software defined network

Software-defined networking can help agencies get a handle on apps

Applications are placing an increased burden on networks, and as agencies continue to consolidate data centers, emerging technologies such as SDN can help agencies better manage and build apps.

Puzzled IT manager in front of server racks

Can the software-defined enterprise save IT? Survey says: Yes.

Federal IT managers are moving toward the software-defined approach, which they say can eliminate routine tasks, spur innovation and save money, a recent survey reports.

Then and now: The fastest supercomputers 30 years apart

While marking GCN's 30th year, we're taking a look at how far computing has progressed in three decades. Here's a look at the most powerful supercomputers of 1982 and 2012.

Man in data center looks back at mainframe

The great evolving, dissolving government data center

A 30-year timeline of key developments in hardware, software and virtualization.

NSA data center in Utah

Why NSA will have the capacity for all that data it's collecting

The agency gets ready to fire up the world's third largest data center, with zettabytes of capacity, as it begins work on another new high-performance center.

FBI Microsoft win a round against Citadel botnet

FBI, Microsoft win a round against Citadel botnet; the battle goes on

The joint operation cuts off more than 1,400 botnets used in the theft of $500 million worldwide, but it also shows how nimble cyber criminals are in distributing their malware.

Engineer working in a data center

12 tactics to get the most out of data centers

At a conference focusing on management of federal data centers, Schneider Electric's Bob Massie spelled out a dozen areas to target.

Businessman pushing servers in a data center

Agencies can't count the savings in consolidation push

Agencies are seeing benefits from consolidation, though most can't quantify cost savings, according to a MeriTalk survey. And 56 percent of IT pros grade agencies' efforts at "C" or below.

Virtualized data centers

What's next for data centers: Virtualization and SDN take over

Entirely virtualized, software-defined data centers will change service delivery for everyone from the citizen to the warfighter, experts say.

Security control room at QTS Richmond data center

QTS opens secure cloud test lab for government

Facility in Richmond, Va., will speed up development and deployment of secure cloud computing services

Iron Mountain Data Centers

Storage facility 220 feet underground gives agencies another data center option

Iron Mountain offers a secure, multitenant underground facility with portfolio services for data migration, networking, tape handling and recycling of data center assets.

System administrator busy

5 agency IT processes crying out for automation

Government sysadmins are capable of innovation, but it's tough when you're busy maintaining the status quo via manual processes.

Topic Resources

  • Moving to a Private Cloud? Infrastructure Really Matters!

    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.

  • Deciding on the Right Flash Storage for High Density Virtual Infrastructures

    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.