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IT News - CxO
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The Top Technology Trends To Watch: 2018-2020
Brian Hopkins writes for Forrester, "I'm excited to announce we just published our 2017 edition of Forrester's top technology trends to watch. This report continues to be one of our most popular reports, and I'm privileged to lead it every other year. This report was our biggest collaboration ever; we included four co-authors and dozens of analysts contributed. It highlights our most provocative technology trend research and links directly to several dozen of our best reports..."
Forrester, October 23rd, 2017
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Gartner's Top 10 Predictions For IT In 2018 And Beyond
Louis Columbus writes in Business 2 Community:

  • In 2020, AI will become a positive net job motivator, creating 2.3M jobs while eliminating only 1.8M jobs.
  • By 2020, IoT technology will be in 95% of electronics for new product designs.
  • By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be versatilists, holding multiple roles, most of which will be business, rather than technology-related.

Gartner's predictions and the series of assumptions supporting them illustrate how CIOs must seek out and excel in the role of business strategist first, technologist second. In 2018 and beyond CIOs will be more accountable than ever for revenue generation, value creation, and the development and launch of new business models using proven and emerging technologies. Gartner's ten predictions point to the future of CIOs as collaborators in new business creation, selectively using technologies to accomplish that goal.

Business 2 Community, October 26th, 2017
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8 Infrastructure Trends Ahead For 2018 (Slide Show)
"The cloud is making inroads into the enterprise, but on-premises IT infrastructure remains a critical part of companies' IT strategies. According to the Interop ITX and InformationWeek 2018 State of Infrastructure study, companies are continuing to invest in data center, storage, and networking infrastructure as they build out their digital strategies..." - Network Computing
Network Computing, October 25th, 2017
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IT News - Storage
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Backblaze: Here's How Reliable High Capacity Drives Are
ZDNet "Backblaze, the cloud backup provider, has released its latest drive reliability numbers, including 8, 10, and 12TB drives, as well as older 4, 5, and 6TB drives. 'Consumer' drives continue to beat, slightly, 'Enterprise' drives in reliability. Here's what you need to know..."
ZDNet, October 26th, 2017
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Magic Quadrant For Distributed File Systems And Object Storage
"IT leaders are looking to deliver agile, scalable and cost-effective storage for ever-increasing amount of unstructured data. This research assesses the key attributes, vision and executional prowess of distributed file systems and object storage vendors.

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By 2021, more than 80% of enterprise data will be stored in scale-out storage systems in enterprise and cloud data centers, up from 30% today..." - StorageNewsletter

StorageNewsletter, October 24th, 2017
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IT News - AI
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Amazon Launches AI Cloud Computing Services Using Nvidia's New Volta Chips
"In a bid to lure more companies to run their artificial intelligence projects on its cloud platform, Amazon Web Services Inc. today launched a family of AI-optimized instances described as the most powerful of their kind on the market," reports Maria Deutscher in siliconANGLE.

"The new P3 series is based on Nvidia Corp.'s latest-generation Volta graphics processing unit, called Tesla V100, beating Microsoft Corp.'s and Google Inc.'s cloud units to the market. Unveiled in May, the chip packs 21.1 billion transistors on a die roughly the size of an Apple Watch face. These transistors form over 5,700 processing cores of which 640 are so-called Tensor Cores, specialized circuits fine-tuned for running AI models..."

siliconANGLE, October 26th, 2017
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Apache PredictionIO: Easier Machine Learning With Spark
By Serdar Yegulalp writes in ITWorld, "An open source project now under Apache's guidance uses a template system for easy training and deployment of Spark-powered machine learning models...

The Apache Foundation has added a new machine learning project to its roster, Apache PredictionIO, an open-sourced version of a project originally devised by a subsidiary of Salesforce..."

ITWorld, October 26th, 2017
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Monitoring And Machine Learning: How Close Are We?
"The wonders of automation have brought incredible efficiencies to standard IT monitoring practices, especially when it comes to the detection-prevention-analysis-response (DPAR) cycle. Automating detection and remediation steps via alerts has alleviated massive amounts of stress for IT teams and businesses alike, providing the data needed to understand how and why issues happen. But it begs the question: are we doing enough with that data, and how can we do more? Is machine learning a viable solution for modern monitoring practices?..." - insideBIGDATA
insideBIGDATA, October 27th, 2017
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IT News - Bitcoin
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Billionaire Investor Peter Thiel: Bitcoin's Great Potential Is Underestimated
Joseph Young writes in NEWSBTC, "Peter Thiel, a prominent venture capitalist and investor with a net worth of $2.6 billion, believes the 'great potential' of bitcoin is being 'underestimated.'

