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DDN News
DDN Success Story: NVIDIA Selene
Since NVIDIA's invention of the GPU in 1999, the company has set new standards in computing innovation, deep-learning and data analytics
"With the May 2020 introduction of the NVIDIA DGX A100, NVIDIA raised the bar once more. By consolidating the power of an entire data center into a single platform, NVIDIA is revolutionizing how complex machine learning workflows and AI models are developed and deployed in an enterprise.

This computing marvel also led to the creation of Selene, the world's seventh fastest computer in total performance and the world's fastest commercially-available system - the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD Solution. DGX A100 systems are being used to fight COVID-19, fuel autonomous vehicles, develop superhuman language understanding, and transform almost every facet of business with AI..."

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AWS News
AWS Announces General Availability Of Amazon Healthlake
Amazon HealthLake enables healthcare organizations to store, transform, and query health data in the cloud using machine learning for a complete picture of patient and population health
Amazon Web Services announced the general availability of Amazon HealthLake, a HIPAA-eligible service for healthcare and life sciences organizations to ingest, store, query, and analyze their health data at scale. Amazon HealthLake uses machine learning to understand and extract meaningful medical information from unstructured data, and then organizes, indexes, and stores that information in chronological order.

The result provides a holistic view of patient health. The service leverages the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) industry standard format to further enable interoperability by facilitating the exchange of information across healthcare systems, pharmaceutical companies, clinical researchers, health insurers, patients, and more. Amazon HealthLake is a new service that is part of AWS for Health, a comprehensive offering of AWS services and AWS Partner Network solutions used by thousands of healthcare and life sciences customers globally.

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Recorded Future News
Recorded Future: Threats To The 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
COVID-19 Pandemic, Ransomware, and Nation-State Threat Actors Influence Potential Threat Landscap
"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..."
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The Four Building Blocks For Any Security Team
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the threat surface as many organizations shifted to remote work and introduced new access points that could potentially be used by threat actors
"For security teams - already faced with increasing challenges, large workloads, and questions on how to prioritize their efforts - this shift caused the need to look inward at their own processes and strategies. What are the true threats facing the organization? What tactics are threat actors using? Which methods would be best suited to defend against an attack?

During a Recorded Future webinar called 'Control What You Can in Today's Uncertain World with Intelligence-Driven Security Workflows' an interesting question came up that prompted the panel into a conversation which ultimately touched upon the basic building blocks any security team should be considering - and provided some actionable steps to take to answer the questions laid out above..."

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Fortinet News
ATC Spotlight: A Cybersecurity Training Conversation With Exclusive Networks France
Through Fortinet's Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) and NSE Training Institute's ATC Program, Fortinet is helping close the cybersecurity skills gap
"Fortinet's network of accredited training organizations in 83 countries and territories around the world are delivering both classroom and online training with the same top-quality instruction offered directly by Fortinet. Exclusive Networks France is a Fortinet Premier Authorized Training Center (ATC) accredited to deliver Fortinet NSE 4, 5 and 7 training courses.

Exclusive Networks, with 50+ offices across five continents and presence in over 100 countries, is a value-added distributor for cybersecurity and cloud solutions, as well as offering a host of market services from pre- and post-sales technical support to leasing, training, professional services and global project management. We recently connected with Jean-Marc Muselli, Services and Technical Director at Exclusive Networks France to discuss Exclusive Network's training business in France and their long running relationship with Fortinet..."

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Beating Cybercriminals At Their Own Game With AI Technology
Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is a powerful technology, and because of this, it holds great potential for exploitation by cybercriminals
"Considering this, the only way that security leaders can stay ahead of bad actors is by gaining a true understanding of how this technology can be weaponized. Then, they can begin to develop effective strategies for confronting AI threats head-on.

Malicious Uses of AI Technology

As AI grows in adoption and sophistication, cybercriminals are looking for ways to seize upon its potential. The Electronic Frontier Foundation was already warning about potential malicious uses of AI back in 2018, including threats to digital, physical, and political security. And now, AI precursors combined with swarm technology can be used to infiltrate a network and steal data..."

Fortinet News, July 14th, 2021
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Defining Cybersecurity Challenges Associated With 5G Implementation
The fifth-generation, or 5G, mobile network has changed how people and devices connect, providing faster data speeds, low latency, greater reliability, increased network capacity, enhanced availability, and better user experiences
"As with any new technology, however, 5G deployment brings new security challenges, particularly network security risks. By understanding the cybersecurity challenges associated with 5G implementation, organizations can effectively optimize their investments and secure their data.

