking for better results. Would you like to make meaningful connections online? Take advantage of these tools, and let me know how these work for you!..."
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IT - Linux
10 Best Linux Laptops Of 2021
FOSSMINT, April 7th, 2021

With the provision of installation media formats like ISO images and Live CDs, running new installations of operating systems is as easy as a walk on the beach, especially in cases with our favorite open-source desktop operating system, GNU/Linux

"Linux distributions like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and Manjaro are readily downloadable from their official websites to be easily installed on dual-boot systems or as a complete replacement on some computers.

One common issue, even though it is becoming less rampant, is driver/hardware incompatibility. Without going into any details, it suffices to say that there are several options you can choose from if you want to purchase a laptop that runs Linux from the factory or one on which it is extremely easy to install Linux.

Today, we bring you a list of the best Linux laptops to purchase in 2021 starting from the best overall and then the rest in no particular order. I hope it helps you find the right Linux computer for your work..."
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8 Steps For Securing Your Linux Server
Security Boulevard, April 5th, 2021

Server security describes the software, tools, and processes used to protect a business' server from unauthorized access and other cyberthreats. It is a key requirement for most system administrators and cybersecurity teams.

"Linux security is considered good, based on the operating system's strong default permissions structure. However, you must still adopt best practices to keep your servers running safely and effectively.

Whether your Linux server is running Ubuntu, Debian, or some other distribution, follow these steps to strengthen your Linux server's default configuration.

1. Only install required packages

You should only install the packages that your business needs to run in order to protect the functionality of your server.

Linux server distributions come with a variety of common packages already installed, such as adduser and base-passwd. During installation, users can opt to install additional packages, including an Open SSH server, a DNS server, a LAMP stack, and a print server..."
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Top Tips For Securing Your Linux System In 2021
LinuxSecurity, April 8th, 2021

Linux servers are at greater risk than ever. While only a few years ago Linux users could count themselves as the 'lucky few' who didn't have to worry about malware and computer viruses, this era has unfortunately come to an end

"Attackers now view Linux servers as a viable target that often provides a valuable return on investment. The past few years have been plagued with emerging Linux malware strains which have demonstrated new and dangerous tactics for spreading, remaining undetected and compromising servers - Cloud Snooper, EvilGnome, HiddenWasp, QNAPCrypt, GonnaCry, FBOT and Tycoon being among the most notorious examples. Here's what you need to know to secure your Linux system against malware, rootkits and other dangerous attacks..."
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IT - FOSS
4 Ways Open Source Gives You A Competitive Edge
opensouce.com, April 9th, 2021

Using open source technology can help organizations drive better business outcomes

"Building a tech stack is a major decision for every organization. While picking the right tools will set your team up for success, picking the wrong solutions or platforms can have devastating effects on productivity and profitability. To succeed in today's fast-paced world, organizations must make smart investments in digital solutions that enable them to move faster and increase operational agility.

This is precisely why more and more organizations of all sizes and across all industries are embracing open source solutions. According to a recent McKinsey report, open source adoption is the biggest differentiator for top-performing organizations.

Here are four reasons why adopting open source technology can help organizations drive competitive advantage and experience better business outcomes..."
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PeopleTek News
Is It Time For 360 Feedback?
PeopleTek News, April 7th, 2021

It takes humility to seek feedback. It takes wisdom to understand it, analyze it and appropriately act on it - Stephen Covey

"Most of us experienced an abundance of change in 2020 in both our personal lives and in our work environment. During this time how readily did we adapt and help others adapt? Do we have a strong sense of any changes in our leadership style and behaviors? What about how communication and relationships were impacted?

We may not be aware of any changes in ourselves, but this could be a great time to solicit formal 360 feedback from others and obtain their thoughts..."
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IT - DevOps
DevOps And Kubernetes: A Perfect Match?
Container Journal, April 5th, 2021

DevOps is a software development strategy that combines development and operations teams into a single unit

"Kubernetes is an open source orchestration platform designed to help you manage container deployments at scale. On the surface, it is not entirely clear where these two meet, why and whether this union produces the desired results.

But there is a connection between DevOps and Kubernetes. I want to explore the relationships between enterprise DevOps, agile culture, the role of containers in CI/CD pipelines and the integration of Kubernetes into the DevOps pipeline..."
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DevOps Skills Increasing Among Salesforce Developers
DevOps.com, April 6th, 2021

A survey of 521 attendees at a recent online Future of Salesforce DevOps Summit event hosted by Gearset, a provider of a continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) platform for Salesforce developers, found just under half (47%) of respondents now release software at least multiple times a week, with another 29% releasing software weekly or biweekly.

"More than half of respondents (52%) also noted they now can deploy software in less than an hour.

Gearset CEO Kevin Boyle said the survey suggested the level of DevOps maturity among developers building applications on top of the Salesforce software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform is increasing rapidly. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations embraced SaaS platforms to accelerate their digital business transformation initiatives rather than building entire applications from scratch.

However, the biggest benefit cited by survey respondents was not the ability to release applications faster, but rather the improvements to application quality (77%), followed by increased productivity (69%) and enhanced collaboration (46%). Other benefits cited included reduced complexity thanks to automation; increased agility; more reliable releases and time and cost savings..."
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Why Security Needs To Be Integral To DevOps
jazenter, April 8th, 2021

Through DevSecOps, the traditional security engagement turns into proactive security measures integrated within the software development life cycle (SDLC).

"Thanks to this evolved approach, both continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) approaches facilitate continuous testing and evaluation of the software code all through the development process.

DevOps as a development process enjoys so much traction and popularity simply because of its scope of outperforming competition through continuous innovations and addressing customer expectations. As per the 2015 State of DevOps Report, leading IT companies thanks to DevOps are able to deploy 30 times more frequently with 200 times less lead time and the chances of project failure is reduced by at least 60 times..."
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IT - Cloud
3 Multicloud Architecture Mistakes
InfoWorld, April 9th, 2021

Lots of enterprises think their cloud architecture is optimized, but most are way off their objective. Here are three ways it may be falling short

"The optimization of a multicloud architecture, simply put, is the ability to configure the technology to optimize the architecture for the business requirements, as well as to minimize costs. For each dollar spent on cloud technology, you want the maximum value coming back to the business.

