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Rule-breakers thrive in strait-laced Singapore

1 februari 2015
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The eXpat Files Douglas Baigrie is an ethical hacker, a role he says it’s hard to recruit for in Singapore because the local culture encourages following rules, not thinking around them as he’s required to do.

The 36-year-old Scot therefore found himself in demand in the Lion City, and after seven years there has even learned to cope with the never-ending heat and humidity.

Enough of our yakking. Tell us the rest of your tale if you would, Douglas!

The Register: What kind of work do you do and with which technologies?

The Register: Why did you decide to move to Singapore?

The Register: How did you arrange your new gig?

The Register: Pay – up or down?

The Register: How do workplaces differ between home and Singapore?

The Register: Will your expat gig be good for your career?

Douglas Baigrie: It already has been. I was previously an expat in the Netherlands and that helped lead towards the opportunity to come out to Singapore.

Having on-site cultural experience allows you to work more globally and helps you to not think in restrictive patterns that are reinforced by only having worked in a single country.

The Register: What’s cheaper in Singapore? What’s more expensive?

Douglas Baigrie: Food in general is cheaper, even eating out at a high end restaurant is very good compared to Europe. Just about everything else is more expensive.

Accommodation is similar to London city centre or New York prices and is generally quite small, although not as small as Hong Kong. Cars are particularly expensive here. A basic family car will cost you about the same as a Porsche would back home. That said, public transport

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/01/rulebreakers_thrive_in_straitlaced_singapore/

Five years of Sun software under Oracle: Were the critics right?

28 januari 2015
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Oracle-Sun anniversary Back in 2010, critics worried that Sun Microsystems’ software portfolio would wither on the vine once Oracle got its hands on it. Five years on and the worst fears have proven baseless, yet former Sun diehards have had plenty to be disappointed about since Larry Ellison Co gobbled the former server heavyweight.

Although Sun was founded in 1982 as a maker of Unix workstations, in its later years it had assembled a rich collection of software, ranging from servers and middleware to databases, virtualization platforms, high-performance computing (HPC) tools, and even the OpenOffice.org productivity suite.

Sun was also fairly innovative as commercial software firms went. By the 2000s it had become one of the largest corporate contributors to open source projects in the world. It had also adopted a unique business model, where customers paid monthly subscription fees based on headcount in exchange for unlimited access to everything in Sun’s software portfolio. Unfortunately, however, this strategy wasn’t earning it much revenue.

Oracle, on the other hand, is a very different kind of company from the Sun of yesteryear, one concerned foremost with the bottom line, rather than lofty notions of “community” and “sharing.” And while many of Sun’s software products have lingered on, post-gobble, others have been cast by the wayside in pursuit of profit, with Oracle focusing mainly on Sun’s “crown jewels”: Java, MySQL, and Solaris.

Former Sun customers, employees, and partners have met these changes with varying degrees of concern, outrage, and acceptance. They may all have good points.

Whose Java is it anyway?

James Gosling, the so-called Father of Java, didn’t last long at Oracle following the buyout. He spent a few months as Big Red’s chief technology officer for client software before leaving in April 2010. A 26-year veteran of Sun, Gosling would later describe Oracle

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/28/five_years_sun_software_under_oracle/

Beveiligingsvraagstuk remt opkomst BYOD

28 januari 2015
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In het jaar 2020 verwachten organisaties vooral meer gebruik te maken van tablets (20 procent meer) en 2-in-1 hybrids(14 procent meer). Ook het gebruik van smartphones (11 procent meer) en phablets (5 procent) zal groeien. Organisaties maken zich echter ook zorgen om de beveiliging van al die apparaten die gekoppeld worden aan de zakelijke ict-omgeving. Dat kan een remmend effect hebben op de groei van het gebruik van privé-apparatuur in de zakelijke omgeving. Dat blijkt uit Europees onderzoek door Redshift Research dat is uitgevoerd in opdracht van ict-leverancier HP. Er werden 1130 ict-beslissers ondervraagd.


De Nederlandse respondenten verwachten dat het zakelijke gebruik van smartphone zal stijgen naar 49 procent. Volgens de onderzoekers wordt de smartphone daardoor, na de desktop, het meest dominante apparaat in de zakelijke omgeving. Ondanks die groei verwacht minder dan een kwart (24 procent) van de ict-beslissers in Europa dat hun bedrijf goed is uitgerust voor mobiel werken. 8 procent denkt zelfs dat hun organisatie helemaal niet is voorbereid op die trend.

