SQL Injection – When Will We Learn?

Once again a major web site has been hacked using good old-fashioned SQL injection. Over the weekend Nokia’s developer forum was hacked, resulting in a Homer Simpson face being put up on their web (funny) and the loss of names, email, and other personal for many developers (not funny). This is but the latest in a now very long string of SQL injection attacks, and personally I don’t see much excuse on the part of those attacked.

It might have been possible...

By Arthur Hicken, 31 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Compliance, Economy, Enterprise, Hacking, Industry, Infrastructure, Private, Security.

Dell jumps onto the cloud bandwagon with VMware

Dell is the latest organisation to take the plunge into the cloud after announcing its new data-storage rental service, due to be rolled out later this year.

After months of rumours circulating about when Dell would be cloud-bound, the announcement came during the VMworld virtualization and cloud conference in Las Vegas this week where Dell said that it was finally taking the plunge.

The new product, unsurprisingly named, Dell Cloud, will be available outside of the US next year and uses VMware's...

By Verity Gough, 30 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, Consumer, Enterprise, Industry, M&A, Trends.

American Idol, Blockbuster, and Microsoft 365: Innovate or Die

I attended the Microsoft Partner Conference last month in Los Angeles, CA, and there were two major topics during the week.  The first was the recent release of Office 365 which is the epicenter of Microsoft’s cloud computing vision.  The second was which Hollywood stars we would see, obviously.   

However, the only star I saw was an Allison Iraheta performance that Microsoft sponsored at the Staples Center.  (Allison, if you were unaware, came in...

Verizon boosts Hybrid Clouds with CloudSwitch acquisition

Verizon Communications has increased its ever-growing portfolio of cloud services with its latest addition: CloudSwitch.

The new company, whose user-friendly software enables enterprises to quickly build hybrid clouds where virtual machines can move between data centres and cloud platforms, is going to be combined with Terremark, another recent Verizon purchase.

Verizon hopes that the addition of CloudSwitch technology will further enhance its already impressive hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud...

By Verity Gough, 29 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, M&A.

Acer launches Cloud Competency Centre

A new cloud hub for businesses called the Acer Cloud Competency Centre has launched this week.

Computer supremo, Acer announced its new centre based in Taoyuan in Taiwan, the company's data centre. It aims to be the new cloud destination designed to run cloud solutions for enterprises in addition to high performance computing tasks.

The primary focus of the new centre will be cluster computing solutions as Acer has already forged a partnership with Intel to provide Cluster Ready for HPC and...

By Verity Gough, 27 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise, Trends.

Which IaaS Cloud Service today enables Seamless (Virtual) Colocation of Servers?

Today, the Cloud computing model and the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Clouds provide an very interesting and important value proposition for companies seeking to co-locate their servers virtually or to upgrade the existing colocated servers at a lower cost with better services.

For many years now, small to mid size businesses including ISVs have been running colocated servers with the ISPs and hosting vendors. The cloud computing/IaaS model gives them new opportunities and possibilities to enable the...

Shared Service Cloud Centres: Canada’s Campaign to Cut Waste

The Canadian Federal Government recently announced plans to create a single IT department ‘Shared Services’ that will save $100-200m a year through consolidation-driven efficiencies. As highlighted in this fact sheet there is lots of ‘low hanging fruit’ for cost savings due to a...

NEBS Compliance: Top 3 Misconceptions of NEBS Standards

 

Network Equipment-Building System (NEBS) provides a set of technical requirements with the goal of making network telecom equipment completely fail-safe. Telecom carriers purchasing NEBS compliant equipment can have confidence their telecom platform deployment meets standards for continuing operation despite unfavorable environmental conditions. Yet...

By NEI, 26 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Regulation, Security, UnifiedComms.

Viewpoint on ‘ERP as a Service’

Recently Sandhill has published an article called  ERP as a Service: A Discussion of Cloud-Based ERP Considerations by Martin Browne from Skyline Consulting. Primarily, the article mentions about the various factors to consider to enable ERP as a service and consume it in an ondemand model.

While this is an interesting article, I think there is more to getting ERP as a Service practically. I would like to add some of my...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 15 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, ERP.

Transforming unstructured content workflow

A particularly powerful area to apply Cloud computing is the automation of “unstructured content workflows” – Those business processes conducted manually via Word documents sent via email, conference calls and other multimedia that sits outside of enterprise applications.

Applications like CRM tackle a particular sub-set of processes relevant to customer information, and can often implement workflows like ‘Sales Quote’ for example. However this is just a record for reporting...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 13 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Big Data, CRM, Enterprise.

Trends in the Update and Patch Management Market

Successful update and patch management processes include maintaining knowledge of available patches and updates, deciding the necessary patches and updates for a given system, ensuring they are effective, testing systems and documenting the process. For midsize and large enterprises with numerous systems, update management best practices call for automating this process.

By NEI, 12 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Compliance, Enterprise, Scalability, Security.

Why Java will shine on the Cloud?

Java has made remarkable strides in the Information technology landscape ever since its inception in 1995. The fabric of the Java ecosystem today has a widespread global adoption combined with the huge number of consumers,developers and followers. The ‘Java economy is also huge’

The key for Java to make this sort of an overwhelming impact is because of two key reasons apart from the fact of it being a very powerful programming language by...

By Sankar Nagarajan, 12 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Enterprise, Industry, Trends.

2011 Recession : Cloud could be positive for Indian IT SMEs

With the Standard & Poor’s downgraded its credit rating of US, the world’s largest economy, to ‘AA+’ from ‘AAA’ triggering fresh fears about the overall health of global economy, It is widely speculated that a turbulent US market may be a trouble for the Indian IT outsourcing sector, for which the US market accounts for close to 60% of revenues.

Economictimes (ET) has published its perspectives on  how another recession may affect the IT sector.

By Sankar Nagarajan, 10 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Economy, Enterprise, Government, Industry.

Five Cloud trends for 2012

As the Cloud gains momentum in consumer consciousness, we look at five top trends set to rock the foundations of cyberspace in 2012.A recent poll by research firm Gartner revealed that worldwide Cloud adoption is growing at an annual rate of around 17 percent while industry surveys show 50 percent or more of organisations polled have implemented some form of cloud computing.So now we have dipped our toes in the proverbial waters, what’s next for the Cloud?1.       The growth of mobile CloudAs soon as Apple lays claim to something,...

By Verity Gough, 04 August 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Consumer, Enterprise, Industry, SaaS , Trends.

Amazon's potential $1bn Cloud business

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the online retail giant’s cloud computing division, has the potential to be a $1bn business as early as next year; that is if a number of respected industry analysts are to be believed.

The speculation comes as Amazon prepares to release its Q2 results, and the firm has admitted that it has hundreds of thousands of customers in more than 190 countries.

The firm's cloud services, centred around Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3), among a number of...

By Matt Henkes, 26 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, Industry, Storage.