“The Bonjour gateway might not be able to replace mobile device management systems, but it does allow for granular control over how devices connect and where they have access.” — Gina Narcisi
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Apple Bonjour. It’s a handy little program that lets Windows and Apple devices share the same printers. Home network users have been fans of Bonjour for many years.
Bonjour was only designed to locate Apple devices within the same network, however, so network admins whose employees want to print from their iPads and iPhones or access file servers can use Aerohive’s Bonjour Gateway. It’s a free VMware virtual appliance that allows Bonjour to operate across networks on different subnets or virtual LANs. Cisco recently announced that it would turn its WLAN controllers into a Bonjour gateway and provide policy-based management capabilities. Expect other networking vendors to follow.
“Spammers create as many as 40 percent of the accounts on social-media sites. About 8 percent of messages sent via social pages are spam, approximately twice the volume of six months ago.” — Mark Risher
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is likejacking. That’s right folks, email spam isn’t as effective as it used to be — so the spammers have moved on to greener ($$) pastures.
“Companies talk about adopting internal social tools, but shy away from introducing them because of a fear of change and what they could do to longstanding practices.” — Alan Lepofsky
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is social task management, a real-time, collaborative software-based approach to business activities. Social task management is basically ye olde to-do list, plugged in so it’s transparent and everyone can see it. The idea is that everyone knows what everyone else is working on (much like how daily scrums work) so (1) everyone knows how their little part fits into the big picture and (2) anyone who happens to have skills that could help someone else can offer to help out.
“If you look at all the companies involved in the OpenStack community, those are some big technology players and they’re all going to be looking for OpenStack talent.” — Tony Campbell
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is OpenStack, an open source platform-as-a-service (PaaS) initiative for creating and managing large groups of virtual private servers in a cloud computing environment. OpenStack was set up to compete with Amazon and is often referred to as the “Linux of the cloud.” In September, the OpenStack foundation formally took over development and approved VMware as a member. That was when the you-know-what hit the fan and bloggers began speculating what VMware was up to and whether their admittance to the party spelled doom for the OpenStack initiative.
“Although some security experts question whether multifactor authentication actually increases security — they say it isn’t perfect and can be cracked just like any other authentication system — it does add an extra layer of security for identity and access management (IAM) suites.” — Joel Dubin
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is multifactor authentication. There are three ways to authenticate an end user — by what they know (password), by what they have (smart card) and by who they are (biometric verification). Multifactor authentication requires that at least two out of three methods be used.
“Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), Microsoft Azure and Nirvanix Cloud Storage are storage clouds based on object storage.” — Rich Castagna
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is object storage, a generic term that describes an approach to addressing and manipulating discrete units of storage called objects. Like files, objects contain data — but unlike files, objects are not organized in a hierarchy. Every object exists at the same level in a flat address space called a storage pool and one object cannot be placed inside another object.
“Data scientists are the guys who walk along the beach with those sweepers looking for that nugget of information that no one knows is in that sea of sand or sea of data” — Nicole Laskowski
|“The fishbone diagram template forces the user to brainstorm all of the possible causes and weigh each of them, instead of focusing on one or two of the obvious.” — Wendy Schuchart|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is fishbone diagram, a useful tool for helping a team focus their conversation during a brainstorming session and pinpoint the root cause of a problem. Other popular brainstorming tools include:
PMI – brainstorming activity that encourages participants in a discussion to look at an idea from more than one viewpoint.
5 Whys – a guided team exercise for identifying the root cause of a problem by repeatedly asking the question “why?”
Six Hats – segments different aspects of a discussion into pre-defined parts called hats. Is especially useful for the reviewing the conclusions of a brainstorming session.
PICK – often used after brainstorming sessions to help an individual or group identify which ideas can be implemented easily and have a high payoff.
|“The advantage of bitmap-streaming protocols like RDP with RemoteFX and PCoIP is that they handle multimedia and extreme graphics well, and they have very low client-side hardware requirements. But the downside is that they basically shift all of the processing over to the remote host, which leads to an increased CPU load on the remote host.” – Brian Madden|
|“The architecture of a SIEM system typically consists of a central processing engine, which is fed by agents or collectors that are distributed throughout the managed environment.” — Andrew Hutchison|
Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is security information and event management (SIEM). SIEM systems can be very expensive and difficult to manage, but when done right they can save a lot of man-hours, handling minor events automatically by following business rules.