FedTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Government https://fedtechmagazine.com/rss.xml en Review: Pure Storage FlashBlade Delivers Fast and Constant Access https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/review-pure-storage-flashblade-delivers-fast-and-constant-access <span>Review: Pure Storage FlashBlade Delivers Fast and Constant Access</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/15/2019 - 09:36</span> <div><p>Many federal agencies, particularly those with a research emphasis, rely on high-performance clustered systems, data mining and real-time data processing. Such systems need<strong> the fastest possible storage</strong> — in throughput, low latency and maximum input/output operations per second — while also providing constant access to data. </p> <p>The <a href="https://www.cdw.com/product/pure-storage-flashblade-flash-storage-array/5651843" target="_blank">Pure Storage FlashBlade system</a> is designed to deliver on all counts: <strong>microsecond latency, up to 1.5 terabytes per second of throughput </strong>and usable capacity of around 500TB per chassis, or <strong>2.5 petabytes of capacit</strong>y. </p> <p>The scale-out architecture provides maximum performance in four rack units (about 7 inches of vertical space in a rack), with Peripheral Component Interconnect access (PCIe) and Non-Volatile Memory Express flash (NVMe) storage. In addition, power-safe, battery-backed RAM ensures transactions complete even if power is lost. </p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/07/storage-area-networks-keep-information-close-hand-va-epa" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM FEDTECH: </strong>Discover how agencies use SANs to manage massive transactions and specialized workloads.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Users Can Easily Configure Pure Storage FlashBlade</h2> <p>The Pure1 management system allows for <strong>management of up to five chassis and 75 blades through one pane of glass</strong>. The automated clustering system and N+2 redundancy with self-healing means that very little setup or maintenance is required, even with large systems. </p> <p>Smart endurance tunes the array for optimum allocation, wear leveling and garbage collection, while flash-level quality of service ensures that critical data gets the best performance. </p> <p>Installing the system is straightforward. <strong>With no prior training, users should be able to configure storage, set up volumes and make them available to servers. </strong>Once the system is set up, users can easily install additional blades to increase capacity and performance, without any service interruption.</p> <p><a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/brand/pure-storage.html?enkwrd=pure%20storage" target="_blank">Pure Storage</a> has built sophisticated features into the system. For instance, metadata, files and objects are all distributed across multiple blades, ensuring redundancy, fault tolerance and improved I/O because responses stream from multiple blades simultaneously. </p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/logan-g-harbaugh" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/author/logan_harbaugh.jpg?itok=P-ASBGv_" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/logan-g-harbaugh"> <div>Logan G. Harbaugh</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Logan G. Harbaugh is a longtime technology journalist with experience reviewing a wide range of IT products.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 15 Nov 2019 14:36:05 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 43316 at https://fedtechmagazine.com Plan Well for a Hybrid Cloud Environment and See Efficiencies https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/plan-well-hybrid-cloud-environment-and-see-efficiencies <span>Plan Well for a Hybrid Cloud Environment and See Efficiencies</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/14/2019 - 09:30</span> <div><p>Early on, cloud computing promised to simplify enterprise computing, transferring mundane work to service providers. But agencies that have not completed cloud migration — or for whom total migration is impractical — <strong>wind up operating multiple computing environments</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/03/3-tips-feds-navigating-world-hybrid-it">Hybrid IT environments</a>, whether they involve <strong>multiple cloud providers or a mix of off- and on-premises facilities</strong>, bring flexibility to agency technology operations, yet also add complexity that can be a management challenge. This is especially problematic in an environment of shrinking financial and human resources.</p> <p>Let’s take a look at ways that agency technology leaders can <strong>get their arms around hybrid cloud operations and put their limited resources to the best possible use</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/follow-5-rs-rationalization-effective-cloud-migration" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM FEDTECH: </strong>Follow the 5 R’s of rationalization for an effective cloud migration.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Define the Scope of Hybrid Cloud Environments</h2> <p>Well-designed hybrid technology environments offer a compelling business case for agencies seeking to address specific technology requirements. For example, agencies that operate on-premises data centers for their base capacity might <strong>design cloud-bursting capabilities that allow them to scale to meet peak demands</strong>.