first_imgSecure Cloud Computing.  To some, at least with the current state of technology, that might sound like an oxymoron.  When asked about cloud computing, security is the main issue that concerns most organizations.  That sentiment isn’t being ignored by cloud vendors.  In fact, many cloud vendors realize that the long-term success of their businesses depends on the need for them to convince customers that their data will be secure.Forrester Research has picked up on this.  Jonathan Penn, analyst at Forrester, recently wrote that “heightened pressure by cloud customers and prospects is fueling the rapid evolution of solutions. How rapid and radical an evolution? By 2015, security will shift from being the No. 1 inhibitor of cloud to one of the top enablers and drivers of cloud services adoption.”  Penn is predicting that by 2015 the cloud security market will be a $1.5 billion force with 5 percent of all security spending going towards the cloud.Many organizations already have security budgets for their in-house IT projects.  Forrester sees the allocation of those funds changing, and moving towards being applied to cloud application computing.  He sees a new category of products being created that can specifically enhance the security of cloud applications.  A Forrester report observes that “end user organizations are beginning to seek security as an inherent feature of cloud services, where it is more effective, more easily managed, and less expensive.”Partnerships between cloud vendors and security vendors is beginning to happen.  Amazon has teamed with Symantec’s Symantec Endpoint Protection product for Windows.  Verizon Business and McAfee are also teaming up.  We can expect more such partnerships and products in the future.Penn argues for the cloud security market to take shape and for there to be more acceptance that cloud security standards are needed.  Many of the existing standards around hosted applications aren’t sufficient for guaranteeing security of data.   Penn wrote that “Certifications and other operational standards such as SAS 70 Type II (or even the new SSAE 16 designed to replace it), SEI CMMi and ISO 27001 are ill-fitted assurances for the security of cloud environments.  Nor can SLAs sufficiently cover everything: Adopting organisations need more detail and concrete assurances of operational practices – such as specifying both the control technologies and policies in place, access to system logs, and regular communication of results from security scans – rather than relying on general contract language.”eWeek quotes Allen Allison, chief security officer at naviSite as saying that “it must be understood that not all clouds are the same, not all security requirements are equal and not all customers have the same level of expectations; thus, costs of compliance should be considered as standards as cloud security is developed.”last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Here’s a prediction for 2012 you can bank on: the world’s data centers are going to be busy, just like they were in 2011. Emerson Network Power has put together an infographic on the State of the Data Center 2011. According to the infographic (and its sources) daily tweets tripled, people will create 1.2 trillion GB of data and there are more than 509,000 data centers world-wide (PDF).One of my favorite stats? According to Emerson, a server purchased in 2011 has 45 times the compute capacity of a similarly configured server from 2001. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img joe brockmeier 1 Tags:#cloud#Data Centers Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

first_imgAround 600 differently-abled athletes participating in the National Para-Athletics Championships, held in Ghaziabad, were in for a rude shock after they were allotted unhygienic and difficult living conditions. They complained that the wheelchair-bound athletes were unable to use the ramp.  “We have not got proper food, eating poori and one vegetable dish for the last four days. We walk with sticks and we have been put up at second floor. They don’t even have ramps for wheelchair-bound athletes. Toilets are dirty, there are no fans, no water,” said Yogesh, a participating athlete.”I fell down three times while taking bath today, we are drinking water from a tanker and it has not been cleaned and the toilets are filthy,” added Vinay, another participant.Taking a strong view of the shocking incident, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday sought a report from the organisers and promised to take action within 24 hours.Sonowal said he has asked for a detailed report from Paralympic Committee of India as well as from his secretary after athletes participating in the National Para-Athletics Championships at Janhit Para Sports Grounds (Madhuban, Bapudham) at Ghaziabad were asked to stay at messy and unkempt rooms at a building.”Well-being of all athletes is a priority for us. Differently-abled athletes and their well-being is a priority for us. We are examining the matter and looking into the reasons for mismanagement of the event,” Sonowal said.”I have asked my sports secretary to take immediate action and submit a report within 24 hours, based on that I will take action. On our part, there is no discrimination between able-bodied and differently-abled athletes. The national federations, whether of able-bodied and differently-abled, have a duty and responsibility to look after the well-being of athletes. If they have any problem, they (the organisers) should have approached us. We are always there to help,” he added.advertisementThe championship was organised by the Uttar Pradesh unit of the Paralympic Committee of India.last_img read more

