The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency tasked with establishing standards for government and business, did something it's never done before -- it certified a line of enterprise-class hard drives for use within government systems. Specifically, the agency gave Seagate's Cheetah Constellation and Savvio drives its stamp of approval by certifying them to the FIPS 140-2 standard.
"As information storage consumption in the enterprise continues to grow, the ability to secure that data during all stages of a storage system's lifecycle becomes increasingly critical," said Dave Mosley, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing, and Product Line Management. "The FIPS 140-2 certification of Seagate's enterprise products further validates Seagate's commitment to enabling the widespread adoption of truly government-grade secure storage and hellp customers protect their sensitive personal and business information."
Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) has been around for nearly an year. All along, the company has maintained that it has no plans of extending the free antivirus software to small businesses, as it is solely intended for consumers and home-based businesses.
However, the company is no longer averse to offering MSE to small businesses, even at the expense of its enterprise security solutions. In an abrupt policy change, MS has announced that it will begin offering “its Microsoft Security Essentials available to small businesses on up to 10 PCs for FREE, beginning in early October!”
“By providing Microsoft Security Essentials to small businesses free of charge, Microsoft extends its commitment to help these companies save money and grow their business by offering no-cost protection from viruses, spyware and other malicious threats,” the company said in a blog post.
As if IT admins didn't already have enough on their often underpaid plates, buggy code is shaping up to be a bigger problem than ever. According to a report by Veracode, third-party software fails security tests over 80 percent of the time. What's more, 57 percent of all apps contained security flaws, Veracode claims.
"We're still finding that a lot of work needs to be done in software security. Still over hall of all [apps] are failing acceptable levels of security in their first [testing]," says Sam King, vice president of product marketing for Veracode.
Veracode assessed 2,922 applications over the last 18 months and presented their findings in their "State of Software Security Report" released on Wednesday. Here's a rundown of some of what they found:
Cross-site Scripting remains the most prevalent of all vulnerabilities
Developers are quick to repair security holes
Cloud/Web applications were the most requested third-party assessments
Hewlett-Packard, which recently trumped Dell in a fierce bidding war for data storage company 3PAR, is now said to have cybersecurity firm ArcSight in its sights. According to a Wall Street Journal report, citing anonymous sources, a deal could be announced as early as Monday. The report suggests that the deal could be worth around $1.5 billion, but that is just speculation. The Journal had earlier identified HP, Oracle and IBM as potential suitors for the the Cupertino-based enterprise security management company that boasts more than 1,000 customers around the world.
IBM recently revealed some details of its new 5.2GHz microprocessor chip, but consumers shouldn't bother saving their pennies to get one. The z196, which will be at the heart of the company's new Z-series mainframes, will be an enterprise-only product. Even if you could convince them to sell you a mainframe, it would likely break the bank at around $1 million.
The z196 is using the CISC instructions set and packs 1.4 billion transistors onto a 512 square mm die. The z196 will have 64 Kbyte L1 instruction cache, 128-Kbyte L1 data cache, and 1.5-Mbyte L2 cache on each core. How many cores are we talking about in one mainframe? Oh, only up to 96 of them, that's all.
These new super-chips will be capable of running multiple operating systems on the mainframe in any combination, including z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE, Linux on System z , and z/TPF. In some ways, IBM is doing us a favor by keeping this chip out of the reach of the common geek. It may be too much computing power for any mere mortal to handle.
But Premiere and Education Edition users will have to first ensure that their domain administrator has enabled Google Labs from the Google Apps control panel. “Once the lab is enabled, the “Search Mail” button in Gmail will say 'Search Mail and Docs' instead. When you run a search in Gmail, your search results will include matching documents and sites in addition to results from your email,” Google said in a blog post.
A recent survey hit my radar this weekend and, I must say, I’m not that surprised by the results. Contrary to my usual columns, I won’t bury the lede: Accenture polled 300 large organizations in both the public and private sectors and—surprise!—found that half of them are “fully committed” to using open-source software in their businesses.
To be honest, I expected results more in line from the Zenoss survey I ran across this weekend, which notes that 98 percent of all enterprise companies use open-source software in some capacity. But I’ll leave that difference up to nomenclature / polling differences. The real juice of Accenture’s story is buried in a single, meager sentence somewhere toward the bottom of the press release: less that 29 percent of surveyed companies intend to shovel their open-source contributions/modifications/development back into the community.
Another key part of IDC's prognosis is SaaS share of the total software market:“By 2012, IDC expects that less than 15% of net-new software firms coming to market will ship a packaged product (on CD). By 2014, about 34% of all new business software purchases will be consumed via SaaS, and SaaS delivery will constitute about 14.5% of worldwide software spending across all primary markets.”
Adobe announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Day Software, a move the company says is intended to strengthen its enterprise software solutions on the Web.
"Adobe’s acquisition of Day represents a key milestone in our efforts toward delivering best-in-class customer experience management solutions to enterprises and governments worldwide," said Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Enterprise Solutions, Adobe. "With the addition of Day to our enterprise portfolio, we will be able to enhance the value of our offering and deliver on our vision of the web as the hub of customer interaction."
The two companies will operate as a product line within Adobe's Digital Enteprise Solutions Business Unit, with Day CEO Erik Hansen joining Adobe and reporting directly to Rob Tarkoff, Adobe said.
"We are excited to join Adobe and combine our expertise in WCM with technologies that create and deliver rich online and offline experiences leveraging the ubiquity of Flash and PDF," Hansen added. "We believe this is a winning combination for both Adobe and Day customers."
At this point in the game, we're all aware of what trick Apple's "magical" tablet can't perform -- Flash, reading from a USB drive, multitask -- but shortcomings aside, the iPad is finding a significant fan base in the enterprise environment. This is particularly true over at AT&T, which obviously has a vested interest in the iPad's success, so much so that the company is seriously considering trading in work-issued laptops for iPads.
And it's not just AT&T that's warming up to the iPad. According to AT&T chief financial officer Richard Lindner, businesses in general are showing more interest in Apple's tablet than they did with the iPhone.
"When we first introduced the iPhone, businesses and ICOs of our businesses customers were reluctant," Lindner said during a conference call. "They kind of pushed back on bringing the iPhone into their infrastructure. Over time, that has changed dramatically."
Contrast that with the iPad, which Lindner says is being welcome with open arms right from the get go.
"One thing that's been encouraging and a bit surprising is the level of interest from business customers," Lindner added. "Right from the beginning with the iPad we've had a number of our business customers express interest."
Lindner isn't alone in his assessment. As Apple tells it, about half of the Fortune 100 companies are currently "deploying or piloting" the iPad.