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.

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.

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