David Blankenhorn

Chief Cloud Technologist
April 13, 2015
Let’s Go for a Test Drive with Red Hat’s OpenShift Enterprise premium
At DLT we’re very bullish about cloud technology in the public sector, and I spend much of my time talking with folks about the different cloud technologies and the best way to leverage these tools in support of their missions. Most of the people with whom I’ve spoken have a pretty good grasp of IaaS […]
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Chief Cloud Technologist
September 26, 2013
STaaS – Handling the Data Deluge premium
We’ve been supporting the public sector for over 20 years, so we have a pretty solid understanding of the current financial and technical constraints within federal agencies. In order to alleviate the challenges associated with the disparity between the surge in data and the shrinking of budgets, we have introduced the DLT Storage as a Service (STaaS) offering.
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Chief Cloud Technologist
March 7, 2013
One Thing is Clear in the Cloud – Security is the Customer’s Responsibility premium
One common misconception is that by moving applications – or IT Services – to the cloud, one somehow absolves oneself from properly managing that platform and application. Cloud platforms do not make 40+ years of institutional IT knowledge and learnings suddenly obsolete. In Symantec’s recent State of Cloud Survey, many traditional core IT disciplines were highlighted as being problem areas for cloud adopters. Ironically, many of the issues cited, like rogue IT and backup complexity, are commonly encountered with on-premise IT, so it’s no surprise to see these issues replicated on cloud platforms.
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Chief Cloud Technologist
February 7, 2013
Amazon Web Services on GSA Makes Procuring Cloud Easy, But Now What? premium
Having AWS on GSA is just the first step. While it’s now very easy to procure AWS, there’s still a lot of educating we need to do to explain how these services should be procured.
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Chief Cloud Technologist
June 28, 2012
Government’s Fast Track to the Cloud premium
As Featured on Technology Marketing Corporation’s Website, TMCnet.com The General Services Administration (GSA) is in the midst of launching an ambitious program designed to accelerate the safe adoption of cloud services within the U.S. Government. That program, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), is a collaborative effort between the GSA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Department of Defense (DOD). FedRAMP will ensure cloud service providers (CSP) maintain adequate information security; reduce duplicated effort; decrease risk management costs; and streamline the procurement of cloud services.
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Chief Cloud Technologist
December 5, 2011
Choosing the Right Cloud Services premium
Each cloud service and delivery model is designed to meet specific business requirements. Some offer greater cost savings, but may not provide the appropriate level of visibility and security. Others may offer higher levels of security, but at the expense of elasticity and costs. The key is to find the best fit for the business requirements and the IT service.
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Chief Cloud Technologist
November 9, 2011
As in Nature, Clouds Come in Many Shapes premium
Cloud computing expands on the many existing choices that are already available to IT for the delivery of IT services. Currently, we have RISC, x86, ATOM and ARM processors. We have Windows, Linux, UNIX, and mainframe operating systems. We also have a number of choices for application servers, databases, and development languages. The good thing about having these choices is that it allows architects to pick the best fit (either client-server or mainframe platforms) for the delivery of IT services (applications). Cloud computing is really no different. There are a number of different cloud services and delivery models, and each should be evaluated for a best fit for the targeted application. Different cloud services will cater to different security profiles, different developer environments, different levels of control, and different kinds of applications. Each cloud service model has different business and IT benefits and challenges.
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Chief Cloud Technologist
October 12, 2011
Private Cloud Technologies: Moving Away from a Traditional IT Model premium
In a traditional Information Technology (IT) model, new IT assets are acquired in support of specific applications. This model has had the unfortunate side effect of casting IT into the role of a cost center. As such, there has been little flexibility within IT to make broad platform changes such as the adoption and deployment of private cloud technologies.
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Chief Cloud Technologist
May 25, 2011
DHS jumpstarts GSA’s apps.gov IaaS BPA holders premium
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a draft request for quotation (RFQ), HSHQDC-11-Q-00173, supporting the update and overhaul of DHS’s public web properties. In order to consolidate and update these properties, DHS is competeing this requirement among the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) public cloud blanket purchase agreement (BPA) holders on General Service Administration’s (GSA) apps.gov portal. DHS is looking to the cloud providers to deliver the development, staging, and production web environments… but there’s a catch. The production environment cannot go live until they have both the GSA Authority to Operate (ATO) and the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB) ATO. This is particularly challenging since the FedRAMP isn’t quite ready for primetime. The good news is that the awardee will have 120 days to become compliant once the FedRAMP has officially been released.
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