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AWS News
Amazon And Best Buy Announce New Fire TV Smart Tvs From Pioneer And Toshiba
Pioneer is back with 4K UHD smart TVs with Fire TV built-in with stunning picture clarity
Amazon and Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) today announced a new lineup of smart TVs with Fire TV built-in from Pioneer and an upcoming Toshiba series featuring far-field voice. Both series are optimized for Fire TV's content-forward approach to entertainment and the always-available intelligence of Alexa to deliver a truly smart TV experience for the living room.

'Fire TV's vision is to unite the best hardware, software, and Alexa voice control to make entertainment simple, delightful, and affordable,' said Daniel Rausch, Vice President, Amazon Entertainment Devices and Services. 'Today, we're thrilled that Best Buy is bringing Pioneer back to the TV space and helping Toshiba to showcase the power of far-field voice - all with Fire TV built-in.'

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Amazon To Pay Full College Tuition For Its Front-Line Employees As Part Of $1.2 Billion Investment In Education And Skills Training For U.S. Workforce
Amazon's more than 750,000 operations employees in the U.S. are eligible for fully funded college tuition, including cost of classes, books, and fees
Amazon announced plans to expand the education and skills training benefits it offers to its U.S. employees with a total investment of $1.2 billion by 2025. Through its popular Career Choice program, the company will fund full college tuition, as well as high school diplomas, GEDs, and English as a Second Language (ESL) proficiency certifications for its front-line employees-including those who have been at the company for just three months. Amazon is also adding three new education programs to provide employees with the opportunity to learn skills within data center maintenance and technology, IT, and user experience and research design.
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AWS And Bundesliga To Debut Two New Bundesliga Match Facts For The 2021-'22 European Football Season
Shot Efficiency and Passing Profile bring the total number of advanced statistics to eight, using AWS machine learning and analytics to give fans deeper insights into the game of football
Amazon Web Services (AWS), an, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), and the German Bundesliga, Germany's top national football league, announced two new Bundesliga Match Facts powered by AWS that will premier as graphics during broadcasts and in the official Bundesliga app during the 2021-22 season. The first advanced stat, Shot Efficiency, compares the actual number of goals that a player or team has scored with how many goals the player or team should have scored based on the quality of their chances. The second, Passing Profile, provides deeper insights into the pass quality of a player or an entire team. Both stats will debut during Matchday 4 on September 11, 2021, featuring the faceoff between German Champion FC Bayern Munchen and the second-place team of the previous season, RB Leipzig.
AWS News, September 9th, 2021
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How To Upgrade Your Legacy System To A Modern IT Solution
While the need for modernization may be clear, how to approach it often isn't
"Technology today moves quickly, often too fast for many businesses to keep up. Consequently, there comes a time in every company's development when your equipment is no longer sufficient. While the financial weight of modernizing may be unappealing, relying on legacy systems carries many hidden costs and risks.

In 2019, the U.S. federal government spent 80 percent of its $90 billion IT expenditures on maintenance, mainly on legacy equipment. As this case exemplifies, the costs of maintaining outdated systems overtake the cost of modernizing after enough time. That figure doesn't include the potential losses from security vulnerabilities or lost efficiency, either..."

ITProPortal, September 9th, 2021
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AWS Promises Cost-Effective Enterprise Archiving Solution With S3 Glacier
Organizations and businesses are sitting on more data than ever before, and the fact remains that most of this data won't be called upon regularly.
'Cold' data, as it's called, represents between 60-80% of all data stored today. Inevitably, these data resources must be archived properly so they can be referenced easily when needed. With the proliferation of products aiming to provide such a service, Amazon Web Services Inc., with its S3 Glacier offering, seeks to set itself apart from the rest.

'One of the reasons we're finding customers looking to move to S3 Glacier is because of cost,' said Joe Fitzgerald (pictured), general manager of Amazon S3 Glacier at AWS. 'With Glacier Deep Archive, we have an industry-leading price point of a dollar per terabyte per month.'

siliconANGLE, September 10th, 2021
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Recorded Future News
Dark Covenant: Connections Between The Russian State And Criminal Actors
This report examines the unspoken connections between the Russian Federation (in the form of Russian intelligence services or the Kremlin) and cybercriminals in Russia and Eastern Europe
Sources include the Recorded Future Platform as well as other dark web and open sources. The report will be of interest to threat researchers, as well as law enforcement, government, and defense organizations.

Executive Summary

&#8203;The intersection of individuals in the Russian cybercriminal world and officials in the Russian government, typically from the domestic law enforcement or intelligence services, is well established yet highly diffuse. The relationships in this ecosystem are based on spoken and unspoken agreements and comprise fluid associations.

