According to the Channel Register in the U.K., HP interim vice-president for engineering Scott McClellan spilled the beans about the forthcoming service in his LinkedIn profile, detailing work to develop "object storage," "networking," and "block storage" for "an innovative and highly differentiated approach to cloud computing." The LinkedIn post includes information about the user interface, including "APIs and language binds for Java, Ruby, and other open source languages. Fully functional GUI and CLI (both Linux/Unix and Windows)."
The leak is causing a bit of a stir in engineering circles because most people expected HP to opt for a platform based on Microsoft Azure; now it turns out HP is charting its own path in cloud computing. If true, this could mean HP is looking to compete (rather than cooperate) with Microsoft in the cloud computing universe. The inclusion of object storage, to be "built from scratch," also suggests that HP hopes to compete with Amazon, currently the leader in consumer-facing cloud computing services.
Although there is such a thing as a strategic (intentional) leak, the fact that the information has been removed from McClellan's LinkedIn profile suggests otherwise.
Plenty of employers have expressed concern about the security implications of social media use. According to the Cisco 2010 Midyear Security Report, 50% of the employees surveyed said they ignored corporate policies which ban social media in the workplace, and over one quarter of the employees surveyed said they had changed the security settings on their work computers so they can carry on their social media activities unhindered.
This anxiety extends to social media usage outside the workplace. Last March an online security firm, Teneros, debuted a new service called Social Sentry, which allows companies to track every social media interaction by their employees, at the workplace or elsewhere -- including their home usage. Teneros specifically states that Social Sentry can "monitor employee public communication happening from any location, within the corporate network or public Internet."
Social Sentry features include the ability to discover employee social network presence on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networks; monitoring employee social network activity from any kind of device, including mobile; automated notification of social network activity transgressing company rules; and a variety of analytic and reporting functions for managing and interpreting all this data.