TOP CLOUD EVENTS OF THE YEAR 2014 IN ROMANIA

This is a selection of most important events and significant facts related or associated with Cloud Computing market development in Romania during this year. Despite the voices which are considering Romania as “eternal emerging market from the border of Internet”, cloud☁mania want to put the stage lights on the positive development in the country, pioneering projects, initiatives, awarded solutions and services which were not possible without the passion for development and the believe in positive power of the Cloud. A more detailed events description article was published in Romanian language in IT Trends magazine, online and printing version in November 2014 (translated title) “Cloud has received increased popularity in Romania during 2014”

Keeping monthly chronology, here are short descriptions of the selected events:

Catalog_Cloud_Computing_2014-211x300January 2014 – First edition of Cloud Computing Catalog Romania was released result of partnership between Agora Group publisher and cloud☁mania concept and content contributor. Related c☁m article 

February 2014Are you ready to make money in cloud” was the main message of business seminar organized by Consulta company for traditional Microsoft partners and ISVs who want to develop their cloud sales skills and business opportunities. Related c☁m article 

March 2014”Beyond surviving, shaping the future of IT” was the main topic of 2nd National Conferences organized by CIO Council Romania. After first professional market research dedicated to Cloud adoption in enterprise companies from Romania released last year, this time CIO Council debates was dedicates to main changes Cloud adoption is inducing in traditional role of a CIO.

April 2014National Institute for Information Research (ICI) launched the public project “Cloud Infrastructure for Public Sector – ICIPRO, who is based on app. 17 Million EUR project to build a 300 sqm. National Datacenter placed in ICI 300 sqm. area.

Mai 2014Net Brinel, one of local system integration and developing IT company is announcing the opening of partnership with Salesforce on Romanian territory. Salesforce Sales Cloud, Marketing Cloud and Service Cloud are of most important SaaS introduced in Net Brinel solution portfolio, together with Salesforce Platform. Related c☁m article.

June 2014  – Second edition of Cloud Computing Catalog Romania was released, having as main topic Infrastructure as a Service trends and market development. Related c☁m article.

July 2014 – First OpenStack BootCamp from CEE was organized in Bucharest during 3 days, by Mirantis company specialized in providing OpenStack training and certifications and support of local OpenStack community. Related c☁m article.  

August 2014“Smart Bill Cloud”, invoicing application developed by Intelligent IT was appreciated as “The Best Application from Romania” during the international contest “Business Wall of Fame”. Local national operator Romtelecom (actually Telekom Romania) introduced application in current business solutions packages offered to local business community.

eurocloud_award_2014September 2014EuroCloud President Bernd Becker announced the winners of EuroCloud Award 2014, during opening ceremony of EuroCloud Congress. From 50 cloud solutions winners of local contest in 12 countries registered for EuroCloud Awards 2014 final, two Romanian solutions was awarded: Ymens cloud provider with National Registry of Patients with Rheumatoid Poly-arthritis – recognized on 1st place for Best Cloud Service for Public Sector, and BigStep Full Metal Cloud  winning the second prize in “Best IaaS/PaaS Service” category. Related c☁m article.

October 2014Polytechnic University from Bucharest organized under new Academic Program ERASMUS+ umbrella the first meeting of IT security experts from 7 countries affiliated to DECAMP project. Between major results of this international collaboration, one most important is the large possibility for Romanian students to participate to international Cloud Computing courses provided in this program by University from Cantabria, Spain. ERASMUS+ is the new name of EU program for education which is replacing former program: „Life Long Learning (LLL)”.

November 2014 – Here I should mention two events with different importance meanings. These days Bucharest becomes the regional hub of various cybersecurity events during DefCamp days organized by Cyber Security Research Center from Romania – CCSIR. Between famous speakers are Paul de Souza – Director of CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) and Mika Lauhde – Vice President, Government Relations and Business Development – SSH Communication Security.Related c☁m article.

logo-RoCSOther significant event was ROCS 2014, organized by joined forces of IDG Romania and Agora Group. This year ROCS celebrated 20th edition with an emotional remembering of what’s happen in the last 20 years and a visionary perspective of how new technologies and borderless research could influence our future in the next 20 years. Cloud computing and the related concepts and technologies will continue to play an essential role in the net future.

Summarizing all these and adding a lot of new cloud services were announced by international and local cloud services providers, we could appreciate a real increasing of interest for Cloud in the last year and we hope 2015 will be the year with a significant development and cloud adoption in Romania. Because in Cloud we Trust.

 

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AZURE ADOPTA FUNCTIONALITATI IoT

La sfarsitul lunii octombrie, Joseph Sirosh – Corporate Vice President of Machine Learning la Microsoft, anunta pe SQL Server Blog extinderea platformei Azure cu trei noi servicii menite sa ajute clientii in procesarea in timp real a datelor provenite de la diferite dispozitive si senzori Internet of Things (IoT), precum si managementul si orchestrarea datelor la nivelul diverselor surse: Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Events Hubs si Azure Data Factory.

