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The US Federal Communications Commission has recently reported that "theft of digital information has become the most commonly reported fraud, surpassing physical theft." Businesses can do a lot to protect themselves. The FCC issued a Tip Sheet for small businesses to promote employee ...
Here’s the presentation I gave at the Linux Foundation’s CloudOpen in Dusseldorf on October 13, 2014 titled Mixing Your Open Source Cloud Cocktail Add two parts virtualization, one part orchestration add a little networking shake and pour. Unfortunately cloud computing isn’...
As an individual I can decide which platform I would like to target with my shiny new application, but when working for a company we have to target both industry leaders at the same time. Although I like a good challenge, I am really glad the mobile world now only consists of iOS and A...
We get quite caught up in high level architectures at times. It is good to read some posts that focus on design and implementation and the practicality of taking higher level architectures to reality. Two of Ivan’s posts caught my eye this week. In the first, he discusses the differenc...
Surely you know the parable. One guy builds his house on rock. It's tough, it's expensive, but the house is secure and it lasts. The other guy constructs his home on sand. Easy, cheap ... but then it slides into the ocean. Everything's lost. A story to encourage children to work hard?...
The Daily News reports that 540 million people are actively using Google+ compared to Facebook's 1.2 billion active users. While Google+ continues to see growth, it's nowhere near the level of Facebook. These statistics seem to suggest that Google+ will never reach the success of Faceb...
Recently I have been involved in a couple of projects which required both Lync EV and Exchange UM. In order to do some testing I needed to get some kind of PBX into my lab environment. After searching the internet I found a ton of information but not a single source that showed all the...
It is well-know that Google is a powerful company that deals not only with search. Today the company is a world leader in the development of gadgets, internet services and other development. Also Google has a secret Google X team which works on development of the most non-standart proj...

We are now working on the next chapter for our white paper Enterprise Cloud Computing, which is entitled OpenStack for the Enterprise. As the name suggests the goal is to provide a succinct but comprehensive overview of one of the technology platforms available to CIOs to implement ...

A couple weeks ago McAfee Labs released the McAfee Threats Report: Second Quarter 2013, which found that Android-based malware marked a 35% growth rate not seen since early 2012. They also found twice as many new ransomware offerings in Q2 as in Q1, bringing the 2013 ransomware count ...
The open group has reached a significant milestone in its certification program for enterprise architects. Last Wednesday represented a significant milestone for The Open Group’s TOGAF 9 certification program. In case you hadn’t already seen it on our homepage, Twitter, or LinkedIn, t...
Like most of us, I try to read the entire internet on a daily basis but for some reason, these slipped through. They both came out in 2011 and I am sure the numbers have changed in many cases. For instance, the graphic shows 70+ domains registered every minute and for Sept 3 (thus fa...
Google has unveiled five new features for its Google+ Android app. First of all, switching between pages and accounts has become much easier. Now users can switch between their Google accounts using multiple screens, instead of going out of one account and entering another one. +pages ...
A new forecast from Communications Industry Researchers predicts big data and green practices to drive the fiber optic connection market to $2.2 billion within five years. Communications Industry Researchers projects the market for fiber optic interconnection will rise from $1.1 billi...
Do you need to migrate to Hyper-V to gain significant benefits in your datacenter from Windows Server 2012? Not necessarily! Windows Server 2012 can provide key advantages in one of the areas that is near-and-dear to every VMware administrator's budget: Storage! In this article, we'll...
As defined by Wikipedia, BI and analytics is a set of theories, methodologies, processes, architectures, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information for business purposes, while a data warehouse is a central repository of data which is created by int...
Google cloud platform has come up with great innovations in the field of web development and storage. It allows you to develop your websites, applications, data storage on the Google’s infrastructure. With Google cloud platform you can build your websites or applications faster withou...
Many cloud users moved to the public cloud for cost reasons, but stay for the availability benefits. AWS (and other public clouds) offers users tremendous advantages in terms of elasticity - need another 100 servers? We can spin those up instantly. Unexpected CDN demand? No problem. ...
The technologies from Google that use cloud computing like Gmail, Google App Engine, Google Docs, etc., provide users with a cloud-oriented way of saving their data. Google provides its Cloud services in highly secure manner and security is certainly an imperative design component of ...
I have a weakness for a particular Android game that shall remain nameless (to protect the innocent, of course). It frequently complains that I have "a poor network connection." Even when I'm one hop from a fiber ring. Interestingly enough, it is almost always the case that this notifi...
