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June 18, 2007  3:53 PM

Remote backup vendor adds support for VMWare

Yuval Shavit Profile: YuvalShavit

Data backup vendor eVault announced today a plugin that will let customers back up virtualized servers running on VMWare.

EVault’s backup — which is available as on-site software, software as a service (SaaS) or a managed service through eVault or one of its resellers — already works on individual instances of virtual servers, but the plugin will consolidate that process and allow backup of the virtual machines’ metadata, said the company’s senior product manager Patrick Dowlaszewicz. This will allow the virtual machines themselves — and not just the data they host — to be backed up.

About half of eVault’s business is conducted through resellers, and the company intends to grow that segment, said Dana Loof, eVault’s vice president of marketing. Evault, based in Emeryville, Calif., was recently acquired by Seagate Technologies, which Loof said is “a primarily channel [oriented] company.”

Loof admitted that virtualization has been slower than many of eVault’s resellers would like, but she said the new plugin will allow for cross-selling opportunities for those resellers to suggest migrating customers to virtual environments.

Most customers don’t know to ask specifically for virtual machine backups, but walking them through specific scenarios helps them see exactly what they would use virtual machine recovery for, said Dan Holt, CEO of Sunnyvale, Calif.-based HEIT Consulting.

“You come in as a full solution, instead of saying, ‘I have this point product and this point product.’ I’m coming in from a disaster recovery perspective,” he said.

The plugin itself is simple to install, so companies shouldn’t expect it to add much to their bottom lines directly. But for HEIT, which offers managed services, network design, security and other services, eVault and the new VMWare addition are “just portion of the pie” that will help HEIT expand its portfolio, Holt said.

June 18, 2007  7:28 AM

Channel news: VMware preps lite hypervisor; Dell “sorry” for nastygram

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

VMware prepping embedded ‘ESX Lite’ hypervisor VMware is working on an embedded version of its virtualization hypervisor that may make its first appearance in Dell ‘Project Hybrid’ blades later this year. []

Dell apologizes for remove-this-blog-post-or-else nastygram Blog: A blog post at offering tips on buying from Dell draws a nasty cease-and-desist letter from the company’s attorney–and then a chastened apology from a Dell manager. [CNET]

EMC steps up international effort EMC announced a partnership with Indian outsourcing giant Wipro Ltd. to train 1,000 people on EMC technologies to help in presales, delivery and product development.[] Continued »

June 15, 2007  8:01 AM

Channel news: Apple fixes WinSafari; users wary on NetBackup

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Apple fixes flaws in Safari for Windows Researchers who haven’t liked Apple’s past response to flaw reports applaud the company’s quick fix to Safari for Windows. But they’re not convinced Apple is turning over a new leaf. []

Users wary on NetBackup update Symantec users will be cautious with NetBackup 6.5 after last year’s bugs in 6.0, but said new disk-based backup and SAN client features meant they’d make the leap.[]

Symantec moves into risk consulting The company’s new consulting service offers to help business execs prioritize and implement risk management projects. [eWEEK] Continued »

June 14, 2007  9:38 AM

Another one bites the dust

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

A few weeks ago we discussed the arrest of spammer Robert Alan Soloway and its potential repercussions in the network and email security industries. At the time, authorities claimed that the arrest could see a “noticeable decrease in the amount of junk email” in their inboxes.

I don’t know about you, but my spam filters are still running overtime. However, it seems that authorities are also continuing to work hard as another spammer pleaded guilty in a US District Court in New York this past Monday. Adam Vitale and Todd Moeller, members of the “g00dfellas” spam operation, were arrested by the US Secret Service in February 2006 after being snagged in a government sting operation when they sealed a deal to “advertise” a bogus PC security application with a government informant.

On Monday, Vitale pleaded guilty to multiple counts of violating the CAN-SPAM Act. According to the indictment, during one week in August 2005, Vitale and his partner targeted more than 1.27 million AOL email addresses. Unfortunately, according to Spam Kings author Brian Williams in a blog entry from shortly after the spammers’ 2006 arrest, the Secret Services case focuses solely on the defendants’ activities involving the government’s operation and does not include any of the pair’s other extensive spam operations. That said, Vitale is facing a maximum sentence of 11 years in a federal prison and Moeller faces similar charges.

As we said after Soloway’s arrest, slapping cuffs on a few spammers is all well and good but should not, by any means, suggest that it’s okay for network security consultants to lower their guard. Spamming is alive and well. It even has a community that recently mobilized an attack against spam whistle-blowing project Spamhaus that locked up the group’s servers. Spam has embedded itself in our culture, even inspiring a Weird Al Yankovic song.

Email security is still paramount in small and midsized businesses. VARs need to keep their email security strategies ahead of the curve.

~Eric Pierce

June 14, 2007  6:51 AM

Channel news: Users dis PureDisk; MSFT signs Linux deal, extends UC dev tools

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Users dish on Symantec PureDisk JPMorgan and Qualcomm say deploying the data deduplication product at remote offices saves on bandwidth and management time, but they’re waiting on scalability improvements. []

Microsoft signs Another Linux deal Microsoft Corp. announced Wednesday that it will license instant messaging and digital media technology to a small desktop Linux distributor, Linspire Inc., adding to a growing number of deals meant to help the Windows operating system work more smoothly with open-source software. [AP]

Intel readies massive multicore processors Researchers are working to mask the intricate functionality of chips with as many as 80 cores so PC makers and software developers can adapt to them. [CNET]

CRN, VARBusiness publisher lays off 200 people, three mags Faced with a precipitous category-wide decline in technology print advertising and massive change in audience information consumption, CMP Technology announced this morning that it is dramatically restructuring to focus on digital media, and in the process is laying off 200 people and closing three magazines. [Folio] [Reuters’ version of the story.] Continued »

June 13, 2007  2:01 PM

Open season on open source?

