OpenStack Summit 2017 | Boston, MA

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Date : May 8-11, 2017

Location : Boston, MA

Venue : Hynes Convention Center

The world runs on open infrastructure. At the OpenStack Summit, you’ll learn about the mix of open technologies building the modern infrastructure stack, including OpenStack, Kubernetes, Docker, Ansible, Ceph, OVS, OpenContrail, OPNFV, and more. Whether you are pursuing a private, public or multi-cloud approach, the OpenStack Summit is the place to network, skill up and plan your cloud strategy.

Hear business cases and operational experience directly from users, learn about new products in the ecosystem and participate in hands-on workshops to build your skills. Attended by thousands of people from more than 60 countries, it’s the ideal venue to plan your cloud strategy and share knowledge about architecting and operating OpenStack clouds.

To register for the event, click here.

Benefits of Cloud Services for Businesses

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Cloud Services have undoubtedly become one of the most valuable computing services available on the Internet these days. There is no denying the fact that the Cloud has changed the very essence of running applications on different platforms. In the past, people used to run applications or programs hard stored in their computers. However, with the advent of Cloud Computing, people can run these applications from anywhere on the Internet.

For this very reason, there have been a lot of benefits which have come to the fore, with respect to Cloud Computing. No matter if you own a small business or are the CEO of a conglomerate, chances are, your business can benefit immensely from the use of Cloud Computing.

Here are some benefits of cloud services for businesses:

Cost savings: Every business owner wants to save money. Cloud storage can go a long way when it comes to securing and providing affordable storage solutions to businesses through Cloud computing. This way, providers can effectively distribute the costs of their infrastructure and make it cost effective for businesses wanting to conduct their business through the use of Internet. At the same time, Cloud storage can help save costs related to hardware and maintenance, since these are all considered capital expenditures, which add to the overall cost of a business’s expense list.

Convenience: Convenience is yet another factor which helps keep the Cloud business going. Since everything moves to the Internet, there are no physical servers or hardware you need to maintain to keep everything running smoothly. Everything gets transferred to your Cloud provider, who will be incurring the cost of maintaining the Cloud storage systems for your business and keep the services running without interruptions.

Security: All the Cloud storage is housed in an exclusive data center; this way, since no hardware is stored within the office, it becomes easier to maintain security. As the security is enhanced, there is no single point of failure, making the concept of storage all the more exclusive and safe. In other words, in case even one server crashes, your data will always remain safe, making it a fool proof way to maintain and store data.

Mobility: One of the main reasons for employing Cloud Storage in a business world is the mobility it offers to the customers. All you need is an Internet connection to get going and you will be all set to work from anywhere. No matter if you are waiting at the airport or sitting at home or travelling to another country, if you have an Internet connection, you can always stay connected.

Scalability: What you use is what you pay for! This is how simple it is. You don’t need to worry about ending up with unused storage space at the end of the month. This is the flexibility you get with Cloud storage. Modify your needs as your usage increases or decreases, so that you can adjust your usage with convenience.

Automatic software updates: Since the servers are not on the same premises as your business, you don’t have to worry about anything at all. The service providers roll out different updates for you periodically, thereby allowing you to stay abreast of all the latest services being provided by the Cloud storage providers.

Increased team collaborations: Since a lot of teams can be brought onboard to manage the data, there is always someone available to streamline and perform data monitoring. Gone are the days when each team member had to wait to access data from the server. With the Cloud services in place, everyone can access data at the same time, thereby making team collaboration more effective and well coordinated.

Environment friendly usage policies: As you increase/decrease your usage, the carbon footprint also fluctuates. This way, the environment also gets the love it deserves as your company does its bit in making the environment healthier and better.

Licenses: Pre-procured licenses can go a long way in the Cloud industry. However, procuring licenses from Cloud providers again and again can often prove to be a costly affair in the long run. This way, it’s always beneficial to have a set of licenses which can be used again and again.

Considering the points above, there are endless benefits a business can avail by making use of the Cloud service. The sooner you move to the Cloud, the faster and more effective the results you can garner in the short run and the long run alike.

AWS Summits 2017 | San Francisco

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Date : April 18-19, 2017

Location : San Francisco

Venue : Moscone West


Why Should You Attend?

Whether you are new to the cloud or an experienced user, you will learn something new at the AWS Summit. This free event is designed to educate you about the AWS platform. Develop the skills to design, deploy, and operate infrastructure and applications.

Sessions & Workshops

More than 50 learning opportunities: services intros, new service deep dives, solutions and tech talks.

Bootcamps

Hands-on training opportunities in paid training bootcamps.

