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A key development for the Internet of Things will be the evolution and emergence of the ‘Cloud Name System’, a directory system for Cloud applications in the same way DNS (Domain Name System) works for the web and email. Lori MacVittie wrote a while back about the need for an ‘SNS’ – a Service Name System, a DNS type directory approach but for Cloud Services so that they can be entirely loosely coupled from their IT infrastructure. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, himself described a scenario of ‘Socially Aware Cloud Storage‘ that applies this same ideal of abstraction to our personal data across all the social networks we use. This refers to a distributed (Cloud) storage service that is used to store personal user data for social networks, rather than the social sites holding it themselves. The standard I am more familiar with is the OASIS XDI protocol, w... (more)

Digital Government best practices – No Wrong Door

The next main phase for the Cloud Best Practices Network is for it to become a ‘Virtual University’, meaning a provider of online e-learning courses and issuer of associated ‘Digital Badge‘ certificates. The curriculum will be organized in a bottom up and top down manner, meaning that we will populate a catalogue of on demand, modular courses, like a specific module for ‘How to Use for Business Continuity’. Very specific and to the point, for perhaps $195? Digital Government Also in a more top down manner will be much larger, ongoing programs int... (more)

Openstack Solutions Ecosystem – Harnessing an Open Source Cloud Operating System

One of our next upcoming white papers is Openstack Solution Ecosystem. Openstack Solutions Openstack is an open source Cloud platform that vendors augment with additional plug-in products and value add services, and the goal of this white paper is to showcase what is currently available. For example Cisco is one vendor who offers an Openstack implementation, on their UCS platform. This blog from Omar Sultan explains how it fits into their existing product strategy, including their existing Cloud components like Intelligent Automation and newly acquired Virtuata and vCider. An esse... (more)

Agile Procurement – DevOps for Government

The UK’s Digital Government program is such a great leadership example, because not only are they pioneering the G-Cloud store, a service catalogue for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS suppliers, but also they are defining ‘Agile Procurement’ practices too. Since the G-Cloud project was aligned under the Digital Services team, one key development has been that this catalogue for Cloud services has become companion to another similar supplier group, one for people skills like software development, via the Digital Services Store. This approach makes perfect sense, because Cloud hosting isn’t u... (more)

ID Consent: applying the IDaaS Maturity Framework to design and deploy interactive BYOID (Bring-Your-Own-ID) with Use Case

Introduction Current approaches to IDaaS on one hand enforce trust of consumer data using legal compliance, risk and impact assessment and the other hand require technical implementation of access controls to personal data held by an enterprise. Balancing trust has to be done across all layers, verifying person’s identities, showing the individual and the service is real, creating short term relationships and verifying and maintaining all long the Cloud service the user mapping between the enterprise and the cloud user account in a mesh federation. This makes sense only if... (more)