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A Guide to Disaster Recovery in the Cloud

Most organizations know they need to protect their business critical information to minimize downtime in the event of outages, failures, disasters and other disruptions. But not all companies have the budget, expertise, or time to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan. Fortunately, the landscape of disaster recovery solutions is shifting to accommodate changing IT needs. Download this whitepaper to learn the Top 5 benefits of vCloud Air Disaster Recovery.


Blue Skies for Your Cloud with IBM XIV Storage

IBM XIV Storage is the ideal storage foundation for cloud computing, with optimal resource sharing, best of breed virtualization, cost-saving ease of use, and maximum elasticity.


Lenovo's webNetwork for Government

Looking for smarter solutions for anywhere agency productivity? Watch webNetwork for Government and learn how webNetwork Unified Workspaces are the right choice for secure, reliable, mission-ready mobility.


Keeping up with Mobile Demand

There are many areas that government agencies should consider when working to improve mobility infrastructure and strategy. In the year 2016, the use of BYOD in government is expected to climb to 74 percent as agencies work to take advantage of this phenomenon. Based on the analysis of results from a new survey conducted by FCW and Beacon Technology Partners, here are some best practices that may help agencies achieve their mobility goals.


State of California Technical Case Study

California is the world’s eighth-largest economy, and its IT challenges exceed those of many national governments. That was particularly true during the budget crisis that began in 2008. In the face of severe budget cutbacks, state agencies needed to radically change the way they operated to keep meeting their missions to serve citizens. The State of California sets a new standard for IT with Shared Services. Learn how the California Natural Resources Agency harnessed the power of cloud computing to reduce IT capital costs by 42% and speed up service delivery by 70%.


BYOD & Consumerization In Government: Separating Myths From Megatrends

This paper begins with an examination of BYOPC and its shortcomings. It closes with a look toward the future – Consumerization – and how cloud and web services are combining to finally deliver on the advantage of the new realities of BYOD.


Cybersecurity: Evolving Threats, Evolving Solutions

Cyber threats are no less abundant than in the past, but they’ve evolved to where the most dangerous easily circumvent traditional defenses. To cope with them — and an expected blizzard of threats against mobile and other information technology — government organizations will need to use a mix of old and new security technologies, and change how they think about cybersecurity.


It’s Not Public Versus Private Clouds - It’s the Right Infrastructure at the Right Time with the IBM Systems and Storage Portfolio

In this whitepaper, you will learn about state of the art dynamic hybrid cloud deployments as well as IBM’s Systems and Storage offerings that represents a complete set of hardware, software, and hosted offerings to meet the needs of the modern enterprise and emerging cloud service providers.


Cloud Control: Moving to the Comfort Zone

As cloud deployments accelerate, there's no question that Federal agencies are reaping the benefits – improved agility, less IT complexity, and greater collaboration through shared services. But, while the benefits are clear, concerns around data stewardship and management can stop migrations in their tracks. So how are Federal agencies dealing with the control challenge? To find out, MeriTalk surveyed 153 Federal IT professionals closely involved in their agency's cloud implementations.


A New Era of Transparency: 5 Best Practices for Open Data in Government

Modern transparency enables data insights to action for the greater good. This paper outlines 5 ways for government agencies to utilize, understand and share open data with the public.


Where VDI Ends & The Cloud Begins

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) works best for smaller centrally located user bases that share a core set of application and file needs. As the world moves to the web and the cloud, is VDI still a good fit for emerging mobility and BYOD needs? Download this informative infographic to learn more.


Navigating Your VDI Decisions

What are you really trying to deliver when you choose VDI? Renewed interest in Virtualized Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) comes largely from the need to solve needs around mobility and BYOD. Even as traditional VDI vendors bring their own solutions to market, is it time to consider smarter alternatives? By focusing on where VDI excels, where it falls short, and where web and cloud services make more sense, we can take a smarter approach to these difficult decisions.


