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The reason I think the Cloud market will experience such a huge boom is that it will be accompanied by other equally powerful IT trends. Indeed they will magnify the benefit of one another, and these overlaps are the ideal sweet spots to provide the context and opportunity for new start-ups. The overlap between Cloud Computing and an Enterprise 2.0 strategy of ‘socializing enterprise apps’ is this type of focus for our ‘LiveWIRE’ Cloud Venture, a new toolset that overlays across Microsoft Sharepoint and offers the secret sauce potential to dramatically increase sales of hosted Sharepoint offerings. Mastering Enterprise 2.0 – Socializing enterprise applications On their own, Cloud technologies are still very hot, but ultimately a technical proposition. Yes virtualization can improve the efficiencies of IT operations, but this is an underlying technical improvement,... (more)

McAfee Integrated into Android

McAfee has announced the industry's first white-listing security solution for Android embedded systems. McAfee Application Control for Android is the only security solution that resides in the Android operating system kernel. McAfee provides protection from the installation or execution of a malicious application on an Android-based device. It also provides protection at the application layer to Android devices. Previously, embedded engineers only had Security-Enhanced Linux (SELinux) if they wanted to have enforceable security capabilities for their embedded systems. Prior to McAfee Embedded Control, Android security applications only operated at the user level, leaving devices vulnerable to system-level attacks. McAfee now removes that security gap by improving security for the entire Android stack. It blocks unauthorized applications and changes on fixed-functi... (more)

AppDirect Acquires Standing Cloud

AppDirect, the leading cloud service marketplace company, announced that it has acquired Standing Cloud, a leading provider of cloud management services, such as automated software packaging and orchestration that enable fast, seamless application deployment and management. Together, AppDirect and Standing Cloud provide an unparalleled cloud marketplace and management solution that offers more features and functionalities than any other competitor, technology that can be used by almost any provider for any type of use case, from public app marketplaces to internal enterprise application stores. "Both AppDirect and Standing Cloud have worked to develop technologies that make the cloud easier to use. With this acquisition, we can join forces to accelerate the speed of innovation and move faster than ever before," said Daniel Saks, president and co-CEO of AppDirect. "... (more)

McAfee Addressing Latest Microsoft Windows Vulnerabilities

McAfee is providing coverage for the security vulnerabilities disclosed by Microsoft Corporation on April 3. This out-of-cycle patch contains seven security vulnerabilities, five of which were not previously disclosed. These vulnerabilities have been reviewed by McAfee Avert Labs, and based on their findings, McAfee recommends that users confirm the Microsoft product versioning outlined in the bulletins and update as recommended by Microsoft and McAfee. This includes deploying solutions to ensure protection against the vulnerabilities outlined in this advisory. "Today Microsoft issued a rare out-of-cycle patch to fix vulnerabilities in GDI," said Dave Marcus, security research and communications manager, McAfee Avert Labs. "McAfee Avert Labs is always concerned when Microsoft releases an out-of-cycle patch. We urge our customers and the computing public to take this... (more)

SenSage and McAfee, Inc. Strengthen Relationship to Drive Sales of Integrated Enterprise Security Solutions

Enterprise software leader SenSage, Inc. today announced it has been chosen by McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE) to participate in the new McAfee Sales Teaming Program. This invitation-only program is an expansion of the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance(TM) (SIA) and provides SIA partners with a more proactive and mutually rewarding selling model. Under the program, SenSage, which was named 2008 McAfee Most Innovative Technology Partner, and McAfee will work together to promote the award-winning joint solution. Customers will benefit from reduced costs, increased compliance and a more secure environment. "SenSage has been an outstanding partner and has worked aggressively to demonstrate innovation in its integration with McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator software," said Joe Gottlieb , vice president of Corporate Strategy and Technology Alliances, McAfee. "With our new Sales Teami... (more)

Intel Buys McAfee

In a surprise move Intel is buying McAfee for $7.68 billion, a whopping 60% premium that will be slightly dilutive initially for the semiconductor giant. Intel explained Thursday morning that that the acquisition, part of its mobile wireless strategy, would let it combine security software and hardware as billions of still relatively unprotected devices – and the server and cloud networks that manage them – go online. It would put security “on a par with energy-efficient performance and connectivity.” Its vision includes TVs, cars, medical devices and ATM machines and it noted that cyber threats are on the rise. It said a “fundamentally new approach” was needed and promised that hardware-enhanced security would lead to breakthroughs in countering increasingly sophisticated threats. It was immediately seen as a reach for inorganic growth with better margins that’s le... (more)

