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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” May Be a Good Cloud Strategy

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 24, 2011  |  4 Comments

When I discuss about potential cloud deployments with government clients and many vendors, the center of gravity tends to be “private clouds” or “community/government clouds”. Depending on who’s who – an agency with a large IT department, an IT shared service provider, a smaller agency or local authority, or a vendor to either – the […]


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Why national or state governments should not pursue their own private clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 13, 2011  |  3 Comments

Earlier today I had one inquiry with a national government looking at the option of building a private cloud. A few hours later, out Client Support Organization – which manages client inquiries and put them into our agenda – flagged that a second national government wanted to discuss about how to build their private cloud. […]


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Are Governments Building a Legacy of Private Clouds?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  February 15, 2011  |  5 Comments

Over the last week I have speaking with several vendors who are developing or restructuring their “cloud” service offerings for government. What I have noticed is the increasing popularity of the term “private cloud” as in “we’ll help you build your own cloud on premises” as opposed to “we will run a private cloud for […]


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Why Are Government Clouds So Confusing?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  December 11, 2009  |  1 Comment

I keep having conversations with government clients who are considering to either use or rationalize cloud-based services. By “rationalizing” I mean to provide definitions, frameworks, procurement vehicles, sourcing guidance, and so forth to facilitate the use of of cloud-based services by government agencies across an entire jurisdiction. In both cases I still sense a significant […]

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Defense Information Systems Agency Accelerates Its RACE To Clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  October 6, 2009  |  1 Comment

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is one of the government organizations in the US that can be or aims to become a private cloud service provider. Their Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE) was launched a few months ago to allow on-demand access to infrastructure to develop and test new custom applications. Now RACE is […]

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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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Lack of Money Pushes Local Governments Into the Clouds

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 17, 2009  |  10 Comments

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the city of Los Angeles is weighing a plan to replace its e-mail and records retention software with a service provided by Google, a move that could allow the Internet giant to retain sensitive records transmitted by the police and other municipal agencies While this is clearly still […]


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Public And Private Cloud Computing in Government: Balancing Act or Battlefield?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 16, 2009  |  7 Comments

Yesterday I had a great conversation with a European client who is tasked with identifying a roadmap for government departments across his jurisdiction to collectively benefit from cloud services. The starting point for him – like for a number of other clients I have been talking to lately – is (1) a set of ongoing […]


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Cloud Computing in Government: Private, Public, Both or None?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  July 1, 2009  |  5 Comments

I just published a Gartner research note with this title (subscription required), which took some time to get published. We did have quite some discussion within the analyst community to make sure that positions expressed in this note, while recognizing certain important peculiarities of government, would not contradict Gartner established positions on cloud computing, especially […]


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Private Cloud for Government Does Not Mean Private Sector

by Andrea Di Maio  |  June 8, 2009  |  Comments Off

In our attempts to cut through the confusion that the term “cloud” generates, many analysts at Gartner have been engaged in foundational work to define the attributes of cloud computing. Our definition should be well-known by now and goes like this: Cloud computing is a style of computing where scalable and elastic IT-enabled capabilities are […]

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