SQL SERVER: Microsoft is porting SQL Server to Linux. Microsoft is making available a private preview of SQL Server for Linux, and plans to make the product generally available by mid-2017. Read more

2016 PREDICTION: Rise of the Data Manager. The role of storage administrators will continue to evolve in response to transforming government IT landscapes. As organizations move to a cloud delivery model to reduce costs and increase flexibility, they shift from being builders and operators of their own data centers to being brokers of services that span both private and public cloud resources. In 2016, the classic storage administrator will either evolve into a data manager of the hybrid cloud with a seat at the executive table, or hole up in comfortable storage product minutia and become increasingly less relevant. Read more

POLICY: OMB Tightens Hold on Data Center Policy. Federal CIO Tony Scott is looking for feedback on new governmentwide data center consolidation policy. Meant to supersede the Office of Management and Budget’s 2010 Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, the new Data Center Optimization Initiative went online March 2 for a 30-day comment period. Read more

OPEN DATA: When Publishing Open Data, Cities and States Have Variety of Platform Choices. As the open data publishing market heats up, all levels of government have more partners to choose from. Read more


JAVA: WSO2 Launches New Microservices Framework for Java. WSO2’s new Microservices Framework for Java (MS4J) facilitates the creation of container-ready microservices based on Java. Read the rest

POPULAR: Ruby, Groovy Post Surprise Gains in Popularity. The Tiobe index author isn’t convinced these are long-term gains, though, pointing out earlier high rankings that have since faltered. Read more

VISUAL STUDIO: Microsoft Visual Studio Update Soups Up C/C++ Programming. Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 release candidate speeds up C/C++ operations and fixes multiple performance issues. Read more

SWIFT: Flies To Cloud With IBM For Simpler App Development. IBM demos updated version of programming language Swift, designed to simplify the way developers build enterprise apps. Read more


IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

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BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.


FYI: Federal & State CTOs CIOs CISOs: Daily Tech Update – March 8, 2016

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