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TriggerMesh hooks up with AWS EventBridge to connect ‘virtually any application’ with cloudy service




TriggerMesh has introduced an integration with AWS EventBridge, now in preview, that enables virtually any application, on-premises or elsewhere, to fire events in the service for automated workflows.

The way EventBridge works is that it receives events, processes them according to rules the developer defines, and then forwards them to targets such as functions running in AWS Lambda, logs in AWS CloudWatch, or a queue in AWS Simple Queue Service (SQS). The source of the event is either another AWS service, with many predefined events such as calls to the S3 (Simple Storage Service API), or an integration with a third-party service such as Datadog, MongoDB, or Zendesk. EventBridge also has a PutEvents API that developers can call from custom code.

TriggerMesh, launched in November 2018, is an independent cloud service which is in concept somewhat similar to EventBridge, but instead of being restricted to target only AWS services, it can target multiple platforms including Azure Functions, Google Cloud Run, Kubernetes, Apache Kafka, OpenShift, as well as AWS services such as Lambda. TriggerMesh itself is built on Kubernetes, Knative and Istio.

In AWS EventBridge, the list of pre-configured third-party services which can serve as sources for events is relatively short. TriggerMesh has introduced a new integration with its own cloud service, which means that any event source TriggerMesh supports can now be forwarded to EventBridge. This also means that existing TriggerMesh users can now target any AWS service which EventBridge supports.

Why use TriggerMesh, when developers can already call the PutEvents API from any application? “We do believe that many folks end up doing just what you suggest, adding the integration to each piece of code you are executing,” TriggerMesh co-founder and CEO Mark Hinkle told The Register.

“We believe this is redundant and only allows for a hard-coded integration to a single service, in this case EventBridge. However, by using TriggerMesh it would give you the option to trigger workloads on any cloud native architecture: Azure Functions, Google Cloud Functions, OpenShift Serverless, or the Kubernetes flavour of your choice including Rancher, OpenShift Container Engine, Google Kubernetes Engine, and/or Amazon EKS. Or you could create application flows to other services that aren’t part of AWS for example, populating Confluent with event data or triggering a function on Twilio without a rewrite to your code.”

TriggerMesh has particular value if you are working across multiple clouds or diverse services. “For example, a new line added to a database may trigger an ETL [Extract, Transform, Load] function on Amazon and output the results to S3,” said Hinkle. “However, it could be used to notify a supply chain every time a new record is entered in the database. Or it could do both simultaneously.”

That said, hooking up event sources to TriggerMesh will not always be straightforward. As with EventBridge, there is a list of pre-baked integrations, as well as the ability to connect to on-premises event buses like IBM MQ. In some cases TriggerMesh is still working on “event transformation to make those events into a recognized format so Amazon EventBridge can consume them,” said Hinkle. There is also an offer to create one-off integrations for “users who may not have the expertise to extract and transform events on their own”.

Redmonk analyst James Governor wrote of “the coming SMOKEstack”, a term invented by Hinkle to describe composable services which are “Serviceful, Mashable, Open, K(C)composable, Event-driven.”

Businesses that embrace the idea of using an event-driven, serverless model for multi-cloud integration need some kind of cloud broker, and TriggerMesh is aiming to be that broker, though it is early days. ®



The Future of Virtual Private Networks!




Each one of us is being tracked while we are online for any length of time. The most obvious evidence of that is online advertising on social media forums like Facebook.

No matter where you are, you’ll see online ads promoting services or products in your area. In many cases, they’ll be closely based on your taste.

Of course, this isn’t a coincidence. And we all know how Facebook abuses user data. But lately, they hardly even try to hide it. In countries like the USA, where Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have already been given an A-okay for selling user data, there isn’t much hope left for online privacy.

But that’s where Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) come in. VPNs protect your online privacy by encrypting your internet traffic and your connection.

It’s like your data passes through a protected tunnel to your VPN server from where it reaches the website or portals you visit. As your traffic is only visible when exiting the VPN server, your IP address appears to be that of the server address.

That’s how a VPN masks both your identity and your location. So, no third parties or even your ISP can track your internet activity or your location.

However, many people tend to confuse the boundaries between an antivirus program and a VPN. The two are entirely different. Many premium antivirus programs offer VPN as part of their package. But VPNs alone don’t provide all the different layers of protection that your antivirus software provides.

The main objective of a VPN is to offer online anonymity for the users and protect your information against prying eyes. But there are other benefits to a VPN as well, which we’ll discuss further ahead in the article.

