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Here are two jobs which may interest readers of this blog. Both require Axway (Vordel) skills for API Management. The first job is more of an administrator role, and the second is more of a dev role: Identity and Access Management Administrator in Cambridge, Massachusetts Experienced with Vordel (Axway), Active Directory, Kerberos XML, Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), & Message Broker SOAP, Web Services, & SOA Strong familiarity with Middleware, Database, SOA technologies Oracle Security Middleware (Oracle Access Manager, Oracle Internet Directory) Working knowledge of any Load Balancer (like F5) Working knowledge of system administration (Unix, Windows)  http://m.simplyhired.com/a/mobile-jobs/view/jobkey-5565.4063468 Java Developer with Axway/Vordel Skills in Hoffman Estates, Illinois This job requires a Java developer who has great experience with Vordel [Axway] API Manage... (more)

Why Use a Cloud-Based Distributed File System?

Distributed File System (DFS) in the context of Microsoft Windows is a very familiar feature for Windows Server administrators. As a summary, it can organize many distributed SMB file shares into a single DFS namespace (DFS root), providing location transparency and redundancy. In the cloud storage era, we can extend the distributed file system concept to cloud storage. With cloud storage, it is possible to unify your multiple file servers from multiple sites into one single namespace. Gladinet Cloud is one such namespace that can unify all your servers from different places and provide cloud-storage replication for redundancy. If you were a Windows administrator, you will start building your DFS at creating a DFS root first, then you will bring in different SMB network shares into your DFS tree. In Gladinet, you will start by creating a Gladinet Team Edition accou... (more)

Windows 8 Notifications: Leveraging Azure Storage

When incorporating images into your toast and tile notifications, there are three options for hosting those images: within the application package itself, using an ms-appx:/// URI, within local application storage, using an ms-appdata:///local URI, or on the web using an HTTP or HTTPS URI. The primary advantage of hosting images on the web is that it insulates the application from changes to those images.  The images hosted on the web can be modified or refined without requiring an update to the application, which both necessitates a resubmission to the Windows Store and relies on users to update the application. Windows Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud offering, can be an incredibly convenient and cost effective way to manage the images used in notifications. The easiest way to serve image content from Windows Azure is via blob storage, which provides highly scalabl... (more)

Symplified Demonstrates Access Control and Single Sign-On for Leading Cloud Applications at Catalyst Conference

Symplified, the cloud security company, today announced that it will demonstrate here how its SinglePoint™ Cloud Identity and Access Management solution provides centralized, granular access control, single sign-on (SSO), and auditing for leading cloud applications, identity providers, and federation protocols by integrating with user data and directories located inside enterprise firewalls. As part of the cloud SSO Interoperability demonstration hosted by Burton Group, Symplified will showcase how SinglePoint addresses policy enforcement, regulatory compliance, and directory integration challenges associated with deploying Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Microsoft’s new identity federation platform, and other on-demand resources. “The mainstream deployment of cloud applications, especially among large and medium sized enterprises, is creating the need for centralized... (more)

Host that Sorry Page on your BIG-IP!

It's not an uncommon problem trying to figure out where to plant that sorry page in the event your farm is down.  It's also not an uncommon solution to just use your BIG-IP to issue a text-only HTTP::respond.  It works, but it's not, how do you say, visually appealing?  You want to say sorry and mean it.  With pictures.  If you take a stroll through the iRules codeshare, you'll notice several solutions to this problem.  All of them work, with a variety of methods, but user kirkbauer's entry takes it to another level.  Kirk's sorry page irule generator (written in perl) takes all the guess work out of the process for you.  Dump the perl script in /var/tmp, give execute permissions to root, and off you go.  Here's a sample configuration, just taking Google's main page: [root@ltm01:Active] mibs # /var/tmp/sorrygen.pl Welcome to the F5 Sorry Page iRule Generator This s... (more)

What Makes Cloud Storage Different from Traditional SAN and NAS?

