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Christofer Hoff has proposed an interesting idea earlier today. He asked, "How many of the cloud providers (IaaS, PaaS) support IPv6 natively or support tunneling without breaking things like NAT and firewalls? As part of all this Infrastructure 2.0 chewy goodness, from a networking (and security) perspective, it's pretty important." His post actual was a kind of epiphany which lead me to think that one of the great things about cloud computing is in its ability to virtualize everything. The cloud is a kind of "multiverse" where the rules of nature can continually be rewritten using quarantined virtual worlds within other virtual worlds (aka virtualization). The need for a traditional physical piece of hardware is no longer a requirement or necessary. For example VLANs don't need to differentiate between IPv4 and IPv6; the deployment is just dual-stack, as Ethernet i... (more)

Capture File Filtering with Wireshark

Intrusion detection tools that use the libpcap C/ C++ library [1] for network traffic capture (such as Snort [2] and Tcpdump [1]) can output packet capture information to a file for later reference. The format of this capture file is known as pcap. By capturing packet data to a file, an investigator can return later to study the history of an intrusion attempt – or to turn up other important clues about clandestine activity on the network. Of course, the traffic history data stored in a pcap file is much too vast to study by just viewing the file manually. Security experts use specialized filtering tools to search through the file for pertinent information. One way to look for clues in a pcap file is to use the Wireshark protocol analysis tool [3] and its accompanying command-line utility tshark. Wireshark is included by default on many Linux distros, and if not, it i... (more)

Virtual Reality Applications | @CloudExpo #VR #AI #ML #DigitalTransformation

The Emerging Tech of Virtual Reality Applications By Omed Habib Reality itself is going through a digital transformation thanks to leaps in 3D rendering and the crunch-speed motion feedback data. Although the modern definition of virtual reality (VR) has been making promises for three decades, the emphasis was always on the potential. Now it's here. This is a tour of the state of VR in 2016 and where developers are taking it as VR spreads far beyond the world of gaming. The Desert of the Real Before 1900 Taking control of our own "virtual reality" has always played a role in human endeavors, from the first cave paintings 30,000 years ago to the deus ex machina of Greek theater. That concept first crystallized into a stereoscope covering the user's eyes in 1838 with Charles Wheatstone's 3D reflecting mirror mask. Take away the photograph holder and Wheatstone's device ... (more)

HP Develops National Identity System on .NET

HP has made available its  National Identity System (NIS), based on the Microsoft® .NET platform. The HP NIS solution allows governments to build and quickly deploy at an affordable price a complete, standards-based and technologically agile infrastructure that meets their changing needs for security and identity management, the company said.. Going beyond simple secure identification and authentication functionality, the solution enables modern national identification systems to allow citizens to access e-government services and conduct secure transactions. The solution also provides citizens with improved secure and intelligent identity documents. For example, with heightened security awareness at national borders, the solution fulfills the new requirement to ensure traveler and citizen credentials across an entire country or region. In addition, the modular natur... (more)

Media Machines Announces Ajax3D

BOSTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 08/01/06 -- Media Machines, Inc., a leading provider of open source, real time 3D communications on the web, today announced Ajax3D™, a Javascript-based software library and development paradigm for deploying online virtual worlds and 3D web applications based on Ajax and X3D. The company also issued an open call for participation in an industry forum at www.ajax3D.org, dedicated to the research and development of online virtual worlds using 3D open standards and Ajax best practices. Ajax3D combines the visual richness and interactivity of X3D, the ISO standard for networked 3D graphics, with the ease of use and ubiquity of Ajax, a set of Javascript and XML programming methods for developing web applications. Ajax3D employs the X3D Scene Access Interface (SAI) for controlling 3D worlds within a web browser via Javascript. Ajax3D content... (more)

AJAX3D - The Open Platform For Rich 3D Web Applications

Real-time 3D is emerging as a first-class media type for the Web. Network bandwidth and graphics hardware processing power are now sufficiently advanced to enable compelling Web-based 3D experiences, including games, online virtual worlds, simulations, education, and training. Commercial developers are expressing increasing interest in exploiting real-time 3D in Web applications to enhance production values, create engaging immersive experiences, and deliver information in a more meaningful way. Much of the infrastructure is in place to enable professional Web 3D deployment in a cross-platform, open, royalty-free environment. Interoperability standards such as ISO-standard Extensible 3D Graphics (X3D) are now mature, fully functional, and robust and supported by multiple open source implementations and affordable production pipelines. However, those technologies on... (more)

E-mail - Problem Solved or Created?