At the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thiel compared bitcoin to gold, describing it as a robust store of value that could replace traditional assets, currencies, and stores of value in the long-term. Thiel stated:..."

NEWSBTC, October 26th, 2017
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IT News - Operations
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Why Patching Software Is Hard: Organizational Challenges
"The Equifax breach shows how large companies can stumble when it comes to patching. Organizational problems can prevent best practices from being enforced," writes Teri Radichel in Information Week.

Second of a two-part post.

"My last article about why patching is hard explained some of the technical challenges related to patching software in large organizations. That people don't patch software isn't purely a technical problem, however.

In instances like the Equifax breach, it's understandable to try to assign blame, but the reality is there are many organizational challenges preventing best practices..."

Information Week, October 25th, 2017
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IT News - Security
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Security Myths: Users Hate Multifactor Authentication
"Just stop bludgeoning them with the multifactor authentication (MFA)," opines Joe Campbell in CSO Online.

"In my last post, I talked about how I have a chance to spend time with a ton of different companies every year. This gives me a great opportunity to get an incredible education on the state of security across various industries. Many of my customers however, seem stuck in their own ways. I refer to this as being technologically inbred, or suffering from group-think. This group think often enforces bad habits or closes an organization off to making change in a positive direction. It's with this in mind that I decided to kick off this blog with a series focused on the myths of security..."

CSO Online, October 27th, 2017
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Increase Your Network Security: Deploy A Honeypot
"Deploying a honeypot system on your internal network is a proactive measure that enables you to immediately detect an intruder before any data is damaged or stolen," writes Mark Dargin in Networkworld.

"Have you ever wondered how a hacker breaks into a live system? Would you like to keep any potential attacker occupied so you can gather information about him without the use of a production system? Would you like to immediately detect when an attacker attempts to log into your system or retrieve data?..."

Networkworld, October 24th, 2017
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IT News - Linux
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Who's Building Linux In 2017?
"The Linux Foundation has just released its latest report on who's creating Linux," reports Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in ZDNet.

"It's 2017 and Linux rules the computing world. Don't believe me? The Linux Foundation reports that Linux runs 90 percent of the public cloud workload, 82 percent of the world's smartphones, 62 percent of the embedded market, oh and a mere 99 percent of the supercomputer market. All that rests on the Linux kernel. In its 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report, Jonathan Corbet, Linux kernel developer and editor of LWN.net, and Greg Kroah-Hartman, stable Linux kernel maintainer, report on Linux's recent evolution..."

ZDNet, October 25th, 2017
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Linux Foundation Reports Quickening Pace For Linux Development
"Linux continues to advance year-after-year with new kernel releases debuting at a steady rate, adding new lines of code and functionality," writes Sean Michael Kerner eWeek.

"On Oct. 25, the Linux Foundation released its 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report detailing precisely how much the Linux kernel has advanced so far in 2017. The 31-page report looks at the development trends from the Linux 4.8 kernel, which was released in October 2016, until the debut of the Linux 4.13 kernel in September 2017. Among the findings in the report is that on average, a new Linux kernel was released every 67.66 days, up marginally from 66 days in 2016. This slideshow looks at some of the highlights of the Linux Foundation's 2017 Linux Kernel Development Report..."

eWeek, October 27th, 2017
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IT News - DevOps
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The 7C Holistic Approach To DevOps
Devendra Joshi writes in devops.com, "The DevOps methodology was first adopted in 2007 with a bigger purpose of improving organizational efficiency by bridging the gap between software release and IT operations teams. This started as the core practice of continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) with a prime focus on better quality of releases and more frequent releases. Now, DevOps is becoming the norm of the industry and is being embraced by multiple organizations as a digital transformation with a shared goal, involving all stakeholders, to serve the customers better with higher quality product release and more frequent releases..."
devops.com, October 23rd, 2017
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How Cloud Companies Can Move From Agile To DevOps
Derek Handova writes in The VAR Guy, "To move from agile to DevOps methodology requires new consideration of deployment and hosting infrastructure. How can cloud companies best address these concerns? Best practices and key advice for progressive IT teams at managed service providers (MSPs) can help the move from agile to DevOps. To transition the move from agile to DevOps, the structure should be adapted for developers who have been using agile for a while. Fortunately, agile and DevOps are not necessarily methodologies at odds, according to operational experts..."
The VAR Guy, October 23rd, 2017
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IT News - Cloud
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Why Companies Move Apps From Colocation To Cloud, And Why Some Move Back
"Survey finds moving workloads to cloud works for many, but not for everyone," writes Wylie Wong in Data Center Knowledge.

