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Google to stop showing more than two listings from same site in top results

Google is making some significant changes to its search engine algorithm where users see multiple listings on the search results page from the same website. Now, the Google wouldn’t show more than two listings from the same site in top results.

In a tweet through Google Search Liasion, the tech giant mentioned, “Have you already done a search and gotten many links all from the same site in the top results? We’ve heard your feedback about this and wanting more variety. A new change now launching in Google Search is designed to provide more diversity of our results.”

The company also added that it will show more than two results from same site in cases where the search engine algorithms determine that the results are specifically relevant for the particular search.

Currently, Google fetches results from websites considering the subdomains and root domains different. This means that the subdomains are treated as separate websites. Now, with the changes, the subdomains will be treated as a part of the root domains.

For instance, your subdomain like user.yourwebsite.com and your root domain – www.yourwebsite.com will be considered from the same single site and counted towards two results.

Finally, the site diversity launch is separate from the June 2019 Core Update that began this week. These are two different, unconnected releases.”

The change is still rolling out and Google is working on it for improvements.

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Legrand becomes iMasons Founding Partner for France and launches French Chapter

Legrand, a global specialist in electrical and digital infrastructures, today launched the very first iMasons French Chapter at the leadership summit for critical IT infrastructures Datacloud Global Congress in Monaco. The official opening was done by Frédéric Xerri, Legrand’s Executive VP for Europe, who held his opening speech outlining the objectives of the French Chapter and Legrand’s decision to steer the local iMasons (iM) France Chapter as Founding Partner.

The mission of iM is to unite the builders of the digital age by creating the platform for members to connect, grow and give back. The data center industry is key for the French economy, as it is an enabler for the digital age. In the United States, the iM Group is very well respected, and now beginning to grow in Europe. Given local legislation, language, and geographical distance it became evident that there is a desire to establish a French Chapter where peers from all over France can interact, learn, and exchange ideas of how to create more efficient data centers and reduce the impact on the environment. Legrand, offering high-value-added products and solutions for commercial, residential and industrial buildings, now aims to link as many French professionals together using iMason as their platform.

Commenting on the new initiative between Legrand and iM Xerri says: iMasons beliefs to connect, grow and give back is synonymous with those of Legrand. We connect by staying close to our customers, we grow through employee enablement and training, and we give back through the development of buildings with a view to promoting progress for the communities around us. We believe Legrand can offer iM members a lot of experience and we can learn so much from them too.”

As the founding partner of the French Chapter, Legrand’s aim is to unite the French professionals working in digital infrastructure and to address issues specific to the French market. The company will hold a number of workshops through the year inviting French professional to attend and share their ideas and concerns.

As such the pledge of Frédéric Xerri to his audience of senior data center experts is: “We must bring in as many French professionals as possible to IM French Chapter so they can all share their knowledge and empower others with their experiences. Legrand will do the same by sharing our experiences worldwide and offer a matching solution offering.”

In September, a plan has been formulated to host a very important French Chapter dinner to discuss more around the challenges in France for the Data Center Infrastructure. Input from the industry is still very much welcomed to ensure maximum return on investment for its participants.

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Online businesses taking the world over by storm with domain name registrations crossing 351.8 million

The number of domain name registrations in the first quarter of 2019 has reached 351.8 million across all top-level domains (TLDs), as per Verisign.

When compared to the fourth quarter of 2018 that closed with 348.7 million domain registrations, the registrations in Q1 increased by 3.1 million. It can be noted that the domain name registrations have grown by 5.4 per cent year over year.

1.2% increase in .COM and .NET domains

The .COM and .NET domains had a combined total of around 153 million domain registrations in the last quarter of 2018. This number has increased by 1.2 percent in Q1 2019.  The combined total of these two domains was 154.8 million in the end of Q1 2019.

Individually, the .COM domain totalled 141 million domain registrations, whereas the .NET had a total of 13.8 million registrations.

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.COM domain has the highest number of domain registrations

As of March 31, 2019, the top 10 TLDs are .COM, .CN (China), .TK (Tokelau), .DE (Germany), .NET, .UK (United Kingdom), .ORG, .TW (Taiwan), .NL (Netherlands), and .RU (Russian Federation).

ccTLD domain name registrations

Country code top-level domain (CCTLD) had a total number of 156.8 million domain name registrations in the first quarter of 2019. This is an increase of 1.6% from Q4 2018.

Decline in gTLD domain registrations

Total domain registrations for new gTLDs were 23 million in the first quarter of 2019. The registrations for this have decreased by 3.4%, compared to last quarter of 2018 which was approximately 23.8 million.