</p> <p>Similarly, agencies might decide to operate all public-facing services in the public cloud, while leaving internal serv­ices on-premises. These well-­articulated strategies clearly <strong>define the scope of operations in each segment of a hybrid cloud environment</strong>.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/mike-chapple" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/mike_chapple_updated.jpg?itok=PSiizevj" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/mike-chapple"> <div>Mike Chapple</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Mike Chapple is associate teaching professor of IT, analytics and operations at the University of Notre Dame. </p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 14 Nov 2019 14:30:00 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 43311 at https://fedtechmagazine.com DOE and States Manage Cybersecurity Risk Together https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/doe-and-states-manage-cybersecurity-risk-together <span>DOE and States Manage Cybersecurity Risk Together</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/62836" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Elizabeth_Neus_pdwC</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/13/2019 - 08:49</span> <div><p>In March, a Utah-based renewable energy company became the target of a first-of-its-kind cyberattack on a U.S. utility, sporadically losing track of its generation sites over a 12-hour period.</p> <p>The Department of Energy said that the attack “is <strong>the first confirmed to have caused ‘interruptions of electrical system operations</strong>,’” according to <a href="https://www.eenews.net/energywire/stories/1061421301" target="_blank">E&amp;E News</a>. It affected sites in three states, a sign of how widespread the effects of a cyber incident can be.</p> <p>Around the world, other countries have already experienced cyberattacks on utilities. Ukraine has been subject to <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38573074" target="_blank">multiple attacks</a>, resulting in widespread power loss. In 2017, a <a href="https://www.cyberscoop.com/trisis-ics-malware-saudi-arabia/" target="_blank">cyberattack on a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia</a> nearly caused a deadly explosion; some of those attackers, state-associated Russian hackers, were flagged <a href="https://www.wired.com/story/triton-hackers-scan-us-power-grid/" target="_blank">probing the defenses of the U.S. energy grid</a> in June.</p> <p>The increasingly interconnected nature of vital systems means an ever-expanding landscape of threats, and <strong>energy infrastructure is emerging as one of the most critical intersections of vulnerability and risk</strong>. </p> <p><a href="https://statetechmagazine.com/" target="_blank"><em><strong>READ MORE ON STATETECH: </strong>For Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month, FedTech and StateTech explore how agencies collaborate via technology to protect infrastructure.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">National Guard and DOE Work Together on Cyberattacks</h2> <p>To address this growing threat, the DOE in 2018 formed the <a href="https://www.energy.gov/ceser/activities/cybersecurity-critical-energy-infrastructure" target="_blank">Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response </a>(CESER) to serve as a focal point within the department to deal with <strong>cybersecurity, energy security and the emergency response function.</strong></p> <p>In February, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources <a href="https://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2019/2/hearing-to-consider-the-status-and-outlook-for-cybersecurity-efforts-in-the-energy-industry" target="_blank">held a hearing</a> on cybersecurity efforts in the energy industry. Senators were updated on CESER’s work and heard from state, military and private sector officials who discussed establishing a framework for standards and compliance. </p> <p>The <a href="https://www.wv.ng.mil/AITEC/" target="_blank">West Virginia National Guard Critical Infrastructure Protection Battalion</a>, for example, has assessed cybersecurity infrastructure and <strong>trained thousands of employees from the Energy, Defense, Transportation and Homeland Security departments</strong> over the past 14 years, and <a href="https://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=ED362247-2826-4FFF-AFE3-780CEC687EE8" target="_blank">plans to collaborate with the Navy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission</a> in the future.</p> <p>“We have already seen the real-world ramifications of cyberattacks on energy infrastructure,” noted committee Chairwoman <a href="https://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=F4C51F03-BC7B-4076-A214-8908F7EA8195" target="_blank">Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska</a>. <strong>“We cannot let it happen in the United States.” </strong></p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11836" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/TristanWillis.jpg?itok=AAokvzFX" width="58" height="58" alt="Tristan Willis" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11836"> <div>Tristan Willis</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Tristan Willis is a freelance writer with a passion for words. He specializes in content writing, copywriting, proofreading, and editing.