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AWS News
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AWS Announces General Availability Of Amazon EBS Io2 Block Express Volumes
io2 volumes running on next-generation Block Express architecture deliver the first storage area network (SAN) built for the cloud to meet the performance requirements of customers' most I/O-intensive, business-critical applications
Amazon Web Services, Inc., (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced the general availability of Amazon EBS io2 Block Express volumes, delivering SAN capabilities in the cloud for the first time. EBS Block Express is a next-generation storage server architecture that provides the highest block storage performance without the cost or hassle of having to procure, scale, and maintain expensive on-premises SANs. With io2 volumes running on Block Express, customers can achieve sub-millisecond latency and provision a single io2 volume with up to 256,000 IOPS, 4,000 MB/second throughput, and 64 TB of capacity-a 4x increase in performance, throughput, and capacity for existing io2 volumes. io2 Block Express volumes are ideal for the largest, most I/O-intensive, mission-critical deployments of Oracle databases, SAP HANA, Microsoft SQL Server, InterSystems database, and SAS Analytics. There are no upfront commitments or fees to use io2 Block Express volumes, and customers pay only for the storage capacity used.
AWS News, July 19th, 2021
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Recorded Future News
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Recorded Future: Threats To The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
COVID-19 Pandemic, Ransomware, and Nation-State Threat Actors Influence Potential Threat Landscape
"Recorded Future, the world's largest provider of intelligence for enterprise security, today published details on the threat landscape surrounding the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, including the potential influence by the COVID-19 pandemic, ransomware attacks, and politically motivated nation-state threat activity, in a new report. As evidenced by past Olympics, the high profile and international nature of the event makes it a target for those seeking to cause politically motivated harm, enrich themselves through criminal activities, or embarrass the host nation on the international stage..."
Recorded Future News, July 19th, 2021
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Fortinet News
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Countering Ransomware: A Shared Responsibility
The recent series of high-profile ransomware attacks underscores how vulnerable critical infrastructure is and the impact cybersecurity can have on American society.
"This is not a new development, according to research from FortiGuard Labs, organizations across the globe saw a sevenfold increase in ransomware during the last six months of 2020, and that trend has not abated. While some of this may be the result of state-sponsored activity, the increasing revenue generated from ransomware has attracted a growing number of cybercriminals.

In response, the White House announced the formation of a cross-government task force to develop and coordinate defensive and offensive measures against ransomware. Solutions being discussed range from revising cybersecurity regulations to updating security infrastructures to offering rewards for identifying threat actors..."

Fortinet News, July 20th, 2021
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Fortinet And Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Partnership Offers Customers Reliable Cloud Security And Performance
The new Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Flexible Network Load Balancer is ideal for increasing the security and reliability of workloads and applications running in OCI. Fortinet's FortiGate Next Generation Firewall and FortiWeb WAF have long been available in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for securing applications. Oracle's new load balancing solution provides a cloud native means to scale those solutions and to ensure their availability and performance.
"OCI already offers a layer 4 (TCP) and layer 7 (HTTP) proxy-based load balancer. The new Flexible Network Load Balancer solution complements this with a non-proxy load balancing solution that performs pass-through load balancing of layer 3 and layer 4 (TCP/UDP/ICMP) workloads. As a result, the Flexible Network Load Balancer can deploy and scale virtual appliances, including the security appliances such as the Fortinet FortiGate NGFW. The combination of the FortiGate along with the Flexible Network Load Balancer creates a highly available and scalable security solution appropriate for protecting mission critical workloads. Additional security can be achieved through the use of the FortiWeb Cloud Web Application Firewall as a Service..."
Fortinet News, July 21st, 2021
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Fortinet Provides Immediate Patch Update And Mitigations For Critical Fortimanager And Fortianalyzer Vulnerability
On July 19, Fortinet published a security advisory documenting and sharing patches and workarounds for a Use-After-Free (UAF) vulnerability (CWE-416) in FortiManager, and in some edge cases, FortiAnalyzer.
"We urgently reiterate our strong recommendation for any customers who have not yet updated their devices that they take immediate action to mitigate this risk. This includes upgrading their FortiManager/FortiAnalyzer, as per the advisory FG-IR-21-067. As a temporary mitigation before updating, immediate action can be taken by employing a FortiGate in front of the device with IPS definitions 18.100 or later and setting the FortiGate IPS signature FG-VD-50483 to block. Fortinet recommends that this should only be used as a temporary solution while scheduling the upgrade process..."
Fortinet News, July 20th, 2021
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Fortinet Selected As 2020 Google Cloud Technology Partner Of The Year For Security
Google Cloud has recognized Fortinet as the 2020 Google Cloud Technology Partner of the Year for Security
"Winning this award is a testament of Fortinet's partnership and commitment to customers running on Google Cloud but also our momentum in providing organizations with the ability to secure any application on any cloud.

