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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

On The Frontlines: Cloud Computing in Government

Today, Trezza Media Group released the latest installment of it's "On The Frontlines" series of government technology reports. The "On The Frontlines" Publications are dedicated to showcasing the positive progress and best practices of the Federal Government Agencies and their strategic partners in meeting the goals of their Mission Programs and supporting the men and women who work on the frontlines. This issue, Cloud Computing in Government, feature the Trends and Best Practices on Cloud Computing in Government.
 
In this special report, you'll be able to read and view:
  • Cover Story on Cultivating a "Cloud-First Culture"
  • Cloud Drivers with Government Leaders from GSA-OSD & NASA Ames
  • An in-depth Interview with Chris Kemp, CTO, NASA
  • Viewpoints Column-Economic Gains in the Cloud-Kevin Jackson, NJVC
  • Clear Visions of Future Cloud Formations with Subject Matter Expert
  • Cloud Computing Resource Center Section

My personal thanks goes out to Mr. Tom Trezza Jr, Mr. Jeff Erlichman and Mr. Jim Flyzik for affording me the opportunity to contribute to this informative publication.

 

 
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

GSA Awards Eleven US Federal IaaS Contracts



According to Federal News Radio, GSA awarded eleven vendor spots in the first Federal cloud infrastructure-as-a-service award. The winners were:

* Apptis Inc. partnered with Amazon Web Services
* AT&T
* Autonomic Resources partnered with Carpathia, Enomaly and Dell
* CGI Federal
* Computer Literacy World partnered with Electrosoft, XO Communications and Secure Networks
* Computer Technology Consultants partnered with Softlayer, Inc.
* Eyak Tech LLC
* General Dynamics Information Technology partnered with Carpathia
* Insight Public Sector partnered with Microsoft
* Savvis Federal Systems
* Verizon Federal Inc.

Under the BPA, each of the vendors will have to go through the certification and accreditation (C&A) process at the moderate level under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). GSA will run the C&A process through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)

After they complete FedRAMP certification, all of these offerings will be available on the Apps.gov website.


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Thursday, October 14, 2010

NIST To Hold 2nd Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop


On November 4-5, 2010, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold their second Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop. During this event, NIST will report on the status of federal efforts around cloud computing standards for data portability, cloud interoperability, and security. Additionally, NIST will:

"...[S]ocialize the NIST strategy to collaboratively develop a Cloud Computing Roadmap among multiple federal and industrial stakeholders, and to advance a dialogue between these groups.  To frame the discussions, the United States Chief Information Officer and Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology will present their vision on the first day (November 4, 2010.) Panel discussions will consider the roles of standard organizations and ad-hoc standards in the cloud; need and use of a reference architecture to support cloud adoption; key cloud computing issues and proposed solutions; security in the cloud; and international aspects of cloud computing. Breakout sessions on the following day (November 5, 2010), designed to actively engage stakeholders, will discuss these issues, and develop a series of next steps for the effort in cloud computing standards."

Workshop goals include:
  • Public Announcement and initiation of the strategy to develop a Cloud Computing Roadmap.
  • Engagement with interested parties on development of a neutral cloud computing reference architecture and taxonomy.
  • Defining Target USG Cloud Computing Business Use Cases.
  • Public Announcement of access to the Standards Acceleration to Jumpstart the Adoption of Cloud Computing (SAJACC) portal.
Day 1 will consist of a series of opening remarks from Dr Patrick Gallagher, NIST Director; Vivek Kundra, US CIO; Cita Furlani, NIST ITL Director; and panel discussions on cloud security, standards roles, international aspects, and the role and use of a neutral reference architecture/taxonomy. Day 2 will consist of a series of breakout discussions on these topics and more.

Registration is available at http://www.nist.gov/itl/cloud/cloudworkshopii.cfm

Reporters interested in attending should contact Evelyn Brown,  evelyn.brown@nist.gov, (301) 975-5661.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

"On The Frontlines" Interview

Look out for  "On The Frontlines: The Government Cloud" scheduled for release in November 2010!




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