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During hardening the security of Remote Desktop Services, Microsoft security team has found a couple of new critical Remote Code Execution (RCE) vulnerabilities. The new vulnerabilities— CVE-2019-1181 and CVE-2019-1182, are also wormable like the recently fixed BlueKeep vulnerability. This means that the future malware that exploits these vulnerabilities can propagate from one vulnerable system to another without any user interaction. According to Microsoft, the following versions of the Windows are affected by the newly discovered vulnerabilities: Windows 7 SP1 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Windows Server 2012 Windows 8.1 Windows Server 2012 R2 All supported versions of Windows 10, including server versions. The tech giant mentioned that the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) itself isn’t affected. These versions are not affected by the new wormable vulnerabilities—Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. The previously patched BlueKeep vulnerability also exists in the RDP…
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Microsoft has announced the preview of a brand-new Azure service called Azure Dedicated Host, that will allow Windows and Linux virtual machines (VMs) to run on single-tenant physical servers. The new service will provide users the full control and visibility over everything that goes on the server without sharing its resources. “With an Azure Dedicated Host, you can control all host-level platform maintenance initiated by Azure (e.g., host OS updates). An Azure Dedicated Host gives you the option to defer host maintenance operations and apply them within a defined maintenance window, 35 days,” explained Ziv Rafalovich, Principal Program Manager, Azure Compute, Microsoft, in a blog post. “During this self-maintenance window, you can apply maintenance to your hosts at your convenience, thus gaining full control over the sequence and velocity of the maintenance process.” Azure Dedicated Host enables enterprises to place Azure VMs on a specific and dedicated physical server. This will…
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Amazon is acquiring the Israeli flash storage technology startup E8 Storage for around $50-$60 million, reported the “Globes.” E8 Storage lists 30 employees on LinkedIn. The team and the technology at E8 will merge with Amazon’s AWS (Amazon Web Services) development center in Tel Aviv. The startup provides centralized, rack-scale flash for the enterprise and software-defined cloud with high performance, low latency, and simplified storage to meet the needs of enterprises. E8 Storage solutions are also upgradeable and expandable. E8 solution helps enterprises to build a private internal organizational infrastructure which can be used for transition from local server to a high-speed storage data center that meets their required scale of storage. This is Amazon’s second acquisition in Israel this year, following the cloud computing firm CloudEndure, which was acquired in January. Other notable acquisitions by Amazon in 2019 include Canvas Technology, Eero, TSO Logic, Sizmek and Bebo….
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Microsoft has unveiled the results of its fourth quarter FY19, showing strong growth across all the products. The company reported a revenue of $33.7 billion, a growth of 12% year over year. Wall Street had expected Microsoft to report a revenue of $32.77 billion with earnings of $1.21 per share. The tech giant has beaten the expectations by earning $1.37 per share. Yet again, the key factor to company’s continued growth is the cloud business, which has been the focus since the time Satya Nadella took over as CEO. Revenue in Intelligent Cloud, which includes server products, cloud services, and enterprise services, was $11.4 billion and increased 19%. The company said that the growth is driven by Azure revenue which grew 64% YoY. “It was a record fiscal year for Microsoft, a result of our deep partnerships with leading companies in every industry,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Every day we work alongside our customers to help them build their own…
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SEATTLE – Virtuozzo, a global provider of hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and virtualization solutions, has announced the latest update for its next-generation HCI product, Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform. The update introduces new features that give service providers and enterprises the ability to launch cloud solutions with increased agility and performance in their data centers with low cost of ownership.

Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform combines resilient compute, networking, storage and management in an entirely software-based solution. This update enables customers to improve the stability of their infrastructure and drastically lower their operating costs. It uniquely supports numerous use cases, such as virtual private cloud, hybrid cloud, managed private cloud, and storage-as-a service. Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform partners around the world include United Hoster (Germany), OCS (Russia), Tsukaeru (Japan), Cloudmatika (Indonesia), Treemind (Africa), and TLine (Latin America).


“This latest version of Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform allows service providers to deliver self-service functionality and multi-tenant support to their customers, which enables fast time-to-value for both parties,” says Virtuozzo Chief Executive Officer, Alex Fine. “It also addresses the increasing demand for high VM performance from enterprise customers.”

Tline, a full-service virtualization and cloud solutions provider with operations in Latin America, is a great example. Carlos Pino, Tline Chief Executive Officer says, “We chose Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform because it allows us to give our clients a robust, secure, and scalable cloud experience with the freedom to manage their own resources,” while adding, “and it also supports a subscription-based business model that is important to our growth.”

Additional new features include:

– High availability of VMs with automatic restoration of workloads in case of node failure.
– Floating IPs and Virtual Router support to enable users to expose VMs on public networks.
– VM shelving support that allows users to release vCPU/RAM resources in their projects
– Application-consistent snapshots of Linux and Windows virtual machine volumes.
– Guest OS support for Microsoft Windows Server 2019 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
– SSH keys management for VMs to ensure users can access to compute resources securely

To learn more about how service providers and enterprises can take advantage of the benefits of Virtuozzo Infrastructure Platform, visit www.virtuozzo.com/vip.

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Hivelocity, a leading provider of IaaS, announced today the availability of its bare-metal edge compute services in Frankfurt, Germany. Frankfurt is the first in a line of several new European and APAC locations Hivelocity will be introducing over the coming months as it continues to expand the reach of its edge compute platform.

Frankfurt joins Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles, Tampa, Miami, Atlanta and Seattle in the list of markets Hivelocity offers its suite of infrastructure services. Hivelocity’s platform lets users instantly deploy hundreds of Linux and Windows dedicated servers in any of these 8 global markets. Once bare-metal is deployed users can view server health and resource usage data, establish data recovery points, perform OS reloads, interact with technical support and much more. Each server has the option of being self-managed or managed with the latter including things like proactive security patches and monitoring. Hivelocity’s expansion plans include adding edge compute to new markets like London, Paris, Amsterdam, Singapore, Sydney and Sao Paulo over the next three months.


“With customers hailing from over 130 countries, Hivelocity has long served a global market. As our customers’ businesses have grown and matured, so have their needs to optimize and scale the performance of their applications all over the world. By enabling our customers to deploy their compute and storage resources wherever in the world their end users are best served, we are providing them with a much better opportunity to maximize the end user experience and their own bottom line,” says Hivelocity CTO Ben Linton.

With more and more businesses recognizing the benefits of having their compute nodes at the edge there has been a recent surge in upstart edge providers. Hivelocity believes its 17 years of IaaS experience and its obsessive focus on customer support gives it a leg up on competitors. “Our mantra has always been to be the best service provider our customers have ever worked with. We maintain a Net Promoter Score of 74+ which is a testament to the level of satisfaction our customers feel, and frankly heads and shoulders above our competitors. If a business needs to deploy 1000 servers or just 10 servers around the globe, you can guarantee they are going to need some help and technical support along the way. Most of our competitors are new to the arena and all of their capital is invested in developers and hardware. We spend a lot of money on developers and hardware too, but we also employ nearly 100 technicians and engineers who work inside our data centers 24/7, providing the most exceptional technical support in the industry. Our support solutions involve experts with years of experience working with you in real time, their solution is to have you fix it yourself or reload the OS,” says Hivelocity COO Steve Eschweiler.

Hivelocity was founded in 2002 and serves roughly 6000 businesses out of its 12 North American data centers. For more information please visit https://www.hivelocity.net/.

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