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Apache Drill Offers the Promise of Self-Service Big Data Analytics

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 3 December 2014 4:30 pm

Apache Drill is one of many different projects that can enable Hadoop. Drill, which defines itself as a schema-free SQL query engine, until this week had been an incubated Apache project. Tomer Shiran, Apache Drill founder, explained to Enterprise Apps Today that as a top level project, Drill now has autonomy at the Apache Software Foundation, its own board (also known as PMC) and makes its own decisions.

With Drill the user can just query that data, and Drill is able to pick up that structure on the fly during query execution,” Shiran said. “With Impala, the user must wait for IT to define and maintain redundant schemas on all that data.”

The promise of Drill is to enable self-service data exploration, which increases agility and makes users more productive. Shiran added that Drill is the only SQL engine that can handle evolving data automatically. So, for example, when fields change, new data sources are added. Another difference is that Drill supports many data sources, so it’s not limited to a single HDFS source.

Read the full story at Enterprise Apps Today:
Apache Drills into Hadoop

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Nginx 1.7.8 Updates Open-Source Web Server

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 2 December 2014 4:27 pm

From the ‘Apache is still more popular’ files:

The open-source nginx web server has emerged in recent years to become one of the most widely deployednginx open-source technologies on the planet. Today a new incremental version of nginx was released with the 1.7.8 milestone update.

Following is the list of changes:

 *) Change: now the “If-Modified-Since”, “If-Range”, etc. client request
       header lines are passed to a backend while caching if nginx knows in
       advance that the response will not be cached (e.g., when using
       proxy_cache_min_uses).

    *) Change: now after proxy_cache_lock_timeout nginx sends a request to a
       backend with caching disabled; the new directives
       “proxy_cache_lock_age”, “fastcgi_cache_lock_age”,
       “scgi_cache_lock_age”, and “uwsgi_cache_lock_age” specify a time
       after which the lock will be released and another attempt to cache a
       response will be made.

    *) Change: the “log_format” directive can now be used only at http
       level.

    *) Feature: the “proxy_ssl_certificate”, “proxy_ssl_certificate_key”,
       “proxy_ssl_password_file”, “uwsgi_ssl_certificate”,
       “uwsgi_ssl_certificate_key”, and “uwsgi_ssl_password_file”
       directives.
       Thanks to Piotr Sikora.

    *) Feature: it is now possible to switch to a named location using
       “X-Accel-Redirect”.
       Thanks to Toshikuni Fukaya.

    *) Feature: now the “tcp_nodelay” directive works with SPDY connections.

    *) Feature: new directives in vim syntax highliting scripts.
       Thanks to Peter Wu.

    *) Bugfix: nginx ignored the “s-maxage” value in the “Cache-Control”
       backend response header line.
       Thanks to Piotr Sikora.

    *) Bugfix: in the ngx_http_spdy_module.
       Thanks to Piotr Sikora.

    *) Bugfix: in the “ssl_password_file” directive when using OpenSSL
       0.9.8zc, 1.0.0o, 1.0.1j.

    *) Bugfix: alerts “header already sent” appeared in logs if the
       “post_action” directive was used; the bug had appeared in 1.5.4.

    *) Bugfix: alerts “the http output chain is empty” might appear in logs
       if the “postpone_output 0” directive was used with SSI includes.

    *) Bugfix: in the “proxy_cache_lock” directive with SSI subrequests.
       Thanks to Yichun Zhang.

You can download the new version here: http://nginx.org/download/nginx-1.7.8.tar.gz or update from your favorite Linux distro repo.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

WLAN Market Growing; Cisco Still Leading

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 1 December 2014 4:11 pm

IDC’s Third Quarter 2014 Worldwide Quarterly WLAN Tracker reported year-over-year revenue growth of 7.4 percent across both enterprise and consumer market segments.

The enterprise market is growing faster than the consumer side at this point with enterprise WLAN revenue growth of 9.6 percent. In contrast the consumer WLAN market only grew by 4.8 percent year-over-year.

In terms of vendors, once again Cisco remains the leading WLAN vendor by revenue. In the third quarter of 2014, Cisco held down 48.3 percent of the WLAN market up from 46.8 percent in the second quarter of 2014.

Read the full story at Enterprise Networking Planet:
Wireless LAN Market Growing Revenues on 802.11ac Adoption

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

The Evolution of Cisco’s OpenStack Cloud Strategy [VIDEO]

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 1 December 2014 4:10 pm

In a video interview with eWEEK, Lew Tucker, vice president and CTO of Cloud Computing at Cisco, detailed his firm’s OpenStack platform efforts.

