Welcome to the Frontpage Since 1981, Computer Technology Review has been an authoritative source on data storage and network technologies. Today, we cover emerging technology and solutions in ediscovery (or e-discovery), compliance, virtualization, data security, backup, and disaster recovery. http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:05:35 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Lenovo streamlines IT infrastructure deployments using EMC VSPEX for private cloud, VDI environments http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17833:lenovo-streamlines-it-infrastructure-deployments-using-emc-vspex-for-private-cloud-vdi-environments&catid=323:breaking-news&Itemid=2701759 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17833:lenovo-streamlines-it-infrastructure-deployments-using-emc-vspex-for-private-cloud-vdi-environments&catid=323:breaking-news&Itemid=2701759 EMC 

Lenovo has modernized its architecture for private cloud and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), so that these offerings meet enterprise and mid-market users’ challenges like lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), faster deployments, and simplified management.

The two EMC-validated solutions - EMC VSPEX by Flex System for Private Cloud and EMC VSPEX by Flex System for VDI streamline architecture and offer improved private cloud and VDI offerings.

“These enterprise-ready solutions allow mid-sized and large businesses to focus their energies on strategic growth initiatives rather than resource intensive deployment, management and configuration tasks,” said Mike Gebele, Lenovo’s vice president for server systems and marketing of the company’s enterprise business group.

Lenovo’s Flex System based reference architectures – along with two updated ThinkServer based offerings, tailored for small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and upcoming System x based offerings – together provide a complete portfolio of Lenovo x86 server-based EMC VSPEX reference architectures for private cloud and VDI.

The EMC VSPEX for Private Cloud solution comes with an easy on-ramp to cloud. Irrespective of choice of hypervisor, server, and network technologies, the solid foundation of EMC VNX, VNXe or ScaleIO and rigorous validation of VSPEX by EMC ensures fast, low-risk deployment. It also gains optimized performance with increased application availability, hardware utilization, and people productivity which help to take advantage of EMC’s with VSPEX’s technology providers.

EMC VSPEX reference architectures are simple, efficient, and flexible, and help reduce capital expenditures through validated and proven designs, higher system utilization, streamlined cabling, and fewer network connections. These solutions can also help to reduce operating expenditures by consolidating management tools and creating administrative task efficiencies, freeing IT engineers and architects to focus on more critical business needs.

Additionally, these EMC VSPEX solutions are delivered by EMC and Lenovo channel partners, with backing from EMC who supplies a single-point of technical support, consolidating IT support processes.

EMC VSPEX by Flex System for Private Cloud specifies a tested combination of EMC storage with Lenovo’s Flex System compute, networking, and virtualization components to provide a comprehensive enterprise-ready private cloud solution that greatly reduces the time needed to setup and deploy cloud workloads.

This flexible and scalable private cloud solution has been designed to support Virtual Machine (VM) environments from 200 to 1,000 VMs, ideal for businesses large and small. Additionally, Lenovo’s Flex System chassis supports “in place” upgrades giving customers the ability to easily upgrade with the latest technology.

EMC VSPEX by Flex System for VDI is an end-user computing infrastructure solution that allows IT managers to deploy, manage, and maintain thousands of employee desktops from a single user interface. This solution – specified with Lenovo’s Flex System compute and networking, EMC storage, and VMware virtualization – can be deployed in hours, reducing IT costs and improving efficiencies.

EMC VSPEX for ThinkServer for Private Cloud and VDI solutions enable SMBs to rapidly deploy an enterprise-grade scalable infrastructure. These flexible and powerful solutions feature Lenovo ThinkServer systems with the latest Intel processors, RackSwitch networking, EMC storage, and VMware virtualization, providing SMB customers with benefits previously available only to enterprise business.

“EMC continues to provide greater choice to our customers through our expanded ecosystem of partners. We are excited to add the innovative Lenovo Flex System to the VSPEX family of proven infrastructures.” said Gil Shneorson, Vice President, General Manager, VSPEX Solutions, EMC Corporation. “VSPEX brings a simple, proven solution to businesses who want a private cloud infrastructure, and with Lenovo, VSPEX becomes even more flexible.”

