DATA CENTER: The Army and Navy Use SQL Server On and Off the Battlefield. The Defense Department relies on SQL Server to manage a wide range of databases. Microsoft will end support for SQL Server 2005 on April 12. Like many organizations around the world, the Defense Department has migrated to newer versions of SQL Server to keep important databases running. Read more

INFRASTRUCTURE: Hardware Refreshes Are Driving Move to Converged Infrastructure. Converged infrastructure is appealing to companies for its ability to (among other things) streamline operations, optimize workloads and cut costs. More and more companies are catching on, and they are increasingly adopting the technology via the hardware–and especially server–refresh cycle. Read more

AGENCY OVERSIGHT: Most Agencies Say They’ll Meet Year-End Records Management Deadline. Roughly 90 percent of federal agencies say they’ll meet the government-wide deadline to manage all permanent and temporary email in an accessible, electronic format by Dec. 31, 2016, the National Archives and Records Administration said. Yet many agencies told NARA it’s unclear how they’ll measure their success and know that they’re compliant with federal records management requirements. Read more

SECURE ACCESS: Beyond the ‘Land of No’: 5 Ways to Balance User Satisfaction and Endpoint Security. As agencies increasingly move to desktop virtualization to simplify and centralize access to classified and unclassified information, the issue of traveling user profiles and adequate controls is becoming even more critical. However, there are five practical steps agencies can take right now to provide workers access to their personalized desktop yet give agency IT managers the controls they need to deliver a secure data flow. Read more


MORE FROM THE BUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS BLOG: 18 Ways to Secure Your Electronic Documents

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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