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2016 Trends: Data Mobility and The Internet of Things

By Mike Tanner on Dec 8, 2015 9:54:32 AM

In 2015, we saw some spectacular advances and use case adoptions for new data and data management technologies in both private and public sectors, from storage virtualization and software-defined data centers to analytics and BI methodologies.

In 2016, there are a number of data technology trends that I believe will really begin to take hold.  Here are my top seven trends where I believe we will see some traction in the new year.

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Topics: Big Data, Cloud, SDI, Flash Storage, Data Analytics, Data Security, Internet of Things, Data Mobility

Key Tips to Secure Content Mobility Of Your Agency's Data

By Brian Houston on Dec 1, 2015 3:12:09 PM

Content storage and sharing is at the heart of most organizations’ operational productivity. Work files and mission-critical data sharing need to occur flawlessly, be accessible on any device and, most importantly be secure enough not to fall into the wrong hands. Even in a small office environment, flawless and secure data sharing can become a challenge when users adopt their own disparate tools like Dropbox, emailing files and Google Drive, to send files to themselves or to each other.

When you’re at a federal agency with multiple field offices and other on-site locations, and controlling access to information is imperative to your mission’s success, public cloud platforms just don’t cut it. 

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Topics: cyber security, content mobility

National Security: Making 'Actionable Intelligence' Actionable

By Chris Jensen on Nov 24, 2015 3:36:36 PM

Almost every week there is a heart breaking headline with respect to a terrorist attack that has taken innocent lives. Although at first glance these attacks seem highly planned and the affected governments seem unaware of the activities, we frequently find out later that there was intelligence forewarning of the nefarious actions.

This begs the question... If there is information about these attacks prior to the event, why aren't actions taken to mitigate the attack? This question can be asked of international terrorist activity, and also of local criminal activity that impacts the quality of life for every citizen, in every in city.

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Topics: Big Data, Social Innovation, Predictive Policing, national security

Predictive Crime Analytics: Cut Through the Noise of Big Data to Catch the Bad Guys

By Chris Jensen on Nov 12, 2015 2:55:03 PM


Creating safe cities with decreasing public safety budgets and increasing accounts of assault and violent crimes is a challenge. One would think that the vast amount of data coming from a variety of sources, including websites, web search queries, social media chatter, phone and email exchanges, audio and video feeds, closed circuit TVs, gun-sensor cameras, license tag readers, drones, satellite feeds and other surveillance technologies would make the job of solving crimes easier. Instead, the data is there but the challenge is how to leverage it.  

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Topics: Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Predictive Policing

3 Ways Big Data is Driving Innovation in Healthcare

By John Williams on Oct 5, 2015 2:06:58 PM

Today’s healthcare industry is increasingly driven by technology: from EHRs and digital imaging data that gives clinicians a comprehensive view of patients’ histories to robotics and medical devices that allow for less invasive treatments. These systems provide automation for overall improvement in patient care. All of these technological innovations produce massive amounts of new data, which in turn, spur new innovations that keep moving the healthcare industry into the future.

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Topics: Big Data, Health IT

Streamlining Operations with Software Defined Infrastructure

By Brian Houston on Sep 9, 2015 6:44:12 PM

When I meet with IT executives at federal agencies, invariably they tell me that the number one issue they face is the constant pressure to manage various independent resources as well as drive to the internal customers’ missions. Adding to this challenge is the issue of complexity—properly managing a mix of legacy and new systems and the data travelling between them. Any mistakes in balancing the two can directly affect business operations and, of course, their budgets. These are issues we at Hitachi Data System Federal face in our own day-to-day business, as well.

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Topics: Big Data, Federal IT, software-defined infrastructure, SDI

Paving the Way for Cloud Adoption Requires a Streamlined Infrastructure

By Liz Heiston on Aug 31, 2015 2:26:42 PM

At government-industry events, I’m often asked about the best way to manage a transition to a cloud computing environment. My response is always the same: FedRAMP. In its first two years, FedRAMP has successfully created a marketplace where federal agencies can safely navigate to the cloud by selecting cloud service providers (CSPs). This move affords agencies unprecedented access to their data wherever they are, whenever they want it, and by allowing them to consolidate infrastructures and share information with each other.

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Topics: Cloud, FedRAMP

Navigating the Data Deluge

By Mike Tanner on Jul 28, 2015 6:10:18 PM

When I tell people at cocktail parties that I work with “data,” I almost immediately see the look of overwhelm on their faces, and the rows and columns of ones and zeros flying through their minds. Every day we hear IT executives and datacenter administrators saying they are drowning in that data. On the other hand, program managers, department directors, policy analysts and everyone else in government does not see those ones and zeros. They see (or are looking for) the information they need residing in Word documents, spreadsheets and Power Point presentations, videos and audio files. Often their data is compiled in a variety of siloed databases that in a perfect world would all ‘speak’ to each other and make processes more efficient.

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Topics: Big Data, Federal IT, Cloud, Data Storage

The Hitachi Advantage

By Mike Tanner on Jul 22, 2015 5:52:00 PM

As I talk to federal IT executives, I realize few know of the history of Hitachi Data Systems Federal, our relationship to Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) or Hitachi’s vision of Social Innovation.

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Topics: Big Data, Federal IT, Cloud, Data Storage, Social Innovation

Data Storage for the Life of the Nation

By Christian Heiter on Jun 18, 2015 11:19:00 AM

This week, we are starting a new blog. Our first post comes from HDS Federal's Chief Technology Officer Christian Heiter, who shares his thoughts about the importance of well organized, managed and analyzed data. Look for more blog posts from our executives in the coming months.

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Topics: Big Data

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