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World IPv6 Day: Tech industry's most-watched event since Y2K

The nation's largest telecom carriers, content providers, hardware suppliers and software vendors will be on the edge of their seats tonight for the start of World IPv6 Day, which is the most-anticipated 24 hours the tech industry has seen since fears of the Y2K bug dominated New Year's Eve in 1999.

More than 400 organizations are participating in World IPv6 Day, a large-scale experiment aimed at identifying problems associated with IPv6, an upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol known as IPv4.

BACKGROUND: Large-scale IPv6 trial set for June 8

NASA Awards $2.5 Billion Services Contract to HP

HP Enterprise Services has been chosen for a single-award firm-fixed-price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract worth up to $2.5 billion over a four-year base period with two three-year option periods by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

HP will provide end-user desktop services and devices that will increase NASA’s efficiency and allow its employees to more easily collaborate in a secure computing environment.

As a part of NASA’s Agency Consolidated End-User Service (ACES) Program, HP will modernize NASA’s entire end-user infrastructure by delivering a full range of personal computing services and devices to more than 60,000 users. The modernization is expected to deliver significant productivity gains and cost savings to NASA.

“NASA personnel use IT to support NASA’s core business, scientific, research and computational activities,” said Michael Sweigart, procurement officer, Shared Services Center, NASA. “HP will provide, manage, secure and maintain these essential IT services for the agency.”

Under the ACES contract, HP will provide a variety of Computing Seat, Tier 2/3 Service Desk Support and Collaboration Services to more cost-effectively manage NASA’s end-user infrastructure at all NASA sites across the United States. Computing seat and cellular seat services are designed with security and collaboration capabilities to help the NASA team safely share information.

“The ACES contract will help evolve NASA’s IT environment to a centralized, adaptable IT infrastructure to enable economies of scale, agency-wide visibility and improved management and security,” said Dennis Stolkey, senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Public Sector, HP Enterprise Services. “HP will build on our deep industry, infrastructure and end-user services expertise to support this significant work for the agency that is pioneering the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.”

HP will be teaming with numerous small businesses to meet NASA’s small business participation guidelines and diverse mission needs. The contract will be managed at the NASA Shared Services Center in Stennis, Miss., and will serve all NASA centers and facilities.

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IBM Unveils Breakthrough Software and New Services to Exploit Big Data

ARMONK, N.Y., - 20 May 2011: As companies seek to gain real-time insight from diverse types of data, IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled new software and services to help clients more effectively gain competitive insight, optimize infrastructure and better manage resources to address Internet-scale data. For the first time, organizations can integrate and analyze tens-of-petabytes of data in its native format and gain critical intelligence in sub-second response times. IBM also announced a $100 million investment for continued research on technologies and services that will enable clients to manage and exploit data as it continues to grow in diversity, speed and volume. The initiative will focus on research to drive the future of massive scale analytics, through advancing software, systems and services capabilities. The news comes on the heels of the 2011 IBM Global CIO Study where 83 percent of 3,000 CIOs surveyed said applying analytics and business intelligence to their IT operations is the most important element of their strategic growth plans over the next three to five years. Today's news further enables Smarter Computing innovations realized by designing systems that incorporate Big Data for better decision making, and optimized systems tuned to the task and managed in a cloud. According to recent IT industry analyst reports, enterprise data growth over the next five years is estimated to increase by more than 650 percent. Eighty percent of this data is expected to be unstructured. The new analytics capabilities pioneered by IBM Research will enable chief information officers (CIOs) to construct specific, fact-based financial and business models for their IT operations. Traditionally, CIOs have had to make decisions about their IT operations without the benefit of tools that can help interpret and model data.

Private Cloud Deployments: Top 8 Planning Requirements

February 22, 2010, 02:29 PM - CIO -Virtualization is understood as one of the key building blocks for private clouds. As a dynamic technology that enables IT organizations to reinvent how they think about management, it has the potential to make some things easier or make all things harder. Silo buying, heterogeneity, politics, poor integrations, and immature management tools can inhibit virtualization's full value.

IT leadership must address these challenges in order to set the stage for private cloud deployments, which many pundits forecast as the foundation for business growth in the next decade. Based on many customer conversations, we have compiled the top eight requirements for successful deployments of private clouds. These considerations enable IT to deliver business growth and contain costs, getting more from people, processes, and technologies.

FCC Aiming for 100 Million Households at 100 Megabits Per Second

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission unveiled a plan on Tuesday proposing minimum broadband speeds of 100Mbps. In his remarks, FCC's chief Julius Genachowski said: "To meet the imperatives of global competitiveness and enduring job creation, we must have broadband networks of such unsurpassed excellence that they will empower American entrepreneurs and innovators to build and expand businesses here in the United States. Our plan will set goals for the U.S. to have the world's largest market of very high-speed broadband users. A '100 Squared' initiative—100 million households at 100 megabits per second—to unleash American ingenuity and ensure that businesses, large and small, are created here, move here, and stay here."

IBM Brings Business-Grade Social Software to iPhone, Macs

SAN FRANCISCO - 11 Feb 2010:  Macworld -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced it is delivering business-grade collaboration and social software for use with the iPhone, iPod Touch or Macintosh computers.

Organizations can now use IBM software for enterprise social networking; instant messaging; and securely encrypted email and collaborative applications with the iPhone and Mac.  

The new software includes Lotus Symphony 3.0, IBM's office productivity suite, which is now available on the Mac,  providing spreadsheets, presentations and documents free of charge. In addition, new offerings for the iPhone and Mac include Lotus Connections and Lotus Sametime, which customers can use to build professional networks with social capabilities such as blogs, wikis, activities and microblogging, as well as instant messaging capabilities.

Comcast to Start a Series of Public IPv6 Trials Using 3 Transition Mechanisms

Comcast today announced plans to conduct production-network trials of IPv6 technology this year. The trials are aimed at helping identify and solve any areas of difficulty involved in the transition to IPv6, and to determine what approach will be the easiest and most seamless for its customers, says Jason Livingood, Comcast's Internet System Engineer.


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