John Ribeiro, IDG News Service, Monday, September 29, 2014
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella wooed India's government and banks on Tuesday with an offer to host cloud services including Azure and Office 365 in the country. The Indian government has been pushing organizations to hold data locally, and Nadella's move could help drive business for the company from federal and state government customers, as well as banks.
Madeline Bennett, V3, Monday, September 29, 2014
Oracle has announced the opening of two data centres in Germany, along with teaming up with Vodafone to push the Internet of Things. The two new facilities, located in Frankfurt and Munich, will go live in the next few weeks and will be completely operational before the end of the year. They join the two other European countries that already have their own data centres, the UK and the Netherlands. The centers will provide cloud services to German organizations that want their data stored within German borders to prevent foreign authorities –notably the NSA – to access the information through their surveillance programs.
Molly Bernhart Walker, FierceMobile Government, Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the second draft of a "building block" document federal agencies or enterprises could use to secure mobile devices that connect to the organization's network. The guide is customizable, as it takes a layered approach to security, and also practical and repeatable because it offers standards-based solutions using commercially available technology.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.