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AWS News
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How Amazon Is Building Its Drone Delivery System
Amazon drone delivery will enable even faster deliveries to customers, with the potential to increase overall safety and efficiency in the transportation network.
When we first started Amazon Prime Two-Day Delivery 17 years ago, it was considered revolutionary. Getting packages to people where they wanted them-in a matter of days-was exciting and new.

Since then, we've developed new technologies and made investments in our logistics network that have helped us get packages to customers in two days, one day, and even on the same day. Now, another revolution is in the works, with Prime Air drones about to deliver to Amazon customers in under an hour, in a safe and scalable way.

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NVIDIA News
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As Far as the AI Can See: ILM Uses Omniverse DeepSearch to Create the Perfect Sky
Omniverse AI-enabled search tool lets legendary studio sift through massive database of 3D scenes.
For cutting-edge visual effects and virtual production, creative teams and studios benefit from digital sets and environments that can be updated in real time.

A crucial element in any virtual production environment is a sky dome, often used to provide realistic lighting for virtual environments and in-camera visual effects. Legendary studio Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is tapping into the power of AI to take its skies to new heights with NVIDIA AI-enabled DeepSearch and Omniverse Enterprise.

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At SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang Illuminates Three Forces Sparking Graphics Revolution
NVIDIA unveils new products and research to transform industries with AI, the metaverse and digital humans.
In a swift, eye-popping special address at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA execs described the forces driving the next era in graphics, and the company's expanding range of tools to accelerate them.

'The combination of AI and computer graphics will power the metaverse, the next evolution of the internet,' said Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA, kicking off the 45-minute talk.

It will be home to connected virtual worlds and digital twins, a place for real work as well as play. And, Huang said, it will be vibrant with what will become one of the most popular forms of robots: digital human avatars.

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Future Of Creativity On Display 'In The NVIDIA Studio' During Siggraph Special Address
Major NVIDIA Omniverse updates power 3D virtual worlds, digital twins and avatars, reliably boosted by August NVIDIA Studio Driver; #MadeInMachinima contest winner revealed.
Editor's note: This post is part of our weekly In the NVIDIA Studio series, which celebrates featured artists, offers creative tips and tricks, and demonstrates how NVIDIA Studio technology accelerates creative workflows.

A glimpse into the future of AI-infused virtual worlds was on display at SIGGRAPH - the world's largest gathering of computer graphics experts - as NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang put the finishing touches on the company's special address.

Announcements included a host of updates to a pillar of the NVIDIA Studio software suite: NVIDIA Omniverse, a platform for 3D design collaboration and world simulation. New features and improvements to apps including Create, Machinima, Audio2Face and Nucleus will help 3D artists build virtual worlds, digital twins and avatars for the metaverse.

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NVIDIA AI Makes Performance Capture Possible With Any Camera
Derivative, Notch, Pixotope and others use NVIDIA Vid2Vid Cameo and 3D body-pose estimation tools to drive performances in real time.
NVIDIA AI tools are enabling deep learning-powered performance capture for creators at every level: visual effects and animation studios, creative professionals - even any enthusiast with a camera.

With NVIDIA Vid2Vid Cameo, creators can harness AI to capture their facial movements and expressions from any standard 2D video taken with a professional camera or smartphone. The performance can be applied in real time to animate an avatar, character or painting.

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Fortinet News
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Life After Death - Smokeloader Continues To Haunt Using Old Vulnerabilities
Vulnerability management and remediation are some of the most difficult problems to tackle within an organization. Multiple solutions, watchlists, and warnings are designed to ensure that companies and end users patch their software against known security vulnerabilities.
Unfortunately, even with tools available and teams forewarned with up-to-date information, this often does not happen in a timely manner or even at all. This is usually due to outdated software, overworked teams, or even negligence or incompetence-and threat actors know this. Patching is often mundane and tedious work. Organizations that are either late, inconsistent, or sloppy in applying patches often become victims by presenting an opening to threat actors searching for an exploitable foothold.

