Nomadesk Raises $7m to Support US Expansion

B-series investment will accelerate Nomadesk’s growth via strategic partnerships and indirect sales.

Nomadesk, developer secure cloud storage and file sharing software, yesterday announced the closing of a 7 million dollar, or 5 million Euro, “B-series” investment round with new investor BAMS Angel Fund and existing shareholder Gimv.

Nomadesk, who already boasts strong partnerships with Belgian operators Telenet and Hostbasket, US-based Novatel Wireless and Canada’s leading operator Bell, will use the funds to accelerate the growth of its indirect business and further internationalise its team, especially in North America.

The company also appointed a new board of directors.  On behalf of BAMS Angel Fund, Mr. Yvan Morel (former Managing Director of EDS BeLux) and Mr. Bart Luyten join the board.

“We are convinced that Nomadesk has built the team and product to tap into the growing cloud storage and collaboration market.  What’s more, the company has a strong pipeline of partners that can accelerate the company’s growth.

“As a technology fund we want to be front and center while this software-as-a-service market takes shape.  We are pleased to participate in the investment and to be part of Nomadesk’s success”, says Bart Luyten, General Partner of BAMS Angels Fund II.

“Gimv has been supporting Nomadesk since 2007.  The company has demonstrated success by offering a robust and secure enterprise-quality storage and file sharing service to small and medium businesses.  There’s a clear market demand.

“With the current funding we can make Nomadesk scale via strong, strategic partnerships”, says Alex Brabers, Executive Vice President Technology of Gimv.

“We are happy with this vote of confidence from our new and existing investors.  Nomadesk has a lot going for it. Mobility continues to play a key role in enabling companies to achieve greater productivity worldwide.  Overall, we see the need for new types of value added SaaS increasing due to workforce mobility, virtual offices, synchronisation of multiple devices, data loss protection, etc.  Analysts, such as Sean Ryan from IDC’s Mobile Enterprise group, expect the global mobile worker population to grow beyond 1.19B in 2013, which is nearly 35% of the worldwide workforce. We have the service, team and funding to adequately respond to the need of these ‘nomadic’ workers”, says Filip Tack, founder and CEO of Nomadesk.

Nomadesk is a leading provider of cloud storage, file sharing and synchronisation software that enables users to access, share, synchronise and safeguard files from any location, whether online or offline.

Intel Cloud 2015

Intel celebrates Cloud Independence Day in Union Square, San FranciscoIntel Corporation has unveiled several new initiatives under its “Cloud 2015” vision aimed at making cloud-based Internet computing more interoperable, secure and simplified.

Intel’s Cloud 2015 vision has three key elements: a “federated” cloud that allows enterprises to share data across internal and external clouds; an “automated” network that automatically allows the secure movement of applications and resources to significantly improve energy efficiency in data centers; and PC and device-savvy “client-aware” clouds that know what types of applications, commands and processing should take place in the cloud or on your laptop, smartphone or other device – thus taking a user and specific device’s unique features into account to fully optimise an online experience.

Intel will support these goals by creating software and building new capabilities into Intel Xeon processors, which include features such as Intel Virtualization Technology and Intel Trusted Execution Technology that form the basis of cloud computing today.

Open Data Center Alliance

As a step toward Cloud 2015, Intel helped create the Open Data Center Alliance, a coalition of more than 70 leading businesses that together represent more than $50 billion in annual IT investment and that have cloud research or projects underway. Alliance Steering Committee members include BMW, China Life, Deutsche Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase, Lockheed Martin, Marriott International, Inc., National Australia Bank, Shell, Terremark and UBS. The alliance will lay out future hardware and software requirements that lead to more open and interoperable cloud and data center solutions. Intel plays a unique advisory role within the alliance, whose initial membership was purposely focused on end user companies rather than technology providers.

