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  • How the Hybrid Cloud War will be Won

    Greg Ness
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    When Amazon AWS announced its hybrid cloud console it set the stage for an all-out hybrid cloud war between a handful of companies, including VMware and Microsoft. The first losers in the hybrid cloud war will be perhaps a third of all service providers; those who are too small, too manual and too locked into […]
  • Challenges in Designing at Scale: Formal Methods in Building Robust Distributed Systems

    James Hamilton
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    We all know that when designing and operating applications at scale, it is persistent state management that brings the most difficult challenges. Delivering state-free applications has always been (fairly) easy. But most interesting commercial and consumer applications need to manage persistent state. Advertising needs to be delivered, customer activity needs to be tracked, and products need to be purchased. Interesting applications that run at scale all have difficult persistent state problems. That’s why, other AWS customers, and even other AWS services make use of the various…
  • How DCIM Improves Planning and Cuts Operational Costs

    Data Center Knowledge
    Bill Kleyman
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Your data center has become a critical component of your business. So much so that many business initiatives are actually planned around the capabilities of IT. The emergence of cloud, IT consumerization, and a lot more data have forced the data center to evolve and support new demands. Through it all, data center management and control sit at the top of an administrator’s task list. This is because power, energy consumption, and efficiency are all critical pieces of keeping a business running and a data center healthy. IT and business executives have realized that hundreds of thousands of…
  • How Big Data Tells a Story

    GoGrid Blog
    Team GoGrid
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    As has been the truth in past generations, science and storytelling should coexist in order to remain powerful, a fact that rings true when considering the developing uses of big data.Continue reading «How Big Data Tells a Story» The post How Big Data Tells a Story appeared first on GoGrid Blog. Related posts: Big Data Revolutionizes the Gaming Industry Focus on Big Data at Big Telecom Event in Chicago 3 Unusual Uses of Big Data
  • Sign of stress or just business as usual? AWS sales are off slightly

    Barb Darrow
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Sales in the "other" Amazon Web Services category are down slightly quarter to quarter, but were up 38 percent year over year. Sign of stress or just business as usual? AWS sales are off slightly originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
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    The Official Rackspace Blog

  • Rackspace Weekly Digest: July 25

    Andrew Hickey
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    This week, with launched the general availability of OnMetal; OpenStack turned four; and Rackspace was named EMC’s 2014 Service Provider of the Year for Innovation. Check out all that, plus some more goodness, in this week’s digest. OnMetal Shows Phenomenal Performance In Early Benchmarks Since we launched the limited availability of OnMetal Cloud Servers – single-tenant bare-metal servers provisioned quickly via the cloud – last month, our customers have been intrigued by our promise of “elasticity of the cloud, plus economy of colocation” – particularly the economy side of…
  • Rackspace::Solve: How Alex And Ani Solves For Hyperscale Growth In Digital, Ecommerce

    Ryan Bonifacino
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    By Ryan Bonifacino, Vice President of Digital Strategy, Alex and Ani At Alex and Ani, we know about rapid growth. Our expandable wire bangle bracelets have helped make us the fastest growing retailer in the world. Since the launch of our ecommerce site, we’ve grown 11,000 percent and our revenue has skyrocketed from $80 million in 2012 to $230 million last year. For us, speed and the ability to scale are imperative. With Rackspace Digital and Magento Enterprise Edition, we’ve been able to stand up to increasing demands. We have to be ready for whatever comes our way, whether that’s a…
  • CoreOS Will Solve For What’s Next At Rackspace::Solve SF

    Alex Polvi
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Alex Polvi, CEO, CoreOS It is an honor to be a part of the Rackspace::Solve event happening in San Francisco next week, where I’ll present “Solving For What’s Next.” Rackspace acquired my first company, Cloudkick, in December of 2010. Once we got acquired, we helped set up the Rackspace San Francisco office, and I spent a lot of time thinking through product direction. During my time there, I developed great friendships and came across wonderful mentors. I can’t wait to celebrate Rackspace next week; have heated discussions about the current and future state of infrastructure;…
  • Tapping Into Mobile Commerce 2014 [Infographic]

    Lizetta Staplefoote
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    What a difference a year makes! We published the first mobile ecommerce infographic last year. Since then, all the stats suggest that mobile has continued its meteoric rise as an ecommerce powerhouse. Highlights include: The market potential for wearable devices such as smart watches and other wearable sensors enter the mobile ecommerce the conversation. How many billions, yes, billions, more new mobile consumers will be in the market by 2017. Stats on how much time consumers spend on mobile devices and where they spend the most money. The ramifications of just a three-second delay in…
  • Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On Artifact Uprising: Making Tangible, Eco-Friendly Products For Digital Photos On The Rackspace Managed Cloud

    John McKenna
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Artifact Uprising is an internet-based startup that wants to free your photos from the confines of your smartphone or tablet and bring them back into the physical world. The startup is known for a suite of tangible products for digital photos that is beautiful in its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Its signature products include Instagram-friendly photo books with interior pages printed on 100 percent recycled paper and a collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine. Introducing AU Mobile: Artifact Uprising for iPhone from Artifact Uprising on Vimeo. Prior…
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    Digital Transformation

  • Big Data is the future of Digital Marketing

    Tarry Singh
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    Couple of days ago I completed an introductory course from Wharton School on Marketing. It was good for me to understand what marketing traditionally did before the era of digital disruption dawned upon us. Traditionally marketing has been into the typical 4Ps, 5Cs and a lot of stuff is about connecting and building one on one marketing. It’s all about customer acquisition,retention and development. But how to do it in the age of Big Data and Internet of Things which connect our consumers in variety of ways? I passed the final exam by almost scoring a perfect 10 but I realised that I…
  • Fog Computing Happens when Big Data Analytics marries Internet Of Things

    Tarry Singh
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    Couple of years ago when virtualisation broke into mainstream and customers started deploying those technologies to reduce physical footprint, encapsulate legacy applications and Operating system – we saw this as the first overhaul of the IT industry in a long time since PCs made into the mainstream. Then came Cloud computing in 2010 – more of a paradigm but still as an effective means to continue to effectively tap on the utility computing model using economies of scale. Cost and flexibility of use were the main drivers. Many traditional vendors are still struggling with…
  • Why Data Scientists are key to a successful Big Data Project

    Tarry Singh
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:59 am
    Until a few years ago the work of data scientist was isolated and mattered primarily for research and/or R&D purposes. The industry has been extremely thankful to the contributions of these clever individuals but we need them now in the mainstream! And as I wrote previously here on LinkedIn, it is creating a huge demand in the industry andradically transforming the hunt for big data talent. Fast forward 2014 and today every CEO, CIO, CDO, CMO, Sales VP, Customer Case VP is seeking answers to questions that don’t exist and solutions to problems that are yet to come. Typical questions…
  • Infographic (now in iPhone 5S Gold): Why your mobile-first digital strategy will succeed

    Tarry Singh
    31 May 2014 | 10:29 am
    Here’s an Infographic in your latest iPhone 5S Gold version Digital Transformation with mobile-first strategy
  • Digital Transformation must include Mobile-First strategy

    Tarry Singh
    29 May 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Hopefully this infographic can explain why. Digital Disruption Mobile First
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  • Digital transformation and consulting/outsourcing firms

    Michael Krigsman
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    As part of an ongoing examination of digital transformation, I plan to discuss how different industries are evolving in the face of changing customer expectations, competition and technology. Today, let’s look at the IT outsourcing and professional services industry. What’s Hot on ZDNet What ‘one Windows’ really means (and doesn’t) Amazon’s Fire Phone life-meets-work review: Wild cards, but notable Android entry Apple refers to iOS back doors as ‘diagnostic capabilities’ Six Clicks: More Linux single-board computers To examine the impact of digital…
  • Come to the SaaStr New York Social Wed July 30 at Work-Bench — And Also Learn How to Hire a Great VP of Product!

    Jason M. Lemkin
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Ok we’ve had a great time in the Big Apple so far.  Last week, we gave a great keynote at the Enterprise Tech Meet-up on How to Hire a Great VP of Sales.  We’ll put the video up soon. And next week, together with Work-Bench, NYC’s leading Enterprise Growth Accelerator, we’ll have our first SaaStr Social outside of Menlo Park … right at Work-Bench’s super slick space on Fifth Avenue.  (110 Fifth Avenue). Building on the terrific SaaStr Soiree we did last time on marketing, with Jon Miller, co-founder and VP of Marketing at Marketo, and Brendon Cassidy and Loretta Jones,…
  • Here’s Why a Booming Tech Market May Fool You into Thinking You’re Successful

    Mark Suster
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:46 am
    Shelfware Since 2009 we’ve been in an unequivocal bull market. Venture capitalists have raised increasing amounts of money from their investors (LPs) every year. An impressive number of new VCs have been created – most of them with new seed funds. We’ve had an explosion of alternate sources of financing from crowd-sourcing, angels, accelerators, incubators, corporates, corporate incubators.  And importantly we’ve had revenue. Consumers buying through smart phones, travelers using the new, shared economy and businesses replacing old software with modern cloud-based solutions. It has…
  • Eating My Own SaaStr Dogfood: Why I Invested in Algolia Search-as-a-Service

    Jason M. Lemkin
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Much of SaaStr involves sharing my learnings, mistakes, improvements, etc. as a founder CEO that lived the journey from $0 to $100m in ARR. But do I practice what I preach?  I hope so.  Let’s take a look together. Recently, I was fortunate enough to invest what I believe is an outstanding SaaS company and service, Algolia. Algolia provides search-as-a-service.  Their goal is to become “the search layer of the internet”.  If you want to add search to your app, instead of building it yourself on top of software on servers you have to deploy and manage … you can just add Algolia and…
  • The Changing Structure of the VC Industry

    Mark Suster
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    There has been much discussion in the past few years of the changing structure of the venture capital industry. On the surface the narratives have been The rise of “micro VCs” or seed-stage funds The rise of alternative sources of capital (crowd funding and the like) The poor performance of the asset class (this analysis has largely been wrong as I pointed out here –> most analyses were clumsy rear-view mirror looks at the data) We are in a bubble (with so many private $1bn+ valuations) 15 years ago we were at the peak of Internet hype with the launch of many over-capitalized…
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    TechCrunch » Enterprise

  • Intigua Raises $10M Series B Round For Its IT Management Automation Service

    Frederic Lardinois
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
     Intigua, a company that specializes in giving enterprises an easier way to manage their IT operations in private and public clouds, today announced that it has raised a $10 million Series B round led by Intel Capital. Existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners and Cedar Fund also participated in this round. In total, the company has now raised $21 million. The company says it will use this… Read More
  • New Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka Prepares To Take The Helm

    Ron Miller
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
     It’s been a whirlwind few months for Vishal Sikka. It began when he suddenly left his job as executive and head of products at SAP at the beginning of May and it has continued as he prepares to take the helm at Infosys on August 1st. When I spoke to him at the end of May, just ahead of the SAP Sapphire Conference,  he seemed at peace with his decision to leave SAP in spite of the… Read More
  • Dropbox Gets Down To Business, Adds More Sharing Features And Search For Enterprises

    Ingrid Lunden
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
     Dropbox, now at 300 million users globally, says that there are 4 million businesses today using its cloud-based platform to store, distribute and share documents. But of those, only around 80,000 have opted so far to use Dropbox for Business, the company’s premium enterprise tier launched earlier this year. Today, the startup is making a move to sweeten the deal, unveiling a host of… Read More
  • PayPal Expands Its Working Capital Service To UK, Switches From Loans To Cash Advances

    Ingrid Lunden
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:21 pm
     As payments platforms look for more ways to grow their margins and usage among businesses, they continue to push into a wider and deeper range of financial services. In one of the latest moves, eBay’s PayPal is expanding its Working Capital service to the UK. This is its first market for PayPal’s lending platform outside of the U.S., where it first launched the service in… Read More
  • Another Screen Shot Of The Upcoming Windows Start Menu Leaks

    Alex Wilhelm
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
     Another week, another leak. Today we have a new, purported screenshot of the upcoming return of the Start Menu to Windows. Read More
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    Cloud Musings by Kevin L. Jackson

  • GovCloud Media Network Feature: Army IT Playlist

    Kevin L. Jackson
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The GovCloud Media Network features agency specific video playlist for registered members. Please enjoy this feature on the Army IT. Please visit the new GovCloud Network Media Library for more video content. For membership information please send request to PlatformVideo Management Video SolutionsVideo Player ↑ Grab this Headline Animator( Thank you. If you enjoyed this article, get free updates by email or RSS - © Copyright Kevin L. Jackson 2012) --> Follow me at
  • Security & Defense People Launches - Use "GovCloud" for 50% Discount

    Kevin L. Jackson
    28 Jun 2014 | 7:15 am
    This is quite an unusual post for me but I would like to congratulate GovCloud Network partner SDP Networks on their launch of the Security & Defense People website!Security and Defense People offers a tremendous opportunity for experts and consultants, whether you are focused on building your brand or seeking work. You can target your messages and interactions to the right targeted audience, publish your content that connects with that audience, and extend engagement both on and off the network, by combining mass reach with accurate targeting, we can guide your effective use of…
  • The Cloud Credential Council releases Executive FedRAMP certification course with leading government cloud expert Kevin L. Jackson.

    Kevin L. Jackson
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Palo Alto, USA - June 23rd, 2014 – Addressing the global cloud skills gap is the number one priority to help accelerate the successful adoption of Cloud, according to the Cloud Credential Council. To address the skills gap specifically related to FedRAMP, the Cloud Credential Council has released an online course and exam for  FedRAMP authored by leading government cloud expert Kevin L. Jackson.The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous…
  • Learning Tree’s Expert Cloud Instructor Kevin Jackson Announces Multiple Speaking Engagements

    Kevin L. Jackson
    22 Jun 2014 | 4:49 pm
    (Reposted from LearningTree's "Perspectives on Cloud Computing" at )Kevin Jackson, a certified Learning Tree cloud computing instructor and Learning Tree Cloud Computing Curriculum Initiative Manager, is set to speak at two exciting cloud computing conferences in June.On June 16, 2014, Mr. Jackson will be speaking at the inaugural “Cloud for Vets Training Class at Veterans 360 in San Diego, CA, and on June 21, 2014 will be speaking at the Congress of…
  • GovCloud Founder and Veteran's 360 Showcased in US Veteran's Magazine

    Kevin L. Jackson
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Kevin L. Jackson, CEO and Founder of GovCloud Network, LLC, was showcased in US Veteran's Magazine for his work with Veteran's 360, a San Diego, California non-profit.With more than 30,000 troops return to civilian life after serving the country, Vets360 helps them through this sometimes difficult transition by providing training designed to provide skills that will ensure long-term success in the future job market. With eyes on that future, and after extensive research,Veterans 360 decided that cloud technology was a perfect venue for veterans looking for meaningful employment and a…
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  • My Debut SciFi Novel: The Sword of Agrippa

    Greg Ness
    12 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    I’ve been working on The Sword of Agrippa novel and hope to have it completed by the end of the year. The first section (a Prologue and two chapters) is now on the Kindle Marketplace. $3.99. * Buy it and write a review, and be among the first 25 to submit that review – and […]
  • AWS and the Perils of “BoxThink”

    Greg Ness
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Catching Up from the Airport The next five years ought to be challenging for infrastructure appliance vendors, especially those who see their future “in the box.” We just wrapped up at the AWS Public Sector Summit, held in Washington, DC.  An ecosystem of about 3000 attended the 3 day event. Massively disruptive software companies are […]
  • How the Hybrid Cloud War will be Won

    Greg Ness
    11 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    When Amazon AWS announced its hybrid cloud console it set the stage for an all-out hybrid cloud war between a handful of companies, including VMware and Microsoft. The first losers in the hybrid cloud war will be perhaps a third of all service providers; those who are too small, too manual and too locked into […]
  • Cloud Evolution Panel with MSFT, VMW, ACN and BA Execs at Future In Review

    Greg Ness
    20 May 2014 | 8:12 am
    I am looking forward to another great panel on cloud computing this week at Future in Review.  If you are attending FiRe2014 you are invited to our Wednesday afternoon session on Cloud Evolution: “Cloud Evolution: New Operating Models for Business Transformation”: With Dave Campbell, CTO, Cloud and Enterprise, Microsoft; Mathew Lodge, VP Cloud Services, VMware; David […]
  • Cloud DR is the Future and the Present

    Greg Ness
    13 May 2014 | 11:16 am
    Since launching Archimedius more than 6 years ago I’ve enjoyed pontificating about long term trends, from the rise of virtualization security to software-defined networking and the internet of things.  Lately I’ve been on a data center consolidation and cloud DR kick, spurred by career choices architected to place me at the heart of the vortex. […]
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    SmoothSpan Blog

  • Authentication as a Service: Slow Progress, But Are We There Yet?

