BizTech Brief #10

Week Commencing 12th September 2016. 

After a busy couple weeks with VMworld, Microsoft opening their UK datacentres and the Dell EMC merger this week's tech news seems to have plateaued a little. The ComputerWorld team and I have once again gathered all the biggest news from the tech industry and condensed it into one quick resource. 

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BizTech Brief Articles

Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

After a ransomware attack on Comic Relief, the internal systems were down for 3 days running. Comic Relief's CTO, Zennon Hannick confirmed in an email that one server had been encrypted and the information held on this cannot be accessed, however, the good news is that the files held on this server are only copies of the information we held elsewhere.

A Comic Relief spokesperson said 'Comic Relief is investigating a criminal ransomware attack on a discrete part of our IT network. The attack appears to have been isolated and at present, we have found no evidence that any information or data has been stolen. 

To read the full article, click here. 

Dell overtakes HPE in server shipments as worldwide sales shrinks

Worldwide server revenue is down 0.8% whilst shipments are up by 2% according to Gartner. Jeffery Hewitt, research VP at Gartner stated 'Dell garnered 19.3 percent of the market and moved into the number 1 position in worldwide server shipments.'

Although Dell performance was strong in the x86 marketing growing over 10% year on year and it overtook HPE on shipments, it's revenues haven't quite matched HPE just yet.  

To read more, click here. 

VMware Horizon 7.0.2 and Horizon Client 4.2 are now GA

VMware Horizon was a hot topic at VMworld US this year with new capabilities including 6x bandwidth reduction with blast extreme, support for over 70 new thin and zero clients, 16 new features for RDS-hosted apps and more. After these announcements VMware have made the following versions of Horizon Generally available:

  • VMware Horizon 7: Version 7.0.2
  • VMware Horizon 7 for Linux: Version 7.0.2
  • VMware Horizon clients, version 4.2 for windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS and Andriod 

Some useful resources: 

What's new with Horizon 7: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySQkY2WuSCY

Product documents: 

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_horizon/7_0

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_horizon_clients/4_0

UK SME's have a false sense of cyber security

Almost three quarters (74%) of UK small and medium sized businesses think they are safe from cyber-attacks despite over half of these having suffered a data breach. 27% of businesses asked felt that due to being a small organisation they were automatically safe from cyber attacks. 

When it comes to cyber-security recently, it is an issue that faces the entire business rather than just the IT department, however, 33% of the SMEs asked in this study considered cyber security their IT departments sole responsibility to handle and distribute throughout the organisation. 

The report found that there is still naivety about the significance of a data breach as 18% of SMEs asked admitted that they would wait until the next day to contact someone if they did not consider it a big problem.  

To read the full article, click here.