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Terell Jones

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First, just let me say I was never one to get caught up in the hype-cycle of cloud computing because I'm old school.  We called it network services in the early '90s, then it became managed services by the late ′90s, then it became Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), and so on and so forth. Now we are calling the same monthly billing for IT services the cloud.  Let's compare Cloud Computing to heating and air conditioning.  We pay a monthly bill for services rendered. We never touch the water heater or the air conditioner, unless you're like me and have an ex-father-in-law who would talk you through it. Beyond that, we just pay the bill and expect not to freeze or overheat.  It gives us more time to live our lives. Trust me, I have better things to do than wonder if I'm going to blow myself up lighting the pilot light. Well, in theory... (more)

What Are the Top 10 Green IT Strategies?

I could be here all day discussing vendors, but I won't go down that rabbit hole, I'll just say brush up on your VMware skills and all the extra moving parts that go with it.  For every dollar of VMware sold their is $15 dollars worth of auxiliary needs and wants.  I personally favor VMware because it rocks! Top Ten Green IT Solutions: Virtualization Data Center Optimization Power Management Data De-Duplication Electronic Waste Management Cloud Computing Carbon Accounting & Management Teleconference Telecommute/Telework Paperless Solutions, Document Management Bonus Green IT Solu... (more)

Making the Case for Green IT

Every time someone asks me what I do, I tell them, "I'm the Green IT Guy and I help companies and organizations become energy efficient from the desktop to the data center, from hardware to software, from the network to the virtual cloud."  It took me a while to articulate that.  For some reason energy efficient computing was not hitting the mark.  Sometimes you have to repeat yourself over and over again.  IT professionals would snicker and say stuff like, "Isn't the Internet already Green because it is paperless, and online?"  This illustrates how far the industry has gone from... (more)

Will Vivek Kundra’s Departure Have a Negative Effect on Green IT in Gov?

I wonder how much Vivek Kundra's departure will slow down the government's innovation, which is already too slow!  I may be able to understand Vivek's frustration with the Federal Government.  He is responsible for Data.gov.  His plans to consolidate over 800 federal data centers, the Federal Cloud Strategy, and his legacy of the "25 Point Plan" are stuff of legend.  I mean how long does it take to steer the course of an aircraft carrier? The federal government is a huge ship that moves very slow. Vivek's a pretty young guy, so he may not know that it takes a while to move large ... (more)

Cloud Computing: The Next Generation of Computing & Sustainable IT

I have been asked to moderate a cloud computing discussion at Green Gov 2012. The title of the session is “Cloud Computing: The Next Generation of Computing and Sustainable IT”. It is a great honor to be selected to participate as moderator. I believe this is my second go around. As National Director of Cloud Services with Core BTS, Inc. it is my job to articulate the value of cloud computing. I have been pondering the title a bit and for me to actually discuss the next generation of Cloud, we have to identify the current situation. The cloud has gone way beyond Google Mail and S... (more)