Cutting Costs in the Cloud: Government Data Centers, IaaS and Cisco

Last week’s top stories include a big government shift to the cloud and Capgemini’s push to monetize this trend, in addition to a couple notable updates from Joyent and Cisco.

According to a recent paper from the Office of Management and Budget, the public sector’s plans to consolidate IT infrastructure are coming along nicely. No less than sixty-four obsolete data centers have been shut down since August, and a total of 382 facilities have been put out of order since 2010. That’s about a third of the 1,200 data centers Uncle Sam is eying with intentions to reduce annual overhead by about five billion dollars.

While the end goal of this transition may be cutting costs, there’s still a lot of money to be had for the firms providing the technology and expertise needed for this operation. That’s why Capgemini and EMC introduced a new managed offering for the public sector last week, integrated services with the storage vendor’s cloud solutions and storage hardware in one package dubbed Case-as-a-Service.

Joyent is also appealing to organizations that are looking to the cloud for IT operations. The IaaS provider unveiled Joyent7, a re-architected remote infrastructure offering that comes with a number of unique features. These include a built-in debugger for Node.js, extended workflow APIs, new DevOps tools and other functionality that aims to streamline the solution across the board.

Finally, we had some big news from Cisco. The networking giant bought out Meraki for $1.2 billion in cash, a privately-held routing solutions provider that takes a very unique approach to WiFi. Its “cloud-controlled” offering is specifically designed for SMEs that require a simple way to manage their network on one hand, and security for their users on the other.