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  • Private and Hybrid Clouds Enable New Levels of Business and IT CollaborationPrivate and Hybrid Clouds Enable New Levels of Business and IT Collaboration
    Cloud computing is rapidly changing how businesses and institutions evaluate, procure, deploy, and optimize business processes enabled by IT assets. IDC's research indicates that 71% of all companies in North America are in the process of using, planning to use, or researching the value of cloud for their business. These organizations understand that cloud capabilities such as self-service provisioning; dynamic, elastic scaling and pooling of resources; policy-based automation; and usage-based payment and chargeback schemes have the potential to fundamentally transform the way that business and IT teams engage to enable faster creation and delivery of a wide range of business services. Read more of the white paper here.
  • ‘Cloudy’ with a Chance of More Government Security ‘Cloudy’ with a Chance of More Government Security
    The Federal Government and industries get serious about the Cloud - Read more about the challenges associated with the implementation and maintaining of cloud systems and how to overcome them.
  • Cloud Computing for DoD & Government 2013 Attendee SnapshotCloud Computing for DoD & Government 2013 Attendee Snapshot
    Check out who attended in 2013 - Do you want to be on this list for 2014? If so register today!
  • Cloud Computing Will Be the Norm in Federal OfficesCloud Computing Will Be the Norm in Federal Offices
    The cloud is one of those technologies that has its purpose pretty much everywhere you go, from social to business to mobile. With all the benefits cloud computing touts it’s become quite an asset, so much so that federal agencies have been making the switch. In fact, in three years’ time, most federal managers will assume that everyone is operating within the cloud, says GCN.
  • Federal Agencies Increasingly Turn to the CloudFederal Agencies Increasingly Turn to the Cloud
    The U.S. federal government is continuing to move some of its technology services to the cloud. The move is providing government employees many of the same benefits as when businesses migrate to the cloud including improved efficiency, savings and service. Download to read more of the article today

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  • Resolving for Cyber Security Threats to the CloudResolving for Cyber Security Threats to the Cloud
    Daniel Chapple is the Supervisory Cyber Counterintelligence Specialist at the Department of Health and Human Services. In this interview he discusses the biggest cybersecurity threat to the government today and risk management best practices.


  • DOD Advances Cloud Computing Usage
    In October, the US Defense Information Service Agency (DISA), part of the American Department of Defense (DoD), released the latest version of its cloud computing infrastructure after first launching it a year previously.   Race infrastructure   Rapid Access Computing Environment, or Race, is an accessible and scalable platform which uses virtualisation and the "nearly unlimited" capability of cloud computing and is the first of its kind for DoD technology.  To Learn more download today
  • DoD Data Center Consolidation Reflects Rising Impact of Cloud Computing
    As part of a push across the entirety of the federal government, the Defense Department is consolidating its information technology initiatives by announcing its intent to close hundreds of data centers, with an expectation of more than $1 billion annual savings by FY 2016, according to DoD's recently released data center consolidation plan. The DoD released its report as a response to the Office of Management and Budget’s mandate for all federal agencies to publicly release their data consolidation plans. To read more download today
  • Cloud Computing Strategic Development at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
    As government and industry collectively move toward Cloud Computing, thought leadership and guidance for these efforts is being driven by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.  Among its aims, NIST is working to shorten the adoption cycle to the Cloud, and helping to encourage systems and practices that support interoperability, portability, and security. Robert Bohn, Cloud Computing Technical Program Manager and Reference Architecture/Taxonomy Lead for NIST, oversees five working groups in pursuit of those goals: Target Business Use Case, a Reference Architecture and Taxonomy group, a Security group, a Standards group, and Standards for the Acceleration to Jumpstart the Adoption of Cloud Computing (SAJACC). Read more about these groups working together today
  • IDGA Q&A: Ajay Budhraja, Chief Technology Officer, US Department of Justice
    IDGA: What are the requirements for the Cloud? AB: Cloud services should be reliable, scalable, measurable, highly available and provide on demand access. They should offer Security related to data in the cloud, data in transit and privacy. Cloud providers should offer tools that can facilitate integration with existing customer applications and adhere to standards while offering these services. They should offer effective service management and the ability to configure applications seamlessly using secure provisioning interfaces. Services should also provide secure open interfaces to access data. Service oriented architectures and virtualization have led the way towards Cloud environments and new applications that are being built should be cloud-ready from a technology perspective. Integration should be accomplished across data, interfaces, processes and a standards based infrastructure that can leverage standardized cloud services should be developed. Metrics related to cloud
  • Advances and Challenges in GSA Cloud Computing Initiatives
    IDGA: Can you tell us about your role at GSA? SK: I am currently a Deputy Director within GSA’s Office of Information Technology Services (ITS). I oversee the Cloud Computing Program Office within ITS, including the implementation of GSA’s cloud Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) such as Information as a Service (IaaS) and Email as a Service (EaaS). I also provide direction for the HSPD-12 initiative, including GSA’s USAccess program. IDGA: How is GSA developing Software as a Service (SaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) offerings for cloud computing? SK: GSA currently offers numerous SaaS and PaaS solutions through Schedule 70 and our GWACs, but we continue to look into more effective ways of buying both. For example, we are in the process of developing our first SaaS BPA, which will be Email as a Service (EaaS). The EaaS BPA will offer agencies email service, office automation (virtual office), electronic records management, migration services, and integration
  • Cloud Computing - Connecting the Whole Government
    How do the ‘cloud’ and ‘big data’ IT concepts intersect for the DoD and the Federal Government? Jason Providakes, GM SVP, MITRE, examines how MITRE is developing a collaborative cloud system that facilitates access without restricting it. The following interview also explores where the ‘cloud’ is developing in the coming years from both the perspective of the DoD and the Federal Government. Read on...
  • Cloud Computing: The Next Steps in Federal Implementation
    With the Federal Government projected to save up to $3 billion a year in IT costs through its cloud computing capabilities, it should be no surprise that the authorities are developing the associated technologies at a rapid pace. President Obama gave the green light to cloud technology for use in the government in 2010, after which the “Cloud First policy” was put into practice by former Federal CIO Vivek Kundra.   So at a time when both budget cuts and cyber security are key focuses on the national political agenda, it’s fair to say the U.S. government is constantly looking for ways to improve its cloud implementation into the current agency infrastructure. Cloud computing, the subject of IDGA’s 4th Annual Cloud Computing for DoD & Government Summit next month, is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or personal computer.  The benefits range
  • Top 5 Cloud Computing Crashes of the Year
    Just when you think that the giant internet companies are taking over the world, a major online outage comes along and you realize they’re almost as vulnerable as any other business. Cloud computing may be the way forward, but web-based services can crash like any other technology.  Here we present the top five crashes of the year so far, as originally identified by technology website
  • The Five Must-Haves of Big Data Storage
    Is your agency struggling to keep up with unprecedented data growth? If so, you’re not alone. Due to its technical and logistical challenges, an effective storage system for big data is more than just a bigger traditional storage system. In fact, the organizations that have become the most effective at harnessing the power of big data are those that have transformed their data storage approaches entirely.  Download this complimentary whitepaper– brought to you by Red Hat and DLT Solutions – to learn the five elements a storage system must have in order to meet challenges in volume,variety, scale, and portability of data.


