Monthly Archives: maart 2013

Production-ready ZFS offers cosmic-scale storage for Linux

30 maart 2013
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The maintainers of the native Linux port of the ZFS high-reliabilityfilesystem have announced that the most recent release, version 0.6.1, is officially ready for production use.

“Over two years of use by real users hasconvinced us ZoL [ZFS on Linux] is ready for wide scale deployment on everything fromdesktops to super computers,” developer Brian Behlendorf wrote in a mailing list post on Wednesday.


ZFS is a combined filesystem and volume manager for Unix-like operating systems, originally developed by Sun Microsystems for its Solaris OS in the early 2000s.

The main features that set ZFS apart from many competing filesystems are its support for astronomically large storage systems and its near-manic obsession with data integrity.

A single ZFS filesystem can theoretically scale to as many as 256 quintillion zettabytes, or 2.56 1041 bytes. Your Reg hack has a hard time conceptualizing just how big that is, but suffice it to say that it’s big enough to hold all of the data you have ever produced.

How do we know? Because it’s big enough to hold all of the data that all of humanity has ever produced, and then some. We’re talking storage on a cosmic scale, using the Marvel Comics definition of the word.

But all of that storage wouldn’t be much good if your data wasn’t there when you went to retrieve it. All types of storage media from tapes and disks to solid-state media and beyond are subject to errors and defects. Maybe a drive fails, or the power fluctuates in just the wrong way during a write operation, or an errant cosmic ray passes by at just the wrong time; one way or another, some level of data corruption is inevitable.

On a small scale, such corruption is manageable. Disk-repair utilities, journaling filesystems, and RAID arrays do

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/30/zfs_on_linux_production_ready/

Verhuis je de bomen of het hele bos?

29 maart 2013
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Is een verzameling bomen altijd een bos? Is een grote groep dieren altijd een kudde? Is een verzameling informatiesystemen altijd een eenheid? Als we beleid uitstippelen voor onze it, zijn we niet altijd even logisch bezig. We proberen soms de ict als n geheel te zien, zonder onderscheid naar gebruik, toepassing, functionaliteit, techniek en behoefte.


Soms knippen we de ict en de daarbij behorende organisatie, processen en procedures op langs technische lijnen. Een storage-groep, een Windows-groep, een netwerkgroep, een Mainframe-groep, een supportgroep en een architectuurgroep zijn maar een paar voorbeelden.

Zoals in het artikel ‘Verhuizen van ICT levert vaak hoofdpijn op‘ van Ruud Mulder op Computable.nl op 13 maart besproken wordt, is het verhuizen van ICT anno 2013 niet eenvoudig. Dit is namelijk net een moment dat we keihard geconfronteerd worden met al deze vragen. Waarom die vragen juist nu,, en misschien nog veel belangrijker; is er iets aan te doen.

Om met de eerste vraag te beginnen. De oorzaak in deze is de combinatie van de behoefte en noodzaak aan controle en besturing en groei, ontwikkeling en diversificatie. De rol van de ict in een moderne organisatie is groot en divers: van het mogelijk maken van het primaire processen richting leverancier en klant, het interne proces van gegevensverwering en/of productie tot het faciliteren van alle communicatie (van mail tot ip-telefoon).

We werken niet meer met een enkelvoudig systeem (het mainframe) voor een enkelvoudige taak. Informatietechnologie is divers, gedistribueerd en ontwikkelt zicht sterk. Zowel in de breedte als in de ‘diepte’ neemt het belang en de rol van de ict toe. Structuren die uitgaan van een holistische en enkelvoudige ict-functie lopen vast in de complexiteit van een

Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/opinie/management/4696893/2379250/verhuis-je-de-bomen-of-het-hele-bos.html

Panda Security Launches Cloud Partner Center

28 maart 2013
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The program is designed to help Panda partners increase margins by buying “pool” license packs and taking advantage of quantity discounts.

Cloud-based security specialist Panda Security launched a new version of its Panda Cloud Partner Center, a free management console for Panda Security partners.

The cloud-based console offers a single access point from which partners can provide security and remote monitoring and management services, thanks to the integration of the company’s management and monitoring system, Panda Cloud Systems Management, and cloud security solutions Panda Cloud Office Protection and Cloud Office Protection Advanced and Cloud Email Protection.

