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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)

Leveraging Cloud and Virtualization for Disaster Recovery

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 DataCenterKnowledge.com. A well-planned out cloud and virtualization solution can truly help any organization create a more agile environment. There are inherent benefits ... (more)

Cloud Computing: A Retrospective

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)

HP’s Moonshot Could Lower Cloud Computing Costs

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)

Forrester: Cloud Computing Fuels IT Spending

As IT departments get the green light to update systems and implement solutions, cloud computing is increasingly getting a slice of those IT budgets. 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)