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Cloud Infographic: Breaking Apps

Cloud Infographic: Breaking Apps

Cloud Infographic: Breaking Apps

CopperEgg continues to blaze a trail through the sometimes dangerous landscape of cloud and IT, delivering its hallmark product to IT managers looking to increase hands-on control over the data and the systems that cover it, by making the upgrading and maintenance of efficiencies much easier. Data is king, and CopperEgg makes useful information on optimum use of servers and systems available by the second, allowing administrators to maintain a far more dynamic and ideal system in which resources are allocated in sync with actual requirements. This means time and money saved.

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Infographic Sponsored By Copperegg

CopperEgg is also expert in ensuring that monitoring is customized and reflects an end-user client’s circumstances far more accurately in realistic time increments. As CTO and co-founder Eric Anderson explains: “The best thing I ever did was to show a screen shot of the difference between 5min, 1min, and 5s granularity in monitoring. The key is, that with finer grained resolution, you DON’T MISS THE DETAILS. At 1min, a 20sec spike in CPU (for example) will get washed out to a little bump on everyone else’s monitoring system, but with CopperEgg, at 5s, you see it. Let me ask: if you sit at a website for 5s and nothing happens, do you wait? I don’t – I bounce. So why is monitoring that same service at 1min acceptable? It isn’t. You need monitoring at the granularity your customers care about. And that’s seconds, not minutes.”

For a free trial of their application, visit CopperEgg.com.

By Steve Prentice

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Adoption

Cloud Infographic: Cloud Adoption

Cloud Adoption

Will cloud live up to its hype” is a question which has become irrelevant now. Looking back now, I’d say the opportunity is much, much bigger than the hype. Perhaps for some companies, the move to the Cloud has been one of the most rewarding experiences in IT investing.

Included is an infographic courtesy of Aryaka which also provides some interesting survey results in conjunction with the 2013 Rightscale survey.

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Infographic Source: Aryaka

Pinup: Piston – Makes Creating Servers Easy

Pinup: Piston – Makes Creating Servers Easy

Piston Cloud Computing Makes Creating and Managing Private Cloud Servers Easy with OpenStack 3.0 

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What is OpenStack?

OpenStack is a project that shares a free, open source cloud computing Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), written in the Python coding language. This project was initiated by Rackspace Hosting and NASA in July 2010. Big name tech companies such as Cisco, Dell, Intel, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Go Daddy and Yahoo! have all contributed processing, storage and networking resources to the OpenStack community.

Who is Piston Cloud Computing?

In 2011, Piston was formed by some of the original creators of the OpenStack project. Their objective is to further the growth of the OpenStack project, while also providing a software product that uses advanced systems intelligence to make managing IT infrastructure as simple as possible.

What Does Piston OpenStack 3.0 Offer Businesses?

OpenStack 3.0 is a turn-key piece of software, providing all the software a business needs to set up its own private cloud server, with a focus on making cloud server management easy for businesses. This software solution is built on the lightweight Linux Iocane Micro-OS, and also uses the high-availability capabilities of Moxie Runtime Environment. These two elements work together to ensure your private cloud is insulated and protected from events such as hardware failures, operator errors and power outages.

OpenStack is one of the hottest trends in cloud computing today, and OpenStack 3.0 offers business the easiest way to take advantage of the project. The interface is intuitive enough, complete with tabbed pages, big font and easy to read graphs, all polished with some vivid flashes of red and green and rounded off window edges for a finely-tuned, modern look. Some of the more technologically challenged users out there may want to register for an introductory course in operating Piston OverStack in order to fully understand how they can build a private cloud that will meet their business’s needs.

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Another key feature of OpenStack 3.0 is its scalability. Piston uses its trademarked Null-Tier architecture, which is hyper-converged and provides storage, networking and management from every last server. This is a technique some of the founders of Piston used when they were working at NASA in 2008.

Piston Co-founder and  CTO Josh McKenty has made some bold statements regarding their product; in his February 2014 interview with Forbes, McKenty claimed that OpenStack 3.0 is the “last OpenStack you’ll ever try”. With its many advanced features and unparalleled ease of use, OpenStack 3.0 certainly does raise the standards of what will be expected of future OpenStack products.

By Adam Ritchie

Could Indie Gaming Grow Into A Challenge For Big Game Publishers?

