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Red Hat News
Introducing The Red Hat Academy Talent Network
At Red Hat, we believe that closing the technology skills gap is vitally important to the future of enterprise software and that the opportunity to do so should be available to all.
Red Hat Academy bridges the gap between education and industry by collaborating with academic institutions around the world to provide the next generation of IT talent with free access to a range of Red Hat's training courses and discounted certification exams.

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Red Hat News, June 2nd, 2022
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Friday Five - June 3, 2022
The Friday Five is a weekly Red Hat blog post with 5 of the week's top news items and ideas from or about Red Hat and the technology industry. Consider it your weekly digest of things that caught our eye.
  • Forbes - Observing Life Inside The Open Source Cloud-Native Stack
  • Red Hat Joins Forces with U.S. Department of Energy Laboratories to Bridge the Gap Between High Performance Computing and Cloud Environments
  • Command Line Heroes - S9 | E8: All Together Now
  • DevPro Journal - 3 Advantages of Participating in Open Source Projects
  • SDxCentral - 7 Layers Finds Out How Kubernetes Complexity Can be Overcome

Read on for details

Red Hat News, June 3rd, 2022
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Red Hat Learning Subscription Premium Enables Learning Around The Globe
In the first quarter of 2022, the labor market continued its trend of what has been coined the "great resignation," leaving many organizations competing to recruit and retain top talent.
Red Hat continues to iterate its training offerings to keep pace with the changing needs of this talent as well as the landscape of technology.

Employees who participate in Red Hat Training average longer tenures and higher satisfaction with their jobs. Further, 75% of Red Hat Learning Subscription users agree that the subscription makes it faster and easier for them to troubleshoot issues with Red Hat technologies and 84% agree that they feel more confident on the job as a result of their training.

Red Hat News, June 1st, 2022
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Delivering Event-Driven Apps With Apache Kafka
Traditionally, enterprise organizations operate using data-centric integration approaches to connect multiple systems, services and applications.
This approach is ideal for maintaining and improving data consistency and integrity across all systems and applications. It also allows moving large amounts of data, connecting to disparate systems, and creating master data fabrics that accommodate multiple data management scenarios.

As enterprise organizations build for digital experiences, they face new challenges for deploying and scaling distributed systems that can ingest large amounts of data at a fast pace. The expectation is for developer teams to rapidly respond to change by adapting business applications, delivering data faster and scaling up and down based on user demands. However, the traditional integration approaches cannot support all the new scenarios and requirements that have emerged from deploying digital experiences.

Red Hat News, June 2nd, 2022
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High Availability For SAP On Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) has been providing high availability (HA) for business critical workloads at the application and database (DB) level for years, helping maximize uptime and minimize unplanned disruptions of service, making critical environments more resilient
Thanks to the RHEL High Availability Solutions for SAP, based on the RHEL HA Add-On and included with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions subscription, single points of failure like shared file systems, databases, message servers and enqueue servers are extensively mitigated, if not outright eliminated, by clustering these resources.

In the case of SAP HANA, the DB incorporates a mechanism called SAP HANA System Replication (HSR) which replicates the DB to one or more nodes but does not provide automatic failover in case of problems. RHEL HA Solutions for SAP can take care of this automation and help SAP Basis engineers sleep more soundly, knowing that it is much less likely that they'll have to perform a manual failover of the DB in the middle of the night.

Red Hat News, June 3rd, 2022
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IBM News
Object Management Group Announces Responsible Computing with Founding Members IBM and Dell
New consortium to focus on sustainable development goals
The Object Management Group (OMG) announced Responsible Computing (RC), a new consortium comprised of technology innovators working together to address sustainable development goals. Responsible computing is a systemic approach aimed at addressing current and future challenges in computing, including sustainability, ethics, and professionalism, stemming from the belief that we need to start thinking about technology in terms of its impact on people and the planet.

