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After three days of hearings, a British court has ordered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange extradited to Sweden ostensibly for questioning on rape and sexual assault charges made by two WikiLeaks volunteers. Although he hasn’t been charged, Sweden prosecutors have made it clear that, ...
Delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors will be traveling from all over the world to New York this coming June 6-9 to attend 8th International Cloud Expo in New York City, co-located at the Jacob Javits Convention Center with 11th Virtualization Conference & Expo. Here is an ea...
There are several important factors for successful cloud deployment. While infrastructure – whether public, private or hybrid models – tends to dominate the discussion, applications are critical to establishing value in the cloud. Too often, organizations underestimate the effort requi...
What does the CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office have in common with the CEOs of GoGrid and OpSource, the Co-Founder & CTO of Dell Boomi, the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer at Novell and the Director of HP Software's Global Cloud Practice? Answer: all are members of the dis...
Unisys Corporation, on Thursday announced its Application Modernization Platform as a Service (AMPS(SM)) offering, a subscription-based service to help federal government agencies reduce the cost, complexity, risk and time involved in modernizing their legacy software applications. Th...
NIST is inviting comments on suggested changes or enhancements to its NIST Definition of Cloud Computing (NIST Special Publication 800-145) - they need to be sent to [email protected] no later than February 28, 2011.
There are many considerations when deciding how your organization will leverage cloud computing. There are many service and deployment models (Private vs. Public cloud, IaaS/PaaS/SaaS). There is no one size fits all. How do you decide which cloud model is right for your organization? ...
“We’ve done some pretty deep analysis here looking at deploying on-premises or with the different cloud providers,” stated Lawrence Guillory, CEO of Racemi, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. “We’ve found the cost to deploy an application can quickly ...
On 26 January 2011 government IT professionals, federally-focused systems integrators and IT vendors met in the Government Big Data Forum to dialog on issues of common concern on the topic of overwhelming data. This event, sponsored by Carahsoft, included presentations, discussions, pa...
In reading Vivek Kundra’s “25 Point Implementation Plan To Reform Federal Information”, I was struck by the anecdote regarding how the lack of scalability was the cause for outages and, ultimately, delays in processing transactions on the Car Allowance and Rebate System (CARS) or as it...
"New infrastructure and operations technologies such as cloud services and virtualization ... were selected by CIOs the most often and are the top-two technologies for 2011," said Mark McDonald, group vice president and head of research for Gartner Executive Programs, as the results we...
"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift ...
"We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices; the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers; of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living." With this one sentence, President Barack Obama ushered in once...
On the day when the Dow Jones Industrial Average topped 12,000 for the first time since June 2008, it was impossible not to correlate the eloquence and optimism of President Obama's "State of the Union" speech on Tuesday night with the restoration of a sense of perspective and hope in ...
Our McS consulting practice specializes in fast-tracking cutting edge, new innovations such as Cloud computing, Open Government and Social Innovation. These can be utilized by start-ups, providing them a unique invention to launch and grow their business, and it can also be leveraged ...
USDA will transition 120,000 federal workers from on-premise messaging and collaboration to Microsoft’s cloud computing solution over four weeks. The migration to the cloud is part of USDA CIO Chris Smith’s vision to consolidate disparate messaging environments onto a single, unified p...
Public-facing web sites belonging to the US Treasury Department like the agency main site treasury.gov and little numbers like MyMoney.gov, TIGTA.gov, SIGTARP.gov and IRSOversightBoard.treasury.gov have moved to Amazon EC2 according to government contractor Smartronix, responsible for ...
Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9, 2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track...
Open Government best practices can be utilized to transform national innovation programs. Canada is scoring a 'D for Innovation', and falling behind other nations in their innovation capacities. They also have perceived issues around the bite of their Open Government watchdogs, and w...
SCORE, source of free and confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs, and Intacct, a cloud financial management and accounting applications, on Monday announced an exclusive partnership that will benefit SCORE and the more than one million businesses SCORE helps to start and ...
Not long ago, Forrester analyst James Staten wrote a report with the compelling title: You’re Not Ready for Internal Cloud. What Staten meant, of course, by the term “internal cloud” is what we have been referring to in this blog as a private cloud. Whether you’re ready or not probably...
