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UTM Leads Growing Network Security Appliance Market in 4Q12

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Sunday 31 March 2013 5:34 pm

According to IDC, revenue on network security appliances for the quarter grew to $2.3 billion which is a 7.2 percent year-over-year gain. Shipments of network security appliances grew to 538,428 units, which is a 5.2 percent yearly gain.

The fastest growing segment of the market is the Unified Threat Management (UTM) segment which held 35 percent of the market in 4Q12. UTM device revenues grew by 34.3 percent during the quarter, according to IDC.

Both the Firewall and the IPS parts of the network security appliance market however were hit by declines.

IDC noted that the Firewall/VPN market declined by 2.8 percent during the quarter, though it still holds down 24 percent of total revenue for the network security appliance market. The IPS market declined by 3.6 percent as UTM competition took some share.

Read the full story at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet:
Network Security Appliance Market Grows to $2.3 Billion in 4Q12

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Red Hat CEO Optimistic about OpenStack

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Sunday 31 March 2013 12:17 am

Red Hat reported its full year fiscal 2013 results this week, showing growth and a way forward.

For the full year, Red Hat reported revenue of $1.33 billion, which is a 17 percent year-over-year gain. The full year revenue was fueled by a strong fourth quarter in which Red Hat pulled in $348 million in revenue, also a 17 percent year-over-year gain. Net Income for the full year was reported at $150 million or $0.77 per share, which is a marginal gain over the $147 million reported for fiscal 2012.

Moving forward, Red Hat provided guidance for its fiscal 2014 for total revenue in the range of $1.51 billion to $1.54 billion for fiscal 2014, which would be a 16 percent annual growth rate.

One of the ways that Red Hat is looking to land and expand in the coming years is by way of the open source OpenStack cloud platform.

“We’re working with a lot of early adopter customers on OpenStack, and there’s a lot of interest in it,” Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat CEO  said. “But until those things go into production, there just won’t be big dollars.”

Whitehurst is optimistic, however, that there are in fact big dollars on the table in the OpenStack market, eventually.

“So I think if you look out, if you put a horizon 4 or 5 years, it could be much, much larger than the Linux market for sure,” Whitehurst said. “But if you ask me over the next 12 months, I can’t imagine there’ll be material revenue, not just for us but for anyone.”

Read the full story at Datamation:
Red Hat Grows Business to $1.3 Billion as OpenStack Cloud Opportunity Looms Large

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Why Computing Won’t Be Limited By Moore’s Law. Ever

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Saturday 30 March 2013 11:26 pm
Why Computing Won't Be Limited By Moore's Law. Ever

In less than 20 years, experts predict, we will reach the physical limit of how much processing capability can be squeezed out of silicon-based processors in the heart of our computing devices. But a recent scientific finding that could completely change the way we build computing devices may simply allow engineers to sidestep any obstacles.

The breakthrough from materials scientists at IBM Research doesn’t sound like a big deal. In a nutshell, they claim to have figured out how to convert metal oxide materials, which act as natural insulators, to a conductive metallic state. Even better, the process is reversible.

Shifting materials from insulator to conductor and back is not exactly new, according to Stuart Parkin, IBM Fellow at IBM Research. What is new is that these changes in state are stable even after you shut off the power flowing through the materials.

And that’s huge.

Power On… And On And On And On…

When it comes to computing — mobile, desktop or server — all devices have one key problem: they’re inefficient as hell with power.

As users, we experience this every day with phone batteries dipping into the red, hot notebook computers burning our laps or noisily whirring PC fans grating our ears. System administrators and hardware architects in data centers are even more acutely aware of power inefficiency, since they run huge collections of machines that mainline electricity while generating tremendous amounts of heat (which in turn eats more power for the requisite cooling systems).

Here’s one basic reason for all the inefficiency: Silicon-based transistors must be powered all the time, and as current runs through these very tiny transistors inside a computer processor, some of it leaks. Both the active transistors and the leaking current generate heat — so much that without heat sinks, water lines or fans to cool them, processors would probably just melt.

Enter the IBM researchers. Computers process information by switching transistors on or off, generating binary 1s and 0s.  processing depends on manipulating two states of a transistor: off or on, 1s or 0s — all while the power is flowing. But suppose you could switch a transistor with just a microburst of electricity instead of supplying it constantly with current. The power savings would be enormous, and the heat generated, far, far lower.

That’s exactly what the IBM team says it can now accomplish with its state-changing metal oxides. This kind of ultra-low power use is similar to the way neurons in our own brains fire to make connections across synapses, Parkin explained. The human brain is more powerful than the processors we use today, he added, but “it uses a millionth of the power.”

The implications are clear. Assuming this technology can be refined and actually manufactured for use in processors and memory, it could form the basis of an entirely whole new class of electronic devices that would barely sip at power. Imagine a smartphone with that kind of technology. The screen, speakers and radios would still need power, but the processor and memory hardware would barely touch the battery.

Moore’s Law? What Moore’s Law?

