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Coalfire Systems, Inc. announced that it has achieved accreditation as a FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization. The FedRAMP program supports the U.S. government’s objective to enable U.S. federal agencies to use managed service providers that enable cloud computing capabilitie...
While the benefits and value of the federal cloud computing policy can be debated, the world’s transition to cloud computing as an integral component of any IT infrastructure cannot be denied. The prudent government executive should, therefore, heed the lessons learned from the many pr...
The defense and intelligence communities are not immune to cloud computing. Arguably more than any other government agencies, their missions require a fabric of utility computing that scales on demand and enables self discovery and self-service access to secure, timely and relevant inf...
Cloud computing is a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of information technology (IT). While technology is a crucial component, the real value of cloud computing lies in its ability to enable new capabilities or in the execution of current capabilities in more efficient ...
(This is part 2 of the series entitled "Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies" that first appeared on Forbes.com. This series provides the content of a whitepaper I recently authored. A copy of the complete whitepaper will be available at NJVC.com starting Sep...
NASA has retreated from OpenStack, the open source infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing platform it helped RackSpace launch by contributing its Nebula (Nova) compute controller. Apparently NASA doesn’t want to play developer anymore. Instead, it’s on an “IT reform” tear...
Xeround, the Cloud Database company, today announced that their cloud database for MySQL applications is now available on Joyent Cloud, the public cloud designed for real-time, high-performance applications. Joyent Cloud provides public and private cloud computing software and services...
Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com Company (NASDAQ: AMZN), on Thursday announced expanded free support for all AWS customers, reduced pricing on premium support plans and multiple new features to help customers better interact with and improve their use of AWS, including chat...
With Cloud Expo 2012 New York (10th Cloud Expo) due to kick off this coming Monday for 4 days of high-energy networking and discussions, what better time to remind you in greater detail of the distinguished individuals in our incredible Speaker Faculty for the technical and strategy se...
What do the CTOs of the CIA and the U.S. Dept. of Justice and the CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office have in common with the CEOs of Eucalyptus, GoGrid, ActiveState, Appcara, OpSource and Nortonworks, the CTOs of Rackspace, SoftLayer, SOA Software and AppZero, the Founder & Gene...
Cloud Security has been one of the top challenges reported by organizations that want to migrate to the Cloud. This is a challenge since the organization’s data may now be stored externally that can pose greater challenges to data integrity and compliance. Even though the data may be i...
CDW LLC (CDW), a provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare, announced it has been designated an HP Cloud Center of Excellence, based upon the expertise of its solution architects and integration of HP systems into CDW’s newly opened Technology E...
Effective integration of Cloud software services to existing in-house applications is an important element of leveraging the Cloud. It is not sufficient to be content with procuring software as a service and deploying the product. A solid integration strategy and plan can support the c...
Wyse Technology, a provider of cloud client computing, on Wednesday announced that Tarkan Maner, President and CEO of Wyse, will be a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on the Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia 2012. The event theme "Bridging Regions in Transformatio...
Wyse, a provider of cloud client computing, on Wednesday announced its participation in the eLearning Africa conference and exhibition. As the event's platinum sponsor for the second year running, Wyse will discuss how advanced cloud client computing can help African educators meet the...
The federal government saved nearly $5.5 billion a year by moving to cloud services. But it might have saved up to $12 billion if cloud strategies were more aggressive, a survey of federal IT managers found. The study, drawn from interviews with 108 federal CIOs and IT managers, was ...
Insight Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: NSIT), atechnology provider of hardware, software and service solutions, today announced its U.S. operating division has unveiled its HP Cloud Center of Excellence in its Bloomingdale, Ill., facility. Insight is a Premier HP Partner, and its HP Cloud ...
Today’s federal cybersecurity and information technology news: The U.S. Office of Naval Research is partnering with Chilean scientists to develop a mobile application to provide information helpful in countering pirates, arms traffickers, and illegal fishermen. More here. The Arm...
Xeround, the Cloud Database Company, on Tuesday announced the availability of their database-as-a-service for MySQL applications as an add-on for the AppHarbor .Net platform and for AppFog's PHP Fog PHP platform. Xeround's add-on provides .NET and PHP developers using these platform...
Amazon Web Services LLC (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ:AMZN), on Monday launched support for dynamic content in Amazon CloudFront. This new capability gives AWS customers a simple, cost-effective way to improve the performance, reliability and global reach of their website by usi...