Cybersecurity Challenges Associated with 5G Implementation

5G implementations offer malicious actors a new way to infiltrate organizations' systems, networks, and applications. According to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), 5G deployments face six distinct security risks that organizations should be aware of..."

Fortinet News, July 13th, 2021
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DLL Side-Loading Technique Used In The Recent Kaseya Ransomware Attack
In this article we examine the ransomware used in the recent Kaseya attack
"We will see what happens when a machine is infected by this ransomware by looking at some of the visible Indicators of Compromise, such as modified wallpaper, several '<random string>-readme.txt' files in different folders, and changes in the filenames with <random string> extensions. We will also discuss in more details how DLL side-loading was implemented along with other malware tricks that the ransomware used.

Fortunately, FortiEDR detects and blocks the DLL side-loading event when the ransomware executes the valid application, such as MsMpEng.exe, while it loads the malicious payload, mpsvc.dll. As a result, customers will not be able to see all of the related IOCs because the malware is prevented from running..."

Fortinet News, July 13th, 2021
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Ensuring A Positive Digital Experience For Users With A Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) Solution
As the digital landscape continues to rapidly evolve, superior user experience is more important than ever before
"But with a growing number of network edges and increased reliance on disjointed tools for LAN, WAN, cloud and security monitoring, consistent user experience and visibility is becoming more of a challenge for some networking and security teams.

Fortinet CISOs Jonathan Nguyen-Duy, Alain Sanchez, and Renee Tarun discuss the challenges CISOs are facing when it comes to ensuring positive user experience and how a Digital Experience Monitoring solution can help..."

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VMware News
VMware and Cohere Technologies to Bring Intelligent, Cloud-Native Applications to Open Radio Access Networks
New Solution Will Improve Spectrum Efficiency for Mobile Networks by as Much as 2x
As communication service providers (CSPs) move to open radio access network (O-RAN) architectures, the door to innovation opens. Partnering to accelerate this innovation, Cohere Technologies and VMware (NYSE: VMW) today announced they are developing an O-RAN solution to help CSPs improve network and spectrum efficiencies and deliver new and differentiated services and experiences for their customers.

'The RAN is by far the most costly and complex part of a CSP network as workloads that run there require ultra-low latency and high performance,' said Stephen Spellicy, vice president of product marketing and solutions, Service Provider and Edge, VMware. 'Our ongoing work with Cohere Technologies shows the value of disaggregating hardware functions and moving them to the telco cloud. Our solution is designed to help accelerate RAN automation, optimization, and monetization by enabling CSPs to deploy intelligent, cloud-native RAN applications created by a growing xApp developer community.'

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Centrify News
ThycoticCentrify Modernizes Just-in-Time Privilege Elevation with Newest Release of Server Suite
Enhanced industry-leading privilege elevation platform leverages the power of the Centrify Client to ensure just-in-time access for time-critical activities
ThycoticCentrify, a leading provider of cloud identity security solutions formed by the merger of privileged access management (PAM) leaders Thycotic and Centrify, today announced its newest update to Server Suite, including new capabilities that optimize just-in-time (JIT) privilege elevation workflows via the Centrify platform dynamically updating the Centrify Client. The latest version of the company's flagship privilege elevation and delegation management (PEDM) solution now includes session audit data masking capabilities for UNIX to reduce the risk of exposing potentially sensitive or highly restricted data.
Centrify News, July 14th, 2021
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ThycoticCentrify's Grace Ries Honored on the 2021 CRN Rising Female Stars List
CRN's 2021 Rising Female Stars list recognizes professionals displaying an unwavering commitment toward channel growth and excellence
ThycoticCentrify, a leading provider of cloud identity security solutions formed by the merger of privileged access management (PAM) leaders Thycotic and Centrify, is pleased to announce today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Grace Ries, Regional Channel Account Manager, to its 2021 list of Rising Female Stars. This list honors up-and-coming, talented women in the IT channel whose contributions are shaping the future of the IT channel through their leadership, tireless dedication, and innovative ideas.
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Two Sides of the PAM Coin
There are two sides of the PAM Coin. Password vaulting is one. Privilege Elevation is the other
A vault is a great first step in protecting your company from identity-related data breaches, but don't stop there! We invite you to join ThycoticCentrify to learn why you must go beyond simply implementing a vault to further mitigate risk and align with modern best practices such as Zero Trust.

