Don’t waste your time with a hybrid cloud

I’m often asked about paired private and public clouds, aka hybrid clouds. What are they? How do you use them? Should you use them?

I’m not talking about hybrid clouds that are defined as traditional systems paired with public clouds or as multicloud architectures composed of more than one public cloud, but hybrid clouds as defined by NIST in 2011. The definition is important because I’m finding that people use the “hybrid cloud” term very sloppily still.

The problem with hybrid clouds is that they are typically defined to be paired private and public clouds, which is the correct definition. The problem with this architecture is that they have the concept of “private cloud” in the architecture, and that dog does not seem to hunt anymore. 

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The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Promise Neighborhoods Program CFDA Number 84.215N

Funding Opportunity ID: 295751
Opportunity Number: ED-GRANTS-072117-001
Opportunity Title: The Office of Innovation and Improvement (OII): Promise Neighborhoods Program CFDA Number 84.215N
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Education
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 84.215
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Eligible Applicants: Under section 4623 of the ESEA, an eligible organization must:
(1) Be representative of the geographic area proposed to be served;
(2) Operate or propose to work with and involve in carrying out its
proposed project, in coordination with the school’s LEA, at least one
public elementary or secondary school that is located within the
identified geographic area that the grant will serve;
(3) Be one of the following:
(a) An institution of higher education, as defined in section 102
of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1002);
(b) An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization, as defined in section 4
of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25
U.S.C. 5304); or
(c) One or more nonprofit entities working in formal partnership
with not less than one of the following entities:
i. A high-need LEA.
ii. An institution of higher education, as defined in section 102
of the HEA (20 U.S.C. 1002).
iii. The office of a chief elected official of a unit of local government.
iv. An Indian Tribe or Tribal organization, as defined under
section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act
(25 U.S.C. 5304); and
(4) Currently provide at least one of the solutions from the applicant’s proposed pipeline services in the geographic area proposed to be served.
Agency Code: ED
Agency Name: Department of Education
Posted Date: Jul 21, 2017
Close Date: Sep 05, 2017 Applications Available: July 21, 2017. Deadline for Notice of Intent to Apply: August 21, 2017. Date of Pre-Application Webinars: The Promise Neighborhoods team intends to hold pre-application webinars to provide technical assistance to interested applicants. Detailed information regarding these webinar times will be provided on the Promise Neighborhoods’ Web site at https://innovation.ed.gov/what-we-do/parental-options/promise-neighborhoods-pn/. Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: September 5, 2017.
Last Updated Date: Jul 21, 2017
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:
Estimated Total Program Funding: $30,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 7
Description: Purpose of Program: The Promise Neighborhoods program is newly authorized under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Succeeds Act (ESSA). The purpose of the Promise Neighborhoods program is to significantly improve the academic and developmental outcomes of children living in the most distressed communities of the United States, including ensuring school readiness, high school graduation, and access to a community-based continuum of high-quality services. The program serves neighborhoods with high concentrations of low-income individuals; multiple signs of distress, which may include high rates of poverty, childhood obesity, academic failure, and juvenile delinquency, adjudication, or incarceration; and schools implementing comprehensive support and improvement activities or targeted support and improvement activities under section 1111(d) of the ESEA. All strategies in the continuum of solutions must be accessible to children with disabilities and English learners. Applications for grants under this competition must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov Apply site (Grants.gov). You must search for the downloadable application package for this competition by the CFDA number. Do not include the CFDA number’s alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 84.215, not 84.215N).
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FY17 Penn-Farley Complex – Farley Building Loading Dock Reconstruction Project, MSDC

