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Cloud Computing

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NSF greenlights 'Chameleon' and 'CloudLab' for innovative cloud computing research

The National Science Foundation said it's funding academic research to develop and experiment with innovative cloud computing architectures. It announced Aug. 20 two $10 million projects to create cloud testbeds- one called "Chameleon" and the other, "CloudLab."

EPA watchdog: Agency's cloud oversight faulty, resulting in $2.3M wasted spending

In its Aug. 15 report, the EPA inspector general said the agency's poor oversight of its cloud projects led to missed opportunities for savings. Agency management also doesn't have a "reasonable assurance" that the initiatives will be effective and efficient because adequate policies and procedures weren't developed.

NSF announces two new academic-based cybersecurity research grants

The National Science Foundation recently announced funding for two teams of university researchers who will work on new approaches to enhance cybersecurity for information systems as weell as provide education and training around the issue.

Senate legislation seeks to put safeguards on student educational records

A bipartisan Senate bill seeks to protect student educational records by limiting how that information is shared with private companies. The Protecting Student Privacy Act, introduced on July 30 by Senators Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, requires that data security safeguards be put in place for sensitive student data held by private firms.

IG: EPA's Water Office did not have proper oversight of cloud computing activities

The report noted that the agency did not know when its offices were using cloud computing capabilities nor could the EPA provide evidence that it could access contractor's cloud networks for auditing and investigative purposes.

FBI seeks information about cloud services to store criminal justice data

The FBI is seeking commercial cloud-computing options that can store vast amounts of criminal justice data. In a recent request for information, the bureau said it wants an on-site, infrastructure-as-a-service, "cloud in a box" system to support the Criminal Justice Information Services division in Clarksburg, W.Va., at multiple locations across the country

DEA canvasses industry for cloud options to store sensitive crime data

The Drug Enforcement Administration is planning to make its first tentative steps into the federal cloud computing arena as it seeks a solution to store sensitive crime data.

Oracle files pre-award protest to DISA cloud storage contract

Oracle Corp. has filed a protest to a $427 million cloud storage contract for the Defense Information Systems Agency even before it's been awarded.

HHS considering Desktop as a Service

The Health and Human Services Department is interested in moving as many as 200,000 desktop computers to the cloud as part of a shift to Desktop as a Service, or DaaS.

NIST launches new cloud computing working groups

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is standing up three new working groups to fulfill requirements laid out in the U.S. government's Cloud Computing Standards and Technology Roadmap. The roadmap (pdf), which NIST published in November 2011, details high priority tasks necessary to further cloud adoption in the federal government and elsewhere.