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EMC has $5.65 billion in cash in the bank and Bloomberg says it wants to buy security software houses with it to fuel growth. COO Joe Goulden told the wire service last month that security is the biggest area for potential acquisitions since the company already had "all the key parts we were looking to put together" in data storage. He also said that security had to be "reinvented" for the cloud and that a bunch of start-ups are doing that very thing.   An analyst suggested Palo Alto Networks, which just IPO'd late last month and is currently valued at around $4.4 billion, might be a target. So could Fortinet and Check Point Software Technologies. All three are firewall companies.   Citigroup thinks IBM and Cisco could be targeting Palo Alto too, but only after the patent infringement suit brought by Juniper Networks is resolved. That could take more than a year. ... (more)

Cloud People: A Who's Who of Cloud Computing

Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people... A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing. But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud? This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when 13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with... RANDY BIAS | @randybias "Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.] That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)

Open Source Software: More Reasons It Is More Secure

Software designed by open source standards has security built in and has been found to be fielded with far fewer faults per unit of code than proprietary development houses.  There are many reasons for this.  This factor is especially true when the open source code is commercially supported.  For example, Linux, which has the strength of a huge open community and also the strength of thousands of paid developers from great companies like IBM, Oracle, Sun, Novell and now even Microsoft (that is a long story, but a great trend I hope continues). There are many myths out there on this subject.  Some of those myths are just misunderstandings, I’m sure.  Others are the kind of things that sales folks or others with vested interest in their company’s stock price like to encourage.  Human nature is at play here, and when you mix in a misunderstanding with some bias the re... (more)

Bad File Descriptor Error in Linux

In a Linux system, files, blocks, directories, sockets and other items are referred by corresponding file descriptors. If your system is reporting errors that the file descriptor is bad, one of possible causes is that file system is corrupt and thus, you require restoring from backup. But if backup is not valid enough to restore complete information, you need to use advanced Linux Data Recovery applications. As an instance, you might encounter the below error message with your Linux based system: “Bad file descriptor” You might receive this error while trying to access a file or while trying to boot the system. Cause Possible reasons for the ‘Bad file descriptor’ error to occur are: Linux systems use a special file, called /dev/null (also called the null device). This file removes all the data that is written to it after reporting that the write process has succes... (more)

Adopting OSGi in Java Application Frameworks: A Case Study

Migration of software systems to the OSGi platform is gaining momentum with wide acceptance of the OSGi technology as the dynamic module system for Java. This transition is of special interest when it comes to popular Java application frameworks, which attract a growing number of Java developers around the world. Although the technical merits of the OSGi platform are broadly recognized, the migration of existing application frameworks is slow due to significant redesign and re-implementation efforts involved. We present an alternative lightweight approach - an adaptation of existing Java application framework for component based OSGi environment. Adaptation, as opposed to migration, eliminates the necessity of modularizing or redesigning the existing framework. This is particularly important when existing software platform and the associated programming model is mat... (more)

OpenStack Hits First Milestone

Three months after publicly starting down the road to imprint its NDA on the cloud by establishing a large-scale open source cloud platform called OpenStack free for anybody to use, Rackspace Hosting, its BFF NASA and a reportedly growing OpenStack community made their first official code drop Thursday. The milestone is called Austin - they're doing this alphabetically so presumably they have a ways to go - and it includes the all-important Amazon EC2-challenging OpenStack Compute provisioning engine that's supposed to blend the best of the Rackspace Cloud Servers widgetry that underlies its public cloud offering with NASA's own home-made Nebula cloud platform. OpenStack Compute, which has commanded most of the work these last few months, is the engine that provisions virtual machines complements of either Xen or KVM and basically supplies the glue that holds a clo... (more)

Assange To Turn Himself In

WikiLeaks organizer Julian Assange is apparently going to turn himself in to the British police. At least, his lawyers told the British press late Monday that they are negotiating a meeting with Scotland Yard so Assange can answer questions. His attorney Mark Stephens reportedly said, “We are in the process of making arrangements to meet with the police by consent in order to facilitate the taking of that question and answer that's needed.” The BBC said Scotland Yard is armed with an apparently valid Swedish arrest warrant and an extradition request. Where it goes from there remains to be seen. Sweden has previously refused a meeting with Assange outside the country to answer questions related to allegations of rape, sexual assault and unlawful coercion made in the name of two female Swedish WikiLeaks volunteers in two separate incidents this past summer. No Swedish... (more)

Cloud Expo, Inc. Announces Cloud Expo 2011 New York Venue

Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York ! Cloud Expo, Inc. announced on Thursday that Cloud Expo 2011 New York, the 8th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, will take place June 6-9, 2011, at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Expo - International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world’s leading Cloud-focused event and is held in New York, Silicon Valley, Prague, Tokyo, and Hong-Kong. Over 900 corporate sponsors and more than 65,000 industry professionals have participated in Cloud Expo since its inception, tenfold more than all other Cloud-related events put together. Click Here to Save $800 at Cloud Expo New York ! "Cloud Expo was announced on February 24, 2007, the day the term ‘cloud computing' was coined," said Fuat Kircaali, Chairman and Founder of Cloud Expo, Inc. "Cloud has become synonymous with ‘computing' and ‘soft... (more)

Oracle Demonstrates WebRTC Solution with CounterPath's Bria

CounterPath Corporation, a leading developer of award-winning desktop, tablet and mobile VoIP software products and solutions, Tuesday announced its suite of telecommunications solutions will be showcased at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 in San Francisco on September 22-26. OpenWorld attendees will have the opportunity to see CounterPath's Bria softphone solutions leveraged in live demonstrations of Oracle's Tunneled Service Control Function (TSCF), which delivers an infrastructure-based alternative for real-time, over-the-top (OTT) communications that enables increased secure connectivity, enhanced firewall traversal, and interoperability with newly acquired Acme Packet SBCs. Additionally, Oracle is demonstrating their WebRTC solution and using CounterPath's Bria connecting endpoint. Bria will enable Oracle's Unified Communications Suite to demonstrate its XMPP-based mess... (more)

"No Sun Is An Island," Says Javalobby Founder

Read Eric Raymond's Open Letter to Scott McNealy: "Let Java Go" Read "Letting Java Go" - James Gosling in 2003 on Open-Sourcing Java As if driven by the cycles of the moon, it seems like the Java community gets a monthly visit from that special topic that divides and angers us more than any other: the question of whether Sun should "open source" Java? Most recently a top open source advocate named Eric Raymond (author of  The Cathedral And The Bazaar) published an open letter to Sun urging them to "Let Java Go." I have huge respect for the achievements of the open source community, but I tend to stay away from the pissing contests that these discussions about open sourcing Java often devolve into. I think the issue is something of a bugaboo, anyway. The source code for Java is readily available to anyone who accepts the Sun Community Source License (SCSL.) You can fix p... (more)

'The Oscars of the Software Industry'

Widely referred to as the "Oscars of the software industry," the JDJ Readers' Choice Awards program has become the most-respected industry competition of its kind. The polls were open for just under a year, from March 1, 2003, through December 31, 2003, and over 15,000 JDJ readers cast their votes. JDJ Readers' Choice Award recipients are selected through reader-submitted nominations, followed by online voting. Best Java Book Winner: Thinking in Java, Prentice Hall PTR (www.phptr.com) Thinking in Java, Third Edition, teaches Java one step at a time, with hundreds of new, self-contained example programs that illuminate every key technique for building today’s applications. This edition has been fully updated for Java 1.4, with a new extended coverage of multithreading, and many other major improvements. First Runner-up: Java Development with Ant, Manning Publications ... (more)