As we reflect on our journey and partnership with Google Cloud thus far, the real winners of this mutual top-tier partnership, of course, are our joint customers who not only get the best cloud infrastructure and best-in-class security and cloud operations but also the confidence in knowing that their cloud journey with Google Cloud and Fortinet will be frictionless and seamless as possible..."

Fortinet News, July 20th, 2021
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Fortinet Wins Google Cloud Technology Partner Of The Year Award For Security
Fortinet's Adaptive Cloud Security for Google Cloud
Fortinet announced that it has received the 2020 Google Cloud Global Technology Partner of the Year award for Security.

Fortinet was recognized for the company's achievements in the Google Cloud ecosystem, helping joint customers:

Simplify security management with single-pane control across Google Cloud and on-premises data centers.

Gain cloud-native visibility and control into Google Cloud workloads and applications.

Strengthen endpoint security with cloud-native endpoint protection, detection and response that is behavior-based rather than signature-based.

Leverage Fortinet Cloud Security Services Hub for scalable and multi-layer secure connectivity.

Optimize cost management with various consumption models based on customer choice, easily deploying native cloud security offerings in VM, and SaaS form factors with the flexibility of BYOL and PAYG (pay as you go) billing options.

Fortinet News, July 20th, 2021
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Centrify News
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ThycoticCentrify Momentum Delivers Exceptional Q2 Results, with Year-Over-Year Sales and Customer Growth During Key Integration Period
Cloud Identity Security Leader Sees 41% Year-Over-Year Sales Growth and Almost 400 New Customer Acquisitions Following Corporate Merger
ThycoticCentrify, a leading provider of cloud identity security solutions formed by the merger of privileged access management (PAM) leaders Thycotic and Centrify, today announced that the company has wrapped Q2 with a 41% increase in year-over-year sales, a 136% increase in year-over-year cloud sales, and the addition of 388 new customers during the quarter.

With merger integration ongoing, ThycoticCentrify continues to capture significant industry market share while also delivering differentiated new solutions to meet the evolving needs of its unified customer base. In addition, Centrify and Thycotic were both separately recognized again as Leaders in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for PAM, concluding an evaluation process begun prior to the announced merger that focused on ability to execute and completeness of vision.