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The Wild Ride Toward Actionable Security Analytics (35 Minutes)
Our guest this week is Gunter Ollmann, chief security officer at security analytics firm Devo
"Gunter shares his insights on the history and evolution of security analytics, the challenges organizations face when implementing them, the network effects of cloud migration, as well as strategies for making the case to the organizational powers that be that security analytics are a wise investment..."
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Fortinet News
Fortinet Tackles The Cybersecurity Skills Gap Through Strategic Partnerships And Training
The cybersecurity skills gap has remained a top concern for CISOs, contributing to security risks, overworked IT staff, and increasing the opportunities for bad actors to exploit expanded atack surface.
"At the same time, the constantly evolving threat landscape exacerbates the need for skilled professionals as the talent shortage affects more and more organizations each year and leaves them struggling to protect important assets amidst rapid digital innovation.

Fortinet is working to close the skills gap with programs like the NSE Training Institute and its Training Advancement Agenda (TAA) initiative. To help build out a talent pipeline and bring more people into cybersecurity careers, the need for access to training, career pathways and connecting individuals to employers are essential. Fortinet creates opportunities for all, including women, students, veterans, minorities and more, through its training programs and partnerships and continues to make significant progress in working to close the skills gap..."

Fortinet News, September 8th, 2021
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Malicious Actor Discloses Fortigate SSL-VPN Credentials
Fortinet has become aware that a malicious actor has recently disclosed SSL-VPN access information to 87,000 FortiGate SSL-VPN devices
"These credentials were obtained from systems that remained unpatched against FG-IR-18-384 / CVE-2018-13379 at the time of the actor's scan. While they may have since been patched, if the passwords were not reset, they remain vulnerable.

This incident is related to an old vulnerability resolved in May 2019. At that time, Fortinet issued a PSIRT advisory and communicated directly with customers. And because customer security is our top priority, Fortinet subsequently issued multiple corporate blog posts detailing this issue, strongly encouraging customers to upgrade affected devices. In addition to advisories, bulletins, and direct communications, these blogs were published in August 2019, July 2020, April 2021, and again in June 2021..."

Fortinet News, September 8th, 2021
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Microsoft MSHTML Remote Code Execution Vulnerability Exploited In The Wild
On September 7, 2021, Microsoft disclosed an active in-the-wild attack affecting Microsoft Windows.
"This vulnerability, CVE-2020-40444, is a remote code execution vulnerability in MSHTML. It does not currently have a patch, MSHTML is also referred to as Trident, is a legacy proprietary browser engine specific to Internet Explorer and Windows platforms. In-the-wild attacks on targets were observed to be using specially crafted malicious Microsoft Office documents. Like most such attacks, targets have to be compelled or lured to open the malicious document for it to run successfully.

This blog provides information on the vulnerability, how the attack works, and Fortinet product protections in place to address this vulnerability. Additional information can be found in the Threat Signal published by FortiGuard Labs on September 7..."

Fortinet News, September 9th, 2021
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New Application Security Report Outlines The Biggest Challenges For Devsecops
Applications have increasingly become one of the primary ways organizations deliver key capabilities to their employees, customers, and business partners.
"For business-critical workflows, organizations look to enable access from any device from anywhere that the user can access an internet connection. As fewer line-of-business applications lack a public facing interface, this easy access helps enhance productivity and reduces operational friction. However, many times these mission critical applications that organizations and users rely on are directly exposed to untrusted networks and are increasingly exposed via public facing web applications and APIs, with security implications that must be addressed..."
Fortinet News, September 10th, 2021
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New Dridex Variant Being Spread By Crafted Excel Document
Dridex is a Trojan malware, also known as Bugat or Cridex, which is capable of stealing sensitive information from infected machines and delivering and executing malicious modules (dll).
"FortiGuard Labs recently captured new phishing email campaigns in the wild that included a specially crafted Excel document attachment. I did a deep research on one of them and discovered that once the malicious Excel document is opened on a victim's machine, it downloads a new variant of Dridex.

In this analysis, I will elaborate how the Excel document downloads Dridex, how this version of Dridex runs on a victim's device, what sensitive information it collects, and how it delivers malicious modules (dll)..."

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ForgeRock News
ForgeRock Autonomous Identity Ushers In A New Era Of AI-Driven Identity Governance And Administration
New Capabilities Automate User Access and Makes Achieving Zero Trust Easier for the Enterprise
ForgeRock, a global digital identity leader, today announced the availability of its latest version of ForgeRock Autonomous Identity designed to help enterprises reduce risk and more efficiently manage workforce access. The company's AI-driven approach to identity governance and administration (IGA) offers new capabilities to help teams heighten security by avoiding excessive access permissions and eliminating orphaned user accounts -- both prime targets for external attackers and insider threats...
ForgeRock News, September 8th, 2021
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VMware News
VMware Appoints Kit Colbert As Chief Technology Officer
Colbert will shape the technology vision for the company and drive foundational technologies for the company's next stage of growth
"Colbert joined VMware in 2003 as the technical lead behind the creation, development and delivery of the vMotion and Storage vMotion features in VMware vSphere. Throughout his tenure at VMware, he served in multiple roles, including VMware's Cloud CTO, General Manager of VMware's Cloud-Native Apps business, CTO for VMware's End-User Computing Business, and as the lead architect for the VMware vRealize Operations Suite.

