Cisco to audit code in wake of Juniper backdoor

In the wake of an announcement by Juniper that after an internal code audit, they had uncovered two backdoors in the operating systems used in their NetScreen firewalls, Cisco has announced that they’re taking similar steps to perform an audit of their code. In a blog post by Anthony Grico, Senior Director of the Security […]

NetApp to purchase SolidFire

NetApp, Inc. on Monday announced its intent to acquire the Boulder, Colorado based all-flash array (AFA) vendor SolidFire, for $870 million in cash. According the to announcement, NetApp intends to incorporate SolidFire’s products into NetApp’s existing product lines. Following the close of the transaction, SolidFire CEO, Dave Wright, will lead the SolidFire product line within […]

Juniper finds backdoor exposing encrypted VPN traffic

In a security advisory posted late Thursday, Bob Worrall, Juniper Network’s Chief Information Officer, announced that the ScreenOS software used on the company’s NetScreen firewalls contains an unauthorized backdoor allowing third parties to potentially monitor encrypted VPN traffic. “During a recent internal code review, Juniper discovered unauthorized code in ScreenOS that could allow a knowledgeable […]

Pearson VUE’s credential management system has been compromised

Pearson VUE, who manages the certification programs for a large number of IT vendors like Cisco and EMC, has announced that their credential system has been the successful target of an attack. The attackers were able to compromise and access information related to a subset of users. The company says that the hack is limited […]

IBM acquires Gravitant to expand hybrid cloud offering

IBM announced that it has acquired Austin, Texas based Gravitant, a company that develops software to enable businesses to manage and purchase cloud services from multiple suppliers, and to create mixed environments of private and public clouds. Gravitant’s software, called cloudMatrix, allows users to quickly compare capabilities and pricing from multiple vendors, and then provision […]

VCDX defense process drops troubleshooting questions

Those who are looking to obtain the highest certification level in VMware’s portfolio, watch out, the company announced in a blog post by Chris Colletti that they’ve made an adjustment to the process. Gone is the final part of the defense, where in the last 15 minutes candidates would be given hypothetical troubleshooting scenarios. Instead, […]

Hewlett Packard Enterprise goes public, splitting HP into two companies

On Monday, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Chief Executive Officer Meg Whitman, as well as partners and customers, rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and with it the long planned separation of the HP’s consumer and enterprise businesses became official. Going forward, HPE will focus on infrastructure, servers, networking, services, software, and […]

Neil

Neil McNeill was the most interesting man in my world. Neil knew something about everything and had an opinion to share on all of it. Not in a way that made you feel inferior or insignificant, but in a way that kept you wanting to hear more. It wasn’t hard to spend hours in his living […]

Java Jive

Yesterday my local paper posted an article about a new coffee shop that has opened up near my house. Arshad said he has instilled his own requirements for quality in the restaurant. Most of the products used are kosher and organic and he uses organic fair-trade coffee. And with that philosophy, he also balances the […]