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Cloud Computing in the Federal Government
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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)

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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?

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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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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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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

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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

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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.

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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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