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OVHcloud Announces Cold Archive

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 5, 2023 by itnerd

 OVHcloud today announced the general availability of Cold Archive, its new archiving solution leveraging 8+4 erasure coding, adding to its growing Public Cloud portfolio of storage offers. Designed to meet customers’ expectations and scaling needs, OVHcloud Cold Archive tackles the challenge of exponential data growth in Public Cloud environments year on year.

A vision for long term storage

Engineered for long-term data retention, OVHcloud Cold Archive is an innovative and sustainable storage solution for infrequently accessed data. From data protection to archiving, Cold Archive is designed for use cases including but not limited to media companies that sit on thousands of terabytes of video libraries without the need for continuous access, healthcare companies legally bound to keep their data for decades or companies of all kind looking to improve resiliency in a multi-cloud scenario with another set of their data in a different location.

Not only does Cold Archive addresses storage needs for industry compliance and data conservation of financial or HR records but it is also a perfect match for businesses that understand their current data has untapped potential. As companies collect more and more data, they might not immediately extract its business value. In the long run, this data might prove valuable in yet to be defined workloads built around AI, analytics or simply with future business endeavors. 

OVHcloud Cold Archive is a unique and cost-effective way to preserve that data. It is equally ideally suited to answer data sovereignty concerns in line with OVHcloud’s commitment to provide a trusted Cloud, offering users with total control over their data.

Atempo and IBM at the heart of Cold Archive

At the heart of OVHcloud storage data centres is IBM best-in-class hardware tape technology. Leveraging IBM tape readers and library automation, storage data centers

can store up to 3 Exabytes of data per site with up to 18 000 tapes per library.

Atempo provides the Miria software solution to manage high density IBM tape libraries assisting in the background with archiving and restoring, in a seamless way for the user.

A unique and resilient infrastructure leveraging storage tapes

Based on a fully resilient architecture spread on 4 dedicated storage data centres, the solution benefits from new select sites built from the ground up by the OVHcloud design office using 100% 3D sketching to further optimize building conception and deployment.

OVHcloud Cold Archive is an offsite solution that employs tapes where each storage data centre is at least 100 kilometers apart and located in France. Totaling 4 storage data centres, Cold Archive is a geo-dispersed storage solution able to withstand the loss of a complete region.

With an average lifespan of more than a decade compared to conventional hard disk drives or SSD, tapes provide additional key benefits such as zero power: once data is written, there’s no actual power for the tape when it’s stored away in the library. This offline state contributes to the overall security of the archive, along with existing data immutability, user policies and data protection measures.

A standardized archiving solution

Cold Archive is addressable through the S3 API. Clients will leverage their existing knowledge, making data migration easier. For improved security, data is encrypted at the object storage bucket level with AES-256 server-side encryption based on customer-provided encryption keys.

OVHcloud Cold Archive provides a trusted and secure long-term storage that scales from terabytes to petabytes of data and beyond, benefiting from an attractive pricing model that includes internal traffic as well as API calls. Supporting industry standard APIs, Cold Archive exposes tape storage solutions to infra as code tools.

Unmatched pricing at 0,0013 EUR per Gigabyte

Cold Archive is available today for customers in Europe, Canada and APAC. Combining the longevity and resiliency of tape based solutions with replication of content by erasure coding on 4 data centres, the proposition has a strong performance / price ratio.

Pricing model is set at 0,0013 EUR per Gigabyte for an archive with a 6 months commitment.

Tape Archive0,0013 EUR / Gigabyte
Standard Object Storage0,007 EUR / Gigabyte
Restoration costs0,005 EUR / Gigabyte
Outgoing public traffic0,01 EUR / Gigabyte

More Than Two-Thirds Of Canadian Organization Say They Could Be Victims Of  A Cyber-Attack This Year

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 5, 2023 by itnerd

Trend Micro Incorporated has announced the findings of its latest global Cyber Risk Index (CRI) for the second half of 2022. According to the results, the overall global cyber-risk levels have improved from “elevated” to “moderate” for the first time. While North America and Canada still stand at an elevated risk level, Canada received a score of -0.03, which shows an improvement compared to the first half of the year (-0.30).

Results also revealed almost two-thirds (60%) of Canadian organizations still anticipate they’ll be breached in the next 12 months, with almost one-out-of-five (18%) claiming this is “very likely” to happen.