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:49:24 +0000 Elizabeth_Neus_pdwC 43306 at https://fedtechmagazine.com How Feds Can Benefit from Lessons Learned from the Government Shutdown https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/how-feds-can-benefit-lessons-learned-government-shutdown <span>How Feds Can Benefit from Lessons Learned from the Government Shutdown</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Wed, 11/13/2019 - 08:47</span> <div><p>The immediate impact of <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/05/how-has-government-shutdown-impacted-federal-it">the 35-day partial government shutdown</a> earlier this year was emotional and quantifiable: lost pay, lost projects, lost time and plenty of frustration. And the long-term effect of the longest shutdown in U.S. history still resonates.</p> <p>In <a href="https://www.hsgac.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2019-09-17%20PSI%20Staff%20Report%20-%20Government%20Shutdowns.pdf" target="_blank">a report released on Sept. 17</a>, agencies told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee panel on investigations that they had fears about being able to hire in the future; that they paid <strong>$2.3 billion</strong> in back pay and another <strong>$180 million</strong> in administrative costs (<strong>compared with $1.3 billion and $157 million,</strong> respectively, in 2013, for a shutdown that lasted 16 days and affected the entire government); and that important projects, including <strong>60,000 hearings on immigration status and NASA’s moon and Mars missions, were delayed at a cost</strong>.</p> <p>But they’re also taking the unexpectedly protracted event as motivation to bolster their ability to ride out and recover from future shutdowns, should they occur — for instance, by working to prevent the expired passwords, data backlogs and delayed procurements from happening again.</p> <p><strong>“I think the impact of this shutdown is more significant than we’ve ever seen,” </strong>says Michael Hettinger, founding principal of the <a href="https://www.hsg-dc.com/" target="_blank">Hettinger Strategy Group</a> in Arlington, Va. “It wasn’t just that the shutdown dragged on for so long, but the fact that no one really expected — or was prepared for — the sheer length of it.”</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/media/video/imagine-nation-elc-2019-federal-cio-suzette-kent-drives-innovation-agenda" target="_blank"><em><strong>VIDEO: </strong>Federal CIO Suzette Kent explains the government’s IT innovation agenda.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Government Shutdown Shuttered Websites, IT Infrastructure </h2> <p>IT departments at affected agencies experienced no major disasters, but in some cases had to <strong>shut down important websites</strong> — including the Department of Homeland Security’s critical <a href="https://www.e-verify.gov/" target="_blank">E-Verify system</a> used by employers to ensure their workers are legally in the country — or delay projects such as system patching.</p> <p>At the <a href="https://www.nist.gov/" target="_blank">National Institute of Standards and Technology</a>, <strong>much of the IT infrastructure was shut down, especially systems used for internal processing</strong>. The agency also took down its website because it could not be updated. But some programs remained operational, with IT personnel running the necessary support and safety systems. </p> <p>Issues unique to the shutdown did arise, says NIST spokesperson Jennifer Huergo. “Consolidation of NIST services onto common platforms such as the NIST web presence <strong>created some new dependencies that were discovered after the shutdown began</strong>,” she explains. “These were relatively minor, though, and were easily resolved by the IT staff.”</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/heather-b-hayes"> <div>Heather B. Hayes</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Heather B. Hayes has been covering technology, business and education topics for more than 20 years and has written more than 2,000 published articles. She lives in Virginia.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Wed, 13 Nov 2019 13:47:00 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 43301 at https://fedtechmagazine.com VDI or DaaS: Which Desktop Solution Is Best for Your Agency? https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/vdi-or-daas-which-desktop-solution-best-your-agency <span>VDI or DaaS: Which Desktop Solution Is Best for Your Agency?</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Tue, 11/12/2019 - 08:08</span> <div><p>Because many organizations want to make it easier to manage end-user devices, <strong>interest in ­virtual desktop infrastructure and Desktop as a Service solutions</strong> has grown. Both deliver ­desktops through the cloud, with differences. Here are five questions regarding VDI and DaaS.</p> <h2 id="toc_0">How Are VDI and DaaS Different?