October 2012

Adobe Unveils Next Generation Acrobat XI with New Cloud Services

Grazed from Adobe.  Author: PR Announcement

Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today unveiled Adobe® Acrobat® XI software with cloud services, a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges. The industry standard for PDF software will now feature complete PDF editing and export to Microsoft PowerPoint; touch-friendly capabilities on tablets; and newly integrated cloud services, including sophisticated Web contracting with Adobe EchoSign® and forms creation, data collection and analysis with Adobe FormsCentral. Acrobat XI additionally supports IT departments with seamless Microsoft Office and SharePoint integration, easy deployment, applications virtualization and robust application security to help provide a low cost of ownership and sound return on investment.

Products included in this release are: Acrobat XI Pro, Acrobat XI Standard, Adobe Reader® XI and newly integrated document services, Adobe FormsCentral and Adobe EchoSign.

Enterprise IT managers worry about cloud security

Grazed from FierceEnterpriseCommunication. Author: Fred Donovan.

Whether it is a regulator threatening fines or a CEO fuming about a data breach, IT managers are well aware of the enterprise security risks of adopting cloud computing. The latest news to drive home this point was a recent statement by the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that companies face fines if they do not secure customer data held by third-party cloud providers.

UK companies are responsible for securing customer data whether they store it internally or externally, the ICO stressed. "The law on outsourcing data is very clear. As a business, you are responsible for keeping your data safe. You can outsource some of the processing of that data, as happens with cloud computing, but how that data is used and protected remains your responsibility," said Simon Rice, ICO's technology policy advisor...

Citrix showcases mobile workstyle solutions at GITEX Technology Week 2012

Grazed from AMEInfo. Author:  Editorial Staff.

Citrix will be showcasing network and cloud computing solutions that equip organisations to support the growing trend towards mobile workstyles in the region. With global research showing that corporate employees are increasingly relying on multiple computing devices to access corporate apps, data and services from a range of locations outside of the traditional office setup, Citrix's technology showcase is set to show how businesses can meet the resulting challenges of security, access and management today and into the future. Mobile workstyles are shown to have been adopted today by a quarter (24%) of organizations worldwide, a figure expected to reach 83% by 2014. In line with this trend, many organisations in the Middle East are also exploring the efficiencies and benefits this can bring to the company and its staff.

Citrix will display its flagship product range designed to support mobile workstyles on its stand (CLD 16 in Hall number 6), including Citrix XenDesktop for centralized virtual desktop delivery as a service, Citrix Receiver and Citrix CloudGateway , an enterprise mobility management solution that securely delivers mobile, Intranet, Web, SaaS and Windows apps and data to any device, anywhere. Also at the Citrix stand, a networking and cloud solutions demonstration will feature NetScaler, the most advanced cloud network platform deployed in thousands of networks around the globe to optimize, secure and control the delivery of all enterprise and cloud services...

Verizon dangles carrot to bring cloud to healthcare

Grazed from ZDNet. Author: Larry Dignan.

The healthcare industry hasn't been a big fan of cloud computing. In fact, even co-located and hosted data centers are a stretch due to security and privacy regulations. Verizon, however, aims to change that equation and just might succeed. Verizon's enterprise unit, bolstered by its Terremark cloud computing portfolio, on Monday launched a portfolio of services designed to meet HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requirements.

In a nutshell, health care players---payers, insurers and hospitals---will be able to host patient information in Verizon's Terremark data centers. Verizon also plans to offer co-location, managed hosting, cloud and private cloud services. Verizon's enterprise cloud services plan starts with healthcare, but can scale to other industries. How will Verizon court healthcare? HIPAA requirements and various providers in the industry are held together by something called a business associate agreement (BAA). The BAA dictates that each party that touches patient data is required to meet HIPAA standards. If one party in the data chain fumbles it is liable for penalties and fines...

Cloud Computing: Cloudbees Puts Sting Into Battle With Google, Microsoft

Grazed from Wired. Author: Klint Finley.

Sacha Labourey wasn’t interested in cloud computing when he resigned as co-general manager of the JBoss division at open source software giant Red Hat in 2009. “I didn’t think it was anything special,” he says. “I thought cloud was just a bunch of servers running in a data center somewhere.” But within a year, he had a complete change of heart — so much so that he co-founded CloudBees, a cloud service for building Java applications.

“I wanted to help developers, and eventually, I realized the best way to do that to take the complexity out of fitting all the little pieces of the development stack together,” he says. He realized that cloud computing could be more than just a bunch of servers. It could be a way of making life easier for developers...

Top 3 Programs to Run On The Cloud

Grazed from Resource Nation. Author: Jessica Sanders.

As a small business owner, there is no question that cloud computing offers a variety of features that not only make the business run smoother, but make your life easier. While, first and foremost, it allows you to be more mobile, it also provides more extensive access for businesses who have many users for one program and is often more cost effective.

However, that doesn’t mean each and every program you run should be on the cloud – though it’s not unheard of; there are a few select programs that, when available in the cloud, can truly be used to their full potential...

