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Can SQL Injections Be Stopped? One Expert Thinks So SQL injections are unique compared to other cyberattacks. These threats are very common and have been around for a while. One would think that this would mean businesses should have an idea of how to stop these incidents from happening, right? Unfortunately, SQL security remains a thorn in the side of many companies today. Although firms continue to suffer breaches stemming from SQL injections, one expert believes organizations can put an end to these threats. Johannes Ullrich, research head at the SANS Institute, asserted these attacks should not be able to bypass system vulnerabilities because there are ways to combat these incidents. He told IT World Canada firms should make coders send SQL statements separately to both databases and users. Ullrich believes this approach is the best way to combat SQL injections, ... (more)

DevOps & Cloud's Predictable Provisioning Problem | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

What DevOps Can Do About Cloud's Predictable Provisioning Problem Go ahead. Name a cloud environment that doesn't include load balancing as the key enabler of elastic scalability. I've got coffee... so it's good, take your time... Exactly. Load balancing - whether implemented as traditional high availability pairs or clustering - provides the means by which applications (and infrastructure, in many cases) scale horizontally. It is load balancing that is at the heart of elastic scalability models, and that provides a means to ensure availability and even improve performance of app... (more)

Cloud, Internet of Things and Big Operational Data | @ThingsExpo [#IoT]

Cloud and Things and Big Operational Data Software-defined architectures are critical for achieving the right mix of efficiency and scale needed to meet the challenges that will come with the Internet of Things If you've been living under a rock (or rack in the data center) you might not have noticed the explosive growth of technologies and architectures designed to address emerging challenges with scaling data centers. Whether considering the operational aspects (devops) or technical components (SDN, SDDC, Cloud), software-defined architectures are the future enabler of business... (more)

Will DevOps Become the Norm? By @Skytap | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Will DevOps Become the Norm? All prognosticators, even us who simply roll out a single annual list, hope for two things: one, that your predictions get a lot of traction and shares across the industry, and two, that you end up actually being correct. Anil Batra’s list of 2014 predictions has turned a lot of heads, largely due to the fact that he led off with such a bold one. “DevOps teams become the norm, not the exception.” While you would imagine that the DevOps faithful and its believers would be the biggest fans of this coming true this year, I would argue that it’s software ... (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)

Adaptivity CEO Addresses Workloads and Cloud Computing

Adaptivity CEO Tony Bishop took his audience through a tour of what the self-described geek thinks is of critical importance when looking at workloads and cloud computing, in general session at the 4th International Cloud Computing Expo at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Silicon Valley. "Who are the users? What do they want? How much are they willing to pay for it?," he asked rhetorically. "These are questions you need to address early, this is information you must collect before you even start thinking about the compute. Are you capturing this information (early) in the proc... (more)