On August 1, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released Memorandum M-16-19, Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies. The memorandum established the Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), designed to help Federal agencies meet OMB requirements to consolidate and modernize IT infrastructure.
The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, commonly referred to as FITARA, became law in December of 2014. The Act requires the heads of government agencies to ensure their chief information officers are significantly involved in each agency’s respective IT decisions, including planning, programming, budgeting, execution, reporting, management, governance, and oversight.
Modern demands are changing the way the government purchases, builds and delivers storage solutions – and Federal agencies are calling for a network transformation that empowers IT and accelerates mission performance. But let’s start from the beginning and then turn to the road ahead.In 1979, a 250 MB hard drive weighed 550 pounds and cost tens of thousands of dollars. Today, a 16 GB microSD card holds 64 times more data, weighs four tenths of a gram and costs $11. Look how far we’ve come. Impressive? Yes. But, there are still some growing pains.The White House reports government-wide legacy IT spending rising only slightly from 68 percent to 70.3 percent from FY 2015 through FY 2018.