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osjournal: Some have considered RSS feeds obsolete and boring but when it comes to getting news straight from the horse's mouth, nothing still beats this direct and largely open method.

Posted: October 23, 2018, 9:00 pm

ZDnet: "'I'm starting the usual merge window activity now," said Torvalds. But it's not going to be kernel development as usual.

Posted: October 23, 2018, 8:00 pm

Linuxize: Apache Maven is a free and open source project management and comprehension tool used primarily for Java projects.

Posted: October 23, 2018, 7:00 pm Scaling up your infrastructure is especially challenging when the next data center is on another continent.

Posted: October 23, 2018, 6:00 pm

HowToForge: Brotli is a generic-purpose lossless compression algorithm that compresses data using a combination of a modern variant of the LZ77 algorithm

Posted: October 23, 2018, 5:00 pm

ServerWatch: Oracle founder Larry Ellison outlines the benefits of Oracle's latest cloud efforts - all powered by Linux.

Posted: October 23, 2018, 4:00 pm

eWEEK: Developers use code to build cloud applications, and Pulumi wants them to also be able to use code to build cloud infrastructure.

Posted: October 23, 2018, 3:00 pm

 Tecmint: Tips to help you get started with Ubuntu 18.10 and get what you may need to complete the setup of your desktop/laptop distro.

Posted: October 23, 2018, 2:00 pm

 LinuxConfig: Learn how to install the NVIDIA drivers on Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish Linux.