Could Indie Gaming Grow Into A Challenge For Big Game Publishers?

Could Indie Gaming Grow Into a Challenge for Big Game Publishers?

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I will be the first to admit, I am a Steam junkie. The sheer number of different games available for purchase or demo is staggering, providing choices no matter what budgetary constraints I am under. All of the industry staples are here, including giants like the Elder Scrolls, Bioshock and Total War franchises. No matter what mood you are in, you are sure to find tons of good titles to satisfy it using the Steam service.

Whilst poking around the other day looking for a new game to master, I noticed the Indie section for the first time. It caught my eye, mainly due to all of the hype that has surrounded this category of games in recent news. While big-developer games are still the reigning champs of the gaming world, indie producers are fast making serious inroads and claiming their slice of the pie.

What Are Indie Games?

Indie games set themselves apart from traditional games in that their creation and development is done by private individuals or small teams. This is a sharp contras to traditional games, which usually have hundreds of people to work on them and millions of dollars to spend creating them.

This production process produces games, which while usually less graphic-intensive than their mainstream counterparts, can actually have a heightened feel of creativity to them. In addition, due to the absence of the immense operating costs of big-game publishers, indie games are usually much less expensive to buy.

What Is Available Now?

If you want an example of just how successful an indie game can be, look no further than Minecraft. The designers of Minecraft took the simple activity of building and turned it into one of the most loved and lucrative games currently available.

Minecraft is not the only game that has caused industry experts and players alike to sit up and take notice. In fact, two staples of the mainstream gaming industry, Sony and Microsoft, have already professed their love for indie games. Each of these behemoths recently announced different features and packages designed specifically with the indie game in mind.

What Is on the Horizon?

Obviously, given that technology is changing and evolving each and every day, we are by no means at the pinnacle of possibility when it comes to indie games. In fact, independent developer, Octav, predicts that many current gaming models used by industry giants will fall by the wayside, clearing the way for more indie games to rise to prominence.

The creativity previously mentioned that is so prevalent in indie games is also expected to turn the tide in their favor. Big game developers have a narrow look when developing a game, usually constrained by the ever-present need to turn a profit. While indie game developers do want to make money, many times the driving force behind their creations is turning a good idea into a cool game. This will lead to a much more diverse landscape to choose your indie games from.

While indie gaming has certainly begun to enter into its own, the possibilities and potential it holds signals a true rise in prominence for this genre in the coming years. If you enjoy cloud gaming, as well as an inexpensive and diverse menu of different options to choose from, indie gaming may just well be your perfect niche.

By Joe Pellicone

How Haptic Technology Could Revolutionize The Cloud Gaming Experience

How Haptic Technology Could Revolutionize The Cloud Gaming Experience

How Haptic Technology Could Revolutionize the Cloud Gaming Experience

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When it comes to picking a word used to describe the pinnacle of the online gaming experience, in this author’s humble opinion, that word would have to be “realistic.” Sure, plenty of other attributes exist that are important to the gaming world in general, and the online gaming world in specific. However, no Holy Grail exists that is more important than finding the most realistic gaming experience imaginable.

This quality is actually more important in cloud gaming situations than what you would find playing a single-player game. Granted, most people who play video games like to experience a realistic environment in the games they play. However, given the fact that much of the efficacy of cloud play is based on how quickly you react to, and interact with, your surroundings, the tiny details found in more realistic games usually give the gamer an edge.

So how do we further increase the realism found in the cloud games we play? Graphics and sound have reached pinnacles unseen in years past, contributing greatly to the level of realism we enjoy. There is, however, one area that has garnered an exceptional amount of buzz from recent innovations that could very well be the answer to the ever-present quest of supreme realism: haptic technology.

What Is Haptic Technology?

Haptic technology is defined as “a tactile feedback technology which takes advantage of the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, or motions to the user.” Basically what this means is that using different types of vibrations and motions, haptic technology can mimic one of the areas neglected in most current game hardware: the tactile.

What We Have Today

Haptic technology has actually been around for quite a while, with the first patent based on it being filed in the 1970s. Unfortunately, the tech hardware and software available at the time were in no way sophisticated enough to fully utilize this new innovation. As a result, similarly to what has happened with all types of inventions unsupported by what was currently available, it was shelved.