</h2> <p>VDI involves <strong>deploying a server in the data center, loading VDI software and pointing end-user machines to it</strong>. The IT team manages all infrastructure components. <strong>With DaaS, infrastructure is off-premises, managed by a third-party cloud service provider</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/sba-cbp-ustda-turn-cloud-keep-work-flowing" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM FEDTECH: </strong>Find out how SBA, CBP, USTDA turn to the cloud to keep work flowing.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_1">What Are the Best Use Cases for VDI and DaaS?</h2> <p>VDI works for offices that want <strong>virtual desktops, high levels of security or flexibility and centralized control and management</strong>. DaaS is suited for desktops that must be replaced quickly; it’s good for temporary or seasonal workers because it can be <strong>rapidly configured from the cloud</strong>.</p> <h2 id="toc_2">How Do VDI and DaaS Each Handle Software Licensing?</h2> <p>With VDI, software is purchased outright or through a subscription. DaaS is based on <strong>per-user, per-month or usage-based pricing</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/follow-5-rs-rationalization-effective-cloud-migration" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM FEDTECH: </strong>Follow the 5 R’s of rationalization for an effective cloud migration.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_3">What Are the Differences in Cost Between VDI and DaaS?</h2> <p>VDI is more expensive up front. Infrastructure and licenses must be purchased, but ongoing costs are low. <strong>DaaS has low upfront costs, but monthly costs can be high. </strong>DaaS will be cheaper at first, but VDI’s ownership cost is lower; the agency owns the technology. </p> <h2 id="toc_4">Are There Situations for Which VDI and DaaS Should Not Be Used?</h2> <p>VDI should not be used in <strong>highly dynamic environments</strong> where the number of users can change rapidly. <strong>DaaS should not be used when hands-on security is a concern</strong>, as the third-party cloud provider protects data and transmission.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/taxonomy/term/11296" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/zkerravala.jpg?itok=X-p5hg38" width="58" height="58" alt="Zeus Karravala " typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/taxonomy/term/11296"> <div>Zeus Kerravala </div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=zkerravala&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Zeus Kerravala is the founder and principal analyst for ZK Research, and has covered communications and networking trends for more than 17 years.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:08:49 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 43296 at https://fedtechmagazine.com Data Center Optimization Standouts Share the Details on How They Did It https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/data-center-optimization-standouts-share-details-how-they-did-it <span>Data Center Optimization Standouts Share the Details on How They Did It</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Mon, 11/11/2019 - 12:09</span> <div><p>Since 2010, the Office of Management and Budget has asked agencies to cut back on data center duplication and costs. Its first project focused merely on closing redundant data centers; the current one takes a broader view, seeing optimization as more important.</p> <p>Savings are nearly guaranteed through this process; in 2007, the government paid <strong>$450 million</strong> for the electricity needed to run about <strong>1,000 data centers</strong>, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.</p> <p>Today, <strong>the government runs more than 12,000 data centers</strong>, and many agencies are managing to meet energy use metrics for unspecified cost savings, according to <a href="https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/698448.pdf" target="_blank">an April report from the Government Accountability Office</a>.</p> <p>OMB’s current <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/12/omb-promotes-virtualization-new-data-center-guidance">Data Center Optimization Initiative</a> mandated that agencies reduce the cost of physical data centers <strong>by at least 25 percent</strong> between fiscal years 2016 and 2018, for a savings of about <strong>$2.7 billion</strong>. At almost <strong>$2.4 billio</strong>n in savings, the GAO report states, the agencies nearly made the goal.</p> <p>In that report, the GAO also highlighted several agencies that excelled on its recent DCOI audit. </p> <p>The <a href="https://www.justice.gov/" target="_blank">Justice</a> and <a href="https://www.usda.gov/" target="_blank">Agriculture</a> departments led the field in closing outmoded data centers; the <a href="https://www.gsa.gov/" target="_blank">General Services Administration</a> and the <a href="https://www.commerce.gov/" target="_blank">Commerce Department</a> demonstrated impressive cost savings; and the <a href="https://www.ssa.gov/" target="_blank">Social Security Administration</a> and the <a href="https://www.epa.gov/" target="_blank">Environmental Protection Agency</a> stood out when it came to optimization efforts.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/07/how-virtualization-helps-feds-shrink-environmental-footprints" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM FEDTECH: </strong>Discover how virtualization helps agencies shrink their environmental footprints.