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Privacy and Security on Blockchains | @CloudExpo #FinTech #AI #Blockchain
Decentralization of everything might still seem a bit utopian if you inspect it closely

Privacy and Security on Blockchains: What Protection Measures the Networks Are Adopting to Secure Their Users

Decentralization of everything, the great new idea of which the web can’t stop babbling, might still seem a bit utopian if you inspect it closely.

Yes, blockchains are likely to reshape our economy, or a huge part of it, and benefit considerably those who are currently unbanked.

They might also facilitate the creation of rating/reputation systems that are not controlled by any single entity and thus allow people (say Uber drivers who’d like to work for Lyft) to switch employers without having to establish their credibility anew.

They might give users complete control over their assets; protect them, to a degree, from being robbed and provide tools to sustain privacy even when a state-level actor – a bank or a government – is after their identity.

But before these things start to happen the issues of privacy and security, which are currently pressing on blockchains, must be dealt with.

In this article, we’ll discuss how some major networks are trying to tackle the problems of safety and dispense advice to those using decentralized ledgers as to how to keep their assets protected at all times.

Let’s get started!

The concept we should introduce first before we proceed to talk about security is that of digital wallets.

In layman’s terms, a wallet is a software program in which public and private keys are stored. After accessing it, one could manage the crypto assets it contains, and carry out, seamlessly, all sorts of transactions.

Currently, there are four types of digital wallets in the blockchain ecosystem – desktop, web, mobile, and hardware ones. And to protect them, users encrypt the wallets with long, complicated passwords.

So, what might go wrong?

Security on Blockchains: What might go wrong?

In 2011, a member of bitcointalk forum (someone “allinvain”) wrote a panicky post – a cry for help – to his fellow forum members after finding out that he’d been hacked and robbed of 25,000 BTC (which now, in October 2017, would be worth about $150m).

Evidently, the attacker had managed to gain access to allinvein’s PC and had, somehow, emptied out his digital wallet. He (or she) had either sent the transaction directly from the victim’s machine or copied the wallet.dat file and ran it from his (or her) own.

Another noteworthy theft was reported on the Bitcoin subreddit. The user, asoltys, was fairly careful with his blockchain.info wallet, so it came as an utter shock to him to discover, one day, that 160 bitcoins had been stolen from it.

The vulnerability that made the theft possible lay with blockchain.info mobile app; it had to do with the user’s rooting his Android phone.

Generally, when one attempts to enter their blockchain.info wallet (from a desktop computer) they are asked to type in two passwords – a long one (16-20 digits) to access the entire wallet, and a shorter one (typically 8 digits) to get ahold of private keys.

However, since typing lengthy passwords is tiresome on a smartphone, the wallet app will often have it memorized, and only require you to enter the second one.

Therefore, if someone hacks into your phone, the one that’s been rooted, they might find out where the main password is stored and decrypt it. Afterward, they can crack the second PIN code (hackers often use GPU or cloud-based computing clusters to brute force an 8 digit password promptly) and gain complete control over your wallet.

A few smart contracts on Ethereum, the second largest blockchain in the world, were attacked as well..

Ethereum isn’t just a cryptocurrency. It is also a platform on which one could build decentralized apps.

The software that’s hosted on the network, therefore, must be designed impeccably: its code must contain zero vulnerabilities. Or else, it’s bound to fall prey to clever attackers.

Here are some famous (or should we say infamous) instances of hacking on the Ethereum network:

The DAO hack. One of the first major ICOs had a bug in its smart contract, of which attackers took advantage. Nearly $50m worth of ether was stolen and, though the assets were eventually returned to the DAO token holders (the blockchain developers performed a hard-fork), the hack led to a network split.

The Parity hack. The second biggest hack in the history of Ethereum happened a few months ago and resulted in a 153,037 ETH loss (~$32m at the time of theft). The vulnerability, which hackers managed to exploit, lay in the source code which Parity, a wallet “vendor” on Ethereum, had been giving out to users who wanted to create a personal multi-sig wallet.

We won’t be delving deeply into the technical aspects of the robbery; we’ll just say that, in a nutshell, bad actors sent two transactions to the affected contracts – one to obtain ownership of the wallets and another to drain them; they were able to do so due to a tiny flaw in the multi-sigs’ code.

