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Monday, 17 August 2015 00:00

Cybersecurity: Fix It or Die?

Two of the largest hacking conferences, Black Hat and DEF CON, highlighted some of the scariest vulnerabilities in cyberattacks today. From hacking a Wi-Fi connected rifle, a Tesla electric car, a Brinks safe and an electric skateboard, there seemed no end to the demonstrations of what a hacker can do.

From unlocking cars and opening garages to hacking a satellite, the breach demonstrations made a clear point about cyberattacks: They are very real and can be very dangerous.

Although content database hacking is still of concern, as seen shown by the Pentagon's recent hacking of nonclassified emails, there seems to be a more dangerous and lethal capability now being demonstrated in our increasingly device-connected world. Gartner projects 25 billion connected vehicles will be in use by 2020, and a recent HP study shows that more than 70 percent of Internet of Things (IoT) devices have vulnerabilities that can be exploited.



What's a lifeline service? In the telecom industry, we used to say landline voice was such a service, but that's certainly no longer the case. Mobile or broadband Internet? To many people, those services seem like lifelines.

What about electricity, nuclear power, other forms of energy like oil and gas? Or transportation systems -- highways, railways and airline networks? And don't forget public safety -- everything from the local first responders to national homeland security and border management. There's little argument that all of the above are lifeline services as much as any telecom service is.

Yet, despite the extreme importance of these services, some of the world's critical infrastructure for enabling these lifeline services could be at risk for potentially devastating cyber security attacks. We aren't necessarily talking about hacker schemes targeting the IT systems of the companies operating this infrastructure the way Target and Sony have suffered embarrassing breaches.



