Two recent security scares regarding the iPhone have brought renewed
attention to the iPhone readiness for business use. In one case Forbes.com
author Andy Greenburg garnered a lot of attention with his " How to Hijack
Every iPhone In the World " story. This describes an SMS exploit that will be
exposed at the Black Hat CyberSecurity event in Las Vegas this week.
"Researchers say they'll demonstrate how to send a series of mostly invisible
SMS bursts that can give a hacker complete power over any of the smart
phone's functions. That includes dialing the phone, visiting Web sites,
turning on the device's camera and microphone and, most importantly, sending
more text messages to further propagate a mass-gadget hijacking."
In the other story appearing in InformationWeek and elsewhere, a security
expert Johnathan Zdziarski demonstrates on Youtube how a user created iPh... (more)
The Amazon Web Services (AWS) announcement of the Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
offering has just made Cloud Computing more attractive to the enterprise.
Most companies I talk with are interested in the “Cloud”, but beyond a
few SaaS apps and perhaps some dev/test they are not ready for any big change
to their corporate IT infrastructure. On the other hand many of those same
companies are currently or projected to be capacity limited in their own data
center based on space or power limitations.
Many companies will opt to move or expand into a Co-lo (Co-location) facility
which prov... (more)
At Synergy the app delivery industry event in Las Vegas this week Citrix
announced the formal release of the Citrix Receiver for iPhone 1.0,
now available in the App Store. The new app allows instant access to company
resources behind the firewall including apps, documents, and internal web
sites. Even web apps that require Flash or Java will work when delivered to
the iPhone through Citrix XenApp servers. The actual data never leaves the
company servers but Citrix utilizes its HDX technology to remote the
application to the iPhone in a way that makes the app appear like its run... (more)
Everyone knows that the iPhone cracked open the lockhold that Blackberry had
on corporate enterprise. There still are holdouts but they are converting
quickly as executives bring iPhones and iPads to work and mandate IT support.
Even though Android shipments are impressive, the numbers supported by
corporations are still a niche compared to Blackberry or iPhone. The new
ATRIX smartphone may change all that. Motorola calls it the world's most
powerful smartphone, which based on the specs is defendable. Others call it
the NirvanaPhone based on a new feature that allows the phone to... (more)
Chris Fleck's Blog
The economics of Cloud Computing do point out a major Cloud advantage when it
comes to short term or variable workloads. On the surface though it's
apparent that Amazon's EC2, for example, is significantly more expensive if
the set up is utilized 24x7x365, even a 40 hour week yields a slightly higher
Below is a simple comparison of Amazon EC2 vs. purchasing a set of servers
for development purposes ( I have added some additional costs and scenarios).
This example also assumes the servers fit in existing space and either
environment would be managed by exi... (more)