HPE Bets on Core Data Center Hardware Sales to Drive Profits

HPE Bets on Core Data Center Hardware Sales to Drive Profits

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Once it’s done shedding its Enterprise Services business, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise is betting on its bread-and-butter data center hardware business – servers, storage, networking, and software to manage all of the above – to continue driving the bulk of its revenue.

The company, which only recently separated from the former Hewlett-Packard’s printer and PC business, announced earlier this month that Enterprise Services wouldspin off and merge with Computer Sciences Corp.

In an analysis of recent revenue and profit trends of HPE’s various businesses, The Next Platform’s Timothy Prickett Morgan points out that enterprise technology services are a people-intensive, low-margin business, and says that this is probably the biggest reason CEO Meg Whitman has decided to get out of it.

While its bread-and-butter server business has been essentially flat, it’s generated a lot more profit for HPE than Enterprise Services. Second to servers in terms of revenue is Infrastructure Technology Outsourcing, which is being shed as part of the Enterprise Services unit.

The only clear way for the company to drive meaningful revenue growth now appears to be simply selling higher volumes of commoditized data center hardware, Prickett Morgan concludes. Driving volume in hardware sales is HPE’s first line of defense against the market behemoth that is about to be born as Dell closes its $67 billion acquisition of EMC.

Original article appeared here: HPE Bets on Core Data Center Hardware Sales to Drive Profits

Source: TheWHIR

CIRA Report: IT Leaders Struggle to Find Qualified IT Pros in Canada

CIRA Report: IT Leaders Struggle to Find Qualified IT Pros in Canada

Two out of every five Canadian IT leaders have trouble recruiting IT professionals with the right skills, and almost half (46 percent) had difficulty filling a position in the last 12 months, according to a report released Monday by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) on Canada’s technology, skills, and competitiveness.

Hiring workers with the right skills is seen as a competitive priority, with 55 percent of respondents saying Canadian technology firms need to be able to recruit and retain workers with the right skills to compete globally, more than any other factor.

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CIRA surveyed 1,200 Canadian Internet users and 300 leaders at IT firms in the country to produce the report From Broadband Access to Smart Economies, which will inform discussions at the upcoming Canadian Internet Forum, June 1 in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. The forum will likely include some calls for increased government involvement in infrastructure, as only three percent of those who feel Canada is competing well in the global technology market cite government infrastructure investment as a factor.

Nearly half of IT leaders surveyed said “Canadian technology companies aren’t equipped to compete globally,” and three-quarters said their major technology challenges require “made-in-Canada” solutions. The report refers to a Conference Board of Canada report which ranked the country 9th of 16 OECD countries for innovation, and indicated it is falling behind in ICT investment and connectivity.

Connectivity is not just a business issue, but is seen as crucial by Internet users for learning new skills (75 percent) and supporting childhood education (68 percent). Six in ten Canadian Internet users say that students should learn “basic programming/coding” skills, and IT leaders agree, with 88 percent saying coding should be a part of the core secondary school curriculum.

The global shortage of cloud skills led to the launch of AWS Educate a year ago, and a report from Incapsula in September suggested DDoS mitigation skills are also lacking around the world.

The average download speed for Canadians is 18.64 Mbps, as measured by CIRA’s Internet Performance Test, and a major divide between rural and urban users means many Canadian’s have much slower Internet speeds.

Source: TheWHIR

Get Your HostingCon Global Exhibit Booth Now Before it's Too Late

Get Your HostingCon Global Exhibit Booth Now Before it's Too Late

Space to exhibit at HostingCon Global 2016 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans is approaching sold-out with just under two months until the industry’s leading conference and trade show. A look at the interactive floor plan gives you an opportunity to preview the exhibit hall.

Several organizations have joined HostingCon’s exhibit hall and selected their booths very recently, so even keeping an up to date with what’s available can be a challenge. One of those companies joining recently is BoldGrid, a web builder based on WordPress for DIY masters. BoldGrid will be looking for hosting partners, and there will be at least a few web hosts looking for innovative site building tools to offer their customers.

