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Cloud Security Journal on Ulitzer Two weeks ago, I delivered a webinar about new security models in the cloud with Anne Thomas Manes from Burton Group. Anne had one slide in particular, borrowed from her colleague Dan Blum, which I liked so much I actually re-structured my own material around it. Let me share it with you: This graphic does the finest job I have seen of clearly articulating where the boundaries of control lie under the different models of cloud computing. Cloud, after all, is really about surrendering control: we delegate management of infrastructure, applications, and data to realize the benefits of commoditization. But successful transfer of control implies trust–and trust isn’t something we bestow easily onto external providers. We will only build this trust if we change our approach to managing cloud security. Cloud’s biggest problem isn’t securi... (more)

Immutable Service Containers on Amazon EC2

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Back in June, we released the very first security hardened virtual machine images for the Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) environment. These original images were based upon the OpenSolaris 2008.11 release and were configured in accordance with the guidelines published by Sun the Center for Internet Security. Since its initial release, we have provided an update to offer this image in the European Region. In August, we took another step forward with the release of a security-enhanced image based upon the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release. This image went beyond just the simple hardening of its predecessor to add functionality such as encrypted swap, non-executable stacks and auditing that was enabled by default. With such a strong foundation, it should have been no surprise that it was likely to be used as a foundation for layere... (more)

Customer Centricity Tips for Digital Transformation | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Seven Extreme Customer Centricity Tips for Digital Transformation One of the most important tenets of digital transformation is that it's customer-driven. In fact, the only reason technology is involved at all is because today's customers demand technology-based interactions with the companies they do business with. It's no surprise, therefore, that we at Intellyx agree with Patrick Maes, CTO, ANZ Bank, when he said, "the fundamental element in digital transformation is extreme customer centricity." So true - but note the insightful twist that Maes added to the customer-driven digital mantra: extreme. In the context of digital transformation, then, what are some examples of customer centricity we would consider to be extreme? Here's our take. Extreme Customer Centricity #1: Ditch the IVR Quick show of hands: who likes interactive voice response (IVR)? You know, "pre... (more)

In 2014 Big Data Investments Will Account for Nearly $30 Billion - Eventually Accounting for $76 Billion by 2020 End

DALLAS, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Amid the proliferation of real time data from sources such as mobile devices, web, social media, sensors, log files and transactional applications, Big Data has found a host of vertical market applications, ranging from fraud detection to R&D. Photo - "Big Data Market: 2014 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, Industry Verticals & Forecasts" Key Findings: In 2014 Big Data vendors will pocket nearly $30 Billion from hardware, software and professional services revenues Big Data investments are further expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 17% over the next 6 years, eventually accounting for $76 Billion by the end of 2020 The market is ripe for acquisitions of pure-play Big Data startups, as competition heats up between IT incumbents Nearly every large scale IT ven... (more)

Zensify's Lifestream Application for iPhone and iPod touch Launches With Unique Aggregation & Sharing of Pictures, Videos and Comments Across 8 Leading Social Networks

Enables Users to Separate 'News from Noise' with Real-Time Social Graph Search, Tag Cloud and Trending Topics LONDON, May 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Zensify(TM) Ltd ( today announced immediate availability of its free application, allowing users to aggregate, update, search and discover information across multiple social networks and Web services from the single Zensify application, available for Apple(R) iPhone(R) and iPod(R) touch via the iTunes(R) App Store. Zensify is the first solution to aggregate all your social networks into a single feed, which allows you to discover the trends and information across your entire social graph. A multi-functional product, Zensify enhances the social network 'power-user' experience by combining updates from the following services into one news feed: Facebook(R) - Update your status, receive the status and phot... (more)

GateHouse Media to use SAXOTECH to Manage Print and Digital Content Across Publishing Platforms

