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VMware and AWS launch joint cloud service out of beta

VMware customers who want to run their workloads in the cloud without leaving behind the software they know have a new service available to them. The highly anticipated VMware on AWS offering is finally generally available to customers. Administrators will be able to pay VMware to run applications on AWS using its Software-Defined Data Center stack, which includes the vSphere management tool. The service is supposed to provide an environment that’s as consistent as possible between on-premises data centers and the cloud…

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How Machine Learning Enhances The Value Of Industrial Internet of Things

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is already revolutionizing domains such as manufacturing, automobiles and healthcare. But the real value of IIoT will be realized only when Machine Learning (ML) is applied to the sensor data. This article attempts to highlight how ML augments IIoT solutions by bringing intelligent insights. [1] [1] By Janakiram MSV on Forbes

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Boost your business continuity with Veeam and Azure

Users are demanding 24/7 access to all applications and data, and they have no patience for downtime. Unfortunately, 84% of CIOs cannot deliver what users demand, and deal with an average of 15 unplanned downtime events per year.* Veeam and Azure offer the ideal solution, eliminating legacy backup systems and reducing the need to build out new data centers; providing turn-key backup systems to support remote office/branch offices; and enabling users to backup both physical and virtual infrastructures and restore…

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Your failure to apply critical cybersecurity updates is putting your company at risk from the next WannaCry or Petya

Some organisations are still failing to take basic cybersecurity precautions by not applying critical patches and leaving themselves open to cyberattacks — even when updates have been available for months. This poor approach to security and patch management is detailed in Fortinet’s Threat Landscape Report for Q2 2017. It highlights network and device hygiene as one of the most neglected areas of cybersecurity today — a failing that, if rectified, could go a long way to preventing future attacks. [1] [1] By Danny…

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Gartner sets fire to all the cyber things

“A fire is coming,” says Steve Riley, a research director at Gartner. It’s a metaphorical fire, representing the rapid change in cybersecurity that’s making traditional techniques like blacklists, whitelists, and malware signatures irrelevant. It’s now a spectrum of risk, Riley told the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit in Sydney on Monday. Embrace the shades of grey, he said. Embrace all the colours of risk. [1] [1] By Stilgherrian on ZDNet

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Infographic: Global variations in IT budgets, CIO pay, security breaches and automation

Job satisfaction is at a three-year high for IT leaders. According to the results of Harvey Nash and KPMG’s annual CIO survey, the number of IT leaders who report being ‘very fulfilled’ in their role has risen by 18% since 2015. Helping this positive sentiment may be rising pay levels — at least for some. Almost three-quarters of CIOs in China reported salary growth, as did 68% of IT leaders in Vietnam. Faring less well were CIOs in The Netherlands…

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AI projects are taking off: What does this mean for the future of work?

The robots are coming and the world of work is set to change forever: recent research from consultants PWC estimates a third of existing jobs are susceptible to automation, due to the use of robots and artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030.The survey adds more weight to a fast-growing body of work on the impact of AI. Take KPMG’s recent global CIO survey in conjunction with recruiter Harvey Nash, which found almost two-thirds of CIOs are investing or planning to invest in digital labour,…

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Technology migrations are more painful, and cloud isn’t making them any easier

These days, more often than not, typical migration projects mean moving applications or functions from an on-premises system to the cloud in some form or another. Migration has always been tough enough, requiring lots of pre-cutover planning and weekend work, coordinating a bunch of moving parts, as well as a lot of hand-holding for affected employees and executives. (Especially executives!) [1] [1] By Joe Mckendrick on ZDNet

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IT leader’s guide to the future of autonomous vehicles

In the past few years, the technology behind autonomous vehicles has made enormous strides—and the pace of development and testing shows no sign of slowing down. This ebook offers a broad look at the trends unfolding around self-driving transportation, from Tesla’s Autopilot technology to Google’s Waymo project to Apple’s focus on autonomous systems. [1] [1] On TechPro

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On 17 March First Technology, in partnership with Extreme Networks, hosted an exclusive breakfast event at Shimmy Beach Club’s Heineken Lounge. The Impact of Wireless Technology While wireless technology has been around for a number of years, the advent of smartphones, tablets and high-speed wireless internet access has put the importance of this technology at the forefront of business growth. A ...

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