Many in the IT industry seem to enjoy arguing exactly what does and does not constitute a cloud service. As I mentioned in my post on the controversy over private cloud services, I do not feel that these arguments are productive. We should focus on results and business value instead of arguing about semantics. However, the current crop of cloud storage solutions have many important differences from traditional SAN and NAS storage, something that seems to surprise many end users I meet. Cloud storage capacity is not your fathers blocks and files! Primary, Secondary, and Tiered Storage Most IT infrastructures contain a wide variety of storage devices, but these have traditionally been divided into two categories: Primary or production storage serves active applications and is accessed randomly. The primary category includes most familiar direct-attached disks (DAS), s... (more)

Google Apps Get Into Enterprise Provisioning Systems

An important milestone just got passed by Google – one of the big enterprise identity management vendors out there – Quest Software (full disclosure: I am working for the company) – has added Google Apps as a directory to which they can provision identities and access. One might argue that this is a small thing considering that Quest is by far not the first vendor to enter Google’s ecosystem. Google Solutions Marketplace lists a few hundred solutions and services around Google Apps and Enterprise Search. However, Quest is the first among the big systems management (Quest, HP, CA, BMC, Symantec) and identity management (Quest, Oracle, Sun, Novell) vendors to get in there and this is a very important milestone for Google’s acceptance in the enterprise. Technically, what Quest did was adding a Google Apps “connector” into their identity management and provisioning pla... (more)

Beyond the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud

Amazon's virtual private cloud allows for Amazon EC2 instances to exist within a VPN environment, managed by an organization's existing network security infrastructure. As Steve Riley defines Amazon Virtual Private Cloud; Amazon VPC enables enterprises to connect their existing infrastructure to a set of isolated AWS compute resources via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection, and to extend their existing management capabilities such as security services, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems to include their AWS resources http://stvrly.wordpress.com/2009/09/08/what-can-you-do-with-amazon-virtual-private-cloud/ Before Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Amazon EC2 instances outside the firewall were not under the control of internal network management systems. They were the equivalent of remote workers, cut loose from corporate infrastructure management: With Amazo... (more)

Next Generation 'Green' Desktop Network Storage Appliance

Iomega announced the next generation of its popular double-drive desktop NAS appliance with the worldwide launch of the new Iomega StorCenter(TM) ix2-200. Based on industry-leading enterprise-class EMC storage technologies, the versatile yet affordable StorCenter ix2-200 wraps ease-of-use around big business data management functionality and advanced media serving and other consumer features that make it the ideal NAS appliance for small business users and home users. Available in 1TB*, 2TB and 4TB capacities, the new ix2-200 utilizes a very simple four-step setup to be operational in a matter of minutes - be it in a business setting or in the digital home. Starting at less than $270.00, the ix2-200 employs an easy-to-understand interface to provide robust data management and protection for the serious business user, as well as the latest in multimedia serving and r... (more)

Microsoft’s First Step Toward Cloud Computing

Azure Session at Cloud Expo Pundits talking about how Windows 7 is all about Microsoft competing against Apple, recovering with Vista consumer adoption disaster, or getting people off of XP, are missing one other – extremely important – part of the Windows 7 story. Windows 7 and its server counterpart – Windows Server 2008 R2 – are actually the first real step in Microsoft’s Windows Cloud Story. Before Windows 7 Microsoft could offer some services (such as Exchange Online) from the cloud – but could not provide full enterprise directory, security and so on – now they can. Microsoft has always called its SaaS plan Software + Services, emphasizing that it can enable rich Windows and application experience over the internet. The reality however has been that in most cases these have been limited to a few web-enabled (e.g. Outlook) or pure web (e.g. SharePoint) applicati... (more)

Symplified to Demo SinglePoint Cloud Security at Cloud Expo

Symplified Demo at Cloud Expo Cloud Computing Expo - Symplified, the Cloud security company, announced a new user provisioning addition to its SinglePoint Cloud security platform that enables organizations to centralize the management of user accounts for multiple cloud applications from within their firewall or using the Salesforce.com platform. SinglePoint Cloud Identity Manager integrates with enterprise user directories to automate the creation, provisioning, modification, and de-provisioning of accounts that enable employees to access Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) applications and data. Symplified to exhibit at Cloud Expo 2010, which will take place April 19-21, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Cloud Expo, with over 5,000 delegates and more than 200 sponsors, will be the most significant technology event of the year. With Sin... (more)