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.

DOE takes innovative approach to data center consolidation

Energy's agreement with Lockheed Martin is the first to use an energy-savings contract for data center consolidation and IT enhancements.

10 agency projects win 2011 GCN Awards

The winning project teams, selected from more than 200 nominated, combined leadership and technical innovation with a determination to improve services and cut costs.

Zombies, orphans and other perils of virtualization

Virtualization offers agency IT shops many benefits, but it’s also rife with pitfalls that can make it a network killer.

Complexity could jeopardize data center consolidation

Increasing computing demands and a mix of OS systems could jeopardize potential savings, according to a new survey sponsored by Juniper Networks. A quarter of feds think there will be more data centers, not fewer, in 2015.

Sandia researcher finds a better way to cool electronics

Sandia National Laboratories has developed a new type of air-cooled heat exchanger that increases CPU efficiency, is immune to dust fouling and can cut power costs.

Kundra: 'Golden source' of data center savings due in the fall

Agency reports set to be published Oct. 7 will yield the most detailed information to date about consolidation's expected cost savings.

Intell agency has plan to cut power via software

NGIA plans to deploy MiserWare's Granola Enterprise and Datacenter software, which lets organizations track energy use and savings across thousands of computers.

Double the power source, reliability with automatic transfer switch

The Structured Solutions uATS Micro Automatic Transfer Switch is the GCN Lab's pick for the July product of the month.

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

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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.

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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