Survey of Cloud Computing in Israeli Academia-January 2018

May 24th, 2018
Survey of Cloud Computing in Israeli Academia-January 2018

In January 2018, IUCC carried out its first cloud computing survey. The goal of the survey was to learn about how and to what extend cloud computing was used in academic institutions in Israel. These are some highlights from the survey: Cloud service providers: 46% of institutions use Amazon Web Services (AWS) 31% of institutions use

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Cloud Computing Wiki

May 23rd, 2018
Cloud Computing Wiki

We are happy to announce that the IUCC Cloud Wiki is now live. The Wiki presently has detailed “How To” guidelines for AWS, GCP and MS Azure, covering topics such as opening accounts, creating environments, “cheat sheets” and much more.  We are confident you and your institutions will find the material useful. We welcome feedback

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How often do sysadmins patch their systems?

May 13th, 2018
How often do sysadmins patch their systems?

Censys.io datasets provide a rich realm to analyze the Internet and find warts and pimples that normally one cannot see.  I recently pulled down the IPv4 dataset for March 2018 and wanted to see how often people patch their systems.  I focused on nginx – which is an open source HTTP and reverse proxy server,

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Inter-University Cloud Forum April 2018

May 13th, 2018
Inter-University Cloud Forum April 2018

The Inter-University Cloud Forum held its second meeting on Wednesday April 25, 2018 in IUCC’s offices in Tel Aviv. Representatives from seven universities took part in the lively discussions on the new IUCC Blog and Wiki resources on trends in cloud computing, news from AWS, and an overview of the findings from the usage survey

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AWSome Day 2018 in Academia

May 13th, 2018
AWSome Day 2018 in Academia

The Inter-University Computation Center (IUCC) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) are pleased to bring AWSome Day 2018 to Israel’s academic community. The AWSome Day in Academia workshops are led by Tzoori Tamam, an AWS Solution Architect. IUCC staff are on hand to covering the “how to” and other practical issues of using cloud services for academic

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How secure is your home router?

April 25th, 2018
How secure is your home router?

Censys.io datasets provide a rich realm to analyze the Internet and find warts and pimples that normally one cannot see.  I recently pulled down the IPv4 dataset for February 2018 and wanted to see which telnet banners are the most popular on the Internet these days.  In general, telnet should never be open to the

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Benefits of using managed database as a service in the cloud

April 23rd, 2018
Benefits of using managed database as a service in the cloud

When using public cloud services for relational databases, you have two options: IaaS solution – Install a database server on top of a virtual machine PaaS solution – Connect to a managed database service In the traditional data center, organizations had to maintain the operating system and the database by themselves. The benefits are very

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SHAPE Seventh Call for Applications Opens for SMEs

April 9th, 2018
SHAPE Seventh Call for Applications Opens for SMEs

The PRACE SHAPE Seventh Call for Applications Tuesday 3 April 2018 – Friday 1 June 2018 The Seventh Call for Applications to SHAPE (SME HPC Adoption Programme in Europe) invites applications from European SMEs with an interesting idea that would benefit from High Performance Computing for increasing their competitiveness. SHAPE aims to work with the selected SMEs

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Cloud Providers Service Limits

April 9th, 2018
Cloud Providers Service Limits

When working with cloud service providers, you may notice that at some point there are service / quota limitations. Some limits are per account / subscription; some of them are per region and some limits are per pricing tier (free tier vs billable). Here are some of the most common reasons for service / quota

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The Strange Case of the Passover Homograph Attack

April 9th, 2018
The Strange Case of the Passover Homograph Attack

Sometimes, things are not as they appear to be.  Recently, a WhatsApp message appeared with the text of: *Rolex is giving away 3000 Free Set of Watches* to celebrate its 93rd anniversary. Get your free Watch at: http://www.rolẹx.com/  Looking closely at the letter “e” in Rolex I saw a small dot under the letter e. 

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