"Responsible Computing aims to shift thinking and, ultimately, behavior within the IT industry and affect real change," said Bill Hoffman, Chairman, and CEO of RC and OMG. "We've made our manifesto and framework freely available, and we've asked every RC member to implement RC principles. Our goal is that someday every IT professional will adhere to RC principles."

IBM News, June 2nd, 2022
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Sl Green Adopts IBM Technology To Operationalize Sustainability Initiatives Across Extensive NYC Real Estate Portfolio
IBM and SL Green Realty Corp. announced that SL Green is leveraging IBM sustainability software to help advance their company's environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategy
SL Green will use software from Envizi, an IBM Company, to better understand and report on its environmental initiatives, identify opportunities for greater efficiency and further drive sustainability across its extensive real estate operations.

As the largest owner of office real estate in New York City, SL Green is focused on effectively managing its portfolio of Manhattan commercial properties, with interest in more than 70 buildings totaling 34.9 million square feet. In the face of climate change and quickly evolving societal challenges, SL Green is committed to a broad set of sustainability initiatives and goals - from environmental efforts such as optimizing energy, water and waste management, to sustainable development of new properties, and programs to benefit the health and safety of both tenants and the local community. In 2021, SL Green aligned with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Net Zero by 2050 goal of carbon neutral building operations and remains committed to setting a Science-Based Target for greenhouse gas emissions.

IBM News, June 2nd, 2022
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IT News - CxO
CIOs Take Center Stage On ESG Strategies, Battling An Overflow Of Data
With ESG strategies forming a core part of organizational business plans, CIOs need to tap into various areas of expertise to ensure ESG efforts are organized and integrated.
"As environmental, social and governance (ESG) strategies climb the list of priorities at organizations worldwide, chief information officers find themselves playing an increasingly central role in ESG efforts," notes Nathan Eddy in InformationWeek.

"Today's ESG efforts are often ad hoc, siloed, and manual, with data and operations scattered across disparate systems in an organization.

Digital transformation presents a powerful opportunity for companies to turn ESG efforts into impact and business value, and the CIO has a front-row seat to how digital transformation is intersecting with every facet of the business..."

InformationWeek, May 25th, 2022
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'Distributed By Design' Architectures Needed For Data-Driven Digital Infrastructure Strategies
Much of an enterprise's digital business agility and operational effectiveness depends on the responsiveness, scalability, and resiliency of the digital infrastructure.
Mary Johnston Turner blogs for IDC, "Data access, integration, analytics and automation provide the core insights that fuel digital business success.

Whether the goal is to improve data-driven decision making or to predictively automate complex business processes, much of an enterprise's digital business agility and operational effectiveness depends on the responsiveness, scalability, and resiliency of the digital infrastructure used to enable mission critical applications, data operations, and connectivity. Rapid access to accurate and timely data is fundamental to digital business resiliency and the ability of organizations to adapt to quickly changing business conditions..."

IDC, May 24th, 2022
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Environmental, Social, And Governance (ESG) Significance To Business Leaders
No matter where you sit in a business, you'll likely have heard of environmental, social, and governance (ESG). Your peers in finance, legal/compliance, and risk will have heard of it a lot. And we'll all be hearing a lot more about it in the coming years.
Ryan Skinner writes for Forrester, "But ESG can mean a lot of different things, depending on who is saying it and the context in which they're saying it, which leads to confusion. To pin it down and help organizations make faster progress with ESG, we'll examine it and its significance, application, and adoption across three blogs, with:

  • An introduction to ESG and a look at its significance, for those new to the space, on boards, and in other leadership roles.

  • An exploration of ESG as it's being used by three key markets, their different agendas for it, and what this means for businesses.

  • An analysis of ESG within the business and how it impacts organizational structure, business strategy, data management and processes, and partnerships, depending on the company's relative maturity.

What Is ESG?..."