There’s a lot more research ahead before this technology sees practical applications. Parkin explained that the fluid used to help achieve the steady state changes in these materials needs to be more efficiently delivered using nano-channels, which is what he and his fellow researchers will be focusing on next.

Ultimately, this breakthrough is one among many that we have seen and will see in computing technology. Put in that perspective, it’s hard to get that impressed. But stepping back a bit, it’s clear that the so-called end of the road for processors due to physical limits is probably not as big a deal as one would think. True, silicon-based processing may see its time pass, but there are other technologies on the horizon that should take its place.

Now all we have to do is think of a new name for Silicon Valley.

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Apple fanboys mercilessly tweaked in cider ad

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Saturday 30 March 2013 5:16 pm

The Genius, um, Bar.

Somersby Cider UK/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET)

We’re in an Apple store.

All the employees are terribly agitated. They’re wearing green. Is it St. Patricks’ Day? Not quite. It’s a new ad — sent to me by reader Marrec Selous — that tweaks, pokes, teases, and tickles at Apple’s softer parts.

The ad is on behalf of a British cider called Somersby. And the excitement within it mirrors that of an Apple product launch.

Yes, this cider has a new operating system: Pump.

Its wireless, comes in 16- and 32-pip, and it works in your normal docking system.

Oh, just watch the ad.

I suspect you’ll either find it mildly amusing or remarkably not.

Some, though, will surely concentrate on the features of this Apple store and wonder whether Apple’s lawyers will be observing frame-by-frame in preparation for hard-core patent-infringement suits.

Those with an especially sensitive approach to technology will notice the button-pushing of the

Who could miss the slightly less than oblique suggestion that the difference between Somersby Cider and Apple’s magical revolution is that the former works very well in direct sunlight?

IBM Debates Oracle SPARC vs Power Claims

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Friday 29 March 2013 4:57 pm

Steve Sibley, Director of Power Systems Offering Management at IBM, told ServerWatch that in his opinion, it’s interesting to see how Oracle “selectively”, talks about performance.

During the Oracle SPARC T5/M5 launch earlier this week, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison made a lot of competitive claims against IBM.

“The SPARC T5 system, while certainly an improvement over the T4, has the same threading and cache challenges,” Sibley said. “The fact that they put extra cores on the chip isn’t the point and doesn’t align with real-world workloads, looking for performance on real applications.”

Read the full story at ServerWatch:
Big Blue Strikes Back Against Oracle SPARC Power Claims

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Yes, This Week’s DDoS Attack Was Huge, And Part Of An Ominous Trend

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Friday 29 March 2013 10:57 am
Yes, This Week's DDoS Attack Was Huge, And Part Of An Ominous Trend

Depending on who you believe, the week long Spamhaus-Cyberbunker cyberattack we covered Wednesday was either a threat to the Internet itself or hyped up by an overzealous security vendor. Either way, it was still serious business.

While much of the Internet disruption may have in fact been localized to Europe, and also potentially caused by tampering with underwater telecom cables in the Mediterranean, big DDoS attacks — that is, distributed denial-of-service assaults that aim to knock target computers off the Internet — are real, and have been on the rise since 2010. 

Dan Holden, the director of ASERT, Arbor Networks‘ security engineering and response team, has been monitoring DDoS attacks for more than 12 years. In 2012 his company released a Worldwide Infrastructure Report that reports attack sizes have been peaking at around 100Gbps (check out this detailed look at the report here). This week’s attack was more than 300Gbps — way above the norm, in other words. 

That’s because the attackers actually co-opted part of the Internet’s basic infrastructure — the Domain Name System, or DNS — in such a way as to greatly amplify the firehose stream of data they were directing at target computers.

Here’s how they work, according to Carlos Morales, Arbor Networks’ vice president of global sales engineering and operations:

Attackers send DNS queries to a [DNS server] on the Internet but use the victim address as the source of the query. When the response goes back, a response that is usually multiple times the size of the initial query, the response goes to the victim. Multiple this by hundreds of thousands of requests from bots on the Internet spoofing the one victim address and you get a very large flood of traffic to the victim machine.

Holden says DNS is becoming an increasingly popular target for DDoS. As many as 27 million DNS servers across the Internet are “open” in a way that allows them to be hijacked this way. 

That means that while this week’s attack may not have knocked us Americans off of the Web, the amount of localized disruption overseas was definitely large enough to cause serious reverberations. This may not have been the Web’s D-Day, but these could definitely be the opening salvo of a hacker blitzkrieg. Let’s hope the ISPs and powers that be don’t Neville Chamberlain it. 

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Apple again said to be planning game hardware

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Friday 29 March 2013 4:56 am


Apple is once again rumored to be planning a game controller, according to a new report.

Citing developer sources, Pocket Gamer says Apple has been floating the idea of a physical controller to developers at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, which wraps up today. The publication adds that such a device would be unveiled at a press event next month.

Pocket Gamer’s report adds that Apple actually has a space reserved at the show for meeting with developers, but that it’s using a false name to fly under the radar.

