Our Approach and Solutions For FDCCI Compliance and Success
ThunderCat Technology has partnered with our GSA Mentor, Knight Point Systems to create a specific methodology and process along with world class proprietary tools to guide Agencies through their entire Data Center Consolidation Initiative efforts from beginning to end. KPS handles IT services and assessments with certified best practices. ThunderCat handles all procurement, software, hardware, and facilities.
At the center of our approach is KPS’ Hercules. It is a proprietary asset management, mapping, and optimization tool developed specifically for DCCI. Hercules:
Acts a central repository for IT asset attributes
Tracks and helps manage changes in the IT infrastructure
Maps complex physical and logical relationships among assets, applications, people and facility data
Hercules provides a single, easy-to-use application to manage all data center assets.
- Faster and complete infrastructure assessments
- Increased infrastructure visibility
- Simplified change management
- Quick Compliance: It has specific Structured DCCI Reporting Deliverables to allow agencies to quickly and easily meet all OMB reporting requirements.
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History and Background of FDCCI
The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) is an Executive branch mandate from the Federal CIO that requires Government agencies to reduce the overall energy and real estate footprint of their data centers, with the targeted goals of reduced costs, increased security, and improved efficiency.
On February 26, 2010, The Federal CIO, Vivek Kundra, announced a Government-wide initiative to:
1. Promote the use of Green IT by reducing the overall energy and real estate footprint of government data centers
2. Reduce the cost of data center hardware, software and operations
3. Increase the overall IT security posture of the government
4. Shift IT investments to more efficient computing platforms and technologies
As per Executive Order 13514, the Agency Strategic Performance Sustainability Plans, must outline their approach to implement best management practices for energy-efficient management of servers andFederal data centers and reduce IT energy consumption by a minimum 30% over a 3-year period (FY 2010-2012)
In September 2009, OMB established a government-wide inventory of data center activity by federal agency. In February 2010, OMB issued guidance for the development of a government-wide strategy and agency data center consolidation plans to reduce the number and cost of Federal data centers, associated energy costs
Resources and White Papers
For the most current information and resources about he FDCCI mandate please visit, FDCCIConnect.com.
MeriTalk: FDCCI Big Squeeze Report
So will agencies' consolidation efforts pay off? Are we on track to Close 1,200 data centers by 2015? MeriTalk surveyed IT professionals from industry and government to check the pulse of Federal data center consolidation efforts.
FDCCI Strategy Guide
A whitepaper written by ThunderCat and partner Knight Point Systems to help you set up your data center consolidation and asset management strategy.
MeriTalk: Measure to Manage Report - Part II
In March 2011, MeriTalk worked with NetApp to survey 152 Federal IT decision makers and understand their data center consolidation progress, data center optimization metrics, and data center resource and cost savings opportunity. Sponsored by NetApp and dated June, 2011
Consolidation Conundrum - Juniper Networks White Paper
August 1, 2011. Report is based on survey of 200+ federal professionals conducted by MeriTalk in June 2011. The report highlights the complexity created by consolidation. 60% say they are running 20 or more operating systems in their data centers, and 48% use 20 or more management software applications. Federal IT managers estimate computing needs will increase by 37% over the next five years. Moreover, they estimate their data centers will need to be scaled up by 34% to meet their growing needs.
GAO Report to Congress on DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION
Agencies Need to Complete Inventories and Plans to Achieve Expected Savings. GAO is recommending that the Federal CIO, department secretaries, and agency heads take steps to ensure that agency data center inventories and consolidation plans are complete. Dated July 2011.
25 Point Implementation Plan To Reform Federal IT Management: Vivek Kundra, U.S. CIO
A detailed action plan is laid out by US Chief Information Officer, including complete detailed implementation plans to consolidate at least 800 data centers by 2015. Dated December 9, 2010.
