Network Critical Assists Federal Agencies with Data Center Consolidation Initiative

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Network Critical is working with federal agencies helping achieve the goals outlined in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative as directed by the OMB.

Network Critical is working with federal agencies helping achieve the goals outlined in the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative as directed by the OMB. According to a memo dated October 1, 2010 from Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer, “The Initiative aims to address the growth of data centers and assist agencies in leveraging best practices from the public and private sector to:

  •     Promote the use of Green IT
  •     Reduce the cost of data center hardware, software and operations
  •     Increase the overall IT security posture of the government; and,
  •     Shift IT investments to more efficient computing platforms and technologies.”

Many Federal Agencies are currently operating anywhere from 2 to over 700 data centers. By consolidating the data centers and their access to the Internet (Trusted Internet Connections Initiative), these agencies are not only reducing equipment costs, space and energy requirements, they are helping increase the overall security of the network. With fewer points of access to the Internet, there are fewer access points for security breaches and attacks from malicious sources. Further, by reducing the points of access more focus can be put on securing those gateways.

Achieving the goals of the Initiative presents unique challenges. Faster links are required to accommodate the aggregated traffic from multiple Agency locations. Specialized tools are necessary to secure the data and maintaining network up-time becomes even more critical as more sites funnel traffic through the gateway to the Internet.

Network Critical is working with a major Federal Agency, six security technology companies and an integrator to achieve these goals by utilizing the SmartNA platform for aggregating specialized tools on high speed links and distributing the correct information to the appropriate tools. The high density, low power, and modular architecture are all key architectural requirements to meet the goals of the Initiative.

There are 2,094 data centers serving 24 Federal Agencies that have been identified over the last eight months as meeting the definition of a data center for the purpose of the Initiative. OMB will release data center reduction targets as part of the President’s 2012 budget.

About Network Critical:
Network Critical is a global innovator of network access, tap and aggregation products with solutions for enterprise, government and service providers. Our solutions provide 100% access to network data and guaranteed link uptime when attaching security, analysis, performance and compliance tools. Learn more about Network Critical at http://www.networkcritical.com

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