Office of Management and Budget’s push to shrink Uncle Sam’s data center footprint makes perfect sense for the bean counters. But, if it makes it difficult for people to do their jobs, it will fizzle. As Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) embarked on its virtualization adventure in 2006, the Infrastructure on Demand (IoD) team focused on the oldest rule in sales – the customer is always right.
The U.S. Army knows the importance of reconnoitering the battlefield and clearly identifying what victory looks like before going to war. And, the Army’s data center consolidation regiment – Army Data Center Consolidation Plan (ADCCP) – knows a thing or two about “big-iron” combat. ADCCP set an ambitious goal in 2011 – to wipe out 185 Army data centers by 2015.
Janice Haith, Director, Deputy Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer (DDCIO) – Navy Division in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance, rolled out a vision for shipshape IT operations for the Navy and Marine Corps at the February Data Center Exchange meeting.
Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management. He has introduced a number of measures focused on improving the Federal government’s effectiveness and efficiency, including the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (S.3853) (signed into law December 2010) and the Information Technology Investment Management Act of 2011.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Chief Information Officer’s award-winning data center consolidation project drives millions of dollars in savings, boosts efficiency, and raises the level of data protection. The project also aims to consolidate systems and operations housed in 43 primary legacy data centers and numerous smaller sites into two enterprise data centers. The cost savings, while crucial in an era of belt tightening, is not the only benefit of DHS’ ongoing data center consolidation.
The year-old National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) supercomputing center in W.Va. aims to improve weather and climate forecasting, play a strategic role in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), serve as a critical backup resource, and meet energy efficiency objectives.
Federal Government case study highlighting how NetApp enabled the Army to turn mobile command and control vehicles into full tactical data centers in both secure and nonsecure environments with full data protection and recovery.
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FDCCI has Federal agencies scrambling to cut down on data center space. Making its mark as a leader on this initiative, the U.S. Army has aggressively worked to inventory its extensive, nationwide, and international data center operations to identify the best and most appropriate consolidation efforts.
Within the Department of Defense, the Army’s data center consolidation program continues a strong and focused effort encompassing overseas operations as well as stateside bases and commands. In Europe, the 5th Signal Command out of Wiesbaden, Germany has been pursuing the Army Data Center Consolidation Plan (ADCCP), which falls under the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI). The FDCCI is straightforward: shut down redundant Information Technology (IT) assets.
In a time of uncertainty for the future of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, there are some agencies that have not only completed the mandates set forth by the current administration – but have set the bar high for others to follow.
While Federal data center consolidation is a clear priority for Obama and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), many agencies face challenges in meeting the aggressive mandate requirements and deadlines to close data centers. Leads know how many data centers their supposed to cut – but they’re unclear on the how.