On this CyberCast Live, we'll share PAM insights including how to:

  • Reduce privileged accounts
  • Implement least privilege with privilege elevation
  • Establish a root of trust and protect at the system level
  • Control administrator activity and access with privilege elevation
  • Assure identity with MFA Everywhere
  • Ensure full accountability of administrative actions

In this interactive Cybercast Live, Tony Goulding and Brad Shewmake will walk us through these important concepts and considerations for PAM maturity to secure the modern enterprise.

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Cisco News
Airtel Launches Cisco Next-Gen SD-WAN Connectivity Solutions For Enterprises
Cisco SD-WAN securely connects any user to any application to enable the best user experiences and help deliver business agility and secure access to applications across multiple clouds
Bharti Airtel ("Airtel"), India's premier communications solutions provider today announced the launch of advanced connectivity solutions for enterprises based on Cisco Software Defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN) technology.

The solution will enable businesses, large and small, to accelerate digital transformation for their customers and allow organizations to deliver applications to users with greater visibility, security and performance. It allows enterprises to design, deploy, configure, migrate, and manage their WAN infrastructure while rapidly adapting to the real-time demands of their cloud computing, mobility, and digitization initiatives.

Cisco News, July 15th, 2021
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Best Of Both Worlds With Cisco Black Belt Academy
As customers race to the cloud, Cisco partners are leading the way, each bringing their unique services and capabilities to solve new challenges
"But this new focus on cloud requires a new skillset for IT professionals. Partner sellers and architects who are traditionally focused on networks and infrastructure must now learn how to operate in a cloud model. At the same time, those who have been working with cloud native environments must also learn how to integrate with and leverage traditional networks. Partners must bridge these two domains to address customer needs..."
Cisco News, July 16th, 2021
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Kloudspot And Cisco Meraki Enable Safe Environments And Smart Spaces
Situational Awareness and Location Intelligence Platform and Camera Analytics Solutions now available to Cisco Meraki Customers
Kloudspot, Inc., makers of the first network-enabled and cloud-based Situational Awareness and Intelligence Platform, today announced it has partnered with Cisco Meraki to help organizations offer safer and smarter workspace experiences for customers and employees.

The Kloudspot Platform and KloudVision combine real-time location intelligence and video analytics collected from the Cisco Meraki intuitive cloud-first platform to securely integrate unique safety features - such as occupancy monitoring for social distancing, automated triggers and PPE compliance monitoring.

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The Future Of CX For Retailers: Improving CX Across The Entire Customer Journey
Earlier this year, Cisco completed its acquisition of imimobile, adding an enterprise-grade CPaaS platform to Cisco's industry-leading collaboration and contact center solution portfolio
"With consumer behavior constantly evolving, customers want their interactions with businesses to be more seamless than ever. However, the retail industry, like many others, faces challenges to create the experiences that customers expect. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many customers tried new omnichannel purchasing models, with buying online and picking up in store (BOPIS) growing 28% year on year and grocery deliveries increasing by 57%. It is predicted by analysts that many of these new customer engagement models are here to stay.

The key challenges faced by retailers are:..."

Cisco News, July 16th, 2021
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Citrix News
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..."

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Back To The Multi-Cloud Drawing Board
How many times has this happened to you? You start a project with a vision and a goal for the end result but somewhere along the original scope you think, 'Wait a minute. What if we simplify this and take a right instead of a left?'
"That's exactly what happened at a large FinServ company that Entisys360 was working with to advance to the cloud. They originally thought a multi-cloud model was the perfect fit for them. They knew Citrix would be essential to sit across all these public-cloud providers and unify the management into a tool their admin staff was already well-versed on.

But as they peeled back the layers, they soon realized that what they really wanted was a single public cloud - Microsoft Azure. With the licensing advantages, the Windows 10 multi-session, and unified communications with Microsoft Teams, it became more and more evident that Azure would be their only public cloud..."

