BizTech Brief #11

Week Commencing 19th September 2016

In this BizTech Brief we are looking into this week's tech news and highlighting some articles we think you will enjoy.

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BizTech Brief Articles

Platform System and Azure Pack integration with Azure Stack

Microsoft have hinted that Azure, Windows Azure Packs (WAP) and the Cloud Platform System (CPS) will integrate with the forthcoming Azure stack Cloud-in-a-hyperconverged-box offering. 

With WAP and CPS just a couple of years old, users have every right to wonder if their rigs are about to be made if not redundant then second-class citizens of The Republic Of Azure.

Microsoft now appears to have dispelled that worry in a post from Azure Stack principal program manager Cheng Wei spruiking sessions at next week's Ignite event. Wei promises a “demo of how to continue your cloud investment with WAP/CPS today and connect them with Azure Stack next year when it’s released!” 

To read the full article, click here.


VMware's secret security plan revealed

Vmware have revealed a working prototype of 'Project Goldilocks', it's long-hinted-at plan to develop a new approach to security. The new idea is inspired by the NSX network virtualisation product's ability to create network “microsegments”, isolated virtual networks walled off from the rest of the network in a “least privilege environment” that only permits communications set in policies.

Project Goldilocks calls for applications to instead be given a “birth certificate” when they are in their gold state. That certificate should include all permissible behaviour for that application, detailing the expected executables, network infrastructure the app will touch, the ports it will use to reach that network and anything else that describes the application's state.VMware then proposes to monitor all of those expected behaviours from within the hypervisor kernel, a location chosen because it is a different trust domain to the host or guest VMs.  

To read the full article and to see a demo of Goldilocks, click here. 

ComputerWorld's Top 9 Tips for Office 365

We are now seeing an ever increasing number of our customers opting to move their email from on-premise Exchange servers to Office 365. This is often a first step into cloud technology, but Office 365 is so much more than just email in the cloud. 

We have created a quick guide with or top 9 tips to help you on board with Office 365 to ensure you get the most from each application and the office suite overall. 

To download the quick guide, click here. 

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365: Availability vs Recoverability

Veeam Backup & Replication has added a new integration – Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 

The assumption is that when moving a workload to the cloud, there will be no need for data backup. However, this is a mistake and data must be backed up.  

To ease your concerns, Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365, will help you to:

  • Securely back up your Office 365 email data to your on-premises environment
  • Mitigate the risk of losing access to your email and so ensure continuous email Availability to your users
  • Quickly recover individual mailbox items with best-of-breed granularity
  • Efficiently perform eDiscovery of email archives
  • Securely leverage connections to your business Office 365 organization through native Exchange Web Services APIs

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 architecture: 

Veeam Backup for Microsoft Office 365 is integrated with Veeam Backup & Replication, which means you can back up hybrid cloud environments and migrate mailbox data between Office 365 and your on-premises Exchange deployment.

To read the full article, click here.


Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

Police in Australia have warned citizens not to trust un-marked USB sticks that appear in their letterboxes. The warning said 'The USB drives are believed to be extremely harmful and members of the public are urged to avoid plugging them into their computers or other devices'. 

“Upon inserting the USB drives into their computers victims have experienced fraudulent media streaming service offers, as well as other serious issues.”

The users are now the biggest risk to a business and this type of cyber attack is becoming increasingly more common and users need to become more aware of the risks that they could face. 

To read the full article, click here.