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March 5, 2013
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  • Ensuring SaaS business continuity with less-than-perfect access
    Turning to hosted solutions such as software-as-a-service can provide benefits for businesses, including increased efficiency and lower operating costs. But if your company happens to be in a market where broadband coverage is tenuous, it's important to do your homework before putting all your eggs in one third-party basket. When confronting weak broadband infrastructure, experts recommend experimenting with SaaS using non-mission-critical applications, scrutinizing provider service-level agreements, accepting the possibility of outages and establishing proper contingency plans. ZDNet (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Cloud Computing 
  • Canonical says Ubuntu Unity will get a new display framework
    Canonical says it's developing a new window- and display-management framework for its Ubuntu Unity shell, replacing the setup based on the X Window System. The new display-server software, Mir, will be used in future releases of Ubuntu Unity, Canonical says. "None of the existing solutions would allow us to implement our vision without taking major compromises which would come at the cost of user experience and quality," Canonical's Oliver Ries wrote in a post for Ubuntu developers. The Register (U.K.) (3/5) , Network World (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile & Wireless 
  • Telecom carriers get more Big Data tools
    Gigamon says it hopes to help telecom carriers make greater use of Big Data analytics. "Big Data is no [longer] a problem unique to enterprise data centers. Mobile carriers are now facing a deluge of traffic in their pipes, from an increasingly mobile workforce and the proliferation of smart devices and applications," Gigamon's Andy Huckridge said in a statement. RCR Wireless News (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Security & Privacy 
  • Survey: State-sponsored hacks worry half of U.S. businesses
    Half of U.S. businesses think they could be victims of state-sponsored attacks and slightly fewer believe China has the greatest means for such activity, an nCircle survey says. "Frankly, I'm surprised that the level of paranoia among information security professionals isn't higher," nCircle's Tim Keanini said in a statement. eWeek (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Security pros try to identify reasons for cyberattacks
    There was a 52% increase in cyberattacks on America's critical infrastructure in 2012 compared with the year before, and authorities are more concerned about attacks from China and Iran as well as the reasons behind them. While there are calls for the military to defend infrastructures, that's "unrealistic," says Candace Yu of the Truman National Security Project. "The military has neither the specialized expertise nor the capacity to do this; it needs to address only the most urgent threats," Yu wrote. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government IT 
  • White House supports letting consumers unlock mobile devices
    The White House says it agrees with an online petition calling for broad unlocking of smartphones and tablet computers, and will refer the proposal to the Federal Communications Commission and the National Telecommunications & Information Administration. "If you have paid for your mobile device, and aren't bound by a service agreement or other obligation, you should be able to use it on another network. It's common sense," presidential adviser R. David Edelman wrote in a blog post. Bloomberg (3/4) , Reuters (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  SIIA News 
  • Webinar: Metrics Best Practices for High-Growth Cloud Companies
    Join us for this informative webinar to learn how metrics-driven, fact-based decision making can help you drive better performance, efficiency and plan for fast growth within your organization. You will take away key management metrics, and learn how to utilize the best practices with metrics to drive fast growth. Also, listen as OPEXEngine presents the SaaS benchmarks for early stage through IPO companies, and present benchmarking best practices used by high growth Cloud companies. Register here for this webinar held on Wednesday. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Register for 2013's Customer Success Summit
    The SIIA is co-hosting a worldwide executive summit about growing customer value on March 14 in San Francisco. Join us for this half-day seminar to hear case studies on how industry executives have increased conversion, retention or customer lifetime value. The three-part schedule ensures that you can share, learn and network with your peers. Don't miss your chance to take advantage of early bird pricing by registering today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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