7:51 am, July 29, 2014

Government in Technology Series

Moving to the Cloud. What's the best approach for me?

Cloud computing offers organizations the opportunity to lower IT costs and increase agility. Adoption is increasing and many agencies are seeing the benefits, but for others, serious questions remain. How do they determine if they should make the move? Which cloud approach is best - public or private? Which applications and data should they move and what should remain in the data center? Is one type of cloud better for certain types of applications and data than another? How safe will the data be? How will it be managed?

Friday - 03/07/2014, 09:00am EST

Mobile Device Management: Securing Your Agency's Information

As agencies move applications and services to the cloud over, two common themes emerged. First is the initial step toward the cloud usually begins with virtualization across multiple platforms: applications, server, desktop and user. Cloud then opened the door to enabling mission operations in a mobile environment. Federal employees could take advantage of smartphones and tablet computers to input or review data in real-time, and improve access to applications no matter where they are working. The Postal Service's Inspector General's office, for example, virtualized more than 400 servers serving both its front end infrastructure and back-end storage and computing power. By virtualizing, the USPS OIG now is moving toward a bring-your-own-device or BYOD strategy to let employees take advantage of the virtualized environment securely and efficiently.

Other agencies are following suit. The Navy hopes to virtualize all their servers and applications by 2017 as both a cost cutting strategy and to improve access through mobile devices. There's no doubt federal CIOs have accepted the benefits of virtualization. A recent survey by Forrester and NetApp of private sector IT executives found they say virtualization drives down hardware costs and improve disaster recovery capabilities. Now add the quick evolution of mobile devices, whether smartphones or tablets, and the benefits of virtualization multiply. At the same time, virtualization and mobile computing creates challengesóchief among them is security of data and the device.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 02:15pm EST
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