Hybrid Cloud Environments Offer Federal Agencies the Best of Both Worlds

Bob Kirby, FedTech,  Friday, April 29, 2016

By embracing a hybrid clouds, agencies can put highly sensitive information in private clouds while using public clouds for low-cost storage.

Cloud will make U.S. immigration agency more agile

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Saturday, April 23, 2016

With those efforts, Schwartz's agency views the provision of services to citizens -- or, in his case, citizen-aspirants -- in much the same way that a private enterprise views its customers. That is, the IT department under Schwartz's leadership at CIS is trying to adopt a consumer-centric approach and deliver a clean, user-friendly experience on its digital properties.

What Agency Can Benefit The Most From IoT/CSP?

Scott Andersen by Scott Andersen, Creative Technology & Innovation
Friday, April 15, 2016

The huge IoT impact point in the next couple of years will be in the world of data. The production of, consumption of and analysis of data produced by sensors. Many government agencies have already embraced Cyber Physical Systems (IoT) and continue to push further and further into the world of data production, movement and analyses.

Microsoft Cloud App Security Released for General Availability

Betsy, Cloudwards,  Friday, April 8, 2016

Continuing a focus on security as discussed by CEO Satya Nadella in November, Microsoft Cloud App Security, based on Adallom technology, was released to general availability this week. Microsoft purchased Adallom last July, paying $320 million (in cash) for the Israel-based cloud security startup company. The application is designed to bring a similar level of visibility, control, and protection for SaaS cloud apps as for on-premises networks.

SQL Server 2016 Offers Federal Agencies Multiple Cloud Options

Mike Chapple, FedTech,  Monday, February 22, 2016

Later this year, Microsoft will release SQL Server 2016. For agencies coming off SQL Server 2005 or simply seeking a technology upgrade, SQL Server 2016’s arrival offers agencies the opportunity to leverage cloud resources suited to their culture and risk tolerance. SQL Server 2016 will integrate tightly with Microsoft Azure, allowing agencies to seamlessly shift database content between on-premises infrastructure and the public cloud. Agencies can embrace this technology with confidence, knowing that Azure is certified by FedRAMP. Agencies that aren’t ready for an all-in cloud database migration will benefit from SQL Server 2016’s phased migration approach. This allows agencies to migrate at their own pace. They can start with low-risk, high-reward options and then gradually progress to a stretched database approach.

Will the cloud change scientific computing?

Tom Wilkie, Scientific Computing World,  Monday, February 22, 2016

At the beginning of January, researchers in the life sciences gathered at the Wellcome Trust in London to hear the first results of data analysis carried out using a new private academic cloud, set up by eMedLab, a consortium of seven academic research institutions. On the other side of the Atlantic, a couple of months earlier, the US National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a five-year, $5 million grant to the Aristotle Cloud Federation to federate the private academic clouds of three, geographically dispersed universities.

Four 2016 federal IT predictions: It’s all about the data

Rob Stein, Federal News Radio,  Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Cloud computing has changed the speed and the efficiency at which data can be processed. But it has also changed the way in which data is moved, stored and managed. Make no mistake: Data is any agency’s most important asset and managing that data most effectively is vital. Based on our work with government agencies over the past year, we have developed four federal IT predictions for 2016 and beyond.

Data center of the future: 5 key elements

Bob Fortna, GCN,  Monday, January 11, 2016

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s data center consolidation efforts are establishing a foundation for the federal data center of the future. In DISA’s own words, “consolidation will establish a core computing infrastructure that provides assured and ubiquitous access to vital enterprise services and aggregates computing services and infrastructure requirements to gain economic efficiencies of scale.” In short, DISA is moving aggressively to build a more powerful, yet streamlined, operation -- one that works well today, but also is built for future demands.

PSC breaks cloud adoption down to 6 steps for CIOs

Stephanie Kanowitz, Fierce Government IT,  Saturday, December 12, 2015

A new six-step guide offers government agencies tips on how to transition to the cloud. Noting that four years since the Office of Management and Budget issued the Cloud First policy, only a fraction of federal chief information officers are happy with their cloud progress, the Professional Services Council's Technology Council issued the report (pdf), "Best Practices for Federal Agency Adoption of Commercial Cloud Solutions," on Dec. 10.

Mr. FedRAMP: Understand your data before you move to cloud

Greg Otto, FedScoop,  Wednesday, November 11, 2015

One of the biggest challenges for federal agencies looking to move to the cloud is figuring out what types of data they have and where that data can reside, the head of FedRAMP said Tuesday. At the Red Hat Government Symposium, FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich said even as agencies are mixing in cloud instances with their legacy systems, they are struggling with what data they have and where it's appropriate to put that data.