Using the search function on the HostingCon Global exhibitor list or floor plan shows not just service provides, but also the companies providing them with hardware, storage, security, financing, and more. The advanced search function shows there are currently 11 international markets represented so far, in addition to the US.

Service providers and others in the cloud and hosting ecosystem can still reserve a booth by downloading a prospectus (PDF), filling out the form, and sending it back to Penton by email.

Source: TheWHIR

Tech Giants Vow to Tackle Online Hate Speech Within 24 Hours

Tech Giants Vow to Tackle Online Hate Speech Within 24 Hours

By Stephanie Bodoni

(Bloomberg) — U.S. Internet giants Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., Google and Microsoft Corp. pledged to tackle online hate speech in less than 24 hours as part of a joint commitment with the European Union to combat the use of social media by terrorists.

Beyond national laws that criminalize hate speech, there is a need to ensure such activity by Internet users is “expeditiously reviewed by online intermediaries and social media platforms, upon receipt of a valid notification, in an appropriate time-frame,” the companies and the European Commission said in a joint statement on Tuesday.

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The code of conduct arrives as Europe comes to terms with the bloody attacks in Paris and Brussels by Islamic State, which has used the Web and social media to spread its message of hate against its enemies. The companies said it remains a “challenge” to strike the right balance between freedom of expression and hate speech in the self-generated content on online platforms.

“We remain committed to letting the Tweets flow,” said Twitter’s head of public policy for Europe, Karen White, in the statement. “However, there is a clear distinction between freedom of expression and conduct that incites violence and hate.”

Platforms Sued

A French Jewish youth group, UEJF, sued Twitter, Facebook and Google in Paris this month over how they monitor hate speech on the web. In the course of about six weeks in April and May, members of French anti-discrimination groups flagged unambiguous hate speech that they said promoted racism, homophobia or anti-Semitism. More than 90 percent of the posts pointed out to Twitter and YouTube remained online within 15 days on average following requests for removal, according to the study by UEJF, SOS Racisme and SOS Homophobie.

“With a global community of 1.6 billion people we work hard to balance giving people the power to express themselves whilst ensuring we provide a respectful environment,” said Monika Bickert, head of global policy management at Facebook, in the statement. “There’s no place for hate speech on Facebook.”

Source: TheWHIR

Tumblr Security Breach from 2013 Exposed 65 Million User Credentials: Report

Tumblr Security Breach from 2013 Exposed 65 Million User Credentials: Report

Yahoo-owned blogging platform Tumblr announced earlier this month that a 2013 security breach had revealed user email addresses and passwords, but did not disclose how many users the breach impacted. Now a security researcher has pegged that number at more than 65 million.

According to security researcher Troy Hunt, in an interview with Motherboard, the exposed dataset included 65,469,298 unique emails and passwords. Tumblr has not confirmed the data.

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On May 12, Tumblr told users that it “recently learned that a third party had obtained access to a set of Tumblr user email addresses…from early 2013, prior to the acquisition of Tumblr by Yahoo” — perhaps an important clarification as Yahoo undergoes a strategic review to sell off its core business.

“Our analysis gives us no reason to believe that this information was used to access Tumblr accounts,” Tumblr said. “As a precaution, however, we will be requiring affected Tumblr users to set a new password.”

Hunt said that the Tumblr security breach is part of a pattern of massive breaches recently that have come to light years after they happened, referring to the LinkedIn breach that happened in 2012; “[t]his data has been lying dormant (or at least out of public sight) for long periods of time,” he said.

According to the report, because the passwords were hashed and salted, they are “very hard for hackers to crack.” The hacker selling the dataset on the dark web was only able to get $150 for it because the data was “essentially just a list of emails.”

Source: TheWHIR

QTS Appoints Carpathia's Jon Greaves as CTO

QTS Appoints Carpathia's Jon Greaves as CTO

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Data center provider QTS Realty Trust has appointed Jon Greaves, formerly a top technologist at Carpathia Hosting, which QTS acquired last year, to the role of CTO. The company also announced that former Carpathia CEO, Peter Weber, who led the integration efforts following the acquisition, has left.

