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Secure Cloud Computing on Federal News Radio

Cloud Computing has provided an inflection point in government information technology

Last week the Trezza Media Group, Flyzik Group and Federal News Radio combined to produce an outstanding Federal Executive Forum on Secure Cloud Computing. Moderated by Jim Flyzik, panelist included:
  • Henry Sienkiewcz-Technical Program Director, Computer Services, Defense Information Systems Agency
  • Mr. Ronald Bechtold-Army Architecture Integration Center, at Headquarters, Department of the Army, Chief Information Office/G6
  • Curt Aubley-Technology Officer CTO Operations & Next Generation Solutions, Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services
  • Dale Wickizer-Chief Technology Officer-Public Sector, NetApp, Inc.
  • Aileen Black- Vice President of Public Sector, VMware Inc.
Key points I gleaned from the discussion include:
  • Cloud Computing has provided an inflection point in government information technology that is changing the paradigm for delivering services
  • The biggest challenge to adopting cloud computing is in re-educating the workplace.
  • The reduction is cost and increase in efficiency have proven to be key to the success of cloud computing
  • DISA has shown that a STIG'ed or Non-STIG'ed, Windows or LAMPs, test and evaluation  environment can be provisioned in the DoD in 24 hours. Unfortunately, 23 of those hours involves moving the money.
  • A new DISA project, DISA Extended Edge Presence (DEEP), has been launched in order to quickly deliver applications and content to "dis-enfranchised" DoD users
  • Cloud computing allows for end-to-end infrastructure visibility, providing an ability to fight through a cyber attack.
  • DISA is developing a host-tenant model for applications and application certifications.  Using this model, tenant application in "DISA decks" will inherit the infrastructure certification. Using this model, the application developer will only be responsible for accrediting the application stack.

Video and audio of the entire discussion is available online at:

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Kevin Jackson, founder of the GovCloud Network, is an independent technology and business consultant specializing in mission critical solutions. He has served in various senior management positions including VP & GM Cloud Services NJVC, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and VP Program Management Office at JP Morgan Chase. His formal education includes MSEE (Computer Engineering), MA National Security & Strategic Studies and a BS Aerospace Engineering. Jackson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1979 and retired from the US Navy earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Airborne Logistics and Airborne Command and Control. He also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide. Kevin is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, a widely followed blog that focuses on the use of cloud computing by the Federal government. He is also the editor and founder of “Government Cloud Computing” electronic magazine, published at To set up an appointment CLICK HERE