Stories by Joab Jackson

Shellshock vulnerability roils Linux server shops

A long-standing vulnerability unearthed in the GNU Bash software, nicknamed Shellshock, has disrupted the daily activities of the Linux system administrator community, as Linux distributors, cloud vendors and end users grapple to understand the full scope of the potential damage it could cause.

By Joab Jackson | 26 September, 2014 09:19

Tags: NGINX, gnu, security, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities, qualys

Harvard researchers take aim at Shellshock-like woes with new scripting language

While administrators scramble to fix the newly discovered Shellshock vulnerability, Harvard University researchers are putting the finishing touches on a scripting language built to mitigate the damage caused by such holes.

By Joab Jackson | 26 September, 2014 05:36

Tags: harvard university, software, system management

Ericsson acquires majority stake in Apcera for cloud policy compliance

To fill out its cloud services portfolio with policy and auditing controls, Ericsson is acquiring a majority stake in San Francisco enterprise services company Apcera.

By Joab Jackson | 23 September, 2014 02:17

Tags: Ericsson, business issues, Apcera, development platforms, internet, cloud computing, Mergers and acquisitions

Google wants to enrich offline browsing

Someday soon, users may be able to interact with their favorite websites even when these sites aren't accessible, thanks to a new browser standard called Service Workers being developed by Google.

By Joab Jackson | 19 September, 2014 05:27

Tags: Development tools, Languages and standards, application development, Google, software

Qlik courts the business manager with easier analytics

Continuing its efforts to bring business intelligence to the masses, software provider Qlik has released Qlik Sense, which is designed to provide business managers with an easy way to examine large data sets for insights and trends.

By Joab Jackson | 18 September, 2014 05:47

Tags: applications, software, business intelligence, Qlik

IBM Watson Analytics preps the data so you don't have to

With the newest commercial service to spring from its highly publicised Watson cognitive computing initiative, IBM is attempting to streamline the process of analysing data so business managers can pull insights from data sets without the help of IT experts.

By Joab Jackson | 17 September, 2014 06:54

Tags: IBM, internet, cloud computing, Infrastructure services

Micro Focus buying Novell, Suse Linux owner for $US1.2 billion

In a move that will collect a lot of infrastructure software under one roof, mainframe software provider Micro Focus has started proceedings to merge with Attachmate Group, owners of Novell and Suse Linux, for about $US1.2 billion.

By Joab Jackson | 17 September, 2014 01:28

Tags: business issues, attachmate, micro focus, Mergers and acquisitions

IBM wants to replace the spreadsheet with Watson Analytics

In an ongoing effort to commercialize its Watson analysis technology, IBM is testing a new service that can answer questions business managers might have about their data.

By Joab Jackson | 17 September, 2014 01:03

Tags: applications, IBM, software, data mining, internet, cloud computing, Infrastructure services

Google offers $100,000 Cloud credit for startups

Looking for more success stories to add to its portfolio, Google has assembled a starter package to help startup businesses ramp up operations with free Google Cloud Platform services.

By Joab Jackson | 13 September, 2014 03:32

Tags: Amazon Web Services, Pinterest, Internet-based applications and services, Google, internet, cloud computing

HP buys Cloud provider Eucalyptus

Hewlett-Packard has agreed to buy Cloud platform provider, Eucalyptus, stepping up HP's efforts in the growing field of Cloud computing.

By Joab Jackson | 12 September, 2014 07:59

Tags: business issues, internet, cloud computing, Mergers and acquisitions, Hewlett-Packard, Infrastructure services

Former Red Hat CTO now head of Google Cloud

Brian Stevens, the former chief technology officer for Red Hat, is now managing Google Cloud.

By Joab Jackson | 12 September, 2014 03:49

Tags: business issues, personnel, Google, internet, cloud computing, Red Hat, Infrastructure services

Red Hat Satellite orbits the Amazon cloud

Red Hat Satellite, the software for managing fleets of servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, can now also manage copies of RHEL that run in the cloud as well.

By Joab Jackson | 11 September, 2014 02:32

Tags: software, Red Hat, system management

Microsoft Patch Tuesday thwarts nosey malware

Cyberattackers curious about the contents of users' hard drives will now have a tougher time finding that information, thanks to a new patch that Microsoft issued Tuesday in the latest round of "Patch Tuesday" bug fixes.

By Joab Jackson | 10 September, 2014 06:19

Tags: patches, security, Microsoft, patch management, Exploits / vulnerabilities, qualys, malware

Chef muscles up with Microsoft, Amazon

Chef, a popular open source software program for managing the configuration settings of servers, software and other IT components, now can reach deeper into the data center with the help of some intertwined services from Microsoft, VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

By Joab Jackson | 09 September, 2014 06:31

Tags: Chef, software, system management

IBM secures SoftLayer with Intel trusted modules

Fortifying its SoftLayer cloud services for enterprise use, IBM has started using Intel's chip-based Trusted Execution Technology to help organizations in highly regulated industries meet their auditing and security compliance requirements.

By Joab Jackson | 08 September, 2014 14:05

Tags: security, IBM, internet, intel, cloud computing, Infrastructure services

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