HHS Posts RFI for Commercial Cloud Hosting Services

hhs posts rfi for commercial cloud hosting services


cloudThe Department of Health and Human Services is seeking information on cloud hosting options to migrate and field services in a bid to support public health emergency response activities.
HHS is looking for a commercial cloud service that will potentially allow the scaling of information technology capabilities, infrastructure and application resources to address user needs, according to a Beta SAM notice posted Nov. 24.
Interested vendors are also asked to submit information on services that will help the department track and manage the performance and costs of hosted applications.
Potential contractors are required to have Federal Information Security Management Act moderate risk level certification and to demonstrate knowledge in Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud and AWS GovCloud.
Responses to the request for information notice are due Dec. 28.
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will use the responses to inform procurement approaches that could support the 2019 Federal Cloud Computing Strategy’s implementation.



Why Edge Computing Matters in IoT

why edge computing matters in iot


Illustration: © IoT For AllEdge computing is critical for many IoT applications, enabling lower latency and decreased bandwidth usage. However, most people miss one of the most important benefits of Edge computing when it comes to IoT.Before we get to this key, overlooked benefit, let’s define both Edge computing and Cloud computing.“Cloud Computing is the on-demand availability of computer system resources, especially data storage (Cloud storage) and computing power, without direct active management by the user.” (Wikipedia)“Edge Computing is a distributed computing paradigm that brings computation and data storage closer to the location where it is needed, to improve response times and save bandwidth” (Wikipedia)Before the age of Cloud computing, organizations had to buy their own physical servers to get the computational power and storage they needed. This was expensive upfront (to buy all the hardware and set it up) and expensive to manage (to maintenance and update). Cloud computing means that businesses no longer need to purchase and manage the hardware. The business can pay for what it needs, and the Cloud provider takes care of management.Cloud computing has profoundly impacted, providing scalability, reliability, security, and ease-of-use to businesses. However, Cloud computing isn’ …


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Zoom makes Amazon Web Services its preferred cloud provider

zoom makes amazon web services its preferred cloud provider


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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has ‘extended its strategic relationship’ with videoconferencing provider Zoom, casting doubt on the latter’s dealings with Oracle.

Amid the plethora of announcements which have come out of re:Invent, AWS’ major annual event, this week, the news that Zoom is using AWS as its preferred cloud provider flew somewhat under the radar.

AWS made the point that Zoom had been a customer since 2011, with the companies ‘collaborating to develop new solutions for Zoom’s enterprise users, leveraging the breadth and depth of AWS to integrate Zoom services with Amazon devices and capabilities to make it easier for organisations to run hybrid office and remote work models’, in the words of the press materials.

One of the biggest tech stories around the Covid-19 pandemic was how Zoom had seized the zeitgeist and become the de facto conferencing platform. …


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Datto to Present at Upcoming Virtual Investor Conference – Web Hosting | Cloud Computing | Datacenter

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NORWALK, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Datto Holding Corp. (“Datto”) (NYSE: MSP), the leading global provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions purpose-built for delivery by managed service providers (MSPs), today announced that Tim Weller, Chief Executive Officer, and John Abbot, Chief Financial Officer, will participate in a fireside chat and host one-on-one investor meetings at the following conference:

Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications ConferenceDate: Thursday, December 10, 2020Virtual Fireside Chat Time: 2:30 pm ET

The presentation will be available via live audio webcast and archived replay on Datto’s investor relations website at

About Datto

As the world’s leading provider of cloud-based software and technology solutions purpose-built for delivery by managed service providers (MSPs), Datto believes there is no limit to what small and medium businesses can achieve with the right technology. Datto offers Unified Continuity, Networking, and Business Management solutions and has created a unique ecosystem of MSP partners. These partners provide Datto solutions to over one million businesses across the globe. Since its founding in 2007, Datto has won awards for its rapid growth, product excellence, superior technical support, and for fostering an outstanding workplace. With headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut, Datto has global offices in the …


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Majority Of Banks Implementing Cloud Computing

majority of banks implementing cloud computing


Itiviti, a financial technology provider, has announced the cloud transformation of its entire electronic trading platform as a new report finds that the majority of investment banks are implementing cloud computing.

The Association for Financial Markets in Europe and PwC said in a report today that 63% of investment banks are now implementing cloud computing, up from 33% in 2018.

The report surveyed the largest investment banks in Europe to assess their technological progress since the previous report two years ago.

Mark Leaver, partner at PwC, said in a statement that the financial industry has made progress in areas such as cloud computing while the response to the Covid-19 pandemic has shown the resilience of operations and systems. However, he added that much work remains.

 Source: AFME and PwC.

“The industry needs to step up its commitment to automation, technology simplification and leveraging the opportunities of new technology,” Leaver said. “Culture change, collaboration and building new ecosystems will be critical to meet the pace of adoption required. Regulators will play a part here as a new framework emerges that will help shape the industry over the coming years.”