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HDS boosts Hitachi Content Platform to channelize existing hybrid architecture http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17832:hds-boosts-hitachi-content-platform-to-channelize-existing-hybrid-architecture-&catid=320:breaking-news&Itemid=2701739 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17832:hds-boosts-hitachi-content-platform-to-channelize-existing-hybrid-architecture-&catid=320:breaking-news&Itemid=2701739 Hitachi Data Systems 

Hitachi Data Systems added new features to its object storage Hitachi Content Platform portfolio with the new Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) S10 extending existing HDS hybrid architecture by adding another low cost tier.

HDS also restructured Hitachi Data Ingestor and HCP Anywhere to enable secure – and unified – mobile access to both cloud and enterprise data. The enhanced HCP portfolio allows organizations to seamlessly transform to a cloud, mobile, open source and service-driven IT environment, while protecting their existing investments.

The latest Hitachi Content Platform capabilities extend cloud investments to deliver cost-optimized cloud services by using technologies and services that are aligned to business value, enable hybrid cloud architectures to integrate business with elastic scalability across onsite and offsite cloud storage environments, while permitting employees with mobility tools to accelerate productivity and competitiveness with secure unified access to both cloud and enterprise data.

The Hitachi Content Platform S10 extends cloud environments by delivering a cost-effective solution that can be implemented on premises for full visibility and control of data. 

Hitachi Content Platform S10 is a plug-and-play solution that uses large-capacity consumer drives and erasure-coding data protection to ensure long-term protection at the lowest cost.

Content can now be moved seamlessly to the S10 using HCP adaptive cloud-tiering functionality, which already offers organizations the ability to tier content to a company’s choice of public cloud services, including Hitachi Cloud Service for Content Archiving, Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, Verizon Cloud and Google Cloud Storage.

"Today’s announcement has the everyday mobile users in mind, so that employees, partners and customers can connect with their content from any device or location,” said Peter Sjoberg, CTO, Hitachi Data Systems. “The Hitachi content mobility portfolio offers the most integrated and secure solutions for data mobility on the market."

HCP allows IT organizations and cloud service providers to store, share, synchronize, protect, preserve, analyze and retrieve file data in a single system. With HCP, users have the freedom to move data to a choice of public clouds automatically, based on policy, and still retain control and visibility at all times because the metadata is securely stored on site. The system is more efficient, easier to use, and handles much more data than traditional file storage solutions. HCP automates day-to-day IT operations, such as data protection, and readily evolves with changes in scale, scope, applications, and storage and server technologies over the life of data.

With the new release of HCP software, organizations can extend their cloud ecosystem by seamlessly integrating HCP into their OpenStack environment in order to exploit the robust, feature-rich capabilities of HCP as part of their overall OpenStack deployment.

Updates to Hitachi Data Ingestor enable simplicity of management for file services in remote or branch offices or at storage service providers’ customer sites. Data Ingestor helps hybrid cloud architectures achieve continuity of business without the need for local backups and provides elastic scalability by consistently managing remote site and cloud storage quotas from a single interface. This helps free IT from the burdens of traditional file servers and move to right-sized, simplified, optimized cloud gateways.

Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere also empowers mobile workers by going beyond file sync and share to provide mobile access to data in existing NAS systems, so users have secure access to cloud and enterprise data from anywhere, on any device, at any time.

This new capability amplifies existing investments in NAS environments and helps IT bridge the gap between traditional NAS to next-generation file services. Hitachi Content Platform Anywhere also lets users pick from multiple languages for their client systems and offers efficient sync of large, open and duplicate files.

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Seagate, Supermicro team to boost database deployments as part of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Fast Track program http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17831:seagate-supermicro-team-to-boost-database-deployments-as-part-of-microsoft-sql-server-2014-fast-track-program&catid=329:breaking-news&Itemid=2701747 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17831:seagate-supermicro-team-to-boost-database-deployments-as-part-of-microsoft-sql-server-2014-fast-track-program&catid=329:breaking-news&Itemid=2701747 Seagate 

Storage vendor Seagate has teamed with Supermicro as part ofMicrosoft’s SQL Server 2014 Fast Track program to ease the validation process of deployments with a key goal in its development being the removal of the upfront testing and unknowns in the build out of an optimized system.

This reference design utilizes the Seagate Nytro Flash Accelerator Card, Supermicro’s SuperServer SYS-4048B-TRFT system and Microsoft’s SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition to deliver an optimized, high performing solution for quick and trusted deployment.

