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Cloud

If it’s dangerous it’s NOT cloud computing

Having written something similar over the weekend myself (How Open Cloud could have saved Sidekick users’ skins) I was getting ready to complement this post, but fear-mongering title aside (Cloud Computing is Dangerous) I was dismayed to see this: “Let’s call it what it is, it’s a cloud app — your data when using a Sidekick is […]

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Cloud Security

How Open Cloud could have saved Sidekick users’ skins

The cloud computing scandal of the week is looking like being the catastrophic loss of millions of Sidekick users’ data. This is an unfortunate and completely avoidable event that Microsoft’s Danger subsidiary and T-Mobile (along with the rest of the cloud computing community) will surely very soon come to regret. There’s plenty of theories as […]

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Cloud Standards

“Bare Metal” cloud infrastructure “compute” services arrive

Earlier in the year during the formation of the Open Cloud Computing Interface (OCCI) working group I described three types of cloud infrastructure “compute” services: Physical Machines (“Bare Metal”) which are essentially dedicated servers provisioned on a utility basis (e.g. hourly), whether physically independent or just physically isolated (e.g. blades) Virtual Machines which nowadays uses […]

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Cloud Mobile Security

Cloud Computing Crypto: GSM is dead. Long live GSM!

GSM, at least in its current form, is dead and the GSMA‘s attempts to downplay serious vulnerabilities in claiming otherwise reminds me of this rather famous Monty Python sketch about a dead parrot: Fortunately consumers these days are savvy and have access to information with which to verify (or not) vendors’ claims about security. So when […]

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Cloud Security

Amazon VPC trojan horse finds its mark: Private Cloud

Now we’ve all had a chance to digest the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud announcement and the dust has settled I’m joining the fray with a “scoop of interpretation“. Positioned as “a secure and seamless bridge between a company’s existing IT infrastructure and the AWS cloud” the product is (like Google’s Secure Data Connector for App […]

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Cloud Standards Trademarks

“Twitter” Trademark in Trouble Too

Yesterday I apparently struck a nerve in revealing Twitter’s “Tweet” Trademark Torpedoed. The follow up commentary both on this blog and on Twitter itself was interesting and insightful, revealing that in addition to likely losing “tweet” (assuming you accept that it was ever theirs to lose) the recently registered Twitter trademark itself (#77166246) and pending […]

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Cloud

An obituary for Infrastructure as a Product (IaaP)

There’s been an interesting discussion in the Cloud Computing Use Cases group this week following a few people airing grievances about the increasingly problematic term “private cloud”. I thought it would be useful to share my response with you, in which I explain where cloud came from and why it is inappropriate to associate the […]

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Cloud Trademarks

NewsFlash: Trend Micro trademarks the Intercloud™

Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of TrendMicro‘s InterCloud Security Service product when it was announced as a beta back on 25 September 2006 (for general availability in 2007): PR: Trend Micro Takes Unprecedented Approach to Eliminating Botnet Threats with the Unveiling of InterCloud Security Service InfoWorld: Trend Micro launches anti-botnet service NetworkWorld: InterCloud Security […]

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Cloud

Gartner: VMware the next Novell? Cloud to save the world?

There’s been two more-interesting-than-usual posts over at the Gartner blogs today: Just a Thought; Will VMware become the next Novell? “VMware owns the market, well above 90%, and continues to come out with more and more innovative products.  VMware has a loyal following of customers who see no reason to change direction – after all, […]

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Cloud Internet

The browser is the OS (thanks to Firefox 3.5, Chrome 2, Safari 4)

Almost a year ago I wrote about Google Chrome: Cloud Operating Environment and [re]wrote the Google Chrome Wikipedia article, discussing the ways in which Google was changing the game through new and innovative features. They had improved isolation between sites (which is great for security), improved usability (speed dial, tear off tabs, etc.) and perhaps […]