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Tech Round-up for 4/16/13

by on April 16, 2013

Here are some of the technology stories that caught our eye today:

Citrix and The Linux Foundation announced yesterday that the Xen virtualization platform will now be a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, remaining open source. The Linux Foundation will provide infrastructure, guidance and a collaborative network for working on and improving the Xen hypervisor. Among the companies working with the Xen Project Initiative are Amazon Web Services, AMD, Bromium, Calxeda, CA Technologies, Cisco, Citrix, Google, Intel, Oracle, Samsung, and Verizon.

McAfee is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in an attempt to improve the United States’ defenses against cyber threats. The company joins the National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership, a group of public and private security professionals. “This is an excellent example of a public-private partnership that will produce dynamic results. The collaborative work of the National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership will benefit important national initiatives such as e-health and e-learning along with improving the security of the nation’s businesses,” said Tom Gann, vice president for government relations at McAfee.

According to a new survey from Unisphere Research, 37% of enterprise managers said they are running or testing private clouds, an increase from 29% two years ago. 26% use public cloud services, up from 14% in the same timeframe. 32% of those public cloud users have enlisted outside services to host part of their private cloud infrastructure. The same survey also revealed that 37% said that their own lack of expertise or knowledge is holding back their cloud implementations, 35% by funding, and 32% said that others in their organization don’t agree with cloud efforts.

Symantec released a report that indicated cyber criminals are targeting small businesses (companies with less than 250 employees). Those companies were subjected to 31% of targeted cyber attacks last year, up from 18% in 2011. “While it can be argued that the rewards of attacking a small business are less than what can be gained from a large enterprise, this is more than compensated by the fact that many small companies are typically less careful in their cyber defenses,” the report said.

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