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Office of Management and Budget’s push to shrink Uncle Sam’s data center footprint makes perfect sense for the bean counters. But, if it makes it difficult for people to do their jobs, it will fizzle. As Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) embarked on its virtualization adventure in 2006, the Infrastructure on Demand (IoD) team focused on the oldest rule in sales – the customer is always right. […]

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“Cloud First” is a mandated operational model. Within the FAA, cloud services are already being offered. Service enhancements are planned, such as: service catalogs, self service portal, and automated server provisioning.






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The U.S. Army knows the importance of reconnoitering the battlefield and clearly identifying what victory looks like before going to war. And, the Army’s data center consolidation regiment – Army Data Center Consolidation Plan (ADCCP) – knows a thing or two about “big-iron” combat. ADCCP set an ambitious goal in 2011 – to wipe out 185 Army data centers by 2015.






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Janice Haith, Director, Deputy Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DDCIO) – Navy Division in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, rolled out a vision for shipshape IT operations for the Navy and Marine Corps at the February Data Center Exchange meeting.






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Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management. He has introduced a number of measures focused on improving the Federal government’s effectiveness and efficiency, including the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (S.3853) (signed into law December 2010) and the Information Technology Investment Management Act of 2011.






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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Chief Information Officer’s award-winning data center consolidation project drives millions of dollars in savings, boosts efficiency, and raises the level of data protection. The project also aims to consolidate systems and operations housed in 43 primary legacy data centers and numerous smaller sites into two enterprise data centers. The cost savings, while crucial in an era of belt tightening, is not the only benefit of DHS’ ongoing data center consolidation.






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The year-old National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supercomputing center in W.Va. aims to improve weather and climate forecasting, play a strategic role in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), serve as a critical backup resource, and meet energy efficiency objectives.






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FDCCI has Federal agencies scrambling to cut down on data center space. Making its mark as a leader on this initiative, the U.S. Army has aggressively worked to inventory its extensive, nationwide, and international data center operations to identify the best and most appropriate consolidation efforts.






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