Author: Hoofer

August 29, 2010 Off

IBM X-Force Report says security threats have reached record levels

By Hoofer
Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: David Heath.

"Threat dynamics continue to multiply and evolve at a furious pace, making it more crucial than ever to look at unfolding trends so we can better prepare our clients for the future," said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions. "This year’s X-Force report reveals that although threats are on the rise, the industry as a whole is getting much more vigilant about reporting vulnerabilities. This underscores the increased focus among our clients to continue looking for security solutions that help them better manage risk and ensure their IT infrastructure is secure by design." 

August 28, 2010 Off

Egenera’s PAN Manager Software Now Verified as ‘Citrix Ready’

By Hoofer
Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author:  Editorial Staff.

Egenera Inc.’s PAN Manager Software has been verified as Citrix Ready. The software developer’s product underwent a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix XenServer as part of the Citrix Ready Program from Citrix.

According to Citrix, the Citrix Ready Program “identifies verified solutions that are trusted to enhance virtualization, networking, and cloud computing solutions from Citrix, including Citrix XenDesktop, XenApp, XenServer, NetScaler, and GoToMeeting.

August 28, 2010 Off

The Cloud and Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity

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Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Carl Weinschenk.

The cloud may be the best thing that has happened for disaster recovery/business continuity (DR/BR) for small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs).

Employ a carefully defined risk analysis of IT systems and procedures before deciding which cloud technology and service is best for your organization.

August 27, 2010 Off

Log Management Comes to the Cloud

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Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Managing logs is essentially the digital equivalent of taking of the trash. Nobody wants to do it, but if it doesn’t get done all kinds of stinky things can happen.

August 27, 2010 Off

Dell and HP escalate 3Par bidding war further

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Grazed from BBC.  Author: Editorial Staff.

In the latest twist, Dell agreed to match an increased $1.8bn (£1.2bn) total bid, or $27 per share, made by HP on Thursday.

But only hours later, HP again raised the stakes, saying it was now willing to pay $2bn in cash, or $30 per share.

Dell already has an agreement with 3Par that makes it the preferred bidder, so long as it matches any rival bids.

Before HP made its latest bid known, 3Par confirmed that as things stood, its board would recommend Dell to shareholders.

3Par’s share price jumped nearly 10% in early New York trading on the latest news, to over $31.

This means the company’s price has more than tripled in the last two weeks.

August 27, 2010 Off

Qwest brings cloud-based application recovery to SMBs

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Grazed from FierceTelecom.  Author:  Sean Buckley.

With the launch of its Real-Time Application Recovery service, Qwest (NYSE: Q) wants to give SMBs the same access to its cloud computing capabilities that are currently offered to its large business customers.

August 27, 2010 Off

MYOB cloud/desktop model will provide opportunities for developers

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Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

One of the biggest problems with the hybrid desktop/cloud model being adopted by MYOB is dealing with any conflicts that arise when at least one user is working in offline mode. For some aspects of the software, the issue is no big deal, but for others it is a crucial consideration.

For example, it is easy to reconcile a situation where two people have created a contact record for the same new customer. But how can you tell if a disconnected user has just paid a particular invoice? And how can you ensure that invoices are issued with strictly sequential numbers?

August 26, 2010 Off

HP Sharpens Private Cloud Claws

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Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

In a bid to show it hasn’t fallen behind the pack when it comes to cloud computing, HP (NYSE:HPQ) this week revealed plans to launch a set of self-assessment tools for customers to determine their cloud readiness. The tech giant also amassed a crew of cloud advisors to help shape its cloud plan of attack.