As part of his new role, Colbert will shape the technical vision for the company, and the transformation to a cloud and subscription-centric R&D organization. His oversight includes advancing research and development efforts, overseeing the VMware Engineering Services team, the Design/UX team and the company's ESG commitments..."

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Cisco News
Cisco Commits To Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2040
Answering the call to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, Cisco pledges to accelerate companywide strategies to greatly reduce carbon emissions across its value chain
Cisco announced that it is committing to reaching net zero for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across all scopes by 2040, 10 years ahead of when climate scientists say the planet must reach net zero to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Cisco's net zero goal will be supported by ambitious near-term targets, including to reach net zero for all global Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025.

Other near-term targets will cover key Scope 3 categories for Cisco, such as use of sold products and supply chain emissions, and will be made public as they are finalized later in 2021. The new greenhouse gas reduction goals will follow the latest climate science, and Cisco will report progress on these targets in its annual Corporate Social Responsibility Impact Report.

Cisco News, September 9th, 2021
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Digital Transformation In Retail: Enabling Seamless Performance With Appdynamics
The move to a mobile-first world has been expedited by the Covid-19 pandemic, and many companies have had to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives dramatically
"This new reality has changed the way we shop and interact with one another. Retailers work vigorously to create emotional connections with their customers, and this connection must continue into the online shopping experience. This includes everything from the purchase transaction to the ability to respond to customer issues in near real-time. The real-time reaction requires an immense amount of data and an understanding of how the company's platforms and services work together to get it right each time. This ultimately means that digital customer experience has solidified its place as one of the most important aspect of retail business..."
Cisco News, September 10th, 2021
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Shoring Up Network Access Policy Management In The Calm Before The IoT Storm
With some research forecasting that more than 75 million IoT devices will be deployed globally by 2025, enterprise IT administrators have a huge challenge on their hands: How to manage network access policies between so many users, devices, and networks with diverse access privileges
"To date, mostly manual point solutions have been used to broadly enforce network access policies. They're expensive, time-consuming, and inefficient.

The clock is ticking. Devices are proliferating. Cybercrime cost the world $945 billion in 2020, a 50% increase over 2018. The near future promises an acceleration of both trends.

Here's how Cisco is protecting enterprise networks with a unified approach to access policies and zero trust security..."

Cisco News, September 8th, 2021
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Webex By Cisco Hits Record 8 Billion Monthly Calls Milestone
Webex by Cisco hosts record 8 billion calls monthly and supports more than 39 million cloud calling users worldwide - the most of any cloud calling provider
Cisco announced it is now hosting a record eight billion calls monthly across its cloud calling platforms, the most of any cloud calling provider. To meet enterprises growing global needs, Cisco has also extended its domestic calling coverage to include the UK, with more than 65 countries now covered with its Cisco Calling Plans and Cloud Connected PSTN services - the most in the industry. Enterprises such as T-Mobile, Office Depot, Cigna Health, and CDK Global are relying on Webex Calling to power their businesses...
Cisco News, September 7th, 2021
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Citrix News
How Are Organizations Leveraging Mobility To Empower Employees?
First, let me introduce myself. I joined Citrix three months ago as Director of Product Management for Citrix Workspace app (mobile and client-side cloud services)
"Our goal within my product management team is to optimize the digital workspace user experience on mobile devices to deliver secure mobility that accelerates productivity for employees, regardless of where they're working.

One of the best parts of my role is all the customer conversations. It has been insightful learning how organizations of all sizes are focused on accelerating their workforce mobility plans to help employees work securely from anywhere. And it's a privilege to share with these same customers how Citrix is focused on enhancing and expanding our mobility-related experience in conjunction with our digital workspace strategy. That's why I'm in this role..."

Citrix News, September 9th, 2021
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Secure Your Data With New Malware Threat Detection In Citrix Sharefile
Although remote and hybrid work are now the norm, they can create gaps in your data security if you aren't careful
"Studies have shown a massive spike in the number of malware attacks since the start of pandemic. In fact, researchers measured 648 new malware threats every minute during Q4 2020, according to a report from McAfee.

Employees are accessing, sharing, and collaborating on content from their home network using their personal and mobile devices, but there's a big security difference between using your phone for work at home versus a shared public space. In 2021, the cyber community saw a 667 percent surge in phishing emails related to COVID-19. Malware attacks are the most common undetected threat and can quickly spread across an organization, resulting in security and compliance issues..."