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Justice Department Shifts to Commercial Cloud</h2> <p>As of October 2019, the Department of Justice has<strong> closed 101 of its original 110 data centers</strong>, and plans to close another six in pursuit of DCOI goals. The agency is focused on cutting energy and real estate costs while increasing efficiency and security, says CIO Joe Klimavicz.</p> <p>“Our data center story really starts, like a lot of federal agencies, with somebody buying a couple of workstations and a server and putting it in the corner of the office,” says Klimavicz, “which gradually grows to 110 locations across the country.”</p> <p>In 2014, Klimavicz began to examine all of the data centers in DOJ’s stock and started with the obvious candidates for consolidation: those housed in obsolete buildings with aging infrastructure.</p> <p>His first priority was to<strong> “lift and shift” to close data centers quickly</strong>. Meanwhile, DOJ reskilled employees whose positions evolved as smaller, older data centers closed.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/jacquelyn-bengfort" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/Screen%20Shot%202015-08-24%20at%2010.46.40%20PM.png.jpg?itok=0Wu86nnL" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/jacquelyn-bengfort"> <div>Jacquelyn Bengfort</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=jacib&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Jacquelyn Bengfort is a freelance writer based in Washington, DC. A social anthropologist by training, she writes on topics from education to the military, gender to fictional post-apocalyptic worldscapes.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Mon, 11 Nov 2019 17:09:45 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 43291 at https://fedtechmagazine.com VA Provides Health Care Via Smartphones https://fedtechmagazine.com/media/video/va-provides-health-care-smartphones <span>VA Provides Health Care Via Smartphones</span> <div><p>Most U.S. veterans live as much as 90 minutes away from the nearest health care facility. The Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its 20-year-old telemedicine program to make it even easier for veterans to get the care they need; now they can call in to an appointment via smartphone from any location. Nearly a quarter of all video telehealth visits in FY 2019 happened through a mobile device, and the number is rising. </p> <p><strong>This is part of our <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/feds-field" tabindex="-1" target="_blank">Feds in the Field</a> video series.</strong></p> </div> <span><span lang="" about="/user/62836" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Elizabeth_Neus_pdwC</span></span> <span>Fri, 11/08/2019 - 16:37</span> <div> <div>Tweet text</div> <div>: #VATelehealth has provided #veterans with care for years; see how #smartphones bring that care into a new century. #FedsintheField #VAConnectedCare @DeptVetAffairs @VeteransHealth #veteransday</div> </div> <div> <div>Video ID</div> <div><p>1882896223</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>video type</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7391" hreflang="en">Case Study</a></div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>J02806</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Mobility</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>Federal</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>True</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://fedtechmagazine.com/media/video/va-provides-health-care-smartphones" data-title=": #VATelehealth has provided #veterans with care for years; 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It’s a tiny, under-1U-sized appliance designed for installation at the gateway to a remote or small office.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/embracing-zero-trust-how-choose-between-software-defined-perimeters-and-virtual-private-networks-perfcon" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM FEDTECH: </strong>Find out how to choose between software-defined perimeters and VPNs.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">FortiGate 60E Provides Expansive Cybersecurity</h2> <p>It offers<strong> anti-virus ana­lysis, application filtering, ASIC VPN, firewall protection, an intrusion prevention system, URL filtering, VPN support and web threat protection</strong>, and it works almost as soon as it’s plugged in and connected to the wired gateway.</p> <p>Most firewalls and next-generation security appliances are difficult to manage, especially ones that pack multiple features into a single box. <strong>Fortinet simplified those functions</strong>, using a unified operating ­system called FortiOS 5 that drives each component, paired with a graphical user interface that is easy to control. </p> <p>It’s also simple to <strong>create unique firewall rules </strong>for the equipment and user needs of each office, and the 60E can store as many as 5,000 of them. </p> <p>The fact that each feature shares a common interface means learning how to program one equals proficiency with all the others as well.