Predicting the performance capabilities of a collection of components can be difficult and a reference architecture helps eliminate any uncertainty in determining the right mix of components to best suit the specific needs of a data warehouse. The reference design focuses on the requirement of converting data into actionable information while it is still valuable, while accelerating deployments of performance offerings.

“Supermicro’s high-performance 4U 4-way SYS-4048B-TRFT SuperServer, optimized for IO-intensive environments, enables rapid, efficient deployment of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2014 Fast Track Data Warehouse,” said Don Clegg, vice president of marketing and business development at Supermicro.

Microsoft’s SQL Server 2014 Fast Track program develops reference architectures to give medium to large data warehouses a step-by-step guide to building out a data warehouse using well-tuned hardware. The goal of reference architectures is to achieve high performance at a cost-effective price for rapid deployment. The Fast Track reference design is meant to scale and grow while maintaining a common experience across the data warehouse.

The Seagate Nytro flash accelerator card is a solid state primary storage solution for accelerating SQL Server workloads. The small PCIe foot print gives database administrators the option of transforming their storage subsystem to solid state storage.

Built with advanced flash capabilities and technology that optimizes endurance and reliability, the Nytro card offers an enterprise ready solution. Using a host offload architecture design, the Nytro card reduces server CPU and DRAM dependency leaving these resources for the host and SQL Server Instance to utilize.

Supermicro offers server technology to build advanced server building block solutions for HPC, data center, cloud computing, enterprise IT and embedded systems. The company’s high level of quality and performance has made SuperServers the platform of choice for supercomputer clusters and enterprise databases as well as business-critical, front-end server applications.

Customers have many hardware choices for their SQL Server 2014 Data Warehouse implementation. Systems made up of fast multi-core processors, memory, and flash storage can be combined to achieve this goal. For the best value of these hardware resources, the system should be optimized and validated.

The SQL Server 2014 Fast Track Data Warehouse reference architecture including the Supermicro SuperServer 4048B-TRFT and the Seagate Nytro flash accelerator card eliminates the complex task of building out an optimized system and removes much of the upfront testing and unknowns of building out an optimized system.

“Our Microsoft certified solution comes preconfigured with quad Intel Xeon E7 processors, Seagate Nytro Flash Accelerator cards, memory, storage and SQL Server 2014 installed and validated,” Clegg added. “With this turnkey solution, organizations can focus efforts on more strategic decision making activities around data analytics and business intelligence to accelerate growth.”

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Oracle debuts new integrated appliances to challenge data center costs http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17830:oracle-debuts-new-integrated-appliances-to-challenge-data-center-costs&catid=324:breaking-news&Itemid=2701735 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17830:oracle-debuts-new-integrated-appliances-to-challenge-data-center-costs&catid=324:breaking-news&Itemid=2701735 Oracle 

Oracle Corp. has come up with a new strategy to increase value with a new generation of engineered systems, including Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance X5, Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, and sixth-generation Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5 while lowering IT costs.

Oracle's integrated appliances are simple to use and ready for production deployment out of the box. Oracle specialists integrate, optimize, automate, test, patch, and support the full software and hardware stack, significantly lowering customer costs.

Over 10,000 units have shipped to date as Oracle customers across the globe adopt Oracle engineered systems and appliances to simplify their IT infrastructures, speed application deployments, and increase data center productivity.

Combined with the Oracle FS1 Series Flash Storage System, the Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X5 provides a complete, converged infrastructure system. Deployed in a matter of hours, this system can dramatically reduce cost, risk, installation, and management time, and give customers the ability to decrease infrastructure complexity by close to 70 percent, deploy applications seven times faster, and cut capital expenditures by as much as 50 percent.

Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance X5 accelerates time to application-ready, improves business agility, brings down business risks, reduces operational complexity, and saves time. The “turnkey” converged infrastructure solution automates hardware and software deployment with Oracle’s Virtual Compute Appliance controller software, uses Oracle SDN software to decrease operational complexity by enabling software-defined infrastructure in a “wire-once” system.

The converged infrastructure solution from a single vendor allows for superior ease-of-purchase, product integration, simplified management and single point of contact for support. Its cloud deployment ranging from IaaS to DBaaS is easy by adding Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c, offers support for Oracle VM Templates for deployment of ready-to-run VMs containing applications in hours rather than days, and supports many operating systems and choice of storage protects investment and provides seamless deployment in a data center.

