Volume LII, Issue 10

In This Issue

ADRM Working Group Plans Formative Meeting

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The Advancement of Digital Rights Management (ADRM) Working Group is signing-up participants and discussing, refining, and prioritizing action plans targeting five constituencies in advance of the group’s formative meeting taking place in late June.

Major DRM Platform Providers — Improved interoperability among dominant DRM standards-setting entities can result in improved downstream efficiencies for DRM industry integrators and re-sellers.

CE Device Manufacturers — A common set of DRM requirements for set-top, DVR, display, and related consumer electronics makers can improve the product development and implementation process.

High-Value Content Distributors — A standardized approach to degrees of protection required for levels of content relative to the value of revenue streams being protected can increase industry productivity.

Consumer End-Users — Simplifying the processes involved in accessing multiple instances of differently DRM-ed content across numbers of co-owned devices can lead to greater acceptance and adoption.

DRM Industry Opponents — Public communication of security protection benefits associated with access control as well as the provision of greater value and utility for protected data can counter misguided opposition.

Please email adrm@dcia.info for the new ADRM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)… Read More

Global DRM Market Exhibits Promising Growth

Excerpted from Release Wire Report

The global digital rights management (DRM) market has been witnessing tremendous growth due to the increase of its implementation in various new sectors such as mobile content, video-on-demand (VoD), digital healthcare, e-book reading, etc.

Enterprises even today continue to be plagued by issues surrounding safety and security of content. With more and more organizations preferring to monetize content, fears over theft, piracy, and unauthorized use of digital information remain high.

DRM technologies are most commonly used to protect “popular” digital content such as music and movies from being altered or transmitted to third parties.

Given the above factors, the global DRM market is projected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 16% during 2015-2020. The report, Digital Rights Management Market Outlook 2020, which runs to 65 pages, covers extensive research and thorough analysis of the DRM market across the globe.

It also presents a critical analysis and an unbiased view into the state of the global DRM industry, including the current and future market size… Read More

Conax Shows Secure Multi-DRM

Excerpted from LightReading Report

Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and a leader in total service protection for digital TV and entertainment services via broadcast, broadband and connected devices, announced today its participation at Communicasia 2015, June 2nd-5th, Singapore.

The content security specialist will feature its new, cutting-edge Conax Contego multi-DRM solution, supporting Widevine, Microsoft PlayReady, Conax OTT Access and NAGRA PRM; with CENC and MPEG DASH.

The highly secure, future-proof and flexible solution is developed to eliminate operator challenges, amongst others support for browsers which will soon no longer provide NPAPI support such as Chrome in September.

At the show, Conax will also be featuring the pre-integrated Xtend Multiscreen and benchmark entry-level GO Live solution for over-the-top (OTT) content distribution. At the show, Conax will be co-exhibiting with Kudelski sister company, NAGRA.

“Supporting multiple DRM technologies is essential to reach all required devices for a TV everywhere service, states Tom Jahr, EVP Products & Marketing, Conax. The Conax Conteg unified security hub supports a wide range of DRM solutions with Common Encryption (CENC), for a simplified and cost-effective workflow… Read More

Report from DCIA CEO Marty Lafferty

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We’re pleased to extend the DCIA’s partnership with the Cloud Computing Association (CCA) to include its 2015 series of Cloud Computing Boot Camps.

Cloud Computing Boot Camps are designed for small-to-midsize businesses (SMBs) and their counterparts in healthcare organizations and government agencies.

We have partnered previously with CCA, since 2012, on the Cloud Computing East & West series of conferences and on the Cloud Developers Summit & Expo.

CCA will host three Cloud Computing Boot Camps in 2015, the first of which is scheduled for July 30th in Washington, DC.

This series of one-day events will be held in regional markets around the country exclusively for managers whose responsibilities include evaluating, purchasing, and implementing cloud-based solutions.

