I think the biggest problem with IoT security is proper visualization. Many consumers setup devices within their homes, with no real idea of what happens to the data collected. Most people just want to do the initial configuration, and as long as they see it working, there’s no issue. The challenge here becomes how do you simply show consumers what devices are on their network, and how those devices are accessing the wider Internet.
NetBeez let’s you setup wireless network agents on just about whatever hardware you want. But they’ve got a specifically tuned version for the Raspberry Pi. In fact, if you want to get fancy, they’ll sell you a Raspberry Pi in a NetBeez enclosure with everything preinstalled. Seeing this made me think the configuration might be a little intimidating. Regardless, I decided to try it for myself. It’s a compelling little package.
The software-defined movement in enterprise IT seems exhausting at times. Are we saturated in solutions? There certainly are a burgeoning number of companies across a number of areas. But one area without much in the way of a solution is the cloud managed data center. This is where ZeroStack comes in.
Quorum is making an argument that creating a secure private cloud for disaster recovery is the way forward for a lot of organizations. They come at this from an interesting background. The company originally built for use on ships for the U.S. Navy, which by necessity by their isolation, cannot exactly afford a lot of downtime for disaster recovery. Since 2010, they’ve offered a commercial product. They recently released version 4.0 of onQ, their backup solution and sole product focus.
This is part two of a long term review of the MacBook Pro Touch Bar. In this installment, I think I may have found the first killer app for the interface. It’s a little app called TouchSwitcher.
Just ahead of CES, Lenovo announced that they are refreshing their Thinkpad line. Ordinarily, a common refresh with slightly faster processors or a little more RAM isn’t much to get excited or upset about. But in the press release, Lenovo let slip a major announcement. These machines will be based on Intel’s Kaby Lake platform, but much more importantly, will use Intel’s Optane, which is their 3D XPoint NVRAM implementation.
Here are some predictions we’ve put together and gathered from within the industry for 2017. We’ve included some general technology, and more specific enterprise focused looks into 2017.
There is some perception that if you knew you were going to start a large enterprise today, you’d just use the cloud. Unencumbered by hardware commitments, legacy applications, and training expenses, the appeal of a cloud centric strategy from startup are easy to enumerate. This does little to make things clearer to existing enterprises. That’s where Velostrata comes in.
WARNING: Potential spoilers ahead for Rogue One.
I read a piece by Lee Dallas that reassured me I wasn’t alone in the universe. I saw Rogue One over the weekend. There has been a lot of reaction to the film. Some call it a refreshing change of tone for the franchise, other a dreary slog with unmemorable characters and an ultimately irrelevant plot. I definitely fall more on the positive spectrum of reactions. Right after the showing, I had had a shocking realization. I’ve been a Star Wars fan most of my life. I’ve read my fair share of the expanded universe novels, played most of the video game properties, and seen the movies more than I’d be comfortable counting. But seeing Rogue One made me realize that for all the monolithic terror the Empire represents, they have garbage IT.
Amazon Lightsail lets you run a virtual private server for $5 a month. A Raspberry Pi 3 and a Western Digital Pi Drive runs a total of $72. Can the humble Pi provide a better experience than Amazon?