Perfect for distributed and branch office deployments, Oracle Database Appliance X5 comes with a complete package of compute, storage, and software that saves time and money by simplifying deployment, maintenance, and support of database and application workloads. Oracle Database Appliance X5 adds flash caching, integrated InfiniBand connectivity, increased compute cores, and increased storage to improve consolidation density by up to four times.

The Oracle Database Appliance X5 offers ease of deployment, patching, management, and diagnostics. Its high availability database solutions cater to a broader range of applications, which helps reduce planned and unplanned downtime. The cost-effective consolidation platform offers capacity-on-demand licensing, database performance optimization, single-vendor support and rapid provisioning of test and development environments with database and virtual machine snapshots.

The Oracle Big Data Appliance X5 features comprehensive andsecure Hadoop and NoSQL capabilities to the enterprise at a 35 percent lower three-year total cost of ownership and with 30 percent faster deployment time than a custom-built cluster. For faster, lower-cost throughput, the new appliance comes with twice the RAM and 2.25 times processor cores.

Also available on Oracle Big Data Appliance is the latest version of Oracle Big Data SQL, which extends Oracle SQL to Hadoop and NoSQL, enabling customers to use one fast SQL query across all their data, with no application changes.

Massively scalable, open infrastructure to store and manage big data, the Oracle Big Data SQL delivers enhanced integration of Big Data and Oracle Database, security, performance with comprehensive big data tool set bundled in an easy to deploy appliance.

The Big Data Connectors delivers load rates of up to 15TB per hour between Big Data Appliance and Oracle Exadata. It also features Cloudera’s comprehensive software suite including Cloudera Distribution including Apache Hadoop and Apache Spark, and comes with Oracle Enterprise Manager combined with Cloudera Manager simplifies management of the entire Big Data Appliance.

Oracle’s Zero Data Loss Recovery Appliance X5 eliminates data loss, minimizes impact backups, impacts database level recoverability with cloud-scale data protection. It provides an Oracle Database-integrated data protection solution that eliminates data loss exposure for all Oracle databases, with minimal impact to production environments.

Currently available, this new version offers faster processors and up to 30 percent expanded capacity within a single rack, enabling faster recovery, higher throughput, and improved database backup consolidation.

Oracle also unveiled the sixth-generation of its high-performing, low-cost platform for running Oracle Database, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5. Oracle Exadata's architecture features scale-out database servers, scale-out intelligent storage servers, and high-speed InfiniBand networking. It includes 50 percent faster processors, 50 percent larger maximum memory capacity, and faster and larger flash increase overall performance.

A newly introduced all-flash storage server uses ultra-fast PCIe flash drives, the latest Non-Volatile Memory Express flash protocol, and InfiniBand scale-out to achieve breakthrough performance and price per I/O. Oracle Exadata X5-2,Oracle SuperCluster T5-8 and Oracle SuperCluster M6-32 engineered systems can be configured with extreme flash storage servers.

Oracle Exadata Database Machine X5 comes with elastic configurations so that storage and compute can now be configured and expanded one server at a time to provide granular on-demand expansion at a lower cost. Elastic configurations allow customers to configure Oracle Database In-Memory optimized systems as well as all-flash OLTP systems.

Oracle Exadata X5 has many new software capabilities, including quicker pure columnar flash caching, database snapshots, flash cache resource management, near-instant server death detection, I/O latency capping, and offload of JSON and XML analytics, as well as support for Oracle Linux 6.

Existing Oracle Exadata systems can be expanded with new X5-2 servers, and new software features are supported on previous generations of Oracle Exadata hardware.

Oracle Exadata X5-2 supports native Exabus connectivity to the updated Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2. Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud X5-2 delivers ideal performance and scalability for Java, Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Applications and will provide customers the ability to run on premise the same Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service capability offered in Oracle Cloud.