Why are VPNs gaining popularity?

Data and privacy breaches are taking place at an alarming rate. As upsetting as it is for both individuals and organizations, data protection is becoming that much harder.

As technology develops further, online privacy becomes more difficult to protect. On the other hand, bad actors have found more ways to access your personal information.

But VPNs help block online tracking and make the users feel safer on the internet. That’s why more and more people are turning towards VPNs to protect their privacy.

According to Global Market Insights, the VPN market is expected to receive a tremendous boost in the coming years and exceed $54 billion by 2024. This figure was only $17 billion in 2018.

VPNs were already gaining demand before the COVID-19 outbreak, believed to achieve continued growth at 12% CAGR, reaching a market size worth of $70 billion by 2026.

But the post-pandemic world has seen an enormous increase in internet activity with millions of people working from homes, which has given a sudden boost to the VPN industry.

With its demand has risen to 41% in the second half of March, the VPN market now continues at a 22% higher rate than the forecasted pre-pandemic levels.


Factors contributing to VPN Popularity

Privacy protection and post-COVID conditions are not the only reasons to propel the VPN industry’s growth. This growth is a sum of several other factors. Let’s see what those are.

     1. Safeguarding Privacy

As discussed above, online privacy and information leaks are among the top concerns for internet users today.
Your ISPs log your data, and they can see everything you do online. And then, of course, there are hackers. Both these parties sell your data to third parties and make money off of that.

These days governments and law enforcement agencies are also turning towards citizen surveillance using data logging. Moreover, after the US Senate approved for ISPs to sell user data without their approval, the concern has further risen among citizens.

Another trend that adds to the incidents of privacy leaks is the increasing number of connected IoT devices. Many smart devices are both eyes and ears for the hackers inside people’s homes.

Since VPNs encrypt all the data traffic from your computer, including your location, they help protect personal information and prevent leaks.

Many VPN providers now offer an automatic kill switch, which is a useful feature and automatically turns off your internet if there’s a lag in the VPN connection. This ensures that your personal information is never compromised.

    2: Remote Work Culture

Post-COVID millions of people are working from home, and this trend is expected to continue even after the COVID situation clears up. Many employees use personal devices to work from home, and of course, they use home Wi-Fi networks.
Another trend that’s becoming common is for employees to bring personal devices into work called bring-your-own-device or BYOD.

This is cost-effective for employers and convenient for employees as well when they have to work from home. A study has revealed many benefits of this new trend, including increased productivity and improved mobility.
These and other benefits have given a steep growth for the BOYD industry, expected to reach $366.95 billion by 2022, compared to just $94.15 billion in 2014.

Both these trends mean a similar growth for the VPN industry since companies need employees to encrypt their connection to ensure the safety of sensitive information. 

Almost 74% of remote employers already ask workers to use VPN to carry out their tasks in a secure environment.
A VPN ensures safe access to the company’s internal networks and resources and protects your home network from serious digital threats such as man-in-the-middle attacks.

A VPN ensures safe access to the company’s internal networks and resources and protects your home network from serious digital threats such as man-in-the-middle attacks.

     3: Geo-Blocking

Another reason people use a VPN is to enable access to geo-restricted content or websites. Many governments block certain websites or services for the general public, for political or other reasons.

A VPN is a handy tool for people wanting to access blocked websites. It is especially useful for researchers, reporters, and even students. As VPN masks your real IP address and thus your location, you are safe in accessing the restricted information.

However, governments like China and Russia have banned VPNs that don’t comply with government censorship policies. But many VPN providers with stealth capabilities may be able to offer a work-around for that.

Similarly, many service providers like Hulu show different content to users in different countries. That’s why people use a VPN to stream videos or access other content of their choice by connecting to the VPN server in a location where that content is allowed.

    4: Benefits for Travelers

VPNs also have many advantages for travelers. For instance, when you travel to a different country, you may not be able to access the same content (videos or websites you’re familiar with).

Or you can’t access websites in a familiar language. However, just by connecting to a VPN server back in your home country, you can access those sites in your language.

A VPN also helps travelers get cheaper airfare and shopping rates as listed prices differ from region to region. You can use a server from a location where prices are cheaper and buy your tickets or other products at lower rates.
Travelers also need to frequently connect to public Wi-Fi or poorly protected private Wi-Fi at airports, hotels, and cafes. In both cases, a VPN is their best friend. We discuss ‘how’ in detail below.

