The Future of Government Data Centers

Tuesday - 8/5/2014, 11:32am EDT





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The Data center has become the focal point for several IT initiatives and trends. The consolidation initiative may be reducing the number of data centers, but that's only the beginning of the story. Agencies find they also need to update and optimize the data centers they do keep. They are also re- evaluating how users and applications interact with data centers. This is driven by the need to balance dedicated use in the client-server or web application model, shared services in the software- or infrastructure-as-a- service model, and the emergence of the cloud as part of the extended infrastructure.

Plus, new technologies such as solid-state mass storage and software-defined storage change the performance and management characteristics of infrastructure.

Federal News Radio's expert federal panel discussed these topics.

In Part One, panelists discuss what happens data center consolidation as agencies try to optimize the resulting infrastructure. Plus strategies for using shared services where appropriate. Part Two covers metrics for success in reducing costs and infrastructure redundancy. In Part Three, panelists cover cloud adoption, strategies for maintaining hybrid environments and best practices when using multi-tenant environments for critical agency applications and data.

Moderator

Tom Temin, Federal News Radio

Tom Temin is the host of Federal Drive weekdays from 6-9 a.m. on Federal News Radio 1500AM. Tom Temin has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. He was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines, both of which were regular winners of national reporting awards. Before joining Federal News Radio, Tom wrote (and continues to write) a column on government IT and acquisition topics. He was a regular guest on Federal News Radio before joining the team.

Panelists

Kimberly Hancher, Chief Information Officer, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Kimberly Hancher is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) bringing technology know-how to the mission of eliminating unlawful discrimination in the workplace. Previously, she was FCC's Deputy CIO (10 years) and VA's Chief of Data Exchange (15 years). She is best known for her leadership in establishing a Federal BYOD program in 2012. In 2013 she was awarded NextGov's "Bold Award" for innovation in improving Government Services. She was ACT-IAC's 2014 Excellence.gov Awards Chair. Currently, she is on the Government IT Executive Council (GITEC) Vice President.

Shawn Kingsberry, CIO for the Recovery, Accountability and Transparency Board

Shawn Kingsberry is the Assistant Director of Technology and the Chief Information Officer for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (Recovery Board). His role as the Recovery Board's CIO includes serving as a senior advisor to senior executives on all information technology matters, including investments and emerging initiatives and to assist in the coordination of all information technology day-to-day operations and activities. He also participates in the planning, coordinating, administering of projects, processes, procedures, standards, and/or service offerings while also ensuring timely and adequate implementation of established Recovery Board goals and objectives.

André Mendes, Director of Global Operations for the Broadcasting Board of Governors

As Director of Global Operations, André Mendes manages, supervises and directs the IBB Chief of Staff, the Office of Technology, Services and Innovation (TSI) and serves as program administrator for the grants made to the BBG-sponsored grantees.

Darren House, Director, Solutions Management, Avnet Government Solutions

Darren House is the Director of Solutions Management at Avnet Government Solutions. He is responsible for managing solution development strategies and efforts in key technologies for government IT customers, understanding and identifying trends, drivers and incentives in public sector with a focus on the business value dependencies and impacts in the public sector market.

Raj Rana, Senior Systems Engineering Manager, Partner Ecosystem NetApp

Raj Rana leads the Systems Engineering team for the Go-to-Market pathways for NetApp U.S. Public Sector Inc., in Vienna, VA. In this role, Mr. Rana is focused specifically on the Alliances, Value Added Resellers, System Integrator and Service Provider channels. He is also responsible for technical channel enablement, solution strategy and incubation of new roles and responsibilities in the U.S. Public Sector division.