    Bob Warfield
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Authentication as a Service solves a problem every Cloud Developer, mobile or desktop, has to solve.  As one player in the space, AuthRocket, puts it: Do you really want to write code for users, forgotten passwords, permissions, and admin panels again? To that I would add, “Do you really want to have to be a world class expert on that stuff to make sure you don’t leave some gaping security hole out of ignorance?”  I think the answer is a resounding, “NO!” to both questions.  Why do it in this world of Agile Development, Lean Startups, and Minimum Viable…
  • Let’s Try Another Verse of Your SaaS Company Does Not Need a Sales Force

    Bob Warfield
    23 May 2014 | 11:17 am
    It’s time for another installment of what some of the Enterprise Irregulars have called the Jason and Bob show.  Jason and I have disagreed on a fair number of issues over time, though we have also agreed on a lot.  Jason’s had a great run and is now in the rarefied atmosphere of VC’s.  All of his material is thought provoking and well worth a read. Today, we’re going to talk about Outside Sales or indeed the question of whether SaaS companies must have a sales force at all, inside, outside, or otherwise. Jason’s post today is “Inbound or Outbound Sales?
  • Random Thoughts on Customer Engagement, CRM, and Social CRM

    Bob Warfield
    13 May 2014 | 8:40 am
    Can Enterprises learn to talk WITH Customers rather than AT them? I read with interest Paul Greenberg’s, “Random Thoughts on CRM.”  They don’t call Paul the “Godfather of CRM” for nothing, and this post got some old neural circuits firing again just like it was yesterday. The gist of the article was about how a much larger market, called “Customer Engagement”, will eventually subsume CRM and make CRM just a feature of the larger Customer Engagement matrix.  The process of assimilation is already underway and presumably resistance is futile.
  • The eBay Turnaround that Never Had to Be: Now Here’s the Rest of the Story

    Bob Warfield
    12 Feb 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Read an interesting account of John Donahoe’s turnaround at eBay in Business Insider.  It’s a fascinating discussion that revolves around relatively few premises for how the turnaround was accomplished.  Here are the money quotes: He de-emphasized eBay’s auction business and started describing the company as a “technology partner” to retailers small and large. eBay added clients Home Depot, Macy’s, Toys ‘‘R’’ Us and Target, helping them cope with a world dominated by Amazon. So, making eBay a first class technology partner to large bricks and mortar…
  • The Problem With Replacing CEO’s, Boards, and Governance at Big Co’s

    Bob Warfield
    31 Jan 2014 | 7:08 pm
    At some point, Silicon Valley VC’s, whom I am not always entirely complimentary of, decided it was easier to teach a Founder to be a decent CEO than it was to teach a Big Co Exec to fill in what they’d lose if a Founder left.  That doesn’t mean they don’t replace CEO/Founders, but it used to be an almost guaranteed matter-of-course.  The VC’s have it right.  We saw that unfold at Microsoft almost to the day Bill Gates handed the reigns to Steve Ballmer.  I believed then and believe now that Microsoft needed a Fighter Pilot and instead got a Moist N’…
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    Latest News from Cloud Computing Journal

  • Why the Network Is Critical to Cloud Success

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:59 pm
    It’s certainly no secret that cloud solutions have become an important and increasingly necessary part of how companies do business today. For enterprises, implementing cloud-based services can help boost productivity, enhance efficiency and reduce costs. Private cloud solutions take the cloud concept one step further: A private cloud configuration looks and acts like the public cloud, giving enterprises the same levels of speed, agility and cost savings – but in a far more secure environment in which dedicated bandwidth and security are guaranteed. read more
  • Thinking Outside the Boxes: The Year of DaaS & the Workspace Revolution

    25 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    After a couple of false starts, cloud-based desktop solutions are picking up steam, driven by trends such as BYOD and pervasive high-speed connectivity. In his session at 15th Cloud Expo, Seth Bostock, CEO of IndependenceIT, cuts through the hype and the acronyms, and discusses the emergence of full-featured cloud workspaces that do for the desktop what cloud infrastructure did for the server. He’ll discuss VDI vs DaaS, implementation strategies and evaluation more
  • Cloud 360: The Multi-Cloud Bootcamp at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Cloud Computing is evolving into a Big Three of Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure. Cloud 360: Multi-Cloud Bootcamp, being held Nov 4–5, 2014, in conjunction with 15th Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA, delivers a real-world demonstration of how to deploy and configure a scalable and available web application on all three platforms. The Cloud 360 Bootcamp, led by Janakiram MSV, an analyst with Gigaom Research, is the first bootcamp that introduces the core concepts of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based on the workings of the Big Three platforms – Amazon EC2, Google…
  • The New IBM-Apple Partnership

    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    We live in interesting times for sure. Who would have thought ten years ago that IBM and Apple would become partners? Here is the announcement as reported in eWeek: Apple and IBM surprised many on July 15, announcing a global partnership that will see the companies attempt to “transform enterprise mobility.” The announcement, punctuated with comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, served notice of the companies’ intentions to make Apple smartphones, tablets and mobile services pre-eminent in the enterprise, replacing the BlackBerry devices and security services that…
  • OpenNebula 4.8 Beta Released

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    OpenNebula has just announced the beta release of its version 4.8, code named Lemon Slice, which brings significant improvements in different aspects. Sticking with its vision of bringing simplicity to cloud management, this release comes with improvements in the recently added Cloud View portal, designed for end users. One significant advantage of the new portal is the ability to control flows, groups of interconnected Virtual Machines that conform a service. Based on this Cloud View, a Virtual Datacenter administrators view has been included (VDCAdmin View), which enables VDC admins to…
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    GoGrid Blog

  • How Big Data Tells a Story

    Team GoGrid
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    As has been the truth in past generations, science and storytelling should coexist in order to remain powerful, a fact that rings true when considering the developing uses of big data.Continue reading «How Big Data Tells a Story» The post How Big Data Tells a Story appeared first on GoGrid Blog. Related posts: Big Data Revolutionizes the Gaming Industry Focus on Big Data at Big Telecom Event in Chicago 3 Unusual Uses of Big Data
  • Infographic: Big Data or Big Confusion? The Key is Open Data Services

    Andy Nester
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    When folks refer to “Big Data” these days, what is everyone really talking about? For several years now, Big Data has been THE buzzword used in conjunction with just about every technology issue imaginable. The reality, however, is that Big Data isn’t an abstract concept. Whether you like it or not, you’re already inundated with Big Data. How you source it, what insights you derive from it, and how quickly you act on it will play a major role in determining the course—and success—of your company. To help you get started understanding the key Big Data trends, take a look at this…
  • Architecting for High Availability in the Cloud

    Kole Hicks
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    An introduction to multi-cloud distributed application architecture In this blog, we’ll explore how to architect a highly available (HA) distributed application in the cloud. For those new to the concept of high availability, I’m referring to the availability of the application cluster as well as the ability to failover or scale as needed. The ability to failover or scale out horizontally to meet demand ensures the application is highly available. Examples of applications that benefit from HA architectures are databases applications, file-sharing networks, social applications, health…
  • How Big Data can Help Reduce Pollution

    Team GoGrid
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    As big data continues to become a part of our everyday lives, new uses for the technology emerge that stand to improve the quality of life for millions of people.Continue reading «How Big Data can Help Reduce Pollution» The post How Big Data can Help Reduce Pollution appeared first on GoGrid Blog. Related posts: hack/reduce – Boston’s location for Big Data Innovation Focus on Big Data at Big Telecom Event in Chicago Big Data Revolutionizes the Gaming Industry
  • Is MapReduce Dead?

    Rupert Tagnipes
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    With the recent announcement by Google of Cloud DataFlow (intended as the successor to MapReduce) and with Cloudera now focusing on Spark for many of its projects, it looks like the days of MapReduce may be numbered. Although the change may seem sudden, it’s been a long time coming. Google wrote the MapReduce white paper 10 years ago, and developers have been using at least one distribution of Hadoop for about 8 years. Users have had ample time to determine the strengths and weaknesses of MapReduce. However, the release of Hadoop 2.0 and YARN clearly indicated that users wanted to live in a…
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  • trx เครื่องออกกำลังกายรูปแบบใหม่

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    เวลาเราไปออกกำลังกายตามฟิตเนส หลายคนคงเคยเห็นอุปกรณ์ออกกำลังร่างกายที่มีลักษณะคือสายไนลอนสองเส้นมีที่สัมผัสอยู่ตรงอาณาเขตด้านปลายสายทั้งสองข้าง แขวนอยู่ตามคานอื่นๆ…
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    20 Jul 2014 | 12:10 am
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    18 Jul 2014 | 12:50 am
    สร้างงานผ่านเน็ตคืองานที่สามารถสร้างกันได้ทุกคนค่ะ โดยเฉพาะวัยรุ่นในสมัยนี้เพราะใช้อินเตอร์เน็ตคือกันหมดทุกคนแล้วว่าได้…
  • โปรpb เปลี่ยนอาวุธที่ชอบได้

    6 Jul 2014 | 9:42 pm
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  • Challenges in Designing at Scale: Formal Methods in Building Robust Distributed Systems

    James Hamilton
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    We all know that when designing and operating applications at scale, it is persistent state management that brings the most difficult challenges. Delivering state-free applications has always been (fairly) easy. But most interesting commercial and consumer applications need to manage persistent state. Advertising needs to be delivered, customer activity needs to be tracked, and products need to be purchased. Interesting applications that run at scale all have difficult persistent state problems. That’s why, other AWS customers, and even other AWS services make use of the various…
  • Network Neutrality and the FCC Proposal to Abandon it

    James Hamilton
    9 Jun 2014 | 4:07 pm
    The internet and the availability of content broadly and uniformly to all users has driven the largest wave of innovation ever e experienced in our industry. Small startups offering a service of value have the same access to customers as the largest and best funded incumbents. All customers have access to the same array of content regardless of their interests or content preferences. Some customers have access to faster access than others but, whatever the access speed, all customers have access to it all content uniformly. Some countries have done an amazing job of getting high speed access…
  • Air Traffic Control System Failure & Complex System Testing

    James Hamilton
    13 May 2014 | 6:05 pm
    It’s difficult to adequately test complex systems. But what’s really difficult is keeping a system adequately tested. Creating systems that do what they are designed to do is hard but, even with the complexity of these systems, many life critical systems have the engineering and production testing investment behind them to be reasonably safe when deployed. Its keeping them adequately tested over time as conditions and the software system changes where we sometimes fail.   There are exceptions to the general observation that we can build systems that operate safely when inside…
  • Energy Efficiency of Cloud Computing

    James Hamilton
    14 Feb 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Most agree that cloud computing is inherently more efficient that on premise computing in each of several dimensions. Last November, I went after two of the easiest to argue gains: utilization and the ability to sell excess capacity (Datacenter Renewable Power Done Right):   Cloud computing is a fundamentally more efficiently way to operate compute infrastructure. The increases in efficiency driven by the cloud are many but a strong primary driver is increased utilization. All companies have to provision their compute infrastructure for peak usage. But, they only monetize the actual…
  • Optical Archival Storage Technology

    James Hamilton
    25 Jan 2014 | 6:04 pm
    It’s an unusual time in our industry where many of the most interesting server, storage, and networking advancements aren’t advertised, don’t have a sales team, don’t have price lists, and actually are often never even mentioned in public. The largest cloud providers build their own hardware designs and, since the equipment is not for sale, it’s typically not discussed publically.   A notable exception is Facebook. They are big enough that they do some custom gear but they don’t view their hardware investments as differentiating. That may sound a bit strange -- why spend on…
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    Data Center Knowledge

  • Friday Funny Caption Contest: Chicken Coop

    Bri Pennington
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    We have a two-day vacation upon us again and we’re in a celebratory mood. Let’s kick this summer weekend off right with a brand new Friday Funny! Diane Alber, the Arizona artist who created Kip and Gary, has a new cartoon for Data Center Knowledge’s cartoon caption contest. We challenge you to submit a humorous and clever caption that fits the comedic situation. Please add your entry in the comments below. Then, next week, our readers will vote for the best submission. Here’s what Diane had to say about this week’s cartoon, “I’m sure you’ve heard of the…
  • Chinese Search Giant Baidu Buys Pre-fab Modular Data Center from Schneider

    Yevgeniy Sverdlik
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    Baidu, the largest Chinese search engine and Web services company (China’s equivalent of Google, essentially) has bought two pre-fabricated data center modules from the French energy management, infrastructure and automation multinational Schneider Electric. The containers are a full-package deal, including everything from electrical and cooling infrastructure equipment to data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software. This is the first time Baidu has deployed pre-fabricated data center modules, according to Schneider. Pre-fab modualr data centers are a niche solution, generally…
  • Equinix Buys Rest of Brazil Data Center Provider ALOG

    Jason Verge
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Equinix has bought the remaining half of ALOG Data Centers do Brazil for $225 million. The U.S. colocation giant acquired a majority stake in ALOG together with Riverwood Capital in April 2011, Equinix holding a 53 percent ownership of the company. Today, Equinix announced it now owns 100 percent of the company, which gives it an instant home base for a growing play in the Brazil data center market and Latin America in general. ALOG is now part of Platform Equinix, a global footprint of 101 International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers across 32 markets. Equinix gains the ability…
  • How DCIM Improves Planning and Cuts Operational Costs

    Bill Kleyman
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Your data center has become a critical component of your business. So much so that many business initiatives are actually planned around the capabilities of IT. The emergence of cloud, IT consumerization, and a lot more data have forced the data center to evolve and support new demands. Through it all, data center management and control sit at the top of an administrator’s task list. This is because power, energy consumption, and efficiency are all critical pieces of keeping a business running and a data center healthy. IT and business executives have realized that hundreds of thousands of…
  • Teradata Builds Hadoop Strength With Revelytix and Hadapt Acquisitions

    John Rath
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Teradata has expanded its Big Data fortitude for Hadoop with acquisitions of startups Revelytix and Hadapt, bringing it both talent and intellectual property. The Hadoop tools from these two companies will compliment Teradata’s data warehouse offerings and help it embrace the Hadoop technology and community. The employees and intellectual property from these acquisitions will become part of Teradata Labs, the research and development arm of the company. Revelytix provides Hadoop data management and data preparation tools to join integrated metadata, lineage and data wrangling in a…
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    Amazon Web Services Blog

  • Elastic Load Balancing Connection Timeout Management

    Jeff Barr
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    When your web browser or your mobile device makes a TCP connection to an Elastic Load Balancer, the connection is used for the request and the response, and then remains open for a short amount of time for possible reuse. This time period is known as the idle timeout for the Load Balancer and is set to 60 seconds. Behind the scenes, Elastic Load Balancing also manages TCP connections to Amazon EC2 instances; these connections also have a 60 second idle timeout. In most cases, a 60 second timeout is long enough to allow for the potential reuse that I mentioned earlier. However, in some…
  • Big Data Update - New Blog and New Web-Based Training

    Jeff Barr
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    The topic of big data comes up almost every time I meet with current or potential AWS customers. They want to store, process, and extract meaning from data sets that seemingly grow in size with every meeting. In order to help our customers to understand the full spectrum of AWS resources that are available for use on their big data problems, we are introducing two new resources -- a new AWS Big Data Blog and web-based training on Big Data Technology Fundamentals. AWS Big Data Blog The AWS Big Data Blog is a way for data scientists and developers to learn big data best practices, discover…
  • AWS Week in Review - July 14, 2014

    Jeff Barr
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Let's take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week: Monday, July 14 We launched Annual Pricing for AWS Marketplace Products. We announced Time to Live (TTL) Control for Amazon SNS. We announced that you can now Store and Monitor OS and Application Log Files with Amazon CloudWatch. We published Episode #93 of the AWS Podcast . I interviewed David Etue of SafeNet. Tuesday July 15 We announced General Availability and a Service Level Agreement for Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL. The AWS Application Management Blog reviewed Customer Highlights from Around the Web. A guest post on…
  • AWS Support API Update - Attachment Creation and Lightweight Monitoring

    Jeff Barr
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:04 pm
    The AWS Support API provides you with a programmatic access to your support cases and to the AWS Trusted Advisor . Today we are extending the API in order to give you more control over the cases that you create and a new, lightweight way to access information about your cases. The examples in this post make use of the AWS SDK for Java . Creating Attachments for Support Cases When you create a support case, you may want to include additional information along with the case. Perhaps you want to attach some sample code, a protocol trace, or some screen shots. With today's release you can now…
  • Amazon RDS PostgreSQL Update - Service Level Agreement and General Availability

    Jeff Barr
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    We launched RDS PostgreSQL at AWS re:Invent in November of 2013 in order to bring the benefits of a managed database service to the PostgreSQL community. Customers of all sizes are bringing their mission-critical PostgreSQL workloads to RDS at a rapid clip. Here is a small sample of the applications that have been launched on top of RDS PostgreSQL in the past 7 months: 6Wunderkinder - Wunderlist - Cross-platform mobile applications. Illumina - BaseSpace - an enterprise-scale web application. Netflix - Security Monkey - open source security solution. TigerLogic - Postano Platform - Engaging…
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    CohesiveFT Blog

  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: July 21 - 25

    Margaret Walker
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of July 21From Cite World: Go free, apps! Microsoft will offer their popular apps across competitors' platformsFrom Chris Swan on InfoQ: Docker Acquires Orchard Labs EIN Tech: Research and Markets: Cloud Computing Market in Canada 2014-2018 >> "Cloud Computing market in Canada will grow at a CAGR of 17.8 percent over the period 2013-2018."Re/Code: Three Big Takeaways From Amazon’s Q2 Financial Results >> despite a slower quarter for revenue growth (from 60% to about 35%) AWS estimates customer growth is 90% year over year.Happy Sys…
  • Ask a Cloud Netwoking Expert: How is IPsec secure?

