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Microsoft had recently released security updates to mitigate the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities from its systems. However, it was found that these security updates impact the system performance of computers and servers. Adding more to the difficulties, Microsoft has now said that it is offering Windows security updates released on January 3rd to only those devices that are running antivirus software from partners who have their software updated with January 2018 Windows operating system security update. In its security notes, Microsoft stated that compatibility issues occur with the anti-virus applications which make unsupported calls into kernel memory of Windows. The unsupported calls make the device unable to boot, showing the blue screen errors (stop errors). Thus, the users running incompatible antivirus applications in their system won’t receive the security updates issued by Microsoft. Microsoft and Intel had responded to the Meltdown and Spectre malicious actors which…
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TORONTO, CANADA – ServerMania, a leading provider of cloud hosting and dedicated server hosting, is adopting security measures to protect its customers from the privacy and security risks posed by the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities.

The company has also released an advisory urging dedicated server hosting customers to update server operating systems as soon as possible.


Spectre and Meltdown are critical vulnerabilities that exploit flaws in processors manufactured by Intel, ARM, and AMD. These processors are used in almost every computing device, from servers to smartphones. The vulnerabilities can be exploited by an attacker able to run code on the affected machines, revealing sensitive data by bypassing the processor’s built-in protections.

Microsoft and leading Linux distributions, including CentOS and Ubuntu, have released patches that mitigate the risk. Updating server operating systems to patched versions is the only way to protect server hosting customers and their users.

“The Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities expose the vast majority of servers to the risk of compromise and data theft. It’s a huge problem, but the industry has reacted quickly to develop solutions that mitigate most of the risk,” explained ServerMania CEO, Kevin Blanchard, “At ServerMania, we are working with customers to secure servers across our cloud and hybrid server hosting ranges. Dedicated server hosting customers should update their servers as soon as possible.”

Spectre and Meltdown can be exploited by anyone in a position to run code on a server. They are particularly hazardous for multi-tenant systems like the public cloud, which hosts several users on the same server. A malicious user could theoretically run code in a virtual machine they control and access data from the host environment and other virtual machines hosted on the same server. Spectre and Meltdown present a risk in any scenario that allows unvetted code to be run on a server.

ServerMania offers a variety of infrastructure hosting options, including dedicated servers, hybrid servers, and public and private cloud platforms. The company is proactively patching its cloud and hybrid server platforms and is working with its customers to secure dedicated servers.

About ServerMania
ServerMania is a Canadian company with over 14 years of experience building high-performance infrastructure hosting platforms for businesses globally. ServerMania offers a wide range of fully customizable dedicated, hybrid, cloud, colocation and IP Transit services. Their mission is to empower clients by equipping them with fast, reliable, innovative infrastructure hosting while upholding a 100% network uptime SLA. This is assisted by a 24x7x365 rapid response team — one with some of the best response times in the industry. For more information, visit https://www.servermania.com.

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The recently discovered set of malicious actors (Spectre and Meltdown) which affect almost all the computing and mobile devices around the world, have created a buzz among the tech companies. As reported by Google Project Zero, Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities can be injected through the JavaScript code running in browser. It enables the attackers to read the system memory in CPUs including the ones from Intel, AMD, and ARM. Attackers can read sensitive information in the system like passwords, encryption keys, etc. It was also found that if any virtual machine (VM) is attacked, the physical memory of host machine too can be accessed. Further, the attacker can access the memory of all the VMs running on same host. Variants of attack: Variant 1: bounds check bypass Variant 2: branch target injection Variant 3: rogue data cache load As per the researchers, the Variant 1 and Variant 2 take place by mounting Spectre vulnerability, while Variant 3 by Meltdown. The Meltdown enables the…
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OAKBROOK TERRACE, IL – Sima Solutions LLC (SIMA), a real-time software solutions company and leading Business Process Management (BPM) provider, announced today the strategic deployment of SimaCLOUD, an integrated IBM Cloud Hosting WebSphere Commerce platform. SimaCLOUD Solutions provides clients managed transformation services to migrate legacy WebSphere Commerce application environments into the Cloud. Our new managed services and solutions for WebSphere Commerce hosting is designed to enable companies to bridge on-premises environments into private or public clouds and accelerate app development. The SimaCLOUD solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce includes the open source Kubernetes-based container architecture and supports Docker containers. This facilitates integration and portability of workloads as they evolve to any cloud environment, including the public IBM Cloud, AWS, Azure, and others.

