IT Modernization

5 key strategies for re-architecting agency IT systems

Deciding when to rebuild is a complex process, but it boils down to a key question: Does the service in question enable or hinder the agency's mission?

IT Modernization

Smithsonian transcription project moves out of beta

After a year of testing, an effort to use volunteers to transcribe historical documents and data for online use is opening wide.

IT Modernization

4 keys to digitizing federal records

A closer partnership between records management and IT leaders will make digitization seamless and foster a more open government.

IT Modernization

The dirty truth about missing emails

While many agencies have been developing and adopting strategies to manage their records electronically, the IRS scandal has revealed a gaping chasm between policy and implementation.

IT Modernization

Making the most of the cloud: A software-defined approach

Software-defined environments break down the silos between network, storage and computing capabilities -- something most agencies are just beginning to explore.

IT Modernization

U.S Marshals plot data strategy

Marshals aren't in the big data business, but their needs are expected to increase over the current capacity of 15 terabytes.

IT Modernization

Pivoting for the next big leap in government IT

For all the advancements we've seen in consumer technology and enterprise applications in the past couple of decades, government networks have remained largely unchanged.

IT Modernization

Software-defined storage aims for ease of management

The successor to storage virtualization remains largely untested by agencies, but industry experts say the benefits will change that soon enough.

IT Modernization

DOJ recording policy raises tech questions

Recording suspect interviews presents the department with the challenge of how it will create and store the information.

IT Modernization

Experts advise not rushing to meet digital records deadline

"Where I see failures happening in implementation is when people try to do too much all at one time," says Guidance Software’s Chad McManamy.

IT Modernization

IT infrastructure: The role of the cloud

Richard Spires explains how agencies can plan for an orderly and forward-looking consolidation.

IT Modernization

Social media: The next generation of archiving

Agencies have gotten into the habit of archiving email, but now they face the task of preserving another category of electronic documents: social media communications.

IT Modernization

Feds tiptoe toward in-memory computing

The high cost and uncertainty of returns of in-memory computing platforms previously kept all but the most cash-flush organizations or agencies from exploring the technology, which allows rapid access to vast volumes of data.

IT Modernization

Defense cloud contract open to competition (again)

DOD's de facto cloud broker plans to cancel sole-source contract for unnamed intelligence agency and seek new proposals for private cloud.

IT Modernization

Storage optimization: Flash finds some government niches

For high-end applications and virtualization projects that depend on reliable storage, flash technology offers a tantalizing solution. The technology's speed and performance come at a price, though. Read about the trade-offs and some places in government where flash storage is proving useful.

IT Modernization

Solving virtualization's storage problem

Savings from server and desktop virtualization can disappear fast if storage isn't part of the plan

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