Case in point, CVE-2017-0199 and CVE-2017-11882 are almost over five years old, but they are still being exploited. Worse, both vulnerabilities have had official patches for some time, yet they continue to be exploited.

Fortinet News, August 8th, 2022
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Q&A With Chris Nguyen, Fortinet Channel Sales Engineer
A channel sales engineer is the face of Fortinet to many of our channel partners. Fortinet channel sales engineers (SEs) are responsible for technical enablement with our channel partners, helping them maximize the opportunity with Fortinet's Security Fabric solutions.
Chris Nguyen, who has been with Fortinet 11+ years, is one such dedicated channel sales engineer.

Chris wasn't always an SE. Before Fortinet, he worked in retail and when he started at Fortinet it was on the help desk-providing technical support for Fortinet products. Chris says that his prior experience working with different types of people is an ideal skill that he has used since becoming a channel sales engineer in 2016. Recently, Chris shared his thoughts on being a channel sales engineer and why he loves working at Fortinet.

Fortinet News, August 9th, 2022
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The Swan Song For Driver Signature Enforcement Tampering
Code Integrity is a threat protection feature first introduced by Microsoft over 15 years ago. On x64-based versions of Windows, kernel-mode drivers must be digitally signed and checked each time they are loaded into memory.
This is also referred to as Driver Signature Enforcement (DSE). Detecting whether an unsigned driver or system file is being loaded into the kernel, or whether a system file has been modified, possibly by malicious software that runs with administrative permissions, improves the security of the operating system.

To overcome these restrictions, attackers use valid digital certificates, either issued to them or stolen, or they disable DSE during runtime. Obtaining a certificate is primarily a logistical obstacle but tampering, on the other hand, is purely a technical challenge.

Fortinet News, August 12th, 2022
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Training The Cybersecurity Workforce To Help Protect Global Organizations
The Fortinet Training Institute is made up of various programs aimed at closing the skills gap through the company's award-winning training and certification
Fortinet's Network Security Expert (NSE) curriculum is taught by the company's technical trainers who are industry leading cybersecurity experts.

We recently had a virtual discussion with one of our principal technical trainers, Jonathan Body, who provides training to some of Fortinet's largest customers and partners. Based in France, Jonathan considers himself to be a versatile and flexible instructor with a strong focus on web security and SD-WAN solutions as well as customer customization requirements.

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VMware News
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VMware Report Warns Of Deepfake Attacks And Cyber Extortion
Burned out security teams fight back against geopolitically motivated attacks and lateral movement inside networks
At Black Hat USA 2022, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) released its eighth annual Global Incident Response Threat Report, which takes a deep dive into the challenges faced by security teams amid pandemic disruptions, burnout, and geopolitically motivated cyberattacks. Sixty-five percent of defenders state that cyberattacks have increased since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to report findings. The report also shines a light on emerging threats such as deepfakes, attacks on APIs, and cybercriminals targeting incident responders themselves.
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Cisco News
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Count On Webex For Your Data Locality And Sovereignty Needs
Covid has accelerated adoption of modern collaboration services by the public sector.
While the switch to cloud provides a variety of benefits for hybrid work, it also raises concerns about exposing sensitive information that can be included in documents, whiteboards, meeting recordings, rosters, and attendee information used in collaboration.

Global governments, Defense, and critical national infrastructure entities, as well as other regulated organizations, need to protect the personally identifiable information (PII) of their citizens and keep content secure and private. Additionally, they need to comply with regional regulations and certifications like GDPR in Europe and IRAP in Australia and keep collaboration services and data local.

