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Following in the footsteps of Apache Libcloud, another open-source cloud library has added support for ElasticHosts. We’re very pleased to report that the open-source jclouds Java cloud computing library now supports ElasticHosts and ElasticStack. This is thanks to developer Adrian Cole, whom we’ve been working with to make this happen — see his official announcement. You can now use the fully-featured and actively-developed jclouds library to access your ElasticHosts instances directly. To introduce jclouds in the developers’ own words: jclouds is an open source library that helps you get started in the cloud and reuse your java and clojure development skills. Our api allows you freedom to use portable abstractions or cloud-specific features. Here’s how we help you get started: Simple interface Instead of creating new object types, we reuse concepts like maps ... (more)

HSBC Bank Deploys Centrify Suite to Centrally Manage Security and Auditing for Worldwide IT Operations

Leading Worldwide Financial Institution Uses Centrify to Secure Access, Improve Auditing, and Manage User Accounts SUNNYVALE, Calif, and BRACKNELL, UK - Nov 13, 2012 - Centrify Corporation, the leading provider of security and compliance solutions that centrally control, secure and audit access to on-premise and cloud-based systems, mobile devices and applications, today announced that HSBC Bank UK is deploying the Centrify Suite to centrally secure system access to HSBC's distributed IT infrastructure. Headquartered in London, HSBC is one of the largest banking and financial s... (more)

The Hadoop Business Case By @JGlesner | @BigDataExpo [#BigData]

By Jeremy Glesner Since the birth of Hadoop in 2005-06, the way we think about storing and processing information has evolved considerably. The term “Big Data” has become synonymous with this evolution. But still, many of our customers continue to ask, “What is Big Data?”, “What are its use cases?”, and “What is its business value?”. The Internet is overloaded with definitions, characteristics, and benefits; however, few discussions synthesize all three of these topics in one place. This paper answers these questions, and proposes a total cost calculation framework for CTOs and ... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in e... (more)

Governments Waltzing on OSS, Trusting Your Search Engine for Privacy, GPL Houses and Apache Cars

…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!   Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s love affair with open source may be coming to an end.  Despite saving $16 million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering switching back to Windows due to user complaints.  Read more about the motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.    Governments on GitHub Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source software.  Use of Open Source products like... (more)

The Cloud Computing Kettle Heats Right Up

4th International Cloud Expo Photo Album on Ulitzer The past month has seen an unprecedented concentration of Cloud-related articles, events, tweets, and - above all - product launches, partnership announcements and M&A moves. So is Cloud Computing, after three years, finally coming to the boil? Here, by way of allowing you to judge for yourself, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal brings you a timeline of the trajectory of the Cloud so far. NOVEMBER 13, 2006 Jeff Bezos' Risky Bet - BusinessWeek publishes a cover article on Amazon's "Elastic Compute Cloud" (EC2) - a totally new on-d... (more)