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Cloud computing, a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of IT, has been described as a means to cut federal IT budgets. This panel of esteemed intelligence community technologists will discuss the implementation of cloud solutions (private, public, community and hybrid) fro...
The adoption of cloud computing goes beyond cutting costs or transforming fixed costs into variable costs. Cloud is a powerful innovation and business transformation platform to increase productivity and competitiveness by supporting improved services and new business and service model...
NJVC®, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the Department of Defense, announces its lineup for the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo®, Oct. 16 - 20 at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Fla. Visit the NJVC booth (#206) on the tradeshow floor to ...
As of yet, there is no definitive narrative of the virus that hit the U.S. drone fleet at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada this September. Original reports stated that drone cockpits had been infected with a keylogger virus and, while there was no indication that classified information ...
NJVC, one of the largest information technology solutions (IT) providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is pleased to offer live, compelling demonstrations on the company’s Streamlined NJVC Automation Products, Services and Solutions™ (SNAPSS™) at GEOINT 2011 Symposiu...
This afternoon I had a very interesting discussion with Mr. Jeffrey Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrategies and founder of the Cloud Computing Showplace. His firm is focused entirely on the business implications of the transition of the technology industry from product-centric to ...
Cloud computing, as defined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is a model for enabling “… convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly pr...
The defense and intelligence communities are not immune to cloud computing. Arguably more than any other government agencies, their missions require a fabric of utility computing that scales on demand and enables self discovery and self-service access to secure, timely and relevant inf...
While the benefits and value of the federal cloud computing policy can be debated, the world’s transition to cloud computing as an integral component of any IT infrastructure cannot be denied. The prudent government executive should, therefore, heed the lessons learned from the many pr...
(This is part 2 of the series entitled "Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies" that first appeared on Forbes.com. This series provides the content of a whitepaper I recently authored. A copy of the complete whitepaper will be available at NJVC.com starting Sep...
Cloud computing is a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of information technology (IT). While technology is a crucial component, the real value of cloud computing lies in its ability to enable new capabilities or in the execution of current capabilities in more efficient ...
Central to the Government Community Cloud model is the development of a ‘Private PaaS’ (Platform as a Service). Public Cloud providers like Azure offer a combination of hosting and built-in software components that make life easier and quicker for software developers, to write, mainta...
With GSA now issuing ATOs and Amazon launching its own government specific cloud, IaaS for government agencies is now a reality. This next step in this "Cloud First" march is a consistent platform on which agencies can securely develop their applications. To focus on this requirement...
On Wednesday, August 17, I had the pleasure of attending a retirement reception for the former Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra. At the reception, Kundra and those who worked closely with him from both government and industry reflected on the exciting dynamics in the federal IT space today. A...
My friends at Trezza Media recently published a couple of great online documents on GovCloud and Cyber. Your should especially check out the "Cloud Chopping Made Easy" by David McClure ..... and Jim Flyzik's viewpoint on building trust in cyberspace.
The UberGlobal case study of a Government Community Cloud highlights the key business benefits of this approach. Similar to the recent Huddle announcement it’s the specific government-classified levels of security compliance that are key, an “IL3 version” of the collaboration app. Th...
Bob Gourley recently wrote about the dangers of a Maginot Line approach to network security in “The Maginot Line of Information Systems Security“, based on of the paper by Dr. Rick Forno. In the Second World War, the French relied on the Maginot Line, a string of fortifications along t...
The State of Michigan’s ‘MiCloud’ strategy is a comprehensive framework for adoption of Cloud Computing by a government agency, one that can act as a best practice blueprint for others to emulate. Most notably they opt not to use the centralized Apps.gov store. Instead they define the...
Military cyber defenders face a tough challenge. Many of them have been trained in warfighting specialties like aviation, infantry, amphibious operations, submarine warfare etc, then one day they wake up with orders to a unit with operational cyber defense responsibilities. I’ve seen ...
On Friday July 1, Infrastructure-as-a-Services for the US federal government became a reality with Authority to Operate (ATO) approval for the following vendors: Web Hosting: CGI Federal, Computer Literacy World, Eyak Technology, Computer Technologies Consultant, Savvis, and Federal S...
What a month! June has really been busy!! Just now getting around to doing a post about CloudExpo 2011 in New York. With over 5000 delegates in attendance, it was just a massive gathering of Clouderatti. Due to another engagement I had at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC o...