  • Cloud Computing and Defense Applications with Dr. Abhishek Chandra

    Dr. Abhishek Chandra, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Minnesota, discusses the latest work and research at the U of M with regard to cloud computing.  He also talks about the potential cloud computing applications for the defense industry and military to include data fusion.  He also details the advantages of using cloud computing systems over other forms of computing and elaborates on why virtualization and resource management are important issues in the field.

  • Dennis Wisnosky on the Architecture of Cloud Computing

    Dennis Wisnosky, Chief Technical Officer and Chief Architect for the DoD Business Mission Area in the office of the Chief Management Officer (DCMO) discusses the design, development and modification of federated architectures, and recent advances in Cloud Computing architecture.

  • The National Defense University and Cloud Computing

    IDGA’s Defense Insider features COL Joseph Adams, Chief Information Officer for the National Defense University. COL Adams talks about Cloud Computing initiatives at NDU, how Cloud Computing can facilitate increased collaboration, partnering efforts for emerging Cloud applications, and potential future developments in the Cloud.


  • Government Contractors Achieves its goalsGovernment Contractors Achieves its goals
    The cloud is a lot of things to contact centers. It’s a way to deploy a solution across multiple contact center locations and even agents and managers working from home. It’s an insurance policy against power outages and other weather-related disasters. It’s a way to achieve a truly multichannel customer experience without the hassle of integrating legacy equipment. It’s also a more affordable model for many contact centers that cannot, or don’t wish to, splash out big money upfront for seats they might not even use.... read more here
  • Big Blue gets Huge Federal Cloud EndorsementBig Blue gets Huge Federal Cloud Endorsement
    If you think it’s hard to sell to businesses, just try making it through the federal bureaucracy and get to an actual signed contract. On the cloud front, the U.S. federal government, while pushing for its use, has put up myriad barriers. That’s because having confidential government information floating around in the cloud and not 100 percent under federal control is a frightening prospect. Vendors that want to sell cloud services therefore have to prove themselves safe and worthy.
  • Government Office Ready to Spent $10 Billion on Cloud ServicesGovernment Office Ready to Spent $10 Billion on Cloud Services

     The Department of the Interior (DOI) is serious about the cloud. The government agency is set to sink as much as $10 billion into cloud services through a set of 10 competing contracts with heavyweights such as IBM   and Verizon.

    Ten companies have signed indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts with the DOI, with each contract valued at around $1 billion. The 10 companies are IBM, AT&T, Verizon, Unisys, Lockheed Martin, Aquilent, Smartronix, CGI  Group, and Autonomic Resources and Global Technology Resources

  • The Migration to the Cloud by the US GovernmentThe Migration to the Cloud by the US Government
     The move by the U.S. government to the cloud will make it more efficient and save it a lot of money; and with the current government shutdown, every billion will come in very handy. Although the savings this move will provide the government will be too late for what is taking place in Washington, the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative (FCCI) launched by the Obama administration in 2009 will move the computing needs of the government forward. The US government spends $19 billion on IT infrastructure from a $76 billion total annual IT budget. By introducing cloud technology, the government will be able to eliminate hundreds of datacenters around the country and make it more nimble. Read more today
  • SAP Cloud Solutions Help Shape Key Government Initiatives Worldwide SAP Cloud Solutions Help Shape Key Government Initiatives Worldwide
    Application software company SAP (News - Alert) showcased exactly how its unified cloud portfolio works to support governments, no matter their size or level. All government agencies have security requirements, and those same agencies are in need of better ways to embrace cloud technology. SAP works closely with these government agencies to aid them in finding the right mix of cloud services that will improve both efficiency and quality of life for the people that they serve.
  • Cloud Computing Press Release Cloud Computing Press Release

    IDGA’s 5th Annual Cloud Computing for DoD & Government

    Cutting costs and growing capabilities through enhanced migration, mobility, and scalability