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Software Eats the WorldDid you read that Uber, the mobile application company, received $1.2 billion in additional VC investment this month?  Why would investors be willing to invest so much? Investors believe that Uber is among a group of mobile app companies capable of disrupting entire industries. They are a data driven start-up enabled by mobile devices. For insight into this innovative and transformative company read their description, "Uber is evolving the way the world moves. By seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through our [mobile] apps, we make cities more accessible, opening up more possibilities for riders and more business for drivers. Now that is an ambitious "About" statement! Do you know how many taxis Uber maintains?  NONE!  They are a company using data in innovative ways to make money.  Data on drivers, riders, locations, history, payment infor... (more)

Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) Comments on Mobile-Giving Efforts for Haiti Earthquake Relief

By texting a keyword to a designated short code via a mobile phone, a micro-donation of $5 or $10 can be made to aid the millions of people affected by this tragedy. 100% of your donation goes to the recipient charity, and the donation appears as a charge on your carrier bill, standard rates may apply. ... (more)

Internet Business Transactions near 450 Billion a Day

By D. Bruce Johnston, President and CEO, DBJ Associates Commerce on the Internet continues to skyrocket. Chad Levitt, author of the “New Sales Economy Blog,” recently wrote a post, “Sales Reps, Are You Ready for the Digital Universe?,” based on information he gleaned from a recently released IDC report on predictions for the year 2020. Here are some of the major findings from the IDC report: Between now and 2020, the amount of digital information created and replicated in the world will grow to an almost inconceivable 35 trillion gigabytes as all major forms of media – voice, TV, radio, print – will complete the journey from analog to digital. Last year despite the global recession, the Digital Universe, set a record. It grew by 62% to nearly 800,000 petabytes. A petabytes is a million gigabytes. Picture a stack of DVDs reaching from the earth to the moon and back. ... (more)

Hurricane Irene: GIS, Social Media, and Big Data Shine

As Katherine Maher pointed out on Twitter, no one gets credit when contingency plans work. And it is truly amazing how much government-citizen information collaboration has evolved–not to mention the growth of data journalism even in the most traditional news outlets. The average citizen had a wealth of accurate (and useful) hurricane information to choose from. There was also plenty of data to be used for those seeking to tinker, and very useful Twitter/Flickr/YouTube overlays on Google Earth interfaces. Anyone unlucky enough to turn on their television was assaulted by an overwhelming wave of hysteria and action shots of news anchors bravely intoning into the camera that it was windy and raining–an astonishing revelation, undoubtedly, to the millions told to evacuate. Alex Howard of O’Reilly Radar has a very helpful list of Hurricane Irene tracking links from bo... (more)

Oracle Disaster Recovery Site Hosted by Amazon Cloud

DR sites are typically built as an exact replica of the primary site. Application and database software is installed on DR site and sits there mostly unused, waiting for a disaster to happen. DR site is very expensive proposition than only large companies are able to afford. Amazon AWS is an interesting alternative to having your own DR site. Oracle databases on DR side are in Data Guard configuration with a primary site and actively apply archive log files shipped from there. Pay per use, scalable Amazon Cloud model makes it an attractive alternative to creating and maintaining your own DR site. During normal usage you will use only as many resources  CPU, memory) as is required to keep Oracle Data Guard active. Once disaster strikes you can switch over to DR site, add CPU and memory to your database and make it able to withstand regular load until primary site be... (more)

Emulex Partners with Myricom to Enter High Performance Networking Market for Low Latency Applications

COSTA MESA, Calif, May 8, 2012 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced the introduction of a family of new OneConnect® Network Xceleration™ solutions for the High Performance Networking (HPN) market. Emulex is bringing its new family of OneConnect (OC)e12000 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) Network Xceleration solutions to market in partnership with Myricom, an industry leader in delivering high performance, latency optimised Ethernet solutions for vertical market applications. This multi-generational marketing and development partnership leverages Myricom's deep expertise in HPN, specifically low latency, high packet-rate, vertical application optimisations, and Emulex's broad enterprise reach, high volume, enterprise-hardened hardware roadmap, and global go-to-market channels. "By partnering with Myricom, Emulex is offering I/O connectivity solutions that broaden our... (more)