Forrester, May 24th, 2022
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Gartner Says 78% Of CFOs Will Increase Or Maintain Enterprise Digital Investments Through 2023 Even If Inflation Persists
No Softening of Digital Investments - CFOs View Tech as Key to Mitigating Inflation
Seventy-eight percent of CFOs plan to maintain or increase enterprise-wide digital investments in the next two years, according to a Gartner, Inc. survey of 199 CFOs and senior finance leaders on May 13, 2022. The findings come even as CFOs indicate they are planning cost reductions in other areas of the business if inflation persists this year.

'Companies that drive the right digital investments have 2.7x higher customer retention, 1.6x higher customer satisfaction rates, and 1.9x higher average order value,' said Alexander Bant, chief of research in the Gartner Finance practice. 'Leading digital companies are also 3x more likely to achieve above-industry revenue and margin growth. We have also found that 67% of consumers will pay more for a great digital experience.'

Gartner, May 23rd, 2022
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How CIOs Can Accelerate Digital Growth Through Automation
By automating key IT and business processes, CIOs can digitally transform their enterprises to grow revenue, improve operational efficiency, and increase employee and customer satisfaction.
"Today's CIOs and IT leaders are increasingly being asked to balance three key priorities in their enterprises," writes Keith Shaw in CIO " -- transform digitally to scale faster and find new revenue sources; achieve operational excellence by reducing costs; and enhance the employee and customer experience by increasing satisfaction to grow revenue.

In the recent State of the CIO 2022 research, one of the top priorities of CEOs for IT leaders in the next year is to have them lead digital business and digital transformation initiatives and improve the customer experience. Yet, many CIOs continue to report that much of their time is spent improving IT operations and systems performance - in essence, trying to keep the lights on within the company..."

CIO, May 23rd, 2022
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My CIO Career: With Phillip Noe, Cross Country Healthcare
Phil Noe started his career in healthcare IT, then taught it at the college level before eventually becoming a CIO. After 10 years in the role, Noe shares what he has learned.
Steve Rovniak: Can you provide an overview of your career leading up to your current CIO role at Cross Country Healthcare?

Phillip Noe: I've been in IT my entire career. I started out in healthcare IT in the late eighties and early nineties, when I was part of a company that developed software that ran hospitals, way back in the green screen, AS/400, RPG and COBOL days. That company got acquired by Keane and I stayed with them for a couple years before I decided to move on...

Heller, May 25th, 2022
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IT News - Storage
CMR vs. SMR Hard Drives: What's the Difference?
Since 2015, hard disk manufacturers have produced a new type of drive: SMR, which stores more data per disk but comes with some drawbacks compared to the conventional storage method, called CMR. Each type has pros and cons - let's take a look.
Two Different Ways of Storing Data on a Disk

Benj Edwards writes in How to Geek, "Hard drives store data in 'tracks,' which are circular paths typically oriented in concentric rings on the top and bottom surfaces of a hard disk platter. Each hard disk unit can contain multiple platters, which allows the drive to store more data.

Historically, manufacturers have increased storage capacity in hard disk models by either increasing the number of platters in the drive or increasing the write density on the disk. In the past, the circular tracks written to the disk never overlapped. The data storage industry calls this 'Perpendicular Magnetic Recording' (PMR) or 'Conventional Magnetic Recording' (CMR)..."

How to Geek, May 24th, 2022
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Data Storage Best Practices For Overcoming A Ransomware Attack
This is part of Solutions Review's Premium Content Series, a collection of contributed columns written by industry experts in maturing software categories. In this submission, Spectra Logic's Senior Director of IT Tony Mendoza highlights data storage best practices for overcoming a ransomware attack.
Tony Mendoza writes in Solutions Review, "According to a Sophos report on real-world experiences of 5600 IT professionals, 66 percent of organizations surveyed were hit with ransomware in 2021 - and the average cost to recover from ransomware attacks was $1.4 million, with organizations taking an average of one month to recover from the damage and disruption.