One of the first popular uses of haptic technology in the gaming industry was the Sony DualShock controller. This controller differed from all other offerings at the time by providing a vibratory feeling whenever predefined actions occurred in the game. Instead of just seeing the gun you are using, now you can feel it buck in your hand in tandem with the shots you fire.

Another exciting product that is just starting to show its face on the mainstream consumer market is the haptic glove. Also know as a wired glove or data glove, haptic gloves take the premise first established by products like the DualShock and enhances it by an order of magnitude. The amount of different ways to customize these gloves, such as the Keyglove, is astounding.

What Is On the Horizon?

If you think the DualShock or the Keyglove are cool, imagine of you had the capacity to feel haptic feedback throughout your entire body? Sound too good to be true? A new Kickstarter project, named the ARAIG, says differently.

The ARAIG, which stands for As Real As It Gets, is a suit that you wear, which contains 48 different haptic feedback sensors placed strategically throughout it. This allows for individual sensations to be felt exactly where they should be. Things like the impact of a bullet, the explosion of a bomb or even pouring rain, can be felt exactly where you would feel it in a real-world scenario.

Given that a split second can turn a killstreak into a fatality, having every possible way to experience things more quickly can only serve to enhance the game you are playing, as well as its playability. Haptic technology can provide this advantage, potentially turning you into the gamer only found in your dreams.

By Joe Pellicone

(Infographic Source:  sophia.smith.edu)

Cloud Infographic: Cybercrime Costs Around The World

Cloud Infographic: Cybercrime Costs Around The World

Cloud Infographic: Cybercrime Costs Around The World

Cyber threats, like identity theft, malware and data breaches, are constantly increasing in number and growing in sophistication. The New Face of Cybercrime infographic illustrates various methods to prevent and protect against the cyber threats expected in 2014 and explores the costs incurred by companies around the globe from cyber attacks in 2013.

Provided is an infographic courtesy of the group at HOB.

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Infographic Source: HOB

Cloud Infographic: Who Owns All The Bitcoins?

Cloud Infographic: Who Owns All The Bitcoins?

Who Owns All The Bitcoins?

While the popularity of Bitcoin has been rocketing in the West, the attraction of an online digital currency wasn’t so attractive to lawmakers in Thailand. In July 2013 the South-East Asian country became the first jurisdiction in the world to ban it, citing a lack of regulation and capital control.

We’ve included an infographic initially published Mar 3rd by: WhoisHostingThis on Bitcoin Distribution and The Global Wealth Gap. Even though its a couple of weeks old it still provides a very interesting visual look into this new currency.

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Infographic Source: WhoisHostingThis

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Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

Protecting Devices From Data Breach: Identity of Things (IDoT)

How to Identify and Authenticate in the Expanding IoT Ecosystem It is a necessity to protect IoT devices and their associated data. As the IoT ecosystem continues to expand, the need to create an identity to newly-connected things is becoming increasingly crucial. These ‘things’ can include anything from basic sensors and gateways to industrial controls…

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Analytics Trends

Cloud Infographic – Big Data Analytics Trends

Big Data Analytics Trends As data information and cloud computing continues to work together, the need for data analytics continues to grow. Many tech firms predict that big data volume will grow steadily 40% per year and in 2020, will grow up to 50 times that. This growth will also bring a number of cost…

Are Women Discriminated Against In The Tech Sector?

Are Women Discriminated Against In The Tech Sector?

Women Discriminated Against In Tech Sector It is no secret that the tech industry is considered sexist since most women are paid less than men; there are considerably fewer women in tech jobs; and generally men get promoted above women. Yet the irony is twofold. Firstly, there is an enormous demand for employees with skills…

The Future Of Cybersecurity

The Future Of Cybersecurity

The Future of Cybersecurity In 2013, President Obama issued an Executive Order to protect critical infrastructure by establishing baseline security standards. One year later, the government announced the cybersecurity framework, a voluntary how-to guide to strengthen cybersecurity and meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), moving it one…

How Data Science And Machine Learning Is Enabling Cloud Threat Protection

How Data Science And Machine Learning Is Enabling Cloud Threat Protection

Data Science and Machine Learning Security breaches have been consistently rising in the past few years. Just In 2015, companies detected 38 percent more security breaches than in the previous year, according to PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2016. Those breaches are a major expense — an average of $3.79 million per company,…