Security zet rem op BYOD

‘Ondanks de toenemende mobiliteit op het werk is er een aanhoudend wantrouwen ten aanzien van ‘bring your own device’ ofwel byod. 70 procent van de ondervraagde organisaties heeft op dit moment geen byod-beleid. In Nederland is dit percentage 78 procent. ‘En zelfs wanneer er een byod-beleid is, dan valt nog niet de helft van gebruikte devices (41 procent) hieronder’, stellen de onderzoekers.

Vooral onderwerpen rondom beveiliging houden organisaties tegen wanneer het gaat om byod. ‘Bijna de helft van de Nederlandse respondenten vreest dat byod de veiligheid van de organisatie in gevaar brengt. Ze maken zich vooral zorgen over virussen en malware die via de persoonlijke devices op het bedrijfsnetwerk terecht komt (55 procent) en dat persoonlijke apparatuur met gevoelige bedrijfsinformatie kwijt

Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/nieuws/mobility/5222220/1277034/beveiligingsvraagstuk-remt-opkomst-byod.html

IT Security Game Becomes a Race Against Time

27 januari 2015
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Customers are often astonished by the degree to which malware has penetrated their firms, and that is resulting in a rush to add better security.

IT security has become a race against the clock. In all probability, most organizations have already been compromised by some type of malware. The challenge is to discover that malware before it becomes active or, at the very least, contain it as quickly as possible once it does.

Malware has become sophisticated enough to get past network and endpoint security technologies, such as firewalls and antivirus (AV) software, that IT organizations have relied on for years. What’s more, in the wake of high-profile attacks on Target, Home Depot, Sony, JP Morgan Chase and even the U.S. Central Command, much of the focus on IT security has shifted to malware detection.

A big part of the reason for this is that not only is there a lot more malware these days, malware today is much more lethal in terms of not only the amount of it, but also its sophistication.

“There’s not only a lot more malware,” said Stephen Harrison, director of sales for EverSec Group, a reseller of IT security software. “The caliber of the threat is much greater.”

Because hackers now have access to better tools, IT organizations must improve their security defenses. To address those customer requirements, EverSec partnered with LightCyber, a provider of what is being referred to as “active breach detection” software.

LightCyber Magna software is unique in that it not only identifies threats, but it doesn’t require a massive amount of IT infrastructure resources to support it; that makes malware-detection software much more accessible to small and midsize business (SMB) customers, Harrison said.

Other providers of malware-detection software include FireEye, Lastline and Vectra Networks.

“We’re identifying malicious code using analytics to identify suspicious

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/security/it-security-game-becomes-a-race-against-time.html/

The firm that swallowed the Sun: Is Oracle happy as Larry with hardware and systems?

27 januari 2015
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Oracle-Sun anniversary One Sun swallow doesn’t make a hardware summer, and while it certainly hasn’t for Oracle, it is far from being in a hardware winter for the firm.

Oracle’s gulp of Sun Microsystems on 27 January 2010 – five years ago today – has resulted in a generally flagging Sun hardware product business and the growing Engineered System product set.

Oracle bought Sun so as to build integrated stack systems, its engineered product line, and improve on what it saw as the then mainstream best-of-breed component-based stack of application-through-to-server-hardware components. It needed control of its own processor, server hardware and operating system added to its middleware applications to do this.

This has been arguably largely successful – although Solaris’ role as an open-source OS alongside Linux has faltered and Linux is used inside Oracle’s engineered systems.

Oracle_Annual_Revs_Profit

Oracle annual revenues and profit since Sun acquisition

The acquisition bumped Oracle’s annual revenues up from the $22-23m area to $27bn and then $37bn. Its challenge now is to grow that past $40bn. Although Oracle’s overall revenues and profits have grown since the acquisition, its hardware product-only revenue has trended down.

This is shown in two graphs. The first shows Oracle’s quarterly hardware product revenues since the purchase:

Oracle_Quarterly_HW_Product_revenues

We can see a falling trend to the third 2013 quarter and then rising numbers (on annual compares) to the first fiscal 2015 quarter with a strongish rebound in the latest quarter. Can this become a growth trend for the rest of the year, concluding with Oracle’s seasonally higher fourth quarter? That would be some turnaround.