Funding Opportunity ID: 295511
Opportunity Number: FR-RLD-17-005
Opportunity Title: FY17 Penn-Farley Complex – Farley Building Loading Dock Reconstruction Project, MSDC
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Transportation
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 20.314
Eligible Applicants: Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Only Moynihan Station Development Corporation is eligible to apply.
Agency Code: DOT-FRA
Agency Name: Department of Transportation
DOT/Federal Railroad Administration
Posted Date: Jul 14, 2017
Close Date: Jul 21, 2017 No Explanation
Last Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017
Award Ceiling: $21,965,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:
Description: The Grantee will construct three new loading docks that will be partly recessed within the building envelope of the Farley Building. The current loading dock is only twenty-five feet from the 31st Street sidewalk. This requires any delivery to block traffic while backing in and unloading. The new loading dock design is recessed within the building footprint eliminating this traffic conflict. Shifting the loading docks will eliminate their interference with 31st Street and the sidewalk, smoothing traffic flow along 31st Street, reducing congestion and minimizing dwell times and air pollution caused by a back-up of vehicles blocked by truck loading.
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Preparing for Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trials for Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Diseases in the Inpatient Setting (U01)

Funding Opportunity ID: 295486
Opportunity Number: RFA-HL-18-018
Opportunity Title: Preparing for Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Trials for Heart, Lung, Blood, and Sleep Diseases in the Inpatient Setting (U01)
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Health
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.233
93.837
93.838
93.839
93.840
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Independent school districts
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
Small businesses
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession; Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed if based in Canada. Non-Canadian foreign components are not allowed.
Agency Code: HHS-NIH11
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Posted Date: Jul 14, 2017
Close Date: Dec 04, 2017
Last Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017
Award Ceiling: $350,000
Award Floor:
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,847,000
Expected Number of Awards: 7
Description: The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support investigators performing research to identify the barriers and facilitators to implementation of an evidence-based practice(s) for heart, lung, blood, and sleep (HLBS) diseases in the inpatient setting. NHLBI is seeking applications that will utilize an implementation research framework to develop an implementation strategy (or strategies) to be tested during a subsequent hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial. During this grant, investigators will measure the baseline or usual care practice with respect to the evidence-based practice(s) of interest and plan for the subsequent trial. This FOA intends to support applications that propose a multidisciplinary research team that includes both inpatient clinical research expertise and implementation research expertise. At the conclusion of this U01, awardees and other qualified applicants may be ready to apply to a separate NHLBI-funded FOA, described in NOT-HL-17-493, to support the trial.
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Notice of Intent: Glacial Mapping of Western Waushara County Wisconsin

Funding Opportunity ID: 295514
Opportunity Number: USGS-FA-17-0279
Opportunity Title: Notice of Intent: Glacial Mapping of Western Waushara County Wisconsin
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.808
Eligible Applicants: Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOI-USGS1
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Geological Survey
Posted Date: Jul 14, 2017
Close Date: Jul 28, 2017
Last Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017
Award Ceiling: $53,857
Award Floor: $53,857
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Notice of Intent to award a Cooperative Agreement to the Wisconsin Geological and Natural History Survey under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin in support of the project entitled “Glacial Mapping of Western Waushara County Wisconsin”. The main objective of this project is to map the Quaternary geology of the Coloma, Richford, and Wautoma 7.5 minute topographic quadrangles (scale 1:24,000) within Waushara County.
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BLM-(MT)- Sage-Grouse Conservation, Rocky Mountain Region