    Margaret Walker
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    IPsec (Internet Protocol Security) is the communication method used to secure packets as they journey across an IP network, usually between two sites seperated by the public Internet. IPsec uses cryptographic security services to authenticate and encrypt each data packet as it travels two endpoints and protects that data from network sniffers or what we call looky-loos.IPsec connections ensure you data isn't read or tampered with when you connect in any type of network. We think IPsec is especially important when you're building hybrid deployments between owned on-premises infrastructure…
  • Secure provisioning of Docker containers

    Margaret Walker
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Nicholas Clements, Director of Engineering at CohesiveFTOne of the areas for which CohesiveFT is known is our technical support, with everyone pitching in. We provide such a high quality of support for our products that customers often ask about support and best practices for other products and services. One such event occurred recently when a customer was asking about best practices in the secure provisioning and configuration of Docker images and containers. Since we support the use of containers in version 3.5 of VNS3 Manager we were more than happy to talk.The customer wanted to know…
  • Cloud & networking weekly news roundup: July 14 - 18

    Margaret Walker
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Cloud and Networking news for the week of July 14 Gigaom Research Survey: new business will drive second wave of cloud adoption >> Surveys predict a near-term second wave of cloud technology adoption, driven by companies re-inventing their business. "Tech buyers of all stripes tell us they expect to nearly double their usage of software-defined-networking (SDN) in two years, to a nearly 30 percent adoption rate. "BizTech : SMB Awareness of SDN Technology Is Small, but Growing >> "Techaisle estimates SDN awareness among SMBs will grow substantially over the next couple of…
  • Cloud Price Wars Part 4 - Sub Penny

    Chris Swan
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Amazon recently announced the new t2 family of low end instances, which I wrote about on InfoQ. Pricing wise the headline is that the t2.micro is ¢1.3/hr, which is a fair bit cheaper than the ¢2/hr of the t1.micro it replaces. It also has much better performance, and more consistent performance, and more transparent performance characteristics, and more RAM.¢1.3/hr is good, but it's still not sub penny. It somehow reminds me of the big old pre decimal pennies that people still had in little china pots when I was a kid.¢1.3/hr is however the on demand pricing. It's also possible to get…
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    Cloud Business Review

  • Making ETL in the Cloud Your Business

    Cloud Authors
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:29 am
    Cloud computing is still on the up, with information technology research company Gartner predicting that by 2016 the Cloud will account for 90% of spending on new IT. As the Cloud grows in use and popularity, giants such as Google and Amazon have responded with increasingly capable Cloud-based offerings, such as Google’s Compute Engine and Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud.… Click here to read more
  • These Industries Soaring with the Cloud

    Cloud Authors
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    In recent years news about cloud technology and cloud computing has been the subject of keen interest. However, when pressed to define exactly what this somewhat ephemeral “cloud” is, many market observers find themselves at a loss. In view of the somewhat fuzzy understanding of the cloud, here’s a fairly simple and straightforward definition borrowed from the authors of “Cloud Computing for Dummies,” who describe it this way: What Is the ‘Cloud’ “The ‘cloud’ in cloud computing can be defined as the set of hardware, networks,…
  • Ten Business Benefits of Cloud Computing

    Cloud Authors
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Cloud computing involves the delivery of IT resources using a network of remote servers. Data is stored, managed, and processed by a cloud vendor rather than using a local server or PC. The use of cloud computing is growing, and is expected to continue to develop over the next few years.… Click here to read more
  • Comindware Project Enables you to Manage Projects and Collaborate in the Cloud

    Ivan Widjaya
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:45 am
    I have talked about Comindware software products several times in the past for one good reason: They are one of the front-runners in the online collaboration and project management arena, and they continue to transform their award-winning solutions to cater the increasingly complex work management.… Click here to read more
  • Criminals Losing the Battle as the Cloud is Deployed

    Cloud Authors
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:47 am
    Cloud computing is being deployed by businesses and organizations across all sectors, and one of the sectors that can benefit greatly from this new technology is law enforcement. By adopting the Cloud, police departments will be able to perform many of their tasks more efficiently, which can lead to better success in thwarting and capturing criminals.… Click here to read more
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  • Modular Data Center Reduces the Cost of Ownership for Data Center by One Fifth

    Saroj Kar
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:59 pm
    Modular data centers (MDC) originally conceived as a solution for local problems in remote areas where it is difficult or impossible to build a classic data center. However, it turned out later that this concept is gaining popularity as MDC is deployed in a shorter time, and its total cost of ownership tend to be lower than that of traditional platforms. MarketsandMarkets, the market research company and consulting firm, forecasts the global Modular Data Center Market to grow from $6.52 billion in 2014 to $26.02 billion by 2019, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 31.9%.
  • GrowthBeat – The Event on Data, Apps, and Science of Successful Marketing

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    GrowthBeat — VentureBeat’s inaugural event on the future of marketing tech — is gathering the industry’s biggest names to uncover new case studies, insights, and strategies designed to help companies more effectively acquire and retain customers and grow revenue. There’s science in knowing your prospect or customer, learning what he or she does with or around your offering, understanding how your users interact with your product, and endlessly optimizing what you’re doing, how your product works, what messages engage, and how you can be more relevant to your customers’ needs.
  • AWS Wants to Attract Mobile Developers with New Services

    Saroj Kar
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    Being application developer is not always the most exciting job. Especially when you have to devote time to implement functions or personally identify data analysis. To make life earier for mobile developers, Amazon Web Services introduced several new features that allow software developers to create and deploy mobile applications and expand its scale more easily. Amazon Cognito is a new service that represents a single system for user identification and synchronization of your data, giving developers the ability to create software applications that authenticate users by providers while…
  • IBM is Investing Billions into Successor of Silicon Chips for Cloud and Data Analysis

    Saroj Kar
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    IBM has unveiled one of its bigger plans so far. The company will invest three billion investment in chip and new technology. Over the next five years, IBM will invest a significant amount of their total revenue in new technologies like non-silicon computer chips, quantum computing research, and computers that mimic the human brain. Cloud and Big Data are posing new challenges for the systems, just as chip technology faces many important limits physically. Thus the bandwidth to memory, high-speed communication and power consumption of the devices, are increasingly critical issues. IBM…
  • New Study Reveals Enterprises are Not Ready for Virtualized Software Licensing Management

    Saroj Kar
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:35 am
    The virtualization offers companies a variety of ways to reduce hardware and management costs of the IT infrastructure dramatically. This makes them an industry-wide development, the software vendor must not be underestimated. The rapidly growing popularity of VMs (Virtual Machine) within large companies makes it easier for software vendors required to license their applications in a virtual environment and to be able to control and represents an important factor in terms of business growth. Successful Software Management requires not only support for licensing in virtual environments, but…
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    Elastic Security

  • Having a look inside public Amazon’s buckets

    Pasquale Puzio
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Hi there, today I want to share with you guys the results of my analysis on public Amazon’s buckets. In the context of my research activity on data security in the cloud and the security of Amazon EC2, I was inspired by the recent analysis performed by Rapid7. After looking at their study, I started…
  • Interesting stuff from CyberTech 2014

    Pasquale Puzio
    12 Feb 2014 | 1:22 am
    Hi there, a couple of weeks ago I’ve attended CyberTech 2014, one of the most exciting industrial conferences for security experts. If you have read this blog before, you probably know that I’m pretty interested in encryption (see ClouDedup). That’s why my attention was first caught by the solutions proposed by Secure Islands and Vaultive.…
  • SecludIT at #FIC2014

    Frederic Donnat
    24 Jan 2014 | 6:16 am
    SecludIT has been selected for being one of the Innovating SMB Company during the “Forum International de la Cybercriminalité” in Lille. I personally had the chance to meet Jean-François Audenard which is Cyber Security Advisor at Orange. I really appreciated and had a lot of fun making a short video with him. Please take a…
  • Great Trailblazer Competition to start the year!

    Sergio Loureiro
    10 Jan 2014 | 7:20 am
    As 2014 kicks off, we at SecludIT would like to wish you a fantastic start to 2014! Starting the year, we would like to share some great news on SecludIT being a Security Trailblazer Finalist. This is a new concept in awards, designed explicitly for startups exploring uncharted territories in various fields, including cloud security.…
  • How-To: Creating AWS EC2 ReadOnly Credentials with IAM

    Frederic Donnat
    8 Jan 2014 | 12:12 pm
    In order to retrieve and list your assets (Instances, Security Groups) from your Amazon Web Services EC2 account through API, Elastic Detector need ReadOnly credentials. Here is how to create such credentials using Amazon Web Services Identity and Access Management (IAM). Step 0: Login to your Amazon Web Services account through AWS Console, and open…
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    Business Cloud News

  • Lack of clarity and guidance hindering G-Cloud adoption, supplier claims

    Business Cloud News
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Groucutt: ‘Local government lacks the resource to keep up with constant changes to G-Cloud’ The lack of guidance and clarity surrounding the new G-Cloud Security Approach and the recently changed Government Security Classifications will likely further hinder adoption of cloud services in the UK public sector, according to Databarracks, a G-Cloud supplier. In April this year the government announced changes to the Government Security Classification scheme, doing away with the ‘Impact Level’ system in favour of a simplified three tier system (‘Official’, ‘Secret’ and…
  • AWS revenue growth slows as cloud competition grows

    Jonathan Brandon
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    AWS revenue in North America is slowing, which is good and bad news for competitors Amazon’s recently released Q2 earnings show the company performed well, with overall sales up 23 per cent to $19.34bn, up from $15.7bn in the same quarter last year. But growth in its “other” category, where it aggregates the financial performance of among (few) other things AWS, seems to be slowing. Financial analysts say the cloud giant may be coming under increasing pressure from other big cloud players. Excluding the $237m favourable impact from foreign exchange rates throughout the quarter net…
  • China Unicom, Huawei to work on cloud tech

    James Middleton
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:21 am
    Huawei is working on cloud tech with Unicom The cloud platform division of China Unicom signed a strategic cooperation agreement on Software Defined Networking (SDN) innovation with local kit vendor Huawei this week. In a joint statement, China Unicom Cloud Data Company and Huawei said they will foster extensive cooperation conducted in the field of SDN, developing SDN controllers, and deploying SDN-based solutions in datacentre networks. The strategic cooperation aims to explore SDN technology values for scale virtual tenant access, virtual machine on-demand deployment and migration, network…
  • California Government, IBM announce state-wide cloud platform

    Business Cloud News
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:09 am
    The cloud platform will offer applications and hosting to municipalities and state agencies in California In what appears to be the first of its kind in the US, the California Department of Technology and IBM have announced CalCloud, a shared, state-wide cloud platform where municipalities and all state and local government agencies can subscribe to different kinds of cloud services. The FedRAMP-approved platform, which has gone live this week, will allow government entities in California to share a common pool of computing resources and procure cloud hosting and application services more…
  • Colt and Virtustream partner on SAP cloud migration

    Business Cloud News
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:16 am
    Colt and Virtustream are partnering to help enterprises move their on premise SAP deployments to the cloud Colt and Virtustream have announced a partnership that will see the two companies work together to help migrate enterprises to SAP’s cloud platform and SAP HANA. The alliance will see both Colt and Virtustream expand their capabilities at a time when more enterprises are looking to take their SAP workloads off premise. The partnership will see both companies migrate on premise SAP deployments onto Colt’s cloud infrastructure. The service will be priced on a consumption basis and come…
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    Bitnami Blog

  • New HVM Amazon instances now available in Bitnami Cloud Hosting and more!

    Miguel Angel Martínez Triviño
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    A few weeks ago we announced that Amazon released a new type of cloud servers, the T2 instance family. T2 servers use Hardware-assisted Virtualization (HVM) and provide great price/performance value for common scenarios. We updated our cloud images right away, allowing you to launch T2-powered Bitnami apps directly from the AWS console. Today we are happy to announce that we have added HVM virtualization to Bitnami Cloud Hosting, and now you can launch servers based on the T2 and R3 instance types. We have also added support in Bitnami Cloud Hosting to…
  • Security fix for Drupal, new versions 7.29 and 6.32 released

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    The Drupal project has just released two new versions, v6.32 and v7.29, that fix several vulnerabilities: SA-CORE-2014-002 and SA-CORE-2014-003. We have released BitNami Drupal 6.32 and 7.29 installers, virtual machines, Amazon EC2 and Microsoft Azure cloud images that fix this issue. We are continuing to work on upgrading other Drupal-based applications like CiviCRM and OpenAtrium. In case you are not familiar with Bitnami Drupal, it is a self-contained and easy to use distribution that makes it simple to start developing and deploying Drupal applications. If you just want to check…
  • WordPress 4.0beta1 already available in Bitnami

    15 Jul 2014 | 11:43 pm
    WordPress just released the first Beta of the major 4.0 version that is due out next month. Some of the major changes in this version include: Previews of embedding via URLs. Media Library now has a "grid" view. Improvements in the plugin install experience. Language selection during the installation. Editor top and bottom bar improvements. and more In case you are not familiar with Bitnami WordPress stack, it provides a one-click install solution for WordPress. We take care of compiling and configuring WordPress and all of its dependencies (third-party libraries, runtime, and database) so it…
  • Bitnami DreamFactory and eXo Platform Express Stacks Now in Azure Certified!

    Erica Brescia
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:41 pm
    In a keynote today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), Scott Guthrie announced the Microsoft Azure Certified program, which will enable Microsoft partners to grow their business by promoting and selling their applications and services on Azure. We were thrilled to be invited to participate in the launch of this new program along with Oracle, SAP, and Barracuda. Starting today, you can deploy Bitnami-packaged DreamFactory and eXo Platform Express from the new Azure Management Portal. DreamFactory is the ultimate REST API platform. It includes all of the services and…
  • Join Bitnami at OSCON

    miranda myerholtz
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    We invite you to join us at OSCON 2014 for free!  We will be presenting Bitnami on Windows Azure, and can't wait to meet some new faces. OSCON is a great opportunity to learn more about open source, make valuable connections within the community, and learn about the latest and greatest in open source technology.  For a free Expo Hall Pass, please follow the instructions below.  Visit Enter your information and choose: Expo Hall Pass Enter the discount code: EXPOFREE Fill out the rest of the information and click:…
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    Zoho Blogs

  • The customer service lessons we must all learn from that Comcast call

    Austin Talbert
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:04 pm
    ​By now, you’ve probably  heard the call that hijacked the Internet last week. If not, let me warn you. It is painful – incredibly painful.  And while I do feel awful for the customer, ultimately, the cancellation call from hell breaks my heart for a shocking reason. Listen to it again, and try not to empathize for the hapless agent and his cringe-inducing commitment to the Comcast way. This poor soul morphed in eight short minutes and one tweet from internal hero, revered and rewarded for his ability to continually face-off against tough odds and win, into the saddest…
  • Get Instant HR Alerts and Live Feeds with Zoho People.

    Aarthi Elizabeth
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    Jack, an executive, applies for a travel approval through his company’s HR portal. His manager misses the request amongst other important emails. The approval is delayed and Jack is left uncertain about his forthcoming travel. Now, lets assume Jack’s travel gets approved eventually. He plans his lodging and other expenses for his trip, keeping the existing HR policy in mind. Upon returning, he attempts to have his expenses reimbursed, only to realize the HR policy had been changed well before his departure. This leads to unforeseen confusion. Approvals, reviews and announcements…
  • The Chart Picker Guide

    S B Saravana Bharathi
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    Charts have the magical ability to transform abstract numbers into beautiful readable visualizations. Trouble comes when you have to choose the right chart, that could best visualize the data involved. We have come up with a chart-picker guide that will help you to choose the best chart for the occasion. Go ahead and make the right pick! Column/Bar Chart Pick this chart to compare data classified into discrete groups. Be it your sales in each quarter, or say scores comparison among teams. Stacked Column/Bar Chart This chart shows the contribution of individual stacks that make up the…
  • 5 Financial lessons from Game of Thrones

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    Did you know that the Queen of England visited the Iron Throne a few weeks ago (almost sat on it too)? That’s the level of impact the show has made in just four years. Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy series which centers around the battle to capture the Iron Throne, the symbol for ruling over the seven kingdoms of Westeros. It has been universally acclaimed as the best series by fans and entertainment critics alike. Some fans even want the writers to be knighted (including me!). For those of you who have watched the show, there are some crucial finance lessons you can take away,…
  • What I learned from working remotely with cross-cultural teams

    Meera Sapra
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    For about six years now, I’ve been working in a cross-cultural environment. Our teams are split across offices in India and the US, with the majority of our development efforts based out of India. I work remotely out of New Delhi, whereas most of our India teams work from Chennai. To give you an idea of how far these two places are: In this unique situation, I’ve had the opportunity to work with teams across different locations and time zones. These differences no longer come in the way of teamwork and collaboration. In fact, they ​help us evolve and adapt our own business apps…
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    meshIP® Blog

  • SMBs Struggle With Data Protection’s Rising Complexity

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - A survey of 401 global small and midsize businesses (SMBs) conducted by IDC on behalf of data protection specialist Acronis found that IT organizations are struggling with backup and recovery, thanks to the rise of virtualization and cloud computing. Backup and recovery becomes more problematic with each new platform added. Most IT organizations now routinely […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: SMBs Stymied By Virtualization Backup While smaller companies may adopt virtual machines in greater numbers... SMBs Struggling…
  • The Need For Speed And The Cloud

    18 Jun 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - There can be a tendency to think too simplistically about the benefits of moving applications to the cloud. Traditional logic centres around the cost savings that companies can make out of the shift from on-premise deployments but there is another, more important element of the cloud that should be given more credence – speed. The […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: Feds To Speed Cloud Adoption With New Roadmap The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology... Cloud-Ready Networks for…
  • Sunny Forecast For Clouds

    5 Jun 2014 | 8:13 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - Improvements in hardware, software, and networking have combined with the secular trend toward outsourcing to usher in the era of cloud computing. The economies of scale offered by remote data centers managed by third parties allow enterprises to offload or outsource some or all of their computing and storage workloads. Cloud adoption is particularly cost-effective […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: Are Hybrid Clouds the Path to Cloud-Computing Nirvana? The New York Times has an interesting article about hybrid... The…
  • Key Skills IT Pros Need For Cloud Computing

    22 May 2014 | 12:27 pm
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - 1. Business and financial skills The intersection of business and technology is always an overarching concern, but it is especially so when it comes to cloud-based computing. 2. Technical skills With the cloud, organizations can streamline their IT resources, offloading much of day-to-day systems and application management. But that doesn’t mean IT abdicates all responsibility. […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: 2011 Cloud Computing Predictions Cloud Adopters Embrace Cloud For Both Innovation and Legacy Optimization...
  • Cloud Computing Requires IT To Evolve

    30 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    This is a post from the meshIP Blog - The “cloudification of services” means that IT has become the backbone for every other part of the enterprise, and the department needs to evolve in order to keep up with the pace of change. That’s what Frank Slootman, president and CEO of ServiceNow, told the audience during his keynote at the platform-as-as-service IT solution provider’s […] - We offer Cloud Computing services - Brian Related posts: Cloud Computing Key To Business Success A massive 93% of financial decision makers believe that cloud... The CIO Versus Users…
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    KnowledgeTree » Blog

  • The Real Innovation in Sales and Marketing

    Peter Mollins
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    It’s a good time to be in sales and marketing.  The pace of innovation among platform and tool vendors is staggering.  Long-held pains like prospect data quality and sales pipeline analytics are now commonly tackled. The speed of development in this space triggered a healthy industry debate about where the sales and marketing divide lies and who’s out-innovating whom, Sales or Marketing.  Sales Benchmark Index wrote a great piece last year that is still very relevant.  It looks at how the Chief Marketing Officer can take a sales focus to help advance sales activities. At the same…
  • 50+ Twitter Accounts Every Sales Enablement Professional Must Follow

    Ethan Chung
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    Sales Enablement thought leaders are a great bunch. They produce a ton of great content and are keen to share best practices with colleagues, fellow practitioners, and sales enablement enthusiasts. In fact, we rely on their thinking a lot in our blog. To help spread the word about great sales enablement content, we compiled a list of great Twitter accounts that you should follow to get the latest strategies for supporting your sales teams. 50 Sales Enablement Thought Leaders to Follow Salesenablement – Salesenablement has 3,000+ followers. He is very up to date on sales enablement…
  • 3 Problems Your Sales Team Has with Your Sales Collateral

    Ethan Chung
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    As many of you may know, there exists a great divide between sales and marketing. The divide is so great, in fact, that 41% of salespeople don’t know which marketing content to use, how to use it, or when to use it. The end result is ill-equipped sales teams within our businesses, looking for sales collateral that end up being irrelevant, outdated, or unengaging for our prospects. The sales and marketing divide poses as a large threat for our businesses. First of all, sales representatives’ uncertainty over which sales collateral to use means that they are wasting valuable time probing…
  • Sales Portals: If You Build It, Will They Come Back?