      5: Use of Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi hotspots are a bit of heaven for hackers. They are usually unprotected or inadequately protected. Don’t think that the password-protected ones are any better.

Hackers use the same Wi-Fi name and password as, say, a coffee shop and so customers can easily connect to the fake Wi-Fi.

If that happens, it’s very easy for hackers to access personal information on an unsecured device, such as photos, messages, financial details, and online account credentials.

But because a VPN encrypts your connection, you’re protected even when connected to a public Wi-Fi. The VPN will bypass the coffee shop ISP and hackers won’t even know that you’re on the same network as them.

       6: Private or Professional Collaboration

VPNs come in handy when you want to have a private or professional online meeting. Many chat apps offer end-to-end encryption, but voice-over-IP (VOIP) apps don’t provide any such protection.

But by using a VPN, users make sure that their conversations are kept private, and “eavesdroppers” don’t get to intercept their calls. They help protect work-related virtual meetings and ensure that no sensitive information or novel ideas leak out.

However, all members in a meeting must protect their connections with a VPN to ensure maximum security.
VPNs also allows you to use chat apps, even in countries where they are banned. Additionally, VPNs help when employees travel to other countries where they may have restricted access to certain portals or strict regulations for data exchange with other countries.

VPNs are useful when you need to bypass such regulations. They ensure a secure connection where employees can easily connect back to their company resources and networks without issues.

What does the future of VPNs look like?

The future of VPNs is closely related to the future of privacy. In all certainty, online security concerns and privacy issues are going to keep rising in the future. The growing number of smart devices, as well as IoT devices, also poses risks of information leaks.

As per the Global Web Index, 35% of internet users around the globe already use VPNs. That means that the VPN industry will grow bigger and become more affordable for common users as well as adaptable for potential future risks.

Just like many other features that come built into the devices now, we might also see devices with built-in VPN features. This is certainly something to look out for as the demand for integrated security features is already rising.


  Which VPN should I choose?

Here is a video covering the best VPN providers out there.


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Author Bio:

Hajra Khan is an article writer, blogger, and Environmentalist. Hajra has extensively researched the field of emerging information technologies, and she is keen to see how they shape up the realm of information technology in the future.



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Ways to Make a Data Center More Efficient




Cybersecurity is on everyone’s minds these days. Many people are performing daily living activities over the internet because of the pandemic. In addition, there seems to be a new hacking story in the headlines every day. For these reasons, more and more businesses are storing their customers’ information at data centers. Owners should read this guide on the ways to make a data center more efficient if they are struggling to keep up with their insane workloads.

Layout Matters

Data centers are full of server racks that take up tons of room. As a result, the layout is crucial for an establishment to be productive. For example, staffers must be able to reach every rack to input data. If it’s too difficult to access certain areas, people’s digital security could be put at risk. The layout is also important for safety reasons. If server racks are too close together, team members may trip and injure themselves on the job.

Adaptable Equipment

One way to create an excellent floorplan is to purchase adaptable equipment. For example, devices like custom server racks are beneficial because they leave room for growth in the future. Instead of purchasing a new device every time more room is needed, workers can just expand customized equipment to create more space. These tools are incredibly easy to use, and that is why they are such a smart investment.

Training Is Key

Only skilled personnel should be allowed to work in data centers. Team members handle highly sensitive equipment, so there is little room for error. Not to mention, team members will never be able to keep up with their workloads if they have to stop and help another worker. The more thorough a training program is from the start, the better off the business will be in the long run.

Supervisors must know about these ways to make a data center more efficient. These establishments are becoming more popular since the pandemic started. Consequently, workers have to prioritize the site’s layout and buy top-of-the-line equipment if they want to keep up with the growing demand.


Source: Christina Duron. Christina Duron is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things digital. She has focused her career around digital marketing and writes to explore topics that spark her interest.


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The Importance of EMI Shielding




If your devices are experiencing frequent disruptions and breakage, they could be suffering under the effects of EMI, or electromagnetic inference.

Thankfully, there’s a way to reduce or eliminate the effects of EMI—shielding. Here’s the importance of EMI shielding, and how it can protect your applications from troublesome, if not irreversible damage.


What’s EMI?

EMI, or electromagnetic inference, occurs when an external force disrupts or interferes with an electrical system.
It can be caused by electrical devices or environmental factors, such as electrical storms and solar radiation.

For a great example of EMI, look at cell phones. There’s a reason we’re asked to turn them off prior to a flight—signals from cell towers can interfere with the plane’s equipment.

