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KPN breidt clouddiensten uit met IaaS

29 oktober 2014
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Infosecurity.nl

KPN breidt zijn zakelijke ict-dienstverlening uit met infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Het gaat om diensten voor rekenkracht, opslag (storage) en uitbreiding van de netwerkcapaciteit op basis van Microsoft Azure. KPN garandeert dat data en diensten geleverd en beheerd worden via datacenters, netwerken en apparatuur in Nederland.


De ict-dienstverlener plaatst de data van klanten in datacenters in Aalsmeer en Apeldoorn. De leverancier richt zich met de IaaS-diensten op grote organisaties, bijvoorbeeld overheidsinstellingen met veel privacygevoelige data die verplicht zijn om die gegevens op te slaan op Nederlands grondgebied. De dienst is beschikbaar voor Linux- en Microsoft-gebruikers.

KPN bood al Office en Exchange-diensten aan via CloudNL, maar breidt die diensten nu uit naar IaaS-diensten. Adviesbureau Deloitte ziet toe op de compliancy. Het bedrijf gaat audits uitvoeren. Het controleert of IaaS CloudNL, zoals het aanbod is gedoopt, voldoet aan de Nederlandse privacywetgeving, interne veiligheidsnormen en branchespecifieke compliancyregels zoals NEN-normen voor de zorg en financiële sector.

Paradox

KPN maakte bij de bekendmaking van de IaaS-dienst ook bekend dat het in juli 2015 een nieuw datacenter opent in Eindhoven. Daarmee heeft het bedrijf datacenters verspreid over alle windstreken van Nederland.

Alexander van Hooft, KPN-directeur it-solutions zakelijke markt. ‘Het is paradoxaal, aan de ene kant is cloud computing een internationale ontwikkeling. Maar er lijkt ook sprake te zijn van een emotie waarin klanten hun data in de buurt willen hebben en als het ware willen kunnen aanraken.’

Geen ‘020’

Hij vervolgt: ‘We waren laatst in gesprek met een ondernemer uit de Rotterdamse haven die wilde zijn data absoluut niet in ‘020’ plaatsen. We kregen rond die tijd de kans om een datacenter in Rotterdam te starten. Daarna zie je dat het aantal klanten in de regio Rotterdam ineens groeit.’

De eerste

Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/nieuws/cloud_computing/5189901/2333364/kpn-breidt-clouddiensten-uit-met-iaas.html

IBM, backing away from hardware? NEVER!

29 oktober 2014
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HPC Blog So, it looks like IBM has moved its chipworks over to Globalfoundries, as described by Reg hack Tim Worstall here. But what are the implications for IBM’s systems business?

I agree that the brutal and implacable economics of the chip business forced IBM’s hand here. Manufacturing microprocessors is a hugely capital intensive undertaking, with massive fixed costs for the buildings and equipment necessary to churn out shiny new CPUs. It also costs a lot of dough to acquire and hold onto the highly specialized people who can design and build cutting edge silicon.


IBM Microelectronics just didn’t, or doesn’t, have the volume to justify the kind of ongoing investment required to keep running on the process treadmill. Last year, the division booked revenues of around $1.4bn, but netted a loss of $700m – which is a bitter pill when you consider the future investments that will be needed to remain competitive in the microprocessor race.

The $1.5bn IBM will be paying Globalfoundries (in $500m annual installments) to provide Big Blue with processors and other stuff is a bargain compared to the cost of moving from their current 22nm process to 14nm and beyond.

Globalfoundries will book around $10bn over the next year in capital expenditures – which shows you just how expensive it is to compete in the chip building side of the industry. For its part, IBM will be still be investing $3bn in advanced chip research over the next five years, but this will probably end up being a cooperative effort with Globalfoundries.

One of the constant refrains I noticed in the comments thread on Tim Worstall’s story was that this move means IBM is leaving the systems business. Over the next few years, it

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/29/ibm_backing_away_from_hardware/

Was ist das? Eine neue Suse Linux Enterprise? Ausgezeichnet!

28 oktober 2014
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Suse has kicked out a new version of its enterprise-grade commercial Linux distribution, Suse Linux Enterprise 12, more than five years after the last major-version release.

Not that the German firm has been resting on its laurels in the meantime. Countless patches and updates for the platform have been released for version 11 over the years, and Suse has shipped three official “service packs” for its flagship data center product, Suse Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11.


