Tech Round-up for 7/30/13

By Mark Handelman
Posted in Virtualization
On July 30, 2013

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

GigaOM’s Jordan Novet writes about the PRISM program’s effects on security in the public cloud, and how cloud providers and companies are adapting. For example, VMware’s vCloud Hybrid Service allows companies to use strong networking configurations that can be changed through VMware management software.

Barnaby Jack, a white-hat hacker who previously worked for Juniper, McAfee, and others, died last Thursday. Barnaby was set to appear at the annual Black Hat security conference, where he was going to give a presentation on the security of wireless implantable medical devices.

Cuong Cao Dang (a.k.a. Calvin Dang), owner of Network Genesis in San Jose, California, is accused of buying fake or stolen Cisco equipment from Cisco employees, and reselling the equipment after altering the serial numbers. During the period that the fraud allegedly happened, the company had over $37 million in sales revenue.

During its second-quarter financial conference call last week, EMC provided updates on various upcoming products, including the XtremIO flash storage array, available in the fourth quarter, and its VNX-unified SAN/NAS storage solution, available later this quarter.

McAfee was listed in the leaders’ quadrant of Gartner’s “Magic Quadrant for Secure Email Gateways” earlier this month. The research looked at secure email gateway products that provide spam and malware protection, email encryption, and content inspection.

Cisco and NetApp added new models and updates to FlexPod products, which tie NetApp storage systems with Cisco UCS servers and Cisco Nexus switches. The new FlexPod Select targets organizations with data-intensive applications running on Hadoop.

Riverbed updated its Steelhead WAN optimization products with a new appliance and updated software. The Steelhead CX 255 has up to six megabits per second bandwidth capacity, tripling the throughput of the CX 150 and CX 250.

Sony and Panasonic are working together on a new optical disc standard that can store 300 GB of data. The companies say one possible use case is cloud-based data centers using the discs to retain large quantities of data.

At last week’s O’Reilly Open Source Conference, Joel Pobar, Facebook engineering manager, talked about the company’s use of a PHP virtual machine. Facebook says the VM, called the HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM), can run PHP as much as nine times quicker than if it were running natively.

Also at OSCON, Google’s Brad Fitzpatrick spoke about re-writing the code for one of Google’s download systems. The system was previously written in C++ and wasn’t well documented, so Fitzpatrick re-wrote it in the company’s custom Go code. The software in the system now uses less memory and is more reliable.