Dell adds data encryption service to their cloud

29 Feb

Summary: Dell joins hands with Trend Micro to add security and control to customer cloud data

With businesses considering moving services to cloud based solutions, even those who plan on using a private cloud have concerns about maintaining the privacy and security of their data. While individual applications and services often have their own security and encryption methodologies, enterprise environments demand centralized management of all critical services.

Well, to satisfy these concerns in their cloud service business, Dell has announced integration with the Trend Micro Secure Cloud as a security model for sensitive data in their Infrastructure-as-a -service Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service. This service provides encryption in such a way that it has unique server validation and policy-based key encryption. Though the service is directly integrated with the Dell IaaS service, Trend Micro exert its control over encryption and it is not by Dell. Only Dell customers have to access these keys, so that there is an extra level of security there, separating the key management form the hosted Dell service.

With services being hosted in Dell’s cloud datacenters, offering customers this level of security control over their own information is a key component in assuring customers that deploying using Dell services does not reduce the level of control they have over the security of their data. As this is often a primary concern of potential customers, the addition of SecureCloud to the Dell datacenter portfolio is an important one.

SecureCloud fits in with the Dell SecureWorks security services that Dell offers to its customers. SecureWorks offers a full line of services that includes product support and building integrated security solutions. These solutions include everything from perimeter security to ongoing-enterprise-wide infrastructure security services.

Source: zdnet

Report: IBM cutting over 1,000 jobs

29 Feb

IBM, one of the world’s largest companies, is letting go of more than 1,000 employees across North America. Bloomberg says that IBM is letting go of more than 1,000 workers across the United States and Canada on Tuesday

Another report from Information Week, also published on Tuesday, mentions the number of cuts is nearer to 800. However, IBM has forbear  from announcing an official number.

Most of the job cuts are said to have been taken place within the United States — especially the Global Technology Services outsourcing unit — amidst IBM’s reorganization.

On Monday, IBM was said to have cut more than 250 jobs across the U.S. already. IBM spokesman Doug Shelton informed Bloomberg that the layoffs will enable IBM to “remain competitive and relevant in an industry that is constantly changing.”

Computerworld reports that even more layoffs this week remains a possibility.

Captivatingly, the depressing news comes just after a bright note for IBM, which was just hailed by Gartner as the leader in the server market share race as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2011.

Source: zdnet

Microsoft: We’re not involved in an antitrust complaint over Google+

29 Feb

Summary: Microsoft is not part of any new antitrust complaints against Google+ in Europe, company officials said.

A Reuters report on February 28 cited that Microsoft was joining in with other undisclosed companies to convince European regulators of antitrust issues raised by Google+, Microsoft is not part of any such action, Microsoft officials said.

Reuters — citing “two people familiar with the matter” — reported that “Microsoft and several other firms have complained to EU antitrust regulators about Google’s social networking tool … in a move that may prompt the EU to broaden its ongoing investigation into Google.”

A Microsoft spokesperson shared that they  have not filed a complaint regarding Google+.

Twitter and Facebook officials have made no bones about their qualms
about Google’s attempt to tie its search results to its fledgling social-networking service via a combination Google has called “Search Plus Your World.” But Microsoft isn’t a top-tier player in social networking and has less of a vested interest here. This isn’t to say that Microsoft hasn’t sought European Union regulatory intervention on other Google matters. Just last week, Microsoft filed an antitrust complaint against Google and Motorola Mobility around FRAND patents. And in March 2011, Microsoft filed a broad antitrust case against Google with  the European Commission over claims that Google was limiting access to some of its data.

So far, The EC has not issued a statement of objections based on Microsoft’s complaints. The Commission has been formally investigating various antitrust issues involving Google there since November 2010.

Source: zdnet

Dell picks up server share as IBM is No. 1, says Gartner

29 Feb

Global server revenue was up 7.9 percent for 2011, but the fourth quarter ended with a knock down as sales fell 5.4 percent, said Gartner.

IBM is the topper in the server market share race as HP lost ground, according to Gartner data. At the same Dell was able to make  raise in its market share for the fourth quarter.