Centrify News, July 19th, 2021
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ThycoticCentrify: Centrify and Thycotic Named Leaders Again in 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management
Centrify Recognized as a Leader for PAM for Third Consecutive Time, Second Straight Leader Distinction for Thycotic Based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute
ThycoticCentrify, a leading provider of cloud identity security solutions formed by the merger of privileged access management (PAM) leaders Thycotic and Centrify, today announced that both Centrify and Thycotic have been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Privileged Access Management. The report evaluated 10 vendors based on completeness of vision and ability to execute.
Centrify News, July 21st, 2021
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Cisco News
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Cisco Reinforces Commitment To Bridging The Digital Divide
Availability and speed of internet connectivity for individuals or households can greatly affect the quality of education, healthcare, and economic opportunities they receive, as well as access to critical public services
"The pandemic exacerbated the digital divide and brought this urgent problem to the forefront. Cisco and its public and private sector partners believe now is the time for the industry to get together to solve this complex challenge. This week, Cisco held two panel sessions with industry leaders and partners to discuss the urgent need to close the digital divide..."
Cisco News, July 23rd, 2021
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Cloudy Everywhere - Extending Infrastructure As Code
Are there any organizations that don't face challenges in making their technology teams more productive?
"It's tempting to speculate about the ideal environments that seem to exist at hyperscalers or cutting-edge startups, but the reality is that there are always challenges in any operational pattern, and even the loftiest struggle to do better. That doesn't mean that dramatic improvements aren't achievable. The recent past has been a strong reminder that the infrastructure needs of any business can change rapidly, and infrastructure has to respond. Significant gains are within reach for any organization, and treating infrastructure as code (IaC) is a great example. It's an approach that can simplify infrastructure operations by delivering the same consumption model for on- and off-premises resources..."
Cisco News, July 23rd, 2021
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Simplify VPN With Cisco Secure Managed Remote Access
Bringing focus back to organizations' IT, and empowering security heroes
"Esports are becoming massively popular, and you'll commonly hear about how a player 'carried the team on their back,' a phrase often used when a teammate perseveres through adversity, contributes more than their fair share, and ultimately delivers a win. Over the last year and a half, IT and security heroes globally have adapted and met the needs of their workforces that had to rapidly pivot to remote work. As organizations' operations have radically changed, these heroes have 'carried the team' and met the demands of remote work. Truly, a big win!..."
Cisco News, July 23rd, 2021
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Citrix News
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2021 Application Security Trends
Application security practitioners are navigating a security landscape that has become increasingly complex in recent years with the adoption of cloud and containers and the growing use of APIs
"n a new survey on application security conducted by Forrester Research, nearly 40 percent of companies say that they have been victims of a security breach as a result of an external attack carried out by a web application exploit...

With all signs pointing to hybrid work as a post-pandemic norm, companies will further increase their adoption of web and SaaS applications to support remote employees. The expanded attack vector afforded by web and SaaS apps is the reason they have become the most common way in for attackers..."

Citrix News, July 22nd, 2021
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5 Priorities For Operationalizing Employee Experience In A World Of Hybrid Work
This blog post is based on the webinar Designing Employee Experiences: How to Operationalize Your EX Strategy, which is available to view on demand now
"The event featured the insights of Chris Voce, Customer Engagement Strategist at Citrix; Marc Curtis, Head of Innovation Workforce and Workplace Services at Fujitsu; and Shweta Bandi, Director of HR Technology and Employee Experience at Adobe.

In a recent Citrix survey, 43 percent of employees saw better employee experience (EX) lead to increased productivity, and more than 30 percent said EX led to improved profitability and better customer satisfaction..."

Citrix News, July 22nd, 2021
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Enhance Your Workspace Capabilities With IGEL OS Powering Your Endpoints
Citrix Workspace and IGEL OS are transforming how people work through collaboration to optimize the user experience and boost productivity
"Together we deliver a compatible and intelligent solution for fast, frictionless, and secure access to virtualized and cloud workspaces from any IGEL OS-powered endpoint. IGEL is a longstanding Citrix Ready partner, and we are now part of the Citrix Ready Workspace Endpoint Program and the Citrix Ready Hybrid Multi-Cloud Program.

With Citrix Workspace, you can embrace the cloud with ease and securely deliver all the tools your employees need such as SaaS apps, web apps, and virtual apps. It also helps simplify management and speed up deployment, no matter where you are in your cloud journey..."

