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Patents are a good step towards shielding your IP data, but they're not a seamless solution. Legal protection regarding intellectual property isn't definite and has some holes in it. The constant stream of big data has made this problem even worse, obscuring the specifics about original ownership. Data comes in streams from all over the world. Companies have more information about consumers and their closest competitors than ever before. It's an incredible marketing advantage when utilized correctly, and businesses are happy to have it in their arsenal. However, there's a dark side of big data that challenges an organization's brand and even it's reputation. It gives businesses a potential insider perspective on trade secrets, and the lines between intellectual rights become blurred. Suddenly, the hard work you put into creating new ideas and products can be seen by... (more)

Book Review: Open Source Licensing: Software Freedom and Intellectual Property

According to Larry Rosen, "One of the challenges to writing about licensing in a book not specifically written for licensing professionals is to make a very dull subject interesting." A Complete and Thorough BookRosen has met that challenge in his exciting guide to the Open Source licensing zoo. As an extra fillip he offers a set of five Open Source Principles so clear and brief that the Open Source Initiative (OSI) would be well advised to adopt them, plus two new licenses intended to solve not only the weaknesses of some of the current Open Source licenses, but resolve the many problems that revolve around the Free Software Foundation's (FSF) GNU General Public License (GPL) and Lesser General Public License (LGPL). This clear book spends 314 pages in detailed discussion of more legal issues than this review can touch on. The author has the advantage of having trai... (more)

So what is this Platform as a Service thing?

The "platform-as-a-service", or PaaS meme is getting more air play the last 24 hours as news of Google App Engine makes its way through the tech media and blogs. ReadWriteWeb has a good write up and Phil Wainewright's summation by declaring "Let the PaaS wars begin" I think fairly captures the mood and reaction to the news. Exciting times ahead no doubt, and pretty cool that Bungee Labs is getting mentioned in a number of blogs reacting to the Google App Engine news an example of the new generation of companies emerging in the PaaS space. So, what is Platform-as-a-service? And why is PaaS interesting? Last week I had the opportunity to talk to Dana Gardner and Phil Wainewright in this sponsored podcast - full transcript available here - all about PaaS. I've taken the liberty of copy and pasting a snippet of the conversation below that speaks directly to the whole no... (more)

Cloud Computing Challenges and the Balance Between Risks and Benefits

In the previous article we looked at some Cloud Security Advantages. Now let's now look at some Cloud Challenges. Cloud Challenges • Trusting vendor’s security model • Customer inability to respond to audit findings • Obtaining support for investigations • Indirect administrator accountability • Proprietary implementations can’t be examined • Loss of physical control; Data dispersal and international privacy laws • Need for isolation management • Multi-tenancy • Logging challenges • Data ownership issues • Quality of service guarantees • Dependence on secure hypervisors • Attraction to hackers (high value target) • Possibility for massive outages • Encryption needs for cloud computing Let's look depper into a few of the major concerns. How can you be sure your Data is Safe? Data safety in the cloud is not a trivial concern. Some online storage vendors such as The Linkup and Carbonite h... (more)

Is Google Drive Too Late to the Party?

Like many people, the other week I downloaded and installed Google Drive.  This is the long-awaited competitor to services like Dropbox and Microsoft’s SkyDrive, offering free online storage with the ability to upgrade to higher capacity at a cost.  Dropbox and the various other lookalikes have been around for some time, so is Google coming to this market too late and is the party already over? Cloud Storage The concept of Cloud Storage is pretty simple.  Services like Dropbox allow you to share a local folder on your PC or Mac and have that data replicated into “the cloud”.  From there it can be accessed by other devices, including smartphones, web browsers and tablets.  The great benefit of cloud storage offerings is that they allow all copies of data to be kept in sync, while retaining a backup copy that can be used if any or all of the local device copies are l... (more)

