VMware’s cloud service has been granted approval to operate across the US public sector by the government’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).
US lawmakers have this week introduced two bipartisan bills that seek to limit the reach of US courts over data stored in cloud services located outside the US, a move welcomed by a broad coalition of technology and telecoms firms.
Accenture announced plans to acquire Agilex, a provider of digital services to the US government and other heavily regulated sectors. The company said the acquisition will bolster Accenture’s expertise in managing cloud, mobile and big data deployments in the public sector.
A recent study surveying what UK parliamentarians think about cloud computing reveals that while most MPs believe data offshoring and security are key barriers to cloud uptake in the public sector, surprisingly few MPs – just three per cent – claim to have a good understanding of the upcoming European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Europe needs to complete its ambitious digital single market initiative if it wants to help citizens and local technology businesses thrive, according to David Drummond, Google’s senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer.
Google and Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) are teaming up to bid to develop a healthcare management platform that would see the two firms, with the help of a number of large electronic medical health record vendors, modernise the US Department of Defense’s military health system using the cloud to share medical health records globally.
CenturyLink has this week named Tim Meehan as senior vice president and general manager of CenturyLink Government, who takes the reins from acting senior vice president and general manager Lisa Bruch.
G-Cloud sales are likely to peak above £350m before the year is out, but 2015, which will see the launch of the sixth iteration of the UK government’s cloud services procurement framework, will be a ‘make or break’ year for the ambitious government programme according to Databarracks managing director Peter Groucutt.
The UK government is “ahead of the curve” when it comes to cloud adoption and streamlining digital service procurement practices across the public sector, according to recently published research from IDC. But Massimiliano Claps, research director at IDC Government Insights told BCN that while the UK government has taken strides to refine the procurement and certification process for G-Cloud, it’s unclear whether the moves will make buyers’ lives easier.
European Parliament has approved a motion stressing among other things the need to unbundle search engines from the other commercial services offered by those companies. Though technically non-binding, largely symbolic and heavily criticised, the move seems largely aimed at pressuring the European Commission to investigate the possible breakup of Google. The move was brushed off by some as “political theatre.”