Cisco News, August 12th, 2022
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The Path to Cisco SD-WAN Mastery
Cisco recently expanded its Cisco SD-WAN training portfolio with the Implementing Cisco SD-WAN Security and Cloud Solutions (SDWSCS) course. This new SDWSCS course covers critical Cisco SD-WAN solutions and the foundational knowledge necessary to implement those solutions in the real world.
Before we dive into the highlights of the new SDWSCS course, it's important to note that SDWSCS is an advanced Cisco SD-WAN course. That being said, the purpose of this blog is to help you navigate to Cisco SD-WAN mastery - regardless of your current skill level. So before we hone in on the steps you can take towards becoming a Cisco SD-WAN expert, let's take a closer look at what advanced Cisco SD-WAN training looks like.
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Citrix News
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DaaS Or VDI: Which Is Best For Your Organization?
Organizations everywhere are trying to decide between desktops as a service (DaaS) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
There's a lot to consider, and Citrix gives you flexible options to let you take advantage of the strengths of both.

DaaS and VDI both provide users access to virtual desktops and applications and can free up valuable time and resources for IT teams. So, how do you choose what's best for you? Running DaaS or VDI depends entirely on your business needs, with various factors such as cost, security, and management to consider. Are you hoping to realize cost savings over time or right away? Do you want your IT to shift their focus away from managing apps and desktops, or do you need greater control? Do you have seasonal employees, or have you recently gone through a merger or acquisition and need to scale up quickly?

Citrix News, August 8th, 2022
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Seven Principles Of The Zero Trust Security Model
The reality of today's fast-paced, increasingly remote work environment positions your business as vulnerable to security breaches.
Your employees increasingly rely on their own unprotected devices for work, leveraging SaaS and web-based apps to access your valuable assets and data.

By logging into your network and accomplishing work tasks, they're also unknowingly increasing the attack surface of your infrastructure. This expanded threat area increases the unprotected exposure points of your systems, empowering threat actors to take advantage of gaps in security.

Citrix News, August 11th, 2022
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ShareFile Product Highlights: Improvements To Sharing Flow And Experience
Citrix ShareFile is all about sharing and collaborating on content. To that end, ShareFile is making the sharing experience and flow even easier, allowing you to share the way you want, with whom you want, faster than ever.
Most ShareFile users use Get a Link to share documents or folders with others, so to help users generate links more quickly and easily, creating a link is now front and center when users click on Share. When selecting a file to share, the create-a-link option interface has changed. See the image below for the new interface.
Citrix News, August 8th, 2022
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Your Guide To Citrix Graphics Workload Deployments With Citrix HDX 3D Pro
Over the last year, I've worked with customers to deploy and tune 3D graphics Citrix workloads leveraging graphics processing units (GPUs).
Historically, GPUs have been reserved for graphics-intensive workloads, such as engineering modeling or modern workflows like machine learning.

But with the advent of more resource-intensive operating systems and common applications, graphics cards are not just for graphics-heavy users anymore. Options are available to either leverage a full or partial GPU depending on the requirements (keep reading for more on that).

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Dell News
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APEX: Delivering Customer Choice And Partner Opportunity
APEX for partners: momentum of enhancements/expansion, optimism for future growth and consistency in delivering on our promises.
Customers want outcome-based solutions, with a cloud-like simplified experience, while maintaining both flexibility and control. With Dell Technologies APEX, we deliver just that, with a growing set of offers, delivering modern consumption models and addressing the growing need of customers' desire to purchase technology as a service.

Dell has always been about customer choice. Sometimes customers want to purchase products; but increasingly they want the benefits of an IT solution via a subscription to the product or service. The important thing is the outcome, and we know that one size does not fit all.

Dell Technologies, August 10th, 2022
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Modernizing While Running The Business - Yes, It's Possible
IT leaders have options as they seek to modernize their organizations and the business. Learn how Dell's IT organization does it.
CIOs have been tasked with the herculean feat of modernizing business operations while keeping the lights on. The COVID-19 pandemic brought this strikingly to light, as IT leaders beefed up collaboration capabilities to keep employees connected while introducing new digital services to satisfy customers.

How do you balance the work of running the business while transforming IT? Two Dell Digital execs recently shared how the company has managed this challenge: embracing a cloud operating model and organizing into product teams to carefully manage people, processes and technology.

