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M-19-21 Memorandum and What It Is

Posted on December 09, 2020

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


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3 reasons virtualization saves governments money

Posted on April 10, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Lately there has been a marked shift toward trying to downsize the number of physical servers storing data for the federal government and thereby increase the efficiency of the existing data centers. According to the Federal Times, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon continues to move to a virtualized desktop model, which cuts costs and maintenance times. Gregory Garcia, manager of IT for the Pentagon and the Washington Headquarters Service, said that their goal to reach 80 percent usage of virtual desktop interfaces for the Joint Staff had been nearly met at the beginning of March.  Read More

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Where next for the cloud and government?

Posted on April 09, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is currently going through exponential growth. This is because the market is only really now beginning to respond to the amazing benefits that the cloud has to offer organizations both large and small. As the first sets of groups that have come to use the cloud have been rewarded, there have been many more seeking to follow in their footsteps. This is natural, after all.  Read More

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In today’s world of Internet records and cloud-based data, organizations and individuals are scrambling to learn everything they can about cybersecurity and how to maintain it. It can seem like a daunting task, especially in the midst of a troubling time that includes breaches of sensitive consumer and government information, such as the recent Sony hack and the hack of the State Department in late 2014.  Read More

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Air Force establishes cybersecurity task force

Posted on April 09, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

On March 20, the U.S. Air Force established Task Force Cyber Secure, a group that hopes to take a look at the Air Force and determine challenges of the cyberspace domain in areas such as synchronization, operations and governance.  Read More

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It’s not just businesses that are moving to the cloud. The utility of the cloud has offered many organizations the opportunity to make use of its quick access to data. Thanks to the flexibility in delivering IT services and the cloud’s ability to allow groups to sidestep the costs of refreshing aged infrastructure, many are finding reasons to make use of it within their long-term strategies. The cloud provides both large businesses and small agencies the opportunities they need to save money while developing a more efficient relationship to information.  Read More

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Most organizations that are interested in moving to the cloud are at least partially motivated by the savings it offers. There’s good reason for this – when compared with the total cost of ownership of supporting a network infrastructure and servers, the cloud can quickly pull ahead as the more affordable option.  Read More

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The cloud set for a big innovation boom

Posted on April 01, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

The cloud, like the Internet of the early 2000s, is set for a big innovation boom. While many organizations are undervaluing how much the cloud can do for them, scrappy startups are beginning to provide large amounts of software-as-a-service options for a variety of customers. The popular conception of the cloud, of course, is as services designed for consumers, but it can be just as useful and for the business to business crowd.  Read More

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Those that work for the government have known for years that it has actually been ahead of many private businesses in terms of adopting current technology. Cloud computing for government agencies has become increasingly common, and this is just one example. Any other ways in which the government sector has been lagging behind are now becoming some of its stronger points in terms of technological acuity. As the rest of the technological world becomes increasingly mired in exclusive platforms and competitive design in software used to edge others out of a specific marketplace, federal systems are embracing some of the original elements of the “hacker” community. Specifically, open source software and its “information should be free” ethos are being used to help government workers get the most out of their cloud computing platforms.  Read More

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Cloud computing for government has always been about providing better services and access to information. For citizens utilizing government services, the cloud offers the opportunity for quicker access to information and more reliable, consistent uptime. There is a push toward allowing data to be constantly available not only to government workers but also for citizens, so the ultimate goal is to create something that works seamlessly. In fact, some organizations are beginning to invest in something called seamless computing, which may be the next generation of services for agencies that are currently using cloud computing. Seamless computing would allow video and voice calls to transfer between wireless providers’ networks and Wi-Fi.  Read More

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Federal agencies benefit from cloud mobility

Posted on March 03, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Federal agencies that are interested in moving to the cloud could reap major benefits if they are willing to change how they work. Many government organizations are utilizing the cloud right now for data storage, but are they using the cloud in such a way as to see real change? The opportunity to use cloud architecture to allow workers to work with each other in a more mobile fashion is right there for agencies that are willing to use it. Cloud models allow experimentation, automated server creation for new software and other useful things for agencies. The real question is why isn’t it being used more frequently?  Read More