Posted: October 23, 2018, 1:00 pm

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Netscout is aiming to help enterprises block both inbound and outbound threats with its Arbor Edge Defense security system.
Posted: October 23, 2018, 7:02 pm
DAILY VIDEO: Windows Server 2008 migrations can use Azure Site Recovery, and Oracle patches 301 vulnerabilities in its October update.
Posted: October 23, 2018, 6:43 pm
The company's Bluetooth 5-based low-power chip platforms aim to reduce power consumption in IoT devices to where batteries will no longer be needed.
Posted: October 23, 2018, 5:36 pm
At OpenWorld 2018, Oracle announces a series of new security capabilities to help protect its cloud customers.
Posted: October 23, 2018, 4:16 pm
Developers use code to build cloud applications, and Pulumi wants them to also be able to use code to build cloud infrastructure.
Posted: October 22, 2018, 7:55 pm
DAILY VIDEO: Apple rolls out GDPR-like features for U.S. users, and financial services are embracing open source to gain an edge in innovation.
Posted: October 22, 2018, 6:40 pm
Smarty-pants bots, artificial intelligence engines and machine-learning servers are taking over. They are photographing and logging checks, researching credit scores, balancing books, monitoring and grading application performance and texting your mother to tell her that you’ve stayed up too late the past few nights. Well, maybe not that last one.
Posted: October 22, 2018, 6:25 pm
Wallarm has raised $8 million in a Series A round of funding that will be used to help the company further develop and expand the capabilities of its application security platform.
Posted: October 22, 2018, 2:49 pm
Discover IT infrastructure and application services with the speed and agility to support business innovation, while optimizing TCO and improving resource utilization.
Posted: October 22, 2018, 2:03 pm
The companies are rolling out a hyperconverged infrastructure solution that combines Lenovo servers with Scale's HCI platform.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:38 pm
Managed WordPress hosting provider Pagely has built its new NorthStack model to make running WordPress cheaper, using a serverless approach.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 6:44 pm
DAILY VIDEO: State of Sales report: Tech can help meet rising customer expectations, and GitHub releases new workflow tools and its "Octoverse" report.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 2:00 pm
NEWS ANALYSIS: Facebook’s war room in Menlo Park, Calif., is intended to allow the company’s security and media experts to manage attacks on elections in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 1:10 pm
VIDEO: Dr. Alissa Johnson, CISO at Xerox provides insight into how she looks at security and why commercial enterprises face the same threats as the U.S. Government.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 10:59 am
While organizations plan to ramp up analytics spending, IT and business decision-makers admit that they aren’t unleashing the full potential of these solutions due to, among other factors, their technical complexities.
Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:22 am
Oracle releases its final critical patch update for 2018, bringing the total number of issues patched in the year to 1,128.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 5:08 pm
The laptop, built for mobile enterprise field workers in non-office environmental conditions, will be available starting in November.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 2:26 pm
DAILY VIDEO: Now that the disaster has moved on, what's next, and CyberArk brings Privileged Session Manager to the cloud.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 2:00 pm
As the end of life for Windows Server 2008 approaches, enterprises can use Azure Site Recovery to get free security updates for three years.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 1:32 pm
The company’s data management platform provides data scientists with rapid, personalized data access to improve the creation, deployment and auditability of machine learning and AI.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 11:54 am
While Amazon Web Services (AWS) has some intelligent secure defaults, those configurations can shift over time, which is where security startup DisruptOps is looking to make a difference.
Posted: October 18, 2018, 8:04 am
McAfee is expanding its Mvision security platform with new cloud as well as Endpoint Detection and Response capabilities.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 7:23 pm
At the Linux Foundation's inaugural Open FinTech Forum in New York City last week, attendees got a chance to discuss the latest state of open-source adoption and the extent that open-source strategies are changing financial service businesses.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 6:44 pm
DAILY VIDEO: Google+ is updated for enterprise users as the consumer version shuts down, and IBM opens up a series of security, AI and cloud initiatives.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 5:40 pm
ShieldX uses containers to deploy a microservices platform that can determine intent to automatically configure and inject security policy.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 3:00 pm
New privacy rules allow U.S. customers to download all information Apple has on them, plus it adopts new transparency practices, essentially mirroring practices in the EU.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 12:19 pm
Virtustream Enterprise Cloud is built to run complex, mission-critical enterprise applications such as SAP, with a full suite of professional and managed services. It offers high availability and performance.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 11:12 am
LinkedIn’s annual State of Sales report had several interesting takeaways for enterprises hoping to improve their B2B sales. Technology is part of the solution, but trust ranks highest as the way to win and keep customers.
Posted: October 17, 2018, 11:08 am
Jamf was tasked with managing the devices for all Shopify employees–no small feat when everyone was used to having free reign over their own devices.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 5:48 pm
A significant number of abandoned mobility projects is frustrating digital teams, with many concluding that their managers do not "appreciate" or "understand" how tough mobile is.
Posted: October 16, 2018, 3:23 pm

Network World Networking

My humble beginnings

Back in the early 2000s, I was the sole network engineer at a startup. By morning, my role included managing four floors and 22 European locations packed with different vendors and servers between three companies. In the evenings, I administered the largest enterprise streaming networking in Europe with a group of highly skilled staff.

Since we were an early startup, combined roles were the norm. I’m sure that most of you who joined as young engineers in such situations could understand how I felt back then. However, it was a good experience, so I battled through it. To keep my evening’s stress-free and without any IT calls, I had to design in as much high-availability (HA) as I possibly could. After all, all the interesting technological learning was in the second part of my day working with content delivery mechanisms and complex routing.

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Posted: October 23, 2018, 7:15 pm

Space may not be the final frontier for the Internet of Things, but evidence is mounting that it could be the technology’s next golden opportunity. While we’re still a ways away from the IoT in space becoming a commercially viable mainstream technology, a variety of companies are pushing the envelope in two significant ways.

First, companies are working to realize the promise of satellite-powered networks that would bring the Internet of Things everywhere on earth. Second, vendors — and NASA — are exploring actual IoT applications and use cases beyond Earth’s atmosphere, in satellites and rockets.

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Posted: October 23, 2018, 4:29 pm

You know you need to protect your company from unauthorized or unwanted access. You need a network-security tool that examines the flow of packets in and out of the enterprise, governed by rules that decide whether that flow is safe, malicious or questionable and in need of inspection. You need a firewall.