At the annual Alan Turing memorial lecture given by Grady Booch in London last month, he chose as his subject, The promise, the limits, and the beauty of software. It was an excellent address in which one of the themes was that for each of the incredible advances that software has brought to our lives, there is an almost Newtonian opposite effect that is negative and destructive. One such example given was e-mail: while making us able to communicate instantly with our peers, allowing effective and immediate information sharing, it brings its own set of problems. Issues with information theft, virus attachments, phishing, worms, and privacy are well documented and are very real threats although, to a certain extent, these are merely mirrors of real-world phenomena that e-mail merely amplifies and concentrates. The question that interests me the most is whether e-mail... (more)

The Cloud Wars - Is Guitar Hero a Cloud?

John Willis's Blog I was reading a recent post about the Merrill Lynch’s research note titled “The Cloud Wars: $100+ billion at stake” and it started me thinking about the cloud vs. IT infrastructure question again. As the cloud-o-sphere tries to define this “cloud” thing, myself included, it seems like the list of who is a cloud just keeps getting longer and longer. I originally thought the Forrester 11 list was a little to long when it included SalesForce.com and Akamai as cloud providers. The general consensus seems to be, if you are a SaaS, PaaS, or a IaaS you are probably a cloud and this makes the list even longer. Is Guitar Hero a Cloud? So, today when I read that Merrill Lynch added Activision and Digital Reality to the cloud, it becomes clearer to me we may have met the “All’s Fair” saturation point. If you want to be a cloud just say you are a cloud. In fa... (more)

FalconStor Supports Microsoft Hyper-V Virtualization

FalconStor announced that, as part of its ongoing support of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization technology, FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) software works seamlessly with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering to provide instantaneous disaster recovery over the wide-area network (WAN) in both physical server and Hyper-V virtual server environments. Integrating both logical and virtual worlds, the combination of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering and Hyper-V virtual servers enables automatic failover of business-critical applications running on geographically dispersed physical and virtual servers. The solution provides companies with integrated data protection, less expensive DR and immediate recovery from server failure. FalconStor's open software-based SAN replication and cluster protection software, FalconStor... (more)

Crossing the Line from Virtual to Real | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #AI #Sensors

I was on a high-rise construction site 34-floors above the city.  I was talking to the construction crew when a fight broke out. There was an explosion and the floor collapsed.  I removed the virtual reality (VR) goggles and laughed. It was so real. The VR solutions provided an incredible experience, almost like being there. As good as my experience was, it was not reality.  It was a controlled pre-programmed experience - a notional idea. Today, however, VR and sensor technologies enable a notional idea to become reality - a Real-Reality. IoT sensors extend our physical senses beyond our physical reach. Haptic feedback systems enable us to physically feel distant objects and experience events; digital odors can be collected, profiled, transmitted and recreated locally on odor printers; 3D infrared scanners can capture and scale physical shapes and environments and... (more)

IBM, Forterra Using Unified Communications in Virtual Worlds to Solve "Tower of Babel" for Intelligence Agencies

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 03/20/08 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Forterra Systems are working to solve an age-old problem that challenges U.S. security and costs taxpayers millions. Forterra plans to develop a futuristic unified communications solution code-named "Babel Bridge" that could allow U.S. intelligence agencies to use a common graphical collaboration system to instantly communicate within a virtual world. To meet this challenge, IBM and Forterra have entered into a teaming agreement under which Forterra will integrate its On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment (OLIVE(TM)) 3D platform with the IBM Lotus® Sametime® software and the IBM Unified Communications and Collaboration (UC2(TM)) platform. The new system would give online collaborators instant insight through the display and discussion of multiple data forms in parallel including documents, graphic di... (more)