New GovWin Consulting report shows growth of electronic storage: A new report from Deltek GovWin shows a continuing increase in spending on electronic data storage. GovWin targets the current size of the market at just over $1 billion, representing an increase of 22% over the last three years. The market is being driven by an explosion in the amount of electronic data federal agencies collect and store, with the Defense Department leading the way. Read GovWin’s blog post describing their findings and methodology here.
Intelligence Community Accelerating Move to Cloud: Earlier this week, Director of National Intelligence, General James Clapper updated plans for the IC’s move to cloud computing, stating at the GEOINT Symposium that the IC would reach initial operating capability on shared IT infrastructure by March 2013 and moving the entire IC infrastructure to the shared platform by 2018. The move to shared IT services will include a IC-wide common desktop being developed by DIA and NGA. Among the outstanding questions impacting the move is how to handle software licensing and it appears the Intelligence Community will work together to develop a new licensing model that will take into account a more services-oriented technology environment. Federal News Radio has a full story.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Hosts Public Sector Summit: On Wednesday, AWS held its 3rd Annual Public Sector Summit and announced continued growth in the public sector, with some 300 government agencies (federal and SLG) and 1500 educational institutions now using the AWS Cloud. They also announced increased capabilities for the AWS GovCloud, a dedicated community cloud for federal customers. Chief among those features is high-performance supercomputing capability made available through Amazon’s Compute Cluster Instances. Information Week has a good wrap up.
SIIA Federal Cloud Survey Goes Live: Last week SIIA’s Public Sector Innovation Group launched its inaugural Federal Cloud Survey, seeking to aggregate data on the federal government’s progress in adopting cloud computing, mobile technologies, and data center consolidation. Federal government IT professionals are encouraged to have their voice heard by responding to the survey, which can be found here. The findings of the survey will be published as part of SIIA’s Cloud/Gov Conference in Washington, DC on February 12, 2013. Learn more about Cloud/Gov here.