Citrix News, July 22nd, 2021
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Kaizen Approach Transforms Security With Citrix Secure Access Solutions
Firm leverages cloud offerings to secure applications and data without hindering employee experience
"Applications, data and people are the most valued assets of any organization and must be protected at all costs. But security can't get in the way of work getting done. It's a delicate balancing act. As a leading provider of security consulting services to government and commercial customers, Kaizen Approach recognizes this. And the firm is adjusting its playbook to better manage it. Leveraging cloud-delivered digital workspace and secure access solutions from Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS), Kaizen has created a modern security framework through which it can help itself - and its clients - deliver a simple, secure work experience that empowers employees to work when, where and how they want while keeping their information and devices safe..."
Citrix News, July 20th, 2021
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Tips To Reboot Your B2B Marketing Mindset For Better Results
After COVID-19, the B2B buyer may never be the same
"In her information-packed talk from the Citrix Partner Marketing Kickoff 2021, featured speaker Lori Wizdo, Forrester VP and Senior Analyst, shares that the pandemic accelerated three major trends disrupting today's B2B market:

  • Information ubiquity: Today's B2B buyers have access to more detailed information about products, services, and vendors.

  • Millennial decision-makers: Millennial buyers have different preferences than their predecessors. Not only are they digitally self-sufficient, but they're also comfortable with asynchronous communication versus face-to-face sales meetings.

  • Consumer experiences: B2B buyers are consumers first, and they've come to expect a seamless consumer experience from B2B vendors.

These trends (along with COVID-19 as the catalyst) are changing B2B buyer behavior, putting all businesses at risk..."

Citrix News, July 20th, 2021
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SAP News
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SAP Announces Second Quarter 2021 Results
SAP Accelerates Cloud Growth Across Portfolio Raises Revenue and Profit Outlook
Current Cloud Backlog and Cloud Revenue Growth Accelerates Sequentially:
  • Current Cloud Backlog Up 20% At Constant Currencies
  • SAP S/4HANA Current Cloud Backlog Up 48% At Constant Currencies

Cloud Revenue Up 11% And 17% At Constant Currencies

SaaS/PaaS Cloud Revenue Outside Intelligent Spend Up 20% And 25% At Constant Currencies

  • EPS Up 57%; Non-IFRS EPS Up 50%

"We're seeing strong adoption of our cloud portfolio as customers select SAP for their business transformation. Our strategy is working; This is the third straight quarter of strong execution, and we continue to deliver unparalleled customer value through the strength of our platform and applications" -- Christian Klein, CEO

SAP News, July 21st, 2021
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Datacore News
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The Top Three Storage Problems Object Storage Can Solve For You
The first step in evaluating any technology should be to determine what problems you are trying to solve. Said another way for businesses, how will this new technology enable your IT team to save time and resources, increase productivity or revenue, and/or decrease risk?
"There are myriad tools, calculators and feature matrices in every technology segment to help you find solutions but it all starts with understanding what your problems are, how you can efficiently solve them to meet your business objectives, and for how long you can continue to do so.

For object storage, this is an interesting process because even though the technology has been around for over a decade, the problems that object storage solves are relatively new to many organizations..."

Datacore News, July 21st, 2021
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Dell News
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Bridging The Data Divide With Dell Technologies And Vertica
Learn how object based data lakes are giving data teams the power of choice in data analytic workloads
"As I look back on the world of data analytics, I see such a huge divide. There are organizations making use of their data and those who are not. Even 10 years ago it was not uncommon for organizations to not take full advantage of their own unstructured data. Sure, they were doing reporting or building dashboards, but only looking back historically at what happened in the past. A recent IDC report states business leaders are working to enable 90% of new enterprise apps to be cloud native. However, many of these projects are over budget or miss their timelines. How do we bridge this data divide? By giving Data Teams the power of choice in their data architecture..."
Dell News, July 21st, 2021
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GE Taps Dell Technologies To Simplify Its Global IT Operations
GE selects Dell Technologies APEX to align IT operations with its business strategy
"Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) and GE (NYSE: GE) are extending their relationship to assist the high-tech industrial company in managing its IT infrastructure through an as-a-Service model, enabling GE to more easily scale its IT infrastructure across 170 countries.

