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IBM to Remove Cloud Migration Hurdles with New Data Transfer Device

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One of the barriers for enterprises storing data in the cloud is data migration, a process that has traditionally been slow and costly, hindered by network limitations. IBM wants to remove this barrier for its customers with a new cloud migration solution designed for moving massive amounts of data to the cloud.
IBM Cloud Mass Data Migration is a shippable storage device, which offers 120 TB and uses AES 256-bit encryption. The device also uses RAID-6 to ensure data integrity, and is shock-proof. The device is a flat-rate, and includes overnight round-trip shipping.
The device is about the size of a suitcase, and has wheels so it can be easily moved around a data center, Michael Fork, distinguished engineer and director, cloud infrastructure, IBM Watson and cloud platform said. Fork said that the solution allows customers to migrate 120 TB in seven days.
“When you actually look at the networking aspects of this, for example if you were to transfer 120TB over a 100 Mbps internet connection, that would take 100 or more days,” he said.

Similar options on the market include the AWS Snowball Edge, which was launched last year and offers 100 TB of usable storage capacity. In June, Google introduced Transfer Appliance, which offers up to 480TB in 4U or 100TB in 2U of raw data capacity.
“Previously we supported two main transfer methods. One was an IBM solution called IBM Data Transfer service, and this allows you to ship us a USB hard drive or

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How Serious is VMware About Open Source?

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Media pundits everywhere seemed to be filled with surprise Wednesday, when VMware’s CEO and CTO were both singing praises to open source at VMworld Europe in Barcelona. With open source taking over the data center, even much of the proprietary software being built on code that started as open source, I’m not sure why that’s surprising. The world’s biggest data center software company has little choice but to embrace open source if it wishes to remain that way.
“When we look at the world of open source, it is very very powerful in its ability to produce innovation and cool ideas,” VMware’s CTO Ray O’Farrell said. “But it’s not the software itself, it’s the community that builds up and is able to leverage open source.”
The “community” of which he was speaking appears to be developers rather than users, although I’m sure he’s more than happy to embrace open source users who are wanting to include VMware in their plans. He mentioned that a year ago the company created an office under his jurisdiction that’s focused on working with the developer community.
“The bottom line is, we want to engage with this community more, and this is a great way for us to contribute to it,” he said.
“One of the biggest things we want to do is open up our own product APIs and build a gilt-edged opportunity for the open source community. We

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Experts Dispute VC’s Forecast that Caused Data Center Stocks to Slump

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The stocks of all seven US data center REITs (there are now six, following a merger that closed Thursday) slid down simultaneously this week, after a well-known venture capitalist and hedge-fund owner said at an investor conference that advances in processor technology will eventually lead to the demise of the data center provider industry.
But industry insiders say his views are overly simplistic, and that history has shown that advances in computing technology only create more hunger for data center capacity, not less.
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Since server chips are getting smaller and more powerful than ever, companies in the future will not need anywhere near the amount of data center space they need today, Chamath Palihapitiya, founder and CEO of the VC firm Social Capital, who last year also launched a hedge fund, said Tuesday afternoon, according to Seeking Alpha, which cited Bloomberg as the source:
Word that Google may have developed its own chip that can run 50% of its computing on 10% of the silicon has him reading that “We can literally take a rack of servers that can basically replace seven or eight data centers and park it, drive it in an RV and park it beside a data center. Plug it into some air conditioning and power and it will take those data centers out of business.”
Related: Microsoft Profit Tops Estimates as Cloud Growth Marches On
Following the event,

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Google and Facebook Fret Over Anti-Prostitution Bill’s Fallout

(Bloomberg) — Google and Facebook Inc. are among companies opposing a Senate bill aimed at squelching online trafficking of children, a stance that makes the Silicon Valley giants uneasy allies of a website accused of providing an advertising platform for teen prostitution.
The companies and tech trade groups say online providers will face greater liability for speech and videos posted by users if U.S. lawmakers move against and its online classified ads. Bill supporters disagree, saying the measure creates a narrow exception to deter lawbreakers and won’t harm the internet.
“There’s clearly a problem” as victims of sex trafficking advertised on Backpage repeatedly lose before judges who cite the federal immunity, said Yiota Souras, general counsel for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, a non-profit group. “Time and again victims are getting kicked out of court, even though there’s trafficking going on.”
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The tech companies say they agree with the purpose of the law, but fear the unintended consequences. They want to preserve immunity they won from Congress two decades ago, after the brokerage dramatized in the film “The Wolf of Wall Street” sued an online service over critical comments posted on message boards.
Now at least 28 U.S. senators have signed onto the effort to retract some of that protection granted during the

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Equifax Says Unpatched Apache Struts Vulnerability Behind Massive Security Breach

