How the feds helped build the cloud

David Chernicoff, Datacenter Dynamics,  Wednesday, July 20, 2016

By the end of 2016, as part of the DCOI, there will be a freeze on new data centers or significant data center expansions without direct approval of the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of the CIO (OFCIO). Agencies will be required to use the following guidelines, in the order listed below, as part of their consolidation efforts...

The best cloud partnership: More security, savings and innovation

Michael Beckley, GCN,  Monday, July 18, 2016

As private companies race each other to replace outmoded IT systems with cloud services, the federal government falls further and further behind in cloud adoption. The usual culprits are easy to find: byzantine procurement and cloud certification requirements, IT and security leaders overestimating risks while underestimating savings and a culture that rewards outsourcing IT strategy -- and responsibility -- to the lowest bidder. But there are other factors as well.

Government Cloud Achilles Heel: The Network

Kevin Jackson, SYS-CON Media,  Monday, July 11, 2016

A laissez-faire approach to data categorization and controls is not only full of economic and reputational dangers but it also represents a due diligence failure when it comes to meeting legal and regulatory requirements for protecting sensitive information (e.g. personally identifiable information, medical records, financial data).

SUSE Joins Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance and Test Drive Program

Yahoo Finance,  Wednesday, July 6, 2016

SUSE® has joined the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance as part of its ongoing strategy to enable customers to quickly respond to changing business needs. SUSE delivers cloud-based SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, including automated updates, to enterprise customers using the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Contractor-Owned Systems Could Open the Door to Innovation for Government

David Young, AFCEA,  Friday, July 1, 2016

Given budget pressures, how do government agencies upgrade their network infrastructure? Progressive, cost-conscious agencies are shifting their way of thinking and using a different operating model completely. They have begun to loosen the reins on their information technology infrastructure, moving from a strict government-owned, government-operated (GOGO) model to a contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) model. Several reasons support this choice.

Run, don't walk, from China's Big Brother law

David Linthicum, InfoWorld,  Friday, July 1, 2016

China's National People's Congress has drafted a second version of a controversial cybersecurity law. It would bring a great deal of censorship for both foreign and domestic citizens and businesses, whether they use the cloud or not. China is a wasteland for the modern internet. Websites like Facebook and Google are blocked. Moreover, web traffic is monitored and censored by the government. It's Big Brother for real.

Six priorities for innovating with the cloud in government

Wyatt Kash, FedScoop,  Friday, July 1, 2016

Government and private sector IT leaders met with FedScoop to share their top ideas for spurring cloud adoption to support innovation in government.

Microsoft and Amazon battle over Cloud

Venkatesha Babu, Business today (India),  Thursday, June 30, 2016

Cloud war is now a full-throated battle cry. Microsoft has launched an advertisement heavy media blitzkrieg about its Azure cloud offering in response to Amazon Web Services (AWS) announcement on Tuesday that it has set up data centres in India to serve the local market.

Federal Government Public Cloud Adoption Accelerating, Deutsche Bank Says

Steven Norton, Wall Street Journal,  Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Government agencies are using the public cloud for less sensitive or complex workloads, such as web hosting, disaster recovery, email and development and testing of new applications, the note said. It’s a route many traditional enterprises take to the public cloud, beginning with smaller workloads before moving to business-critical applications. Deutsche Bank analysts, citing past comments by United States CIO Tony Scott, noted greater government comfort around cloud, including security.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Computing Platform Now Available to Customers from Datacenters in India

Business Wire,  Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The new AWS Mumbai Region consists of two separate Availability Zones at launch. Availability Zones refer to datacenters in separate, distinct locations within a single region that are engineered to be operationally independent of other Availability Zones, with independent power, cooling, and physical security, and are connected via a low latency network. AWS customers focused on high availability can architect their applications to run in multiple Availability Zones to achieve even higher fault-tolerance.