Will Vivek Kundra’s Departure Affect Government’s Flight to the Clouds? The online world is abuzz with news of the planned departure of the first Chief Information Officer (CIO) the US has ever had, and some have expressed fears that this may slow down the government’s aggressive adoption of cloud computing that Vivek Kundra had been heading since he took office two years ago. It’s no secret that I, along with most proponents of cloud computing, am an avid supporter of Kundra. Consequently, I have written several articles featuring this young technophile and his efforts to revamp the bloated IT infrastructure
SAN JOSE, CA and TOKYO — (Marketwire) – 06/17/2011 – With intense competition and more than 130,000 attendees at Interop Tokyo 2011, Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) won top distinction for its industry leading Brocade MLXe core router and Brocade VDX Data Center Switch. The Brocade MLXe Series router was selected from more than 300 highly competitive networking solutions for the Special Prize: Infrastructure Building Products and Grand Prix: ShowNet Product Section. Additionally, the Brocade VDX Ethernet fabric switch also won the Grand Prix: People’s Choice for the show. The Interop Best of Show awards were created to help network architects and
Swedish High Schools Deploy Google Cloud Many schools in Sweden have deployed secure cloud login solutions from Google. These schools are using cloud technology from Google, online identity provider Svensk e-identitet and strong authentication company Yubico to make significant cost savings and protecting the online identity for staff and students. Online identity theft is a global concern as more e-services move to the cloud. Google notes that fraudsters have made online identity theft the fastest growing crime today. This growing concern has driven the Swedish Data Inspection Board to ask all Swedish local e-governments and schools to move from username
Saving Money on Rent by Going on the Cloud “In Washington, the first thing people tell you is what their job is. In Los Angeles you learn their star sign. In Houston you’re told how rich they are. And in New York they tell you what their rent is.” – Simon Hoggart, English journalist and broadcaster. In the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis, properties, both commercial and domestic, considerably depreciated in value. However, the recovery, at least for commercial property, has been quick. According to a recent report released by global real estate consultants Cushman & Wakefield, office space
CloudTweaks Partnership with CIO Summit Europe 2011 Cloudy with a chance of services You’d have to be living under a rock to have escaped the buzz being created by cloud computing. For businesses the cloud can offer tremendous benefits. But it also presents significant challenges for both clients and service providers. To the IT fraternity, it’s the biggest thing since portable hard-drives. Cloud computing – the industry darling that allows an organization to run all its applications through a traditional corporate data centre. Aimed at improving systems, cutting costs and making data storage and access far easier to scale, the
The Similarities between Airplane Travel and Cloud Computing “Airplanes may kill you, but they ain’t likely to hurt you.” – Satchel Paige (1906-1982), Baseball Hall of Famer. Over the decades, Mankind has had a love-hate relationship with airplane travel. In spite of the fears of cocooning themselves in an aluminum cylinder hurtling through the atmosphere at 600 miles per hour at heights of 30,000 feet, in a situation where someone once commented “There may be 50 ways to leave your lover, but there are only 4 ways out of this airplane…”, airplane travel has grown in popularity almost every year.
Riverbed Delivers Enhanced Support for Citrix XenDesktop Virtual Desktop Solutions SAN FRANCISCO, CA (April 19, 2011) – Riverbed Technology (NASDAQ: RVBD), the IT performance company, today announced that its award-winning Riverbed® Steelhead® wide area network (WAN) optimization solutions now provide enhanced support for Citrix XenDesktop virtual desktop solutions. With this announcement, Riverbed builds on its industry-leading abilities to accelerate and control the broadest range of virtual desktop environments over the WAN. Customers that deploy Steelhead products in a virtual desktop environment are able to overcome the WAN performance issues that bottleneck the most popu lar virtual desktop deployments, significantly enhancing
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra Plans to Shut Down 100 Data Centers by 2012, 800 by 2015 It’s no secret that US Federal Government Chief Information Officer (CIO) is big on cloud computing. He had already said that he wants to move 25% of the government’s annual technology spending of $80 billion to the cloud. In fact, I had referenced one of his quotes about savings on the cloud in an earlier article (See: Quotes About Cloud Computing (And Some Background Information on Them). “Just like water from the tap in your kitchen, cloud computing services can be turned on or