Andrea DiMaio

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Microsoft Returns Fire in Federal Cloud Battle

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 9, 2010  |  4 Comments

On December 8 Microsoft announced that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) would move 120,000 users to Microsoft Online Servicesā€™ Business Productivity Online Suite, and more specifically BPOS-F, the dedicated infrastructure available to US federal government clients which recently received the authorization to operate (ATO) according to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements. […]


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Google Wins GSA Email Contract: The Battle for Government Clouds Continues

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 2, 2010  |  5 Comments

On December 1, the General Services Administration announced that it awarded a 6.7 million $ contract to Unisys, partnering with Google, Tempus Nova and Acumen Solutions, to provide email and collaboration services for the next 5 years. In the announcement, GSA highlights that this is expected to 50% savings over the previous solution, and proudly […]


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Government and the Battle of the Clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 26, 2010  |  2 Comments

Last week there has been a number of interesting events concerning cloud computing and government. It all started with the news that the State of California has awarded a contract for email to Microsoft, followed by the long-awaited list of IaaS vendors selected by GSA after 16 months and two RFQs, and was concluded by […]


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When Government Clouds Become Stormy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 27, 2010  |  1 Comment

Those who have been watching with interest the largest and highest-profile deployment of cloud-based email in a government organization will have welcomed recent news about difficulties that Google is encountering in the city of Los Angeles with mixed feelings. As reported here and here, the migration from Novell to Google Gmail was planned to be […]

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The far-reaching consequences of Google anti-trust and privacy cases on open government and cloud

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 25, 2010  |  2 Comments

Over the last few days, Google has been targeted by authorities in Europe (namely European Commission and Italian Justice) on topics ranging from responsibility for user-generated content that was infringing privacy and copyright laws to anti-competitive practices in ranking search results. As I am not a lawyer I will stay away from any opinion about […]


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Ask Five Vendors Your Questions About Government and Cloud Computing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 12, 2009  |  6 Comments

On October 20 at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando I will be moderating Cloud Computing in Government: A Vendor Perspective, a panel with five vendors discussing the relevance and roadmap to cloud computing for government organizations. Vendors in the panel (in strict alphabetical order) are: CSC Google Microsoft Terremark Their choice is neither reflective […]


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The Boundaries of Cloud Computing: World, Nation or Jurisdiction?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 2, 2009  |  3 Comments

I have been writing before about the geopolitics of cloud computing (see here and here), and I am planning to write a fully fledged note for Gartner clients. This topic keeps emerging with clients at state, provincial and local level, who expect future IT investments to be directly or indirectly connected to economic recovery, and […]


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Vendors Catch the Wind

by Andrea Di Maio  |  September 16, 2009  |  3 Comments

(UPDATED) Shortly after the official launch of the GSA cloud storefront, vendors that feature multiple times in the business and productivity application sections of the web site have leveraged their position. issued a press releaseĀ  about its inclusion in, while Google announced Google Public Sector, a directory of existing Google offerings packaged […]


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The Geopolitics of Cloud Computing

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 17, 2009  |  3 Comments

Like most highly hyped technology topics, also cloud computing is raising increasing political attention. This is already clear for the U.S: Federal Government where many people at OMB and GSA push the idea of cloud computing as a cure for various IT diseases. But this is happening also at the state and local level. Two […]


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An Inconvenient Thought About Google and Europe

by Andrea Di Maio  |  August 3, 2009  |  Comments Off

Last week I read an interesting exchange between David Davis, former UK shadow home secretary, and Google about whether Google Health and the likes would be a good idea or not to store patient records in the UK, something I mentioned in a previous blog post. When politicians look into private solutions to storing citizen […]

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