Intel embraces the Open Data Center Alliance’s vision and goals and plans to deliver products and solutions consistent with these goals. Intel will work with its hardware and software partners, engaging the industry to innovate on open standards, delivering a faster ramp to the next stage of the Internet, and delivering an open, interoperable and secure cloud that will empower the next generation of business, movies, gaming, music, social media and other yet-to-be-invented Web services.

“The industry has an opportunity to accelerate the potential of cloud computing, delivering even better industry economics through this transformation,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager, Intel Data Center Group. “With the Open Data Center Alliance we now have the world’s top businesses focused and actively engaged with Intel and the high-tech industry, accelerating solutions to the cloud’s key challenges. “The server industry has gone through an amazing transformation since the Intel Pentium Pro’s introduction in 1995; our goal is to ensure that cloud computing continues to deliver breakthrough economics based on the same fundamental principle —innovation on open, interoperable standards.”

Intel Cloud Builders

The goal of the Intel Cloud Builders program is to provide a path to the Cloud 2015 vision. Intel announced a significant expansion of this program that brings together leading system and software solution partners to provide proven cloud building recipes and practical guidance on how to deploy, maintain and optimise a cloud infrastructure.

While the alliance will determine future requirements for cloud infrastructure, the Intel Cloud Builders program will help bring these requirements to life with full solutions. The program now has a total of 20 reference architectures with several more on the horizon. It represents a community of the most critical providers of technology in the cloud, including Canonical, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC, Enomaly, Eucalyptus Systems, Gproxy, HP, IBM, Joyent, Microsoft, NetApp, NetSuite, Novell, Parallels, Red Hat, Univa and VMware.

Intel Cloud 2015 Videos

IBM Launches Cloud Computing Lab for Partners

In a deliberate move to quickly prepare its global ecosystem of business partners for the coming wave of cloud computing opportunities, IBM have just launched a first-of-its-kind Cloud Computing Lab in the United Kingdom to help partners capture cloud computing business opportunities.  The new lab will help IBM Business Partners cloud enable their technologies and gain the sales and marketing skills they need to take advantage of this fast-growing market.

In a recent IBM developerWorks survey of 2,000 IT professionals from 87 countries, 91 percent of respondents said they anticipate cloud computing to overtake on-premise computing as the primary way organisations acquire IT by 2015.  Industry analysts also are predicting significant growth for cloud computing services, estimating that this year’s $68 billion opportunity will reach nearly $150 billion in four years.

Partners at the new Cloud Computing Lab in the Hursley IBM Innovation Center can access the latest in IBM cloud technologies to develop and test new cloud services, and work with industry experts to build a go-to-market plan. A typical project at the lab will help a partner explore a wide variety of cloud computing models and become cloud builders, application, technology and infrastructure providers, and cloud resellers and aggregators, depending on their individual business.

Unlike IBM’s competitors who ask their partners to do the heavy lifting in cloud enabling their technology – then come up with a business plan to sell it – IBM works directly with its partners on these crucial steps to help ensure joint success in the marketplace.

For example, IBM Business Partner Maxima, a leading IT business systems and managed services company based in the UK, recently signed an agreement and developed a go-to-market plan with IBM to deliver cloud based services to its 1,400 mid-market customers across the US, Europe and Asia, including 500 of its own resellers.  Maxima will deliver business applications hosted on an IBM cloud to its clients in the construction, manufacturing and distribution, financial services, telecommunications, and public sector industries.  The company will market cloud services through its Maxima Reseller Portal, allowing customers and resellers to use and market business applications using the portal.

Cashing In On Cloud – In a recent IBM developerWorks survey of 2,000 IT professionals from 87 countries, 91 percent of respondents said they anticipate cloud computing to overtake on-premise computing as the primary way organisations acquire IT by 2015. IBM is helping its Business Partners capture cloud opportunities with a first-of-its-kind Cloud Computing Lab in the United Kingdom.

“Businesses are looking for reliable performance and security in cloud services,” said Graham Kingsmill, CEO, Maxima. “The combination of Maxima and IBM cloud services addresses these issues and can help our joint clients and resellers grow their business and reach new markets.”

