FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: It’s Time to Fix Our Cloud Procurement Problems. The government’s desire to move to cloud computing is gaining significant momentum. The White House is drafting a major new cloud policy (the first since 2010), and the newly created Cloud Center of Excellence, designed to drive government cloud adoption, began its pilot program at the Department of Agriculture several months ago.
MICROSOFT: Makes Inroads with U.S. Spy Agencies as Tech Giants Face Off Over Cloud Contract. Microsoft has secured a potentially lucrative agreement that makes the full suite of the tech giant’s cloud-computing platform available to 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, executives said recently, moving agencies’ computer systems onto Office 365 applications and adding certain cloud-based applications not previously available to them. Read more
AMAZON: Government Auditor Rules Against $950 Million Cloud Award to Amazon Partner. Government auditors have ruled that the Pentagon “did not properly exercise authority granted to it” when it awarded a $950 million cloud computing contract to Rean Cloud, a Virginia-based start-up that migrates legacy computer systems to the cloud and advertises itself as an Amazon Web Services partner. The decision, announced Thursday, upheld an earlier protest brought by Oracle. Read more
ORACLE: Unveils Oracle Soar, a Comprehensive Cloud Migration Offering. As part of Oracle’s efforts to provide more automation, it’s offering customers a package of automated migration tools bundled with consulting services. Read more
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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.