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Government Agencies Struggling To Meet Objectives Of Cloud First Mandate

Government Agencies Struggling To Meet Objectives Of Cloud First Mandate

Government Agencies Struggling to Meet Objectives of Cloud First Mandate Procurement red tape and a lack of trained personnel continue to plague federal departments and agencies in their efforts to comply with the directives of President Obama’s Cloud First mandate. The policy, issued by the federal government three years ago, requires all federal entities to…

Single Standard For Cloud-Computing Services

Single Standard For Cloud-Computing Services The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, also known as FedRAMP, is adopting a “cloud-first” policy that will standardize the basic security requirements that cloud-computing providers, such as Google and Microsoft, will have to meet before receiving government contracts. Third-party assessment organizations will be hired to verify whether companies meet the…

The US Government's Latest Move In Cloud Computing – FedRAMP

Five Things You Need To Know About FedRAMP The US Government’s Latest Move In Cloud Computing Last week, the US federal government launched the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), which will help to build a single authentication standard for the government’s cloud services. During the past couple of years, the administration has built…

Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity Conducts Hearing on Cloud Computing

Sometime back I had written an article on how US government officials had expressed reservations on adopting cloud computing (See: Does Moving to the Cloud work for the US Federal Government?). However, as per the testimonies from several Federal officials before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies, it would seem that, in…

Managed by Zenoss, Autonomic Resources’ Cloud Offering Wins Major Government Cloud Computing Contract

Managed by Zenoss, Autonomic Resources’ Cloud Offering Wins Major Government Cloud Computing Contract

AUSTIN, TX–(Marketwire – November 1, 2010) – Zenoss Inc., a leading provider of dynamic service assurance products for public, private and hybrid clouds, today announced that systems integrator and Zenoss partner Autonomic Resources has been awarded a contract to sell its infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud platform, or “ARC-P”, through the federal government’s cloud computing storefront, Apps.gov,…

Federal government seeks bids for cloud computing services

Local companies are hoping to help the federal government move into cloud — or Internet-based — computing, as the General Services Administration prepares to select approved vendors. GSA has issued a request for quotes, open to companies on its information technology schedule, to provide the cloud infrastructure. After reviewing the bids — due June 30…

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Cloud Infographic: Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic: Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic: Disaster Recovery  Business downtime can be detrimental without a proper disaster recovery plan in place. Only 6% of businesses that experience downtime without a plan will survive long term. Less than half of all businesses that experience a disaster are likely to reopen their doors. There are many causes of data loss and…

Are Cloud Servers The Right Choice For Your Business?

Are Cloud Servers The Right Choice For Your Business?

Cloud servers offer power, flexibility, reliability, and client friendly hosting for small and medium businesses that have outgrown shared hosting. New business hosting clients are bombarded with an incredible diversity of different choices for their site’s hosting. It can be a challenge to negotiate the range of platforms and the marketing hype that many hosting…

Cloud Computing Offers Key Benefits For Small, Medium Businesses

Cloud Computing Offers Key Benefits For Small, Medium Businesses

A growing number of small and medium businesses in the United States rely on as a means of deploying mission-critical software products. Prior to the advent of cloud-based products — software solutions delivered over the Internet – companies were often forced to invest in servers and other products to run software and store data. The…

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud Infographic: Most Used Cloud Apps

Cloud app and analytics company, Netskope released its quarterly Cloud Report. The new report reveals that enterprise employees are using an average of 397 different cloud apps (most of which are unsanctioned), when IT estimated they have 40-50 — that’s a tenfold underestimation. Below is an infographic provided courtesy of the group at Netskope which goes into further detail.…

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things

Cloud Infographic – Monetizing Internet Of Things There are many interesting ways in which companies are looking to connect devices to the cloud. From the vehicles to kitchen appliances the internet of things is already a $1.9 trillion dollar market based on research estimates from IDC. Included is a fascinating infographic provided by AriaSystems which shows us some…

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Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Moving From Email Into The Cloud

Mobile Collaboration In The Cloud Imagine that you, as a manager, are told by the powers that be that you have to find “efficiencies” within your department that will result in one million dollars of savings annually. You struggle with this. You send an email to everyone on your senior team. “Where can we save…

IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too

IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too

IT Security: Think Like A Thief – And An Average Joe, Too With security threats to information services growing in sophistication, frequency and variety, IT professionals on all sides of the marketplace are realizing an urgent need to reinvent themselves to better anticipate the bewildering variety of attacks that they and their customers face. The…

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What Should SMEs Do To Prevent Common Mistakes?

What Should SMEs Do To Prevent Common Mistakes?

Spending And Planning Wisely Overview – Billions of pounds from valuable IT and communication (ICT) budgets are wasted each year due to common mistakes in the market. These are some of the pitfalls you should avoid. With small businesses (especially start-ups with online ambitions) relying more and more on their understanding and utilisation of ICT, it’s…

The Cloud Above Our Home

The Cloud Above Our Home

Our Home – Moving All Things Into The Cloud The promise of a smart home had excited the imagination of the movie makers long ago. If you have seen any TV shows in the nineties or before, the interpretation presented itself to us as a computerized personal assistant or a robot housekeeper. It was smart,…

Cloud Service Provider Selection Considerations

Cloud Service Provider Selection Considerations

Why Cloud Brokers Make Sense Different workloads perform differently on different cloud service providers. Enough so that it is prudent in planning to consider the optimal configuration and the optimal CSP for your solution. Consider this old word problem from years ago. One person can carry two buckets of water. It takes 5 minutes to…

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Get ready for IoT, mobile cybercrime in 2015: industry

Get ready for IoT, mobile cybercrime in 2015: industry

The Internet of Things (IoT) and smartphones will continue to be under attack in 2015 as cyber criminals find ways to exploit more devices, according to cyber security experts. Read the source article at Computerworld Australia

Cloud computing and grid computing are not the same

Cloud computing and grid computing are not the same

While cloud computing and grid computing are both concepts that involve large-scale computer networks, they are certainly not the same thing. Cloud computing refers to an architecture in which large groups of remote servers are networked to allow centralized data storage and online access to computer services or resources. Of course, there are several cloud technology delivery…