Funding Opportunity ID: 295521
Opportunity Number: L17AS00212
Opportunity Title: BLM-(MT)- Sage-Grouse Conservation, Rocky Mountain Region
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Natural Resources
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 15.231
Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted (i.e., open to any type of entity above), subject to any clarification in text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility”
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code: DOI-BLM
Agency Name: Department of the Interior
Bureau of Land Management
Posted Date: Jul 14, 2017
Close Date: Sep 11, 2017
Last Updated Date: Jul 14, 2017
Award Ceiling: $1,000,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $1,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: Background: Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and Utah have been active partners in the collaborative, science-based conservation campaign to protect the greater sage-grouse and the sagebrush ecosystem. Due to the collective efforts of federal, state and private partners across the range, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has found that the greater sage-grouse does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. Conserving the greater sage-grouse will benefit hundreds of other native plants and animals and communities across the West. These conservation efforts are led and strengthened by effective partnerships â¿¿ ensuring that the gains we make for the greater sage-grouse will endure. Objectives: The objective of this agreement is to establish a Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Program in the Rocky Mountain Region (MT, WY, CO and UT) through which the BLM and the recipient can cooperatively identify conservation needs, identify and fund actions, activities, projects, and track accomplishments leading to the conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse on BLM lands. The recipient will seek opportunities to expand the program by attracting new partners. In coordination with BLM, the recipient will invite other federal agencies and private parties to participate in the program. This program expansion shall improve the overall conservation outcomes associated with the project through increased coordination, creating efficiencies of scale, and leveraging the funds of multiple federal agencies and private parties. The program is designed to support actions, activities, and projects that directly address threats or provide proactive conservation for Greater Sage-Grouse. The intent of these actions it to ensure that the species is not warranted for listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The program will implement on-the-ground conservation actions or other projects needed to effectively and efficiently manage sage-grouse and their habitats. BLM will partner with the recipient to establish sage-grouse conservation actions with the goal of achieving landscape-level results. Public Benefit: Conservation of Greater Sage-Grouse and its habitat provide an essential connection for Americans of all ages and abilities to the lifeâ¿enhancing benefits of nature and the outdoors. Building a public program that demonstrates the ability of collaborative efforts to conserve sage-grouse and sagebrush habitats will help save money long-term, will conserve values of public lands, and will demonstrate that conservation of this species can be achieved in a multiple use management setting. This project will improve the overall conservation outcomes through increased coordination, creating efficiencies of scale, and collaboration between multiple federal agencies and private parties.
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Nationwide Performance Management System Development and Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting for the Community Services Block Grant Program

Funding Opportunity ID: 287930
Opportunity Number: HHS-2017-ACF-OCS-ET-1215
Opportunity Title: Nationwide Performance Management System Development and Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting for the Community Services Block Grant Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Cooperative Agreement
Category of Funding Activity: Income Security and Social Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 93.569
Eligible Applicants: Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: As prescribed by Section 678A(c)(2) of the CSBG Act (42 U.S.C. 9913(c)(2)), eligible applicants are CSBG-eligible entities, or statewide or local organizations or associations, with demonstrated expertise in providing training to individuals and organizations on methods of effectively addressing the needs of low-income families and communities.Faith-based and community organizations that meet the eligibility requirements are eligible to receive awards under this funding opportunity announcement. Applications from individuals (including sole proprietorships) and foreign entities are not eligible and will be disqualified from competitive review and from funding under this announcement.
Agency Code: HHS-ACF-OCS
Agency Name: Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families – OCS
Posted Date: Jun 13, 2017
Close Date: Jul 24, 2017 Electronically submitted applications must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on the listed application due date.
Last Updated Date: Jun 13, 2017
Award Ceiling: $900,000
Award Floor: $900,000
Estimated Total Program Funding: $900,000
Expected Number of Awards: 1
Description: The Office of Community Services (OCS) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support a 3-year cooperative agreement for the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Program Performance Management System Development and Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting. This 3-year funding opportunity will continue to support the CSBG Performance Management Framework. This framework includes Organizational Standards for CSBG eligible entities, Federal and State Accountability Measures, and Results Oriented Management and Accountability Next Generation (ROMA NG). Recent enhancements and revisions to ROMA NG and the CSBG Annual Report required revisions to reporting forms and changes in current reporting systems and/or the development of new reporting systems for states and local eligible entities. These elements were designed to increase efficiency, effectiveness and accountability across all levels of the CSBG Network (Federal, State, and local) and to generate more robust results for the individuals, families, and communities served. The grantee under this cooperative agreement will be responsible for identifying and prioritizing the training needs of the CSBG Network and providing T/TA to the network to continue the seamless transition to the new reporting formats. The grantee will provide technical assistance to states on modification of existing data systems and submission and use of data for ROMA NG and reporting purposes. The grantee will also be expected to conduct national aggregation and analysis of data, and assist in the development of an annual report to Congress. Over the 3-year period, the grantee will collaborate with OCS to support a task force to coordinate the implementation of a new annual report process. In addition, the grantee will create local and state tools for analysis of results, including enhancement and maintenance of the public-facing website which allows grantees and the general public access to information regarding CSBG expenditures, activities and results.
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