Gartner said that the shortfall of hard disk drives due to flooding in Thailand hampered server units. Most regions showed growth in the fourth quarter except for Western Europe.

As for the standings, Dell was the only vendor to show fourth quarter revenue growth in servers. One constant in the fourth quarter was that server vendors were focused on poaching from each other. IBM has repeatedly touted its competitive wins against HP and Oracle.

Among the specific data points:

  • Lenovo and Dell were the only vendors to grow shipments in the fourth quarter.
  • HP led in unit shipments in the fourth quarter.
  • IBM is No. 3 in unit shipments, but No. 1 in revenue.
  • For 2011, blade server revenue was up 14.5 percent with shipments up 4.2 percent. HP led in blade servers with 44 percent of shipments. IBM was No. 2 with 21 percent. Cisco had 8 percent shipment share and closed in on Dell at 9.3 percent.
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Skype Takes a Small Step Forward on Windows Phone

29 Feb

Almost a year after Microsoft agreed to buy Skype for $8.5 billion, we are getting a beta version of the messenger and VoIP software for Windows Phone devices. It is not quite what we expect yet, but it’s a start.

The beta version is available via the Windows Phone Marketplace and supports Skype to Skype audio calling, Skype to Skype video calling, landline and mobile calling, instant messaging, profile and account views, profile pictures, status messages — all in a Metro UI.There are various foibles in this version. That includes the requirement that the software needs to work in the foreground, no call-in-progress indication, no conference calls, a crash if a call is ended before the other party ends a call, no contact blocking and removal,  and video calling that only works in landscape mode are only the major issues.

It’s just a small step to provide the IM software for Microsoft’s phones, but the initial feedback has been positive. Tony Cripps, principal analyst at market research firm Ovum, says,

At least in its initial guise, Skype for Windows Phone offers a fairly typical Skype experience on smartphones running as a standalone application. We expect this to change in future iterations with Skype becoming a more pervasive part of the Windows Phone software platform and experience, with its functionality integrated tightly with applications and services across the phone increasing its utility.

Cripps also said that Skype could become a “social glue” for Microsoft that will drive usage of the service and furthering sales of Skype-enabled Microsoft products considerably in future.

Skype said that the beta was tested on the phone models Nokia Lumia 710 and Lumia 800, HTC Titan and Radar, as well as Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash.

Source: tomsguide

You Can Now Buy This Tiny Computer for $35

29 Feb

Last year, we have experienced a lot to get excited about over the tiny computer, the Raspberry Pi.  It can stream video via Airplay, can run Quake III. Inspite of these  features the device costs just $35. Fortunate enough, now you can buy it.

The Model B Raspberry Pi is just now finishing its production in China. People can pre-order it now. It runs on an ARM11 processor, 256MB of RAM, 2 USB ports, a LAN port, an SD card slot, audio-out and HDMI-out. It’s capable of running an Ubuntu install or a version of Xbox Media Center, but nothing comes pre-installed so one will be spending some time at a command line.

But the rattling bit is: it costs $35. Thirty. Five. Freakin’. Dollars. This device is unbelievably cheap, and a great way to get you—or your kids—into coding. In fact, the beauty of the Raspberry Pi business model is that all the profits will be pushed into a charity set up to encourage kids to get into coding, an initiative which will itself use these tiny computers.

You can buy Raspberry Pi online from Premier Farnell or RS Components. [Raspberry Pi]

Source: gizmodo

Apple Confirms iPad Event for Next Wednesday, March 7

29 Feb

People have been exciting and talking about iPad 3 even from the day of announcement of iPad2. It did not have a “Retina Display”. After a course of full, complete year, people are finally going to hear about iPad 3 from those people who actually know something about the device, Apple.

Cupertino made a confirmation that the long-schmoozing iPad 3 event on March 7. The company has sent out the following invitations to the press today inviting them to an event in San Francisco.

That’s right, contrary to the rumors, the event is to be held in San Francisco, and not New York. This is not at all surprising, considering the iPad events (and many other Apple events) have also been in San Francisco, but then the rumor mill does tend to go a bit off base when left alone too long, doesn’t it?

Happenings are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. PST and the tagline for this event is, “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” Let the countdown begin!

 

Source: tomsguide