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Webinar: Understanding and Optimizing Workloads for Cloud Deployments

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By following 3 simple steps, federal agencies can be on their way to optimizing workloads for cloud deployments.  First, Assess. Identifying workloads to move to the cloud can be tricky – not all are created equal!  There may be dozens or even hundreds of applications running in your agency, and now there is temptation to move to the cloud as quickly as possible.  However, the assessment and discovery stage is a critical initial step.  Next, Analyze.  A unified approach to optimizing workloads can indeed reduce costs, simplify business processes, and achieve operational excellence.  From business value, to security and compliance, analyzing the impacts the migration will have on the business lays the foundation for a comprehensive strategy.  Finally, Act.  Now that workloads have been assessed, and the process has been analyzed, its time to move the workloads confidently.

Join us for a 1 hour webcast on February 28th at 2PM, Understanding and Optimizing Workloads for Cloud Deployments, to learn more about choosing the right workloads and drive early success in your cloud adoption.  Click here for more information, or to register.

Featured Govplace presenter: Donald Poorman, Senior Solutions Architect – Virtualization and Cloud

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2016 Federal Cloud Computing Recap: Workload Management for Cost Savings

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Govplace participated as a panelist during a collaboration session at the 2016 ATARC Federal Cloud Computing Summit in Washington, DC on July 26th. Discussions addressed challenges of managing a workload in the cloud and the impact workload has on the cost of operating within a cloud environment. Specifically, enabling decision making around workload migration and supporting workloads in a hybrid cloud environment became a focus area that panelists and the audience addressed. A few key factors were highlighted when discussing decision making. First, a distinction between lift and shift and associated migration costs as compared to operation enhancement. Next, a clear definition of goals and establishing best practices using small test cases and success stories will be helpful for migrating larger systems and services. And lastly, understanding that automation can be challenging when moving workloads between private and public portions of the cloud.

Moving data and balancing capacity and Return on Investment (ROI) are challenges in a hybrid environment. As a result of the session, a few findings and recommendations were deemed important takeaways:

  • Concentrate cost decision making around workload migration
  • Create or use tools for workload management hybrid environments
  • Adopt organizational chance management to improve communication, allow culture to shift and enable cost savings

To learn more about the recommendations and other collaboration sessions, read the full event report.

 

The 2017 ATARC Federal Cloud Computing Summit is taking place on February 16th at the Washington Marriott Metro Center.

 

Govplace, in partnership with Knowledge Consulting Group, Awarded $85M CDM Task Order to Enhance Civilian Agencies’ Ability to Manage Privileged Users Access

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Reston, Va., November 1, 2016 – – Govplace, a leading solution provider for the public sector, in partnership with Knowledge Consulting Group, has been awarded a task order by the General Services Administration Federal Systems Integration and Systems Management Center (FEDSIM) on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program to enhance the security posture of federal civilian agencies.

The Privileged Management (PRIVMGMT) task order was valued at $85 million with a period of performance of two years. It provides a unique opportunity to implement advanced tools to strengthen the management of privileged access to information within federal agencies.  Govplace, as a CTA partner with ManTech Corporation, will provide tools, technologies and engineering expertise that will support objectives for privileged access management driven by the 2015 Cyber Sprint and the White House’s Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP) to combat cyber threats.

”The CDM Program continues to drive innovation and advance the effectiveness of the government’s cyber security strategy by focusing on the most critical issues,” said Ryan McCullough, Senior Vice President at Govplace.  “Monitoring, validating and authenticating the capability and behaviors of those with privileged access to critical systems is a key step in enhancing the cyber security posture of the federal government.  Govplace is excited to apply our experience and expertise in this area to assist DHS in this critical initiative.”

About Govplace

Govplace is a value-added reseller and systems integrator, exclusively focused on providing the public sector with best of breed products, services and solutions. We bring a unique combination of California innovation and beltway understanding into each engagement to ensure our federal customers are achieving measurable business and technical outcomes. Govplace takes a strategic approach to partnerships, and possesses an expansive portfolio of contracting vehicles to deliver exceptional mission results. Guided by a deep understanding of government contracting and reputable expertise of leading technologies and solutions, our core capabilities cover Cloud Computing & Infrastructure, Cyber Security & Privacy, as well as IT Automation & Orchestration.

