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Jon Seals

Today, Citrix crossed an important milestone in the way enterprises will view apps for work. We announced the general availability of the Citrix Worx App Gallery – an app ecosystem with over 100 committed apps.

So, what is an app ecosystem? Apple and Google created big app ecosystems for iOS and Android that drove the adoption of those platforms, Facebook launched their App Center for social media apps, and Salesforce.com created the App Exchange for SaaS apps. Similarly, the Citrix Worx App Gallery is an ecosystem for enterprise-ready mobile apps.

The enterprise app challenge

End users wish to use different types of apps for work. However, enterprises looking to mobilize apps face a big burden of tasks in order to make apps enterprise-ready and available to their end users. App security tools in the form of app wrappers or SDKs have been bandied about as tools to protect apps. But, for IT there is very little clarity on how an app makes its way from an app vendor into their end users’ device with the necessary policies and controls in place. Often, the solution involves the enterprise identifying apps or app categories that it needs, executing contracts with the app developer, getting the app binaries, applying the security wrapper, verifying the app and then deploying it for end users in an enterprise app store. This process would then start all over when the app or mobile OS is updated, or when the enterprise mobility vendor changes the app security SDK.

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http://blogs.citrix.com/2013/08/21/citrix-worx-app-gallery-the-fastest-growing-enterprise-mobile-app-ecosystem

Intellectual Property (IP) theft – whether by competitors or states – has been occurring for a long time. Traditional approaches of protecting IP involve patents, copyrights, trademarks, physical security (locking documents away), classifying documents using a labelling scheme and staff education.

These traditional approaches are still valid today, and may need to be strengthened. They should also be supplemented by a range of electronic approaches. 

These include electronic licensing, encryption, data classification, access control, logically or physically separate networks, and providing "clean" devices to staff travelling to countries where IP theft is likely. All approaches are complicated by the demands of international travel, collaborative working, the need to share information (including IP) in the supply chain, consumerisation, and the cloud.

Information Security Forum (ISF) research has shown that protecting your IP can follow an information-led, risk-based process similar to that used to protect information in your supply chains, as discussed in the Securing the Supply Chain reports and tools.

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http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240203886/Security-Think-Tank-Follow-an-information-led-risk-based-process-to-protect-IP

Much has been written, presented and debated in the past few years on the “right way” for executives and policy makers to reinvigorate companies, markets and economies. The distinguished scholar Carlota Perez suggests fundamental changes to the way growth and prosperity get measured. Along somewhat similar lines, Steven Denning focuses on the damage inflicted through adherence to the tenet of maximizing shareholder’s value. Gary Hammel, elaborating on another thread that Perez touches on, advocates values over value. Last but not the least, Hagel, Brown and Davison emphasize the power of pull for both designing the right system and designing the system right [i].

While the debate spans some topics that are clearly beyond the scope of responsibilities a typical executive is entrusted with, it is quite relevant to the Agilist concerned with end-to-end process implementation. Agile principles can, of course, be beneficially applied to product delivery departments such as dev and test. However, the real benefits to be had can only be attained through applying agile principles to the overall business process, not “just” the software development process. As pointed out by Tasktop’s Dave West in his recent Agile 2013 presentation, many/most of the Agile implementations tend to be of the Water-Scrum-Fall variety. In such implementations the Agile process in R&D is “sandwiched” between before-and-after corporate processes that are Waterfallish in nature. From a system perspective, incoherence at one point or another of such systems is pretty much inevitable due to incongruence of operating principles across the “Water,” the “Scrum” and/or the “Fall” components of the system. This reality and its operational manifestations are illustrated in Figure 1 and Figure 2 respectively.

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http://blog.cutter.com/2013/08/20/choosing-your-point-of-organizational-incoherence

President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force released their findings yesterday, sharing 69 recommendations to repair existing damage and strengthen infrastructure ahead of future natural disasters.

The task force encouraged an emphasis on new construction over simple repair, citing the impact of climate change on severe weather events. “More than ever, it is critical that when we build for the future, we do so in a way that makes communities more resilient to emerging challenges such as rising sea levels, extreme heat, and more frequent and intense storms,” the report said. Construction designed for increasingly dangerous storms, infrastructure strengthened to prevent power failure and fuel shortage, and a cellular service system that can subsist during disasters are all critical investments to prevent future loss.

