Government Turns Again To Cloud Computing
Skeptics take note: Cloud computing is taking hold.
The Pentagon has awarded another contract for cloud computer -- which, roughly speaking, involves putting software tools on the 'net and delivering them to users only when needed.
Think of it as sort of a digital utility model.
Anyway, Northrop Grumman and some partners http://www.businesswire.com/portal/site/home/permalink/?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20090430005765&newsLang=en -- including a Swiss company called SIMtone -- scored the deal from the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Here's what SIMtone had to say:
"SIMtone's Universal Computing platform is a stateless and massively scalable intelligent network computing solution that allows users to securely access data and applications residing in any cloud from a broad array of endpoint devices. Through its patented technology, by placing intelligence in the network, SIMtone allows firewalls to be closed to inbound traffic so that data and applications remain secure in corporate data centers yet are globally accessible via any device on any broadband connection."
Government Inc. wonders what this all means. It seems like the approach has tremendous potential and maybe make things more convenient and cut the costs. But we also wonder about the security of the cloud. Seems like it holds out the potential for an awful lot of mischief.
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