The cloud, whether public, private, or hybrid, brings so many advantages to government agencies that it has become a fundamental part of today’s IT strategy. However, as with any technology in today’s hyper-evolving IT environment, there is always room for improvement. That is where the data fabric can help organizations manage, secure, and move their data across the hybrid cloud.
But what exactly is the data fabric and how can it be leveraged?  To help our readers GovDataDownload devoted several articles in 2015 to de-mystifying it and showing how it is being used by public sector organizations to enable seamless data management. To learn more take a look at these articles:

Data Fabric: What it is and how it Improves Upon Agency Efficiency
In traditional storage environments, data is isolated in silos, but data fabric enables seamless, flexible and cost effective management across platforms, regardless of whether the existing system is spinning disc, flash array, cloud or any combination of storage technologies. It also solves the problem of losing control over data by unknowingly dumping it into an isolated and incompatible data silo. Learn more about how data fabric helps agencies establish and maintain control over their data as well as how they can use it to gain a better understanding of that data and the best ways to store and maintain it. Learn more here.

Demystifying Data Fabric: NetApp’s Tom Rascon Explains All
What is the data fabric?  We sat down with Tom Rascon, military veteran, IT expert and Chief Technology for the Department of Defense and Intelligence business line at NetApp, to demystify data fabric.  Rascon explained data fabric and how it allows customers to control their data and freely move it between their own resources and public cloud offerings to take advantage of the benefits the cloud service providers can offer. Find out more from Rascon about data fabric here.
 
Data Management with the Data Fabric Enables Secure, Efficient Patient Care
With continuous Health IT data management, physicians and their support personnel can save vital moments throughout the day’s appointments and can, in effect, improve overall patient care. Jeff Baxter, Chief Technology Officer, Americas, NetApp, participated in the Federal Executive Forum on Health IT In Government where he, along with other distinguished panelists, discussed recent advancements in Health IT and shared how data fabric solutions can help those in healthcare by simplifying operations, creating scalable cloud options, securing data and offering the opportunity to create higher level analytics. Watch the panel discussion here.

The Department of Defense’s Joint Information Environment: Complexity Simplified by Data Fabric
The Joint Information Environment (JIE) is a shared information technology infrastructure that supports more than 12,500 deployed systems and manages data to facilitate information sharing across the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). One of the key drivers of success for the JIE thus far is an underlying infrastructure that is flexible, open, and agile on the inside while providing fortress-like security to anyone outside the shared environment – whether they’re in highly secure office space in Washington D.C. or a deployed unit on the frontlines of war. To make it work, JIE uses NetApp’s Data Fabric to seamlessly knit together and enable data movement among private and public clouds, hosting capabilities, and hyper scale environments. Read more here.

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