U.S. Federal Cloud Forecast Shows Sustained Growth Through 2018, According to IDC Government Insights

IDC Press Release, BWW,  Tuesday, September 16, 2014

IDC Government Insights today announced the availability of a new report, Perspective: Looking Up – U.S. Federal Cloud Forecast Shows Sustain Growth Through 2018. The detailed report, a follow-up to IDC Government Insights' inaugural cloud spending forecast in July 2013, evaluates how the U.S. Federal Government is spending part of its IT budget on cloud-based solutions.

FNF 2014: Brussels privacy advocates summit to tackle surveillance, censorship, net discrimination

Kirsten Fiedler, EDRi,  Monday, September 15, 2014

Between 26 and 29 September, the annual Freedom not Fear (FNF) conference and barcamp will take place in Brussels. As every year, the action days are challenging the false dichotomy that better security comes at a price: the abandonment of our privacy rights.

The feds are putting your tax dollars to work in the cloud

David Linthicum, InfoWorld,  Friday, September 12, 2014

The National Science Foundation has announced two $10 million projects to set up cloud computing test beds -- Chameleon and CloudLab -- that will support experimentation with new cloud architectures and cloud applications. Chameleon and CloudLab will be available for free to researchers. I suspect that many will take advantages of these freebies, perhaps more than the NSF anticipates. As you may recall, NIST was the government organization that defined cloud computing, including private, public, and hybrid clouds, as well as IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. It's not that strange that the NSF would provide test beds for research purposes and allow researchers to learn more about what the cloud can and can't do.

EU opens public consultation on cloud computing

Archana Venkatraman, Computer Weekly,  Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The European Commission has launched a consultation on cloud computing to collect views that will help define future research priorities in the areas of cloud services in Europe. The Commission has called on all stakeholders including cloud service providers, research centres, academics, enterprise users, end users and small and medium businesses to contribute to the web-based initiative.

European commission reopens Google antitrust investigation

Charles Arthur, The Guardian,  Tuesday, September 09, 2014

In a surprise move, the European Commission is reopening its four-year antitrust investigation into Google’s search and advertising business - and could open a separate one into its Android mobile operating system. Joaquin Almunia, the EC’s antitrust chief, told Bloomberg TV on Sunday that following “very, very negative” responses from complainants to the proposed settlement unveiled in the spring that he is “trying to extract from Google solutions to these solid arguments.”

Using Amazon’s cloud services, NASA is moving legacy apps, saving money, gaining efficiency

Sharon Gaudin, Computerworld,  Thursday, August 28, 2014

NASA migrated 65 software applications, including its flagship NASA.gov website, to the cloud in 22 weeks, and the space agency is still in the midst of a massive deployment to the cloud. That initial migration was completed at what analysts called a breakneck pace, and now the fun has just begun, said the head of NASA's Web services.

NSF seeds cloud research test beds

GCN Staff,  Monday, August 25, 2014

The National Science Foundation recently announced two $10 million projects to create cloud computing test beds – to be called Chameleon and CloudLab – that will help develop novel cloud architectures and new applications. The awards complement private sector efforts to build cloud architectures that can support real-time and safety-critical applications like those used in medical devices, power grids, and transportation systems, NSF said in its announcement.

DoD plans 5 cloud pilot projects

Amber Corbin and Any Medici, C4ISR,  Thursday, August 21, 2014

The plan is to start with level three data — sensitive information not for the public — and then move on to level four, which is even more restricted. But the focus will be in what Halvorsen called semi-private clouds such as government-only clouds available in the private sector.

Agencies Get New Guidelines for OK’ing Apps

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Thursday, August 21, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has prepared new agency guidelines for screening commercial apps before federal employees download them. Third-party Android and iPhone apps have been known to harbor vulnerabilities -- either intentionally or inadvertently -- that could expose government data to outsiders. At the same time, agencies increasingly are using these apps for convenience and to enhance collaboration.

DISA harnesses the power of the cloud

DISA, C4ISR,  Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Department of Defense CIO tasked DISA to be the DoD Cloud Broker to make it easier, safer and more productive to navigate, integrate, consume, extend and maintain cloud services, within the department and from other federal and commercial cloud service providers. As the department evolves to meet future requirements and a mounting demand for services and capabilities, DISA is charting the course to develop a robust cloud environment.