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,
ICE's phones contain features for wiping a devi... (more)
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)
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)
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)
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)