It’s not the first time Apple has been said to be working on a controller project. Last April, a report from popular hardware site AnandTech noted that Apple had just such a project in the works, but that it might not ever make it to market. Adding to the intrigue of it all was a patent Apple filed for in 2008, depicting a dock that would allow iOS owners to add physical controls and other hardware features.

Such hardware would be a first for the company since its ill-fated Pippin home entertainment system in the late 90s. With its most recent crop of portable devices, Apple has eschewed physical controls in favor of on-screen software controls. That’s made controlling games more customizable, but also less ergonomic, and responsive than a physical controller.

Since the iPhone (and subsequent iOS devices), there have been a handful of companies to create such physical buttons and controllers for portable devices. Many of those options use Bluetooth, though also require game developers to get on board and add support for that hardware. Apple even sells some of these products — including the iFling joystick — in its stores.

CNET has reached out to Apple for comment on the report, and will update this post when we know more.

Spamhaus DDoS Attack Doesn’t Take Site, CloudFlare CDN or the Internet Down

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Thursday 28 March 2013 4:28 pm

CloudFlare is a host for spam fighting SpamHaus.org, the target of a massive DDoS attack.

“We saw approximately 120 Gbps hit the edge of our network,” Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare told eSecurity Planet. “At that point, the attackers changed their strategy and started targeting our upstream providers.”

Though the DDoS against Spamhaus and CloudFlare was the largest publicly reported DDoS in history, the broader impact on the entire Internet depends on where in the world you are.

“The congestion on the network was almost entirely limited to Europe and, for a brief period of time, Asia,” Prince said. “Whether the Internet slowed down depended on whether your packet was going through a Tier 1 provider or Internet Exchange that was affected.”

Prince explained that when the Internet “slows down,” it really means that packets are being lost and need to be re-sent. “Packet loss is often caused by a port on the network having more traffic sent to it than it can handle,” he said.

DDoS Defeated

While CloudFlare and Spamhaus were under the DDoS attack, the attacker didn’t actually succeed in taking the site offline.

“Spamhaus just proved to the world that a 300 Gbps DDoS attack can be mitigated, they clearly put a lot of forethought into their system architecture and planned for this kind of eventuality,” Andrew Storms, director of security operations for security vendor nCircle, told eSecurity Planet

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
The Largest DDoS Ever Hits the Internet

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Oracle Updates SPARC Servers

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 27 March 2013 11:15 pm

The new T5 SPARC processor is a step up from the T4 that Oracle announced in September of 2011.SPARC T5

Marshall Choy, Oracle’s director of systems solutions and business planning, explained to ServerWatch that Oracle is now positioning the T4 as the entry level for SPARC systems. The T5, which will be available in a single-socket blade as well as two-, four- and eight-socket rack server configurations, is set to be the mid-range of Oracle’s server portfolio.

The M5 will represent the high-end SPARC system with a 32-socket server system. Both the T5 and the M4 are derived from the same S3 core SPARC architecture.  The T5 has 16 cores per processor, while the M5 has a six-core architecture and a larger memory cache.

Read the full story at ServerWatch:
Oracle Accelerates Servers with New T5 and M5 SPARC Lines

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

BlackBerry Steadies Its Boat In Latest Quarterly Earnings

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Wednesday 27 March 2013 10:19 pm
BlackBerry Steadies Its Boat In Latest Quarterly Earnings

As BlackBerry steers its ship to hopefully happier seas, the smartphone maker is struggling to gain momentum. In its first quarterly earnings report since changing its name from Research In Motion to BlackBerry, the Canadian company announced stagnant earnings on the strength of six million smartphones shipped and 370,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. Total revenue was $2.7 billion, down about 2% from the previous quarter and 46% (from $4.2 billion) from the same quarter a year ago.

BlackBerry said it shipped one million BlackBerry 10 devices in the quarter. All things considered, that is not bad. The Canadian fiscal quarter ended March 2. The BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 (which is not yet available) were announced on January 30 and did not shipping to its first round of countries (Canada, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates) for more than a week afterwards. BlackBerry has been expanding its roster of countries where the BlackBerry is shipping through the end of February and into March. The United States has finally seeing the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10 to major carriers within the past week.

BlackBerry’s revenue was generated 61% from hardware, 36% for services and 3% for software and other revenue. Services for BlackBerry include many of its enterprise and government services, such as the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

“We have implemented numerous changes at BlackBerry over the past year and those changes have resulted in the Company returning to profitability in the fourth quarter,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO. “With the launch of BlackBerry 10, we have introduced the newest and what we believe to be the most innovative mobile computing platform in the market today. Customers love the device and the user experience, and our teams and partners are now focused on getting those devices into the hands of BlackBerry consumer and enterprise customers.” 

While the quarterly earnings from BlackBerry are not outstanding, it should be noted that the company does not appear to be hemorrhaging money any longer. BlackBerry actually made $94 million in profit this quarter. That can be a little deceptive as BlackBerry has gone through massive layoffs and reorganization, but it seems that CEO Thorsten Heins has the company running lean and, for the first time in a long time, shipping actual products and generating buzz. 

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