Cloud/Virtualization/Green


DOE facility sees powerful savings in the cloud

The Richland Operations Office in Washington State could save 60 percent a year in network costs by moving to a federal community cloud.

RIM takes BlackBerry users to the cloud

Business smart-phone maker Research In Motion has rolled out its cloud-based service for BlackBerry devices that works with the Microsoft Office 365 suite of services.

Millions of legal Megaupload files could go out with the bathwater

Users get a reprieve from having legitimate files deleted, but there's still no guarantee they'll get them back. Is this a weakness of cloud storage?

Can virtualization save government $30B by 2015?

Federal, state and local IT leaders expect virtualization to double in the next four years, but legacy apps and funding remain hurdles, a MeritTalk survey finds.

5 technologies on the way out in 2012

As the computing landscape changes, you're going to have to say goodbye to some old friends.

NIST tackles security, privacy issues in cloud computing

New guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology offer recommendations agencies should consider when outsourcing data, applications and infrastructure to a public cloud environment.

LiveBallot gets overseas votes to the polls on time

Voters living overseas from Florida, Virginia and California can now get absentee ballots via a secure Web portal powered by Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.

DOD must trim, restructure network infrastructure

DOD's Deputy CIO Robert Carey says military networks, including 900 data centers, need to be cut and allowed to share data to achieve true efficiency levels and interoperability.

Platform-as-a-service is next cloud wave, but what is it exactly?

Many federal managers don't understand the platform-as-a-service cloud delivery model and how it can help agencies cut development costs by more than 50 percent, according to NJVC and Virtual Global.

States test regional cloud hubs

The emergence of regional cloud hubs will turn agency cost centers into revenue centers and help local government buy cheaper cloud solutions, according to an IDC Government report.

Amazon's new NoSQL-based database is a real Dynamo

Amazon Web Services has launched a new database service that enables customers to store and modify unstructured content while proving rapid access to data.

Could agencies' individual needs break FedRAMP?

Federal agencies tend to have specific requirements that could undercut the standardized approach of a program like the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program, industry experts say.

Microsoft's next-gen file system to debut in Windows Server 8

Microsoft has outlined details of its first new major file system in nearly 20 years.

Montana law enforcement shares data via the cloud

The Montana Department of Justice recently reached a memorandum of understanding with the Datamaxx Group, which allows all Montana public safety agencies to use the Datamaxx Secure Cloud.

Utah moves e-mail to Google Apps for all state employees

The State of Utah recently selected Google Apps for Government as its new e-mail and collaboration platform for all 22,000 state employees.