Experts from IBM’s Cast Iron development team will be on-hand at the lab to help partners connect on-premise and cloud computing environments for clients in the finance, healthcare, telecommunications and energy and utilities industries.  IBM acquired Cast Iron earlier this year for its expertise as a leading integration-as-a-service company.

Partners can access the lab from any of IBM’s network of 38 Innovation Centers worldwide. As a result, partners at these centers can work virtually with the cloud experts at the Hursley IBM Innovation Center to enable their technologies and gain the skills they need to build and deliver new cloud services.

“Our business partners are ready to cash-in on cloud computing, and they are looking to IBM for hands-on assistance to drive new business opportunities,” said Jim Corgel, general manager, IBM ISV and Developer Relations. “The new Cloud Computing Lab will help our partners gain the skills they need to build next generation business applications and services for the cloud using IBM technologies.”

Today’s announcement builds on recent cloud news where IBM continues to demonstrate its commitment to help business partners capture cloud business opportunities:

  • IBM’s Cloud Service Provider Platform – the new platform provides telecommunications clients with industry specific hardware, software and services to help clients rapidly deliver cloud computing on their own. IBM partners such as BroadsoftCorent TechnologydeCarta,JamcrackerJuniper NetworksNetAppOpenetRightScale and Wavemaker are supporting the platform today. IBM’s Venture Capital Group worked with six of these nine partners during their startup phase, helping them to become IBM Business Partners and make their technologies enterprise-ready for the cloud using IBM hardware and software.
  • Expansion of the Smart Business Development &Test on the IBM Cloud – this cloud allows enterprise clients to expand and enhance internal development and test processes with instant access to resources through IBM’s secure, scalable cloud delivery model. IBM continues to build an ecosystem of partners to deliver the most complete and comprehensive cloud computing solutions to clients. This ecosystem comprises existing and new cloud partners: Cohesive Flexible Technologies Corp (Cohesive FT) allows customer controlled networking in a cloud, and Servoy provides a rapid application development and deployment environment for creating and building high-end enterprise applications on the cloud.”
  • IBM Cloud Computing Architecture Certifications – IBM Software partners and any IT professional looking to certify their cloud computing knowledge can now become IBM Cloud Computing Architecture certified, demonstrating they have mastered skills to design public and private cloud computing solutions based on IBM technology.  The first-of-its-kind certification adds credibility to partners that have demonstrated their cloud knowledge, and helps customers identify them as industry experts. MSI Systems Integrators and Ultramatics are among 90 IBM partners certified today.

For more information on IBM Innovation Centers, visit: http://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/iic.

For more IBM Cloud news, visit: http://www.ibm.com/press/cloud.

IBM Takes Action to Improve Cloud Security

According to IBM’s Institute for Business Value 2010 Global IT Risk Study, cloud computing raised serious concerns among respondents about the use, access and control of data: 77 percent of respondents believe that adopting cloud computing makes protecting privacy more difficult; 50 percent are concerned about a data breach or loss; and 23 percent indicate that weakening of corporate network security is a concern.  As the study illustrates, businesses see the promise of the cloud model, but security remains an inhibitor to adoption.

While an information technology (IT) foundation pertains to all cloud computing, providers and users do not generally rely on one generic model for data security. Both cloud providers and users should consider a variety of factors, including the kind of work a client wants to do in the cloud and the mechanisms and controls used. For example, clients who have collaboration tools and email work in the cloud should think about access and policy controls, while clients focused on healthcare in the cloud should be concerned with data isolation and encryption.

To help meet these specific needs, IBM’s cloud security experts work closely with clients to address their individual concerns and provide the appropriate services and offerings. This process includes evaluations of the security positioning of planned or existing cloud implementations as well as recommendations for various security strategies.

