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Developing Countries in the Cloud

Developing countries may be in a great position to take advantage of virtualization and cloud computing. During a recent visit to Indonesia, it was clear the government is struggling with the problem of both building a national ICT plan (Information and Communications Technology), as well as consolidating a confusing array of servers, small data centers, and dearth of policies managing the storage and protection of data. When we consider the need for data protection, considering physical and information security, decentralization of data without adequate modeling for both end user performance, as well as data management is essential in giving the national tools needed to implement eGovernment projects, as well as fully understand implications ICT planning will have for the future economic and social growth of the country. Considering an E-Government Option Using Clo... (more)

Telco Cloud Services – Cloud Service Innovation Platform

Our Telco Cloud Services initiative is a product innovation program for telcos and web hosting companies, intended to develop a Cloud solutions portfolio for them to adopt based on best practices developed from real-world projects. As the Cisco white paper highlights, the primary value of Cloud computing to telcos is that it offers a platform for product innovation, and so our objective is exactly this, to link a Cloud Services Roadmap to the development of a Cloud Service Innovation Platform. To achieve this I was inspired by the UK Governments concept of “Forward Commitment Procurement“, utilizing Government spending as the source of innovation, and have spent the last year intensively reviewing the procurement RFPs of the Canadian Government, using them as the requirements specifications to define the Cloud Services Roadmap. Cloud Services Roadmap The overall en... (more)

Whither Cloud Gateways?

Farm tractors and military tanks share an intertwined history that started when some smart person proposed the tracks on some farming equipment as the cross-country tool that tanks needed to get across a rubble and shell-hole strewn World War One battlefield. For the ensuing sixty years, improvements in one set of tracks spurred improvements in the other. Early on it was the farm vehicles developing improvements, but through World War Two and even some today, tanks did most of the developing. That is simply a case of experience. Farmers and farm tractor manufacturers had more experience when tanks were first invented, but the second world war and the variety of terrain, climate, and usage gave tanks the edge. After World War Two, the Cold War drove much more research money into tank improvements than commercial tractors received, so the trend continued. In fact, con... (more)

Advanced Persistent Threat: Useful or Buzzword?

The term Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) is often regarded somewhat suspiciously by security professionals, seeing as it how it can be a buzzword that obscures actual analysis of the dynamics of cyber attacks or a diplomatic fiction because it’s not polite to openly accuse the Chinese and Russians of stealing from us. But recently, I’ve seen some analysis that points to some use for the concept. Advanced Persistent Threats have been around for some years, and they are not going away Matthew J. Schwartz has an interesting column in Information Week where he lays out the pros and cons of the APT concept: “As long as your business’ security was relatively better than most other businesses’ security, attackers–in their search for credit card numbers or customer data–would opt for the easy target. But with an APT, attackers have already selected your organization for a... (more)

MDA, Geosemble Integrate Tools for Satellite Imagery

Manhattan Beach, CA, March 19, 2012 --( Geosemble Technologies and MDA Information Systems, Inc. (MDA) have announced an initiative to integrate two of their respective products in order to provide enhanced situational awareness for a range of government and commercial users of satellite imagery and maps. The MDA product, known as Persistent Change Monitoring (PCM), provides a process for detecting changes over time for features in satellite imagery. The change indicators can be used as a cuing tool for intelligence analysis by identifying new permanent features such as roads, tunnels, and other structures of interest. These features can then be confirmed with high resolution data. Geosemble Technologies’ product, known as GeoXray, is a geospatial monitoring system in which locations on the earth are monitored for mentions across vast feeds of data coming f... (more)

Orca Health, Haptique, mHealth Alliance and More

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Enterprise mobility is evolving so fast that I thought it prudent to conduct a mid-year enterprise mobility survey with 20 short questions and share that information with you.  For that purpose,  I would be most grateful if you would take a few minutes to answer these questions and share your insights.  I will compile the survey results into a report and share it FREE with all survey participants. Please take the survey here. Healthcare Finance News has outlined five ways telemedicine can play an important role in decreasing overall healthcare spending. Read Original Content Healthcare is in the middle of a mobile revolution. Doctors ... (more)

This Week in Cloud, August 2, 2012: Oracle acquires Xsigo, Netflix Chaos Monkey, Cloud drives innovation. And more…

This Week in Cloud on the go! Download the This Week in Cloud iPhone app. Now it’s even easier to get your weekly cloud news and perspectives. Cloud News Oracle announced that it has signed a deal to acquire Xsigo Systems, a company that specializes in software defined networking, according to this ComputerWorld article. Oracle plans to combine Xsigo’s tools with its Oracle VM server virtualization technology. Netflix has open sourced Chaos Monkey, code that it uses to test what will happen to cloud-hosted applications when virtual servers go down unexpectedly, according to this GigaOM article. Netflix, which runs on Amazon Web Services, said that Chaos Monkey is flexible enough to run on other providers’ clouds beyond AWS. Amazon announced Provisioned IOPS (Input Output Per Second) which can reach up to 10,000 IOPS for use with large, big data analytics jobs and hig... (more)

Minister Paradis Talks Innovation, Productivity and Possibility at Adding Value Conference

HAMILTON, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/17/12 -- The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Industry and Minister of State (Agriculture), today delivered remarks at the Conference Board of Canada's Adding Value: Canada as a Platform for Global Manufacturing forum, in which he cited innovation, new technologies and new markets as the foundations of tomorrow's manufacturing. "Our government does not see two separate economies-one based on resources and the other on manufacturing. We see one single, integrated economy grounded in solid fiscal fundamentals that give our manufacturers a strategic advantage," said Minister Paradis. "The future of manufacturing in Canada does not lie in some government program. It comes from our entrepreneurs, our innovators and our job creators. It comes from all of us-government, industry and research organizations-working together." ... (more)

Big Data Skills – Opportunities and Threats

Big Data. There are few conversations in the IT community which do not start, address, or end on the topic.  Some conversations are visionary in nature, some critical, and many considering the challenges we’ll need to overcome in the process of understanding how to deal with Big Data. Definitions of Big Data almost parallel the 3 V's of Big Data, which are velocity, volume, and variety.  We may call it a byproduct of massive data growth, cheap technology, and our ability to save everything.  We may address the enormous volumes of data generated by social media, smart grids, and other online transactions. However we also need to compress those ideas into a form we can understand and use as a basis for our discussions.  For simplicity, we'll use Gartner's definition that "big data are high volume, high velocity, and/or high variety information assets that require new... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly – Week of August 25, 2013

The Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly In this article featured in Mobile Enterprise, VDC Research’s Balca Korkut gives an overview of what it takes to mobilize the field workforce.  Read Original Content Charter Communications implemented a fleet management solution, which brought a savings of two miles per gallon, and vehicle idling dropped from two hours to 30 minutes a day.  Read Original Content The tools of choice for the U.S. military computer market are rugged convertible laptops and tablets designed for use in vehicle... (more)