Cloud/Virtualization/Green


30 state IT projects chosen for NASCIO awards

NASCIO has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2012 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.

VA forecasts $3.5M in early energy savings from new system

Environmental Management System collects and reports 3,000 energy data points every 10 seconds, including main electrical and water services.

Cloud brokerages get popular, but are they ready for prime time?

A self-service Web portal that lets state agencies in Texas choose cloud services from a marketplace of providers could serve as a model for federal agencies.

When Mars Curiosity landing spiked online traffic, NASA was ready

Officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory used Amazon Web Services to stream video and images from the landing, knowing they could shut it down afterward.

Shawn P. McCarthy

Why rebuilding your architecture from scratch could be the best bet

Cloud computing, virtualized IT, an information-consuming public and demands from to do more with less are forcing agency IT shops to rethink their approach.

4 tips for making the leap to unified computing

Alaska's enterprise architect offers tips for overcoming migration hurdles to deploying so-called fabric or unified computing.

Unified computing makes Alaska smaller, faster, more secure

A private cloud based on unified computing technology has turned Alaska's IT unit into a versatile services provider for the state.

They send sensitive data to cloud, even if they don't trust security

A survey of managers finds that a majority have little or no knowledge of how their providers protect their data.

Many gov IT managers unsure about cloud strategy, study finds

Government organizations spending on cloud computing tend to be those that have dealt frist with foundation issues such as enterprise and services-oriented architectures, according to the IDC Government Insights report.

An eco-friendly LCD that doesn't cheat on performance

NEC's 22-inch EA223WM-BK LCD combines good performance with the lowest power use of any monitor the lab has tested.

Cloud mapping tools to aid first responders during disasters

Esri's GIS public information maps will be made accessible on Microsoft's cloud-based disaster portal.

Some feds view IT as a cost, not an opportunity

Just 56 percent of federal executives said IT helps support their daily operations.

NASCIO's new plan: CIOs take the lead

Top state IT leaders have adopted a new strategic plan aimed at putting a stronger emphasis on CIO leadership.

This UPS will scare off phantom power loads

The Tripp Lite UPS System cuts down on wasted electricity by combining a smart power strip and UPS in one device.

GSA looking to turn everything into a service

Everything-as-a-Service has emerged in the post-personal computer era as a cost-effective, streamlined way to buy IT services and solutions.