“Regardless of what version of WebSphere Commerce you are starting with, SimaCLOUD Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce has the roadmap to accelerate transformation of your WebSphere Commerce application to cloud hosting,” states Jim Pollitt, President of Sima Solutions LLC. He continues: “The new Sima Managed Services and Solutions for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce provides Flexible Platforms with Support for Enterprise Developers to simplify management of WebSphere Commerce and accelerate app development.

  • Dev / Test Cloud Environments to add more application and agile development capacity fast and efficiently
  • IBM Private Cloud migration to move existing application workloads into the latest version of WebSphere Commerce
  • Advanced Cloud Management Automation: Streamlined management across cloud environments to help launch, monitor and manage services and help ensure consistent security protocols.
  • Security & Data Encryption: Security Vulnerability Advisor to scan containers across the cloud to surface potentially serious issues and weaknesses; Ability to encrypt all data in flight and provide for strict access control by users within a cluster.
  • Core Cloud Platform: Includes a container engine, Kubernetes orchestration, and essential management tools surrounding developer runtimes, which are fully integrated and automated.
  • Infrastructure Choice: Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z, and IBM Data and Application Support & DevOps Tools
  • Infrastructure Choice – Compatible with systems from leading manufacturers including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Lenovo and NetApp, as well as IBM Systems, including IBM Power Systems, IBM Z and IBM Data
  • Application Support, Optimized management & DevOps Tools: Containerized versions of software and development frameworks, including IBM WebSphere Liberty, Open Liberty, MQ and Microservice Builder, as part of software bundles; and APM, Netcool and UrbanCode, which can be added for a separate fee.

About Sima Solutions LLC
Sima Solutions’ SimaCLOUD for Cloud Hosting IBM’s WebSphere Commerce enables organizations to create, deploy, and manage WebSphere Commerce apps in the cloud environment of their choice. A GSA Schedule 70 contract holder (GS-35F-037AA) with over 20 years’ experience in the IT-consulting industry, Sima Solutions is a leading provider of software and services for IBM’s products based on WebSphere, e-Commerce and service-oriented architecture (SOA). Led by experienced, top-tier lead architects, their consultants provide project-based or staff-augmentation services to design, build and deploy enterprise-class solutions for small to midsize organizations to global enterprises. For more information, visit www.simacloud.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Xen Project, a project hosted at The Linux Foundation, today announced Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity technology company protecting 500 million users worldwide, is a new Advisory Board member. The Xen Project Advisory Board consists of major cloud companies, virtualization providers, enterprises, and silicon vendors, among others, that advise and support the development of Xen Project software for cloud computing, embedded, IoT use-cases, automotive and security applications.

The Xen Project hypervisor is the number one choice for security-first environments due to its architecture, advanced security features, and extensive security disclosure process. Xen Project code provides the basis for security solutions from companies such as A1Logic, Bitdefender, Bromium, Dornerwork, Qubes OS, Star Lab, and Zentific. Its security process earned a Core Infrastructure Initiative Badge, and has been emulated by several open source projects, including OpenStack, OPNFV, and OpenDaylight.


With its Corporate HQ in Bucharest and Enterprise HQ in Santa Clara, Bitdefender protects half a billion users every day and works with large enterprises, SMEs, government organizations, and private individuals across more than 150 countries. It provides solutions for each customer’s specific security needs, and uses open source technology to address the new security needs of today.

Bitdefender and Citrix created the first commercial application of the Xen Project hypervisor’s Virtual Machine Introspection (VMI) infrastructure. VMI is an ideal API for developers building and monitoring security applications. The hardware-assisted VMI protects against intrusion and malware attacks adding an extra layer of security. It has been used to spot some of the newer military-grade cyber weapons, like EternalBlue.

According to Shaun Donaldson, Director of Strategic Alliances at Bitdefender, “Security insights gained from the Xen Project hypervisor VMI capabilities has revolutionized security. Instead of being reactive to what is occurring, security can be a proactive effort by using the architecture of virtualization to bridge the context gap.”

Donaldson went on to say, “We enjoyed working with the Xen Project as a contributor, and are pleased to now be an Advisory Board member. We look forward to contributing to the creation and extension of security capabilities, building on examples like VMI, within the Xen Project framework.”