Can the Cloud be leveraged today to enable innovation and creative business models for companies? In her general session at Cloud Expo Silicon Valley, Cathy Minter discussed how traditional cloud infrastructures can be expanded to leverage business process management and workflow in th...
Happy New Year All!! 2011 will be the breakout year for GovCloud! Pressure to reduce budget, pressure to manage I resources better and the political pressure of the next presidential election will combine to accelerate adoption. The GSA IaaS groundwork has been laid and new policies a...
"One day the cloud really will be big..." concludes an article in this week's international print edition of The Economist, an intriguing article that sets out to quantify the size of the three main layers of the cloud computing ecosystem.
Julian Assange: was this the face that launched a thousand probes? Apparently so, as the Australian's threatened release of hundreds of thousands of documents from within the United States government regarding the wars in Afghanistan and iraq has made him some very powerful enemies and...
NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) on Wednesday selected IBM for a strategic technology project to gain experience with emerging information technologies to improve data center efficiency and increase data sharing by its 28 member nations. The initiative will enable the organiz...
NATO's Allied Command Transformation (ACT) on Wednesday selected IBM for a strategic technology project to gain experience with emerging information technologies to improve data center efficiency and increase data sharing by its 28 member nations. The initiative will enable the organi...
Vivek Kundra, the CIO of the United States, is getting down to business on the “Cloud First” initiative that was announced by the OMB a few weeks back. He’s been showing a snappy slide deck around town in DC the past few days that will probably affect different people in very differen...
The deal addresses the agency's Enterprise Messaging Service (EMS), and "includes e-mail, webconferencing, document collaboration and instant messaging," according to Smith. "The USDA will become the first Cabinet-level agency to move its e-mail and collaboration applications to the cl...
There's been a flurry of discussion this week among Internet and Web standards heavy-hitters around WebSocket, the new communications protocol supported in Chrome 4 and Safari 5. What was the main issue? Is there some kind of fundamental security vulnerability with the WS protocol? Web...
An unidentified 16-year-old boy reportedly involved in the massive WikiLeaks-provoked Operation Payback attacks on MasterCard, Visa and others was arrested by Dutch police in The Hague Wednesday night, according to the Wall Street Journal Thursday. According to the Dutch prosecution ...
At an event aimed at lawyers and called "Doing Business in the Electronic Age," EMC VP and Deputy General Counsel Krish Gupta has been emphasizing how cloud computing is the future of business. Virtualization and cloud computing are the top two priorities of CIOs, Gupta said.
WikiLeaks organizer Julian Assange is apparently going to turn himself in to the British police. At least, his lawyers told the British press late Monday that they are negotiating a meeting with Scotland Yard so Assange can answer questions. His attorney Mark Stephens reportedly said, ...
Is Web 3.0 maybe going to be less the utopia we've been envisaging and more like the real, physical world, with all the real-world limitations that follow along with it...?| The latest WikiLeaks ("Cablegate") affair, coming as it does at the very end of the first decade of the 21st ...
One sure sign that a new technology market is approaching critical mass is when people start fighting over it. I’m not talking about abstract arguments and dialectical debates about meanings and means. I’m talkin’ fisticuffs, mano a mano, the sweet science! And with cloud computing,...
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on Thursday awarded a contract to Unisys to create a secure cloud-based email and collaboration platform, based on Google Apps for Government, to allow GSA employees to collaborate and work remotely from any location at any time. Accordin...
IT shops continually struggle with keeping resource documentation up to date. Too often IT departments seem resigned to accept mediocre results, as if the world conspires against them. Resource tracking is a prime example of this. Fundamentally, the different organizational aspect...
In an environment where the IT organizations, on the one hand, face resource constraints and on the other hand, have to meet growing business needs, they have to look newer and cost effective methods of computing and cloud computing aims to achieve these aims by balancing the conflicts...
The Whitehouse Office of Management and Budget has announced that, from now on, cloud computing would be the “default approach to IT” for US government agencies. The move comes as an element of a sweeping set of government IT reforms begun last summer intended to “close the IT gap” be...
A few days ago, Microsoft published The Economics of the Cloud, a whitepaper that has so far not gotten nearly as much attention or consideration as it deserves. Perhaps this indifference is due to a collective freshman flashback on the dreaded “Econ 101” or, to skepticism about Micro...