Your life in their handsA US Government Accounting Office GAO report has highlighted the parlous state of Uncle Sam's IT infrastructure.Meanwhile, the Treasury Department is calculating tax returns on a 56-year-old IBM mainframe using programs written in assembly code; it says it has no plans to update its systems."Federal legacy IT investments are becoming increasingly obsolete: many use outdated software languages and hardware parts that are unsupported," the report PDF states."Federal IT investments have too frequently failed or incurred cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes.Some Department of Commerce weather alert systems use Fortran and the core network is running Windows Server 2003, which is no longer supported by Microsoft.Several of the systems reviewed by the GAO are scheduled for replacement – the US military will have its nuclear control and targeting systems running on a more modern server by 2020, for example – but plenty of departments reported no plans to upgrade.
Mr. Lawrie, since 2012, has led the overhaul of a 57-year old company that now stands to become a giant in the sector.Assuming completion of the deal to take over HP Enterprise s big services arm—which includes the former operations of industry pioneer Electronic Data Systems—Mr.A greater operating scale would help customers around the world that are grappling with shifting technology, Mr. Lawrie said during a Tuesday conference call.This time, the beneficiaries are cloud computing companies like Inc. AMZN 0.59 % and Microsoft Corp. MSFT 1.03 % These vendors operate at much lower cost using inexpensive commodity-style server systems and standard software.He said Tuesday that HP Enterprise would bring significant new capability in helping customers with hybrid cloud deployments, where some operations run on their premises and some externally.At Computer Sciences, Mr. Lawrie encountered issues such as a $1.45 billion write-down stemming from a disputed contract with a U.K. agency and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into its accounting practices.
A hacker who first exposed the existence of Hillary Clinton s private email server and who found his way into accounts of several American political figures pleaded guilty to identity theft and hacking charges today.Lazar, who was brought to the U.S. from Romania in March to stand trial, had been facing additional charges of wire fraud, unauthorized access to protected computers, cyberstalking and obstruction of justice.His sentencing is set for September.While in custody, Lazar claimed that he hacked Clinton s email server, saying that it was completely unsecured.The Clinton campaign denied his claims, calling it unfathomable that Lazar would have resisted leaking Clinton s emails if he had indeed accessed them.Lazar produced no documentation to back up his claims.
Hillary Clinton "did not comply" with State Department policies when she chose to use a personal email account to conduct government business, according to an inspector general's report released Wednesday.The State Department also faulted Clinton and previous secretaries of state for poorly managing email and other computer information and slowly responding to new cybersecurity risks.The report cites "longstanding, systemic weaknesses" related to communications that before Clinton's appointment as secretary of state.The State Department singled out Clinton's failures as "more serious," however, according to The Associated Press.The 78-page report says the Department s current policy, implemented in 2005, "is that normal day-to-day operations should be conducted on an authorized Automated Information System AIS , which has the proper level of security control to … ensure confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the resident information." From the report:According to the current CIO and Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security, Secretary Clinton had an obligation to discuss using her personal email account to conduct official business with their offices, who in turn would have attempted to provide her with approved and secured means that met her business needs.However, according to these officials, DS and IRM did not—and would not—approve her exclusive reliance on a personal email account to conduct Department business, because of the restrictions in the FAM Foreign Affairs Manual and the security risks in doing so.The report seems to answer one of the biggest questions surrounding Clinton's setup, which is whether her use of a personal email account to do government business defied State Department policies requiring that anything relating to agency activity be captured on the department's server.'"Clinton's Deputy Chief of Staff rejected the proposal to use two devices, however, stating that it doesn t make a whole lot of sense," according to the report.Clinton's email scandal has dogged the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner for more than a year.In March 2015, she first admitted to exclusively using a private email account to send and receive work-related emails while she served as secretary of state.The controversy compelled her to hand over roughly 30,000 work-related emails to the State Department, which have been released in batches since last year.Significantly, Clinton deleted about 30,000 additional emails from her server that she says were "personal" in nature before handing it over to the FBI in August, five months after handing over individual emails to the State Department.
While cloud is designed to be simple to use, there are challenges that businesses face when first adjusting to it.CBR provides a helpful cloud computing tutorial.Why cloud computingFirst off a business should be asking itself why it should go to the cloud, what problems is it trying to solve.At the same time a necessity to decrease IT spend and to increase efficiency has arisen.Businesses have sought a way to reduce the amount of money spent on hardware and software, and cloud has become the remedy.This method allows businesses to pick and choose where different applications and data sits.
