VMware expands cloud services and cloning capabilities with Horizon 8 release

The company also is beta testing new apps that use Bluetooth Low Energy beacons to support social distancing and capacity monitoring in office spaces.

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VMware says its Horizon 8 release gives IT teams more tools to manage virtual desktop infrastructure with expanded options for cloud deployment and new RESTful APIs. The new features, introduced on Thursday,  reflect the all-remote reality of the coronavirus pandemic and challenges that come with it. VMware is also developing services to help companies reopen office spaces, if and when that time comes.

SEE: Top cloud providers in 2020: AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, hybrid, SaaS players (TechRepublic)

Horizon 8 is designed to put more management tools for the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in one place and to make it easier to scale VDI deployments, VMware said. The new features include:

  • Expanded hybrid and multicloud deployment
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COVID-19 highlights need for business and security leaders to work together to prevent cyberattacks

New Tenable study says 94% of organizations experienced a business-impacting cyberattack or compromise within the past 12 months; 46% weathered five or more attacks.

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As threat actors gain momentum with a continued onslaught of COVID-19-related malware and phishing scams, security and business leaders are concerned about the impact on the enterprise. According to a new report from Tenable, 94% of survey respondents experienced a business-impacting cyberattack within the last year, and 46% of businesses suffered five or more attacks.

One of the causes noted was a disconnect between an organization’s business and security, and it was exacerbated by the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • By April, 41% of respondents had at least one cyberattack directly related to COVID-19 in the last 12 months
  • The report found 96% of respondents developed COVID-19 response strategies: 75% of business and security leaders said their COVID-19 response strategies are only “somewhat” aligned
  • Within two
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How poor security practices from remote employees are wasting the time of IT staff

Along with the independence remote work affords employees comes the use of shadow IT and poor password practices, according to a new survey by 1Password.

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Beleaguered IT personnel lose nearly a month (21 days) of work annually managing Identity and Access Management (IAM), revealed a new report from the EPM (enterprise password manager) company 1Password. 

The tasks most frequently imposed on IT include resetting passwords and tracking app usage. For employees and IT staff, the swift pandemic-response transition to working-from-home (WFH) made daily security challenges even more relevant. Even if issues could be predicted, problems were likely, due to the rapidity of the switch, combined with the large number of employees reliant on a significantly and comparatively small IT department. 

IAM proves to be a continual burr in productivity, not only for the IT staff, but for employees, too; 57% of IT workers reset employee

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Windows 10: Microsoft fixes these annoying issues as it expands version 2004 rollout

Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2020 update caused a variety of issues for users, which the software giant is now fixing.

Microsoft is expanding the rollout of Windows 10 version 2004 while issuing fixes for a handful of blockers that had been stalling the latest updates.

Issues reported by users caused Microsoft to place blockers – or “compatibility holds” – on some Windows 10 devices for version 2004 (the May 2020 update), with users still reporting problems after receiving subsequent updates.

Amongst these included Windows 10 devices running certain Realtek drivers being unable to connect to multiple Bluetooth devices, as well as compatibility issues with systems running older Nvidia graphics processing units (GPUs) and certain integrated Intel GPUs.

The update also created problems for users trying to connect to the internet using LTE modems after downloading the May 2020 update. The subsequent Windows 10 KB4560960 and KB4557957 updates rolled out in

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MuleSoft CTO: API-based infrastructures helped company and customers adapt to the new normal

Agile, API-based systems are helping both MuleSoft customers and Salesforce react to the new business reality of increased remote work and rapid digital transformation.

In conjunction with Salesforce’s
TrailheaDX 2020

developer event, which was completely virtual this year, I had a chance to speak with MuleSoft CTO Uri Sarid for out
Dynamic Developer

podcast. Sarid discussed a variety of topics, including the company’s continued efforts to help companies build API-based infrastructures and capabilities, how these API-based systems are helping both customers and Salesforce adapt to the new normal of the COVID-19, and what’s on the horizon for MuleSoft, such as a new feature they’ll be releasing later this year called API Federation. The following is a transcript of our interview, edited for readability.

Bill Detwiler: So, when you and I spoke last at Dreamforce last year, we had a great conversation about how MuleSoft, and how you, really see the

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