Cloud Archive

Box Implements New Features

by Tyler K
Box.com, the popular cloud-storage company, has developed and implemented several interesting new features this week, primarily catering to their large businesses (according to the Box.com website, 82% of Fortune 500 companies use Box). The features include a new company-wide search feature, a new dashboard feature marketed towards the enterprise side, security locks and whatnot for mobile devices, and an enterprise licensing agreement. The features are meant for larger companies, as the features will allow for greater ease of access to enterprise-wide files (assisting in reaching regulatory compliance, as well as allowing for better regulation of information).
Since a major feature of the update involves enterprise-wide search features for the cloud-based data storage system, I felt it was fairly relevant to the search features introduced to us in class. In addition, any aspiring CIO in this class will certainly have to deal with the reality that regulatory compliance is no joke, and we have to ensure that our company is up to par with how compliance is dealt with. Also, the idea of visibility somewhat relates to how we’ve been working with system architectures, and Box certainly had to develop a certain structure that would allow an entire enterprise to work with files, without introducing a fear of tampering with said files without permission.
The article is relevant to our class, as it develops the notion that cloud-based storage may become the central component for information in many companies, more as time goes on. As such, it would be prudent to understand how to work with cloud storage and maximize the potential of major players in the field. After all, keeping up with the curve of Information Systems is a great way to keep your job in the field of MIS. read more...

Huddle inc. prediction engine

by Daniel M
The article that I read was about a company called huddle inc. Huddle is a cloud based collaborative software that allows for enterprises to to share files with its developers similar to a drop box system. While a traditional drop box is ok for normal people to use their are some issues with people not being able to access the files outside of the companies systems and if the employees are able to access the files remotely their is security issues. Huddle inc. Says that they have come up with a solution to this problem. Huddle is rolling out a system they call huddle sync. Huddle sync is a allows the enterprise to upload the files onto their servers and Huddle secures the files. They then give access to the employees that need access to the files. I know this sounds like every other cloud storage system that is but huddle sync actually has a prediction engine that predicts what files the user will most likely use and makes it accessible to them. Huddle Sync’s algorithms learn from how workers use Huddle, not only individually but also across the workgroup and the wider user base. The system will actually take individual as well as group patterns and predict what files they will need. The platform also manages version conflicts, caused when a user modifies a file when offline and someone else makes another change to the same file during that time. The reasoning behind this is that it reduces the file downloads as well as it increases the speed at which the files can be downloaded. Transmissions to and from Huddle are encrypted at 256-bit SSL. Lastly the platform also has an iPhone app that will allow the user to see and manage the files from their phone. read more...

The Dangers of Cloud Computing When Paired with Social Media

by Vincent S
With all that we have been learning in class and with the latest advances in technology, it is hard to see a downside to cloud computing.  It benefits both the cloud service provider as well as the customer as it protects copyrighted material but still allows for affordable licensing.  Not to mention the way it can change education as students could potentially have access to programs saved on a server rather then having to purchase everything in order to complete homework.  However, a recent peer reviewed article featured on JSTOR looked into at least one situation in which cloud computing can create conflicts.  In the case of social networking sites, having a centralized location to store files and photos along with other personal information has created privacy nightmares.  As we are CIS students, I am sure that everyone in our class is aware that uploaded info and files on social media sites such as facebook, flickr, photobucket, and youtube are stored in central location and of course not on your home computer.  However, how many facebook users outside of a technology major really take the time to realize the implications of having a cloud computing service as part of a public forum.  Recent studies and news articles across the country reveal that issues of privacy come about all the time.  This being the case, why do we engage in such risky behavior when conducting business with social media? read more...

