Properly planned and well-executed, cloud migration can result in significant savings, increased efficiency and performance, and even enhanced privacy and security. This section of the SafeGov.org site includes case studies of cloud deployments with the goal of articulating best practices and potential pitfalls by focusing on the risk management, strategic planning, and resource management issues that define a successful cloud transition.
Dana Gardner, SYS-CON Media, Friday, October 21, 2016
As government agencies move to the public cloud computing model, the use of more than one public cloud provider can offer economic benefits by a competition and choice. But are the public clouds standardized efficiently for true interoperability, and can the large government contracts in the offing for cloud providers have an impact on the level of maturity around standardization?
Michael Cooney, Network World, Thursday, October 20, 2016
The advanced research arm of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence rolled out the Virtuous User Environment (VirtUE) program which the agency says “is looking to use the federal government’s impending migration to commercial cloud-based IT infrastructures and the current explosion of new virtualization and operating system concepts to create and demonstrate a more secure interactive user computing environment than the government has had in the past or likely to have in the near future.”
Amanda Ziadeh, GCN, Wednesday, October 19, 2016
The General Services Administration’s new shared services framework could expand the use of cloud services across the federal government, according to the Unified Shared Service Management Office's Robert Wuhrman.
Samuel Taube, Investment U , Friday, August 12, 2016
Cloud computing is quickly becoming the backbone of our entire tech industry. We’ve written before about its importance to investors. But do you really get it? Like most emerging technologies, the cloud is the subject of many myths and misconceptions. If you’re going to invest in “the cloud” - and all signs are pointing to it being a strong long-term play - you should have some understanding of how it works. Believe it or not, it’s actually a fairly simple concept. Let’s break down four common myths...
Kalev Leetaru, Forbes, Monday, August 8, 2016
Yet, one of the biggest reasons for turning to the commercial cloud is the massive resiliency it offers. In addition to incredibly sophisticated backup facilities, all of the major cloud vendors offer multiple data centers geographically distributed across the globe. Even when one data center’s supplying power grid is unlucky enough to be hit by four separate lightning strikes in close succession, applications can simply transparently migrate to any other data center with minimal downtime. Even companies operating their own corporate data center can maintain hot failover mirrors in the cloud allowing them to instantly transfer operations upon a local failure.
Marty Loughlin, Datanami, Monday, June 27, 2016
Implementing the uniform policies and practices of governance with semantic technologies ingrains them within business functions and supporting IT systems at such a granular level that well governed, trustworthy data becomes an implicit by-product of simply using data.
Kalev Leetaru, Forbes, Monday, June 13, 2016
Yet, perhaps what makes the offerings of this new generation of the commercial cloud so different from the past is that historically, hosted computing environments tended to exclusively specialize in offering computers for rent. The companies renting the computers simply bought machines and doled them out to customers. In contrast, the Googles, Amazons and Microsofts of the world today are leveraging the very infrastructures that run their own global operations.
Michael Beckley, FCW, Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Because of the size and scope of the federal IT market, FedRAMP has the real potential to elevate the security posture of U.S. cloud service providers. This will be of at least indirect benefit to everyone, but a greater potential exists for building a more robust commercial IT infrastructure on the shoulders of FedRAMP standards.
Chris Gondek, PC World, Tuesday, June 7, 2016
So if data is generating at a rate that’s too fast to analyse and manage – how can businesses successfully keep on top of their data? Today, many companies are still using the ‘band-aid’ approach. Hastily implementing various solutions that focus on a specific issue – backup, disaster recovery or archiving – but does little or nothing to solve the underlying problem. Instead, what businesses need to do is take a step-back and look at the bigger picture and develop a holistic approach to efficiently manage their data.
Microsoft publishes guide for secure and efficient integration of cloud services into government operations
Paul Nicholas, Microsoft Cyber Trust Blog, Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Governments are working to determine what role they should play, how to best capitalize on cloud’s potential, and how to ensure that security and resilience requirements are met. Microsoft is committed to supporting governments on this journey and has developed Transforming Government: A cloud assurance program guide. Establishing a cloud assurance program is an investment – but one that pays significant dividends.