Cloud Computing for the Government

Kevin Jackson

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With GSA now issuing ATOs and Amazon launching its own government specific cloud, IaaS for government agencies is now a reality. This next step in this "Cloud First" march is a consistent platform on which agencies can securely develop their applications. To focus on this requirement...
My friends at Trezza Media recently published a couple of great online documents on GovCloud and Cyber. Your should especially check out the "Cloud Chopping Made Easy" by David McClure ..... and Jim Flyzik's viewpoint on building trust in cyberspace.
On Friday July 1, Infrastructure-as-a-Services for the US federal government became a reality with Authority to Operate (ATO) approval for the following vendors: Web Hosting: CGI Federal, Computer Literacy World, Eyak Technology, Computer Technologies Consultant, Savvis, and Federal S...
What a month! June has really been busy!! Just now getting around to doing a post about CloudExpo 2011 in New York. With over 5000 delegates in attendance, it was just a massive gathering of Clouderatti. Due to another engagement I had at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC o...
A few weeks ago I had the distinct pleasure of teaching yet another US Army cloud computing class. This time the venue was Ft. Gordon, GA and the students definitely got it!! Below are presentations from the excellent projects they completed. Thank you all for your focus and energy. ...
The Office of Management and Budget recently released a list of 78 projects slated for transition to cloud over the next year. The most common application, according to a FierceGovernmentIT, is email, with 14 agencies deciding to choose a cloud version. A close second is website hostin...
Last month Google and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency started sharing details about their "GEOINT on Demand" collaboration. The project, named Earth Builder, was built specifically to enable NGA to directly use Google’s cloud-based geospatial processing power. this capabil...
Today many Government organizations are attempting to leverage cloud computing technologies to spur innovation. Most have at least one cloud service and are embracing the cloud with the promise of efficiency, flexibility, and scalability. Cloud computing is seen by many as the next wav...
Are you going to DoDIIS? Schedule for May 1-5, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan, the conference highlights the Defense Intelligence Agency's (DIA) commitment to developing and maintaining secure and reliable networks for Department of Defense personnel, services and information technology cus...
A TechJournal South article last week named Washington, DC, as a leading trendsetter in cloud computing. Citing a Microsoft sponsored survey, conducted by 7th Sense research, D.C. was highlighted as particullarly receptive to cloud computing. The survey interviewed information technolo...
“Melvin Greer, Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow has won IBM’s first ever Awarding Customer Excellence (ACE) Award for Innovation, which recognizes his work in applying Cloud computing toward the development of innovative solutions and mission applications that demonstrate creativity, reso...
As many of you know, today marked the official launch of my first book - GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government. Today's venue was the National Press Club in downtown Washington, DC. Known as "The Place Where News Happens", the locale was certainly fitting as cloud co...
Today I published my first post on Forbes.com!! At the invitation of Bruce Upbin, Forbes.com editor, I will be contributing posts monthly. I see this not only as an honor, but as an acknowledgement of the importance of the Federal shift to cloud. As I said in today's post, the gover...
Last week TechAmerica announced the formation of a "cloud computing commission" to advise the White House on the current plans to steer more than $20B worth of IT services toward the cloud computing model. Co-chaired by Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff and VCE CEO Michael Capellas, the ...
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra officially launched the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy today. While this is clearly not new news, the document does state the government's position in a very succinct manner. By using the cloud computing model for IT services, we will be able to reduce our d...
Recently, Geospatial Intelligence Forum Magazine asked me for my thoughts on the role of cloud computing in the future of geospatial intelligence.My response was recently published in their December 2010 print issue and online.
My sincere appreciation to John Baker for the eTechSuccess: Patterns of Success interview. John and I worked together IBM as part of the Wireless Emerging Business Organization. His team and mine collaborated often in the delivery of customer solutions around the world. Through his cur...
Last week I had the awesome experience of participating in a global telepresence conference on government cloud computing. Joining me as presenters were Blake Salle, Senior Vice President of VCE, who shared a roadmap which focused on goals and objectives to better serve goverment organ...
Today I received my credentials for the NIST Cloud Computing Collaboration Site. "The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been designated by Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra to accelerate the federal government’s secure adoption of cloud computing b...
Yesterday the US Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, unveiled an ambitious 25-point implementation plan for delivering more value to the American taxpayer. This plan focuses on execution and is designed to establish early wins. Some highlights of the implementation plan include: Turnaround or t...
