Archive for February 13th, 2010

Nubifer Cloud:Link

Nubifer Cloud:Link monitors your enterprise systems in real-time and strengthens interoperability with disparate owned and leased SaaS systems. When building enterprise mash-ups, custom addresses and custom source codes are created by engineers to bridge the white space, also known as electronic hand-shakes, between the various enterprise applications within your organization. By utilizing Nubifer Cloud:Link, you gain a real-time and historic view of system-based interactions.

Cloud:Link is designed and configured via robust administrative tools to monitor custom enterprise mash-ups and deliver real-time notifications, warning and performance metrics of your separated yet interconnected business systems. Cloud:Link offers the technology and functionality to help your company monitor and audit your enterprise system configurations.

ENTERPRISE MONITORING
Powerful components of Cloud:Link make managing enterprise grade mash-ups simple and easy.

  • Cloud:Link inter-operates with other analytic engines including popular tracking engines (eg: Google Analytics)
  • RIA (Rich Internet Applications): reporting, graphs and charts
  • WEB API handles secure key param calls
  • Verb- and Action-based scripting language powered by “Verbal Script”
  • XML Schema Reporting capabilities
  • Runs on-premise, as an installed solution, or in the cloud as a SaaS offering
  • Client-side recording technology tracks and stores ‘x’ and ‘y’ coordinate usage of enterprise screens for compliance, legal and regulatory play back
  • Graphical snapshots of hot maps show historical views of user interaction and image hit state selections
  • Creates a method for large systems to employ “data and session playback” technologies of system-generated and user-generated interaction sessions in a meaningful and reproducible way

USE CASE
Cloud:Link monitors and reports enterprise system handshakes, configurations, connections and latency reports in real time. Additionally, Cloud:Link rolls the data view up to your IT staff and system stakeholders via rich dashboards of charts and performance metrics. Cloud:Link also has a robust and scalable analytic data repository that keeps an eye on the connection points of enterprise applications, and audits things like “valid ssl cert warnings or pending expirations”, “mid to high latency warnings”, “ip logging”, “custom gateway SSO (Single Sign-On) landing page monitoring” among many other tracking features.

SUPPORTS POPULAR WEB ANALYTICS
Cloud:Link
also leverages Google Analytics by way of Cloud:Link extended AP,  which can complete parallel calls to your Google Analytics account API, and send data, logs, analytic summaries, and physical click and interface points by the end users to any third party provider or data store for use in your own systems.

SERVER SIDE
On the server side, Cloud:Link is a server-based application you can install or subscribe to as a service. Data points and Machine-to-Machine interaction is tracked at every point during a systems interaction. The Cloud:Link monitor can track remote systems without being embedded or adopted by the networked system, however, if your company chooses to leverage the Cloud:Link API for URI Mashup Tracking, you can see even more detailed real time reports of system interoperability and up-time.

CLIENT SIDE
On the client side, leverage Cloud:Link’s browser plug-in within your enterprise to extend your analytic reach into the interactions by your end-users. This approach is particularly powerful when tracking large systems being used by all types of users. Given the proper installation and setup, your company can leverage robust “Session Playback” of human interaction with your owned and leased corporate business systems.

ADMIN FUNCTIONALITY
Nubifer Inc. focuses on interoperability in the enterprise. Disparate applications operating in independent roles and duties need unified index management, Single Sign-On performance tracking, and application integration monitoring.

  • User Admin logs in and sees a dashboard with default reporting widgets configurable by the admin user
  • “My Reports” (Saved Wizard generated reports) and can be setup to auto send reports to key stake holders in your IT or Operations group
  • Logs (Raw log review in Text Area, exportable to csv, or API post to remote FTP account)
  • Users (Connecting known vs. unknown connecting IP’s)
  • Systems (URI lists of SSO (Single Sign-On)paths to your SaaS and on Premise Apps) – An Enterprise Schematic Map of your On-Prem and Cloud-Hosted Applications

At the core of Nubifer’s products are Nubifer Cloud:Portal, Nubifer Cloud:Link, and Nubifer Cloud:Connector, which offer machine-to-machine real time analytics, tracking and playback of machine to machine interaction for human viewers using Rich Internet Application Components to view on customize-able dashboards. Nubifer Cloud:Link enables large publicly traded or heavily regulated companies to follow compliance laws, regulations, such as SOX, SaS70, HL7/HPPA, and mitigate the risk of not knowing how your systems are interacting on a day to day basis.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE CLOUD PLATFORM SUPPORT
Currently Cloud:Link is hosted on, and compatible with:

  • Microsoft® Windows Azure™ Platform
  • Amazon® EC3
  • Google® App Engine
  • On-Premise Hosted

To learn more about Cloud:Link technology please contact cloudlink@Nubifer.com or visit nubifer.com/cloud:link to find out how you can begin using the various features offered by Nubifer Cloud:Link.

Breaking Down the Fundamentals of Cloud Computing

Following in the footsteps of industry buzz words like utility computing, clustering and virtualization, cloud computing is on the tips of everyone’s tongues lately. Cloud computing does have its own unique meaning, although it shares overlapping ideas with distributed, utility and grid computing. The reason for the conceptual intersections partly stems from the evolving technological usages, changes and implementations in recent years.

The waning general interest in grid, utility and distributed computing coupled with marketing and service offerings from large corporations like Amazon, Google and IBM drive the increased interest in cloud computing in the past year. Google search trends confirm that the term cloud computing has only been in use for about one year. Some suggest that the term ‘cloud computing’ likely comes in part from the use of an image of a cloud representing the Internet or a huge network. While what lies in the cloud remains somewhat ambiguous, the cloud is relied upon to send and receive data.

Allied with an abstract notion of the cloud, cloud computing replaces servers, routers and data pipes with services. While the fundamental hard- and software of networking remains in place, applications are built through higher level service capabilities, data and compute resources, with cloud computing. How the service is managed, implemented and what types of technology are used are not of importance to the user, as the access to the service and confidence in the reliability of meeting application requirements are the only things that matter.

At its core, cloud computing is distributed computing. Using the resource from multiple services (possibly from multiple locations as well), an application is built. As opposed to relying on the cloud for available resources, the endpoint to access the services is usually still required at this point and is also known as Software as a Service, or SaaS. A grid of computers typically lies behind the service interface, provides the resources, and is typically hosted by one company, which makes it easier to support and maintain. Although definitions of a grid vary, it is commonly described as a uniform environment of hard- and software. Utility computing is in place when a user starts paying for the services and resources utilized.

The essence of cloud computing is accessing services and resources required to perform functions with actively changing needs. Rather than requesting access from a specific named resource or endpoint, an application or service developer uses the cloud. The events taking place within the cloud manage multiple infrastructures over multiple organizations and include one or sometimes more than one frameworks covering and uniting the infrastructures. These frameworks serve as catalysts for self-monitoring, self-healing, automatic reconfiguration, resource agreement definitions and resource registration and discovery.

While people maintain the order of hardware, operation systems and networking, the cloud is self managing and maintaining virtualization of resources. The user or application developer only reference the cloud in the process of cloud computing. A framework executing across a heterogeneous environment is a local area network, the Assimilator project offers a local cloud environment and the addition of a network overlay to begin providing an infrastructure across the Internet to further the goal of cloud computing is in the works.

Visit www.nubifer.com for more information about the future of Cloud Computing.

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