I wanted to quickly let everyone know that GSA has just published its request
for quotation to vendors to set up the first piece of the GSA cloud computing
storefront initiative. According to the RFQ document (See document here) the
objective of this RFQ is to offer three key service offerings through IaaS
providers for ordering activities. The requirements have been divided into
three distinct Lots:
• Lot 1: Cloud Storage Services
• Lot 2: Virtual Machines
• Lot 3: Cloud Web Hosting
The RFQ also sheds some light on the potential usage of cloud based
infrastructure with the US federal Government. The Federal Cloud Computing
initiative is a services oriented approach, whereby common infrastructure,
information, and solutions can be shared/reused across the Government. The
overall objective is to create a more agile Federal enterprise – where
services can be reused and ... (more)
Lately I've been really intrigued by the PubSubHubbub protocol (PuSH) and its
potential use as an intercloud communication protocol for monitoring and auto
scaling your external cloud or internal infrastructure (or both).
For those of you not familiar with PuSH, it is a simple, open,
server-to-server web-hook-based extension to Atom (and RSS) pubsub
(publish/subscribe) protocol. Servers communicating via the PubSubHubbub
protocol can get near-instant notifications (via webhook callbacks) when a
topic (feed URL) they're interested in is updated.
In a post to Techcrunch Josh Fraser d... (more)
I just read an interesting paper called "A Berkeley View of Cloud Computing"
and had random thought. In reading this paper, it occurred to me that the
very nature of cloud computing, like the Internet itself is based on that of
subjectivity or a particular subject's perspective, particularly feelings,
beliefs, and desires to drive their own view point / agenda. This seems to be
particularly true in the academic views of cloud computing recently.
Lately it seems that just about every "academic paper" I read on the topic of
cloud computing seems to push unjustified personal opinions,... (more)
Great post over at the Computer World blog on the subject of cloud API
standardization. In the post, Jeff Boles says "there only needs to be
standardization around a few core "activities" that are targeted more at
interoperability than uniform services and structure" He goes on to say "what
I care about, as an end user.
, is really carrying out a couple of key steps, in the same way, regardless
of who the provider is."
I also found his insight into what he describes the ability to "crawl a web
of potential services and see which APIs could be replaced or duplicated by
other ser... (more)
I just received an interesting notice published in the Federal Register by
the US National Coordination Office for Networking Information Technology
Research and Development seeking "industry submissions of research concepts
that will be 'game-changing' in the efforts to protect government systems
from cyber attacks." Submissions will be accepted through April 15.
The request, which is part of the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity
Initiative, is the first stage of what the office has called the National
Cyber Leap Year, in which the government identifies concepts that create a ... (more)