As widely reported this week, the United States General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded a contract to Unisys to create a secure cloud-based email and collaboration platform. The solution will be based on Google Apps for Government and is expected to save $15M over the next fi...
Last week the Naional Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held their second Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop. Skillfully shepherded by Ms. Dawn Leaf, the agency’s senior executive of cloud computing, the event reinforced the US Federal government's move towards the cloud. Of...
Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mr. Robert Duffner, director of Product Management for Windows Azure, as part of his "Thought Leaders in the Cloud" series. In this interview, we discussed: * Actual government IT successes, especially using cloud computing ...
NJVC, one of the largest providers of information technology (IT) solutions to the U.S. Department of Defense, and Invertix Corporation, a proven technology company supporting the United States Intelligence Community, will offer a joint cloud computing platform demonstration at the NJV...
Today, Trezza Media Group released the latest installment of it's "On The Frontlines" series of government technology reports. The "On The Frontlines" Publications are dedicated to showcasing the positive progress and best practices of the Federal Government Agencies and their strategi...
According to Federal News Radio, GSA awarded eleven vendor spots in the first Federal cloud infrastructure-as-a-service award. The winners were: * Apptis Inc. partnered with Amazon Web Services * AT&T * Autonomic Resources partnered with Carpathia, Enomaly and Dell * CGI ...
On November 4-5, 2010, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will hold their second Cloud Computing Forum & Workshop. During this event, NIST will report on the status of federal efforts around cloud computing standards for data portability, cloud interoperability, ...
In this YouTube video Kevin L. Jackon, editor of Government Cloud Computing on Ulitzer, explains in under two minutes why Cloud Computing has been sweeping through the world of IT, including the U.S. Federal Government.
First Signal is ready for the cloud ! Even with the time constraints of the Chusok holiday and the onslaught of a 100-year flood, the class soldiered on with five excellent projects.  I would like to thank the class for their focus and determination. See you next time! Yongs...
After a long uneventful flight, I've arrived at Youngsan Army Garrison in Soeul Korea. After enjoying the economy accommodation on a Boeing 777 for over 14 hours, my room and bed at the Dragon Hill Lodge was a welcomed sight! If you're active or retired military and traveling to Seoul,...
Last week, Henry Kenyon of Federal Computer Week reported that the Taiwanese government is planning to spend $744M to develop cloud computing technology. Premier Den-yih Wu sees this as a way for his country to take advantage of the country's strong information and communications techn...
A few weeks ago I once again had the pleasure of participating in a private discussion on cloud computing with Mr. Vivek Kundra.  What struck me in this most recent meeting was his views on the need to infuse geospatial information into the national policy deci...
My appreciation and thanks goes out to Jeremy Geelan for including "Cloud Musings" on his list of the Top 50 Cloud Computing Blogs. Thanks is also in order for "HighTechDad" (Michael Sheehan) for his insightful suggestion to create this new "prism through which to view cloud computing"...
According to 1,250 ERP Software Advice readers that will be Oracle's next acquisition. Terradata came in a close second in this race, suggesting that Oracle will "...play it safe next time around and strengthen their already formidable data warehousing and business intelligence offeri...
Watching Larry Ellison and Oracle over the years as it has morphed itself is a real study in market dynamics. It's transformation from database company through middleware provider to now being a "cloud computing pioneer" is simply amazing. The only question now seems to be "What's nex...
Earlier this week, my good fried and NCOIC colleage, Melvin Greer was interviewed by Rutrell Yasin of Government Computer News. In the interview, Mel focused on the importance of entrprise architecture as an innovation enabler. " What I want to challenge EA practitioners to think abou...
If you are a cloud computing architect, have I got news for you! NJVC, one of the largest IT solutions providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), is building a high performance cloud computing team. We help customers solve their toughest mission-critical IT challenges...
Last week the US Army released a procurement solicitation for the Army Private Cloud. This $249M solicitation calls for a 1-year base period with four, 1-year options. Department of the Army, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA [ALT]), Progr...
In response to request, the inaugural "Cloud Musings Direct" newsletter was launched this week.  This bi-weekly electronic newsletter will highlight important government cloud computing industry trends and events.  If you didn't see the newsletter in you email inbox on Monday...
When my good friend Jeremy Geelan invited me to speak at CloudExpo Europe in Prague, Czech Republic my imagination went into overdrive.  Being a child of the 60's and a retired US military officer, my memories of a dark time flooded my mind.  I imagined a throwback world, ful...