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Technology in the federal government

I recently had the opportunity to visit with Bill Bransford. Bill is with Shaw Bransford & Roth P.C., a law firm in the DC area, and is also the host of FED TALK, a radio show that is taped live every other Friday at 11:00 a.m. I was one of the two guests on this past week, along with Tim Simon, to discuss technology in the federal government. Topics included Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, Mobility and Telework, and the ever famous Bring Your Own Device to work discussion. Read More »

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Cisco at New York Fashion Week in Support of Female Veterans

More than 1.8 million veterans are women – the highest number ever in American history. On September 8 Cisco participated in New York Fashion Week as one of several campaign supporters of Fatigues to Fabulous (F2F), a national campaign established to honor and support female veterans.

Photo Caption: Cisco’s Michael Veysey, Director of Veterans Programs (Left) and Patrick Finn, Vice President U.S. Federal (Right) join four of the veteran ambassadors who were honored at the event.

Many women veterans face serious challenges obtaining housing, employment training as well as continuing psychological and physical healthcare.  F2F’s mission is to initiate a national dialogue on the issues affecting military women as well as raise funds to support research and services. 

This event is one of several initiatives by Cisco to provide education, training and employment resources to help male and female veterans transition home and join the civilian workforce.

“Our veterans have made significant sacrifices for our country and face some unique challenges as they transition back to civilian life. Cisco is proud to support events like F2F in addition to other programs that put veterans back on a path to careers outside of the military; whether in technology or other industries,”  said Michael Veysey, Cisco’s new Director of Veterans Programs. Read More »

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Open Standards in the Cloud

I recently stumbled upon an upcoming event called Government Community Cloud: Building Shared Service Cloud Centres.  Although ostensibly a Canadian-focused event, there is at least one U.S. government represented in the current attendee list.  It looks like it could be an interesting session and is hosted by the Cloud Computing Best Practices Network, a forum of the world’s leading Cloud Computing experts, sharing best practices.  They appear to have a healthy representation of content directed at government audiences.   

The event in question is a webinar that will introduce the group’s Government Community Cloud best practices program, and will cover topics like Shared Services best practices, the NIST Community Cloud model, application catalogs and vendor profiles.  Read More »

Advancing Mobility – Cisco Mobile Ready Net Solutions

Workers in the field require dynamic information, including location telemetry and real-time video to enhance situational awareness. Workers must be able to collaborate and share information with each other and headquarters while on the move. This growing demand for increased collaboration drives the need to network everything that walks, flies, drives, or sails.

The Cisco Mobile Ready Net solution is the platform for extending information sharing and collaboration to highly mobile users, even those operating in the most severe and remote locations. The solution’s architecture targets the critical challenges of mobile networking environments, including size, weight, power, router-radio integration, and ad hoc networking.

Watch below as Murray Duff, Mobility Programs Manager, Cisco Global Government Solutions Group discusses Cisco Mobile Ready Net Solutions and Cisco Embedded Services Routers, allowing anything that moves to become a full-featured network node. Be sure to visit http://www.cisco.com/go/5900 for additional information!

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Symmetrical Broadband Will Create The Real Cloud Computing

In ExtremeTech (http://www.extremetech.com/computing/94428-will-100-megabit-internet-connections-destroy-the-web-as-we-know-it), Sebastian Anthony recently asked the question:

“What do you think will happen when every home is connected to the internet via 100 or 1,000Mbps Ethernet or fiber?”

He goes on to give an answer that is yes, under the assumption that the 100Mbps is symmetrical.

“At some point in the not-so-distant future, then, we’re all going to be connected to the web at LAN-like speeds — 100 megabits per second up and down — and this, just like the advent of the telephone, will change the world as we know it. … ”

“Instead of your entire life being represented by a handful of bytes in amongst Facebook’s faceless sea, symmetric connections will enable the web to becomemetropolitan. Your presence on the web will be your home. ”

“The end result would be a truly decentralized internet that closely mimics human settlement and society. There will still be nodes on the internet where more people congregate — the bars, clubs, and McDonalds of the real world — but for the most part, a symmetric web would let people hang out and connect with the people they care about, and ignore everyone else.”

This is my definition of real cloud computing – something way beyond the standard view which is not much more than a new marketing twist on the old time-sharing data centers.

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