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NexGen takes deeper plunge into storage market; debuts new software to store more in flash than SSD-based hybrid arrays http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17829:nexgen-takes-deeper-plunge-into-storage-market-debuts-new-software-to-store-more-in-flash-than-ssd-based-hybrid-arrays&catid=320:breaking-news&Itemid=2701739 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17829:nexgen-takes-deeper-plunge-into-storage-market-debuts-new-software-to-store-more-in-flash-than-ssd-based-hybrid-arrays&catid=320:breaking-news&Itemid=2701739 NexGen Storage 

NexGen Storage announced Wednesday its new N5 Hybrid Flash Array line-up portfolio with a new software release featuring Prioritized Active Cache that improves flash utilization by 150 percent. Apart from being more efficient, the new offerings improve performance, density, and flash capacity resulting in up to four times lower $/virtual machine storage costs compared to other hybrid clouds.

The NexGen offers dual active-active storage processors using iSCSI, with RAID RAID 6, hot-swap disk drives, comes with HTTP management, and flash reliability using SanDisk Adaptive Flashback. The NexGen N5 Hybrid Flash Array product portfolio, including the N5-200, N5-300, N5-500 and N5-1000, is available immediately with pricing starting at US$55,000.

Fresh from a recent spin-out from SanDisk, NexGen unveiled its aim to provide value-driven data management solutions, which align the cost of storing, accessing and managing data to the business value of the data. This step allows NexGen to accelerate investment into the delivery of new technologies and offerings to customers. The company is poised to aggressively invest in sales and marketing, bolster its channel partner program, and execute on its value-driven data management vision across all storage media types, including RAM, NVDIMM, flash, disk and cloud.

By bringing together purpose-built software architecture to manage PCIe flash, low-cost capacity, and Storage Quality of Service (QoS) capabilities, NexGen enables customers to prioritize each of their application workloads and data sets according to their individual business priorities.

This process ensures that applications with mission-critical data always have the performance required to deliver the most predictable and consistent end user experiences, while at the same time providing lower-cost capacity across less critical applications and data sets, such as snapshots and replication copies for disaster recovery.

“Our vision and roadmap for re-architecting the data path for PCIe flash using Storage QoS to ensure predictability for high-value, mission-critical data is more relevant than ever,” said John Spiers, founder and CEO, NexGen Storage.

NexGen’s data management software delivers improved control, efficiency and automation, including the ability to control the data stored in flash with each individual customer’s business priorities. It also offers purpose-built software architecture to manage PCIe flash that ensures customers get the most from flash by eliminating SSD bottlenecks and performance limitations. The Prioritized Active Cache allows 2.5 times more data in flash versus hybrids and reduces flash capacity required by 10 times versus all flash arrays.

NexGen’s data management software features policy-based simplicity that provides automated, real-time prioritization of all application workloads, integration with VMware through a vSphere plug-in and VAAI to ensure plug and play deployment with more flash, less footprint than SSD-based products with up to 15.2 TB of Flash and 64.0 TB of capacity in 3 rack-units.

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Oracle releases critical patch updates to block Java security vulnerabilities http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17828:oracle-releases-critical-patch-updates-to-block-java-security-vulnerabilities&catid=329:breaking-news&Itemid=2701747 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17828:oracle-releases-critical-patch-updates-to-block-java-security-vulnerabilities&catid=329:breaking-news&Itemid=2701747 Oracle 

Oracle made available 169 new fixes this week security issues across a range of product families, including Java SE in regards to SSL which disable by default the use of SSL version 3.0. SSL v3.0 is regarded as an obsolete protocol, and this situation is aggravated by the POODLE vulnerability. Due to these vulnerabilities, this protocol is being targeted by malicious hackers.

Some of the affected Oracle products include Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Enterprise Manager, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Supply Chain Suite, Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle JDEdwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle Siebel CRM, Oracle iLearning, Oracle Java SE, Oracle Sun Systems Products Suite, Oracle Linux and Virtualization, and Oracle MySQL.

Through its January 2015 Critical Patch Update, eight security vulnerabilities are around the Oracle Database. None of these database vulnerabilities are remotely exploitable without authentication, but a number of these vulnerabilities are relatively severe.

The most severe of these database vulnerabilities received a CVSS Base Score of 9.0 to denote that a full compromise of the targeted server is possible on the Windows platform (for versions prior to Database 12c) but requires authentication.

Due to the severity of these vulnerabilities, Oracle recommends that this Critical Patch Update be applied against affected systems as soon as possible. As a reminder, the security risk matrices listed on the Critical Patch Update advisory lists the affected versions, and the accompanying patch availability document provides information about how to obtain the appropriate patches.

