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First step to the cloud – virtualization – can be a doozy

For most agencies, server virtualization is a first step toward cloud computing. If you do it right, a move to the cloud is that much easier. However, if you make a mess of it, your journey to the cloud could be tougher.

State is first to allow voter registration via Facebook

Washington developed an app with Facebook and Microsoft that lets users get to online voter registration forms via social media.

Is NSA's Accumulo open source or Google knock-off?

A bill would bar the Defense Department from using the NSA's Accumulo open source software unless DOD can show no viable commercial open source alternatives exist.

Reporting potholes in Minneapolis? There's an app for that

Minneapolis upgrades its citizen services with a new mobile reporting system that put the city network in the cloud.

Interior issues RFP for cloud-based hosting services

The Interior Department is looking for cloud–based hosting services to help modernize the way its applications and data are stored and managed.

Will Office 2013 get agencies looking Microsoft's way?

A glimpse at Microsoft's new Office 2013 reveals collaboration and cloud-integration features that should make agencies sit up and take notice.

Virginia IT rebuild gives 'step on the gas' support for state workforce

A six-year project to consolidate its IT systems has produced a common desktop and applications that will help Virginia respond faster to productivity goals, state CIO says.

EPA contracts support aggressive move to cloud computing

The Environmental Protection signs contracts that will help meet its goal of having 80 percent of its computing in the cloud by 2015.

Sensors, cloud, drive geospatial agency push for data-center space

Data-storage requirements caused by the growth of remote sensors and the move to cloud forced the National Geospatial Intelligence agency to expand its data center footprint.

DISA to lead defense cloud efforts

DOD aims to move the department's network applications from a "duplicative, cumbersome and costly set of application silos" to an environment offering greater agility and cost-effectiveness.

State not following NIST cloud guidelines, IG report says

State's Systems and Integration Office has made a strong effort to promulgate a mission statement and a set of goals, but lacks adequate controls and procedures to monitor its multi-year contracts, IG report says.

GAO identifies 7 challenges for 'cloud first'

GAO examined seven agencies that have successfully aligned their cloud adoption efforts with the cloud-first policy and found seven challenges common to cloud implementations.

Analytics platform helps agencies fight cyber crime

SAS Security Intelligence platform uses a common infrastructure to detect and prevent threats across government agencies and industry.

Microsoft issues fix for XML flaw targeted in zero-day attacks

The patch for the XML Core Services flaw doesn't yet cover every version, but it does cover the version being attacked.

Big data system being tailored for feds

Lockheed Martin and Cleversafe are developing a federal version of the Dispersed Compute Storage solution, which combines Hadoop MapReduce and Cleversafe's dsNet to handle massive computation and storage requirements.

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