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US FedRAMP has turned into a slow lane for government cloud says protest group

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A cloud industry protest group has called on the US government to fix its FedRAMP process for certifying government cloud service providers.

IBM SoftLayer adds Intel chip security tool to bare metal cloud

SoftLayer plans to deploy Intel's TXT technology, which provides workload validation within the processor

IBM has deployed Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology, which provides chip-level application validation and security capabilities, in its SoftLayer datacentres. The company claims to be the only bare metal cloud service provider to deploy the technology.

California Government, IBM announce state-wide cloud platform

The cloud platform will offer applications and hosting to municipalities and state agencies in California

In what appears to be the first of its kind in the US, the California Department of Technology and IBM have announced CalCloud, a shared, state-wide cloud platform where municipalities and all state and local government agencies can subscribe to different kinds of cloud services.

US federal gov failure to leverage cloud may cost up to $19bn

The US federal government could save billions by moving wholesale to the cloud

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.

NASA’s cloud strategy falls short on security, governance

NASA is a pioneer in the cloud space but has recently come under fire for its IT governance and risk management practices

NASA needs to improve the way it handles security and governance as it moves to embrace cloud-based solutions, the US Office of the Inspector General said in a report released Monday afternoon.

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