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As industry consultant and conference speaker Tim Crawford said in the run-up to the show, "This session deconstructs cloud computing into the cloud’s true value proposition. Traditional IT operations are buckling under the increased demand from business organizations. A significant ch...
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...
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 ...
newScale, the self-service IT storefront people, is sending out its FrontOffice Suite to support Cisco’s industry-alienating Unified Computing System (UCS). It says service providers and enterprises can now leverage the widgetry as a self-service portal to their Infrastructure-as-a-Ser...
Google is apparently staring down the muzzle of a Federal Trade Commission investigation of its proposed $750 million AdMob acquisition. Bloomberg says the agency is taking sworn statements from Google, its competitors and advertisers, suggesting that the regulator could turn it to cin...
This has been chip week. AMD pushed out its well-anticipated Magny-Cours eight- and 12-core doohickeys, the first of their kind, giving AMD more cores than Intel and ostensibly the world’s fastest x86 chips. Then on Tuesday Intel pushed out the equally anticipated Nehalem-EX, its own...
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...
For CSC, the answer lies in restoring visibility into and through the cloud, and delivering a technique that can reclaim transparency even as services are being delivered through cloud processing. That technique includes a capability to reclaim transparency into and through the cloud w...
Red Hat still can’t call itself a billion-dollar company. A billion dollar is its “milestone revenue goal” and it look like it’s gonna be a few more years before it gets there. Revenues for the fiscal year ended February 28 totaled $748.2 million, up 15%, with subscriptions coming in a...
The Defense Information Systems Agency, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency and even the Central Intelligence Agency have all publicly announced their intent to use cloud computing in form or another. The session will examine the specific projects and miss...
Earlier this month, Melvin Greer and I teamed up on a Military Information Technology piece. Melvin is a senior research engineer and cloud computing chief architect at Lockheed Martin, and a member of NCOIC’s Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG). Titled "Cloud Computing's next Challen...
Urgent meetings are being held by the financial leaders of American Healthcare companies in the wake of Obama's Healthcare Reform being passed 219 - 212 in the House of Representatives. The introduction of this policy heralds a transformation in the fabric of American society, and the...
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...
I was working on an article about making the distinction between Enterprise and Consumer Cloud Computing, in which I offered the viewpoint that the current issues involving the Enterprise Cloud are matters of implementation, while the main issue with Consumer Cloud is one of ideology. ...
Within the $79 billion--which is actually a slight reduction from the 2010 budget--there is a $50 million allocation for cross-governmental experimentation, as nicely reported by Wyatt Kash in the far-more-responsible-than-BW publication Government Computer News. Kash further reported ...
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...
CORAID, a developer of scale-out storage solutions with more than 1,100 customers worldwide, on Tuesday announced that the CORAID EtherDrive product family has been added to TVAR Solutions' GSA Schedule. CORAID storage solutions have already been deployed throughout a range of civilian...
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 ...
During the first quarter of 2010, the Navy is expected to make the first selection for the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System (CANES). CANES is just one component of the Navy’s overall strategy for its future information technology infrastructure. According to Vice Admiral H...
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...
Mark Kryzko spoke in Washington today about how the Cloud is helping the DoD to buy weapons systems more wisely. "How does the DoD, a huge bureaucracy, get data to flow fast enough to get what it needs to do done?" Kryzko asked out loud, before answering that $1.6 trillion is spent by...
In what he called "traditional" IT, the security model - according to Eran Feigenbaum - is broken. Feigenbaum, who is Director of Security at Google Enterprise, gave a talk in Washington this morning offering the hope that, because of Cloud Computing, some of the existing challenges m...
The agenda for cloud camps being held in Las Vegas as part of IBM's Pulse conference includes presentations by IBM VP Sandy Carter and by Judith Hurwitz, president of the Hurwitz and Associates analyst firm and author of "Cloud Computing for Dummies." Carter said the camps are the firs...
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...
SAP, which flubbed its first billion-dollar run at the cloud, an adventure it’s still trying to salvage, has taken another tack on SaaS and released a hosted project codenamed 12sprints to public beta. The widgetry is supposed to be for collaborative decision-making and SAP is touting ...
This article looks at the basic interoperability requirements when communicating with the Cloud, and in particular at techniques and standards used to express and enforce wire-level contracts between communicating parties, as these parties are increasingly also contracting parties in a...
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 ...
Local Government Authorities are increasingly turning to Location Intelligence solutions for emergency contingency planning, public health initiatives and compliance directives, according to Pitney Bowes Business Insight (PBBI), the global provider of Location Intelligence, Data Manage...
Please join me at the Cloud Computing for DoD & Government training conference, February 22-24, 2010 at the Hilton Old Town in Alexandria, VA. This unique conference agenda blends interactive workshops and actionable information with an unprecedented opportunity to network with gov...
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 ...
If you’ve been living under a rock lately, I guess you haven’t heard the news about U.S. President Barack Obama’s $3.8 trillion budget – along with a post-WWII record deficit of $1.6 trillion for the current fiscal year. But what hasn’t been discussed much is...
Recently, I had the privilege of reviewing an advance copy of Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing by Eric Marks and Bob Lozano. Available now for pre-order on Amazon, this guide is a crystal ball into the future of business. Not a technical treatise, this excellent book is an insightf...
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...
Last week’s post explored federation in the cloud, allowing enterprises to move workloads seamlessly across internal and external clouds according to business and application requirements. Advances in federation are good news for companies considering a move to the cloud since deployme...
Most enterprise technologists should see a continued payoff of the hard work in planning, architecture, documentation, development and configuration work that has been occurring over the last several years.  Enterprise technologists were building Service Oriented Architectures (SOA) lo...
Of course, the cloud computing prediction interested me the most. According to Nick, 2010 will see early cloud computing projects moving into production and the use of cloud computing technology for classified activities via the DISA RACE program! Even with these steps forward, securit...