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Six years have passed since the global news coverage of Sofia's abduction to Syria and she has now been waiting for more than two years for the Broward County Court's decision in Florida to evict the occupants of her home, so she can return to the U.S. and "finally" resume her normal life at the age of eight. In 2011, her mother's Florida Attorney Susan R. Brown convinced Honorable Judge Arthur Birken to give temporary custody of Sofia to her mother; months later Sofia ended up in Syria with her mom and stayed there for several years until the civil war broke. A year after the Broward County Court's "worst custody ruling" in Florida, and after world-wide media outrage, Honorable Judge Arthur Birken contacted me and extended the sole custody of my daughter to me. This didn't help get Sofia out of Syria for three more years. In the mean time, since June 2015, Sofia's... (more)

Cloud Expo New York Call for Papers Now Open

Early Bird Savings Cloud Expo Cloud computing is a game changer. The cloud is disrupting traditional software and hardware business models by disrupting how IT service gets delivered. Entrepreneurial opportunities abound as this classic disruptive technology begins to proliferate, so it is no surprise that SYS-CON's industry-leading International Cloud Expo is going from strength to strength. The 5th International Cloud Expo, to be held April 19-21, 2010, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, announces that its Call for Papers is fast approaching. Topics on which submission are welcome include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested examples below). Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud: submit your speaking propos... (more)

Cloud Expo Keynoter Undertakes New Role as CIO of NRO

GovIT at Cloud Expo Jill Tummler Singer has been appointed to serve as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), effective 1 January 2010. Ms. Singer previously served as the Deputy CIO (DCIO) at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), in which capacity gave the keynote address at SYS-CON's 1st Government IT Conference & Expo (www.GovITExpo.com). As NRO’s CIO, Ms. Singer will be responsible for ensuring the NRO Information and Information Technology Enterprise is provisioned in an effective and efficient manner. She will also be more engaged in external activities, to include serving on the Intelligence Community (IC) CIO council, fulfilling her duties as an Information Sharing Executive, and serving as the Privacy Officer. As CIA’s DCIO, Ms. Singer’s primary responsibilities centered on leading Enterprise Information Technolog... (more)

US Leaves Its Youngest Citizen Behind in Syria

Yesterday (Sunday) AP reported that "State Dept. issued travel warning on Syria" and this morning (Monday) Reuters filed a follow-up report that "US offers free flights out for employees in Syria." As of this morning, and since July 2010, my abducted daughter Sofia Kircaali, a US citizen, remains in Syria and in harm's way. Fox News: ▸ video ▸ story On Friday, I watched videos on the Internet showing violence inside a mosque one block away from where Sofia currently lives with her mother and grandmother. Twitter updates on Sofia @FuatKircaali I already wrote two blog posts on Sofia's status in Syria. Both posts were read by Washington, by our Embassy in Damascus, Syria, as well as the Syrian government both here in DC and in Damascus. ▸ Open Letter to the President of Syria Bashar al-Assad ▸ Open Letter to the First Lady of Syria Asma al-Assad This morning, on Monda... (more)

Emulex Partners with Myricom to Enter High Performance Networking Market for Low Latency Applications

COSTA MESA, Calif, May 8, 2012 - Emulex Corporation (NYSE:ELX) today announced the introduction of a family of new OneConnect® Network Xceleration™ solutions for the High Performance Networking (HPN) market. Emulex is bringing its new family of OneConnect (OC)e12000 10Gb Ethernet (10GbE) Network Xceleration solutions to market in partnership with Myricom, an industry leader in delivering high performance, latency optimised Ethernet solutions for vertical market applications. This multi-generational marketing and development partnership leverages Myricom's deep expertise in HPN, specifically low latency, high packet-rate, vertical application optimisations, and Emulex's broad enterprise reach, high volume, enterprise-hardened hardware roadmap, and global go-to-market channels. "By partnering with Myricom, Emulex is offering I/O connectivity solutions that broaden our... (more)

