Government Cloud Computing – Public or Private

One of the hottest topics in government at the moment is usage of the cloud, and this was one of the topics up for discussion while I was in Japan recently.  The Japanese Government announced earlier in the year the plans to build a private cloud for Government, the Kasumigaseki Cloud. Likewise in the UK…


Windows Azure

At the Worldwide Partner Conference more details have just been announced around Windows Azure, the Microsoft Cloud Platform.  This short video is a really good and very clear view of what Windows Azure is, and how it works; well worth a quick watch. Video: What is Windows Azure? Windows Azure and other related bits (SQL…

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Cloud Computing in Government

Without a doubt Cloud Computing is going to open up a whole new world of possibilities. Looking through the volumes that have already been written about Could Computing this quote is often referenced when talking about the business impact: What happened to the generation of power a century ago is now happening to the processing…

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Cloud Computing and Data Sovereignty

For Governments, this is going to be one of the biggest hurdles for Cloud Computing – where is my citizens data.  Most counties have rules and regulations about where citizens data can be stored; and using cloud computing where your data could effectively be anywhere is going to be an issue. There are huge debates…

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Open Source, Standards, Interoperability and Microsoft

There have been a few good announcements from Microsoft and customers around topics on Open Source, Standards and Interoperability recently. First up was the UK Cabinet Office announcement on use of Open Source in the UK Government which contained a refreshing amount of common sense.  For me the key statement is: “This Government has long…

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Isn’t “Software + Services” just “Pragmatic Computing”

There has been an recent announcement from Google that they have extended GMail to work offline in the browser using Google Gears.  As Steve Clayton points out in the post ‘Google Talks Software plus Services’ this is a great example and endorsement of the Software plus Services (S+S) approach. I like the S+S approach, the…

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Are more dynamic data centers the way forward?

There is a huge post well worth reading ‘Our vision for Generation 4 Modular Data Centers – One way of getting it just right’ or for those with a shorter attention span a video with some nice music…. All great stuff, but where this gets interesting is the concept of being able to commission and…

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