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Best Practices for Cloud-Based Testing

Tags: cloud, testingPosted: 04/03/2017

Cloud computing provides “computing” as a service, transforming IT services. Both the software and hardware landscape have rapidly changed in recent years based on the requirements of cloud infrastructure and its increasing popularity. Cloud computing can offer more agility for both software…

Including Ops on the Journey to the Cloud

Tags: DevOps, cloudPosted: 03/06/2017

Introduction Is there anything The Cloud can’t do? A day doesn’t go by without us hearing about the benefits of The Cloud. It can make use healthier, our kids smarter and everyone is happier – just by using The Cloud. And the IT community? It seems to be the biggest benefactor of the cloud.…

Cloudy With a Chance of Audits – Some “Lessons Learned” About Security Compliance for Cloud-Based Applications

Tags: cloudPosted: 09/16/2016

Federal agencies are increasingly turning to cloud-hosted infrastructure and applications to fulfill their IT needs. There are many good reasons to do so. Cloud hosting apps offer potential cost savings while reducing risk of technological obsolescence because the cloud service provider (CSP) is…

Maximizing (and Understanding) DevOps With the Cloud

Tags: DevOps, cloudPosted: 08/01/2015

DevOps and Cloud are two of the hottest topics in the Government IT sector these days. Many agencies/offices are working to get DevOps implemented and their cloud strategies finalized and deployed. Unfortunately, these are both often misunderstood, and missed opportunities to derive efficiencies…

What’s Killing Your Cloud Strategy?

Tags: cloudPosted: 08/01/2015

Do you remember Feb. 11, 2011? The former United States Chief Information Office (CIO), Vivek Kundra, released the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy. The goal of the strategy was to…

What is the Best Approach to Getting Started with the Cloud?

Tags: cloudPosted: 10/01/2014

As a new fiscal year opens, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) know cloud computing is a good option to leverage limited budgets, changing agency goals, and compressed information technology (IT) resources. Stakeholder desire for ubiquitous computing, bring-your-own-device, and the demands for…

Getting Over the Cloud Jitters

Tags: cloud, cloud computing, Federal ITPosted: 04/01/2014

Not so long ago the idea of storing sensitive data in a “cloud” would have seemed preposterous, right? But as more and more organizations have migrated to this concept, it has obviously gained credibility. Still, although the benefits of cloud computing have become widely accepted across the public…

Hybrid Clouds: Not If, But When

Tags: cloud computing, information security, cloudPosted: 08/01/2013

I read this article today on ZDNet by Steve Ranger on why cloud will never entirely replace in-house applications. I found it hard to disagree with the points of view expressed by various…

Asking the Right Questions Before Heading for the Cloud

Tags: cloud computing, cloudPosted: 06/01/2013

In any conversation about moving to the cloud, a CIO should be asking, “Should we do it?”  Many circumstances can force the decision to move. But the question of whether to do it is best answered by identifying the risks. So the question becomes, “What risks should I consider and mitigate for a…

Going All In with Cloud Computing

Tags: cloud computing, cloudPosted: 03/01/2013

Ever hear the saying “If you’re going to do something halfway, you’re better off not doing it at all”? That can apply to many (if not most) endeavors, but it definitely applies to adopting cloud computing in your organization. Whether you are on the bleeding edge of adopting cloud computing in the…