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March 15, 2013
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  • Startups generate investor interest in software-defined storage
    Emerging data storage technologies based on the principles of virtualization and software-defined networking got a boost this week with the announcement of $6.1 million in financing for SwiftStack. The software-defined storage company, which was founded in 2011, is creating a suite of solutions for enterprises in the mobile, Web and SaaS spaces and announced the funding just weeks after a second firm, Jeda Networks, launched its own foray into SDS. (U.S.) (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • VMware announces NSX product
    VMware says it's focused on helping businesses with software-defined data centers and storage, which it views as a key component of cloud development. Its NSX technology merges vCloud networking and security product with the Nicira Network Virtualization Platform the company purchased in 2012. VMware NSX will be available in the second half of the year, VMware said. (U.S.) (3/14) , ZDNet (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dell calls for group to help create SDN standards
    Dell has suggested the creation of a working committee on software-defined-networking standards within the Object Management Group, which builds integration standards for technologies. "OMG provides blueprints for people who want to build SDN in an open, meritocratic manner, so we are pleased to engage with this community," an unidentified Dell spokesperson wrote in an e-mail. Network World (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Mobile & Wireless 
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  Security & Privacy 
  • Hackers hit U.S. malware database
    The U.S. government was forced to take a critical cybersecurity database offline recently after a National Institute of Standards and Technology firewall detected an attack on the agency's servers. The infiltration of the National Vulnerability Database, which houses data on viruses and other bugs, happened because of Adobe ColdFusion vulnerabilities and reportedly persisted for two months before being detected and patched. The Register (U.K.) (3/14) , (Russia) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Government IT 
  • Senate hearing reveals cyberthreat preparations
    President Barack Obama last year signed a classified policy directive setting out how the U.S. government will deal with cyberattacks, Bill Gertz writes. U.S. intelligence agencies also have assembled a National Intelligence Estimate on cyberthreats, a Senate hearing revealed Tuesday. The Washington Times (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech titans lobby Congress to stem "patent troll" activities
    Technology firms including Cisco Systems and Adobe Systems are lobbying Congress to do something about "patent trolling" and what they call frivolous lawsuits over copyright infringement. "Patent trolls are business terrorists," SAS' John Boswell said. "Their weapons of mass destruction are software and business-method patents with fuzzy boundaries that can be asserted against many different products, many different companies, in many different ways." However, Congress seems unsure about how to take on the issue, Brendan Sasso and Jennifer Martinez write. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (3/14) , News Service (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Webinar: Trust, Assurance and Compliance Readiness
    With new technology innovations in health IT, especially leveraging cloud-computing platforms and mobile devices, it is even more critical for health care providers and their IT solution providers to provide adequate assurances that health care services are built to protect the patient on a safe platform for innovation. Join us for an overview of Cloud Security Alliance's Governance Risk & Compliance Stack and the CSA Security, Trust & Assurance Registry as well as other research initiatives, all serving as the basis of emerging security and assurance standards and supply chain risk-management best practices for cloud computing. Register today for this webinar on Wednesday, March 20. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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