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.

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.

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.

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?

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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