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24 Data Explosion Requires Efficiencies A tidal wave of data from mobile devices cries out for more efficient storage and analysis. “You have so much more data coming in from citizen outreach, social media, mobile devices, sensors and imaging data that requires orders of magnitude in terms of storage,” says Gaydos. “Twenty years ago, soldiers didn’t have anything on them that communicated with the network,” says Sam Ceccola, HP ’s Department of Defense account chief technologist. “Today, just about everything they have – from cameras, GPS devices and tanks – is computerized and transmits data.” The Internet of Things promises even more data from a host of environmental sensors and other devices. In fact, the tremendous growth of data and applications demands that agencies adopt new strategies to deal with the volume. “ We simply can’t afford anymore to meet these needs simply by buying a lot more servers, storage and bandwidth,” says Ceccola. “ If we don’t get a lot more efficient, at some point soon, we won’t be able to keep the lights on.” Other advantages of application consolidation include improved government services and constituent relations. “Many agencies wrestle with duplication of applications for the same or overlapping purposes,” says Greg Schulz, senior advisory analyst for StorageIO. “Consolidation means not just reducing the number of data centers and servers but the applications running on those servers.” Scalability, agility and quick delivery of new services are also benefits of consolidation, virtualization and the cloud. “ We see an exponential technology change in some federal agencies,” says Scott Gaydos, chief technologist for the U.S . Public Sector at HP. “The first wave was virtualization and automation for compute, storage and the network. The next is a business transformation that coalesces infrastruc ture into services that make sense to IT’s business users. IT can offer a consistent catalog of well-defined services such as compute, email, identity and phone services and one place to go for them across the entire agency.” Data analytics is a big consolidation payoff. The tremendous volume of structured and unstructured data generated from digitized services not only makes storage requirements skyrocket, it holds the promise of major new insights and services. “The General Services Administration consolidated its supply chain into a single-view order management system running in the cloud,” says Pavco. “ Not only did this save costs by consolidating ordering, it made it easier to apply advanced analytics that have helped the GSA improve the supply chain and better predict customer needs.” The Army hopes to achieve similar results with its supply chain system. Other agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Veterans Affairs Department and National Institutes of Health, are using healthcare data analytics to improve research and patient care. FEATURE | DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION CLOUD BENEFITS Cloud computing can bring a number of benefits to agencies, including predictable costs, scalability, agility and faster delivery of new applications and services. In the case of SaaS, IT departments can delegate application management, security patches and server upgrades to the provider, leaving more time for IT staff to focus on strategic initiatives rather than mundane tasks. According to MeriTalk’s Cloud First Consumer Guide, agencies are reaping some other interesting benefits as well. Thanks to the subscription model, some agencies have found it easier to track numbers of users per application, and therefore the actual cost of using IT services. Moving direc tly to the cloud enabled the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board to meet its statutory obligations without having to manage a data center. And the Commerce Department’s Office of the Inspector General improved the reliability of its emergency messaging system by putting it in the cloud. Because the provider operates multiple locations across the country, the OIG can switch operations during natural disasters. According to the December 2014 Government Business Council report, Lessons Learned in Federal Cloud Adoption, the cloud is largely fulfilling its promise, as 76 percent of federal respondents said that their cost savings from cloud adoption either met or exceeded their expectations. 83 percent agreed that security met or exceeded expectations. 22-25 GSO MKT14F099.indd 3 3/4/15 3:57 PM
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