Stream Analytics este un motor de procesare putin costisitor ce permite achizitia rapida si facila, a datelor de la diferite dispozitive, infrastructuri si aplicatii. Datele provin de la o larga varietate de senzori de tip IoT, aplicatii sau echipamente fizice si virtuale amplasate in interiorul si in afara centrelor de date. Pe langa functiile analitice aplicate noilor date, producatorul asigura clientii ca vor putea compara datele cu inregistrari istorice si informatii de referinta pentru a putea identifica orice patern susceptibil sau anomalie in structura datelor. Printre zonele cu cea mai mare aplicabilitate sunt cele de monitorizare a diferitelor servicii utilitare pentru echipamente din locuinta, dar si analiticele de securitate. Prin procesarea in timp real a analiticelor pentru datele provenite din traficul de retea, comportamentul utilizatorului, aplicatiilor si senzorilor de securitate, noul serviciu va putea identifica urmele suspicioase din trafic si posibilele brese de securitate.

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Azure Event Hubs este un serviciu scalabil de colectare a datelor de la milioane de unitati IoT in intervale de timp de ordinul secundelor, date fiind trimise spre procesare in Stream Analytics. In fiecare zi sistemele IoT receptioneaza largi volume de date provenite de la milioane de puncte terminale distribuite in Cloud. Pe viitor Microsoft va trebui sa analizeze provocarile ce apar la nivelul operatorilor mobili si sa le foloseasca in teste pentru a putea satisfice cerintele clientilor din zona corporate.

Azure Data Factory este o platforma ce permite administrarea, centralizarea si ochestrarea informatiilor provenite de la diferite surse de date, precum SQL Server sau unitati de stocare Azure Blobs, tablete, baze de date Azure SQL si SQL Server pe masini virtuale Azure. Una dintre principalele functionalitati ale Data Factory este legata de facilitarea construirii de worklowuri petru date, bazate pe agregarea si transformarea datelor provenite din surse locale, servicii cloud sau Internet.

In ultmele luni Microsoft a avansat considetrabil in eforturile de repozitionare a platformei Azure pentru activitati complexe, precum cele asociate sistemelelor big data. Parteneriatele incheiate cu SAP si IBM, precum si suportul anuntat pentru cea mai mare masina virtuala ce foloseste microporcesoare Intel, demonstreaza interesul companiei de a extinde traditionalele spatii enterprise la ambitiosul  statut de unic furnizor capabil sa indeplineasca simultan tasckuri specifice backoffice si front office.

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BUCHAREST THE HUB OF CYBER SECURITY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER

End of November, Bucharest will be host city for various conferences and training environments dedicated to cyber security and hacking prevention.

Organized by Cyber Security Research Center from Romania – CCSIR between 25th and 29th of November, DefCamp 2014 is the most important conference on Hacking & Information Security in Central Eastern Europe. The goal is bringing hands-on talks about latest research and practices from the cybersecurity field, involving more than 600 announced participants, security specialists, entrepreneurs, and interested peoples from academic, private and public sectors, and an impressive number of VIP speakers, like Paul de Souza – Director of CSFI (Cyber Security Forum Initiative) and Mika Lauhde – Vice President, Government Relations and Business Development – SSH Communication Security.

More about DefCamp tradition, main goals and participants at: http://ccsir.org/defcamp-2014-5th-edition-of-the-international-hacking-and-information-security-conference-in-romania/

digital-forensics-defcamp-200x200For this 5th DefCamp edition, the main news are coming from a comprehensive program of workshop and training sessions organized with the support of impressive task force of cyber-security communities:

  • Cyber Warfare Operations & Design, Bucharest 25th-27th of November – training aimed to provide general understanding of large spectrum of cyberspace operations, organized for the first time in CEE region with the full support of Cyber Security Forum Initiative (CSFI) – the biggest US security experts organization with over 50,000 members. More info about Cyber Warfare Operations & Design and Registration: http://defcamp.ro/introduction-to-cyber-warfare-and-operations-design-workshop-at-defcamp-bucharest-romania/
  • Open Source Intelligence (OSINT), Bucharest 26th of November – organized in collaboration with The Security Brokers, this course goal is to provide knowledge about the world of intelligence, related disciplines, and then focus on the analysis of open sources and its practical applications. More about the course and Registration at: http://defcamp.ro/open-source-intelligence-osint-training/
  • Digital Forensics, Bucharest 27th of November – also organized by CCSIR in collaboration with The Security Brokers, this training provides a basic knowledge on methodologies and techniques which should be used when dealing with the extraction and analysis of data from digital media – hard drives, memory cards, USB sticks, etc. More info about Digital Forensics workshop and Registration on Agora Group site: http://www.agora.ro/conferinta/curs-digital-forensics