Citrix News, July 13th, 2021
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Citrix Among Best Places To Work For Disability Inclusion
The Disability Equality Index shines a spotlight on companies that believe they have a stake in creating a more equitable society for people with disabilities
Citrix announced that it has again been named to the Disability Equality Index (DEI) Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion. A joint initiative of Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the DEI is the world's most comprehensive disability inclusion assessment and benchmarking tool in business and exists to help companies make a positive impact on the unemployment/underemployment of people with disabilities. Citrix was first named to the DEI in 2019.
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Why You Need A Unified Approach To SASE When Tackling A Complex App Landscape
Digital transformation, cloud adoption, and the expanding hybrid workforce have fundamentally changed the dynamics of the security and connectivity landscape
"Businesses like yours rely on applications, and more employees than ever are using the internet and different types of devices (managed and unmanaged) to access business apps.

With this shift, cybersecurity professionals have been working to maintain and scale security while ensuring business continuity and a great employee experience. At the same time, with more apps moving to the cloud, more workloads are distributed across public clouds and SaaS. The app landscape is transforming and becoming more complex..."

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SAP News
SAP Develops SAP Business Network
SAP is connecting businesses to turn fragmented supply chains into 'intelligent networks.'
"SAP has introduced its SAP Business Network, a new portal where supply chain partners can collaborate and unify the points of interaction and integration across their networks to 'move faster and smarter,' according to SAP last month.

SAP seeks to extend digitalization beyond single businesses and transform supply chains by unifying them.

The company believes businesses should not focus on 'only digitalizing their internal processes.'

The portal was developed to help businesses in a networked economy achieve 'agility and resiliency' with a network strategy that allows them to see into their supply chains..."

SAP News, July 16th, 2021
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Dell News
Automotive Manufacturers Start Thinking Seriously About Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity threats for autonomous vehicles are rapidly evolving. Here's what manufacturers can do to avoid them
"Remember in 2014 when millions of people woke up to find a U2 album on their devices, which they hadn't downloaded? A lot of people were rightly annoyed about it. They thought they were the ones who controlled what was installed and downloaded onto their phones - so it was quite unsettling to realise that it could be manipulated by third parties. We saw the same thing happen this year, but with darker implications, when users received a system update with malware which was downloaded to their Android devices automatically.

What if that happened to your car? We tend to think of a car as a closed unit, where the driver is in control and responsible for driving. But imagine if someone hacked your car and turned up the radio so loud that you couldn't think or concentrate? Or they switched on your hazard signals without your consent? Or, even worse, they deactivated your autonomous driving software, so the car couldn't detect obstacles or pedestrians?..."

Dell News, July 13th, 2021
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Expanding Your Innovation Engine With Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers
New PowerEdge servers purpose-built for edge and telecom environments
"Dell Technologies is your innovation engine, offering distinctive servers for distinctive needs.

Imagine that you were in a data center ten years ago, and while looking at the servers, you recognized that they were essentially built on the same technologies.

They all came with similar CPUs, similar memory, and similar drives. They even all came in similar form factors. Your server environments were largely homogeneous - and with the advent of virtualization, they became even more homogeneous because one virtual machine was essentially just like another virtual machine.

However, in today's world, a homogeneous server environment is an obstacle to success..."

Dell News, July 14th, 2021
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Webinar: Dell Technologies Hardware And Software Portals Cybersecurity (July 29th)
Join our online support panel of experts LIVE on Thursday, July 29 at 11:00 AM CST to discuss the latest in Cybersecurity IQ for hardware and software with CloudIQ
"We welcome you to join our upcoming webinar, which will include a live panel of top Dell Technologies experts on Thursday, July 29 at 11:00 AM CST to discover the latest in cybersecurity for hardware and software portals. We will discuss how recent cybersecurity technology with CloudIQ can enhance your hardware, as well as features recently added to our Online Support Portal to provide greater control over access to your account information.

Enhanced security is obtained not only through updated hardware and software, but also best practices and usability research. The latter has enabled us to optimize the functionality and your customer experience that ultimately provides you with premium data protection. This webinar will provide a brief discussion on these topics, followed by a Q&A session..."

Dell News, July 16th, 2021
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HPE News
HPE Named 'Best Place To Work For Disability Inclusion'
HPE has committed to being a force for good, which includes setting an example for unconditional inclusion
"At HPE, we're committed to fostering an inclusive workplace for all team members, enabling us to make HPE a destination for the best talent while driving excellence for our customers. For the sixth year in a row, we are proud to have earned a score of 100 on the Disability Equality Index and to be named a 'Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.'

The Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN, is a disability inclusion assessment that evaluates leading companies on their disability inclusion policies and practices.

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Sercompe Expands As-A-Service Offerings And Drives Business Growth With Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Leading managed service provider in Brazil builds on existing HPE partnership to drive competitive advantage for its cloud business and customers with HPE GreenLake
Hewlett Packard Enterprise announced that Sercompe, a leading IT management service provider in Brazil, has selected HPE GreenLake edge to cloud platform to power its expanded industry-leading portfolio of cloud solutions. The updated Sercompe portfolio of as-a-service solutions will be powered by the HPE GreenLake edge to cloud platform and intelligent, self-managing HPE Nimble Storage solutions, enabling the business to scale up and down to meet business requirements, develop new offerings more quickly and easily respond to any workload and compute requirement from its own end-user customers.
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IBM News
Canon, Inc. And IBM Launch Collaboration In Entertainment And The Arts In Japan
Two Companies to Make Video Content Creation More Accessible with Volumetric Video Technology
IBM and Canon, Inc. announced that, starting in July, the two companies will start a new collaboration to make high-quality digital video content creation more accessible with the use of volumetric video technology in entertainment and the arts through a joint go-to-market effort.

Volumetric video technology leverages cameras and advanced data processing to render 3D images from a virtual space, which allows for video point of views to be generated from any angle within that space to create a more immersive experience for viewers. Canon has used this technology during an international rugby tournament in 2019 and other sports events, and in July 2020, the company opened their Volumetric Video Studio - Kawasaki at its Kawasaki Office...

IBM News, July 15th, 2021
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IBM Survey: Government IT Modernization Driven By Security Concerns
Escalating Cybersecurity and Ransomware Attacks Make Spend on Cybersecurity a Priority for Government Agencies Next Year, Many Agencies Expect 3 Plus Year Timeline to Comply with New Cybersecurity Executive Order
According to "Government Index for IT Modernization", a new study of current and former U.S. government IT decision makers, commissioned by IBM (NYSE: IBM), nearly 70% of those surveyed view security risks as the top barrier when migrating to modern cloud platforms. Of those surveyed, security also now outweighs reducing costs by almost double as the reason to modernize IT infrastructures.

Recent cybersecurity threats including SolarWinds, one of the largest supply chain attacks in recent history, and the Kaseya cyberattack impacting 1,500 global organizations, have put a spotlight on current cyber threats and existing vulnerabilities. In an urgent response, President Biden issued an executive order, urging federal agencies to modernize and protect their data from existing and future threats.

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IBM To Acquire Bluetab To Expand Data And Hybrid Cloud Consulting Services In Europe And Latin America
Helping clients generate business value from data and AI to create new customer experiences and redefine operations
IBM announced an agreement to acquire Bluetab Solutions Group, S.L. to extend its portfolio of data and hybrid cloud consulting services. Bluetab will become a strategic part of IBM's data services consulting practice to further advance its hybrid cloud and AI strategy.

"The outside-in digital transformation of the past is giving way to the inside-out potential of using company-owned data with AI and automation to generate business value and create intelligent workflows," said Mark Foster, Senior Vice President, IBM Services and Global Business Services. "Our acquisition of Bluetab will fuel migration to the cloud and help our clients to realize even more value from their mission-critical data."

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Lenovo News
Lenovo Introduces New Family Of Thinkstation P350 Desktop Workstations For The Entry-Level Space
Lenovo announced the next generation of its family of entry-level desktop workstations - the ThinkStation P350 Tower, Small Form Factor (SFF) and Tiny
"This trio of workstations hosts a technology upgrade - each one is equipped with support for PCIe Gen 4 for faster access to cutting-edge storage technologies, as well as enhanced professional graphics support. This latest generation of desktop workstations becomes Lenovo's most powerful entry-level offering and delivers a complete package of size options that can scale across a variety of industries and their respective workflows. From engineering and architecture, to finance, STEM/higher education and medical, these new desktop workstations offer versatile, flexible and ISV-certified performance at whatever size is best suited for users' needs and working environment..."
Lenovo News, July 12th, 2021
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Lenovo Named Best Workplace For Disability Inclusion, Scores 100% In Disability:IN's 2021 Disability Equality Index
Lenovo has been recognized as a top scoring company and 'Best Workplace for Disability Inclusion' in Disability:IN's 2021 Disability Equality Index (DEI)
"A joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability:IN, the DEI is a comprehensive benchmarking tool designed to assist organizations in building inclusion roadmaps...