According to a recent forecast, the US SMB cloud market will grow to $55 billion in 2016 — reflecting a 40% compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) since 2011.

In 2014, SMBs used an average of five cloud-based solutions ranging from hosted storage to infrastructure as a service (IaaS), along with other business applications and services.

By 2016 it is estimated that each SMB in this market will be utilizing an average of nine cloud-based services.

At the boot camps, SMBs will be joined by leading cloud-solutions providers and some of their end-user customers who will provide step-by-step guidance on how enterprise business functions can be made more efficient and cost-effective by deploying cloud-based solutions.

The DCIA will offer attendees the opportunity to participate in a new marathon webcast focusing on the advancement of cloud computing in 2015.

And if you haven’t already done so, invest time to view the previously produced DCIA’s Internet of Things (IoT) Marathon, now available here in its entirety on YouTube.

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Guide for Cloud Computing

Excerpted from Solar Home & Business Journal Report by SHBJ Staff

To put in a very easy manner, cloud computing is usually a concept which involves computing by means of sharing the resources included, instead of depending on local hosting space to complete the task. The ‘cloud’ within the term ‘cloud computing’ is utilized to represent the World Wide Web (www).

The method involves making use of remote hosting space which make it possible for centralized facts processing and also storage, and online access to resources from anyplace, at whenever.

So, essentially, cloud research means web based computing exactly where several companies are pooled together in order to achieve a frequent purpose. It is a recently evolved phenomenon, there are caught with pretty rapidly, owing to help its many advantages, which many of us will right now explore.

Impair computing features single handedly manufactured computing, facts processing, data storage devices and facts access simpler than we were looking at before it is advent. Some of those unfortunate reasons precisely why cloud computing is becoming an integral part of our professional and also personal day-to-day lives include the following.

Lower costs — Companies and also organizations will not need to spend large sums on establishing information technologies infrastructure… Read More

Runtime & Zentera Demo Secure EDA in the Cloud

Excerpted from Business Wire Report

Runtime Design Automation (RTDA), a leading provider of infrastructure and design optimization software solutions, today announced a solutions partnership with Zentera Systems, to enable secure electronic design automation (EDA) cloud access running RTDA’s NetworkComputer workload management solution through the Zentera Cloud Overlay Network hybrid cloud solution.

“Our solution places the mission-critical intellectual property security control in the hands of the enterprise.”

For the EDA industry, on-demand compute resources in the cloud create new opportunities for semiconductor companies by enabling more flexibility over compute resource deployment while lowering total cost of ownership. However, IP security, throughput maximization and capacity utilization are critical to fully realizing the business benefits of on-demand cloud-enabled EDA solutions.

RTDA’s NetworkComputer, a high-performance, enterprise-grade job scheduler, combined with Zentera’s hybrid network solution provides the ideal combination of security and performance necessary for distributed EDA applications in the cloud.

“Migration to the cloud presents our customers with the ability to significantly boost their distributed computing resources… Read More

Vaultize Named in Top 20 BYOD Solution Providers

Excerpted from PR Newswire Report

Vaultize, the enterprise file security leader, today announced that it has been named to the list of Top 20 Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) Solution Providers of 2015.

The companies in “20 Most Promising BYOD Solution Providers” complied by CIOReview, are selected by a distinguished panel of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, industry analysts and members of CIOReview’s editorial board to recognize and promote technology entrepreneurship. The positioning is based on Vaultize’s capabilities in Enterprise File Sync & Share (EFSS), mobile collaboration and VPN-free anywhere access with built-in Digital Rights Management (DRM).

“Vaultize has been on our radar for some time for stirring a revolution in the BYOD landscape, and we are happy to showcase them this year due to their continuing excellence in delivering top-notch technology-driven solutions,” said Harvi Sachar, Publisher and Founder, CIOReview. “Vaultize’s solutions continued to break new ground within the past year, benefiting its customers around the globe, and we’re excited to have them featured on our top companies list.”

