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Oracle Keynote at Cloud Expo IBM announced new solutions for developers to create and deliver software in both public and private cloud environments. IBM Rational Software Delivery Services for Cloud Computing include a set of ready-to-use application lifecycle management tools for developing and testing in the IBM Cloud, and use infrastructure management capabilities, to help organizations build software applications in the cloud. With these new services, clients can lower costs and respond quicker to organizational demands. For example, organizations can reduce the time it takes to provision a test environment from weeks to hours, and in some cases even minutes. IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud is a free public cloud beta for software development that provides compute and storage as a service, as well as Rational Software Delivery Services ... (more)

American ISV Sues China for $2.2 Billion

Cybersitter LLC, a little family-owned California ISV also known as Solid Oak Software, filed a $2.2 billion piracy suit Tuesday against the People's Republic of China, seven major computer makers and two Chinese software houses in federal court in Los Angeles. It's charging them with misappropriating trade secrets, unfair competition, copyright infringement and conspiracy in connection with the Chinese government's mandate last summer that all PCs sold in-country be bundled with a piece of censorware called Green Dam Youth Escort. The order raised a worldwide stink with human rights activists who claimed that the government's anti-smut campaign was a thinly veiled attempt to block user access to sensitive political and religious sites and researchers at the University of Michigan quickly determined that Green Dam code, supposedly written by the two Chinese ISVs, ha... (more)

Our B Review of Base CRM

We review small business CRM software all the time. Sometimes we find great systems. Sometimes not. More typically, we find systems like Base CRM, a well designed and promising system that’s almost there (but not quite). Read on for our full review. The Quick and Dirty Verdict Base is a web-based CRM built by Future Simple, a venture-backed, Chicago based software company. As small business CRMs go, Base is pretty damn good: it’s easy to use, includes some neat features (client spaces!), and boasts an awesome mobile app. Unfortunately, the expensive pricing scheme, lack of calendaring, and limited integrations are all serious drawbacks. We’re giving it an 85/100, a respectable “B” on our grading scale. Read on for details… Functionality = 28/30 Base’s feature list is quite good. Standout features include email integration (you can send and track emails from within... (more)

Global DataGuard Named a Finalist in Behavioral Security Category For Global Product Excellence Award

Global DataGuard®, the premier provider of network behavior analysis-based (NBA) Enterprise Unified Threat Management for small and medium businesses to large enterprise environments, today announced that Info Security Products Guide has named its Enterprise UTM™ product suite a finalist in the behavioral security category for the 2010 Global Product Excellence – Customer Trust award. This prestigious global award recognizes security and IT vendors with advanced, ground-breaking products and solutions that are helping set the bar higher for others in all areas of technologies. Industry analysts note that solutions providers who incorporate network behavior analysis most effectively will enable their customers to improve protection by predicting and preventing emerging threats before they cause harm, rather than by merely explaining events that have already ensued. In... (more)

Infonetics Research: Security high, cloud services low on enterprise data center priority list - new survey

CAMPBELL, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/08/10 -- As part of its Continuous Research Service (CRS) series of analyst notes and surveys on enterprise networking and data centers, Infonetics Research last week published Data Center Deployment Strategies: North American Enterprise Survey. ANALYST NOTE "The data center promises to be a major area of investment and change over the next two years, touching everything from security to servers to storage. For those who are expecting 'the cloud' to be a savior of the IT industry, our study is a bit of a reality check: while there is some interest in cloud-based services, particularly on the software side, the majority of respondents have no concrete plans for it. Virtualization is the more important trend and technology, as it is a critical tool for organizations to make their infrastructure more efficient and manageable," advises... (more)

Cloud-based Mobile Device Management Released Today by CoSoSys for Simpler Access and Higher Flexibility

