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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.

The Future Internet: Going Beyond Envelope's Edge

August 1, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

In the first article of a four-part SIGNAL semaphore series, the Internet of the future is envisioned, examined and its implementation explained by leaders of industry.

Minds Must Change Before Technology Can

July 15, 2011
By Beverly Schaeffer

U.S. Defense Department personnel really aren't interested in the technical details behind the communications "seams"; they just want to know their computing needs are met, even if that occurs in the "obscurity" of the clouds.

Defense Computing Goes To the Next Level: Up

May 13, 2011
By Beverly T. Schaeffer

For U.S. Defense Department computing to reach max efficiency, it's going to have to reach for the sky-the proverbial clouds, to be exact. But network transition takes time-and the process must be evolutionary for it to bring systems and users aboard smoothly.

Autonomic Resources Receives Government-wide Cloud Computing Award

November 3, 2010
By George Seffers

Autonomic Resources recently announced that it has been awarded one of the General Services Administration's first blanket purchase agreements for the first government-wide contract for cloud computing. Under this agreement, Autonomic Resources will offer public cloud services to provide U.S. government customers with simplified computing power, storage, and networking infrastructure that can be acquired and utilized on-demand, all from certified data centers with enhanced multi-factor authentication access. Autonomic Resources is one of only a few vendors to have met the technical requirements necessary to be awarded a GSA contract for cloud computing.

Cool App-titude: Power in the Cloud

August 17, 2010
By Rachel Eisenhower

Google introduces two new mobile apps for Android devices that take advantage of cloud computing infrastructure and advanced wireless connectivity.

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