    Peter Mollins
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The marketing content you produce doesn’t do any good if it doesn’t get into the hands of your targets. So, ask yourself what is your distribution channel for your materials? As I talked about in an earlier post, there are a lot of important channels for your content. But one that is too often ignored in a B2B setting is your own sales team. Sales Portal So, how do you get content into your sales team’s hands? The classic approach is to build a sales portal. That is, an internally-oriented site where collateral, sales tools, and other information is stored. Sales people can visit the…
  • Content Cleanup: Is Your Content Marketing Program in Dire Need of Organization?

    MarketingProfs MarketingProfs
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:25 am
    In most B2B organizations (93 percent, according to this report), content marketing is now a fully entrenched, mission critical lead generation, branding, thought leadership, and sales enablement strategy. Without great content, marketers recognize that they’ll struggle to engage customers when, how, and where they want to be found, and they’ll likely fail to deliver the resources necessary to optimize and accelerate the sales process. Then again, the B2B world’s new found love of all things content is also proving to be a double-edged sword in some ways. After all, as content marketing…
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  • Video: Pathways to Exascale N-body Simulations

    Rich Brueckner
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    In this video from the Exascale Computing in Astrophysics Conference, Tom Quinn from the University of Washington presents: Pathways to Exascale N-body Simulations.The post Video: Pathways to Exascale N-body Simulations appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Nvidia Salutes Women Who CUDA

    Rich Brueckner
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    This week Nvidia salutes Women who use CUDA for incredible science and engineering. They've compiled 30 profiles so far, and the advice they share from their experiences is quite inspiring. "It’s a good way to remind people that women write code, participate in open-source projects, and invent things,” said Lorena Barba from George Washington University. “It’s important to make the technology world more attractive to female students and show them examples of women who are innovators.”The post Nvidia Salutes Women Who CUDA appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Porting to Accelerators with Hybrid Fortran

    Rich Brueckner
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Over at Typhoon Computing, Michel Müller writes programmers looking to port their code to accelerators now have a new tool called Hybrid Fortran. "This python-based preprocessor parses annotations together with your Fortran code structure, declarations, accessors and procedure calls, and then writes separate versions of your code – once for CPU with OpenMP parallelization and once for GPU with CUDA Fortran."The post Porting to Accelerators with Hybrid Fortran appeared first on insideHPC.
  • New Approaches to Energy Efficient Exascale

    Rich Brueckner
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    "As displayed at ISC’14, DEEP combines a standard InfiniBand cluster of Intel Xeon nodes, with a new, highly scalable ‘booster’ consisting of Phi co-processors and a high-performance 3D torus network from Extoll, the German interconnect company spun out of the University of Heidelberg."The post New Approaches to Energy Efficient Exascale appeared first on insideHPC.
  • Georg Hager Interview on the Parallel Universe Computing Challenge

    Rich Brueckner
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Over at the Data Stack, Mike Bernhardt has posted an interview with Georg Hager, who lead Team Germany to victory in the Intel Parallel Universe Computing Challenge at SC13. People are interested in performance, that’s why they attend SC (mostly). But there is such little competition outside the academic peer review that an idea such as […]The post Georg Hager Interview on the Parallel Universe Computing Challenge appeared first on insideHPC.
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    Managed Data Center News

  • Up your HIPAA IQ with a little HIPAA FAQ

    April Sage
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Are you wondering what all the HIPAA fuss is about? Here are a few basics go get you started, along with some reference to in-depth videos along the way. What is HIPAA? HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that specifies laws for the protection and use of Personal (or Protected) Health Information (PHI) which is essentially your medical record. HIPAA was intended to ease the sharing of Personal Health Information (PHI) between entities that have a need to know while maintaining an acceptable and reasonable level of privacy to the individual whose…
  • Converge conference in Detroit: Before finding data breach solution, be sure your business is ready to receive it

    Stephanie Vogel
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    More from the Converge information security conference in Detroit, this time recapping Enterprise Security Back to Basics presented by Joel Cardella, the director of information security, IT security, governance, risk and compliance at Holcim US. (Also see a recap of Thursday’s The Challenge of Natural Security Systems.) Why this back to basics talk? Cardella feels we’re being beguiled by all these large breaches that push people to a solution they aren’t yet ready to receive. He holds that the importance of this talk is getting organizations mature enough to be ready to buy what…
  • Want a good job? Study computer or information science

    April Sage
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    Momma, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. Don’t let ‘em pick guitars and drive them old trucks. Make ‘em be software engineers and network systems analysts and such. With apologies to Waylon Jennings, it’s true that a recent study by the US Education Department found that more than 95 percent of computer and information science students were employed full-time four years after graduation. Engineering graduates had similar success. The findings are based on a survey of 17,110 students conducted in 2012, about four years after the students obtained their bachelor’s…
  • Converge conference in Detroit: InfoSec organizations must learn, modify and adapt like organisms

    Stephanie Vogel
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Today is Day 2 of the Converge information security conference at Detroit’s Cobo Center, and it promises to be full of significant insights into IT security within organizations. Here’s a recap of one of Thursday’s sessions, The Challenge of Natural Security Systems, presented by Rockie Brockaway, the security practice director at Black Box: Brockaway started with a really important point: Information security is currently viewed as a tactical response within companies, when it should be treated as a function of the business. InfoSec’s role is to prevent the loss of business-critical…
  • Online Tech opens its doors to fast-growing tech hub of Metro Detroit

    April Sage
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The Metro Detroit area has been one of the country’s fastest-growing technology hubs for years, topping that list in 2012 and placing fifth in 2013. In its 2014 Technology Industry report, Automation Alley says the automotive capital of the world has “quietly become a leader among the nation’s technology economies,” the largest tech hub in the Midwest with a growth rate significantly higher than more traditional technology regions like Silicon Valley. Online Tech’s Metro Detroit data center. “Everyone in Michigan knows the exciting story that is emerging, but Detroit has been…
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    Cloud Powered Business Blog

  • The 10 Things Expected from Customer Service

    John Gorup
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    There have been an increasing number of high profile, social media-inflamed customer service failures. While these failures produce astonishment and some amusement for bystanders, it’s time that all companies look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are set up to be the next joke. Providing great customer service requires companies to build an… Read More
  • HR Reporting: Still Getting a Bad Rap

    Ray Rivera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    A successful HR data practice addresses the needs of the business by providing a rigorous process for managing a body of data that begins as nebulous, unstructured, and not consumable. It does so through a cycle of reporting, analytics, and planning. In this entry we will discuss the first of these, reporting, which is concerned… Read More
  • How [topcoder] Protects Your Intellectual Property Rights During Crowdsourcing

    Ben Kerschberg
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    One of the most important set of questions you can ask about crowdsourcing concerns the intellectual property rights of the work that the community completes for you and how [topcoder] ensures those rights. The formal answer can be found in [topcoder]’ main legal documents that govern intellectual property, confidentiality, security, and indemnification. Each of these… Read More
  • Does Big Data Really Solve the Lack of Data Problem for HR?

    Ray Rivera
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
      Big data is likely here to stay. Most companies, though not yet fully transformed by big data, are at least adapting to it. They are finding innovative ways to apply data science to critical parts of their value chains, and transforming with varying levels of success the ways critical parts of the businesses are… Read More
  • Call Deflection: The Key to Customer Satisfaction

    John Gorup
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    In 2010, the famous entrepreneur Stefani Germanotta (better known as Lady Gaga) produced the song “Telephone.” In addition to being a catchy tune, the song’s chorus carries an important observation for today’s Customer Service Managers: “Stop callin' Stop callin' I don't wanna think anymore I left my head and my heart on the dancefloor.” Increasingly,… Read More
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    OpenNebula » Blog

  • Rentalia Experiences with OpenNebula and Bacula

    Alberto Garcia
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Hi, we at have OpenNebula to meet our needs on virtualization, and we use Bacula to make backups of the vm’s disks. I’ll try to explain you how, let me tell you a bit of our environment first. We have two OpenNebula environments, one’s for production and another for development. We use Puppet inside the vm’s so we don’t have to backup the files inside since they are given by Puppet. However, we have a few vm’s we would like to backup the disk image from, and since we are using Bacula along our system, we used Bacula to make this backups too.
  • OpenNebula Integrates with Azure to Build Hybrid Clouds

    Ignacio M. Llorente
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Today we are sharing exciting news about the expansion of the number of public clouds supported by OpenNebula to build hybrid cloud deployments. As a result of the collaboration between OpenNebula and Microsoft, a new set of plug-ins to support Microsoft Azure has been included in OpenNebula. This partnership has been announced today by Microsoft Open Technologies at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON). “With this set of plug-ins, IT pros and system integrations can use OpenNebula’s rich set of infrastructure management tools to manage cloud deployments across…
  • OpenNebula 4.8 beta released!

    Javier Fontan
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    The OpenNebula team is really happy to release the first beta for version 4.8 (4.7.80). In this version, alongside several fixes, we have been working on some new features: Improvements to the Cloud View interface like OneFlow integration New VDC admin view that matches the Cloud View. New virtual network model that make its configuration and management more flexible with address ranges. IP reservation. Network interface default configuration Quotas can now specify a value of 0 to disable certain objects for users or groups. Logs now have the zone ID so its easier to parse in a centralized…
  • CloudCatalyst Survey about Cloud Computing Trends

    Carlos Martín
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    The EU CloudCatalyst initiative invites you to participate in a survey about cloud computing trends. You can influence over the CloudCatalyst project by collaborating on the identification of existing challenges for Cloud expansion as well as on the definition of new market opportunities. The survey will produce detailed information about the main barriers to cloud adoption in order to help entrepreneurs, researchers, and software developers create value-added Cloud solutions and services. To take the survey, click the link: The deadline for filling in…
  • OpenNebula Conf 2014: first speakers confirmed!

    Eva Häusler
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Hello dear fellows! Today I’d like to remind you of hurrying up with sending your proposals for the OpenNebula Conf. July 15th will be your last chance to submit your talk and to join us as a speaker on December 2nd – 4th this year in Berlin. The scrimpers of you should also know that July 15th is the last day early bird tickets are on sale. We already have some confirmed speakers, too. If you have a look at the event website, you can admire the abstracts of the talks of  Armin Deliomini (Runtastic) and Stefan Kooman ( Alberto Zuin ( LTD) will follow soon. Now ain’t that…
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  • Cloud Infographic – Travel Communications

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Content by Cloud Infographic – Travel Communications Those who frequently travel understand just how frustrating it can be restlessly dragging through airport security protocol… “Sir/Man, do you have any electronic devices with you? If so, can you place them in the tray in front of you!” Have you ever missed a connecting flight due to an overly Enjoy Full Article The post Cloud Infographic – Travel Communications appeared first on
  • The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Saving Space

    Al Johnson
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:15 am
    Content by The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Saving Space By Al Johnson Subscribe to our popular newsletter and receive our comic each Friday arriving to your inbox!  The post The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Saving Space appeared first on
  • Cloud Infographic: The Cloud Climate – Are Your Files Safe?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:26 am
    Content by Cloud Infographic: The Cloud Climate – Are Your Files Safe? Security and data residency are critical in today’s world. The safekeeping and protection of files are paramount in this day and age with cloud computing taking center stage.  We have included an infographic presented to CloudTweaks courtesy of Maytech called: “Are your files safe…? Did Enjoy Full Article The post Cloud Infographic: The Cloud Climate – Are Your Files Safe? appeared first on
  • The Benefits Of Wearable Technology

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Content by The Benefits Of Wearable Technology Wearable technology mainly refers to the incorporation of technology in regular accessories which will impart greater ease in routine activities. There have been considerable advances in the field of wearable technology. Many breakthroughs have been made which have made our day-to-day life easier. Anyone who is familiar with the latest Enjoy Full Article The post The Benefits Of Wearable Technology appeared first on
  • Global 2000 Firm Achieves 192 Percent ROI Securing Critical Financial Applications

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Content by Financial Services Institution Improved Secure Development Processes and Reduced Enterprise Risk, According to Case Study by Leading Analyst Firm BURLINGTON, MA–(Marketwired – Jul 24, 2014) - Veracode, the application security company, today released a commissioned case study by Forrester Consulting describing how a Global 2000 financial services company secured its critical outsourced and internally-developed applications with Enjoy Full Article The post Global 2000 Firm Achieves 192 Percent ROI Securing Critical Financial Applications appeared first…
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  • 5 Reasons Why your Business should Adopt Google Cloud Services

    Basant Narayan Singh
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Google has become a part of our everyday lives, without a shadow of a doubt. Not only do most of us use their search engine daily for all manner of things - whether it be to look up goods, services, useless facts and trivia, or just to check the spelling of a word. However, they’re much, much more than just a search engine nowadays, and their products are as numerous as they are ingenious.     Many of us now have Google Mail (Gmail) accounts for all of our emailing needs, use Google Maps to look up directions, and even use Google’s office software as opposed to Microsoft or…
  • Telecom Convergence - The Evolution of VoIP in 2014 and Beyond

    Basant Narayan Singh
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has gained popularity among users and service providers. As the use of smartphone and other Internet-based devices has grown, VoIP has found it permanent place as a communication medium. With new updates coming this year, VoIP has succeeded in making traditional phones outdated. Age of landline and heavy cell phones is now almost over. For the non-starters: VoIP is a methodology and group of technologies for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. Other terms commonly…
  • Review of KiSSFLOW SaaS: Quick Workflow Builder for Google Apps

    Basant Narayan Singh
    22 Nov 2012 | 1:23 am
    Review Summary KiSSFLOW Workflow Builder for Google Apps. [Website Link] Launch Date June 2012. Service Offered by OrangeScape. Useful for Business process automation. End-users building their day-to-day process applications. Example: Leave approval, Travel claims, etc. User Interface Slick, Intuitive and Interactive. Technology Stack Google App Engine, Google Cloud SQL, Python, OrangeScape Visual PaaS, JQuery, HTML5 and CSS3. Business Model Freemium SaaS. Free for 10 users. Ideal for startups & SMBs. USP Simple yet Powerful. Support Quick and Meaningful. Limitations See Details Section.
  • Testing Cloud - It’s Time to Clear the Fog

    Basant Narayan Singh
    18 Sep 2012 | 7:53 pm
    A reputed company launches the beta version of its web chat and net meeting application which is hosted on the company’s own cloud infrastructure, let us assume it was called ‘CloChat’ . On deployment ‘CloChat’ fails miserably in meeting customer expectations resulting in the company’s cloud portfolio suffering irrefutable damages and also delaying the scheduled release of ‘CloChat’.  The scenario explained above can be one of the worst nightmare of any cloud vendor. What exactly would have gone wrong in these cases? Considering that ‘CloChat’ was a product of a…
  • CloudMunch - Application Delivery PaaS for the Entire Application Life Cycle [Interview]

    Basant Narayan Singh
    30 Aug 2012 | 8:04 pm
    Prasanna Raghavendra is the CTO & Co-founder of CloudMunch. He has 17 years of experience in the software industry across IT Services and Products. Prasanna was with Infosys for over 15 years implementing software solutions across verticals and geographies to address the business needs of clients across the globe. He has managed several technology transformation initiatives at Infosys.  Prasanna was also a key member of Infosys Labs and has led application framework development initiatives. Prior to CloudMunch, he worked at Misys as Director of Engineering for Misys's BankFusion…
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    Journey to the Cloud

  • Moving to the Cloud: Lessons from Jason Segel & Cameron Diaz

    Journey to the Cloud
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    By Ben Stephenson, Journey to the Cloud   As you probably know, Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz recently came out with a new movie called “Sex Tape.” In the movie, Segel and Diaz play a couple who decide to make an adult home movie, and it accidently gets released online. I saw the trailer a couple of weeks ago and one clip from it grabbed my attention. After Jason and Cameron realize the tape has been released, they start to panic. The clip shows the two driving in a frenzy talking about how the tape got released (you can watch the clip here   Cameron: “How do you forget to…
  • Tech News Recap for the Week of 7/14/2014

    Journey to the Cloud
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:18 am
      Were you busy last week? Here’s a quick recap of tech news and stories you may have missed from the week of 7/14/2014. The Road to the Cloud Runs Through the Network Miami Marlins Score a Hit With Cloud-Based Storage How the CIA Partnered with Amazon and Changed Intelligence Managing Resources in the Cloud: How to Control Shadow IT & Enable Business Agility Are tablets about to get a promotion in the workplace? VMware, Microsoft Still Lead Gartner ‘Magic Quadrant’ Gartner Says CIOs Should Make Digital Business Technologies an IT Responsibility FBI seeks information…
  • Managing Resources in the Cloud: How to Control Shadow IT & Enable Business Agility

    Journey to the Cloud
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:50 am
      In this video, GreenPages CTO Chris Ward discusses the importance of gaining visibility into Shadow IT and how IT Departments need to offer the same agility to its users that public cloud offerings like Amazon can provide.     If you would like to hear more from Chris, download his on-demand webinar, “What’s Missing in Today’s Hybrid Cloud Management – Leveraging Cloud Brokerage” You can also download this ebook to learn more about the evolution of the corporate IT department & changes you need to make to…
  • Tech News Recap for the Week of 7/7/2014

    Journey to the Cloud
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
      Were you busy last week? Here’s a quick recap of tech news and stories you may have missed from the week of 7/7/2014. How do I become a CIO? GE Power & Water CIO Discusses IT Speed & Agility Running vCloud Hybrid Service – Disaster Recovery Supporting Infrastructure Russia Introduces Bill to Keep Citizens’ Data Within Country Is Rackspace Considering Going Private? CIO Meets Mobile Challenges Head-on A Few Reasons VMware Inc’s Virtualization Dominance Can Continue Data Breach Bulletin: Brazilian Banks Lose $3.75 Billion Because Of Boleto Malware The Future…
  • VMware Horizon 6: Updates, Improvements, and Licensing Changes

    Chris Ward
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    By Chris Ward, CTO I got a late start on this blog post but I’m a fan of the saying “better late than never!”  VMware officially shipped Horizon 6, the long awaited major update, to its end user computing product set late last month. There are numerous updates and improvements across the product set with this major release, but there is also a change in how it is licensed. In the past Horizon was consumed either as individual products (VIEW, Mirage, Workspace, etc.) or as a suite which included all components. With this new release, VMware has transitioned to its traditional product…
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    ESDS Official Blog

  • Eleven Differences Between The Good And The Great IT Engineer

    Pravin Ganore
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Even the pros have bad habits that undermine the image of the area. See how to identify them. In the daily operations of any organization, typically the end users are responsible for a wide range of actions that compromise the safety and / or network performance. However, even the pros have their bad habits: ignore users, do backups, not having defined procedures and other sins that undermine the image of the area. To remind them that even the gurus are human, see below the 12 differences between a GOOD and an EXCELLENT IT engineer: 1. Acquisition Of Resources When you want additional…
  • 3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be In The Cloud

