Government to Begin Offering IaaS Cloud Services

Major cloud computing providers will be able to offer Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings to government agencies through cloud-based services storefront, the GSA said yesterday. Amazon, Microsoft, Savvis, AT&T, Verizon Federal, SoftLayer and Carpathia Hosting are all participating. Read More

Feds Discover 1,000 More Data Centers

The U.S. government has 2,094 data centers, nearly 1,000 more than federal CIO Vivek Kundra’s previous estimate of 1,100, according to an inventory connected with the federal data center consolidation. Read More

Homeland Security’s Private Cloud

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is implementing a private cloud infrastructure as part of a broader effort to update the IT infrastructure for DHS, which also includes a consolidation designed to reduce its facilities from 24 data centers down to just two. Read More

Federal Consolidation Hits Key Transition Point

Richard Spires, the CIO of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, discusses the federal government data center consolidation effort Tuesday at the DataCenterDynamics Washington DC conference.

The Obama administration’s massive effort to consolidate the federal government’s 1,100 data centers hits a key transition point today, which is the deadline for all agencies to submit final plans for how they will reduce their IT infrastructure. Read More

Survey: Major Challenges for Fed Consolidation

Two pie charts showing Federal IT managers attitudes towards aspects of the  planned consolidation of more than 1,100 federal data centers.

A majority of IT executives at federal agencies say they believe the Obama administration will succeed in consolidating the government’s data centers. But they don’t believe the project can meet its ambitious timetable, and say government culture is the primary obstacle to success. Read More

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