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.

Lightning not kind to Amazon, Microsoft cloud centers

A lighting strike in Dublin knocks out power and takes Amazon EC2 and Microsoft BPOS data centers with it.

DOE takes innovative approach to data center consolidation

Energy's agreement with Lockheed Martin is the first to use an energy-savings contract for data center consolidation and IT enhancements.

10 agency projects win 2011 GCN Awards

The winning project teams, selected from more than 200 nominated, combined leadership and technical innovation with a determination to improve services and cut costs.

Zombies, orphans and other perils of virtualization

Virtualization offers agency IT shops many benefits, but it’s also rife with pitfalls that can make it a network killer.

Complexity could jeopardize data center consolidation

Increasing computing demands and a mix of OS systems could jeopardize potential savings, according to a new survey sponsored by Juniper Networks. A quarter of feds think there will be more data centers, not fewer, in 2015.

Sandia researcher finds a better way to cool electronics

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new type of air-cooled heat exchanger that increases CPU efficiency, is immune to dust fouling and can cut power costs.

Kundra: 'Golden source' of data center savings due in the fall

Agency reports set to be published Oct. 7 will yield the most detailed information to date about consolidation's expected cost savings.

Intell agency has plan to cut power via software

NGIA plans to deploy MiserWare's Granola Enterprise and Datacenter software, which lets organizations track energy use and savings across thousands of computers.

Double the power source, reliability with automatic transfer switch

The Structured Solutions uATS Micro Automatic Transfer Switch is the GCN Lab's pick for the July product of the month.

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.