“Vaultize is honored to be recognized by CIOReview’s panel of experts and thought leaders. We remain focused on outpacing the industry in innovation and delivering solutions that exceed requirements of BYOD,” said Anand Kekre, CEO & Co-Founder of Vaultize… Read More

Prepare Your IT Workforce for Cloud Mobility

Excerpted from CIO Report by Paul Trotter

Mobile employees already demand seamless and reliable access to their business networks, whether they’re in the office or on the move. They want to share, download, and sync files regardless of their location, and IT must therefore find ways to ensure workers are able to do their job effectively wherever they are. All of which means there is great urgency to get devices, data and applications up and running in the Cloud. But rather than rushing in, how can businesses take a measured approach?

We’ve spoken to a number of thought leaders to get their views on how organizations can best prepare their IT workforce for cloud mobility. What advice can experts in the field give businesses looking into long-term strategies for exploiting cloud as a tool to underpin enterprise mobility?

“The most prudent long-term cloud computing strategy any firm can adopt for enterprise mobility is… to think small before thinking big,” said Adrian Bridgwater, an enterprise IT blogger for a number of B2B sites, including Forbes.

“Firms need to identify which individual pieces of their operational mechanics they can accurately quantify and then safely compartmentalize, before migrating them to Cloud-based environments… Read More

Caitlyn: Can Big Data Measure Big Culture Change?

Excerpted from Forbes Report by Howard Homonoff

I don’t know about you, but it sure feels like the times they are a changing. The Caitlyn Jenner Vanity Fair cover — of course only a tiny percentage of its viewers actually saw the physical magazine — was probably as stunning a cultural event based on a singular image as I can ever recall.

More even than the Diane Sawyer network television interview with (then) Bruce Jenner, and certainly more than the accompanying Buzz Bissinger Vanity Fair profile of Jenner, it certainly recalls the old Andre Agassi Canon commercials: “Image is everything.”

Beyond Ms. Jenner, the greater inclusion of the LGBT community, especially the “T” part of that, has seemed to be everywhere in media in the last year. Jill Soloway’s “Transparent” not only took its historic place as the first breakout “hit” among Amazon’s original online video offerings, but more so for its sensitive yet irreverently comedic portrayal of a family dealing with (among other issues) the transitioning of the family’s paterfamilias.

And of course Jeffrey Tambor’s brilliant role as the father in question won him a well-deserved Golden Globe. Amazon’s over-the-top video counterpart, Netflix, joined in this envelope-pushing with the wonderful work of the transgender actress… Read More

Social Networking Helps Identify Cancer Biomarkers

Excerpted from Medical Press Report

The advent of online social networks has led to the rapid development of tools for understanding the interactions between members of the network, their activity, the connections, the hubs and nodes. But, any relationships between lots of entities, whether users of Facebook and Twitter, bees in a colony, birds in a flock, or the genes and proteins in our bodies can be analyzed with the same tools.

Now, research published in International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics shows how social network analysis can be used to understand and identify the biomarkers in our bodies for diseases, including different types of cancer.

Tansel Ozyer, Serkan Ucer, and Taylan Iyidogan of the Department of Computer Engineering, at TOBB University, in Ankara, Turkey, explain how the detection of disease biomarkers in general and cancer biomarkers in particular has become an important task in medical research and diagnostics. They have now used the tools of Social Network Analysis (SNA) to help them unravel the connections and identify the biomarkers present in patient genomic microarray data.

By analogy with a social network, the team views genes as actors or members of the social network and similarities between different genes are considered to be the connections between these actors… Read More

San Jose Tests IoT to Become a Smarter City

Excerpted from Santa Cruz Sentinel Report by Heather Somerville

San Jose, CA, a city at the center of the modern computer industry isn’t as smart as it would like to be — or, according to some technologists, as smart as it ought to be.

