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IT News - CxO
The Water Cooler: 7 IT Execs On Remote Work Pet Peeves
CIODIVE, March 12th, 2021
Katie Malone writes in CIODIVE, "A year ago, commutes, in-person meetings and business casual attire dropped from daily schedules for what was supposed to be a short-term remote work test. The trial has gone on much longer than anticipated.

Work-from-home fatigue has hit everyone differently. From burnout to technical outages, daily frustrations can build. And yet, there's no colleague down the hall to vent to (save for an errant pet or a plugged-in family member).

CIO Dive asked IT executives to share their biggest remote work peeves one year into the pandemic. Here's what they had to say..."

10 Must-Read Digital Transformation Books In 2021
SearchCIO, March 10th, 2021
"Digital transformation has become a necessity for businesses in almost every industry," opines Gabriella Frick in SearchCIO. "Whether it's updating existing technologies to optimize business processes or establishing a cultural change across departments, most organizations need to transform some aspect of their business to thrive in today's digital economy.

This is easier said than done, as enterprise leaders balance day-to-day demands with laying the groundwork for successful digital transformation..."

Companies 'Prone To Self-Delusion' When Using Cloud, Mckinsey Says
CIODIVE, March 8th, 2021
Jim Tyson writes in CIODIVE, "Almost half of respondents found cloud technology more costly than anticipated and 40% exceeded their cloud budgets - 'some to a significant degree,' McKinsey said, adding that 'it is really easy for cloud transitions to run over budget and behind schedule.'

During the pandemic 'many industrial companies turned to cloud technology to increase their productivity, agility and resilience, and praised it as a turnkey cure-all for just about everything from sagging sales to flagging profits,' McKinsey said, adding that "many companies are prone to self-delusion" when gauging success of cloud adoption...

    What CIOs Can Expect From IBM's Managed Infrastructure Spinoff
    CIO, March 10th, 2021
    "CIOs who depend on IBM to manage their IT infrastructure have been in legacy limbo since Big Blue first announced it would shed its managed infrastructure activities as a separate company in order to zero in on hot markets for technologies such as artificial intelligence and the cloud," writes Peter Sayer in CIO.

    "In the four months since IBM announced the spinoff, hints as to how the new entity will operate are coming into focus, with IBM seeing a big opportunity to offer new services in fields such as cloud reversibility or data management at the network edge..."

    10 Steps To Avoid Digital Transformation Failure
    CIO, March 11th, 2021
    "Most companies will face the moment where digital transformation will come to the top of the executive stack of priorities," writes John Belden in CIO . "Typically, one or two executives are selected as the sponsors tasked with putting together the business case and the team to lead the organization into the future.

    It is no secret that a high percentage of digital transformations will fail in some aspect. We have all seen the stories of companies that have gone wildly over budget or, worse yet, tanked the business with a failed go-live. Much of the blame can be laid right at the feet of the sponsors..."

    Hiding In Plain Sight: Protecting Enterprises From The 'New' Shadow IT
    Dark Reading, March 10th, 2021
    "In the pandemic, work-from-home (WFH) era, "shadow IT" looms large as a cybersecurity challenge," opines Camille Charaudeau writes in Dark Reading, "More than seven of 10 IT leaders and half of employees agree that security is the most pressing business problem created by technology that is unaccounted for and unmanaged.

    The issue is growing more complex. Previously, CISOs and their teams struggled to stay on top of employees using devices and applications that the IT department neither approved of nor managed (or even knew about). But, in our experiences with customers, we're seeing a new and potentially more harmful wave of hidden activity..."

    How CIOs Can Recruit More Women Into IT
    InformationWeek, March 9th, 2021
    "Businesses with more women in the C-suite are more profitable," opines Jessica Davis in InformationWeek, "have better stock performance, and faster growing revenue. Yet as we celebrated International Women's Day 2021 yesterday, women are still underrepresented in one of the most important organizational department functions -- IT.

    Women have made strides in just about every other corporate department from HR to finance to marketing. But IT departments have remained largely the domain of men. Gartner estimates that women make up only 31% of IT employees..."

    IT News - Storage
    Solid State Drive Form Factors
    SNIA, March 10th, 2021
    "They typically come in three flavors: NVMe, SAS, and SATA. Since SSDs are made from flash memory, they can be built in many different form factors. This resource guide is designed to provide information on the most common and current SSDs in their various form factors. In addition to the form factor dimensions, information such as use case, interface, protocol, and mechanical/electrical and connector specifications are provided..." - SNIA
    WW Enterprise External OEM Storage Systems Market Revenue Down 2.1% Y/Y in 4Q20, March 12th, 2021
    "Total external OEM storage capacity shipped was up 11.3% Y/Y to 23.8EB during the quarter.

