TECHNOLOGY: How Cloud Computing Is Changing Management. With cloud, information travels rapidly in both directions, across computing systems that, with attributes like virtualization, scaling up or down to handle bigger workloads, or automated security patching across thousands of machines, are far more flexible. This will likely mean a more flexible work structure as well, in the interest of products and services that ideally can be adjusted to anticipate customer needs. Key to the new system are rapid data collection and analysis, followed by over the air changes to product software. Read more
MICROSOFT: Sales Lifted by Cloud Computing. The portion of Microsoft’s cloud business that involves selling to companies — called commercial cloud — grew 56 percent, to $5.3 billion, in the quarter that ended on Dec. 31. Like many legacy software companies that cater to the huge corporate computing market, Microsoft was caught off guard by the emergence of cloud computing in the form of online storage and computing services offered by the internet retailer Amazon. Read more
PREDICTIONS: Cloud Computing Will Virtually Replace Traditional Data Centers within Three Years. Cloud data center traffic will represent 95 percent of total data center traffic by 2021, says Cisco. Read more.
GOVERNMENT: Government, industry Mix It Up in the Cloud. The government, which is a little late to use cloud computing, is nevertheless driving the way commercial providers are engineering their clouds. That’s according to an executive of one of the biggest cloud providers. Cloud design, he said, is to a large extent driven by federal scale and security requirements. He said if a cloud provider can meet federal requirements — and especially military and intelligence — it can meet anybody’s. Read more.
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IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.
BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.