Commentary

Questions about moving to the cloud? We have answers.

Medhat Galal, NextGov,  Friday, December 30, 2011

As policies from the new federal chief information officer, Steven VanRoekel, become better known, cloud computing technology is proving more important than ever. VanRoekel has pledged not only to continue the Cloud First policy established by his predecessor, Vivek Kundra, but also to expand it with an additional initiative known as Future First.

New DoD Plan Could Be Big Boost for Clouds

Jerry Bishop, Internet Evolution,  Thursday, December 29, 2011

When Congress passed the fiscal 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week, it may have done more for cloud computing than any other organization to date.

As law enforcement moves to cloud, security concerns loom large

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Thursday, December 29, 2011

Government agencies at all levels are examining how to use cloud services as a means of upgrading their systems while maximizing value. Moving to cloud can allow agencies to condense sprawling IT systems, offer more mobility options and manage legacy systems. However, along with all of this convenience comes a significant security headache. Many agencies are still working through how to handle cloud security and nowhere is this more important than law enforcement. CivSource spoke with Jeff Gould, CEO & Director of Research, Peerstone Research, about how enforcement agencies are managing cloud security.

Forecast for 2012: More of the same. Lots more.

William Jackson, Government Computer News,  Friday, December 23, 2011

Just about everything that could go wrong did go wrong in 2011. From embarrassing smash-and-grab attacks to advanced persistent threats, from high-profile breaches to the advent of militarized malware, the bad guys demonstrated repeatedly an ability to adapt to the rapidly evolving landscape of cyberspace.

Will Defense Cloud Yield to Commercial Clouds?

John Rath, Data Center Knowledge,  Wednesday, December 21, 2011

After almost two years into the Federal Government data center consolidation project an interesting roadblock may have emerged to redirect cloud computing efforts. Plans to favor the DISA (Defense Information Systems Agency) cloud for military departments and agencies may be set aside in favor of private sector clouds.

5 ways the cloud will change in 2012

Mathew Lodge, Fortune Contributor ,  Wednesday, December 21, 2011

In 2011, cloud computing demonstrated that it was a major driver of change in the IT industry. Organizations of all types and sizes began using the hybrid cloud -- a combination of public and private cloud computing -- in earnest. What can we look forward to in 2012?

Expanding our Efforts on Data Centers

Steve VanRoekel, Federal Chief Information Officer,  Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The President has been clear that every Federal dollar spent must generate a positive return for the American people and that as we tackle our long term fiscal challenges, we must root out waste in government. One area that we know we can do better in is with the thousands of duplicative data centers that sprung up across the last decade.

Tangled oversight web clouds FedRAMP debut

Jill R. Aitoro, Washington Business Journal,  Friday, December 16, 2011

The devil is in the details, which is exactly what leaves some contractors concerned about the rollout of a new federal program that establishes security standards for cloud services.

10 Ways Cloud Computing Will Disrupt our Businesses in 2012

Joe McKendrick, Forbes,  Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If anything, 2011 should be remembered as the “Year of the Cloud.” The past year was an energizing one in terms of the advancement of cloud computing. The cloud approach was adopted by many organizations, and most vendors have now gotten into the game as well. What will 2012 bring? A possible motto for the upcoming year may be “Cloud First; But Show Me the Money.” Cloud will become simply be the accepted way of acquiring IT services and new applications. However, companies are tight with their IT budgets and want to see the value — and the pass that cloud has received because it has been so new and different is wearing off.

Why DHS And The Federal Government Need To Reexamine Software Spending

Congressman Joe Walsh, AOL Government,  Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On Oct 13, 2011, I announced the successful introduction of an amendment to eliminate wasteful software license spending in the House version of the Department of Homeland Security authorization bill.