Federal Cloud Computing Strategy: Vivek Kundra, U.S. CIO
Overview and Description of the Cloud First policy. The policy is intended to accelerate the pace at which the government will realize the value of cloud computing by requiring agencies to evaluate safe, secure cloud computing options before making any new investments. Dated February 8, 2011
MeriTalk: Measure to Manage Report
In March 2011, MeriTalk worked with NetApp to survey 152 Federal IT decision makers and understand their data center consolidation progress, data center optimization metrics, and data center resource and cost savings opportunity. Sponsored by NetApp and dated April 26, 2011
MeriTalk: Federal Data Center Addiction: The Road to Recovery
In September 2010, Riverbed worked with MeriTalk to survey 200 Federal civilian and intelligence IT managers to gauge consolidation status, examine agency strategies, and share lessons learned. Sponsored by Riverbed and dated November 15, 2010
Official answers to 17 of the most frequently asked questions about the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative published by the Chief Information Officer Council at CIO.gov.
Data Center Closings as of 4/11/11
Updated List of Data Centers Closings
State of the FDCCI Report- October 2010
Four page report from Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer and Richard Spires Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security. Dated October 1, 2010
FDCCI Plan Template- June 2010
This useful 37 page “How To” document provides further details on goals, definitions, phases, milestones, deliverables, and overall approaches to FDCCI. Dated February 2010 and posted on CIO.gov in June 2010.
Recent Articles on FDCCI
Tougher Road Ahead for Fed Data-Center Consolidation
via GCN. May 18, 2012. Whatever you call it, the relatively easy phase of the massive Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) is over. Many departments and agencies have rid themselves of the most obvious efficiency offenders: small data centers, facilities previously marked for closure and IT resources deemed surplus to mission requirements.
DOD discovers IT consolidation best practices
via Federal Computer Week, May 11, 2012. New IT investments have played a direct role in the Defense Department attaining a projected $60 billion in operational efficiencies through 2017 — from streamlined business processes and procurement to consolidated IT systems and staff support. Those efforts will be good practice if more drastic budget cuts are handed down.
196 federal data centers to be shuttered in fiscal 2013|
via Fierce Government IT. May 5, 2012. The federal government plans to close 196 data centers in fiscal 2013 according to newly-released figures posted May 11 to data.gov by the General Services Administration's federal data center consolidation initiative program management office. Of the 196 data centers set to close 106, or 54 percent, are owned by the Department of Defense. The Agriculture Department plans to close 25, almost 13 percent of the total closures planned for next year. The Health and Human Services Department plans to close 12 data centers, or about 6 percent of the total.
Managing Federal Data Centers
via Federal News Radio May 1, 2012. Interview with ThunderCat Technology CEO Tom Deierlein -- Vivek Kundra set an ambitious goal to drastically reduce the number of federal data centers. It has been estimated that the federal government has over 3,000 data centers, and it will take drastic action to reduce that number by a third.
Navy calls for industry help in data center consolidation
via Federal Computer Week, April 20, 2012. There are 150 data centers currently in the Navy. The Navy is looking for help from the private sector in its efforts to consolidate its data centers, according to a panel of experts at the Navy League’s Sea, Air, Space exposition on April 18. Consolidation is necessary because the Navy “has lots of rice bowls”—lots of offices and departments that want to hang onto their data—said Janice Haith, the Navy's director of assessments and compliance. But the Navy also wants to become more efficient in how it manages its IT assets and looks to commercial firms such as Google as examples to emulate, she said.
Latest Implementation Guidance from Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel
via CIO.gov March 19, 2012. Latest update from Fed CIO including updated definition of a data center, scope of reporting requirements, and how to reflect consolidation execution in agency fiscal year budget submissions.
Bumps Ahead For Feds' Data-Center Consolidation
via Network Computing. March 6, 2012.While the federal government has mandated that nearly 40% (more than 800) of its data centers be consolidated by 2015, the results of at least two recent studies indicate several concerns about the implications of the consolidation. According to the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI), federal government data centers quadrupled between 1998 and 2010, from 432 to 2,094, and, on average, they have been using only 27% of their computing power. As a result, federal CIOs are looking to consolidate effectively without compromising data center management by embracing server virtualization, shifting to a "cloud-first" policy and through modular computing.
Data On Government Data Center Closings Remains Spotty
via AOL Government January 26, 2012. The latest data table at Data.gov featuring an interactive snapshot of the government's progress in consolidating data centers is nice to look at ("eye candy" as some might say). But there are two big problems with it: First, it is not real data that can be copied directly into a spreadsheet and reused (try highlighting it and copying to a spreadsheet - it fails); and Second, when you do download the spreadsheet from the Socrata interface it has to be reformatted to map the data.
