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Health IT: Some Pain, Some Gain

Health information technology is the right prescription for a health care system that is struggling to manage huge troves of health-related data and provide better and more affordable services to patients. Although the path to implementing electronic health records and achieving meaningful use has not been without some rough patches, speakers at a September 17th health IT conference in Washington, D.C., agreed that short-term pain is worth the long term-gain. Download this executive summary of the event to learn more.


Flash Storage: A Necessary Disruption

It’s been a long time coming, but there is finally a revolution in storage that is breaking through performance barriers and allowing agencies to realize greater benefit from their growing data stores. The revolution is the all-flash storage array—solid state systems that use multiple flash memory drives instead of spinning hard disk drives. Read this informative whitepaper to learn why organizations are moving toward flash storage and the benefits this technology offers.


Application Deluge and Visibility Imperative

Ensure network performance for your business-critical applications in private data centers, public clouds, and employee-owned mobile devices with complete application-level visibility across the entire environment.


5 Best Practices for Designing Data-Driven Applications

Read this whitepaper to learn how big data and mobile adoption creates new challenges for developers and what emerging best practices offer a guide for creating compelling, high-scale data-driven apps and solutions.


Keeping up with Mobile Demand

There are many areas that government agencies should consider when working to improve mobility infrastructure and strategy. In the year 2016, the use of BYOD in government is expected to climb to 74 percent as agencies work to take advantage of this phenomenon. Based on the analysis of results from a new survey conducted by FCW and Beacon Technology Partners, here are some best practices that may help agencies achieve their mobility goals.


Moving Away from Windows Server 2003: The Time is Now

If your agency still relies on Windows Server 2003, the time to think about migrating is now. Waiting is dangerous; Microsoft will stop supporting the operating system in July of 2015, and the company estimates that an average Windows Server migration takes at least 200 days to complete. Yet according to a survey by HP and Microsoft, 60 percent of impacted customers don’t have a plan for migration. Download this informative whitepaper to learn how to best plan and prepare for your migration.


Cybersecurity: Evolving Threats, Evolving Solutions

Cyber threats are no less abundant than in the past, but they’ve evolved to where the most dangerous easily circumvent traditional defenses. To cope with them — and an expected blizzard of threats against mobile and other information technology — government organizations will need to use a mix of old and new security technologies, and change how they think about cybersecurity.


A New Era of Transparency: 5 Best Practices for Sharing Government Data

Modern transparency enables data insights to action for the greater good. This paper outlines 5 ways for government agencies to utilize, understand and share open data with the public.


Cybersecurity: Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

Cyber attacks on government networks are becoming more frequent and sophisticated, underscoring the importance of fortifying cyber defenses to protect agency data and applications. Developing a cyber posture that appropriately counters these threats has been a challenge, however, since agencies have traditionally relied on piecemeal, manual methods to secure their networks. The good news, however, is that agencies have taken steps toward embracing risk-based, automated approaches to cyber security so that they are able to react to threats in real time, according to speakers at an August 20th conference on Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM). Download this executive summary to learn more.


IBM i2 National Security and Defense Intelligence

The defense and national security environment has changed dramatically in recent years. While the government agencies involved in defense and in national security remain the key national lines of defense, the threats that these agencies face are now more sophisticated. Read this whitepaper to learn how agencies can keep pace with ever more sophisticated attacks.


Contract Guide NetCents-2: Air Force Builds a Bridge to the Future

In this special report, we offer insights into the program as a whole as well as the individual contracts. The information is timely. Although the NetCents program has been around for many years, the Air Force has made significant changes since the first iteration. In many ways, it’s a whole new ballgame.


Migrating to an Enterprise-Class Hybrid Cloud for Government: Top 5 Considerations

Most cloud offerings are not designed to run both legacy and new applications on a common cloud platform. As you expand your IT environment to the cloud, you could face compatibility issues with your existing IT infrastructure and the need to rewrite your applications for specific public cloud platforms. Download this information brief to discover how to address the top five considerations for migrating basic workloads and sensitive data to the cloud.


Combatting Insider Threats in the Federal Agency with Endpoint Security Analytics

Federal agencies are under attack from insider threats. Download this whitepaper to learn about what defines an insider, how to gain visibility into your endpoints, how to establish a baseline and look at real-world scenarios.


