Bringing virtualization to the attention of the US President Barack Obama

Official portrait of President-elect Barack Obama on Jan. 13, 2009.

(Photo by Pete Souza)

As most US visitors know, the new President of the United States, Barack Obama, is using technology extensively.

Besides uploading his public speeches on YouTube (through over 1,800 videos, watched more than 110 million of times) and spending money on videogame ads, one of the most significant uses of Internet he has made thus far is publishing the transition website, where US citizens can use Google Moderator to submit questions and ideas (and vote on existing ones) about a number of topics, from Economy to Healthcare.

This part of his Open Government initiative is so popular that more than 30,000 questions have been submitted so far.

Among them, one in the Energy and Environment category may be specially interesting for readers:

Going green on carbon with IT Virtualization

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.

Is it worth voting?