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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Beta Previews Security Enhancements

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Friday 12 December 2014 5:44 pm

The RHEL 7.1 beta provides new security and performance capabilities that have been developed in the open-source community

The RHEL 7.1 beta is the first incremental milestone update for Red Hat’s flagship Linux platform since RHEL 7 became generally available in June.

Among the improvements that the RHEL 7.1 beta includes is a new security certificate authority (CA) as part of the identity management system.

“Identity management includes a certificate authority through the Dogtag Certificate System,” Siddharth Nagar, principal product manager at Red Hat, explained to eWEEK.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Enters Public Beta

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

Goodbye Pirate Bay?

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Thursday 11 December 2014 5:39 pm

A year ago, The Pirate Bay was also under legal attack, but instead of being shut down entirely, the site just shifted locations. The Pirate Bay had been using a domain in the Dutch territory of Saint Maarten, ThePirateBay.sx, which then shifted to the Ascension Island domain of ThePirateBay.ac.

With the most recent shutdown, there has been no such domain shift and all instances and affiliates of ThePirateBay.org appear to be offline.

The Pirate Bay had long celebrated its triumphs against copyright holders and law enforcement with a page on its site listing all the legal threats that had been made against it. Although the site remains offline today, a Google cached version of the page notes that “0 torrents has been removed, and 0 torrents will ever be removed.”

What is also particularly interesting about this latest takedown of The Pirate Bay is that the site’s co-founder Peter Sunde has publicly blogged about the incident, noting that he doesn’t really care. Sunde is no longer actively involved with the site and blogged that he is not a fan of what The Pirate Bay site had become, namely a site populated with distasteful ads.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Pirate Bay Torrent Tracking Site Goes Dark

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

Cloud Foundry PaaS Foundation Goes Live

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Tuesday 9 December 2014 5:34 pm

The new Cloud Foundry Foundation benefits from the support of EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Pivotal, SAP and VMware, who are all platinum members of the new effort. In total there are over 40 member companies joining the Cloud Foundry Foundation. The Cloud Foundry Foundation will be run as a Linux Foundation Collaborative project that leverages the resources and expertise of the Linux Foundation in running open-source projects to the table.

“The news is that the Cloud Foundry Foundation is live and fully operational,” Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation told Datamation. “It means millions of dollars in shared resources come into action that helps to build better collaboration, test and development infrastructure.”

Read the full story at Datamation:
Cloud Foundry Foundation Launches as Linux Foundation Collaborative Project

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

Acquia Shields Drupal Users

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Monday 8 December 2014 5:10 pm

Acquia, the lead commercial sponsor behind the open-source Drupal content management system (CMS) is rolling out a new service to help secure Drupal sites.

Drupal is a popular open-source CMS and is used to power many of the world’s leading sites including the WhiteHouse and weather.com. The Acquia Cloud service provides a hosted, commercially supported Drupal CMS to its customers.

“Acquia Shield enables our customers that have sensitive data that is on-premises, to move data back and forth to cloud with a secure mechanism,” Christopher Stone, SVP of Products and Development at Acquia, told eWEEK.

In terms of access, the Acquia Shield leverages Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) Virtual Private Network (VPN) services.

“It (VPN) integrates with a long list of consumer and enterprise-grade VPN devices on the back end,”Andrew Kenney -VP, Platform Engineering at Acquia, explained to eWEEK. “We’ve added extra capabilities including automated configuration and we monitor the VPN the connection for support.”

The Acquia Shield provides both remote access security components as well as cloud isolation elements. While the new capability provides additional security,Stone emphasized that Acquia is already providing enhanced security for its users. As an example, with the recent Shellshock vulnerability in the BASH (Bourne Again SHell), Acquia was able to pro-active patch its users.

Drupal itself was the subject of high-impact SQL injection vulnerability in October. The open-source Drupal project warned that if users had not patched within seven hours of the initial patch being made available, they likely were hacked. There were a number of different ways that organizations chose to protect themselves from Drupal vulnerability, including the use of a Web Application Firewall (WAF).

“We chose not to use a WAF, we pro-actively patched all our customers to make sure they were not vulnerable,” Kenney said.

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

Weave Gets Funded for Docker Networking Technology

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Sunday 7 December 2014 5:05 pm

Over the course of the past year, Docker has become a much-hyped technology for application virtualization using containers, winning the support of major IT vendors including VMware, Microsoft, Amazon and Red Hat, among others. While the open-source Docker engine provides a core set of capabilities, a market ecosystem of complementary and enabling technologies has emerged.

