Making Dollars And Sense Out of Data Center Consolidation

So, how does data center consolidation open doors for mission improvements? How does data center consolidation change the way you have to buy and manage mission critical systems? And how can agencies move money from operating and maintaining a data center to developing, modernizing and enhancing mission-critical systems?

Federal government agencies—including those serving in defense, intelligence, or civilian roles—are responsible for managing taxpayer money as well as ensuring national security and meeting citizens’ demands for services. They must also find ways to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Given these challenges, federal government agencies are increasing the demands on their networking infrastructures. Brocade networking solutions provide federal government agencies with the high performance, reliability, and flexibility they need to securely deliver mission-critical services while reducing complexity and cost. Learn more about Brocade by visiting www.brocade.com.

Every agency has reviewed their needs to consolidate data centers, and progress across the government is real. The Office of Management and Budget says agencies shut down 250 data centers and plans to close a total of 479 by the end of fiscal 2012. The long-term goal is to close down 1,200 data centers out of more than 3,133 that existed as of June. The goal is more than just shutting down servers and buildings. OMB expects agencies to transform business operations and meet mission better by moving to technologies such as virtualization and cloud computing. So, how does data center consolidation open doors for mission improvements? How does data center consolidation change the way you have to buy and manage mission critical systems? And how can agencies move money from operating and maintaining a data center to developing, modernizing and enhancing mission-critical systems? Moderator: Jason Miller – Executive Editor, Federal News Radio


Panelists: Alfred Rivera – Director for Computing Services at DISA Zach Baldwin– Program Manager in the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, Cloud Computing PMO at the GSA Cindy Cassil – Director of Systems and Integration Office at the Department of State