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May 8, 2017  7:38 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (5/1 – 5/8)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Cisco, Dell EMC, Red Hat, SAP

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What should we expect from Dell EMC World 2017? Find out why flash will take center stage in this week’s roundup.

1. Dell EMC World 2017: Flash, HCI and the cloud take center stage – Dave Raffo (SearchStorage)

This year’s Dell EMC World will feature plenty of product releases as the mega-vendor beefs up emerging technologies while continuing its pre-merger platforms.

2. NATO cyberwar games show the U.S. needs more practice – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

The NATO Locked Shields cyberwar games had the U.S. team winning most improved, but experts say the U.S. still needs more practice.

3. Viptela the latest Cisco acquisition in $610M deal – Chuck Moozakis (SearchSDN)

SD-WAN vendor Viptela is the latest Cisco acquisition, as the networking vendor takes steps to fortify its cloud services portfolio.

4. Next-gen technologies displayed at SAP Innovation Center – Jim O’Donnell (SearchSAP)

The new SAP Next-Gen program and innovation center opened with a look at SAP’s vision for next-gen technologies, including machine learning, blockchain, IoT, VR and 3D printing.

5. Signs point to cloud future at Red Hat Summit 2017 – Jason Sparapani (SearchCIO)

The open source software company is transitioning from its Linux roots to cloud services.

May 1, 2017  6:28 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (4/24 – 5/1)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
AWS, Citrix, DevOps, flash storage, Microsoft Office

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Is Citrix exploring a sale? Find out what its CEO said in this week’s roundup.

1. Citrix CEO addresses sale ‘rumors’ – Ramin Edmond, Alyssa Provazza and Colin Steele (SearchVirtualDesktop)

In a sit-down interview, Citrix CEO Kirill Tatarinov reacts to reports that the company is exploring a sale. And he discusses the effects of recent acquisitions and partnerships.

2. AWS promises to be GDPR compliant by May 2018 deadline – Peter Loshin (SearchSecurity)

Amazon promises all AWS cloud services will be GDPR compliant before enforcement of the new EU data privacy regulation starts in 2018, offers customers assistance.

3. Changes to Microsoft Office licenses rub IT the wrong way – Ramin Edmond (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

Business versions of Skype, OneDrive and Outlook won’t be part of on-premises Microsoft Office licenses, leaving those shops looking for alternatives.

4. Flash storage market shifting, Kaminario CEO says – Carol Sliwa (SearchSolidStateStorage)

Dani Golan of Kaminario sees NVMe as the next big disruptor in the flash market; says Kaminario focuses on cloud and SaaS, while legacy vendors fight over shrinking IT budgets.

5. DevSecOps, or how to build safer software so much faster – Valerie Silverthorne (SearchSoftwareQuality)

DevOps can help develop software faster, but that’s not making it any safer. DevSecOps is an effort to bring security into the mix. Here are some ways to get started.

April 24, 2017  5:50 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (4/17 – 4/24)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
SQL Server 2017, Stuxnet, VMware, Windows 10

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Do you approve of the Windows 10 Creators Update? Find out why many IT professionals were disappointed in this week’s roundup.

1. Windows 10 Creators Update features fall short for IT – Ramin Edmond (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

IT pros hoped for more advanced security tools and other new Windows 10 Creators Update features, but they were underwhelmed by what they actually received.

2. IT shops map journey from VMware Cloud Foundation to IBM Cloud, AWS – Robert Gates (SearchDataCenter)

More than 1,000 users have moved their VMware infrastructure to IBM’s public cloud using Cloud Foundation, while others await a much publicized AWS partnership to go GA.

3. Stuxnet worm flaw still the most exploited after seven years – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

Security researchers say the vulnerability behind the infamous Stuxnet worm is still the most exploited in the world, seven years after being patched.

4. ONUG Spring 2017 conference issues include barriers to cloud adoption – Jennifer English (SearchSDN)

The ONUG Spring 2017 conference includes sessions with market-leading cloud providers, like Amazon and Microsoft, addressing barriers to enterprise cloud adoption.

5.  SQL Server 2017 makes Python a first-class citizen for analytics – Jack Vaughan (SearchSQLServer)

Python is no outsider at Microsoft. It will ride with R as the company’s SQL Server 2017 platform moves to its second CTP. Analytics is a big part of what is new.

April 17, 2017  9:58 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (4/10 – 4/17)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
cybersecurity, Hyper-convergence, IBM, It spending, Microsoft Patch Tuesday

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Last week, Gartner revised its global IT spending forecast for 2017. Check out the revisions in this week’s roundup.

1. Gartner cuts 2017 IT spending forecast, sees shift to ‘digital business’ – Mekhala Roy (SearchCIO)

As companies embrace their digital future, the shift in IT spending to software plows on.