For many organizations, the outcome after a ransomware attack can be catastrophic. This type of malicious and intelligent software breaks through an organization's IT infrastructure and threatens to publish, sell or otherwise prevent access to the victim's digital content unless a ransom is paid. The ransomware encrypts files and holds them hostage until the threat actors get what they want. Therefore, it's imperative for organizations, small or large, to ensure their IT infrastructures are ransomware resilient. No single solution or security control is going to stop ransomware, but taking a layered security approach, will help mitigate the impact and get organizations back up and running very quickly..."

Solutions Review, May 23rd, 2022
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The 5 Best SMB Storage Clouds
For simple business storage, you can't beat the cloud. Aye, but which cloud? That is the question.
"I want to talk to you today about clouds," writes Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols in Computerworld.

"But I'm not here to talk about hyper-scale, public clouds such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Azure, or Google Cloud. They're great, but for many, they're overkill.

Instead, most organizations need a way to store our documents and data so we, and our teammates, can easily get our information whether we're at home or sitting at a convention center in Valencia, Spain..."

Computerworld, May 24th, 2022
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Toshiba Edging Nearer To 26TB Capacity Nearline Disk Drives?
Japanese disk drive media manufacturer Showa Denko K K (SDK) is shipping 26TB capacity disk drive platters. It has not revealed its customer, but Toshiba uses Showa Denko platters in its nearline 3.5-inch disk drives.
Chris Mellor writes in Blocks & Files, "Nearline disks are high-capacity (15TB-plus) drives spinning at 7.200rpm, typically with a SATA interface.

SDK says its new disk media supports energy-assisted magnetic recording and shingled magnetic recording (SMR) because its has fine crystals of magnetic substance on the aluminum platter surface. It includes technology to improve the media's rewrite-cycle endurance. SDK says it produces disk platter media by growing epitaxial crystals at the atomic level, forming more than ten layers of ultra-thin films..."

Blocks & Files, May 26th, 2022
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WW Distributed Scale-Out File System Market
Over the next 5 years, scale-out file systems will be widely deployed by enterprises looking to consolidate file-based workloads, improve file-based infrastructure efficiencies, and handle many of the performance and scalability requirements of modernized applications that are very data intensive.
All of the products evaluated here will be able to do that very well for most enterprises, although there are some differences in top-end performance and scalability and ease of use between offerings - that is why figure on top of this article has many of the vendors clustered closely together. What the reader should note, however, is that there can be significant differences between vendors in their architectures, product strategies, areas of focus, and software-defined flexibility that should be evaluated as purchase decisions are made.
Storage Newsletter, May 25th, 2022
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IT News - AI
5 Ways To Reduce Compliance Costs With AI And Automation
Increased use of AI can drive efficiencies and reduce costs in compliance management. Here's what that means for CIOs in highly regulated industries.
"While regulations are created to protect consumers and markets, they're often complex, making them costly and challenging to adhere to," writes Anna Frazzetto in CIO.

"Highly regulated industries like Financial Services and Life Sciences have to absorb the most significant compliance costs. Deloitte estimates that compliance costs for banks have increased by 60% since the financial crisis of 2008, and the Risk Management Association found that 50% of financial institutions spend 6 to 10% of their revenues on compliance..."

CIO, May 24th, 2022
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How Deep Learning Can Help Your Enterprise
By mimicking the human brain, deep learning offers a way to rapidly recognize, classify, and organize data, and make predictions with incredible accuracy.
"Deep learning is a type of machine learning that has rapidly emerged to become the cornerstone of many modern artificial intelligence applications," notes John Edwards in InformationWeek.

"Deep learning provides a significant improvement in accuracy relative to previous approaches on a wide range of AI tasks, sometimes even exceeding human accuracy,' notes Vivienne Sze, an MIT associate professor and lead instructor of the MIT Professional Education course, Designing Efficient Deep Learning Systems. 'This has allowed for the practical use and widespread deployment of AI in a wider variety of applications over the past few years..."