The HUB

Experience The Hub, a high-energy expo with top AWS technology and consulting partners, and access to AWS engineers and architects. [Know more about the Conference]

ChefConf 2017

Date : May 22-24, 2017

Location : Austin, TX 78701

Venue : JW Marriott Austin

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BUILD. DELIVER. DELIGHT

Chef comes alive when nearly 2,000 passionate leaders, practitioners, and innovators from the DevOps community converge upon Austin, Texas. We’ll present an invigorating blend of technology and local Austin experiences to engage and energize both technical practitioners and corporate leaders. [Know more about the Conference]

10 Fantastic Recruitment and HR Blogs You Should Be Reading

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Every recruiter has to keep themselves updated with the latest information in the recruitment industry. We’ve searched the web for the 10 best blogs for the HR and Recruiting industry.Take some time to subscribe the blogs.

1. ERE

Web: www.eremedia.com/ere/

ERE was created in 1998 as an online gathering place for recruiters. It was designed as a destination where the community could network, share best practices, and learn from each other.

Fast forward to today, ERE Media has become the go-to information and conference source for human resources, talent acquisition, and recruiting professionals. We have built our publications and conferences around three core brands and audiences to cater to their specific needs.

2. Greg Savage

Web: www.gregsavage.com.au/

Over a career spanning thirty-five years, Greg is a respected voice across the global recruitment industry and is a regular keynote speaker at staffing conferences around the world.

3. Fistful of Talent

Web: www.fistfuloftalent.com/

Fistful of Talent is a group of pros from Recruiting practices, HR shops and Consulting firms across the nation. The center of the conversation is talent – which includes recruiting as well as everything you do with the talent once it’s in the door.

4. Undercover Recruiter

Web: www.theundercoverrecruiter.com/

This blog has less of a pure recruiting and HR focus, and blends jobseeker-specific content with tips for recruiters and hiring managers. Overall, it gives a good perspective into both sides of the current employer/employee market.

5. Indeed Blog

Web: www.blog.indeed.com/

More people find jobs on Indeed than anywhere else. This is Indeed blog, where they share data trends and insights, tips for employers, product updates and best practices.

6. Matt Charney

Web: www.mattcharney.com

Matt Charney is probably the world’s top expert when it comes to talent and technology. If you want to know what’s cool, what’s new or what’s next in recruiting, all you have to do is ask Matt.

7. Recruiter

Web: https://www.recruiter.com/recruiting-tips.html

Find recruiting tips and recruiting strategies to help you be a better recruiter, make more placements, stay on top of recruiting technology trends,and stay motivated. Learn about recruiting industry trends and best practices for both corporate and agency recruiters.

8. Staffing Talk

Web: http://staffingtalk.com/

Staffing Talk is a website that is focused on the Staffing Industry. From news, opinions, personal stories, events, contests and other opportunities to get involved, we look forward to hearing from you! If you are in the staffing industry, Staffing Talk is for you!

9.RecruitingBlogs

Web: http://www.recruitingblogs.com/

RecruitingBlogs is the #1 online media resource for today’s recruiting world, offering a signature mix of content, news, webinars, podcasts, videos, eBooks, white papers and events that develop professional best practices.

10. BoleanStrings

Web: http://booleanblackbelt.com/

Glen Cathey created this blog to share his obsession with talent attraction, engagement and acquisition.

IT Salary Survey 2017: Highlights

Key findings from Computerworld’s survey of nearly 2,800 IT professionals, including salary trends, hot skills, job satisfaction, career outlook, biggest concerns and more.

Salaries are rising, but at a slower pace

Tech pros who responded to Computerworld’s 31st annual IT Salary Survey showed an interesting mix of optimism and anxiety. We polled 2,782 IT professionals — 55% technical staffers and 45% IT managers — asking them about their compensation, workloads, long-term career prospects and much more. Read more..

2017 DevOps Conferences: Your Guide to Top DevOps Conferences

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If you are looking for the best DevOps conferences to learn what’s new in DevOps world. We’ve put together few top conferences to help you choose the ones you want to attend in 2017.

DevOps Enterprise Summit

Web: events.itrevolution.com/us
Date: Nov. 13-15
Location: San Francisco, California.

DevOps Enterprise Summit is a conference for the leaders of large, complex organizations implementing DevOps principles and practices. The event programming emphasizes both evolving technical and architectural practices and the methods needed to lead widespread change efforts in large organizations. The goal is to give leaders the tools and practices they need to develop and deploy software faster and to win in the marketplace.

DockerCon

Web: 2017.dockercon.com
Date: April 17-20
Location: Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas

DockerCon is the community and container industry conference for makers and operators of next generation distributed apps built with containers. The three-day conference provides talks by practitioners, hands-on labs, an expo hall of Docker ecosystem innovators and great opportunities to share your experiences with other virtual container enthusiasts.