2. Hyper-converged systems will underpin hybrid cloud, says Dell EMC exec – Robert Gates (SearchDataCenter)

Enterprises will increasingly fill data centers with rack-scale hyper-converged infrastructure as the basis for hybrid clouds, says the CTO of Dell EMC’s converged platforms division.

3. IBM AIX users look forward to a cloudy future – Ed Scannell (SearchCloudComputing)

IT organizations that rely on AIX-based applications still whirring away may feel the cloud computing age is passing them by — but help is on the way.

4. Microsoft unveils update guide, fixes Hyper-V on April Patch Tuesday – Dan Cagen (SearchWindowsServer)

Microsoft dropped its security bulletin format on April Patch Tuesday and switched to its Security Update Guide. Windows Server admins should be aware of a Hyper-V host patch.

5. U.S election hacking not an act of cyberwarfare, experts say – Michael Heller (SearchCloudSecurity)

The government needs a better definition for an act of cyberwarfare, says ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden, because he doesn’t think the U.S. election hacking applies.

April 10, 2017  6:16 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (4/3 – 4/10)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Artificial intelligence, Azure, Dell EMC, IBM Watson, Symantec, Unified Communications

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How do you see Watson intelligence helping your organization? Find out how IBM is bringing its capabilities to the business space in this week’s roundup.

1. Watson AI capabilities coming to business apps – Jesse Scardina (SearchSalesforce)

While gaining traction in the healthcare space, IBM’s Watson is expected to start latching onto business operations in 2017 and beyond.

2. Symantec certificate authority issues listed by Mozilla developers – Peter Loshin (SearchSecurity)

Mozilla developers respond to questionable Symantec certificate authority practices, as the security provider questions Google’s proposed solutions.

3. Dell EMC XtremIO adds speed to Red Sox IT lineup – Paul Crocetti (SearchSolidStateStorage)

A Dell EMC all-flash array knocks a home run for the Boston Red Sox organization, improving management and analytics of ever accumulating data, and speeding performance.

4. Unified communications vendors and users continue consolidation – Luke O’Neill (SearchUnifiedCommunciations)

In this video with analyst Irwin Lazar, explore some key market trends, including industry consolidation, UC analytics and the emergence of artificial intelligence tools.

5. Native Azure monitoring tools cater to enterprise IT – Trevor Jones (SearchCloudComputing)

New Azure monitoring tools add another layer of insights into workload performance on the public cloud as providers try to meet enterprise demands and increase transparency.

April 3, 2017  6:51 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/27 – 4/3)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Cisco, Encryption, IBM, SAP

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What impressed you the most at IBM InterConnect 2017? Check out the top news from this year’s event in this week’s roundup.

1. Tech jobs for all, robots and fighting fake news at IBM InterConnect 2017 – Jason Sparapani (SearchCIO)

Alongside pitches for state-of-the-art technologies at the tech company’s Las Vegas show was a call for young women in technology and distinguishing the funny from the phony.

2. Experts debunk strong encryption claims by FBI’s Comey – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

FBI director James Comey clearly laid out his views on strong encryption and urged more conversation, but experts say his arguments fall flat and may even be misleading.

3. Cisco using Spark hybrid hardware to nudge customers to the cloud – Antone Gonsalves (SearchUnifiedCommunications)

Cisco unveiled at Enterprise Connect Spark hybrid video conferencing to help companies move to the cloud. The new Room Kits run off Spark or on-premises gear.

4. SAP CEO Bill McDermott touts the intelligent enterprise – Jim O’Donnell (SearchSAP)

In a roundtable at SAP Ariba Live 2017, SAP CEO Bill McDermott and SAP Ariba President Alex Atzberger discuss the intelligent enterprise and how it will transform businesses.

5. Oracle cloud storage embraces ZFS Storage Appliance – Carol Sliwa (SearchCloudStorage)

New Oracle operating system update enables ZFS Storage Appliance to transfer file- and block-based data to Oracle Storage Cloud without an external cloud gateway.

March 27, 2017  7:16 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/20 – 3/27)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Artificial intelligence, Collaboration, Encryption, IBM

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Where do you stand on the encryption debate? Check out FBI Director James Comey’s views in this week’s roundup.

1. Encryption debate needs to be nuanced, says FBI’s Comey – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

FBI Director James Comey brought the encryption debate back to the forefront by asking for a ‘nuanced and thoughtful’ conversation on the topic before there is a serious attack.

2. Latest collaboration products on display at Enterprise Connect 2017 – Katherine Finnell (SearchUnifiedCommunications)

Vendors will exhibit their latest UC products at Enterprise Connect 2017, from collaboration tools for huddle rooms to apps that support enterprise mobility.

3. IBM cloud dreams soar on the wings of AI, open source – Ed Scannell (SearchDataCenter)

Hoping to play catch-up with its web services archrivals, IBM has rolled out a raft of products and services fueled by AI and open source.