    Pravin Ganore
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Despite all the risks that are reported on the cloud computing, the cloud business solutions have proven to be beneficial for companies to generate competitive value compared to its competitors who are not in the cloud. Though the answers to the question “My business should adopt the cloud” are always “it depends”, there are reasons to be considered by businesses of all sizes to make the cloud your “vehicle” toward higher productivity, lower IT costs and greater growth. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider migrating your business – or at least…
  • Checklist for Cloud Adoption

    Pravin Ganore
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:22 pm
    If your company does not use cloud computing as part of daily operations, there is a good chance to break into the model in the coming time. One of the main benefits of the cloud is its ability to outsource the infrastructure and management of complex applications and data services, allowing data center managers to purchase computing cycles and storage capacity in a more granular fashion, on demand. Instead of spending capital in bulk for large servers and storage solutions, you can buy time based computer on actual usage of CPU cycles and the amount of gigabytes or terabytes in storage used.
  • Clearing The Clouds

    Pravin Ganore
    15 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    The cloud as a concept has become ubiquitous in all technological news blogs, newspapers, etc.. So much so that we tend to lump it services or functionality we use for years or even decades. Most people ask but do you really what is this cloud? or what do you have again? If the end is all easier … Cloud Solutions The cloud is basically flexible, they have the ability to increase and decrease in resources based on the needs you have for a project at all times. Traditional servers are limited to the hardware installed and of course, any extension of RAM, disk space or processor involves…
  • 5 Tips For a Proper Disaster Recovery Plan

    Pravin Ganore
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:48 pm
    The Disaster Recovery represents the set of technological measures that promote the recovery of data in times of emergency; thanks to a good disaster recovery plan that are able to ensure the protection of IT resources. The moments of inactivity can be harmful without proper recovery plan. According to some studies, only 6% of companies lacking a plan of this kind will be able to maintain a certain balance and survive long-term. Without an adequate system of protection the consequences can be very unpleasant. There are several causes that lead to data loss (UPS system failure, cyber attacks,…
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    Cloud Storage Buzz

  • Edward Snowden Endorses SpiderOak, Slams Dropbox

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Edward Snowden in an interview with The Guardian endorsed SpiderOak and their Zero-Knowledge service. The interview was published today on The Guardian website. The article talking more about SpiderOak and the some of the problems with Dropbox can be read here. You can also watch the whole interview here.Mr. Snowden had this to say about SpiderOak and their zero-knowledge cloud storage system.“Spideroak has structured their system in such a way you can store all of your information on them with the same sort of features that Dropbox does, but they literally had have…
  • SugarSync 3.0 Released Plus 75% Off

    26 Jun 2014 | 3:46 pm
    SugarSync released version 3 of their desktop software today, and from what I can tell it looks like they have made some great improvements. Perhaps the biggest news is the huge coupon of 75% off all annual plans. For a limited time you can save 75% off all annual plans! This means you can get a 60GB account for as low as $18.75 for the first year! This is a huge discount price for SugarSync for the first year.Click Here to Save 75%If you want to know more about the new version of the app though here are some of the highlights of the new app:Making is easier and quickly access and interact…
  • The High Cost of IRS Hard Drive Failure

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:45 am
    Backblaze published a blog post today poking fun at the IRS, and while the post is interesting it has a couple major flaws. Now I will point out I am a Backblaze affiliate, I use Backblaze to backup my personal data and I really like the people that work at Backblaze so I hope they can take this post as constructive criticism but the reality is if the IRS was using Backblaze to backup their data the data would probably still have been lost.While I love the simplicity of Backblaze it is meant for desktop backup. I can only guess that the IRS uses a Microsoft Exchange…
  • Adds Bitcasa Connector

    20 Jun 2014 | 9:37 pm
    One of the things Bitcasa has been behind on compared to many of the other cloud storage services was the lack of an API. They released an API in late 2013 and more recently released the cloudfs for more developers to take advantage of the Bitcasa cloud storage services.One of the best things of Bitcasa having and API is it now possible for services like to connect to them to easily move your data between other cloud services and Bitcasa. With the addition of the Bitcasa connector in you can now easily copy your data from other services to Bitcasa or from Bitcasa to other…
  • SpiderOak Reset the Net Promo

    20 Jun 2014 | 1:18 pm
    SpiderOak has been more active this year it seems with promos and discounts, and not just for new users but for both new and existing users. I know I jumped on their unlimited plan special for World Backup Day. This promo from SpiderOak might not be as good as unlimited storage but it is a good deal if you have been waiting for a special from them, or if you want to increase your free storage from 2GB to 5GB.Here are the instructions you need from the SpiderOak blog.5 Free GB’sIf you’re already a SpiderOak user (free or paid), get your additional 5GBs by sending an email…
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  • Ubercloud Announces Technical Computing Marketplace and Appstore

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    In this video from ISC’14, Wolfgang Gentzsch announces the new Ubercloud Technical Computing Marketplace and Appstore. Two years ago the UberCloud started its free HPC Experiment which today has attracted more than 2,000 organizations and individuals from computational fluid dynamics, finite element material analysis, multi-physics, chemistry, life sciences, biology, finance, big data, and the HPC community. Today, UberCloud announces the addition of its Marketplace and Appstore, where engineers and scientists can discover, try and buy the computing power and expertise they need for…
  • Video: What’s New in Moab 8.0 for Cloud & Big Workflow

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    In this video, Trev Harmon from Adaptive Computing presents: HPC, Cloud & Big Workflow: What’s New in Moab 8.0. Adaptive Computing powers many of the world’s largest private/hybrid cloud, and technical computing environments with Moab, its award-winning optimization and scheduling middleware software. Moab enables large enterprises, academic institutions and governments to perform simulations and analyze data faster, more accurately and most cost effectively with its Technical Computing, Cloud and Big Data solutions for Big Workflow applications. With dynamic scheduling,…
  • HP is Looking for a Cloud Deployment Engineer – HP Helion in our Job of the Week

    2 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Hewlett-Packard in Seattle, WA is looking for a Cloud Deployment Engineer – HP Helion in our Job of the Week. “HP has been a consistent leader in defining the next generation computing platforms, and we are doing this again with #HPHelion and the next-generation open source computing platform. More than 2,000 enterprise customers and 37% of the Fortune 100 use our cloud solutions today and serve as the foundation for HP Helion. HP is the #1 private cloud provider in the world. We are a leader in OpenStack and Cloud Foundry foundations and communities. HP is committed to investing…
  • FusionStorm Boosts Its Cloud Computing Offering with Peak’s Enterprise Cloud and NetApp Storage Platform

    1 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Peak announces that it will bring its world-class Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS) capabilities to FusionStorm to give the IT solution provider a more robust cloud solution. “FusionStorm specializes in helping our clients connect their employees, partners and customers by building solid foundations for their IT infrastructure,” states Mike Souza, Senior VP of Sales and Marketing for FusionStorm. “We know that the cloud has become a key component in delivering resources, increased capabilities and flexibility to our clients, and Peak’s cloud is unmatched in terms of technology and…
  • AgileIT is Looking for a Senior Microsoft Cloud Engineer in our Job of the Week II

    27 Jun 2014 | 8:19 am
    AgileIT in San Diego, CA is looking for a Senior Microsoft Cloud Engineer in our Job of the Week II. “Our San Diego network support team is looking for a Microsoft Solutions Engineer (Office 365, Azure, Hyper-V, and Powershell) to assist and support our customer projects.  Join the expert Agile IT team and work in a highly dynamic environment with leading Microsoft architects. Under the direction of project managers and Principal Architects, you will perform customers engagements remotely from our San Diego network operations center (near Sea World). Are you paying too much for your…
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    Cloud Commons: This Week in Cloud

  • TechViews: Germany Wins the World Cup Thanks to Big Data?! The Cloud You Want is Not the Cloud You Deserve and more!

    Cloud Commons
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:09 pm
    TechViews: Germany Wins the World Cup Thanks to Big Data?! The Cloud You Want is Not the Cloud You Deserve and more! Featured Article We All Need a Life Jacket When Wading Into the Application Economy By George Watt Believe it or not, but a canoe trip can be related to the Application Economy. George Watt discusses how a recent canoeing expedition brought up a lot of similarities and lessons that new participants to the Application Economy should embrace. Are you a novice canoer venturing out into the great lake of the Application Economy without a paddle or a life vest? Find out more in this…
  • TechViews: How to explain Big Data to a 5 year old, Cloud is the key to small business success, 10 tips to creating a killer app and more!

    Cloud Commons
    9 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    TechViews: How to explain Big Data to a 5 year old, Cloud is the key to small business success, 10 tips to creating a killer app and more! Featured Article The Internet of Things is Causing Tech Worlds to Collide By Jason Meserve Today every business is becoming a software business and when that happens, weird connections are created. Jason Meserve encountered some pretty interesting things when attending a conference this past week and saw some connections between the medical industry and the Cloud/DevOps Expo that would surprise you. Tech News Big Data is Big! So the explanation of what it…
  • TechViews: Big Data is clear for take-off, YouTube is married to the Cloud and more!

    Cloud Commons
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:22 am
    TechViews: Big Data is clear for take-off, YouTube is married to the Cloud and more! Featured Article DevOps and Putting the Customer First go Hand-in-Hand By Jason Meserve In today’s “customer first” world, all businesses are software businesses. That means, in order for companies to ensure a good customer experience, they need to ensure that their software is top notch and humming along without a hic-up. That is why in today’s business world DevOps and putting the customer first go hand-in-hand. Tech News Big Data is on its way up! Airlines are looking to implement Big Data to…
  • TechViews: Five movies that predicted the Application Economy, Massive Mobile security holes and more!

    Cloud Commons
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:26 am
    TechViews: Five movies that predicted the Application Economy, Massive Mobile security holes and more! Featured Article 5 Movies that Predicted the Application Economy By Denise Dubie Where are all the flying cars already?! Some sci-fi movies show such dramatic representations of technology that we cannot even fathom how that technology can exist. However there are examples of technology today that we accept as common place that would have been considered science fiction 5, 10 and 20 years ago. One of the examples is the Software which powers the Application Economy, and the software involved…
  • TechViews: Big Data needs to grow up; Apple vs Android fight the Cloud battle, Mobile healthcare and more!

    Cloud Commons
    11 Jun 2014 | 5:25 am
    TechViews: Big Data needs to grow up; Apple vs Android fight the Cloud battle, Mobile healthcare and more! Featured Article 5 Reasons You Can’t Ignore the Application Economy By Denise Dubie We’ve have all given into the latest fad and trend at some point in our life. Whether it was bellbottom jeans, sporting a mullet or even dancing to Gangnam style, we have all bought into a fad. Denise Dubie discusses how, although those trends might have seemed a good idea at the time, they didn’t quite pay off. The Application Economy is a different story and, in this blog, Denise provides five…
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  • Ylastic Redesign

    16 Jul 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Introducing the new Ylastic. Main focus was on usability, performance and simplifying all interactions with AWS. The redesign is also prep work needed for the features on our roadmap :) Intuitive and unified look  An interface that simplifies your interactions with the various AWS cloud services and presents an integrated overview of your environment. Seamless multi region management Improved management of AWS resources across regions. On any page, view all the resources in your AWS account in all regions. Filter resources by a specific region or search across all regions. Easy to use multi…
  • Updating Ylastic

    15 May 2014 | 8:20 am
    We started Ylastic a while ago, and it was one of the first management consoles for AWS. The only services in existence at that time were EC2, S3, SQS and SimpleDB had just been announced. Then AWS started growing by leaps and bounds, and they started adding new services and updating existing services at a breakneck pace. Ylastic added services and features as they were introduced. Eventually the Ylastic console became rather large with all of these updates and enhancements. It was fantastic to add all of these new things, as it really helped customers deal with AWS in an easier way. We have…
  • S3 Spending

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Updated charts in Ylastic for viewing your Amazon S3 spending. It is now easier to see the costs broken down by Normal Storage, Reduced Redundant Storage, and other operations performed on your S3 account, as well as by region where your S3 resources are being stored.
  • Estimated charges for Auto Scaling Groups

    9 Mar 2014 | 3:11 pm
    You can now view the estimated costs for any active auto scaling group which has instances running. An estimate is displayed for the month and for a whole year. If you are managing multiple regions inside Ylastic, the auto scaling page will display your groups from all of those regions, and the estimated costs total will be a total across the regions :)
  • Dashboard Updates

    3 Mar 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Ylastic now has an updated dashboard to give you a better overview of your AWS environment - the number of instances, databases, volumes, total volume size, scheduled tasks, monitors and also the estimated charges for that month. Click on any of the panels to go to the corresponding page for that resource in Ylastic. If you are a Ylastic Plus user, just click on the estimated charges panel to navigate to the spending analytics page. The resources are totaled up across ALL regions that you select to manage in Ylastic. You want to see the overview for another AWS account? As easy as selecting…
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  • California moves to the cloud in collaboration with IBM, AT&T, KPMG

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:50 pm
    The California Department of Technology, alongside IBM, has announced the launch of CalCloud, an infrastructure as a service private cloud rolled out across California. The news marks an important client win for IBM after losing a widely publicised battle against Amazon Web Services for a lucrative CIA cloud contract back in October. IBM are involved alongside AT&T, which will provide network services, and KPMG to provide education and drive users to the new services. By putting it in the cloud, government entities can scale their IT up and down as appropriate, with CalCloud…
  • VMware opens up second UK data centre, sees customer demand

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Virtualisation bod VMware has opened up a second UK data centre, with a new site in Chessington, London, adding to the current data centre in Slough. The move is evidently designed to represent UK and EMEA customers who want quicker access to their data, and comes a few months after VMware launched its hybrid disaster recovery service (vCHS), which provides a continuously available recovery platform if a data centre goes down. Gavin Jackson, general manager and VP cloud services EMEA, said: “Our customers have started off using our hybrid service on specific projects for the easy,…
  • Cloud migration best practices for law firms

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    By David Linthicum Legal IT Professionals’ online survey of its readership presented a split decision on about a move to the cloud.  “The online news publication covering international legal information technology asked readers: ‘If your law firm’s management asked for your advice regarding moving key applications to the cloud, would you be in favour of this strategy?’ The 438 responses from legal information technology staff, lawyers and paralegals was nearly split down the middle, with 46% opposing and 45% in favour, while 9% had no opinion.” …
  • Why physical security is essential to combating the ever present and growing threat to data centres

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Nick Razey, CEO and Co-founder of Next Generation Data Although recognised as important, the absolute criticality of the data centre is often underestimated and this is possibly due to its relative cost in comparison to other elements of the IT stack. While a rack footprint might cost £10K pa, the hardware might cost over £50K and the managed service £100K. However, if the data centre fails the lost business can reach millions of pounds per day. So, while the data centre is considered the least important element when it is working, it immediately becomes the most important…
  • Standardisation of cloud contracts in Europe: Coming soon to the US?

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:39 am
    By Kenneth N Rashbaum Esq. and Jason M. Tenenbaum of Barton, LLP. This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. In light of the disclosures by Edward Snowden, there has been a push towards transparency both from governments and from technology companies…
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    ActiveBlog: Insights on Open Source and Dynamic Languages

  • Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    It's SysAdmin Appreciation Day on July 25th! To mark this wondrous day and spread the word, we thought we would head out onto the streets of Vancouver and find out more from the general public what they thought of SysAdmins. Remember to thank your SysAdmin for all that they do for you! (We recommend cupcakes.) (Tweet this) With love from ActiveState on SysAdmin Appreciation Day     Other ActiveState Videos Stackato: The Platform for the Agile Enteprise Learn how Stackato helps IT and Dev work more efficiently and effectively together.        
  • Get Out of the Weeds!

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Years ago a colleague of mine at Sun had an annoying habit of interrupting technical discussions at engineering meetings with the phrase “We're in the weeds!” It was annoying because he would often disrupt fascinating and mind-expanding discussions on, say, the structure of TCP packets, or on message bus implementations. These were always interesting debates that we were reluctant to stop.Years later I came to realize the wisdom of his visionary approach of focusing on the big picture and ensuring that we didn't get bogged down in implementation details, premature…
  • Release! Card Game Adds New Twist to Software Development

    17 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    We're pretty stoked to announce that we're backing an exciting project on Kickstarter - "Release!", a card game about making software inspired by development strategies like Lean, Agile, and DevOps. "Release!" aims to help with team-building. It's sure to be a great addition to conferences or breaks during the work week. The game's creator Alex Papadimoulis, an agile software engineer based in Cleveland, puts it this way: "Release! is a 3 to 5 player card game that takes modern development methodologies and crams them into a trick taking card game that is fast paced, easy to pick up, and has…
  • 6 Reasons IT Needs PaaS

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Developers have enjoyed the benefits of a public PaaS—deployment of their apps without a cumbersome process of IT tickets and wait times. However, circumventing the process and using a "rogue" cloud, while tempting, is only a temporary solution and not suitable as a long-term strategy. IT will shut it down… eventually.As annoying as it may seem to developers, these checks are in place because IT needs to have some control (over security, data, etc.). A private PaaS is a very good alternative to a public one for this reason--it gives developers the freedom they want, but…
  • YAML Like a Pro

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    YAML (YAML Ain't Markup Language) is a cross-programming-language data serialization language whose primary focus is Human Friendliness. This generally means less funny characters like ({}, , ", etc), so that the data is easier to read and write. These characters are used, but YAML tries hard to make them needed as little as possible; more for harder cases, less so for simple things. While the YAML language and data model was made deep enough to handle very complex needs of serialization, like object marshalling and stream processing, YAML most commonly gets used as a cheap and…
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    Simple Talk RSS Feed

  • Version Control as a Cloud Service

    1 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Source control is a conservative technology. Even so, there has been a general willingness to use internet-based servers for the task for a long time, especially for open-source projects. Will the trend toward cloud-based services for version control continue, or is the question made irrelevant with the growing acceptance of distributed source control? Is Cloud-based version control still too risky for a service that must be secure, and almost risk-free?
  • Data Science Laboratory System - Distributed File Databases

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Distributed File Databases manage large amounts of unstructured or semi-structured data. They are designed on the principle of splitting up the data into multiple locations, and then placing the code that processes each fragment close, or directly on, that location. Buck Woody shows how to install Hadoop in your Data Science lab to experiment with an example of the breed.
  • Private Cloud, What Is It and Why Do You Need It?

