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Thursday 31 October, 2013 DNUK has released version 3.0 of the Zetavault storage platform. Zetavault is a Linux based ZFS storage software platform with enterprise class features which allows you to turn commodity hardware into centralized data storage servers at significant cost savings. Zetavault eliminates vendor lock-in and provides open, unified storage management at a fraction of the cost of what traditional storage vendors charge. The software can be installed on any 64-bit X86 system on which Linux can be installed. A free 60-day trial version is available to download. Zetavault includes full integration with OpenZFS. ZFS is a revolutionary file system and logical volume manager that fundamentally changes the way file systems are administered, with features and benefits not found in any other file system available today. ZFS is robust, scalable, and easy to admini... (more)

"Virtualization Is Now a Key Strategic Theme," Says Citrix CTO

"Virtualization is already widely used, but primarily for the first-order benefit, namely server consolidation," notes Citrix CTO Simon Crosby, in this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Virtualization Journal. "The second-order benefits of agility, availability and manageability of the IT stack are now becoming better understood," Crosby continues, "and as a consequence virtualization has moved from a tactical tool for gaining immediate savings, to become a key strategic theme for every IT department." About Simon Crosby: Now CTO of Citrix Systems, Simon Crosby was founder and CTO of XenSource prior to the acquisition of XenSource by Citrix. Prior to XenSource, he was a principal engineer at Intel where he led strategic research in distributed autonomic computing, platform security and trust. In 2007, he was awarded a coveted spot as one of InfoWorld’s Top 25 CTOs. Virtua... (more)

Citrix CTO Hails Citrix-Microsoft Alliance As Increasing Virtualization Choice

"Until 2008, VMware was the only choice, their hypervisor cost thousands of dollars, and they had the market to themselves," says Citrix CTO Simon Crosby in this Exclusive Q&A in the run-up to the 3rd International Virtualization Conference & Expo next month in New York. "In 2008, Citrix and Microsoft bring customers an open architecture, a price/performance and feature set that is difficult to beat, and a powerful channel that can deliver customers a real choice for their virtual infrastructure for the first time," he adds. "Importantly," Crosby continues, "our products will all also add value to VMware virtualized infrastructure, to fully support customers that have purchased VMware enterprise licenses." Read the rest of the Exclusive Q&A with Citrix CTO Simon Crosby here In the wide-ranging interview with SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan, Crosby was asked why he thought IT ha... (more)

SYS-CON's 5th International Virtualization Conference & Expo: Themes & Topics

From Automation to Virtual Security, a round-up of the Virtualization themes & topics being discussed March 30-April 1, 2009, in New York City by the world-class speaker faculty at the 5th International Virtualization Conference & Expo being held in The Roosevelt Hotel, in midtown Manhattan. Beyond Datacenter Virtualization - How can the benefits of virtualization now be applied to transform branch and remote office efficiency and productivity? Where do new opportunities lie for realizing a truly dynamic enterprise? Certeon's Co-Founder & Director of Research, Shawn Cooney, will be giving a session in NYC in which he will argue that it is time for virtualization to take its impact beyond the datacenter. Business Change Through Virtualization - Virtualization transforms a hardware purchase into a time-boxed resource rental for the customers of IT. How else can we leve... (more)

What To Do About iPhone Security Concerns

Two recent security scares regarding the iPhone have brought renewed attention to the iPhone readiness for business use. In one case author Andy Greenburg garnered a lot of attention with his " How to Hijack Every iPhone In the World " story. This describes an SMS exploit that will be exposed at the Black Hat CyberSecurity event in Las Vegas this week.   "Researchers say they'll demonstrate how to send a series of mostly invisible SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart phone's functions. That includes dialing the phone, visiting Web sites, turning on the device's camera and microphone and, most importantly, sending more text messages to further propagate a mass-gadget hijacking." In the other story appearing in InformationWeek and elsewhere, a security expert Johnathan Zdziarski demonstrates on Youtube how a user created iPh... (more)

Amazon Web Services Announces Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon Web Services LLC, an company announced Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), a secure and seamless bridge between a company’s existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud. Amazon VPC enables enterprises to connect their existing infrastructure to a set of isolated AWS compute resources via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, and to extend their existing management capabilities such as security services, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems to include their AWS resources. Amazon VPC integrates today with Amazon EC2 compute resources, and will integrate with other AWS services in the future. As with all Amazon Web Services, there are no long-term contracts, minimum spend or up-front investments required. With Amazon VPC, you pay only for the resources you use. To get started using Amazon VPC, visit “For th... (more)

Economy Drives Adoption of Virtual Lab Technology

Surgient Session at Cloud Expo Surgient added to its existing suite of recognized innovations with a newly granted patent on the, “Creation and Management of Federated Virtual Server Clouds.” Additionally, three separate organizations honored Surgient for being among the fastest growing and most successful technology companies. Surgient has long been a leader in providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) through its purpose-built, seventh-generation cloud automation platform. Everyone wants to lower their capital expenditures and increase operational efficiency - it's a sign of the times. The economy of the past 12 - 18 months has forced all organizations to do more with less and become more efficient. While everyone can identify with the request to do more with less, they can also identify with the overwhelming need to deliver quality. The need to deliver qualit... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

The Cloud’s Hidden Costs

Surveys say…and many companies believe...that moving architecture, resources or other IT infrastructure pieces to the cloud will save them money.  That’s been one of the biggest selling points of cloud computing – pay as you go, metered service, pay what you use – the internet as a utility offering.  And while simple deployments can be cost effective, complete architectural maneuvers often put pressure on the cloud’s main value proposition according to a recent Information Week article. Burning through metered service when you think most everything is off can easily happen, as any of us are aware with lights, water, electricity and gas in our own homes.  In the IT world, a development team may have spun up some servers for testing and forgot to decommission; another group may have commandeered some servers for a specific campaign; or, the overflow/burst/DR model we... (more)

Blog Roll 2012

It’s that time of year when we gift and re-gift, just like this text.  And the perfect opportunity to re-post, re-purpose and re-use all my 2012 blog entries.  If you missed any of the approximately 130 blogs including 73 videos, here they are wrapped in one simple entry.  I read somewhere that lists in blogs are good. Have a Safe and Happy New Year. The Top 10, Top 10 2013 Predictions Security’s FUD Factor You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out… Holiday Shopping SmartPhone Style SharePoint Conference 2012: The Video Outtakes SPC12 Special Features ‘Radio Killed the Privacy Star’ Music Video? SharePoint Conference 2012: That’s a Wrap SharePoint Conference 2012 Partner Spotlight – The SCE Group SharePoint Conference 2012: Secure Remote Access & SSO with BIG-IP APM SharePoint Conference 2012: Configuring SharePoint on BIG-IP SharePoint Conference 2012: Gimme 90 Seconds with James He... (more)

IGEL integrates Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded into thin clients to enhance secure access to clinical applications

Imprivata's strong authentication solution helps organizations optimize roaming desktop capabilities in VDI environments Reading, UK August 28, 2013 - IGEL Technology today announced its thin clients will support Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded, a new solution designed to provide healthcare workers with secure, No Click Access® to clinical applications within Virtual Desktop Environments (VDI). Incorporated into IGEL's thin client firmware, Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded provides customers with an out-of-the-box solution for delivering seamless access to clinical applications and patient information at the point of care. Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded will initially be integrated with the IGEL UD2-LX MultiMedia Universal Desktop thin client, and through support for Intel x86 processor architecture, future versions of Imprivata OneSign ProveID Embedded wi... (more)