CMS wants to pool IT resources into virtual data center

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wants to establish dispersed, world-class data centers owned and operated by a broad set of industry partners under a single contract vehicle.

Hot enough for you: Data center cooling system heats buildings

The water in the mineral oil-fueled cooling tank, heated by computers to about 122 degrees, is being routed to the HVAC systems of surrounding buildings in Sweden.

To survive tight IT budgets, focus on results, analyst says

Federal IT managers need to shift the focus from reducing IT costs to helping agencies make government work more effectively in the current climate, a Gartner analyst told government managers.

A data center without hard drives: That's Stanford's RAM plan.

Stanford University researchers say a server using only dynamic random-access memory could recover from a crash in 1.6 seconds.

How NASA lab, Amazon share security responsibilities in the cloud

From the hypervisor down is Amazon's job; the rest belongs to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

At DHS, a 'true-cloud' is launched

Homeland Security Department CIO Richard Spires works to make progress on four key areas of IT.

Agencies publish data center consolidation plans

Agencies, now in their year second year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, have published refined plans on CIO.gov as they move forward with the consolidation and optimization of government data centers

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.

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.

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.

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