What happened next, however, was even more amazing. A group of white cap hackers promptly emptied out the rest of the wallets to prevent further damage. They saved over $75m worth of ether and then returned the funds to the rightful owners once the vulnerability was removed.

The weak spot, according to the Parity blog, had been fixed; the new, improved version of their implementation of a multi-sig wallet was deployed after June 20.

But on November 8, just a few months later, it, too, got hacked due to a bug in the multi-sig’s code.This time, the loss of funds amounted to ~$155m worth of Ether.

Both Parity and Ethereum itself have yet to make a decision as to how to return the funds to rightful owners. Most likely, we’ll see another fork.

But, as of now, things are still a bit unclear.

How Can Developers Improve Security on Blockchains?
ZKP protocols

Security on Blockchains: ZKP protocols

Since security on public networks depends largely on whether private data is accessed by a malicious actor or not, some major blockchains are planning to adopt something known as zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) protocols.

To understand what ZKP is, imagine this: you’re at a bar, your phone has just died; you’re standing alone, sipping at a cocktail, when, suddenly, a guy shows up from nowhere and starts talking, anxiously, about how your close friend has gotten in some serious trouble.

He invites you to walk a few blocks with him, to the place where she’s currently at, so you can rescue her together. And says persuasively that there’s no time left for stalling.

You realize you’ve never met the guy, but, again, your phone is shut off, there’s no way of finding out whether he’s telling the truth and, frankly, you are worried.

So, what do you do?

Well, you could interrogate him. Ask specific and complicated questions – the ones only a person who has really seen her would be able to answer – and keep requesting more info, again and again, until it’s clear to you that he’s not lying.

In this equation you are the verifier whose making a prover, the other participant in the interaction, jump through hoops to convince you of the validity of his claims. He can’t transmit a memory of meeting your friend from his head to yours – he’s no telepath – so answering correctly to your questions, which you’re making up on the spot, is the only way to make you believe him. This is, essentially, how ZKP works.

In the world of blockchains, a prover isn’t incapable of disclosing sensitive information; he’s just not willing to. He wants to indicate, for example, that a certain transaction has taken place and keep in secret the transaction details. He wants to establish privacy and thus ensure security.

Such level of confidentiality is precisely what Zcash, along with some other blockchain applications, is meant to provide. And after ZKP is adopted widely, experts say, the number of malicious activities on distributed networks will drastically drop.

Formal verification

Security on Blockchains: Formal verification

The smallest bug in an otherwise perfectly written smart contract can still lead to substantial losses – the Parity incident has proved that vividly.

Therefore, having a system on blockchains that checks if a piece of software does what it claims to do, and scans whether its code is buggy, would potentially prevent a great deal of smart contract hacking.

The idea behind this concept comes from math, and it is called formal verification.

Blockchain networks, huge and small ones, are now thinking to launch a piece of code that can formally verify, with mathematical proof, that other pieces of code satisfy predefined fairness properties.

Tezos, for example, a project that has recently raised over $200m via an ICO, is a smart contract technology that’s meant to facilitate formal verification.

And if it succeeds in doing so – if it creates a system that will prevent software with poorly written code from ever being deployed – that might become a game changer for the entire blockchain world.

Summing up
Decentralization has its flaws; the complete security and privacy are yet to be achieved.

It doesn’t mean, however, that blockchains are unsafe: substantial progress has been made already in the security area and clever developers keep on improving the technology on a regular basis.

The losses, which are, of course, no insignificant ones, still don’t approach even closely the amounts of money that have been stolen from centralized value storages such as banks and centralized exchanges. And, if anything, the trust in blockchains has now even grown.
Ethereum, which used to be perceived as Bitcoin’s less celebrated cousin, could soon be worth more than Silicon Valley. So there’s every reason for blockchain enthusiasts to be optimistic.

If you’d like to learn more about privacy and security on blockchains, please contact our expert – a wise and cheerful man – to get a free consultation.

The post Privacy and Security on Blockchains: What Protection Measures The Networks are Adopting to Secure their Users appeared first on Perfectial.

About Rostyslav Demush
Ross Demush is a digital marketing specialist at custom software development company Perfectial, a leading provider of web & mobile development services, specializing in FinTech, Real Estate, Media & Entertainment & eLearning.

