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GameChanger: The Evolution of PaaS

When Platform-as-a-Service first came on the scene, it took a while before people began to understand its benefits. That makes sense; not only is it cloud-based, but PaaS is a different way of managing platforms. Download this whitepaper to better understand the different flavors of PaaS, including the pros and cons of each approach.


Research Report: Best Practices in Networking and Storage Efficiency

The results of a new survey of government IT professionals reflects a broader recognition that existing infrastructures could soon be overwhelmed by the current rate of growth in data. Sixty-six percent of respondents said their agencies needed “to implement a network architecture that will enable high-velocity data capture, discovery, storage and analytics.” But it’s not just a matter of keeping up with the data. Download this research report to discover more findings, as well as learn how agencies are adopting other technologies that can have a significant impact on their IT infrastructure.


Server Data is the Main Target for Advanced Persistent Threats

This white paper discusses why the old data security model no longer works, the inherent risks of APTs and why perimeter defenses alone are not sufficient to safeguard organizations against the current generation of security threats.


Creating a Digital Strategy to Provide Exceptional Digital Experiences

In the age of the interconnected world where the primary touchpoints are digital, the purpose of the digital experience as part of the digital strategy is clear: deliver an engaging, useful and ideally, differentiating experience to the user – and make every experience truly “exceptional”. For IBM clients, “Exceptional Digital Experience” is realized in the results. This paper demonstrates how organizations, with their unique requirements, have created and benefited from an exceptional digital experience from IBM.


The Social Imperative in Workforce Skills Development

Using social technologies, organizations can develop a workforce development program where employees can develop skills on the job by collaborating with experts and sharing tacit knowledge. This white paper shows how organizations that develop a social learning program can improve employee engagement, reduce attrition and decrease the amount of time employees waste searching for expertise and information.


Recruit, Hire and Onboard the Right Talent

In this report, we discuss strategies for how organizations can perform optimally and compete successfully by hiring and onboarding the best talent the first time.


Viewpoint: Integrated Cyber Approach Provides Best Defense

As cyber threats increase and become more complex, it is more important than ever for organizations to learn the key ingredients to developing a rapid response strategy. Download this insightful Q&A report to gain further knowledge from industry experts on the current cybersecurity atmosphere.


GameChanger: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

While the definition of virtualization hasn’t changed, the concept has continued to mature, providing more opportunities to save money, increase efficiency and security, and consolidate operations. Download this informative whitepaper to uncover the latest trends in virtualization including the benefits a virtual infrastructure can provide to your agency.


The STAND: Cybersecurity

Advanced persistent threats. Zero-day attacks. Insider threats. Cybersecurity experts say that if IT leaders are not concerned about the ongoing evolution of the cyber landscape, it just means they are not paying enough attention. The problem is that these and other emerging cyber tactics are designed to evade traditional cyber defenses and escape detection until it’s too late. The good news is it’s not a lost cause. In this special report, two subject matter experts discuss cybersecurity technologies and strategies that can help agencies defend their systems and data against the latest cyber threats, today and into the future.


NetCents-2: A New Way of Doing Business

The six-year, $24.2 billion NetCents-2 program is a major expansion of the smaller and more compact NetCents-1, and its success will be key to the Air Force’s plans to modernize its networks and improve the way it delivers information to warfighters. Download this special report to discover how NetCents-2 will be a major driver towards lower costs, faster delivery of technology and new opportunities for small businesses.


Business Analytics for Government

Access to reliable, cross-department mission, financial and operational performance information is crucial to ensure transparency and accountability. Read this white paper to see how analytics unites data silos so that government agencies can set goals, make more informed decisions and achieve optimal outcomes.


Data Center Consolidation: Keeping Data Safe

As data center optimization moved forward and toward virtualization, agencies must understand what information is safe to share through the cloud. Download this enlightening digital dialogue to gain a better understanding on how to incorporate virtualization and the cloud into your agency’s data center consolidation planning process.


FedRAMP Helps Government Agencies Jumpstart their Journey to the Cloud

With the approaching deadline for FedRAMP certification, U.S. government agencies face a significant challenge as they aim to certify their cloud systems. Learn how Akamai received a Provisional ATO from the Joint Authorization Board (JAB) of FedRAMP.


Digital Dialogue: The Enterprise Goes Social

The workplace has changed dramatically over the last three decades. Today’s government workers want tools that help them do their jobs efficiently; tools that foster real collaboration and enable them to drive knowledge from other users. Download this informative digital dialogue to dive deeper into the realm of social enterprise as well as learn the key to creating an efficient environment for your agency.


The Cloud is Only as Secure as its Provider: What to Know Before You Migrate

Research has shown that one of the biggest concerns about cloud migration is security. Will your cloud successfully identify and counter the growing number of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats? This white paper will provide a check list of security concerns that need to be addressed before migrating mission critical applications to the cloud.