Healthcare is one of those industries that will be most impacted by SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) developments. It is information based. Information, as we all know, is easily digitized, analyzed, stored in the cloud, and shared via mobile devices. Here is a personal ex...
Historically, the end user has not been a primary focus for IT operations. While this focus is starting to change, the user continues to be supported through the service desk and enabled through the management of the devices used. This level of support alone does not give the user the ...
When people talk about a hybrid cloud storage solution, it typically means they want to keep using the existing file server. At the same time, they also want to replicate the file server data into cloud storage and make it available to remote users. Basically, the local employees will...
It’s more than likely that a Windows Phone app will need to work with data that resides on the Internet. For example, an app may aggregate data from various news sources using RSS feeds. Consuming this type of data in a Windows Phone app is very similar to consuming it in an Android ap...
“Which ERP is suitable for companies with x million dollars?” Revenues size is one of the most common factors in ERP selection. It is a common question facing a manager looking to find a replacement system for their current ERP solution. The question comes down to “How large are you?” ...
I previously wrote a review of the Microsoft Azure public cloud and included a comparison between Azure and AWS (Amazon Web Services) and will now compare OpenStack and VMware vCloud. For a review of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) see my blog post and video. This table provides a...
In this article, we’ll provide an overview of the Hyper-V enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2. After you review these new capabilities, I’m sure you’ll see why the R2 release is a MAJOR RELEASE – so MUCH MORE than “just another” Service Pack release! This month, we’ll be releasing ...
Over 81 percent of organizations have suffered at least one IT data breach over the past two years, whilst the Federation of Small Business (FSB) estimate that online criminal activity is currently costing SMEs a combined £785m every year. The revolutionary concept of cloud hosting, b...
Windows Azure Virtual Networks offers the power to open up several cross-premises use case scenarios, including Active Directory Disaster Recovery, SQL Database Replication, Windows Server 2012 DFS-R File Replication, Accelerated Cloud File Services with BranchCache, Hybrid Web Applica...
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt highlights disruptive technology trends and how they impact education, businesses and media. The world has gone from only a small group of people having access to information to having everyone in all corners of the globe accessing every piece of...
I would invite anyone in an IT department buried in demand for mobile apps to first take a look at Google Enterprise, before trying to develop everything yourself. There are many mobile capabilities already available in the Google world which are free to individuals and available free...
A number of rural areas underserved by the telcos and cable companies are attempting to bridge the digital divide by independently bring "last-mile" fiber broadband to every business and residence. For example, the Massachusetts Broadband Institute (http://broadband.masstech.org/) is ...
1776 is a new company that has launched in Washington, D.C. meant to act as an incubator for area technology start-ups. The new company launched eight weeks ago on the 12th floor of an office building downtown and has had 75 companies sign up its space as part of its offerings. T...
The convenience, efficiency and cost benefits cloud computing offers organizations has made moving healthcare data and records to the cloud make sense for hospitals, physicians and other healthcare providers. Security and data breaches are a concern for any industry utilizing the cloud...
In 2012 AWS released their Storage Gateway that you can access and try for free here using either an EC2 Amazon Machine Instance (AMI), or deployed locally on a hypervisor such as VMware vSphere/ESXi. About a year ago I did a storage gateway post (First, second and third impressions) w...
Okay, for those of you who’ve been waiting, this is the blog. For those who haven’t, welcome, we’re going to talk about https connections (specifically) on Android (TM) from within a native app and connecting to sites that Android views as possible security risks. Easy like learning t...
Why are AT&T and Google paying for New Yorkers’ free Wi-Fi? A recent Amdocs survey into service provider Wi-Fi strategies provides a pointer. Announcing another free Wi-Fi service for a New York neighborhood recently, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg made an interesting point: “Keep in min...
It is interesting, talking with people about what they read, and seeing how what they read is reflected in their daily lives. Even the occasional reader of this blog would not be surprised to find that I spend some amount of time with my nose buried in epic fantasy books and military h...
The cloud world seems to have been received some interesting announcements and offerings over the last week. There were some new feature releases and price offerings from Amazon. Microsoft has announced some important updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services. Plus, Cloud Foundry has...
Over the past several weeks I’ve been working on some content I’m excited to finally share with you through a series of blog posts. This series will introduce you to Windows 8 development from an Android developer’s perspective. Through the course of the series you’ll create your first...