Outsourced infrastructure management can control the sprawl and more

Infrastructure management as a service can be a powerful tool for plugging several holes that could prevent agencies from fully investing in SOA for their entire network.

Shawn McCarthy | Civilian agencies could use a DISA of their own

A civilian group patterned after DISA could help provide a single interface to procurement, hosting and systems engineering services while helping with enterprise standardization and improved pricing.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Shawn McCarthy | Government should keep an eye on domain-name expansion

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers plans to greatly expand the numnber of top-level domains, so that in addition to the traditional .com or .gov, you could see .ford, .walmart or .anything.

New CPO: Oversight with clout

With the backing of the executive branch, the new chief performance officer will have the ability to make agencies sit up and listen.

Cloud & Infrastructure

16 Rules for using social media networks

The basic do's and don'ts for government workers taking part in social networking and microblogging sites.

Internaut | Managing a flood of new data

Government information technology managers are constantly inundated with new types of data arriving from an ever-increasing number of sources.

Internaut | Managing a flood of new data

Commentary: Being prepared and asking the right question is the key for anyone who is expected to handle new data generated by civil engineering projects.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Internaut | Antidote to DNS cache poisoning

Commentary: To protect against Domain Name System cache poisoning, consider these strategies.

Internaut | Floating data centers: Good for government?

Commentary: As the federal government takes its next leap forward in affordable computing, perhaps it needs to borrow a few ideas from the realm of science fiction.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Internaut | XML: The good, the bad and the bloated

Commentary: Reap the benefits of XML tagging while keeping bloated files to a minimum.

Cybersecurity

Shawn P. McCarthy | FISMA II − It's not exactly what it sounds like

Commentary: The effort to extend the effectiveness of FISMA - by helping agencies choose the right people to improve the overall security of their systems - has some confused about its name.

Shawn P. McCarthy | 10 steps toward solid government SOA

Internaut'commentary: When it comes to SOA, the only way to go is bite-size chunks and a long-term plan.

Shawn McCarthy | Thin-client laptops on tap?

Internaut'commentary: May management issues and compliance requirements will affect how federal officials manage PCs during the next year.

Shawn McCarthy | Eight ways to standardize server configurations

Internaut--commentary: Now that we have the Federal Desktop Core Configuration for PCs, wouldn't it be great to apply the same concept to servers?

Shawn McCarthy | The myths and realities of standard configuration

Internaut'Commentary: There is still considerable confusion about what compliance with the Federal Desktop Core Configuration means.

Shawn McCarthy | A government IT manifesto

Commentary: I've collected some important operational rules, which I offer as a Government Information Technology Manifesto.

Cybersecurity

Shawn P. McCarthy | National data standards benefit states, too

Commentary: The importance of national data standards extends all the way to state and local agencies, which often must share information with feds.

Shawn P. McCarthy | IT managers torn by two masters

Internaut | Commentary: The dual goals of cutting costs and completing projects can put IT managers in an impossible position

Shawn P. McCarthy | The lure of blades in green IT

Commentary: Blade systems can improve service and save power, but you have to wait a while for the payoff.

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