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The interview was conducted by Clark Buckner from TechnologyAdvice.com (they provide expert comparisons on data analytics software, data visualization platforms, data wharehousing solutions and much more). Also, be sure to check out their technology calendar of conferences. Listen to the full interview here.
General Datatech Senior Wireless Engineer Ryan Adzima discussed the pros and cons of Social WiFi with TechnologyAdvice’s Clark Buckner. As a first-time presenter at the 2014 Interop Conference in New York on “The Social Wi-Fi Goldmine: Should You Be Digging?,” Adzima offers an insider’s look on this growing trend that could have both positive and negative ramifications for the general public looking to log on and connect to the cloud.
General Datatech delivers advanced technology solutions with high value to service providers and businesses across the United States.
Social WiFi is free access to an Internet connection in exchange for access to an end user’s social media profile information, whether on Facebook, Twitter, or other social networks. The end user receives a free connection while the company serving up Social WiFi receives further customer information.
Adzima’s presentation will focus on basic questions that people currently have about Social WiFi:
- Where, why, and how is Social WiFi being used?
- What Social WiFi solutions are recommended?
- What Social WiFi solutions are secure?
- How does a company leverage Social WiFi for better customer information?
According to Adzima, Social WiFi is still a nascent solution that only started being seriously used in 2013 when AirTight Networks debuted its use at a Wireless Field Day event.
The Pros and Cons of Social WiFi
Benefits and drawbacks exist for both the company providing Social WiFi as well as the consumer. Some benefits include:
- Better, deeper customer information: Companies can glean more information from a consumer’s single click than they might through a variety of other more time-consuming means.
- Quick connections: Consumers can get online quickly and for free, and by giving up information they may have already provided to many other companies and websites (i.e. social login websites).
Some drawbacks include:
- Privacy worries: As notable companies suffer hacking attacks, general consumers have become more wary in giving up access to their information online.
- Information permanence: Granting one-time access to a social media profile often grants that company ongoing access. Even if it isn’t ongoing, the information they pull becomes part of an end user’s permanent record, so to speak.
- Invasive data requests: In an effort to seek keenly targeted markets, some companies may ask for too much information, like a maiden name. For Adzima, there’s a fine line between asking for relevant information and being invasive.
- Data resellers: Companies can resell a user’s data without their knowledge, especially when a majority of end users don’t read the Terms of Service associated with a Social WiFi connection.
Two Quick Tips for Using Social WiFi
While Adzima believes consumers are ultimately responsible for how they share their information, he also thinks that companies who provide Social WiFi should do more in terms of educating the public about what, exactly, they’re giving up in return for an Internet connection. Adzima even suggests that providers should work to protect their consumers through a united initiative.
In the meantime, Adzima advises Social WiFi users to consider these two strategies when opting in to a Social WiFi network:
1. Create a fake social account: Create a dummy social media account just to use the Social WiFi network. That way, one’s personal information isn’t sent along to the company.
2. Read the Terms of Service: Even if they can’t do it immediately, a user should always read a company’s Terms of Service and bring up any questions they may have with someone who can help answer those questions.
Lastly, Adzima sees the future of Social WiFi as an area that’s apt to change quickly as more and more people begin to use it and understand exactly what they’re giving up in return for an Internet connection.
Cloud infrastructure has changed the face of infrastructure, making computing resources cheaper, more scalable and easier to access. However, unpredictable loads, unknown user populations, a myriad of devices used, and an external infrastructure all contribute to a very tricky environment in which to build and manage cloud applications.
But fear not. To help elucidate some of your cloud application woes, Bernard Golden, Author of Amazon Web Services for Dummies and VP of Strategy at ActiveState will be presenting the Cloud Applications: The Next Generation workshop at Interop New York.
“Attendees can expect to learn what’s on the frontier of cloud applications from world-class experts,” said Golden. Some of those experts include, Brent Smithurst, VP of Product Management & Marketing at ActiveState, Sravish Sridhar, Founder & CEO of Kinvey and Mark Russinovich, Technical Fellow, Windows Azure at Microsoft.
