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"Cloud is changing the way enterprises view the corporate desktop," said  Denis Martin, Executive Vice President and CTO at NaviSite introduced an enterprise-class, cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Services (DaaS) offering that enables IT organizations to deliver virtual desktop services to local and remote users from the cloud. "DaaS leverages the scale, simplicity and economics of the NaviCloud to deploy desktops across the enterprise," Martin continued, adding: "Enterprises can now rapidly provision a secure virtual desktop for users that can be accessed on any device, anywhere without the upfront costs and complexity of traditional desktops while adhering to corporate security and compliance policies. Additionally, most companies rarely have a disaster recovery plan for data maintained on traditional desktop solutions, but cloud-based DaaS offers centralised, built-in bu... (more)

IGEL UK Channel Partners Recognized for Record Thin and Zero Client Business Growth

IGEL's 100% channel strategy drives growth for partner network Reading, UK February 25th, 2014 - IGEL channel partners have been recognized with awards from the thin and zero client manufacturer for their outstanding business performance in 2013. Ultima Business Solutions was awarded IGEL Business Partner of the Year 2013 for its record 234% year-on-year growth. Regional awards went to EACS in the Midlands. Intercept in London, Cetus in the North and West and Deverills in the South. Commenting on their award, Colin Prime-Moore, of Ultima Business Solutions Ltd, said: "IGEL is an integral part of our Desktop as a Service strategy (Ultima OneDesk), providing our customers a great end-user experience on a cost effective endpoint device. Our DaaS Solution leverages IGEL integration with VDI and Single Sign-On partners to provide our customers with the very best end-to-en... (more)

StrikeIron Co-Sponsors Business Mashup Challenge at Mashup Camp

StrikeIron Inc., a provider of Data as a Service (DaaS), facilitating the consumption and distribution of live data over the Web, has announced its sponsorship of the Business Mashup Challenge for developers attending Mashup Camp 4. IBM is the main sponsor of the Challenge alongside secondary sponsors StrikeIron, Dapper, AccuWeather, and Kapow Technologies. Mashup Camp 4, produced by Mass Events Labs, will be held in Silicon Valley from July 18-19, 2007. A mashup is a Website or application that combines content from several sources into an integrated experience. The Business Mashup Challenge provides a stage for developers to leverage and extend a hosted mashup assembly environment in order to create exciting, unique situational applications. With over 100 Web services to choose from, the StrikeIron Web Services Marketplace can add value to any mashup, applications... (more)

SOA Visionary to Drive Continued Growth for the Next Generation of SOA and Web 2.0

StrikeIron announced that David Linthicum will take the helm as company CEO. Linthicum will be responsible for continuing to drive the company’s position as the frontrunner in delivering critical Web services and data, on demand, for the emerging next-generation Internet. Bob Brauer remains as president and co-founder and will continue to lead the day-to-day operations of StrikeIron. “StrikeIron’s revenue more than doubled from Q107 to Q108 and has tremendous momentum in the industry. We’re moving beyond simply delivering data as a service and into a new era of growth and development for new innovative products,” stated Brauer. “As an industry thought leader and visionary, Dave’s addition to the StrikeIron team helps us take the appropriate steps to deliver on the promise of Service Oriented Architecture via the Web and bui... (more)

No Shirt, No Shoes, No HTTP Service

SOA & WOA Magazine In the “real world” there are generally accepted standards set for access to a business and its services. One of the most common standards is “No shirt, no shoes, no service.” Folks not meeting this criteria are typically not allowed past the doors of a business. But on the web, access to services is implicit in the fact that the business is offering the service. If the HTTP service is accessible, it’s implicitly allowing connections and providing service without any standard criteria for access. This results in access by more than just customers and potential customers. Bots, spiders, and miscreants are afforded the same access to business services as more desirable visitors. This can unfortunately lead to compromise, theft, and corruption of data via myriad injection and attack methods – many of them automated. While gating access to services th... (more)

Why Is Reusable Code So Hard to Secure?

