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"We spent two years building a cloud offering that is unmatched in the market. This latest investment represents an investment not only in ProfitBricks but in the future of cloud," said Achim Weiss, co-founder and CEO of ProfitBricks, as it was announced that his IaaS company has received a $19.5 million investment from its founders and United Internet AG, a leading European internet services provider. "ProfitBricks delivers on the promise of cloud computing that until its launch wasn't realized," Weiss added. In 2012 the company established its U.S. headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. and launched its cloud 2.0 offering, including live vertical scaling and the industry's first Data Center Design tool. ProfitBricks used InfiniBand based network technology to bring high performance computing capabilities to the cloud and offer a better price-performance ratio than the m... (more)

Fusing Cloud SOA & Cloud M2M – Building an On Demand, Real-time Enterprise

Back in 2002 Vinod Khosla, one of the elite of the Silicon Valley entrepreneur community (co-founded Sun Microsystems among others), wrote a white paper called the Real-Time Enterprise At the same time I also wrote a similar paper entitled Building an On Demand Enterprise, which was based around the same principles. We both described utilizing a ‘loosely coupled’ and federated business model via the SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), to build more agile organizational structures. These service architectures were achieved by integration technologies and standards like SOAP, which as we zoom forward ten years we can see still persists in terms of the underlying model but has now been replaced by REST, a more web-oriented approach suitable to the new Cloud world. SOA – Business process integration In general these design principles are still as relevant today, it is ... (more)

A Doctrine for Change - Lawrence Lessig Again

I was again reading and reviewing Lawrence Lessig's work tonight. The man is so very articulate and his observations so compelling. If you haven't become a student of his work, please take my advice and give it a try here. At the 2002 Open Source Convention Lessig challenged the audience to get involved in the political process. A tireless advocate for open source, Lessig shared some basic concepts that are a solution to most of the barriers preventing our soceity from overcoming the major challenges of the time. A complete transcript of Lawrence's keynote presentation made on July 24, 2002 is available here. In summation his logical findings were as follows. Creativity and innovation always builds on the past. The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it. Free societies enable the future by limiting this power of the past. Ours is less and less a... (more)

Cloud Computing Comes to Hong Kong

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer CSL Limited (CSL) and SIMtone Corporation, provider of one of the first Universal Computing Platforms for the telecommunications industry, today announced the signature of a broad based, exclusive licensing agreement to develop groundbreaking cloud computing services for use over CSL’s Award-winning Next G wireless network to CSL customers in Hong Kong. CSL will use and showcase SIMtone-based solutions, deliver “high-definition user experience” cloud services and resell private-cloud SIMtone product solutions to businesses and consumers. CSL’s SIMtone-based solutions will be pervasively accessible and seamlessly usable from a multitude of fixed and mobile screens, always connected to one of the fastest and most advanced wireless all-IP networks in the world, delivering peak download speeds up to 21Mbps. Mr Tarek Robbiati, Group Managing D... (more)

Microsoft’s Smith Calls for Government Regulation on the Cloud

Bravo to Microsoft’s Brad Smith, the company’s senior vice president and general counsel, for urging Congress to create and pass legislation that would set security and privacy standards for the cloud – at the federal level! Smith made his pitch this week at a forum in Washington, D.C., at the Brookings Institution. Smith listed the benefits of cloud computing and spoke about a recent survey from consulting and market research firm Penn Schoen and Berland Associates (PSB).  In an article that I read about his appearance on CivSource, Smith said: “Cloud computing offers new benefits for almost every part of society.” He detailed results of the survey:  58% of consumers and 86% of senior business leaders are “excited about the potential of cloud computing,” and a majority of respondents believe “cloud computing has the potential to help make government more efficien... (more)

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley: Call for Papers Closes July 4

Cloud and virtualization are the Power Couple of enterprise computing: the cloud offers potentially unlimited scalability (both up and down) while the virtualization of resources ensures that system management issues are hidden from the end-user. It is a marriage made in heaven. As enterprises in ever-increasing numbers start to to evaluate cloud computing, many are assessing which applications can run in public clouds, which should run in a private cloud, and how to ensure that applications will be portable from one to another. Since there will be many different kinds of clouds, another issue is what kind of cloud resources should you use? How easy will it be to migrate to a public or private cloud, and how easy will it be to move between them? If you entrust your data to a Cloud Computing vendor, how will the vendor secure your data and segregate it from that of o... (more)

Enterprise Mobility

Today (Thursday) I was able to finally get enough time to sit down in the Innovation Center with SAP folks and see demonstrations of their new enterprise mobility applications.  I saw the following applications: SAP Prove - Workflow approvals (expense approvals) SAP CRM Mobile SAP Expense Reports I loved the SAP Prove application because of the GUI.  It was an image of a desk with a crumpled piece of paper on it that had an expense request written on it.  Next to it were two rubber stamps.  One that said Approved, the other Rejected.  By tapping one or the other it would stamp the paper.  I loved it.  I kept stamping all of them with Reject, Reject, Reject.  I could do that all day.  What power! I was able to sit down with Martin Fecteau from MSC Mobile and have a good discussion on enterprise mobility.  His company is made up of a group of mostly former SAP folks th... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 New York Expands Technical Program

Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9, 2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including "Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing," "Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track. Because the sheer quantity and quality of submitted sessions has outstripped the ability to assess each one fully and fairly - there have been a staggering 1,300 submissions thus far, for just 150 or so slots - the deadline for submitting speaking proposals to the conference is also being extended too, unt... (more)

Bulletproofing the WebSocket Wire Protocol

Web Security Journal: There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WebSocket (WS) protocol? John Fallows: When surfing the Web, our browsers may communicate with Web servers via HTTP proxies that deliver many benefits, such as providing previously cached Web content more efficiently than repeatedly contacting the target server. These proxies may be either explicitly configured at the browser or they may form part of the general network topology to intercept the communication path implicitly. Securely encrypted Web communication cannot be intercepted by such proxies. Members of the Hypertext Bidirectional (HyBi) IETF Working Group recently comp... (more)

New Key Technology Simplifies Data Encryption in the Cloud

Data at rest has long been protected by technology called public key infrastructure (PKI), in which data is encrypted when it’s created by a public key and only decrypted, in theory, by an authorized person holding the private key. But extending this type of data protection to the cloud can be complicated. The migration to the cloud has introduced a new set of complex security issues for IT teams to manage due to the lack of direct control over the security of the data. Moreover, cloud providers believe that data security is a shared responsibility, where the service provider assures physical security and the subscribers must secure their servers and data. Presumably this would include a strategy for encryption and key management which requires that the keys be stored outside the cloud rather than in it. Startup security company Porticor just released a solution tha... (more)

IoT Cloud Computing – Building the On Demand, Real-time Enterprise

Like every one I am updating my terminology to reflect the shift that occurred – Business and technical executives immediately get that when combined with a world of smart, connected devices then Cloud computing only makes more sense. We have entered an age where IoT Cloud Computing will become the dominant form of enterprise IT architecture. Smart devices aren’t much use if they aren’t sharing their feeds with some kind of enterprise system, and so new forms of middleware as well as entirely new forms of ERP will emerge too. In short how will that RFID device on the tin of beans ordered by your smart fridge, actually place the order into the supermarket logistics systems? Vendors like SAP will come up with answers and this process will spur a huge cycle of investment and innovation in the enterprise IT market, typically the engine of stock market growth, so it’s g... (more)