Virtustream And Iron Mountain Partner To Build Cloud Platform

Virtustream And Iron Mountain Partner To Build Cloud Platform

Virtustream has announced that Iron Mountain Incorporated has selected Virtustream® xStream®,  and Virtustream Viewtrust® software to orchestrate, automate, and secure cloud storage services for Iron Mountain’s cloud-based service offerings.

“Changes in technology and business processes are challenging the most progressive companies to adopt new strategies to handle the resulting explosion of high value data,” said Eileen Sweeney, senior vice president and general manager for data management at Iron Mountain. “To enable our customers to adapt their data management processes to these challenges, we are embracing technology and offering clients a hybrid approach to manage all types of data, through various stages of the data lifecycle. Partnerships with companies like Virtustream provide the technology foundation to offer an advanced portfolio of solutions that will enable our customers, regardless of size or budget, to adopt cloud services to advance their data management agendas.”

Virtustream xStream is an integrated management platform that enables service providers such as Iron Mountain to deliver enterprise-class, IT-as-a-Service to their customers. Iron Mountain’s cloud offerings are strengthened by the integration of Virtustream’s Viewtrust enterprise risk management and continuous compliance management solution with xStream. As a Cloud Storage Service Provider using Virtustream’s xStream solution with Viewtrust integration, Iron Mountain will be able to assist its clients with their storage needs, and facilitate infrastructure compliance with requirements such as PCI-DSS 2.0, HIPAA/HITECH, and FISMA, and compliance with security frameworks like IS0 27001-2005, ISO 9001-2008, SSAE16, ISAE3402 and others.

“Iron Mountain is transforming the data management and data storage industries,” said Kevin Reid, president and chief technology officer, Virtustream. “Our shared commitment to innovation, plans for continuous development, and other synergies between our companies form the foundation for a strong, sustainable partnership.”

As a part of this new collaboration, Virtustream will leverage Iron Mountain’s data center facilities to offer Virtustream Enterprise Cloud, a fully capable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud computing platform. Leveraging 65 years in storage and information management expertise all over the world, Iron Mountain cloud and Iron Mountain data center facilities provide an ideal environment for its customers and partners prioritizing the protection and preservation of high value data to manage risk. 

Source: CloudStrategyMag

IBM Expands Cloud Footprint In Korea

IBM Expands Cloud Footprint In Korea

IBM has announced the opening of a new IBM Cloud Data Center in Korea, in collaboration with SK Holdings C&C. Located outside of Seoul in Pangyo, the new data center is designed to support growing cloud adoption and customer demand across the country.

According to IDC, a leading information technology research firm, the public cloud services market in Korea is expected to grow from $445 million in 2015 to approximately $1B in 2019.1

The new facility in Pangyo is IBM’s ninth Cloud Data Center in the Asia-Pacific region, and part of the company’s growing global network of 47 Cloud Data Centers. With access to a local on ramp for IBM and SK Holdings’ Cloud services, Korean enterprises and start-ups can accelerate their digital transformation, business innovation and global expansion.

“A key part of our cloud strategy is to fuel new ecosystems to spur innovation and collaborate with companies who understand the local market.” said Robert LeBlanc, senior vice president, IBM Cloud.  “That’s why we chose to partner with SK Holdings C&C in Korea. Together, we are able to bring the local expertise, platform, and data services that gives Korean customers the ability to compete on a global scale.”

IBM’s network of Cloud Data Centers offers both global reach and the opportunity to keep data local to client locations — whether for performance, security or flexibility. Clients in Korea are expected to benefit from faster time-to-market, improved performance, support for industrial-strength public and hybrid cloud, and access to IBM’s global network of 47 Cloud Data Centers so they can manage their data more securely and efficiently across global markets to drive expansion.

Modeled after IBM’s standardized pod design, the new facility in Korea will have the capacity for thousands of physical servers and offer the full range of cloud infrastructure services, including bare metal servers, virtual servers, storage, security services and networking. With services deployed on demand and full remote access and control, customers can create their ideal public, private, or hybrid cloud environments.