The truth is that few cloud architectures are fully optimized. I've talked about the bias towards complexity as a primary culprit. However, the root cause is waiting to think about architecture optimization until it's deployed and in operation. By then, it's too late..."
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Cloud Security Alliance Serves Up A Needed Shot Of Realism With Sprawling Remote Cloud Initiatives
Cloudtech, April 6th, 2021

Amid the continued acceleration and focus on cloud initiatives as remote working turns into a necessity instead of a nice-to-have, it is always nice to get a helping of realism to accompany the hype

"The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), in association with cloud security management provider AlgoSec, has done just that in its latest report. The study, 'State of Cloud Security Concerns, Challenges, and Incidents', polled almost 1,900 IT and security professionals across a variety of organisation sizes and locations.

The first clear finding was that organisations continue to move to complex cloud environments..."
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Open Source Cloud Platforms And Tools To Consider
SearchCloudComputing, April 6th, 2021

Although the most popular cloud platforms are proprietary, open source options can enhance the agility and cost-effectiveness of your overall cloud strategy

"Many cloud strategies rely heavily on proprietary platforms and services. There's no open source equivalent of a public cloud like AWS or Microsoft Azure, for instance, and it is unlikely that major public cloud vendors will open source their own services. However, there is a variety of open source cloud computing platforms, as well as tools, available.

Open source technologies provide more flexibility and less dependence on proprietary platforms, as well as cost savings. With open source, developers can inspect and modify the source code to fit their needs and requirements.

When looking at what's available, there are two main categories:..."
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Why Use Edge Computing?
The Enterprisers Project, April 7th, 2021

What is edge computing and why does it matter to your organization? How does it relate to cloud? Edge experts explain the advantages and common use cases and share examples, in plain terms

"Edge computing can enable everything from connected cars and smartwatches to glucose monitors and cashier-less retail. But not everyone understands why the average organization should care - leaving IT leaders with some explaining to do.

Edge has momentum right now as a trend: As George Burns III, senior consultant for cloud operations at SPR, says, 'The edge is where the action is right now.' In a recent IDC survey, 73 percent of respondents viewed edge as a strategic investment, while another 17 percent said edge is required by business operations..."
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IT - Networks
5G Is Here: A Call For Shared Responsibility With Cybersecurity
Network Computing, April 5th, 2021

The key factor for the organizations that thrive amidst the 5G revolution will be those that understand and take a shared responsibility towards protecting the assets on the network

"The promise of 5G is recognized by businesses in many industries, which understand its major benefits -- including the ability to expand the power of compute, promote product and service innovation, as well as provide new revenue potential through its low latency and high bandwidth.

In fact, according to a recent report from AT&T Cybersecurity, 80 percent of business leaders surveyed are adopting 5G to remain competitive in their industry, to create new IT projects, and to establish new business models. This presents a drastic shift in how technology is being adopted, introduced, and used for competitive advantage.

However, it's important to note that 5G is not a one size fits all technology. In fact, the path to implementing 5G is unique to every organization, and as a result, enterprises should closely examine their existing company networks and security models prior to and throughout 5G implementation..."
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Broadband Use Surged More Than 30% During Pandemic, Industry Group Says
CNET, April 7th, 2021

Maybe it's time to buy a mesh router or pay for better upload speeds.

"Broadband use surged 30% to 40% during the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, and even reached 60% in some areas, an industry group has concluded. Although the internet shouldered the load without much problem, you might consider upgrading your own network equipment to avoid issues.

The broadband use increase began as people started working from home in March 2020, when authorities began issuing orders to stay home to slow the COVID-19 spread. The change also meant many more of us relied on our internet connections for entertainment like streaming video and social activity like videoconference weddings..."
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Five Strategies For Businesses To Jump Start 5G Digital Transformation
ITProPortal, April 8th, 2021

5G certainly had its moment in the spotlight in 2020. But, how can businesses realise the potential of 5G?

"5G certainly had its moment in the spotlight in 2020. From Huawei's removal from UK infrastructure to Ericsson leading the UK's nationwide deployment, it has certainly been a talking point from a political, economic and consumer perspective. But, how can businesses realize the potential of 5G? We read a lot about how it is going to transform our lives, from faster broadband speeds for home working to high-quality gaming, but many senior executives would be forgiven for not knowing where to start when it comes to implementing a 5G strategy for tangible business outcomes..."
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Network Monitoring: The Forgotten Cybersecurity Tool
Security Boulevard, April 5th, 2021

In a cyber world filled with SIEMs, security appliances and anti-malware products, one would think that the specter of cybersecurity would be well under control.

"However, attacks are still on the rise, zero-day vulnerabilities are increasing and cybercriminals are always finding new ways to attack.

'When dealing with previously unseen attacks, it is important to gather as much intelligence as possible; that may mean going beyond your security tools,' said Stefano Gridelli, co-founder and CEO, NetBeez.net. 'Network monitoring and reporting tools can provide additional insights, especially when it comes to lateral movement and attacks on infrastructure devices,' Gridelli said.

For the most part, SIEMs and similar security tools report on anomalies detected by security hardware, such as firewalls and other security appliances. That can unintentionally create blind spots when monitoring networks for security events.

What's more, security tools typically report on discovered attacks and known vulnerabilities, relying on a particular pattern or known malicious code flagged by a security device to identify an attack. In other words, zero-day attacks and vulnerabilities may initially go undetected, leaving IT managers unaware of the dangers and/or unable to take action in time to prevent a major breach..."
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IT - IoT
Industrial IoT Needs To Catch Up To Consumer IoT
Security Boulevard, April 5th, 2021

When it comes to cybersecurity, industrial IT - consisting mainly of operational technology (OT) and industrial control systems (ICS) - has failed to keep up with development in the enterprise IT world

"That's mostly because industries' adoption of internet technology has been slower when compared with enterprises.

It would take some time to close the gap, but concerted efforts have already been made to upgrade the security of industrial IT and improve the efficiency of OT and ICS. These are reflected in the emergence of multiple standards and guidelines for the cyber-protection of industrial systems.

Unfortunately, it seems that Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) needs to catch up to the Internet of Things (IoT) devices that we all use. What are some of the major considerations for developing industrial cybersecurity standards?..."
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IoT Integration Challenges Require Strategy, Vendor Support
IoT Agenda, April 7th, 2021

Every organization that implements an IoT deployment must inevitably figure out how to address integration challenges through vendor support and internal expertise

"IT teams must confront IoT integration challenges to achieve not only IoT integration, but true IoT interoperability.

