Monthly Archives: april 2013

Brits on benefits: ‘Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD’

30 april 2013
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Benefits claimants signing up for disability living allowance online are told they cannot use modern browsers, smartphones or even Macs.

The Department for Work and Pensions’ microsite – available at www.dwp.gov.uk/eservice – states that folks should use it for claiming attendance allowance, disability living allowance and expats’ state pensions from the public purse.

However, the microsite will not work with Apple Macs nor other Unix-based systems (such as Linux), according to the DWP itself. Neither is the site compatible with smartphones – or any Internet Explorer installation more modern than version 6, released back in the heady days of 2001.

Blind claimants attempting to submit a claim for disability living allowance are told they may “wish to claim in another way”. The compatibility warning on the site states that it may not work with the JAWS or Supernova screen readers, both of which were developed for blind computer users.

Expats using Windows Vista while trying to claim their state pensions are also “likely to have problems”, according to the DWP. Anyone stuck on the web forms can call a hotline or fill out a lot of paperwork.

Speaking to El Reg, benefits claimant Amanda Leek said: “It shouldn’t be this hard to figure out if you’re going to afford food in the foreseeable future, especially when the website pretends to be helpful.”

Brits clicking on a link to claim disability living allowance from the DWP’s new home on the shiny GOV.UK portal are taken to the microsite and greeted with the following warning:

Achtung: Thou shalt not use thy modern tech here

Clicking “tell me more” displays a list of operating systems and browsers the site is designed to be compatible with, complete with the following warning:

Many of these [browsers and operating systems] are no longer available.

The full list of compatible operating systems and

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/30/universal_credit_dwp_browser_compatibility_snafu/

Cobol blijft nog minstens 10 jaar relevant

26 april 2013
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71 procent van de directeuren van universiteiten en hoger beroepsonderwijsinstellingen verwacht dat organisaties ten minste nog tien jaar Cobol-applicaties blijven draaien op het mainframe. Hiervan verwacht 24 procent zelfs dat dit langer dan twintig jaar zal zijn. Dit blijkt uit onderzoek van softwareleverancier Micro Focus onder 119 directeuren van universiteiten en hoger beroepsonderwijsinstellingen wereldwijd.


Naast de vooruitzichten over het bestaan van Cobol-applicaties hebben de onderwijsinstellingen ook hun verwachtingen uitgesproken over de vraag van organisaties naar hoogopgeleide Cobol-ontwikkelaars. Een ruime meerderheid (54 procent) verwacht dat de vraag naar Cobol-ontwikkelaars de komende tien jaar gelijkt blijft of zal stijgen. Om in de toekomst te kunnen voldoen aan de vraag naar Cobol-ontwikkelaars zegt 58 procent van de onderwijsinstellingen dat er een cultuuromslag moet plaatsvinden bij zowel studenten als scholen en organisaties. Volgens 63 procent van de onderwijsinstellingen zit de oplossing namelijk in een betere samenwerking tussen overheden, onderwijsinstellingen en organisaties.

Tekort voorkomen


Ik ben blij te zien dat veel onderwijsinstellingen het belang van Cobol onderkennen, zegt Huib Klink, senior consultant/presales bij Micro Focus. Cobol-applicaties draaien in 70 procent van alle systemen en dagelijks worden er nog steeds anderhalf miljoen regels nieuwe Cobol-code geschreven. Cobol-applicaties zorgen vaak voor het onderscheidende vermogen van een organisatie en waarborgen de bedrijfscontinuteit. Hierdoor kunnen ze niet zomaar van de hand worden gedaan. Aangezien veel oudere Cobol-ontwikkelaars binnen afzienbare tijd met pensioen gaan, zijn jonge Cobol-ontwikkelaars dus zeker nog zeer gewild op de markt. Het opleidingsaanbod moet op de vraag uit de markt aansluiten om in de toekomst een tekort te voorkomen.

Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/nieuws/infrastructuur/4712807/2379248/cobol-blijft-nog-minstens-10-jaar-relevant.html

Quality Mentor en Sequrit bieden hack-training

26 april 2013
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Traininginstituten Quality Mentor en Sequrit gaan samen verkorte intensieve Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH)-trainingen geven die worden afgesloten met een officieel examen. De CEH-trainingen zijn bedoeld voor diverse ict-specialisten zoals systeem- of netwerkbeheerders, applicatiebeheerders, webbeheerders, it-managers, securitymanagers of it-auditors. Tijdens de zeer intensieve CEH-training leren de deelnemers in vier dagen alles over scannen, testen, hacken en beveiligen. Dit alles staat onder leiding van ict-securityspecialist Wayne Burke.