This Critical Patch Update delivers 19 new security fixes for Oracle Java SE, with the most severe of these vulnerabilities getting a CVSS Base Score of 10.0. This score is reported for 4 distinct Java SE client-only vulnerabilities. Out of these 19 vulnerabilities, 15 affect client-only installations, 2 affect client and server installations, and 2 affect JSSE installations.

This relatively low historical number for Oracle Java SE fixes reflect the results of Oracle’s strategy for addressing security bugs affecting Java clients and improving security development practices in the Java development organization.

Organizations should disable the use of all versions of SSL as they can no longer rely on SSL to ensure secure communications between systems.

Customers should update their custom code to switch to a more resilient protocol. They should also expect that all versions of SSL be disabled in all Oracle software moving forward. A manual configuration change can allow Java SE clients and server endpoints, which have been updated with this Critical Patch Update, to continue to temporarily use SSL v3.0. However, Oracle strongly recommends organizations to phase out their use of SSL v3.0 as soon as possible.

One database vulnerability received a CVSS Base Score of 6.8. If successfully exploited, this vulnerability can cause complete confidentiality compromise of the targeted systems on database versions prior to 12c on the Windows platform.

The CVSS Base Score for this vulnerability is 6.5 (the reported confidentiality impact value is "Partial+") for Database 12c on Windows and for all versions of the Database on Linux, Unix and other platforms.

Two database vulnerabilities received a CVSS Base Score of 6.5 for these vulnerabilities along with the Partial+ ratings indicate that a compromise of the vulnerabilities could result in a possible compromise of the entire database, but authenticating to the targeted system is required.

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HP stimulates education sector with new assessment technology, computing products, software bundles, training courses http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17827:hp-stimulates-education-sector-with-new-assessment-technology-computing-products-software-bundles-training-courses-&catid=323:breaking-news&Itemid=2701759 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17827:hp-stimulates-education-sector-with-new-assessment-technology-computing-products-software-bundles-training-courses-&catid=323:breaking-news&Itemid=2701759 Hewlett-Packard 

Hewlett-Packard boosted its offerings to the education sector with new assessment technology, hardware products, software bundles and online educator training courses.

HP helps students, teachers and communities produce meaningful outcomes through National Education Technology Assessment (NETA), HP Education Edition tablets and a notebook, HP School Pack Software for education edition products, HP Education Cloud-first devices, Link Technology for Education, and HP Teaching with Technology online courses.

HP believes that every student should have access to a high-quality education, at any time and from anywhere, and when access is combined with quality learning, social and economic outcomes result for students, for schools and for communities.

HP's new education technology announcement backs the company’s approach to commercial mobility, providing necessary technology and services required for a full mobile solution. The new education edition products are part of HP's purpose-built solutions to simplify how work, school and life get done.

HP supports of the NETA program with ambitions to build sustainable education technology strategies and assess the impact of technology-based interventions in schools. The program includes developing the best approaches and establishing cultural readiness to maximizing student achievement. Additionally, the NETA assessment technology verifies that students are not just showing up at school, but actually learning and preparing for their future.

HP Education Editions are built tough to withstand the rigors of daily academic use, day-long battery power, and designed for learning with the HP School Pack, a set of tools to enhance instruction, engagement and encourage active educational use. Windows and Android-based offerings, WLAN as well as a WWAN options, and a range of multimedia connections power project-based learning.

HP School Pack is anchored by HP Classroom Manager Student Edition, which allows teachers to take control of the classroom, manage class PCs and communicate seamlessly with students. The HP School Pack includes HP Classroom Manager Student Edition, one-year Absolute Data Protection Basic to protect student devices & data, the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, OverDrive including a library of eBooks and audiobooks curated for HP, and PASCO SPARKVue.

The HP Pro Tablet 10 EE and HP Pro Slate 10 EE Education Edition Tablets are built to survive the rigors of schools, toughened with IP52 rating for dust and moisture, and designed to pass drop tests. Both tablets feature a 10-inch diagonal HD touch anti-glare display, with a family of optional learning accessories like a tethered and garaged stylus and hard-wired keyboard base5 that meets student assessment requirements, at a price that makes 1:1 learning affordable.

