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The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Thursday announced the release of the CSA Cloud Control Matrix (CCM) Version 3.0, the most comprehensive update to the industry's gold standard for assessing cloud centric information security risks. The CCM Version 3.0 expands its control domains to address changes in cloud security risks since the release of the CSA's seminal guidance domain, "Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing version 3.0" while making strides towards closer harmonization of the two. Having drawn from industry-accepted security standards, regulations, and control frameworks such as ISO 27001/2, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) Information Assurance Framework, ISACA's Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology, the American Institute of CPAs Trust Service and Principals Payment Card... (more)

Agile Governance | @DevOpsSummit #Agile #DevOps #APM #Microservices

“Last year the decision was finally made to mandate Agile across our enterprise. The decision was taken, even though there were many unanswered questions. The assumption was that forcing the migration, along with adoption of popular “enterprise Agile methods” would ensure resolution of the outstanding questions. In practice, Agile methods have been very effective in delivering specific digital business initiatives. But almost inevitably the distribution and delegation of architecture has resulted in duplication, inconsistency and increased complexity, across all project types including legacy and new projects. We are now concerned that we no longer have an effective governance capability. The question is how do we fix this without losing the undoubted benefits of Agile methods?“ Enterprise Architect, F2000 company. Over the past few months I have heard this message ... (more)

The SOA Magazine Issue XXXII September 2009

This year's International SOA Symposium should be an event to remember. The emphasis on Next Generation SOA topics has resulted in a lot of sessions focused on service technology and practice innovation. The co-located Cloud Symposium not only ended up expanding the overall scope of the conference agenda, but also introduced new speakers from participating organizations, like Amazon and Google, who will be talking about their respective cloud platforms. This year also marks the incorporation of on-site working groups that will be actively meeting during the conference. The SOA Patterns Review Committee has a calendar of sessions scheduled during which over twenty candidate patterns will be reviewed in compliance with existing pattern shepherding procedures developed by the Hillside Group. And then, of course, there's the SOA Manifesto initiative, a working group in ... (more)

Is Hosted Private Cloud the Future of Cloud Infrastructure?

Every business is different, and their infrastructure is sure to follow suit. However, just as there are standards within best practices for cloud, so too are there consistencies where cloud platforms are concerned. When we say cloud platforms, however, we don’t mean open or closed clouds, like Rackspace versus AWS. Instead we are referring to public, private and hybrid clouds. A recent Business Technology Roundtable blog post delved into an IDC study, finding that companies are increasingly leveraging hosted private clouds. IDC points to the hosted private cloud as the new backbone to the infrastructure services, “…transforming existing provider models for IT outsourcing, hosting infrastructure services, and other key IT industries.” Outsourcing to a hosted private cloud is more than a hand-off of infrastructure management – its a strategic business decision about ... (more)

Ricoh Canada Launches RCloud Services™: Backup & Recovery, Powered by CTERA

PALO ALTO, Calif., and PETACH TIKVAH, Israel, Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CTERA Networks, the leader in cloud storage enablement, today announced that Ricoh Canada Inc., the subsidiary of the global technology leader specializing in office imaging equipment, document management and IT services, has launched a new cloud storage service for its business customers using CTERA's cloud storage platform. The Ricoh-branded service, RCloud Services: Backup & Recovery, offers hybrid cloud/local backup, mobile access to files, and secure file sync & share capabilities as a managed service, based on cloud infrastructure hosted entirely in Canada.   (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130326/AQ83157LOGO) Ricoh Canada Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Americas Corporation with its head office located in Toronto, with over 2,100 employees nation-wide. Earlier thi... (more)

Mettrum launches new strain in medical marijuana product line and announces 30/30 Assisted Pricing Plan

