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By John Sotiropoulos - In my previous post  (Cloud Data, Security, Privacy & Confidentiality/ The ISV Perspective) I talked about the increasing exposure of data, the changing landscape of data confidentiality and the need to shield data rather than retreat into – largely mythical  -“safe heavens” of on premise.  When storing data in the cloud, key management becomes a critical aspect of data confidentiality and a new crop of vendors are beginning to emerge simplifying encryption and key management. Having looked at most of the new crop of cloud encryption vendors, we liked Porticor for its innovative application of homomorphic algorithm to split key encryption and its use of a customer-owned security appliance.   The combination of two eliminates the need to expose the encryption key and minimizes the risks offering a unique approach to comply with EU data protect... (more)

Amazon Web Services and the NetFlix Fix?

I received the following note from Amazon Web Services (AWS) about an enhancement to their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service that can be seen by some as an enhancement to service or perhaps by others after last weeks outages, a fix or addressing a gap in their services. Note for those not aware, you can view current AWS service status portal here. The following is the note I received from AWS: Announcing Multiple IP Addresses for Amazon EC2 Instances in Amazon VPC Dear Amazon EC2 Customer, We are excited to introduce multiple IP addresses for Amazon EC2 instances in Amazon VPC. Instances in a VPC can be assigned one or more private IP addresses, each of which can be associated with its own Elastic IP address. With this feature you can host multiple websites, including SSL websites and certificates, on a single instance where each site has its own IP address. Priva... (more)

Cloud Conversations: AWS Government Cloud (GovCloud)

Following earlier cloud conversations posts, cloud computing means many things from products to services, functionality and positioned for different layers of service delivery or capabilities (e.g. SaaS, AaaS, PaaS, IaaS and XaaS). Consequently it is no surprise when I hear from different people their opinion, belief or perception of what is or is not a cloud, confidence or concerns, or how to use and abuse clouds among other related themes. A common theme I hear talking with IT professionals on a global basis centers around conversations about confidence in clouds including reliability, security, privacy, compliance and confidentiality for where data is protected and preserved. This includes data being stored in different geography locations ranging from states or regions to countries and continents. What I also often hear are discussion around concerns over data f... (more)

An Investment in Next-Generation Cloud: ProfitBricks Secures $19.5 Million

"We spent two years building a cloud offering that is unmatched in the market. This latest investment represents an investment not only in ProfitBricks but in the future of cloud," said Achim Weiss, co-founder and CEO of ProfitBricks, as it was announced that his IaaS company has received a $19.5 million investment from its founders and United Internet AG, a leading European internet services provider. "ProfitBricks delivers on the promise of cloud computing that until its launch wasn't realized," Weiss added. In 2012 the company established its U.S. headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. and launched its cloud 2.0 offering, including live vertical scaling and the industry's first Data Center Design tool. ProfitBricks used InfiniBand based network technology to bring high performance computing capabilities to the cloud and offer a better price-performance ratio than the m... (more)

The Cloud Name System – Addressing Architecture for the Internet of Things

Another 2014 prediction is the evolution and emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and email. Lori Vittie wrote a while back about the  need for an ‘SNS’ – a Service Name System, a DNS type directory approach but for Cloud Services so that they can be entirely loosely coupled from their IT infrastructure. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, himself described a scenario of ‘Socially Aware Cloud Storage‘ that applies this same ideal of abstraction to our personal data across all the social networks we use. This refers to a distributed (Cloud) storage service that is used to store personal user data for social networks, rather than the social sites holding it themselves. The standard I am more familiar with is the OASIS XDI protocol, where they have coined the te... (more)

Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly – Week of March 30, 2014

Welcome to Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility in Asia.  Asia is predicted to be the fastest area of growth for enterprise mobility between now and 2016. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Serving as an affordable introduction to Android apps, Nokia has launched Nokia X in Malaysia. The device features the free Here Maps, Nokia MixRadio, and free cloud storage from Microsoft using OneDrive.  Read Original Content Bank of America Merrill Lynch sponsored an investors' conference in Taiwan March 17-21 that foc... (more)

