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Great week for Microsoft’s cloud services

Two good pieces of news for Microsoft on the cloud computing front. Microsoft has received its FISMA certification. Microsoft CTO Susie Adams said in a company blog post, “Adding FISMA to our existing list of accreditations provides even greater transparency into our security processes and further reinforces our commitment to providing secure cloud computing options [...]

Tags: email , FISMA , Microsoft , USDA

Sunday - 12/12/2010, 05:36pm EST

All eyes on GSA’s cloud move

GSA announced last week that it has hired Unisys to move its e-mail to the cloud. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller reports agencies and vendors are closely watching the move as a “proof of concept for the rest of government.” Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra admits if GSA shows moving its e-mail to the [...]

Tags: GSA , OMB , Unisys , Vivek Kundra

Monday - 12/06/2010, 04:32pm EST

How Benefits.gov uses the cloud to its advantage

Many federal agencies are contemplating the use of the cloud. But Benefits.gov has already made the jump according to program manager Curtis Turner. Part of the reason – to reduce costs on equipment maintenance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides the Labor Department with the hosting environment for the site. “Part of their mission is [...]

Tags: Benefits.gov , Curtis Turner , DOL , USDA

Monday - 11/29/2010, 08:38pm EST
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OMB announces ‘cloud first’ policy for agencies

Big news this week on the cloud computing front. Agencies are being required by the Office of Management and Budget to adopt a “cloud-first” policy as part of the 2012 budget process. Jeff Zients, chief performance officer and deputy director for management at OMB, made the announcement during a speech at the Northern Virginia Technology [...]

Tags: data center consolidation , IT , Jeff Zients , OMB , Vivek Kundra

Tuesday - 11/23/2010, 06:03pm EST
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What states can teach agencies about cloud computing

State governments, just like the federal government, are looking for ways to do things better, faster, and cheaper. Michael Kerr, senior director of state and local government for Tech America, says one of these areas is cloud computing. “We are seeing states taking the lead on the application and implementation of certain concepts and technologies, [...]

Tags: Federal News Radio , Michael Kerr , TechAmerica

Sunday - 11/21/2010, 03:06pm EST
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NASA Goddard CIO discusses cloud as a priority

Adrian Gardner has been the chief information officer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for 10 months. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller spoke with Gardner recently about his priorities for the agency. Gardner says one of his goals is to understand the needs of the scientific community. If you look at computing here at Goddard [...]

Tags: Adrian Gardner , Federal News Radio , NASA , NASA Goddard

Monday - 11/15/2010, 06:26pm EST
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Agencies raise questions about cloud computing

It seems like everywhere Federal News Radio goes, people are talking about the cloud. Experts at TechAmerica’s 2010 IdentEvent questioned whether moving all agencies to the cloud is possible in the short term. This on the heels of GSA issuing its draft requirements for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Those sitting on [...]

Tags: TechAmerica , IdentEvent

Tuesday - 11/09/2010, 05:48pm EST
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NIST creates cloud computing test bed

Federal News Radio was on hand for the latest NIST Cloud Computing Forum and Workshop where the agency announced it has created a cloud computing test bed named Koala. Dawn Leaf, NIST’s senior executive for Cloud Computing, told those in attendance the objective of the test bed is to “assess and characterize resource allocation algorithms [...]

Tags: Dawn Leaf , Max Cacas , NIST , Vivek Kundra

Sunday - 11/07/2010, 05:22pm EST
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How can cloud computing help people with disabilities?

A really cool interview for you this week about a cloud computing contest the Federal Communications Commission is running. Federal News Radio’s Amy Morris and Tom Temin spoke with Pam Gregory, Director of the FCC’s Accessibility and Innovation Initiative. Gregory told Federal News Radio the FCC recognizes that “cloud is the future” and leveraging its [...]

Tags: Challenge.gov , FCC , Federal News Radio , Pam Gregory

Tuesday - 11/02/2010, 06:45pm EDT
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More cloud offerings coming from GSA

Anyone attending the recent ACT-IAC Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va., can tell you there was some great information on the future of cloud computing in government being announced and discussed at the event. This includes the news that the General Services Administration has issued a notice on FedBizOpps.gov for e-mail-as-a-service under the software-as-a-service platform. An industry [...]

Tags: GSA , software-as-a-service , infrastructure-as-a-service , FedRAMP , ELC , email as a service

Monday - 11/01/2010, 03:30pm EDT
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