Saturday, March 10, 2012

INSA Study on Cloud Computing and the Intelligence Community is embargoed until March 13, 2012

INSA Study on Cloud Computing in the Intelligence Community ...
"Over the last year I've had the pleasure of serving with a team of volunteers from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) as we dove deep into topics associated with Cloud Computing and the Intelligence Community. ...The paper is embargoed till 13 March 2012. When it is released we will review more of it here. Till I can post it I’ll just give you a teaser, the study considers 13 November 2006 a key date in shaping the IC’s use of technology. Where were you on that day? Why might this date hold such significance to our national security? We will be holding a panel to discuss the release of the paper. . .  at the National Press Club, over breakfast on the 13th. . . 'The advent of cloud computing has changed the way government does business. It allows agency managers to harness the power of technology, while reducing operational and sustainment costs. Increasing efficiency has become a vital part of the mission in the defense and intelligence communities, and cloud is alleviating some of the pressure of budget reductions and cut-backs.' "

H.P. Attempts to Take On Amazon's Cloud Service - "H.P. Attempts to Take On Amazon’s Cloud Service - Within two months, Hewlett-Packard will offer a large and powerful cloud computing service similar to Amazon Web Services, but with more business-oriented features, according the head of the project. “We’re not just building a cloud for infrastructure,” said Zorawar “Biri” Singh, senior vice president and general manager of H.P.’s cloud services. “Amazon has the lead there. We have to build a platform layer, with a lot of third-party services.” Among the first software applications available as part of the Hewlett-Packard cloud, he said, will be both structured and unstructured databases, and data analytics as a service. . . ."

UK Cloud Computing Company iomart Hosting Recruits Scotland Footballers to ...
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Cloud Computing to Create Over 2 Million Jobs in India by 2015
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Panzura offers on-ramp for Google Cloud Storage platform
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HP Attempts to Take On Amazon's Cloud Service
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The Distinction Between Software As A Service And Cloud Computing
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Bitdefender offers free cloud computing storage service
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Cloud Computing: PCs to Grow 4.4% This Year: Gartner
SYS-CON Media (press release)
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SYS-CON Media (press release)

Cloud Computing: Amazon Web Services Cuts Prices
SYS-CON Media (press release)
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SYS-CON Media (press release)

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Web Host Industry Review
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Some cloud services oblige you to accept agreements that let them tap into your data unannounced. Beyond your personal affairs, irresponsible use of cloud computing may sometimes lead to susceptibility to security breaches and file ... - Cloud Computing...

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OakLeaf Systems

New problem for Amazon: Sony defects to OpenStack — Cloud ...
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ActiveEon » ActiveEon at Cloud Computing World expo on 28th ...
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beSpacific: SLA Presentation on Cloud Computing
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TwinStrata Adds Google Cloud Storage Gateway to BDR Solution ...
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TwinStrata, a cloud storage and BDR provider, has added a Google Cloud Storage gateway to the TwinStrata CloudArray. ... Managed Services & Cloud Services Blog for VARs & MSPs. Subscribe: NewsletterRSSTwitterFacebookLinkedIn ...

Fortress™ Saas/Security Foundation for Cloud Computing | Open ...
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Open Source Identity and Access...

OblakSoft Cloud Storage Newsletter, March 2012 | OblakSoft
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