OMB accelerates plan to shutter data centers

Feds now looking to close 472 data centers by end of 2011; 962 by 2015.

In hard times, state CIOs gain clout, survey finds

State CIOs' influence is on the rise as state governments turn to them to help bring order during a time of economic upheaval, according to a survey released by NASCIO.

Data center management needs to tie IT and facilities, report states

The move to virtualization and cloud computing means managers should deploy data center infrastructure management software to tie together the IT and facilities groups, according to IDC.

Will Kundra's 5 top initiatives survive?

The ambitious and sometimes controversial former federal CIO had no shortage of big ideas for reforming government IT. But can they succeed without him?

Do consolidation and cloud always kill jobs?

Shuttering data centers and moving to the cloud can mean the loss of employees. But in some cases, agencies might need to hire more technical experts.

After consolidation, ATF wants to sell cloud services

IT managers with The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have extra data center space and want to get in the business of offering cloud-based or shared services to other federal agencies.

CIA's In-Q-Tel strikes deal to help intell agencies cut energy use

Power Assure and the CIA's In-Q-Tel have entered into a deal to derive more efficiency out of data centers.

TrippLite SRCOOL12K

A cool way to beat server room hot spots

The SRCOOL12k from Tripp provides a highly efficient way to cool hot spots that pop up all the time, especially in aging government buildings with many corridors, nooks and crannies.

Second-guessing Irene: Could 120-petabyte array make better predictions?

A massive, 120-petabyte storage array could help improve predictions of natural disasters, suggests GCN Lab technology analyst Greg Crowe.

How the Navy plans to run a tighter IT ship

CIO says data-center consolidation, trimming of redundant applications, wireless devices and a cloud-based architecture are on the agenda.

Innovation doesn't create jobs, Greenspan says

Innovation doesn't create jobs -- less uncertainty about the economy does, former Federal Reserve System chief Alan Greenspan told a Washington, D.C., forum.

Hot computers take a dip

Water cooling could safeguard expanding data centers, but current liquid systems are not ready for prime time.

Topic Resources

  • Moving to a Private Cloud? Infrastructure Really Matters!

    This Clipper Group paper outlines the importance of the underlying IT infrastructure for private cloud environments and lays the groundwork for clients navigating cloud, highlighting many key aspects of a private cloud infrastructure. Download this informative whitepaper to gain further insight on cloud computing.

  • Store Less, Spend Less: Managing Data According to Its Economic Value

    The term “big data” is now passing into the common vernacular. Although initially as much about the power of business analytics and data mining, the semantics have now swung to encapsulate data that is just big and of course, resource hungry, whether in terms of management, sheer storage capacity, or budgets. In that respect, the numbers are getting increasingly alarming: Estimates suggest that 90% of the world’s information was created in the last two years, and 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are created daily. Download this informative whitepaper to gain further insights into the conflicting demands of storage management.

  • Big Five in Overdrive: Are State and Local Networks Ready?

    As state and local government organizations grapple with tight budgets, demanding constituents, growing data volumes, and cross-government coordination challenges, the "Big Five of IT" – data center consolidation, mobility, security, big data, and cloud computing – promise to improve agency performance, productivity, and service. But are state and local networks ready? This research report examines potential network impact, state and local readiness, and how organizations can prepare for the onslaught.

  • Research Report: The Virtualization Playbook

    The increasing complexity of the government enterprise—and the increasing volume and complexity of the data being managed—is forcing agency IT managers to rethink how they manage the infrastructure. Virtualization is at the center of that. By virtualizing key elements of the data center, agencies gain flexibility, scalability and manageability. And those gains are magnified when agencies integrate those systems into a cohesive whole. At the same time, IT managers are looking to bolster their infrastructures with emerging storage and storage management options. The data center of the future is taking shape now.

  • Deciding on the Right Flash Storage for High Density Virtual Infrastructures

    Read this whitepaper to discover how IT planners in the Fed space are looking to flash-based storage to allow the quest for scale and density to continue.