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Building a better backup

A sound, mulitiered backup strategy relies on risk assessment, security and testing.

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NJ to consolidate IT infrastructure

The state will move to centralized IT functions, pulling hardware, operations and staff out of the individual departments.

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The bottleneck in DOD’s move to the cloud

Providing cloud access points as a service might speed data center consolidation, acting CIO John Zangardi suggests.

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IBM powers up new data centers

IBM is beefing up its cloud data center capacity to meet demand for cloud infrastructure and accommodate internet-of-things, blockchain and quantum computing applications.

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Evolving options for on-premises data centers

Even as more operations move to the cloud, there are times when on-premises computing can be the right choice.

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How to cut data center energy use

Increasing density of infrastructure and system components will help agencies offset growth and reduce total energy usage.

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Can we afford not to innovate?

To get the best value for taxpayer dollars, government should look to the innovation that is taking place in the private sector, particularly regarding open source software development.

Artist concept, interior, of the NASA Modular Supercomputing Facility at Ames (NASA/Marco Librero)

Modular supercomputers: Smaller environmental footprint, greater flexibility

NASA’s new Modular Supercomputing Facility will save money, conserve water and give the space agency scalable high-performance computing.

San Francisco

Hyperconverged solution streamlines transit IT

San Francisco’s transit agency is using Nutanix’s enterprise cloud solution to improve service delivery and reduce its data center footprint.

DISA seeks to streamline systems and operation centers

DISA seeks to streamline systems and operation centers

The agency wants to make the Department of Defense Information Network more efficient by standardizing tools and improving cloud compatibility.

Universities building California Policy Lab

Universities building California Policy Lab

A data warehouse of administrative information from state and local agencies will make it easier for policymakers to research issues from education and criminal justice to social services and labor.

Reaping the benefits of net monitoring and IT consolidation

Reaping the benefits of net monitoring and IT consolidation

For the University of Maryland University College, data center consolidation and cloud migration was made easier with hybrid network monitoring.

Topic Resources

  • Understanding Data Center Modernization Options

    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

  • Mission Possible! Your cognitive future in Government

    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

  • Compliance is Made Easier with Certain Steps

    State and local agencies have to prioritize which regulations are most applicable and find efficient ways to ensure compliance—a task made more challenging by insufficient human and financial resources.

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