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Secunia: Application Vulnerabilities on the Up

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Danish security vendor Secunia records 15343 vulnerabilities across 3870 applications from 500 different vendors during 2014-- an 18% increase over 2013 and a 22% increase in the number of products.

SecurityOf that amount 25 vulnerabilities are of the zero-day variety (up from 14 for the previous year), 20 of which are in the 25 most popular products and 7 in operating systems. Such flaws are of the most dangerous kind, together with "Highly Critical" (11%) and "Extremely Critical" (0.3%) vulnerabilities.

The report also has some good news-- over 83% of the 15343 vulnerabilities got patched on day of disclosure.

"Every year, we see an increase in the number of vulnerabilities discovered, emphasising the need for organisations to stay on top of their environment," Secunia says. "IT teams need to have complete visibility of the applications that are in use, and they need firm policies and procedures in place, in order to deal with the vulnerabilities as they are disclosed."

SCC Gets Datacentre Services

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IT reseller SCC enters the data telecoms market following its buying an undisclosed stake in London-based data connectivity provider Fluidata, providing it with datacentre services connectivity and capability.

SCC FluidataFluidata is a specialist in Layer-2 and Layer-3 delivery, using technologies such as DSL, EFM, Fibre, VPLS/MPLS, wireless and unique failover/aggregation.

The investment follows the SCC acquisition of the SSE Telecoms flagship Hampshire datacentre earlier this year, alongside its Midlands facilities.

“Fluidata positions SCC at the forefront of Data Centre Services, adding further connectivity and flexibility to our customers," SCC says. "In addition, this investment provides SCC with access to the data telecoms market, widening SCC’s DCS proposition.”

Home Heating via Servers

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Dutch cloud provider Nerdalize and energy company Eneco suggest a novel use for the former company's servers-- heaters, specifically by putting servers in people's homes to act as a cheap source of warmth.

Nerdalize eRadiatorAs Nerdalize puts it, datacentres are actually a bad idea, as one shouldn't stack a bunch of heat-emitting machines next to each other. Instead such machines should be placed where the heat is actually wanted, leading to savings on datacentre construction and cooling, as well as home warning.

The company even claims its work-from-home servers power compute clouds comparable to any other while being 55% more affordable than traditional servers. The servers run on Docker, use SSD storage and carry up to 32GB RAM per CPU.

Lexmark Buys Kofax

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Printing supply maker Lexmark pours investment in its software business as it acquires enterprise software seller Kofax in a deal worth $1 billion in cash.

LexmarkThe Kofax portfolio consists of intelligent information capture, BPO and analytics software. It reports fiscal 2014 sales of $289 million (up from $266m) if with a -59% operating profit decline of $10.2m due to rising overheads and one-off costs.

"The acquisition of Kofax enhances our best-in-class offerings so our customers can capture, manage, access, and act upon their information more efficiently, and extends Lexmark into the high-growth smart process applications market," Lexmark says. "Our customers will have a breadth of hardware and software solutions that connect their information silos and automate their business processes-- enabling them to access the most relevant information at the moment they need it to drive business forward."

IDC: Tough Q4 2014 for Client Devices

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According to IDC the global thin and terminal client market "deteriorated" during Q4 2014, with shipments dropping by -12.5% Y-o-Y to 1.4 million units following a "mild" Q3 2014 contraction.

Enterprises client deviceFull-year 2014 shows slight (-0.2%) decline, a weak comparison against the Windows XP migration projections of 2013 spurring more VDI adoptions and the continued decline of terminal client deployments.

However the analyst says the market shows some silver linings-- thin clients remain resilient with 4.6% 2014 growth, as only terminal clients show deterioration. Meanwhile mature markets are doing well with 2014 growth reaching 4.3% thanks to trials growing into full deployments and companies seeing improved experiences and longer term savings from VDI deployments.

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