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Jul 16, 2013   //   by Cary Landis   //   Cloud Computing News  //  Comments Off

Orlando Magic embrace technology – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Orlando, a emerging tech hub, embraces technology through various startups and communities – and now through professional sports teams and fans. The Orlando Magic is introducing the iBeacon technology to the Amway Center, which will allow fans to access their tickets, upgrade seats and receive notifications while in the …

Bocandy brings hard-to-find candy to your doorstep – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Startups inspire other startups. Detroit has a new startup called Bocandy, inspired by Birchbox. It’s another subscription service, but instead of beauty products, it’s candy. What’s even better? The candy isn’t just your run-of-the-mill, easy-to-find products at the local store. The box includes candy from overseas. Learn more about Bocandy …

Fort Collin’s Fargreen places third in Walmart challenge – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
We’re excited to hear that a Fort Collins startup, Fargreen, has won third place in the Walmart Better Living Business Plan Challenge. The startup wants to improve the lives of Vietnamese farmers by teaching them to recycle waste. Fargreen will be going on to compete in the Blue Oceans Enterprise …

Mobile 360 North America will be in Atlanta! – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Not only is Atlanta a emerging tech hub, it’s also being recognized for being at the “heart of mobile innovation.” The Metro Atlanta Chamber announced that Atlanta was chosen to host the first GSMA Mobile 360 North America conference this September. The conference will bring senior executives, regulatory and …

University of Minnesota students create Usafe app – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Tech ideas don’t just come from established entrepreneurs, they sometimes come from hardworking students in college. University of Minnesota students recently started development on an app to aid campus safety. It’s called Usafe, and allows students to arrange a security escort without having to call the usual number. Learn more …

Twin Cities software company has big plans after round of funding – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Minneapolis software company Workface Inc is moving their headquarters into bigger office space after raising $2.6 million in funding. The company also plans to expand their office of 14 employees soon. Learn more about Workface Inc’s big plans in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal article here.

Sporting Innovations LLC bringing FAN360 to Australia – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
We enjoy seeing startups in our tech hubs thriving and getting recognition. We really enjoy seeing those startups are even being recognized overseas. Kansas City’s Sporting Innovations LLC is bringing their FAN360 platform to Australia’s Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust. The complex features cricket, rugby, tennis and baseball stadiums. …

Orlando elementary school gets new computer lab – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Technology isn’t just for entrepreneurs. It’s a tool for everyone, and it’s important that children have the opportunity to become tech-literate. We’re excited to hear that Orlando’s Lake Silver Elementary is getting a new computer lab, which will be open for student use in the mornings and after school. Not …

Kansas City chosen for MindMixer LLC’s new headquarters – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Silicon Valley isn’t the only place in the world for tech companies to flourish. That’s why we’re excited to hear that an Omaha tech firm chose Kansas City, one of’s emerging tech hubs, as their new location for their headquarters. MindMixer LLC is bringer their firm to KC, which …

Kansas City welcomes LightEdge Solutions Inc to SubTropolis business park – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
LightEdge Solutions Inc is opening Wednesday night at the underground data center campus in Kansas City’s SubTropolis business park. The company, headquartered in Des Moines, provides cloud computing, managed IT and colocation services. The company hopes to expand the data center in the next five years. Learn more about LightEdge …

API Security: Securing Digital Channels and Mobile Apps Against Hacks – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
More and more enterprises today are doing business by opening up their data and applications through APIs. Though forward-thinking and strategic, exposing APIs also increases the surface area for potential attack by hackers. To benefit from APIs while staying secure, enterprises and security architects need to continue to develop a deep understanding about API security and how it differs from traditional web application security or mobile application security.
In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, Sachin Agarwal, VP of Product Marketing and Strategy at SOA Software, will walk you through the various aspects of how an API could be potentially exploited. He will discuss the necessary best practices to secure your data and enterprise applications while continue continuing to support your business’s digital initiatives.