Dell Technologies, August 9th, 2022
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The OTEL Secret Sauce: Take a Sip
Bringing innovation to the table, Dell Technologies Open Telecom Ecosystem Lab's Solution Integration Platform is ready to serve.
While I have always enjoyed cooking, one thing was always clear, my wife is a better cook than I am. She can take any recipe and make it better. Is there something extra or unique she does to amplify the recipe's flavor? Maybe adding a little extra bouillon or seasoning salt and the right kind of tomato paste? Managing the optimal amount of garlic and mixing in each ingredient at the right time?
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HPE News
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Talented Leaders Create Growth Opportunities For HPE - And New Roles For Themselves
Announcing new leadership for our Living Progress team
One of the most compelling aspects of HPE culture stems from our view that 'We don't wait to get invited to the room where it happens; we build the room and watch others become inspired to help.' When a talented corps of leaders is empowered to live that culture - and season it with true customer focus - at least two things happen: the company and its customers benefit, and the proven leaders get bigger opportunities. And that's exactly what happened recently with HPE's Living Progress team - the team charged with driving HPE's environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy.
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HP News
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LNK's Awakening: Cybercriminals Moving From Macros To Shortcut Files To Access Business PCs
HP Wolf Security report highlights the latest techniques and phishing lures targeting employees and putting companies at risk
HP Inc. issued its quarterly Threat Insights Report revealing that a wave of cybercriminals spreading malware families - including QakBot, IceID, Emotet, and RedLine Stealer - are shifting to shortcut (LNK) files to deliver malware. Shortcuts are replacing Office macros - which are starting to be blocked by default in Office - as a way for attackers to get a foothold within networks by tricking users into infecting their PCs with malware. This access can be used to steal valuable company data, or sold on to ransomware groups, leading to large-scale breaches that could stall business operations and result in significant remediation costs.

The latest global HP Wolf Security Threat Insights Report - which provides analysis of real-world cyberattacks - shows an 11% rise in archive files containing malware, including LNK files. Attackers often place shortcut files in ZIP email attachments, to help them evade email scanners. The team also spotted LNK malware builders available for purchase on hacker forums, making it easy for cybercriminals to shift to this 'macro-free' code execution technique by creating weaponized shortcut files and spreading them to businesses.

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Lenovo News
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Lenovo Delivers Ninth Straight Quarter Of Improved Revenue And Profitability As Diversified New Growth Engines Drive Sustained Strong Performance
Lenovo Group announced strong first quarter results for the Group, improving both revenue and profitability for the ninth consecutive quarter.
First quarter net income grew 11% year-on-year to US$516 million and 35% year-on-year to $556 million on a non-HKFRS '1' basis. Revenue grew to US$17 billion, up 5% year-on-year in constant currency.

The Group saw revenue from non-PC businesses reach 37%, demonstrating its services-led transformation strategy and persistent investments in diversifying the business have paid off and are driving future growth opportunities. These new growth engines of solutions and services, infrastructure solutions, and mobile businesses all grew revenue by double digits year-on-year - contributing to both topline growth and Lenovo's wider commitment to double profitability in the midterm. The Group remains committed to doubling investments in Research and Development (R&D) and grew R&D spending 10% year on year and increased R&D headcount by 29% year on year.

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Lenovo Partners With Organizations Across Asia Pacific To Upskill Youth With Future-Ready Tech Skills
In line with the goals of International Youth Day 2022, observed on August 12, Lenovo is partnering with youth organizations across Asia Pacific to provide future-ready tech skills and access to technology to underrepresented youth.
Beneficiary partners include TNS India Foundation (TNSIF), Code Like A Girl in Australia and New Zealand, Waffle in Japan, and Solve Education! in markets across ASEAN, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore, as well as in Hong Kong SAR of China.

Lenovo is committed to impacting 15 million lives globally through philanthropic programs and partnerships. With the new Lenovo TransforME grant program, Lenovo is also focusing on transforming 1 million lives by 2025 through skilling. Through long-standing partnerships with organizations across Asia Pacific, Lenovo is increasing access and cultivating greater interest in STEM education among youth, especially in underserved populations.