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Sponsorship opportunities are now open for Cloud Expo 2016 New York, June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, and Cloud Expo 2016 Silicon Valley, Nov. 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. For sponsorship, exhibit opportunities and show prospectus, please contact Carmen Gonzalez, carmen (at) sys-con.com.
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Include

DE MENO
Commvault

ERWAY
Appneta

KEYS
ConsenSys

HINCH-
CLIFFE

7Summits

DOYLE
eCube

CHAVES
Pythian

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUGAYENKO
Teamed.io

LAWSON
NewSci

HAFF
RedHat

HOLT
IBM

Jewell
Codenvy

MORGENTHAL
CSC

ARMSTRONG
AppNeta

DWYER
Iron.io

MATSUMURA
Gradle

WARFIELD
Coho

GRECO
Kaazing

PRESLEY
Pythian

LOVELL-TROY
Pythian

ATCHISON
New Relic

BHUSVANE-
SHWARI

Microsoft

GUCCIONE
Keeper

FLOREA
Tintri

KERBY
BMC

RAO
Asurion

BRENTON
CollabNet

SRINIVASAN
Symantec

GALBRAITH
HPE

NEWTON
Alfresco

ROGERS
Anexia

MORRISH
Interoute

TIFFANY
SoftLayer

OSTROVER-
KHYI

Mobidev

LEWIS
Formation
Data

KENDRICK
Isomorphic

REEVES
Datical

WALLER-
STORFER

Dynatrace

CIOT
Progress

MOR
Cloudyn

LEFORT
BMC

ANDERSON
BMC

BRODY
Webair

NIELSEN
Redis Labs

SEHGAL
Tintri

MANN
Splunk

YOO
Fuze

COTY
Alert Logic

LANDA
Kintone

CHOQUETTE
RackN

MARTIN
Security

HURWITZ
Hurwitz & Assc.

SWANN
Adobe

OXENHORN
FalconStor

RAJAGO-
PALAN

ACCELERITE

MURTHY
Cloud Raxak

HARRIS
Cloud Raxak

COLE
Peak 10

HUYNH
VAN

Glue Networks

SOBHANI
Constellation

BERMING
HAM

SIOS

STEELE
Hanu

DOWNEY
BMC

ERRAM
OUSPE

Spanning

SAADI
Govplace

JACOBS
Singlehop

KEE
GlobalSign

Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers Include

KOWALL
AppDynamics

VAN TUIN
Red Hat

DEMMER
Jut

COHEN
Netflix

MUCHANDI
Red Hat Inc

BORELLO
Sysdig

GILPIN
Conjur

KANADE
Harbinger
Systems

GORBACHEV
Systems
Services Inc.