GameChanger: Secure Hybrid Cloud for Government

There are many good reasons why agencies choose to put their data, infrastructure or applications in a private cloud; resources are dedicated only to that agency or group of agencies, and security and content are fully controllable. In fact, the majority of federal cloud projects rely solely on private clouds. Yet there are many situations when the hybrid cloud model makes more sense, both from the financial and flexibility perspective. Download this informative gamechanger to learn how to implement a secure hybrid cloud for your agency.


The Devil You Know: Mitigating Insider Security Threats

Do you know what your virtual and cloud admins are doing? Is your agency safe from insider threat? Download this whitepaper by Jill Singer, former CIO of NRO, to learn how to deploy a layered defense.


Aerospace and Defense: An Industry in Transition

Dynamic market forces such as globalization, technology advancements, declining defense budgets, economic power shift towards growth markets, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures in the industry are forcing transformation upon both large and small A&D companies. Read this whitepaper to learn about the 3 industry-wide imperatives driving this transformation.


Cloud Paves Way for Big Changes

Several technologies are driving big changes at federal agencies, but at the forefront is cloud computing. Cloud – the use of remote, Internet-hosted servers for storing, managing and processing data in place of on-site technology – is helping along technologies such as those related to collaboration and enabling new ones, such as the analyzation of big data. Download this digital dialogue to learn more on the benefits that come with adopting cloud computing for your organization.


Hybrid Model Eases Path to Cloud Adoption

Although the federal government has made a strong commitment to cloud computing, individual agencies are at varying levels of cloud adoption. It’s not that they question the advantages of cloud – those are broadly recognized. It’s just that the process of adopting the technology has proven to be a challenge. Download this digital dialogue to learn how to successfully conquer the challenges of cloud adoption.


Extending Government Security Intelligence with Big Data Analytics and Exploration

The asymmetric nature of today’s cyberthreats means that federal organizations face dangers from multiple fronts. Read this whitepaper to examine the components of a solution framework that enables government agencies to confront an evolving cyberthreat landscape.


New Trajectories for the Aerospace and Defense Industry

Today, aerospace and defense (A&D) companies find themselves at potentially perplexing crossroads. Given the simultaneous drive for profitable operations and innovation, operational strategies require rethinking to ensure both imperatives are met. Read this whitepaper to learn about the challenges and trends driving the need to transform operational strategies.


Government Cloud: A New Era in Collaboration

Collaboration is a constant in government. By its very nature, much of the work done in government requires employees to collaborate, either with their co-workers, their colleagues in other agencies or with outside partners. It is not a question of whether feds will collaborate or not-it’s only a question of how effectively. That is why the new generation of online collaboration tools is so important. A new survey by the 1105 Public Sector Media Group shows that agencies are finally ready to move beyond their reliance on e-mail and calendaring and enter a new era of cloud-based collaboration.


Next Generation Data Centers: Agencies Find New Options For Flexibility, Efficiency and Power in Data Center Operations

Change often has come slowly to the federal data center, and for good reason. Given the importance of the data center, agencies prefer to stick with traditional designs and solutions. Unfortunately, with the increasing complexity of the IT enterprise, those designs have proven inefficient and inflexible and are not likely to meet future needs. Fortunately, the next generation of data centers, based on new technologies and innovative processes, is quickly taking shape. Download this special report to learn more.


Real time endpoint compliance for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

Federal agencies must take a proactive approach to information and network security due to increasing cybersecurity threats. IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager, built on BigFix technology, is the leading enterprise cybersecurity solution to help combat cyber threats and eliminate vulnerabilities. Download this whitepaper to discover the main aspects of continuous monitoring that must be addressed and further explore the IBM Endpoint Manager paradigm shift.


Face-to-Face: Big Data

There are some high achievers in government when it comes to managing big data, but many agencies are struggling to stay on top of the vast and varying amounts of information they collect every day. To learn more about big data, download this event overview featuring highlights from the recent event titled "Big Data Management and Analytics: Lessons from Mission Driven Initiatives.”