Contract Guide: Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation

In September 2013, the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration began a new era in federal information security with the launch of the Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring program. CDM is designed to help agencies bolster their continuous monitoring programs by providing easy access to essential tools and services. Download this special report to gain further insight on how to leverage the full benefits of continuous diagnostics and mitigation.


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. Enemy actors are utilizing up-to-the-minute technologies, capable of operating across multiple jurisdictions and theaters, experts at obfuscating purpose and intent and practiced in using high-quality techniques to achieve their aims. And while the threats continue to evolve and grow, national security and defense organizations face shrinking budgets and tighter resources.


Evolving Demand Requires Federal Networks to Get Smart

Gone are the days when networks were simply a way to transfer data from one place to another. While that is still the primary aim of networks in general, a host of other factors – security, cloud computing, mobility, explosive data growth and increased use of multimedia and collaboration tools — have rendered even those networks that are relatively modern virtually obsolete. Download this informative report to gain further insight on a new approach to intelligent network monitoring.


A Guide to Hybrid Cloud for Government Agencies

The majority of government customers operate some combination of onsite and offsite IT environments and are struggling to manage both new and legacy applications and infrastructure. Read this whitepaper to learn how enterprise-class hybrid cloud empowers government agencies to leverage existing investments in applications and infrastructure, and avoid the complexity of having to rewrite applications to work on a public cloud infrastructure.


Delivering IT as a Service with a Software-Defined Data Center

This white paper, based on research conducted by IDG Research Services, discusses the shift in how organizations use and consume IT and how new service delivery models promise to transform IT operations.


Continuous Monitoring for Dummies

The United States federal, state, and municipal IT infrastructures maintain and manage vital assets. However, every day it seems as though the media has a report about some agency or commercial business being exploited or compromised, suffering from a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack or the damage and theft of sensitive information. Read this eBook to learn how you can make your agency infrastructure more secure by using the continuous monitoring process and solutions discussed within.


Software-Defined Storage for Dummies

This book showcases the possibilities of web-scale IT in which powerful software acts as a key driver of datacenter efficiency and flexibility. As the industry buzz grows around this emerging technology, be one of the first to understand the true power of software-defined storage.


Simplifying Programs for Better Performance and Reinvestment Opportunities in the Public Sector

In the public sector, obtaining funding increases for anything except the most critical of mission objectives will be near impossible for the foreseeable future. Yet, agencies must continue to deliver excellent service to citizens despite stagnant or reduced budgets. The federal government leadership is being challenged to cut spending and reinvest in areas with greater opportunity.


Ciena Cloud Networking: Performance On-Demand

True software-driven networking for the cloud, with automated resource orchestration and provisioning that yields reduced network capacity requirements, predictable service performance, and simpler operations.


How to Stop Small Thinking from Preventing Big Data Victories

This CITO Research paper defines the principles and patterns of a next-generation data architecture and explains how companies should improve how they incorporate big data and data science into existing capabilities.


Achieving New Levels of Backup Reliability

Searching for a way to reduce the threat of extended downtime and increase reliability, Glenn turned to GovConnection for an alternative backup solution.


Advanced Attacks Require Federal Agencies to Reimagine IT Security

The growing torrent of cyber attacks have become increasingly sophisticated, stealthy, and dangerous, making the threat landscape more challenging than ever for federal agencies. Download this whitepaper to learn how agencies can protect invaluable data while saving time and resources.


Cutting Costs with Server Consolidation

Learn how a federal agency consolidated 255 servers down to 30, significantly cutting costs.


Overcoming the Security Challenges of the Cloud

To manage cloud security in today’s world, you need a solution that helps you address threats to your data and infrastructure, as well as the major challenges of cloud computing. These include changing attackers and threats, evolving architecture technologies, consumerization of IT, and dynamic and challenging regulatory environment.


Big Data: From Better Management to Better Insights

Big data can make a big differ­ence. It’s understandable if people lose sight of that, focused as they are on building the right infrastructure and finding the right tools for managing the on-going growth in data. But ultimately that technology has the potential to make a significant impact on government operations and services.


Wisdom of Crowds: Business Intelligence Market Study

Howard Dresner’s 4th annual Wisdom of Crowds Business Intelligence market study showcases in-depth market analysis, 80 charts and tables and 23 vendor rankings and is unique in that the findings are completely crowd-sourced from actual BI users, implementers and purchasers. This year’s study shows that SaaS/Cloud, Dashboards, and Mobile Device Support have increased significantly in terms of importance. Read on to find out where BI is headed!


Managing Linux and Windows Clients Equally

This whitepaper will explain how agencies can run both run both Linux and Windows 7 in parallel, along with legacy Windows XP desktops, by leveraging a gold master image that standardizes the operating systems and applications management, while retaining user personalization.


The Most Secure VDI For Your Data

This whitepaper will explain how moving to a virtual desktop infrastructure can help organizations greatly reduce risk in key areas that present challenges, including BYOD, multi-level security and business continuity.


