Have You Heard about the Shadow Brokers Tools Dump?

Have you ever heard of the “Shadow Brokers?” Until recently, I had not heard the term, but it appears the Shadow Brokers are a group of hackers who have really put a new spin on the phrase “lost in translation.” On Good Friday, and ahead of the Easter holiday, the Shadow Brokers dumped a new collection of files, which they called “Lost in Translation,” containing what appear to be exploits and hacking tools targeting Microsoft’s Windows OS, Linux, firewalls, and others. At the same time, they presented evidence that the Equation Group had gained access to servers and targeted the SWIFT banking system of several banks across the world.

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HCI Benefits Without HCI, Part 1: Physical

Do you need to buy an HCI product to get the benefits of a hyperconverged system? I don’t believe that storage and compute need to be on the same physical server to get the big HCI benefits. I think you can get some of the biggest value that HCI delivers without using HCI. The big HCI benefits I see are:

  1. Modular, scale-out expansion
  2. No dedicated storage network, no Fibre Channel
  3. Simplified management

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VMware Announces Intention to Acquire Wavefront

On April 12, VMware announced its intention to acquire Wavefront, an innovative startup that provides a solution for monitoring applications in the cloud at scale. Wavefront offers real-time analytics, enterprise-grade frameworks, intelligent alerting, and a comprehensive API. Among its customers are some of the darlings of the SaaS marketspace: Box, Lyft, Groupon, and Yammer, among others.

There is no indication of the costs that are involved. According to the VMware press release, the deal is expected to close in calendar Q2 2017 and will not have a material impact on its financial year 2018.

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Docker, Modernizing Traditional Applications

DockerCon 2017 was about modernizing traditional applications, or MTA. MTA is the lifting and shifting of traditional Microsoft Windows base applications into Docker containers. Its approach is reminiscent of 2009. For Docker to grow into brownfield data centers, this is a must. However, could it be doing more? If so, what is it doing that could be improved? MTA is a must for many organizations looking to Docker to manage everything, but not everything uses the same approach. Containers are about agility, with workloads being treated like cattle. Can traditional applications be treated this way? We shall see.

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On Certifications

Earlier today, the owner of a recruitment company asked me, “What’s wrong with dumps?” I’ve seen many blog posts over the years asking about the usefulness of qualifications, usually written by IT veterans with years of experience looking back on a career that, in some cases, was made on the back of good certifications, and in others was made despite the lack. In all cases, though, there is an assumption that the certifications are properly come by. There is never mention of cheating. There is sometimes an issue of impartiality (just how much use can a qualification be if the adjudicator has a bias towards people passing?), but that is as far as discussion goes. But of course there are cheats. Every system can be circumvented; every system at some point is circumvented.

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On-Premises Serverless Needs More Services

I wrote a little while ago about running a serverless platform on-premises. I have since realized that there are a few more things that we need before such a platform is useful. Serverless is just a way of doing application code execution. Most applications need more than execution. At minimum, they need some sort of storage and some trigger mechanisms to tie together the execution. A serverless platform by itself will not solve many problems. To enable your developers to use on-premises serverless, you need a few other on-premises services. Applications that use serverless also need storage and web services that integrate with the serverless platform.

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