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Data Security: Think Outside The Box
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Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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4/25/2014 | 11:02:59 AM
More about consolidation
Jeff, you make an interesting point about what the private sector can learn from the public sector with respect to consolidation of government datacenters. Can you give an example? 

 

 
Jeffrub1
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Jeffrub1,
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4/25/2014 | 1:21:10 PM
Re: More about consolidation
The prevailing security wisdom in the private sector - that all sensitive data should be kept within company-owned and operated data centers - is now changing along the lines of the federal government's data center consolidation initiative.  Specifically, it is often unnecessary and inefficient, particularly from an economies of scale perspective, to maintain separate physical data centers just to ensure data security.  Increasingly, companies are accepting cloud-managed applications and facilities to handle these once unthinkably risky data transactions.  The rationale goes beyond simple cost advantages; because these third parties are expert at data handling and security, they can actually improve the quality of the security.  Scale advantages include a deeper and broader experience with threat vectors and security breach possibilities, so security can be enhanced in ways that most smaller enterprises couldn't possibly be able to predict and react.
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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4/28/2014 | 3:51:53 PM
Re: More about consolidation
Thanks, Jeff. Another question: How far along is the federal government datacenter consolidation effort at this juncture? I've read several blogs and news articles, such as this one from Bob Otto, former CIO & CTO for the United States Postal Service. in InformationWeek, that the experience has been mixed? 
Jeffrub1
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Jeffrub1,
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4/29/2014 | 12:31:16 AM
Re: More about consolidation
As with many government initiatives, it could be further along than it is! I think we can all agree that data center consolidation is, point blank, a good idea (not just with cost cutting, but for environmental impact) and certainly a strategy that seems more private sector-esque (versus the usually more conservative, agency-specific IT policies of the government). The initial goals of the data center consolidation program were lofty: save $3 billion and shutter 40% of government data centers by 2015. It appears that won't happen. But I would say enough progress has been made to call it a modest success given the far-reaching goals.


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