OMB accelerates plan to shutter data centers

Feds now looking to close 472 data centers by end of 2011; 962 by 2015.

In hard times, state CIOs gain clout, survey finds

State CIOs' influence is on the rise as state governments turn to them to help bring order during a time of economic upheaval, according to a survey released by NASCIO.

Data center management needs to tie IT and facilities, report states

The move to virtualization and cloud computing means managers should deploy data center infrastructure management software to tie together the IT and facilities groups, according to IDC.

Will Kundra's 5 top initiatives survive?

The ambitious and sometimes controversial former federal CIO had no shortage of big ideas for reforming government IT. But can they succeed without him?

Do consolidation and cloud always kill jobs?

Shuttering data centers and moving to the cloud can mean the loss of employees. But in some cases, agencies might need to hire more technical experts.

After consolidation, ATF wants to sell cloud services

IT managers with The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have extra data center space and want to get in the business of offering cloud-based or shared services to other federal agencies.

CIA's In-Q-Tel strikes deal to help intell agencies cut energy use

Power Assure and the CIA's In-Q-Tel have entered into a deal to derive more efficiency out of data centers.

TrippLite SRCOOL12K

A cool way to beat server room hot spots

The SRCOOL12k from Tripp provides a highly efficient way to cool hot spots that pop up all the time, especially in aging government buildings with many corridors, nooks and crannies.

Second-guessing Irene: Could 120-petabyte array make better predictions?

A massive, 120-petabyte storage array could help improve predictions of natural disasters, suggests GCN Lab technology analyst Greg Crowe.

How the Navy plans to run a tighter IT ship

CIO says data-center consolidation, trimming of redundant applications, wireless devices and a cloud-based architecture are on the agenda.

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.

Hot computers take a dip

Water cooling could safeguard expanding data centers, but current liquid systems are not ready for prime time.

Topic Resources

  • Understanding Data Center Modernization Options

    As government agencies modernize data centers, there are many options for complying with mandates, streamlining operations, and reducing costs. Cutting-edge technologies, such as Flash, paired with cloud operations, adds speed and efficiency. Modernizing data center management also can accelerate workload processing, optimize data analytics, and increase security.

  • Enabling the Data-Driven Economy in the Cognitive Era

    Government leaders have to consider and weigh many variables as they undertake the mission to improve the lives of citizens. They are continually challenged to improve program outcomes, optimize service delivery, and strengthen security, safety and resilience. They face these challenges knowing they have to build capabilities to identify hidden patterns, apply insight with speed and build knowledge that will better enable them to enhance and protect the economic vitality of the citizens and communities they serve.

  • Mission Possible! Your cognitive future in Government

    Welcome to the age of cognitive computing, where intelligent machines simulate human brain capabilities to help solve society’s most vexing problems. Early adopters in government and other industries are already realizing significant value from this innovative technology, and its potential to transform government is enormous. Currently, cognitive systems are helping government organizations navigate complexity in operational environments and foster improved engagement with constituents. Our research indicates that government leaders are poised to embrace this groundbreaking technology and invest in cognitive capabilities to improve outcomes for government organizations across mission areas.

  • Compliance is Made Easier with Certain Steps

    State and local agencies have to prioritize which regulations are most applicable and find efficient ways to ensure compliance—a task made more challenging by insufficient human and financial resources.


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