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Submission + - Is Cloud Computing too insecure? (openqrm-enterprise.com)

matteverywhere writes: IAAS (Infra-Structure as a Service) aka public Cloud Computing is too insecure for you?

Not with a private openQRM Cloud which enables your complete IT Services to be fully automated as a Self-Service in a secure environment.

On one hand openQRM is a "Single Management Console" for the lots of different subsystems in a datacenter (such as Server/VM provisioning, Monitoring, Highavailability, Documentation, DNS- and IP-Management, Backup/Restore, Application-deployment and configuration management etc.) plus it provides support and customizable workflows for many different Server, Storage and Virtualization Technologies (please check http://www.openqrm-enterprise.com/products/integrations-technologies.html for a supported technologies Matrix).

On the other hand is the openQRM Cloud Self-Service Portal which transforms every Datacenter resource into a Cloud product which can be requested by end-users of openQRM Cloud. An integrated billing-system automatically cares about charging the Cloud users for external cost allocation.

With our new Cloud Computing Demo site you can try all this now! Of course fully free at http://demo.openqrm.com/

Submission + - Would Bitcoin in China go the way of the Falun Gong?

BitVulture writes: A major factor in the current surge in the value of Bitcoin is the increased adoption of the digital currency in China. Not only has Chinese search giant Baidu accepted it as a payment method, but perhaps more importantly, Bitcoin has also received positive coverage in the state media. But for Bitcoin speculators who think that official tolerance translates to official approval and an even brighter future for the cryptocurrency in China, I have two words, Falun Gong.

A spiritual discipline may have little in common with cloud-based computer code, but for a brief period in the early 1990's, Falun Gong received what also amounted to official sanction for its supposed health benefits and focus on morality. However, once the Chinese authorities realized the threat it posed to the state, Falun Gong was ruthlessly suppressed, even if its members numbered in the tens of millions.

Being merely information that can be firewalled into insignificance, Bitcoin would be an easier target for suppression should the Party decide that cryptocurrency is against state interests. Would Bitcoin go the way of the Falun Gong? Or just as it has fused socialism with not-so-free capitalism, would China once again find a way to adapt, and not just adopt, Western culture, technology and economic practices into a Bitcoin system with Chinese characteristics?

Submission + - This is how Amazon cleans its cloud servers when customers are done with them (networkworld.com)

Brandon Butler writes: At AWS great lengths are taken to ensure its servers are clean, the company's chief information security officer Steve Schmidt says. In addition to the VMs being cleared when the customer finishes paying for them, the company also wipes them clean before giving them to another customer. "Test it yourself," Schmidt challenged users, inviting customers to check to see if a VM has any data on it when it's given to them. Even more extreme measures are taken when the hardware has reached its end of life.

For spinning disks, AWS uses a large magnet to degauss the hardware — meaning that the magnetic properties the disk uses as the basis for storage are rendered useless. Then, AWS chomps them up into minuscule chips. For solid state disks, the company can't use the degaussing method because it's not a magnetic-based storage process. So, instead the company shreds them until they are basically turned into dust-sized particles.

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