London, United Kingdom, November 28, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Storage Made Easy
today announced the general availability of the SME Cloud Control Appliance,
their on-site enterprise file share and sync (EFSS) application.
Unlike other Enterprise File Sync and Share products the SME product is
storage agnostic and works with a mix of existing public cloud data and
on-premise cloud data.
Jim Liddle Storage Made Easy CEO stated, "The SME Cloud Control Appliance
fills a market gap for a solution truly designed for Enterprise customers who
already have many private data stores and who have also either embraced cloud
in a limited way or who have cloud sprawl control problems.
"SME is device agnostic, storage agnostic, App agnostic, and also
infrastructure agnostic. In contrast, SME’s competitors are adding to cloud
sprawl problems rather than providing solutions. Companies don't nee... (more)
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This time of year is a great time to reflect upon the last 12 months and see
what has occurred as well as discuss the impact of the events on this year
The Big News
The big news in IT this year has to be Cloud Computing.
Like the result of a Gremlin fed after midnight, Cloud Computing turned into
the Stripe of the IT world.
As pundits and vendors raced to gain mindshare as a means of priming the
economy-dulled sales pipeline, IT buyers were caught trying to figure out,
"is this the next great frontier, or am I going to look like an ass for
recommending yet another useless acquisition?"
Cloud Expo New York will draw more than 5,000 delegates on April 9-21, 2010
at te Jacob Javits Convention Center
Interestingly, cost is not the major driver behind these offerings, but
instead access to compute resources on demand that don'... (more)
Cloud and virtualization share a common attribute: dynamism. That dynamism
comes at a price...
Let’s talk about management. Specifically, let’s talk about how
management of infrastructure impacts the network and vice-versa, because
there is a tendency to ignore that the more devices and solutions you have in
an infrastructure the more chatty they necessarily become.
In most organizations management of the infrastructure is accomplished via a
management network. This is usually separate from the core network in that it
is segmented out by VLANs, but it is still using the core physical network to
transport data between devices and management solutions. In some
organizations an “overlay management network” or “out-of-band”
network is used. This network is isolated – physically – from the core
network and essentially requires a second network implementation over which
There is a real cost associated with how far you allow non-human traffic to
penetrate the data center – and it’s not just in soft security risks.
A factor often ignored by those performing contact analysis costs is
technology. Call centers, marketing, and other business functions generally
rely upon key performance indicators that include costs per contact – a
cost associated with every e-mail, call, or web transactions that occurs.
This is measured against costs to acquire customers as a measure of
These generally involve labor and associated business costs, but forget to
include the undeniably important technology costs associated with each
contact. Given the increasing desire of consumers to leverage web and mobile
contact options, it seems prudent to consider technology costs as a part of
the bigger picture. Luckily, estimates put the technology-... (more)
It’s been a week since we hosted AppJam Americas, our first North American
user conference in San Francisco. With myself as master of ceremonies, and a
minor wardrobe malfunction at the start (see video at the end of this post),
the entire day was a huge success for us and our customers. One thing that
stuck in my mind was that applications today have become way more complex to
manage—and strategic monitoring has become key to mastering that
complexity. Simply put, SOA+Virtualization+Big Data+Cloud+Agile != Easy.
The day started with Jyoti Bansal, our CEO and Founder outlining his vision
to be the world’s #1 solution for managing modern web applications. The
simple facts are that applications have become more dynamic, distributed and
virtual. All of these factors have increased their operational complexity,
and log files and legacy monitoring solutions are ill-suited... (more)
There has been an increasing amount of commentary about the growing shortage
of Information Security folks. While the reasons for this shortage are
manifold and easily explained, that doesn’t change the fact that it exists.
Nor the fact that natural sources may well be causing it to worsen.
Here’s why we’re where we are:
Information Security is a thankless job. Literally thankless. If you do
enough to protect the organization, everyone hates you. If you don’t do
enough to protect the organization, everyone hates you. Information Security
is hard. Attacks are constantly evolving, and often sprung out of the blue.