Lenovo and webNetwork: One Workspace, All Data, All Devices

Download this solution spotlight to learn how the webNetwork from Lenovo unites data center, cloud resources, and local application and file needs, seamlessly serving these resources to diverse operating systems, devices and users. Case workers, first responders, and knowledge workers get a consistently superb experience, and agency IT gets easy deployment and administration.


IBM i2 National Security and Defense Intelligence

The defense and national security environment has changed dramatically in recent years. While the government agencies involved in defense and in national security remain the key national lines of defense, the threats that these agencies face are now more sophisticated. Read this whitepaper to learn how agencies can keep pace with ever more sophisticated attacks.


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.


Contract Guide NetCents-2: Air Force Builds a Bridge to the Future

In this special report, we offer insights into the program as a whole as well as the individual contracts. The information is timely. Although the NetCents program has been around for many years, the Air Force has made significant changes since the first iteration. In many ways, it’s a whole new ballgame.


Top 7 Benefits of an Enterprise-Class Hybrid Cloud for Government

VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia® is an enterprise-class hybrid cloud service that delivers the tried and tested VMware capabilities widely used by government organizations today, with the added security and compliance assurance of FedRAMP authorization. Download this infographic to further explore the many benefits of hybrid cloud service.


Is Your Enterprise Campus Network Ready for SDN?

SDN in the enterprise campus? IDC reports that now is the time to embrace the simplicity of SDN in campus network architectures—and explains why it’s critical to adopt it sooner rather than later.


The Current and Future Benefits of SDN in the Campus

For the last two years, Software-Defined Networking (SDN) has been the hottest topic in networking. There is tremendous interest in SDN on the part of vendors and a wide range of user groups including hyper-scale data center providers, service providers and enterprises of all types and sizes. While most of the discussion of SDN focuses on its use in the data center, The 2013 Guide to Network Virtualization and SDN1 highlights the fact that enterprise IT organizations are interested in deploying SDN broadly throughout their environment, including in their WAN and campus networks.


6 Reasons to Consider SDN for Campus Networks

Did you know that SDN can deliver immediate advantages to your campus network today? This new eGuide reveals six valuable benefits of deploying SDN sooner rather than later.


Three Ways to Harden the Security of Your Campus Network

Fiction. Nearly 70% of security breaches actually originate within campus networks. Aberdeen explains why campus network security is essential to your overall data security.


5 Hybrid Cloud Starting Points

Did you know that more than 50% of organizations are already using or planning a move to hybrid cloud? And that these same IT leaders expect to double their hybrid cloud budget over the next two years? VMware customers are seamlessly extending their on-premises data center built on the trusted foundation of VMware vSphere® to hybrid cloud. Take a look at the top five most common ways you can get started with hybrid cloud migration within your organization.


Detailed Mapping of Vormetric Data Security Platform Controls to NIST 800-53 Requirements

Critical to certification for meeting FIPS, is the implementation of security controls from NIST 800-53, Appendix F. Focusing on the capabilities needed to meet these requirements, this paper provides background about the Vormetric Data Security Platform and the Vormetric Transparent Encryption product that is delivered through that platform.


All About Self-Encrypting Drives

With data security risks on the rise, an influx of government mandates and regulations for securing data have been implemented and are becoming the norm. Eliminating exposure of private data is now simply viewed as a mandatory and sound business practice. To avoid the high costs associated with these types of data compromises, organizations must put in place a comprehensive security strategy. Read this whitepaper to learn how self-encryption is achieving this initiative.


Effects of Unexpected Power Interruptions on Embedded Flash Media

Use of NAND flash storage continues to proliferate throughout many industrial segments and applications due to declining costs per gigabyte, high performance, and low power requirements. However, one of the main challenges of current NAND flash technology is its susceptibility to data corruption during unexpected power loss. This white paper seeks to explain the specific effects of unexpected power failure on flash media, as well as highlight “best practices” for mitigating data corruption as a result of power loss.


