Paul McCloskey

To take the next IT step, agencies have to get creative

Governments will have to resort to some atypical financial and management techniques to acquire cloud services under current economic conditions.

7 secrets of IT consolidation success

Seven recommendations for data center consolidation, including preparing a current usage survey and using automation tools.

Census consolidation by the numbers

A snapshot of the Census Bureau's server virtualization project highlights the key points of its move toward a virtual private cloud.

The stumbling blocks of IT consolidation

Combining resources undoubtedly pays off, but getting there isn't easy. Here's how state, local and federal agencies are dealing with the hurdles.

Want to know what you spend on data centers? Start shutting them down.

The consolidation process gives administrators a look into the costs of running data centers that they might not otherwise get, a DHS IT official says.

Microsoft has plans to cool its data center jets

Rick Bakken, senior director of data center evangelism at Microsoft, revealed May 18 at Tech-Ed in Atlanta what the next generation of Microsoft data centers will look like, including requiring less energy and costing less money.

Wanted: Enterprise architects for data center consolidation

The EA community needs to play a bigger role in consolidation activities, Treasury's chief enterprise architect says.

The IT consolidation challenge: Meeting agency expectations

A panel of IT execs at a NASCIO conference says the challenges include determining how much agencies spend on IT and then meeting their expectations of service.

Smithsonian lab could set a standard for energy efficiency

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is making the Mathias Laboratory into one of the most energy-efficient facilities in the country.

Unified comm paves way for better schools, more telework

Delaware is linking its government offices and school districts via Verizon's advanced unified communications tools to prepare for data-center consolidation.

Administration plans to shutter 137 data centers this year

The Obama administration has released details data center closures set for this year. Which agencies will see the most?

Google's data may be secure, but is it clean?

A rare glimpse inside one of Google's data centers demonstrates the extreme security measures the business goes to to protect its data. But Greenpeace suggests that unlike Facebook, most cloud companies, including Google and Microsoft, aren't as open about their environmental practices as they should be.

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.