    Revenue generated by the group of original design manufacturers (ODMs) selling directly to hyperscale datacenters grew 2.0% Y/Y to $6.6 billion in 4Q20, while capacity shipped grew by 7.6% Y/Y to 76EB. Total capacity shipments for the market (external OEM + ODM direct + server-based storage) increased 8.3% to 135.1EB..." -

    How Edge Object Storage Aids Distributed Computing
    SearchStorage, March 9th, 2021
    "Offering a highly distributed, peer-to-peer architecture, object storage is a serious contender in the race to the edge," writes Robert Sheldon in SearchStorage.

    "Edge computing -- an IT model in which data is processed as close to its originating source as possible -- plays an increasing role in supporting distributed workloads. It requires, however, storage systems that can accommodate large data sets and high-performing applications..."

      5 Challenges Of Managing Unstructured Data
      DCIG, March 11th, 2021
      Todd Dorsey writes in DCIG, "Storing, protecting, and providing secure access to this data creates challenges around cost, complexity, and scalability. Addressing these issues take cycles away from other important IT projects bringing innovation and future profits. A new generation of software-defined storage (SDS) products offer solutions to these challenges..."
      IT News - Careers
      10 Hot IT Job Titles For 2021
      InformationWeek, March 10th, 2021
      "The last 12 months have been something of a roller coaster ride for the technology labor market," opines Cynthia Harvey in InformationWeek.

      "A year ago, most IT teams were forced to make a sudden transition to supporting a primarily remote workforce. While they were still struggling to cope with this shift, US companies began laying off IT staff. According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the country lost 210,000 tech jobs between April and July. But then in August and September, companies began hiring again, adding 25,600 tech workers.

      Given all that uncertainty, many IT professionals are wondering about their future career paths. Are their skills still in demand? Would they be able to find a new job if they needed to? And if not, what kind of skills and experience do they need to add to their resumes?..."

        vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom March 24th 2021
        Wednesday, March 24th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
        vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

        In-person vBeers are suspended until the COVID-19 thread is diminished and public gathering are again allowed. I will host a Virtual vBeers every Wednesday until in-person events resume.

        After the intros, the rest of meeting will be an informal hangout!

        Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

        You can also join by phone:

        • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
        • 646 558 8656 US
        • +16465588656,,792850274# US (New York)

        vBeers@Boca is sponsored by TechLauderdale:

        • "TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale"

        Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

        vBeers South Florida - Weekly Virtual Meetups via Zoom March 31th 2021
        Wednesday, March 31th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
        vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

        In-person vBeers are suspended until the COVID-19 thread is diminished and public gathering are again allowed. I will host a Virtual vBeers every Wednesday until in-person events resume.

        After the intros, the rest of meeting will be an informal hangout!

        Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

        You can also join by phone:

        • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
        • 646 558 8656 US
        • +16465588656,,792850274# US (New York)

        vBeers@Boca is sponsored by TechLauderdale:

        • "TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale"

        Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

        IT News - Linux
        Is OpenSUSE Leap Ready To Be The New CentOS?
        DataCenter Knowledge, March 9th, 2021
        Christine Hall reports in DataCenter Knowledge that "openSUSE Leap 15.3, the Linux distribution SUSE released in beta last week, represents a departure for the German software maker in that it's nearly identical to its commercial distribution, the one that makes it money. It's also a good candidate for replacing CentOS, the free Linux distribution that's been popular among enterprises which Red Hat, its developer, is now planning to stop supporting.

        Leap will no longer be merely based on the source code of SUSE Linux Enterprise. It will share the exact same binaries. This means that with its next stable release, in June, there will essentially be no difference between the free-to-use community distribution and SLE, which requires registration and a paid support contract to use in production..."

        How Secure Is Linux?
        LinuxSecurity, March 8th, 2021
        "After all," writes Brittany Day in LinuxSecurity, "your OS is the most critical software running on your computer - it manages its memory and processes, as well as all of its software and hardware. The general consensus among experts is that Linux is a highly secure OS - arguably the most secure OS by design. This article will examine the key factors that contribute to the robust security of Linux, and evaluate the level of protection against vulnerabilities and attacks that Linux offers administrators and users..."
        IT News - Security
        CISO Needs To Speak The Language Which The CIO, CEO, And The Board Speaks Or Understands
        CISO Mag, March 12th, 2021
        "But the high-profile data breaches and hacking attempts in recent years have made this 'offbeat' word one of the most searched one across various search engines. Cybersecurity is no longer just a computer-related issue, but a real-life threat too. We have seen this from the very recent cyberattack on Florida's water supply unit, which was aimed at poisoning nearly 15,000 people in the state.