Industry Leader in All-Flash Arrays and Hybrid Storage Drives Innovation to Help Customers Meet Challenges and Demands of Today's Business Environments
NORCROSS, Ga. – StorTrends®, the data storage division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) and an industry leader in all-flash arrays (AFA), hybrid storage, and spinning disk solutions, today announced that it has been granted three U.S. Patents as the company continues to establish a new era of performance storage with proven value. The patents set the highest standard to date for how companies can meet the requirements of the most performance-intensive applications, at the most affordable price-point in the industry.
AMI was granted U.S. Patent No. 8,954,339 on Data Deduplication for Information Storage Systems, which was filed on April 18, 2012. This awarded patent covers the means to have deduplication run at optimal and efficient space-saving levels. Specifically, it optimizes the amount of system RAM space used in the system to reduce (or dedupe) terabytes worth of data without affecting performance. In terms of customer benefit, this greatly reduces the amount of SSD capacity that a company is required to purchase within the SAN while also delivering the lowest latency in the industry to significantly increase value and response times within an IT environment.
"Deduplication and compression have become critical features for all-flash storage arrays," said Sukha Ghosh, Vice President of Engineering for the StorTrends Data Storage Division. "Without deduplication and compression, the SSDs are too small from a capacity perspective, and they are still too expensive to scale out for many customers. StorTrends has worked extremely hard to implement the industry's best deduplication and compression engine within StorTrends' All-Flash Array family."
AMI was granted the second patent - U.S. Patent No. 8,812,811 on Data Migration between Multiple Tiers in a Storage System - which was filed on August 10, 2012. This awarded patent covers the means that StorTrends utilizes to efficiently analyze blocks of data and move the individual blocks among different tiers of storage. Customers lower their costs significantly from StorTrends taking the highly accessed blocks of data in the environment and putting only those blocks into the expensive drive SSD tiers, while the less frequently accessed blocks occupy only the lower, less expensive tier of the storage array.
"Data tiering has been around for many years and there are several ways to migrate data between different storage tiers. The new patented process is an important advancement for both the StorTrends Hybrid Array and the StorTrends All-Flash Array. This patented process has been designed to intelligently watch and track blocks of data, and it can even predict when data blocks need to be moved into or out of the hot tier based on access patterns," said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends Data Storage Division. "This very unique and efficient algorithm can also be further fine-tuned by the customer for faster promotion and demotion of the blocks of data based on the customer's specific data loads and data type, providing for true quality of service."
AMI was granted the third patent-Patent No. 8,711,851 on Multi-Protocol Data Transfers - which was filed on July 18, 2008. This patent covers the means that StorTrends uses to maximize the reliability of transmission control protocol and the performance of user datagram protocol to ensure that StorTrends' replication is the fastest in the industry. This decreases replication management and increases the possible recovery point objective (RPO) for a customer by giving more available bandwidth for the blocks that need to go to their disaster recovery (DR) location. StorTrends also incorporates periodicity, which allows the customer to set the priority bandwidth for the replication of the data and avoid bogging down the network during peak business hours. The Wide-Area Data Services (WDS) technology suite includes data deduplication, compression, encryption, and WAN optimization. This technology ensures that the primary site stays in-sync with the secondary site, allowing for increased RPO and recovery time objective.
"The ability to keep a disaster recovery or backup site in sync with the primary data infrastructure is critical," said Bagby. "We have found that a large majority of IT environments are not in-sync and if a disaster occurs in the primary environment, the chances of the data being in-sync and on the secondary or DR site is low. AMI recognized this as a serious problem, and in response developed its industry-leading WDS replication technology suite that helps shorten the vulnerability window for StorTrends customers."
To learn more about the StorTrends 3600i all-flash array, please visit: www.stortrends.com/products/stortrends-models/stortrends-3600i
To learn more about the StorTrends iDATA tool, please visit: www.stortrends.com/resources/stortrends-idata-tool
To learn more about the StorTrends Dedupe tool, please visit: www.stortrends.com/resources/stortrends-deduplication-analyzer-tool
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About StorTrends
StorTrends® from American Megatrends (AMI) is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash arrays (AFA), to hybrid storage, to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by thousands of customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: www.stortrends.com.
StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are registered trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.
ExaGrid's Unique Landing Zone and Scale-out GRID Architecture Deliver Fastest Backups and Restores with Fixed-Length Backup Windows Even as Data Grows
WESTBOROUGH, Mass. – ExaGrid®, the leading provider of disk-based backup storage solutions, today announced the availability of version 4.9 of its software for the ExaGrid family of backup storage appliances. ExaGrid's new release supports data deduplication globally across all NAS shares and all appliances in a scale-out GRID.  The release also enhances support for Oracle RMAN Channels which enables the ability to back up Oracle databases up to 800TB and to write to multiple NAS shares across multiple devices for backup performance and failover.
ExaGrid's global deduplication ensures that all data is deduplicated across NAS shares and appliances in a GRID.  In addition, global deduplication allows organizations the flexibility to redirect backup jobs to any NAS share, on any appliance, at any time while maintaining data deduplication globally across the GRID.
ExaGrid's unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provide for faster backups that result in shorter backup windows, faster restores, and VM boot speeds that are up to ten times faster than inline deduplication appliances, as well as a fixed-length backup window even as data expands, via its scale-out GRID architecture. The result is a new era of disk-based backup storage appliances that deliver the best performance, scalability, and price that is lower-both up front and over time-compared to the large brand vendors.
"ExaGrid's new global deduplication will add continued benefits and value to our backup and recovery requirements," said Dave Lively, backup and recovery systems administrator at Grow Financial. "Before we switched to ExaGrid we were using EMC Data Domain. Their unit did a good job of performing basic backups, but it really fell short on restores. Ninety-nine percent of the time, we need to restore data from the most recent backup, but with EMC Data Domain, stored data had to be reconstituted and the recovery process was long and complicated. ExaGrid's GRID architecture enables us to expand the system as needed by adding appliances into the scale-out GRID. Moreover, the fact that the ExaGrid stores the most recent backup in an undeduplicated form allows for faster restores because we can access data immediately from the unit's landing zone." 

"ExaGrid's 4.9 release allows us to move significantly up market into larger opportunities by offering a next generation solution that has significant scalability up to 800TB. As customer data grows, ExaGrid's is the only architecture that ensures a fixed backup window and the most advanced deduplication with the ability to redirect a backup job from one NAS share to any NAS share on any appliance. ExaGrid is a disruptor in the market and continues to provide unparalleled innovation and support services to our team," said Hugo G. Perez, Managing Director, United Data Technologies (UDT), an ExaGrid strategic channel partner.  