The IoT device plurality gives organizations the opportunity to apply IoT in a variety of ways and industries, but it also creates the IoT integration problems. IoT's use of proprietary OSes and device settings make IoT products difficult to use with other technology and systems..."
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Scaling IoT At The Edge For Tomorrow
Network Computing, April 5th, 2021

Blake Kerrigan from Lenovo ThinkEdge discusses edge computing's evolution and the future of building smart networks at the edge

"Edge computing is evolving and is the future of building smart networks at the edge. Here are some points to consider.

Why is edge computing at the next frontier of evolution?

Computer networking experts have been on the edge for nearly a decade, and the journey has not been easy. As the edge evolves to servicing ever-increasing workloads and more complex tasks, IT decision-makers have to chart a course to keep pace and avoid falling off the edge..."
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IT - Careers
How To Land A Job In Cybersecurity
WhatIs.com, April 5th, 2021

Find out if you're a good fit for a career in cybersecurity, the kind of training required, how to start building IT security skills and the types of jobs available

"Cybercrime is increasing at an alarming clip. Year after year billions of dollars are lost and millions of personal records stolen by online criminals. To counter this onslaught of cyber attacks, businesses and governments have come to count on equally cunning and dedicated cybersecurity professionals to protect them from attack.

The scale and impact of cybercrime and its continuing rise has helped make the cybersecurity job market among the hottest career tracts in IT today. In fact, the cybersecurity field now offers several distinct career trajectories that IT security job aspirants can follow, as outlined in the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International's lifecycle describing the cybersecurity career path..."
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Hiring Will Be 'Especially Strong' In Cybersecurity, Data Science, CompTIA Says
HRDIVE, April 6th, 2021

The software industry workforce is projected to grow more than 5% in 2021, according to Cyberstates 2021 report, published Wednesday by IT trade group CompTIA

"All across industries, companies put time, effort and resources into filling tech roles. It can take 61 days on average to fill a high-demand tech role, compared to 42 days for a non-tech role.

In the software space, competition over talent is fierce. A SaaS business will need to go up against its peers across technology, but also "other industry sectors, whether it's in the financial sector or healthcare or education, that are also moving to invest in their own internal software capabilities," Herbert said..."
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Top 7 Cloud Computing Careers Of 2021 And How To Get Started
WhatIs.com, April 7th, 2021

Cloud computing touches many aspects of modern life, and the need for cloud professionals is great. Learn about the necessary skills and education for a cloud computing career

"Cloud professionals are in high demand, and as reliance on remote access continues to grow, so will that need for talented IT experts with specialized cloud computing skills.

Cloud computing is a system of databases and software, typically operated in data centers and warehouses. It enables users and businesses to access digital information over the internet from anywhere, rather than having physical servers in a network closet in a back office. Cloud computing offers businesses reduced IT overhead costs, which is especially important for small businesses and startups that may not have the capital to invest in an extensive on-premises IT department..."
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Remote Working Could Put An End To The Office As We Know It
Techradar.pro, April 9th, 2021

Global pandemic could motivate permanent transition to a virtual-only workplace

"The ongoing pandemic has brought about the world's largest remote working experiment, with tens of millions forced to participate worldwide - and its outcome will likely have repercussions that will reverberate long after the last quarantine restrictions are lifted.

Last year, companies of all sizes - and with varying degrees of preparedness - ordered employees to work from home in a bid to delay the spread of Covid-19.

The duration of this mandated period of remote working varied business by business, but the rate at which the virus has spread - especially in Europe and the US - and isolation periods have been extended for much longer than originally thought..."
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Getting Started With A Career In IT Infrastructure: A Brief Guide
WhatIs.com, April 9th, 2021

Learn about the jobs available, skills required/in demand and the most popular relevant certifications/certificates/degrees as you consider infrastructure as an IT career path

"IT and its underlying infrastructure power every aspect of modern businesses, governments, militaries and economies. Many organizations don't have enough employees on staff with the right qualities of IT know-how to fully support their IT infrastructure, however. For both these reasons, IT infrastructure professionals are in high demand, and those interested in pursuing that career path can expect to enjoy highly rewarding careers if they develop the right skills and abilities.

In this guide, we address some common questions asked by those pursuing a job and career in IT infrastructure careers..."
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IT - Email
How To Send A Password-Protected Email For Free
How-To Geek, April 7th, 2021

If you want to send a private message to someone and ensure that they are the only ones who read it, protecting it with a password only the recipient knows is a solid choice

"Fortunately, secure email providers ProtonMail and Tutanota make this process easy and highly secure, and you can use both for free.

Why Send a Password-Protected Email?

When you send an email to a standard webmail address like Gmail, the server receives the email and notifies the recipient. The server can see the entire contents of the email, and any devices set up for use with that email address can notify the recipient of a new message..."
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IT - Backup
58% Of Backups Failing
StorageNewsletter, April 6th, 2021

Data protection challenges are undermining organizations' abilities to execute Digital Transformation (DX) initiatives globally

"Veeam Software, Inc. found that vs. the backdrop of Covid-19 and ensuing economic uncertainty, which 40% of CXOs cite as the biggest threat to their organization's DX in the next 12 months, inadequate data protection and the challenges to BC posed by the pandemic are hindering organizations' initiatives to transform.

The report surveyed more than 3,000 IT decision makers at global enterprises to understand their approaches to data protection and data management. The largest of its kind, this study examines how organizations expect to be prepared for the IT challenges they face, including reacting to demand changes and interruptions in service, global influences (such as Covid-19), and more aspirational goals of IT modernization and DX..."
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Backup Myths
thenicholson.com, April 5th, 2021

This is going to (hopefully) be a short post dismissing some common VMware backup myths

"Myth: We should not use virtual machine backups because they will take longer to process.

Reality: Changed block tracking reduces the need to scan for differences between backup jobs. VMware keeps a block map of exactly what has changed, reducing the need for backup agents to read blocks and look for changes.

Myth: Virtual machine backups are not useful for file, or app level recovery. As a result you may need to backup the same data multiple times, once as a virtual machine, and once with file or application agents.

Reality: A number of backup vendors can recover files or even application-level details from a single virtual machine backup..."
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IT - Big Data
Big Data Trends That Are Disrupting Management Maintenance
SmartDataCollective, April 5th, 2021

Big data is leading to some major breakthroughs in the modern workplace. One study from NewVantage found that 97% of respondents said that their company was investing heavily in big data and AI.

