Tuesday May 19, 2009

Public Policy and Trust - How Safe is Your Data?

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The hordes of content we consume and transmit electronically every day is a testament to our faith in the security and privacy of certain information. When submitting a search on Google or making a bank transaction, many do so assuming that personal information is protected and safe from being shared with other entities. But is this really the case? Just how protected are we from invasion into our personal data and how can we be more aware of violations of our privacy?

Susan Landau, Distinguished Engineer at Sun, recipient of the 2008 Anita Borg Institute Women of Vision Award, co-author of Privacy on the Line: the Politics of Wiretapping and Encryption, and recently named one of Fast Company's Top 5 Influential Women in Technology (in the Braniac category, no less) joins SVP Global Systems Engineering and host Hal Stern to discuss the issues of privacy, trust, and security in technology and the implications that current trends have at the business, personal, and political levels.

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Tuesday Apr 14, 2009

RESTing on the Cloud with Open APIs

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The benefits of Cloud Computing are as varied as there are nebular formations. Introduced by Amazon and still in its infancy, the technology has been met with some skepticism, but has quickly begun to prove beneficial due to its sheer agility and elasticity, benefiting developers and deployers alike. Like most new waves of technology, cloud computing is starting small and simple...perhaps too simple, you might ask? Tim Bray, Distinguished Engineer and Director of Web Technologies--as well as a very pleasant Canadian--doesn't think so. He's been working on a crisp, clear, easy-to-use API for creating and managing network, compute, and storage resources within the Sun Cloud and believes that it's the very simplicity of the technology that makes it so irresistible and loaded with potential, claiming, "you gotta start small...if it works, you don't have to worry about it growing, it'll grow alright...but you gotta start small."

Listen as Sun's Sr. VP Global Systems Engineering, Hal Stern, interviews Tim to discuss how Sun is open sourcing its APIs and hear why Tim very comfortably states that, "the world is unfolding and it's a fun time to be in this business."

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Wednesday Jul 09, 2008

Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD) - Introducing the Sun Storage J4000

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Reliability is key in your storage device; it can make the difference between compliance and a multi-million dollar lawsuit in some cases. With the failure rate of layers of a storage device being almost a certainty at a network scale, it is more critical than ever to employ technology that can intelligently identify bytes of data and maintain their integrity throughout the data management process.

That's the driving force behind the development of the Sun Storage J4000 family array (aka JBOD for Just A Bunch Of Disks), with more value being placed on general purpose software running on industry-standard architecture and JBODs than ever before. As Bill Moore (photo), Chief Engineer of Systems Storage Group, points out in his interview with Hal Stern, VP of Global Systems Engineering, in this edition of Innovating@Sun, "the true value is in the software, software like ZFS and Solaris, that will be able to take advantage of the capabilities of the general purpose compute and make what people used to think as 'oh, yawn, another JBOD' into something that would be even more powerful and more reliable than your typical storage array is today."

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Thursday Oct 25, 2007

Making the Grade with Moodle

The social network indeed continues to modulate and inform the educational network as can be seen by the thousands of learning communities coming together through Moodle – an open source learning management system.

Moodlerooms is a service provider for the worldwide education market, offering services, support, and hosting for Moodle. Stuart Sim, CTO, Chief Architect, and Founder of Moodlerooms, joins VP of Global Systems Engineering, Hal Stern, on this latest edition of Innovating@Sun. The conversation between Stern and Sim covers:

  • Making money on free, open-sourced Moodle
  • Moving from support of 200,000 distinct users to 1 million concurrent users
  • Proving that Moodle can scale from the smallest support network within a school, to very large-scale, multi-institutional platforms
  • Moodleroom's truly hosted service where anybody can outsource their training needs, but with the look and feel of their own Intranet
  • Why Moodlerooms is built on Sun's Niagara platform rather than x86 or x64
  • Hitting a two-second service level mark given the high expectations and low tolerance of today's students
  • The importance of a wide partnership model and community building in this space
  • The educator's challenge of evaluating students' writing, creativity, and expository skills in an environment of openly available content
  • The need to support education as it evolves and create a viable open platform
  • Open content repositories

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