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Weekly News Round-Up: Big Data is a Big Focus for U.S. Chief Data Scientist and New CIA Digital Directorate

Obama’s Chief Data Scientist Reveals How the Government Uses Big Data Dhanurjay “DJ” Patil is the first ever Chief Data Scientist for the United States government, and he says the key to success is getting that data outside of where he works. Since he began working for the Obama administration in February of 2015, Patil has spearheaded, a website where he has made over 130,000 datasets available to the

The state of the FDCCI five years later

Five years ago, in February of 2010, the U.S. Chief Information Officer and the Federal CIO Council issued the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI). The point of this directive was to identify the data centers that were underutilized or underperforming and eliminate them as part of a movement to reduce cost. The reasoning for the FDCCI was pretty straightforward – the thousands of federal data centers (approximately 7,000 in

Weekly News Round-Up: Private Sector Companies Offer Recommendations, Federal CIO Leaders and Job Descriptions Evolve

This week, VMware, Amazon and Rackspace urged Congress to adopt cloud solutions, and Verizon launched a new offering for government to enable prioritization of enterprise and IoT apps. In parallel, the federal CIO role continues to evolve, as key players change jobs and take note of changing perceptions. Cloud providers say they can improve federal IT Industry witnesses at a recent congressional hearing — including John Engates, chief technology officer

How and Why the DOD Should Adopt SDN

This article originally appeared in Signal Magazine. The Defense Department stands at a technological and financial crossroads, needing to accelerate the proliferation of new networks and applications while heeding budgetary concerns. As such, department officials are looking carefully at software-defined networking (SDN) and the potential the method provides as a key foundation of the Joint Information Environment (JIE). SDN lets agencies build more flexible, consolidated and efficient networks, while spinning up

Weekly News Round-Up: Cloud Security, Convenience and Cost Savings

According to new surveys and recent GAO reports, as agencies continue to spend money on cloud solutions, the conversation continues as to the level of security provided vs. ease of use, and how and when cost savings will be realized. Below are some current stories about cloud adoption and spending at federal agencies: Cloud security challenges prevent greater federal adoption, new survey finds According to a new survey from Dimensional

Building power and scale into the Software-Defined Data Center

The evolution of information technology continues to move toward more virtual, hosted, and service-based environments, and the data center of the future is no exception. As complex enterprises, especially Federal agencies, seek more trusted, cost-effective, and reliable architectures to support their mission and business objectives, an interesting dialogue is emerging about the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). Consider the data center where networking, storage, and computing are delivered as a virtual

Weekly News Round-Up: IoT and Big Data Trends Will Place More Demand on Federal Networks

To effectively support rapidly developing technology devices and trends, the federal government will need more robust networks with better bandwidth and even more reliable uptime. The buzz around the Internet of Things (IoT), wearables and other commercially available innovations has led the federal government to start thinking about how their organizations should be structured, how technology initiatives should be funded, and how new tools should be integrated into business processes.