Cloud Computing for the Government

Kevin Jackson

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For more than half a century, cloud computing has changed names more often than a Hollywood starlet. Utility computing. Time share. Thin client. SaaS. PaaS. IaaS. While concepts have been added and capabilities grown, cloud computing was no more invented by Amazon or other modern vend...
The NGA project began in late 2012 with Cycle One, during which the cloud infrastructure was defined and built. The NCOIC team established standards and processes, utilized best practices, and addressed potential problems such as ownership, bandwidth, latency, availability, access and ...
NBC 4 in Washington, DC highlighted government cloud computing today as part of their GovInnovate show. Below is just a taste of the informative public service they provided. Go to the NBC Washington video site for much more!
On an almost daily basis, I'm approached for my views on "cloud computing technology". Although typically innocent in nature, I always cringe at the thought of enduring yet another hours long discussion over the existence of a "cloud computing business model". With this in mind, you c...
The concept of "Just-in-Time" was pioneered in the manufacturing supply chain as a critical way to reduce costs by minimizing inventory. Implementing a just-in-time system that can handle unexpected demand is not a trivial undertaking. It requires the confluence of a number of discipli...
I'm happy and proud to announce the release of my second book, "GovCloud II: Implementation and Cloud Brokerage Services" by my publisher Government Training Inc. The public and private sector have vigorously embraced cloud computing and its implementation is increasing efficiency a...
NJVC announces the release of NJVC SaaS Accelerate, a specialized infrastructure hosting and managed services offering designed to support the business needs of software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers.
Press Briefing II at the National Press Club, Washington, D.C. 18 September 2012, 8:30 -11:00 AM GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government “Update and Outlook” Open to Government, Contractors & the Press The United States Government ...
Kudos to my colleague Lynn DeCourcey for her recent interview on ExecutiveBiz.com! Lynn is NJVC vice president and general manager, cyber security. She oversees all aspects of the company’s cyber security business unit, including the creation of technically advanced and state-of-the-...
The DoD recently released the department's formal cloud computing strategy. In the forward, DoD CIO Teresa Takai said that: "The DoD Cloud Computing Strategy has been expanded to address use of commercial cloud services in the Department's multi-provider enterprise cloud environment....
Last week the GSA FedRAMP Program Office released the latest version of the cloud computing Security Assessment Plan (SAR) template. This document is the most recent step toward the Federal governments goal of establishing FedRAMP initial operating Capability by June 2012. The Federa...
Over the last year I’ve had the pleasure of serving with a team of volunteers from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) as we dove deep into topics associated with Cloud Computing and the Intelligence Community. National security technologists have long been thought l...
CONGRATULATIONS to National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) CIO Jill T. Singer for being selected as one of the 10 winners of the first annual CloudNOW awards presented at the Cloud Connect Conference in Sata Clara, California earlier this week. From the NRO Press Release: "C...
VIENNA, Va., Jan. 23, 2012 —NJVC, one of the largest information technology solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, and Virtual Global, a premier provider of software and cloud computing platform solutions for a variety of industry and federal customers, an...
The defense and intelligence communities are not immune to cloud computing. Arguably more than any other government agencies, their missions require a fabric of utility computing that scales on demand and enables self discovery and self-service access to secure, timely and relevant inf...
While the benefits and value of the federal cloud computing policy can be debated, the world’s transition to cloud computing as an integral component of any IT infrastructure cannot be denied. The prudent government executive should, therefore, heed the lessons learned from the many pr...
(This is part 2 of the series entitled "Implementation of Cloud Computing Solutions in Federal Agencies" that first appeared on Forbes.com. This series provides the content of a whitepaper I recently authored. A copy of the complete whitepaper will be available at NJVC.com starting Sep...
Cloud computing is a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of information technology (IT). While technology is a crucial component, the real value of cloud computing lies in its ability to enable new capabilities or in the execution of current capabilities in more efficient ...
Happy New Year All!! 2011 will be the breakout year for GovCloud! Pressure to reduce budget, pressure to manage I resources better and the political pressure of the next presidential election will combine to accelerate adoption. The GSA IaaS groundwork has been laid and new policies a...
NJVC, one of the largest information technology solutions (IT) providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), announces its line up for GEOINT 2010 Symposium, Nov. 1 -4, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans. Visit the NJVC booth (#375) on the tradeshow fl...