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GARTNER’S TOP STRATEGIC TECH FOR 2015, FROM BIG QUESTIONS TO BIG ANSWERS

It is already a four year tradition for Gartner Symposium/ IT Expo event, to announce predictions for next year strategic technology trends. From 3D Printing, to Pervasive Analytics, from Everything Computing to Smart Machines, this year the only surprise is all announced trends are not emerging from a SF novel… So, no surprise this year… Like in 2014 predictions all technologies are more or less related to Cloud concept, the only difference for 2015 being all are looking to us something familiar…

And this is quite normal thinking we are from time to time on different levels on the same Digital Revolution spiral, with different interferences between major technology innovations. More then, in Gartner’s vision a strategic technology trend is that one “with potential for significant impact on the organization in the next three years.” The „Deja-vu” sentiment is highlighted by the fact in a simple review of actual Top 10 major trends, 5 trends are the same like in last year predictions and other 5 are already commented trends but analyzed and presented from other perspective.

Let’s take a look to Gartner’s Top 10 Strategic trends for 2015, starting with already know definitions:Gartner Top Strategies

Internet of Things (IoT)here is a first trend coming from last year predictions, being in fact more than familiar in the last 4 years. If you have time and curiosity you can read a more in depth analyze made by Mr. Michael Kassner, who in the article Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2015: All about the cloud” is making a parallel analyze between four editions of predictions, starting from 2012… For 2015 Gartner is predicting the combination of data streams and services resulted from digitizing everything will conglomerate four basic usage models — Manage, Monetize, Operate and Extend, and will be the Enterprises target from all industries to leverage these models.

3D Printing – is nothing new in technology concept. What is evolving is major downing of the costs in parallel with next steps in market evolution. Any new entry of a traditional printing player like HP, could radically influence predictable 3D printing market. New industrial, biomedical and consumer applications will continue to be the main drivers in 3D printing major trends related to improved designs, digital prototyping and computer assisted manufacturing.

Smart Machines – analytics focused on context understanding and advanced algorithms will perform a new smart machines generation able to understand their environment, to learn for themselves, and to act autonomously. Actual self-drive prototype vehicles, most technologized robots or virtual personal assistants will evolve rapidly to a new generation of smart machine, probably „the most disruptive in the history of IT”, according Gartner.

Cloud/Client Architecture – other trend coming from last year predictions as convergence between cloud and mobile computing, will continue to growth the request for centrally coordinated applications that can be delivered to any device. The next target will be better synchronization of content and better portability of application across multiple devices.

Web-Scale IT – other concept coming from 2014 predictions as a Web technologies evolution to commercial hardware platforms which have capabilities to embrace the new cloud-optimized models and software-defined approaches. According Gartner, for many organizations a first step toward the Web-scale stage should be DevOps — bringing development and operations together in a coordinated way to drive rapid and incremental development of applications and services.

Computing Everywhere – this a new definition of previous concepts based on fast-forward evolution of smart-phones technologies. The new Gartner trend is based on the increased expectation to serve mobile users needs in various contexts and environments. In other words, more important are the services than appliances and what is already on the tablets and smart-phones display today will be available on any kind of workplace or public area displays in the next.

Advanced, Pervasive, Invisible Analytics – IoT and fastest development of embedded chip equipment will generate more and more volumes of data which should be processed shared and stored in big data structured and unstructured pools. Gartner says analytics will become deeply, but invisibly embedded everywhere”, but the focus will be to shift the thinking from Big Data to Big Questions and Big Answers.

Context-Rich Systems – intelligence embedded in anything could support a microchip combined with pervasive analytics will drive the development of alert eco-systems new generation based on context-aware security.

Software-Defined Infrastructure and Applications – is other old concept presented in a new definition imposed by agile programming of everything from applications to basic infrastructure.  Software-defined networking, storage, data centers and security are maturing, but Cloud services are software-configurable through API calls.  Quick changing demands of digital business and constant need for increasing systems scalability are moving computing models from static to dynamic models, generating the need for new rules, new models, and new codes.

Risk-Based Security and Self-Protection – here is a trend which is clear evolving from hot need to eliminate the security nightmares generated by mobile and Cloud computing platforms. Despite the radical warranties offered in theory, we have not providers able to assume 100% invulnerability. In today’s dangerous digital world, all roads will lead to new models of building security directly into self-aware and self-protecting applications.

Concluding, we have to mention the statement of David Cearley, vice president Gartner, which appreciated the big themes covered by Top trends for 2015 are „the merging of the real and virtual worlds, the advent of intelligence everywhere, and the technology impact of the digital business shift.” Finally we have also to assume the next year strategic trends will not reach the same investment and adoption popularity, being function of organizations level of understanding when to deliberate and how to integrate this strategic trends in their business strategy for the next future.

Main source: “Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015”

Related article: “Despre topul tehnologiilor strategice de la Gartner in ritm de Glossa”, cloud☁mania, October 2014

 

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