“IBM understands the ‘one size fits all’ cloud security strategy will not work for most businesses,” said Steve Robinson, general manager, IBM Security Solutions. “Our enterprise clients are looking for a trusted advisor to provide the right mix of security consulting services and offerings to match. By offering these new services and innovations, we aim to help clients create tailored solutions that will allow them to get the most out of their cloud environments.”

Additionally, IBM has a team of security professionals around the world and holds a number of security and risk management patents, which can be used to help clients solve their toughest cloud problems. As the cloud computing model evolves with the changing needs of a client’s business, IBM researchers are designing new technologies to ensure the integrity of data in the cloud regardless of the business or industry scenario.

New IBM Cloud Security Infrastructure and Services

IBM is using its expertise to outline a two-pronged approach for clients seeking to dramatically improve cloud security:

1. Plan and Assess the Security Strategy for the Cloud

  • IBM Cloud Security Strategy Roadmap – For clients who are embarking on a cloud strategy as either a provider or subscriber, the new roadmap is designed to help organizations understand, establish and outline the steps for realizing their security goals in relation to their cloud computing strategy. IBM security experts conduct an onsite working session with clients to help define the cloud computing initiative and goals, identify associated security and privacy concerns, determine appropriate vulnerability mitigation strategies and develop a high-level security strategy roadmap designed to achieve their cloud security objectives.
  • IBM Cloud Security Assessment – For clients with cloud infrastructure in place or planning their cloud environment, the new assessment is designed to help provide an in-depth understanding of the current state of a current or planned cloud solution’s security controls, mechanisms and architecture. IBM assessment professionals help compare the cloud solution’s security program against industry best practices and the client’s own cloud security objectives, then identifies steps to help improve the overall security environment.
  • IBM Application Security Services for Cloud – The new offering allows CIOs to have a clear picture of how and where sensitive data will circulate in a cloud environment. It assesses current or proposed cloud application environments to help ensure that the appropriate information, security, and privacy controls are in place for a client’s specific business requirements. By identifying and prioritizing cloud-specific security vulnerabilities, internally and within their service providers, the offering can help clients determine the right balance of internal control and service provider autonomy required to maintain efficiency and service level requirements before implementing the solution.

2. Obtain Security Services from the Cloud

  • IBM Managed Security Services Hosted Security Event and Log Management – This enhanced offering is a cloud-based solution for security incident and event management  that consolidates the security event and log data of operating systems, applications and infrastructure equipment, providing a seamless platform from which to assess and respond to real-time and historical traffic. It dramatically improves the speed of security investigations and compliance initiatives, offering the full life cycle of security information and event management, and provides options to outsource these tasks to security experts located in IBM’s worldwide Security Operation Centers.
  • IBM Managed Security Services Hosted Vulnerability Management – This enhanced cloud-based scanning service helps companies to identify vulnerabilities across network devices, servers, web applications and databases to help manage concerns and reduce the cost of security operations. This service is available to companies of all sizes who want to quickly and more easily address compliance mandates.

“We needed a remote scanning solution that can help us identify critical vulnerabilities throughout our infrastructure and assist us in meeting external audit requirements,” said Henrique Matiole, IT supervisor, ArcelorMittal Sistemas S.A. of Brazil. “The enhanced hosted vulnerability management scanning solution carries advanced scanning capabilities for complicated security challenges and provides strong reporting capabilities through a web-based portal that helps us easily satisfy our audit requirements.”

Top Security Experts Develop Next Generation of Solutions to Secure Cloud

Researchers at the IBM Watson and Zurich research labs are working on a variety of projects that examine new ways to bolster cloud security by enabling enhanced data integrity, recovery, privacy, and customer isolation in a public cloud environment.