In an important industry contribution, The Open Group has published a white paper on how to build and measure cloud computing return on investment (ROI). Produced by the Cloud Business Artifacts (CBA) project of The Open Group Cloud Computing Work Group, the document: Introduces the ma...
Earlier this month, Melvin Greer and I teamed up on a Military Information Technology piece. Melvin is a senior research engineer and cloud computing chief architect at Lockheed Martin, and a member of NCOIC’s Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG). Titled "Cloud Computing's next Challen...
During the first quarter of 2010, the Navy is expected to make the first selection for the Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise System (CANES). CANES is just one component of the Navy’s overall strategy for its future information technology infrastructure. According to Vice Admiral H...
Last October I introduced EuroCloud as a pan-European business network with the goal of promoting European use of cloud computing. In the intervening three months, the organization has grown to include representation from 16 countries with four additional ones in the pipeline! Accordi...
Please join me at the Cloud Computing for DoD & Government training conference, February 22-24, 2010 at the Hilton Old Town in Alexandria, VA. This unique conference agenda blends interactive workshops and actionable information with an unprecedented opportunity to network with gov...
Recently, I had the privilege of reviewing an advance copy of Executive's Guide to Cloud Computing by Eric Marks and Bob Lozano. Available now for pre-order on Amazon, this guide is a crystal ball into the future of business. Not a technical treatise, this excellent book is an insightf...
Of course, the cloud computing prediction interested me the most. According to Nick, 2010 will see early cloud computing projects moving into production and the use of cloud computing technology for classified activities via the DISA RACE program! Even with these steps forward, securit...
Thank you Ulitzer and SYS-CON Media for naming me to your list of the most influential cloud computing bloggers for 2009. My hearty congratulations go out to the other bloggers that also made the list.Cloud computing definitely made its mark in 2009. The government space on which I foc...
Effective January 1, 2010, Jill Tummler Singer took the reigns as CIO for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). As the CIA Deputy CIO, Ms Tummler has been a proponent of cloud computing for the United States Intelligence Community (IC).
2009 was truly a watershed year for Federal information technology professionals. After inaugurating the first Cyber-President we saw the appointment of our first Federal CIO and the rapid adoption of cloud computing as the way forward for improved efficiencies at reduced cost. The the...
During a recent interview, Robert Carey, Navy Chief Information Officer, also stated that cloud computing offered real value to the Navy. Citing that both the Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) and Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) programs will l...
As part of the Navy’s annual Trident Warrior exercise, Dataline LLC successfully demonstrated that a standard shipboard communications infrastructure could be used to manage Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Simple Storage Service (S3). Presented during the fall Trident Warrior ...
Bob Gourley discusses leveraging commercial technology, driving transparency and engaging citizens and rethinking notions of IT governance with the Federal CIO nominee. Originally posted in his "CTOvision" blog on February 3, 2009, Mr. Gourley has graciously provided his permission to ...
A little over a week ago I put out a request to my readers to help me with my meeting with Vivek Kundra. The response has been awesome!Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations, both public and private. Below, in purely random order, are just some of the comments I've received...
Booz Allen Hamilton Principals Mike Cameron and Rod Fontecilla offer their views on the March 2009 McKinsey & Co. report titled "Clearing the air on cloud computing"
In an effort to encourage standards and interoperability, the cloud computing community is currently discussing architectural ontologies. Core to most approaches is an assumption of open access, public Internet connectivity and security provisioning by the cloud service provider. Solut...
Cloud computing promises to provide seamless access to unlimited computing resources. Could it also provide the basis for a private government cloud? By developing and implementing appropriate standards and protocols for the government-wide, federated SOA layer, the National Office for...
Cloud Computing Wargame pits multiple teams against each other in an effort to accumulate the most "mission value points". During FOSE, about 6 wargame sessions were held, with 30-50 people in each session divided into 4-6 agencies. While the wargame can in no way be used to predict or...
In covering unfolding events in Iran, the world's most powerful news outlets have been entirely dependent on the Twitter-provided flow of text, images, and video. While this has definitely showcased the power of Twitter, Facebook and You Tube as an information channel, it also prompte...
The NCOIC has started an ad hoc working group on cloud computing focused on the technical, operational and business requirements of a "federal-grade" cloud infrastructure. The working group also plans to participate in the Joint CCIF/OMG Cloud Interoperability Workshop on March 23rd in...