EMI can range from minor interruptions to severe, unrepairable damage. You might suffer from a harmless, temporary blackout, or lose all the information in your system.

How Do I Prevent EMI?

To reduce or eliminate the effects of EMI, you’ll need a form of shielding. These shields cover electronics, forming a barrier between their vulnerable hardware and EMI.

Electromagnetic shields isolate a device’s energy, preventing it from affecting other machinery, and blocks external energy from disrupting its own operation.

Without shielding, devices would be prone to frequent disruptions and breakage. EMI shielding can prevent blackouts, static, power faults, and electrical fast transitions, or EFTs.

The Best Kind of Shielding

So, how do you pick the best type of shielding? The amount of signal reduction is heavily dependent on the type of material used and its conductivity, solderability, permeability, thickness, and weight.

  • Metallic foil or plaited braids are great for shield equipment wires, like coaxial cables.
  • For PCBs, you’ll want a ground plane and metal box placed over any vulnerable components.
  • Need to protect your audio speakers? Use an inner metallic casing to block EMI from nearby microwaves, televisions, and cell phones.
  • Sheet metal, metal foam, conductive plastics, and mesh metal screening are other materials commonly used in shielding.
  • The sub-type of shielding matters, too. Depending on the type of interference you’re blocking, the best methods of shielding your application varies.
  • RF shielding, for example, blocks radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation. Magnetic shielding involves redirecting the lines of a magnetic field by forming a barrier.
  • Another shielding application in vacuum metalizing. It’s inexpensive, effective at shielding EMI, and highly conductive.

Who Can Benefit from EMI Shielding?

Shielding is used across a broad range of applications. It’s recommended for most electrical devices.
In healthcare settings, the importance of EMI shielding is immense.

Interference can affect medical and laboratory equipment. It can shut off vital machinery, such as life support, and pacemakers, putting patients at critical risk.

If you’re storing important data on RFID chips or embedded in other devices, shielding is essential. It protects sensitive information from hackers.

You can pair air-gapped systems with EMI shielding to complement existing security systems. This can help protect military, government, and financial systems, such as vaults of money or top-secret documents.

Source: Christina Duron is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things digital. She has focused her career around digital marketing and writes to explore topics that spark her interest.



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When To Use Plenum Rated Cables and Why ?




Workplaces frequently wire their networks using Ethernet cables because of their reliability and resistance to signal interference. As the cables run from one section of a building to another, though, they must have adequate protection from outside forces so that they do not sustain damage or become a safety hazard. For this reason, there are multiple cable ratings that denote varying degrees of jacket protection. The hardiest of these are plenum rated, or CMP, cables. Find out when to use plenum rated cables and why you should choose them over their alternatives in this article

What Are Plenum Rated Cables?

Plenum rated cables are distinguishable from others in that they are highly resistant to fire and do not produce large amounts of smoke in the event of a fire. This is because their jackets are made of a combination of special FEP or PVC plastics and additives. Other than this feature, plenum cables act in the same way as any other Ethernet cables. Their name comes from the fact that you can place them in plenum spaces due to their unique properties.

Where To Use Plenum Cables

As we’ve mentioned, plenum cables are meant for plenum spaces. Plenum spaces are those often unseen areas in a building that the HVAC system uses to circulate air. They may lie in the ceiling or under the floor. Although HVAC is an essential feature in modern buildings, the flow of air can make them susceptible to spreading flames at an accelerated rate in the event of a fire. If a flammable Ethernet cable lies within the plenum spaces, this issue only compounds. This is why it is necessary to use only plenum cables there. Though there are other types of fire-resistant cables, namely LSZH cables, CMP cables are usually the standard. CMP is preferable over LSZH in terms of rating because CMP performs more effectively over longer periods of time.

Plenum Cables’ Special Functions

Now, let’s take a look into the exact functions that plenum cables fulfill. In addition to basic flame retardance, these cables can contain blazes within a space of about five feet of their length. When set on fire, they are able to extinguish the flames without external intervention as well. Compared to other cable types, they also release the least quantity of toxic substances into the air when they are heated. All these characteristics come together to form cables that are supremely safe for installation in HVAC passages. Some people even choose to use them in other parts of their buildings for extra security.


Source: Christina Duron is a freelance writer for multiple online publications where she can showcase her affinity for all things digital. She has focused her career around digital marketing and writes to explore topics that spark her interest.


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