Government Technology Featured Article
October 11, 2012
NetApp, Data Tactics Launch Service to Help Government Agencies Analyze, Extract Big Data
By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Cloud Computing
Facing pressure to analyze and extract information from structured and unstructured data, government agencies are under time constraints to turn all that data into something meaningful. However, cloud-based services are providing them with new analytics capabilities and added security.
Storage provider NetApp has partnered with Data Tactics Corporation, an enterprise data management service provider, to offer an analytic cloud-based service for government and commercial organizations. The service is designed to help agencies rapidly deliver a usable cloud-computing environment that supports the large-file requirements of government customers, according to Mark Weber, president of the NetApp U.S. Public Sector organization.
“The geospatial intelligence community struggles with the immense volumes of data and the need to derive value from that data,” Weber said in a company statement. “Our new partnership with Data Tactics will allow customers to develop advanced analytics for their individualized missions, and to do so in an analytic cloud environment.”
Company officials said Data Tactics’ experience with data architecture, management, and engineering solutions provides advanced analytics for data extraction, resolution, and link analysis, as well as artifact-based search and geospatial capabilities.
Although NetApp has been offering big-data solutions that are effective for both geospatial and analytic workloads, the joint solution gives customers the ability to do both at the same time, which company officials said is an advance that is important in the intelligence and national security environment and is also applicable to the commercial and financial sectors.
“The ability to derive actionable intelligence from disparate datasets is what differentiates our geospatial intelligence community from the rest of the world,” said Lee Shabe, Data Tactics vice president. “The partnership between NetApp and Data Tactics will enable the geospatial community to consume, combine, and analyze big data in real time, while being able to scale globally with a secure cloud architecture.”
In related news, NetApp announced that Jonathan Kissane has joined the company as chief strategy officer and senior vice president, and NetApp veteran, Jay Kidd has been appointed chief technology officer and senior vice president.
Company officials said Kissane and Kidd will play critical roles in defining the NetApp business and technology vision as the company capitalizes on current technology and business trends and positions itself for its next phase of growth.
Edited by Brooke Neuman
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