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As already described in the previous few articles NIST defines three different service models for the cloud - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. However if you look at the Wikipedia article about cloud computing you will notice that there are quite a few more "as-a-service" models mentioned there. Lot of vendors are using those to differentiate their offerings but there are two problems that arise: First, those additional models are not officially recognized by any standardization authority and Second, and maybe more important, those new acronyms add to the confusion among the novice cloud users The proliferation of service models confuses even people with long experience with the cloud and doesn't help with the adoption. If you look closely you will notice that all of the new "as-a-service" models are just a subset of one of the three main service models - IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Le... (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)

A First Look at Microsoft Astoria Webcast Live on SYS-CON.TV

The goal of the Microsoft incubation project code named Astoria is to enable server applications to easily expose data as a service that can be consumed by AJAX clients across the Internet. Standard HTTP verbs such as GET, POST, PUT and DELETE are used to perform operations against the service, and data is exchanged via open formats such as plain XML and JSON. This session provides a sneak preview of Astoria, which is now available in early release on MSDN. View Video Dave Wright has been deeply immersed in computing technologies as diverse as multimedia, data processing, decision support systems, content management, and Internet commerce for over three decades in his career in the computer industry. Formerly a director of architecture for Scient and CTO of Xavient Technologies, he is a veteran of distributed computing in both technical and managerial capacities. ... (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)

Data.gov Will Redefine Data-as-a-Service

I’ve been in several meetings recently that have hit on the topic of Data.gov.  Data.gov will become a repository for all the information the government collects, and that information will be in turn available to anyone who needs it.   Pretty positive move, if you ask me.   However, the existing data-as-a-service providers that traffic in government data could find that they are soon suffering from relevancy problems.  The core issue is that many existing data-as-a-service players make their living from publishing reconstituted, and cleansed, government data that they charge for.    The rise of Data.gov will mean the commoditization of this information, which will be accessible, both through visual interfaces, and using APIs (Web services), if I understand the government’s vision here.  Thus, overnight Data.gov could become the mother of all data-as-a-service sites, p... (more)

Jigsaw Pioneers Data-as-a-Service

If software can be a service then the next step is obviously data-as-a-service – now isn’t it. It’s only Mr. Spock logical. And the first data-as-a-service company looks to be a little number called Jigsaw, a 100-man San Mateo-based global business directory that means to have Dun & Bradstreet watching its back – and its $1.7 billion in revenues a year. See – in tandem with Salesforce.com – Jigsaw is launching Data Fusion, the first cloud-based system for acquiring and managing database records, widgetry that promises to be one of those annoying, lethargy-shaking schemes that disrupts everything and forces people out of their ever-so-comfortable cocoons. It means to get B2B database owners out of the business of procuring and managing company and contact records since at best they do a lousy job. A positively shocking 96% of the records in most CRM systems – ostensi... (more)

Cloud Identity – Foundation for “Digital by Default” iGovernment

As part of launching our Canadian chapter, the Canada Cloud Network, we are also starting publication of the Canadian Journal of Cloud Computing Best Practices, being populated via this call for papers. One of the headline first topics will be Cloud Identity. The editorial process is being set up by David Chartash of the EHealth Research Unit, and his own paper is the first submission to help get the party started. This is focused on how Identity systems can be implemented in Healthcare. Digital Government – Me, Myself and I It talks about the ‘BYOD’ trend, of how staff increasingly want to bring their own consumer device, ie. their iPods and iPads, and be able to use these in work. Clearly it’s one very obvious way to reduce IT costs, but is it secure enough, really? What happens to patient data downloaded to the device? A similar theme is discussed in this recent pro... (more)

Building Canada’s Cloud Identity Ecosystem

With the government promising delivery of the long-awaited Digital Economy strategy by the year end, this prompts a review of what role the Cloud industry can play in this strategy. This then further encourages us to identify what particular segments of the Cloud Computing industry we might specialize in, with a view to concentrating in areas where Canada has strength so that start-up ventures can be better focused towards niche opportunities. Best practices – Cloud Privacy By Design At the top of my list is the best practice known as ‘Cloud Privacy-By-Design‘, developed by the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. This is such a hot topic. As Andrea talks about in this earlier blog the mention of Cloud Computing is usually quickly followed by concerns about the USA`s Patriot Act. Fears are that as soon as you upload your data to the Cloud the American Government will be... (more)

Dell Expands Cloud Client Computing Solutions for VMware View

Dell has announced a host of new and enhanced industry-leading cloud client computing solutions that provide organizations with the broadest choice in how to implement, manage, deploy and access virtual computing environments using VMware. Coming on the heels of recent cloud client computing developments, Dell, the market leader in thin-clients¹, is expanding support for VMware View and PCoIP protocol on its zero- and thin-clients, Desktop as a Service (DaaS) with PCoIP support and new channel partner solutions to Europe. Cloud-Based Virtual Desktop Solution Now Available in Europe Dell Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is now available in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Netherlands - from Dell’s data center in Slough, UK which boasts nearly continuous uptime and application availability. With DaaS, customers can focus on managing only the OS, applications and user... (more)

A High-Level IDaaS Metric: If and When Moving ID in the Cloud

Building metrics to decide how and whether moving to IDaaS means considering what variables and strategy have to be taken into account when organizations subscribe identity as a service contracts. Before moving any IdM to the Cloud, organizations should balance costs and risks. Accordingly, metrics adopted should be enough flexible to be applied from both a company that is developing an IdM system and a company that already has a IAM in operation but is considering to move the ID to the Cloud. The metric introduced below is included into a coming IDaaS Best Practices helping companies to understand, evaluate and then decide if and how moving ID to the Cloud. IDaaS: Measure Maturity IDaaS metric definition starts from on-premise IdM/IAM acquisition and implementation costs. Take into consideration the following parameters: COSTS – IdM/IAM costs are mainly based upon ... (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)