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GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

IT Convergence Trend Alters Approach to Federal Market

Federal agencies have begun using an emerging IT tool to manage the huge amount of data the U.S. government generates and stores. Federal IT managers recently have embraced the concept of convergence, which has been gaining traction in the private sector. Agencies also have indicated that the approa...

HPE to Buy One-Time Rising Star Nimble for $1B Cash

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has announced a deal to acquire flash storage firm Nimble Storage, once viewed as a darling of Wall Street, for $12.50 a share in cash, or $1 billion. HPE also agreed to assume or pay out Nimble Storage's unvested equity awards, which are valued at $200 million. Upon compl...

Google Casts Nearline to Lure Cloud Customers

Google on Wednesday launched a public beta version of Nearline Storage, the latest addition to the Google Cloud Platform. Nearline seeks to reel in enterprises to the wider Google Cloud Platform with the promise of low-cost, low-latency storage for limitless amounts of data. Nearline has all of the ...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Feds Loosening Purse Strings for Cloud Deployments

Federal investment in cloud technology is picking up steam and should increase sharply in the next several years -- but that doesn't mean that government agencies suddenly have found that cloud migration will be either quick or simple. Federal cloud spending will jump from slightly more than $3 bill...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Symantec, CA Squirm Under DoJ’s Unfair Pricing Allegations

The TV game show The Price is Right may be an entertaining diversion, but for federal information technology vendors, getting the price right in government contracts is serious business. Two major software providers recently found out how serious it can be as a result of separate U.S. Department of ...

Heartbleed-Weary Tech Firms Show OpenSSL a Little Love

Remember Heartbleed? Several weeks ago, the exposure of this security bug chilled the Internet, highlighting once again that even the seemingly unbreakable can be hacked. In the case of the Heartbleed vulnerability, encrypted data was at risk of theft. Sites potentially vulnerable to Heartbleed urge...

Tech Vendors Are Treating Customers Worse Than Before

Businesses depend on their customers, and it would make sense that good customer service would translate into loyalty and sales, but high-tech vendors don't seem to have gotten the message. The average customer experience rating for tech vendors fell from 58 percent to 52 percent since last year, in...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Federal Data Center Reductions May Not Shrink Costs

In a drive to reduce government computing costs, federal agencies have been required to cut and consolidate data centers. So far, agencies have reduced hundreds of operational centers -- but they still have fallen short of a five-year target set when the consolidation program was launched in Februar...

ANALYSIS

Dell’s Percolating Enterprise IT Evolution

The organisms that survive longest are those that most successfully adapt to shifting environments and circumstances. That's a core concept behind the evolution of biological entities, and it also applies directly to business organizations, including IT vendors. Supporting evidence, both historical ...

TECH TREK

Tech Industry Sucked Into Euro Maelstrom

The U.S. tech industry is feeling the pain from Europe's deepening economic crisis, according to an article from The New York Times. The technology industry is among the most exposed to Europe's economic problems, according to the article. Analysts hypothesize that about one-third of U.S. tech reven...

ANALYSIS

Can Anything Stop EMC?

A bit over a year ago, the conventional wisdom related to enterprise IT vendors was fairly straightforward: Sheer size and depth of expertise gave end-to-end systems vendors unlimited access to the high ground. As markets recovered from the 2008 recession, enterprise customers would naturally stick ...

PODCAST

Virtualization Meets City Hall

The city of Fairfield, Calif.'s IT organization has leveraged virtualization and cloud-delivered applications to provide new levels of service in an increasingly efficient manner. Fairfield, a mid-sized city of 110,000 in Northern California, has taken the do-more-with-less adage to its fullest, beg...

OPINION

EMC Doubles-Down With New and Renewed Solutions

EMC CEO and Chairman Joe Tucci called the company's "Smartest System" launch event in New York City, "not just largest in the history of the company but of the industry" -- but was that a fact or mere PR-speak? For my money, it was the former. The event found EMC playing at the top of its game with ...

OPINION

Vblocks and the Value of Collaborative Innovation

The IT industry purely loves "innovation," especially when it is steeped in a bit of controversy, and last November's announcement of Cisco, EMC and VMware's VCE coalition set enough tongues wagging to cause a minor blip in Silicon Valley's Richter scale readings. Why so? First, because the effort o...

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