BizTech Brief #32

As the industry becomes more alive and busy, as do I, hence why I have had little chance to blog, however this article will summarise some of the news from the industry over the past month.

The second coming of private cloud: Righting the wrongs of previous deployments

The first generation of private cloud failed to hit the mark with enterprises, but things have improved. A few years back, VMware (and the like) were fond of proclaiming that the only cloud worth considering was a private one, with suppliers and users alike often citing performance and security issues as reasons not to go to the public cloud.

The problem private cloud has is that many suppliers decided against finding a standardised platform that could interoperate with other private and public clouds.

Things are slowly changing, with many suppliers throwing their weight behind OpenStack and providing a much greater level of fidelity across hybrid clouds, particularly where other de facto standards for public clouds (such as S3 storage compliance for AWS) are brought in.

Nothing could protect Durex peddler from NotPetya ransomware

The owner of the Dettol brand and Durex condoms could be left millions out of pocket after falling victim to the NotPetya ransomware last week.

The malware attack, which centred on Ukraine but also affected several multinationals worldwide, disrupted production and deliveries at UK-based Reckitt Benckiser, a consumer goods firm specialising in health, hygiene and home products that operates in 60 countries and employs 37,000 people. The effects on the company were felt across numerous regions, it said following the June 27 attack. The firm put out an update on Tuesday stating it was in the process of recovering.

"We expect that some of the revenue lost from the second quarter will be recovered in the third quarter. However, the continued production difficulties in some factories mean that we also expect to lose some further revenue permanently" stated Reckitt Benckiser. 

Other organisations struggling through the aftermath of the NotPetya ransomware attack include shipping giant Maersk, US delivery service FedEx and advertising group WPP.

Microsoft SCOM crashed some web apps, but the fix didn't fix it

Back in March Microsoft warned that “The [Application Performance Monitoring] APM feature in SCOM 2016 Agent may cause a crash for the IIS Application Pool running under .NET 2.0 runtime.” IIS Application Pools improve the reliability of web applications.

The fix was due in SCOM 2016 Update Rollup 3 which landed in late May. But by May 31st Microsoft admitted that “ the fix does not seem to solve the issue completely.”

On Tuesday, June 6th, the company said it is “actively working to resolve the issue and release a hotfix soon.”

By El Reg's count that's 78 days between news of the problem and Tuesday's news that Redmond still hasn't figured out how to solve the problem.

Microsoft has pointed out workarounds to the problem, but some involve switching off APM. Another can crash SharePoint admin consoles.