Daily Tech Briefing: Sept. 5, 2014

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-09-05 Print this article Print

AT&T launches cloud storage for federal government agencies; Cisco, Red Hat partner on OpenStack Cloud Platform; Sony Xperia tablet, smartphones debut at IFA; and more.


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AT&T recently announced a cloud-based storage service designed to meet the security requirements of federal government agencies.

This community cloud offering has the same features, policies, capabilities and EMC Atmos technology as AT&T's commercial cloud storage offering.

However, this service provides additional security measures, including storage towers that are physically separated from other users' towers in the data center.

Additional features include a separate logical cloud for government data, which means government customer data will not co-exist with commercial data and a separate cloud portal partition for government agencies.

Cisco Systems and Red Hat are partnering on an integrated infrastructure that will leverage Cisco's data center offerings and Red Hat's expertise in OpenStack. The goal is to support enterprises and midmarket businesses as they continue moving into the cloud.

The partners introduced the UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform on Sept. 4. It is a key part of Cisco's Intercloud effort for creating interconnected private, public and hybrid clouds.

Sony has unveiled a number of products at the IFA conference in Berlin, including three smartphones, a compact tablet and SmartWear products. The Xperia Z3 smartphone features a 5.3-inch display, a rounded aluminum frame and tempered glass panels.

The Xperia Z3 Compact features a smaller, 4.6-inch HD display. The Z3 and Z3 Compact are scheduled for launch in Japan and other regions this fall.

Hewlett-Packard has revamped its approach to enterprise printing and document management in an effort to address hackers' growing interest in printers.

Michael Howard, worldwide security practice lead for HP LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, explained that multi-function printers can contain a trove of sensitive information for hackers, as well as a launch pad for attacks on other networked devices.

HP has already taken steps to lock down its enterprise MFPs. Current products ship with encrypted drives and the company is selling kits that extend the same protection to older printers.


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