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Posted: October 23, 2018, 10:00 am

When most non-technical people hear the term “seven layers”, they either think of the popular Super Bowl bean dip or they mistakenly think about the seven layers of Hell, courtesy of Dante’s Inferno (there are nine). For IT professionals, the seven layers refer to the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, a conceptual framework that describes the functions of a networking or telecommunication system.

The model uses layers to help give a visual description of what is going on with a particular networking system. This can help network managers narrow down problems (Is it a physical issue or something with the application?), as well as computer programmers (when developing an application, which other layers does it need to work with?). Tech vendors selling new products will often refer to the OSI model to help customers understand which layer their products work with or whether it works “across the stack”.

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Posted: October 22, 2018, 6:17 pm

The selection process for our business-continuity-startup roundup began with dozens of recommendations and nominations sent via HARO, LinkedIn, Twitter, and subscribers to the Startup50 email newsletter.

This roundup, however, was challenging to flesh out because in the IT world, business continuity is a subset of storage.

Plenty of vendors pitched DevOps, security, and networking companie but none of those were a good fit for business continuity. You could make a case that all of those things help ensure business continuity, but they all fit better in different categories.

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Posted: October 22, 2018, 5:01 pm

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Posted: October 19, 2018, 8:53 pm

Private cloud is a well-defined term that government standards groups and the commercial cloud industry have pretty much agreed upon, and while some think its use is waning, recent analysis indicates that spending on private cloud is still growing at a breakneck pace.

A study by IDC projects that sales from private-cloud investment hit $4.6 billion in the second quarter of 2018 alone, which is a 28.2 percent increase from the same period in 2017.

So why are organizations attracted to private cloud?

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Posted: October 16, 2018, 10:12 pm

ORLANDO — A mashup of technologies including artificial intelligence and automation will begin to make a significant impact on businesses and IT organizations in 2019 according to Gartner’s annual Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends report.

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Posted: October 16, 2018, 6:51 pm
Network World - Insider Exclusive [October 2018] > 4 Free Open-Source Monitoring Tools [teaser]IDG / Gremlin / Getty Images

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Posted: October 15, 2018, 10:00 am

While computing, storage and programming have dramatically changed and become simpler and cheaper over the last 20 years, however, IP networking has not. IP networking is still stuck in the era of mid-1990s.

Realistically, when I look at ways to upgrade or improve a network, the approach falls into two separate buckets. One is the tactical move and the other is strategic. For example, when I look at IPv6, I see this as a tactical move. There aren’t many business value-adds.

In fact, there are opposites such as additional overheads and minimal internetworking QoS between IPv4 & v6 with zero application awareness and still a lack of security. Here, I do not intend to say that one should not upgrade to IPv6, it does give you more IP addresses (if you need them) and better multicast capabilities but it’s a tactical move.

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Posted: October 11, 2018, 7:49 pm

Juniper is positioning the company to be an evangelist for network automation by announcing applications, tools, labs and libraries that it says will hasten adoption the technology for businesses and network professionals.

The inherent role of automation is to reduce the daily toil of repetitive tasks that lead to mistakes. It also provides guardrails to ensure service-level agreement guarantees. SLAs and reliability are not left to caffeine-powered individual heroics, but are achieved through well-trained automation heroes, also known as network reliability engineers (NRE), wrote Juniper's CTO and vice president, Bikash Koley, in a blog about the announcement

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Posted: October 11, 2018, 10:00 am

If you are a career networking professional – be it a network architect, engineer, manager— do you need to advance your skillset to include programming and other DevOps skills to better serve you and your company?

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Posted: October 10, 2018, 5:17 pm

With wireless now the preferred, default, and increasingly only access in the majority of in-building, campus, metro-scale hotspot and wide-area settings, achieving optimal performance is a key objective for IT departments.