While protecting against three threats that the InfoSec professionals have
ferreted out, a fourth blindsides them. Information Security is complex.
Different point, but similar to the one above. You can’t just get by in
InfoSec. You have to know some serious... (more)
The Innovative CIO!
The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation – the
new book from Andi Mann and George Watt
The contributors to the Forrester Cloud Playbook have put together a list of
the top 10 cloud predictions for 2013, according to this Forbes article. The
analysts predict that we’ll see some of the following trends next year:
Cloud and mobile will become one, we’ll stop equating cloud with AWS, and
we’ll finally stop saying – “everything is going cloud.”
VMware and EMC announced their plans to create a new business unit, the
Pivotal Initiative, according to this InformationWeek article. The business
unit will merge VMware and EMC’s cloud computing and big data products.
A new report by Nasuni reveals that 1 out of 5 employees use Dropbox to share
and store work files even though their organization’s IT department
prohibits ... (more)
Over the last week, the cloud world has witnessed a few important
announcements from a couple of major cloud players. There were some new
feature releases from Amazon and Microsoft. In addition, Amazon has announced
the SAP Business Suite certification on AWS. Also, there was a ‘must
read’ post published by Microsoft. Plus, ActiveState has announced about
its significant revenue growth from the past year.
Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week.
Beginning with the IaaS leader, Amazon has introduced the integration of
Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) with Amazon Simple Notification
Service (SNS). This service allows a user to set up notifications for any RDS
instances by creating an Event subscription. Next, Amazon has announced that
AWS has been certified to host the SAP Business Suite environment in full
production mode. Thus, increase... (more)
It sounds like a parlor trick, but one of the benefits of API centric
de-facto standards such as REST and JSON is they allow relatively seamless
communication between software systems.
This makes it possible to combine technologies to instantly bring out new
capabilities. In particular I want to talk about how an API Gateway can
improve the security posture of a Hadoop installation without having to
actually modify Hadoop itself. Sounds too good to be true? Read on.
Hadoop and RESTful APIs
Hadoop is mostly a behind the firewall affair, and APIs are generally used
for exposing data or capabilities for other systems, users or mobile devices.
In the case of Hadoop there are three main RESTful APIs to talk about. This
list isn’t exhaustive but it covers the main APIs.
WebHDFS – Offers complete control over files and directories in HDFS HBase
REST API – Offers access to ... (more)
New FlexNet Producer Suite release simplifies subscription, cloud- and
usage-based licensing while eliminating the risk of revenue leakage from
non-compliant use in virtualised environments
Maidenhead, UK - April 2, 2014 - Flexera Software, the leading provider of
Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and
enterprises, today announced an enhancement to FlexNet Producer Suite, the
market-leading software licensing, entitlement management and delivery
solution. FlexNet Producer suite now empowers application producers to
explore new licensing models that simplify their customers' experience by
reducing or even eliminating the complexity of managing a local licence
server. It also provides a secure and "single source of truth" environment to
address virtualisation cloning in an enterprise environment, helping minimise
"We kn... (more)
Final deadline for all entries is August 29th
LONDON, UK - July 28th 2014 - The Tech Trailblazers Awards early bird rates
close at midnight Pacific time this Thursday, leaving enterprise tech
startups with just a few days to make savings on their awards submissions
fee. The discounted rate of $250 for the first entry and just $100 for any
subsequent submissions means that entrants make attractive savings,
especially when submitting multiple entries. With stacks of prizes from the
$1million dollar equivalent prize fund up for grabs, a comprehensive
promotion campaign by the organizers, plus judging and mentoring from the
crème de la crème of the VC and technology industry, the early-bird
deadline means even better ROI for entrants.
The Tech Trailblazers Awards celebrate and reward innovation in the following
areas: big data, cloud, emerging markets (supporting enterp... (more)