Storm cripples Amazon cloud, but do sites have to go down, too?

You can arrange to have other data centers back up your services when one goes down, but it'll cost you.

Los Alamos offers a model for how to charge for cloud services

LANL officials built a cloud platform that focuses on the needs of the national labs that use it and delivers a bill that doesn't surprise them.

Army sees big savings in application modernization

The Army's future IT savings will come from eliminating duplicate apps and moving the rest to another environment, says Col. Chris Miller.

Google Apps for Gov saves how much in energy costs?

By switching to Google Apps, GSA reduced server energy consumption by nearly 90 percent, a report states.

Administration 'prematurely declaring victory' on IT reforms, GAO says

Despite improvements in the efficiency of federal IT spending, the Obama administration's reform program has a long way to go, an official told a Senate subcommittee.

In the virtual enterprise, storage is the new highway – and speed bump

Virtual desktop environments can create I/O storms that clog performance, but new tools can keep traffic moving.

Tougher road ahead for fed data-center consolidation

Many government departments and agencies have rid themselves of the most obvious efficiency offenders: small data centers, facilities previously marked for closure and IT resources deemed surplus to mission requirements.

Madison County bridges security in a virtual world

In moving to a virtual data center, Madison County, Ind., found that security in a virtual world can be at least as good as in a physical environment.

Feds, states reaping benefits of going green, report says

Feds, states and businesses are reporting a 1 percent or more reduction in energy costs by implementing energy efficient solutions in data centers, according to CDW-G's 2012 Energy Efficiency IT Report.

Lesson from the Army cloud: If you do a contract quickly, 'you're in trouble'

A word of caution on moving to the cloud: Don’t think you can rush through the contract process quickly, retired Lt. Col. Michael Devines told a FOSE audience.

Secrets of an IT consolidator

Getting the most out of consolidating a distributed, siloed IT environment requires management, fair deals and not being a bully.

How Michigan's consolidation plan kept wolverines from the door

Over the past decade, Michigan's Department of Information Technology has cut costs by consolidating resources and standardizing its approach to better meet the needs of the state's agencies.

Topic Resources

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  • Infographic: Software-Defined Enterprise

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  • 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.