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TechAmerica Releases Best-Practices Report for Government Cloud Adoption - Government IT MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. €” Government agencies at the federal and state levels talk a good game about wanting to refresh legacy data center systems by moving as many of them to cloud services as possible. Instantly realized cost-savings, ease of use and increased data safety and workload effectiveness are all factors that can't be denied anymore. But the reality all around the country is that due to budget restraints, personnel cutbacks and an inherent culture of cautiousness, this process for governments is slower than a child dawdling home from school with a bad report card. Acknowledging that cloud computing is the way of the future, the TechAmerica Foundation on Feb. 16 released a 44-page report from its State and Local Government Cloud Commission that identifies and explains best practices and policies in cloud computing for state and local government. Legacy Systems Tough to Change "We've got to wake up.

VMware: Now you can send your VMs to Amazon's cloud (and then back to us) In what some analysts are calling a dramatic shift in strategy, VMware today rolled out new features to its vCloud Suite management software that allow customers to migrate workloads to non-VMware cloud environments, including on Amazon Web Services. In July, VMware surprised many cloud-watchers when it purchased DynamicOps, a company that allows users to easily manage workloads across multiple hypervisors and cloud platforms. VMware said at the time it is committed to a enabling its users to access multiple services from different vendors. Today, the company followed through on its promise. "They're making some pretty strong changes," says Gartner analyst Ronni Colville. To continue reading, register here to become an Insider It's FREE to join RELATED: VMware: It's not all about us anymore MORE CLOUD: Gartner report throws cold water on uber-hyped OpenStack project JOBS IN THE CLOUD: A seller's market

United Nations aims for cloud interoperability The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has formed a new group to bring standards to the cloud computing industry. The Working Party on Cloud Computing will begin by examining reports from an ITU focus group. The plan is to build on these initial findings and create formal recommendations for the ITU to offer the technology industry. It will be led by Jamil Chawki, core network standard domain manager at France Telecom Orange, while Monique Morrow, a consultant engineer at Cisco, will act as the head of the Joint Coordination Activity for Cloud Computing and as a point of contact for other industry members keen to get involved with the work. As well as the original report, the party will focus their work around three more topics: Cloud computing ecosystem, inter-cloud and general requirementsCloud functional architecture, infrastructure and networkingCloud computing resource management and virtualization

Try Cloud Computing Free with AWS Free Tier * These free tier offers are only available to new AWS customers, and are available for 12 months following your AWS sign-up date. When your 12 month free usage term expires or if your application use exceeds the tiers, you simply pay standard, pay-as-you-go service rates (see each service page for full pricing details). Restrictions apply; see offer terms for more details. ** These free tier offers do not automatically expire at the end of your 12 month AWS Free Tier term, but are available to both existing and new AWS customers indefinitely. † The following Windows variants are not eligible for the free tier: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server Web, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server Standard, Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 64-bit for Cluster Instances and Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 SQL Server 64-bit for Cluster Instances. The Amazon AWS Free Tier applies to participating services across our global regions.

Jericho Forum Current Activities When the Jericho Forum sunset on 21 Oct 2013, it had five documents developed as part of its 2013 work program that were nearing final draft status and ready for formal Open Group review leading to publication. These five documents were transitioned into the Security Forum as work-in-progress, so from Nov2013 through Jan21014 the Jericho Forum WG was fully engaged in finalizing them and supporting their progress through formal review to publication: On completion of this activity, no further specific Jericho WG development work is currently planned. What was the Jericho Forum? In October 2013, after a decade of achievements targetting this mission, the Jericho Forum leaders considered that day had now arrived, because de-perimeterisation an established "fact" touching all areas of modern business - it is widely understood and quoted by the entire computing industry. Jericho Forum Primary Objectives Jericho Forum Landmark Publications Jericho Forum Archive

Building virtual lab with Amazon Web Services | Khai Tran P a g e Table of Contents Abstract Chapter Cloud computing a look from the cloud What is computing? Definition Six attributes Three types Why moving to cloud? The state in education Amazon Web Services versus Windows Azure Platform Offerings Overview about products Pricing structure payment options at glance Renting (Amazon, 2011b) Instance Monitoring traffic and charge Security Credentials 2011e) Access Sign In Identity Management 2011d) Interface Building virtual lab with Service Problem statement Setting up account Estimate usage budget