"Maintenance management's primary focus has always been maximizing the quality, effectiveness, and quality of equipment in an organization. And this is usually at the lowest possible costs in terms of material and machinery. Over the years, asset-intensive industries have been searching for cost-efficient ways of managing, repairing, and overhauling activities. This necessity has resulted in the development of digital technology focused on these functions.

Such technologies include Digital Twin tools, Internet of Things, predictive maintenance, Big Data, and artificial intelligence. Although most of these have only emerged during the past decade, organizations that adopted them earlier have reported impressive benefits. These technologies are continually evolving, and more companies are continuing to incorporate them into their maintenance department structure. Significant digital trends have arisen due to these technologies, and they continue to benefit maintenance management. Below are some of these trends..."
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Data-Driven Decision Making: Top 9 Best Practices
Datamation, April 6th, 2021

The phrase data-driven decision making - certainly popular in the field of data analytics - may seem redundant

"After all, nearly everything is driven by Big Data or we wouldn't have petabytes of databases in public and private data centers around the world.

So what exactly does it mean to be 'data-driven?' It's quite straight-forward. Data-driven decision making (DDDM) is the process of making organizational decisions based on actual data analytics rather than intuition, anecdote, or observation..."
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IT - Encryption
Encryption Is Either Secure Or It's Not - There Is No Middle Ground
HelpNet Security, April 5th, 2021

The principle of end-to-end encryption underpins a system of communication where only the communicating users can read the messages.

"To this end, it exists to prevent any potential eavesdroppers (telecom providers, internet providers, law enforcement agencies) from being able to access the cryptographic keys needed to decrypt the conversation.

We remain deeply concerned, therefore, that the Council of the European Union is seeking to adopt new rules that would effectively do away with encryption. At the end of last year, they released a five-page resolution that called for the EU to pass new rules to govern the use of end-to-end encryption in Europe. We are completely against this resolution as it effectively ends the notion of true encryption..."
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What Is Homomorphic Encryption, And Why Should You Care?
Insider Pro, April 5th, 2021

While it's still 4-5 years away from large scale deployment, the need to securely and confidentially process many types of data means that the typical data encryption employed today just won't cut it for the future

"Homomorphic encryption can solve many challenges in confidential computing, but also presents a major challenge to build.

The amount of data captured by enterprises continues to grow astronomically. Indeed, data warehouse are filled with huge amounts of confidential data like personally identifiable information, company financial records, Intellectual Property (IP), corporate strategic documents, etc. Common practice is to encrypt that data while in storage and during transport, but that is not always a guarantee that the data is safe from exposure. It does offer a reasonable level of protection from less sophisticated attackers, as capturing the encrypted data and running a massive computing system that tries to break that encryption through brute force operations is difficult. The brute force method is very inefficient and mostly available only to special sophisticated operations (e.g., state sponsored massively large resourced systems). It also isn't very effective at extracting data in volume as it's a time consuming process that can't keep up with real time data creation. But there is a loop hole many hackers have exploited to obtain potentially large volumes of encrypted data that is available to them unencrypted..."
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IT - Java
20 Best Java Tools For Developers In 2021
FOSSMINT, April 7th, 2021

Hello, World! Hello Web developers! I know you all have been working great and hard on your websites, but now it's time to give your coding a little break and explore the 20 Best Java tools of 2021 that's sure to make your life easy

"Java is one commercial-grade programming language that no web developer can avoid. I am sure that for most of you, much of your professional life is spent using Java.

We may come from different schools of thought for Java - you may consider it to be the simplest programming language, and I might consider it to be the toughest, but the truth remains! If you got to develop, you got to Java!

There are a variety of Java tools available at your disposal to help you write bug-free Java codes and address all your concerns, but using the right tool at the right time is what makes all the difference..."
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Microsoft Announces Preview On Its Own LTS Build Of Java
linuxiac, April 7th, 2021

Microsoft announced the preview release of Microsoft Build of OpenJDK, a free Long-Term Support distribution of OpenJDK that is open source and available for anyone to deploy anywhere

"In a move that could mean serious competition for Oracle in the Java niche, Microsoft is previewing its own build of OpenJDK. The Microsoft Build of OpenJDK is a long-term support (LTS) distribution. It is open source and available for free for anyone to deploy anywhere. It includes binaries for Java 11, based on OpenJDK 11.0.10+9, on x64 server and desktop environments on macOS, Linux, and Windows.

The company said its binaries for Java 11 have passed the Java Technical Compatibility Kit (TCK) for Java 11. Microsoft Build of OpenJDK is a simple drop-in replacement for any other OpenJDK distribution in the Java ecosystem. The company pledges to support Java 11 until at least 2024..."
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IT - Developer
One Of The Oldest Programming Languages Might Be Making A Comeback
Techradar.pro, April 6th, 2021

Fortran is popular for its use in scientific computing

"Fortran, conceived at IBM in the late 1950s as a more practical alternative to the assembly language, has re-entered the list of top 20 programming languages, over a half a century after it was first released.

According to the April 2021 statistics by programming watchdogs TIOBE, Fortran has broken into the leading ranks after being away for more than a decade..."
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DDN News
AI Needs Non-Traditional Storage Solutions with James Coomer of DDN
GESTALT IT, April 5th, 2021

AI applications have large data volumes with lots of clients and conventional storage systems aren't a good fit. In this episode, James Coomer from DDN talks about the lessons they have learned building storage systems to support AI applications. Inferencing requires terabytes or petabytes of data, often large files and streaming data

"For example, autonomous driving applications generate hundreds of terabytes of data per vehicle drive, resulting in petabytes of data to ingest and process. DDN's parallel filesystem goes a step further than NFS with an intelligent client that directs I/O to leverage all network links and storage endpoints available. Deep learning loves data, and a smart client can make the whole application faster. Because data is the biggest AI challenge today, an advanced storage solution can really help deliver AI solutions in the enterprise. Although most companies realize that finding expertise (data scientists, etc) is a major challenge, building infrastructure to support them is just as critical..."
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DDN in AI Initiatives With NVIDIA DGX Systems
StorageNewsletter, April 8th, 2021

A3I storage accelerates AI recommendation systems, image analysis and natural language processing with up to 46x more IO/s on GPU infrastructure

"However, research has shown that a staggering nine out of 10 AI initiatives fail due to complexities in architecting and optimizing AI deployments, and failing to successfully take them from prototype to production.

