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DHS to take public websites to the cloud

Agency to issue first RFQ under infrastructure-as-a-service governmentwide contract issued by GSA. FEMA and CIS are among the first agency components to move their public-facing sites to the cloud.

Tuesday - 05/17/2011, 07:35am EDT

Census implementing virtualization-first policy

Brian McGrath, the chief information officer at the Census Bureau, says his agency is about to implement a “virtualization-first” policy. He tells Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller, “All new applications will be serviced via a virtualized guest as opposed to a bare-metal deployment of hardware. Unless there is a compelling engineering or architechture reason to [...]

Friday - 05/13/2011, 06:37pm EDT

GSA’s cloud services RFP released

The Fed Cloud Blog told you it was coming. Now, the General Services Administration has officially released its request for quotation for e-mail, office automation and electronic records management cloud services. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller reports the cloud contract has a ceiling of $2.5 billion over five years. The important dates to remember? Vendors [...]

Tuesday - 05/10/2011, 05:36pm EDT

GSA issues RFP for three cloud services

The blanket purchase agreement could be worth $2.5 billion over five years. GSA wants vendors to bid on email-as-a-service, office automation and records management.

Tuesday - 05/10/2011, 07:17am EDT
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Cloud lessons from OpenStack 2011

Have you heard of OpenStack? It’s an open source cloud computing project from NASA and a group of tech companies. According to the OpenStack website, “All of the code for OpenStack is freely available under the Apache 2.0 license. Anyone can run it, build on it, or submit changes back to the project. We strongly [...]

Monday - 05/09/2011, 07:44pm EDT

House committee strips funding for Army email cloud

A House committee cut funding for the project in the 2012 budget by 98 percent.

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 05:38pm EDT

DoD’s cloud e-mail plot thickens

Just how many Defense Department employees will eventually be using a cloud-based e-mail service depends who you ask. Maj. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s vice director, told reporters Tuesday, selling the Navy and Air Force on its cloud-based email system is a matter of when, not if. However, Hawkins admits, “If you [...]

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 05:31pm EDT

DoD to set new path for IT acquisition

The Pentagon will issue new guidance this summer to move the military services away from buying technology in the same way they buy weapons. DoD's challenges are similar across the government, according to a new survey of CIOs. TechAmerica finds in their 21st survey of CIOs that technology managers believe acquisition employees need more expertise in buying IT.

Thursday - 05/05/2011, 07:58am EDT
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All DoD eyes focused on Army's cloud email transition

The Army is moving its email to the Defense Information Systems Agency's cloud. DISA's vice chief told reporters Tuesday that getting the rest of the military services on board was a question of when, not if.

Wednesday - 05/04/2011, 07:21am EDT
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10 ways the cloud can help your business, agency

Cloud computing is one of the major issues being discussed in the federal IT community. Just last week, federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra announced the progress various agencies are making in an effort to hit the administration‚"ôs cloud-first goals. Some agencies are moving faster than others, including the General Services Administration, which plans to [...]

Sunday - 05/01/2011, 08:42pm EDT

Enterprise email could pave way for single DoD sign-on

The Defense Department is creating identity and access management tools as an enterprise service across the department. One possible way ahead, leaders say, is a single authoritative digital identity system the Defense Information Systems Agency created to support the Army's move to enterprise email.

Friday - 04/29/2011, 03:40pm EDT
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GSA’s email cloud contract could be worth $2.5 billion

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra expects the General Services Administration to issue a solicitation by May 10 for a $2.5 billion contract for email-as-a-service. It’s part of how the administration wants agencies to move to cloud computing, Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller reports. Kundra said Wednesday there are $20 billion in systems across the [...]

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 05:23pm EDT

GSA to boost cloud computing with new RFP

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra expects GSA to issue a solicitation by May 10 for a $2.5 billion contract for email-as-a-service. It's part of how the administration wants agencies to move to cloud computing. Kundra said five of seven short-term IT reforms efforts are on track.

Thursday - 04/28/2011, 08:01am EDT
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Cautionary tale of Amazon's cloud crash

The recent crash of Amazon's cloud computing services has left a dark spot in the minds of some feds and contractors.

Wednesday - 04/27/2011, 03:44pm EDT
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Cloud market to grow to $241B by 2020

Here‚"ôs a fun, ‚"úlittle‚"Ě cloud computing nugget to digest this lovely Monday afternoon. In its latest report, Forrester Research estimates the global cloud computing market will grow to $241 billion by the year 2020. That‚"ôs up from $40.7 billion in 2011. According to the executive summary, the report ‚"úforecast[s] shifts in the usage patterns of [...]

Monday - 04/25/2011, 06:24pm EDT

Does cloud computing give you a headache?

The Fed Cloud Blog told you earlier this week about a recent survey of federal IT professionals by InformationWeek. The survey showed 58 percent of respondents are either already using cloud computing or plan to be using it within the next 12 months. Federal News Radio wanted some more information on the survey, so we [...]

Thursday - 04/21/2011, 05:17pm EDT

Decision science: What is it and how can it make your job easier?

George Washington University Professor Ernest Forman will explain the historical applications of decision science, and how it can be used today.
April 19, 2011

Tuesday - 04/19/2011, 09:37pm EDT
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How to consolidate data centers effectively

The administration plans on cutting 100 data centers this year and 700 more by 2015. Bob Otto of Agilex Technologies says this is an attainable goal and offers tips for agencies in the process.

Monday - 04/18/2011, 04:08pm EDT
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Cloud-first creating headaches for IT pros

The Obama administration's "cloud-first" policy is causing some headaches for IT pros in the federal government, says John Foley, editor of InformationWeek Government.

Monday - 04/18/2011, 04:08pm EDT
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Survey: What feds really think about cloud computing

29 percent of federal IT professionals are currently using cloud computing and another 29 percent plan to be using it within the next 12 months, according to the latest survey from InformationWeek Government and InformationWeek Analytics. InformationWeek surveyed 137 federal IT pros for the survey. Some of the other major findings in the survey: 21 [...]

Sunday - 04/17/2011, 03:55pm EDT
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