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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Defense CIO wants to emulate…Sony and Amazon?

Let me get this straight. The Defense Department of CIO wants to move her $33 billion IT operation to the cloud and to mobile devices? The reason I ask this question is the double whammy this week of two major cloud players—Sony and Amazon—getting publicly embarrassed by outages. Today, Sony has finally admitted their PlayStation Network was "affected" by external attackers. Amazon's "cloud burst" is currently being billed as a runaway replication problem (wink, wink). Let's hope that somebody in the DoD CIO's office knows something about cloud security. My own best advice is to suggest they consult with the inventor of the cloud (and a member of my Cyber Privateer Fantasy League team) Salesforce.com's visionary founder Marc Benioff. He's managed to keep the SFDC "death star" up and running, doing mission-critical stuff, very reliably. Sure, they've had minor hiccups (like in 2009 or in 2010). And only 28 minutes of outage in 2011 is laudable. But compared to Sony and Amazon, sheesh, it's but a single drop of rain compared to hurricane Katrina. So my advice to DoD's Teri Takai: Have lunch with Marc Benioff.

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