Government Cloud: A New Era in Collaboration

Collaboration is a constant in government. By its very nature, much of the work done in government requires employees to collaborate, either with their co-workers, their colleagues in other agencies or with outside partners. It is not a question of whether feds will collaborate or not-it’s only a question of how effectively. That is why the new generation of online collaboration tools is so important. A new survey by the 1105 Public Sector Media Group shows that agencies are finally ready to move beyond their reliance on e-mail and calendaring and enter a new era of cloud-based collaboration.


Next Generation Data Centers: Agencies Find New Options For Flexibility, Efficiency and Power in Data Center Operations

Change often has come slowly to the federal data center, and for good reason. Given the importance of the data center, agencies prefer to stick with traditional designs and solutions. Unfortunately, with the increasing complexity of the IT enterprise, those designs have proven inefficient and inflexible and are not likely to meet future needs. Fortunately, the next generation of data centers, based on new technologies and innovative processes, is quickly taking shape. Download this special report to learn more.


Mobile Apps Make Gains in Identity and Security

The government is transitioning its mobile app offerings from straightforward informational to more complex transactional setups. As more agencies embrace mobile apps, their possibilities become apparent and their security policies necessary. Read this informative Digital Dialogue to learn how agencies can take advantage of emerging mobile solutions while maintaining data security.


Boost Business Agility and Insight with Flash Storage for Analytics

Applications, servers and IT resources are all waiting for the same thing—data. But data access depends on the response of storage. Now with IBM FlashSystem storage, you can eliminate wait times and accelerate critical applications for faster decision making. FlashSystem includes advanced technologies to help your organization effectively support analytics workloads with compelling data economics, enterprise resiliency and easy infrastructure integration. Download this solution brief to learn more benefits of IBM FlashSystem.


Infographic: Big Data Solutions on System x

This infographic on IBM System x Reference Architectures for Big Data provides concise and compelling statistics in an easily consumable graphical deliverable. Download now to learn how IBM System x can improve platform flexibility and more.


The Rising Threat of Enterprise Cybercrime

Cybercriminals are leveraging vulnerabilities of the Internet, browsers, operating systems, and applications to secretly and proficiently gain access to information assets. Compromising employee endpoints with malware has become the preferred method; a far simpler path into the network than a direct network attack. Agencies need to recognize and address this growing danger.


Staging the Deployment of Private Clouds with IBM SmartCloud Foundation

IBM is in a strong position to facilitate the deployment of private clouds. A key component of IBM’s cloud solutions is SmartCloud Foundation, an integrated set of technologies for deploying private and hybrid clouds. These hardware and software technologies are built on a common architecture, giving customers a smooth upgrade path as they advance along the maturity curve of deploying private clouds.


Cloud without compromise for the US Federal Government

Now enhanced for FedRAMP and FISMA compliance, SoftLayer, an IBM company, offers US Federal agencies a robust cloud foundation for a wide range of agency missions. The latest capabilities allow for federal agencies to deploy solutions designed precisely for their needs, on-demand or in near-real time. Download this FREE whitepaper to discover how SoftLayer is designed for federal standards and how it can provide the cloud without compromise.


The ViewPoint | Going Mobile: How to Boost Productivity and Data Integrity

Download this Q&A to gain further insight from industry leaders addressing the challenges faced by many government agencies as they struggle to balance both security and efficiency.


IDC Technology Spotlight: The Benefits and Significance of Private Platform as a Service

Shrinking budgets coupled with growing demand for new applications has put a strain on IT organizations leading to the need for an effective PaaS to accelerate app development processes.  Explore PaaS market trends, benefits and an in-depth look at OpenShift Enterprise by Red Hat in this IDC Technology Spotlight.


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.


