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US Army Marches to the Cloud

The U.S. Army may be in the walking phase of its plan to shift major portions of its information technology resources to the cloud, but a recent contracting initiative could move the service up to a jogging pace by the end of the year. The Army's progress in migrating much of its IT capabilities to ...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Federal Investment in Big Data Applications Heads for Liftoff

U.S. government agencies appear to have gotten the memo: Big data is good for you. Federal agencies' acquisition, storage, processing and management of large chunks of information will drive the government to use big data technologies, according to a survey of federal information technology managers...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Federal Agencies Warming Up to Big Data

It just makes too much sense. Big government can function much better if government agencies take advantage of the benefits of big data technologies. Given the perception that governments operate on a bias favoring the status quo, it may come as a surprise that U.S. government agencies are slowly bu...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Just Showing Up Won’t Capture Federal Cloud Business

The observation that "80 percent of life is just showing up," generally attributed to comedian Woody Allen, has morphed into the admonition that "80 percent of success is just showing up." However, it appears that vendors who just show up with a generalized approach to marketing cloud technology to ...

Iran Raises Its Cyberfist to the World

Iran, which for decades has locked horns with the U.S., is emerging as a cyberwarfare power that's threatening the world, Cylance warned in its Operation Cleaver report, released Tuesday. Cylance has been tracking one team of roughly 20 hackers called "Tarh Andishan," which means "thinkers" or "inno...

BOOK REVIEW

‘The Practice of Cloud System Administration’ Brings Network Management Down to Earth

The Practice of Cloud System Administration, Volume 2 is a look into IT gone bad in some companies, and how doing it right can salvage enterprise use of cloud computing. The authors make 11 statements about computers and their networks on the first page of the book's preface. They ask which statemen...

Critical Infrastructure Companies Lack Cyberdefenses

Companies providing the world's critical infrastructure are woefully unprepared for cyberattacks despite the increasing threat level, evidenced by the release of the Stuxnet worm and the Shamoon virus in recent years, a survey conducted jointly by the Ponemon Institute and Unisys has found. Nearly 7...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

GSA Follows Corporate IT Procurement Playbook

A major federal agency has launched a program designed to acquire information technology and other essential goods and services for the government the same way that major corporations handle procurement. The General Services Administration, which acquires a wide range of products and services on beh...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

GSA Inks Email Cloud-Service Deals With 17 Vendors

Many U.S. government agencies seeking to utilize cloud-based information technology have tilted to one of the most common IT functions as a beginning step -- email systems. Converting existing email operations to cloud-based platforms became much easier for all federal agencies on Aug. 30, when GSA ...

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In the Cloud, One Size Does Not Fit All

Welcome to a special discussion on predicting how cloud computing will actually unfold for enterprises and their core applications and services in the next few years. Part of The Open Group 2011 Conference in San Diego, a live, on-stage panel examined the expectations of new types of cloud models --...

Federal Funds Flow to the Cloud

The U.S. General Services Administration selected more than a dozen companies to provide cloud-based information technology products for federal agencies last month, signaling a concrete investment in the cloud environment and underscoring the federal commitment to using the technology. GSA said it ...

Federal Cloud Conversions Heat Up Google-Microsoft Competition

The U.S. government's drive to adopt cloud technology has generated a huge opportunity for vendors -- and has sparked fierce competition for the business. In the latest go round, Unisys, in partnership with Google, emerged victorious with a contract to provide a cloud-based email system for the Gene...

GSA Entrusts Email Service to Google’s Cloud

In a move that confirms the U.S. government's recent emphasis on seeking cloud-based information technology solutions, the United States General Services Administration has awarded a contract for converting the agency's email system to a cloud platform. GSA gave the $6.7 million, five-year task orde...

Free Help for Implementing FOSS in the Enterprise

There are clearly more reasons these days than ever before for companies to adopt free and open source More about open source software. Adopting it they are, too -- in droves, it seems. How else could vendor Red Hat, for example, surpass all expectations with its most recent earnings report? Yet the...

OpenLogic Kicks Off Open Source Head Count

OpenLogic, a provider of open source packages, kicked off the data-gathering second phase of a global project aiming to collect and share quantitative data on the use of open source software. The company on Wednesday announced an initial list of 10 survey sponsors and launched a census designed to s...

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