Cloud without Compromise for the US Federal Government

Now enhanced for FedRAMP and FISMA compliance, SoftLayer, an IBM company, offers US Federal agencies a robust cloud foundation for a wide range of agency missions. The latest capabilities allow for federal agencies to deploy solutions designed precisely for their needs, on-demand or in near-real time. Download this FREE whitepaper to discover how SoftLayer is designed for federal standards and how it can provide the cloud without compromise.


2020 Agenda: Are You Ready?

It’s the year 2014 and we live in the time of an unprecedented technologic disruption. From wearable technology to the Internet of Things, today’s digital and technological disruptions are impacting every facet of the enterprise and changing the rules of business. And, by the year 2020, that impact will grow, making it imperative to actively address these challenges today.


The Viewpoint: Balancing Security and Efficiency

Download this Q&A to gain further insight from industry leaders addressing the challenges faced by many government agencies as they struggle to balance both security and efficiency.


Connected Governments and Agile Militaries: Meeting the Security Requirements of Today’s Evolving Government

For agencies, the evolving IT infrastructure requires a cybersecurity portfolio that is both flexible and advanced enough to combat sophisticated cyber threats. Whether reducing their data center footprints, virtualizing existing services to reduce costs and “go green”, or advancing security to thwart today’s advanced attacks in the field or at home, agencies have different requirements of their cybersecurity solutions. Read this whitepaper to learn how your agency can implement diverse security solutions to help address these pressing needs.


A Modern Framework for Network Security in Government

Agencies are undergoing change in their data centers, virtualizing more services in their network and overall pursuing more efficiency. As such, their cybersecurity needs are changing to demand greater performance, more flexible security policies and enforcement and solutions that understand data center applications. Read this whitepaper to learn the several key steps agencies should consider when implementing their cybersecurity tools.


GameChanger: Coping with Explosive Data Growth

From satellite images and video to transactional and social media data, it’s clear that the amount of data government agencies are dealing with is continuing to grow quickly. Download this informative whitepaper to learn how your organization can overcome the storage and cost challenges of big data growth.


The Viewpoint: Cybersecurity and Mobility Strategy

Not only do agencies need to step up their cybersecurity planning, they also need to enhance their mobile strategies. Download this Q&A to gain further insight from industry leaders on best practices including how to implement cyber and mobile plans today that will be able to handle the growth of user and resource demand in the future.


Mobility, Data Drive Major IT Changes

Mobility is crucial to meeting mission goals at many federal agencies, but it’s still a fairly new practice. Agencies with many mobile workers continue to work out the kinks that smart phone features and mobile applications present, such as security concerns and usage rules. Download this digital dialogue to learn how new approaches to cybersecurity and usage rules are essential to helping the government keep up with evolving technology.


New Technologies Show Growth of VDI

The use and benefits of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) are growing, and companies are working to keep up with user demand. Download this informative digital dialogue to gain an industry perspective as five players in the marketplace discuss what their latest offerings can do for end-user computing.


FlexPod Express Infographic: The Cure for Server Sprawl

Small and medium-sized businesses everywhere are reporting symptoms of “server sprawl.” Download this education infographic to learn how FlexPod Express helps you save money and simplify your IT environment through consolidation and virtualization.


Seven Reasons to Simplify Midsize IT Infrastructure

As the number of users and applications grow, there’s an explosion of data and content, and point solutions multiply, exacerbating server sprawl. Download this informative whitepaper to learn the benefits of converged infrastructure solution for virtualized environments and the key considerations for choosing the best platform for your midsize enterprise.


Top 7 Benefits of an Enterprise-Class Hybrid Cloud for Government

VMware vCloud® Government Service provided by Carpathia® is an enterprise-class hybrid cloud service that delivers the tried and tested VMware capabilities widely used by government organizations today, with the added security and compliance assurance of FedRAMP authorization. Download this infographic to further explore the many benefits of hybrid cloud service.


Top 5 Considerations for Migrating to an Enterprise-Class Hybrid Cloud

Most cloud offerings are not designed to run both legacy and new applications on a common cloud platform. As you expand your IT environment to the cloud, you could face compatibility issues with your existing IT infrastructure and the need to rewrite your applications for specific public cloud platforms. Download this information brief to discover how to address the top five considerations for migrating basic workloads and sensitive data to the cloud.


