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Archive: December 2020

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


Cisco Races Ahead with Breakthrough Data Center Solution – Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

Posted on November 06, 2013 0 comments

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

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


The Future of Software Defined Networking

Posted on September 25, 2013 0 comments

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

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

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

UNICOM Government Reaches Record 131 IBM Technical Certifications

Posted on June 11, 2013 0 comments

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

UNICOM Government Video: Insights into Virtualization and Data Center Consolidation for Federal Agencies

Posted on May 28, 2013 0 comments

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

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