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IDG Contributor Network: Everything you need to know about Nextcloud Box
September 16, 2016 7:40 pm|Comments (0)

Nextcloud is teaming up with Canonical and WDLabs (an internal team of innovators to explore new ideas) to bring ‘private-cloud-in-a-box’ devices to the market. It’s the continuation of the work Nextcloud team was doing with WDLabs, before splitting up with ownCloud.

Nextcloud Box is essentially a reference device that uses Raspberry Pi for compute and network, and WD hard drive for storage. Ubuntu core is the operating system and Nextcloud is the file sync software.

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IDG Contributor Network: FR8 launches to deliver load trucking and fleet optimization
August 8, 2016 2:45 am|Comments (0)

FR8 Revolution is a company that was founded a year ago with the vision of bringing data-driven, cloud-based tools to the trucking market.

It can be easy to forget about this industry when you shop at your favorite store, fast food outlet or e-commerce site, but in order to ensure your purchase happens seamlessly, a huge amount of logistics has to occur. It requires a lot of planning to ensure, for example, that a McDonald’s outlet in New York City in the middle of winter has fresh lettuce and tomatoes and enough french fries for demand. Where that planning rubber literally and figuratively meets the road is in the trucking industry.

The U.S. trucking industry alone is a $ 700 billion market and employs a staggering 3.5 million drivers. And while we’ve all been told a number of times that the future of trucking is autonomous vehicles, the truth behind that somewhat cliched statement is that it’s going to take a huge amount of software to actually make that prophecy come true.

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IDG Contributor Network: HP’s OpenSwitch becomes a Linux Foundation Project
June 6, 2016 7:05 pm|Comments (0)

HP’s open source networking operating system, OpenSwitch, is now a Linux Foundation project.

Many industry players are joining the project, including Broadcom, Cavium, Extreme Networks, LinkedIn, Mellanox, Nephos Inc., P4.org, Quattro Networks, SnapRoute and, of course, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

OpenSwitch is full-featured, Linux-based modular and modern network operating system that provides support for traditional and cloud networking environments.

Commenting on the arrival of OpenSwicth Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation said, “OpenSwitch brings another important ingredient of the open networking stack to The Linux Foundation. We’re looking forward to working with this community to advance networking across the enterprise.”

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IDG Contributor Network: Encryption is the foundation of the new data center
May 23, 2016 10:55 am|Comments (0)

For decades, encryption was an arcane art. Encryption was slow, clunky and highly complex, and as a result, the vast majority of data in the data center resides on storage systems in the clear. Sensitive data has historically been protected by IP segmentation and firewalls with IPS modules.

This model is now changing.

As workloads in the corporate data center begin to migrate to the public cloud, the need to encrypt data in motion and at rest becomes foundational. In the public cloud, it is much harder to rely on the traditional approaches of wrapping select data with firewalls and IPS systems. At the same time, it is much easier to post a heap of sensitive data to an object store such as Amazon S3 and inadvertently leave it open to the unwashed Internet. Customer-controlled encryption is becoming a necessity for the enterprise hybrid cloud.

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IDG Contributor Network: An intelligent cloud?
May 20, 2016 3:30 am|Comments (0)

For the most part, many of the current cloud offerings have previous frameworks that could run in a local infrastructure as well. New cloud offerings are what I would call “cloud only” — a series of tools that only exist in the cloud.

Here is a sample of Microsoft Azure’s new offerings. Notice, unlike previous announcement concerning virtualization, databases and operating systems, these all have a different ring to them.

