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Exploring /run on Linux

If you haven’t been paying close attention, you might not have noticed a small but significant change in how Linux systems work with respect to runtime data. A re-arrangement of how and where it’s accessible in the file system started taking hold about eight years ago. And while this change might not have been big enough of a splash to wet your socks, it provides some additional consistency in ...

Survey: Data-center staffing shortage remains challenging

It’s getting harder to find people to design, build and manage data centers. The sector is facing a staffing crisis, says Andy Lawrence, executive director of research at Uptime Institute, which just released its annual data-center survey . “We all know that that the data-center skills shortage is real. I think what we’re seeing in this data is that it’s getting a little worse,” Lawrence says. ...

VMware eyes Avi Networks for data-center software

VMware punched up its data-center network virtualization capabilities by announcing it would buy Avi Networks load balancing , analytics and application-delivery technology for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 2012 by a group of Cisco engineers and executives, Avi offers a variety of software-defined products and services including a software-based application delivery controller (ADC) and int...

Report: Mirai tries to hook its tentacles into SD-WAN

Mirai – the software that has hijacked hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices to launch massive DDoS attacks – now goes beyond recruiting just IoT products; it also includes code that seeks to exploit a vulnerability in corporate SD-WAN gear. That specific equipment – VMware’s SDX line of SD-WAN appliances – now has an updated software version that fixes the vulnerability, but by t...

Western Digital launches open-source zettabyte storage initiative

Western Digital has announced a project called the Zoned Storage initiative that leverages new technology to create more efficient zettabyte-scale data storage for data centers by improving how data is organized when it is stored. As part of this, the company also launched a developer site that will host open-source, standards-based tools and other resources. The Zoned Storage architecture is d...

How to send email from the Linux command line

There are several ways to send email from the Linux command line. Some are very simple and others more complicated, but offer some very useful features. The choice depends on what you want to do -– whether you want to get a quick message off to a co-worker or send a more complicated message with an attachment to a large group of people. Here's a look at some of the options: mail The easiest way...

Oracle updates Exadata at long last with AI and machine learning abilities

After a rather long period of silence , Oracle announced an update to its server line, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X8, which features hardware and software enhancements that include artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities, as well as support for hybrid cloud. Oracle acquired a hardware business nine years ago with the purchase of Sun Microsystems. It steadily whit...

Data centers should sell spare UPS capacity to the grid

The energy storage capacity in uninterruptable power supply (UPS) batteries, languishing often dormant in data centers, could provide new revenue streams for those data centers, says Eaton, a major electrical power management company. Excess, grid-generated power, created during times of low demand, should be stored on the now-proliferating lithium-backup power systems strewn worldwide in data ...

When to use 5G, when to use Wi-Fi 6

We have seen hype about whether 5G cellular or Wi-Fi 6 will win in the enterprise, but the reality is that the two are largely complementary with an overlap for some use cases, which will make for an interesting competitive environment through the early 2020s. The potential for 5G in enterprises The promise of 5G for enterprise users is higher speed connectivity with lower latency. Cellular tec...

Dell and Cisco extend VxBlock integration with new features

Just two months ago Dell EMC and Cisco renewed their converged infrastructure vows, and now the two have taken another step in the alliance. At this year’s at Cisco Live event taking place in San Diego, the two announced plans to expand VxBlock 1000 integration across servers, networking, storage, and data protection. This is done through support of NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF), which allows ent...

IDG Contributor Network: Software Defined Perimeter (SDP): Creating a new network perimeter

Networks were initially designed to create internal segments that were separated from the external world by using a fixed perimeter. The internal network was deemed trustworthy, whereas the external was considered hostile. However, this is still the foundation for most networking professionals even though a lot has changed since the inception of the design. More often than not the fixed perimet...

Cisco offers cloud-based security for SD-WAN resources

SAN DIEGO— As many companies look to SD-WAN technology to reduce costs, improve connectivity and streamline branch office access, one of the key requirements will be solid security technologies to protect corporate resources. At its Cisco Live customer event here this week, the company took aim at that need by telling customers it added support for the its cloud-based security gateway – known a...

IoT security vs. privacy: Which is a bigger issue?

If you follow the news surrounding the internet of things (IoT), you know that security issues have long been a key concern for IoT consumers, enterprises, and vendors. Those issues are very real, but I’m becoming increasingly convinced that related but fundamentally different privacy vulnerabilities may well be an even bigger threat to the success of the IoT. In June alone, we’ve seen a flood ...

Huawei may get a 2-year reprieve on Trump ban

While President Trump wants to ban sales of Huawei networking gear in the U.S., the acting head of the Office of Management and Budget recommends putting that action off for two years because it would place too great a burden on U.S. companies supplying Huawei and using its equipment. If the ban goes through it will put the squeeze on the Chinese vendor, and the U.S. action could influence its ...

Uptick in cloud repatriation fuels rise of hybrid cloud

Cloud computing gained popularity for its ease-of-deployment and flexible resource consumption, and while that works for many critical applications, it is not a panacea for every app an enterprise supports. That’s why as cloud adoption continues to rise, some companies are opting to bring workloads back on-premise in certain scenarios. To read this article in full, please click here (Insider St...
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