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Vote Up Virtualization in Obama’s Citizen Briefing Book

Mike Dipetrillo posted about an idea for pushing a Government wide virtualization initiative that was entered in the Citizen Briefing Book being assembled for Barack Obama. It may be too late since the book was being closed at 6 pm on January 19, but I wanted to help get the word out for support both now and in the future, and I am asking all VM /ETC readers to take less than 60 seconds to try to still move it higher on the list by clicking the Vote Up button.

The idea:

“Push a government-wide IT virtualization initiative to reduce the carbon-footprint of our planned digital health records system by 80+%.

Mandate a review of existing federal IT infrastructure to find opportunities for consolidating servers and reducing datacenter energy requirements with a minimum 10 to 1 consolidation ratio.

Mike’s post is titled Help the US Government Go Green.

According to the Change.gov web site’s Newsroom Blog post Wrapping up the Citizen’s Briefing Book by Dan McSwain:

“The Citizen’s Briefing Book will be open for ideas, comments, and voting until Sunday at 6pm.  President Obama will later receive the Citizen’s Briefing Book: a unique compilation of the ideas and feedback submitted completely by the Change.gov community.We’re eager to carry this community’s enthusiasm forward in the coming months and years. We invite all Americans to join the new administration online at WhiteHouse.gov after President-elect Obama is
sworn in.”

I regret that I did not discover this virtualization initiative sooner and that the timing of this post is past the Jan 19 deadline, but I am hoping that an increase in activity such as Vote Up clicks and popularity points along with trackbacks and comments can make a difference in mandating the US Government going green with virtualization.

To see the most popular ideas in the Citizen Briefing Book sorted by points go here. Quoting from the web site once again, “over 125,000 users submitted over 44,000 ideas and cast over 1.4 million votes”.

President Obama’s Inauguration is Tuesday January 20, 2009 (tomorrow) in Washington, DC.

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