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Archive for August 2008

Cloud Computing at top of Hype Cycle

Computerworld reports that Gartner see cloud computing as being at the top of the hype cycle. They have also settled on a definition: “a style of computing where massively scalable IT-enabled capabilities are delivered ‘as a service’ to external customers using internet technologies” Gartner believes that cloud computing will have a “transformational impact” on the…

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NPR on Cloud Computing

You know it’s important when NPR covers it !! On the “All Things Consider” radio show, NPR took a look into cloud computing. I’m not sure if Computing In The Cloud: Who Owns Your Files? is good or bad, but it definitely presents a view shared by many non-technologist. “Life on the cloud can be…

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Sun Federal Cloud Computing eBook

Sun Federal now has it’s ebook on cloud computing available for all. The website doesn’t really offer any new information, but it does highlight how Sun Federal is targeting the government market with it’s cloud offering. Follow me at https://Twitter.com/Kevin_Jackson

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Amazon Elastic Block Store

Last week, with their announcement of Elastic Block Store, Amazon has made enterprise class storage in the cloud a reality. According to Dion Hinchcliffe of Ziff Davis,”Elastic Block Store finally makes it practical, cost effective, and relatively easy to put traditional storage and processing of very large amounts of data in the cloud from a…

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HP CTO On the Future

In a recent Web Guild article, Shane Robinson, Chief Strategy & Technology Office for HP outilined his belief that we are in the early stages of a major shift. As he sees it, some major trends are; 1) cloud computing and everything as a service2) quantum leap improvements in user experience3) search will be done…

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Google serves as first line of defense during Russia’s invasion of Georgia (A plug for the cloud)

As reported by the Christian Science Monitor, “As Georgian troops retreated to defend their capital from Russian attack, the websites of their government, also under fire, retreated to Google. In an Internet first, Georgia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reopened its site on Google’s free Blogger network and gave reporters a Gmail address to reach the…

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Apptis and Servervault announce Fedcloud

On August 18th, Apptis announced a partnership with ServerVault to offer a trusted cloud computing environment to federal agencies. Called Fedcloud they are offering a federally compliant, on-demand infrastructure that lets agencies “acquire, utilize, and disengage without contractual dependency (subscription fees, licenses, or long-term commitments).” Apptis is currently scheduled to present at the October 8th…

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SOA-R Educational Series Schedule Changes

Since launching the SOA-R series back in July, cloud computing has become a hot topic among national security professionals. Evidence of this high level of interest is obvious from the following recent events: The New York Times reported John Garing (CIO DoD) as saying that he is “…convinced that cloud-based IT services will be the…

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Akamai at SOA-R Session

Had another very enlightening SOA-R session last week. Of particular note to me was Akamai’s vision of cloud computing. As presented by Fran Trently, Sr. Director Public Sector, Akamai is already heavily involved in providing cloud services to the DoD. They cite DISA’s Global Content Delivery Service (GCDS) as an “on-demand cloud computing architecture on…

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