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- SAXOTECH, a leader in content management, circulation and advertising technology, today announced GateHouse Media, Inc. (GateHouse Media) has selected the SAXOTECH Mediaware Center and SAXOTECH Online for greater workflow management and multi-channel publishing across its 79 dailies, 261 weeklies and more than 390 locally-focused websites. (Photo: Implementing SAXOTECH's cloud publishing solutions will greatly enhance the efficiency of the newsroom by integrating print and digital publishing.  The improved workflow and sharing of information across all GateHouse Media publications should lead to increased audience and digital offerings.  SAXOTECH's managed hosting in the cloud will power the newspapers' websites, ensuring uninterrupted access to news and information... (more)

Bundesagentur fur Arbeit Deploys Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to Support Rapid IT Growth

REDWOOD SHORES, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/19/13 -- Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) News Facts Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA), the German Federal Employment Agency, has deployed Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c to provide a comprehensive management solution for its Oracle application platform. Supporting more than 6 million customers, and with the rapid growth of its IT department, BA needed a management solution to help increase IT efficiency, while decreasing complexity. Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c manages thousands of Oracle WebLogic Server instances across the test, stage, and production environments within the BA data centers. These Oracle WebLogic Server instances -- expected to grow to more than ten thousand in the near future -- span more than 150 physical servers and host over 5,000 application deployments. The combination of Oracle WebLogic Server and Oracle Enterprise M... (more)

Parse Delivers Complete Mobile App Platform With Chef(TM)

SEATTLE, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 01/28/14 -- Chef™, IT automation for speed and awesomeness, today announced that Parse has automated hundreds of Amazon Web Services servers with Enterprise Chef™. Parse uses the hosted version of Enterprise Chef and AWS Auto Scaling to manage massive and unpredictable demand for its cloud-based application development services, enabling the company to manage 30-40 different services with only a three-person infrastructure team. Parse, acquired by Facebook last year, delivers a scalable and powerful compute backend that enables businesses to launch fully featured apps in very little time without worrying about server management. The company leverages hundreds of AWS servers to deliver its cloud app platform, including dozens of services ranging from data storage to push notifications. With a small team and a rapidly growing customer ... (more)

Wyndham Brand Expands in U.S. With First Anaheim Hotel

PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwired - June 16, 2014) - Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,500 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today added to the footprint of its namesake Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand with the 376-room Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove in Garden Grove, Calif. The recently renovated property, a Disneyland® Good Neighbor Hotel, offers family-friendly guest rooms with bunk beds for kids, high-speed wireless internet access, three on-site restaurants and bars, shuttle service to area attractions and businesses and approximately 36,000 square feet of function space that can accommodate up to 1,800 attendees. Owned by OHI Resort Hotels, LLC, and managed by Pacific Hospitality Group, Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove is situated at the center of the Anaheim area's popular leisure and business destin... (more)

SOA Governance Best Practices – Architectural, Organizational, and SDLC Implications

The fact that you're reading this article means that you are probably planning a service-oriented architecture (SOA) initiative and recognize that some level of governance is required in order to be successful. If you are like most people in this position, you are also somewhat confused as to the meaning of SOA governance. Governance is the current buzzword, and combining governance with SOA creates a phrase that every independent software vendor (ISV) wants a piece of. How do you sort out what is marketing hype from what is truly valuable and relevant to your organization's SOA efforts? Governance Scope Within an IT Organization Much of the hype around SOA governance has been focused on operational governance. Defining, tracking, and managing factors like service-level agreements (e.g., average response time, peak response time, average throughput, peak throughput) ... (more)

SOA Best Practices - Four Steps to Securing Your Web Services

Dr Adam Kolowa (pictured), Founder & CEO of Parasoft and panelist at SYS-CON Events'  "SOA Web Services Power Panel" at SOA Web Services Edge Conference & Expo - June 5-6, 2006 - in New York City, writes: Security has the inherent nature of spanning many different layers of a Web Services system. Web Services vulnerabilities can be present in the operating system, the network, the database, the Web server, the application server, the XML parser, the Web Services implementation stack, the application code, the XML firewall, the Web Service monitoring or management appliance, or just about any other component in your Web Services system. Therefore security testing, which is important for any software application, is even more crucial for Web Services. This article explores security issues specific to Web Services and illustrates the engineering and testing best practic... (more)