Legacy applications and systems are an important component in nearly all established organizations. With investments already made, it’s hard to abandon them when new technologies like cloud become available. Yet, many IT professionals are still eager to start leveraging the cost, scale and other benefits of cloud-based object storage. However, several obstacles present challenges when running legacy applications on the cloud. This "Ask Avere Anything" video takes a look at those challenges and discusses how they can be easily solved.
Last week in San Diego, leaders in life science research came together to discuss the convergence of science and information technology. Converged IT Summit, hosted by joint efforts between Cambridge HealthTech and BioTeam, presented opportunities to not only network with peers and carefully selected vendors, but discuss how data is being used to deliver on research missions. Not surprisingly, with $1 billion in play, the hot topic was preparation to act on the United States' initiative for transitioning cancer from life-threatening disease to one that can be maintained without harsh immune system impairing treatments.
With so many initiatives targeting efficiency in government data centers over the past decade, many agencies have begun the transition to alternative cloud-ready solutions. But for many others, cloud readiness is still in the “someday soon” pile. Many things delay cloud adoption — resources and budget frequently top the list. While the shift may seem insurmountable, when broken into smaller steps, making the data center accepting of cloud resources is both manageable and rewarding.
In a recent webinar, director of cloud products at Avere, Scott Jeschonek, suggested three steps that not only assist in gaining access to the cloud, but overall will help modernize the federal data center. In this instance, modernization refers to the acceptance of new, recommended cloud compute and storage rather than efficient data center heating and cooling mechanics. Each step mentioned adds flexibility and performance while requiring little disruption to daily operations.
Analytics is a growing and important part of using data to help agencies achieve goals and serve constituents. The ability to gain actionable insights from the ever-growing stored data sets allows us to not only understand trends and problems where we couldn’t before, but also allows for new innovations to discover products and services that facilitate innovation and solve dilemmas.
The United States Federal Government has put forth several major initiatives to address data center sprawl and its associated costs within its agencies. While legislation and funding continue to be debated, steps can be taken now to create efficiencies through modernization technologies.
The Legislative Path to Federal Data Center Modernization
Six years ago, the United States Federal Government set forth efforts to curb data center growth with a plan of consolidation. The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) was put into place to control unsustainable increases by reducing overall hardware, software, and operations; shift to more efficient computing methods like cloud computing; and increase security.
Last week, Avere Systems headed to San Antonio, Texas for the DoDIIS event. As the Department of Defense (DoD) looks at new ways to use technology, the cloud is increasingly of interest. Visitors to the Avere booth asked great questions, but consistently were attracted to the same benefit – gaining flexibility where they had very little in the past. Security concerns have been a primary reason for slow cloud adoption rates in DoD agencies, but new guidelines sparked new initiatives.
Earlier this year, Avere Systems added Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 compliance. Together with the AWS GovCloud, civilian and DOD agencies can feel confident about gaining agility and high-levels of performance while testing cloud use cases.
Although cloud computing is still a small portion of the overall government IT spend, agency interest in the technology is quickly growing. This article discusses market growth estimating $2 billion in spending this year.
Let’s face it, your data is always at risk, and tens of thousands of articles, blogs, dissertations, sales pitches and security assessments have stated this obvious fact for years. It is part of human nature to seek advantages or do harm through the use of data, whether we are talking about thousands of credit card numbers from your local big box store or hacking an organization's file servers.