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Jon Seals

I’m very excited about a new tool we’ve launched at Citrix called Workspace Cloud Labs. This is a new section in Workspace Cloud where you can try new and upcoming features and technologies from Citrix. The goal of the Workspace Cloud Labs is to drive innovation at a faster pace by providing you easy access to early technologies, and to give you the opportunity to respond and give us feedback.


What’s unique about Workspace Cloud Labs?

Let’s first consider how traditional enterprise software tech preview works. For instance, consider what Citrix has to do when releasing a new tech preview for a new XenApp feature. Anyone who has tried a XenApp tech preview knows the up-front time you need to commit to do the evaluation. You have to deploy a full XenApp environment before evaluating the new features and give us feedback. This means that the level of participation is limited to only those who can commit to the time required to evaluate the technology.

From the engineering side, we have to do a lot of prep work to turn a new feature still in development into something you can easily access and consume. As an example, for any new technology where we want your feedback, we incur in considerable delays due to the time it takes both to provide early access and collect input.  This means that those evaluating a tech preview may ultimately have very little influence in the final result.

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http://blogs.citrix.com/2015/08/27/workspace-cloud-labs-citrix-new-platform-for-innovation/

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Katrina and the Next Crisis

(TNS) -- On Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall over southern Louisiana, causing unprecedented destruction along the Gulf Coast and in New Orleans. Ten years later, what can we say we learned?

The Gulf Coast survived. New Orleans survived. Yet the scars run deep — not only for the million people who were displaced by the storm or the families of the 1,833 people who died, but also for a nation still struggling with what Katrina says about all of us. About poverty. About our sense of place. About our relationship with nature. About so much more.

As a nation we have become good at marking anniversaries as part of our collective healing process. At each arbitrary moment — one year, five years, 10 years — we gather for memorial ceremonies and publicly remember what we lost, expecting it to give us new perspective so we can push forward.

But what have we really learned about coping with massive emergencies?

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http://www.emergencymgmt.com/disaster/Katrina-and-the-Next-Crisis.html

In general, Apple is given credit for an overall approach that is more secure than Android’s. That common wisdom has slowed Android in the enterprise.

It is important to note, however, that Apple is not perfect in its approach to keeping devices and data safe. In some cases, the problem isn’t Apple itself – it’s the tendency of employees to disregard security.

This week, Centrify released a study it commissioned Dimensional Research to conduct. The firm found that only 28 percent of 2,249 U.S. workers queried who use Apple products have mobile device management (MDM) software installed and only 35 percent of those devices encrypt corporate data.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/data-and-telecom/apple-security-in-the-enterprise-safer-not-perfect.html

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Navigating Technology Risks

One of the key questions being asked by audit committees and boards of directors of organizations around the globe is whether their emerging technology risks are being properly identified and managed. To that end, the Global Internal Audit Common Body of Knowledge (CBOK) released “Navigating Technology’s Top 10 Risks,” which identifies the top technology risks and ways that organizations can learn about and address these risks.

Here are the top five out of 10 risks ranked by the study:

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/navigating-technology-risks/

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

The Data Center in the New Digital Economy

The cloud is a powerful new weapon in the IT arsenal, but it is pretty clear at this point that most enterprises will continue to invest in local data infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

This is in fact the more difficult strategy because it forces the enterprise into a series of tough decisions regarding infrastructure, architecture and technology at a time when the use case for the data center itself is undergoing such dramatic change (more on that toward the end of the post).

To date, only a handful of organizations have opted for a fully cloud-based data environment, the largest and most well-known being Netflix. The company is prepared to power down the last of its data centers any day now, according to the Wall Street Journal, placing its entire footprint – from video streaming and customer service to back-end office support – on the public cloud. The company actually began migrating key systems to Amazon back in 2008 following a serious hardware failure within its internal infrastructure, although the actual content delivery network (CDN), which competes with a similar service from Amazon, is ported out to various smaller providers.

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http://www.itbusinessedge.com/blogs/infrastructure/the-data-center-in-the-new-digital-economy.html

Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Storm Surge Risk Rising Along U.S. Coast

While there’s much focus on storm surge risk in New Orleans as we mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, two new reports highlight the vulnerability of other U.S. coastal cities to storm surge flooding.

An analysis by Karen Clark & Co ranks the U.S. cities most vulnerable to storm surge flooding based on losses to residential, commercial and industrial properties from the 100 year hurricane.

The findings may surprise you.

KCC reveals that some of the cities most vulnerable to storm surge flooding have not been impacted for decades. A few have not experienced a direct hit from a major hurricane in the historical record.

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=4154

A new survey has shown that in the eyes of end users, IT departments are regularly guilty of lagging behind current working trends by as much as two years, if not longer.