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Google Cloud launches fully managed cron job scheduler for enterprises

Google Cloud has announced the general availability of its new service called Cloud Scheduler. Announced at Google Cloud Next, the Cloud Scheduler is a fully managed cron job scheduler that will allow enterprises to schedule big data jobs, cloud infrastructure operations, run batch, etc.

The new service will enable users to automate things, like retries in case of failure, and reduce the manual toil and intervention. Further, it will work as a single pane of glass for management of all the automation tasks.

“We have added an important new feature that allows you to trigger any service, running anywhere: on-prem, on Google Cloud or any third party datacentre,” Google product manager Vinod Ramachandran wrote in a blog post.

Enterprises will now be able to use industry standard OAuth/OpenID Connect to securely invoke HTTP targets on a schedule to reach the services that run on Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), Compute Engine, Cloud Run, Cloud Functions, or on-premise systems.

Cloud Scheduler can also be used to invoke the schedules via user interface, command line interface, or API, while managing everything from a single place. Google has added support for the Unix cron format to help users define their job schedules.

Google said that the new solution will also enable users to schedule the running of their tasks at the same time each week, day, or hour, without any failures.

To run a job, Cloud Scheduler sends an HTTP request or Pub/Sub message to the target destination on a recurring schedule. The target handler executes the job and returns a response. If a job fails, it retries it by sending an error message to the Cloud Scheduler. The process continues until the maximum number of attempts is reached.

“Cloud Scheduler can be used to architect interesting solutions like wiring together a reporting system on a schedule using Cloud Functions, Compute Engine, Cloud Pub/Sub and Stackdriver,” wrote Ramachandran in the blog post.

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Microsoft releases first preview of PowerShell 7

Microsoft has released the first preview of PowerShell 7, with a plan to release a preview every month.

The tech giant has enhanced the compatibility of PowerShell 7 and made multiple fixes and improvements. The new version of PowerShell will support the .NET Core 3.0 which will not only bring performance improvements but also provide new APIs including WPF an WinForms.

This first preview contains some of the changes that didn’t make it in time for the 6.2 GA release, and marks our move to .NET Core 3.0,Steve Lee, a principal software engineering manager, PowerShell Team announced in a blog post. “We will be changing the support life-cycle to align with .NET Core. This means that we expect PowerShell 7 to be generally available (GA) about a month after .NET Core 3.0 GA.

Microsoft in its previous post reported that .NET Core 3.0 would be generally available sometime in September. If the discussed plans are accomplished, then the latest version of PowerShell would be commercially available soon near October.

PowerShell 7 works across all the operating systems (Linux, macOS and Windows), mainly focused on the Windows based PowerShell users who are not frequently upgrading and using the PowerShell framework as much as the Linux users.

Teams of Windows and PowerShell are working together to validate and update their modules to work with PowerShell 7.

“A big focus of PowerShell 7 is making it a viable replacement for Windows PowerShell 5.1. This means it must have near parity with Windows PowerShell in terms of compatibility with modules that ship with Windows,” added Lee.

Microsoft has plans of finding ways to use credentials in a secured way “from a local or remote based credential store.” It is also working on features that improve the error report formatting in the latest version of PowerShell.

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The GitHub page has listed the preview bits of PowerShell 7 which users can download directly in different compressed-file formats for various operating systems.

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Microsoft is developing zero-carbon data centers in Sweden

Microsoft recently announced that it will soon build two advanced data centers in Sweden. The company commits to design the greenest ever data centers in the most sustainable and advanced way. These will be powered by 100% renewable energy sources with an aim to avoid the waste from operations.

“We intend for our datacentres in Sweden to be among the most sustainably designed and operated in the world with the ultimate ambition of achieving zero-carbon operations,” said Noelle Walsh, CVP, Cloud Operations & Innovation, Microsoft Corp. “The data center design we’re developing will further Microsoft’s ongoing commitment to transition to a sustainable, low-carbon future.”

The new data centers will be placed in Gävle and Sandviken, the cities just north of the capital Stockholm. Microsoft has partnered with sustainable energy firm Vattenfall AB for required power supply. Vattenfall has been a regular electricity provider of Microsoft. It generates the power by its ‘Wieringermeer Polder’ wind farm in the Netherlands. Together, they are planning ways to reduce the carbon footprint of advanced data centers to zero.

“We will support Microsoft on the sourcing and supply of renewable energy for the future datacentres and help provide innovative solutions to reduce the carbon footprint of the datacentres. Vattenfall Distribution as the regional network owner will construct and build the distribution infrastructure required to connect the large-scale facilities,” said Andreas Regnell, Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Vattenfall.

