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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)

Autoscaling in the Cloud with PubSubHubbub

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)

The Comprehension of Cloud Subjectivity

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)

Cloudy Standards & The Skinny on Cloud Lock-in

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)

US Government Seeking 'Game-Changing' Concepts Against Cyber Attacks

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)