GIS: The Gateway to Innovation and Collaboration

Download this informative Viewpoint to hear from Christopher Thomas, Director, Government Market at Esri to gain an interesting perspective on the upcoming opportunities for innovation and collaboration in the industry as it relates to GIS.


Proper Analysis Brings Better Mission Outcomes

Officials in the areas of defense, law enforcement and national security can use analytics to pinpoint persons or areas of interest. In the case of money laundering and attribute analysis, visualization was used to see how a front company used people to move cash around. Download this informative digital dialogue to further understand the benefits and abilities of visualization for analytics.


Growth in Online Services Push Agencies to Solve Identity Crisis

Download this informative digital dialogue, based on the recent FCW Executive Briefing titled “Federal Identity and Access Management Update" to gain a further understanding of how agencies can address current identity and access management challenges in hopes of improving the user experience.


The Rise of Project Intelligence: When Project Management is Just Not Enough

Given ongoing budget constraints and the push to deliver a better product in less time, project intelligence will be essential to the success of federal PMO. Learn to make the PI process an integral part of project management for everyone involved in an organization and utilize the power of historical knowledge for the implementation of future projects.


Operational Decision Management for Dummies

Everything your agency does relies on decisions. Operational decision management (ODM) is a set of technologies and methods that allow you to automate your day-to-day business decisions without compromising their accuracy and effectiveness. This eBook examines how ODM ensures responsible governance by assuring proper decision approval, securing the library, providing authorization for changes, measuring decision outcomes, and creating a feedback loop to identify further improvements and refinements.


Business Process Management for Dummies

In today’s dynamic business environment, organizations need to be agile so they’re ready to respond to the litany of challenges coming their way. Business Process Management (BPM) provides that agility by ensuring the full utilization of technology; helping your agency to become far more responsive and meet your goals. Read this eBook to learn more about how BPM enables a more flexible, agile and scalable business model.


Privileged Users: Managing Hidden Risk in Your Organization

While insider breaches have happened for years, many organizations find themselves asking: Are we at risk? The answer comes down to a group known as “privileged users” within your organization. This whitepaper explains 4 simple rules to cut privileged user access issues.


Why It Pays to Take a Business-Centric Approach to Compliance

A poll of CIOs and IT managers reports why departments must defend against complex internal and external threats while mitigating regulatory and compliance concerns. The results provide data about how enterprises view compliance; particularly with identity management and access governance. Read this whitepaper to learn more.


Staying Secure in a Cloudy World

Organizations that deploy public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructures—which today is virtually all of them—must mitigate inherent security risks while also maintaining compliance with industry and government regulations. This paper contains three simple steps for maintaining visibility and control when moving to the cloud.


Extending Access Control to the Cloud

Organizations are consuming software-as-a-service applications at an exponential rate. While the advantages of SaaS applications are great, so are the potential pitfalls of unauthorized access. Download this whitepaper and learn about the risks of cloud computing, how you can control those risks and a few things to keep in mind when selecting a vendor for your cloud solutions


Linux Enterprise Server Solutions with Expanded Support for the Federal Government

Two types of IT infrastructures are in place today: those that leverage Linux to control systems—and the cost of operating them—and those that do not. This white paper outlines the details of Linux offerings for the Federal government, common misconceptions about changing an IT environment, and additional solutions that reduce operating costs and increase innovation.


Seamless security management across a converged infrastructure

Symantec™ Control Compliance Suite Virtualization Security Manager allows you to confidently take advantage of the benefits of virtualization without worrying about degrading your security or compliance posture.


Solving Substantiation with SAML

Organizations are deploying distributed, hybrid architectures that can span multiple security domains. At any moment, a user could be accessing the corporate data center, the organization’s cloud infrastructure, or even a third party, SaaS web application. SAML can provide the identity information necessary to implement an enterprise-wide single sign-on solution.


Top Considerations When Choosing an ADC

The Application Delivery Controller (ADC) chosen as the foundation for a flexible, efficient application delivery strategy can significantly affect network performance, availability, and security while providing opportunities to add business value.


The DDoS Threat Spectrum

Bolstered by favorable economics, today’s global botnets are using distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to target firewalls, web services, and applications, often simultaneously. This DDoS threat spectrum includes conventional network attacks, HTTP and SSL floods, and low-bandwidth threats, plus new threats likely to target emerging service platforms.


The Dynamic DNS Infrastructure

Between the proliferation of mobile devices and the ever increasing amount of content on the web, DNS usage has seen a huge increase in recent years. Meanwhile DNS continues to be a target for attackers. F5’s full-proxy architecture provides a complete solution.


Building a Scalable Big Data Infrastructure for Dynamic Workflows

Federal big data is creating new IT infrastructure challenges by increasing performance demands and adding management complexity. An ideal solution tightly integrates servers, storage, and network elements to optimize performance and reduce administrative chores.