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Carolyn Duffy Marsan

Carolyn Duffy Marsan is a writer based in Milwaukee, Wisc., covering enterprise technology.

IRS flips storage for virtualized cloud service offering

Unisys acquired the IRS’s storage systems, then converted them into a virtualized storage-as-a-service offering that allows IRS to pay for storage capacity as needed.


Concierge service for big data transfers

Argonne National Labs’ Globus offers cloud-based service that manages bandwidth and improves reliability in transferring very large datasets.


SSA fortifies data future with move to all virtual storage

SSA is embracing virtualization across all of its media – including tape – as it migrates to a new 300,000 square-foot National Support Center in Urbana, Md., which opened last September.


Data center balances storage and networking of five universities

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center has adopted a cloud-based approach for the petabytes of data it stores in a two-year-old facility in Holyoke, Mass.


Balance tape and flash in layered storage mix

Tried-and-true tape combined with emerging flash technologies give data center operators control over how they manage storage systems, speed backups and reduce costs.


Containers wait on sidelines for expected government uptake

Containers offer agencies application productivity gains, but more testing is needed before the technology becomes part of the government cloud tool chest.


2015: Cloud automation turns from operations to applications

In the new year, look for sophisticated orchestration layers to improve data integration between cloud-based applications and greater emphasis on network virtualization.


Microsoft broadens government cloud offerings

Microsoft expands its cloud offerings for public sector customers with Azure Government, Dynamics CRM Online Government and a set of software services meeting federal security standards.


Cloud-based analytics keeps Montreal's buses full and ridership growing

A combination of cloud computing and business analytics has helped the city of Montreal track the habits of individual public transit riders — and reward their loyalty.


Data analytics charts new path to heart attack survival

A Wake County, N.C., EMS team uses data analytics to uncover a new treatment protocol that extends survival rates for heart attack patients.


NCI cracks open cancer research by moving it to the cloud

The agency is looking for cloud-based architectures to give cancer researchers complete bioinformatics infrastructure as a service, with built-in compute, storage, security and analytics.

Digital Government

Growth of IPv6 puts pressure on government to support next-gen Internet

The increase in IPv6 deployment must come from the government, the content delivery networks, the Web hosting companies and in the consumer electronic space.


IBM introduces Watson to the public sector cloud

The IBM Watson Developers Cloud could help agencies tap the cognitive computing for fraud analysis, intelligence surveillance and more.


AWS WorkSpaces may spark federal demand for desktop as a service

The recent announcement by Amazon Web Services of a new managed desktop-as-a-service offering called Amazon WorkSpaces may give a much-needed boost to governmentwide adoption of virtual desktops.


6 steps to data center savings

The goal of any consolidation project is savings. Here’s a checklist to help make sure things go right.


Boosting data center efficiency without upfront costs

Agencies can use Energy Savings Performance Contracts, under which they pay for work out of future energy savings.


State finds power in data center consolidation

Utah's state government cut its number of servers from 1,864 to 591 and saved $4 million on its IT budget.


The game changes for data center consolidation

It's not just the number of data centers to be shuttered, but the size of those centers and the energy they consume.