For example, as part of the Integrated Trusted Virtual Data Center (iTVDc) project, IBM researchers have developed mechanisms that enhance cloud security by providing “infrastructure hardening,” or stronger isolation between different workloads. These mechanisms verify the integrity and correct configuration of infrastructure components such as hypervisors to help prevent low-level attacks such as spoofing, or deceiving computer systems or other computer users by hiding or imitating one’s Internet identity. IBM recently added some of these security capabilities to the IBM Smart Business Test and Development cloud. Some of these security mechanisms are also currently offered in the IBM Systems Director VMControl™.

Another example of IBM’s ability to rapidly take advantage of new cloud security techniques pioneered by its researchers is the integration of “introspection monitoring” in the IBM Virtual Protection System. This capability enables a kind of “virtual doorman,” in the cloud environment, which detects potential malware attacks from outside the virtual machine and scans the operating systems inside to confirm they are running properly. The capability will then determine whether or not they contain malicious code, such as root-kits, which are software programs designed to provide a user with administrator access to a computer without being detected. This level of security isn’t available from conventional introspection solutions that can only communicate and check inside the virtual machine. The rootkit-detection system is currently offered as part of IBM Virtual Server Protection system.

IBM’s Institute for Business Value 2010 Global IT Risk Study

IBM’s Institute for Business Value 2010 Global IT Risk Study was commissioned to understand how information technology (IT) managers are working to mitigate risk.  Core objectives of the study included evaluating the manner in which innovations like cloud and mobile computing are influencing overall IT risk strategies and exploring how the role of the IT Manager is changing in relation to these innovations.  The survey included 556 respondents from all geographies, representing companies with revenues of less than $500M to more than $10B.  Respondents worked across a diverse set of industries and sectors including finance, healthcare, biotechnology, manufacturing, government and information technology services.

For more information on the IBM 2010 Global IT Risk Study please see: www.ibm.com/services/riskstudy

IBM Security Solutions include an extensive portfolio of hardware, software solutions, professional and managed services offerings covering the spectrum of IT and business security risks, including: people and identity, data and information, application and process, network, server and endpoint and physical infrastructure. IBM Security Solutions empowers clients to innovate and operate their businesses on highly secure infrastructure platforms.

For more information on IBM Security Solutions, visit: www.ibm.com/security.

Interoute Provides Europe’s Enterprises Secure Cloud Hosting

With 74.6% of businesses rating the biggest challenge to cloud computing as security, organisations are looking for assurances that the right levels of data security are in place to protect critical data held in the cloud. As owner and protector of Europe’s largest private cloud, Interoute provides enterprises with the confidence that data trusted to its managed hosting and outsourcing solutions is secure.

“As more businesses look to outsource critical data to managed cloud computing solutions, it is imperative that we ensure the best standards of data security,” said Joe Stevens, Operations Security Director at Interoute. “In operating Europe’s largest private cloud, we understand the importance of data protection in this environment. The ISO 27001 certification demonstrates our commitment to protecting data entrusted to our managed hosting solutions.’

Interoute offers a full portfolio of managed hosting and security solutions for enterprises, providing dedicated capacity and protected transmission products, MPLS VPN, DDoS protection, firewalls, Intrusion Detection and Protection Services, as well as secure managed hosting solutions.

The integration and adoption of ITIL and ISO 27001 best practices into Interoute’s operations management provides the necessary quality and security assurances for enterprises looking to outsource their critical data. Interoute’s accredited security management system now encompasses its Operations Centres in Prague and Geneva, as well as five Data Centres in four European countries.

Interoute is committed to providing solutions that will protect enterprises from security risks and support compliance requirements. Interoute provides valuable insight into malicious activity on the internet through the Interoute Internet Barometer. The security barometer collects data from 22 high performance sensors built into the core of the European Internet, logging the source, destination and type of malicious activity, to provide organisations with valuable insight to help them defend against attacks on their network.

Everything You Wanted to know about Cloud Computing

On 3rd November, Six Degrees in partnership with Amazon Web Services, is organising a technical hands-on event on setting up cloud and its features. The 3-hour workshop will feature the theories of cloud computing and its benefits together with the scalability and it’s cost savings. The programme also contains a hands-on practical session for developers to setup their cloud computing on the spot and live tutorials led by the AWS team – questions relating to setup and cost can also be asked during these sessions.