About The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to promote the use of best practices for providing security assurance within Cloud Computing, and to provide education on the uses of Cloud Computing to help secure all other forms of computing. The Cloud Security Alliance is led by a broad coalition of industry practitioners, corporations, associations and other key stakeholders. History The issues and opportunities of cloud computing gained considerable notice in 2008 within the information security community. Contact Info General inquiries: info@cloudsecurityalliance.orgMembership information: inquiries: pr@cloudsecurityalliance.org Founding Members Founding Charter Companies Founding Affiliate Members

Case Study: Windows Azure - PageUp People Talent-management firm PageUp People devised a unique set of algorithms that identify successful career-path attributes from 30 million employment records. To rapidly commercialise their invention, they turned to Windows Azure Cloud Services. In just four weeks, Microsoft experts helped developers create web and mobile front ends, and deploy the open-source database, RavenDB, on the Azure cloud platform. With no hardware costs, minimal support, and easy scalability, PageUp People rapidly launched its service in Australia and abroad. Business Needs With 15 years of personnel records, talent-management firm PageUp People spotted an opportunity to create a unique service. Hill’s team devised the complex algorithms required, and created their unique CareerDNA search engine with the open source database tool, RavenDB. “We needed highly-scalable but cost-efficient server infrastructure,” says Hill. Hill also wanted help building their application, which the team named CareerPath. Solution

Cloud Computing - Getting ready is half the challenge This is not a new concept. In some way or another, Cloud Computing has been around since the late 1960’s when JCR Licklider of ARPANET first had a vision to have everyone interconnected and accessing programs and data online. So why is there such a huge storm around cloud computing today? Why are so many businesses struggling to get around something that was conceptualised in the 1960’s? The simple answer – especially in countries where bandwidth is a constant battle – is that there has never been enough access to data; couple this problem to the realities and complexities of cloud computing and you have a concept that is as difficult to pin down as mist on a midwinter’s morning. This is all changing however and cloud computing has never been more of an attractive means of computing! The following are some of the main areas that businesses need to pay special attention while grappling with the issue of cloud computing to ensure its success. Loss of control (31%, 5 Votes) Total Voters:

IBM banks on cloud computing, financing to lure small & medium enterprises MUMBAI: International Business Machines (IBM) is betting on its recent cloud-computing acquisition Softlayer and in-house multi-billion-dollar financing muscle to crack the market for technology services among small and medium enterprises (SMB) in India. IBM is raising investments in business partners who can act as the last-mile link between it and small enterprises, especially those that are interested in renting computing services rather than buying and owning it, according to Jason Mosakowski, who heads the software division in India for the New York-based company. "If the client wants to move to a cloud-based delivery model, they can have it with Softlayer and IBM. Now, from an India market place, when you can put my software on Softlayer and be able to deliver like that, that's a great proposition," Mosakowski said. While the process of making all of IBM's software solutions available on Softlayer has just begun, IBM has already announced its first deal in the space.

SunGardASVoice: Seven Cloud Computing Trends In 2014 By Suhas Sreedhar What will cloud computing look like in 2014? Glad you asked. Cloud computing took companies by storm this year, with nearly 60 percent of current small-to-medium businesses using cloud services and 72 percent of them virtualizing significant portions of their servers. 2014 promises even bigger growth as cloud technologies expand on every front from infrastructure and software-as-a-service to customized security and platform independence. 1. There might finally be an end to the heated debates over public cloud vs. private cloud architecture in enterprise IT. 2. Look for the Industrial Internet (a.k.a. the Internet of Things) to start transforming operations in 2014, as solutions combining intelligent machines, big data analytics, and end-user applications begin to roll out across major industries. 3. If scalability and efficiency are among the key benefits of cloud computing, then developing cloud-based applications that are platform-agnostic is essential. 4. 5. 6. 7.

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