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SDDC – The Choice Is Yours – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
The revolution that happened in the server universe over the past 15 years has resulted in an eco-system that is more open, more democratically innovative and produced better results in technically challenging dimensions like scale. The underpinnings of the revolution were common hardware, standards based APIs (ex. POSIX) and a strict adherence to layering and isolation between applications, daemons and kernel drivers/modules which allowed multiple types of development happen in parallel without hindering others. Put simply, today’s server model is built on a consistent x86 platform with few surprises in its core components. A kernel abstracts away the platform, so that applications and daemons are decoupled from the hardware. In contrast, networking equipment is still stuck in the mainframe era. Today, networking equipment is a single appliance, including hardware, OS, applications and user interface come as a monolithic entity from a single vendor. Switching between different vendor’s hardware requires using a completely different OS, set of applications and user interface.

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BMC Software and Microsoft Azure Simplify Cloud Management – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
BMC Software and Microsoft are continuing their longstanding relationship to help customers make the most of their hybrid cloud environments and accelerate delivery of their digital services to customers.
Now, customers of both BMC Software and Microsoft will be able to use BMC Cloud Lifecycle Management software to manage cloud infrastructure and services built on Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services. Cloud Lifecycle Management creates an easy path for customers who want to migrate from VMware-based clouds to the Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services platform. With these updates, customers will also have the ability to manage digital services delivery, consumption, operations, planning and compliance across multi-vendor cloud infrastructures from a single, unified management platform.

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Jelastic Supports Key ISV Software Using OpenShift Cartridge Standard – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Jelastic on Tuesday announced support for multiple ISV software packages in Jelastic’s products for enterprises, hosting service providers and developers. This support is achieved using OpenShift by Red Hat’s pluggable Cartridge standard, allowing those developers to build application interfaces only once, instead of multiple times for each PaaS/platform, and immediately achieve support for OpenShift PaaS and Jelastic Platform-as-Infrastructure.
“Jelastic is committed to dramatically simplifying the development, deployment and management of the enterprise cloud, providing full control to IT management while allowing self-management of environments and resources to developers and DevOps,” said John Derrick, Jelastic CEO.

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VASCO to Release Q1 2014 Results on Thursday, April 24 – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
VASCO Data Security International, Inc., has announced on Tuesday that it will release its Q1 2014 results on Thursday, April 24th.
On April 24, at 10.00 am EDT/16.00 CET, VASCO will hold a conference call, which will be streamed on the VASCO website.
Mr. T. Kendall Hunt, Chairman and CEO, Mr. Jan Valcke, President and COO and Mr. Cliff Bown, Executive Vice President and CFO of VASCO, will be available on April 24 to answer analyst, investor and media questions.

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SherWeb to Exhibit at Cloud Expo New York – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
SYS-CON Events announced today that SherWeb, a long-time leading provider of cloud services and Microsoft’s 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, will exhibit at SYS-CON’s 14th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 10–12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York.
A worldwide hosted services leader ranking in the prestigious North American Deloitte Technology Fast 500TM, and Microsoft’s 2013 World Hosting Partner of the Year, SherWeb provides competitive cloud solutions to businesses and partners around the world. Founded in 1998, SherWeb is a privately owned company headquartered in Quebec, Canada. Its service portfolio includes Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Lync, Dynamics CRM and more.

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Red Hat Announces OpenShift Marketplace – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Red Hat on Monday announced OpenShift Marketplace, a one-stop shop that will enable customers to find and try solutions for their cloud applications. The OpenShift Marketplace will bring the power of Red Hat’s OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) partner ecosystem directly to OpenShift Online customers, enabling them to experience the benefits of enterprise PaaS with tightly integrated, complementary solutions developed for the public cloud – all without losing time on technology integration.

With its OpenShift Marketplace, Red Hat aims to reduce the search time and cost of finding the perfect solution for customers seeking value-added OpenShift partner add-ons. Customers will be able to find the information, tools, and community they need to discover and procure the right solution. They will be able to securely access and manage leading OpenShift application technologies from a single location. Customers and developers will be able to search for third-party OpenShift solutions and add-on productivity offerings, including database, email delivery services, messaging queues, application performance monitoring and more, all managed from a central location. Several OpenShift partners have already signed on to add their solutions to the OpenShift Marketplace, including BlazeMeter, ClearDB,, MongoLab, New Relic, Redis Labs, SendGrid, and Shippable.

