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
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.
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
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)
"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)
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
The standard I am more familiar with is the OASIS XDI protocol, where they
have coined the te... (more)
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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)
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)
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)
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
We are going to make a number of add... (more)
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
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)
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
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)