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At the end of August 2012, Amazon Web Services released their latest service offering – a long-term archive service called Glacier.  As a complement to their existing active data access service S3, Glacier provides long term storage for “cold” data – information that has to be retained for a long time but doesn’t require frequent access. What Exactly is Glacier? Many organisations need to retain data in archive format for extended periods of time.  This is for regulatory or compliance purposes or may simply be part of their normal business process.  Good examples are medical, healthcare, financial or media (video and audio) data.  Typically for many IT departments, backup has provided a lazy way of archiving information.  Access to backups retained for up to 10 years provides a cheap and rudimentary archive service.  However backup isn’t archive (see my recent art... (more)

My Personal 2010 Predictions

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer In an effort to save a lot of pain and suffering for those people who don’t want to read an incredibly long blog post, I have a nice little summary table.  The predictions run the gamut of my personal and professional interests, so they may not be 100% interesting to all people. 99% of All Decade Lists That Come This Year Will Be Wrong Twitter Will Become A Footnote Real Time Has Had It’s Time Interest Rates Will Begin To Rise Housing Prices Being To Stall And Then Fall Jorge Lorenzo Will Win MotoGP World Championship Netbook Market Disappears Apple’s Disdain For Developers Will Reach A Tipping Point ChromeOS Proves To Be Another Of Google’s Failures The Final Season Of Lost Will Not Be Seen Foundations For The Repeal Of Sarb-Ox The Venture Business, As We Know It, Is Dead Oil Trading Draws Legislative Scrutiny Windows Mobile 7 Will Impress ... (more)

Cisco and Partners to Build World's Largest Global Intercloud

As businesses increasingly embrace private, public, and hybrid clouds to cost-effectively and quickly deliver business applications and services, Cisco on Monday announced plans to build the world's largest global Intercloud -- a network of clouds -- together with a set of partners. The Cisco global Intercloud is being architected for the Internet of Everything, with a distributed network and security architecture designed for high-value application workloads, real-time analytics, "near infinite" scalability and full compliance with local data sovereignty laws. The first-of-its-kind open Intercloud, which will feature APIs for rapid application development, will deliver a new enterprise-class portfolio of cloud IT services for businesses, service providers and resellers. Cisco expects to invest over $1 billion to build its expanded cloud business over the next two... (more)

Flexera Software Receives BMC Software Technology Alliance Program Validation for FlexNet Manager Suite Integration with Multiple BMC Solutions

Emphasises importance of Software License Optimisation and asset management in maximising the value of IT services to the enterprise Maidenhead, UK - July 17, 2014. Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today that it has received BMC Software Technology Alliance Program (TAP) validation for integration of its Software License Optimisation Solution, FlexNet Manager Suite for Enterprises, with three BMC Software solutions: BMC Remedy IT Asset Management, BMC Atrium Discovery and Dependency Mapping and BMC Atrium Configuration Management Database (Atrium CMDB). The integrations enable mutual customers to realise greater business value from their IT service catalog, CMDB, asset management and Software License Optimisation solutions - enhanc... (more)

Sarbanes-Oxley - The Dark Corner of Regulatory Compliance

For a decade or more, internal and external regulations have impacted corporate IT and shaped the way companies are required to do business. Today you would scarcely find a corporate CIO, IS director, or IT architect who would build or maintain a storage infrastructure without sweating the details of how to meet the regulations and policies that govern the data their companies produce. The ongoing health and well being, if not the future of their companies, depend on this diligence. Each government or agency regulation carries with it very specific IT-related requirements that impact corporate IT decision making. The Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002 dictates that companies must secure, store, and archive all documents, records, and business data or their corporate executives may face stiff fines or jail time. The Health Insurance Protection and Portability Act (HIPPA) re... (more)

Electronic Communications Retention, Retrieval & Supervision

The market for electronic communications retention, retrieval, and supervisory systems is growing at a rapid pace. This growth is driven by a number of factors including the need for better regulatory control over corporate communications, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, enhanced electronic discovery tools for litigation support, better control over internal policies, the mining of critical information from the unstructured data that is electronic communications, and enhanced mailbox management. Open Source and Open Source-based solutions offer clients distinct advantages over proprietary and/or 100% commercial solutions. Electronic Communication Archiving Market Segments The market for electronic communications retention can be divided into six key areas: regulatory compliance, Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, litigation support, internal policy compliance, knowledge managemen... (more)

Attending TechEd Europe?

There are two cloud-related sessions in the “community” section of Microsoft TechEd Europe 2009 and you need to vote for them here if you are attending the conference (and obviously if you want them in the agenda). Basically, both are on cloud computing: one for developers and the other for IT professionals: Going to the Cloud: Are we crazy? Are cloud services about efficiency or negligence? About being able to outsource commodity services and concentrate on core competence or loosing control and risking getting out of compliance? Which IT services can be safely moved to the cloud and which should stay in house? Let’s get together and discuss the present and the future of Software + Services use in our companies, share success stories, lessons learned, discuss concerns and best practices. Developing on Azure: Stories from the Trenches Have you given Windows Azure a ... (more)

Most Popular Computer Language Keywords issued a summary of the most popular computer language keywords, files and projects used by developers in December, 2009. Analyzing search engine trends in a number of different computer languages, the "12 Days of Code Search" is based on hundreds of thousands of searches and downloads performed by thousands of users. Results were compiled and analyzed by Black Duck Software, the leading provider of products and services for automating the management, governance and secure use of open source software at enterprise scale. Powered by Black Duck Software, is a free code search website serving tens of thousands of unique visitors per day. includes 2.5 billion lines of open source code collected from more than 4,500 Internet sites. Black Duck has increased the open source software code available through by 400 percent since acqu... (more)

Websense Unveils TRITON Architecture Unifying Web, Data and Email Security

Websense, a provider of content security, on Wednesday introduced the new Websense TRITON unified security architecture, combining Websense Web, data and email security technologies into a single platform delivering unified content analysis and management. The Websense TRITON architecture integrates the real-time Web content analysis and malware protection of the Websense Web Security Gateway with Websense Data Security Suite and Websense Email Security to protect organizations and their essential information from blended threats and targeted attacks while easing administration and lowering total cost of ownership. According to Brian Burke, program director, Security Products at IDC Research, the need has never been greater for a new unified security paradigm to provide consistent protection from both inbound threats and outbound risk with single policy management ... (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)

Digital Footprint and Virtual Social Influence

I’ve been thinking about my presence on the internet from the early days, from my time at Argonne National Labs near Chicago in 1988-1989 and from my graduate school days at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis in 1989-1992. That was even before the web browser days, which didn’t come out till 1993-94. Mosaic browser was first released in 1993. And I remember the excitement we had at work when we installed an early version of Netscape browser in 1994.Partial map of internet 2005,via Wikipedia There was internet of course even before the browser. In addition to the worldwide email which primarily linked major universities and research labs, there were numerous user groups — virtual discussion groups — that I used to take part in and contribute to. I suppose that was the equivalent of today’s social networking. Amazingly enough, after all these years most of tha... (more)