Jun2017

Dell and Amazon Start Making a Positive Impact on VMware

Dell and Amazon are starting to make a positive impact on VMware. Once we learned about the Dell acquisition of EMC, there was a lot of speculation on how this acquisition would affect VMware moving forward. I believe we are starting to see some of the positive effects of this acquisition.

May2017

Will the Cloud’s Future Be Defined by Its Edge?

Is the future of the cloud going to be defined by the edge of the cloud? One of the main trend of a current modern day cloud computing systems is the centralized compute applied within the data center itself with the edge of the cloud being the entry portal into the computing services of the cloud. This has been the typical setup for most all of the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platforms.  Pick your SaaS wither it be Office365, Service Now, SAP or name your service and the endpoint is usually the end user access point to query and interact with the backend computing systems but now things that can be classified as the next generation Internet-of-Things (IoT) appears to be one of the driving factors in the push of the compute into the edge devices.

May2017

The Attack Seen Around the World

The attack seen around the world. In one of my more recent posts, I brought attention to the release, or better yet the data dump of exploits and hacking tools targeting Microsoft’s Windows OS, Linux, firewalls, and others. One of the main purposes of my post was to bring attention to the grave dangers that these exploits bring to the world and as such, I really hoped that there would be enough interest from individuals in the industry to get a copy of the exploits and contribute to the countermeasures that would be needed to defend against exploits to better protect and defend the companies and corporations that we all represent. I was absolutely sure that there would be many individuals around the world that would be reverse engineering the exploits for more devious purposes and it appears that we have just experienced the first, of what I believe, to be just the beginning attacks seen around the world.

May2017

Earnings for 1st Quarter of 2017

Can you believe we have reached the month of May already? Where does the time go? The end of April also is the time for some of the public cloud companies to release their earnings for the 1st Quarter of 2017 and as such, we have some numbers to report on from Amazon, Microsoft, Alibaba, IBM, Oracle and SAP. For full disclosure the sources that I have used for this post are as follows. The publicly released company reports, Cleveland Research, Factset Estimates and CRC Estimates. The SAP numbers have been converted to dollars for the comparisons and revenues being reported include IaaS and SaaS/PaaS that have been sold on an IaaS platform.

Apr2017

Have You Heard about the Shadow Brokers Tools Dump?

Have you ever heard of the “Shadow Brokers”? Up until this weekend I had not really ever heard of the term “Shadow Brokers” but it appears the Shadow Brokers are a group of “hackers” that have really put a new spin on the term lost in translation. On Good Friday and ahead of the Easter holiday, the Shadow Brokers have dumped a new collection of files, which they have called “Lost in Translation”, containing what appears to be exploits and hacking tools targeting Microsoft’s Windows OS as well as Linux and firewall as well as other and at the same time they have presented evidence that the Equation Group had gained access to servers and targeted the SWIFT banking system of several banks across the world.