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Cloud Infographic –  European Locations For IT Infrastructure

Cloud Infographic – European Locations For IT Infrastructure

Cloud Infographic –  European Locations For IT Infrastructure

With weariness about data laws in the U.S. growing among enterprises, many are opting to host their data in European countries. According to a survey by ResearchNow, commissioned by Peer1 Hosting, the data sovereignty issue is so important that 70% of U.S. businesses would give up some level of performance to ensure they have control over their data.

In light of the new focus on storing data outside the U.S., Interxion, a leading provider of cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data center services in Europe, has released an infographic to help companies navigate the process of hosting their infrastructure in a particular European nation. The infographic details various regions’ strengths: for instance, France is a leading point for international telecoms backbones, while Germany is the largest economy in Europe and is home to Frankfurt, one of the best-connected cities globally and a gateway into Eastern Europe and the Far East.

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Stopping Multi-Platform Cloud Problems Before They Start

Stopping Multi-Platform Cloud Problems Before They Start

Multi-Platform Cloud

The hybrid cloud continues to gain traction as a viable option for companies looking to realize the economic benefits of cloud while still retaining a level of security and comfort that comes from their existing infrastructure for mission critical applications. But creating and maintaining separate platforms comes with its own set of problems – not merely the logistics of maintenance, but also in terms of security and compliance.

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It is this type of complexity that draws companies into costly obligations, either through maintenance contracts with numerous vendors, or through the necessity of hiring additional IT personnel, or both. With the cloud expanding to incorporate a number of infrastructure providers such as HP, Amazon, OpenStack, Rackspace and IBM, the move to cloud sometimes seems ominous and expensive.

babu-jayaramBabu Jayaram, CEO, Xervmon says, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is disruptive in nature with its pay-as-you go model and unlimited elasticity and scalability. Companies can leverage IaaS extending their existing on premise capabilities to bring their products and services to market quickly. The hybrid footprint created by the extension of data center to public/private cloud by companies needs to be provisioned, managed and monitored as well.

He points out that the Xervmon Integrated Cloud Management suite was designed to help organizations “plan, budget, design, deploy, manage and monitor cloud infrastructure from a single pane of dashboards across public, private and hybrid cloud service catalogs.”

Their most recent innovation is the Xervmon Operations Center (XOPS); a complete lifecycle management tool for physical and virtual servers. XOPS helps in provisioning bare metal servers and monitors the configuration changes, audits logs and pushes patch updates to physical and virtual machines. According to Jayaram, “XOPS helps DevOps and IT Pros automate repetitive tasks, deploy applications and pro-actively manage servers across the hybrid footprint throughout their lifecycle, including provisioning, configuration and orchestration.”

The salient features of XOPS includes the ability to:

Create an overview of assets, including hosts, operating systems and most recent automation run (Puppet or Chef run);

  • Manage vital information such as network, operating system, architecture, and parameters.
  • Track the overall health of all hosts and configuration and run distribution.
  • View the status of a single host, including information about the machine, run time, and access to the console for direct access to the host.
  • Manage and Monitor groups of servers (without having to login to multiple servers to do repetitive or even to schedule tasks) through a single pane of dashboard across truly hybrid footprint (Multi cloud, On-Premise, Physical or Virtual).
  • Auto discover, provision, upgrade, create and manage instances across private, public or bare-metal infrastructure.
  • Tag hosts and manage them as part of a group regardless of their organization or location.
  • Deploy flexible and robust plugin architecture that can be extended to support service providers and enhance system integration with in enterprises.
  • Co-relate configuration data, monitoring stats (Nagios data) and puppet/chef facts and system logs to quickly identify, resolve and remediate IT issues.
  • Quickly glance through all the ports that are open and may cause security vulnerabilities.
  • Monitor for Patch updates across hybrid footprint.

The main benefit of the XOPS application, according to Jayaram, is that it is a unified system that supports other tools such as Puppet and Chef, providing a more seamless oversight of a diverse system.