Citrix News, September 8th, 2021
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Simplifying Business Continuity And Hybrid Multi-Cloud
Welcome to the seventh and final installment of our Seven Ways to Simplify Your Digital Workspace Deployment in 2021 blog series. In this blog post, we are going to look at how to simplify business continuity and hybrid cloud.
"The challenges of maintaining a modern workforce are various and can be daunting. Desktops and user data must be available across multiple geographies to enable your business to continue if and when disaster strikes. A subset of end-users accesses their desktops and specialized apps infrequently. Hosting these solutions in a traditional on-prem datacenter isn't economically feasible. As we have seen in recent months, end-users may be required to work from home or a remote location. Traditional on-prem solutions cannot scale within hours for rapid changes in workforce mobility and increase the demand for access. Many companies have come to realize the value of leveraging cloud providers to augment their on-prem environment. However, maintaining separate infrastructures is more complex and requires specialized replication..."
Citrix News, September 7th, 2021
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So Your Company Just Upgraded To Citrix Workspace. Now What?
We get it. You've been heads-down, holding down the IT fort over this past year making sure all the newly remote workers can access their apps and desktops.
"Maybe you've been managing Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops for years (in fact, you might know it by its old name 'XenApp'). And then somebody up the chain upgrades your subscription to Citrix Workspace Premium Plus.

So, now you're probably left wondering just what is that, and, more importantly, what do you do with it?..."

Citrix News, September 9th, 2021
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SAP News
Launching The Wheel Of Purpose With Unctad
What if you had a 'blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all?' Would you execute on it? And how would you leverage the power of collaboration to scale and accelerate your efforts?
"In 2015, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly provided humanity with this blueprint for a better and more sustainable future through a collection of 17 goals, known today as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They include ending poverty, promoting good health and well-being, reducing inequalities, supporting responsible consumption and production, and more.

The 17th SDG, 'partnerships for the goals,' urgently calls on the public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and citizens to come together to strengthen the implementation of the SDGs..."

SAP News, September 10th, 2021
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SAP Named A Leader In 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant For Digital Commerce
SAP SE announced it has been named a Leader in the 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce for the seventh time
"In its latest 2021 report, Gartner assessed solutions from 17 vendors including commerce solutions from SAP.

Brands globally, including appliance manufacturer De'Longhi, nutritional products distributor Kyani and retailer Abrakadabra, have recently selected SAP solutions to help deliver a rich, personalized omnichannel e-commerce experience that is reliable and scales to meet the demands of their customers..."

SAP News, September 9th, 2021
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Datacore News
Storage Management Automation, The Software-Defined Way
The life of a storage administrator isn't easy. With many fires to put out and angry beasts to tame, there is a lot going on every day: assigning storage capacity to users and applications, addressing performance slowdowns that affect the user experience, handling various tools for identical tasks, not to mention managing hardware failures, outages, capacity running out on storage devices, and replication and backup job failures to name a few.
"Typically, manual storage management efforts eat up the bulk of an administrator's productive schedule rather than allowing them to focus on solutions that add value to the core business. Saddled with repetitive and manual tasks, storage administration teams need to factor automation into their storage management strategy.

'In an Uptime Institute survey from 2020, 90% of data center operators said they would increase their use of remote monitoring as a result of the pandemic, and 73% said they would increase their use of automation.'..."

Datacore News, September 10th, 2021
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Dell News
A New Dawn For Data Protection Innovation
New Innovations from Dell Technologies Power Up Your Cyber-Defenses to Reduce Risk and Increase IT Efficiency
"Tune in to any news outlet and you're likely to hear about a recent cyberattack. It may be an attack on a small company or a government agency or global organization. Cyberattacks don't differentiate and they are increasingly persistent at putting organizations and their data at risk.

But, while your organization may not know when a cyberattack is going to hit, you can be ready for when it does.

Our latest Dell Technologies Global Data Protection Index 2021 Snapshot, announced today, confirms the need to be cyber-ready with a comprehensive data protection strategy. Dell Technologies is helping our customers prevent these threats with an extensive portfolio of infrastructure with built-in security with the ability to detect and respond to threats. Through our portfolio of innovative solutions and services, customers can protect and recover IT assets in the event of a ransomware or malware attack..."

Dell News, September 9th, 2021
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Changing The Game With Hybrid Cloud And Apex
During the past year we have come to understand how critical IT is to business and how it must be a priority moving forward. The operating costs of data centers are becoming the largest expense of IT. IDC reports that the OPEX spend on IT will be around 300% more than CAPEX by 2023.
"Most organizations prefer to consume infrastructure without worrying about the day-to-day operations. They often look to public cloud as the answer, as it allows them to focus on deploying and managing their workloads and applications rather than worrying about managing and maintaining the infrastructure.

While public clouds is an option, there are risks:..."

Dell News, September 10th, 2021
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Dell Precision 7560 Review
Dell's Precision 7560 is its most powerful 15.6-inch mobile workstation.
"This model's component loadout includes Intel's 11th generation Xeon and Core processors, NVIDIA workstation-grade GPUs up to the 16GB RTX A5000, up to 128GB of ECC memory, and space for three NVMe drives. Its top screen option sports a UHD (3840x2160) resolution and a 100% Adobe RGB color rating.

The 7560 also has top-notch security options; Windows, Ubuntu, and Red Hat operating systems options; and a standard three-year warranty. Overall, the Precision 7560 is a worthy alternative to its chief rivals, the Lenovo ThinkPad P15 Gen 2 and the HP ZBook Fury 15 G8. It won't be cheap even if you have access to corporate or fleet discounts, but if you're looking for the most performance you can get in a 15.6-inch form factor, the Precision 7560 won't steer you wrong..."

