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What is your company about, what's your mission? Simon Dixon, CEO of BnkToTheFuture: BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations. We are here to support the growth and disruption being built around Bitcoin and Blockchain as it takes more and more market share from traditional finance and banks. Security: How secure is the blockchain and/or smart contract? Dixon: The next phase of our business is to take our traditional equity investments and put them on the Blockchain for added transparency and liquidity in compliance with international securities... (more)

Blockchain to Power New End-to-end Data Protection

What is your company about, what’s your mission? Dmitry Dontsov, CEO & Founder Spinbackup: Spinbackup is a SaaS Data Protection company that protects organizations against data leaks and data loss in the cloud.  By backing up corporate SaaS data, identifying business risks and security threats, and alerting administrators of potential data breaches, Spinbackup subscribers can rest easy, knowing their data is safely secured by the latest technology. Currently, we protect G Suite organizations, and are working on supporting Office 365 and Salesforce in the near future. Our mission is to provide end-to-end data protection for our customers. Security: How secure is the blockchain and/or smart contract? Dontsov: The more players involved in securing data, the higher the risk that data will leak or get lost as it moves through the process. The decentralized architecture... (more)

New Sidechain Technology for the Internet of Things | @ThingsExpo #IoT #Blockchain

New Sidechain Technology for the Internet of Things, Sharing Economies, and Social Networks Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Please tell us, what is Lisk all about and what do you do? Max Kordek, CEO of Lisk: Lisk is a cryptocurrency based on Delegated Proof of Stake (DPoS), but also a blockchain application and sidechain platform. With our Lisk App SDK, JavaScript developers can deploy their own sidechains and develop blockchain applications on top of them. The fact that Lisk apps are running in their own sidechains allow them to be extremely flexible. Developers can design their own sidechain and app with all the necessary features. Additionally, being on sidechains, the Lisk platform can host thousands of apps without a problem. The main blockchain of Lisk stays extremely lean and efficient. All apps are easily accessible from within our own app... (more)

The Pitfalls of Cloud-Washed VDI | @CloudExpo #VDI #Cloud #Microservices

The Pitfalls of Cloud-Washed VDI and How It Affects Your Bottom Line What is "Cloud-washing" anyway? Amitabh Sinha, CEO of Workspot: Today, everywhere you turn IT solutions are moving to the cloud. Or at least, that's what IT vendors would like you to believe. In many cases, what's really happening is that IT products are being rebranded and marketed as cloud solutions. In other words, they're being "cloud-washed." As TechTarget describes - "Cloud washing (also spelled cloudwashing) is the purposeful and sometimes deceptive attempt by a vendor to rebrand an old product or service by associating the buzzword "cloud" with it." While many of these solutions do have some cloud integration, their designs don't have the backend infrastructure or dedicated management teams to support a truly cloud-native solution. Instead, vendors are adapting their solutions and modifying... (more)

Facebook vs. Data Portability | @CloudExpo #Cloud #BigData #Storage

Facebook vs. Data Portability: Who Owns an Individual's Data? Supreme Court Asked to Decide From 2006 to 2011, Power Ventures operated a groundbreaking online communications, personal data management, and social networking aggregator hosted at the website www.power.com. Power offered registered users the capacity to access multiple online social networks (e.g., LinkedIn, Twitter), messaging services (e.g., Microsoft messenger-MSN), and email accounts (e.g., Google mail) through a single, integrated online interface consisting of a digital dashboard and browser. This online interface also featured popular add-in applications like a unified address book and mailbox integrating all of a user's contacts, emails, social network messages, and instant messages in one place. The interface additionally enabled Power users to move files between different accounts with a cli... (more)

Put the Power in PowerPoint by Creating Meaningful Connections | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Put the Power in PowerPoint by Creating Meaningful Connections with Audiences Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Please tell us, what is Zeetings all about and what do you do? Rob Kawalsky: Zeetings is a cloud-based presentation and content interaction platform that transforms an audience from passive viewers into active participants. We believe presentations are more than a set of slides-they are about building a connection between presenters and their audiences. We also believe that great outcomes are achieved not just by talking but by listening. Zeetings creates this genuine connection between presenters and audiences, changing the paradigm from a one-way monologue to a two-way conversation. Unlike a traditional presentation, a "zeeting" is a social and interactive experience accessible via any connected device, coupled with data-driven analytics... (more)