New Cloud Data Center Builds on Existing IBM and SK Holdings Partnership
The new Cloud Data Center builds on the existing partnership between IBM and SK Holdings C&C, with more than 20 local companies already using their joint hybrid cloud capabilities across the gaming, IT, manufacturing and retail industries. As Korean companies increasingly look to extend the value of their existing systems to the cloud, the two companies anticipate a high demand for hybrid cloud services with the opening of the new facility.

“Companies all over the world are seeking for new business and profit opportunity throughout digital transformation,” said Jung-ho Park, CEO of SK Holdings C&C. “The new Cloud Data Center provides one-stop cloud converting service of existing IT system and infrastructure, and become the base camp to support digital innovation for customers’ businesses by converging digital technologies such as IoT, Big data and AI.” 

Growing the Cloud Ecosystem in Korea
The new data center will further accelerate the commitment of IBM and SK Holdings C&C to foster the growth of cognitive and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies throughout the region. The two companies plan to make a cognitive cloud platform available at the Cloud Data Center in Pangyo, enabling local startups and IT developers to create cognitive apps and industry-specific services that leverage Watson.

Developers in Korea will also have access to Bluemix, IBM’s Cloud platform, and more than 150 APIs and services spanning key areas such as cognitive, blockchain, Internet of Things and big data.

Local universities are also participating by cultivating future cloud talent. To prepare the next generation of cloud-based app developers, IBM and SK Holdings C&C have been teaming with leading universities, including Dankook University, Ewha Woman’s University, and Sungkyunkwan University, providing students with education and training based on the IBM Cloud.

“Cloud computing has rapidly become a key driver of digital transformation throughout Korea,” said Goodhyun Kim, a well-known developer and IT columnist in Korea. “By making IBM Cloud and its easy, fast, and robust APIs and services available on Bluemix to local developers, I anticipate that we will rapidly see a whole new wave of cloud-based innovation across Korea.”

IBM Cloud is helping businesses of all sizes and industries innovate and grow throughout Korea. For example:

  • Amorepacific, a global leader in the beauty industry, recently established a ‘Global Smart Workplace’ on the IBM Cloud to create a flexible and efficient work environment that integrates its headquarters, partners, and branch offices worldwide. By moving to the cloud, Amorepacific has improved productivity by reducing and simplifying business process and time to market.
  • Gravity, a leading South Korean video game corporation and one of the original pioneers in Massive Multiplayer Online Role Playing Games (MMORPG), has selected IBM Cloud as the preferred platform for its new mobile role playing game Wonderfolic R and its widely popular RAGNAROK Online game. Gravity turned to IBM Cloud for its stability, security, global reach and to take advantage of IBM’s network of Cloud Data Centers throughout Asia-Pacific. By tapping into IBM’s Cloud Data Center in Hong Kong and Taiwan, Gravity has been able to expand its reach by providing gamers with better throughput performance and the ability process data faster, even when lots of users access the game at the same time.
  • Coolio, a social content analysis app developer, is using IBM Cloud to analyze and manage social media data and drive global expansion. Working with IBM, Coolio has built “Sprd”, a content-recommendation app that identifies and extracts information from social data that has the highest possibility of dissemination. The app then shares this data with people that have similar interests. By adopting IBM Cloud, Coolio has been able to manage sharp increases of traffic very quickly, without any downtime or access delay, while providing users with stable service.
  • UpRoot, a data security start-up that provides real-time detection and analysis of malicious link sources and their routes of passage over websites across the world, has been able to take on complicated and repetitive analysis with speed and security by adopting the IBM Cloud. Additionally, by tapping into IBM’s global network of Cloud Data Centers, the company has been able to achieve fast analysis of websites worldwide and share data from the process seamlessly.

1. IDC, Worldwide Premium Black Book, Version 1, 2015, July 1, 2015.

Source: CloudStrategyMag

IBM Named A Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant For Its Flash Storage Solutions

IBM Named A Leader in Gartner's Magic Quadrant For Its Flash Storage Solutions

IBM has been recognized as a Leader for Flash Storage in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays (SSA).1

According to Gartner, “Vendors in the Leaders quadrant have the highest scores for their Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision. A vendor in the Leaders quadrant has the market share, credibility, and marketing and sales capabilities needed to drive the acceptance of new technologies. These vendors demonstrate a clear understanding of market needs; they are innovators and thought leaders; and they have well-articulated plans that customers and prospects can use when designing their storage infrastructures and strategies. In addition, they have a presence in the five major geographical regions, consistent financial performance and broad platform support.”