That s not to say it isn t still a force in the tech sector, but let s be honest: HP, which split into HP Inc. and Hewlett Packard Enterprise last year, isn t the first company, or maybe even the second or third, that comes to mind when people discuss who in the area is doing groundbreaking work that grabs the world s attention.And now, with Hewlett Packard Enterprise spinning off its enterprise services business and merging that with Computer Sciences in an $8.5 billion deal, there is going to be even less of the tech giant to go around.But that s not necessarily a bad thing, at least in the minds of investors and those who follow Hewlett Packard on Wall Street.Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares climbed almost 7 percent Wednesday after the company announced the enterprise-services spinoff, and released its fiscal second-quarter results after the close of trading Tuesday.The company reported a profit of 42 cents a share on $12.71 billion in revenue, while analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters had forecast Hewlett Packard Enterprise to earn 42 cents a share on sales of $12.34 billion.Several analysts who follow Hewlett Packard Enterprise said the companies results showed that Chief Executive Meg Whitman isn t backing away from her efforts to streamline the company and focus on its strengths.At Morgan Stanley, analyst Katy Huberty said spinning off its services operations allows Hewlett Packard Enterprise to focus its hardware and server offerings on new growth markets such as private cloud computing.And by slimming down, there s a sense that Hewlett Packard Enterprise may just be able to turn things around by emphasizing the business-computing industry that built HP into the titan it used to be.Middle Innings:Back In The Saddle: The bidding for Yahoo s Internet business goes on, and it appears that another telecom giant wants in on the action.According to Bloomberg, AT has made a bid for the Yahoo business, and now represents a rival to Verizon, which many Yahoo watchers viewed as the leading candidate in the buying process.Needless to day, Netflix, in particular, doesn t like the idea, and says it already invests millions of euros into making shows in Europe.Bottom Of The Lineup:Here s a look at how some leading Silicon Valley stocks did Wednesday…Movin On Up: Gains came from Nimble Storage, Oclaro, Harmonic, GoPro and Zeltiq Aesthetics.In The Red: Decliners included Yahoo, Rovi, 8 8, Ixys and Rambus.The tech-focused Nasdaq Composite Index rose 0.7 percent to 4,894.The blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed 0.8 percent to 17,851.And the broad-based Standard & Poor s 500 Index rose 0.7 percent to end the day at 2,090.Quote Of The Day:  We are the defending champs.— Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, following the Warriors second-straight loss to Oklahoma City, which put the Warriors in a 3-1 hole and needing to win three games in a row to stay alive in the NBA playoffs.Sign up for the 60-Second Business Break newsletter at Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Meg Whitman.
These smaller building blocks focus on doing small tasks, so that they can easily be decoupled or combined to make more complex applications.Microservices can also be developed independently by different teams and are loosely coupled.This will be split into three main parts, including a user-interface, a database and server-side application.It differs from a service-oriented architecture, which integrates business applications.He also wrote that there could be code duplication, asynchronicity between different microservices and that DevOps would be required for any microservices deployment.Large-scale websites and applications that have evolved from monolithic architecture to microservices include Netflix, eBay, Amazon, the UK Government Digital Service, Real Estate, Property & Homes For Sale, Forward, Twitter, PayPal, Gilt, Bluemix, Soundcloud and the Guardian, according to Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist at ThoughtWorks.
News: New business entity will be focussed on helping digital transformations succeed.HPE will own a 50% stake in the new combined entity and will nominate half of the board members.CSC chairman, president and chief executive officer Lawrie said: "As a more powerful, versatile and independent global technology services business, this new company will be well positioned to help clients succeed on their digital transformation journeys.Buoyed by income from its server and storage business units, HPE also reported a 1% increase in net revenue for the second quarter ending 30 April - the first rise in five years.HPE president and chief executive officer Meg Whitman said: "The businesses comprising HPE grew revenue over the prior-year period on an as reported basis for the first time in five years.Software revenue also dropped, sharply, by 13% to $774m in the quarter, mainly due to a fall in license and support revenues.
A group of seven global data centre giants have come together to develop a single interconnect technology specification to allow processers using different instruction set architectures ISA to share data with accelerators in the data centre.AMD, ARM, Huawei, IBM, Mellanox, Qualcomm and Xilinx have founded the Cache Coherent Interconnect for Accelerators Consortium CCIX to drive a high-performance open acceleration framework into the hosting industry, which will see different vendors' CPUs and accelerators communicate with each others while sharing the same memory.As data centres come under pressure to accelerate applications processing due to power and space constraints, applications such as big data analytics, search, machine learning, NFV, wireless 4G and/or 5G, in-memory database processing, video analytics, and network processing, benefit from acceleration engines that need to move data seamlessly among the various system components.The organisation will leverage existing server interconnect infrastructure and deliver higher bandwidth, lower latency, and cache coherent access to shared memoryThe consortium also expects the move to dramatically reduce the need for complex programming environments.According to the consortium, additional capabilities include both off-load and bump-in-the-wire inline application acceleration while leveraging existing server ecosystems and form factors thereby improving total cost of ownership TCO , and higher bandwidth compared to the existing interface.He said: "With an anticipated broad eco-system support of the CCIX standard, data centres will now be able to optimise their data usage, thereby achieving world-leading applications efficiency and scale."