Serving as a catalyst for innovation for more than 125 years, GE is committed to using its leading technology and global reach to deliver solutions that make the world work more efficiently, reliably and safely. Its agreement with Dell is key to delivering on this promise and to create leaner and more autonomous business units..."

Dell News, July 22nd, 2021
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NBC Olympics Selects Dell Technologies Storage Systems For Its Production Of Olympic Games In Tokyo
Dell EMC PowerScale family of storage systems to enable NBC Olympics to store and manage petabytes of video content for its Tokyo Olympics coverage
"NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) to provide high performance storage systems for its production of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad, which take place in Tokyo, Japan, from July 23 - August 8. The announcement was made today by Darryl Jefferson, vice president, Broadcast Operations & Technology, NBC Olympics and Jeff Boudreau, president and general manager, Infrastructure Solutions Group at Dell Technologies..."
Dell News, July 20th, 2021
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PowerScale: Storage Optimized For HPC In Semiconductor Design Environments
See how your organization can take advantage of Dell EMC PowerScale to achieve optimal performance for HPC workload in semiconductor design environments
"From the smartphones in our hands to the big data centers powering the internet, from self-driving cars to robotic surgical systems - inside each is a tiny piece of technology that makes it all possible: a semiconductor. We're seeing billions being invested in semiconductors across the globe. Intel is spending $20 billion to double down on chip manufacturing, South Korea is joining the global chipmaking race with a $450 billion spending plan, even Bosch, a tier-1 Automotive supplier, is building its own chip fab - these are just a few examples of big investments..."
Dell News, July 22nd, 2021
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HPE News
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COMLINE Drives Competitive Advantage With HPE Greenlake
IT service provider migrates its cloud and outsourcing business onto HPE's edge-to-cloud platform to advance agility, cost and innovation
German IT service provider COMLINE SE has decided to provide its cloud and outsourcing services based on HPE GreenLake. By the end of 2021, the company will migrate its outsourcing data centers in Frankfurt and Berlin to the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform. As a result, COMLINE will increase its agility and cost efficiency, as capacities and costs can be quickly and flexibly scaled according to customer demand. COMLINE will also launch new hybrid cloud services based on HPE GreenLake.

'With HPE GreenLake we can increase and decrease our capacities just like changing the volume on a sound system,' says Ralf Schafer, CEO and COO of COMLINE SE. 'This fulfills the strategy that we have been pursuing for years: offering our customers a real cloud experience from German data centers at competitive prices.'

HPE News, July 22nd, 2021
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HPE Greenlake Powers Woolworths' New Payments Platform For Wpay Venture
HPE GreenLake cloud platform enables Australian and New Zealand retailer to launch new flexible payment offerings to market
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) announced that Woolworths Group has selected the HPE GreenLake edge-to-cloud platform to power its new Wpay payments platform. The solution is based on HPE GreenLake, which provides an easy to manage cloud platform that allows customers to innovate with agility, scale up and down to meet business requirements, and gain improved visibility and management of costs.

Woolworths Group is Australia and New Zealand's largest food and everyday needs retailer with more than 1,300 stores across both countries and fast-growing eCommerce businesses.

HPE News, July 20th, 2021
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IBM News
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Amadeus Integrates IBM Digital Health Pass Into Its Digital Health Verification Technology
Integration is designed to help streamline the validation of air travelers' COVID-19 health documentation, reducing friction during check-in, and supporting airlines as the industry works to increase international travel volumes
IBM and Amadeus announced that they are working together to help meet one of the major challenges facing travel companies today: checking and validating the COVID-19 health documentation of travelers at checkpoints where required.

As part of that effort, IBM Digital Health Pass is now integrated into Traveler ID for Safe Travel, Amadeus' digital health verification solution. This enables airlines to integrate the use of COVID-19 digital health credentials into their existing reservation and booking system, allowing airline passengers the option to scan or upload documentation to show their health credentials.

