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Case Study: The Big Benefits of Thinking Small It had always been a dream to start a company with my childhood best friend, Rian Gauvreau, but we hadn't been able to truly find a business model that worked for us. In 2007, cloud computing was just beginning to make waves, and while many recognized the opportunities that the cloud presented for business, most were quick to go for the "one size fits all" model seen in traditional enterprise technology solutions. That same year, we began to see a need for a platform within the legal industry that could increase efficiency, saving lawyers both time and money. When we founded Clio, a cloud-based practice management solution for lawyers, many were quick to question our move to build a product for such a niche customer base. Why go for one specific audience, when the numbers were so much greater if you created a tool for al... (more)

Citrix Offers Technology Preview of Linux Virtual Apps and Desktops Delivered from XenApp and XenDesktop

Citrix today announced a limited technology preview of virtualized Linux apps and desktops that integrates with XenApp and XenDesktop and extends the FlexCast Management Architecture (FMA) to enable additional use cases in industries such as automotive, manufacturing, oil and gas and financial services. When used with Citrix HDX, the company’s market-leading user experience technology, customers will get unmatched performance and bandwidth efficiency for people accessing Linux desktops from any device, over any network. In the future, the HDX technology for hosted Linux apps will continue to evolve to enable even the most demanding GPU-based graphics applications. People interested in participating in the Citrix Linux Virtual Delivery Agent (VDA) Tech Preview to test and provide feedback on this project may submit an application at http://now.citrix.com/LinuxPreview... (more)

RIM Launches BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac Users

Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) has exciting news for Mac users that want an easy and reliable solution that syncs their contacts, calendar appointments, tasks and notes with their BlackBerry smartphones. A new version of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software has been developed specifically for Mac users. The new desktop software is scheduled to be available for free download from www.blackberry.com/mac on Friday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The new BlackBerry Desktop Manager software allows Mac users to smoothly and seamlessly sync data from Mac applications like iCal, Address Book, Microsoft Entourage and others, as well as add and remove applications, schedule automatic backups, encrypt backup files and install software updates for their BlackBerry smartphone. BlackBerry Desktop Manager Software also integrates BlackBerry Med... (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)

A CTO Analysis of Hillary Clinton’s Speech on Internet Freedom

On 21 January 2010 Secretary of State Clinton delivered a speech on the topic of Internet Freedom. This is a very good presentation of policy worth a complete read by all, but I looked through it for statements indicating what we technologists should focus on.  I tried to find the phrases indicating what the Secretary was saying the US should or will do, since that should drive many other government actions and should help technologists think through what we may be asked to do/support. Key points of this speech include: “We stand for a single internet where all of humanity has equal access to knowledge and ideas.” “We believe it’s critical that its users are assured certain basic freedoms. Freedom of expression is first among them. This freedom is no longer defined solely by whether citizens can go into the town square and criticize their government without fear of ... (more)

ActiveState Launches Business Edition

Open Source Journal on Ultizer ActiveState, the dynamic languages experts, today launched ActiveState Business Edition, commercial-grade language distributions for Perl, Python and Tcl, providing organizations open source compliance, commercial support, and cross-platform access. "ActiveState has been a leading contributor in the open source community for years," said Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState. "With the launch of Business Edition, we can help companies deploying Perl, Python and Tcl in their business-critical applications, ensure open source policy compliance, minimize downtime and accelerate productivity cost-effectively. ActiveState's deep technical expertise is focused on keeping client systems, powered by dynamic languages, running smoothly, and making sure clients are in compliance with their open source policies." ActiveState Business Edi... (more)

Living with Spies in the Cloud: Protecting Your Privacy with Cloud Encryption

  NSA and Cloud Encryption The firestorm in the press, driven by the Snowden revelations, keeps growing. As the astonishing leaks get published, we discover that the USA’s National Security Agency (NSA) has a full-fledged program in place, spending hundreds of millions of dollars, to tap into Internet communications and get around the encryption that protects data on the internet. Both laymen and experts are far from calm. The scandal is both a crisis of public trust in the government, and a technical challenge for the security industry. Technology businesses are worried about the possible fall out to trust, adoption and dollar revenues. So can we live with it, and how? What can you trust? The cautious assessment of experts is that the math underlying modern cryptography remains trustworthy. This is important: it means that the techniques, like AES, that underlie t... (more)

Momentum Builds for NextGen ARM Processors

ARM is celebrating the signing of the 50th licensing agreement for its ARMv8-A technology, which includes support for 64-bit computing. A total of 27 companies have signed agreements for the company’s ARMv8-A technology as industry momentum builds for greater compute capability across a wide range of applications. The ARMv8-A silicon partners include: All of the top 10 companies who sell application processors for smartphones 9 of the top 10 application processor companies for tablets 4 of the top 5 companies that provide chips for consumer electronics (including DTV and STB) 4 of the top 5 companies that provide chips for enterprise networking and servers 8 silicon vendors from Greater China The 50th licensing agreement demonstrates the continuing strength in demand for the company’s 64-bit-capable ARM Cortex®-A50 processor family and ARMv8 architecture licenses wh... (more)

Emulex 10Gb Ethernet and Gen 5 Fibre Channel Adapters Selected by Lenovo to Enhance ThinkServer Family

Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management, today announced it is delivering high performance 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) and Gen 5 (16Gb) Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity for Lenovo ThinkServer tower and rack servers with the new OneConnect® OCe14000 family of 10GbE Ethernet Network and Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) and LightPulse® LPe16000 Gen 5 FC Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). “This announcement represents our first Ethernet design win with Lenovo, and provides the infrastructure required for the demands of today’s data centers,” said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing, Emulex. “Our latest generation of Ethernet and Gen 5 Fibre Channel adapters are purpose-built to meet the performance capabilities and workload demands of Lenovo servers. Emulex OCe14000 adapters deliver increased throughput and reduce power c... (more)

Level 3 Opens New Data Center in North America

-- Global Data Center Network Supports Demanding Requirements for Enterprises and Government Customers to Deliver High-Performing Business Applications BROOMFIELD, Colorado, Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced the expansion of its global data center network with the opening of its newest facility, located at 524 Van Buren Street in Herndon, Virginia. The new facility achieves Level 3's highest rating as a Premier Elite data center by offering fully redundant, high-density power and cooling systems, multi-tier security and direct connectivity to the global Level 3 network. These features provide enterprise and government customers with the necessary capabilities to manage rapid data growth and ensure business continuity – key elements to deliver today's mission-critical business applications in a secure and efficient... (more)

Level 3 Opens New Data Center in North America

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced the expansion of its global data center network with the opening of its newest facility, located at 524 Van Buren Street in Herndon, Virginia. The new facility achieves Level 3's highest rating as a Premier Elite data center by offering fully redundant, high-density power and cooling systems, multi-tier security and direct connectivity to the global Level 3 network. These features provide enterprise and government customers with the necessary capabilities to manage rapid data growth and ensure business continuity – key elements to deliver today's mission-critical business applications in a secure and efficient operating environment. Level 3 operates more than 350 data centers worldwide, comprised of Premier Elite, Premier Select and Premier facilities. Premier... (more)