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"The United States has had Air superiority since 1947. Its military has shown dominance on the land, sea and in the air for decades, but what about having Global Net Superiority today - and tomorrow?" - James Carlini Cyber warfare is not a futuristic theory being discussed on one of the military channels by some obscure software architect anymore. It is a common occurrence in today's global economy and it appears some are trying to test the electronic defenses we have set up on the Internet. The question becomes, are we susceptible to a cyberattack? How much would we lose in a cyberattack? Would the damages be even greater than in a war waged with conventional weapons and/ or atomic weapons? That would be a great discussion. We continue to spend billions of dollars on physical weapon systems for traditional land, air and sea battles, but how much are we spending on ... (more)

Cloud Computing Connectors: Beware of Counterfeits

If you are a corporate executive contemplating adding some applications in a cloud computing network, be very aware of the vendors as well as your own internal system architects and Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) when they start talking about cost-effective networks, cheaper components and saving you money. What many network pseudo-experts don't know is that you don't build cheap networks. There are no "Fire Sales" on quality, especially when it comes to network infrastructures. Like anything else, you get what you pay for when it comes to buying the pieces for your network ju... (more)

Cloud Transactions: Timing as a Service (TaaS)

Many organizations are starting to look at cloud computing as a universal solution, but there are many applications that cannot be considered unless the framework of cloud computing includes Timing as a Service (TaaS)© as part of its fabric. Mission-critical applications require security measures including encryption, monitoring, and redundancy/resiliency, but that is not enough. As stated in an earlier article: (http://cloudcomputing.sys-con.com/node/2164323 ) If cloud computing is going to spread to more mission critical-type applications, it needs to get more exact and accur... (more)

Are Your Cloud Computing Platforms Obsolete?

Every cloud computing platform that is being sold today will be obsolete prematurely unless they can retrofit them with a single-source timing device. If cloud computing is going to be as pervasive tomorrow as some sales executives have hyped them, the need for a more sophisticated platform has to be fulfilled today. It's not enough to tweak some components or put some functions like I/O on the chip. That will definitely help performance, but we are not looking at just shaving off some latency when it comes to financial and other mission-critical applications. Clocking needs to ... (more)

Some Clouds Are Safer Than Others

RFIDs are great capabilities in many industries, just understand their limitations and the technology that can compromise them. More and more people are getting credit cards with a built-in RFID chip in them. That little RFID chip (Radio Frequency ID) can transmit your credit card info out several feet when it is scanned by any reader. Most people don't know this. You can tell if your credit card has an RFID in it because most cards will be marked by one of several symbols: PayWave, PayPass, or BLINK or the symbol that looks something like this )))) There are some cards that have... (more)