Intel’s Intelligent Buy

It took me a while to digest Intel’s acquisition of McAfee. Other than giving Intel an opportunity to improve the desktop architecture by integrating security into chips and expanding their software footprint, this acquisition can also make a huge impact on the cloud computing architecture. Security is one of the biggest roadblocks that customers have to address when evaluating the possibility of using cloud computing technology in their solutions. Current technology to address security concerns increase hardware, software and services costs reducing benefits gained. Project times are also increased due to the legal issues that need to be addressed before solution implementation. These security costs could be compared to using an armored car service like Brinks to transfer cash from location to location. The weight of the armored car is so high that the gas mileage ... (more)

ChannelVission Joins the McAfee SecurityAlliance

ChannelVission's partnership with McAfee provides an integrated cloud platform that offers exceptional security layers to channel customers at lower operational costs but can also help meet demanding compliance mandates", said Aman Sehgal, President and CEO of ChannelVission. "McAfee's security solutions will assist ChannelVission  to address the evolving threats and empower businesses globally to monetize the cloud opportunity". "This best of breed SaaS solution enables businesses to collaborate with greater confidence" said Dilip Tinnelvelly, GM of Cloud Computing Business Unit (CCBU) at ChannelVission". "This Cloud-based security partnership offers an innovative approach by adding a globally-distributed security layer to manage exponential traffic growth, virtualize infrastructure resources and secure services on a massive scale." As organizations continue to ado... (more)

McAfee Partners with Sharp

McAfee Co., Ltd., the Japanese subsidiary of McAfee, on Thursday announced that Sharp Corporation (Headquarters: Abeno-ku, Osaka; President: Mikio Katayama) will offer a 30-day limited trial version of McAfee VirusScan Mobile for Android pre-installed on the two “GALAPAGOS” media tablet models. VirusScan Mobile for Android software is designed to help consumers protect their mobile smartphone or tablet from viruses and malware to ensure that users enjoy a hassle-free mobile experience. It will be available to “GALAPAGOS” users starting July 25. “We’re pleased to partner with Sharp in bringing McAfee VirusScan Mobile technology to GALAPAGOS media tablet users,” said Todd Gebhart, executive vice president of consumer, small business and mobile. “With McAfee VirusScan Mobile for Android, Sharp users can protect their tablet by scanning and cleaning files, emails, inst... (more)

Identity Driven Security in the Cloud

Cloud Expo New York $500 Savings here! Security is moving to Trust Management and the Cloud is going to make it happen. In a connected world security is morphing quickly and we are no longer focused on disconnected servers, objects and things. In his general session at the 9th International Cloud Expo, Scott Chasin, CTO McAfee Content & Cloud Security, discussed how it's a relationship-driven world where security is now largely about the identity of everything and how we manage security is going to come down to identifying trusted relationships. Click Here to View This General Session Now! Speaker Bio: Scott Chasin is CTO McAfee Content & Cloud Security. He is widely recognized as a pioneer and leading visionary in the cloud security industry, having pioneered the development and marketing of several SaaS-based messaging, collaboration and security-focused technolo... (more)

Intel Expressway outpaces IBM DataPower by 6x to 10x in a direct “apples to apples” comparison

Prior to the release of Intel’s XEON processor E5-2600, Intel Expressway Service Gateway (also available as McAfee Services Gateway under the McAfee Cloud Security Platform Suite) was already providing superior performance and value. However, with the record breaking E5-2600 – delivering leadership performance, best data center performance per watt and break through I/O innovation, the distance between — front-runner Intel, and IBM WebSphere DataPower XI50 has  increased dramatically. Our customers can take advantage of continuous chip improvements with the easily upgradeable software appliance form factor. Intel Expressway Service Gateway outpaces IBM DataPower by 6x to 10x in a direct “apples to apples” comparison at a fraction of the total cost. Read this performance comparison report to learn all about it: For more information about Intel Expressway Service Gate... (more)