DDN (DataDirect Networks, Inc.) takes the integration of AI in Enterprise IT infrastructures to the next level, by delivering easy to deploy production-ready and cost-effective AI storage systems to customers. The company's A3I (Accelerated, Any-Scale AI) solutions bring performance and control to AI workflows at any scale..."
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DDN speeds up AI storage system in a flash
Block and Files, April 8th, 2021

DDN has upgraded its A3I artificial intelligence - dedicated storage system, using flash to speed data access, as well as improving system monitoring tools

"The systems now support all Nvidia DGX servers, including the DGX A100 and SuperPod, with reference architectures for both. DDN launched the A3I in October 2018 as a turnkey, AI-dedicated storage and NVIDIA DGX-1 GPU server product set, featuring all-NVMe flash and hybrid flash/disk Exascaler arrays and Lustre parallel-access file system software.

Dr. James Coomer, DDN's VP products, said in a statement: 'With huge performance boosts and innovation in operational efficiency, this new, differentiating feature set eliminates complexities and strengthens our AI supercomputing infrastructure, making it easier to manage for data-intensive scalers and data centric enterprises, alike.'
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DDN To Unveil Latest AI Product Innovations At NVIDIA GTC 2021
DDN News, April 6th, 2021

New Range of Capabilities for AI Storage Solutions Deliver Deeper Insight, Maximum Performance and Advanced Management Tools to Make Accelerating AI Workloads Easy for All Enterprises

DDN announced it will be launching a new innovative set of features for its A3I (Accelerated, Any-Scale AI) solutions, further advancing its AI and deep learning Intelligent Infrastructure, offering the highest performance and unparalleled insight into data management operations for AI, HPC and data centric applications.

Introducing new, feature-rich enhancements for its A3I AI storage solutions, DDN augments its scalable, shared high-performance storage with new workload monitoring tools for complete data management. Part of an entirely new, modern and intuitive UI, DDN advances its unprecedented real-time visibility capabilities and integrates end-to-end monitoring ability for NVIDIA DGX systems, providing deeper insight into real-time and historical metrics for both storage and the DGX POD reference architecture. With full stack visibility of workloads for storage, network and compute, customers can identify and resolve system and performance workloads issues faster while ensuring the needs of additional workloads are met as companies scale their AI infrastructure.
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Tintri News
Tintri Demo Wednesdays - Weekly @ 10:00 AM Pacific / 1:00 PM Eastern
Tintri News, April 14th 2021

Thousands of companies have saved millions of management hours using Tintri Intelligent Infrastructure

You can watch our customer testimonials and read a multitude of case studies to find out why so many trust Tintri and sing our praises, or we can simply show you.

Seeing is believing. Join us on one of our weekly Tintri Demo Wednesdays to see for yourself.

Every week we will be here showing live demos and answering your questions.

See you there!
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SuperMicro News
Supermicro Delivers the Broadest Portfolio of Application Optimized Systems based on the 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
Supermicro News, April 6th, 2021

2X more All-Flash NVMe Bandwidth, Up to 12TB Memory, Open OCP 3.0 I/O, Maximum GPU Acceleration, Robust 5G, as well as Power Savings, and the Highest Available Compute Density

Super Micro Computer, Inc. introduces the industry's most complete server lineup incorporating the latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors delivering leading performance and reduced TCO and Total Cost to the Environment (TCE). The new X12 systems are already deployed in volume at innovative organizations such as Osaka University.

"Supermicro is delivering the most performant energy saving systems, pushing the envelope with new systems incorporating the latest Intel processors," said Charles Liang, president and CEO, Supermicro. "Our new Hyper product line is designed for maximum performance and can house 32 DIMMs of high-speed memory, four high-performance GPUs, and up to 400 Gbit LAN, which supports our customers' most demanding requirements. We work closely with technology partners across the industry to deliver a broad range of servers and storage systems optimized for many workloads and delivering the best solutions, from the highest performance systems, like Hyper or our Delta GPU deep learning optimized platform, to cost-efficient TCO optimized platforms, such as our new 2U 2-Node video streaming platform. We are proud to design and manufacture these systems at our Silicon Valley headquarters and our rapidly expanding Taiwan facilities."
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HP News
Here Come Hot Desks And Zoom Rooms. And Holograms?
HP News, April 8th, 2021

Since the pandemic sent workers home last year, a slew of modifications have been made to office buildings to protect against the spread of the coronavirus. Now, as companies prepare to bring workers back, experts say even more changes are on the way

"Expect expanded gathering spaces and fewer personal workstations, for instance, changes that are being fueled by the success of working from home. Companies like Google, Microsoft and Walmart have already announced proposals for hybrid work models that will allow employees to continue to work remotely at least a few days a week.

These new arrangements mean companies may need less office space, and some have already cut back on their real estate needs, according to a survey from the consulting firm PwC. Target said this month that it was giving up office space in downtown Minneapolis, and in September, the sporting goods retailer REI sold its newly built headquarters in Bellevue, Washington..."
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HP's Chromebook X360 14C Gets A 2021 Update With New Intel Processors
CNET, April 9th, 2021

HP is giving its 14-inch Chromebook x360 an update. On Friday, the computer maker announced a new version of its convertible laptop

"New for the 2021 edition are updated 11th-generation Intel processors and a full HD screen coated with Corning's Gorilla Glass 5, which should help with durability. Other notable specs include 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 720p HD webcam with a built-in privacy cover, a fingerprint reader, and a microSD card slot. Ports remain the same as 2020's model: two USB-C ports, one USB-A port and a microphone/headphone jack.

As it's an x360 model, the laptop can flip its screen all the way back to become a tablet. HP says the new computer is "USI Pen-enabled" for use with a stylus..."
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New Study Highlights 100% Rise In Nation State Cyberattacks In Last Three Years
HP News, April 8th, 2021

HP Inc. urges businesses to protect the endpoint - new report highlights that the enterprise has become the most common target, as nation states take aim at organizations with high value IP, such as technology and pharmaceutical firms

HP Inc. announced the findings of a new study - Nation States, Cyberconflict and the Web of Profit - showing that nation state cyberattacks are becoming more frequent, varied and open; moving us closer to a point of 'advanced cyberconflict' than at any time since the inception of the internet.