Version 4.9 of ExaGrid's software offers two key new features:
Global Deduplication: Deduplication now occurs across all NAS shares and all appliances in a single scale-out GRID. ExaGrid's largest system can take in an 800TB full backup and stores the most recent backups in their full undeduplicated form for faster backups, restores, VM boots, and tape copies.  Long-term retention in deduplicated form can be kept for weeks, months, or years. The backup window stays fixed as data grows as ExaGrid adds compute with capacity by adding full appliances into a scale-out GRID, unlike all first generation solutions that simply add disk capacity.
Oracle RMAN Channels: ExaGrid supports Oracle RMAN Channels targeted at multiple NAS shares across multiple appliances in a scale-out GRID. RMAN Channels automatically writes "sections" in parallel to all NAS shares and automatically redirects the next "sections" based on available targets. RMAN Channels with ExaGrid has 6 major advantages:
-       The Oracle database can be hundreds of terabytes in size and can be backed up in parallel to a single ExaGrid scale-out GRID.
-       The database backup performance is accelerated as the sections are backed up in parallel across multiple appliances in a scale-out GRID.
-       The database backup performance is maximized as each new section is automatically sent to the highest performance availability NAS shares and/or appliance, resulting in the best possible performance based on the NAS share and appliance ingest availability.
-       If any appliance in a GRID fails, the sections are automatically redirected to the active appliances, providing for automatic failover - which allows database backups to occur if an appliance fails.
-       The most recent database is stored in an undeduplicated form in the ExaGrid landing zone allowing for the fastest restores while still allowing for storage efficiency as all long-term retention data is stored in deduplicated form. This avoids the lengthy data rehydration process of inline scale-up appliances that only store deduplicated data.
-       As the database data grows, the backup window stays fixed in length as full appliances are added into a scale-out GRID bringing compute with capacity. This eliminates the forklift upgrades associated with inline scale-up deduplication appliances.
"If data deduplication is not implemented properly, it can actually slow down backups and restores," said Bill Andrews, CEO, ExaGrid. "The release of version 4.9 is yet another step in ExaGrid's commitment to help users overcome these challenges by architecting a new era of backup storage solution that focuses on superior backup performance, a fixed backup window as the data grows, and the most advanced deduplication for both storage and WAN bandwidth efficiency. In addition, global deduplication allows the user to redirect a backup job, or any portion of a backup job, from one NAS share to any NAS share on any appliance without losing any deduplication."
Referring to the addition of Oracle RMAN Channels, George Crump, President, Founder and Lead Analyst, Storage Switzerland, stated, "Most solutions cannot take in a single multi-hundred terabyte Oracle RMAN backup." He continued, "Most other backup architectures have a single front-end controller with scale-up disk shelves, so if the controller fails, all backups fail. But with ExaGrid, if there are eight appliances in a GRID and one fails, Oracle RMAN Channels will redirect the backups to the remaining seven operational appliances so that backups can continue uninterrupted. This is critical for Oracle environments since a missed nightly backup can cause a lot of IT disruption the next day."
ExaGrid's version 4.9 software upgrade is available at no charge to all customers who have an active yearlymaintenance and support contract. Version 4.9 will be available to customers at the end of August 2015.
To learn more about the ExaGrid Disk-Based Backup Appliance, please visit: http://www.exagrid.com/exagrid-products/product-architecture/.
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About ExaGrid
Organizations come to ExaGrid because it is the only company that has implemented deduplication in a way that fixes all the challenges of backup storage. ExaGrid's unique landing zone and scale-out architecture provides the fastest backup - resulting in the shortest fixed backup window, the fastest local restores, fastest offsite tape copies and instant VM recoveries while permanently fixing the backup window length, all with reduced cost up front and over time. Learn how to take the stress out of backup at www.exagrid.com or connect with us on LinkedIn.  Read how ExaGrid customers fixed their backup forever.
ExaGrid is a registered trademark of ExaGrid Systems, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
TORONTO, Canada – ioFABRIC Inc. has won Most Innovative Enterprise Business Application at the annual Flash Memory Summit for its new product, ioFABRIC Vicinity, a flash-optimized, software-defined storage solution that delivers agility and ongoing cost savings across a multivendor data center. Vicinity features advanced storage automation that unifies existing storage resources, centralizes storage management, simplifies the deployment of flash, and improves storage utilization – delivering application-specific Quality of Service levels.