InformationWeek, May 26th, 2022
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Infographic: State Of AI 2022
Peak, a leader in Decision Intelligence (DI), released a new 'State of AI, 2022' report highlighting that a number of organizations are making investments in both data and AI - without connecting the two.
Surveying 775 decision makers (senior managers and above) from the US, UK or India, the report further reveals that when businesses are failing to prepare their data for future AI adoption, they risk needing to retrofit their infrastructure later down the road.

Alarmingly, 97% of respondents stated that their business has or intends to implement a data strategy, yet only 35% of those say it includes plans to facilitate AI. Businesses are failing to realize they'll eventually need AI to remain future-proof, especially in this volatile environment.

insideBIGDATA, May 28th, 2022
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OpenAI: Look At Our Awesome Image Generator! Google: Hold My Shiba Inu
The AI world is still figuring out how to deal with the amazing show of prowess that is DALL-E 2's ability to draw/paint/imagine just about anything...
Devin Coldewey notes in TechCrunch, "but OpenAI isn't the only one working on something like that. Google Research has rushed to publicize a similar model it's been working on - which it claims is even better.

Imagen (get it?) is a text-to-image diffusion-based generator built on large transformer language models that. okay, let's slow down and unpack that real quick.

Text-to-image models take text inputs like 'a dog on a bike' and produce a corresponding image, something that has been done for years but recently has seen huge jumps in quality and accessibility..."

TechCrunch, May 24th, 2022
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IT News - Humor
Beware The Fury Of A Database Developer Torn From Tables And SQL
Not so much process privilege rings, more circles of hell
Richard Speed writes in The Register, "WHO, ME? Be careful what humorous messages you leave in your app, for you never know who might see them. Welcome to Who, Me?

Our story today is a return for a reader Regomized as "Philip," who does not have the highest opinion of the sales profession.

"We had three developers," he recalled. "One was responsible for UI, another for the database, and a third for image display and capture."

"We [also] had a couple of salespeople, one of whom was entirely pointless and the other a classic over-reaching individual."

The Register, May 23rd, 2022
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IT News - HR
Considering Contract Help? Keep These 10 Tips In Mind
Skills shortages are forcing more companies than ever to tap into the market for freelance talent. But keys to success are quite different than hiring full-time help.
"A record 4.5 million people quit their jobs in March in the U.S. alone, and the ratio of unemployed people to job openings hit a record low.," reports Paul Gillin in ComputerWorld

"While the 'great resignation' will eventually run its course, the attitude changes engendered by the COVID-19 pandemic are likely permanent. One of those is the freedom for people to work whenever and for whomever they want.

Upwork reported that 59 million Americans - or 36% of the total workforce - freelanced in 2020, an increase of two million people over 2019..."

ComputerWorld, May 27th, 2022
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IT News - Security
10 Strategies To Stop Ransomware Attacks
A ransomware attack can hold your organization's data hostage. Attackers demand payment to release the information. Here are some ways to stop ransomware attacks.
1. Teach User Awareness

Kevin Gardner writes in Security Boulevard, "A key line of defense against ransomware attacks is the users of the computer systems within your organization. You want to make sure your staff is adequately trained, from the basics regarding what is ransomware to ways to recognize and defend against attacks. Investing the time for thorough training will help defend your network from attack..."

Security Boulevard, May 27th, 2022
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7 Machine Identity Management Best Practices
Managing machine identities can be just as important as managing human identities, especially in a zero-trust environment.
"Machine identities are a large, and fast-growing part of the enterprise attack surface," writes Maria Korolov in Security Boulevard.

"The number of machines-servers, devices, and services-is growing rapidly and efforts to secure them often fall short.

Cybercriminals and other threat actors have been quick to take advantage. Cyberattacks that involved the misuse of machine identities increased by 1,600% over the last five years, according to a report released last spring by cybersecurity vendor Venafi..."