Greaves, a technologist with more than 25 years of experience, joined Carpathia as CTO in 2008, following three years in senior engineering roles at Sun Microsystems. He was “a key driver to Carpathia’s success,” QTS said in a statement.

QTS acquired Carpathia for $326 million. The deal gave the data center provider a well-developed managed hosting business and more than doubled the amount of data centers in its portfolio, including the company’s first international footprint in Canada, Europe, and Asia Pacific.

Former CEO Weber also joined Carpathia in 2008 following a three-year run at Sun, which in 2005 acquired an IT management startup he co-founded called SevenSpace.

“The primary goal for the integration of QTS and Carpathia was to strengthen QTS’ ability to deliver the nation’s only fully integrated technology platform, and Peter Weber played a key role in helping us achieve that goal,” QTS CEO, Chad Williams, said in a statement.

Original article appeared here: QTS Appoints Carpathia’s Jon Greaves as CTO

Source: TheWHIR

Friday's Five: A Handful of Tech Headlines You May Have Missed, May 27

Friday's Five: A Handful of Tech Headlines You May Have Missed, May 27

As we head into the weekend there’s that nagging feeling that you may have missed something. You’re busy, and it’s hard to keep up with every piece of news that is important to your business. This weekly column aims to wrap up the news we didn’t get to this week (in no particular order), and that may have slipped under your radar, too. If you’ve got something to add, please chime in below in the comments section or on social media. We want to hear from you.

Dropbox wants access to PC and Mac kernels despite developer outrage

Turns out developers may not be too keen on Dropbox’s new Project Infinite. According to a report by The Inquirer, “giving the cloud software access to a computer’s kernel layer is a pretty strong measure as any bug introduced at that level can bork machines. It also opens up a the control layer to hackers who could gain access to the machine if they get into a user’s Dropbox account.”

The Most Popular Messaging App in Every Country

What are the apps you use to communicate? The most popular messaging apps vary country by country, according to a survey by SimilarWeb. WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app in 109 countries, or 55.6 percent of the world.

Google Beats Oracle on Copyright, Defeating $9 Billion Claim

Google vs. Oracle has come to a conclusion with jurors arguing in Google’s favor that it made fair use of the code under copyright law. The outcome saved the search giant around $9 billion.

Services, Not Price, Move the Needle on Cloud Vendor Market Share

Remember a few years ago when it seemed there were cloud price drops everywhere you looked? Well, it turns out this may not have been the best move as it had little impact on cloud market share, a new report by 451 Research finds.

Microsoft, Facebook Build Undersea Cable for Faster Internet

Water takes up about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, so it only makes sense that Internet companies would make use of the space to expand their reach. Microsoft and Facebook are building an undersea cable in the Atlantic Ocean will be operated by Telixus.

Source: TheWHIR

Verizon Reaches Deal in Principle to End Landline Worker Strike

Verizon Reaches Deal in Principle to End Landline Worker Strike

By Scott Moritz

(Bloomberg) — Verizon Communications Inc. and its two unions reached an agreement in principle on a new labor contract, the U.S. Labor Department said, paving the way for about 39,000 landline employees to return to work after a 44-day strike.

The parties are putting the four-year deal in writing, and union members should return to work next week, said Labor Secretary Thomas Perez in a statement. Full terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed.

SEE ALSO: Verizon Shutting Down Public Cloud, Gives Users One Month to Move Data

The walkout by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has been one of the largest in the U.S. in recent years. Perez helped broker the deal by bringing Verizon Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam and two union executives to Washington to discuss ways to resolve the dispute.

To try and keep up with business demands during the strike, Verizon had dispatched managers and non-union workers to call centers and field-service assignments. Yet even with the temporary help, the strike has been a drag on the company’s landline business, Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said during an investor presentation earlier this month. Because of the strike, Verizon probably won’t add FiOS TV or broadband customers in the quarter, he said.

