Archive for June 12, 2018

Senate Tries To Kill ZTE Deal That Trump Served Up

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 12, 2018 by itnerd

Remember that deal that President Trump came up with to give Chinese telecom ZTE a slap on the wrist? It didn’t go over so well with US Senators, who are now trying to kill the deal again in a novel way:

Senate leaders agreed Monday to include language in the annual defense spending bill that would reverse the Trump administration’s decision to save Chinese telecommunications company ZTE after it was caught violating the terms of a 2017 penalty agreement by making illegal sales to Iran and North Korea. The language will be part of an amendment in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, a $716 billion defense policy bill, H.R. 5515 (115).

If the Senate amendment becomes law, it would automatically reinstate the seven-year prohibition until Trump has certified to Congress that ZTE has met certain conditions. It also would ban all U.S. government agencies from purchasing or leasing telecommunications equipment and/or services from ZTE, a second Chinese telecommunications firm, Huawei, or any subsidiaries or affiliates of those two companies. The amendment language “prohibits the federal government from doing business with ZTE or Huawei or other Chinese telecom companies” and puts the company back on the sanctions list and “holds ZTE accountable for violating their previous commitment,” Cotton said.

That’s crafty. I’d be watching Twitter to see how the Twitter president reacts to this. Because I assume he’s going to have a meltdown when he finds out about this maneuver, and the fact that he can’t really stop it.


Survey Says Half Of Windows 10 Users Had Issues With Windows 10

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 12, 2018 by itnerd

Which? conducted a survey of more than 1,100 people which looked at issues that users have had with Windows 10. And the results are not good if you’re Microsoft. Specifically:

  • 21% of complaints had to do with issues with software compatibility
  • 16% of complaints had to do with hardware/peripheral problems
  • 7% of complaints had to do with email not syncing
  • 6% had to do with the removal of non-Microsoft software
  • 5% had to do with the PC slowing down
  • 10% was classified as “other”

Now the PC world has a ton of hardware and software in it. Which means you can easily get a mix that causes havoc that users cannot solve themselves. Thus 46% of those who responded had to pay someone to fix those issue for them. Largely because Microsoft’s own tech support isn’t up to standard according to Which?

Clearly Microsoft has an issue as we’re three years into Windows 10 which the company calls the “last version of Windows” that they will be kicking out into the world and people are not happy. Which? says that Microsoft really needs to step up their game here and I agree. I stay employed because of the items mentioned above. And frankly, I shouldn’t be. Microsoft should have an OS where having to reach out to someone like me is the exception and not the rule. But that’s clearly not the case and I don’t seriously expect that to change from Microsoft which is a shame.



Pulse Secure Virtual Application Delivery Controller Extends Availability To AWS GovCloud (US)

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 12, 2018 by itnerd

Pulse Secure today announced that its virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) products are now available on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US). Pulse Secure’s virtual ADC solution provides the ideal platform for U.S. government agencies and customers to build out agile, high-performance cloud applications.

This announcement builds on the virtual ADC platform’s pre-acquisition position as a leader in its category on the AWS Marketplace, demonstrating Pulse Secure’s commitment to supporting the next generation of high-growth applications on the AWS cloud.

Pulse Secure virtual ADC extends the capabilities of Amazon’s own application delivery tools, offering scalable L7 capabilities that can be used to augment user experience and security in a rapid development lifecycle. Pulse Secure offers the widest support available in the market for integrating with lifecycle tools on AWS.

Pulse Secure virtual ADC enables:

  • An ideal solution for application development on AWS, making it easy to build and test new applications and scale to production
  • AWS Quick Start rapid application prototyping
  • Cloud formation templates
  • Support for common DevOps tools, such as Ansible, Puppet and Chef
  • Rapid release cycles and innovative applications
  • Roll forward or back for continuous updates and rapid release cycles
  • Application auto-scaling to ramp up AWS server resources to meet demand surges and scale down when no longer needed to help manage costs
  • Support for A/B testing and experimentation to optimize user experience
  • Enhanced application functionality and ease of integration, becoming a key control point for policy enforcement and service management, while extending AWS applications to achieve a faster and richer user experience
  • Layered on high-level services, such as web application firewall (WAF) application security, global load balancing, security assertion markup language (SAML) authentication and built-in web content optimization
  • Real-time control of user services and transactions using TrafficScript

Application Delivery Controllers play a central role in load balancing workloads and enabling access to applications. Given its position in a network deployment, ADC technology is also an ideal location for monitoring application activities, which is a core capability of the new Pulse Secure virtual ADC.

Pulse Secure’s virtual ADC is one of the most advanced virtual application delivery controllers in the market today. The solution provides fast, reliable and scalable application delivery across virtual and cloud platforms. Automation and centralized management capabilities help to accelerate and simplify service deployment while application-level security protects the organization.

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