        To discuss the gravity of the issue at hand, we got onboard Pawan Chawla, CISO of Future Generali India Life Insurance Company Limited. Chawla has an overall experience of over 18 years in companies of diverse sizes and sectors including Banking, Financial service and Insurance (BFSI), FMGC, Business Process Outsourcing, E-Commerce, and Business & Technology Consulting..." - CISO Mag

        Cyber Security: Three Reasons Why You May Be Protecting The Wrong Thing
        Continuity Central, March 9th, 2021
        "Reason one: they're called data breaches, not network breaches, for a reason," notes Paul German in Continuity Central.

        "Looking back on some of the biggest data breaches the world has ever seen, it's clear that cyber hackers always seem to be one step ahead of organizations that seemingly have sufficient protection and technology in place. From the Adobe data breach way back in 2013 that resulted in 153 million user records stolen, to the Equifax data breach in 2017 that exposed the data of 147.9 million consumers, the lengthy Marriott International data breach that compromised the data from 500 million customers over four years, to the recent data breaches due to exploits of the SolarWinds hack at the end of 2020, over time it's looked like no organization is exempt..."

          Digitally Transforming Trusted Transactions Through Biometrics, ML & AI
          Dark Reading, March 10th, 2021
          "COVID-19 has accelerated the need for companies to digitally transform," writes Shai Cohen in Dark Reading. "The more mature a company's digital transformation, the greater its advantage at reaching consumers and offering smooth transactions.

          The pandemic has also changed the way consumers transact. According to research from Statista, monthly e-commerce traffic increased globally from 16 billion e-commerce website visitors in January 2020 to 22 billion in June 2020..."

          California CISO Shares Challenges, Aspirations For The Future
          Government Technology, March 10th, 2021
          Theo Douglas reports in Government Technology that "California's top information security leader discussed some of the state's technology challenges and its aspirations for the future.

          Vitaliy Panych, who was affirmed as the state's chief information security officer in January, discussed broad-level IT and cybersecurity issues and goals, how California works with security partners, and offered best practices during a recent virtual event. Among the takeaways: ..."

          IT News - Cloud
          Top 5 Cloud Storage Solutions For Businesses In 2021
          SmartDataCollection, March 8th, 2021
          Functional features of the most popular cloud storages.

          Kayla Matthews writes in SmartDataCollection, "Are you ready to discover the best cloud service for small business that are going to make a significant breakthrough in 2021? A number of prominent companies have moved to the cloud and discovered its benefits. You can keep reading to find the top cloud storage solutions you cannot miss.

          Table of contents:

          • What is cloud storage?
          • Google Drive
          • Dropbox
          • IDrive
          • OneDrive
          • Apple iCloud
          • Final Thoughts

          Read on for details.

          IT News - Blockchain
          How Blockchain Is Being Used In Insurtech
          Information Age, March 10th, 2021
          "The truth is that blockchain technology is already helping insurance companies to save time, improve transparency, save time, prevent fraud, comply with regulations and develop better products and markets," writes Mohit Tater in Information Age.

          "According to the FBI, the cost of insurance fraud in the US is over $40 billion per year. The good news is that insurance companies could improve claims processes three times faster and five times cheaper using blockchain technology.

          Blockchain technology is a distributed and decentralised public ledger, which is responsible for the powerful record-keeping technology behind Bitcoin..."

          IT News - Networks
          Next-Gen Wireless Options: Wi-Fi 6, 5G Or Private 5G?
          Networkworld, March 10th, 2021
          "One of the great debates in networking has been whether to use wired connectivity," notes Zeus Kerravala in Networkworld, "which brings speed - or wireless - which delivers mobility. Recent versions of Wi-Fi deliver speeds comparable to wired, removing this debate. Wired connections are still faster, but for most user applications, including video, there is no experience difference. Looking ahead, next-generation wireless will be well North of 1Gbps, making it a no-brainer to use wireless.

          The next big decision: What kind of wireless?

          In the past, there was only one option, and that was Wi-Fi. Now there is another option coming into play, and that's 5G. Not 5G like the kind one has attached to your mobile phone, but private 5G used within enterprise environments..."

          IT News - Operations
          What is SIEM? And How Does it Work?
          Security Boulevard, March 12th, 2021
          Kelsey Gast writes in Security Boulevard, "Security operation centers (SOCs) invest in SIEM software to streamline visibility across their organization's environments, investigate log data for incident response to cyberattacks and data breaches, and adhere to local and federal compliance mandates.

          How Does SIEM Work?

          SIEM software works by collecting log and event data produced from applications, devices, networks, infrastructure, and systems to draw analysis and provide a holistic view of an organization's information technology (IT)..."

