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I’m at a State Department conference at Georgetown U about real-time data. I’m unfortunately going to have to miss a chunk of the afternoon due to another obligation.) NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness...
The previous blog talked about Municipalities beginning to move into a mode where they not only buy in Cloud services, but they also become a seller of them too. Research analyst IDC calls these ‘Cloud Hubs’ in new insights they are revealing about how this effect is alread...
In recent discussions with IT leaders from both federal and Department of Defense sides of US government, representatives stated that they are having a heck of a time accommodating expansive growth in mobile computing. This is critical given that today, in most cases, agencies and depa...
One of our primary focus and service areas is ‘GovCloud’ – Government Cloud Computing. In a nutshell this means building new Cloud services in line with the best practice models from NIST, the primary source of defining Cloud Computing reference architectures, compris...
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We’ve recently heard a few big announcements for mobile computing in the military, which has long been blocked by security issues. First, the US Defense Information Systems Agency approved Dell Android 2.2 for use on Department of Defense networks with a few notable limitations. DoD us...
Over the past years, government cloud computing has steadily moved forward from it's early beginnings as an interesting curiosity. Since Sunday's broadcast, I've been asked numerous times about my real answer to the question "Will 'Cloud Computing' Work In White House". Although I wou...
The Government Big Data Solutions Award was established to highlight innovative solutions and facilitate the exchange of best practices, lessons learned and creative ideas for addressing Big Data challenges. The top five nominees and overall winner was announced at Hadoop World in New ...
The National Cloud Technologist Association is bringing the CloudMASTER & CloudGURU certification classes to the Washington Metropolitan Area in 2012. First introduced in November at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, this continuing education program provides a s...
One of the key topics for our Shared Services Canada webinar will be ‘Government PaaS’, referring to Platform as a Service. Recently I have been interviewing senior executives in large enterprises adopting Enterprise Cloud Computing (see our intro white paper here), and PaaS is one of...
NJVC®, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is pleased to announce that Kevin Jackson, general manager, cloud services, will participate in the “Security Assumption Buster Panel” during the National Institute of...
In a recent interview with CloudNOW, Lauren States, Vice President, Cloud Computing at IBM and a member of the CloudNOW advisory board, offers her insight into the top cloud-related trends and challenges facing organizations. Very few organizations have the insight that comes from lon...
One of the headline ‘R&D Working Groups‘ we’re starting up as part of our Canadian Cloud Best Practices program is ‘Federal Government Cloud’. As the name suggests this is a best practices program that will define how a Federal Government can implement a Cloud Computing strategy. Th...
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 ...
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...
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...
There's a lot of momentum behind moving to Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) for delivery of applications on the cloud, but is there enough maturity in PaaS to deploy a mission-critical application? Here's a story regarding one loyalty program provider that offers his customers SaaS solutio...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
Okay, things have been happening so fast and furiously just recently that many people have asked me to just take a deep breath and help them play catch-up. Here goes...
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...