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storage resources and networking fabrics. Together, modu- lar data centers and converged IT solutions can compress the time required to expand computing capacity and allow IT departments to implement the latest performance- and ef ciency-boosting innovations. Although they might be a relative novelty for civilian agencies, modular data centers are not new to military operations, said Shawn McCarthy, a research director at IDC Government Insights. For years, the military has taken advantage of the pods compactness, which makes them easy to transport and cool. In the civilian world, he added, IT managers target modu- lar data centers for two main types of applications: when an agency needs a temporary expansion in capacity or when a newer data center is built with expansion in mind. "The value of modular data centers is they come pre- assembled," Tombe said. "You connect the appropriate power and network couplings to the container, and you are good to go." In the federal government, the modular components also dovetail with cloud- rst policies. A module and a converged architecture, for example, could be an effective foundation for a private cloud. "Many IT managers may see certain portions of their operations removed from the data center --- for example, the email systems," McCarthy said. "For what s left, they could choose a pod." Plug-in modularity could also alleviate some of the day-to- day installation and maintenance headaches IT departments face. Because the infrastructure components arrive as a prefabricated unit, the IT staff doesn t spend time specifying and procuring individual components and then assembling them into a working unit. That could enable CIOs to dedicate their technical experts to improving the agencies operations rather than focusing on routine tasks, or they could even reduce their staffs. Some federal IT managers are looking for other bene ts. For example, with more than 300 data centers, the Depart- ment of Veterans Affairs has plenty of IT capacity. "We re not looking at the pod concept to expand our day-to-day operations," said Christopher Shorter, VA s executive direc- tor of enterprise operations. Instead, department of cials April 30, 2013 FCW.COM 31 TO LEARN MORE, VISIT: WWW.FCW.COM/2013BUSINESSCONTINUITY TOPICS INCLUDE: BUSINESS CONTINUITY: IT BEGINS WITH A PLAN WHEN IT COMES TO NETWORKING, PLAN FOR THE WORST CLOUD: TAILOR-MADE FOR CONTINUITY PLANNING 21ST CENTURY COMMS BRING OPPORTUNITIES, PITFALLS TELEWORK READY FOR STARRING ROLE IN CONTINUITY PLANS BUSINESS CONTINUIT Y Special Report ONLINE REPORT SPONSORED BY:
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