Agile Federal Data Centers: The Drive to Thrive

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Making improvements

Nearly three quarters of IT pros have improved the reliability of their data center over the past two years. When asked what specific changes or investments their agency had made, the answers included:

  • "Additional mirror drives."
  • "Changing from traditional hardware and systems to virtual systems."
  • "More security."
  • "Downsizing the number of data centers."
  • "Data backup and downtime prevention."
  • "Upgrading software, hardware, and trained personnel."
  • "Asset consolidation and visualization."

As worldwide data use escalates, so does our reliance on data centers. But what would happen if we took the data and data centers away? How valuable is real-time data access to federal employees, and what are federal IT departments doing to ensure reliability and security?

To examine these issues, MeriTalk surveyed federal field workers* and data center leads. They asked field workers about their reliance on information access, the impact of downtime, and the importance of the data center. They then asked the data center leads how well they can effectively deliver the right information resources to the right users – even in a business continuity scenario – and meet their SLAs.

The resulting Drive to Thrive report compares the two perspectives and offers advice to federal agencies on designing and implementing a truly agile data center. This slideshow features highlights from the survey conducted by MeriTalk and sponsored by Symantec.

*Field workers are defined as those who perform duties that require their physical presence in the field or otherwise away from a federal office facility more than 50 percent of the hours they work. This could include teleworking, field service, traveling, etc.


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