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Empower your mobile workforce and prevent data leakage with TeamDrive Secure Office. Register to be notified when a free 30-day trial becomes available at http://www.teamdrive.com/ Hamburg, Germany - 23 April 2013 - Enterprise cloud provider TeamDrive Systems, a 2012 IT Security Award winner, today announced it is integrating document viewing and editing tools from SmartOffice Technologies to create a fully secure office productivity solution called TeamDrive Secure Office. Scheduled for release this spring, TeamDrive Secure Office is believed to be the first technology of its kind to address the corporate and government need for complete, end-to-end encryption when sharing data between multiple users and mobile devices. With TeamDrive Secure Office, shared documents will never leave the secure environment created by TeamDrive and SmartOffice. Even when workers acce... (more)

Australian Customs Selects IP Video Surveillance Solution

March Networks announced that the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has selected the company's VideoSphere solution to enhance its security operations in multiple airports across the country. The integrated systems include March Networks' Video Management System (VMS) software and Edge encoders, as well as host and storage servers from Sun Microsystems. Customs and Border Protection Service currently serves more than 20 million passengers annually at eight international airports throughout Australia, working closely with other government and international agencies to detect and deter the unlawful movement of goods and people. VideoSphere was selected based on the system's high reliability, advanced video management, and ability to support existing CCTV cameras. "Our VideoSphere VMS-based systems deliver the centralized video management and live monito... (more)

‘Save MySQL from Oracle’ Petition Collects 13,600+ Signatures So Far

MySQL Journal on Ulitzer MySQL creator Monty Widenius’ petition to stop Oracle from getting the MySQL open source database along with Sun Microsystems had collected more than 13,600 signatures on Sunday, the day before Widenius has promised to start circulating the results to “regulators, governmental bodies, parliaments and journalists.” Widenius is also hoping to get regulators besides the European Commission investigating the proposed merger. He has refused to identify which regulators he means. According to its self-imposed deadline the EC has until January 27 to decide whether to wave the deal through or not although Oracle has broadly hinted that it has the EC’s approval in its pocket. Widenius claims Oracle’s acquisition of MySQL would be a conflict of interest and that the undertakings Oracle gave to the EC about MySQL a few weeks ago to nudge it into appr... (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)

Confessions of a Ulitzer Addict

John Funnel on Ulitzer Earlier this year one of my staff attended a SYS-CON event and returned to the office a different person. Revitalised and motivated. I asked her what happened at the event to warrant such a transformation? What was her secret? Was it the New York Shopping experience? A business Romance or was it Devine intervention? She simply advised me to ‘check out Ulitzer. – Everyone who is anyone is on it’. She was not the first to introduce me to the innovation. Many of my peers had gone through such noticeable changes, It was like a weight had been lifted from their shoulders, that they now had a true portal to vent out their innermost thoughts. I was instantly intrigued by such recommendations. People, just like me, were using Ulitzer everywhere. So what had I been fighting against all this time? What was I avoiding? Eventually I succumbed to the in... (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)

ABC of Patenting: Why, What and How?

“No more than 1 in every 100 patent earns enough to pay back development cost and patent fees. About 1 in 500 makes any money above its out-of-pocket costs.” – Peter F. Drucker in Innovation and Entrepreneurship If this is true then why do so many people file patent application? There are about 200,000 patents granted in US every year. (You can see this report from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for more detail.) Four Reasons why people file Patents Measure of R&D progress: For individual it can build your credibility. For a research lab in can be the ROI measure for the top management. For an organization it can have a positive influence on the brand. Proof of uniqueness & usefulness: Any product which is backed up by a patent has a higher perceived value. Defensive measure: You can file a patent to get protection from possible future litigation (see this). Altern... (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 Delivers Integrated 10Gb Ethernet-based Convergence Technology for HP Integrity Server Blades

Integrated FlexFabric Adapter Provides I/O Flexibility, Efficiency and Simplicity COSTA MESA, Calif, November 8, 2012 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced that it is delivering its network convergence technology for use in the new HP Integrity BL860c i4, BL870c i4 and BL890c i4 Server Blades. The integrated HP NC553i 10Gb FlexFabric adapter provided by Emulex delivers I/O flexibility, efficiency and simplicity for both Local Area Network (LAN) and Storage Area Network (SAN) connectivity. "Emulex's industry-leading converged LAN on Motherboard (LOM) technology delivers the ultimate in I/O flexibility for today's demanding converged and virtualised LAN and SAN infrastructures," said Shaun Walsh, senior vice president of marketing and corporate development, Emulex. "Integrating 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE)-based convergence capabilities on the server itself, allows... (more)

In the Data Center or Information Factory, Not Everything Is the Same

Sometimes what should be understood, or that is common sense or that you think everybody should know needs to be stated. After all, there could be somebody who does not know what some assume as common sense or what others know for various reasons. At times, there is simply the need to restate or have a reminder of what should be known. Consequently, in the data center or information factory, either traditional, virtual, converged, private, hybrid or public cloud, everything is not the same. When I say not everything is the same, is that different applications with various service level objectives (SLO's) and service level agreements (SLA's). These are based on different characteristics from performance, availability, reliability, responsiveness, cost, security, privacy among others. Likewise, there are different size and types of organizations with various require... (more)

Software Defined Network Services: F5 Networks Acquires LineRate Systems

“Extreme scale of applications, infrastructure, and services will be vital to SDN, core to F5, and the key to customers realizing the benefits of software defined data centers. LineRate’s programmable network capabilities and innovations in layer 7 will bolster our efforts to extend F5’s market leadership in these areas, and we are very pleased to welcome the LineRate team to F5,” said Karl Triebes, EVP of Product Development and CTO at F5 Networks, Inc. as it was announced Monday that F5  has agreed to acquire LineRate Systems, a developer of software defined networking (SDN) services. “F5’s vision is to enable application-layer SDN services for software defined data centers, providing our customers with unprecedented automation, orchestration, and control,” said Karl Triebes, EVP of Product Development and CTO at F5," Triebes added. Through this acquisition, F5 gain... (more)