Suse Linux Enterprise 12, however, brings the distro up to date with a number of popular modern technologies – including improved management capabilities, containers, and yes, even systemd – to help it better compete with the likes of CentOS, Red Hat, and Ubuntu.

The core Suse Linux Enterprise 12 distro forms the base of all of Suse’s enterprise product offerings, so the new release brings with it not just SLES 12, but also new versions of the company’s High Availability Extension, the Virtual Machine driver pack, and Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED).

Among the major new features of the release, support for Linux Containers (LXC) is now baked into the OS, and Docker-based container deployment and management is offered as a technology preview.

The controversial systemd management daemon replaces the older, Unix System V–style init process, and network configuration management is handled via a new system called wicked.

Also out is Oracle’s MySQL database, which has been replaced by MySQL creator Monty Widenius’ MariaDB fork. Several other Linux distros have already done the same, including Red Hat and its variants.

These and other changes all come wrapped in a new installer that requires fewer reboots and gives users the option of receiving all available maintenance updates as part of the installation.

SLES 12 also now supports

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/28/suse_linux_enterprise_12/

Let’s make an app that POSTS your POO to APPLE HQ

26 oktober 2014
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CoTW Can we build an app that automatically delivers large quantities of human excrement to Apple’s doorstep? That is the question frothing on fanbois’ lips as we enter another Comment of the Week.

On last week’s exclusive announcement of the new “bump to dump” app Ploppr, silver-badged commentard Pen-y-gors opened the batting with an excellent suggestion for additional Ploppr functionality:

Does the iOS version automatically post 30% of the deposit to Apple via iTunes? I’m tempted to start coding now …


Few of you seemed to see this, but by Odin’s beard did it tickle the cockles of the Great Commentard Mangling Machine’s heart.

On the news that Apple’s Pay app was live this week, commentard Stretch – who revels in a bronze badge – kept it short and sweet when dissing the fruity firm:

Fuck off Apple. Just. Fuck. Off.

More than 30 downvotes should put to rest the notion that everyone on/at/in El Reg hates Apple. We like to think informed and reasoned comments, rather than mindless abuse, tend to get the upvotes. (OK Apple, will you start talking to us again now? Pretty please?)

A close runner-up for this week’s Comment of the Week award was Alfred, who said what we’re all thinking when it comes to politicians invoking paedophiles as justification for new attacks on civil liberties:

They truly think we’re all idiots “Alongside the blessings … there are the plotters, the proliferators, and the paedophiles.” Every fucking time, they throw about the word “paedophile” and expect us to react like Pavlovian half-wits raised on a diet of the Daily Mail and the Daily Express. Just say “paedophile” and the stupid fucking public will let us do whatever we like to them. I cannot be the only person now who automatically discounts anything said

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/26/comment_of_the_week_oct_26/

Amazon rolls cloud and on-prem into single sign-on service

22 oktober 2014
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Amazon has revealed plans to tie AWS to customers’ Earth-bound Microsoft IT estates and infrastructure using a directory service.

The cloud giant Wednesday unveiled the AWS Directory Service, which it said connects portions of its cloud to customers’ “existing, on-premises” directories.


Amazon didn’t name Microsoft, but it didn’t need to – Microsoft’s ActiveDirectory manages rolling estates of business PCs, servers, devices and software.

AWS Directory Service lets users re-use existing credentials like passwords for access to on-prem Windows systems to access EC2 instances running Windows.

Also, they can log into Amazon’s Workspaces, Zocalo and AWS management console.

Workspaces is Amazon’s virtual desktop running a Windows 7 “experience” supposed to free business of the drudgery of owning Windows end points.

Zocalo is the cloudy firm’s “enterprise” take on Microsoft’s OneDrive and Google’s Drive.

AWS Directory Service connects to your existing directory using something called an AD Connector directory type, which serves as a cloud proxy.

Amazon said this does away with the need for complex synchronisation technology or federated sign-in.

Communication between the AWS Cloud and an on-prem directory is via AWS Direct Connect or via a secure VPN within Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud.

AD Connector comes in two flavours – one for up to 10,000 and the second serving up to 100,000 users, computers, groups and other objects.

For directory newbies, AWS Directory Service also comes with an open-source Samba option that runs Unix and Linux systems and connects them to the ActiveDirectory management empire.

The AWS Samba service offers most of the Active Directory features, Amazon said, including the ability to join Windows domains and manage group policies, adding that this is all via a single sign-on. ®

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Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/22/amazon_windows_directory/

UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

21 oktober 2014
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A group of “Veteran Unix Admins” reckons too much input from GNOME devs is dumbing down Debian, and in response, is floating the idea of a fork.

