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Xen hypervisor faces third highly critical VM escape bug in 10 months

The Xen Project has fixed three vulnerabilities in its widely used hypervisor that could allow operating systems running inside virtual machines to access the memory of the host systems, breaking the critical security layer between...

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Cisco fires back at VMware decision to whack third party virtual switches

Cisco today said it would offer its virtual switch users technology to get around VMware’s recent elimination of support for third party virtual switches.

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NSA suggests using virtualization to secure smartphones

The U.S. National Security Agency is now suggesting government departments and businesses should buy smartphones secured using virtualization, a technology it currently requires only on tablets and laptops

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6 steps for setting up a server room for your small business

Are you worried about relying on a third-party online service provider to store your business data? Learn how to set up your own server room for an on-premises deployment instead.

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IT execs tout benefits of SD-WAN

Two early adopters of SD-WAN share some of the gains they’re realizing from the technology, including flexible deployments, simpler hardware and connectivity options, and cost savings

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Critical Xen hypervisor flaw endangers virtualized environments

A critical vulnerability in the widely used Xen hypervisor allows attackers to break out of a guest operating system running inside a virtual machine and access the host system's entire memory.

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VMware patches critical virtual machine escape flaws

VMware has released critical security patches for vulnerabilities demonstrated during the recent Pwn2Own hacking contest that could be exploited to escape from the isolation of virtual machines.

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Wind River uses virtualization to turn M2M into IoT

Wind River, an IoT software division of Intel, wants to help industrial users bring their legacy machine-to-machine systems into the age of open source and cloud computing.

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India's Reliance Jio is blazing a trail to all-IP mobile networks

Fast-growing Indian mobile operator Reliance Jio may offer a glimpse of where all mobile networks are going eventually, to packet-based Internet Protocol infrastructure.

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Aruba's top exec, large customers talk about Wi-Fi’s present and future at Atmosphere

Aruba kicked off its annual Atmosphere conference on Tuesday in Nashville with a keynote from CTO Keerti Melkote that featured CTOs and CIOs from several of the company’s most prominent customers.

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Virtual assistants move into DevOps

DevOps practices are fueling adoption of ChatOps and VoiceOps, in which IT departments are leveraging Slack, Amazon.com’s Alexa and other like tools to automate operations.

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New products of the week 2.20.17

Our roundup of intriguing new products from companies such as Dell and VMware.

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Experts split on how soon quantum computing is coming, but say we should start preparing now

Whether quantum computing is 10 years away -- or is already here -- it promises to make current encryption methods obsolete, so enterprises need to start laying the groundwork for new encryption methods.

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VMware removes hard-coded root access key from vSphere Data Protection

VMware released a hotfix for vSphere Data Protection (VDP) to change a hard-coded SSH key that could allow remote attackers to gain root access to the virtual appliance.

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Parallels Desktop 12 review: A nearly perfect blend of Windows and Mac

Parallels Desktop 12 adds 20 one-click utilities to its bag of tricks, along with improved performance for Windows virtual machines.

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Dell EMC aims for a converged, custom fit in an off-the-rack world

Dell EMC says converged systems are too rigid in their deployment options and has come up with an on-premises offering it calls Validated System for Virtualization.

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AT&T, IBM team up on FlexWare for virtual networks

AT&T and IBM said they have teamed up to offer more cloud networking services to businesses.

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Virtual assistant faceoff: Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant and Siri

A lot can change in a year. Just ask Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistants. We posed the same questions to all four in the summer of 2015 and again in fall 2016, with notable...

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