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Even where organisations cannot make full use of public cloud for reasons of security or because of bandwidth limitations, many of the advantages of flexibility and rapid deployment can be made by providing a private cloud where the IT department manages the service but allows users to use the resources as their requirements change. Could Private Clouds provide a new paradigm for enterprises, irrespective of the public cloud?
  • Automating the Retrieval of SQL Backups from Windows Azure BLOB Storage

    13 Feb 2014 | 4:00 pm
    If your database server is in Azure, then it makes sense to do backups into Azure too. SQL Server 2014 supports backups to the cloud, and particularly well with Managed Backup. Once your backups are safely in an Azure BLOB, then what? Mike Wood takes up the story.
  • Data Science Laboratory System – Object-Oriented Databases

    30 Jan 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Object-Oriented Databases (OOD) avoid the object-relational impedence mismatch altogether by tightly integrating into the user-level OOP code to the extent that they are simply an engine that ships with the code itself. The developer is able to instantiate OOD objects directly into the code. Buck Woody explores the Object-Oriented breed of database in his Data Science lab.
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    Computerworld Blogs - Cloud Computing

  • Information technology kung fu

    Chris Poelker
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    The world has changed. Information technology is the new normal, as almost everyone is connected in some way to the net. Television was the last big thing, but people are now bypassing live television and getting most of their information from the network, even their TV shows.
  • Microsoft CEO Nadella: Windows is over, the future is mobile and the cloud

    Preston Gralla
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    In case you were wondering where Windows stood in Microsoft's future, CEO Satya Nadella just made it clear: Windows is the past; mobile and the cloud are the future. Today he laid out his vision for the future of Microsoft tto the company's employees, and Windows barely even rated a mention.
  • EMC unleashes VMAX3 and buys TwinStrata

    Richi Jennings
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    No LOL: EMC CEO Joe Tucci. Storage behemoth EMC (NYSE:EMC) has a bunch of announcements. New products, upgrades and an acquisition are the order of the day. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers round up the cloudy details.
  • Google I/O 2014: Live blog and streaming video

    JR Raphael
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Google's I/O 2014 developers' conference is kicking off -- and we've got you covered. Click inside for live play-by-play commentary and streaming video from San Francisco's Moscone Center.
  • Oracle in trouble? End-of-year results show Q4 loss, as stock dives 9%

    Richi Jennings
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    Larry puts on a brave face. Oracle (NYSE:ORCL) stock dropped like a stone after the markets closed yesterday. Results show the company actually losing money last quarter. Why? Mumble-mumble, something to do with the Venezuelan bolívar, mumble-mumble. From a median day price of $42.73, shares dived to a low of $38.96, before slowly recovering some ground. At the time of writing, the price is again moving south of $39.90. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers believe the real reason is the ever-onward march to the cloud.
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    Intelligent Technical Solutions

  • IT Services Tip 10 – Change Passwords

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    It is very important for you to change your password regularly. This is one of the key things that you can do to protect your account from hackers and spammers. However, you want to make sure that you create a strong password. Your password should not contain your company name, real name or user name. […]
  • IT Services Tip 9 – Use Up to Date Anti-Virus

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    POS Systems Depend On Updated Anti-Virus Systems Customers are the backbone of a business. When the world revolves around the customer, businesses can rely on consistent sales. In a world where the Internet is quickly becoming the shopping method of choice for customers, it’s vital to keep all networks secure and protected against the millions […]
  • IT Services Tip 8 – Two Factor Authentication

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Proper data protection is as important today as it’s ever been, if not more so. It seems that we’re hearing more and more about wide spread network breaches of large business entities in the news, and the data shows that network security is being compromised more often by malicious sources as more people are turning […]
  • IT Services Tip 7 – Back Things Up

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    The importance of creating backup files for your proprietary data cannot be overstated. NO matter how current your technology or how sophisticated your system of protection, there are simply too many things that can go wrong. If you are a reseller, then you have access to more data than the average person, data that can […]
  • IT Services Tip 6 – Encrypt Devices

    30 Jun 2014 | 8:12 pm
    One of the most common reasons why company data can become exposed to possible breaches is theft. Unfortunately, employees steal things from time to time. If those things happen to be devices which contain important financial information about the company or its customers, that data can be sold or exposed to other threats which can […]
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    Cloud Computing Path

  • Amazon Plans to Pull the Rug Out From Under Box, Zocalo Secure Enterprise Storage Service

    Pravin Anchan
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Zocalo must be giving the jitters to Box, Dropbox and Huddle. It is Amazon’s new baby on the block, offering Secure Enterprise Storage Service in direct competition with established majors Dropbox and Box. Preview is on for those interested. As always Amazon is aggressive on pricing, offering 200GB storage at only $ 5 per user […]
  • Cloud DataFlow, a Managed Data Processing Service Now Available, Says Google

    Pravin Anchan
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    Google’s Cloud offerings are covering the skies with a plethora of services and products. In its ongoing I/O, Google announced the launch of Cloud Dataflow, a managed data processing service. Developers can create data pipelines to analyze data and use Cloud Dataflow to work with live streaming data as well as by uploading data to […]
  • Google Announces New Tools for Debugging and Monitoring Apps for Cloud Platform

    Pravin Anchan
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:25 am
    At the ongoing I/O Google announced new tools to monitor and debug apps on its cloud platform. This is a direct result of its acquisition of Stackdriver, a hugely popular and fast growth cloud monitoring service. Google seems to have leveraged Stackdriver technologies in this suite of apps. The service is termed Google Cloud Monitoring […]
  • Now You Can edit MS Office Files Right Here on Google Drive Using Google Docs

    Pravin Anchan
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:22 am
      Rivalry is always bitter with each one jealously guarding his technologies and market segment. In the process the end user is the one to suffer. This has been happening on Google Docs where you could not edit the ever popular MS office files. Now Google pours a drop of oil or two on troubled […]
  • Microsoft Announce Machine Learning through Windows Azure Cloud

    Pravin Anchan
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:03 am
    In the current scenario machine learning is usually handled on premises with the involvement of experts in several fields such as data but they are few in comparison to existing demand and potentially huge future requirement. Commercial packages are available but these are expensive and difficult to learn in addition to necessitating huge investment in […]
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  • The next big front for cloud competition: Location, location, location

    David Mytton, Server Density
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Cloud vendors need to operate data centers in a diverse range of locations. How does they stack up to each other in terms of geographies, and why is that important? The next big front for cloud competition: Location, location, location originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Pivotal’s Andrew Clay Shafer on operations, OpenStack and incubators

    Jonathan Vanian
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    In this week's Structure Show podcast, agile-and-devops guru explains why operations staff is important for software projects, what exactly he's doing at Pivotal and why startups should be leery of incubators who promise greatness. Pivotal’s Andrew Clay Shafer on operations, OpenStack and incubators originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing

    Barb Darrow
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    AWS doesn't have the public cloud to itself anymore. It faces two gigantic competitors trying to poach reference customers and growing adoption of hybrid cloud. AWS in fight of its life as customers like Dropbox ponder hybrid clouds and Google pricing originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Sign of stress or just business as usual? AWS sales are off slightly

    Barb Darrow
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Sales in the "other" Amazon Web Services category are down slightly quarter to quarter, but were up 38 percent year over year. Sign of stress or just business as usual? AWS sales are off slightly originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
  • Pinterest explains how it runs a souped-up version of Hadoop

    Jonathan Vanian
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    The social scrapbook and visual discovery site, which processes about a petabyte of data daily, uses the Hadoop-as-a-service startup Qubole to handle Hadoop jobs and Puppet for its data processing configuration. Pinterest explains how it runs a souped-up version of Hadoop originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014. Continue reading….
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    CorvisaCloud Blog

  • 3 Tips to Finding the Perfect Contact Center Solution

    Theresa Larkin
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    Last year when we attended Call Center Week, everyone was filled with curiosity about the cloud. This year, attendees were confident that the cloud is the way to go and eager to learn more. Throughout our conversations we found that many people were overwhelmed by the amount of call center technologies available on the market. To help simplify things and narrow down the search, here are some tips, tricks and important questions to ask when looking for cloud-based contact center solutions. 1. Start with Your Objectives What are your company’s current processes? Critically…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] Essentials of TCPA

    Theresa Larkin
    12 May 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Six months have passed since the FCC implemented the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). As time goes by and schedules fill up, it becomes challenging to stay on top of these telemarketing regulations and remember what you can and cannot do. Take this time to jog your memory and revisit some of the important changes that occurred last fall by reviewing our TCPA infographic. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act affects many businesses with an outbound contact center. Those who do not follow the new automated dialing and telemarketing rules will be faced with hefty fines. As mentioned…
  • CorvisaCloud Gets $30 Million in Capital

    Lisa Finholm
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    We’re excited to announce that CorvisaCloud has received additional funding from our parent company, Novation Companies, Inc. (OTCQB: NOVC), to take CorvisaCloud to the next level in 2014 and beyond. We’ll be utilizing the funding to expand our sales, marketing and operational development initiatives along with accelerating product development and customer acquisition of our CorvisaOne™ contact center software products and platform. Technology within the contact center industry is changing and as we mentioned in our post, The Year of Customer Success: 6 Contact Center Predictions for…
  • A Recipe for Customer Success: Insight from Enterprise Connect 2014

    Theresa Larkin
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    Our recent attendance at Enterprise Connect confirmed our belief that putting the customer first is the key to success. This year, instead of heavily debating the move from legacy PBX telephony to the cloud, attendees were on the hunt for the perfect cloud technologies to enhance their customer experience. Which monitoring tools are the most intuitive? Is mobile adoption going to change the game? How can I utilize multiple channels to provide consistent and convenient customer service? Questions like these could be heard throughout the conference and were at the top of everyone’s mind. So…
  • [INFOGRAPHIC] How Do Contact Center Metrics Affect Your Company Goals?

    Lisa Finholm
    19 Mar 2014 | 4:16 pm
    As both inbound and outbound contact center managers dive in to analyze their metrics, it’s important to remember: measuring metrics begins with your company goals. In our recent post Are Your Contact Center Metrics Telling the Whole Story? we took a closer look at what metrics matter to customer service oriented contact centers. This time, we’ve outlined the story through a contact center metrics infographic to illustrate the importance of first identifying your company goals and then looking at which inbound and outbound metrics can help you achieve them. When metrics are…
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    Stackify » Blog

  • Help is on the way for developers troubleshooting apps

    Irit Gillath
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In the past several years applications evolved and became more complex, pushing developers to play a more central role in supporting them. However the tools that developers are using to troubleshoot application issues haven’t properly evolved and remain very limited. Logs are still being dumped to endless files on different servers, making finding the right... The post Help is on the way for developers troubleshooting apps appeared first on Stackify.
  • Ticket Solutions & VeriShip Choose Stackify’s Solution for DevOps Insight

    Irit Gillath
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:24 am
    Ticket Solutions, for over 17 years, has specialized in finding premium seating to any sport, concert, or theatre event worldwide. The company prides itself in providing unrivaled service to their customers. VeriShip, established in 2006, is the leader in small parcel auditing, analytics, reporting and technology solutions. Their solutions are distributed in different environments using... The post Ticket Solutions & VeriShip Choose Stackify’s Solution for DevOps Insight appeared first on Stackify.
  • Stackify received SD Times’ top 100 award

    Irit Gillath
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:33 am
    We are proud to be among  the top ten companies selected for the application developer tools that includes agile, product-line management and performance monitoring. “Building tools that really helped developers stick to the plan and avoid falling behind. Is not an easy task” said David Rubinstein chief editor for SD Times “When choosing the SD Times... The post Stackify received SD Times’ top 100 award appeared first on Stackify.
  • Error Logging and Application Metrics APIs Now in NuGet

    Craig Ferril
    27 May 2014 | 9:26 am
    Giving you visibility and early awareness into everything that is happening with and around your application is our top priority. Sometimes those insights need to come from the code-level rather than external monitoring, and so to that end we are excited to announce our new metrics API and inclusion of all .NET Stackify libraries in... The post Error Logging and Application Metrics APIs Now in NuGet appeared first on Stackify.
  • Case study: ABPathfinder Selects Stackify’s Application Monitoring Solution

    Irit Gillath
    6 May 2014 | 9:16 am
    We’ve today announced today that ABPathfinder  the developer of special education and therapy management solutions, selected Stackify’s solution to provide DevOps insight and proactive application health monitoring to its solution. To assure uptime and performance, ABPathfinder uses Stackify to help monitor their production environment.The Application Dashboard helps them understand their customer experience and the overall... The post Case study: ABPathfinder Selects Stackify’s Application Monitoring Solution appeared first on Stackify.
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  • Dropbox launches new features for enterprise clients

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Enterprise users  can set passwords and expiration dates for links to documents stored in Dropbox that they send outside of their companies. Credit: Getty Images Dropbox on Wednesday unveiled several new features to its Dropbox for Business plan, including new security and control measures for document sharing and full-text searching capabilities for finding files. Dropbox will now let enterprise users set passwords and expiration dates for links to documents stored in Dropbox that they send outside of their companies. If someone receives a link to a Dropbox-contained file that falls outside…
  • How snapshot recovery ensures business continuity

    Michael O'Dwyer
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    No company, regardless of industry or location, is immune to data loss. Backups can play an instrumental role in the recovery, although the process of backing up information can be lengthy. Still, there may be ways to shorten this task, including the use of snapshot recovery, which allows organizations to restore data from a specific time. The result: These firms can restore only what they need instead of taking time to recovery all their information. Nimble Storage’s Radhika Krishnan says businesses need a backup and recovery solution that’s both scalable and efficient without slowing…
  • What cloud computing customers want

    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Transparent pricing and support are some of the qualities customers want from a vendor, according to the Enterprise Management Associates report. Credit: Getty Images The lines between cloud providers and cloud consumers keep getting fuzzier every day. Many enterprises are engaged in both offering services through their own clouds, as well as subscribing to cloud services from public providers. To meet the consumption side of the equation, there is now a mega-industry of public cloud service providers that are aggressively competing for this online market. Vendors within this mega-industry…
  • Are we comfortable with commercial open source?

    21 Jul 2014 | 3:30 pm
    In this open source world, even Red Hat’s open source credentials have been questioned. Credit: Getty Images Despite the rise in prominence of open source software, the number of users running some variant of Linux on their personal laptops and desktops remains comparatively low. Notwithstanding’s best guess at 72 million Linux users globally (at the time of writing), it has only been Android on a mobiles that has provided a significant open source operating system experience for most of us to date. But open source has of course progressed and been adopted widely albeit…
  • Time to say goodbye: Creating the right retention policies

    Kevin Casey
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Some companies are afraid to get rid of any data, but saving everything can strain storage systems and slow analytics applications. Credit: iStockDeveloping a sound data retention policy for your business is one of those thankless IT tasks: You’re probably not going to earn any pats on the back for the effort, but it’s absolutely necessary. The data you get rid of is often as important to your data retention policy as what you retain. But it’s not always easy to sort the unnecessary data from the must-keep variety, especially in an environment that is continually changing. A…
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  • Are Cloud Storage Considerations Cloudy Business?

    John Arkontaky
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:45 am
    With cloud storage platforms becoming more closed, companies need to consider not only the enterprise security and features of a file, sync, and share platform, but also the supported apps and ease of integration. Choosing cloud storage solutions goes beyond file, sync, and share Having the ability to access files securely on smartphones and tablets is crucial — whether it’s for collaboration, on-demand document access, or meeting a deadline while away from the desk. File, sync, and share solutions trump uploading and downloading files from email attachments. Unfortunately, walled…
  • AT&T Earns SAP HANA Certification

    Doug Tuck
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:45 am
    When you need something done right, you go to the experts. For expertise in the delivery and support of SAP HANA look no further than AT&T, who was recently SAP HANA Operations Certified. As an early SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud partner, AT&T has already been helping customers take advantage of the real business opportunities SAP HANA provides. The certification is further confirmation of proficiency in the area of SAP HANA delivery and support. HANA is an in-memory database platform that processes large amounts of data for insight and real-time decision making. But for all the promise…
  • Bonding with the Cloud

    Rene Dufrene
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:45 am
    Cloud services are growing more popular each day. IDC predicts more than 80 percent of new applications will soon be deployed via the cloud. But still of concern to many organizations are the security, performance, complexity, and expense involved with moving to the cloud. Enter AT&T NetBondSM, a network-enabled cloud solution that “bonds” an enterprise’s AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) to the cloud for the delivery of applications through fast and highly-secure connectivity. Benefits include as much as 50% lower latency and three times the availability versus other…
  • Staying Safe in the Clouds

    Rene Dufrene
    16 Jun 2014 | 3:45 am
    Public Cloud. Private Cloud. Hybrid Cloud. There’s little dispute that it’s cloudy out there with a forecast of more clouds to come. In fact, IDC predicts more than 80 percent of new applications will be deployed or distributed via the cloud and that cloud platforms will gradually displace the client/server approach as the dominant model for application and solution delivery by 2017. (IDC “U.S. Hosting Infrastructure Services 2013–2017 Forecast” Doc # 240897 May 2013.) While the benefits to employing cloud technology are numerous, potential pitfalls do exist when shifting…
  • New Ways Of “Thinking Out Cloud”

