Posts Tagged ‘cloud computing’

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

Hadoop: what it is and how it works

Hadoop logo 2



24 May 2013 – You can’t have a conversation about Big Data for very long without running into the elephant in the room: Hadoop. This open source software platform managed by the Apache Software Foundation has proven to be very helpful in storing and managing vast amounts of data cheaply and efficiently.

But what exactly is Hadoop, and what makes it so special? Basically, it’s a way of storing enormous data sets across distributed clusters of servers and then running “distributed” analysis applications in each cluster.

It’s designed to be robust, in that your Big Data applications will continue to run even when individual servers — or clusters — fail. And it’s also designed to be efficient, because it doesn’t require your applications to shuttle huge volumes of data across your network.

Here’s how Apache formally describes it:

The Apache Hadoop software library is a framework that allows for the distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of computers using simple programming models. It is designed to scale up from single servers to thousands of machines, each

Read more

E-Discovery Concerns Must Be Addressed Before Moving Data to the Cloud


Cartoon about cloud computing

11 April 2013 – If you begin with the following assumption:

As businesses move more applications and data to cloud services, those businesses inevitably are going to find themselves in litigation with the need to retrieve electronically stored information (ESI) from the cloud to comply with their e-discovery obligations.”

….then it makes a lot of sense to make sure that you do not forget about e-discovery when you are considering moving your company’s data to the cloud environment.

In what our staff believes to be one of the better postings on this important risk mitigation topic, they would like to bring your attention to a recent article, written by Jay Yurkiw, and  posted on the Technology Law Source blog, which clearly presents some great tips on how businesses can better manage their e-discovery risks —whether they are just considering a move to the cloud or even if they have already made that move.

For more click here.… Read more

Cloud Forensics with F-Response

Cloud computing forensics


9 April 2013 – Like many great inventions, the idea behind F-Response is so simple and elegant it is hard not to punish yourself for not thinking of it. Using the iSCSI protocol to provide read-only mounting of remote devices opens up a wealth of options for those of us working in geographically dispersed environments. I have used it for everything from remote imaging to fast forensic triage to live memory analysis. F-Response is vendor-neutral and tool independent, essentially opening up a network pipe to remote devices and allowing the freedom of using nearly any tool in your kit. The product is so good, I really wouldn’t blame them for just sitting back and counting their money. Luckily, counting money gets boring fast, so instead the folks at F-Response have kept innovating and adding value. Their latest additions are new “Connector” tools: Database, Cloud, and Email.

Now is the time to start planning how to acquire forensic copies of all that data your organization is pushing to cloud providers. Hopefully you already have established agreements and processes in place … Read more

Don’t Forget About E-Discovery When Moving To The Cloud

eDiscovery Cloud Computing 150 x 112


9 April 2013 – As businesses move more applications and data to cloud services (e.g., Google Apps for Business,, Amazon S3, etc.), they inevitably are going to find themselves in litigation with the need to retrieve electronically stored information (ESI) from the cloud to comply with their e-discovery obligations. While the risks of e-discovery likely will not keep any businesses away from public cloud services altogether, businesses at least should plan for how they are going to meet the demands of e-discovery in the cloud when litigation arises.

Following are some tips on how businesses can manage their e-discovery risks if they are considering a move to a cloud or if they have already made the move:

For more click here.… 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

Read more

Lobbyists downgrade EU countries on cloud computing

Europe and cloud computing


14 March 2013 – Industry lobbyists have downgraded EU countries in their world ranking of top performers on cloud computing, as the Union prepares to overhaul its data protection rules. Japan, Australia and the US are top of the cloud computing class, according to the Cloud Scoreboard, published 7 March by the Business Software Alliance (BSA), an international lobby group.

Four EU countries – Germany, France, the UK and Italy – are in the top 10. But all six EU nations featured in the study have lost ground. Italy and Spain were the biggest fallers, slipping back by four and two places in the rankings, respectively. The biggest mover was Singapore, which jumped five places to fifth overall.

The BSA said data privacy was one the main benchmarks used to draft the survey. BSA chief Robert Holleyman warned individual countries not to fence off their networks in the name of security. In an interview with the EU Observer he said “we should all be concerned about countries creating national clouds; the cloud is more efficient when it is … Read more

Get Your Head in the Cloud: your personal use of the cloud

It has been brought to my attention that there are still some hold?outs on the Cloud revolution. The Citrix Cloud Survey Guide found that 54% of respondents claimed to never have used Cloud computing (although the survey also found that 95% of them actually do use the Cloud but don’t know it). These individuals refuse to use the Cloud to back?up data, share photos or provide remote access to their data. Instead, they carry zip drives and email themselves documents. So, this one’s for you, lovers of technical nostalgia, join the Cloud, the view is great from up here!

How Does it Work?

First, decide which files you want to add. Music, photos, that half?finished novel, your resume…all make great additions to the Cloud. Not only will you be able to access the information remotely but it is also protected in case your device meets with an untimely end. Next, choose a provider. Apple users are generally partial to iCloud. Create an account, register all your devices and the iCloud application will walk you through the entire process of selecting … Read more