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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement started to provide its employees up to 17,000 iPhones for work and personal use as the agency moves to replace its Blackberry devices. ICE selected the iPhone after evaluating other types of smartphones such as Android devices and analyzing Blackberry maker Resarch in Motion's business model and innovation rate, GovExec reports. Mobile security company Good Technology is helping ICE roll out the iPhones after previously helping the Department of Homeland Security protect its technology, data and applications from unauthorized people such as hackers. Eugene Liderman, the company's director of public sector technology, told GovExec Good Technology is contracted to secure up to 25,000 mobile users. He said the agency can scale up to 17,000 users with current infrastructure, he said. ICE's phones contain features for wiping a devi... (more)

Federal Big Data Spending Soaring

Federal agencies spent close to $4.9 billion on Big Data resources during fiscal year 2012 and that number could grow to $5.7 billion in 2014. Research firm Deltek estimates federal big data spending will grow to $7.2 billion by 2017 as agencies strive to handle ever-increasing volumes of data, E-Commerce Times reports. John Higgins writes that one initial challenge agencies face currently is coming up with a definition of "Big Data." Alex Rossino, a Deltek principal research analyst at Deltek, told attendees at a March 14 conference that traditional analytics tools and computing... (more)

Robert LeBlanc: IBM Buys Fiberlink for Enterprise Mobile Push

IBM has agreed to purchase mobile management and security company Fiberlink Communications for an undisclosed amount with an aim to develop personal device tools for enterprise use. Big Blue plans to use Fiberlink's cloud-based MaaS360 platform to help centralize management and security of mobile devices by using IBM's MobileFirst program, the companies said Wednesday. "In a mobile first world, clients require a comprehensive mobile management and security offering and often times they integrate solutions on their own and take on unnecessary risk," said Robert LeBlanc, senior vic... (more)

Survey: Storage Input/Output Performance Problem HPC Systems Design

A survey conducted by Data Direct Networks found that some of the top issues faced by big data users involve storage input/out and architectural changes. Further, the DDN Higher Performance Computing Trends survey found that data storage affects petascale users more and design changes affect exascale-level users, the company said Monday. "The results of DDN’s annual HPC Trends Survey reinforce what we hear from customers on a daily basis. Users are identifying storage I/O as the primary challenge in computing and the industry conversation needs to shift to reflect that," said Jef... (more)

Daniel Lockney: New NASA Licensing Tool Seeks to Help Commercialize Tech

NASA has introduced an online tool for businesses and individual users to secure license for their new inventions built through using NASA research. The QuickLaunch tool, designed at NASA’s Silicon Valley, Calif.-based research center, works to help users gain access to NASA’s portfolio technologies in order to develop commercial products and process licenses, NASA said Nov. 25. Daniel Lockney, NASA technology transfer program executive based in Washington, said the agency intends for the licensing tool to grow efforts to share NASA’s technologies with the U.S. industry and consu... (more)