Security Boulevard, May 24th, 2022
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How Confident Are CISOs About Their Security Posture?
Proofpoint released its annual Voice of the CISO report, which explores key challenges facing chief information security officers (CISOs).
While the world's CISOs spent 2021 coming to terms with new ways of working, many now feel much more in control of their environment: 48% feel that their organization is at risk of suffering a material cyber attack in the next 12 months, down from 64% last year.

But feeling prepared for a cyber attack is vastly different than being prepared. This growing confidence of CISOs is likely a result of successfully overcoming a seismic event (the pandemic) rather than any tangible change in risk levels of preparedness.

HelpNet Security, May 24th, 2022
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Why Relying On Multi-Factor Authentication Is A Dangerous Tactic
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now a common aspect of access control systems, strengthening password-only approaches. However MFA has proven to be vulnerable to attackers and over reliance on it can put an organization at risk. Julia O'Toole explains...
Julia O'Toole writes in 'url "" "Continuity Central" ', "The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and FBI Cyber Division recently released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) warning organizations that Russian state-sponsored cyber actors have gained network access through the exploitation of default multi-factor authentication (MFA) protocols.

Since the Russia-Ukraine war started, we have seen hacking groups like Conti, Anonymous or the IT army of Ukraine pledging support for either side. Insurance carriers were quick to reclassify such cyber attacks as acts of war, triggering changes in insurance exemptions to reflect the rising risks of 'spillover damages' outside the conflict zone. As ransomware now comprises 75 percent of cyber insurance claims, more gangs announced that they are acting independently of the Russian Federation or Ukraine, in the hope insurance companies will keep funding the ransoms..."

Continuity Central, May 24th, 2022
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IT News - Linux
CentOS Linux Lives On In The New AlmaLinux 9
If you already know how to run Red Hat Enterprise Linux like a pro, AlmaLinux may be the no-cost Linux for you.
"If you knew your way around Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) not so long ago, but you didn't want to pay Red Hat's support fees," opines Steven Vaughan-Nichols in ZDNet, "you'd run CentOS Linux, an RHEL clone. Then Red Hat decided in 2020 that they'd no longer release CentOS Linux as a standalone distribution. Instead, CentOS Stream would work as a beta for RHEL.

The competition immediately sprang up to replace CentOS. The two most important of these are the AlmaLinux OS Foundation's AlmaLinux and Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation's (RESF) Rocky Linux. Now, mere weeks after the release of RHEL 9, AlmaLinux 9 has arrived..."

ZDNet, May 26th, 2022
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Key Takeaways From Red Hat Summit 2022
At Red Hat's 2022 Red Hat Summit, the organization announced changes to edge strategy, Linux admin skill gaps and hardware and software modernization.
Paul Nashawaty writes in SearchDataCenter, "The 2022 Red Hat Summit was held on May 10-11 and covered a number of customer, partner and industry expert approaches in open source technology delivery.

Red Hat has seen a lot of growth and market share when it comes to enterprise Linux. The innovation demonstrated at Red Hat Summit 2022 shows continued growth, not just when it comes to the OS, but also in ways that address organizational challenges such as skills gaps, edge growth and modernization across the ecosystem..."

SearchDataCenter, May 24th, 2022
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Tiny Linux OVF Download - SSH, NANO, NGINX and Open VM Tools Preinstalled
Tiny Linux VM OVA - this is just a note for me, but I thought it might be useful for other users. When working in a homelab and testing, you often need small VMs with a low amount of RAM configured.
"This one," reports Vladan SEGET in, "has only 48 Mb and runs SSH, NANO, NGINX, and also has Open VM Tools pre-installed. However, this OVF is not updated/patched to the latest versions - Tiny Linux OVF Download is meant to be available and shared for anyone who needs it. It's for all home lab enthusiasts and folks learning virtualization technology. You can download it from my dropbox and then import it into your vSphere infrastructure.

