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.

ioSafe SoloPro

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.

Alfred Rivera

DISA moves data closer to the front lines

Alfred Rivera, director of DISA's computing services, discusses the Rapid Access Computing Environment, cloud computing and data center consolidation -- and how those efforts deliver content to the battlefield.

Corinne Charette

Canada's push to overhaul data centers and data management

Canadian government CIO Corinne Charette highlights her focus on streamlining data centers, information management and the next generation of electronic government

New IBM mainframe a 'data center in a box'

Big Blue's zEnterprise uses RISC and x86-based blades, and can manage up to 100,000 virtual machines simultaneously, the company says.

Dell ships infected motherboards

Some replacement motherboards from Dell shipped with malicious code embedded in them, reigniting debates about the trustworthiness of technology.

Task Force recommends a metric for measuring data center efficiency

Industry and government have put a premium on data center energy efficiency, frequently using energy efficiency metrics. But the metrics haven't always been applied clearly and consistently.

Agencies trying to wring more value from virtualization

Despite challenges, agencies hope to fully adopt client, server and storage virtualization by 2015.

Do feds believe in data center consolidation?

Federal respondents to a MeritTalk/Net App survey recognize the benefits of consolidation but have doubts about how quickly the number of servers can be reduced, if at all.

Ahmed Mahmoud

Lessons from the private cloud

Ahmed Mahmoud, chief information officer of AMD, which has run a private cloud for about 10 years, talks about his experiences with data movement, latency, licensing and security issues.

Data center consolidation improves cross-agency cooperation

The federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative emerges as an enabler of information sharing across government.

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