Google gets into the Content Delivery Network business

by Administrator 6. September 2011 19:02
oogle’s been trying to make the Web go faster for some time. In their latest move, they’re starting to get into Akamai and Level 3’s Content Delivery Network business. You have to give Google credit. Instead of being content with being the king of search and online advertising, they also want to rule smartphones, Android; Web browsers, Chrome; and now they’re trying the Content Delivery Network (CDN) business on for size. In the Google Webmaster Central blog, Ram Ramani, Google Engineering Manager, announced, that Google was “releasing the latest addition to the Page Speed family: Page Speed Service.” Ramani continued, “Page Speed Service ... [More]

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DNS hack attack mutilates multiple Web sites

by Administrator 6. September 2011 18:16
Many popular Web sites, such as the Coca-Cola, UPS, and the Register, had their Web addresses hijacked over the weekend by a Turkish hacker. When I first heard that The Register, a popular United Kingdom, technology news site had been hacked, I was doubtful that the site itself had actually been cracked. The first headline I saw read, The Register Hacked. That isn’t what I saw. To me, it looked like a typical Domain Name System (DNS) hijack attack. I was right. What I didn’t know at the time, though, that more than a hundred Web sites, several of them major ones, were having their addresses redirected to the wrong location. So, when you went to The Register, or sites ... [More]

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Google shuts down 10 more services in fall spring-clean

by Administrator 6. September 2011 18:08
Google's Chief Executive Larry Page is continuing his efforts to streamline the company's operations by axing another 10 of their less successful ventures. Since his appointment in January, Page has been determined to move Google away from niche businesses and focus on the bigger products they offer instead. In an official blog post, aptly titled "A fall spring-clean", Alan Eustace, senior vice president of search said: "This will make things much simpler for our users, improving the overall Google experience. It will also mean we can devote more resources to high impact products—the ones that improve the lives of billions of people." He went on to note that all existin... [More]

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Hurricane Electric takes its IPv6 expertise to the datacenter

by Administrator 1. September 2011 11:38
Hurricane Electric, arguably the world’s largest IPv6-native Internet backbone and co-location provider, has expanded its IPv6 Professional Services offerings so that they can now help you with IPv6 datacenter deployments. If you’re a home user or just have a small office/home office (SOHO), you don’t need to worry about the fact that we’re running out of IPv4 addresses anytime soon. It’s a different story though if you’re managing a datacenter. In a datacenter, you can need hundreds or thousands of new Internet addresses on any given day. Since the American Registry of Internet Numbers (ARIN) expects to allocate its last IPv4 addresses before year&... [More]

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Google and OpenDNS join forces to speed up DNS

by Administrator 1. September 2011 11:35
What do you think the number one source of traffic is on the Internet today? E-Mail? Not even close. Conventional Web sites? Not way! Porn!? No, believe it or not, it’s not that either. The single biggest source of traffic on today’s Internet is Netflix. Its videos, and those of other video sites, require their users to have not only very fast Internet connections, but fast and accurate pointers to the closest and fastest Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) sites. That’s where Google, OpenDNS, and some of CDNs hope to improve things with the Global Internet Speedup initiative, a worldwide effort to improve Internet speeds and enable faster access to information. Accord... [More]

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Cloud computing can break hold of global 'IT cartel' on governments: Vivek Kundra

by Administrator 31. August 2011 15:51
Summary: In his first editorial after leaving office as US CIO, Vivek Kundra says cloud computing is inevitable for cash-strapped governments. Former US CIO Vivek Kundra, now a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center, stated his case for cloud computing in The New York Times, pointing out that the US federal government — let alone any government — can no longer afford to be held hostage by what he calls a global “IT cartel.” This “powerful group of private contractors encourages reliance on inefficient software and hardware that is expensive to acquire and to maintain,” he maintains. A “cloud-first” policy — in whi... [More]

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Forged security certificate targets Google users

by Administrator 31. August 2011 15:49
It has been confirmed that DigiNotar, a SSL certificate authority from the Netherlands issued an Internet security certificate to unknown attackers on July 10th. For over 2 months this certificate would have allowed them to setup fake copies of Google websites that appeared genuine to the majority of users, and collect login information for all of the company's services, including Gmail. It's still unknown how attackers managed to get the fake google.com security certificate issued. First reports of the scam came from an Iranian web user, who posted the information in a Google help forum, sparking speculation that the Iranian government had been involved in the attack and subseque... [More]

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Dell enters public cloud space with VMware

by Administrator 30. August 2011 18:59
Summary: Dell unveils its first public and hybrid cloud solutions with the help of the VMware vCloud Datacenter Service. Following through on a $1 billion investment in cloud computing services this year, Dell hasannounced its first public cloud-based data storage offering at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas on Monday. The aptly and simply-named Dell Cloud is based upon the VMware vCloud Datacenter Servicesarchitecture, which is designed for secure enterprise-grade public, private and hybrid clouds. Basically, Dell and VMware will provide Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions for customer organizations, hosting and outsourcing firms, system integrators... [More]

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Microsoft adCenter down for hours, customers tweet

by Administrator 30. August 2011 18:57
Summary: Microsoft’s adCenter online advertising platform has been experiencing service problems during the afternoon of August 29, customers are noting via Twitter. Microsoft is working to address the issue. A number of Microsoft adCenter customers are reporting problems logging into the system that have been going on for several hours. Around 6 p.m. ET on August 29, the Microsoft adCenter Twitter account acknowledged there was an issue and that it was being addressed. I’ve asked Microsoft for more information on what’s going on and will update this post with any additional details I get. Several customers took to Twitter to air their frustrations and share up... [More]

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Windows finally gets native ISO support in Windows 8

by Administrator 30. August 2011 18:54
Summary: Microsoft just let the world know that Windows 8 will come with native support for ISO and VHD files in Explorer! But there’s a catch… In a new post by Steven Sinofsky on the Building Windows 8 blog, we learn that Windows 8 will not only have native VHD, but also native ISO support in Explorer (finally!). Windows users can now rejoice at no longer having to use a third-party application to view ISOs. A video created by Rajeev Nagar, a group program manager on the Storage and File Systems team at Microsoft, explains the process and gives us another great glimpse of the new Ribbon UI in Windows 8, as well as the updated Taskbar — all this, after e... [More]

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