Podio Provides Highly-Customizable Collaborative Web-Based Platform Anders Pollas and Jon Froda founded Podio in early 2009 with the idea to create a work platform that works like average customers do in their everyday job. Initially, the project was named Hoist, but entered the web space as Podio in August 2009. Actually, Podio offers a connected work platform boasting it is revolutionizing the way employees and professionals work and interact, and one cannot miss that its graphic design resembles the one of Facebook. Media experts and analysts called the new collaborative platform Facebook for professionals and enterprises that prefer to work
Can The RSA Conference Help Dispel Cloud Computing Security Fears? “The greatest barrier to success is the fear of failure.” – Sven Goran Eriksson, noted soccer coach. It’s no secret that fear about security, or lack of it, is the major stumbling block ahead of universal adoption of cloud computing. While many of the concerns are unfounded, some do, in fact, have bases. I have addressed these issues, and some possible solutions, in an earlier article (See: Cloud Computing Risks – And How to Deal With Them). In fact, I have argued that cloud computing is no less safe than
EPA Firmly Backs Cloud Computing at the Mobile World Congress Cloud computing emerged as an important discussion topic at the annual Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and the European Privacy Association (EPA) issued a statement highlighting all the benefits of cloud technologies. EPA presented its campaign to encourage companies to invest in a cloud that respects privacy and to make cloud services more privacy compliant. The organization also pointed at the fact that European companies are lagging behind U.S. enterprises in terms of investment in cloud-based technologies and platforms. The European Union is developing a cloud strategy, according to Commissioner
Unlikely Lessons For The Cloud Computing Industry “Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963), British scholar and novelist. It may be difficult to admit, but cloud computing has a lot to learn from that one industry that has a huge number of consumers, most of whom wouldn’t admit to being consumers – the pornographic industry. We will try not to be judgmental here, but consider the adult entertainment industry (definitely a more euphemism) in the light of its willingness to embrace and extend new technologies, including the nascent one
Akamai Introduces New Cloud Defense Solutions Akamai Technologies, Inc. unveiled new cloud defense architecture aimed at protecting customers from increasing number of sophisticated Web attacks. Enhancements include improved protection from distributed denial of service (DdoS) attacks as well as improved cloud firewall featuring advanced vulnerability scanning and custom rules for additional protection against application layer attacks, the company said in a press release. Companies worldwide incur estimated losses of one trillion dollars a year, according to antivirus company McAfee, and Akamai unveils a new cloud security solution to help global business reduce financial damages from the growing number cyber attacks.
At IBM PartnerWorld 2011, IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced that Music Mastermind, a mid-sized independent entertainment and technology company, will deploy SoundBetter, the audio processing suite behind its create-and-share music platform, on IBM’s Smart Business cloud service. Music Mastermind’s SoundBetter is a groundbreaking technology that eliminates the traditional effort required to master music, breaking down barriers to creativity and allowing anyone to instantly become a recording artist. Faced with the need to expand globally while balancing development and distribution costs, the three-year-old startup chose IBM’s Smart Business cloud services to increase scalability, reduce power requirements, and eliminate the need for an