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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