Data center consolidation a decade away, report says

The lack of upfront funding and other budget woes could stymie federal agency efforts to reduce the number of data centers in operation across government, according to a new Input report on data center consolidation.

McDonnell orders independent review of 'unacceptable' computer failure

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced that an independent commission will be formed to review the weeklong computer failure that affected many state agencies. The contractor, Northrop Grumman Corp., has agreed to pay for the review of the failure.

New or old, computer systems don’t always behave

After a week when a data storage failure in a relatively new statewide system created havoc for Virginia agencies, the final three – including the 74 branches of the Department of Motor Vehicles – are expected to resume services today. But the problems of state agency computer systems are national in scope.

Microsoft tells Virginia, 'We will build it'

Virginia has enticed Microsoft Corp. to invest up to $499 million to locate its latest-generation data center in Mecklenburg County, Va.

Virginia IT repairs taking ‘longer than anticipated’

A failure in a critical component in a data storage unit at a state facility near Richmond, Va., last week led to a massive computer failure that affected the networks at 27 agencies. Most are back online now, but three are still experiencing problems.

HP challenges Dell bid for data center products maker

On Aug. 16, Dell announced an agreement to acquire 3PAR Inc. in a $1.15 billion deal. A week later, HP says it has submitted a proposal to buy 3PAR for $1.6 billion.

Level 3 wins SSA deal to connect data centers

The company will provide wavelength services that will connect several Social Security data centers with multiple 100 gigabits/sec solutions.

Industry retirees leave mainframe computers behind

Old mainframe computers stay at a company longer than the employees who know how to run them, according to a news report.

IBM faces loss of $836M data center contract

Texas puts IBM on notice that if it doesn't shape up in the next 30 days, it might get fired from the state's data center consolidation contract.

Dell expands portfolio with purchase of software company

Dell Computer Co. has signed an agreement to acquire Scalent, a private manufacturer of software that manages data center servers and infrastructure. Financial terms of the agreement were not released.

Never say 'Never' on DOD data center outsourcing

William Brougham, the Defense Information Systems Agency’s vice director for network services, said the chances of the Pentagon outsourcing data centers are slim, but he stopped short of ruling it out all together.

Dell doubles down on data centers, services

Dell plans to double the size of its $16 billion data center and technology services business and move away from being a PC supplier.

HP's $1B data center investment sets stage for growth

Hewlett-Packard Co. will spend $1 billion to automate data centers and other company functions of its Enterprise Services business, a move analysts say will affect some 9,000 employees between now and about 2013.

Harris' new cyber center cloaked in secrecy

Harris Corp. is building what it calls the nation’s first cyber integration center to provide government and commercial customers with a unique managed hosting service in a trusted environment.

6 technologies that will grab your attention at FOSE

The GCN Lab offers a few ideas on new products worth checking out during this year's FOSE exposition.

General Dynamics wins Navy IT services contract

General Dynamics Information Technology will provide information technology and engineering services to the Navy under a five-year, $18.6 million contract.

HP/3Com deal marks shift in IT industry

The winners will be the companies that successfully build on their strengths to broaden the scope of their offerings.

HP challenges Cisco with 3Com purchase

Hewlett Packard's announcement that it plans to buy network equipment maker 3Com Corp. for $2.7 billion in cash is largely viewed as a smart move by the giant computer maker and a salvo fired across the bow of its chief rival, Cisco Systems Inc.

ManTech broadens IT aid to DIA media exploitation center

ManTech International Corp. will continue providing information technology services to the Defense Intelligence Agency under a prime contract valued at $76 million.

Cloud computing: Winners and losers

Technology companies that expect to beneift from cloud computing must creatively adapt licensing, pricing and revenue models.