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/john-breeden-ii" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/john-breeden-ii.jpg?itok=qht_53sT" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/john-breeden-ii"> <div>John Breeden II</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=LabGuys&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>John Breeden II is an award-winning reviewer and public speaker with 20 years of experience covering technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:31:14 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 43276 at https://fedtechmagazine.com Time for the Last Push to Windows 10 as Agencies Near Migration Deadline https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/time-last-push-windows-10-agencies-near-migration-deadline <span>Time for the Last Push to Windows 10 as Agencies Near Migration Deadline</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/62836" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Elizabeth_Neus_pdwC</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/07/2019 - 10:29</span> <div><p>As Microsoft support for Windows 7 nears its scheduled end in early 2020, most federal agencies are well on their way to migrating their systems to Windows 10.</p> <p>According to a recent report in <a href="https://www.federaltimes.com/it-networks/2019/08/14/are-federal-agencies-prepared-for-the-end-of-free-windows-7-support/" target="_blank"><em>Federal Times</em></a>, <strong>less than a third of federal civilian agency computers were running on Windows 7</strong> as of the middle of last summer. </p> <p>An official with the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which has been tracking migration efforts across the federal government, told the publication that <strong>the majority of federal agencies had made significant progress.</strong></p> <p>Windows 7 has been the primary operating system on federal agency computers since its release in 2009, but support for the system is slated to end on January 14, 2020. After that date, <a href="https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/windows/end-of-windows-7-support" target="_blank">according to Microsoft</a>, PCs using Windows 7 will continue to work, but because they <strong>won’t receive software or security updates</strong>, they’ll be “more vulnerable to security risks.” </p> <p>The exception involves Windows 7 users who pay to enroll in <a href="https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4497181/lifecycle-faq-extended-security-updates" target="_blank">Microsoft’s Extended Security Update program</a>. But Microsoft describes that program as a <strong>“last resort option”</strong> that will only provide <strong>updates “if and when available,”</strong> and the company plans to offer it for just three years.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/windows-10-migration-tips" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM FEDTECH:</strong> Find more information about Windows 7’s end of life</em>.</a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">Agencies Race to the Windows 7 Finish Line</h2> <p>Within the federal government, the push to leave Windows 7 behind first gained traction in early 2016, when the Department of Defense <a href="https://dodcio.defense.gov/Portals/0/Documents/Cyber/DSD%20Memo%20-%20Implementation%20of%20Microsoft%20Windows%2010%20Secure%20Host%20Baseline.pdf" target="_blank">issued a directive</a> to its agencies to move to Windows 10 by January 31, 2017. </p> <p>“Rapid implementation” of the new operating system, the directive reads, “<strong>will improve our cybersecurity posture</strong>, lower the cost of IT, and streamline the IT operating environment.”</p> <p>That 2017 deadline turned out to be too tight, but by the summer of 2018, the <a href="https://www.afcea.org/content/marines-delve-advanced-information-technologies" target="_blank">Marine Corps</a>, <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2018/07/army-coast-guard-sba-complete-journey-windows-10" target="_blank">the U.S. Coast Guard and the Army</a>, as well as a growing number of civilian agencies, had either completed or were close to completing the migration process. <strong>This summer saw more agencies cross the Windows 10 finish line</strong>, and now it appears the race is wrapping up.</p> <p>According to <em>Federal Times</em>, DHS had upgraded approximately 97 percent of its computers as of early August, and <strong>DOD reported that its upgrades were “substantially complete.” </strong></p> <p>The Department of Education also indicated that it had finished its migrations, while the General Services Administration, the Office of Personnel Management, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission <strong>all said they were on target</strong> to meet the January deadline.</p> <p>Spokespeople at two other agencies — the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor — told <em>Federal Times</em> that their migrations were well underway as well. The VA reported its migration was just 40 percent complete, but also assured that it was “on track” to finish on time, while the Labor Department said it had <strong>only a few hundred computers to go </strong>before it reached 100 percent completion.