Cloud caveat: Responsibility cannot be outsourced

William Jackson, Government Computer News,  Friday, September 30, 2011

Cloud computing is becoming a fact of life as agencies are pressed to make IT infrastructures more flexible and efficient. Agencies can off-load much of the work and expense of acquiring and managing hardware, software and services under a variety of cloud models, but responsibility cannot be outsourced.

Gartner: The reality behind government cloud computing hype

Andrea Di Maio, Computer Weekly,  Friday, September 30, 2011

Cloud computing remains an important trend and, in the long run, will have a transformational impact on the way government organisations access and leverage IT. However, the path to the cloud is definitely slower and more tortuous than many wish to think.

CAGW Publishes “Cloud Computing 101”

FierceCIO/Business Wire,  Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste published an educational report that aims to familiarize taxpayers and lawmakers with the basics of cloud computing.

Who's Winning the Cloud War?

Andy Opsahl, Government Technology,  Wednesday, September 28, 2011

State and local governments are expanding their use of cloud-based services, but it’s hard to pick a clear winner among cloud providers in the public-sector market.

5 Kundra plans: Which ones have staying power?

Alice Lipowicz and Matthew Weigelt, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, September 27, 2011

As the nation’s first federal CIO, Vivek Kundra brought a high-energy approach to the job and a wealth of fresh ideas to promote innovation and efficiency. He won support, sparked conversation and elbowed the status quo out of the way a few times. But it remains to be seen whether his initiatives have staying power now that he has left the government.

The Importance of Knowing the Difference Between Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Charles Buck, CloudTweaks ,  Friday, September 23, 2011

Microsoft raised some eyebrows when Corporate VP Brad Anderson boldly proclaimed that, “Virtualizations is not cloud computing.” While this statement garnered a lot of buzz due to its timing – Anderson said this during the VMWorld annual event – that doesn’t make this statement any less true.

Congress' piece of the cloud: Supporting open standards, flexible acquisition

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Thursday, September 22, 2011

Congress can put its weight behind standards efforts, acquisition policies and laws that promote trust to move cloud computing forward, representatives from industry and government told members of the House Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation at a hearing in Washington.

Taking business back from cloud service providers

Christina Torode, IT Knowledge Exchange TotalCIO blog,  Thursday, September 22, 2011

One in five of the companies responding to a Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) survey of cloud trends said they are moving some or all of their outsourced cloud systems back on-premises.

Federal Cloud Crucial To Economy, Tech Chiefs Say

Elizabeth Montalbano, InformationWeek,  Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The federal government's adoption of cloud computing is not merely critical to technology innovation, but also is crucial to ensure that the United States can remain economically competitive across the globe, technology experts said Wednesday.

Breach fears push federal cloud computing initiative to private cloud

Richard W. Walker,,  Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Under pressure to move to cloud computing by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), yet harboring intractable concerns about protecting sensitive data, many federal agency managers are opting for private clouds, which they consider more secure than public cloud environments.