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OnPoint’s Shankar Pillai: Federal IT trends to watch

OnPoint's Shankar Pillai: Federal IT trends to watch - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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OnPoint's Shankar Pillai: Federal IT trends to watch - top government contractors - best government contracting eventFrom new budgets to the appointment of a first-ever federal CIO, the pressure“™s on for IT companies to anticipate what“™s next in the federal IT arena. Anticipating those trends is something Shankar Pillai knows all about. As CEO of OnPoint, a government IT services firm that specializes in infrastructure, systems development, and information assurance, Shankar has been working in the federal IT space for nearly 15 years. Here Pillai weighs in on possible avenues the government might take on the technology front and how contractors can offer the most value.

Obama has touted energy efficiency among government agencies. What tech solutions do you see on the horizon?

Shankar Pillai: The federal government is the largest user of energy in the U.S., and energy costs are a significant factor in total IT costs, driving a movement to “Green IT.“ Unfortunately, data centers are inefficient by nature; they use a tremendous amount of energy to power servers and cool the facility.  Also, servers are costly to maintain and typically underutilized. While a lot of people are talking about cloud computing, that appears to be a long-term strategy. The near-term strategies are data center consolidation and server virtualization, which enable agencies to reduce personnel, facility, equipment, and energy costs.

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