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Cloud Computing Security and Privacy: A Detailed Technical Analysis

Cloud computing is recognized as the most discussed topic in the IT industry while some people say it’s a game-changing technology. It mostly focuses on maximizing the efficiency of shared computing resources. It has completely changed the way of application usage. Application were running on personal computers before but cloud has made them available over Internet along with storage capacities and excellent computing power. Centralized data processing tasks, storages and access are the major features of cloud based infrastructure. While we have many potential benefits using cloud computing, we must take strong measures to protect the privacy and security. One must take serious considerations before moving their information to the cloud.

 

Security is the fact that implementation team should think first and act accordingly, particularly in cloud computing systems. These security goals are usually addressed for some specific event in the framework of the requirement definition and are part of the non-functional requirements to be met by the cloud vendor as well as by the cloud infrastrastructure itself. While planning for the security, three most important protection goals come in mind – confidentiality, integrity, authenticity.  Our practices must evolve around these three facts while the implementation of security resources to our cloud.

 

Privacy is also an important matter. If a client has the ability to login from any location to access data and applications, privacy compromising can be very much possible . Cloud computing companies must have clear roadmap to protect client privacy. There can be various ways to accomplish this. One way is to use strong authentication techniques such as complex usernames and passwords. Another is to implement an authorization format -- each user can access only their respective data and limited to that only.


Steps to address risks and challenges:

 

  • We must take care of Vendor’s transparency and distinct service level agreement

  • We must check if our possible vendor has adequate practices for privacy and confidentiality of personal, sensitive, or regulated data and information

  • Our hosting provider is legally and regulatory compliance

  • The possible hosting provider follows standard cyber security policies and support for incident forensics

  • If our hosting provider has the efficient records preservation, access, and management

  • Standard service availability and reliability

 

If we must get satisfactory answers for above questions in order to sign up for any cloud services. This will help us to make our cloud experience more result oriented. We will be successfully able to meet our goals that we set for cloud.

 

For more details: http://www.thesagenext.com

 

Open Source cloud services avoid lock-in

Univention's managing director Peter Ganten takes the new Active Directory Service by Amazon Web Services, which was launched last month, as an opportunity to talk about the problems companies can have by using big cloud service providers and continues with the advantages of using open source technology for the cloud which are: no vendor lock-ins, larger number of available software, high flexibility to change providers etc.

The article can be found at: http://blog.univention.com/open-source-cloud-services/

 

Forlinx industrial OK335xD single board computer now is launched

Forlinx, an embedded systems design and manufacturing company based in Hebei province in China, has announced OK335xD industrial single board computer powered by Texas Instruments Sitara AM335X processor, and which appears to be a high-end boards  more ports. Potential applications include communication devices, medical equipment, automotive computers, control panels, data acquisition devices, industrial control, industrial automation equipment, and more.

Forlinx_OK335xDOK335xD single board computer is composed of a CPU module (FET335xD), and a baseboard simply called “OK335xD Base Board”.

Listed specifications for FET335xD computer-on-module:

  • SoC – Texas Instruments Sitara AM3354 Cortex A8 processor @ 800MHz with PowerVR SGX530 GPU
  • System Memory – 512MB DDR3
  • Storage – 256MB SLC NAND Flash
  • Interfaces available via CoM connector:
    • 1x USB 2.0 Host; 1x USB2.0 OTG
    • Ethernet Dual Gigabit Ethernet
    • 3x MMC
    • 3x I2C, 2x SPI, 6x UART / IrDA
    • Various GPIO pins
    • 8x ADC
    • 2x CAN
    • LCD Interface
  • Misc – Watchdog (SP706SEN)
  • Power Supply – 5V; PMU – TPS65217C
  • Dimension – 46mm x 70mm
  • Temperature Range – -40℃~+85℃ (Operating)

Features listed for OK335xD baseboard:

  • Processor/Memory/Storage – Via FET335xD CoM
  • External Storage – 1x SD/SDHC card slot up to 32GB
  • Display
    • LCD interface with optional 4.3″, 5″, 7″, 8″, 10.4″ resistive or capacitive displays with various resolutions (480×272, 800×480, 800×600).
    • VGA is supported via an optional LCD to VGA board
  • Audio – 1x headphone jack, 1x MIC jack, 1x Line IN
  • Connectivity – 1x Gigabit Ethernet, connector for external SDIO Wi-Fi module
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB device port
  • Serial Ports
    • 3x Serial Port (2x RS232, 1x TTL)
    • 1x RS485 (Horizontal connectors with isolation protection)
    • 1x CAN (Horizontal connectors with isolation protection)
  • Other Expansion Headers
    • “BUS” header with 12-Bit address bus, 16-bit data bus
    • “I2C” header with 2x I2C
    • “SPI” header with 1x SPI,  1x PWM?
    • “AD” header with 8x ADC (4 for resistive touching, and 4 for user),
  • Debugging – JTAG connector
  • Misc – 4x LED, 6x user keys, 1x reset switch, 1x power switch, 1x boot switch (SD or NAND boot), on-board RTC
  • Power Supply – 5V
  • Power Consumption – 1.35W in standalone mode; 3.5 W to 5W with 7″ LCD in various scenario.
  • Dimensions – 190 x 130 mm
  • Temperature Range – -40℃~+85℃ (Operating), except the RTC chip.

Forlinx provides BSPs for Android 4.2,  Linux 3.2, and WinCE 6.0 / 7.0 with several drivers for each operating systems,and documentation and source code are available. You can find a little more information and/or contact the company for details on www.forlinx.net.

 

 

Interbrand top-100, Huawei becomes the first Chinese brand on the list

Inter-brand released the 15th annual Best Global Brands on Oct. 9, and a Chinese company broke into the list for the first time throughout history.

Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications and transmission network equipment manufacturer and the world's third largest smartphone provider was listed No. 94 and is one of five new entrants on the Best Global Brands ranking this year. Maybe Huawei is more of a household name in Asia than in Western markets, but it has got its popularity and reputation globally with its rapid growth and long-term investments and earned its place in this year' Best Global Brands ranking.

Focused on innovation and aggressive globalization, Huawei strategically utilizes its resources in accordance with market demand. Huawei is quickly becoming one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment manufacturers with 65% of its revenue coming from outside of China.

Proved its strategy is prosperous, this transnational networking and telecommunications company is rapidly becoming the market leader in Latin America and Central Asia, and a major player in Canada. With the new marketing approach--getting closer to more customers which is to support its ambitions, the brand has recently launched a more consumer-friendly face. Its work that cooperated with telecom operators around the world is being leveraged as a way to show how much impact Huawei has on the world they live in. with these customers in mind, Huawei plans to eliminate 80% of the low-cost Mobile device this year. The goal is to develop products to meet consumer demand, instead of meet the minimum costs and operational specifications. Huawei's star product line—Ascend is clearly shows that the company is trying to change their image in the mobile phone market, transform low-cost alternatives into a more advanced one. With smart phone sales volume go up since the first quarter of 2014, and the current 20% global market share is in the best brands place, Huawei is at its full speed and making its mark to the world.

 

Whether the SSN4EGS411 and SSND00EGS412 are the same board?

In Huawei optical transmission boards, SSN4 is equal to SSND00, and generally speaking, the same boards that display different product name have the same feature code, like SSN4SL6402 and SSND00SL6402. But When it comes to Huawei service board SSN4EGS411 and SSND00EGS412, some customers are misguided and some customers are asking that whether we delivered the wrong model of board to them, because In huawei BOQ, it is show as SSND00EGS412, here version code is ND00, feature code is 412; But in board front panel, it show as SSN4EGS411, here verison code is N4, but feature code is 411. Actually they are the same board.
To avoid this confuse, we suggest when ordering a EGS4 board, it better to comment with a optical specification behind like: (1000BASE-LX).

For example, when you are about to order a SSN4EGS411 board, you must select maybe you will choose configuration(slots and transmission range etc.) like as follow:

111

After you selected the configuration of this board, it will appear message box like this:

333

The product name shows as SSND00EGS412. But the product name that shows on the board is SSN4EGS411.

222

So when you buy this model of board later, you won’t be confused again.

For more information about Huawei optical transmission boards or buy Huawei transmission network equipments, please visit our site or contact with: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

StorPool – A Toolkit for Cloud Application Providers

StorPool is a software defined storage solution targeted at cloud application and infrastructure providers. The software runs on a cluster of commodity servers, aggregating the internal storage of those servers into a shared volume. The solution, for now, is only compatible with Linux based systems. For many online application or cloud providers this should not be an issue.

What makes the StorPool solution unique is the flexibility that permeates every aspect of the product. For example, many converged solutions require a lockstep addition of storage and compute. Each time you need to add capacity or processing power you have to buy both, in the form of another server, fully loaded. Most data centers, especially service providers, don’t scale that way. There are times when they need to scale just the compute aspects of their infrastructures and others where they simply need more storage.