Velocity Conference

Web: conferences.oreilly.com/velocity/vl-ca
Date: Training, June 19-20; tutorials and conference, June 20-22
Location: San Jose, California

The O’Reilly Velocity Conference: Build resilient distributed systems.
Our industry is evolving rapidly, shifting to a distributed systems stack that spans the application layer all the way down through compute, storage, networking, to the data center (whether yours is in the cloud or not). At Velocity, we’ll delve into these domains, helping you focus on engineering performance and operations from the bottom of the stack right up to the customer.

DevOps Days

Web: devopsdays.org
Date: Varies
Location: Held throughout the year in multiple cities.

Devopsdays is a worldwide series of technical conferences covering topics of software development, IT infrastructure operations, and the intersection between them. Topics often include automation, testing, security, and organizational culture.

ChefConf

Web: chef.io/chefconf
Date: May 22-24
Location: Austin, Texas

Chef comes alive when nearly 2,000 passionate leaders, practitioners, and innovators from the DevOps community converge upon Austin, Texas. We’ll present an invigorating blend of technology and local Austin experiences to engage and energize both technical practitioners and corporate leaders.

Jenkins World

Web: cloudbees.com/jenkinsworld
Date: August 28-29, training and workshops; August 30-31, conference
Location: Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, California

Jenkins World will bring together the largest gathering of Jenkins® users in the world, including Jenkins experts, continuous delivery thought leaders and companies offering complementary technologies for Jenkins. Jenkins World will provide opportunities for attendees to learn, explore and network face-to-face, as well as to help shape the future of Jenkins. Secure your spot now by registering today!

PuppetConf

Web: puppet.com/puppetconf
Date: October 10-12
Location: Hilton San Francisco Union, San Francisco, California

PuppetConf 2017 is your path to sharpening Puppet skills by learning from industry experts, enthusiasts, community members, and Puppet employees. Explore how to drive change across your infrastructure, team, and organization’s culture.

IT/Dev Connections

Web: devconnections.com
Date: October 23-26
Location: Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, California

The IT/Dev Connections teams work hard in the background to bring a seamless and valuable experience each year so all you have to do is show-up.
One of those teams is responsible for the content. Called Track Chairs, these individuals sift through the submitted session proposals to hand-select just the right content and just the right speakers. There’s no question that the content provided at IT/Dev Connections is just right. Our content provides deep technical education without even a hint of marketing or keynote fluff. Developing great and valuable content like we have each year for IT/Dev Connections takes a lot of work, but the effort gets a lot easier when we have the right people on the content team.

Agile Dev West

Web: adcwest.techwell.com
Date: June 4-9
Location: Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Discover the latest in agile methods, technologies, tools, and leadership rinciples.
Whether you’re new to the agile process and need to get up to speed quickly, or you’re experienced and ready to take your team or organization to the next level, our hands-on, in-depth workshops have you covered. Plus, all Agile Dev West is held in conjunction with Better Software West and DevOps West conferences, allowing you to choose from three distinct programs.

Agile Dev East

Web: adceast.techwell.com
Date: Nov. 5-10
Location: Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, Orlando, Florida

Discover the latest in agile methods, technologies, tools, and leadership principles.
Whether you’re new to the agile process and need to get up to speed quickly or you’re experienced and ready to take your team or organization to the next level, our hands-on, in-depth workshops have you covered. Plus, Agile Dev East is held in conjunction with Better Software East and DevOps East, allowing you to choose from three distinct programs.

11 Cyber-Security Predictions for 2017

A new forecast predicts that automated malware attacks will have a devastating effect on the internet of things (IoT). It also predicts the rise of the Shadownet (IoT botnets that can’t be seen or measured using conventional tools), cloud poisoning, more growth of Ransomware as a Service, and attacks on smart buildings. The report, “Fortinet 2017 Cyber-Security Predictions: Accountability Takes the Stage,” based its predictions on cyber-security trends this year. The digital footprint of businesses and individuals has expanded, thus increasing the potential attack surfaces; everything is a target and anything can be a weapon; threats are becoming intelligent, can operate autonomously and are increasingly difficult to detect; and old threats are returning but are enhanced with new technologies. According to the report, “This demand for connectivity, and the need to address its associated risks, will create serious challenges for emerging countries, traditionally disconnected markets, and smaller companies adopting digital business strategies for the first time.” Some key predictions are highlighted here. Read more..

dockercon17

Date : April 17-20, 2017

Location : Austin, TX

Venue : Austin Convention Center | 500 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin

DockerCon is the community and container industry conference for makers and operators of next generation distributed apps built with containers. The three-day conference provides talks by practitioners, hands-on labs, an expo hall of Docker ecosystem innovators and great opportunities to share your experiences with other virtual container enthusiasts.

