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The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) Thursday announced the release of the CSA Cloud Control Matrix (CCM) Version 3.0, the most comprehensive update to the industry's gold standard for assessing cloud centric information security risks. The CCM Version 3.0 expands its control domains to address changes in cloud security risks since the release of the CSA's seminal guidance domain, "Security Guidance for Critical Areas of Focus in Cloud Computing version 3.0" while making strides towards closer harmonization of the two. Having drawn from industry-accepted security standards, regulations, and control frameworks such as ISO 27001/2, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) Information Assurance Framework, ISACA's Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology, the American Institute of CPAs Trust Service and Principals Payment Card... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 East To Attract 10,000 Delegates and 200 Exhibitors

SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City. The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York, Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception, more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL TODAY! The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well over 48 different countries. Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)

NSF Underwrites Cloud Research

 Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego have gotten a two-year $450,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to explore new ways for academic researchers to provision and manage extremely large data sets on clouds using the Google-IBM CluE Cluster Exploratory Cluster and the open source Apache Hadoop programming environment. Seems the ever-increasing volume of scientific data is beginning to overwhelm current approaches to data management. IBM and Google are picking up the tab for running CluE. ... (more)

Butterfly Effect in Virtualized Environments

In 1969 Edward Lorenz, the famed meteorologist and Chaos Theory proponent, introduced the concept now known as the "Butterfly Effect" when he posed the famous question: "Does the flap of a butterfly's wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?" The Butterfly Effect theory describes the phenomenon of how small variations in a dynamic system can subsequently cause larger and more complex variations over the long term. Today's modern virtualized data center represents a new kind of dynamic system. Just as the Brazilian butterfly may set off a tornado a world away, any change to the virtualized objects that are the components of the virtual infrastructure can have severe and unintended consequences to virtualized systems, networks, and data centers. As virtualization technologies are deployed in live production environments, the potential for small changes at the virt... (more)

Increased Productivity Due to Telecommuting

In the global networked economy, work is performed everywhere, at any time and any place. That said, what are the operational benefits? Cisco set out to evaluate the social, economic and environmental impacts associated with allowing and actively enabling employees to telecommute. Cisco announced the findings of its Teleworker Survey, an in-depth study of almost 2,000 company employees. The study, conducted to evaluate the social, economic and environmental impacts associated with telecommuting at Cisco, revealed that a majority of respondents experienced a significant increase in work-life flexibility, productivity and overall satisfaction as a result of their ability to work remotely. Create a Sound Telecommuting Strategy As the modern workforce continues to evolve and globalize, more companies are evaluating a telecommuting strategy to save costs and lower carbon emi... (more)

Cisco Takes on Microsoft Exchange

SaaS Journal Cisco's behaving a little like the Lord High Executioner in the Mikado. It's got a little list and apparently figures nobody on it will be missed if it sent them to an early grave starting with Microsoft Exchange. See, as of Monday Cisco is in the hosted e-mail business up against Microsoft Exchange Online, Google Gmail, IBM iNotes, heck, even Zoho Mail, but especially Microsoft, because it claims it can save users the price of Exchange Server and still leave them with the same experience. Cisco calls its Linux-based widgetry WebEx Mail and describes it as corporate-grade technology with native Outlook interoperability - figure contacts, calendars and such - that it got from its acquisition of PostPath last year. When it bought PostPath, it threatened to take on Exchange and now it's happening. It says it's 70%-80% cheaper than Microsoft. WebEx Mail is... (more)

MontaVista Sells Out Cheap

SOA & WOA Magazine What's a Linux operating systems company worth these days? The answer apparently is not as much as the financing it's gotten over the years. In a move reminiscent of Intel and Wind River, Cavium Networks, maker of specialty ARM and Mips processors, is buying MontaVista Software, the embedded Linux shop, for $50 million and it's only paying $16 million in cash. The rest is stock. MontaVista, however, took in at least $93 million since it started 10 years ago from folks like Siemens, US Venture Partners, Alloy Ventures, NEC, IBM, Sony, WR Hambrecht, Samsung, Infineon, China Development Industrial Bank, Intel, Panasonic, Toshiba, Yamaha and RRE Ventures. A lot of those guys were MontaVista customers along with major accounts like Cisco, Dell, HP, Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent and NTT DoCoMo. The deal is expected to close next month and Cavium is expectin... (more)

Many Unprepared for BT Disaster Recovery

Disaster strikes. Your primary place of business is destroyed by a fire tomorrow, are you prepared to recover? According to the historical statistics, fires permanently close 44 percent of the businesses that are affected. Business continuity planning is the creation and validation of a practiced logistical plan for how an organization will restore interrupted critical functions within a predetermined time after a disaster or extended disruption. Business Technology survivability is an imperative for many organizations that operate in the global networked economy, yet some are unprepared for a natural disaster. Cisco recently shared the results of an insightful nationwide survey. Informed, but Otherwise Unprepared The market study uncovered that while many organizations appreciate the increased employee productivity and other benefits offered by laptop computers, s... (more)

Cisco and Forrester to Discuss Cloud Computing Security

Qualys, Inc., the leading provider of on demand IT security risk and compliance management solutions, announced it will host a webinar titled, “Cloud Computing: A Positive Disruption for IT Security,” on Thursday, January 7 at 1:00 p.m. PST/4:00 p.m. EST. Philippe Courtot, chairman and CEO of Qualys, will be joined by John Stewart, VP and chief security officer (CSO) for Cisco Systems, Inc., and Dr. Chenxi Wang, principal analyst, security and risk management, Forrester Research, Inc., for a discussion on cloud computing and its impact on IT security. As the software industry continues to evolve, traditional enterprise-based applications are quickly being replaced with cloud-based offerings. However, with the innovation and benefits associated with cloud computing solutions come new risks and challenges for security professionals. In addition to hearing from security ... (more)

Logicalis Announces Cooperative Enterprise Cloud Service

Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Following the recent formation of its dedicated cloud consulting group, international solutions provider, Logicalis, today launches its Cooperative Enterprise Cloud Service. Architected on Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) and NetApp storage solutions, the service is the first to offer a single reference blueprint for on-site and hosted cloud services, enabling enterprises and public sector organisations to flex and scale their cloud computing strategies while ensuring seamless interoperability. On-site services will be delivered with Logicalis' Bespoke On-Site Cloud Service (BOCS), a right-sized computing and storage infrastructure utilising Cisco's UCS stateless computing platform to enable virtualised and non-virtualised applications to coexist on the same platform. Logicalis' hosted Cooperative Enterprise Cloud will offer a range o... (more)

Microsoft Hops Into Infrastructure 2.0

Microsoft Dynamic Infrastructure Toolkit for Systems Center (DIT-SC) is hopping forward, literally, into the network. With or without established standards, this dog is going to hunt. It takes time to develop standards, something we often overlook. When the foundational standards upon which the Internet were being developed there were (almost) no users, no broadband, and no real urgency to get something available. The adoption of disruptive, highly volatile technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing result in an environment in which today’s standards groups are not afforded the luxury of time. Organizations want, nay they need, standards now and if they aren’t forthcoming vendors and customers alike will move steadily forward with their own implementation. The myriad “cloud APIs” submitted to various standards organization indicate this pattern of behav... (more)