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As 2014 draws to an end we lay out our top 5 predictions for the Sync, Share and Collaboration Market for 2015. The SME EFSS white paper gave a good view of the Enterprise File Share and Sync Market for 2014 and below we lay out our top 5 predictions for the Sync, Share and Collaboration Market for 2015: 1. Enterprises will look to adopt hybrid cloud services that aggregated on-premise and cloud services: Enterprises, and most companies, use a myriad of on-premise and on-cloud services. Almost all of these services now store data either in the form of attachments or direct use of storage. Companies will embrace solutions that work with what they have. 2. Solutions  that can be deployed on premise as well as in a range of clouds will be attractive to strategically thinking companies. Not everything will end up on Cloud and for bigger companies they will act as their o... (more)

Using GigaSpaces XAP as a DataGrid or Distributed Data Cache

Although version 7.0 of the Enterprise version of GigaSpaces XAP contains much more than just DataGrid or Caching, for many customer the need for reduced latency and increased performance as well as contention reduction is pressing and for these customers these needs are often a pre-cursor to their first foray into using GigaSpaces. I recently received a set of slide from the GigaSpaces Deputy CTO, Shay Hassidim, which I though were worth posting as they not only go through some of the use cases for Caching and DataGrid but they also show the topologies and patterns that can be u... (more)

Amazon S3 vs Amazon EBS on the Elastic Cloud

Amazon Elastic Block Storage (Amazon EBS) is a new type of storage designed specifically for Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EBS allows you to create volumes that can be mounted as devices by EC2 instances. Amazon EBS volumes behave as if they were raw unformatted external hard drives and can be formatted using a file system such as ext3 (Linux) or NTFS (Windows) and mounted on an EC2 instance; files are accessed through the file system . They have user supplied device names and provide a block device interface. For a 20 GB volume, Amazon estimates an annual failure rate for EBS volu... (more)

How to Secure Your Data in the Cloud in 2014

The recent PRISM Data snooping controversies have heightened almost every companies awareness of the potential vulnerabilities of data stored off-premise in the Cloud. Many Cloud Storage companies talk about encrypting data ‘at rest' but the real issue is that the storage companies control the encryption rather than the company whose data is stored controlling the private key. Ask yourself these questions? Are you comfortable not controlling your own file encryption? Do you have sensitive data you wish to store in the cloud that you do not want to have your file sharing vendor ... (more)

Jim Liddle's Symbian Blog: MIDP on Dangers Hiptop Phone

MIDP on Dangers Hiptop Phone (which is now available in UK on TMobile) According to Danger, MIDP support for the hiptop is supposed to be out "Real Soon Now" but a specific date has not been pylbished yet. MIDP support will get sent out to all current subscribers as an Over the air update. For those considering porting MIDP applications or programming for the Hiptop you could do no worse than check out the Sun Developer Netword article here. ... (more)