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Microsoft News
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Barclays Deploys Microsoft Teams Globally As Its Preferred Collaboration Platform To Enable Better Connectivity For Its Employees Worldwide
Multiyear agreement represents one of the largest deployments of Teams in the financial services industry
On Tuesday, Barclays Bank PLC (Barclays) and Microsoft Corp. announced Barclays has deployed Microsoft Teams as its preferred collaboration platform, powering collaboration for more than 120,000 colleagues and service partners in key locations around the globe. Under the agreement, Barclays is streamlining its existing communications and collaboration solutions, with Teams replacing several point solutions previously in use across the company.

As part of its efforts to better connect employees across its business units and functions, Barclays and Microsoft jointly executed a deployment plan for the use of Teams across the company. This plan included enhancing the data retention, search and retrieval capabilities available within Microsoft Purview to meet Barclays' needs.

Microsoft News, August 9th, 2022
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Microsoft And Unity Partner To Empower Digital Creators, 3D Artists And Game Developers Everywhere Through The Power Of Azure
Unity selects Azure as its cloud partner; companies will work together to enable creators to reach their audiences on Xbox and PC
At Microsoft, we have a profound commitment to empowering creators. Throughout the history of Windows, we've nurtured developers and fostered their creative innovations. We do the same on our Xbox-branded platforms, supporting developers large and small in more than 90 countries around the world. And our Azure cloud assures developers that they can unleash their imaginations and trust that their work is secure and scalable. Our commitment to creators is something we share with our longtime partner, Unity, a global leader in real-time 3D technology. We're also committed to expanding the creation and distribution of 3D content, to bringing relevant tools and technologies to a wider range of developers, and to making it easier than ever to bring games to players.
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Oracle News
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Adept Builds A Powerful AI Teammate For Everyone With Oracle And NVIDIA
Flexible natural-language computing interface built on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and NVIDIA technology enables people and computers to work together creatively
Adept, a machine learning research and product lab, is using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and NVIDIA technology to develop a universal AI teammate capable of performing a range of tasks people execute on their computer or on the internet. Running thousands of NVIDIA GPUs on clusters of OCI bare metal compute instances and taking advantage of OCI's network bandwidth, Adept can train large-scale AI and ML models faster and more economically than before. As a result, Adept has been able to rapidly advance its general intelligence roadmap and develop its first product-a rich language interface for the tools knowledge workers use every day to be productive and creative.
Oracle News, August 10th, 2022
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Anaconda Announces Strategic Cloud Partnership With Oracle To Enable Seamless, Secure Open-Source Innovation In The Cloud
Anaconda and Oracle partner to help secure the open-source pipeline in high-performance machine learning on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)
Anaconda Inc., provider of the world's most popular data science platform, today announced a collaboration with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to offer secure open-source Python and R tools and packages by embedding and enabling Anaconda's repository across OCI Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Services. Customers have access to Anaconda services directly from within OCI without a separate enterprise license.
Oracle News, August 9th, 2022
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Oracle Extends AT&T Cloud Agreement With New Five-Year Deal
Leading telecommunications provider accelerates cloud transition with Oracle apps and infrastructure
Oracle has renewed a strategic agreement with AT&T that will help give new capacity and capabilities for the company's database and application workloads running in Oracle Cloud. The new five-year deal will build on AT&T's use of Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Oracle Fusion Cloud Customer Experience (CX), Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and other Oracle Cloud services, including:
Oracle News, August 10th, 2022
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Stadium Goers Root For High-Tech Outings
New Oracle survey shows fans want tech to cut waits and boost interactions with favorite teams and artists
From their mobile devices to the metaverse, consumers are looking to tech to level-up their stadium outings, according to a new Oracle Food and Beverage survey. For example, 57% of stadium goers would love to pre-order food and drinks to avoid the lines and 53% think it would be amazing to engage with their favorite teams and artists in the metaverse.
Oracle News, August 9th, 2022
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Tovala Selects Netsuite To Heat Up The Meal Subscription Service Market
Founded in 2017, Tovala is the product of a graduate student looking to make eating healthy work with his busy schedule.
To bring the idea to life, Co-Founders David Rabie and Bryan Wilcox ran a successful Kickstarter campaign, and today Tovala is a multimillion-dollar business.

