Thursday, July 10, 2014

2014-07-10: Federal Cloud Computing Summit

As mention in my previous post, I attended the Federal Cloud Computing Summit on July 8th and 9th at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. I helped the host organization, the Advanced Technology And Research Center (ATARC) organize and run the MITRE-ATARC Collaboration Sessions that kick off the event on July 8th. The summit is designed to allow Government representatives to meeting and collaborate with industry, academic, and other Government cloud computing practitioners on the current challenges in cloud computing.

A FedRAMP primer was held at 10:00 AM on July 8th in a Government-only session. At its conclusion, we began the MITRE-ATARC Collaboration Sessions that focused on Cloud Computing in Austere Environments, Cloud Computing for the Mobile Worker, Security as a Service, and the Impact of Cloud Computing on the Enterprise. Because participants are protected by Chathan House Rule, I cannot elaborate on the Government representation or discussions in the collaboration sessions. MITRE will be constructing a summary document from the discussions that outlines the main points of the discussions, identifies orthogonal ideas between the challenge areas, and makes recommendations for the Government and academia based on the discussions. For reference, please see the 2013 Federal Cloud Computing Summit Whitepaper.

On July 9th, I attended the Summit which is a conference-style series of panels and speakers with an industry trade-show held before the event and during lunch. At 3:30-4:15, I moderated a panel of Government representatives from each of the collaboration sessions in a question-and-answer session about the outcomes from the previous day's collaboration sessions.

To follow along on Twitter, you can refer to the Federal Cloud Computing Summit Handle (@cloudfeds), the ATARC Handle (@atarclabs), and the #cloudfeds hashtag.

This was the third Federal Summit event in which I have participated. They are great events that the Government participants have consistently identified as high-value and I am excited to start planning the Winter installment of the Federal Cloud Computing Summit.

--Justin F. Brunelle

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