IBM News, July 22nd, 2021
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Bangalore International Airport Limited Partners With Ibm For Digital And IT Transformation
10-Year agreement to create an "Airport in a Box" platform, which transforms technology, operations and customer experience
IBM and Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) -- operator of Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru (KIAB/BLR Airport) -- today announced a ten-year agreement under which IBM and Kyndryl will provide best of breed IT solutions to create a new "Airport in a Box" platform that will support transforming the end-to-end travel experience for passengers at BLR Airport.

As one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, BLR Airport needed a nimble, scalable and cost-competitive technology and operations environment that can increase its agility and operational flexibility to handle future growth in passenger traffic.

IBM News, July 21st, 2021
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IBM Adds Enhanced Data Protection To Flashsystem To Help Thwart Cyberattacks
Integrates IBM Safeguarded Copy with the FlashSystem family to give organizations enhanced data protection and the capability to recover quickly from cyberattacks
IBM announced it is bringing advanced data protection capabilities to the IBM FlashSystem family of all-flash arrays to help companies better plan for - and recover quickly from - ransomware and other cyberattacks.

Over the last year, cybercriminals have taken advantage of the increasingly distributed data landscapes and ramped-up the frequency of their attacks. Ransomware in particular, which is used to gain access to and then encrypt corporate data to block its access and/or expose it unless a ransom is paid, is on the rise. According to cybersecurity firm, SonicWall, ransomware attacks rose to 304.6 million in 2020, up 62% over 2019, mainly due to the highly distributed workforces caused by the pandemic. In fact, through May of 2021, the group reported 226.3 ransomware attacks already, up 116% year to date over 2020.

IBM News, July 20th, 2021
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IBM Reports 2021 Second-Quarter Results
Improved Revenue Growth Led by Hybrid Cloud Platform Adoption, Consulting and Software
  • Revenue of $18.7 billion, up 3 percent (flat adjusting for divested businesses and currency)
  • Cloud & Cognitive Software up 6 percent (up 2 percent adjusting for currency)
  • Global Business Services up 12 percent (up 7 percent adjusting for currency)

IBM announced second-quarter 2021 earnings results.

'In the second quarter client adoption of our hybrid cloud platform contributed to strong performance in Global Business Services and software and drove improved overall revenue growth. At the same time, we continued to help clients infuse our AI-based technology offerings into their core business workflows," said Arvind Krishna, IBM chairman and chief executive officer. "We are pleased with our progress and we remain on track to deliver full-year revenue growth and meet our cash flow objective.'

IBM News, July 19th, 2021
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Lenovo News
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Beyond Boundaries: Find And Replace The Legacy Behaviors That Undermine Innovation
In essence the equation is simple: encourage innovation and reap the rewards. All the evidence points in the same direction
"But there is an alternative, tried and tested adage, which runs in direct opposition: if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

This is the dilemma facing incumbent businesses with profitable positions to protect. Progress, by all means, but (to coin an altogether more prosaic idiom) don't throw the baby out with the bathwater.

During the pandemic, businesses had something of a free pass to become more creative, for the simple reason that they had no choice. COVID's silver lining was that it helped larger businesses become more creative, largely because they were working outside the confines of the office environment and were collaborating with colleagues worldwide..."

Lenovo News, July 21st, 2021
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Lenovo Research Finds The 3 Steps Businesses Can Take To Innovate Beyond Boundaries
The pandemic has unlocked creativity for many businesses - but action is required to transform innovation from a buzz-word into tangible results
Lenovo Group launches Beyond Boundaries, a new report on the state of business innovation today. The study examines how businesses are innovating their way into the post-COVID future, not just to satisfy pent-up demand and unlock growth, but also to improve their social and environmental performance.

The pandemic has acted as a catalyst for innovation - while the scientific community were producing a vaccine at unheard-of speed, commerce was quicker still in largely transforming to a work-from-anywhere model.