StorPool customers can use a converged infrastructure when the data center needs both compute and storage resources. But, if one is needed more than the other, the organization can add dedicated storage nodes or dedicated clients (hosts with no storage). This ability to mix and match between converged, dedicated compute or dedicated storage is rare.

Read more at Storage Switzerland.

 

Enterprises are Moving to the Cloud

Cloud computing is growing rapidly. Businesses are moving to the cloud at an ever-increasing rate for many reasons. The agile ability to access applications from anywhere, anytime is a huge advantage for professionals. Dramatic cost savings are achieved by eliminating expensive hardware and software purchases, upkeep, and IT staff funding. Budgets are even improved by a reduction in overall power and utility bills when switching to the cloud. Many companies who have yet to make the switch are wondering if it will be worthwhile for them to consider.

Microsoft has recently announced that they will be ending support for the Server 2003 operating system. While this did not come as a shock to most, it most certainly served as a wake-up call. There are an estimated 2.6 million hot closets housing a Server 2003 operating system in businesses around the globe, and all will need to migrate over the next 8 months. The businesses will be faced with the decision: purchase brand new expensive hardware or look for an alternative solution at a much more affordable monthly rate. Cloud adoption is expected to climb dramatically during this time period as the hosted solution is more and more feasible, reliable, and secure.

As more and more businesses adopt cloud hosting services, studies and surveys are being conducted to determine satisfaction rates. Software as a Service (Saas) implementation is a huge decision for a company to make and therefore professionals are looking for the opinions of others who have already made the move. TechRepublic recently conducted a study of existing SaaS users, and the results were staggering. 91% of professionals surveyed report that their cloud computing solutions have either met or exceeded expectations.

These results are quite encouraging for businesses of all sizes who are considering making the move to the cloud. Software hosting is proving to be just as advertised and is benefiting businesses across the board. Many versions of business critical applications are available in the cloud. From SAP to your CRM of choice, QuickBooks hosting or Sage 50 hosting, all enterprise apps imaginable can be found in the cloud. This new data should help professionals make the decision to adopt a hosted software platform for their company's applications and data.

 

Wearable Electronics Market - Latest Technology Research Report and Industry Analysis, 2014 - 2020

Wearable electronics are accessories with advanced electronic technologies. Wearable devices are worn on the body, which enable wireless networking and mobile computing. These devices enable end-users to integrate computer in their daily activity and use technology to take advantage of advanced features and characteristics. Wearable electronics devices include product such as smart goggles, finger worn scanners, wrist wears such as wrist bands and electronics watches, foot wears namely fitness and sport shoes and athletic shoes, and others products such as neck-wear and head bands. Increasing proliferation of smart watches and smart glasses and their ability to share data with smart-phone are expected to drive the growth of wearable electronics market over the forecast period. However, high initial cost of these devices will restrict the growth of this market to some extent.

Read More @ http://www.transparencymarketresearch.com/wearable-electronics-market.html

The wearable electronics market can be segmented into four major types into components, product, applications, and technology. The wearable electronics market can be segmented on the basis of types of components into seven major categories namely networking and positioning components, power supply components, sensing components, optoelectronic and display component, controls components and interface components.

On the basis of product the wearable electronics market can be segment into six categories namely wrist-wear, eye-wear, body-wear, foot-wear, neck wear and others (head-wear and finger wear). The wearable electronics market can be segmented on the basis of size of applications into four categories which include healthcare application, consumer application, industrial applications and commercial applications. On the basis of technology the market can be segmented into six categories namely display technologies, computing technologies, positioning technologies, networking technologies, speech recognition technology and sensor technologies. The market can also be segmented geographically into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Rest of the World (Latin America, Middle East and Africa).

Some of the key drivers of this market include increasing demand for sophisticated gadgets with advanced features, enhanced adoption of wearable electronic products in new applications and shifting trend towards communication and networking technologies for wearable electronics, which are the biggest revenue generators for wearable electronics market. The key restraints to this market are high initial cost, privacy concerns, and poor consumption, which are hindering the growth of this market.

Some of the key players in the wearable electronics market are Apple Inc., Adidas AG, Google Inc., AT & T Inc., Glassup SRL, Epson Corporation, Imprint Energy Inc., Infineon Technologies AG, Nike Inc., Shimmer Research Inc. and weartech S.L among others. 

