byWilbur_Smith09-06-201710:23 AM - edited 09-06-201710:25 AM
As I was thinking through a topic for this blog entry, I remembered a conversation with a fellow SE describing their customer’s first demo with our new SLX router: “…yeah, and he thinks Air Traffic Controller is a blast!”
Though I didn’t get it initially, the comment was a joking reference to the underlying Linux OS that SLX-OS is built on. It took some Googling to learn Air Traffic Controller is a TTY Console-based game that has survived as a port into Linux. Still confused? Don’t worry, because the Internet is amazing at stuff like this: https://ttygames.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/air-traffic-controller
So is there really a hidden console game on Brocade’s newest routing platform, the SLX? Not quite, but it is inside the Third Party VM (TPVM) that can be deployed on SLX. What’s the TPVM and why should customers care? Before answering, let’s take a step back.
Awareness of the need for data center consolidation has come a long way since 2010 when the Office of Management and Budget launched the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI). However, while there is no lack of conversation on the issue, measurable results have been limited and the number of centers in operation has only increased.
The good news is that data center consolidation efforts have generated considerable savings over time – an estimated $2.8 billion from 2011 to 2015 according to recent GAO reports. Yet the same report stated that of the 10,584 data centers in operation, only 3,125 were closed in 2015 - revealing missed opportunities for greater savings. The benefits of consolidated, optimized data centers are tremendous: application effectiveness, programmatic control, security and data integrity, elasticity and scalability, and automation. All of these ensure agencies have a robust data center architecture that meets their current and future requirements.
Current directives like the recently released Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) support CIOs and agency leaders. The initiative requires agencies to not only report on their data consolidation efforts, but also optimize existing technology infrastructure and transition to more efficient options, such as cloud. The DCOI provides actionable guidance and places a freeze on new data centers. CIOs are now more empowered and driven to reduce government’s data center count to 1,000.
Last month at the Federal Forum in Washington, D.C., I joined Brocade’s industry partners and the government’s leading IT decision makers to discuss how new, exciting technologies are changing the way our government serves the American citizenry, enables warfighters and meets the demands of a growing list of stakeholders.
Agencies today are being asked to do a lot with their data. With information generated by new sources - from social media outlets to mobile devices - agencies must store, monitor, organize, access, and, most importantly, make sense of data in a way that allows them to best serve the American citizenry.
The data center is the eye of this data storm, and it’s essential that IT leaders have the best tools at their disposal to ensure information flows seamlessly throughout the network. These tools go beyond technology alone and must also include a strategic approach to acquisition planning.