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

It was only a matter of time.

With the recent news that a worm has infected the popular Microsoft Office alternative known as OpenOffice (across Windows, Mac and Linux platforms), some security industry watchers have begun to wring their collective hands. Because OpenOffice is the most popular office suite for Linux, some are fearful that a malware plague is about to descend upon the open source OS. Give these pundits a second, and they’ll opine that Linux’s era of “security through obscurity” is coming to an end.

Commercial Linux desktop adoption is becoming more prevalent each year, in part because of the widespread belief that Linux is a more secure and powerful platform than that competing product out of Redmond. Therefore it’s important for resellers in the networking and security space to communicate the malware facts to clients using Linux.

As I write this blog post on Linux using KWord, the KDE desktop’s native word processor, I’m not worried about a plague of Linux malware. “Proof of concept” Linux worms have been around since 1996, but all known Linux worms and viruses haven’t done much damage because they need root access to continue their life-cycle. And in the commercial Linux environment, most users have their root access shut off entirely.

But back to OpenOffice. Last August, Malte Zimmerman from Sun (chief sponsor of OpenOffice) blogged about the security issues involving OpenOffice. He noted the three ways to stop OpenOffice malware in its tracks:

  • Don’t work with admin/root rights, use them only when needed for performing certain tasks
  • Don’t run binaries that you can’t trust for some reasons.
  • Don’t execute macros in documents you receive, unless you can be sure it’s safe

Does this mean Linux and OpenOffice are impervious to malware threats? Not by a long shot — though patches are issued almost immediately by the Linux community when any exploited (or exploitable) flaw is found. And it is true that clever hackers could use the normal user account in Linux to send out spam, encrypt files with PGP or execute phishing attacks, but all this requires users to run binaries or macros from unknown sources.

The truth of the matter is that Linux is still a very secure platform. It’s the job of the resellers and systems integrators to show their clients how to keep it that way.

June 13, 2007  6:41 AM

Channel news: Microsoft patches Win, IE; Win recovery tool helps hackers

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Microsoft patches Windows Vista, IE 7 Microsoft fixed 15 flaws in a variety of products Tuesday, including Windows XP,
Vista and Internet Explorer 7. Attackers could exploit the most serious flaws for remote code execution.

Windows recovery loophole lets hackers in Who do want to own today? [TheReg]

Security experts: Safari for Windows full of bugs Within hours of Monday’s announcement that Safari 3 beta was available for Windows, three security blogs identified vulnerabilities in the Apple-made browser. [NewsFactor] Continued »

June 12, 2007  7:22 AM

Channel news: U.S. defends MSFT vs Google; Safari for Windows

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Google complains about Microsoft’s Vista Internet search leader Google Inc. is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft Corp.’s Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users. [AP]

Microsoft finds legal defender in Justice Dept. A company the government once tried to break up has been repeatedly defended by the Bush administration against charges by Google of anticompetitive conduct.

Apple extends Web browser to Windows Apple Inc. has set the stage for yet another rivalry with Microsoft Corp. by launching a Windows version of its Safari Internet browser and inviting developers to create Web-based programs for its upcoming iPhone. [AP] Continued »

June 11, 2007  7:10 AM

Channel news: IT managers dis Vista; tech industry wants to dereg foreign hiring

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

IT managers slow to hop onto Windows Vista Microsoft says that Windows Vista is seeing strong adoption in the enterprise, but IT managers at TechEd 2007 seem in no hurry to upgrade. []

U.S. tech industry pleads for fewer restrictions on foreign workers Indian outsourcing firms, Microsoft, Google and others speak out on the restrictions on hiring foreign help. [DailyTech]

Anti-Spam orgs under DDoS siege These types of attacks have succeeded in bringing down and, in some cases, permanently knocking out important weapons in the fight against spammers. [eWEEK]

Continued »

June 8, 2007  2:56 PM

Healthcare industry needs I.T. professionals

Brein Matturro Profile: Brein Matturro

Recently IT Business Edge published a blog titled is IT Integration a National Health Care Crisis. Journalist Loraine Lawson points out that, despite a Bush administration stated goal of having a health care industry with 100 % electronic management records adoption by 2014, the progress has been slow due to inadequate funding.

Lawson points to an article from Baseline Magazine which depicts the story of Bernard Burks – a man who was waiting for Kaiser Permanente hospital to replace his failing kidney. Apparently, his medical records were lost along the credit he had accumulated after spending three years on Kaiser’s kidney transplant waiting list. Kaiser moved their treatment to another medical center.

It turned out Lawson was not alone in his frustrations. A whistle-blower reported increasing wait times and other problems at Kaiser to the media and a subsequent audit exposed a number of information management problems — including a lack of specified procedures in regard to information transfer and no master list or database for patient names.

Lawson’s article points out that at present, the health care industry only invests two percent of its revenue in IT. However, that needs to change. According to a Wisconsin Technology Network article, Without fuller IT adoption, health costs might drain America’s wealth, it needs to change soon. In the article St. Luke’s health systems information officer and vice president John Wade says that healthcare costs now “consume 15.2 % of the nation’s G. D. P.” If left unchecked, those numbers could rise to 28 percent in the next ten years.

Channel professionals could benefit from paying attention to this argument, for obvious reasons. The healthcare industry needs you! You might even want to get in on the debate. What do you think? Please let us know.


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