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Defense board issues cloud recommendations, warnings

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week,  Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Defense Department advisory board has issued a report making recommendations for DOD’s move to cloud computing and data center consolidation, among them suggestions to strengthen governance, to coordinate strategies better across the department and to act decisively.

This Is The Reason Cloud Computing Hasn't Taken Off Yet

Paolo Rosado, Business Insider,  Monday, January 23, 2012

“The future of business is cloudy!” “The cloud boom is well underway in the business world!” “Enterprises are keeping their heads in the clouds!” Any one of these lines could have easily opened this piece…and they would all be lies. Certainly, the business world at large is interested in the benefits of the cloud, but enterprises have been very slow to adopt a key element of cloud computing: platform-as-a-service or PaaS.

Platform-as-a-service is next cloud wave, but what is it exactly?

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Monday, January 23, 2012

Many federal managers don't understand the platform-as-a-service cloud delivery model and how it can help agencies cut development costs by more than 50 percent, according to a new white paper by NJVC and Virtual Global.

VanRoekel helping Congress grasp benefits of cloud

Jason Miller,,  Friday, January 20, 2012

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel isn't concerned about possible pushback from Congress now that agencies are in full cloud computing mode. But VanRoekel said he's not taking congressional buy-in for granted, especially after lawmakers forced the Army to pause and report back to them on the benefits of putting their email system in the cloud.

Critical Perspectives: DoD and commercial cloud solutions

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General Michael Hayden, Chertoff Group
Doug Miller, Milltech Consulting
Thursday, January 19, 2012

In our Critical Perspectives series, asks its experts to offer their views on critical public sector cloud issues. This week's question: The current National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires that the migration of defense data and government-provided services from department...

Safeguarding the Business Needs of Government in the Cloud

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Breaking with the traditional IT service model, the cloud can be a game changer for government, as it offers rapidly scalable IT infrastructure and software with reduced capital expenditures. Incumbent Federal contractors, major technology corporations new to the public sector, and enterprising technology startups have responded to the market disruption and are competing fiercely to sate the increased demand for cloud computing across the U.S. Federal Government. This shift in the market landscape, however, does not erase the government’s need for highly reliable, secure, enterprise-oriented IT services.

Could agencies' individual needs break FedRAMP?

Rutrell Yasin, Government Computer News,  Thursday, January 19, 2012

Federal agencies tend to have their own set of compliance issues and special modification requirements, which could break a program such as The Federal Risk Authorization Management Program, which seeks to establish a standardized approach to the security authorization process for cloud products and services, some industry observers told a Washington audience.

Are ‘Cloud Hubs’ the Way of the Future?

Sarah Rich, Government Technology,  Thursday, January 19, 2012

The pressure of moving government applications into a cloud-computing environment is rapidly building as government agencies look to cut IT costs. According to a new report, the concept of “regional community cloud hubs” among government entities will greatly change the way state and local government procure cloud services.

An Inconvenient Truth of the NIST Definition of Cloud Computing

Yung Chou, Cloud Computing Journal,  Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Amid the many benefits of having the NIST SP 800-145 as a tool to facilitate the understanding of cloud computing, the classification and some definitions of the four deployment models are redundant and inconsistent. Particularly, the definition of "community cloud" is a redundancy of that of a private cloud, the deployment models are defined with two sets of criteria, and "hybrid cloud" is a confusing, ambiguous, and extraneous term.

A fast lane to the cloud

John Monroe, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Everything old is new again, as the saying goes. Take wide-area network (WAN) optimization. Products designed to boost data traffic over long distances date back about 10 years. Agencies have used the technology to speed the delivery of applications from a centralized data center to branch offices or help back up data to an off-site facility.