Category: News

November 15, 2010 Off

Should Companies That Use Open Source Software Pay a Tithe?

By Hoofer
Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Christopher Mims.

Gabriel Weinberg, founder of search engine Duck Duck Go, isn’t religious, which is one of the reasons he’s comfortable calling his latest project a "tithe," despite the connotations attached to the term.

Just about every startup on the planet benefits from the use of open source software–everything from database software PostgreSQL to the Apache web server–which is free to use.

November 14, 2010 Off

Portsmouth crime reduction partnership deploys cloud business intelligence

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Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Antony Savvas

A business crime reduction partnership in Portsmouth has deployed a cloud-based business intelligence system from Hicom to help collate crime incidents and identify prolific offenders.

The Portsmouth Business Crime Reduction Partnership (PBCRP) has selected the NBIS (National Business Intelligence System) from Hicom. PBCRP operates across the entire city of Portsmouth ands works in collaboration with Portsmouth City Council, the police and other community organisations.

November 14, 2010 Off

Fifty Years of Water Cooling

By Hoofer
Grazed from MIT Technology Review.  Author: Christopher Mims.

Everything we take for granted – the Internet, the Cloud, all that on demand media, stock markets, your checking account balance – has a physical reality in a place called a data center. We are as dependent on them as we are on our most critical pieces of infrastructure – power plants, water treatment facilities, hospitals. And it wasn’t always this way.

November 13, 2010 Off

Cisco Takes Aim at the Virtual Desktop

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Grazed from Server Watch.  Author:  Sean Michael Kerner.

As enterprise servers move to virtualized cloud infrastructure, Cisco sees a large market opportunity for delivering a virtual desktop to enterprises.

Cisco today announced a new effort called the Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI), which leverages existing and new Cisco hardware and services to enable a fresh generation of endpoints for virtual desktop delivery. As part of the launch, Cisco announced a series of new Virtualization Experience Clients (VXC) that enable virtual desktop delivery on IP phones and mobile devices.

November 12, 2010 Off

How Cloud Computing Could Transform the Travel and Hospitality Industry

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Grazed from IT Business Edge.  Author: Michael Vizard.

Every now and again a set of technologies comes together that could transform an industry. In terms of profitability, we all know that the airline industry has had more than its fair share of troubles. But the question that may need to be asked is whether these companies actually know what business they are in. Most of them operate under the assumption that they are in the business of flying people around the globe. In reality, they are part of the travel and hospitality industry, so maybe it’s time to rethink their entire business model.

November 12, 2010 Off

Cloud computing ‘should be part of IT strategy’

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Grazed from Experian QAS.  Author: Neil Hill.

The use of cloud computing offerings should be an important part of a company’s overall strategy for IT, it has been suggested.

This is according to Douglas Menefee, chief information officer of the Schumacher Group, who said that businesses should not make the mistake of viewing cloud computing as a separate entity to other IT operations.

"Develop your IT strategy – cloud is just part of it," he stated in comments reported by Forbes.

November 12, 2010 Off

Cloud Computing Impact Debated At XTI Conference

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Grazed from CRN.  Author: Joseph F. Kovar.

Ask four different solution providers about their approach to such issues as cloud computing, and you’ll get four different answers.

That was the case a panel discussion Thursday on a look at the future of channel business models at the Xchange Tech Innovator conference, held this week in Las Vegas.

For solution providers with a primary focus on government, the move to cloud computing appears to be much slower than for those with more of a commercial customer focus.

November 11, 2010 Off

Authenticating yourself in the cloud

By Hoofer
Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Manny Vellon.

Of all that has been written about cloud computing, precious little attention has been paid to authentication in the cloud.

Before we get to that, let’s review how authentication works on a private network.

When you log on to your machine and then try to access a resource, say a file server or database, something needs to assure that your username and password are valid.  If you’re logging onto a Windows machine, this authentication is performed by a component called the "Local Security Authority Subsystem Service".