The second chart shows these hardware product revenues represented as a percentage of Oracle’s overall revenues:

Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/27/oracles_sun_microsystems_acquisition_5_years_later/

ESA kiest Red Hat voor private cloud

23 januari 2015
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European Space Agency (ESA) ontwikkelt een on-premise, private cloud-infrastructuur die grotendeels gebaseerd is op Red Hat Enterprise Linux. De cloud-infrastructuur draait op VCE-systemen op een blade x86-architectuur en wordt door Orange Business Services beheerd.


ESA koos Red Hat Enterprise Linux als een van de platformen die in de ESA Cloud worden ondersteund. De ict-afdeling van ESA host verschillende diensten en omgevingen in de ESA-cloud, waaronder  softwareontwikkeling en testomgevingen, satellite data reprocessing- omgevingen, document management systemen en traditionele ict-diensten voor de dagelijkse werkzaamheden van teams

Het ict-team van de ruimtevaartorganisatie kan realtime de ict-omgeving monitoren. Hierdoor wordt de beschikbare capaciteit geoptimaliseerd en worden de chargeback operations voor interne klanten geregeld. 

Specifieke eisen

Het ESA-team werkte tijdens de implementatie van het besturingssysteem in het ESA-project nauw samen met Red Hat Consulting om ervoor te zorgen dat aan alle eisen werd voldaan. Deze fase was belangrijk, omdat de specifieke eisen van ESA behoorlijk verschilden met die van andere commerciële organisaties, en vaak compleet nieuw waren. Volgens Josè Fernandez Balseiro, technical officer en projectmanager voor de ESA Private Cloud vormde Red Hat een belangrijk element in de realisatie van hun eigen private cloud. Dankzij de, volgens Balseiro, cruciale ontwikkeling hebben technische en wetenschappelijke gebruikers toegang tot de meest geavanceerde en betrouwbare diensten. 

Complexe virtuele omgevingen kunnen nu door de eindgebruikers in een paar minuten worden ingericht. De flexibiliteit zorgt ervoor dat de ESA eerder zijn zakelijke en wetenschappelijke doelen kan halen. Daarbij zorgt de nieuwe infrastructuur die gebaseerd is op open standaarden voor een effectief beheer van alle diensten. De ict-afdeling van ESA ondersteunt diverse gebruikers in heel Europa die specifieke applicaties nodig hebben, die  inclusief de data  ten allen tijde beschikbaar moeten zijn.

Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/nieuws/cloud_computing/5220481/2333364/esa-kiest-red-hat-voor-private-cloud.html

Secure Backup Service op basis van Barracuda

23 januari 2015
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Secure Backup Service biedt een veilige hybride back-up oplossing op basis van Barracuda Networks. Dit is een met encryptie beveiligde oplossing op locatie met een synchronisatie van data naar een Nederlands datacenter. Dit inclusief dagelijkse monitoring en support.


Een back-up voorziening is de basis voor de continuïteit van uw bedrijfsvoering. De back-up moet goed geregeld zijn op het moment dat er een bestand of een complete server verloren is gegaan. Secure Backup Service biedt back-up oplossing waarmee de continuïteit van de bedrijfsvoering is gewaarborgd. Dit in de vorm van een abonnement zonder grote eenmalige investeringen. Specialisten verzorgen installatie en dagelijkse controle van de back-up en er wordt een rapportage gemaakt. Secure Backup Service biedt een beveiligde hybride oplossing op kantoor met synchronisatie naar een datacenter in Nederland.

Secure Backup Service ondersteunt onder andere Microsoft Server en Linux op bare-metal niveau, Microsoft Exchange tot op mail niveau, VMWare en Hyper-V, MySQL, MSSQL databases en fileshares binnen het netwerk.


Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/producten/security/5218710/1276896/secure-backup-service-op-basis-van-barracuda.html

Websense Aims to Unify Endpoint Security

19 januari 2015
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In addition to unveiling an integrated security platform, Websense named a new vice president of global sales channels and professional services.

Websense released TRITON APX 8.0, an integrated security platform that the company said will make it simpler for its partners to sell a broader range of its products and services.

In addition, Websense announced that John Starr has been appointed vice president of global sales channels and professional services.

TRITON API 8.0 will be critical for Websense partners because, rather than bundling Web, email and mobile security products along with data protection software, the platform represents the first time all those products are truly integrated within one platform, Starr said.

