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I have been a little bit stubborn on my concession that cloud computing is really going to be the wave of the future. Though lately I have been playing with a lot of cloud related technologies and am hooked. Spin up 10 (or 100) Linux servers in a minute from a web page with no real systems management skills and then you start seeing the power of cloud computing. As I try to get smarter on cloud computing I compiled the following list of resources that I have found helpful.  If you have a great cloud resource please feel free to let me know what I am missing on. Cloud and Virtualization Guides and Whitepapers Ars Technica Guide to Virtualization: Part I – From 2008 but still a decent primer on virtualizaton The Ars Technica Guide to I/O Virtualization – From February 2010 very nice thorough intro to I/O virutalizaiton A Guide to Getting Started with Cloud Computing... (more)

Uncle Who Kidnapped Sofia to Syria Still a Practicing MD in Chicago

More than a year ago, Sofia was abducted from her home in Lighthouse Point, Florida, by her Syrian National uncle, who is practicing medicine in the Chicago area. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story Last March, a Florida judge issued an order to pick Sofia up from the uncle's house in Chicago and return her to her home to Florida. Due to a jurisdiction question in court - since Sofia had never lived more than 6 months in one state at the time of her abduction - the judge later gave temporary custody to her mom until the court could determine final jurisdiction between Florida, New Jersey, and Illinois. Sofia at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on her way home after her initial kidnapping from her home in Lighthouse Point, FL, by her uncle who is a practicing MD in the Chicago area. In July 2010, based on this uncle's instructions, Sofia was abducted by her mom to Syria where she ha... (more)

Net-Centricity: SOA in Battle

ZapThink recently conducted our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp course for a branch of the United States Department of Defense (DoD). As it happens, an increasing proportion of our US-based business is for the DoD, which is perfectly logical, given the strategic nature Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) plays for the DoD. SOA is so strategic, in fact, that SOA underlies how the DoD expects to achieve its mission in the 21st century -- namely, defending US interests by presenting the most powerful military presence on the globe. Furthermore, the story of how SOA became so strategic for the DoD provides insight into the power of SOA for all organizations, both in the public and private sector. This story begins with the issue of complexity. The DoD, as you might imagine, is an organization of astounding complexity, perhaps the most complex organization in the w... (more)

PerspecSys Named “Gold Sponsor” of Government IT Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that PerspecSys Inc., provider of Cloud Data Governance solutions that address the critical issues of Data Privacy, Residency, and Security in the Cloud, was named "Gold Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo ( which will take place on October 6, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The PerspecSys Cloud Data Governance (PRS) Solutions allow organizations to adopt Cloud-based applications, while maintaining total control of their private and sensitive data helping ensure that they will be compliant with the legislative, regulatory and policy requirements in their given geography or company. "As more public and private sector organizations look to cloud computing, they face adoption challenges from regulatory and standards compliance requirements such as data privacy legis... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Preview: CIO of the NRO to Present June 6

Cloud Expo 2011 New York $500 Savings here! In the Fall of 2009, while she was Deputy CIO of the Central Intelligence Agency, Jill Tummler Singer shared with attending conference delegates her view that Enterprise Cloud Computing was "The Infrastructure's Ultimate Revenge" - noting it was a faster, better, cheaper, and safer computing environment for the enterprise. Then she wrote about Enterprise Cloud Computing for Cloud Computing Journal, defining it as "a behind-the-firewalls use of commercial, Internet-based cloud technologies specifically focused on one company’s or one business environment’s computing needs." Jill Tummler Singer speaking at 4th Cloud Expo in Santa Clara, CA - November, 2009. Now, one year into her promotion to CIO of the National Reconnaissance Office, Singer is coming back to speak for the second time in the International Cloud Expo series. Sh... (more)

