Federal Agencies Turn to Software-Defined Data Storage

Federal Agencies Turn to Software-Defined Data Storage

By John K. Higgins

Apr 17, 2017 2:46 PM PT

Federal agencies seeking to deal with huge amounts of information have begun embracing the software-defined data center, a technology tool that has come into vogue for managing and storing data. The SDDC is an offshoot of IT virtualization that uses a software-defined architecture.

Agencies have been striving to save money and improve the management and storage of data in response to government mandates.

Agencies must “develop and report on data center strategies to consolidate inefficient infrastructure, optimize existing facilities, improve security posture, achieve cost savings, and transition to more efficient infrastructure, such as cloud services and inter-agency shared services,” states a federal CIO directive issued last summer.

The directive launched the Data Center Optimization Initiative to supersede and strengthen the federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative of 2010.

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