StorageReview, September 7th, 2021
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Deploying Cloud Services Faster With Apex Console
Are your sites deployment-ready? Get it right the first time with site surveys and site management through the APEX Console.
Dell Technologies APEX is a breakthrough portfolio of as-a-Service offerings that simplify digital transformation by increasing IT agility and control. APEX simplifies the technology experience by shifting the way we deliver our portfolio to focus more on outcomes and less on infrastructure. Our customers experience this shift primarily through the APEX Console, which provides self-service access to a catalog of infrastructure and cloud services and serves as a hub for managing subscriptions, monitoring service performance, optimizing utilization and spend, and more.
Dell News, September 8th, 2021
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Majority Of Organizations Uncertain They Can Recover From A Ransomware Attack, Says New Dell Technologies Report
Study shows organizations are managing more than 10 times the amount of data than they did five years ago - Eighty-two percent of IT decision makers are concerned their existing data protection solutions won't meet all future business challenges
"The Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) 2021 Global Data Protection Index (GDPI) findings reveal organizations are facing several data protection challenges driven by the constant threat of ransomware and the consumption of emerging technologies such as cloud-native applications, Kubernetes containers and artificial intelligence.

According to a recent IDC survey, more than one-third of organizations worldwide have experienced a ransomware attack or breach that blocked access to systems or data in the previous 12 monthsi. To help address these rising - and seemingly inevitable - issues, Dell Technologies is introducing new software and services to accelerate virtual machine (VM) backup data availability, simplify management of large data sets, and maintain business continuity while alleviating dependencies on day-to-day cyber recovery operations..."

Dell News, September 9th, 2021
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The Coming Digital Divide
In a world where every company is now a technology company, IT staffing has become the biggest challenge to their digital future.
"We've spent years talking about digital transformation, but the events from the past year and a half have signaled it is now here. During a very challenging time, we found organizations and businesses dramatically change how they service customers and deliver value to their stakeholders. Digital transformation is no longer an aspirational target, but rather a modern-day reality.

Every organization has woken up to the fact that they are now a technology company. Now comes the messy part. With this shift, entire industries are being reshaped by those organizations who can successfully navigate this change..."

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HPE News
HPE Introduces HPE Pointnext Complete Care Support To Help Customers Manage Complex Edge-To-Cloud IT Environments
Customers can manage complex edge-to-cloud IT environments with one service
Today, I am excited to announce HPE is redefining the IT support experience with the launch of HPE Pointnext Complete Care, a new service to help customers save valuable time and resources. Customers can take advantage of these new capabilities standalone, or as part of the cloud experience we offer with HPE GreenLake.

As more value and complexity shifts to software, HPE is also investing in AI-based tooling and expertise to provide solutions such as Software Asset Management, and optimization services for critical workloads such as SAP, Microsoft Azure and many more, all available as scalable solution blocks that can be added as needed.

HPE News, September 9th, 2021
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HP News
HP Launches 'HP Pays Your PTA' Campaign With Filmmaker, Actor And Dad Justin Baldoni
Campaign features Baldoni along with internet personalities, The Holderness Family, putting their own spin on a new anthem for parents, Back to School Alright, to drive awareness for a new PTA fundraising platform from HP Instant Ink
HP Inc., in partnership with filmmaker, actor and father of two Justin Baldoni and fan-favorite YouTube sensation, Kim and Penn Holderness of The Holderness Family, introduce HP Pays Your PTA, a new way to fundraise for Parent Teacher Associations across the country. To help spread the word, Baldoni and The Holderness Family debuted music videos featuring the song, 'Back to School Alright' a relatable anthem that captures the stressors of back-to-school, while raising awareness for PTA fundraising...
HP News, September 9th, 2021
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New Cybersecurity Report From HP Reveals 91% Of IT Teams Feel Pressure To Compromise Security
Securing the growing hybrid workplace presents exponential threat landscape
HP Inc. (NYSE: HPQ) released its HP Wolf Security Rebellions & Rejections report, a comprehensive global study highlighting the tension between IT teams and employees working from home (WFH) that security leaders must resolve in order to secure the future of work.

The findings show that IT teams have been forced into compromising security for business continuity at a time of rising threats. Making matters worse, their attempts to increase or update security measures for remote workers have often been rejected. This is particularly true for the future workforce of 18-24-year-olds - digital natives who feel increasingly frustrated with security getting in the way of deadlines, leading many to circumvent controls.

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IBM News
IBM Unveils New Generation Of IBM Power Servers For Frictionless, Scalable Hybrid Cloud
IBM announced the new IBM Power E1080 server, the first in a new family of servers based on the new IBM Power10 processor, designed specifically for hybrid cloud environments.
"The IBM Power10-equipped E1080 server is engineered to be one of the most secured server platforms and is designed to help clients operate a secured, frictionlessiii hybrid cloud experience across their entire IT infrastructure.