“Weave establishes per application Layer 2 networks for containers across hosts, even across cloud providers and other seemingly complex cases with minimum fuss,” Alexis Richardson, CEO of Weaveworks, explained to eWEEK.

Weave’s Github project page notes that, to application containers, the network established by Weave looks like a giant Ethernet switch to which all the containers are connected. Richardson added that over time Weave will become more than just an overlay network technology.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Weaveworks Raises $5 Million for Docker Container Networking

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

Linux Takes a Bite out of Windows Server Deployments

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Saturday 6 December 2014 4:57 pm

Linux is also growing its use for mission critical workloads. In 2011, the Linux Foundation found that 65 percent of organizations were deploying Linux and 45 percent were deploying Windows. In 2014, 79 percent said that they were deploying Linux and 36 percent indicated that they had Windows deployments.

Looking specifically at Linux deployments 67 percent of organizations said they had already deployed either KVM or Xen hypervisors. Interestingly, 49 percent of organization indicated that they are evaluating or planning to deploy container technology.

Read the full story at ServerWatch:
Linux Container Adoption Set to Grow Rapidly

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

Facebook Expands User Malware Scanning

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Saturday 6 December 2014 4:57 pm

Facebook announced a new partnership to help its users stay secure and malware-free. It’s all part of a continued effort from the social networking giant to do its part to keep the Internet safe.

The new partnership is with security vendor ESET and will now help Facebook and its users to find and detect potential malware running on user PCs. The way the malware scanning will work is if a user accesses a Facebook service and Facebook detects some form of suspicious behavior, the user will get a message with the offer to run an anti-malware scan.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Facebook’s ESET Partnership Helps Users Find, Scan Malware

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

Docker Orchestrates Swarm, Compose and Machine APIs

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Saturday 6 December 2014 4:57 pm

Since Docker got its start 18 months ago, the Docker Engine has been the core of the project, providing a container approach for application virtualization. The Docker Engine is now being joined by the Docker Machine for increased container deployment portability, Docker Swarm for clustering and Docker Compose for application assembly services.

“We’re moving from a model where an organization runs a few Docker containers on a few hosts to running a large number of containers across many hosts,” Docker CEO Ben Golub explained to eWEEK. “As we move to the model of multi-Docker container distributed applications, it’s necessary to have a rich set of services on the open-source side around orchestration, and there need to be opportunities for Docker Inc. to sell commercial management software.”

One of the new open-source efforts is the Docker Machine service, which, according to Golub, ensures that the host component of the Docker Engine can be easily deployed and run on any server.

Read the full story at eWEEK:
Docker Swarms With New Application Virtualization Technology

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

Cisco and IBM Partner for VeraStack Converged Infrastructure

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Friday 5 December 2014 4:44 pm

Cisco is partnering with IBM for storage as part of new reference architecture designs for the Cisco UCS server platform. The new solution is called the VersaStack and includes the IBM Storwize V7000 as the storage system for a UCS deployment.

The entire solution has been initially tested for the deployment of virtual infrastructure using VMware’s ESX and is ready for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments as well. Moving forward, the plan is to enable the VersaStack for OpenStack as well.

 

Read the full story at ServerWatch:
IBM and Cisco Team Up on Server VersaStack

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

Juniper OCX 1100 Leverages Linux and the Open Compute Project

Posted by eXactBot Hosting | News | Thursday 4 December 2014 4:34 pm

The promise of the Open Compute Project’s networking effort is a “white box” for networking gear: networking equipment built on open hardware specifications that are not tied to specific operating systems. Juniper historically has built its own hardware, with its own silicon, and then used its own JUNOS operating system on top. Though Open Compute might on the surface appear to be directly competitive with the Juniper business model, Jonathan Davidson, SVP and GM, Security, Switching and Solutions Business Unit at Juniper, disagrees.

“Really we see the Open Compute Project and our OCX product specifically as a new category that is additive to (not competing with) the traditional switching market,” Davidson told Enterprise Networking Planet.

Davidson added that Juniper sees the OCX as rounding out its portfolio, not overlapping with existing products. The goal with the OCX is to open up opportunities with massive-scale cloud builders who are currently using alternative platforms, such as whitebox switches with internally developed or open-source operating systems.

Read the full story at Enterprise Networking Planet:
Juniper Embraces Linux for JUNOS and Open Compute for New Switch

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

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