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

KHAN
Solgeniakhela

CHOKSI
Harbinger
Systems

DE MENO
CommVault

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUGWADIA
Nirmata

COTY
Alert Logic

FLETCHER
Alert Logic

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

LYNN
AgilData

WAGNER
Cloudyn

ANAND
Appocito

WEISS
Pythian

BRODY
Webair

JACKSON
Softlayer

DAVIDSON
Juniper

HOFFMAN
Pivotal

VERVAET
HGST

Murthy
CloudRaxak

FRANCISCO
Evolute

LETCHIN
Nexenta

SIMON
JFrog

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

WEISS
ProfitBricks

HOLT
IBM

HANNON
SoftLayer

GALLO
SoftLayer

SAYEGH
Codero

BIMMU
Clouber

SRINIVAS
IBM

CHAVAN
IBM

HEDGES
Clouddata

AHUJA
Cloud

MEINER
Oracle

SWARTZ
Ericsson
Cloud Expo New York All-Star Speakers Included

DE SOUZA
Cisco

POTTER
SafeLogic

ROBINSON
CompTIA

WARUSA
-WITHANA

WSO2 Inc

MEINER
Oracle

CHOU
Microsoft

HARRISON
Tufin

BRUNOZZI
VMware

KIM
MapR

KANE
Dyn

SICULAR
Basho

TURNER
Cloudian

KUMAR
Liaison

ADAMIAK
Liaison

KHAN
Solgenia

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

SUSSMAN
Coalfire

ISAACSON
RMS

LYNN
CodeFutures

HEABERLIN
Windstream

RAMA
MURTHY

Virtusa

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE MENO
CommVault

GRILLI
Adobe

WILLIAMS
Rancher Labs

CRISWELL
Alert Logic

COTY
Alert Logic

JACOBS
SingleHop

MARAVEI
Cisco

JACKSON
Softlayer

SINGH
IBM

HAZARD
Softlayer

GALLO
Softlayer

TAMASKAR
GENBAND

SUBRA
-MANIAN

Emcien

LEVESQUE
Windstream

IVANOV
StorPool

BLOOMBERG
Intellyx

BUDHANI
Soha

HATHAWAY
IBM Watson

TOLL
ProfitBricks

LANDRY
Microsoft

BEARFIELD
Blue Box

HERITAGE
Akana

PILUSO
SIASMSP

HOLT
IBM Cloudant

SHAN
CTS

PICCININNI
EMC

BRON-
GERSMA

Modulus

PAIGE
CenturyLink

SABHIKHI
Cognitive Scale

MILLS
Green House Data

KATZEN
CenturyLink

SLOPER
CenturyLink

SRINIVAS
EMC

TALREJA
Cisco

GORBACHEV
Systems Services Inc.

COLLISON
Apcera

PRABHU
OpenCrowd

LYNN
CodeFutures

SWARTZ
Ericsson

MOSHENKO
CoreOS

BERMINGHAM
SIOS

WILLIS
Stateless Networks

MURPHY
Gridstore

KHABE
Vicom

NIKOLOV
GetClouder

DIETZE
Windstream

DALRYMPLE
EnterpriseDB

MAZZUCCO
TierPoint

RIVERA
WHOA.com

HERITAGE
Akana

SEYMOUR
6fusion

GIANNETTO
Author

CARTER
IBM

ROGERS
Virtustream
Cloud Expo Silicon Valley All-Star Speakers

TESAR
Microsoft

MICKOS
HP

BHARGAVA
Intel

RILEY
Riverbed

DEVINE
IBM

ISAACSON
CodeFutures

LYNN
HP

HINKLE
Citrix

KHAN
Solgenia

SINGH
Bigdata

BEACH
SendGrid

BOSTOCK
IndependenceIT

DE SOUZA
Cisco

PATTATHIL
Harbinger

O'BRIEN
Aria Systems

BONIFAZI
Solgenia

BIANCO
Solgenia

PROCTOR
NuoDB

DUGGAL
EnterpriseWeb

TEGETHOFF
Appcore

BRUNOZZI
VMware

HICKENS
Parasoft

KLEBANOV
Cisco

PETERS
Esri

GOLDBERG
Vormetric

CUMBER-
LAND

Dimension

ROSENDAHL
Quantum

LOOMIS
Cloudant

BRUNO
StackIQ

HANNON
SoftLayer

JACKSON
SoftLayer

HOCH
Virtustream

KAPADIA
Seagate

PAQUIN
OnLive

TSAI
Innodisk

BARRALL
Connected Data

SHIAH
AgilePoint

SEGIL
Verizon

PODURI
Citrix

COWIE
Dyn

RITTEN-
HOUSE

Cisco

FALLOWS
Kaazing

THYKATTIL
TimeWarner

LEIDUCK
SAP

LYNN
HP

WAGSTAFF
BSQUARE

POLLACK
AOL

KAMARAJU
Vormetric

BARRY
Catbird

MENDEN-
HALL

SUPERNAP

SHAN
KEANE

PLESE
Verizon

BARNUM
Voxox

TURNER
Cloudian

CALDERON
Advanced Systems

AGARWAL
SOA Software

LEE
Quantum

OBEROI
Concurrent, Inc.

HATEM
Verizon

GALEY
Autodesk

CAUTHRON
NIMBOXX

BARSOUM
IBM

GORDON
1Plug

LEWIS
Verizon

YEO
OrionVM

NAKAGAWA
Transparent Cloud Computing

SHIBATA
Transparent Cloud Computing

NATH
GE

GOKCEN
GE

STOICA
Databricks

TANKEL
Pivotal Software

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Testimonials
This week I had the pleasure of delivering the opening keynote at Cloud Expo New York. It was amazing to be back in the great city of New York with thousands of cloud enthusiasts eager to learn about the next step on their journey to embracing a cloud-first worldl."
@SteveMar_Msft
General Manager of Window Azure
 
How does Cloud Expo do it every year? Another INCREDIBLE show - our heads are spinning - so fun and informative."
@SOASoftwareInc
 
Thank you @ThingsExpo for such a great event. All of the people we met over the past three days makes us confident IoT has a bright future."
Yasser Khan
CEO of @Cnnct2me
 
One of the best conferences we have attended in a while. Great job, Cloud Expo team! Keep it going."

