Architecting Beyond Cloud Computing’s Horseless Carriage

Today is a wonderful time for anyone interested in Cloud Computing to be working with the US government. On the one hand, the government considers Cloud to be strategically important, and they already have a track record as an early adopter of Cloud Computing on a grand scale. On the other hand, the government is also in the unique position of being able to drive standards for the approach—and in fact, they are even responsible for establishing the most widely adopted definition of Cloud Computing.

The federal agency...

By ZapThink, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Government, PublicSector.

Amazon Web Services Cloud Security

Cloud security ranks very high on the list of concerns for potential Cloud users. AWS went to great lengths to address these concerns and is attacking security issues on multiple levels: • physical security • providing secure data and services • certifications

Cloud security is shared between cloud service provider and customer. Both parties are thus responsible for managing and securing IT environment. AWS provides highly secure and controlled platform with many security features customers can use. AWS manages and...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 08 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PublicSector, Security.

Using a cloud service to collect information on European cloud infrastructure services

The public cloud infrastructure as a service market is developing quickly, also in Europe. Over the past months we saw the number of international IaaS providers setting up shop in Europe increase, while also several European based providers launched new or upgraded offerings. To keep a finger on the pulse of developments we, started as part of the European Cloud IaaS coverage at Gartner surveying pan-European providers of Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service . We are now extending the invite to participate in...

By Gregor Petri, 02 November 2011, 0 comments. Categories: IaaS, Infrastructure, Public, PublicSector.

Interdepartmental spat highlights US G-Cloud complexities

A substantial incidence of inter-departmental friction within the US government this week has served to demonstrate the complexities surrounding the implementation of the administration’s G-Cloud project to migrate US government departments over to Cloud systems, one by one.

The US General Services Administration (GSA) agreement with a number of cloud vendors to provide cloud services including messaging and productivity solutions found itself at the centre of the argument after complaints were levelled...

By Matt Henkes, 18 October 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Adoption, Industry, Migration, PublicSector.

Model Driven DoDAF Architecture: Building for Change

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On first glance, the marriage of Dovèl Technologies and ZapThink might appear to be somewhat of a mismatch: boutique Federal contractor acquires iconoclastic architecture thought leadership firm? But look below the surface, and the synergies become apparent, as Dovèl has long had an iconoclastic approach to architecture, since after all, we focus...

By ZapThink, 28 September 2011, 1 comment. Categories: Best Practice, Compliance, Developers, ERP, Government, IaaS, Industry, Migration, Monitoring, PaaS, PublicSector, SaaS .

Private PaaS – The Next Era of Enterprise IT

Central to the Government Community Cloud model is the development of a ‘Private PaaS’ (Platform as a Service).

Public Cloud providers like Azure offer a combination of hosting and built-in software components that make life easier and quicker for software developers, to write, maintain and publish new software to production environments.

Deploying this same...

By cloudbestpractices.net, 07 September 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Government, PaaS, Private, Public, PublicSector, Virtualisation.

Market Forecast: The Future is Already Here – It’s Just Not Evenly Distributed

The prescient quote by William Gibson aptly describes the worldwide Software as a Service (SaaS) market today, especially in the enterprise.

Global adoption and growth of SaaS within enterprises is unevenly distributed yet growing rapidly.  One...