Policy & Procurement

Government policy and regulation regarding the procurement and use of cloud computing technologies is still in its nascent stages. This portion of the SafeGov.org site focuses on current policy and procurement issues related to cloud adoption in the public sector, including analyses of Federal, state, and local issues, developments in higher education, and related laws, regulations, and directives. We also follow US and EU antitrust actions relating to the Technology sector.

Microsoft, Amazon both receive highest FedRAMP status for their government clouds

Mary Jo Foley, ZD Net,  Thursday, June 23, 2016

Within minutes of each other on June 23, Microsoft and Amazon both announced they've gotten FedRAMP's highest authorization for their respective government cloud offerings. Both the Azure Government cloud and Amazon's AWS GovCloud were among the cloud offerings that received a Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the authorization board under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) High baseline. This is the highest level for FedRAMP accreditation, and means those clouds have met the U.S. government's most rigorous security requirements.

Agencies push for open standards across cloud services

Amanda Ziadeh, GCN,  Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Agencies are adopting a growing range of cloud solutions, but more-robust open standards would better support hybrid clouds and integrate cross-vendor workflows. “A lot of the discussion around infrastructure as a service needs to move in the direction of platform as a service and software as a service,” the International Trade Administration’s CIO Joe Paiva said at a recent MeriTalk government cloud event. “You need to make those platform as a services work together.”

With Cloud Foundry, Cloud.gov Provides a Federally-Compliant Cloud for Government Work

The New Stack, Linux.com,  Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ensuring U.S. government agencies have a compliant cloud-based infrastructure is the task of the General Services Administration’s 18F digital services, which created cloud.gov, a Cloud Foundry-based hosted cloud service specifically for federal agencies. In this episode of The New Stack Makers embedded below, The New Stack founderAlex Williams and co-host Lee Calcote sat down with Diego Lapiduz, 18F software engineer and cloud.gov director, Bret Mogilefsky, innovation specialist and product lead at 18F, as well as with Barton George, senior principal engineer in Dell’s Office of the chief technology officer.

Maximize hybrid cloud benefits through resource, cost management

Kristin Knapp, Search Cloud Computing,  Monday, June 20, 2016

In the enterprise market, there seems to be a growing consensus that two clouds -- or even more -- are better than one. For reasons ranging from compliance to disaster recovery, an increasing number of organizations are choosing to extend their IT environments across private and public clouds. And as they do, the hybrid cloud market will soar from $25.28 billion in 2014 to $84.67 billion in 2019, according to estimates from research firm MarketsandMarkets.

Government Agencies Consider Data Lakes in the Cloud

Tim Bryant , HPC Wire,  Monday, June 20, 2016

Success in many industries has become dependent on the ability to turn disruptive ideas into value, and Big Data is enabling companies to innovate continuously and at a faster pace than ever before. With a host of current initiatives designed to help government agencies develop computing technologies for extracting knowledge and insight from large collections of digital data, the public sector is jumping on board.

The Business of Cloud

Federal News Radio,  Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Five years after the launch of the administration’s “cloud first” policy, government chief information officers still face procurement, management and security obstacles when moving to the cloud.

FedRAMP: A challenging path to operational excellence for cloud providers

Rich Banta, Network World,  Tuesday, June 14, 2016

“The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services.”—FedRamp website That sounds positive, but getting approved for the FedRAMP certification is far tougher than most cloud providers anticipated. In fact, few organizations are truly capable of making it through the process.

Cloud Constellation Reveals the Key Players Behind the World's First Space-Based Storage Solution: SpaceBelt

PR Newswire,  Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SpaceBelt is the first instance of a global and secure network of interconnected data centers housed on satellites, providing service to the planet without having to cover it with satellites. The minds behind this technology designed a $4 billion system at a cost of under $375 million.

Some federal government systems have passed half-century mark

Joe McKendrick, ZDNet,  Monday, June 13, 2016

If you think your systems are outdated, just look at what folks working for Uncle Sam are dealing with. Some federal agencies have systems and software that is almost 60 years old, with no signs that it will be updated anytime soon.

Are Corporate Data Centers Obsolete In The Cloud Era?

Kalev Leetaru, Forbes,  Monday, June 13, 2016

Yet, perhaps what makes the offerings of this new generation of the commercial cloud so different from the past is that historically, hosted computing environments tended to exclusively specialize in offering computers for rent. The companies renting the computers simply bought machines and doled them out to customers. In contrast, the Googles, Amazons and Microsofts of the world today are leveraging the very infrastructures that run their own global operations.