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.

DOE contract could enable data-center consolidation

A type of contract aimed at increasing energy savings could be a solution for cash-strapped agencies eying data-center consolidation, conference speaker says.

How did the government miscount a thousand data centers?

The federal government has found that there are nearly 1,000 more data-centers than previous estimates indicated after a rigorous peer-review process resulted in a more complete picture of agencies' data-center assets, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

DHS wants end-to-end view of IT operations

The Homeland Security Department plans to build an enterprise operations center that will give network and systems administrators from component agencies a comprehensive view of how IT operations across the department are interconnected.

Data centers shuffle off to Buffalo — and other affordable places

Cheap power, a cool climate and a stable geography are attracting large data centers to the Buffalo, N.Y., area. A study also ranks the least expensive places to put a center.

Storage consolidation pays off for Michigan

The state Department of Technology, Management and Budget says the consolidation of three large storage arrays into one smaller array has already generated saving, with more expected.

How to save energy and money through data center consolidation

NASA has discovered the benefits of two critical elements of data virtualization: power management and virtualization, which go hand in hand.

Montana cuts data center cooling costs from dollars to nickels

Montana is using a Kyoto-wheel system to cool its new data center, cutting the energy costs of cooling to a minimum.

Data center consolidation a decade away, report says

The lack of upfront funding and other budget woes could stymie federal agency efforts to reduce the number of data centers in operation across government, according to a new Input report on data center consolidation.

Culture, management issues continue to affect consolidation efforts

The success of data center consolidation initiatives will be determined more by culture and management issues than technology, according to federal managers and industry experts speaking at a recent conference on data center optimization.

Security and data ownership: Old issues in a new wineskin

Security and data center ownership were big issues 15 years ago when the federal government attempted to move agencies to consolidate data centers and share information technology services. Guess what? They still are today.

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With SoloPro, backup data is safe at home

The ioSafe secure drive comes in a solid casing that can protect against fires and floods for on-site backup, and it can transfer data at USB 3.0 speeds, although most administrators will need to use a adapter port for that.

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