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The DCOI Journey: Simplifying Your Data Center

Posted on February 07, 2017
Category: Data Center

Last week, the House of Representatives passed the “Energy Efficient Government Technology Act,” which will place energy efficiency standards on Federal data centers and require OMB to collaborate with agencies on plans to purchase and use energy efficient data center technologies.  Read More

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Microsoft grant to help community gain Internet access

Posted on May 30, 2016
Category: Data Center

Microsoft has been deeply committed to charity recently. The tech giant has all kinds of altruistic campaigns, with an entire section of its website being devoted to the company's philanthropic acts. Although Microsoft has its fingers in a lot of pies, perhaps its most interesting endeavor is its commitment to connecting the world.  Read More

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How federal data center consolidation has evolved in 2016

Posted on March 09, 2016
Category: Data Center

Over the past six years, federal data centers have undergone a number of changes. The 2010 Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative and the 2014 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act have redefined limits for these facilities and have aimed to minimize the overall sprawl across government agencies. While these two efforts have done a lot to reduce the space, equipment, energy and other resources taken up by data centers, there is still a lot of work to do before government groups can reach their established goals.  Read More

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Big data could prove useful if agencies can overcome obstacles

Posted on February 29, 2016
Category: Data Center

The movement of large portions of life to a more digital space has spawned a huge influx in data collection. Government agencies and private businesses alike are gathering massive amounts of information in a trend that has been dubbed big data. And yet, many of these organizations are struggling under the weight of all this raw data.  Read More

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Government bloated by data storage needs

Posted on February 18, 2016
Category: Data Center

It's no secret the government has been having trouble with its data storage. Collecting information on a national scale is incredibly daunting, but putting that data to good use has proven to be quite the challenge. Sorting through big data has massive potential, but current data center administrators simply can't spend time analyzing this information.  Read More

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Data center consolidation is on the US Navy’s radar

Posted on December 30, 2015
Category: Data Center

Government agencies have put data center consolidation at the core of efforts geared toward streamlining federal IT infrastructure. So far, success has been somewhat choppy. The U.S. Government Accountability Office did report savings of up to $3.6 billion – which data center consolidation contributed to – but learned shortly thereafter that 2,000 more data centers were in existence than previously believed. The setback resulted in the recent announcement of a new and forthcoming data center policy that may help get things back on track.  Read More

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New policy on data center consolidation in the making

Posted on December 22, 2015
Category: Data Center

Data center efficiency is a growing concern among many organizations. These facilities are entirely necessary, but they are also tremendous sources of energy consumption. Worse yet, much of this energy consumption is unnecessary. According to the Natural Resource Defense Council, data centers in the U.S. could have consumed 40 percent less energy in 2013. In addition to wasting natural resources, this inefficiency results in needless spending.  Read More

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GAO uncovers huge setback to federal data center consolidation

Posted on November 23, 2015
Category: Data Center

U.S. government agencies are being hard-pressed to improve IT infrastructure services. Earlier this month, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard revealed that the majority of the 24 graded agencies are significantly underperforming, with more than half of the agencies receiving a letter grade of D or lower.  Read More

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NASA benefits from data center consolidation

Posted on November 03, 2015
Category: Data Center

Data center consolidation is exactly what it sounds like: The consolidation of data from multiple server locations into only a few, or even one, data center location. The benefits typically include considerably lowered costs of operation, as data centers demand expenses in terms of property ownership and management, and in energy costs to keep the center up and running. For this reason, local, state and federal government agencies have been increasingly focusing on data center consolidation. In Nebraska, for example, the state government recently outlined a plan to save millions of dollars through data center consolidation by migrating information stored in multiple servers throughout the state into two data centers.  Read More

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Data center consolidation will save Nebraska millions

Posted on October 26, 2015
Category: Data Center

No company, organization or government can function without basic IT infrastructure services in the 21st century. Deploying and managing this infrastructure affordably has become a priority. When it comes to government technology services in particular, saving money, whether in the form of data center consolidation, cloud migration or through big data strategies, is essential. This was recently highlighted In Nebraska, where the state government has announced a plan to save around $5.3 million in IT costs over the next 10 years, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.  Read More

