DCX Quarterly Meeting
September 25, 2013: The City Club of Washington at Columbia Square in Washington. Stay tuned for details. This meeting will be complimentary for government attendees, space is limited. RSVP to Kelsey Dean at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 883-9000 ext. 125
2014 Data Center Brainstorm
Save the date. Join MeriTalk's Data Center Exchange on Thursday, March 13, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for the third annual Data Center Brainstorm. For more information, including sponsorships, please contact Jessica Klem at (703) 883-9000 ext. 135 or email@example.com.
DATA CENTER RESOURCES
Data Center and the Cloud Field Hearing
On Tuesday, May 14, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on Government Operations called a Field Hearing entitled "Data Centers on the Cloud: Is the Government Optimizing New Information Technologies Opportunities to Save Taxpayers Money?" Steve O'Keeffe testified before the committee, on behalf of the MeriTalk community. Please see here for details on the full hearing.
Witnesses testified on the benefits and challenges to data center optimization and the cloud, as well as the associated cost savings. GAO's spoke to its most recent report, announced May 14, on the status of agencies' efforts. Click here to view the testimony from Steve O'Keeffe and other witnesses.
Despite Progress Feds Challenged with Cost Savings
The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) placed data center consolidation at the forefront of Federal agency technology initiatives. With a 2015 deadline, agencies are scrambling to meet the goal of closing 1,200 data centers. A new study, "The FDCCI Big Squeeze," reveals that Federal agencies are realizing the benefits of data center consolidation, but struggle to produce quantifiable numbers to demonstrate cost savings. Download the study to learn more.
Data Center and the IT Infrastructure
Read the Vice President of NetApp’s U.S. public sector, Rob Stein’s thoughts on data center consolidation. Rob highlights the government-wide effort to consolidate Federal data centers in his blog post "The Benefits of Sharing." As you consider moving apps to data centers it is important to rethink your IT infrastructure. Read Rob’s thoughts on the state of Federal data centers. Read the blog and share your thoughts today
Data Center Leads Talk Progress
MeriTalk's Data Center Exchange recently visited the NOAA Environmental Security Computing Center (NESCC) in Fairmont, W.Va. and interviewed key data center leads Walter Bigelow, Chief, Information Technology Systems Management Division at ATF and Robert Meyers, Data Center Product Specification Lead for ENERGY STAR at EPA, on what's working, what's not, and what's coming next. Check out our new video here.
Data Center Download Now Available
The DCX Download provides government data center professionals with information on upcoming initiatives to help the Federal government to clearly define and realize its date center goals. Issues contain updates on the latest data center news, upcoming events, and additional operational content. Read the full issue here.
DCX Spotlight: NOAA Profile
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. Read the full profile here.
Data Center Dave: All By Himself
Brought to you by MeriTalk's Data Center Exchange, watch as Data Center Dave realizes it's lonely in his new, consolidated world. Check out Data Center Dave's latest video here.
Data Center and Automation
The 12th MeriTalk Data Center Exchange Meeting addressed automating processes and procedures in the data center. The meeting featured speaker Dr. Michael Valivullah, Chief Technology Officer, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Second Annual Data Center Brainstorm
On March 7, 2013 MeriTalk's Data Center Exchange held the second annual 2013 Data Center Brainstorm at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The program brought together savvy Federal data center movers and shakers to share best practices, collaborate on challenges, and discuss what is needed for effective consolidation. At the Brainstorm, MeriTalk announced the winner of the 2013 Optimize Data Center Awards.