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Assessing Pentagon cloud computing

Posted on December 31, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

The value of cloud computing has been hotly debated in government circles. From a budget and efficiency perspective, there are big opportunities for improved data center consolidation, and wider avenues for enhanced collaboration within and among various agencies. Thus far, the only significant setback to adoption has been related to concerns about cybersecurity. Many agencies remain wary of their own ability to safeguard data that lives in the cloud.  Read More


Government agencies have put data center consolidation at the core of efforts geared toward streamlining federal IT infrastructure. So far, success has been somewhat choppy. The U.S. Government Accountability Office did report savings of up to $3.6 billion – which data center consolidation contributed to – but learned shortly thereafter that 2,000 more data centers were in existence than previously believed. The setback resulted in the recent announcement of a new and forthcoming data center policy that may help get things back on track.  Read More


Transitioning from legacy, on-premises IT solutions to cloud computing has been a top priority among government IT leadership in the past five years. Despite being slow off the starting line, recent studies revealed that government cloud computing spend is expected to increase from its current annual allotment of $2.4 billion to an estimated $6.2 billion by 2020. This growth rate outpaces that of the entire federal IT budget.  Read More


Data center efficiency is a growing concern among many organizations. These facilities are entirely necessary, but they are also tremendous sources of energy consumption. Worse yet, much of this energy consumption is unnecessary. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, data centers in the U.S. could have consumed 40 percent less energy in 2013. In addition to wasting natural resources, this inefficiency results in needless spending.  Read More


The U.S. government has been pushing its cloud-first agenda hard in the past few years in an attempt to improve data center consolidation efforts as well as collaboration between government agencies. In 2011, The Federal Cloud Strategy proposed allocating $20 billion of the total $80 billion IT spend on cloud computing. Since the release of the report, there have been numerous barriers to adoption, namely distrust of cloud computing among many federal agencies – despite repeated proclamations from federal CIO Tony Scott that cloud computing is safe.  Read More


Information technology infrastructure represents a sizable chunk of government spending at the federal, state and municipal levels, hence recent efforts across the board to maximize IT efficiency. Everything from cloud migration and data center consolidation to streamlined big data aggregation and analytics can be a source of savings – that is, as long as it improves federal IT services. Most of these examples focus on specific technological renovations; however, as one of California's most recent policies reveals, there are other ways to go about making improvements to government operations.  Read More


Cybersecurity has been front of mind for the government for as long there have been hackable systems, but the Office of Personnel Management breach that took place in early 2015 was a wakeup call unlike any other. The data of some 21 million government workers was stolen as a result of the breach, including biometric information of an estimated 5 million people. It was a ground-breaking incident, and it left a bad taste in the mouths of the victims and government IT leaders alike.  Read More


In an attempt to escape conflict within their borders, millions of Syrians have fled to surrounding countries, Europe and the United States. Since 2011, the U.S. has welcomed approximately 1,500 Syrian refugees, but President Obama has said that he intends to welcome as many as 10,000 within the next year, according to CNN. However, this plan is in direct opposition to more than half of all governors in the U.S., who have made clear that Syrian refugees are unwelcome based on the notion that some of these migrants may pose a terrorism threat.  Read More


An organization’s ability to adapt to change is key to ensuring they stay focused on achieving mission success. With an ever-changing technology landscape, having a strategy that can quickly adjust, and grow with your organization’s needs, is essential. The government has many options when it comes to acquiring technologies and services required to satisfy mission goals. Avoid costly upfront purchase costs and clearly understand our total cost of ownership from the beginning.  Read More


In a World of Ever Growing Servers; What Is Serverless?

Posted on June 24, 2021 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Serverless computing is the logical conclusion of virtualization, separating where code is run from what the code is running on. Using conventional architecture increasing scalability requires ever increasing complexity and capacity, often driving costs at an exponential rate. Serverless allows scaling to the limit that you set, with costs growing at a linear rate. A system that supports a million users requires the same level of effort as an application intended only for a dozen.  Read More

Why Federal IT Modernization is a Big Deal

Posted on April 08, 2021 0 comments
Category: Technology

Businesses across all industries have been traditionally reluctant to migrate to new technologies and processes while leaving behind their tried-and-true practices. Sectors that are heavily regulated are even harder to sell on modernizing their hardware and software infrastructures due to the amount of considerations and challenges that can be introduced. It's no surprise, then, that the federal government has been slow to upgrade and is still gradually making changes to its IT portfolio.  Read More


Staying Secure in an Always Connected World

Posted on January 29, 2021 0 comments
Category: Cyber Security

According to a recent Cisco report, the number of connected devices per person worldwide will rise 50% from 2.4 in 2018 to 3.6 by 2023. And, at the same time – as we all well know - the days of a government employee logging on just during traditional business hours, in one building, on one or two devices, is over. People bring the “constantly connected” mindset from their personal lives, to work. This mindset forms the expectations that they will have the ability to access all the information they require – anywhere, anytime. For government security teams, it’s a love-hate relationship. On the upside, there are huge productivity benefits. And new opportunities for insights with the data collected and shared. But, as the volume and the variety of connected devices increases, so do potential cyber vulnerabilities.  Read More

M-19-21 Memorandum and What It Is

Posted on December 09, 2020 0 comments

The M-19-21 memorandum mandates that all records are created, converted and transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in electronic format by end of 2022. The need, however, does not make the reality any easier to embrace.  Agencies must both find a way to convert legacy records from paper to digital, and put in place processes that ensure all records going forward are created digitally.  Working with constrained budgets, needing to educate personnel, having to develop new processes and choosing the appropriate technology, all contribute to the complexity of achieving this goal by the established deadline.   Read More

It is said that data runs today's world, and we could argue that it is not an exaggerated statement. From important business decisions to process optimization, everything today is data driven. Data has become a necessity of life. Everyone is pursuing increasing volumes of data, but very few understand that this quest for more data must be closely tied to effective, state-of-the-art datacenters. With the growing demand for data, there needs to be an underlying infrastructure that can host queries, process inputs, and feed relevant information, on pace with modern needs. Prevalent IT infrastructures are insufficient; therefore, to make sure that super-fast data communication is done with negligible latency, the establishment of hyper-converged infrastructure is inevitable.  Read More


How Secure Is Your Server Hardware?

Posted on October 13, 2020 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Security is always evolving and what worked yesterday will not necessarily work today. Security goes far beyond protecting software and networks. Securing your hardware is often overlooked and can have some costly implications, if it becomes compromised. Relying solely on firewalls to secure the infrastructure is bound to end in disaster.  Read More

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