Flash Memory Summit, held August 11-13 in Santa Clara, is attended by companies and people creating the next generation of hardware and software for consumer, computer and enterprise markets. The conference explores the latest developments in flash memory, market trends, and new applications for non-volatile memory.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the Awards Committee for our commitment to innovation and leadership within the field,” said Steven Lamb, CEO and Co-founder of ioFABRIC. “Vicinity solves three of the biggest IT infrastructure problems facing businesses today, which are effective use of flash, dealing with data growth, and managing disparate storage devices/systems across the enterprise. Our industry-unique Vicinity QoS-based storage automation unifies existing and new storage investments to create a dynamic platform that delivers Storage-as-a-Service across business, including all flash enterprise resources.”
 “Storage administrators are seeking Quality of Service (QoS) coupled with a software defined storage architecture that delivers flexibility and choice in their storage hardware systems combined with storage management,” said Jay Kramer, Chairman of the Awards Program and President of Network Storage Advisors Inc.  “We are proud to select ioFABRIC for the Best of Show Award as it provides a unique QoS based storage management software solution that simultaneously serves converged, hyper-converged, and SAN storage requirements.”
ioFABRIC Vicinity is innovative both in its technology and in the business benefits of its technology:
-	ioFABRIC Vicinity provides storage administrators with dynamic QoS-based control which are automatically maintained as infrastructure and workload conditions change. 
-	ioFABRIC Vicinity allows applications to immediately benefit from flash investments without manual migration, provisioning effort, or application changes.
-	ioFABRIC Vicinity dynamically balances data on storage resources according to current needs, maximizing the economic efficiency of storage investments.
-	ioFABRIC Vicinity is a single solution that simultaneously serves converged, hyper-converged, and SAN storage requirements.

ioFABRIC Vicinity centrally manages and monitors data placed across diverse resources including flash arrays, direct-attached devices, SAN/NAS, and Cloud. The business value of ioFABRIC Vicinity is derived from intelligent Quality-of-Service algorithms that constantly monitor and optimize data placement over all available resources to automatically fulfill application requirements for data capacity, performance and protection.
About ioFABRIC
ioFABRIC Inc. was founded in 2013 with an executive team that has worked together for more than twenty years over four successful startup technology companies. ioFABRIC Vicinity is a distinctive Software Defined Storage Solution that utilizes QoS-based automation to provide  a dynamic platform that delivers Storage-as-a-Service across any storage. Vicinity will be sold through ioFABRIC’s reseller and distribution channel on a price-for-capacity basis as an annual software subscription. The company is funded by private investors and Real Ventures. For more information, a free trial of Vicinity, or partnership opportunities, visit www.iofabric.com.
Modular Form Factor and USB Support Provides First-of-Its-Kind Functionality for Critical Out-of-Band Infrastructure Management


IRVINE, Calif. – Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) -- a specialized networking company providing smart IoT and M2M solutions -- today announced the worldwide availability of the USB I/O module for the Lantronix SLC 8000 -- the industry's first modular console manager. The USB I/O module leverages the modular design of the Lantronix SLC 8000, allowing IT professionals to easily support a variety of interface combinations including RS-232 and USB for secure out-of-band management.

"With its high density USB console support in a first-of-its-kind modular form factor, Lantronix' SLC 8000 console manager has proven to be an ideal solution for enhancing our test lab and engineering efforts," said Bill Yang, Manager of Software Development Engineering for Cisco Systems. "The Lantronix SLC 8000 was easy to deploy, and provided a flexible solution to our test set-ups -- enabling our geographically-distributed test labs to collaborate more efficiently and effectively."

An industry-leading solution, Lantronix SLC 8000 provides IT managers with future-proof critical infrastructure management capabilities. In addition, the company recently announced a new firmware version that is compliant with the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2. FIPS 140-2 is a security standard for IT systems that is mandatory for U.S. and Canadian government and military applications that use cryptographic-based security. This robust encryption is also suitable in finance, healthcare and other commercial applications where protection of privacy is critical.

"In a market comprised of many console server products, Lantronix has differentiated itself in today's IT infrastructure space with the USB I/O module for their new SLC 8000 console manager," said Doris Yeh, Vice President of Technology and Strategic Alliances for Mirapath -- a datacenter and lab infrastructure solution provider. "We believe the SLC 8000, with its modular design, latest firmware enhancements, USB support and seamless integration with the Lantronix vSLM™ centralized management platform, fills a much needed gap in the market."

"Modern IT equipment being introduced into the global market have both RS-232 (Serial) and USB console ports or only USB console ports, making it necessary for out-of-band management devices to support any combination of these connections without requiring forklift or rip-and-replace upgrades," said Vishal Kakkad, Director of Product Marketing for Lantronix. "The Lantronix SLC 8000 delivers exactly that and helps data center managers reduce downtime and operational costs with robust features that can scale within any network deployment and policy architecture."

