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IT News - CxO
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Businesses still Confused about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
"European businesses are still unsure about GDPR - almost 78% of IT decision makers at more than 700 European companies either lacked understanding about the impact of the regulation on their organizations or were completely unaware of it. However, encryption, which is addressed by the GDPR, is desired by more than every third company in a new IDC survey..." - HelpNet Security
HelpNet Security, March 1st, 2017
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7 Leadership Traits Of Successful Cios (Slideshow)
"These seven leadership characteristics are increasingly important as IT executives become 'agents of change' in the business," writes Sarah K. White in ComputerWorld.

"The California Psychology Inventory (CPI), developed by CPP -- the exclusive publisher of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment -- is an assessment tool that help leaders gain more insight into and improve their performance. Ultimately, the CPI helps identify your leadership strengths and weaknesses, what motivates you and can help you understand your personal 'thinking style.'..."

ComputerWorld, February 27th, 2017
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Atlassian Shares 4 Things The Highest Performing It Teams Do That Others Don't
"The numbers speak volumes: High performing IT organizations are two times more likely to exceed productivity goals, according to Puppet Labs 2015 State of DevOps Report. They also experience 60x fewer failures and recover 168 times faster.

But what makes an IT team 'high performing?' What practices do the very best teams follow to become more efficient, collaborative, and responsive?

With more than 68,000 customers (and millions of IT and DevOps users), we've learned a ton at Atlassian about what separates the best from the rest. Here are our top tips..." - CIO

CIO, March 3rd, 2017
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Understanding The New Rules Of Risk (Slideshow)
"Trying to keep up with today's risk landscape is a task that ranks somewhere between difficult and impossible," opines Samuel Greengard in CIO Insight.

"New and emerging technologies, along with a complex array of digital tools and systems, are ratcheting up the stakes. Yet, it's critical for CIOs and other IT and business leaders to keep up with rapidly unfolding security events and trends. A recent research report from Deloitte, 'The Future of Risk: New Game, New Rules,' offers insights into the risks and potential responses for 10 critical areas of business and IT..."

CIO Insight, March 3rd, 2017
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SaaS Is Eating The Infrastructure World
"It's going to be a bumpy road ahead as companies start to adapt to serverless computing. Here's a look at what will happen when software eats the infrastructure world," reports Chris Stone in CIO.

"In many ways, we can compare the future of the software world to the emergence of self-driving cars. Just as we're faced with questions around a unified set of operational standards for all companies eager to remove drivers from behind the wheel, serverless computing poses a similar set of challenges as software eats further and further into the infrastructure stack..."

CIO, March 1st, 2017
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IT News - Storage
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Storage 101: Object Storage Vs Block Vs File
"We recap the key attributes of file and block storage access and the pros and cons of object storage, a method that offers key benefits but also drawbacks compared with SAN and NAS," writes Antony Adshead in ComputerWeekly.

"The emergence of object storage as a viable means of data retention upsets the existing methods - closely connected - of file and block storage, also known as NAS and SAN.

This article will recap the fundamentals of file and block, but with the purpose of highlighting the quite different characteristics of object storage, all of which are forms of shared storage. In the final analysis, we will suggest the use cases most suited to object storage, as well as file and block..."

ComputerWeekly, March 1st, 2017
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Classification Of Data Can Solve Your Data Storage Problems
"Having a data classification process in place can make your data smart enough to know what to do with itself, allowing you to attain the holy grail of enterprise data storage," writes Rich Castagna in SearchStorage.

"What's the holy grail of enterprise storage? The single 'thing' that affects every bit of hardware and software that hooks into data center storage? The discovery of the end-all and be-all of not just 'storagedom' but the entire IT realm and all the business processes continually gobbling up and spitting data out?..."

SearchStorage, March 3rd, 2017
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SAN Arrays Maintain Primary Data Storage Dominance, For Now
James Alan Miller wries in SearchStorage, "Solid-state flash is the most sought-after technology for primary storage, as storage area networks remain the main focus of increasing capacity for most enterprises.

