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.

Government citizen services

Data-driven government's goal: Personalized service

Agencies need to create a tech strategy that supports convergence of cloud, big data, mobility and Web services, a Justice CTO says.

Data analytics

Attunity offers a path to secure file sharing with Hadoop

Seamless integration lets organizations move data in and out of Hadoop for improved business intelligence and analytics.

Presidents desk

5 tech priorities for the new administration

Here are five technologies the new administration should keep on the presidential blotter.

Fairfax County, Va., land use application

Fairfax County land-use solution puts big data on the map

Fairfax County built a big data application that lets agencies efficiently manage the complex volume of unstructured data that currently exists and allows for real-time search.

Data analytics

How to make big data more useful, reliable – and fast

Splunk promises to analyze and visualize machine data stored in Hadoop to quickly spot trends and statistical patterns for real-time decision-making.

Backhoe

Text analytics ready for the heavy lifting of agencies' data mining

Agencies that deal with the public in any way -- and what agencies don't? -- should be using this data mining technology now, experts say, because they'll be doing a lot of it in the future.

Researchers in biohazard suits

Canary in a data mine: How analytics detects early signs of bio threats

A DHS-funded collaborative mines data from poison centers, EMS reports, population, health care infrastructure, social media and other sources.

NOAA computer model of Hurricane Sandy

How models got a complex storm like Sandy mostly right

Weather forecasting is still an inexact science, but modeling techniques and high-powered computers help NOAA accurately predict the track of storms such as Sandy.

Pilots in airliner cockpit

NASA applies deep-diving text analytics to airline safety

The agency's Aviation Safety Program analyzes incident reports from pilots, air traffic controllers and others to find trouble before it strikes.

Google data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa

Where is all that agency data coming from?

Big data, cloud computing and video are increasing demand for data storage among federal agencies, according to a recent study.

Data visualization

How DHS got its COPs on the same beat

The department's Common Operating Picture provides tools for broader situational awareness, including shared mapping, analytics and data visualization.

Topic Resources

  • 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.

  • 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.