Cloud Computing for the Government

Kevin Jackson

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The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has awarded the Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements (TASER) contract to: Accenture National Security Services, LLC BAE Systems Information Technology, Inc. The Boeing Company-Autometric, Inc. Booz Allen Hamilton,...
This week I begin a new and exciting phase of my professional career by joining the NJVC Enterprise Management Team! For those unfamiliar, NJVC is one of the largest information technology (IT) solutions providers supporting the United States Department of Defense. The company provi...
As part of the On The Frontlines series, Trezza Media Group has just released it latest on-line electronic magazine. "Shaping Government Clouds" includes: * Pete Tseronis, Chairman of the Federal Cloud Advisory Council, shares his thoughts on how to embrace clud computing possib...
Today on Federal Executive Forum, Dave Wennergren, Deputy CIO, Office of the Secretary of Defense, shared his views on secure information sharing. Mr. David M. Wennergren serves as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology /...
Government Session at Cloud Expo Cloud Expo on Ulitzer - I'm happy to announce that I will be presenting on DoD Cloud Computing Advances at the 5th International Cloud Expo, April 19-21, 2010 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. My session will examine specific proje...
Nostradamus may no longer be with us, but check out the "beltway" predictions from Tech Bisnow! "Two hot trends almost all mentioned: early uptick on M&A and cloud computing ubiquity" SAIC guru Mike Daniels Federal marketing wiz Mark Amtower Winvale group managing partne...
My sincere appreciation and thanks goes out to Topsy for rating my tweets as "Influential"! Topsy is a new kind of search engine that sees the Internet as a stream of conversations. By viewing people and their online conversations as a web of relationships, the Topsy engine rates how e...
Frank Gens of IDC recently provided an excellent overview of the the new "Cloud Computing Era." His description of "cloud computing" and "cloud services" really highlights the difference between the commercial cloud computing market and the Federal cloud computing market.
The lead topic of every information technology (IT) conversation today is cloud computing. The key point within each of those conversations is inevitably cloud computing security. Although this trend is understandable, the sad part is that these conversations will tend to focus on all...
Booz Allen Hamilton will debut their Cloud Computing Wargame (CCW) at FOSE 2009. CCW applies simulation techniques to model “Traditional IT” and “Cloud Computing” environments and dynamically maps them against internal, community, and Cloud-based resources. The simulation represent rea...
During this week's Federal Executive Forum, key decision makers from DoD, DHS and FBI highlighted identity management interoperability as their key priority for 2010. Panelist included:Robert Mocny, Acting Director, US-VISIT Program Department of Homeland Security;Stephen Morris, Crimi...
Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), is now a Ulitzer author. Appointed in November 2006, Ms Singer is responsible for ensuring CIA has the information, technology, and infrastructure necessary to effectively execute its missio...
Jeremy Geelan hosts an excellent panel on cloud computing business value featuring: Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon.com, John Engates, CTO of Rackspace, Rod Fontecilla of Booz Allen Hamilton, and Hal Stern, SVP & CTO of Sun's Global Sales Group.
To assist you in this challenge, the 2009 Government IT Conference & Expo is specifically designed to address many unique aspects of government information technology. Specialized tracks will cover cloud computing, virtualization, service oriented architecture (SOA), security and compl...
On the 17 & 18 June, the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) will present the premiere Innovative Solutions Showcase. Titled "Unleashing the Crowd in the Cloud: Igniting the Innovation Insurgency", this event will be held at the NRO in Chantilly, Virginia. The theme will focus on ...
My congratulations goes out to Roger Baker ! I first met Roger a little over a year ago when he interviewed me for my present job at Dataline.
Last weekend, USA.gov shifted to a cloud computing platform. This move is expected to reduce infrastructure expenses by 90% and drastically improve flexibility. "'We are flipping the switch tomorrow to the cloud computing platform, so this is a nervous day,' said Martha Dorris, acting...
For some reason, this week seems to have more in it than most. While the steady stream of briefing request seem to be increasing, the post briefing discussions also seem to be much more intense. The cloud computing education phase seems to also be morphing into a cloud computing implem...
Although Aneesh Chopra is a new name for most, he is well know in Virginia as Governor Tim Kaine's Secretary of Technology. For the Commonwealth, he was charged with leading the state's strategy to effectively leverage technology in government reform. If his strategy for the state can ...
Swooping in from nowhere, Oracle buys Sun for $7.4B!!"This morning, the companies announced that they'd struck a deal worth $7.4 billion or $5.6 billion net of Sun's cash and debt. Under the terms, Oracle will acquire Sun common stock for $9.50 per share in cash.The arrangement would p...
As the NCOIC gets it's arms around this new paradigm, the Cloud Computing Working Group has focused on establishing a roadmap for providing value to the industry. Using the established NCOIC Interoperability Framework, Network Centric Analysis Tool and Building Blocks, the working gr...