Enterprises today may be discovering new and innovative ways to make better use of secondary storage assets to advance business interests through improved analytics, data protection and DevOps, but it is primary data storage that remains the lifeblood of most organizations..."

SearchStorage, March 3rd, 2017
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IT News - AI
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Big Data Protection In The Age Of Machine Learning
"The concept of machine learning has been around for decades, primarily in academia," writes Jay Desai in Datamation. "Along the way it has taken various forms and adopted various terminologies, including pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, knowledge management, computational statistics, etc.

Regardless of terminology, machine learning enables computers to learn on their own without being explicitly programmed for specific tasks. Through the use of algorithms, computers are able to read sample input data, build models and make predictions and decisions based on new data. This concept is particularly powerful when the set of input data is highly variable and static programming instructions cannot handle such scenarios..."

Datamation, March 3rd, 2017
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A Survival Guide For The Coming AI Revolution
Natalie Rens, Juxi Leitner write in GCN, "If the popular media is to be believed, artificial intelligence is coming to steal your job and threaten life as we know it. If we do not prepare now, we may face a future where AI runs free and dominates humans in society.

The AI revolution is indeed underway. To ensure you are prepared to make it through the times ahead, we've created a handy survival guide for you..."

GCN, March 3rd, 2017
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IT News - Technology
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Infrared Lasers Must Replace Data Center Wiring, Say Engineers
"Using infrared lasers instead of fiber optics or radio signaling improves data center communications, and it can help data centers reduce power costs," writes Patrick Nelson in Network World.

"Eliminating a 'tangled Christmas tree lights' wiring scenario in data centers is imperative and can be achieved with infrared, reckons an academic network engineering team.

Infrared lasers should be installed on the top of data center racks and be used to transmit information. It would be far superior and cheaper than fiber optic, and it would be better than attempted, but lacking, radio signaling..."

Network World, February 27th, 2017
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IT News - Bitcoin
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Would Killing Bitcoin End Ransomware?
"Bitcoin and ransomware seem to go hand-in-hand, but experts explain that doing away with the cybercurrency would just force cybercriminals to find another anonymous way to extort money," writes Ryan Francis CSO Online.

"Ransomware is running rampant. The SonicWall GRID Threat Network detected an increase from 3.8 million ransomware attacks in 2015 to 638 million in 2016. According to a Radware report, 49 percent of businesses were hit by a ransomware attack in 2016. Quite often the attacker asks for some amount of cybercurrency - usually Bitcoin - in exchange for providing a decryption key..."

CSO Online, February 21st, 2017
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IT News - Security
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Security Alert Overload Threatens To Bury Security Teams
"Enterprises can't keep up with security alert volume, struggle to prioritize the right alerts and ignore a large percentage of the security alert total. They need help!" opines Jon Oltsik in Network World.

"When it comes to incident detection and response, enterprise organizations are collecting, processing and analyzing more security data through an assortment of new analytics tools - endpoint detection and response (EDR) tools, network analytics tools, threat intelligence platforms (TIPs), etc.

When each of threat management or security analytics tools sees something suspicious, it generates a security alert, and therein lies the problem: Enterprise organizations are getting buried by an avalanche of security alerts. According to ESG research:..."

Network World, March 3rd, 2017
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Privacy Issues In 2017
"Decades ago privacy really wasn't that much of an ongoing issue," note Dave Lewis in CSO Online. "In the days of agrarian society everyone seemed to know about everyone else's business and personal lives. As we moved forward into an era of denser population centers due to the advent of of the industrial revolution suddenly, we collectively found a greater yearning for privacy.

In this current day and age we find ourselves slipping back to the agrarian mindset in some ways. Governments the world over are moving to strip privacy from their citizens under the guise of security. One was the battle cry was to protect the children which has given way, in most respects, to the fight against terrorism. That logic has the appearance of being sound for people who are afraid will be less likely to argue..."