City Governments Are Being Cloud Enabled

"We are excited to be able to offer the great benefits of our OpenShift PaaS to city governments through our work with Code for America,” said Ashesh Badani, global leader, Cloud and OpenShift, Red Hat, as RH announced a collaboration with Code for America (CfA), a non-profit organization that partners with local governments to foster civic innovation, focused on using technology to increase civic engagement. “OpenShift offers an application platform in the cloud that manages the stack so that developers can focus on their application code. As PaaS becomes an increasingly important component in the adoption of cloud across industries and geographies, it will become more crucial for government agencies to be ahead of the curve," Badani continued. The collaboration brings Red Hat’s OpenShift Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) offering to CfA Fellows and partner communities... (more)

Should My Agency Consider Using Cloud Computing?

This is clearly the question on the minds and lips of every government IT decsionmaker in town. Why should a government agency even consider cloud computing? In reality, the decision process is no different than any other IT management decision, “Cloud IT” options should be compared to “Traditional IT” approaches. As Frank Gens of IDC alluded to when he framed the cloud opportunity for IT suppliers, agencies have four options when deciding if and how to improve their IT infrastructure.   “Traditional IT” products and services to enhance traditional agency services; "Cloud IT” products and services to enhance traditional agency services; Traditional IT” products and services to create agency specific cloud services; and "Cloud IT” products and services to create agency specific cloud services.   In a ZDnet blog post that compared traditional with cloud IT, Dion H... (more)

Federal Agencies Pick Up Their Interest in Cloud Computing

Federal agencies are now officially exploring cloud computing as an option for some of their information technology requirements. This development represents a significant shift from the quiet pilot activity so characteristic of new technology in the Federal space. Examples of this apparent increase in interest include: A recent Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network industry day during which the Navy also announced the intent on releasing additional Request for Information (RFI) regarding several different aspects of the NGEN segments. One of the topics of interest was cloud computing A Health and Human Services Center for Disease Control information technology infrastructure procurement that list cloud computing as a capability that needed to be supported A Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Broad Area Announcement that is seeking proposals on a Cloud Comp... (more)

Forget Data.gov Think RealTime.gov

With all the sudden interest in the realtime and semantic web it seems that the bigger opportunity for an open and transparent government isn't in providing a back library of data but instead providing a realtime information stream. A data stream that could provide real, tactical insight into the areas of government that are actually useful for businesses looking for an edge in this tough economic climate. In a recent quote on GCN.com , federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra indicated that he "wants to continue to move agencies away from warehousing the data they collect and toward a model in which agencies can publish data in real time, much like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration does now with its weather data." But instead of weather, why not look at other aggregate information sources, why not population trends, food, medical/health as wel... (more)

UK Government CIO Sheds Light on "G-Cloud" Plans

Interesting discussion happening on the CCIF Mailing list today. John Suffolk (UK Government CIO) responded to the recent discussion of the UK governments plans to create country wide cloud Infrastructure (aka G-Cloud). Suffolk had this to say: Our approach to G-Cloud stems from the work we have been doing over the past 3 years: Focus on getting desktop designs standardized; rationalize the morass of telecommunications infrastructures into a "network of network" under the Public Sector Network Programme; rationalize the datacenteres; drive through the open source, open standards and reuse strategy; surround each of those individual elements with the Green IT strategy and our Information Assurance strategy. That gives us the ability to start moving towards cloud in a sensible way. As part of this rather than having a shared services in departments we will move them t... (more)

Private Cloud Management

Platform Computing has announced a new software product for managing private cloud environments. Platform ISF is an end-to-end cloud management product for enterprises to build and run their private clouds. It is the centerpiece of Platform's cloud strategy and will be made available for beta in June with general availability planned for the Fall. As the longtime leader in grid and HPC management software, Platform Computing is expanding its product offerings to support the needs of mainstream business applications, leveraging its strong technology and experience in deploying large-scale shared compute environments. Platform ISF is computing infrastructure sharing software for private cloud management. Private clouds generally refer to resources pooled together in a shared IT infrastructure to run applications for business users. Platform ISF creates private clouds... (more)