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As Fanara Exits, an Energy Star Update

The EPA’s Andrew Fanara, who has worked closely with the data center industry, will soon be departing. Fanara provides an update on his transition and the progress of the various Energy Star projects for the data center industry. Read More

Terremark Continues Expansion at Virginia Site

IT infrastructure provider Terremark Worldwide (TMRK) has launched construction of the third data center at its NAP of the Capital Region campus in Culpeper, Virginia, the company said today. The company will invest $45 million in the 50,000 square foot facilty. Read More

Andrew Fanara Departs EPA

Andrew Fanara, who has been the Environmental Protection Agency’s primary liaison to the data center industry, is leaving the EPA to take a private sector job. Read More

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

E-Filing as an Efficiency Winner

Electronic filing has been a “huge win” for the IRS, which processed 94 million returns via e-filing in 2009, compared to 45 million paper returns. Sure, it saves stamps, but e-filing also bypasses an inefficient manual system required to hand-process a paper tax return. 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

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