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In my last article, I discussed threats that wreak havoc on data centers and why even relatively simple attacks can cause loads of issues for companies.

Today, the threats that organizations face are only increasing in severity and frequency.

During the first few months of 2017, mobile ransomware rose over 250 percent according to Kaspersky Lab. Just last week, GoldenEye, the new strain of the Petya ransomware, took the world by storm.These examples are proof that attacks are getting smarter, enterprises are leaving themselves vulnerable and threat actors are doing more damage than goodmdash;at least in some instances.
Itrsquo;s time to challenge conventional wisdom.

The traditional VM environment and reactive tactics, where anything on the VM requires constant monitoring, isnrsquo;t working anymore.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

A cloud in your datacenter? Azure Stack arrives

At last itrsquo;s here: After a prolonged gestation with three public previews, Microsoft has announced the release of Azure Stack. You can download the free Azure Stack Development Kit now.

Complete hardware and software solutions will ship in the next couple of months, when Microsoft completes certification.Bringing the public cloud to on-premises data centers was always going to be a big task, and Microsoft wonrsquo;t be delivering the entirety of Azure in this initial release.
In fact, donrsquo;t expect to ever see all of Azure in Azure Stack, as there are plenty of Azure features that rely on the scale of cloud.

That said, there is more than enough to start with, with support for core Azure IaaS and PaaS features. Other optional elements include Azurersquo;s App Service and its serverless Functions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Aricent’s Intelligent Switching Solution Scales for Mega Datacenters Supporting Marvell Prestera...

Aricentrsquo;s Intelligent Switching Solution delivers datacenter fabric architectures with Marvellrsquo;s Prestera 98CX84xx family of packet processors REDWOOD CITY, California — June 13, 2017 – Aricent, a global design and engineering company, and a leader in datacenter networking infrastructure announced its Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) Release 10.1 upgrade at Computex 2017 in Taipei, Taiwan last week.

The new release is designed to support web scale data centers that run thousands of servers and network port speeds... Source: RealWire

WP Engine Expands Global Footprint With New Amazon Web Services Data...

AWS Data Center Increases Availability, Performance, & Privacy Compliance for Growing Global Customer BaseLondon, UK – June 12, 2017 – WP Engine, the worldrsquo;s leading WordPress digital experience platform, today announced it is expanding its global footprint with new Amazon Web Services (AWS) data centre availability across North America for its 60,000+ customers. Recently named an Amazon Advanced Technology Partner, WP Engine offers a range of enterprise-grade, high resiliency, high availability solutions on the WordPress-optimised... Source: RealWire

CFOs have discovered the big stick of cloud computing

Guess what? Itrsquo;s not CIO or other leaders who are calling in the cloud consultants these days.
Itrsquo;s the CFOs who are picking up the phone. Thatrsquo;s logical if you think about it.

CFOs are charged with keeping the company financially healthy.

They are not happy about most IT expenses, and they have a deep-seated belief that IT is spending more money than it needs to.
So, the concept of cloud computing seems to be a hammer that the CFO can use to beat IT into being much more efficient. [ Working with data in the cloud requires new thinking.
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Although CIOs love to complain about the CFOrsquo;s constant harping over expenses, the reality is that IT got its way for a long time.
Indeed, many CEOs have confided in me that they felt that their IT shop was holding them hostage.
Irsquo;ve heard stories about IT stopping mergers due to that amount of work needed to integrate the systems.

And about building new data centers about every five years to deal with the growing need for data storage that reduces earnings per share, and causes CEOs some tense times at shareholder meetings.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Cloudflare changes abuse policy but refuses to “censor the Internet”

Network operator was criticized for forwarding abuse reports to racist sites.

Xen hypervisor faces third highly critical VM escape bug in 10...

The Xen Project has fixed three vulnerabilities in its widely used hypervisor that could allow operating systems running inside virtual machines to access the memory of the host systems, breaking the critical security layer among them.Two of the pat...

These new super fast Intel SSDs provide a bridge to Optane

If you can't afford Intel's super fast Optane SSDs but need a massive speed boost, the company's latest DC P4600 and DC P4500 SSDs may fill the need.The new SSDs are based on conventional 3D NAND and targeted at data centers.

The SSDs will be used i...

CenturyLink, Medina Capital Deal Closes with Launch of Cyxtera Technologies

CenturyLink's former data centers and colocation business were combined with Medina Capital's cybersecurity and analytics holdings to create new secure data center infrastructure firm.

Public clouds are calling to IT engineers — and their wallets

Less than one-fifth of enterprise IT assets are in the cloud, but it looks like more are on the way.One-third of data-center professionals and IT practitioners plan to deploy workloads in the cloud in the next year, according to a survey by the Uptime Institute, an advisory group focused on improving critical infrastructure.[ A developer’s guide: Get started with serverless computing. | Microsoft Azure Functions locks in on serverless computing. | Build ’em now! 5 uses for serverless frameworks. ]Companies still rely mostly on their own infrastructure and multi-tenant data centers, including collocation facilities, the survey found.
Sixty-five percent of IT assets are in-house, and only 13 percent in the cloud.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Google Cloud growth is outpacing the company’s ad business

Google is still an advertising company, but the tech titan’s cloud business is growing faster than its advertising revenue.

That’s one of the key take-aways from the company’s first quarter earnings report released Thursday.Google Cloud Platform is one of the fastest-growing lines of revenue across Alphabet, the parent company that includes Google and other businesses like self-driving car maker Waymo, company CFO Ruth Porat said on a conference call with analysts.

That growth is driven in part by a change in the way companies are working with Google Cloud.[ Download the public cloud megaguide PDF: Amazon, Microsoft, Google, IBM, and Joyent compared. | Stay up on the cloud with InfoWorld's Cloud Computing Report newsletter. ]“Over the last several months, we have noticed a change in the types of conversations that Diane [Greene] and her team are having with customers,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said. “Increasingly, we are being asked to partner for mission-critical projects and full migrations, moving data from on-prem data centers to the cloud. We are seeing a meaningful shift, and this momentum is resulting in a fast-growing business.”To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Intel scraps annual IDF event as it looks beyond PCs

After 20 years, Intel is scrapping its marquee annual Intel Developer Forum event, where tech enthusiasts gathered to load up on the chipmaker's news and technologies.IDF started off in 1997 as a small event in Palm Springs, California.

The show was later moved to San Francisco and vastly expanded during a boom in the PC market.[ Get the scoop on the internet of things at its most fundamental level and find out where it's headed, in InfoWorld's downloadable PDF and ePub. | Pick up the latest insight on the tech news that matters from InfoWorld's Tech Watch blog. ]But with the PC market slowing down, the attraction of IDF has also dwindled.
Intel's future isn't tied to PCs but instead to areas like data centers, autonomous cars, modems, the internet of things, and manufacturing. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here