The US and Europe - divided by a common Cloud cause?

Grazed from BusinessCloud9. Author: Stuart Lauchlan.

Last week’s formal announcement of the European Commission’s Cloud Computing strategy confirmed one thing: the Eurocrats in Brussels are leaning towards ‘a European Cloud’ in a big way and intend to achieve it through a combination of legislation, unification and standardisation. That has two immediate implications as national European government strategies - described by the Commission as not enough to achieve full potential of the Cloud – work out where they sit in this new push, while non-EU providers and governments, most notably in the US, must decide whether Brussels actions will lead to more open or more closed markets.

So what has the reaction been on both sides of the Pond to the forthcoming European Cloud? “The Cloud Industry Forum is keen to support positive credible action that encourages the adoption of Cloud Services and in that spirit the notion of aligning European member activity under a common ‘framework’ is sensible if it covers the truly practical issues that can impact adoption,” comments Andy Burton, chair of the CIF...

Why IaaS Is The Easiest Phase Of Data Security In Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: John Omwamba.

The cloud is expanding everyday and no longer looks like the shapeless puffy fleece that was until recently. The post-millennium years have seen cloud computing tighten to the bursting point since many entrepreneurs have been trying to rent space on their own. There are many ways to approach the topic but the easiest is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)—the network in layman’s language. Everything that happens on the web has to pass through the many channels going to and fro the data centers.

This is why when approaching security in cloud computing, one has to begin at the IaaS platform. Unlike other services, like SaaS, the user has no frustrating role to play here. Everything happens courtesy of the hosting platform that takes care of all safety concerns. This is because the center has machines that hold intact the data from various webmasters and intranets in order to keep the business running. The problem with this service is associating it exclusively with running a data center. In reality, this is only the starting phase of securing the platform. There are many other ways that hosting networks can do to improve the cloud...

Oracle Adds On-Demand Computing to its Cloud Service

Grazed from The Wall Street Journal. Author: Steve D. Jones.

After once dismissing cloud computing as “gibberish,” Oracle Corp. ORCL +0.64%Chief Executive Larry Ellison announced three new features for its cloud service at a customer conference in San Francisco.

Oracle will add infrastructure as a service to the Oracle Public Cloud, putting the enterprise software company in competition with pioneers Amazon.com Inc. AMZN -0.63% and Google Inc. GOOG +0.59% The Redwood Shores-based company also announced it will begin building and operating cloud services inside client data centers and a new version of its Exadata database machine with built in memory so it won’t have to rely on external storage...

ExtremeTech’s cloud Bill of Rights

Grazed from ExtremeTech. Author: Joel Hruska.

The cloud is everywhere these days. Like its real-life namesakes, the concept and implementation of cloud computing is vague, fluffy, and hard to define. Larry Ellison had a point when he declared that cloud computing has been redefined “to include everything that we already do… It’s complete gibberish.”

If the definition of cloud computing is vague, the need to protect the rights of people who use cloud computing services is clear and pressing. We’ve compiled a list of five basic freedoms that are essential if the rights of the individual are to be protected against individual hackers as well as competing government and commercial interests. Each of these rights/freedoms is tied to real-world events that have threatened it...

Enhancement of Cisco's Cloud Channel Program

Grazed from UCS. Author: Editorial Staff.

Cisco Systems Inc. is enhancing its cloud channel program with the aim of helping solution providers capitalize. Cisco is looking at two sides of the cloud computing market: public cloud services that partners offer to end user customers and service provider and on-premises private clouds to which solution providers sell hardware. When these two cloud models are combined, Cisco believes that it will present a $25 billion market opportunity.

Support and resources are offered to qualified solution providers by Cloud Builder Specialization to differentiate themselves to the sales of Cisco. Through hardware sales, it is suggested that these solution providers will excel in building and supporting what is traditionally private cloud infrastructure. By offering more support in developing and certifying systems, sales and marketing support to these partners, Cisco aims to widen the margins and rebates through the VIP program...

Insider Threats To Cloud Computing

Grazed from CloudTweaks. Author: Walter Bailey.

Cloud computing uptake by businesses has shifted the general model of organizational information complexes. Business enterprises have a lot of data to store and use. Even as they shift to the cloud, there are major dangers around security. In most cases, breaches to cloud-stored files happen because of insider conspiracy, malpractice, and malice. This article looks at four common insider threats to cloud computing and ways for organizations to avoid them. All this is intended at making the cloud shift worthwhile for businesses.

Malicious administrators

Cloud computing as a process is governed, managed, and maintained by site administrators. By default, they hold the key to managing all the data, files, and privileged company resources and files. Sometimes, relationships with employers don’t work. As a revenge, or for other reasons, administrators may end up spreading, or allowing privileged information to leak at the expense of the business enterprise involved...

Data Centers: The Front Line in Cloud Information Warfare

Grazed from Data Center Knowledge. Author: Rich Miller.