  • Emotion API — Personalize experiences with emotion recognition
  • Language understanding Intelligent Service API — Teach your applications to understand commands
  • Text Analytics API — Perform text to sentiment analysis, extract key phrases and detect topic and languages
  • Face API –detect, identify organize and tag faces in photos
  • Speech API — convert speech to text and back again and understand its intent
  • Recommendations API –Predict which products your customers are most interested in based on their previous transactions

What makes this all possible is that large cloud providers of non-hosting services, such as Search, are opening their internal engines, which have done billions of queries and millions of hours of analysis, to the public. Google and Microsoft have invested billions of dollars into understanding their data in meaningful ways. More importantly, they have existing revenue-generating business based on these abilities so they continue to invest heavily. Mix that with a hefty dose of competition and fear and you can see how we got to where we are today: the intelligent cloud.

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IDG Contributor Network: Learning from the PaaS
March 10, 2016 1:20 pm|Comments (0)

In 2009, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published a draft definition of cloud computing. The NIST definition, created for government agencies buying cloud services, simplified cloud computing into three types of services: 1) IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), where vendors offer on-demand compute, network, and storage; 2) PaaS (Platform as a Service), where vendors provide application development frameworks and deployment tools; and 3) SaaS (Software as a Service) where vendors deliver entire applications.

While IaaS and SaaS are well understood and widely adopted, PaaS has lagged behind. But I expect a massive surge in platform adoption in the next few years.

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IDG Contributor Network: IoT security will soon be common in the enterprise, Gartner says
February 22, 2016 11:00 am|Comments (0)

A fifth of all businesses will have deployed IoT-related security by the end of 2017, analyst Gartner thinks.

Dedicated digital security services that are committed to “protecting business initiatives using devices and services in the Internet of Things” will be in place by then, the research and advisory company says.

Gartner made the statement in a press release on its website in relation to a security and risk management summit earlier this month in Mumbai.

‘Reshape IT’

“The IoT redefines security,” Ganesh Ramamoorthy, research vice president at Gartner, said in the press release.

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IDG Contributor Network: 5 myths about data encryption
November 2, 2015 12:10 pm|Comments (0)

It’s a heartache, nothing but a heartache. Hits you when it’s too late, hits you when you’re down. It’s a fools’ game, nothing but a fool’s game. Standing in the cold rain, feeling like a clown.

When singer Bonnie Tyler recorded in her distinctive raspy voice “It’s A Heartache” in 1978, you’d think she was an oracle of sorts, predicting the rocky road that encryption would have to travel.

Just a year earlier in 1977 the Encryption Standard (DES) became the federal standard for block symmetric encryption (FIPS 46). But, oh, what a disappointment encryption DES would become. In less than 20 years since its inception, DES would be declared DOA (dead on arrival), impenetrable NOT.

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IDG Contributor Network: Tidemark goes verticals, machine learning and benchmarking
October 24, 2015 4:25 pm|Comments (0)

Tidemark delivers enterprise performance management (EPM) software. What that esoteric acronym means is that Tidemark helps organizations take internal data they already have and use it to plan the future steps they will take, but also to assess the historical performance of their organization. Tidemark was founded only a few short years ago (in 2009, to be precise) but has already raised close to $ 120 million from a host of investors over multiple rounds. Tidemark is a good example of a new breed of cloud vendor, those that were born into a world already comfortable with cloud-based enterprise tools such as Salesforce and NetSuite. Because of this fact, Tidemark hasn’t had to invent a category; rather it has the somewhat easier job of delivering an existing product category but in new and beneficial ways.

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IDG Contributor Network: Tidemark goes verticals, machine learning and benchmarking
October 10, 2015 9:30 pm|Comments (0)

Tidemark delivers enterprise performance management (EPM) software. What that esoteric acronym means is that Tidemark helps organizations take internal data they already have and use it to plan the future steps they will take, but also to assess the historical performance of their organization. Tidemark was founded only a few short years ago (in 2009, to be precise) but has already raised close to $ 120 million from a host of investors over multiple rounds. Tidemark is a good example of a new breed of cloud vendor, those that were born into a world already comfortable with cloud-based enterprise tools such as Salesforce and NetSuite. Because of this fact, Tidemark hasn’t had to invent a category; rather it has the somewhat easier job of delivering an existing product category but in new and beneficial ways.

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