Dubuque, IBM study ways to reduce energy use

The Smarter Energy Cloud gives residents access to information about their energy use and shares best practices through an electricity portal.

Give electronics a break on Power IT Down Day

August is typically a month for taking a well-deserved break. And giving computers and workstations some rest is a good idea, too.

Microsoft's Linux deal is foray into China's cloud

Microsoft and China Standard Software Co. Ltd. signed an interoperability and legal agreement Aug. 23 as part of a Linux server partnership deal.

Bob Otto

Is a private cloud the smartest thing to do?

A private cloud might be a way for some "server huggers" to extend the status quo, but don’t let that obscure the greater value to government agencies.

HHS CIO touts cloud-based shared health care services

Acting Health and Human Services Department CIO John Teeter said HHS is looking to create shared service environments to support inter-related health care reform projects and programs.

Innovation doesn't create jobs, Greenspan says

Innovation doesn't create jobs -- less uncertainty about the economy does, former Federal Reserve System chief Alan Greenspan told a Washington, D.C., forum.

DCGS helps Army battle intell information ambush

The latest version of the Distributed Common Ground System-Army deployed to Afghanistan has the notable distinction of being the DOD's first tactical cloud-computing node.

California goes first on Smart-Meter adoption

California -- in cooperation with national efforts led by NIST -- has developed the country's first set of standards for handling sensitive information generated by new Smart Grid energy distribution technology.

VA seeks info on cloud-based health care collaboration

The Veterans Affairs Department is seeking information about cloud-based collaborative tools that could improve communications between VA doctors and clinicians and reduce data breaches.

Amazon unveils cloud tailored for government agencies

Amazon Web Services has unveiled a cloud infrastructure designed for government agencies and contractors that want to move more sensitive workloads into the cloud.

To keep nimble, Census turns to CRM cloud

Cloud-based customer relationship management system gives Census 360-degree view of data gathered by the thousands of partners that help conduct the census.

The devil is in the data grooming

Getting data cleaned up and in and out of the cloud must be driven by a defined process and deliverable schedule.

NEC MultiSync EA232WMi LCD

NEC MultiSync monitor looks stunning — despite eco quirkiness

The NEC MultiSync EA232WMi-BK LCD monitor looks fantastic but is heavy-handed in its attempt to be environmentally friendly.

30 state IT projects finalists for NASCIO awards

NASCIO has selected 30 state IT initiatives in 10 categories as finalists for its 2011 Recognition Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Information Technology in State Government.

Lightning not kind to Amazon, Microsoft cloud centers

A lighting strike in Dublin knocks out power and takes Amazon EC2 and Microsoft BPOS data centers with it.

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