CloudTweaks.com http://cloudtweaks.com Cloud Computing Industry - IoT, M2M, Big Data Information Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:14:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 BlackBerry COO Marty Beard Discusses Good Technology Acquisition http://cloudtweaks.com/2015/09/blackberry-coo-marty-beard-discusses-good-technology-acquisition/ http://cloudtweaks.com/2015/09/blackberry-coo-marty-beard-discusses-good-technology-acquisition/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:14:54 +0000 http://cloudtweaks.com/?p=43390 Content by CloudTweaks.com

Good Technology Acquisition Today BlackBerry announced plans to acquire Good Technology. For some, this news may be a surprise. That’s why Inside BlackBerry sat down with BlackBerry COO Marty Beard and Good CEO Christy Wyatt to discuss how the two companies are coming together to deliver on a combined vision. IBB: There’s history here with […]

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Good Technology Acquisition

Today BlackBerry announced plans to acquire Good Technology. For some, this news may be a surprise. That’s why Inside BlackBerry sat down with BlackBerry COO Marty Beard and Good CEO Christy Wyatt to discuss how the two companies are coming together to deliver on a combined vision.

IBB: There’s history here with BlackBerry and Good. Can you give us that background?

MB: Some people may not realize it, but BlackBerry and Good have both been delivering secure mobility for more than a decade. Our industry is very competitive and is constantly evolving, so it’s not surprising that we’ve each taken some aggressive positions over the years. But when you look more closely, you see that we share a common heritage in security and our strengths complement each other incredibly well. With this deal, we will move forward together with the same mission and commitment that has always driven our companies separately: to provide customers with the best and most secure products, services and support to meet their enterprise mobility needs…

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Flying Into The Cloud – FAA Moves Into High Gear http://cloudtweaks.com/2015/09/flying-into-the-cloud-faa-moves-into-high-gear/ http://cloudtweaks.com/2015/09/flying-into-the-cloud-faa-moves-into-high-gear/#comments Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:44:41 +0000 http://cloudtweaks.com/?p=43382 Content by CloudTweaks.com

Computer Sciences Corporation Inks Large Deal In a big move earlier this week, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) inked a deal worth more than a hundred million dollars with Computer Sciences Corporation to provide cloud computing services. The deal generated quite a bit of news coverage earlier this week, but we want to take a […]

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Computer Sciences Corporation Inks Large Deal

In a big move earlier this week, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) inked a deal worth more than a hundred million dollars with Computer Sciences Corporation to provide cloud computing services. The deal generated quite a bit of news coverage earlier this week, but we want to take a moment to explain why this is such a big development and what it could mean for the cloud computing industry. Over the past few years the Federal government has emerged as one of the most aggressive proponents of cloud technologies, and numerous federal agencies have begun to move data and services into the cloud.

It should come as no surprise then that the Federal Aviation Authority has a big interest in cloud computing. When it comes to air safety, speed and coordination are essential and cloud computing makes it easy for teams and people to coordinate over vast distances. This helps explain why the FAA just forked over $108 million dollars to Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) to handle the federal agency’s cloud computing needs. In this case, CSC has promised to deliver cost effective data center consolidation and cloud migration capabilities, among other things.

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Specifically, CSC will be working to consolidate the FAA’s vast network of data centers, and to migrate the agency’s data and hardware systems into a sort of hybrid cloud platform. CSC will be using its own Agility Platform to handle cloud management, and to deliver an effective and efficient migration to the cloud. The company won’t be working on its own, however.

CSC will be using cloud services provided by Amazon and Microsoft in order to handle the FAA’s cloud demand. Over the course of the next 10 years, the deal with the FAA could be worth as much as a billion dollars. Both companies will be providing the data space necessary for the FAA to migrate data into the cloud. While Amazon is most well-known as an online retailer, and Microsoft is known for its ubiquitous computer operating system, the recent FAA deal supports the growing belief that cloud computing could emerge as one of the most important business segments for both companies.

