Barracuda Networks has been a critical part of customers’ Microsoft solutions for almost 10 years now. Since 2003, we’ve been helping customers secure their Microsoft Exchange servers with the Barracuda Spam Firewall and also archive their email with the Barracuda Message Archiver. What customers and partners probably aren’t as familiar with is how the Barracuda Load Balancer ADC has been helping thousands of customers scale and extend the performance of their Microsoft investments.
Those of us in the biz know the difference between hacker, cracker, attacker, and so on. Those outside of the biz, not so much. As an example of this point, let's turn to a recent ruling from the US District Court for the State of Idaho.
First some background. The Battelle Energy Alliance (Battelle) is the company that manages and operates the Idaho National Laboratory (INL). INL was involved in an initiative to develop “Sophia,” which is software “aimed at protecting the United States’ critical energy infrastructure (oil, gas, chemical and electrical companies) from cyber attacks.”
Battelle wanted to license Sophia, which was tax-payer funded through the US Department of Energy. Sophia developer Corey Thuen wanted the program to be open-source. Thuen eventually left INL, founded Southfork Security, and developed a program called “Visdom.” Visdom is functionally similar to Sophia in that it identifies new communication patterns on Incident Command System networks.
What's the worldwide energy footprint of IT? We're not entirely sure, but according to a recent report over at Tech Pundit (pdf), it's really freaking huge.
Let's start with what we're measuring, which is the world's “Information-Communications-Technologies” (ICT) ecosystem. This includes,
- Data centers that have become warehouse-scale supercomputers unlike anything in history;
- Ubiquitous broadband wired and wireless communications networks;
- The myriad of end-user devices from PCs to tablets and smart phones to digital TV, and,
- The manufacturing facilities producing all the ICT hardware
Today we're happy to announce that we're expanding our Barracuda Load Balancer ADC product line.
For the unfamiliar, the Barracuda Load Balancer ADC is an application delivery controller that optimizes the availability of servers and services. This device maximizes the performance of an application through content caching, traffic management, and other technologies. Barracuda launched the Load Balancer ADC in May of this year, as part of our initiative to capitalize on data center opportunities.
CNet is reporting that worldwide spending on wearable tech is going to hit $1.4 billion this year, and $19 billion by 2019. This is largely due to Google Glass, Galaxy Gear, and the anticipated launch of an Apple smartwatch. You know what that means? This stuff is going to show up in your boardrooms, classrooms, warrooms, and so on.
I came close to buying a Galaxy Gear a few weeks ago, when I was drooling over the gorgeous new Galaxy Note 3. It would have been my first foray into wearable tech and I was giddy at the thought of it, until I visualized a day in the life of Christine and her Gear:
Here's some interesting news.
- 34% of non-Internet users think the Internet is just not relevant to them, saying they are not interested, do not want to use it, or have no need for it.
- 32% of non-Internet users cite reasons tied to their sense that the Internet is not very easy to use. These non-users say it is difficult or frustrating to go online, they are physically unable, or they are worried about other issues such as spam, spyware, and hackers. This figure is considerably higher than in earlier surveys.
- 19% of non-Internet users cite the expense of owning a computer or paying for an Internet connection.
- 7% of non-users cited a physical lack of availability or access to the Internet.
IT Project Managers are often working with fewer resources than they would like. (Aren't we all!) CIO Magazine has an article on this topic and I'd like to run through what they've found and what kinds of things I've learned in the same circumstances.
One of the greatest desires of IT PMs is to be involved in the project from the inception. This allows the IT staff to create an environment for success. I've often found that project stakeholders are unaware of how a new software package can impact the network. In some cases, the decision-makers do little more than confirm that the network meets the minimum requirements for the new application.