'Lenovo's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion seeks to narrow the digital divide and to promote access to technology - including the more than one billion individuals around the world who live with a disability,' says Calvin Crosslin, Chief Diversity Officer and president of the Lenovo Foundation...

Lenovo News, July 13th, 2021
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Lenovo's Laura Quatela Named To 2021 IP Hall Of Fame Academy
Lenovo's Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Laura Quatela, has been named to the 2021 IP Hall of Fame Academy, with additional recognition of her leadership in Intellectual Property as she is also awarded as the joint winner of IAM's inaugural 'Q. Todd Dickinson Award'.
"The IP Hall of Fame Academy honors individuals from around the world who have made an outstanding contribution to the development of IP law andLaura Quatela, SVP and Chief Legal Officer of Lenovo practice, in particular those who have established Intellectual Property as one of the key business assets of the 21st Century.

Laura was not only recognized for leading patent commercialization efforts in her previous roles at Alcatel-Lucent SA and Eastman Kodak, but also for her leadership in the patent field at Lenovo..."

Lenovo News, July 14th, 2021
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Microsoft News
Made To Measure: Sustainability Commitment Progress And Updates
The climate is changing and calls to do something about it are intensifying.
"From the U.N. High-level Political Forum taking place this week in New York City to COP26 - the U.N.'s annual climate change conference in November - leaders are coming together to make decisions that will dictate the speed and scale of the global effort to stabilize our climate system.

At Microsoft we are not only tracking these conversations closely but also engaging in them - and we are, in a way, mirroring them. In this blog we outline what will be the most critical infrastructure of a net zero carbon economy, commit to new goals intended to help engineer that infrastructure, highlight a major new product offering intended to assist customers around the world to record, report and reduce their own emissions; and provide an update on progress toward our commitments to become carbon negative, water positive and zero waste by 2030 and protecting ecosystems by building a Planetary Computer..."

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Microsoft And NEC Expand Strategic Partnership To Boost Business Resiliency And Growth
Microsoft Corp.and NEC Corporation announced an expansion of their decades-long collaboration
"Through a new multi-year strategic partnership, the companies will leverage Microsoft Azure, Microsoft 365, NEC's network and IT expertise, including 5G technologies, and each other's AI and IoT solutions to help enterprise customers and the public sector across multiple markets and industries further accelerate their cloud adoption and digital transformation initiatives.

The partnership will see NEC adopt Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud platform to deliver enhanced capabilities to drive sustained digitalization, help customers transform their business models, and build Digital Workplaces for the post-pandemic 'new normal'..."

Microsoft News, July 12th, 2021
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Microsoft Cloud For Sustainability: Empowering Organizations On Their Path To Net Zero
Microsoft and our partners have been investing in technologies across every industry and region to help companies face new and shifting market conditions
"The rapid pace of this transformation has the potential to change the world for the better.

In February, we announced a selection of industry-specific cloud offerings to bring together capabilities that customers and partners need as a foundation for further innovation. These industry clouds are an aggregation of our solution areas represented as vertical expressions of the Microsoft cloud..."

Microsoft News, July 14th, 2021
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Microsoft Data Portfolio Review
With a host of analytics services for almost any situation, Microsoft Azure's data services have got just about every base covered
"In the world of digital transformation, data is currency. Businesses are using it to extract insights, deliver services and inform key business decisions. Technology has caused the quantity of data available to businesses explode, but it is only useful if you can discover, extract and analyze the information.

Microsoft's data services offer a powerful platform to migrate databases from legacy systems, make it available to all who need to use it and derive in-depth real-time insights into core functions of your organization..."

Datamation, July 16th, 2021
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Microsoft Inspire 2021: Unveiling More Opportunity For Partners
We're kicking off Microsoft Inspire 2021, a virtual moment for our partner ecosystem to come together, celebrate and reflect on an exceptional year of unparalleled disruption, accelerated innovation and digital transformation
"We've seen how businesses that bet on the Microsoft cloud can empower customers to build more transformative, agile and resilient organizations. As we embark on a once-in-a-generation opportunity to use our platforms and technology to help businesses and organizations transform, our ecosystem of partners remains firmly planted at the center.

