Last week Tony Scott, the United States government’s CIO, published a blog stating the US government has released the anticipated data center optimization initiative (DCOI). As stated in his blog:
“In 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) launched the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) to promote the use of green IT: that is, reduce the overall energy and real estate footprint of government data centers; reduce the cost of data center hardware, software, and operations; increase the overall IT security posture of the Federal Government; and shift IT investments to more efficient computing platforms and technologies.”
Further in the blog Scott states:
“The Data Center Optimization Initiative, released today, continues and builds upon this progress and ensures robust implementation of the data center provisions of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA). The Initiative requires agencies to implement strategies to consolidate inefficient data center infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, improve security posture, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and inter-agency shared services.”
This initiative is a great opportunity for many federal agencies to acquire the Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solutions that will help automate many of the processes to achieve higher efficiencies as well as better manage ongoing operations. DCIM solutions have proven their worth to corporate organizations and are poised to help federal organizations quickly meet DCOI requirements with the added benefit of simplifying facilities and IT functions.
The Clock is Ticking
According to the memo “Agencies are required to publish their Strategic Plans at [agency].gov/digitalstrategy under a section entitled, “Data Center Optimization Initiative Strategic Plans,” within 60 days of the issuance of this memorandum (Aug 1, 2016).”
Nlyte’s data center management team for federal government has worked with dozens of federal agencies to truly understand their unique challenges. To help agencies understand requirements and meet DCOI deadlines, we are sharing our knowledge via several informative resources:
- Whitepaper: “DCOI Compliance: Understanding the Requirements and DCIM Selection Checklist.” This paper details the “must-have” features to consider when evaluating any DCIM solution
- Webinar: “DCOI Compliance – Will You Be Ready in 2018?” This online event leverages our real-world insights to benefit any federal agency tasked with DCOI compliance.
As federal agencies prepare to get greener, there will undoubtedly be many questions and concerns. Although the DCOI initiative provides a road map, there will be additional steps and concerns to streamlining data centers. The U.S. Government undoubtedly has the IT Talent to run the data centers, now the proper DCIM tools are needed to streamline and automate the process and just as important — offer reports to prove ongoing adherence. Achieving targeted efficiency is not a goal — it’s an ongoing process.