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tional Institute of Mental Health. “ Virtually all autism human subjects research data is expected to be depos- ited in the National Database for Autism Research, which now holds genomic se- quences, brain images and clinical data from over 77,000 subjects,’’ Insel said in a recent blog post. “This data provides a platform for discovery through second- ary analysis and data sharing specific to a publication.’’ NEXT: APPLICATION LEVEL INTELLIGENCE In addition to government-specific cloud offerings from Microsoft and AWS, to- day’s market is packed with cloud man- agement platforms from CSC, Right- Scale, Cisco, IBM, VMware and others. These tools add an orchestration layer that allows agencies to manage the cost and uses of cloud-based IT assets. The return on these tools is improved efficiency, said David Linthicum, senior vice president of Cloud Technology Partners, a Boston consultancy. “You have an orchestration or automation layer managing these assets versus a person sitting down at a console spin- ning up cloud or non-cloud resources,’’ he explained. Agencies have been using these tools to automate the provisioning of com- 2015 TECH FORECAST 24 GCN SEPTEMBER 2014 • GCN.COM 24 GCN JANUARY 2015 • GCN.COM CLOUD & BIG DATA HYBRID WINS. Questions about the validity of public versus private cloud computing will ease as IT departments gain experience with all forms of cloud, opening the way for hybrid computing to become the norm. (Sand Hill) DOCKER FINDS ITS WAY. “Docker is not a fad,” according to Forrester Research. “It marks a new approach that delivers real benefits.” The technology, which automates the deployment of applications inside of software containers and avoids the overhead of virtual machines, has been accepted by big commercial players and is “here to stay.” (Forrester) CLOUD DRIVES COLLABORATION. Facilitated by cloud and big data applications, half of all governments by 2017 will invest in collaborative systems for collective knowledge initiatives. (IDC) pute, storage and networking, including firewalls and load balancers. But the deployment of application-level intel- ligence is on the horizon for 2015, Lin- thicum said. “The first step is provision- ing and deprovisioning. Next is adding application-level intelligence into the process,’’ he said. “Imagine each application is a little silo that does specific things with a static process and data bound to it. A CRM app like Salesforce, a battlefield manage- ment app and an HR system are all silos. But what if the apps had the ability to le- verage each other’s processes, behavior and data? Building a meta app like that is possible with some of the orchestration systems.’’ Once agencies determine their require- ments for enterprise computing and storage of high-value data sets, they will have to grapple with how to sat- isfy the appetites of different agency constituencies for data, both open and proprietary. As the stream of data hitting govern- ment agencies grows, the importance of managing it is expanding as well, ac- cording to government executives. And it is not just the volume of data that’s growing. The variety of data sources are proliferating as video and sensor data from the Internet of Things makes its way into the government data centers and enterprise networks. “Open data is a nice thing, but most open data is not consumable by people who are not technical or do not have a Bill Rowan, vice president of federal at VMware Public Sector, said the biggest boon for agencies with these tools is in the automation of network provisioning. Pre- viously, organizations hard-wired com- pute and storage resources to a particular application through a patch panel. Now these configurations can be changed on the fly through network virtualization. “The biggest bang in terms of changing the way agencies operate is automating the network process – where the people and process time is spent is on the net- work,’’ Rowan said. “A year from now, I think we will be surprised at how many customers ... have moved to the automa- tion of network provisioning.” – Carolyn Duffy Marsan How will you manage big (and bigger) data in 2015? 0115gcn_022-030.indd 24 1/13/15 11:35 AM
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