“This isn’t a product bundle,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for our partners to add real value.”

A recent survey commissioned by Websense found that, if given the chance, 30 percent of security professionals would completely revamp the security products they have in place.

The issue, Starr said, is that end customers are looking for a lot more integration across endpoint security in order to more rapidly identify and contain threats. The challenge is that providing that capability requires more security expertise, he added.

To help channel partners provide that expertise, Websense created a professional services group that channel partners can call on as an alternative to hiring their own security experts, he said, adding that because there’s a shortage of people with IT security expertise, the market opportunity for channel partners often winds up being more limited than it should be.

IT organizations are currently experiencing massive amounts of security fatigue. While the number of threats has clearly increased, so too has the number of false positives. As a result, IT organizations become numb to all the alerts being generated by endpoint security products that are not tightly integrated.

The goal is to reduce that

Bron: Linux and Unix Nieuws Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.channelinsider.com/security/websense-aims-to-unify-endpoint-security.html/

Erasmus Universiteit gunt aan Scholten Awater

14 januari 2015
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Ict-dienstverlener Scholten Awater is na een Europese aanbesteding opnieuw gekozen tot leverancier van werkplekhardware voor de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Het contract heeft een waarde van vier miljoen euro en wordt aangegaan voor een periode van twee jaar met twee optionele verleningen van een jaar. De ict-dienstverlener uit Nijmegen levert sinds 2009 werkplekapparatuur aan de universiteit en kreeg de opdracht voor de tweede keer gegund.


De gunning omvat de levering van laptops, werkstations, thin clients, monitoren, tablets en randapparatuur. Daarnaast gaat Scholten Awater ook verschillende ict-diensten uitvoeren, zoals het afvoeren en recyclen van afgeschreven hardware, refurbishen van oude hardware en installatie op de werkplek. Ook het reparatie- en garantieproces loopt via de ict-dienstverlener. Het betreft ongeveer 3200 werkplekken.

De universiteit bestaat uit zeven faculteiten, twee universitaire instituten en het Erasmus University College en telt in totaal ruim 23.000 studenten. Er werken zo’n 2600 mensen bij de wetenschappelijke onderwijsinstelling. De campus is 16 hectare groot. Er staan vijftien gebouwen, variërend in grootte en bouwjaar (vanaf 1968), met een totale oppervlakte van ongveer 180.000 vierkante meter.

Scholten Awater won eerder een aanbesteding van de Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam. Die universiteit heeft de levering van werkplekken, laptops, servers, opslagsystemen en smartphones gebaseerd op het besturingssysteem Windows, Linux  en Android uitbesteed aan drie contractpartijen. Naast Scholten Awater zijn dat Centralpoint en ARP Nederland.

Bron: Computable Lees het complete artikel hier: http://www.computable.nl/artikel/wie_gunt_wat/5216865/3152533/erasmus-universiteit-gunt-aan-scholten-awater.html

DigitalOcean adds FreeBSD, explores cloudy Windows

14 januari 2015
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Cloud operator DigitalOcean has added an option to run Free BSD in its cloud and is considering adding Windows servers.

The company glories in the position as the world’s second-or-third-largest operator of web-facing servers, with Netcraft rating only Amazon Web Services as its numerical superior.

The overwhelming majority of those servers are Linux, but the company today added FreeBSD in response to user requests. Co-founder Mitch Wainer told The Reg adding the Unix variant was a “trivial implementation in terms of development time”.

Rather harder, he expects, will be adding Windows. DigitalOcean is currently “exploring” how it can obtain Windows licences, so that it can add Microsoft’s operating system to its offering. A German data centre is also on the agenda, as is a continuation of its developer-cuddling practices which Wainer says makes nurturing a community a core part of the company’s operations.

“We focus on enabling and educating developers,” Wainer said. “Other clouds focus on sales and lead nurturing and enterprise marketing.”

Cloud’s a big and growing market, so there are niches aplenty. One suspects Digital Ocean will need Windows to grow beyond its current position, as the company’s US$5/month servers are a fine way to stand up a simple website. The work of winning over a few more substantial customers lies ahead. ®

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Bron: The Register Lees het complete artikel hier: http://go.theregister.com/i/cfa/http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/14/digital_ocean_adds_freebsd_explores_cloudy_windows/