By Dick Stark
On Wednesday, RightStar presented a live webcast, “BMC Discovery 11 and the New Federal DCOI.” BMC, discussed some of the new features in Discovery 11 (formerly ADDM), and how to use Discovery to comply with the new Federal DCOI mandate.
DCOI, or Federal Data Center Optimization Initiative, is a successor to the Federal Data Center Consolidation (FDCCI) effort. According to a recent article in FCW, results have been a mixed bag. Although FDCCI has resulted in thousands of facilities being powered down, according to a GAO report, the number of data centers has grown significantly, from 3100 to nearly 7500. (Of course, a data center is defined as any room with at least one server that supports development, production, staging, or testing.)
On August 1, Tony Scott, US CIO released the final version of the DCOI. In a blog post accompanying the initiative, Scott wrote that the new policies, “include strengthened and direct CIO authority over data center related budgeting and management decisions, increased use of the cloud and inter-agency shared services, and replacement of manual data collection with more accurate and efficient automated monitoring tools.”
Optimization is an important priority. Agencies have new targets for energy metering, effective power use, virtualization, automated monitoring, and utilization of both servers and facility floor space. As Mike pointed out in the webcast, “Agencies shall replace manual collections and reporting of systems, software, and hardware inventory housed within data centers with automated monitoring, inventory, and management tools, by the end of fiscal year 2018.”
This is good news for BMC, and RightStar data center infrastructure management (DCIM) partner, Nlyte. How does this initiative apply?
First, BMC Discovery discovers servers, mainframes, networks, software, and storage.In fact, it discovers over 40,000 software versions (its next closest competitor discovers on ly 20,000). Then, BMC Discovery finds the dependencies, shows the services, and “if you can draw a circle with a mouse,” maps the dependencies. And with version 11’s Start Anywhere application mapping, does this very quickly. Knowing how everything is connected allows for proper data center planning.
Second, Nlyte a leading sofware provider in the DCIM space, offers solutions that manage the physical infrastructure of a data center and its on-going operation. RightStar has a proposal into a major government agency to address its data center locations (i.e., expansion and consolidation), assets (i.e., workload migration, capacity service refresh), and to make the most efficient use of power, cooling, networks, weight and space.
The combination of BMC Dicovery along with Nlyte DCIM offers the government a better way to integrate, connect, manage and model the physical, logical and virtual layers, correlating all data center assets into one seamless business process. At the same time, this solution allows agencies to comply with the new Federal DCOI. Tony Scott summarized, “Reducing the number of data centerss is still a goal. Agencies are expected to close 25 percen of their larger facilities over the next three years