ACTIVITIES

. 3 Keynotes & 7 Tracks . 60+ Breakout Sessions . Community Presentations . Hands-on Lab . Ask The Experts . Workshops . Birds-of-a-feather . Hosted Happy Hours . After Party . Ecosystem Expo
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Security Testing: An insight

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You will never want to implement software that bugs up every fortnight and annoys your customer. Security testing is so, an inevitable step prior to software deployment in client’s place. In this article, we shall bring an insight to the security testing and state why it is so important web applications.

What is security testing?

Security testing forms an integral part of software testing that is done to identify weaknesses and vulnerabilities of a software application. The main objective is to identify the vulnerabilities of software and determine if the data and other resources are protected from foreign intruders. It is a way to verify whether or not a confidential data stays confidential or not.
Due to the notable explosion of the ecommerce websites in the world today, security testing has become all the more important. The testing is done once the application is developed and installed. To identify all the potent vulnerabilities, a network security testing is suggested.
Seven attributes the security testing needs to follow are:
• Authorization
• Authentication
• Confidentiality
• Integrity
• Availability
• Resilience
• Non-repudiation

The Security Testing “Terminology”

Penetration testing:

It is a type of testing that is done by evaluating the system and/or network using various malicious techniques. The purpose of this testing is to protect important data from users who do not have access to the system, like hackers. It is carried out after cautious notifications, considerations and planning.

Penetration testing is categorized into two types – Black Box Testing and White Box Testing. In White Box Testing, the tester has access to all vital information like Code, IP Address, Infrastructure Diagram, etc. In Black Box Testing, the tester doesn’t have any access to any sort of vital information. Black box testing tends to be the most accurate testing as the tester doesn’t have any access to any information, thereby, simulating the testing as a hacker.

Password cracking:

In Password crack testing, the system is tested to identify the weak passwords. Password Cracking tools are used for testing of this attribute. The end result is to ensure that users are adequately using strong password.

Vulnerability:

This is to identify the weakest attributes in the system which might lend easy paths for the malicious software to be attached by unauthorized users. Vulnerability can occur due to bug in software, inaccurate software testing or presence of malicious code. This phase requires fixes, patches to prevent the compromised integrity by malware or hackers.

URL Manipulation:

One of the popular ways to hack a website is URL manipulation where in hackers manipulate website URL query strings and get access to confidential information.

This usually takes place when the application makes use of HTTP GET to pass information between client & server. Information is passed via query string. The tester alters the query parameters to check if is accepted by the server.

An URL Manipulation testing ensures that database records are not accessed neither other vital information of the website by unauthorized users.

SQL Injection:

One of the other common ways picked by hackers to steal the vital information from the web, the SQL Injection testing ensures all the databases are safe and protected. It is a type of testing that takes the advantages of the loopholes that make the hackers easily pass into the system by passing all possible SQL queries to hack it.

They try to query the database using the SQL Injection statements to pull information and crash the system. Even the errors displayed while crashing the system will provide generous amount of important data to the hackers.

So, SQL Injection testing is purposed to take care of the input fields like comments, text boxes etc. Special characters are either handled or skipped from the input.

Cross Side Scripting (CSS):

It is a common application layer hacking technique. It is a vulnerability aroused in a web application by injecting HTML and Javascript code into the website pages. The attacks are generally done to inject malicious code web browsers. The code is then used to steal information present inside the cookies.

Security Testing Approach

• Following are the approaches taken for preparing and planning for security testing:
• Security Architecture Study: The first step is to comprehend the client’s requirements and security goals and objectives in compliance to the security need of the organization.
• Security Architecture Analysis: Comprehend the need of application under test.
• Classify security testing: Collect system set up information like operating system, technology and hardware to identify the list of vulnerabilities.
• Threat profile: Based on the information collected above, a threat profile is created.
• Test Planning: Based on identified threat, security risks and vulnerabilities, a test plan is drafted to address the issues.
• Traceability matrix preparation: A traceability matrix is prepared based on the identified threats and vulnerabilities.
• Security Testing Tool Identification: Identify the most suitable tool to test security test cases faster.
• Test Case Preparation: Prepare a test case document.
• Test Case Execution: Test case execution is done and the defect cases are fixed. Test case regressions are executed.
• Reports: Document a detailed report of Security Testing from step 1 to the final including the still open issues.

At Idexcel, we perform security testing for all our clients to ensure they enjoy a bug free application execution across various domains. Our standards, methodologies and experience help us deliver the best business value to customers.

We have a robust automation framework using SOAP UI open source tool.
Key Features of framework

• Data Driven Framework to test with multiple inputs.
• Supports Security and functional testing of Web Services.
• Affordable framework since we are using open source SOAP UI tool.
• Simple and ready to use framework
• Suitable for both SOAP and REST web services

Would you like to experience an error free execution of your application? Call us today!