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Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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10/31/2013 | 3:55:06 AM
re: Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
Compliance issues like this really present a great opportunity for smaller cloud/XaaS solutions to step up to the plate to gain municipal and other government contracts -- touting their ability to comply w/ CJIS and other government regulations because of their size and locality. Great marketing promise here.
cbabcock
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cbabcock,
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10/30/2013 | 10:28:20 PM
re: Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
"...according to Los Angeles' new CTO, Google has even taken
the curious stance of recommending that the city adopt Microsoft's
Exchange on-premises email system for LAPD, while retaining the Google
Apps cloud solution for the rest of the city." That statement is a curious summary of the whole story. If you're serious about a marketplace, you meet the demands of the marketplace or fold your tent and go home.
Gerry Grealish
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Gerry Grealish,
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10/29/2013 | 6:26:51 PM
re: Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
An important update G«Ű most forms of data encryption will limit functionality of cloud applications (in this article, with Google email). PerspecsysG«÷ approach to deploying encryption DOES NOT LIMIT functionality of cloud applications. More info on ways to deploy encryption and tokenization that will not affect cloud functionality: http://bit.ly/1irICdW
RIMMAN
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RIMMAN,
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10/29/2013 | 4:01:40 PM
re: Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
"...have developed devices that encrypt internal
organizational email before it is sent to the cloud, thus making it
impossible for cloud provider staff to access the content of the
messages..."

One problem here is the vendor has the encryption key, not the client and that could pose a problem in future negotiations if not addressed in contractual T&C. Also, if it is encrypted prior to 'going to the cloud', it would have to be decrypted prior to use, so how would you be able to search across a repository of encrypted content to locate something?

"..A second and more direct approach is for the cloud provider to agree to subject its data center staff to the FBI's criminal background check requirements in a process known as adjudication..."

This fails to comprehend the manner in which 'cloud based services' are structured and offer services at a competitive (?) price. For a 'cloud' to work properly, the operator has to have the ability to remain 'agile'- to farm out less frequently accessed blocks of content to third parties and use their 'active storage' that they manage themselves for the most robust content. And in many cases, these third party providers are overseas, or subcontract to OTHERS who are overseas. Even in cases where the content remains "onshore", the whole concept of adjudicated staff goes out the window.

Micro$oft, G00gle or whomever can offer services to meet ANY CLIENT'S needs (or wants/desires) for a structure to manage their content.. as long as the client is willing to pay the cost of establishing and maintaining that relationship. But again, once the agility factor is lost, the ability to offer cost competitive services becomes problematic.

It's kind of like the sign in my barber's shop- "You can have any combination of TWO of the following choices: Good, Fast or Cheap... but choose wisely."
WKash
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WKash,
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10/28/2013 | 8:59:39 PM
re: Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
I agree with Jeff on this that LA's solution here will be closely watched. For many government agencies that have already moved to Google Apps, like GSA and NOAA, the experience has represented significant savings and improvements in collaboration. But it's also made Microsoft more competitive in the government space. That competition is a healthy development.
AustinIT
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AustinIT,
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10/28/2013 | 5:27:46 PM
re: Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
Any Cloud deployment that values its security and user privacy would be wise NOT to include Google in the vendor choices. Google has proven over and over again where they butter their bread.


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