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ShellShock, WireLurker, Drupal, the list goes on

In the last few months we've seen a deluge of zero-day vulnerability disclosures - ShellShock, WireLurker, Drupal, the list goes on. While it’s vital that these bugs are discovered and organisations warned of the risks, making sure they're subsequently patched is often easier said than done. Microsoft Azure is a case in point as, last week, it suffered global system outages caused by a glitch in a performance update to its cloud storage service.cloud money WEB2o6ji

First e-commerce Sale

It’s 20 years to the day, since NetMarket claimed they conducted the very first secure retail transaction via the internet (on the cloud although it wasnt called that) - the sale of the Album “Ten Summer’s Tales” by Sting. It’s contentious whether this really was the first secure transaction via the web, but it’s the event which the media remembers as ‘the one’.. This set the stage for the development of ecommerce and online shopping to the level we know today. The rest is fluffy and history!

Here’s a brief timeline of the major shifts and developments in ecommerce or the use of the cloud ( for selling) and the opportunities offered in logistics and vendors and resellers over the past 20 years:

3PLcartooncomplete

The channel that has emerged around selling on line.

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Dutch & UK Offer Customers International Connectivity

Kaia Global Networks & EvoSwitch to Offer Customers International Connectivity

Co-location, IP Transit Service in Europe and the US

A new collaboration between the Dutch company EvoSwitch & Kaia Global Networks this Latest partnership enables Netherlands customers to have direct access to all leading Internet Exchanges, World Class IP Transit and International network connectivity. Through this partnership, Kaia Global Networks is focused on delivering industry-leading solutions to EvoSwitch customers to support its backbone networks and to give access to their customers to the fastest, most secure and most reliable network.

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De Vere Group moves into the Cloud

DE VERE GROUP, one of the UK’s leading independent hotel and hospitality chains have signed a multi-million deal (over 3 years) with Manchester based ANS Group to move their corporate ‘backend’ into the Cloud.

It is believed that De Vere are the UK’s first leading independent hotel group to move it’s corporate IT infrastructure into the Cloud.

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Swivel Secure offering to Channel Partners

Swivel Secure Introduces flexible pricing for channel partners, shortens platform release cycle

 Swivel Secure, a tokenless authentication technology company has announces a number of operational changes that will deliver greater agility in its engagement with both customers and channel partners, Including month-by-month flexibility on pricing.

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IT software dealers and vendors over-estimation of Cloud computing SMEs

New research backed  shows surprisingly high proportion of senior business decision-makers and IT professionals still unclear about Cloud Computing Key perception that low cost will be the prime selling point & security threat will be big weakness is not backed up by research.

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New partners in VDI

New Partners In  Switzerland, France,UK, Ireland, Italy, And Norway Work With Atlantis ILIO To Accelerate Desktop Virtualisation Opportunities

Atlantis Computing a company involved  in Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) storage and performance optimisation solutions, today announced it has appointed a range of new partners to its VDI Solution Partner Programme in Europe.

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The Cloud Industry Forum profile

The Cloud Industry Forum (CIF) is an industry body that champions and advocates the adoption and use of Cloud-based services by businesses and individuals.

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European Enterprises Will Spend $8.2 Billion on Cloud Professional Services in 2015

New research from IDC shows that European enterprises are increasing their spending on consulting and migration to cloud very rapidly. IDC estimates that in 2015, $8.2 billion

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Ultra portable, web centric JoliBook

Out with stripped down netbooks,  cumbersome PCs and expensive laptops

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10 most likely threat scenarios that organisations face in cloud computing for the future

The Information Security Forum (ISF) Threat Horizon 2012 report, the rapid adoption of cloud computing 
The ISF has announced its predictions for the 10 most likely threat scenarios that organisations face in the future.

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Autotask Acquires CentraStage to offer SaaS Business Management

Autotask Corporation, a  provider of hosted IT business management technology, has agreed to acquire CentraStage, a  company specialising in cloud-based remote monitoring and management (RMM) solutions.

This acquisition will enable an offering of SAAS giving technology service providers and their clients increased efficiency and real-time visibility of endpoints to solve IT problems more efficiently, ultimately increasing customer scalability and profitability.

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Siemens Convergence Creators siriOSS® BCM is Tested and Ready to Run

Siemens Convergence Creators today announced Siemens Convergence Creators siriOSS® BCM is Tested and Ready to Run on Oracle Database that its siriOSS BCM

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Where's the value in Virtualisation?

Whilst European business continues to sit-tight on a growing mound of money in the bank, significant investment in IT still seems a long way off.

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Software as a service SAAS

We have all heard of SAAS, although you may not acknowledge that you are aware of it.

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Juniper Research has signalled an unprecedented interest in the mobile advertising space by key brands and agencies.

Annual Adspend on Mobile Channels to Reach $11 Billion by 2015

This follows the dramatic increase in mobile application usage in key markets and the growing penetration of smartphones with location aware and augmented reality (AR) capabilities. Global advertising expenditure on mobile delivery channels is expected to exceed $11 billion annually by 2015 – up from $3.1 billion this year – as campaigns seek to capitalise on the personalised, targeted advertising and high levels of user engagement that mobile has to offer.

How exactly resellers, retailers  and dealers will benefit is yet to be seen.

Juniper’s new Mobile Advertising Strategies report found that, in the wake of the surge in app downloads engendered by Apple’s App Store and other storefront launches, brands are seeking either to offer dynamic advertising in-app, or else – as with Barclaycard and Volkswagen – to create their own apps with the aim of increasing brand exposure and engagement.

Meanwhile, advertisers such as Starbucks and L’Oreal are making greater use of location-based campaigns, in which they geo-fence selected zones and to push messages to customers that enter those designated areas. However, the report cautioned that brands risked ignoring other, more established mobile distribution channels at their peril.

According to report author Dr Windsor Holden, “While smartphone apps can be extremely effective at generating brand visibility, they are by no means the optimal means of reaching the target demographic for every product – or for engaging with that demographic. In many instances, a simple, interactive, opt-in SMS-based campaign might be far more effective.” Other key findings from the report include: Increasing diversification within mobile ad networks is leading to the creation of dedicated premium/secondary premium networks and increasing role for ad exchanges Brands indicate that the mobile share of the digital budget will rise significantly in the medium term Ringback tone advertising is expected to become increasingly popular, primarily in developing/emerging markets The Mobile Advertising White Paper is available to download from the Juniper website together with further details of the study ' Mobile Advertising Strategies: Opportunities, Business Models & Forecasts 2010-2015’. Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary.

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P.A.A.S Platform as a service

“The capability provided to the consumer is to deploy onto the cloud infrastructure consumer-created or acquired applications, created using programming languages and tools supported by the provider,” according to NIST. This includes environments such as Microsoft’s Azure, or Salesforce’s Force.com.

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Software as a service

SAAS

We have all heard of SAAS, although you may not acknowledge that you are aware of it.

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