Technology sure does make strange bedfellows.
The federal government's newest cloud service provider is one that may elicit
surprise. It's the same agency that oversees farm policy and food safety -
the US Department of Agriculture.
The USDA has been certified to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and
Platforms as a Service (PaaS) under the Federal Risk and Authorization
Management Program, a rigorous security-approval program overseen by the
General Services Administration. The USDA now offers FedRAMP-certified cloud
services to other federal agencies, as well as to state and local government,
via its National Information Technology Center.
It's the latest example of an emerging cloud model, called shared clouds, in
which one government agency gets the most from its data center resources by
making them available to other agencies, according to an article on... (more)
With cloud computing, more users and an increase in data bring with it the
challenges associated with disaster recovery and business continuity. All
distributed systems have to be checked and the data points must all be
monitored. In working with these more complex data centers, many
administrators are turning to the cloud and virtualization to help them
create a more robust DR plan, according to an article on
A well-planned out cloud and virtualization solution can truly help any
organization create a more agile environment. There are inherent benefits ... (more)
Symantec recently took a stroll down memory lane to revisit the first seeds
of cloud computing that took hold more than a half-century ago.
Symantec created an interactive timeline that illustrates the history of
cloud computing, highlighting just how far the technology has progressed.
The interactive map, however, does more than just recall the roots of cloud
computing; it provides an opportunity to look ahead as well.
Symantec has plans to help usher in an era of safe, agile and efficient cloud
computing. It recently outlined a strategy to get there, which includes
providing com... (more)
Hewlett-Packard doesn't shy away from taking a few cheap shots every now and
again, and its latest line of servers, called Moonshot, proves it.
HP has introduced a new line of servers that could be considered a major game
changer in terms of power consumption and the cloud.
HP's new servers consume 89 percent less power and cost 77 percent less to
purchase than comparable HP servers. The new line of servers, called
Moonshoot, could help CIOs uncover greater savings from cloud computing,
according to an article on PCMag.com.
"Finding more cost-efficient servers is key and vital to ... (more)
As IT departments get the green light to update systems and implement
solutions, cloud computing is increasingly getting a slice of those IT
Cloud computing is on the list of top IT spending priorities for next year,
according to Forrester Research.
Software spending worldwide will continue to grow with a big focus on the
cloud, and these worldwide trends reflect the focus of midsize firms,
according to an article on MidsizeInsider.com.
The Forrester research found that companies and governments spent more than
$2 trillion on hardware, software and services. In the most... (more)