May 2015 GovDataDownload Round Up

We hope you enjoy the May 2015 GovDataDownload newsletter, brought to you by NetApp U.S. Public Sector.

GovDataDownload is an online publication that discusses how government agencies and educational institutions can leverage transformative technologies in the cloud and in data centers for data management and analysis to better meet their missions and serve their constituents. Each month the GovDataDownload round up brings you 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 on-demand webinar with Robert Micielli, director of Enterprise Technology for King County, Washington, on how data backup in the cloud boosts operational efficiency; a recap of the top trends for data-driven healthcare from the HIMSS 2015 show last month; a multimedia case study offering practical examples from the State of California about how to use cloud services to improve mission delivery and drive business value; and a feature article on the cost savings realized by K–12 school districts in the Midwest—up to 50% in the case of one district—when they moved services to the cloud.

[On-Demand Webinar] Better Backup in the Cloud

Although many public sector organizations make use of cloud solutions, their value for data backup and recovery is often overlooked. A sensitive area for most organizations, but particularly government agencies, data backup and recovery must be at peak performance during crises such as earthquakes and hurricanes, which can cripple IT infrastructure because standard backup and recovery solutions can fall short of meeting today's recovery needs. Why aren't more government agencies and educational institutions leveraging the cloud as part of their BCDR plans? In this on-demand webinar, Robert Micielli, director of Enterprise Technology, King County, Washington, and NetApp public sector cloud manager Alan Dare talk about the reasons that government agencies should embrace cloud solutions for backup and recovery as well as explore the options.

[Article] Data-Driven Healthcare Comes into Its Own

The trend toward data-driven healthcare was undeniable at the recent HIMSS 2015 show, where data was the talk of the show. In every hall and every booth, data was a topic of discussion, debate, and concern. As anticipated and discussed in a previous GovDataDownload post, big data was on everyone's mind. Data is essential to the business of caring for the patient, and its capture and storage continue to grow. Some estimate that the demand for data in healthcare will grow at a rate of 70% per year as organizations add clinical data to their storage and compute functions.

[Case Study] How the State of California Is Leading the Way in Cloud Adoption


Learn how the State of California leveraged cloud-based data solutions to:

  • Lower costs through infrastructure consolidation and storage efficiency.
  • Provide secure multi-tenancy by using NetApp® technology; each department has a secured space within the shared environment.
  • Enable scalability and capacity on demand with a highly flexible IT infrastructure that allows the agency to provision computer resources and storage as demand changes.
  • Enable nondisruptive operations with the NetApp clustered Data ONTAP® operating system; the CNRA has increased availability to 99.99% with no scheduled downtime.
  • Increase IT's business value by freeing up time that IT staff would spend on day-to-day operations.

[Article] Using the Cloud to Cut Costs for K–12 School Districts

Whenever anyone discusses moving to the cloud, saving money is often the first benefit mentioned. But all too often there is little substantive evidence to back up that claim. When we come across a technology deployment that not only celebrates cloud success but provides tangible metrics, it's something worth sharing. Read this article to learn how IlliniCloud saved its schools 50% in IT costs, which translated to $500,000 in savings for the DeKalb School District.