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DCOI & Composable Infrastructure for Federal Agencies

Posted on
March 4, 2020

Since 2016 there has been a push for IT modernization across government. Considering the requirements of the Cloud Smart strategy, Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), this movement will include restructuring data centers to deliver better services to the public, while increasing ROI to taxpayers. Indeed, the initiative has met with significant success so far, claiming savings upwards of $2-billion and several thousands of government data centers closed or consolidated due to these efforts.

Without a new approach to data center management, however, government IT leaders risk paying a higher price for the agility found in public cloud in the form of unnecessary costs and additional burdens on already overburdened IT teams.

For many agencies, Composable Infrastructure and software-defined data centers offer a better solution than public cloud.  These closely related strategies complement one another and provide more flexibility, scalability, and better resource utilization in an on-premise cloud.  Traditional software-defined data center technologies layer a software-based management console on top of virtualized computing, networking and storage to create one large, agile pool of IT resources.   Building on this, Composable Infrastructure treats each data center element and IT resource as a Service and allows administrators to programmatically compose them in real time to meet workload demand.

According to DCOI: agencies “shall continue to principally reduce application, system, and database inventories to essential enterprise levels by increasing the use of virtualization to enable pooling of storage, network and computer resources, and dynamic allocation on-demand.” Shifting to Composable data center Infrastructure and software-defined data centers can help agencies realize those goals.

Here are some of the benefits of composable infrastructure that agencies should consider:

Improved Infrastructure Utilization

Better Hardware Resource and Software License Utilization Improving TCO

Agile & Simple Deployment of Infrastructure

Dynamic Deployment of Infrastructure for Targeted Applications

Extended Product Lifecycle

Expand Capabilities of Existing Infrastructure

Independent Scaling of Resources

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Another benefit of composable infrastructure is that it keeps sensitive information on-premise, thereby reducing runaway costs associated with public cloud, and decreasing security concerns. It offers the same flexibility, configurability and agility seen in public clouds to their on-premise datacenter. That’s important when resources need to remain in-house for reasons of cost, compliance, and security.

Learn more about how composable infrastructure meets the goals outlined by DCOI by downloading our new white paper, “Why Should Enterprises Move to a True Composable Infrastructure Solution,” today.

Posted on
March 4, 2020
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