The Lantronix SLC 8000 - Industry's First and Only Modular Console Manager
The Lantronix SLC 8000 advanced modular console manager provides out-of-band management that allows IT personnel of any size enterprise to centrally manage, monitor and troubleshoot IT equipment locally or from anywhere over the network. An optional dial-up modem or cellular gateway is also available to provide out-of-band access if the network is down. This reduces downtime and increases response efficiency so that IT incidents are resolved quickly and with minimal or zero network disruption. The modular form factor of the SLC 8000 console manager allows easy scalability allowing users to reduce their total cost of ownership by simply adding or replacing modules as needed, while providing flexibility to support a custom combination of serial console interfaces. 

The SLC 8000 Advanced Console Manager also:

  • Reduces operating costs and security risks by eliminating the need for truck rolls or on-site interventions.
  • Provides multiple layers of out-of-band access including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, dialup and cellular technologies.
  • Simplifies service deployments and balances CAPEX and OPEX with its modular design.
  • Enables custom "mix-and-match" configurations with USB and RS-232 (RJ45) device port modules.
  • Minimizes cable clutter with software-reversible device port pins.
  • Protects management interfaces with authentication and FIPS 140-2 compliant security.
  • Simplifies service deployments with quick expansion and customization.
  • Increases testing productivity and efficiency as a DUT ("device under test") aggregator.
  • Integrates seamlessly with the Lantronix vSLM™ central management software.

Free 30 Day Trial
Lantronix offers a free, no obligation 30 day free trial for the SLC 8000, as well as for other select IT Infrastructure Management products. To request a free trial, please visit Lantronix.com and submit the SLC 8000 Free Trial form. IT professionals can also conduct a test drive of the SLC 8000 through our free, fully functioning online demo. For more information or questions about the free trial, contact marketing@lantronix.com.

How to Buy
The Lantronix SLC 8000 is available for purchase worldwide, with pricing starting at an MSRP of $1,530 for an eight RJ45 port model with a single AC power supply. Higher port and power supply configurations, configurations with USB console ports and separate expansion modules are also available. The Lantronix SLC 8000 can be purchased through the Lantronix global network of distribution channels and reseller partners, directly from Lantronix at www.Lantronix.com, or by calling toll free (800) 422-7055. For more information on the new SLC 8000 or general questions on any Lantronix products or services, please contact sales@lantronix.com.

About Lantronix 
Lantronix, Inc. (NASDAQ: LTRX) is a specialized networking company providing M2M (machine to machine) and IoT (Internet of Things) solutions. Our products deliver secure connectivity, device management and mobility for today's increasingly connected world. By networking and managing devices and machines that have never before been connected, we enable our customers to realize the possibilities of the Internet of Things. Founded in 1989, Lantronix pioneers robust, intelligent and easy to deploy solutions for mission critical applications in a wide range of industries, including data center, medical, security, industrial, transportation, retail, financial and government. Lantronix is headquartered in Irvine, California, with offices in Europe, Asia and Japan. For more information, visit www.lantronix.com.

Learn more at the Lantronix blog, www.lantronix.com/blog, featuring industry discussion and updates. To follow Lantronix on Twitter, please visit www.twitter.com/Lantronix. View our video library on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/LantronixInc or connect with us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/lantronix.

© 2015 Lantronix, Inc. All rights reserved. Lantronix is a registered trademark of Lantronix, Inc. in the United States and certain other countries. SLC and vSLM are trademarks of Lantronix, Inc. All other trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective holders. Specifications subject to change without notice.


SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Project Hosts, a leading provider of managed cloud services for Microsoft solutions, today announced a new Azure Application Management Service to meet the growing demand that enterprises and U.S. government agencies have for application monitoring, performance optimization, security management and user support in their Microsoft SharePoint, CRM, ERP and PPM-based Azure deployments. Project Hosts will be highlighting this new service along with its Remote SharePoint Administrator Service for on-premise, public, private and hybrid cloud deployments at the upcoming SharePoint Fest in Seattle, WA from Aug 18-20. Also showcased will be Project Hosts' FedRAMP SharePoint Cloud, and Dedicated, Private SharePoint Cloud offerings.