What’s perhaps most interesting about the FAA’s investment is how large of an investment they are making at a time of across the board budget cuts. The United States government is under a lot of pressure to cut costs, and big deals tend to carry a lot of scrutiny. For the Federal Aviation Authority, however, cloud computing could potentially turn out to be big a money saver. Investments in cloud computing have the potential to deliver huge savings, especially in regards to hardware and data storage costs.

That’s why it wouldn’t be a surprise to see investments in cloud computing actually ramp up as the Federal government looks to cut costs. By consolidating data centers and working with industry leaders, like Amazon and Microsoft, the American government may actually be able to cut costs, all while increasing the quality of services provided. The FAA is making some of the most aggressive moves, right now, but in the future cloud computing should be a big investment for the Federal government as a whole.

By Brian Brinker

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The Question Of Obedience Towards IT Security Practices http://cloudtweaks.com/2015/09/the-question-of-obedience-towards-it-security-practices/ http://cloudtweaks.com/2015/09/the-question-of-obedience-towards-it-security-practices/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 15:37:28 +0000 http://cloudtweaks.com/?p=43373 Content by CloudTweaks.com

Enforcing Security Policies To comply with global industrial standards, businesses are often required to set up internal security policies. These policies aim to regulate and make transparent the use of digital equipment, networks, and devices for work and pleasure. On some level, the policies are in place to ensure that the organisation has access to […]

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Enforcing Security Policies

To comply with global industrial standards, businesses are often required to set up internal security policies. These policies aim to regulate and make transparent the use of digital equipment, networks, and devices for work and pleasure. On some level, the policies are in place to ensure that the organisation has access to certain private, employee domains and devices, while equally encouraging employee dependance on the organisation (and presumed security provider). However, all of this boils down to a common IT issue: the question of enforcing the security practices and policies in place. The basic, underlying issue here is the question of relevance in reference to internal conceptions or external threats, to maximise the probability of obedience and narrow down the chance that one may choose to overlook the standards in place.

Compliance Mechanics

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Classic organisational obedience theories have been built upon various other theories studying the role of fear in ensuring compliance to the policies imposed by an organisation (sovereign in that context). On the other hand, Johnston and colleagues have argued that, in the context of Information Security Policy (ISP) compliance, there are various components to be added and taken into account in order to construct a coherent theory on the ISP compliance mechanics.

The conventional “Fear Appeal Theory” is based on four elements that the subjects were aware of, and thus encouraged behaviors which ensured compliance of the security policy. This theory suggests that if the subject becomes and stays conscious of the severity of a threat, and that it will likely be triggered and have an efficient response, that it will lead to a maximum intent to comply with the policies in place. However, as one can see, this theory is based on violence and animality; in populistic terms it is the same as saying, “do as we say, or we will hit you hard enough so that any reasonable person would make sure not to make the same mistake in order to avoid the punishment.”

Fear Appeal Framework

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Johnston et al argue that the fear appeal framework for the ISP requires more elements, namely related to the rhetorics set up to support conventional elements. This ensures that the intention to comply with security policies is clearly communicated with the proper rhetoric to build up the conceptions of both formal and informal certainty and severity of the sanctions. The division of the informal and formal is relevant here, as to highlight the sanctions on the level of immediate peers, rather than just organisational punishment (social pressure). In this, the authors are in line with the current development of governance models from organisational enforcement towards the persuasion by mere social pressure and attachment to the immediate peers.

However, on the fundamental level, can end up supporting the coercive and violent means, and fail to consider the changing organisational settings. They take for granted the workforce as an industrial resource, and thus validate this type of governance for particular organisations, including inducing fear and stress in people. One should heavily consider the concept of organisational security policies in this context and ask if it adapts and is suitable for modern organisations and conceptions of humanity. This type of fear based theory lacks consideration of the effects of these types intrusive mechanisms on an individuals creativity and character development. As such, this type of practice aims – in the old fashion way – to secure the organisation and its governance, rather than provide any security for the people.