The IBM Power E1080 server is launching at a critical time for IT. As organizations around the world continue to adapt to unpredictable changes in consumer behaviors and needs, they need a platform that can deliver their applications and insights securely where and when they need them. The IBM Institute of Business Value's 2021 CEO Study found that, of the 3,000 CEOs surveyed, 56% emphasized the need to enhance operational agility and flexibility when asked what they'll most aggressively pursue over the next two to three years..."

IBM News, September 8th, 2021
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IBM Watson Launches New AI And Automation Features To Help Businesses Transform Customer Service
IBM announced the launch of new AI and automation capabilities in IBM Watson Assistant designed to make it easier for businesses to create enhanced customer service experiences across any channel - phone, web, SMS and any messaging platform
"This includes a new collaboration with IntelePeer, a leading Communications Platform-as-a-Service provider, to set up and test a voice agent, and a new agent app designed to enable a seamless hand-off to a live agent while maintaining the conversation's context.

Virtual assistants are gaining popularity due to ongoing improvements in natural language processing (NLP) and automation. According to IBM's 2021 Global AI Adoption Index1, 52 percent of global IT professionals surveyed report that their company is using or considering NLP solutions to improve customer experiences..."

IBM News, September 9th, 2021
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Kyndryl Names Harsh Chugh As Chief Operating Officer
Kyndryl, the new, independent public company that will be created following the separation of IBM's Managed Infrastructure Services business, announced the appointment of Harsh Chugh as the company's Chief Operations Officer.
"Kyndryl's goal is to apply world-class talent and modern and resilient IT systems to help customers realize their business ambitions, and it is important to maintain financial discipline and an operating vision that matches our mission," said Martin Schroeter, Kyndryl's chief executive officer. "Harsh Chugh is expert in delivering operational excellence, in building teams that get great results and in deploying the best talent for critical projects. I am delighted Harsh will direct our operations and help Kyndryl advance the vital systems that power progress for our customers."
IBM News, September 8th, 2021
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Sumo Logic And IBM Expand Collaboration To Accelerate Hybrid Cloud Adoption With Marketplace Availability And Red Hat Openshift Operator Integration
Sumo Logic the pioneer in continuous intelligence, and announced the availability of Sumo Logic's Continuous Intelligence Platform on Red Hat Marketplace, the open cloud marketplace for enterprise customers that offers a simpler way to buy and deploy certified container-based software.
Sumo Logic will offer its cloud-native security and observability solutions for companies running on the Red Hat OpenShift platform, helping them to deploy faster and achieve insights into their cloud and hybrid infrastructures, applications, and services.

Ramin Sayar, President and CEO at Sumo Logic said: 'Companies want to streamline the procurement, deployment, and management of their container applications. Sumo's Logic's Continuous Intelligence Platform allows them to get all their data into one place for observability, security, and business intelligence and to reduce administrative labor. We are excited about our collaboration with IBM to offer our Continuous Intelligence Platform with Red Hat OpenShift on Red Hat Marketplace, making it easier for customers to take advantage of our DevSecOps platform as they modernize and or migrate their applications across hybrid cloud environments.'

IBM News, September 8th, 2021
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This Is What The Most Powerful Server In The World Looks Like
While we are big fans of distributed computing systems here at The Next Platform, we never forget our heritage in big iron. And we never forget the important place that big, fat, shared memory NUMA systems still play in the spectrum of compute in the datacenter
And we like big iron, just like we like muscle cars and beater trucks.

So it is with a certain amount of enthusiasm that we have been anticipating the launch of IBM's first server based on its 'Cirrus' Power10 chip: the 'Denali' Power E1080 system. We don't see a lot of big iron around these datacenter parts anymore. And in fact, there are fewer and fewer manufacturers of these NUMA systems. It has basically come down to IBM with the 16-socket Power E1080 and with the future 16-socket System z16 based on the 'Telum' processor we told you about a few weeks ago, the 'DragonHawk' Superdome Flex 280 machines from Hewlett Packard Enterprise, based on a mix of the HP Superdome X and SGI NUMAlink 8 technologies like the Superdome Flex before it and using the 'Cooper Lake' Xeon SP 8380H processors from Intel. There are, of course, a selection of four-socket and eight-socket servers based on the Cooper Lake Xeon SPs from the major OEMs and ODMs as well, but this is not truly big iron as we know it.

