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EMC's Atmos Smooths the Path to Cloud-Based Storage as a Service
December 06, 2011
New enhancements to EMC's Atmos Cloud Delivery Platform are designed to ease the way enterprises and service providers implement and access public and private cloud storage. VMware vApp packaging should simplify installation, and improved visibility and reporting tools provide the means to expand cloud metering services and improve administrative reporting and controls
Open Source, Abundance and Open Innovation
November 15, 2011
Open source and innovation are locked in a dynamic and symbiotic relationship. Open source, community-based development evolved to meet developer needs for access and openness. While early open source represented innovation in development processes -- and, of course, was enabled by the emergence of the Internet and Web search -- it did not always result in innovation in terms of breakthrough new technologies.
Enterprise Security System Puts Android Under Lock and Key
October 12, 2011
The proliferation of smartphones has created headaches for security-minded IT departments everywhere, but a Motorola subsidiary aims to give system administrators more peace of mind with a solution for managing Android phones in business environments. Three Laws Mobility, purchased by Motorola eight months ago, announced Tuesday that its management solution for Android phones is now ready for prime time.
Red Hat Grabs Gluster in Big Data Play
October 05, 2011
In a move to expand its enterprise cloud storage capabilities, Red Hat will spend $136 million to acquire Gluster, a storage company that builds management tools for data centers and cloud services. The companies announced the deal Tuesday, and the deal is expected to close by the end of the month.
Facebook Enlists Websense for Neighborhood Watch
October 04, 2011
Facebook, long a darling of cybercriminals looking to lure in unsuspecting cybersocializers, has partnered with content security vendor Websense to help protect members from links that lead to malware and malicious sites. That may prove good news to corporations, where many IT managers consider employees' use of social media a security threat but where few of them do much about it.
That Was the Breach That Was
September 27, 2011
A series of intrusions into the heart of the Linux Kernel.org servers in late August that went undetected for some 17 days is still shrouded in mystery. If Linux developers know how the breach occurred, they are not saying. They also are keeping mum on the extent of any damage the break-in caused.
Linux and the Giant Breach
September 12, 2011
Security scares are so commonplace in the tech industry today that it's virtually impossible to keep track of them all. Security scares in the Linux world, however, are still rare enough as to cause at least a small collective gasp of consternation. That, indeed, is just what happened recently when it was discovered that the Kernel.org site had been breached last month.
Fighting the Good Global Cybercrime Fight: Q&A With Security Guru Mikko Hypponen, Part 2
August 24, 2011
Mikko Hypponen has spent the past 20-plus years studying malicious software, including everything from "Brain" -- the first PC virus, dating back to 1986 -- all the way up to Stuxnet and today's most sophisticated global malware. He's widely considered one of the world's foremost experts on information security, and he's played a key role in taking down numerous international rings of cybercriminals.
Linux Distros: When It Absolutely, Positively Has to Be Secure
August 12, 2011
If you use Linux instead of Microsoft Windows, its free availability may well be a deciding factor. But the fact that virus and malware contamination are less likely to take down your Linux computers is no doubt an essential influencing factor as well. But does using a more popular Linux distro like Canonical's Ubuntu make your system more or less vulnerable than a Linux-on-a-stick variety such as Puppy Linux?
The Future of Android, Part 2: Security Snafus
August 09, 2011
The number of attacks on Android devices has been rising over the past few months. The malware has exotic names such as "Zitmo," "DroidDreamLight," "Hong Tou Tou," "DroidKungFu," "YZHCSMS," "Geinimi" and "Plankton." In January 2010, Google removed more than 50 fake banking apps from the Android market, and in March of this year, it removed another 50 infected apps.
New Initiative Aims to Stamp Out Cloud Lock-In
July 29, 2011
Members of the cloud computing industry this week announced the Open Cloud Initiative, a non-profit organization to advocate open standards in cloud computing, at the OSCON 2011 open source convention in Portland, Ore. The organization maintains a set of Open Cloud Principles, adherence to which will determine whether a given product or service can indeed bear the open cloud label.
Mozilla to Enterprise: We Never Meant to Make You Cry
July 22, 2011
Less than a month after Mozilla evangelist Aza Dotzler blew off enterprise users of the company's Firefox Web browser, triggering an avalanche of angry responses, the Mozilla Foundation is seeking to make nice with corporate America. The Foundation has announced that it's re-establishing the Mozilla Enterprise User Working Group.
Open Source and the Democratization of IT
July 12, 2011
This podcast discussion centers on how the role and impact of integration has shifted, and how a more comprehensive and managed approach to integration is required, thanks to such major trends as cloud, hybrid computing and managing massive datasets.
FOSS and the Freeloader Factor
July 11, 2011
It was almost exactly two years ago that Linux bloggers were bemoaning organizational FOSS users' tendency not to give back to the community, and now here we are again, facing the same fact. Spurred once again by a discussion originating in the Eclipse community, bloggers have been wrestling not just with the reality of inconsistent enterprise-user contributions to FOSS, but also whether it really matters.
What the World's Fastest Systems Say About Linux
July 08, 2011
I've been tracking the Top500 Supercomputer List with a particular eye on Linux for some time now, highlighting how Linux continues to power the majority of the world's fastest supercomputing systems. So it's no surprise to see continued dominance for Linux, but there are some interesting changes every six months when the new fastest supercomputer system list comes out.
Will WebKit Be iOS' Achilles' Heel?
June 17, 2011
Apple recently issued a new beta version of its forthcoming Mac OS X 10.6.8 update to developers, reported to contain fixes for the Mac Defender malware and its variants. Cupertino and the Mac Defender clan have been trading shots since May, with the authors of the malware circumventing Apple's efforts to stomp out their attacks.
Android Market's Malware Flood Level Rises With Plankton Surge
June 14, 2011
Yet another Android malware package has been publicized just two weeks after the last one, dubbed "DroidDream Light," was disclosed. This latest malware, named "Plankton" by Xuxian Jiang, an assistant professor in North Carolina State University's computer science department, exploits Dalvik, Android's process virtual machine, Jiang wrote.
Androids Dream of Electric Malware, Wake Up in Cold Sweat
June 03, 2011
Google has reportedly pulled several Android mobile applications that were lousy with malware from its official Android Market. This follows a report earlier this week from Lookout Mobile Security, which claimed it found dozens of apps in the market that contained malicious code.
Google Deodorizes Sniffable Android Security Flaw
May 20, 2011
Google has begun rolling out a patch to fix a security flaw in versions 2.3.3 and earlier of its Android mobile operating system. That flaw affects all Google services using the ClientLogin authentication protocol. It lets hackers access any personal data available through Android's application programming interfaces.
For FOSS Firms, Data Means Dollars
May 18, 2011
"Data" -- it's the new buzzword in the open source world, according to Tuesday's keynote speakers at the Open Source Business Conference, being held in San Francisco. "The kind of data we're collecting today is way harder to store and process than it used to be," said Mike Olson, president and CEO of Cloudera.

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