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One month from today, Plexxi’s Nils Swart and Derick Winkworth will participate in SDNCentral’s DemoFriday to illustrate application abstraction using OpenDaylight. We encourage you to register here and check out the demo on March 14 at 10 a.m. PDT.  In our video of the week, Dan Bachman discusses how the Plexxi switching solution makes use of a fabric control protocol and explains whether there are any changes to how this works in a pod architecture. Here is our video of the week and a few of my reads in the Plexxi Pulse – enjoy!     Leveraging Python on Network Devices to Monitor Interfaces in Realtime This week Jason Edelman expanded on a prior post on the Cisco Nexus 3000 and its built-in Python interpreter and discussed an example that integrates Python with the native Linux operating system. I like how this post provides examples of real-world automation. As... (more)

Connected Globe News Weekly – Week of July 20, 2014

Welcome to Connected Globe News Weekly, an online newsletter that consists of the most interesting news and articles related to M2M (machine to machine) and embedded mobile devices.  I aggregate the information, include the original links and add a synopsis of each article.  I also search for the latest market numbers such as market size, growth and trends in and around the M2M market. Also read Field Mobility News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Cyber Security News Weekly Also read Mobile Health News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! It's time again for the annual State of Enterprise Mobility report.  A lot has changed in the enterprise mobility world in the past year.  Would you be willing to participate in the survey?  All participants will receive t... (more)

Platform as a Service Journal Launched on Ulitzer

Vinay Singla, a Lead Architect at Cisco WebEx launched "Platform as a Service Journal" Launched on Ulitzer. Vinay is currently focused on building the next-generation OSS/BSS platform for SaaS. He has 15 years of systems design and development experience in the high-tech industry, with the last 10 years focused on building SaaS and SOA platforms at companies such as Cisco Systems, BEA Systems, Jamcracker and IBM. He is a graduate of the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Platform as a service (PaaS) is a big piece of the cloud computing puzzle, the other pieces being Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Application software as a service (SaaS). PaaS enables the delivery of solution frameworks and components as on-demand, pay-as-you-go services. Some examples of these are Google Apps Engine, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Windows Azure platform, SalesForce For... (more)

Emulex Announces Ethernet Networking and Converged Network Adapters for the Open Compute Project

New OneConnect OCm14000-OCP Adapters Maximise Application Performance with RDMA, Support Overlay Networks for the Cloud and Enable SDN with Open Programmable APIs INTEROP, LAS VEGAS and COSTA MESA, Calif, 1 April 2014 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX), a leader in network connectivity, monitoring and management and a proud member of the Open Compute Project (OCP), today announced it has released its next generation of high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions to the open source community. Now, data centres are able to utilise Emulex 10Gb Ethernet and 40Gb Ethernet (10GbE/40GbE) adapters on OCP based hardware platforms that support global cloud platforms running OpenStack or CloudStack. The new Emulex OneConnect® OCm14000-OCP 10Gb and 40Gb Ethernet (10/40GbE) Network Adapters and 10GbE Converged Network Adapters (CNAs), enable higher virtual machine (VM) densit... (more)

Cisco Cloud 3.0 Consulting

A great way to illustrate the basic principles of Cloud computing and provide a quick sense of the market, as well as then linking it to a Canadian Cloud Roadmap, is to review the associated strategy for a vendor like Cisco. They offer their own maturity model for Cloud adoption that advances from simple private Cloud implementations (now) through to advanced ‘Inter-Cloud’ architectures (future). It’s also a great example because Canada recently took a heavy body blow to their IT industry innovation capacity with the demise of Nortel. Generating start-ups around a vendor like Cisco is one way to respond. Cloud is so big because it’s enveloping all of IT including telecomms, and the vendors too, it’s the big game in town for everyone now. This is mainly because (sshh) it’s actually just the Internet we’re talking about really, it’s becoming a singular computing platfor... (more)

Cloud Security Alliance Releases Cloud Controls Matrix, Version 3.0

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)

Symantec to Present at Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009

Dr. Guy Bunker, Distinguished Engineer for Symantec UK, will be presenting at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo Europe 2009 ( in Prague, The Czech Republic, this coming May 18-19, 2009. Cloud computing offers a fantastic opportunity to businesses of all sizes. However, there are pitfalls that no-one wants to talk about. In this session, Bunker will talk to some of the darker sides to cloud computing - those around security and availability. Understanding where the issues lie will help service providers to create better services and enable customers to ask the right questions of their providers. Speaker Bio Dr. Guy Bunker is a Distinguished Engineer at Symantec Corporation. He works in the office of the CTO, responsible for various pieces of technical strategy across the company.  He is currently an active member of the Enterprise Privacy Group a... (more)

IBM & Cloud Computing: Getting Ready for the Zettabyte Age

Well IBM has gone and done it, they've announced a cloud offering yet again. Actually what's interesting about this go, is not that they're getting into the cloud business (again) but instead this time they're serious about it. And like it or not, they're approach actually does kind of make sense for, assuming you're within their target demographic (the large enterprise looking to save a few bucks). My summary of the "Big Blue Cloud" is as follows: It's not what you can do for the cloud, but what the cloud can do for you. Or simply, it's about the application, duh? In a statement earlier today in the New York Times, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said, “The information technology infrastructure is under stress --- and the data flood is just accelerating.” Palmisano isn't alone in this thinking, earlier this week Cisco Systems, the mobile networking giant, released a report sug... (more)

Your Cloud is Not a Precious Snowflake (But it Could Be)

You can’t differentiate until you do something different Gartner analyst and cloud pundit Lydia Leong reminds us that without differentiation, all clouds look pretty much the same.  “These are traits that it doesn’t take a genius to think of. Most are known requirements established through a decade and a half of hosting industry experience. If you want to differentiate, you need to get beyond them.” [emphasis added] She lists traits common to most cloud providers: premium equipment, VMWare-based, private VLANs, private connectivity, and co-located dedicated gear but doesn’t really get into what really is – or should be – the focus of cloud offerings: services. To be more specific, infrastructure services. A cloud provider of course wants a solid, reliable infrastructure. That’s why they tend to use the same set of “premium” equipment. But as Lydia points out diffe... (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)

Intalio Announces Jetty 7

Intalio, the Enterprise Cloud Company, today announced the immediate availability of Jetty 7, the leading lightweight open source Java application server. The new release includes features and capabilities that extend Jetty's reach into mission-critical environments, as well as support its deployment on top of cloud computing platforms. Jetty 7 brings performance optimizations that continue to make Jetty highly suitable for rich web applications. Thanks to its small memory footprint, Jetty has become the most popular application server for embedding into other open source projects, including ActiveMQ, Alfresco, Equinox, Felix, FUSE, Geronimo, GigaSpaces, JRuby, Liferay, Maven, Nuxeo, OFBiz and Tungsten. Jetty also quickly established itself as the standard Java application server for the leading providers of cloud computing services, such as Google with Google AppE... (more)