Cloud/Virtualization/Green


Two standards groups team up to simplify cloud management

The Open Data Center Alliance and the Distributed Management Task Force have joined forces to accelerate the development of industry standards for managing cloud computing infrastructures

Upgrade antivirus, consolidate servers — and scan often

In Washington state, a new antivirus solution was a prescription for improved security without impairing network performance.

Federal CIO says FedRAMP to be mandatory

Steve VanRoekel said that, if agencies use NIST guidelines, FedRAMP and monitoring when moving to the cloud, they can be a lot more secure than they are today

The Phantom Benefactor: Virtual Tap adds a key layer of monitoring

Net Optics' Phantom Virtual Tap manages communications between virtual servers, which typically is not monitored.

NIST goes public with cloud computing tech road map

The National Institute of Standards and Technology's road map is designed to support secure adoption of cloud computing by federal agencies. Comments are due by Dec. 2.

New forum can help guide agencies on cloud

SafeGov.org will focus on cloud computing best practices in the public sector.

Cloud offers feds access to police data

The Fish and Wildlife Service has led the way in testing a commercial infrastructure that gives federal officers the same access to law enforcement databases that state and local police have had for years.

Broadband network grants should boost employment

A $45 million grant to help double the size of a nonprofit regional network is expected to add hundreds of jobs in the Northeast Ohio Rust Belt.

Interior wants to take 88,000 e-mail users to the cloud

The Interior Department is looking to take e-mail and collaboration services to the cloud, supporting 88,000 users across all DOI bureaus and office.

The paperless agency: Still just a dream in 2011?

Agencies are getting some help in kicking their expensive and wasteful paper-printing habits.

To know the cloud is to love the cloud?

The more familiar state and local government IT influencers are with cloud computing, the more they see its benefits and support it, a survey finds.

To survive tight IT budgets, focus on results, analyst says

Federal IT managers need to shift the focus from reducing IT costs to helping agencies make government work more effectively in the current climate, a Gartner analyst told government managers.

Sencha releases first HTML 5 cloud for mobile app developers

The beta version of Sencha.io for mobile app developers makes it easier to build applications that deliver shared experiences.

When an outbreak hits, Magellan speeds up genetic sequencing

When an E. coli outbreak caused a surge in requests for genetic sequencing, scientists at Argonne National Labs found the capacity in the Energy Department's cloud framework.

Former fed Bhagowalia takes on Hawaii's IT transformation

Three months on the job, CIO Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia is juggling multiple projects as he gears up to lead the Aloha State through its IT modernization journey.