HP soars into the cloud with launch of private portfolio

Hewlett-Packard Co. launches portfolio of private cloud services, hardware and software and announces plans to jump into public cloud hosting.

After data center consolidation, beware legacy apps

Federal IT managers detail progress on consolidating data centers and discuss the problems of moving applications to the cloud.

$1B NSA 'spy' center underway in Utah

The cyber intelligence data center being built in Utah will gather and aggregate data on a variety of cyber threats and help defend Defense Department and civilian government networks.

IT programs among the targets for DOD budget cuts

Reductions to personnel, IT and major weapons programs are DOD's plans for cutting costs, which include consolidating data centers and moving to an enterprise e-mail system.

Can agencies cut 800 data centers? Maybe, but here's what's in the way.

Agency managers might find it easier meeting the administration’s “cloud first” mandates than achieving some of the data center consolidation goals in OMB IT reform plan, which face significant challenges.

IT consolidation on the menu in cash-strapped Minn.

A legislative commission's recommendations include the use of shared services and the consolidation of IT operations, utility services and specialized applications.

Are budget cuts a mother of IT invention?

As the economic downturn comes to roost in the public sector, IT managers have another, unavoidable incentive to innovate: Significant cuts in budgets and staff sizes while network demands, as always, are on the rise.

A few key tips on successful data center consolidation

Data conslidation is a multiyear program spanning multiple administrations and CIOs, so it must be embraced as a strategic agency program, says Aglliex's Bob Otto, former USPS CIO. But nothing else will have as broad and lasting an impact.

Is data center consolidation a fast path to cost savings?

Feds are hoping for big savings through data center consolidation, but there's more to it than is first apparent.

Energy efficiency: Good for your budget and the environment

A survey of federal managers who are responsible for agency purchasing decisions reveals their thoughts about energy.

Energy-efficient tech aids agency cost savings, report says

Many public- and private-sector IT managers are getting the message: Energy-efficient IT programs are good for business, according to a new report by CDW Government.

Why consolidation will boost use of open-source systems

The government's data center consolidation initiative, which should ramp up in January, could have an interesting ripple effect: A spike in the use of open-source systems.

Topic Resources

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    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.

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    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.