Software Briefs: Avanade

Software Briefs: Avanade

Researchers track hard drive life

Researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh are monitoring the temperature of hard drives used on the campus to work out whether they can extend their life beyond the average three years. They say that slight temperature variations could indicate looming failure. The university’s Institute for Complex Engineered Systems (ICES) has designed a special monitor, known as the Critter Temperature sensor, which measures hard drive temperature. It is being deployed on desktop computers in offices and labs on the campus. The average lifespan of a computer hard drive is 600,000 hours or 3.1 years. The researchers predict that they may be able to extend the lifespan of a computer hard drive and save users time and money by sensing how much daily heat a hard drive endures. On average, it cost $US80 to $US200 to repair a damaged hard drive, ICES said.

Avanade launches security suite

Enterprise technology integrator, Avanade, has launched a new suite of practical security applications designed for Microsoft platforms. The suite offers security assessment, patch management, identity management and VPN quarantine. “We’ve packaged these resources to help customers make the most of security capabilities built into technology such as Microsoft Operations Manager and Windows Server 2003,” Avanade technology fellow for Asia-Pacific, Darrell Ryman, said. “Customers get more value from their infrastructure investments and gain efficiency in their operations.” However, the suite does not offer a guarantee against breaches. The company won’t take responsibility if this occurs. Up to 80-90 per cent of security vulnerabilities occur inside an organisation, according to Ryman.

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