Special Report

The energy used to power IT equipment is one of the major costs for all agencies, so cutting back on that energy use is a top mandate for government. There are a number of ways to tackle it, which can have both immediate and long-term impact.
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The complexities involved in managing the thousands of PCs across the government are compounding with the torrent of mobile devices being introduced into the enterprise. Desktop virtualization is increasingly seen as a way to impose order.
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Server virtualization is currently one of the biggest movements in IT, both for datacenter consolidation and as a basis for cloud computing. But virtualization brings its own problems. In some cases, at least, a new class of microservers might be the answer.
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The concept of storage virtualization as a way to increase storage capacity and reduce data storage complexity has been around for a while, but has curiously lagged other infrastructure improvements. Agencies no longer have the room to simply tinker, so it’s finally taking off.
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The speed advantages of SSDs have long enticed IT managers, but their high price has kept their use to the very high performance side of the enterprise. But rising energy and real estate costs are raising their profile as a replacement for regular hard drive arrays.
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