FEDERAL GOVT: Why the U.S. Government Finally Loves Cloud Computing. U.S. government agencies are moving to cloud computing and away from their own data centers faster than private corporations, according to several integrators and tech companies in both sectors. Apparently, the Obama Administration’s “Cloud First Initiative” announced five years ago is finally kicking in. Read more

CHARTS: The Cloud Computing Industry is Getting Huge, Decimating Sales of On-Premise Servers. According to research firm Forrester, public-cloud services will grow at a compounded annual rate of 22 percent between 2015 and 2020, reaching $236 billion. Find out more

EMPLOYMENT: Cloud Computing Brings Big Centers But Few Jobs to Small Towns. A giant Microsoft facility just outside Boydton, VA hides behind a quarter-mile berm and a guard house, across the highway from the rubble of a demolished prison. Behind the berm, six unmarked hangars each hold tens of thousands of computer servers. Microsoft has cleared enough scrub trees and vines for at least 15 of these buildings, and six more are under construction. One thing there isn’t much of at this Microsoft complex, one single computer data center, is long-term work. Microsoft says it might have “several dozen” employees in a place like this. They are mostly elite computer workers who tend not to come from Boydton, which lost a lot of good jobs when nearby factories closed and the prison shut down. Read more

PREDICTION: 60% of Workloads Running in Cloud by 2018 – and the Rise of Cloud-First. According to the latest forecast from 451 Research, three in five enterprise workloads will run in the cloud by mid-2018, up from two in five (41%) today. The analyst firm argues there will be strong growth in particular enterprise workload categories, including data and analytics and business applications. In the same timeframe, almost a quarter (23%) of enterprise workloads will be software as a service (SaaS), compared to 12% for IaaS. 451 argues that IaaS will be the highest growing segment, and despite the ‘hype and attention’ associated with it comprises only 6% of workloads today. Find out more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems August 2016

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.


Cloud Computing – Daily Tech Update – September 7, 2016

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