August 2010

AT&T taps NewBay to power Mobile Share cloud service

Grazed from FierceMobileContent.  Author: Jason Ankeny.

Digital lifestyle services provider NewBay Software announced its LifeCache rich media solutions suite will power AT&T's new Mobile Share media management initiative. LifeCache--which offers integrated services including photo and video albums/blogs, social networking, digital vault, handset and desktop clients, messaging and contacts synchronization--will enable AT&T Mobile Share users to upload, manage, store and share user-generated videos and images across multiple screens, connecting consumers with their contact lists, personal computers, the online AT&T Locker media storage hub and social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, Bebo and Photobucket.

How Fast Can a Cloud Run?

Grazed from New York Times.  Author: Ashlee Vance.

The cloud has been put on notice: It’s being watched.

A new graphical tool from Compuware, CloudSleuth, has arrived, in beta form, to measure and display the speeds at which cloud computing services run. The CloudSleuth tool already tracks Amazon.com, Microsoft, Google and a couple of other cloud providers. And it demonstrates that response times do indeed vary from operator to operator. It displays these results on a map that gives people an idea for the worldwide performance of different data centers at a quick glance.

Why does broadband speed vary so much?

Grazed from BBC.  Author: Jane Wakefield.

If you are a night owl who enjoys surfing between the hours of 4am and 6am and are fortunate enough to live on top of a telephone exchange then you are probably very happy with your broadband speeds.

But the majority of people in the UK are not getting the broadband services they signed up for, according to a comprehensive speed report by regulator Ofcom.

The survey found that for DSL services advertised as being "up to" 20Mbps, only 2% of customers got speeds in the range of 14-20Mbps. Of the others, 32% were getting a 8-14Mbps service and 65%, 8Mbps or less.

Zeus Makes Cloud Balancing And Bursting A Reality

Grazed from Network Computing.  Author:  Mauri.

Not Ready for Prime Time

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Gary Plotkin.

In some ways, cloud computing is somewhat immature. It's a bit of a solution looking for a problem. In general, the property and casualty industry is underserved by software.

The benefits of cloud are about ease of use, quick rollout and ubiquity around the world. There's a physical advantage. And if I'm using someone else's hardware and software, there's a nice capital relief for me.

5 Critical Cloud Components

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Mike Sciole.

While I'm not sure any core application could be sourced externally without segmentation -- which defeats the purpose of cloud computing -- there are a number of variables that insurers need to contemplate in the design of an internal cloud or for the use of external clouds. The internal or external cloud must possess the following components in order to function as desired:

1. Availability. The internal or external cloud must achieve a Data Center Tier 4 availability rating as specified by either the Uptime Institute or by TIA-942 standards.

What Insurers Need to Know to Develop a Cloud Computing Strategy

Grazed from Insurance and Technology.  Author: Jeurgen Weiss.

Cloud computing has gained a lot of awareness lately. In fact, cloud computing was ranked as the top technology priority by a sample of 76 insurance CIOs who participated in Gartner's annual CIO survey.

Gartner defines cloud computing as a style of computing in which scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are delivered as a service using Internet technologies to multiple customers. "Scalable and elastic" means that the cloud services scale on demand to add or remove resources as needed. The service -- including software and data -- resides on hardware that the customer doesn't own.

Maintaining Strategic Control over Cloud Computing

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author:  Michael Vizard.

Theoretically at least, there’s no way an internal IT organization building out its own private cloud could be as cost competitive as a public cloud computing service. After all, the economies of scale vastly favor the public cloud service.


But  to maintain strategic control over their IT resources, many IT organizations will still need to build out some private cloud platform.

Nasuni Looks to Educate SMBs about Data Security in the Cloud

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Cloud-based storage innovator Nasuni is looking to provide SMBs with better information about security in the clouds. The company’s latest white paper on the subject, “Understanding Security in Cloud Storage,” covers some of the basics of securely storing data over the Internet.

Convirture Aims to Be VMware for Linux Data Centers

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Chris Preimesberger.

VMware's ESX hypervisor and its vCenter control suite are thought to be operating in more than 80 percent of all enterprise IT systems. And some IT people believe that number is too conservative.

Microsoft's Hyper-V, still getting its bearings in the market, is growing in use but its market share is still mired in the single digits. That leaves 10 to 15 percent of all the rest deploying other virtual systems middleware, mainly the open-source XenServer and KVM hypervisors that come bundled in most Linux distributions.

Cloud Computing Is More Likely for Low-Risk Systems: Report

Grazed from eWeek.  Author:  Don E. Sears.

NTT America adds storage to its enterprise cloud offering

Grazed from FierceTelecom.  Author: Sean Buckley.

NTT America (NYSE: NTT) is following up its U.S. cloud computing debut with its new offering Cloud Files, a cloud-based storage solution.

Standardisation 'can improve data quality'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author:  Neil Hill.

The most common way to improve and ensure data quality is through standardisation techniques.

This is the view of a recent report on the issue of product data by The Data Warehousing Institute (TWDI), reports Information Management.

It stated that regardless of the type of data being examined, standardisation can help to support the diverse and complex standards of business information.

The report added that product data quality can be further enhanced with the addition of as much extra information as possible.

System Building and the Cloud: It's Time to Prepare

Grazed from ChannelPro SMB.  Author: Geoffrey Oldmixen.

For system builders who sell custom infrastructure and systems to SMBs, the proliferation of hosted applications and services is likely a troubling trend. After all, the more popular cloud computing gets, the less hardware SMBs will need to buy.

So what can system builders expect in the coming years? How much erosion of sales will there really be as the cloud grows? And are there any opportunities?

Six Critical Questions CIOs Should Ask Before Entering the Cloud

Grazed from Logicalis.  Author: Editorial Staff.

Was SAP Too Slow on SaaS? Maybe, Maybe Not

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Ann All.

Several publications are reporting the results of a small survey of British and Irish SAP users, in which nearly three-quarters of the respondents knocked SAP for being too slow to bring its software-as-a-service offerings to market. But what is too slow?

 

FBI Threatens to Sue Wikipedia over Seal Use

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Clint Boulton.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation asked the Wikimedia Foundation to take down an image of the FBI seal from its popular Wikipedia online encyclopedia because it violates a U.S. law.

An attorney for the Wikimedia told the FBI it's reading of the law was "idiosyncratic" and "incorrect" and vowed to fight for the right to use the seal in court.

This Web page describing the FBI seal does clearly state that "unauthorized use of the FBI seal is subject to prosecution under federal criminal law."

Use of the seal is permitted only by the FBI director.

SaaS Security Is Still Sticking Point but Doesn't Have to Be

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Ann All.

Telarus picks Fortinet for cloud security

Grazed from IT Wire.  Author: Stephen Withers.

Telarus has become the first company in Asia Pacific to acquire a FortiGate-3951B unified threat managment (UTM) appliance, which it will use to deliver an managed firewall service.

The company is a Fortinet Gold Partner, and the first Fortinet managed security service provider in the Asia Pacific region. This has required all network operations and engineering staff to achieve Fortinet certification.

Mr Jules Rumsey, CEO of Telarus, said the Telarus Managed Firewall service, based on the FortiGate 3951B, will provide customers with Enterprise grade security and performance at an SME price point.

Crypto Signatures Are Key to New DNS Security

Grazed from Internet Revolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

At the recent Black Hat information security conference, officials of ICANN and VeriSign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) announced a major change to the Domain Name Service (DNS), the Internet’s global address book. Called Domain Name Service Security Extensions (DNSSEC), the modification adds a cryptographic signature to Websites’ addresses that verifies they are genuine.