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As one of the hottest trends going in the information/computing world, how do the requirements for cloud security relate to the security concerns that enterprises have been addressing prior to the uptick in cloud computing? While the cloud is a relatively new area for concern, improved...

Bitstream Inc. announced commercial availability of the second generation of its acclaimed BOLT mobile browser. BOLT 2.1 marks the completion of beta testing on the most fully featured browser available for mobile phones of all types. Among BOLT 2.1’s...

"Cloud can be as useful for mid-sized firms as for large ones. Mid-sized firms can actually use Cloud to quickly and cost-effectively grow and join the big league of larger firms. So while larger ones can sustain their growth rates, mid-sized firms actually get the option to grow rapid...
This article discusses the need for multi-tenancy in SaaS or PaaS solutions and the challenges involved in this. It also discusses a number of options for implementing multi-tenancy and the details of each option. Why is Software as a service (SaaS) gaining such momentum? What makes...
I often talk about the transition from the Information Age to the Knowledge Age as both an expansion in the workforce that can create software solutions and as the decline of traditional point solution software companies. To the developer who is right now sitting behind a desk in a poi...
The benefits of doing things “as-a-Service” (aaS) and leveraging cloud-based technologies are well-known and documented, such as a low barrier to entry, reduced capital outlay and infrastructure, easy scalability, and device/location independence. Many companies also appreciate the rel...
Cloud Expo General Session Speaker Marty Gauvin believes that 3G-SaaS – the combined effect of Cloud Computing and outsourcing with application management – will drive the use of IT for a significant period of time. By leveraging existing Cloud service providers, the pay-as-you-go mode...
Last time we saw the difficulty in Predictive Rightsizing, a frustrating exercise based on "guesstimation" aimed at predicting future SLA in an ever changing business environment... So what's the answer? The solution is a truly dynamic, elastic, real-time on-demand SLA with a pro...
Dear Cloud: Hello! Can you hear me? I know you can. Yes, yes…no one likes an auditor and I am even worse. I am that CPA who spent the last decade working in information security, both as a security consultant and as someone who managed the product lines of a global managed services ...
Intel's co-founder, Gordon Moore, famously predicted [PDF file link] way back in 1965 that transistors on a chip will double every 2 years. And so they have ever since (therefore, Moore's Law). With increased processing power, computers are increasingly able to process more data in les...
Safeguarding a cloud infrastructure from unmonitored access, malware and intruder attacks grows more challenging for service providers as their operations evolve. And as a cloud infrastructure grows, so too does the presence of unsecured privileged identities – those so-called super-us...
For companies considering a transition to cloud computing (CC), one of the major concerns is (or should be) security. If addressed properly while selecting a cloud computing provider or cloud provider (CP), security can actually improve for many companies. For many firms, a cloud compu...
Data is growing exponentially everywhere - in business, web, finance, government, science, and in the world of sensors and smart grids. Speaking earlier this week at OSBC, Tim O'Reilly said "The future will be all about who has most data, and who is able to extract meaning from it ...
Virtualization is the topic du jour in IT today. The technology is cool, the attributes are slick and now the stock market even is tracking it. The adoption problem that is facing virtualization strategies stems from a bottom up IT driven approach versus a top down business aligned app...
In part I of this series, we began our journey towards next generation enterprise transformation.  In part II, we will discuss some of the initiatives to abstract the enterprise, and create a virtual enterprise presence in the cloud. Last time, we spoke of undertaking initiatives, but...
Logicworks is a provider of highly reliable cloud hosting solutions. The company offers its clients managed cloud services with high service levels in the areas of high availability and increased transaction throughput. Logicworks’ cloud data center infrastructure is required to deliv...
If you’ve investigated cloud computing even a little bit, you’ve encountered story after story about how security is slowing adoption. There is some truth beneath all of the hand wringing, but not nearly as much as you’d think. When deployed correctly, security should drive cloud ado...
In the 1990s and early 2000s, web hosting was just that, web hosting. Web hosting services were extremely simple or extremely complex. There wasn't much in-between for the average end user. Modern web hosting providers, like DreamHost, have been offering Cloud-like services for some ti...
