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Courts, Corrections, and Cuts: Is it time for Connected Justice?

I live in California where we are facing severe challenges in our economy and funding public services ranging from teachers in the classroom to courts and correctional institutions.  In San Francisco, cuts to 25 courtrooms and 40% of staff are underway to address the $13.75 million budget gap.   Longer lines for citizen services and delays up to 5 years for cases coming to trial are expected.

Of course, the economy is not only challenging governments at the state and local level but nationally and internationally as well.

Isn’t it time we use technology to help cut costs and deliver services that are more efficient?

A great example is the City of San Antonio Texas  sharing video across public safety and justice systems. 

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Cloud Architecture Considerations and The Open Group

Last week I presented and participated at the The Open Group Forum in Austin, TX. It was a great event, with insights into Enterprise Architecture, Business Architecture and Emerging Architectures. There were several breakout tracks in the Forum, including, the most popular – Cloud Architectures Track. The sessions ranged from connecting architecture frameworks (TOGAF) to Cloud Architectures, to Cloud Architectures development. My session was on “Architecture & Considerations for IaaS Clouds”.  This session was more focused on technology aspects of the Cloud Architecture. Also, it could be applied to either an enterprise private cloud or a service provider cloud settings. Just to level set everyone in the audience, I started out with a taxonomy and reference architecture (RA) review. I utilized both NIST’s published and a simplified version of Cisco Cloud RA. The Cisco RA review was the case in point for this session, where Infrastructure, Service orchestration, Delivery/Management and consumer layers were discussed.

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DCID Protection Level 3 and Multi-tenant Cloud

The former Director of Central Intelligence Directives 6/3 established specific protection levels based on an information system’s assessed level of concern. In 2008  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) began releasing Intelligence Community Directives (ICD) that were to eventually supersede the DCID. I’m no longer an active practitioner of Certification and Accreditation so it is unclear to me whether the ICD 500 series has actually superseded or cancelled the DCID 6/3. From my interactions over the past 18 months I’m thinking that the DCID 6/3 is still alive combined with specific ICD 500 guidance and 800-53. Regardless, in my opinion the DCID 6/3 offers some great legacy guidance for multi-tenant clouds.

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Cities, Counties, Costs, and Clouds

Last week I had a great converstation over lunch with Dr. Norm Jacknis, Cisco IBSG.   We discussed how cities and counties are leveraging technologies to address issues in local communities despite tight budgets.    It was great to catchup in person, but I wanted to continue our conversation so Norm invited me to join him at the National Association of Counties (NACo) conference in Portland, Oregon.   

Thanks to the cloud, I was able to attend the NACo 2011 Technology Summit  remotely via WebEx

The theme for the event was County Survival Strategies in Tough Economic Times and showcased counties that have leveraged technologies to reduce county operations costs and enhance service delivery. 

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Cloud and Governments in the UK: Some Interesting Findings, Part 2

Cisco recently completed a project in the UK with an external research firm that had some interesting data points with regards to cloud and government organizations.  I previously commented on portions of this research on my personal blog, however there were some interesting findings that I thought I would share here. 

Perhaps the most intriguing juxtaposition found in the study is that 34% of government respondents think security concerns are misrepresented and over-emphasized, while security and privacy concerns are also seen as the biggest barrier to wider adoption of cloud in government (86%).  The next biggest concern was about the location of data (70%), showing that data sovereignty will continue to be a major issue for government agencies wanting to move into the cloud.  At a recent Public Sector CIO dialogue I attended in London, there was clear tension between the desire for agencies to use smaller, more local vendors, while desiring the confidence of going with a large, established IT player that may be more secure, but usually has multiple data centers in multiple countries.  Read More »