4. Future of SAP Ariba Network on display at SAP Ariba Live – Jim O’Donnell (SearchSAP)

SAP Ariba Live shows enhancements to procurement software and looks at the future of the SAP Ariba Network, including machine learning, AI, bots and blockchain.

5. AI advances can slow a Salesforce cloud migration – Jesse Scardina (SearchSalesforce)

Showing incremental improvement and investing over time are keys to successful cloud implementations, especially in government.


March 20, 2017  6:25 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/13 – 3/20)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Data Center, HPE, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, Security, Storage

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From hackers to vulnerabilities – it was a big week for security news. Check out all the coverage in this week’s roundup.

1. DOJ indicts suspected Yahoo hackers from Russia; extradition unclear – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

The U.S. Department of Justice indicted four men — including two Russian Federal Security Service officers — accused of being the Yahoo hackers, but only one person was arrested.

2. Microsoft plugs zero-day SMB vulnerability on March Patch Tuesday – Dan Cagen (SearchWindowsServer)

After Microsoft skipped February Patch Tuesday, it released 17 updates in March, including a long-awaited patch for a zero-day Server Message Block vulnerability.

3. Workspace suites wait for IT to catch up – Colin Steele (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

Workspaces give users the data, desktops and apps they need on any device. But too much of a good thing may not be so suite.

4. Bumpy ride predicted as HPE storage absorbs Nimble SANs – Garry Kranz (SearchStorage)

Merging the Nimble Storage product line with HPE gear and engineering teams creates overlap and competition for its R&D budget. Other storage startups see an opening.

5. Prepare for smart data center scenarios in IoT, colo – Erica Mixon (SearchDataCenter)

Smart technologies can automate and simplify the data center — but only if you prepare for their implementation. Learn how to transition smoothly from legacy hardware.

March 13, 2017  6:00 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (3/6 – 3/13)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Analytics, AWS, iot, Security, Windows 10

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Has your organization migrated over to Windows 10? Find out why migration plans have stalled for many businesses in this week’s roundup.

1. Windows 10 migration plans hit a wall – Ramin Edmond (SearchEnterpriseDesktop)

Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer boosted adoption last year. But now, without that incentive, businesses are holding onto Windows 7 for as long as they can.

2. FBI chooses to protect Tor vulnerability and dismiss child porn case – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

The Department of Justice dropped a child pornography case in order to avoid disclosing a Tor vulnerability; dozens more cases potentially affected.

3. AWS S3 outage: Channel partners mull redundancy options – John Moore (SearchCloudProvider)

Channel partner executives and industry observers consider redundancy options in the aftermath of Amazon Web Services’ recent Simple Storage Service outage.

4. City CIOs debate the merits of the IoT-powered smart city platform – Nicole Laskowski (SearchCIO)

Smart city projects often begin as a one-off. Now, city CIOs face the challenge of knitting it all together.

5. Analytics teams give data science applications real scientific rigor – Craig Stedman (SearchBusinessAnalytics)

Data scientists at companies such as LinkedIn and Cisco are applying aspects of the scientific method to data mining and analysis initiatives to try to make sure they get valid results.

March 6, 2017  7:56 AM

TechTarget’s weekly roundup (2/27 – 3/6)

Michael Tidmarsh Michael Tidmarsh Profile: Michael Tidmarsh
Amazon, AWS, CIO, Open source, Yahoo

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What should CIOs do after an event like last week’s Amazon cloud outage? Find out in this week’s roundup.

1. Amazon cloud outage: A CIO survivor’s guide – Jason Sparapani (SearchCIO)

Industry watchers sound off on cloud worries following Tuesday’s disruption. Also in Searchlight: FCC issues stay on privacy rule; Wendy’s will serve up self-ordering kiosks.

2. Microsoft open source efforts draw praise – Ed Scannell (SearchWindowsServer)

Industry observers are buying into Microsoft’s attempts to reach new users, as the company builds support for Linux and other open source technologies in its offerings.

3. Employees knew about Yahoo security breach years ago, per new SEC filing – Michael Heller (SearchSecurity)

A new SEC filing details who knew about the major Yahoo security breach in 2014, but experts are confused by the repercussions of the announcement.

4. A low-code/no-code app makes a splash on iTunes – Valerie Silverthorne (SearchSoftwareQuality)

Low-code/no-code platforms are largely targeted to business users. No-code platform maker Appy Pie is trying to change all that. And so far, it’s had an iTunes hit.

5. AWS disruption wreaks havoc for Amazon S3 users – Trevor Jones (SearchAWS)

An AWS disruption Tuesday was the longest and most impactful downtime for the public cloud provider in years, as S3 became unresponsive in a major data hub.

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