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DISA Tackling Hard Work And Making Tough Choices In Data Center Consolidation

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DISA, the Defense Information Systems Agency, manages the core infrastructure that keeps the Department of Defense (DoD) IT backbone alive. The sunk cost of this infrastructure gives the DoD reliable and secure data transport, internal computer services and private cloud computing capabilities. These guys know data centers well. They are on a path to consolidate data centers where they can, and no doubt are also looking to modernize and enhance their data center architecture when then can as well.

This is a journey, not just a destination. A couple new milestones along that journey have just been reported by DISA. The following is from a press release at: http://ctolink.us/1iy1KXN

DISA TAKES STEP TOWARD DATA CENTER CONSOLIDATION

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) closed data center operations at Dayton, Ohio, and Chambersburg, Pa., and transferred the functions of these centers to other Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECCs) Oct. 1.

The reallocation of operations from Dayton and Chambersburg enables the agency to consolidate and converge existing information technology infrastructures to gain financial and operational efficiencies across the enterprise. It also supports the adoption of the Joint Information Environment (JIE), a major Department of Defense (DoD) initiative to provide a consolidated, collaborative, and secure JIE that enables end-to-end information sharing and interdependent enterprise services across the department. JIE will enable secure, seamless access to information regardless of computing device or location.

DISA and the military departments are aggressively consolidating their data centers and information technology infrastructure. This consolidation will establish a core computing infrastructure that provides assured and ubiquitous access to vital enterprise services and aggregates computing services and infrastructure requirements to gain economic efficiencies of scale.

About 30 civilian employees were affected by these closures. All were reassigned to other positions within DoD or elected to retire from federal service.

Through a diverse portfolio of information technology capabilities, DISA’s DECCs provide a common platform that enhances operational effectiveness and facilitates increased collaboration for the DoD.

DISA remains focused on providing standardized, robustly interconnected data centers that are available to support the combatant commands, military services, and agency requirements as needed. DISA is also committed to providing cutting-edge, secure, and globally accessible technologies in support of mission partners, regardless of agency or military service affiliation.

 

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECC) are staffed with trained and certified 24x7 Service Desk personnel whose goal is complete customer satisfaction, via resolution of problems with direct human contact on the first call. Through a diverse portfolio of information technology capabilities, DISA's DECCs provide a common platform that enhances operational effectiveness and facilitates increased collaboration for the DoD. (Official DISA Photo. Released.)

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECC) are staffed with trained and certified 24×7 Service Desk personnel whose goal is complete customer satisfaction, via resolution of problems with direct human contact on the first call. Through a diverse portfolio of information technology capabilities, DISA’s DECCs provide a common platform that enhances operational effectiveness and facilitates increased collaboration for the DoD. (Official DISA Photo. Released.)

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) technicians complete constant and routine maintenance on all facilities and systems, providing assured and ubiquitous access to vital enterprise services. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the military departments are aggressively consolidating data centers and information technology infrastructure to gain economic efficiencies of scale. (Official DISA Photo. Released.)

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Enterprise Computing Center (DECC) technicians complete constant and routine maintenance on all facilities and systems, providing assured and ubiquitous access to vital enterprise services. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the military departments are aggressively consolidating data centers and information technology infrastructure to gain economic efficiencies of scale. (Official DISA Photo. Released.)

 

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECC) provide safe, secure, and robust data center management for a wide array of DoD financial, logistics, personnel, and communications systems and applications across IBM mainframe, Windows, Linux, and Unix platforms. (Official DISA Photo. Released.)

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Defense Enterprise Computing Centers (DECC) provide safe, secure, and robust data center management for a wide array of DoD financial, logistics, personnel, and communications systems and applications across IBM mainframe, Windows, Linux, and Unix platforms. (Official DISA Photo. Released.)

 

 

 

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