Flash memory in government data centers? The pros and cons.

IBM's purchase of Texas Memory Systems raises the possibility that we'll be seeing flash in government data centers before too long. What are the advantages?

Smooth data-center move sets template for disaster recovery

Alaska’s Enterprise Technology Services team used a unified computing system to quickly move existing services to a new data center, and validated its disaster recovery approach and failover capabilities in the process.

Dell's mobile data center: When you need an IT backbone overnight

Dell's launch of its Tactical Mobile Data Center will allow government, military and enterprise users to quickly deploy an additional, backup or remote IT backbone.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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