GSA Spearheads Efforts for Government-wide Data Center Optimization Initiative
WASHINGTON — Today Administrator Denise Turner Roth of the U.S. General Services Administration announced that GSA’s Office of Government-wide Policy (OGP) will serve as the Managing Partner for OMB’s Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI). The initiative requires federal agencies to develop and report on data center strategies to consolidate infrastructure, improve existing facilities, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud and shared services.
“GSA welcomes the opportunity to support OMB in its efforts to achieve government-wide data center optimization,” said Administrator Roth. “To champion agency efforts to modernize and optimize their data centers, we’re building a robust shared services marketplace. The marketplace will ensure an even playing field for customers to learn about and negotiate services with providers.”
To date, OGP has made significant progress to empower agencies in creating their own path to data center optimization:
Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tool Assessment: Identifying and reviewing tools that agencies can use to monitor, measure, manage and/or control data center utilization and energy consumption of all IT-related equipment. Marketplace Breaking Ground: Drawing the blueprint for agencies to access shared services and acquire DCIM tools/products in a robust marketplace by collaborating with the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) on contract vehicles and the Acquisition Gateway platform, and leveraging expertise from the Unified Shared Services Management (USSM). Identifying and Preparing Inter-Agency Shared Service Providers for Marketplace Participation: Creating a qualification process for agencies to become service providers (e.g. expression of interest, application process, operating standards), and developing common service models and financial models to help guide their marketplace activity. Moving to the Cloud: Investigating best practices to select cloud services to store data online vs. on-premise hardware that stores data within an organization’s local network. OGP is collaborating with GSA’s FAS and FedRAMP to make available information on