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Primeur weekly 2016-02-15

Quantum computing

Nanoscale cavity strongly links quantum particles ...

Focus on Europe

The Academy of Finland is funding research infrastructures with 13,6 million euro ...

Record for fastest data rate set ...

Middleware

SDSC and Intel open second Intel Parallel Computing Center at SDSC ...

Hardware

New supercomputer to address needs of Ohio researchers ...

Altera SoC FPGA technology demonstrations showcase the future of embedded designs ...

Further expansion in the Netherlands of Bull supercomputer at SURFsara in 2016 ...

Cray reports 2015 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

GridGain Enterprise Edition 7.5 increases speed and scalability of the In-Memory Data Fabric ...

Chip could bring deep learning to mobile devices ...

Applications

Researchers to use supercomputer to 'hack' Ebola ...

Seven University of Wyoming projects awarded use of Cheyenne supercomputer ...

Cornell astrophysicists play vital role to validate detection of gravitational waves ...

Study challenges widely accepted theory of Yellowstone formation ...

What was NCSA's role in the discovery of gravitational waves? ...

Georgia Gwinnett College physicist leads team in innovative black hole research ...

The Cloud

NICE to join forces with Amazon Web Services ...

Bell teams up with IBM to bring new hybrid Cloud capabilities to Canadian market ...

IBM achieves highest U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency authorization for Cloud services ...

VMware introduces next-generation hyper-converged software enabling simple, high performance infrastructure for the software-defined data centre ...

VMware accelerates the shift to digitization and hybrid Cloud with the introduction of vRealize Suite ...

IBM achieves highest U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency authorization for Cloud services

11 Feb 2016 Armonk - The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has authorized IBM to deliver IBM Cloud services at the highest security levels - known as Impact Level 5 - for Controlled Unclassified Information as defined by the Department of Defense (DoD), paving the way for DoD agencies seeking to take advantage of the innovations Cloud can offer and manage sensitive data.

DISA has granted the company a Conditional Authority to Operate IBM Cloud services hosted at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory data centre in West Virginia, which is owned by the Department of the Navy and leased by IBM.

IBM is the first Cloud provider with a direct connection to the DoD's internal network known as the Nonsecure Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet). The authorization granted by DISA will enable other DoD agencies the opportunity ultimately to streamline their authorizations by leveraging the thorough process DISA followed.

IBM Cloud will provide defense agencies with access to commercial Cloud services and technology in an environment dedicated to their security needs. The highly secure data center at ABL enables agencies to have dedicated environments, leverage Cloud technologies, or choose a hybrid solution where they can connect existing on-premise applications with those that are ready for Cloud, migrate existing applications and/or develop new ones.

"Department of Defense agencies have the opportunity to embrace commercial Cloud best practices and technology with the security of a government-owned facility", stated Sam Gordy, General Manager for IBM Federal. "It will also provide DoD agencies with an ideal option to launch workloads in a hybrid Cloud that can be easily integrated with their on premise systems. DoD is serving as a strong model to other cabinet level agencies in the federal government."

As the Department of Defense continues with announced plans to move its data to the Cloud, Bloomberg Government estimates that the DoD will spend nearly $4 billion in 2016 on "Cloud and provisioned services" taking advantage of the security and flexibility Cloud offers, and the ability for agencies to deploy new applications when and where they are needed. To further drive innovation around cloud at the ABL facility, IBM has worked closely with the DoD, local universities including Frostburg State University, West Virginia University, Allegany College of Maryland and Potomac State College of WVU; the Greater Cumberland Committee, and others to attract and retain talent who will work on projects critical to the federal government's Cloud strategy.

"ABL has long been a vital asset to our Nation's defense. First as a Naval Industrial Reserve Ordinance Plant (NIROP) since World War II and, in recent decades, a secure, resilient information technology hub", stated West Virginia's Senior Senator Joe Manchin, III, a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. "The DoD, the Intelligence Community and other federal agencies will be well served by this ABL certification."

"This designation is great news for the state of West Virginia and recognizes the high standards upheld at the Allegany Ballistics Laboratory", stated West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito, a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee. "This facility plays a critical role in our national defense, and this designation will enable our Defense agencies to securely incorporate the best advanced practices in commercial cloud computing."

This authorization rounds out the comprehensive IBM Cloud portfolio that IBM offers its Federal customers, including services that meet Federal Risk and Authorization Management Programme (FedRAMP) and Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements for government workloads.

In December 2014, IDC named IBM a leader in U.S. Government private cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2016-02-15

Quantum computing

Nanoscale cavity strongly links quantum particles ...

Focus on Europe

The Academy of Finland is funding research infrastructures with 13,6 million euro ...

Record for fastest data rate set ...

Middleware

SDSC and Intel open second Intel Parallel Computing Center at SDSC ...

Hardware

New supercomputer to address needs of Ohio researchers ...

Altera SoC FPGA technology demonstrations showcase the future of embedded designs ...

Further expansion in the Netherlands of Bull supercomputer at SURFsara in 2016 ...

Cray reports 2015 full year and fourth quarter financial results ...

GridGain Enterprise Edition 7.5 increases speed and scalability of the In-Memory Data Fabric ...

Chip could bring deep learning to mobile devices ...

Applications

Researchers to use supercomputer to 'hack' Ebola ...

Seven University of Wyoming projects awarded use of Cheyenne supercomputer ...

Cornell astrophysicists play vital role to validate detection of gravitational waves ...

Study challenges widely accepted theory of Yellowstone formation ...

What was NCSA's role in the discovery of gravitational waves? ...

Georgia Gwinnett College physicist leads team in innovative black hole research ...

The Cloud

NICE to join forces with Amazon Web Services ...

Bell teams up with IBM to bring new hybrid Cloud capabilities to Canadian market ...

IBM achieves highest U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency authorization for Cloud services ...

VMware introduces next-generation hyper-converged software enabling simple, high performance infrastructure for the software-defined data centre ...

VMware accelerates the shift to digitization and hybrid Cloud with the introduction of vRealize Suite ...