Lenovo News, July 21st, 2021
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Microsoft News
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Microsoft Acquires Cloudknox Security To Offer Unified Privileged Access And Cloud Entitlement Management
Helping organizations strengthen cloud security and Zero Trust
"At Microsoft, we are committed to supporting organizations in their digital transformation and helping them to deliver secure and seamless experiences. Since IT modernization often spans multiple clouds, cloud security and identity are top of mind for most of our customers. Modern identity security needs to protect all users and resources consistently across multi-cloud and hybrid cloud environments.

Today, Microsoft is taking a significant step toward this goal with the acquisition of CloudKnox Security, a leader in Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM). CloudKnox offers complete visibility into privileged access. It helps organizations right-size permissions and consistently enforce least-privilege principles to reduce risk, and it employs continuous analytics to help prevent security breaches and ensure compliance. This strengthens our comprehensive approach to cloud security..."

Microsoft News, July 21st, 2021
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Partnering With The NIH To Advance Biomedical Research
Biomedical data are being generated and digitized at unprecedented rates
"Since the outbreak of the pandemic, massive amounts of data have been used to rapidly understand, predict and treat COVID-19. With so much data at their fingertips, biomedical researchers across the globe are turning to cloud services to analyze vast datasets and extract lifesaving insights.

Today, we are thrilled to announce a new partnership between Microsoft and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to accelerate biomedical research in a post-pandemic world. As an approved cloud platform for the NIH's Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative, Microsoft Azure will bring the power of the cloud to the biomedical research community..."

Microsoft News, July 20th, 2021
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Oracle News
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Oracle Named A Leader In Analyst Report For Digital Experience Platforms Q3 2021
Independent Research Firm recognizes Oracle Advertising and Customer Experience for its 'robust experience platform, with strength in commerce and campaigns'
"Oracle today announced that it has been recognized as a Leader in The Forrester Wave: Digital Experience Platforms, Q3 2021.

This report evaluated the 13 most significant digital experience platform providers based on 26 criteria. Oracle Advertising and Customer Experience (CX) was one of only four leaders and received the highest possible score in 19 of the 26 criteria including: vision, market approach, and partner ecosystem, as well as campaign management, digital commerce, customer analytics, and customer journey management..."

Oracle News, July 22nd, 2021
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SeABank Successfully Modernizes Its Finance Operations and Services with Oracle
Oracle helps SeABank streamline functions, deliver new customer experiences, and prepare for new accounting standards
"Southeast Asia Commercial Joint Stock Bank (SeABank), one of the top 10 private sector banks in Vietnam, has transformed its business with products from the Oracle Financial Services Performance and Balance Sheet Management Suite, SeABank has successfully implemented applications which include Funds Transfer Pricing (FTP), Profitability Management, and Asset Liability Management (ALM). SeABank began its work with Oracle in 2018 as a first step along its incremental journey to improve..."
Oracle News, July 22nd, 2021
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Telenor Monetizes Fast Growing Mobile Services With Oracle
Oracle Communications' cloud native converged charging and billing solution supports telecommunications provider's mobile and next generation 5G services across Asia
"Mobile services, from voice to video streaming, are on the rise across Asia. To support this growth, Telenor selected Oracle Communications Billing and Revenue Management, including Oracle Converged Charging to lay the groundwork for 5G and provide seamless charging and billing interactions for its 175 million subscribers in the region. This can range from an ongoing monthly subscription to a video on-demand service to mobile banking payments to large scale prepaid voice and data services..."
Oracle News, July 21st, 2021
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Thomson Reuters Rolls Out Onesource Indirect Tax On Oracle Cloud Infrastructure With Oracle Autonomous Database
ONESOURCE expands global footprint, runs natively on Oracle Cloud
"Oracle today announced that Thomson Reuters, a leading provider of business information services, turned to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) as part of its multi-cloud strategy to make its indirect tax software available to customers worldwide. In addition, Thomson Reuters will build out the application on Oracle Autonomous Database to help simplify processes and elevate performance with a cloud-first solution..."
Oracle News, July 20th, 2021
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Red Hat News
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Red Hat updates Runtimes offering, Announces General Availability of JBoss EAP in Microsoft Azure App Service
We recently announced the availability of Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (JBoss EAP) as a native offering in Microsoft Azure via the Azure Marketplace.
"At the same time, we noted that work was underway to make JBoss EAP available in Azure App Service as a fully supported runtime managed by Microsoft.

