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Archived IT - Operations Articles
13 Sep 2017
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Failure to Patch Two-month-old Bug Led to Massive Equifax Breach [66454]
Ars Technica, September 13th, 2017

"Critical Apache Struts bug was fixed in March. In May, it bit ~143 million US consumers...

The Equifax breach that exposed sensitive data for as many as 143 million US consumers was accomplished by exploiting a Web application vulnerability that had been patched more than two months earlier, officials with the credit reporting service said Thursday..."
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13 Sep 2017
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Four Common Mistakes New Colocation Data Center Users Make [66455]
Data Center Knowledge, September 13th, 2017

"If done right, colocation can be a viable option for any data center operation.

Operating in colocation data centers is not a 'new' concept by any means. Colo services have been viable options for companies for more than a decade. What is new is the rate of acceleration organizations are moving their production and data redundancy (DR) to colo.

While moving to colo is common-practice for many, it hasn't been so for some until recently, and they're now seeing these services as viable options for their businesses for the first time. It is important that these newcomers recognize not only the biggest but also the most common operational mistakes IT organizations make when moving their IT environments into colocation..."
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06 Sep 2017
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A Checklist for Building Your Enterprise Logging Layer [66124]
opensouce.com, September 6th, 2017

"As you build infrastructure to collect, unify, and analyze your logs, be sure to check this list to create an invaluable record and tool.

In any discussion about big-picture topics such as cloud migration services, data centers, and microservices, the topic of enterprise logging can get relegated to an afterthought. But you do so at your peril, because without logging, you won't have critical visibility into your services in order to diagnose and debug efficiently. What's more, if you're a large enterprise, you may be violating compliance requirements..."
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06 Sep 2017
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Creating a Modern Data Center Strategy [66135]
Data Center Knowledge, September 6th, 2017

"Question of the Week: Cloud? Colo? On-Premises? How to decide?...

Today we're introducing our new Question of the Week series, in which we'll be tapping into the expertise of our sister organization AFCOM's Data Center Institute (DCI). Each DCI board member has been chosen for their depth of expertise, experience, and forward-thinking insights. They come from a variety of companies and organizations and work across IT, IT operations, critical facilities, data center, cloud architecture, and product/service development. This broad scope of function and experience ensures a 360-perspective on emerging data center industry trends and effects of change on each segment in the world of data center and IT infrastructure..."
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29 Aug 2017
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Back To The Basics With Software-Defined Data Centers [65987]
GCN, August 29th, 2017

"Bitcoin has established itself as a strong financial asset as the global markets continue to reel under uncertainties, one after another...

Over the past decade, the world's financial markets have been characterized by uncertainty, not least in the wake of the global 'great recession' that began unwinding in December 2007. This impacted in many areas, and certainly placed the activities of central banks under increasing scrutiny..."
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27 Aug 2017
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Forget Artistry, Opt For IT Automation [65986]
ITProPortal, August 27th, 2017

"As an IT professional with a perfectly happy relationship with your monitoring system, you may be asking why automation technology is important...

How do you debate the nature of art? For some, art exists in the daubings of their favourite painter. For others, it lies in the level design of an especially enjoyable video game. For many IT professionals, art is seen in the elaborate construction of their IT architectures. Beauty, it seems, is very much in the eye of the beholder..."
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