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The RFP for Elections Canada provides the ideal blueprint for planning the development of Cloud provider services. It typifies the majority of potential clients that web hosting providers can address, and describes exactly the technical enhancements they're looking for to begin the move from a traditional web hosting approach to a new Cloud computing paradigm, and broader set of MSP services. Elections Canada is an ideal product development blueprint because they're atypical of the market as a whole. They launched their web presence in the mid 90's with simple HTML, and then began enhancing it with custom .net code to add in more interactive functionality. Since then it's grown organically into an estate of over 16Gb of ASP, HTML pages and 6,500 PDF files. As they state the design of this environment has now remained unchanged for almost 10 years, and so a Cloud com... (more)

Canadian G-Cloud Key to Addressing Innovation Gap

Recently I launched a new initiative to help accelerate Cloud Computing innovation in Canada, the OpenRFP Network. A number of key concepts inspired this project, most notably Cisco's vision for how Michael Porter's cluster strategy for economic development can be upgraded through new technology, their 'Next Generation Cluster' model, and the 'Forward Commitment Procurement' ideas pioneered in the UK. Government-driven Innovation Both share a common theme, that Government spending can be leveraged as a mechanism for stimulating innovation. The critical point being this isn't their... (more)

Microsoft GovCloud 2.0

We’ve just published our first main ‘Solution Guide’, a complete snapshot of how Cloud is applied in one specific area, in this case the Microsoft portfolio. MicrosoftCloud.biz is intended as a channel marketing tool to envelop all aspects of the Microsoft Cloud supply chain, ranging from in-house Private Cloud through Azure hosting and Office 365. As part of this we’ve started looking at specific client scenarios for the Microsoft set, like Salesforce 2.0 and also how the Globe and Mail might use an Azure/FAST combo like the Chicago Tribune group. EDaaS – GC Docs from the Clou... (more)

The CCSR: Canadian Cloud Security Rating

Canada has a notorious ‘Innovation Gap’, that is seeing the country slip further and further behind the rest of the world embracing the new technology-enabled Knowledge Economy. They are scoring a ‘D for Innovation‘, which is no surprise given they are also scoring a D for openness to new IT models like Cloud Computing, as Telus reports in this press release. The principle business benefit of Cloud Computing is that it provides a platform for encouraging and enabling more innovation – More prototyping, faster product development cycles, lower risk for trialling new ideas, and so ... (more)

Microsoft Private Cloud 2.0 – Build Your Own Infopedia

A headline theme for our next webinar will be ‘Microsoft Private Cloud 2.0′. Private Cloud Application Platform Two years ago I described an upcoming market that I initially defined as the Private Cloud Application Platform. Recently Microsoft began prosecuting this space with their PCSS initiative, the Private Cloud Solutions Suite, bringing together a partner group that enables the PCAP I described, wrapping lots of value around the core MS suite of Hyper-V and System Centre. This really starts to get the right ingredients for the real secret sauce to the Private Cloud story.... (more)