As federal agencies make progress consolidating and modernizing their IT infrastructures, the impact of legacy platforms, technologies and traditional data centers still weighs heavy, along with each agency’s ability to attract and maintain the skill sets and applications needed to meet 21st century requirements.
According to a recent i360 Gov Special Report, if agency leaders choose to retain aging platforms and legacy technologies, they limit their ability to take advantage of industry innovations, including cloud computing, advanced analytics and increasingly capable mobile applications.
The report also highlights how Hanscom AFB reduced server numbers while increasing services, along with an overview of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s initiative that has already saved more than 40 percent in overall server energy consumption alone. In addition, it provides tips and best practices for moving from data center consolidation to more flexible, trusted and optimized IT operations.
Both Juniper Networks and Affigent sponsored this report, along with a corresponding webinar that discusses the “do’s and don’ts” of data center optimization. The speakers included:
- Michael Valivullah, Chief Technology Officer, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), USDA
- Fred Whiteside, Program Manager, Data Center Consolidation Initiative, Systems Engineering Division, OASAM/OCIO, Department of Labor
- Bill Lemons, Director, Federal Systems Engineering, Juniper Networks
- Stephen Crooks, Enterprise Solutions Architect, Affigent, LLC