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Lenovo News
Lenovo Delivers New Innovation For Resilient Edge Computing
Lenovo to deliver an integrated, cost effective, virtualized edge computing solution with VMware
Lenovo Infrastructure Solutions Group (ISG) announced it will be the first-to-market with VMware's software solution for the edge running on the resilient ThinkSystem SE350 Edge Servers. The new solution will be delivered directly to customer edge sites with the VMware software solution pre-loaded on a pair of ruggedized and security enhanced ThinkSystem SE350. In addition, Lenovo also announced the enhancement of Lenovo Open Cloud Automation management software to automate the planning, deployment and ongoing management of datacenter cloud deployments all the way to edge sites. Organizations can now plan their data center cloud and edge infrastructure solutions using the same management software.
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Lenovo Introduces The Powerful And Flexible Thinkedge SE70 Edge AI Platform
Edge AI computing applications are numerous and growing rapidly as businesses intelligently transform operations and services with increasingly powerful analytics and automation capabilities.
During its annual TechWorld event, Lenovo introduced the ThinkEdge SE70, a powerful and flexible artificial intelligence (AI) edge platform for enterprise. The ThinkEdge SE70 is designed to meet the expanding intelligent transformation needs from logistics, transportation and smart cities to retail, healthcare and manufacturing. The new edge solution from Lenovo is created in cooperation with Amazon Web Services (AWS) leveraging AWS Panorama and is powered by the NVIDIA Jetson Xavier NX platform.
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Lenovo Launches Global Everything-As-A-Service Strategy
From the pocket to the cloud, Lenovo offers its entire portfolio as a service under an expanded Lenovo TruScale umbrella
At its annual Tech World event, Lenovo announced an evolution in its consumption-based business model, introducing Lenovo TruScale, a new portfolio-spanning everything-as-a-service offering. This announcement is part of Lenovo's continuing transformation for the next reality - a new era where consumers and business leaders need new solutions and technologies to face unprecedented change in business, education, living and beyond.
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Lenovo Leads In Launching Windows 11 On New Yoga Laptops
Three new consumer PCs include world's lightest 14-inch OLED laptop
As the world rebuilds and re-opens, the shift to a more hybrid lifestyle will impact how we work, learn, connect and play. Those who embrace and have access to smarter technology will thrive in the next hybrid reality. Adept at making quick pivots to what's next, Lenovo was already accelerating the evolution of the PC to be faster, more mobile, portable and powerful to meet people's expectations. Consumers gaming or collaborating virtually from home stand to benefit most from the latest Windows 11 PCs with next-gen hardware and software inside...
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Lenovo Unveils A Brighter Future For Hybrid With Premium Tablets With 5G And Next-Gen Add-Ons
Also launches new security enhanced wireless ecosystem, Project Unity, and smart audio accessory
Tablets are indispensable for both work and play delivering endless ways to enjoy entertainment and get more done at home and on the go. The world needs a healthy escape now more than ever ergo consumers are spending more time streaming everything from shows and movies to games. According to research, Millennial parents are more likely to provide their kids with their own tablet than their own TVs, continuing the pattern of young digital natives learning and engaging through streaming on YouTube and other social platforms over cable.
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Lenovo Unveils New 'Everything-As-A-Service' Platform And Broad Range Of New Innovations For The Next Reality At 7th Annual Global Tech World Event
Lenovo's tech showcase features launch of Lenovo TruScale as an Everything-as-a-Service platform, an enhanced edge to cloud portfolio, software, new A.I. platform, green and responsible innovation, and a wide array of the latest Yoga and Chromebook laptops, tablets, monitors, and more
At its 7th annual global technology event, Tech World, Lenovo unveiled a wave of new innovations - from a dramatically expanded 'Everything-as-a-Service' business model with Lenovo TruScale, to a series of new Edge to Cloud infrastructure and datacenter products, to a wide range of new laptops, tablets, monitors, and edge computing and accessory devices built to help businesses and consumers navigate what the company sees as 'the next reality.'

Along with announcing a number of new products and services, Lenovo Chairman and CEO, Yuanqing Yang delivered a keynote speech, discussing key trends - including the persistence of hybrid work-life solutions, the demand for more sophisticated infrastructure services, and the prospects and power of artificial intelligence to help shape how the world will live, learn, work and connect in the coming years.

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Work, Play And Game With Unyielding Display Performance
Lenovo announced the latest additions to its broad monitors portfolio, including an all new ThinkVision P27u-20 professional display and two new gaming monitors, Lenovo G27e-20 and Lenovo G24e-20
"Expand your professional workspace with the new premium ThinkVision P27u-20 monitor offering dual wide color gamut (99.1% DCI-P3, 99.5% Adobe RGB) with factory calibrated color accuracy. Designed for photography, video and graphics content creators seeking a high-performance display to extend screen space for effective application multitasking, the monitor also adds the convenience of Intel Thunderbolt 4 docking display capability.

The Energy Star 8.0 compliant ThinkVision P27u-20 delivers detailed clarity on a 27-inch Ultra High Definition (3840x2160) IPS screen with VESA Certified DisplayHDR 400 support for realistic brightness and darkness..."

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Microsoft News
Microsoft And Linkedin Share Latest Data And Innovation For Hybrid Work
We've heard many business leaders come forward with strong opinions on how, when and where people should work in a hybrid world.
This morning Satya Nadella and Ryan Roslansky, the CEO of LinkedIn, sat down to talk about the key secular trends they're seeing as people and organizations everywhere adjust to hybrid work. Their conversation is part of an effort between Microsoft and LinkedIn to help leaders and their teams navigate this new world of work, and here I'll share more about the trends we're seeing, the data behind them and the product updates we're announcing today across Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Viva and LinkedIn.
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Nutanix News
EG Group Drives Miles Further With Nutanix In The Tank
Nutanix Cloud Platform Reinforces Fast-Paced Business Model Powering Expanding Global Garage Operator
Nutanix announced today that, following the deployment of Nutanix Cloud Platform across its global network, leading convenience retailer EG Group is already reaping the benefits of that investment and is empowered to implement ambitious plans for further rapid growth.

