December 2010

White hat hacker Mafiaboy casts doubt on cloud computing security

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author: Jeff Jedras.


Michael Calce, the reformed hacker from Montreal who will forever be known as Mafiaboy, told a group of IT professionals Tuesday that he has serious concerns about the inherent vulnerabilities in the latest evolution of information technology: cloud computing.

SpotCloud: It’s a Market, Not a Cloud

Grazed from GigaOM.  Author: Stacey Higginbotham.

Messaging and Unified Communications in the Cloud Today

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

There’s a lot of discussion about unified messaging and communications in the cloud these days, but there seems to be more talk than action. Beyond basic messaging services from Google and Microsoft, there are very few robust unified messaging and unified communications offerings for the enterprise that are delivered as a true multi-tenant service in the cloud.

Why is there so little innovation in cloud hardware?

Grazed from Smart Data Collective.  Author:Theodore Omtzigt.

With the explosion of data and the need to make sense out of it all on a smart phone is creating an interesting opportunity. Mobile devices need high performance at low power, and Apple seems to be the only one that has figured out that having your own processor team and IP is actually a key advantage. And the telcos will need Petascale data centers to manage content, knowledge management, and operational intelligence and the performance per Watt of general purpose CPUs from IBM, Intel, and AMD are at least two order of magnitude away from what is possible. So why is there so little innovation in cloud hardware?

Data management 'can no longer be ignored'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

The issue of data management is one that will come to the fore for chief information officers (CIOs) during 2011, it has been predicted.

According to Ovum analyst Mark Blowers, the sheer volume of information now passing through companies will make this a key area of focus for such employees next year.

"The issue of hardware capacity and the drain on resources will see data management make it on to the investment agenda for IT departments in 2011," he predicted.

FTC's 'Do Not Track' Could Doom Web Marketing

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

On December 1, the Federal Trade Commission issued a preliminary report on new standards for Internet privacy. A central element of the proposed new standards is a "Do Not Track" list that will allow individuals to opt out of having their online behavior and personal information used by individuals and companies other than the ones that own the Websites they are surfing.

Putting Strategy into SaaS Purchases

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Ann All.

There is little doubt that organizations are looking to software-as-a-service (SaaS) as more than just a means to cut their costs. In a recent post of SaaS buying trends, I shared Software Insider Ray Wang's opinion that "SaaS will be the predominant entry point for new innovation" moving forward.


But will organizations benefit from this innovation without a methodical approach to SaaS?

SMBs Mature with the Mobile Cloud

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Lauren McKay.

According to research by Access Markets International (AMI) Partners, 39 percent of small businesses (fewer than 100 employee) and 84 percent of medium-sized business (100-1000 employees) can be described as having a mobile workforce that, on average, spends at least four days per month out of the office.

Zuora Launches 4 for the Cloud

Grazed from Destination CRM.  Author: Koa Beck.

Zuora, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of subscription-billing offerings, named a Rising Star in the 2009 CRM Market Awards, has had a busy year. With quite a few big announcements, including a couple of product releases, a partnership, and a perspective about the end of buying, Zuora is accelerating faster than you can say "subscription economy."

One CIO’s View of Cloud Computing and ERP Software

Grazed from Smart Data Collective.  Author: Ephraim Cohen.

Did Amazon Just Move Supercomputing to the Cloud?

Grazed from MIT Tehcnology Review.  Author:  Christopher Mims.

Perhaps it was inevitable: the cloud is already parsing enormous quantities of information at a high speed for the world's webmasters; why not diversify its processor types and apply that power to problems that previously required in-house supercomputing resources?

Microsoft gains cloud security certification, follows Google lead

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Jon Brodkin.

Microsoft has received FISMA certification for its cloud computing data centres, a key step toward gaining customers in the federal government market that has been infiltrated by rival Google. However, Microsoft's hosted Exchange and Online services have not yet been awarded FISMA approval.

Google upgrades its app engine cloud platform

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Paul Krill.

Google will upgrade on Thursday its Google App Engine cloud platform and its software development kit, adding capabilities for real-time communications and increased data replication.

Cloud computing market 'set to mature in 2011'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: James Glass.

The cloud computing market will mature during next year, becoming integrated with other emerging technologies such as social networking and smartphones.

This is according to a new report from the International Data Corporation (IDC), which forecasts cloud services will make the move from early-adopter status to mainstream adoption over the course of the year.

From Moore's Law to the Law of Diminishing Returns

Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Arthur Cole.

It looks like the good times are over and we all need to get used to a new reality of diminished expectations and slow, or even stagnant, growth.

You might think I'm talking about the economy, but I'm actually referring to processor technology.

Cisco, BMC forge cloud infrastructure partnership

Grazed from ZDNet.  Author: Larry Dignan.

Cisco and BMC Software on Monday said they are expanding their partnership to enable telecommunications companies to offer multi-tenant cloud computing services.

Under the terms of the alliance, BMC and Cisco will synch product development roadmaps and architecture to deliver a suite to automate cloud computing delivery. The platform, dubbed the Cloud Delivery Platform, is designed for service providers at first, but will expand to enterprises that have large private cloud operations.

The joint effort will allow for the automation and linking of various cloud computing components so telecom giants can provision services quickly.

Managing risk in the world of Cloud computing

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Kevin T. McDonald.

In embarking on a Cloud Computing project, it is important to assess the risks, come up with strategies to mitigate the risks and communicate any that aren’t sufficiently covered.

In practical terms this involves a mix of project management and business continuity best practices to arrive at a) the overall risk of the project, and b) what can be done to mitigate or lower the risk to acceptable levels.

Risk assessments take into account fire, flood and other intentional and unintentional disruptions caused by people. These are multiple pathways that can disrupt the people, processes and technology that drive an organisation’s effectiveness.

Software-as-a-service market 'set to grow at impressive rate'

Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

The global market for software-as-a-service products is expected to grow at a rapid rate over the course of the next few years.

In an article published on IT Web, it was explained that while several areas of the IT sector have experienced a downturn as a result of the current economic climate, software-as-a-service solutions have bucked this trend to a significant degree.

"According to international research group IDC, the prediction is that software-as-a-service uptake will show 30 per cent compound annual growth rate for the next five years," the report said.

Red Hat's PaaS Play & the Future of Cloud

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Last week, Red Hat Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT) announced that it had acquired platform-as-a-service (PaaS) software company Makara and was rolling it into its own PaaS offering. The deal is just the latest step by Red Hat in creating an open-source software stack for cloud computing.

Google Unveils First Chrome OS Computer: the Cr-48

Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Tom Simonite.

One way to summarize Google's week so far is to say that it picked fights with two of the biggest computing companies on the planet. On Monday it unveiled a bookstore that competes with Amazon's Kindle line. Today it took the wraps off an attempt to displace Microsoft from the provider of the most popular operating system.

"With Chrome OS we have a viable third choice for OS on the desktop," said CEO Eric Schmidt at the launch event in San Francisco, drawing a comparison with Windows and Mac OS. He spoke after a lengthy demonstration that showed off a new vision of the computer that strips away pretty much everything except the browser.