March 22

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Government agencies need to find a solution to a problem that shows no signs of slowing: exponential data growth. Storing, managing and processing growing volumes of data is not only cost prohibitive, but largely unfeasible as many government data centers are simply out of space. To tackle these challenges, IT organizations need a strategy that eliminates sunk costs, reduces maintenance burden and leverages the efficiencies of modern storage.

Join us in this discussion with Keith McDonald, IT Division Manager for the City of Vacaville, California; Dustin Haisler, Chief Innovation Officer for the Center for Digital Government; and Nick Psaki, Principal Engineer for Pure Storage, as they explore how IT departments are making strides in modernizing the data center and preparing for the future.

Find out:
- How to focus staff and financial resources on important priorities by modernizing storage
- Some of the most important trends and technologies that will impact the future of government infrastructure
- How to leverage your infrastructure as a foundation for innovation
- How to architect your storage to be future-proof


Keith McDonald

Keith McDonald

IT Division Manager, City of Vacaville

Keith McDonald is the IT Division Manager for the City of Vacaville. He is a self-proclaimed technology geek with 20+ years of professional IT experience. Past work experience includes the U.S. Air Force, RR-Donnelley and Rolls-Royce. He loves old and new technology alike. When not knee-deep in, tech he loves to play old-fashioned pinball, even though he loses a lot. Keith has done a broad range of technology projects ranging from storage infrastructure to virtualization, wireless, video surveillance and active directory installs. Keith is always looking at what's next!

Nick Psaki

Nick Psaki

Principal Engineer, Pure Storage

Nick Psaki is the Principal Engineer of the Americas at Pure Storage and is based in the Washington, D.C., area. Nick is Pure Storage's senior technical resource for Public Sector, providing deep technical knowledge of flash storage system architectures that enable business and technological transformation for government enterprises.

A 20-year veteran of the United States Army, Nick has extensive experience in designing, developing, deploying and operating information systems for data analysis, sensor integration and large-scale server virtualization. He was the Intelligence Architectures Chief for the Army G2 (Intelligence), and the Technology and Integration Director for Army G2 Futures directorate. He has served in multiple peacekeeping and combat operations ranging from the Balkans in the 1990's (Operation Able Sentry VI and Operation Joint Endeavor/Joint Guard) to Iraq and Afghanistan in the post-9/11 era. For the past several years, Nick has been focused on ways in which new and emerging technologies can enable more rapid and cost-efficient analysis of ever-growing bodies of data.

Dustin Haisler

Dustin Haisler — Moderator

Chief Innovation Officer, Center for Digital Government

Haisler helped design and launch one of the first government open innovation programs in the United States in 2010, which received global recognition as a new model of citizen engagement and innovation. Among other first-in-nation innovations, Haisler architected a Crowdsourcing Master Land Use Plan (Harford County, MD) and patented a crowd-based business process (Crowd-as-a-Service). Named a Government Technology Top 25 Doer, Dreamer and Driver in 2009, his work has been featured in Wired, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Inc. and the Today Show on NBC. An in-demand speaker, he has given two TEDx speeches – one on Disrupting Government (TEDxAustin) and the other on Disrupting Education (TEDxLivermore).