Suzette Kent Issues Draft Memo on OMB’s Updated Data Center Optimization Initiative

The Office of Management and Budget has updated the Data Center Optimization Initiative after Congress passed a measure that extends agencies' compliance with the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act’s data center consolidation requirements through Oct. 1, 2020.

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer, said in a draft memorandum published Monday OMB decided to revise DCOI in accordance with the FITARA Enhancement Act of 2017.

The memo seeks to align the updated DCOI with the Cloud Smart strategy and update the optimization metrics and classification of data centers.

OMB proposed to revise the metrics for virtualization, advanced energy metering, server utilization and add a new metric to monitor the data center’s availability.

The agency also decided to remove the metrics for facility utilization and energy efficiency in the updated DCOI guidance.

The new DCOI also includes updates to performance metrics.

“Moving forward, to more accurately measure the performance of data centers, OMB will avoid using averages for metrics whenever possible or setting arbitrary goals, and will instead identify metrics where agencies can demonstrate continuous improvement beyond the performance period of this memorandum,” according to the memo.

Comments on the draft memo are due Dec. 26.

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