November 2013


15374data_protectionAs companies increasing use public and private clouds, and as the data deluge continues to grow, IT administrators face a rapidly escalating backup, archive and recovery challenge. Various types of cloud deployments (i.e. public, private and hybrid) and applications have changed the rules of some traditional backup strategies, such as backup to tape or backup to disk and then to an offsite location and archive environment.

Today, backups can be taken from endpoint devices all the way to the data center and beyond to wherever the backup and archive infrastructure may exist (i.e., public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment that stages data backup between environments.) Several companies, including Datacastle, Acronis, and Sepaton, have released products that aim to help IT address today’s data protection challenges.

untitled3The fight between IBM and Amazon Web Services (AWS) over a CIA cloud computing contract is just a preview of what’s ahead. Federal investment in cloud computing is showing remarkable growth.

AWS and IBM, as well as many others in the cloud space, are fighting for mindshare among federal IT managers, who now ordering cloud services by the truckload.

Market research firm Deltek said federal cloud computing growth has become “explosive” in just a few years.

In 2009, the total value of awarded contracts (TCV) for cloud services was just $27 million. In the 2013 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30, the total value of cloud contracts had risen to $17 billion — up sharply from $4 billion in 2012. The TCV is the total value of the contract over its term, otherwise known as the contract’s ceiling value, whether it’s, for instance, a three-year, five-year or longer pact, according to Deltek.

untitledeawfweLast year some 6,000 attendees trekked out to Las Vegas for the first customer conference of what many consider to be the leading public IaaS cloud provider: Amazon Web Services. AWS re:Invent 2012 saw the launch of a new data analytics and warehousing product, price drops on its services, and lots of tips and tricks for how to use Amazon’s cloud.

Here are five things to watch for next week’s second installment:

How big?

Last year, roaming the halls of AWS re:Invent, some of those in attendance spoke about how it was “the cloud show” of the year., VMware and die-hard OpenStack folks may take issue with that. Either way, it’s an important show for the cloud computing industry, and it will be interesting to see one year later what the buzz is after a rousing inaugural in 2012.

untitled2Arbor Networks today introduced its first cloud-based distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation service to protect enterprises against large-scale attacks intended to swallow up available bandwidth or knock application servers offline.

The Arbor DDoS mitigation service could be applied to filter out unwanted attack traffic at up to about 280Gbps or even higher, according to Gary Sockrider, solutions architect for the Americas at Arbor. Arbor’s enterprise service works in conjunction with the Arbor on-premises anti-DDoS gear the enterprise would have, he said. Arbor’s approach entails “once we see the attack, we re-direct traffic to the scrubbing center,” says Sockrider. Arbor is also seeking to get a different type of customer, the large ISPs, to make use of this cloud-based anti-DDoS service on a re-seller basis.

Arbor’s cloud-based approach for the enterprise, coupled with its on premises hardware, comes as the anti-DDoS market grows more competitive. Belmont, Calif.-based start-up, for example, which is a purely cloud-based anti-DDoS service, made its debut in August. Sockrider says Arbor intends to have a cloud-based pricing model that doesn’t levy charges based on traffic spikes that arise in DDoS attacks. He says some cloud-based DDoS competitors do that.

untitledStart-up Adallom today introduced a cloud-based offering intended to help enterprises better monitor, audit and control use of software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications by employees.

Adallom’s approach relies on a proxy-based technology available as either a security service in the cloud or server-based software that can be used on premises, says Tal Klein, vice president of marketing at the Menlo Park, Calif., start-up. The firm, founded in 2011,  has research-and-development roots in Israel, Klein notes, pointing out the three cofounders — CEO Assaf Rappaport, vice president of R&D Roy Reznik and CTO Ami Luttwak — have backgrounds in the Israeli cyber-defense forces.

Boom Time for Corporate Cloud Marketplaces

18 Nov 2013, Posted by admin in Blog

BoomThe growing adoption of Bring Your Own Device policies by organizations of all sizes, across nearly every industry, has enabled corporate end-users and business units to more easily acquire apps tailored to their specific work requirements.

This Bring Your Own Apps phenomenon, often referred to as the “consumerization of IT,” has sparked a new round of debate among CIOs and other corporate executives about how to balance security and compliance concerns with the need to encourage end-user productivity.

For the past few years, I’ve been suggesting that deploying corporate app stores can be an effective tactic for IT to regain control over this situation. By replicating the user experience of today’s leading app stores, enterprises can give their end-users the same kind of access to the best business applications available in the marketplace while establishing greater control over the acquisition process and better track app utilization.

Now, companies like, CA Technologies and AppDirect are recognizing the same opportunity.

image_jpegTwo of the leading cloud computing providers today announced significant revisions to their on-demand virtual machines, with Rackspace rolling out new higher performing SSD-based VMs, and Amazon Web Services reducing the prices on one class of its VMs and introducing a service for graphics processing.

The moves reflect the jockeying, back-and-forth nature of the cloud computing market where when one company announces a significant new feature or price drop competitors usually follow, sometimes within days or even hours of the announcement or, in the case of today, announce the news on the same day. Creates Single-Sign-On Cloud

12 Nov 2013, Posted by admin in Blog

salesforcePlenty of businesses rely on Active Directory and other LDAP-based directory services to manage employee access to applications and servers behind the corporate firewall. But how are they managing the chaos brought on by the cloud and BYOD movements, with Web-based and mobile-enabled apps ranging from Gmail and Box to Concur, Workday and Office 365? on Tuesday announced the general availability of Salesforce Identity, the identity management service it announced more than a year ago at Dreamforce 2012. The extended beta period was used to consult with customers and test the services at scale, with at least 70% of customers already using aspects of the service such as Mobile Identity, according to Chuck Mortimer, a Salesforce VP of product management.

“It’s not as straightforward as a beta because we’ve opened up a series of platform services that we already use for all of our customers,” Mortimer explained in a phone interview with InformationWeek. “With Mobile Identity, for example, we’ve used that to deliver our own mobile applications, and we’re extending that now to any application that wants to plug into our app ecosystem.”

Salesforce Identity extends to third-party Web and mobile apps the consistent, platform-based identity services Salesforce customers are used to as the gateway to more than 1,900 AppExchange apps. Customers wanted the ease and convenience of Salesforce’s single-sign-on access controls extended to a wider universe of unsupported apps and resources brought on by the cloud, shadow IT and mobility trends, Mortimer said.

buyoutOpen Text is acquiring GXS Group for US$1.17 billion in a deal that will give the information management software vendor a widely used cloud-based business-to-business trading platform.

The deal is expected to close within 90 days, according to Open Text’s announcement on Tuesday.

GXS sells Trading Grid, which “eliminates the ongoing complexities and costs of do-it-yourself B2B integration,” according to a statement. Some 550,000 trading partners are linked to GXS’ platform.

The company has 2,900 employees with an installed base that includes half of the Fortune 1000, Open Text CEO Mark Barrenechea said during a conference call Tuesday. GXS had US$487.5 million in revenue during its fiscal 2012, according to a statement.

Without services like Trading Grid, “orders would stop, shipments would get lost, invoices would get unpaid,” Barrenechea said.

Apart from GXS’ software, acquiring the company will give Open Text more expertise in managed hosting and also provide an opportunity to cross-sell products into each company’s installed base, he added.

The combined company will have more than 80,000 customers, according to a statement.