Posted by: iwgcr | February 29, 2012

Nine countries in East Africa were deprived of Internet

Nine countries in East Africa were deprived of Internet after few incidents. A technical issue occured and paralyse communication in Zimbabwe and Djibouti. A boat in Mombasa dig out optical fiber shuting down 3 days ago internet trafic in the East area of Africa, according to “East African Marine System” (TEAMS).

The East African Marine System apologized for the inconvenience and told that it will take about 3 weeks to resolve the issue. To minimize the impact, the TEAMS will change the path of the trafic.We can list three other incidents the last two weeks. In facts, the same kind of accident occured. Three cables were digged out in the red sea. These cable are used to link Middle-East and Djibouti. During this outage, Kenya depended, in terms of Internet access, only on one optical fiber with only one internet access provider: Safaricom. Safaricom manage more than 80% of the Internet trafic in Kenya and the half of the trafic go through TEAMS cables.

Since the incident, the company announced that all the trafic moved to other path including submarines cables of “Seacom“. SEACOM is a privately owned and operated pan-African ICT enabler that is driving the development of the African internet.

The trafic still slow down by 20% in nine country.

Date

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Nature

Consequence

2012-02-29 Africa (9 countries) Accident Nine countries in East Africa were deprived of Internet. Data rate slow down during 3 weeks
Posted by: iwgcr | February 27, 2012

CNIL: Debate about data leaks on the Cloud

In France, the CNIL is the national commission of computer science and liberties. Last year they published an article on the issue of private data protection on the cloud. In facts, the situation is not really clear about that. That’s why they lauch a study leaded by a wide range of professionnal to understand the risk of data leaks on the Cloud.

Cloud Computing is an interesting way to externalise: simple, pay as you consume, flexible. It’s a market of 4,5 billion $ with an annual growth of 20%. Most of the client are looking for cloud because this solution hide the complexity of information system and reduce significantly the cost of information system department.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission VP, told that data protection is a the main stake of cloud computing.

The CNIL wants to consider all the solution (legal and technical) to guarantee that personal data are protected according to economics stakes. This study concern only enterprise cloud solutions.

Main leanings will be published on CNIL website.

The blogger David Lavenda share his predictions for 2012:

  1. Social business will take off in 2012, but companies will struggle to adopt.
  2. A significant failure in a popular cloud service will set the cloud movement back. 
  3. Mobile IT will grow slowly in the enterprise.
  4. Organizations will increase IT infrastructure investments.
  5. An iPad tablet alternative will emergeout of the fragmented Android market.
  6. Android vs. iOS 2012.
  7. eBooks will dominate.
  8. Information overload will get much worse.
  9. Consolidation in the social business/enterprise collaboration market.
  10. A significant new player will emerge in the social networking space.

About the point 2, David Lavenda said that “a high-profile outage will scare a lot of businesses planning to move to the cloud; caution will set in as companies think twice about exposing their crown IT jewels to the cloud. Small companies with scant IT resources will throw caution to the wind and will continue to move to the cloud, because of the huge cost savings they can realize.”

You can read his full post on FastCompany.com

Posted by: iwgcr | February 21, 2012

Public university in Morocco chose Google Apps

13 Moroccan public university chose cloud computing and Google Apps to impove communication and collaboration. Abdel Wahed Bendaoua, Google Enterprise director, said “Moroccan university are looking for an innovative solution to reduce computing costs”.

William Florance,  Google Apps for Education (Europe, Middle-East and Africa) director add:

«Cloud computing is used by university all over the world. In United-States,  60% of public university use Google Apps for Education»

This is the list of the university:

– Hassan II- Aïn Chock (Casablanca);
– Hassan II (Mohammedia);
– Mohammed V- Souissi (Rabat);
– Ibn Toufail (Kénitra);
– Essaadi (Tanger-Tétouan);
– Cadi Ayad (Marrakech);
– Ibn Zohr (Agadir);
– Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah (Fès);
– Moulay Ismaïl (Meknès);
– Chouaïb Doukkali (El Jadida);
– Hassan 1er (Settat);
– Mohammed 1er (Oujda);
– Sultan Moulay Slimane (Béni Mellal).

Posted by: iwgcr | February 6, 2012

Megaupload shut down by FBI

Megaupload is one of the internet’s largest file-sharing sites. This website has 150 million registered users and about 50 million hits daily and endorsements from music superstars (USAtoday.com). BBC reports that Megaupload has been shut down by federal prosecutors in Virginia, on charges that it illegally shared movies, television shows and e-books. Data centers in the Netherlands, Canada and Washington housing MegaUpload’s equipment were raided.

