Government IT Departments Must Go Private, Not Public, Cloud

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Government IT Departments Must Go Private, Not Public, Cloud

I feel for the federal agency IT departments. They are faced with a mandate to go cloud-first, but moving IT to a public cloud (SaaS) is mostly a business decision, not an IT decision. Let’s be honest, a public cloud offering is not really a technical change from what large agencies’ IT department can do themselves. So it’s really about shifting risk to an external entity and converting IT costs to operating budget (OPEX) instead of capital budget (CAPEX).

Business Analytics Solutions Will Spread

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Business Analytics Solutions Will Spread

Conventional thought is that clustered non-SQL databases are going to change business analytics and make the data that large organizations collect more useful. As usual, a few tools have risen to the top of the competitive heap, each with its own specialty.

Full speed ahead for FedRAMP or should we expect a bumpy ride?

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Full speed ahead for FedRAMP or should we expect a bumpy ride?

The clock is ticking. In just two years, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is scheduled to be fully operational.

Mainstreaming and making good decisions about Hadoop

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Mainstreaming and making good decisions about Hadoop

I attended the 2012 Hadoop Summit in San Jose, Calif., in June. The summit was specifically for Hadoop advocates and developers to collaborate, define where Hadoop goes next and determine what needs fixing. That means a lot of fun for a geek like myself.

Status of the government VDI movement

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Status of the government VDI movement

Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and mobility are getting a lot of attention in the government lately. IT departments are digesting information, considering ways to save money and identifying opportunities to cut security problems related to mobility. VDI rises to the top often. 

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