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How big data strategies can expedite government initiatives

Posted on October 07, 2015
Category: Data Center

Many U.S. government agencies have spared no effort to capture massive quantities of data that can give them better insight into society or the respective sectors the agency serves. Some might even argue that the federal government has excelled at data collection to a fault. But the healthy majority of federal agencies are interested in using big data to benefit the public in concrete ways, and herein lies the biggest data-related challenge.  Read More

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TSA data center consolidation will save money and resources

Posted on September 22, 2015
Category: Data Center

It takes a lot of computing power to run the federal government – meaning a lot of expended energy and high costs, both for departments and for the environment itself. As government organizations strive to become more energy efficient and make effective investments in their computing environments, agencies are beginning to view data center consolidation as a ready option to achieve those goals.  Read More

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Government data center energy efficiency

Posted on September 08, 2015
Category: Data Center

Running a data center can be an expensive endeavor. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, in 2013, data centers in the U.S. consumed 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, and by 2020, that number is estimated to leap to 140 billion kilowatt-hours. With cooling systems, energy conversions and actual computing equipment, the government certainly isn't exempt from considerations dealing with power usage effectiveness, either.  Read More

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Analyzing the state of government data center consolidation

Posted on August 18, 2015
Category: Data Center

Government data centers consume a considerable amount of power and resources, and can significantly affect operations if any downtime were to occur. The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, established in 2010, aims to consolidate at least 800 of the 3,000 government-owned data centers. As the definition of data center changed, there are now about 9,600 active facilities. However, due to such lofty expectations, many organizations have varying results in their downsizing efforts.  Read More

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Government data center consolidation still needs work

Posted on August 06, 2015
Category: Data Center

By now, it's well-known that data centers are costly facilities that can require significant funds and resources to maintain. The U.S. government has made strides to improve its footprint with the Federal Data Center Consolidation initiative that aims to have 3,800 data centers closed and 1.7 million square feet consolidated by the end of this year. However, while the effort began in 2011, there is still a considerable amount of work for organizations to do to meet these goals.  Read More

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3 ways government is using big data

Posted on August 04, 2015
Category: Data Center

For many organizations, big data sounds like a major challenge, but businesses have made information collection a priority. Government agencies are increasingly leveraging big data to improve their decision-making capabilities, provide better services and ensure that they are meeting constituent needs. Let's take a look at some of the ways that big data and analytics are being used by government organizations.  Read More

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Data center vulnerability a serious matter

Posted on May 26, 2015
Category: Data Center

Data centers operated by state and local governments may be at risk due to the discovery of a new security vulnerability. According to ZDNet, the zero-day vulnerability known as Venom may allow attackers to manipulate older technology to get inside the servers located within data centers.  Read More

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Data center transparency can help rehabilitate public trust

Posted on April 16, 2015
Category: Data Center

In recent years, the public’s growing concern over surveillance and what it means for their privacy is an issue being faced by many agencies across federal, state and local governments. From 2015 to 2020, the global data center security market is projected to increase by acompound annual growth rate of 11.4 percent, according to a recent release from RnR Market Research. The need for secure data storage environments has always been implicit, but awareness of exactly how secure private information is has skyrocketed into the public eye and mind with recent developments relating to the FBI and National Security Agency, among others.  Read More

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The future of the cloud in government

Posted on May 16, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Government work is all about efficiency. With so many people relying on the work of local public sector employees, ensuring tasks are completed quickly and effectively is a major concern. One of the best ways to boost productivity is through the cloud. The private sector is already working heavily in a cloud-based environment, and many agencies are already beginning to see what this technology can do for them. But what exactly is the cloud doing for the government, and what will its future look like within public service?  Read More

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Challenges facing implementation of police body cameras