New Cloud Database Options From Salesforce.com’s Heroku

by Ronny W
Cloud service is something that is growing rapidly right now. Company are trying to provide better cloud base service. Cloud database is something that is slowly being integrated by company of different sizes. “Salesforce.com’s Heroku division this week rolled out two entry-level tiers for its Postgres-based cloud database service, hoping to cater to applications with lower data-volume requirements as well as helping startup developers make an easier jump into production.” (Kanaracus, 2012) One of the service cost $50 per month with a 400MB RAM cache. The other service cost $00 per month and it has 800MB RAM cache. They both include same array features, but the one that cost more have some more feature to get system back up quickly if it were to go down. They have more services but it is just not a feasible for small businesses because of the monthly cost. As business go onto cloud more, they need more RAM cache instead of storage space. It helps them access cloud apps faster. read more...

ASP.Net using servers

by Michael M
Microsoft Active Server Pages also known as ASP was first released in 1996 and has provided web developers with a rich and complex framework for building web applications. But since 1996 ASP has evolved greatly and has improved a lot. ASP is still known but they have now renamed it ASP.NET. It is a framework for building web applications that run over the web and client- servers are represented by a browser forwarding request. Communications over the web occur through HTTP which relies on TCP and IP to transmit data between the two nodes. ASP.Net is connected with Microsoft’s Internet Information Server also known as IIS. The Asp. Net worker process performs many task with the isapi extension and they are the main things that happen under the ASP.Net request.
This week we talked about ASP.Net in class as well as we learned some basic code that can be used for our project three. The thing that I learned in class this week is that you no longer need to use javascript in the web page the ASP.Net will take over and use its own language to process some of the users request. The thing that I took from reading this article was some of the history of ASP. ASP has evolved a lot and is kind of like a server. It connects to browsers and sends request.
I have not really dealt much with ASP. I am really interested in learning how to use it because in class this week we went over basics but the thing about Visual Basics is it is so much different and I am not used to it yet. Once I get used to using the program it will be a lot better because I will be able to do projects a lot easier. I have talked to people that understand the use of ASP and they all say it is easy once you know what to do that is why I wanted to find more information about ASP.Net.
Busoli, S. (2007, May 2). ASP.NET Internals IIS and the Process Model, Retrieved May 19, 2012, from http://dotnetslackers.com/articles/iis/ASPNETInternalsIISAndTheProcessModel.aspx read more...

How SaaS is Satisfying Salespeople

by Jongwoo Y
Celia Heywood, vice president of sales solutions for Bank of America Merchant Services, has always faced a dilemma when paying out the salespeople’s salaries at any given time. Often times, the salespeople would complain to Celia due to the fact that they felt that their extra incentives and commissions weren’t properly calculated (Mullins, 2012). However, ever since Bank of America Merchant Services decided to switch to a new SaaS known as Xactly, those dilemmas seemingly started to disappear. Xactly is a SaaS that keeps track of employee salaries and the extra compensation and incentive payments, especially for salespeople. It also handles the complexity of various compensation factors with fewer errors than spreadsheet applications (Mullins, 2012). This type of service leads to fewer errors, and happier customers. Xactly offers two different types of plans for their users. Xactly Incent, for enterprises, is hosted on Xactly’s private cloud server. This service is tailored for larger merchants such as Bank of America. The second product, Xactly Express, is custom tailored for smaller to mid size businesses and is built on the Force.com platform and delivered by Salesforce.com. The CEO of Xactly, Christopher Cabrera, states that “Xactly aims to take the complexity out of managing compensation systems, which are dynamic, multifaceted and prone to error (Mullins, 2012).” Typically, most businesses use spreadsheets on Excel or small databases on Microsoft Access. However, the use of these applications can lead to errors quite easily which end in disgruntled workers. In a recent survey by Ventana Research, 52% of sales organizations use desktop spreadsheets while 49% said those spreadsheets are inefficient and difficult to use correctly (Mullins, 2012). One of the most enticing features for Xactly’s SaaS is that it allows for salespeople to check the “what ifs” on sales and how it would effect their salaries in the future. This can lead to more employee motivation as salespeople will be able to know what can happen if they work harder for that extra sale. Xactly has grown 67% in the year of 2011 and the future looks just as bright as it did last year. read more...

