Macs and malware: An ounce of prevention. [ESET, Apple]

Macs and malware An ounce of prevention

Okay, you don’t like seatbelts. Too confining, you say. You drive carefully, right? Or, you only use your car for short trips around the block. Of course, that all may sound pretty persuasive until you have an accident – and your arguments, among other things, fly out the window.

Which brings me to the ongoing debate about Mac security superiority and whether it’s worth protecting Mac computers with anti-virus software. While most Mac users believe they’re invincible as far as viruses, spyware, trojans, worms and other malware go – and for the most part they have been till now – there’s no guarantee that’ll continue to be the case as Macs gain in popularity and hackers are more financially motivated to infect them.

Software consultant and blogger Graham Cluley writes: [Read more…]

UPS technology allows smarter energy management [APC]

Energy management in the data center can be a daunting and time-consuming task. As virtualization and blade technologies increase the efficiency of server utilization, there’s an increase in power density – or the amount of power going to each individual rack.

This heightened density calls for new solutions in both power and cooling, and several innovative manufacturers are integrating “green” philosophy into the design of their next-generation power systems. With solutions for remote management, power consumption reduction, and proactive maintenance, data center infrastructure vendors are leading the charge for a greener approach.

Much as system administrators use systems management tools to remotely administer, diagnose and repair virtual and physical machines, administrators can now employ the same tools for power management. With APC’s PowerChute management software, for instance, administrators can monitor power consumption and control safe system shutdown and restarts from the UPS or power strip. The package also integrates with other infrastructure components like cooling systems to offer total remote power and cooling management.

New-generation power distribution systems have some very exciting solutions for reducing power consumption and increasing efficiency. Switched outlet groups allow IT groups to safely power down systems during non-peak hours, or automatically on a schedule. New UPS’s can bypass non-essential components, allowing efficiencies of up to 97 percent.

New systems also allow users to get the most out of their batteries, keeping hard-to-recycle batteries out of landfills. The UPS evaluates current charge against environmental conditions to allow administrators to plan and budget for timely replacements – reducing risk but also reducing the waste of batteries removed prior to the expiration of their useful life.

Solutions like these show that green is becoming the norm rather than the exception. And these capabilities make it even easier for IT to “go green,” further lowering the hurdles to success.