HYBRID CLOUD

HYBRID CLOUD Now that major enterprises have gotten their feet wet with smaller cloud projects, they’re beginning to focus on migrating large, critical legacy workloads. That’s the take from Stephen Orban, head of enterprise strategy at Amazon Web Services (AWS). In an interview with Computerworld at the annual AWS re:Invent conference here this week, Orban said the next wave of cloud computing could be focused strategically on legacy migration. And while it’s always tougher – and riskier — to move big, mission-critical workloads and services, at least IT departments have…

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CLOUD STORAGE

CLOUD STORAGE For the case of cloud storage Users who need to make sure they can get access to files stored in Dropbox while they’re on the go and away from the web have a new feature to help with that. The company announced Tuesday that users of its mobile apps will soon be able to save files locally for use offline. It’s a move by the cloud storage company to better compete with the other players in this space,  and provide users with functionality that will help them be…

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CLOUD SECURITY

CLOUD SECURITY ABOUT CLOUD SECURITY Earlier this year I switched to Android from iPhone and from Verizon to Google’s Project Fi. My blog post about the experience generated a vigorous discussion comparing Google’s privacy guarantees to Apple’s. The summary of the argument presented to me is that Apple is in the business of hardware and has no interest in monetizing data. By contrast, Google is a “big data company” and it does monetize data. Android, by its nature, may be more vulnerable to malware than iOS. Switching from iPhone to…

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CLOUD COMPUTING

CLOUD COMPUTING ABOUT CLOUD COMPUTING As IT organizations adopt an increasingly complex infrastructure, and an increasing number of diverse applications, they also increase the number of remote administrators accessing their environment. Unfortunately, IT may not always have complete control over and visibility into all its remote admin accounts. If an organization does not have a trusted identity management solution in place to verify these 3rd party insiders, the risk of insider threats to their Windows Servers increases. The Windows Server environment is vulnerable to three common insider threats – but…

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VIRTUALIZATION

VIRTUALIZATION ABOUT VIRTUALIZATION VMware has released a hotfix for vSphere Data Protection (VDP) to change a hard-coded SSH key that could allow remote attackers to gain root access to the virtual appliance (Virtualization). VDP is a disk-based backup and recovery product that runs as an open virtual appliance (OVA). It integrates with the VMware vCenter Server and provides centralized management of backup jobs for up to 100 virtual machines. According to a VMware support article, the vSphere Data Protection (VDP) appliance contains a static SSH private key with a known…

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SUSTAINABLE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

SUSTAINABLE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY In Sustainable Information Technology, unsubsidized solar power costs are beginning to outperform coal and natural gas and new solar energy projects in emerging markets cost less to build than wind turbines, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). The study, which includes the average cost of new wind and solar from 58 emerging-market economies, including China, India, and Brazil, determined that even though the cost of solar had been expected to eventually fall below wind, steeper price declines spurred that to happen far…

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DISASTER RECOVERY

Whether the disaster is a flood, a power outage or human error, IT departments have the critical role of getting business systems working again. And that requires reliable disaster-recovery software. Four of the top disaster-recovery (DR) software suites are Veeam Backup, Altaro VM Backup, Zerto Virtual Replication and VMware’s Site Recovery Manager (SRM), according to reviews written by users in the IT Central Station community. But what do enterprise users really think about these tools? Here, users give a shout-out for some of their favorite features, but also give the…

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DATA STORAGE

 DATA STORAGE ABOUT DATA STORAGE Western Digital’s SanDisk division today announced it’s shipping its fastest USB flash drive ever — the 256GB SanDisk Extreme PRO USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive. The new drive sports data read speeds of up to 420MBps and write speeds of 380MBps, which are close to internal solid-state drive (SSD) speeds. The company said a user could transfer a full-length, 4K movie to the drive in less than 15 seconds using a USB 3.1 computer port. With a price tag of $180 ($1.42 per gigabyte),…

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3D PRINTING

3D PRINTING MakerBot has fixed some major issues and upgraded some key aspects of its technology with the latest version of its flagship desktop 3D printer, the Replicator+. The company claims the MakerBot Replicator+ prints 30% faster than its predecessor and that it has a 25% larger build volume — an area of 11.6-in. x 7.6-in x 6.5-in. The machine’s gantry and z-stage rails, on which the print head moves back and forth and side to side, were also redesigned for greater precision and reliability, according to MakerBot. The Replicator+’s gantry…

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CAR TECH

CAR TECH Intel has announced Intel GO In-Vehicle Development Platforms for Automated Driving, which is specifically tailored for the self-driving technology market in that it’s highly scalable and designed to meet the high compute demands of the fully autonomous driving industry.Credit: Intel BMW Group, Intel and computer vision maker Mobileye today announced they will collaborate to create a fleet of about 40 autonomous BMW vehicles that will hit U.S. and European roads by the second half of 2017. The pilot project is aimed at demonstrating advances the three companies have…

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