This workshop is ideal for software developers, application development managers, IT Operations personnel and management, IT finance personnel, and senior IT executives.
However, “anyone involved in building or operating applications would be well-served to attend and can look forward to cutting-edge knowledge and lively, engaging discussion,” said Golden.
The workshop is made up of four modules:
1: Introduction: Why cloud computing applications are different and what that means for IT
2: APIs: the new lingua franca of enterprise applications — how to design, build, and operate API-facing applications
3: PaaS: using frameworks to accelerate application delivery and achieve the promise of DevOps
4: Mobile: the rise of the new client, and how mobile is the future of enterprise IT
Attendees will leave the workshop prepared to deliver cloud-based applications and understand the technical and organization requirements to meet the challenges of the new world of enterprise applications.
“Now that infrastructure is becoming inexpensive and friction-free, applications represent the next bottleneck — this workshop tells attendees how to prepare for the new world of cloud applications,” said Golden.
Attend Cloud Applications: The Next Generation workshop, powered by Cloud Connect at Interop New York Tuesday, September 30, 2014 with a Total Access or 2-day Workshop pass. Register now with Discount Code: CCBLOG7 to Save $200.
Cloud Connect is partnering with Interop New York to bring its cloud-as-as-business-enabler programming to Interop attendees at the Javits Center this fall.
Clark Buckner of TechnologyAdvice.com (they cover major conferences in the cloud-based business intelligence industry) spoke with Cloud Connect conference chair Steve Wylie about how cloud is transforming enterprise IT, and about Cloud Connect’s role at Interop.
“The nature of enterprise IT is changing because of cloud computing,” said Wylie in a podcast interview. “The risk for people in IT is becoming less relevant in the business technology strategy if they don’t embrace cloud and understand how to fully leverage it to drive the business forward.”
Read more and listen to the whole podcast on informationweek.com.
Register for the Cloud Connect Summit at Interop New York with discount code: CCBLOG6B and save $100 off the current Early Bird price of Total Access and 3-day Conference, and Cloud Connect Summit passes.
Cloud Connect is happy to announce the OpenStack Forum, a half-day program focused on the use case for OpenStack in the Enterprise. OpenStack has emerged as a leading Infrastructure-as-a-Service platform with backing from some of the largest cloud providers. The program will be led by members of the OpenStack community and focus on the most important issues for the enterprise adoption of OpenStack.
Cloud Connect has held similar programs in Las Vegas and Shanghai, with great feedback from past attendees. If you are currently evaluating the Cloud & OpenStack for your business, this program will get you up to speed quickly!
An Introduction to OpenStack in the Enterprise
Program Chair: Seth Fox | VP, Operations, Solinea
Date: Tuesday, September 30
Cloud computing with OpenStack is a powerful way of providing and consuming IaaS to achieve the scale and agility required by IT departments today. In the most recent release, Havana included nearly 400 application-driven enterprise features. Organizations such as Fidelity, Bloomberg, Comcast, PayPal, Cisco Webex, Best Buy, Concur and Shutterstock are now deploying OpenStack-powered IaaS in production order to increase operational efficiency and create real business value.
The OpenStack Forum provides an opportunity for cloud architects, IT management and business leaders to gain a working understanding of OpenStack, its core projects, the current state of the technical components, use cases ideally suited to OpenStack, and considerations for taking OpenStack from dev/test into production environments.
Join us for the 1/2 day Forum and gain insight into:
- The State of the Stack: what works and what needs work
- Which components of OpenStack are fully featured today and which are in development
- OpenStack vs. other open source cloud software choices
- Getting started with OpenStack Considerations for moving OpenStack out of dev/test and into your production environment
Cloud Connect is co-located with Interop New York, the leading independent technology conference and expo series designed to inspire and inform the world’s IT community.
