SaaS doesn’t mean what you think it means

Talk about agile development, technology acronyms may be the most nimble creations of the tech sector to date. From SaaS (software as a service) to PaaS (platform as a service), to IaaS (infrastructure as a service), what are we supposed to make from all of this? And is the acronym already obsolete?

Come explore the future of modern software with 40% off New Relic’s FutureStack conference

New Relic, the San Francisco-based leader in Software Analytics, is set to host their inaugural FutureStack conference in just one week from today. On Oct. 24-25, the Grand Hyatt San Francisco will be transformed by the sounds of 800+ disruptive developers, technologists and creatives, joining together to imagine, build and craft the future of Modern Software.

Brazil releases more details on private e-mail meant to keep the U.S. out

Brazil is building its own private e-mail service because it just doesn’t trust the U.S. President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil released further details on the e-mail service, which is supposed to protect her government and the people of Brazil from foreign, peeping eyes. She made the announcement through her Twitter account, saying that in order to protect privacy, the Brazilian government needs to start with “secure messaging.” This communications system will be used by Serpro, which is one of the biggest federal agencies of Brazil handling data processing.Brazil became disenchanted with the U.S. after the Guardian revealed details about the U.S. National Security Agency collecting information on Rousseff and her administration, as noted by Wired. The Guardian says it received documents detailing this activity from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is currently hiding out in Moscow following other data leaks.In June, Snowden revealed information about a government surveillance program called PRISM, which involved the U.S. working with a number of technology companies to collect data for “national security purposes.” In the months following, more Snowden-sponsored revelations appeared in headlines, including the information on Brazil.Perhaps coincidentally, Glenn Greenwald — the reporter who has published the lion’s share of data from Snowden — is based in Brazil.The move to create this kind of private communications service underscores fears that the NSA’s programs could cause a financial stir in the cloud industry. Analyst group Forrester predicted in August that fears around PRISM could be a $108 billion hit to the cloud industry.However, it’s silly to assume that only the U.S. is involved with this kind of surveillance, and many believe that figure should be much lower, because IT managers are probably going to continue buying cloud services even if they know surveillance is happening.

Just 24 hours remain for a discount to New Relic’s FutureStack conference

New Relic, the San Francisco-based leader in Saas Application Performance Montoring is hosting its first-ever technology conference, FutureStack, in San Francisco on October 24th-25th. The conference—which is an exploration of the future of Modern Software—is inviting 800+ disruptive developers, technologists and creatives together to help imagine, build and craft the future of software innovation.

Microsoft, VMware, and the year of the hybrid cloud

There’s a reason more than 50 percent of cloud buyers have already invested in, or are planning to invest in, hybrid cloud deployments. It’s because hybrid cloud allows companies to combine best-of-breed offerings from both the public and premise infrastructure worlds, enabling them to create an ultimate, custom-tailored solution.