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Microsoft GovCloud 2.0

MicrosoftCloud.biz is intended as a channel marketing tool to envelop all aspects of the Microsoft Cloud

We’ve just published our first main ‘Solution Guide’, a complete snapshot of how Cloud is applied in one specific area, in this case the Microsoft portfolio.

MicrosoftCloud.biz is intended as a channel marketing tool to envelop all aspects of the Microsoft Cloud supply chain, ranging from in-house Private Cloud through Azure hosting and Office 365.

As part of this we’ve started looking at specific client scenarios for the Microsoft set, like Salesforce 2.0 and also how the Globe and Mail might use an Azure/FAST combo like the Chicago Tribune group.

EDaaS – GC Docs from the Cloud

For ‘Microsoft GovCluod‘, i.e. how might it be applied to Government, we can look at a number of recent Government initiatives and best practices that provide the relevant use case contexts:

Managing Government Records

President Obama recently declared the ‘Managing Government Records‘ initiative , to better use Cloud technologies to perform Information Management and achieve Open Government.

Canada also recently announced a similar initiative, to build a ‘GC Docs’ portal that publishes all of their records.

Treasury Board president Tony Clement said this week that as part of the three-year plan Ottawa will issue a directive to 106 federal departments and agencies on what they must do to maximize the availability of government information to the public online.

To help keep track of almost everything it has, it will also create a huge government-wide records management database of government documents. That records database will be hosted outside the government.

To underpin the core functionality such a web site would need, that of responding to FOIA requests (Freedom of Information Act), it could make use of FAST combined with other technologies to achieve an ’EDaaS’ solution : E-Discovery as a Service.

One of the most potent factors to note about the FAST Search engine is how it’s programmable, for other developers to build on and enable new services. For example this case study of Applied Discovery discusses how they’ve baked FAST into their online service for E-Discovery.

This same capability could be reused for the Government scenario and thus provide a foundation for GC Docs.

EDaaS – Cloud Best Practices

There are also NIST Cloud standards models to base the reference model on. The FAA E-Discovery Business Use Case (11-page PDF) documents a number of common requirements for hosted EDaaS, and it’s also addressed in depth in the E-Discovery requirements of the NIST Cloud Best Practices document called “Best Practices for Acquiring IT as a Service” – Download the 44-page PDF here.

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