@Peak_Ten


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Business Executives including CEOs, CMOs, & CIOs , Presidents & SVPs, Directors of Business Development , Directors of IT Operations, Product and Purchasing Managers, IT Managers.

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Blockchain offers impeccable security with its cryptography-based decentralized system as well as the plethora of possible uses retailers could exploit in the near future. In a world of increasing cyberattacks, internet fraud and online hacking, blockchain comes as a breath of fresh air. With its encrypted data and decentralized network system, it's a thorn in every hacker's side. Generally being associated with the finance sector, blockchain is now taking retail by storm. It's on a course that will change the retail industry as we know it. But how exactly is it going to achieve such a feat?
Coca-Cola’s Google powered digital signage system lays the groundwork for a more valuable connection between Coke and its customers. Digital signs pair software with high-resolution displays so that a message can be changed instantly based on what the operator wants to communicate or sell. In their Day 3 Keynote at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Chambers, Global Group Director, Digital Innovation, Coca-Cola, and Vidya Nagarajan, a Senior Product Manager at Google, discussed how from store operations and optimization to employee training and insights, all ultimately create the best customer experience b...
Blockchain. A day doesn’t seem to go by without seeing articles and discussions about the technology. According to PwC executive Seamus Cushley, approximately $1.4B has been invested in blockchain just last year. In Gartner’s recent hype cycle for emerging technologies, blockchain is approaching the peak. It is considered by Gartner as one of the ‘Key platform-enabling technologies to track.’ While there is a lot of ‘hype vs reality’ discussions going on, there is no arguing that blockchain is being taken very seriously across industries and cannot be ignored.
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settlement products to hedge funds and investment banks. After, he co-founded a revenue cycle management c...
"IBM is really all in on blockchain. We take a look at sort of the history of blockchain ledger technologies. It started out with bitcoin, Ethereum, and IBM evaluated these particular blockchain technologies and found they were anonymous and permissionless and that many companies were looking for permissioned blockchain," stated René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
A strange thing is happening along the way to the Internet of Things, namely far too many devices to work with and manage. It has become clear that we'll need much higher efficiency user experiences that can allow us to more easily and scalably work with the thousands of devices that will soon be in each of our lives. Enter the conversational interface revolution, combining bots we can literally talk with, gesture to, and even direct with our thoughts, with embedded artificial intelligence, which can process our conversational commands and orchestrate the outcomes we request across our persona...
Most of us understand that artificial intelligence (AI) offers opportunities for productivity improvements in the form of speed, automation, standardized actions and responses, plus the opportunity for continuous improvements via machine learning. These opportunities are enabled by data inputs that are analyzed and processed through AI algorithms that execute a desired decision and action. For all of the great capabilities and benefits that AI can provide, there is also a potential dark side. AI solutions can easily codify our prejudices, bias, gender stereotypes and promote injustices intenti...
BnkToTheFuture.com is the largest online investment platform for investing in FinTech, Bitcoin and Blockchain companies. We believe the future of finance looks very different from the past and we aim to invest and provide trading opportunities for qualifying investors that want to build a portfolio in the sector in compliance with international financial regulations.
The need for greater agility and scalability necessitated the digital transformation in the form of following equation: monolithic to microservices to serverless architecture (FaaS). To keep up with the cut-throat competition, the organisations need to update their technology stack to make software development their differentiating factor. Thus microservices architecture emerged as a potential method to provide development teams with greater flexibility and other advantages, such as the ability to deliver applications at warp speed using infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a ...
ChatOps is an emerging topic that has led to the wide availability of integrations between group chat and various other tools/platforms. Currently, HipChat is an extremely powerful collaboration platform due to the various ChatOps integrations that are available. However, DevOps automation can involve orchestration and complex workflows. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Himanshu Chhetri, CTO at Addteq, will cover practical examples and use cases such as self-provisioning infrastructure/applications, self-remediation workflows, integrating monitoring and complimenting integra...
