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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)

Totally Integrated Oracle Cloud | @CloudExpo @Oracle #Cloud

Oracle Cloud publicized as the Next-Generation Public Cloud is comprehensive, agile and can transform your business in many ways. Like other cloud offerings Oracle Cloud is also subscription based. Oracle Cloud offers a solution which is comprehensive; having the broadest collection of cloud services; having solutions at every layer of cloud technology with ability to move speedily between on-premises and Cloud with ease. Oracle Cloud offers: Software as Service (SaaS) Enterprise resource planning Human capital management Customer experience Platform as a Service (PaaS) Industry's #1 database (Oracle Database Industry's #1 Application Server (Oracle WebLogic) Infrastructure as Service (IaaS) Elastic Compute and Storage Oracle Data as Service (DaaS) MySQL and OpenStack The Oracle Cloud stands on the base of 19 worldwide data centers manned by Oracle security experts a... (more)

2015 Big Data Startups By @JimKaskade | @BigDataExpo #BigData

The following are a few  Big Data companies that I was keeping an eye on starting back in January of 2015  (yeah, this is NOT a statistically significant sample)....some for "old times sake" because I knew the founding team and was curious how things were progressing, some because I trust their venture capital partners, and some because they inspire me with an application of the technology that is meaningful (I'm tired of hearing about yet another "Big Data Platform"). Adatao Founder(s): Christopher Nguyen, Mike Bui, Tony Do Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA Website: www.adatao.com Type of business: Data Intelligence for All Adatao is Big Data 2.0, enabling the convergence of business intelligence, data science and machine learning directly on top of big data. Adatao is leading the Big Data 2.0 charge by making it easy for business users, data scientists and engineers to co... (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)

What Do We Call This Cloud Storage Thing?

Not all cloud storage is equal, but it's even difficult to talk about those that are more comparable. Does an API make it a platform? Are all APIs the same? Setting these questions aside temporarily, we come to a more fundamental question: What should we call cloud storage services, anyway? The Case for "Platform as a Service" (PaaS) Platform as a Service is variously defined, but it generally refers to a middle layer between infrastructure (hardware and software) and applications. Cloud platforms offer simplified interfaces for a new generation of applications that use web protocols and are often coded in languages like php, Java, .NET, Ruby, Python, and the like. Public cloud storage solutions like Amazon S3, Nirvanix SDN, and AT&T/EMC are fundamentally different from traditional storage infrastructure. Both control and access use a web services (REST) API rather th... (more)

NaviSite Introduces Cloud-Based Desktop-as-a-Service

"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)

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)

Are There Other "as-a-Service" Cloud Offerings?

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)

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)

NaviSite and Zensar Technologies Partner

NaviSite, Inc., a Time Warner Cable Company, has announced a strategic partnership with Zensar Technologies, a global software services and infrastructure management provider. Together the companies will leverage their expertise to support clients looking to evolve their businesses through cloud-based managed services including application management, end user computing, and data center services. NaviSite and Zensar together bring unmatched expertise in cloud services and IT infrastructure management to businesses around the world in industries like healthcare, manufacturing and retail. The partnership enhances these service offerings and better equips customers around the world to transform their mission critical business processes, IT and data center infrastructures, and workplace and mobile computing strategies through managed cloud services, resulting in bette... (more)