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WD Intros Ultrastar SS300 Enterprise SSD

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Western Digital (WD) announced the HGST-branded Ultrastar SS300-- the highest-performing SAS SSD from the company, designed to meet the rigorous enterprise demands.

Ultrastar SS300Co-developed with Intel, the Ultrastar SS300 delivers speeds of up to 400000 IOPS random read and up to 200000 IOPS random write. It offers a number of endurance classes, ranging from 0.5 to 10 drive writes per day, as well as a range of power settings. These include a 14W power envelope for additional performance gains and an ultra-low setting for more efficient energy consumption.

Security comes through a choice of options, namely Instant Secure Erase (ISE), Self-Encrypting Drive (SED)-compliant with TCG Enterprise and SED-compliant with TCG Enterprise with FIPS 140-2 certification.

IDC: W. European Printers Remain in Decline

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IDC reports Q1 2017 W. European printer and multifunction (MFP) sales are down by -0.9% Y-o-Y, with negative sales performance in unit terms in both inkjet and laser units, even if the value for the laser market is actually up.

MFPThe overall market remains in constant decline since Q2 2015-- and Q1 2017 sees a 43000 unit decline, with a market of over 5 million devices. The decline is largely due to the contraction in consumer printing, but is relatively in line with forecast. On the other hand, revenues are up by 4% Y-o-Y, with inkjet revenues dropping by -4.3% while laser revenues are up by 5.4%.

Laser printer shipments are down by -0.9% in Q1 2017 but revenues are up, an indication prices are holding in many markets. Laser market ASPs are up by 5.4%, marking higher specification products shipping, including production.

HPE Prototypes The Machine

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HPE inches closer towards realising its long-running The Machine program as it shows a prototype of the memory-driven computer-- an ARM-powered monster featuring 160TB of memory spread across 40 physical nodes.

HPE The MachineFirst announced back in 2014, The Machine brings together a number of advanced technologies. The aforementioned 160TB of memory and nodes are interconnected using a new fabric protocol, while a custom Linux-based OS runs on ThunderX2, the 2nd generation Cavium dual socket-capable ARMv8-A system on a chip. Also included are photonics/optical communication links (including the new X1 photonics module) and software tools able to handle the large amount of persistent memory.

Google Takes on Cloud-Based IoT Management

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Google is the next company to announced a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) management service-- Cloud IoT Core, a means to connect IoT sensors and devices to the Google cloud platform.

Google Cloud IoT As a service integrated with other Google hosted offerings, Cloud IoT Core provides a one-stop shop for the real-time collection, processing, analysis and visualisation of IoT data. As the search giant puts it, a transportation or logistics firm can use the service to collect data from vehicles, before combining it with information such as weather and traffic in order to further improve fleet management.

Gartner On the WannaCry Ransomware

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As the WannaCry ransomware continues to spread across the world--  according to European authorities it hit over 10000 organisations and 200000 individuals in 150 countries-- Gartner suggests 3 steps security professionals must take immediately.

WannacryBefore everything else, one must apply the MS1170-101 patch. If it is not installed, and TCP port 445 is open, the system will be attacked by ransomware. Following that, here are Gartner's three steps to prevent further attacks of this nature:

Stop blaming-- While pointing fingers at others might be easy, one of the key stages of incident response is to focus on the root cause. In the case of WannaCry it is Windows XP. The OS can be embedded in key system as part of control packages, meaning vulnerable firmware may neither be accessible nor under one's control. As such, one must demand upgrades from the vendors of embedded systems (such as point-of-sale terminals, medical imaging equipment, telecom systems, and even industrial output systems such as smart card personalisation and document production equipment), even if such devices use other embedded OSs such as Linux or Unix variants. After all, it is safe to assume all complex software is vulnerable to malware.

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