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Likewise has announced support for SAP NetWeaver and SAPgui - giving Likewise Open and Likewise Enterprise customers using SAP single sign-on capability. Likewise also announced it expects SAP certification to be completed in early 2011. Likewise Open joins desktops and servers running Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X to an organization's existing Active Directory. With more than 80,000 organizations worldwide, Likewise Open is the most widely-used Active Directory authentication engine for Linux, Unix, and Mac OS X systems. Likewise Enterprise builds on the authentication engine of Likewise Open, making it easy for IT managers to authenticate users, control access to applications and data, centrally manage settings with group policies, and create reports for regulatory audits. "Our customers are increasingly asking to be able to sign-on to SAP using their credentials pro... (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)

Likewise Releases Open Source Software for File Sharing Among Linux, Mac, Unix and Windows

BELLEVUE, Wash., September 10, 2009 - Likewise announced today that it is releasing a high-performance, Windows-compatible file server, Likewise-CIFS. It is designed for independent software vendors and large organizations that require access to Linux, Unix, and Mac servers from Windows computers. Likewise-CIFS is available at www.likewiseopen.org and in Likewise Open 5.3 under GPLv2 licensing terms.  Likewise will also license Likewise-CIFS under commercial licensing terms that allow original equipment manufacturers to embed Likewise-CIFS in a variety of network attached storage devices, including network appliances and clustered storage solutions. Likewise-CIFS supports both the SMB1 and SMB2 versions of the Server Message Block protocol. It is designed to be a high-performance, highly-scalable protocol stack. Its modular and extensible driver architecture lets OEMs... (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)

Ping Identity Launches PingOne

Ping Identity, the cloud identity security leader, on Wednesday unveiled PingOne, a multiplexed identity switch in the Cloud. One connection to PingOne provides businesses the convenience of tier 1 Single Sign-On (SSO) access to all of their cloud applications and gives IT one place to centralise control and automate identity management. One connection to PingOne equips cloud application providers to offer tier 1 SSO to all of their customers. For security conscious businesses, tier 1 requires exclusively standards-based, federated SSO protocols such as SAML, OAuth, and OpenID with zero tolerance for storing passwords or managing duplicate end-user accounts in the cloud. PingOne is the only on-demand cloud identity management service to equip application providers as well as end users with complete tier 1 SSO and multiplexed (one-to-many) capabilities. With one con... (more)

Hitachi Data Systems Unveils Cloud Enhancements

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT) (TOKYO:6501), today announced significant new enhancements to its award-winning object store, Hitachi Content Platform (HCP), and its bottomless, backup-free cloud on-ramp, Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI). These new enhancements reduce overall costs by enabling organizations to better manage unstructured data growth, ensure content security in shared storage environments and reduce the complexity and inefficiency in traditional, cloud computing and distributed IT environments. “Organizations are looking for new, innovative approaches to deal with the expansive growth of unstructured content and extract the full value of their data,” said Miklos Sandorfi, chief strategist, Hitachi Data Systems. “Our content cloud approach allows organizations to store billions of data objects a... (more)

Telefónica Launches Cloud Storage Services for Businesses

"We identified a need in the market for Spain-based, secure cloud storage services," said Andres López Hedoire, marketing manager, cloud security and management at Telefónica, as it was announced today that Telefónica, one of the world's largest telecom providers, has launched cloud storage services using the Cloud Storage Enablement Suite from CTERA. "We chose CTERA as our partner in creating this innovative service because they provide a unified platform for enabling cloud storage services, supporting the scalability we need and the security that our customers expect," Hedoire explained. "Thanks to CTERA's multi-tenant architecture, enterprise customers have their own 'private hosted' environments, with complete separation of data, security and access privileges," he added. The service, named "Disco Virtual en Red", is fully Telefónica-branded and aimed at addressi... (more)

Windows Azure IaaS Reaches General Availability

Today, Windows Azure Infrastructure Services (IaaS), including Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking, has reached general availability. These new services make it possible for you to move your applications into the cloud as is. This announcement is a significant step in our cloud computing strategy, which has been influenced directly by our discussions with customers and partners around the world. One point holds true in every one of our discussions with you - the cloud should be an enabler for innovation, and an extension of your organization’s IT fabric, not just a fancier way to describe cheap infrastructure and application hosting. This brief video explains what we mean by extension of your organization’s IT fabric. You’ve also told us that you don’t want to have to choose either a low price or good performance; you want a low price and good performance. Tha... (more)

Mobility News Weekly – Week of April 13, 2014

The Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to enterprise mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News WeeklyAlso read Field Mobility News WeeklyAlso read M2M News WeeklyAlso read Mobile Commerce News WeeklyAlso read Mobile Cyber Security News WeeklyAlso read Mobile Health News Weekly Looking for an enterprise mobility solution?  Read the Mobile Solution Directory Here! Barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies Corp said it would buy Motorola Solutions Inc's enterprise business, which makes rugged mobile computers, tablets and barcode scanners, for $3.45 billion in cash.  Read Original Content The Wall Street Journal report last week that e-commerce giant Amazon is planning to enter the smartphone... (more)

Likewise Rock ‘n’ Roll

100% Growth (2009 vs. 2008) On the back of a strong 2008, we’re on track to deliver over 100% sales growth in 2009 which clearly is the exception to the norm.  Our performance allows us not only to drive a strong balance sheet but also to continue to grow headcount including our customer-facing technical resources.  I attribute our success to a variety of factors including our strong products as well as our open source business model.  Likewise Open delivers a high value, free offering for customers that require a scalable authentication solution.  Most of our Likewise Enterprise customers start with Likewise Open and over time expand the scope of their authentication project requirements to include policy, audit, and reporting.  A common theme that I hear from our customers is that they like doing business with us and they like our technical teams. Record Q1 Q1 wa... (more)

Q&A: Windows Server High Availability

Thanks again to those who joined us for last week’s webinar, "Windows Server 2008 High Availability: Technology Comparison." The on-demand recording of last week's webinar is now available to watch at your convenience (here). We had a lot of good questions from our attendees during the Q&A portion of the webinar, which are summarized below. Q: How do you determine when to use an HA solution vs. a DR solution? When it comes to availability vs. recovery, the most important question to ask is what are your recovery time objectives (RTO)? What is the amount of time your application can afford to be down? If the applications have strict requirements, then you want an availability solution. Disaster recovery is data replication often times with a failover capability, not availability. For critical applications, this may not be sufficient. Q: If I have an HA solution in pla... (more)