Agencies must evolve siloed architectures into new managed services operations models that allow them to both extract and demonstrate value from their IT infrastructures.
The Office of Management and Budget announced the Federal Data Consolidation Initiative in February 2010 with a focus on reducing data center footprints, costs and redundancy and promoting consolidation, efficiency and sustainability. In June 2010, President Obama released a Presidential Memorandum calling for federal agencies to eliminate unnecessary federal real estate including “common asset types such as data centers.”
The president wrote, “…Over the past decade, the private sector reduced its data center footprint by capitalizing on innovative technologies to increase efficiencies. However, during that same period, the Federal Government experienced a substantial increase in the number of data centers, leading to increased energy consumption, real property expenditures, and operations and maintenance costs.”
As the memorandum notes, the private sector has set the pace for data center transformation. Corporate CIOs have consolidated their companies' infrastructures, cut IT expenditures, automated processes to streamline the provisioning and configuration of servers and applications, and leveraged more efficient managed services data center models. These efforts have delivered critical outcomes for high performance, including lower costs, improved efficiencies, reduced data center footprints and better control of complex technical environments.
Accenture Next Generation Data Center is much more than data center rationalization or application hosting; this solution brings true transformation for high performance, giving agencies the agility to respond more quickly, accurately and reliably to today’s unpredictable demands. Proven, scalable and cost effective, Next Generation Data Center leverages commercial innovation to deliver services quickly and support information sharing and IT growth.
Accenture Next Generation Data Center is built on the concept of having multiple data and delivery center nodes that work interchangeably. This model leverages the strength of Accenture’s own Global Delivery Network—the largest and most diversified group of technology, business process and outsourcing professionals in the world.
Every delivery center is linked with every other delivery center to ensure business continuity. This multi-node approach offers data center operations that mitigate risk, scale quickly, enable redundancy, integrate enterprise management processes and preserve mission continuity with proactive failover solutions.
Based in the strength of Accenture’s global data center experience—and our unmatched ability to align commercial data center innovation with a deep understanding of the federal government—Next Generation Data Centers make the most of the latest technologies. They help the federal government provide quality services quickly with a seamless transition to enable collaboration and sustained cost, time and resource savings. This solution means that organizations can support their efforts to:
Virtualize all layers of the technology stack to logically pool data center resources.
Optimize resource sharing across applications.
Use provisioning techniques to allocate virtualized infrastructures, applications and services to improve “time to implement.”
Leverage a service-oriented infrastructure with automated IT processes that enable auto-provisioning based on capacity and service-level objectives.
Create an integrated operations framework that is proactive, predictive and can drive changes in the IT environment.
Manage IT-enabled processes and integrated applications as business services rather than as discrete technology components.
Remotely engineer, manage and operate the common computing and storage environment.