CA and 3Tera have announced CA’s acquisition of the innovative cloud computing Infrastructure as a Service vendor. This is a great thing for Computer Associates, and perhaps a bit sad for the cloud community in general. Why? It is hard to fit the energy and enthusiasm felt when walkin...
Cloud computing is a big economic, green and scalable gift to organizations around the globe. The New Year offers a great opportunity to re-think your IT strategy and see how the cloud can benefit your organization. The day when IT leaders no longer have to worry about expensive int...
I had a great conversation with a well-respected colleague of mine today. We discussed what it will take to deliver on the promise of hybrid clouds. We both agreed that a significant amount of intelligence needs to be added to the current architecture of Cloud Computing in order to eve...
Cloud computing continues to gain steam, and it has been some time since we first asked, who is gaining your mind share? As previously noted in the 4Q09 article, this list is a subjective impression of Cloud Service Providers (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) on the cloud computing radar. As us...
Computational science is the field of study concerned with constructing mathematical models and numerical techniques that represent scientific, social scientific or engineering problems and employing these models on computers, or clusters of computers, to analyze, explore or solve thes...
Businesses today face a tsunami of challenges unlike it has ever faced in history: globalization, geo-political, rise of the Internet consumer, customer mind-share dynamics, proliferation of information and content to manage and maintain (with regulatory & security concerns). This r...
This article looks at the basic interoperability requirements when communicating with the Cloud, and in particular at techniques and standards used to express and enforce wire-level contracts between communicating parties, as these parties are increasingly also contracting parties in a...
Cloud computing is a concept. It is an architectural framework by which one or many organizations can deploy, manage and retract any workload, public or private. Cloud computing addresses business needs from a workload perspective. The concept collectively addresses all the aspects of ...
The drive toward cloud computing continues to be a dominant infrastructure deployment theme for organizations looking to reduce costs, increase storage and optimize mobility. What many fail to realize is the trend towards cloud computing is continually forcing IT managers to rethink fu...
Complex optimization tasks, like travelling salesman problem, can be solved by simple algorithms with random searching component. Genetic algorithm is one of such approaches. It gives better solution on the big population sizes, but the execution time grows non-linear with population s...
Data center virtualization is changing the way we think about today’s networks. Stress fractures have begun to appear in the network triggered by the increasing adoption of virtualization around datacenter compute and storage platforms. The virtualization of datacenter resources, while...
Any new technology adoption happens because of one of the three reasons: Capability: It allows us to do something which was not feasible earlier Convenience: It simplifies Cost: It significantly reduces cost of doing something What is our expectation from cloud computin...
Last week’s post explored federation in the cloud, allowing enterprises to move workloads seamlessly across internal and external clouds according to business and application requirements. Advances in federation are good news for companies considering a move to the cloud since deployme...
Most enterprise technologists should see a continued payoff of the hard work in planning, architecture, documentation, development and configuration work that has been occurring over the last several years.  Enterprise technologists were building Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) lo...
Did you ever have the invisible dream? I don’t like it. It’s the one where I have “the answer” to a big problem (usually involving giant, malevolent aliens) but everyone walks right past me because I’m invisible. I had that feeling yesterday reading James Urquhart’s blog titled, “App...
The world's data centres collectively are said to be producing more carbon emissions than consumers within many countries (Italy, The Netherlands and Argentina are some of the more headline-grabbing examples that have been cited of late). “The whole industry must be more efficient” is ...
Future enterprise data centers will look like private clouds supporting a flexible and agile execution of virtualized services, and combining local with public cloud-based infrastructure to enable highly scalable hosting environments. The key component in these cloud architectures will...


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