OpenStack Makes PrimeTime with Rackspace Cloud

by Miguel V
The article I chose to talk about this week is called ” With Rackspace Cloud, OpenStack Goes PrimeTime.” In this article the author Charles Babcock talks about Rackspace’s annoucing that OpenStack will be used as the basis for its RackSpace Cloud Service after they have rolled out new networking, monitoring and database services. The announcement was made at the end of the OpenStack Design Summit in San Francisco Monday after Citrix Systems, a rival to CloudStack, was established with the apache software foundation. Rackspace is planning on phasing Openstack for a limtied numebr of users throught the second quarter and will make its OpenStack-based services generally available in the third quarter.”Rackspace has complete confidence in OpenStack’s Swift Storage system, based on CloudFiles, an object-based file system that Rackspace produced to operate its own service. Swift stores large combinations of text and image in large blobs or binary large objects.” Rackspace Cloud will also be implementing NASA’s Nova server provisioning system for the cloud. Not only is Rackspace moving its basic compute and storage services to OpenStack, it’s chosen the period of transition as the right time to launch additional cloud services like Cloud Networks, Cloud Databases, Cloud Block Storage, Cloud monitoring and Cloud Control Panel. read more...

Windows Phone 7 Cloud Usage

by Michael V
The journal writes about how the current applications of the Windows Phone 7 is expanding in terms of applications being developed for it, to the point where cloud usage enables great advantages when used as a database for the application. Through the use of cloud services, users can store and access data off their phones, which have limited amounts of data storage capacity due to the focus on mobility. Because nearly all smart phones have access to the internet at all times, they can off put the strain of storing data onto foreign servers, and applications are quickly being developed to take advantage of this new necessity for Windows Phone 7 users. In order to create a proper application that allows users to transfer and access their data through a database, developers are currently using SQL as part of their architecture to support the large number of users that their app will bring. Data travels from the phone, to a Load Balancer, to a Web Service, to SQL Database Passive, to SAN, and vice versa. Windows Phone 7 developers will utilize SQL Azure as their primary database because of the lack of necessity to worry about the infrastructure. read more...

Adobe’s New Creative Cloud Service

by Renee L
In his article “Adobe Delivers Creative Cloud and Muse for Easy Website Creation,” Daniel Robinson talks about Adobe’s new Creative Cloud service, along with the Muse tool. The Creative Cloud is used to view, access, and share creative files from any internet-connected device. It also provides storage and sharing of information within desktops, mobile devices, and the cloud. In addition, the Creative Cloud consists of a Muse tool that allows users to create and design their own websites without having to deal with any codes. The Muse tool is said to help users focus on designing their websites rather than dealing with the whole ‘plumbing’. With the Muse tool, users are able to easily plan and publish their websites without any hassle. In addition, the Adobe Muse tool allows users to preview and test their websites before publishing, or temporarily publish them to share with others, such as clients and companies. read more...

Common Threats of Cloud Computing

by Edwin T
The peer reviewed article i chose for this weeks post is about the services that cloud providers are offering that can be potential threats. The article focuses on virtualization and the impact it has on cloud security. As we already know, virtualization means that a single physical machine known as a host can run multiple operating systems at the same time, known as virtual machines. The first threat discussed is VM Hopping. With VM hopping, an attacker has control of one virtual machine and tries to gain control of another. VM hopping is a considerable threat because serveral VM’s can run on the same host making them all targets for the attacker. Another threat that caught my attention was the VM Denial of Service. “VM’s share physical resources, such as CPU, memory disk, and network bandwidth.” DoS in virtualization happens when one machine uses all of the resources. Making the host unable to launch more VMs, preventing the service. One effective way to reduce the occurance of a DoS attack is to limit the resource allocation for each machine. read more...