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For years, server virtualization in Uncle Sam's data centers has been notoriously low. The Marine Corps has proved that such inefficiency doesn't have to be the status quo.
The Marines have eliminated 24 of 35 data centers and centralized enterprise IT services in one facility, which now runs at an impressive 75% virtualization level. The benefits include millions of dollars in savings over five years and better visibility into, and control over, its IT infrastructure. The Marine Corps is the first Department of Defense organization to insource IT operations on such a scale.
The centralization and optimization strategy has improved information sharing and increased tactical agility. Nothing could be more important when you consider that the IT environment supports Marines deployed around the world.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.