Microsoft is committed to equipping partners around the world with the most innovative technologies, tools and solutions in the industry. We continually strive to be the best partner for our partners' growth and profitability, offering unique opportunities to leverage the Microsoft cloud, create differentiated solutions on our platforms and go to market together at scale..."

Microsoft News, July 14th, 2021
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Microsoft Unveils Windows 365 - Ushering In A New Category Of Computing
Windows 365 will deliver a full, personalized PC experience from the cloud to any device, giving workers and organizations power, simplicity and security for hybrid work
Microsoft announced Windows 365, a cloud service that introduces a new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 (when it becomes available) to businesses of all sizes. Windows 365 takes the operating system to the Microsoft cloud, streaming the full Windows experience - apps, data and settings - to personal or corporate devices. Secure by design and built with the principles of Zero Trust, Windows 365 secures and stores information in the cloud, not on the device, providing a secure, productive experience for workers from interns and contractors to software developers and industrial designers.

Windows 365 also creates a new hybrid personal computing category called Cloud PC, which uses both the power of the cloud and the capabilities of the device to provide a full, personalized Windows experience. The announcement represents a groundbreaking development as organizations around the world grapple with the best ways to facilitate hybrid work models where employees are both on-site and distributed across the globe...

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Oracle News
Americans Eager To Get Back To Theme Parks As COVID Restrictions Ease
Research from Oracle and Merlin Entertainments, operator of LEGOLAND, shows US consumers ready to cut the screen time and get back to their favorite theme park attractions and treats
"New research shows that Americans are ready to put down the phone and pursue some in-person theme park adventures. Consumer confidence jumped from 68% to 80% from May and June, with people noting they are 'optimistic' about the prospect of spending quality time with families and friends at their favorite leisure attractions.

The survey also shows that people increasingly want to book ahead not only to have an outing to look forward to, but to also enhance the safety and convenience of the trip. This includes everything from planning and paying for activities to ordering food and drinks in advance..."

Oracle News, July 14th, 2021
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The Secret To Cloud ERP Innovation? Customers.
Customers continue to inspire the evolution and growth of our products
"Every month, my team receives hundreds of suggestions from our users and then gets to work bringing these ideas to life. It's incredibly rewarding to see our customers optimize and improve their businesses based on new innovations we deliver.

We're providing hundreds of updates every year to Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Oracle Fusion Cloud Enterprise Performance Management (EPM). The latest updates will help our customers take advantage of new growth opportunities by applying touchless processes that enhance the user experience and make work easier..."

Oracle News, July 13th, 2021
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University Of Pittsburgh Embraces Cloud HR With Oracle
One of the nation's top public institutions for higher education and research moves HR processes to the cloud to improve efficiency and user experience for more than 14,000 employees
"The University of Pittsburgh, one of the nation's top public institutions for higher education and research, has implemented Oracle Fusion Cloud Human Capital Management (HCM) to provide a better employee experience for staff, faculty, and students. With Oracle Cloud HCM, the organization moved its paper-based processes online to help improve access to HR information, strengthen employee connections across the university, and create a more sustainable workplace..."
Oracle News, July 12th, 2021
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Red Hat News
Friday Five - July 16, 2021
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.
  • Read about Red Hat's Open Hybrid Cloud portfolio in this Gartner Report
  • Red Hat Bolsters Hybrid Cloud Automation with Latest Version of Red Hat Advanced Cluster Management for Kubernetes
  • IDC study reveals the value of Red Hat Certification
  • Getting started with Red Hat OpenShift Streams for Apache Kafka
  • SD Times - What the Dev?: How Quarkus helps developers in a cloud-native world

Reda on for details.

Red Hat News, July 16th, 2021
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What Is The State Of Enterprise Open Source In Healthcare?
We conducted interviews with 1,250 IT leaders worldwide to get a picture of how, where, and why they're using enterprise open source
"We shared the results in the third installment of Red Hat's "The State of Enterprise Open Source" report earlier this year. The survey included respondents from 13 different countries and various industries, who indicated enterprise open source has become a default choice of IT departments around the world. Let's dive into key findings in healthcare.

Healthcare leaders count on open source for security and innovations

We aren't strangers to working with healthcare organizations on critical technology solutions. The World Health Organization (WHO), a specialized agency responsible for international public health, is one example of how the industry has embraced open source..."