Starting with a single location in 2001, EG Group has become one of the UK's fastest growing forecourt operators with an expanding portfolio of approximately 6,200 sites across mainland Europe, Australia, the U.S. and the UK. One byproduct of this rapid growth, however, tends to be a mixed inheritance of legacy IT unfit for purpose in the context of a large, fast-paced business like EG Group...

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Oracle News
Oracle Offers Free Training And Certification For Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
Global training program helps close skills gap and creates new career opportunities with Oracle's fast-growing cloud
Oracle today announced it will offer Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) training and OCI certification* testing for free worldwide. The new program includes Oracle's entire expert-created OCI learning curriculum for all skill levels and various IT roles. Through this program, learners have access to all OCI courses, delivered digitally, on-demand, and available in 13 languages. Oracle is also offering Oracle Autonomous Database and other certification exams free for a limited time
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Red Hat News
Friday Five - September 10, 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.
  • Quarkus For Spring Developers
  • Customer success stories: speeding data insights with Red Hat
  • VentureBeat - Red Hat to help bring climate impact data to global finance industry
  • Top 10 most used Open Practice Library concepts
  • TechCrunch - New IBM Power E1080 server promises dramatic increases in energy efficiency, power

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Now Available: Multi Target Replication On Sap Hana For Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Support for scale out with RHEL 8.4 batch-update 2 is available for customers as of Aug 10th.
"For more than two decades, Red Hat and SAP have partnered to deliver pioneering world-class solutions that are now at the forefront of open source digital transformation. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) High Availability Add-On, which is included with Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions, is an automated high availability solution that increases reliability and stability by eliminating single points of failure and minimizing unscheduled downtime in scale-up and scale-out SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, and SAP NetWeaver deployments.

Automatic failover is triggered without external user intervention, helping to provide a high level of operational performance with minimal disruption that is designed to be secure, responsive and provide business continuity..."

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Reviewing RHEL Systems On The Red Hat Customer Portal
In previous posts, we showed you how to enable Simple Content Access (SCA), register your Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with Insights, and tag and review systems.
"In this third part of our series on Subscription Manager and SCA, we will look at reviewing your RHEL instances in the Red Hat customer portal.

Review your Registered Systems on the Red Hat Customer Portal

1. Click on the Systems tab link in the Red Hat Customer Portal (Note: You need to be in the Subscriptions section on the Red Hat Customer Portal.)

You'll note that there is a question mark (?) by each System Name. This happens when SCA is enabled as you no longer need to attach a subscription to a registered system. If any subscriptions are attached to a registered system, the number of subscriptions attached wil be registered in the third column..."

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Top 10 Most Used Open Practice Library Concepts
Learn about the Open Practice Library: a collection of tools that can help your team focus on DevOps and product development practices.
"The Open Practice Library has quickly grown in its popularity and has become a trusted resource for anyone wanting to learn ways to get optimal outcomes for their teams. Created in 2016 by the Red Hat Open Innovation Labs team, the library offers various strategies and concepts to focus on DevOps and product development practices. Not sure where to start? We're highlighting the Library's top 10 tools in this post..."
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SuperMicro News
Supermicro Expands Portfolio Of High-Performance Single-Processor Systems
Servers Based on New Intel Xeon E-2300 Processors Join Servers Featuring 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors to Deliver Cost-Optimized, Enterprise-Class Computing to a Wide Range of Workloads
Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI), a global leader in enterprise computing, storage, networking solutions, and green computing technology, is announcing an expanded portfolio of single-processor systems based on the new Intel Xeon E-2300 and 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. These new systems support a wide range of applications in growing vertical markets. As a result, customers can optimize the exact configuration needed for their applications spanning entry-level servers for the intelligent edge to data center-class systems.
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PeopleTek News
We're All Different
Chances are your work culture is comprised of individuals that are not from the same 'mold'; we're all different in a variety of ways. What matters is how we embrace and leverage those differences
"As a leader, how and what are you doing to help others create and support an environment comprised of a variety of work styles and differences?

A few weeks ago we talked about a multi-generational workforce. Did you feel there were noticeable differences in styles and behaviors? Some feel yes, others say no.

We'll add to those differences. Consider values, practices, traditions, race/ethnicity, religion and gender in addition to age. Now think about preferred styles such as Myers-Briggs, DiSC, Listening, and Managing Conflict. The differences are endless!

We all have biases and filters. What we suggest is taking the time to examine those biases and recognize the impacts on our relationships and mindset. Studies show that differences enhance learning; growth occurs when we listen, process, and understand things from a different perspective. We also have to understand that our way isn't the only way!..."

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