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Not All Clouds Will Be Equal

February 29, 2012
By Maryann Lawlor

While the general perception is that a cloud is a cloud, that won't be the case for government agencies. Experts revealed more specifics about federal, state and local migration to cloud computing during the first panel at AFCEA International's Homeland Security Conference.

Road Map Charts Course to Cloud Success

January 6, 2012
By Rachel Eisenhower

A recently released draft plan provides a road map for federal agencies and industry to navigate through the development of the cloud-computing model.

View of Military Clouds From a High Perch

January 2012
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. Defense Department is aggressively pursuing cloud-computing options in the midst of budget cuts and personnel reductions. Pilot programs are in place around the uniformed services, experimenting with ways to enhance efficiency while ensuring security.

Microclouds Loom at the Network's Edge

January 2012
By Max Cacas, SIGNAL Magazine

A variation of cloud computing one day could lead to the benefits of the cloud being extended to troops on the battlefield, or to humanitarian relief workers, no matter where they operate. These microclouds would be generated by small computer servers running on devices as small as a high-capacity universal serial bus thumb drive attached to a laptop computer.

Hitting the Hard Spots on the Road to Cloud

January 2012
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

The U.S. government has released a road map to cloud computing that is designed to tackle some key issues, establish priorities and provide a clear path for government agencies and industry. The draft publication defines high-priority requirements for standards, official guidance and technology developments that need to be met for agencies to accelerate their migration of existing information technology systems to the cloud computing model.

5 New Year's Cyber Resolutions for Federal Agencies

December 21, 2011
By Dan Barber

From securing the cloud to unwrapping new architecture compliance requirements, 2011 was a busy year for the tech public sector. In the New Year's spirit of renewal and rededication, here are 5 resolutions federal agencies should make.

Telcordia Awarded Resilient Cloud Computing Contract

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

Telcordia Technologies Incorporated of Piscataway, New Jersey, is being awarded a $7,111,956 cost plus fixed fee contract to research, develop, test, and deploy the Autonomous Collaborative Control for Resilient Cyber Defense system. The focus will be on the development of a clean slate approach to engineer cloud computing infrastructure that designs out known vulnerabilities and provides the ability to contain previously unknown attacks to recover with immunity. Deliverable items are software, hardware, and technical reports. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome New York, is the contracting activity.

SRI Awarded CRASH Cloud Computing Contract

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

SRI International of Menlo Park, California, is being awarded a $7,491,195 cost plus fixed fee contract to be a companion program to the existing Clean-slate design of resilient, adaptive, secure hosts (CRASH) effort. CRASH takes a clean-slate approach to limiting the vulnerabilities within each host. Modular research-based composably trustworthy mission-oriented resilient clouds is concerned with the amplifying effect of the network, seeking to turn this around and use the network as a vulnerability damper and a source of resiliency. Deliverable items include prototype software, hardware and reports. Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome New York, is the contracting activity.

IBM to Provide Cloud-Like Platform as a Service Environment

September 30, 2011
By George Seffers

International Business Machines Corporation, Global Government Industry, Bethesda, Maryland, is being awarded a $12,171,809 firm-fixed-price and cost-reimbursement contract for Enterprise Information Services Production Environment, a cloud-like "platform as a service" information technology hosting environment used to host classified and unclassified Air Force data and software programs. Electronic Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.

Back to the Drawing Board or Back to the Future?

September 9, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

According to the author of this year's second-to-last installment on cloud computing, it would behoove the U.S. Defense Department to take a pass on its past approach to enterprise architecture, and instead focus on PaaS-platform-as-a-service-cloud computing.

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