IBM’s position as a leader comes after it announced the expansion of its FlashSystem portfolio, including DeepFlash and Storwize products, to help clients more quickly extract value from data for competitive advantage. Among the 380 patents that differentiate IBM’s flash products and services are its FlashCore and MicroLatency technologies. Clients rely on these technologies to quickly access the mounting volumes.

For example, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital (Henry Mayo), a not-for-profit community hospital and trauma center in Valencia, California, needed to implement a storage solution that would deliver faster access to patient data for their electronic health records (EHRs) system. Henry Mayo required a solution for its medical teams who perform a wide range of healthcare and outpatient surgical services.

After thorough testing of information systems software, MEDITECH, Henry Mayo selected a combination of IBM flash technologies. To quickly access EHRs, the hospital selected IBM’s FlashSystem® V9000 all-flash array. The solution also includes the VersaStack™ converged infrastructure platform by IBM and Cisco using IBM’s Storwize® V7000 hybrid storage array. Key to its decision was that the IBM arrays would provide security through hardware level encryption and deliver the hospital’s database administrators a single dashboard into its storage assets.

“From arrival to aftercare, our medical teams are constantly viewing and updating EHRs, so delays or interruptions to retrieving data can directly affect their care, which is why we were committed to MEDITECH and wanted to deploy its latest release,” said Cindy Peterson, vice president/CIO, Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. “It was therefore particularly important to implement IBM’s FlashSystem V9000, which our testing proved could be relied upon for quick access of patient information.”

Physicians at Henry Mayo are now able to access patient records more quickly, which helps them make faster, high-quality clinical decisions without delay. As a result, they may be able to spend more time with patients, leading to enriched patient care and improved outcomes.

“Whether it’s a hospital or retail organization, organizations across the globe understand the value that fast and reliable access to data will provide,” said Michael Kuhn, vice president of offering management, Storage Solutions. “Achieving this requires technology found in IBM’s FlashSystem portfolio, which is proven to dramatically accelerate the movement of data when and where it is needed, while delivering the reliability and availability to keep data always accessible.” We believe client testimonials like this help support the Gartner recognition.

1. Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays, August 22, 2016

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Platform9 Introduces High Availability For OpenStack Users

Platform9 Introduces High Availability For OpenStack Users

Platform9 has released its High Availability capability for OpenStack users, supporting both traditional and cloud-native workloads. Platform9 will be showcasing this industry-first capability in its booth #649 at VMware’s VMworld, taking place August 28 – September 1 in Las Vegas.

“High Availability is fundamental to enterprise customers looking to run production workloads on OpenStack. Given the massive demand we’ve seen from enterprise customers, we are excited to provide a solution with the industry’s first High Availability capability for both traditional and scale-out workloads,” said Madhura Maskasky, co-founder and vice president of product at Platform9. “This new capability makes it possible for customers to migrate to OpenStack for mission-critical workloads without sacrificing the powerful, enterprise-grade High Availability capabilities they’ve come to expect.”

“For production workloads, High Availability is a critical capability and we have had to run those workloads on VMware vSphere thus far. With this update to Platform9 Managed OpenStack, we can now use OpenStack and KVM for all workloads,” said Rob Horstmann, Manager of Technical Operations at Moz, Inc.

Traditional applications need support from the infrastructure layer to be highly available. Historically this capability has only been available in VMware vSphere and not with OpenStack. Because of these limitations, enterprise customers have found it challenging to run production workloads on OpenStack, and instead have relied on expensive VMware ELAs for such scenarios.

Likewise, cloud-native workloads need support from the infrastructure layer. While these workloads are designed to “scale-out” across multiple-nodes, they are only highly available if the infrastructure is distributing the worker nodes across failure domains (such as hosts, racks, or data centers). Until now, there has not been an out-of-the-box solution for workloads that require both programmatic scale-out (using auto-scaling-groups) and High Availability awareness.

