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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)

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)

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of April 8, 2012

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Enterprise Mobility Asia News Weekly Also read Field Mobility and M2M News Weekly Also read Mobile Commerce News Weekly Also read Mobile Marketing News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly A recent study by Philips showed compelling and tangible benefits gained from telehealth solutions: 89 percent of health agencies reported an increase in quality outcomes, and 76 percent cited reduction in unplanned hospitalizations. Read Original Content GreatCall has launched a subscription-based LiveNurse iPhone app, designed to connect patients with care providers in real-time. LiveNurse offers unlimited access to a registered nurse 24 hou... (more)

Apigee: If You Are in Enterprise IT You Should Check Them Out Now

By Bob Gourley In-Q-Tel just posted a press release on a recent strategic partnership and technology development agreement with a firm called Apigee. That statement alone is all the savvy technologist needs to know to start diving into Apigee. In-Q-Tel has a reputation for applying lots of focused thought into the firms they invest in and because of that have a terrific track record of finding very virtuous firms, so anyone they like I like. Here is more from their press release: Apigee Partners with IQT to Enhance its API Technology in Support of U.S. Intelligence Community IQT selects Apigee’s enterprise-grade platform to help improve data sharing and innovation through APIs April 25, 2013 Apigee, the API company, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). IQT is an independent strategic in... (more)

Governments Waltzing on OSS, Trusting Your Search Engine for Privacy, GPL Houses and Apache Cars

…all this and more in this week’s compendium of open source news!   Two Steps Forward, One Step Back Sounds like a Strauss Waltz? Almost. After 10 years the city of Munich’s love affair with open source may be coming to an end.  Despite saving $16 million by using the custom Linux distribution LiMux, the city is considering switching back to Windows due to user complaints.  Read more about the motives surrounding the discussion at Network World.    Governments on GitHub Governments across the globe have long been dabbling with open source software.  Use of Open Source products like OpenOffice, Linux and Drupal are becoming commonplace. To further this trend, many governments are beginning to open source their own code as illustrated by the 10,000 active government users on GitHub. You could argue that since it is our taxes, then the code should be open.  Read more abo... (more)

PHP 7 vs. HHVM | @DevOpsSummit #DevOps #API #PHP #Microservices

PHP is one of the most popular scripting languages used for web development. The latest version of PHP, PHP 7 is a new version of the language that is been optimized for fast performance. However, PHP has a rival in HHVM (Hip Hop Virtual Machine) — a virtual tool that executes PHP code. The competition between these two options is heating up, so let’s take a look at the performance that each can offer. What is HHVM? In 2008, Facebook started working on a tool to convert PHP script into C++ so it could be compiled and executed on web servers. The aim was to conserve server resources, an important goal, as Facebook’s user base was growing rapidly. In this sense, the project was a success; it allowed the server to accommodate between five and six times more traffic than it had managed before. Fast-forward a couple years to 2010. Facebook’s server needs had grown even ... (more)

Unleashed Technologies Included in Inc. Magazine's Annual Inc. 500|5000 List for Second Year

COLUMBIA, Md., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Inc. magazine today ranked Unleashed Technologies NO. 2327 on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America's independent entrepreneurs. Companies such as Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino's Pizza, LinkedIn, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained early exposure as members of the Inc. 500|5000. (Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140821/138373) "Being recognized for our explosive growth for two years running is a tremendous achievement for our team," commented Unleashed Technologies CEO, Michael Spinosa. "Our dedication to building superior web and hosting solutions, and a relentless pursuit of client satisfaction has been a major contrib... (more)

EOS Editorial —The Times They Are a Changing

In the 1964 Bob Dylan song The Time's They are A-Changin' it says, "Come gather 'round people, wherever you roam and admit that the waters around you have grown, And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone. If your time to you is worth savin' then you better start swimmin' Or you'll sink like a stone. For the times they are a-changin." When the gifted songwriter first sang those words Linux didn't exist. For that matter neither did Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds. However, now halfway through 2006 the Open Source ranks are growing by leaps and bounds, and if you don't consider this new breed of Open Source solutions in your IT decision-making process then you'll surely sink like a stone. The year Dylan wrote his famous tune computers were rare. It was the year IBM launched the 360, which included free software with source code. With computers expensiv... (more)

CorraTech Announces Alliance with SpikeSource

CorraTech, an open source solution provider, announced an alliance with SpikeSource to deliver a suite of open source composite business management applications, integrated within a service-based approach and powered by SpikeSource's SpikeNet service. As a strategic member of SpikeSource's Partner Network, CorraTech leverages its success in delivering SpikeSource solutions to the enterprise. Combining the consulting and software development expertise of CorraTech with the technology and service support of SpikeSource, OpenSuite offers businesses a risk-free way to take advantage of the superior value proposition offered by open source applications. CorraTech's suite of open source software is a fully supported suite of enterprise ready business functions, integrated within a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) and powered by SpikeNet. CorraTech's OpenSuite combines ... (more)

JasperSoft Open Source Community Grows to Over 30,000 Registered Developers

JasperSoft announced that more than 30,000 BI developers have registered for JasperForge.org since it was launched in July of 2006, creating a vibrant ecosystem of businesses and community developers that has already produced over 130 BI projects. JasperForge.org is an online developer site that provides free access to software and tools to build, deploy, and extend open source BI software. Projects range from developer tools to integration toolkits to localization powered by an interactive online translation tool, JasperBabylon, where more than 30 different translation projects are underway. Some of the more popular JasperForge.org projects include the Drupal Bridge for JasperReports, iReport with Hibernate, Oracle Stored Procedures, Reporting and OLAP Analysis Tools for Bugzilla, and Jasper4Eclipse, an iReport plug-in project for eclipse. “The rapid growth of... (more)

Bye Bye Traditional Webmastering, Hello "Web Manager 2.0"

CMS Watch, an independent analyst firm that evaluates content management technologies, released research today finding that a new breed of web manager is emerging to link content management more closely to website visitor satisfaction.  This analysis stems from CMS Watch's 2008 "Web CMS Report," released today, which evaluates 30 major Web Content Management (WCM) offerings. As part of its ongoing research, CMS Watch interviews hundreds of web managers around the world. Web teams have traditionally emphasized webmaster roles with layout and production skills, sometimes using first-generation WCM tools to automate the HTML conversion process. Automated or not, "shovel and forget" editorial processes frequently led to bloated sites. Says CMS Watch Founder Tony Byrne, "The new web manager looks at information from the consumers' perspective and more often than not, as... (more)