Cloud storage is an attractive option for many IT departments due to its ready availability, relatively low price, and ability to improve services while keeping costs in line. It can be a savior in disaster recovery and offers access to data from multiple locations. However, latency and bandwidth stress is a constant concern and challenge for cloud storage users.
Contributing Editor for Networking Computing, Howard Marks offers attendees an essential overview of the state of the art and use cases that offer practical business applications of cloud storage in his workshop, Making Cloud Storage Work for Your Organization – Powered by Cloud Connect.
“Whether you use cloud storage as the digital equivalent of a grandma’s attic (that place where you put stuff just because you think you might need it) or as the core of your organization’s storage strategy, this workshop will show you how to make cloud storage work for your organization,” said Marks.
- Understand the different cloud storage service types
- Get practical use cases for cloud storage
- Discuss cloud storage benefits, limitations, and risks
- See beyond cost as a cloud storage driver
- Learn the pros and cons of cloud storage gateways
- Find out how to steer users toward great sync-and-share services
Who should attend:
This workshop will appeal to system and storage administrators, as well as more strategic IT management. It will provide both an overview of the state of the art and use cases that illustrate practical business applications for cloud storage.
For more information on this workshop, visit: http://www.interop.com/newyork
Register with discount code: CCBLOG5 before Aug 15 to save an extra $100 off the Early Bird price of Total Access, 3-day Conference, Cloud Connect Summit or 2-day Workshop Passes.
Developing an optimized cloud strategy requires taking a close look at the entire stack. That’s why Cloud Connect will present five immersive workshops, Sept 29-30, at this year’s Interop New York with topics that tackle each layer – from cloud infrastructure, to storage, to applications and the management thereof – attendees will get the chance to walk from away the event with a holistic approach to cloud. Below is a preview of each workshop:
Designing Infrastructure for Private Clouds
Private cloud deployments are often just a glorified facade for server virtualization, missing the flexibility, elasticity and self-service aspects of cloud services. The missteps leading to this sad state usually start in the design phase, making it even more important to focus on the design of your private cloud infrastructure. Read More >>
Speaker: Ivan Pepelnjak, Chief Technology Advisor, NIL Data Communications
Making Cloud Storage Work for Your Organization
The ready availability and relatively low price of cloud storage means IT departments can improve the services they provide while also keeping costs in line. Because cloud storage is equally accessible from anywhere, it’s a compelling option for providing access to data from multiple locations. Cloud storage is also attractive for backup data. Even better, in a disaster IT can recover that data from a provider for rapid recovery. Add in how object storage services like Amazon’s Glacier offer low-cost, long-term archiving and the cloud starts to look like a nice place to keep some of your data. The rub, of course, is…Read More >>
Speaker: Howard Marks, Contributing Editor, Network Computing
Cloud computing with OpenStack is a powerful way of providing and consuming IaaS to achieve the scale and agility required by IT departments today. In the most recent release, Havana included nearly 400 application-driven enterprise features. Read More >>
Cloud Applications: The Next Generation
Cloud computing solved the problem of infrastructure — computing resources are now cheap, scalable, and easy to access — however, designing and operating applications for cloud environments continues to be a challenge for IT. Read More >>
Speaker: Bernard Golden, Author, Amazon Web Services for Dummies & Vice President Strategy, ActiveState Software
Managing Applications in a Hybrid Cloud World
Federated cloud infrastructures are the future of application deployments. This is good news for IT because hybrid systems provide high availability, promote mobility, and can simplify disaster recovery and continuity of operations. However, federated architectures also create thorny orchestration and management challenges, as data and applications are dispersed across private and (eventually several) public clouds. Read More >>
Speaker: Michael Biddick, Chief Executive Officer, Fusion PPT LLC
Cloud Connect China, hosted at the Shanghai International Convention Center, produced a excellent recap video from its first ever, Cloud Connect China, held Sept 15-17, 2013 in Shanghai.
