Consolidation

Kundra: Fed Data Centers 7 Percent Utilized

Many federal agencies are using just 7 percent of their server capacity, according to federal CIO Vivek Kundra, who called that low utilization level “unaccaptable.” In an appearance Wednesday, Kundra continued to make the case to shift federal IT infrastructure to a cloud comuting model. Read More

IRS Data Centers Gird for Tax Season

Tony McMahon, who oversees the data center infrastructure for the Internal Revenue Service, discusses the agency's operations Wednesday at Data center World in NAshville while colleague Linda Riess listens.

IT executives at the IRS say it has made huge strides in modernizing its data centers and hardware, which processed 139 million returns and issued $298 billion in refunds in 2009. But the GAO says the modernization effort hasn’t moved quickly enough, and continues to fault the IRS for weaknesses in its security practices. Read More

Next Up for Consolidation: New York City

New York City has announced plans for a data center consolidation to cut costs and eliminate redundancies in its IT infrastructure. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the consolidation will save the city up to $100 million over five years.
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Retiring A Data Center. With an Axe.

Dean Nelson of eBay uses an axe to retire the final server as the company powers down its oldest data center.

What becomes of a data center when it reaches the end of its usefulness? What procedures and rituals are required when a data center is turned off? Dean Nelson details the process as eBay powers down its oldest data center. Read More

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