    13 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    In just a few short years, Cloud has evolved from an experimental medium to an increasingly mainstream IT deployment option.  Of course, “IT as a Service” builds on existing innovations, such as virtualization and orchestration. However, such characteristics as granularity and self-service enable disruptive models that are more than just a next-generation play on hosting or IT outsourcing.  This demands a rethink of traditional approaches to the way that IT capabilities are purchased, deployed, and consumed. In a white paper revised for 2014, analysts a IDC look beyond the generic…
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  • Michael Spayd on Coaching the Agile Enterprise
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Noel Wurst: Hello. This is Noel Wurst with Skytap. I am speaking today with Michael Spayd. Michael's going to be speaking at the Agile 2014 Conference in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, July 28. It had a really interesting sounding session, and I just wanted to learn a little bit more about that session and some of the topics that may come up during it. Michael, how are you doing today? Michael Spayd: I'm doing well. Noel: Great.  Michael: Thank you for hosting this, Noel. Noel: No problem at all. Your session, again, on Monday, July 28, is titled "What would it mean to Coach an Agile…
  • Em Campbell-Pretty on Scaling Agile, Culture, Teams, and Tribes
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Noel: Hello, this is Noel Wurst with Skytap. Today, I am speaking with Em Campbell-Pretty. Em is going to be speaking at the Agile 2014 Conference in Orlando, Florida on Monday, July 28th. Her session is titled, “The Key to the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe): Principles Over Practices." How are you doing today Em? Em: I’m great. Thank you Noel. Noel: Great. Thanks for sitting down and talking with us today. We just wanted to learn a little bit more about your session and talk about the act of scaling Agile at an enterprise level and to see what all needs to go into that decision and into…
  • Announcing MinorJS: An Unopinionated, Ultra-minimal Web Framework for Node.js
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Skytap is a big believer in open source software. Our company is built on amazing open source projects like Linux, Ruby on Rails and Node.js. That’s why we feel it’s so important to give back to the open source community by releasing and maintaining the MinorJS project.What is MinorJS? MinorJS is an unopinionated, ultra-minimal web framework that alleviates the pain of routing, testing, and deployment clustering for Node.js applications.Why MinorJS? By starting with MinorJS you maintain the freedom to develop your application with whichever technologies and philosophies you find…
  • Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence with the CQAA
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    ​The Chicago Quality Assurance Association (CQAA) was founded in 1984 to “promote quality principles and practices within Chicago-area companies” and to provide “a forum for information professionals to present and discuss quality and process management within information systems, technology, and services.”To celebrate their 30 years of service, the CQAA is hosting an event on July 31st at the Metropolitan Club in downtown Chicago’s Willis Tower. This should be a fantastic evening for all QA professionals, not just current members of the CQAA. We had a chance to sit down with CQAA…
  • Enhancing Your Testing Efforts: An Interview with Rajini Padmanaban
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    ​Noel: I recently read a piece of yours on the QAInfoTech blog where you asked, “Is it fair to compare manual and automated test results.” That’s a great question, and one that I imagine could result in a variety of answers, depending on who is being asked the question. What made you want to take a shot at answering this? It’s certainly hotly debated these days.Rajini: Test automation has been in the limelight for the last five years or so. As more teams embrace agile development, test automation usage has increased significantly to cut testing time. However, this is not always the…
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  • Strategies for Winning Cloud Storage Wars: Google, Microsoft & Dropbox

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    It looks like Google wants to have the cloud to itself. In March, the company decreased prices for Google Drive and it is hoping to annihilate its main competitors, namely Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive. The battle for cloud supremacy has just started, and Google has once again turned the market upside down. The company slashed prices by 80%; users have 15 GB at their disposal in Google Drive Cloud Storage, which they can use for free. If you subscribe for 100 GB, you will be paying $1.99 rather than $4.99, and for 1 TB the price is $9.99/month instead of $49.99. OneDrive vs. Dropbox vs.
  • The Anatomy of a Cloud Computing Technologist

    6 Jun 2014 | 4:21 am
    Are you thinking of moving some business operations to the cloud? Moving your business to the cloud is probably an idea that would set you on course for better profitability. However, this transition is far less easy than simply choosing a cloud vendor and moving a portion of your business activities to the cloud. You need a clearly defined cloud strategy in place if you are to leverage the immense potential of the cloud computing for your business. More importantly, you need a qualified person to be in charge of this strategy to ensure its successful implementation. There are plenty of…
  • Endless Possibilities on a Cloud Based Environment

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    Many businesses today are utilising cloud based environments and are enjoying multiple benefits of having their apps and data stored on remote servers. Due to complexity of the cloud technology, a remote virtual environment can provide a large amount of possibilities and opportunities, making it ideal for any business. Below are some ways your company can benefit from cloud solutions. Shared access Many companies have employees who work on a single document. This is often difficult for businesses as it is hard to keep track of any changes to the file. Cloud computing allows multiple users to…
  • Merging SaaS Tools with Your Manufacturing Strategies

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:51 am
    It’s a daily challenge to capture significant market share in the manufacturing industry. Companies constantly need to come up with revolutionary strategies to reach into the hearts of consumers. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to employ cloud computing tools, so decision makers and thought leaders can focus on claiming a fortress in the manufacturing segment. Changing the game and seizing consumers’ “sweet spot” Every consumer has a sweet spot. This is the only way to get your products and brand remembered until customers finally decide to purchase your offering. You can employ several…
  • Smooth Scaling: How to Keep your Startup Afloat

    25 Mar 2014 | 1:59 am
    Two of the biggest things that stand in the way of a successful startup are either growing too fast or not growing fast enough. Finding the delicate balance between the two is necessary to keep enough resources around and handle demand without starting strong or fizzling out. Below are some statistics that make it perfectly clear how important scaling is to any small business or startup. Implementing cloud computing technology is a great way to prepare for any kind of growth or expansion, and it should definitely be a part of your plan. By integrating the cloud early into your business plan,…
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  • AWS NY Summit Highlights: Ruling the Cloud Stack and an Expanding Ecosystem

    Ofir Nachmani
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:01 am
    Last week’s NYC AWS summit was yet another success for the cloud giant. Just shy of the impressive turnout at re:Invent 2013 in Las Vegas, last week’s summit had so many attendees, they ran out of badges! As always, the lectures were great, however, we weren’t told anything new. Despite the ever-growing awareness of AWS cloud, Werner has been pitching the same “old” messages for years. Security issues, price reductions, fast deployment, and scalability were introduced in a much more organic way three years ago, and this year’s summit proved that these concepts have been…
  • Become a Cloud Celebrity at AWS NYC Summit

    Ofir Nachmani
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    IamOnDemand Cloud Celebrity Whether you are a cloud consumer or vendor, launching your first startup or developing cutting edge technology to improve cloud computing experiences…you can be famous! Over the years, I have become very familiar with the AWS cloud, as well as the startups that were utilizing the cloud from the get-go. Through this experience, I was able to witness how the market matured, and eventually see those very same startups flourish into the strong companies they are today. I am proud to announce that IOD has since expanded into a great team of professionals who leverage…
  • My Interview with Adrian Cockcroft – Netflix Cloud Pioneer

    Ofir Nachmani
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    On Wednesday July 2nd, Adrian Cockcroft from Battery Venture is going to lecture on an IGTCloud and IamOnDemand meetup. Prior to joining Battery, Adrian  lead Netflix’s migration to a large scale, highly available public-cloud architecture and the open sourcing of the cloud-native NetflixOSS platform – the Netflix cloud management platform. The Netflix Cloud Netflix, the popular American provider of internet video streaming, dominates the market with over 50 million subscribers and a third of all internet traffic during peak hours. Netflix currently operates in over 40 countries and has…
  • Cloud Marketer, You Don’t Have a Clue!

    Ofir Nachmani
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:34 am
    What is the point of hiring a marketer? By definition, a marketer is supposed to possess the ability to market the goods or services provided by a company to the appropriate target markets. In reality, however, this definition is often times expanded to entail a larger quantity of tasks, which unfortunately is not proportionate to quality. Knowing how to analyze a particular environment does not mean one possesses the same level of expertise in a field as those actually working the field. In other words, while a marketer may be able to assess which audience will best respond to content…
  • 3 Reasons Why (Post) Once a Week is Not Enough!

    Ofir Nachmani
    4 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    Finding that magic number of relevant blog posts needed to keep your cloud-minded audience engaged and craving more can be trickier than you think. One thing’s for sure, though, posting once a week is not enough! While cloud companies may be up to their eyeballs in new developments and performance maintenance, here are three reasons why creating content needs to be at the top of every hi-tech and cloud company’s to-do list. 1. Google Search Google doesn’t just like posts, Google LOVES posts. The more posts you churn out, the higher up you’ll be in Google’s ranks. This will…
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  • Windows vs. Linux or cPanel VPS Hosting – Part II – Similarities, Price Advantage & cPanel

    Kent Roberts
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    <<< Go to Part I – Scripting Languages & Windows In the first part of this two-part series, we discussed advantages and disadvantages of the two major operating systems used for hosting: Linux and Windows. The basic differentiation was that Linux is open source, more widely available, and usually much less expensive; but Microsoft is necessary for coding with .NET & ASP. After discussing the pros and cons of each OS, the first part took a closer look at Windows VPS hosting (specifically with Windows Server 2012 R2).Now that we have discussed the differences between the two…
  • Windows vs. Linux VPS Hosting – Part I – Scripting Languages & Windows

    Kent Roberts
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    When determining which VPS hosting package is best for your business, the first choice you will need to make is which operating system (OS) is right for you. Windows and Linux are the two major candidates, since most companies choose to host with one of those two options (although FreeBSD is another popular choice that we offer).In this two-part series, we will look at the differences between Windows and Linux VPS hosting, as described by industry analysts. At a cursory glance, the primary differentiating factor between the two operating systems is that Windows is proprietary, while Linux is…
  • HIPAA Virtualization: A Real World Scenario

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Healthcare organizations often contact us for hosting solutions that are fully compliant with the parameters of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Particularly critical for this sector of companies – called covered entities within the law and comprising providers, plans, and clearinghouses – are the Privacy Rule and Security Rule contained within the Act’s Title II. The two rules govern the methods used by business associates such as hosting services to safeguard protected health information (PHI).The following article is part of our Real World…
  • HIPAA Compliant .NET Web-Based Application Hosting: A Real World Scenario

    Brett Haines
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:29 am
    The majority of healthcare organizations – including plans, providers, and clearinghouses – must be fully compliant with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). One aspect of compliance is contracting with outside specialists that can handle certain data-related responsibilities. These technology partners are experts at hosting compliant websites and applications, serving as business associates (via business associate agreements, or BAAs) for healthcare clients and their affiliates.In order to deliver the type of content that will be the most useful to our…
  • Web Development & HIPAA-Compliant Streaming Video: A Real World Scenario

    Kent Roberts
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    The following article is part of Atlantic.Net’s “Real World Scenario” series, which outlines common concerns expressed by customers via true-life (anonymous and edited) interactions between our hosting consultants and clients.This report, like many in this series, is related to HIPAA compliance, a critical concern with healthcare industry technology. Today we cover a customer support interaction in which a web developer is seeking assistance with a HIPAA compliant solution for a server, strong enough to support secure and reliable streaming of video and audio.HIPAA Compliant Streaming…
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  • Backupify Celebrates One Million Users Milestone

    Vladimir Covic
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Popular provider of cloud-to-cloud backup, Backupify, announced a major milestone yesterday. Namely, the Massachusetts-based company celebrated surpassing one million users supported by their platform. Backupify reaches one million users image credit: Diego Sepulveda Backupify now officialy offers support and protects the data of over one million users (1,005,305), securing around 2PB of data between them. Making Backupify the most trusted cloud-to-cloud backup company today. However, the results didn’t come overnight. The company also had a successful Q1 of 2014, continuing the…
  • Dropbox for Business Adds New Features

    Victoria Kazz
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    More than 4 million businesses use Dropbox’s cloud-based storage platform. But only about 80,000 utilize Dropbox for Business, launched in early 2014. To increase this amount, new features have been added making finding and sharing documents better and more secure. image credit: What Dropbox for Business Has To Offer View-only permission for shared folders is the first new feature, letting users decipher who exactly they want to be able to access and edit the files they create. Password protection and time-sensitive links are also now available. The company’s head of product,…
  • Offers Longterm Storage Solution

    Denise Sullivan
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am is a different way to think of backing up documents. Instead of being a short term, quick access spot to keep ever-evolving files, it is more of an archival site designed to store seldom used, but still important data. Pricingimage credit: Deepfreeze Not an Everyday Cloud Site is different from other cloud storage companies, because it is not intended to be a quick access affair. Uploaded files are frozen until the user requests them to be defrosted. Which means that they cannot be accessed quickly, on-the-go. is accessed…
  • Firedrive Releases Mobile-Friendly Website

    Victoria Kazz
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    50 GB free cloud storage provider, Firedrive, released a new website optimized for mobile phone and tablet users with a variety of original features and functions making it easier to work with — from anywhere. image credit: Firedrive Firedrive & It’s Mobility In today’s market, cloud subscribers are looking for two things: convenience and flexibility. Firedrive responded to those needs with a new and updated version of its current mobile website. This responsive site will allow users to store, send and share data from any mobile device they choose. Traditional desktop…
  • Dropbox Opens UK Office, Europe and Japan Next

    Vladimir Covic
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    Cloud storage and file sync company, Dropbox, is planning an international expansion. The plan, which should bring more paying subscriber to Dropbox for Business was revealed by the company’s COO, Dennis Woodside. The first phase of the expansion will be opening a UK office. Download Dropbox image credit: planetahuevo However, Dropbox’ plan doesn’t end with the opening of a UK office. The company has also set its sight on continental Europe and Japan.  At the moment, Dropbox has HQs in: San Francisco Los Altos, Texas Sidney, Australia Although Dropbox is a US-based…
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  • The 10 Things Expected from Customer Service

    John Gorup
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    There have been an increasing number of high profile, social media-inflamed customer service failures. While these failures produce astonishment and some amusement for bystanders, it’s time that all companies look in the mirror and ask themselves if they are set up to be the next joke. Providing great customer service requires companies to build an… Read More
  • HR Reporting: Still Getting a Bad Rap

    Ray Rivera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    A successful HR data practice addresses the needs of the business by providing a rigorous process for managing a body of data that begins as nebulous, unstructured, and not consumable. It does so through a cycle of reporting, analytics, and planning. In this entry we will discuss the first of these, reporting, which is concerned… Read More
  • How [topcoder] Protects Your Intellectual Property Rights During Crowdsourcing

    Ben Kerschberg
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    One of the most important set of questions you can ask about crowdsourcing concerns the intellectual property rights of the work that the community completes for you and how [topcoder] ensures those rights. The formal answer can be found in [topcoder]’ main legal documents that govern intellectual property, confidentiality, security, and indemnification. Each of these… Read More
  • Does Big Data Really Solve the Lack of Data Problem for HR?

    Ray Rivera
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
      Big data is likely here to stay. Most companies, though not yet fully transformed by big data, are at least adapting to it. They are finding innovative ways to apply data science to critical parts of their value chains, and transforming with varying levels of success the ways critical parts of the businesses are… Read More
  • Call Deflection: The Key to Customer Satisfaction

    John Gorup
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    In 2010, the famous entrepreneur Stefani Germanotta (better known as Lady Gaga) produced the song “Telephone.” In addition to being a catchy tune, the song’s chorus carries an important observation for today’s Customer Service Managers: “Stop callin' Stop callin' I don't wanna think anymore I left my head and my heart on the dancefloor.” Increasingly,… Read More
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  • IBM To Power California State’s CalCloud

    Arline Wilson
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    IBM will provide Infrastructure-as a-Service to the State of California, with a private-public cloud service called CalCloud. The State of California will be the first State in US to ... The post IBM To Power California State’s CalCloud appeared first on CloudWedge.
  • Black Hat Conference Preview: Building BotNet for Free

    CloudWedge Staff
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Black Hat Conference is an annual meet up held in Las Vegas where security minded individuals mesh and mingle. Andy Greenberg at Wired reports that Rob Ragan and ... The post Black Hat Conference Preview: Building BotNet for Free appeared first on CloudWedge.
  • Visa to Start Replacing Credit Cards w/ Cloud

    CloudWedge Staff
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:12 am
    The market for cloud-based mobile payment solutions is still well within its infancy. Visa, one of the world’s leaders in credit card issuance, has begun implementing a cloud payment ... The post Visa to Start Replacing Credit Cards w/ Cloud appeared first on CloudWedge.
  • Geek of the Week: Seth Bostock

    CloudWedge Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    As has become the tradition for Thursdays, it is time to select our ‘Geek of the Week.’ Developments within the cloud industry are snowballing to such a point that ... The post Geek of the Week: Seth Bostock appeared first on CloudWedge.
  • Sprint to Partner With Google Apps for Business

    Arline Wilson
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:19 am
    Google Apps for Business will now be accessible to Sprint customers starting in August of this year. Sprint is teaming up with Google to become an official reseller of ... The post Sprint to Partner With Google Apps for Business appeared first on CloudWedge.
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  • The Road to Risk Reduction with Primavera Risk Analysis

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:17 pm
    What should you do – accept, mitigate, reduce or eliminate them? No, we’re not talking about those extra pounds that arrive uninvited at too many of our waistlines. We’re talking about risk in projects and the best way to plan for events that may or may not happen. Primavera Risk Analysis brings users the capability to model risks and understand the budget impacts (cost and time) of different options for handling them. But what is risk and how can we realistically deal with the inevitable complexity? Some quick information on some of the fundamentals involved may help. Risk or…
  • Is P6 Professional only for Power Users?

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Primavera P6 Professional has a reputation for being aimed at the ‘power user’ market. But what is a power user? Is it someone who is hopelessly addicted to keyboard shortcuts and a command line interface with a score of different options for every command? Or do you become a power user by seeking out and using advanced features of programs generally ignored by the average user? It turns out that while P6 Professional certainly doesn’t shut the door on project management power users, its real advantage is in opening it to users of project management power. There’s a subtle but…
  • Goal Tuning and ROI with Primavera Portfolio Management

    30 Jun 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Are you battling to progress different projects that slow to a crawl because resources are arbitrarily pulled off them? Or do your projects collectively seem to use twice the budget for half the effect? In either case, you might see serious benefit by using Primavera Portfolio Management. PPM is the next level up compared to individual project management. It takes a global view of the different activities you have on the go to see how they contribute to overall enterprise goals. It also helps you identify any unnecessary overlap and redundancy – and get those budget dollars to really roll…
  • Primavera Unifier and SOAP for Clean Back-office Integration

    16 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    With Primavera Unifier, Oracle has made its intentions clear – to provide the ‘best-in-class project lifecycle management solution for capital planning, project delivery, cost control, and facilities and real estate management.’ To help make Unifier the application of choice, Oracle includes a business process automation engine, audit functions, reporting – and an interface based on XML web services. This last item is more meaningful when described as a basis for integrating Primavera Unifier with other enterprise applications such as ERP, HR, supply, procurement and payroll…
  • LoadSpring Q2 | 2014 eNews

    10 Jun 2014 | 8:28 am
    The post LoadSpring Q2 | 2014 eNews appeared first on LoadSpring.
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  • Serial keys of all edition of Nero multimedia software

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    Nero is the most trusted integrated digital media software suite. Yet it is easy-to-use software where you can create, copy, edit, rip, burn, share and upload online any video, music, data or photo.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Data Center Tiers – What You Need to Know

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    What Customers Need To Know About Data Center Tiers Most clients in the market for a data center have an understanding of the different uptime tiers of service that a data center may provide. Tier I has no redundancies, and a minimum target uptime of 99.671, or a little over one day of downtime per year. Tier 4 systems boast independent, dual-powered HVAC with multiple redundancies in a fault-tolerant facility, with a minimum target uptime of 99.995%, or about 26 minutes of downtime per year. But Uptime Tier designations are not the whole story. In fact, relying merely on the title may net…
  • Relocating Your Data – 5 Things to Consider

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    Relocating Your Data As the cost of IT infrastructure rises, more and more businesses are considering relocating their data into a 3rd party facility. After all, the information is core to your business mission, but the maintenance of the equipment and their special requirements probably isn’t. So as you begin looking into colocation, there will be various themes trumpeted at you: you’ll save money, you’ll improve reliability and security, and you’ll find it easier to scale up and down. Most of the information you’ll receive will be geared around your concerns about…
  • 3 Recent IT Disasters You May Have Forgotten

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    “The only system which is truly secure is one which is switched off and unplugged locked in a titanium lined safe, buried in a concrete bunker, and is surrounded by nerve gas and very highly paid armed guards. Even then, I wouldn’t stake my life on it.” – Gene Spafford, Director, Computer Operations, Audit, and Security Technology (COAST) Project, Purdue University We’ve come to realize that no company is immune to IT disasters, even the big guys. Today we outline 3 incidents that involved  sabotage, hacking or backup failures. The goal of this post is to…
  • Data Center RFP Writing Services

    23 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    Data Center RFP Writing Services A RFP, or “Request For Proposal” document is commonly the first step when researching data centers. However, time and again, we have seen vague or poorly written RFPs go out to vendors, resulting in only vague or useless responses — if they respond at all. Then the proposal needs to either be rewritten, or the company will need to spend time and manpower following up with the vendors. Ideally, a RFP will be clear, concise, and outline the business’s needs with the appropriate level of detail. However, this can sometimes be difficult to…
  • The Skinny on SaaS – What is SaaS ?