 

A low cost industrial single board computer base on TI Sitara AM335X processor

Forlinx Embedded(http://www.forlinx.net/), a company based in Baoding, Hebei, China specializing in embedded systems design and manufacturing, has recently launched OK335xS-II single board computer powered by Texas Instruments AM335x SoC which should be “the cheapest industrial Cortex-A8 board in history” as it sells for as low as 298 RMB or about $49.
Forlinx_OK335xS-IIOK335xS-II board is comprised of a baseboard and a CPU module soldered to the base board with the following specifications:
SoC – Texas Instruments AM335X ARM Cortex-A8 processor @ 800MHz with PowerVR SGX530 GPU
System Memory – 128M DDR3 + micro SD slot
Storage – 256MB SLC NAND Flash
Display I/F – LCD interface with support for LCD to LVDS and LCD to VGA, and resistive touchscreen interface
Connectivity – 1x 100M Ethernet
USB – 1x USB 2.0 host, 1x mini USB 2.0 device
Serial – 5x serial port (1x debug interface, 4x TTL port)
Expansions headers – 5 headers with access to
7x AD (2x for user, 1x for slide rheostat, 4x for resistive touch)
1x I2C, 1x SPI
1x I2S
2x CAN
3x PWM(1x backlight, 1x buzzer, 1x user expansion)
8x GPIOs
Misc – 2x LEDs, 3x user keys, boot and reset key, boot switch, battery for external RTC chip
Power Supply – 5V
Dimensions – 52 x 42mm (CPU module); 104.2 x 81 mm (Baseboard)
Operating Temperature Range – -40℃ to +85 ℃
Relative Humidity – 10%~90%
what 's more, 4.3”, 5”, 7”, 8”, and 10.4” LCD could be provided to work with the board, Wi-Fi can be added via SDIO or USB, and the boot switch is used to select between NAND or SD card boot.
Both Linux 3.2 and Win CE6.0 are supported, and the board apparently sells pre-loaded with Linux 3.2. WinCE OS will be officially released soon. “abundant documentation” with Linux and WinCE software manual, a Qt development guide, and various sample programs are provided. 

For more details, please visit www.forlinx.net.

 

Why application hosting?

I have often faced questions like: what application hosting means and how it becomes handy to small and mid sized business?  It is a common concept, but will be very difficult to understand if not given correct definitions. Let me try to explain it thoroughly.

       

                                               

Firstly, you should keep in your mind Application Hosting as ASP (Application Service Provider), SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), On-Demand software, or simply Outsourcing of your few IT needs.  Though all of these keywords are correlated, they are not completely interchangeable, but the concept is the basically the same and fairly simple.

 

What Does Application Hosting Mean?

 

Application hosting is a software application distribution system where your application - CRM, tax and accounting application or other custom applications, are maintained and managed by a qualified service provider and made available to you, as a service over the Internet.  So, it means that your applications are not going to reside on your in-house setup, it is going to be installed on the servers of hosting provider. The application can be easily accessed and shared by your company staffs, through a web browser. So, in the case of application hosting, the software hosting vendor is responsible for 24X7support, maintenance, installations, upgrades and security.

 

What is a standard hosting Provider?

 

The major characteristics of a  standard application hosting provider is a company that has either developed the application and/or is certified by a software manufacturer. The major core benefit of having a standard hosting provider is that they have extensive working experience on related technologies and they know all the ins and outs.  They know exactly how to make the application work and are able to support you with best available practices.

 

What are the Highlights of a standard hosting:

 

With an excellent hosting service, you should get the following:

  • Efficient backup practices to ensure data integrity

  • Instant setup and migration

  • Easy to use

  • Reduced cost with software, infrastructure and IT staff

  • 24X7 technical support

  • Automatic and frequent upgrades

  • Ability to adopt new technologies

 

What are the major Benefits:

The major benefit of application hosting is that you have a common platform for your practices instead of having separate desktops for each individuals. This helps you to share a common data base to each, improving your team collaboration and overall productivity.  In addition, you will get:

  • Sharing the information at a single platform

  • Enhanced company image and customer loyalty

  • Reduced costs and increased revenue

 

What kind of business entities look to host?

 

Since, application hosting is adopted a general practice, small and medium sized businesses are more aggressive to go ahead. Tax and Accounting firms have adopted application hosting as their core platform. QuickBooks hosting provider helps them to solve their purpose. 

 

Free Office Suites that Cut The Mustard

Microsoft Office still dominates market share of office suites. Businesses have often rejected free Office alternatives. However, whether this will continue is uncertain. With the cost of a price plan for Microsoft Office, the average home user or small business will welcome a free alternative. Fortunately, there are some truly excellent free alternatives available for Linux (and other operating systems). Not all of the office suites featured here are released under an open source license, but they are all free to download and use without charge.

<A HREF="http://www.linuxlinks.com/article/20140824033911347/FreeOfficeSuites.html">Complete story</A>

 
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