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Stealing passwords from the cloud. Scary stuff from Las Vegas …

Amazon Web Service re Invent conference


Gregory P. Bufithis

Eric De Grasse


7 October 2015 – Thousands of cloud fanatics have descended on Las Vegas this week for Amazon Web Service’s re:Invent conference. One item that grabbed our attention was the announcement of a group of researchers from Massachussets who published a concept test which uses a failure in the AWS virtual machines to steal their RSA cryptographic passes. Nowadays the failure is already patched, but according to the researchers we really need to think more seriously about the security on the cloud.


The group of professors … at Worcester Polytechnic Institute … demonstrated in a recently published paper named “Seriously, get off my cloud! Cross-VM RSA Key Recovery in a Public Cloud,” a proof of concept hack of secret cryptography keys used in an AWS virtual machine. The now-patched flaw – which was not specific to AWS — showed that a hacker could theoretically gain a user’s secret keys that are used to encrypt sensitive data.


Security experts say the risk of this specific attack being used is quite low … Read more

L’internet des objets: gadget, serpent de mer ou révolution ?

Internet of things graphic no text


7 Avril 2014 – Les mauvaises langues prétendront, non sans quelques arguments, que l’IoT n’est qu’un autre serpent de mer de l’industrie informatique, au même titre par exemple que les systèmes de traduction automatique dont on nous promet l’avènement imminent depuis des lustres. Les premières évocations de l’IoT remontent en effet au début du siècle alors que la prophétie tarde visiblement à se réaliser. Pourtant depuis quelques mois les signes avant-coureurs d’une concrétisation se font plus insistants. Qu’on en juge par exemple à l’acquisition récente par Google de Nest Labs, un spécialiste de la domotique, ceci pour la modique somme de trois milliards de dollars. Ou encore par son activité R&D consacrée aux lentilles intelligentes capables de mesurer le taux de glucose dans les larmes, une étape peut-être pour remporter la bataille du diabète. Non content d’avoir organisé l’information au niveau global, le géant de Moutain View ambitionne désormais d’assoir son hégémonie en concevant les technologies de capteurs qui, demain, récupèreront l’information directement dans le monde physique plutôt que de passer par les humains, peu fiables et … Read more

How cloud computing helps reduce the costs for media producers

Cloud computing and media producers


15 October 2013 – I have been in Israel for almost two weeks due to a fortuitous concatenation: an IBM Research event on Watson, the DLD Tel Aviv conference, and BrainTech Israel 2013.  As the Israeli press was reporting, Tel Aviv was a “city on steroids”.  I will write more on each of these events next week but a major highlight was to hear … and later meet … Yossi Matias, the managing director of Google’s R&D Center in Israel and Senior Director of Google’s Search organization. Clearly one of the smartest guys around.  Maybe on the entire planet.

Most of my work these days is centered in the TMT space … technology, media and telecom. Through the work of my TMT companies, Project Counsel Media (operating out of Frascati, Italy and Barcelona, Spain) and EAM Capital (based in Paris, France) we have been able to hit the TMT space from multiple angles as it undergoes a rapid and continuous development and evolution driven by changes in technology, liberalization of markets and adjustments in the way consumers connect.… Read more

Now THIS is artificial intelligence at work! The EU is to develop smart clothing in a cloud computing structure

 AI in smart clothing


14 October 2013 – The European Union (EU) has launched a project for the development of smart clothing with wearable technology in cloud computing at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI-Rhineland-Palatinate) in Kaeserslautern, in southwest Germany.

The project is titled “Easy-IMP” — Collaborative Development of Intelligent Wearable Meta Products in the cloud — and was launched in September 2013 with an investment of € 4.4 million for over three years.  The EU has developed an interdisciplinary team of experts in sensor technology, computer science, web programming, biomechanics, rehabilitation and sports, to find new methods and tools for creating the smart clothes.
According to a statement issued by DFKI, a typical example of such type of clothing is to provide a common platform that can be used and customized by downloading apps for a variety of applications. A part of this concept has been utilized in Easy-IMP smart clothing, where the garment can be configured via a smart phone to detect motion or vital data of the user and to use in conjunction with an app for … Read more

How the cloud is disrupting the business landscape [INFOGRAPHIC]

Business on a laptop


3 October 2013 – Cloud computing isn’t going anywhere soon, with IT research and advisory company Gartner Inc forecasting that nearly half of large enterprises will have hybrid cloud deployments by the end of 2017. There is a stronger recognition today that this is more than just one shift of technology. Unlike the shift from mainframe to client/server, which was a switch from one technology architecture to another technology architecture, this shift moves out of the realm of technology architecture change and into the realm of behavioral relationship and business change, making it more akin to the change at the end of the 1990s from on-premises systems to the web and e-business.