But San Jose officials are working to change that starting this month, adding Internet-connected devices atop city streetlights that can detect everything from earthquakes to traffic jams. It is the boldest step yet San Jose has taken toward becoming a “smart” city, where services such as garbage pickup, irrigation, electricity and parking are controlled and monitored through the Internet and data-collecting software to make them, ideally, cheaper and better.

The city last week finalized plans for a pilot program with anyCOMM, a fledgling Internet of Things (IoT) company out of Sacramento County, CA that makes Wi-Fi-connected devices, or nodes, which can collect volumes of data from city streets that will be stored, sorted and returned to city officials to help with city planning and improve public safety.

The program marks anyCOMM’s public debut after 15 years of testing the technology in stealth.

“We’re going to try it out and see how they work,” said Teri Killgore, Assistant to the City Manager.

The nodes — box-shaped devices not much larger than an Internet modem — will be installed along main city roads… Read More

IBM Picks-Up Private Cloud Expert Blue Box

Excerpted from ITPortal Report by Darren Allan

IBM has announced that it has acquired Blue Box, an OpenStack private cloud as a service outfit.

The amount forked out wasn’t disclosed, but IBM said that the move reinforced its commitment to deliver flexible cloud computing solutions for customers across public, private and hybrid environments.

Blue Box prides itself on a central vision whereby cloud computing is made easy, and aims to bring the simplicity of the public cloud — namely the fact that it “just works” — to private cloud deployments, the latter of which can get very messy in some cases.

The company offers a streamlined single management tool for OpenStack-based private clouds which can be used from any location, and supports managed infrastructure services across hybrid clouds and IBM’s Bluemix platform.

IBM General Manager of Cloud Services, Jim Comfort, commented: “IBM is dedicated to helping our clients migrate to the cloud in an open, secure, data rich environment that meet their current and future business needs. The acquisition of Blue Box accelerates IBM’s open cloud strategy making it easier for our clients to move to data and applications across clouds and adopt hybrid cloud environments… Read More

Apple to Unveil Tool Kit for Watch App Developers

Excerpted from NY Times Report by Brian Chen

When Apple began selling the Apple Watch in April, Phillip Ryu did not rush to create an app for it. Because apps on the device have limited animation and the software takes several seconds to load, Mr. Ryu, a founder of Impending, which makes mobile games, said he was constrained in terms of what programs he could create for the watch.

Now, he is rethinking that decision. On Monday, Apple will begin its annual developer conference, where the company is set to release new tools for software developers to create smarter apps that will gain deep access to the watch’s heart-rate and motion sensors, among other components.

“It feels like we have both our hands tied behind our backs, and that’s why you haven’t seen anything really impressive,” Mr. Ryu said about apps for the watch, which was released with around 3,500 programs. Now, “it sounds like they plan on untying our hands.”

Gaining more apps for Apple Watch is crucial to Timothy Cook, Apple’s chief executive.

The device is his first new product since taking the reins of the company in 2011. Apps from outside developers helped increase sales of Apple’s iPhones and iPads by vastly expanding their capabilities… Read More

Cisco Expands Intercloud Capabilities

Excerpted from Forbes Report by Trefis Team

Cisco recently announced its intent to acquire Piston Cloud Computing, a four year-old startup offering OpenStack cloud distribution. Cisco stated that this acquisition will help improve product, delivery and operational capabilities of its Intercloud services including cloud automation and scale. Cisco helped fund an $8 million Series B round for the company in 2013 and is listed as a principal investor.

Cisco’s interest in acquiring Piston follows its recent acquisition of private cloud provider Metacloud and should help bolster its global Intercloud platform and architecture. Cisco’s Cloud Services architecture is also based on OpenStack open source software and is designed to help customers easily and securely use data across both private and public clouds.

The acquisition is likely to provide a boost to Cisco’s plans to build the world’s largest Intercloud, which is a secure network of globally distributed and remotely managed clouds capable of meeting growing customer needs, especially as part of the Internet of Everything (IoE).