"Despite stiff competition from the cloud, colocation providers have a bright future and will get their fair share of the business as enterprises increasingly outsource their data center operations, an industry analyst said.

Cloud is the fastest growing portion of the data center market, with global operational square footage hosting cloud infrastructure expected to increase at a 16 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2017 to 2020..."

Data Center Knowledge, October 25th, 2017
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IT News - IoT
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AI And Internet Of Things Will Drive Digital Transformation Through 2020
"Research study reveals IoT, AI and synchronous ledger tech (blockchain) priorities," reports Courtney Sat in ZDNet.

"Businesses are investing heavily in the Internet of Things (IoT) while remaining cautious about investments in artificial intelligence (AI), reveals the 'Constellation Research 2017 Digital Transformation Study. 'However, Constellation expects AI to emerge in 2018 as the predominant area of technological experimentation due to the increasing availability of AI development kits and frameworks..."

ZDNet, October 25th, 2017
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IT News - Careers
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7 Hot IT Career Trends - And 7 Going Cold
Paul Heltzel writes in CIO, "The growing IT skills gap and demand for data pros and hybrid roles are disrupting the traditional IT career path. The following heat map of career trends with help you cash in and avoid dead ends...

There's a major IT skills gap in the country and it's only expected to widen. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there will be 1 million more computing jobs than applicants by 2020..."

CIO, October 23rd, 2017
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IT News - Email
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It's Time For The Internet To Block Fake Emails
Jason Pressman writes in TechCrunch, "One of the biggest upsides of the internet is that people from all over the world now have access to virtually anyone anywhere. Everyone is just an email away.

That's also the problem. That same accessibility has left people, businesses and organizations open to attack..."

TechCrunch, October 26th, 2017
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Moving To Cloud-Based Email? 3 Reasons To Think Twice
"While convenient, cloud-based email may not meet all of the needs of your business as it adapts and grows," opines Rachel Collins in ITProPortal.

"There's a good reason that so many businesses are moving to cloud-based email services like Gmail and Microsoft Office 365. These are familiar vendors with a promise of exceptional performance and ease of use with seemingly zero trade-offs. Unlike the headache of managing on-premises email systems, cloud vendors take care of hardware, upgrades, availability and more. Your company's email 'just works,' and all you have to do is pay the bill every month. Right? ..."

ITProPortal, October 25th, 2017
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IT News - Encryption
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Encryption Proves Enough To Lock FBI Out Of Mobile Devices
"The FBI was unable to access 7,000 devices this year due to encryption," reports Anthony Spadafora in ITProPortal.

"The ongoing debate between law enforcement agencies and device manufacturers over customers' digital privacy was a major point of discussion during the San Bernardino terrorist attack in 2016 and now the FBI has revealed that it was unable to access almost 7,000 devices because of encryption in this year alone..."

ITProPortal, October 23rd, 2017
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IT News - Tape
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LTO-8 Type M Tape Boosts Storage Capacity from Spectra Logic
"Spectra Logic announced today that Spectra Certified LTO-8 Type M media along with LTO-8 drives and all supported media are now available for order. An industry first offering, LTO-8 Type M media provides a 50 percent increase in capacity from 6TB to 9TB using new LTO-7 media..." - insideHPC
insideHPC, October 24th, 2017
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IT News - Developer
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How To Write More Than 10,000 Lines Of Code By Yourself
"There has never been a better time to learn to code," opines Kayla Matthews in ITProPortal.

"Programming, coding, development - whatever you call it, there's a huge demand for all of the above in today's world. More importantly, companies are looking for productive, efficient software engineers to finish work in a prompt, yet reliable manner - coding faster, with higher-quality code, and more capable results.

But if you are a coder or engineer, you know as well as we do: More code isn't necessarily better code..."

ITProPortal, October 24th, 2017
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