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Apple and Cisco Partner in iOS Fast Lane

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Apple forms a partnership with Cisco in the creation of a "fast lane for iOS business users"-- essentially the optimising of Cisco networks for iDevices and apps.

Apple CiscoThe partnership involves the integration of iPhones within Cisco enterprise voice and video environments, as well as "unique" collaboration via iOS-optimised versions of Cisco mobile, cloud and premises-based tools such as Spark, Telepresence and WebEx.

SanDisk and Nexenta Present All Flash Array

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SanDisk and Nexenta pair the InfiniFlash IF100 system with the NexentaStor Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS) platform to create an open source, software-defined all-flash storage array.

Sandisk InfiniflashScalable from 64TB to 2PB, the system is described as a "pre-tested, full-featured, cost-effective, high-performance system [for] virtualization, Big Data analytics, data warehousing, and dynamic modeling." It is built on ZFS, features inline data reduction and high performance dual parity raid capabilities, and promises low space, power and cooling requirements.

HP to Sell TippingPoint?

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HP plans to sell TippingPoint ahead of its November 2015 split, Reuters reports, since apparently the security division fails to fit within either consumer or enterprise sides of the company.

HPReportedly private equity firms are already interested in making the acquisition, which sources say is worth around $200-300 million.

TippingPoint has something of a history with acquisitions-- it was bought by 3Com in 2004 before being swallowed by HP in 2010 after 3Com was acquired for $2.7 billion. A security research and network protection specialist, TippingPoint technology is said not be a key part of an HP security strategy focused on more sophisticated segments such as encryption.

Microsoft Boosts Azure With GS-Series

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Microsoft allows customers to create more power-hungry VMs on the Azure cloud with GS-series-- a G-series VM variant the company claims handles the "most storage and compute intensive applications."

Microsoft cloudThe GS-series is powered by Intel Xeon E5 v3 processors with up to 64TB of storage. Performance reaches a maximum of 80000 IOPs with 2000 MB/s storage throughput and up to 20Gbps of network bandwidth, the highest on the hypserscale public cloud market, at least according to Microsoft.

Check Point SandBlasts Zero-Day Exploits

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Security vendor Check Point claims to stop unknown malware, zero-day and targeted attacks from infiltrating networks with SandBlast, a solution based on new CPU-level exploit detection technologies.

Data breachSandBlast uses both sandboxing and emulation technologies to secure enterprises from known and unknown threats. It also has a CPU-level detection engine to pick up on Return Oriented Programming (ROP), an evasion technique able to beat the protection offered by Data Execution Prevention (DEP).

Another feature is Threat Extraction, a means to provide safe versions of content immediately (by converting Word documents to PDFs) while emulation takes place in the background.

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