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Leveraging a Cloud Architecture for Fun, Ease, and Profit – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
The world of cloud and application development is not just for the hardened developer these days.
In their session at 14th Cloud Expo, Phil Jackson, Development Community Advocate for SoftLayer, and Harold Hannon, Sr. Software Architect at SoftLayer, will pull back the curtain of the architecture of a fun demo application purpose-built for the cloud. They will focus on demonstrating how they leveraged compute, storage, messaging, and other cloud elements hosted at SoftLayer to lower the effort and difficulty of putting together a useful application. This will be an active demonstration and review of simple command-line tools and resources, so don’t be afraid if you are not a seasoned developer.

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SOASTA Introduces TouchTest Private Device Cloud – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
SOASTA on Tuesday announced the company has expanded its award-winning mobile functional test automation solution, TouchTest, to include local test labs of Apple iOS and Google Android smart phones and tablets. The TouchTest Private Device Cloud is a simple to manage, affordable internal cloud for mobile application testing. It provides a comprehensive platform to manage and control mobile application testing assets. With TouchTest Private Device Clouds, mobile development and testing teams can now remotely manage devices, apps and tester activity.

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Windstream Automates Migrations to Cloud Infrastructure – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Now, up to five existing Windows or Linux servers can be migrated to Windstream Hosted Solutions vCloud infrastructure at no cost via Racemi’s cloud migration technology.
Racemi, a provider of automated server migration software that streamlines the process of migrating workloads to public, private, and hybrid clouds, has announced the availability of Windstream Cloud Path, a Software as a Service (SaaS) that facilitates the on-boarding of customer workloads to Windstream Hosted Solutions Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).
This Windstream-branded version of Racemi Cloud Path provides a self-service portal that automates the migration of existing Windows and Linux servers to the Windstream IaaS, which leverages the VMware vCloud platform. Using Windstream Cloud Path, Windstream customers can migrate their server workloads quickly and easily with no disruption to their business. There is no infrastructure to deploy or manage on the customer’s site, and key features such as Live Capture and CPU (central processing unit) throttling ensure there is no server downtime.

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Barcode Software Maker Zebra Buys Motorola Scanner Division – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
“This ties back into the Internet of Things,” Zebra CEO Anders Gustafsson said. “We basically connect physical things to the Internet.”

IBM Wins $500M Private Cloud Deal With The Hartford – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
IBM’s new $500 private cloud win with The Hartford adds to a series of recent cloud deals for Big Blue.

10 Reasons It’s a Bad Idea to Be a Google Glass Early Adopter – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Google Glass went on sale for one day April 15. Those who purchased a pair spent a lot of cash to get early access to technology that is still evolving.

Surprising Trends Emerge in Threat Landscape – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
In a new M-Trends report, Mandiant provides insight into the overall threat landscape, including a look at some surprising trends.

Ruckus Debuts Smart WiFi Access Management Service – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
The platform is aimed at venues looking to offer users a better wireless access experience without the need for multiple services from multiple vendors.

Microsoft Launches Azure Cloud Service for Internet of Things – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Microsoft’s new Azure service aims at the Internet of Things with no regard for underlying device operating systems.

Google Glass Software Update Nets Longer Battery Life, New Features – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
The latest Google Glass software update gets Glass running on Android KitKat and brings other improvements.

Microsoft Launches Office 365 Personal, Issues Office Online Updates – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
The company releases a new, low-cost edition of its Office 365 suite for consumers while the Web apps gain additional functionality.

Yahoo Breathing Easier on Modest Earnings, Revenue Gains – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Revenue increased 1 percent to $1.3 billion in Q1 2014 after four straight quarters with lower or flat results.

Google Cloud Platform Now Available to Asia Pacific Customers – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
With growing business opportunities in the Asia Pacific region, Google has expanded the availability of the Google Cloud Platform to encourage developers there to use it for new apps and innovations.

Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles – Tue, 15 Apr 2014

Ubuntu chases after Red Hat with OpenStack and Docker bundles

Even if Canonical hasn’t remade the consumer desktop with Ubuntu or made much of a dent with Ubuntu as a phone or tablet OS — at least, not compared to the way Google has with both Android and Chrome — there’s no denying the presence

VMware to extend Horizon beyond virtual desktop infrastructure – Thu, 10 Apr 2014

VMware will release in July a new version of its Horizon VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) software that will allow administrators to manage VDI and non-VDI deployments in a unified manner, by using multiple VMware technologies.

