Utah CIO Stephen Fletcher

Utah's hybrid cloud opens for service

Utah finished a multiyear data center consolidation project last summer, reducing 35 data centers to just two facilities. The move paves the way for Utah to offer cloud services to its cities and counties — and perhaps other states as well.

New standard would give seal of approval to networking equipment

Underwriters Laboratories begins assessing networking equipment for performance against security threats to meet requirements of a new Texas law requiring certification of networking products.

SSA data center approaching 'catastrophic failure'

Tangled telecommunications and electrical cables underneath the data center floor, an out-dated HVAC system, clogged pipes and an antiquated uninterruptible power system have put the SSA's National Computer Center on thin ice.

New York City getting data centers under one roof

The consolidation, part of New York’s Citywide IT Infrastructure Services program, will bring 14 agencies into a consolidated data center by year's end.

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.

Topic Resources

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