Where Are We Now: The 7th Anniversary of the FDCCI
This week marks the seventh anniversary of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative. On February 26, 2010, U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra issued a memorandum establishing the FDCCI, seeking to transform how the federal government built and utilized data centers. According to CIO.gov, the number of federal data centers grew from 432 in 1998 to more than 1,100 in 2009. However, this massive expansion was plagued by inefficiencies, redundancies and underutilization.
Since 2010, the U.S CIO and Office of Management and Budget have been working to improve federal agencies’ data security posture, expand green IT strategies, decrease hardware costs and encourage cloud adoption. These efforts have focused on leveraging the combined expertise of both the public and private sector to create cost-effective and scalable IT infrastructures.
In the seven years since this initiative’s release, the federal government has continued to expand efforts to encourage data center optimization and IT modernization. While federal agencies have closed 1,900 data centers since 2010 and saved nearly $1 billion, last year the government introduced a renewed focus on improving IT strategies with the Data Center Optimization Initiative. The DCOI expands the federal government’s efforts by requiring agencies to create and report on data center strategies, transition to more efficient infrastructure services, keep pace with technology advancements that can reduce inefficiency and “provide quality services for the public good.”
Today, agencies face new challenges as the IT landscape continues to expand at a rapid pace and compliance standards continue to evolve. Plus, with a push to utilize cloud computing technologies, CIOs need custom strategies that enable them to utilize data center services in a secure, compliance and cost-effective way. We’ve outlined three key considerations every federal agency should consider when optimizing their data center strategy:
Find a cloud services provider with an integrated compliance framework.
An effective compliance strategy requires an integrated approach. As the compliance landscape evolves and expands, identifying compliance gaps and staying ahead of new regulations requires specialized expertise and a dedicated team. It’s important to move beyond a compartmentalized method and understand that any strategy must simultaneously engage three key components: security, auditing and compliance. When taking this comprehensive approach, you’ll reduce inefficiencies and redundancies while minimizing any risk of noncompliance. Furthermore, your CSP must have experience delivering compliance across the standards that apply to you, including FedRAMP, FISMA, DoD RMF/DIACAP, HIPAA/HITECH, PCI, International Traffic Arms Regulations (ITAR), FIPS 140-2, ISO 27001:2005 and AT 101 SOC Type 2, among others.
Invest in a solution that is purpose-built for government agencies.
Your cloud services provider should understand the unique challenges government agencies face and design solutions to meet your needs. Seek a partner with a customer portfolio that spans a variety of government agencies, at both the federal and state level. This ensures that your CSP has the necessary experience and expertise to design, build, deploy and manage your cloud environment without costly delay.
Utilize a hybrid IT model to integrate and manage both legacy and emerging applications.
The need for government agencies to maximize their investments in existing, on-premises environments and expand their infrastructure in a scalable way is more important than ever. Furthermore, managing different vendors when outsourcing IT can lead to gaps in coverage, communication and compliance. Finding an all-in-one provider that offers data center solutions and cloud services that can integrate with your in-house IT environment is key. These providers allow you to migrate at your own pace and scale rapidly without interruption or delay.
QTS Government Cloud is a true enterprise-class hybrid cloud service for government agencies, offering a seamless platform for migrating and managing workloads between dedicated virtualized environments, on premises infrastructures, third-party data centers and the cloud.
Also, with QTS Hybrid IT Cloud you can utilize a mix of in-house and outsourced IT services, including colocation, cloud and managed services, to support both legacy and emerging applications. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you transform your IT strategy to meet FDCCI and DCOI.