Cybercriminaliteit is op dit moment de snelst groeiende vorm van criminaliteit in Nederland. Bij veel bedrijven, overheden en organisaties worden websites gehackt, digitale informatie gestolen en servers belaagd met virussen of spamberichten. Toch staat it-beveiliging vaak laag op de agenda bij directies en management. Dit kan vergaande financile consequenties of imagoschade tot gevolg hebben. Het opleiden van eigen it-specialisten op het gebied van ethical hacking is een essentieel wapen tegen deze vorm van onveiligheid. Geschoolde securityspecialisten beveiligen bedrijven, vitale infrastructuren of consumentendiensten effectiever en kunnen sneller reageren bij calamiteiten.

Wayne Burke

Quality Mentor heeft een speciaal samenwerkingsverband gesloten met Sequrit, de organisatie van Wayne Burke, een internationale expert in ethical hacking. Burke: Wij zijn voortdurend bezig om bedrijven te helpen om hun visie op security te optimaliseren. Het is dan ook mijn passie om mensen in een praktijkomgeving te leren kwaadwillende hackers op te sporen of te bestrijden. Het opleiden van de eigen it-specialisten biedt een bedrijf of organisatie een veel grotere garantie op meer ict-veiligheid.

Burke en zijn medewerkers hebben veel veiligheidsbeoordelingen, Penetration Tests en op maat gemaakte trainingen gedaan voor grote internationale bedrijven, vele veiligheidsorganisaties en een groot aantal Amerikaanse, Europese en Aziatische overheidsinstellingen.

Officieel certificaat

De training is vooral gericht op begripsvorming en praktijkervaring, doordat meer dan 80 procent van de tijd wordt besteed aan oefeningen in een Linux-omgeving.

Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/nieuws/security/4720366/1276896/quality-mentor-en-sequrit-bieden-hacktraining.html

Opscode cooks up deals to serve Chef automation from IBM, Joyent clouds

25 april 2013
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Opscode’s Chef configuration, change, and cloud management tool is spreading around the clouds and has been formally adopted on the heavenly infrastructure from IBM and Joyent.

The news comes as Opscode is hosting its ChefConf 2013 user and partner conference in San Francisco this week and is touting the uptake of Chef as a tool for both server configuration and deployment of physical or virtual software stacks on bare metal machines.


Chef creates what are called recipes to configure machines and these are assembled into cookbooks, which you processing from back to front, to setup a server’s entire software stack.

Under a partnership inked between Big Blue and Opscode, customers using IBM’s SmartCloud public cloud will have a Chef Server image, it will plug into the OpenStack cloud controller that IBM is switching to from its own homegrown SmartCloud controller.

This will allow Chef to be the default software installer for SmartCloud if customers don’t want to do it by hand, and IBM and Opscode are working together to port some 800 cookbooks from the Chef Community so they will work on SmartCloud infrastructure services.

The Chef Client management console will also now run on AIX, IBM’s Unix variant, and so will Chef Server. So customers who opt for AIX-based SmartCloud instances running on Power Systems iron will be able to use Chef to automate the configuration of images; presumably support for the PowerVM hypervisor for Power iron is also available, and if not, it needs to be.

AIX support also means that companies running bare metal or cloudy Power iron inside their own data centers will be able to use Chef to configure and manage their systems and software stacks.

IBM and Opscode are working on a cookbook for installing WebSphere middleware on systems and on the SmartCloud and presumably there will

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/25/opscode_chef_ibm_smartcloud_joyent/

Appliances are the new data centre onesie

24 april 2013
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It has been a fun and very profitable couple of decades for upstart IT server and systems software makers.

They have thrown new server technologies at venerable mainframe and minicomputer systems and blasted the data centre into a thousand shiny metal bits. Then they lashed it all together with networks running distributed workloads and scaling horizontally as much as vertically to make a less expensive and more flexible IT infrastructure.


Well, that was the idea. But like many ideas, distributed computing has caused as many problems as it has solved. And now server makers and their software partners are looking to recreate a mainframe or a minicomputer out of piece parts, with all the advantages of a single-sourced, pre-integrated product and without any of the lock-in and lack of choice issues.

Data centres want to have it both ways and vendors are willing to give it to them both ways. They can have best-of-breed components to cobble together or finished appliances converged systems, engineered systems, unified systems, whatever you want to call them that are pre-integrated, pre-tested and ready to roll into the data centre by the rack.