For more information, see the graphic below, or click here to visit the website at its ridiculously long url.

Free Cloud Computing from Amazon Web Services

Amazon Web Services have announced a free usage tier to help new customers get started in the cloud.

Starting 1st November 2010, new AWS customers will be able to run a free Amazone EC2 Micro Instance for a year, while also leveraging a new free usage tier for Amazon S4, Amazone Elastic Block Store, Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and AWS data transfer.

Amazon’s free usage tier can be used for anything you want to run in the cloud: launch new applications, test existing applications in the cloud, or simply gain hands-on experience with AWS.

Below are the highlights of Amazon’s new free usage tiers. All are available for one year (except Amazon SimpleDB, SQS, and SNS which are free indefinitely):

AWS Free Usage Tier (Per Month):

  • 750 hours of Amazon EC2 Linux Micro Instance usage (613 MB of memory and 32-bit and 64-bit platform support) – enough hours to run continuously each month*
  • 750 hours of an Elastic Load Balancer plus 15 GB data processing*
  • 10 GB of Amazon Elastic Block Storage, plus 1 million I/Os, 1 GB of snapshot storage, 10,000 snapshot Get Requests and 1,000 snapshot Put Requests*
  • 5 GB of Amazon S3 storage, 20,000 Get Requests, and 2,000 Put Requests*
  • 30 GB per of internet data transfer (15 GB of data transfer “in” and 15 GB of data transfer “out” across all services except Amazon CloudFront)*
  • 25 Amazon SimpleDB Machine Hours and 1 GB of Storage**
  • 100,000 Requests of Amazon Simple Queue Service**
  • 100,000 Requests, 100,000 HTTP notifications and 1,000 email notifications for Amazon Simple Notification Service**

In addition to these services, the AWS Management Console is available at no charge to help you build and manage your application on AWS.

* These free tiers are only available to new AWS customers and are available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date. When your free usage expires or if your application use exceeds the free usage tiers, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see each service page for full pricing details). Restrictions apply; see offer terms for more details.

** These free tiers do not expire after 12 months and are available to both existing and new AWS customers indefinitely.

The new AWS free usage tier applies to participating services across all AWS regions: US – N. Virginia, US – N. California, EU – Ireland, and APAC – Singapore. Your free usage is calculated each month across all regions and automatically applied to your bill – free usage does not accumulate.

Find out more, and sign-up free here: aws.amazon.com/free

CollabNet Acquires Subversion Cloud Hosting Provider Codesion

CollabNet, a leader in Agile application lifecycle management (Agile ALM) in the Cloud, announced today that it has acquired Codesion, Inc. (formerly CVSDude), which provides a world leading enterprise-grade Subversion hosting platform and serves more than 3,400 customers and 70,000 users in 90 countries.

CollabNet founded the industry-leading Subversion open source project in 2000 and remains the project’s principal sponsor. Codesion’s best-in-class provisioning technology delivers Subversion, Git, and other applications as a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, helping developers to code, connect, and deploy in the Cloud. The acquisition marks an aggressive move by CollabNet into cross-platform, Cloud-based developer services. The terms of the deal are confidential.

“CollabNet’s acquisition is a natural fit for Codesion and our customer community,” said Guy Marion, chief executive officer, Codesion. “Our users were seeking version control training and best practices around Agile development, which is now available from CollabNet’s Subversion developers and Certified Scrum Trainers. A new workgroup-centric version of TeamForge now also provides a free, ‘one click’ upgrade path to CollabNet’s award-winning Agile ALM platform.” Codesion has maintained 32 consecutive quarters of revenue growth, with past quarter recurring revenues increasing 50% year on year.

