OSv – Cloud operating system dedicated to virtual machines

OSv Still in alpha version, but OSv aims to build an environment specifically tailored to the VM. So the question is it an alternative to container?

In the world of Cloud, virtualization plays an essential role. It is what provides the flexibility to distribute tasks among servers. To reduce the load of the machines, it is possible to opt for a low-level hypervisor, based on a minimal OS. With this approach, OSv will implement virtual machines (VMs).

OSv is indeed a minimalist operating system, dedicated specially to virtualized environments. It does not include any drivers for the physical hardware and offers no multi-user support. An offer adapted to the world of virtual machines, where single software is usually installed on a VM.

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Ansible: JSON and SSH Cloud Service

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Ansible, a solution provider for infrastructure management of servers put on front simplicity. Only SSH and Python are thus required to make it work.

You might have not heard about Ansible before so FYI it is a platform for configuration and administration of servers, available under an open source license. This platform allows you to manage inventory and configuration of servers, software deployment and launching tasks.

Other options also available in this sector: Chef relies on automation of infrastructure tasks to configure machines. Puppet labs offer a powerful approach driven by modules; SaltStack leverages its high-speed communication bus.

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Cisco ASA 5500 FirePower – NextGen Firewall

Cisco ASA 5500 FirePower1Cisco improves security by adding NextGen Firewall to identify and avoid advanced threats. This is a further step in the integration of Sourcefire technologies.

Cisco is no stranger to security, but it is changing and especially focusing on reliability. As a proof, the launch of the range of Firewall NextGen ASA 5500X with the implementation of technology FirePower Sourcefire. Cisco acquired this company for $2.7 billion in July 2013, which is specializes in adaptive cyber security.

With NextGen Firewall, Cisco claims it’s focused to launch product against potential cyber threats. The concern of the RSSI (received signal strength indicator) is to find solutions before, during and after the attack. This is very good step because we all see a lot demand on the management for real-time threat and after attack the establishment of processes for regaining control of the network. Previously, companies firewall solutions were focused on security policies and application control.

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Windows 10 Technical Preview ISO – Watching your words and deeds

Yes, you can download the test version of Windows 10, but at what cost? Data collection performed under the Microsoft Windows Insider program is controversial.

To deliver comments and access to the test version of Windows 10, users of the test OS must register at Windows Insider Program. The scope of the data collection in this context is controversial, but Microsoft denies any type of misuse.

A real-time monitoring in question

In the privacy statement of Windows Technical Preview, it says “Microsoft can collect personal information, information about user’s devices, applications and networks, as well as information about the use”. Among the data Microsoft can collect user’s name, email address, preferences setting and interests, the history of the user’s navigation, research and files, data from phone calls and SMS, data configuration devices and sensors as well as application use.

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5 questions about the Bash vulnerability

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The web world shocked with the news of a flaw that affects interpreter Bash present in Linux and Mac OS X systems. Several questions arise from this threat, its definition, its operation, its impact, etc…

If we believe the words of security experts, the flaw in Bash is worse than the Heartbleed vulnerability that affected the library encryption of open source OpenSSL. By targeting the command interpreter Bash in Linux systems and Mac OS X, it opens a Pandora Box of the risks and threats. Here, we are going to see five questions that moving in everyone’s mind.

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