NATO ACT 'Art of the Possible' Interoperability Demonstration
GovCloud Network is proud to have served as the Program Manager for the NATO
Allied Command Transformation, "Art of the Possible" Interoperability
Demonstration on December 16, 2016. supporting the The Network Centric
Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), this effort featured an important
demonstration for military, government and business leaders by its
member-companies to underscore the benefits of collaborating via an
interoperable network environment. The demonstration used a secure,
federated-cloud infrastructure to highlight the consortium's work over the
past few years in how to develop a trusted environment, including governance
processes and federation management as well as interoperability verification.
This demonstration itself is an outgrowth of the NCOIC Interoperability
Verification (IV)... (more)
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A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing.
Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active
players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we
identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony,
if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the
"Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing.
Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various
services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web
sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT
operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and
see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
Chat apps characteristics make them very appealing to businesses and
marketers. Prominent ones include their size, user retention, usage rates,
and user demographics. In fact, the combined user base of the top four chat
apps is larger than that of the top four social networks. Chat apps also have
higher retention and usage rates than most mobile apps. Finally, the majority
of their users are young, an extremely important demographic for brands,
advertisers and publishers.
These chat app traits have accelerated the blending of artificial
intelligence and business service functions to create the modern chatbot.
Recent advances in this area include:
A chatbot's ability to conduct engaging human conversations which has allowed
businesses to leverage the inexpensive and wide-reaching technology to engage
with more consumers; The greater suitability of chatbots with mobil... (more)
Today data has replaced money as the global currency for trade.
“McKinsey estimates that about 75 percent of the value added by data flows
on the Internet accrues to “traditional” industries, especially via
increases in global growth, productivity, and employment. Furthermore, the
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) estimates that
about 50 percent of all traded services are enabled by the technology sector,
including by cross-border data flows.”
As the global economy has become fully dependent on the transformative nature
of electronic data exchange, its participants have also become more
protective of data’s inherent value. The rise of this data protectionism is
now so acute that it threatens to restrict the flow of data across national
borders. Data-residency requirements, widely used to buffer domestic
technology providers from internation... (more)
A number of users have reported that most of Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud
Service in North America was unavailable Wednesday evening and early
According to a post on Amazon's forums the reason for the outage was "a
lightning storm caused damage to a single Power Distribution Unit (PDU) in a
single Availability Zone. While most instances were unaffected, a set of
racks does not currently have power, so the instances on those racks are
down. We have technicians on site, and we are working to replace the affected
PDU. We do not yet have an ETA, but we expect to be able to recover the
instances when we restore power. Besides these affected instances, all other
instances, and all other Availability Zones, are operating normally. Users
with affected instances can launch replacement instances in any of the US
Region Availability Zones or wait until their insta... (more)
The CompTIA Cloud+certification validates the skills and expertise of IT
practitioners in implementing and maintaining cloud technologies. This is
exactly what it takes to become a good cloud technician. In the past few
years, however, the National Cloud Technologists Association (NCTA) has
recognized that evolving market demands have changed cloud computing
technology in at least 13 ways:
Variable pricing Cloud service providers charge different prices at different
times based on demand Pre-emptable machines - Providers are offering a
lower price for machines that could be shut down and restarted at a later
time without aborting the assigned task Shift from hardware to algorithms
where the hardware is bundled into the software price Use of reserve
instances where the user buys compute power in advance Buying in bulk where
pricing is based on aggregated use even... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that the 8th International Cloud Expo will
take place June 6-9, 2011, in New York City.
The International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series is the world's
leading Cloud-focused event and is held three times a year, in New York,
Silicon Valley and in Europe. Over 600 corporate sponsors and 10,000 industry
professionals have participated in Cloud Computing Expo since its inception,
more than all other Cloud-related events put together.
Cloud Computing Expo 2011 East
Call for Papers Deadline November 30, 2010 - SUBMIT YOUR SPEAKING PROPOSAL
The four-day event will offer a rich array of sessions led by exceptional
speakers about the business and technical value of cloud computing with more
than 150 sponsors and exhibitors and over 5,000 estimated delegates from well
over 48 different countries.
Explore Cloud Expo Sponsorship &... (more)
Behind every cloud service or cloud-based solution, there are real people...
A robust ecosystem of solutions providers has emerged around cloud computing.
But who are the CEOs & CTOs behind those providers, who are the internal and
external entrepreneurs driving companies involved in the Cloud, who are the
leading engineers, developers, analysts, researchers, marketing
professionals, authors...who, in short, are the people behind the cloud?
This list will be updated weekly between now and November 4-7, 2013, when
13th Cloud Expo | Cloud Expo Silicon Valley opens its doors in the Santa
Clara Convention Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. Here
are some highly prominent "Cloud People" to kick off with...
RANDY BIAS | @randybias
"Randy Bias is visionary. He sees things others don't." [Emphasis added.]
That is how Mårten Mickos puts it, as succinctly as ever.... (more)
A revolutionary change in the industry was the foundation for cloud on the
automation of virtualization technologies. Initially it was meant for
infrastructure, but with the advent of new and innovative cloud services it
has crossed the boundary of Infrastructure and invaded the application space.
The concept of ‘as a Service' model has three pillars: IaaS (Infrastructure
as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and SaaS (Software as a Service).
Over a period of time cloud services have grown and diversified to the extent
that clubbing the services into these three pillars is not only difficult but
unattainable. That's the reason none of the public cloud providers classify
their services in ‘as a Service' model category.
A public cloud provider has an edge over a private cloud and differentiates
itself by providing rich services as compared to focus on automation ... (more)
As cloud computing becomes the information technology mainstream, data center
technology is accelerating at a breakneck speed. Concepts like software
define infrastructure, data center analytics and Nonvolatile Memory Express
(NVMe) over Fabrics are changing the very nature of data center management.
According to industry research firm IDC, organizations will spend an
additional $142.8 billion oninfrastructure for both public and private cloud
environments in the next three years (2016-2018) to boost efficiency and
To support this rapid evolving space, Intel announced a “Cloud for All”
initiative last year in order to help businesses get the most out of their
cloud infrastructure. Specific goals for this initiative include:
Investing in the ecosystem to accelerate enterprise-ready, easy-to-deploy
software defined infrastructure (SDI) solutions; Op... (more)
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The computer and the network that connects them are both inextricably linked
to the success of any business. This truth is at the heart of our
contemporary connection economy.
"The computer patiently measures and reports. [T]he network creates value in
connection. The connection economy values the bridges between the nodes as
much as the nodes themselves." - Seth Godin
This train of thought explains why Uber is worth more than the independent
cars it connects. It also describes the imperative for enterprises to
redefine their network in order to operate in the modern data economy. The
instantiation of today's data economy lies in the digital supply chain that
links customer demand and organizational products. This reality surfaces the
need for organizations to transform their supply chains into demand and
product networks. This strate... (more)