The HP ProBook 11 Education Edition notebook is constructed using co-moulded industrial rubber, with its corners, grips and edges coated in this new material to enhance structural strength while conserving weight. The HP ProBook 11 EE offers Intel Core performance with optional touchscreen, ta go beyond netbooks.

HP Cloud-first devices are mobile, affordable and manageable. Priced for education and enabled to harness the power of the cloud are the HP Stream 11 Pro for Education and HP line of Chromebook devices. HP Stream 11 Pro includes Windows 8.1 Pro, and offers up to eight-hours of battery life. Qualified school IT personnel can manage these "cloud-first" devices using Microsoft Windows Intune and Active Directory.

Link Technology creates link between the printed and digital worlds utilizing HP's fleet of augmented reality tools. By simply holding a web-connected mobile device over textbooks and other education material, users can trigger new experiences and learning modalities, such as interactive apps, instructional videos and reference material.

The technology enables video explanation of core concepts, assessments probing students' understanding, interactions and sharing of projects. The feedback loop for students can drive adaptive learning with customized and personalized experiences aimed at improving learning outcomes.

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IBM’s new DS8870 storage system helps enterprises boost efficiency http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17826:ibms-new-ds8870-storage-system-helps-enterprises-boost-efficiency-&catid=323:breaking-news&Itemid=2701759 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17826:ibms-new-ds8870-storage-system-helps-enterprises-boost-efficiency-&catid=323:breaking-news&Itemid=2701759 IBM Storage 

IBM announced Tuesday hybrid-flash DS8870 storage system to help enterprises support the environments driving workloads by delivering quicker data insights and simplified management capabilities needed for demanding workloads and complex big-data and analytics operations.

As a non-disruptive addition to DS8870, the flash technology can be deployed for both new and legacy installations of DS8870 storage infrastructures, improving efficiency and effective use of massive data and applications to help build an advantage over the competition.

The IBM DS8870 systems speeds data insights with better storage performance using all-flash and hybrid-flash, boost time to market with better flash performance and availability, enhance economics combining flash with traditional solid-state disk (SSD) and spinning drives using IBM Easy Tier. It also helps enterprises get the most out of data with consistent response times for analytics workloads, and optimize data replication with 70 percent lower response time in IBM FlashCopy operations.

On combining DS8870 system and flash enclosure with IBM z Systems platform for business-critical applications, users can further enhance data infrastructure for systems of insight, which allows rapid and reliable leverage of data assets for new business opportunities. This is made possible by the tight integration between these mission critical enterprise platforms.

With High-Performance Flash Enclosure, DS8870 can deliver continued availability through integration with IBM Metro Mirror and IBM HyperSwap, up to 1 million I/O operations per second (IOPS) per system for maximum performance with multi-thread performance accelerator, automated tiering, integrated with z Systems, true four-way and multi-site data replication, in a range of configurations, as well as reduced management requirements that translate into a reduction on infrastructure management costs with enhanced, simplified user interfaces.

Using Flash Enclosure, expanding storage capacity and capabilities is as simple as sliding the device into a bay in a DS8870 system. Combined with z Systems or IBM Power Systems, DS8870 and Flash Enclosure deliver a highly-resilient architecture with business continuity to make 24x7 access to critical applications a reality.

The Flash Enclosure can create a “tipping point” for organizations that have considered flash but have been wary of cost. Combining flash technology with SSDs and traditional HDDs, and managing them with easy tier (license included), can improve data economics as more storage performance and capacity can be better matched to storage and business needs. But when extreme performance is most important, all-flash storage configurations can be used alone.

High-Performance Flash Enclosure also provides massive storage capacity in a compact footprint—16 or 30 encryption-capable, 400 GB flash cards in a 1U rack space—in a solution targeted at input/output (I/O)-intensive workload applications.

DS8870 with flash cards and flash drives offers significant performance benefits over common configurations, including better IOPS, lower power consumption, less heat generation and lower acoustical noise for improved data economics. Even more efficient and effective data response levels can be reached with Flash Enclosure and Easy Tier deployed in a hybrid DS8870 storage system, as Easy Tier distributes the workload among traditional flash drives and flash cards for the most efficient and effective data response according to the drives’ IOPS capacity.

