Next generation data centers are fundamentally changing the way agencies support their mission by using software to virtualize, optimize, and simplify data management. In order to keep up with changing demands, data centers must be agile and scalable to respond quickly to requirements and expand capacity and performance without downtime. The next generation data center must be equipped with storage solutions that allow for applications to be deployed quickly and with greater agility. Cloud services and flash storage are the underlying components of the agile modern data center.

Also changing the future of federal data center management are policies such as the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), an effort that supercedes the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) in reducing the overall federal data center footprint while optimizing data center infrastructures with cloud services. With the adoption of DCOI, there has been a huge push to optimize and innovate over 10,000 data centers operated by federal agencies, and as such, flash technology will be an optimal solution for agencies looking to modernize current data storage infrastructure.

In a recent industry perspective conducted by GovLoop, it was stated that cloud workloads are expected to triple over the next three years. Cisco predicts that “by 2020, 92 percent of workloads will be processed by cloud data centers; 8 percent will be processed by traditional data centers.” Plus, “overall data center workloads will more than double (2.6 fold) from 2015 to 2020; however, cloud workloads will more than triple (3.2-fold) over the same period,” according to the Cisco Global Cloud Index, released in 2016.

The combination of these factors – the DCOI, a move to data center modernization, and the rise of big data all mean one thing: agencies will be moving to flash technology as they change the way data centers are being managed. As such, we thought it would be useful to put together some tips to help guide IT leadership on the journey to flash implementation. Here they are:

  • Understand the Importance of Architecture. There are many data storage options to consider when moving to flash and IT leadership must decide what makes the most sense to best support the agency’s mission. Will you need an all-flash array or a hybrid solution? Whatever the choice may be, IT leaders must also factor in interoperability and addresses latency concerns. You can find out more about the differences in storage solutions here.
  • Focus on Flash Delivery. Flash technology vendors have different approaches to implementation. Be sure you have a solid understanding of the legacy infrastructure, requirements, and agency mission prior to implementation.
  • Build a Flexible Network. As data grows within your agency, you will need integrated systems that can scale out, and a network with the ability to move workloads around where they are needed.

Agency IT infrastructure must be highly scalable, rapidly accessible to multiple applications, and flexible. Data center managers need storage systems that will let them deploy new applications faster and with greater agility. Flash storage is rapidly becoming the standard storage technology enterprises and government agencies are deploying to meet the requirements of the next generation data center.

Interested in learning more about how you can power the next

generation data center with flash storage? Download GovLoop’s industry perspective here.

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