GSA executive Tom Santucci: Data center consolidation should include specialized shared services

“Select data centers across the U.S. should provide governmentwide shared services like archiving or mainframe-as-a-service, according to the director of the General Services Administration’s consolidation initiative.”

“All agencies need to archive data, and a single service out of one data center would simplify things, Thomas Santucci said Wednesday at the 930gov Cloud Computing Conference. He said he was offering his own opinion and not speaking on behalf of GSA.”

“The director of GSA‘s Data Center and Cloud Optimization Initiative added that many agencies still have mainframes that should be consolidated into a mainframe-as-a-service (MFaaS) within a single data center to leverage limited resources and Common Business Oriented Language (COBOL) writers. MFaaS is a subscription service where the computing environment continues to behave much like a traditional mainframe, but the customer can scale usage up or down based on what they need…” Read the full article here.

Source: Select data centers should specialize in shared services, says director of consolidation effort – By Dave Nyczepir, May 20, 2020. FedScoop.

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