Tucker commented that Cisco has been expanding its OpenStack efforts a lot more outside of networking as the adoption of OpenStack within Cisco has grown. Cisco’s first OpenStack product was the OpenStack Cisco Edition, which was first released in October 2012. In 2013, Cisco announced accelerator packs for its UCS servers that were intended to accelerate adoption of OpenStack on Cisco server hardware. Those two efforts have now been rolled into Cisco’s broader OpenStack initiatives. Tucker explained that Cisco now has software partners, including Red Hat, to help enable go-to-market efforts for OpenStack on Cisco hardware.

Today, Cisco has three primary areas of focus for OpenStack.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Inside Cisco’s OpenStack Cloud Strategy

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Adobe Issues Flash Update Out of Abundance of Caution

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Sunday 30 November 2014 4:04 pm

Typically, an out-of-band patch update is a rare event that is reserved for severe and risky zero-day flaws, but that’s not quite what is going on with the new Adobe update.

The CVE-2014-8439 vulnerability was actually first mitigated during Adobe’s regular patch Tuesday update on Oct. 14. Adobe spokesperson, Heather Edell told eWEEK that that October update included a proactive mitigation, which typically is not assigned a common vulnerabilities and exploits, or CVE, number. “We were later notified that there was an attack in the wild, and we identified that the proactive mitigation was blocking this attack,” Edell said. “Since there was a specific attack in this area, we added further mitigations in today’s release.”

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Adobe Issues Out-of-Band Patch for Flash Player

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Black Friday Security? Don’t Panic

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Saturday 29 November 2014 3:53 pm

The bottom line is that risk is present and always has been in retail. In the pre-digital processing age, carbon receipts were a risk that could have enabled fraud. Even just ordering a pizza on the phone and giving your credit card number could be a path to fraud.

Vigilance has always been key to consumer safety with credit cards, and vigilance remains the watchword for Black Friday 2014 as well.

Simply stated: Don’t panic.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Don’t Panic Over Black Friday Security Despite Rash of Retail Breaches

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Why the US Postal Service Waited before Remediating its Breach

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Friday 28 November 2014 3:46 pm

The United States Postal Service (USPS) publicly admitted that it was the victim of a cyber-intrusion on Nov. 10. As it turns out, the USPS had been aware of a potential intrusion since Sept. 11, and it took several months of planning and strategic actions until the public and USPS employees were informed.

Full details on the USPS breach were provided by Randy Miskanic, vice president of secure digital solutions at the USPS, in testimony before the Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service the Census at the U.S. House of Representatives. The testimony, which took place on Nov. 19, is posted online and provides 11 pages of details on the actions and timeline of the USPS breach incident.

The testimony gives insight into how much time and process is involved in detecting and responding to a breach, which is far from a rapid process.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Post Office Takes Unusual Approach to Handling Breach

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

HP Racing Toward Company Split

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Friday 28 November 2014 3:46 pm

On October 6, HP announced its intention to split and become two separate companies. HP Enterprise will focus on enterprise services and technologies while HP Inc will handle the consumer business and printing.

Whitman noted that over the last month, she has met with many customers, partners and employees and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

“They are excited about the potential of these two laser-focused companies that will each be leaders in their respective markets and what that can mean for their businesses and their careers,” Whitman said. “It’s still early in the process but we have a comprehensive plan to ensure that we execute a successful separation with minimal disruption to the business.”

Read the full story at Datamation:
HP’s Future is about Cloud and 3D Printers

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Docker 1.3.2 Fixes Priviledge Escalation Vulnerability

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Thursday 27 November 2014 3:30 pm

On Nov. 24, the Docker open-source project released version 1.3.2, fixing a pair of critical security vulnerabilities. One of the issues, identified as CVE-2014-6407, is a host privilege escalation flaw.

“The Docker engine, up to and including version 1.3.1, was vulnerable to extracting files to arbitrary paths on the host during ‘docker pull’ and ‘docker load’ operations,” Docker warned in its security advisory. “This vulnerability could be leveraged to perform remote code execution and privilege escalation.”

The second issue patched in Docker 1.3.2, identified as CVE-2014-6408, is vulnerability related to how security options were connected to images.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Docker Update Fixes Pair of Critical Security Flaws

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Brocade 2014 Revenue Hits $2.21 Billion

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 26 November 2014 3:27 pm

For the fourth quarter, Brocade reported revenue of $564 million for a one percent year-over-year gain. For the full year, revenue was reported at $2.21 billion for a one percent year-over-year decline. Brocade CTO Dan Fairfax said during his company’s earnings call with analysts, that the revenue decline was due to the divestiture and repositioning of certain product lines that Brocade announced a year ago, as well as the challenging federal spending environment in the first half of the year.

Net income for the fourth quarter was reported at $83 million, up from $64 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. For the full year, net income was reported at $237.97 million up from $208.62 million in 2013.

“Fiscal 2014 was the most profitable year in the company’s history, reflecting our continued focus on efficiency, and delivering on the leverage in our business model,” Brocade CEO Lloyd Carney said.

Read the full story at Enterprise Networking Planet:
Brocade Declares that 2014 was its Most Profitable Year Yet

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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