Based on the recently-acquired StackStorm platform, Brocade says that Workflow Composer can automate basic networking tasks including provisioning, validation, troubleshooting, and remediation.Patrick LaPorte, director of marketing for network automation, said that Brocade's aim was to model the platform on systems used internally by cloud providers such as Google and Amazon to keep network management and diagnostics automated and managed on pace with other IT elements.The rules, in turn, would tell the automation system to perform a troubleshooting script, attempt to diagnose and restart the switch, log the various activities and, in the meantime, connect with Slack or a notification system that will send an alert to a network administrator."All the attempts to remediate and troubleshoot are done programmatically, and it is done in seconds or minutes rather than hours," LaPorte said.Don't expect to see the Workflow Composer dashing into the market any time soon, however.Brocade is still a ways from having the full bundle ready.
Automatic proxy configuration requests frequently leak on the public Internet from corporate computersA laptop displays business data.Many companies have configured their networks to use domain names, in many cases with made-up TLDs that a few years ago didn't use to exist on the Internet, such as .office, .global, .network, .group, .school and many others.This can have unexpected security implications for applications and protocols used on domain-based corporate networks.To understand the scope of the problem, researchers from Verisign and the University of Michigan have analyzed the WPAD queries that reached 2 of the 13 global root DNS servers from September 2013 to July 2015.The problem is likely even more widespread than that, because ICANN has delegated an additional 201 new gTLDs since August and because the analyzed data was only from two of the 13 global root DNS servers.Over 65 percent of the WPAD query leaks originated from computers in the U.S.
Citrix has unified its networking products and made big additions to its virtualisation stack.The upshot of this is Citrix users in big Windows shops can now point XenServer at shared storage managed by Windows Server.Which should help users to make the most of storage assets.This release won't hurt that strategy and may give comfort to those hoping to continue using XenServer for other stuff, plus the beginning of a direction on containers.The mantra, as is the case across the industry, is that in these cloudy times we all need to be able to create networks that span our own bit barns and public clouds.Citrix grew in its most recently-reported quarter, a result felt to represent a slightly-unexpected turnaround after years of confused strategy and red ink.
In fact, keywords could be defined, and messages could even be routed through the third party s server to formulate a response using whatever method it pleased.None of these things have anything at all to do with chat, but they re darn nifty!While this craziness was flying around out here, what sort of vision did those disruptors back on the West Coast begin conjuring for our future bot overlords?Though I guess it d be best when it s at least something dynamic or based on a service I certainly wouldn t want to access my calculator or camera this way .This term app is rather old, yet it only entered common parlance with the proliferation of smartphones.My inboxes have 8,108 unread messages, but I surely would notice if it changed to 8,109.My Social folder has four, one from Facebook, which I will check, and three from other stray apps displaying 1 s. I m not sure what those apps are telling me, or what I ll need to do after opening the app to clear the dot.In a place where everyone has adopted them and knows how to scan them, they ve become a wonderful, fast way to link the offline and online worlds that saves untold amounts of time.But over the years, as so many weeds sprung there, others came and built another wall with another garden inside of it, with yet another gatekeeper to deal with.In the 1990s, OS makers shook in their boots over the prospect of web browsers disintermediating them, but somehow it s taken more than another decade for the next challenger to emerge in the peculiar form of messaging apps.
WASHINGTON AP — The Latest on the State Department audit that faulted Hillary Clinton's email practices and cybersecurity all times local :3 p.m.Congressional Democrats are playing down the State Department audit critical of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, ranking Democrat on the House oversight committee, accused Republicans of attacking Clinton only because she is the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination.The inspector general's 78-page analysis, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, cites "longstanding, systemic weaknesses" related to the agency's communications and says Clinton disregarded various State Department guidelines for avoiding cybersecurity risks.Toner says "it is clear that the department could have done a better job preserving emails and records of secretaries of state and their senior staff going back several administrations," and said the State Department also agrees that compliance with its rules has been "inconsistent across several administrations."Clinton used a private server set up for her home and used it for work and personal emails, including some that have since been classified.The issue has dogged her as she has sought the Democratic presidential nomination.
