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Google’s Enhancement of Windows Security

Google is one of the biggest players in the IT industry. In the past its thousands employees had free choice of what OS to use on their laptops and desktop machines. And though for the mainframe machines specially designed Linux distributions were a necessity, for normal day to day office work many preferred Windows OS versions and Microsoft Office suite.

That was until recently Chinese hackers, using Windows security design flaw, gathered mass of “bots” – seriously infected computers they could remote control, and used this “botnet” to launch a full scale cyber attack on Google – both in China, and all over the world. This seems to have led to hard, but bold decision – new employees of Google around the globe are only allowed to install Windows on some laptops not connected to the network, and CIO permission must be granted for this, if it is needed for their job. Others are required to choose either Mac OS X, or some Linux distribution, and use Google’s own software (for normal office tasks) whenever possible.

The question is – will this move of one of the biggest players make others follow? Well, not necessary, as we will see. First – the Linux, as main competitor, is open source system. This means, you can write and rewrite parts of its core, the so called “kernel”, to suit your security needs, and patch security flaws. The problem – system programming is for “ace” programmers. These cost much, even with the crisis and IT sector problems. If the company is big enough, and has access to good programmers, such corrections in the OS kernel can be done relatively easy, fast and cheap. The end result may be fully customized operation system, achieving any goal needed by the company.

But what if we are talking about smaller company? It has to outsource the job, make specifications of changes needed, check the work done and hope no security backdoors pass through the testing process. In such occasion, the better bet may be to regularly update existing Windows OS, and hope every security flaw will be fixed overtime. This may even reduce the TCO (total cost of ownership), because the standard Windows machine is easier to administrate by not so well prepared administrator, than a highly customized Linux version.

There is also another point – the end user. The clerk, who had used Windows based software for last 10 years, will have to be either reeducated, or replaced by new employee, as the habits remaining from the old days will be hard to replace. The software used in the day to day work will have to be replaced with one written for the new OS too. Though this will not cost much, as Microsoft Office’s main rivals are open source, but problems may arise later, that will require specialized help – which as a matter of fact may be available for free, but there is no guarantee for that.

To sum all up – if security flaws are the only problem that you think makes replacement of the OS necessary, and you do not have good system programmers and system administrators working for you, double think the decision – it may actually not be worth it.

The latest news from Dell-The business cycle is up and running

Michael Dell spoke about the huge opportunity that exists in the update of infrastructure and the server cycles, cloud security and the iPad. The corporate IT sector is being driven into high performance zone by new chipsets and far better and more robust operating systems. This in turn expects corporate to renew their hardware as mentioned by the Dell’s Chief Executive, Mr. Michael Dell.

Mr. Dell at the Citrix Synergy meet said that although the cost cutting measures adopted by corporate have enabled them to save big time from power, space and a larger operating costs which they can now put to use for more and better upgrade to the already existing hardware.

As observed, with just a 30 to one server consolidation, a 94% reduce in the cost can be brought about. This is possible even if you have a three to four year old server. This was what was heard in the question answer round.

Michael further stated that he had already informed the Secretary of Energy about the huge opportunity that exists in update of infrastructure and the resultant cost saving that can be got about from it.
Companies are already spending a huge amount of money on the maintenance of hardware in order to enable them to save money to invest in further future growth.

Financial sectors need to upgrade to better server technology in order to keep in sync with competition; however in the retail sector this is not expected.

The start of Windows 7, which according to Dell is the best so far, has been an important factor in cost cutting. The internal and external help desk at Dell has found a reduction in calls with customers who have shifted to using Windows 7.

There is a need for 4G. This is going to be the new innovation that is somewhat akin to the leap that happened with Wi-Fi. There is a need for the extra network capacity and the current one is in no position to provide.

Dell had an extremely positive outlook about the cloud computing security. There are a few business applications that could run with complete security in the public cloud. This will not only be completely secure but the access to it will be accepted.

About the iPad, Dell answered a direct question tactfully. What were his company’s plans about the tablet market and all that Dell would disclose was that a great array of devices is there in many different form factors. He does not see the moving out the other sectors. He mentioned that applications and usage patterns are opening to the new entrants in this particular arena.

To sum up, what Michael Dell conveyed to the audience at the Citrix Synergy 2010 was that there does exist, new opportunities and chances for those in the IT sector who want to upgrade their infrastructure.

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