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Accel’s Philippe Botteri: How Cloud Computing In Europe Is Coming Into Its Own

accel’s philippe botteri: how cloud computing in europe is coming into its own


In 2020 the global market has seen a significant increase in valuations to private and public cloud companies. Philippe Botteri, a longtime partner at Accel in London who invests in cloud applications and security companies, charts this expansion for European companies in Accel’s  2020 Euroscape report.
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“The entire amount invested in private cloud companies in Europe and Israel in 2020 has grown close to 30% so far to $9-9.5 billion, which is nearly half the $20 billion invested in US-born cloud companies,” said Botteri in the latest report on European cloud companies.
Botteri attributes this growth to Europe’s leadership in artificial intelligence in math, science and data, along with the increase in the number of ecosystems across Europe that are attracting startups, which in turn impact one another.
Accel’s London office earlier this year celebrated its 20th anniversary and the firm has been front and center through Europe’s rise as a startup hub.
Key findings

Two European software companies were valued at more than $10 billion in July this year.

UiPath, now headquartered in New York, was valued over $10 billion.
Norway’s Visma was acquired with a total valuation above $12 billion.

There are 100 companies to watch on …


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Microsoft, Coding Dojo team up to teach in-demand cloud computing skills

microsoft, coding dojo team up to teach in-demand cloud computing skills


Dive Brief:

Coding Dojo and Microsoft together announced Nov. 24 that Coding Dojo users will be able to earn Microsoft Azure certification through the platform as part of Microsoft’s global skills initiative to skill 25 million workers by the end of 2020.
Students will learn Azure basics and deploy projects built on the cloud computing platform. Graduating students can then take part in three separate certification programs and take the final exam at a discounted price, the announcement said.
“Our vision is a connected system of learning that helps empower everyone to pursue lifelong learning,” Microsoft General Manager of Global Technical Learning Alex Payne said in a statement.

Dive Insight:
Microsoft announced its global skills initiative in June in response to the widening skills gap exacerbated by the societal effects of COVID-19; the skills gap must be “closed with even greater urgency to accelerate economic recovery,” Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a blog post.
As part of this initiative, Microsoft announced “Accelerate,” a program also focused on reskilling, mainly for underserved communities, and featuring in-demand skills. Accelerate partners with local businesses and programs, as noted in the announcement that Accelerate would be coming to Houston, Texas, to offer workshops to groups …


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Cloud Computing Technology and Markets Analysis 2020: Global Cloud Computing Revenue is Forecast to Reach $342B by 2025 at 24.8% CAGR

cloud computing technology and markets analysis 2020: global cloud computing revenue is forecast to reach $342b by 2025 at 24.8% cagr


DUBLIN, Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The “Cloud Computing Services, Platforms Infrastructure and Everything as a Service 2020 – 2025” report has been added to’s offering.
This report evaluates the global and regional markets for cloud services including IaaS, PaaS, and PaaS by solution type (Private and Public). The report provides an analysis of specific challenges and opportunities from both the customer and the cloud services provider perspective.
The report evaluates the general cloud service market as well as specific market opportunities within the healthcare, energy, insurance, entertainment, and financial services sectors. The report also evaluates the emerging growth drivers for cloud services including wearable technologies. It also includes specific recommendations for CSPs and their customers.Clouded based technologies are evolving at a rapid pace along with the myriad of ways in which services can be developed, implemented, and operated. Various players in the cloud ecosystem achieve varying degrees of sustainability in accordance with their ability to identify gaps in IT infrastructure and/or services delivery regardless of what technologies are in place today and anticipate how methods and procedures will need to evolve to capture future opportunities.We see IT departments becoming increasingly savvy regarding the distinction between core cloud and …


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Salesforce targets public clouds with Hyperforce

salesforce targets public clouds with hyperforce


Salesforce has re-architected its underlying infrastructure to make all of its CRM solutions run in the public cloud as part of a program it calls Hyperforce.Hyperforce may not have been Salesforce’s headline announcement during this year’s Dreamforce—the CRM giant’s big annual conference—but for IT professionals tasked with managing CRM platforms, it is an important one.Salesforce has long had a strong relationship with infrastructure-as-a-service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS), and has also built relationships with Microsoft Azure, Alibaba Cloud, and Google Cloud Platform over the past few years.For customers who opt to switch to Hyperforce, Salesforce will shift your Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Commerce Cloud, Industries, and other CRM products, complete with existing customizations and security controls, to the public cloud according to specific data residency needs and other, as yet unclear factors.“Currently, Salesforce determines which cloud providers and specific services are used in each location,” a Salesforce spokesperson told InfoWorld.In short, Salesforce is looking to make it easier for customers to move their CRM to the public cloud, where they get access to greater flexibility and resiliency, as well as fine-grained data residency controls to comply with any …


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