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Vol. 16, #4 - Jan 31, 2011 - Issue #813
Server Hardware and OS Reliability Survey Results

  1. Editor's Corner
    • Nominate VIPRE!
    • Server Hardware & OS Reliability Survey Results
    • Quotes of the Week
  2. Admin Toolbox
    • Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without
  3. Webinars & Seminars
    • Webinar: Maximizing the Performance of End-to-End Antivirus Security
    • BriForum 2011: Register Today And Save
    • VIPRE® Antivirus Business Product Demonstration
    • VIPRE® Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration
  4. Tech Briefing
    • Redmond Has Blowout Quarter
    • Hot IT Skills That Will Pay Off in 2011
    • CloudPassage Tackles Cloud Security
    • Dropbox Tips for Beginners, Intermediates and Wizards
  5. Windows Server News
    • Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2: Four Features You Wish It Supported
    • Using VSphere Client For Free Virtual Infrastructure Management
    • Defining The Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud
    • VDI in 2011: Applications, Client Hypervisors And Windows 7
  6. Third Party News
    • Need To Monitor And Manage Your User's Web Browsing Habits?
    • Please Keep VIPRE As Lean And Mean As It Is...
  7. WServerNews FAVE Links
    • This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff
  8. WServerNews - Product of the Week
    • BOOK: Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hackers Handbook, 3rd Edition
VIPRE® Email Security for Exchange

Email security moves to the next generation with antivirus, malware protection and antispam software for Microsoft Exchange Server. The time required to manage Exchange has become a highly important cost factor. VIPRE for Exchange takes HALF the admin time compared to other products. VIPRE for Exchange was recently VBSpam Certified by Virus Bulletin! Get your 30-day eval here:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-VIPRE-Email-Security-for-Exchange

Editor's Corner

Nominate VIPRE!

Hi All, we are playing a big game, we need LOTS of people to go to the About.com site and nominate VIPRE and/or VIPRE Enterprise. Would you be so kind and take 30 seconds? Thanks very much in advance!:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-Vote-for-VIPRE


Server Hardware & OS Reliability Survey Results

IBM, Microsoft and HP Top Reliability Poll -- By Laura DiDio

Thanks to the nearly 500 of you who participated in the third annual GFI/Sunbelt Software and ITIC joint 2010-2011 Global Server Hardware and Server OS Reliability survey. As always your responses were enlightening and very frank!

This was a very broad, comprehensive survey, so we'll be presenting the survey results/highlights in three parts, the first of which we summarize below. The second and third parts will include the results on user satisfaction with vendor products, technical service and support and also security issues.

As always anyone who participated in the survey can receive a complimentary copy of the full report by sending me an Email at: ldidio@itic-corp.com.

SURVEY RESULTS:

For the third year in a row, IBM AIX Unix operating system (OS) running on the company's Power System servers scored the highest reliability ratings among 19 different server OS platforms - including other Unix variants, Microsoft's Windows Server, Linux distributions and Apple's Mac OS X.

Over three-quarters or 78 percent of survey respondents indicated they experienced less than one of the most common, minor Tier 1 incidents per server, per annum on IBM's AIX v. 5.3 and AIX v 7.1 distributions.

Those are the results of the joint GFI/Sunbelt Software and ITIC 2010-2011 Global Server Hardware and OS Reliability Survey. The independent Web-based survey polled C-level executives and IT managers at 468 corporations from 23 countries worldwide from November through January.

The survey data indicated that the reliability and uptime of all the major server OS and server hardware distributions has improved significantly over the past several years.

Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 served up the biggest surprise in the survey, scoring impressive reliability gains and making it one of the top three most reliable, mainstream server OSs. Windows Server 2008 R2's reliability renaissance is especially impressive since Microsoft's Windows Server OS noticeably lagged behind the majority of the UNIX, Linux and Open Source distributions in ITIC's 2008 and 2009 Server Reliability surveys. This was particularly evident when it came to chronicling the most severe Tier 3 outages which typically last for four or more hours, involve data loss and require multiple members of the IT department to perform remediation.

