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Denial-of-Service attacks are nothing new, and they’ve been a thorn in the side of data center managers and IT staff for decades now. For most organizations a decade ago, DOS attacks were often little more than an annoyance, and meant restricted email or Internet access for a short time. Unless your organization depended greatly on an ecommerce portal, a DOS attack probably wouldn’t rate in the list of top five causes of a loss of service for your organization. Today, however, the world has changed. Organizations are relying in an increasing fashion on cloud computing solutions, which means that more than just your external email is at risk. Here are some of the trends you can observe right now when it comes to DOS attacks and the cloud: • Distributed DOS attacks currently pose a serious threat to the cloud. There was a time when DDOS attacks were almost always the ... (more)

Three Ways Virtualization Benefits Infrastructure

Virtualization offers obvious benefits from the beginning. Certainly, the prospect of reduced capital costs is enticing. The security and redundancies offered by the right virtualization setup are compelling, as well. One of the areas that virtualization can help that many people don’t realize, however, is in the area of IT infrastructure. Here are three ways in which virtualization helps to boost IT infrastructure: 1. Flexibility Virtualization products are designed to work with multiple hardware and software platforms. This includes things like storage technology, network equip... (more)

RHEV 3.0 Sets Stage for VMware Challenge

Originally posted on eweek: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Virtualization/RHEV-30-Sets-Stage-for-VMware-Challenge-885501/ by: Cameron Sturdevant Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization for Servers significantly updates management capabilities and supports giant virtual machines. The release of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.0 signals that 2012 will be the year that IT managers at organizations of all sizes have real choices to make when it comes to virtualizing workloads in the data center. RHEV 3.0 and the Microsoft Windows Server 8 release candidate both offer a challenge to the curre... (more)

The Wild Cloud: Legal Aspects of Cloud Computing

While many organizations have been making the move toward cloud computing solutions for the past several years, the fact remains that we’re really still in the early days of figuring out how all of this is going to work. Even more than that, the laws on the books that apply to cloud solutions are woefully behind. This creates a number of challenges, both for data centers and for consumers. Questions of compliance Businesses, for example, are facing some serious concerns when it comes to cloud solutions. A legal firm might have attorneys who store client-related documents on Goo... (more)

IBM's Fast Retrieval Storage System

Long a leader in storage technology, IBM last summer gave us a peek at some of the advances they’re making in storage. Today, IBM has created a high-speed storage system than can scan over 10 billion files in just under 45 minutes. The previous system from IBM scanned just 1 billion files over three hours. At the heart of this increased performance was the use of flash memory. The flash memory is used to store metadata in the storage system, and that meta data is used to find requested information. Usually, metadata lives on the disk, which can greatly slow down storage operatio... (more)