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How Cloud Computing Can Help Handle Big Data

Posted on October 19, 2012 0 comments
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Last week, I attended the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit and had the pleasure of listening to some very interesting speakers and meeting some of the smartest people in cloud computing. The Summit showcased innovative work being done with ‘Big Data in the Cloud’ and I’d like to share some of my thoughts and observations.  Read More

Insights From Oracle OpenWorld and the Private Cloud Controversy

Posted on October 10, 2012 0 comments
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Oracle OpenWorld kicked off in its usual exciting fashion with Larry Ellison’s keynote address that focused on announcing new, generational-leaps in technology such as the new Exadata version 3.  Read More

TechAmerica Foundation Big Data Commission Releases Its Highly Anticipated Report

Posted on October 03, 2012 0 comments
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It’s been an honor to serve on the TechAmerica Big Data Commission as a Commissioner with Darren House, a Data Center Technologist at GTSI, as my deputy. For the past four months, we collaborated with federal customers, members of academia, as well as several industry experts, on this important initiative. This comprehensive and first-of-its-kind report explains the underlying technology in simple terms, and identifies best practices and lessons learned from early efforts. The report also offers a set of policy recommendations and practical steps agencies can take to get started on Big Data initiatives.  Read More

The Temperature is Rising in the SDN Market

Posted on September 25, 2012 0 comments
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I recently attended a Cisco webinar on Software Defined Networking (SDN), which has become a very hot topic in the industry after VMware announced its acquisition of Nicira. Many believed this new technology would make Cisco nervous. It made for a good sound bite, but I guess I just wasn’t very hungry…  Read More

Next Generation Collaboration Solutions for the Federal Sector

Posted on September 19, 2012 0 comments
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Collaboration is a must for any team to succeed whenever they are involved in a process or common goal of any sort. According to Wikipedia, the definition of ‘collaboration’ is working together to achieve a goal. It is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together to realize shared goals.  Read More

A Path to Cloud Compliance

Posted on September 06, 2012 0 comments
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Recently, I met with a government customer who made the following comment regarding his agency’s initiative to move to cloud-based resources: “I know I can handle the technical part of the migration, but it’s the red tape that I’m the most worried about.”  Read More

Does Mobility Really Mean Anytime, Anywhere, on any Device?

Posted on August 29, 2012 0 comments
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A few years ago I attended a conference with the theme “Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Device,” and I thought that was a catchy phrase. It is interesting to see that vision remained and the federal government is directing agencies to move towards that direction. The recently released Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American Peoplestrategy states “New expectations require the federal government to be ready to deliver and receive digital information and service anytime, anywhere and on any device.” That conference theme was spot on.  Read More

Emerging Technologies are Taking Big Data to the Next Level

Posted on August 22, 2012 0 comments
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In my previous blogs, I have discussed how big data provides significant advantages for the public sector – from helping agencies fight crime to providing event-driven operational intelligence. This week, I would like to discuss some big data technologies that are seeing fast adoption in the marketplace. Traditional data warehouses integrate and manage clean, structured relational data from diverse sources, and mine that data for actionable intelligence using Business Intelligence (BI) tools. However, challenges arise when agencies have to process unstructured data including full motion video, emails, voice, social networks, sensor-enabled facilities, web and biometrics data. By far, the technology getting the most attention in the market for analytic use cases involving unstructured big data at rest is Hadoop.  Read More

Did VMware just make SDN a game changer?

Posted on August 15, 2012 0 comments
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Following the recent VMware announcement regarding their intent to acquire Nicira , there has been a lot of talk about Software Defined Networking (SDN) and how it is a “game changer.” At a high level, SDN is a technology and standardization that separates the network control plane from the forwarding of frames/packets. This enables centralized control and management of a network infrastructure, which is the final step in achieving true agility through cloud computing. With SDN in place, organizations can dynamically provision compute, storage and network resources without manual intervention or time delays.  Read More