Early adopters of XOPS include companies having footprint on both public cloud and on-premise infrastructure, for whom XOPS delivers a unified system to provision, manage and monitor across public Cloud (Amazon AWS, Rackspace, Softlayer, VMWare, OpenStack etc.) as well as an on-premise data center, which simplifies the architecture footprint, reducing the costs of management and monitoring and optimizing resource utilizations across the distributed hybrid infrastructure.

Sponsored Post By Xervmon

By Steve Prentice

Information Security Breach – When does Yours Take Place?

Information Security Breach – When does Yours Take Place?

It seems that security breaches are becoming a daily occurrence. At least in how frequently they are being reported.  In the last few days we heard more regarding Home Depot, and just yesterday there was a story regarding eBay. I wonder who else will be in the press later this week.  As I went to publish this blog (I wrote yesterday), I spotted this article from today’s CNBC site:  43% of firms had a data breach in the past year.

Read the source article at Gartner Blog Network

Choosing Cloud For Crime Mapping

Choosing Cloud For Crime Mapping

Choosing Cloud For Crime Mapping

He, who does not prevent a crime when he can, encourages it.” – Seneca

Computer-based crime mapping has been around for thirty or forty years. Computerized crime mapping was struggling to prove its legitimate use until 1980’s. The use of maps for crime analysis dates back to 1800’s. Naturally enough, crime mapping was first applied by researchers, and then it was put into practice by the professionals in the field. For instance, the New York City Police department got down to using mapping techniques for crime tracking in the early 1900s. Increasingly, crime mapping turned uncommitted observes into real practitioners, thus enhancing crime prevention to a great extent.

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Why Cloud is Important for Crime Mapping

Developing countries lack such infrastructures as GIS or Geographic Information System, and GPS or Global Positioning System, which calls for rather challenging solutions to crime pattern issues. Today’s cloud-based resources, such as GIS software and satellite data, provide an unparalleled path towards developing advanced applications and techniques for crime mapping in the modern world.

Below you can find a list introducing the most well-known cloud mapping companies and services that enjoy an immense popularity among police agencies and professionals in the field:

1. Crime Reports – Public Engines Inc. / www.crimereports.com
2. Everyblock – MSNBC / www.everyblock.com
3. Spotcrime / www.spotcrime.com
4. My Neighbourhood Update – Corona Solutions / www.myneighbourhoodupdate.net
5. Esri – Esri / www.esri.com
6. Mapping Platform ArcGIS / www.arcgis.com
7. Mapnibus – Geographic Technologies Group / www.mapnibus.com 

The Advantages of Cloud-Based Crime Mapping Services

Existing cloud-based startups and online applications serve a wide range of agencies and cities worldwide. However, they tend to provide coverage of similar crimes, based on the data received from the given agency. That is why, if an agency needs only to make available robbery or burglary, all these crime mapping startups are more than willing to serve to the best.

The most striking difference between crime-mapping services lies in their analytical functioning in fact. The point is that those with most analysis-focused services can provide users with the ability to cultivate density analysis, trends, buffers, temporal topographies and other highly significant features that can usually be spotted in up-to-date desktop applications. Another worth mentioning feature in this concern is related to mobile platform applications, which enable users to track crime data right on their mobile devices.

Quite importantly, it should be mentioned that data service information counts for less variation as compared to the analytical functioning of the above-mentioned crime mapping services. In fact, the greatest variation is related to the fees charged by these services.

By Lilit Melkonyan

Cloud Security Alliance Releases New Big Data Taxonomy Report

Cloud Security Alliance Releases New Big Data Taxonomy Report

Cloud Security Alliance Releases New Big Data Taxonomy Report

SAN JOSE, Calif., Sept. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — CSA Congress 2014 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Big Data Working Group today released the Big Data Taxonomy Report, a new guidance report that aims to help decision makers understand and navigate the myriad choices within the big data designation, including data domains, compute and storage infrastructures, data analytics, visualization, security and privacy.

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Every day, 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created – 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. The issues of storing, computing, security, privacy and analytics are all magnified by the velocity, volume, and variety of big data, such as large-scale cloud infrastructures, diversity of data sources and formats, streaming nature of data acquisition and high volume inter-cloud migration.