Intercloud is part of the company’s Data Center division, which has witnessed rapid sales growth in the last few years. Divisional sales grew by about 60% year-over-year in FY2013 and 27% in FY2014… Read More

Alibaba Signs Equinix Deal to Take on Amazon’s Cloud

Excerpted from Fortune Report by Barb Darrow

Chinese retail giant Alibaba is going bigger in cloud thanks to a new partnership with Equinix, which operates more than 105 data centers around the world.

The stated goal is to make it easier for multi-national corporations in the US to conduct business in China and vice versa. Aliyun, is Alibaba’s cloud computing arm, just as Amazon Web Services is Amazon’s cloud computing arm. Initially, Alibaba’s cloud services will be offered via Equinix Cloud Exchange facilities in Hong Kong and Silicon Valley, with additional rollouts planned for other Equinix sites worldwide, said Chris Sharp, Vice President of Innovation for Equinix, Redwood Shores, CA.

There is plenty of headroom for expansion in this deal. Equinix has data centers in 33 countries and many other interconnection points where different providers can hook into each other’s services. Even cloud providers that run their own data centers plug into Equinix interconnection facilities so they can offer fast links to outside services. Equinix will also gain 40 more data centers across Europe via its recently announced plan to acquire Telecity for $3.6 billion.

US-based cloud giants, especially Amazon, will doubtless watch the Alibaba-Equinix news carefully. Alibaba dominates the market in China, much as Amazon does in the US. In March, Aliyun opened its first stateside data center stateside… Read More

Vend Releases Mobile Cloud Retail Solution

Excerpted from ITWire Report by Peter Dinham

Global cloud-based retail software company Vend has optimized its point-of-sale (POS) software for iOS and iPad which it says will help retailers anywhere, create and launch an online store, manage inventory, reward customer loyalty, and analyze business performance.

Vend, which currently powers more than 15,000 retailers worldwide, says it is driving mobile-led business transformation, across multiple store locations, on iOS and iPad. Vend founder and CEO Vaughan Rowsell said the platform gives small-to-medium retailers a simple, mobile-friendly, and affordable cloud-based solution that includes all the features and benefits “previously only available in expensive enterprise POS offerings”.

Rowsell said to “revolutionize” retail for SMBs across the globe, Vend was expanding the retail platform on iOS and iPad to take advantage of the operating system’s innovative business features, including the market-leading security and productivity features of iOS 8, and to leverage the strong ecosystem of business applications on iOS that SMB retailers already use to run their stores.

Vend’s retail platform already integrates with other best-of-breed apps to provide a flexible and scalable business platform… Read More

Coming Events of Interest

Freescale Technology Forum — June 22nd-25th in Austin, TX. FTF, this year focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT), is the heart of discovery, imagination and innovation. Together we will strategize and design the next market-shifting products.

Cloud World Forum — June 24th-25th in London England. This marquee event is presented by Informa Telecoms & Media. Co-located with the seventh annual major international conference will be Enterprise Apps World.

ADRM Working Group Formative Meeting — June 25th via global videoconference. The DCIA sponsored working group will kick-off with prioritization of action plans targeting fve constituencies: DRM Platform Providers, CE Manufacturers, Content Providers, Consumers, and DRM Industry Opponents.

Cloud Computing Boot Camp — July 30th in Washington, DC. Designed for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs) and their counterparts in government agencies and healthcare organizations whose responsibilities include evaluating, purchasing, and implementing cloud-based solutions.

Digital Hollywood Fall — October 19th-22nd in Marina Del Rey, CA. The future of the entertainment industry. Digital Hollywood debuted in 1990 and has from its start been among the leading trade conferences in its field.

Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) — December 6th-8th in Dubai, UAE. IoTWF is an exclusive event that brings together the best and brightest thinkers, practitioners, and innovators from business, government, and academia to accelerate the market adoption of the Internet of Things.

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