The benefits of having a small VM for testing are numerous (vMotion, HA, SDRS, Fault Tolerance (FT), SRM protection groups test, vSphere replication group replicas test, vROPs, VeeamONE, Veeam Backup, Zerto Replication...)..."

vladan, May 23rd, 2022
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Windows 11 Takes A Big Step Forward With Full Release Of Windows Subsystem For Linux App
Finished WSL app is now available from the Microsoft Store
Darren Allan writes in, "Windows 11 users can now grab the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) app directly from the Microsoft Store, the software giant announced at Build 2022.

For the uninitiated, WSL is a compatibility layer that allows Windows 11 to run Linux and its related apps as if they were native software (with a bit of performance overhead, as you might imagine - but impressively very little headwind).

Whereas previously WSL could be downloaded from the Microsoft Store by testers in the form of a preview version, with its official release, any Windows 11 user can now install the fully finished incarnation which should be polished and have any major bugs fixed...", May 24th, 2022
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IT News - Cloud
3 Reasons Why Private Cloud Computing Is Losing Its Appeal
Private cloud computing is by no means disappearing, but the buzz around it isn't what it once was. Here's why.
Christopher Tozzi writes in ITProToday, "If you were to list the buzzwords dominating the cloud computing industry today, terms like "multicloud," "hybrid cloud," and "alternative cloud" would probably top it.

But here's one term that may not even make the list: "private cloud."

Although private cloud architectures were once all the rage, you hear very little about them today. Likewise, major private cloud computing platforms, like OpenStack, don't tend to make many headlines these days..."

ITProToday, May 25th, 2022
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6 Tips For Successfully Securing Your AWS Environment
Even if you have many years of AWS experience under your belt, securing your AWS environment can be complicated (and, let's face it, probably is).
In this article, we've compiled six key use cases that many security researchers, IT managers and DevSecOps deal with on a daily basis - from third-party risk to policy management to excessive permissions. For each, we offer a different way to crack the nut, so you can keep your environment secure and your leadership team happy.
Security Boulevard, May 25th, 2022
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Cost Savings Among The Biggest Cloud Fallacies
Experts at the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium described the advantages that justify the high cost of moving to the cloud while acknowledging the data center is best for some companies.
"Over the last half-dozen years, companies have learned that running business applications in the cloud won't be less expensive than the data center," writes Antone Gonsalves in SearchCloudComputing.

"So, justifying a cloud migration depends on advantages other than saving money.

At the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium Monday, an expert panel focused on what they consider the critical advantages cloud providers deliver to customers. They include faster software updates to introduce new services or support, new products, and the ability to scale applications up or down as needed..."

SearchCloudComputing, May 24th, 2022
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How To Pick The Right Cloud Storage
Let's be honest, storage has always been a complicated subject. Teams of dedicated storage administrators would choose between block (SAN), file (NAS) or direct-attached (DAS), and then each choice led to more details such as HDD versus SSD.
"The cloud is supposed to make everything simple with storage-as-a-service," opines Steve Pruchniewski in DataDecisonMaker.

"While the details of infrastructure have now been passed on to the magic of the cloud, there are still many choices that have a notable impact on performance, costs and scale.

Decision-making for cloud storage: Be agile!

Unlike buying an on-premises storage array where customers typically had to make compromises around the best storage for a workload and then live with that decision for up to five years, the rate of innovation and offerings in the cloud are nonstop..."

DataDecisonMaker, May 23rd, 2022
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IT News - Networks
Best Wi-Fi Security & Performance Testing Tools For 2022
The prevalence of Wi-Fi has been accelerating for two decades, but in the last two years, it's surged even further as so many people were forced to work from home. That trend led to many strengthening the performance of their Wi-Fi networks. But security remains a problem.
"Modern Wi-Fi networks are certainly more secure than early versions," notes Drew Robb in eSecurity Planet, "as Wi-Fi security standards have evolved over the years, from Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) to Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), WPA2, and now WPA3 with its improved security.

