Trends in data management


Nowadays when it comes to management, federal agencies can’t do much effectively unless they have a good data management strategy in place. Of course, data is all over the place – in data centers, in the cloud, in users’ end points. An emerging technology challenge is adopting cloud consistent with low risk and avoiding vendor lock-in.

Four experts from NetApp discussed with Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin different elements of data management trends in this series of videos.

Mike Dye, NetApp’s chief technology officer for civilian agencies, talks about how cloud computing can reduce federal dependency on its own data centers, plus aid in disaster recovery. And how it can be done in a way that protects federal data housed in infrastructure the government doesn’t own.

Tom Rascon, the CTO for defense and intelligence community agencies, discusses the DoD’s cybersecurity challenges, how it can rationalize its disparate storage systems within its data centers, and how NetApp itself has helped DoD and Intel agencies optimize their data centers for economy and better customer service.

Matt Lawson, NetApp’s principal architect for state, local and education markets, says there is a lot of opportunity in the public cloud for higher education, specifically around backup, archive and disaster recovery workloads.

Chip George, NetApp’s senior director for state, local and education markets, discusses why cloud computing is emerging as an important option for non-federal governments. He describes some of the challenges along with the benefits of improved operations and lower costs.

Tune in to see the latest expert thinking in data – and data center – management and how NetApp technologies can help your agency optimize.


Federal Drive host Tom Temin

Tom Temin, Federal News Radio

Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006. Tom has been reporting on and providing insight to technology markets for more than 30 years.  Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology.



mdyeMike Dye, CTO, Civilian Agencies, NetApp

Chief Technology Officer for Civilian, NetApp U.S. Public Sector

Mike Dye is the Chief Technology Officer for NetApp U.S. Public Sector. In this role, Mike focuses on helping Civilian Agencies move their mission forward by evolving their technology environment with best-of-breed data management and data storage solutions.

As NetApp’s Civilian CTO, Mike is responsible for the strategy and development of customer’s cloud based and traditional IT environments.  Through thought leadership and customer briefings, Mike understands the challenges government customers face from the data center to the hybrid cloud and provides strategic guidance to help them succeed now and into the future.

With over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Mike is a proven leader in the Information Technology space. Mike’s knowledge spans from systems to storage.  Prior to joining NetApp in 2014, Mike worked at Dell as the Storage Solutions Architect for their Washington Solution Center for over three years. Throughout his career, Mike has also held key positions at IBM, HP, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems.

Mike holds a BS in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland.


Pix-RasconTom Rascon, CTO, DoD/IC, NetApp

Tom Rascon is the Chief Technology Officer for the Defense and Intel regions at NetApp. Tom provides the NetApp US Public Sector team with a diverse background in communications engineering and two decades of leadership and communications expertise serving in the US military.

Prior to joining NetApp, Tom served as the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Joint Special Operations Command.  In this role, he guided the formation and implementation of the ITIL Change and Configuration Management processes as well as serving as a technical consultant for the command.

Tom held a variety of positions during his 20-year career in the United States Army, retiring in 2015 with over 20 years of commissioned service.  During his final military assignment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Tom was selected for the Joint Communications Unit, where he served as the Chief of Engineering and Network Operations Support Center Director.  As the Director, Tom was responsible for the design, operations, and maintenance of various networks throughout the Special Operations Community.

Tom’s military assignments include leadership and staff positions in the Joint Special Operations Command; the 160th Signal Brigade, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; the 112th Signal Battalion, US Army Special Operations Command; the Basic Combat Training Brigade; and the 25th Infantry Division (Light).

Tom graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. Additionally, he also holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Troy State University and a Master’s Degree in Telecommunications Systems Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Tom is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a Certified Project Management Professional.


Matt LawsonMatt Lawson, Principal Architect, State, Local, Education, NetApp

Matt is a principal architect for NetApp U.S. Public Sector focusing on state and local government and education customers. His areas of expertise include cloud, ITSM, virtualization, disaster recovery technologies, enterprise storage, and green data centers. Prior to joining NetApp, Matt spent over 17 years in IT in a Higher Education environment. He was an IT Director at the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) and served as Vice President for Information Technology at Thomas Nelson Community College, one of the VCCS member institutions. Prior to joining the VCCS, Matt led a software development team focused on teaching and learning products. Matt holds a Masters of Information Systems Management and Bachelors in Business Management from Brigham Young University.


Chip GeorgeChip George, Senior Director, State, Local, Education, NetApp

Chip has led NetApp’s Army team for the last seven years, first as the Global Enterprise Manager and now as the District Manager.  During this time the Army has become one of NetApp’s top three accounts, and the number one account in NetApp Public Sector.  During Chip’s tenure the Army team has gone from 2 to 29 dedicated sales, engineering, and professional services people and has also experienced over tenfold revenue growth.  For the last two years Chip has also run the NetApp business for OSD and the Special Operations Command in addition to the Army account.  Before NetApp Chip spent nine years as a sales executive in the telecomm sector as a sales rep, manager, and then director managing business in both the government and commercial space.  Chip started his career in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Submarine Officer on the USS Philadelphia (SSN 690) after earning a degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia.

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