Contractor Access: Mitigating Security and Risk Issues

Including contractors in a corporate IT environment can expose your organization to all kinds of risks. Avoid those risks with an access solution that can protect what your organization and give contractors the access they need.


2014 CyberThreat Defense Report

Cyberattacks are evolving as quickly as defenses are. The 2014 report from CyberEdge provides concrete examples of the actual preparedness level of organizations and what the future of IT security might look like.


Best of Breed Private Cloud with NetApp and Windows Server 2012

Many organizations have adopted virtualization as a standard for server workloads. But virtualization has not proven to be the “game changer” many organizations had envisioned. IT departments face huge challenges related to server sprawl, which has actually increased with virtualization. Although virtualization has brought benefits beyond the physical paradigm of one operating system per server, the true optimal infrastructure for organizations comes with adopting a private cloud infrastructure. Check out this whitepaper to learn the benefits of a private cloud and discover what deploying one private cloud solution can provide to your organization.


Private Cloud: It's More than Just Virtualization

This white paper from Forrester Consulting reviews the core functionality required to maximize private cloud benefits and provides some best practices for enterprise cloud deployments. Download this informative whitepaper to gain further insight into the current market trends and learn how to get the most out of your organization's private cloud.


GameChanger: Secure Mobility

The number and variety of threats to mobile devices and the data they access will never disappear—and in fact, new threats will continue to arise. But with the right tools and planning, most of these threats can be thwarted before they harm an agency, its data or its users. Download this report to discover the top mobile threats and how to keep your organization’s mobile strategies secure.


Viewpoint: Insider Threats Pose Unique Cyber Challenge

Agencies are aware of the need for cyber defense within their infrastructure to protect from insider threats; however it is important for organizations to recognize what data is most at risk for being targeted. Defining the top IT risk scenarios can greatly help agencies analyze and monitor anomalies to enhance the prevention of insider threat attacks. Download this informative Q&A to gain valuable insights from an industry expert in the field of cybersecurity and insider threats.


Guard Data in Government Environments by Implementing Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

As government agencies continue to face increasingly hazardous IT security threats, they are constantly challenged to keep these threats at bay while protecting sensitive—and often classified— data. Read this whitepaper to learn more on the implementation of continuous diagnostics and mitigation, which is designed to facilitate an automated approach to evolving network and systems cybersecurity.


Real Time Endpoint Compliance for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

Federal agencies must take a proactive approach to information and network security due to increasing cybersecurity threats. Read this whitepaper to learn more about a flexible automated framework for effective continuous monitoring and mitigation.


Threat Intelligence & Incident Response: A Study of U.S. & EMEA Organizations

Ponemon 2014 Threat Intelligence & Incident Response Survey: 1083 CISOs and security technicians reveal the unsettling truth about how limited information security departments are in defending their domains.


The Evolving Enterprise: Mobile, Flexible and Secure

Federal agencies are looking to deliver a wider range of services and to extend those services to wherever users might go. Download this informative digital dialogue to learn how agencies are leveraging mobility, unified communications and data center consolidation and optimization to achieve this goal.


Snapshot: Solutions for Collaborative Government

Collaboration has always been a part of the way government does business, but until relatively recently it was something that happened only at certain times and between select groups of people. That is because with the older generation of tools, there was often a fear that collaboration would distract workers and drag down productivity. But new technology has allayed those fears, and now government managers are the numerous benefits of supporting collaboration, from easier sharing of information and faster response to events, to a better use of scarce budget dollars. The focus now is on developing the goals and strategies for successful collaboration initiatives, and providing the best-in-class solutions for employees.


Virtualization Fosters More Collaborative Healthcare Services

Virtualization and cloud solutions make it much easier to manage the mix of old and new systems now found in many healthcare organizations. Download this informative digital dialogue to learn about the rapid changes in healthcare services, including how to build a business case for point of care solutions.


Face-to-Face: Cloud

It has been about three years since the White House launched its “Cloud First” mandate to encourage agencies to speed up their use of cloud computing. However, most agencies have struggled with structuring cloud contracts and defining exactly what capabilities they need from industry, according to speakers at a recent event. Download this event overview to discover more highlights from this recent cloud event, including how to create an acquisition strategy for buying into the cloud.