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MCLEAN, Va. – June 4, 2014 – Perspecsys, the leader in enterprise cloud data protection, announced today that it received a written ruling from the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) confirming that technical data secured using Perspecsys tokenization can be processed outside the U.S. through the cloud without obtaining an export license under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). In its groundbreaking decision, DDTC reinterpreted the ITAR to authorize the use of Perspecsys tokenization to process ITAR technical data in the cloud without a license, even where the tokenized technical data may be transferred to servers located outside the United States. DDTC’s new interpretation shifts the regulatory landscape – opening the cloud to companies subject to the ITAR. In the past, organiza... (more)

The Cloud Name System – Addressing Architecture for the Internet of Things

A key development for the Internet of Things will be the evolution and emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and email. Lori MacVittie wrote a while back about the need for an ‘SNS’ – a Service Name System, a DNS type directory approach but for Cloud Services so that they can be entirely loosely coupled from their IT infrastructure. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, himself described a scenario of ‘Socially Aware Cloud Storage‘ that applies this same ideal of abstraction... (more)

An IoT Taxonomy – Mapping Internet of Things Innovation

One of the most powerful aspects of the Internet of Things is the process of synthesis it achieves; it provides a mental model for people to associate and relate a number of different technologies under one umbrella concept and trend. Therefore one early quick win is a simple taxonomy for listing what these different technology camps are, so here is a first draft approach for this that is now included as the guiding framework in our IoT Technology Roadmap: IoT Taxonomy Wearable Computing - The smartphone will remain as the central control unit but it will be "Wearables" that ge... (more)

IoT @ UoT – How the University of Toronto is the gem in Canada’s tech innovation crown

Like most of the tech world I recently shifted my core focus to be headlined around the Next Big Thing, the “IoT” – Internet of Things. Why? For the same reasons I specialized in Cloud, and before that SaaS and before that ASPs and web hosting. Ie. a continuing evolution of the original ‘Network is the Computer’ vision of Sun Microsystems – All technology becoming a network-based utility, rather than a buy, build and install model. Since then the volume of devices, information flows and bandwidth has exploded exponentially, but the principles o... (more)

Google Enterprise – Getting Things Done, Google style!

Last year I posted a blog to the Allstream portal about how tools like Cloud-based Microsoft Outlook services can help you implement personal productivity best practices, like ‘Getting Things Done‘. This type of functionality is also possible with the Google toolset, indeed to be fair this is one way to see how Google outshines the competition in terms of their Cloud fit for this type of agile working. Google Enterprise The primary challenge with defining ‘Google Enterprise’, as in how the Google cloud suite can be used by large, and small, businesses to better improve activities... (more)