Microsoft is not only working on clean data centers but also finding ways to increase access to clean energy. For this, it has associated with Agder Energi, a producer of renewable energy and Powel AS, software solutions provider for utilities industry in Norway.

Microsoft already has data centers in Finland, Ireland, France, Austria, Germany, the U.K., and the Netherlands. Microsoft said it had picked Sweden for data centers “in anticipation of future needs for cloud and internet services as demand in Europe continues to grow.”

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Mission Secures $15 Million in Additional Funding from Great Hill Partners to Fuel Organic Growth Through 2020

Achieving unmatched success creating additional customer opportunities with AWS in the U.S. in 2019, Mission will put new capital towards expanding its team, technology, system, and go-to-market strategies.

Mission, a managed services and consulting company for Amazon Web Services (AWS), today announced it has closed an additional $15 million of equity funding from Great Hill Partners, a leading growth-oriented private equity firm. Mission will use this capital to further accelerate the AWS managed service provider’s organic growth through 2020.

The fresh round continues Great Hill Partners’ investment in Mission; the Boston-based firm initially committed up to $75 million to company founder and CEO Simon Anderson to launch Mission in 2017. To date, approximately $40 million of that capital has been invested to establish Mission’s current standing as a trusted, award-winning provider of AWS managed services and consulting. Mission has rapidly built a coast-to-coast geographic presence, a leadership team made up of cloud industry veterans, and a customer base of more than 200 businesses from across a particularly wide breadth of industries and AWS use cases.

This year, Mission has established itself as a top partner to AWS in its U.S. Territory segment – measured by the shared customer growth opportunities Mission has created with AWS. With hubs in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and New York, Mission has fully staffed teams of AWS solutions architects and sales executives in three major AWS customer geographies: Southern California, Northern California, and the Northeast. Mission is also currently adding a new hub in Chicago to best serve the AWS U.S. Central region.

“Mission continues to prove itself as an exceptionally capable provider of managed cloud services,” said Drew Loucks, Principal, Great Hill Partners. “The company has really made its mark in a rapidly growing market, with enterprises across verticals eager to realize the tremendous benefits of migrating to the cloud and harnessing all that AWS has to offer. Mission has also been effective at bringing in the right expertise required to make their customer engagements so successful, and our additional investment will ensure accelerated growth throughout this year and next.”

With the new capital, Mission will build on its foundation as a customer-focused cloud transformation business, continuing to invest in and expand its team of expert cloud consultants and solutions architects that now hold nearly 100 AWS certifications. Mission will also invest in the technologies, systems, and go-to-market strategies that best align the provider with overall AWS growth and customer demands. Beyond this $15 million round, Great Hill Partners and other limited partners have additional capital available for further investment in Mission, as needed, to fund acquisitions and continue to reinforce Mission’s staff of AWS experts.

“Mission continues to experience strong momentum through 2018 and into 2019,” said Stewart Armstrong, CFO, Mission. “We remain disruptive in the market as we strive to continue to deliver unique value to our customers. The Great Hill team continues to be a valuable partner for Mission, and I’m excited to put this additional funding to work as we expand and optimize our go-to-market strategies and accelerate the deployment of new, world-class technologies and services to our customers. We remain focused on helping more organizations achieve their cloud goals, no matter how challenging, with our expertly-orchestrated AWS management and optimization.”

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Over 3 million malware detected on Android phones in 2018: Report

With the consequent rise in the use of smartphones and mobile applications, cyber-attacks on mobiles are also increasing constantly. The risks of cyber-attacks on Android OS are costing users sensitive data and money. In 2018, over 3 million malware were detected on Android OS and the landscape is expected to continuously rise this year, as per a report by Quick Heal Security Labs.

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Despite the rapid rise in cyberattacks on mobile devices, the owners aren’t investing on security practices, says cyber security experts.

“There will be a significant rise in the number of mobile-focused malware and banking trojans. Another major mobile-based threat expected to gain prominence is the introduction of malicious code into clean owned applications post update. This is most likely to take place once the download count has hit a significant landmark on the Google Play Store,” according to Quick Heal’s Annual Threat Report 2019.

In 2019 Android test, AV-Comparatives performed a test to check the efficiency of Android antivirus apps from the Google Play Store. They tested 250 Android Anti-Virus apps out of which more than two thirds failed to achieve a block rate of even 30 percent. Only less than 1 in 10 of the apps tested could defend all the 2,000 malicious apps.