An overwhelming 92% majority of Windows Server 2008 R2 users experienced less than one or one Tier 3 outage per server, per annum followed closely by the 90% of respondents using IBM's AIX 7.1 who said they experienced one or less than one severe Tier 3 incident, per server per annum. Some 86% of Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and 84% of HP UX 11i v3 users also testified to the reliability of those platforms, reporting that they experienced either one or less than one unplanned Tier 3 outage per server, annually.

The survey found that all server OSs continue to make year-over-year reliability gains. The essay comment and first person customer interviews revealed that the majority of the moderate and severe Tier 2 and Tier 3 outages were attributable to integration and interoperability issues such as incompatible drivers, trouble applying patches, (particularly in highly customized environments), misconfigurations and the lack of a specific component or software fix for a particular platform.

IBM hardware was also best in class in terms of reliability, stability and performance. IBM's System z mainframes recorded the least amount of downtime; 76% indicated System z machines experienced just one-to-five minutes of unplanned outages per server, per year, the equivalent of 99.999% or better availability.

Stratus Technologies' ftServer 6300 and 4500 series and Fujitsu's Primequest and Primergy Servers also made impressive showings. Some 75% percent of Stratus ftServer 6300 and 4500 users say they experienced one-to-five minutes of per server, per annum downtime, for five nines of availability. Some 74% of HP's Integrity and Fujitsu Primequest and Primergy server said they experienced less five minutes or less of unplanned annual server downtime.

Among the other survey highlights:
  • A 57% majority of respondents said their server hardware is between one and three years old. One-in-five corporations - 20% - said their servers were three-to-four years old.
  • One-quarter - 25% of businesses refresh their main line of business server hardware "as needed" and 10% said they upgrade a portion of their servers annually.
  • Only a very small 2% minority of organizations aggressively upgrade their servers every two years. The majority of companies are on a three, four or five year server refresh cycle with 15% of participants stating they upgrade servers every two years; 15% upgrade every three years and 17% are on a protracted five or six year server upgrade cycle. Another 15% said they have "no specific" server upgrade timetable.
Laura DiDio is principal at ITIC a research and consulting firm based in Boston.

Quotes of the Week

"The adage is true that the security systems have to win every time, the attacker only has to win once" -- Dustin Dykes

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." - Edith Wharton

"If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." -- Lewis Carroll

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UNDO SECTION: Windows Multipoint server can only support 10 stations, not the 20 we reported. Also, it requires a thin client at the user end.

PS: Did you know this newsletter has a sister publication for XP users called WXPnews? You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-WinXPNews

PPS: And now we have our new Win7News! You can subscribe here, and tell your friends:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-Win7News

Hope you enjoy this issue of WServerNews! Warm regards, Stu Sjouwerman  |   Email me: feedback@wservernews.com

Need To Monitor And Manage Your User's Web Browsing Habits?

How much of your users' time - and your bandwidth - is wasted on non-work- related sites, such as Facebook, YouTube, Gmail, gaming sites, etc.? And is your network protected against infected or malicious downloads? Studies show that 40% of employee Internet access at work is not work-related. This eats into your bottom line - as does the uncontrolled use of company-wide bandwidth. Put an end to non-work-related web surfing and wasted resources, check out GFI WebMonitor:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-GFI-WebMonitor

Admin Toolbox

Admin Tools We Think You Shouldn't Be Without

Did you know there is a new LinkedIn group where you can discuss Internet Security Awareness Training? Benefits, Costs, Value and How-To:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-LinkedIn-Security-Group


Webinars & Seminars

Webinar: Maximizing the Performance of End-to-End Antivirus Security

Malware is a never-ending concern for busy network administrators in search of the perfect balance between antivirus protection and network performance. Discover the top considerations for significantly improving the performance and availability of network resources without sacrificing any antivirus protection.