We're pleased to share that those efforts have quickly come to fruition and JBoss EAP is now generally available in Azure App Service. The news also coincides with the community release of Quarkus 2.0, as well as the latest release of Red Hat Runtimes - which includes updates to JBoss EAP, Red Hat Single Sign-On, Red Hat Data Grid, and the Red Hat build of Eclipse Vert.x..."

Red Hat News, July 20th, 2021
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Automate Performance Metrics Collection And Visualization With RHEL System Roles
One of the main challenges that system administrators, developers, and others face when running workloads on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is how to optimize performance by properly sizing systems, understanding utilization, and addressing issues that arise
"In order to make data-driven decisions about these topics, performance metrics must be recorded and accessible by the administrator or developer.

Performance metric tracking with Performance Co-Pilot (PCP) and Grafana can be useful in almost any RHEL environment. However, the process to get it set up across a large number of hosts might seem daunting at first. This is why Red Hat introduced a Metrics System Role, which automates the configuration of performance metrics. I'll show you how in this post..."

Red Hat News, July 22nd, 2021
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How Red Hat Is Evolving To Keep The World Connected
The world is changing rapidly - and the critical importance of connection has never been more clear
"Last year, many organizations were forced to rethink their day-to-day operations as workforces across the globe went remote. Industry buzzwords like "digital transformation" that may have been five year plans became overnight priorities for organizations across the board. The communications industry was, and continues to be, poised to help industries tackle many of these enormous challenges..."
Red Hat News, July 22nd, 2021
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Sigstore: An Open Answer To Software Supply Chain Trust And Security
Everything starts from somewhere, and software is no different - just as physical goods have a point of origin and an associated supply chain, so does code
"In today's world, the origin story for most software applications starts, at least partially if not entirely, in an open source community. So how do you secure a supply chain for a product that has no physical form, no box to lock and is created in an environment where anyone can contribute to it?

This is the goal of sigstore, an open source project originally conceived and prototyped at Red Hat and now under the auspices of the Linux Foundation with backing from Red Hat, Google and other IT leaders. Sigstore offers a method to better secure software supply chains in an open, transparent and accessible manner..."

Red Hat News, July 21st, 2021
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Supermicro Ultra SYS-120U-TNR Review: Testing Dual 10nm Ice Lake Xeon in 1U
With the launch of Intel's Ice Lake Xeon Scalable platform comes a new socket and a range of features that vendors like Supermicro have to design for.
"The server and enterprise market is so vast that every design can come in a range of configurations and settings, however one of the key elements is managing compute density with memory and accelerator support. The SYS-120U-TNR we are testing today is a dense system with lots of trimmings all within a 1U, to which Supermicro is aiming at virtualization workloads, HPC, Cloud, Software Defined Storage, and 5G. This system can be equipped with upwards of 80 cores, 12 TB of DRAM, and four PCIe 4.0 accelerators, defining a high-end solution from Supermicro..."
AnandTech, July 22nd, 2021
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PeopleTek News
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How Do You Define Leadership?
We've learned that the term leadership means different things to different people
"We promote the idea that 'everyone is a leader' regardless of title since we all have the ability to influence others. (Admittedly, this opinion is sometimes met with controversy!).

We also say leaders are continual learners and that they 'take others where they have not been before and would not go by themselves'.

Some of PeopleTek's Certified Professional Leaders have shared their definition of what a good leader is:..."

PeopleTek News, July 20th, 2021
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