CSO Online, March 3rd, 2017
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IT News - Linux
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Which Linux File System Should You Use?
"When formatting partitions on a Linux PC, you'll see a wide variety of file system options. These options don't need to be overwhelming. If you're not sure which Linux file system to use, there's a simple answer," opines Justin Garrison in How-To Geek.

"The Quick Answer: Use Ext4 if You're Not Sure

We'll get into the weeds and run down the difference between the various file systems in a moment, but if you aren't sure: Use Ext4.

Ext4 is the default file system on most Linux distributions for a reason. It's an improved version of the older Ext3 file system. It's not the most cutting-edge file system, but that's good: It means Ext4 is rock-solid and stable..."

How-To Geek, March 1st, 2017
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IT News - DevOps
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Storage Plays Catch-Up With Devops Environment
Chris Evans writes in SearchStorage, "To deliver an Agile or DevOps environment, the way in which resources, including storage, are consumed and deployed changes to a more cloud-focused approach.

The term DevOps, a contraction of development and operations, represents a new way of working to deliver enterprise applications using Agile development methodologies. DevOps transfers responsibility for some of the operational functions of IT to development teams, allowing them to create, develop, amend and deploy applications in a rapid fashion, typically without need for any interaction with the operations teams..."

SearchStorage, March 3rd, 2017
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IT News - IoT
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IoT And 5G Drive Computing To The Edge
"More computing is happening on edge devices to handle the information overload," writes Agam Shah in ComputerWorld. "By 2020, an average internet user will use 1.5GB of traffic a day, and daily video traffic will reach 1PB, Intel predicts. A huge amount of data will be generated by autonomous vehicles, mobile devices, and internet-of-things devices.

Every day, more information is being collected and sent to faster servers in mega data centers, which analyze and make sense of it. That analysis has helped improved image and speech recognition and is making autonomous cars a reality..."

ComputerWorld, March 3rd, 2017
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How IIoT Is Revolutionizing Utilities
James Gillespie writes in TechCrunch, "The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is creating huge opportunities in the water and wastewater industries, adding value to both the utility and the consumer. Connected machines are reshaping the way these utilities operate, allowing them to make smarter and more informed decisions. By driving up innovation, water utilities are driving down cost. Here's what they're up to..."
TechCrunch, March 3rd, 2017
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IT News - Email
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The Hidden Risks Of Legacy Email Archives
"Now is the time to migrate to a modern email archive platform," writes Bill Tolson in ITProPortal.

"To everyone who continues to own a legacy email archive - beware! You are sitting on a ticking time bomb. By legacy email archives, I am referring to an email archive that was designed in the early 2000's and is likely deployed on premises; but in some cases is a hosted email archive solution. A legacy email archive presents three major risks to your IT infrastructure and organization as a whole..."

ITProPortal, March 3rd, 2017
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IT News - Big Data
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Care About Big Data Analytics? Better Pay Attention To Splunk And Elastic Stack
Brent Marinaccio writes in LinuxCareer, "While the overall numbers are not necessarily sexy, the percentage growth surely is. If you are looking for a tool to search and analyze data, Elastic stack and Splunk are showing exponential gains in the last couple of years. Therefore, if you are currently a DevOps engineer or looking to take your career in that direction, it is essential that you familiarize yourself with the Elastic stack or Splunk..."
LinuxCareer, February 27st, 2017
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IT News - Java
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Java 9 Gets A Release Date: July 27
"JDK 9, which features modularization and ahead-of-time compilation, will be released this summer," reports Paul Krill in InfoWorld.

"Java Platform SE (Standard Edition) 9, a planned modularized upgrade, remains on target for release in July, an Oracle official said this week.

Java Development Kit (JDK) 9 is set for release on July 27. It will include a long list of capabilities, including modularization, a read-eval-print loop, ahead-of-time compilation, and a memory-saving improvement for strings storage..."

InfoWorld, March 3rd, 2017
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