Mass. city breaks new ground as service provider

The City of Melrose is the first in the state to offer services via its private cloud to other municipalities.

Group provides a blueprint for building a cloud

The Open Data Center Alliance published eight usage models that define IT requirements for cloud adoption and provide a vision for cloud computing

Paul McCloskey

To take the next IT step, agencies have to get creative

Governments will have to resort to some atypical financial and management techniques to acquire cloud services under current economic conditions.

7 secrets of IT consolidation success

Seven recommendations for data center consolidation, including preparing a current usage survey and using automation tools.

Census consolidation by the numbers

A snapshot of the Census Bureau's server virtualization project highlights the key points of its move toward a virtual private cloud.

The stumbling blocks of IT consolidation

Combining resources undoubtedly pays off, but getting there isn't easy. Here's how state, local and federal agencies are dealing with the hurdles.

Microsoft has plans to cool its data center jets

Rick Bakken, senior director of data center evangelism at Microsoft, revealed May 18 at Tech-Ed in Atlanta what the next generation of Microsoft data centers will look like, including requiring less energy and costing less money.

Want to know what you spend on data centers? Start shutting them down.

The consolidation process gives administrators a look into the costs of running data centers that they might not otherwise get, a DHS IT official says.

Wanted: Enterprise architects for data center consolidation

The EA community needs to play a bigger role in consolidation activities, Treasury's chief enterprise architect says.

The IT consolidation challenge: Meeting agency expectations

A panel of IT execs at a NASCIO conference says the challenges include determining how much agencies spend on IT and then meeting their expectations of service.

Smithsonian lab could set a standard for energy efficiency

The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center is making the Mathias Laboratory into one of the most energy-efficient facilities in the country.

Unified comm paves way for better schools, more telework

Delaware is linking its government offices and school districts via Verizon's advanced unified communications tools to prepare for data-center consolidation.

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