The U.S. Justice Department and FBI announced:

“Seven individuals and two corporations have been charged in the United States with running an international organized criminal enterprise allegedly responsible for massive worldwide online piracy of numerous types of copyrighted works, through Megaupload.com and other related sites, generating more than $175 million in criminal proceeds and causing more than half a billion dollars in harm to copyright owners.”

This shutdown was possible because Megaupload architecture was centralized. This disaster highlights some important points. Your website can be shutdown by politicals or terrorists when:

  • your website depends on DNS server;
  • your website is hosted by a centralized solution;
  • all your data are centralized.

There is eventual illegal use of Megaupload. Clients how use legaly the Megaupload service saw their service shutdown.

Date

Country

Nature

Consequence

2012-01-19 USA Political Megaupload shutdown by the FBI
Posted by: iwgcr | February 2, 2012

ThinkUp: social network data resilient

ThinkUp shows an interesting way to make your social network data resilient on the cloud. By hosting this application on an independent infrastructure, one can keep at least part of its social activity on the cloud in such a was that it can not be erased.

With ThinkUp, you can store your social activity in a database that you control, making it easy to search, sort, analyze, publish and display activity from your network. All you need is a web server that can run a PHP application.

http://thinkupapp.com/

Posted by: iwgcr | January 27, 2012

Konica Minolta goes to the cloud with Google

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. As PrinterComparison reports, Konica Minolta Goes to the Clouds with Google.

They chose to do the migration of more than 7,000 of its U.S.-based employees to Google Apps Premier Edition, a Web-based messaging and collaboration suite from the popular search engine provider. We can learn on GoogleEnterprise that Konica Minolta‘s main goals from the outset were to:

  • Better meet our user requirements, especially regarding ease of use and collaboration
  • Simplify IT management
  • More easily integrate acquisitions

Nelson Lin, CIO and VP of information technology services at Konica Minolta said:

We chose to move our communications platform to the cloud in order to more easily support our entire workforce, including our large group of mobile users, while introducing new collaboration tools faster than ever before. We anticipate a significant return on our investment in both cost savings and increased innovation

Company

Country

Service

Application

Critical

Konica Minolta France Google Apps Email and collaboration Yes
Posted by: iwgcr | January 27, 2012

Monoprix moved to Microsoft Exchange

Monoprix is the France’s leading supermarket chain (400 stores). In 2008, the company began on-line sales via a dedicated website offering deliveries in France’s major cities. This high street retailer decided to replace the email system, in fact they chose to move 5,000 email accounts in the cloud using Microsoft BPOS Exchange Online.

Benoît Fremaux, IT and Data Flows Director, said ““The cloud does not scare us. On the contrary: its advantages far outweigh its drawbacks!

You can read the whole case study of Monoprix migration here.

Company

Country

Service

Application

Critical

Monoprix France Microsoft BPOS Exchange Online Email and collaboration Yes
Posted by: iwgcr | January 27, 2012

Sanef Tolling UK chose TioLive ERP5

Sanef Tolling is a UK based subsidiary of Sanef, the French motorway operator.

Sanef/Beteireflow chose the cloud hosting solution of SlapOS to use their ERP/CRM applications. SANEF UK Payment system is based on SlapOS.

Nexedi provides ERP5 implemetations hosted on dedicated servers and developed SlapOS.

Company

Country

Service

Application

Critical

SANEF Tolling UK UK TioLive ERP5 ERP/CRM Yes

ValueWeb and Gate.com are two business units of Affinity. Hostway acquired Affinity in April, 2007. Hostway provides cloud hosting solution.  The webhosting company has 12 data center throughout North America and Europe. The migration consisted to move several thousand servers from Miami (Affinity Servers) to Tampa (hostway data center).

The webhosting company notified customers, sending them an email, that they will experience an outage:

Dear Valued Customer. Over the last month we have sent e-mails notifying you of an outage that you will experience with your Affinity dedicated server in order to facilitate a relocation of our datacenter. The 12-15 hour outage will take place beginning this Friday […]  If your server is still not responding at this time, please call technical support at 888.846.xxxx. If you would like to ensure the most graceful shut down of your server, you may log into your server before 8 PM on July 27th and perform a shut down.

We have planned to take every precaution to protect the hardware during this relocation but please ensure that all of your data on your dedicated server is backed up before the relocation begins. Should we need to replace any hardware on the servers, you will be responsible for loading your data onto the new hardware.

On DSLreports.com forum and on Digg, Valueweb customers talk about the issue, resolved 3 days later.

As we can see on Datacentermap, Hostway datacenter are located in Tampa:

 

Date

Service

Duration

Critical Data Lost

2007-04-01 Hostway 3 days No

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