The research - which was conducted by Dr. Mike McGuire, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Surrey, and sponsored by HP - highlights there has been a 100% rise in 'significant' nation state incidents between 2017-2020. Analysis of over 200 cybersecurity incidents associated with nation state activity since 2009 also shows the enterprise is now the most common target (35%), followed by cyberdefence (25%), media and communications (14%), government bodies and regulators (12%), and critical infrastructure (10%).
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AWS News
Hybrid Working: The Future Of Work
Techradar.pro, April 7th, 2021

How Alexa and Amazon devices are providing an additional layer of support for a dedicated caregiver

"We recently heard from Rosemary, whose husband, Paul, has a rare neurological disease. Rosemary is his primary caregiver and committed to helping him live 'a better and longer life.' Rosemary didn't begin using Alexa thinking the technology could help Paul, but she eventually realized that Alexa and Amazon devices were integral in their lives. Because of the technology, Paul can stay home with her..."
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VMware News
VMware Delivers Advanced Cloud Workload Protection with Container and Kubernetes Security
VMWare News, April 7th, 2021

New innovations enable collaboration between InfoSec and DevOps teams to reduce risk and protect public cloud and on-premises Kubernetes environments

VMware, Inc. unveiled expanded cloud workload protection capabilities to deliver security for containers and Kubernetes. The new solution will help increase visibility, enable compliance and enhance security for containerized applications from build to production in public cloud and on-premises environments.

'Containers and Kubernetes are enabling organizations to develop and modernize applications faster than ever, but the innovation is also expanding the attack surface,' said Patrick Morley, senior vice president and general manager, Security Business Unit, VMware. 'Our solution extends security to containers and Kubernetes to deliver one of the industry's most comprehensive cloud workload protection platforms. With security built into the development and deployment of applications, we are bridging the gap between the SOC and DevOps teams to help our customers reduce the risks that come with running containers across clouds.'
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Oracle News
Oracle Cloud Services Give Corporate Banks A Better View Into Working Capital
Oracle News, April 7th, 2021

New supply chain, liquidity, and virtual account management cloud solutions now available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

"Corporate clients traditionally rely on banks to optimize working capital despite an unpredictable market. With the introduction of several new corporate banking solutions, Oracle Financial Services is giving banks better visibility into working capital and the tools to put that cash to work faster to improve their clients' bottom line. Running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), the new services include Supply Chain Finance, Liquidity Management, and the recently announced Virtual Account Management Cloud Services..."
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The Pandemic Underlines Need For Action On Smart City Initiatives
Oracle News, April 8th, 2021

Global study shows COVID-19 accelerating public sector innovation; 88% of city leaders surveyed call for investment in cloud platforms

"While COVID-19 posed significant hurdles to cities worldwide, it also accelerated a wave of innovation that will continue after the crisis, shows the new 'Smart City Solutions for a Riskier World' study. The ESI ThoughtLab research, sponsored by Oracle, Deloitte, Intel, and others, underscores the vital role technology, data, cybersecurity, and public-private partnerships play to ensure a healthy, safe, and prosperous future for citizens in the wake of the pandemic.

The research, conducted in August and September 2020, included a survey of senior officials from 167 cities across 82 countries, including in Asia, North and Latin America, MENA, Europe, and Africa. The cities represented 526 million people or 6.8% of the world's population and ranged in size from less than one million inhabitants (39% of the cities) to nearly 27 million..."
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WiST-ful Thinking, WiST-ful Action
Oracle News, April 7th, 2021

Information technology has revolutionized nearly every facet of sports in recent years, giving rise to a booming new industry that's now drawing an influx of venture capital

"But like too many other emerging fields of technology, women and other minority groups are too often side-lined.

That was a problem Marilou McFarlane, a serial sports tech entrepreneur, saw in nearly every meeting and at nearly every professional conference she attended.

'The sports world is quite diverse, as far as fans and athletes and customers of innovative technologies,' she said. 'It only makes sense the business workforces would represent what we see in sports.'

Women in Sports Tech, or WiST, the non-profit McFarlane founded in late 2017, is seeding that rapidly emerging industry at the intersection of sports and technology with diverse, qualified and eager talent..."
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Dell News
AI Powered Chatbots In The Enterprise
Dell News, April 8th, 2021

How often have you struggled with getting quick customer support on your favorite website? You probably won't wait around too long for a response..

"The world is moving faster than ever with technology increasing that rate of speed. And now your customers want answers in real time. Using AI to enable chat features on your website gives you a direct line of communication with these customers. For many, waiting is not an option and it's so easy to click over to your competitor's page.

Here's a real-life example. I recently ordered a running vest for an upcoming ultramarathon. I had been waiting a couple weeks for the vest to arrive and began thinking something was wrong with my order. So, I opened the vendor's page to check on it. I was clicking through the support section of it when in the lower right-hand corner, a familiar animation appeared.

It was a chat feature!..."
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Driving the Future with AI, HPC and Data
Dell News, April 7th, 2021

The road to autonomous vehicles is paved with massive amounts of data, HPC systems, AI solutions, and end-to-end IT expertise

"For years, forward-looking people in the automotive industry have focused on the development of self-driving vehicles - and for good reason. Autonomous driving (AD) vehicles, as they are known in the industry, hold the promise of safer, more comfortable and more efficient transportation for all of us.

Unlike road-weary drivers, AD vehicles have no trouble staying alert behind the wheel, even in the darkest hours of night. They can be trained to not only drive the vehicle under normal conditions, but to recognize and react to unlikely scenarios in the roadway. And they will make for a much more pleasant mobility experience for drivers, who can use their time in transit for more interesting activities than staring at the road ahead and the vehicles in it. AD vehicles will even bring us more efficient roadways, as they coordinate their actions with each other and with traffic management systems..."
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Going To The Cloud In A Decentralized World
Dell News, April 5th, 2021

Five observations on the evolving cloud landscape at the edge

"The cloud evolution has now dominated IT industry conversations for more than a decade. Today, when combining the rapid explosion of data and the increasingly decentralized nature of computing, the cloud has become the central focal point for service creators hoping to achieve the new digital outcomes they desire.

And if operating through the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the IT industry anything, it's that organizations that have embraced digitization were more resilient. They maintained stronger business continuity, and overall fared better through disruption compared to those that self-identified as digital laggards..."
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Powerprotect Backup Service Bolsters Leading Cloud Data Protection Portfolio
Dell News, April 6th, 2021

As workloads shift to the cloud and organizations increasingly leverage software as a service, Dell Technologies is introducing new innovations to help businesses protect and secure critical hybrid cloud workloads

"If you're reading this, it's safe to say that you're inundated with data. In fact, over 1,200 companies trust Dell Technologies to protect 5.8 EB of data in the cloud. Our most recent Global Data Protection Index Snapshot also suggests that the amount of data being managed across clouds and data centers has grown almost 40% in the last few years.

