CloudPassage’s Public Cloud Security Plug-in Even the most staunchest of public cloud proponents will tell you that security remains a major concern, especially since you have no say in how the public cloud provider you’ve latched onto is managing its security. Sure, you can make suggestions, but the likelihood of these suggestions being considered much less put into action are very slim if not impossible. CloudPassage‘s new Halo NetSec may be the answer to this problem. Rand Wacker, vice president of product management for CloudPassage had this to say, “Given the fluctuating nature of on-demand computing, we’re finding cloud adopters
Firehost’s European-Based Secure Cloud Hosting Services Go Live Ultra-secure, scalable, contract-free services now available at European data centers Cloud Expo Europe, London, UK – January 25, 2012 – Secure cloud hosting company, FireHost, has today announced the expansion into Europe, with news that its secure hosting services are now available at data centers in London and Amsterdam. European organizations, as well as international firms operating in the region, can now benefit from FireHost’s award-winning, highly-flexible, secure cloud hosting services, with the added reassurance that their websites and applications are hosted in-region and under the jurisdiction of European data protection legislation.
Race for the 2012 White House: Could the Cloud Factor? The pursuit of the 2013 Presidential seat is both of great interest and a major bore. Incumbent President Obama has remained mostly mum, biding his time by building up his future campaign’s financial coffers. His would-be combatants on the other side of the aisle have struggled to coronate a worthy GOP competitor. At least recent elections have winnowed down a collection of misfit electoral toys to a potentially promising few: Newt Gingrich most recently won the South Carolina Primary; Mitt Romney took New Hampshire, while Rick Santorum wrested Iowa. The
SOPA, PIPA, and the Cloud: We Have “Mega” Issues SOPA and PIPA, two of the most infamous and polemical pieces of governmental legislation aimed squarely at the Internet’s copyright violators in modern history, have produced ripples of interest that should not go unnoticed by the cloud computing community. After days of heated protest both online and away from the Web, both the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act have been postponed by Congress. The former bill sought to enlarge the authority of American law enforcement to combat web-based trafficking of counterfeit products and intellectual property, while PIPA
Microsoft and HP Join Hands on the Cloud There may not be any love lost between Microsoft and Google in the cloud computing space (and elsewhere) (See: Google vs Microsoft: US Government Agrees to End Microsoft Bias and Microsoft And Google Are At It Again); however, it would seem that Microsoft is not averse to the occasional tie-up with an IT biggie, especially one who poses no direct threat to its software supremacy. Microsoft recently announced a global, four-year deal with HP to deliver its communications and collaboration applications via HP’s cloud services. As per the press release, the deal
AT&T Joins The Cloud OpenStack Community “We also announced today that AT&T has become the first U.S. telecom services provider to join the OpenStack initiative, a community of more than 140 technology companies worldwide. We’ve been participating in OpenStack for more than a year and have already contributed a blueprint for a potential new function within OpenStack, focused on transactional task management. We’re housing our OpenStack capabilities on dedicated infrastructure in three AT&T data centers today, with locations in Dallas, San Diego and Secaucus, New Jersey. We plan to more than double the number of our centers with open-source capabilities
LAPD Refuses To Go On the Cloud Google Mail may be the most popular email service in the world, but it evidently fails to meet strict security guidelines as laid out by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). On 14 December 2011, the Los Angeles City Council voted to scale back the city’s email services contract with Google partner Computer Science Corp. (CSC) from 30,000 to 17,000 employees citing Google Apps’ inability to meet certain FBI security requirements. Consequently, the city’s 13,000 law enforcement employees will continue to use the existing Novell GroupWise applications. To add salt to its wounds,
Amazon Expands Cloud Footprint with Brazil Operations BRIC – a grouping acronym coined by Goldman Sachs executive Jim O’Neill to refers to the countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China, which are all deemed to be at a similar stage of newly advanced economic development. It is estimated that BRIC economies will overtake G7 economies by 2027. G7, of course, refers to the existing group of powerhouse economies, consisting of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. With that informative prelude, I begin my article on Amazon’s move into the South American market through its new