While the term "the cloud" is still pretty loosely defined, there's no doubt that more and more services are being offered over the internet, and many of those are enterprise-type offerings. For example, lots of well known companies are using Google docs
, and Salesforce.com has really become quite the standard in many, many places for any type of CRM/Salesforce automation. But what does that mean for IT folks, who are used to having full control over the technology being used by employees? How can they make sure that the services that employees are using are secure and protected? And, for companies building their own online services that they hope will be used in enterprises around the globe, how should they best prepare to build a system that meets the security requirements of in-house IT staff? On top of that, beyond traditional "technology" security, there are serious legal security questions as well. How protected, legally speaking, is the data stored in the cloud? Is it covered under different laws? And do the answers to these questions depend on if you're "webifying" legacy systems as compared to building entirely new systems?
Well, we're hoping to answer a bunch of these questions with a new webinar that we're putting on next Tuesday, May 11th at 9am PT/noon ET (register here
), as a part of our ongoing IT Innovation
series -- sponsored by Oracle and Intel. I'll be moderating the discussion, and the discussion will be led by two of the most knowledgeable folks I know on this topic: Jake Kaldenbaugh
, and formerly an exec at NEC, where he drove early strategic efforts focusing on virtualization and cloud computing, and Sam Quigley
, a leading expert on cloud security, who previously was a founding member of EDS's security and privacy services group, an open source developer at security appliance vendor Astaro, the sole security person at Xign (which became JP Morgan Treasury Services) and Vice President of security and operations at Wesabe, the online financial startup.
The webinar will consist of a brief presentation, followed by discussion -- and we're hoping to make it as interactive as possible, so come ready with questions. If you'd like to attend, please register now
Separately, it's worth noting that we recently refreshed the IT Innovation
website, to reflect that it's sponsored by Oracle and Intel (Oracle taking over from Sun following the acquisition), and we've also refreshed the resource center
with a series of new whitepapers, including (but not limited to):
Also, while there is plenty of overlap in posts between Techdirt's main site and IT Innovation, some posts are reserved just for folks following IT Innovation. So, if you're not following that site, you may have missed stories questioning what comes after silicon
as we (perhaps) approach the limits of Moore's law and a discussion on the popularity of certain programming languages