ICYMI: Dynamic Digest Week of 10/19

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Welcome to the Dynamic Digest, a weekly recap of the latest news happening in our industry. Want the pulse of what’s going on in enterprise software and analytics, performance management, cloud computing, data, and other like topics? We got you covered!

This week in the world of technology, Facebook launched a website to increase diversity in tech, Microsoft and Dell expanded its partnership, Red Hat acquired startup Ansible, and WikiLeaks released CIA Director’s personal information.

Facebook Plans Coding Site – The Wall Street Journal, October 21

When asked what you want to be when you grow up, a computer programmer may be the least common answer. Facebook, however, is looking to change that. Just this week, the social giant launched TechPrep, a new initiative and website in collaboration with McKinsey & Company, aimed at parents and guardians to better educate and encourage careers in computer programming among adults and their children. Facebook is using its social network to target individuals based on their location and interests. The TechPrep website offers resources, tutorials, videos, games, events, and highlights career paths, and is particularly geared toward women and people of color – two groups underrepresented in the computer programming field.

Key takeaway: The TechPrep website is designed to act as a resource center to learn about computer programming and potential career opportunities for parents and young adults. The site is designed to ultimately increase diversity in the tech workplace and boost the number of programmers in the future (which is supposed to reach 1 million by 2020). Do you think people will utilize this resource and be encouraged to look into programming careers? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!

Microsoft and Dell extend partnership, launch Cloud Platform System Standard – VentureBeat, October 21

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a “cloud-in-a-box”! This week, Microsoft and Dell deepened its existing partnership by announcing its new Dell Hybrid Cloud System for Microsoft. The new product, targeted for cloud-hybrid customers, combines Microsoft’s cloud software and Dell’s infrastructure into an integrated box. The hybrid is designed to make it easier for companies to transition to the cloud, but at a smaller scale (and lower price) than its premium product. The announcement comes a year after Microsoft and Dell first jointly launched the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, its premium “cloud in a box” product.

Key takeaway: Businesses will have access to an on-premise private cloud and the ability to connect to Microsoft’s Azure public cloud. The two tech companies claim that their key differentiator is that the system runs on essentially the same software stack that Microsoft uses in its public cloud, allowing the private and public clouds to work together easily. However, companies such as Oracle are claiming their system does the same thing. As the hybrid cloud space continues to heat up, it will be interesting to see who takes the number one spot.

WikiLeaks publishes CIA chief’s personal info – CNN, October 21

Another day, another leak. On Wednesday, WikiLeaks released private information from CIA Director John Brennan’s person email account. The content posted were not actual emails, but rather documents derived from Brennan’s account. While the documents did not contain any classified material (yet), personally identifiable information about Brennan and his family were compromised, including his SFS8 form, Social Security numbers, passport numbers, addresses. Other documents included interrogation methods, an intelligence policy paper, and more.

Key takeaway: While Brennan’s email dump contains no major bombshells, this may only be the first round of leaks. WikiLeaks announced via Twitter it would continue its “John Brennan email series,” but it is unclear when additional documents will be released. The source remains unclear, but it has been reported that “Crackas With Attitude” or CWA, a group of teenage hackers are behind it. This isn’t the first time the government has been hacked, and the fact that a teenager may be behind it makes it that much more disturbing.

Updated: A second round of leaks has been released (see here).

Red Hat Is Buying IT Automation Startup Ansible, For $150M – TechCrunch, October 16

This past week, open source leader Red Hat acquired Ansible, an IT automation solution designed to simplify and monitor the way IT departments manage its on-premise systems, applications, and cloud solutions. The cost of the acquisition has yet to be confirmed by Red Hat but is rumored to be close to $150 million. Ansible’s IT automation and DevOps technology will become integrated into Red Hat’s already existing IT tools, OpenStack and containers. Combining Red Hat’s current management portfolio with Ansible’s automation proficiency will allow for customers to easily deploy and manage applications on private and public clouds. 

Key takeaway: Red Hat is working to enhance its DevOps program and Ansible has the resources to do just that. Integrating its technology will help IT departments reduce the complexities of deploying code and may attract enterprises that were previously reluctant to take advantage of cloud environments due to lack of technical expertise. According to Joe Fitzgerald, Red Hat’s vice president of management, this acquisition is “a significant step forward in our goal of creating frictionless IT.”

We hope you enjoyed this week’s Dynamic Digest weekly roundup! Have a suggestion or preferred topic you would like to see next week? Tweet at us or leave a comment below!


Brooke Bonime

Brooke Bonime

Brooke is a part of the AppDynamics marketing team. A Seattle native and University of Oregon graduate,Brooke is passionate about writing, traveling, cooking, music and social justice. Connect with her on Twitter @BrookeBonime.

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