New Opportunities in the Government Sector: Part 1

Across the world there are new opportunities for data center and IT consulting companies to capitalize on the consolidation projects being launched in the Government sector.  Like commercial enterprises, governments focusing on governance (no pun intended) of IT see the benefits of consolidation of the data processing footprint.  Also like commercial enterprises, governments have business silos (perhaps even more so than commercial enterprises), with duplication of functions and roles, overlapping systems and technology, as well as lots and lots of waste.  Consolidation portends cost savings through elimination of non-beneficial redundancies, and better application of good governance processes to the holistic IT environment.

In the government sector, these projects are big.  Really big.  In a series of posts, we’ll cover several countries around the globe in which the government is planning large scale data center consolidations.

Part 1:  United States of America

In the United States (my home country), the federal government has embarked upon a six-month planning cycle to address data center sprawl.  Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, instructed federal agency CIO’s to embark on a broad consolidation initiative to bring control to the government’s data center sprawl (now counting over 1,000 data centers).  Goals of the initiative include:

New Tier Models, and The Uptime Institute Tier Ratings for Data Centers

Uptime Institute Tier III Data Center SchematicBob Landstrom, CGEIT, CISSP, CDCDP

The Tier Model for Mission Critical Facilities, created and governed by The Uptime Institute (TUI), is the most pervasively referenced data center tier model.  It is not the only multi-level model describing the quality of data center facilities, but it by far enjoys the majority of mindshare in this regard.

The four-tier model from The Uptime Institute was developed through thoughtful analysis and extensive empirical data from facilities of member organizations.  Quality control over interpretation and accreditation of tier ratings to facilities is closely guarded by TUI.  Awarding a tier level to a facility can only be done through designated professional services suppliers sanctioned by TUI.  Self proclaimed use of a tier rating by any company without TUI involvement exposes the firm to legal action by TUI.  Even so, misuse and misappropriation by enterprises world-wide is prolific.