Monday, February 17, 2014

Why State & Local Governments Should be Prepared for Cloud

You are invited to attend the Cloud Webinar Series: Why State & Local Governments Should be Prepared for Cloud. This educational webinar is brought to you by RISC Networks, and will be hosted on at 12:00 pm on March 26, 2014. The webinar will present Moving to the Cloud: Expert Insights by Special Guest, GovCloud Network Founder (@GovCloud) Mr.Kevin Jackson. The best practices of cloud migrations will be explored. A panel discussion of the benefits of Cloud IaaS for State & Local Government will be presented. The panel features the founder and Chief Analyst of RISC Networks, Mr. Jeremy Littlejohn.
As CEO & Chief Analyst of RISC Networks, a consulting firm specializing in business technology analytics, Jeremy Littlejohn oversees approximately 300 engagements per year and works closely with CIOs and IT managers to optimize the reliability, scalability and performance of their entire IT infrastructures. Jeremy is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) with more than 13 years of experience in IT, focusing heavily on unified communications, LAN/WAN and data center technologies. RISC Networks services virtually every type of industry, including pharmaceuticals, healthcare, manufacturing, retail, banking, finance and technology. You can learn more about RISC Networks at

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

IBM Hybrid Cloud Debate: Experts debate: Are Hybrid Clouds the End All Be All?

A hybrid cloud may become the solution as the debate between public vs private cloud becomes so 2013. The industry’s experts will debate on when the hybrid clouds are and are not the be all and end all and if the infrastructure supporting the hybrid clouds really matters. As stated by IBM, “Dynamic hybrid cloud environments are harmonizing computing demands and capabilities – public and private clouds, on and off-premise clouds, and traditional IT environments.”

The IBM Experts Debate starts at 11:00 am EST on March 11, 2014 at IBM’s Virtual Event Center. The virtual doors open at 10:45 am EST.  Participating in the debate is: Kevin Jackson, Steve Strutt and Laura DiDio. It is an event you do not want to miss.

  • Laura DiDio is a highly visible information technology industry analyst, consultant, a professional writer and a former reporter. Laura has 20 years of experience in the high technology industry. She has consulted with all of the major industry vendors including: Apple, Accenture, Avaya, Citrix, Dell, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, SAP and VMware.

  • Steve Strutt is CTO for Cloud Computing, IBM UK and Ireland, working with clients to derive business value from the “as a service” delivery model of cloud computing. He assists clients to innovate in IT service delivery, and has pioneered the adoption of cloud technologies and business models to realize increased client IT productivity, agility and cost reduction. He is passionate about the sustainable use of IT and is an active member of the Intellect Data Centre Council, The Green Grid EMEA technical working group and the BCS.
  • Dr. Michael Salsburg is a Distinguished Engineer and the chief architect for Unisys Cloud Computing. He is a distinguished engineer, working in the Technology, Consulting and Integration Solutions (TCIS) group. His responsibilities include being the lead architect for Cloud Engineering within TCIS as well as chief architect for the overall architecture of the Unisys cloud

  •  Kevin Jackson - A senior information technologist specializing in information technology solutions that meet critical Federal government operational requirements. Recently, he was named a “Cyber Security Visionary” by U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine. He is the founder and author of “Cloud Musings”, “Cloud Musings on Forbes”, and the founder and editor of Government Cloud Computing on Ulitzer electronic magazine.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Interoperability: A Much Needed Cloud Computing Focus

Cloud computing transitions information technology (IT) from being "systems of physically integrated hardware and software" to "systems of virtually integrated services". This transition makes interoperability the difference between the success and failure of IT deployments, especially in the Federal government.  Recent government IT failures like the healthcare portal roll out highlight this critical difference.

Leading specialists serving on the federal health IT committee have voice their concern about the lack of comprehensive interoperability. "I'm concerned that this program isn't focused on creating an inter-operable system that would allow unaffiliated systems to share medical information,” Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said in an emailed statement to Fox News.

Being a very young industry, universally adopted cloud computing standards do not currently exists. While de facto standards are being pushed by some major cloud providers, other industry groups have initiatives focused on developing more open approaches. For now, each cloud provider is free to deploy their own technological solutions, providing little if any visibility to their customers. They are free to use different data types, query languages and data storage techniques.

Cloud computing industry success is dependent on portability and interoperability. Customers must shun any dependence on a vendor specific technology. They must also circumvent constraints associated with using resources outside of a selected cloud vendor's infrastructure.

Interoperability Clearinghouse is working to address theses and many other interoperability related issues. Working as a non-profit organization, they are helping to advance the integration of both IT and communication infrastructures. It is a collaboration of industry standards groups, research and testing organizations, IT practitioners and solution providers. In today's internet-scale IT world, stovepipe designs that do not address interoperability will not lead to successful outcome.



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