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"The launch of Cloud Drive, Cloud Player for Web and Cloud Player for Android eliminates the need for constant software updates as well as the use of thumb drives and cables to move and manage music," said Bill Carr, VP of Movies and Music at Amazon.com as he announced the launch of Amazon Cloud Drive (www.amazon.com/clouddrive), Amazon Cloud Player for Web (www.amazon.com/cloudplayer) and Amazon Cloud Player for Android (www.amazon.com/cloudplayerandroid). "We're excited to take this leap forward in the digital experience," Carr added. In a move certain to adversely impact iTunes, Amazon.com customers can easily upload their music library to Amazon Cloud Drive and can save any new Amazon MP3 purchases directly to their Amazon Cloud Drive for free. The charismatic CTO of Amazon.com, Werner Vogels - shown here standing next to International Cloud Expo conference chair... (more)

Europe's IT Commissioner Announces European Cloud Partnership Initiative

"The cloud has the capacity to make lives easier for many of us, including the smallest of businesses. But to achieve that requires us to take many different policy areas and really test them to make sure they are as cloud-compatible as they can be." Writing in her official capacity as Europe's Commissioner for the Internet - and therefore as Czarina of the 'Digital Agenda' of the European Union - Commissioner Neelie Kroes (pictured) has just announced a brand new initiative on cloud computing – the European Cloud Partnership. As Vice-President of the European Commission, Kroes's cloud klout is enormous. She has championed Europe's Digital Agenda with great passion since she took office and has a popular Twitter account (@NeelieKroesEU) with nearly 35,000 followers. Writing in her office blog, Commissioner Kroes reports how she attended the World Economic Forum in D... (more)

500 Paramount Films Coming to YouTube

You’ll soon be able to rent nearly 500 Paramount Pictures films via YouTube and Google Play, thanks to a newly signed licensing agreement between the two companies. Many of those films, including The Godfather trilogy, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Hugo, are now available to Internet users in the U.S. and Canada. Others will be rolled out over the next few months, says Google. Read the full story at Mashable Read more Top Stories ... (more)

Announcing AIC to Exhibit at @CloudExpo 2015 New York [#Cloud #CloudExpo]

SYS-CON Events announced today that AIC, a leading provider of OEM/ODM server and storage solutions, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 16th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. AIC is a leading provider of both standard OTS, off-the-shelf, and OEM/ODM server and storage solutions. With expert in-house design capabilities, validation, manufacturing and production, AIC's broad selection of products are highly flexible and are configurable to any form factor or custom configuration. AIC leads the industry with nearly 20 years of experience in mechanical, electronic, system-level engineering as well as a dedication to product innovation and customer support. Headquartered in Taiwan, AIC has offices and operations throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. For more information, please visit  http://ww... (more)

Web 2.0 Journal: Sun Awarded 2006 IDEA by Industrial Designers Society of America and BusinessWeek

Sun Microsystems has announced that its ground-breaking family of workstations and servers earned an Industrial Design Excellence Award (IDEA). Sun's Ultra Series Workstations, and the Sun Fire X4100 servers and the Sun Fire T2000 server with CoolThreads technology received a combined Bronze award in the Design Strategy category. Co-sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the awards represent a celebration of the best and most innovative product designs of the year. This is the third IDEA win for Sun. "Because Sun is focused on delivering system solutions to our customers, our primary objective was to design our products to work together seamlessly with emphasis on convenience to the user. For this reason, we're delighted to have the jury recognize our products for design strategy," said Phil Yurkonis of Sun's User ... (more)

Wikipedia Nixes "Enterprise 2.0"

(August 19, 2066) - This week's remarkable deletion, from Wikipedia, of the useful colloquy "Enterprise 2.0" coined by a Harvard Business School professor (Andrew McAfee, pictured) and popularized by Web 2.0 Journal editor-in-chief Dion Hinchcliffe - has set the cat among the pigeons. When someone as eminent as Prof. Andrew McAfee, who first coined the term in March 2006, is writing articles in the MIT Sloan Management Review entitled "Enterprise 2.0: The Dawn of Emergent Collaboration", then it is surely an odd time for Wikipedia, of all reference sources, to be suggesting that there's no consensus on the value or meaning of such a term. McAfee is an associate professor with the Technology and Operations Management Unit at Harvard Business School, so he is no lightweight. His HBS faculty blog gave an early account of the nixing on Thursday. The most insightful view o... (more)