1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT / 6:00 PM GMT
Date: Thu, Feb 10, 2011
Location: This is an Internet based event.
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-Webinar-Feb-10


BriForum 2011: Register Today And Save

The most advanced, technical, hands-on desktop virtualization event takes place 10-11 May in London and July 19-21 in Chicago where experts led by Brian Madden share the latest tips and strategies. Register today and save:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-BriForum-2011


VIPRE® Antivirus Business Product Demonstration

Join us for a look at VIPRE Antivirus Business, powerful, high-performance endpoint malware protection, which combines antivirus and antispyware into a single agent. Plus take a deep dive into other new features including scalable multi-site tiering and role-based access control.

Learn why VIPRE delivers all the necessary security functionality you need and nothing you don't.

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-Webinar-Feb-1


VIPRE® Email Security for Exchange Product Demonstration

Securing your Exchange Server is key to protecting your enterprise environment.

Our newest version of VIPRE Email Security for Exchange (formerly Ninja Email Security) leverages the next-generation VIPRE antivirus scanning engine as part of a multiple engine strategy to providing comprehensive protection from viruses, spam and other security threats. In this webinar, learn how VIPRE for Exchange can help protect your network and cut your Exchange admin time in half with this powerful, policy-based email security product featuring a series of ‘best-of-breed’ plug-ins for antispam, antivirus, attachment filtering, and disclaimers.
Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-Webinar-Feb-8


Tech Briefing

Redmond Has Blowout Quarter

Our friends in Washington beat all the estimates by earning a net income of 6.63 Billion on revenues of 19.95 billion. Both are record high numbers, (and higher than Apple by the way). Their holiday sales were strong, and as I said before, Windows 7 sales are huge. There are now 300 million copies out there, and it is on 20% of all Internet connected PCs. On the server side, Microsoft has asked Intel to develop a 16-core version of the low-end Atom CPU. That could reduce power consumption in data centers in a big way. Smart thinking.

Hot IT Skills That Will Pay Off in 2011

Thinking about brushing up on your tech skills to remain competitive in the marketplace? It helps to focus on the skills that are bringing in the most dollars before deciding. eWEEK takes a look at 12 of technology skills in storage, application development, operating systems, databases, and networking as well as the national averages for salaries using those skills.
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-Top-IT-Skills


CloudPassage Tackles Cloud Security

Jeff James at the Windows IT Pro Security Blog found something interesting I thought you needed to know about: "One of the most common concerns IT pros have about cloud computing is how security is handled. Many IT pros are still sitting on the fence when it comes to cloud computing for this reason alone. Windows IT Pro has been writing about the concerns IT pros have about cloud security for years, yet great strides have been made in cloud security over the last 24 months.

A new company called CloudPassage hopes to address even more of those concerns, announcing today that they have shipped security products built with cloud environments in mind: Halo SVM (security vulnerability management) and Halo Firewall. Both products are based on the CloudPassage Halo architecture, which relies on the "Halo Grid", a cloud-based security platform that CloudPassage claims can "deliver scalability and elasticity that can keep up with cloud-hosted server farms."

These products provide network access control, compliance/configuration monitoring, and server exposure assessment, combined with some automation tools that should help lower the workload of IT pros tasked with security and cloud implementation. Read more:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-HALO-SVM


Dropbox Tips for Beginners, Intermediates and Wizards

I use Dropbox to save this newsletter, and work on it from several different locations, even on my iPad if I feel like it. Mashable has an interesting article where they asked the experts at Dropbox to tell them their most unusual, unexpected and crazy ways to use this versatile software tool.