How to Manage Bayer AG’s Far-Flung and Diverse Messaging Infrastructure | @CloudExpo #Cloud

Interview with Stan Gallagher, IT Senior Consultant at Bayer Business and Technology Services and Jean-Francois Piot, GSX Solutions Vice President of Product Management Please tell us about Bayer's organization, to get a better grip on the size of an IT issue that an international company such as them could face. JF Piot, VP of Product Management at GSX Solutions: Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of healthcare, agriculture, and high-tech polymer materials. Founded in Barmen, Germany in 1863, Bayer has 118,900 employees and had sales of €42.2 billion ($45.9 billion US) in fiscal year 2014. Its capital expenditures amounted to €2.5 billion and R&D expenses to €3.6 billion. What about their messaging infrastructure? Piot: Bayer has a far-flung and diverse messaging infrastructure that includes 120,000 Exchange mailboxes; 100,000 Microso... (more)

Turning IT Departments into Superheroes | @CloudExpo #ITaaS #Cloud #Virtualization

Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Please tell us, what is Nerdio all about. What do you do? Vadim Vladimirskiy: Nerdio is a proven IT-as-a-service platform with virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) technology at its core. Nerdio is designed for IT departments that need a way to easily manage their ever-increasing workloads. Nerdio allows users to efficiently manage their complete IT environments by giving them full visibility and control of users' desktops. In addition to virtual desktops, the Nerdio platform includes unlimited virtual servers, Microsoft Office 365 security, and disaster recovery - plus 24/7/365 support. Who is your target audience and how do you reach them? Vladimirskiy: We have a two-pronged approach to market: direct and channel (managed service providers, or MSPs). On the direct side of things, we target internal IT professiona... (more)

Workspot DaaS 2.0: A Full-Cloud Desktop | @CloudExpo #DaaS #Cloud #DataCenter

What is new about Workspot Desktop as a Service 2.0 (DaaS 2.0) on Microsoft Azure? Brad Peterson, VP of Marketing at Workspot: First, Workspot VDI 2.0 is the industry's first cloud-native, multi-tenant, infinitely scalable VDI solution, when combined with a customer's datacenter infrastructure, can have desktops and apps up and available to their users in a day.Now, Workspot DaaS 2.0 is the industry's first full-cloud Desktop as a Service solution combining Workspot VDI 2.0 with Microsoft Azure to deliver thousands of desktops in a day, in any part of the world and with zero CapEx. Are you a DaaS platform provider (a company that supplies the technology but offers services like on-boarding assistance for an additional fee) or a DaaS service provider (a company that manages your VDI environment after deployment as a part of the service)? Peterson: Workspot is a DaaS... (more)

Technology Drivers Disrupting the MSP Market | @CloudExpo #Cloud #ITaaS #Azure

Paul Guerin is a serial entrepreneur who has over 25 years of high-tech experience and channel sales and development. What are the technology drivers creating the disruption the MSP market? Nerdio Paul F. Guerin, VP of Sales and Business Development: The ubiquitous availability of business grade internet, enterprise class colo facilities, and advancements in virtualization technology coupled with cloud IaaS from Amazon (AWS) and Microsoft (Azure) are changing the way way MSPs deliver services to the customers in a disruptive way. Where are managed services going? Guerin: Historically MSPs derived their revenue from selling hardware and software and providing the professional service needed to implement business solutions for their customers. Today, while the MSP market is flourishing, revenue from those traditional sources is shrinking and all of the growth is being... (more)

The Bunker achieves PCI DSS Compliance

Kent, UK, 29 September 2009, The Bunker Secure Hosting Ltd (www.thebunker.net), a leading provider of Ultra Secure Data Centres and Managed Services on a range of technologies, today announces it has achieved Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) compliance, the internationally-recognised industry standard for payment account data security. PCI DSS is viewed by the payment card industry as the de facto security requirement for organisations that store, process or transmit cardholder details. The Bunker’s PCI DSS accreditation will help customers meet their own requirements when working towards PCI DSS compliance. The PCI DSS is a multifaceted security standard that requires applicants to demonstrate competencies across a range of disciplines including security management, policies, procedures, network architecture and software design. The core el... (more)