A key feature is the Partner Center’s new license sales model. Not only can partners sell licenses in the traditional way, they can now sell subscription services (such as monthly services) without licenses expiring, and the solution will always be updated to the latest version.

This way, if a customer cancels his or her subscription and there are still active licenses, partners can use the console to automatically recover the licenses back to the customer’s pool and reassign them to another customer when needed, all from a cloud console that is available any time and any place, without the need for a virtual private network (VPN) connection.

“The new Panda Cloud Partner Center lets partners focus on their business and eliminates the hassle of working with various cloud vendors,” Manu Santamaria, product manager at Panda Security Headquarters, said in a statement. “As vendors, we need to help our partners make their business model flexible, so the service they offer customers is not only much more effective, but also generates higher margins than simply selling licenses.”

Other features include the ability to identify security issues and connect remotely to affected endpoints to resolve the problem directly from the client console and avoid missing renewal opportunities through the dashboard or email by

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/security/panda-security-launches-cloud-partner-center/

Largest-Ever DDoS Campaign Demonstrates Danger of New Attack Method

28 maart 2013
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A DDoS attack on Internet blacklist maintainer Spamhaus topped 300G bps, powered by open recursive resolvers, which let attackers turn modest attacks into floods of traffic.

A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Internet blacklist maintainer Spamhaus has topped 300G bps, powered by open recursive resolvers, which allow attackers to turn modest attacks into overwhelming floods of traffic.

A DDoS attack using a technique known as DNS reflection has resulted in what many security experts are calling the largest DDoS attack to date, which generated traffic volumes of 300G bps, or about three times larger than any known previous attacks.

The series of attacks, which have taken place since the third week of March, hit the anti-spam organization Spamhaus, whose blacklists are used by many companies to block traffic from questionable servers. Spamhaus services have angered spam distributors and their hosting providers and the attack is just the latest effort to protest and thwart Spamhaus work.

While Spamhaus has often come under DDoS attack, the latest onslaught has exceeded any past data flood, Adam Wosotowsky, a threat researcher with security firm McAfee, said in an email interview with eWEEK.

“The volume is the biggest surprise,” he said. “While there have been some significant DDoS attacks over the years, doing so tends to expose the botnet to detection and eventual takedown.Spamhaus apparently really hit a wasp nest on this one.”

The high attack bandwidth is made possible because attackers are using misconfigured domain-name service (DNS) serversknown as open recursive resolvers or open recursorsto amplify a much smaller attack into a larger data flood. Known as DNS reflection, the technique uses requests for a relatively large zone file that appear to be sent from the intended victim’s network. Because the DNS server is not configured properly, it will respond to each request

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/security/largest-ever-ddos-campaign-demonstrates-danger-of-new-attack-method/

TraceSecurity Launches Channel Partner Program

28 maart 2013
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At the center of the TraceSecurity Partner Program is the TraceCSO risk-based cloud information security solution, which was developed specifically for SMBs.

By Gina Roos

TraceSecurity has launched a channel partner program designed to help VARs, managed security service providers (MSSPs) and consultants build and grow their security and IT governance, risk and compliance (GRC) services aimed at small and midsize businesses (SMBs). At the center of the TraceSecurity Partner Program is the company’s TraceCSO risk-based cloud information security solution, which was developed specifically for SMBs.

The IT GRC solution enables any size company or security skill set to evaluate, implement and manage a risk-based information security program. It addresses some of the industry’s top concerns, such as cloud security and bring your own device (BYOD) issues. Services include risk management, vulnerability scanning, policies, training, compliance and auditing.

The solution was developed over two years to address the lack of a good IT GRC solution for the SMB market, and it was the key driving factor behind the need for a partner program, said Alan Fortier, director of channel sales for TraceSecurity.

The company expects that more than 50 percent of its revenue will come from the channel in the next two to three years. Prior to the partner program, TraceSecurity sold its products and services through a direct sales force.

TraceCSO gives traditional VARs the opportunity to offer a fully integrated IT GRC solution that is less complex and less costly, said Fortier. And like VARs, MSSPs haven’t had a GRC product to offer their customers in the SMB space. Now, they can offer the product as a solution or white-label it as appropriate, he added.

In addition, with the TraceCSO risk assessment, partners can identify security and compliance areas that need to be addressed by customers. That

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/security/tracesecurity-launches-channel-partner-program/

Reg live natter with GNOME superstar Miguel de Icaza

22 maart 2013
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Live Chat If anyone is a paid-up member of the open source club, surely it is Miguel de Icaza.

