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.

Administration plans to shutter 137 data centers this year

The Obama administration has released details data center closures set for this year. Which agencies will see the most?

Google's data may be secure, but is it clean?

A rare glimpse inside one of Google's data centers demonstrates the extreme security measures the business goes to to protect its data. But Greenpeace suggests that unlike Facebook, most cloud companies, including Google and Microsoft, aren't as open about their environmental practices as they should be.

Texas comptroller exposes personal data on millions

Unencrypted data was left exposed in the office of the Texas Comptroller for more than a year.

Dell to sink $1B into its cloud push

Dell said April 7 that it plans to spend $1 billion in cloud technology over its next fiscal year.

Is IT spending on the rise or not?

In one recent survey, data center managers said their budgets will not be increasing for 2011, while a second study points to rising overall IT spending budgets.

VA trying to shake off IT problems, CIO says

After two years, CIO Roger Baker says he's seeing improvements.

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