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Cloud Computing on Ulitzer Back in June, we released the very first security hardened virtual machine images for the Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) environment. These original images were based upon the OpenSolaris 2008.11 release and were configured in accordance with the guidelines published by Sun the Center for Internet Security. Since its initial release, we have provided an update to offer this image in the European Region. In August, we took another step forward with the release of a security-enhanced image based upon the OpenSolaris 2009.06 release. This image went beyond just the simple hardening of its predecessor to add functionality such as encrypted swap, non-executable stacks and auditing that was enabled by default. With such a strong foundation, it should have been no surprise that it was likely to be used as a foundation for layere... (more)

NETGEAR Launches RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router

NETGEAR, Inc., has announced the launch of RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB (WNR3500L), a full-featured Wireless-N router offering high-performance wireless range and speed along with Gigabit Ethernet ports and ReadyShare(TM) USB storage access. The RangeMax Wireless-N Gigabit Router with USB is also designed to serve as a reliable, high-performance open source Linux® platform supporting a wide variety of applications created by multiple development partners and the dedicated open source community. Some of these partners include BigFoot Networks for boosting network speeds for online gaming, Leaf Networks for easy remote access, Paragon Software for high-speed USB file reads and writes, and Sputnik for hotspot solutions. The most popular free, open source Linux-based firmware -- DD-WRT, OpenWRT and Tomato -- are also available on the RangeMax Wireless-N G... (more)

Oracle Enhances Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management

Extending the enterprise-wide Project Portfolio Management (PPM) capabilities of Oracle's Primavera product suite, Oracle today announced new releases of Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management and Oracle's Primavera Contract Management. The new Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 7.0 and Primavera Contract Management 13 releases provide significant usability, integration and collaboration enhancements. New Web accessibility for Oracle's Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management 7.0 and Contract Management 13 deliver professional project management on the Web, providing access to anyone, anywhere working on a project or program. New features in the latest release of Primavera P6 Enterprise Project Portfolio Management help organizations successfully manage and deliver portfolios, programs and projects of any size and... (more)

WilCon Manages Infrastructure Risks

This is part three is a series of interviews with Eric Bender, president of Wilshire Connection. Wilshire Connection, or WilCon, is the largest independent local network and neutral fiber infrastructure provider in downtown Los Angeles. In this segment Eric discusses how WilCon managed risk to their network during the initial construction process, the continuing management of critical telecommunications infrastructure, and the role WilCon could play in the event of a major incident impacting the telecom industry in Los Angeles. Pacific Tier: (on the topic of utility gas and electricity) What risk is there to the infrastructure in downtown LA of an explosion from either electricity or gas, and what would that do to your conduits if it occurred? Eric Bender: Interesting question… I haven’t really thought much about that, it would, depending on where, you never want to... (more)

Exterior Remodeling: Best Bang for Your Buck

Despite a slow market and a slight decrease in the resale value of most remodeling projects, REALTORS® report that the smartest home improvement investments may also be some of the least expensive. Results from the 2009 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report show that small-scale exterior projects are the most profitable at resale, according to estimates by REALTORS® who completed a recent survey. On a national level, eight out of the top 10 projects in terms of costs recouped were exterior replacement projects that cost less than $14,000. Certain types of door and siding replacements, as well as wood deck additions all returned more than 80 percent of project costs upon resale. A steel entry door replacement – a new addition to this year’s list – recouped 128.9 percent of costs, followed by upscale fiber-cement sliding replacements at 83.6 percent. Wood deck additions re... (more)

Zebras, Giraffes, and Horses

My youngest daughter used to have trouble with her animals. Whenever she saw a giraffe, she would say "zebra" and whenever she saw a zebra she would say "giraffe!" Although an adult would never make that mistake, one can understand why a child would: She was new to these names, and they were entirely arbitrary words. Besides, both are quadrupeds with bizarre coloration and patterns. But my daughter definitely knew a horse when she saw one! Private Clouds and SSPs: Horses and Zebras Today's cloud storage world can be equally confusing to the uninitiated. Long-time IT folks remember the storage service providers (SSPs) of a decade ago and have watched as storage and server virtualization have gained prominence. When cloud storage began to get some press a couple of years ago, it was natural to try to fit it into the existing paradigms and understandable to fail to ... (more)

SAP Delivers New Templates For Manufacturing Execution

SAP NEWSBYTE – February 09, 2010 – SAP AG is now delivering preconfigured, best practice templates for its SAP® Manufacturing Integration and Intelligence (SAP MII) application to support lightweight manufacturing execution in batch manufacturing industries. The batch manufacturing with SAP MII templates are cost-free and extend the architecture of SAP MII by providing prebuilt, plant and role-specific composites to support manufacturing preparation, execution, documentation, and reporting. Batch manufacturing with SAP MII is the result of a successful co-innovation project, leveraging the experience of SAP, SAP MII partners Ciber, Systec and Services and Trebing + Himstedt, as well as customer input. The templates cover nine application areas: role-specific manufacturing operations cockpits, manufacturing order list, material identification, work instructions, qua... (more)

Agents To Pay For Buyer Stimulus

The website, Lookflorida.com states: 'A group of Florida real estate agents have agreed to participate in the FREBS program.  These agents will give you  a cash stimulus at closing on your Florida real estate purchase.  You could be eligible for up to $150,000' The stimulus program is an initiative to help buyers with closing costs, but could end up doing a lot more.  Like many recent cash stimulus programs, such as 'Cash for Clunkers' there needs to be plenty of money behind the project in order to make it successful.  To fund this program, the agents involved will give a portion of their commission back to the buyer at closing. The FREBS program is aimed at individuals, companies or businesses interested in purchasing Florida real estate.  The program works by agents allowing buyers to receive a percentage of the commission that the brokerage firm receives from th... (more)

Bryan J. Lima Earns NAR Short Sales and Foreclosure Certification

Bryan J. Lima on Ulitzer Bryan J. Lima with DeFino Realtors has earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS® offers the SFR certification to REALTORS® who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows. According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures.  For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new "traditional" transaction. REALTORS® who have earned the SFR certification know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities. "As leading advocates for homeownership, REALTORS® believe that any family that l... (more)

Business Spending for Cloud Computing and Managed Hosting to Surpass $13B

Businesses are moving to the cloud, at least as far as their IT spending is concerned. A new In-Stat (www.in-stat.com) report forecasts cloud computing and managed hosting spending by US Businesses will surpass $13 billion in 2014, up from less than 3 billion. "Although spending across all sectors and size of business is projected to grow, there are some segments where growth will be staggering," says Greg Potter, Research Analyst. "The professional services and healthcare verticals will see the largest growth in spending on cloud computing services, growing over 124% between 2010 and 2014." CLICK HERE FOR GRAPH Additional report data includes: SaaS (software-as-a-service) spending will increase 112% between 2010 and 2014. IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) spending will approach $4 billion in 2014. PaaS (platform-as-a-service) spending will increase 113% to roughl... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly

Kevin’s Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Mobile Money News Weekly Also read Mobile Retailing News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Monthly An Indiana man has developed a smartphone application that may make the war effort safer and more efficient.  Capt. Jonathan Springer created Tactical NAV last year with the help of his wife to provide soldiers with more precise logistics for delivering mortar strikes and artillery fire. http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/9a3b94a4c9ea4da386e7bd3ae8ee02e6/IN--Soldier-Smartphone-App/ ******** The total market for finished barcode scanners (dedicated handheld and fixed position devices) reached an estimate... (more)