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)
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)
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)
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
- Ensure the system key is encrypted at start-up
- Ensure you plan for load balancing in case an instance goes down. Ensure
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
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)