This shows that while there are many cheap and free antivirus apps accessible in the market, only a few of those provide powerful protection against cyber threats. Consequently, before a consumer decides on to install an AV app, it is essential to at least validate its effectiveness.

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Top Android Maware of 2018

Throughout 2018, Android.Agent.GEN14722 was in the top 10 android malware list, with nearly 0.1 million detections in 2018. Android.Agent.A1a92 and Android.Gmobi.A remained the most prevalent malware impacting mobile devices worldwide.

Top android malware

Trends in android security threats

  • Use of social media accounts for malicious purpose.
  • Applications on Google Play Store that hide themselves after installation. The main purpose is to display full-screen ads to users and earn revenue.
  • FakeApp trick to increase the number of sponsored app download counts and reviews.
  • PDF attachments sent via phishing emails to launch malware on device.

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It is important to use the right anti-malware for the android mobile devices as these has a camera, speaker and a location tracker that quickly collects data from every place the consumer goes. The problem is the users are not aware about antivirus.

The best solution to this is to invest on the AV apps that come from genuine security vendors, who regularly release the updated versions to protect the users from the latest threats.

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Microsoft adds new access control options to Azure Monitor Logs

To save people from the hassle of having to use complex logs, Microsoft has announced a number of new capabilities for Azure Monitor Logs.

These capabilities will enable resource-centric logging, by allowing users to have their monitor logs centralized while staying integrated into Azure and its role-based access control mechanisms (RBAC).

Previously, due to the complexity of logs architecture, the organizations were not able to maintain access control on their own. This not only lowered the usage of data but also resulted in inaccurate decision making as these decisions were generally not taken on the basis of data.

To tackle that, Microsoft has unveiled two new access control options:  Workspace-centric and Resource-centric.

“We have recently announced a new set of Azure Monitor Logs capabilities that allow customers to benefit from the advantages of both paradigms. We plan to enhance and complete alignment of all Azure Monitor’s components over the next few months,” wrote Microsoft in a blog post.

The Workspace-centric mode will provide centralized teams the full access to all the logs from all workspaces regardless of the resource permissions. There will soon be a new option that will also allow them to use this mode for the components that don’t provide support for resource-centric or off-Azure resources.

On the other hand, the resource-centric mode will enable query of the logs that are related to a source. This mode will work for a specific resource, all the resources in a specific group, or all the resources in a specific subscription.

“Logs will be served from all workspaces that contain data for that resource without the need to specify them. If workspace access control allows it, there is no need to grant the users access to the workspace,” explained Microsoft.

The new features will have simpler models with fewer workspaces that will now allow the administrators to govern their environments better and in a secured manner.

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Additionally, Microsoft introduced an automated capability to Azure Monitor that quickly decides on the right mode on the scope a user opts. If the user chooses a workspace, queries will be sent in workspace-centric mode. Alternatively, if the user selects a resource option, resource group, or subscription, the resource-centric is used.

Microsoft also mentioned the capability to set permissions per table that store the logs. The users who have permission to access workspace or resources, can read details of their log types. Admins can use custom roles to limit the user access.

Microsoft added that the Azure Monitor will soon be able to scope queries for an entire subscription.

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VeeamON 2019: Veeam makes improvement in orchestration, assures recoverability

Veeam Software, during the VeeamON 2019 conference in Miami, FL introduced revised version of orchestration tool, known as NEW Veeam Availability Orchestrator v2. The new version is designed to aid in eliminating lengthy testing and recovery processes.  

“Our new version of Veeam Availability Orchestrator eliminates the challenges of manual processes by introducing reliable orchestrated recovery of production VMs, whether they’re protected by backups or replicas,” said Danny Allan, Vice President of Product Strategy at Veeam. “This also includes the ability to quickly and efficiently leverage protection data to prove recoverability and compliance, whether standards are imposed internally or by governing regulations like HIPAA, SOX, GDPR and more.” 

 Veeam Availability v2, premiered at VeeamON 2019 is generally available now. This tool will help in lowering the cost of recovery. The new version has the capability to automate processes and create actionable documentation that will be directly customized or updated enabling the organizations to meet their recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs) efficiently. 

The Availability Orchestrator is applicable to other IT aspects as well by using data from replications and backups for automated testing, patches, upgrades, automated testing and more. There are five stages of data management on cloud and orchestration is one of them. The other ones are cloud mobility, visibility, backup and automation. 

Earlier promised Veeam Availability Suite v10 including NAS backup and recovery will be accessible by 2019 end. The version 10 is expected to include Direct Restore to VMware feature in it, along with Instant Recovery to vSphere. 

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