As the rebel greybeards put it, “… current leadership of the project is heavily influenced by GNOME developers and too much inclined to consider desktop needs as crucial to the project, despite the fact that the majority of Debian users are tech-savvy system administrators.”


The anonymous rebels’ says “Some of us are upstream developers, some professional sysadmins: we are all concerned peers interacting with Debian and derivatives on a daily basis.” Their beef is that “We don’t want to be forced to use systemd in substitution to the traditional UNIX sysvinit init, because systemd betrays the UNIX philosophy.”

“Debian today is haunted by the tendency to betray its own mandate, a base principle of the Free Software movement: put the user’s rights first,” they write at debianfork.org. “What is happening now instead is that through a so called ‘do-ocracy’ developers and package maintainers are imposing their choices on users.”

The authors also argue that “… we see systemd being very prone to mission creep and bloat and likely to turn into a nasty hairball over the longer term.”

“We like controlling the startup of the system with shell scripts that are readable, because readability grants a certain level of power and consciousness for those among us who are literate, and we believe that centralizing control services, sockets, devices, mounts, etc., all within one daemon is a slap in the face of the UNIX philosophy.”

The group would rather not fork Debian, preferring an arrangement under which “sysvinit stays the default for now, systemd can be optional.”

The rebels point out that they’re not alone. Sites

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/21/unix_greybeards_threaten_debian_fork_over_systemd_plan/

Ex-Microsoft man takes up arms for Red Hat’s open-cloud crusade

20 oktober 2014
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“We want to be the undisputed leader in enterprise cloud,” Red Hat’s chief executive Jim Whitehurst said recently.

It’s a big target to set yourself. There’s plenty of competition from incumbents such as Microsoft (now changing its game), and new entrants such as Amazon (breaking down the doors).


One thing both have to help them is an ecosystem. Microsoft spent decades building a world of partners and developers around Windows, that it now hopes to turn into cloud developers. Nobody has mobilised devs on quite the same scale as Microsoft in personal computing.

Amazon has a strong brand and a foot in the door with AWS: it started as a developer play but has turned into a CIO-level decision.

So where does Red Hat turn? Microsoft – that’s where.

Red Hat in September hired Harry Mower as senior director, developer programs and evangelism.

Mower has been an evangelist and outreach manager for Microsoft since 2006, on media, telecoms and entertainment. His job, to expand uptake and adoption of Microsoft technologies.

You could argue that’s a sales person’s responsibility, but evangelists don’t dirty their hands with money. They’re deployed to exercise use of soft power – persuasion and diplomacy — to win hearts and minds.

Mower at Red Hat will develop messages and strategies around groups of products. He will work with the company’s product teams, determining strategies, and leading a team creating and delivering messages.

Moreover, Red Hat isn’t just hiring Mower – it’s created a new position for him. So why an ex-evangelist from the proprietary side of the tracks, and why now?

“Red Hat has reached a level growing from just Linux then adding JBoss middleware to 12 products and now it’s entering storage, virtualisation software, and cloud technology with OpenShift and OpenStack,”

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/10/20/ex_microsoft_man_spearheading_red_hat_open_cloud_crusade/

Dell weet wanneer gebruiker stress heeft

20 oktober 2014
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RD-afdeling ontwikkelt moodsensing computing

Ict-leverancier Dell ontwikkelt hard- en software die reageert op de gemoedstoestand van de gebruiker. In de laboratoria van het ict-bedrijf uit Texas wordt geëxperimenteerd met ‘moodsensing computing’. Sensoren die aan de systemen zijn gekoppeld leggen bijvoorbeeld hersensignalen, stemgebruik en hartslag vast. Ook de inzet van gezichtsherkenning wordt getest. ‘De systemen passen zich aan op de gemoedstoestand van de gebruiker’ vertelt het hoofd van Dell’s Research en Development-afdeling Jai Menon tijdens Dell’s Solution Summit 2014 in Brussel.


Het gaat om een koppeling van bijvoorbeeld meters voor hersenactiviteit en hartslagmeters aan hardware en software. In een testopstellingen hebben verschillende scenario’s de revue gepasseerd. Bijvoorbeeld die van een gamer die verveeld is, waarop het spel besluit om automatisch een aantal levels over te slaan. Maar er wordt ook geëxperimenteerd met zakelijke toepassingen. ‘Het systeem kan besluiten dat bij een medewerker die zeer geconcentreerd aan het werk is een inkomend telefoongesprek automatisch wordt doorgeschakeld naar voicemail.’ Menon denkt ook aan systemen die via spraakherkenning detecteren of een medewerker gestrest is.