A few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of teaching yet another US Army cloud computing class. This time the venue was Ft. Gordon, GA and the students definitely got it!! Below are presentations from the excellent projects they completed. Thank you all for your focus and energy. ...
The Office of Management and Budget recently released a list of 78 projects slated for transition to cloud over the next year. The most common application, according to a FierceGovernmentIT, is email, with 14 agencies deciding to choose a cloud version. A close second is website hostin...
I find the i-Canada initiative from CATA really quite inspiring, it has the right headline message of 'A New National Dream'. Be sure to read the Declaration and sign it. So I thought the best way to help this campaign, to help realize the stated goals would be to define where and ho...
In our OpenGovernmentCanada.com event we'll be covering 'Open Linked Data'. As part of my work to promote Cloud Computing globally, I'm focused on a number of core technologies that are also key to Open Government. In particular 'Open Linked Data' - See my main summary of this here, ...
Salesforce.com is one option that can be used to implement Open Government. A very good example for this is “Open Civic Engagement, as a Service”, described in this presentation. The slide show talks through how Plone, the open source CMS (Content Management System) can be used in ...
3SO is a perfect example of a use case for the NIST Community Cloud Deployment Model, because they are a “shared services organization” for a number of Healthcare units. A shared services organization is an example of the same community effect at the people and process level. It exis...
What is the cloud, really? Never before have we had a technology that suffers so greatly from such a completely ambiguous name. Gartner Research VP Paolo Malinverno has observed that most organizations define cloud as any application operating outside their own data centre. This is pro...
Last month Google and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency started sharing details about their "GEOINT on Demand" collaboration. The project, named Earth Builder, was built specifically to enable NGA to directly use Google’s cloud-based geospatial processing power. this capabil...
The recent Amazon cloud outage at its Northern Virginia data center will raise concerns among CIOs looking to the “public cloud” to improve IT service delivery and reduce day-to-day operating costs. Industry claims of superior “up-time” performance, reliability and massive redundancy ...
A few years ago, Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department revolutionized its patrols, the backbone of law enforcement, by installing laptops into squad cars, allowing officers to have true two-way communication with dispatchers, keep track of other calls and incidents in ...
The US State Department on Monday said that it has ordered some non-essential US embassy officials in Damascus and all embassy dependents to leave Syria because of the "uncertainty and volatility" in the country. On Wednesday Bloomberg reported that "Turkey considers it likely that Syr...
The US State Department on Monday said that it has ordered some non-essential US embassy officials in Damascus and all embassy dependents to leave Syria because of the "uncertainty and volatility" in the country. As of this morning, and since July 2010, my abducted daughter Sofia Kirca...
Uncle Feras Bankosly MD's "physician license" in the United States should be revoked immediately due to his abduction of Sofia from her home in March, 2010, as he has endangered Sofia's life by keeping her away from her much-needed medical care in Syria. The Syrian doctor should also b...
Crucial Point LLC has just established a new online reference focused on the DoD Intelligence Information Systems community: DoDIISTech.com. DoDIISTech.com contains a wealth of information on the technologies supporting the intelligence community, including applications for infrastruc...
One of the most important aspects of Cloud computing is the potential it offers for "BRE" - Business Retention and Expansion. These are the government programs concerned with economic development at a local level : Attracting new businesses, helping existing ones grow, and so on. For ...
A TechJournal South article last week named Washington, DC, as a leading trendsetter in cloud computing. Citing a Microsoft sponsored survey, conducted by 7th Sense research, D.C. was highlighted as particullarly receptive to cloud computing. The survey interviewed information technolo...
The concept of Canada having an 'innovation gap' might seem like an abstract concept, a theoretical issue that doesn't actually affect you at a practical or personal level. However, consider how important health care is to you and your family. A lack of technology investment and innov...
The day after my last tweet regarding the lack of any new information about my abducted daughter Sofia since March 4, I received an updated letter on Thursday, April 7, 2011, from the State Department on Sofia's welfare in Syria. Sofia was abducted by her mother from the United States ...
Wednesday morning I received new photographs of Sofia from the State Department in Washington, DC. Sofia remains in Syria since being abducted in July 2010. The day after my last tweet regarding the lack of any new information about my abducted daughter Sofia since March 4, I received ...