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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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Government cybersecurity incidents on the rise

Posted on April 07, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The state of government security is drastically shifting to have a larger focus on cyberspace than ever before. Federal organizations deflect threats from malware, ransomware and viruses on a daily basis, but the risks are becoming more dire as time passes. Malicious parties are advancing their tactics as quickly as security firms are upgrading their solutions to fend off threats. This volatile environment is leading to numerous breaches and more determination to protect sensitive information under federal domain.  Read More

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White House embraces open source coding

Posted on April 07, 2016 0 comments

As part of a broader effort to boost innovation and reduce costs across the board, the White House recently announced a new initiative that will make the code for all federal government software open sourced and available to everyone. In a late March blog post announcing the initiative, federal CIO Tony Scott said that going forward, all software that is designed or used only by federal agencies must have its source code be freely available. This will enable innovation, he said, by allowing a wider variety of parties to tinker and improve on government software. It also aligns federal government IT efforts more closely with private sector best practices. Plus, it hopefully eliminates the need to have to purchase multiple software licenses for different agencies, helping to streamline costs across the board.  Read More

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Agencies must partner with tech experts if they want to see progress

Posted on March 31, 2016 0 comments

There are certain situations where going it alone isn't the best option. Asking for help from an expert can often solve a problem more effectively, and this is nowhere more apparent than within government IT. Agencies should know that partnering with knowledgeable outside companies isn't a sign of giving up on the problem. Rather, it shows that officials care enough to get the best person possible to help solve the issue in the most effective and efficient way possible. In that vein, let's look at some of the agencies who've teamed up with private companies recently.  Read More

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Social engineering: A major threat to government data security

Posted on March 30, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Humans will always be the weakest link when it comes to security. An agency can utilize top-tier encryption, employ the world's best cybersecurity experts and spend millions of dollars on its defenses, and all it takes for a hacker to gain access to private data is for someone in HR to fall for a social engineering attack.  Read More

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Government stepping up its big data game

Posted on March 23, 2016 0 comments
Category: News

Information is king across every sector. It serves as the basis for all of the decisions that are made and provides businesses with a better idea of how they're performing on a daily basis. With the inclusion of mobile devices and sensors, more data is being generated than ever before, and it's only expected to continue rising in the years ahead. As such, it's important for government organizations in particular to prepare their systems to handle and parse through this information to glean the most relevant parts.  Read More

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US Air Force to increase efficiency by working with IBM’s Watson

Posted on March 21, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

While advancements in technology have allowed institutions to perform physical functions faster than ever before, {deep? free?} thinking tasks have been largely left to people. This is less of a moral objection to the idea of mechanical minds and more a statement on the effectiveness of the human brain when it comes to problem solving. That said, it would appear the U.S. Air Force and the Pentagon are attempting to break this mold by allowing IBM's Watson to analyze the Federal Acquisition Regulation, according to the Washington Post.  Read More

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Agencies need to understand the risks of a ransomware attack

Posted on March 15, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The growing concern of cyberattacks directed at government agencies cannot be ignored. However, foreign nations attempting to gain access to confidential U.S. data may not be the only issue at play here. Incidents of ransomware – a type of cyberattack that encrypts the users files and demands compensation before the person can regain access – are growing rapidly. What's more, it appears the hackers behind these attacks are becoming bolder every day. What does this malware mean for government agencies, and what can be done to stop it in its tracks?  Read More

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Obama administration attempting to improve cybersecurity with IT upgrade

Posted on March 11, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

It's a pretty commonly held fact in the cybersecurity community that older systems are generally easier to exploit compared to newer ones. A lot of this has to do with the fact that hackers have simply had a lot of time to tool around with them, and therefore know where the vulnerabilities are. This is especially true for the U.S. government's aging IT infrastructure.  Read More

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How federal data center consolidation has evolved in 2016

Posted on March 09, 2016 0 comments
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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Government cloud spending to increase

Posted on March 07, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

A report from the International Data Corporation is shedding light on just how important cloud services are to modern governmental functions. The study's researchers expected the federal cloud budget to increase from $6.65 billion in 2014 to $11.46 billion by 2019, according to TechNewsWorld contributor John K. Higgins. A second study by Deltek confirmed this upward trend, although this report's final number differed from IDC's due to a disagreement over IT taxonomy.  Read More