Because of their continued growth, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a mandate – known as the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) – to establish efficiency levels that federal data centers must meet by the end of FY2018. Power usage effectiveness (PUE) is one of the metrics that will be used to benchmark, measure and manage these performance levels.
Although the mandate is specifically for federal data centers, nearly any data center could deploy the suggested strategies to reduce operating costs and save energy. Here’s a quick overview of the DCOI initiative’s history, its current status and its roadmap for the future.
DCOI Background and Current Requirements
In 2010, the OMB developed the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) to encourage government agencies to implement green tools, systems and alternatives to reduce capital and operating expenses and strengthen IT security in data centers. They were also encouraged to consider cloud-based solutions to develop efficient computing platforms and take advantage of fresh data center technologies.
In December 2014, President Barack Obama signed the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) into law. It enabled FDCCI, and added reporting requirements like data center inventories, multi-year reduction and optimization strategies, metrics, schedules with end dates, annual cost reductions and investments, and public reporting requirements.
On Aug. 2, 2016, the FDCCI was replaced by the current DCOI. This updated mandate requires that all agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense, develop and report on strategies to consolidate legacy IT infrastructure, optimize current data center facilities, improve overall data center security, reduce energy use and use cloud-based services.
DCOI specifics include:
The DCOI mandate also provided a description of data centers and optimization requirements:
DCOI has three primary goals:
The OMB is required to provide the public with a current IT dashboard that shows real-time progress for all agencies according to the three goals listed above. The dashboard provides current metrics on tiered and non-tiered data center closure goals, servers taken offline, total square footage reduction and total electricity usage reduction.
Future DCOI Roadmap
Although the current DCOI is moving toward achieving the goals set forth in the 2016 mandate, the path toward completing the goals is unclear based on the current White House Administration’s view on consolidating IT resources.
In an age of battling cybercrime and cybersecurity, the future could bring fewer computing facilities to serve agency needs, but more computing services and platforms to decrease federal data center system vulnerability.
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For more than 15 years, Daniel Bodenski has worked as a design professional with world-class data center owners/operators. Before joining Belden in January 2017, Daniel held positions with EEC/NTT Facilities, CRB Consulting Engineers and Syska Hennessy Group. His goal is to help data center operators build, maintain, and operate a highly efficient, reliable, and scalable facility.