The Road to Enterprise PaaS

Interested in leveraging automation technologies and a cloud architecture to make developers more productive?  Learn how PaaS can benefit your agency to help you streamline your application development, allow you to use existing infrastructure and improve operational efficiencies.  Begin charting your path to PaaS with OpenShift Enterprise.


How the Shared Services Strategy is Bridging the Gap Between Business Managers and IT Shops

Business managers use words like bottom line, efficiency, and productivity. Developers speak in terms of platforms, interoperability, and capabilities. Learn how agencies turn to PaaS with OpenShift Enterprise to bridge the gap between business managers and IT shops, enabling developers to innovate faster and managers to chip away at $46 billion in redundant commodity IT services.


Openshift Enterprise: An On-Premise, Private PaaS by Red Hat

Struggling to keep up with increasing application demand? Platform as a Service (PaaS) can streamline application development processes and make resource management easy with auto-scaling and consistent integration.  Learn how OpenShift Enterprise can help architects standardize development processes, while letting developers focus on their code.


Continuous Monitoring to Achieve Cybersecurity

As the cyber threat landscape evolves, security methods and tools need to change, too. In this Digital Dialogue, Ken Durbin, manager of Continuous Monitoring Practice at Symantec, explains how the undefined boundaries of the modern IT infrastructure necessitate the deployment of continuous monitoring solutions.


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.


Stopping Zero-Day Exploits for Dummies

Cyber attacks are growing every day and can become serious threats to your organization, but how do you know and understand the threats out there? Download a copy of this book, and you will discover the zero-day exploits and threats used to compromise your agency.


Data Flows Faster at Montgomery County Dept. of Liquor Control

With the implementation of backup and recovery solutions, the Montgomery County, MD, Department of Liquor Control has reduced backup times from up to 16 hours under their old system to just one to two hours. Learn how.


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.


Meet Business Demands and Drive IT Innovation

The demands for new IT solutions can often times outpace the ability of the IT team to deploy them, forcing the organization to be more reactive than proactive. Read this whitepaper to learn how your agency can gain the infrastructure flexibility needed to rapidly respond to evolving IT needs.


Journey to the Hybrid Cloud

Cloud adoption continues to expand beyond the base of cutting-edge early adopters and is now reaching the "early mainstream" stage, increasingly being looked at by enterprises as a viable model for agile, cost-effective IT delivery. However, the prevailing binary paradigm of cloud infrastructure (public versus private) limits the extent to which enterprises can fully leverage the on-demand, self-service, elastic resource provisioning attributes of public cloud while maintaining the same security, reliability, performance, and management frameworks present in current private cloud implementations. Download this informative whitepaper to learn how hybrid cloud solves this problem.


VDI Deployment Comes Alive: Muskegon County Case Study

The IT team of Muskegon County began deploying a VDI infrastructure under a very aggressive schedule to modernize a computing infrastructure that hosted a large number of older, mostly outdated computers. Read this case study to learn how the team successfully implemented the infrastructure and what benefits they gained from their virtual desktops.


The New Rules for Storage in the Era of Big Data

The big data era presents new opportunities and advantages for agencies that are able to exploit its capabilities. However, the velocity at which data must be processed poses major challenges as it relates to the IT infrastructure. This whitepaper examines what all-flash storage systems can do to help agencies leverage big data technologies and optimize the benefits they can attain.


Viewpoint: Getting the Edge on Insider Threats

Agencies are aware of the need for cyber defense within their infrastructure to protect from insider threats; however it is important for organizations to recognize what data is most at risk for being targeted. Defining the top IT risk scenarios can greatly help agencies analyze and monitor anomalies to enhance the prevention of insider threat attacks. Download this informative Q&A to gain valuable insights from an industry expert in the field of cybersecurity and insider threats.


Web Application Security Requires Multi-Pronged Approach

Attackers are increasingly targeting web-based applications, but agencies can bolster their security posture by infusing the right mix of process, technology and vigilance into their organizations. Download this informative digital dialogue to learn more on the best practices in web-based application security.