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  • CW Developer Network

    When software encryption fails, use a PIN number

    Malware, phishing, hacking, BYOD risks and security vulnerabilities of all kinds are becoming more sophisticated every day -- this we know to be true. Equally, of course, the strength, robustness and resilience of encryption controls are increasing every day. Yet still, software-based protection often fail...

  • StorageBuzz

    Infinidat stakes claim to the future of hyperscale storage in the enterprise

    Enterprises need hyperscale or webscale storage. They look at the likes of Google and Facebook and need to do what they're doing; processing and storing huge amounts of data with transactions and analysis on the fly. But they lack storage products to do it, and existing enterprise storage isn't up to the j...

  • Open Source Insider

    IBM pumps extra DBaaS juice into Bluemix

    IBM buys other companies, it's just the way things are. This month we see the firm scoop up a private outfit known as 'Compose' -- a database-as-a-service (DBaaS) company. What is DBaaS? DBaaS provides a flexible (cloud scalable) database platform orientated toward self-service and management, particularly...

  • Open Source Insider

    Intel with Rackspace: 'Cloud for All' developers, developers, OpenStack developers

    Intel has announced its Cloud for All initiative, a programmer designed to drive all types of cloud adoption through easier deployments. The firm hopes to 'unleash' tens of thousands of new cloud deployments carrying new digital services. The cloud gap Failure to adopt cloud computing has been variously mo...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Scalextric shows the way to winning the digital race

    If, like me, your childhood featured the joys of Scalextric, then you can't fail to feel a frisson of excitement at the prospect of controlling the racing cars from your smartphone, and sharing race data with your friends.This is just one of the innovations being considered by Hornby, the owner of Scalextr...

  • Open Source Insider

    Fanatical elasticity: ObjectRocket by Rackspace adds managed Elasticsearch

    The company known for its 'fanatical' approach to managed cloud services support, Rackspace, has added managed Elasticsearch technology to its cadre. More specifically, Rackspace's managed database platform ObjectRocket is expanding its database service portfolio to include fully-managed instances of Elast...

  • WITsend

    Reader discount for 2015 everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Technology

    It's nearly that time of year again where our friends over at everywoman hold their leadership academy at IBM's Southbank. The 2015 everywoman Academy: Advancing Women in Technology aims to equip women in technology with the skills they need to advance their careers and to become confident leaders. As a pa...

  • ITWorks

    Driving STEM into the Fast Lane for UK Primary Schools

    This is a guest blog from Richard Pedley, software engineer, Delcam, part of Autodesk.   The CBI recently highlighted that the UK manufacturing industry is experiencing a crisis. In the UK we are lacking the vital skills to increase our productivity. In particular, the STEM skills gap has been an issu...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Is Big Data leakage the new Asbestosis: uninsurable? If so ....

    There is a growing gulf between those who think insurers should give discounts to those who  follow "best information security practice" (whatever that is) and underwriters who have been burned by breaches at US retailers (for example) with supposedly "mature" approaches to security. "Cyber" is now ro...

  • Data Matters

    Understanding data: the difference between leaders and followers

    A guest blogpost by Emil Eifrem, CEO of Neo Technology.Data is vital to running an efficient enterprise. We can all agree on that.Of course, from there, thoughts and opinions differ widely, and it's no surprise why.Too much of the data conversation is focused on acquiring and storing information. But the r...

  • CW Developer Network

    A DevOps periodic table of elements

    Oh goodness, not more DevOps spin is it? A DevOps periodic table of elements? Surely this can't be anything more than another case of DevOps-washing i.e. contrived puff and fluff from a 'tangential vendor' sitting not that close to the core tasks of DevOps who wants to sneak up to the general level of indu...

  • Open Source Insider

    CloudBees Jenkins plugs in (deeper) to Google Kubernetes

    OSCON is staged this week in Portland, Oregon (as if there were another Portland), USA. The event is one of the highest profile gatherings of open source software, architecture, frameworks and tools for software application development engineers. The year sees enterprise Jenkins company CloudBees announce ...

  • Downtime

    Technology grabs the Rhino by its horns to save it from extinction

    A group of UK conservationists have begun using GPS tags, heart rate monitors and cameras on Rhinos to deter poachers. The project is run by the not-for-profit group Protect which developed the Real-time Anti-Poaching Intelligence Device (RAPID) to try and protect the endangered species from being killed f...

  • StorageBuzz

    Quobyte apes Google storage model and plans a tilt at NetApp and EMC

    Does the world need another software-defined storage/storage virtualisation product? There are plenty to choose from already, such as DataCore, Nexenta, Open-E as well as software storage products from big hitters like VMware with its VSAN. That's what I thought before speaking to Germany-based startup Quo...

  • Open Source Insider

    RealVNC: more open remote access protocols will increase security

    RealVNC, the pioneer of VNC, has opened up its technology for hackers and developers to scrutinise -- but what is VNC? VNC remote access and control software enables users to remotely access and control devices from anywhere -- VNC technology facilitates remote access from one device to another over a loca...