Another key contribution made to the cloud computing debate is the emerging role played by Cloud Service Brokers – third parties that add value to cloud services on behalf of cloud service customers.

A new infographic, in the meantime, takes a closer look at just how the cloud is disrupting the business landscape.

The folks at ClickSoftware have created a dandy infographic that begins by highlighting the … Read more

The cloud computing industry could lose up to $35bn due to the NSA disclosures


PRISM and cloud computing


By: Eric De Grasse, Chief Technology Officer

7 August 2013 – The U.S. cloud computing industry could lose between $21.5bn to $35bn in revenues over the next three years as a result of concerns about the National Security Agency’s electronic surveillance programs, according to an independent Washington-based policy think-tank. The figures, calculated by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, are the first serious attempt to calculate the impact on US cloud computing providers including Amazon, Google and Microsoft of the recent NSA revelations.

They come amid growing evidence that non-US companies are cancelling contracts and curtailing their use of US-based cloud service providers because of their concerns about the extent to which the NSA and other US law enforcement and national security agencies may be using provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and Patriot Act to obtain electronic data from third parties. In a report published on Monday, the Foundation said the NSA Prism program and related revelations, “will probably have an immediate and lasting impact on the competitiveness of the US cloud computing industry if … Read more

According to 451 Research, the cloud computing market may become an oligopoly of high-volume vendors



16 July 2013 – Oligopoly: A market in which there are a limited number of providers providing the same service. Its political counterpart, oligarchy, means rule by a few. 

So starts an article by Joe McKendrick which was published in Forbes magazine last week, leading off his review of a research note by Owen Rogers, senior analyst at 451 Research, who suggests the emergence of an IT oligopoly. It’s a brilliant research note and provides a great “cloudonomics” tutorial.

Is the cloud computing marketplace becoming the domain of a few big vendors? With large players including Amazon, Microsoft, Google and IBM coming online with similar types of services, we may be starting to see a consolidation of the primary cloud computing market into the hands of a few powerful vendors.

Actually, Owen’s report goes further to say what is emerging is both an oligopoly and monopoly at the same time. With identical services comes commoditization, and only big vendors that can deliver huge economies of scale with margins will survive in this space. He adds that perhaps the “oligopoly … Read more

10 quotes on cloud computing that really say it all



24 March 2013 – Plenty has been said or written on cloud computing in recent years — pro, con and somewhere in between. Periodically throughout the rise of cloud computing, there have been some real gems put out there, aptly describing what’s on people’s minds — and maybe what was needed to be said. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s famous “fashion-driven” analogy back in 2008 is the stuff of legend, and makes this list, compiled below.

Here are some memorable quotes and apropos quotes … compiled by Forbes magazine … about cloud that that have surfaced over the years:

1) “First to mind when asked what ‘the cloud’ is, a majority respond it’s either an actual cloud, the sky, or something related to weather.” – Citrix Cloud Survey Guide (August 2012)

2) “Ultimately, the cloud is the latest example of Schumpeterian creative destruction: creating wealth for those who exploit it; and leading to the demise of those that don’t.” – Joe Weinman, Senior VP at Telx and author of Cloudonomics: The Business Value of Cloud Computing

3) “Cloud computing

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Clueless About Cloud? Why It Doesn’t Matter

5 October 2012 –   Incredibly, only 16% of people can explain what cloud computing is, a recent survey said. Most believed it was about drugs, pillows, the weather, or toilet paper.   But just because people don’t understand the cloud, it doesn’t mean they aren’t using it. The fact is that many use cloud computing without knowing.

In other words, that lack of knowledge isn’t as big a problem as it might seem.  Of the more than 1,000 Americans surveyed, more than half initially reported that they’d never used it. However, further questioning revealed that 95% of those surveyed do actually use popular cloud services like Gmail, iTunes, or Amazon.

Although consumers may lag in their understanding of the cloud, many large corporations have no trouble seeing the advantages, and are embracing it.

For more click here.… Read more

Cloud Infographic: The Cloud Wars – Private vs Public

19 April 2012 – Cloud computing is not an all-or-nothing option. In the past decade, the industry has matured to a point where there are almost a dozen different options to move your data and processes to the cloud. Two of the most discussed are Private and Public clouds.

Here is an infographic presenting a breakdown of the two different cloud models from CloudTweaks (click here).… Read more