“Security companies look to use the Xen Project hypervisor as its architecture can help mitigate security risks through use of sandboxing techniques, security features like VMI, KCONFIG and Live Patching, and extensive security process,” said Lars Kurth, advisory chairperson for the Xen Project. “Bitdefender is the first security company to join the Xen Project board, and we are excited to increase our expertise and practice in the security space to continue our momentum here and expand to other security-first companies.”

Bitdefender joins 10 advisory board members who are committed to the market and technical success of the Xen Project hypervisor. Member involvement includes financial support, technical contributions, and high-level policy guidance.

About Xen Project
Xen Project software is an open source virtualization platform licensed under the GPLv2 with a similar governance structure to the Linux kernel. Designed from the start for cloud computing, the Project has more than a decade of development and is being used by more than 10 million users. A project at The Linux Foundation, the Xen Project community is focused on advancing virtualization in a number of different commercial and open source applications including server virtualization, Infrastructure as a Services (IaaS), desktop virtualization, security applications, embedded and hardware appliances. It counts many industry and open source community leaders among its members including: Alibaba, Amazon Web Services, AMD, Arm, Bitdefender, Cavium, Citrix, Huawei, Intel, Oracle, and Qualcomm. For more information about the Xen Project software and to participate, please visit XenProject.org.

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LAKE FOREST, CA – PSSC Labs, a developer of custom HPC and Big Data computing solutions, today announced its PowerWulf HPC clusters are now available with Intel’s new Xeon® Scalable Processors and Intel’s Omni-Path HPC Fabric to deliver the performance needed to tackle cutting edge computing tasks including real-time analytics, virtualized infrastructure and high-performance computing.

PowerWulf clusters are built with Intel’s Data Center Blocks to ensure a truly turnkey solution that addresses customer integration challenges. Today’s customer datacenters require unique server solutions that run complex, business-critical workloads. Intel Data Center Blocks configurations are purpose-built with all-Intel technology, optimized to address the needs of specific market segments. These fully validated blocks deliver performance, reliability and quality for solutions customer want and can trust to handle their demanding cloud, HPC, and business critical workloads.


PSSC Labs PowerWulf HPC Clusters are available as config-to-order (CTO) to meet the specific needs of a customer. Key features of these solutions include:

  • Pre-configured and fully validated blocks with the latest Intel HPC technology
  • Powered by the Intel Xeon processor Scalable family, delivers an overall performance increase up to 1.65x compared to the previous generation, and up to 5x Online Transaction Processing warehouse workloads versus the current install base.
  • 2 operating system options to choose: RedHat, SUSE, and CentOS Linux
  • Multiple models with different support options
  • Intel Fabric Suite 10.5.1, Lustre 2.10
  • Intel Omni-Path Host Fabric Interface (Intel OP HFI) Adapter 100 Series and FDR/EDR InfiniBand Fabric
  • Intel Datacenter SATA and NVMe Solid State Drives (SSD)

“Intel’s integrated and fully-validated Data Center Blocks enables PSSC Labs to deliver more efficient and turnkey approach and reduce time to market, complexity and the costs of system design, validation and integration,” said Alex Lesser, EVP of PSSC Labs. “Partnering with Intel allows us to offer our customers the latest hardware options in our line of custom turn-key PowerWulf HPC clusters for a variety of applications across government, academic and commercial environments.”

PowerWulf HPC clusters also feature PSSC Labs CBeST Cluster Management Toolkit (Complete Beowulf Software Toolkit) to deliver a preconfigured solution with all the necessary hardware, network settings and cluster management software prior to shipping. With its component structure, CBeST is the most flexible cluster management software package available.

Every PowerWulf HPC Cluster includes a three-year unlimited phone / email support package (additional year support available) with all support provided by PSSC Labs US-based team of engineers. PSSC Labs is an Intel HPC Data Center Specialist and has been a Platinum Provider with Intel since 2009. For more information see http://www.pssclabs.com/solutions/hpc-cluster/

About PSSC Labs
For technology powered visionaries with a passion for challenging the status quo, PSSC Labs is the answer for hand-crafted HPC and Big Data computing solutions that deliver relentless performance with the absolute lowest total cost of ownership. All products are designed and built at the company’s headquarters in Lake Forest, California. For more information, 949-380-7288, www.pssclabs.com

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