Complexity could jeopardize data center consolidation
via government Computer News: August 1, 2011. Federal data center consolidation efforts are increasingly complex, which could jeopardize potential cost savings, according to a new survey sponsored by Juniper Networks.
GAO: Federal Data Center Consolidation Plans Lack Details
via Information Week: July 28, 2011. A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released this week found that only one of 24 agencies required to submit data center inventories and consolidation plans by the end of last August submitted a complete inventory, while not a single agency submitted a complete plan.
Feds Must Detail Data Center Consolidations By October
via Information Week: July 25, 2011. Agencies will have to publish their plans online by October 7, according to a new memo by outgoing federal CIO Vivek Kundra.
Feds Can't Track Value Of Data Center Consolidation
via InformationWeek: June 30, 2011. Facing a mandate to consolidate data centers, many government IT staffs don't even have standard metrics to prove efficiency, survey says.
Most Feds Confident About Data Center Consolidation
via nextgov: May 23, 2011. Nearly 60 percent of federal government respondents think it's at least "somewhat feasible" that the government will be able to trim 800 of its more than 2,100 data centers by 2015, according to a privately funded survey released Monday.
Consistent Metrics, Definitions Needed for Feds' Data Center Consolidation
via IT Business Edge: May 11, 2011. Mark Weber, president of NetApp's U.S. Public Sector, says Public sector interest will likely grow quickly, given the government's five-year plan to trim its data center count by 40 percent by 2015.
Feds Ramp Up Efforts to Consolidate 2,000-Plus Data Centers
via Government Technology: May 2, 2011. The U.S. Office of Management and Budget plans to close 137 federal data centers by the end of 2011, continuing the implementation of the government-wide 25-point IT reform plan that was released last year.
Survey: Government Data Center Consolidation Could Save Billions
via CRN: April 28, 2011. The federal government is on the way to save a potential $18.8 billion per year on IT costs by consolidating several hundred data centers, according to a new survey.
Government to Pull Plug on 137 Data Centers
via Wall Street Journal: April 27, 2011. The Obama administration will unveil plans Wednesday to shut 137 of the 2,094 federal data centers by the end of the year, a move that officials see as a breakthrough in their effort to make the government's information-technology infrastructure more efficient and less costly.
WAN Optimization Headed to the Cloud
via CIO: April 18, 2011. WAN optimization has grown from a way to squeeze more out of corporate bandwidth to an enabler of data-center consolidation and now is helping move those data centers into the cloud.
Agencies to close more than 100 data centers this year
via Federal Times: April 12, 2011. The Obama administration plans to shut down more than 100 of its 2,094 data centers by December, as part of a larger effort to shutter 800 centers by 2015.
Is data center consolidation a fast path to cost savings?
via Federal Computer Weekly: November 18, 2010. A new MeriTalk survey suggests that they can save nearly one-third of their $45 billion IT budget – $14.6 billion -- through data center consolidation.
Is Kundra's data center consolidation initiative doomed?
via Federal Computer Weekly: November 3, 2010. Doubts about the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative deserve a second look. The obstacles ahead of the federal CIO’s Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) are numerous and growing.
Data center recount: Bigger problem, tougher solution than previously thought
via Federal Computer Weekly: Oct 25, 2010. OMB memo on the status of FDCCI states that there are 2,094 federal data centers, not the 1,100 figure that federal CIO Vivek Kundra cited when he launched the initiative in February.
How did the government miscount a thousand data centers?
via Government Computer News: October 15, 2010. The federal government has found that there are nearly 1,000 more data centers than previous estimates. Doug Duenkel, Chief Operating Officer at Knight Point Systems, said the revelation of previously uncounted data centers is no surprise.
How to save energy and money through data center consolidation
via Federal Computer Weekly: October 10, 2010. Power management, virtualization are critical to improving efficiency.
Data center consolidation a decade away, report says
via Government Computer News. September 23, 2010. Input cites lack of funding as biggest obstacle.
Culture, management issues continue to affect consolidation efforts
via Government Computer News: September 17, 2010. The success of data center consolidation initiatives will be determined more by culture and management issues than by technology, according to federal managers and industry experts speaking at a recent conference on data center optimization.
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