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Dropbox-like Collaboration Software Ensures 100% Uptime and Enhanced Security for HIPAA Compliance Software Vendor San Diego, California and Hamburg, Germany - February 26, 2013 - Enterprise cloud synchronization provider TeamDrive today announced Touchstone Compliance LLC has deployed the TeamDrive platform to provide its staff with secure and collaborative access to critical files with version control and complete audit trails. TeamDrive delivers a simple, secure file sharing and storage service that works the way users work -- from anywhere on any device - to meet user requirements without sacrificing IT control. Touchstone's cloud-based solutions help health providers across the globe meet evolving statutory obligations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). With staff often based out of the US, uptime, security and local regulatory ... (more)

3 Reasons to Use Cloud Servers

Maybe you’re new to the web hosting game. Maybe you are an old pro who is an active mod on Web Hosting Talk making sure us Cloud providers don’t run amuck on your forums. Or maybe you are a developer who needs a virtualized environment to test out and run new code. Whatever your situation, Cloud server hosting is for you. Be it Windows or Linux Cloud Hosting, one thing is for sure, everyone can use a powerful and affordable Cloud server solution. Here’s why. 1. Cloud Servers Grow with Your Need Everyone wants more than just a one size fits all solution. As a consumer or business spending money on a product, you want to know your investment will be sound as you grow or shrink in need. Cloud servers offer this ability. Due to a variety of factors, investing in Cloud hosting solutions – be they Linux or Windows – means consumers and corporations can grow or shrink the... (more)

Commodity Network Fabrics

What role does the concept of a “network fabric” play in the march towards commoditization of networking?  Well, let’s discuss! The Whole Shebang There can be no doubt that an organization’s relationship to networking is to the aggregate thing they call “the network.”  When there are issues, non-network folks say wonderfully vague things like “The network is dropping packets!” or “I can’t login… must be the network.”  This intuition, to think about the network as a whole, rather than as a collection of systems, is right:  Collectively, the network is supposed to produce desirable aggregate behavior. This is an important clue as to how networking will evolve in the future.  SDN is a step in this direction.  Intelligent software will undoubtedly coordinate the actions of the underlying constituent systems, on behalf of an operator or an application, to achieve some po... (more)

Flexera Software Enhances FlexNet® Embedded to Support Java Platform & .NET Framework

New release helps software vendors & intelligent device manufacturers package, license and monetise software more quickly and flexibly Maidenhead, UK - April 3, 2012 - Flexera Software, the leading provider of Application Usage Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced today a new release of FlexNet Embedded, part of the FlexNet Producer Suite licensing solution, which enables intelligent device manufacturers and software vendors to monetise software on traditional devices, intelligent devices, equipment and virtual appliances. The new release now supports the Java platform and the .NET Framework, allowing application producers to work natively in those development environments, take advantage of a more simplified API model and consistent behavior across multiple platforms running Java or .NET, and incorporate market leading software... (more)

Twelve New Programming Languages: Is Cloud Responsible?

Do we need programming languages? You may think that the answer is no. But, if you go by the recent trend you may need to change your mind. Consider for example the following questions: Why is Google working two (GO, DART) new programming languages? Why has IBM (X10), Cray (Chapel) and Red Hat (Ceylon) working on creating a new programming language of its own? Why did the attendees of a recent conference in London select 5 (HTML5, DART, Scala, Clojure, Node.js) new languages as the most important software development trends for 2012? What does Neil McAllister mean when he says that these 10 (DART, Ceylon, GO, F#, OPA, Fantom, Zimbu, X10, Haxe, Chapel) programming languages that could shake up IT? Why did Anders Hejlsberg of Microsoft, the creator of Turbo Pascal, Delphi and C# launch TypeScript? Are new programming languages getting created just to satisfy the creativ... (more)

Announcing Revolution R Enterprise 6.0

Revolution Analytics is proud to announce the latest update to our enhanced, production-grade distribution of R, Revolution R Enterprise. This update expands the range of supported computation platforms, adds new Big Data predictive models, and updates to the latest stable release of open source R (2.14.2), which improves performance of the R interpreter by about 30%. This release expands the range of big-data statistical analysis with support for Generalized Linear Models (GLM). Logistic (Binomial) Poisson, Gamma and Tweedie models are all supported with a high-performance C++ implementation, and you can also model any distribution in the GLM family with a custom link function written in R. Big Data GLM has been a common request from many of our customers, and beta testers have been blown away by the speed of the implementation. For example here's an example of a T... (more)