That data needs to be protected, but IT managers are also expected to simplify operations so businesses can focus on the day-to-day. SaaS applications like Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, Salesforce and other cloud-based modern workloads can help, but there's a common misconception that these apps provide native data protection services.

They don't..."
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Lenovo News
Lenovo Unleashes Next Mobile Gaming Powerhouse With The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2
Lenovo News, April 8th, 2021

Introducing world's first phone with integrated Twin Turbo-Fan Cooling and intuitive Octa-Trigger Controls

"Lenovo announces its new flagship gaming phone, the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2. With the number of mobile gamers increasing to over 2.6 billion last year3 and projected to grow in popularity, mobile gaming has entered into a golden era with a multitude of device choices and more immersive games. But not every smartphone is built the same.

If winning matters, the only way to unlock players' gaming potential is with a smartphone designed to win. Engineered for extreme performance, with cutting-edge, gamer-first features designed to give mobile gamers the competitive advantage, the new Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 incorporates a second-generation Advanced Technology Architecture (ATA 2.0) for unparallel symmetry when playing in gamer preferred landscape mode. It's intelligently cooled by the incredible combination of an integrated, large passive cooling vapor chamber and active Twin Turbo-Fan resulting in one complete thermal system for peak performance and reliable FPS..."
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Next Generation Lenovo Thinksystem Servers Accelerate A Broader Range Of Business-Critical Applications
Lenovo News, April 6th, 2021

Next generation ThinkSystem servers go beyond the data center with edge-to-cloud compute, showcasing a unique balance of performance, security, and efficiency with 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors

Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) announces the next-generation Lenovo ThinkSystem servers showcasing a unique balance of performance, security and efficiency - all built on 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and PCIe Gen4. As companies of all sizes continue to work on solving real-world challenges - they require powerful infrastructure solutions to help them gain faster insights and remain competitive. With this new generation of ThinkSystem solutions, Lenovo introduces innovations for real-world workloads including high performance computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI), modeling and simulation, cloud, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and advanced analytics.
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Microsoft News
Microsoft Open-Sources Tool To Use AI In Simulated Attacks
VentureBeat, April 9th, 2021

As part of Microsoft's research into ways to use machine learning and AI to improve security defenses, the company has released an open source attack toolkit to let researchers create simulated network environments and see how they fare against attacks.

Microsoft 365 Defender Research released CyberBattleSim, which creates a network simulation and models how threat actors can move laterally through the network looking for weak points. When building the attack simulation, enterprise defenders and researchers create various nodes on the network and indicate which services are running, which vulnerabilities are present, and what type of security controls are in place. Automated agents, representing threat actors, are deployed in the attack simulation to randomly execute actions as they try to take over the nodes.

'The simulated attacker's goal is to take ownership of some portion of the network by exploiting these planted vulnerabilities. While the simulated attacker moves through the network, a defender agent watches the network activity to detect the presence of the attacker and contain the attack,' the Microsoft 365 Defender Research Team wrote in a post discussing the project.
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IBM News
IBM Cloud for Financial Services Accelerates Innovation with Support for Red Hat OpenShift and Other Cloud-native Services
IBM News, April 7th, 2021

SAP joins ecosystem of more than 90 partners and FinTechs serving financial institutions worldwide BNP Paribas onboards workloads to IBM Cloud for Financial Services

IBM announced that the general availability of the industry's first financial services-ready cloud platform, IBM Cloud for Financial Services, now including support for Red Hat OpenShift and other cloud-native services. First revealed in 2019, the IBM Cloud for Financial Services was designed in collaboration with Bank of America. Since then, IBM has built a cloud environment capable of supporting the needs of the financial services industry for their mission-critical workload and data protection, with our compliance capabilities and industry-leading security1. The IBM Cloud for Financial Services is designed to help to reduce risk for financial institutions, their partners and FinTechs, and innovate quickly with built-in controls that are adhered to by the entire ecosystem.
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IBM Consumer Study Points to Potential Recovery of Retail and Travel Industries, as Consumers Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine
IBM News, April 8th, 2021

Study shows global consumer optimism is high, with more than half of respondents surveyed saying that they expect a COVID-19 vaccine to keep them protected

"According to the findings of a new global consumer study released by IBM's (NYSE: IBM) Institute for Business Value (IBV), respondents surveyed are mostly confident in the safety, effectiveness, and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines and indicate a desire to return to 'normalcy' after being vaccinated. But different rules, personal preferences, and social norms formed during the last year means that key industries like retail, travel and transportation may need to provide more seamless, personalized marketing and client experiences, to help remain competitive and successfully engage customers..."
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Fortinet News
Major Insurer Secures LAN and WAN Edges with Fortinet Secure SD-WAN and SD-Branch
Fortinet News, April 9th, 2021

By now, many IT leaders are recognizing the benefits of breaking down the barriers between network and security operations centers (NOC and SOC, respectively)

"Especially as teleworking, supply chain integration, and merger and acquisition activities - among other digital innovation initiatives - continue to expand the network infrastructure footprint and bring more networking and security challenges to organizations. In companies that rely on multiprotocol label switching (MPLS), this leads to increasing connectivity costs and bandwidth congestion.

Fortinet Secure SD-WAN promises to solve connectivity problems, but many vendor solutions - the ones that don't offer a converged fabric - can leave companies with management and security challenges in the local area network (LAN), with multiple point products to manage at locations and traffic no longer routed through the corporate data center for inspection..."
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Radio Access Network (RAN) Security for 4G and 5G Explained
Fortinet News, April 7th, 2021

In the evolution from 4G to 5G, 5G New Radio was the 1st step completed by the standards and the 1st to be deployed by mobile operators in 5G Non Stand Alone (NSA) architectures

"This is no surprise as 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) is a fundamental component in MNOs' ability to deliver upon the promise of 5G and growth. It is fundamental for 5G's cornerstone capabilities: high bandwidth (eMBB), massive scale (mMTC), high reliability and low latency (uRLLC).

Today 5G public networks are delivering enhanced mobile broadband to a growing number of consumers and enterprises, and are serving a growing number of connected devices. As edge computing site evolve, 5G SA is deployed and standards continue to evolve, the full promise of 5G can be delivered.