Sofia's Abduction to Syria: Interview with Diane Macedo of Fox News

Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview. Here is the link to the Fox News on-camera interview. This morning, on Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia: ▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at Fox News headquarters in New York City. ▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria I already wrote two blog posts on Sofia's status in Syria. Both posts were read by Washington, by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, as well as the Syrian government both here in DC and in Damascus. ▸ Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad ▸ Open Letter to the First Lady of Syria Asma al-Assad Following the Syrian p... (more)

Deputy CIO of the CIA to Keynote 1st Annual GovIT Expo

SYS-CON Events announces that Jill Tummler Singer, Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), will be delivering the opening keynote at the 1st Annual Government Conference & Expo ( on October 6th in Washington DC. Sponsor & Exhibit at 1st Annual Government IT Expo! Register Today and Save! Ms Singer was appointed in November 2006 and is responsible for ensuring CIA has the information, technology, and infrastructure necessary to effectively execute its missions. Prior to her appointment as Deputy CIO, Ms. Singer served as the Director of the Diplomatic Telecommunications Service (DTS), United States Department of State, and was responsible for global network services to US foreign missions. GovITExpo builds on the success of SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, the fastest-growing conference anywhere in the world devoted to... (more)

The District of Columbia Launches

The District of Columbia (Washington D.C) has launched one of the first live examples of a Government AppStore at The site features a series of cloud applications built using various DC government data feeds created by both DC government agencies and by individuals/companies. The site includes a directory of both governmental and non governmental applications listed by category including Education, Public Safety, Economic Development, Infrastructure, Government Operations, Health and Human Services, and About DC Below are some of the featured apps; DC Wi-Fi Hot Spot Map Use the map to find a Wi-Fi hot spot and display information about it. CapStat Mapping Application DC Government operational data on the map. Business License Verification You can use this website to check to see if some types of businesses have valid licenses Summary Reports Summary report... (more)

VIP Invitation For the GovIT Panel October 6, Washington DC

Tactical Cloud Computing is a technology branch referring to the use of cloud computing technology and techniques for the support of localized and short-lived information access and processing requirements. Register Now For This Panel FREE with Coupon Code (First 50 registrations): VIPguest At SYS-CON's 1st Annual Government IT Conference & Expo in Washington DC on October 6, 2009, there will be a "Tactical Cloud Computing" Panel, to be simulcast on SYS-CON.TV, in which speakers from Unisys, SAIC and Lockheed Martin will be discussing possible and already existing use cases with GovIT Expo technical chair Kevin L. Jackson, who will be moderating. "Defense, homeland security and law enforcement organizations are looking to leverage this new and exciting IT capability," says Jackson, who explains that possible use cases might include any or all of the following: “Cloudb... (more)

NCOIC Discusses e-Discovery and Cloud Computing

Government IT Session at Cloud Expo Last week during its weekly meeting, the NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group (CCWG) examined some of the legal aspects surrounding electronically stored information. With government use of cloud computing expected to grow, the group reach out to Mr. Jason R. Baron, Director of Litigation for the United States National Archives and Records Administration for some guidance. Mr. Baron is an internationally recognized speaker and author on the preservation of electronic records. In 2009 he was named Co-Chair of The Sedona Conference® Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, and has previously served as Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Conference Best Practices Commentary on the Use of Search and Information Retrieval Methods in E-Discovery (2007), and Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Conference Commentary on Achiev... (more)

A Bedtime Story for Sofia Who Remains Abducted in Syria

Diane Macedo of Fox News worked on Sofia's story for more than a month, studying documents, interviewing more than a dozen people, and fact-checking before publishing her news story on Monday and airing our interview. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story On Monday, she also published a detailed article on Sofia that was picked up by a dozen or so media outlets around the world during the week. ▸ Fox News Story on Sofia's Abduction to Syria When Sofia returns safely home, she will pay her first visit to Diane at the Fox News headquarters in New York City. ▸ US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind Syria The following is a short weekend "bedtime story" for my daughter while she still remains abducted in Syria. Twitter updates on Sofia @FuatKircaali One day, during his travels, Daddy found a "little green Swiss frog" on his bed as he arrived in his hotel room. Daddy took the little g... (more)