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Data Center 2.0: Consolidating Federal Data Centers

Some hallmarks and advantages of Data Center 2.0 in the federal enterprise

By Today, IT requirements are changing.  IT trends are moving towards centralized processing, exploding stores of data and always-on always available services. Economic realities in the federal space are driving new approaches even faster now, since centralized processing and services make tremendous economic sense. Several federal mandates and requirements underscore this continued push to smartly modernize. One such requirement is the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative. The FDCCI is led by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and their CIO, Steven Van Roekel. Consolidating data centers is key to helping maximize resources and minimize waste. In March 2013 the FDCCI was made part of the OMB PorfolioStat initiative for reviewing all agency progress. It remains a very important item tracked by agency and OBM executives.

The new linking of PorfolioStat and the FDCCI comes with a smart understanding that measuring progress in federal data center activities is not just based on data center closures. Progress needs to be linked more efficiently with agency application modernization. Non core data centers in the federal government will still be targeted for reduction. Core datacenters, those that are critical to mission, will be targeted for optimization and continued efficiencies. Metrics tracked here will include items like total cost of ownerships. Agencies are measuring costs in areas like energy, facilities, labor, storage, and software.

ioIO’s Datacenter 2.0 is uniquely positioned to meet the needs of agencies and decision makers in this exciting and potentially economically virtuous activity. Data center 2.0 is delivered in modules that are monitored by an operating system, for greater physical and logical security at the granular level. Only those with approved access can touch your IT, and suspicious activity is escalated. By cooling within modules instead of entire warehouses, the environmental control costs are a fraction of those of traditional data center architectures. Data center 2.0 is enterprise ready; it is hardware-agnostic, with space dedicated to wiring and environmental controls. Other key capabilities of the IO approach are:

  • Enhanced flexibility and agility through Data Center 2.0 - DC 2.0 provides flexibility by allowing decision makers to quickly add data center capabilities as they are needed. The modules can be configured and deployed in as little as 90 days, allowing for rapid expansion as necessary. DC 2.0 modules can be configured to perform IT, power, and/or generator functions. The nature of IO’s modules means that they can be deployed indoors or outdoors, even in the middle of a field.
  • High degree of security – In traditional data center architectures, “cages” around your IT may pass for security. IO modules can have biometric security controls enabled, allowing only authorized personnel into the module. In addition, IO.OS operating system provides the visibility and alert capabilities necessary to modern cyberdefense.
  • Energy and Power savings - IO’s modules offer PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) ratios of 1.14 to 1.17. These are far below the PUE ratios of traditional data centers, which rarely get below 2.0. Energy costs are one of the largest ongoing costs of a data center, and over months and years run into the many millions of dollars. By increasing the effectiveness of the power usage, the functional costs of the data center decrease over time. Since only the modules are cooled instead of huge warehouses full of servers, IO’s DC 2.0 only cools small modules, limiting the need of HVAC capabilities.
  • Enterprise ready, vendor agnostic - DC 2.0 is ready for the big time. The modules are spacious and designed to be loaded up with IT, while leaving space for maintenance and personnel to reconfigure as necessary. The modules can support any enterprise grade server technology, as long as there is still room in the module.

Moving to meet the datacenter and cybersecurity challenges of 2013 requires a firm foundation. DC 2.0 offers the building blocks necessary to face threats, demand and requirements. IT decision makers are often trying to build out services and capabilities on a shaky foundation, and DC 2.0 offers the ability to build that foundation, piece by piece.

For more on data center modernization see: http://io.com

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com

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