A study shows that almost 20% of companies use Google Apps

Susan Cline, TechRepublic Google in the Enterprise Blog,  Friday, July 29, 2011

Google often boasts of the three million (and counting) businesses that have “gone Google”. But what does this number really mean? Does “going Google” mean that the company has fully deployed Google Apps or that they have just deployed one or two products? Which industries are leading the charge and which one are lagging? An in-depth study by White Stratus, a cloud computing solution provider, examines what these numbers actually mean in a recent white paper published on their website. I spoke with Tim Drury, CEO of White Stratus, about his findings.

Challenges in protecting data in the cloud

Marcia Savage, SearchCloudSecurity.com,  Friday, July 29, 2011

Security professionals looking to protect sensitive corporate data in a cloud environment have new attack vectors to worry about and can run into complications with tools like DLP and encryption, according to Gartner.

Federal cloud computing gets privacy nod from ACLU

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Thursday, July 28, 2011

Amid a growing push by the Obama administration to shutter money-sucking federal data centers, the American Civil Liberties Union says it is not nervous about the risk of privacy breaches from storing government records remotely in the cloud instead.

Demystifying the Government Cloud

Andy Bruen, sourcingfocus.com,  Thursday, July 28, 2011

It seems that everyone is talking about cloud computing these days. IT managers are enthusiastic about hosting their data and software on the internet, rather than on managed, dedicated servers, because it makes data more accessible, and easier and less expensive to update. The cloud can support any number of services or applications, and it removes the need to install or upgrade software. Moreover, the cost of acquiring and implementing web-based software is typically a lot lower. Clearly, public sector organisations stand to benefit greatly from the cost savings and technological benefits that cloud computing offers. So why is it that public sector organisations are taking longer than others to adopt cloud computing?

2010 IBM Cloud computing insights from 110 implementation projects

IBM Academy of Technology,  Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Over the past several years, IBM has gained valuable experience implementing cloud solutions within our clients’ environments and within IBM. Now, as the cloud computing market matures, it is time to begin capturing the knowledge we have gained through these implementations. While cloud adoption frameworks were developed early on to predict what customers might do with cloud, we believe enough implementations exist to validate those predictions and to recalibrate where necessary. This white paper from the leadership of the IBM Academy of Technology represents the findings from 110 case studies of cloud computing implementations in a survey conducted in August 2010.

SecurID breach cost RSA $66m

Dan Goodin, The Register,  Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The security breach that targeted sensitive data relating to RSA's SecurID two-factor authentication product has cost parent company EMC $66m in the second quarter, The Washington Post has reported. The king's ransom was spent after RSA issued a vaguely worded letter in March warning that undisclosed information had been stolen from its network that “could potentially be used to reduce the effectiveness of a current two-factor authentication implementation as part of a broader attack.”

Cloud Computing is No Easy Fix

Russell Nichols, Governing,  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Companies have been pitching the cloud as a virtual field of dreams that can help make storage issues and server problems disappear. But is that true?

GSA moves all 17,000 employee email accounts to the cloud

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Contractors say all 17,000 General Services Administration employees have successfully signed on to a professional version of Gmail. The milestone makes GSA the first of roughly 15 agencies to move to cloud-based email. GSA completed its conversion from IBM's Lotus Notes software to Google Apps for Government, an online tool that employees can access anywhere on any device. Previously, employees needed to log on to the agency network to read email, share documents and chat.

Feds can help push cloud adoption, TechAmerica Foundation says

Grant Gross, ComputerWorld,  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The U.S. government can help grow the nation's cloud computing market by assisting private companies in the development of cloud security standards and by encouraging cloud providers to allow data portability among them, a new tech industry report recommended. The U.S. government can also "lead by example" by stepping up its use of cloud-based services and by revamping its procurement and budget processes to encourage agencies to buy cloud services, acording to the report, released Tuesday by the TechAmerica Foundation, the education arm of the TechAmerica trade group.

CLOUD2 Study Shows How the Feds Can Migrate to Cloud Computing

David Strom, ReadWrite,  Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A blue-ribbon US government panel co-chaired by Marc Benioff and Michael Capellas released their report today, a summary of which can be found here. The Commission on the Leadership Opportunity in U.S. Deployment of the Cloud (CLOUD2), a collection of 71 industry executives, has been meeting over the past several months and has come out with its recommendations on ways to move towards cloud computing.