If you're not familiar with Dropbox, it's free synchronization software that lets you store a copy of a file on your computer and then access that same file from anywhere. You can store up to 2GB for free. Go over that amount, and it'll cost you $10 a month for 50GB and $20 a month for 100GB. Here's the scoop from their experts for three different levels of Dropbox users:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-Dropbox-Tips


Windows Server News

Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2: Four Features You Wish It Supported

When working with Microsoft Hyper-V as your hypervisor, the obvious choice for management is System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2. Unfortunately, the features in the newest version are still limited and have left admins wanting more. Discover four key capabilities that VMM R2 does not yet support:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-Virtual-Machine-Manager-2008-R2


Using VSphere Client For Free Virtual Infrastructure Management

Managing a VMware ESXi infrastructure can be expensive with vCenter, but it is possible to maintain a virtualization infrastructure without breaking the bank. This expert tip highlights the most useful features that VMware's free vSphere client offers, many of which even overlap with vCenter:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-VSphere-Client


Defining The Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud

Though the idea of cloud computing seems to have been further obscured by the division into private, public, and hybrid clouds, it is much less revolutionary than you might think. This expert tip lays out the different definitions of what a private cloud is, and how Microsoft's Hyper-V represents both meanings:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-MS-Hyper-V-Cloud


VDI in 2011: Applications, Client Hypervisors And Windows 7

Is 2011 the year of the virtual desktop? VDI experts Brian Madden and Gabe Knuth discuss how Windows 7 migration plans may affect the real-world growth of VDI adoption in the new year, as well as new developments in VDI technology such as client hypervisors and streaming desktops:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-VDI-in-2011


Third Party News

Need To Monitor And Manage Your User's Web Browsing Habits?

How much of your users' time - and your bandwidth - is wasted on non-work-related sites, such as Facebook, YouTube, Gmail, gaming sites, etc.? And is your network protected against infected or malicious downloads? Studies show that 40% of employee Internet access at work is not work-related. This eats into your bottom line - as does the uncontrolled use of company-wide bandwidth. Put an end to non-work-related web surfing and wasted resources, check out GFI WebMonitor:
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-GFI-WebMonitor


Please Keep VIPRE As Lean And Mean As It Is...

We got this email: "Having been in the IT field for over 25 years (with the gray hair to prove it), I've built and supported countless PCs. Throughout the years, I've pretty much always stuck with the *big two* names in Anti-virus software, watching them grow into the behemoth bloatware they've become -- and fighting the malware they've managed to let through.

After my daughter's machine was infected with the nastiest rootkit I had ever encountered, and the steps I had to take to rid her system of it, I said to myself "enough is enough". I extensively researched other Anti-virus software on the market, and settled on VIPRE; and I'm glad I did. Having it installed on each my family's computers for nearly a year now, it has stopped everything dead in its tracks. One of the big deciding factors for purchasing VIPRE is your family pack licensing, it really helps maintaining the subscriptions for several computers easy, and the price is very reasonable.

My only complaint is that on occasion a virus definition update fails, and it appears as though the old definitions are deleted at the beginning of an update. If a scheduled scan occurs shortly after a failed update attempt, the scan also fails. If it's possible to re-order the process so the old definitions are only deleted after a successful download of new definitions, that should eliminate the problem. Other than that, I'm very happy with the product.

Please keep VIPRE as lean and mean as it is, and competitively priced. I have, and will continue, to recommend it to anyone I know looking for a quality Anti-virus solution. Sincerely, Dean Bunting

WServerNews FAVE Links

This Week's Links We Like. Tips, Hints And Fun Stuff



WServerNews - Product of the Week

BOOK: Gray Hat Hacking The Ethical Hackers Handbook, 3rd Edition

I received this book for review, and after 10 minutes I could see I was going to have to read a good chunk of it. Very interesting! Here is the blurb: "Thwart malicious network intrusion by using cutting-edge techniques for finding and fixing security flaws. Fully updated and expanded with nine new chapters, Gray Hat Hacking: The Ethical Hacker's Handbook, Third Edition details the most recent vulnerabilities and remedies along with legal disclosure methods. Learn from the experts how hackers target systems, defeat production schemes, write malicious code, and exploit flaws in Windows and Linux systems. Malware analysis, penetration testing, SCADA, VoIP, and Web security are also covered in this comprehensive resource"
http://www.wservernews.com/110131-Ethical-Hacking