Creating a Self-Defending Network Using Open Source Software

By: Steve McMaster This past weekend, I presented the idea of a self-defending network at Ohio LinuxFest 2012. The accompanying slides are now available here. So let’s talk about network security. You’ve got a firewall and a DMZ, you’re all set, right? Not so fast slugger. We preach a theory called “defense in depth” here at Hurricane Labs. And that means you need something to defend you when your firewall admins make a mistake. And something to protect you when that layer fails. And so on. So what are these other layers? Well one of them is having a good IDS/IPS system. An IDS/IPS listens to network traffic, generally the traffic inside your firewall, and either alerts on (IDS) or drops/blocks altogether (IPS) traffic that meets specific rules defining “bad traffic”. But what else can you do? A coworker and I put a couple pieces of open source software (OSSEC and ... (more)

Google’s Step Forward

By RyanKamauff Lost in the hurricane last Monday you might have missed Google’s unveiling of the their complete line of mobile capabilities  The Nexus 4 is a stunning mix of form and capabilities provided by Google’s most recent Android partner, LG. The Nexus 7 has been updated by Google and Asus to offer more storage (16/32GB models) as well as a HSDPA+ modem. Google released details on the Nexus 10, a ten-inch tablet with a high-resolution 2560×1600 pixel display, powered by Samsung’s most recent silicon. I wrote recently about the new Google Chromebook, and I think it still deserves mention in this article, because between the four devices, Google has created a powerful competitor in the key mobile markets; smartphone, 7″ tablet, 10″ tablet, and ultrabook. As well, as their ecosystem grows, the cross-device capabilities are ever increasing. The Nexus 4 LG rece... (more)

This Week in Cloud, November 15, 2012: Amazon’s new data center, Cloud market forecasts, Where is the cloud headed in 2013? And more…

Watch CloudViews Unplugged! Watch the November episode of CloudViews Unplugged – a monthly video blog analyzing the top cloud news stories. Cloud News Oracle is acquiring Instantis, a cloud-based and on-premise project portfolio management (PPM) solution, according to this GigaOM blog. Oracle plans to use Instantis capabilities with its Fusion and Primavera applications. Recent forecasts on enterprise software and cloud computing reveal that analytics, mobility, security, and integrating legacy systems are influencing IT buyer’s decisions, according to this Forbes article. The article rounds up ten of the latest predictions on market growth and trends. Amazon opened a new data center in Sydney, Australia, according to this InformationWeek article. The data center will lower latency for the 10,000 AWS customers in Australia and New Zealand. In the November episode of C... (more)

This Week in Cloud, December 13, 2012: Competing standards could harm market, The Weather Channel scales with storms, Big data, DevOps & cloud. And more…

The Innovative CIO! The Innovative CIO: How IT Leaders Can Drive Business Transformation – the new book from Andi Mann and George Watt Cloud News The APM group recently warned that competing cloud computing standards could harm the market, according to this ComputerWeekly article. There are currently around 20 competing cloud standards and APM argues that without an industry-wide standard, organizations may be hesitant to move to cloud. The Weather Channel recently experienced its highest traffic ever during Hurricane Sandy and a recent switch to the cloud allowed their real-time radar mapping system to scale with the increased demand, according to this NetworkWorld article. During the hurricane, they scaled up from 20 to 175 AWS nodes to meet the demand of 450 million users. Savvis, a managed hosting provider, has launched Savvis Direct, a beta compute service, as w... (more)

Informatique : la disparition des investissements par les entreprises !

  Non, il ne s’agit pas d’annoncer une catastrophe économique qui ferait que les entreprises arrêteraient d’investir en Informatique. Il s’agit au contraire d’une excellente nouvelle pour des dirigeants, les directeurs financiers et les informaticiens : la grande majorité des « investissements » que l’on retrouve dans un budget CAPEX (Capital) vont passer dans un budget de fonctionnement OPEX (Operations). Ce Tsunami financier va toucher tous les domaines de l’informatique, infrastructures et usages.   Infrastructures Réseaux, serveurs et postes de travail, les trois composants principaux d’une infrastructure informatique sont impactés par cette révolution.  Réseaux  Depuis longtemps, l’immense majorité des entreprises achètent leurs réseaux externes à des opérateurs et sont déjà en OPEX. Ce mouvement c’est étendu aux réseaux mobiles, qui deviennent le moyen d’acc... (more)