Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies Part 3

Kevin L. Jackson, Forbes,  Tuesday, August 30, 2011

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.

Why programming languages no longer matter

Michael Daconta, Government Computer News,  Tuesday, August 30, 2011

...The ramifications of this new normal programming world are twofold. First, the emerging cloud environments will be forced to follow suit and become language-independent. This will be a critical development to increasing cloud adoption, improving security and improving cloud interoperability.

Cloud computing and the public sector - What IT managers need from suppliers

Bill Goodwin, Computer Weekly,  Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Topics covered in this article: - Cloud buyers and suppliers on their first date - Cultural shift for public sector IT- Demand for common standards- Risk aversion and opportunity cost- Cloud security concerns go unaddressed

Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies Part 2

Kevin L. Jackson, Forbes,  Sunday, August 28, 2011

Despite the myriad benefits of cloud computing solutions, several challenges still exist. Being a young industry, there are few tools, procedures or standard data formats or service interfaces in place to guarantee data, computer application and service portability. As evidenced with the recent situation involving the services failure of Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, outages can be a potential risk—and can have widespread implications for consumers of cloud services. This risk becomes even more severe if a mission-critical environment could be impacted.

Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies Part 1

Kevin L. Jackson, Forbes,  Friday, August 26, 2011

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 and effective ways. Although the current hype around cloud computing has focused on expected cost savings, the true value is really found in the mission and business enhancements these techniques can provide. When properly deployed, the cloud computing model provides greatly enhanced mission and business capability without a commensurate increase in resource (time, people or money) expenditures.

Three Reasons the feds are avoiding cloud computing

David Linthicum, InfoWorld,  Thursday, August 25, 2011

While businesses are making the move for long-term savings and flexibility, the U.S. government is mired in budget and staffing woes -- and excess desire for control.

Amazon S3 security exploiting misconfigurations

Joseph Granneman,,  Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cloud services are starting to attract more attention from both security professionals and criminal organizations as more proprietary data moves in this direction. The configuration of these cloud-based services can be just as complex as internal systems and could inadvertently expose private information to everyone on the Internet. Tools are being developed to exploit misconfigured cloud services, just as they were developed to exploit Windows XP and Oracle systems in the past. Companies moving resources to a cloud-based infrastructure should become familiar with these tools and use them to verify their configurations are sound. In this tip, we’ll examine how one tool can be used to exploit Amazon S3 misconfigurations and what companies should to do to ensure Amazon S3 security and avoid inadvertent data exposure.

Federal Push for 'Cloud' Technology Faces Skepticism

Sean Collins Walsh, New York Times,  Monday, August 22, 2011

Before cost-cutting became fashionable in Washington, Vivek Kundra, the White House’s chief information officer, was working to shrink the federal government’s enormous budget for information technology. Vivek Kundra, the former White House chief information officer, pursued “cloud computing” services. Some agencies were wary. But even as Mr. Kundra returns to academia after a two-and-a-half-year run, his vision for a leaner and more Internet-centric future for government is being met with caution by at least a few of the technology chiefs at the federal agencies that now have to carry it out.

Amazon GovCloud lurches toward private vs. public cloud

Jo Maitland,,  Thursday, August 18, 2011

Amazon's cloud business just took a sharp right turn toward private cloud this week, which foreshadows good and bad things for enterprise IT. The cloud giant said it has built a special region of its cloud dedicated to the U.S. government, called AWS GovCloud.

Amazon launches a cloud service for the US government

Lawrence Latif, The Inquirer,  Wednesday, August 17, 2011

...Security concerns over data stored in the cloud still remain, and while there is a lot of work being done to reassure large companies that the cloud can store private data in a secure manner, it will be interesting to see what, if any, sensitive data US government agencies stick on Amazon's servers. While Amazon's cloud services might represent a cheaper alternative to running datacentres, some US taxpayers might prefer that their government not store information on a commercial entity's equipment.