Dec 29 2011

The Top 10 FedTech Stories of 2011

Looking back on the year that was, here are the 10 most popular stories from FedTech in 2011.

Federal IT has had a productive and exciting year. As always, change and evolutions in IT were persistent as cloud computing gained more traction among agencies and security and data protection remained top priorities.

As the year wraps up, we take a look back at the most popular stories on the site. If you missed them the first time, here's a chance to catch up on the stories that had the most impact on FedTech.

1. Enlisting Technology

The U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command stands ready to field a modernized system for qualifying and inducting enlistees.

2. The FedTech Interview: Teri Takai

FedTech magazine talks with Defense Department CIO Teri Takai about her goals and challenges as CIO of DoD.

3. FedTech Interview: Dawn Leaf

Dawn Leaf, senior executive for cloud computing at NIST, chats with FedTech about the standards agency's efforts to help agencies governmentwide migrate to the cloud and offers her perspective on what to expect next.

4. Cisco's Small-Office Switch

The Cisco SG300-10MP may be small, but it's packed with management features and supports everything from IPv6 to VoIP.

5. Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex Wi-Fi System

The Ruckus Wireless ZoneFlex Wi-Fi System has a number of characteristics essential to IT management. The first thing users will notice is that their wireless signals will be stronger and less likely to drop.

6. Penetration Testing Goes Mobile

As agencies succeed in locking down their infrastructures, penetration tests of roaming users and wireless networks will help secure the endpoints.

7. Configuring FOPE in Office 365

Pick up pointers on how to use the mature spam and antivirus app that Microsoft included in its BPOS replacement.

8. The ITIL Ideal

For the novice, the IT Infrastructure Library can seem daunting. The ever-evolving approach to IT management, based on a series of five publications, acts as a guide to improving delivery of IT services. But don't be fooled, says GSA CIO Casey Coleman: "ITIL is not simply a back-office technical initiative. It can and should lead to improvements in customer service, customer satisfaction, and improved service delivery and quality." Learn from agencies that have already adopted ITIL.

9. The New Cyber Cold War

The Internet makes it possible for hackers to do things that weren't dreamed of 50 years ago.

10. A Bright Trajectory

For an Army data center, conversion to blades and virtualization creates a path toward highly available services that also deliver coveted ROI.