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Keyword-driven Testing Methodology http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17816:keyword-driven-testing-methodology&catid=328:ctr-exclusives&Itemid=2701746 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17816:keyword-driven-testing-methodology&catid=328:ctr-exclusives&Itemid=2701746 altby Dmitry Tischenko

Automation testing is a topic that is under constant discussion and improvement. The IT industry often tries to find more and more ways to make automation more effective and applicable, though more efforts should be made to fit the QA process; this is where keyword-driven testing (KDT) excels.

KDT, also known as table-driven testing or action word based testing, is a software testing methodology suitable for both manual and automated testing. This method separates the documentation of test cases – including the data to use – from the prescription of the way the test cases are executed. As a result, it separates the test creation process into two distinct stages: a design and development stage, and an execution stage. This approach is particularly attractive for automation testers without more advanced programming skills. Also, the analysis and integration of very similar tests with keywords reduces the amount of code required in automated tests. Thus, a person who prepares the description of a test using already implemented keywords can, in fact, create an automated test at the same time. This methodology considers creating a table in the form of keywords for such automated actions as "Add Item" or "Delete Item.”

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kim_borg@wwpi.com (Kim Borg) frontpage Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:34:37 +0000
VMware modernizes enterprise applications with vCloud Air to deliver disaster recovery, networking services http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17825:vmware-modernizes-enterprise-applications-with-vcloud-air-to-deliver-disaster-recovery-networking-services&catid=324:breaking-news&Itemid=2701735 http://www.wwpi.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17825:vmware-modernizes-enterprise-applications-with-vcloud-air-to-deliver-disaster-recovery-networking-services&catid=324:breaking-news&Itemid=2701735 VMware 

VMware Inc. announced Tuesday new VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery, broadening the scope of its service to serve the disaster recovery needs of end users. The virtualization and cloud infrastructure vendor also announced general availability of vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand to offer users a quick online sign-up to pay for only those resources that are used.

As part of the general availability of vCloud Air OnDemand, VMware debuted a new program to make it easier for customers to have the predictable billing of a subscription, but only pay for cloud resources consumed with a new Subscription Purchasing Program.

VMware vCloud Virtual Private Cloud Air OnDemand is currently available with pricing beginning at $0.17 per hour for a virtual machine with 8 GB of RAM and 2 vCPU. The new capabilities for VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery are expected to be available this quarter, while the advanced networking services will be available in vCloud Air in the first half of this year.

Powered by the VMware NSX network virtualization platform, VMware vCloud Air advanced networking services will allow users to get better security and isolation in a public cloud.

Customers can define security groups that provide stateful network traffic isolation without requiring multiple virtual networks. Unique to the public cloud market, this enables a "zero trust" security model designed to prevent insiders and intruders from gaining full network access if an application or virtual machine is compromised. It also streamlines network configuration and is implemented as a distributed firewall, so there is no network traffic bottleneck.

VMware vCloud Air will support both Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) based routing to simplify network integration between on-premises and cloud-based environments, allowing for redundancy and continuity in cloud-hosted application deployment, while pushing down networking and administration costs.

VMware vCloud Air Disaster Recovery can be implemented in less than an hour and replicates virtual machines and data to vCloud Air, providing a warm-standby virtual data center in the event of a disaster. Customers choose vCloud Air for disaster recovery because it requires zero changes to the existing virtualized environment, and because vCloud Air supports various operating systems and applications.

Customers will now have an easier way to resume normal data center operations in their primary data center following a failover to vCloud Air. Customers will be able to replicate workloads back from vCloud Air to the primary customer environment over the network to resume normal operations.

Users will have the option to roll back to multiple earlier snapshots of their data center environment. This is vital to recover from outages caused by data corruption, viruses or hacking attacks that compromise the most recent recovery point. Customers will be able to define and deploy recovery playbooks to streamline failover operations using a new vRealize Orchestrator DR plug-in, open source DR Command Line Interface (CLI) and an expanded REST API.

VMware vCloud Air Virtual Private Cloud OnDemand allows customers to sign up online for immediate access, and pay-as-you-go with a credit card or purchase agreement. Individuals get $300 of free service when they sign up, making tests, proof-of-concepts and application deployments risk free. There is no upfront resource commitment and no upfront cost. Charges will be incurred as the resources are consumed (metered by the minute) and billed on a monthly basis.

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ribeiro.anna@gmail.com (Anna Ribeiro) frontpage Tue, 20 Jan 2015 15:05:35 +0000