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The Department of Interior has announced a multi-billion dollar cloud procurement round that will see the land management organization shell out a maximum of $10bn across contracts with 10 major IT vendors. The pork barrels IT contracts were announced by the organization on Wednesday, and will see Aquilent, AT&T, Autonomic …

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Anonymous Coward

This smacks of a marketing firm trying to convince people the cloud is safe. "Look, the Dept. of the Interior trusts the Cloud. You should too."

It's a lie we just don't believe anymore.

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Holmes

CLOUDS are SAFE?

AWS seems to be doing a better job than most enterprises on security. They tackled it from the start as a high-priority issue, given their deployment model and multi-tenancy.

NSA could learn from them!

Given this deal underpins a huge portion of government IT, since Bureau of the Interior provides services across a lot of other departments, this is a big issue, and I'm sure it will be heavily scrutinized.

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Did IBM get the Government's COBOL cloud?

With so many legacy apps written in COBOL, did IBM get their piece of this deal based on being the best host for those apps. After all, they consider mainframes as ideal cloud machines, and for COBOL it's Hobson's choice.

Of course, most of us don't consider COBOL+mainframe as even close to cloudy, so maybe IBM is crowing only to the few lovers of COBOL who are left!

(Remember IBM is trying to get out of the COTS server business!)

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Re: Did IBM get the Government's COBOL cloud?

"Of course, most of us don't consider COBOL+mainframe as even close to cloudy, so maybe IBM is crowing only to the few lovers of COBOL who are left!"

Oh really?

Core application logic hosted on remote server. Check

Multiple processors with automatic failover and load balancing to other processors. Check.

Automatic DR to another machine, possibly located on another site. Check.

"Processing on demand" giving more processors hosting an application if more users using it. Check.

5 9's availability available off the shelf for at least 3 decades. That's not a check point, that simply a fact of mainframes (IBM, Fujitsu, Unisys, whatever) have supplied for decades

BTW COBOL supports indirect calling of a procedure, allowing a version of the array of procedure calls so beloved of C/C++ programmers.

You call it a cloud, I'd just call it a remote hosted application server which can match mainframe capabilities, not yet exceed them.

But I'll bet they make sure it's hosted in the US.

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Mushroom

Read it and weep Mr Ellison

All that 'pseudo support' for the NSA has done you no good.

I hope your team is thrown out of the Americas Cup.

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Department of what?

What is this department you speak of? And what country is it in? UK? US? EU? China?

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Happy

Re: Department of what?

www.doi.gov

They are responsible for all US land, waterways, wildlife, most natural resources as well as one of the largest road networks in the world (possibly the largest) and the Indians (Native Americans).

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Re: Department of what?

"...and the Indians (Native Americans)."

Which department manages the Asiatic Indians?

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Joke

Re: Department of what?

The Department of Convenience Stores, Motels and Tobacco Stores.

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Re: Department of what?

That would be the Department of Posterior aka Department of State (everyone else's, that is)

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Re: Department of what?

So I guess that the US version of Peter Rabbit would go something like this:

Mrs Rabbit, to Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter: "Now don't get up to any mischief. You may go into the forest, or down the lane, but don't go into Mr. Macgregor's garden or the DOI will put you into a pie."

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Mushroom

We're screwed

Again.

EOM

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