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While new security measures are being put into effect, the adoption is lacking. However, attitudes are changing, especially in the community of Open Source proponents. (Fair mention: this report was provided by Red Hat and Cisco, both heavy contributors to the Open Source community)
A new report from government IT network MeriTalk has assessed how federal agencies are keen on the concept of cloud computing, but are reticent to migrate their full IT estate over for the moment.
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I think the key of the argument lies in the one sentence on how to balance security and cost. Everybody wants cheaper, but that doesn't always make it better (and neither does buying the most expensive thing on the menu either...)
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This is still making news, and for good reason. I think this a great step forward and opens the door to a lot more innovation within a time frame that is meaningful (e.g. not obsolete at delivery because the "process" took to long)
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Must read for seeing how the Dept. of Defense plans to shake up things in the near future with cloud adoption. To say that DoD has not moved out into the cloud fast enough is an understatement -- its been talked about for years, earliest public references were some time in 2009 or so. Check out the 2010-2012 enterprise strategic plan --  http://dodcio.defense.gov/Portals/0/Documents/DIEA/DodIESP-r16.pdf
The Defense Department is drafting plans that will give the military services the authority to contract for their own cloud services using a soon-to-be-developed common business case analysis template, the Pentagon's acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen confirmed Tuesday.
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Security, data privacy, and control. Are these really at war with economics and efficiencies? No matter where the data is, it's at risk of compromise. My take on the issue -- it's sort of like stuffing money in your mattress versus depositing it into a bank... both offer different illusions of security and control, but I'll take the bank.
While many states are looking into the cloud, officials worry about privacy laws.
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Great news! It's more than making it available, its making it easier and simpler to acquire these services. Kudos to GSA on their thinking and foresight.
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The commercial clouds are rapidly approaching approved production capability for the US Department of Defense -- very good news to have competitive options available to not only foster competition, but also push more innovative services once these platforms become commonplace to use. What is worrisome is that the current procedure for obtaining service as described in the article takes weeks... Cloud should take minutes! (But there are FAR issues at work here, if you want to know why it currently takes "forever" on Internet time)
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Making data more secure is critical for the much slower process of building trust in a "new" technology's abilities to be demonstrated. Question: will the extra rules, monitoring requirements, and other factors detract from the cost savings? Will there still be enough savings left over to motivate change?
Keeping sensitive data and information safe is top of mind for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The agency's new cloud computing security requirements are relevant for cloud computing vendors seeking to help midsize firms secure their data.What the Guidelines ...
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More transformation happening at the Department of Defense. My take is that things need to get easier to acquire capabilities and services faster, and with as little red tape as possible.
The Defense Department is expected very soon to release a new policy revising the role DISA plays in brokering cloud services. The changes are designed to speed cloud service acquisitions. DISA no longer will be the sole acquisition agency, but it will continue to ensure network access to cloud service providers is secure and reliable, agency officials say.
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Well this is good news -- and falls in line with the acting DoD CIO's perspective that new and innovative approaches must be tried.
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Great post on the leading adopters in the Federal Gov't* — GSA, DOI, USDA, NASA, and NOAA!

* General Services Administration, Department of the Interior, Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Despite slow adoption government-wide, these agencies have paved the way for others implementing cloud computing.
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The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is working on making commercial cloud more accessible to the Dept. of Defense. The looming threat of shrinking budgets is driving several improvements that are long overdue.
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