He helped found the GNOME UI and desktop beloved by millions and claimed to be the most popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems.


For GNOME, De Icaza earned the MIT Innovators under-35 award in 1999, beating browser daddy and Netscape wunderkid, now moneybags VC, Marc Andreessen.

De Icaza was blessed at the time by GNU and Free Software Foundation (FSF) “saint” Richard Stallman, who reckoned De Icaza was: “Not only a capable software designer, but an idealistic and determined campaigner for computer users’ freedom.”

But De Icaza didn’t stick to the script. In 2001, with Project Mono, he put .NET – which had been developed by a once open-source hostile Microsoft – on Linux and Unix. He also spoke up in defence of Microsofts OOXML, incurring the anger of ODF zealots. Now, De Icaza has criticised the cult of Torvalds for damaging the development of GNOME – he reckons the Linux desktop is dead. Meanwhile, his new venture straddles different platforms, while he’s hacking code on – shock! – a Mac.

Open-sourcer, hacker, pragmatist… who is this guy?

Join fellow Reg readers for a Live Chat with Miguel de Icaza on 22 March, at 2pm GMT, 10am Eastern, 7am Pacific. Among the topics on parade:

  • GNOME past, present and futures
  • The web, then and now
  • Is the Linux desktop really, finally, really dead?
  • Why Microsoft deserved a chance, and how it has changed
  • Ubuntu… and the Shuttleworth factor
  • Why De Icaza has gone mobile with Xamarin

You can sign up for the Live Chat below and bring us your questions yearning to be free.

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/20/live_chat_miguel_de_icaza/

LIVE NOW: Reg Live Chat with GNOME superstar Miguel de Icaza

22 maart 2013
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Live Chat If anyone is a paid-up member of the open source club, surely it is Miguel de Icaza.

He helped found the GNOME UI and desktop beloved by millions and claimed to be the most popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems.


For GNOME, De Icaza earned the MIT Innovators under-35 award in 1999, beating browser daddy and Netscape wunderkid, now moneybags VC, Marc Andreessen.

De Icaza was blessed at the time by GNU and Free Software Foundation (FSF) “saint” Richard Stallman, who reckoned De Icaza was: “Not only a capable software designer, but an idealistic and determined campaigner for computer users’ freedom.”

But De Icaza didn’t stick to the script. In 2001, with Project Mono, he put .NET – which had been developed by a once open-source hostile Microsoft – on Linux and Unix. He also spoke up in defence of Microsofts OOXML, incurring the anger of ODF zealots. Now, De Icaza has criticised the cult of Torvalds for damaging the development of GNOME – he reckons the Linux desktop is dead. Meanwhile, his new venture straddles different platforms, while he’s hacking code on – shock! – a Mac.

Open-sourcer, hacker, pragmatist… who is this guy?

Join fellow Reg readers for a Live Chat with Miguel de Icaza on 22 March, at 2pm GMT, 10am Eastern, 7am Pacific. Among the topics on parade:

  • GNOME past, present and futures
  • The web, then and now
  • Is the Linux desktop really, finally, really dead?
  • Why Microsoft deserved a chance, and how it has changed
  • Ubuntu… and the Shuttleworth factor
  • Why De Icaza has gone mobile with Xamarin

You can sign up for the Live Chat below and bring us your questions yearning to be free.

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/20/live_chat_miguel_de_icaza/

Reg Live Chat: Quiz GNOME superstar Miguel de Icaza

21 maart 2013
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Live Chat If anyone is a paid-up member of the open source club, surely it is Miguel de Icaza.

He helped found the GNOME UI and desktop beloved by millions and claimed to be the most popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems.


For GNOME, De Icaza earned the MIT Innovators under-35 award in 1999, beating browser daddy and Netscape wunderkid, now moneybags VC, Marc Andreessen.

De Icaza was blessed at the time by GNU and Free Software Foundation (FSF) “saint” Richard Stallman, who reckoned De Icaza was: “Not only a capable software designer, but an idealistic and determined campaigner for computer users’ freedom.”