READ MORE: Equinix Mulling Purchase of CenturyLink and Verizon Data Centers

The new labor contract is the first since Verizon took full control of Verizon Wireless and agreed to buy AOL, two deals worth almost $135 billion that point toward a wireless-centric future. The company has been shedding union-heavy operations, including its FiOS business in three states last month. Landlines accounted for 29 percent of Verizon’s revenue, down from almost 50 percent in 2008. And as its strategy has shifted, the ranks of union workers have shrunk by about half from 78,000 13 years ago.

Facing years of declines in the landline unit as more people opt for only wireless service, Verizon pushed to have union workers pitch in more for health benefits and be flexible on temporary job relocations. The unions, which had been working without a contract since Aug. 1, wanted to limit those transfers of workers to other regions, protect jobs from being moved offshore and preserve pension increases.

Of the workers, about 29,000 are represented by the CWA, 10,000 by the IBEW, according Candice Johnson, a spokeswoman for the CWA.

Source: TheWHIR

Basic Security Training for Employees Not Enough to Stop Data Breaches: Report

Basic Security Training for Employees Not Enough to Stop Data Breaches: Report

Negligent or untrained employees are responsible for a staggering number of data breaches, suggesting that workplace training programs are not doing enough to educate them. A new study conducted by Ponemon Institute on behalf of Experian suggests that 55 percent of organizations have had a security breach due to a malicious or negligent employee.

Though every company surveyed has a training program in place, only half of the companies agree or strongly agree that current employee training actually reduces noncompliant behaviors.

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While the courses offer the basics around security, only 38 percent of respondents said that the course includes mobile device security and 29 percent said the course includes training on the secure use of cloud services. Less than half (45 percent) of respondents said that the training is mandatory for employees.

In order to create a culture of security, the study recommends providing interactive games that illustrate threats for employees which can make the content easier to retain. Employees should also be given incentives around reporting security issues and protecting confidential information.

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The change in culture starts at the top as only 35 percent of respondents said senior management believes privacy and security training is a priority.

A minority of companies (19 percent) said their organizations actually demote employees or reduce salary, bonuses or incentives (16 percent) in the event that an employee is found responsible for a data breach.

A study last year found that inappropriate file sharing inside the organization was the most likely cause of data leakage. Eighty-four percent of companies surveyed by Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) said that they planned to improve file security through investments in training.

Source: TheWHIR

SingleHop Offers Cloud SafetyNet for Emergency Preparedness

SingleHop Offers Cloud SafetyNet for Emergency Preparedness

SingleHop has launched a free virtual private cloud environment to protect Veeam Cloud Connect Backup customers from infrastructure failures preventing them from accessing or restoring their Veeam cloud backups. The SafetyNet environment will be available within 24 hours of a disaster, and can be used as a production site for free for 30 days, SingleHop announced Wednesday.

With its higher recovery time and point objective (RTPO), SafetyNet is meant as an emergency preparedness compliment to Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), SingleHop said. DRaaS from Veeam was launched by SingleHop at the beginning of 2016, extending the partnership between the two companies, as well as SingleHop’s play for the business continuity market, which has been a major growth area for the company.

SEE ALSO: SingleHop Taps Veeam for Disaster Recovery as a Service

“We designed SafetyNet for the millions of businesses that understand the value of backing up data offsite but either want an extra layer of infrastructure protection or do not yet have the resources for a more robust disaster recovery tool,” said Jordan Jacobs, vice president of products at SingleHop. “As a partner to our customers, we never want to see downtime threaten their businesses’ survival. SafetyNet can not only help to mitigate those worst-case scenarios, it initiates conversations around next steps for bulletproofing business continuity plans across the board.”

SingleHop cites a Ponemon Institute statistic pegging the average cost per minute of downtime at $7,900 in 2013, and rising quickly. The company also points out the potential for natural or data center disaster to render backups unavailable.

READ MORE: Cloud and Disaster Recovery: Workload Management and Documentation

When a SingleHop Cloud Backup customer contacts SingleHop to initiate the SafetyNet restore, SingleHop provisions a virtual private cloud with 128 GB RAM and 32 cores, then restores data and operations for critical VMs, and allows the customer to configure networking and firewall rules using vCloud Director. As an emergency-only environment, the SafetyNet VPC cannot be pre-provisioned or pre-configured.

Source: TheWHIR