Recommendations included streamlining federal agencies’ review processes for reconstruction projects, revising federal mortgage policies so homeowners can get insurance checks faster, and making greater use of natural barriers like wetlands and sand dunes. The team also said that planners need better tools to evaluate and quantify long-term benefits of future projects along the shoreline, but did not detail what would be best ecologically and economically.

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http://www.riskmanagementmonitor.com/hurricane-sandy-rebuilding-task-force-releases-recommendations

IDG News Service - Heading into the heart of hurricane season 10 months after Sandy slammed the New York metropolitan area, Wall Street has had time to reassess and revamp backup plans.

Sandy's storm surge caused the first weather-related, 48-hour closure of markets since the Great Blizzard of 1888.

"You could say Sandy forced the hand of the trading firms," said David Weiss, an analyst with the consulting firm Aite Group.

"A confluence of trends" that lend themselves to overall system resiliency was, however, already under way, Weiss added. The commoditization of server hardware suitable for trading and back-office systems, for example, has helped give rise to third-party data centers that can help financial-sector companies reduce risk.

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http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9241734/Gimme_shelter_Wall_Street_braces_for_next_superstorm

IDG News Service - After the terrorist strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Stock Exchange learned some valuable lessons in keeping a time-sensitive financial trading network alive during a time of crisis.

"We found that during 9/11, carrier point-of-presence facilities went down, a lot of firms in the industry were not able to trade. So we made a decision to build a resilient network for the industry," said Vince Lanzillo, who is head of co-location for the Americas for NYSE Technologies (NYXT), a commercial subsidiary of NYSE Euronext that offers infrastructure, content and liquidity services to the financial industry.

So, when Hurricane Sandy struck last year, NYXT was prepared to continue operations, though the NYSE itself decided to halt trading, citing concerns with employee safety and other factors.

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http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9241739/NYSE_builds_business_around_resilient_infrastructure_services

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 16:58

Hurricane Sandy Task Force Issues Report

With two months to go to the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, a federal task force created after the storm has issued a report that’s getting a lot of media coverage.

The plan includes 69 policy initiatives, of which a major recommendation is to build stronger buildings to better withstand future extreme storms amid a changing climate.

Shaun Donovan, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and chair of the task force, notes:

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http://www.iii.org/insuranceindustryblog/?p=3353

The fear that business services – or indeed the business itself – might not be recoverable after a disaster-level event results in many sleepless nights for CIOs across the world. But it doesn’t need to be that way.

Disaster recovery planning, a subset of business continuity, comprises the process, policies and procedures required for the recovery or continuation of technology infrastructure after a disaster-level event. 

Disasters come in multiple forms and may be highly unpredictable in nature, but the effect they have on your business can be calculated and mitigated against through robust preparation and testing.

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http://www.computerweekly.com/opinion/Four-key-questions-in-disaster-recovery-planning

Part one of a two-part series

Crisis: Any situation that is threatening or could threaten to harm people or property, seriously interrupt business, significantly damage reputation and/or negatively impact the bottom line.

Every organization is vulnerable to crises. The days of playing ostrich are gone. You can play, but your stakeholders will not be understanding or forgiving because they've watched what happened with Fukushima, Penn State/Sandusky, BP/Deepwater and Wikileaks.

If you don't prepare, you will incur more damage. When I look at existing crisis management-related plans while conducting a vulnerability audit (the first step in crisis preparedness), what I often find is a failure to address the many communications issues related to crisis/disaster response. Organizational leadership does not understand that, without adequate internal and external communications, using the best-possible channels to reach each stakeholder group:

- See more at: http://blog.missionmode.com/blog/the-10-steps-of-crisis-communications.html#sthash.1PpM1F2j.dpuf

Part one of a two-part series

Crisis: Any situation that is threatening or could threaten to harm people or property, seriously interrupt business, significantly damage reputation and/or negatively impact the bottom line.

Every organization is vulnerable to crises. The days of playing ostrich are gone. You can play, but your stakeholders will not be understanding or forgiving because they've watched what happened with Fukushima, Penn State/Sandusky, BP/Deepwater and Wikileaks.