Posted on May 09, 2016 0 comments

For the longest time, the only way to get an accurate description of how an event occurred was to have a witness describe it in its entirety. The problem with this is that people often forget what happened or lie for personal gain, which is why society had to declare that certain people were more trustworthy than others, with police officers being at the top of this hierarchy. However, recent developments are turning this notion on its head.  Read More

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Government officials admit to trouble in finding cybersecurity talent

Posted on May 03, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Despite spending more on defense than any other country in the world, the U.S. is not safe from attack. Specifically, U.S. federal agencies are nowhere near prepared enough to hold back the onslaught of cyberattacks levied against the country every single day. In fact, government officials are beginning to realize the gravity of their current situation.  Read More

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How cyberwar can make and break the US government

Posted on April 28, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The landscape of war has dramatically changed over the years. Putting boots on the ground is no longer the only option countries have in terms of subduing enemies, and this fact could make all the difference in the near future. Cyberwar is increasingly becoming a convenient and powerful tool, as it has the potential for disrupting communications, gaining intel and generally ruining a group's day. It should be no surprise that the U.S. as well as other nations are gearing up to use this method as a long-term strategy in accomplishing their goals.  Read More

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Why federal IT modernization is a big deal

Posted on April 21, 2016 0 comments

Businesses across all industries have been traditionally reluctant to migrate to new technologies and processes while leaving behind their tried-and-true practices. Sectors that are heavily regulated are even harder to sell on modernizing their hardware and software infrastructures due to the amount of considerations and challenges that can be introduced. It's no surprise, then, that the federal government has been slow to upgrade and is still gradually making changes to its IT portfolio.  Read More

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White House creates new cybersecurity commission

Posted on April 15, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

In order to help both private and public sector entities better protect themselves from hackers, malware and other threats, the Obama Administration recently created a new commission to help draft protection guidelines for organizations to follow. Officially dubbed the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, the non-partisan group features 12 veteran leaders from large enterprises, leading Silicon Valley firms and government agencies. This group is tasked with presenting Congress in December 2016 with tangible steps both public and private organizations can take to bolster cybersecurity and ensure more robust data protection.  Read More

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The time for government transition to the cloud is now

Posted on April 14, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has effectively taken over businesses in virtually every sector over the past few years. For government, the road to virtual platforms has been paved with roadblocks in the forms of security, budget and overall hesitance to change from tried-and-true solutions. Despite these challenges, many federal and local government organizations have adopted the cloud for their operations, and it's making a significant difference. Other agencies that aren't using the cloud are likely to start their journey to these platforms in the near future, and will begin reaping all the benefits the cloud can offer.  Read More

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Should government hop on board the chatbot bandwagon?

Posted on April 14, 2016 0 comments

Chatbots may be the next big thing in tech, and the technology could prove enormously beneficial in the public arena. Chatbots, although just known as bots for short, are a form of artificial intelligence, noted Hannah Francis, a Technology Reporter with the Sydney Morning Herald. A bot works by executing a command and formulating a particular response depending on what is typed in as the input.  Read More

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New tool helps organizations better visualize federal data

Posted on April 12, 2016 0 comments

In order to help both private companies and public agencies better make sense of publicly-available data, a team of academics and consultants have teamed up to create a tool that visualizes and more effectively displays this information. The tool is called Data USA, and it provides a search engine-like interface to help interested parties learn more about locations, occupations, industries and more. The site also includes pre-made breakdowns to make it easy to determine everything from the highest earning jobs in real estate to the racial breakdown of poverty levels in Flint, Michigan. Data USA is still fairly new, so additional data and pre-made filters will likely continue to be added to it in the coming months and years.  Read More

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New government tool aims to help developers of health-related mobile apps

Posted on April 11, 2016 0 comments

To help ensure mobile app developers don't run afoul of the law, a consortium of federal agencies recently created a tool that provides helpful guidance on health-related laws and compliance. The Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool was created as a joint effort between the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Office for Civil Rights. It is a simple, interactive checklist for those developing health-related apps to make sure their program is following various laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  Read More