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UNICOM Government Reaches Record 131 IBM Technical Certifications

Posted on June 11, 2013 0 comments
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UNICOM Government recently announced that it is now an official IBM Business Partner Solutions Provider, which will enhance the company’s ability to offer IBM’s integrated infrastructures for delivering cloud- and analytic-based solutions to the government.  Read More

According to a recent GAO report, the federal government’s ambitious plan to close 40 percent of its data centers by 2015 may not actually happen. The report underscores the sheer enormity of this challenge and how more needs to be done to meet this goal. Fortunately, the right industry partners can help build out multi-vendor solutions that directly address these data consolidation challenges. From converged infrastructure data management to application dependency mapping, there are many steps required and this process is not fast, cheap or easy.  Read More

Navy Embraces Commercial Cloud Services for Public Information

Posted on April 29, 2013 0 comments
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In the wake of a successful pilot to host the Secretary of the Navy’s public website on the Amazon Web Services cloud, Terry Halvorsen, CIO of the Navy, has directed the Navy and the Marines to use commercial cloud services providers to host all publically releasable information. In compliance with the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, which mandated the migration of defense data to the cloud, thisnew directive aims to increase efficiencies without compromising operational effectiveness – all while driving down overall costs.  Read More

Obama Brain Mapping Initiative Shines Light on Big Data

Posted on April 09, 2013 0 comments
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This month, the Obama Administration made some major headlines with the announcement of a new effort to map the human brain, which could unlock the mysteries of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Diseases. The major initiative, called Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN), will require a coordinated approach by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and support from academia and the private sector.  Read More

On February 27, 2013, Federal Computer Week and UNICOM Government, Inc., hosted a Technology Leadership Series event on “Big Data Analytics in the New Budget Reality” at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. We were fortunate enough to spend time with the master of ceremonies for the event, Mr. Don Upson, Former Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Upson discussed the value of the Technology Leadership Series event, and how Big Data is reaching unprecedented levels of usage — even though we are at the early stages of usage.  Read More

Maximizing Existing Data Centers, Post Consolidation

Posted on March 28, 2013 0 comments
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As part of the Federal CIO’s Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is pushing for ways to not only reduce the number of data centers, but also maximize the existing data centers. As such, the Federal CIO’s office has created PortfolioStat, which aims to root out waste and data center inefficiencies. The main vision of this effort is to focus on efficiency, storage and energy usage metrics.  Read More

On February 27, 2013, Federal Computer Week and GTSI hosted a Technology Leadership Series event on “Big Data Analytics in the New Budget Reality” at the Hamilton Live in Washington, D.C. We were fortunate enough to spend time with Kapil Bakshi, Chief Architect and Strategist, Cisco, who highlighted the future trends in Big Data and government. Mr. Bakshi discussed how we are getting past the “hype cycle” and government agencies are now truly leveraging structured and unstructured data.  Read More