"The adoption of the Microsoft Azure cloud is accelerating because more and more enterprise customers are utilizing Azure for their private cloud needs instead of doing traditional on premise deployments," said Scott Chapman, CEO and co-founder of Project Hosts. "With this growth we're now being asked to apply our Microsoft cloud expertise to a customers' specific Azure deployment. Our new Azure Managed Services offering fills the void that exists between Azure's platform support and the customer's ability to provide application cloud management services and user support to their employees and customers."

Azure is an exceptional cloud platform that enterprises can use to spin-up new Windows Server-based application deployments with minimal effort. Some companies however, lack the cloud expertise and IT staff necessary to ensure that their Azure-based application deployments deliver the most secure, high performance, 24x7 trouble-free operation with full user support services. Project Hosts is directly applying its more than 12 years of Microsoft hosting and cloud services for SharePoint, Dynamics CRM, Project Server and dozens of third party add-ons and applications to help solve this problem, and relieve enterprises of what's considered a time-consuming and costly endeavor.

Project Hosts' Azure Managed Services fills the current gap that many enterprises and government agencies have in managing their Azure deployments including Application Security Management, Continuous Monitoring & Performance Optimization, and User Support. Each of which is highlighted below. For more information on these services please refer to the Azure Application Management Services page at www.projecthosts.com/azure-managed-services.aspx

Security Management - Azure takes care of the physical security of their data centers as well as access control and the security surrounding physical devices. But Azure leaves it up to each customer to secure and restrict access to their own virtual servers/subnets. Project Hosts' services include:
• Access Control
• Intrusion Detection/Prevention
• Malware Protection Management
• Application Lockdown Maintenance
• Incident Response Planning and Testing

Continuous Monitoring & Performance Optimization - When a deployment is first architected for Azure, it is optimized and updated for its initial and originally intended usage scenario. As time passes, deployments are typically modified to meet additional needs and as such require additional updates and re-optimization. Project Hosts' services include:
• Continuous Monitoring
• Updating and Patching
• Architecture Optimization
• Database and Application Tuning
• Third Party Application Installation and Maintenance
• Backup and Restore
• Disaster Recovery

User Support - Project Hosts offers a unique Person-2-Person support service with guaranteed response times to ensure customer satisfaction and resolve issues as they arise, including:
• Performance Issues
• Connectivity Issues
• Anomalous Application Behavior
• Bug resolution and Case Management

About Project Hosts SharePoint Solutions

Project Hosts, Inc. is a leading provider of managed cloud services for Microsoft SharePoint solutions and third-party software add-ons. Enterprises, state and federal government agencies and ISVs rely on Project Hosts to deploy, configure, secure and manage their SharePoint solutions in public, private and hybrid cloud environments. Project Hosts enables organizations to harness more power from their cloud by providing advanced security, including FedRAMP, tightly integrated third-party add-on applications, cross-cloud integration, managed services for a customer's on-premise or in-Azure deployment, along with dedicated private cloud hosting services; all backed by Project Hosts' renowned Person-2-Person support services. www.projecthosts.com/about.aspx info@projecthosts.com

Friday, 14 August 2015 00:00

Wear and tear of SSDs

Unlike traditional hard drives, data in SSDs are not stored on a magnetic surface but inside flash memory chips (NAND flash). By design, an SSD is made by a motherboard, few memory chips (depending on the size in GB of the drive) and a controller that controls all the operations.

The memory of SSDs is a non-volatile memory, in other words, it’s able to retain data even without power. We can imagine the data stored in the NAND flash chips as an electric charge preserved in each cell. With that in mind, the question arises: how long is the lifespan of an SSD?



Have you thought about where your data is at greatest risk? If you haven’t, you should, because where that risk lies may surprise you.

Bromium, a global enterprise security company, asked Black Hat attendees about the state of security, querying them about security trends, the security of Windows 10, and where to find the source of the worst security risks. The answer to that last question wasn’t the network or the cloud. Fifty-five percent of the 100 respondents said endpoints are the security risk they are most concerned about (compared to 27 percent who cited insider threats and 9 percent for both the cloud and the network).

What makes endpoints such a security risk? According to the survey, “humans are just one element that makes the endpoint the source of the greatest security risk. Another major factor is vulnerable software.”



Scope creep can be disastrous to a managed service provider delivering cloud-based file sharing -- and is one of the major reasons why a service level agreement is so imperative. Scope creep can occur either due to internal or external drivers, but either way it is almost always detrimental to the system as a whole.

Understanding how scope creep happens and how you can manage it can help you keep your cloud projects on track and under control while still keeping your clients happy.