To survive tight budgets, states must collaborate, new NASCIO president says

Oregon CIO Dugan Petty says collaboration should extend to federal and city agencies. His other priorities: cloud computing and IT acquisition reform.

Cloud caveat: Responsibility cannot be outsourced

Cloud computing offers the promise of greater efficiency and flexibility, but adopters must ensure that existing security requirements are being met in a new environment.

Data center management needs to tie IT and facilities, report states

The move to virtualization and cloud computing means managers should deploy data center infrastructure management software to tie together the IT and facilities groups, according to IDC.

Smart grid security: Will 'good enough' be enough?

The emergence of stealthy advanced threats targeting critical systems raises the stakes in trusting our energy system to IP networks.

DHS taking its public websites into the cloud

The Homeland Security Department is moving its public-facing websites to the cloud on a $600,000-a-year contract.

Will Kundra's 5 top initiatives survive?

The ambitious and sometimes controversial former federal CIO had no shortage of big ideas for reforming government IT. But can they succeed without him?

For IT shops, the future is data, not devices

The focus on leveraging 'big data' will drive agencies toward buying more pre-integrated IT solutions.

Windows 8 to go Live with cloud service

Microsoft has announced that Windows Live will be used as a key element for its codenamed "Windows 8" operating system.

Solar-powered processor raises new possibilities

An experimental Intel processor requires such low levels of energy that it can run on nothing but sunlight.

Congress' piece of the cloud: Supporting open standards, flexible acquisition

Congress can help move cloud computing forward by getting behind standards efforts, new acquisition policies and laws that promote trust, representatives from industry and government tell legislators.

Open Group releases a book on reaping cloud's benefits

Cloud Computing for Business gives companies and government organizatins the information needed to choose the right type of cloud and reap the most benefits from that decision.

NIST plan for cloud encourages innovation

Two new publications from the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Cloud Computing Working Groups lay a foundation for the Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, expected to be published in November.

Amazon's cloud services get approval under FISMA

Amazon Web Services joins Google Apps for Government and Microsoft's Business Productivity Online Suite among cloud services that can say they’re certified under FISMA.

Do consolidation and cloud always kill jobs?

Shuttering data centers and moving to the cloud can mean the loss of employees. But in some cases, agencies might need to hire more technical experts.

How FedRAMP could boost agencies' trust in the cloud

The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program can help manage sophisticated threats and complex networks, Ron Ross, NIST's senior scientist, says.

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