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Oracle Releases Exadata on Bare-Metal

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Oracle changes its attitude towards Exadata database-- now customers can access Exadata Cloud on bare-metal servers available through Oracle datacentres.

Oracle ExadataAs a result, customers get an own dedicated database appliance in the cloud, instead of running the database in a virtual machine. After all, bare metal means dedicated hardware, which should increase performance. One can allocate all the CPUs and storage they require, and can integrate the cloud-based database with on-premises Oracle databases, making it easy for either a transition to the cloud or a hybrid cloud strategy.

Norway to House "World's Largest" Datacentre

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The small Norwegian town of Ballangen, located in the Arctic Circle, is set to house what is claimed to be the "world's largest" datacentre-- a massive facility covering 600000 square metres.

Kolos datacentreThe area makes it bigger than the current leader in datacentre size, a facility in Langfang, China. However the record might soon be beaten by a still-in-development centre in Nevada, the US.

The facility will be built by Kolos, an US-Norwegian company with offices in Norway, the US and Europe. It says the datacentre will initially draw in 70MW of power, a total to grow by 1000MW once the facility is fully built. The power will come from renewable sources, namely hydropower stations and wind farms, and the facility will operate at 60% reduction in energy to make what Kolos claims is "the most competitive datacentre in the world.”

Gartner: Security Spending Grows to $86.4bn in 2017

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According to Gartner global spending on security products and services is to reach $86.4bn in 2017-- a 7% increase over 2016, before growing to $93bn in 2018.

SecurityThe analyst predicts fast growth in the security testing market (if from a small base), the result of continued data breaches and growing demands for application security testing as part of DevOps. Spending on emerging application security testing tools, particularly interactive application security testing (IAST), should contribute to further growth through 2021.

Security services remain the fastest growing segment, especially IT outsourcing, consulting and implementation services. However hardware support services should slow down due to the adoption of virtual appliances, public cloud and software as a service (SaaS) editions of security solutions reducing the overall need for attached hardware support.

Passwords: What if Everything You Know Is Wrong?

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by Shelly Palmer, CEO, The Palmer Group

Shelly PalmerEvery time there’s a notable cybersecurity breach, someone (even me) writes a comprehensive primer on the proper way to create “secure” passwords. Lather, rinse, repeat. Until a few years ago, everyone (including me) based their password advice on a 2003 paper from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), with the catchy title “NIST Special Publication 800-63.” The paper recommended that passwords be cryptic, contain special characters, and be as close to nonsense as possible.

I was in a camp I called “How to Make a Cryptic Password You Can Easily Remember.” The short version was this: take a phrase you know, such as a favorite quote from a movie, and use the first letter of each word. For example, Sheriff Brody’s famous line from Jaws, “I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat,” becomes 1twgn@bb. The trick was using Leet (a technique where letters are replaced by numbers and symbols; see my post from July 2012, “Yahoo! Hacked: What You Need To Do Now”) to add the numbers and special characters. But as you can see from the example, a password made in this way is total nonsense to everyone but you – unless you forget your favorite quote.

Just Add Power Debuts Products at CEDIA

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Just Add Power (J+P) will show off what it claims is the first 4K network video tiler at CEDIA 2017-- the 3G+4+ Tiling Transmitter-- and Switch Please, a web application allowing the matrix switching of J+P devices from any web browser.

J+PThe 3G+4+ Tiling Transmitter can be applied to any size application in need of multiview functionality. It offers video support for resolutions reaching up to 4K with HDR compatibiilty. Added to the J+P UHD over IP matrix switching system, it enables the simultaneous viewing of 4 video sources in multiple formats, including single-screen, video wall or tiled video. Once tiled, the video screen can be distributed to an unlimited number of screens, making it ideal for commercial spaces.

Installers can create up to 4 customisable windows with easy presents, picture-in-picture or picture-over-picture, and adjust image transparency for multi-layered, dynamic displays. Multiple tiling transmitters can be stacked together to add more sources and allow an infinite number of windows within windows.

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