CLUJ-NAPOCA, Romania, October 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CoSoSys, IT security vendor, releases today Mobile Device Management as a cloud service, showcasing highly efficient functionalities like Tracking & Locating, Remote Lock, Remote Wipe, App Monitoring and many others.      (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131002/643374 ) Mobile devices are now integrated in companies' networks. With cloud-based MDM, enforcing security and managing iOS and Android mobile devices can be done easily on business trips, in coffee shops, etc. through a web-browser. "IT administrators should have the necessary tools regardless of their location to quickly react to various threats, including a device being lost or stolen. With our MDM cloud solution, they can manage mobile devices from anywhere, at any time," said CoSoSys CEO, Roman Foeckl. Key advantages and benefits Set up a Mo... (more)

OneLogin Raises $13M to Power Expansion

OneLogin, the innovator in enterprise identity management, today announced it has secured a $13 million round of Series B venture capital from lead investor The Social+Capital Partnership alongside returning investor Charles River Ventures. OneLogin will use the funds to continue its expansion in the United States, Europe and Asia-Pacific and to accelerate talent acquisition in these markets. OneLogin provides a modern identity and access management (IAM) solution, which enables enterprises to easily manage employee and external user identities and control their access to applications in the cloud and behind the firewall. OneLogin’s comprehensive turnkey solution includes strong authentication, single sign-on, federation, directory integration, user provisioning and reporting. OneLogin has seen rapid adoption among companies, ranging from fast-growing start-ups li... (more)

Security and the Cloud

I was talking with Avanade’s Senior Director for Enterprise Security, Ace Swerling, earlier today. The conversation touched on a wide range of security and identity management issues that I’ll probably return to, but one of Ace’s comments brought my attention back to an issue that has been nagging at me for a while. As I’m sure we all know, security concerns often figure highly in discussions about moving Enterprise applications and data to the Cloud. Indeed, I spoke with other Avanade executives earlier this year to report on a survey they had commissioned that suggested just how significant these concerns can be for potential customers. In today’s conversation, Ace appeared to agree (as do I) with the frequent assertion that Cloud providers’ own systems will tend to be more secure than those that the majority of potential customers have in-house today. These ser... (more)

BusinessWeek Piece on Cloud Computing Misses The Point

Steve Hamm (@stevehamm31) of BusinessWeek - pictured below -got a big article on #cloudcomputing into last week’s issue.  It rightly points out that cloud computing is the big thing and will keep us busy for the next 10 years.  Unfortunately, a lot of the article is misleading or missing key context. His first example cited is Avon’s use of a smartphone- and PC-accessible system for connecting Avon’s 150,000 “sales leaders” with their reps (sales leaders are the consultants who recruit and run other consultants/reps and get a cut of the “upline” commission).  Nothing in the article explains how this is a “cloud computing” solution.  Remote/mobile accessible applications have been around almost as long as the Internet.  The article doesn’t say, but I suspect that the system serving up all this info is a traditionally developed and deployed one sitting inside the Avo... (more)

Show Report: Reality Check at 4th Cloud Expo

Cloud Computing Expo on Ulitzer The talk at the 4th Cloud Expo this week in Santa Clara was all about enterprise cloud adoption. Is it real? Is it already happening? If so, who’s doing it, which applications are they running and which clouds are being tested? To a large extent, cloud computing is a victim of its own somewhat out-of-control hype cycle. Since so much has been written and discussed about the cloud in 2009, there is now a growing impatience for actual results. The fact that 2000 people showed up at the Cloud Expo in Santa Clara this week (double the number from last year’s show) suggests that at the very least, interest in enterprise cloud computing remains very real, and the need for practical solutions and use cases is growing more urgent. There was a growing concensus about a number of issues: 1. The hybrid model of on-prem data centers combined wit... (more)

IBM & Cloud Computing: Getting Ready for the Zettabyte Age

Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again. Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it. And like it or not, they're approach actually does kind of make sense for, assuming you're within their target demographic (the large enterprise looking to save a few bucks). My summary of the "Big Blue Cloud" is as follows: It's not what you can do for the cloud, but what the cloud can do for you. Or simply, it's about the application, duh? In a statement earlier today in the New York Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said, “The information technology infrastructure is under stress --- and the data flood is just accelerating.” Palmisano isn't alone in this thinking, earlier this week Cisco Systems, the mobile networking giant, released a report sug... (more)