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For CDW customers, the company's cloud offerings just got a little more powerful. In an announcement last week, Los Angeles-based cloud service provider dinCloud said it was entering into a partnership with CDW. This partnership will allow CDW customers to purchase and leverage dinCloud's hosted virtual desktops and servers, among other cloud services and products.

“Cloud solutions continue to gain popularity as businesses look to conserve resources by offloading data center management, while gaining the IT flexibility to meet their evolving business needs,” said Stephen Braat, vice president, cloud and managed solutions, CDW.  “CDW’s hosted virtual desktop offering, powered by dinCloud, puts the direct benefits of cloud computing in our customers’ hands.”

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If your IT department is an EMC shop and also a major proponent of open-source technology, then you'll likely receive the news that EMC's software-defined storage controller ViPR will be open-sourced with glee. The company announced it will create a separate version of ViPR called Project CoprHD, according to a press release from EMC. The announcement was made at EMC World, the vendor's annual customer conference, in Las Vegas. This move marks the first time that EMC has open-sourced one of its commercial software products.

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If you're second-guessing the importance of mobile, you may want to hear what these business technology experts have to say.

IT staffers have learned the hard way that when technology delivers increased automation, management looks to reduce staff. A recent IDC survey suggests that software-defined networks may be an exception. IDC found that companies moving to SDN are more likely to move personnel to higher-value roles than to cut heads.

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The first public disclosure of the point-of-sale malware known as Backoff was made last July by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

In a report released late last year, RSA confirms that Backoff, which targets mostly U.S. companies, has compromised more than 1,000 businesses. The malware harvests magnetically encoded data from credit and debit cards swiped at POS stations.

RSA recommends six mitigation steps:

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The data breach that hit Target in 2013 during the height of the holiday buying season sent shockwaves throughout the retail industry. While many assumed that the costs associated with the hack would be substantial, we now have a figure to put to the breach: $162 million, reports TechCrunch. The figure was shared by Target during its latest earnings call.

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Cyberthieves have pulled off a doozy of a hack on the financial services industry making off with an estimated $1 billion, according to findings from Kaspersky Lab. The hacks were estimated to have started in 2013 and still ongoing, reports the BBC.

The gang, which Kaspersky dubbed Carbanak, used computer viruses to infect company networks with malware including video surveillance, enabling it to see and record everything that happened on staff's screens.

In some cases it was then able to transfer money from the banks' accounts to their own, or even able to tell cash machines to dispense cash at a pre-determined time of day.

Kaspersky said on average each bank robbery took between two and four months, with up to $10m stolen each time.

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With the end of life for Windows Server 2003 approaching in July, now's a good time to revaluate your company's server software. If you're interested in seeing what's coming down the pike, ZDNet has a sneak peek of what Microsoft has planned for the next version of its server OS, Windows Server 2016.

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