Since radio-frequency (RF) propagation always involves a high degree of variability, it’s often difficult to predict the precise behavior of a given installation. Variables include operating conditions, user and application traffic demands, and the capabilities and settings of individual vendor products. When mobility, Wi-Fi testing and verification are also taken into consideration, performance evaluation can become very complex indeed.

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Posted: October 10, 2018, 10:00 am

In the world of wireless, the term Wi-Fi is synonymous with wireless access in general, despite the fact that it is a specific trademark owned by the Wi-Fi Alliance, a group dedicated to certifying that Wi-Fi products meet the IEEE’s set of 802.11 wireless standards.

These standards, with names such as 802.11b (pronounced “Eight-O-Two-Eleven-Bee”, ignore the “dot”) and 802.11ac, comprise a family of specifications that started in the 1990s and continues to grow today. The 802.11 standards codify improvements that boost wireless throughput and range as well as the use of new frequencies as they  become available. They also address new technologies that reduce power consumption.

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Posted: October 9, 2018, 10:12 pm

I know, I know, I’ve heard it before. A new technology comes along, and it promises to be the next big thing. Consumers and businesses buy it, and what happens? It fails to live up to the hype. In my opinion, almost every iPhone release over the past five years has been that way. Sure there were some cool new features, but overall it’s not something I’d say was game changing. 

One technology that does promise to live up to the hype is 802.11ax, the next standard for wireless LANs. I say that because this next generation of Wi-Fi was engineered for the world we live in where everything is connected and there’s an assumption that upload and download traffic will be equivalent. Previous generations of Wi-Fi assumed more casual use and that there would be far more downloading of information than uploading. 

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Posted: October 9, 2018, 9:11 pm

Juniper CEO Rami Rahim is shepherding a number of key transitions for the company. Juniper made a big bet on 400G Ethernet this summer, detailing how it plans to transition its wide-area network, data center and enterprise portfolio to 400G Ethernet. And earlier this year, Juniper released its Contrail Enterprise Multicloud software, an SDN controller that is the central component of its multicloud, intent-based networking strategy.

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Posted: October 5, 2018, 3:13 pm

If you weren’t in Amsterdam last week, you missed an extremely exciting conference – the Open Networking Summit Europe 2018. This Linux Foundation event drew more than 700 networking, development and operations leaders and enterprise users from open source service providers, cloud companies, and more.

Chief among the conference themes was the idea that open source networking is the "new norm," with lots of vendors attesting to how this theme is playing out in the IT industry. Dan Kohn who leads the Linux Foundation's Cloud Native Computing Foundation cites cost savings, improved resilience and higher development velocity for both bug fixes and the rolling out of new features for this change. Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking at The Linux Foundation used the term "open-sourcification" in his keynote.

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Posted: October 5, 2018, 11:50 am

It was about 20 years ago when I plugged my first Ethernet cable into a switch. It was for our new chief executive officer. Little did she know that she was about to share her traffic with most others on the first floor. At that time being a network engineer, I had five floors to be looked after.

Having a few virtual LANs (VLANs) per floor was a common design practice in those traditional days. Essentially, a couple of broadcast domains per floor were deemed OK. With the VLAN-based approach, we used to give access to different people on the same subnet. Even though people worked at different levels but if in the same subnet, they were all treated the same.

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Posted: October 4, 2018, 7:00 pm

Some Cisco Webex users are still having some problems with the collaboration system more than a week after the service went dark.  

According to the company's website, a major outage began on September 25 and shut down all Webex services including Calling, Meetings, Control Hub, Hybrid Services and Team.   

At the time, the company stated that “Webex Teams services are currently impacted by an ongoing service outage. Engineering resources are online and working to restore services. We apologize for the impact and all hands are on deck to restore Teams, Meetings, Calling, Care and Context services.”

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Posted: October 4, 2018, 3:33 pm

In what could be a giant leap for Internet of Things (IoT) form factors, scientists say they have invented a spray-on antenna. And the bug-spray-like application will outperform traditional metal antennas, they claim.

