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Hyperscalers Get Back to Spending on Data Centers

Hyperscalers Get Back to Spending on Data Centers

December 9, 2019

After six-month lull, CapEx jumps to $31 billion in Q3, Synergy Research says

Hyperscale data center operators like Amazon, Google, and Microsoft are beginning to spend money again, according to analysts with Synergy Research Group, which is good news to vendors and channel players that have a stake in data center hardware or the cloud.

The top five spenders in the third quarter were Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Apple, and with the exception of Apple, the other four saw significant year-over-year jumps in CapEx spending, according to Synergy Research. The other top hyperscale spenders were IBM, JD.com, Oracle, and Chinese companies Alibaba, Tencent, and Baidu.

The data was based on an analysis of both the CapEx and data center footprint of 20 of the world’s top cloud and Internet service providers, including the largest players in search, social networking, e-commerce, and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

MSP360 Rolls Out iOS, macOS Cloud Backup Tools for MSPs

MSP360 Rolls Out iOS, macOS Cloud Backup Tools for MSPs

December 9, 2019

New releases of Remote Assistant for MSPs focus on Apple operating systems

Cloud-based backup company MSP360 is giving MSPs tools to remotely support their customers from computers running Apple macOS systems and mobile devices powered by the tech giant’s iOS or iPadOS operating systems.

>Remote Assistant for macOS: Provides authentication via PIN or encryption key, supports the meeting feature in macOS, provides basic chat functionality – including real-time chats through text and voice – and protects data transmissions via public key encryption.

>Remote Assistant for iOS: Delivers an easy and secure (through encryption) remote-control tool of any iOS or iPadOS device, enables participation in meeting while working remotely, offer background voice-over-IO (VoIP) capabilities to let users chat using voice rather than text and text chat if users can’t talk.

AWS Makes Push into Hybrid Clouds

AWS Makes Push into Hybrid Clouds

December 6, 2019

Cloud provider says Outposts appliances generally available, launches Local Zones

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the largest public cloud services provider in the world, is taking steps to make it easier for organizations to continue to run workloads in or near their own data centers while keeping a fast connect into the cloud.

>Outposts: The company last year announced plans to sell data center appliances outfitted with AWS services that would be installed in customer data centers and connect directly to their AWS environments, addressing the growing trend among enterprises toward hybrid cloud environments. Now Outposts – which can run such services as Elastic Container Service (ECS), Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS), and Relational Database Service (RDS) – are generally available, with systems for VMware Cloud on AWS coming next year. AWS will use internal teams to install Outposts in customer data centers, though as demand grows, the company may also turn to systems integrators.

>Local Zones: AWS is deploying its compute, storage, database, and other services in places close to customers that need single-digit millisecond latency for their applications and services and that also want to continue easily connect back to the rest of their workloads running in AWS regions. The company opened the first Local Zone in Los Angeles with plans to create more in other areas in the future.

>5G: AWS is partnering with Verizon to leverage 5G connectivity to connect the cloud more closely with mobile and connected devices at the edge in another nod to the need of enterprises for fast connectivity between their data centers, cloud environments, and the edge of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network. Verizon will use AWS’s new Wavelength service, which is designed to enable developers to deploy AWS-based applications that need very low latency to mobile devices using 5G. Verizon will create small data centers that run AWS services near where it has 5G, enabling data at the edge to be processed more quickly. AWS expects to enter into similar partnerships with other carriers in the future.

“In many industries, customers live in a hybrid world and they need insights and answers across their on-premises and cloud environments to simplify complexity and to accelerate their digital transformation,” said Steve Pace, senior vice president of global sales at Dynatrace. “With the launch of AWS Outposts, organizations have a seamless hybrid experience in how they build, operate, and manage their application workloads across cloud and on-premises environments. Like AWS Outposts, the Dynatrace software intelligence platform, powered by an explainable AI [artificial intelligence] engine, was purpose-built to support hybrid environments in a single platform and provide the same observability, automation, and intelligence regardless of the customer’s deployment model. Dynatrace’s software intelligence platform has been vetted and tested in close collaboration with AWS, to provide a seamless and frictionless experience for our joint hybrid cloud customers.”

“As we continue to modernize our data collection and software, we want to create containerized hybrid infrastructure and easily deploy using AWS services,” Morningstar CTO James Rhodes said. “With AWS Outposts, we can build once and run application on-premises and easily migrate our applications to an AWS Region where possible. Ultimately, this allows us to accelerate the adoption of cloud technologies within our development teams, keep up with accelerating business and customer needs, and support our long-term journey to the cloud.”

“Customers are excited about AWS Outposts because it gives them on-premises access to AWS compute, storage, and database with the same APIs, control plane, tools, and hardware as they get in AWS Regions. But, for some of our customers, they either don’t have an on-premises data center or want to get rid of their local data center, but still have a need for some of their workloads to run locally given latency requirements,” said Peter DeSantis, vice president of AWS Global Infrastructure. “AWS Local Zones solve this problem for customers. They allow customers to avoid having local data centers, let them run the workloads in the Local Zone that needs to have single-digit latency to end-users locally, and make it easy for these workloads to seamlessly connect with the rest of their applications running in AWS Regions.”

