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
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)
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)
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)
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, 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 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
"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)
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
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.
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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
The Wall Street Journal report last week that e-commerce giant Amazon is
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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.
Q1 wa... (more)
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
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)