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NASA's CIO Linda Cureton says cloud computing and social media are empowering the space organization to become more efficient, save money, get citizens excited about their agency, and ultimately accomplish more missions. In addition, the City of Los Angeles is one of the nation's first...
Cloud Computing is making modern, world-class IT infrastructure available to companies of all sizes regardless of economic cycles. The Cloud has captured the imagination of IT because it promises compute capacity as a liquid currency that can be shared and made available on demand....
HP's Russian headquarters in Moscow were tossed Wednesday by the investigative arm of the Prosecutor General's Office at the request of German authorities according to reports by both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. It appears from the story the Journal has managed to piece tog...
SOASTA, the leader in cloud testing, on Tuesday announced it has extended its industry leading performance testing solution CloudTest with the release of CloudTest Analytics, the first real time Business Intelligence engine purpose-built for Performance Management. This new analytic e...
Through NIST, the Federal government will now address cloud interoperability, portability and security in a focused and collaborative manner. To kick this off, a "Cloud Summit" on May 20, 2010 will be used to introduce NIST as the lead organization for the definition of the Federal Go...
Once the news got out that it had welched on its 2005 patent pledge to the open source community and had threatened TurboHercules (TH) with patent infringement, IBM had to come up with some cover story or another to contain the fallout. So it switched places with many of its observers ...
SYS-CON announced today that "Cloud Expo, Inc." has spun out of SYS-CON Events, Inc. as a startup events management company effective March 1, 2010. Carmen Gonzalez begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting was named president & CEO of Cloud Expo, Inc. Carmen...
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has told the Federal Communications Commission that it can’t make broadband providers treat all the Internet content and services traveling over their networks the same. Comcast, the big cable company, challenged the FCC’s right ...
Focus Washington TechView recently sat down with Rob Tarkoff, senior vice president for Business Productivity Solutions at Adobe Systems Incorporated, to discuss Open Government and its application around the world. The two-part interview examines the role of technology in today's citi...
Consumer Watchdog filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy seeking copies of email between Internet Policy chief Andrew McLaughlin and his former employer, Google Inc. The nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer group mad...
The U.S. government’s cloud site, Apps.gov, is scheduled for a re-design. A story I saw says that the General Services Administration (GSA) isn’t entirely satisfied with Apps.gov the way it’s set up now, so some changes are in store for the site, including a soon-t...
TurboHercules SAS, the Paris-based concern started last year to commercialize the 10-year-old open source Hercules mainframe project, filed a formal antitrust complaint against IBM with the European Commission Tuesday. The little company says IBM is blocking it from selling its open...
Apptis, Inc., a leading provider of essential IT and communications services to key Defense and Civilian agencies, and Deltek, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise applications software and solutions for project-focused businesses, today announced a partnership to deliver Deltek’s ...
Google's reportedly admitting that it's met somebody that's bigger, tougher and even more dominance-minded than it is, namely the Chinese government, which isn't going to let a little thing like Google leaving the country come between it and a censored Internet. Whatever talks Googl...
FINEOS Corporation, a provider of innovative enterprise software solutions for insurance and government, on Monday announced that its software has been validated for the IBM Government Industry Framework. The Framework is a unified software platform that enables government agencies to ...
These correspond to an approach called "Defense in Depth" that aims to put successive rings of protection between the bad guys and the information to protect, making successful attacks harder and harder. There are other types of security solutions, such as proactive security (Vulner...
Last October I introduced EuroCloud as a pan-European business network with the goal of promoting European use of cloud computing. In the intervening three months, the organization has grown to include representation from 16 countries with four additional ones in the pipeline! Accordi...
Acumen Solutions, a business and technology consulting firm that specializes in bringing cloud computing solutions to government agencies and large enterprises, has been selected to provide a cloud-computing CRM and Project Management solution to the US Department of Health & Human Ser...
The new European Commissioners were handed their five-year portfolios at midnight Tuesday. That means that Europe’s antitrust chief is now the Spaniard Joaquin Almunia, replacing Neelie Kroes, who soaked Microsoft for a bundle and went on a witch hunt over Oracle-Sun-MySQL. Kroes leave...
It’s a move that’s a bit of a setback to cloud computing, especially as governments around the world adopt cloud computing platforms to save money and institute efficiencies. The move I’m talking about is the Irish government’s recent warning to all government d...
Here I am at ShmooCon 2010 right in the middle of what people here in Washington DC are calling Snowpocalypse 2010. The Metro, busses, and taxis are all closed down and essentially the city has shut down. Being from Cleveland I find it a little lau...
The day before the Federal Trade Commission sued Intel for antitrust in December – upsetting the deal Intel thought it had in place to avoid any suit and adding those Nvidia charges – Intel filed a motion objecting to J Thomas Rosch, one of its old outside antitrust lawyers, being one ...
With the rash of recent retailer bankruptcies and downsizings adding to an inventory that included unclaimed spaces from earlier failures, the vacancy factor in retail properties along northern New Jersey's six major shopping corridors jumped to 6.6% during 2008 from 3.6% a year earlie...
Pending home sales have leveled from a market swing driven by response to the home buyer tax credit, according to the National Association of Realtors®. The Pending Home Sales Index,* a forward-looking indicator based on contracts signed in December, increased 1.0 percent to 96.6 fr...
The U.S. Air Force has awarded IBM a contract to design and demonstrate a secure cloud computing infrastructure capable of supporting defense and intelligence networks. The ten-month project will introduce advanced cyber security and analytics technologies developed by IBM Research ...
The US Air Force has contracted for IBM to design and demonstrate a secure cloud computing infrastructure capable of supporting defense and intelligence networks. The 10-month project is supposed to introduce advanced cyber security and analytics technologies developed by IBM Research ...
A short paper I read recently speculates that it would be good for the U.S. Government to provide seed money to cloud-based industries just being developed. The argument there is that government should promote low-interest capital or R&D funds to the cloud to keep us (meaning Ameri...
Today, Brad Smith, senior vice president and general counsel at Microsoft Corp., urged both Congress and the information technology industry to act now to ensure that the burgeoning era of cloud computing is guided by an international commitment to privacy, security and transparency fo...
After Google disclosed Tuesday that it and dozens of other major companies have been under cyber-attack by the Chinese government, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a statement saying, “We have been briefed by Google on these allegations, which raise very serious concern...
Africa is catching up and learning from the mistakes of the developing nations. With investment in Africa seeing significant growth throughout 2009 and it set to continue into 2010, an emergency meeting has been called between some of the leading CIOs on the continent to discuss planne...
CollabNet, on Wednesday, announced that the Defense Information System Agency (DISA), the information systems group for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), has placed the ProjectForge component of its Forge.mil initiative into limited operational availability (LOA). Forge.mil enables...
Loni Stark, group manager for Government Solutions at Adobe Systems Incorporated, recently interviewed with Focus Washington TechView to discuss the emergence of social media in government and how agencies are leveraging newer technologies, such as Twitter and Facebook, with positive r...
In response to massive demand, the world's largest Cloud event - the International Cloud Computing Expo series - is expanding its number of tracks and sessions for April 2010. The deadline for the very popular Call for Papers, which resulted in a greater deluge of submissions than ever...
"I am grateful to the passengers and crew aboard Northwest Flight 253 who reacted quickly and heroically to an incident that could have had tragic results. The Department of Homeland Security immediately put additional screening measures into place -- for all domestic and international...
“The Heads of State, Heads of Government, Ministers, and other heads of delegation present at the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen,… Have agreed on this Copenhagen Accord which is operational immediately.” And so ends the Copenhagen Climate Summit. But what ...