“We are extending VMware Horizon beyond VDI, to be able to do virtual desktops,” said Sumit Dhawan, VMware vice president and general manager of desktop products and end-user computing.

ElasticBox wants to be Docker for devops – Thu, 03 Apr 2014

ElasticBox wants to be Docker for devops

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Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization promises more OpenStack integration – Fri, 28 Mar 2014

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization promises more OpenStack integration

Red Hat just released a beta version of the latest rev of its server and desktop virtualization solution, Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

Amazon’s WorkSpaces becomes generally available – Wed, 26 Mar 2014

Amazon Web Services’ hosted virtual desktops have become generally available, priced from $35, but the company and its competitors have a lot of hurdles to overcome before this sort of technology is widely used by businesses.

The desktop-as-a-service market has become interesting. Before Amazon’s Wednesday announcement on its WorkSpaces service, VMware earlier this month launched its Horizon DaaS, based on the company’s acquisition of Desktone.

Dell unveils fabric switch, SDN controller – Tue, 25 Mar 2014

Dell this week rolled out products designed to help customers build and scale cloud environments.

The new gear includes the Dell Z9500 fabric switch and the Active Fabric Controller software for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). Together, the products are intended to provide data centers with the scale, automation and orchestration necessary to transition to virtualized cloud infrastructures.

Attack of the killer clouds and the coming IT storm – Tue, 25 Mar 2014

Attack of the killer clouds and the coming IT storm

Credit: Oleksiy Fedorov

Docker’s red-hot application portability solution – Mon, 24 Mar 2014

Docker's red-hot application portability solution

Open source keeps shortening the path between innovation and adoption: Think Hadoop and big data, OpenStack and cloud, or MongoDB and NoSQL.

How VMware wants to reinvent the SAN – Thu, 13 Mar 2014

VMware has released Virtual SAN (Storage Area Network), which the company says will usher in a new era of policy-driven and virtual machine-centric storage provisioning.

SANs are typically made of disparate storage components aggregated to create a pool that can be tapped by compute resources. Traditionally, SANs have been set up using external storage boxes which are then controlled by a switch; they’re ideal for dynamic storage needs.

Review: 4 VM security tools go under the microscope – Thu, 13 Mar 2014

Trying to protect your expanding VM (virtual machine) empire will require a security product that can enforce policies, prevent VMs from being terminated or infected, and deliver the virtual equivalents of firewalls, IPS, and anti-virus solutions.

IBM’s Q1 revenue disappoints, hardware whacked again – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
IBM is a work in progress for sure as only the software division delivered any growth. Hardware remains a problem for Big Blue.

Google misses earnings, revenue targets again on Q1 report – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
There were problems elsewhere on the Q1 balance sheet as well, namely in Google’s core department: search.

Infor aligns with PostgreSQL, aims at Oracle’s heart – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Infor aligns with Red Hat and EnterpriseDB to create an open source technology stack that aims to cut cost of ownership by with lower license and maintenance fees.

IBM lands $500 million private cloud deal with The Hartford – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
The insurance giant will build its private cloud infrastructure on IBM’s PureFlex System and use a bevy of services.

Apple, Google, Samsung agree to support smartphone kill switches – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft have all committed to a voluntary agreement to include kill switches in future mobile devices.

Samsung’s marketing blitz vs. Apple: Effective, but big data would help – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Samsung has spent $770 million over the last two years marketing its mobile devices and has dented Apple. But good luck pinning a Facebook like, Super Bowl ads, and buzz to actual sales. Better analytics are likely to change that equation.

Salesforce expands operations with Japanese appointment – Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Salesforce seeks to grow its Japanese business with the appointment of Shinichi Koide as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of its Japan operations.

LaCie admits year-long malware security breach; customer data at risk – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Anyone who shopped for LaCie products in the last year could be at risk.

Intel’s Q1 solid, but mobile losses weigh – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Intel’s mobile chip business is a money pit, but the Internet of things unit looks solid. The data center division carries the profit team though.

Yahoo revenue starts to climb amid beating Q1 earnings estimates – Tue, 15 Apr 2014
UPDATED: Wall Street is maintaining its Q1 forecast for Yahoo with expectations of 37 cents per share on a revenue of $1.08 billion.


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