Virtualization & Data Center Management Strategies

Program will discuss:

  • Key Benefits Associated with Virtualization
  • Strategies deployed to improve business processes within agency data centers
  • Is Security a concern in a Virtualized environment
  • A Future Vision for the next 1 to 3 years

Gary Albert– Manager, Enterprise Data Center Operations-Air Traffic Organization/FAA
Charlie Wisecarver– DCIO, Dept. of State
Brian Stevens– CTO, VP Engineering, Red Hat
William Hartwell– General Manager & Senior Director, Federal Markets Division, Riverbed Technology

Moderator: Jim Flyzik -Flyzik Group

About the Panel

Jim Flyzik
The Flyzik Group


Jim Flyzik is the President of TheFlyzikGroup . The company specializes in Strategic Business Consulting, Performance Based Contracting Consulting and Training and Thought Leadership media events. The company assists small, medium and large companies in providing world-class government services. Jim also serves as the Chairman of the Information Technology Association of America Committee on Homeland Security. Jim also hosts the monthly radio program, The Federal Executive Forum on WFED 1500 AM and .

Jim served over 27 years in the federal government. He served as Senior Advisor to Governor Ridge in the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS). He provided advice to OHS on the National Strategy and Information Management in support of the OHS mission. From February 1998 until December 2002, Jim also served as the Vice Chair of the Federal Government CIO Council overseeing numerous governmentwide IT initiatives. He was also a member of the President’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

Prior to this, from August 1997 until April 2002, Jim was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Treasury. He provided oversight, strategic planning and management direction on over $3.0 billion in annual information technology and information infrastructure programs within Treasury and its fourteen Bureaus. Jim also served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management for the Treasury Department from January 20, 2001 until February 8, 2002. In that role he provided oversight of all Treasury bureaus and served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on matters involving the internal management of the Department and its bureaus. Jim received the Secretary Certificate of Appreciation on February 12, 2002 for his efforts during this transition period.

Prior to his Treasury positions, Jim worked for 15 years at the U.S. Secret Service where he held key IT management positions, including the Chief of the Communications Division, providing world class telecommunications in support of Secret Service tactical and operational requirements.
Jim served as Team Leader on Vice President Gore’s National Performance Review (NPR) Information Technology Team. Following this assignment, he was selected as Chairman of the Government Information Technology Services Working Group, to implement the NPR Information Technology recommendations and coordinate the government services portion of the National Information Infrastructure (NII). He was given the prestigious Eagle Award as the government information technology executive of the year in 1994, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1995, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Excellence in Information Technology in 1996, the AFFIRM Award for Outstanding Service to the Citizens in 1997, the Industry Advisory Council Award for Special Achievements and Leadership in 1997, the AFFIRM IRM Executive of the Year Award in 1998, and the Distinguished Rank Executive Award from President Clinton in 1999. In 2001 the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils presented him the John J. Franke award for outstanding government service. In March 2002, Jim was selected by the Federal CIO Council to receive the Azimuth Award as the Government Executive of the Year.

Jim has extensive public speaking experience and frequently serves as a featured speaker at industry events. He has developed, and currently teaches part-time, a graduate level course on Information Systems Security and Risk Assessment at the University of Maryland. Jim was given the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 by the University of Maryland.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland with an area of concentration in Information Systems Management.

Gary Albert
Manager, Enterprise Data Center Operations
Air Traffic Organization
Federal Aviation Administration

Gary Albert is the Manager of Enterprise Data Center Operations for the Air Traffic Organization at the Federal Aviation Administration. He is responsible for providing a secure, highly available and scalable hosting environment for systems from the FAA, Department of Transportation and other government agencies. This environment includes a Virtual server infrastructure, a virtualized multi-tiered enterprise SAN, Windows/UNIX/Linux server infrastructure, highly available Oracle and MS SQLServer infrastructure and Backup/Recovery services. The Enterprise Operations involves two geographically diverse data centers that provide disaster recovery replication and failover services for each other. Gary has worked on significant IT consolidation efforts at the FAA for the past seven years. Prior to that, he managed IT Operations Services for Pepco Holdings Inc, one of the largest energy delivery companies in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Charles D. Wisecarver
United States Department of State
Bureau of Information Resource Management
Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer for Operations and Chief Technology Officer

Charles D. Wisecarver, a member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, assumed the duties of the Principal Deputy Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of the Department of State on June 5, 2006. Previously he was the Director of the State Messaging and Archive Retrieval Toolset (SMART) Program Office. SMART is the Department’s top information technology priority and will modernize disparate legacy-messaging systems and establish a single centralized system for all types of documents including telegrams, memoranda, e-mails, and Diplomatic Notes.

Approximately half of Mr. Wisecarver’s career has been spent working as an Information Management Specialist in overseas missions. He has served in Ecuador and Mexico managing the Embassy’s computer systems and telecommunications networks. In the Department, Mr. Wisecarver served as the Director of IRM’s Messaging Systems Office for 4 years. In this position he was responsible for enterprise telegram and e-mail delivery. Previously, he oversaw the modernization of all consular computer systems around the world. Before joining the State Department, Mr. Wisecarver served as a computer programmer analyst for Department of Defense and as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger.

William Hartwell
General Manager & Senior Director
Federal Markets Division

William Hartwell leads the Federal Markets Division at Riverbed Technology and is responsible for driving the Company’s products and services for WAN Optimization and Application Acceleration into Federal Civilian Agencies, the Department of Defense, and the Intelligence Community. Prior to joining Riverbed, Hartwell was Vice President of Business and Channel Development of government markets at Motorola, where he developed teams to drive enterprise mobility solutions into the public sector markets. In addition, he was Vice President of the Federal Government area at Symbol Technologies prior to its acquisition by Motorola. Hartwell also spent eight years at Cisco Systems, where he developed senior sales, systems engineering, channels, and business development teams with extensive customer and industry knowledge across the Federal Markets.