Plug and play

You plug in the power cords, you plug in the network cables and you start loading up applications. It is supposed to be no more complicated than plugging in a toaster.

Vendors love appliances not only because they potentially get them more share of wallet, but also because a pre-integrated system with a limited set of components is easier and cheaper to support over a set of customers.

Teradata cobbled together data warehousing appliances many years ago, although they were not called appliances then. And Oracle bought Sun Microsystems three years ago precisely because it saw what it could do in terms of tuning its application software for hardware and vice

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/24/data_centre_appliances/

Avnet Rolls Out Data Protection for Midmarket

24 april 2013
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Avnet designed a disaster recovery/business continuity platform to help its partners boost their midmarket data center and storage sales.

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By Gina Roos

Avnet Technology Solutions has released a data protection platform for IBM business partners in the United States and Canada. The product is aimed at helping midmarket enterprises protect their data and information assets, while enabling partners to increase their data center and storage offerings and help boost storage sales in the midmarket.


The data protection solution takes aim at midmarket customers that are challenged with disaster recovery and business continuityprimarily due to limited resources, such as time, people and budget. It helps reseller partners address these challenges by providing all the software, hardware and services in an integrated package.

The base offering includes the IBM Storwize V7000 controller, remote mirroring software and IBM/Brocade SAN06B routers, which include encryption, data compression and bandwidth management. Avnet provides several services that depend on the reseller’s requirements. These services include the installation and implementation of the solution, as well as project management.

In some cases, Avnet’s services will help partners expand their IT services capabilities or provide them with additional bench strength as needed. Solutions can be customized based on reseller needs.

“To have the V7000, which is a great midmarket solution, coupled with the ability to do disaster recovery using the IBM/Brocade solution gives our resellers a lot of options,” said Colin Blair, brand director, IBM System Storage and Servers, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas.

About 250 storage resellers in the IBM business unit will be “great candidates for this offering in the midmarket,” said Blair.

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/security/avnet-rolls-out-data-protection-for-midmarket/

IT Professionals Say Employees Ignore Security Rules

24 april 2013
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There are best practices for securing access to critical systems and data that many organizations tend to ignore, the survey found.

The vast majority (81.4 percent) of IT security staff think that employees tend to ignore the rules that IT departments put in place, and more than half (52.2 percent) of the same respondents said they believe that employees would not listen more even if IT directives came from executive management, rather than IT, according to a survey by identity management and security management specialist Lieberman Software.

The survey, which was carried out in February at RSA Conference 2013, measured the attitudes of nearly 250 IT security professionals and the way their organizations manage cyber-security. Nearly 50 percent of the respondents work in organizations with more than 1,000 people. More than 70 percent of IT security professionals would not be willing to bet $100 of their own money that their companies will not suffer a data breach in the next six months.

“These figures highlight the fact that IT security professionals realize that most organizations are woefully unprotected against cyber-attacks. While vendors of conventional security productslike firewalls and antivirusare constantly updating their tools to reactively protect against the latest threats, hackers are looking for flaws and engineering new attacks to exploit them,” Philip Lieberman, president and CEO of Lieberman Software, said in a statement. “The reality is that 100 percent protection is nearly impossible to achieve, but there are still best practices for securing access to critical systems and data that many organizations tend to ignore.”

Just over three-quarters (75.8 percent) of IT personnel said they think that employees in their organization have access to information that they don’t necessarily need to perform their jobs, and while 38.3 percent of IT security personnel have witnessed a colleague access company information that he or she

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/security/it-professionals-say-employees-ignore-security-rules/

Platform clouds can make enterprises all teeth and no tail

22 april 2013
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The cloud is at the same point in its history that proprietary minicomputers were at three decades ago.

Back then, everybody was trying to figure out how to use this new technology, which offered substantial economic and ease-of-programming benefits compared to the big iron systems they replaced.

At the time it was not obvious where the upstart platforms would go or how enterprises would adopt them or reject them. But one thing was clear: enterprises would have to adopt minicomputers as peers in the data center – or there would be no minicomputer industry.

As we all know, Digital Equipment, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and others built successful minicomputer businesses, attacking new customer bases that could not previously afford a sophisticated system for running their bookkeeping, warehouses, and manufacturing operations.