Sources: MIS Quarterly Vol. 39 No. 1, pp. 113-134, Johnston et al./Leveraging Threats through Sanctioning Rhetoric

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The Five Imperatives For Digital Business http://cloudtweaks.com/2015/09/the-five-imperatives-for-digital-business/ http://cloudtweaks.com/2015/09/the-five-imperatives-for-digital-business/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:08:02 +0000 http://cloudtweaks.com/?p=43366 Content by CloudTweaks.com

VMworld 2015 – The Imperatives For Digital Business Pat Gelsinger’s Keynote CEO Pat Gelsinger’s keynote at VMworld 2015 focused on the future of computing and VMware’s vision of the future. Introductory themes covered the oft-heard topics of ubiquitous connectivity, the simplification of heterogeneous enterprise landscapes that VMware is working towards, and maintaining safe and secure systems […]

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VMworld 2015 – The Imperatives For Digital Business

Pat Gelsinger’s Keynote

CEO Pat Gelsinger’s keynote at VMworld 2015 focused on the future of computing and VMware’s vision of the future. Introductory themes covered the oft-heard topics of ubiquitous connectivity, the simplification of heterogeneous enterprise landscapes that VMware is working towards, and maintaining safe and secure systems on the established backbone while moving forward with the new style of DevOps for new classes of applications.

The Five Imperatives For Digital Business

The keynote was concluded with five “must do’s” for progressive business and IT leaders:

  1. Asymmetry in Business

Gelsinger insisted that businesses have to embrace new models of mobile cloud technology, and noted that vertical industries such as technology, health, education, custom manufacturing, and insurance will change in the near future.

  1. Entering The Professional Era of Cloud

The need for a unified hybrid cloud was highlighted. Gelsinger stated, “It’s not about the big beating the small, it’s the fast beating the slow. So, the most strategic way forward in this space is creating hybrid applications.”

  1. Security Challenge of Protecting People, Apps, and Data

Gelsinger believes businesses have been spending too much money on products that don’t solve security challenges and suggested that only the cost of security breaches has increased more than the cost of security spend. He added, “Some say security should be built in and not bolted on – it’s nonsense. We didn’t have a place to bolt it in. We were just patching it on. We need to put an end to that thinking and now architect in security. It lets us be twice as secure for half the cost.

  1. IT Innovation: Proactive Technology

Businesses need to become proactive instead of reactive, changing the human experience. Applications, Big Data, and analytics can build dynamic technology to help predict almost anything, and that which we find invasive today may be crucial in the future.

  1. Tech-driven Change Reshapes the S&P 500

His final imperative described the decrease in S&P 500 companies, claiming 40% of S&P companies won’t exist in the coming years. Gelsinger stated, “You must break out to stay relevant in this future. Rattle the cage, be the entrepreneur and innovator for your business. It is time to lead the change.”

Diginomica notes, however, that VMware is not responding to future problems in a manner that is likely to be mutually satisfactory to IT, DevOps, and the business. Though their hybrid solutions and unified infrastructures are good in theory, they are only small steps in the right direction, and some industry analysts don’t believe that the view of VMware as the bridge between cloud and on site is correct.

VMware and Elliot Management

There has been much speculation regarding the fate of VMware at the hands of Elliot Management, but no announcement regarding the matter was made. Conjecture was voiced over who will buy who and who will lead, and rumors of leaked Re/code and “tiger team” were heard, but the future of VMware remains a mystery.

Industry Outlook

John Furrier, Stu Miniman, Dave Vellante and Brian Gracely of theCUBE (SiliconANGLE Media team) discussed VMworld 2015, and Farrier believes opportunities for startups are expansive. Miniman believes good innovations have been unveiled, Gracely notes that the industry is slowing make the right moves in the area of DevOps, and Vellante states that the industry can make use of another storage company. Furrier says of VMworld 2015, “VMware was flexing its muscles. The show proved this it is a proud company going to the next level, no matter who is running it.”

By Jennifer Klostermann

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