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Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently added EBS Optimized support for enhanced bandwidth EC2 instances (read more here). This industry trends and perspective cloud conversation is the second (looking at S3) in a three part series companion to the AWS EBS optimized post found here. Part I is here (closer look at EBS) and part III is here (tying it all together). For those not familiar, Simple Storage Services (S3), Glacier and Elastic Block Storage (EBS) are part of the AWS cloud storage portfolio of services. With S3, you specify a region where a bucket is created that will contain objects that can be written, read, listed and deleted. You can create multiple buckets in a region with unlimited number of objects ranging from 1 byte to 5 Tbytes in size per bucket. Each object has a unique, user or developer assigned access key. In addition to indicating which AWS region, ... (more)

The CTOvision Big Data Top Enterprise Tech List: The most important data technologies to accelerate into your infrastructure

By Bob Gourley We produced this list as an aid to the enterprise CTO seeking information on the most capable mission-enabling infrastructure technologies. This is a companion piece to our list of the top analytical technologists on our Analyst One website. Our methodologies are at the bottom of this list. We trust you will find this list interesting and informative. Have some new technologies to suggest for the list? Let us know at our Contact Page.   The CTOvision Big Data Top Enterprise Technologies List Aerospike: Aerospike delivers the first flash-optimized in-memory database and the most reliable NoSQL database for revenue critical, real-time big data applications. The database of choice in advertising, Aerospike is the user store and system of engagement for Internet-scale, interaction platforms, such as AppNexus, Bluekai, eXelate, The Trade Desk and [x+1], pr... (more)

Adobe Announces New Digital Publishing Suite

Adobe on Monday announced the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, providing publishers a set of turnkey hosted services and viewer technology to create, publish, optimize and sell digital content direct to consumers, through content retailers or leading mobile marketplaces. Built on the foundation of Adobe Creative Suite® and Adobe InDesign® CS5 software, the Digital Publishing Suite enables the design and delivery of innovative publisher-branded reading experiences, paired with flexible commerce models and support for deep analytics reporting. Using InDesign CS5, PDF, HTML5 and the Digital Publishing Suite, publishers will be able to efficiently author both fixed and adaptive layouts, natively build new levels of interactivity directly in InDesign, distribute and monetize their digital editions, and optimize their editorial and advertising content for a complete end-t... (more)

Enterprise Data Protected in Europe’s Largest Private Cloud

Interoute, owner operator of Europe's most advanced next-generation network, on Wednesday announced it has obtained ISO 27001 certification for its Network Operations and Customer Contact Centre in Prague. The internationally recognised information security management standard demonstrates Interoute's commitment to providing enterprises with secure solutions for their business critical data. Levels of malware and corporate ICT threats are on the rise, with online fraud and hacking costing the British economy alone around £27bn a year, posing a very real risk to corporate IT assets. Interoute's recently opened Operations Headquarters in City West Prague monitors data running across 60,000 kilometres of its fibre optic cable, in 72 countries. By attaining the ISO 27001 certification Interoute is ensuring that Prague's Network Operations and Customer Contact Centre ha... (more)

Five Questions to Ask Before You Take Up an Agile Contract

You are a software service provider. You develop software for you clients. Majority of your clients are from a different city or even a different country. You are in a discussion with your client where you are exploring the option of adopting Agile Development Methodology for your next project. Does the above paragraph describe you? Are you concerned about how the whole thing will work out? If the above paragraph describes you, then I can assure you that you are not in minority. Many of us have been in a similar situation. The biggest challenge of adopting agile for an outsourced project is that there aren’t any clearly defined best practices available which you can adopt. The whole field is still evolving and the best practices are yet to emerge. So, what should you do to increase the chance of success? Obviously, you will have to find the answer yourself. To find t... (more)