CollabNet’s Codesion hosting services are available in Team, Professional, and Enterprise editions. Codesion enables developers to securely host and procure Subversion in the Cloud, integrate it with Trac, Basecamp, TeamForge, and more, and deploy directly to Cloud hosting providers such as Joyent and Amazon. As customers’ businesses or projects grow, they can add users on demand or instantly upgrade to ScrumWorks Pro and TeamForge, all in the same secure hosted environment. CollabNet will also continue to offer these products on-premise.

CollabNet also announced the immediate availability of CollabNet TeamForge Project, an on-demand multi-tenant version of CollabNet TeamForge. TeamForge Project is available at no extra charge to the first five users of Codesion Professional Edition, which costs $16.50/user/month. Additional TeamForge subscriptions cost $40/user/month. TeamForge and ScrumWorks Pro are also immediately available options in the Codesion Enterprise Edition hosting plan. More information is available at www.collab.net/cloud.

Codesion’s 3,400 customers will be joining the largest and most vibrant hosted Subversion community in the world. Today, CollabNet hosts more than 3,250,000 Subversion users as part of its current enterprise Cloud services, provides more than 200 Subversion clients, servers, and plug-ins, delivers dozens of Subversion and Agile Web-based and instructor-led courses, and offers many other community-related services as part of its 600,000 member openCollabNet community.

“Using APIs from Codesion and oDesk, we’ve been able to seamlessly offer Codesion’s easy-to-use and highly secure platform to the hundreds of thousands of software contractors in our marketplace,” said Gary Swart, chief executive officer, oDesk. “Now, with CollabNet, professional teams working on oDesk will have an easy on-ramp to an additional set of Agile development tools, training, and services to securely code and collaborate in the Cloud.”

“Development and Test Cloud services are disrupting historical software development practices,” said Bill Portelli, chief executive officer, CollabNet. “Our acquisition of Codesion builds on a ten-year history of offering developer services in the Cloud and extends our leadership in this critical area. We now offer instant-on hosting for Subversion, with an open architecture and partner ecosystem that enables workgroups to get started quickly with basic code hosting, with a seamless path to scalable Agile software development for the enterprise.”

A webinar discussing the Codesion acquisition and the resulting impact on software development in the Cloud was broadcast live on Wednesday, 20th October. The webinar is archived at www.collab.net/agilealm.

CollabNet is a leader in Agile application lifecycle management (Agile ALM) in the Cloud. The CollabNet TeamForge ALM platform, CollabNet Subversion software configuration management (SCM) solution, and ScrumWorks project and program management software enable teams using any environment, methodology, and technology to increase productivity by up to 50% and to reduce the cost of software development by up to 80%. Millions of users at nearly 6,000 organisations, including Applied Biosystems, Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, Thomson Reuters, and the U.S. Department of Defense, have transformed the way they develop software with CollabNet. For more information, visit www.collab.net.

Google calls Microsoft Cloud Strategy a “Filibuster”

According to yesterday’s San Francisco Chronicle, Google is calling Microsoft out over its claims to be embracing cloud computing.

Matt Rossoff writes, “Microsoft executives from Steve Ballmer on down are trying to convince the world that they’re serious about cloud computing. Google thinks they’re full of it.”

He goes on to write, “Google Enterprise President Dave Girouard told me this afternoon that they looked at the Office 365 announcement yesterday and saw nothing new, just a “reshuffling” of the same old online services and packaged software with a fancy new name. Microsoft really wants to sell more of the same products it’s always sold: Windows, Office, and server software like Exchange.”

You can read the article in full here.

Microsoft: Cloud Computing Security Considerations

This white paper provides a high-level discussion of the fundamental challenges and benefits of cloud computing security, and raises some of the questions that cloud service providers and organisations using cloud services need to consider when evaluating a new move, or expansion of existing services, to the cloud. This document presumes that the reader is familiar with the core concepts of cloud computing and basic principles of cloud security. It is not the goal of this paper to provide all the answers to the questions of security in the cloud or to provide an exhaustive framework for cloud security.