Cloud Computing: Keeping Data Secure - A Happy Marriage of Hardware & Software

Grazed from InfoSecurity. Author: Mark Papermaster.

We've all heard the stories about being hacked - and perhaps even experienced it ourselves - whether by rogue individuals or organized criminal organizations. Cybersecurity anxiety appears to be the new normal for our times. It seems not a week goes by without news of another prominent computer security breach.

Like me, most of us have also received one or more notifications that our credit card or personal identity information may now be in the hands of these invaders. There's nothing new in this, really. Willie Sutton enlightened us all a long time ago. He allegedly said he robbed banks, “Because that's where the money is.”...

Cloud Computing: If Hardware is Commodity... Why Are We Still Spending so Much Time on It?

Grazed from SysConMedia.  Author: Don MacVittie.

bWe really are moving in the direction of truly commoditized hardware. Some uses will always have specific requirements that are not mainstream and thus will require specialized builds; this is true in every industry. But increasingly, who made your hardware and where they got their parts from is a secondary issue.

Which makes one consider what really sells hardware these days. Years ago when I was working for Network Computing, I reviewed a low-end blade server company capable of cranking up blades at a fraction of the cost of most vendors. They (like far too many good companies) ran out of money before they could grab market traction, but they did show that it could be done at a price even small enterprises could afford...

Cloud Computing: Acer shifts to IoT with enterprise focus

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Michael Kan.

 Acer is still producing PCs, but the Taiwanese vendor is far more bullish about the Internet of Things (IoT), a market the company doesn't want to miss out on.  On Thursday, the Taiwanese vendor held a news conference not for a new consumer product, but to promote an upcoming miniature PC that will be sold to developers.

The PC, called the aBeing One, will arrive in the third quarter, and is aimed at developers working in the IoT area. It's designed to connect to smarthome and wearable products, and act as a hub that can analyze incoming data from the devices...

Chromebook's Cloud-centric Computing Style Disrupts Low-end PC and Education Markets, According to ABI Research

Grazed from BusinessWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Chromebooks: cloud-centric, budget-friendly, fast-booting, secure computing devices that are more functional than tablets and less expensive than the average laptop PC are market changers. In 2014, Chromebooks gained traction in North America, and are set to continue growing as streaming devices become more popular among consumers and purchasing entities. According to ABI Research, Chromebooks experienced 235% growth between 2013 and 2014, with shipments reaching 4.87 million in 2014.

“The rollout of cloud services and the 2009 global economic collapse created the opportunity for developers to provide a budget-friendly solution for consumers,” says Research Analyst Stephanie Van Vactor. “Chromebooks were the result, and the ‘anytime anywhere’ access to content is a mobile-centric game changer.”...

Mainframe: A Resilient Model for the Modern Cloud

Grazed from SysCon Media. Author: Jose Castano.

Technology is moving at a blistering pace. In today's era of data-centric, complex environments where the lines between business and technology are becoming increasingly blurred, organizations are moving beyond virtualization to cloud computing to meet new challenges and keep up with the pace of change. Critical investments are needed to keep companies competitive, and chief among these technologies is cloud computing. In fact, Gartner expects cloud computing to become the bulk of new IT expenditure by 2016. The bottom line is, if you're not already looking at cloud as an essential investment, you're risking your survival into the next era of computing.

The emerging cloud-based model of computing requires systems that can provide very fast response times to huge volumes of requests. And, mission critical services such as healthcare, finance, transportation, public utilities, and other industries require very high levels of availability, security and other industrial-strength capabilities. Those attributes, qualities and requirements make the mainframe the ideal platform for such mission critical cloud-based workloads...

Hands-on with Canonical's Orange Box and a peek into cloud nirvana

Grazed from Ars Technica. Author: Lee Hutchinson.

Take ten high-end Intel NUCs, a gigabit Ethernet switch, a couple of terabytes of storage, and cram it all into a fancy custom enclosure. What does that spell? Orange Box. Not the famous gaming bundle from Valve, though—this Orange Box is a sales demo tool built by Canonical. There are more than a dozen Orange Boxes in the wild right now being used as the hook to get potential Canonical users interested in trying out Metal-as-a-Service (MAAS), Juju, and other Canonical technologies. We got the chance to sit down with Canonical’s Dustin Kirkland and Ameet Paranjape for an afternoon and talk about the Orange Box: what it is, what it does, and more importantly, what it is not.

First off, Canonical emphasized to Ars multiple times that it is not getting into the hardware business. If you really want to buy one of these things, you can have Tranquil PC build one for you (for £7,575, or about $12,700), but Canonical won’t sell you an Orange Box for your lab—there are too many partner relationships it could jeopardize by wading into the hardware game...

Cloud Computing: Fujitsu 56 Gbps circuit doubles communication speeds between CPUs

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Tim Hornyak.

Fujitsu has developed a circuit that could double data rates between CPUs in servers and supercomputers.  The receiver circuit can attain speeds of 56 Gbps, Fujitsu Laboratories said Friday, claiming the circuit was the fastest of its kind in the world.  The technology could greatly boost performance in servers, cloud computing and supercomputers, the company said. Research presented by Fujitsu Labs on Friday at the 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits in Hawaii detailed the innovation.

It uses decision feedback equalizer circuits to compensate for degradation in incoming data signals. By using an anticipatory "look ahead" architecture in the circuit to correct for degradation problems, Fujitsu Labs was able to increase the operating frequency of the circuit and double its speed...

New Solace Message Routers Accelerate Enterprise Applications and Enable Big Data, Cloud and Internet of Things Initiatives

Grazed from PRWeb. Author: PR Announcement.

Solace Systems announced today two new message routers and a major new version of its operating system, SolOS 7.0, that together meet the diverse data movement demands of today's enterprise applications and emerging big data systems, cloud computing architectures and internet of things initiatives.

Each of these systems needs an efficient way to move large amounts of information over different kinds of networks with unique requirements in terms of latency, throughput, guaranteed delivery, fault tolerance and more. Solace's hardware-based platform lets companies replace a wide range of discrete data movement technologies (such as messaging middleware, open source, web streaming, transaction management, WAN optimization, etc.) with a powerful application-aware network. Application aware-networks make it easier and less expensive to move data between applications while offering greater capacity, performance and robustness than other solutions...

Is Hardware Back? Mobile and Cloud Technology Offer Clues

Grazed from CIO. Author: Jonathan Hassell.

If you haven't been living under a rock, you've heard pundits proclaim the death of the PC. As consumers move to tablets and stop buying laptops and desktops, and as companies pinch IT budgets even harder than they have in the past, it's easy to paint a doomsday scenario for hardware. Even the hardware companies play into this myth — look no further than AMD to see weakness portrayed. For many, it seems, hardware has lost its sexiness.

Not so fast. Hardware is back. There are two clear catalysts for hardware in this era: Mobile devices as well as the explosion of cloud computing as a way to host applications, infrastructure and services. Let's unpack the promise of hardware from these two perspectives a little more...

Acer embraces cloud as it transitions away from declining PC business

Grazed from BusinessCloudNews. Author: Jonathan Brandon.

Taiwanese PC maker Acer announced Thursday that the company plans to transition to a “hardware plus software plus services company,” and develop more cloud services to complement its notebooks and desktops. The move comes after weeks of mulling a new strategic direction following several quarters of losses for the struggling PC maker, and will see the company embark on a path taken by its biggest competitors.

Acer said that it will look to combine its strengths in the PC market with new competencies in cloud computing technology, and work quickly towards developing an integrated set of hardware and software offerings in what the company is calling a “build your own cloud” or BYOC approach...