Being an efficient developer often means abstracting functionality such that a single function can be applied to a variety of uses across an application. Even as this decreases risk of errors, time to develop, and the attack surface necessary to secure the application it also makes implementing security more difficult. Over the holidays I had the opportunity to do some coding on my latest web application project. I won’t bore you with the details of what it is because it’s to support a hobby of Don and mine except to say that it’s running on a LAMP stack and heavily data-driven. But then what isn’t data-driven on the web these days? Now I’m an old skool OO (Object Oriented) programmer and a typical developer. That is to say that I’m basically lazy and hate to code and recode the same thing over and over so I employ every trick I can to avoid doing so. That means a... (more)

Local Government User Group Looks to Location Intelligence

Windsor, Berks, UK - 4 February 2010 - Local Government Authorities are increasingly turning to Location Intelligence solutions for emergency contingency planning, public health initiatives and compliance directives, according to Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI), the global provider of Location Intelligence, Data Management and Customer Communication Management solutions. As the democratisation of data drives the focus on new, on-demand delivery channels for public services, such as the government's G-Cloud, Location Intelligence will play an ever more central role in local government planning and innovation. These were the conclusions of more than 70 delegates from local government authorities attending the meeting of the independent MapInfo® User Group UK & Ireland (MUGUKI), which gathered in Bristol last month. The independent user group events are designed ... (more)

Latest Cloud and Open Source Talks

Last month I was fortunate enough to give a couple of talks at OSCON. I was particularly pleased with the reception my keynote received on Creating Communities of Inclusion, which touched on some topics beyond the typical licensing and community around open source software.  I was was also asked to expand on these topics at OpenSource.com. Here are the abstracts and links to the presentations and article. OSCON Keynote: Creating Communities of Inclusion Free and open source software is equal parts technology and humanity. Beyond the coding standards, development environments and essential parts of delivering free software the ideals that drive this movement are powerful. This is a reflection on the lessons gleaned from successful F/LOSS communities and a call to action to spread their ideals to other endeavors such as medicine and government. (video and slides here)... (more)

Swissport opts for Desktop as a Service (DaaS) with IGEL thin clients

Aims to cut monthly operating costs for each workstation across Europe to less than £10 Reading, UK 10th December 2013 - IGEL Technology thin clients are being used by Swissport International, the world's largest provider of ground handling services for the aviation sector, as a fast and efficient way to set-up client infrastructure and reduce operating costs. Thanks to a DaaS (Desktop as a Service) model, Swissport aims to reduce operating costs for each workstation to less than £10 a month. Within Europe, the company currently operates around 1,500 thin clients at various sites, including Heathrow, Manchester and Gatwick airports. Just one person, using half of their work time, remotely manages the IGEL workstations. In order to be able to react more quickly to the changing needs of the market, Swissport has been centralizing, virtualizing and outsourcing its IT ... (more)

DevOps as a Service (DaaS)? | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

May 11, 2014 DevOps as a Service (DaaS)? In a recent post I posted on DevOps.com, I suggested the term DevOps as a Service (DaaS). Personally I am not a fan of the term. Mainly because DevOps is not a ‘Service’. It is an approach to achieve business objectives by adopting a set of capabilities, namely: Continuous Business Planning Collaborative Development Continuous Integration Continuous Deployment Continuous Testing Continuous Feedback Adopting these capabilities requires changing or enhancing people (culture), processes and technology (tools). Hence, not a set of services, but a set of capabilities. That being said, the tools the make up the proverbial DevOps toolchain are tools. These tools can be hosted and made available ‘as a service’. Could these collectively be called ‘DevOps as a Service’? IBM DevOps Services IBM has recently introduces exactly that – De... (more)

API Workshops for OAuth, Mobile, REST By @Axway | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

All Around the World - API Workshops for OAuth, Mobile, REST Here at Axway, we regularly run API Workshops worldwide which bring together API practitioners in discussion, debate, and exposure to technologies such as OAuth 2.0, API developer portal design, and identity. And when we say "worldwide", we mean worldwide. To illustrate this, my colleague Philipp Schöne has created an interactive map on CartoDB of the API Workshops over the past year, with photos of each. All that's missing is a backing track of Daft Punk's "Around the World" :) Each API Workshop has been eventful in its own way, and for example I recall the spirited debate on SOA and API Management, led by Kevin Kohut from Accenture and Randy Heffner from Forrester, at our API Workshop in Phoenix in September. Here are other highlights I'd pick out: Open Bank Project covering their vision for APIs for banking a... (more)