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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)

Cloud Computing Was the Big News of 2009

Early Bird Registration Cloud Expo 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 and next. 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)

The Rise of the Out-of-Band Management Network

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 ... (more)

The Cost of Ignoring 'Non-Human' Visitors

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 effectiveness. 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)

AppDynamics Pumps up the Jam in San Francisco

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)

Security Shortage? Look Internal.

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)

This Week in Cloud, December 6, 2012: Cloud predictions for 2013, EMC & VMware’s new business unit, 1 in 5 employees use Dropbox. And more…

The Innovative CIO! The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation – the new book from Andi Mann and George Watt Cloud News 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)

Weekly Roundup: SAP Business Suite Is Certified for AWS

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)

How to Secure Hadoop Without Touching It

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)

Flexera Software Delivers Cloud Licensing Service - Ensuring Application Producers Get Paid While Simplifying Licensing for Customers

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 software piracy. "We kn... (more)

Final call for startup savings and chance to win part of $1million valued prize pot: Tech Trailblazers Awards early-bird deadline Thursday 31st July

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)