Govplace to provide FedRAMP Public Cloud Shared Service Platform in support of ManTech Award for $25M Alliant Task Order by U.S. Department of Homeland Security for Cloud Cyber Security Solution

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Reston, VA., September 29, 2016 – Govplace, a leading solutions provider for the public sector, will provide key services as a subcontractor to ManTech for a strategic task order awarded by the General Services Administration on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide cybersecurity and cloud solutions to the federal government.

Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) and Continuous Monitoring as a Service (CMaaS) for Group F Phases 1 and 2 Implementation, was awarded under the GSA Alliant Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) vehicle. Govplace and prime contractor, ManTech, will deliver all of CDM Phase 1 and 2 to 44 federal agencies. This will be accomplished through a private, Government only, Shared Services platform utilizing a FedRAMP Moderate authorized Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) public cloud offering. The entire offering will then be authorized by DHS utilizing the recently released FedRAMP High baseline security controls and FedRAMP security policies to obtain an Agency sponsored authorization. As part of the award, Govplace will architect and deliver the shared services platform, from which ManTech will deliver the full solution to the agencies. The task order is valued at $25 million, with a period of performance of 1 base year, and 2 option years.

Ryan McCullough, SVP of Govplace stated, “DHS and the broader federal government have truly demonstrated a desire for innovation through this Program and Task Order. We are extremely proud to deliver a robust, enterprise cyber security solution exclusively from a public cloud environment to ensure a heightened security posture that better protects federal systems and data in a cost-effective way. We are thrilled to be a partner to both ManTech and DHS on this program to pioneer an innovative approach to delivering critical IT services that improves the ability of agencies to accomplish their mission.”

About Govplace

Govplace is a value-added reseller and systems integrator, exclusively focused on providing the public sector with best of breed products, services and solutions. We bring a unique combination of California innovation and beltway understanding into each engagement to ensure our federal customers are achieving measurable business and technical outcomes. Govplace takes a strategic approach to partnerships, and possesses an expansive portfolio of contracting vehicles to deliver exceptional mission results. Guided by a deep understanding of government contracting and reputable expertise of leading technologies and solutions, our core capabilities cover Cloud Computing & Infrastructure, Cyber Security & Privacy, as well as IT Automation & Orchestration.

Cloud Summit – The Roadmap to Transformation

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On August 10th, at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., seasoned government experts will provide federal IT leaders with insights into how they can build and extend their existing investments in the cloud to transform IT operations and how those operations support the mission of their agencies.

Govplace CTO, Majed Saadi, will give the opening remarks for the afternoon keynote speaker, Robert Bohn, Cloud Computing Program Manager in the Advanced Networking Technologies Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The session, Getting the Fix on SLAs, will cover a NIST effort to leverage a forthcoming ISO standard to create a government-wide base model for SLAs that can be tailored to meet the needs of individual agencies.

Visit us and our partner, VMware, at booth #4 to continue the discussions and learn more about how we’re helping federal agencies achieve success in their cloud initiatives.

2016 ATARC Federal Cloud Computing Summit

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Join Govplace on July 26th at the ATARC Federal Cloud Computing Summit at the Marriott Metro Center in Washington, D.C. This educational, one-day symposium brings together subject matter experts from the federal government, academia, and leading technology companies to participate in hot topic panel discussions in the area of cloud computing. Be sure to check out the Workload Management for Cost Savings session co-moderated by Majed Saadi, Govplace Chief Technology Officer. Attendees will have the opportunity to collaborate ideas and share industry knowledge on some of the most talked about technologies and solutions.

The event will also feature the ATARC Cloud Technology Showcase, which will focus on the latest in cutting-edge technology from leading innovators in the community.

Already registered? Stop by the Govplace booth to learn more about our cloud offerings, and how we are leading initiatives to drive cloud innovation and modernization in the federal government.