Tovala is a first-of-its-kind fresh meal subscription service paired with a smart oven. When you scan a meal's QR code, the Tovala Smart Oven identifies each meal, then uses an automated multi-mode cooking sequence (including steam, bake, and broil) to cook your food perfectly in 20 minutes or less. In the last two years, the service has grown rapidly as consumers increasingly turn their attention to how and what they eat. It has now surpassed 10 million meals cooked and to meet growing demand it opened a second, 230,000 square foot production facility to serve more geographies in the United States.

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Red Hat News
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Convert2RHEL: Extended Update Support (EUS) Conversions
Until now, Convert2RHEL only supported conversions of systems that were in their most recent minor release versions, meaning your system always has to be up to date to make the conversion to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
So, if you had your CentOS Linux or Oracle Linux stuck at version 8.4, you had to upgrade them to their latest version (CentOS Linux 8.5 and Oracle Linux 8.6, respectively) before you could do a conversion.

With the Convert2RHEL 0.26 release, however, you can now convert from some specific older minor versions, starting with 8.4 as the minimum requirement. Below, a list of RHEL-like versions that you can convert using the latest version of Convert2RHEL.

Red Hat News, August 12th, 2022
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Friday Five - August 12, 2022
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.
  • ZDNet - From software developer to CEO: Red Hat's Matt Hicks on his journey to the top
  • RHEL 9 delivers latest container technologies for development and production
  • Modernizing risk calculations: A blueprint for a powerful architecture
  • Partner Executive Video: Red Hat and Kyndryl Partnership
  • 5 ways to take advantage of your Red Hat TAM subscription

Read on for details

Red Hat News, August 12th, 2022
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Implementing Security Benchmarks With Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform
This article is the first in a two-part series. Here we take a step back and look at the evolving IT security risk landscape and how it is impacting organizations, after which we'll look at a suggested automated compliance architecture.
In part two, we will demonstrate what the automated compliance architecture can look like in action when using Red Hat Insights and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.

Anyone who has owned or been in a car has probably seen at least one or more symbols appear on a car's dashboard. The dashboard indicates when an issue has arisen that requires attention. You'll often find that when an issue is not addressed, it ends up consuming more of the car owner's time and energy, and increases their levels of stress. Are those consequences worth the risk of not quickly dealing with warnings and advisories when they appear, before they have the chance to become a problem in the first place?

Red Hat News, August 10th, 2022
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Red Hat Application Services For The Edge
Branch offices and stores, the manufacturing floor, remote sensors, ships and planes - all of these locations represent the vast and distant frontier known as "the edge."
The edge is not new. Those branches and locations have always been out there, functioning and supporting the business. But what is new are the state-of-the-art technologies that can help you take greater advantage of the edge than ever before.
Red Hat News, August 9th, 2022
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The Software Defined Programmable Logic Controller: An Introduction To Red Hat's Predictable Latency / Realtime Capabilities
The software-defined industrial control system is a huge opportunity for open source technologies.
Moving away from bespoke specialized hardware (like PLC devices) to standard hardware with software only is a trend that crosses industries, extending now into the industrial and manufacturing world. This type of shift for industrial organizations is similar to telcos moving to network function virtualisation (NFV) and open radio access networks (ORAN).

Successfully implementing this trend, however, requires low latency capabilities. The controller has to respond quickly to an external event, such as a robot hitting a wall and stopping it before it actually makes contact. Please note that I avoid the term "real time", which requires specialized Real Time Operating Systems (RTOS). Instead, the best term to use is "predictable latency."

Red Hat News, August 11th, 2022
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