Apple s NetInstall service, which is one of the features available in Apple s Server app, offers a simple yet efficient set of tools to help you create and distribute images to every Mac in your environment.As was the case with our Profile Manager Primer a few weeks back, you re going to need a copy of the Apple s Server app to set up the NetInstall service, so go and get yourself a copy.Then surely you recall the days of the sneakernet, which was a cute way of saying you walked to someone s desk with a floppy disk in hand to copy a file to their computer so they could work on it.Sneakernet has largely been eliminated, even in home office environments, because of the proliferation of high-speed computer networks but, interestingly, for many IT environments, and particularly for small business environments, the benefit of those networks hasn t transferred to the installation of operating systems.While Apple no longer ships installers on DVDs or thumb drives, you may still find yourself downloading an El Capitan installer from the App Store on every computer you want to install or update an operating system on.In addition, if you need to install packages, such as Microsoft Office, Adobe s Creative Cloud, or even the Watchman Monitoring service we talked about last week, you can do that as a part of an image as well.
Cloud communications platform Twilio has announced a new cellular network partnership with U.S. cellular giant T-Mobile, called Twilio Programmable Wireless, which will provide data, SMS, and voice communications to connected devices.Devices like autonomous cars, drones, or even outdoor sensors that send information in real-time back to the server should be able to use T-Mobile s cellular service.Image Credit: Roy Andrew NgSee Also: Miniature IoT sensor has five little superpowersT-Mobile will provide SIM cards at $2 a month, per connected device.Twilio already has use cases preparedTwilio provides a range of use cases for its cellular network, including the management of an autonomous car fleet, smartwatches that do not need a connected smartphone, and smart factory monitoring and automation.Modernizing communications and moving it into the realm of software has been Twilio s mission from day one, said Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson.They aren t the first carrier to work on M2M communications, both AT and Verizon Wireless provide their own IoT services, but neither of them have partnered with a major IoT specialist to push cellular services into IoT and the smart home.
In 2014, Hewlett-Packard announced that it was splitting into two separate companies: Hewlett Packard Enterprise, selling servers and enterprise services, and HP Inc, selling PCs and printers.The low-margin outsourced IT services business, which HP got into with its $14 billion acquisition of EDS in 2008, is to be merged with Computer Sciences Corp CSC to create a new company currently known only as SpinCo.Additionally, the merger will see some $2.5 billion in debt moved to SpinCo's books.Even before the split, Whitman announced plans to replace 60 percent of its IT service staff from the US and Europe with cheaper workers in Costa Rica, the Philippines, Bulgaria, and India, in an effort to boost profitability.The division has seen its annual revenue decline for a number of years; it's currently around $20 billion, a $4 billion decrease from 2011.The remaining HPE will continue to sell servers, storage, and network gear, with annual revenue of around $32 billion.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise is the former H-P business that focuses on corporate technology customers.Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. said it would spin off most of its technology services operations and merge them with those of Computer Sciences Corp., the company s latest adjustment to a shifting landscape that is roiling the market for corporate technology.The deal, a blockbuster follow-up to the breakup of Hewlett-Packard Co. last fall, will create a corporate technology services specialist that will be led by Computer Sciences executives and have about $26 billion in annual revenue, the companies said.The move is evidence of ongoing turmoil in the corporate computing market as corporate spending tightens and traditional data centers give way to cloud computing.Customers must decide whether to opt for cloud services, maintain conventional data centers, or build their own private cloudlike facilities—a business especially targeted by HP Enterprise.HP Enterprise, like others that sell products to corporate customers, has been hurt by lackluster demand, currency exchange issues and other headwinds.
In addition to the Raspberry Pi 3 board, the client boxes contain a power supply and ports for the Pi's HDMI, ethernet and USB connections."In classic disruptive fashion, the Raspberry Pi has already taken a significant share of the education PC market with over 8 million devices shipped," Citrix VP of emerging solutions Chris Fleck said in announcing the new boxes."With the Citrix-optimized HDX Ready Pi, we expect many other industries to adopt the platform, now that the 'do it yourself' barrier is demolished."Citrix has been toying with the Pi as a virtualization client for some time now, working on client software that could be downloaded and installed on off-the-shelf Pi units.Citrix said that it hopes to aim the Pi boxes not only at customers refreshing their existing virtual desktop hardware, but also at companies caught up in the Windows 10 upgrade drama and looking at alternatives to a PC hardware refresh."Most organizations are planning Windows 10 migrations; Citrix has optimized Receiver on the HDX Ready Pi and XenApp/XenDesktop to provide a true PC-like experience, and Raspberry Pi has achieved a breakthrough in hardware price/performance," Fleck said.
During the seven months until they revealed they lost two TV companies a total of 105 000 on default subscription fees from the 13 men. Thirteen members of the association buddy Satellite gang in Ljungby sentenced to fines and damages after having pushed the price for its television viewing by sharing satellite subscription Viasat and Canal Digital. They bought together the equipment for so-called card sharing and creating a network. They also hired a local server for distributing television programming. The amount they now pay in damages. Moreover sentenced twelve of them to 130 daily fines, while one gets away with 120 daily fines because he was detained at the beginning of the investigation.