Open Source & Commercial Software: Both Are Crucial

Is software development a science or an art? The software industry treats it as a science. It uses processes like MRDs, PRDs, and functional specs to convert customer needs into software that solves their problems. Various roles like product managers, engineering managers, project managers, architects, and programmers work together to drive the process like an efficient machine. Programmers are usually referred to as software engineers, but unlike mechanical, civil, and other kinds of engineers, software engineers don’t have any certification process or formal requirements. In fact, technically, software engineers aren’t engineers at all. Many famous people in the field recognize programming as an art. Good code isn’t a commodity that’s just pumped out – it’s composed like a novel or music. Good software is created from good code u... (more)

Why Microsoft Should Finally Buy Citrix

DISCLAIMER: This is long and the opinions are mine. I’ve written a good bit here about the various ways Microsoft and Citrix overlap in the hypervisor space, ranging from topics like shared code base through competition for the desktop space. To me, these two players have always been the underdogs battling for the right to go head-to-head against VMware in the main enterprise (and now cloud) virtual data center event. I’ve long said here that I think Microsoft is in the best position to make that move, but to be honest, Citrix currently has better technology. In other words, Microsoft has a better strategic play, Citrix a better tactical play. The announcements that came of out Synergy last week prove that. Citrix knows what it’s doing and they know how to build virtualization products to compete with VMware. As has been asked many times before, here and elsewhere:... (more)

What Could You Do with Your Code in 20 Lines or Less?

What could you do with your code in 20 Lines or Less? That's the question I ask (almost) every week for the devcentral community, and every week I go looking to find cool new examples that show just how flexible and powerful iRules can be without getting in over your head. Here are a few more cool iRules from the forums. This week I’ve included one of the simplest, shortest iRules to ever make the 20LoL. It just struck me as something quite useful that I’m willing to bet several people will look at and say “oh, that’s handy” despite the fact that it’s not complex or long.  Keep the code coming. Multiple Matches with Switch http://devcentral.f5.com/Default.aspx?tabid=53&forumid=5&postid=60678&view=topic Joe answered a plea for help from the forums that showed how to modify an existing iRule that mad use of switch dropping through to multiple match cases.  This is a ... (more)

Plone and Drupal: Different Approaches, Different Results

Drupal Developer's Journal on Ulitzer Plone and Drupal are two leading open source Content Management Systems (CMS). Both were recognized in the 2009 Open Source CMS awards, run by Packt Publishing.  Both also have large installed bases and large developer communities.  This is made evident by some quick searching on Google: A search for LinkedIn profiles that mention Plone (search for 'plone site:linkedin.com/pub/') turns up 1350 pages-a large increase from 500 results in 2006. The same kind of search for Drupal developers turns up 9700 pages (search for 'drupal site:linkedin.com/pub/').  This tells me that, in LinkedIn anyway, there might be approximately seven to eight times as many Drupal developers as there are Plone developers. Below I will outline the strength and weaknesses of both systems. As a site administrator who has worked with Plone since September 20... (more)

Adobe AIR Dead on Desktop Linux

AIR has joined Adobe Reader in the dustbin of Adobe products on Linux. According to figures gathered by Netmarketshare that Adobe uses to justify its decision to terminate AIR on desktop Linux, desktop Linux accounts for less than 1% of the market. More important - from Adobe's point-of-view - desktop Linux has accounted for less than 0.5% of lifetime AIR downloads so, instead, Adobe is off chasing the "mobile client," the 200 million Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS and iOS devices that can download and run AIR apps. It's killing off AIR and the AIR SDK for desktop Linux with the latest 2.7 release of AIR. The last Adobe release of AIR for desktop Linux is AIR 2.6. The only way anybody's gonna get anything better than 2.6 is if one of Adobe's third-party Open Screen Project (OSP) partners does it. Adobe says on its web site that "existing AIR applications will continue... (more)