Corporate data centers are the front line in an escalating battle between electronic attackers and defenders, and must be vigilant about defending their perimeter, cybersecurity guru Winn Schwartau told industry managers in his keynote address this morning at the Data Center World Fall 2012 conference. That’s especially true for leading cloud computing data centers, he said.

“I maintain that cloud computing is critical infrastructure, and we have not taken appropriate steps to protect it,” said Schwartau, who called out a leading cloud provider for its downtime and architecture...

Cloud Computing Saves Health Care Industry Time And Money

Grazed from NPR. Author: Wendy Kaufman.

The cloud's vast computing power is making it easier and less expensive for companies and clinicians to discover new drugs and medical treatments. Analyzing data that used to take years and tens of millions of dollars can now be done for a fraction of that amount.

Most of us know Amazon as the world's largest online retailer. But its cloud computing business is booming too. Companies can rent massive computer resources by the hour, and the cost is relatively little. The ability to analyze vast amounts of data in this way is changing lots of industries — including health care...

What I Learned at the Cloud Computing Revolution

Grazed from Forbes. Author: Alan S. Cohen.

I recently spent the past year on the front lines of the computing revolution, bringing network virtualization technologies to dozens of telecommunications companies, new cloud computing entrants, and enterprises that are changing their business models through Cloud. Cloud promises to profoundly transform how we produce and consume information and information technology (IT). If you drive up and down Route 101 here in Silicon Valley today, there is a hot billboard war going on; if you drive up and down Main Street someplace else, there is a quieter but no less compelling revolution.

The current computing model was pretty simple: your business bought the hardware and software required to run key applications, the storage devices to maintain your data, and the networks to allowed it all to flow. Today, however, there is a range of new choices, which including renting some or all of the IT supply chain...

Cloud computing development tools call for collaboration, integration

Grazed from TechTarget. Author: Dan Sullivan.

Software development is software development; the basics don't change when you introduce cloud computing. But moving to cloud-based development presents a few new opportunities, as well as some challenges. Though each enterprise is different, these tools offer something most companies can use to develop applications in the cloud.

One of the most fundamental tools for developers is an integrated development environment (IDE). Development tools, such as the Amazon Toolkit for Eclipse and features within Microsoft Visual Studio, are useful for developing cloud applications. When developing for the cloud, enterprises might also want to consider using cloud-based IDEs in the engineering process...

Cloud Computing: VMware - OpenStack friend, foe, or frenemy?

Grazed from InfoWorld. Author: David Marshall.

OpenStack was originally started in 2010 as an IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) cloud computing joint project between Rackspace and NASA. The reins have since been turned over to the new OpenStack Foundation, which is now finally official, complete with a 24-member board chaired by Suse executive and Linux Foundation director Alan Clark. The group has grown to more than 5,600 individual members across 87 countries and 850 different organizations, and is financial backed by more than $10 million in funding.

The question now is, can this open source cloud project really thrive and survive in this competitive market? The community-at-large is watching to see how the foundation handles itself now that there are so many competing interests within its own membership -- especially with the recently added and most controversial new member, VMware...

Obstacles on VMware's Cloud Roadmap

Grazed from Datamation.  Author: Jeff Vance.

In July when VMware acquired network virtualization startup Nicira for more than $1 billion, VMware showed that it’s serious about being as big of a player in the cloud’s future as it has been with the cloud’s enabling technology, virtualization.  VMware declined to discuss their cloud roadmap with me for this story, but as the cliché goes, actions speak louder than words. And VMware’s recent cloud actions are revealing.

You don’t spend a billion dollars to be a bit player. The trouble is, VMware is going up against giants like Amazon and Google who have a head start – a serious head start in Amazon’s case. And there are a slew of other serious contenders, such as Rackspace, Eucalyptus, Microsoft and Citrix (especially after its acquisition of Cloud.com)...

Advantest Establishes New Subsidiary Cloud Testing Service, Inc.

Grazed from PRNewsWire. Author: PR Announcement.

Advantest Corporation today announced that it has established a new subsidiary to conduct sales of its CloudTestingTM Service, which provides test solutions utilizing IT and cloud computing technology.

Fusing cutting-edge test technology with cloud computing, Advantest’s new CloudTestingTM Service represents a new concept in semiconductor test: on-demand test solutions tailored precisely to customer needs. The establishment of Cloud Testing Service, Inc. creates a framework for the Advantest Group to provide this new service promptly and flexibly, at a highly competitive price point. The new subsidiary was incorporated on October 1, 2012 and officially launched sales of CloudTestingTM Service today...

Cloud Computing: SOASTA buys LogNormal to beef up mobile app testing

Grazed from GigaOM. Author: Barb Darrow.

The two companies were already working together on mPulse when they decided a deal was in order. The new product aims to give mobile and web developers a real-time look at how their apps are perfroming in the field, said SOASTA CEO Tom Lounibos.

SOASTA, the startup that made its name in cloud-based load testing, is buying LogNormal, which measures the performance of mobile and web applications. The acquisition, SOASTA’s first, is scheduled to be announced Tuesday at the same time SOASTA unveils mPulse, a new product that incorporates LogNormal technologies...