Most of the commentary written about companies moving to the Cloud focuses on the loss of control over company data as a consequence of giving up self-hosted infrastructure. There is usually an implication that this is bad. I believe that is not necessarily a given. How may stories d...
Red Hat, Inc. and IBM on Wednesday announced that Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 with the KVM hypervisor on IBM Systems has been awarded Common Criteria Certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+). The Common Criteria is an internationally recognized set of standards used by the...
What are the legal implications and consequences of cloud computing in the healthcare and high-tech sectors? What are the potential legal protections and solutions from the point of view of providers, suppliers and consumers? In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Paul ...
“Aquilent is thrilled to have the opportunity to offer the AWS GovCloud (US) Region through the GSA IT-70 Schedule,” stated Aquilent CEO, David Fout, as Aquilent announced that it has added Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud (US) Region to its GSA Information Technology Schedule-70. ...
Community cloud services are services that are shared by multiple members of a community. They centralize the functions and can provide specific mission requirements. The mission requirements can be related to specific policies and compliance. Community clouds leverage the benefits of ...
Last week the GSA FedRAMP Program Office released the latest version of the cloud computing Security Assessment Plan (SAR) template. This document is the most recent step toward the Federal governments goal of establishing FedRAMP initial operating Capability by June 2012. The Federa...
Cloud is a shift from the focus on underlying technology implementation to leveraging existing implementations and further building upon them. Cloud orchestration or a network of clouds is the wave of the future where these clouds can operate with elasticity, scalability, and efficienc...
The US Department of the Interior has moved its e-mail business to Google, which sued when the agency gave Microsoft a five-year $59.3 million cloud-based e-mail contract in 2010 claiming the department’s research was “stale” and Microsoft’s security wasn’t certified for government use...
The age of Big Data is here. Organizations are no longer challenged to find enough data to answer the pertinent questions required for success in today’s dynamic business environment. Rather, companies are struggling to keep pace with the enormous volumes of data invading their organiz...
Policies and procedures for Cloud solutions and services should be established as part of Enterprise Cloud Giovernance. Plug and Play for Cloud Services is not enough! Enterprise Cloud Governance is the specification of policies and procedures for Cloud solutions and services for the ...
One of the leading problems plaguing IT organizations is the high costs of operations and maintenance.  The industry average is roughly 70% with some organizations going as high as 90%. Picking apart these costs one often finds a stratified organization focused on narrow bands of compu...
"PerspecSys enables Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and other healthcare customers to confidently deploy leading SaaS applications like Oracle CRM On Demand, while eliminating the security and compliance barriers that previously got in their way,” noted David Canellos, CEO of Perspec...
Cloudera, the leading provider of Apache Hadoop-based data management software, services and training, today announced that it has established a Japanese subsidiary, Cloudera KK, and an office in Japan. Cloudera's formal presence extends availability of its products and support offerin...
As Campaign 2000 reports despite Canadian Parliament resolving in 1989 to eliminate child and family poverty by the year 2000, twenty three years later they are still yet to report any meaningful progress. As many as one in ten live in what would be considered third world conditions. I...
In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Terry Casey, Chief Strategy Officer at Pacific Controls, will address the opportunities and implications of cloud computing in the connected cities and connected governments sectors including the implications for systems governance a...
Last week I had the huge pleasure of meeting the CIO for Ontario Province Dave Nicholl, and members of his executive team, for our upcoming white paper ‘Cloud Computing and the Drummond Report‘. Innovation Opportunities at the Touch Points As one of the team Samantha Liscio...
Amazon Web Services on Thursday introduced Amazon CloudSearch, a new service that allows customers to easily integrate a fast, fully managed and highly scalable search functionality into their applications. Developers simply create a search domain, upload the data they want searchable,...
Faced with a need to find huge cost reductions the Province of Ontario is in the same place as many governments throughout the world – They’ve shouldered the debt to see us through the financial meltdown and now need to be smart about how they digest what they’ve taken on. They’re als...
Terremark, a Verizon Company, is launching the latest addition to its portfolio of secure cloud offerings – Enterprise Cloud Private Edition. This private cloud solution is built on the enterprise-class architecture of Terremark’s flagship cloud computing offering, the Enterprise Cloud...
The Department of Defense Intelligence Information Systems (DoDIIS) conference is held once a year by the Defense Intelligence Agency technology leadership team. This is an incredible event full of information-packed presentations and social sessions.  One of its greatest features is a...