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Free Windows 10 Virtual Machines Lets Anyone Try Microsoft's Edge Browser

Article written by David Marshall

Even though Microsoft's Edge browser has been available to Windows 10 users since its release on July 29, not everyone has tried it yet.  Perhaps you have no interest in upgrading to Windows 10, or maybe you just haven't gotten around to it yet.  Either way, if you have an interest in trying your hand at the new browser, you can now do so without updating your main system.

Microsoft has announced that it is making available a set of free virtual machines (VMs) with Windows 10 and the new Edge browser.  It's designed for Web developers to test how Websites function with the new browser software, but anyone with a virtualization platform can use it -- and in return, receive a safe Windows 10 environment that they can try out.


Zentera Systems Demonstrates Its Cloud Over IP CoNET Network Security Fabric for Cloud Ecosystems at VMworld 2015

Grazed from Zentera. Author: PR Announcement.

Zentera Systems is demonstrating its CoIP (Cloud over IP) CoNET network security fabric at Booth 1637 in VMworld 2015, August 30-September 3, San Francisco, CA. The CoNET platform allows companies to define, configure, provision, secure and manage extensive overlay networks over existing network infrastructure.

CoNET can connect company datacenters to public and private clouds, set up partner-to-partner networks, enable remote access networks and support rapid datacenter network migration. The platform leaves the existing network and security infrastructure unchanged while supporting virtual IP-based routing, security logs, 3rd party advanced threat detection, data encryption, whitelisting and cloud firewalls...

Engineers get rapid-fire access to giant files in the cloud

Grazed from CIO. Author: Mary K. Pratt.

At Milwaukee Tool, the long, long waits to open large CAD files were making international collaboration between engineers in the U.S. and China inefficient--and threatening the company's goals for innovation, agility and speed. Eric Hanson, the company's vice president of IT and business optimization, says engineers in China often had to wait multiple hours for the tool company's design files, typically about 2GB each, to open.

Because of the lag, engineers in China saved files locally so they could be opened quickly. But that meant their changes weren't visible to engineers in other locations, and vice versa, until files were later synced. Moreover, because engineers worked with local files, there was a chance that files might not have up-to-date information, which could lead to duplication of effort and incomplete product designs, Hanson says...

Cloud Computing: Velostrata decouples storage and compute by streaming workloads

Grazed from ITWorldCanada. Author: Gary Hilson.

Moving data and workloads to the cloud can be a hefty task for enterprises and some still prefer to keep everything on-premise, so a startup has come up with a solution that decouples storage from compute. “The common assumption was to provide adequate performance, you needed to couple storage and compute,” said Issy Ben-Shaul, founder and CEO of Velostrata.

“We decided to challenge that premise.” The company enables enterprises to stream production workloads from on-premise storage into the cloud computing. The decoupling is done without sacrificing performance, he said. Ben-Shaul said most customers are looking to make use of the cloud, but there are still some key barriers. Enterprises are less likely to move workloads into the cloud if they have particularly large data sets in the terabyte range, he said...

Cloud Computing: 5 gadgets that may soon 'Rest in Peace'

 Grazed from TimesOf India.  Author: Kumar Saurav.

We will soon open cars with our smartphones, store data on Cloud and command computers with our voices.   You know what's the most magical thing about technology? It is its fixation to replace old with new, obsolete with promising and smart with genius. \

This is the reason why, every decade, a set of tech things that eased our lives in a million ways make way for something newer, better and brighter.For example, the fixed line gave way to the pager and mobile, cassettes to compact discs and digital content, wires to infrared and Bluetooth, yellow bulbs to CFL and LEDs. Here are a few other products that will soon age and fade...

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FAA moves away from owning data centers, to the Cloud

Grazed from IntelligentAerospace.  Author: Courtney Howard.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) officials, wanting to benefit from advanced computing solutions in the Cloud, awarded a $108 million, 10-year contract to CSC Government Solutions, which will lead an overall integration effort to include Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and other leading Cloud providers.

The contract enables the FAA to take advantage of Cloud technologies, such as Software As-A-Service, Platform As-A-Service, Infrastructure As-A-Service, and Colocation in a highly secure and resilient environment, officials say.  Being in the Cloud will give the FAA on-demand, pay-per-use computing and data storage over a secure FTI connection. The move away from FAA-owned data centers to outsourced locations will increase efficiencies and flexibility while saving time and money and simplify information-sharing...

Cloud Computing: VMworld kicks off at Moscone; will VMware appease the faithful?

Grazed from SFGate.  Author: Benny Evangelista.

At last year’s VMworld, the big news was conference sponsor VMware announcing partnerships with big companies like Hewlett-Packard and Dell to introduce two business virtualization products.  But in July, VMware suffered a setback when HP dropped out of an agreement to bundle VMware’s Evo Rail technology with an HP system.

“We thought it was very interesting and well-intentioned, but when we look back a year later, there was just no real market traction,” said Joe Skorupa, a data center convergence analyst with the Gartner research firm...

DoD implements stricter cyber incident oversights, cloud computing guidelines

Grazed from FierceGovernmentIT. Author: Robert Bartley.

The Defense Department Wednesday initiated two sets of policies to enforce stricter guidelines when dealing with about 10,000 contractors the department trusts with offsite cyber information. One part of the interim rule, called "Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement: Network Penetration Reporting and Contracting for Cloud Services," will amend the DFARS to include mandates passed in recent Defense funding bills for stricter contractor reporting rules on cyber incidents.

According to the issuance, this is part of a greater effort to streamline contractor incident reports. For their part, the National Defense Authorization Acts from two of the last three years sought to require more DoD oversight on contractor systems during potential cyberattacks. The NDAA from fiscal year 2013 (pdf) requires that cleared defense contractors report network penetrations to DoD...

Cisco and OpenDNS: A New Day in Cloud Security

Grazed from OpenDNS. Author: Editorial Staff.

OpenDNS has gone through many changes in its ten-year history as a leading cloud-delivered network security company. In 2006, the company was launched as a consumer DNS provider. In 2012, the company transitioned to cybersecurity with the release of the Umbrella network security service.

Two years later, OpenDNS announced partnerships with some of the biggest IT security vendors in the world. Next, 2015 saw a new set of APIs that allow any customer to integrate any security product with OpenDNS’s global security network. The latest change came on June 30th, when Cisco Systems announced its intent to acquire the company. Today officially marks not only the close of the acquisition, but also the first milestone in our joint efforts to accelerate Cisco’s cloud-delivered security portfolio...

Cloud Computing: Demystifying AWS Spot Instances through three use cases

Grazed from CloudTech. Author: Sharon Wagner.

Around six years ago, Amazon introduced an EC2 usage option at very low costs: Spot Instances. With EC2 Spot Instances, you can save money, but there’s a catch - they won’t necessarily be available when you need or want to use them. Managing and strategising around such temperamental instances can be challenging, not to mention unsuitable for AWS customers who are looking to provide stable online end user experiences.

Amazon created this type of resource in order to optimise their data center utilisation by leveraging their data centre’s spare capacity. However, if a customer on a higher-priced on-demand, or reserved capacity plan requires an instance, Amazon will take it from the Spot Instance pool to provide it to the higher paying customer...