Agile Architecture

The English language is well known for its subtlety. Sometimes it’s a delight, but on other occasions it can be very frustrating. If I use the term Gothic Architecture you will immediately understand I am describing a style of architecture that flourished in medieval times. And if like me you are interested in ecclesiastical architecture you will know that this style was used in many of the great cathedrals and churches across Europe, which were distinctive because of key architectural patterns that enabled great increases in height and internal light of the buildings without increasing the size of supporting pillars. Now if I use the term Agile Architecture, what am I referring to? In today’s Agile world I would hazard a guess that most readers will think I am referring to the architecture techniques and tasks undertaken in the context of an Agile software develop... (more)

MaaS Implements Small Data and Enables Personal Clouds

MaaS (Model as a Service) sets a new concept to order and classify data modeling design and deployment to the Cloud. MaaS changes the way to move data to the Cloud because allows to define data taxonomy, size and contents. Starting from data model design, MaaS might guide the DaaS (Database as a Service) lifecycle, providing data granularity and duty rules: as a consequence, MaaS implements the new concept of Small Data. In fact, Small Data answers to the need of controlling “on-premise” data dimension and granularity. Anyway, Small Data is not data volume limitation. Small Data affords data modeling full configuration and provides 2 main advantages: data model scale and data ownership that provide assigned data deployment and, finally, data deletion in the Cloud. Introduction The inheritance coming from the past imposes to manage big data as a consequence of multipl... (more)

Why SDN (or Something Like It) Was Inevitable: Service Velocity

Once upon a time, there was a movement in IT called "agile". Developers adopted it in response to complaints from the business that they needed applications, that applications were everything, that without new applications the business would surely dry up. Dev then began tossing code over the wall faster and more frequently. OAt some point, the operations folks responsible for herding these applications and application updates through the road to production decided that if they were going to keep up with development, they needed a new approach. Enter devops. Operations version of agile as applied to deployment processes. Where app dev focuses on continuous development, operations tries to match their velocity with continuous deployment. You can see where this is going, right? Exactly. The next (hopefully last but perhaps only penultimate) obstacle is the network. ... (more)

Big Data = Dropping the Big One?

Editor’s note: This article was first published on Analyst One, a site focused on analysts and topics of interest to the analytical community.-bg Eminent network scientist Laszlo Barabasi recently penned an op-ed calling on fellow scientists to spearhead the ethical use of big data. Comparing big data to the atom bomb, Barabasi persuasively argued that the technology and methodologies he and other social network theorists had created had far outstripped societal controls on its use. Barabasi’s op-ed is part of a growing backlash against big data technologies and methodologies While Barabasi and historian of science George Dyson have the historical perspective, technical insight, and scientific stature to write insightfully about the problems of pervasive data collection and algorithms that structure human decisions, other criticisms have been less than edifying. Fru... (more)

Bringing Intelligence to REST

Jason Bloomberg Chief Evangelist EnterpriseWeb Whether you’re a Cloud Computing aficionado, an enterprise integration specialist, or an IT executive, it’s hard to have a conversation today without mention of REST. Representational State Transfer, or REST to the cognoscenti, is an architectural style that treats distributed computing problems as though they were Web problems. On the Web you have browsers chatting via HTTP to Web servers, and those servers can work whatever magic they need to in order to serve up the full wealth we’ve all come to expect from the World Wide Web. Take those basic Web patterns, extend them to general distributed computing problems (including Cloud and legacy integration), and voila! You have REST. However, while REST has achieved substantial success in simplifying software interfaces and thus facilitating many forms of integration, it is... (more)

Couchbase Partners with ElasticBox, Cloudsoft and CumuLogic

Couchbase on Tuesday announced the expansion of its partner ecosystem. Newly announced partnerships with Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox will give customers the option to deploy Couchbase Server to public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructure. With these new partners, customers can now automate the process of provisioning Couchbase Server to Amazon Web Services, HP Cloud, IBM SoftLayer, VMware, OpenStack, and more. “We are thrilled to announce the addition of Cloudsoft, CumuLogic and ElasticBox as new partners,” said Rod Hamlin, VP of Business Development, Couchbase. “Adding these partners ensures customers can find the right option for their business to deploy Couchbase Server to their cloud of choice, whether it’s on-premises, public or hybrid, and power their applications with the highest performing and most scalable NoSQL database.” Recent projections fr... (more)