April 2011

IBM, Akamai Partner to Boost Application Speed

Grazed from Datamation.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) is partnering with Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM) for new joint application acceleration solutions.

Google Infrastructure Czar: Cloud Gets It Done

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Om Malik

It was nearly five years ago when I last spent time with Urs Hölzle, Google’s infrastructure czar. (His official title is SVP of operations.) It was around that time he introduced me (and several others) to many of the concepts (such as cloud and big data) that are now part of the technology sector’s vernacular. Hölzle was company’s first VP of engineering, and he has led the development of Google’s technical infrastructure.

Is Tibco’s Buyout Rejection a Cloud Setback for HP?

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Derrick Harris.

EMC Isilon's new NAS products aimed at big data architects

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Lucas Mearian.

EMC's Isilon subsidiary announced new network-attached storage (NAS) hardware and software aimed at becoming the infrastructure for business intelligence through big data applications.

Isilon touted two new clustered NAS arrays, the S200 and X200. The arrays are able to use a combination of serial ATA (SATA), serial SCSI (SAS) or solid-state drives (SSDs) in a tiered configuration, affording varying degrees of performance. The arrays use a single name space under which petabytes of data can be stored.

The Cloud Outscales, But Does It Outperform?

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

We all know that the cloud can provide cheaper storage than in-house infrastructure, but is it better?

Of course, there are numerous ways to quantify "better," but from an operations standpoint, it wouldn't hurt to know exactly what you're getting and what you're giving up when you sign on the dotted line.

OpenStack Cactus Advances Open Source Cloud Computing

Grazed from Server Watch.  Author: Sean Michael Kerner.

The open source OpenStack cloud project is out with a new release this week codenamed 'Cactus.'

Data management in NZ found safe as data protection destination

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Editorial Staff.

New Zealand has been named as a safe destination for data management after a European Union (EU) report found its data protection law meets international best practice.

A working party said that data management in the country was in line with European requirements in terms of providing an adequate level of data protection, meaning it is a safe destination for businesses to send personal data for processing.

The findings of the report, which do not offer a formal legal binding, will open doors for businesses in New Zealand, according to privacy commissioner Marie Scroff.

Virtualization, cloud computing put new stress on network

Grazed from Network World.  Author: Jon Brodkin.

The network has long been king at Interop, the tech conference that will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2011. But networking "has fallen behind" over the past couple of years as a new emphasis on cloud computing and virtualization has taken hold, says Interop general manager Lenny Heymann. But now it's time to put the focus back on the network.

Hard Problems, Elegant Solutions, Big Impact

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Jason Pontin.

Every year, Technology Review selects the 10 emerging technologies we think have the greatest potential to transform the world. Judging by Web traffic and by newsstand sales of the printed magazine, it is one of our most popular recurring features. But while readers like the 10 technologies, I don't know if they always understand our choices.

NephoScale Targets Cloud Newbies With Free Cloud Services Starter Kit

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

Cloud hosting startup NephoScale wants to give users an on-ramp to the cloud with a free Cloud Computing and Storage Starter Package to lower the barrier of entry to the cloud and provide cloud newcomers a way to test drive cloud services.

Marketo Names Fergus Gloster Managing Director of Europe Middle East Africa

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Brittany Farb.

Marketo yesterday announced the appointment of Fergus Gloster as its managing director of Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA). Gloster will be in charge of revenue generation for the cloud computing company’s European operation, which includes sales, marketing, customer success, and renewals. He also will put together the Marketo EMEA team and oversee operations, including all revenue-generating activities.

The Cloud: Soft and Fluffy or a Serious Contender?

Grazed from Virtual Strategy Magazine.  Author: Andy Cordial.

With what appears to be limitless storage options, for many the cloud is an attractive proposition. It offers savings to organisations looking to cut down the premium space they need to store data centres, and it can increase efficiency with data and applications shared over the internet. However, with questions still remaining over its security, how can organisations best utilise this exciting resource?

When you board an aeroplane you’re asked to buckle your seat belt and listen to an important safety announcement. The same is true before you propel your data down the runway and jet it into the cloud.

So, what’s in our safety demonstration:

Homomorphic Encryption

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Erica Naone.

Craig Gentry is creating an encryption system that could solve the problem keeping many organizations from using cloud computing to analyze and mine data: it's too much of a security risk to give a public cloud provider such as Amazon or Google access to unencrypted data.

Cloud Security

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Editorial Staff.

A prototype system allows companies that use cloud computing services to confirm that their data is safe from others using the same service provider. It can detect with 80 percent accuracy the presence of unauthorized processing on the same server; the rate of false positives is 1 percent. The system will notice both attackers and inappropriate data sharing.

Cloud Streaming

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: David Talbot.

Feds To Shutter 100 Data Centers In 'Cloud First' Push

Grazed from CRN.  Author: Andrew R. Hickey.

The Obama administration plans to shut down 100 data centers this year, and hundreds more in coming years, as the "cloud-first" approach to federal IT projects begins to take form.

Companies should remember the basics for protecting contact data

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Many companies are neglecting to remember the basics of data protection in practices of address verification and validating email addresses, according to deputy information commissioner David Smith.

Mr Smith spoke at the Infosecurity Europe Event to say that he thought companies around the world were spending too much time focusing on technical security and not enough on data.

He blamed staff awareness and training for the failings in this area, v3 reported.

Google Sells Its Mighty Cloud

Grazed from Forbes.  Author:  Quentin Hardy.

Google is out to sell the world, and more computing power than most of us can imagine.

The company just announced what it calls “Earth Builder,” a cloud-based mapping service that gives companies secure access to the search giant’s petabytes of geographic data, upon which they can lay their own proprietary information and make maps and global models for internal corporate consumption. The product will be available in the third quarter, though Google is sounding out companies now.

Former Cisco engineer faces extradition to US over hacking charges

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:

A one-time Cisco engineer who had sued his former employer, alleging it monopolised the business of servicing and maintaining Cisco equipment, has been charged by US authorities with hacking.

Peter Alfred-Adekeye, who left Cisco in 2005 to form two networking support companies, has been charged with 97 counts of intentionally accessing a protected computer system without authorisation for the purposes of commercial advantage, according to an arrest warrant. He faces 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted on the charges.

Segmenting customer databases helps improve email marketing campaigns

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

To get the most out of email marketing campaigns, businesses in New Zealand should make sure they consider who they are sending messages to.

Writing for Fresh Business Thinking, digital director of Blueleaf, Rob Smith said that it is important that firms don't simply send communications to their full customer email address database.

"Just think for a second. Out of your few thousand people, are they really all meant to get the same message? Do they have the same characteristics, buying patterns or personalities? No they do not, far from it," he wrote.