Cloud & Data Center
Virtualization Could Redefine the Way Your Agency Looks at Cloud
Software-defined data centers can be a cost-effective alternative to renting commercial cloud infrastructure. Defining the data center in software helps managers escape the tyranny of hardware to become more agile and efficient, while maintaining complete control over system security.
The initial dire predictions are giving way to pragmatic optimism. The Trump administration sees technology in a fundamentally different way than its predecessor. And that may not be a bad thing.
Security tops the concerns of federal information technology managers as they look to move data and applications into the cloud – and that’s consistent with other public sector IT executives.
A decade after launching its Command Post of the Future, the Army aims for a more integrated battlefield command system that can push further toward the tactical edge.
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One of the U.S. Air Force’s most important online portals is now running in the cloud.
MyPers, the Air Force’s personnel portal for 1.7 million active duty and retired airmen, civilian and reservists, began operating in July out of an Oracle-managed off-premise cloud specifically designed and secured to handle some of the Defense Department’s most sensitive unclassified workloads.
Adversarial capabilities writ large have significantly improved vis-à-vis the United States (hence the necessity of the Defense Department’s so-called third offset strategy). One of these areas causing concern is that of the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).
It’s easy to poke holes in the cloud security effort known as the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program (FedRAMP). Few, if really any, governmentwide programs don’t go through growing pains, including learning how to meet the needs of its customers.
Cloud computing is about to hit its tween years, but spinning up virtual machines to install MySQL, Oracle or SQL Server to launch a new application is starting to seem a bit like yesterday’s technology.
The General Services Administration-run cloud.gov hosting platform has completed the final stage of Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program assessment.
The government’s eye in the sky is working on a way to understand more about what’s happening inside its own workers’ heads.
Security experts have long fretted about the rapidly expanding number of internet of things devices. While most such tools may not contain data that should be protected, many connect to the cloud and represent easy targets for hackers to gain access — not only to that device, but to all other devices connected to an IoT mesh.
Privacy invasions related to the internet of things (IoT) are already becoming reality. In Arkansas, local law enforcement is trying to access the records of an Amazon Echo device as evidence in a murder investigation and has already compiled evidence based on the files of an IoT water heater.
Over the last year, the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental (DIUx) office has been at the core of Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s push for greater innovation inside the Pentagon — so much so that Carter has the unit reporting directly to his office to bypass the typical department bureaucracy and ensure its success.