How a renegade Chinese billionaire became a center of D.C. intrigue

politico | June 07, 2019

How a renegade Chinese billionaire became a center of D.C. intrigue
A billionaire at the center of U.S.-China tensions is waging a mysterious legal battle against two D.C. conservatives over a private espionage deal gone bad. The fight touches on a pair of think tanks, a senator’s widow and the capital’s tight-knit group of China hardliners, adding a new chapter to an international saga that has divided the Trump administration and the president’s external allies. It began when a firm tied to the billionaire, real estate magnate Guo Wengui, allegedly hired a private intelligence firm to dig up dirt on Chinese nationals — including their bank records, porn habits and any illegitimate children — then sued, saying the firm failed to deliver. In turn, the intelligence firm has claimed Guo’s side gave it a thumb drive loaded with sophisticated malware and that he sought information on people whose records were deemed sensitive by the U.S. government.

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Scale Computing | September 22, 2021

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Our agile, reliable platforms can replace traditional IT infrastructure across any agency, any department, or any system, while driving out the high costs of downtime and system administration. Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing Scale Computing brings municipal institutions, including governments, government agencies, and other public institutions, into a new era of computing by revamping IT operations with a solution that simplifies management, protects sensitive government data, and helps deliver smart, digital services. Kitselas First Nation is a self-funded and self-governing nation, and one of the 14 Tsimshian tribes in British Columbia. After experiencing a flood, Kitselas First Nation needed new servers and a modern solution for simplicity, scalability, availability and disaster recovery. With only one person on the IT staff, they were also in need of powerful systems capable of running workloads with efficiency and speed, as well as an affordable, easy-to-use solution capable of maximizing uptime. Kitselas First Nation selected Scale Computing’s HC3 platform which provides them with simplified, highly affordable IT infrastructure with improved performance. Since implementation of Scale Computing HC3, Kitselas First Nation saved resources and 15% of time spent managing infrastructure, leading to an increase in time spent working on other projects. Scale Computing’s HC3 solution also provides Kitselas First Nation with disaster recovery and the ability to manage IT infrastructure without the need for local IT staff. We have an on-site backup and a Google Cloud Platform in Quebec. If another disaster strikes, the hardware component fails or the entire HC3 appliance breaks down, we’re covered. The Scale Computing HC3 cluster is highly available and keeps our systems running with no downtime. HC3 won’t let us down. Don Agnew, IT support and asset management officer at Kitselas First Nation The Summit County Board of Elections in Ohio is responsible for securely managing the records of 370,000 registered voters and over one million citizen records. As Ohio’s fourth most populous county, the Summit County Board of Elections' entire network infrastructure is managed by a team of just two full-time IT professionals. With an aging server infrastructure and a heavily scrutinized Presidential election fast approaching in 2020, this IT duo needed to modernize their systems, comply with strict new security directives, and do so in an expedited time-frame. 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From that three node cluster, then we can spin up as many virtual servers as warranted by demand – this not only simplified our operational workload but it also dramatically shrunk our eco-footprint.” Chris Iseral, Chief Information Officer of Madison County, Kentucky, was challenged with upgrading old infrastructure in an affordable way. The infrastructure in Madison Country includes 700 users in 26 different facilities across the country, accounting for 23 different departments or agencies. Chris’ challenges included multiple vendors and an expensive, complicated, and aging infrastructure. Madison County, Kentucky partnered with Scale Computing to deliver high quality, responsive, and budget friendly infrastructure that simplifies management, protects sensitive government data, and helps deliver smart, digital services anywhere, anytime. As Chris Iseral says, “We wanted something highly available, redundant, scalable, affordable, and easy-to-use. We’re happier than we’ve ever been. 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LifeOmic's Precision Health Platform for Government Achieves FedRAMP Ready Status

LifeOmic | June 16, 2021

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A technology renaissance is underway among state and local government agencies, as technologies once considered bleeding edge now are becoming ubiquitous. These digital initiatives are resulting in a more customer-centric focus on serving constituents end to end.