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:24 am
    If you pay attention to business technology articles and magazines, you may have noticed the proliferation of this buzzword. SaaS, pronounced “sass,” stands for “Software as a Service.” Software as a Service means exactly what it sounds like: technology companies, particularly start-ups, are creating software that provides a service for their customers. If that sounds a little vague, that’s because it is — the SaaS industry is massive, and you likely use a number of SaaS applications every day without realizing it. Your internal office messaging software,…
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  • Malware Can Hide in the Most Obvious Places

    Robert Siciliano
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    You never know when malware will bite. Even browsing an online restaurant menu can download malicious code, put there by hackers.Much has been said that Target’s hackers accessed the giant’s records via its heating and cooling system. They’ve even infiltrated thermostats and print...
  • Telecom Sector Slow

    Gwen Harkness
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The Telecom sector has been slow this week. The main even of the last week was the purge of pay phone in NYC to make way for Wifi Hotspots. Even though the Telenor attack took place a couple of weeks ago it is also still being discussed.
  • Next Step in Wearable Technology: Smartshoe

    Amy Zontek-Carney
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    The Daily Roundup Most Notable Info The smartshoe was originally designed for the visually impaired who use canes as a means to safely travel. “While the cane can help the visually impaired detect obstacles, it cannot tell them which way to face or when to turn;” this is where t...
  • New Ransomware Uses Tor, Demands Bitcoin After Encrypting Files

    Jeff Peters
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Kaspersky has spotted a new ransomware family known as "Onion" that uses malware called CTB-Locker. The malware demands 0.159 Bitcoin (about $96) and instructs users to get Bitcoin if they don't have it. It's also unusual in that Kaspersky experts say it's the first ransomware to ...
  • Russian government offers award to crack Tor privacy

    25 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    The Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs offered a $111,000 contract for technology that can identify Tor users. On the Russian government’s procurement website, the government posted a notice seeking researchers to study the problem of obtaining user information. The competition ...
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  • F5 enhances application availability

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Interoperability improves disaster recovery/business continuity across data centre and VMware cloud environments.
  • Six Degrees Group boosts cloud services with HP CloudAgile

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Six Degrees Group (6DG) a provider of converged managed data services has joined the HP CloudAgile Programme for service providers. The deal will allow 6DG and by extension its customers to take advantage of new service innovations accelerated migration to cloud solutions and reduced development costs.
  • Nasstar plc acquires Kamanchi Limited

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Nasstar a provider of Hosted Desktop cloud computing is pleased to announce the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Kamanchi Limited (andldquo;Kamanchiandrdquo;) a specialist IT outsourcer and Hosted Desktop provider in the recruitment sector for a consideration of andpound;2.5m. The acquisition is expected to be immediately earnings enhancing.
  • PTC to acquire Axeda

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    Axedaandrsquo;s connectivity expertise to extend PTCandrsquo;s ability to deliver secure closed loop lifecycle management for smart connected products.
  • Further changes likely to hinder G-Cloud adoption at local government level says Databarracks

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:10 am
    The lack of guidance and clarity surrounding the new G-Cloud Security Approach and the recently changed Government Security Classifications will only add further confusion for local government departments considering procuring services through the G-Cloud framework warns Peter Groucutt managing director of Databarracks.
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  • AppWarp: Restore the Session After the App Crash

    Rahul Panchal
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    App Crashing is one of the major challenges for an app developer and he/she might end up losing a user or two for their App. We have discussed a scenario put forth, which is followed by a few easy yet … Continue reading → The post AppWarp: Restore the Session After the App Crash appeared first on .
  • Getting Started with Android Wear

    Vishnu Garg
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    Last day someone asked me which latest innovation inspires me the most and in an instant I replied ‘Wearables’. No wonder the world is taken away by this intelligent invention. Well, Android Wear is a platform provided by Google for … Continue reading → The post Getting Started with Android Wear appeared first on .
  • Empower Your App42 Unity App with Facebook OAuth

    himanshu sharma
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    App42 now enables the developer to use Facebook authentication with its SDK on Unity platform. This means you can do Facebook OAuth of App user without using Facebook Unity SDK or any other third party plugin for the same. Why … Continue reading → The post Empower Your App42 Unity App with Facebook OAuth appeared first on .
  • Add Gift Mechanism to your Mobile/Web Apps

    Sachin Grover
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:22 am
    For centuries the exchange of gifts has kept mere humans together. It has made it possible to bridge the abyss, which the language has been struggling to do. In a digital scenario of today, where gifts are exchanged online, creation … Continue reading → The post Add Gift Mechanism to your Mobile/Web Apps appeared first on .
  • Creating an MMO game with Interest Managment in Unity and AppWarpS2

    Suyash Mohan
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Introduction This MMO demo is a sample game developed using AppWarpS2 and Unity to showcase how one can develop an MMO game with AppWarpS2. MMO games have different challenges than other genres of multiplayer games. One such difficulty is interest … Continue reading → The post Creating an MMO game with Interest Managment in Unity and AppWarpS2 appeared first on .
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  • LG G3 review

    12 Jul 2014 | 1:33 pm
     LG G3 review: The perfect flagship phone for early adopters   The Good  The LG G3 has a great camera, a brilliantly sharp display, a snappy quad-core processor, and a flat UI that makes Android 4.4 look good. LG's flagship has also improved on the previous model -- the new G3 comes with a removable battery and microSD card slot, both things the G2 lacked.The Bad  The new QHD display with its 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution is quite a power-hog, so the phone will barely last you a day without a charge.The Bottom Line  Possessing the right blend of features…
  • Install command line developer tools in OS X

    10 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Install command line developer tools in OS XIf you need access to programming tools on your Mac, there are several ways to go about installing them. Part of OS X is its powerful command-line interface, where a competent or even novice programmer can make use of a number of tools for configuring and customizing the system, and make programs and scripts While OS X ships with a number of common commands, by default Apple does not include those that are used for checking out, compiling, and otherwise managing code for developing applications. If you need these tools for some reason, then there…
  • Select a startup disk in OS X

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    If you need to boot to a secondary hard drive on your Mac, you can do so using several different means. For most PC systems, you will need to press F12, or another F-key, or perhaps the Escape or Delete keys when booting your system in order to select an alternative boot drive. To do this on a Apple computers, you use the Option key; however, there may be some constraints. Generally you can start up or reboot your Mac, and simply hold the Option key once the screen goes black so that when it reboots it will show you the boot menu. However, if you do this with a wireless keyboard you may not…
  • Cell phone unlock

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Cell phone unlockConsumers are one tiny step closer to being able to take their phones to another carrier when they switch service providers.Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a bill that will make it easier for consumers to unlock their cell phones. Once unlocked, wireless subscribers can then take those phones to a different wireless operator.This bill, along with a bill passed by the House of Representatives in February, would repeal a 2012 decision by the Library of Congress that made cell phone unlocking a violation of the 1998 Digital…
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  • IT Mythbusting Part 4: Custody Means Security

    Marc Shaw
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Part 4 of a five-part series examining common IT myths Cloud computing is rapidly moving from the wave of the future to the present reality with analysts reporting, for example, that Amazon’s Cloud has become the fastest growing software in history. However, many business owners, especially small businesses, are still holding out. We’re taking a look at some common myths that keep them from making the leap. One of the myths about cloud computing surrounds physical security. In fact, security is one of the most common concerns voiced among CEOs as an obstacle to move to the cloud, per…
  • IT Mythbusting Part 3: No One Knows Where My Data Is

    Marc Shaw
    11 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    Part 3 of a five-part series examining common IT myths Even though cloud computing has quickly gone mainstream, many business owners remain hesitant. One reason is because of the many myths still surrounding cloud computing. We’re examining several of these myths in our ongoing blog series. One issue with cloud computing is its very name. It sounds vague, ethereal; I guess my data is “somewhere up there.” The image of the cloud serves primarily to communicate dislocation, but seems to carry vague mystical overtones: people often think moving to the cloud means their data is somewhere in…
  • IT Mythbusting Part 2: Cloud Can’t Comply

    Marc Shaw
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Part 2 of a five-part series examining common IT myths Even though cloud computing is quickly becoming mainstream, and a feature of most enterprise level companies, there is still reticence on the part of many a CEO to jump headlong into the cloud, even if they’ve identified the benefits of scalability and cost reduction. One reason: myths still abound. One of these myths revolves around an important element of data storage: maintaining security compliance. Several industries have strict compliance guidelines regarding the security of their information. Failure to abide by them could mean…
  • IT Mythbusting Part 1: Onsite Means More Secure

    Marc Shaw
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:06 am
    Part 1 of a five-part series examining common IT myths In the fast changing field of Information Technology, it is easy for commonly held beliefs to hold sway long after they’ve become outmoded. Often, these beliefs are based on traditional thinking that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny when examined in light of technological development and the reality of today’s fast-paced business world.  This week we’ll take a look at a common myth about data security. Traditionally, we think the closer we hold something, the more secure it is. If we invest in precious metals, or own treasured items…
  • Cloud Safely! Tip 5: Test, Test, and Retest

    Marc Shaw
    28 May 2014 | 9:43 am
    Part 5 of a five-part series on what to keep in mind for cloud security. In part 1 we considered the importance of knowing the details of your company’s network. In part 2 we discussed the need for keeping data backup onsite in case of an emergency, along with the acronym D2D2C and the 3-2-1 rule for maximum protection. Then in part 3 we considered the importance of addressing end user issues as they arise and keeping accurate documentation of most common issues. In part 4 we examined the need for controlling cloud traffic or load balancing. The principle of testing the backup plan before…
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  • Orchestrating your cloud with SCC and vCloud Director 5.5

    Jesse Locke
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
      What is vCloud Director? VMware vCloud Director is a software solution for service providers that enables secure cloud environments by pooling infrastructure resources into virtual data centers and exposing them to users through web-based portals and programmatic interfaces as fully automated, catalog-based services. A Dedicated Machine vs. A Dedicated Resource Pool ‘VMware vCloud Director’ gives administrators the ability to control all aspects of their cloud environment from one single pane of glass. The act of accessing and configuring dedicated (not shared) resources…
  • Do you have the skills to be secure in the cloud?

    Jesse Locke
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    Cloud security isn’t hard or new. It’s really just traditional concepts and concerns applied to an ‘unseen’ and multi-tenant environment. For example: IT pros familiar with applying patches to a windows server in a back closet, are now, in the cloud model, applying those same patches via RDP. To correctly define, there are really five main architectural ‘methods’ for implementing and consuming cloud services and of course, the security concerns for each will vary. These models include familiar terms like SaaS and IaaS, private cloud and hybrid cloud etc. The (mostly)…
  • Announcing New Veeam Cloud Partnership | Server Cloud Canada

    Jesse Locke
    27 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    New Needs Are Prompting New Technology Investments We at Server Cloud Canada are very happy to announce our extended partnership with Veeam.  A relationship built on success and synergies with our 100% geographically diverse cloud based infrastructure. With Veeam’s ‘Backup and Replication’ recovery platform, you will never have to update another agent or recover another virtual machine from scratch again! Veeam Backup & Replication provides fundamental and far-reaching benefits over legacy backup tools to: Reduce backup and recovery time by 95% Reduce admin time by 90%…
  • Into the Cloud, go it alone or partner for success?

    Jesse Locke
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    “If you build it they will come”.The old adage that was successful for Kevin Costner in ‘Field of Dreams’, may not necessarily be the best advice for IT organizations looking to break into cloud computing. Careful consideration must be given to leveraging pre-existing cloud infrastructure and creating a solid partnership with an existing infrastructure provider.   What makes a partnership successful? Great partnerships are not based solely on technology, but just as importantly, the people on both sides Trust is the most valuable asset – needs must be…
  • Ontario Center of Excellence Discovery 2014

    Jason Hurd
    21 May 2014 | 9:56 am
    Server Cloud Canada was fortunate to participate in this year’s Ontario Center of Excellence Discovery 2014 conference and exhibition in Toronto. Discovery brings together over 2,500 of the best and brightest minds in industry, academia, the investment community and government to showcase leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in Ontario. Of particular interest, the increasing trend in procuring virtual scalable infrastructure exclusively distributed within the Canadian market. Regardless of the Innovation, companies of all sizes are looking to divert their funding from a…
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  • Dot Net Application Development: Secure and Flexible

    Kashif Anwar
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Microsoft’s .Net framework offers an easy, comprehensive and uniform structured programming language model for the development of the applications that have visually attention grabbing experience. This significantly allows users to establish a connection between software and other related applications that are built across different platforms for commuting safely and securely. It can also be defined as a robust platform that has versatile environment for both Windows and web-based applications. .Net has a strong network that connects people from diversified vicinities, thus end-to-end…
  • Factors Resulting Into Hefty Demand of PHP Application Development

    Kashif Anwar
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Among plenty of languages used for the web designing and development, PHP is the most commonly known web scripting language as it is quite easy to learn and understand rather than other web application languages. PHP basically stands for hyper-text processor or what was initially referred as Personal Home Page. It is server-side programming language that can be embedded into HTML. Talking about the present scenario, PHP application development is the call of the time owing to ambit of features that it offers to the users. You can easily find a huge range of open-source tools for the…
  • Advantages of Efficient Document Management System

    Bhavna Singh
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:03 am
    Sometimes we seem so much concerned about using the term “Workflow”- reason, it is too techie, or let’s say software slang? What does this term actually mean?  This can be defined as a flow being described referring to a product, service or document, which is being transferred from one point to another. Considering this term in collaboration with the document management, the document management workflow is more about automation for streamlining a process and enabling an efficient flow of assignments through a business process. Documents, regardless of their formats, remain centralized…
  • New Feature Named “International Targeting” Integrated into Google Webmaster Tool

    Bhavna Singh
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    Google has announced new feature integrated into the Webmasters named as “International Targeting” facilitates you to target your audience based on location (Country) and language settings. This new feature with Webmaster Tool helps in debugging common issues related to implementation of hreflang.  With the help of this markup search engines such as Google are able to rectify language or regional version of pages to the outside world in response to the term searched. This feature is available in webmaster Tool under “Search Traffic” section. International targeting feature resolve…
  • Brief Idea about the Term Cloud Disaster Recovery Service

    Sandeep Sharma
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:57 pm
    Computers are significant for every successful business and the need to have a contingency plan in place, if anything goes wrong with your precious data, is a necessity. One of the worst cases possible is the server failure. Unfortunately, such a disastrous thing can happen with a bit of bad luck.  Smooth running computer systems are very critical for the everyday functioning of our business and on a whole, our economies. Though, there are numerous ways by which you can protect the precious data from the system failure and continue with smooth functioning of your business. Researchers…
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  • Four key factors in a data centre migration

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    Migrating your IT infrastructure to a new location is no small undertaking. Get it right and you can expect a few years of relative peace as the systems you put in place take care of themselves. Get it wrong and you’ll never be able to stop fixing problems that could have been addressed before you even went live. Here are four key checks to make sure you get right. 1) Clean inventory First, this is the perfect opportunity for a fresh start. In fact, it’s likely to be the only one you have until you move again – so make the most of it. Nothing should leave the old place…
  • What can we expect from the data centre of the future?

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:20 am
    There’s always talk of the next big thing in cloud computing and data centres, but what do you think will happen in the data centre of the future? A study conducted by 451 Research, surveying 800 data centre professionals across the globe, found out some pretty interesting foresights into the industry, and how data centres will look by 2025. We’ve picked out the most interesting stats from the research and highlighted them below, so - what can we expect? Data centres will start to generate their own energy Not content with shifting to greener energy, data centres will become more…
  • Is enhanced colocation going mainstream?

    25 Jun 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Colocation is a natural and cost-effective solution for SMEs to meet their data centre needs. The smallest organisations don’t typically need this kind of infrastructure and can manage with in-house resources. The largest corporations can afford to build their own data centres according to their specific needs. It’s the companies in the middle that need to buy in services without sinking money into everything that goes along with running a full-scale data centre. And, although there are many different kinds of colocation centre available, offering a range of services to suit…
  • Do you have a Planned Preventative Maintenance programme?

    6 Jun 2014 | 12:08 am
    A Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) programme is critical to the long-term health and efficiency of your data centre. Unfortunately, it’s something that is often cut or ignored in the interests of short-term savings, especially if you are entrusting the running of your data centre to a third party. Under these circumstances, running the facility can often be seen as little more than a form of service provision, and a ‘race to the bottom’ occurs to offer that service at the lowest price. Where the relationship between your business and your data centre managers is more…
  • Are you reactive or proactive?

    29 May 2014 | 2:39 am
    In the last few months, two major trends have collided. One is the rise of ‘Big Data’: the capture of vast, complex data sets that are too extensive to be analysed by traditional means. Storage alone represents significant challenges and has forced many organisations to think about the way they handle data differently. The second is the economic recovery which, though well under way, has not yet gained real momentum. Businesses are still wary of investing, either having depleted resources over the downturn or having to focus new spending on the most urgent demands. Whilst there is…
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