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How Secure Is Your Server Hardware?

Posted on October 13, 2020
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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Recently, a number of federal agencies have been looking to reduce and streamline their use of computing facilities as part of an overarching government program for data center consolidation. Over the summer, the Navy began its efforts in these respects by awarding the first of many contracts to consolidate their data center footprint.  Read More

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NASA seeks guidance with data center consolidation initiative

Posted on August 07, 2014 0 comments
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Recently, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration put out a Request for Information in connection with its plans for data center consolidation. Within the past few years, a number of government agencies have been aiming to reduce their data spread and centralize their digital content in a reduced number of computing facilities.  Read More

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Public Sector Shared Services and Mobility, the Way Ahead

Posted on February 25, 2014 0 comments
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Shrinking federal IT budgets of the past few years have mandated the federal government to come up with new guidance and directives that outline steps to create plans that increase the overall efficiency of information technology. In the quest to “do more with less”, we now have a host of policies centered around topics such as cloud computing adoption, data center consolidation, program transparency, and shared services.  Read More

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Enterprise Network Switches – the Hidden Bottleneck

Posted on February 10, 2014 0 comments
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A hidden bottleneck is growing within systems deployed on data center floors today. This issue is being driven by current and on-going widespread changes to IT system designs driven by such factors as virtualization, modifications to storage networking and the needs of Big Data systems. This requirement is the need for core network port capabilities to be increased to take advantage of 40 and 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) interfaces that are now routinely available on most enterprise class network switches.  Read More

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A few weeks back, I wrote a blog on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and how it is gaining momentum in the market place. To help you recollect, SDN is a new approach to designing, building and operating networks. The control plane is decoupled from the data plane and is logically centralized in an SDN controller to provide a single abstracted view of the underlying network topology and its state. SDN is a kind of technology that takes the high-end features built into routers and switches and puts them into software that can run on cheaper hardware.  Read More

New Trends in Converged IT Infrastructure

Posted on October 10, 2013 0 comments
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Converged Infrastructures combine networking, servers and storage into a preconfigured and usually pre-engineered solution for running applications. They have been called Integrated Infrastructures, Engineered Systems amongst other things. Some converged solutions are intended for specific applications, while others are intended for generalized workloads. They have been around in one form or another since the mid-late 2000’s and their adoption is continually growing. IBM, HP, NetApp, EMC, Cisco, Oracle, Dell, Nutanix and Pivot3 are a few companies in this market.  Read More

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The Future of Software Defined Networking

Posted on September 25, 2013 0 comments
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Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a new approach to designing, building and operating networks. The control plane is decoupled from the data plane and is logically centralized in an SDN controller to provide a single abstracted view of the underlying network topology and its state. Communication between network devices and the SDN controller use communication protocols that may be open, such as OpenFlow, or may be proprietary. Open, standards-based protocols allow for multivendor interoperability and increase choice and competition while reducing the threat of lock-in.  Read More

Security Considerations for BYOD

Posted on September 20, 2013 0 comments
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Bring your own device (BYOD) is an IT policy where employees are allowed or encouraged to use their personal mobile devices — and, increasingly, notebook PCs — to access enterprise data and systems. BYOD is bringing your own, non-corporate device into the workplace and using it for privileged access. By now, we all know the advantages like increased productivity, cost savings and employee satisfaction that come along with BYOD. However, with BYOD comes responsibility and necessity to take precautions. Nearly half of enterprises that allow employee-owned devices to connect to a company’s network have experienced a data breach, a study has revealed. Most of these companies reacted by restricting data access rights (45%) or installing security software (43%), according to the survey of 400 IT professionals by Decisive Analytics.  Read More

The Convergence of Cloud Computing & Big Data Analytics

Posted on August 22, 2013 0 comments
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There are two initiatives that are top of mind for public sector agencies dealing with information overload: big data analytics and cloud computing. 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 how the Cloud computing and Big Data Analytics technologies are coming together.  Read More