Menon kan niet precies zeggen of en wanneer het bedrijf de moodsensing-functionaliteit gaat gebruiken. ‘Wij richten ons op technologieën en kijken daarbij twee jaar en verder vooruit. Het percentage van de door rd ontwikkelde producten, software en diensten die uiteindelijk op de markt komen, ligt bij ons rond de 70 procent. Uiteraard kan je een hoger percentage halen, maar dan zet je misschien wel te voorzichtig in op de ontwikkeling van nieuwe toepassingen’, aldus het hoofd rd die voorheen onder meer actief was voor IBM en ATT.

‘Meer innovatie’

Volgens Menon is sinds oprichter Michael Dell het bedrijf in 2013 van de beurs haalde meer ruimte gekomen voor innovatie. ‘De focus ligt minder op de kwartalen en de belangen van

Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/nieuws/infrastructuur/5175038/2379248/dell-weet-wanneer-gebruiker-stress-heeft.html

Nine Important Facts About Android Malware Risks

16 oktober 2014
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One in five Android-device users may be at risk of a malware attack, according to a study conducted by Kaspersky Lab in collaboration with Interpol. At the greatest risk are Android users in Russia who often pay for online services and content using Short Message Service, making them attractive targets for cyber-criminals. But Kasperksy’s “Mobile Cyber-Threats” study, based on data collected from August 2013 to July 2014, shows that users of Android devices in the United States were also at risk of attacks, but to a lesser degree than those in other countries. “While security solutions are a must, criminals will always find other victims and devices that are not so well protected,” said John Murdock, vice president of channel sales for Kaspersky. “We expect to continue to see not only individual cyber-criminals targeting the Android platform, but organized criminal groups, as well. The only thing that can stop them is wider adoption of security solutions to make it harder for them to attack and the involvement of law-enforcement organizations.” Study results were tabulated using Kaspersky’s cloud-based Security Network, which includes more than 5 million users of Android-based devices. Here are key takeaways from the study.

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/security/slideshows/nine-important-facts-about-android-malware-risks.html/

IoT heeft ook de IT-manager in zijn greep

16 oktober 2014
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Gaby Kroet

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Expert van Computable voor de topics: Cloud Computing, Netwerken en Mobility

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Voorbij zijn de dagen dat een it-manager kon volstaan met het inplannen van drie Ethernet-poorten per werkplek. Gebruikers maken vandaag de dag niet alleen verbinding met hun zakelijke computers, maar ook met talloze persoonlijke apparaten. Daarnaast zijn straks niet alleen de voor de hand liggende devices verbonden met internet, maar ook dingen als de deur en de verlichting.


Voorbij zijn ook de dagen dat er op één werkplek wordt gewerkt. Men verwacht vandaag altijd, overal en vanaf elk apparaat verbinding te kunnen maken. Het tijdperk van het internet of things (IoT) – waarin vrijwel alles en iedereen in verbinding staat met internet – staat voor de deur en ons leven wordt mobieler en mobieler. En dat kan zorgen voor hoofdpijn: hoe identificeer je de juiste, veilige apparaten die jouw netwerk mogen binnentreden?

Geen gebakken lucht

Momenteel worden er zo’n twee miljard apparaten gebruikt die aangesloten zijn op internet. Naar verwachting stijgt dit aantal in 2020 naar 26 miljard. Deze voorspelling is niet gebaseerd op gebakken lucht: IoT neemt een steeds grotere plek in in ons leven, mede door de prijsdaling van de apparaten en de vernieuwende big data-oplossingen. Nu we ons voorbereiden op de komst van nog meer draadloze mobiliteit staan it-managers meer dan ooit voor de vraag hoe zij hun netwerk moeten beheren of inrichten met het oog op de huidige ontwikkelingen.

Het gaat hier om een lastig vraagstuk, want hoe kan een it-manager zich voorbereiden op onbekende apparaten, waarbij ook nog eens onbekend is hoeveel dat er zullen zijn en wat de vereisten zijn wat betreft de connectiviteit en

Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/opinie/netwerken/5170895/1276932/iot-heeft-ook-de-itmanager-in-zijn-greep.html