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ActiveState has announced the general availability of Stackato 2.0, the application platform for creating a private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS). The private PaaS solution now supports .NET applications, offers web-based visual cluster management and delivers performance improvements that foster enterprise development agility. In conjunction with the release, ActiveState also announced a Stackato enterprise customer relationship with Aeroflex. According to Bart Copeland, CEO at ActiveState, "Stackato 2.0 redefines private PaaS for the enterprise, enabling more agile development, greater DevOps transparency, more efficient cloud management and faster time to market." The Stackato 2.0 release extends Stackato's market leadership in PaaS polyglot compatibility. Enterprises can now deploy .NET applications to Stackato via technology integration with the Iron Foundry pl... (more)

Gathering Process Metrics on the Windows Agent By @Logentries | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Gathering Process Metrics on the Windows Agent By Stephen Hynes As we continue to expand Logentries' powerful search and metric capabilities, we are also looking for new ways to allow our Users to send us critical data. In the newest version of the Windows Agent users can now follow process metrics and send them to Logentries. This feature enables even more insight into your application by allowing you to monitor your processes resource allocation in Logentries. Additionally, with Logentries powerful real-time alerting capabilities you will be instantly alerted when your process stops logging. To allow for this feature, the Logentries service has added a brand new tab to the Windows Agent. In this new view you will see a list of all your current processes in your environment. To start collecting information on a given process you simply have to click the checkbox. ... (more)

Creating Mobile Controls with the Mobile Internet Toolkit

The Mobile Internet Toolkit comes prepackaged with a variety of controls that address the most common mobile computing tasks. However, specialized tasks can arise that these generic controls are not powerful enough to address, or for which they simply fail to meet the requirements. In these cases it is beneficial to develop a custom control that is suited to fulfilling the required tasks. In this article, I will concentrate on developing and implementing such custom controls within a mobile application. The primary focus will not be on creating custom user controls and/or inherited controls since these can be created for the Mobile Internet Toolkit in much the same way as a standard ASP.NET control. Rather, I will focus on creating custom controls from scratch so I can address some of the unique issues of mobile Internet development. Before I begin, it is essential... (more)

Compuware Launches DevPartner Studio 7.1 Professional Edition

(September 30, 2003) - Compuware's newly released DevPartner Studio 7.1 Professional Edition developer suite helps developers build more reliable applications and components for the Microsoft .NET Framework and for native Windows. DevPartner Studio 7.1 now offers integration with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 and Windows Server 2003 platforms, gives developers a view into application memory use, and offers security rule functionality. New in DevPartner Studio 7.1 is memory analysis for applications built for the .NET Framework. This feature offers developers the ability to dynamically view the use of memory by showing the amount of memory consumed by an object or class, track the references that are holding an object in memory, and identify the lines of source code within a method responsible for allocating and using memory. With an accurate profile of an applicat... (more)

BusinessEdge Solutions Leverages Latest in Microsoft Technology

BusinessEdge Solutions Inc., an East Brunswick, NJ-based industry-focused business and technology consulting firm, announced a client deployment of its Next Generation Smart Manager Platform (SMP), a field force optimization tool that leverages the latest Microsoft technology to allow client firms to quickly and affordably develop and deploy mobile applications, improving field force effectiveness, enhancing market share and increasing revenues. SMP leverages Microsoft .NET framework’s latest in Smart Client and Occasionally Connected Computing (OCC) technology, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and NetAdvantage, the development toolset from Infragistics, a leading publisher of presentation layer tools and services, to create an integrated mobile productivity application. This application establishes a nimble environment for developers, and provides a familiar and ri... (more)

From the Group Publisher: The Art of Progress

We're not even at the end of the first quarter yet, and 2006 seems already to have brought with it as much change in the world of Internet technologies as all four quarters of 2005 combined. Despite the headline-grabbing mega-deals of '05, in '06 the mid-market is still the engine room of technology M&A, with 95% of deals valued at less than $600M - and there have been dozens of them already.  Many fundamentals seem to be changing too. Whereas private sector compensation increased only about 2% over the 12 months ending December 2005, there's a sense already that in 2006 salaries will maybe rise - IT sector salaries too, especially with the U.S. unemployment rate now having fallen below 5%. No matter how the economic cycles might ebb and flow, SYS-CON Media's passionate coverage of the i-Technologies that are increasingly shaping our businesses, our education, our... (more)

Microsoft Introduces Banking Integration Factory

Microsoft has announced a new initiative that provides prescriptive architecture guidance, tools and reference implementations aimed at achieving consistency in banking integration at the BAI Retail Delivery Conference & Expo. The Microsoft Banking Integration Factory initiative utilizes the latest advances in the Microsoft platform, Microsoft .NET and technology solutions from ARGO Data Resource Corp., Corillian Corp., Getronics, Harland Financial Solutions Inc., and Jack Henry & Associates Inc. Other industry partners supporting the initiative include AdviceAmerica Inc., Fair Isaac Corp., Fiserv Inc. and Portrait Software PLC. The initiative seeks to integrate Microsoft and partner technologies at the services level and introduce interoperability via composite line-of-business applications. “Banks have dedicated massive efforts toward resolving integration i... (more)