Red Hat News, July 13th, 2021
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Avoiding the 'Frankencloud' As You Accelerate Transformation
We're all now well aware that COVID-19 disrupted operations across industries and forced many companies to put a long list of projects on hold. But today it's clear that digital transformation initiatives were often not on that list
"In fact, a new Harvard Business Review study revealed that ninety percent of survey respondents say COVID-19 has accelerated the timing of their organization's modernization efforts. But just because digital efforts are growing in importance and executives are feeling more confident that their strategies are working, it's not all smooth sailing. In fact, nearly 30% report the complexity of the current IT environment as the biggest technology challenge to transformation.

Companies moving to the cloud encounter a range of challenges, from the need to integrate applications and deal with legacy data to establishing new IT processes and finding a way to smoothly transition away from critical legacy systems that are still running the business The important thing while finding your way into the cloud is to avoid creating a hybrid monster that runs amok with spend, inconsistent practices and even more technical debt than you already have..."

Red Hat News, July 12th, 2021
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Expanding automation to Windows environments with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and Chocolatey
Davie Street Enterprises (DSE) Senior System Administrator Randy Lu identifies a Windows use case for the fictitious company's next phase of digital transformation
"Every morning Randy Lu, a Senior System Administrator at Davie Street Enterprises, walks by the large conference room on the 14th floor and sees his boss, Ranbir Ahuja, along with other senior members of the technology teams in their daily digital transformation stand-up meeting.

Over the last few months Lu has heard about the major leaps many teams have taken during the company's digital transformation, yet he hasn't seen any changes in his area. At first, he was content with no one messing with how he runs his Windows nodes..."

Red Hat News, July 14th, 2021
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Red Hat Renews FIPS 140-2 Security Validation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2
Red Hat announced the renewal of the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 (FIPS 140-2) security validation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.2
"The second FIPS certification for the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 platform, this validation indicates Red Hat's leadership and commitment to providing a more secure backbone for the innovation of open hybrid cloud.

Driven by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), FIPS 140-2 is a computer security standard that specifies the requirements for cryptographic modules - including both hardware and software components - used within a security system to protect sensitive information. This validation is needed when agencies determine that specific information systems should use cryptography to protect data; if cryptography is required, then it must be validated..."

HelpNet Security, July 16th, 2021
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Friday Five - July 23, 2021
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.
  • sigstore: An open answer to software supply chain trust and security
  • Red Hat Extends Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 as a Foundation for More Secure Computing with Second FIPS 140-2 Validation
  • What is the state of enterprise open source in healthcare?
  • Red Hat updates Runtimes offering, announces general availability of JBoss EAP in Microsoft Azure App Service
  • Why choose Red Hat for Kubernetes?

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Red Hat News, July 24th, 2021
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SuperMicro News
Supermicro: Open Storage Summit '21 (July 27 - July 29)
The Open Storage Summit will commence with keynote presentations from Nutanix, Intel and Supermicro senior executives on the latest software-defined storage technology developments for enterprise, data center, and multi-cloud infrastructure, and an overview of Supermicro's expansive storage system product lines.

The Open Storage Summit 2021 is a virtual industry event bringing together industry experts and leaders in server storage technology and data center applications to discuss and present the latest developments in software-defined storage for enterprise, data center and hybrid cloud deployments. The Open Storage Summit is the leading online conference for innovations in all the latest storage technologies, groundbreaking ideas, and compelling insights on future storage trends.

Hosted by Supermicro

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021: 1:00 PM to 1:30 PM Thursday, July 29th
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PeopleTek News
Do you catch yourself saying (or thinking) 'I'm too busy'?
Nobody is too busy; it's just a matter of priorities - Alen Huskanović
"Do you catch yourself saying (or thinking) 'I'm too busy'? If yes, assess whether you're truly BUSY versus being PRODUCTIVE. There is a difference!

Thomas Edison said: Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.

It's up to us to manage our time. In general we're pretty good at making time for what's important to us but we don't always excel at NOT spending time on unimportant things.

How good a job do you do making time for what's important to you? Do you focus on supporting your vision, mission and goals? For making time for family, friends, and hobbies? Or, do you easily/consistently get side-tracked by day to day activities that are not important?..."

PeopleTek News, July 12th, 2021
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