The average organisation’s IT team is 21 months behind the curve when it comes to supporting modern workplace technologies and practices like the cloud and bring-your-own-device, the research revealed.

Moreover, a third of IT departments are only now adapting to changes that were at the cutting edge over two years ago, it found.

One expert at Intercity Technology – the unified communications provider that carried out the survey – claimed the findings show how IT commonly serves “as a barrier rather than an enabler” for most organisations, harming employee productivity as a result.

“Our research has shown that there is a clear disconnect between what IT is provided to employees and what employees need in order to be productive,” said Product Director Maria Grant.

“This is potentially why our research has found that IT departments fall behind by nearly two years when it comes to supporting current working trends.”

According to the survey, almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of end users believe they should be given greater influence over the IT solutions they use to do their jobs – an opinion with which few IT managers were found to agree.

In fact, fewer than a than a third of IT departments ask for feedback from employees before procuring and deploying new technologies, the research revealed.

Asked why having this responsibility would be beneficial to the business, just under four-fifths (79 per cent) of end users said using the right technology would “make them more productive in the workplace”.

According to Intercity, the reluctance of the average IT department to work with non-IT decision makers could be down to concerns over security and data loss when introducing new technologies.

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From:: http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/company/press-room/data-recovery-news/it-departments-lag-2-years-behind-working-trends,-say-users485.aspx

Solution Delivers Fast and Accurate Troubleshooting and Assurance in Next Generation Network Architecture

 

MILPITAS, Calif. –  Viavi Solutions Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAV) ("Viavi") today announced it is expanding its portfolio of software-defined network test and monitoring solutions with the new GigaStor Software Edition to manage performance and user experience in virtual and cloud environments. The new software configurations, which Viavi is demonstrating at VMworld, allow network and server teams to capture and save 250 GB or 1 TB of continuous traffic to disk for in-depth performance and forensic analysis.

"IT teams are wasting a lot of time by only tracking virtual server and resource health," said Charles Thompson, senior director of product management, Viavi Solutions. "These teams can often miss problems associated with applications within the hypervisor with such narrow vision. With GigaStor Software engineers now have the ability to see in real time and historically how users are experiencing applications and services within the virtual environment, saving time and end-user heartache."

Without GigaStor's insight, engineers could spend hours replicating a network error before they can diagnose its cause. GigaStor Software captures packet-data from within the virtual switching infrastructure without needing to push data into the physical environment. It can be deployed in any virtual host for the long-term collection and saving of packet-level data, which it can decode, analyze, and display. Additionally, it provides IT teams with greater accuracy and speed in troubleshooting by having all packets available for immediate analysis.

Utilizing the GigaStor Software and appliances, network teams can monitor and analyze all virtual datacenter traffic whether within a VMware ESX host or on 10 and 40 Gigabit Ethernet links. GigaStor Software is available today for purchase, and is being demonstrated during VMworld in San Francisco at Viavi Solutions booth #2235.

About Viavi Solutions
Viavi (NASDAQ: VIAV) software and hardware platforms and instruments deliver end-to-end visibility across physical, virtual and hybrid networks. Precise intelligence and actionable insight from across the network ecosystem optimizes the service experience for increased customer loyalty, greater profitability and quicker transitions to next-generation technologies. Viavi is also a leader in anti-counterfeiting solutions for currency authentication and high-value optical components and instruments for diverse government and commercial applications. Learn more at www.viavisolutions.com and follow us on Viavi Perspectives, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Facebook

With Superior Flash Performance, Scalability and Unique Co-Engineering, Oracle All Flash FS1 Tops EMC XtremIO Across Multiple Concurrent Mixed Workloads

 

REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. – Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) expanded its flash storage portfolio today with the announcement of an all-flash model of its Oracle FS1 Flash Storage System. Available now, the new Oracle All Flash FS1 Storage System delivers superior flash performance, capacity scaling, and flash provisioning and is designed to handle concurrent mixed workloads, such as OLTP and high-speed data backup, in enterprise SAN environments as well as in private or public clouds. It delivers up to 64 all-flash domains for highly-secure data isolation in multitenant cloud environments, I/O prioritization based on business value, scales to nearly 1 PB of raw flash capacity, and goes from pallet to power-on in less than 30 minutes.

All Flash FS1 demonstrates superior I/O performance and low latency with minimal falloff. Tests performed for customers show sub-one millisecond latency when running simultaneous workloads across small to large block sizes with up to 8x faster IOPS and 9.7x faster write throughput than EMC XtremIO(1). As a result, All Flash FS1 can reduce Oracle Database I/O wait times and effectively give customers back time for projects that can help drive a company's top-line growth and bottom-line savings.