If you don't prepare, you will incur more damage. When I look at existing crisis management-related plans while conducting a vulnerability audit (the first step in crisis preparedness), what I often find is a failure to address the many communications issues related to crisis/disaster response. Organizational leadership does not understand that, without adequate internal and external communications, using the best-possible channels to reach each stakeholder group:

- See more at: http://blog.missionmode.com/blog/the-10-steps-of-crisis-communications.html#sthash.1PpM1F2j.dpuf

MCFARLAND, Wisc. – Facility Gateway Corporation (FGC), a Wisconsin based company specializing in data center facility management came in as the 614th fastest growing company in the U.S. according to the Inc. 5000 list calculated by Inc. Magazine. This is the 2nd year in a row FGC has made this prestigious list which allowed them to add many more jobs to the Wisconsin job market during a challenging economy. The record growth was due in part to the success of their Data Center Design and Critical Facility Management divisions. According to Inc. Magazine’s Editor in Chief, the Inc. 5000 list was harder to get into this year than ever before in history. The median company grew a mind-boggling 468% which FGC exceeded in both 2012 and 2013.

Facility Gateway Corporation provides professional data center services in all 50 U.S. states. Composed of 4 specialty divisions including Data Center Real Estate, Data Center Design, Critical Power Equipment Sales and Critical Facility Management, FGC is moving towards its goal of being the number one data center management company in the U.S. Find out more at www.facilitygateway.com.

Funding Provided by Private Equity Firm Grey Mountain Partners of Boulder, Colorado

  • Ajubeo announces today that it has secured additional capital from Grey Mountain Partners, a Boulder-based private equity firm.
  • The new capital will be used to support strong demand, 600% quarterly revenue growth over the past 12 months, for Ajubeo’s enterprise-class Virtual Datacenters, Virtual Desktops, Backup and Restore-as-a-Service and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service.
  • “Ajubeo continues to deliver on a strong business plan, providing performance-sensitive customers with a 100% uptime cloud solution that has been measured at twice the performance of current market share leaders such as Amazon Web Services,” says Marcello La Rocca, affiliate manager at Grey Mountain Partners.  

BOULDER, CO – Ajubeo, a national provider of high-performance virtual datacenters and cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), today announces it has secured additional capital from Grey Mountain Partners, a Boulder-based private equity firm.  
 
The new capital will be used to support strong demand, 600% quarterly revenue growth over the past 12 months, for Ajubeo’s enterprise-class Virtual Datacenters, Virtual Desktops, Backup and Restore-as-a-Service and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service. Specifically, the new capital will fund continued expansion in the New York Metro Area, new product development, staffing, and sales and marketing initiatives.
 
“The cloud infrastructure market continues to expand at a rapid pace,” says Chuck Price, president and CEO of Ajubeo. “The question is no longer whether infrastructure-as-a-service is a viable alternative to traditional methods. Instead, customers are architecting their IT-based products and services around a diversified cloud strategy. This shift has led to strong demand for high-performance, production-ready cloud services from providers such as Ajubeo.”

“We are excited to support Ajubeo’s leadership team, Chuck Price and Colorado CIO of the Year Tom Whitcomb, as they expand and enhance their industry-leading cloud infrastructure offering,” adds Marcello La Rocca, affiliate manager at Grey Mountain Partners.  “Ajubeo continues to deliver on a strong business plan, providing performance-sensitive customers with a 100% uptime cloud solution that has been measured at twice the performance of current market share leaders such as Amazon Web Services.”
 
For more information on Ajubeo, visit www.ajubeo.com
 


ABOUT AJUBEO
Ajubeo is a national provider of high-performance, enterprise-class cloud infrastructure-as-a-service, founded and built by CIOs for CIOs.  The Ajubeo IaaS offering includes virtual datacenters, virtual desktops, cloud-based disaster recovery, cloud-based data backup and restore, and cloud-based systems and application monitoring.  Discerning organizations select Ajubeo for the increased business and architectural agility that comes from flexible, high-performance cloud infrastructure built to handle the scale, integration and compliance of today’s enterprise.  Ajubeo backs its cloud services with a 100% SLA and corporate commitment to customer satisfaction.  Cloud hubs are deployed in the world’s most reliable and interconnected carrier-neutral datacenters, accessible via secure, private network connections from anywhere in the world.  For more information, please visit www.ajubeo.com.