The UK government’s Digital Marketplace, which replaces the Cloud Store for buying cloud services in the public sector, is now in beta and fully accessible.
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a five-year $92m contract to InfoReliance, a Microsoft consulting partner, to help the agency migrate its email and collaboration platform over to Office 365.
The USA Freedom Act, which was proposed in a bid to end mass surveillance and give more transparency and oversight to how digital communications are monitored by the US intelligence community, died on the floor of the US Senate this week, falling just two votes shy of the 60 votes it needed to pass. Some analysts believe the result will stoke further debate around Safe Harbour and other data sharing agreements with the US.
The EU will soon impose data protection legislation reforms in a bid to ensure more robust privacy guarantees and unify the data protection law across European member states. Peter Groucutt, managing director at cloud-based backup service provider Databarracks said the move will likely mean enterprises will be more willing to double down on IT security. But are cloud vendors in a position to capitalise on a potential boom in IT security spending?
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has approved the sale of IBM’s lower end x86 hardware business to Lenovo, an acquisition first announced in January following years of dwindling sales and increasingly pressured margins.
The initiative will see the Obama Administration leverage the scale and reach of some of the world’s largest cloud service providers in the hopes of drawing broader community involvement with the research.
According to research published this week, although nearly three in every four US federal government agencies using at least one cloud service, most federal government IT staff see a very limited role for cloud services within their overall IT strategy. MeriTalk and AT&T, the firms that commissioned the research, claim the feds may be missing out on nearly $19bn in IT savings.
Cloud and hosting provider Outsourcery claims that with impending EU data protection regulations coming into place cloud vendors will need to become more transparent with their data handling policies or risk further regulation and slowed cloud services uptake.
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology has signed a memorandum of understanding with TE Data, a subsidiary of Telecom Egypt, and Automation Consultants that will see the parties commit billions over seven years to provide cloud computing application services to the private and public sector organisations in Egypt.
The House of Lords has set up a special committee to assess the UK’s digital competitiveness. The House of Lords Committee on Digital Skills will focus on assessing the digital capability of the nation at a time when enterprise adoption of cloud services is steadily increasing, creating demand for skills around cloud, mobility and cybersecurity.