FedScoop’s Second Annual Cloud Shoot Out in Washington, D.C. brought 250 leaders from the federal government and IT industry together to discuss the key issues of portability, interoperability and security in Cloud Computing.
HP’s Jeff Bergeron, U.S. Public Sector Chief Technologist, joined the morning panel and shares some insight on cloud computing for government:
Phil McKinney, HP vice president and chief
technology officer, and Gary Elliott, HP vice president, corporate marketing
were in Washington, D.C. to announce that HP is underwriting a new media
gallery at the Newseum.
Hear what they had to say about the news:
At Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, Larry Irving, HP's vice president for global government affairs, participated in a panel discussing advancing development by design. Here, he describes the wide range of participants at the event and the shared goal of impacting societies worldwide.
For decades, HP has built and expanded a strong relationship with our nation’s armed forces and related agencies. This includes helping the U.S. armed forces retain its leadership in defense with HP equipment and information technology platforms while promoting opportunities for cost savings and efficiencies. Below are a few recent examples:
- On August 27, HP joined sponsors Citrix, Intel and GTSI for the third annual “Power IT Down Day,” a program that promotes powering down computers, printers, monitors and other peripherals at the end of each day by the military, civilian agencies and industries that serve them. In 2010, more than 17,630 individuals, two-thirds of whom came from federal agencies, pledged to power down. Based on the estimated kilowatt hours saved, HP and its co-sponsors will donate $60,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project, whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.
- Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association International (AFCEA) partnered with HP to transform its entire data center infrastructure into a virtualized environment and reduced power and cooling costs by 50 percent. The project involved consolidating 12 existing servers to two main servers and two backups, trimming energy consumption and space requirements. HP also launched a special consumer products purchase program for AFCEA International members similar to HP’s own internal Employee Purchase Program.
- HP was recently selected as a preferred technology provider by the U.S. Air Force for a new five-year period. HP will provide enterprise computing equipment and services, including business desktop and notebook PCs ranging from workstations to cloud-based systems and performance displays.
The third annual Power IT Down Day was a particularly dramatic success, with this year’s registrants more than tripling the 2009 total. The federal agency with the most participants was the Department of Health and Human Services, followed by the General Services Administration.
On September 16, HP launched the Catalyst Initiative, a group of five international consortia of leading education institutions, each addressing a critical issue in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to develop innovative solutions that will transform the future of STEM education in the US and across the world:
- Multi-Versity: Led by the Sloan Consortium (based in the US), this initiative focuses on online education for STEM students, to provide new learning opportunities that can be applied toward certification and degrees.
- Pedagogy 3.0: Led by Futurelab (based in the UK), this consortium is aimed at better equipping teachers to facilitate 21st century learning experiences for students through technology, teacher education and other programs.
- Global Collaboratory: This consortium, led by the CSIR Meraka Institute in South Africa, is working to enable students to participate in collaborative problem-solving to address urgent social challenges, through the power of collaborative grid computing.
- The New Learner. The Agastya International Foundation in India leads the work to engage formal and informal education institutions as they create new models of student-driven STEM+ learning, leading to higher school completion rates and improved retention.
- Measuring Learning: Carnegie Mellon University (based in the US) is working with its consortium members to develop new approaches for using technology to measure STEM competencies that are often not assessed in school.
HP is investing more than $6 million in grants to 35 education institutions across 11 countries. Each of the five consortia share more than $1M in technology, funding, and HP professional services, to support each project to explore how technology can enable innovations in STEM learning and teaching students.
HP has a longstanding commitment to improving STEM education through its social innovation in education. Alongside the Catalyst Initiative, HP supports National Lab Day and is running a year-long volunteering drive with HP employees and retirees, who are collaborating with educators across America to inspire and engage grade-school students in hands-on STEM learning.