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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Cloud Musings Direct Launches

In response to request, the inaugural "Cloud Musings Direct" newsletter was launched this week.  This bi-weekly electronic newsletter will highlight important government cloud computing industry trends and events.  If you didn't see the newsletter in you email inbox on Monday (and it's not caught up in your spam folder), please register to get future issues.

In this week's Cloud Musing's Direct:

NGA Exploring "Community Cloud" with NCOIC
By Kevin Jackson

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is looking to leverage industry expertise through collaboration with the Network Centic Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC). NGA provides timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security objectives. NCOIC's  mission is to facilitate global realization of the benefit inherent in Network Centric Operations.  To that end, they seek to enable continuously increasing levels of interoperability across the spectrum of joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational industrial and commercial operations.  Both organizations are looking to this collaborative effort to help enhance worldwide sharing of geospatial intelligence. More

Government Pushes, Questions Cloud
By Hovhannes Avoyan

President Obama is pushing cloud computing and the U.S. government has created an app store (Apps.gov). Yet federal officials still have plenty of questions and concerns surrounding security on the cloud. A recent PCWorld magazine article cited a GAO report that was released this week  that listed several security concerns — among them, vendors using ineffective security practices, agencies not able to examine the security controls of cloud suppliers , criminals targeting data-rich clouds, and agencies losing access to their data if the relationship with a vendor ends. More

NASA Collaborates with Japan Over Joint Open Source Cloud Computing
By Lavenya Dilip

NASA and Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) will be collaborating on interoperability between NASA's Nebula Cloud Computing Platform and Japan's NII Cloud infrastructure. Nebula, NASA’s huge open source project for the purpose of on-demand cloud computing integrates cloud computing and data center containers for NASA’s new data powerhouse and provides access to high performance computing and storage for the space agency’s researchers. Japan's NII Cloud provides cloud platform services to Japan's academic and research community. NASA Nebula and NII's Cloud are both built entirely using open source technologies and open-data application programming interfaces. More

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