TORONTO, March 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Mettrum, a licensed producer under Health Canada's Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, is pleased to announce the launch of Mettrum Red N° 4. This is the fifth Mettrum product to become available since the company began taking orders and shipping to clients in January. The "Red" product line is the strongest offering in the Mettrum Spectrum™, with THC levels of 17% and higher. Mettrum Red N° 4 is an Indica/Sativa Hybrid with 18.4% THC and .3% CBD.  The company will have at least twelve products available for shipping by June 2014. "I am very proud of the progress we have made in such a short timeframe, however our work is not done. We are committed to offering every category of the Mettrum Spectrum™ to our valued clients by June", said Michael Haines, Mettrum's CEO.  "We're now in full production and harvesting rooms every w... (more)

Extending Identity Management Solutions Into a SOA

Companies are under tremendous pressure to meet the complex business requirements found in their IT infrastructures. For example, they need to expose their applications to external trading partners, comply with government regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, integrate merged companies or their own complex application environments. One common solution path that helps solve these problems is to adopt a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), which allows companies to be more agile in meeting their business needs. When a company begins to expose their business processes in a SOA, then they will need to ask how they will control access to their services. These interactions can be complex, since SOAs can be composed of many composite applications. These interactions can also be dynamic, where business processes can be re-routed, or modified quickly. There are a number of q... (more)

GWT is 100% Open Source!

Google Web Toolkit has gone 100% Open Source. In a blog announcement, Bruce Johnson, Tech Lead said, “Today is quite a milestone for Google Web Toolkit: with the GWT 1.3 Release Candidate, our team is very happy to announce that all of GWT is open source under the Apache 2.0 license. There's a lot to say, but let's start with our mission: "To radically improve the web experience for users by enabling developers to use existing Java tools to build no-compromise AJAX for any modern browser." There will be a dedicated session at the upcoming AJAXWorld Conference & Expo on "Google Web Toolkit." Google Web Toolkit (GWT) is a Java software development framework that makes writing AJAX applications like Google Maps and Gmail easy for developers who don't speak browser quirks as a second language. Now, all development will be done in the open, and the Google team will work d... (more)

Cloud Security Alliance & Novell Spur Mainstream Cloud Adoption

Novell Session at Cloud Expo Novell and the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), on Monday announced a vendor-neutral initiative to deliver the industry's first cloud security certification, education and outreach program for cloud providers. Known as the "Trusted Cloud Initiative," it will help cloud providers develop industry-recommended, secure and interoperable identity, access and compliance management configurations and practices. Now, organizations considering adopting cloud-based computing will have a trusted standard to alleviate concerns about security, governance and control of their data and IT assets. Register Today and Save $550 ! Explore Sponsorship Opportunities ! "How identities are managed either in the cloud, or federated with the cloud, create significant barriers for enterprise adoption of cloud services," said Alan Boehme, SVP IT Strategy and Enterp... (more)

Cloud Conversations: AWS Government Cloud (GovCloud)

Following earlier cloud conversations posts, cloud computing means many things from products to services, functionality and positioned for different layers of service delivery or capabilities (e.g. SaaS, AaaS, PaaS, IaaS and XaaS). Consequently it is no surprise when I hear from different people their opinion, belief or perception of what is or is not a cloud, confidence or concerns, or how to use and abuse clouds among other related themes. A common theme I hear talking with IT professionals on a global basis centers around conversations about confidence in clouds including reliability, security, privacy, compliance and confidentiality for where data is protected and preserved. This includes data being stored in different geography locations ranging from states or regions to countries and continents. What I also often hear are discussion around concerns over data f... (more)

Agile Architecture

The English language is well known for its subtlety. Sometimes it’s a delight, but on other occasions it can be very frustrating. If I use the term Gothic Architecture you will immediately understand I am describing a style of architecture that flourished in medieval times. And if like me you are interested in ecclesiastical architecture you will know that this style was used in many of the great cathedrals and churches across Europe, which were distinctive because of key architectural patterns that enabled great increases in height and internal light of the buildings without increasing the size of supporting pillars. Now if I use the term Agile Architecture, what am I referring to? In today’s Agile world I would hazard a guess that most readers will think I am referring to the architecture techniques and tasks undertaken in the context of an Agile software develop... (more)