DDN | October 14, 2021
DDN®, the global leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and multicloud data management solutions, today announced it has expanded DDN Federal division, doubling the size of its team over the past nine months.
DDN's Federal Government group is expanding under the guidance of new vice president of Federal Sales, Jeff Jordan, who is bolstering the team with technical, system architecture and sales expertise to provide optimized solutions for scalable multicloud, AI and converged data storage requirements. These long-term investments are in response to the accelerating demand for DDN's data storage systems by the U.S. government, which resulted in more than 30% annual sales growth in 2021.
"DDN is proud to be a trusted partner for the Federal Government, Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Energy (DoE), and Federal Healthcare agencies," said Jeff Jordan, VP of Federal Sales. "With DDN solutions, our customers are accelerating their digital transformation and achieving unmatched levels of scale, efficiency and reliability with better and faster decisions from their massive datasets."
DDN is growing its field technical and engineering headcount and expertise under the leadership of Keith Miller, vice president of Technical Sales, and Andreas Krause who brings extensive system architecture and file system experience to DDN's Federal Government team. DDN's new Federal leadership team also includes Justin Collins, a former member of Oracle's National Security Group, and Rob Genkinger, vice president of Programs and Strategy with Army Special Forces and data storage experience.
Additional hires are planned to ensure the success of future projects and expanded collaboration with government-focused channel resellers, systems integrators, and technology partners such as NVIDIA and Intel.
"Our foundation in the federal market has been diligently developed by serving agencies running the most demanding applications out there. The U.S. government has entrusted DDN with its data storage needs for more than two decades, and we continue to deliver uncompromising performance, availability and security at massive scale to help them achieve their goals."
Paul Bloch, president and co-founder, DDN
DDN supplies data management solutions to more than two-thirds of the top supercomputers globally, including the world's most powerful system, Riken's Fugaku, and NVIDIA's Selene, the largest commercial AI system and 5th largest supercomputer. These, and similar systems found in federal agencies and national laboratories, require unique data management and performance characteristics found only in DDN solutions.
DDN introduced its latest EXAScaler scalable storage solution, EXA6, this summer, with enhancements that simplify the deployment and management of massive data repositories. DDN also recently announced enhancements to its IntelliFlash product line, with improved performance and scalability to support the largest enterprise data workloads.
DDN is the world's largest private data storage company and the leading provider of intelligent technology and infrastructure solutions for Enterprise At Scale, AI and analytics, HPC, government and academia customers. Through its DDN and Tintri divisions the company delivers AI, Data Management software and hardware solutions, and unified analytics frameworks to solve complex business challenges for data-intensive, global organizations. DDN provides its enterprise customers with the most flexible, efficient and reliable data storage solutions for on-premises and multi-cloud environments at any scale. Over the last two decades, DDN has established itself as the data management provider of choice for over 11,000 enterprises, government, and public-sector customers, including many of the world's leading financial services firms, life science organizations, manufacturing and energy companies, research facilities, and web and cloud service providers.
IBM | October 13, 2021
IBM and Raytheon Technologies will jointly develop advanced artificial intelligence, cryptographic and quantum solutions for the aerospace, defense and intelligence industries, including the federal government, as part of a strategic collaboration agreement the companies announced today.
Artificial intelligence and quantum technologies give aerospace and government customers the ability to design systems more quickly, better secure their communications networks and improve decision-making processes. By combining IBM's breakthrough commercial research with Raytheon Technologies' own research, plus aerospace and defense expertise, the companies will be able to crack once-unsolvable challenges.
"The rapid advancement of quantum computing and its exponential capabilities has spawned one of the greatest technological races in recent history – one that demands unprecedented agility and speed. Our new collaboration with Raytheon Technologies will be a catalyst in advancing these state-of-the-art technologies – combining their expertise in aerospace, defense and intelligence with IBM's next-generation technologies to make discovery faster, and the scope of that discovery larger than ever."
Dario Gil, senior vice president, IBM, and director of Research
In addition to artificial intelligence and quantum, the companies will jointly research and develop advanced cryptographic technologies that lie at the heart of some of the toughest problems faced by the aerospace industry and government agencies.
"Take something as fundamental as encrypted communications," said Mark E. Russell, Raytheon Technologies chief technology officer. "As computing and quantum technologies advance, existing cybersecurity and cryptography methods are at risk of becoming vulnerable. IBM and Raytheon Technologies will now be able to collaboratively help customers maintain secure communications and defend their networks better than previously possible."
The companies are building a technical collaboration team to quickly insert IBM's commercial technologies into active aerospace, defense and intelligence programs. The same team will also identify promising technologies for jointly developing long-term system solutions by investing research dollars and talent.
IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM's hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM's breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM's commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service.
About Raytheon Technologies
Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace Systems, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Accenture | October 12, 2021
A new biennial study by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) and Accenture (NYSE:ACN) focuses on increased interest and use of cloud technologies in state governments and provides an assessment tool to help guide advancements in states’ use of cloud
The 2021 Accenture and NASCIO Cloud Study notes that cloud first appeared on NASCIO’s State CIO Top Ten priorities list in 2010. Even with considerable uptake of cloud in many state governments over the past decade, CIOs point to major barriers slowing their move to cloud, including considerations around financial management and budgets, cybersecurity, procurement, and workforce capabilities.
“We found state CIOs widely acknowledge benefits from shifting to the cloud, including potential cost savings, system flexibility, scalability, security and improved citizen experiences. And many of them want to more aggressively address perceived barriers that stand in the way of tapping more cloud power to advance digital and operational capabilities, so we offer this new report as a resource.”
Doug Robinson, NASCIO executive director
Some of the key findings from the NASCIO/Accenture study include:
Many states still reliant on CapEx spending – 54% of CIOs reported that their state budget office prefers the best-suited funding model for cloud budgeting, OpEx (operating expenditure); however, 24% report a state budget preference for CapEx (capital expenditure budgeting), generally not conducive to effectively budgeting for cloud.
Continued heavy reliance on mainframe computers – 89% still have a mainframe computer, and 71% have not moved any mainframe applications to the cloud, a key step in enterprise cloud implementation.
Desired cloud offerings – CIOs flagged certain functionalities they would like to see more of in vendors’ cloud offerings, with integration, pricing and transparency topping the wish list.
“There is inevitably going to be continued strong uptake of cloud by state governments intent on making best use of their people and budgets and better serving their citizens,” said Ryan Oakes, who leads Accenture’s global public sector work. “With many states still early in their cloud journey, there are abundant opportunities for them to move forward in a more systematic and disciplined manner.”
The NASCIO/Accenture cloud study will be conducted on a biennial basis.
Accenture’s Public Service industry group helps public-sector organizations embrace innovation and transform quickly to operate smarter, achieve more and improve services.
About the Research
The study was based on in-depth interviews, NASCIO workshops and panels, and an online survey of state chief information officers conducted in May 2021.
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Interactive, Technology and Operations services — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 624,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.
Founded in 1969, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) represents state chief information officers (CIOs) and information technology (IT) executives and managers from the states, territories and District of Columbia. NASCIO’s mission is to foster government excellence through quality business practices, information management and technology policy. NASCIO provides state CIOs and state members with products and services designed to support the challenging role of the state CIO, stimulate the exchange of information and promote the adoption of IT best practices and innovations. From national conferences to peer networking, research and publications, briefings and government affairs, NASCIO is the premier network and resource for state CIOs.