Today, cloud architects can use the concept of availability zones — already in OpenStack — to automatically configure groups of servers that represent a zone of availability, such as a rack or a data center. Platform9’s newly announced High Availability capability automatically configures liveness detection among servers that are in such a zone. When a server in a zone fails, the capability orchestrates the recovery of workloads running on that server onto other servers in that zone. In addition to recovering traditional workloads, scale-out workloads that are being spawned by auto-scaling-groups can be distributed across availability zones, mitigating the risk of simultaneous failure.

This High Availability capability is available in Platform9 Managed OpenStack Enterprise Edition. Platform9 is also open sourcing this capability, making it freely available via a Github repository where the code, documentation and demonstrations reside.

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Google is using AI to compress images better than JPEG

Google is using AI to compress images better than JPEG

Small is beautiful, as the old saying goes, and nowhere is that more true than in media files. Compressed images are considerably easier to transmit and store than uncompressed ones are, and now Google is using neural networks to beat JPEG at the compression game.

Google began by taking a random sample of 6 million 1,280×720 images on the web. It then broke those down into nonoverlapping 32×32 tiles and zeroed in on 100 of those with the worst compression ratios. The goal there, essentially, was to focus on improving performance on the “hardest-to-compress” data, because it’s bound to be easier to succeed on the rest.

The researchers then used the TensorFlow machine-learning system Google open-sourced last year to train a set of experimental neural network architectures. They used one million steps to train them and then collected a series of technical metrics to find which training models produced the best-compressed results.

In the end, their models outdid the JPEG compression standard’s performance on average. The next challenge, the researchers said, will be to beat compression methods derived from video compression codecs on large images, becuase “they employ tricks such as reusing patches that were already decoded.” WebP, which was derived from the VP8 video codec, is an example of such a method.

Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji Appointed To Teradici Board

Cloud Foundry Foundation CEO Sam Ramji Appointed To Teradici Board

Teradici® has announced prominent cloud and open source visionary, Sam Ramji, CEO of the Cloud Foundry Foundation, has joined its Board of Directors. Ramji’s addition rounds out an already impressive board that includes previous CEO of Sana Security and Openwave and Cisco executive, Don Listwin; Peter Charbonneau, former CFO of Newbridge Networks; Tarkan Maner former CEO of Wyse (acquired by Dell) and now CEO of Nexenta; and Steve Munford previous CEO at Sophos.

A 20+ year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Ramji is the founding CEO of Cloud Foundry, the industry standard cloud application platform. Prior to Cloud Foundry, he was chief strategy officer for Apigee (APIC), designed and led Microsoft’s open source strategy, and drove product strategy for BEA WebLogic Integration. Previously he held a range of software engineering positions at firms including Broderbund, Fair Isaac, and Ofoto. He is a member of multiple industry advisory boards and served on the World Economic Forum’s Industrial Internet Working Group.

“Sam’s work has placed him at the epicenter of everything cloud — applications, architecture, open source, technology development, and emerging business models,” said Dan Cordingley, CEO of Teradici. “As a highly regarded visionary throughout the industry, we are thrilled to have Sam join our effort to clearly establish Teradici PCoIP as a leading technology for cloud delivered applications.”

 “Teradici has some of the most innovative and disruptive technology for enabling enterprises and ISVs to move mission critical apps to the cloud. I am excited to help the company unlock this tremendous potential,” said Ramji. “Wherever there’s a screen, it needs client software; with PCoIP you can move the client to the cloud. As the proliferation of screens accelerates across the world, Teradici is the natural choice to connect them all to the cloud.”

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Red Hat Releases Red Hat Virtualization 4

Red Hat Releases Red Hat Virtualization 4

Red Hat, Inc. has announced the general availability of Red Hat Virtualization 4, the newest release of its Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) -powered virtualization platform. Red Hat Virtualization 4 challenges the economics and complexities of proprietary virtualization solutions by providing a fully-open, high-performing, more secure, and centrally managed platform for both Linux- and Windows-based workloads. It combines a powerful updated hypervisor, advanced system dashboard, and centralized networking for users’ evolving workloads. Built on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Virtualization 4 is designed to easily integrate with existing IT investments while providing a foundation for emerging technology deployments, including containerized and cloud-native applications.