Emulex Supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

COSTA MESA, Calif, October 8, 2013 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced that its I/O connectivity solutions, including its LightPulse® Gen 5 Fibre Channel (16GFC) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) and 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE)-based solutions provided by Emulex, support the release of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Server 2012 R2. In addition, forthcoming Emulex Virtual Network eXceleration™ (VNeX) virtual network offload technology will support Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Network Virtualisation, enabling flexible workload mobility inside the data centre and public or hybrid cloud, reducing network reconfiguration from days to minutes. "With broad I/O connectivity support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 users, combined with our next generation network virtualisation capabilities, we provide a ... (more)

Red Hat Announces Updated Training for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

Red Hat, Inc. on Monday announced the launch of several updated system administration training courses and certification exams, to teach and qualify students on how to install, configure, deploy, and troubleshoot Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. The courses continue to feature a hands-on, lab-based environment to provide IT professionals with the skill-sets they need to implement and maintain Linux deployments. The new curriculum places greater emphasis on enterprise administration skills including command line administration, shell scripting, diagnostics and troubleshooting. The courses will be available via traditional classrooms, live virtual training, online, or on-site at customers locations for private team training. Celebrating 15 years of preparing professionals for open innovation, Red Hat Training courses benefit both students and the companies they work for by... (more)

HP to Provide HP Helion Cloud Services in China

PALO ALTO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/21/14 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced it has signed an agreement with Beijing UnionRead Information Technology Ltd., a leading content distribution network service provider and hybrid cloud operator, to build and operate community clouds for enterprise customers in China. UnionRead will be the first service provider in China to deploy HP Helion solutions based on OpenStack® technology since HP introduced the HP Helion portfolio earlier this year. The agreement is a significant step that will enable HP to meet customers' growing demand for cloud services in one of the fastest-growing cloud markets in the world and demonstrates momentum for the HP Helion portfolio. A community cloud offers an infrastructure that is shared between multiple organizations with common interests, for example, vertical industries or geographies that ... (more)

Cisco To Deploy Palamida's Flagship IP Management Solution

"We are pleased to have Palamida as a new component in our development environment," said Sherman Chu, Director, Licensing and Technology, Cisco Systems, as it was today announced that Cisco will deploy Palamida's IP AMPlifier  product for automatically detecting, managing and reporting on software intellectual property (IP) assets.  "Cisco has long recognized the importance of intellectual property, and our move to automated tools for software IP management underscores that," Chu added. View Theresa Bui Friday, Palamida Live on SYS-CON.TV The multi-year deal is believed to be the largest of its kind to date in the new market for automated IP management and compliance. "Automated compliance and license management accelerates the assembly and creation of intellectual property based on open source and third-party components," said Mark Tolliver, CEO, Palamida. "We look f... (more)

IBM and U.S. Universities Announce Several New Open Software Research Projects

IBM and seven leading U.S. universities have announced several new open software research projects under a program designed in conformance with the Open Collaboration Research Principles, a set of guidelines announced previously to help promote an open approach to overcome university-industry intellectual property challenges. Under IBM’s new Open Collaborative Research program, project results developed between IBM Research and top university faculty and their students will be made available as open source software code and all additional intellectual property developed will be openly published or made available royalty-free. Universities participating in the program include Carnegie Mellon University, Columbia University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Rutgers University, University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Califor... (more)

Automated Social Media Governance and Government 2.0

With the proliferation of Internet-based tools and forums to share information, deliver announcements or warnings and create collaborative networks, it’s become apparent that “self-policing” strategies for controlling and managing the risks involved in delivering content through the corporate firewall can’t mitigate most risks. Most corporations and government agencies do indeed require, as terms of employment and various legislation, that care be taken and policies or procedures followed when engaging in online public discourse or otherwise moving content from the corporate-controlled environment to the public Internet. Over the past years, many good tools and governance frameworks have been developed as a routine matter of enabling Internet content posting, distribution and syndication – but these have mostly focused on automation, protection and monitoring proced... (more)