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Nevada brings big data to the desert

The state and the Desert Research Institute partner with IBM to use analytics and advanced research applications for scientific research, education and economic development.

Monitoring prisoners with HD video

A picture worth 200 guards: Jail installs HD video, violence drops 90 percent

The Oklahoma County Jail got a clear view of the benefits of a manageable high-def video surveillance system, which cut costs and reduced altercations at the crowded facility.

Big data applications at NSF

Convergence of technologies will spur big data projects in 2013

Cloud computing, Hadoop, NoSQL databases and semantic technology are related layers that will allow agencies to derive more value from big data applications.

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How agencies can reap more value from analytics

Three core steps can help agencies plant the seeds of an analytics program that can yield cost savings and better use of resources.

NOAA N-Wave map

NOAA's 10G network keeps the terabytes coming

The high-speed N-Wave network can scale up to a 100 gigabits/sec to accommodate the massive amount of weather and climate modeling data generated every day.

Man surfing on a sea of documents

Swimming with Piranha: Testing Oak Ridge's text analysis tool

Oak Ridge lab's scalable software shows why it could be of value to investigators, researchers and analysts, especially once it adds Raptor, a metadata tool.

Portable simulator

Wanted: Portable simulators for in-theater training

Staying competitive on the modern battlefield calls for continuous training delivered by inexpensive, portable simulators, says a Marine Corps leader.

10 predictions for government IT in 2013

Consolidation, cloud and mobile computing, lots of data and the foundations of smart government are among the key trends forecasted by IDC Government Insights.

Video surveillance control room

Boca Raton adds smarts to surveillance network

The Florida city is building out a city-wide digital video surveillance system and is using a management system to integrate feeds so police can get real-time views of the city.

Genomic tree

Piranha: Decoding the genomic tree in millions of documents

ORNL's text analytics software sees documents as mathematical vectors, clustering them according to their similarities.

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Energy lab's Piranha puts teeth into text analysis

Nearly nine years in the making, the agent-based software, available to other agencies, clusters huge volumes of text documents into groups that are easily processed.

Consolidated data center under construction

As agency data centers close, measurement tools take center stage

Reaping efficiency from data center consolidation will require new technologies, including unified computing and business analytics, to measure performance gains and savings.

Topic Resources

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    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.

  • Research Report: The Virtualization Playbook

    The increasing complexity of the government enterprise—and the increasing volume and complexity of the data being managed—is forcing agency IT managers to rethink how they manage the infrastructure. Virtualization is at the center of that. By virtualizing key elements of the data center, agencies gain flexibility, scalability and manageability. And those gains are magnified when agencies integrate those systems into a cohesive whole. At the same time, IT managers are looking to bolster their infrastructures with emerging storage and storage management options. The data center of the future is taking shape now.

  • Deciding on the Right Flash Storage for High Density Virtual Infrastructures

    Read this whitepaper to discover how IT planners in the Fed space are looking to flash-based storage to allow the quest for scale and density to continue.