“Our customers continue to rely on virtualization as a vital part of their data center modernization efforts while also using it to help bridge to new cloud-native and container-based workloads. Red Hat Virtualization provides the economics, performance and agility needed across both traditional and new infrastructure initiatives,” said Gunnar Hellekson, director, product management, Linux and Virtualization, Red Hat.

While virtualization remains a key element of data center infrastructure, customer needs around the technology are rapidly evolving. Enterprises just embarking on a virtualization deployment may want a complete, agile platform that embraces efficiency and open standards of interoperability, while enterprises who have already deployed virtualization technologies may become increasingly concerned about their investment due to costs, performance limitations, or incompatibility. Red Hat Virtualization 4 is designed to address these emerging scenarios with a platform built on open standards, providing a powerful, flexible solution for new deployments and helping existing virtualization users migrate to an open, extensible solution.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 includes both a high-performing hypervisor (Red Hat Virtualization Host) and a web-based virtualization resource manager (Red Hat Virtualization Manager) for management of an enterprise’s virtualization infrastructure. Specifically, Red Hat Virtualization 4 introduces new and enhanced capabilities around:

  • Performance and extensibility
  • Management and automation
  • Support for OpenStack and Linux containers
  • Security and reliability
  • Centralized networking through an external, third-party API

Performance and Extensibility

Red Hat Virtualization 4 introduces a new powerful and smaller footprint hypervisor co-engineered with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2. The new hypervisor helps streamline the installation of system packages and driver updates, simplify the deployment of modern technologies, and provide better hardware support configuration management integration. Additionally, Red Hat Virtualization can now be installed via Anaconda, the common installer for both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization hypervisor.

The new platform also includes support for advanced network functionality, helping to simplify the process of adding and supporting third party network providers via a new open API. This feature allows for the centralization and simplification of network management systems by enabling Red Hat Virtualization Manager to communicate with external systems to define networking characteristics that can be applied to a virtual machine’s network interfaces.

Management and Automation

To improve overall virtualization management, Red Hat Virtualization 4 offers an advanced system dashboard that provides a comprehensive view of virtualized resources and infrastructure. This enables administrators to better diagnose and remediate problems before they impact operations. Additional automation functionality includes:

  • A storage image uploader, which provides a browser-based interface to upload existing KVM Virtual Machine files directly or via a remote URL, placing the image in the storage domain without requiring third party tools.
  • Advanced live migration policies to enable users to fine-tune granular migration characteristics of hosts, down to an individual VM or cluster level, enabling faster operations and overall performance.

OpenStack and Linux Containers

While virtualization as a technology is mature, Red Hat Virtualization 4 provides key support features for Linux container-based workloads as well as OpenStack private and hybrid cloud deployments. For containers, Red Hat Virtualization 4 supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host as a configurable guest system and allows guest agents to be run as, and report on, containers on the Atomic Host VM.

Red Hat Virtualization 4 also provides native support for Red Hat OpenStack Platform Neutron. This enables organization to streamline shared services and minimize their operational footprint by deploying services more seamlessly across traditional and cloud-enabled workloads.

A More Secure Virtualization Environment

These newly-introduced features in Red Hat Virtualization 4 complement the security assets brought to Red Hat Virtualization through its base in Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat Virtualization 4 includes and supports sVirt, which applies Mandatory Access Control (MAC) for greater VM and hypervisor security. This helps to improve overall security and harden the physical and virtual environment against vulnerabilities that could be used as an attack vector against the host or other VMs.

Red Hat Virtualization is also integrated with Red Hat Satellite, Red Hat’s systems management solution. Red Hat Virtualization standardizes infrastructure and virtual machine guest provisioning through existing Red Hat Satellite 6 implementations. It also provides visibility into the host and virtual machine errata details to ensure patch compliance across a physical and virtual environment.

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Bedrock Data Names Thor Johnson CEO

Bedrock Data Names Thor Johnson CEO

Bedrock Data™ ha announced that Thor Johnson has joined the company as chief executive officer (CEO). The announcement comes on the heels of marked growth and success across all facets of the company over the past 12 months, including a more than doubling across three key metrics: month-over-month bookings, number of SaaS platform connectors and connector depth.

