The SIGNAL Blog

Managing Performance at the DOD

October 8, 2009
By H. Mosher

The U.S. Defense Department's performance management system needs to be completely rebuilt, according to a task group assigned to evaluate the National Security Personnel System. Christopher Dorobek explains the problems with the NSPS in this month's Incoming column, Building a Better Government Personnel System.

General Dynamics Awarded Coast Guard IT Support Contract

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

General Dynamics has been awarded a five-year, $140 million contract from the U.S. Coast Guard to provide information technology (IT) enterprise engineering, operations and maintenance support services for both classified and unclassified elements of its computing environment. The contract work will cover areas of the Coast Guard's land-based and mobile telecommunications, electronics and information systems.

Webinar Oct. 15 - Carrier Ethernet 101

October 7, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Carrier Ethernet takes the dominant LAN technology-namely, Ethernet-and extends it onto Metro and Wide Area networks (MANs/WANs). This potent force greatly simplifies access to, and use of, IP traffic for mission-critical applications and services.

Please join co-presenter Chris Janson, coauthor of the book Carrier Ethernet for Dummies, and Lt. Col Jeff Verrant, USMCR, Ciena's director of DOD business development, for "Carrier Ethernet 101 - A Primer on Carrier Ethernet for the DOD" on Thurs., Oct. 15, 2009, at 1:00 PM ET.

Attend and learn how Carrier Ethernet can simplify your networking infrastructure while enabling all kinds of interesting new capabilities, including enhanced reliability and availability, simultaneous legacy and advanced services, improved Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and more. You'll also become acquainted with the various types of Carrier Ethernet services available, the benefits they provide, and how to easily put them to work for your organization.

Discover how to:

  • Understand Carrier Ethernet LAN (E-LAN)
  • Make Carrier Ethernet work for you to deliver packet and circuit connectivity
  • Use environmentally hardened data platforms for service aggregation and delivery
  • Extend Virtual Private LAN services onto the backbone

Attendees will receive a free copy of Carrier Ethernet for Dummies. For more information and to register, click here.

Video Beyond YouTube

October 2, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

YouTube may be a household name for people across the world, but other sites offer many of the same benefits with additional advantages. Video hosting sites continue to grow in number, offering YouTube alternatives with special focuses. Some cut through the clutter of dancing cats to cater specifically to business users while others pay their users or offer privacy features. Anyone looking to become a Web video phenomenon can find a site to suit his or her needs.

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