Calling for a common cloud architecture

IEEE Cloud Computing,  Thursday, July 31, 2014

Overall, it is critical to have common architectures that are interchangeable, interoperable, and interconnected for successful cloud services and applications. Common architecture translates into real business, real jobs, real dollars, real advancements in technology, and ultimately benefits the end consumer. So let us all move towards a more interchangeable, interoperable, and interconnected environment for cloud computing.

Reputation of Cloud Industry in the Gutter Post-NSA, Report Claims

Hannah Breeze, Channelnomics,  Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In its Surveillance Costs: The NSA’s Impact on the Economy, Internet Freedom and Cybersecurity report, the New America Foundation (NAF) claims U.S. cloud firms have borne the brunt of the NSA scandal.

We're Fighting the Feds Over Your Email (1)

Brad Smith, Wall Street Journal,  Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On Thursday Microsoft will oppose the U.S. government at a hearing in federal court in New York, arguing that it can't force American tech companies to turn over customer emails stored exclusively in company data centers in other countries. This dispute should be important to you if you use email, because it could well turn on who owns your email—you or the company that stores it in the cloud.

Want to Fix Federal IT Contracting? Don’t Just Focus on IT

Jack Moore, Nextgov,  Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Total federal IT spending now tops more than $80 billion annually, but agencies are still stuck with the same sluggish, even “calcified” approach to federal buying they’ve been saddled with for years. True solutions to the problem, however, will probably be found in a broad overhaul of the acquisition system writ large -- not a fragmented focus on information technology.

US wiretap case could be the key to Google transparency compliance in Europe

Simon Davies, The Privacy Surgeon,  Monday, July 28, 2014

The ruling reflects an emerging Europe-wide position amongst regulators that Google’s business model must fundamentally change if the company is to achieve compliance with EU law.

DDOS attacks are leveraging the cloud

William Jackson, GCN,  Monday, July 28, 2014

The attacks during Q2 2014 were shorter but used more bandwidth and delivered more packets than during the same period last year. This is due, at least in part, to the cloud.

Lack of clarity and guidance hindering G-Cloud adoption, supplier claims

Business Cloud News,  Friday, July 25, 2014

The lack of guidance and clarity surrounding the new G-Cloud Security Approach and the recently changed Government Security Classifications will likely further hinder adoption of cloud services in the UK public sector...

Does the World Wide Web Really Need Websites?

Colin Wood, Government Technology,  Friday, July 25, 2014

Government transparency and engagement efforts often fall short, and the growing wave of mobility has some IT leaders rethinking how they deliver content online.

Microsoft's Brad Smith on Why Microsoft Opposes Government Demands for Personal Information

Rod Trent, WindowsITPro,  Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Wall Street Journal's Dennis Berman interviewed Microsoft's General Counsel, Brad Smith, on Wednesday. In the interview, Brad lays out the issues the industry is facing because of aggressive and intrusive governments worldwide.

As Government CIOs Move to Cloud, Network Headaches Follow

Rachael King, WSJ CIO Jornal,  Wednesday, July 23, 2014

As the U.S. government agencies begin to rely more on cloud applications, networks are becoming a bottleneck. Without budgets to purchase more bandwidth, agencies are exploring technologies such as software defined networking which can potentially lower costs and make networks more efficient.