The IT industry in China has seen a significant impact with the rapid development of the cloud computing business model, including the underlying infrastructure to support cloud computing – servers, storage and networks, middleware, operating system, applications software, and Internet service. These advancements are creating a large growth element for the Chinese IT industry as well as a need to discuss the issues and best practices in cloud computing. Hosting a Cloud Connect event in Shanghai was a natural next step for the evolution of the event and a great opportunity to bring the cloud industry’s talented speakers, engaged attendees, and solution providers together.
Cloud Connect China 2014 will take place Sept 16-18 at the Shanghai International Convention Center. Find out more at http://www.cloudconnectevent.cn/index_en.php.
Attendee Testimonials from Cloud Connect 2013:
“I found the conference great. I picked up some really good information, and found that the people in the conference were some of the best for networking, it was a really good experience for me.”
Glenn West, Cloud Business Unit Manager, APAC, Red Hat
“I attended and participated in the first Shanghai Cloud Connect event in September 2013 and I have to say that the event was planned and executed very well. As a speaker and attendee I would not have known that this was the first time for this event in Shanghai. The staff was very professional and courteous, content was strong, the sessions were kept on schedule and the rooms were excellent.”
Mark Thiele, Executive VP Data Center Tech , Switch Inc
“Great event, I very much enjoyed it. SOASTA has had the honor in participating and speaking at many Cloud events over the years, Including the very first Cloud Conference ever held back in 2008 in San Francisco. This year’s CloudConnect in Shanghai, being the first of its kind in China, has moved to the top of our list of terrific Cloud events. Some of Clouds finest speakers came from around the world to share their experiences and expertise with a very engaging audience. Thank you to all that worked so hard to put on such a terrific event.”
Tom Lounibos, CEO and Co-Founder, SOASTA
Cloud Connect will be held alongside Interop New York from September 29-Oct 2.
Cloud Connect @Interop:
- Cloud Connect Summit – Oct 1-2, 2014
- Workshops powered by Cloud Connect – Sept 29-30, 2014
- Cloud Connect Exhibit Zone – Oct 1-2, 2014
Register with code CCBLOG2 by June 30 to receive an extra $200 off the Super Summer Savings Discount on Cloud Connect Summit and Total Access passes!
Cloud Connect Summit had an impressive launch at Interop Las Vegas this past spring, and is now heading to Interop New York, the leading independent technology conference and expo series for the IT community, from Oct 1- 2.
As cloud continues to reshape business computing, Cloud Connect will bring its cloud-as-business-enabler programming to Interop New York for the first time in 2014. The two-day Cloud Connect Summit will give attendees an intensive immersion in how to leverage the cloud to drive innovation and growth for their business. In addition to the Summit, Cloud Connect will produce five cloud workshops to run Sept 29-30, alongside the Interop workshop program. The Interop Expo will also host a Cloud Connect Zone, Oct 1 -2, showcasing cloud companies’ technology solutions. Adding Cloud Connect programming to Interop New York further demonstrates how cloud technology has become a critical tool in the IT wheelhouse.
The New York program features three *new* workshops as well several new Summit keynotes and sessions. Find more information about the Cloud Connect workshops here, and stay tuned for the Summit agenda, to be released late June.
See you in the Big Apple!
WHAT ATTENDEES SAID ABOUT CLOUD CONNECT SUMMIT LAS VEGAS:
“Impressed with the quality of the speakers and the interesting and engaging topics.“
“Margaret Dawson is one of the best speakers I’ve heard in a long time.“
“Another session packed with information. Fantastic speakers.“
“A massive amount of information to take in, but I plan to take what I learned and really do some research, especially around hybrid cloud and ITaaS since that is the next direction from my company. Learning the difference in vendors and the hype versus fact will help as well as one speaker put it, the good, the bad and the ugly.“
“Excellent detailed session about AWS components and structure. Bernard did an amazing job presenting the material and answering questions.“
- Cloud Connect Summit – Oct 1-2, 2014
- Workshops powered by Cloud Connect – Sept 29-30, 2014
- Cloud Connect Exhibit Zone – Oct 1-2, 2014
Register with code CCBLOG by June 30 to receive an extra $200 off the Super Summer Savings Discount on Cloud Connect Summit passes!