Oracle All Flash FS1 is the only all-flash storage system co-engineered with Oracle Database and Applications and delivers net incremental business benefits to customers when deployed with Oracle software, from industry-leading data compression to one-click application provisioning. All Flash FS1 is uniquely able to take advantage of Oracle Hybrid Columnar Compression, available only to Oracle Storage, the most advanced data reduction technology in the industry. Hybrid Columnar Compression typically delivers a 10:1 compression ratio, nearly twice the data reduction usually obtained with deduplication techniques, reducing storage capacity requirements and accelerating Oracle Database queries. While encrypted Oracle Database data can't be deduplicated, it can be compressed with Hybrid Columnar Compression, providing significantly higher levels of security to customers and maintaining Oracle Database best practices.

All Flash FS1 also features Flash Profiles, which provide pre-tuned and optimized provisioning profiles for Oracle Database and enterprise applications to simplify and accelerate flash storage provisioning and application deployment. As the industry's best all-flash scale up two-node system, Oracle All Flash FS1 can support hundreds of Oracle databases -- all in flash.

"High latency has impacted customers on shared storage platforms for years, slowing down OLTP response times and preventing mixed workloads from running at full speed. Customers are looking to flash to address these issues," said Mike Workman, senior vice president, Flash Storage Systems, Oracle. "Oracle All Flash FS1 dramatically reduces I/O wait times typically seen in today's highly virtualized, transaction-driven enterprises where low latency is critical to response time. This superior performance combined with unique features, such as Flash Domains and Flash Profiles, make the All Flash FS1 the platform for customers who want to significantly accelerate their applications in SAN and secure cloud environments."

"Oracle practitioners in our community expect the highest levels of data integrity and security coupled with predictable performance," said David Vellante, chief research officer, Wikibon. "Products such as the All Flash FS1 are riding the flash price/performance curve and promise to deliver dramatically lower latency and consistent response times at an affordable price. This can significantly reduce the effort required to deliver what are often among the most stringent service level requirements in IT."

"With their introduction of the Oracle All Flash FS1, which was engineered from the ground up to maximize Oracle Database performance and scale, Oracle enters the ranks of what IDC defines as the 'true All Flash Array (AFA) vendors'," said Eric Burgener, research director, Storage, IDC. "AFAs feature unique designs that are specifically optimized for flash media, delivering more consistent performance across their entire throughput range than Hybrid Flash Arrays, and making them the storage platform of choice for application environments that demand the highest levels of performance."

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(1) Oracle FS1-2 delivers 8x higher IOPS for 50% Read/50% Write IOs of 32KB, 215,000 for FS1-2 and 26,863 for XtremIO X-Brick, and 9.7x higher write throughput 5.4GB/s for FS1-2 and 554MB/s for XtremIO X-Brick. XtremIO data from pages 10-13 of "EMC XTREMIO PERFORMANCE REPORT: Test Methodology and Performance Results of EMC XtremIO Version 2.4 SP1," published September 2014. 

 
Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Cisco Completes Acquisition of OpenDNS

Cisco's Cloud Delivered Security Portfolio Now Offers Newly Integrated Threat Intelligence and Automated Global Enforcement Capabilities

 

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced it has completed the acquisition of OpenDNS, a privately held company that provides advanced threat protection for any device, anywhere, anytime. The acquisition will advance Cisco's Security Everywhere approach by adding broad visibility, enforcement, and threat intelligence from the OpenDNS cloud-delivered platform. In addition to the close of the acquisition, Cisco is announcing the first technology integration of Cisco AMP Threat Grid with OpenDNS services. 

Cisco is demonstrating how the OpenDNS acquisition is already accelerating its cloud-delivered security portfolio by unveiling today integration between the technology platforms, which allows joint customers of the OpenDNS Umbrella service and AMP Threat Grid intelligence to benefit. An API connects OpenDNS' global capability with AMP Threat Grid's dynamic malware analytics and threat intelligence. This new integration enables AMP Threat Grid customers to automatically transform threat intelligence into threat enforcement by blocking malware and quickly identifying critical security threats discovered by the AMP Thread Grid service.

"Delivering pervasive security capabilities from the cloud is a core part of our mission to provide Security Everywhere across the extended network from data center to the cloud to mobile devices," said David Goeckeler, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Security Business Group. "By integrating the OpenDNS platform with Cisco's security solutions, customers will receive greater network visibility and threat intelligence for cloud delivered protection against malicious websites and threats. Together, we will deliver protection that is unmatched in the industry."

OpenDNS employees join the Cisco Security Business Group led by Goeckeler. Additionally, David Ulevitch, founder and chief executive officer of OpenDNS, becomes vice president, reporting directly to Goeckeler.

Under the terms of the agreement Cisco paid $635M in cash and assumed equity awards, plus retention based incentives for OpenDNS.

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