Cloud Computing – The Real Story Is About Business Strategy, Not Technology

Cloud Computing – The Real Story Is About Business Strategy, Not Technology

Enabling Business Strategies The cloud is not really the final destination: It’s mid-2015, and it’s clear that the cloud paradigm is here to stay. Its services are growing exponentially and, at this time, it’s a fluid model with no steady state on the horizon. As such, adopting cloud computing has been surprisingly slow and seen more…

Infographic Introduction – Benefits of Cloud Computing

Infographic Introduction – Benefits of Cloud Computing

Benefits of Cloud Computing Based on Aberdeen Group’s Computer Intelligence Dataset, there are more than 1.6 billion permutations to choose from when it comes to cloud computing solutions. So what, on the face of it, appears to be pretty simple is actually both complex and dynamic regardless of whether you’re in the market for networking,…

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks: The Top 8 According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does cloud security risks ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that, and…

Driving Success: 6 Key Metrics For Every Recurring Revenue Business

Driving Success: 6 Key Metrics For Every Recurring Revenue Business

Recurring Revenue Business Metrics Recurring revenue is the secret sauce behind the explosive growth of powerhouses like Netflix and Uber. Unsurprisingly, recurring revenue is also quickly gaining ground in more traditional industries like healthcare and the automotive business. In fact, nearly half of U.S. businesses have adopted or are planning to adopt a recurring revenue model,…

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most

The Industries That The Cloud Will Change The Most Cloud computing is rapidly revolutionizing the way we do business. Instead of being a blurry buzzword, it has become a facet of everyday life. Most people may not quite understand how the cloud works, but electricity is quite difficult to fathom as well. Anyway, regardless of…

Four Recurring Revenue Imperatives

Four Recurring Revenue Imperatives

Revenue Imperatives “Follow the money” is always a good piece of advice, but in today’s recurring revenue-driven market, “follow the customer” may be more powerful. Two recurring revenue imperatives highlight the importance of responding to, and cherishing customer interactions. Technology and competitive advantage influence the final two. If you’re part of the movement towards recurring…

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

Why Security Practitioners Need To Apply The 80-20 Rules To Data Security

The 80-20 Rule For Security Practitioners  Everyday we learn about yet another egregious data security breach, exposure of customer data or misuse of data. It begs the question why in this 21st century, as a security industry we cannot seem to secure our most valuable data assets when technology has surpassed our expectations in other regards.…

What the Dyn DDoS Attacks Taught Us About Cloud-Only EFSS

What the Dyn DDoS Attacks Taught Us About Cloud-Only EFSS

DDoS Attacks October 21st, 2016 went into the annals of Internet history for the large scale Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks that made popular Internet properties like Twitter, SoundCloud, Spotify and Box inaccessible to many users in the US. The DDoS attack happened in three waves targeting DNS service provider Dyn, resulting in a total of about…

How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

How To Overcome Data Insecurity In The Cloud

Data Insecurity In The Cloud Today’s escalating attacks, vulnerabilities, breaches, and losses have cut deeply across organizations and captured the attention of, regulators, investors and most importantly customers. In many cases such incidents have completely eroded customer trust in a company, its services and its employees. The challenge of ensuring data security is far more…

Disaster Recovery – A Thing Of The Past!

Disaster Recovery – A Thing Of The Past!

Disaster Recovery  Ok, ok – I understand most of you are saying disaster recovery (DR) is still a critical aspect of running any type of operations. After all – we need to secure our future operations in case of disaster. Sure – that is still the case but things are changing – fast. There are…

The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

The Future Of Cloud Storage And Sharing…

Box.net, Amazon Cloud Drive The online (or cloud) storage business has always been a really interesting industry. When we started Box in 2005, it was a somewhat untouchable category of technology, perceived to be a commodity service with low margins and little consumer willingness to pay. All three of these factors remain today, but with…

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Technology Influencer in Chief: 5 Steps to Success for Today’s CMOs

Success for Today’s CMOs Being a CMO is an exhilarating experience – it’s a lot like running a triathlon and then following it with a base jump. Not only do you play an active role in building a company and brand, but the decisions you make have direct impact on the company’s business outcomes for…

The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

The Security Gap: What Is Your Core Strength?

The Security Gap You’re out of your mind if you think blocking access to file sharing services is filling a security gap. You’re out of your mind if you think making people jump through hoops like Citrix and VPNs to get at content is secure. You’re out of your mind if you think putting your…