Tech Round-up for 5/21/13

By Mark Handelman
Posted in Virtualization
On May 21, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:

Consumers have been warned about Microsoft’s end-of-life deadline for Windows XP support, set for April 8, 2014. Also reaching EOL that day is Microsoft Exchange 2003, and organizations need to start thinking about whether they want to keep their Exchange 2003 setup and risk not being able to get support for it, or upgrade to another on-premises or cloud service.

Microsoft is cautioning users about Reveton, a ransomware attack that not only locks victims out of their computer and demands money in return, but now also has the ability to steal a user’s passwords. The attackers are targeting vulnerabilities in Microsoft Office and Internet Explorer, as well as Java and Flash browser plugins.

Veeam announced version 7 of their Backup & Replication program, including built-in WAN acceleration and backup from storage snapshots. WAN acceleration copies data to offsite locations up to 50 times faster than a regular file copy, without the need for a WAN acceleration appliance or additional bandwidth. Backup from storage snapshots is a feature designed to work with HP storage solutions.