But De Icaza didn’t stick to the script. In 2001, with Project Mono, he put .NET – which had been developed by a once open-source hostile Microsoft – on Linux and Unix. He also spoke up in defence of Microsofts OOXML, incurring the anger of ODF zealots. Now, De Icaza has criticised the cult of Torvalds for damaging the development of GNOME – he reckons the Linux desktop is dead. Meanwhile, his new venture straddles different platforms, while he’s hacking code on – shock! – a Mac.

Open-sourcer, hacker, pragmatist… who is this guy?

Join fellow Reg readers for a Live Chat with Miguel de Icaza on 22 March, at 2pm GMT, 10am Eastern, 7am Pacific. Among the topics on parade:

  • GNOME past, present and futures
  • The web, then and now
  • Is the Linux desktop really, finally, really dead?
  • Why Microsoft deserved a chance, and how it has changed
  • Ubuntu… and the Shuttleworth factor
  • Why De Icaza has gone mobile with Xamarin

You can sign up for the Live Chat below and bring us your questions yearning to be free.

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/20/live_chat_miguel_de_icaza/

CompTIA Adds Channel Training On-the-Go

20 maart 2013
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The e-learning courses for the IT channel will initially offer certificate programs focused on cloud-based IT services, mobile strategies and IT security.

By Gina Roos

Starting April 1, CompTIA, a nonprofit association for the IT industry, will offer e-learning courses as part of its education and training programs for the IT channel. The initial e-learning executive certificate programs will focus on cloud-based IT services, mobile strategies and IT security.

All e-learning courses include scenario-based learning opportunities, case studies, other interactive exercises and a course assessment. Participants must complete all courses, pass the assessments for each course and participate in a one-hour Capstone session to receive the e-learning executive certificate.

Capstone sessions are available as a live Webinar or a face-to-face meeting during a CompTIA event or CompTIA member event. These sessions “provide an opportunity to discuss the concepts from the self-paced courses with peers and apply them to real-world situations,” according to CompTIA.

“We’ve created these interactive e-learning courses to help busy IT channel professionals accomplish their training needs on their own time and at their own pace,” Kelly Ricker, CompTIA’s senior vice president, events and education, said in a statement. “The courses can be accessed any time, from anywhere and on any device.”

The e-learning courses include the Executive Certificate in Cloud (Intermediate), Executive Certificate in Mobility (Foundations), and Executive Certificate in IT Security (Foundations). The association plans to add more e-learning courses in the coming months.

CompTIA also added several new courses to its channel training curriculum for Spring 2013. These include the executive certificate in Channel Management program for technology vendors, Quick Start Guides and Quick Start Sessions on mobile marketing, and an updated Quick Start Guide and Quick Start Session on IT

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/careers/comptia-adds-channel-training-on-the-go/

Reg Live Chat with GNOME chief Miguel de Icaza

20 maart 2013
By

If anyone is a paid-up member of the open source club, surely it is Miguel de Icaza.

He helped found the GNOME UI and desktop beloved by millions and claimed to be the most popular desktop environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems.


For GNOME, De Icaza earned the MIT Innovators under-35 award in 1999, beating browser daddy and Netscape wunderkid, now moneybags VC, Marc Andreessen.

De Icaza was blessed at the time by GNU and Free Software Foundation (FSF) “saint” Richard Stallman, who reckoned De Icaza was: “Not only a capable software designer, but an idealistic and determined campaigner for computer users’ freedom.”

But De Icaza didn’t stick to the script. In 2001, with Project Mono, he put .NET – which had been developed by a once open-source hostile Microsoft – on Linux and Unix. He also spoke up in defence of Microsofts OOXML, incurring the anger of ODF zealots. Now, De Icaza has criticised the cult of Torvalds for damaging the development of GNOME – he reckons the Linux desktop is dead. Meanwhile, his new venture straddles different platforms, while he’s hacking code on – shock! – a Mac.

Open-sourcer, hacker, pragmatist… who is this guy?

Join fellow Reg readers for a Live Chat with Miguel de Icaza on 22 March, at 2pm GMT, 10am Eastern, 7am Pacific. Among the topics on parade:

  • GNOME past, present and futures
  • The web, then and now
  • Is the Linux desktop really, finally, really dead?
  • Why Microsoft deserved a chance, and how it has changed
  • Ubuntu… and the Shuttleworth factor
  • Why De Icaza has gone mobile with Xamarin

You can sign up for the Live Chat below and bring us your questions yearning to be free.

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/03/20/live_chat_miguel_de_icaza/