With each generation, Wi-Fi security has improved. But it is far from foolproof..."

eSecurity Planet, May 23rd, 2022
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IT News - Careers
Pay For In-Demand IT Skills Rises Fastest In 14 Years
In the first quarter of 2022, the pay premium for non-certified tech skills saw a record rise, while IT certifications continued to fall in value.
"CIOs seeking to hire or retain skilled IT workers should continue to budget generously for payroll," opines Peter Sayer in CIO. "Pay premiums for non-certified tech skills rose by the largest amount in 14 years in the first quarter of 2022, according to the latest edition of the IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index, compiled by Foote Partners.

The quarterly index also covers pay premiums for IT certifications, which - in a bit of good news for cash-strapped CIOs - have resumed a long decline begun more than three years ago with their largest quarterly drop since late 2020..."

CIO, May 26th, 2022
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IT News - Virtualization
VMware Fusion vs Parallels Desktop: Compare Desktop Virtualization Tools
VMware Fusion and Parallels Desktop are two of the top considerations for desktop virtualization on macOS devices, with multiple editions for small business to enterprise infrastructure needs.
"Virtualization has long been a valuable tool for individuals, businesses, and enterprise organizations looking to maximize existing hardware through virtual machines (VMs)," writes Sam Ingalls in ServerWatch.

"In 2006, Parallels released the first commercially successful desktop virtualization tool for Mac devices with Parallels for Desktop. Meanwhile, VMware released its desktop virtualization tool, Fusion, a year later and has long been the enterprise vendor of choice.

With an abundance of virtualization solutions for Windows and Linux, the pool of enterprise virtualization solutions for Mac-based devices is much smaller. Other tools fit for macOS include the Citrix Hypervisor, Oracle's VirtualBox, and QEMU..."

ServerWatch, May 24th, 2022
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IT News - Email
10 Reasons Why Email Protection Is Critical In 2022
We all use email all day long. No matter what industry you're in or where you are working around the globe, you're more than likely using email to communicate, work and socialize
Annie Keller writes in Security Boulevard, "Most of us check our email multiple times a day - the average is eleven times per hour! If you're like me, which is about 84% of you, you keep it open in the background. Here, we're going to break down the top ten reasons why keeping your email protected is absolutely critical in 2022..."
Security Boulevard, May 25th, 2022
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IT News - Big Data
How To Control The Data Funnel: Follow These 3 Best Practices
Data scientists have to make decisions about which data to include in data repositories. To make this decision-making process easier, learn tips for maintaining control of your data funnel.
"As of 2022, 2.5 quintillion bytes of new data is being created worldwide each day," writes Mary Shacklett in TechRepublic. "While some of this data will be useful for analysis, it can be time-consuming and difficult to sort through. By creating an effective data funnel, you'll be able to more easily filter out the data you need.

What is a data funnel?

A data funnel refers to narrowing how much data you allow into your master data repository..."

TechRepublic, May 23rd, 2022
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Universal Access To Big Data Is Here
Who is using Big Data to forecast industry trends, pursue growth hacking and improve customer relations? Banks and financial institutions; insurance companies; retail; manufacturing; healthcare and real estate - almost any industry can harness business intelligence solutions through key data findings.
Big Data is in the cloud just waiting to be mined and analyzed by enterprises for market insights. But this is a tedious and time consuming task, if it's even affordable to small and medium-size businesses (SME's) and solopreneurs. The truth is, accessing Big Data like Google BigQuery, US Census or patent & trademark information to enhance market research is often out of reach for most Davids that aren't Goliaths.

More than 90 percent of US businesses are defined as SME's, according to the Small Business Administration. Additionally, there are more than 40 million solopreneurs in the US - e-commerce marketers, consultants, contractors, freelancers, etc., who perform all tasks including business development, sales & marketing, invoicing and tech support for their companies.

insideBIGDATA, May 23rd, 2022
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