As reported in multiple sources today, including Reuters, Sun has apparently rejected a purchase offer by IBM."Shares of Sun Microsystems Inc tumbled 22.5 percent after it rejected a $7 billion buyout bid from IBM, leaving the smaller server and software maker vulnerable to lawsuits fr...
Last month, former Transportation Department CIO Dan Mintz offered his views on cloud computing to Eric Chabrow, Managing Editor of Government Information Security. According to Mr. Mintz, there is currently a debate raging within governement circles on the safety of the wide use of cl...
Earlier this week I had the pleasure of presenting at the Sys-con International Cloud Computing Expo in New York City. My presentation, The View from Government Cloud Computing Customers, reviewed findings from the second Government Cloud Computing Survey. Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamil...
ServerVault, a long time provider of IT hosting services to the Federal government, has been discussing cloud computing quite a bit with their current (and future) customers. The repetitive nature of the many varied conversations led John Curan, ServerVault EVP, COO and CTO, to put to...
Today was strange.First Sun announces it's open cloud computing platform.Sun Unveils Open Cloud Computing Platform"Sun on Wednesday announced plans to offer its own Open Cloud Platform, starting with server and storage services aimed at developers who need an extended platformto produc...
Last week, Mosso announced their new "Cloud Server" and "Cloud Sites" offerings. They also exited "Cloud Files" from beta, positioning themselves as a challenger to Amazon. With this as a background, I welcomed their invitation to speak with General Manager Emil Sayegh.Early in the con...
Sorry if I missed you at FOSE this week. If you weren't there you missed a great show. The Cloud Pavillion was a hit! CloudCamp Federal @ FOSE had over 200 attendees !! If more proof on the viability of cloud computing in the Federal marketplace was needed, this was it.
Today, I want to thank John Foley of InformationWeek for an enjoyable interview and his excellent post, Cloud Computing In Government: From Google Apps To Nuclear Warfare. Our discussion covered cloud-bursting at sea by battleship groups, satellite imagery, and open source software dev...
Today marks the launch of a new electronic magazine dedicated to addressing cloud computing within the government space. Over the last year during my personal exploration of this marketspace, I've noticed a great need for focused dialog. As editor of Government Cloud Computing, my goal...
Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group. Led by Cisco Systems Distinguished Engineer, Mr. Krishna Sankar of Cisco Systems, the meeting purpose was to decide if the NCOIC would officially organize a focus on cloud computing. As Terry Mo...
In a recent study, published by MeriTalk, Red Hat and DLT Solutions, the Federal government could save $6.6 billion by using cloud computing or software-as-a-service."Looking at 30 federal agencies, the study assumes every agency is starting from scratch with new technology. So instead...
Booz Allen Hamilton is launching its Cloud Computing Wargame (CCW)T at FOSE March 10-12, 2009 in Washington, DC. The CCW is designed to simulate the major decision factors government agencies' IT executives and Program Managers must take into consideration when moving to a cloud enviro...
According to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) site, you can now use DB2, Informix, WebSphere sMash, WebSphere Portal Server or Lotus Web Content Management on Amazon's EC2 cloud. "This relationship will enable you to bring your own IBM licenses to Amazon EC2, utilize IBM’s 'Development' A...
Yesterday, Berkeley released their View of Cloud Computing with a view that cloud computing provides an elasticity of resources, without paying a premium for large scale, that is unprecedented in the history of IT. Specifically, cloud computing provides:The illusion of infinite computi...
One of the most important drivers of cloud computing in the Federal space is its perceived "compelling" economic value. Some initial insight on the economic argument is now available on the Government Cloud Computing Community website. According to Booz Allen Hamilton, cloud computing ...
Sign up now CloudCamp Federal @ FOSE, March 10,2009, 3pm - 8:30pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW , Washington, DC. As a follow-up to last November's sucessful CloudCamp Federal this event will also be held as an unconference where attendees can...
Thank you to Dede Haas, Chris D'Errico and the Northern Virginia Technology Council for the opportunity to speak at yesterday's NVTC "Cool Tech" Committee meeting! The Agilex facilities were awesome and I couldn't ask for more from the audience. I also want to thank TechBISNOW for the ...
On Jan 20th, GoGrid released it's API specification under a Creative Commons license."The Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 3.0 license, under which the GoGrid cloudcenter API now falls, allows for the ability to:Share, distribute, display and perform the workMake derivative wor...
Dataline, Booz|Allen|Hamilton and the Government Cloud Computing Community have teamed together to sponsor the 2nd Government Cloud Computing Survey. Cloud Computing has come come a long way since the first survey six months ago, so we are once again asking for your thoughts on this ex...