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John Nicholson is a virtualization and storage consultant with Synchronet, who roams the web blogging, Tweeting and ranting about storage, VMware and good, gluten-free pasta. It has been said John can summon IOPS with his bare hands and can fix a broken VDI environment with his mind alone.
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Going Nuclear: Inside the world's second worst exploit toolkit

Security researchers have lifted the lid on the Nuclear exploit kit, rated the second largest malware-as-a-service toolkit in the world. Nuclear has generated 1.8 million attacks worth $12m in revenue in one month alone, chiefly through slinging the infamous Locky ransomware. The estimated monthly revenue for the developers of …
John Nicholson, 19 May 2016

Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

Legacy IT is toxic. Virtualisation is the default choice for new data centre deployments, but for existing and legacy workloads, justifying hardware refreshes is often difficult. Shedding light on the often poorly-accounted-for costs hiding in your data centre can provide sufficient rationale to move your infrastructure forward …
John Nicholson, 10 Apr 2015
Motorway surveillance control room

Silent server monitoring: A neat little cure that doesn't kill the patient

It’s a typical day in IT. A quirky and poorly developed application meant to be on the testing server sneaks into production. Before anyone realises what's happened (something that can sadly take some organisations months) hundreds of external users are using it. Uh oh. Suddenly, the infrastructure team finds out that this …
John Nicholson, 26 Mar 2015
Inside the CMS experiment

BIG DATA wizards: LEARN from CERN, not the F500

Big data has a problem: it is being abused. One of the biggest misconceptions is that big data is about archiving everything forever, buying the biggest, cheapest storage pool, and building a giant proverbial barn of hay in order to try to find needles. Vendor marketing has abused this. Consider marketing that advises that you …
John Nicholson, 23 Mar 2015

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