June 2015 GovDataDownload Round Up

We hope you enjoy the June 2015 GovDataDownload round up, brought to you by NetApp U.S. Public Sector.

 

GovDataDownload is an online publication that discusses how federal, state, and local government agencies and educational institutions can leverage transformative technologies in the cloud and in data centers for data management and analysis to better achieve their missions and serve their constituents. Every month the GovDataDownload newsletter provides expert insight, innovative solutions, and the latest information about technology developments, specifically tailored to public sector IT personnel.

 

This month’s round up features an interview with Tom Rascon, who has joined NetApp as Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Defense and Intelligence business after a 20-year military career; a discussion of Baylor College of Medicine’s switch to an innovative private discovery cloud solution; a podcast with Dr. Greg Gardner, NetApp’s chief architect for government, defense, and intel solutions, discussing options for government agencies struggling with tremendous data growth; and finally, an interview with Patrick Loughlin, NetApp’s Regional Director, Central and West State and Local Government and Education, about NASCIO 2015.

 

Would you like more? New stories are published biweekly on GovDataDownload.com.

 

Joining Forces: Tom Rascon Joins NetApp After a 20 Year Military Career

Following a 20 year career in military IT, Tom Rascon joined the NetApp U.S. Public Sector as Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Defense and Intelligence business.  Read GovDataDownload’s interview with Tom to get his thoughts on transitioning from the military to the private sector and how veterans can make the shift.  

 

Baylor College of Medicine Drives Critical Research Through Private Cloud Solutions

This article summarizes a conversation with Alex Izaguirre, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, and Chief Technology Officer of Baylor College of Medicine, at HIMSS 2015 about Baylor’s recent implementation of a private cloud solution. Researchers at Baylor were effectively creating a “shadow IT” environment by setting up their own servers to hasten the pace of their experiments, but often with a dramatic cost to Baylor’s official IT infrastructure. Working with NetApp, VMware, and Cisco, Izaguirre was able to craft a private discovery cloud solution that met the need for speed and security while enhancing the researchers’ abilities to share data across departments and fostering a collaborative research environment.

 

Rethinking Data Storage and Future Proofing Your Agency

In this podcast, Dr. Greg Gardner, NetApp’s chief architect for government, defense, and intel solutions for the U.S. Public Sector, discusses the challenges facing organizations today, such as a data growth rate of 800-percent every four years or so.  Greg shares tips for IT administrators who are faced with the following questions:

  • What do we have in terms of data storage?
  • How are we using that data?
  • How much is it costing us to store it?
  • How much do we need in the future?

NASCIO 2015: State CIOs Focus on Collaboration and Shared Services to Meet Mission

Today’s state CIOs often find their roles changing from being the “senior IT person” who reported into the financial or operations unit to being a facilitator working across the entire agency or outside the agency to bring together all relevant stakeholders from the governor’s office, the state legislature, and peers in federal, state, and local agencies. Patrick Loughlin, Regional Director, Central and West State and Local Government and Education at NetApp, sat down with GovDataDownload to describe this and other big trends which were discussed at NASCIO 2015.