A legislative commission's recommendations include the use of shared services and the consolidation of IT operations, utility services and specialized applications.
As the economic downturn comes to roost in the public sector, IT managers have another, unavoidable incentive to innovate: Significant cuts in budgets and staff sizes while network demands, as always, are on the rise.
Data conslidation is a multiyear program spanning multiple administrations and CIOs, so it must be embraced as a strategic agency program, says Aglliex's Bob Otto, former USPS CIO. But nothing else will have as broad and lasting an impact.
Feds are hoping for big savings through data center consolidation, but there's more to it than is first apparent.
A survey of federal managers who are responsible for agency purchasing decisions reveals their thoughts about energy.
Many public- and private-sector IT managers are getting the message: Energy-efficient IT programs are good for business, according to a new report by CDW Government.
The government's data center consolidation initiative, which should ramp up in January, could have an interesting ripple effect: A spike in the use of open-source systems.
A type of contract aimed at increasing energy savings could be a solution for cash-strapped agencies eying data-center consolidation, conference speaker says.
The federal government has found that there are nearly 1,000 more data-centers than previous estimates indicated after a rigorous peer-review process resulted in a more complete picture of agencies' data-center assets, according to the Office of Management and Budget.
The Homeland Security Department plans to build an enterprise operations center that will give network and systems administrators from component agencies a comprehensive view of how IT operations across the department are interconnected.
Cheap power, a cool climate and a stable geography are attracting large data centers to the Buffalo, N.Y., area. A study also ranks the least expensive places to put a center.
The state Department of Technology, Management and Budget says the consolidation of three large storage arrays into one smaller array has already generated saving, with more expected.