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Powerful Denial of Service attacks are becoming increasingly common. A Distributed Denial of Service attack is when the attacker uses multiple machines to flood the resources of the target to overwhelm it and deny the legitimate users access to the service. The DDoS attack on Dyn in October 2016 was one of most powerful attacks in history. Many DDoS attacks can be thwarted to a large extent by increasing the system’s capacity during an attack, but that is not a solution because it still causes monetary losses. DDoS attacks typically employ three methods: Finding a vulnerability in the victim’s service Finding an endpoint in the victim’s service that is computationally heavy (for example, a login system that uses a slow hashing algorithm) but without a rate limit and abusing it Depleting the available bandwidth of the victim’s service Cloud computing provides access to... (more)

How #Serverless Is Taking Over #DevOps | @DevOpsSummit #AWS #Lambda

With big corporations moving to the cloud for their computation needs, a new type of resource usage model has come up recently that is called Server-less Computing. Contrary to the meaning of the term “Server-less” in “Server-less Computing,” it does not mean that servers are not involved. Rather, it means that the developer is no longer required to worry about provisioning and maintaining servers. Server-less pushes the focus of the developer to adding features to their applications, instead of working on the underlying infrastructure. The concept behind this form of computati... (more)

The Pros and Cons of an Industry Cloud | @CloudExpo #SDN #DataCenter

When call centers first came about in the 1960s, they were built over PBX systems. Private Branch Exchanges (PBX) are essentially a small-scale version of the telephone exchange and are typically handled by one of the few telephone network providers in the country. Fast forward to today, a call center software provider does not need to own even the VoIP line that is necessary to handle communication. The software can simply connect to third party VoIP services with the help of an API and get started on their service. The cloud has brought down the cost of operating a business and ... (more)

How the Cloud Is Transforming the PoS Industry | @CloudExpo #API #BigData

A number of retailers, especially small businesses, are moving away from these expensive systems to cheaper, yet a lot more sophisticated cloud alternatives. A typical cloud PoS system should cost retailers between $50 to $200 a month. Point of Sale (Pos) systems typically haven’t required an internet connection. These devices come with a cash register, a barcode scanner and a card reading machine that connects to the bank via a fixed line connection. In addition to this, the higher end PoS systems come with inventory tracking and management tools as well. All of this does not c... (more)

Load Balancing | @CloudExpo #BigData #Cloud #CyberSecurity #AI #ML #IoT

Pokeman Go has been a raging success. But its launch was marred by frequent downtimes and dropped connections. In a recent chat at the Google Cloud Platform Next Conference, Niantic CTO Phil Keslin talked about the “hair on fire” experience where the team had to firefight and upgrade key components on the live production system in order to handle the unexpected surge in new users joining in. Among the various upgrades made to the system, Niantic had to replace the network load balancer with a much more sophisticated HTTP/S load balancing system that could handle a larger overal... (more)