Lessons From the “Wannacry” Debacle!

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The ransomeware attack called "Wannacry" has effectively shut down many businesses, and cost tons of money. What can we learn from this attack? The Fallout and Lessons from WannaCry Virtualization Review - By Trevor Pott - "On May 12, 2017, a new strain of ransomware called WannaCry began circling the globe. This ransomware attack has proven to be efficient and effective, earning WannaCry worldwide media coverage. Unfortunately, attempts to explain the details of the attack have not always been accurate. My touchstone for discussing media inaccuracies is The New York Times article 'Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool.' In this article, The New York Times tries to convey the complexity of the WannaCry ransomware event to a non-technical audience. The New York Times is one of the…
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Security Issues in Virtualization

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Security is more important than ever today; is a virtual environment more secure? Security Shortcomings Remain Strong in the World of Virtualization Serverwatch - By: Paul Rubens - Virtual machines (VMs) offer better isolation than containers: it's one of those 'known facts' that most people never question, and one that server virtualization fans (and vendors) use as a key point in their arguments in favor of VMs and against containers. It's probably a fair point to make, because an application running in a virtual machine is isolated from apps running in other virtual machines on the same host, and indeed from much of the host itself. It's also true that applications running in containers are additionally isolated from applications running in other containers on the same container host, and indeed…
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6600 to be Laid Off at Cisco

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Many businesses use Cisco Networking and Servers, with their UCS technology, so this impacts virtualization in the Enterprise. Cisco Ups Layoffs to 6,600 After Big Forecast Miss Talkin' Cloud - By: Aldrin Brown - "Cisco Systems said it would lay off 1,100 more employees than anticipated after reporting on Wednesday it expects to miss its fourth-quarter revenue target by as much as 6 percent, year over year. The world's largest network gear manufacturer had already announced 5,500 job cuts in August of 2016. Cisco now plans to shed a total of 6,600 jobs as the company comes off its sixth straight quarter of declining revenue, amid a pivot from a focus on hardware to software products. 'I am pleased with the progress we are making on the multi-year transformation of…
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VMware Desktop-as-a-Service on Microsoft Azure

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VMware will now offer DAAS on Microsoft Azure. VMware To Offer Desktop-as-a-Service Infrastructure on Microsoft Azure Virtualization Review - By: Keith Ward - "VMware, which last year announced a deal to integrate its infrastructure with Amazon's public cloud, has entered into a deal with Amazon's main competitor, Microsoft. This time it's for delivery of virtualized desktops and apps on the Azure public cloud. The announcement, which came as a surprise to many in the industry, means that VMware's Horizon Cloud Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) infrastructure can be delivered via Azure. It will be called 'VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.' VMware's press release announcing the deal quoted IDC's Robert Young on the biggest potential benefit for VMware: 'The addition of a major cloud platform such as Microsoft Azure has the potential to…
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