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Current Analysis analyst Joel Stradling says in a recent blog that it is an exciting time for browser-based communications. He says that Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) is maturing and is continuing to add more applications. This comes at a time when quality of service (QoS) of the Internet Packet Exchange (IPX) is improving. Stradling says that those who have already invested in IPX have a lot to look forward to by combining WebRTC applications with IPX QoS. This is important for the enterprise as well because it can affect how business gets done. Up until this point, scheduling conferences or customer support sessions have been relatively simple, but the quality of the connection hasn't been consistent. Using WebRTC applications to connect over IPX networks could make a huge difference.
Read more about what Stradling says about the future of browser-based communications.
What to do in a destination based NAT situation
Network engineer Korey Rebello shares a tip on destination-based network address translation (NAT) on a Packet Pushers blog. Rebello paints a scenario in which a user is trying to gain access to a public server, but administrators who control access permissions will only allow a single IP address into the system. Of course, there is more than one IP address to choose from. When the development team says it will exclusively be using a server with a different IP to talk to this new app server on the Internet, the process gets more complex. So where do you start? Rebello says the first step is to create an access control list (ACL). You want the ACL to match the traffic in the route map before you can go to the next step of creating a static NAT statement.
Follow Rebello's step by step instructions on destination-based NAT.
Oracle redefines high-end systems for the data center
Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Nik Rouda says that Oracle has upped the ante once again by revamping its high-end engineered systems for the data center. Now, says Rouda, the buyer gets more for his money. Oracle has made enhancements to all of its systems including its big data appliance, hardware, software and converged systems. At a live event at Oracle headquarters, the company compared its list prices to competitors' discount prices. Rouda gives some examples: "The scorecards show: Oracle Database Appliance at $68k vs. VCE at $180k and Oracle Virtual Compute Appliance at $608k vs. Cisco UCS (with NetApp, RedHat, and VMware) at $1.28m." Rouda says Oracle isn't the only company doing impressive things with hardware and software, "I like to cheer for the little guys," he explains. But he cannot deny the distinct impact Oracle's new data center offerings will have on the market.
Read more of why Rouda thinks Oracle's re-engineered data center products will have a significant impact on the market.
Google to stop fixing Android security holes
Danny Yadron blogs on the Wall Street Journal that Google will no longer be patching security holes in older versions of the Android Web browser. Yadron says that two-thirds of the 1 billion Android users own a device running Android version 4.3 or older. What does this mean for the user? Yadron says it could leave them vulnerable to "prying eyes." The decision is based on practicality and efficiency. According to head of Android security Adrian Ludwig, the affected software has more than 5 million lines of code and fixing bugs in it could require "changes to significant portions of the code and was no longer practical to do safely."
Read more about the impact Yadron says Google's security stance will have on the technology industry.