No Decision Yet: Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on the horns of dilemma about what to do about Yahoo! since Yahoo ignored his Saturday deadline to deal or be acquired by force at a lower price. And a meeting of Microsoft’s board to debate the issue Wednesday apparently didn’t find a way around his problem. His problem is money. He simply doesn’t want to pay what Yahoo! wants. He told a town hall meeting with Microsoft staffers today, where he promised a decision “in short order” but not today, that “We’re interested in paying for it at some level and beyond that level we’re not willing to pay for it. I know exactly what I think Yahoo is worth and I won’t go a dime above.” He said Microsoft had three options: “There’s the friendly deal, there’s an unfriendly deal, third path is simply to walk away. Given [Yahoo... (more)

Timing the Market with Distributed Genetics

I’ve always been puzzled by the ability of some traders to consistently make money. A cynic would say that anyone who is able to profit in all adverse economic environments (recessions, depressions, etc.) is most likely able to do so because they are getting information that is not generally available. Although the cynic might mean “inside” information by this statement, I believe that there is a non-cynical interpretation of this statement that is, to some degree, correct. Algorithmic trading engines and market data vendors are becoming increasingly important on Wall Street, exactly because they are able to give insights to traders, allowing them to consistently “beat the street.” These tools and data sources, though legal, can be sufficiently expensive so as to prevent the majority of market participants from obtaining similar access. This limited access can allo... (more)

Sybase Unveils All New PowerBuilder

 PBDJ - PowerBuilder Journal Sybase, Inc. (NYSE:SY), an industry leader in delivering enterprise and mobile software, today announced the beta availability for PowerBuilder 12, a new generation of Sybase’s proven development tool. This latest release of the award-winning PowerBuilder empowers developers with the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective path to the Microsoft® .NET Framework, the Microsoft Windows® component that supports building and running the next generation of applications. “PowerBuilder 12 is one of the most significant releases in the product’s history,” said David Tong, vice president of Engineering, Sybase. “We have recognized the need in the PowerBuilder community for a versatile and open .NET development tool and have responded with a solution that empowers developers to quickly and easily deliver .NET Framework-based applications withou... (more)

UPDATE: Adobe & IE Implicated as China’s Spy Holes

RIA Sessions at Cloud Expo [UPDATE: Since this story was published at 12:45AM on January 15, the source quoted by the author - iDefense - has in fact retracted its initial assessment by providing the following statement: "In iDefense's press announcement regarding the recently discovered Silicon Valley compromises, we stated that the attack vector was likely "malicious PDF file attachments delivered via email" and suggested that a vulnerability in Adobe Reader appeared to have been exploited in these attacks. Upon further review, we are retracting our initial assessment regarding the likely use of Adobe vulnerabilities. There are currently no confirmed instances of a vulnerability in Adobe technologies being used in these attacks. We continue to investigate this issue." --SYS-CON.com Editorial Team] A zero-day Acrobat security hole in the buggy Adobe Reader, software... (more)

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92% of enterprises are using the public cloud today. As a result, simply being in the cloud is no longer enough to remain competitive. The benefit of reduced costs has normalized while the market forces are demanding more innovation at faster release cycles. Enter Cloud Native! Cloud Native enables a microservices driven architecture. The shift from monolithic to microservices yields a lot of benefits - but if not done right - can quickly outweigh the benefits. The effort required in monitoring, tracing, circuit breakers, routing, load balancing, etc. for thousands of microservices can become overwhelming. This talk will address strategies to run & manage microservices from 0 to 60 using Istio and other tools in a cloud native world.
It's clear: serverless is here to stay. The adoption does come with some needed changes, within both application development and operations. That means serverless is also changing the way we leverage public clouds. Truth-be-told, many enterprise IT shops were so happy to get out of the management of physical servers within a data center that many limitations of the existing public IaaS clouds were forgiven. However, now that we've lived a few years with public IaaS clouds, developers and CloudOps pros are giving a huge thumbs down to the constant monitoring of servers, provisioned or not, that's required to support the workloads.
In very short order, the term "Blockchain" has lost an incredible amount of meaning. With too many jumping on the bandwagon, the market is inundated with projects and use cases that miss the real potential of the technology. We have to begin removing Blockchain from the conversation and ground ourselves in the motivating principles of the technology itself; whether it is consumer privacy, data ownership, trust or even participation in the global economy, the world is faced with serious problems that this technology could ultimately help us in at least partially solving. But if we do not unpack what is real and what is not, we can lose sight of the potential.
Serveless Architectures brings the ability to independently scale, deploy and heal based on workloads and move away from monolithic designs. From the front-end, middle-ware and back-end layers, serverless workloads potentially have a larger security risk surface due to the many moving pieces. This talk will focus on key areas to consider for securing end to end, from dev to prod. We will discuss patterns for end to end TLS, session management, scaling to absorb attacks and mitigation techniques.
The standardization of container runtimes and images has sparked the creation of an almost overwhelming number of new open source projects that build on and otherwise work with these specifications. Of course, there's Kubernetes, which orchestrates and manages collections of containers. It was one of the first and best-known examples of projects that make containers truly useful for production use. However, more recently, the container ecosystem has truly exploded. A service mesh like Istio addresses many of the challenges faced by developers and operators as monolithic applications transition towards a distributed microservice architecture. A tracing tool like Jaeger analyzes what's happening as a transaction moves through a distributed system. Monitoring software like Prometheus captures time-series events for real-time alerting and other uses. Grafeas and Kritis provide security polic...