Big data infrastructure and methodology continue to evolve at a fast pace, but the underlying technologies were, in many cases, invented many years ago. In an effort to help IT decision makers make better, more informed choices associated with these technologies, the CSA Big Data Working Group has created a 40-page guidance report that outlines the six dimensions that arise from the key aspects needed to establish a big data infrastructure. The big data taxonomy includes data domains, compute infrastructure, storage infrastructure, analytics, visualization, security and privacy.

All ‘data’ is not equivalent, yet we often find users treating all data components similarly, as they are uncertain as to how to address issues such as latency, or structured verses unstructured data,” said Sreeranga Rajan, chair of the Big Data Working Group. “We hope this report brings clarity to the big data taxonomy, and provides much needed education to help users make better decisions in their own environments.

In the report, each domain is categorized according to how data arises to help decision makers understand the infrastructure choices and requirements for particular types of data. The report also addresses each particular domain in which data arises, to help organizations determine the types of architecture that will be required to store it, process it, and perform analytics on it.

Rajan goes on to add, “The greatly increased digitization of human activity and machine-to-machine communications, combined with large-scale, inexpensive hardware, is making practical many previously academic ideas of parallel and distributed computing, along with new considerations necessary to make them even more useful in real world applications.

The Big Data Taxonomy Report is a result of the CSA Big Data working group, chaired by Sreeranga Rajan of Fujitsu, and co-chaired by Neel Sundaresan of eBay
and Wilco van Ginkel of Verizon.

To access the report visit https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/download/big-data-taxonomy. Individuals interested in becoming part of the working group can visit https://cloudsecurityalliance.org/research/big-data/#_get_involved

Cloud Security Alliance Congresses continue to be the industry’s premier gathering for IT security professionals and executives who must further educate themselves on the rapidly evolving subject of cloud security. In addition to offering best practices and practical solutions for remaining secure in the cloud, CSA Congresses give attendees exposure to industry-specific case studies that will help them learn and leverage best practices used by their peers in moving to a secure cloud.

About the Cloud Security Alliance


The Cloud Security Alliance is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders. For further information, visit us at www.cloudsecurityalliance.org, and follow us on Twitter @cloudsa.

SOURCE Cloud Security Alliance

 

How The Cloud Has Brought About A Significant Improvement

How The Cloud Has Brought About A Significant Improvement

How The Cloud Has Brought About A Significant Improvement

You know, the cloud has assumed control when even the most hesitant of businesses – lawful, monetary – talk about far reaching private mists, particularly for their industry.

It appeared for quite a while that the conventional explanations behind moving to the cloud, i.e. decreased expense, expanded adaptability, were the key drivers behind the movement towards cloud-conveyed programming. Yet, only a few callings are seeing profits that are more extensive. Let’s take a look at the illustration of Human Resources Cloud.

What is HR Cloud?

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It’s not difficult to see why Human Resources experts were, at first, hesitant to move to the cloud – individual information, being open through a username and a secret key. The thing is that a large number of people were stuck in the period of paper and pen. Expense and adaptability, in this way, may have been drivers for a move to the cloud, yet were barely convincing to those stuck in the ‘HR past’. It’s a lawful thing.

With regard to both payroll and HR, enactment is everlastingly evolving. One administration will institute enactment at regular intervals, and the following government will cancel or upgrade that enactment. Previously, those with HR or payroll programming would have needed to overhaul their product physically to stay agreeable with the new enactment.

Disappointment to go along would mean potential fines from HMRC, or could mean excessive charges or underpayments to workers, which would obviously bring about disgruntlement and, much of the time, takeoff to a more dependable manager.

Staying aware of enactment, in this way, was part and bundle of HR. It was, obviously, a bad dream for those running the product.

All this changed with cloud-conveyed HR programming. Now, the overhauls are simply taken off on the web, typically overnight, in time for the following pay run, implying that the business could:

a) Guarantee that representatives were paid the perfect sum.
b) The organization evaded fines.

This is an engagement thing!

