Rubrik’s that new backup solution that makes traditional backups a snap – pun intended. I’m a former Systems Administrator and there was absolutely nothing I hated more than managing backup jobs and reviewing why the backups failed all the time. I viewed backups as that thing I had to do each day as fast as possible, so I could get to the interesting parts of being a Systems Administrator like fielding support calls and patching servers. Hey, I was young and it was a phase I was going through, back off.
The writing has been on the wall for SHA-1 for quite some time. The cryptographic hash has been around over a decade now, but organizations have started to move away from it as more sophisticated options became available (SHA-256, SHA-3, etc). Back in 2013, researchers published theoretical approach to generating a collision. Now with the help of Google’s computation grunt and additional resources, were able to actually generate a collision in the wild.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been using Zumodrive, another cloud storage offering. This week Zumodrive released their iPhone client, which enables storage to be synchronised to an iPhone or iPod Touch device.
One of my projects involved the configuration of GRE (Generic Routing Encapsulation) tunnels, encrypted by IPSec, between two locations. I was having some problems getting the tunnels to work properly, but now I’ve managed to resolve that problem, and the configuration is working well. Here’s some additional information on the problem and how it was finally corrected.