“We are first in the world to launch Mobile Edge Compute – deeply integrating Verizon’s 5G Edge platform with Wavelength to allow developers to build new categories of applications and network cloud experiences built in ways we can’t even imagine yet,” said Hans Vestberg, CEO and chairman of Verizon. “Bringing together the full capabilities of Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband and AWS, the world’s leading cloud with the broadest and deepest services portfolio, we unlock the full potential of our 5G services for customers to create applications and solutions with the fastest speeds, improved security, and ultra-low latency.”

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Deepfakes, Ransomware Top Threats for 2020: McAfee

Deepfakes, Ransomware Top Threats for 2020: McAfee

December 5, 2019

Growth of AI making it easier for bad actors to create realistic fake videos, images

Threat actors and nation-states worldwide, leveraging advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, will continue using deepfake video in 2020 for disinformation campaigns and to bypass facial recognition systems, according cybersecurity firm McAfee.

According to McAfee, the top security threats next year will include:

>Deepfake technologies for everyone: Nation-states can use deepfake videos or images to sow discontent in countries and manipulate elections or a cybercriminal can create one showing a CEO saying something that could impact a company’s stock price. Increasingly easy-to-use techniques now make it easier for less-skilled actors to create deepfake content, which will lead to an increase in the amount of misinformation.

>Deepfakes and facial recognition: AI has been a boon for facial recognition technologies, enabling systems to quickly scan and identify large numbers of faces in almost real-time. However, AI also is fueling techniques for creating deepfakes. McAfee predicts that bad actors will being generating and using deepfakes to bypass facial recognitions systems, forcing organizations to understand the risks that biometric systems like facial recognition present and harden their systems.

>Ransomware grows into two stages: In typical ransomware campaigns, cyber-criminals essentially capture and encrypt a company’s data and then demand payment before giving the decryption key. Next year, ransomware campaigns will grow into two-stage attacks. Before the initial ransomware attack, the bad actors will exfiltrate a corporation’s sensitive data and then launch the first stage of the campaign, demanding payment from victims to get their files back. In the second stage, the attackers will target the same victims, either by selling the stolen data online or to again extort the company with the threat of disclosing the data.

>APIs as the weak link: APIs will continue to grow in importance in a world of clouds, microservices, and the Internet of Things (IoT). However, API security is not as strong as other application security components and cyber-criminals are increasingly targeting them as an easy avenue to sensitive data. Organizations need to better understand their cloud service APIs, implement policy-based authorization, and embrace user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) tools.

>DevSecOps and containers: As the use of containers by developers continues to grow, so does the challenge of pre-emptive and continuous detection of vulnerabilities in the applications and infrastructure-as-code (IAC) configuration errors. The need to run risk assessment when the code is built and before deployment will fuel the rise of DevSecOps models.

“For 2020, we predict the targeted penetration of corporate networks will continue to grow and ultimately give way to two-stage extortion attacks,” wrote John Fokker, head of cyber investigations for McAfee Advanced Threat Research. “In the first stage cybercriminals will deliver a crippling ransomware attack, extorting victims to get their files back. In the second stage criminals will target the recovering ransomware victims again with an extortion attack, but this time they will threaten to disclose the sensitive data stolen before the ransomware attack.”

“Threat actors are following the growing number of organizations using API-enabled apps because APIs continue to be an easy – and vulnerable – means to access a treasure trove of sensitive data,” Vice President and McAfee Fellow Sekhar Sarukkai wrote. “Despite the fallout of large-scale breaches and ongoing threats, APIs often still reside outside of the application security infrastructure and are ignored by security processes and teams. Vulnerabilities will continue to include broken authorization and authentication functions, excessive data exposure, and a failure to focus on rate limiting and resource limiting attacks. Insecure consumption-based APIs without strict rate limits are among the most vulnerable.”

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Dell Creates Combined Sales, Channel Business

Dell Creates Combined Sales, Channel Business

December 3, 2019

Sales executive Bill Scannell will take over the consolidated group in wake of Marius Haas’ departure

Dell Technologies is making executive changes that will include increasing Bill Scannell’s responsibilities to include overseeing the giant tech vendor’s commercial and partner sales as head of the company’s new converged sales organization that will include channel sales.

Partners generated $49 billion in orders for Dell last year and company officials earlier this year said the goal is to increase that to $70 billion.

Nutanix: Enterprises Embracing Hybrid Clouds

Nutanix: Enterprises Embracing Hybrid Clouds

December 2, 2019

Study finds more organizations migrating applications from clouds back to on premises

Hybrid clouds are the future, with more enterprises moving some workloads back on premises from the public cloud and planning to shift more of their investments to hybrid cloud infrastructures, according to a recent report from Nutanix.