Additionally, the CRI found that cyber-preparedness improved in Europe and APAC but declined slightly in Latin and North America over the past six months, with Canada going from a score of 5.31 in the first half of 2022, to a score of 5.18 (staying at a moderate risk).  Moreover, the threat index went from 5.61 in the first half of 2022 to 5.21; a 7.1% decrease in the last six months.

Despite this improvement, most Canadian organizations are still pessimistic about their prospects over the coming year. The CRI found that most respondents in Canada said it was “somewhat to very likely” they’d suffer a breach of customer data (61%) or Information assets (e.g. intellectual property) (60%) or a successful cyber-attack (69%).

These figures represent a decrease of 14%, 19% and 17%, respectively, from the last report.

At a global level, the top four threats listed by respondents in the CRI 2H 2022 remained the same from the previous report:

  1. Clickjacking
  2. Business Email Compromise (BEC)
  3. Ransomware
  4. Fileless attacks

“Botnets” replaced “login attacks” in fifth place.

Global respondents also named employees as representing three of their top five infrastructure risks:

  1. Negligent insiders
  2. Cloud computing infrastructure and providers
  3. Mobile/remote employees
  4. Shortage of qualified personnel
  5. Virtual computing environments (servers, endpoints)

Based on the global survey results, the greatest areas of concern for businesses related to cyber-preparedness are:

People: “My organization’s senior leadership does not view security as a competitive advantage.” 

Process: “My organization’s IT security function doesn’t have the ability to unleash countermeasures (such as honeypots) to gain intelligence about the attacker.”

Technology: “My organization’s IT security function does not have the ability to know the physical location of business-critical data assets and applications.”

*The six-monthly Cyber Risk Index was compiled by the Ponemon Institute from interviews with 3729 global organizations. The index is based on a numerical scale of -10 to 10, with -10 representing the highest level of risk. It is calculated by subtracting the score for cyber threats from the score for cyber-preparedness.

To read a full copy of the Trend Micro Cyber Risk Index (CRI) 2H 2022*, please visit:

Fisker Announces The First Fisker Ocean Delivery In Denmark

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 5, 2023 by itnerd

Fisker Inc. has announced that the first customer has taken delivery of the brand-new Fisker Ocean all-electric SUV.

The owner received their vehicle from Fisker Chairman and CEO Henrik Fisker at the recently opened Fisker Center+ facility in Copenhagen, Denmark. A limited Ocean One launch edition model, the SUV was presented in Great White exterior paintwork, complete with 22” AirGlider Black alloy wheels and a pristine white Sea Salt interior with white Alcantara seats.

The Fisker Ocean One- and Extreme-specification models offer the highest driving range of any battery-electric SUV currently available on the European market, delivering 707km/440 UK miles confirmed WLTP range on 20” wheels and tires, and 701km/436 UK miles on 22” optional wheels and tires.

Customers can explore the Fisker Ocean and specify their own vehicle via the Fisker website.

Searches For “VPN” Have Skyrocketed In Utah Since The State Introduced An Age Verification Bill For Online Porn

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on May 5, 2023 by itnerd

Recently, the state of Utah passed a bill that requires age verification to access online porn. It went into effect a couple of days ago. But before that happened, PornHub who are from what I understand are the kings of online porn basically cut the state off from accessing their site and cited this bill as the reason for doing so. That’s lead to a massive spike in searches for “VPN” using online search engines. You can see this in Google Trends where Utah is the number one place in America who are searching for “Virtual Private Network”:

Tech Radar explains why VPN use by Utah citizens is skyrocketing:

By downloading a VPN service, pornography fans will be able to keep accessing Pornhub and similar sites with ease. That’s because a virtual private network is security software able to spoof users’ IP address (digital location and device identifier).

Hence a surge of interest in VPNs across Utah as people will simply need to connect to a server located in a US state or foreign country where the restriction isn’t yet enforced.

This whole episode illustrates that these sorts of measures are totally ineffective. And there’s nothing a government can do to stop people or moderate people from watching porn, or anything else that the government in question doesn’t like. I’ll be interested to see if Utah bans VPN’s next. And more importantly will the state of Utah will do to enforce any of this? This will interesting to watch.