Tim Cook, the interview: Running Apple ‘is sort of a lonely job’

Jena McGregor, Washington Post,  Monday, August 22, 2016

Just after Apple disclosed those results, Cook sat down with The Washington Post to discuss his first five years in one of Corporate America’s most glaring spotlights. In two sprawling and highly self-reflective interviews — one in his office and another by phone just before he left for vacation in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks — Cook described why the visibility of the job has been “shocking,” how he’s learned to deal with the scrutiny, and who he’s turned to for advice at pivotal moments...

Data Center Closures and Cloud Key to Pentagon’s Future IT Environment

Dan Verton, MeriTalk,  Friday, August 19, 2016

If the Department of Defense were a private corporation, it would sit at the top of the Fortune 100, a behemoth with more than 2 million employees spread across 5,000 locations and a $36 billion annual IT budget. But it would still be wrestling with what is arguably the most complex enterprise network environment in the world—an environment that Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen argues is too difficult to defend, too costly to operate and maintain, and hampers effective information sharing between the military services and the nation’s allies.

Microsoft expands and renews international certifications in seven countries

Alice Rison, Microsoft Azure Blog,  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Microsoft invests heavily in cloud computing to not only create the most advanced functionality and highest quality services possible, but also to ensure security, compliance, privacy and transparency are provided to our cloud services customers. Products like Azure Security Center and Microsoft Transparency Hub, and activities such as our ongoing legal effort to protect privacy rights across the globe, show our holistic approach to trust and security which no other cloud service provider can match. We continue to maintain the largest portfolio of cloud certifications. In the first half of 2016, we achieved four new international certifications as well as renewed and expanded other certifications in seven countries. Here is a quick recap of our international compliance activities:

Cloud Adoption Could Jump Thanks to Federal Data Center Optimization Initiative

Phil Goldstein, FedTech,  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Data Center Optimization Initiative could be the best thing to happen to federal cloud adoption in a while. The DCOI, the federal government’s latest push to get agencies to consolidate and close data centers across the country, is designed to save money and boost efficiency, but policymakers have other goals as well. In addition to improving security, the policy is designed to spur the adoption of cloud services and interagency shared services. As agencies start to implement the new policy, which was officially unveiled earlier this month, they may be adding more cloud services to their mix of IT.

Making Sense of Federal IT’s Move to the Cloud and Software-Defined Networking

Phil Goldstein, FedTech,  Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The federal government is being roiled by many of the technology trends that are affecting the commercial market, including the adoption of cloud services and the move to flexible, software-defined networks. By pushing to consolidate and optimize data centers, and by making it easier for cloud service providers to get certified by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, the government is now more than ever encouraging agencies to move to the cloud. How will these shifts affect federal IT leaders and those working under them? And how does the experience of the U.S. government compare to that of foreign governments that are dealing with the same technology trends?

American Economic Activity Is Rooted In Global Flow Of Information

Jim Pflaging, Forbes,  Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Today, evidence or information relevant to a law enforcement investigation is often in electronic form and, because of breakthroughs in cloud computing, this data could be stored in any number of locations around the globe. In such cases, the question is: Whose law applies when U.S. law enforcement requires access to digital evidence stored outside the United States? The U.S. government argued that Microsoft did provide the non-content user information that was stored in the U.S., it argued that the U.S. government would need to utilize the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty process instead of an extraterritorial warrant in order to access information stored outside of the U.S. Despite the Court’s ruling in Microsoft’s favor, the government’s argument in this case remains a threat to a trusted and open Internet. A successful appeal to the Supreme Court, or the adoption of legislation codifying this argument, would accelerate a breakdown of trust between nations and increase the risk of internet “balkanization.”

Cloudy With A Chance of Profits: Four Myths About Cloud Tech

Samuel Taube, Investment U ,  Friday, August 12, 2016

Cloud computing is quickly becoming the backbone of our entire tech industry. We’ve written before about its importance to investors. But do you really get it? Like most emerging technologies, the cloud is the subject of many myths and misconceptions. If you’re going to invest in “the cloud” - and all signs are pointing to it being a strong long-term play - you should have some understanding of how it works. Believe it or not, it’s actually a fairly simple concept. Let’s break down four common myths...

U.S. Tech Firms Dominate Cloud Services in Western Europe

Sam Schechner, Wall Street Journal,  Thursday, August 4, 2016

Political and legal pressure has for years been mounting on European companies to store their sensitive information in Europe—in part to keep it away from what many suspect are prying American eyes. But the push toward so-called data localization has done little to slow the growth of U.S.-based cloud-computing businesses operating in Europe.

Satya Nadella Talks Microsoft at Middle Age

Dina Bass, Bloomberg Businessweek,  Thursday, August 4, 2016

We’ve been tremendously successful. So we need to remind ourselves that every new business that’s going to grow at Microsoft is not going to grow in multibillion-dollar chunks. In fact, one of the big decisions I had to make even before I became CEO was to prioritize Azure [Microsoft’s cloud computing platform] as the future of our server business when it was a cumulative $5 million business and to say, “Oh, this is going to be the future of the $20 billion server business.” That is what companies like ours who have had success need to be able to do.

Canadian government cloud strategy insists on data residency

Michael Hurley, Datacenter Dynamics,  Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Canadian government has advised public bodies on the “right cloud” approach, advising for top secret and secret data to be stored within the country’s borders and classified information to be stored in the cloud but within Canada.The plan makes its data residency recommendations based on three levels of classified data the government organizations could encounter. Unclassified information can be stored anywhere on the provison that it is encrypted when it crosses a border.