The key findings in the report include:

>Bringing applications back on premises: 73% of survey respondents said they are moving some applications from public clouds, with 22% saying they are moving five or more applications. In addition, 95% said it is essential or desirable to be able to easily move applications between clouds.

>Security is the top factor: 60% of respondents said their future cloud deployments would most significantly be impacted by the state of security among clouds. Data security and compliance, at 26%, was the top factor for enterprises when deciding where to run a workload.

>Hybrid clouds are most secure: 28% said the hybrid cloud model was the most secure of their IT operating model options, compared with 21% who said an on-premises private cloud model was best. Only 13% said private data centers were most secure. Nutanix said on reason for these numbers may be that with the cloud, enterprises can pick the right cloud environment for their security needs.

>Not everyone is in the cloud: 23.5% of enterprises aren’t using any cloud technologies right now. However, the percentage of those with no cloud deployments will drop to 6.5% within a year and to 3% in two years, based on plans laid out by survey respondents.

>Mixing cloud and digital transformation: 72% of respondents said their push for digital transformation was informing their cloud efforts and 64% said digital transformation was their top business priority.

“Cloud computing has become an integral part of business strategy, but it has introduced several challenges along with it,” said Ashish Nadkarni, group vice president of infrastructure systems, platforms, and technologies at IDC. “These include security and application performance concerns and high cost. As the 2019 Enterprise Cloud Index report demonstrates, hybrid cloud will continue to be the best option for enterprises, enabling them to securely meet modernization and agility requirements for workloads.”

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Virtualizor 3.0.1 Launched (patch 6) (Stable)


The Virtualizor Team has released Virtualizor (Stable)
In this version we have introduced some bug fixes and improvements. Here is the complete change list:

[Bugfix] If the VM was created with multiple disks and using QCOW2
storage, at that time Virtualizor was giving error while editing the VM.
This was happening on the servers where qemu version was greater than
2.0. This is fixed.

Click on the following link for complete list of change :

Virtualizor 3.0.1 Launched

Virtualizor Team

Digital Print Efforts Slowed by Conflicting Views of Future

Digital Print Efforts Slowed by Conflicting Views of Future

November 27, 2019

Study: Office workers envision a more mobile, digital workplace than IT pros

There is a growing disconnect between an increasingly mobile workforce that envision a more digital future for their companies around collaboration and IT decision makers that continue to see a workplace that is reliant on traditional technologies like printers, according to a new study released this week by research firm Quocirca.

>Importance of paper: 65% of IT decision makers say paper will continue to be an important part o the workplace in 2025, but only 36% of office workers feel the same way.

>Investments: 62% of office workers say digital collaboration tools should be an investment priority, compared with 45% of IT decision makers.

>Print vendors: 58% of all people surveyed said print vendors need to be closer partners with both IT decision makers and lines-of-business.

>Digitization and paper: 49% said digitization of paper-based processes will be very important to digital transformation initiatives by 2025. 25% said it is today.

>The environment: The top challenge associated with the print segment at enterprises is reducing its environment impact.

Like other parts of the IT industry, the printer segment needs to adopt a more service-oriented focus and become more significant players in the larger tech discussions at enterprises, enabling them to influence IT decision makers, according to the study.

Dell Exploring Sale of RSA Security: Report

Dell Exploring Sale of RSA Security: Report

November 27, 2019

Company could ask for $1 billion for the cybersecurity business

Dell Technologies may be looking to sell its RSA Security unit for as much as $1 billion, according to Bloomberg News.

RSA offers a broad range of cybersecurity products designed to help enterprises detect and respond to advanced cyber-attacks. Also in the portfolio are tools for managing identities and reducing threats like IP theft and fraud.

Bloomberg noted that from the outside RSA – which also conducts a large annual security conference – is seeing strong competition from the likes of Okta and Ping Identity. At the same time, Dell and its companies continue to grow their own security capabilities, such as VMware’s acquisition of Carbon Black this year for $2.1 billion. Dell also owns security firm SecureWorks.

On its website, RSA notes that it protects about 30,000 businesses and about 2 billion customers. It also manages more than 50 million identities.

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Palo Alto Adds to Cloud Security Suite with Aporeto

Palo Alto Adds to Cloud Security Suite with Aporeto

November 27, 2019

Company building out Prisma portfolio through acquisitions

Palo Alto Networks is bulking up its cloud security capabilities with the planned acquisition of Aporeto, a four-year-old company whose product portfolio includes a distributed firewall, cloud-based privileged access management (PAM) and an identity-aware proxy.

There also is Prisma SaaS to protect Software-as-a-Service applications and VM-Series next-generation firewalls. Aporeto will add such capabilities as network microsegmentation, PAM for cloud resources and infrastructure, and Kubernetes for container orchestration.

“We have dedicated ourselves to helping organizations securely embrace the cloud,” Aporeto co-founder and CTO Dimitri Stiliadis said. “Teaming up with Palo Alto Networks allows us to bring our machine identity-based microsegmentation technology to a large customer base. We are thrilled to join forces to help customers secure their journey to the cloud.”

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