I regularly backpedal to my days of color-coded papers for occasion structures as a sample. Yet, it’s a decent one, and it wasn’t such a long time ago. In fact, structures would be lost or rejected in light of the wrong color paper. We have a tendency to think once again on the “paper” days in an awful light; they weren’t all that terrible, yet they were inclined to slip. What’s more, that mistake would prompt a genuine disgruntlement.

Marks & Spencer had comparative issues in that each one store had an HR individual, with their HR tenets. It was tricky to oversee several stores around the nation when there was no incorporated HR strategy connected. An HR framework fabricated to bring together these tenets and regulations, and really wound up tackling an alternate issue – engagement.

Getting occasions closed down rapidly may sound like a little thing, yet the finish of little things, being carried out accurately, has an enormous effect. Having the capacity to request leave on the web, at home, and have it closed down inside an ensured timeline does a universe of marvel for a representative engagement.

Furthermore in this manner, you may think, for offers of elasticized pants.

The Takeaway

We’ve (at long last) arrived at a stage where the cloud is viewed as a pretty much default. With CRM and so forth moving to close to 100% cloud by 2020 (or 85%, as indicated by some late research), we’re about there.

To quicken this, we have to take the HR edge and take a look at the expense investment funds and the adaptability, as well as the genuine ROI and normal business change. For HR, this was about dodging fines, expanding consistence and boosting worker engagement. The cloud has done what on-reason (or paper) couldn’t – it has really brought about a noticeable improvement.

We can’t continue running out the same contentions about expense and adaptability, however, we can begin taking a look at substantial enhancements. Who knows, we may really have the capacity to enhance the cloud frameworks we’ve, as of now, got set up?

By Glenn Blake

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

Using Big Data To Make Cities Smarter

The city of the future is impeccably documented. Sensors are used to measure air quality, traffic patterns, and crowd movement. Emerging neighborhoods are quickly recognized, public safety threats are found via social networks, and emergencies are dealt with quicklier. Crowdsourcing reduces commuting times, provides people with better transportation (Uber) and helps avoiding traffic jams (Waze).

The growth of big data is shifting the emphasis from longer term strategic planning to short-term thinking about how cities function and can be managed,” a 2013 paper argues. And we can’t disagree, though there may very well be ramifications for the typically 20 to 50 year planning cycle turning into something like 6 months. But let’s take look at what’s happening right now, in terms of cities using Big Data.

Current Big Data initiatives for smarter city management

Chicago markets itself as a Big Data haven, and there are indeed telltale signs that Chicago is quite like the “city of the future” referred to above. Big Data’s potential for social change is exploited to an unprecedented degree in the Windy City. Starting from small things, like the rather crude Twitter bot that helped pinpoint unsanitary restaurants, to preventive rat baiting and fighting homelessness, Chicago is scaling the heights in terms of leveraging Big Data to improve the quality of life for its inhabitants.



And they’re very open about their data. The Big Data exhibit, held by the Chicago Architectural Foundation, showed openly their data usage and resources. On top of the usual — sensors for detecting fire, water, and occupancy; GPS and energy meters, and so on — the city also turns to social networks to predict the next booming neighborhoods. In short, Chicago strives to “make decisions as data-driven as possible”. It’s just great that the city authorities are so cool with informing the public about the increasing role data plays in their decisions.

Cities like Boston and New York are following suit. The City of Boston opened a vast data supply last year in hopes to increase traffic efficiency and had users come up with impressive visualizations. Other cities pair Big Data with crowdsourcing. Public transportation availability for a regional station near Paris was vastly improved with Big Data, by providing commuters with data about available seats. The users’ data was tracked and crunched with the result that they can predict how full a given train will be. Three days in advance. Everyone — the city, the commuters, other taxpayers — benefits from that.

We’ll likely see even more daring efforts to drive city planning with data. The planning window will shrink, with public services becoming empowered to respond to changing situations much more faster. Engineers and project managers, however, will be able to match their efforts to the real situation, eliminating much guesswork. This city of the future sounds better than what we have right now.

(Image Source: Shutterstock)

By Lauris Veips

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