Virtualization increases the need for reality management in IT

Virtualization has reduced data center footprints, but little has been done to disentangle the duplication and complexity of information and applications sitting in those servers, observes Francis Hsu, an information executive working for the Homeland Security Department.

6 technologies that will grab your attention at FOSE

The GCN Lab offers a few ideas on new products worth checking out during this year's FOSE exposition.

Microsoft announces official SQL Server 2008 R2 date

Microsoft said SQL Server 2008 R2, the next version of its database, will be generally available in May.

Intel unveils experimental 'cloud computer' chip

Intel pushed the outer limits of computing by unveiling an experimental, 48-core processor it described as a single-chip cloud computer.

IBM partnerships extend portable data center capabilities

IBM has extended partnerships with providers of data center infrastructure technology to expand the deployment of the company's Portable Modular Data Center worldwide.

The path to cloud computing is beginning to take shape

Cloud computing still has a lot of uncertainties -- among them a lack of maturity among many of its potential services -- but the path toward this nest era of enterprise computing is beginning to take shape.

5 steps to secure your data center

With the advent of cloud computing, rich Internet applications, service-oriented architectures and virtualization, data center operations are becoming more dynamic with fluid boundaries. The shifting form of computing adds layers of complexity that have broad implications for how IT managers secure the components that make up a data center.

Cloud computing: Winners and losers

Technology companies that expect to beneift from cloud computing must creatively adapt licensing, pricing and revenue models.

Virtualization proves cost effective for some agencies

Capacity planning is a vital component data center managers need to implement in order to achieve power savings and other benefits from virtualization technology, according to IT managers representing two federal organizations.

Agencies face tough questions on how to deploy cloud computing

Security issues, data privacy, the acquisition process, standards and service level agreements were among the chief issues that feds grapple with.

Interior developing cloud infrastructure services

Cloud computing will fundamentally change the shared services model, National Business Center director predicts.

NSF commissions supercomputer to visualize ever-larger data sets

The 2,048-core system, nicknamed Longhorn, will be capable of 20.7 trillion floating-point operations per second, will help researchers keep pace with the explosive rate of data production, TACC officials said.

Topic Resources

  • Finding the Right Storage Balance

    New virtualization techniques and emerging flash technologies are giving data center operators more control over how they manage storage systems, speed backups and reduce costs. Download this article to learn how storage management can improve the economy of your data centers.

  • GameChanger: Microsegmentation

    In less than a decade, more than 87 million records with sensitive or private information have been exposed due to cyber-incidents on federal networks alone. Increasingly, organizations are beginning to realize that perimeter-based security just isn’t enough anymore. Download to learn how for many data centers, the solution is microsegmentation.

  • Infographic: Software-Defined Enterprise

    Moving to a fully software-defined enterprise takes time, and is typically done in steps: virtualization, cloud, software-defined storage, software-defined networking, the software-defined data center, and then full SDE. Slowly but surely, organizations are making their way. Download this infographic to learn how to overcome challenges and lower costs through SDE.

  • County Enhances Critical Services for Citizens

    Miami-Dade County needed to streamline database administration and development to ensure that critical government services are constantly available and aligned to the needs of local citizens. Read this whitepaper to learn how the county accelerated database management and development tasks.

  • Converged Systems: Gaining Steam

    Government IT managers are beginning to see the value in converged systems for some of their workloads. They are finding that they not only save money and reduce complexity, but help IT better align with agency priorities. Converged infrastructure can increase application availability, centralize and simplify management, enable rapid provisioning of new systems and virtual machines, lower operation and maintenance costs, improve visibility and control, and reduce hardware footprint.