Social Computing Will Turn the Web World Upside Down

Since most any two words can and will be put together in this world, what with us being Homo Loquens and all, it is easy just to shrug when you hear new colloquies like 'social software,' 'social networking' or 'social computing' and dismiss them as just three more inevitable permutations in a world of whirling words and phrases. But this time, trust me, things are different. I would go so far as to say that "social computing," far from being just a random word-combo along the lines of wannabe duos like "air walking," "base jumping," "text messaging" and suchlike, is that fabled "New New Thing" (a reference to Michael Lewis's invaluable book of that name, documenting Netscape's Jim Clark's serial webpreneurship in the heady days of the Internet Boom 1.0). In other words, Social Computing is about to turn the Web world upside down. Before I explain how and why, let us ju... (more)

The Impact of Web 2.0 on Big, Successful Companies

The Impact of Web 2.0 on Big, Successful Companies Rich Internet Applications and their related business models are inherently a more efficient way of creating and delivering software. With these models, start-ups can crash a $1B market and quickly take $100M of market share. Great – unless it was your $1B market, right? Developers building products with an existing franchise, as well as those seeking to establish market power, have opportunities and risks. What will it take to remain competitive and what do we need to focus on to become market and product leaders in Web 2.0? Speaker Bios: Rowan leads the development of Symantec’s industry-leading solutions. An active member of the IEEE, he holds patents in computer security and operating systems maintenance. Nilofer and her Rubicon team have launched nearly 100 products, created five developer platforms, ... (more)

End Users Don’t Give A Shit About Web 2.0

I don’t believe in adopting stuff just because, and outside of the iPod Touch I have (and I still can’t around to buying an iPhone), I use what works. That’s why I still don’t believe the hype of Web 2.0. ... (more)

1938Media Starts Posting for HP

Loren Feldman at 1938Media is one of the best Internet video producers I've seen.  Provactive commentary on Internet culture - especially Web 2.0.  He just started a new gig yesterday producing videos for the Huffington Post.  Don't expect to find much about storage on Loren's posts, but you can expect to be educated and stimulated by his direct, honest approach. ... (more)

Socialtext Adds Twitter-like “Signals” And a Desktop AIR App

In yet another sign that this will be the year of the activity stream, Socialtext is adding a Twitter-like message stream to its enterprise wiki/workspace service, The new feature is called Socialtext Signals, and it appears both as a widget in the Socialtext dashboard and as a standalone desktop app built on Adobe AIR. Socialtext Signals is essentially an enterprise version of Twitter, much like Yammer. Employees within a company can micro-message each other without competitors or the rest of the world snooping. They will see only the messages of the co-workers they are following. In addition to the 140-character messaging between co-workers (the “signals”), there is also an “activity” tab. This generates a micro-message every time a person you are following takes an action inside Socialtext, such as creating a wiki page, writing a blog post, or making a comment.... (more)

CloudEXPO Stories
92% of enterprises are using the public cloud today. As a result, simply being in the cloud is no longer enough to remain competitive. The benefit of reduced costs has normalized while the market forces are demanding more innovation at faster release cycles. Enter Cloud Native! Cloud Native enables a microservices driven architecture. The shift from monolithic to microservices yields a lot of benefits - but if not done right - can quickly outweigh the benefits. The effort required in monitoring, tracing, circuit breakers, routing, load balancing, etc. for thousands of microservices can become overwhelming. This talk will address strategies to run & manage microservices from 0 to 60 using Istio and other tools in a cloud native world.
It's clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. That means serverless is also changing the way we leverage public clouds. Truth-be-told, many enterprise IT shops were so happy to get out of the management of physical servers within a data center that many limitations of the existing public IaaS clouds were forgiven. However, now that we've lived a few years with public IaaS clouds, developers and CloudOps pros are giving a huge thumbs down to the constant monitoring of servers, provisioned or not, that's required to support the workloads.
In very short order, the term "Blockchain" has lost an incredible amount of meaning. With too many jumping on the bandwagon, the market is inundated with projects and use cases that miss the real potential of the technology. We have to begin removing Blockchain from the conversation and ground ourselves in the motivating principles of the technology itself; whether it is consumer privacy, data ownership, trust or even participation in the global economy, the world is faced with serious problems that this technology could ultimately help us in at least partially solving. But if we do not unpack what is real and what is not, we can lose sight of the potential.
Serveless Architectures brings the ability to independently scale, deploy and heal based on workloads and move away from monolithic designs. From the front-end, middle-ware and back-end layers, serverless workloads potentially have a larger security risk surface due to the many moving pieces. This talk will focus on key areas to consider for securing end to end, from dev to prod. We will discuss patterns for end to end TLS, session management, scaling to absorb attacks and mitigation techniques.
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addresses many of the challenges faced by developers and operators as monolithic applications transition towards a distributed microservice architecture. A tracing tool like Jaeger analyzes what's happening as a transaction moves through a distributed system. Monitoring software like Prometheus captures time-series events for real-time alerting and other uses. Grafeas and Kritis provide security polic...