MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, this week launched three new cloud computing initiatives intended to help accelerate cloud computing adoption across the Federal government.

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Archaic rules are holding the Senate back from making better use of digital communication technologies, write Sens. Cory Booker and Claire McCaskill, in a letter to the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

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The military isn’t dipping its toes into cloud waters, it’s diving in. The Pentagon outspends many countries, and its 2015 cloud investment will reach nearly $773 million, accounting for 37 percent of all Federal cloud spending.

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The best defense is a good offense, according to the Defense Department. No, seriously. At last week’s Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group Hillversation, some of the country’s most important IT leaders – tasked with oversight and protection of our nation’s military – spoke on how cloud adoption is affecting our nation’s defense.

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The Defense Information Services Agency (DISA) issued long awaited guidance last week, reducing the number of classification levels for Cloud data from four to six.

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David Bennett, CIO of the Defense Information Systems Agency, has been thinking about cloud a lot lately. DOD rolled out DISA’s milCloud in March. Bennett, who took over as DISA CIO in October 2012, said in April that the Federal government is comfortable with its approach to cloud computing – essentially they keep as much […]

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Checked out the latest report by MeriTalk yet? The “Big Five in Overdrive: Are State and Local Networks Ready?”, underwritten by Brocade, examines how the implementation of the Big Five – data center consolidation, mobility, security, big data, and cloud computing – will affect state and local government IT.

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