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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

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.

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Big Data, 7 zettaoctets en 2015

28 October 2011 —  L’explosion du volume de données impacte considérablement le fonctionnement des systèmes d’information d’entreprises.  Lors de la conférence IDC sur le phénomène “Big Data” organisée le 12 octobre dernier, IDC a souligné que les domaines du Big Data et de l’Information Management prennent sens avec l’apparition de la “3e plateforme industrielle”.

Depuis 2010, l’écosystème informatique a évolué de manière très significative. Nous sommes passés du mainframe et des technologies “figées” (années 60) au PC client/serveur (milieu des années 80) pour arriver, aujourd’hui, à une nouvelle manière d’exploiter les données. Cette “troisième plateforme” est apparue avec le Cloud Computing, la mobilité, les réseaux sociaux. Désormais, nous accédons de manière dynamique à un très vaste ensemble d’informations.

Le phénomène Big Data prend sa genèse dans cette orientation. Son impact est tel qu’il transforme le modèle économique de certaines industries: les médias (avec l’explosion des contenus vidéos), de la pharmacie (avec la capacité d’accélerer la découverte de nouveaux médicaments), la distribution (avec la gestion des promotions), la justice (avec l’accès plus rapide aux textes de Lois ou aux jurisprudences), mais … Read more

How the Cloud Makes Financial Data More Liquid

23 October 2011 — Marcia Metz, a web operations executive at EMC Corporation recently coined the term information liquidity, the ability to freely flow assets and adapt them to different shapes, in the context of Web content management systems. I suggest the same term can apply in the world of financial data, and will show you how key cloud technologies is making this happen.

I predict the data cloud will decimate the existing world of market data. The ability to use information liquidity to move data between collaborating partners will create a new trajectory in trading methods and analytics. This will make the current methodologies look as antiquated as the ticker tape machines of the 1930s.

Information liquidity threatens one core business of incumbents, the legacy trading exchanges: the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange and their ilk. For years, these organizations charged high fees for their market data. These organizations had driven their clown cars into a gold mine. Now the party is over.

The value of financial information has become a commodity years ago, especially for

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IDC Says Cloud Adoption Fuels Storage Sales

20 October 2011 – As businesses and consumers literally take to the clouds — both public and private — in coming years, storage vendors will continue to find a vital growing market for their goods, according to a new report.

In June, analyst firm IDC said it sees users’ data doubling every two years.

Now, in a new report, IDC projects strong sales of storage products through 2015 as movement to cloud environments triggers swelling demand for someplace for all that data to go.

Indeed, IDC foresees that by 2015, global sales of storage for both public and private clouds will hit $22.6 billion annually.

“Despite current economic uncertainties, IDC expects cloud service providers — both public and private — to be among the most expansive spenders on IT products and services as they continue to build out their facilities worldwide and expand their service options,” Richard Villars, vice president of storage systems and executive strategies at IDC, said in a statement.

In fact, public cloud service providers’ spending on storage hardware, software, and professional services is likely to swell … Read more

Study says cloud computing makes innovation more affordable

12 October 2011 – A recent survey of 1,035 business and IT executives, along with 35 vendors, conducted by the London School of Economics and Accenture, has unearthed this new emerging role for cloud computing — as a platform for business innovation. Many people these days still see cloud within it’s information technology context, as a cheaper alternative for existing systems. But this may only be the first and most obvious benefit.

The study’s authors. Leslie Willcocks, Dr. Will Venters and Dr. Edgar Whitley — all of the London School of Economics and Political Science — identified three stages cloud computing moves into as it’s adopted by organizations:

1) Technology and operational changes. The one-of-one exchange of traditional applications and resources for those offered as services through the cloud — such as Software as a Service.

2) Business changes. Altering the way companies operate and serve customers, such as enabling faster service, faster time to market.

3) New ways of designing corporations themselves. “For especially forward-looking companies, cloud computing may provide a platform for radical innovation in business design—to the … Read more

The War of Email Cloud Computing: Google vs. Microsoft

6 October 2011 – For an analysis of email cloud computing offerings from Google and Microsoft, including some interesting thoughts and predictions from Gartner, click here.… Read more

Why cloud computing is the biggest wrong turn the computer industry has taken

5 October 2011 – In a recent piece, Shafey Danish presents a skeptical view of cloud adoption.  According to Danish, “Cloud computing depends for its efficacy on net speeds, which is handicapped by two things: native speeds of the networks, and the kind of traffic they are handling. While the native speeds are increasing, the traffic is also increasing, and it is a vicious circle. The faster the data speeds the more data users will transfer, the more data they will send the slower the speeds will grow, the slower the speeds will grow, the more the speeds will have to increase. Which means that the model of cloud computing will always be under pressure. All this will come to a bump against the infrastructure wall. At some point the companies will have to decide whether they want to spend so much extra money on building and upkeep of infrastructure to provide users with the ability to transfer lots of photos, and files. That is why native storing is going to stay.”

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What Amazon S3’s 566 billion objects say about cloud use

5 October 2011 — Amazon Web Services said last night that it’s now hosting 566 billion objects in its Simple Storage Service (S3) — a high number for sure — but one that’s even more impressive in context. The volume has more than doubled since the fourth quarter of last year and actually has grown by 26 percent since the end of June this year. If that doesn’t suggest that cloud use is picking up, I don’t know what does.

Just to be clear: of the 304 million objects that S3 has added in the past nine months, 117 million have come in the last three months. The pace is picking up. Additionally, S3’s rate of transactions rate has increased 28 percent to 370,000 requests per second from 290,000 requests per second as of the second quarter’s end.

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Google Drive Takes Aim At Amazon, Apple For Cloud Storage

26 September 2011 – Google upcoming Google Drive, or GDrive, is expected to compete with similar offerings from Amazon and Apple.  Google Drive has been rumored to be in the works for years and the images show a Google Docs-style interface with the word “Drive” in the upper left corner, indicating that it’s a cloud-based storage offering.

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