Announcing Memopal Cloud Search

Memopal (www.memopal.com) announces the release of ‘Memopal Cloud Search’, the new tool that simplifies and speeds up online file search. Searching dozens and dozens of folders in your remote archive to find the document you need out of hundreds of thousands of other files may be difficult and time consuming. ‘Memopal Cloud Search’ makes searching in your remote archive easier and increases search speed, letting you enjoy all the advantages of how you usually organize files and folders on your computer. In fact, Memopal applied the Grid Computing concepts used by leading search engines to online backup. This improves indexing and searching is faster. Memopal states it can search a 2-million file archive in under 50 milliseconds. Memopal also implemented efficient result ranking techniques to display the user’s most important files first. The Memopal algorithm is ba... (more)

Cloud Storage: To API Or Not To API

As discussed last week, cloud storage solutions differ in many ways. They can be defined by their pricing model (usage-based or capitalized), their location (on-site or off-site), the granularity of scalability (per-file, standard unit, or per-system), and whether or not they are multi-tenant. But one of the less-discussed but much more technically-challenging differentiators lies in the access method: Some cloud storage systems use a web protocol-based API for access, while others use conventional storage protocols like NFS or SMB. Today we will discuss the implications of which access protocol is used. API Access: The Heart of the Cloud One hallmark of cloud computing is its programmability: Developers can use standard Internet protocols like HTTP to both access and control resources programmatically. This incredibly powerful concept promises to revolutionize IT ... (more)

CloudBerry Backup Leverages Amazon S3

Note: this post applies to CloudBerry Backup beta 3 and later. CloudBerry S3 Backup is a powerful Windows backup and restore that automate backup and restore processes to Amazon S3 cloud storage. With beta 3 release we added some more exciting features that will make the product even better. Among new features are Backup exclusively locked files using Volume Shadow Copy Technology. You can now for example backup Outlook PST files and you don’t have to shut down Outlook for backup process to run. Command Line interface. This feature will help to integrate backup with your other routines and will open a door for SMBs and OEM partners. Implemented our own scheduler, more robust than Windows Task Scheduler. Multithreaded data transfer dramatically improves backup/ restore task speed. User interface improvements Number of issues fixed We are going to make a number of add... (more)

IceWEB Features Cloud Computing Products

Early Bird Savings at Cloud Expo IceWEB, a provider of building blocks for cloud storage networks and purpose built appliances, on Wednesday announced that the Company has launched its new website located at www.IceWEB.com. IceWEB’s CEO, John R. Signorello, said of the new website, “The redesigned www.iceweb.com site features our core cloud computing solutions and products. The website will be maintained regularly to provide our shareholders, channel partners and customers with the latest information regarding news and events, product updates, version upgrades and regulatory filings.” IceWEB manufactures and markets purpose built appliances, network and cloud storage solutions and delivers on-line cloud computing application services. Its customer base includes U.S. government agencies, enterprise companies, and small to medium-sized businesses (SMB). For more info... (more)

The Storage Future Is Cloudy, and It's About Time

One of the things I have talked about quite a bit in the last couple of months is the disjoint between the needs of enterprise IT and the offerings of a wide swath of the cloud marketplace. Some times it seems like many cloud vendors are telling customers “here’s what we choose to offer you, deal with it”. Problem is, oftentimes what they’re offering is not what the enterprise needs. There are of course some great examples of how to do cloud for the enterprise, Rackspace (among others) has done a smashing job of offering users a server with added services to install a database or web server on those servers. There are still some security concerns that the enterprise needs to address, but at least it’s a solid start toward giving IT the option of using the cloud in the same manner that they use VMs. Microsoft has done a good job of setting up databases that follow a... (more)