Product connectivity goes hand and hand these days with increased use of personal data. New IoT devices are becoming more personalized than ever before. In his session at 22nd Cloud Expo | DXWorld Expo, Nicolas Fierro, CEO of MIMIR Blockchain Solutions, will discuss how in order to protect your data and privacy, IoT applications need to embrace Blockchain technology for a new level of product security never before seen - or needed.
For DevOps teams, the concepts behind service-oriented architecture (SOA) are nothing new. A style of software design initially made popular in the 1990s, SOA was an alternative to a monolithic application; essentially a collection of coarse-grained components that communicated with each other. Communication would involve either simple data passing or two or more services coordinating some activity. SOA served as a valid approach to solving many architectural problems faced by businesses, as applications could be developed by more teams working in parallel and more productively by reusing orig...
It has never been a better time to be a developer! Thanks to cloud computing, deploying our applications is much easier than it used to be. How we deploy our apps continues to evolve thanks to cloud hosting, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and now Function-as-a-Service. FaaS is the concept of serverless computing via serverless architectures. Software developers can leverage this to deploy an individual "function", action, or piece of business logic. They are expected to start within milliseconds and process individual requests and then the process ends.
Leading companies, from the Global Fortune 500 to the smallest companies, are adopting hybrid cloud as the path to business advantage. Hybrid cloud depends on cloud services and on-premises infrastructure working in unison. Successful implementations require new levels of data mobility, enabled by an automated and seamless flow across on-premises and cloud resources. In his general session at 21st Cloud Expo, Greg Tevis, an IBM Storage Software Technical Strategist and Customer Solution Architect, explored how storage and software-defined solutions from IBM have evolved for the road ahead. Lea...
Some journey to cloud on a mission, others, a deadline. Change management is useful when migrating to public, private or hybrid cloud environments in either case. For most, stakeholder engagement peaks during the planning and post migration phases of a project. Legacy engagements are fairly direct: projects follow a linear progression of activities (the “waterfall” approach) – change managers and application coders work from the same functional and technical requirements. Enablement and development mirror one another, progressing from proof-of-concept planning to final product delivery. Exce...
Gone are the days when application development was the daunting task of the highly skilled developers backed with strong IT skills, low code application development has democratized app development and empowered a new generation of citizen developers. There was a time when app development was in the domain of people with complex coding and technical skills. We called these people by various names like programmers, coders, techies, and they usually worked in a world oblivious of the everyday priorities of the business world. However, with the passage of time, this scenario is much more democr...
The use of containers by developers -- and now increasingly IT operators -- has grown from infatuation to deep and abiding love. But as with any long-term affair, the honeymoon soon leads to needing to live well together ... and maybe even getting some relationship help along the way. And so it goes with container orchestration and automation solutions, which are rapidly emerging as the means to maintain the bliss between rapid container adoption and broad container use among multiple cloud hosts. This BriefingsDirect cloud services maturity discussion focuses on new ways to gain container orc...
Blockchain is a shared, secure record of exchange that establishes trust, accountability and transparency across business networks. Supported by the Linux Foundation's open source, open-standards based Hyperledger Project, Blockchain has the potential to improve regulatory compliance, reduce cost as well as advance trade. Are you curious about how Blockchain is built for business? In her session at 21st Cloud Expo, René Bostic, Technical VP of the IBM Cloud Unit in North America, discussed the basics of Blockchain, previewed the Blockchain Reference Architecture, and introduced the mechanics o...
Imagine if you will, a retail floor so densely packed with sensors that they can pick up the movements of insects scurrying across a store aisle. Or a component of a piece of factory equipment so well-instrumented that its digital twin provides resolution down to the micrometer.
Bitcoins are a digital cryptocurrency and have been around since 2009. As a substitute for legal tender, they are becoming the rage for investors and others but because there is no government agency auditing or performing regulatory oversights, you wonder if it is the perfect breeding ground for electronic nano crime. Since the introduction of the Bitcoin, some competitors have emerged and the whole segment of cryptocurrencies are defined as Altcoins. Altcoins include Dogecoin, Ethereum Feathercoin, Litecoin, Novacoin, Peercoin, and Zetacoin. Some of these cryptocurrencies are considered impro...