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Does the Data Center Provide an Advantage for Government?

Today, as I watched the Cisco Data Center webcast “Evolutionary Fabric, Revolutionary Scale: A Nondisruptive Way to Handle Dynamic Data Center and Cloud Environments” I thought about how data centers can provide an advantage for government agencies seeking ways to increase operational efficiency and reduce costs.

In many ways, data centers today have similar characteristics when compared to government organizations with:

  • isolated silos of information
  • labor-intensive manual processes
  • rising costs of service
  • limited flexibility
  • mandates to provide open access to information
  • changing workplace with mobile applications, video, …
  • requirements to ensure security

In the data center, silos include servers, storage, applications, and network devices.  In many government organizations, different agencies often operate independently in separate silos.

The strategic advantage for both government IT organizations and government agencies is to develop holistic strategies that unify the separate parts into a system to deliver better efficiency with higher resource utilization that is easier to manage and costs less.

Today’s webcast was delivered along with industry analysts, customers, and ecosystem partners and highlighted a number of technical innovations and ecosystem partners that can help government organizations build a platform for shared services to increase efficiency and reduce costs.

A good customer example is the California Department of Water Resources.   This agency needed  to access and manipulate large data sets with close collaboration with other federal, state, and local government subject matter experts.   The data center provides the flexibility, scale, and secure capabilities to support the mission.

I invite you to learn more about Cisco Data Center initiatives and share with me your ideas for how it provides an advantage for government.

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