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Data center consolidation and energy efficiency O is to reduce energy costs and usage. agencies are expected to "go green," tools or by hiring a consultant. Either way, the goal is to measure current energy reduce energy. Armed with those results, it's time to start taking action. Here are some options to consider: expended. One option is replacing older hardware, such as late-model CPUs combined with server blades and racks. Another method is through server virtualization. Both are tried-and-true energy costs. scalable power and cooling systems, which can manage the IT load more uninterruptible power supply. Once the plan is complete, consider which combines planning, management management, maintain optimum energy Slowly but surely, agencies are consolidation equation. For example, center consolidation plan, the Social Security Administration is actively working on a plan that would allow it to equipment layouts and design. GameChanger GAME CHANGING TECHNOLOGY TO MEET AGENCY MISSIONS SPONSORED REPORT DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION 10-35: The percentage of cost reduction the typical organization will experience through data center consolidation. Source: Deloitte: Data Center Consolidation in the Federal Government 27: The average utilization percentage of the U.S. government's IT infrastructure before the federal data center consolidation initiative got underway. www.datacenterknowledge.com 315: The number of federal data centers scheduled to be closed between October 2012 and September 2013. explore.data.gov 382: The number of federal data centers closed between February 2010 and October 2012. explore.data.gov 500: The number of dollars in energy costs a data center could save by decommissioning a single 1U rack server per year, plus an additional $500 in operating system licenses and $1,500 in hardware maintenance costs. blog.uptimeinstitute.com 1,000: The number of dollars saved by reducing the energy in a data center by 1kilowatt. Source: Schneider Electric 2,094: The total number of data center operated by the federal government in 2010 (the peak). Source: Executive Office of the President: Office of Management and Budget $2.4 billion: Amount estimated to be saved by 2015 if data center consolidation efforts stay on track. www.gao.gov/assets FEDERAL DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION BY THE NUMBERS 5 TIPS FOR SUCCESSFUL DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION 1. Create operational and governance frameworks for the new, consolidated infrastructure; this not only proves the business need for each step, but creates a usable roadmap and reference point as the project gets underway. 2. Catalog your assets and understand dependencies. Make sure you know exactly what software, hardware, networking equipment, heat/ cooling, peripherals and personnel are dedicated to your organization, and how everything relates to each other. Otherwise, you may overlook an option for consolidation or negatively impact one system by disabling another. 3. Prioritize your actions. Move low-risk and common applications and services first. For hardware, prioritize consolidation based on age and refresh schedules. For software, prioritize by application usage and mission requirements. 4. Make hard decisions about what stays and what goes. This may involve moving, deleting, archiving and storing data. 5. Measure your progress. Use tools to benchmark and measure your progress during and after the consolidation effort. This ensures that you're moving in the right direction and hitting your targets.
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