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Energy lab team explores new ways of analyzing social media

The SALSA tool developed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory taps the lab's supercomputing power to pore over billions of posts in seconds.

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NIST, DHS push security automation to the next stage

SCAP sets standards to ensure products work together, while Einstein is evolving into an automated tool that will not only detect, but block, malicious code.

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Can automated security put agencies a step ahead of the hackers?

A growing number of products can help automate IT security; Nevada's DOT found they can help in other areas, too.

NSA data center in Utah

Why NSA will have the capacity for all that data it's collecting

The agency gets ready to fire up the world's third largest data center, with zettabytes of capacity, as it begins work on another new high-performance center.

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The next 5 years: Everything converges and rides in the cloud

Big data, analytics, mobile computing and social media will blend together, with services doled out by cloud brokers.

Information Builders iWay 7 platform

Platform gives agencies timely access to unified data

Information Builders' iWay 7 platform gives analysts direct access to information from any source with more than 300 pre-packaged integration components.

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5 years down the road: The cloud of clouds

Interoperability standards will create a world of interconnected clouds fraught with opportunities and security risks, experts say.

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Internet2, Microsoft pact fuels universities' big data research

A peering arrangement gives schools fast access to Microsoft cloud services, offering improved collaboration, the ability to quickly exchange large data sets and faster app development.

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Tracking the evolution of big data: A timeline

Big data's roots run deep. Here's a look at key events over the past 30 years that have affected the way data is collected, managed and analyzed and that help explain why big data is such a big deal today.

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Software quizzes applicants before doling out benefits

Florida's Department of Children and Families is using LexisNexis Risk Solutions, which creates a profile based on customer-supplied information, to authenticate people applying for public assistance.

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5 keys to getting big data under control

Commerce Department CIO offers insights on how to think about big data in ways that will keep its challenges down to size.

Attendees at the FOSE keynote

What's hot at FOSE 2013

The annual conference and expo kicks off Tuesday, tackling the key challenges facing the public-sector IT community.

Topic Resources

  • Everything Storage: Learn How to Store All Your Data Underneath a Single, Extremely Scalable, Software-Defined Architecture

    Join us as we discuss scalable, software-defined storage architecture and integration, along with hardware and software technologies that empower Everything Storage. You will also be introduced to the leading massive-scale, open-platform solution for object storage. Be sure to tune-in to learn and ask questions about how open-platform solutions can bring you enterprise-class reliability, performance and simplicity without vendor lock-in and the associated price tag.

  • Data Center Micro-Segmentation

    The software-defined data center is beginning to reveal some benefits beyond agility, speed, and efficiency to government agencies. One critical area is security. Read this brief to find out how VMware is making micro-segmentation operationally feasible in the data center for the first time.

  • Moving to a Private Cloud? Infrastructure Really Matters!

    This Clipper Group paper outlines the importance of the underlying IT infrastructure for private cloud environments and lays the groundwork for clients navigating cloud, highlighting many key aspects of a private cloud infrastructure. Download this informative whitepaper to gain further insight on cloud computing.

  • Store Less, Spend Less: Managing Data According to Its Economic Value

    The term “big data” is now passing into the common vernacular. Although initially as much about the power of business analytics and data mining, the semantics have now swung to encapsulate data that is just big and of course, resource hungry, whether in terms of management, sheer storage capacity, or budgets. In that respect, the numbers are getting increasingly alarming: Estimates suggest that 90% of the world’s information was created in the last two years, and 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily. Download this informative whitepaper to gain further insights into the conflicting demands of storage management.

  • Big Five in Overdrive: Are State and Local Networks Ready?

    As state and local government organizations grapple with tight budgets, demanding constituents, growing data volumes, and cross-government coordination challenges, the "Big Five of IT" – data center consolidation, mobility, security, big data, and cloud computing – promise to improve agency performance, productivity, and service. But are state and local networks ready? This research report examines potential network impact, state and local readiness, and how organizations can prepare for the onslaught.