This Week in the Federal Cloud: April 2-6

As it does every spring, Federal IT took center stage in Washington, DC this week, as the Washington Convention Center hosted the annual FOSE Conference and Trade Show.  This year featured tracks on mobility, cybersecurity and cloud & virtualization, as well as keynotes from Federal CIO Steven Van Roekel and former U.S. Senator George Mitchell.  A lot of buzz in the halls on innovation, the future of federal IT, security in the cloud and the upcoming FedRAMP certification process.

This week in Federal Cloud also saw contract awards for the Army Private Cloud (APC2) and more talk about the need for acquisition to evolve to support cloud deployment.

  • FOSE Conference brings together hundreds of government IT leaders from around the country
    (Federal Times, April 3)
    (Washington Technology, April 4)
    (Federal Computer Week, April 3)
  • US Army awards $250 million private cloud contract to HP (ITProPortal, April 4)
  • McClure says acquisition officers must retool for cloud (Fierce Government IT, April 4)
  • Australia:  Federal government opens up to smaller cloud deals.  Aim is to make sure technology can be acquired as it becomes available (IT News Australia, April 3)

Michael Hettinger is VP for the Public Sector Innovation Group at SIIA.

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