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Network Security: An Oxymoron In The Cloud Era?

08 Aug 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Network security has always been a near-impossible task, but the cloud era is ushering in a fundamentally new model that truly renders network security an oxymoron. How so, you ask?NetworkSecurity

In the past, organizations built and controlled their own networks. Because IT could control the flow of traffic inbound and outbound, the nodes on the network, and the users, they also controlled the network security architecture. IT was responsible for where and how to place firewalls, VPNs, IDS and IPS, load balancers, web application firewalls, and other security devices. In short, when you owned the network, you also owned securing the network.

Today, with more organizations moving to the cloud, a new approach is necessary. Three fundamental differences are driving this change:

  • Cloud providers own the network
  • Traffic flows in the cloud much differently. Interdependencies between applications and services, both internal and external, are exploding
  • Network security has historically been delivered through appliances

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SMBs Tie Cloud Computing To Increased Revenue

06 Aug 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

wordcloud5Research by Oxford Economics and Windstream Communications has found that many small and midsized businesses have a strong appetite for cloud computing and tie it to increased revenues, even though they often don’t have large IT departments to support them getting into the cloud.

Oxford Economics is the research outfit frequently tapped by members of the Fortune 500 or Federal Reserve Board to draw a picture of what’s happening in different parts of the world economy. At one time, it was made up primarily of economists from Oxford University in the UK, although time has diminished that link. To conduct its “Path To Value” cloud survey, it solicited feedback in May from 350 business executives in all regions of the US; 33% were CEOs, CTOs, or COOs, while the other 67% held other executive positions.

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Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls

04 Aug 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

If government IT professionals aren’t getting much sleep these days, it’s likely because they’re more worried than ever about catastrophic cyber-security breaches.gov

In InformationWeek’s 2014 Federal Government IT Priorities Survey, 70% of respondents said that cyber- and information security programs are “extremely important” at their agencies, making IT security the highest government IT priority. Another 24% said IT security is at least fairly important. Only 3% said security is “not important at all.”

The survey also demonstrated that security is intensifying as the top government IT priority. In last year’s survey, 67% of respondents stated that information security is extremely important.

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Red Hat’s Inktank Ceph Storage Adds Erasure Coding, Tiering

30 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

red-hat-logo-XPSORedHat Inc. today released a new 1.2 version of its Inktank Ceph Enterprise software, featuring erasure coding, cache tiering and updated tools to manage and monitor the distributed object storage cluster.

The release marks the first product update since Red Hat acquired Inktank Storage Inc. in May for about $175 million in cash. Targeted at cloud, backups and archives, Inktank Ceph Enterprise (ICE) combines open source Ceph software for object and block storage, Calamari monitoring and management tools, and product support services.

Red Hat’s ICE 1.2 software-defined storage brings the commercially supported product in line with the latest Firefly release of open source Ceph storage software, and two key new features — erasure coding and cache tiering — are already generating interest.

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Google I/O: Hello Dataflow, Goodbye MapReduce

28 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Google I/O this year was overwhelmingly dominated by consumer technology, the end user interface, and extension of the Android universe into a new class of mobile devices, the computer you wear on your wrist.Google-IO-2014

At the same time, there were one or two enterprise-scale data handling and cloud computing gems scattered among all the end user announcements.

One was Cloud Dataflow, introduced at the San Francisco event during a keynote presentation Wednesday. When it comes to handling large amounts of unstructured data, one of Google’s original contributions to the field was MapReduce. When combined with a distributed file system, it became a fundamental new type of data sorting, analyzing, and storage mechanism of the era: Hadoop.

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Cloud Platform Simplifies Spark Clusters, Big Data Deployments

25 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

In his keynote at Spark Summit 2014 in San Francisco today, Databricks CEO Ion Stoica unveiled Databricks Cloud, a cloud platform built around the Apache Spark open source processing engine for big data.spark%20summit%202014

Spark, which got its v 1.0 release just one month ago, is a cluster computing framework designed to sit on top of Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS) in place of Hadoop MapReduce. With support for in-memory cluster computing, Spark can achieve performance up to 100x faster than Hadoop MapReduce in memory or 10x faster on disk.

Spark can be an excellent compute engine for data processing workflows, advanced analytics, stream processing and business intelligence/visual analytics. But Spark clusters can be difficult beasts, Stoica says. Databricks hopes to change all that with its hosted Databricks Cloud platform as a turnkey solution.

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CloudFlare Offers Free DDoS Protection to Public Interest Websites

18 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

A project launched by CloudFlare, a provider of website performance and security services, allows organizations engaged in news gathering, civil society and political or artistic speech to use the company’s distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection technology for free.cloudflarelogo

The goal of the project, dubbed Galileo, is to protect freedom of expression on the Web by helping sites with public interest information from being censored through online attacks, according to the San Francisco-based company.

“If a website participating in Project Galileo comes under attack, CloudFlare will extend full protection to ensure the site stays online — no matter its location, no matter its content,” the Project Galileo website says.

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Amazon, Google Spar Over SSDs In Cloud

14 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Amazon Web Services is making solid state disks the standard storage for its Elastic Block Store service used with running instances, and is setting the price to compete with Google Compute Engine.google_vs_amazon

Solid state was available previously on Amazon’s EC2, but it tended to be associated with specialized server types designed to provide data management and high transaction throughput. The storage Amazon announced on Tuesday is general-purpose storage volumes based on SSDs, priced at $.10 per GB per month.

If general-purpose SSDs don’t provide a high enough input/output rate, customers can purchase additional capacity for $.125 per GB per month for each additional 1000 IOPS provisioned times. The cost is reduced by the share of the month in which they’re actually used — for example, if they are used for half the month, the bill would be 50% of what would otherwise be a month’s total.

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Hybrid Clouds: What Are They Good For?

07 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Hybrid cloud has been a headliner topic at almost every major IT event this year, whether it’s Microsoft beefing up Azure at TechEd, EMC and VMware making hybrid products and a joint reference design a centerpiece of keynotes at EMC World, or IBM announcing OpenStack hybrid support for Cloud Manager.iStock_000020265568Small

To listen to these vendors, hybrid cloud is the new de facto standard data center architecture, and anyone not shuttling workloads back and forth is falling behind.

But what do IT leaders making those data center decisions think?

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Oracle Buys Mini Me In $5.3 Billion Micros Deal

04 Jul 2014, Posted by Rayboy Insider Search in Blog

Oracle made official its rumored acquisition of Micros Systems on Monday, announcing a whopping $5.3 billion deal for a company that’s a small version of Oracle itself, with a mature software business, a sizeable hardware business, and a fledgling foothold in the cloud.oracle-ecommerce-integration

Like Oracle, Micros gets the biggest share of its revenue (about 40%) from software maintenance. Maintenance accounted for $482 million of the company’s $1.2 billion in fiscal 2013 revenue. New software sales, by comparison, accounted for only 11.3%, or $143 million. And, like Oracle, Micros sells hardware, though mostly point-of-sale specialized workstations and terminals used in restaurant, hotel, and retail settings. This business accounted for 21%, or $269 million, of Micros’s 2013 revenue.

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