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Equifax officials said today that its massive security breach was possible via unpatched web application server vulnerability Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638, confirming what some in the security community expected to be the case last week when the news first broke.
In an update to its FAQ page on, officials said it has been working with an independent cybersecurity firm to determine what information was accessed and which customers have been impacted.
Equifax announced last Thursday that personal information belonging to 143 million customers was accessed by hackers, in addition to credit card numbers for about 209,000 consumers. Beyond facing its customers wrath in the days that have followed, Equifax is now also subject to an FTC investigation. 
“We know that criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability. The vulnerability was Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638. We continue to work with law enforcement as part of our criminal investigation, and have shared indicators of compromise with law enforcement,” Equifax said.
Apache Struts CVE-2017-5638 was made public on March 7, 2017, and a patch was made available that day. In a statement today, Apache said “the Equifax data compromise was due to their failure to install the security updates provided in a timely manner.”
Equifax discovered the breach on July 29 and didn’t disclose when it sought to patch the flaw, Bloomberg says.
In a blog post by Contrast

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IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers

(Bloomberg) — Researchers at International Business Machines Corp. have developed a new approach for simulating molecules on a quantum computer.
The breakthrough, outlined in a research paper to be published in the scientific journal Nature Thursday, uses a technique that could eventually allow quantum computers to solve difficult problems in chemistry and electro-magnetism that cannot be solved by even the most powerful supercomputers today.
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In the experiments described in the paper, IBM researchers used a quantum computer to derive the lowest energy state of a molecule of beryllium hydride. Knowing the energy state of a molecule is a key to understanding chemical reactions.
In the case of beryllium hydride, a supercomputer can solve this problem, but the standard techniques for doing so cannot be used for large molecules because the number of variables exceeds the computational power of even these machines.
The IBM researchers created a new algorithm specifically designed to take advantage of the capabilities of a quantum computer that has the potential to run similar calculations for much larger molecules, the company said.
The problem with existing quantum computers – including the one IBM used for this research — is that they produce errors and as the size of the molecule being analyzed grows, the calculation strays further and further from chemical accuracy. The inaccuracy in IBM’s

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Apple Is Said to Warn Ireland Delays Threaten $1 Billion Project

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. has warned Irish authorities that continuing delays around its proposed data center in the west of the country could jeopardize the $1 billion project, according to two people familiar with the matter.
The iPhone maker, which scouted 19 countries before choosing Ireland, raised concern that the project remains mired in the planning process, according to the people who asked not be named because the matter is private. The plan to build a data center in a Galway forest, due to cover 166,000 square meters, the equivalent to about 23 soccer fields, close to the Atlantic coast was announced in 2015 and had been expected to be completed this year.
Instead, Apple is still awaiting a court hearing into a challenge by objectors into the planning approval for the project. The company is also worried that plans to power the center could also be contested, adding additional delays, though it hasn’t given Ireland a deadline for completing the process, according to one of the people.
Advocates of the Apple project say the delays illustrate a deeper issue: the difficulty executing large infrastructure developments in Ireland compared with other countries. Apple has almost completed a similar project in Denmark that Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook announced simultaneously as part of its biggest-ever investment in Europe, and said in July it plans a second data center in the Scandinavian country.
In Ireland, the forestry site remains largely untouched, as

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Equifax Facing First State Suit After Massive Data Breach

(Bloomberg) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey put her state on track to be the first to sue Equifax Inc. over a massive data breach that affected about 143 million U.S. consumers, including 3 million in her state.
The lawsuit will allege that Equifax failed to maintain appropriate safeguards for the personal information in violation of state rules governing consumer protection and data privacy, Healey said Tuesday in a statement.
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“This may be the most brazen failure to protect consumer data we have ever seen,” she said. “My office is acting as quickly as possible to hold Equifax accountable for the risks that millions of consumers now face.”
Ines Gutzmer, a spokeswoman for Atlanta-based Equifax, didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
The cyberattack at the credit-reporting firm, reported last week, may have compromised the personal data of almost half the U.S. population. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman opened an investigation last week, while Connecticut and other states have said they’d seek information about the breach.
The lawsuit will be the first of many by state attorneys general, with investigations by the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation likely to follow, said Jon Barooshian, a former prosecutor in Massachusetts who isn’t involved in the case.
“This is an egregious failure to protect personal data by one of

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman Joins Dropbox Board of Directors

HPE CEO Meg Whitman has joined the board of directors at Dropbox, according to a blog post by Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. Whitman will remain in her role with HPE, having left the board of HP Inc. in July.
Calling Whitman “a trusted friend and advisor to me for years,” Houston said that Whitman’s experience and judgment will help the company scale.
“Last year, we had the chance to work together when Dropbox partnered with HPE to build our own cloud infrastructure,” wrote Houston. “And since HPE is a Dropbox customer, Meg knows our products well.”
Dropbox’s decided to move mostly off of AWS, and partner with HPE in early 2016 after building out its own infrastructure for over two years. Since then, Dropbox has launched new points-of-presence in Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and as of late last year was storing 90 percent of customer data on its custom-built “Magic Pocket” architecture.
Whitman was reportedly a finalist for the position of new CEO of Uber in August, before the company selected Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi. She has previously served on the boards of several organizations, including the eBay Foundation, Goldman Sachs, and currently sits on the board of directors at Zipcar and Procter & Gamble. She was also the Republican nominee for Governor of California in 2010.
Dropbox secured a $600 million credit facility earlier this year, Bloomberg reports, and is rumored to be preparing for an initial public offering as soon as this year, and

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