Microsoft acquires GitHub for $7.5bn

Microsoft has splashed out again. They have just acquired open-source source code management and sharing platform GitHub for $7.5bn. GitHub has a community of 28 million developers and hosts 85 million repositories of code. GitHub is used to host some of the most significant open-source projects, including Ansible, Kubernetes and many others. Microsoft’s last major purchase was…

How to enter that VMware BIOS Setup Prompt

Using virtualised systems and dev-ops processes means that most of the time it is easier to build something afresh using templates and tools than to make changes to an existing environment. But sometimes, you do need to make those changes. And if that change requires an alteration to the BIOS configuration, that can be challenging.…

Wireshark 2.4.6 on CentOS 7 available via repository

Note: 19 July 2018 The repository has been updated with Wireshark 2.6.2 This is the maintenance release of Wireshark 2.4. The repository will automatically update to version 2.4.6. If you want to use it, add the repository following the instructions in Wireshark 2.4 on CentOS7 (TL;DR version) Run yum update to get the latest repository…

IBM Security: Future of Identity Report

IBM‘s Security team has put together a new report on the Future of Identity. The report looks at how people are reacting to new methods of securing data, and what may happen in the future. The future is a concern considering the continued rise of mobile devices and their increased use over more traditional platforms.…

IPDetails – a useful multi-tool to gather details about an IP address

What I initially needed IPDetails to offer A couple of months ago I needed a tool that allowed me to gather more information on IP addresses that I’d collected using SiLK. The tool will enable me to cluster IP addresses for cloud flows, not just on the IP address, but on the AS number and ISP.…

Microsoft offers VMware in baremetal Azure

Microsoft‘s Azure blog has posted an announcement (Transforming your VMware environment with Microsoft Azure) about how they are managing VMware elements with Azure tools, as well as a full VMware stack deployment on bare-metal servers in the Azure environment. Microsoft is announcing Azure Migrate, a service to cluster VMware based applications, and understand the group-level…

THE LOOP: A documentary on IBM design thinking

One of the things that have cropped up in my news feed recently was this: The Loop: A documentary on IBM Design Thinking. You’ll need to handover the obligatory contact details to InVision see the full documentary, but a trailer is available. The documentary talks about IBM‘s journey into Design Thinking, by evangelising the outcomes that…

Extreme buys Brocade data centre switching assets direct

Extreme  has announced that they have closed a deal direct with Brocade , rather than wait for the Broadcom  acquisition. (Extreme Networks Completes Acquisition of Brocade’s Data Center Networking Business). This is different to the planned acquisition announced in March. Broadcom’s recent announcement that they have refiled with CIFUS has caused some consternation with other organisations…