Saturday, October 10, 2015

Greatest switch - STUBRU

Belgians, before voting for the Greatest switch, please consider following tracks. Thanks!

Push * Universal nation - http://www.discogs.com/Push-Universal-Nation/release/20341

Reflect * Need to feel loved - http://www.discogs.com/Reflekt-Featuring-Delline-Bass-Need-To-Feel-Loved/master/126749

Binary Finary * 1998 - http://www.discogs.com/Binary-Finary-1998-Zapya/master/151598

Drax Ltd * Amphetamine - http://www.discogs.com/Drax-Ltd-II-Amphetamine/release/114056

Emmanuel Top * Acid Phase - http://www.discogs.com/Emmanuel-Top-Acid-Phase/master/99110

Aqua Contact * La Sirena - http://www.discogs.com/Aqua-Contact-La-Sirena/master/2380

Jones & Stephenson * The First Rebirth - http://www.discogs.com/Jones-Stephenson-The-First-Rebirth/release/20340

Jens Lissat * Energy Flow - http://www.discogs.com/Jens-Lissat-Project-Energy-Flow/master/95844

Jens * Loops & Tings Fruit Loops Remix  - http://www.discogs.com/Jens-Loops-Tings-Remixes/release/32131

The Age Of Love (Watch Out For Stella Club Mix) - http://www.discogs.com/Age-Of-Love-The-The-Age-Of-Love-The-Jam-Spoon-Mixes/release/29757

Yves Deruyter * The Rebel - http://www.discogs.com/Yves-Deruyter-The-Rebel/master/105327

LSG * Netherworld - http://www.discogs.com/LSG-Netherworld/release/19560

Three Drives * Greece 2000 - http://www.discogs.com/Three-Drives-Greece-2000/release/57059

Energy 52 * Café Del Mar (Original Three 'N One Edit) - http://www.discogs.com/Energy-52-Caf%C3%A9-Del-Mar-98-Disc-2/release/23397

Humate * Love Stimulation (Lovemix) by Paul van Dyk - http://www.discogs.com/Humate-Love-Stimulation-Curious/release/15777

Robert Armani * Hit Hard - http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Armani-Hit-Hard/master/328381

Metro Dade * The Andor Voyage - http://www.discogs.com/Metro-Dade-The-Andor-Voyage-Lurandi/master/45996

Dr. Phibes * Acid Story - https://www.discogs.com/Dr-Phibes-Acid-Story/master/102521

Castle Trancelott * Indoctrinate - http://www.discogs.com/Castle-Trancelott-Indoctrinate/release/1159088B

BBE * Seven Days And One Week - https://www.discogs.com/BBE-Seven-Days-And-One-Week-Hypnose/master/71652

Nikolai * Ready To Flow - https://www.discogs.com/Nikolai-Ready-To-Flow/release/67192

Commander Tom * Are Am Eye - https://www.discogs.com/Commander-Tom-Are-Am-Eye/release/49499

Sven Vath * L' Esperanza - https://www.discogs.com/Sven-V%C3%A4th-LEsperanza/release/129278

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

TURLA (mis)using satellites to avoid detection

An Achilles' heel in the deployment of an APT is maintaining control over the infected computers after the initial infection.  The "masters" over the malicious system use C&C (command and control) servers for this purpose.  Security firms try to pinpoint these servers so they can be disabled (eg. by DNS sinkholes/black-hole DNS).  This is an ongoing global battle.

Turla is one of the scariest APTs around and researchers from Kaspersky have observed it misuses satellite uplinks to hide the location of the people in charge.

Again, this is spy movie material...

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Choosing the right virtualization technology for the next couple of years

3.5 years ago we chose our currect virtualization stack.  One important issue was replication to another site which was already using equipment from a certain vendor, the other one was it had to be VMware -based.   Send in the pre-sales consultants and after a few meetings we saw where this thing  was going to. We ended up with a configuration that kind of suited our needs. We were very pleased with our Dell server hardware (PowerEdge R710).  But on the storage side, we missed the "flash revolution" and you can read other storage related rants on my blog.

Over the years, we did tweak the system a lot in-house, ditched NetApp backup tools and brought Veeam into the game.  As a result we now backup to cheap Dell boxes, and the process has never been easier.  Dedupe is not handled well in Windows Storage server 2012R2,  but if necessary we'll add a cabinet with cheap SATA disks or attach a tape library.   We also were considering PernixData to spice things up.  

We wanted to use this configuration for the full 5 year term but then new opportunities rose.  We immediately noticed our current solution didn't scale that well.  We're also hitting some of the limitations of the Essentials bundles. We are better informed now but this by no means makes the job of selecting the right infrastructure easier.
Hyper-v and KVM became a lot more mature and then came exciting new "hyper-converged"  technologies like virtual SAN, SimpliVity and Nutanix.

One option we are considering is to combine VMware and the Acropolis hypervisor in one Nutanix cluster, but we're also looking into Flexpod and more traditional setups from Dell and HP.   It has to scale a lot as we expect some serious changes.

So, interesting times ahead...