John Marcus, co-founder, will assume the position of chief product evangelist for the company. “Adding Thor to our executive team positions Bedrock Data to further accelerate our company and product momentum. Bedrock Data more than doubled across every key measurable in the past year, serves hundreds of customers with tens of millions of continually synchronized data records. We have a partner portfolio that includes HubSpot, Marketo, ConnectWise, NetSuite, and Microsoft, along with a truly exceptional investor and advisor group. Bringing Thor in now ensures that we will expand on this progress and continue to shape our industry in the future,” said Marcus.

A strategic visionary with a proven track record of creating category leaders, Johnson brings more than two decades of SaaS experience, together with marketing, sales, finance and operations management expertise to Bedrock Data. Prior to Bedrock Data, Johnson served as chief marketing officer of Intralinks and as chief marketer for Eloqua Corporation, a leader in SaaS marketing software, now part of Oracle (NYSE: ORCL).

Johnson explained, “SaaS opens the door to many more software buyers who are buying best-of-breed point solutions. Unfortunately, most of these departmental systems don’t talk to each other effectively, or at all. Bedrock Data elegantly and simply automates complex and costly manual integration, cleans disparate data across multiple systems and connects departments to each other’s information.”

According to a recent Gartner press release, “The worldwide public cloud services market is projected to grow 16.5 percent in 2016 to a total $204 billion, up from $175 billion in 2015.” “Cloud application services (SaaS) is expected to grow by 20.3% in 2016, to $37.7 billion.”

Johnson continued, “The market opportunity for Bedrock Data is enormous. The first-class team has created a product, already in its second generation. We have excellent partners and investors. I am proud to be part of this company and its extremely promising future.”

Bedrock Data’s investors include .406 Ventures together with a who’s who of industry software icons, including Mike Volpe, angel investor and former HubSpot CMO, who noted, “Bedrock Data solves an important problem with cloud applications. Even with business leaders purchasing best-of-breed, point solutions, companies lose their ability to stay aligned around a single view of the customer. Bedrock Data automates the expensive, manual systems integration task that cloud proliferation has created.”

Source: CloudStrategyMag

Know when your big data is telling big lies

Know when your big data is telling big lies

Data scientists use statistical analysis tools to find non-obvious patterns in deep data. But they know the universe is full of spurious correlations. Big data simply intensifies the problem.

Because, as the range of sources and the diversity of predictors continues to grow, the number of relationships that can potentially be modeled begins to approach infinity. As David G. Young pointed out, “predictive variables sometimes aren’t ….We’ve all seen variable interactions that change the significance, curvature, and even the sign of an important predictor.”

Thus, if you’re looking for a particular correlation in your data, you can probably find it if you’re clever enough to combine only the right data, specify only the right variables, and analyze at using only the right algorithm. Once you’ve hit on the right combination of modeling decisions, the patterns you seek may pop out like a genie from Aladdin’s lamp.

Yet the fact that you’ve supposedly discovered this correlation doesn’t mean it actually exists in the underlying real-world domain you’re investigating. It may simply be a figment of your specific approach to modeling the data you have at hand. You may have no fraudulent intent, and you may otherwise adhere to standard data-scientific methodologies, but you may choose to go no further if it appears you’ve already struck the pay dirt insight you were seeking.

High technology: How IT is fueling the budding cannabis industry

High technology: How IT is fueling the budding cannabis industry

The cannabis industry is growing up, and it would be tough to imagine more convincing proof than Microsoft’s recent announcement that it’s getting involved.

Though the software giant will stay very much in the background — its role will focus primarily on providing Azure cloud services for a compliance-focused software push — the move is still widely viewed as a telling sign.

“Having them come out and say, ‘we’re willing to have our name in the same sentence as the word cannabis,’ adds to the legitimacy of our industry,” said Kyle Sherman, cofounder and CEO of software maker Flowhub.

Stigma is a longstanding problem for those trying to run a legitimate business in the cannabis industry, thanks largely to the fact that marijuana remains illegal in the U.S. federal government’s eyes. Twenty-five states have already passed laws that allow for some degree of medical or legal use, but that can be cold comfort for entrepreneurs unable to get a bank account because of lingering concern.