The key to making cloud computing work is more basic than you think

Agencies must consider hardware upgrades when virtualization projects move beyond pilot programs, industry experts say.

One component of cloud computing and virtualization that seems to be getting more attention lately is hardware. In a recent Washington Technology article, industry experts discussed how servers specifically designed for virtualization and cloud computing perform better and use vastly less power than traditional hardware.

Virtualization will work on existing infrastructures, but agencies should consider getting optimized hardware when buying new servers, the experts said. One of the best times for agencies to consider hardware upgrades is when virtualization projects move beyond pilot programs to full-scale or near full-scale projects, according to experts at Cisco and Intel.

The issue was discussed at a Government Solutions Forum in February. Check out this video on the topic with Dan Kent, director of federal solutions at Cisco and Jason Kimrey, director of federal sales at Intel.