          The Pandemic Has Turned Data Centers Into A 'Fifth Utility'
          ITProPortal, March 12th, 2021
          Sead writes in ITProPortal, "For businesses in the UK, data centers have become just as important as water, electricity, gas or telecoms, according to the data and analytics company GlobalData.

          Describing data centers as the 'fifth utility', the company says various businesses are now 'increasingly reliant' on data centers to provide cloud services that will drive 'significant' market expansion over the next decade.

          According to GlobalData, data center revenues will reach $948 billion by 2030, up from $466 billion in 2020. The company expects the market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.7 percent over the period..."

          Top Enterprise Data Center Trends You Need To Know
          Networkworld, March 12th, 2021
          "Data-center networking was already changing prior to the technology challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic," writes Michael Cooney in Networkworld, "and few areas of the enterprise will continue to be affected more than data centers by those modifications in the future.

          That's because myriad technologies are driving changes in the data center-everything from heavy demand for higher-speed networking, support for a remote workforce, increased security, tighter management and perhaps the biggest alteration-the prolific growth of cloud services..."

          IT News - Technology
          Google Is Celebrating 10 Years Of Chromebooks With Some Handy New Features
, March 9th, 2021
          "Chromebooks hit the shelves a decade ago," notes Jess Weatherbed in, "quickly becoming some of the best professional and education devices available on the market. And, to celebrate its birthday, Google is releasing a bunch of shiny new features for improved quality of life, with the promise of more to come.

          One of the smaller updates is a refresh for the icons of built-in applications, such as Canvas and Explore. Select-to-speak (Google's built-in screen reader) is also getting some new controls that will allow the user to slow down, speed up and pause the reading voice in real time..."

          6 Hot Infrastructure And Operations Trends - And 5 Going Cold
          CIO, March 11th, 2021
          "The COVID-19 has significantly stressed the IT world," opines Peter Wayner in CIO, "but it has also vindicated a range of infrastructure choices made by those who have been paying attention to emerging trends. The cloud for one has proved a panacea for many organizations weathering changes triggered by the pandemic. Automation as well has gained steam as enterprises took up the mantle from early adopters who were well-positioned when the pandemic hit thanks to previous RPA and AI bets.

          Still, pandemic or no, IT departments can never be complacent. Change, often rapid and always unforgiving, is a constant part of the industry. And thanks to the pandemic, change in IT is accelerating..."

          What is DaaS? Everything you need to know about Desktop as a Service
, March 9th, 2021
          "Simply put, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud service," notes Anas Sabbar in, "just like IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, through which a service provider allows the user to access a virtual desktop from anywhere via the internet. A particularly advantageous solution for small and medium-sized businesses.

          This service allows the user to take advantage of a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) hosted by a cloud service provider. In contrast with SaaS, DaaS is a model in which users don't pay for software, rather they pay for a "desktop" or the computing resources that the desktop occupies. The desktop itself is a consumption good..."

          IT News - Email
          What Is Secure Email, And Should You Switch?
          How-To Geek, March 11th, 2021
          Tim Brookes writes in How-To Geek, "Secure email is essentially regular email with a few security enhancements on top. The technology behind the scenes is ultimately the same, which means that you already know how to use a secure email provider. You still send messages to named addresses with an @ and a domain, and you still get plenty of spam.

          For that reason, anyone can call themselves a secure email provider. There's no dictionary definition, and most major email providers like Gmail and Outlook would also consider themselves 'secure' despite falling short of the mark..."

          Email Signature Templates: How To Create A Professional Email Sign-Off
          ITProPortal, March 10th, 2021
          "Creating an email signature template may seem like a headache best left with your IT department or your company's technical wizard," opines Katy Ward in ITProPortal, "but failing to pay adequate attention to this task could mean you miss a valuable marketing opportunity.

          For many customers, an email exchange will be the first interaction they have with your company. Although finding a reputable email service may be your top priority, you'll still need to pay careful attention to the design of your email signature..."

            IT News - DevOps
            5 Steps To Successful DevOps Culture
  , March 10th, 2021
            "Your people must be passionate and enthusiastic about executing business strategy, or it," opines Marc Hornbeek in, "and your business - is doomed to fail. But remember that company culture itself needs a strategy to complement the business.

            DevOps, too, will not succeed without the right culture. As I said in my book 'Engineering DevOps,' 'Culture is a door to Engineering DevOps,' because if leaders and people do not work in accordance with DevOps principles, then no tool or engineering process will be sufficient to succeed with DevOps. In my (and others') experience, culture challenges are the No. 1 obstacle that many organizations need to overcome to succeed with DevOps..."

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