Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Daily web finds 2.0

British Telecom (BT) wants to sell datacenters.
BT announced that they would like to sell datacenters to HP. One of the selling conditions would be that BT would get the data and voice networks of HP to manage. The deal would consider the British datacenters of BT, the voice and data networks BT would like to manage are the worldwide networks of HP.

New 8 Gbps server storage connections.
Today Jasper Bakker announced in a vnunet article that Brocade is launching a new storage switch and host bus adapter for storage networks capable of reaching 8 Gbps. The new equipment will also be downwards compatible with the now common 4 Gbps network equipment from Brocade. Brocade announced that around 40 to 50 percent of their current customers are on a 4 Gbps data network. The new equipment has been developed while keeping close contact with Microsoft and VMware so it will be compatible and adopted by software from those vendors.

New release from nimbuzz.
Today a new release of nimbuzz so the day of light. Nimbuzz is direct competition for Skype, eBuddy and Fring. Nimbuzz released a mobile voice and chat service accompanied with widgets to incorporate in Hyves, Jabber and facebook. It is compatible with Skype, Google Talk, AOL-IM, Windows Live Messenger and Yahoo-IM.

VirtualCenter 2.5 Database White Paper.
VMware® VirtualCenter database stores metadata on the state of a VMware Infrastructure environment and is a key component of VirtualCenter performance. VirtualCenter 2.5 features a number of enhancements that are aimed at greatly improving the performance and scalability of the VirtualCenter database. This paper presents the performance results of benchmarks we conducted to validate these performance enhancements and to provide best practices information for configuring a VirtualCenter database. The paper also provides information for sizing the server you use to host the VirtualCenter database based on these performance results. Although the new features in VirtualCenter 2.5 benefit users with any of the supported databases, the examples and performance data presented in this study are specific to Microsoft SQL Server and the paper assumes that you have a working knowledge of SQL Server. Read the paper on the VMware website.

Vulnerability in Debian cryptographic functions.
Debian has warned of a vulnerability in its cryptographic functions that could leave systems open to attack.
The use of a cryptographically flawed pseudo random number generator in Debian's implementation of OpenSSL meant that potentially predictable keys were generated. Versions of Debian's OpenSSL packages starting with 0.9.8c-1 (released in September 2006) are potentially vulnerable. Many types of cryptographic keys (including SSH, SSL session keys, OpenVPN and others) generated on affected systems may be weak, so the impact of the bug is potentially far reaching.

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