Govplace Donates over $55,000 at 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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June 2, 2016 – Reston, VA – Govplace, a leading value-added reseller and solution provider for the public sector announced today that it has raised more than $55,000 at their 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, held on May 13. The funds will benefit The Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health, a facility on the campus of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential “place like home” for sick children and their families. Children come from across the country and around the world to stay together with their family in The Inn’s healing environment while receiving groundbreaking medical treatments at the NIH, the world’s leading biomedical research center. While the NIH takes care of the child’s medical needs, The Inn tends to the child’s heart, soul and spirit.

Govplace was joined at the golf tournament by many sponsors and volunteers from a variety of companies including Tech Data, Immixgroup, Palo Alto Networks, CyberArk, Virtustream, Cushman & Wakefield, Veeam, Synnex, Intel Security and Blue Coat.

If It’s Broke, Fix It!

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Govplace’s Tina Scogin recently spoke at the 2016 APMP Conference in a session titled, “If It’s Broke, Fix It!”

Here is a brief summary of the session:

Proposal leadership isn’t easy. You are expected to make the process work, as long as no one else has to change. Working with “we’ve always done it that way” writers, reviewers, and stakeholders can be maddening. It’s a wonder more proposal managers aren’t in jail… for murder. The struggle is real. This workshop covers strategies for transitioning nay-sayers into advocates, review examples of successful lessons learned with tangible results, and strategize solutions to challenges that won’t overwhelm the very individuals you want to help change. Come share, discover, and inspire each other.

Tina Scogin, CF APMP, is Senior Capture Manager at Govplace, a small federal system integrator.  Tina uses 25 years’ diverse experience and out-of-the-box creativity to manage strategic and tactical proposal efforts. Tina has 18 years’ direct federal proposal experience serving in the full range of proposal positions on hundreds of procurements ranging from $20K to $20B. Tina has managed 2- to 25-member proposal teams with as many teaming partners for small, medium, and large federal contractors in the D.C. area.

Come join us for the 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

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Don’t miss the 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

Govplace is proud to partner with The Children’s Inn at NIH for the 8th year and give back to such a great cause. The Children’s Inn at NIH is a residential “Place Like Home’’ for families with children participating in leading-edge research studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information, please visit childrensinn.gov

Join us May 13th at the Westfields Golf Club in Clifton, VA for a great day of golf and fun! We have activities for all golf levels!

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Govplace Names a New CTO

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February 16, 2016 – Reston, VA – Govplace, a leading value-added reseller and solution provider for the public sector, today announced the appointment of Majed Saadi as Chief Technology Officer of the company.

Majed is tasked with codifying Govplace’s capabilities and offerings as well as supporting technical innovation across the enterprise. Previous to his current role, Majed served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Civilian Agencies Business Area at SRA International. This encompassed Federal agencies with missions focused on diplomacy, energy, financials, transportation as well as other civilian centric missions. During his time at SRA he also served as the Director of the Cloud Computing Practice. His cloud practice developed offerings in service areas ranging from Cloud Strategy Development to Cloud Management. He additionally participated in the creation of award winning go-to-market offerings AcuITy® for IT Decision Making Enablement and Stratify® for Cloud Security.
Majed has held progressively senior positions as a thought leader for other Federal Systems Integrators such as QinetiQ North America and 3H Technology. He regularly speaks at industry leading conferences and symposiums about topics ranging from using IT in public health to Cloud Computing’s impact on modern organizations.
Majed has over 18 years of experience in IT Strategy Development, Enterprise Architecture, and Enterprise Systems Management. He holds a Master’s degree in IT Management from the University of Virginia as well as several industry certifications including TOGAF 9, ITIL, ISO 20000, and Management of Risk (MoR).

About Govplace
Govplace designs, deploys, and manages enterprise IT solutions for the public sector.  Govplace leverages technical expertise, public sector experience, government contracts, project methodology and a performance-based contracting model to deliver effective IT solutions for government and education. With a core expertise in data center efficiency, Govplace delivers solutions that optimize data center performance, utilization and manageability while reducing operating and infrastructure costs.  Govplace also provides solutions in mobility, security and cloud computing.  Govplace’s has offices in Reston, VA.   Visit http://www.govplace.com for more details.