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Enterprise File Sync and Share is being embraced by more and more enterprise companies and this article look at the must have features that should be demanded from an Enterprise Sync and Share vendor. Go hybrid, private or cloud: An enterprise will likely have different topologies and...
With recent high profile data breaches companies should ensure they have the five following file governance policies in place in their company to secure their file assets. Ensure that an Identity Management policy is in-place, is clear, and if one exists that it is validated and check...
I’ve been working in small and large software startups for the last 20 years and currently have the privilege of being the CEO of a startup, Storage Made Easy, for the last 3 years. With the advent of 2015 I have not doubt that there will be many people considering whether to take t...
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 Collaborati...
Uncontrolled file sharing can have a big effect on companies and enterprises. This post outlines 5 ways such file sharing can hurt the business. Not knowing what potentially sensitive company information is being shared can have a big effect on your Company. Sharing sensitive product ...
One of the interesting things about the last 12-18 months is how the Cloud has put power into the hands of consumers. What I mean by this is, imagine the following scenario in the world pre-cloud: "A user buys some software via the Internet or shrink-wrapped. It arrives and they insta...
This post discusses the new vendors that are presenting ways of aggregating and managing public cloud data. As storing data in the cloud becomes increasingly more normal users will increasingly find themselves in the position of needing to access different types of data regularly. To...
With Virtualization becoming intertwined with cloud computing it is worth taking a step back and looking once again what virtualisation is, and is not. Virtualization and Emulation are often compared, but there are a set of important differences. Emulation provides the functionality of...
It’s often said that the Cloud will be a game changer and disruptive and that statement is put out there for the future but I believe we have already seen a huge example of this in the mobile telecommunications domain.  We have seen in the last twelve months the beginning of a fundamen...
We’re hosting an event in the city of London on 11th November which is focused on practical implementations of public, private and hybrid clouds. We have speakers from British American Tobacco and Razorfish discussing implementations of private and hybrid clouds as well as GigaSpaces d...
 It is great enthusing about the benefits of Cloud Computing, but what are the consequences when it goes wrong ? Of course, there are different levels of  ’going wrong’. We have often publicised outages from the likes of Amazon and Google, but given the publicised SLA’s of each some do...
I did a combined honours degree in Computer Science and History and have always retained an interest in history, particulalry British, American, and religious history which was what I studied.  After all, to try and understand the present, one has to fully understand the past.  I belie...
The Dell Mini I use with OSX has the US keyboard layout, but a friend of mine layout and had a pr0blem that after his OSX instal, he could not get the backslash symbol to work using the key immediately to the right had side of the space bar. It comes up as ` instead. I eventually fixed...
In a 15-page complaint to the FTC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (Epic) said recent reports suggested Google did not adequately protect the data it obtained. It cited vulnerabilities that revealed users’ data in its Gmail webmail service, Google Docs online word processing ...
What does it take to make a Cloud Computing infrastructure enterprise ready ? Well, as always, this probably depends on the use case, but support for real-time scaling and SLA support must figure highly. Software that purports to scale the applications on the cloud is not new, have a l...
Some of the key things to think about when putting your application on the cloud are discussed below. Cloud computing is relatively new, and best practice is still being established. However we can learn from earlier technologies and concepts such as utility compute, SaaS, outsourcing ...
I tend to do quite a lot of presentations so was keen to get the Dell Mini with OSX ready for being able to plug into projectors and external monitors. Given the Dell’s unique display resolution this proved to be a bit of a problem, but the solution proved to be fairly simple. If...
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 ma...
In this post I will walk you through the high level of securing a normal tiered application running on EC2. First I will cover the basics of what EC2 provides and then briefly discuss how this can be used in a real life scenario. For Network security EC2 provides a security groups, s...
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...
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-cu...
Well people at the Cisco booth at a recent event seem to have the answer….or not
I love this image form Information Age, because it is so true. Recession was just what the IT needed to stimulate innovation and use of innovative products and technologies. See my two prior posts on this topic, “What to do during a recession ? Innovate !” and “Fear k...
There are two main issues I had with the 10.5.8 update: 1. The Battery showed that it was on Power even when it was not connected 2. Sleep stopped working I wasn’t to worried about the first issue, and did not want to waste time resolving it so I just installed slim battery (whic...
Sarkozy, the French leader, is all on his own it seems in wanting to restrict bankers bonuses, creating a campaign to ‘moralise capitalism’. He has forced French banks to agree to a code of conduct by threatening to pull French government business if they don’t agree....
My wife bought me a Dell Mini 9 8.9″ netbook for my birthday so of course the first thing I looked at last weekend was how to take off Windoze and put on Mac OSX Leopard. Firstly to check the compatibility chat of Netbook functionality with the Mac OSX Hackintosh Project. Signs w...
Everyone looses USB Drives….all the time……so it makes sense to ensure that any data you have on the drive cannot be accessed.  The cheaper USB Drives do not have encryption built in but here is a nice way you can achieve this on a Mac: 1. Fire Up Disk Utility and crea...
I’m currently reading an interesting book called ‘Real Options: Managing Strategic Investment in an Uncertain World’. A theme of the book is that having flexibility and options create value and that therefore such factors need to be taken into account as much as any R...
The Slides I presented at the Gaming Scalability event on the 9th July can be viewed below: GigaSpaces Advantage For Gaming Platforms View more presentations from jimliddle.
I’ll be presenting at the first Gaming Scalability meet up in the UK on 9th July at 11.40 on the GigaSpaces ‘Space Based Gaming Advantage’. The event is now fully subscribed but videos from the event will be posted online by SkillsMatter and I’ll post the presen...
I found out today that if you are looking to get a conservatory you should do so this year as next year the government are putting legislation in place that makes them more expensive as they have to be insulated the same as the rest of your house. What the bloody hell has it to do with...
When I am dealing with customers and Partners it never ceases to amaze me how innovative many of  the solutions and products, that have GigaSpaces embedded, are. I thought it would be well worth a quick review of some of these: ActivePivot: ActivePivot™ by Quartet is a real time object...
If you are a Mac user and want to take advantage of some of the API tools for Salesforce.com then have a look at: Maildrop - Great utility that allows you to post emails to Accounts or Support cases from Entourage or the default Mac Mail App. You can download it here. SFDCFuse - This ...
One of the really strong points of the GigaSpaces technology is the strength of the client interoperability. As well as being fully interoperable with .Net and C++ (and if you are interested in these technologies I would suggest you check out the C++ article here and the .Net articles ...
The latest cloud enabled application using the GigaSpaces EC2 cloud tools went live on Facebook yesterday. This is a Facebook application built by Advanced Gaming Labs. The application is the first completely multi-player global Casino Application that runs exclusively on the Cloud and...
In my prior post I posted the slides from the  London Amazon Web Services event. The video of the Orbyte presentation about their GigaSpaces built Trading solution is now available and can be viewed below or from this link. Cédric Roll - ORbyte Solutions - AWS Start-up Event - 28-04-2...
        I will be speaking at the Online gaming high scalability special interest group in London on 9th July. Registration for this event is now open, but be quick because there is already only 44 tickets left. My session is entitled “The space base gaming advantage” and ...