Retriever Consulting Blog

Containers Virtualization and Benefits to Government Users

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Containers are being hailed as the next great thing for more efficient virtualization of computing resources, including the ability to treat infrastructure as code. Docker is the leading edge of the containerization movement, promising reusability and speed improvements an order of magnitude better than traditional environments. This morning I spoke with Federal News Radio Tech Talk host John Gilroy about containerization, virtualization, and the benefits to government users (Federal News Radio 1500 AM Tech Talk Containers Virtualization and the Benefits to Government Users).   Read More

Now is Time to Act: AWS Receives 3 Year FedRAMP ATO for US East and West Public Cloud Regions and AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The announcement today by Amazon Web Services that they have obtained a three year authority to operate by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is good news for the US Federal Cloud Computing community (http://amzn.to/11UxZOR). Agency CIOs now can rest assured: the AWS East and West Public Cloud Regions have been demonstrated to meet US Federal Security standards. Additionally, the AWS GovCloud (US) Region is the first compliant government community cloud; it is not only FedRAMP compliant but US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) as well (http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/171827).  Read More

“Venture Capital Investing in the Cloud Economy” Panel Discussion at AWS re:Invent

Monday, December 10, 2012

I was fortunate enough to attend Amazon Web Services first ever re:Invent developers conference, held November 28th and 29th, 2012. The buzz was exciting; as I attended sessions and spoke with attendees it was clear many were fearful of what they might miss by not being there!  Read More

The Role of IT Service Management in the Cloud

Friday, October 19, 2012



The move to cloud based services and the potential for multiple cloud service providers opens up an opportunity for organizations to be more diligent in applying IT Service Management practices and principles across the service lifecycle. Areas that are often underdeveloped, such as financial management, service portfolio management, and supplier management, can be more completely defined by the organization and managed with greater vigor.  Read More