To meet the hyper-scalability, high performance and low latency required by future 5G use cases, 5G NR is distributed, virtualized, shared and is architecturally more complex than ever. Alongside clear benefits these capabilities bring, new security risk and challenges are introduced and amplified. These risk must be addressed through appropriate security controls designed to support and protect the delivery of business and industry use cases across 5G NR and elsewhere in the telco cloud..."
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The Convergence Of Networks And Security For Evolving Infrastructures
Fortinet News, April 8th, 2021

A popular misquote attributed to Mark Twain states, "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

"Although he never said exactly that, Twain was widely rumored to have died in 1897 when, in fact, he was very much alive. This is relevant to the convergence of networks and security today.

In the technology realm, we're experiencing the same thing when it comes to networks. There are some cloud vendors that are proclaiming the traditional network to be all but dead. In effect, they're saying, 'don't worry about the network; just move everything to the cloud.' But like Mark Twain, the reports of the demise of networks are greatly exaggerated. In fact, networking (albeit hybrid) remains crucial. And ensuring consistent security across the network is more critical than ever, particularly in terms of extending the enterprise-grade protections enjoyed in the traditional core network to all of the new edges being deployed..."
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The Key Fundamentals For An Effective Security Design
Fortinet News, April 9th, 2021

As organizations continue to accelerate their digital innovation initiatives with an effective security design, new network edges are also introduced to their security infrastructure - from data center, LAN, SASE and more.

"The network continues to expand and splinter the perimeter, allowing new attacks vectors to present opportunities for cyber criminals.

Many organizations have accumulated a wide variety of isolated security tools designed to monitor a specific function or protect one segment of the network in isolation. Some of these new environments are essential solutions to urgent business needs, others are often over-trusted and fly under the radar. Given the rate of innovation, there is rarely enough time to make them part of a cohesive or comprehensive security strategy. Nearly 80% of organizations are introducing innovations faster than their ability to secure them against cyberattacks. When security is deployed so rapidly, the aftermath is a complex network with limited visibility and control..."
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Red Hat News
Friday Five - April 9, 2021
Red Hat News, April 9th, 2021

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 statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision in Google v. Oracle
  • TechTarget - IBM, Red Hat partner with Celonis on process mining software
  • How partners are helping customers embrace the cloud with Red Hat OpenShift Service on AWS (ROSA)
  • What's new with Quarkus? And other updates in Red Hat Runtimes
  • Red Hat provides accessibility solutions in retail, insurance, and healthcare

Read on for details.
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Accelerating Network Packet Processing on RHEL 8.3 with Intel Gen 3 Ice Lake Xeon
Red Hat News, April 6th, 2021

With the push towards wide-scale 5G and edge service deployments, it's important for Digital Service Providers (DSPs) to have a solid foundation for responding to customer challenges and requirements

"Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 offers several benefits for DSPs. With improved operating system performance, DSPs can take advantage of better throughput to deliver enhanced user experience for their customers.

With the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.3 and building on our successful collaboration with Intel, Red Hat has extended the list of certified hardware to include Intel's 3rd Gen Xeon Scalable processors (code-named Ice Lake, model Platinum 8360Y), and support for Intel's latest 100Gb network adapter, the E810 series..."
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Edge Computing Optimization With Open Source Technologies
Red Hat News, April 8th, 2021

Application developers, architects, and operations teams should aim to optimize their applications and services to minimize cloud computing infrastructure costs. There are a number of emerging open source technologies that can make a significant contribution to this objective, and we'll highlight some in this post

"Optimizing Java code using Quarkus (an open source, Kubernetes-native Java framework) can help reduce runtime memory requirements by an order of magnitude while dropping initial startup times from seconds to milliseconds.

Low startup times reduce infrastructure usage by making it practical to scale down significantly when an application or process is idle. Longer startup times necessitate an application or process remaining continuously "hot," executing in-memory and using resources even when idle..."
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Partner Experience At Red Hat Summit
Red Hat News, April 8th, 2021

Each year at Red Hat Summit we look forward to showcasing unique partner stories and our joint successes in helping customers achieve open hybrid cloud innovation

"This year, we are pleased to introduce the Partner Experience: an integrated, immersive experience for partners within the Red Hat Summit 2021 event. Partner Experience provides partner-centric messages and content throughout each part of Red Hat Summit for partners to expand their knowledge and understanding around Red Hat's portfolio.

Partner Experience is an opportunity for partners to access tailored content, share insights and hear directly from Red Hat leaders on key initiatives and updates. Here is an overview of the Partner Experience at Red Hat Summit and tips for navigating this year's event..."
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Citrix News
Doing Well Means Being Well
Citrix News, April 8th, 2021

Well-being isn't a program. It's a series of small choices that shape an experience. And, not just any experience - the very personal LIVED experience

"And, it's not anyone else's responsibility. It's your responsibility. And you need to own it.

And, by 'you,' I also mean me.

Well-being is a personal journey. The term covers multiple dimensions of a state of health, including physical, emotional, financial, social, occupational, and spiritual aspects. It can range from addressing mental health to setting boundaries around your work hours to ensure you have time to recuperate from the demands of your job...."
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Enhance Your Scaling Capabilities In Google Cloud
Citrix News, April 8th, 2021

The pandemic has helped speed digital transformation for many organizations, resulting in growth in public cloud adoption

"Organizations that aren't yet in the cloud are quickly moving toward a hybrid-cloud solution, enabling secure remote access for their global workforce to solve short-term challenges and to be better positioned for the future.

We see many Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service customers adopting Google Cloud to quickly scale up workloads using Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS) and deliver apps and desktops to their users. This growth is due partially to newly added support for shared virtual private clouds (VPCs) and the use of sole-tenant nodes for network access control policy, security, and regulation/privacy requirements such as HIPAA. Sole-tenant nodes provide exclusive hardware access and can help you to meet dedicated hardware requirements for Google Cloud bring-your-own-license (BYOL) scenarios, including Windows 10-based VDI deployments..."
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What's New With Citrix Workspace - March 2021
Citrix News, April 5th, 2021

With each passing month we see an increasing number of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops customers transition to Citrix Workspace. Why?

"The new features and capabilities we're adding to Citrix Workspace are generating more and more value for our customers, making it easier to provide a great employee experience.

For the month of March, we added many new features in the Citrix Workspace platform. These features were specifically designed to improve the user experience and the IT experience associated with our most popular Workspace service, Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

As usual, the Citrix Workspace product teams deserve a big 'virtual' high five for all the great work they did in the month of March.

Let's take a look..."
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