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The Year in Review It has been some year in the world of Cloud and Cloud Storage in particular. We witnessed the demise of Nirvanix, as well as the revelations of Edward Snowdon outlining the surveillance of the PRISM surveillance program and the alleged collusion with major US Service providers. Amidst all of this the behemoth that is Amazon continued to move forwards apace and continuing to add new services and reduce pricing. There has been space in the market for new vendors such as Dump Truck, which launched almost exactly 1 year ago, and Copy, both of which predominantly offer services aimed at the consumer market. Many new Enterprise cloud storage services were launched in 2013 such as Verizon, EMC, Colt Telecom, Lenovo showing that vendors anticipate a huge enterprise demand for cloud related services from their incumbent customers. The OpenStack open source... (more)

Understanding Straight-Through Processing - A technical overview

Straight-Through Processing (STP) is a term associated with workflow and business process management technologies. STP is the automation of a process flow, from invocation to execution. STP allows the seamless and accurate transactional exchange of information electronically. It can involve many different information stores and parties within the process flow, and it reduces the need for human intervention. STP is often associated with the financial services and securities industry, as this is where its use has been prevalent, due to a change in legislation (Rule 15c6-1) by the ... (more)

Taking The Mobile Web on Vacation

Jim Liddle's Symbian Blog Really excellent article here by Gary Price about services that can be of use when you are travelling with a mobile - I've reproduced a tiny portion of this below, but this is a class article and I would urge you to check it out. Many airlines also offer tracking information on the mobile web. Some even offer notification services to alert you, family, friends, whomever, to delays, cancellations and other information. Amtrak will automatically recognise mobile browsers and let you use them to make reservations. National Rail Enqui... (more)

Is Amazon EC2 As a Platform Secure?

Amazon Cloud Journal on Ulitzer Following on from my last post, Securing Applications on the Amazon Elastic Cloud, One of the biggest questions I often see asked is “Is Amazon EC2 as a platform secure”? This is like saying is my vanilla network secure?  As you do to your internal network you can take some steps to make the environment as secure as you can, such as: - First read the Amazon Security Whitepaper and the Amazon discussion of Security processes - Ensure the system key is encrypted at start-up - Ensure you plan for load balancing in case an instance goes down. Ensure ... (more)

Retail Banks - Dinosaurs in an Online World

I had some interesting (sic) experiences with two separate banks with regards to two business accounts that we keep with each recently. The problem highlighted two issues that were both in some ways intertwined: False positive flagging of online transactions Identity Management between bank departments First let me set the scenario. I am CEO of Storage Made Easy, a business that can be categorized (in bank speak) as an online internet business. We are a business that spends a fair amount on online advertising through various different channels and who also uses best of breed onlin... (more)