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.

FTC, SEC using cloud to create path to innovation

Jason Miller, Federal News Radio,  Friday, August 08, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission issued a roadmap for updating its computer networks and software. And the starting line is in the cloud.

CIA's Amazon cloud goes live - firewalled and private

David Chernicoff, ZDNet,  Tuesday, August 05, 2014

According to a report from Defense One, the Amazon Web Services private cloud being built for the CIA has gone live. The $600 million contract, which required a lawsuit to resolve Amazon as the winner, will eventually serve all 17 intelligence agencies that make up the core of the US intelligence apparatus.

Researchers to test modular cloud cybersecurity

GCN Staff,  Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Boston University’s Modular Approach to Cloud Security (MACS) project has been awarded a Frontier grant from the National Science Foundation’s Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program. MACS is one of two new Frontier grants to support large, multi-institution projects that address grand challenges in cybersecurity science and engineering with the potential for a broad economic and scientific impact.

Australian government proposes flexibility for cloud panel

Aimee Chanthadavong, ZDNet,  Tuesday, August 05, 2014

After consultation with government agencies and industry, the Australian federal government's Department of Finance has released the cloud procurement discussion paper outlining a proposed structure to establish a cloud provider panel. The paper said the panel of cloud services will potentially encompass services under specific service models that have been defined by the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) including software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, and infrastructure-as-a-service.

Cloudwatt Builds Snoop-Proof Cloud

Mitch Wagner, LightReading,  Thursday, July 31, 2014

Cloudwatt is using open source technology, including OpenStack and Juniper's OpenContrail, to build a public, sovereign cloud service that can resist surveillance from the US National Security Agency (NSA).