first_imgPlaying without suspended star Neymar, Brazil defeated Venezuela 2-1 Sunday in its final group game to reach the Copa America quarterfinals.Thiago Silva scored with a volley in the 9th minute off a perfect delivery from a corner by Robinho – Neymar’s replacement. Roberto Firmino added the second in the 52nd, chipping in a cross from Willian.The loss in Group C eliminated Venezuela, which got an 84th-minute goal from Miku.The final match in qualifying set up the quarterfinal pairings with Chile vs. Uruguay on Wednesday, Bolivia vs. Peru on Thursday, Argentina vs. Colombia on Friday and Saturday’s match pitting Brazil against Paraguay.Barcelona’s Neymar was banned for four games after a 1-0 loss to Colombia on Wednesday. Angry with the defeat, Neymar kicked a ball at a Colombia player, and also appeared to head-butt another player.CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football, said the referee’s report also showed he insulted the referee after the match and grabbed him by the arms.Asked about Neymar’s absence, Brazil coach Dunga replied: “Any team would miss Neymar, but when you don’t have him, you can’t feel sorry for yourself.”Brazil seemed to play better without Neymar, at least early in the first half. Robinho and Philipe Coutinho, who replaced midfielder Fred, gave Brazil more attacking.After scoring, Silva raced to the sideline and waved to Neymar, who was sitting in the stands – wrapped up under a blue winter cap – and jeered by Venezuela fans on a chilly night in the South American winter.advertisementDunga called the quarterfinal with Paraguay a “very tricky match” and likened it to “a final.” “We have to respect everyone, but we can fear nobody.”Brazil had a couple chances just after Silva’s goal with Robinho and Felipe Luis looking dangerous. But the attack stalled through most of the first half. Willan was stopped by Venezuela keeper Alain Baroja on a point-blank shot in the 39th.Venezuela had its best chance in the 44th when Gabriel Cichero looped a shot from the left which went just wide of the far post.Brazil started the second half quickly. Coutinho had a chance in the first minute with Firmino’s goal minutes later sealing the outcome.Venezuela made it close in the 84th. Brazil keeper Jefferson dived to meet Juan Arango’s free kick, tipping it off the post with Miku heading it home.”We have the feeling we could have given a bit more,” Venezuela coach Noel Sanvicente said. “But worrying about it now doesn’t matter.”Five-time World Cup champion Brazil is hoping to recover its reputation in this tournament, still stinging from a humiliating 7-1 loss to Germany in last year’s World Cup semifinals at home. It has looked ordinary in three group matches in Chile, a shadow of Brazilian teams that were once feared.Brazil still remains a co-favorite with Argentina, with Chile, Colombia and defending champion Uruguay also viewed as contenders.last_img read more

first_imgSYDNEY, N.S. — His message to laid off Cape Breton call centre workers is straightforward.But the Iowa-based businessman’s words resonate like gospel in this hardscrabble region plunged into economic uncertainty earlier this month.“Things are going to stay the same or get better,” says Anthony Marlowe, a self-made telecommunications mogul who himself started as a telemarketer at 18 and quickly rose through the ranks before breaking out on his own.“We’ve committed to hiring every employee back plus some,” he says, adding he’ll honour pre-bankruptcy wages and offer retention sign-on bonuses for returning workers.They’re big promises that have earned the entrepreneur near messianic status on the Nova Scotia island.ServiCom Canada abruptly closed its Sydney call centre on Dec. 6, laying off hundreds of workers weeks before Christmas.“It was an emotional moment,” says Marlowe, who was in the process of buying the call centre. “Although those weren’t our people yet, they were potentially soon to be.”With more than two decades in the call centre industry, it wasn’t the first round of layoffs to touch Marlowe personally.“I have some extra sympathy for the workers,” he says, describing the “travesty and devastation” of seeing workers lose their livelihoods after bankruptcy proceedings closed call centres in the U.S. in the early 2000s.Marlowe grew up in La Grange, Ill., a suburb of Chicago, and moved to Iowa for university in his late teens.“My brother was there, I was living with him and my mom said, ‘Get a job,’” he says.“I took a job as a telemarketer for a telecommunications company and the next thing I knew I was a skyrocketing up the company and then I wanted to start my own contact centre telemarketing operation.”The 39-year-old says the Cape Breton call centre will be his ninth operation when it reopens, likely by the first week of January, as the Sydney Call Centre Inc.“There were a lot of tears, hugs and Christmas spirit,” Marlowe says of a meeting he held at a Sydney legion last week updating workers on plans to reopen the call centre.“It’s obviously a humbling thing to have someone say, ‘You’re our Christmas miracle,’” he says.“We never really wanted it to be about the company or me performing any miracles. Those workers performed at such a high level with such competency, tenure and aptitude that they deserved a miracle regardless of what holiday it was near.”Marlowe Companies Inc. (MCI) had expressed interest in the Sydney call centre several weeks before it closed, and was in the process of negotiating a deal.The closure forced MCI’s leadership to work feverishly behind the scenes to acquire the call centre.“It was like a melting ice cube at that point,” says Marlowe, chief executive officer of MCI.The concern was that ServiCom’s clients — such as OnStar Corp., a subsidiary of General Motors, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, AT&T Inc. and Allstate Insurance company — would start to look for new suppliers to provide customer support if the call centre did not reopen quickly.But he says while it appears ServiCom’s value was in its contracts with big name clients, Marlowe says “those contracts have no value if there are no employees to perform them.”“Time was absolutely of the essence,” Marlowe says, regarding his desire to retain as many of the 515 or so workers on the payroll when the Sydney call centre closed.In the end, MCI outbid two other buyers for the assets of ServiCom for $1.5-million during an auction at bankruptcy court in New Haven, Conn., last week.He says the competing bids “drove up our initial offer by a factor of four.”“They were successful at attracting other bidders, which wasn’t a surprise to us because when you myopically looked at just the contracts and just the Canadian operation, all of a sudden that became a more appealing value proposition,” Marlowe says.The Sydney facility is expected to reopen by Jan. 7, although it could open as early as Jan. 2, he says. The company has asked workers to complete paperwork this Friday and Saturday.“We’re working very hard through the holidays to turn the lights back on.”— By Brett Bundale in HalifaxThe Canadian Presslast_img read more