  • Open Source Insider

    CenturyLink shows some 'guts', open source gifts for Docker, Chef & vSphere

    CenturyLink has contributed three of its own technology projects to the open-source community with the intention of improving the way developers use Docker, Chef and vSphere technologies. The firm is a communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company The projects are: • Chef provisioning driver for v...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Minister urges business parks to bypass BT and organise their own broadband

    On July 13th the House of Commons had another Broadband Debate, this time introduced by Dan Poulter, on how BT was meeting the numbers in the BDUK targets for Suffolk, but leaving a wave of complaints, particularly across his constituency, because of how it was doing so. I recommend you read the full accou...

  • Data Matters

    Our data has to be perfect." No, it doesn't.

    Data is not really perfectible and ultimately, perfection is the enemy of progress, writes James Richardson, business analytics strategist at Qlik and former Gartner analyst, in a guest blog. Ask people what slows or stops the use of business intelligence (BI) in their organisations and poor data...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    A Dirty Digest for Directors and Investors of the Executive Summary of Ofcom Strategic Review discussion document - including why the market has changed (politics and economics not "just" technology)

    The Executive Summary of the Discussion Document for the Ofcom Strategic Review is 20 pages long and omits a key phrase from the main paper regarding the impact of regulation on investment "Whatever approach is adopted, its success or failure depends significantly on the trust investors place in the regula...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    BT declares war on Ofcom - your opportunity to help reset the UK regulatory landscape

    I  was intrigued by Gavin Patterson's reported attack on Ofcom for even raising the question of separating out Openreach. But for the "problems "of the BT pension fund and the block on foreign ownership of its surveillance operations, BT would probably have been broken up by its shareholders long ago....

  • Open Source Insider

    Linux SWAT team busts a multi-scanning move on malware nasties

    Infrastructure security company OpSWAT this month releases a new version of its Metascan product for Linux deployments. The software is a 'multi scanning malware detection' tool. OpSWAT (Operations + Special Weapons And Tactics, get it?) confirms Metascan for Linux 64-bit supports: Debian, Red Hat Enterpri...

  • Computer Weekly Editor's Blog

    Digital Britain needs better broadband - are BT and its rivals willing to share in the future of Openreach?

    Telecoms regulator Ofcom has formally put the future of BT's Openreach subsidiary into play - and hence the future structure of the UK's critically important broadband infrastructure. Over the coming months, you can expect to see some robust opinions from broadband providers such as TalkTalk and Sky, as we...

  • Downtime

    Vaizey and Campbell in Twitter-Winners-mobile-security spat

    The prospects for light-hearted political point-scoring were high at this week's TechUK annual dinner in London, with Conservative digital economy minister Ed Vaizey and former Labour spin doctor Alastair Campbell booked as guest speakers for the black-tie bash.First up was Vaizey, who suggested that Campb...

  • Open Source Insider

    Appery to developers: happy xmas, the HTML5 vs. native (war is over), if you want it

    Appery is a company known for Appery.io, a 'low-code' platform for cross-device software application development. The firm has worked with open source SDK maker Ionic. The two are claiming to have 'put an end' to the native platform vs. web-centric HTML5/hybrid app debate. It is true to say that for years,...

  • When IT Meets Politics

    Why is a Computer Science degree "worth" only 20% of a History Degree to a man but over twice as much to a woman? The answers go to the heart of our skills shortages.

    As part of the follow up to my first blog on the effects on Digital Skills of the Spring Budget I have been looking at some of the back up material. I began with "Fixing the Foundations" which contains excellent measures. The main ones include:  "employer-routed funding reforms, such as the digital ap...

  • Open Source Insider

    Linux Foundation 'census' to assess planet's project population & health

    The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) has launched The Census Project. Census Project is a new programme to analyse popular open source projects to identify which ones are: a) critical to Internet infrastructure b) most in need of additional support c) most in need of additional fund...

  • Inspect-a-Gadget

    Surreal Vision - from startup to Oculus sensation

    Back in October 2014 I was running through the pouring rain towards Imperial College London to meet one of the entrepreneurs of a startup called Surreal Vision. Moments later I was sitting in the office of my dreams - because I had been allowed to pick the wallpaper, floor textures, surroundings and view f...

  • CW Developer Network

    Sexy cloud apps? Mendix makes aPaaS at it

    Mendix has updated its application Platform-as-a-Service (aPaaS) software to make it, well, sexier. Sexier how? The immodestly named Mendix Digital Experience (DX) release includes extensive pre-crafted UI templates for creating cloud applications faster, which is a good looking feature. There's also OData...

  • CW Developer Network

    The appliance of converged infrastructure appliance, science

    OpenStack 'pure-player' Mirantis has launched Mirantis Unlocked Appliances, a portfolio of 'converged infrastructure appliances' built with its own version of OpenStack. What are these things? They are single (or multi-rack) converged infrastructure appliances delivered in a pre-validated, pre-integrated a...

  • Quocirca Insights

    Making the most of data: making data more open

    A while back, I published an article on the use of open data sets, covering some of the things that were already being done and what may be possible in the near- to mid-term.  After this was published, David Patterson of KnowNow Information (KnowNow) got in touch to ask to meet up to discuss what his ...