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Cheaper, Easier, Scarier - Small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly turning to cloud computing as an easier, cheaper alternative to in-house IT or shared and dedicated server hosting solutions. And, they are finding social media to be an accessible, inexpensive way to build brands, distribute content, and assist customers. Correspondingly, cloud services and social networking providers are increasingly targeting the SMB segment for revenue they can't get from consumers and margins they can't get from large businesses. Meanwhile, abetted by user ignorance, provider apathy, and the high cost of security solutions, hackers are turning to cloud computing and social media as an easier, cheaper alternative to botnets; and they are finding small business tenants and users to be accessible, inexpensive targets for crime and violence. The biggest cloud security ... (more)

Putin Says "Da" to Free Software

A few months back, in a story mostly about Microsoft's complicated relationship with the Russian government and its seemingly dualistic role in the ongoing suppression of various free speech and human rights organizations, we also surfaced contemporaneous reports in the Russian language media about an indigenous, government-funded Linux initiative, called Linuksovskaya.  The new "national operating system" was reported to be on an aggressive schedule and expected to be released some time in 2012.  Fresh reports this week from inside the country now indicate that Russian Prime Min... (more)

Here It Is, Your Moment of zEnterprise

One of the most exciting acts in the technology rodeo for the past several years has been IBM - thundering around the ring astride its z/OS Clydesdale and AIX/Linux Crossbred, waving its Smarter Planet 10-gallon hat with one hand, roping dozens of ISVs with the other, and hollering, "Yippie yi yo kayah!" at the top of its lungs all the while.  What a spectacle!  What do they do for an encore? zEnterprise 196, that's what.  Announced in July and now ready to ship in about a week, it's a  super server, a really super server.  The zEnterprise 196 is the biggest commercial system th... (more)

NCSU and IBM Scientists Target Cloud Malware With Stealthy Security Solution

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE In an attempt to stay a step ahead of the bad guys, researchers from North Carolina State University and IBM have addressed a still relatively rare kind of malware threat that, if allowed to take hold, could affect many thousands of cloud users in a single attack. They have developed a program called HyperSentry, which can monitor the security of the hypervisor processes that control the virtual operating systems images in which user applications run, and do it in a way that can avoid detection and evasion, even by extremely sophist... (more)

Popular Dropbox Store-Sync-Share Cloud Service Morphing Into Middleware

Yesterday, in a multi-part press release, Dropbox, a popular store/sync/share cloud service, announced software updates for its Apple and Android versions, a new version for Blackberry, and that, since it first published its API in May, the number of applications using it had grown to over one hundred.  The first two are hardly news at all, but a single cloud-based file management service being adopted by 100+ different software products and services is more significant than it might seem when it is buried as a by-the-way in an announcement of little interest to anybody except ex... (more)