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Friday, October 12, 2012

Oct 2012 Week 2 Happenings - BYOD issue, Hitachi Unified Compute Platform,NetBackup 5220 and Backup Exec 3600, Blue Coat Web Security Report 2012, Change to 4G Mobile

Kaspersky Lab - 42% of Laptop Owners Use Them Both for Work and For Leisure

According to a survey conducted by O+K Research for Kaspersky Lab, many users see no difference between their personal data and work-related information and often store both on one device. 42% of respondents use laptops provided by an employer or purchased themselves for both work and personal tasks.

The survey shows that 27% of Apple owners and 25% of other laptop owners use their mobile devices for work. A personal laptop which is not reliably protected from cyber-threats as well as a corporate laptop used for personal purposes could cause a leak of confidential company data. If compromised, a personal device used for work can cause problems across the entire corporate network.

In order to control the use of personal devices for work-related purposes it is necessary to implement a unified corporate security policy and to use appropriate protection solutions. Kaspersky Open Space Security provides reliable protection for corporate user devices – whether they are desktop or mobile - and offers centralized administration of security policies.

The full version of the O+K Research report..

Brocade Fabric Switches to Provide Networking Support for New Hitachi Unified Compute Platform

Brocade announced that several of its Ethernet and storage area networking (SAN) fabric switches have been integrated by Hitachi Data Systems for networking technology in the new Hitachi Unified Compute Platform (UCP) converged infrastructure solutions, which were announced today. Brocade is delivering both top-of-rack switches as well as embedded server switches based on Fibre Channel and Ethernet technologies, reinforcing the company’s leadership in its ability to offer comprehensive data center networking solutions for critical IT and service provider environments.

Specifically, Brocade® Ethernet and SAN fabric products have been designed into Hitachi UCP pre-validated reference solutions and integrated turnkey solutions, which are built with world-class Hitachi storage and servers. The solutions are designed to offer customers the ultimate choice and flexibility to support industry-leading hypervisor, database and application environments, including Citrix, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP and VMware. The Brocade products that will be offered through Hitachi UCP are:

  • Brocade VDX® 6720 Switch for Ethernet fabrics
  • Brocade VDX 6746 Embedded Switch for Ethernet fabrics
  • Brocade 6510 Switch for Fibre Channel SAN fabrics
  • Brocade 5460 Embedded Switch for Fibre Channel SAN fabrics

Taking data center network simplicity, efficiency and resiliency to a new scale, the Brocade VDX standalone and embedded Ethernet fabric switches deliver a radically simplified data center network for Hitachi UCP converged infrastructure solutions. Designed specifically for highly virtualized environments, Ethernet fabrics built on Brocade VCS® Fabric technology accelerate application deployment and enable faster virtual machine (VM) migrations through zero-touch VM discovery, VM mobility and VM port configuration migration. Using VCS fabrics, Hitachi UCP customers can manage up to dozens of switches as a single logical device, dramatically reducing operational costs. They can also save installation time as new switches self-provision when they are connected to the fabric.

Symantec Modernises Data Protection with Integrated Backup and Deduplication Appliances

Symantec Corp. announced updates to its backup appliances, NetBackup 5220 and Backup Exec 3600, which now include the latest NetBackup 7.5 and Backup Exec 2012 software from Symantec announced earlier this year. The new appliances deliver on Symantec’s Better Backup for All initiative to advance what Gartner has called “The Broken State of Backup1.”

For many customers, the challenges with protecting virtual and physical servers have been caused by the proliferation of as many as seven different backup solutions in a single environment and the integration problems between the hardware and software - using appliances will solve the problem.

Lim Wen Woan, Symantec’s senior manager for regional product marketing, Asia Pacific said, “Symantec’s backup appliances are unique to the market. While many solutions require the IT team to integrate multiple solutions for tape, disk, dedupe, physical, virtual snapshots and backup, Symantec appliances are typically installed in less than 30 minutes and deliver integrated hardware, software and dedupe storage, providing customers with simplicity and performance from one vendor.”

Pricing and Availability

Symantec NetBackup 5220 and Backup Exec 3600 appliances are now available in Malaysia. For more information.

Blue Coat Web Security Report 2012

The Blue Coat Web Security Report 2012 that has just been released.
  • The number of malnets on the Internet has tripled over the six months from 500 to more than 1,500 with attacks now averaging 3.4 million per day.
  • These malnets are driving a vicious cycle through which end-user systems are infected with botnet-producing Trojans and then used to launch new attacks that will drive users to malware.
  • Email remained the second most popular entry point into malnets, confirming that the ease with which it can be exploited makes it useful for driving users to malware. Email, via spam attacks, is also one of the leading ways in which botnet-infected computers are used as part of the vicious cycle.
  • Shutting down malnets is incredibly difficult largely because the components of a malnet are scattered around the world – protection through dispersion. Components can easily be moved to target users in specific countries or in search of friendly hosting providers that are willing to overlook suspicious activities.
  • The Aleuron botnet grew 517% in six months, surpassing Zeus as the most active botnet in the wild.

The full report.

P1 - To Change or Not to Change to 4G

Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“P1”), South East Asia’s leading 4G broadband provider launched a new consumer campaign themed, Tukar Tak Tukar. The campaign aims to get 3G users looking for new broadband services to seriously consider P1’s latest 4G promotion plans which give significantly more usage quota and attractive rebates.

Shirley Ah Yong, P1 Brand & Marketing Director said, “The Tukar Tak Tukar campaign intends to get Malaysians thinking about change in relation to their broadband experience. We want all 3G users to give some thoughts to how P1’s 4G broadband can enhance their broadband experience and give them better value for their money.”

A key highlight of the campaign is P1’s collaboration with five local popular YouTubers; Grim Film, KYO Propaganda, Dan Khoo Productions, The Ming Thing TV and Joseph Germani to produce six entertaining videos on “change.” These videos will be launched on P1’s Tukar Tak Tukar micro-site over six consecutive weeks starting on 12 October.

P1 is offering contract subscribers 100GB more usage quota and a free dect phone for their ForHome™ or combo OnePlan™: Its mid to high ToGo™ plans have uncapped 4G speed and comes with a free 4G MiFi (personal WiFi device). On top of it all, subscribers to all of P1’s mid to high 4G plans will enjoy a bonus RM200 rebate.

To view the viral videos and to find out more about P1’s latest year-end promotions, please visit www.tukartaktukar.my

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