A slew of Unix-based system makers followed suit in the open systems war of the late 1980s and early 1990s, making minicomputers more compatible and giving customers more of a chance to move from platform to platform – because Unix systems at least had common features, functions, and runtimes.

Having lived through the proprietary and Unix revolutions, and seeing how fast things can change, relatively few enterprises have decided if they will move to a platform cloud, much less which one. The market is too immature at present for many to contemplate such a move.

But the decisions that companies will make about their infrastructure and platform clouds in the next couple of years will set their path for many years to come, just as it did when picking a mainframe, minicomputer, or Unix system platform.

John Dillon, CEO at Engine Yard, a San Francisco-base platform cloud provider, has seen this movie many times before, and he is positioning his company with a similar script to the one he used at Oracle and Salesforce.com.

We have had rogue

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/22/paas_clouds/

Red Hat zet in op OpenStack enterprise

22 april 2013
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Red Hat komt met updates van zijn OpenStack enterprise en community technologien en roadmap, inclusief de opwaardering van zijn enterprise Red Hat OpenStack aanbod naar een Early Adopter programma en de beschikbaarheid van RDO, een community ondersteunde distributie van OpenStack dat draait op Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora en afgeleiden. Daarnaast komt Red Hat met een Red Hat OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Partner Network.



Red Hat OpenStack biedt organisaties een basis om private of publieke IaaS-cloud voor cloud-enabled workloads te bouwen. Met Red Hat OpenStack kunnen klanten OpenStack technologien inzetten, terwijl de veiligheid, stabiliteit en geschiktheid voor enterprises bij een platform gebouwd op Red Hat Enterprise Linux behouden blijven.

RDO, dat vanaf vandaag beschikbaar is, is een gratis, community-ondersteunde distributie van OpenStack die op Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora en afgeleiden draait. Het biedt een upstream OpenStack ervaring met de laatste stabiele versie van OpenStack.org, die makkelijk in te zetten is op Red Hat-platformen. De community op openstack.redhat.com biedt de mogelijkheid om kennis te delen met andere gebruikers van OpenStack op Red Hat-platformen.RDO biedt de belangrijke OpenStack componenten Nova, Glance, Keystone, Cinder, Quantum, Swift en Horizon evenals het jonge project Heat, voor cloud applicatie integratie, en Ceilometer, voor resource monitoring en metering. De installatie is makkelijk dankzij de door Red Hat ontwikkelde installatietool, PackStack.

Naast het bieden van een reeks softwarepakketten is RDO ook een plek voor gebruikers van het cloud computing platform op Red Hat besturingssystemen om hulp te krijgen en ervaringen te delen ten aanzien van het gebruik van OpenStack. Gebruikers van Red Hat Enterprise Linux en zijn afgeleiden kunnen nu ergens terecht voor de officile packages van de nieuwste software dat is voortgekomen uit het upstream OpenStack project, voor hun platform naar keuze.
Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/producten/cloud_computing/4708291/2333364/red-hat-zet-in-op-openstack-enterprise.html

Fed up with database speed? Meet Big Blue’s BLU-eyed boy

22 april 2013
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Analysis Like other system vendors with their own software stacks, IBM is trying to boost the processing speed of its database software so it can take on larger and larger data munching jobs.

The company launched its BLU Acceleration feature for several of its databases a few weeks ago as part of a broader big data blitzkrieg, saying that it could do analytics and process reports on the order to 8 to 25 times faster than plain vanilla DB2. IBM was a little short on the details about how this turbocharger for databases works at the time, but El Reg has hunted around to get the scoop.

Tim Vincent – chief architect for DB2 on the Linux, Unix and Windows platforms, an IBM Fellow, and chief technology officer for IBM’s Information Management division – walked us through the BLU Acceleration details.

The feature is in tech preview and is only available for DB2 10.5 database and its TimeSeries extensions for the Informix database. (Yup, IBM is still peddling Informix.) And the database gooser is restricted to reporting and analytics jobs, but there is every reason to believe that Big Blue use it to help goose transaction processing as well and, equally importantly, make BLU Acceleration available for the versions of DB2 for z/OS and other IBM proprietary operating systems.

Like other IT vendors, IBM wants companies to think that every bit of data that they generate or collect from their systems or buy from third parties in the course of running their business is valuable, and the reason is simple.

This sells storage arrays, and if you can make CEOs think this data is potentially valuable, then they will fork out the money to keep it inside of various kinds of data warehouses or Hadoop clusters for data at rest or in InfoSphere

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/22/ibm_blu_acceleration_analysis/

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