</p> <h2 id="toc_1">Upgraded Operating System Provides Better Speed and Security</h2> <p>At the Transportation Security Administration, where the agency paired its migration with <a href="https://federalnewsnetwork.com/ask-the-cio/2018/04/tsa-isnt-sweating-the-new-windows-10-mandate-from-dhs/" target="_blank">a planned refresh of laptops and desktops</a> to make the job simpler, CIO Russ Roberts tells <em>FedTech</em> that the agency is “99.9 percent” done. </p> <p>The exceptions have involved equipment that won’t permit an operating system change, <strong>including certain legacy screening devices </strong>the agency uses at security checkpoints. </p> <p>“The upgrade had some challenges that we needed to work through, but overall, it was <strong>accomplished in a timely fashion with no showstoppers</strong>,” Roberts says. The machines that the organization couldn’t move to Windows 10, he adds, “remain operational but are disconnected from any network and function in a standalone-only mode.”</p> <p>While Roberts says the primary advantage of Windows 10 is the “improved IT security” it offers, other agency leaders have highlighted its relative <strong>speed and stability</strong> compared to its operating system predecessors.</p> <p>“We’re seeing <strong>reduced latency and better network connectivity,</strong>” says Russ Miller, director of IT services with the Small Business Administration.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/chris-hayhurst"> <div>Chris Hayhurst</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Chris Hayhurst is a contributor to the CDW family of technology magazines.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Nov 2019 15:29:49 +0000 Elizabeth_Neus_pdwC 43271 at https://fedtechmagazine.com SBA, CBP, USTDA Turn to the Cloud to Keep Work Flowing https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/11/sba-cbp-ustda-turn-cloud-keep-work-flowing <span> SBA, CBP, USTDA Turn to the Cloud to Keep Work Flowing</span> <span><span lang="" about="/dashboard/philgoldstein6191" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">phil.goldstein_6191</span></span> <span>Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:12</span> <div><p>When Maria Roat became CIO of the <a href="https://www.sba.gov/" target="_blank">Small Business Administration</a> in late 2016 — filling a job that had been empty for a year — she found out just how full her hands would be.</p> <p>“The primary data center was failing,” she recalls. “The air handlers were going out, which was just <strong>a symptom of bigger problems</strong>.</p> <p>“For example, when I asked what was in my data center, <strong>I got four different lists from my team, and none of them matched</strong>. We had equipment outages because we had old equipment, too much equipment, and no one knew what was in there.”</p> <p>She and her team needed an immediate plan to keep the agency up and running for the more than 30 million small businesses that needed their services. A <strong>move to the cloud</strong> was the agency’s best bet to<strong> improve uptime and access to internal and public-facing applications</strong>.</p> <p>SBA was an early cloud adopter, but today most agencies are on a similar path. Spurred by the federal government’s first cloud policy update in seven years — <a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/06/white-house-finalizes-cloud-smart-strategy">the 2018 Cloud Smart policy</a> — agencies are evaluating their IT infrastructure and deciding that <strong>cloud isn’t just cheaper and easier, it’s also better</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://fedtechmagazine.com/article/2019/10/follow-5-rs-rationalization-effective-cloud-migration" target="_blank"><em><strong>MORE FROM FEDTECH: </strong>Follow the 5 R’s of rationalization for an effective cloud migration.</em></a></p> <h2 id="toc_0">SBA Completes an IT Inventory and Shifts to the Cloud</h2> <p>While the federal government may be late following in the footsteps of traditional enterprise organizations, says <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/in/johndinsdale/" target="_blank">John Dinsdale</a>, chief analyst and research director with Synergy Research Group, agencies may see even more benefits than their private sector brethren.</p> <p>“Federal agencies are no different from large enterprises. They just tend to be bigger, have more sprawling organizations and are less coordinated when it comes to IT,” he says. “<strong>So all of the usual cloud benefits are at play, but in addition, even more efficiencies can be targeted.”</strong></p> <p>The SBA started from scratch, <strong>cataloging, rationalizing, updating and patching everything in the dying center</strong>. It took a few months, Roat says, before they had a solid handle on what the data center contained, what the agency owned and what data belonged in the cloud. Only when inventory was ­complete did they start the migration.</p> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/author/karen-j-bannan" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/fedtechmagazine.com/files/styles/face_small/public/people/bannan.jpg?itok=AUnlK_-q" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/author/karen-j-bannan"> <div>Karen J. Bannan</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Karen J. Bannan is a freelance writer and editor who has written for a variety of publications including <em>The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time</em> and <em>CIO.</em></p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:12:59 +0000 phil.goldstein_6191 43266 at https://fedtechmagazine.com