News Bytes #190

by Brad Hanks


DreamForce 2011
Aug 29-Sept 2, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

Intel Developer Forum – IDF 2011
Sept 13-15th. Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

Storage Decisions New York
September 19, 2011 – New York, NY

(ISC)2 Security Congress
September 19-22, Convention Center, Orlando, FL

Semantic Technology Conference – LONDON
September 26-27, 2011, Hotel Russell, London
Intel Elements 2011
Sept 28-29, Seattle, WA

Oracle OpenWorld 2011
Oct 2-6, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

Mobile and Smart Device Security
Oct 4-6, Intercontinental, Atlanta, GA

Silicon Valley Code Camp 2011 – Free
Oct 8-9, Foothill College, Los Altos, CA


October 18-20, Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA.

LinuxCon Europe/Embedded Linux Conference Europe
October 26-28, 2011
Clarion Congress Hotel/Prague, Czech Republic

AnDevCon II
Nov 6-9, 2011, Hyatt Regency, Burlingame, CA

ApacheCon North America 2011
Nov 7-11, Vancouver BC

Enterprise 2.0 Conference
Nov 15-17, 2011, Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

Cloud Security Alliance Congress
Nov 16-17, 2011, Orlando, FL

LinuxCon Brazil
November 17 & 18, 2011
Expo Center Norte/Sao Paolo, Brazil

Semantic Technology Conference – EAST
Nov 29-Dec 1, 2011, Kellogg Conference Hotel, Washington, DC


Network Security Toolkit (NST) Version 2.15.0 Released

The latest NST release: “v2.15.0″ is based on Fedora 15 using Linux Kernel 2.6.40 rebased from latest Linux Kernel: 3.0.

Added NST RPM packages include the Open Vulnerability Assessment Scanner (OpenVAS) and Greenbone Security tools. Also added is an NST RPM package of the THC IPv6 ATTACK TOOLKIT.

Here are some of the highlights for this release:

* Developed a new interactive dynamic SVG/AJAX enabled Network Interface Bandwidth Monitor application that is integrated into the NST WUI for monitoring pseudo real-time network bandwidth rates.

* Added NST RPM packages and NST WUI integration for the Open Vulnerability Assessment Scanner (OpenVAS) and Greenbone Security tools.

* Added an NST RPM package for IPv6 network security investigation: The THC IPv6 ATTACK TOOLKIT.

* Now supporting the GNOME 3.0 desktop for NST integrated network security applications.

* Refactored all NST integrated services for transistion to the new systemd System and Service Manager for service control.

* By default, now supporting the new Fedora Network Device Naming convention (e.g., eth0 => p2p1 or eth0 => em1).

* Many new NST WUI enhancements and refinements.

As always, the networking and security applications included have been updated to their latest version.

Lucid Puppy 5.2.8 released

Lucid Puppy is the edition of Puppy Linux that is built from Ubuntu binary packages and has compatibility with, and access to, the vast Ubuntu package repositories.

According to Puppy coordinator Larry Short:

“Lucid Puppy 5.2.8 is the fastest and friendliest Lucid yet. It is the fastest because it is the first Lucid to use the C and ffmpeg libraries optimized for i686 computers rather than the older i386 computers. Lucid 5.2.8 has also received a thorough going-over under the hood. There is new and updated firmware and drivers for many devices, courtesy of forum member tempestuous, and the hardware detection and configuration routines have been extensively tested and enhanced by forum member rerwin. The overall look and feel has been influenced by experiments forum member pemasu, to make the user interface fun for Linux newbies and experienced users alike.”

Lucid 5.25 is also a major update from Lucid 5.2.  It has Bash 4.1.0, an upgrade from Bash 3, Syslinux 4.03, an upgrade from Syslinux 3, and e2fsprogs 1.41.14, the latest from Ubuntu Natty. It also now has JWM 500, up from 493 and Gnumeric 1.10.13 (up from 1.10.12 in 5.2).

For full release notes go to :


Reflex Announces Integrated Capacity and Performance Analytics

In August, Reflex Systems, a leader in virtualization management solutions, announced availability of a vCapacity module for Reflex Virtualization Management Center (VMC). With vCapacity, Reflex VMC integrates monitoring, performance, capacity, configuration management and security into a single solution, providing real-time visibility, correlation and control across your entire virtual or private cloud environment. VMC with vCapacity allows administrators to spend more time solving infrastructure issues, instead of manually integrating, correlating and reporting activity across multiple products and consoles.

From a single interface and a single logical database, Reflex VMC provides the ability to show historical performance, change tracking, monitoring, capacity, configuration, inventory, chargeback/showback, and security intelligence. The new integrated capacity planning and enhanced performance analytics in vCapacity enable integrated functionality that isn’t possible with VMware vCenter, VMware management products, or point solutions. vCapacity is highly customizable in terms of both presentation of data within the interface, as well as online and offline reporting. This enables organizations to customize capacity planning and performance management to truly meet the individual demands of their organization.

“Capacity planning is a big issue for organizations as they mature in their use of virtualization, especially as they evolve to a private cloud model,” said Rachel Chalmers, Research Director, Infrastructure Management for The 451 Group. “Users are searching for capabilities that make capacity planning more accurate, straightforward and integrated with their existing systems and best practices. Reflex offers them broad functionality that spans multiple management disciplines within the IT organization.”

vCapacity, when combined with the integrated feature sets of the VMC, provides a broad view of capacity and performance analytics in context of the entire virtualized data center. Operations teams may be using resources efficiently based on initial capacity analysis but ongoing management of resources within the broader management of the virtual infrastructure is critical to improve both CAPEX and OPEX efficiency.

  • Reflex provides a high-level summary dashboard as well as granular targeted dashboards highlighting capacity, contention, latency, inventory, allocation, availability and efficiency. vCapacity allows administrators to quickly visualize capacity planning issues, such as:
    • Resources (CPU, memory & storage) that are being wasted
    • Where resource contention is highest across the entire environment
    • Physical resource overcommitment usage and trends
    • Which VMs are consuming the most resources
    • Capacity usage across time, including future forecasting

For further information on the new vCapacity capabilities, visit and follow Reflex at and the vCurve Blog:

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