If it indeed does outperform traditional antennas, the clear, ink-like radiators will transform physical mediums used in constructing networks. Flexible substrates, windows, or data center walls even could be made into antennas, which would then drastically alter the data-collecting landscape.

“Installing an antenna [could be] as easy as applying some bug spray,” an article on Drexel University’s website says.

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Posted: October 3, 2018, 6:43 pm

Gear Latest

By partnering with Reddit, Patreon hopes it can convert more Redditors into patrons, helping them discover and support creators on the platform.
Author: Arielle Pardes
Posted: October 23, 2018, 5:00 pm
Win or lose, you'll know before anyone else.
Author: Wired Staff
Posted: October 23, 2018, 1:00 pm
North think its $999 Focals are the anti-Google Glass. But can it convince people to wear them?
Author: Lauren Goode
Posted: October 23, 2018, 12:00 pm
The new lower-priced iPhone XR is a good buy, as long as you don’t mind making a few compromises.
Author: Lauren Goode
Posted: October 23, 2018, 10:00 am
Instead of butane heat sources, Bodum’s Mocca uses the red-hot glow of its 430-watt halogen Beam Heater to bring the water to just below boiling.
Author: Joe Ray
Posted: October 23, 2018, 10:00 am
After using an app-powered sous vide wand to cook your Thanksgiving turkey in a temperature-controlled bath, you’ll never go back to roasting.
Author: Lauren Goode
Posted: October 23, 2018, 10:00 am
Fermented foods are products of a happy, scientific trial-­and-error process, and big-name chefs and home cooks alike are embracing this growing trend.
Author: Joe Ray
Posted: October 23, 2018, 10:00 am
Born way back in the atomic age, super-slippery Teflon’s impervious chemistry has stuck around.
Author: Jonathan Keats
Posted: October 23, 2018, 10:00 am
Renting a tiny room in Nob Hill for too many dollars a month? This gear can help you make space for cooking.
Author: Joe Ray
Posted: October 23, 2018, 10:00 am
HTC's long-hyped blockchain smartphone is finally on sale—but for now it's still experimental.
Author: Brian Barrett
Posted: October 23, 2018, 8:45 am
Caavo rethinks the universal TV remote for the second time this year. Our full review of Caavo's new, much cheaper, Control Center.
Author: Jeffrey Van Camp
Posted: October 22, 2018, 12:00 pm
Google Assistant lives inside this smart-home controller with a seven-inch screen (and no camera).
Author: Michael Calore
Posted: October 22, 2018, 11:00 am
If you're going to look at an advanced fitness tracker, why not just get a smartwatch?
Author: Adrienne So
Posted: October 21, 2018, 12:00 pm
You don’t need cable to watch America’s pastime.
Author: Pia Ceres
Posted: October 21, 2018, 12:00 pm
New console bundles, discounted wireless headsets, and a bunch of game sales are happening now.
Author: Wired Staff
Posted: October 20, 2018, 12:00 pm
The first installment of our podcast interviews taped at WIRED’s 25th anniversary festival.
Author: Wired Staff
Posted: October 20, 2018, 12:39 am
The iPhone XR is now up for preorder and we have the details, along with a few affordable alternatives.
Author: Jeffrey Van Camp
Posted: October 19, 2018, 7:29 pm
A new cookbook from the chefs at the famed Copenhagen restaurant explores all things pickled, cured, brined, and fermented.
Author: Joe Ray
Posted: October 19, 2018, 4:56 pm
Airbnb rolls out a set of new illustrations to better reflect its users—and the world.
Author: Arielle Pardes
Posted: October 19, 2018, 3:00 pm
Is your schnoz a schlub? Strengthen your sniffer by teaching it to discern common wine aromas with one of these training kits.
Author: Christopher Null
Posted: October 18, 2018, 1:00 pm