AWS RDS SQL Server to Azure SQL Database

Users can now migrate Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime by using generally available functionality in the Azure Database Migration Service. To learn more about how to use Azure Database Migration Service to perform online migrations from Amazon RDS for SQL Server to Azure SQL Database Managed Instance with minimal downtime, read the associated tutorial in the Azure Database Migration Service

Office 365 Application Performance With Cisco Intelligent WAN

IT directors and network administrators today have a tough job. They somehow need to balance an ever-expanding collection of mission-critical applications with the rising costs of private WAN solutions. The cloud has only made this more difficult. Many private and hybrid cloud resources as well as Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, such as the Office 365 application, can quickly monopolize the available bandwidth leading to unacceptable latency issues. In response to this dynamic, companies are looking to leverage the internet to route critical traffic as opposed to dumping more money into their private WAN contracts. Cisco offers an Intelligent Wide Area Network (IWAN) solution, and it has the potential to drastically improve performance and cut costs.

What Is An Intelligent WAN?
On one level, an intelligent WAN is just like any other wide area network. It connects the office’s local area network (LAN) to the wide reaches of the web. It is the highway by which office staff can access the internet. Cisco IWAN takes this concept one step further and provides network administrators an additional level of control. Instead of being structured with primary pathways flooded with traffic and secondary pathways waiting in the wings, an IWAN can alleviate congestion in the WAN and improve performance.

Citrix Data Breach

Software maker Citrix has revealed that it’s been the target of a data breach, resulting in international hackers making off with a large amount of data. The company states that it was contacted by the FBI last week and warned that its network was likely compromised by an Iran-linked hacker group, which stole between 6TB and 10TB of business documents.

Citrix is working quickly in response to the incident. “We commenced a forensic investigation; engaged a leading cybersecurity firm to assist; took actions to secure our internal network; and continue to cooperate with the FBI,” the company states. It adds that there’s no sign any of Citrix’s products or services have had their security compromised, but also admits that it’s not clear exactly how many or which documents were accessed.

While Citrix says it’s working to contain the incident and ensures its products and services remain secure, the real problem is that as a government contractor the company has a vast amount of sensitive data, and now it’s anyone’s guess if or how much has been accessed.