Five Reasons Hybrid Cloud Technologies Will Continue to Grow

Bill Kleyman, Data Center Knowledge,  Friday, January 02, 2015

It’s 2015, and it’s safe to say that many of us have our heads in the cloud. We’re using more mobile devices, requesting even more data from a variety of data center points, and are demanding even more from the infrastructure that is designed to support the next-generation cloud platform. Data centers are becoming massive hubs for multi-tenant environments which are continuously being tasked for more resources and are experiencing even more utilization.

From cloud to security, experts predict active 2015 for feds

Greg Otto, Fedscoop,  Tuesday, December 30, 2014

With the past few years spent laying so much groundwork to modernize federal IT, many experts expect 2015 is the year where the government will begin to reap what it has sown. Roger Baker, chief strategy officer for AgileX and former CIO for the Veterans Affairs and Commerce departments, told FedScoop he expects to see a more agile mentality across federal agencies. “I think you will see a continued focus on doing things from an agile perspective. Not just software development, it’s agile management, agile operations, all the way to whole concept of DevOps emerging in a number of agencies,” Baker said.

Azure Helps Police Store, Access Body Camera Video

Henry Kenyon, Information Week,  Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Police camera maker demonstrates one way agencies are using Microsoft's Azure Government cloud to run software and equipment in a flexible, interoperable environment.

State and Local IT Pros Share 2015 Wish Lists

Nicole Blake Johnson, State Tech,  Friday, December 26, 2014

What’s on your IT wish list? StateTech posed the question to IT professionals in capacities across government. We didn’t restrict their answers but rather encouraged them to think outside the box, beyond a specific tool or technology. Below are some of their responses:

Corporate Data: A Protected Asset or a Ticking Time Bomb?

Varonis / Ponemon Institute Research Paper,  Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Despite a growing number of data breaches occurring under the glare of the public spotlight, 71 percent of employees in a survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute report that they have access to data they should not see, and more than half say that this access is frequent or very frequent. The findings of this Varonis-sponsored survey are derived from interviews conducted in October 2014 with 2,276 employees in the US, UK, France, and Germany. Respondents included 1,166 IT practitioners and 1,110 end users in organizations ranging in size from dozens to tens of thousands of employees, in a variety of industries including financial services, public sector, health & pharmaceutical, retail, industrial, and technology and software.

2015 Will Be the Year of the Platform

Allan Leinwand, SYS-CON Media,  Tuesday, December 23, 2014

If 2014 was the continued battle for cloud infrastructure, 2015 will be the rise of the cloud platform, as enterprises will focus on creating apps and workflows that take advantage of the growing platform options across enterprise needs such as HR, Financial Services and IT. The rise of the platform will bring with it a variety of other changes - all of which stem from more and more CIOs turning to the cloud to deliver substantial innovation and business results. From verticalization to data as a service, we'll ring in the new year with dramatic changes to the cloud landscape that stand to transform how we view and utilize cloud technologies. Below are five enterprise cloud platform inspired predictions for this coming year.

Zeichick’s Take: Innovate in the cloud, cheaply and securely

Alan Zeichick, SD Times,  Monday, December 22, 2014

For development teams, cloud computing is enthralling. Where’s the best place for distributed developers, telecommuters and contractors to reach the code repository? In the cloud. Where do you want the high-performance build servers? At a cloud host, where you can commandeer CPU resources as needed. Storing artifacts? Use cheap cloud storage. Hosting test harness? The cloud has tremendous resources. Load testing? The scales. Management of beta sites? Cloud. Distribution of finished builds? Cloud. Access to libraries and other tools? Other than the primary IDE itself, cloud. (I’m not a fan of working in a browser, sorry.)

The Twelve Clouds of Christmas

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, CGI
Friday, December 19, 2014

On the first cloud of Christmas my CSP gave to me a direct network connection. On the second cloud of Christmas my CSP gave to me two databases and a direct network connection. On the third cloud of Christmas my CSP gave to me three directory connections, two databases and a direct network connection. On the fourth cloud of Christmas my CSP gave to me four shiny new SaaS offerings, three directory connections, two databases and a direct network connection.

How NASA launched its web infrastructure into the cloud

Jonathan Vanian, GigaOM,  Friday, December 19, 2014

The space agency uses Amazon Web Services to provide the backbone for its new Drupal content management system, and has worked out an interesting way to pay for the cloud, explained Kadakia. NASA’s uses a contract vehicle called Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) that functions like a drawdown account between NASA and Amazon. The contract vehicle takes in account that the cost of paying for cloud services can fluctuate based on needs and performance (a site might get a spike in traffic on one day and then have it drop the next day). Kadakia estimates that NASA could end up spending around $700,000 to $1 million for AWS for the year; the agency can put in $1.5 million into the account that can cover any unforeseen costs, and any money not spent can be saved. “I think of it like my service card,” she said. “I can put 50 bucks in it. I may not use it all and I won’t lose that money.”

Doug Wolfe on Cloud Computing at the CIA

Robert Tilford, Ground Report,  Friday, December 19, 2014

Doug Wolfe—a 30 year CIA veteran—has a tough job. As CIA’s Chief Information Officer (CIO), Wolfe is responsible for ushering the Agency into the 21st century with state-of-the-art computing technology while ensuring our systems are secure. As a pioneer of cloud computing at CIA, Wolfe spearheaded a new way of doing intelligence work that allows for increased collaboration across the 17 Intelligence Community (IC) agencies.