In a lot of ways, 2013 has been a pivotal year for PCI compliance in the cloud. As recently as a few years ago answers to compliance questions for cloud environments were more than a little murky, typically regressing into endless debates on how to define “cloud” in the first place. Compared to where we were as an industry then, 2013 has ushered in the age enlightenment.
In February, PCI Council finally pushed guidance for ensuring compliance in several types of cloud environments. At nearly 50 pages it’s more of a self-published novella than clarification, but it’s a major milestone nevertheless. The biggest question – “Can you be PCI compliant in the cloud” – has been answered. Yes, you can.
Businesses unwilling to wait for the PCI council to catch up with the real world have been finding their own way for years of course, but now the uncertainty of picking just the right QSA or a cloud provider that understood security have been greatly reduced. Take a random walk through a set of cloud providers – Rackspace, Peak 10, Amazon for instance – and you find a lot of PCI resources that provide common sense answers, and in some cases a set of services to handle most of the heavy lifting.
Things are notably better, but ask anyone going beyond merely replicating their deployment in a legacy data center and you won’t hear about the “age of enlightenment” for PCI compliance. A more accurate assessment of our current state is just beyond the point where you get deer in the headlights looks when the topic comes up.
What will be the next pressure point? Heady topics like auto-scaling, deployment automation and usage based billing. Security has been largely exempt from dealing with these issues, in no small part because uncertainty of compliance in the cloud provided a convenient cover, but expect that ability to deal with elastic environments becomes a major issue in 2014.
Challenge here is much more technological than an issue of governance, and its exactly the area where security people will have a difficult time meeting business demands. After all, computing, storage and networking have been disrupted to the core by “software defined” movements, while security industry has escaped largely unscathed. What happens when your newly PCI compliant cloud deployment auto-scales to meet surging customer demand, leaving your security infrastructure in the dust?
We’ll be discussing cloud, security, compliance and more at Cloud Connect in Chicago on October 21-23rd.
Misha Govshteyn is the Vice President of Emerging Products at Alert Logic and will be a featured speaker during the Cloud Security and Risk Summit at Cloud Connect Chicago.
Gartner predicts that from 2013 to 2016, $677 billion will be spent by cloud customers to create cloud advertising and other business services. This estimate does not even include the billions of dollars of private cloud infrastructure investment. So when a modern bank robber is asked why he is targeting cloud services, he will most likely answer, “Because now that’s where the data is” — so that’s where the money is.
What are today’s bank robbers attempting to do? Some are using cloud services to run their Zeus botnets and other hacking infrastructures. Other risks include hacktivists who target your service provider with DDoS attacks, rendering your business service unavailable for hours or days because the cloud provider didn’t have the bandwidth or controls in place to contend with the attack.
So what are obvious considerations to protect against these emerging threats?
1. Know what data your company is storing in the cloud.
– Don’t find out after someone else publishes it on the Web or sells it to a crime syndicate.
– Be aware what types of data your business is producing or holding during the initial stages of the project.
2. If you are storing any confidential data in the cloud, encrypt it.
– Assume the data is going to be attacked and potentially leaked in the future.
– Encryption increases the costs for hackers to gain access to your data and may thwart their efforts.
3. Have a Plan B for critical business services.
– Assume that your cloud provider is going to have a disruption in the future.
– Determine how much downtime you can handle and still remain profitable and consider designing redundant services between multiple providers.
4. Choose a cloud provider that is aligned with your risk tolerance.
– Assess various cloud service providers and choose that one that best fits your budget and risk tolerance.
– Don’t bargain-hunt for a cloud provider — you may one day wish you had chosen a provider with stronger security.
Robert Malmrose is Chief Security Officer at Quantitative Risk Management and a featured speaker in the Cloud Security and Risk Summit at Cloud Connect Chicago 2013. This post is a summary of Robert’s article that was published in InformationWeek.