Cloud News Report: Top 3 in Cloud – Week Ending June 19th

June 19, 2013 by Diana Nolting

The Cloud News Report is a weekly list of our top three favorite cloud computing articles from the past week. 

CIA re-evaluates $600 million Cloud Computing contract

While initial reports had the $600 million CIA cloud contract going to Amazon, CloudBusiness9’s Stuart Lauchlan reports the bidding has been reopened to allow IBM a fair shot at the award. Post-contract award, IBM argued that the security requirement concessions and changes allowed to Amazon during post-award negotiations were unfair and thus the GAO reopened bidding to ensure everyone a fair shot.

Find out what the security concessions were. >>  (requires free registration)


Prism, spying and cloud computing: should businesses be worried?

Prism is the story of the moment when it comes to US technology. In this National Business Review article, based in New Zealand, readers are able to see what someone evaluating the US’s policies from afar think of Prism and its latest news coverage. In this opinion piece Michael Wrigley explains, “This is not just about intrusion by Government spies.  Big data use by businesses has exponentially increasing intrusion on other businesses and individuals…”

Do you agree? Read this opinion piece and share your thoughts. >>


Why Cloud Computing Offers Affordability and Agility

In this article Bernard Golden argues that those who compare cloud’s affordability to its agility benefits are missing the whole point. Instead, he argues, the cloud offers both and neither is more important than the other. Golden highlights automation and sites the flaw in the agility vs. cheaper debate is that it’s not agile and cheap, but rather it’s agile because it’s cheap.

Read more about Golden’s thoughts on how agility and affordability go hand in hand. >>