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Posted: 1/30/2012 - 0 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

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Posted: 1/27/2012 - 2 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

As part of its data center decimation initiative, OMB lopped 137 off the server-farm census last week. There are many hard questions and decisions on the road ahead for the Federal data center community...

Read the full blog at:  http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=2921

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Posted: 1/27/2012 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

On his way out the door at OMB, Federal IT fitness fanatic Vivek Kundra ran up to the Hill last week to outline the diet-exercise plan for Federal agencies after his departure. It's some kinda tough love. The question, is this a lifestyle changer or a flash-crash purge that'll leave agencies with more pounds and dashed expectation? Interestingly, Vivek announced that agencies will spill the beans on how much moolah they've saved through their data center consolidation - DCC - efforts so far on October 7...

Read the full blog at: http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=2992.

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Posted: 1/27/2012 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

Why did Moammar Qaddafi stop at colonel? Idi Amin’s appetite wasn't sated with field marshal - yum, yum - he went all the way to King of Scotland. So why didn't Libya's favorite larcenist make brigadier general?

Now, those are good questions - but there are some rich riddles in Fed IT too. A recent MeriTalk study - the Consolidation Conundrum report - highlights Federal data center consolidation - DCC - disconnects. Nobody doubts data volumes will climb steeply. Cloud's placing the data center in the hot seat as agencies consolidate their digital dynamos. So, how are we supposed to manage more data with less data centers?

Read the full blog at:  http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3024

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Posted: 1/27/2012 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

OMB published agencies’ data center consolidation plans on October 7 - all but DoD, who’s AWOL. More interesting than the plans - the savings numbers. Vivek Kundra championed FDCCI as the treasure chest to “pimp” Uncle Sam’s IT ride. So, how much will we save in 2011? Drum roll. $14.613 million. That’s 0.183 percent of the Fed IT budget. If that’s all you have time for, that’s the net up front. Thanks for playing FDCCI, the price is right. But, if you have time, think you’ll find it worthwhile to read more - to get the bigger story.

Read the full blog here:  http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3070

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Posted: 1/27/2012 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

A couple of recent GAO reports provide interesting insights on what ails Fed IT. The first, OMB Needs to Improve Its Guidance on IT Investments issued in September, drops the dime for duplication on Uncle Sam’s “App Store Gone Wild.”

Read the full blog here:  http://www.meritalk.com/blog.php?user=SteveOKeeffe&blogentry_id=3111

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Posted: 1/3/2012 - 1 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

In his White House blog, Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel announced another accelerated data center consolidation plan. The goal is to shut down 1,080 data centers by 2015, 280 more than the original 800. There are some benefits being seen at agencies, but overall are these goals realistic?

Read VanRoekel's full blog here:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/12/20/expanding-our-efforts-data-centers

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